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    Quote Originally Posted by Rail Tracer View Post
    ACTA is dead on 4th of July! Quite ironic, really.

    4th of July has significance in Europe now!
    Fuck that noise. We found higgs! D:
    For all that we have done, as a civilization, as individuals, the universe is not stable, and nor is any single thing within it. Stars consume themselves, the universe itself rushes apart, and we ourselves are composed of matter in constant flux. Colonies of cells in temporary alliance, replicating and decaying and housed within, an incandescent cloud of electrical impulses. This is reality, this is self knowledge, and the perception of it will, of course, make you dizzy.

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    I find it sadly ironic that tens of thousands (perhaps hundreds of thousands) of Americans who live in the DC metropolitan area, the capital of the most powerful nation on the planet, had no electricity (no A/C in 100 degree heat) on the 4th of July. Hooray for corruption and crony capitalism!
    "We grow up thinking that beliefs are something to be proud of, but they're really nothing but opinions one refuses to reconsider. Beliefs are easy. The stronger your beliefs are, the less open you are to growth and wisdom, because "strength of belief" is only the intensity with which you resist questioning yourself. As soon as you are proud of a belief, as soon as you think it adds something to who you are, then you've made it a part of your ego."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lateralus View Post
    I find it sadly ironic that tens of thousands (perhaps hundreds of thousands) of Americans who live in the DC metropolitan area, the capital of the most powerful nation on the planet, had no electricity (no A/C in 100 degree heat) on the 4th of July. Hooray for corruption and crony capitalism!
    Why is that?

    I was without power for 48 hours, but taking care of each individual line is going to take a while. Trucks representing electrical crews from a dozen states crowd the hotel parking lots.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MacGuffin View Post
    Why is that?

    I was without power for 48 hours, but taking care of each individual line is going to take a while. Trucks representing electrical crews from a dozen states crowd the hotel parking lots.
    The problem is with companies cutting back on maintenance and their workforces in favor of executive bonuses and stockholder dividends. Looking at your location, I'm going to assume that Dominion is your electricity utility. I have not heard of Dominion having this problem. Pepco, however, is notorious for this and Pepco is the company that supplies power to the majority of DC. It was inevitable that the storm that came through DC was going to knock out power for many people, but the extent and duration of the outages were exacerbated (significantly) by the poor condition of system before the storm ever hit.

    The question really comes down to this. What is the primary purpose of an electrical utility company? To provide power to its customers or to make a profit? I'm a fan of utilities that are cooperatives. They are generally more reliable and have lower rates than privately owned utilities. But cooperatives are socialistic, and therefore un-American.
    "We grow up thinking that beliefs are something to be proud of, but they're really nothing but opinions one refuses to reconsider. Beliefs are easy. The stronger your beliefs are, the less open you are to growth and wisdom, because "strength of belief" is only the intensity with which you resist questioning yourself. As soon as you are proud of a belief, as soon as you think it adds something to who you are, then you've made it a part of your ego."

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    Oh yeah, Pepco sucks balls.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chana View Post
    i mean, i said i would if it was convenient. which it probably never will be because i'm not rich. and i'm not saying i hate america, but it just seems irrational to be proud of a whole country like that. city, i can understand, but the usa is too big and diverse for me to want to claim the whole thing. especially certain states
    Russia is bigger than the U.S. and Russians don't apologize for being Russian.

    I'm deeply fascinated by the concept of having a deep cultural mythology that is meaningful. I sometimes wonder if people feel so detached from the U.S. because it lacks a deep cultural mythology, and when certain groups attempt to impose it, others balk against it because we live in a country full of immigrants.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MacGuffin View Post
    Oh yeah, Pepco sucks balls.
    They're a national embarrassment, or at least they should be.
    "We grow up thinking that beliefs are something to be proud of, but they're really nothing but opinions one refuses to reconsider. Beliefs are easy. The stronger your beliefs are, the less open you are to growth and wisdom, because "strength of belief" is only the intensity with which you resist questioning yourself. As soon as you are proud of a belief, as soon as you think it adds something to who you are, then you've made it a part of your ego."

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    Quote Originally Posted by DiscoBiscuit View Post
    Which is why I said:
    Disco, I agree with you, and I believe we should have at least one day a year when we can unabashedly and un-self-consciously love our country.

    It's really psychologically detrimental to deprive people of this, according to some sources.

    One of the reasons why I am so fascinated by European countries is because I think sometimes I envy their un-self-conscious self-love.

    And YES THEY DO. The French, the English, the Germans, the Russians...why can't we?

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    Quote Originally Posted by chana View Post
    the bay area's my favorite place in the US that i've lived or visited. and appalachia scares me.
    Does its deep cultural mythology frighten you?

    That's where I am from, and I take mild offense to you saying this.

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