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  1. We're All Broken, We're All Fragile, and We're All a Statistic

    Like yourself, I wouldn't be comfortable placing all the blame on his PTSD. I had a friend who I feel got too much of a free pass because of his childhood for the things he done to his wife. I had a similar background to him, and I never so much as raised my voice to either of my exes. It goes without saying that a mentally healthy person doesn't do these kinds of things, but surely at some point we have to assign ownership to our actions and accept their consequences. Some people are terrible, and we don't always get to see them for what they are. Him killing his wife was all about control. If he couldn't have her, no one could. His final actions spoke volumes about his controlling behavior. No doubt there was more in the background. I'm sorry you had to deal with this, I know what it's like to have an incredibly dark side of a friend come out and splash itself all over the news. Thankfully for his wife she managed to escape, but she could've been your friend's wife. Once again, my condolences.
  2. More than 20 dead 100 injured in Las Vegas

    We're not talking about a dude firing into a sparse crowd of a few dozen people, the crowd was huge. It seems to me like he was shooting fish in a barrel basically. It took a long while before people started clearing out, from video footage I've seen it seems like it took people a couple mins to realize they were even being shot at and even then a while longer to start making a run for it rather than trying to just duck down. The guy had plenty of time to do damage without people even beginning to move. Now, I'm not saying that he did 100% commit the shooting but from what I've been presented with so far it has yet to seem implausible, for me at least.
  3. I get that there are some unavoidable risks. This guy could've plowed people with a car like you said, or picked up a knife and started stabbing people or whatever. We can't remove all risk from life, but that doesn't mean I don't think we should try to reduce risk as much as humanely possible. I also get that sometimes we have to do trade offs between safety and something else, so I'm not suggesting that safety is necessarily the be all and end all, but when it comes to safety vs gun ownership I don't really see a problem with sacrificing the latter for the former. So in this situation, I think we can do more than just throw our hands up in the air and say there's nothing we can do. We might not completely prevent loss of life by maniacs, but we can potentially reduce it. This is an incredibly complex situation so I don't think there's any one thing that'll do it, but things like gun registration or restrictions on which weapons (or both) could be a starting point. When you notice someone's got 20 assault rifles they may become a person of interest rather than never knowing about the arsenal they're slowly developing.
  4. I don't necessarily want this to turn into a discussion on gun control, but I don't understand this mindset. Nonviolent resistance has been shown to be effective. Violence doesn't seem to be the only answer to responding to a tyrannical government. I don't trust people to drive cars (I see more and more people on their phones while they're driving) let alone own a firearm. Most people can't be trusted so in my ideal world their ownership would be severely restricted. Anyways, I guess my question is in light of this comment of yours is what do you think can be done to prevent mass shootings like this that don't rely on some form of gun control (either by limiting the types of weapons people use, forcing registration of weapons et cetera)?
  5. The only native English speakers I tend to struggle with understanding tend to be from certain parts of Scotland or Ireland. I've only met one American who I had trouble understanding and all I knew was that he was from the south. It was a surreal experience because with the Scottish or Irish accents it's usually completely intelligible to me until I get used to it but this guy seemed to flow in and out of intelligibility. Now that I think of it, he might've been code switching from his native accent to the general american accent.
  6. More than 20 dead 100 injured in Las Vegas

    It's in situations like this that I understand how conspiracy theories form. Take a look at this pic: I know fuck all about guns, but the fact that he hit over 500 people, while killing another 60 would make sense if he's just spraying and praying from his balcony or whatever. He had the ability to cycle through weapons as he exhausted ammunition and considering the volume of people he'd probably just be shooting in the general direction of the crowd. Doing just that would no doubt hit a lot of people (which it did). The fact that he was shooting so far away would explain why there weren't more deaths. When I heard what happened initially I was expecting a death toll in the hundreds, instead he killed about as many people as the nightclub shooter despite having far more "advantages". In some ways I feel this is what kinda shows his inexperience. Simply firing in a general direction doesn't take a lot of skill, but being accurate does and if he were accurate I think the death toll would be significantly higher. Anyways, what gets my conspiracy senses tingling is the fact this guy seems to have done this so randomly. The people he killed don't really fit into the typical demographics that would make sense for one to target. It strikes me very much as someone looking to get their "bang for their buck" and this concert was it. Let's not forget the fact this cunt somehow brought in 20 rifles into his hotel over a few days without raising suspicion from hotel staff. Anyways, from what I've read it appears he wrote a suicide note/manifesto which has yet to be released. It'll hopefully shed some light on his motives.
  7. In my experience, people who speak languages other than English are generally not used to foreigners speaking their languages. Especially those from more 'obscure' countries. As such, as Vigile pointed out, perfection is almost needed in order to communicate. For example, in Slavic languages there are several different ways of saying to go somewhere and using the wrong one will result in blank stares. Using the perfective instead of imperfective verb? Blank stare. Wrong declension? Blank stare. The only time you can really get past this is if the person you're speaking to knows English well and is able to translate back what you said into English and make sense of it. I had a terrible habit of using "If" in my languages when I really meant to use "Whether". "Whether" isn't that commonly used anymore, and we tend to use "If" in place of it, but this distinction still exists in other languages and can cause confusion. As for the video itself, I don't find that I'm more extroverted when I speak another language (for the most part this is Serbian). If anything, it accentuates my introversion. I usually spend a lot of time listening, and little talking and when engaging someone in a foreign language I am even more likely to do this because sometimes if we're discussing a topic that's difficult for me to express myself in using that language, I spend time formulating my sentences, going over what the other people have said to make sure I understood and think whether (heh) it'd be best to wait till everyone has had their say before responding so I don't have to worry about dealing with interruptions et cetera. I do think introverts learning another language helps them break out of their shell. I've worked with people from all over the world so I know little tiny bits and pieces of many languages and if I encounter someone from somewhere where I know how to say "hello, how are you?" (or whatever) I will try to use it and it's always a great ice breaker.
  8. More than 20 dead 100 injured in Las Vegas

    59 dead as of this morning, several hundred injured. The perp was alone (he used that woman's ID but she was not present there, she was once his roommate/girlfriend) and had multiple guns that he was cycling through (some sources say up to 20) to shoot into the crowd. The shooting lasted anywhere from 5 minutes all the way up to 15 minutes. Like lambs to the slaughter really. I think this situation kinda showcases how good guys with guns can't really help stop bad guys with guns. No one knew where the shooting was coming from at first and many were afraid to use their weapons in fear of being identified as part of the massacre. The Sandy Hook Promise Foundation (started by some parents of the victims from that massacre) released a statement that I think is rather apt. A short except here: I've noticed already that the next 'tragedy' is already starting to dominate headlines (Tom Petty having a heart attack) and this will soon be forgotten. So tragic.
  9. Finally, something good from black lives matter.

    In Australia it's quite common to see racism against Aboriginals for similar reasons I suppose you see it against blacks in the US. There is a high level of substance abuse, poverty (3/4 of the population does not have a full time job, and more than half don't work at all) and crime. Like blacks in the US, Australian Aboriginals are overrepresented in the criminal justice system (depending on the state, somewhere between 4x-20x). When I lived in the city I rarely ever encountered them, and when I did it was mostly in a professional setting so I didn't really develop much of an impression of them either way and I never really understood the racism against them. Now that I live in a more rural area (where more Aboriginals tend to live) and I am exposed to the crime they commit, and the horror stories of what their substance abuse does to their communities, it's much more easier for me to understand how people's racist attitudes develop. If this is what you see by a group of people the majority of the time, it's hard not to develop a negative impression, even if this is not even necessarily an accurate representation of the whole. On another note, I'm actually surprised at how open some Americans are about their racism though. One guy I knew was toeing the same line as Fwee here and trying to convince us that this is what most African Americans are like. He wasn't a racist though he assured us, as he felt that African immigrants didn't share these same negative qualities that he said all American born blacks had.
  10. What is your opinion on Alex Jones

    At first I thought he didn't believe any of it and was just 100% a charlatan, I've come to realize it's more 50/50 after seeing him on Joe Rogan. He is crazy, but he does ham it up a bit.
  11. Opinions on transgender

    I think an argument could be made that it shouldn't. There's a big divide between male and female athletes, but that doesn't prevent women from competing in sports. You could argue that there's a difference between indirect and direct competition (with which I'd agree) but it's dependent I suppose on how "other" MTF are perceived. If people look at them as just another woman, perhaps it wouldn't be so much of an issue. Like I said, I'm not really into sports so I have no dog in this fight but I think doing what is "fair" here will at some point be seen more to be discrimination than anything else and will eventually become a reality for future female athletes to deal with.
  12. Opinions on transgender

    The problem is that when it comes to sports, women aren't even in the same ball park when it comes to performance. If you compare top male high school runner's with female world champions, the male high schoolers either beat, or closely match them. Serena and Venus Williams couldn't beat a rank 200 tennis player in the men's division, even despite the fact he drunk a few glasses of alcohol prior to their match. Any sort of handicap system you'd want to impose would need to be drastic enough to the point you might as well get them competing separately. The mitigating factor here is that the hormone therapy they undertake would limit a lot of the benefits they bring, but does not do so entirely, as shown by the fact some transgender athletes (like weight lifters) are still way ahead of the curve. The "issue" then becomes whether or not this is in fact even an issue. By that I mean, should we as a society see a difference between those who are born as woman vs those who transition to being a woman? In other words, should we consider the differences between these two kinds of women the same as the kinds of differences we may think of when we compare marathon runners from Kenya vs say Germany? Yes, a lot of marathon runners are from Kenya, and the African continent, but if that isn't a problem, why should it be for those who transition and go on to dominate women's sports?
  13. Opinions on transgender

    For me I think it's a pretty shitty situation to be in. There's currently not a way (that I am aware of) that'll help them be comfortable with their bodies (as in, removing their dysphoria) nor are the surgeries or hormone treatments used by them make them indistinguishable from "real" men/women (yes, some of them can "pass" but this isn't the norm) which causes them much grief as well. I feel bad for them and the situation they're in. I don't have much of an opinion when it comes to bathroom use. I don't think there's necessarily a need for gender based bathrooms anyway. When it comes to sports, MTF based athletes are shown to have an advantage. If they're allowed to compete as women, all top positions will no doubt be dominated by transgendered people. Whether this is really a problem, that's up to people who care more about sports than I do. With regards to military service, whoever meets all the criteria the military requires should be able to join so I don't see the need for discrimination there. Lastly, the issue of dating comes up. While I consider myself fairly liberal, I would not date some who is transgendered.
  14. Research on Extimonies

    This seems really interesting. Hope you share it with us here
  15. Perhaps it was white nationalist. I'd have to double check, but I am to lazy to do so now. Basically it was a rally that had counter protestors, when the rally members were forced to leave it was just the counter protestors that were left and who were stuck by the car AFAIK.