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Discussion in 'GMD Social Forum' started by Jimmy... Dead., Jun 19, 2014.

  1. HamburgerBoy

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    I don't think anyone short of a hardcore populist autocrat (e.g. a Huey Long) can turn things around and fight the various interdependent interests in our country, there are far too many layers of bullshit that a "legitimate" president has to abide by. Only reason I'll probably vote for Trump is to get more conservatives on the Supreme Court, and that's only for 1A/2A reasons. Even if by some miracle he not only wins reelection but forces China to capitulate and brings millions of manufacturing jobs back without the economy quaking too much in the process, it's only a waiting game until the next Rep or Dem instantly reverses that. The only natural (e.g. non-violent) solution to stopping globalization that I can see is a sudden technological breakthrough that gives us all the energy we need and robots that can replace the cheapest human labor (which will only be cheaper as the planet approaches 10 billion people).
     
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    The fall of Prague: ‘Drunk tourists are acting like they’ve conquered our city’

    Nice overview of the tuirist situation in Prague.

    The article touches a recent story about two germans spraying graffiti on the fucking Charles Bridge. The story is ridiculous for multitude of reasons, including the fact that the tourists defended themselves saying "we didn't know the building was so important" and also the manner in which it was cleaned. The removal works were under way and supposed to take several weeks, up until the graffiti suddenly disappeared overnight. Basically the company that was ordered to clean it up arrived to work another morning and the graffiti was just not there. No sign of it. One dude then submitted himself to the police after like all media covered the story, saying he cleaned it up secretly, and even though it was done illegaly he was proclaimed a hero by the public. The mayor said he would pay for his services no matter what and media hurried to interview the guy, but on the interviews, he confessed to be a double murderer having killed his wife and her lover and spending most of his life in prison. This put the mayor in a tough spot as the murdering cleaner man refused the money and instead made the mayor attend a seminar on cleaning up stuff..... Only in slavic countries.
     
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    When wasn't praha a young kid party City?? Shit show there
     
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    Umm, it wasn't like this before. the point of the article is that the number of tourists increase and that the stay here is marketed as "FLY HERE GET DRUNK DO WHATEVER YOU WANT".

    I'm basically programmed to avoid the touristy areas like I have a map in my brain and I walk through the side streets and hidden passages in the centre but it would be nice to get rid of stupid shit like BEER BIKE "GO AROUND THE CENTRE WITH UNLIMITED BEER ALL YOU CAN DRINK GET DRUNK AND SHOUT SHIT" type of services. Hate to say it but we need more regulations.

    There was no beer bikes ten years ago, there was no stupid fucking Seqways or battery-powered scooters for drunks to get around, there was no Russian-owned apartments in the centre that are only used for AirBnBs etc etc.

    Yeah about the AirBnBs, those are regulated in Berlin and other more progressive cities so the centre doesn't get fucked. I wonder how long it will take to push such regulations here.

    Also I'd like to bomb the souvenir shops in the centre that are selling russian matrioshkas.

    All in all though, saying that Praha is just a young kid party city is fucking stupid because all the things we've mentioned so far are limited to a couple of streets in the absolute centre and the rest is completely chill, so yeah.
     
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    You're city has been defined by their gaping need for more dollars, don't get mad at me that your country sold it's soul. Couple streets though? It's a small City! And when it's wall to wall madness of people...how can you understate how insanely packed it is there?! Hah

    But it really was just that. Glad I got to Budapest years ago and in the off season, but Prague was a real let down
     
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    Yeah the centre is packed. As I said, I avoid the touristy places like Charles Bridge and Old Town Square myself.

    I can understand how it can be a let down, it must be a solid Paris effect if you expect the touristy spots not to be crowded. It takes some Googling or Foursquare to find the chill spots.

    It's kind of saddening how disconnected the locals and tourists are. Must be similar in like, Venice, or, notoriously, Paris. Somehow Berlin is different, I love it.
     
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    Tourists are just bringing apparently much needed diversity.
     
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    I don't know why people think these off the beaten path spots are easily shared to tourists yet they just don't go? Istill stand that Krakow is a better Prague :)
     
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    uuuhhh...
    ...at least the graffiti got cleaned up...yay??...
     
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    CiG The Grand Calculation

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    I only just heard that back in 2017 Trump said he met with the president of the Virgin Islands. :lol: Wow.
     
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    i heard it when it happened
    it's still pretty funny now
     
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    https://www.forbes.com/sites/nicksi...ops-seize-guns-without-warrants/#13ba83e75c64

    Seems like rare good news on the California and ACLU fronts. I don't really see how this is reconciled with the rapidly increasing support for "red flag" laws though.
     
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    No doubt that the West has a vested interest in Hong Kong's rejection of PRC demands, but I haven't really seen much evidence to suggest that the HK protesters/rioters are a direct result of Western meddling. But the whole thing is so full of shills and I don't speak Chinese which keeps most of the details out of my reach, so I'm not really inclined one way or the other.
     
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    CiG The Grand Calculation

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    CiG The Grand Calculation

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    Pamela Anderson absolutely brutalized the entire panel of The View.
     
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    The Ozzman Melted by feels

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    A brutal tyrant is dead. Good riddance.

    :lol:
     
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    CiG The Grand Calculation

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    Moved this out of the Metal 2019 thread:

    Nothing wrong with being against Brexit, but if you're a person in a position of power with the ability to tamper with the process and you exercise that power, you can hang for all I care.

    As much as I have sympathies for the right-wing reasons for Brexit, personally I tend to find the left-wing reasons for Brexit to be much more convincing, mostly because they deal with opposition to beaurocracy, globalism, classism and so on.

    Mark Blyth and George Galloway in particular make great points in favour of Brexit.
     

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