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Topic: Serious Discussion / Even Egypt knows Democrats and Obama are total jokes.

If you want to blame anybody for the price of gas, then please blame Mister Berlien. He is the CEO of Osram, the company that floods the market with energy saving lightning bulbs. In cooperation with Siemens. Light is one of the most important usage for energy, and in this field street lamps are most important. And since a lot of these street lamps now use modern LED-bulbs, the whole Energy-market is totally crazy. Which because of complex reason leaded to a situation, where much less gas is needed.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / turkey call russia "non-seuorsly country"

Russia and China don’t have good relationship in general. I think the point is, that Russia dreams about being the only superpower in this world and want to have control over Turkey. And they also have a good relationship with the nationalistic opposition in Turkey. But the current moderate Islamic government sees the country still as bulwark against communism. And tries to ally with Western countries and sees itself as part of Europe and really wants into the EU. But this is rather one-sided, as the EU don’t really want to invest into this country. This is comparable with the “European” country Georgia. Although Georgia of course takes it up to 11 with pointing at their European history and them following European values at every possible opportunity. Although, they also point this out, when the etiquette doesn’t allow it. Turkey isn’t that desperate.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Bernie Sanders fatal flaw.

Please, Bobneson. Just do a tiny bit of actual research. All Trump did so far is turning one of the strongest family clans of the USA into a mediocre one. Seriously, this men didn’t earn his money, but got it from his parents. And now there is a lot less of it left. And he actually burns through his remaining money with a fascinating speed.

No wonder Sanders is mad. Even I’m mad at Trump. Although I’m one of the people who will profit a lot from this fool.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Bernie Sanders fatal flaw.

Originally posted by Bobneson:

Trump has the attitude and temperament of a Boar. Many people are flocking to him. Why? His brash personality and Ultra-Successful wealth make him the ideal image of a leader to many people.

To me, we need a President that will do much more than “NOT take this anymore!” Someone that funds their own campaign, buys their OWN stuff and not from valuable tax payer money. And someone that will make us as a country respectable.
Someone like Ronald Reagan.

When I look at the CV of Trump, I pretty much see the Anti-Midas. The great man, who turns everything he touches into lead. And no matter how much money is thrown at him, he just use it to build another prestige project. Ignoring, that these don’t earn him any money. I can’t even count how many of his companies went actually bankrupt.

Well, Strabag already loves him. They actually have build two skyscrapers for him. They aren’t used at the moment, but he has paid his bills. But to be fair, Strabag build a lot of skyscrapers in the Near East and learnt the hard way, that they shall only accept pre-payment.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / The first plasma: the Wendelstein 7-X fusion device is now in operation

I think it’s a good idea to mention the 18th century or before. As this is the time before the sanitary movement. In practice this means, that most cities got depopulated regularly. Cholera is of course a huge topic. Also several diseases, that got spread by vermin. And even with modern medicine it’s often difficult to get these diseases under control. As it can be observed in countless slums all around the world. In fact, for the most time of human history most bigger cities had been places to dumb the poor. While the rich either lived in the Inner City or in their Mansions in the countryside. This situation changed with the installation of sewers. And building them was only possible because of pneumatic and hydraulic machines. Back then mostly steam powered. Although with the coal-crises many pumps weren’t affordable any more. So they got replaced by electric pumps, then oil-powered pumps and then electric pumps again.

Since then the number of humans in this world has exploded. Mostly because cities aren’t death-traps any more. And to handle these people, the sewers systems got far more complex and need bigger and bigger pumps. I know a bit about the sewer system in Vienna. Which by the way is one of the few cities, that actually offers tours through their sensitive parts of their infrastructure. And the machines are simply gigantic. Although Vienna is a real “big city”. It just has a huge area, but there are a lot of parks and smaller buildings. But think about cities like for example New York. This city has expanded over all limits. If their pumps get no electricity, within 2 days the sea will take back this city. And of top of that, the citizen of New York also take a shit and this need to be handled to prevent diseases.

If there would be no electricity, then humankind as a whole would survive. But at least half of the human population would die. Although the exact numbers are disputed. But before the Sanitary movement the world had about half a billion humans. Which was more or less stable for a pretty long time. And without the rather impressive upkeep of modern society we most likely would get back there.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / The first plasma: the Wendelstein 7-X fusion device is now in operation

I have an update: Wendelstein 7-X fusion device produces its first hydrogen plasma

So far things are going actually extremely well. We are no longer speaking about short pulses, but the construction is able to handle several seconds of operation. Also, this project got the attention of Merkel, who was allowed to press a button. This whole project in general really starts to get very political.

Personally I don’t understand the flood of numbers at all. But smarter people told me, that things are looking pretty good. Within a short period of time the way we speak about this topic has changed. Formally it seems like short pulses are everything that we will ever achieve in this generation. Even before the backlashes of the last decade. But now we have achieved keeping everything stable for seconds. And on the paper even half an hour looks realistic. So far there haven’t been any major negative surprises. And yes, I have been burned several times with my predictions in the past.

Also, vikaTae is right. In the end everything boils down to how well they are able to control the plasma.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / United Nations SD Goals

-#5 has mostly the genital mutational in certain African countries and the situation in India in mind. And I’m not aware of any comparable crimes against humanity that are aimed specifically against men.

edit: OK, just got from an offline source, that the UNO also has the USA on their agenda list. The reason is the practice in this country, that families “adopt” female children from other countries. Mainly from Haiti. And then use their “children” as sex-slaves and cheap labour-force that run their household. Honestly, I don’t except much cooperation of the USA on this topic.

edit2: Today I also learned, that in many countries in this world it’s illegal, that women own ground. But there is not a single country, where men aren’t allowed to own ground.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Why do you guys think that competitive esports is dominated by males with little to no females?

I think it’s mostly the USA, that has this strict separation into “male” and “female” advertising. And some companies even have them as the only groups that exist. I know that things escalated quickly, when Matador was restarted and tried to export their products to the USA. And from the beginning they sold gender-neutral wooden blocks. In their (rare) advertising they always showed boys and girls playing with each other. And half of their boxes showed a girl, the other half a boy. Pretty much like the old campaign of Lego , which is their direct competition. Well, until the factory of Matador in Austria burned down and Matador wasn’t available any more.

Companies in the USA had been interested into Matador, but only wanted to sell the boxes with boys on them. Or sell the boy-boxes in the boy department and the girl-boxes in the girl department. Although the only difference of this boxes is the face printed on the surface. It wasn’t their idea to advertise the boxes with a girl on it to girls. But the want to have the image of a toy, that can be used by the whole family. Including the parents. (And yes, I started with Matador after I turned 25 and I’m really into this toys. Although I mix them with Lego Technic, which is of course a sacrilege.) And they never managed to reach an agreement. But by chance the reached an agreement with China and nowadays these toys get mostly exported into this country.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Why do you guys think that competitive esports is dominated by males with little to no females?

Well, I could write a long answer that explain complex mechanism of society. But in the end it all boils down to the fact, that women don’t get sponsorships.

I actually had about 10 years ago contact to an E-Sport team, that actually had a female member and played Enemy Territory. And even had mediocre success in Europe and had at least attended in tournaments all around Europe. And normally ranked at about 9 of 16 or something like this. But they never got any sponsorship, despite much weaker teams had no problems.

I don’t want to call name and punish a company for their honest answer. This said: One company wrote them, that gaming is against the nature of women. Also, their campaign that includes sponsorships has the goal, to give their products a male image. Sponsoring female players would be counterproductive.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Mass sexual assaults in Germany

Originally posted by RollerCROWster:

now they are trying to censor all mention of it on social media sites

I guess germans do have a long history of silencing political dissidents, using any means necessary.

The only opinion that is censored in Germany is the one of the NAZI party. Because we already made our experience with this folk. Also, Russia Today really isn’t in a position to speak ill about Germany, as Russia has strong censorship. There posting memes including Putin counts as hate-speech and gets people arrested. Or any other critique of their government. While Germany never had any problems with critique of their government for the last about 60 years. But the line gets drawn, when there are campaigns against weaker parts of society. Especially if foreign entities are behind this campaigns and they may led to unrest. I hope you understand, that we don’t want another Nazi-regime ruling our country.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / For two weeks the FBI was the world's largest distributer of child abuse.

I think that the constant propaganda of Russia Today became rampant. And I have already noticed, that they really don’t like the USA.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Mass sexual assaults in Germany

Well, I guess my post turned out to be slightly longer then I planned. But I also can link a video about this event: http://www.focus.de/regional/videos/massive-ausschreitungen-video-zeigt-das-chaos-in-der-koelner-silvesternacht_id_5189367.html . There is an advertising in the beginning that needs to be ignored and the Audio is German. But I guess it’s helpful anyway. At least if it isn’t region locked.

edit: Well, it took not even one minute of research to find a video on Youtube that also shows the event and shouldn’t cause any problem: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IzjoNT7-ToE

edit2: The videos actually shows the “ghetto” of this event. There is also a peaceful crowd near the cathedral, that isn’t visible in the video. Also, I have found no videos about the evacuation that I can link. But it’s just a bunch of people not shooting fireworks and calmly leaving the place.

edit3: The latest news is, that the thefts had been caused by organised crime. At Cologne there was a group of 4 offenders, that has been arrested. But the suspects are most likely part of a bigger organisation that spans all over Germany. For more details we will have to wait for the court case. The sexual harassment was used by them to distract the victims.

edit4: And here is something where I definitely laughed more then I should have: Heavy fighting breaks out in refugee camp

edit5: The yearly report on the new years eve is available. This was by a large margin the most peaceful new years eve since recording in Germany. But this isn’t a surprise, as there was a terror warning and the police showed much more presence then usual. And this time “showing presence” isn’t meant as euphemism for “ignoring crime that is going on in front of the police”. I also got my hands on several reports of the traditional structural maintenance and cleaning after new years eve. As there is normally more vandalism in this one night then in the rest of the year. Well, compared to the last year the cost was significant lower. Most important the cost for glazing went down a lot. And this is mostly repairing broken windows, which is the typical result of vandalism.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Mass sexual assaults in Germany

I’m really disappointed about the media in general. First of all I want to say, that this pretty much happened in my domain. I wasn’t in Cologne when this happened, but I know this city. And I don’t really like it, as there are always a lot of drunk, unemployed Nazis around, who harass random citizen. Although considering that I’m a big muscular blond blue-eyed German things could be a lot worse. They first of all want me, that I give them money, so that they can fight against the invasion of Germany from the Muslims. And yes, I’m talking about PEGIDA. Although these people are free-loaders. Mostly homeless or people affected by HartzIV (the German unemployment benefit) who want money for more alcohol. And with the rising unemployment in Germany, these people are really turning into a problem.

Cologne actually earns a lot of their money with trade fairs and conferences. But most of this business became obsolete with the Internet. They are also traditionally a hotspot for logistic and distribution. But nowadays with the “Just in time”-logistic this also became fairly obsolete. This city was once called the German capital city of banks. But only the insurance market is left and employs an impressive 6% of people there. A market that doesn’t really do well either. In fact, the market is nowadays dominated by large enterprises and they have so much mass, that there is no need for an insurance.

Considering this situation, PEGIDA itself isn’t the problem. But they are just a symptom. As it’s always easier to blame a scapegoat then deal with a complex economical situation. And in this case a lot of people blame the foreigners for everything wrong in this city and since the refugees are a topic PEGIDA is able to gather a lot of people against them. Of course they don’t do themselves a favour. Blaming foreigners in a city, where the whole economy depends so much on these people is a very bad idea. I actually know several companies that moved away for this reason, as the surrounding is no longer pleasant. But I know a lot more companies who simple went bankrupt or left because business is bad.

About the event itself, there is actually little known. I wasn’t in this city on New Years Eve. But from my sources it know, that there was a major event in front of the “Kölner Dom” (Cathedral of cologne) . Things had been mostly peaceful. But a few drunk idiots started to fire firecrackers. Although it wasn’t very bad. But because of the terrorist warning the security guards had been nervous. Although they don’t fear and actual terrorist attack, but a mass panic. So these people got a “Platzverweis”. Which roughly translates into an order to stay away from a place. That these people ranted against both the church (which positioned itself against PEGIDA frequently) and the police and foreign people in general didn’t help.

These group of about 50 people then moved to the “Hauptbahnhof” (central train station) and got bigger. The police at the moment says, that there had been about 100 aggressive people shooting small fireworks into a group of people. All together there had been about 1000 people in front of the train station. Most of them peacefully celebrating. It also happened, that people got cornered and got robbed. Although so far it’s not clear that this was done by the same aggressive people. But the police suspects, that the people firing the crackers had been a distraction. Although in general the aggressive people had been very drunk. The police still needs to get through the data of the cameras. But I get the feeling this have been mainly crimes of opportunity. That women get sexually assaulted is the sad normality. But nothing major happened. We are mostly talking about drunk man touching the butts of women. The supposed rape wasn’t connected to the events on this place, but only happened nearby. And this is all the information we will ever get from the police, as the really hold back with giving away information about rapes.

At some point the police decided, that they can no longer control the situation. And they really don’t want to risk a panic near a train station. So the surrounded the place and evacuated it. Although it seems like they overreacted a bit. The evacuation was actually peaceful and they decided against collecting the data of the people at this place. Which is common, if the police thinks they will need witnesses of this event later. The number of filed police reports wasn’t unusual. Compared to the events that happened at the Reeperbahn in Hamburg this was actually nothing. There things escalated into a major punchfest with about 200 people involved. As much as I’m informed it was once again about people, who don’t know that the Yugoslavian war is over. As it was mostly Bosnians against Serbians. But this happens every damn year. But in general this year was rather peaceful, as with the public terror warning in Germany the police acted in a rather strict manner. Last year the police was about as drunk as everybody else. This year the police staid sober and enforced the law more then it’s the custom at new years eve.

What made this event special was, that the PEGIDA movement turned this into a big deal. And when somebody on Facebook stated, that he read in a newspaper that the police has arrested asylum seekers, things turned from bad to worse. Although so far I wasn’t able to locate this source. Most likely it was simple made up. A lot of people at Facebook verified this source. But this means nothing. But it’s a sad fact, that news-media doesn’t spend much time with researching sources. They are under pressure of releasing the news first and if several people verify a source on Facebook this is normally good enough. And PEGIDA and the AfD know this. They may be racists, but they are no idiots.

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Because of public demands the police will look at the camera recordings of this days. There had been a press conference run by the police. But it was mainly used to advertise a booklet of the German police, where they explain how to behave in areas with a unusual number of thefts. And at this train station there is an announcement in regular intervals, that says “Keep your eyes on your belongings. There had been numerous reports of theft at this place.” in both English and German. Of course without my spelling mistakes. Considering most reports of this night had been about theft, this is pretty much the standard PR-reaction of the police. Of course PEGIDA turned this into a case of victim blaming. And the “Lügenpresse” (lying media – that’s how PEGIDA addresses media in general) repeated it.

edit 2: I learned that the about 100 persons who caused trouble at the cathedral most likely went to the train station, took a train and went away. But to be fair, it would be too simply if everything connects easily.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / King Barack HUSSEIN Obama FURIOUS after armed revolutionaries take over government building

All I read is, that the government of the USA isn’t able to defend their ground. And that they invite every major land owner to make up their own bullshit reasons to also claim soil that clearly doesn’t belong to them.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Could solar panels drain all of the energy from the sun?

From my research http://www.roanoke-chowannewsherald.com/2015/12/08/woodland-rejects-solar-farm/ is the original source and everybody else copied from there without doing original research. Otherwise I have learned, that in the USA it’s legal and custom to poison the ground, where the solar cells are. The idea is to prevent weed growing over these cells. I don’t have information on this place in special. But in general chemicals are used, that are very questionable and can lead to a disaster, if they get into the ground water.

And no, I don’t get why they don’t seal the ground with concrete. But I guess poisoning the ground is just cheaper.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Merry Christmas everyone !

To be honest, Christmas is about the least Christian thing that I can imagine. And it doesn’t matter, if I look at the old pagan interpretation (aka “true Christmas”) or the modern commercialised variant.

But that’s no real reason to judge people and I really want to wish a merry Christmas to everyone.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / The first plasma: the Wendelstein 7-X fusion device is now in operation

Of course this is all a political topic. In general, the whole cold war was about securing sources of energy. With the result, that both the USA and Russia are the countries with easy access to energy. While there are other countries like Germany and China, which depend on others. Personally I’m heavily biased and I see the world from the eyes of Germany. Which means a working fusion power plant that implements the Lawson Criterion is extremely desirable. If this technology is available to everybody, then it would serve as a major equalizer and would massively profit Europe. (And the rest of the world a little bit.) Although there are uses for fusion reactors, that actually don’t produce energy. For example producing precious metals or space travel. Or maybe even more relevant then energy production but also extremely boring: Measurement. I have to admit, that my original posting was very imprecise, because I’m very focused on a single application.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Proof of the corruption within the Right Wing

Originally posted by Kasic:

That’s so cheap it might as well be free. I don’t care what imaginary gas we’re talking about, a dollar to produce a ton is magnitudes less than it costs to burn oil.

I have never heard about this gas either. But when it comes to filtering green-house gases from the air, then a whole dollar for binding a metric ton makes this technology pointless. When this topic gets discussed the costs are normally in the magnitude of 2 to 8 Cents per metric ton. The cheapest way is the “Chinese solution” with a certain breed of algae. And at the moment it’s discussed at the UNO, if these algae-fields would count as island. If yes, then China would get a lot bigger. In general there is a certain gold rush to expand countries into the ocean and it would include binding a lot of green house gases. Although I haven’t read anything in the Western press about it. It seems like the USA isn’t part of this game.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Could solar panels drain all of the energy from the sun?

I have to admit, that I have such a low opinion on US-American teacher, that I have actually totally read over this part. But my experience is, that most of them are unskilled workers that simple follow the instructions of the provided schoolbooks by the dot. It got a bit better in the recent decades. But this teacher was definitely from the generation before.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Could solar panels drain all of the energy from the sun?

I’m really a fan of weird real world stories. But this isn’t one. This town actually didn’t reject a solar farm. But they prevented the rezoning of ground from agriculture ground to industrial ground. Which would make the area owned much more valuable. There are founded concerns, that the solar farms are only used as kind of a trojan horse. Which is actually even the main usage for solar panels in the USA, as the owner of the power grids don’t need to allow a feed-in. And they normally don’t do this, as this means aiding their competition. And if, then they either pay nothing or very little for the power. I really don’t the contracts in the background and it’s really not clear if this applies to this special case. To be fair, there are even hints, that solar farm owners are honest. But maybe they only have good PR and once the ground is rezoned the settlement can do little to prevent other uses of the ground. So this is a risk.

Considering this situation, there was the question asked, in which way the area there profits from this rezoning. And as it turned out, the answer was not at all. No additional taxes. No services for the locals. No nothing. They weren’t even willing to negotiate anything. So there was no rezoning. Seriously, what did they except?

Yes, there have been several questionable request to speak. But none of them had any major impact. In the USA people have the freedom of speech and they where allowed to address their concerns. And the rest of the people have the freedom to wave them away. Which happened. They actual people in charge had been really reasonable, which honestly isn’t a given in the rural USA.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / The first plasma: the Wendelstein 7-X fusion device is now in operation

The first plasma: the Wendelstein 7-X fusion device is now in operation

Wendelstein 7-X is finally alive. An event which I personally would bring on par with landing on the moon.

The real life impact is of course low and this thing still doesn’t deserve the name fusion reactor. Mainly because it doesn’t produce energy. But it’s really a significant step in this direction. And so far this fusion device runs stable and a few simple experiments went pretty well.

It shows, that nuclear fusion is more then a gigantic money sink. I don’t want to call names, but there had been several backlashes in this field of research in the last decade.

Nuclear fusion is the process that happens inside the sun and would provide humankind with an source of extremely cheap energy. At least once we understand this process and a big enough reactor is build. And beside being able to produce a lot of energy from a really low amount of hydrogen, this would also help with reducing the production of green house gases.

Personally I’m pretty hyped. What do you think about this topic? Does anybody thinks this will lead nowhere and is a gigantic waste of money? Has anybody any security concerns? I would like to hear what you think.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / A sign of desensitization to violence via Creepypasta?

I can’t give much of an insight. Although I thought I’m well informed, when it comes to Role Playing Games. But after I bit of research I saw, that Creepypasta got deleted several times in the English Wikipedia for missing significance. And to be honest, they really have an absurdly low standard for this. But it seems, like the Wikipedia side needs to be protected from vandalism and is locked. This topic also achieved to get covered by tabloids like for example spiegel.de . And they are really weak on their net-culture coverage and are sort of known of covering every fake. But this topic got totally ignored by the specialised press like for example insertmoin.de . (Which are both German sites. But I’m much more familiar with the German media landscape then the Anglo-Saxon press. And I know much better, what it means if certain sites cover a topic or not.)

Well, this smells a lot like a 4chan campaign or something in this direction. I wasn’t able to do enough research to get the background. And honestly, I don’t want to know. But I’m pretty sure this isn’t a real thing.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Donald Trump can do no wrong.

Dear fans of weird things, I want to point you at this: http://www.theverge.com/2015/12/7/9869308/donald-trump-close-up-the-internet-bill-gates

Hopefully you haven’t got too attached to the Internet. There are many republicans, who see the Internet as an evil place where foreigners poison the mind of straight US-Americans. But considering the popularity of the Internet, it’s rather rare that this topic get touched in public. And with Bill Gates, who isn’t a friend of the Internet himself, he would get a potent ally.

But Trump not only good new friends, but attacked the Germans. Actually, he pointed at Amazon and said, that they pay no taxes. Which by the way is the truth. The very point of this company is, that they reject paying taxes. As in their opinion this is the duty of the customer ordering from them. And this isn’t unique. Uber is another German company, that reject paying taxes in the USA. (In chase somebody is wondering: The German government controls Goldmann Sachs. And they control both Uber and Amazon. The investors in the stock market only bought a piece of an empty shell company.) Destroying the internet now wouldn’t only safe the USA from enemy propaganda, but would also destroy the very foundation of the business of Amazon. As reaction Amazon wants to send Trump into space: https://twitter.com/JeffBezos .

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / California Islamic Muslim Terrorist Mass Shooting

Fine, it seems like this whole massacre is getting really weird. If I understand this correctly, then these pair wanted to get shot. So they started to attack a place, where people boasted, that they will not call 911. But nobody pulled their weapon out to kill them, although they encountered plenty of people who carried a weapon. Then the police came far too late. Although as much I’m informed you can’t really blame them, as these people kept their word: They just didn’t call 911. So the offenders escaped. But later got hunted down by the police. They surrendered, but the police killed them anyway.

Well, in German we have a word for this: Realsatire. But it seems like there isn’t a translation for this in English. Here what is said about a translation at dict.leo.org by gaplow :

‘Reality satire’ doesn’t work here – the English translation should stress how apparently implausible the real-life events are, even when described calmly and logically.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Senate passes budget bill repealing Obamacare, defunding Planned Parenthood

Personally I’m not that optimistic. I believe in propaganda and that you can influence people with advertising. And I never before have seen a campaign even similar to the one going on at the moment.