Some of society's problems that concern you?

by Tiny
  • emotionull 08-31-2019, 11:59 PM
    The world has been fucked we all just forget about things that are happening because that's what were taught to do.
  • malmon 09-01-2019, 03:34 AM
    Our unelected government will be suspending Parliament to prevent elected MPs from messing with the no-deal brexit process.
  • Loko 09-01-2019, 11:34 AM
    (09-01-2019, 03:34 AM)malmon Wrote: Our unelected government will be suspending Parliament to prevent elected MPs from messing with the no-deal brexit process.

    Sending love over to you guys <3
  • All in One 09-01-2019, 12:26 PM
    (09-01-2019, 03:34 AM)malmon Wrote: Our unelected government will be suspending Parliament to prevent elected MPs from messing with the no-deal brexit process.


    It really feels like I've been watching the UK fall apart in real time these past few months. Hope things work out alright over there.
  • malmon 09-01-2019, 02:54 PM
    (09-01-2019, 12:26 PM)All in One Wrote:
    (09-01-2019, 03:34 AM)malmon Wrote: Our unelected government will be suspending Parliament to prevent elected MPs from messing with the no-deal brexit process.


    It really feels like I've been watching the UK fall apart in real time these past few months. Hope things work out alright over there.


    I just hope things stay ok until I have the means to move out >_>
  • seel 09-01-2019, 03:22 PM
    (08-31-2019, 08:34 PM)Backlash Wrote:
    (08-31-2019, 07:44 PM)Loko Wrote:
    (08-31-2019, 07:06 PM)Backlash Wrote: Another day, another mass-shooting. Country's a goddamn warzone.

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    Didn't even know about this until I saw this post. Even then, my brain is so numb to these that I can't even react properly. Fuck.



    Right? It's like someone's playing the long game and trying to get us desensitized to violence. We already sweep the poor and crippled under the rug; what's a number on a weekly news article?

    I'm already desensitized to it and, despite how horrible this is, it's basically meme material at this point. The US is basically one big dumpster fire.
  • laifot 09-01-2019, 11:32 PM
    I consider myself pretty open-minded in terms of politics but i don't really like left-winged parties.. at least in southamerica they won't ever work...
  • Backlash 09-07-2019, 03:42 PM
    Anyone else gotten tired of the epidemic of "copaganda" on Reddit? Literally every time there's a viral shooting or other instance of police brutality, there's a slew of posts humanizing the police all over r/pics and Imgur.

    This stuff's so obviously astroturfed, too. I've seen instances of the entire comment section tearing the guy down, but the post itself having multiple 10k likes.

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  • mnl 09-08-2019, 02:34 AM
    (09-07-2019, 03:42 PM)Backlash Wrote: Anyone else gotten tired of the epidemic of "copaganda" on Reddit? Literally every time there's a viral shooting or other instance of police brutality, there's a slew of posts humanizing the police all over r/pics and Imgur.

    This stuff's so obviously astroturfed, too. I've seen instances of the entire comment section tearing the guy down, but the post itself having multiple 10k likes.

    -snip-

    I've started to avoid threads/subreddits about american politics in general. Too much bickering and one-upping/owning the other party and to little discussion about actual policy concepts that could make a difference. People view politics like a sport where you cheer for your own team for entertainment instead of seeing it as the means to improve our lives.
  • Loko 09-08-2019, 04:20 PM
    (09-07-2019, 03:42 PM)Backlash Wrote: Anyone else gotten tired of the epidemic of "copaganda" on Reddit? Literally every time there's a viral shooting or other instance of police brutality, there's a slew of posts humanizing the police all over r/pics and Imgur.

    This stuff's so obviously astroturfed, too. I've seen instances of the entire comment section tearing the guy down, but the post itself having multiple 10k likes.

    Honestly, r/pics is kind of a garbage sub anyway. Pretty sure the mods there had an issue with Hong Kong or something a few weeks ago.
  • All in One 09-08-2019, 06:18 PM
    (09-08-2019, 04:20 PM)Loko Wrote:
    (09-07-2019, 03:42 PM)Backlash Wrote: Anyone else gotten tired of the epidemic of "copaganda" on Reddit? Literally every time there's a viral shooting or other instance of police brutality, there's a slew of posts humanizing the police all over r/pics and Imgur.

    This stuff's so obviously astroturfed, too. I've seen instances of the entire comment section tearing the guy down, but the post itself having multiple 10k likes.

    Honestly, r/pics is kind of a garbage sub anyway. Pretty sure the mods there had an issue with Hong Kong or something a few weeks ago.


    Yeah, I remember that. It was a picture of the aftermath of Tienanmen that r/pics mods deleted and deleted every individual comment.

    I'm not completely sure that it was an act of PRC astroturfing but I know Tencent has recently been investing big money into Reddit so I wouldn't be surprised at all if there was some skullduggery going on behind the scenes. One thing that's really concerned me in recent years is the level of kowtowing to Beijing that corporations and institutions have been doing. Mostly in Hollywood but also with some of these larger social media companies. China is a country that I really don't want spreading its influence around. Right now it's Hong Kong in the process of being assimilated; who knows where it could be in the future.
  • Loko 09-08-2019, 06:26 PM (Edited 09-08-2019, 06:26 PM)
    (09-08-2019, 06:18 PM)All in One Wrote:
    (09-08-2019, 04:20 PM)Loko Wrote:
    (09-07-2019, 03:42 PM)Backlash Wrote: Anyone else gotten tired of the epidemic of "copaganda" on Reddit? Literally every time there's a viral shooting or other instance of police brutality, there's a slew of posts humanizing the police all over r/pics and Imgur.

    This stuff's so obviously astroturfed, too. I've seen instances of the entire comment section tearing the guy down, but the post itself having multiple 10k likes.

    Honestly, r/pics is kind of a garbage sub anyway. Pretty sure the mods there had an issue with Hong Kong or something a few weeks ago.


    Yeah, I remember that. It was a picture of the aftermath of Tienanmen that r/pics mods deleted and deleted every individual comment.

    I'm not completely sure that it was an act of PRC astroturfing but I know Tencent has recently been investing big money into Reddit so I wouldn't be surprised at all if there was some skullduggery going on behind the scenes. One thing that's really concerned me in recent years is the level of kowtowing to Beijing that corporations and institutions have been doing. Mostly in Hollywood but also with some of these larger social media companies. China is a country that I really don't want spreading its influence around. Right now it's Hong Kong in the process of being assimilated; who knows where it could be in the future.

    Ah yeah, that was it, thanks for the clarification. Yeah Tencent and Huawei are names that have become very prevalent around here, it's kind of surprising. I suppose this is what I get for not paying attention until now.
  • GlassMoon 09-09-2019, 01:25 PM (Edited 09-09-2019, 01:35 PM)
    About a week ago here in Japan most major convenience stores have stopped stocking adult magazines and even non-nude gravure idols. I had a hunch and ended up confirming it today.

    This might not seem like that big of a deal. I don't buy adult magazines there anyway. In any case, it's something of a dying medium in the first place. Most people our age get our stuff digitally in the first place, right? Japan is no different and its digital adult industry certainly has customers.

    But the tone this sets really disturbs me. There seems to be some pressure from various feminist groups and preparation for the 2020 Olympics. I really dislike this because one of the things that I like so much about Japan is that it doesn't have this poisonous attitude that sex is something shameful and hateful about society. And I think that magazines in convenience stores are one small way that that is expressed. From being comfortable with one's own naked body and those of others in bath houses and onsens to the presence of erotic imagery in convenience stores, I think that an upfrontness and openness toward sexuality and the power of sensuality as something healing and comforting as opposed to something corrupting is a cornerstone of Japanese society at its best.

    I wish people would just have argued to put BL magazines to even things out if gender equality is such a problem. They do that at manga stores... an equality paradise if ever there was one! I hope it's just an Olympics precaution so that there's a possibility this can be undone without massive cultural upheaval.

    Really sucks man. I loved seeing cute and sexy girls when I went to grab some snacks or utilities. I'm going to be bummed out all week :(
  • Backlash 09-09-2019, 04:14 PM
    (09-09-2019, 01:25 PM)GlassMoon Wrote: About a week ago here in Japan most major convenience stores have stopped stocking adult magazines and even non-nude gravure idols. I had a hunch and ended up confirming it today.

    This might not seem like that big of a deal. I don't buy adult magazines there anyway. In any case, it's something of a dying medium in the first place. Most people our age get our stuff digitally in the first place, right? Japan is no different and its digital adult industry certainly has customers.

    But the tone this sets really disturbs me. There seems to be some pressure from various feminist groups and preparation for the 2020 Olympics. I really dislike this because one of the things that I like so much about Japan is that it doesn't have this poisonous attitude that sex is something shameful and hateful about society. And I think that magazines in convenience stores are one small way that that is expressed. From being comfortable with one's own naked body and those of others in bath houses and onsens to the presence of erotic imagery in convenience stores, I think that an upfrontness and openness toward sexuality and the power of sensuality as something healing and comforting as opposed to something corrupting is a cornerstone of Japanese society at its best.

    I wish people would just have argued to put BL magazines to even things out if gender equality is such a problem. They do that at manga stores... an equality paradise if ever there was one! I hope it's just an Olympics precaution so that there's a possibility this can be undone without massive cultural upheaval.

    Really sucks man. I loved seeing cute and sexy girls when I went to grab some snacks or utilities. I'm going to be bummed out all week :(



    Here's hoping! Anime and manga are an integral part of human culture by now. I'd prefer if things just stayed the course.
  • malmon 09-10-2019, 01:53 PM
    (09-10-2019, 10:35 AM)Angel Wrote:
    (09-10-2019, 09:55 AM)malmon Wrote: Hmm, I'm wondering how I should go about saving money... I'm also somewhat concerned that any money I save will be worthless if brexit goes ahead. Does anyone have any experience with these things? >_<

    You'll be fine. The only thing keeping the pound from being worth more is being attached to the mistake the EU is


    I'm not really sure what the American media says about the EU, but I really don't think it's right to call it a mistake. And the fact that it's mostly the right-wing elite that's constantly pushing for an end to the EU is rather telling.

    The whole ordeal has already dragged the pound down to near parity with the euro.
  • Angel 09-10-2019, 03:12 PM
    (09-10-2019, 01:53 PM)malmon Wrote:
    (09-10-2019, 10:35 AM)Angel Wrote:
    (09-10-2019, 09:55 AM)malmon Wrote: Hmm, I'm wondering how I should go about saving money... I'm also somewhat concerned that any money I save will be worthless if brexit goes ahead.  Does anyone have any experience with these things? >_<

    You'll be fine. The only thing keeping the pound from being worth more is being attached to the mistake the EU is


    I'm not really sure what the American media says about the EU, but I really don't think it's right to call it a mistake. And the fact that it's mostly the right-wing elite that's constantly pushing for an end to the EU is rather telling.

    The whole ordeal has already dragged the pound down to near parity with the euro.

    Quote in the thread I replied in rather than in this one. And don't assume it's the media it's more of what the net says and what majority of the British want. I don't look at the news just bunch of negativity in it and wings telling people how to think
  • malmon 09-10-2019, 03:32 PM
    (09-10-2019, 03:12 PM)Angel Wrote:
    (09-10-2019, 01:53 PM)malmon Wrote:
    (09-10-2019, 10:35 AM)Angel Wrote:
    (09-10-2019, 09:55 AM)malmon Wrote: Hmm, I'm wondering how I should go about saving money... I'm also somewhat concerned that any money I save will be worthless if brexit goes ahead.  Does anyone have any experience with these things? >_<

    You'll be fine. The only thing keeping the pound from being worth more is being attached to the mistake the EU is


    I'm not really sure what the American media says about the EU, but I really don't think it's right to call it a mistake. And the fact that it's mostly the right-wing elite that's constantly pushing for an end to the EU is rather telling.

    The whole ordeal has already dragged the pound down to near parity with the euro.

    Quote in the thread I replied in rather than in this one. And don't assume it's the media it's more of what the net says and what majority of the British want. I don't look at the news just bunch of negativity in it and wings telling people how to think


    I replied here because it's a bit more on topic (we might have a politics thread somewhere, but I couldn't be bothered to find it >_>')

    The net is just as bad, if not worse. Depending on where you go and who you listen to, you can get completely opposing information. What the majority voted for in 2016 is wildly different to what's on the table now (ignoring the fact that nobody actually knew what leaving the EU would mean - the referendum was extremely vague), and they were heavily influenced by campaigns later found to be breaking electoral law, by spending more money than they were allowed, and using targeted advertising (*cough*facebook*cough*cambridgeanalytica*cough*).

    The current lot pushing for Brexit are politicians and others from very wealthy backgrounds who would heavily benefit from brexit by shorting the UK's economy. I had a similar discussion with another brexiteer a few days ago, and it all started making sense once they revealed that they get their wage paid in USD... The British economy going through the floor is basically a huge pay rise for those people.

    The right-wing media in the UK has consistently managed to convince people to vote against their own interests. One typical line is that Corbyn/Labour (a centre-left party) will raise taxes, and take more of people's hard-earned money. But they conveniently omit the part that says that only top earners (definitely not s*n or dm readers) will actually be affected.

    We now have a prorogued parliament that's led by the weakest government and prime minister in probably all of british history.

  • Angel 09-10-2019, 03:50 PM
    Thank you for clarifying. Best you can do is make a claim in person. No protest just speak out not in the net. Might not work but it's better than not saying a thing at all. 

    Or don't see politics one sided. Both or as how many sides there is in a countries politics they are all rich and don't care about the people. They lie to us for votes. Which bothers me that I left being a Democrat long ago and now just vote for props or smaller parties and hopenone day the other 2 die off. 

    What both parties need to do is finally think of the majority not the minority. Think of the big picture listen to us not some agenda that only few want or would only profit a small few
  • Backlash 09-12-2019, 01:19 PM
    Sure am glad my parents read the fine print when they said to trust them with my health insurance... Ahah, it's not like I'd end up $20,000 in medical debt, right?

    I swear to god, I fucking hate this country.

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  • Loko 09-12-2019, 10:23 PM
    (09-12-2019, 01:19 PM)Backlash Wrote: Sure am glad my parents read the fine print when they said to trust them with my health insurance... Ahah, it's not like I'd end up $20,000 in medical debt, right?

    I swear to god, I fucking hate this country.

    Jesus christ, that's fucking atrocious.

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Some of society's problems that concern you?