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Turkey simply relabels Russian oil products and exports them to Europe, research indicates ( www.intellinews.com )

More evidence that Turkey simply relabels Russian oil products and re-exports them to Europe as Turkish emerges from a new study by the Centre for Research on Energy and Clean Air (CREA) and the Centre for the Study of Democracy (CSD)....

SuddenDownpour ,

Please don't tell me they're also helping Russia evade the other sanctions by selling them technology that may be used in the military industry.

SuddenDownpour ,

There, the tourists “violently intimidated one of activists, who is a racialized woman, calling her ‘fascist’, ‘monkey’, telling her to go back to Africa and even threatening to kill her.”

Sounds on par for ethnic supremacists.

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Person of color, but only in a background where it has any significance. So a Chinese person is racialized in France, but not in China, and a German person is racialized in Japan, but not in Germany.

SuddenDownpour ,

As I hinted at at a recent thread, one of China's geopolitical principles is the respect for internationally agreed territorial integrity, because their legitimacy to reclaim Taiwan as theirs relies on it. China tolerates Russia's stunt because they're allies of necessity, but it forces them into an uncomfortable position.

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You may think it's bollocks, but they have been very consistent in claiming they're theirs even since before China was the PRC.

SuddenDownpour ,

To a lot of people the US and the EU have often been the devil man that Russia is today

Currently are. The average person of the average Arab country right now probably has a worse opinion of the US than they have of Russia, and for good reason. The post-colonial status of France in plenty of countries in West Africa also make a sizable amount of people there hostile to France, even if the situation is more nuanced. Personally, I'm not a fan of any empire.

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20yo dumbfucks posting their spoils of war on social media. The spoils of war in this case being actual human beings.

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Americans complaining about the detention: "My countries' laws are fine and the very standard of reason. All of you other countries should chill out!"

SuddenDownpour ,

The way other countries do it is by considering "gender dysphoria" an illness. This way, you aren't ill for being trans, but you can absolutely feel sick if you're trans but cannot transition, so the cure for gender dysphoria is to facilitate medical transitioning.

SuddenDownpour ,

The idea that the Slovak Prime Minister was shot because of his views in vaccines is ludicrous. The shooter had plenty of views on plenty of different issues, having supported both far right and social liberal parties. Doesn't look like vaccines were relevant in any way. This is just Taylor Greene sparking unjustified indignation among her base.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Attempted_assassination_of_Robert_Fico

SuddenDownpour ,

Russian's current military doctrine involves overwhelming its opponent with larger amount of fire over precision. This means that they give preference to dumb munitions (this is, projectiles which trajectory you cannot change once they've been fired) over precise munitions, and North Korea is pretty much capable of providing a bunch of the former. Given North Korea's current economy and the fact that not many countries would be interested in that kind of armament, it would make perfect sense for Russia and North Korea to make that trade. Nothing of this are judgements of value over any country, just facts and analysis.

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Could have been avoidable if they didn't have the intention to kill anything that moves.

SuddenDownpour ,

From China's 12 points peace plan:

  1. Respecting the sovereignty of all countries. Universally recognized international law, including the purposes and principles of the United Nations Charter, must be strictly observed. The sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity of all countries must be effectively upheld.

Russia unilaterally decided that territories that everyone had agreed were Ukrainian were now theirs. Truly agreeing to China's peace plan would mean returning everything, including Donetsk, Lugansk and Crimea. I don't think anyone here is naive enough to believe this declaration was serious in any way or form.

SuddenDownpour ,

Headline from two days ago:

‘Total outrage’: White House condemns Israeli settlers’ attack on Gaza aid trucks

My comment on it:

It’s taken them over half a year, but Biden has finally discovered that Israel is committing crimes against humanity. Let’s hope they don’t forget about it the second Netanyahu pretends to be a little bit obedient.

Damn, really speedrunning that disappointment, huh

SuddenDownpour ,

"Look at me displacing almost 2 million people and bombing their homes and cities whole to the ground one by one. It's not a genocide though, because I haven't explicitely claimed that my goal is to commit a genocide."

SuddenDownpour ,

If someone punches you to death, declaring they weren't trying to kill you doesn't make them any less guilty of murder.

SuddenDownpour OP ,

T would benefit from reaching out for mental/behavioral health assistance above and beyond just seeing a psychologist and psychiatrist. He needs additional supportive services that may be called something like “skills training”.

He has been seeking that help, but it was only after being annoying for years that he got a doctor to agree to prescribing Adderall. Mental health services here are criminally underfunded, and private therapy is also not an option due to his financial situation.

he ought to be able to get custody back

He hasn't lost anything yet. At some point they'll hand him a contract to accept or reject a new custody regime, and if he refuses to sign it, it might predictably be taken to the courts.

SuddenDownpour OP ,

None of us is from the US.

SuddenDownpour OP ,

Spain

SuddenDownpour OP ,

I appreciate your enthusiasm, but virtually everyone here knows their local healthcare center (centros de día o centros de salud) from which we interact with these institutions. Given that I already mentioned that T isn't in a good financial situation, someone from here would correctly assume that all medical interventions related to his ADHD have been handled through the public system. Just so that you understand, this is the equivalent of telling someone from the US with problems to pay taxes to get in contact with the IRS.

SuddenDownpour OP ,

Just a note, I wouldn't immediately assume that it's been the mother of the girls who has been stoking the fire, at least neither T nor his partner have told me anything of the sort. It wouldn't be impossible for a worker of the school to contact social services upon noticing that the girls were routinely having issues, and someone from there deciding he was the easiest target to take the fall.

SuddenDownpour OP ,

Apparently staying at the mother's home.

SuddenDownpour ,

I'm sure all this nonsense waste of energy is exactly what we needed just to stop climate change.

SuddenDownpour ,

(...) boy B rowed and could not decide on whether to keep the baby or have an abortion.

Boy B claims he tried to end the relationship but did not know how to, called her a "paedo" and told her to find someone her own age but claimed emotional pressure came from Joynes to keep their relationship going.

Just in case someone is uneducated enough to not to understand why grooming is bad, this is what it leads to.

SuddenDownpour ,

It's taken them over half a year, but Biden has finally discovered that Israel is committing crimes against humanity. Let's hope they don't forget about it the second Netanyahu pretends to be a little bit obedient.

UN denies Gaza death toll of women and children has been revised down ( www.theguardian.com )

The UN has denied that the estimated death toll of women and children in the war in Gaza has been revised downward, pointing towards a confusion between the total numbers of dead bodies recorded, and the number of those who have so far been fully identified....

SuddenDownpour ,

TL;DR: The previous estimate was a count with the minimum standard of evidence that someone has died, such as: "Look, this is the leg of a previously alive human being". The most recent estimate is a count where every corpse (roughly) has a first name, a last name, and a somewhat accurate established cause of death. These are different, yet complementary.

SuddenDownpour ,

If I ever find myself turned into an orca and someone's sailing close to me blasting off loud music, they're getting wet.

SuddenDownpour ,

Did the previous thread get deleted?

Anyhow, this is the most relevant part to me:

Farhan Haq, a UN spokesperson, said the new smaller numbers reflected those bodies which had been fully identified. The bigger figures included corpses for whom identification has so far not been completed.

This is the most cautious body count, which you necessarily know has to be far below the actual number of casualties because neither health workers, nor UN officials, nor Hamas has the means to clear the rubble in destroyed and occupied cities and look for corpses. We won't know the total extent of deaths in this war until someone has the capacity to conduct a complete census of the remaining Gazans, and that number is compared to the census immediately prior to the conflict. All in all, the headline is really misleading, because "estimated total casualties" and "fully identified casualties" are two different statistics.

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“The UN’s method of reporting deaths in Gaza is the complete opposite of what they do in other conflict situations,” Neuer said, pointing to the UN’s recent efforts in Ukraine where it has established “a defined methodology using individual records of civilian harm, where a standard of proof was met, namely, reasonable grounds to believe that the harm took place.”

Ok, you may let UN workers go to Gaza and look for the corpses from among the rubble. Can you guarantee that Israel won't murder them, the same way they've murdered humanitarian help workers?

While more than 9,500 women and 14,500 children were reported among the fatalities by the UN’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) on May 6, two days later that number was revised significantly downward. Today, under 5,000 women and 8,000 children are now officially listed by the UN as casualties.

...So it's the same order of magnitude. Is this supposed to change the moral of the story?

SuddenDownpour ,

These are the identified casualties, not the total casualties. We're not going to know the full extent of how much people has died until anyone tries to make a census of all remaining Gazans.

SuddenDownpour ,

Sounds like the BBC's explanation on their use of language regarding Hamas is relevant here:

John Simpson responded to the criticism in a post on X. "British politicians know perfectly well why the BBC avoids the word 'terrorist', and over the years plenty of them have privately agreed with it," he wrote.

"Calling someone a terrorist means you're taking sides and ceasing to treat the situation with due impartiality.

"The BBC's job is to place the facts before its audience and let them decide what they think, honestly and without ranting."

He said: "It's about making sure that all audiences trust the information that we're giving them, that they don't think the BBC is coming at this from one side of the conflict as opposed to the other, and that we steer a course though this in very difficult circumstances in which our journalism can continue to be factual, accurate, impartial and truthful."

The corporation's editorial guidelines say the word "terrorist" can be "a barrier rather than an aid to understanding".

They say: "We should convey to our audience the full consequences of the act by describing what happened.

"We should use words which specifically describe the perpetrator such as 'bomber', 'attacker', 'gunman', 'kidnapper', 'insurgent' and 'militant'.

"We should not adopt other people's language as our own; our responsibility is to remain objective and report in ways that enable our audiences to make their own assessments about who is doing what to whom."

Hamas is a terrorist organization because they use violence against civilians with the goal of imposing their political will, this is, they commit acts of terrorism. Now, if you use this standard, the Israeli government also uses violence against civilians with the goal of imposing their political will, this is, they commit acts of terrorism, therefore the Israeli government is also a terrorist organization. Would David Cameron be okay with the BBC maintaining their neutrality and describing both sides as terrorists?

SuddenDownpour ,

Unfortunately, I think it's unevitable for the far right to keep growing. Europe is suffering the contradictions of global capitalism devouring itself as it cannot continue increasing its profit margins, which has very noticeable consequences on people's lives. Plenty of people aren't going to turn towards far left options because, simply put, they're prone to bigotry, and they're never going to accept any position that aims to fully integrate everyone in freedom and equality. Many of those used to at least somewhat trust their traditional conservative parties, but once they grow angry enough, they need to find a solution - even if it isn't real, even if it won't solve their problems. And then they find a demagogue offering them a boogeyman, be they Jews, Muslims or queer people.

r/The_Donald helped radicalize users into far-right identities and discourse – Active users on r/The_Donald increasingly used white nationalist vocabularies in their comments within three months. ( journals.sagepub.com )

I know most people that were on reddit at the time are fully aware of this and won't be surprised but don't dismiss the findings out of hand. It's important that studies are being conducted and the fact that the finding match our lived experience is still noteworthy.

SuddenDownpour ,

This won't make Spez any more uncomfortable when he wants to sleep at night. According to him, that subreddit was "valuable discussion".

SuddenDownpour ,

Hey there, I've just downvoted you. The reason why is that you would have never told this to a woman who said "I definitely trust [women] more than I trust [men]. I don't know what part of what I said sounds like that when I said I don’t trust [men], not people.", therefore you're patronizing this person, dismissing their claims and experiences and unusual and ultimately unworthy of being taken seriously. Yes, of course it sounds like there's very likely some trauma behind her position, just as there's trauma behind the women who say they'd choose the bear, but that is no proper reason to dismiss them when they want to use their experiences as a parting point to discuss social issues.

SuddenDownpour ,

Find me two twinks that look breedable and submissive.

SuddenDownpour ,

You're not autistic because you're an engineer, but are you an engineer because you're autistic?

SuddenDownpour ,

Finally, someone who defends the dark side.

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  • SuddenDownpour ,

    The thing is the degree to which you have to mask. Human communication is full of aspects that are interpreted, performed and learned in an instinctive way, such as how often you should be looking at someone in the eyes, for how long, which expression should you have while doing so, and so on, just to pick a very narrow category.

    Because the brains of people in the spectrum have some differences, the "correct" instinctive way of doing those things is almost usually different, some people whose brains think that isn't the correct way of performing non-verbal communication will react negatively, sometimes without being capable of explaining why, and will instead retort to vague attacks such as "XYZ is such a weirdo/gives me bad vibes/is a creep", even when they aren't really doing anything wrong.

    You may have heard or read of the "doesn't make eye-to-eye contact" pointer to diagnose autism. That is true of a subset of autistic people, there are other autistic people whose natural prefered amount of eye contact is different than the norm, and there are plenty who perform the socially acceptable amount of eye contact because they're masking, even though it feels unnatural, or feels annoying, or forced, or is even energy-consuming. Now consider the same for voice tone, sarcasm, gender roles in communication, hand gestures (depending on the country), how much it is socially acceptable to discuss your interests specifically, and so on, and so on, which are often also rules that aren't laid out with precision, because NTs don't need them to be laid out with precision. There's a dual problem in that you're both constantly forcing yourself to perform in a way that feels unnatural, and that you have to consciously seek out for signs that they're being interpreted the correct way, because otherwise NTs aren't going to tell you, and all of that is taking energy out of you.

    As personal anecdotes. I didn't know how to mask in my early teens, and consequently, I was often left out at best, when not mocked or ridiculed, in physical social settings, while online I had no issues whatsoever to make friends even though I was annoyingly smug (people will be far more willing to overlook your bad traits if you're capable of correctly performing that you're part of the in-group). Nowadays, if I'm in a place far away from my birth region, I don't have to mask too much because people will usually assume that my "weird" traits are just a cultural thing.

    SuddenDownpour ,

    The one debate I had in high school was whether or not humans should incorporate artificial (bionic) parts into their bodies. I had to argue against so much stupid bullshit that I lost plenty of respect for most of them - I do not even want to imagine how I would have felt if the matter of debate had been whether or not I should have equal rights. The following day everyone agreed that I won the debate though.

    SuddenDownpour ,

    I thought this whole thing was bait until a streamer recently told a personal anecdote: he recently went to a wedding, and at some point, he realized that all the women kept the drinks in their hands, for the whole time, until they were done with them. After asking about it, he was told that it was standard safety to avoid getting roofied. At that point I realized I had seriously underestimated the chances of running across a psycho capable of gifting you some precious trauma for most people.

    SuddenDownpour ,

    Sure, but statistically speaking, as a male, I also engage in more "risky" behavior, such as taking walks during pitch black night at 3AM. Analyzing that statistic without taking into consideration how much caution is exercised by each gender is meaningless.

    And regardless, I think the discussion of "Which gender has it worse" is less important than "how do we make society safer for everyone". I want to take safe walks at 3AM ffs.

    SuddenDownpour ,

    I believe a woman is a human being who belongs to the sex class that produces large gametes.

    TIL my grandma isn't a woman anymore.

    SuddenDownpour ,

    However, this was weakened by the flexible gender system of traditional Igbo culture and language. As Ifi explained, a major component of this gender framework was that “male roles were open to certain categories of women through such practices as “nhanye”- “male daughters” and “igba ohu” – “female husbands”

    What, you're telling me that boywives were real all along!?

    SuddenDownpour ,

    Overwhelmingly Muslim country with a head of government who has reinforced their Muslim identity to safeguard his own power. This doesn't have as much to do with leftism or humanitarism as it has to do with being somewhat coherent with their declared in-group, lest their own base turns against them. I think the move is good though, even if I don't trust their reasons.

    Israeli airstrike on Rafah refugee camp in Gaza kills boy, 4, and his sister, 2 ( www.cnn.com )

    An Israeli airstrike on Al-Shaboura refugee camp in southern Gaza’s Rafah city late Tuesday killed two young children and injured several other people, according to the Palestinian Civil Defense in Gaza and the Kuwait Hospital in Rafah....

    SuddenDownpour ,

    I'm pretty sure corruption prevents them from join the EU. Turkey is corrupt as fuck and they're in NATO. What prevents them from joining NATO is the fact that they don't control all their claimed territory.

    SuddenDownpour ,

    Just said on a Reddit r/worldnews' thread that the subreddit has been astroturfed for years, as a response to someone wondering how could people in the comments be wishing for more innocent Palestinians be killed, and surprise surprise, I got instabanned. The site is becoming a façade of a fake reality in far more ways than one.

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