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GD_American
Jul 21, 2004

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I read the worst political article of all time.

I am only posting the lead.

You will never, in a million years, guess the two sentences following this excerpt.

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I first started reading the Dune novels in my teens. The amazing works by Frank Herbert had the most profound effect of any work of fiction on my nascent, developing brain.

The stories are epic. The far-distant future universe he created is strange and wonderful. The characters are deep and tortured. Somehow, like Tolkien before him, Mr. Herbert masterfully weaves in profound commentary on political philosophy and current affairs of the 1960s, when the first novels were written.

Even a young teen like myself, who was easy to hop into the stories as I was about Paul Atreides’ age), could see the parallels between the Dune spice and Middle East oil and between the Atreides-Harkonnen age-old conflict and the US-USSR animosity.

Like all great fiction, the settings of the novel give Mr. Herbert free rein to comment on the frailty of the post-Cold War Order.

Here is but one of innumerable examples of the political wisdom of Mr. Herbert (from Children of Dune):

Good government never depends upon laws, but upon the personal qualities of those who govern. The machinery of government is always subordinate to the will of those who administer that machinery. The most important element of government, therefore, is the method of choosing leaders.


One of the major events in the first Dune novel (and the brilliant adaptation – though a bit slow – by Denis Villeneuve in 2021) centers on the test of the gom jabbar. The main character – Paul Atreides (who we later learn is the product of a millennia-long breeding program to create a superhuman able to see the future) – is extremely powerful and thus dangerous; he must be tested. The test involves placing his hand into a machine which creates ever increasing amounts of pain. At the same time, a deadly poisoned needle – the gom jabbar – is placed at his neck. If he removes his hand to avoid the pain, he will be killed instantly by the poisoned needle.

The test determines if the subject is human. Most animals would naw their leg off to avoid the pain of a trap, and a human who can not control his deepest impulses would do the same. In order for Paul to prove he is human and capable of denying current pleasure or pain for future positives, he must submit to tremendous amounts of pain. This is what it means to be a well-adjusted human being in this world, and Paul Atreides (with his tremendous potential for power) must be shown to be such a thing, or he can not be allowed to continue in the world.

Here is Mr. Herbert once again, explaining the concept another way (from Dune):

The Fremen were supreme in that quality the ancients called “spannungsbogen” — which is the self-imposed delay between desire for a thing and the act of reaching out to grasp that thing.

How many politicians in today’s Washington would be able to pass a less lethal version of the gom jabbar test? How many of them would be willing to accept suffering and defeat in their political careers in order to protect vitally important tenets of our Republic for the future of the country?

https://www.tampafp.com/weller-the-woman-who-may-have-saved-the-republic/

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GD_American
Jul 21, 2004

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Steezo posted:

Not even after the USS Liberty incident. The failure to take Israel to task for that is just another rock on the mountain of LBJ's crimes.

Not even after the goddamned Pollards stole our sub technology and the Israelis sold it to the Soviets.

GD_American
Jul 21, 2004

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Wingnut Ninja posted:

What do they give him instead of prison time? Probation? "We'll go easy on you this time, but no more falsifying business records to illegally influence a presidential election mister!"

Probation, fine, community service which he will probably hilarious define his campaigning as

GD_American
Jul 21, 2004

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Spoggerific posted:

They did a controlled demolition on the Francis Scott Key Bridge in Baltimore. Not much to say about it, but drat that's a good picture. Imagine being the guy who had to climb that thing carrying demolition charges to place.

Probably mentally speccing out the new Cayenne he was buying with what he was getting paid for it.

GD_American
Jul 21, 2004

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doublepost but gently caress it, this is amazing

https://twitter.com/RedFenian96/status/1790088585556688946

GD_American
Jul 21, 2004

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I hope they reopen it for St Patrick's Day just for the "YOU'RE NOT IRISH, gently caress OFF" signs

GD_American
Jul 21, 2004

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Hyrax Attack! posted:

I believe it but haven’t seen him in a ton of stuff, what’s essential Goggins viewing?

The big 3 are Justified, The Shield, and Righteous Gemstones, all for different reasons.

If you still need a fix after that, it's Fallout, Vice Principals, and The Unicorn.

Also, several episodes as a trans prostitute in Sons of Anarchy, and the first season of Six, a lovely History Channel SEAL show

GD_American
Jul 21, 2004

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A lot of journalists build their brand around being a tough interview but fall pitifully short. See: Chuck Todd

GD_American
Jul 21, 2004

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shame on an IGA posted:

I really wish I understood the root cultural differences, in the service of emulating them, between the US and UK that leads to every british interviewer no matter where they fall on the ideological spectrum taking it as a matter of faith that their calling is to gently caress with a pineapple everyone who dares appear before them.

Like, this is the UK equivalent of Lou Dobbs eating Ben Shapiro for a light snack

https://youtu.be/6VixqvOcK8E

I remember right after this, someone tweeted that Shapiro had ignorantly walked into the den of the most dangerous land predator alive, the British interviewer

GD_American
Jul 21, 2004

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Picture an accelerationist in 1979, dissatisfied with Jimmy Carter's ineffectual domestic policy and several foreign policy failures. He votes for Reagan.

a) how long does the snapback take;
b) does it take the form that the accelerationist wanted it to take;
c) does he get his dream candidate when it does;
d) is the damage done to the country reversible;
e) is the country better once the snapback is weighed against the accelerationism?

The answer to a) is 12 years (sort of), and the answer to the rest is a resounding "no". If you want better things to happen, the first step is to stop voting for worse things and the people that will do them. Accelerationism is a childish kneejerk feeling masquerading as a philosophy.

GD_American
Jul 21, 2004

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A.o.D. posted:

Considering that Reagan's presidency saw the beginning of the end of Democrat generational control of Congress, I'd say that your theoretical acceleration didn't even get that.

I was thinking about Clinton being a centrist whose political "victories" consisted of staking out Republican positions before they could take credit for them (which drove them nuts and possibly contributed to 1994's Contract With America and the hardcore Tea Party-ization of the GOP). But your point is equally valid.

GD_American
Jul 21, 2004

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Congressmen have alrerady won elections while successfully managing to hug Trump publicly at every turn while also being attacked by him and having Trump endorse their opponent.

GOP voters are not part of a fact-based economy.

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GD_American
Jul 21, 2004

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I'm going to break away from Schadenfreude Dance Party to deliver some truly shocking news.

The US Navy, after deciding to buy a proven platform from overseas for the Constellation class frigate program, did.....the Navy thing.

https://www.twz.com/sea/navys-new-constellation-class-frigate-is-a-mess

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