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Re: The unimportant news thread
« Reply #3100 on: July 17, 2019, 04:15:14 PM »
Ok. Maybe not the best example since it was somewhat small scale and not really impactful.


Not the best example of censorship because not censorship.

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« Reply #3101 on: July 18, 2019, 06:51:55 AM »
Not the best example of censorship because not censorship.
Not if you have a different definition.

You can self-censor. Or a bookstore can plan to sell books but later decide not to in order to censor what they are willing to sell (what they approve, basically). If you are stuck to defining censorship in only much more extreme cases (like only legal scenarios), then right, it isn't censorship.
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« Reply #3102 on: July 18, 2019, 04:11:56 PM »
Demoted by University for Views on Gender, Professor Sues

https://www.theepochtimes.com/demoted-by-university-for-views-on-gender-professor-sues_3005176.html



No room for debate. Just enforcement and financial loss, I guess.
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Re: The unimportant news thread
« Reply #3104 on: July 20, 2019, 03:47:39 PM »
https://www.cnn.com/style/article/kyoto-animation-studio-cultural-impact-and-loss-opinion/index.html

Wondering how many people have heard about what happened to Kyoto Animation studios. Apparently it has been on the news channels, being the worst mass murder in Japan in the last 20 years.

A really bad target to pick, in so many ways. They've made several shows that I watched 10 years ago that I think about nearly every day. And they are typically known for being second best only to Studio Ghibli when it comes to animation quality and also are known for being one of the few studios that pays its animators fair salaries.


Anyone who wants to donate (they got $1.7 million in donations in just three days, going way past their original goal):
https://www.gofundme.com/f/help-kyoani-heal
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« Reply #3105 on: July 21, 2019, 06:19:01 AM »
     In India's Assam State, Residents Of River Islands Face Uncertainty Over Citizenship

Residents of Assam must submit paperwork — birth certificates, high school diplomas and other documents — to prove their citizenship. But literacy rates are low, and poverty runs high. Many people find it difficult to provide those documents.

Last year, the state government issued a draft NRC list, and some 4 million people living in Assam who thought they were Indian citizens were left off. This comes against a backdrop of efforts by India's central government to pass a bill that would effectively grant citizenship to many other undocumented immigrants, except if they are Muslim.


     See, there's more than one way to do "it". You can "you're not a citizen, get out" or you can "You're a Muslim, you're not a citizen". In this case being poor and illiterate isn't enough to de-citizen you, you have to be Muslim, too.
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« Reply #3106 on: July 21, 2019, 07:31:36 AM »
     In India's Assam State, Residents Of River Islands Face Uncertainty Over Citizenship

Residents of Assam must submit paperwork — birth certificates, high school diplomas and other documents — to prove their citizenship. But literacy rates are low, and poverty runs high. Many people find it difficult to provide those documents.

Last year, the state government issued a draft NRC list, and some 4 million people living in Assam who thought they were Indian citizens were left off. This comes against a backdrop of efforts by India's central government to pass a bill that would effectively grant citizenship to many other undocumented immigrants, except if they are Muslim.


     See, there's more than one way to do "it". You can "you're not a citizen, get out" or you can "You're a Muslim, you're not a citizen". In this case being poor and illiterate isn't enough to de-citizen you, you have to be Muslim, too.

Once upon a time, there were no IDs, no citizenship, no nothing. Once upon a time, one could have lived one's entire life, from the craddle to the grave, without ever meeting a state official. Buf we've come a long way from those dark times. In our modern, enlightened, progressive era we are watched, inspected, spied upon, directed, law-driven, numbered, regulated, enrolled, indoctrinated, preached at, controlled, checked, estimated, valued, censured, commanded, by creatures who have neither the right nor the wisdom nor the virtue to do so. To be GOVERNED is to be at every operation, at every transaction noted, registered, counted, taxed, stamped, measured, numbered, assessed, licensed, authorized, admonished, prevented, forbidden, reformed, corrected, punished. It is, under pretext of public utility, and in the name of the general interest, to be place under contribution, drilled, fleeced, exploited, monopolized, extorted from, squeezed, hoaxed, robbed; then, at the slightest resistance, the first word of complaint, to be repressed, fined, vilified, harassed, hunted down, abused, clubbed, disarmed, bound, choked, imprisoned, judged, condemned, shot, deported, sacrificed, sold, betrayed; and to crown all, mocked, ridiculed, derided, outraged, dishonored. 

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Re: The unimportant news thread
« Reply #3107 on: July 21, 2019, 11:08:07 AM »
Once upon a time, there were no IDs, no citizenship, no nothing. Once upon a time, one could have lived one's entire life, from the craddle to the grave, without ever meeting a state official. Buf we've come a long way from those dark times. In our modern, enlightened, progressive era we are watched, inspected, spied upon, directed, law-driven, numbered, regulated, enrolled, indoctrinated, preached at, controlled, checked, estimated, valued, censured, commanded, by creatures who have neither the right nor the wisdom nor the virtue to do so. To be GOVERNED is to be at every operation, at every transaction noted, registered, counted, taxed, stamped, measured, numbered, assessed, licensed, authorized, admonished, prevented, forbidden, reformed, corrected, punished. It is, under pretext of public utility, and in the name of the general interest, to be place under contribution, drilled, fleeced, exploited, monopolized, extorted from, squeezed, hoaxed, robbed; then, at the slightest resistance, the first word of complaint, to be repressed, fined, vilified, harassed, hunted down, abused, clubbed, disarmed, bound, choked, imprisoned, judged, condemned, shot, deported, sacrificed, sold, betrayed; and to crown all, mocked, ridiculed, derided, outraged, dishonored. 

Sieg heil, Progress! Sieg heil, Liberalism! Sieg heil, Democracy!

     I never met a state official except going in and out of the country, or the post office. But then I live in a liberal country and I'm not a farmer.

     Now, come to think of it, I went to an IRS office last year. It had something to do with an inheritance. I went with my brother and we were yukking it up about something and the tax guy, who was used to dealing with normal consciousness of guilt people was acting puzzled and then got it. Incidentally, he was Chinese-American and after we did our business we said we were looking for a restaurant and he said something about how people often asked him if he knew a good Chinese restaurant and we laughed about that and as we were leaving I said "So, do you know any good Chinese restaurants?"

     It was just another day in liberal hell.
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« Reply #3108 on: July 21, 2019, 11:42:16 AM »
     I never met a state official except going in and out of the country, or the post office. But then I live in a liberal country and I'm not a farmer.

     Now, come to think of it, I went to an IRS office last year. It had something to do with an inheritance. I went with my brother and we were yukking it up about something and the tax guy, who was used to dealing with normal consciousness of guilt people was acting puzzled and then got it. Incidentally, he was Chinese-American and after we did our business we said we were looking for a restaurant and he said something about how people often asked him if he knew a good Chinese restaurant and we laughed about that and as we were leaving I said "So, do you know any good Chinese restaurants?"

     It was just another day in liberal hell.

Such a sheltered  life. Never taking a driver's test, never meeting a school teacher, a health inspector, or a cop. Rude of you to ignore the trash collectors though, they work hard and a polite nod isn’t so hard.
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« Reply #3109 on: July 21, 2019, 11:53:58 AM »
Such a sheltered  life. Never taking a driver's test, never meeting a school teacher, a health inspector, or a cop. Rude of you to ignore the trash collectors though, they work hard and a polite nod isn’t so hard.

     Oh, those guys. I have met some of them. I don't find them particularly oppressive or threatening, or features of liberalism, or hell.
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« Reply #3110 on: July 21, 2019, 12:04:57 PM »
https://www.cnn.com/style/article/kyoto-animation-studio-cultural-impact-and-loss-opinion/index.html

Wondering how many people have heard about what happened to Kyoto Animation studios. Apparently it has been on the news channels, being the worst mass murder in Japan in the last 20 years.

I heard, although I have not followed the story closely.
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« Reply #3111 on: August 31, 2019, 12:24:53 PM »
Mush-brained lefties (ie, lefties) have a new form of imperialism to root for: Do the Brazil Amazon fires justify environmental interventionism?
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« Reply #3112 on: August 31, 2019, 10:41:42 PM »
That's "White Man's Burden", 2nd (or 4th) edition, isn't it?

(I am not saying that it is wrong, just that one should openly admit what it is.)
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« Reply #3113 on: September 01, 2019, 06:52:53 AM »
That's "White Man's Burden", 2nd (or 4th) edition, isn't it?


4th. 

One would think if environmental degradation were truly a serious problem, then taxes (including tariffs, as it happens) that reduce consumption, along with massive wealth redistribution to less developed countries to enhance economic growth and equality in said countries would be vigorously pursued and advocated, with full throated vigor, by self-styled green types.  I think it's more likely that the intelligentsia will end up embracing an approach more in line with the esteemed Mr Douglas.  Since I live in the US, it won't directly impact me, so it's all good.  Now if you'll excuse me, I need to start shopping for a new 75 inch QLED TV.
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« Reply #3114 on: September 07, 2019, 05:29:44 PM »

     The Pats just signed Antonio Brown. How is this not an evil plot by the Hooded One?
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