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    Boring or Normal :P

    I'm also 30, but I got tired of the party-hard stuff quite early on - quit drinking at 22 and while I still go out and have fun with friends I'm not exactly going clubbing and partying hard, I'm more of a casino and house gathering kind of guy nowadays. That said, I'm a bachelor and am pretty happy with that at the moment- I've decided to pour my resources into traveling and seeing the world, which has kind of become my new passion. My friends are a mixture. The ones that I went to school with are actually pretty much all marrying and having kids, I'm something of an outlier there. The ones I made outside of school who are of a similar age to myself are generally the same as myself - bachelor types. Some are party animals, but some are quiet and easy-going. Ultimately it doesn't matter whether you're 'normal' or 'boring', as long as you are happy with your life and what you have.
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    Abbot's Thatcher speech

    I've got no particular beef with him - he's a bit of a knob but that's not exactly a rarity in the science community. He's just the easiest example to use in this situation given his status with anti-feminists.
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    Abbot's Thatcher speech

    How about (prof) Christina Hoff Sommers? She's been trying to expose the outrageously inflated claims of the toxic "Third Wave" feminists since at least 1994. She's just starting to get somewhere in the last year or so, thanks to YouTube and social media. As for proof... There's plenty of proof that dickheads have sent her loads of very nasty words. There's none at all that anyone anywhere at any time has attempted or even planned to do any real harm to Ms Sarkeesian. Meanwhile, people exposing Sarkeesian's lies for what they are have been threatened with physical violence in person by her followers, and a lowly gamer meetup (attended by the aforementioned Dr Sommers - critic of Sarkeesian) was turfed out of their gathering venue by police for a 'phoned-in bomb threat. Sommers is respectable, I'll give her that. Unfortunately I don't necessarily believe she's *correct* in many cases, and seems to hand-wave things in the way some women are treated that are still really kinda wrong in the interests of not hurting dudes' feelings. As a man, I find that kind of patronising, I need to be told the honest truth about what I can do to help a situation, not be told 'oh you're a good little human aquilus and those women are just being mean to guys'. Probably doesn't help that she's the MRA movement's 'look we can't be sexist, a girl agrees with us!' card. As for no evidence of any attempts or plans to do harm... yeah I kind of doubt that. Threats have been made by both sides. The people doing it to critics of Sarkeesian should be utterly ashamed of themselves and I'm disgusted in them too, but let's not pretend for one second that people on 'your side' haven't behaved in as equally abhorrent a way. There've been claims of bomb threats on both sides, there've been claims of in-person threats on both sides, and there's a litany of rage and harassment and intimidation on both sides available online. I'm aware I'm getting pretty off-topic here, but to circle back around to the main point, it's pretty ridiculous to claim that she and Zoe Quinn and the like don't have something we can learn from online abuse/harassment. I wouldn't be opposed to some of the people you've cited being asked for their opinions though, and I suppose that's where we differ. I'd prefer a broad discussion rather than stifle discussion altogether because I don't like one side. Perhaps people feel that online abuse/harassment/threats aren't worth the UN's time, and I can understand that view - but I can't help but feel if it was thunderf00t up there talking about how mean the chicks are to him, people would be treating it as a most noble use of the United Nations' time, and that's the part I take issue with.
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    Abbot's Thatcher speech

    Nobody's saying that but you. hardly. eveln has a point. theres feckless time wasting that is at least minimally excusable under the backdrop of the myriad constraining entanglements of international politics, and then theres feckless time wasting that only adds insult to that injury; when even cursory research should dissuade against handing undue legitimacy to these odious self-ingratiating frauds. So basically, because you don't agree with them, they don't deserve to be heard by them and any attempt to hear them is a travesty eclipsing corrupt governments going on the human rights boards? so basically, you have a little trouble with the expression to add insult to injury? :) Sarkeesian has made some valid points. but then again, to bring this thread back on topic, i've heard Tony Abbott make the odd valid point. and some would say he's a cunt. incidently, he can also described as a dick. which makes me wonder how often you have expressed, or been sympathetic to descriptions of Tony that have featured gender specific insults without ever pausing to minutely tally and deconstruct the supposed balance and social import of the implied sexism therein, or more likely the complete lack thereof. i will not deny there are forms of bias and ugliness that warrant attention and action. but some valid points by Sarkeesian and co made in the service of 'the good fight' do not magically excuse their many distortions and manipulations, nor in any way render them worthy or appropriate mouthpieces. I suppose we're approaching it at two different sides of the coin then. Personally I'd say Sarkeesian's questionable actions re: Feminist Frequency, while certainly questionable, don't really have any relevance to the topic matter the UN selected her to discuss. My understanding is the UN discussion was related to online gender-based abuse, not problematic sexualisation/presentation of women in gaming, and there is an absolute boatload of evidence that she's been on the receiving end of that. You can reshare all the Sargon of Akkad videos you want and that doesn't dismiss hard evidence. You may not like her for previous actions (and I can understand why), but what she's gone through over the past couple years in terms of threats and online abuse would certainly seem to correlate with the topic the UN selected her to discuss (that being online harassment/abuse). That said, if the UN wanted to listen to thunderf00t going on about 'herp derp probably threatened to bomb your own speech' I wouldn't be opposed. Basically, I feel people getting all bent out of shape over that have their priorities well and truly out of whack.
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    Abbot's Thatcher speech

    Really? You have evidence that they've been fabricating their abuse? Cause... I gotta tell you, to fabricate that many times you're told to 'kill yourself you whore cunt' and 'i hope u liek dick slut' and 'i hope u get raped' would probably require the kind of server farm that'd make Skynet look jealous.
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    Abbot's Thatcher speech

    I'm well aware there are a number of dudes who disagree with me. Just as many agree, so we'll have to wait and see I guess. Not that the popularity of a view has much if any effect on its validity. hardly. eveln has a point. theres feckless time wasting that is at least minimally excusable under the backdrop of the myriad constraining entanglements of international politics, and then theres feckless time wasting that only adds insult to that injury; when even cursory research should dissuade against handing undue legitimacy to these odious self-ingratiating frauds. So basically, because you don't agree with them, they don't deserve to be heard by them and any attempt to hear them is a travesty eclipsing corrupt governments going on the human rights boards? That's a pretty dangerous road to go down, especially for the world's foremost diplomatic body.
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    Abbot's Thatcher speech

    I'm not an SJW either - but then again few are, that has become a throwaway term used to avoid critical analysis nowadays. Whether you think their input is of merit or not is your right of course but I just find it bizarre that of all the things people lose faith in the UN over, a couple of women being invited to present a certain viewpoint of harassment of women is what clinches it. There's plenty of reasons to give up on the UN, but like I said, that's pretty far down the list. UNSC veto abuse, questionable peacekeeper behaviours, hell even Leo has a point about human rights and hypocrisy. Those are the things we should be worried about, not an anti-harassment campaign. As for wasting time... eh, the UN are big boys. I'm sure they can worry about more than one social issue at a time.
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    Abbot's Thatcher speech

    Anita and Zoe had perfectly valid reasons to be heard. Just because you don't agree doesn't mean they don't have something valid to contribute, and to be honest of all the reasons to be pissed off at the UN, that's pretty much the dumbest. Giving a couple of women a mouthpiece on online harassment is nothing compared to Security Council cockblocking or inappropriate admissions to Human Rights boards.
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    World War 3

    Daesh weren't the ones who shot the pilot.
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    World War 3

    This will be interesting to watch. Putin's brand of dickwaving almost compels him to make a song and dance over this, to show weakness would be unthinkable to him. At the same time NATO can't exactly afford to throw Turkey under the bus given its role as the proverbial gate against the barbarians. And Erdogan might be the one person on Earth whose ego rivals Putin's.
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    What's on your mind?

    Welp, we're about to find out just how much brawn Russia's prepared to bring. I don't think they're gonna let a NATO member shooting down one of their planes go lightly.
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    Attacks in Paris

    They started last month, Helen Lovejoy.
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    What's on your mind?

    Really, it was only a matter of time. The Chinese medical practices surrounding anti-biotic use are pretty disturbing. Obvious viral flu? Here, take anti-biotics reserved for MRSA, but don't bother taking the full course, just take them till your symptoms go away. Post nasal drip causing a cough? Better take IV anti-biotics just in case. Infant has a slight fever? IV anti-biotics straight to head: Add to that the reckless use of anti-biotics in intensive animal farming, poor understanding of hygiene (even in hospitals), and high population density, and it's pretty much the perfect conditions for anti-biotic resistant bacteria to evolve. Yeah, it's pretty worrying. We cracked down, but basically China and developing countries throw antibiotics around like lollies. Hopefully *some* kind of new development can be made. I'm prone to secondary respiratory infections so I'm gonna have a shitty few decades otherwise!
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    Attacks in Paris

    You didn't watch it, did you? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XXUZjyZVj6s Listen to it and get educated, code. Actually listen to the source for once rather than your dimwit friends on FB.
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    Attacks in Paris

    Yup. This was always going to be their undoing. With al-Qaeda you had to bomb the general areas of Pakistan and Afghanistan and hope you had good intel. With Daesh, if you hit Raqqa and Mosul there's a good chance you're going to do serious damage.
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    Attacks in Paris

    Sad part is it'll probably be a bunch of Sikhs who end up paying the price because some fuckwit's going to go 'durr hurr horrible-militant-muslim-type-person go home i r patriet'
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    Attacks in Paris

    Well.. back at you, agree with some, not all. This is not a refugee problem, that is a stupid stalking horse easily sold to those of a conspiratorial bent and racists, it is about idealism not individuals although some individuals need expedient removal. However to ignore it and go on as usual has pretty much been tried and does not work - it's like any infestation, need to go feral and exterminate. Cheers I suppose that leads us to the question - how do we do that? I don't know if burning Raqqa and Mosul to the ground will solve the problem, and I have a feeling you'd have to assassinate a lot of people to weaken Daesh's command structure.
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    Attacks in Paris

    I don't think refusing to take in refugees will help all that much. If Daesh want terrorists in, they'll just send them through legitimate channels. They've got the abilities to do that. Booting people or cracking down on them because they might be a terrorist looks good on paper, but the problem then becomes what do you define as evidence of being a terrorist? Either the measures will be weak enough for terrorists to slip through the net, or they'll be so strong that innocent people will be punished and that'll in turn isolate minorities whose help we really need right now. This is something I think the human race is going to have to weather and ultimately I think the only real thing we can do is carry on and continue to operate as we would usually do. If we go overboard and become police states, then fascism comes in and terrorists win. If we start persecuting minorities because they happen to be the same religion/general 'look' as the perpetrators, terrorists win. If we arbitrarily attack nations and piss off our allies, terrorists win. Only winning move is going to be for the world to stay as united as possible.
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    Attacks in Paris

    To be honest I've always thought of the whole appeal to religion side of terrorism to be a tool of sorts. I actually don't think bin Laden, al-Baghdadi and company believe what they're selling, they do however see that such an influential and powerful thing can be abused to brainwash and manipulate people into doing their dirty work. The suckers who actually blow themselves up and shoot people probably buy it though.
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    Attacks in Paris

    I don't agree with all of what you've said, but this quote? Hell yeah. I resent some people using 158 people's deaths as a soapbox for their demented prejudices and conspiracy theories. Or indeed pointing out harsh reality? If you have better suggestion please put one forward cos living in denial is what caused the problem in the first place. But yeah, turn on us if you like. How about we just focus on bringing the actual people who did this to justice rather than speculate on some idiotic theories that have no actual basis? I'm not turning on you, I'm asking that you listen to reason.
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    Attacks in Paris

    I don't agree with all of what you've said, but this quote? Hell yeah. I resent some people using 158 people's deaths as a soapbox for their demented prejudices and conspiracy theories.
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    What's on your mind?

    I've been waiting for the iOS version with baited breath. I've made more progress on my novel in a year than I had the previous five thanks to that little godsend.
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    Attacks in Paris

    Perhaps you should critically analyse your sources and compare them with more legitimate ones.
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    how crap is this government ?

    Mr Garrison needs to shut the fuck up and be thankful he still has his job.
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    What's on your mind?

    I have to admit I have no real reason to have a garden. It's unnecessary effort and when I'm at home and not working the last thing I want is more stuff to do. If I want plants I'll go to the park.
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