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Given the choice of sharing space with Icke or sharing space with the editorial team of the Sun, Express and Mail...well, there's no proof the royal family aren't satanic shapeshifting reptiles from the lower 4th dimension, really. 

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I am shocked.

Also, just checked the BBC article:

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The inquiry team noted fears among council staff of being labelled "racist" if they focused on victims' descriptions of the majority of abusers as "Asian" men.

It takes quite the imagination or lack of reading comprehension to read that as "Muslims allowed to rape children because PC brigade afraid of being called racist".

Besides, recent history has shown lots of white guys getting away with child rape too. I believe some papers have reflected on this issue.  Perhaps the problem is not racism, or some kind of mythical PC brigade, but that this country badly handles all kinds of hideous crimes against children, and frequently the authorities collude in covering up the full extent of the problem, no matter the skin colour of the perpetrators.

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Ya, the police fucked up. Oops. So what. Sorry about your bad luck, I guess.

But there has been a much more subtle, harder-to-compensate-for difference in the way each network answers the fundamental question: What are the demonstrations in Ferguson all about?

On Fox, the answer to that question is very simple. Demonstrators in Ferguson are reacting angrily to a single, one-of-a-kind event: White police officer Darren Wilson shot and killed an unarmed black 18-year-old, Michael Brown. That restricted context drives the rest of their narrative.

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Slate‘s Jamelle Bouie did what Fox reporters (or most individual whites) hardly ever do: ask the black community what they’re concerned about and listen to their answers.

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Talk to anyone in Ferguson and you’ll hear a story about the police. … Everyone—or at least, every black person—can recall an incident. Everyone can attest to friends and relatives who have been harassed, assaulted, or worse by the police.

The right story begins here: A majority-black community feels abused by its almost entirely white police force. [2] And complaining to the white-dominated local government does no good. (As a report from Arch City Defenders spells out, the town of Ferguson gets significant revenue from assessing fines against poor people.)

If you start there, the narrative takes a completely different path. When a policeman shot Michael Brown six times on a city street in broad daylight in front of witnesses, the Ferguson community was not shocked (the way I would be if one of my white friends were gunned down by police in my majority-white town). Quite the opposite, this was the kind of incident they found all too believable, given the police behavior they see all the time.

So the reaction we’ve been seeing on the streets isn’t “OMG! How can something like this happen?”, it’s “This shit has to stop.”

But I see Malcom is now 3edgy5me, so I mostly posted that for the interest of the rest of the board.

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Aneristic Illusions / Re: Financial fuckery thread
« on: August 27, 2014, 10:43:53 am »
For those naysaying EA's microtransaction system...Dragon Age Inquisition's multiplayer has been officially announced.  Everything is available without paying...but they're relying on the same random number generator system that ME3MP used.  Meaning it will probably take 900+ hours of gameplay to unlock everything to maximum level, if a similar number of classes, upgrades and weapons are made available (probably not).

They're also reducing the grind in some ways (break down useless items to create useful ones), which suggests at the very least either Bioware has more control over its MP than people originally thought, or else EA is reconsidering some of the worse aspects of their online gameplay. 

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Every day I could be OK with.  But it's every second or third day, with a late shift thrown in randomly between the two somewhere.  Consistent sleep schedule ruined.

Yeah, I quit a job once because of that.  I was on the 3-11:30 PM shift, and every Saturday the boss wanted all 3 shifts in at 6 AM to do preventative maintenance.  1st shift was on their regular schedule, 3rd shift just had to stay over, 2nd shift took it in the ass.  It effectively ruined my weekend, every weekend.

My last job was notorious for that.  One guy I was working with cracked a joke at the expense of the nurse in charge of the rota, and he ended up doing Saturday overnight shifts for a month.  He has kids and this was the start of the summer holidays, so it was pretty much entirely designed to screw over his life.

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I haven't fully read into that particular series of cases, but I'm making the assumption that the tabloid approved version of this story, namely "Islamic paedo rape gangs allowed to bugger YOUR CHILDREN by PC Brigade because they're afraid of being called racist" is not strictly accurate?

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Every day I could be OK with.  But it's every second or third day, with a late shift thrown in randomly between the two somewhere.  Consistent sleep schedule ruined.

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Well, I've been working all today, writing.

Tomorrow, I get up at 4am to be in at work for 6am for an 8 hour shift.  And the girl in Paraguay (maybe) has not had time to email me.  Bleh.  Good mood ruined.

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I have a date with a gay conservative. These days I don't really mind provided he can A) talk about other things B) be willing to concede a valid point and C) not be a teabagger.

This should be interesting. Though, I tell you, I would rather spend time with a reasonable person with questionable politics than an idiot who agrees with liberal talking point but doesn't know fuck about shit.

That's a problem with hardcore leftists, IMO. They rest assured in the benevolence of their well worn views. They rest and rest and don't actually want to talk about the bad things and how their elected officials carry them out.

Buuhhhh, we're the good guys hurrrrr.

Is he Andrew Sullivan?  Are you going to retroactively abort Trig Palin on a death panel together?

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Oh.  Shit.  Someone re-added me to The Discordian Society.  No wonder my feed has been so retarded of late.  TDS2014, while still retarded, is no more so than normal or expected.  My bad.

Right, whichever of you fuckers keeps on doing that, stop it

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Literate Chaotic / Re: Tis an ill wind that blows no jobs....
« on: August 26, 2014, 02:44:50 pm »
You may be amused to learn that Voltaire, like any good classicist, cribbed that observation from Aristotle's Politics.

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I think it's the perfect subject for them...It has the whole package.

This is true.

How quickly did Godwin kick in? 3rd post?

It quickly got threadjacked by more sensible souls, however given there are more than a few people there who think pictures like this:



and this



are the height of wit, I think we got off lucky.

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Aneristic Illusions / Re: Anybody look at Ukraine lately?
« on: August 26, 2014, 02:09:21 pm »
Well, what can be done about it?  Really?  A decent majority of the population want to be there, the Ukrainians are in no position to press the issue and we're not going to stick our necks out for a bunch of yokels in Kiev - especially when it could, even if only in the worst case scenario, end in nuclear war.

No-one especially likes it, except certain hot-headed Russian nationalists and Putin flunkies, but there are no credible paths leading away from the existing status quo.

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Oh boy, TDS2014 is now wading into the shark-infested wars of the Israeli-Palestine conflict.

Just when I think it couldn't get any dumber, they find a way to prove me wrong.

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Aneristic Illusions / Re: Anybody look at Ukraine lately?
« on: August 26, 2014, 01:22:01 pm »
I think it has a hell of a lot more to do with Russia having nuclear weapons and considerable energy reserves than the colour of their skin.

There's also a hell of a difference between an established, if not always friendly or "free" state exercising a claim with some claim to popular will which goes against international legal and political norms than there is an insurgent group with a penchant for sectarian ultraviolence carving out a new state in a previously religiously plural area and proceeding to kill almost everyone who doesn't live up to their standards.

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