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  1. I was approached by some JWs recently and they listened to some of my misgivings about the organization they belong to.

    I came away feeling vexed that I had not adequately expressed those concerns, especially over the degree of harm done to some ex-JW acquaintances during their time "inside" and subsequent exit, even if it's not easy to say such things to well-meaning strangers.


    As I've said ad nauseum on here over the years, I was raised one and it took five years to unfuck what their cult did to me. Their processes are designed to eradicate any kind of fringe thought by means of fear, vilification and exclusion, and the resulting conditioned faith is so strong that within an hour or two any attempt at debate will come full circle to some bad logic and mental editing out of things you said earlier. That was my experience in leaving, and the experience of so many I've known who've tried the same. The best thing you can do is support those friends who've left. Growing up in it diverts kids away from so many normal developmental experiences, especially when it comes to socialisation, dating and sex.

  2. I've not had a car for over ten years now. Really don't miss it; it was a money pit that made me lazier. I can see how not having a car would be untenable in parts of the US though.

  3. That stuff is kind of complicated. Baphomet are apparently the forum doing the majority of doxxing and swatting, and they absolutely loathe most of GG for not being willing to go as far as they do. In turn, most of GG seem to think this absolves them of any accountability for bad stuff that happens to the people they go after, and, as quoted above, that people finding that out will suddenly see them as good people.


    Internal shitheel politics!



  4. I've heard plenty of people in the industry don't like John, but that's mainly old guard, and all I heard largely centred on some people publicly tweeting that after he criticised the GMAs (Games Media Awards, which are run by a games media company).


    I think it's also worth pointing out that grilling Molyneux as spectacle pulls away from looking at some actual issues in the game industry that Molyneux no doubt was underneath.


    Yes. I've seen a few people arguing on Twitter (I think via Sophie Houlden retweeting) that Molyneux is just a symptom.


    Today I learned that when you search a hashtag, Twitter shows you posts from people you've blocked. How dumb is that shit?


    Eugh. It should at least be a toggle, like the "Are you sure you want to read these tweets?" thing on pages of blocked users.

  5. I couldn't make it past the first few paragraphs. The feeling of spectating on something so brutal is what I imagine it's like to watch an illegal dogfight.


    I've always heard stories about Molyneux and don't have much time for him, but watching this spread on Twitter today has been ugly.

  6. On a big mountain biking forum I'm on, someone started a new thread by making a crappy offhand joke about feminism. A gater then leapt in within a few posts just to say "Anita Sarkeesian = Not a nice person". Then for five pages, all the other MTBers asked "Do you have proof of that?" and "That's not actually proof though is it?"


    A few more gaters turned up, and it became more of a debate than that, but it was encouraging to see non-games people eviscerate and dismiss them so comprehensively.


    From this film:


    Rising rock star, TJ Cray, gets the shot of a lifetime, an audition with a A & R man. On the way into the city, a carload of drunks smash into his car, severing his hands. He drops out of the business and becomes a homeless drunk. Cray wakes up to a pulsing beat in an abandoned warehouse, where a "rave" party is in full action. To his rescue comes Anamika, a computer artist, who takes him outside for fresh air. They become friends and eventually reinvent TJ's career. With the help of friends, they replace his hands with prosthetics and design a metallic cyber looking suit. TJ quickly becomes an overnight sensation, known as Cyberstorm. The finale is a dramatic scenario where TJ has to make crucial decisions about his new life.

  8. I thought it was just performance/piss taking when I watched the video, but reading a little of the site, I'm not sure Pretty sure it's trolling. If he's doing it to mock or mimic gamergate, then he's doing a very good job and potentially bringing down a world of shit on himself by making the threats he has.

    Edit: Oh, surely this is a pisstake? It's almost Real Ultimate Power levels of absurd. From the about page:

    • THE DEAGLE NATION LIFESTYLE is all about kicking back at the pool with the bros, cracking open a cold one, and while you’re at it, maybe even kissing a hot chick too icon_smile.gif
    • THE DEAGLE NATION LIFESTYLE is staying up all night so you can spend the entire night smoking weed and playing Call of Duty… then not even bothering to go to school the next morning!
    • THE DEAGLE NATION LIFESTYLE is secretly spending your dad’s credit card on $150 of anime swords because he doesn’t respect your life choices.

    If he's sincere it's just so absurdly ratfuck, batshit gone:

  9. I get the feeling you're misinterpreting his pedantry concerning the use of "literally" with a joke about about dogs/bitches/whatever. Thought I might be way off point. 


    Yeah, I wouldn't have gone to the dog thing otherwise. I didn't need to find a way, you laid it out and paved it with gold!


    Dudes, come on. I bet a bunch of the men Apple Cider is talking about also don't have bad motives, but still make the bitch jokes too. Someone voiced an obvious discomfort and you're digging a bigger hole.

  10. I've had to basically write apologies to three super WASP-y parents for calling their kids average. Fun times this weekend as the emails roll in!


    Genius children somehow becoming average adults


    Middle class parents can be the worst to deal with. The projection of aspirations that they instead should have taken a good, long hard look at can become incredibly entitled and repulsive.

  11. I think one of the big problems with callout culture is that a given instance can snowball so rapidly as well meaning people try to add weight. That in turn can be advantageous to non-progressive movements and people who want to dismiss the original problem and cry about overreaction. That shirt at the ESA was a good example: He apologised, but conservatives kept their outrage at the callout rolling for weeks.


    I'm not saying it shouldn't have been called out, but there's often no way to put the brakes on once it's done.

  12. She had a really great response, so thumbs up.


    Yeah, I was (and I think regardless, with any person presenting, would be) bracing for upset, and she gave an assertive but gracious answer.




    Sandwiched in between those two questions is another question, from a woman studying computer engineering who asks Alexander how she deals with the fear, because that woman feels it as well, being surrounded by this culture every day.  I transcribed her response, as it ought to be seen, even if people don't have the time to watch the video:


    I find it really surreal to simultaneously hear those things (gater questions and the above) from people in the same audience. I also keep seeing fault lines in university courses, usually some gater thing coming up tied to a specific place, and lecturers from there saying "I really hope this isn't one of my students" or developers going "These people are on the course I did".

  13. Some great stuff there, yothatlimp!
    This is the Basin Stone, where the Chartists and various other radical and working class movements held public meetings in the 19th century:



    Where I live used to be one of the richest areas in the UK, with mills and transport links filling the valley bottoms. All that's left now are some fancy architecture, the canal, a fraction of the railway stations that were built, and this rock.

  14. I'm gonna miss that unsettling avatar.


    Aww. I think it is possibly the best frame in all of Planetary, and Elijah confronted with a child throwing stuff at him is one of my favourite scenes.