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    for real though I think being an outsider and being made fun of for it is extremely unpleasant and depending on where you live or what you like to do you can experience that feeling no matter what your background is.
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    tfw you're so great nobody can even make up a word to hurt your feelings
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    Having extremist views is not criminal. International travel is not criminal. Having been interviewed by the FBI (which apparently saw no cause for action) is not criminal. Being secretly placed on a watch list with no opportunity for rebuttal or appeal by an agency that either doesn't have sufficient evidence to make an arrest or is otherwise disinclined to do so is not indicative of crime. I am unwilling to "compromise" (poor word choice for a one-sided sacrifice) to the point that citizens can be deprived of rights without due process. See section 3 of my response to Ring_World for more on "compromise." Okay, but maybe when a guy who ticks all of those boxes and has told coworkers that he has familial ties to Al Qaeda heads down to the shops to pick up two guns and a load of ammo and tries to buy body armor, maybe it's time to bust out the Smith Flower Company surveillance van and follow him around for a couple weeks. If we're going to have the NSA and constant surveillance and all of this, why not at least use it to protect some people?
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    /r/the_donald is fine, I don't agree with them and I think their epic maymays are mostly stupid but it's a containment subreddit and it's done a fairly good job keeping them in one easy to avoid area. My biggest complaint about that sub honestly is that they've formed such a cult of personality that Trump is infallible in their eyes. They'll spin anything into a positive, similar to the bitcoin people.
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    There's a point on each side of this Orlando thing that boggles my mind. Apologies in advance as well since I'm in France at the moment and haven't been keeping up with current events quite as well as I should, correct me if I'm misinformed here. On the right - I've seen a lot of my right-wing friends suggesting that less gun control would have prevented this. I think their point is that this would have allowed the patrons of the club or potentially guards to have stopped the gunman before so many were killed or wounded. However, I've read that the gunman had been reported for extremist views in his workplace, had traveled to Saudi Arabia (a country which executes homosexuals) on multiple occasions, had been interviewed by the FBI for alleged terrorist ties, and was apparently on some sort of watch list (although I've also seen contrary reports). He also purchased the guns he used within the past few days. Surely if there is anyone who shouldn't be able to legally purchase a gun, it's this guy, right? Can we compromise on gun control at least to the point that people like this are blocked from such purchases? On the left - what is with the doublethink about the relationship between this attack and Islam? Whether this guy actually had contact with ISIS operatives, whether he did this purely for religion or not, I have no idea and I'm sure those details will come to light soon. Seemingly, at least based on this article (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LGBT_in_Islam#Scripture_and_Islamic_jurisprudence), the belief that homosexuality is wrong and ought to be punished by death is relatively well supported (though not without opposition) in Islam for over a thousand years, including in modern states like Saudi Arabia, the UAE, and Iran. Don't pretend that this belief is unique to terrorists, it's a clear "No True Scotsman". I'm sure there are very many Muslims, especially in the US, who don't believe this, but if the belief coincides with Islamic views I don't see how you can suggest that the terrorist isn't a real Muslim, or that no real Muslims would perpetrate such a crime. And if we open our borders to these people too freely, there's a very real chance that they will come in and continue to hold these views which I'm sure we can all agree are contrary to our values - not only that, but some might even act on those views as the shooter seems to have done. Other news - Europe has been awesome. Favorite place so far has to be Budapest, really weird city in a good way.
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    I'd say Hayden Panettiere
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    Calling GRRM a terrible writer is some pretty big hyperbole I think. He's no DFW or Pynchon or whoever but that doesn't make him awful. His prose isn't any worse than your typical fantasy author and his storytelling more than makes up for it to most people.
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    Glad that people still remember this place. In a totally non-corny way I think the continuity here is pretty special for an internet forum.
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    Anybody ever played Brawlhalla? Just downloaded it and I think I might be addicted already.
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    I find it so hard to give a shit about exams on Fridays.
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    Never really liked lamb although I guess I may have only had bad lamb. I even go to a few Middle Eastern places regularly but I always go for chicken instead of lamb.
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    The GDP of the entire EU is 6% greater than the US and it is less than half the size in terms of area.
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    Looking like a very boring weekend. I need to find a hobby for times like these.
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    Noxx you live in Qatar right? What's that like? Obviously in the west we hear a ton of negative things especially with all the World Cup publicity.
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