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Flashback: Under NATO The German military sucks

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2018/01/24/afraid-of-a-major-conflict-the-german-military-is-currently-unavailable/?outputType=comment&tid=sm_talk&utm_term=.8165593627bf

Funny read. Germany is also opportunistically building a pipeline to Russia that bypasses its neighbors. Fuck Germany, they’re the most useless major country in NATO.

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Vietnam turned me into an atheist

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I studied abroad in Vietnam and it put me on the path to becoming an atheist. The students there were more hospitable to me than most Christians where I live, despite being mostly Buddhists or atheists. I told a girl I had met ten minutes ago that I didn’t bring the my camera charger to Vistnam, and she promised to loan me her camera and a cellphone too, and then did it. Every day the students we had just met took us on trips around the city and even a bit beyond. One of my (Buddhist) Vietnamese friends who came from a village many hours away actually spent a few hours studying the history of a local temple he hadn’t read about or visited before, and then took me there and explained all the references and symbolism in English like a tour guide. They went out of their way for us.

I still assumed on probability that my fellow exchange students were Christians like me. One day we were eating and one of them asked about everyone’s religion. To my surprise every single Vietnamese student and all of the exchange students from my country sitting around the table were atheists except me. One of my atheist friends stayed longer in Vietnam to do some medical volunteering, while I flew back in comparative selfishness. The idea they would go to hell was preposterous.

So I came back questioning the worth of my culture, my values, and what I had been taught. I opened up the bible, started reading until a passage where God promised to do genocide, and was horrified, and seriosuly wondered if the Buddhists had a better religion. I then took a course in Buddhism, tried to be open-minded to it, and skeptical toward my own prejudices, and within a month I was an atheist toward my own religion, and agnostic toward the ones I knew little about. Not many months later I was an atheist toward most religions, and eventually, all of them.

Vietnamese girls are the hottest of the petite types by the way.

McCain’s twilight hours

I have to say I’m liking McCain more these days, for his clear-sighted opposition to Russia in regards to foreign policy and criticism of his fellow “spineless” Republicans. I choose Obama over him in 2008 because I thought Obama was a better candidate. (McCain was so old and boring, and he choose Sarah Palin was a stupid running mate), but the 2016 had nothing but old folks running against each other. So if he could have replaced Trump, I think I would have voted for him over Hillary (she did let Russia buy a major American Uranium company.) I still oppose how McCain votes along with Republicans for tax cuts on the rich, but the world is complicated and when everything hangs in the balance I can’t afford to be a single-issue voter.

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2017/06/29/russian-hacks-john-mccain-column/436354001/

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2018/07/18/pork-barrel-spending-explodes-under-republicans-column/792588002/

https://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/2018-07-18/standing-democracy?cid=int-fls&pgtype=hpg

Vox: Support for Russia has risen among republicans

https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2018/1/30/16943786/trump-changed-public-opinion-russia-immigration-trade
I know this is 6 months old, but it’s relevant. Proof Trump manipulates his supporters’ views easily as a public figure; it’s a cult of personality.

 

And here is some entertaining speculation that a daddy complex is why Trump likes Putin and other dictators.

Trump’s Treason by Father Complex
Trump also has came up with a lame backtrack, even though his whole speech praised Putin.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/politics/wp/2018/07/17/in-his-prepared-remarks-trump-removed-a-line-about-bringing-election-hackers-to-justice/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.987bf018a2f1

ForeignPolicyI.org has been hijacked/is a scam/now runs fake news

I want anyone who stumbles onto foreignpolicyi.org to understand that there really was a real conservative think-tank by the same name which started in 2009, but it shut down in 2017. (So did their twitter account.) The current website appears to be a domain squatter. In fact, they’re accommodating of Trump to a degree which Republican Bill Kristol would not have been when he was on the board of directors at the real foreignpolicyi.org website.
Whatever kind of website the contemporary version is, it’s propaganda from a totally different set of authors with a very different agenda, and they’re trying to cash in on the brand name of the website. (I am guessing they are from Russia or China, or that it might just be a low-budget content farm designed to make money from advertising.)

You can read the website’s real last goodbye message from August 2017 here:

https://web.archive.org/web/20170825014928/http://foreignpolicyi.org/content/thank-you-fpi

Trump meets Putin and doesn’t criticize him, apathy reigns, and I’m not really am American

Does anyone realy think Trump is loyal to the USA rather than incentive structures and Russia? Nevermind, I already know Trumpers can’t move past talking about Hillary, uranium and whataboutism.

 

I feel like screaming today. Once again I don’t feel like an American. I’m so fed up with the way people think here, and how stupid the news is, and how everyone thinks like a theist preceding to talk about what they want to believe over what is apparent.But there isn’t a country in the world for me right now. I am from am era just a little bit further ahead of this one.

 

Ah, sometimes It’s a little stressful. At times I envy the simple life of those who are born without no responsibilities–cats mainly, and also anyone “lucky” enough to be born to the position of a dumb whore, for whom life is an amazingly simple flash of hedonism. Such a person can more easily trust the judgement of average people, and doesn’t have to think about anything more than self-preservation and self-gratification.

 

But then again, no matter where I am born I would always want to know more. Circumstances have put me slightly ahead of the people of the time and era where I happen to be, so there are few people who will agree to have open arguments with me, fewer I can have productive arguments with, and far fewer I can agree with. Moreover, as long as I stay in America I will always hit a brick wall because there will always be a perspective shift I’ll struggle to rise above as my mind calcifies with old age.

 

Like I said I want to scream and runaway from this mad country where every one pretends this is just politics as usual. I want to live in a country where we can solve problems rather than hoping that in 20 years we’ll get political parties that can repair the rot they are currently causing.

 

I want to live in a country where there are recycling bins on public corners, and where 30 billion dollar subway tunnels are built l the equivalent distsnce of of New Jersey yo New York without falling into a game of infrastructure brinksmanship. Scratch that. I WANT FASTER MAGLEV TRAINS.

 

I want a society where people care about each other without going to church or any other cults. One where people value each other as individuals, as the citizens in Athens apparently did, and without forcing dumb nationalism. A world without war or heresy trials. A world of progressive taxation and labor saving technology. A society where pacs can’t hide their coorporate doners (be they Russian or any other billionaires.)

 

I not even asking to live in Utopia (or a pastoral Eden), I just want a much more advanced society than the one I inherited, and yet no one gives a fuck. Not even the millennials, who are caught up in saving and making ends meet thanks to the slave mentality.

 

And I’m fairly sure we’ll evolve that way too. I know progress and desire appear to br unlimited, but It’s hard to argue thst we couldn’t easily have a much better world if people would just argue a hell of a lot more and come to agreement in areas of shared concern. Those areas of shared concern are so basic that I can point at them without saying I was born much further in the future.  And yet I’m part of the 10% of the population who don’t believe in religion, or about 3% who call themselves atheists. Of those, I’m one of the atheists who actually wants to have debates, and who has a few progressive insights others haven’t reached yet. It’s frustrating.

A few years ago I stopped thinking if myself as American, then I rethought that as I embraced Hitchens internationalism and Thomas Jefferson’s secular vision of an enlightened government that stamps out monarchies clergy,  and swears hostility on every form of tyranny on the hearts of men.  The idea that the American revolution never ended is alluring,  although it’s not true. Now once again,  I feel a bit adrift from all the countries and their silly conflicts and power struggles. I don’t care about faux change. I want to live in a city of light where we agree to stop living hand to mouth,  and where we cooperate to accelerate the development of solutions to our world, familial,  and individualist problems.

I don’t know what year I’m from but it’s not here.

President of Philippines say he will resign if you can prove God exists

He has many reasons to hate the Catholic church. He claims to believe in a God, but then attacks the problem of evil and puts the burden of proof in the Christians. For all of his problems,  I do like to see a former Catholic attacking Catholicism because maybe it’ll make more of them open up their minds,  though there might be a backlash in a fee years too.

On an unrelated noted here’s a great video about why religion is outdated in the 21st century:

Post: how Fate Stay night helped make me an atheist

I know this story has problems, especially pacing problems, but there are reasons we enjoy it which you’ve missed. Nastu is good at world building with cool premises and chuunibyou abilities, and you use your imagination to gloss over his shortcomings as an author.

The series is as verbose and complicated as chapters of the bible (like this post will be.) You’re supposed to sit there and wank as you try to rationalize the fights, and the asspull exceptions that retain the rules the author wrote earlier. Still, it’s fun to build a mental encyclopedia and try and figure out plausible reasons after you’re told how things “are.”

I kid you not, struggling with the visual novel was part of the reason I became an atheist. There’s a part in Heaven’s Feel where the loli explains how the Holy Grail became corrupted from a wish granting device into purely malevolent destructive force: basically in the third holy grail war one of the masters was so determined to win that he summoned
angra mainyu, the Persian predecessor of the Christian devil. I had never heard of this devil before. The visual novel says this vengeful spirit was actually based on a real person, but he was just a weak man who an ancient village tattooed with all the curses and burned to death as a scapegoat so they could feel better about themselves. I immediately realized this outsider from Japan had a good argument for the fictional origin of the Christian devil as a scapegoat, and frankly, hoped he was right and the devil was a myth.
That hypothesis about the primitive origins of religion from a non-Christian gave me seeds of doubt about the goodness and legitimacy that I had been conditioned to believe because of my isolated upbringing, and I turned agnostic 6 months later.

Also FYI, I’ve played the game around 3 times and the scene where she watches him jumping over the high bar has more meaning because it’s the first time she noticed him. He spent the whole afternoon after school trying stubbornly to jump over a high bar that she couldn’t jump over. Rim Tousaka admires that kind of devotion, just like how in this episode she told Lancer, “Sayounara Lancer, I didn’t know you long, but I like guys like you.” (right after he stayed alive long enough to save him through determination.)

In other words she didn’t fall in love instantly, but she comes to like him more over time because Rin is coincidentally stalking her estranged sister Sakura (who lives with another family) and she sees how hardworking, protective and kind Emiya is toward her sister.