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5 months ago
So it seems as if they’re still butting heads about the whole situation as the deadline looms nearer.

More jobs are cool I guess, if apple or other mega corporations would be willing to up their wages for manufacture employees by 200% compared to the Mexicans they pay two pesos a hour to build their products.

I’m not all for having commercial goods rising in price, I don’t think it would even be feasible with the increased wages.

Oh well, I guess we’ll find out soon enough if they do end the deal.

What do you guys think?

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5 months ago
*crickets*

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5 months ago

Here, let's try to help Digit's failed attempt at discussing current political world event shit. Here's a few more:

Trump and Kim's nuclear pissing contest

That thing about the Iranians and their nuke program

Jews and Palestinians kicking each other in the balls in Gaza (again)

Discuss if you want.

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5 months ago

Jerusalem belongs to Jesus. 

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5 months ago

With Kim Jong, I've no idea what's going on. I don't think the North Korean government is stupid enough to actually give up their nukes, but maybe they will if they've found some secret way of not getting wiped out by America as soon as the nukes are gone. I don't know, it's a global shitshow.

The Iran Deal was a good thing and pretty necessary. Taking it away not only hurts the world, but also weakens the US' diplomatic ability as a whole.

In regards to the Jews and Palestines, I'm stuck between two attitudes. On one hand, it's clearly not the Jews' lands and the idea of taking other people's land and giving them their own ethno-state was a fucking terrible one. However, on the other hand, there is a certain white man's burden thing going on in my head where I realize the Israeli government is a lot more progressive and less backwards than the Palestinian one, and the idea of supporting the less immoral group in this immoral Endeavour seems to be an unlikable option. Plus, they're not that much better in the end. Ultimately, either it's the Palestinians land, or we should say fuck it, kick them both out and send over a group of Irish, Icelandic and Scandanavian feens to colonize the place, because fuck it, I want a non-theocracy shithole over there.

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5 months ago
Carving out Israel in the first place was an incredibly awful idea, even from just a logistical standpoint. Would've been much simpler and safer hacking off a piece of Germany. But they're there now, so you deal with what's at hand.

Getting invaded and losing your land sucks, but I don't know why the international community gets so up in arms about how Israel leaches into Palestine and expands territory when Ukraine was trying to join the EU and no one did anything meaningful when Russia took Crimea.

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5 months ago
The real mistake was being such pussy weaklings as to leave any Palestinians around to whine and do attacks on them in the first place.

Should've looked to the Old Testament as a guidebook on how to properly occupy the land God gave them, but oh well, if they'd listened in the first place they'd never have gotten driven out to begin with.

Really, the Jews should be embarrassed they allowed that whole diaspora and centuries of oppression and Holocaust thing to happen. Like come the fuck on people, God was literally giving you superpowers and you fucked it all up.

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5 months ago

There's a reason they've been kicked out of over 110 countries throughout history. 

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5 months ago

And what is that reason?

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5 months ago

The racist tendencies of Judaism leading to a very little population growth, meaning that the heavy conversion attitudes of the religions that sprouted from it spread far faster than it, allowing them to become a minority that could be be abused. Also, the noses.

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5 months ago

yep :P

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5 months ago
Big noses = big dicks. The men of other countries were just jealous and angry about their own inadequacy..

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5 months ago
Can confirm: Oranges' feminine penis is proportional to her nose.

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5 months ago
@Orange

Ummm....

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5 months ago

He's wrong. My penis is waaay bigger than my nose.

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5 months ago
I'm scared.

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5 months ago

Ogre11 Banned until 4018.

Reason: Transphobia

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5 months ago
Dammit, not again!

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5 months ago
canon

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4 months ago

Not really an earth shattering world event, but still funny.

That white chick who said she was black and got to be head of the NAACP for awhile, got arrested for welfare fraud.

http://time.com/5291133/rachel-dolezal-welfare-fraud-charges/

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4 months ago
She's willing to commit welfare fraud just to prove how black she is

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4 months ago

Lol, that’s racist.

Though to be honest, I posted the story figuring that one of you couldn’t resist making such a comment. Just wasn’t sure which one of you was going to do it first.

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4 months ago
Would've definitely been me if I'd seen it, give me some credit here.

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4 months ago
https://www.cnn.com/2018/05/24/us/oklahoma-city-shooting/index.html

"As the gunman ran from the scene, two bystanders got their own handguns from the trunks of their vehicles, then confronted and fatally shot the attacker outside the restaurant, Mathews said Friday."

Who needs police?

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4 months ago
So anyone want to fill me in how the North Korea thing went?

I can tell Donny boy must have done better than expected because everyone suddenly stopped reporting on it.

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4 months ago

WW3 didn't start yet so I guess it went okay.

They signed something about the complete de-nuclearlization of Korea, but there weren't any specifics about when that was going to happen.

Oh and Dennis Rodman cried. Lol.

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4 months ago
fkn died when I saw the pic of dennis rodman crying in a maga hat and potcoin shirt

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4 months ago
OK looked that up, that was pretty good thanks.

Almost made up for my disappointment over not getting a nuclear war.

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4 months ago
All I read was that Trump conceded ending the War Games with South Korea in exchange for a promise of continued nuclear talks or something to that effect. But who knows these days.

Fox News: North Korean state media highlights US concession on war games

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4 months ago

Nothing solid, but I've an optimistic feeling about that. The Korean situation is probably going to improve, so that's nice.

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4 months ago
I don't know, man. I'm not a war hawk or anything, but being prepared to help our ally seems pretty important, and to give it away for a promise from a guy Glorious Supreme Leader notorious for breaking them seems kind of risky. But who knows. Maybe Dennis Rodman's pal means it this time.

But then, maybe there was an under the table understanding that it's all a charade anyway, and that the two would agree to metaphorically stroke each other's "egos" in the various media outlets for mutual benefit?

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4 months ago

War games aren't nearly as important as you think they are, ultimately, and I think it means a lot more that Kim is stepping back from his aggressive posturing than anything, and actively at least claiming to be denuclearizing.

Anyhow, in the modern era thanks to the internet, suppression of information is harder than ever, and I feel the evidence is stacking that Kim has realized his position is going to be lost, and thus the best path forward is going with the tide.

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4 months ago
He's not getting rid of the nukes and was never going to, no country is idiotic enough to give up their ultimate bargaining chip. It's a pretty good thing to not have relationships be openly hostile with a country with nukes and not a whole lot to lose however.

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4 months ago

At first that's what I thought, but that's not really true. North Korea's nuclear arsenal isn't going to help them when the very likely possibilities of civil unrest and that end up tearing him apart, and that's a very strong fear in this age. Kim still has on his side that war with him would be deadly, even without nukes, and in denuclearisation he opens up the avenue of limited but positive reform leading to him gaining the security and legitimacy that he so desires. That's a far stronger move than remaining the crazy nation with a gun to everyone's head. Without the justification of eliminating a nuclear power, and China eager to not have US troops on the Korean border, denuclearisation is clearly the intelligent option for Jong.

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4 months ago

Well, I'm thinking this was all a long, drawn out series of bullshit anyway. He knows his nukes won't save him from the super powers of the world if it actually came to war. Basically he needed a way to save face (and possibly lesson economic sanctions against him), and of course on our end, we weren't really willing to go to war either. Too much cost and nothing really to gain. So Trump gets to save face (and gain political points), and The Glorious Leader gets to save face. Just a slow political con, and masterfully executed by both parties.

But at least Dennis Rodman gets to cry tears of joy. Haven't seen him this happy since he was a Chicago Bull.

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4 months ago

How on earth do you conflate genuine negotiation and people changing their minds with "bullshit" and a "con game"? This would be marking the moment that Kim Jong was convinced the nuclear option wasn't he best one for his country, which he clearly thought it was in the past. Perhaps Kim isn't going to denuclearise, but if you think he is and he no longer thinks nukes will protect him, to call this bullshit and to ignore the incredible work of those involved in the negotiation would be the height of ignorance.

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4 months ago
I think he won't denuclearized and never intended to. I think his intention was to provoke the U.S. and the west to the point that a meeting like this was a political necessity, with the ultimate aim of removing some of the walls between his nation and the rest of the world. But I could be wrong. Global politics isn't my strong suit.

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4 months ago

Well then you saying he knows his nukes won't save him seems even stupider, as that's the only reason he'd spend such outlandish amounts of money on nuclear armament. The idea that he's been provoking people purposefully for the sake of REMOVING these international walls is even more ridiculous. That's not how negotiation works, you don't try to make your existence seem like more of a threat when you can start trying to break down those walls from the get-go without putting more up.

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4 months ago
His nukes could never save him- in an actual war-, but they could cause enough chaos to make it not worth removing him. And I would have to disagree with your second point on the following grounds: he provoked the hell out of Trump, and the result is Trump went and met with him in Singapore. Anyway, not really keen on getting into a massive political debate, as I said it isn't my strong suit anyway. Have at it.

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4 months ago

If you're looking to legitimize your nation through negotiating, you don't do so by massively delegitimizing your nation so you can go back to legitimizing it. Trump was already willing to meet with Kim, he's said as much on the campaign trail, so I'm not really sure what you think the point of it was, unless you're confusing "Thing A happened, then Thing B happened" with "Thing A caused Thing B and was the only possible cause".

But yeah, not your strong suit, so whatever.

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4 months ago

Not content on just making America great again, apparently we’re going to make Mars our bitch on top it.

Would you like to know more?

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4 months ago

If you're going to send colonists to another planet, send them to Venus.  The early sci-fi writers assumed that's exactly what would happen, since Venus is so much nearer and is only slightly smaller than the Earth.  This changed when it was discovered that Venus is the hottest planet in the solar system, hotter even than Mercury, and has crushing atmospheric pressure at ground level.  This makes it impossible for humans to set foot on the surface of Venus.  Plus there's the matter of sulfuric rain.....

However, who said we had to set foot on the surface?  Just as the Earth's atmosphere thins and cools the higher you go, so does Venus's.  At approximately 30 miles above the surface, the temperature drops to around 72F, with the atmospheric pressure exactly equal to that on the Earth's surface.  Floating at that level would be no trouble at all, since the oxygen and nitrogen mix which people would breathe (which can easily be extracted from Venus's atmosphere) would cause the settlement to float.  And since the pressure is the same on the inside as on the outside, should there be a tear, the oxygen would seep out so slowly that the damage could be fixed without any particularly urgency.  Unlike Mars, where such a breech would be catastrophic, due to the pressure difference.

The trip to Venus would require three months, as opposed to a trip to Mars, which would require between six to eight months.

With modern technology, you cannot simply blast off to Mars or Venus whenever you like.  You have to wait for the planets to line up properly.  Such ideal launch dates occur more frequently for trips to Venus than to Mars.

The Venusian thick atmosphere would naturally slow down arriving spacecraft, making the need for expensive rockets unnecessary, which a Martian landing would require.

As mentioned above, people on Venus would live with the conditions outside having the same temperature and air pressure found on Earth, unlike Mars which is much colder and has a much lower air pressure.

Although we cannot be 100% certain, Venus's gravity, at 9/10th that of Earth's, would likely not lead to bone decalcification and other health problems that Mars's low gravity would cause.

Venus provides natural protection against cosmic radiation.  Mars doesn't.

Venus receives 4x more sun than Mars.  This means a good source of energy.  It also would be wonderful for plant life.  Plants love carbon dioxide, and Venus's atmosphere is 95% carbon dioxide.

The only two advantages Mars has over Venus are:

You don't have sulfuric rain on Mars.  However, at such a high altitude, the Venusian sulfuric rain is much rarer.  Still, it does happen, so colonists would have to take vigilant measures to ensure they aren't caught outside during the rain.

You can actually set foot on the surface of Mars.  If you're wearing a pressure suit, that is.  Sure, the Venusian colonists won't be able to set foot on the surface of Venus, but they will be able to go outside without wearing pressure suits.  All they'll need is a tank of oxygen.  Otherwise, you'd be able to go outside in your underwear, if that appeals.

In summary, it would be cheaper and easier to colonize Venus than Mars.

If you believe I'm simply making this up, I invite you to read the following article, or Google the advantages of colonizing Venus over Mars and read the information for yourself.

https://medium.com/@Jernfrost/why-colonize-venus-instead-of-mars-c490d14c0531

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4 months ago
Mail this post to the White House immediately.

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4 months ago

Considering the Russians landed some probes on Venus back in the 70s, I’m sure they would approve.

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4 months ago
But what about Newt Gingrich’s moon colony?

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4 months ago

Going to have to clear out the Nazis on the darkside of it first.

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3 months ago

killing Moon Nazis makes you the Real Moon Nazi 

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3 months ago

Pamela Sargent wrote a Hard SF trilogy about the terraforming of Venus. I've only read the first one in the series (Venus of Dreams, 1986), but she had the colonists initially living in floating habitats in the upper atmosphere.

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3 months ago

I've never read that series, but I'll be on the lookout for it.

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3 months ago

I have one concern here. Is the low amount of oxygen enough? Because according to the link below, plants actually do need oxygen as well.

Do plants have to have oxygen to survive? Or can plants (other than the plants in wetlands) live without oxygen?

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3 months ago

My reading on the subject never brought up this issue.  I guess if the plants do need oxygen and if Venus doesn't have enough, then the plants would have to be grown in floating greenhouses.

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3 months ago
Which really shouldn't be too much of a problem given there are no drastic needs like pressurization.

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3 months ago

Sorry, what the fuck is it that you're describing, exactly? I mean, you say that the gases the colonists breathe alone would hold the settlement afloat, so I'm assuming it's some, like, massive floating sphere of breathable gas with a colony in it, almost like a hot air balloon where we're in the balloon, but apparently, the colonists can be caught in the rain, which they couldn't if they were in a self-contained atmosphere, but if they weren't and could be caught by the rain, the gas would escape, and... fuck, I don't know.

Please clarify, David.

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3 months ago
I assume somebody would have to be outside the colony at times to do repairs or something

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3 months ago

The colonists would be able to exit the floating colony and walk around the outside.  Presumably you'd have catwalks or other structures allowing such excursions, such as to make repairs, or simply for the pleasure of being able to go outside.  There's nothing complicated about that.  You wouldn't even need a pressure lock, since the pressure on the inside and the outside is equal.  You'd just have to bring a tank of air with you.  Venus's atmosphere at that height won't harm you, you just can't breathe it.  You'd have to be careful about the sulfuric rain, and, I suppose, watch out that you don't fall off.  The colony's air would contain a mix of nitrogen and oxygen, which could float in Venus's atmosphere, which is 95% carbon dioxide.  Depending on the precise nature of the construction, it is possible that additional buoyancy would be needed, in which case you'd use a system similar to a blimp on earth, filled with either hydrogen (which is perfectly safe to use on Venus, unlike Earth) or helium.  Both gasses can be extracted from Venus's atmosphere, so that's not a problem.  In the event of a tear, the hydrogen or helium would escape so slowly that there would be ample time to effect repairs.  If you're dubious about this, it is worth noting that in World War I, British planes would fire bullets into German blimps, which could still stay afloat despite extensive damage.

Hope that clarifies, Steve.  I invite you to read the link I posted for more info, or indeed, visit NASA's own website.

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3 months ago

:) Sounds awesome!

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3 months ago

Ah, it does indeed. Thank you.

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3 months ago

:) This sounds awesome! (And would make an awesome sci-fi as well.)

I think they should try to bring self-sustaining life to as many planets & moons as they can. As we stand today, a planet-killer asteroid could still wipe out all life we know of. Colonies on Venus, Mars, the moon (and other moons) would give life and humanity a better chance at survival.

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one month ago
The trump people have made 6 logos for it and all of them suck ass. [here they are]

Pro tip: If you draw a spaceship, don't put a little round window in it - it looks childish. Also all the colors on all of them are wrong. I really really really hope they go with something simple and iconic like the army's square with a star in it or the air force's abstract wings thing. Even the navy logo is simple and iconic (eagle holding an anchor). Literally nobody would mistake the navy logo for anything other than the american navy. I would easily mistake the space force optional logo that says "mars awaits" as an ad for spacex.

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3 months ago

Another glorious day in the Empire...

https://www.cnn.com/us/live-news/maryland-newspaper-shooting/index.html

Wondering if this was just some independent disgruntled nut, or someone stupidly took that Milo faggot seriously when he was calling for people to shoot a journalist for vigilante justice.

http://thehill.com/regulation/court-battles/393357-kennedy-announces-retirement-from-supreme-court

This seems to be the one a lot of people are really worried about since it's most likely going to result in an even more conservative Supreme Court. Get your abortions and gay marriages in now folks!

http://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/394565-gop-north-carolina-candidate-god-is-racist-jews-are-descended-from-satan

"What is wrong with being a white supremacist? God is a racist and a white supremacist," - Russell Walker

Just lol.

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3 months ago
That last one is an interesting platform. Better than the pedophile platform guy though.

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3 months ago
I love how he actually cites scripture from the Old Testament in the following page and then claims that the Bible was altered at a different part (the lineage of Christ per the Gospels):

CHRIST'S GENEALOGY (according to this crayon eating fartnugget).

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3 months ago

The newspaper that was shot up and the police commissioner responding to the situation performed their roles with a great deal of class and I'm very impressed by them. But nah, was just come faggot stalker.

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2 months ago

For a racist, God sure has a thing for Asian Women.

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2 months ago
That is remarkable.

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one month ago

From the homeless guy in California claiming to be God, to the Ethiopian Church claiming to have the actual Ark of the Covenant hidden away somewhere, to this family in Japan, we really do have people belting the entire globe who want a piece of the Abrahmic pie no matter what they believe about it.

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2 months ago

Well this is happening today apparently:

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/portland-patriot-prayer-proud-boys-rally_us_5b646217e4b0de86f4a0ba04

Can't wait to see what the fallout of this shitstorm will be.

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2 months ago

A few people got hit with rocks and the cops deployed some flash bangs but that’s about it. The rally and the counter protest both sucked.

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2 months ago
Better luck next time.

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2 months ago

that was fucked up actually. the cops lined up in front of the proud boys and teargassed the counter-protestors. they then posted their mugshots on social media, which they literally don't do for other suspects. 

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2 months ago

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2 months ago
Yeah I heard about this.



I am a Citizen of Bangladesh. This is a plea for help.

On 29th of July 2018 school going students were killed by a reckless bus driver. The students protested with slogans on the same bus stand.

Since then All students of Bangladesh are protesting for safer roads and more strict regulations.

Their intention was never to harm even a single person. Neither it is now.

But today POLICE AND PEOPLE OF CHATRO LEAGUE tortured students with tear shell,shot them with bullets, beat students brutally and raped the female students (on 4th August 2018). The students are trying to defend themselves with sticks and tree branches that they've found on the streets.

4 students have been murdered and other 4 female students have been raped. And the Government is sitting there silent.

WE NEED YOUR HELP. PLEASE.

LET THE WORLD KNOW WHAT IS GOING ON IN BANGLADESH . Spread the news throughout all the social medias and email the international medias so that they can personally take a look at it.


Well I'm sure the world will get right on that whole caring thing. It has such a good track record so far.

Also it sounds like Facebook has been just fine with taking down messages like these, I guess because someone in the Bangladesh government is asking them too in addition to their other efforts to keep details from getting out like shutting down cell phone networks etc. What a good company I'm glad so many people give them money.

e: Well according to this some actress was jailed for posting photos on Facebook, so maybe they're just unsure how to handle the situation now. But the people posting the stuff I'd assume are aware of the risk they're taking and so I still wouldn't consider removing it all the best option. They want people to know what's going on.

There aren't really any mainstream news people in Bangladesh and the local stuff is controlled by the government so they're pretty fucked by the sound of it.

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2 months ago

Well, considering a lot of countries send military and resources to help on these kinds of situations, it's the best thing to hope for. I doubt these people in Bangladesh have guns like Murica, so rebelling would be useless. Better hope for Globalization to save them than to keep quiet and get murdered/dragged out of your home.

Everything else is spot on. I was pretty much neutral/meh on Facebook for some time now but helping a dictatorship murder innocent students because "muh money" is ridiculous, even more so considering Bangladesh isn't even that big of a country. Unlike Google with China.

Now, i get it that this post has a left tone to it, but https://www.reddit.com/r/worldnews/comments/94ivyd/school_students_have_been_protesting_in_demand/e3lwjzf/?context=3 is unnaceptable. No matter your political position or social movement, picking a fight over the guy for expressing his empathy for inexistent sexism is ridiculous.

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2 months ago

This seems more promising as far as good world news goes.

https://www.cnn.com/2018/08/04/world/climate-change-deadly-summer-wxc-intl/index.html

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2 months ago

Nice, looks like pretty soon your going to have more souls for your soul furnace... Still for those of us who aren't undead, that kinda sucks.

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2 months ago

Right wing nut, Alex Jones got UNpersoned on several media platforms recently. While I get the logic behind doing it by the various corporations, not sure if it was the best way to handle him.

Given his love of conspiracy theories, the fact that several large corporations banned him, he now actually has a more legitimate (if very weak) argument for his New World Order insanity. (See! They shut me down! I told you!) Not to mention even folks that think he’s a complete fucktard might still very well defend him on the freedom of speech thing. Still I doubt if much is going to change apart from some grumbling.

In any case the tinfoil hat wearers will have to go elsewhere to learn about the ongoing gay frog crisis.

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2 months ago
Meh this kind of thing is just going to happen more and more with less of an excuse, it's the Twitter echo chamber mentality gone large scale but that's been how it is with most major media stuff for awhile now.

He should get on AM radio, back in the day that's where all the conspiracy theorists would hang out.

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2 months ago
I saw that. Seems like a slippery slope. Anyone who didn’t want to listen or read could have ignored or blocked him. In the end, all these big companies are just pushing for their own world vision and agenda.

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2 months ago

I mean, kind of hung by his own petard there. 

Idiots wanted to go on about how bakers don't have to make a fuckin cake or whatever, but private media companies are required to give them a platform 

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2 months ago
He was banned for posting conspiracy theories? Isn't that against free speech?

I mean, if his posts "offended" someone, they could very well ignore the guy/block/whatever. It's not like he got out of his way to spam or something. And even so, i'm sure there are options in these social medias to block him.

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2 months ago
Free speech is a protection against government censorship. Private companies can censor you however they like (to the extent that public opinion doesn't turn on them and drive down their stock prices).

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2 months ago
Except companies basically own, fund, and direct the government these days.

Even if they have the right to do whatever, what I wonder is what the actual line where people would object to social media platforms enforcing one set of views or values. Or is there even a point where enough people to make a difference would care enough to stop using them over something that effects mostly people they disagree with.

Just the fact that the response to finally being called out on the invasive amount of your personal data being collected and exploited was all these companies putting up a notice going 'hey is it okay if we keep doing this thing we've been doing without your permission and consent for years?' and having most people shrug and agree without even reading it is a pretty good indicator I'd think. Nobody here stopped using their phones or favorite parts of the internet over it anyway and I doubt it was considered for even a second.

Media also directly shape views and values so that's another factor. Nearly every belief you hold is because a company did a really good job of pushing it while pushing out any opposing view.

I need to edit out what I said about 'Twitter mentality' though or at least clarify I was referring to the mindset of a lot of their users, since it turned out they're the only holdout. And it looks like they're now getting attacked for actually expecting news people to do their jobs or ordinary people to think and draw conclusions for themselves.

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2 months ago
Oh, I don't disagree. I almost posted something about how ethically, there is a big difference between a small business owner telling you to get out of the store with your craziness but something else entirely when you're a multi-million client social media platform. Impact, scale, and the personal nature are all different.

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2 months ago

but companies have no ethical obligation, as fucked up as that sounds. they have only a profit incentive. 

if you want to criticize capitalism, be my guest, but I don't think that's what you're doing her e

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2 months ago

Okay Unite the Right 2: Neo Nazi Boogaloo is apparently happening later on this Sunday.

http://fortune.com/2018/08/11/unite-the-right-2-rally-dc/

Let's see if this one results in at least a bigger shitstorm than whatever that pathetic display was supposed to be in Portland a few days ago. (Yes, expectations are very low)

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2 months ago
It’s supposedly going to be small because of neo-nazi infighting.

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2 months ago

Probably can't agree on who is "white" again.

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2 months ago
If these people were smart they'd all focus on the fascism first, and then they'd have the tools to start killing each other by race or whatever other criteria

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2 months ago

From what I can gather is a lot of the infighting is based on the idea if a fascist fun time rally is a good idea at this time. The guy organizing it told the more “hardcore” Nazis to stay home because they don’t want to have a bad image. Even folks like Richard Spencer and Don Black don't think its a great idea.

“We do not want the image of being a bunch of weird losers who march around like assholes while completely outnumbered and get mocked by the entire planet.”

Lol.

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2 months ago
Yeah I mean, makes sense, don't want people getting the idea fascism is bad.

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2 months ago

Well Digit wanted to post this, but he's gotta save all his technical knowledge for nuke school, so here:

https://www.pluralist.com/posts/1824-millennial-couple-bikes-through-isis-territory-to-prove-humans-are-kind-and-gets-killed/partners/44197

As they say, play stupid games, win stupid fucking prizes.

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2 months ago
Austin, a vegan who worked for the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, and Geoghegan, a vegetarian who worked in the Georgetown University admissions office, decided that they're were wasting their lives working.

REEEEEEE

...okay, article could be worded and edited just a teensy bit more professionally but that doesn't dampen the lols. '

Like if you want to believe heat is 'a make believe concept' then you do you, but at least acknowledge that through some mysterious process fire still burns and maybe don't go pouring gasoline on yourself, just in case.

Anyway, wonder if they used their last moments trying to pass out flyers on the ethics of a plant-based diet...

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2 months ago

Last blog post.

http://www.simplycycling.org/blog/2017/6/8/i-quit-my-job-today

There aren't enough Picard facepalms.

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2 months ago
Lol. I'm amazed they even lasted a year.

That's kind of disgusting actually, think I'd have killed the guy too if he'd come bicycling up and read that to me.

The comments are gold though.

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2 months ago
Suggestions for ways normal, non-faggy people might achieve peace of mind without going out of their way to get killed by ISIS:

Sit down somewhere quiet with a glass of tea and a good book.

Go for a walk in a place with nice weather and no terrorists.

Bake cookies for someone having a shitty time.

Volunteer somewhere.

Watch a good movie.

Play a fun game.

Pet a puppy.

Just kill yourself right where you are and don't fucking blog about it.

Feel free to list your own suggestions.

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2 months ago
Write a story!

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2 months ago
Yes.

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2 months ago
Take up anime as a hobby

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2 months ago
No.

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one month ago
Quit watching anime and seek sunshine.

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2 months ago

Pet two puppies!

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2 months ago
Yes!!

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2 months ago
"Two people who were tragically, woefully, HILARIOUSLY naive met the horrible fate that EVERYONE living in reality knew they would. Sad but play stupid games you will win stupid prizes"

That and Gina-Grant fight in the comments made this page one of my favorites.

EDIT: "When kebab meets vegan"

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2 months ago

Satanists held a rally in Little Rock, Arkansas.

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/satanic-temple-baphomet-statue-arkansas_us_5b75eeffe4b0a5b1feb9596b

Favorite bit is where it said counter protestors held up signs saying stuff like “Blasphemy is not free speech,” “Satan has NO rights.”

Oh and apparently Mormons don't want to be called "Mormons" anymore, but who gives a shit.

https://www.cnn.com/2018/08/17/us/mormon-church-name-trnd/index.html

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2 months ago
I saw a headline about the Mormons the other day but thought it was a joke. Good luck with that.

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2 months ago

That Mormon shit is stupid. I mean, even the idea of changing Mormons to "Church of Jesus Christ" doesn't work, because you know, that's fucking all Christian churches.

That Satanic shit looks badass, though.

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2 months ago
I was wondering what kind of edgelords might show up at a thing like that, and now I know.

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2 months ago

Satanic shit is pretty objectively cool looking, firstly. It's why that kind of aesthetic is so popular. But in regard to the actual event, yeah, it seems fairly obviously to be a good thing, given the purpose is for enforcing religious equality and separation of church and state. Calling it "edgelords" is either missing the point of the event entirely or purposefully ignoring it.

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2 months ago

that's a cool statue. it should go in a museum when they inevitably cave because of christians' very sensitive feelings and take them all down 

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2 months ago

Lol, they're just fucking with this guy now.

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/16/us/masterpiece-cakeshop-colorado-jack-phillips.html

The dude should just take the gay/tranny money and openly claim he's going to donate it to some sort of "family values" organization. It would save him a lot of pointless legal shit.

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2 months ago
"This time, the suit involves a customer, Autumn Scardina, who asked Mr. Phillips to make a cake with a blue exterior and pink interior that would mark her birthday and the seventh anniversary of her gender transition."

He should've refused by saying that's a stupid cake that'll hurt his brain just to bake. Blue + pink seems ugly.

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2 months ago
I like the way you think. Are there any organizations researching a cure for gender dysmorphia?

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2 months ago
It'd be a lot cheaper to ask one of the other bakers in Denver to make custom alphabet soup cakes. But some organizations will intentionally seek people out to kick off "test" cases.

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2 months ago

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/aug/20/prison-labor-protest-america-jailhouse-lawyers-speak

Prisoners go on strike, the whole ceases to function. 

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2 months ago
you accidentally a hyperlink

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one month ago
Uh so this Molly Tibbetts thing.

It sure has brought it to my attention that my dad has developed Strong Opinions about illegals in the last couple years.

Lol that the killer's own security cameras did him in though. What a piece of shit.

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one month ago
I still haven’t read how he abducted her. Usually attempts to abduct runners fail . . . because they kick you in the groin and run away.

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one month ago
He would watch her running by his house and then one day drove after her and then got out and ran along beside her awhile, until she got her phone out and told him to leave before she called the police.

Then he blacked out, and what I figure most likely happened is someone ELSE came along and put her in his trunk.

The poor man was clearly framed for political reasons.

Kind of surprised she didn't manage to at least dial 911 first even if she couldn't put up much of a fight, but I guess if he knocked the phone out of her hand she wouldn't have had the chance. (I'd have probably had it ringing before I even said anything...) But I guess there's no telling unless he miraculously regains his memory.

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one month ago
So, anyone else notice Hawaii's about to get scrubbed off the map? I haven't been paying a huge amount of attention to the news but it's all been political shit, I hope actual Hawaiians were given some kinds of heads up about their probably certain death later this week, on a local channel, perhaps.

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one month ago
I saw it in passing. Seemed like a big deal and was surprised it wasn't getting more attention. But sleazy lawyers, porn stars, and white collar criminals have been the topic of the day.

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one month ago
Welp...RIP

Oahu emergency officials are in the process of reviewing emergency shelter sites islandwide to determine if they're actually safe. Some couldn't withstand a Category 1 hurricane. Others are in flood zones.

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one month ago
It's so twirly and pretty...

Oh, and...

https://www.khon2.com/news/local-news/phone-internet-service-out-for-department-of-hawaiian-homelands-offices-properties/1389557472

HONOLULU (KHON2) - Hundreds of residents on Hawaiian Homelands are without phone and internet service as Hurricane Lane threatens the state.

According to the Public Utilities Commission, around 10 p.m. Monday, a contractor doing road work on Farrington Highway in the Nanakuli area accidentally cut conduits and fiber optic cables belonging to Sandwich Isles Communications.


'Welp...RIP.' still appropriate here I think.

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one month ago


Remember kids, aloha means both hello and goodbye.

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one month ago
https://twitter.com/twitter/statuses/1032713007992791040

These people are idiots but it's good footage of what 12 inches of rain all at once does to a river.

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Nothing quite like having to evacuate and relocate hundreds of people already hunkered down in their homes with all their emergency supplies on the eve of a hurricane...

Anyway, last update I saw, it's looking like they may not get a direct hit now, which is good because very little on the island could hold up to even a Category 1, many emergency shelters included. Flooding is looking to be the main problem as an opposing wind is going to keep it hanging out awhile and dumping rain, similar to Harvey.

Flooding is really fucking dangerous and can trap you somewhere or sweep cars away fast, but doesn't sound as exciting as hurricane force winds, so some people (dumb people) will likely not take it seriously. Even in places that get hurricanes every year there's always that one mandatory family swept away in their car and then a couple more after the storm who decided to stand around under trees.

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one month ago

https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/1005725/south-africa-farm-seizures-white-farmers-cyril-ramaphosa-anc

 

White people are such pussies. They conquer and colonize a previously desolate country, only to give it away to the Zulus, who aren't even native to South Africa. And in 2 years, when the black South Africans are starving, the EU will provide them with foreign aid. This is what I call pathological altruism.

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one month ago

Well it worked so well for Zimbabwe, figured might as well try it again!

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one month ago
"You see, this farm you and your family have had for a long while, your livelihood, your home? Damn that, you're too privileged. It doesn't matter that you're a minority with little say in the government or that you're ostracized by people like me."

That the majority of the population supports (or supported) this tells much about them.

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one month ago

Don't forget that when the ANC talks about white privilege and how people with privilege won't give it away on their own, white people used to have far more privilege than they do now (before the end of Apartheid), and they voluntarily chose to give it away. Again, pathological altruism.

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one month ago
If it were true altruism that'd be one thing, but most things today are about looking good in the public eye aka virtue signaling.

Note that I didn't actually click the link because I'm tired and late for work so am just speaking in general. Also vaguely feel like someone should be countering your ranting in some way but everyone is just super apathetic on this forum lately, aren't they?

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one month ago
The Zulu were conquerors and like most cultures they practiced slavery and oppressed the weak. I mean it's great when people go 'hey let's not do that shit anymore, let's all just stop' but I've never understood why anyone is owed an apology or reparations for their ancestors being beat at their own game.

Should find the descendents of people murdered by Shaka and give everything to them next imho. (Except sometimes he killed their entire families too so that may be difficult...)

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one month ago
Anything to get free shit that doesn’t belong to you.

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one month ago

To be fair, the Zulus came to be who we know them as today in a relatively short time due to european influence. African wars were being fought mostly in traditional/sporty ways of combat because otherwise Tribal Warfare is a pretty brutal way to lose a lot of people all too easily. The European style of war reminded him and a lot of other people that, oh right, you can go to war to kill a fuckton of people and get a lot of land and laborers extremely quickly instead of doing a song and dance to settle minor border disputes! So they started using knives instead of feathered clubs and map-blobbed an Africa that would have little recollection of how to fight a full-scale total war.

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one month ago
Because I know how much everyone here lives to read and click on things, this seems like a decent but short summary of his life for anyone who has no idea what we're talking about: http://www.fsmitha.com/h3/h37-af6.htm

I'm embarrassed to admit I didn't know he had 7000 men butchered because he was sad about mommy. In light of that I would like to withdraw my 'fucking metal' remark, he was apparently just some kind of diaper flinging toddler after all.

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one month ago

White people still control a majority of wealth and tend to have it far easier in SA. Also, they refused to sell their land lol.

White genocide is when you have to give back things you stole :(((

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one month ago
Your mom is a judge, how often does she sentence people for things that happened before they were born?

Does she send the children of drug dealers to prison too and for how many generations?

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one month ago

Dude, if someone hands you stolen property, it's still stolen property. 

Way more than half of the land in SA is still owned by a tiny minority of the population lol

e: it's also not like the nineties are distant history lmao 

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one month ago
How far back do you go to find the original owners after confiscating a thing stolen from someone who stole it themselves?

Or is skin color the only thing that matters in this? One African is as good as another as long as they're not white?

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one month ago

skin color matters insofar as white people were the ruling class until very recently, with unfair economic power that was propped up by the government. 

non-white Africans were excluded from massive parts of the economy and now don't have the same generational wealth that white South Africans tend to have, because they're still benefiting from apartheid. it's unfortunate, but it's also the only way to prevent white people from continuing to be a de facto ruling class

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one month ago
Nah I'm pretty sure you're wrong, this is just your wimpy Canadianness
talking.

Shaka was pretty fucking metal, but a lot of 'Zulu identity' only exists because he forcibly united them and murdered dissenters.

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one month ago

It's pretty fucking dumb and disingenuous that you're equating Shaka Zulu with race laws that were in place until 1994, but I think you know that already

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one month ago
It's pretty fucking dumb that you read the post where I said I never even clicked the link and yet choose to argue with me anyway.

Imho.

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one month ago

stop saying stupid shit then lol 

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one month ago

lol

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one month ago
So you think people can own land? Have you ever heard the wolf cry to the blue horned moon? Or asked the grinning bobcat why he grinned?

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one month ago
Smh at all damn fools who've never sang with all the voices of the mountains...

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one month ago

No, it's genocide when you're getting killed and raped on a plot of land you colonized. And if we gave blacks back everything they stole from us then they'd be naked, living in huts made from mud and human feces... like parts of Africa before the Dutch showed up and taught them their language, gave them cattle and food, taught them how to build, etc.

Also, most of Africa used to be owned by WHITE European countries and the Roman Empire. They didn't steal the land... If my father took someones' house and my family lived there for many generations, did my great grand-children steal the house?

While I despise Trump, he's right about something: 
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-08-23/trump-wants-pompeo-to-study-killing-of-farmers/10158114

Look at some of these horrible pictures:
https://southafricatoday.net/media/hard-news/south-africa-2016-a-year-of-devastating-news-in-pictures/

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one month ago
IP is clean if anybody's wondering.

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one month ago
The start of something wonderful I can feel it.

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one month ago

i admire how you come right out and say it 

we need more of this brazenness

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one month ago

The Romans took a small strip of Northern Africa, they weren't romping around in the Sahara. 

They didn't steal the house but they're living in stolen property, therefore they should get out. 

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one month ago

that article is from a far-right news group affiliated with a white secessionist party 

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one month ago

The article in question doesn't say they refused to sell their land, it says they were willing but they wanted too much for it, the government only offering a tenth of their asking price.

And it seems unreasonably childish to say that it's "giving back things that you stole", because you and I both know that's not what's happening, and you're making an emotional argument. The people we're talking about did not steal this land, they inherited it. 

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one month ago
Malk...emotional? Never.

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one month ago

hey mizal, why is it that you spew retarded shit and then say "lol ur mad"?

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one month ago
That doesn't happen as often as you're implying, I think it's possible your perception might be skewed by the tumultuous feelings that heave in your breast.

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one month ago
This thread is fun.

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one month ago

what? i never tell people they're mad when i don't have a point. if you think that... you must be angry

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one month ago
I never said you were mad in the 'lol, mad' kind of way, that angle on this is entirely your doing. You framed my post as something it wasn't and turned this into an argument, and for no real reason.

(One might think it was because you are in fact, super mad, but not me, I don't like to make those kinds of assumptions.)

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one month ago

Sort of wondering why Malk jumped all over Mizal about something that had nothing to do with the subject while Steve directly challenged his weak emotional based argument and he didn’t say shit.

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one month ago
Steve got to argue with Ford earlier. Malk didn't need to give him any more nourishment.

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one month ago

Malk, how do you justify “giving back” land to people when neither those people nor their ancestors ever owned the land.

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one month ago

because you can't get rid of something as politically and economically damaging as apartheid without taking further steps to dismantle it. in 94, white people were still left as a ruling class, controlling a majority of wealth and property. when apartheid was removed, black people were granted equal status under the law, but were still by and large an underclass. 

this is ugly, but land seizure is probably necessary to combat apartheid's legacy. 

you can call me a cuck now. 

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Nah, it’s not necessary. It’s really just a plain old revenge mindset, which is fine if that’s how the Africans want to get their giggles, though most of the time acting like a pack of violent savages doesn’t work out so great for them in the long run.

Personally, not sure why anyone white would WANT to live in fucking Africa.

In any case Malk you don’t really give a shit about the “African plight”, you’re just arguing because you got an unhealthy obsession with wanting to get ass pounded by giant black cock.

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one month ago

god, who gives a shit what you think. you have a fucking boner for being one of the good mexicans so badly you would probably build a thousand child concentration camps, if it meant one white kid with skinny wrists and tiny ears would call you one of the good ones on twitter, you george zimmerman ass motherfucker god damn 

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one month ago

Pretty sure its obvious I'd probably build a thousand child concentration camps for the shits and giggles. Getting praise (from any race) for it would just be a bonus.

Gotta love how Trayvon is held up now as some "victim" when the guy was a dumb ass thug that fucked with the wrong person that night.

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one month ago
OK everyone I know what this looks like but let me make it clear that Malk is NOT experiencing the emotion popularly referred to as 'being mad' right now.

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one month ago
Being white in lots of places is so lame now. It's a culture of cringing apology tours and self flagellation and being cucked. Only good for people who get off on the kind of thing. (i.e. Canadians)

Being black and Middle Eastern meanwhile still continues to suck, so the future is Latinos and Asians. AYT really won the genetic lottery there.

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one month ago
I mean Africa is going to be owned by China pretty soon, and they can't make it any worse. In fact I'm sure they're going to vastly improve it actually by putting lots of emphasis on workers' rights and not harming the environment and pfft haha I can't finish this sentence

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one month ago

While all of you become old and wrinkly, I will not age. I will become the Conqueror of Worlds. 

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one month ago

edit: nevermind

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one month ago

If you join the Discord like a man, maybe you would understand. For someone claiming to be experienced, you lack in making inferences based on context clues. 

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one month ago

What? My original reply was asking about your comment until I realized AYT was just your username.

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one month ago

Congratulations, you have a few brain cells. 

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one month ago

I deserved that.

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one month ago

This is more disgusting than foot lettuce:
https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/other/now-more-than-500-sick-from-outbreak-linked-to-mcdonalds-salads/ar-BBMm3Ro

I thought Buddhists were peaceful:
http://www.foxnews.com/world/2018/08/24/buddhist-monk-beats-kills-child-9-during-prayer-session-authorities-say.html

Sorry that the stories have no actual correlation. Its just some crap I heard in the news.

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one month ago
Buddhists were genociding people in Myanmar almost exactly a year ago. Like most major religions, there's people who just give themselves that title because it's part of their culture and gives some kind of benefit, and then the smaller number of people for whom it's a genuine faith.

https://www.thenation.com/article/buddhists-in-myanmar-are-unifying-behind-a-deadly-nationalism/

https://www.npr.org/2018/08/24/641239849/i-would-rather-die-than-go-back-rohingya-refugees-settle-into-life-in-bangladesh

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one month ago

Buddhism is a peaceful ideology, but in the same way Christianity is. They don't actually do that.

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one month ago
Just like Islam, the religion of peace.

cue sitcom laugh

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Okay so I'm sure everyone heard about John McCain dying, but here you go.

https://www.cnn.com/2018/08/25/politics/john-mccain-obituary/index.html

Someone shot up a football video game tournament. No info on if mass shootings are a sport now though.

https://www.cnn.com/us/live-news/madden-19-jacksonville-shooting/index.html?adkey=bn

Oh and in further hilarity, Alex Jones  just got caught with tranny porn on his phone. Guess the Illuminati finally turned him gay the same way they did with the frogs.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y7UMsftR_90

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one month ago
Someone replaced his phone with an identical duplicate that contained tranny porn.

The conspiracy is real.

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one month ago

Huh, I hadn’t heard McCain had died, but that’s nice. Jones is fucking hilarious, though, I’m delighted.

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one month ago

mccain getting posthumously dunked on and liberals getting mad is the funniest fucking thing, to me .

republicans are totally behind Trump, to an almost ridiculous degree. they don't fucking care about mccain lol. they wrote him off as a cuck like four months ago. they fucking think he's in hell lmao. 

but all these democrats are like he was so honorable such a great guy because of their fucking baffling need to find some common humanity with, what is at this point an american fascist party.  

democrats are a gang of toothless jackals lmao. they're gonna fucking lose and it's gonna be Immortan Trump 2032 baby 

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one month ago

democrats are a gang of toothless jackals lmao. they're gonna fucking lose and it's gonna be Immortan Trump 2032 baby

I sure hope so, though I question if Trump will even get a second term.

Then again didn’t expect him to win in the first place.

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one month ago
Trump is all flabby and lumpy. I'm holding out for a more chiseled fascist to get behind, and one who doesn't have a Twitter account.

But when Malk stops using capital letters and says lol and lmao a lot you always know the post is going to be a fun one.

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one month ago
@Chips Put in some paragraph breaks ffs, no one is going to read that

And you're actually wrong, civil arguments are the least interesting to read.

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one month ago

There some bloody paragraphs, And you mistake my point, any argument worth having has to be civil, doesn't make the more licentious ones any less amusing, rather on the contrary, those are the most enjoyable of them all, but in the end utterly useless.

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one month ago

Well I have to say, Watching the US elections on tape was the best entertainment had in a long time, and the Trump victory, and twitter bashing, glorious.

 

EDIT: On tape? fuck I'm old.

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one month ago
I particularly loved how the other decent politicians were dropped to the point where it was a final showdown between Trump and Hillary and even then they voted on the less experienced of the two.

I also love how he manages to practically undo all of the U.S.A diplomatic successes, reignite tensions in the middle east and be tricked into signing practically the same agreement of Iran with North Korea.

As a fellow brazillian memer, i think he's the most hilarious (there's a pun there somewhere) president i've seen since Dilma. After "stocking wind", "mosquitas", "We don't have a goal, but once we reach the goal we'll double it", i didn't think anyone could compare, but he managed it somehow.

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one month ago

I still have a Dilma Soundboard, It's too fucking good to delete

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one month ago
I don't know how it works in Brazil but in America, presidential elections now ultimately come down to being offered a choice between the two who have the most money. Nothing else matters in the end.


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one month ago

In Brazil, in short, It's a clusterfuck, anyone that's born in brazil and is over the age of 30 (I think) can become a candidate, and since the vote tally is individual and not district based, the pool is a clusterfuck as well, I think we have more political parties then  people, and it shows, so anyone reaches first turn, but if the voting is inconclusive, a second turn is made and then only the highest voted in the first turn get ahead.

One of the best things of a completely free candidacy It's the joke candidates, like Satan, Jesus, Stalin, and I do believe Trump is also running, Satan's one of the longest running candidates I think 20 years strong.

 

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Already Seen that video, Good channel as well.

But It should've been retitled, how democracy ruined my country, since we were doing just fine in the military dictatorship, they even left power with a positive approval rating, and in 21 years they just abducted and killed a little less than 400 people, and most of them are unconfirmed, mostly because it's so hard to find a body here in Brazil, a true "peaceful" dictatorship if you ask me.

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one month ago
I hope you and Zas stick around, you guys are great.

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one month ago
The racist anti-Brazilian COGites would undoubtedly have banned you by now, but here on CYS we love freedom and killed democracy a long time ago.

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one month ago

This would be funny If I wasn't banned from the COG forums long ago, who knew that a joke about incest, then another about CP, then another about trans, would be so offensive?

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one month ago

Prager U is far from a good channel in every way. They've had the message "The US is the only country where "If you don't succeed, try again" is a thing, an entire thing about how modern art is stupid and bad, they bitched constantly about girls being allowed into the boy scouts for "reasons", and included the notorious liar Nigel Farrage on their channel after he betrayed his country and lied to shit.

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one month ago
While i think socialism and Marx had great intentions at the beginning, the truth is that the welfare has to follow the country's economical situation. When PT (Worker's Party) decided to flood the country with welfare policies (Child Benefit, My Home my Life, to mention a few) they disregarded the state's budget.

But they (PT) only really cared about welfare policies to get votes from the extremely poor population who needs them. You can see that their supporters are from the poor class when you take a close look at one of their rallies. It was also really sad to see them being "paid" with mortadella sandwiches and some money for participating in these rallies.

Bolsonaro, however, is giving me too much Trump vibes. And if the man himself is to serve as example...

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one month ago

I think the best solution for the current welfare crisis that we're having, is a simple solution that is a pain to implement, UBI, universal basic income, you take away all those privileges like SUS, child benefits, and the rest, and institute a basic "salary", that is the same for everyone in Brazil, that way you encourage people to leave the mediocre situation that afflicts most of the poor populace, since you don't loose your paycheck if you move up in life.

As for Bolsonaro, Yeah definitive Trump vibes there, but for all intents and purposes, that may not be a bad thing, at the very least it'll be amusing.

And Zass, how quaint that the two Brazilians here are SW old republic fans eh?

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one month ago
I did not know about UBI, but you might be underestimating the scale of such a project in regards to the brazillian economical situation.

Let's consider, for instance, a UBI of R$900,00:

Circa 200 million people x 900 would cost 180 billion, monthly.

If we take into consideration the yearly balance of 2017, with US$ 67 billion (that's assuming a repeat) and convert it into R$, it would be something like a superavit of R$279 billion last year.

UBI would cost trillions per year, even if wee free some much needed money by getting rid of the welfare you mentioned, we might still not have enough money for this.

Of course, that's for this said value, but i suspect what you're suggesting is much lower. Could you explain your theory in more detail? I'm pretty intrigued by the concept.

In regards to Bolsonaro, i think Trump has been really detrimental to the USA economical and diplomatical situation. He's pretty much isolating his country gradually and picking fights unnecessarily.

And yeah, pretty weird that there aren't more brazillians here. I suspect this might be because not many of us has a reading habit and like interactive fiction (or even know that it exists).

EDIT: I realized the conversion from US$ to R$ seems a little off, but i did so through the first program i could find (i'm lazy, sorry). But the ending conclusion would still be the same.

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one month ago
We actually checked to see if you were both the same person at first when two Brazilian Star Wars fans popped up in the same thread arguing with Steve, lol. But if either of you have friends into reading nerd stuff or writing then be sure to give them a link.

I've seen arguments for UBI, and it's true even something as basic even as $2500 a year would be a huge help for people living paycheck to paycheck. Lots of people right now look forward to their tax returns every year because it's the only time they get a decent chunk of 'free' money to go towards needed things that might cost more than they can reasonably scrape up month to month.

My view on that though is that it will help some people a whole lot but do little to cut down on the number of people locked into true poverty. For them it'll be the same situation as with welfare--it doesn't do much good to just hand money to people who have already proved they're shitty at managing it or taking care of themselves. Same reason you don't give money to the homeless.

It'd be more practical to build more places with subsidized rent or give out cards that can be used specifically to help with utilities, at gas pumps etc. These things will all improve lives and remove pressure from the poor massively in ways that, like food assistance programs, are at least a little more difficult to convert into drug money etc.

e: All though I'd be completely supportive of the idea of a nationwide program to straight up hand out hundred dollar bills, no strings attached just in exchange for people taking a few classes on basic living skills, hygiene and nutrition. It's incredible how ignorant some people are about the most basic fucking shit, and I'm not even limiting this to the usual populations of absolute trash.

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one month ago

Well first off, Yes that project is gargantuan endeavour that shouldn't be taken lightly, and our current PIB/GDP is over 1.7 trillion USD, and such action would surely be massively expensive to implement, but our economy would be able to support itself quite nicely especially with a higher cash flow than before, but no it wouldn't be 900 BRL to every single people, much like "bolsa familia" there would be minimum standards towards delivering said benefit, as being 18 years or older, and not currently in jail, that narrows it down from 200+ million to under 100, the age restriction is to prevent people from breeding like rabbits to get more benefits.

But the project isn't to give people a way of living of it as much as it's to give them a fighting chance in life, as for the practicality of actual money versus vouchers, well we already do that over here, and people still mismanage it and use their money to buy superfluous things, that sadly is something out of the reach of most govs, about the idea for classes about financial security is a nice idea, especially if it works, but even better would be to include them into the basic curriculum of the schools and make it a requirement to apply for the UBI basic education.

Now for the money equation, giving the current PIB of Brazil, if we take the average tax (which I think it's lower than the actual value) and remove 20% of our PIB and place it as our public budget, and then take 40% of the public budget and place it on the UBI it would mean that monthly any citizen on the economically active zone 18-70 would receive almost 500 BRL per month, making for a great start, way better than the current "Bolsa Familia".

I do recommend the video hyperlinked on the  UBI in the previous post, it's quite good, and that channel is great.

And Unlike my previous assertiveness about the judicial system, this method of WellCare is completely theorical, so the details of economic and societal impacts are just that, theorical, and I'm not an economist, just a CDF Engie with fascist tendencies, but even so I do believe it would be better than the current broken system.

EDIT: About Trump, Diplomatically yeah he's tearing down everything, but the economy is doing well in the US, you can see it when the bloody USD is 4+ BRL, but even so, I don't find a great president, and it's hard to think that Bolsonaro will be diferent, but I do know his VP General Mourão, He's a good man and a competent general, about the good man part that's at least what my parents told me about him, so at least he has that going for him.

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one month ago

In regards to Bolsonaro, i think Trump has been really detrimental to the USA economical situation.

That's objectively untrue. The US economy is booming and one of the few things keeping his support afloat among some moderates.

i think Trump has been really detrimental to the USA economical and diplomatical situation. He's pretty much isolating his country gradually and picking fights unnecessarily.

Trump realizes that our supposed allies are taking advantage of us, and so he's putting an end to that. Being nice isn't the same thing as being diplomatic.

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one month ago

That's objectively untrue. The US economy is booming and one of the few things keeping his support afloat among some moderates.

I have been led to believe that Trump's policies are taking an increasingly isolationist tone, and that China would eventually surpass the american economy due to it. Could you explain your thoughts on the american economical situation on more detail?

Trump realizes that our supposed allies are taking advantage of us, and so he's putting an end to that. Being nice isn't the same thing as being diplomatic.

At the time i wrote this i was thinking about moving the embassy on Israel. But what puzzles me more are his speeches.

I can understand that his words reflect his policies well, and honesty with a public servant is pretty rare, but perhaps he could mince words and close himself more? When i look for one of his speeches and his interactions with foreign governments, it looks to me like he is branded as incompetent or stupid by foreign governments, who see him and to a extent USA as unreliable in trade and further diplomatic efforts.

I also understand that being diplomatic and nice are two different things, but i believe deception has become somewhat necessary on international politics, to the extent where you need to be nice even if you're looking forward to an aggressive move.

But i'm no american and what knowledge of your country's current position i can get are through news sites (many of them with a bias and with liberal tendencies, sadly), so i'd like to hear your position on what is happening to America right now on more detail. It would also be nice if you or anyone could point me to an unbiased news site, as i've been looking for those for quite a bit of time.

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one month ago
All the news people really really fucking hate him, except for the one channel that really really loves him, so basically it's not possible to get unbiased anything about Trump or anything he is or isn't doing anywhere.

Literally everything is politicized now with the media pushing one agenda or another, not just talk about the government. Objective journalism is a thing of the past, they choose their wording to push their views or report or don't report certain things (the stuff they downplay or don't bring up at all says a lot more than what they do want to talk about...) so you just basically have to follow the news for pure entertainment or don't bother at all.

Maybe in twenty or thirty years or after a soft reset of civilization people can start figuring out what the fuck happened to society today and what was actually going on behind the scenes with the benefit of hindsight. (They'll probably blame the internet.)

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one month ago
I certainly do.

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one month ago
You could always hope that by watching all of them the biases cancel out to a degree.

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one month ago
Now that i see the video again, his face really reminds me of John Travolta, for some reason.

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one month ago
You celebrate an old man's slow death because of what you view as his 'crimes, and condemn others for having the common decency or at least basic politeness to not do the same. And yet, you would have supported literal, actual Nazis who would've gassed you and your entire family being released after two years of house arrest and some therapy.

I hope you didn't learn this kind of hypocrisy from your mom for obvious reasons. Probably just as well Canada's got soft laws for pussy soyboys or I can easily imagine her finding excuses to execute people for their politics.

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one month ago

Okay dude. You can get mad about my pretend opinions that you made until the cows come home, if that's what you want. lmao

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one month ago
For those keeping tally at home, Steve has made reference to 'emotion' 10 times in this thread alone as a way to try and shut down anyone he disagrees with while maintaining a position of smug superiority.

A more subtle version of 'u mad bro' perhaps but the intent is the same. Anyway, watch this space, anyone who knows Steve knows he likes to use the same arguments and insults with almost the exact same wording constantly (possibly in part because his memory is just gone).

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one month ago

Interesting how when it's Malk, it's true, but when it's the Brazillian who is mad at criminals and talks about nothing about how bad shit is because of them rather than actual solutions or you bringing up a story specifically to get emotions running somehow becomes false.

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one month ago
Weird, before I zoomed in and noticed the avatar I assumed this was that Brazilian newbie because this sentence was really hard to follow and I didn't think it could possibly be by a native speaker.

And I never said anything about Malk's argument being emotional, I made a joke about Malk being emotional. Like, in general. And I didn't do it ten times in a row. He was right not to bother responding to your baiting though.

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one month ago

So... yeah, you joked about Malk being emotional, at the time when he was arguing. Don't make me walk you to the goal here, Miz.

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one month ago
You're being deliberately obtuse now. Your pretend idiocy could only be believable to people you haven't been literally in the same IRC and Discord with for years now. You're trying to make me drag out examples on a public forum to 'prove' Malk is emotional in a way that explains why the joke was made in the general sense when you are fucking well acquainted with the reason for it and could also just ask him. If I wanted to apply the 'lol, so mad' tactic to his actual argument I would've replied to him and not dropped a three word joke in response to the opening you gave.

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one month ago

No, I'm not looking for examples, you're just misunderstanding and assuming that your stupid view of the situation is accurate. I'm pointing out that when the emotional label was applied to Malk, you thought it was worth joking about, but when it was, if anything more accurately, applied to the other two arguments, it became dismissible because you didn't agree with it.

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one month ago

This news is mostly to talk about the new arms race that's happening, Russia putting some heavy funds towards re-arming their country, and fuck they got the advantage when it comes to defensive weapons, after all look at that old, outdated thing that is the patriot defense system.

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one month ago
Meanwhile, Putin is still fapping to the annexation of Crimea.

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one month ago

Can you Blame him?

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one month ago
Now we know he annexed Crimea for the oppressed russian girls. Silly western people, denying the Motherland their rightful females.

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one month ago
@Digit Don't think I don't see that and don't think I won't ban you.

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one month ago
why u bully me???

Massachusetts fires

one month ago
Not exactly breaking news anymore aside from the investigation into just how fucked the gas company is, but I've been reading up on those explosions in those Massachusetts towns last week. Anyone beside Corgi from around there? Seems like it effected a pretty large area, I'm actually pretty amazed only one person died.

Also it's just a little bizarre that dozens of houses exploded and the only death was from someone not even in a house.

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28 days ago

Can't be bothered to dig up the gun thread (Pretty sure we had one) when I can easily remember this one instead.

Anyway, another round of play stupid games win stupid prizes.

Probably shouldn't look at this at work/school (It's not porn though, unless you count the fat dude with his shirt off)

https://www.reddit.com/r/PublicFreakout/comments/9hlz25/man_shot_and_killed_by_fatherson_duo_in_abilene/

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28 days ago
*Fat dudes with their shirts off.

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28 days ago

Welp, not the best thing to watch before breakfast.

Sorry if I turn it into a gun-control post, but I didn't have a shot (hnngh) at this in the other thread.

It's probably due to the cultural difference, but my neighbors being able to hold guns in a property dispute seems like the premise for a dystopian movie to me (or a tacky pulp action). I know that most gun owners are not going to shoot people yadda yadda yadda, but life's fragile enough; why make it easier for two idiotic fat neighbors to cut it short for you?

And yes, the victim there was A-level stupid to start threatening two armed men even after they warned him. Yes, his wife and brother should have talked him out of that instead of recording and giving him a bat. But "play stupid games win stupid prizes" was last used in here to comment on vegan bikers who intentionally went in the middle of ISIS territory. It's weird when that ends up being comparable to an argument between American neighbors.

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27 days ago
Lol it's Abilene, it basically already is a dystopia.

I didn't watch the video because I didn't care to but nothing I've read on it indicated anyone thought to call the police before the guy was shot. Phone in hand and everything but only to film for the internet of course. Everyone involved was trash, fighting over literal garbage, but 'deliberately escalating a situation when weapons are involved and pointed at you / someone you care about' is such a failure of the basic instinct for survival. Stupid prizes can be won anywhere, they're not just for people rich enough to quit their jobs and travel.

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27 days ago

I didn't even notice that not one of them thought of calling the police, I guess that accounts for a medal on top of the stupid prize. I expressed myself badly in the previous post; I agree to the whole "play stupid games win stupid prizes" for these people, the thing that stood out to me was how easy it was for some random neighbors to have both a gun and a shotgun and use them on another idiot. But again, maybe it's just because that's a particularly bad area and I know nothing of the place.

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26 days ago
I have a shotgun and a .22 pistol and only in the last week (after I quit) did I stop taking a .380 to work in my purse every day. These are just the guns I own personally of course, I have access to about eight more counting my dads' and those of my grandpa's he's hanging onto. Lots of people own guns without being idiots.

A couple of my grandpa's guns are over eighty years old in fact and he never shot anyone either outside of WWII and Korea.

I wish they did invent some kind of idiot screening test, but even wanting stricter screening for mental illness gets people up in arms (pun unintentional) because no one can agree on what even counts as mental illness half the time and in the other half it's discriminatory because boohoo people with depression or Aspergers deserve rights too. (lol they really don't.)

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26 days ago

This video embodies America perfectly. Absolutely perfectly. Two groups of retards fighting and dying over a mattress in an alleyway...

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26 days ago

Nah, don't generalize just because it's easier. This video shows some of the problems your country has, but it embodies America just as much as it embodies humanity as a whole, two ants fighting or your poor life choices.

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26 days ago
Yep, all 325 million people from vastly different cultures and backgrounds spread out over 10 million square kilometers are exactly the same! How shrewd of you to notice. :)

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26 days ago
Not to mention only one retard from one of the groups of retards died.

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22 days ago

Little bit of old news but whatever. Humanity loses more information of its past due to information entropy despite active preservation,

basically a museum burned down.

The museum's entire Egypt section pretty much burned down. This includes the 5 mummified corpses they had stored there. Many other artefacts were burned away. It is the oldest museum in the country and now its gone along with around 90% of the artefacts it was stored in. They also had no digital backups of the artefacts and the information pertaining to it (don't really know why they didn't tbh, seems like in this day and age having backups is a requirement to get anything done).

Egypt is slightly pissed at this loss of its own cultural heritage and the Egypt Consulate in Brazil has been sent to see exactly what the damage to these artefacts are. Anyway, chances are that now if you want to know more about the Egyptian artefacts collected by Brazilian Emperor Pedro I, your gonna have to ask the Egyptologists who saw and studied them before the museum burned down. Lets hope this is last of humanities past that has to be lost to time immemorial :)

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17 days ago

Apparently most Americans will be getting a text message from Trump today around 2:18 EST.

http://time.com/5400574/presidential-alert-donald-trump-fema/

You can't block him either. Mizal is personally hoping he'll send dick pics to everyone.

What a glorious time to be alive.

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17 days ago
Something new for people to cry about.

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17 days ago
Good God can you just imagine how fucking angry this is going to make a bunch of people lol.

And just wait till the follow up series of drunk texts arrive in the middle of the night.

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17 days ago

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17 days ago
Well that was super lame.

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17 days ago
FEMA doesn’t care about me.

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17 days ago
The presidential dick pic, I mean. It was very underwhelming.

What did you guys get?

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17 days ago
I didn’t even get coal.

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17 days ago
I think I'm immune since I don't own a cell phone.

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17 days ago

Yes. Arrived on time and only once.

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17 days ago

I thought the mushroom comparison meant the shape, not the red spots

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14 days ago
Farking Goblins!

Butt Hungry Goblins

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14 days ago
Lol, it said they were going to hire a witch hunter...I wonder how you get into the "witch hunter" business to begin with.

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13 days ago

Much needed levity....for me...apparently not the people involved.