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Re: Random News Stories
« Reply #4290 on: October 08, 2018, 11:09:00 pm »
I'm assuming the implicit signal here of "if you're transgender you're going to die" is a feature and not a bug.

"Sorry kid, all life is sacred and all that but we can't have you potentially raping the real girls, so off to the gym bleachers to get shot at."

Oh, it's even more than that.  Everyone knew this was a drill.

The message is "You are not a person, we're just making that clear."
I met a traveller from an antique land
Who said: Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert. Near them, on the sand,
Half sunk, shattered underpance lies,
With blown elastic, and exploded back,
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
The hand that mocked them and the heart that fed:
And on the pedestal these words appear:
"My name is Doktor Howl, Spag of Spags:
Look on my ass, ye Mighty, and despair!"
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare
The lone and level sands stretch far away.

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Re: Random News Stories
« Reply #4291 on: October 09, 2018, 02:34:37 am »
I'm more troubled by the idea that being in the correct locker room would be a priority in an emergency situation. It's barely a legitimate concept when it isn't an emergency. Regardless of whether you accept this person's identity it seems to me that the correct locker room to take shelter in during an emergency, for anyone, would be "whichever one is closest".

It's less a trans issue and much more of a general gender issue. The more important issue is that they're teaching people that not only does it mateer if you're a man or a woman, but that it matters more than prudently getting to safety in an emergency. Which is total bullshit. The only time it legitimately matters whether you're a man or a woman is during sexual intercourse and certain medical procedures
« Last Edit: October 09, 2018, 03:58:23 am by Prelate Diogenes Shandor »
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Re: Random News Stories
« Reply #4292 on: October 09, 2018, 01:24:20 pm »
You asked, LMNO...

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China has confirmed it is holding the missing head of Interpol, Meng Hongwei.

Beijing said he was under investigation by the country's anti-corruption body for unspecified breaches of the law.

Mr Meng, also a vice-minister of public security in China, was reported missing after travelling from the city of Lyon in France, where Interpol is based, to China on 25 September.

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China's National Supervision Commission, which handles corruption cases involving public servants, said Mr Meng was under investigation in a statement on its website.

Mr Meng is the latest high-profile disappearance in China, where a number of top government officials, billionaires and even an A-list celebrity have vanished in recent months.

Earlier this week, actress Fan Bingbing, who disappeared in China in July, emerged with a public apology and a fine of 883 million yuan ($129m; £98.9m) for tax evasion and other offences.

Yeah, I heard that this morning.  Not sure if this is just business (grift) as usual, or if it's rising above the baseline of things to worry about.

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« Reply #4293 on: October 09, 2018, 01:42:47 pm »
It's business as usual in the sense China is cracking down hard.  They've brought their "social credit" system online, whereby citizens are rated as to ther trustworthiness.  Do the right thing...you get cheaper loans, better medical care, better access to higher level jobs.  Do the wrong things...you get penalized financially, maybe dragged off to a detention centre for "re-education".

They're using an extreme version of this in Xinjiang, where they're cracking down heavily on any expressions of Islamic faith.  Uighur citizens already get an automatically lower score than ethnic Han, and these are significantly lowered by, for example, praying, covering one's hair, being a man between 18-45 or having studied overseas.  There are CCTVs with facial recognition programs on every street corner and microphones in most public places.  It's the world's largest open air concentration camp, which is made even worse by the actual concentration camps many Uighur are being taken to for "re-education".  It's estimated between 500,000 and 1 million are currently in these camps, and they are expanding.

Basically, someone in the Politburo watched the final two seasons of Person Of Interest and said "Samaritan, what a brilliant idea!"

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Re: Random News Stories
« Reply #4294 on: October 09, 2018, 01:48:57 pm »
Yikes.

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« Reply #4295 on: October 09, 2018, 05:45:16 pm »
I'm more troubled by the idea that being in the correct locker room would be a priority in an emergency situation.

That's because you aren't thinking like a pinhead.
I met a traveller from an antique land
Who said: Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert. Near them, on the sand,
Half sunk, shattered underpance lies,
With blown elastic, and exploded back,
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
The hand that mocked them and the heart that fed:
And on the pedestal these words appear:
"My name is Doktor Howl, Spag of Spags:
Look on my ass, ye Mighty, and despair!"
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
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Re: Random News Stories
« Reply #4296 on: October 09, 2018, 07:36:51 pm »
It's business as usual in the sense China is cracking down hard.  They've brought their "social credit" system online, whereby citizens are rated as to ther trustworthiness.  Do the right thing...you get cheaper loans, better medical care, better access to higher level jobs.  Do the wrong things...you get penalized financially, maybe dragged off to a detention centre for "re-education".

They're using an extreme version of this in Xinjiang, where they're cracking down heavily on any expressions of Islamic faith.  Uighur citizens already get an automatically lower score than ethnic Han, and these are significantly lowered by, for example, praying, covering one's hair, being a man between 18-45 or having studied overseas.  There are CCTVs with facial recognition programs on every street corner and microphones in most public places.  It's the world's largest open air concentration camp, which is made even worse by the actual concentration camps many Uighur are being taken to for "re-education".  It's estimated between 500,000 and 1 million are currently in these camps, and they are expanding.

Basically, someone in the Politburo watched the final two seasons of Person Of Interest and said "Samaritan, what a brilliant idea!"

I was thinking it was more like the setting from Paranoia
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Re: Random News Stories
« Reply #4297 on: October 10, 2018, 03:22:34 am »
"If people break their promises they won't be able to move an inch."
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« Reply #4298 on: October 10, 2018, 03:23:12 am »
Rand Paul's wife says she keeps loaded gun by her bed over fear of liberals https://www.newsweek.com/paul-wife-loaded-gun-liberal-attacks-1160029

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“We’ve updated all of our security systems at home. I sleep with a loaded gun by my bed. I’m home alone a lot, obviously when Rand is [in Washington], and so I’ve got deadbolts all around my house so that if someone’s in my house when I go to bed I’m deadbolted in three different levels,” Paul told Breitbart for an interview published Monday.

She also commented about the recent rash of protestors heckling prominent politicians at restaurants in Washington. The most recent example was Senator Ted Cruz of Texas and his wife last month as protestors forced the couple to leave a restaurant after chants against Cruz’s support of now-Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
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« Reply #4299 on: October 10, 2018, 08:26:44 pm »
Rand Paul's wife says she keeps loaded gun by her bed over fear of liberals https://www.newsweek.com/paul-wife-loaded-gun-liberal-attacks-1160029

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“We’ve updated all of our security systems at home. I sleep with a loaded gun by my bed. I’m home alone a lot, obviously when Rand is [in Washington], and so I’ve got deadbolts all around my house so that if someone’s in my house when I go to bed I’m deadbolted in three different levels,” Paul told Breitbart for an interview published Monday.

She also commented about the recent rash of protestors heckling prominent politicians at restaurants in Washington. The most recent example was Senator Ted Cruz of Texas and his wife last month as protestors forced the couple to leave a restaurant after chants against Cruz’s support of now-Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
At least, at least "any sea-dwelling mammal can actually sleep with half a brain."
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« Reply #4300 on: October 10, 2018, 08:44:21 pm »
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[...]  There are CCTVs with facial recognition programs on every street corner and microphones in most public places [...]

"If people break their promises they won't be able to move an inch."

ah, yes, the good 'ol days, before people wouldnt even leave the house without their own personal self-surveillance systems on the ready and always running, not even an inch away.
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I met a traveller from an antique land
Who said: Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert. Near them, on the sand,
Half sunk, shattered underpance lies,
With blown elastic, and exploded back,
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
The hand that mocked them and the heart that fed:
And on the pedestal these words appear:
"My name is Doktor Howl, Spag of Spags:
Look on my ass, ye Mighty, and despair!"
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare
The lone and level sands stretch far away.

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« Reply #4302 on: October 13, 2018, 09:48:29 pm »
The Iranian Revolutionary Guard make a lot of money off of Iran being internationally isolated.  It's classic "better to rule in hell" logic, they'd rather dominate the smoking crater of the Iranian economy with global sanctions arrayed against them, then be just one player among many in a globally integrated Iranian economy.

Hence why the Revolutionary Guard keep kidnapping people from countries that do business in Iran.

And since the Qoms Brigade of the Revolutionary Guard often handles the terrorist side of things...I'm sure you can see where I'm going here?

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« Reply #4303 on: October 13, 2018, 10:10:11 pm »
The Iranian Revolutionary Guard make a lot of money off of Iran being internationally isolated.  It's classic "better to rule in hell" logic, they'd rather dominate the smoking crater of the Iranian economy with global sanctions arrayed against them, then be just one player among many in a globally integrated Iranian economy.

Hence why the Revolutionary Guard keep kidnapping people from countries that do business in Iran.

And since the Qoms Brigade of the Revolutionary Guard often handles the terrorist side of things...I'm sure you can see where I'm going here?

Well, yes.  America is doing the same thing, in a more subtle manner.  All this yammering about tariffs and whatnot is still all part of the isolation game.

You think there's any chance the Iranian government will be able to get control of this?
I met a traveller from an antique land
Who said: Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert. Near them, on the sand,
Half sunk, shattered underpance lies,
With blown elastic, and exploded back,
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
The hand that mocked them and the heart that fed:
And on the pedestal these words appear:
"My name is Doktor Howl, Spag of Spags:
Look on my ass, ye Mighty, and despair!"
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare
The lone and level sands stretch far away.

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« Reply #4304 on: October 13, 2018, 10:24:02 pm »
Not any time soon. Rouhani has been neutered by the conservative clerics, and they won't move against the Revolutionary Guard.  The war talk being pushed by Bolton also, of course, empowers the military factions over there as well, so even if some were willing, they'd say now is not the time.

I was rather hoping economic forces would render them less dangerous in the long run, but that does rely on the US lifting sanctions at some point.