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>> No. 425684 Anonymous
5th April 2019
Friday 11:36 pm
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So am I the only one who is getting a bit annoyed by this whole Greta Thunberg cult, or am I just too much of a cold hearted cynic that the world would be better off without?

I don't doubt the legitimate concern of her generation over climate change, after all it will fall to them to sort out the utter fucking mess that we have left the planet in, but all the awards that she is now being showered with are IMO just middle aged and old people's guilt over their own failure to save the planet's climate despite having had decades of prior warning, and who lost their way and succumbed to high carbon footprint consumerism somewhere between 1990s road protest villages and today's school runs in a 4x4. None of it feels sincere or genuine, it's more like, yeah, just take all these awards and shut the hell up already.

And parents whose children now protest every Friday or so are now engaging in pissing matches on twitter and Instagram to show off which one of their kids gets the most involved. As one commenter said, nothing good has ever come of a youth protest movement that was applauded by parents.
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>> No. 431510 Anonymous
19th October 2019
Saturday 4:21 pm
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>>431509

If it doesn't work on him then it's not going to work on other people who outsource their thinking to the daily mail either.
>> No. 431511 Anonymous
19th October 2019
Saturday 4:24 pm
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>>431509

Shut the fuck up, 'mong. Making people think about something will not solve the problem, unless you are one of those dumb cunts that believe in "the secret" crap.
>> No. 431512 Anonymous
19th October 2019
Saturday 4:27 pm
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>>431511
On the contrary, making them think about the problem is an absolute prerequisite for solving it.
>> No. 431513 Anonymous
19th October 2019
Saturday 4:43 pm
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>>431511>>431508
Are you being deliberately obtuse? I explained in >>431312 the practical results of protest quite clearly. You're the only one inferring any psychic mumbo jumbo. I wasn't even really sticking up for XR, it's just an explaination of how protest works. For example in the US conservatives formed the Tea Party movement, spent years campaigning and marching on the basis that their head of state wasn't enough of a brainless tosser and in the end it paid off because they convinced enough people that was what the country needed. That's how raising awareness works, it's not a Jedi mind trick, it's just publicity.
>> No. 431514 Anonymous
19th October 2019
Saturday 4:50 pm
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>>431513
But if you come across as a bunch of dicks, people won't care.

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>> No. 429121 Anonymous
24th July 2019
Wednesday 1:36 am
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New mid-week thread.


Sitting on my balcony, enjoying the balmy nighttime temperatures, having a few Stellas. Celebrating the fact that I get to do this at 01:30 am on a Wednesday morning at the moment.

Ah, temporary unemployment.

Before you lads lose your shit get all finger pointy at me, my next tenure as an office slave is already as good as secure and will begin in a few weeks' time.
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>> No. 431493 Anonymous
19th October 2019
Saturday 12:53 am
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>>431486

>>431486

I've heard a pretty compelling theory that the sort of switches you like probably depends on what you grew up on. Medium-old fuckers like myself who learned to type at school on old IBMs will end up preferring a tactile/clicky switch that's trying to be like a buckling spring, while someone a little younger who likely grew up on rubber domes will be more inclined towards a Topre or something like that. It's an interesting idea but I don't know how much weight it holds. All I know is I like really very tactile switches.

The 60% thing is weird, I've not made my mind up yet. I'm comparing one to a TKL right now and size wise, I'm not actually sure it's worth the trade offs, it's really not that much smaller than a TKL, but even though I'm now used to using function layers for arrows etc, I don't think I'll ever fully get over the instinct to reach for the nav cluster every now and then. I still sometimes find myself looking for the numpad on the TKL, but I really can't justify a full sized keyboard these days. The fact most 60%'s are ANSI and getting ISO keycaps is a fucking nightmare is the real sticking point for that size for me.

The more I think about it, the more I think that a TKL with blank keycaps emulating the Das Ultimate, with Box Royal switches (VERY tactile) is exactly what I want in a keyboard. But I haven't tried the Topre domes yet, that might change my mind, there must be a reason people pay so much for them. Never tried ALPS either, just haven't had the opportunity or motive.

I also want to get a 60% board with a raspberry pi or similar hidden in the case, with a detachable screen, so I can pretend I'm a cyberpunk hacker every now and then. That'd be a fun project. Something like the picture but a lot less cosplay-ish.
>> No. 431497 Anonymous
19th October 2019
Saturday 12:40 pm
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>>431484
> look at how your wrists bend when you're on the home row in a proper typing position, they're bent in at an angle.
Exactly why I asked.
> The idea behind a keyboard like this, both in size and the arrangement of keys in a grid rather than your normal stagger
Why they arrange it in a stagger anyway?
>>431487
> so do what you like lad.
Not to you and your band, mate. To Warner, though I doubt they care.
>>431493
I 'grew up' [0] with Model M and a lot of its replicas of various levels of shite. I still like my Dell KB-216 way too much for some reason.
Same for the keyboard of my laptop. Both are nothing like Model M.

[0] I got introduced to computers somewhat late in my life.
>> No. 431499 Anonymous
19th October 2019
Saturday 1:00 pm
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>>431497

>Why they arrange it in a stagger anyway?

Typewriters needed staggered keys to make sure the metal bars they triggered were spaced far enough apart that they didn't interfere with each other, and we've not really bothered changing it for computer keyboards since.

There's a lot of little things that make the standard keyboard an imperfect device - they're not really that ergonomic, some keys take up a lot more space than they need to (caps lock is in a needlessly prominent position, the right shift on ISO keyboards is too big, etc) and the most popular* keyboard languages, QWERTY/AZERTY are not really designed for fast typing anyway.

*not counting chinese
>> No. 431500 Anonymous
19th October 2019
Saturday 1:03 pm
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>>431499
That makes sense. I forgot about typewriters and their peculiarities.
>> No. 431503 Anonymous
19th October 2019
Saturday 2:25 pm
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>>431499
>QWERTY/AZERTY are not really designed for fast typing anyway.
I know it's not what you're saying, but it's awfully close to the "QWERTY is designed to slow you down" myth.

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>> No. 430168 Anonymous
4th September 2019
Wednesday 7:08 am
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When was the last time you committed a random act of kindness and what was it?
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>> No. 431481 Anonymous
18th October 2019
Friday 10:08 pm
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>>431480
Only girls in Soviet Russia and Yanks use periods.
>> No. 431485 Anonymous
18th October 2019
Friday 11:16 pm
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>>431478>>431481
I bet these posts sounded really cool in your head, where they ought to have remained.
>> No. 431489 Anonymous
19th October 2019
Saturday 12:21 am
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>>431485
Those are different people, though.
>> No. 431494 Anonymous
19th October 2019
Saturday 11:16 am
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>>431489
I think the point stands.
>> No. 431498 Anonymous
19th October 2019
Saturday 12:42 pm
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>>431481
But in Soviet Russia period uses you.
I'll get my coat.

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>> No. 431358 Anonymous
15th October 2019
Tuesday 5:53 pm
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Alright lads, I need some input on whether to move to the other side of the world. (Yes I posted >>13299 but I can't delete the thread because it has too many replies).

I'm consulting friends, family and now this place as none of you know me and can be as unbiased and not care about hurting my feelings. Yes I know ultimately it also has to be my decision.

With that said, have any of you lads ever been to NZ? Lived there? Know people that lived there? Lived anywhere that's not the UK? It's a small country but trying to find anybody who has actually lived there is a bit of a pain.

I've been offered a job I wasn't expecting, it's more money (About 100k NZ dollars which is about 50k GBP), it's in a well known place and it means that I'll get lots of fresh air, lots of nice scenery and compared to living in London I can afford my own one bed/studio rather than a houseshare with strangers.

That said, I'm worried it just looks...well... boring. I love the outdoors, but it seems like you really have to enjoy that and the isolation, otherwise it's fucking lonely. London has its faults, but I'm never bored, I have my network here and I have lots I can do here, even if it can be a bit polluted and grimy at times.

Having consulted with people I know (even my gf), they all think it's ridiculous not to take it and try it out and if it's shit come back after a year or so, find a new job and carry on living my London life. My gf said if it's good she will come visit and then come and join me after 6 months or so.

Any of you lads got any opinions on NZ or wanna shout out things in general to consider about moving abroad? I've only ever lived in the UK so I feel like I am trying to weigh up the wrong things.
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>> No. 431475 Anonymous
18th October 2019
Friday 8:03 pm
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>>431468
I WISH TO DECLARE MY LOVE FOR THIS THREAD AND ALL ITS PARTICIPANTS
>> No. 431476 Anonymous
18th October 2019
Friday 8:04 pm
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>>431475
Best wordfilter ever.
>> No. 431477 Anonymous
18th October 2019
Friday 8:31 pm
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>>431476
Try it the other way around.
>> No. 431501 Anonymous
19th October 2019
Saturday 2:13 pm
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>>431477
The Mrs didn't take to kindly to it.
>> No. 431502 Anonymous
19th October 2019
Saturday 2:17 pm
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>>431501

Did you have the one with the flanged base?

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>> No. 428949 Anonymous
19th July 2019
Friday 5:19 pm
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New weekend thread: Highland Toffee edition.

How goes it, lads? What are you up to this weekend?
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>> No. 431342 Anonymous
14th October 2019
Monday 11:11 am
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I had a very long dream this morning, but the most memorable moment of it was when I was a bit rude to Cillian Murphy about Peaky Blinders to which he bluntly and understandably told me "get your pen then". "Good advice" I thought on waking up.

Think he said pen, missed a trick otherwise.
>> No. 431471 Anonymous
18th October 2019
Friday 5:22 pm
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Expecting six parcels to be delivered today. Came home from work to find three outside my front door. Nice one, FedEx.
>> No. 431472 Anonymous
18th October 2019
Friday 5:52 pm
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>>431471
Extra points if on the tracking it said "Left safe".
>> No. 431495 Anonymous
19th October 2019
Saturday 12:25 pm
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There's a couple of women walking outside with prams, taking pictures every time there's a car parked on the pavement and they can't fit through. No doubt they're going to post them on a local Facebook group.
>> No. 431496 Anonymous
19th October 2019
Saturday 12:28 pm
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>>431495

You mean, crossing the road and getting between the cars?

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>> No. 431110 Anonymous
7th October 2019
Monday 9:05 am
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Where have all the knobheads gone?

If you went back ~10 years ago then it was wall to wall twats; you could barely move without bumping into one. I know people like Russell Brand are still about, but they're far less prominent. Why hasn't the next generation of knobheads risen up to take their place? Are they all on YouTube instead?
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>> No. 431193 Anonymous
10th October 2019
Thursday 12:13 am
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>>431192

This is just like, my opinion man but I think the OP was talking about very different knobheads to the knobheads you describe and deride in your post.

Groping women and doing cheeky lines didn't make one a knobhead in the zeitgeist the OP was talking about, in fact it made one a bit of a lad. In the relevant zeitgeist knobhead were in my opinion useless cunts who took every opportunity to discuss why the common man was awful, the common man being the bloke who did cheeky lines and groped women.

Can you imagine 2009 era Russell Brand doing cheeky lines and groping women? He was the opposite, an out and out knobhead who only existed to stop ordinary, decent, cocaine taking women gropers from going to work in their regular jobs with ridiculous protests for nebulous reasons.
>> No. 431196 Anonymous
10th October 2019
Thursday 1:44 am
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>>431193
2009 Russel Brand might not have done those things, but 2007 Russel Brand would have done it while his mate was on speakerphone to grandfather of the woman he was touching up, though probably not the cokecain bit. However, given what I found on his Wikipedia page, pic related, I don't imagine he's the judgemental sort. All those things I listed did make you a knobhead, it made you Dappy from Ndubz and it got you on Channel 4's Balls of Steel or mid era Big Brother.

Most people who reckon they're "a bit of a lad" are usually knobheads who are trying too hard. I don't know who you imagine was declaring that the "common man was awful" in 2009, but if it was anyone it was probably other common men who thought they were bringing standards down. You appear to be projecting some kind of deep sea fisherperson related irk back a few years too early.

As for "ridiculous protests for nebulous reasons", I imagine there were plenty about the then-recent global finance meltdown now known as the Great Recession and Brand himself did attend a anti-Gaza War protest, but that seems quite specific. Could you help me out by doing the same and getting more specific? Because right now you sound like a drunk Telegraph columnist.

I think the biggest hint the OP left us about whom he was speaking was the fact that Lee Collins is an apolitical woman botherer who twice won Loaded magazine's "LAFTA" award. I'm not sure how this fits into your description at all.
>> No. 431197 Anonymous
10th October 2019
Thursday 2:05 am
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>>431196

It seems to me that you're conflating apolitical in 2009 with apolitical in 2019. Back then being apolitical was the norm teenlad, nobody gave enough of a fuck to care about politics. It's only since austerity that the witch burners have become a voice in mainstream politics, successive Blair governments left the common mam with a decent enough lifestyle that being involved was a bit sad.

You can't judge a zeitgeist through wikipedia, wikipedia is designed to distort and distance itself from mood. What you're seeing re Dappy and Nduz is your own desire to project those beliefs on to a view from a neutral lens. One problem or positive aspect of wikipedia is the propensity to change its views in accordance with the zeitgeist. If you check the 2009 versions for the Dappt, Nduz or Big Brother articles you will come away with a very different viewpoint.

Refarding your specific question about Brand, I remember one incident in which he shut down half a dozen offices in a city centre, precenting hundreds of people going to work because of "the bankers the bonuses" which he later said he regretted because he was misinformed, those people were just normal people doing a job and he inconvenienced them for misinformed political ideals.

Again teenlad, and I call you that because while I respect your convictions I take issues with the experiences and understanding that led you to them, you're taking a single aspect of this LAFTAlad's character and projecting it on to what you believe is a template of knobhead behaviour. I do not believe this is knobhead behaviour, hence my replies in this thread, but maybe the OP will come along and shoot me out of the water in which case I will bow out of this thread and maybe start my own about what I believe knobhead to be. But for the record, I am arguing purely in OPfaith, I believe your views on what a knobhead is are directly opposed to the OP's views, while you are presenting yourself as in agreement with the OP.
>> No. 431199 Anonymous
10th October 2019
Thursday 9:22 am
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>>431197
You're talking so much shit. Fucking poncy cunt, get your head checked.
>> No. 431200 Anonymous
10th October 2019
Thursday 10:03 am
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>>431197
>"the bankers the bonuses"

I kind of miss when Question Time was ruined by this almost every week. It beats IIIWW.

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>> No. 431104 Anonymous
6th October 2019
Sunday 6:08 pm
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I'd like to have a thread dedicated to muscular women and beefy thighs, but I don't want it on /x/ because I want it to be work safe.
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>> No. 431105 Anonymous
6th October 2019
Sunday 6:09 pm
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>> No. 431106 Anonymous
6th October 2019
Sunday 6:24 pm
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I'm not sure this is work safe as it is m8.

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>> No. 430713 Anonymous
23rd September 2019
Monday 12:18 pm
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Boy, 12, nearly lost his testicles due to ‘bangcock’ school craze

https://metro.co.uk/2019/09/21/boy-12-nearly-lost-testicles-due-bangcock-school-craze-10785414/

What were the crazes when you were at school, lads?
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>> No. 430779 Anonymous
24th September 2019
Tuesday 6:56 pm
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>>430778
Not all of us live in Essex, m8.
>> No. 430804 Anonymous
25th September 2019
Wednesday 10:58 am
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>>430765>>430778
Mirth.
>> No. 430892 Anonymous
27th September 2019
Friday 7:17 pm
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You never see those fluffy pom-pom things with the googly eyes and sticky feet these days.
>> No. 430896 Anonymous
28th September 2019
Saturday 1:08 am
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>>430892

Fucking hell I'd forgotten about them. I had one on my CRT monitor for years as a teenlad, I don't even remember what that particular one was promoting. But he must have seen so much wanking.
>> No. 430897 Anonymous
28th September 2019
Saturday 4:38 am
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>>430713
> What were the crazes when you were at school, lads?

Nutmeg rush and "hunt the white man", mainly.

Then again I went to a central London school in the mid 90s.

Happy slapping to "increase the peace" came in a couple of years after I'd fucked off out of that particular cesspit.

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>> No. 430053 Anonymous
31st August 2019
Saturday 8:53 am
430053 Literal "what are you feeling right now" thread
Shamelessly stealing the very excellent idea from >>/101/28964

Here is a place to post utterly inane observations about your current state of being.

---Start---

I like birds but starlings are a massive noisy pain in the arse.
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>> No. 430477 Anonymous
13th September 2019
Friday 1:53 pm
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This is some CKII Zoroastrian shit ITT.
>> No. 430490 Anonymous
13th September 2019
Friday 11:53 pm
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>>430408
Fair enough. I'm not even sure if I would want to meet the guy by this point.


>>430440
>>430418
Well, this has been a whole thing. My parents never explicitly told me I was the child of a donor, but I figured it out eventually. I am a bit of a spergic cunt with no idea how to act normally, and it was somewhat exaggerated during my teen years; it really shit my dad up that I went ahead and requested the info without consulting him, but I felt like it was my right to know. Family has never been even remotely important to me, but I feel it could be catastrophic in families with a strong bond.

>>430451
As I said yesterday, you don't have to look that similar to look similar enough.



Genetics is a complex thing, though. I don't really think I look like anyone on my mum's side, but my grandfather died in 1985, and both my grandmother and grandfather's individual parents (I'm not sure how to word this without it sounding like they shared parents; they did not) died when they were young, so there are few, if any pictures of any of my direct male lineage.
>> No. 430493 Anonymous
14th September 2019
Saturday 11:37 am
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>>430490

>I am a bit of a spergic cunt with no idea how to act normally


With future designer babies, that shouldn't happen anymore.
>> No. 430494 Anonymous
14th September 2019
Saturday 1:42 pm
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>>430493
Thank fuck. The world doesn't need any more wastes of resources like me.
>> No. 430495 Anonymous
14th September 2019
Saturday 3:29 pm
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>>430494

That's the spirit.

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>> No. 427901 Anonymous
23rd June 2019
Sunday 8:43 pm
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Has anyone ever attempted to make a foodstuff that is 100% useful to your body where none of it will be shat out the other end?
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>> No. 430480 Anonymous
13th September 2019
Friday 3:37 pm
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>>430474
Why are you so obsessed with this? It's like the super dinosaur from Jurassic World 2, just a less efficient way of killing someone than shooting them. You're trying to reinvent the wheel.
>> No. 430481 Anonymous
13th September 2019
Friday 4:30 pm
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>>430480
Think about it, lad. If you shoot someone then people will know about it. If you create biological weapons from the guts of people with autism and release them undetected in say, Finland, then you could turn it into a country of barely communicative stunted spergs without anyone being any the wiser.
>> No. 430482 Anonymous
13th September 2019
Friday 4:50 pm
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And what are you going to do with it after, turn it into a zombie apocalypse theme park?
>> No. 430483 Anonymous
13th September 2019
Friday 5:06 pm
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>>430481

>people with autism and release them undetected in say, Finland

I was going to post a picture of Pertti Pasanen, but I fear the mods' wrath.
>> No. 430484 Anonymous
13th September 2019
Friday 5:10 pm
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>>430482
Take over the world.

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>> No. 429058 Anonymous
22nd July 2019
Monday 6:39 pm
429058 The absolute state of Britain
Why is Britain so heavily mocked by the internet, particularly the fringe right? Almost every right-leaning discussion space features torrents of comments all finding newer ways to attack Britain especially with regards to free speech and grooming gangs.

What do you suppose the problem could be? Are they all delusional or lying? Are they speaking uncomfortable truths?

(A good day to you Sir!)
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>> No. 429756 Anonymous
21st August 2019
Wednesday 2:11 pm
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>>429754

>I genuinely don't think I could tell you anything that happened in Germany between the Romans and the 20th century, apart from Martin Luther King and the odd composer


Germany had a very chequered history even before the 20th century. It's really fascinating when you read about it, because for much of the second millennium AD, it consisted of a multitude of small kingdoms, duchies, and counties which together made up the Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation, but were very distinct from each other and each had their own aristocratic rulers, which were also frequently at war with each other, such as during the Thirty Years' War in the 1600s. This German system of regional rivalry was called Kleinstaaterei, literally "smallstatery". The aristocratic regional rulers and their families had absolute power over their subjects, and it was not uncommon for them to own entire towns or villages and everything in them. Unlike the eventually emerging British system of constitutional monarchy, Germany held on to that kind of post-mediaeval feudal system much longer than most other European nations, until its class of aristocracy and nobility formally lost all its privileges for good in 1919 following Germany's WWI defeat, after which Germany became a constitutional democracy for the first time in its history. This long adherence to quasi-feudalism is also cited as one reason why Germany was a bit late to the party with industrialisation, as many of its citizens lived in agricultural serfdom to a local lord far longer than people in Britain, often into the early 1800s. There was no social mobility, and for a long time, as a serf, you effectively had to have permission from your lord to even travel outside the land that he owned.

In Britain, on the other hand, geographical and social mobility emerged much sooner, which counts as one reason why industrialisation was able to take hold by the mid-1800s, because the masses of labour that you needed for industrial manufacturing were much more readily available.
>> No. 429757 Anonymous
21st August 2019
Wednesday 2:17 pm
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>Wasn't the industrial revolution more of a British-led thing? I'm probably incredibly ignorant here.

It most certainly was, but a British lead part of wider European history.

There are times in history where the great cultural shifts are really lead by one nation the 18th and 19th shifts are that time for Britain.

>I genuinely don't think I could tell you anything that happened in Germany between the Romans and the 20th century

It gets a bit fuzzy as 'Germany' is a modern concept

The Holy Roman Empire is obviously a big deal and they were as into the crusades as we were. The Teutonic kinghts and Prussia were a significant player in their history but they were more heavily focused in what is now Poland and Lithuania.


speaking of the Baltic states one of the other key events that you've all missed was the Battle of Vienna which represents the high point and beginning of collapse of the Ottoman Empire essentially it was the key make or break stand for the Holy Roman Empire, which is noted for when Polish winged hussars arrived halfway though and attacked the Ottomans from the rear with the sun behind them which is where the charge at helms deep is believed to be based on in Lord of the Rings.
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>> No. 429759 Anonymous
21st August 2019
Wednesday 2:43 pm
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>>429757

>It gets a bit fuzzy as 'Germany' is a modern concept

That's certainly true. As I said, there was the Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation on the one hand, and all the regional rulers ultimately had to answer to the German Emperor, but the people and those regional rulers didn't consider themselves German, at least not as much as they saw themselves as Prussian, Hessian, or Bavarian. In its own way it was probably similar to the Scottish or Welsh today insisting on their own identity, but if you follow historical accounts, it was still much stronger than that in Germany.

It wasn't until the revolution of the late 1840s in Germany that the idea of a truly unified, as well as democratic Germany began to take hold, propagated mainly by young university students, as well as artists, authors and novelists of the German Romantic movement. The German Revolution of 1848 which embodied these ideals ultimately failed and the old powers were reinstated, but following the Franco-Prussian War of 1870/71, Germany was finally unified as such for the first time, with Berlin as the capital. Which was no accident, because even within the new German Empire, the Kingdom of Prussia was the dominant force. Germany itself wasn't just turned into one homogenous territory in 1871, and still remained divided up into regional kingdoms, but the German emperor had much greater power over them than previously.
>> No. 430167 Anonymous
4th September 2019
Wednesday 5:55 am
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The main thing that's worth knowing about the continent in much more recent history is what occurred in 1870. The Franco-Prussian war shifted the continental balance of power from France, to Germany, and this had truly profound effects. France had been in hot water for a while and Bismarck took advantage of France's obvious internal strife so as to attempt a unification of the Germanic peoples. Britain was certainly powerful, but we've rarely ever had any true aspirations for holding land on the continent, and France had stopped all that after Napoleon; which was why Britain and France were finally able to put to rest their ancient bugbears (well, on the battlefield, at least).

In my opinion, the conditions that set the stage of WWI, WWII and the eventual rise of America as the world's dominant power truly began with the Franco-Prussian war. The timeline of it is almost immediate. Germany went from a power that was almost deleted by Napoleon, to one suddenly capable of matching France, Britain, Austria, Russia, what have you in industrial and military might. And the French were mighty pissed off over the Franco-Prussian war...

I'm not making any moral judgements, I frankly get annoyed when people start getting all moral over the colonial era (this kind of moralising is very common on certain places I'm sure I don't need to name); but it IS interesting from a purely historical standpoint. The world certainly wouldn't look the same if France had actually beaten back the Germans (and perhaps, hypothetically, there'd have been no world wars).
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7th September 2019
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>>430167

>The Franco-Prussian war shifted the continental balance of power from France, to Germany, and this had truly profound effects

France never really recovered after the demise of Napoleon's leadership. The Napoleonic Wars not only weakened France due to the internal power vacuum that ensued when he was gone, but also, the emerging powers of nationalist Germany and Austro-Hungaria certainly didn't make things on the Continent much easier for the French. The defeat in the Franco-Prussian War 1871 was then not really a shock to anyone in that respect, but certainly cemented what was going to be a crucial point in the already steady decline of France's dominance over Europe, which lasted into the early 20th century and at least until Germany was defeated in WWI.


>The world certainly wouldn't look the same if France had actually beaten back the Germans (and perhaps, hypothetically, there'd have been no world wars

There were always struggles for dominance over continental Europe, and if Germany had been defeated in the Franco-Prussian War, maybe France itself would have started a multi-national conflict of its own, perhaps instigated by radical forces wanting to reinstate quasi-Napoleonic rule over Europe. Somebody would have started a war sooner or later either way.

WWII also probably would have happened anyway, with or without Hitler at the helm. Germany was one of the world's hardest hit countries by the 1929 stock market crash and the ensuing Great Depression, because foreign investment and loans from American banks were really the crucial backbone in allowing Germany to prosper in the 1920s. Once all those banks and investment firms had taken a beating when financial markets fell off a cliff around 1929-1930, it spelled vast unemployment for Germans, more so than for most other European countries. And radicals, any radical, will always have the easiest time getting the masses behind them when those masses are down and out of a job. If it hadn't been for Hitler, then very likely it would not have meant that Germany wasn't in danger of being taken over by other like-minded radical reactionary forces. Who at some point probably would have tried to restore Germany's former hegemonial power in just the same way. Maybe without killing six million Jews and dreaming of Lebensraum in Russia, because that was mainly Hitler's hobby horse, but still, a war was likely either way.

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>> No. 430247 Anonymous
5th September 2019
Thursday 9:17 pm
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Does anyone have experience of sleeping rough or even just a bit of hardcore camping? Seems things have gone that way so any tips and advice would be much appriciated.
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>> No. 430273 Anonymous
6th September 2019
Friday 2:39 pm
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The advice in >>430253 is excellent, and shows that, despite the best efforts of the austerity crew, there does still exist a safety net to prevent homelessness.

I'd also recommend OP gets down to the Job Centre. No joke. For all their faults, which are many, they will help you get some advance cash on Universal Credit or JSA and they will put you in touch with people who can sort out your Housing Benefit and make sure you stay housed.

I have worked in the Job Centre and I know they have what seem like hard rules (needing an address and a bank account) but these can and will be bent if someone is facing homelessness. Just tell them your situation and then play the game: turning up on time, hitting your head against their slow, poorly-designed web interface, and being well-behaved; I know that all their systems are basically designed to frustrate those who use them, but you have to go through the motions if you want that cash.
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6th September 2019
Friday 7:10 pm
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>>430265

In case you haven't left yet - don't. You're only entitled to housing support from the local authority where you normally live, or have a "substantial local connection". If you turn up in a random area, the council have no legal obligation to help you. You'll still get support from charitable organisations, but you'll find it much harder to access permanent housing; there's a good chance that the council will just buy you a coach ticket to send you back to wherever you came from.
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6th September 2019
Friday 11:28 pm
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>>430286
>the council will just buy you a coach ticket to send you back to wherever you came from.

I am absolutely disgusted that the people I pay to (pay others to ) empty my bins are just a bunch of lowbrow sectarians.
>> No. 430301 Anonymous
7th September 2019
Saturday 9:31 am
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Alright, I'm now deeply embarrassed by this thread's existence. I'd like to apologise for wasting everyone's time and thank them for all the earnest advice they provided.
>> No. 430308 Anonymous
7th September 2019
Saturday 11:36 am
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I've heard it best to sleep during the day and move at night, to help preserve body heat. I once overheard a tramp advising another to sleep atop a cliff because, apparently, the cliff funnels the wind upwards and away from you - maybe that was just local knowledge.

>>430301
Tell us the story. What happened?

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>> No. 429895 Anonymous
26th August 2019
Monday 10:05 am
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Any of you lads find British suburbia deathly boring?

Life can't all be action film stunts and fast-paced living, but the thought of returning to my suburban hometown from London fills me with dread. Even when I go back to visit family for a week or so I get bored almost instantly.

Nothing ever changes, small town mentality takes over, what the neighbour bought for their new car becomes the topic of conversation and there's not much to do. I don't mean in the sense that 'there's no vegan cafe that makes food out of recycled compost' things to do, I mean there's literally nothing to do really that I haven't done a million times before. People at home mock how their mortgage on a three bed semi is less than my monthly rent but what they don't understand is that's because nobody wants to live there. I know that I'm being as annoying by sneering at them.

I know I'll have to relent and move back one day as I can't afford to live in London forever but I don't know how to get past this mental block. I could move abroad, but I guess their suburbias are the same too.

Any of you lads in a similar boat? What are your plans? How did you get over it? Or more practically, how do I sneer at the idea less?


Pic related: The kind of place I imagine when I say this.
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>> No. 430268 Anonymous
6th September 2019
Friday 1:04 pm
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>>430246
Do you know how much emissions diesel trains pump out? I sincerely hope you're sticking to electrified lines.
>> No. 430269 Anonymous
6th September 2019
Friday 2:10 pm
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>>430268

Do you know how much of a zealous bore you sound like?
>> No. 430270 Anonymous
6th September 2019
Friday 2:14 pm
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>>430269

Almost as though that's deliberate or something.
>> No. 430274 Anonymous
6th September 2019
Friday 2:44 pm
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>>430270

If there was supposed to be a nod and a wink of sarcasm I assure you it was lost in the crap delivery.
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6th September 2019
Friday 2:53 pm
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>>430268
Stick yourself to some electrified lines.

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>> No. 429948 Anonymous
26th August 2019
Monday 7:56 pm
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I've got a couple of hundred pounds of vinyl records, no interest in keeping them any longer, most which was purchased from charity shops, record shops I never went to again or given as a gift. Where exactly do I get rid of it? There are about half a dozen different options online and I can't say which is best, but I was thinking perhaps someone here could.
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>> No. 429950 Anonymous
26th August 2019
Monday 8:11 pm
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If you want to turn it into a fun day out, you could take your record collection to a record fair.

https://sites.google.com/site/recordfairsuk/

It's kind of more a niche thing these days for connaisseurs and enthusiasts, but it could be a good way to get rid of a few of your records, and meet interesting people in the process.

Back before the Internet and when music still came on physical formats, I went to those kinds of things regularly, mainly to find rare CDs that were out of print, or obscure one-hit wonders.
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26th August 2019
Monday 8:47 pm
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If you want the best price for it, Discogs. If you just want it out of the house, sell it as a job lot on eBay - a dealer or collector will happily buy your entire record collection, but obviously won't pay top dollar for it.
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26th August 2019
Monday 9:40 pm
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>>429952

> a dealer or collector will happily buy your entire record collection, but obviously won't pay top dollar for it.

Not OP, but that would probably always leave me with the nagging thought in the back of my head that maybe I gave away some sort of rare collector's item for cheap which would really have been worth something.

In any case, it won't hurt to go through all those records one by one and check if there are some among them that could fetch a good price if sold separately. Collector's items that are sought after by true fans often look quite inconspicuous to the untrained eye.
>> No. 429956 Anonymous
26th August 2019
Monday 10:35 pm
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Oh, I did that very thing earlier this afternoon, gave them little price tags everything, and a few of them could fetch quite a handsome price. It won't buy me solid gold socks or anything, but I'd be quite gutted if I'd sold them wholesale only to find out one or two cost that much on by themselves. Plus I really don't like record shops, I don't think I've been in one that didn't feel about as welcoming as a midnight stroll through a decidedly shady estate. As such I'm reluctant to support their continued renaissance.

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>>429952
I think I'll list them on Discogs, maybe do another listing somewhere like Gumtree so if anyone nearby wants any they can just come and get it.

There's a Monty Python one that's stuck together somehow, which Python would most believably have cummed in a vinyl sleeve do you think? I think might kind of backstory might be the only way to get any real money for it.
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26th August 2019
Monday 11:37 pm
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>>429956

>There's a Monty Python one that's stuck together somehow, which Python would most believably have cummed in a vinyl sleeve do you think? I think might kind of backstory might be the only way to get any real money for it.


Definitely John Cleese.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ne2wkgb7fVo

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