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by flash2015
Sun Sep 05, 2021 3:57 pm
Forum: Politics
Topic: After 20 years of fighting the Taliban
Replies: 82
Views: 739

Re: After 20 years of fighting the Taliban

What we have done in Afghanistan is send a massive "fuck you" to the people of the Middle East who, against all common sense and experience, still held the opinion that Western values were something worth aspiring to. We have let them know that we don't give a shit about them. They know that the Ru...
by flash2015
Tue Aug 31, 2021 5:03 pm
Forum: Development
Topic: Cookies; accept or deny
Replies: 15
Views: 615

Re: Cookies; accept or deny

Also the GDPR aim/goal that users be able to erase their information is another thing that, like a lot of legislation, seems well intentioned but is full of problems in practice. Would you like games you participated in to be erased because a user wanted his information erased, and for there to be ...
by flash2015
Tue Aug 31, 2021 4:46 pm
Forum: Announcements
Topic: Cookies; accept or deny
Replies: 15
Views: 615

Re: Cookies; accept or deny

Mmmm.. Focusing on cookies I can see how people might want to not have Google Analytics or other advertisers track them, but having every website make you accept cookies is a really backwards way to accomplish that. You are right that it isn't covering every scenario...but it is a start. And for th...
by flash2015
Fri Aug 27, 2021 7:39 pm
Forum: Announcements
Topic: Cookies; accept or deny
Replies: 15
Views: 615

Re: Cookies; accept or deny

I must say, as a user and EU citizen, this law has negatively affected my experience hugely. Every little website which asks me for permission instead of simply looking at my 'do not track' request (is it in the header sent by firefox?). I would much prefer to tweak the setting once in the browser,...
by flash2015
Tue Aug 24, 2021 7:37 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Freedom!
Replies: 47
Views: 997

Re: Freedom!

There is all sort of extreme fearmongering going on in Australia at the moment. For example, there is a claim that even if Australia opens at 80% of people over 16 vaccinated, 25K people will die over the next 6 months from COVID...effectively saying that Australia will catch Germany in COVID deaths...
by flash2015
Mon Aug 23, 2021 11:03 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Freedom!
Replies: 47
Views: 997

Re: Freedom!

RoganJosh wrote:
Mon Aug 23, 2021 8:59 pm
Australians really think Australia didn't lock down soon and hard enough?

Edit: That was to Wusti.
Longer and HARDER. Of course you shouldn't forget to "spread your legs":

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/ ... ters-gaffe
by flash2015
Mon Aug 23, 2021 8:49 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Freedom!
Replies: 47
Views: 997

Re: Freedom!

For the first half of the year, Australia had no deaths from COVID (perhaps there was one?). After the initial AZ vaccine rollout started every few weeks there was someone keeling over from the vaccine...which didn't go down too well. Government changed the vaccine advice to indicate that only those...
by flash2015
Sun Aug 22, 2021 8:55 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Freedom!
Replies: 47
Views: 997

Re: Freedom!

Octavious wrote:
Sun Aug 22, 2021 5:53 pm
flash2015 wrote:
Sun Aug 22, 2021 5:42 pm
Sorry. Forgot the "USA! USA! USA!"

Happier?
Never had you down as joining the USA chanting Yanks. I always felt you were better suited to the cream cheese bagel, angry jogger, and chiwawas in a sling fraternity ;)
What about angry walker?? And I don't even own a dog, you insensitive clod!
by flash2015
Sun Aug 22, 2021 8:41 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Freedom!
Replies: 47
Views: 997

Re: Freedom!

The Australian strategy has largely been a success. The only obvious drawback being an initially slow vaccination rate which, considering that vaccination is the only way back to normality, is a little baffling. Still, they now seem fairly well on their way to getting to the level of vaccination re...
by flash2015
Sun Aug 22, 2021 5:42 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Freedom!
Replies: 47
Views: 997

Re: Freedom!

Crazy Anglican wrote:
Sun Aug 22, 2021 5:09 pm
flash2015 wrote:
Mon Aug 16, 2021 11:10 pm
After 20 years holding out from becoming a Yank.... I finally applied for US citizenship a few weeks ago.

Um? ... Welcome?
Sorry. Forgot the "USA! USA! USA!"

Happier? :P
by flash2015
Fri Aug 20, 2021 9:25 pm
Forum: Politics
Topic: After 20 years of fighting the Taliban
Replies: 82
Views: 739

Re: After 20 years of fighting the Taliban

I think it is a bit of a stretch to suggest that the US got out to let the Taliban mine Lithium for them.
by flash2015
Wed Aug 18, 2021 8:17 pm
Forum: Politics
Topic: After 20 years of fighting the Taliban
Replies: 82
Views: 739

Re: After 20 years of fighting the Taliban

It is a sad indictment of the US political process that Afghanistan was not even mentioned in the 2020 US Presidential debates:

https://www.businessinsider.com/no-ment ... es-2020-10
by flash2015
Wed Aug 18, 2021 6:03 pm
Forum: Politics
Topic: After 20 years of fighting the Taliban
Replies: 82
Views: 739

Re: After 20 years of fighting the Taliban

More info on the crazy costs of the Afghan occupation. Apart from the 2 trillion cost, by 2050 it is estimated that the US will likely have to pay 6.5 trillion dollars in interest on this debut. https://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/afghan-war-cost-us-2-trillion-interest-will-pinch-every-americ...
by flash2015
Tue Aug 17, 2021 4:01 pm
Forum: Politics
Topic: After 20 years of fighting the Taliban
Replies: 82
Views: 739

Re: After 20 years of fighting the Taliban

More info on the crazy costs of the Afghan occupation. Apart from the 2 trillion cost, by 2050 it is estimated that the US will likely have to pay 6.5 trillion dollars in interest on this debut. https://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/afghan-war-cost-us-2-trillion-interest-will-pinch-every-america...
by flash2015
Tue Aug 17, 2021 3:38 pm
Forum: Politics
Topic: After 20 years of fighting the Taliban
Replies: 82
Views: 739

Re: After 20 years of fighting the Taliban

You're remarkably quick to take Trump's word at face value when he happens to say something you agree with :razz:. Out of curiosity, how do you believe Trump made it impossible to stop the withdrawal? Being the commander in chief one imagines that all Biden had to do was say the words "stop the wit...
by flash2015
Mon Aug 16, 2021 11:31 pm
Forum: Announcements
Topic: Cookies; accept or deny
Replies: 15
Views: 615

Re: Cookies; accept or deny

And I must say that while as a dev I find all this a bit vexing, as a user I often take the time to fine tune my preferences I must say, as a user and EU citizen, this law has negatively affected my experience hugely. Every little website which asks me for permission instead of simply looking at my...
by flash2015
Mon Aug 16, 2021 11:18 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Freedom!
Replies: 47
Views: 997

Re: Freedom!

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by flash2015
Mon Aug 16, 2021 11:10 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Freedom!
Replies: 47
Views: 997

Re: Freedom!

For me, life isn't too bad now. Just got back from my first real international vacation since COVID began (Italy). While there were a few additional complexities with travelling it was mostly smooth sailing which was great. Not everything has gone well over the past few months though. Australia is g...
by flash2015
Mon Aug 16, 2021 10:44 pm
Forum: Politics
Topic: After 20 years of fighting the Taliban
Replies: 82
Views: 739

Re: After 20 years of fighting the Taliban

Trump negotiated a piss poor deal that the Taliban instantly violated. Biden had it easily within his power to use the violation to invalidate Trump's deal and act however he believed to be appropriate. What he believed to be appropriate, however, was to throw the Afghan population under the same b...
by flash2015
Fri Jul 30, 2021 8:06 pm
Forum: Politics
Topic: Arguments for God
Replies: 65
Views: 585

Re: Arguments for God

CosmicSkeptic does a decent takedown of it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P28hy8JRYUk His debate/discussion with William Lane Craig on the Kalam-Cosmological is honestly the main reason this thread was triggered. I think this discussion was misunderstood. It wasn't in any way shape or form a deba...