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bamboozler1 2 points ago +2 / -0

Aaaannnd here's how that utter, utter degenerate is going, as of now:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kXcaEyZop3g

(Warning, do not play this one at work, or like, anywhere without headphones)

But it's not a cult, they swear.

The comments on that video are... Amusing, to say the least.

Comes to you from Germany, via California. Because of course it does...

Ah, Current Year...

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bamboozler1 2 points ago +2 / -0

D-d-dulcinea..??

Sure, I know she is probably not real, but he is still clearly, uhh, infatuated with her!

Seen The Man Who Kills Don Quixote? It's weird, and I didn't really like it, but it is, uhh, interesting, to say the least...

Very Gilliam...

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bamboozler1 1 point ago +1 / -0

I don't really understand...

You couldn't find anything where..? On social media?

And why are you getting calls from random mothers, lol..?

Can you explain this a bit further, because, uhh, I don't really get it...

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bamboozler1 1 point ago +1 / -0

People you know IRL can be pretty shitty online, too, to be fair…

This is, in no small part, the problem

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bamboozler1 2 points ago +2 / -0

Probably true I guess.

I still kind of like both, tbh.

I’m not really a huge fan of “macho” comedy (Will Ferrell and Ben Stiller in particular. I really, really don’t like Will Ferrell’s schtick), so… Interestingly I don’t particularly mind either.

I just found “You’ve Got Mail” a bit boring/mawkish, but I didn’t hate it…

Didn’t like Notting Hill. Quite liked 4 Weddings…

Who knows, honestly.

I’m not really one for the whole “gender stereotypes” when it comes to movies, or tv, or music.

Yet I like sports, and cars, and motorbikes, and “outdoorsy shit” (inc. shit like skydiving, bungee jumping, canyoning, etc), and very, very much only like women (some might say “too much”, lol), so…

Dunno. I’m really not a fan of putting people into boxes with this stuff. Never have been.

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bamboozler1 2 points ago +2 / -0

Yep, I think it might be, in fact…

That sounds familiar.

If they’re the ones that animate the speeches, then yes.

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bamboozler1 2 points ago +2 / -0

Oh undeniably so. We wouldn’t be having this conversation, of course, without it.

But you’re forgetting that things like community media exist. Sure, “street press” and “zines” tend to have a rather frustrating political bent, but they’re still a thing.

And phones, texts, mail, hell, even email and forums existed before the internet became the bloated hell it is today…

I don’t necessarily hate the concept of the medium that allows, say, sites like this to exist. I hate the fact that in its current forum it has completely erased not only entire segments of life, entire functionalities (see below), but also a lot of that… “Early internet”. The good stuff is largely gone. Even before they killed Flash, it was disappearing faster than I had any idea of…

Frankly, I don’t much like what is left, lol.

A lot of this is down to the dominance of the monolithic three (Apple, Facebook, Google), but there’s clearly more happening than just that…

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bamboozler1 2 points ago +2 / -0

Completely agree.

I didn’t get to see so much of “that internet”, but I’m old enough to remember the difference. Oddly, most people I know either don’t remember that period of it, or deliberately deny that there even is a difference, which I find deeply frustrating…

It’s also being forced to use digital means to do stuff which is actually easier to do analog - like, say, physically submitting an assignment by hand (not necessarily handwritten, but at least existing on paper, lol), vs being forced to put the entire thing through Turnitin or similar, myself, and then not allowed to submit until it is below a certain score…

Even for a pure maths subject….

That was a shock when I went back to Uni, I’ll tell you that much.

It’s pure laziness on the part of the assessor, too…

See also: subjects that assign you “McGrath Hill Connect” or similar, as a task, which require no marking on the part of the teacher whatsoever…

Or the gutting of entire libraries, to put in more “own device” spaces, collaborative or otherwise…

These changes only really happened post-2016 (that I saw), they’re entirely reliant on “the new internet”, and they’re really, really worrying…

Most “government services” (licenses, forms, etc) where I am can no longer be accessed in person now, too. Which is fucking awful, when the online system doesn’t do what you want it to, or whatever…

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bamboozler1 1 point ago +1 / -0

It’s… Ok. I don’t really like Vince Vaughn (or Bradley Cooper) much, so… YMMV.

Owen Wilson is great, as usual, and surprisingly Christopher Walken, Isla Fisher and Rachel McAdams are all really good…

It’s the most I’ve actually enjoyed those two actresses in anything, so I guess that’s an achievement of sorts..? I’m not normally a Fisher fan, either…

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bamboozler1 2 points ago +2 / -0

Completely agreed on all counts. Though I don’t think I’ve ever read a romance novel per se (does Don Quixote count?).

See, I never got “taught” any of that stuff. No siblings, no older male cousins, abusive parents, abusive extended family. And I was too “proud” to ask my male friends for tips. So, much like you, I watched goddamn Hollywood and whatever, to try and gain some of those insights…

Some people don’t seem to get this, but exactly as you said…

Does it make them “accurate”? Of course not, lol. But after innumerable failures with girls, I guess it was better than nothing, lol…

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bamboozler1 5 points ago +5 / -0

Actually unironically same.

Fuck it, personally I’ve decided to just enjoy this shit now, no matter that I might be approaching 30, because why not?

You only live once. Bugger the expectation that you should do things in your early 20s and have it all over with by now. They fucked us all over for 2.5 years. Why shouldn’t we get to make up for that now??

At least, that’s my attitude.

But I’m coming off an entirely fucked up adolescence where I didn’t get to enjoy very much of that (abusive, controlling parents; shitty personal life), so… YMMV.

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bamboozler1 9 points ago +12 / -3

I’m actually not sure I agree with this. I don’t seek them out, but I also do not think this whole “hurr durr, if you watch When Harry Met Sally or the Wedding Crashers [or whatever] you must be gay!” schtick is overly healthy…

Let people enjoy what they want, honestly.

Not every rom com ever made is a steaming pile of shit. Much like not every “Action Movie” ever is any good at all.

I’ve never been fond of this stereotype. And yet, guess what? I am most definitely not gay.

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bamboozler1 41 points ago +41 / -0

I’m not sure that encouraging corporate bullying a la gay wedding cake is a good “America, fuck yeah” moment, anyway…

Abusing power to use your “first amendment rights” to curb stomp someone else (a private business, no less) who doesn’t want to be forced to show your shit seems fairly… Sub-optimal, to me…

I really don’t think that was the original intention of the damn thing, tbh…

And the wild hypocrisy of them forcing tech companies to do the exact opposite at the same damn time makes it even worse, IMHO…

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bamboozler1 11 points ago +11 / -0

A section of humanity? Maybe.

I’m not that misanthropic. I just know stupid shit when I see it.

Prior to the internet, this shit simply would not be an issue, because retards like in this image didn’t have a medium to spout their ignorance and stupidity to such a wide audience. So no, frankly, I disagree.

The internet is not just a medium. It contributes greatly to the division and spread of bullshit that we so often see.

I genuinely believe it is a net negative for humanity. You can disagree, but fundamentally… I do think that this “communications medium” will be the end of us, smh…

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bamboozler1 6 points ago +6 / -0

Oh for fuck’s sake…

Can we just… Kill the internet, or something?

Cringe

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bamboozler1 2 points ago +2 / -0

I don’t think it’s overly fair to include Armenia in this one. Leftists are likely to side with the Muslim Azeris over the Christian Armenians any day…

Unfortunately…

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bamboozler1 5 points ago +5 / -0

Yeah, but they don’t care about the human race as a whole. Hence why “Whites” cannot be considered a minority to them. And why they think childlessness is normal, rather than an aberration…

Christ, I even have to explain to people here, sometimes, that just because something is the norm in America/the West, doesn’t make it “normal” everywhere else…

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bamboozler1 3 points ago +3 / -0

There’s actually a good cartoon on this… Can’t remember who did it, but the same group who makes cartoons of Biden’s gaffe-prone speeches.

I saw it on YouTube. Basically, what if progressives brought WW2 soldiers forward in time to fight modern “Nazis”. It’s actually very good.

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bamboozler1 2 points ago +2 / -0

I mean yes. Lviv is clearly a very important religious city, for many different groups…

Same with Odessa to an extent. Same with Kyiv.

The Donbass cities were more… Industrial, and like you say, a very different history.

Kharkiv, notably, seems to be somewhere in between, you might say. Which makes sense.

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bamboozler1 9 points ago +9 / -0

I actually don’t think this is that surprising…

Part of the reason the left hates Russia is because it has doubled down on its Orthodox roots, in the last decade…

This is also why they hate Lebanese Christians (this is your area of expertise, no?), Syrian Christians, and fucking White South African farmers for that matter…

I mean really, the only thing that should surprise you about this is the ignorance. The wild hypocrisy and inconsistency definitely should not, lol…

More generally: the left now pretty much hates anyone who isn’t a) a leftist, b) an atheist, c) a woke corporate/academic, d) a Buddhist or e) a Muslim…

I suppose Black Christians get included in that, too. Because “logic”…

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bamboozler1 6 points ago +6 / -0

I mean, it is owned by Bezos…

It just took him somewhat longer than many people might have expected to run the damn thing into the ground…

The guy doesn’t strike me as particularly… “Normal”, so it’s perhaps not surprising that his media empire is starting to reflect that…

But also: dying medium; needs the clicks; etc…

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bamboozler1 1 point ago +1 / -0

Australian movie about the exact equivalent of this: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ladies_in_Black_(film)

Ladies in Black, the department store is meant to be either Mark Foy's, Horden's (both defunct) or David Jones, depending on who you ask.

We also have Myer, which is the Melbourne equivalent (because everything Sydney has, Melbourne has to have its own version).

Anyway, it's a decent movie, if you like that sort of... Period fluff.

Personally, while there are some things I find... Uncomfortable, from that time period, women actually dressing in women's clothes is certainly not one of them.

While we're on this topic, there's also "The Dressmaker", but I didn't like that one anywhere near as much. It's... Brutal. Same sort of general "theme", however.

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bamboozler1 2 points ago +2 / -0

She doesn't look that depressed to me (in the before times)...

Just looks like a normal, attention-seeking teenager...

Have you seen the "extended version"..?? She's definitely way more depressed, and mentally ill, now, lol...

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