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Tuesday, October 8, 2019 2:13:49 PM
Best word in English ever.
Thursday, July 25, 2019 5:40:47 AM
It's an alien. :p
Tuesday, July 23, 2019 6:04:40 AM
lol when I think of riffraff I don't have in mind precisely the people of the drawing in the article. What are those, people who like heavy-metal or punk-rock?
To me riffraff are those that are noisy, that have no urban manners nor empathy in locations and contexts where they should be more mindful about what they do and their manners. They tend to dress up quite normal here actually. Some are surrounded by kids that were not taught manners either.
The ones from the drawing in the article usually mind their own business and don't bother you.
Monday, July 22, 2019 9:20:29 AM
I'm glad I was born to enjoy some of them.
Tupac Amaru II
Saturday, July 20, 2019 8:15:37 PM
So stories of Spanish brutalities against Indigenous Americans are not a legend or "Black Legend", are they?
You don't seem to know what the Black Legend is as it doesn't deny that brutalities were performed. They released an article recently here, you should read it.
The Black Legend simply denies the scope and stent of which some things are attributed to the Spaniards. That doesn't mean that brutalities were not performed, they happen with every invasion. But it's revealing many of the things said by the media and other world powers demonizing the Spaniards, were doing the very same things there where they had colonies (as the Dutch or the British). It's very naive to believe they were being objective when they were doing the same brutalities too.
It's very simplistic and shallow to deny the Black Legend as you did, things aren't that simple but to each their own.
Asanha Bucha Day
Tuesday, July 16, 2019 6:41:44 AM
It's very telling that most religions have a period of fasting, I think it reveals what religions were designed for... Can't believe they are still a thing at this age.
Tuesday, July 16, 2019 6:05:07 AM
Captain obvious meaning is quite obvious actually.
The Black Legend
Saturday, July 13, 2019 7:19:57 AM
I found interesting already as a kid how in Pocahontas movie the Spaniards were evil and ruthless while the British were cute and nice. Ridiculous interpretations as this cannot be anything but a direct inheritance of such Black Legend.
I would not call this exaggeration. Mezoamerican and South Amcrican Native civilizations were effectively annihilated and the population was forcibly converted to Christianity. These are historical facts.
Yet the native American populations in the area are still today factually bigger and actually more relevant in comparison to North America, so how were then "effectively annihilated"? Sure the lands in Central America were a lot more populated but the truth remains that even today countries such as Mexico or Nicaragua have a large and fundamental influence by their indigenous cultures. This doesn't happen in the USA where British effectively conquered by killing and outplacing.
See that's the issue here. The article isn't questioning that the Spaniards did bad things, BECAUSE IT'S TRUE SPAIN DID BAD THINGS THERE (using capital letters for clarification).
But the stent in which the events happened have been greatly exaggerated, and thus why we can see inconsistencies of the sort as the one you mentioned.
Problem I find when discussing this on Internet is that a lot of people -even though clarifications were made- will take these words as that I'm claiming Spain was innocent and did nothing wrong. To each their own but I'll never stop from questioning things and hope some of you don't either.
Friday, July 12, 2019 2:41:57 PM
Too bad he couldn't beat Brendan Fraser. I rooted for him!
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Wednesday, July 10, 2019 4:20:38 PM
Who would have thought it that some day Europe would be this united. The UK leaves ok, but only that made the EU a lot more popular in the continent.
Not long ago we couldn't stop fighting.
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