ben harris


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White pride vs black pride

August 15, 2016

What White Nationalists Don't Get

A common and seemingly reasonable argument for white pride or white nationalism is: why cant I be proud of my culture?

Well, you can. Always have been able to. We have Irish pride celebrations, we have German drinking festivals, we have Serbian food festivals. Any European culture you can think of has multiple organizations in North America dedicated to taking pride in their heritage and NO ONE gives them shit for it.

But, you see, when you start talking white pride, that's not a culture. That's a skin color. There is no white culture, never was. There is no pan-European culture, never was. Europe is a continent, not a culture or ethnicity.

Now, some of you are probably about to go, but wait! Black pride! How is that okay? Well, easy. Go find a black person and ask them if their ancestors were slaves. When you find one who says yes, proceed to ask them what country in Africa were your ancestors from? Do you know what their answer will probably be? I don't know. This is because their culture was taken from them. It was beaten out of them. They were enslaved, Christianized, and then white washed. The one unifying feature they have as a people is that history of slavery and that history of being black. They cant have Liberian pride, or Congolese pride, or insert African country pride because they have no fucking idea where their ancestors came from other than the broad region of West Africa.

Meanwhile us white people can often trace our ancestors to specific cities and regions. I can trace my mothers maiden name to a single fucking village in Ireland. I know where I came from. I don't have white culture, I have Irish culture.

So that's why white pride makes you an asshole but black pride actually makes sense.


November 27, 2017

See if you can figure out the original sayings. Very tricky for non-native speakers :)

I hole-hardedly agree, but allow me to play doubles advocate here for a moment. For all intensive purposes I think you are wrong. In an age where false morals are a diamond dozen, true virtues are a blessing in the skies. We often put our false morality on a petal stool like a bunch of pre-Madonnas, but you all seem to be taking something very valuable for granite. So I ask of you to mustard up all the strength you can because it is a doggy dog world out there. Although there is some merit to what you are saying it seems like you have a huge ship on your shoulder. In your argument you seem to throw everything in but the kids Nsync, and even though you are having a feel day with this I am here to bring you back into reality. I have a sick sense when it comes to these types of things. It is almost spooky, because I cannot turn a blonde eye to these glaring flaws in your rhetoric. I have zero taller ants when it comes to people spouting out hate in the name of moral righteousness. You just need to remember what comes around is all around, and when supply and command fails you will be the first to go. Make my words, when you get down to brass stacks it doesnt take rocket appliances to get two birds stoned at once. Its clear who makes the pants in this relationship, and sometimes you just have to swallow your prize and accept the facts. You might have to come to this conclusion through denial and error but I swear on my mothers mating name that when you put the petal to the medal you will pass with flying carpets like it’s a peach of cake.


February 26, 2018

inspired by oodsnet, (and my pull request to add darkmode), i started to create my own fork (now

the first step was to switch out the css to the standard and update the classes for bootstrap. once i got it going and integrated with the linux auth service, i asked other tildeans for input and suggestions.

~micaiah was interested in helping, but also wanted to learn a new language and/or framework, so we decided to start over, recreating the entire forum with elixir/phoenix. we'd discussed elixir previously, but never had a convincing use case to force us to learn it.

the project is live, with the source code on github.

the thing that i'm most impressed with is the speed of the erlang runtime :D

check out these response times. sub-millisecond!?!?!

give it a look, and join the if you want to come hang out!


March 7, 2018

Some thoughts that I found interesting:

Arguing with religious people - It’s like playing chess with a pigeon; no matter how good I am at chess, the pigeon is just going to knock over the pieces, crap on the board and strut around victorious- Anonymous

Death is certain, replacing both the siren-song of Paradise and the dread of Hell. Life on this earth, with all its mystery and beauty and pain, is then to be lived far more intensely: we stumble and get up, we are sad, confident, insecure, feel loneliness and joy and love. There is nothing more; but I want nothing more.

-- Christopher Hitchens

Think about it. Religion has actually convinced people that there's an invisible man -- living in the sky -- who watches everything you do, every minute of every day. And the invisible man has a special list of ten things he does not want you to do. And if you do any of these ten things, he has a special place, full of fire and smoke and burning and torture and anguish, where he will send you to live and suffer and burn and choke and scream and cry forever and ever til the end of time!

But He loves you. He loves you, and He needs money! He always needs money! Hes all-powerful, all-perfect, all-knowing, and all-wise, somehow just cant handle money! Religion takes in billions of dollars, they pay no taxes, and they always need a little more. Now, you talk about a good bullshit story. Holy Shit!

-- George Carlin Politically Incorrect, May 29, 1997


March 7, 2018

Why do they tell us to use the stairs in case of fire. Shouldn't we use water?