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    Quote Originally Posted by Corvus View Post
    Depending on what historic bits you're specifically interested in, it might be better to visit Japan. For example, Japan has far more extant Tang era style architecture than China. It's obviously a bit different overall, but in many ways Japan and Korea have more of old China than China does.
    I'll remember that. Japan also has particular styles of castle that I'd enjoy seeing anyway. You wouldn't happen to know convenient places to get a look at older Zoroastrian sites outside of Iran and India would you? I'm not absolutely opposed to visiting India but Iran has an occasional tendency to keep visiting Americans and I don't particularly feel like touring their prisons.
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    Re: The Rant Thread (v1.3)

    Quote Originally Posted by MaskedOne View Post
    I'll remember that. Japan also has particular styles of castle that I'd enjoy seeing anyway. You wouldn't happen to know convenient places to get a look at older Zoroastrian sites outside of Iran and India would you? I'm not absolutely opposed to visiting India but Iran has an occasional tendency to keep visiting Americans and I don't particularly feel like touring their prisons.
    Persia is mostly outside any of my research focuses. I only really know about it and Zoroastrianism through what impact was had on Europe. My gut instincts tell me there can't possibly be that many extant Zoroastrian places of note, but it's not something I know very much about. As a religion it's still around in some form, and I wouldn't call it.. irrelevant exactly, but there's not a huge number of them left. I hesitate to say anything further just because it's really out of my wheelhouse.
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    Re: The Rant Thread (v1.3)

    Quote Originally Posted by MaskedOne View Post
    China is on a list of countries that I really want to see for historical sites and can't imagine myself setting foot in without either

    A. Massive societal change on their part
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    B. Possession of a diplomatic visa with full or near full immunity on my part.

    As I have zero desire to join the State Department and China seems unlikely to make massive changes in a direction I like in a timely manner, I don't expect to visit.
    If I ever visit a country someday, I'm not going to choose China as my first choice.

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    So anyway, I went on my friend Livestream a few nights ago she accused me to talk crap behind her back which I never do and she got mad at me because I hexed two of her stupid friends who have been causing drama. Bye Felicia, so I hexed her good. This woman is nothing more than a backstabber who plays a victim who smokes too much of her weed every day.

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    How come masks have made people think they don't need to speak anymore? I work in customer service and people used to at least answer or acknowledge what you said to them. Now they don't even talk. Just hand you the paperwork or bill or whatever without even speaking. I ask them questions and they will nod their head or barely mumble words. Grrrr. Newsflash! It's still okay to be polite and speak - even with a mask on!!

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    I hate it when other people judge negatively about homeless people that they believe that all homeless people are evil. Just because they don't have a home doesn't mean they're evil. I wish people could stop judging homeless people negatively about it.
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    It's a thing. I don't know if evil is right, but definitely suspect. That's part of why the wife and I organize as a c3, for a limited range of cases. The idea is that a homeless guy might be more likely to harm you - but the reality is that a homeless guy is more likely than the average person to be a vet with a deep sense of honor that would do -terrible- things -for you- on the simple worry of you being harmed. That's why he's homeless. Worrying about you and acting for you broke him. He needs a walkman and a job and food and shelter and some grand greater thing to strive for like before. The suspicion with which he's apprehended is a complicating factor to his misery, which (at least partially) explains his situation.

    Change that, and people view of him changes...drastically.

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    Re: The Rant Thread (v1.3)

    Quote Originally Posted by Rhythm View Post
    It's a thing. I don't know if evil is right, but definitely suspect. That's part of why the wife and I organize as a c3, for a limited range of cases. The idea is that a homeless guy might be more likely to harm you - but the reality is that a homeless guy is more likely than the average person to be a vet with a deep sense of honor that would do -terrible- things -for you- on the simple worry of you being harmed. That's why he's homeless. Worrying about you and acting for you broke him. He needs a walkman and a job and food and shelter and some grand greater thing to strive for like before. The suspicion with which he's apprehended is a complicating factor to his misery, which (at least partially) explains his situation.

    Change that, and people view of him changes...drastically.
    At the end of the day, he's still a human being.

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    Well, sure. He was a human being at the beginning of the day too.

    The broad range of people and broad range of circumstances that lead to homelessness in the US defy our view of what the stereotypical homeless person must be like. Our current economic situation pretty much guarantees that some portion of us will be homeless at a given time, and that once homeless, they become unemployable, and therefore incapable of reacquiring a home. There was this great little program down in sc florida that had volunteer laborers (who were members) working a community farm once a week. Alongside them, there were people working for shares. Two ten hour days for $400 worth of scheduled produce, and all the produce they could carry or haul off (for use or sale) on the days of. Many of them homeless or functionally equivalent to homeless (bouncing around as guests with their kids in tow). The CSA members, who were predominantly wealthy retirees...were often genuinely surprised to find out that those smiling moms and dads working their butts off out in the fields producing niche crops for an affluent market were homeless. They were particularly surprised to find a large number of former servicemembers. That's not who they thought the homeless were. It made them more engaged in those other sides of the program, beyond the agricultural pilot.
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    Re: The Rant Thread (v1.3)

    Ok. I was posting a thread about a movie review of Coming to 2 America where I was expressing my opinion on an internet forum. It was a very decent review. And next thing that happens it was locked and deleted. Then I received an infraction because they have this "No Opinion" rule on their site which I think is completely stupid to even have this rule, to begin with. Like you have an internet forum and you expected people to follow this idiotic No Opinion rule even when a member in your forum has an opinion for a certain topic that they like or dislike. That's completely stupid and unfair to have a rule like that in your forum. Of course, I did appeal the infraction but the admin completely reject my appeal.

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