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  1. Nice one. Tracks are fun. Mastering is on point, too 😉
  2. Try porn mode, maybe? I suspect the FT is a little less susceptible to astroturfing by CCP supporters, btw.
  3. From what I gather these guys aren’t open minded naturalists at all, they really are what I glibly referred to as a social club for libtards: they use some quirks in US law to subvert laws on religion against themselves, primarily to further social causes that usually have their supporters on the left - as they are doing now, in fact. All the while throwing around satanic imagery to piss off people who truly *are* religious. From where I’m standing, in the thoroughly secular Netherlands, it all seems a bit silly and childish, but I imagine in the US, where fundamentalist Christianity genuinely has a lot of power, it’s a lot more relevant. edit: this is about the temple of satan. The *church* of satan, on the other hand, is more like what you describe (and also not involved in this).
  4. Isn’t the Satanic Temple just a social club for libtards with an edgy name?
  5. Meanwhile Evergrande, the largest real estate developer in China (and therefore, presumably, 😉 , in the world), is facing possible default: https://www.ft.com/content/ae2bbe36-1e49-4a46-bc65-955bbf962e2a It is apparently yet another private company that got obscenely rich and powerful on the coattails of China’s breakneck economic development of the last twenty to thirty years or so and that is now being reeled in. Problem is, of course, that this time it’s not cab rides, an online marketplace or a chat app with games but a company that builds the houses people live in. A Dutch newspaper said they were likely “too big to fail”. We’ll see.
  6. Allow me to one up that with a suggestion to look up the way Myanmarese are treated aboard Thai and Malaysian fishing vessels. This is so horrible it would shock a Barbary galley captain. Makes (back on topic) Uyghur re-education camps look benign in comparison.
  7. Yup. There isn’t a single form of slavery, however, that compares in scale and brutality to chattel slavery in the Americas. That really is on a whole different level than pretty much all slavery anywhere else in history.
  8. It’s always about power first and foremost. Governments that put ideology first never last long. See the Paris Commune and the anarchists in Spain.
  9. Show me the passage in Marx where it says the countryside should be starved to death or the bit where Lenin claims it’s a good idea to have high school students beat their teachers to a pulp. Stalin, of course, did starve out the Ukraine, so there is that, but by and large China is in its own league when it comes to murderous politics, especially murderous politics *within living memory*. Ideology is nothing more than window dressing. What actually matters are facts on the ground.
  10. Good point. And as usual, what makes China worse isn’t so much the horrors themselves but the scale at which they happen. In China everything is always larger and involves an order of magnitude more people. Yup. Extremely callous. I was surprised to learn, however, that that was nowhere near the worst thing the US did to Japan: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bombing_of_Tokyo Japan had been so thoroughly brutalized by august 1945 the nukes aren’t mentioned at all in the meeting notes of the Japanese cabinet for when they were discussing whether to surrender or not.
  11. Must be me, then. I read it as much more hesitant than the evidence warrants, sorry.
  12. The horrors of the Cultural Revolution and the Great Leap Forward before it are *very* well attested. Hundreds of thousands of eyewitness accounts exist and they’re even studied (and acknowledged) by official Chinese historians.
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