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Name: Taylor Selseth
Gender: Male
Hometown: Ulen, MN
Home country: US
Current location: Moorhead, MN
Member since: Fri Nov 11, 2005, 09:42 PM
Number of posts: 48,255

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I am being stalked by low post count abusive trolls.

http://www.democraticunderground.com/?com=view_post&forum=1014&pid=209886
http://www.democraticunderground.com/?com=view_post&forum=1127&pid=22709

My huge space thread seems to have brought them out from under their rocks, because all the abusive posts, no matter what thread, insult me for supporting a manned mission to Mars.

The anti space exploration people are so predictable.

I should have known making a post in the wake of Armstrong's death about why we weren't colonizing the solar system would have brought out the Luddites and misanthropes and turned the thread into a 500-post epic flame-war filled with ignorance and allusions to "Avatar". Why do I always make such threads hoping for educated and reasonable discussions?

I have a big hole in my bathroom wall.

So, I was taking a shower this morning, I lost my balance on the wet bottom of the shower and leaned on the wall to regain my balance and a bunch of tiles and drywall caved in, and the drywall looked like it had turned into mud. Fortunately my building's resident manager told maintenance to get their asses over here ASAP.

We should have been colonizing the solar system by now.

In 1969 when Armstrong and Aldrin landed on the Moon everyone expected that we would keep going farther. But then in the mid 70s NASA got mauled by the small-minded deficit hawks who thought they did not need to keep up NASA's funding because we beat those Evil Commie Russians and that's all that mattered. It seems like all of a sudden nobody cared anymore, some even started bashing space exploration using the equally small-minded "we have more important things to do here on terra firma" argument.

I wonder if the Vietnam War and Watergate are to blame, destroying the belief in Big Government doing Big Things, making NASA a victim of the same rise of selfish Individualism that lead to the late 70s "tax revolts" in California and the election of Reagan in 1980. I suspect that also, among us on the Left that the strain of technophobic misanthropy found among many Green types who believe in the philosophy of Deep Ecology has something to do with it, thus the posts here on DU decrying space exploration as spreading the "cancer" of humanity.

According to astrophysicist Robert Zubrin a 3-year manned mission to Mars would cost $30 billion per mission and is perfectly feasible with today's technology. That is chump change compared to the "Defense" budget, and we would not have to pay all of that if it is set up as a multi-national mission. The problem is a lack of will. people either dogmatically assert that such a mission is either impossible, too expensive, or immoral, and all of those assertions are bullshit.

I don't know what the fuck to believe anymore about the Assange case.

The timing that they starting going after him is suspicious, right after he threatened to publish some stuff that would make the Banksters look bad, yet at the same time I am being increasingly nauseated by the misogyny of many of Assange's defenders, and then again I am worried that the PTB are using our own progressiveness by making us afraid be being called misogynists for defending Assange.

I'm about ready to throw my hands in the air.

Apparently 40 years of neuroscience research is a lie because...

...we cannot detect serotonin levels directly.

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10021153857

Sounds like the same sophistry used by Creationists to say "but you never saw anything evolve".

I really hate the "It's MY PERSPECTIVE" shit.

Something that really irks me is that it seems like in the past 40 years or so the "personal perspective" has been put on a glowing pedestal to the detriment of objectivity. If someone is offended by the world "niggardly" then it is offensive, the objective fact that it has no relationship to the N-word is simply ignored. If you correct some woo-woo's factual errors you are condemned for "not respecting their own perspective". Tell someone that menstrual cycles have nothing to do with the Moon you are condemned for preferring objective fact over "what women just know". It seems like people are pressured to "respect people's perspectives", that is, don't ever "offend" anybody by telling them they are wrong, and thus "privileging one perspective over another".

This crap seems to go hand in hand with the rise of Postmodern Social Theory in Academia, in which there are no objective truths, just narrative "realities" unique to each person.

I really hate the "It's MY PERSPECTIVE" shit.

Something that really irks me is that it seems like in the past 40 years or so the "personal perspective" has been put on a glowing pedestal to the detriment of objectivity. If someone is offended by the world "niggardly" then it is offensive, the objective fact that it has no relationship to the N-word is simply ignored. If you correct some woo-woo's factual errors you are condemned for "not respecting their own perspective". Tell someone that menstrual cycles have nothing to do with the Moon you are condemned for preferring objective fact over "what women just know". It seems like people are pressured to "respect people's perspectives", that is, don't ever "offend" anybody by telling them they are wrong, and thus "privileging one perspective over another".

This crap seems to go hand in hand with the rise of Postmodern Social Theory in Academia, in which there are no objective truths, just narrative "realities" unique to each person.

Equating mental illness with RW Extremism is NOT OK, it is BIGOTRY.

I alerted on this post:

http://www.democraticunderground.com/?com=view_post&forum=1002&pid=1115135

and the jury voted 2-4 to leave it:

REASON FOR ALERT:

This post is disruptive, hurtful, rude, insensitive, over-the-top, or otherwise inappropriate. (See <a href="http://www.democraticunderground.com/?com=aboutus#communitystandards" target="_blank">Community Standards</a>.)

YOUR COMMENTS:

insensitivity towards the mentally ill, equating people with mental illnesses with RW extremism.

JURY RESULTS

A randomly-selected Jury of DU members completed their review of this alert at Sun Aug 12, 2012, 12:51 AM, and voted 2-4 to LEAVE IT ALONE.

Juror #1 voted to LEAVE IT ALONE and said: Seems the other way around, that RW extremists are mentally challenged yet allowed to vote. Maybe that makes it insensitive towards RW extremists. Not sure of a justifiable reason for this alert -- maybe HYPERsenstivity
Juror #2 voted to LEAVE IT ALONE and said: It doesn't equate people with mental disability or illness with RW extremism; it implies that extreme RW'ers are either mentally disabled or mentally ill. It is not a personal attack on any particular, private individual, and I see bigger insults against RW'ers here all the time, if you want to characterize it as an insult.
Juror #3 voted to HIDE IT and said: No explanation given
Juror #4 voted to LEAVE IT ALONE and said: To the whiner: shut up. Just shut up all this whining about hurtful, rude, insensitive. That's all it is is whining.
Juror #5 voted to HIDE IT and said: No explanation given
Juror #6 voted to LEAVE IT ALONE and said: No explanation given

Thank you.


Attitudes like that of the post I alerted on promoted continued stigmatizing the mentally ill, including mentally ill people who post on this site. Such crap is not acceptable on a progressive website. Those who voted to keep that bigoted post should be ashamed of themselves.

Parking FAIL video. How did this idiot get a license?

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