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I hate inferior Fe. Here I am, just going about my day having a pleasant time, when boom, I suddenly want to connect deeply with someone—as if it were just that easy and wouldn't take every iota of energy I have to achieve that for even just a few minutes—or want to feel like I'm not some square peg trying to fit in the round hole that's the rest of humanity. Or just feel like I wasn't skipped over when they handed out the handbook for humanity on my first day on this earth like everyone else seems to have gotten as part and parcel merely as a result of their existence.

Definitely ready for the world to be safe to go back out in again, don't like this teenageresque angst being dredged up from the depths of years past. I'd like to get back to doing all the fun things I was doing last summer, going to free concerts, attending lectures, exploring new places to cycle, etc. It figures that just as I'm starting to succeed in getting myself to engage with the outside world for once in my life I lose access to it. I get tired of people whining about quarantine being awful, but even I'm starting to reach my limits.

Though I'm not gonna lie, the extra time in the mornings I have due to scheduling shifting is quite nice. It's hard to have a bad day when you get to play video games in the first hour. :LOL: Just wish I could get up a bit earlier so I could get in a nice long ride before work.
 

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I'm sorta the same, I had one guy on my back constantly but the bossman has sorta helped there. I'm tied to the relationships that I have though so i can't quit, at least not yet. Also quarantine has messed up my plans for moving apartments so moving for another job is a problem.

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Aside from internal work politics, the one and only thing stopping me from moving is that I've finally set up a 'proper' home here, for the first time in my life. This is the first unfurnished apartment I've rented, so I had to purchase all the interior items - fridge, sofa, washing machine, beds, dining table, chairs... everything - so moving house is now always going to be a slightly larger pain in the arse. Previously I was basically living out of a backpack and 4 or 5 boxes of stuff.
 

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I ranted a short while ago about how absurd my current project is, in which I'm porting an iOS app to Android in the most difficult way possible.

Today I was told to port the bugs too.

"If it's crashing there on iOS, it should be crashing at the same place on Android"

The mind fucking boggles.
 

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Today I managed to cancel my shitty mobile phone contract with a waiver of the £250 cancellation fee. Woohoo!

And now I'm excited about getting a new contract with a new network.

That's right, I'm excited about the prospect of having acceptable mobile data connection speeds, in a first world advanced economy that had better mobile coverage 10 years ago. Things appear to be getting worse.

This is your capitalism, folks. "Competition breeds efficiency" haha. All I've seen so far (I've been through two shitty mobile network providers now) is cost-cutting and atrociously limited services. I had better and cheaper mobile phone coverage in the middle of the Chinese Himalayas. The Chinese socialist state-owned telecoms Himalayas.
 

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I’ve decided I’m not doing this foreign university stuff after coming to grips with the reality of it. My card was declined and blocked for attempting to pay for it. I was assured after unblocking that I could pay for it, but it was declined once again. Tried to call the bank again and all I got was dead ends.

I’ve decided it isn’t worth the hassle especially if this was to happen every time I took a class.

I still have a US institution on there. But, I am currently even questioning that. At least that starts in Fall giving me more time to think.
 

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I loved Brooklyn Nine-Nine, I could always rely on it for laughs and good feelings. Then Amy talked Jake into having kids. I immediately stopped watching the show.

We already had Terry being talked into having a third child with his wife, why go through it again? What's next--trying to get pregnant, the pregnancy, the birth, the baby, the trials of parenthood. No thanks.
 

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I’ve decided I’m not doing this foreign university stuff after coming to grips with the reality of it. My card was declined and blocked for attempting to pay for it. I was assured after unblocking that I could pay for it, but it was declined once again. Tried to call the bank again and all I got was dead ends.

I’ve decided it isn’t worth the hassle especially if this was to happen every time I took a class.

I still have a US institution on there. But, I am currently even questioning that. At least that starts in Fall giving me more time to think.
I called my bank again. Then I waited a bit before re-attempting payment. Now the payment is through.

Online school is back in. Phew. What an overreaction.

I feel quite refreshed after being able to unchange my mind.
 

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In any debate, one thing that really fucking annoys me is the claim that "both sides are as bad as each other".

Particularly in politics.

It represents about as much intellectual capacity as the phrase, "I don't know and I don't care."
 

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In any debate, one thing that really fucking annoys me is the claim that "both sides are as bad as each other".

Particularly in politics.

It represents about as much intellectual capacity as the phrase, "I don't know and I don't care."
Sometimes I feel like ranting and not making any sense, please excuse me.

There used to be a thing called, “Listen to multiple sources of news.” That’s pretty much dead.

Politics is a whole lot of black and white. I was surprised to even see those who refuse to take a side are also extremely vilified. Centrism itself is reduced to the argument to middle fallacy where if you want 1 laptop and she wants 0 laptops, you can compromise by getting 1/2 of a laptop.

It wouldn’t be so bad if each side was actually self-consistent and made sense on their own.

Democrats are the party of science, they warn about climate change all the time. Yet, they are also the GMO fearmongers. But I got the principle wrong there. They aren’t the party of science, they are the party of the “common man.” So in each case, they blame corporations on everything. Big Pharma wants GMOs and Big Oil wants pollution. To each their own I guess.

I think it is plain to see Fox News is completely unwatchable. A lot of beliefs coming out of there are so immature that it is stupid. But the primary alternative is not at all worse or just as bad, but by itself can’t be accepted. That’s not saying all sides are bad. Matter of fact, if you are a communist, you’d agree anyway that Democrats and Republicans of America are wrong.

But the new thing I’m seeing is you have to lump yourself in somewhere otherwise you don’t know anything.

I can see where that is coming from. If you are for example a Marxist. You basically went through a whole ideological training regiment to reach your current beliefs. So people who don’t pick a side are seen as haphazard, and not committed to anything. Honestly, I actually get it after thinking about it. But Democrat and Republican are basically just herds.

Look, Democrats are more compassionate and make more sense more than republicans do a lot, but that doesn’t mean taken on themselves they are good enough to join. That also doesn’t mean everything republicans have ever said don’t make sense. You can the debatable aspects everywhere. But everything is deemed non-debatable in a polarized environment.

That’s really the main dilemma. I used to watch libertarian stuff all the time, colorblind race stuff and meritocracy. Then I started seeing the first cracks of white supremacy. I got out of there. I read about people who don’t agree with the standard “colorblind race” concept and see their point. So now what? Go join the other team? How do you even do that when the other team holds so many other stupid ideas?

I remember Bernie Sanders was pro-gun. He’s an anomaly for that. What does that mean? He doesn’t align entirely with the party. So he’s not allowed to have his own opinions. Even the concept of having one’s own opinion so horribly optimistic for people. No, he didn’t actually think that, he just listed that as his position because that’s what his constituents in Vermont were about. There’s plenty of reasons to be pro-gun or pro-gun control. In reality these are drowned out by strawmen. I actually like a lot of pro-gun arguments, but 90% of it hinges on the strawman argument that people want all guns taken away at the same time so everything is completely muddied up.

Really the concept of having an alternative opinion on any matter is questionable and there’s probably an ulterior motive. Everything is a motive. Really, in politics the point is change so it isn’t about truth or falsehood. Everyone has a motive, everyone has a friend or an enemy. I don’t like that, that’s not how I choose to perceive the world. I care about truth and falsehood, I really don’t like to say things just because they support my agenda even if their factual content is really iffy. A lot of people don’t seem to mind that at all though. People repost fake memes to make their points all the time. So what if it is fake? That gets drowned out, because the message is the message and it’s all that matters, not how one arrived at it.

So that’s my rant today. People demonize centrism, reduce it to a fallacy all the time. My problem with politics is refusal, utter refusal to look at different perspectives and to see in other people’s shoes. It’s evident everywhere that the very concept that someone has a different idea than the herd is unbelievable. That is not a matter of not being able to hold opinions. And look, I went out to a BLM protest of 7,000 people, I said the police have a problem with killing people. None of that should contradict anything I said. It’s really the simple old matter of “I agree with your position, but I don’t agree with your reasons for being part of that position.” In politics, the reasons don’t matter so much I think. It’s all about action. There’s also more to the story. What’s it like to be a police officer? Maybe you’re on your guard all the time so you can’t expect them to be cuddly bears? Fine. But if you’re on one side, the other side almost entirely wrong all the time just because they don’t agree with you. Why you believe this or that? I don’t know, but looking around it doesn’t seem to matter that much to a lot of people in the herds.
 

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I can’t type without missing words. I don’t feel like editing after I received a like. In the old perC that meant thanks would disappear.
 

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I’m back after ~2 years and holy shit reading through my old posts threw me back. I was such an idiot back then and I feel sad that I couldn’t see the red flags but now I’m wiser and so much happier, those experiences shaped me and I can only grow from here.

On another note work is stressing me out and I wanna hibernate.
 

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So that’s my rant today. People demonize centrism, reduce it to a fallacy all the time
To be honest, I was mainly ranting about something that happened in the UK this week.

Last weekend, the American BLM wave swept over to Europe, which saw protests up and down the UK where people argued for racial equality. It's a tough one because in the UK we do have all the correct legislation for racial equality, yet at the same time there is a blatant racist undertone that a lot of people follow. Poignant image below:

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So generally I agree with the BLM protests here in the UK. We have a horrible "white is right" society, desperately swimming in some hazy notion of the old empire and World War glory that barely anyone even has a connection to any more. It's embarrassing.

Now, fast forward to the weekend that has just passed.

Thousands of white, drunken, violent "patriots" descended onto London and other cities as some form of outraged counter-protest against BLM. They claimed they were out to "protect statues" (because some statues were damaged by BLM protesters), but it's quite fucking clear that all they wanted was a bit of a scrap with whoever they could find (mostly riot police).

Evidence here:Darshan

And this is where I have seen people trying to claim that "both sides are as bad as each other".

But in this case, it's so fucking obviously not true. The BLM protest was largely peaceful, with just a handful of bad pockets where folk had turned up just to cause trouble. There is photo and video evidence of this. Yes, it happened, but you can see clearly that on balance the BLM protest was largely a very peaceful movement of people up and down the country. Hell, the police didn't even need to wear riot gear (unlike they did for the drunken "patriot" mob two days ago).

In comparison, these drunk angry "patriots" went out with no purpose other than to look for trouble and vent some meat-headed faux outrage at whoever they could find. I still can't even find a rational explanation for what they were outside for. There was no underlying protest or social movement that they wanted to represent. It was just a big gathering; a nationwide and adult version of an after school fight. Proper neanderthal shite.

"Yeah but both sides are a bad as each other". It's like comparing chalk and cheese.
 

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To be honest, I was mainly ranting about something that happened in the UK this week.

Last weekend, the American BLM wave swept over to Europe, which saw protests up and down the UK where people argued for racial equality. It's a tough one because in the UK we do have all the correct legislation for racial equality, yet at the same time there is a blatant racist undertone that a lot of people follow. Poignant image below:

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So generally I agree with the BLM protests here in the UK. We have a horrible "white is right" society, desperately swimming in some hazy notion of the old empire and World War glory that barely anyone even has a connection to any more. It's embarrassing.

Now, fast forward to the weekend that has just passed.

Thousands of white, drunken, violent "patriots" descended onto London and other cities as some form of outraged counter-protest against BLM. They claimed they were out to "protect statues" (because some statues were damaged by BLM protesters), but it's quite fucking clear that all they wanted was a bit of a scrap with whoever they could find (mostly riot police).

Evidence here:Darshan

And this is where I have seen people trying to claim that "both sides are as bad as each other".

But in this case, it's so fucking obviously not true. The BLM protest was largely peaceful, with just a handful of bad pockets where folk had turned up just to cause trouble. There is photo and video evidence of this. Yes, it happened, but you can see clearly that on balance the BLM protest was largely a very peaceful movement of people up and down the country. Hell, the police didn't even need to wear riot gear (unlike they did for the drunken "patriot" mob two days ago).

In comparison, these drunk angry "patriots" went out with no purpose other than to look for trouble and vent some meat-headed faux outrage at whoever they could find. I still can't even find a rational explanation for what they were outside for. There was no underlying protest or social movement that they wanted to represent. It was just a big gathering; a nationwide and adult version of an after school fight. Proper neanderthal shite.

"Yeah but both sides are a bad as each other". It's like comparing chalk and cheese.
I have been to a large peaceful BLM protest in NYC a week or so ago, and it was entirely peaceful. But I think when you get hundreds or thousands of people congregated there’s always a chance of things getting out of control. But anyway, there was nothing wrong with it at all. Most my friends on social media, people my age, have shown support.

The only people who don’t are the adults I know. They can’t tell the difference between peaceful protestors and rioters. Without exception, protesters are thugs to them. Lazy people with no jobs who need to be put back to work.

Remember, in the US there was a protest about Covid-19 lockdowns with people carrying guns and signs literally saying, “I need a haircut.” You’ll notice a double standard in how those people are treated.

Donald Trump once said “there are good people on both sides” supposedly when referring to a neo-nazi protest that was intertwined with an antifa counter-protest. When you got fascists vs anti-fascists it’s pretty clear who are good and bad people are ideologically.
 

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I have been to a large peaceful BLM protest in NYC a week or so ago, and it was entirely peaceful. But I think when you get hundreds or thousands of people congregated there’s always a chance of things getting out of control. But anyway, there was nothing wrong with it at all. Most my friends on social media, people my age, have shown support.

The only people who don’t are the adults I know. They can’t tell the difference between peaceful protestors and rioters. Without exception, protesters are thugs to them. Lazy people with no jobs who need to be put back to work.

Remember, in the US there was a protest about Covid-19 lockdowns with people carrying guns and signs literally saying, “I need a haircut.” You’ll notice a double standard in how those people are treated.

Donald Trump once said “there are good people on both sides” supposedly when referring to a neo-nazi protest that was intertwined with an antifa counter-protest. When you got fascists vs anti-fascists it’s pretty clear who are good and bad people are ideologically.
Precisely.

I've seen those examples from the US too. It's very similar, though I should add the the BLM protesters over here didn't burn down any buildings! We had ONE statue of an ex slaver thrown into some water, and a few other statues spray painted with BLM slogans and 'ACAB'. Hardly even counts as a riot really. And then the week after we have a load of thugs deliberately looking to fight with actual riot police.
 

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Donald Trump once said “there are good people on both sides” supposedly when referring to a neo-nazi protest that was intertwined with an antifa counter-protest. When you got fascists vs anti-fascists it’s pretty clear who are good and bad people are ideologically.
I wouldn't call antifa good either. Their objective isn't solely anti-fascism, nor are their means necessarily good. So if you have people who oppose them, does that make these opposers fascist? No.
I can't speak for why there are neo-Nazis other than that it's the US's own fault for trying to rewrite history. "Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it."
 

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Precisely.

I've seen those examples from the US too. It's very similar, though I should add the the BLM protesters over here didn't burn down any buildings! We had ONE statue of an ex slaver thrown into some water, and a few other statues spray painted with BLM slogans and 'ACAB'. Hardly even counts as a riot really. And then the week after we have a load of thugs deliberately looking to fight with actual riot police.
Precisely.

I've seen those examples from the US too. It's very similar, though I should add the the BLM protesters over here didn't burn down any buildings! We had ONE statue of an ex slaver thrown into some water, and a few other statues spray painted with BLM slogans and 'ACAB'. Hardly even counts as a riot really. And then the week after we have a load of thugs deliberately looking to fight with actual riot police.
Well I heard that Minneapolis is getting rid of the police so perhaps it will be an interesting anarchy experiment.
I wouldn't call antifa good either. Their objective isn't solely anti-fascism, nor are their means necessarily good. So if you have people who oppose them, does that make these opposers fascist? No.
I can't speak for why there are neo-Nazis other than that it's the US's own fault for trying to rewrite history. "Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it."
The news tends to deflect anything about Antifa like saying, “There’s no evidence that’s antifa.” Or something odd.

The antifa from what I heard are more extreme leftists. Some believe in using violence. But it is also a distributed community like anonymous. Not something I think about too often. Whenever I hear antifa I probably think people with good intentions but perhaps don’t care about the means.

I think we are seeing this a lot right now. Even Fredrick Douglas, famous former slave who supported libertarian of American slaves believed that the best way to bring about the change was to do it from within the system.

Some people want change now. Some people actually got change quickly once. But at what cost? That may be brushed aside, or depending on your ethics irrelevant.

I was watching a video the other day about protest and change. The guy said marching is pointless. Money talks, so we should boycott everything. Maybe there should be an investigation into the most quick means of change.
 

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Antifa is just another stupid political label for "anyone who disagrees with my right wing views".

Just ask yourself: Who is the head of antifa? Nobody. It isn't a group. It cannot be labelled a terrorist organisation, and jesus fucking christ what is happening in the white house for that to even be considered.

This applies to the alt-right, too. There is no entity or organisation that the alt-right are part of. It's just a general label for the sake of assigning political affiliation to a large group of people. But there's one key difference: The highest office in the land is not attempting to label the alt-right as terrorists.

Honestly it fucking flabbergasts me, to think that antifa have been mooted as a potential new Public Enemy #1. What the actual fuck. I know I'm behind on this news, but it's only just now occurred to me how fucking scary this is. The white house labeling a random political label (one that happens to typically oppose Republican ideology) as "terrorists". Jesus, fucking, christ.
 

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Antifa is just another stupid political label for "anyone who disagrees with my right wing views".

Just ask yourself: Who is the head of antifa? Nobody. It isn't a group. It cannot be labelled a terrorist organisation, and jesus fucking christ what is happening in the white house for that to even be considered.

This applies to the alt-right, too. There is no entity or organisation that the alt-right are part of. It's just a general label for the sake of assigning political affiliation to a large group of people. But there's one key difference: The highest office in the land is not attempting to label the alt-right as terrorists.

Honestly it fucking flabbergasts me, to think that antifa have been mooted as a potential new Public Enemy #1. What the actual fuck. I know I'm behind on this news, but it's only just now occurred to me how fucking scary this is. The white house labeling a random political label (one that happens to typically oppose Republican ideology) as "terrorists". Jesus, fucking, christ.
Well, the news says that Trump asked China to help him get re-elected.

Buried in the news articles, it says that Trump told Xi that the concentration camps he was doing were a great idea.
 
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