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>> No. 28571 Anonymous
17th May 2019
Friday 1:05 am
/101/28571 Minor Rants and Piss-Offs, Mark VIII
It appears largethreadmodlad has also locked the previous iteration of this thread; Mark VIII it is, then.

I take perfect care of my nails. I don't bite them, I cut in the standard flat formation every 3-5 days, and scrub under them in the shower. So why the actual fuck are my cuticles bleeding? Putting the plaster over to catch the blood means I can't play my bass properly, and that pisses me off.
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>> No. 33602 Anonymous
2nd October 2022
Sunday 3:01 pm
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I had to go all the way to urbandictionary to find out what FUPA means.

I have actually been in the sack with somebody who was decidedly on the portly side. Not something I'd like to repeat. Best left to dedicated chubby chasers.
>> No. 33603 Anonymous
3rd October 2022
Monday 10:01 am
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Even the preview image turns my stomach. Obesity at this point is a lifestyle choice based on lack of discipline if it isn't caused by an underlying health issue.
>> No. 33604 Anonymous
3rd October 2022
Monday 12:15 pm
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No it's not, you're wrong. And before you say owt, I'm 5 foot 11 inches tall and 10 stone.
>> No. 33605 Anonymous
3rd October 2022
Monday 12:39 pm
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Fat girls can be pretty, it's not out of the realms of possibility. But they appear to have intentionally made that picture a caricature of an ugly pig nosed porker.

I blame hipsters for everything. They destroyed culture. Nowadays, anything that's wrong is the new right. Ugly is the new attractive, to be force fed to you in woke Amazon shows and forecast shipping videogames. Empty contrarianism as the basis of a value system.
>> No. 33606 Anonymous
3rd October 2022
Monday 1:17 pm
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Why are you obese?


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>> No. 96261 Anonymous
8th July 2022
Friday 10:25 pm
/pol/96261 Tory Leadership Breakdown (2022)
Who's gonna' win? Who's gonna' lose?

Every former cabinet bod is running by the looks of it. I heard the 1922 Committee wanted to set some rules to make sure that didn't happen, but Kemi Badenoch just announced her bid so I think that ship's sailed.
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>> No. 96899 Anonymous
3rd October 2022
Monday 12:26 am
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Laura Kuenssberg's new show was pretty much advertised as being deliberately non-confrontational. "We know what the people want, and the people are fed up with arguments and shouting, so let's just have a polite chat about government policy instead with the ministers who decide it." I've never been one of these people who believe Laura Kuenssberg is a Tory stooge, but she certainly gets the scoops she gets because she is very friendly with government people, and that friendliness can sometimes result in favourable, non-confrontational coverage.

Anyway, if even Laura Kuenssberg is chatting shit straight to your face, you're done for.
>> No. 96900 Anonymous
3rd October 2022
Monday 7:23 am
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>Chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng is expected to make a statement in the next hour, reversing the proposed scrapping of the 45p rate of income tax, 10 days after it was announced in the mini-budget.

>The U-turn comes after several Tory MPs voiced their opposition to the plan. Government sources are yet to comment on the reports. Ex-cabinet minister Grant Shapps had warned Liz Truss would lose a Commons vote on the proposal.
>> No. 96901 Anonymous
3rd October 2022
Monday 7:36 am
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It's impressive stuff. They'd managed to piss off every demographic barring the wealthy until now. BINGO!
>> No. 96902 Anonymous
3rd October 2022
Monday 12:41 pm
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Apparently the pound has "surged" back up to the heady heights of 1.12 USD this morning. Does that mean it was all a false alarm?
>> No. 96903 Anonymous
3rd October 2022
Monday 1:03 pm
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I'm confident that would have happened anyway. Our output is still the same, our exports are the same, our employment rate is the same. Lots of people saw how dumb it was to make wild maverick announcements that the Bank of England would then have to fight against, and they made the very easy gamble that the pound would crash. So many people made that gamble that it crashed the pound even further. It was always going to go back up again once they'd all made their profits. Also, how is the dollar doing? If the dollar is going down, as it might be if exports are now more expensive, then our own currency would appear to be going up relative to it.


>> No. 31683 Anonymous
10th March 2021
Wednesday 7:27 pm
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Almost all young women in the UK have been sexually harassed, survey finds

Virtually all young women in the UK have been subjected to sexual harassment, according to a survey from UN Women UK, which warns that most women have lost faith that the abuse will be dealt with. Among women aged 18-24, 97% said they had been sexually harassed, while 80% of women of all ages said they had experienced sexual harassment in public spaces.

Should we, as a gender, be doing more to tackle sexual harassment?
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>> No. 39449 Anonymous
3rd October 2022
Monday 8:35 am
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Men under 30 are less accepting of women’s rights

Men under 30 are less accepting of women’s rights than their older counterparts, a new study suggests.

The EU-wide study suggests that while Western democracies have become increasingly gender-equal over the past decades, there is a more recent “backlash against gender equality in the form of rising modern sexism”.

Furthermore, young men are more likely to see women’s progress at their expense and the trend is most prominent in areas with high unemployment and less trust in institutions, according to the findings. Researchers from the Department of Political Science at Sweden’s Gothenburg University, found that young men see themselves as being in competition with women and are therefore more likely to vote in favour of right-wing, anti-fisherperson political candidates.

Gefjon Off, a PhD student, who worked on the research, said: “Some people believe that increased gender equality only benefits women and do not see the benefits for society as a whole. Some research suggests that this feeling of injustice can even motivate citizens to vote for right-wing radical parties who are against feminism and sexual freedom.”
>> No. 39450 Anonymous
3rd October 2022
Monday 9:55 am
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>"Some people believe that increased gender equality only benefits women and do not see the benefits for society as a whole."

You'd think backing female autonomy would get women on side with fighting eskimo oppression or trans-exclusionary rhetoric or whatever the bogeyman of the day is for the right.

The only benefit I can see from their perspective of curtailing womens rights is to slowly shift the Overton window towards authoritarianism / state control over the individual. Part of me wants to believe that's just paranoia though.
>> No. 39451 Anonymous
3rd October 2022
Monday 10:01 am
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>Furthermore, young men are more likely to see women’s progress at their expense and the trend is most prominent in areas with high unemployment and less trust in institutions, according to the findings.
This is true though. Young women are doing better than young men on everything.
>> No. 39452 Anonymous
3rd October 2022
Monday 10:55 am
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Not at giving blowjobs.
>> No. 39453 Anonymous
3rd October 2022
Monday 12:18 pm
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This study is quite clearly ideologically biased, that doesn't make for good science.

Either way stuff like this is quite typical of the broader liberal inability to grapple with the reasons their political project is rapidly failing to maintain dominance. Instead of engaging with the evidence and understanding why they are losing support, they always make up some bogeyman to shift the blame, for misleading people away from the self evident truth and righteousness of feminism, LGBTQIA++, racecraft, etc.

What a shame.


>> No. 444214 Anonymous
7th June 2021
Monday 6:05 pm
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Lads, I've just opened my packet of mozzarella sticks and there were 13 in there rather than the 12 there's supposed to be.

I thought I'd share my outrageous good fortune with you in the hope that my good luck rubs off on you. If it does, let me know.
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>> No. 445876 Anonymous
22nd August 2021
Sunday 6:38 pm
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Today's pack of mozzarella sticks contained 13. Let the good times roll.
>> No. 448673 Anonymous
31st December 2021
Friday 6:49 pm
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McDonald's missed a large fries off, so they re-did the entire order plus the fries they missed first time round. I am stuffed.
>> No. 454573 Anonymous
2nd October 2022
Sunday 12:51 pm
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I went to Morrisons and someone had left their 5p off a litre of fuel voucher at the till, so thanks to that I've saved £1.05 when filling up my car.
>> No. 454574 Anonymous
2nd October 2022
Sunday 1:59 pm
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I got two packs of Gruyère for the price of one because one of the labels stuck the packs together, and the packers presumably didn't have the time or the fucks to separate them.
>> No. 454575 Anonymous
3rd October 2022
Monday 12:14 am
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>> No. 5128 Anonymous
14th August 2022
Sunday 8:21 pm
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Walter Lewin's physics lectures. They're some of the best lectures on physics.

8.01x - MIT Physics I: Classical Mechanics

8.02x - MIT Physics II: Electricity and Magnetism

8.03 - MIT Physics III: Vibrations and Waves
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>> No. 5134 Anonymous
15th September 2022
Thursday 8:56 pm
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>> No. 5135 Anonymous
15th September 2022
Thursday 10:36 pm
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Watching some of those feels like tearing perforated paper.
>> No. 5141 Anonymous
1st October 2022
Saturday 9:53 pm
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>> No. 5142 Anonymous
2nd October 2022
Sunday 2:25 pm
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Hint: Put the closed captions on


>> No. 36687 Anonymous
21st January 2022
Friday 7:58 pm
/news/36687 Ukraine Crisis
Let's take a break from Thatcherlad arguing with Marxlad and talk about geopolitics. So what do we reckon about this year's bi-annual lurching forward of the doomsday clock?

I think this is a pretty sensible breakdown.

Standing back from the situation it seems obvious that US led brinkmanship and almost psychopathic foreign policy only makes a bad situation worse. The extent to which the media portrays Russia as the unambiguous bad guys while NATO continues to push them borders on completely delusional, like saying the sky is green or the sea is made of sand. Russia and Putin are no saints by any means, but what did we (the West) expect by constantly encroaching on their security interests?

The UK and EU badly need to distance themselves from America, I feel like they are going to become dangerous friends to have if moments like this and China's overtures on Taiwan play out as their own Suez crisis.
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>> No. 39444 Anonymous
1st October 2022
Saturday 2:54 pm
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>He didn't just throw darts at a map and happen to land on Ukraine, there were geopolitical ambitions in addition to his own domestic agenda.

Ukraine was the line in the sand of NATO eastern expansion for Putin. Ukraine is the cradle of Russian culture. The whole of Russia is named after the Kievan Rus, a mediaeval country which covered most of present-day Ukraine and extended northwards to the White Sea. To a nationalist like Putin with neo-imperialist aspirations, this matters a great deal. And many Russians still today will tell you that Russians and Ukrainians are "brothers". And to see Ukraine increasingly being incorporated into Western power structures and thus drawn out of Russia's sphere of influence was something that Putin wasn't just going to accept without a fight.

You still have to take the idea with a grain of salt that Eastern European countries freely chose to join NATO. Yes, especially the smaller countries were afraid that Russia would just overrun them. And not without reason. Russia invaded Lithuania in 1990 when the country formally declared its independence. But what is often overlooked is the fact that after the fall of the Iron Curtain, the Americans in particular spent billions in those former Warsaw Pact states and Soviet republics influencing and fostering emerging new power structures that were friendly both towards the West and Western capitalism as well as towards NATO. The U.S. still today entertains plenty of NGOs and lobbying organisations in those countries to ensure that public opinion is generally favourable towards the West and NATO.

As Henry Kissinger said - democracy is too important to be left to the votes of the people.
>> No. 39445 Anonymous
1st October 2022
Saturday 6:14 pm
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They hit on an interesting question - the oblasts that Putin has annexed aren't even fully under his military control. He'll practically have to redraw their borders in order to be able to shut out Ukrainian forces. Everything else would lead to a war of attrition which could see Putin losing them again after all. Not to mention that it's muddying the waters of what really constitutes an attack on Russian territory, when some of it is de facto still held by Ukraine.
>> No. 39446 Anonymous
1st October 2022
Saturday 8:08 pm
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Before the war the government was looking for cheeky ways of doing just that even though the islanders were very clear that they weren't interested. Argentina really fucked up by starting a war and transforming the islands from an inconvenience Britain would like to be rid of to a mid-life crisis coping aid it can't do without.
>> No. 39447 Anonymous
2nd October 2022
Sunday 12:21 pm
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I think this refutes the notion that Putin is looking for an easy way out. Including so much Ukrainian-controlled territory within the borders of the annexed oblasts creates a completely unnecessary complication with any hypothetical negotiation. Maybe he included that territory so he'd have something to offer the Ukrainian negotiators, but that'd make it much harder to sell any resulting treaty as a Russian success - he'd be "handing back" what he has loudly told the Russian people is land that now belongs to Russia.


All good lies start with a grain of truth. Putin's arguments about Ukraine being a natural part of Russia that has been colonised by NATO is just plausible enough to sell to the Russian people. Russians are naturally cynical, they're habituated to reading between the lines of any official statement, but that also makes them easy prey for conspiracy theories.
>> No. 39448 Anonymous
2nd October 2022
Sunday 1:37 pm
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It's difficult to get accurate information about what's actually in Putin's decree to annex those regions, but it appears that Putin did declare the entire oblasts respectively as new Russian territory, and he doesn't have full military control over any of them.

This would actually mean that to the Russians, any fighting by Ukrainian troops within the boundaries of those oblasts now constitutes an attack on Russian territory, however invalid the referendum was. It's mainly a dilemma for Putin, because you could argue that he's already not following through with his threats to defend the new territories by all means necessary.

On the other hand, it could give him reason to escalate further, by giving Ukrainian troops an ultimatum to leave those areas, or else. But even then, it's hard to imagine that the Ukrainians would just leave the areas again that they've just reclaimed.


>> No. 66920 Billbob
12th October 2020
Monday 9:55 am
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Do you even respect the war if you're not wearing a poppy yet?
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>> No. 71346 Ambulancelad
2nd October 2022
Sunday 10:45 am
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That link links to 15 articles about multiple people, there's probably an architect and a law in there somewhere.
>> No. 71347 R4GE
2nd October 2022
Sunday 10:59 am
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No wonder you dropped out of a career in research
>> No. 71348 Anonymous
2nd October 2022
Sunday 11:11 am
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I tried to sign up for the course but couldn't find it.
>> No. 71349 Ambulancelad
2nd October 2022
Sunday 12:48 pm
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I've had a look at a few of those links and it's people getting actual jobs like sustainability consultant, working for the wwf or creating online games where the ad revenue gets paid to charities.

I'm not sure if maddie budd fits into that category. I don't think you can even a living wearing t-shirts saying end uk private jets and pouring your effluents over a memorial.
>> No. 71350 Are Moaty
2nd October 2022
Sunday 1:00 pm
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And yet if I asked a 21-year-old girl to cover me in her piss and shit, I would be the weird one.


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>> No. 23449 Anonymous
16th December 2020
Wednesday 11:00 pm
/v/23449 What are you watching right now?
I suppose we need a /v/ equivalent of the /e/ and /beat/ threads.

I've started watching Life on Mars again, but this time in HD on Netflix, and have only just realised it was filmed on... film. That or transferred to film and re-digitised for Netflix. The version Netflix has is absolutely covered in dust marks.
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>> No. 24550 Anonymous
29th September 2022
Thursday 2:17 pm
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Bojack Horseman? It's about a whacky cartoon horse who hates himself because he's a bad person. Surprisingly uplifting.
>> No. 24551 Anonymous
29th September 2022
Thursday 9:42 pm
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>>24545 The Blue Jam radio series is like therapy for me. It's brilliant Chris Morris comedy mainly about people having breakdowns set to great music. I go back to it every few years when the world gets too much.
>> No. 24552 Anonymous
29th September 2022
Thursday 10:08 pm
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>> No. 24553 Anonymous
30th September 2022
Friday 7:27 pm
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I enjoyed the TV series a lot even if sometimes it did feel like they were strugling to stretch the episodes out to twenty five mintues
The opening theme has been stuck in my head for a full week now
>> No. 24554 Anonymous
2nd October 2022
Sunday 11:27 am
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>they were strugling to stretch the episodes out to twenty five mintues
Oh absolutely. They should have been shorts.


>> No. 1277 Anonymous
4th July 2010
Sunday 1:26 am
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Awright lads. Anyone fae Edinburgh?
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>> No. 3581 Anonymous
10th September 2020
Thursday 9:35 pm
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When this thread bumped again I remember vaguely I wrote this post but was surprised it was only last year I was expecting at least 3. I can remember posts from years before much more vividly. Funny how memory works.
>> No. 3602 Anonymous
1st August 2021
Sunday 8:21 pm
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>Anyone get up to much during the Fringe this year?

Bumped for the yet again non-existent 2021 audience.
>> No. 3707 Anonymous
1st October 2022
Saturday 1:55 pm
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>Anyone get up to much during the Fringe this year?

Bumped for the 2022 audience.
>> No. 3708 Anonymous
2nd October 2022
Sunday 10:46 am
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Didn't Fringe happen already? There was a fuss because the council workers were striking and some well meaning but poor thinking acts tried to scab.
>> No. 3709 Anonymous
2nd October 2022
Sunday 11:24 am
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Are you joking? Nobody can afford to get a train ticket to Edinburgh any more.


>> No. 452420 Anonymous
9th July 2022
Saturday 8:02 am
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New weekend thread.

It's going to reach about 30° tomorrow. Godspeed, lads.
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>> No. 454565 Anonymous
30th September 2022
Friday 9:12 pm
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Wake up babe, new Georg just dropped.
>> No. 454566 Anonymous
30th September 2022
Friday 11:04 pm
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Sarah Millican is on the new series of Taskmaster. I hope there are plenty of tasks that involve bouncing and jiggling.
>> No. 454567 Anonymous
30th September 2022
Friday 11:30 pm
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Fat Stewart Lee, as acknowledged in his new iPlayer show Tornado, looks exactly like fat Jim Davidson. He doesn't acknowledge that but it's true.
>> No. 454571 Anonymous
1st October 2022
Saturday 11:14 pm
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I started crying because I love Rocco Botte so much just now.
>> No. 454572 Anonymous
2nd October 2022
Sunday 10:37 am
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Fuck, now he's going to take twice as long to get to the joke because of his COPD. I can't wait 40 minutes.


>> No. 5456 Anonymous
4th April 2014
Friday 3:02 am
/lit/5456 Vurt
This was really good.
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>> No. 7416 Anonymous
1st September 2022
Thursday 2:18 pm
7416 The Oregon Trail, Francis Parkman, 1849
This is a real travel journal from a Harvard grad who explores the wild west.

It is from the period where native indian tribes ("savages") still roamed the endless prarie and hunted the countless buffalo. The author kills plenty of buffalo himself, mostly just for fun, and because they are ugly and there are so many of them. He also has various interesting encounters with different varieties of indian, and with the settlers heading along the oregon trail to the west coast.

I thought it was very well written and I enjoyed it.

Pic related, the author.
>> No. 7418 Anonymous
1st September 2022
Thursday 6:13 pm
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An anti-war classic, I first found out about it after watching the music video to Metallica's "One", then watching the movie, and finally buying the book.

The book is written in kind of a continuous stream of consciousness style, often even without much punctuation, which sometimes makes it confusing and all over the place. But it contains many stark and highly quotable passages about the horrors of war.
>> No. 7426 Anonymous
24th September 2022
Saturday 11:24 am
7426 Voyage around the world, Bougainville, 1766 - 1769
A captain's journal from one of the first sailing expeditions around the world. Interesting observations of Buenos Aires, The Falkland islands, Tierra del Fuego, Tahiti and Indonesia. Also lots of rather boring nautical observations about location and the depth of the sea.

As part of the voyage the captain delivers the Falklands from the French to the Spanish, and the English translator (translation done in 1772) leaves an angry note claiming the English discovered them first.

This journal is apparently where Tahiti got its reputation as a free loving paradise. The sailors arrive there and are promptly invited to have group sex with the wives of the natives. The captain seems rather a prude though and the descriptions of these events are disappointingly brief.
>> No. 7427 Anonymous
27th September 2022
Tuesday 10:55 pm
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This was weird. Not good weird or bad weird, just weird.

Mr Phillips is a middle aged accountant who has been made redundant but hasn't been able to let his family know, so the following Monday he pretends to go to work but aimlessly meanders around London instead. If you want to read about a man trying to mentally work out how many women in the country have appeared on page three or how many people have both bungee jumped and had anal sex then this is the book for you. The sexual obsession includes a passage on getting a waft of his wife's cunt-whiff while they're spooning in bed together and Mr Phillips feeling a twitch in his cock while he watches a couple of girls play tennis.

I don't think it helped that the cover repeatedly mentioned how funny the book was, but I didn't find that to be the case. There's lots of observations on the mundane but the only part I found remotely amusing was the plot of the porno he watched in a sex shop.
>> No. 7428 Anonymous
1st October 2022
Saturday 9:25 am
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I'm going to have to stop reading the reviews on the cover because, as with Mr Phillips, this has left me with the wrong expectations before reading the book. It's not really a humorous book and it shouldn't be promoted as such. The story is well crafted and easy to read but a lot of the witticisms didn't land for me.

Animal Lovers is a tale about a man whose wife leaves him to go and live about a hundred miles away at a protest camp against the badger cull, so he decides to join as well in the hope of winning her back. Ultimately this story is about his flaws, his delusions, his self destructive tendencies and general cynicism whilst being very non-committal about making anything of his life. There's very little depth to the cast of supporting characters or actual protesting itself, which are only really there as the background to move the plot along; the setting could easily have been about something else without having any real impact on the story.


>> No. 452571 Anonymous
18th July 2022
Monday 6:48 am
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New weekday thread: apocalyptic edition.
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>> No. 454553 Anonymous
29th September 2022
Thursday 2:37 pm
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My card got declined once because BT fucked up my direct debit and my account bounced. They had some kind of glitch in the system and the amount they charged was many times what I normally pay every month. Customer service were helpful though and got back to me after two days apologising and telling me they couldn't fully explain what happened, but that they'd make sure it wouldn't happen again. And it hasn't.
>> No. 454561 Anonymous
30th September 2022
Friday 4:47 pm
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Apparently it's a thing amongst the youth whereby if someone tries to give you a fistbump you grab their hand and say cabbage.
>> No. 454562 Anonymous
30th September 2022
Friday 5:02 pm
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And then what? Do you have to do a forfeit or something if you get cabbaged?
>> No. 454564 Anonymous
30th September 2022
Friday 6:53 pm
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I think he just made a joke elsewhere on this site and now he's trying to get someone to fistbump him. Don't fall for his lies.
>> No. 454568 Anonymous
1st October 2022
Saturday 8:51 am
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>someone is to grab their fist when they offer it for a fist bump. the term was coined because the created ball is said to look like a cabbage. cabbage must be said after cabbaging someone.

>Your child approaches and offers you a fist bump. Again, due to a feeling of joy at a shared moment between two generations, you gladly participate. At this point, they swiftly open their hand, grab your fist and shout “cabbage!”


>> No. 4633 Anonymous
1st August 2010
Sunday 2:24 pm
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Look at this fucking thing, /nom/. Gaze upon it.

Fucking yum.

(It's five or six inches in diameter, in case the scale isn't obvious.)
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>> No. 15289 Anonymous
24th September 2022
Saturday 9:37 pm
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Ahh I believe that's a dryads saddle.
>> No. 15290 Anonymous
24th September 2022
Saturday 9:49 pm
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It might be a Dryad's Saddle, cerioporus squamosus.

Wikipedia says it's edible when young, but older specimens soon become unsavoury because they assume a rubbery, corklike texture.

Disclaimer: DO NOT, under any circumstances, infer from this that I'm saying you're ok to eat them.
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24th September 2022
Saturday 10:25 pm
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Yes this. is my first point of call for identifying edible mushrooms.
They say its better dried as used as a mushroom stock rather than eaten whole.

(Don't just go on youtube, as well as the usual problem of people who don't know what they're talking about, you also have the more specific problem of mushrooms being very localised and what's safe to eat in one country has poisonous lookalikes in different regions.)
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24th September 2022
Saturday 10:54 pm
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>you also have the more specific problem of mushrooms being very localised and what's safe to eat in one country has poisonous lookalikes in different regions.

I've read that a lot of people from eastern Europe who come here mistake the destroying angel or even a more pale coloured specimen of the death cap for the bearded amanita which grows there but not here, and is a popular edible mushroom in those countries. So yeah, always be careful.

We once went mushroom foraging in Majorca in autumn, we encountered loads of mushrooms in the mountains there, but decided to pass on almost all of them because we had no real idea what they were. We did find a shedload of chanterelles in one area, so we decided to take just those.
>> No. 15299 Anonymous
1st October 2022
Saturday 2:24 am
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Found some pennybun, larch boletes and parasols tonight.

Parasols have a distinct nut flavour, somewhere between peanut and hazelnut. Tasted kind of weird together with the other ones. I know they are much appreciated by other mushroom foragers, but I don't think I'll eat them again.


>> No. 51150 Anonymous
8th October 2013
Tuesday 9:23 pm
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Young adults in England have scored among the lowest results in the industrialised world in international literacy and numeracy tests.

A major study by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) shows how England's 16 to 24-year-olds are falling behind their Asian and European counterparts. England is 22nd for literacy and 21st for numeracy out of 24 countries.

Unlike other developed countries, the study also showed that young people in England are no better at these tests than older people, in the 55 to 65 age range. When this is weighted with other factors, such as the socio-economic background of people taking the test, it shows that England is the only country in the survey where results are going backwards - with the older cohort better than the younger.

Cue lots of finger pointing and nothing changing.
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>> No. 96077 Anonymous
27th June 2022
Monday 11:43 pm
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Quite right that getting educated is a fundamentally good thing, but we do need to draw the distinction between that and getting an education, especially nowadays when any cunt can download a copy of Ashcroft and Mermin from libgen and teach themselves solid state physics at their own pace, probably to greater effect than most universities could. I'm saying this as a career academic, higher education is little more than a qualification-printing service and most of the genuinely smart people I've known in science and in life have been self-taught.
>> No. 96078 Anonymous
27th June 2022
Monday 11:55 pm
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It's a good thing universities teach how to learn, think critically and research then.
>> No. 96079 Anonymous
28th June 2022
Tuesday 3:50 am
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>Truly reaching for the starts there aren't you.

Most people who work in an office are engaged in routine clerical work. They might not think that it's routine clerical work, but they're basically an algorithm in an easy-iron shirt. You have to go a long way up the org chart before you find people who actually have meaningful autonomy; practically everyone else just turns a predictable set of inputs into a predictable set of outputs.


>It's a good thing universities teach how to learn, think critically and research then.

If they're actually trying to do that, then they're failing miserably. Everyone I know who uses scientific literature as a resource has a very poor opinion of academia due to the incredibly poor signal-to-noise ratio of supposedly prestigious journals. It's very rare to find a paper that is actually replicable. At best, no more than 5% of papers contain even a crumb of useful data - the rest are just concoctions of bad statistics, undocumented methodologies and outright fabrication that serve no purpose other than to produce an impressive-looking abstract and a line on someone's academic CV. The literature is drowning in bullshit, because the incentives to publish vastly outweigh the incentives to verify. Given how low the standards are in the hard sciences, I shudder to think of the absolute bollocks they must be churning out in the humanities.
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28th June 2022
Tuesday 12:22 pm
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I feel like you wind up with a problem where a bullshit humanities paper might always have a higher value than a bullshit scientific paper. If you bullshit a paper about chemistry or physics then your rocket isn't going to work. The use of the thing is tied directly to practical application. By contrast if you bullshit a paper about philosophy or even about politics or history, you might still have written something interesting and novel that can be built upon in some way.
It feels like the kind of thing that someone would usually say to attack the validity of the humanities as a whole, but I'm viewing it as an entirely neutral difference. I've nothing against paying people to write nonsense without any practical application if they're writing interesting nonsense. Nobody should have to write filler, though. Filler is boring.
>> No. 96870 Anonymous
30th September 2022
Friday 4:23 pm
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Fucking hell, have we made it onto a really shitty spamlist?
I mean, this is low quality shite, and there's more of a trickle than usual.


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>> No. 71338 Paedofag
30th September 2022
Friday 2:25 pm
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30th September 2022
Friday 2:47 pm
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>> No. 28167 Anonymous
29th September 2022
Thursday 6:59 pm
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What's the deal with these extra RCA connectors on my old stereo system? Presumably they're for powering the tweeter but the speakers that come with it sound tinny and rubbish, and I've never seen speakers that have RCA cables for the tweeter. Was this Panasonic's way of getting you to use their proprietary speakers or summat?
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>> No. 28171 Anonymous
29th September 2022
Thursday 9:06 pm
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So is this one of those all in one systems?

I need to find time to fix my CD player. I haven't had it on for about ten years because all my music comes from my desktop PC or the FM tuner, and it appears that the lubricants inside the CD player have dried up or something. The tray closes although it sometimes needs a push, and then the disc struggles to spin up and three times out of four I get a read error. It's a Denon from the early 2000s and cost 400 quid even back then, so I'm reluctant to bin it.
>> No. 28172 Anonymous
29th September 2022
Thursday 9:25 pm
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Bi-amping has been around for ages.

A lot of surround receivers can be configured to use spare surround channels as bi-amp outputs for the main stereo pair. There are a lot of configurations where this makes perfect sense. Some people will want the switching capabilities of a surround receiver without actually wanting a surround setup, in which case you're probably going to use much bigger main speakers that would benefit from extra power. Some people will have big front speakers, but no space or desire for the extra pair of speakers in a 7.1 setup. Obviously it's a feature you'll only typically find on more expensive receivers, but it isn't a new idea by any means.

There's also the weird audiophile foolishness of "bi-wiring", using separate speaker cables for the woofer and tweeter but connecting them both to the same amplifier output. This is entirely pointless, but we are talking about people who will spend hundreds of pounds on "premium" cables in the belief that pure silver wire sounds better than copper.
>> No. 28173 Anonymous
29th September 2022
Thursday 10:57 pm
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> but we are talking about people who will spend hundreds of pounds on "premium" cables in the belief that pure silver wire sounds better than copper

There's always been a lot of voodo going around when it comes to that.

You can probably hear a difference between the thin wires that a lot of speakers come with and some decent hi-fi cable, but expecting the difference to be night and day could leave you disappointed.

I once had a 25-ft, four-channel RCA cable custom made to connect my stereo VCR to my hi-fi system (this was before I had even the most basic soldering skills), and they talked me into low-oxygen cable. Which cost about double the price of regular stranded copper cable, but they told me that when you've got a 25-ft cable, it starts to make a difference. I'm still not sure to this day if it does. I know that it's supposed to lower impedance and cause less signal loss, but it still sounds like a marketing gimmick to me.
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29th September 2022
Thursday 11:54 pm
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I'm willing to buy into that sort of voodoo stuff more when it comes to a fully analogue signal chain, where it's at least plausible (if more than likely highly exaggerated) that every component makes a difference to the end result. And at any rate, if you're going to be the kind of hipster to still listens to vinyl or whatever in 2022, why half arse it?

And there's always merit to shielded, balanced cables in my experience; I got a new pair of monitors a year or two back, but only had cheapo cables because I didn't realise they only took TRS or XLR. So I could actually hear what I eventually figured out was the coil whine of my graphics card's power delivery amplified through the speakers, because evidently it was causing electromagnetic interference to the speaker cables.

As soon as you get to anything digital though, nah, fuck off, it's 100% bollocks.
>> No. 28175 Anonymous
30th September 2022
Friday 1:46 pm
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>if you're going to be the kind of hipster to still listens to vinyl or whatever in 2022, why half arse it?

Vinyl is a tough one though, because its sound has its imperfections and you might end up just bringing out a record's scratches and crackles more.

About 25 to 30 years ago, recording audio on a stereo hi-fi VCR was as close as you could get to perfect sound without buying a dedicated reel to reel machine. Digital audio capture with your computer was also still in its infancy as most desktop PCs didn't have enough disk space to record hours of 16-bit stereo wav audio, and early MP3 encoders both lacked sound quality and were too slow to transcode live audio. A few commercial radio stations even pre-recorded their audio programmes on VHS tape because it was ubiquitous and cheap, as even mid-range tape formulations when used in hi-fi mode exceeded quality requirements for radio broadcasts.

I've still got a few VHS tapes from the early to mid 90s where I recorded entire evenings on Radio 1. Haven't listened to them in 30 years. Maybe I'll digitise them one of these days. There's bound to be loads of interesting stuff on there.


>> No. 19373 Anonymous
2nd March 2011
Wednesday 7:12 pm
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I just wanted an excuse to post her. So then I thought-


i.e. images you couldn't think to categorise in another thread but really want more people to see.
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>> No. 43011 Anonymous
21st April 2022
Thursday 7:29 pm
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I think Jeremy Beadle would work as a joke there.
>> No. 43012 Anonymous
21st April 2022
Thursday 7:56 pm
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Jeremy Beadle's got a tiny cock.

On the other hand, it's massive.
>> No. 43013 Anonymous
22nd April 2022
Friday 12:46 am
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She's got one boob bigger than the other which matches his famous hand position.

It is from an old Bruce Lee joke a friend told me back in 2000.
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4th May 2022
Wednesday 4:22 pm
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>> No. 43185 Anonymous
30th September 2022
Friday 1:31 pm
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The lass from Haysi Fantayzee was a real beauty.


>> No. 5907 Anonymous
15th December 2018
Saturday 6:50 pm
/poof/5907 Watches
I was sure we had a wristwatch thread, but maybe the topic just came up elsewhere. A relative of mine has just offered to get me a watch for Chrimbo, with a budget of up to 120 quid-ish. I'm in over my head so I thought I'd ask for some advice. I've narrowed down my options but only slightly.

First option is a fitness watch. I bought a £20 quid Fitbit knockoff a year ago that inevitably broke and whose heart monitor was a bit shit, but is the extra Fitbit functionality worth paying four times the price? I actually quite liked the look of it, but I wouldn't feel great wearing it on a date.

Next option is just a classic Casio digital watch, but will I look like a complete tryhard arse wearing one? I have no idea what the fashion protocol is here. And I suspect that women would be rather put off by it. Which is a vain concern admittedly, but vanity has to be at least a small factor in this decision somewhere.

Lastly, and probably my preferred option, is just a classic analogue. Absolutely nothing that has gold on it, and nothing that's the size of a dinner plate and adorned with lots of pointless doodads that clutter the face. I like silver, white and black minimalist styles that don't look too feminine if that helps - pic related is my sort of style, although the face is a bit large for my liking. Does anyone know of any decent brands in the £100 range? I'm getting good at identfying the Chinese knockoffs with vaguely-European sounding names, but it's a lot to sift through. If there's a British manufacturer in this range than all the better.

Apologies for having an unhelpfully large scope, I'm under a bit of time pressure since they want to order it this weekend. Any help is greatly apppreciated.
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>> No. 6710 Anonymous
22nd September 2022
Thursday 9:20 pm
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Where could I get a (reasonably priced) strap like this?
>> No. 6711 Anonymous
22nd September 2022
Thursday 10:02 pm
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That particular material is a twill weave - almost certainly silk on the original, almost certainly nylon if you're looking for something cheap. You'd usually find that type of material used as a NATO strap, but you can find straps with spring bar loops. A quick google hasn't revealed any exact matches, but a search for "twill NATO strap" or "twill two piece watch strap" should get you in the ballpark.
>> No. 6712 Anonymous
24th September 2022
Saturday 6:03 pm
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I've never got overly busy watchfaces. It's why I primarily remake railway clocks for my smartwatch -- designed for quick readability at a distance.
>> No. 6713 Anonymous
30th September 2022
Friday 12:23 pm
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Watchnation have got a load of Seiko 5s on sale starting at a hundred quid.
>> No. 6714 Anonymous
30th September 2022
Friday 12:28 pm
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Sorry, cocked up that second link and Brian won't let me delete.


>> No. 71321 Searchfag
29th September 2022
Thursday 11:49 am
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>Imogen Brooke allegedly refused to take no for an answer after going on a date with a college student, who cannot be named for legal reasons.

>The “very drunk” 30-year-old got on top of the man, whose protests were going “in one ear and out the other,” and started to have sex with him, a jury heard.

"At the police interview, he accepted he had an erection, but he didn't want to have one.”
>After 15 minutes she got off him, rolled over and went straight to sleep, leaving the “violated” man lying in bed in disbelief, the court was told.

>At the police interview, he accepted he had an erection, but he didn't want to have one.
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>> No. 71333 Auntiefucker
30th September 2022
Friday 6:16 am
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>A woman accused of pinning her online date down and forcing him to have sex has been cleared by a jury after telling them she is too ‘lazy’ to stay on top.

>Imogen Brooke, 31, was said to have yanked her alleged victim onto his back and straddled him when they got into bed at her flat in Southampton. The port city’s crown court heard she weighed 24 stone at the time and was ‘quite a lot bigger and stronger than him and he couldn’t move her’. She was also accused of giving the man a love bite that ‘looked like he had been strangled’, telling him during the alleged attack: ‘You may be saying no but your dick is saying yes.’

>She told the jury she never would have got into the position the complainant described because she was too self-conscious. Brooke said: ‘I’m not comfortable with my body, because I’m bigger than most people.
I’m a big girl and I’m not confident of my weight, or any part of my body.’

>The college student recalled: ‘I let Lexi my dog out, put some onion rings on and put the TV on because that’s what I usually do – and because I like food, especially when I’ve drunk. ‘We sat on the bed, and we were kissing and that’s when the love-bite happened.’

>She told the court that after they kissed, she went to check on the food, during which time her alleged victim fell asleep. Brooke continued: ‘After kissing, I went and sorted the onion rings out – I would’ve checked if there were cooked or needed a bit longer and put mayonnaise on the plate. I ate them all to myself because he was asleep.’

>Defending, Audrey Archer asked whether she had tugged at the man’s arm to get him to lie on his back in the lead up to the alleged assault. She replied: ‘No, I’m not Superwoman.’

>Asked whether she had sat astride the complainant for 15 minutes like he alleged, she said: ‘No, 15 minutes on top, I wouldn’t – I’m very lazy. I had no sex on top for any duration.’ Of the love bite, she told the court she couldn’t have done that ‘because I can’t multitask’.

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>> No. 71334 Moralfag
30th September 2022
Friday 6:59 am
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Pleading incompetence is an unusual strategy but it seems to have worked for her.
>> No. 71335 Anonymous
30th September 2022
Friday 7:13 am
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People tend to think poorly of the obese and this played into their hands.
>> No. 71336 Anonymous
30th September 2022
Friday 10:45 am
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In fairness it does sound like a typical case of regretting it in the morning and crying rape. Let it never again be said that I am a sexist for saying that about lasses.
>> No. 71337 Auntiefucker
30th September 2022
Friday 12:13 pm
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I think I understand why birds like 50 shades of grey.

I'm not proud about getting a semi from reading the proceedings of a rape trial, but at least it was an acquittal.


>> No. 62754 Ambulancelad
20th March 2019
Wednesday 10:47 pm
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>A neo-Nazi terror suspect entered a "Miss Hitler" beauty contest in a bid to attract new members to a far-right extremist group, a court has heard. Alice Cutter is alleged to have won the competition organised by National Action after taking on the nickname Buchenwald Princess in reference to the Nazi death camp.

To be fair, I'd have voted for her. I'd preserve the future of the white race with her, IYKWIM.
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>> No. 71326 Moralfag
29th September 2022
Thursday 8:28 pm
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I thought I was seeing things. Were a lot of comments deleted?
>> No. 71327 Samefag
29th September 2022
Thursday 8:32 pm
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The whole bloody thing has gone now. I specifically asked you both not to get the thread deleted till I'd had a chance to learn who some of these bellends are. I certainly shan't be searching for them myself.
>> No. 71328 YubYub
29th September 2022
Thursday 8:32 pm
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It was just a bunch of

"It's shit."
"No it's not! You're shit"

>> No. 71329 Ambulancelad
29th September 2022
Thursday 8:34 pm
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God, that image makes me shudder.
>> No. 71330 Moralfag
29th September 2022
Thursday 8:43 pm
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She's just so fit. I don't think I've ever seen a picture of her with a normal looking male though.


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