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  • Birthday 04/18/1983

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    Cairngorms, Scotland
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    History, politics, cooking, philosophy, music, economics, literature, film, good alcohol, firearms.

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  1. My side hustle a few years ago was a pretty niche thing of giving people here tank rides for a little bit of extra cash, I don't do that anymore, but my side hustle these days is making weird and esoteric beers and meads and the like, that no industrial brewery could ever make and be confident of getting a profit, and passing it off (at least about half of each brew) at a decent extra bit of cash. Stuff like a corriander, carrot, and pork belly pale ale, or a Hakarl stout, or a snake venom, shaved Alba black truffle 80 shilling ale.
  2. If you are looking for people, and it could be made to work with my schedule, I would be game, though I would dislike to take the spot of someone who has not played before. My experience with D&D began with Living D&D, and have played 1-2 times a week since the end if such.
  3. I might or might not have been very very drunk at the time @MadCast: Kitty Stark but my statement stands.
  4. In so far as a general thought, nothing comes to mind, in a specific vein, yes, please, hydra kitty.
  5. Sure, I think I would be game for that, I'll write up a quick backstory and character build and send it to you.
  6. @MadCast: Kal How open are you to meme characters. I have a concept I think would be fun to fuck around with, a warlock who won his powers in a rock off with the devil, a la tenacious D and the pick of destiny.
  7. I will echo Angelix, in that any service you do not pay for, you are the product. Upon another tact, as an anarchist, the primary way to be an anarchist is to act as if you are already free, given that, I use TOR to hide my activity from as many sources as I can in which I personally would be known, (governments, companies, etc.) then a paid VPN to access region locked content and I do not care for the legality of it. As well, anything that deprives the NSA of information is pretty damn good (outside of additional context) in my book. Even if it is tyrannical government, then they will at least be neutral evil, as they are equally evil as the NSA,
  8. My favourite milk is not represented, though it is a little hard ot get one's hands upon, the Croatian island of Pag produces magnificent sheep's milk, though most of it is made into similarly magnificent cheese, and you can only really get the milk on the island. gourmands unite!
  9. Anarchism is not anarchy, or chaos, it is not no government (at least in my concept), it is an absolute minimum of government in the flattest, most justifiable form possible, with the most minimum of laws and regulations, organized (again in my conception), around the worker controlled means of production. some (syndicalists particularly) say, this organization should be done around workplaces as autonomous units, but I believe that to be unnecessarily divisive. as to regulations, we would have an absolute minimum, as most regulations, say, in car manufacturing to keep with the turn of phrase, are to keep greedy and profit mad people and businesses and corporations from screwing over everyone that buys their product. What auto worker who builds cars, wants to drive around in a faulty car. they will work in a car factory because they like building cars, and taking pride in their work, make good cars. Take me for example, I like building and playing with things that go VROOM. Were I, and cohorts like me, in control of the production, we would make quality cars because not only is that what we would be driving, but we would take pride and enjoyment in our work. The kind of regulation we have today I wholeheartedly believe to be unnecessary in a society without a profit motive. (Upon a similar and related note I would quite recommend Graeber’s book Bullshit Jobs. Not only do I think you would enjoy it, I think it, as well as Kropotkin’s Mutual Aid, quite notably addresses and answers your query.)
  10. ok, so there are two answers to a question like this, the short one and the long one. the long one, comes in the form of Kropotkin's mutual aid. The short one can be (with the attendant simplifications) boiled down to the essence of not wanting one's fellows to die needlessly. removing the profit motive, which is what leads manufacturers to cut corners more than anything in my experience, would lead, I think, to a much safer vehicle. the fundamental miscommunication I think we are having here comes out of the idea that anarchist society wouldn't need regulations for it, people would take care of one's fellows. take for example the Royal National Lifeboat Institution, a 100% voluntary and unpaid gig, that has people risking their lives, and sometimes losing more than a few, for people they don't, and probably never would have otherwise, know. That is, I rather think, a short and fair answer.
  11. well, I do quite whole heartedly believe that pretty much all of our problems with factionalism stem from the intentional and unintentional dividing of people by capital and corporations. In his book Mutual Aid, Kropotkin takes on the very subject and proposes, what I believe to be true, that the state of human nature is mutual aid, and that given a fair shake and a chance, that is the attitude that will prevail. If, in the unlikely chance that it does not, it is a free and mutual association which any and all parts of are free to withdraw from at any time, and join at any time. As to the whole bullying thing, I will ask you a question. which is more likely to bring about good results, for the betterment of all people involved. a system that has everyone scratching and clawing and trying to be everyone else, or all those same people working together for the same goal and end?
  12. As somebody that has trouble understanding other people at the best of times, I entirely agree with you upon your dislike of internet forums as a means of meaningful communication, upon the matter of emotion generating understanding and agreement, I must disagree though. I don't harken back to Chamberlain's logical but cold speeches about appeasement, I recall churchill's fiery tirades. My Scottish arse has a very, might I say, fiery soul, I am not a terribly emotional person, but for example when the question of separation from the UK comes to the fore, my logical side agrees, but my emotional side takes over and I get bent out of shape, in a good way. None the less, I do feel we are getting off topic and would like to steer it back to the relevant topic, but if you ever want to talk in person about any of the things we have discussed, or anything else that you would like for that matter, do let me know, I would be game. I have also been know to do very stupid shit for the pure simple fun of it, logic be damned, I mean fuck, I recently had an operation to cut out my second bought of cancer from drinking because I love me the sauce, and I'm not stopping any time soon.
  13. so, I will do my best to address this paragraph by paragraph, please take no offence if I misunderstand you, @MadCast: Angelix, I assure you in all good will any misunderstandings are not in bad faith, simply that I am a drunk and miss shit sometimes. my issue with the paragraph also stems into why I would prefer a moneyless society. there used to be limits, at least here there did, I am no expert on America. then rich cunts lobbied the career, and the incidental, politicians, and suddenly the tax margins, they shifted a bit, then a bit more, then a bit more under pressure of lobbyists, and before you know it, Bezos had this much wealth https://mkorostoff.github.io/1-pixel-wealth/. Regarding the paragraph upon celebrity, I have nothing to disagree with you upon that subject except maybe the origin of celebrity if I understood your correctly, if not, I apologize. I believe celebrity derives from capital and tangential bourgeoise industries, rather than the other way around. relevant to the continuation paragraph about cults of personality especially in politics, I stand in the firm belief that history is not driven by individuals, but by groups, and with the in mind, any sufficiently charismatic person can take the lead of a sufficiently charged group, for good or ill, and with that said, I don't believe that people who support the likes of Trump, or Oswald Mosley, or Franco, are inherently bad or evil, just misinformed, and badly educated. as well, regarding the "its just politics" line, FUCK THOSE PEOPLE, politics are vastly important, even to one such as myself that abhors our current shammy "representative democracy" (or republic or other system depending upon where one resides). I like to think, as does everybody else I am quite sure) that I am not a hypocrite. I do quite firmly believe that, for example in the current scandal going through the Us government of Trump and the Senate trying to appoint a justice with about two months remaining in the term when they complained when Obama tried with 11 months left, I would oppose both appointments as unjustly hierarchical and anti-proletarian. With the final statement in mind, I am of the firm belief that the time of waiting for a disaster of significant even has long passed us. I have been through my fair of the shit, and seen some stuff that disguised and revolted me, helped turn me into an anarchist amoung other things, by that I mean that we can't wait for the outcome of some global catastrophe to finish, if we do, we are finished. We need to work and comparing, by any mean necessary, ahead of the collapse, I thoroughly believe things need to be changed ASAP, if we wait, the earth and everything on it dies a horrible death, and no offence intended, but approaching things from a completely emotionless and entirely logical view is quite a large part of the problem, it stifles the response in my opinion. OUTRAGE AND INDIGNATIONS ARE, to me, a very valid and logical response to the shit going on in the world right now.
  14. The film? I thought the film largely replaced actual anarchist theory and praxis with this weird and horrid combination of a conflict between neo-liberalist and neo-conservative US elements, with a sprinkling of what most of the world sees us anarchists as, terrorists and nothing else, we in the anarchist community refer to that misconception as anarcho-terrorism. when such elements are employed in the service of actual anarchist cause we call this propaganda by deed, but this. as well as context below bears a caveat, the most important and pressing issue I have with the film mostly, but even with the graphic novel to a very limited extent, no Anarcho-Communist I know, either myself or my associates, would advocate to go on a killing spree like V does simply to make a point, most form of anarchism, (fuck "anarcho-capitalism" that shit is bullshit) are primarily about communal mutual aid and mutual organization for the overthrow of capitalism and betterment of all mankind. that being said, we anarchists have disagreements with the other communist ideologies, like the MELTS, the MLs, the Leninists, the Maoists, the Stalinists, ect. but all traditional communist ideologies end in the same place, the withering of the state to a time without any government or bureaucracy, we anarchists simply think it is best to skip the dictatorship of the proletariat and most statist natures. The second major caveat I will add to this is that even if it is a very bad and misunderstood interpretation of anarchism, it might induce some people to look up actual anarchism which is not a bad thing. (given the context of the question, I am avoiding in substance all question of the LGBTQ nature, but as an asexual chap myself, it bears fruit, simply of a different context) The graphic novel on the other hand, Alan Moore is a grand old lad. if you mean what do I think of it cinematically, I think of it as a solid, if unremarkable film, the acting was good but not great, the same of the special effects and story, but I assume you ask the question dur to the anarchist context, no? If you have a few minutes and are interested further, this is a really good video interpretation I have sent to people before, if anyone is interested. (I myself am not an anarcho-pacifist, I believe that to be conciliatory to capital and counter-revolutionary, as well, I am decidedly anti-electoral as I believe to good faith participation in neo-liberal and neo-conservative politics serves only to prolong the suffering of most of the worlds peoples)
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