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Hua Guofang

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Hua Guofang last won the day on May 18 2020

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  1. Thanks for getting back to me, and yeah, not surprised. It's been a trend for years that platform creators fill the screen full of panels, widgets and switches, inevitably crowding the actual content out. Sorry to be a noob, but how do you collapse the stuff on the left? I can't seem to find the button that does that.
  2. @misteraven ^^^^ Keen to keep on posting graf pics in brickslayers, but not if it's going to be a waste of time.
  3. @misteraven This thread isn't the right place, but there's a connection and I know that you'll be interested in this as it involves how media narratives are manufactured and the agenda for public communications are set. Here is a "Washington insider" putting his name to how crowds are inflated and manipulated and how the media narrative is set, by attacking the media itself:
  4. IF I was looking into this, the first place I'd start is the obvious explanations: What is the societal average for suicide in the US? What is the societal average for suicide in DC? What is the social average for suicide by cops US/DC? What is the suicidal average for returned service men ? What is the suicidal average for cops with PTSD? etc. etc. Match with the rate of cops that were at the Capital on Jan 6 and see if it fits any known patterns. If it does not, move on to the next question about whether the national spotlight on their actions might be a contributing factor - feelings of betrayal from political system (surveys of living cops from Jan 6 would be the starting point, etc.). IF there's no matching trend here, move on to the next explanation. Develop a theory, starting with the most obvious explanation and do what you can to disprove it. Once you arrive at a theory you can't disprove, that is the working theory until disproved. Jumping to sensational and hugely consequential explanations right at the jump can have you easily manipulated and believing almost anything. Think systematically and critically.
  5. This reply is mostly for @misteravenand based on the first post (haven't read any further) but will hopefully be of use to others as well. There are a few 'facts' around conspiracy theories: - Humans crave clarity. When we are uncertain about things we can't make informed decisions on how we should react. Thus, we crave answers - In times of crisis (which commercial media loves to promote to grab your attention), we seek answers more than usual, because time frames for making decisions have been shrunk and the consequences of our decisions can greatly impact our own survival (think about how bad you want to know your enemy's position in a firefight and the consequences of making a bad decision) - Conspiracy theories most often involve a villain, and that means there is most often some one who will benefit out of you believing it We like to believe in conspiracy theories because: - They provide the believer with clarity or answers - They appeal to our narcissistic tendencies - we are able to defeat the people trying to fool us ("those people" are often framed as having access to vast resources and having nefarious intent) - They make the world a more interesting and dramatic place - They provide community and belonging - this is a pretty big deal in the internet age. Previously those who bought into flat earth/no moon landing/JFK/etc. would be isolated among many who didn't believe. But with the internet and social media, believers can get in touch, provide nurture and encouragement as well as organise and 'defend against' those vast forces who are trying to rule the world and whatever Conspiracy theories often have common elements: - They are nebulous and vague but centered around a couple of facts which act to make the whole story believable - They can rarely, if ever be disproved - indeed, trying to disprove them often acts to only entrench belief - All new facts can be retro-fitted to suit the narrative - There are always plausible alternative explanations This is not to say conspiracies don't happen, the Church Committee, the Suez Canal Crisis, Iraq WMD all prove that beyond doubt. But the internet makes concocting conspiracies easy (just read through the relevant sections of Reddit and 8Chan/Kun to watch people do it in real time), and it has become very politically useful to to harness the broad conspiracy communities out there (Qanon, ANTIFA, Anti-Vaxxers). Add this to the constant crisis we seem to be living in and you can see the fertile ground that exists. Case in point - Bill Gates has vast resources, one arm of a non-profit he's connected to is working on a medical micro-chip, another fund he has does vaccines in Africa. There's your elements of truth, now you retro-fit a story to link them together - mega-rich villain is developing microchip for vaccines to control you - and you have your text book case of a modern conspiracy theory. Always ask yourself - are there plausible alternative explanations? Have there been similar rumours about other people before? Who stands to gain out of me believing this? Hope that helps as a bit of a template to sift through the mountains of dis/information that get piled on us every day.
  6. Sorry it took me so long to respond, busy days. I do almost all of my browsing on laptops and desktops. So the below comments should be read in that context. You can see in the attached image, having the stats section on the right compresses the middle section, where we post pics and responses to discussions. Previously, that middle field took up two thirds of the page. When browsing pics of graf, all you had to do was scroll, because the images took up two thirds of your screen. You could see all the detail and 'full glory' of the pics without having to open each one individually. Now, the pics are compressed and small. To properly appreciate them you must open each one individually - the website seems to be configured for phones, much the way instagram is. Coming here to get an eyeful of cool pics has become more complicated for no actual gain. I would argue that the stats section on the right hand side is of little value to anyone and really only detracts from one of the core elements of this website; sharing pics of graf. Cheers!
  7. Canberra Pics aren't working, hang on. Going to have to log in from phone.
  8. @misteravenI just saw this thread and thanks for the mention but I don't get involved in the forum as much as I used to and wouldn't be much help. But I do want to raise something with you and wasn't sure where else to do it. The new layout makes looking at pics a pain in the arse. I still come here for the graf and have been taking pics and sketching with the intent of posting in Brick Slayers and Paper Chase. However, this new layout, which includes the stats bar on the right (replies, created, last reply, etc.) squeezes the actual forum content, including pics to be so small, I might as well just make jump to insta. I don't see the use of that stats bar on the right, the info is pretty irrelevant to most people and all it does is create a lot of dead space on the page when you scroll down, and makes the actual content less pleasing to view. I stayed on 12 because I could fill my screen with the pics, which are the reason I first came to this place. Now, this forum is no different to Insta for my uses, which I feel is a great pity because I can't understand what has been gained by choosing this page layout. I hope that you are able to remove that stat bar on the right and expand the content field to optimise the visual aspect, and what I believe is the core of this website.
  9. Yep! And it's a real wild card as to how that's going to play out.
  10. Popping through, wondering how this thread was going. Wasn't let down! Raven - the short version of it is that this is the same for all of the claims since Nov 2020, heaps of accusations and claims, but no reliable evidence to back them up. People will parade a bunch of stuff out to protest that they have evidence, but if you dig into it, there is nothing close to a 'smoking gun' or anything where you could actually charge some one with a crime. There are a lot people working hard to try and find proof, because they desperately want it to be true, but they've come up with nothing real at this point. Enjoy.
  11. If the US has so many mentally disturbed folk, why y'all make it so easy for them to get guns and shoot everyone up?
  12. [insert profundity here] In lieu of the above, please refer to the default setting of "shit really does suck, right about now". That is my professional opinion, thank you. I accept cash and cryptocurrency only.
  13. I think the reason why most folk like me that avoid this place as much as I do these days is not related to establishmentism or anything ideological, they/we just got tired of tired internet arguments. I'm quick to add, though that the majority of the stuff you and I spoke about wasn't tired old arguments, I truly enjoy considering the myriad ways that ANCAP is flawed as I discuss policy with my state employed friends in my state-subsidised job, created to support the state. So, anyway, back to the reason why I'm passing through here today: 'Murica!
  14. Yeah, it's a chick doing aerobics for the Dept of Education (assume it's sent out to school kids that are at home due to pandemic). She was dancing to a song called Cool it Mr Hotshot, which is from Indonesia and was used as a bit of a protest song over there recently (not sure what for). The poetry of it all is really quite something. Myanmar is a place with a lot of sadness due to the many ethnic conflicts and the dictatorship of the military. I'd love to go there but I fear it would break my heart.
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