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The Lounge / Re: The Funny/Stupid Pics Thread
« Last post by RavynousHunter on June 17, 2018, 10:21:48 am »
I'd advise against taunting Beerus-sama like that.
The Lounge / Re: The Funny/Stupid Pics Thread
« Last post by Art Vandelay on June 17, 2018, 08:40:02 am »

Religion and Philosophy / Re: Pedophile “Grooming” and the fundie mind
« Last post by niam2023 on June 17, 2018, 06:58:13 am »
Most likely PizzaGate - ever since then the right wing could not shut up about undercover pedophile rings.
Politics and Government / Re: Mr. Trump Goes to Washington
« Last post by dpareja on June 17, 2018, 04:01:24 am »
I don't think Trump even wants necessarily to pull out of everything international. He wants to pull out of everything Obama did.

The Paris climate accord was one of Obama's best accomplishments (even if it was too little, too late). So Trump withdraws from it.

The Iran nuclear deal was one of Obama's best accomplishments. So Trump withdraws from it, and then tries to claim that the deal he's made with NK is good, even though it's probably going to be something along the same lines as the Iran deal, only weaker.

The ACA was Obama's signature domestic policy accomplishment (never mind that it was a complete turd compared to what every developed country has). So Trump starts attacking it as he can through executive orders, and Congressional Republicans use the fact that Roberts upheld the mandate under the taxation clause rather than the commerce clause to repeal the penalty... which now has states suing over the constitutionality of the mandate now that there's no penalty (so it can no longer be a tax) and trying to get the whole thing invalidated with the support of the US Department of Justice.

Trump has two guiding "philosophies": be a racist, sexist ass, and undo everything Obama did.

And he basically thinks he's a king, which is why he hates leaders like Merkel, Macron, and Trudeau, because they actually respect democracy and the notion that the voters could turf them at the next election. Trump just wants to be absolute-monarch-for-life and thinks anyone who isn't is weak. It's why he likes Putin, Kim, and Xi so much--they're strong because they've found ways to be in power perpetually.

EDIT: For another example, look at the TPP. Obama was for it. Trump railed against it on the campaign trail (which may well have swung enough votes in the rust belt toward him). When Trump gets into office he withdraws from the TPP. But he was never really actually opposed to it, because a) now that NAFTA is being renegotiated some of the most atrocious parts of TPP are getting in there--but that's a Trump "accomplishment" and b) now that the other parties to the TPP have reworked it to account for the US not being in the deal Trump suddenly wants back in since it's no longer Obama's TPP.
Politics and Government / Re: Mr. Trump Goes to Washington
« Last post by Kanzenkankaku on June 17, 2018, 03:34:52 am »
Well Fox is basically the republican party propaganda wing. I don't think Hillary would be so blatant if someone in the media she liked was on the lawn. I'd imagine it would be more likely they'd beg her to let them in but she'd be too busy screwing over the poor to deal with any of them.

And as for the other topic I'm not shocked. Trump wants to pull out of pretty much everything vaguely international because to him it means AMerica isn't number 1. It's total bs but par for the course with him.
The Lounge / Re: Anything Good Happen Today?
« Last post by RavynousHunter on June 17, 2018, 12:46:00 am »
Normally, I do not like licorice, but I quite like this absinthe, which tastes like black licorice made love to vodka.
Politics and Government / Re: Tommy Robinson trainwreck
« Last post by Askold on June 17, 2018, 12:26:16 am »
Just because you can't, as a journalist, reveal certain facts about an ongoing case (or lie about them as he also did) doesn't mean that UK has no freedom of speech.

In fact, what with the whole "innocent until proven guilty" I think I prefer laws where you leave some privacy for both the defendants and the victims.
Religion and Philosophy / Pedophile “Grooming” and the fundie mind
« Last post by BobRumba on June 16, 2018, 11:47:52 pm »
I see this phrase more and more and more lately, always from the usual suspects (Amos Moses on Christian News Network and Lady Checkmate on her own Disqus channels) and I just need to ask where this idiocy springs from.  Usually you can easily pinpoint their sources, some crackpot right wing website, but this one is out of left, excuse me, right field.

What I see on Google about it is that a scumbag predator type will identify a child and target them, then befriend them, earn trust, and then do the crime.  But what I read from Amos and Checkers is that no, it’s tv shows and gay marriage that is to blame.

The crazy logic behind it I can worry about later.  What’s bugging me right now though is I cannot seem to locate the crackpot source they got this from.
Politics and Government / Re: Tommy Robinson trainwreck
« Last post by Cloud3514 on June 16, 2018, 09:00:52 pm »
An Infowars personality making things up? Well imagine my shock.

So, side note: I hate that this fucker is a professional "journalist" and he doesn't even know how to frame a shot. One of the first things they teach you in probably the first video production class you take is to not cut off the top of your head, the rule of thirds and how to make a background frame your head.
Politics and Government / Re: Tommy Robinson trainwreck
« Last post by ironbite on June 16, 2018, 03:14:45 pm »
The UK's freedom of speech laws are...lacking.

Ironbite-in fact they're almost non-existent over there.
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