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  • Where I felt bald move went wrong in 2018

    Surveys/questionnaires to current customers are helpful in evaluating interest, as are "exit surveys" if anyone cancels their memberships.
  • U.S. Politics Vol. 7: A Dream of 2020

    Flukes said:
    LordBy said:
    It’s crazy that Texas, and many other states, require a loyalty pledge to the nation of Israel in order to secure a government contract.

    I’m not an Israel basher, nor a blind Israel supporter, but any requirement to support (or at least to not not-support) any foreign government is deeply disturbing.

    I'm completely puzzled by this. I know Israel is a touchy subject, especially in the US where there are almost as many Jews as live in Israel, but.. dafuq? Is the idea to keep antisemites from holding government contracts? Did some Texas politician get a big donation from a pro-Israel group? The only thing I'm sure about is that I don't have nearly enough information to understand what the fuck is going on here.

    There's a Biblical prophecy many Christians consider fulfilled by Israel's 1948 creation, and there's all kinds of condemnations from Yahweh about anyone who goes against "his people." Before that, anti-Semetism seemed fair game in Christian circles, because the Jews weren't a unit related to Christianity between the 1st century CE and 1948? That's my understanding of it. 

    Edit: It's also probably related to a subconscious desire by evangelical Christians to be living in an important time, the end times, which necessitates a nation of Israel in Biblical prophecy. If Israel goes bust, the end times might be another millennium away... or whenever Israel is a nation again.
  • Last Movie You Saw & What Did you Think

    The Favourite

    I doubt anything will top this movie for me this year. It might be a masterpiece. 
  • Neil De Grass Tyson.....

    Hatorian said:
    JaimieT said:
    Hatorian said:
    JaimieT said:

    "If they are going to happen is it better they become public so we can make people aware and try to enact change that these actions are not acceptable?"


    I don't understand how this is a paradox. People don't "have to" suffer. They are suffering. They are finally able to fight back, some of them, in a limited way. I guess it seems like a paradox if you think sexual harrassment is new.
    I say it’s a paradox because we hope these things don’t happen. we don’t want them to happen to anyone. But it becomes a paradox when we say maybe there’s are beneficial side if it happens to people where it becomes public and as a society we become aware that these things are unacceptable. 

    I’m also not the greatest literary forum writer. Maybe paradox isn’t the right word. Maybe counterintuitive is the better word. I do think people are learning it’s absolutely unacceptable to do certain things and every time a prominent celebrity is accused it helps make more people aware and potentially makes them stop certain behaviours. 

    Oh I think I understand. "Isn't it sad for these things not to happen they have to happen."
    The problem with forums is you can’t detect sarcasm very easily. So not sure if you’re being sarcastic or not. If you’re not then that’s exactly my point. I don’t think abuse needs to happen at all. And it’s sad that some people need to learn that abuse isn’t acceptable by other people actually having to go through it. In a perfect world we would all know “these things should not happen” and we shouldn’t need to learn from people who have suffered through it..

    Yeah, after I wrote that I realized it might sound sarcastic but I couldn't get back to the computer. No I meant that straight.

    Feel free to correct me if you think I'm misunderstanding you and unfairly characterizing your words by building off of them here. So, the reason I think this is happening now is because (1) feminism has advanced the societal respect of women to the point where society will listen. Statistically this is mostly men committing these crimes and men cover for each other, or perhaps good men don't have the means to fix it even if they do hear about it without completely derailing their life. ("You're defending that man's wife? You must have had relations with her because why would you care otherwise?") (2) the internet lets even the most disenfranchised person say things so that the whole world can listen. #2 is the means, #1 is the willingness to hear.
  • Daredevil Cancelled

    ken hale said:
    Nah, I'm still skeptical of the "huge" success potential of Disney's streaming service.  At the very least, I'd wager heavily that its potential is limited and won't show sustained growth like netflix's subscriber base has.

    I'd say Disney's service caps out around 50-75 million subscribers, worldwide.  As far as netflix being "scared," I find it impossible to believe this puts a dent in their subscribers.

    Not to belabor an argument, and it’s far from an exact science, but check the comments under this recent puff-piece. Alot more “nope” than breathless anticipation. 


    You could be right.

    I don't say Netflix is scared because they definitely are going to lose subscribers. I'm just saying Netflix is definitely scared.

    People often can't foresee what they'll want or need.
    ken hale