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#141
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I don't think you know what an argument is. An argument is defined as conclusions that follow from premises. There really is no such thing as a non verbal argument, at least in a strict sense. I do apologize for the big bold letters though. All I did was copy and pasted. 

As Erowind elucidated it could fit your definition of an argument. Either way we can rephrase it as people assuming that you were expressing yourself through your font style. Whether that expression can be classified as an argument is besides the point. 

 

 

Sigh, it's not good to make assumptions either. Every time you say something, you look sillier. Anyways, I will let this go now.



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So wait, you're ​not ​saying (or posting an article that is saying) that government of the state of south Africa has begun a process of seizing all white owned farms? 

 

Cause that's what I originally took from what you posted. On further reading after TG chimed in, it seems the Govt. has seized 2 farms and no further seizures have been confirmed, which is not what is implied by the headline. The fact that the website has chosen such an inflammatory headline for a much smaller issue is of course not your fault, but you could very easily have put 30 seconds of effort clarifying when you posted the link. 

 

Of course "Its not good to make assumptions" except unfortunately people are required to make thousands of assumptions every day, and the alternative is to drive everyone around you insane by asking for explicit clarification on every single thing that is said, or written or implied or hinted at by anyone.

 

Which means effective communication requires people to put some effort in, or risk their readers wildly misunderstanding them.

 

Of course in this case readers misunderstanding the misleading headline was the whole point of them wording the headline that way. 



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Well, it's not like this hasn't been discussed before. The South African government has been discussing expropriating land for months now, maybe even years, so to think it will stop with just 2 farms would be misguided I believe. This isn't just a single isolated article though. There have been discussions of it all over youtube, including the Fox news channel. The rest of the mainstream media won't pick it up though, because it goes against their narrative that whites are always the oppressors, and never the victims. 

 

I will give you credit for one thing though. That is the idea that we should never make assumptions. While in theory, making assumptions is bad, in practice, people need to make mental shortcuts to eliminate the possibility of cognitive overload. This can work both ways though, and I'd also think it could justify the need to stereotype in some circumstances. So I guess people themselves want to make assumptions, but they don't want others to make assumptions about them, or the things that they care about.



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Well, it's not like this hasn't been discussed before. The South African government has been discussing expropriating land for months now, maybe even years, so to think it will stop with just 2 farms would be misguided I believe. This isn't just a single isolated article though. There have been discussions of it all over youtube, including the Fox news channel. The rest of the mainstream media won't pick it up though, because it goes against their narrative that whites are always the oppressors, and never the victims. 

 

I will give you credit for one thing though. That is the idea that we should never make assumptions. While in theory, making assumptions is bad, in practice, people need to make mental shortcuts to eliminate the possibility of cognitive overload. This can work both ways though, and I'd also think it could justify the need to stereotype in some circumstances. So I guess people themselves want to make assumptions, but they don't want others to make assumptions about them, or the things that they care about.

I'd question how much the descendants of white settlers are the victims when the descendants of the people their ancestors stole the land from steal it back, I mean the only reason they own the land is the whole "we had the power to take it so we took it" justification, which this is in reverse. But of course I know what you mean. No one wins in these situations usually. 

 

Seriously though, there wouldn't be discussions of the seizure of two farms all over youtube etc. if people weren't blowing it out of proportion, using misleading headlines and generally trying to use it justify their whole white victim world view. The rest of the media won't pick it up because, outside of SA (where it may be the start of something and therefore is potentially important) no one (who doesn't have an agenda to push) cares about two random farms in south Africa. 

 

 

I would definitely say at this point that the whole "no racism against whites" phrase/idea that you see thrown around is garbage. First, at best it is only true in white majority countries and when you add the word "systemic" into it. i.e. "there is no such thing as systemic racism against whites in white majority countries" might be true.

 

I think a lot of the American left forget that there is a world outside the USA where whites are not the majority. Even were it totally valid, saying something like that just instantly confirms to anyone on the other side that you're very biased and won't consider anything they have to say. 

 

They forget that definition of racism is: 

 

 

Prejudice, discrimination, or antagonism directed against someone of a different race based on the belief that one's own race is superior.

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The belief that all members of each race possess characteristics, abilities, or qualities specific to that race, especially so as to distinguish it as inferior or superior to another race or races.

 

And does not include anything about "systems". 



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Fighting Breaks Out in South Sudan 2 Days After Peace Deal

 

https://www.courthou...ter-peace-deal/

 

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JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — Fighting has broken out in South Sudan two days after the warring sides signed what the government called a “final final” peace agreement to end the civil war. Each side blames the other for the attacks.

 

Clashes erupted Friday morning in Central Equatoria state when government troops stormed bases in Lainya and Kajo Keji counties, opposition spokesman Lam Paul Gabriel said.

“That means the regime is not serious about the peace,” Gabriel told The Associated Press.

 

The government called the accusations “propaganda.” The attacks were instigated by opposition forces that emerged from hiding along the Ugandan border and were trying to reclaim territory, spokesman Lul Roai Koang told the AP.

 

An investigation into the reports is underway, the Ceasefire and Transitional Security Arrangements Monitoring Mechanism, the body charged with monitoring the cease-fire, said on Twitter. It reminded all parties of their commitment to refrain from hostilities. The body reports to the East African regional bloc that negotiated the peace deal.

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In this Friday, April 29, 2016 photo, South Sudan’s then First Vice President Riek Machar, left, looks across at President Salva Kiir, right, as the two sit to be photographed following the first meeting of a new transitional coalition government, in the capital Juba, South Sudan. 

(AP Photo/Jason Patinkin, File)

 

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Melania Trump Visits School in Malawi, Part of Africa Tour

 

https://www.courthou...of-africa-tour/

 

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LILONGWE, Malawi (AP) — Melania Trump, on the second stop of a five-day goodwill tour of Africa, visited a school in Malawi, where the young children sang that they were so happy to see her.

 

The U.S. first lady landed in the capital, Lilongwe, on Thursday morning after a six-hour flight from Ghana. She is focusing the trip on her interest in child welfare.

 

She received a joyous welcome upon her arrival at Kamuzu International Airport, with singing and dancing by a troupe of women and scores of schoolchildren waving African and Malawian flags.

 

Mrs. Trump went directly to Chipala Primary School in Lilongwe. The school receives education aid from the U.S. Agency for International Development. Malawi has received a total of 9.6 million textbooks in the past few years through a U.S.-funded national reading program.

 

Mrs. Trump toured several classrooms in the equivalent of second and third grade and watched teachers carry out lessons to help the young students learn English and the Chichewa language.

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How Doctors Brought Hope to One of the World’s Toughest Places

 

https://www.motherjo...sickness-congo/

 

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(Mother Jones) How do you stop sleeping sickness in a place where modern hospitals are hours, even days, away? The disease, carried by the river-borne tsetse fly, can cause its victims to experience headaches, madness, and, if left untreated, a fatal coma.

 

In the Democratic Republic of Congo, doctors have been making significant progress. The country has some of the highest rates of the disease, representing 85 percent of the world’s cases. But numbers have dropped drastically: At the turn of the century, there were 30,000 cases of sleeping sickness. In the first six months of 2018, that number fell to 350, raising hopes that the disease could be stamped out.

 

Some of this progress can be attributed to Victor Kande, a 68-year-old doctor who has spent four decades helping the country fight the epidemic. He and other medical officials have organized drives for a drug with fewer side effects, as well as efforts to install 15 million tsetse fly traps. The nation has also screened villages in the forests and on riverbanks for early signs of the disease to prevent its spread.  

 

Though the efforts do not get much attention, even inside the DRC, the upsides are apparent. “If DRC eliminates sleeping sickness,” the revered, passionate Kande told the Guardian, “the world eliminates sleeping sickness.”

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U.S. Military Presence in Africa, Light Footprint or Vast Network of Bases?

 

https://theintercept...twork-of-bases/

 

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(The Intercept) THE U.S. MILITARY has long insisted that it maintains a “light footprint” in Africa, and there have been reports of proposed drawdownsin special operations forces and closures of outposts on the continent, due to a 2017 ambush in Niger and an increasing focus on rivals like China and Russia. But through it all, U.S. Africa Command has fallen short of providing concrete information about its bases on the continent, leaving in question the true scope of the American presence there.

 

Documents obtained from AFRICOM by The Intercept, via the Freedom of Information Act, however, offer a unique window onto the sprawling network of U.S. military outposts in Africa, including previously undisclosed or unconfirmed sites in hotspots like Libya, Niger, and Somalia.  The Pentagon has also told The Intercept that troop reductions in Africa will be modest and phased-in over several years and that no outposts are expected to close as a result of the personnel cuts.

 

According to a 2018 briefing by AFRICOM science adviser Peter E. Teil, the military’s constellation of bases includes 34 sites scattered across the continent, with high concentrations in the north and west as well as the Horn of Africa. These regions, not surprisingly, have also seen numerous U.S. drone attacks and low-profile commando raids in recent years. For example, Libya — the site of drone and commando missions but for which President Trump said he saw no U.S. military role just last year — is nonetheless home to three previously undisclosed outposts.

 

“U.S. Africa Command’s posture plan is designed to secure strategic access to key locations on a continent characterized by vast distances and limited infrastructure,” Gen. Thomas Waldhauser, the AFRICOM commander, told the House Armed Services Committee earlier this year, though he didn’t provide specifics on the number of bases. “Our posture network allows forward staging of forces to provide operational flexibility and timely response to crises involving U. S. personnel or interests without creating the optic that U. S. Africa Command is militarizing Africa.”

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U.S. Africa Command’s “Strategic Posture” — listing 34 military outposts — from a 2018 briefing by Science Advisor Peter E. Teil.

 

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Back to blackouts: SA in the dark as Eskom stumbles ( South Africa )

Eskom’s warning that the country was threatened by months of rotating blackouts became a reality in less than 24 hours.

The state-owned company, which produces most of South Africa’s power, said on Wednesday that controlled blackouts could return and last throughout the year. Even more concerning is that the company expects energy availability of the system will keep declining into early next year and probably only recover to current levels in six months.

By Thursday, Eskom announced it was cutting 1GW from the grid. It doubled that amount on Friday in an outage that’s scheduled to last 13 hours.

For South Africans, that means a return to stocking up on candles, mopping up thawed refrigerators and sitting in gridlocked roads around blank traffic lights. All of that became familiar in 2008, and again in 2015, when Eskom implemented months of the outages known locally as load shedding. Those cuts hamstrung the economy, limiting industrial output and hurting business and consumer confidence.

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The utility is also running low on coal.

 

https://techcentral....stumbles/85596/



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US Conducts 6 Airstrikes Against Somalia Rebels, 62 Dead

 

https://www.courthou...lia-extremists/

 

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JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The U.S. military says it has carried out six airstrikes in the Gandarshe area of Somalia which killed a total of 62 al-Shabab extremist rebels.

 

In a statement issued Monday, the U.S. military’s Africa Command said it carried out four strikes on Dec. 15 in which 34 people were killed and two more on Dec. 16 which killed 28. All the air attacks were in the Gandarshe coastal area south of the capital, Mogadishu, it said.

 

No civilians were injured or killed in the attacks, it said.

 

All six strikes were carried out in close coordination with Somalia’s government, it said. The airstrikes were “conducted to prevent al-Shabab from using remote areas as a safe haven to plot, direct, inspire, and recruit for future attacks,” it said.

 

Al-Shabab uses parts of southern and central Somalia to plot and direct extremist attacks, steal humanitarian aid, extort the local populace to fund its operations, and shelter radicals, said the statement.

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Elections in the Time of Ebola: Congo Votes Amid Disease

 

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BENI, Congo (AP) — What’s an election campaign without shaking hands with potential voters? Congolese candidates in the thick of an Ebola outbreak, now the second deadliest in history, are finding out in uncomfortable ways.

 

Jaribu Muliwavyo seeks another term as provincial deputy in North Kivu, the restless center of the outbreak. He’s sad when he arrives in communities and isn’t permitted to greet traditional chiefs properly, with a warm clasp of hands.

 

“They take that as an insult,” Muliwavyo told The Associated Press. This election, he mused, is “a real puzzle.”

 

The current Ebola outbreak is like no other, and it promises trouble for Congo’s presidential election on Sunday. Unrest by dozens of rebel groups in this Central African nation with 40 million voters already posed a challenge to the long-delayed vote.

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A health worker, right, feeds a boy suspecting of having the Ebola virus at an Ebola treatment centre in Beni, Eastern Congo, on Sept 9, 2018. 

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Sudan's Bashir vows reforms as protesters ask him to step down

 

https://www.aljazeer...5071852392.html

 

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(Al Jazeera) Sudan's embattled President Omar al-Bashir has vowed to introduce some "real reforms" even as trade unions and professional associations plan a mass rally in the capital, Khartoum, asking him to step down.

 

In his first public comments since the anti-government protests began in Atbara city seven days ago, Bashir on Monday warned the protesters to not respond to attempts "at sowing discord" in the country.

 

The demonstrations are the biggest in several years against Bashir's 29-year rule, with protesters enraged over rising prices, shortage of basic goods and a cash crisis.

 

The official Sudan News Agency (SUNA) quoted Bashir as saying that the state was "continuing with economic reforms that provide citizens with a decent life".

 

Meanwhile, civil society groups have planned a Christmas Day rally in central Khartoum, less than a kilometre from the presidential palace, demanding Bashir's removal.

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Demonstrators have targeted the offices of Bashir's party and called for his resignation

[Burhan Ozbilici/AP]

 

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U.S. and other countries concerned by Sudanese protests crackdown

 

https://www.thenatio...ckdown-1.806305

 

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(The National) The United States, Britain, Norway and Canada say they are concerned by "credible reports" that Sudan's security forces have used live ammunition against demonstrators demanding that President Omar Al Bashir step down.

 

In a joint statement issued late Monday in Khartoum, the four nations urged all parties to avoid violence or the destruction of property while affirming the right of the Sudanese people to peacefully protest to express their "legitimate grievances."

 

Amnesty International meanwhile said it had "credible reports" that Sudanese police have killed 37 protesters in clashes during the anti-government demonstrations that erupted last week across much of the country.

 

It said the use of lethal force by security forces against unarmed protesters was "extremely troubling" given that more protests were planned on Tuesday.

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In this Thursday, Dec. 20, 2018 handout photo provided by a Sudanese activist, protesters chant slogans during a demonstration, in Khartoum, Sudan.

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DRC vote: Opposition says ruling party win would be 'provocation'

 

https://www.aljazeer...1112206607.html

 

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(Al Jazeera) Kinshasa, DRC - Vote counting has started in the Democratic Republic of Congo's long-delayed election as the opposition claimed it will not accept a ruling party victory.

 

"I cannot see how Mr Shadary (the ruling party's candidate) can win. I doubt anyone will have the courage to proclaim Shadary as the winner. It will be a provocation," Martin Fayulu, leader of the opposition Lamuka coalition, told Al Jazeera on Monday.

 

Sunday's vote, which has been repeatedly postponed since 2016, was marked by long delays with many polling stations not opening and voters not finding their names on the poll register.

 

The electoral commission (CENI) on Wednesday said at least 20 percent of the polling stations in the capital, Kinshasa, would not open because of a lack of voting machines.

 

More than 46 million Congolese registered to take part in the election to pick a successor to President Joseph Kabila, who has ruled the mineral-rich country for 17 years. 

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Provisional results are expected on January 6, while final results set to be announced on January 15

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US sends troops for possible 'violent' Congo vote protests

 

https://www.sfgate.c...on-13510525.php

 

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KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — On the eve of the first expected results of Congo's long-delayed presidential election, President Donald Trump said military personnel had deployed to Central Africa to protect U.S. assets from possible "violent demonstrations," while the country's powerful Catholic church warned of a popular "uprising" if untrue results are announced.

 

Congo faces what could be its first democratic, peaceful transfer of power since independence from Belgium in 1960, but election observers and the opposition have raised concerns about voting irregularities as the country chooses a successor to longtime President Joseph Kabila.

 

The first results are expected on Sunday, and the United States and the African Union, among others, have urged Congo to release results that reflect the true will of the people. The U.S. has threatened sanctions against those who undermine the democratic process. Western election observers were not invited to watch the vote.

 

While Congo has been largely calm on and after the Dec. 30 vote, Trump's letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said about 80 military personnel and "appropriate combat equipment" had deployed to nearby Gabon to support the security of U.S. citizens and staffers and diplomatic facilities. More will deploy as needed to Gabon, Congo or neighboring Republic of Congo, he wrote.

 

The U.S. ahead of the vote ordered "non-emergency" government employees and family members to leave the country.

 

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Members of the Congolese opposition coalition Lamuka, led by presidential candidate Martin Faluyu, have a conversation while waiting for a statement to be issued on the timing of the release of the presidential election results in Kinshasa, Congo, Saturday Jan. 5, 2019.

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#BREAKING The military of the oil-rich African nation of Gabon have launched an attempted coup



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Runner-up in Congo's presidential election dismisses results as an 'electoral coup' https://reut.rs/2D2cAtn



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The US military says an airstrike kills more than 50 terrorists in Somalia https://cnn.it/2DnRENE



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Zimbabwe's leader skipping World Economic Forum in Davos after violent protests
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Sudan's Bashir fights for survival as protests spread https://reut.rs/2UjnMYf







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