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  1. User

    Mean IQ Of dpreview Members?

    - Ok then, have it your way. But how do you handle the weightlessness?
  2. User

    Mean IQ Of dpreview Members?

    No, because I don't meddle in 'other nations affairs'... I'm already in a relationship and I'm monogamous But let me ask you, what's it like living in your mom's basement/ a hard won social democracy, but in a constant state of self-loathing?
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    Mean IQ Of dpreview Members?

    - As a recovering malcontent, I'm happy to support your child rearing process - Too funny! I honestly believe that you guys were onto something with the sarcastic and borderline-abusive differentiator part... I actually get physically uncomfortable when everything is too 'nice.' Satire becomes much more meaningful to me over the years... I hope the state will issue a pardon and I'll be paroled soon.
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    Mean IQ Of dpreview Members?

    This is upbeat literature. Yep, 60 seconds in the microwave did the trick.
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    Kids can be fun and playful, and if it were me, I set up a few huge monitors around your main living area that are tuned and triggered by phrases like "how is that rude" and when triggered play random Kafka quotes. Here are a few that seem to fit: You are free, and that is why you are lost. So long as you have food in your mouth, you have solved all questions for the time being. One of the first signs of the beginning of understanding is the wish to die. As Gregor Samsa awoke one morning from uneasy dreams he found himself transformed in his bed into a gigantic insect. A book must be the ax for the frozen sea within us. From a certain point onward there is no longer any turning back. That is the point that must be reached. In the fight between you and the world, back the world.
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    Mean IQ Of dpreview Members?

    Social justice warriors and half baked journalists love this approach... not that IronFilm is either as far as I know. But just for fun, I'm reminded of an insightful and often hilarious interview with Jordan Peterson by Kathy Newman that makes light of this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aMcjxSThD54
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    Mean IQ Of dpreview Members?

    Well said Kaylee, thank you. Now if we could just bring back some of the old hands that were dumped.
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    Mean IQ Of dpreview Members?

    For sure. And their is nothing quite like living amongst a wide range of cultures to get a sense of prevailing mentalities and how things actually play out on the ground level...
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    Mean IQ Of dpreview Members?

    Thank you for that Kai... I know of the situation you describe. I also know that not every refugee is Muslim, but it seems to me that if I were Muslim, I would want to seek asylum in a country that was also Islamic friendly... you know... where my brothers and sisters just 'get' me and my burqa clad wife. Indonesia, Bangladesh, Pakistan easily come to mind as they are not war zones. But somehow everyone seems to want the nations with mini skirts social welfare cheques. How odd. It would be interesting to me if all Germans suddenly moved to bombed out Syria... I'll bet you that within 10 years Syria would be a model state and Germany would be a shit hole. The issue for me is that the apple doesn't fall far from the tree, and if you have ever sat at length with those who have Allah in the heart and on the tongue, you'll find that things like science, logic and reason often go right out the window. Funny that about religion... and yes the Evangelicals are just as dumb, but they don't blow people up... not yet anyway. I also know that not every asylum seeker is a religious fanatic, and asylum seekers can also be economic refugees. Should the West blame itself for the woes of the world... a little self flagellation? I don't know, sometimes the people get the governments they deserve. And finally, if 2 million Europeans sought asylum in an Islamic nation, there would simply be mass killings. But hey, the West has to somehow be the light... and Germany did have a huge labour gap that they wanted to fill... and so it goes
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    This stuff isn't easy. Having passed 10 years in the Islamic world, I certainly understand the benefit of having "local" processing facilities in "regional" safe zones where those who are claiming refugee status can have their backgrounds verified locally by the citizens there. Why? Because Europe will now spend the next 100 years trying to stamp out religious fanatics. And let me ask, what right do refugees have when it comes at the price of deaths and destruction in the host country? I'd appreciate an alternate perspective here? Having been at the receiving end of, and witnessing full scale life threatening assaults against others, ensuing in the aftermath of the 2015 refugee flood into Berlin... I have some complicated feelings on the matter.
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    That's unfortunate. John kindly replied to one of my queries some time ago, and I was both surprised and grateful for his insight having stumbled across his solid body of work years ago. Methinks we are missing quite a few of the old gang here Although I sometimes let myself get pulled into making sarcastic knee jerk comments, I'm inspired by those who still find a way to be diplomatic while standing on and for healthy ideals.... you folks know who you are
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    As near as I can figure it, with so many unbalanced individuals, and so many guns, I for one would not want to imagine what would happen if the strong arm of the U.S. police, militia, and army ever collapsed. Are you aware of all the recent press mentioning the emergence of the new cold war with Russia? Are you familiar on how Putin came to power and his agenda? I mean, he got your president elected, if that doesn't give you some indication of his power and reach, then I'll leave it there.
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    Thanking? 100 million gunowners with 100 million different opinions, all fighting amongst themselves. I'll bet that makes Putin happy.
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    Mean IQ Of dpreview Members?

    Yep... and he's staring in new film, The Constant Backpeddler Ah well.
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