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  1. Mr. Tea

    Mass shootings

    Flooding the zone with shit, to coin a phrase.
  2. Mr. Tea

    Mass shootings

    Great turn of phrase: "an online chat room where racist hatred was discussed." - Hey bro, what do you think about racist hatred? - NGL, I think it's pretty neat. - No way! Same, bro!
  3. Mr. Tea

    RIP Vangelis

    'Espers' as in the psychic kids in Akira? Another fantastic '80s dystopian sci-fi film with a cracking soundtrack. Both are set in 2019, too.
  4. Mr. Tea

    Mass shootings

    That's an annoying case of people quoting a saying, or part of a saying, and assuming it means the opposite of what it actually means, since the full saying is "a bad apple spoils the whole barrel".
  5. Mr. Tea

    what are you reading now?

    Yeah, it's weird that I've reached my 40s without having read any, so I thought I ought to remedy that. Funny, because one of my favourite science books of all time is The Quark and the Jaguar, by Murray Gell-Mann, who was a friend of Feynman's as well as a great rival of his - I think it...
  6. Mr. Tea

    Mass shootings

    That's fair, and I think what's going here is two related but separate things. One is the real issue of poor mental health, especially in young people and especially in men, that is real and widespread, has been around for a long time, and is getting worse. The other is the way "oh, he had...
  7. Mr. Tea

    Mass shootings

    Hang on, when did I say anything about people "suddenly snapping"? Every single time of these atrocities happens, there turns out to be a ton of backstory to it, going back months or even years. All the "warning signs" everyone talks about. The weird or absent personal relationships. The morbid...
  8. Mr. Tea

    what are you reading now?

    So it has recipes as well? Well that sounds fairly wholesome after all.
  9. Mr. Tea

    what are you reading now?

    Thanks for the CW. Everyone here is a fine, morally upstanding, God-fearing family man, and wants no part in anything sleazy. Perish the thought!
  10. Mr. Tea

    Mass shootings

    I'd have thought all of them - I mean you've got to have something pretty badly wrong with you to want to kill a bunch of people you've never met. That doesn't mean a hateful ideology isn't also involved, and it's not useful to assume it must be either one thing or the other.
  11. Mr. Tea

    Mass shootings

    Yeah, it's a particular favourite of Fucker Carlson, that one.
  12. Mr. Tea

    Mass shootings

    He's annoyingly good at convincing you you're wrong, isn't he?
  13. Mr. Tea

    Mass shootings

    No worries, you live there and are obviously more clued up about this sort of thing than I am.
  14. Mr. Tea

    Mass shootings

    Nonetheless, it's not unknown for people involved in far-left politics to get into fascism, or vice-versa, is it? Or white supremacists who become jihadis, or whatever.
  15. Mr. Tea

    Mass shootings

    Well the logical conclusion of that is the assertion that the gun-control lobby doesn't merely try to 'benefit from' or 'exploit' mass shootings, but actually either orchestrates them or fakes them, as per Alex "Fucking Cunt" Jones and his inane (but extremely harmful) bullshit about the Sandy...
  16. Mr. Tea

    Mass shootings

    Yep. There's probably something to be said for the idea of a high background level of dissatisfaction and impotent rage that transcends any conventional division of left and right, and can manifest itself as violence with a range of ideologies glossed over the top.
  17. Mr. Tea

    Mass shootings

    The Onion runs this headline every time there's a particularly bad one.
  18. Mr. Tea

    Mass shootings

    A tragedy which, of course, has nothing to do with the ready availability of guns in the USA. Just a random thing that could happen anywhere, to anyone.
  19. Mr. Tea

    Mass shootings

    Of course. It will continue until a critical mass of American voters who are right-leaning but not totally unmoored from reality accept that the Republican party has become a mad fascist cult.
  20. Mr. Tea

    Mass shootings

    Is this ever going to end? I mean it's just completely insane, isn't it?
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