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Offline ArcaneArtsVelho

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Re: Politics and other ailments of the real world
« Reply #3240 on: August 07, 2019, 01:14:17 PM »
I'm sorry, J.R.

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« Last Edit: August 16, 2019, 05:17:49 PM by ArcaneArtsVelho »
Everything I wrote above is pure conjecture. I don't know what I'm talking about.

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Re: Politics and other ailments of the real world
« Reply #3241 on: August 07, 2019, 05:47:05 PM »
Unrelated to anything else . . . is anyone else keeping an eye on the whole Jeffrey Epstein thing? Because it just keeps getting weirder and weirder. The man seems to be a genuine supervillain:

*Lives in the biggest house in New York.
*Received a visitor while sat on a throne, with two gorgeous women tending him.
*Has his own island, where he had a weird temple-thing erected.
*Wanted to start a "human enhancement program", because he believed his own DNA would improve the human race.

And he seems to be incredibly well-connected to all sorts of rich, famous and powerful people, even though the claims of him being a financier seem to be extremely dubious, making one wonder where the hell his money comes from. Was he selling access to underage girls to all those rich-and-powerfuls? Or was he blackmailing them with secretly taped footage?

This whole thing is incredibly dirty and unpleasant, but it seems like it could destroy a lot of very big people and I can't stop paying attention to it.
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Re: Politics and other ailments of the real world
« Reply #3242 on: August 07, 2019, 08:03:01 PM »
@ArcaneArtsVelho and @J.R. Darewood, this is a perfect example to show someone how easy it is to misunderstand and misinterpret text because so much that gives us context and connotation in direct talk is missing. Additional you are from different cultures, which makes it even harder to read intentions.

I have two colleagues, one is from Georgia (the Caucasian Country, not the U.S. State) and one is a Caribbean Frenchman. They are so different that they have huge problems interpreting each others body language and there have been conflicts where both wanted the same thing but thought the other one wanted the opposite. It's an interesting experience to translate between cultures.

That's just an example to underline the fact that the escalation wasn't your fault, it was something that is likely to happen in every international text-based communication now and then and we had less than average in our forum. Sure, both of you may have (re)acted not in the best possible way but who can fault you? We're all humans and we make mistakes. What's important to me is that you talked about your intentions, your emotions and tried to explain what was moving you.

Yes, you're both hurt and it may take a while to leave the negative feelings behind but I think you laid a good groundwork for that, behaved like adults in a way that many, many others in similar situations could learn a thing or two from.

I hope this wasn't too patronizing, I'm glad that both of you found your way to our forums and I would be sad if this would keep one or both of you from posting permanently.

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Re: Politics and other ailments of the real world
« Reply #3243 on: August 07, 2019, 10:23:47 PM »
Unrelated to anything else . . . is anyone else keeping an eye on the whole Jeffrey Epstein thing? Because it just keeps getting weirder and weirder. The man seems to be a genuine supervillain:

*Lives in the biggest house in New York.
*Received a visitor while sat on a throne, with two gorgeous women tending him.
*Has his own island, where he had a weird temple-thing erected.
*Wanted to start a "human enhancement program", because he believed his own DNA would improve the human race.

And he seems to be incredibly well-connected to all sorts of rich, famous and powerful people, even though the claims of him being a financier seem to be extremely dubious, making one wonder where the hell his money comes from. Was he selling access to underage girls to all those rich-and-powerfuls? Or was he blackmailing them with secretly taped footage?

This whole thing is incredibly dirty and unpleasant, but it seems like it could destroy a lot of very big people and I can't stop paying attention to it.

If he discovers the secret of human immortality, then all is fine  ::)
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Re: Politics and other ailments of the real world
« Reply #3244 on: August 08, 2019, 02:20:18 AM »
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If he discovers the secret of human immortality, then all is fine  ::)

or we have another problem that requires many deaths to solve...

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Re: Politics and other ailments of the real world
« Reply #3245 on: August 08, 2019, 03:52:51 AM »
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If he discovers the secret of human immortality, then all is fine  ::)

or we have another problem that requires many deaths to solve...

Just colonize the universe  ::)
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Re: Politics and other ailments of the real world
« Reply #3246 on: August 08, 2019, 09:46:43 AM »
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If he discovers the secret of human immortality, then all is fine  ::)

or we have another problem that requires many deaths to solve...

Just colonize the universe  ::)

A culture founded by Epstein colonising the universe sounds pretty horrific.

Offline Rostum

Re: Politics and other ailments of the real world
« Reply #3247 on: August 08, 2019, 06:20:11 PM »
(According to the Expanse) He did give us the fusion drive though.

Offline Eli_Freysson

Re: Politics and other ailments of the real world
« Reply #3248 on: August 08, 2019, 07:55:18 PM »
(According to the Expanse) He did give us the fusion drive though.

Sorry, what?
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Re: Politics and other ailments of the real world
« Reply #3249 on: August 08, 2019, 11:02:02 PM »
The Epstein drive is a big thing in the Expanse books it allows further and faster travel through the solar system and politicaly freed Mars from Earth influence

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Re: Politics and other ailments of the real world
« Reply #3250 on: August 08, 2019, 11:53:41 PM »
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If he discovers the secret of human immortality, then all is fine  ::)

or we have another problem that requires many deaths to solve...

Just colonize the universe  ::)

A culture founded by Epstein colonising the universe sounds pretty horrific.

Sounds like a Piers Antony book.
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Re: Politics and other ailments of the real world
« Reply #3251 on: August 09, 2019, 03:41:28 AM »
Sorry as well @ArcaneArtsVelho  I might have over-reacted just a tad (which, tbh is probably another sign that I need to take a breather from social media for a bit until I'm less... reactionary).

I'm happy to go back and remove my part of the discussion if you want. and replace it with
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Re: Politics and other ailments of the real world
« Reply #3252 on: August 09, 2019, 05:32:22 AM »
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If he discovers the secret of human immortality, then all is fine  ::)

or we have another problem that requires many deaths to solve...

Just colonize the universe  ::)

A culture founded by Epstein colonising the universe sounds pretty horrific.

Sounds like a Piers Antony book.

As a reader who enjoyed many a Piers Anthony novel during my teenage boy years, this hits close to home. :p

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Re: Politics and other ailments of the real world
« Reply #3253 on: August 09, 2019, 07:54:42 AM »
Note: let's not touch any previous posts - just breathe and move forward :)
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Re: Politics and other ailments of the real world
« Reply #3254 on: August 09, 2019, 10:43:04 AM »
Sorry as well @ArcaneArtsVelho  I might have over-reacted just a tad ...
It's OK.
I think it's understandable: I handled all this (and explained myself) poorly in many ways.


I hope this wasn't too patronizing...
No, not at all. I appreciated your post a lot.


just breathe and move forward :)

 :)

 
Everything I wrote above is pure conjecture. I don't know what I'm talking about.

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