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76  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Jennifer Lawrence and many other celebrities... on: September 02, 2014, 12:03:11 am
Where are all the hacked pictures of naked male celebrities? Justin Bieber's phone is pretty safe since 16 year old girls probably aren't great hackers. If naked pics of him got out there you probably wouldn't be able to miss the cries of teenage girls everywhere.

What a lazy article that cheaply tries to capitalize on current events to tie disparate things together to concern troll. Middle school book reports probably require more paragraphs.

Funny that you talk about "lazy" when your reply to the article only responds to the headline, which is never actually talked about in the article itself.

The headline is the only interesting thing to respond to since the vast majority of the article is nothing. "Jennifer Lawrence's phone got hacked, other people are harassed and bullied out of the workforce because of stuff like this, imagine how she must feel." A perfectly fine piece could've been written about the shame of being humiliated from having these things stolen from your personal life without making it about sexism and trying to tie it to completely unrelated events that actually are evidence of sexism.

Of course it's sexist, because there is a greater societal fascination with naked womens' bodies than mens', as a part of womens' greater objectification. You're old enough to remember Paris Hilton; since when has there been that much interest in the sex tape of a male celebrity? Speculating about what might happen in an alternate universe (where a 16 y.o. girl hacks Justin Bieber's photos) isn't a rebuttal to an overwhelming and undeniable social phenomenon.

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Most people who are way into tech to the extent that they would go around hacking s**t are men. Most men like women. Bored tech-savvy men decided to hack attractive popular woman's phone. Is that gross? Yes. Illegal? Yes. Evidence of sexism? Not unless you think sexual impulses should be stamped out, which, in your case, you seem to. Sometimes a thing is just a thing.

Lol, really? Do you know what I'm doing right now between responding to you? (no, it has nothing to do with the pics in question)

The fact that our society is increasingly tech-dominated and that tech is heavily male-dominated, is a separate issue, but it further reinforces mens' power over women. That's more of a reinforcement as to how this is a gender issue, which you pointed out (not me). So thanks for making my point for me.
77  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Jennifer Lawrence and many other celebrities... on: September 01, 2014, 11:51:03 pm
Where are all the hacked pictures of naked male celebrities? Justin Bieber's phone is pretty safe since 16 year old girls probably aren't great hackers. If naked pics of him got out there you probably wouldn't be able to miss the cries of teenage girls everywhere.

What a lazy article that cheaply tries to capitalize on current events to tie disparate things together to concern troll. Middle school book reports probably require more paragraphs.

Funny that you talk about "lazy" when your reply to the article only responds to the headline, which is never actually talked about in the article itself.
78  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of IceSpear on: September 01, 2014, 11:34:50 pm
79  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Jennifer Lawrence and many other celebrities... on: September 01, 2014, 11:31:50 pm
All that needs to be said about this:
http://time.com/3248313/jennifer-lawrence-icloud-leak-sexism/

Apparently this was all a hacking of Apple's iCloud service, which automatically backs up all photos taken on iPhones even after they've been deleted on the device. Proving the NSA is not the biggest privacy concern one should have today.

Precisely. The NSA is big, but the loss of privacy is far bigger than the NSA.
80  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Israel steals another 1000 acres of the West Bank on: August 31, 2014, 10:52:37 pm
This is not a negative development - the two state solution has been dead for some time, and the present goal should be a unitary, secular (non Jewish) state where Jews and Muslims are treated as equals. This action does not move us away from that goal, and even brings it closer.
81  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: The Ebola Thread on: August 30, 2014, 09:59:54 pm
MSF asks for more: not lip service, but action

http://www.msf.org/article/ebola-failures-international-outbreak-response
82  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Obama is distant, aloof, weak and absent on: August 30, 2014, 10:00:34 am
You seem worried, Beet.

Beet's the biggest concern troll around, so this shouldn't be surprising.

For using logic and common sense? No one around here is a bigger Obama supporter than me. How many of you knocked on over 500 doors for Obama or contributed over $500 to his reelection campaign? The fact that even his big donors and supporters in the press are getting worried shows that everyone except O realizes he seems off the farm.
83  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Obama is distant, aloof, weak and absent on: August 29, 2014, 10:55:27 pm
A good leader is supposed to worry more than his people. It's time for some f** action, man. Put on the pants.
84  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Buchanan: Hillary has never been right on Foreign Policy. on: August 29, 2014, 05:17:09 pm
Of course he'd say this. He's in the same tradition as isolationists such as Abraham Lincoln, William McKinley, Charles Lindbergh and Bob Taft, before the Cold War made conservatives into temporary internationalists.
...what?

It's remarkable how their statures keep dropping, isn't it? Like the reverse evolutionary chart...
I'm not sure what you mean. Are you trying to make a joke? You don't really think William McKinley was an isolationist, do you?

Why not? He said he hated war, and the only one he was involved in during his presidency, he had to be dragged into by yellow journalists. The progressive Teddy Roosevelt is the one who lived and breathed the war.
85  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Buchanan: Hillary has never been right on Foreign Policy. on: August 29, 2014, 05:09:37 pm
Of course he'd say this. He's in the same tradition as isolationists such as Abraham Lincoln, William McKinley, Charles Lindbergh and Bob Taft, before the Cold War made conservatives into temporary internationalists.
...what?

It's remarkable how their statures keep dropping, isn't it? Like the reverse evolutionary chart...
86  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of Ernest on: August 29, 2014, 05:04:30 pm
FF. Great guy.
87  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Buchanan: Hillary has never been right on Foreign Policy. on: August 29, 2014, 04:58:00 pm
Of course he'd say this. He's in the same tradition as isolationists such as Abraham Lincoln, William McKinley, Charles Lindbergh and Bob Taft, before the Cold War made conservatives into temporary internationalists.
88  General Politics / International General Discussion / . on: August 29, 2014, 03:51:50 pm
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mods can feel free to delete. was more of a rant than anything
89  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: The Ebola Thread on: August 29, 2014, 03:19:14 pm

Wrong link, but sh**t. Our only hope was that this could be contained in those three countries. This cannot be allowed to devastate Africa. The continent is on the verge of an economic explosion, similar to where East Asia was in 1960. If the virus is allowed to head that off, it would be the greatest tragedy since the outbreak of WWI.
90  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Rand Paul: US interventionists abetted rise of ISIS on: August 28, 2014, 02:19:55 pm
Well, Rand Paul got what he wanted in 2013, and now we've got ISIS. I don't see how he can claim vindication when the path Obama followed was the path the isolationists wanted and not what Rob Ford and the interventionists wanted. They were in charge and here we are.
91  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: The Ebola Thread on: August 27, 2014, 10:01:36 pm
"We have staff at the gate who do nothing but turn away people. This is not easy, because we don't know where they could go," said Karline Kleijer from MSF.

In West Africa, the Ebola epidemic is still spreading rapidly. To help patients MSF opened an emergency clinic last week in the Liberian capital Monrovia. After four days the clinic was full.

Currently there are about 200 patients in the clinic. According Kleijer that could have been more than 600 already if they had opened the doors. That can not be, because so many people infected with Ebola would be a danger to the employees of MSF.

Not administered
Because there are not enough emergency clinics and regular healthcare is not functioning most Ebola patients can not be administered. Therefore, the clinic expanded by another dozen beds. But even that is not enough. "We know that there are thousands of patients are walking in the street, infecting other people," says Kleijer.

http://www.flutrackers.com/forum/showthread.php?t=227003

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Crematorium exhausted:

"Monrovia (AFP) - The crematorium in the Liberian capital Monrovia is struggling to deal with the dozens of Ebola victims whose bodies are being brought each day, the Red Cross said Thursday.
Fayah Tamba, the secretary-general of the Liberian division of the charity, said workers were having to return corpses to a hospital in the city after being told there was not the capacity to cremate all the victims.
She told a local radio station that she believes it may now be necessary for international organisations to take over responsibility for handling the crisis from the national authorities."

http://www.flutrackers.com/forum/showthread.php?t=226840

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Ebola-infested bodies lying the street being consumed by dogs:

http://allafrica.com/stories/201408260125.html
92  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Ukraine Crisis on: August 27, 2014, 12:08:33 pm
NOVOAZOVSK, Ukraine Tanks, artillery and infantry have crossed from Russia into an unbreached part of eastern Ukraine in recent days, attacking Ukrainian forces and causing panic and wholesale retreat not only in this small border town but a wide swath of territory, in what Ukrainian and Western military officials are calling a stealth invasion.

The attacks outside this city and in an area to the north essentially have opened a new, third front in the war in eastern Ukraine between government forces and pro-Russian separatists, along with the fighting outside the cities of Donetsk and Luhansk.

Exhausted, filthy and dismayed, Ukrainian soldiers staggering out of Novoazovsk for safer territory said Tuesday that the forces coming from Russia had treated them like cannon fodder. As they spoke, tank shells whistled in from the east and exploded nearby.

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/28/world/europe/ukraine-russia-novoazovsk-crimea.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&version=LedeSum&module=first-column-region&region=top-news&WT.nav=top-news&_r=0

When was the last time there was a territorial land grab in Europe from one state to another (as opposed to civil war within a pre-established state, e.g. Yugoslavia?)
93  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: The Ebola Thread on: August 27, 2014, 11:53:44 am
C.D.C. director Tom Frieden is touring Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea (his initial flight was cancelled because Senegal is no longer allowing Brussels Airlines flights to stop over in that country). Here are his comments:

He emphasized that the toll is "far larger than has been recorded, not because they are trying to hide anything but because they are really overwhelmed by these numbers." Beyond this, he said, the cases "are increasing at an extremely quick rate, and this is very alarming."

Because of the outbreak, Liberians who require other kinds of medical care have avoided seeking help. "Urgent health needs are definitely going unmet," Frieden said. "Hospital occupancy" is 10 percent. This means one of the urgent tasks ahead is to make sure treatment is available to patients who are not suffering from Ebola.

Ending the crisis hinges largely on improving infection control and burial practices, Frieden said. Until now, "cremation was not part of the burial culture here," he said, but people are increasingly accepting it.


http://www.npr.org/blogs/goatsandsoda/2014/08/26/343436300/cdc-director-on-ebola-we-are-definitely-not-at-the-peak

The situation is not slowing in Liberia and Sierra Leone.

The only realistic solution to this is going to be a massive public education campaign. Since there are not enough health workers to deal with treating the sick, and disposal of bodies is going to become a much more labor-demanding task as deaths pile up, only massive cooperation by the public is going to stop this epidemic. In countries that have not yet seen ebola yet are at risk, such as Senegal, Mali, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Togo, and Nigeria, massive training through community leaders, church leaders, the media, schools and government must be undertaken to get the population to practice the correct behaviors.
94  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: The Ebola Thread on: August 26, 2014, 10:22:12 pm
First good news for Africa in a while -- the situation in Nigeria seems to be stabilizing.
95  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: The Ebola Thread on: August 25, 2014, 04:54:38 pm
True. Part of the reason the healthcare system was knocked down so easily is that it was so weak to begin with.
96  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: The Ebola Thread on: August 24, 2014, 09:40:40 pm
The kid who was shot in the leg during the West Point riot last week has died. The kid had a totally treatable wound, he was on the front pages of the news all over the world. It's not like this was a massacre, only two or three people were shot. Most prominent was this teen, who had gone to the store to buy food and got caught in the crossfire coming home.

Apparently, the kids' family drove him to JFK hospital where he was refused admission; then they drove him from hospital to hospital all over Monrovia and not a single one admitted him. Finally he ended up at Redemption Hospital and bled to death. He needed an infusion of blood but there was no one in the whole city who could give him blood, so after 2 days he just bled to death, his wound totally untreated.

This is a guy who was on national news and his photo was splashed over every paper in the country. And he couldn't get someone to treat a simple wound for 2 days, and died. Health workers dressed in full ebola gear came to pick up his body and wouldn't let his family near him.

There are stories of pregnant women wandering from hospital to hospital in Monrovia and getting rejected, finally giving birth with no care and some of them died.

This is the new Liberia... NO health system AT ALL. You might as well be in the stone ages. On top of that, it is reported that there are thousands of HIV patients who are no longer getting their retrovirals because the clinic they were going to has stopped functioning.
97  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Elizabeth Warren: I'm not "Ready for Warren" on: August 24, 2014, 12:46:48 pm
jfern, you're forgetting that Obama is a career politician with an incredible entitlement mentality.

Warren never ran for political office until she was 62 years old. You need an obsession for power to run for president, and Warren just doesn't have it. She cares about the issues, I'm not sure she cares for the daily rough and tumble of politics.
98  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: U.S. Weighs Direct Military Action Against ISIS in Syria on: August 24, 2014, 02:00:59 am
No guys, Hillary wanted to support the real good guys on the ground, the moderate rebels. And yes, there were moderate rebels. Now we're left with supporting a guy who gasses kids. I hope you're proud of that, jfern.

People always say Islamist this, Islamist that, but Starwatcher is right, Assad's killed far more than ISIS. The latest estimates for the death toll of the Syrian civil war is 191,000. It all started when Assad ordered his police forces to open fire on peaceful demonstrations. Ironic, considering what the left is screaming about in Ferguson now, demonstrations over one guy who robbed a convenience store and physically assaulted a police officer. But in Syria they're on the other side.

It's always "but oh no the Islamists." But as I said last year, if you look at Middle Eastern history, it's the secularists who have killed the most:

2) The secular forces in the region often tend to be more violent. All the Ba'ath dictatorships were heavily anti democratic. The secular Turks kept using the military to fight the Islamists. The Afghanistan cluster was initiated by a communist coup then invasion. The seculars in Algeria suppressed the Islamic election victory bloodily. Gadhafi was a violent autocrat. Assad is hard steel. The Egyptian military is more violent than the Muslim brotherhood. All of pre 1977 Arab Israeli wars were started by left wing governments, whether from the Israeli or Arab side. Oh yes let's not forget the bloody Iran Iraq war started by Iraq. How many we're killed in that one?

The West always think secular = Western-style liberal democracy, but that's no so. The Middle East is a difference place, if you give people democracy, they will vote in one form of Islamist government or other. That's why "secularists" always end up supporting the military thugs with the guns. And that's why they'll continue to lose support in the Middle East, because that will not win any hearts and minds.

ISIS is not a threat for one reason: no one likes them. Not even the people who live under them like them. It's sort of like communism: they may retain power for a long time through the barrels of their guns, but if they are too oppressive, eventually the people will rise up and demand change.
99  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: The Ebola Thread on: August 24, 2014, 01:51:14 am
It rolls on: Senegal, Ivory Coast, have shut their land borders and other states have shut sea links.

Food shortages are starting to develop, as ships required to bring in imported rice are reluctant to dock in disease-hit countries. Communal work arrangements have broken down, threatening the harvest.
100  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: The Ebola Thread on: August 23, 2014, 04:32:00 pm
Most charities have shied away from creating specially dedicated pages for ebola fundraising, but UC San Francisco has a page where you can give directly to the response effort. For $50 you can provide personal protective gear for one health care provider. I've given $300 to the ebola effort thus far this year. (A wealthy donor has pledged to match all donations over $250).

https://crowdfund.ucsf.edu/project/53e4f5e60920655b8211663c

Watch the video as well; MSF, WHO, and the Ministry of Health are not taking care of this.
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