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  1. Yeah. Currently relistening as well. Light rain is a bit depressing. Annoyingly so actually. But after that, it picks up pretty quick again. New family is ace. If you can't appreciate this album you're at the wrong place, imo. 😜

    rainy day rain GIF

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  2. On 8/4/2020 at 8:19 PM, fertooos said:

    So I was wondering, if everyone in a counrty has a pension and a right to one, would that stop people from being capitalist bootlickers? I need to know in case I come across an anti-capitalist edgelord without making an ass of myself.

    It's impossible not to make an ass of yourself when you come across an edgelord.

    Like I'm currently doing, mr edgelord. ;D

  3. 2 hours ago, qualitycontrol said:

    Free market capitalism brought us here folks-

    It's true.

    *We* are all a bit skewed because we all love music here. 

    But the largely uneducated, non-critical thinking masses have decided that music is something you drive to, fuck to, make narcissistic  video clips with, and it should just magically float thru the air with yr cell phone subscription.

    Just support the underground with money as much as you can. Enjoy it. That's the real shit.

    The moral of the story: make more music people would like to fuck to.

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  4. Just now, rhmilo said:

    Given how many of us ride bikes - poorly, @dingformung is not wrong about that - the fact that we don’t absolutely and utterly dominate in that sport is a disgrace.

    No no no. You're seeing it completely wrong. Seeing how few people outside the Netherlands ride bikes regularly, the Dutch -on average - are frigging bike masters. Could always be better. But at least they know the fundamentals of how to ride a bike.

    The fact we don't dominate the sport (apart from Mathieu vd Poel) means little. There's still plenty of fruitcakes biking abroad. Plenty people view the Tour de France. If the situation was more like with speedskating, the Netherlands would dominate biking as well. Not many people watch the world cup speedskating. Tour de France... I don't know. That's close to world league football in terms of world wide viewers? And I mean the eggshape football, you're allowed to keep in your hands. Not soccer. The actual football you're not allowed to hold in your hands. ;D


  5. 6 hours ago, dingformung said:

    Dutch people are really bad at riding bikes. There are no hills and the bike lanes are very good so no biking skill is required. If you are bad at riding a bike it's the perfect place for you.

    Dude, that's an insult! ;D

    Netherlands is biking country numero uno! We have the best bikers!

    Tour De France Cheer GIF by Team Jumbo-VismaMathieu Van Der Poel Sport GIF by Play Sports

    No intention to move, btw. No reason. As of yet.

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  6. 2 hours ago, dcom said:

    Plaid have said that a lot of people don't like Spokes because it's their most experimental and thus least approachable album.

    Their most experimental? I wasn't a fan of Spokes, but that's because I thought it sounded like Plaid going through the motions. It's way too stereotypical/formulaic plaid, imo. At least, that's what it sounded like to me. And the couple of albums after Spokes as well. Really lost interest with Spokes. They went from "buy blind" to "first check and pick the tracks I like".

    I'd argue they weren't experimental enough! Hard to believe they think Spokes is their most experimental. If that's from an interview, I'd be happy reading it for extra context. I'm not hearing it.

    Still love some good Plaid, though.

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  7. 11 minutes ago, bendish said:

    Doesn't Covid show that global action can be mobilized if there is enough of an immediate / felt threat? i.e. climate change impacts could be addressed overnight if there was the elusive political will? Whether models ultimately work or not - chances are that shit is going to get ugly and so we should prepare asap. Shouldn't we follow the worst case models as a better safe than sorry policy even if it's speculation? I think when people refer to MNCs and climate change they are generally referring to energy / fossil fuel companies. I really can't see the market fixing this issue - got to be government and global org effort. Just doesn't sit right listening to hair brained schemes of burying carbon, solar shades etc.

    If you take the covid-event as an example, I think you see a couple of things. Yes, priority (similar to political will) is important. But you also see the same urgency in non-governmental institutes. And basically the general public. Including the market. (yes, there are some counterexamples, but the general picture is that the markets tend to be even more strict than some governments)

    And no, this global action is actually pretty disorganised. Take the attitude of various countries, for example. Most countries are fighting for themselves, instead of working together. Take the scarcity wrt facemasks early on, for example. Or a certain country buying the first X months of stock of new therapies/vaccines for themselves.

    Wrt climate change, there are a number of differences which are relevant. The obvious is the immediate urgency. And then there's also way more uncertainty involved. Without improved climate policies, you *may* end up with a worse situation in a decade or so. With improved policies, you might still end up with a worse situation in a decade. The question about what good and effective policies would be, is more difficult and complex to answer, than compared to covid. And the potential results are decades into the future. If you could measure the effect.

    The other factor is that global politics is just part of the puzzle. It's everyone involved. Corporations too. There is no single bullet fixing this issue. Neither governments nor the market alone can *fix* this. It's not an either/or thing. It's an all of the above thing.

    IF it can be fixed, that is. I'm personally very sceptical of the notion that we can engineer the climate effectively. I mean, we need to improve our behaviour and all that. No argument there. But the outcome of that...well.. we might be fucked anyways. At least, I assume that to be the case.

  8. 3 hours ago, Squee said:

    Second of all, Spotify has yet to make a profit (well, they did for a very short moment). How can you still be open for business when your net income is € -193 million?

    I'm sure a lot of the money is being funnelled into the shadow economy of tax havens. Reporting losses to the government leaves you less taxes to pay. It's all a ponzi scheme for the uber rich getting richer.

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  9. It's all Silicon Valley logic to me. Ek makes as much sense as Zuckberg. It's a heavily skewed logic. But with truth behind it, because the monopoly is real. There are lots of people lost in their walled gardens. And the more people in their walled garden, the stronger their ability to play the role of the leader of a cult. Lots of followers who believe in what they preach, I'm guessing. For the outsider, at least for me, it's mostly scientology-speak.

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  10. LOL.

    But it was kinda refreshing to have both Dems and Reps bitching on the big corporations. Doesn't happen often. And I'm sure these public meetings are mostly grandstanding for the public. The real stuff happens elsewhere. (eg. the investigation of all those documents the corps had to hand over to congress)

    The fact that both sides of the isle are bitching might imply that there's actually stuff going to happen for a change.

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  11. The impact of that comment will have an impact that will be felt by generations to come. The history between RDJ and Joyrex basically has a before and after "quite good". Although the kickstart-event should not be ignored, the "quite good" event is the WATMM-equivalent to the big meteorite that ended the dinosaurs period. 😜

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