Nataly

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  1. I have not followed very closely the allegations against Spacey but at first glance it seems like he is essentially being denounced for trying to get laid... If the claims against him are more serious, then my apologies... But yeah... There is such a thing as going too far... I am really glad that all of this is raising awareness about the injustices people face when there are imbalances of power... It's fantastic if vulnerable people have more opportunities to speak out and indeed if predatory behaviour can be discouraged/stopped in the first place. But some of what is being denounced has more to do with an extremely unhealthy attitude toward sex and some of it is simply witch-hunting... That is not great... "There is no problem so bad you can't make it worse." - Chris Hadfield « Sors le martinet et flagelle toi indigne contrôleuse de gestion. » - my boss
  2. I really want to be clear that I don't think what he did was ok. And as a grown man he FOR SURE should know better. And as a person who *does* appear to have a great deal of empathy, the fact that he denied it for so long is pretty horrible. The thing I find most disappointing is that this behaviour is so freakin far from what knd of human being I thought he was... It's hard for me to compute. It really doesn't match the idea I had of him. Guess we are all flawed... Even our heros... "There is no problem so bad you can't make it worse." - Chris Hadfield « Sors le martinet et flagelle toi indigne contrôleuse de gestion. » - my boss
  3. Am I the only one experiencing cognitive dissonance with this whole Louis CK sexual misconduct thing?? It's not that I like his comedy so I don't want to condemn the man... I just really saw him as a person who has empathy and who championed women in all their (flawed) glory. I can believe that comedy is a cesspool of gross, inappropriate, stupid male behaviour... Having worked in male-dominated environments, I have seen first-hand the kind of shit that goes on... Burping, farting, and yes, pulling your dick out... You would think that a *grown man* would not have to be told not to whip out his cock AT WORK or in front of work colleagues or in a work context, but there ya go... It happens... A lot. And whilst I think that sort of thing is *mostly* harmless and just funny or indeed rather pathetic, it's NOT so harmless/silly/funny when there is a power imbalance that means you cannot say anything if it makes you uncomfortable. And BELIEVE me - when you are alone with a semi-naked man, it quickly becomes scary/uncomfortable. I guess maybe it's hard for a man to fully grasp how frightening/awkward/unpleasant those situations are from our point of view... I guess the fact that Louis asked before pulling out his dick made him feel like it was ok... I guess a lot of stuff happens that shouldn't because people fundamentally do not really understand what the experience feels like from the other person's point of view. I like Louis. A lot. I am a huge fan of his. I am glad he finally fessed up to this. Perhaps it will raise people's consciousness. To be honest part of me feels more sorry for him than for the women... He's not a particularly handsome guy... He is funny as hell, and he used this as his currency to try and get *some* kind of sexual release. If people had less hangups about sex in general, the experience would be "icky" at most but for sure not traumatising... Ahhhh... I dunno... It's complicated. And sad. I sincerely hope Louis learns from this and has some insight into how he made those women feel... I hope those women have a bit of empathy for Louis as well... I am surprised by the dialogue that is happening in light of this... I was worried he would be crucified on the same level as a rapist but it seems people are looking deeper into it and trying to be fair in their analysis of the situation. I bet he feels relieved he finally owned up to it... Will be interesting to see what comes of this in the long run. "There is no problem so bad you can't make it worse." - Chris Hadfield « Sors le martinet et flagelle toi indigne contrôleuse de gestion. » - my boss
  4. Bah... People have a kind of fascination with skydiving... Only a seasoned skydiver can realise it's not such a big deal... Smile and nod and listen patiently and let those idiots feel like they have their moment of glory. Honestly there are far worse things than vain fucktards... "There is no problem so bad you can't make it worse." - Chris Hadfield « Sors le martinet et flagelle toi indigne contrôleuse de gestion. » - my boss
  5. n Awww - thanks, buddy! I think I found the same one and bought it because it said NOT COMPATIBLE WITH LS140WH6-TSA3 and it's a TSA2... So hopefully I haven't just thrown away good money... Guess I will find out soon enough! Thanks again
  6. Seems too late to Edit, but wanted to add (in case by some miracle someone has a reliable supplier): - it's got a 30-pin connector "There is no problem so bad you can't make it worse." - Chris Hadfield « Sors le martinet et flagelle toi indigne contrôleuse de gestion. » - my boss
  7. I think you're stuck with this solution. Had to do the same thing a few years ago when the manufacturer quite making that screen. Mmmm... This is not really an adequate solution - it's for one of our commercial guys who travels a lot... (Otherwise he would just have a desktop computer...) "There is no problem so bad you can't make it worse." - Chris Hadfield « Sors le martinet et flagelle toi indigne contrôleuse de gestion. » - my boss
  8. Laptop is a Fujitsu LB U772 14" (it says ©2012 - but bought in 2014) Screen is a LP140WH6-TSA2 P/N 6870S-1419A designed 12.03.14 (Matte) FYI - I lifted the plastic frame around the screen to get the above info - it's not just a google search... "There is no problem so bad you can't make it worse." - Chris Hadfield « Sors le martinet et flagelle toi indigne contrôleuse de gestion. » - my boss
  9. Hiya Peeps! Question for the geeks... One of our employees has busted his laptop screen... When the computer is docked and with an external screen everything works perfectly, so seems insane to me to buy a new laptop for what should be a $50 repair... Now I usually buy replacement screens from www.laptopscreen.com but they are out of stock... I have also tried the usual sites (amazon, eBay) and also a random google search with the computer model and also the P/N from the screen itself but no joy (apart from unreliable distributors in Hong Kong). Have tried finding a computer being sold for parts (depending on the damage) and no joy there either. Does anyone have tips and/or know of reliable sites for replacement screens? "There is no problem so bad you can't make it worse." - Chris Hadfield « Sors le martinet et flagelle toi indigne contrôleuse de gestion. » - my boss
  10. Nataly

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    Whew!! Mindblowing, but scary as fuck! Glad I got to enjoy that vid from the comfort and safety of my bed! "There is no problem so bad you can't make it worse." - Chris Hadfield « Sors le martinet et flagelle toi indigne contrôleuse de gestion. » - my boss
  11. The votes are not all counted yet but they are saying 65.5% in favour of Macron. So it's official - France has said NO to the Nazi. Thank fuck. "There is no problem so bad you can't make it worse." - Chris Hadfield « Sors le martinet et flagelle toi indigne contrôleuse de gestion. » - my boss
  12. Just gonna sit at home, read The Handmaid's Tale whilst surrounded by my fur babies, and pretend none of this is happening... "There is no problem so bad you can't make it worse." - Chris Hadfield « Sors le martinet et flagelle toi indigne contrôleuse de gestion. » - my boss
  13. Yes! And this is why I am afraid she is being underestimated. It is a really good strategy - a lot of people may be saying "oh, I wouldn't vote FN - I am not a racist"... But that is what they say in public - the vote is secret and some of those people will be voting FN. "There is no problem so bad you can't make it worse." - Chris Hadfield « Sors le martinet et flagelle toi indigne contrôleuse de gestion. » - my boss
  14. Le Pen clearly just used the tactic of insulting her adversary... Unfortunately, even though a lot of what she said was factually incorrect, it's a strategy that can be quite effective (just look at Trump). The problem being that loads of people tune in to watch the debates, but not the subsequent analysis/fact-checks of what is said. For me, she showed her ignorance of the political system, how the EU works, basic economics... She is a real light-weight when it comes to the core issues. Where she excels is speaking to the common man and stirring up hatred toward outsiders... So much easier to point the finger at foreigners... Even though foreigners are CLEARLY not the big problem in France... People like her, and her supporters, and the corrupt elite are the big problem. It's why so many French people are disheartened - they didn't want ANY of the candidates, and not these two either... Still... No matter what you think of Macron, I just cannot put him on par with Le Pen. She is dangerous on a whole different scale... I keep hearing people say he will have a landslide victory... I think it will be close either way, and I fear she is being underestimated. Brexit narrowly went through... Trump narrowly got elected... And now perhaps Le Pen. Scary. Very scary. I do realise that they theoretically have limited power. But they can still do a lot of damage. "There is no problem so bad you can't make it worse." - Chris Hadfield « Sors le martinet et flagelle toi indigne contrôleuse de gestion. » - my boss
  15. Sorry... Just quoting this in case you one day realise how BLATENTLY wrong you are on almost all accounts and decide to erase it... I personaly don't think it should be erased. I think this is a brilliant example of what can happen when google is in the wrong hands... Fortunately, anyone who cares about the truth can do some digging and see that this is sheer, utter, glib nonsense. "There is no problem so bad you can't make it worse." - Chris Hadfield « Sors le martinet et flagelle toi indigne contrôleuse de gestion. » - my boss
  16. Wow... Your ignorance of history and the resulting mish-mash of information is impressive... Look up "smallpox, blankets and natives" - get back to me on whether you think that was something Europeans did "unintentionally"... There was genocide and widespread massacres of natives. People don't like to call it that because it doesn't sit well with them. But that is still what happened. Louisianna - the Cajuns came from "Nouvelle France" - renamed to "Acadie" - ie: east-coast of Canada, which originally was claimed by the French before they lost the war... (Acadiens - pronounced "acadjun" - become the "cadjun", bla bla). In 1755 there was the "Grand Dérangement" (the deportation of Acadians) - most of those people died; some made it all the way back to various parts of Europe; some (now the Cajuns) landed in Louisianna... The Quebecois are not "small pockets" of people who never went home... Good lord... Where to even begin???!!!!! So much factual incorrectness... SOME of what you say is true but you are way way WAY off on the big stuff - you're mixing everything together... Like comparing apples, trucks and isosceles triangles to make a point about vegetarian cooking!!! WTF???!!!! Maybe step away from google for a bit and don't try your hand at historical stuff just yet... Putting ALL of your geographical/historical nonsense aside... I nevertheless agree with you that things like "Financial ability, opportunity, the ability to survive once there" are bigger barriers to the movement of people than legal/physical barriers (ie: immigration laws/borders). This is of course merely an opinion... But at least we have found some common ground!!! Hooray!! "There is no problem so bad you can't make it worse." - Chris Hadfield « Sors le martinet et flagelle toi indigne contrôleuse de gestion. » - my boss
  17. True. Yep. As for RiggerLee on North America... Canada and the US were not "founded on English Law"... Out of the people who came over from Europe and massacred the natives and took over the land (I am over simplifying, but you started), a form of English law prevailed in the US... As for Canada, English Law in most of the land, but French Law in Quebec. Also, let's not paint over our ancestors' genocide past and pretend Canada and the US are somehow better and/or more alike and thus arbitrarily place Mexico in Central America because somehow through your twisted logic Mexico is based/founded on a "more corrupt" system/laws/culture and doesn't belong with Canada and the US. Mexico. Is. In. North. America. Not that any of that has anything to do with the topic of this thread... Just let's try not to lump together a bunch of over simplified and unrelated ideas to fit our own misinformed world view. Let's especially not do that just to make some completely irrelevant/false point. Same goes for India/Pakistan/Burma... As for wolfriverjoe on "lines drawn on a map" not necessarily reflecting clean/clear cultural differences from one country to another - I agree to a certain extent. I would simply add that artificial boundaries on a map and/or physical boundaries like the Berlin Wall nevertheless end up creating and/or enhancing real differences from one place to another. And even if these divisions are artificial in the beginning, there is no question that over time, the experience of being on one side of the line/wall will be very different compared to being on the other. And this goes back to my idea that INCREASING freedom of movement should gradually reduce some of these "artificially created" differences, thereby resulting in an overall improvement of the human condition (through increased sharing of knowledge/resources, progress, greater tolerance/acceptance, et cetera). But yeah... I certainly don't think everyone would end up equal and/or the same... Not even in the very distant future... Because in the same way that "drawing lines on a map" doesn't erase years and years of cultural similarities, "erasing lines on a map" will not magically remove years and years of cultural divide/oppression... "There is no problem so bad you can't make it worse." - Chris Hadfield « Sors le martinet et flagelle toi indigne contrôleuse de gestion. » - my boss
  18. Nope. Mexico is part of North America. I stand corrected. Should have googled it to verify. Though I consider it part of Central America since most of the countries in C.A. are sort of shit holes. Lol! It's a common mistake. I was surprised when I found this out many many years ago... It was a Mexican who told me and I *still* didn't believe her - boy did I feel dumb when I realised... ETA - I am not saying you should feel dumb...!!! Just I had reaaaally insisted... So yeah... Live and learn...! "There is no problem so bad you can't make it worse." - Chris Hadfield « Sors le martinet et flagelle toi indigne contrôleuse de gestion. » - my boss
  19. Nope. Mexico is part of North America. "There is no problem so bad you can't make it worse." - Chris Hadfield « Sors le martinet et flagelle toi indigne contrôleuse de gestion. » - my boss
  20. I have absolutely no idea why you are bringing up EU youths to this debate... If you include me in this youth, I suppose I can but take it as a compliment and continue my beauty regime of not-doing-anything. I dunno if you understand French, but this article gives the split of voters in the first round of France's elections: http://www.rtl.fr/actu/politique/presidentielle-2017-ouvriers-jeunes-ruraux-qui-a-vote-quoi-7788279034 The vast majority of youths voted Melanchon... He wasn't proposing radical change - just moderate improvements... A link to his programme, for anyone interested: http://www.lemonde.fr/personnalite/jean-luc-melenchon/programme/ It's worth noting that the vote was pretty evenly split between 4 canditates... The two who came out on top did not even have half of the combined overall votes - there was no candidate who was way ahead of the others... "There is no problem so bad you can't make it worse." - Chris Hadfield « Sors le martinet et flagelle toi indigne contrôleuse de gestion. » - my boss
  21. Well, sometimes when your best-friend-who-lives-half-way-across-the-world posts the same meme on their FB wall as what your colleague (who is NOT a friend) just emailed you, it makes you want to believe the whole 6 degrees of separation theory... That we are all connected, bla di bla di bla... It's so easy to forget how limited our world view is and how hard it is for people to change/accept different points of view... To be honest, I think homogenisation is neither possible, nor desirable. And even if it were possible, it would take a loooooooooooooong time. Abolishing slavery hasn't fixed the racism problem... It took away a lot of comfort for some very privileged few... And improved the situation of many... But there is still a looooong way to go. Allowing women to work and to vote hasn't fixed gender unfairnesses... But slowly slowly there is some progress. And I would like to think that allowing freedom of movement would be a similar thing... Slowly slowly slowly, having access to different places would result in progress. Not without some conflict/difficulty along the way... But also not COMPLETE CHAOS as some would have you believe. Sorry to get back to this but fear of the other is precisely what some people are trying to propagate in order to further limit freedom of movement... "There is no problem so bad you can't make it worse." - Chris Hadfield « Sors le martinet et flagelle toi indigne contrôleuse de gestion. » - my boss
  22. Nope. Not in France I cannot. There are many who think that is the way it should be. There are some who go one further and claim I have no right to an opinion on the matter. However you feel about it, I am not indifferent to the results and they *do* affect me... Ok. I didn't know. I guess I believe that only citizens should be able to vote for their leaders. Resident aliens, even permanent ones, aren't eligible here and I don't think they should be. And I don't believe that "millions" (or even a handful) voted illegally. But that doesn't mean you don't get to have an opinion, or that the results won't affect you. As a resident alien currently in the process of naturalization in the US I agree with this. As much as I wanted to be able to vote in the last election it wasn't appropriate for me to be able to do so. When I first moved to the UK I was very surprised to find that as a legal resident I had a right to vote, despite not being a citizen. I have heard excellent arguments why this should not be the case, but personally I felt genuinely grateful to have a voice. I took this privilege very seriously and absolutely did not take it for granted. I generally lean more toward inclusion (which I believe tends to foster respect and progress) rather than protectionism (which I believe encourages fear, hatred and regression)... But it's not so surprising that I would think that... I am the "other"... (Be afraid!! Be very afraid - for we have opinions that can sometimes DIFFER from the local norm!!! ) "There is no problem so bad you can't make it worse." - Chris Hadfield « Sors le martinet et flagelle toi indigne contrôleuse de gestion. » - my boss
  23. I know this is the Speaker's corner but that doesn't mean you are obliged to be confrontational in your response... And for the record, no, I don't think I am special... I think there is a widespread feeling of anxiety/disgust (or whatever you want to call it) about the upcoming elections and the current state of affairs... Again, not sure where you are going with this?? Care to elaborate? Hmmm... Why do I have a feeling I am going to regret that last question?? Why don't you read the entire article, reflect on the substance of the article. Think about the idea that everyone is not out to get or attack you. That your thinking(about politics) may not be unusual. A deep breath,involve introspection...and... pet your cat. Oh hell, I'll just spell it out. A portion of the US population wanted the easy answer, no taxes, other governments paying border taxes for the rebuilding of the US economy, elect trump.. Or Marine Le Pen. Everything will be great. Insert "There is no problem so bad you can't make it worse." fast forward four years to see the mess that trump creates because it "certainly can't be worse that what the US has now!!" take care. As previously stated, I do not think I am alone in my dispair. Yes, dispair is a strong word. I'm trying to be mildly humorous... Some of your assumptions about me are quite wrong but hey... You don't know me so I forgive you "There is no problem so bad you can't make it worse." - Chris Hadfield « Sors le martinet et flagelle toi indigne contrôleuse de gestion. » - my boss