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  1. From the letters of T. Jefferson:

    "... no society can make a perpetual constitution, or even a perpetual law. The earth belongs always to the living generation. They may manage it then, and what proceeds from it, as they please, during their usufruct. They are masters too of their own persons, and consequently may govern them as they please. But persons and property make the sum of the objects of government. The constitution and the laws of their predecessors extinguished them, in their natural course, with those whose will gave them being. This could preserve that being till it ceased to be itself, and no longer. Every constitution, then, and every law, naturally expires at the end of 19. years. If it be enforced longer, it is an act of force and not of right."



  2.  Battlefield 1: 


    1. Cyber Commander

      Cyber Commander

      Wish Verdun had a bit more polish so I could convince people to play it.

  3. :^)



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    2. Toki Zensekai
    3. AaronMk


      I besides the implications I have implied to establish what is going on, or to get you thinking: the answers are all "you decide".

    4. Toki Zensekai
  4. "

    You know what, I’m going to tell you guys a story.

    In my Sociology class a few semesters ago, our prof had us break off into groups and, much to our naive joy, began distributing Monopoly boards! We had no idea what was going on but yay! Games! Of course, once our group, and a number of others, got the board we began to work at setting up and distributing the money…

    until suddenly our prof told us to put the money down and pick up the dice.

    “Roll the dice and sort yourselves from highest to lowest,” our teacher commanded.  "Now, the highest number is the upper class. The next one is upper middle class.  The next two or three are middle class. The last person is in poverty.“

    Well, as the person who rolled a two this was startling and not wholly welcome news.

    From that point the game changed entirely. We had to hand out the money so that the “upper class” had this fucking mountain, and then less for upper middle, even less for middle, and I didn’t get any triple digit bills. We would all collect different amounts from passing go as well.

    The biggest change though? Going to jail. Upper class didn’t. Period. Upper middle class could go but they only had to stay for one turn or they could immediately pay their way out. Middle class had some pretty easy guidelines for when they could pay to get out. As lower class, it was really easy for me to wind up in jail and REALLY hard to get out. But since I was working with so little money when everyone else had so much I was in jail all the time because there was no “game over”.  If I couldn’t pay I had to go to jail for a certain period of time. I had to take out loans with interest I could never pay back just to get out only to wind up back in it again, rolling dice turn after turn hoping to be able to get out.

    It was simultaneously the most enlightening and most awful game I had ever played. I was bored and frustrated and a little terrified about it all. And it wasn’t only me. I would never win, I sort of accepted this, but it was amazing how the middle classes reacted as well.  They were stressed. Because they were always that close to either being able to one-up the upper class or from crashing into poverty with me. They had to fight constantly just to stay in the middle.

    (I should also mention that the upper class player in one group felt so bad for the lower income players that they ended up overhauling their entire game and creating a “socialist” society instead. I’m not sure how our teacher felt about that one.)"


  5. " There are some "cringe" sides of this fandom that I will just never understand. "Anon" is one of them. "


    Son, sit the fuck down and let me tell you how not to be a newfag.

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    2. AaronMk


      On the principle of being a stand-in for the author or the reader he's no worse than many ponysonas or OCs which usually end up doing the same thing. He's something like an identity-neutral person. Though that doesn't mean he has his variants and there are other Anons than the typical Green Anon.

    3. ArcticEight


      When I see an anon in a comic or something, I just think about how it's related to everyone playing a role in it.
      Like, for instance; "Trixie hugs Anon", this doesn't imply a specific person, but rather something or someone that's up to interpretation.

      Kind of like playing an RPG where you name your own character.

    4. AaronMk


      That's a case too, and yet we're not calling Skyrim out for its lack of creativity (though if we call out any new Elder Scrolls game it's for something else entirely and not the MC, the MC is a player self-insert  by understanding).

  6. "[I learned] From Diognetus, not to busy myself about trifling things, and not to give credit to what was said by miracle-workers and jugglers about incantations and the driving away of daemons and such things; and not to breed quails for fighting, nor to give myself up passionately to such things; and to endure freedom of speech; and to have become intimate with philosophy; and to have been a hearer, first of Bacchius, then of Tandasis and Marcianus; and to have written dialogues in my youth; and to have desired a plank bed and skin, and whatever else of the kind belongs to the Grecian discipline."

    -Marcus Aurelius, Meditations

  7. "[URF-URF-G] Adurm: pls kill urself, aarn"

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    1. Stormugandr


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  8. "And at last the owner men came to the point. The tenant system won’t work any more. One man on a tractor can take the place of twelve or fourteen families. Pay him a wage and take all the crop. We have to do it. We don’t like to do it. But the monster’s sick. Something’s happened to the monster.

    But you’ll kill the land with cotton.

    We know."

    -Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck

  9. "Anon, you would accept silam from another pony. Do you NOT have LOYALTY? I'll have you know the Great Khan has burned cities... for... less? Wait...



    1. Stormugandr


      Absolutely heretical :heresy: 

    2. AaronMk


      :popcorn:"Hey Twilight, would you like to here the good word of John Wycliffe? He says Celestia owns too much land, that the Sacrament is a weird-as-fuck metaphor, and we should stop partaking in the suffering of our Lord and Savior. Oh, and Canterlot is too fancy and we should devote more time to helping people and not praising the sun."


      :megusta:"... Hellfire..."





  10. "I should someday do a genocide run in Undertale..




    "No, I feel like complete shit considering it."

  11. "It's not that we have a short time to live, but that we waste much of it. Life is long enough, and it's been given to us in generous measure for accomplishing the greatest things, if the whole of it is well invested. But when life is squandered through soft and careless living, and when it's spent on no worthwhile pursuit, death finally presses and we realize that the life which we didn't notice passing has passed away. So it is: the life we are given isn't short but we make it so; we're not ill provided but we are wasteful oflife. Just as impressive and princely wealth is squandered in an instant when it passes into the hands of a poor manager, but wealth however modest grows through careful deployment if it is entrusted to a responsible guardian, just so our lifetime offers ample scope to the person who maps it out well."

    -Seneca, On the Shortness of Life

  12. "LUNA and the WorkingJack. Working together for a safer, better connected Ponyville."



  13. "Rare. Rare. Rare. No one gets it anymore. Rare. Rare. Rare."


  14. "So you're telling me the FBI can read 600,000 Emails at the rate of one a second?"


    Yes.  Yes they can. It's called technology. Perhaps you should learn some more of that beyond Facebook.