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Post by GooberBM » Thu Jul 14, 2016 7:49 pm

I understand where your feeling is coming from but I tend to just go ahead and embrace that kind of thing when it strikes me. In terms of women (and people in general), I think everyone is beautiful in their own way, even if I'm not physically or sexually attracted to them. A handsome man is handsome, even if I don't feel any desire to rip his clothes off. I'm not into fat girls but I have known some really REALLY pretty girls who just happened to be fat. I don't let that kind of thing discourage me. I just embrace the fact that while something is not my specific cup of tea, it can have things about it or parts of it that I can engage with or find attractive/beautiful.

My completely eclectic tastes in music are probably the thing in my life most affected by that sensibility. I will listen to almost any style, genre, or nation of origin of music and find something I like in it. To the point that I'm pretty convinced that for any person I ever meet I could probably tell them I like a song or artist or band that would make them say "Oh my god, YOU like them?" and "Oh my god, you like...THEM?" in nearly the same breath
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Re: The Ask Goober a Question Game

Post by eobversion1 » Fri Aug 19, 2016 7:49 pm

Yeah, I have no idea why that happens to me. I just roll with them as outliers. One woman can seem attractive to me and another similar looking one I might not find attractive at all, it's weird to me is all.

You have Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton in a debate for an hour, you're the moderator, what kind of questions do you ask them?
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Re: The Ask Goober a Question Game

Post by GooberBM » Sat Aug 20, 2016 8:16 pm

I go after them as hard as I can. I'd ask direct questions like why Hillary thinks being guarded (at best), or a liar (at worst) is the best course of action when she has the reputation of not being honest, and questions like that.

I'd ask Trump if he understands that things like his current course of action for his campaign are at best implicit dog whistles and at worst flat out racist behaviors, if he does understand it why would he think that is the best way to show himself as a genuine candidate for President, and if he doesn't understand it why someone who doesn't understand the weapons he's using are dangerous should be trusted by the people to be president, and questions like that
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Re: The Ask Goober a Question Game

Post by eobversion1 » Sun Aug 21, 2016 12:24 pm

GooberBM wrote:I go after them as hard as I can. I'd ask direct questions like why Hillary thinks being guarded (at best), or a liar (at worst) is the best course of action when she has the reputation of not being honest, and questions like that.
Can argue there. Her guarded nature can only arouse suspicion in certain instances. Perhaps unwarranted but that's the impression it gives. Never damning but always cause for concern.
GooberBM wrote:I'd ask Trump if he understands that things like his current course of action for his campaign are at best implicit dog whistles and at worst flat out racist behaviors.
Nothing explains that better than Occam's razor. The seriousness and severity with which he's made certain statements don't leave much wiggle room. Pocahontas, Mexican rapists, Muslim banning, that judge can't judge me fairly because of his heritage...doesn't leave much room for that. I would say, however, that perhaps instead of it being racism it's that Trump is a chronic narcissist. He probably views everyone as beneath him because he's entirely self-centered and can't comprehend his own ignorance.
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Re: The Ask Goober a Question Game

Post by GooberBM » Sun Aug 21, 2016 2:49 pm

It's racist and sexist. Flat out. Other than women, what white demographic has Trump intentionally and actively insulted? It's racism and sexism masked in narcissism, and the exact hope of his behavior is that he wants you to get caught up in the narcissism and overlook the true nature of it
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Post by eobversion1 » Sun Aug 21, 2016 4:50 pm

True, was just fully exploring that thought. It's inexcusable behaviour, it does interest me to know if his racism is borne out of narcissism or vice versa, doesn't matter, it's wrong either way.
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Post by eobversion1 » Sun Sep 18, 2016 3:51 pm

If you have a kid, and want his childhood to be awesome where is the fine line between showing him the stuff you enjoyed vs. straight up indoctrination?

If I have a kid, there ain't no way I don't show him or her Aladdin, The Lion King, Toy Story, Star Wars or Jurassic Park but give them space to discover things for themselves simply because as I know as they age their appreciation for them will change. I wouldn't show them stuff I know to be useless now that I'm older. For example, my parents had a VHS tape of Phil Collins live in concert and for some reason unknown to me now I wore that thing out, I was obsessed, I consumed more Phil Collins than is healthy for 10 people for 10 lifetimes. I have absolutely no idea why I did that. Phil is OK I guess, I listen to his songs from time to time but he doesn't resonate with me at all. Back to my main point, I want to give them the guidance and tools I had so that they might teach me what I've been missing from how I see the world. I want to give them a foundation to build a meaningful existence with the things that I found meaning in as soon as possible and whatever they want to be after that is fine by me because maybe they could teach me a thing or two. What's your take on it?
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Re: The Ask Goober a Question Game

Post by GooberBM » Sun Sep 18, 2016 8:13 pm

I've come to the conclusion that all you can do, as a parent, is own your shit. It's your actual job to indoctrinate your kids. There's no shame in it, certainly no glory or honor. But that is the job whether you want it or not. Because your kids emulate everything you do whether you say to or not, so everything you do or like or (dis)approve of is a walking advertisement for it.

The biggest thing that I have decided is that I'll always treat my kids with respect, like tiny human beings. Not that I'll pop on a porn for my 3 year old or watch Saw with them before it's appropriate or anything crazy like that, but you see the "kids are awesome" videos I put up on facebook. The only way you get kids thinking and acting like they can accomplish anything is by fostering it and by treating them with the respect that they can do anything. The worst thing adults do is put shackles on the imagination and ingenuity of kids by telling them everything they can't do or shouldn't do or would be wrong to do. Fuck that!

Plus, I want to run experiments on my kids! I hope I have at least two kids, one specific reason is so that I can show them the first 6 Star Wars movies in different orders: One kid will get it IV-VI then I-III like we got it, and the other will get it I-VI, and I want to see what the perceptions are like for the kids and how it's different for them, depending on how they consume the story.

Besides, kids are fickle anyway, as you illustrated. What they like before they're 10 can and usually will drastically change as they get older. Trying not to control what they're exposed to is just a different form of controlling it. It just takes the focus out of your hands, which is not necessarily better for your kids. The point of being a parent should be to put the best path in front of your kids, whatever that path is for each individual kid
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Post by El Canuck » Sun Sep 18, 2016 10:43 pm

Tatiana Maslany won Best Actress in a Drama at the Emmy's. Thoughts?
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Post by GooberBM » Sun Sep 18, 2016 11:06 pm

It's basically her award until Orphan Black ends, as the Academy stands. Not because other people aren't deserving but she's not just a lead actress, she plays an entire ensemble. It's hard to beat that
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Post by eobversion1 » Mon Sep 19, 2016 6:20 am

TATIANA MASLANY! WOOHOOO! One of the most deserved awards of all time. Well deserved and long overdue. Nicely done.
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Post by eobversion1 » Sun Oct 02, 2016 4:11 pm

How much do you think that the abundance of white male rage we've seen in recent times is a result of the ability of issues, movies, television shows, music and similar items to become culturally and socially relevant with or without their approval?
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Re: The Ask Goober a Question Game

Post by GooberBM » Sun Oct 02, 2016 6:40 pm

This happens in ebbs and flows. People with power or prestige (or people who think they have a measure of it), can't really handle when people that don't have it reach for it. People acted similarly with rock and roll when black people started to really co-opt it and make it theirs. It's unfortunate, but a part of human nature to want for yourself and to keep away from those that aren't like you
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Post by eobversion1 » Tue Oct 11, 2016 5:17 pm

A lot of questions at once here but they all share a similar theme. What do you make of people who are hardline anti-Black Lives Matter people that live to demonise and smear? Is it because they don't like Black Lives Matter specifically or is it racially motivated? I don't find it a controversial thing to say "Let's not have unarmed black people shot by the police and let's do something about it" but could understand to some extent the frustration at toxicity of the nature of that debate.

Finally, do you think that conversations about sexual assault and police shootings highlight issues that have been laying dormant for many years only that now people have the power to speak up? I was listening to the radio today at work and it's a pretty common sentiment among local reporters and seasoned journalists that police shootings have always been a problem but video technology and social media have given people the ability to connect the dots. Hopefully, this isn't an unanswerable question/thesis, just wanted your take.
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Re: The Ask Goober a Question Game

Post by GooberBM » Tue Nov 01, 2016 6:13 pm

I didn't realize this question was here for so long but I will answer it now:

If my stances on things like Colin Kaepernick or the Trump video tapes weren't previously clear about, as well as our previous conversations, there is a major disconnect in the ability to show empathy in our world right now. It's very likely that this isn't a new thing, that people have generally sucked at showing empathy for other people's plights, but it's particularly stark in this generation where we have access to everything.

Police (and general public: Think lynchings) misconduct against minorities, and sex crimes against women, have gone on for as long as there's been police and men & women. The fact that there is so much readily available evidence, data, and other reference points makes it harder to pretend it doesn't exist (though some people out there will continue to do just that). Trump's "Make America Great Again" tagline is a perfect dog whistle for that, because the entire premise of that is that America needs to go back to when white men weren't being outnumbered, and cornered in from all sides.

In terms of the vicious response against BLM, there is less than 0% doubt that there's a racial component to it, but I'm probably not equipped to judge what that is. I don't think a lot of the common people, that comment on news stories or post on Facebook are inherently racist assholes. But everybody is a racist, to some degree (me included), and implicit bias is a thing that actually exists. The people that are spearheading the attack, that have trickled it down to the masses, are using those factors to drum up the negative reaction. But what that means, in the long-term scope of things, I'm not sure I can say. But John from Cincinnati feeling the need to respond to protests about minority abuse suffered against from cops, by saying "well fix black-on-black crime in Chicago first", isn't logical on many levels. That isn't a natural thought for John to have, but the talking points and perspective have been warped so completely, that that's the response. The simple fact that certain people can't have grievances, and the ability to air them in a safe manner that they will be taken seriously and with respect, is an amazing problem with still have. Both in this country, and in the world at-large
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