I heard some propaganda about that ice rink you mentioned which you thought Trump fixed for charity, and this seems to be the real story that sets the record straight. It was for publicity because he had no name at the time, plus he was paid to do, it and wanted to build a restaurant next to the rink but was denied. He hasn’t done anything related to philanthropy since then–not that I know of anyway, and I tried multiple times to find something before he got elected.

Seriously, Trump’s fans are desperate to hold up their champion because if they lose faith in their him, they will have no hope. After all, their political philosophy is broken and they have no one else to turn to. I certainly don’t consider this to be a great charitable thing worth trumpeting about.

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That’s one version.  Another is that he watched the city of New York spend huge amounts of money to fix the ice rink. There were at least two attempts-failures.  He was frustrated by the inefficiency. People were stealing equipment & building supplies. He was given the job & had it done on time & under budget using a different design.  He did put his name on it in big letters. That is his style. Some people really don’t like his style. He is flamboyant!!

Well, that’s exactly what the article says, so there is no difference in view. I would like to point out that he didn’t even lose money on this so I don’t consider it charitable, but that if I granted it was non-selfish philanthropy, it was as far back as the 1980’s and we have no record of anything since then. (We instead have a record of him building businesses that please noveau rich consumers, and his assets going from perhaps 50 million to a few billion. We have no Andrew Carnegie dip in over 30 years.)

If you ever find proof he did philanthropy let me know since I strive for accurate facts to as a basis of clear thoughts. Otherwise I will continue to use to believe he is a selfish scumbag and a frightening demagogue who has hijacked a very desperate population. There is a test for what Wikipedia calls “true believer syndrome”, which is that if a person cannot name a condition that would make them not support a position, they are a zealot. I have seen much evidence that Trump’s diehards will support him no matter what, even if he pulls back on immigration, or any other policy. If there were a president Sanders, I would stop supporting him as soon as he bailed out a major bank Obama-style, or turned into another neoliberal.
The psychological obstacle possessed by Trump supporters is they are so disillusioned with politics and with their own party that no matter what happens, they will find excuses for their champion, because they otherwise will have no hope left. Everything that disagrees with them is dismissed as fake news, or fake statistics without a second thought.
Democrats they know sold out to the corporations, and sacrificed the unions, and embraced deregulation and free trade/globalization under Clinton, (Republicans had already done so even earlier) and there thereby ceased to be a party that represents the interests of the working class. Now there are just two parties for two sets of billionaires and businesses, and I hope there is some kind of backlash to billionaires soon. As long as blind party voting is prevalent (enclosed picture related), I can’t see American politics improving or becoming more democratic, sophisticated and enlightened, unless we obtain viable 3+ party system.
The presidential system component of the “American experiment” certainly seems to have been an early mistake after 200 years of hindsight. If I could trade my citizenship to a multi-party Scandinavian country
with a superior economy (GDP per capita, mean life expectancy, happiness, media freedom, corruption perceptions rating, freedoms, income inequality indexes, direct democracy, average citizen’s voting participation, decentralization, maternity leave, sick/vacation time, criminal reincarnation rate, average education obtainment/scores on standardized testing, labor efficiency, job satisfaction, privacy protection, green technology, social security, state coffers, “open-mindedness,” name just about any statistic for a verifiable improvement) I would reincarnate to Norway, Sweden, or arguably Iceland/Finland in a heartbeat. (Maybe I would still move to Japan because it’s so frigid and rural up there, but at least I wouldn’t be ashamed to talk about the structurally broken political system and prevalent thought processes of where I come from. I wouldn’t have to answer repeated questions when I travel about how I justify distant wars, or governments putting backdoors in our software and networks to better snoop on us either.)

Rethuglicans

I watched the video of Trump shoving aside a new NATO member to pose in front of the camera, and I read about the HoR GOP canidate in Montana who did a body soam the other day. The GOP is now officially the party of thugs. Politics are regressing right now.

http://www.businessinsider.com/gianforte-body-slam-republicans-montana-vote-2017-5

 

It has amused me to look at senseless political violence in other countries as well, where appeals to force are the driving measure of the vote.

 

Xenogears as an anti-theist story

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I wish Xenogears had stayed true to the original vision and made the final boss named “Yahweh.” Fucking self-censorship. Square didn’t mind killing god in fantasies in FFX, but they have to euphemize everything because of our sacred cows. I wonder if they write these stories to try and wake up Christians, I mean Metal Gear Solid is more popular in America and it has a pretty anti-America universe.

http://kotaku.com/5794922/how-one-man-stopped-square-enix-from-letting-gamers-kill-yahweh

America needs a parliamentary system

I think it’s obvious that either the American politcal system and ones like it were a mistake from the beginning, and the so-called American experiment has failed to evolve towards democracy. I am referring to how America has had two parties for 200 years, and all that has changed is that the parties have changed names and drifted on their issues. A structural change to go from elitism to an enlightened popular democracy of an Athenian nature has not occured.

How can America scrap the two part institution and turn into a multi-party system? Many Americans vote for their party, they are retarded beyond words. You don’t know how retarded they are until you look carefully at the voting patterns, and politicians have every right to be condescending towards American voters. The morons who vote straight party line like they’re cheering for their favorite sports team, amd who brag about voting even though they don’t even know anything about the minor candidates they selected except for their party, are an obstacle to democracy.

I think a multi-party parliamentary system would force voters to study the differences in the parties and realize they need to stop being ignorant of the issues. They wouldn’t just vote straight democrat/republican anymore, you have to look at the goddamn part of the political spectrum, and learn all the damn lingo. Congress wouldn’t be so polarized, and it would be easier for all of the Americans with IQS of 80 to realize that not all conservatives or liberals are their enemies. Yes, they would actually be able to sidestep the most corrupted parties while still finding fresh parties their hat represent their views.

Gone would be the illusion of choice via two choices and a write in canidate. There wouldn’t be a false dilemma for nearly every vote. You can have 3 choices, 4- 5 even ! And shut up about these parties forming left and right coalitions same old why change anything? It’s not the same because having more parties makes voters stop being so goddamned tribal in their thought process- when the tea party and socialists have their own parties, the vasy differences along the political system are more transparent even to the biggest idiots. The obstructionists can become more apparent to the idiots.

You traditionalists who prefer presidential oligarchies are blindly blocking structural reform. You are why write in candidates won’t become viable. Do you want to live in a non-sustainable empire or do want a peaceful democracy? You have to ask yourself that question every time you decide to favor  the current institutions which support the familsr oligarchy, over taking control of more affairs for yourself.

 

Sadly,  there are few proven democratic systems, however, parliamentary systems are much more likely to give 3 or more viable parties. Until u know of a better system I think the average American would be better off with us switching to it.

Arbritaration

I was watching one of those Judge Judy shows and I remembered hearing about how more companies prefer to do arbitration because it’s cheaper and faster.
Well, then contrary to what libertarians claim, the solution is we need to fix the court system. Abritation is a tool for the rich to evade the law because they can venue shop.

Atheism in Japan

>think Japan is a country of enlightened men who just do religion to practing acting/laarp/uphold tradition

>plan a move to Japan to escape religitards

>look for a /jp/ thread to be sure

>pic says only 30 percent of Japs believed there was no god, or an afterlife in 2000 AD.

>let the tears fall

There was no silver bullet.

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Anonymous  12/22/16 (Thu) 02:59:13 a7413a No.15836>>15840

>their religious are better because their religion isn’t as dogmatic as christianity

>their atheists are better because they aren’t sjw trash who like open boarders

I don’t see the problem to be honest.

Anonymous  12/22/16 (Thu) 19:01:28 f7bdd0 No.15840>>15844

>>15836

This really. And I’ve been to Japan for a year for work and I wanted to do an experiment, so I asked 247 different people whether or not they believed in a god, “神様が本当でありますか。”

142 said, “いいえ”

73 said, “知りません”

30 said, “はい” Though some of them wanted to preach to me about their religion. A couple of them were Mormons and another was JW.

The other 2 just said “マジか” which was funny, so I spoke to them as they were together and one of them actually described himself as a,”無心論者” though the other just said that he was a, “無心者” which they thought was funny. I still don’t get it. If anyone could tell me what he meant by that, I would appreciate it.

Anonymous  12/23/16 (Fri) 01:47:18 77c62d No.15842

>>15835 (OP)

They are budhist they don’t believe in a god anyway. But they do love muh tradition even when it’s based on crap.

Anonymous  12/23/16 (Fri) 10:33:18 a5c842 No.15844>>15845

>>15840

Maybe the pun is he was a “heartless person.”

Anonymous  12/23/16 (Fri) 11:07:27 a5c842 No.15845>>15854

>>15844

Wait, more specifically, 無神論者 (atheist, literally no God advocate) has the same pronounciation as his 無心論者. (The first part is literally “no heart” and the dictionaries say it can mean innocence, be a buddhist term, or when you attach the suru verb it can mean begging for goods or money, so the root meaning must be one of the 3.

https://kotobank.jp/word/%E7%84%A1%E5%BF%83-140497

http://jisho.org/word/%E7%84%A1%E5%BF%83

論者 is advocate/practitioner,者 by itself is person and in this case should have the same meaning.)

In Chinese 無心者 also seems to have to do with a Buddhist enlightened person, or maybe having mindlessness, in the sense of being detached from caring about things. By context that is the most likely usage here. I don’t get it either, unless there is some kind of pun or inside joke, like that he is an innocent person.

Anonymous  12/26/16 (Mon) 09:53:28 70ec52 No.15854

>>15845

Perhaps it is unrelated, but in Final Fantasy Tactics, when your faith level was 0 you entered into a state called “innocent” so could it be possible that innocence is a euphemism for irreligion?

Anonymous  01/08/17 (Sun) 20:24:46 fee886 No.15926

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https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Psalmanazar

3 hundred years ago a white guy pretended to be a Japanese heathen and Europeans were gulible enough to believe him and fawn over his tales of Japan.

>He explained that his pale skin was due to the fact that the upper classes of Formosa lived underground.

lol