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Derek Torvalar

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  1. Hellooooooooooooo Scylla😀 Always a pleasure to see you. I appreciate you contributing here and asking pertinent questions and posting objections, however, it was not my intent to initiate a long drawn out discussion in defense of either Scruton or Conservatism. I was perusing this thread on Sunday and seeing Tolya's posts thought that he might be interested in some of what Scruton had to say, if he had not already known, especially as he was in my thoughts considering his passing on Sunday. As you probably have guessed, these quotations are excerpts drawn from separate essays which you, or anyone else for that matter, are welcome to read at their leisure which may provide answers to not only your points but also any they themselves may have. I should have provided these sources in the post. The first quote is from here; https://www.roger-scruton.com/books/109-a-political-philosophy-arguments-for-conservatism (I looked for a site that has the precise page to reference but was 5 pages deep in search and didn't see one so you will have to read the whole thing, LOL) The second is here; https://portalconservador.com/livros/Roger-Scruton-Conservative-Texts-An-Anthology.pdf (It is in his Introduction, in the section entitled Property and Justice on pg 20, the quote is near the top of pg 21) If it wasn't clear, the third quotation is also Scruton, and I believe it is from here; https://www.roger-scruton.com/books/105-beauty I hope that these will suffice. In the past, when I had the time, I would have enjoyed engaging in this exploration with you for as many days as were necessary to cover the issues, or until the thread was locked, in all probability the fate of this one very shortly, which is another reason that precludes me from getting to deeply involved as I have more respect for my time than I do for LL, their TOS and CG, as well as a few other unmentionables who are beneath contempt for their hypocrisy and lack of self awareness... Until the next Scylla, be well. 😉
  2. Do take some time to look at some of his stuff Tolya. I am, sure you will find that a lot of it resonates with you. “It is not the truth of Marxism that explains the willingness of intellectuals to believe it, but the power that it confers on intellectuals, in their attempts to control the world. And since...it is futile to reason someone out of a thing that he was not reasoned into, we can conclude that Marxism owes its remarkable power to survive every criticism to the fact that it is not a truth-directed but a power-directed system of thought.” "The welfare state that is built upon this conception seems to move precisely away from the Conservative conception of authoritative and personal government, towards a labyrinthine, privilege sodden structure of anonymous power, structuring a citizenship that is increasingly reluctant to answer for itself, increasingly parasitic on the dispensations of a bureaucracy towards which it can feel no gratitude." Meanwhile, here is one for Scylla et al; "It is not enough to be nice; you have to be good. We are attracted by nice people; but only on the assumption that their niceness is a sign of goodness."
  3. "It has been a grand adventure to be so hated by those who I hold in such contempt." Sir Roger For Tolya 😀
  4. They may have rescinded the privilege but the power to post remained. His apparent absence now is by his own choice. Not theirs.
  5. @Scylla We have been through this before. Ethics are not Universals, neither are they Absolutes. They function only through Agreement and the Power to back them up.
  6. Power is what permits altruism to be effective.
  7. Oh puhlease Scylla! ROFL Do tell us more about the abstract ideas surrounding the Chinese and Uighurs (as well as other atrocities conducted by other member states), and how the UN is dealing with that. Sheeeeit. LOL
  8. As a wise old Welshman used to say, "Rights are only the temporary privileges the strong afford the weak."
  9. Hmm, yes, damn those nasty TERFS and their concerns over female erasure.
  10. https://www.gamersnexus.net/hwreviews/3365-nvidia-rtx-2080-founders-edition-review-benchmarks-vs-gtx-1080-ti "The RTX cards may yet shine, but there aren't any applications making use of the namesake feature just yet -- at least, not any outside of tech demonstrations, and those don't count. Until we see a price drop in the 2080, compelling RTX implementations in an actually relevant game, or depleted stock on the 1080 Ti, there is no strong reason we would recommend the RTX 2080 card. "
  11. Rumours, and that's all this is of course as Nvidia haven't said anything yet, but apparently as of 3 days ago the release will not be Volta but Ampere/Turing in June/July or maybe April. lol Though it may be that the announcement will be at GTC at the end of the month and the cards available in June/July. Second or third now the EVGA as best choice. Best Warranty/CS in the biz. PS For the OP I have had 1080 since their release and I now have 2, both liquid cooled versions, and they are terrific.
  12. Thought I would update everyone who signed and for those who did not feel compelled to. Thank you. https://wlu.ca/news/spotlights/2017/dec/president-statement-re-independent-fact-finder-report.html
  13. Well hellooo Scylla Had a feeling you might be by. Fair enough, I should have said "could'. But as the secret third party investigation is still under way, and that there seems to be some irregularities going on with it in regard to its impartiality and legality it may well turn out that my original statement will be correct. Time will tell. I take it from your timbre that you will not be signing the petition? PS Did you see what Barb Kay reported about WLU and their their tendency to eat their own? http://www.barbarakay.ca/articles/view/1234 PPS And by the way 'Expulsion' is one of the 'sanctions' permitted under their GSVP
  14. LOLed at this part The parenthetical part. Tangentially though despite how you identify if you were to suggest that binary view at WLU you would likely be sanctioned or suspended for creating a toxic environment. See my petition in Education Forum. ETA Sorry not MY petition but my thread.
  15. U Chicago has made a stand and some here are advocating for the adoption of their or similar principles.
  16. I would prefer not to turn thread into the location for that debate BJ. If you don't ant to sign that's fine. But if you are complaining about universities are then maybe clicking the link and signing will be a step in the right direct to change that. Up to you. ETA I just noticed the thread in GD that Morgan started Sex and Gender in Virtual Worlds. What is at stake here is that if a WLU student in particular had brought this topic up in a class at WLU or were to try and post it to the WLU Server for discussion or even tried to have a discussion like this at the Wilfs Pub there they would be liable to sanction by the University for creating a toxic environment. Seem reasonable to you? In the US where First Amendment is sacrosanct.
  17. Thank you. An important issue, not just here in Canada but in the US and elsewhere.
  18. Please consider signing this petition. Links for background on the page. Could also search Lindsay Shepherd + wlu. Thank you. https://www.change.org/p/wilfrid-laurier-university-president-support-lindsay-shepherd-ta-at-wilfrid-laurier-academic-freedom-depends-on-our-support?recruiter=837089425&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=copylink&utm_campaign=share_petition&utm_term=share_twitter_responsive Twitter @NewWorldHominin
  19. I like GamersNexus Phoebe if you want to look here. https://www.gamersnexus.net/hwreviews/3076-intel-i7-8700k-review-vs-ryzen-streaming-gaming-overclocking Then there is this thread if you want to have a look from users. http://www.overclock.net/t/1639998/i7-8700k-overclock-results-and-settings#post_26392181 You gonna OC it? Delid? Note the comment on GamersNexus about the Gigabyte MB, not the one you specify but something to investigate. Might want to check MB VRM temps across manufacturers as well as some need direct cooling.
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