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#28 sports injuries in Off Topic

I had a cleat go through my hand during a football game, continued to play.

Tore my rotator cuff in the youth olympics RIP baseball career.

posted 4 days ago
#64 Unpopluar video game opinions in Other Games

- Half life 2, while being a good game, is directly responsible for the poor state of the FPS genre currently.
- Bethesda can't make a complete game
- Bugs aren't as big of a deal as people make them out to be, particularly in single player games
- TF2 was at its best circa 2011
- Goldrush is the best pub map in tf2
- Sleeping Dogs was the best of the "GTA" like games.

posted 2 weeks ago
#126 what r yr politicals in Off Topic

I have to admit I don't understand what you're getting at Kev, I also fail to see how "freedom" has any role to play. I suppose the question I should ask is freedom for whom?

posted 2 weeks ago
#116 what r yr politicals in Off Topic

1. The USSR "question" as it were is extremely complicated. On the one hand, you have a society whose GDP expanded at an incredible rate post civil war (over 1,500% in the space of 20 years) and a corresponding incredible reduction in illiteracy and poverty, and on the other hand you have the completely self-inflicted wounds of the failure to collectivize agriculture, what I like to call the Internyet problem (Soviet computer scientists - who dubbed themselves then Cybernetics technicians) plotted out how to create a network of computer systems using phone lines in the 1950s and set about working out how such a thing may be done - it actually caused a very real crisis within the CIA and NSA in trying to figure out a way to counter the untold amount of influence and productivity that such a thing would create - however the entire project was sabotaged by the Soviet military, from the stagnation and reliance on oil that came in the late 70s and 80s.

If one wanted to fix what the "main" problems for Soviet economic development were it was these as follows: truncated access to the international markets due to being an international pariah (outside pressure), failure on the part of the Soviet government to make *most* of the nomenclatura (government officials) accountable for misdeeds and failures, failure on the part of the Central Government to ameliorate conflict between government agencies (the conflicts between the statistical bureau TsSU and GOSPLAN are legendary and the repercussions were felt throughout Soviet society), and an over-centralized government in general.

The primary cause of the collapse of the USSR however, was the stagnation and lack of faith in the Communist Party of the Soviet Union to continue leading. For example in today's China, while life isn't perfect, *most* people have at least some amount of faith that the Chinese Communist Party and its 7 subsidiary/fraternal parties that rule China have *some* idea what they're doing. As such it's unlikely that that government will collapse given that it's fairly easy to point out the improvements in Chinese living standards for a huge amount of people over the last several decades. The Soviet Union *was* able to do the same until the 1980s, when suddenly bread lines began to form, Chernobyl exploded, and the Soviet Army that had defeated Nazi Germany failed to achieve victory in Afghanistan. As such there was a massive and sudden loss of faith in the CPSU that lead to there being fertile ground for the staging of a coup that overthrew the Soviet government.

How that could've been "fixed" is mostly just a guessing game and hypotheticals that I don't really have much of a desire to get into because it's just pissing into the wind really. All there is to do is to understand what the failures/mistakes were.

2. Socialism "taking" from the rich

I fail to see how a redistribution of wealth isn't an engine for growth - increasing the wealth of the majority of one's economy causes a spike in demand (demand side economics) that fuels growth out of hand. Again though, the goal of Socialism/Communism is not a *completely* equal society where everybody makes the same - it's about *access* to the produce of society being equal, not necessarily having all the same stuff.

3. People do all sorts of stuff for all sorts of reasons. The Soviet Nuclear Program prior to 1937 (when they shifted from civilian power applications to weapons) was highly advanced, as were their RADAR, rocketry, and aero industries; not to mention other technological and scientific achievements. I should point out that *many* times in capitalist societies people who actually invent things aren't greatly rewarded for doing so, as the intellectual property is often retained by the company itself - granted you may receive a raise or perks - but the company will by and large maintain the lion's share of the profits from your invention - people make cool shit because they want to make cool shit, often without the motivation of becoming rich. Just look at all the things people have made and done for TF2 with minimal expectations (or none) of being paid back. I should also point out that *most* work environments the world over aren't exactly democratic - but still production and advancements are made, and entrepreneurial activity continues within them.

4. Supply and Demand still exist, but you simply ignore the prospect of making profit. See in a standard supply-demand graph you attempt to find "equilibrium" which is the point at which supply and demand meet at an optimal spot for an optimal rate of profit (if making a profit is possible to begin with). The *cost* of overproduction is that you take a net-loss on this production for the producer - but since states can gather money by taxation, borrowing, printing money, bonds, and myriad other means, they don't have to care whether or not they take a net-loss on production. This will in turn, on the monetary side, cause inflation (which is why most socialist economies have very high inflation rates). This isn't a problem so long as you carefully manage the situation so as not to cause hyper-inflation or come up with other effective means for distributing produce. Very large companies do the same by selling stock to temporarily raise their cash flow to enable them to sell goods at a net-loss to themselves, or once they corner a market they "take it back" by selling some related piece at an artificially high rate - Caterpillar machine parts (vs. the machine which is sold at a net loss) or an Xbox 1 (which is sold to the user at a net loss to Microsoft) and its games (which are inflated to a massive amount to make up for the loss on the console). A socialist state engages in the same behavior, but they use other means (for example in the USSR and contemporary Venezuela they used oil revenues to finance the net loss - which works just great until oil prices suddenly collapse). They key is to not get caught with your hand in the cookie jar - which is extremely hard to do, but not outside of the realm of possibility (for example Norway does much the same with its oil revenue but they diversified state interests enough to not wind up in an economic cataclysm when oil prices fell).

5. That's part and parcel of a trade oriented monetary policy. A "strong dollar" only helps if you intend to buy lots of stuff from other people - but "strong" sounds good. When you have a significant portion of the economy which is operating on the government's bill, or is being sold on the international market (at a higher price than could be sold at home) a weak currency has massive benefits because you obtain "stronger" currency that you can use on the international market with all of the benefits that it brings, while at the same time ensuring you sell more of your goods abroad. The only time it can hurt you is if your country is incapable of producing certain goods and can't obtain sufficient foreign currency reserves to compensate for this lack.

That situation played out in the USSR throughout its history - in particular post 1927, when the five year plans called for massive industrial projects, but the USSR itself didn't have the means or skilled tradesmen required for such industrialization, *nor* did it have foreign currency reserves to use to bring in skilled technicians and expensive foreign tech, so what they did instead was pay in gold bullion and national treasures. A tactic that becomes less and less effective with time, as gold flooding international markets reduces the price of gold, and a nation only has so many national treasures to pawn for foreign currency.

Again you could also print enough money (devaluing your currency) to cause hyper-inflation which is bad, but China doesn't appear to be anywhere near that their goal appears to simply make sure that their currency is weaker than the Euro and the Dollar.

posted 2 weeks ago
#112 what r yr politicals in Off Topic


You ask a lot of complicated questions so I'll make my very best attempt at keeping this brief because there are better sources to get this sort of information than some dude on the internet who likes TF2 a lot.

1. Social Production

Many items are indeed produced to be sold to individuals (or individual entities), but the point is that they are consumed widely by huge masses of people. Take for example the number of companies that produce bread. Flowers Foods produce *most* of the commonly consumed types of bread from Wonder, Sunbeam, and Bunny to name the 3 most common. You don't have a guy baking bread for the people in his town to buy, you have absolutely massive corporations controlling companies top to bottom not to produce bread for sales to individuals but which are in fact producing bread for an entire society (that is in the example above, anybody who eats sandwich bread). The demand for bread is relatively inelastic, and as such you have a *pretty* good idea how much bread is going to be bought in a given year, and so you can produce bread regardless of which individuals may or may not buy it, because you know in advance how much you ought to make to maximize your profit. The individual consumer ultimately matters very little in this exchange. This already exists in a wide array of places - such as public roads. Yes, individuals certainly do use them, but the society as a whole has decided to lay down the road for its own benefit because it would be extraordinarily expensive for private individuals to lay down and maintain a road on their own - and then prevent other people from using it, as such we have *way* more roads than if roads were produced only for profit and *most* people would agree that's a good thing.

2. Post-Scarcity

For the Communist society the idea is to overproduce goods in such quantities that they are made without any real value, in essence to achieve post-scarcity. That is to say, to produce goods in such abundance that they have no value in trade, because you could just go and get more if you needed it. One's working or not doesn't matter because the goods *will* be produced one way or another by those who are so inclined to do so. This is achievable because many of the most advanced nations already have the capability to overproduce goods to such an extent that they lose most of their value - there is simply a choice being made not to do so because that prevents profit from being made. Then, once the "wow we produced *way* too much level" has been reached or extrapolated from study, you just produce some approximation to that maximum and call it a day.

3. "Wants" and Commodity Fetishism

"Wants' in capitalist society are heavily influenced by an ideological phenomena which Marx called "commodity fetishism" in that, for the purposes of selling certain commodities, they are imbued, both by the seller, and the buyer in his/her own mind, with special mystical qualities which they do not in reality posses. Everybody has experienced the joy of finally buying X item that you really wanted only to find out you've been hoodwinked or were misinformed; ultimately having imbued the commodity with properties it did not in fact have. Due to overproduction, commodity fetishism is greatly reduced because of the availability of the produce itself - there's nothing special about that coke you're about to drink because you can just go and have another later, etc. You can see this scenario play out daily in your own life - that which can easily be gotten does not elicit the same fetishistic excitement as those things which are consumed as special treats or only gotten rarely.

posted 2 weeks ago
#8 Personal Appeal to Running With Scizors in TF2 General Discussion These double as a bottle opener.

posted 2 weeks ago
#103 what r yr politicals in Off Topic

Actually medic in TF2 is the perfect communist - as contrary to the comic book version of "everybody is equal" communism's maxim is based on the biblical quote from Acts (if you're curious 34: Neither was there any among them that lacked: for as many as were possessors of lands or houses sold them, and brought the prices of the things that were sold, 35: And laid them down at the apostles' feet: and distribution was made unto every man according as he had need.). "From each according to ability, to each according to need" (Marx in the Gotha Program) thus the medic, who has the ability to heal, ought to distribute them to where the need is greatest ;) In general doing so should result in a pretty good performance. One could argue poor medic play is often the result of putting heals where they aren't most needed kinda like capitalism ;)

posted 2 weeks ago
#100 what r yr politicals in Off Topic

Lemme help you EEE.

We live in a society where it is thought that almost anything is possible. We can think of a time when we might live on the Moon or Mars, and think that that time is relatively close. Fusion reactors, growing organs in labs to prolong our lives, curing cancer, having plastic surgery to give myself two penises. All of these things are possible and likely will be possible within the next 30-40 years.

But as soon as somebody suggests that maybe we ought to change the way production is handled... Nope! Not possible sorry, can't be done.

The whole point of Marxian economic thought is that presently you have private persons owning the means that are producing goods for a whole society - as production often crosses international borders it can't even be argued that it's even for one society in particular. Those individuals then in turn reap whatever rewards there are for themselves, when you could end the contradiction between private ownership over social production, by socializing the production itself so that society as a whole owns the means which allow the society to exist in the first place, rather than private individuals who serve no real function in particular.

You can see this contradiction in capitalism because there are a plethora of homes, but still homeless, or more than enough food, but still there is hunger. Ending the private person's control over that production would allow society as a whole to produce them in abundance. The reason for this contradiction's existence is clear enough. If you produce a good to the point where everybody has it - it loses all value, and as such, there is no point in producing it. That's why for example the Ag Bureau in the U.S. spends billions of dollars a year storing food in warehouses and paying farmers subsidies *not* to farm certain parcels of land - because the supply must remain low enough that there is some demand within the market that is not met to keep farming profitable.

posted 2 weeks ago
#32 favorite bread in Off Topic

It's hard to beat a proper iron skillet + bacon grease cornbread in my book.

posted 2 weeks ago
#43 Map Callouts Origins. in TF2 General Discussion

Ok a few things.

1. Water gullywash was played for at least a few seasons in ESEA - it was also played *again* in s12 I think because of a mistake on the part of the ESEA adminning team lol. This is a video that very fully demonstrates how wonderful water was and why Muma's window is where it is (it was a spot to come up for air):

2. Al-queda (I call it ISIS to stay with the times) is called that because it was Wonderwall's job to watch that particular door - and ww- was Arab, and played on Mihaly's flow, so it was an in-joke regarding his ethnic origins.

3. I call cafe panera bread because I have a personal grudge against chilis. I've tried to eat in there twice in my life and my table has always been forgotten. So, I've walked out twice after prolonged waits with no service and thus have never actually eaten at a chili's - and thus refused to say chili's lol.

posted 3 weeks ago
#85 what r yr politicals in Off Topic

Utopia can mean almost anything. It could just as easily be argued that the Austrian school of economic thought is too a Utopia - hell Spinoza spent a hell of a lot of time conceptualizing a Utopia that looks fairly similar to the "ideal" capitalist society that one can find in bare-bones readings of Adam Smith.

I should also point out that a majority of Russians want their communism back. Likewise I should point out that a referendum was held prior to the collapse of the USSR and the "don't dissolve the USSR" option won, but that was ultimately ignored.

57% of former East Germans polled also responded that they had a "good life; though flawed, the DDR had more good sides than bad" mind you that's in the DDR, so former socialist projects were hardly the dystopian catastrophe that they're portrayed to be in the eyes of people who lived it.

Although it's a favorite debating tactic, it's as intellectually unfair to actual existing captalism to liken Pinochet's Chile to every state which, more or less, relies on a capitalist mode of production. Political economy is infinitely more complicated than that.

In much the same way that saying "lol those socialist states weren't really communist- they don't count" is also intellectually dishonest - it's a cover for ignorance. Sure, they did/do bad things and made/make mistakes from time to time, but they were certainly *trying* to achieve the goal of a socialist/communist society in almost every case (it would be easy to cherry pick a few examples where dictatorships utilized socialist/communist rhetoric to their own ends, but I'd argue that's not a significant case in the overall experience of socialist states).

But here is a question for ya' kevchev - if big government ultimately = worse government. What are economies of scale and why do they magically not happen when applied to government, but do in every other case?

posted 3 weeks ago
#309 cp_granary_pro in Map Discussion

I for one approve of the reversion of last.

Problem: The new last was unique to currently played maps in that the point itself was accessible from 5 different directions making it quite a task to actually defend - whereas many last caps are only easily accessible from 2-3 directions *at most* (process being a bit of an exception but there is still that railing that makes it hard to just step on and off however you like in 2 directions), so moving it back helps the defender in that the point itself now is blocked at least from the back.

Problem 2: The point as it was forced the defender to engage pushes directly much earlier than is typically necessary and added to the difficulty of defense. In a map like granary where a primary criticism of the map is that a full wipe at mid often results in a very easy last cap for the mid's winner, moving the point forward wasn't an ideal change.

If you've managed to fix spawns - I'm excited for that. Granary last used to be quite a bit of fun with a few different options to hold to - plus with the reinclusion of rocket room it'll be the only map where a shutter door won't allow you to instantly spawn away from danger - which I see as a net positive.

posted 3 weeks ago
#15 Signature Maps in TF2 General Discussion

JOE on badlands was really a special sight. I've gotten put on blast by a lot of players in my career. Mackey on badlands, Tuggernog on granary, SS who shot me into that little nook thing on metalworks one time, but I've never felt so helpless as trying to play badlands against JOE - that guy had some kind of special gift that allowed him to hit every shot while simultaneously seeing 4 seconds into the future.

posted 3 weeks ago
#11 grad school in Off Topic

Ask your current professors + advisor for contact information or to contact them for you - it will be taken much more seriously.

posted 3 weeks ago
#799 Vent your anger in Off Topic

1. I would point out to them that in 2 years you're going to move out on your own for university. You need to know how to make decisions for yourself so you should point out to them that, at 16, you ought to start experiencing *some* freedom, so that you can learn to make good decisions for yourself. Reassure them that they have taught you the right way to do things and that you won't fuck up.

2. Don't fuck it up. Actively do stuff and avoid letting them see you on the computer if they do relax at all, in fact I would encourage you to find good reasons to be home as little as possible. Demonstrate to them they don't have to take the computer with them because you won't use it. That'd be a good in.

3. Join a club or sport or team or *anything* this will further burden them (by having to keep track of you) and have the plus side of giving you outlets for things to do outside of school/homework, since I'm assuming you don't have a car.

4. Get a job. This will give you the money to have *some* independence and also will enable you to leave the house as often as possible, and you'll meet cool people. Have a cool friend with good internet? Sounds like that's a good place to go. Restaurants are always hiring high school aged kids. Cleaning and lawn care/landscaping companies do too. Depending on your state your school guidance counselor may also be able to find you work. For example in Indiana, most of the farmers and logging companies put work requests in *directly* to the schools, so all you have to do is go to the office and ask for a job and ye' shall receive. I took a summer job (through the school office) at 14 and spent 2 months of the summer (June-July) working for a logging company 1 1/2 hours from home living out of a trailer or tent (depending on how far afield we went to find logs). They didn't trust me with the heavy equipment, but I still worked and got paid a tidy 6$/hr (at the time minimum wage in the US was 5.15 so I was making bank in my eyes).

After that I took a job at McDonald's but it sucked way worse than logging, and so I applied at the land-fill as a shop hand, as the logging experience had taught me to operate some heavier equipment and to do basic tire repair (you would be amazed how often garbage trucks lose tires to nails and other stuff - basically every truck every run, and they need some poor idiot to change those giant tires). I worked weekends only until the summer, and stayed at the landfill until I went off to college (senior year, being unable to play sports anymore due to various injuries, I worked 3-8ish every day). Bought my own car, my own computer, and my own phone line (dial up internet). Was pretty great.

5. Depending on the state and your age, you can emancipate yourself virtually on demand. For example in Indiana the age of consent is 16, so after 16 you're considered an adult and can do whatever you please, furthermore all you have to do to is file a single piece of paperwork and as long as your parents cannot demonstrate that you'll be indigent (no job/will be immediately homeless/burden to society) or incompetent (unable to work), there is nothing they can do to stop it. I imagine that would permanently destroy your relationship with your parents, but if you have somewhere else you could live and can find gainful employment to offset the costs of not being supported by your parents it's an avenue to approach, it would probably also help you on your FAFSA.

So long as you are *not* emancipated you're basically beholden to your parents so long as they're not abusing you, and based on what you've written they are not in the state's eyes, and the best thing you can do is find as many ways to spend time out of the house as possible.

Worst case you could always do what my cousin did when his parents threatened to *force* him to go to a particular university that he didn't want to go to (an all boys school). He just called up the good The Few, The Proud, The Brave, the United States Marine Corps. He told them he would like to sign up, and had them send a recruiter to the house. Having a uniformed Marine in the house with paperwork to sign him up for an all expenses paid trip to Iraq put the fear of God in them and they came to their senses lol.

Also this fucking pump has run for 2 hours straight now, and the goddam hotel is booked up :( Guess I'll have ta' call my grandma she's got a spare bed lol.

posted 3 weeks ago
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