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starspawn0

Spiro Agnew was Nixon's first Vice President (before being replaced with Ford), who resigned from office, following a bribery investigation unrelated to Watergate -- the bribes were in cash-filled envelopes even while he was VP. He was an interesting character. He had a large following among hard-line conservatives, and gave vile speeches attacking liberals and making racist remarks.
Today, 09:46 PM
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    During one of his speeches, he referred to Polish people as "Pollocks" and Japanese as "Japs". He was like a proto-Trump. When the Justice Department's investigation got underway into the bribery case, he called it a "witch-hunt". When the press reported "unnamed sources" with inside information about the investigation, he attacked the press, and accused investigators of leaking. Journalists were subpoenaed and asked to reveal their sources. Agnew bec...
    Today, 09:55 PM
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    ... Agnew became even more popular among the hard-right. He got mountains of fan mail; journalists and investigators got hate mail.
    Today, 09:57 PM
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Yuli Ban

Happy Spring Day. Hop on some springs to celebrate the equinox!
Today, 09:42 PM
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Kemotx

Just saw May's speech...a very pathetic one. She wants to blame everyone but herself.
Today, 08:44 PM
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    Raklian
    It's much more attractive now to vote her out.
    Today, 09:20 PM
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    wjfox
    Is it really, though? Somebody has to replace her – and the other leadership hopefuls are genuine, bona fide lunatics. Boris Johnson, anyone??
    Today, 09:25 PM
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    Raklian
    How about yourself? You're pretty sane, considering.

    XD
    Today, 09:31 PM
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wjfox

Big statement from Theresa May now confirmed for 20:15 GMT.
Today, 07:48 PM
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    BBC chief political correspondent Vicki Young says it is her understanding that the prime minister's statement "is not going to be a moment where she calls a general election or resigns."
    Today, 07:49 PM
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    wjfox
    https://twitter.com/10DowningStreet/status/1108467384866603008
    Today, 09:52 PM
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Raklian

I wouldn't mind buying an all-electric Ford Mustang.
Today, 05:47 PM
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    Erowind
    More of a corvette guy myself, ditto.
    Today, 08:22 PM
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    Zaphod
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=610Amyhpzzk
    Electric Jaguar E-type is more my thing.
    Today, 09:23 PM
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PhoenixRu

Where is Caltrek and what happened to him?
Today, 05:36 PM
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    joe00uk
    Well he's only like 63 or something isn't he so really he's not *that* old
    Today, 07:57 PM
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    Erowind
    Caltrek can't die. Once we start reversing aging we'll need him to help archive everything. EVERYTHING
    Today, 08:21 PM
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    Sciencerocks
    I am pretty sure he is posting but at a lower level. lol ;) I know cals post.
    Today, 09:43 PM
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Erowind

I started watching Love Death and Robots and so far the first episode was a bit of miss and I really enjoyed the second one. I've heard really good things about the 7th episode Beyond the Aqualia Rift. Has anyone else seen it?
Today, 09:40 AM
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Outlook

TIL arab women fought in the battles of Islamic Conquest, https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asmā'_bint_Abi_Bakr
Yesterday, 11:20 PM
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    Outlook
    To an extent. There are some sexist lines in the Quran, but not to the level of assigning gender roles, and calling women inferior like in the bible. All men and women are equal except in faith, is the saying. The hadith and general tribal culture of the middle east is where the sexism comes from. Although there's also wonderful hadiths like this, narrated by Aisha: https://sunnah.com/bukhari/8/161
    Yesterday, 11:49 PM
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    Erowind
    Am i interpreting that verse correctly. That the first part is proclaiming it is wrong to compare women to animals. And that the second part is saying that women should not have to trouble men for their needs. Moreover, that they should be independent enough to tend to themselves?
    Today, 12:19 AM
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    Outlook
    She's responding to a hadith (https://sunnah.com/urn/1282980) that states thay your prayer is ruined if a donkey, dog, or woman passes you. She's offended, and says that the prophet prayed while she was laying front of him, and she only moved out of his way on her own volition. It's interpreted differently by different people.
    Today, 12:52 AM
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wjfox

What it feels like to be living in the UK right now: https://www.futuretimeline.net/images/misc/titanic.gif
Yesterday, 04:31 PM
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    Outlook
    https://i.imgur.com/c4jt321.png
    Yesterday, 10:10 PM
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    Alislaws
    Ugh, I don't really want to move to Ireland, but I will if Britain actually catches fire.

    I think its more likely we'll just have a few riots and a horrible depression though.
    Today, 12:20 PM
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    Alislaws
    Or we'll vote in a corbyn Govt, go full socialist, and either end up with fully automated luxury communism, or as another failed-socialist tyranny.
    Today, 12:22 PM
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starspawn0

Social identity theory: https://www.simplypsychology.org/social-identity-theory.html "Tajfel (1979) proposed that the groups (e.g. social class, family, football team etc.) which people belonged to were an important source of pride and self-esteem. Groups give us a sense of social identity: a sense of belonging to the social world. In order to increase our self-image we enhance the status of the group to which we belong."
Yesterday, 10:58 AM
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    Alislaws
    Also i'm pretty sure people had a intuitive rasp of newtons laws of motion for 100s of years before he got famous for them.
    Yesterday, 03:19 PM
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    starspawn0
    There are a lot of very intuitive theories in psychology that turn out to be *false*. I think the it's a good idea to find intuitive, correct theories about how sicknesses like nationalism arise.
    Yesterday, 03:48 PM
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    Alislaws
    I think nationalism is a mixed bag, On the one hand it is the ultimate "US Vs Them" set up. But on the other hand its the most encompassing "Us" group most people have ever belonged to.
    Today, 12:24 PM
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Yuli Ban

It's been 13 years since 2006?? Where did the time go?
Mar 18 2019 01:39 PM
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    wjfox
    George Bush was President. I used to laugh at all the ridiculously dumb things he said, though he was pretty tame compared to Trump.


    Mar 18 2019 02:15 PM
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    Outlook
    I was 7 back then so I have no concept of the timespan like you seniors do. It's actually near the start of my conscious life, damn.
    Yesterday, 03:52 AM
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    Erowind
    I was 9 years old in 2006. I would have been playing my ps2 and questioning god for the first time around then. Catholic school was a trip.
    Yesterday, 10:28 AM
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wjfox

"A huge fireball exploded in the Earth's atmosphere in December, according to Nasa. [It] exploded with 10 times the energy released by the Hiroshima atomic bomb." https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-47607696
Mar 18 2019 09:44 AM
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    Erowind
    Asteroid defense infrastructure please and thankyou.
    Mar 18 2019 10:28 AM
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    Raklian
    Erowind, we're too busy squabbling over the littlest of things, apparently.
    Mar 18 2019 01:37 PM
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    Erowind
    /\ Couldn't agree more
    Mar 18 2019 08:02 PM
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sun_set

Most of my friends are hipsters that agree with my philosophy about the technological singularity. #drunk on ipa’s
Mar 18 2019 04:28 AM
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    Jakob
    Meanwhile some of us slave away to make the singularity happen.
    Mar 18 2019 04:30 AM
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    Alislaws
    What IS your philosophy about the technological singularity?
    Mar 18 2019 02:24 PM
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Outlook

TRT world, CGTN, Russia Today-- foreign powers are upping their soft power game.
Mar 17 2019 05:46 AM
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    Many people in Europe and the U.S. don't know a lot about Arab, Persian, Middle-Eastern, etc. media, and probably look for the "BBC equivalent" -- maybe a little biased, but has high journalistic standards. Al Jazeera fits the bill; and as a bonus, they often have really good reports about happenings in the U.S. and Europe.
    Mar 17 2019 11:56 AM
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    Then there are many leftists on Twitter who aren't as careful, who seek out the "authentic Middle-Eastern voice", just like they avoid chain restaurants and stores, and seek out local color authentic venues. Unfortunately, they fall for people like Sarah Abdallah, and take what she writes as the gospel truth.
    Mar 17 2019 12:04 PM
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    As an aside: I think the quest for "authenticity" is really about "power". It's about not giving more power to the powerful; about how normal people not yet corrupted by power can be trusted to be "good".
    Mar 17 2019 12:10 PM