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How is it that Germany, the birthplace of one of the world’s most infamous tyrannical regimes, is now a bastion of humanity and democracy? Were its people so shocked and disgusted by what happened that they moved in the opposite direction? How is it that the United States never experienced such a level of shock and disgust after its own civil war?

Also, on that subject, the United States once was at war with the United Kingdom, Germany, and Japan, but all three of those nations are now some of its strongest allies; how did that happen? How did those nations transform from enemies to allies, and, with that in mind, why can the USA not be friends with Russia and China? What makes Russia and China so different from the UK, Germany, and Japan? How is it that the former members of the Confederate States of America have not become friends with the other states?
 

Island

In the Sun
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How is it that Germany, the birthplace of one of the world’s most infamous tyrannical regimes
It's also the birthplace of free and accessible information.

Courtesy of our friend Johannes Gutenberg, Germany is the birthplace of mass printing.

Your question boils down to "Why is country that did bad thing doing good things today?" and that's because cultures and countries aren't unchanging things. Yesterday's genocidal dictatorships and be today's democratic utopias and vice versa.

Also, on that subject, the United States once was at war with the United Kingdom, Germany, and Japan, but all three of those nations are now some of its strongest allies; how did that happen? How did those nations transform from enemies to allies, and, with that in mind, why can the USA not be friends with Russia and China? What makes Russia and China so different from the UK, Germany, and Japan? How is it that the former members of the Confederate States of America have not become friends with the other states?
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The US and UK have aligned interests, both culturally and ideologically, so even though they fought in the past, it's beneficial to be friends in the modern world.

...and in Germany and Japan's cases, that's because we ousted the previous governments and installed friendly ones in their place.
 

dr_shadow

Moderator
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How is it that Germany, the birthplace of one of the world’s most infamous tyrannical regimes, is now a bastion of humanity and democracy? Were its people so shocked and disgusted by what happened that they moved in the opposite direction? How is it that the United States never experienced such a level of shock and disgust after its own civil war?

Also, on that subject, the United States once was at war with the United Kingdom, Germany, and Japan, but all three of those nations are now some of its strongest allies; how did that happen? How did those nations transform from enemies to allies, and, with that in mind, why can the USA not be friends with Russia and China? What makes Russia and China so different from the UK, Germany, and Japan? How is it that the former members of the Confederate States of America have not become friends with the other states?

Weren't you a history major?
 

Alwaysmind

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How is it that Germany, the birthplace of one of the world’s most infamous tyrannical regimes, is now a bastion of humanity and democracy? Were its people so shocked and disgusted by what happened that they moved in the opposite direction? How is it that the United States never experienced such a level of shock and disgust after its own civil war?

Also, on that subject, the United States once was at war with the United Kingdom, Germany, and Japan, but all three of those nations are now some of its strongest allies; how did that happen? How did those nations transform from enemies to allies, and, with that in mind, why can the USA not be friends with Russia and China? What makes Russia and China so different from the UK, Germany, and Japan? How is it that the former members of the Confederate States of America have not become friends with the other states?
Prior to world war 2 Germany actually got good press despite being bellicose, they were seen as a progressive. But sure let’s judge Germany for 10 years our of its history.

similarly how is it that the United States is depicted as the bastion of freedom when it is the birthplace of one of the Native American genocides.
 
On OKCupid, a woman had on her profile the following line: "let's make sure we are on the same page about who killed Jonbenet Ramsey." Why would anyone care about that? She has been dead since 1996, so I do not understand how her death could still be relevant.

On that subject, why is it that, whenever a young child is killed or otherwise goes missing, people too often suspect the child's parents? Are people really that paranoid and suspicious?

How is it that right-wing extremists are feeling so bold that they can openly express their beliefs? And how can there possibly be a sufficient number of people who share their beliefs that they are confident that they have a chance of success in their election campaigns?

Weren't you a history major?

Why does everyone continually mention that? Have you not been paying attention when I said that I changed my career path?

Prior to world war 2 Germany actually got good press despite being bellicose, they were seen as a progressive. But sure let’s judge Germany for 10 years our of its history.

I am sorry; it was simply a question.

Why would it not be a possibility. The USA has been involved in regime change for decades. What comes around goes around.

The difference is that I would be affected by it, and I do not like the idea of a regime change, because such a change could make the situation much worse.
 

Alwaysmind

Goodbye mom! I’ll miss you!
On OKCupid, a woman had on her profile the following line: "let's make sure we are on the same page about who killed Jonbenet Ramsey." Why would anyone care about that? She has been dead since 1996, so I do not understand how her death could still be relevant.

On that subject, why is it that, whenever a young child is killed or otherwise goes missing, people too often suspect the child's parents? Are people really that paranoid and suspicious?

How is it that right-wing extremists are feeling so bold that they can openly express their beliefs? And how can there possibly be a sufficient number of people who share their beliefs that they are confident that they have a chance of success in their election campaigns?



Why does everyone continually mention that? Have you not been paying attention when I said that I changed my career path?



I am sorry; it was simply a question.



The difference is that I would be affected by it, and I do not like the idea of a regime change, because such a change could make the situation much worse.
Well, when it comes to dating sites, you want to be quirky and show personality. I would ok Cupid her just because intrigue.

im just saying that the Nazi imagery is overused something lead to it and something lead it away from it.

you are already affected by regime changes. Gaddafi’s death, which is part of the Arab spring, has regime change all over it. Many of the events that have followed have indirect links to it. It was supposed to bring stability to back the knocking out of dictators, instead a bunch fled a destabilized region while others maintained power in a destabilized region. The world we live in was shaped by those events.
 
you are already affected by regime changes. Gaddafi’s death, which is part of the Arab spring, has regime change all over it. Many of the events that have followed have indirect links to it. It was supposed to bring stability to back the knocking out of dictators, instead a bunch fled a destabilized region while others maintained power in a destabilized region. The world we live in was shaped by those events.

I am deeply concerned about the possibility of right-wing extremists turning the United States into a dictatorship, so I intend to resist them in any way that I can, since that would most certainly be a change for the worse.
 

Nightfall

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Weren't you a history major?

Just out of curiosity what led you on your career path in life? History and moving to asia. Was it something you figured out early in life or some other reason for it?

Just curious cause it seems like a big decision and commitment :hm
 

dr_shadow

Moderator
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Just out of curiosity what led you on your career path in life? History and moving to asia. Was it something you figured out early in life or some other reason for it?

Just curious cause it seems like a big decision and commitment :hm

I visited China for the first time in 2006 (age 17) accompanying my dad on a business trip. I was completely smitten.

By coincidence, the year I was going to start university, 2008, was also the year of the Beijing Summer Olympics, which meant there was a lot of positive media coverage about how China was going to take over the world. "GDP growth above 10%" and whatnot. So it seemed like a good idea to do my bachelor's degree in Sinology, which I did at a Swedish university 2008-2012.

Then I moved to China in 2012 to do my master's degree, and have mostly been here ever since. But it wasn't a decision back then that "I'm gonna emigrate to China for the rest of my life :argh". Rather it's been one degree at a time: MA 2012-2014, PhD 2015-2020, Postdoc 2021-present. They've just kind of piled on.

Legally speaking it's also hard for a foreigner to permanently settle in China. Visas are usually only issued for 1 to 5 years at a time, and there's always a bit of uncertainty on whether they'll approve your next one.
 
In the Marvel Cinematic Universe, there have been numerous references to male genitalia and numerous scenes of women ogling men, but there have been, thus far, only two references to female genitalia and no scenes of men ogling women, which I think is very unfair, and I have stated that on multiple occasions, but other users will rarely give me a proper response when I say that; they usually prefer to either sarcastically agree with me or simply deride me. Why can they not actually engage in conversation with me about that subject? Is that really too much to ask?

Also, many people wish for Amber Heard to be fired from her role as Mera in the second Aquaman movie due to her past with Johnny Depp, and this is part of a larger trend, in which a public figure is fired from their job after being discovered committing heinous deeds, with other examples being Vic Mignogna and Jared Fogle. Why do people always do that? How are the disgraced celebrities supposed to support themselves? Does the public want them to starve to death?

I fervently and absolutely support women having complete bodily autonomy, including the ability to have safe and legal abortions without interference from any third parties, but I also like the idea of eliminating child support payments, so that men can freely engage in sexual activity without worrying about the consequences of doing so; am I contradicting myself, or is it perfectly reasonable to hold both of those viewpoints simultaneously?
 

Island

In the Sun
Moderator
I fervently and absolutely support women having complete bodily autonomy, including the ability to have safe and legal abortions without interference from any third parties, but I also like the idea of eliminating child support payments, so that men can freely engage in sexual activity without worrying about the consequences of doing so; am I contradicting myself, or is it perfectly reasonable to hold both of those viewpoints simultaneously?
It’s a complicated and nuanced situation, so at the very least, you get kudos for recognizing it as such.
 

Flowjr

Well-Known Member
How is it that Germany, the birthplace of one of the world’s most infamous tyrannical regimes, is now a bastion of humanity and democracy? Were its people so shocked and disgusted by what happened that they moved in the opposite direction? How is it that the United States never experienced such a level of shock and disgust after its own civil war?

Also, on that subject, the United States once was at war with the United Kingdom, Germany, and Japan, but all three of those nations are now some of its strongest allies; how did that happen? How did those nations transform from enemies to allies, and, with that in mind, why can the USA not be friends with Russia and China? What makes Russia and China so different from the UK, Germany, and Japan? How is it that the former members of the Confederate States of America have not become friends with the other states?

Because they got humbled and spanked in front of the whole world, literally speaking. That's why they have a weird porn scene.
 
and Jared Fogle. Why do people always do that? How are the disgraced celebrities supposed to support themselves? Does the public want them to starve to death?
jared fogle is a convicted p*d*p**** and currently in jail :jerrykek

also starving to death looks pretty good stacked up against eating at subway every day
 

Vagrant Tom

Stoic Bonta-kun
I fervently and absolutely support women having complete bodily autonomy, including the ability to have safe and legal abortions without interference from any third parties, but I also like the idea of eliminating child support payments, so that men can freely engage in sexual activity without worrying about the consequences of doing so; am I contradicting myself, or is it perfectly reasonable to hold both of those viewpoints simultaneously?

If men don't have to be pay anything your are just going to have single mothers carrying the full burden. Does that seem fair? Men may "freely engage in sexual activity" but women won't. So it's not gonna help you get laid DDJ, it's gonna go against that. It's not like men were hesitant to have sex anyway so they really don't need any encouragement.

You have such strange takes. You support abortion but only because you think it will result in more sex. You wanna remove child support to make people have more sex too. But even if you were right, you still need to convince them to have sex with you specifically and these things won't change that.
 
If men don't have to be pay anything your are just going to have single mothers carrying the full burden. Does that seem fair? Men may "freely engage in sexual activity" but women won't. So it's not gonna help you get laid DDJ, it's gonna go against that. It's not like men were hesitant to have sex anyway so they really don't need any encouragement.

I support a woman's right to have an abortion, so what is the problem, there?

You have such strange takes. You support abortion but only because you think it will result in more sex. You wanna remove child support to make people have more sex too. But even if you were right, you still need to convince them to have sex with you specifically and these things won't change that.

That is a reason for which I support abortion, but not the only reason.
 

Nightfall

Well-Known Member
If you remove child support you would put a severe financial strain on the mother alone and effectively removing any responsibility for the father altogether. I don't know if there's improvements to be made to how child support works as it is now, but you would have to suggest a better alternative in order for it to be taken seriously IMO :hm

Do you have that ddj?
 
If you remove child support you would put a severe financial strain on the mother alone and effectively removing any responsibility for the father altogether. I don't know if there's improvements to be made to how child support works as it is now, but you would have to suggest a better alternative in order for it to be taken seriously IMO

Allow women to have abortions; what better alternative can there be?
 

Nightfall

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Allow women to have abortions; what better alternative can there be?

I think you're spot on about .. I just don't think it's a solution to a situation that tends to be more complex than that.

For example if two people decide to keep the child and the man says he wants to raise and support the child as well. However there's nothing stopping him from changing his mind and backing out. Leaving the woman stranded alone with the financial burden of raising the child alone.

Whats your guarantee in that situation? Trust? Not good enough imo :hm
 
I support a woman's right to have an abortion, so what is the problem, there?
Some women don't want to have abortions. Just as women should have the right to have abortions, they should also have the right to NOT have abortions. For some women, the idea of having abortion, even when their own lives are in danger is unthinkable, and they'll endanger their own lives for the sake of the lives growing inside them, and that should be a woman's right just the same.
 
1. Abortions aren't free.

2. Getting an abortion can have an immense emotional toll on a woman. It's not like getting a wart removed or whatever.

I firmly believe that medical insurance should cover the cost of an abortion, because no woman should be forced to pay for such a procedure.

Yes, it may have an emotional toll, but how is that relevant to this discussion?

Some women don't want to have abortions. Just as women should have the right to have abortions, they should also have the right to NOT have abortions. For some women, the idea of having abortion, even when their own lives are in danger is unthinkable, and they'll endanger their own lives for the sake of the lives growing inside them, and that should be a woman's right just the same.

If a woman chooses to keep her child, that is her choice, but I feel that a man should also have the choice about whether or not he wishes to support the woman and child, and forcing a man to give monetary support to a woman and child whom he does not want is nearly a form of slavery.
 
If someone made a custom T-shirt that said either "society does not determine your sex; biology does" or "your sex is determined at birth by biology, not society," how might people react to that?
 

Lee/Leo

An Organized Mess
Do people still confuse sex and gender? They are not the same thing, they can be, but are not.
Sex is what you were assigned at birth, but gender is what you identify as. That's probably why the terms are "transgender" "cisgender" and "genderfluid".
 
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