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User Name: March Hare
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Topic: The casual murder of George Floyd
Posted: Friday, June 5, 2020 2:44:35 AM
Y111 wrote:
March Hare wrote:
lazarius wrote:
Hope123 wrote:
Vote out hate.

Do I notice meddling in the forthcoming elections from across the border?


That's rich coming from someone in Russia Think

Do I see discrimination against a forum member based on his nationality? Shame on you

The irony was such that I could not resist Angel
Topic: The casual murder of George Floyd
Posted: Thursday, June 4, 2020 6:42:17 AM
lazarius wrote:
Hope123 wrote:
Vote out hate.

Do I notice meddling in the forthcoming elections from across the border?


That's rich coming from someone in Russia Think
Topic: Public Example of Misogyny that Affects All Women
Posted: Tuesday, January 21, 2020 3:50:01 AM
Lotje1000 wrote:
Women have long been erased from history. Feminism is called that because it's a movement that wants to make women visible again. (Similarly, that's why it's "Black lives matter" and not "All lives matter".) Focusing on one issue does not make other issues cease to matter. Supporting women does not mean erasing men. Yet when someone brings up the subject of women, it's not long before the attention is drawn back to men. That's not because it's called "feminism". That's because it's a knee-jerk defensive mechanism. Just calling it another name isn't going to magically fix the discomfort those in power have when a group starts to stand up for itself.

Does the word "feminism" make people uncomfortable? Good. Sit with that discomfort and ask yourself why it makes you uncomfortable. Ask yourself why some men are uncomfortable because they feel "I am feminist" sounds like "I am feminine". Ask yourself why being feminine is a bad thing. Ask yourself why every essay, article, post, interview, forum thread about women's rights has to include a long-winded disclaimer "of course not all men" or why we have to keep explaining what feminism means. It's not because it's called "feminism". It's because it's easier to blame a word, fall back on defensiveness and outrage than it is to actually listen to what is being said.

If only we all took half the time we spent dissecting and explaining the term and instead applied it to:
- listening to and acknowledging women's experiences
- acknowledging the existence of our outdated gender expectations
- working together to get rid of said expectations
- or, if all else fails, stop making life difficult for other people who are just trying to exist.

I swear it's like arguing if the titanic is a boat or a ship while we really should be getting people into life boats.

Topic: Merry Christmas!!! (from a non-theist)
Posted: Wednesday, December 25, 2019 4:05:44 AM
Topic: FYI- A geopolitical earthquake has shaken US leadership in the world — Russia and China stand to ben
Posted: Monday, October 28, 2019 6:26:24 AM
Absurdicuss wrote:

Making AMERICA, already the greatest, freest, most noble republic in world history, greater than ever.

Is this a joke? Certainly looks like one to me. Maybe add an emoticon next time to make it more clear?
Topic: Feeling Happy!
Posted: Monday, October 14, 2019 3:22:27 AM
Topic: Whistleblower Report
Posted: Wednesday, October 9, 2019 6:58:45 AM
"The most tragic thing in the world is a man of genius who is not a man of honor."

― George Bernard Shaw
Topic: Trump confirms he is considering attempt to buy Greenland
Posted: Wednesday, August 21, 2019 3:30:57 AM
FounDit wrote:
thar wrote:
Yes, the idea of buying it from Denmark is so laughable even Trump could....oh, no, I guess he could think that way. And, to be fair, with American history a few Americans could even think that way.
But it is not theirs to sell, ethically, morally, legally or ...well, anythingly

It's not? Well, okay. When I read that is Greenland is an autonomous constituent country within the Kingdom of Denmark, it doesn't seem laughable at all. Especially since, in 1917, the U.S. purchased the Virgin Islands from Denmark for $25 million in gold.

Add to that, the 70 million dollar debt Denmark owed, suggesting an even trade to write off that debt at the time, doesn't seem laughable either. But it didn't happen then. So none of this seems any more silly than some of the things said daily by politicians of all stripes.

If financial trouble were the main reason for a country to sell part of its territory, it really should be the US that does the selling. Denmark might not be doing great right now, but the US is doing far worse. According to this handy website, the debt per person in Denmark is 20,633$. In the US it's 63,624$. Considering the much larger population in the US, this adds up to a phenomenal total debt. Time to sell Alaska, perhaps?
Topic: Nationalism an Evolutionary Dead End
Posted: Friday, August 16, 2019 5:49:12 AM
People are wired to band together when faced with a common threat. It seems to be something in our basic blueprint, probably because our distant ancestors were more likely to survive whenever they worked together against threats. It might not be as relevant for survival now, but it's still very much there.
This basic tendency is very easy to abuse if you want to gain/keep power. All you need to do is convince people that there is a common threat (which can be entirely fictional, since facts are boring anyway) and that you will be able to protect the people against this if they support you. I'm thinking for instance of the threat of "immigrants invading the country" which seems to be the current story in the US.
This "us vs. them" narrative is so attractive that it's difficult to do anything against it. Raising awareness of this phenomenon seems to be all we can do, but even then people have to be willing to listen - and think.
Topic: Wordplay
Posted: Monday, July 8, 2019 7:25:02 AM
coag wrote:
The second part in "palindrome" is from Greek dromos "a race course", from dramein "to run", further from PIE *drem- "to run". (Online Etymology Dictionary)

Some other words with this Greek root are:

You got me curious, so I looked up some more drome-related words.
This one in particular stuck out:

dromophobia: an irrational fear of crossing roads

That must be so inconvenient!