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    Ah yes, the good old days of Zork and Adventure. Map-making was never so much fun.
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    • CommentTimeAug 2nd 2012
    Good old Boris, still entertaining the masses.

    Anything that paints him as a lovable, clownish buffoon is useful - it helps you forget that he's a member of the ruling classes, a Tory, an old Etonian, a descendant of George II, and a ruthless right-wing bastard, with all the sympathy of a starving fucking cobra.
    • CommentAuthorFlabyo
    • CommentTimeAug 2nd 2012
    Boris has his own page on TV Tropes you know. It's a little more entertaining than his wikipedia one.
    • CommentTimeAug 2nd 2012 edited
    Between rapists explaining themselves and someone getting gallery space for screencapping google street view (admittedly the screencaps are pretty though) I just...want to go get some cheese and triscuits and hide under a blanket today.
    • CommentTimeAug 2nd 2012
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    Argh! A link trap to TV Tropes! EVENT... HORIZON... MAKING... ME... SPEAK... LIKE... SHATNER... GO ON WITHOUT ME
    • CommentTimeAug 2nd 2012
    @oldhat -

    I read through that entire Reddit thread about 2 days ago, and if there's anything good that can come out of that...whole thing...then it would be the fact that the comments that were rated up? The ones that survived on the top level? They were almost always comments from survivors and supporters and allies.

    With the following disclaimers: Not being a survivor myself, not reading Reddit regularly and having a generally low expectation of humanity....I found the thread actually lifted my spirits and gave me a bit of hope in humanity. If you only read it with the screening set to the most popular does seem pretty positive.

    I fully realize that the whole thread was sick in intent, that the primary responder was a criminally guilty sociopath, and that no woman who has been through that trauma needs to read that thread to feel empowered. For the lurkers, though...I think there was some value in seeing how much of an outpouring of support and validation did show up in that thread.
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    I thought this might hve been posted here already but I went back several pages and couldn't find it:

    Cheap, environmentally safe, transparent solar cells.
    • CommentTimeAug 2nd 2012
    • CommentAuthorcardo
    • CommentTimeAug 3rd 2012
    @Texture - I hear ya. I'm not a fan of those in power either. Doesn't it make it all the more satisfying that he acts like a buffoon?? He is being discussed in the media at the mo and other people are warning of a clown's smokescreen. I just like to laugh at him.
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    • CommentTimeAug 3rd 2012
    @cardo - Tories. Never. Acceptable. Sorry for the rant but I just can't stomach them. Not any of the bastards.
    • CommentTimeAug 3rd 2012
    @Oldhat and Finagle
    I read bits and pieces of that thread a few days ago, and one other thing that you could say, out of hope that it did some good as well as all the bad, is that before it showed up, some of those guys didn't think what they'd done was rape. But they were corrected. And to see that rapists aren't always people that see themselves as such, to understand how men could go so low and do something so terrible, I hope would help stop those who might have that inclination from getting into situations where they think they can get away with it.
    But yeah, most of that thread just made my skin crawl.
    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeAug 3rd 2012
    • CommentAuthorWood
    • CommentTimeAug 5th 2012
    The world is changing :

    Demonstrators hold Vietnam's 1st gay pride parade

    HANOI, Vietnam -- More than 100 demonstrators rode bicycles and motorbikes through Vietnam's capital Sunday in the country's first-ever gay pride parade, spurred by an unexpected government proposal to recognize same-sex couples in law.

    The parade to raise awareness of Vietnam's gay and lesbian community and call for equal rights began in scorching heat at Hanoi's national stadium Sunday morning and ended about 10 kilometers (6 miles) away at a downtown park. Demonstrators trailed rainbow-colored streamers and shouted "Equal rights for gays and lesbians!" and "We support same-sex marriage!"

    It was a scene that was unimaginable a few years ago, when Vietnam still labeled homosexuality a "social evil" alongside drug addiction and prostitution. The country's gay community was once so underground that few groups or meeting places existed, and it was taboo to even talk about the issue.

    But Vietnam's state-controlled media now explores gay issues, and the Justice Ministry recently proposed including same-sex couples in its overhaul of the country's marriage law - positioning Vietnam to be the first country in Asia to allow same-sex couples to marry or legally register. The new law could provide rights such as owning property, inheriting and adopting children.

    Who wants to bet on Vietnam getting marriage equality before California ?
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    Yknow I had conversations with conservative Christians the other day at work, and they must get their propaganda from the same places. They both honestly believe that if gay marriage were legalized, that homosexuals would begin storming churches and places of worship to demand that priests & ministers perform marriages, and that legally those ministers woukd be forced to acquiesce.

    I tried explains that
    1) nobody needs a priest or a church to actually be married,
    2) There are actually lots of churches that perform those ceremonies already
    3) anyone can be ordained and perform marriages
    4) or they can just go to a justice of the peace
    5) that people who are in love and want to be married don't actually want the person who performs the ceremony to be some bigot they don't know from a church they don't worship at, who hates them and only performs the ceremony because they are "legally forced" to do it

    They seemed very suprised that I'm getting married by a friend of mine, with no religious affiliation of any sort. And gay people can (and will) do the same thing.
    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeAug 5th 2012
    @Gov Spy

    There's also the simple fact that churches, due to the nature of the wedding ceremony being a religious one there, are not required to perform said ceremony for anyone in the same way that churches do not have to let gays be members.

    The thing that will stick in churches' craws however is when they find they cannot forbid rental of church facilities to gays for weddings IF said facilities are being run as a business and are available to rent to the general public. At that point they cannot discriminate but it's still a long cry from priests or ministers being forced to conduct the ceremony themselves.

    And, with it stuck in their craw, I hope they choke on it.
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    The Syrian Prime Minister has apparently defected to the opposition.

    Three other ministers may have gone with him although their identities aren't yet known.

    Seriously, I can't think of another example of that happening - ever.