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by The Pax Stellarum of Stellar Colonies. . 88 reads.

My Opinions: A Ramble

- LinkMy brain whenever I hear the word Istanbul. Yes, your guess about what the link leads to is probably correct.

- When I say 'people', I do mean everyone, unless the context makes it clear I am focusing on a certain group. For example, "People shouldn't rape" means men and women shouldn't rape.

- "The Future is Female/Brown/Queer/Etc." sounds like a threat.

- "Cis" is a weird way to say "straight". I just can't get past it, the term looks so bizarre.

- I don't like infant circumcision. I recognize that it, like abortion, appears to sometimes be medically necessary when dealing with STIs/STDs although I would be wholly unsurprised if such """benefits""" are heavily outweighed by the negative effects or are later proven to be nonexistent, but I want to abolish it wherever and whenever it is not (my home state of California for example, which lost a big chunk of my respect when I learned about a certain something it did in 2011). My views on this issue are actually kind of similar to abortion (ethically wrong, at least somewhat necessary for real reasons in the present, should be abolished when it's unnecessary in the future) although I feel that we can eliminate infant circumcision sooner than abortion.

- Bash Fascism

- Crush Communism

- Abolish Authoritarianism

- Terminate Totalitarianism

- More expansive and frequent space travel is a must. Earth must of course come first at the moment, but we should be laying the foundations for the future out there.

- 1860s Republicans & Democrats =/= Current Republicans & Democrats.

- Unified Gender Equality Movement > Current mess of different feminists and masculinists. Men and women both have problems which are seriously harmful, and we need to collaborate together as a single movement to help both instead of the ridiculous gender wars which prevent solving these problems.

- Rape is a gender neutral crime, which includes male victims, male perpetrators, female victims, and female perpetrators. Broadly (if not totally) framing it as one guilty assaulting and one assaulted gender easily leads to ignoring half of the potential victims and half of the potential perpetrators.

- Spelling "woman" as "womyn" is hilariously petty.

- I am not "disposable".

- The Duluth Model must be gender neutral. If it can't, it should be thrown out and replaced with an accurate model which describes more than half of the potential abusers.

- Incels are wrong, but attacking them in the manner that is the norm merely radicalizes them and increases the problem by making them look like the victim to others who may not look into what they actually advocate for and believe. However, they should also not be openly accepted as they currently are.

- If you're an aid organization dispensing food, how about you actually try to dispense food to everyone and not create a situation in which one group is able to get seconds while another group has to resort to crime in order not to starve?

- What sex you are does not equate to how smart you are, and this includes politics. If you assume one sex is smarter on average than the other and vote accordingly, you're only going to be right half the time. Focus on actual 'smarts', not sex.

- 'Incelism' is an...uh...ideology which negatively warps the perception that men and women who fall victim to it have of the other gender. For example, LinkExhibit A of what I believe to be an example for a community of such individuals. I would include an Exhibit B for the male equivalent, but I am unable to definitively find one which is still around. Probably for the best, since checking through the first one was too much...incelness...for me to handle. Anyway, this ideology are bad, it's already been driving these people towards committing terrorist actions. I'm not sure how many of these people can be rehabilitated, but they really need help.

- LinkThis court decision is total BS.

- "Never hit a woman" "If needed, possible, or justified, physically defend yourself or others from a man or woman who attacks someone, but don't go too far."
*As with everything, every situation is different. Apply judgement!

- The LinkSCUM Manifesto is both wildly inaccurate and rather disturbing to me. Even if it is some kind of satire (which I seriously doubt), it still advocates a course of action which could result in the death of both me and half of my friends and family if some psychopath near me took it to heart. Although it is fortunately unlikely to be the source of a genocide like that led by the individual who wrote Mein Kampf, I view the book as running along a similar line of thought. Oh yeah, forgot something. The author literally shot at a man three times, was treated in a psychiatric hospital during her three-year sentence, and promoted the book after her prison time was over, which really contributes to making me doubt it was 'satire'.

- My interpretation of the phrase 'boys will be boys' is something akin to 'males are unable to control themselves', implying that half of the species has inferior intelligence and/or self-control in general. It may or may not be an accurate opinion of its meaning, but that is what my gut, for lack of a better word, tends to assume the person posting it without humor or irony intends to say with it.

- "Both sides are bad" is a valid viewpoint to have, but it should not be used for whataboutism. Defendants of an individual group, ideology, and so on (such as the various forms of feminism, the US government, the CCP, etc.) just discredit themselves if they resort to only saying "something else is worse" to avoid acknowledging any problems being addressed.

- Can we actually get good candidates instead of terrible ones, which tends to intentionally or not discourage people to use and support democracy?

- Reading about inherently unstable multipolar worlds is better than being in one. Good for exciting stories, but not ideal

- I do not have an issue with China or the various peoples of it, but I dislike the CCP government running the country known as the PRC.

- The PRC messed up with CoronaXirus SARS-CoV-2 first, and others had the opportunity to mess up just as badly due to that.

- Taiwan should be universally recognized for what de facto is (an independent country), and the nine dash line is BS (I'm saying that to both Chinas!). Also, I don't really like how the PRC controls the sources of practically every important river in southern and southeast Asia.

- The only reason that the PRC hasn't engaged in imperialism like the US in countries like Iraq and Afghanistan is because it is not the global superpower. If it tried to do so, it would get a lot of push-back and risk a confrontation with the current one (the US). So, if the PRC became the global superpower and the US decayed into a regional power in the Americas, they would likely to much the same thing that the US did since they no longer have to fear a larger power getting into a conflict with them. Instead of just switching the global imperial power, how about we fix the environment which allows them to form?

- Does the PRC (a country surrounded on land and hemmed in from the ocean by a lot of hostile countries, one of which has the potential to rival it) really have the capacity to be a global superpower on the same scale as the US (a country with two open coastlines on large oceans which only borders a couple of weak and/or friendly countries)? Sure, they can be the strongest and perhaps dominant economic power, but they have a lot to guard from in nearly every direction, while the US is largely free to project its military far from home without equivalent concerns on its own borders.

- I tend to regard the word 'China' as referring to a region of Asia which, because of culture and geography, generally tends to form a single large country which people call 'China'. I don't know if this opinion is anti-China or something, but it is the view I tend to have based on what I know.

- The US has done...and currently does...some nasty effed-up stuff which should be called out...but not by endorsing equally bad or worse regimes. Whataboutism is big dumb.

- Abstinence is what I do since the effort involved with those relationships outweigh my desire to have any, but it should not be the sole focus or offered solution in a sex ed course. That just causes issues, as many people and studies are able to describe in great...disturbing...detail.

- Pro-abortion & anti-abortion > pro-choice & pro-life. The latter terms are silly bits of propaganda, which while technically true, muddy the waters. I lean towards the position that abortion is ethically wrong, but currently necessary for the greater good. My hope is that it will be phased out and eliminated in a way which will simultaneously allow women (and their partner) to jointly choose to have a baby together or not without one decision resulting in what can really only be called a death. (transplanting fetuses between wombs, much better protection, purging the urge to engage in reproductive acts, etc.)

- I view myself as an agnostic, but I might be more of an atheist. Regardless of my personal views on religion, I will respect yours as long as:
-- The practices of what you follow are not harmful and/or morally wrong.
-- You don't try to forcefully convert others.

- You don't right historical wrongs by flipping the oppression.

- #PoorLivesMatter

- If something looks black and white, take another look. It's more likely to be a spectrum or have some nuance.

- I tend to think that Trump's...uh...'antics' are an intentional ploy to rile up his supporters and detractors, but he really makes me wonder sometimes.

- Switching the oppresser and the oppressed does not fix the oppression. Y'know, Two Wrongs Don't Make A RightTM and all that.

- Tankies and Neo-Nazis are big dumb.

- Remember the concept of "innocent before proven guilty".

- It would've been nice if the Soviet Union fell apart right after WW2 ended. Not violently, but nice and peacefully.

- Conversion """Therapy""" should be banned. Entirely.

- "Power + Prejudice = Ism" is stupid. All you need is prejudice and generalized notions about any group to be racist, sexist, etc.

- I really don't like California's state flag. We should get one that looks better and is easier to draw.

- The US should adopt the metric system.

- If I had a time machine, the first person I'm going for is Woodrow Wilson.

- Viruses aren't evil. They are just...there.

- Keep Mount Rushmore as is. Stone Mountain however...I would not be that opposed to it being stripped down.

- California, the state where I was born and have lived for most of my life, is an integral cornerstone of the United States. Any serious advocacy towards our independence as a separate country, although it is widely and rightfully seen as ridiculous and silly, will be strongly opposed by me. I do not dispute that we are capable of being a nation-state, because I do think we could exist reasonably well as one...assuming the divorce proceedings were hashed out equitably and did not result in a crashed economy and flattened Sacramento...but I do not believe that we should. Both us and the US would survive if separate, but we are stronger when united. Also, the Russian and Iranian social media accounts (bots?) which are larping, trying to promote the message to support an agenda, or so hilariously misinformed about California that they believe we are genuinely struggling for independence in the likes of Catalonia or Scotland, are entertaining and only slightly alarming to read.

To conclude, as stated by our state constitution itself:

"The State of California is an inseparable part of the United States of America, and the United States Constitution is the supreme law of the land." ~ Article III, Section 1

- I cringe just a bit whenever I see 'freeze peach'.

- The 'take a shot' meme is cringe.

- S-seeing this st-stut-stuttering thing i-in a passage I a-am reading m-makes me cri-cringe.

- The Netherlands, or more precisely some of their modern cultural attitudes and practices, never fails to extensively slightly disturb me.
Assuming of course the media of the culture I myself live in doesn't exaggerate them for shock value.

- An-Tifa sounds better than Anti-Fa or Anta-Fa.

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- Describing yourself and your country as 'civilized' while broadly painting others as 'uncivilized' or 'barbarians' will only antagonize said people (and more perhaps) and also result in yourself looking stuck-up and smug, which is generally counterproductive to convincing others in a debate even if you have valid points.

- California is not communist, nor even socialist (Maybe a bit socialist actually, but not much). It's 'Rainbow Capitalist'.

- Some movies should not have sequels.

- I hate lightning. I point to what has happened in Northern California in August 2020 as justification for this opinion.

- Describing a physically attractive person as a 'snack' is weird as hell.

- White centrists: the White supremacists who believe Whites are better than Blacks but also that Asians and/or Jews are superior to Whites.