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I'll try.

Ida,

I have read your criticism of the elite male bridge players who form the bulk of your peer group & your blanket accusation of sexism against the vast majority of them.

When you publicly (& loudly) complain about trivial, minor inconveniences & annoyances in your life, while overlooking the countless blessings & advantages you seem to take for granted, (many of which are not enjoyed by the men you are targeting for criticism) & distract from the truly important issues of our time, when we are on the brink of a historic & catastrophical ‘point of no return,’ I feel uncomfortable, upset and sad.

Instead of saying “Why doesn't everybody behave exactly the way I wish they behaved?” a better approach would be: “What can I do & say to ensure a better planet for my children, my country, my culture, my people (the next generation of Swedes) & Western Civilization?” That way what you intend aligns with the impact I feel. (Or at least it makes you a good person.)

It shows that you are grateful for your blessings & that you recognize that you owe it to the NEXT generation to bestow on them a culture & civilization that works for them as well as (or better than) the culture & civilization you were born into works for you.

As the famous (& beautiful) native American proverb goes: We don't inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.
June 30, 2016
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People forget how courageous, brilliant & well educated many of the founding fathers were. When you don't have video games, porn, smart phones, bridge, Reddit, Twitter, Facebook, celebrity culture & drugs to distract you, it turns out you can learn quite a lot. I get touchy at efforts to disparage them.

https://www.memoriapress.com/articles/classical-education-founding-fathers/

I love the last sentence:

“Education is the cultivation of wisdom and virtue. In deciding how to accomplish this with our own children, we would do well to see how it was done in a time when wisdom and virtue were more prevalent than in our own.”
June 29, 2016
Jonathan Ferguson edited this comment June 29, 2016
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Race:

http://time.com/91081/what-science-says-about-race-and-genetics/

Gender:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK222297/

If you truly believe both genders are identical & that gender is a meaningless/archaic ‘social construct,’ what does it even MEAN to be transgender?

Slavery:

https://www.britannica.com/topic/The-Founding-Fathers-and-Slavery-1269536

“In his initial draft of the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson condemned the injustice of the slave trade and, by implication, slavery, but he also blamed the presence of enslaved Africans in North America on avaricious British colonial policies. Jefferson thus acknowledged that slavery violated the natural rights of the enslaved, while at the same time he absolved Americans of any responsibility for owning slaves themselves.”

Solitary confinement:

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=5579901

Solitary confinement was a well-intended Quaker experiment that failed. First tried in 1829, 53 years after the Declaration of Independence. So what?

Then we make the leap that this somehow proves Moral Relativism. I haven't seen an argument like that since the Chewbacca Defense.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xwdba9C2G14
June 29, 2016
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I'm going to have to steal that one, Jim.
June 29, 2016
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I remember when I went to my 1st & last Bridge Camp in 1996 in Marco Island & how appalled I was at how long many of the ‘top juniors’ took to think (measured in minutes, not seconds.) I came to the conclusion that most of what makes many of the best players ‘great’ is just having the chutzpah to use up all the available time.
June 29, 2016
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If I were playing a club game & my partner took 5-6 minutes before calling a card, I would be appalled. This ain't chess.

Edit: Oops, I now see the ‘timed event’ aspect is being discussed downthread. I should have commented there.
June 29, 2016
Jonathan Ferguson edited this comment June 29, 2016
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Bob hit the nail on the head.

I'm not a fan of unregulated monopolies.
June 29, 2016
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Moral Relativism is Unintelligible (much of it is dry, I think the last 3 paragraphs sum up the article well.) Glad to see at least one Canadian professor hasn't lost his mind:

https://philosophynow.org/issues/97/Moral_Relativism_Is_Unintelligible

I find it vexing & hypocritical, (but not surprising,) that the people who argue for Moral Relativism are so often the same people who argue that white men should feel guilty (and owe reparations or should allow themselves to be discriminated against) for the behavior of their distant ancestors.
June 29, 2016
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Mike,

I won't argue with people who define themselves as amoral. Just as I excuse the PC crowd in here who aren't as blessed with the critical reasoning skills I was born with or perhaps with the courage to utter unpopular truths, I'm all for excusing people of different cultures/historical periods for their immoral beliefs. But excusing is not condoning or approving.

It's funny, I used to be a militant outspoken atheist who tried to convince anyone who would listen that their religion is superstitious nonsense.

But now that I see the truly evil religion they have adopted in its place, I wish they'd go back to being Cafeteria Christians.
June 29, 2016
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I admire you for seeing things so clearly, Eric. Particularly with the toxic counter-programming you must encounter every day in your country.

“Come be PC” might be a better name for this thread. It happens to be the name of this fantastic Youtube video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dmeSGwVBoao
June 29, 2016
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“It has obviously never been right e.g. to discriminate against people with a different colour skin or of a different sexe. For centuries it has basically been a situation where one party held a gun to the others head.”

Except today it's one party holding a gun to its own head.
June 29, 2016
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Nick,

The promotion/indoctrination of an ideology that results in a massive increase in cases like the one you spent time on last week is what I'm opposing.

You seem to think that because you condemn child abuse AFTER IT HAPPENS that somehow makes you a good person.

I think adopting policies that PREVENT CHILD ABUSE & SEXUAL ASSAULT (like the recent case in Idaho) FROM HAPPENING is far more sensible, & I find arguments to the contrary morally repugnant. Although with so many on the Marxist Left embracing moral relativism, that won't mean much to them.

Idaho case:

http://www.therebel.media/the_idaho_migrant_sexual_assault_cover_up_proves_you_can_t_trust_the_mainstream_media
June 29, 2016
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No sympathy here.

Your opponents made a bid that by your own admission ALMOST NOBODY WOULD HAVE AN EXPLICIT AGREEMENT ON & then your partner ASKED WHAT IT MEANT!

It also SOUNDS like you haven't given the full hand details because you KNOW that your partner's failure to bid DOES constitute a ‘failure to play bridge’ and yet you state that “it didn't IMO constitute a ‘failure to play bridge.’”

And this wasn't some club game where you might get SOME sympathy. This is a counties championship!
June 28, 2016
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Nick,

I don't recall mentioning Canadian television. I don't own a TV.

And I was being completely serious. Cultural Marxist propaganda is child abuse.
June 28, 2016
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Richard,

“Although I now feel terrible about myself.”

That's the idea.
June 28, 2016
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As hard as I find it to believe, I stand corrected by Tim.

http://imgur.com/8DX2l76

As the great H. L. Mencken once said:

“Nobody ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American public.”

Sadly, that's never been truer than it is today. Though I can see from this thread that brainwashing works equally well on ‘intelligent’ people as it does on stupid ones. I think critical thinking and intelligence aren't as synonymous as I thought they were.
June 27, 2016
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“If you tune in to public TV or radio, you can expect a ”family-friendly“ experience.”

I disagree. Much of the propaganda I hear on CBC radio amounts to child abuse.
June 27, 2016
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Bingo!

Be careful though, Jeannie. You forgot to insert a Trigger Warning before your link.
June 27, 2016
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And Chris, it's in part to be humorous, because Lord knows one needs a sense of humor to converse with Cultural Marxists without going insane. But it's also to demonstrate a legitimate point:

Nobody would ever criticize someone for running the “buttcrack” article. Because it targets nerdy men. Of course, if it WERE about women's cleavage the howls of outrage would never end.

That's what Lauren Southern talks about in her “Why I'm Not A Feminist” video. 3rd wave feminists don't want equality. They want to behave however they please & they want everyone else to behave in a way that doesn't make feminists uncomfortable. It's not equality. It's divisive. And it's WRONG. (Not to mention that it distracts from important issues, which is probably why the elites are happy to promote it.)
June 27, 2016
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I'd edit the initial post & just put this link but then it would look like I might have changed the substance of what I posted. I should have Googled for this link first.

https://www.buzzfeed.com/mrloganrhoades/man-goes-to-magic-the-gathering-tournament-poses-next-to-but?utm_term=.phNNNxVYj#.pgG66PLXG
June 27, 2016
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