smurf88

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  1. People can always say what they want and achieve the counterproductive result of encouraging Trumpism if that's what they want to do. Actually trying to fix the problems was always the solution and making it about which race is better, or which race is guilty has always been a distraction.
  2. I would have to agree there, the reason Trumpism began in the first place is largely because of this type of rhetoric. It's counterproductive and creates more division.
  3. Legal shorting is perfectly fine. Buying a stock because you don't want a company and its employees to go bankrupt is also perfectly fine. Either the entire game is immoral or the entire game is moral, the players bear no moral responsibility for their legal actions within the game. (If the entire game is immoral, could the entire game of society be considered immoral for the effect it has on the environment?)
  4. It's bringing out things that are already in your mind. The only way out is to face them.
  5. I don't get the judgment about daytraders. Trading is not about stealing but entering in a voluntary competition. It's not immoral to win at a game of chess as long as you're playing by the rules. When someone breaks the rules and gets caught (e.g. naked shorting) they are expected to lose the game. It should be clear to anyone getting involved with such a game that they can lose all their money.
  6. It would be more accurate to say that violent people seek out violent video games and television for inspiration. Normal people who enjoy violent video games or television don't become violent.
  7. This is a great lecture for anyone interested.
  8. ^Reasonable questions. Also, if you're doing a detox, how do you know it's actually working and not a placebo? There would have to be some way to track cognitive progress over time.
  9. I don't equate winning in politics with being evil and losing in politics with being good. When you're socializing with others, politics is a game you're playing, whether you like it or not. And it may be in the best interest of everyone involved for you to win rather than lose, that is if you are capable of being a better leader than your opponent. Things like sympathy and kindness are good, but do not mistake them for being a doormat.
  10. Kickass Copywriting Secrets by John Carlton is a classic if you have to write sales copy. Although it depends on the business type, for instance if you're running a software development company, you're probably not going to need traditional copywriting.
  11. It is not safe if you jump into megadosing vitamins without doing research. You HAVE to take Vitamin K2 in proper dosages when you're megadosing D3.
  12. I've done about a year of BJJ, it's great. Even after a year of it you encounter many situations in sparring where you don't know what to do; there's a ton to learn and deep levels of nuance. And the physical discomfort you will experience will make everything else pale in comparison. There is also a lot of novelty in the fact that small opponents with high level knowledge can beat much larger, unskilled opponents. (Although it is true that being strong/athletic AND knowledgeable is the ultimate combination. Contrary to BJJ marketing, strength/size do matter). But it does have its downsides as well. Egos both from your end and the opponent's end can run high and increase the risk of injury. It requires a lot of self-awareness on this end so you don't end up with a messed up knee and limping around for 2 weeks, or surgery. The worst is when you're just starting to have success, your ego's high, but you still don't know a few positions and you end up deep in a submission that you didn't know existed. So if you're getting into it, you want to be in a learning mentality, respectful and humble. And being human, you will probably screw that up at some point(s). Regarding the spiritual development of the people who practice, you get a wide bell curve. Most people are normal, some are abnormally underdeveloped and some are abnormally highly developed.
  13. The only thing stopping me is the fact that without a job, you go homeless. However with an online group there is no real consequence if you leave, unless you put money on it.
  14. Ultimately the only person who can build discipline for you is yourself. I mean, what's to stop you from ghosting your accountability meetings? Nothing.
  15. Yeah, it all depends on what you're doing. If you're working with the Linux terminal then it's imperative to use anything BUT Windows. Even with WSL it's a big hassle. As an example: One of the greatest living programmers coding for 11 hours straight.