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  1. But then my current Triumph would get jealous of my new Triumph...
  2. So kind! I won't have a vehicle so am hoping to find something pretty local to reduce commuting complications...
  3. Hiya peeps! Well well well... I am so freaking excited / nervous / scared-shitless...! After 7 long months of feeling like a useless turd (!), finally something to be excited about See attached screenshot - after a rigorous, and incredibly tedious (and also really awesome) vetting / re-training / selection process, I have be hired! Oh, I haven't been spending my days sleeping / crying under the duvet (although some days it was tempting), but this past year has really tested my resilience, belief in myself, confidence in life, et cetera, et cetera. I've seen so many ugly sides of myself literally (I'm thinking of pj's I have had to throw away they were so embarrassing) and figuratively, as I begged, pleaded, even seriously considered "alternative" employment in the form of prostitution - just to make ends meet (and don't get me wrong, I am not actually anti-prostitution between consenting adults, but seriously, I am 40... I don't think my going rate would be worthwhile!!! Hahahahaha!!!). It really had me asking "who am I ???" I dug really, really, REALLY deep. I didn't like everything I saw, but hey ho, we are all flawed... Aaaaaaaaanyway, in December, I heard the UK was training people to become Vaccinators. I thought fuck it. Fuck everything. I want to step OUT of my ego and do something for OTHER PEOPLE. It's not well paid. It doesn't help me with my financial situation. It's not in sunny south of France... In so many ways it feels counter-intuitive to go straight into the eye of the storm, but these are once in a lifetime experiences (one hopes ) and I am available / free to do it. I am a firm believer that you should put your money where your mouth is (ie: don't just talk about it... Fucking DO IT.) I'm so fucking sick of "whoring" myself out on LinkedIn. Maybe this will be the stupidest thing in a long list of stupid things that I have done, but fuck it. Just FUCK IT. Ok... Now that I have vented... The main point was this: Does anyone know people in Southampton, UK?? Looking for accommodation starting from early April!!
  4. Oh man, that's so sad. And also sad to have lost touch so badly. Back in the days she used to send me fun stickers and confetti in the post. May she RIP
  5. Hahahaha!!! Wasn't a criticism - just found it genuinely interesting that 2 people felt they were connected!!! And actually I suppose you are both right... The same way that the glass can be half-full and also half-empty at the same time... And it would be just as accurate to describe the glass as two times too big for the amount of water
  6. hahahahahahahahahahaha!!!! Ok, now I see it. Good burn!
  7. Awww fuck me... I actually googled "AC to get to 12.5" and still don't know what it means Please tell me so I know the appropriate emoji response!!
  8. Wow!!! I would like to thank all the white people who helped me achieve this great honour. And also my parents for being white PS: Can I put "winner of SC - 11 February 2021" on my CV??!!!
  9. I think it's fair to say the debate ended several pages ago. Now we are all just farting out of our mouths...
  10. Yep! ( <-- me, beaming with pride! )
  11. I'm going to go on a limb and guess that you are inferring that the link to the video is yet more evidence that a black person has succeeded ergo white privilege is a myth? I'm not sure that's what you meant... I am only inferring based on the fact you have pulled out this same bad argument many times already now... It's interesting that you attacked another poster on the basis that English is not his native language. English is not my native language but I think I am at least using good logic in my arguments. You, on the other hand, appear not to be fluent in logic, so let me educate you (guide you out of - but I can't force you to learn)... a - the video was a reference to the mental gymnastics it takes to make the kinds of arguments you are making in order to deny the existence of white privilege. It was a joke / attempt at humour. Apparently lost on you as well. Nevermind - I thought I was hilarious and as I am mostly trying to entertain myself on here, mission accomplished! ( <-- self-congratulation on making myself laugh) b - How are you making logical fallacies?? Let me count the ways... ( <-- nerdy reference to victorian poem) 1 - Ad Hominem / Tu Quoque (litterally - "against the man" / "you too"). These 2 logical fallacies are similar in that you attack the person as "proof" that the argument is bad. This is more than just becoming exasperated and calling someone names. This goes one step further and happens when someone makes the claim that "the other person is an idiot," therefore his/her argument must be stupid. This is an illogical leap. The "look who's talking" attack does not prove or disprove the person's statement. In assessing whether and argument follows good logic, it doesn't matter who is saying it only matters what is being said. Because even a moron can make a good point. An argument stands alone and it is either good or it is bad, period. In fairness to you, you are not the only person on here guilty of this crime against logic. 2 - Non Sequitor ("does not follow"). A, therefore B, therefore EARRING. No logical / correct link. Example of good logical sequence: All of Quebec is in Canada. All Canada is in North America. Therefore All of Quebec must also be in North America. Example of bad logical sequence: All of Quebec is in Canada. All Canada is in North America. Therefore Quebec must be full of cunts. The first two statements are not proof of or linked to the third, which may or may not be correct. Example of non sequitor statement: there are barriers to success, but it is still possible to succeed, therefore there is no white privilege. (there is no logical connexion between "possible" and "harder") 3 - Circulus in Probando (circular reasoning). The argument refers back to itself as evidence that the argument is correct = bad logic. Example: We know certain traits make you successful. How do we know? Successful people have these traits. Example: We know Muhammad wrote the Kuran. How do we know? It says so in the Kuran. (it doesn't really say that and was probably dictated by Muhammad & written by a scribe) Example (not made by you): America is the best place to live because it's better than any other country. (the argument loops back to itself as proof of itself - it's better because it's better) 4 - Red Herring Fallacy (throwing in irrelevant statements to distract - often to avoid uncomfortable truths). Example: Let's face it everyone struggles. (error in logic: this has nothing to do with how much different people struggle and whether patterns of struggle exist and whether there are mechanisms at play that favour one group versus another. Yes, everyone struggles. Irrelevant in the debate about white privilege.) Example: What about Asian privilege? (Again: irrelevant to the debate about white privilege. A distraction tactic - and a bad one at that.) I could go on... My point? Your arguments do not follow good logic.
  12. PS: it's so devastating that you've managed to cram so much nonsense into fewer than 60 words. I am in awe.
  13. I did not say that because "common sense" is an oxymoron.
  14. It's ok, I don't expect everyone to recognise good logic.
  15. Here is a different analogy to beat the dead horse further... Consider dog breeding. A narrow set of criteria define the "desirable" traits in a purebred dog. These will include things like level of aggression (more or less desirable if a "work" dog vs. a "lap" dog), size (bigger or smaller will be desirable according to the breed - some breeds becoming so small as to have major health issues, because they are just so darned "cute" when they are teeny tiny), colour (in some breeds, blue eyes are unacceptable, in others considered the best colour), et cetera, et cetera, depending on the breed. Over many many years of selection, a purebred dog's DNA has less and less variation and this results in "beautiful" dogs with "desirable" traits. I think everyone already sees where I am going with this, but I will take the argument to its end and beat that horse just a little more dead... ---- break for unnecessary emoji: ---- Now, the breeders think they are producing the "best dogs". But are they the best dogs?? Only according to their breeders...! Comparing them to the dog population at large, purebreds are inbred, weak dogs that wouldn't even survive if they weren't given lots of extra help. They have health issues that include difficulty breathing (flat face), brittle bones, early dementia, stupidity, and a whole host of other health / psychological problems that are passed down from generation to generation. There is no diversity in their genes... But gosh they are pretty! Nevermind their life expectancy is about 1/3 that of a mutt... If the only criteria for a dog is that it should be beautiful... I suppose to some people, that means a purebred is the best dog. If what you really want is to find the best companion, I think you need to consider more things than just "is it beautiful"... And you also need to look other places to find the right one (ie: not limit yourself to breeders, but also going to the SPCA, shelters, pet stores, the internet, et cetera). Searching wider will take more effort but you are more likely to end up with the right companion for you (and that might still be a purebred but at least you really considered all the options). DISCLAIMER - NO FICTITIOUS DOGS OR HORSES WERE HARMED IN THIS ANALOGY
  16. I only spent 7 years in the Canadian military but I saw White Privilege at play there as well... More diversity for the NCO's but almost 100% white male for Officers... I saw change and improvements in my time there and since, but it took active efforts to recruit differently and there was a huge backlash and criticism when they did so... I can see why it would be seen as positive discrimination to try and correct an imbalance, but there is no perfect solution to any problem...
  17. FFS. That's not even a logical argument / conclusion. White Privilege is the acknowledgement that there are many mechanisms at play that favour one group over another. You can keep denying that this is happening, and/or that the favoured group is white, but in order to do that you have to make mental gymnastics to ignore the facts. PS: I took "mental gymnastics" from the podcast link yesterday. I had just called it "disingenuous" but I also like the mental imagery of doing cartwheels and backflips
  18. What??? A 4 minute video did not cover everything there is to understand about white privilege??? Inconceivable!
  19. Hi everyone! I've been reaching out to my obvious networks, but it occurred to me that skydivers are one of the most diverse group of people I know!! I you are Captain of a 80m+ vessel, if you know a Captain of a large vessel, if you are in a company that manages yachts, or that manufactures parts, or gives supplies, or affiliated with port / state / class authorities, or is in any way in the maritime industry... Do you need: - A Purser - Temporary relief from an admin surcharge - A Project Coordinator (ie: at a shipyard, on a built / refit) If so, please PM me so I can send my CV, or connect to me via LinkedIn: I know we are not supposed to advertise or market anything on here but I hope some lenience will apply when it comes to finding some work again... I am entering my 6th month without employment and despite the market being extremely challenging at the moment I have put that time to good use, gaining more skills with regards to legislature, new Brexit rules for seafarers, I finished a specialist course, and I am regularly attending webinars with industry specialists / unions. I bring a lot to the table and I want to work!!! Thanks in advance for any help. Funny memes will also be appreciated for moral support!!
  20. This gets me every time. It's heartbreaking that some of the people at the very back still run their asses off knowing they don't stand a chance, overtaking tons of people but of course the outcome is as expected. I'm not sure I would run if I were at the very back... Why bother?
  21. Yes, well... You can lead a horse to water... PS: I read that Margaret Atwood has always been a terrible speller. If this is true it is devastating (Margaret Atwood: living Canadian legend/treasure and author of Handmaid's Tale... And many more books and also frequent contributor to Globe and Mail and just all-round very very cool lady... Honestly I would happily "waste" days on end listening to her talk... But I digress... DEVASTATING...)
  22. Books and movies can be educational... From Wikipedia: Education is the process of facilitating learning, or the acquisition of knowledge, skills, values, morals, beliefs, and habits. And from French Wikipedia: - From the latin 'educere' - to be guided out of
  23. Billvon: agree on each point. And will only add one thing: acknowledging that white privilege is real is not the same things as claiming "all white men are evil" Here is one very simple example of privilege, which is natural and I bet if placed in the same situation, everyone would do the same... Yesterday I saw a post on LinkedIn. His teenage daughter would like to become a marine biologist. So he went on LinkedIn and saw that one of hits 1st connexions was an award-winning marine biologist. He reached out and wrote a message the the marine biologist, and the marine biologist generously offered to speak with the daughter about his work. The guy was absolutely delighted and so thankful and how wonderful and his daughter was preparing questions for the marine biologist as he was typing the post. What ensued was a string of likes and "congratulations - that's what LinkedIn is for" and "well done for reaching out" and "awwww that marine biologist is so kind to give his time" et cetera et cetera. Now, Mr. Darius11... Reaching out into your network to see if you know anyone in the field of work that your daughter dreams of working in does not make you an evil person. And being an award-winning marine biologist and mentoring a young girl who dreams of doing your job does not make you an evil person. But can we agree that someone who cannot afford a computer and/or internet would NEVER be able to have that kind of reach for his own daughter?? I'm sure it will surprise no one that both the person who was posting and the award-wining marine biologist were white men. This is not a rare example of white privilege - this type of self-perpetuated advantage / access is incredibly hard to break. Now, it's lovely to see people helping each other out, and lovely to see that a girl wanted to work in a male-dominated field... It's not coming from a bad place, but it 100% is WHITE PRIVILEGE!!!!!!!!!!
  24. I refer back to my earlier example. We need to stop telling women not to wear short dresses. And start teaching men not to rape. We need to stop telling african americans to just work harder. And start reforming laws that allow voter suppression, police brutality, unequal sentencing, tax breaks for the rich, and much much much more. Every creature on the planet struggles and humans are no different. That is true. It has been true historically and it will continue to be true. And it is also true that specific groups of people struggle MORE. And specific groups of people struggle LESS. And this is by design. White men designed the laws that govern America. That is a statement of fact. Those laws have evolved/improved over time but they are still very far from being fair. You can deny it all you want, but your denial doesn't change the truth. EDIT: Sorry to pee on your parade, but America's not that great...