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Topic: Women of the World Take Note and Beware - They Are Coming for You!
Posted: Thursday, October 29, 2020 8:14:12 AM
Kirill Vorobyov wrote:
Lotje1000 wrote:

Global would be too difficult to enforce and there's no tell-tale sign of which men cause unwanted pregnancies (until it's too late) so specific groups are also not practical. As such, I propose nation-wide vasectomies of all penis-bearing people.

I see! What nations specifically do you have in mind?

Basically any country, really. As Romany said, preferably any country with anti-abortion laws - I'd probably start with Poland, given the recent changes.
Topic: Women of the World Take Note and Beware - They Are Coming for You!
Posted: Thursday, October 29, 2020 3:05:21 AM
Kirill Vorobyov wrote:
Do the two of you propose to vasectomize all men worldwide, or just selected groups?

In latter case - what are the criteria? And if the former is correct, then the natural question is - how are babies going to be incepted?

Hi Kirill

Global would be too difficult to enforce and there's no tell-tale sign of which men cause unwanted pregnancies (until it's too late) so specific groups are also not practical. As such, I propose nation-wide vasectomies of all penis-bearing people. As for your follow-up question, vasectomies are reversible so once a person decides they want to have children with their partner, they can have the procedure reversed until they produce offspring. Alternately, the semen could be harvested ahead of time - much like being a sperm donor, but then for your own relationship.
Topic: Women of the World Take Note and Beware - They Are Coming for You!
Posted: Friday, October 23, 2020 2:28:56 AM
Hope123 wrote:
The world is going backwards thanks to men, and in America old white men who probably can't even get it up anymore. Or if they do it was with those little blue pills. Maybe it would be a good idea to take their happy pills away from them and see how they like having their bodies controlled by someone else because of someone else's ideology.

I feel compelled to point out I disagree:
First of all, I don't think the world is going backwards thanks to men, there's women involved, too.
Secondly, I disagree that taking away their viagra pills is going to do anything (though we should tax them as much as we do tampons). What we should do is mandatory vasectomies instead as 100% of unwanted pregnancies are caused by sperm - best to cut that off at the source.
Topic: little donny wins the prize
Posted: Friday, October 9, 2020 2:49:50 AM
Pam Archer wrote:
Both Trump and Biden have their personal faults...Creepy Joe is touchy-feely himself, and I have serious doubts about his mental state when he seems to lose his train of thought mid-response. BTW, turning tax records over to the media is NOT required by law of ANY presidential candidates, regardless of who started the practice back in the Nixon-era. Under Trump, we have seen the breakout of relative peace in the Middle East, N. Korea has stopped its saber-rattling (They haven't had a "missle test" in many months.) Manufacturing jobs have stopped leaving the country and are, in fact, beginning to come back to the US. Other counties are paying their fare share for membership in Nato.

Admittedly, Trump is the stereotypical New Yorker: loud, arrogant, and sometimes rude. But he get results.

The fact that you refer to Biden as 'Creepy Joe', yet write Trump's behaviour off as being "the stereotypical New Yorker" is quite worrying.
- If you can write Biden off for being alledgedly touchy-feely, why can't you also write Trump off for the rape charges against him?
- If you can write Biden off for losing his train of thought mid-response, why can't you also write Trump off for his incoherent speeches where he consistently changes barely manages to finish a sentence the way he started it?

As for the COVID response, I agree that the American culture of freedom from being told what to do is problematic, but you cannot pin a whole pandemic purely on a people's mindset and clear the president of all responsibility. Yes, he got ventilators and there is progress in the vaccine, but president Trump also consistently ignored the advice of experts, contradicted experts, promoted medication that does not help with covid, made ill-advised 'jokes' about using bleach, ridiculed people for wearing masks, continued to hold rallies and group people together in poorly-ventilated areas, downplayed the seriousness of Covid-19, continues to downplay the seriousness of his own covid infection, etc. All the while knowing people will follow his example.
Topic: 2020 - The Perfect Storm
Posted: Thursday, October 8, 2020 2:51:14 AM
Hi L.Rai

I understand and support your position, I just wanted to add my two cents to it:

1. While you're right that it's really up to Americans, I disagree that Hope's posts won't change anything. With her efforts, I think she can change minds and provide insights, sources, and perspectives people hadn't considered before. She also provides a crucial look into a country that has felt the direct impact of president Trump's decisions as she's listed above.

2. The US is not the only one suffering from this president. A lot of us are tired of seeing him in the media every day, spouting his racism, sexism, anti-intellectualism, fake news, alternative facts - his behaviour has global consequences, not only in shattering the US' diplomatic reputation and credibility, but also in giving justification and encouragement to intolerant bigots elsewhere. Ultimately you're right, we can't make direct changes and it's up to you. That is why your president is such a frustrating phenomenon as we just have to impotently suffer the consequences. Having a chance, like Hope has taken here, to post, share, educate and also vent - that helps keep us sane.
Topic: Next Stop: The Twillight Zone
Posted: Monday, October 5, 2020 4:49:47 AM
It's not that difficult to understand, but it helps if you don't leave out crucial information like you have. In general, your list is full of whataboutism, misinterpretation and misrepresentation of facts, generalizations and strawman arguments.

FounDit wrote:
• Russians influencing our elections are bad, but illegals voting in our elections are good.

First of all, I'm not sure why you're confused because your word use already spells it out for you: 'influencing' vs 'voting'. One is interfering in the existing system, the other is using it as it is intended. Secondly, you're only allowed to vote if you're a naturalized immigrant and then have to go through the registration process as normal. If your problem with this is that there can be voter fraud, I'd say that's something you should take up with elected officials. Thirdly, there's a vast difference between individual illegal immigrants managing to vote and a whole nation with its organized wealth, power and motivation influencing your election.

FounDit wrote:
• It was cool for Joe Biden to "blackmail" the President of Ukraine, but it’s an impeachable offense if Donald Trump inquires about it.

Firstly, you left out the part where president Trump didn't just 'inquire' about it, but instead tried to blackmail another another president into a quid-pro-quo arrangement. That is indeed an impeachable offense. Secondly, if Biden did indeed blackmail anyone, that is bad, but that still doesn't make President Trump's actions any less deplorable.

FounDit wrote:
• Twenty is too young to drink a beer, but eighteen is old enough to vote.

Whether someone is allowed to drink beer seems rather irrelevant compared to their voting rights. If anything, alcohol has been shown to interfere with development in young adults whereas voting rights don't, so it makes more sense to me to delay people's access to alcohol than it does to delay them having a voice on issues that affect them.

FounDit wrote:
• People who have never owned slaves should pay slavery reparations to people who have never been slaves.

I'm not sure what the alternative is that you're proposing because the people who owned slaves are now dead and thus can't pay reparations.
While slavery happened in the past, its effects are still present in how some people are privileged and others are marginalized. Privileged people are the (usually white) people who are descendents of slave owners or who are benefiting from the historical systemic racism that rules in their favour. Marginalized people are the (usually black) people who suffer from the historical systemic racism that reduces their opportunities in life. There is still an imbalance in US society and reparations would be a good start to rebalancing that.

FounDit wrote:
• People who have never been to college should pay the debts of college students who took out huge loans for their degrees.

First of all, it's my understanding that people who took out loans are the ones who have to pay back said loans. Perhaps you're implying that a more socialist system would result in people's debts being cancelled/decreased with the use of taxes? If so, yes, but you're leaving out that it isn't just the 'people who have never been to college', its everyone who chips in. And it's not only the 'students who took out huge loans' who benefit. Again, it's everyone.
Secondly, you are completely right to point out that there is a serious issue with students needing to take out huge loans to get a degree.

FounDit wrote:
• Immigrants with tuberculosis and polio are welcome, but you’d better be able to prove your dog is vaccinated.

First of all, comparing people to dogs is questionable at best. You could argue you're comparing immigrants to dog owners, but in your comparison it's the immigrants and dogs who should be vaccinated, not the dog owners.
Secondly, I find it a little hypocritical to complain about immigrants with tuberculosis and polio being welcomed in a nation when said nation has a growing population of anti vaxxers and a President who was extremely slow in responding to a pandemic (of which he claimed to understand the seriousness), promotes medication that does nothing to protect against covid-19, makes ill advised sarcastic jokes about ingesting/injecting bleach to fight the infection, does not protect his employees from his own infection and who continues to give lukewarm support for those very measures that could protect more people.
Thirdly, I agree, your dog had better be vaccinated.

FounDit wrote:
• Irish doctors and German engineers who want to immigrate to the US must go through a rigorous vetting process, but any illiterate gang-bangers who jump the southern fence are welcome.

It's interesting how you're choosing caucasion examples as symbols of positive immigration yet generalizing illegal latinx immigrants with illiterate gang-bangers. Maybe that is part of why you are being called racist. Either way, it's little discriminatory. Irish doctors and German engineers are also perfectly capable of being gang-bangers (though, as doctors and engineers, they're unlikely to be illiterate).

FounDit wrote:
• $5 billion for border security is too expensive, but $1.5 trillion for “free” health care is not.

I'm not sure why you're contrasting these two ideas. It seems to me that both should be equally possible. Maybe this one would be more outrageous or debatable if you had more context on what those billions/trillions are spent on. Without that context, I'll assume we're talking "1.5 trillion on a healthcare system that provides for all Americans, even those with preexisting conditions, especially at a time of a global pandemic", then I'd say: Yes. Makes sense.

FounDit wrote:
• If you cheat to get into college you go to prison, but if you cheat to get into the country you go to college for free.

First of all, this is contradicting your earlier statement that college students take out huge loans to get their degrees. It turns out your earlier problem could easily be solved by telling those students they can go to college for free.
Secondly, you're contrasting two unequal statements: The first cheater was caught, the second cheater was successful.

FounDit wrote:
• People who say there is no such thing as gender are demanding a female President.

By definition, people who say there is no such thing as gender would not be demanding a female president. If they did, they wouldn't be 'people who say there's no such thing as gender.' Maybe if you tell us who did the demanding, I can clarify why they are making their demands.

FounDit wrote:
• We see other countries going Socialist and collapsing, but it seems like a great plan to us.

Until you provide more context, this is a terribly vague statement and impossible to prove which countries are collapsing, or that they're collapsing because they're going socialist. As it is, the US seems to be collapsing even without going socialist so maybe there's something to it being a great plan.

FounDit wrote:
• Some people are held responsible for things that happened before they were born, and other people are not held responsible for what they are doing right now.

It seems you are getting vaguer the longer this list goes on. I'm assuming this is about slavery again, in which case I've already covered that earlier. If it's about something else, do let us know.

FounDit wrote:
• Criminals are caught-and-released to hurt more people, but stopping them is bad because it's a violation of THEIR rights.

Again, terribly vague. I can't really clarify this one for you until you clarify which instances you're talking about. However, I can agree that the American police system is in serious trouble:
- Officers know they live in a country where people are allowed to carry weapons.
- The nation suffers from systemic racism where white people seen as the non-threatening default and black people (or POC in general) are seen as other/dangerous.
- Officers are allowed to use lethal force if they believe that they (or bystanders) are in danger.
- Officers are protected by a strong union that stops the 'bad apples' from getting punished.
This results in scenarios where the country's mindset allows people to have weapons to protect their home, yet thinks it's not a problem for police officers to have a no-knock warrant when they break into a suspect's home. It leads to flabbergasting scenarios of cognitive dissonance where people support police officers for shooting a man (and killing his unarmed girlfriend) who, according to their own reasoning, is allowed to defend himself during what looks like a break-in. America is setting itself, its citizens and its police force up to fail.

FounDit wrote:
• And pointing out all this hypocrisy somehow makes us "racists"?!

No amount of claiming the left/socialism is bad (and it certainly isn't perfect) is going to change the fact that your behaviour in posts is racist.
In this thread alone, you display you have a very negative view of immigrants (unless they're Irish or German) and you generalize illegal immigrants from south of the border as illiterate gang bangers. In other threads you've also shown racism towards black people. Additionally, you continue to support a president who refers to Covid-19 with racist names such as Kung Flu or the Chinese virus, who mirrors your language on immigrants from South America, who refers to other countries as shitholes, etc.

Topic: Sign Fun #2
Posted: Monday, October 5, 2020 2:11:31 AM
BobShilling wrote:
FounDit wrote:

The American people left racism behind 60 years ago

There's none so blind as those that will not see.

FounDit is living proof that at least one American person did not leave racism behind 60 years ago. In this thread, he has has:

- Claimed African Americans behave more lawlessly.
- Claimed that 'being punched in the face by a Belgian' is equivalent to suffering through a history of slavery and systemic racism. (Lack of empathy often displayed by racists.)
- Claimed that because an organization mentions race, they're racist. Yet he mentions race but doesn't think of himself as racist. (Cognitive dissonance often displayed by racists.)
- Made up his own definition of racism.
- Cited a rich/successful African American as a reason why systemic racism doesn't exist.
- Insisted on black-on-black crime to distract from the topic at hand.
Topic: Stand Back but Stand By
Posted: Wednesday, September 30, 2020 3:44:30 AM
When asked a direct question to condemn white supremacists, the president says that he would. But instead of actually doing it, he names one group, the proud boys, and tells them to stand by. That is encouragement if anything. The president then deflects some more by trying to draw attention to antifa instead. While left-wing groups are certainly an interesting point to debate, that was not the question he was being asked.

Back with the events in Charlottesville, he also claimed he condemned neonazis, but didn't actually do so in his speech. When push came to shove, he said there 'some very bad people in that group, but you also had people that were very fine people, on both sides.' Also not a condemnation. He essentially provides legitimacy to neonazis by even considering them to be a valid side at all.
Topic: Grammar Quiz Neurons
Posted: Saturday, September 26, 2020 2:58:10 AM
Thank you for fixing it!
Topic: Grammar Quiz Neurons
Posted: Friday, September 25, 2020 2:06:36 AM
Hi, I'm also experiencing problems:

Yesterday I still received neurons for every 'of the day' article, but it wouldn't register those pages for the goals, which I've now failed three days in a row.
Today, I'm also not receiving any neurons for any of the 'of the day' articles. The brain level percentage has also stopped increasing.
(I'm using Chrome, version 85.0.4183.121)