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Saturday, March 26, 2016

How to Avoid Getting Swindled by Taxi Drivers in the Third World

Flagged a taxi on the street. "150 baht to MBK"... - Sylvia Giacinta A:

"Flagged a taxi on the street.
"150 baht to MBK"
"Can you use meter, please?" I pleaded.
"No, I don't use meter"
"Kthxbai" I said as I jumped out of taxi.
Called an Uber.
Reached MBK in 16 mins without breaking a sweat.
Invoice: 70 Baht, already including 1.4x surge price."

Links - 26th March 2016

Men’s Circle: An Honest Dialogue on Male Masturbation - "Let’s come together to undo shame, liberate our minds and free ourselves for deeper erotic potential...
Capacity: Limited to 15 people who identify as male"
Won't it be weird to have biological women at an Honest Dialogue on Male Masturbation?

Jerald Lie - This lady simply left me speechless. Many of my... - "She is very willing is submit to me. A lot of people do not understand the power when she does that. The power of submission isn't where you kowtow to someone or open the door for them. It is just submitting to a common mission where there is an absence of rebellion. The mission we are in is to lead a prosperous, united and blissful family. She is wholeheartedly willing to let me be the head of the home and choose to play the most important role in my life (my neck). Unknowingly, when she chooses to submit to me, surprisingly, she has the power."
If it's not okay for a woman to happily submit to a man, is it okay for men to hit women in BDSM?

Lena Dunham says she's received 'more hostility' for backing Clinton over Sanders - ""I have received more hostility for voting for a qualified female candidate than I have ever received anywhere from the American right wing," she said at a Clinton campaign event at NeueHouse in Hollywood. "The fact that other members of the Democratic Party have spoken to me like I was an ill informed child for voting for someone who represents everything I think this country should be is outrageous"... She said that she reached a "tipping point" last week when one commenter wrote to her, "Bernie Sanders has done more for feminism than Hillary Clinton has... "We have to deal in politics as we find them, not as we wish they were," Clinton said"

Mi Band Tools - Android Apps on Google Play
For some reason it's not documented anywhere that the default settings backup folder is Android/data/cz.zdenekhorak.mibandtools/files

Donald Trump Hitler comparisons: Australian Jewish leaders condemn ‘deeply offensive’ analogy - "Dr Dvir Abramovich, Chairman of the B’nai B’rith Anti-Defamation Commission (ADC), said “once again we see celebrities using appalling comparisons to Hitler to attack others”. “There is simply no place for this kind of sickening distortion in our public discourse,” he said. While people were entitled to “strong opinions” on Donald Trump, “Hitler and his genocidal actions should never form part of the discussion about the American presidential elections and no candidate should ever be compared to Hitler”, Dr Abramovich said. Resources Minister Josh Frydenberg also criticised the comparisons. “Donald Trump has his detractors, and many for good reason, but to compare him with the evil Adolf Hitler responsible as he was for the deaths of millions of innocents is ridiculous in the extreme,” he told news.com.au. “It diminishes the Holocaust and a shameful chapter in the history of the world.” Dr Abramovich said the six million Jews and millions of others who perished at the hands of the Third Reich “deserve better and should not be used for political point sloganeering”. “It bears repeating again that these types of historically inaccurate comparisons diminish the profound tragedy of the Holocaust and are deeply offensive to the victims, to survivors and to their families,” he said. “Such ignorant posts only fuel the gross trivialisation of the Holocaust.” Jeremy Jones, Director of International and Community Affairs at the Australia-Israel and Jewish Affairs Council (AIJAC), said “generally we find it very unhelpful when people make these sorts of historical comparisons”. “One, it doesn’t help people understand the contemporary phenomenon, and two, the historical circumstances [of the Holocaust] had particular and unique features which tend to be brushed under the surface [when such comparisons are made],” he said."
If you compare Trump to Hitler does Godwin's Law apply and you lose the argument?

Donald Trump: Media wants public to kill candidate, Dilbert creator Scott Adams warns - "CNN granted a sit-down interview to 22-year-old Thomas DiMassimo, the protester who attempted to rush the stage at a Trump rally in Ohio. Mr DiMassimo, who was released on bail after being charged with inducing panic and disorderly conduct, claimed he only intended to grab the microphone. But the theatre student had previously tweeted his violent plans to followers. “Let me into a Trump rally I’m smacking fire into and see how his wig cap hold up,” he tweeted on March 6. He later tweeted a picture of Trump with a gun and winking face emoji, said he would “spit on their false king”, and replied “we gone [sic] see” to a follower saying “punch him plz”. Moments before rushing the stage, he tweeted, “I’m at this you know what rally bout to you know what”, adding “the goal is martyrdom”... A number of social media users have been visited by FBI and Secret Service agents for making threats on Trump’s life, Mashable reported. “If you see anything that applies on Twitter, we’re going to investigate it,” a Secret Service spokesman said. On Sunday, a leader from a civil rights organisation resigned after posting on Facebook that Trump supporters should be shot before election day... “We have to really reach out to those who might consider voting for Trump and say, ‘This is [Nazi propaganda minister Joseph] Goebbels. This is the final solution. If you are voting for him, I will have to shoot you before Election Day,’” Wirbel wrote last Monday.""

The Trump Riots That are Mostly My Fault | Scott Adams Blog - "we see the media priming the public to try to kill Trump, or at least create some photogenic mayhem at a public event. Again, no one is sitting in a room plotting Trump’s death, but – let’s be honest – at least half of the media believes Trump is the next Hitler, and a Hitler assassination would be morally justified. Also great for ratings. The media would not be charged with any crime for triggering some nut to act. There would be no smoking gun. No guilt. No repercussions. Just better ratings and bonuses all around... it would be equally easy to build a list of why Trump is definitely NOT like Hitler. For example:
- Trump is anti-war. Hitler, not so much.
- Trump asks us to favor legal citizens over non-citizens. He makes no mention of race. Hitler killed his own citizens and mostly cared about race.
- Trump wants citizens to be heavily armed to protect themselves against bad people, including dictators. Hitler didn’t want to arm his potential enemies.
- Trump wants greater freedom of speech that would include politically incorrect topics. Hitler wasn’t so big on free speech for others.
- Trump assures us his genitalia have “no problem.” Hitler had one testicle.
I could go on, but you see how easy this is. The mainstream media can either portray Trump as Hitler or non-Hitler. So far, they have chosen (subconsciously I assume) the Hitler analogy all the way."

Lee Kuan Yew looking over Singapore? Facebook group alludes to supernatural event - "A Facebook group comprising mainly of rabid fans of the People’s Action Party, Fabrications About the PAP, shared a picture with the caption, “by Adrian Peh: Do you see what we saw. No photoshop. Taken at 4.11pm today at Gardens By the Bay East. Pls credit my friend. Garrick Lin.”"
Deify him already!>

Flashback: Obama Tried to Filibuster Bush’s Supreme Court Pick - "Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) has threatened to filibuster any of Obama's Supreme Court nominees... If Obama criticizes Cruz for this, then Cruz only has to point out that Obama himself supported filibustering Alito in 2006."

Blitzer Calls Out Wasserman Schultz on Democrats' Supreme Court Hypocrisy - "“And when Vice President Biden was a U.S. Senator back in 1992, he said President Bush, and I’m quoting him now, ‘should consider following the practice of the majority of his predecessors and not, and not name a nominee until after the November election is completed.’” “So if it was good for the Democrats then to make these kinds of statements during an election year in the case of Biden, why can’t the Republicans do that now?” Blitzer asked."

Mothers of Slain Black Teenagers Assail Bernie Sanders for 'Ghetto' Comments - First Draft. Political News, Now. - The New York Times - "The CNN moderator Don Lemon asked both Mrs. Clinton and Mr. Sanders to describe their “racial blind spots.” “When you’re white, you don’t know what it’s like to be living in a ghetto — you don’t know what it’s like to be poor,” Mr. Sanders said. “You don’t know what it’s like to be hassled when you walk down the street or you get dragged out of a car.” The remarks provoked an immediate online backlash from people who pointed out that many whites also live in dilapidated housing and in low-income neighborhoods"
A racial blind spot indeed...

Denmark Just ‘Burned’ Bernie Sanders — Country’s Prime Minister Says Presidential Hopeful Is Lying To Those Who ‘Feel The Bern’ - "Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen’s explanation of Denmark’s economy was originally made late last year, as reported by Investors. Not only that, Denmark apparently is rethinking its social welfare programs because many of their experts believe the country cannot long afford the current perks it gives its people, as reported by The New York Times. A lot of it can be associated to the “entitlement” state-of-mind, as in it is one’s “right” to have free this or free that. Karen Haekkerup, the minister of social affairs and integration at the time of the article, clarifies the situation:
"“In the past, people never asked for help unless they needed it. My grandmother was offered a pension and she was offended. She did not need it. But now people do not have that mentality. They think of these benefits as their rights. The rights have just expanded and expanded. And it has brought us a good quality of life. But now we need to go back to the rights and the duties. We all have to contribute.”"

On the Revocation of White Privilege in North Korea - "21-year-old Otto Warmbier... from Ohio.. was convicted of subversion for stealing a propaganda banner in North Korea, and sentenced to 15 years hard labor... young white man who went to an Asian country and violated their laws, and learned that the shield his cis white male identity provides here in America is not teflon abroad. As shocked as I am by the sentence handed down to Warmbier, I am even more shocked that a grown man, an American citizen, would not only voluntarily enter North Korea but also commit what’s been described a “college-style prank.” That kind of reckless gall is an unfortunate side effect of being socialized first as a white boy, and then as a white man in this country. Every economic, academic, legal and social system in this country has for more than three centuries functioned with the implicit purpose of ensuring that white men are the primary benefactors of all privilege. The kind of arrogance bred by that kind of conditioning is pathogenic, causing its host to develop a subconscious yet no less obnoxious perception that the rules do not apply to him, or at least that their application is negotiable."
So supposedly due to White Male Privilege the only people who play pranks in the USA are White Men
Comments: "Do you want feedback or not? If you only want to hear from people who agree with you, I suggest you not publish your thoughts publicly."
OP: "I actually didn’t ask for feedback and will continue to post whatever I want and interact with those who want to have fruitful conversation."
So fruitful conversation = masturbating each other in an ideological echo chamber

Man refuses to do housework, wife rips off his testicles - "Here's a cautionary tale for men who usually don't help out with housework... "I told him he was not any kind of man and I grabbed his testicles. "It was not my fault that he pulled away, and that's when it happened... He wife was reported to have said: "I thought maybe that some ice would solve the problem, but he insisted on calling an ambulance."
The guy should have poured acid in her face

BBC World Service - The World This Week, Donald Trump Changes the Nature and Language of US Politics - "But you don't get to be one of the most successful business executives of your generation by being stupid, and it's clear... this was no off the cuff remark or slip of the tongue. Instead it was part of a clear strategy. And the view which so many found abhorent was also being widely echoed among the people who count: American electors... does Mr Trump says sober what other people say drunk?"

BBC World Service - The World This Week, Iraqi troops move into Ramadi centre - "Both have been partly been driven by a desire on behalf of their universities not to offend their students, which has left more than academic to ponder publicly what the point of a expensive and time-consuming period at university is if not to challenge, to probe, to stimulate and maybe, to once or twice along the way, to offend the sensibilities of students. More worrying for some is the thought thathis process of re-evaluation might never end. Dotted around the grand squares of London are statues of the men who, amongst other achievements. created and defended the British Empire. It wasn't always pretty. In Parliament Square, looking out over the Palace of Westminster, the statue of a militarist imperialist survives, for now. Supporters of Winston Churchill and the fight for democracy can, for the moment, breathe easy. It's not the job of the present, said one academic of the Rhodes row, to tick off the past. But our tussle with history is part of our wrestle with the present. And it might be difficult to conduct that argument with much vigor if you're constantly afraid of giving or taking offence"

Friday, March 25, 2016

Pity and Redemption

"Occurrences like this astonish because they conflict with the image we have of man in harmony with himself, coherent, monolithic; and they should not astonish because that is not how man is. Compassion and brutality can coexist in the same individual and in the same moment, despite all logic; and for all that, compassion itself eludes logic. There is no proportion between the pity we feel and the extent of the pain by which the pity is aroused: a single Anne Frank excites more emotion than the myriads who suffered as she did but whose image has remained in the shadows. Perhaps it is necessary that it can be so. If we had to and were able to suffer the sufferings of everyone, we could not live. Perhaps the dreadful gift of pity for the many is granted only to saints; to the Monatti, to the members of the Special Squad, and to all of us there remains in the best of cases only the sporadic pity addressed to the single individual, the Mitmensch, the co-man: the human being of flesh and blood standing before us, within the reach of our providentially myopic senses...

In The Brothers Karamazov Grushenka tells the fable of the little onion. A vicious old woman dies and goes to hell, but her guardian angel, straining his memory, recalls that she once, only once, gave a beggar the gift of a little onion she had dug up from her garden. He holds the little onion out to her, and the old woman grasps it and is lifted out of the flames of hell. This fable has always struck me as revolting: what human monster did not throughout his life make the gift of a little onion; if not to others, to his children, his wife, his dog? That single, immediately erased instant of pity is certainly not enough to absolve Muhsfeld [a SS man]. It is enough, however, to place him too, although at its extreme boundary, within the gray band, that zone of ambiguity which radiates out from regimes based on terror and obsequiousness."

--- Holocaust: Origins, Implementation, Aftermath / Omer Bartov
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