Tagged: Frankfurt School

Business Cerumen (Tweetantho 11)

Dec 2017-March 2018. Mix of English and French.

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The more you call people Nazis the more they become Zionists.

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Recruitment campaign for the French army: Poster shows guy with legend “I’m ‘coming back from far’ and I’ll go far.” ‘Come back from far,’ a French phrase (revenir de loin), means back from far in the wrong direction: delinquent, drugs fiend, gangsta, pimp… Tells us the sociology of the army.

Then they disparage ISIS “foreign fighters” as former delinquents. Look in the mirror, boys!

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1/ U.S. foreign ‘aid’ is a way corrupt elites of developing countries put their countries in endless debt, allowing U.S. a say in their internal affairs.

2/ Cut U.S. aid to Pakistan and Pakistani elites will crumble, then the Pakistani people will rise independent and proud, free from American imperialist interference.

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Protests by Islamic groups against Santa Claus in Pakistan. I entirely support these groups. Why should there be Santa in Pakistan and no Islamic call to prayer –adhan– in Western countries?

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I want to hear law enforcement on #TwitterPurge: You’ve got this business denying service to thousands of customers because of opinions that are protected by the American Constitution, and that’s no breach of the law???

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Un policier invité sur BFMTV explique que tweeter/diffuser des vidéos de l’agression de policiers à Champigny-Sur-Marne est illégal. Or BFMTV en diffuse. Donc BFMTV est dans l’illégalité. – Mais le flic ne parle que des racailles qui abusent des smartphones, il n’a pas l’air de penser un seul instant qu’un média comme BFMTV n’est pas non plus au-dessus des lois. Sinon, pourquoi n’a-t-il pas dit leur fait aux journalistes qui l’invitaient ?

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If Iranians are angry about high prices in Iran, as Western media says [on the occasion of nation-scale riots in Iran], the main culprit is the American imperialist embargo.

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Je n’arrêterai pas d’agir – Les vœux d’Emmanuel Macron pour l’année 2018 (Le Figaro)

“Je n’arrêterai pas d’agir.” La phrase à retenir ? C’est dire quelque chose ou ne rien dire ?

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US places Pakistan on watch list for religious freedom violations. (Reuters, Jan 4)

Pakistan will then enjoy the same distinction as France, as France doesn’t let American brainwashing cults such as Scientology behave uncontrolled on her territory.

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You think you’re watching the news and it’s only war propaganda. #Media

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Trained by Israeli Mossad:

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Missile Scare

Hawaii Missile Scare by text message (Jan 13): Mass hysteria via smartphones => hysteria phones.

The false alert was sent to all Hawaii residents by text message at one and the same time instructing them to “seek immediate shelter.” How many casualties did the false alert provoke by urging people to seek shelter immediately? There surely are casualties (videos of children being rushed into storm drains went viral). How many? Tell us, journos, do your job.

It was a text message-induced mass panic. All panic movements provoke casualties: How many casualties from this blunder here, journos?

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One day after the (according to police) ‘sudden’ but ‘not suspicious’ death of Dolores O’Riordan (46), singer of the Cranberries, still no claim of responsibility by the Real Irish Republican Army (RIRA). #humor

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Heal the world, make it a better place: Kill your boss.

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If we look at 9/11, approximately 50% of Americans don’t believe official explanation of their government » (Waking Times Media)

How many Americans approve U.S.’s invasion of Afghanistan – as 9/11 triggered the invasion (whose alleged aim was to chase Talibans who would have being sheltering the people responsible for the attack)?

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#MyFirstDateWas doomed

a girl about whom I couldn’t care less and who therefore didn’t make me too nervous…

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Jordan says Israel apologizes for killing of two Jordanians in July 2017 shooting incident in Israeli Embassy in Amman. (ESISC)

A very discreet, and late (July17-Jan18), apology, then! for Jordanians killed by their ally Israel. Zio a**holes.

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#PutAPositiveSpinOnBadNews 5 U.S. soldiers killed in Afghanistan today. U.S. is there to stay.

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#MakeAFilmLessInteresting Elephant Manure

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“The US Government is officially shut down. … This should not greatly affect the US Military or International Relations at this time.” Yeah? The only meaning this can have is that U.S. Gov is a nonentity. When it makes no difference whether you’re shut down or not, then you’re not for real.

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Dear @Twitter why is the #MeToo emoji pink? What was the reasoning behind it? It feels exclusionary. What are your thoughts #RoseArmy? (Rose McGowan)

You may have a point and some of the trolls who are taking the opportunity to abuse you for this alleged trifle are the same who’ll explain why some chain of fastfood restaurants use so much the yellow and the red based on neurosciences.

Pink has its own mental associations and you’re probably right to see it as a bad choice for #Metoo, which deals with a serious matter of concern and I don’t know of pink flannel suits. Pink will put it in the same category as lollipops, girl pajamas and illusory elephants.

In a multimedia time the illiterates are those who overlook the nonverbal (while absorbing it).

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U.S. has 5% of world population and 25% of world prison population, and half inmates are in prison for drugs (source: Rampage 2 by Uwe Boll). The great majority of inmates condemned for drugs are blacks and the great majority of black inmates WORK in prison. For peanuts. This is still slavery.

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Spielberg’s films are full of clichés about Arabs, who would need an Indiana hillbilly Jones to teach them civilization. I stand with Lebanon in boycotting The Post/Pentagon Papers movie.

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Je n’aime pas ces islamophobes qui se font passer pour des agents assermentés luttant incognito contre la radicalisation sur internet. Ils donnent une mauvaise image des institutions. Il faut punir ces délinquants.

Rabid Islamophobes parading as possible incognito official spies countering radicalization on the Web are taking this opportunity to abuse pacifists and opponents and call them terrorists; apparently governments let them do, as they might see it as serving their war-propaganda purposes.

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At least 40 people were killed in the attack on Kabul’s Intercontinental Hotel at the weekend, almost double the earlier toll: official figures. (Warfare Analysis SHR)

Note that the official toll is now –at last– the same as earlier unofficial toll by informed officials. Is there a tendency to minimize the toll of terror attacks to the public? That’d be a major transparency issue.

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Christian Zionists want Muslim migrants to go back to Muslim countries. I want Christian Zionists to emigrate to Israel and stay there; that’s the country for them.

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Journo Billy: “Views are my own and not my employer’s” even though my job is to voice his opinions and by the way he paid for my many followers.

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Why is Larry Nassar (USA Gymnastics sex abuse scandal) already convicted and why will Harvey Weinstein never be?

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Algeria: a terrorist surrenders to authorities in Tamanrasset. (Feb 6, ESISC)

Among Algerian terrorists some members of the Islamic Salvation Front (Front islamique du salut FIS) that won the first round of 1991 legislative election with 188 out of 231 seats (about 82%) before the army cancelled the election Pinochet-style. What were they supposed to do, then?

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#LaMarineRecrute Des campagnes de pub tous les 3 mois : ils recrutent, vous forment à peine, vous jettent comme des kleenex. C’est un ex-cuistot de la Marine qui me l’a dit, viré au bout de quelques mois [sans motif]. Désolé, mais la vérité c’est que vous aurez des contrats plus longs chez Daech.

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United States: State Department designates Hamas leader as terrorist (Jan 31, ESISC)

They labelled Fidel Castro a terrorist too. So what? “Para ellos ser revolucionario, ser simplemente progresista o luchador por la democracia, es ser terrorista.” (Castro)

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“Hours before she was set to appear at the promotional event for her well-timed autobiography, Rose McGowan &c” (Alexa Harrison, Variety)

“her well-timed autobiography”… They’re innuendoing that the rape trial is a sales pitch for Rose’s autobiography. In my book, this paper deserves to be sued for the slur and severely condemned by a court of law. With such innuendoes the journalists are damaging in a general sort of way the victims’ right to complain and ask for justice, as victims would then have to be careful not to make legal complaints look like self-promotion.

If a jury (&/or public opinion) thinks you’re instrumentalizing a trial, your odds at that trial are impaired, and that’s what I’m blaming the paper for: trying to impair Rose’s odds at the trial.

So many women have already testified on media against Weinstein; if they do it before a court now, as witnesses, I can’t see how Rose would lose her case unless the court rules that on principle women’s testimony on rape or sexual assault isn’t reliable.

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People yelling “Everything is free,” looting, trashing this gas station. Damn it, Philly we better than this. (Feb 4, Stephanie Farr, journalist at Philadelphia Enquirer)

Shoplifting has long ceased to be a heinous crime, and at a time when some states are already experimenting with Universal Basic Income #UBI i.e. with giving people food and stuff for free, such complaints as yours are a bit, say, out of fashion.

You can’t even exclude that the whole thing is an insurance scam by the store owners, and the ‘looters’ are paid. Yes, a scam by the absentee proprietors, sending paid ‘looters’ to con their insurance company, without warning their clerk, of course, who’ll be frightened out of his mind. (The clerk’s an illegal, by the way.)

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The Shah of Iran was Pinochet number 309.

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According to Unesco study 2015 (cf Wkpd List of countries by literacy rates), gender differences in literacy rates in UAE is -2.6%, which means Emirati girls are more literate than boys (by a not insignificant margin).

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Les pays les plus analphabètes au monde sont parmi les anciennes colonies françaises d’Afrique noire (cf Wkpd List of countries by literacy rates). Le record mondial de l’illettrisme est le 19,1% d’alphabétisation du Niger, où l’armée française se trouve en ce moment pour défendre ce brillant héritage.

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Le taux d’alphabétisation du Bhoutan est de seulement 64,9%. Il faut croire que ça ne fait pas partie de l’indice de bonheur national brut (BNB) préconisé par son roi.

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2016 ITU (International Telecommunications Union) Survey (cf Wkpd List of countries by number of Internet users): Only 76% of U.S. population uses Internet vs 97% Norway, Denmark; 95% UK, Qatar; 92% Japan, South Korea; 90% Canada, Germany, United Arab Emirates; 88% Australia, NZ; 85% France; 80% Puerto Rico, Bahamas… Is U.S. a sh*thole country?

According to this survey, Internet use rate in U.S. is actually one of the lowest in the Western world and also lower than such countries as Russia, Malaysia, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Kuwait, Barbados, St Kitts & Nevis…

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[Commenting a video showing Turkish soldiers dumping Kurdish female fighters in a ditch and shooting them dead there] There’s been much glamourizing about Kurdish women fighters, with lots of pics around. I’m sure the Turkish army itself is spreading the vid (“from unconfirmed source”), to show what they make of such glamour fighters – to break the glam spell (glamour means spell by the way).

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Boycott Israel? No US state jobs or aid for you. Survivors of Hurricane Harvey in Texas must certify that they don’t and won’t boycott Israel in a state aid application.

This is illegal discrimination and must be brought before Supreme Court as soon as possible.

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Si Auschwitz n’existait pas, Hitler l’aurait inventé.

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I’m scared Amazon is pushing down my book sales for BRAVE. (Rose McGowan)

Push down in what way? Given how many orders are made on Amazon now, that’d kill a book all right. It’s time to collectivize GAFA’s if we don’t want to be back to feudal lordism.

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Halte à la publicité déloyale! L’armée française parle toujours des chars Leclerc et jamais des chars Carrefour ou des chars Franprix. Ça me révolte !

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Why won’t Twitter let me scroll my T/L as long as I want?! I’m fed up with these monopolists. We will collectivize you sooner than you think.

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Have you seen the movie The Stuff (1985) by Larry COHEN? A fiction where a RIGHT-WING MILITIA saves the USA. Literally. And it’s not even a good film!

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France: Marine Le Pen indicted in Nanterre for relaying photos of Islamic State abuses in December 2015. (Mar 1, ESISC)

On what legal ground? Apology of terrorism?

I wish to call the attention of French courts on my Twitter timeline [I have retweeted several propaganda posters and other material from Daesh and/or Daesh supporters, provided by so-called experts on counterterrorism]. Any time: Let me deride in public your smalltown-rabble notions, defending my case against narrow bureaucratic minds’ encroachments.

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Habermas

(See my 1998 essay La Théorie de l’agir communicationnel de Jürgen Habermas here)

1 / “Peter Sloterdijk responded by proclaiming the death of the Frankfurt School, to which Habermas belongs, writing that “the days of hyper-moral sons of national-socialist fathers are coming to an end.” (Feb 25, The New Yorker)

Habermas was probably the only member of the Frankfurt School with a national-socialist father, though. Marcuse? Horkheimer? Adorno? W. Benjamin?…

Yes, it’s a bit of a cheap shot. There maybe a few latter-day adherents like Habermas who had a Nazi father, but, in the main, they definitely didn’t. (Don Curren)

Yes, very cheap. Very cheap and to be expected from a media-respected personality.

2/ ‚Die Deutschen brauchen keinen Macron‘- Interview mit Jürgen Habermas über die deutsch-französischen Beziehungen Le Point Ausgabe vom 15.02.2018.

I can’t understand how a thinker like Habermas lets himself be trapped in such futile debates. Sartre would never have done that.

3 / What’s sorely missing in the US IMO, the ability for deep thinkers to interact with a larger, non-academic public. Huge kudos to Le Point [for his interview with Habermas] (Frédéric Guarino)

Habermas is the worst possible example of a thinker interacting with the public. In his books it’s Kritische Theorie to the power of 10. In public it’s only “EU is a good thing.”

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Mali/FLASH: JNIM (Jama’a Nusrat ul-Islam wal-Muslimin) issues a new video demonstrating deteriorating state of health of the French hostage Sophie Petronin. (Mar 1, ESISC)

What are the idiots waiting for paying JNIM big cash and denying it, like every other time?

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One scholar stressed there’s more violence in the Bible than in the Quran. I’d like to add there are far more fairy tales too.

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After years of slandering the victims of Sandy Hook and other tragedies, Alex Jones begging a Parkland survivor to help him get back on good terms with YouTube. (Blue-sticker user Chris Wilson)

This blue-sticker creep I’m retweeting vents his shadenfreude at a citizen being censored by a private company with dominant market position. He could be next, if he’s got anything to say. Our concern should be what recourse does a citizen have in such a situation.

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If they only limited the maximum age to 65 to run for president Trump Hillary and Reagan wouldn’t have been eligible. The congress is no better. Why is our government being run by senior citizens? (John Parker)

And how is it possible to be a filthy monopolist at 25, like the GAFA filthy monopolists?

“Hello there, I’m the new kid on the block, got from college to world monopolist in no time! IT magic! One’s got to have nose, you see, I mean flair. Cerumen, I mean acumen, business acumen!” America believes in fairies.

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Ouaga / Sahel

Plusieurs heures après le début d’une attaque terroriste majeure à Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso) et la mort de plusieurs attaquants, toujours pas de victimes selon les autorités et les médias. Quel beau consensus !

Je n’ai jamais vu qu’on ne fasse pas état du nombre de victimes connu en temps réel, ce qui s’appelle un bilan provisoire. Ici le bilan provisoire après quelque 4 heures depuis le début de l’attaque : ZERO. Journalistes bidons, aux ordres, les bons toutous.

Ça fait partie du métier de journaliste de donner un bilan provisoire. Si l’armée ou les autorités leur disent de ne pas faire leur boulot, ce ne sont pas des journalistes, ce sont des lopettes, qui devraient changer de job.

La gestion de l’information au Burkina Faso avec l’attaque aujourd’hui à Ouagadougou (pas de bilan provisoire à aucun moment) me fait penser à une dictature. Si c’est une dictature, les attaquants ne sont pas des terroristes mais des combattants de la liberté.

Le “premier bilan” intervient quand tout est fini. Ce n’est pas ce que j’appelle un bilan provisoire (en temps réel). C’est de l’info bidon concoctée dans des bureaux ministériels, sans recoupements possibles. Si c’est ça le standard, alors pas de doute, c’est bien une dictature.

Vous exigez un bilan “provisoire” et dénoncez des bilans qui seraient non recoupés… ah ok… pas à une contradiction… (Florent de Saint-Victor, consultant aéronautique et défense)

Les médias doivent donner des “bilans provisoires”, chacun selon ses sources et comptages, ce qui permet de recouper avec un bilan officiel final, pour être sûr que celui-ci n’est pas de l’enfumage, du bidon. Ça vous paraît un excès de zèle ?

J’ai suivi en live d’autres attaques et me suis déjà fait la réflexion qu’il y avait un problème avec le Burkina cet été (juste avant Barcelone). Là, ça recommence. Pendant l’attaque contre l’hôtel international à Kaboul, par exemple, les bilans provisoires affluaient toutes les dix minutes.

French media is substandard like the French army. In Sahel they get their intelligence from US army drones. They can do nothing on their own.

Don’t try to say something when you don’t know… (Florent de Saint-Victor Again)

Turns out that I know. Let me show you: “Forte coopération militaire … Les Américains sont très présents au Niger, notamment sur l’aéroport d’Agadez (nord) avec une base gérant des drones qui surveillent la zone sahélienne.” (France 24, Oct 6, 2017 La mort de trois soldats américains au Niger révèle leur présence au Sahel) And Barkhane forces wouldn’t get the intel? lol

L’article ajoute : “Les militaires opérant sur cette base [la base américaine] ne sortent toutefois qu’extrêmement rarement de cette position. ” Les Américains sortent à peine de leur base. Ils font plutôt tourner leurs drones et disent aux Français où aller se faire tirer dessus. En leur souhaitant de ne pas trop se faire dézinguer.

#Ouagadougou Don’t spread false informations, rumors or videos of the victims/security forces. Follow & RT ONLY official sources. Don’t be a dumbass. (Tom Antonov, “Defense observer” [from France])

Be adult people and let journalists do their job. Compare coverage of attack at Kabul International Hotel and Ouagadougou and feel the shame.

Today they say it’s 8 victims (killed) in Ougadougou, the day before yesterday it was 1, yesterday it was 30, & tomorrow? Stop the BS. Information management in Burkina Faso, with the help of France, is highly problematic.

After a few days of bargaining, as things are going perhaps they’ll reach an agreement at 10-15 dead…

Solidarité totale avec les victimes de l’attaque de Ouagadougou qui ont disparu du comptage entre hier (30) et aujourd’hui (8).

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Anti-Marxist Communism

People say if you hate Marxism you must hate the poor, but that’s not true at all. Many people hate Marxism because they hate women or minorites. (Existential Comics)

There are also Communists who hate Marxism, e.g. Bakunin, H.G. Wells (“I detest Karl Marx”) &c. Marx’s attacks against Proudhon and others Anarchists & Communists were undignified.

Anarchists are Communists, only they aren’t Marxist Communists (& they aren’t even the only Communists not to be Marxists).

F*ck Marx. Signed: A Communist.

Bakunin’s views on what Marxism would make of Communism have turned out to be 100% correct with USSR.

As to that other idolatrous Marxist country, China, it’s converted to single-party Capitalism, which is, unless I’m mistaken, the definition of Fascism.

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All public space granted to advertising is lost for art. Think about revolutionary mural art. [Picture: Mural painting in Nicaragua Sandinista. Click to enlarge.]

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Nuclear warheads, 2018. Russia: 6.800 US: 6.600 France: 300 (Warfare Analysis SHR)

Keep a careful watch on France. As you know, small dogs are the most rabid. & their concept of freedom of speech borders on the dictatorial.

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“Women in refugee camps in Syria have been forced to offer sexual favours…” @Telegraph you need to fix that & the headline otherwise you’re contributing to the problem. You can’t be *forced* to *offer* something. Forced sexual *favours*??? That’s rape. (Imogen Butler-Cole)

One member of French government’s just been cleared of rape allegations. Woman said she asked him a favor and he raped her, i.e. by making the favor conditional on sex. Judge said there’s no evidence of rape. If there was evidence of sex, would you say it’s rape eo ipso?

Depends on your framework. Legally debatable; morally no. Coerced consent cannot be consent. When sex is demanded as payment, or in exchange for money, then the sex isn’t freely consensual. I know there are grey lines around this, but the principle is easy enough to live by. (Cherry)

Does it depend on my framework or is it just not consent? You got 3 likes for an answer I can make nothing of. There must be a limit to Pavlov. What depends of my framework?

If I’ve got a big framework it’s okay but a small framework no? [No answer]

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En 2014 le chef du protocole de la Ville de Bruxelles arrache en pleine rue le niqab (voile intégral) d’une princesse qatarie, lui arrachant au passage ses boucles d’oreille. Le journal (huffingpost.fr 19.08.2014) écrit: “Les oreilles de la princesse ont chauffé jusqu’au sang.” Pas d’oreilles déchirées, donc?

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MP Mhairi Black reads out some of the sexually aggressive abuse that she receives “day in day out” on social media. A warning – her speech contains very offensive language. (Mar 7, Channel 4 New)

She probably discovered this abuse at the time she read it out loud at the August House. She gets taxpayer money for hiring people to manage her social media, buy Twitter followers &c

Don’t even rule out the abuse is fabricated by herself and her social media hirelings. With anyone else I’d say nothing but with those MP rats you never know.

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Journos covering politicians are like flies, always buzzing about turds.

The only reason we have politicos is that journo flies want to keep buzzing about turds. Participative democracy now.

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Encore deux Bataclan et il n’y aura plus de démocratie en France.

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Rep. Louise Slaughter died Thursday night after having been hospitalized for a fall, according to two Democratic sources. She was 88. The New York Democrat served in Congress since 1987. (Breaking911)

Louise Slaughter “died after been hospitalized for a fall.” Another dinosaur hit dead by falling meteorite.

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Tell me how much you earn and I’ll tell you what a SOB you are.