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Students Show a Dramatic Drop In Empathy

gbarules2999 Re:Liberal Socialist Propaganda (659 comments)

This is so obviously a Liberian socialist bit of propaganda it makes me puke. For one the assumption is that "Feeling sorry for other people having problems" is a unambiguously good thing.

Well, yeah, it sort of is.

Very often peoples problems are self imposed.

Citation needed. And just because Jimmy stuck his hand in the door before he slammed it onto his hand doesn't mean we don't feel sorry for him, even if it was a stupid move that he brought upon himself

Wheres the questions about taking personal responsibility ? "When you see someone having problems do you think about how they may have made bad choices in the past which caused those problems ?" "Do you want to help educate them to make better decisions in their lives ?" No ... everyone with problems is a "Victim", and your supposed to "Feel Sorry" for them or your an unemphatic asshole.

I don't see how that has to do with the survey, though. And if you want to educate someone to make better decisions - eg. that you care and want to help them so that they don't suffer. In such, empathy, the very thing you decry as socialist. If you want to help them, that implies that you feel sorry for them in some fashion.

The whole thing just reeks of new-age "Make everyone feel good about themselves" psychological bullshit. With an under current of liberal socialism.

I'm not entirely sure what making people feel good has to do with liberal socialism. I was under the impression that socialism was a political philosophy that emphasized overall control through the people as a collective, not a "make everyone feel good about themselves" psychological stance. Maybe you might want to connect the dots.

For the record, liberalism is a philosophy in the US that supports regulated capitalism, not socialism.

"You dont feel sorry enough for the Poor !!! Shame on you !!!" The obvious solution to everyone's problems is for us all to feel sorry for them then create massive government structures to hand out to them sympathy dollars so the problem goes away and we can feel sooo warm and fuzzy.

Well, not quite warm and fuzzy. More on the lines of, if we up the lowest common denominator, then we have a better society. We can judge a country based on its rich elites all we want, but if we look at the poverty line then, well, if that has been upped to a reasonable line then we can say we have succeeded in making a good quality of life for all. Then we won't need to feel sorry for anyone, because the collective as succeeded and as a race we have achieved success.

We send that $5/month to help the starving children in Africa so now we can feel all smug and liberal instead of addressing the actual causes of people problems.

Whoa, whoa whoa, so then, you want to say that helping African children is a bad thing? What other kind of problems do we have to deal with that is anything worse than a society that is so poor that they are literally dying of hunger? In a world where we have enough food for everyone in the world, what kind of monster do you have to be to not feel sorry for them at least a little?

That's not anti-socialist, that's sociopath behavior.

Where's my puke bucket,

Indeed.

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Students Show a Dramatic Drop In Empathy

gbarules2999 Re:Are you 9 years old? (659 comments)

You're right, I did (and I'm eight and three quarters, you insensitive clod). I'm just trying to add some flame to this random bunch of anti-liberalism that really has nothing to do with the story.

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Students Show a Dramatic Drop In Empathy

gbarules2999 Re:Ubuntero (659 comments)

But Empathy has video chat, you insensitive clod!

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Students Show a Dramatic Drop In Empathy

gbarules2999 Re:Ah Yes Evil Capitalism (659 comments)

Have you heard of the Tea Parties? You know, potentially one of the most crazy batshit insane groups of people in modern US political history? Google it if you haven't heard of them. They are a response to that they think is anti capitlaism but is really just a bit of gas from yesterday.

Fixed that for you.

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Students Show a Dramatic Drop In Empathy

gbarules2999 Re:Ah Yes Evil Capitalism (659 comments)

Close. We're outgrowing unregulated capitalism and moving on to corporatism. Rather than pretend that we care about the consumer, we've now decided to let the corporations roam free and fuck up our gulfs, rape our wallets and otherwise ruin life as we know it. Who needs regulation when you can have an economy that regulates itself using Harry Potter spells? Accio profit! See, it works.

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Students Show a Dramatic Drop In Empathy

gbarules2999 Re:Ah Yes Evil Capitalism (659 comments)

So am I the only one noticing the growing trend to vilify capitalism and individualism in this country?

Yes, you are. However, what I do see is a trend of people, including your post, saying "people are starting to be anti-capitalist!" when, in reality, a "smaller, less pervasive government" doesn't entirely imply capitalism. You can still have a regulated capitalist society, despite popular Tea Party opinion, and regulation does not and never has implied anti-capitalist leanings, nor socialism.

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Students Show a Dramatic Drop In Empathy

gbarules2999 Re:Ah Yes Evil Capitalism (659 comments)

Really? Because if you look at the conservatives or liberals in the US, you'd see that they're both just faces of the same coin: both pretty far right as far as the rest if the world is concerned, and fully committed to corporatism. I wouldn't call that a progressive movement. More like, "let's just let the market regulate itself using Harry Potter spells. Accio profit!"

At least the liberals are pretending to try and protect the consumer, where the anti-progressives just want the corporations to roam free and pillage and plunder like they have for years.

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Students Show a Dramatic Drop In Empathy

gbarules2999 Re:what did you expect (659 comments)

i'm surprised there are no fucking lynch mobs

Have you heard of these Tea Party guys?

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Ubuntu LTS Experiences X.org Memory Leak

gbarules2999 And then Red Hat 6 Beta is released (320 comments)

And then Red Hat 6 Beta is released. We need a Glenn Beck of Linux. "Now I'm not saying that the X.org was attacked by radical Red-followers...well actually yes I am."

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Chinese Pirates Launch Ubuntu That Looks Like XP

gbarules2999 Re:This is GREAT... (580 comments)

You forgot to put your pinky on the edge of your mouth.

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Chinese Pirates Launch Ubuntu That Looks Like XP

gbarules2999 Re:why? (580 comments)

If he was trying to set an IP address then he couldn't have just googled something, right?

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Chinese Pirates Launch Ubuntu That Looks Like XP

gbarules2999 Re:why? (580 comments)

Keep on ranting, dude. All of the Linux users here know that you don't have to use the command line in Ubuntu and other desktop distributions. At all.

But you can if you want to, and it is very nice.

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Groklaw Putting Comes v. Microsoft Docs Online

gbarules2999 Re:Well, no... (159 comments)

I think you see the Google Chrome OS as something Google is trying to use to take over every computer, which is certainly not true. Google wants to use it to create a new class of computer, a netbook that only does internet and nothing else. Your dystopian fantasy is just that - a fantasy, a slippery slope. As Gruber once stated (and I dislike Gruber so for me to quote him would be a stretch), sometimes you don't need two cars, you just need a car and a bicycle. Why do we have to assume that when a company releases a bicycle they're determined to kill and enslave everyone who owns a car?

Google cannot "win," because they are attacking a new type of device - an internet-only browsing device. Google would certainly like to knock Microsoft down a few pegs, but who doesn't these days?

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Gnome Switches Nautilus Back To Browser Mode

gbarules2999 Re:Well, of course they did. (311 comments)

Look at the firestorm over Gnome 3.0. It looks like a nice new way of using a computer, and I love it. Apparently nobody else does, though. And when they genuinely innovate, the Windows fanboys rip them apart for being user-unfriendly (even if it isn't - the current definition of user friendly is like Windows). The Linux developers lose either way.

The Linux Desktop sector could use a Jobs-esque speaker that praises and extols the virtues of their desktop environment. As Apple (and Windows 7 on a certain scale) has proven, if you say something enough times, with the right amount of bravado, it slowly becomes a reality.

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Gnome Switches Nautilus Back To Browser Mode

gbarules2999 Re:why anyone would use gnome is another question (311 comments)

I agree, and thank you for not exaggerating anything. The hyperbole in this thread alone makes my head spin. Everyone's convinced they have the magic bullet based on conjecture and speculation.

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All GPLed Code Removed From MonoDevelop

gbarules2999 Re:Sorry, Miguel (443 comments)

What about Ballmer? I hear he's single.

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The Science of Avatar

gbarules2999 Re:Ava-who? (275 comments)

Fortunately, the movie has far, far more going on than plot and character development. the world of Pandora is a wonderous place, and the movie puts you there. It's truly inventive and interesting, and I can't really say that about many movies these days. It has incredible atmosphere and, yes, even craft. It's an extremely well done movie for what it sets out to do.

This is the kind of thing I'd bring my little brother to watch. Hell, I'd say that a more complicated and convoluted plot is the last thing Avatar needed, considering its main objective - a fun piece of entertainment that takes you away from our world and into another.

more than 4 years ago

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