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Yes; what he said. See also "all lives matter" and "I'm not a feminist, I'm a humanist".

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There's something I've been meaning to say about privilege. Sort of. Sort of about privilege, that is.

I'm a white male American. I'm cis enough to count, and while I'm not Christian, I have the t-shirt. I can check off a few boxes on the ADA checklist if I squint, but other than that, I'm pretty damned high up on the privileged hierarchy, as far as that goes.

Oh, and before anyone says I'm saying what I'm about to say to get laid (because, seriously, that's what I've been told), I'm married and not on the prowl in the slightest. And if I were, my strategy wouldn't be "say feminist things on the Internet and see how it goes".

So, now that that's all out of the way and I've established some level of credibility, here goes:

Guys, grow up. By "guys", I mean specifically the whites and the men and especially and particularly the white men. And if what follows doesn't apply to you, then good for you, move on.

You sure are a fragile group. We can't talk about privilege without someone patting you on the head and scritching you under the chin and telling you, yes, dear, white lives matter, too. Yes, dear, men get raped, too.

Look, I used to be like you. I know the feeling. Which is why I say, again, and with conviction:

Grow up, guys.

Stop derailing, stop whining, stop making us stop our mature adult conversations in order to explain to you, once again, that we know you work hard, we know you're really and truly good inside, we know that it's not you, it's the system, we know, we know, we know.

For a group of people who want the freedom to say what you want, who whine about Political Correctness ruining your opportunity to tell a joke about a Chink, a Polack, and a Wetback without people shaking their heads... you sure do need to have your feelings taken into account an awful lot.

What's wrong, buttercup? You don't like being cast into a big bucket based on the color of your skin? Neither do I. But see, as a white person, when I get judged, it's in the form of people on the Internet saying rude things about me. When black people get judged, it's in the form of not getting jobs they deserve, or being followed around when they try to shop, or being thrown to the concrete by a cop because they didn't instantly comply with a "lawful order".

In a perfect world, there would be no judgments based on skin. But since this isn't a perfect world, I know which judgment I'd rather suffer.

Or, maybe, sunshine, your frustration is at being seen as a potential rapist. Yeah, I hate that, too. I'm serious, here. It's absolutely appalling that, if I go to a party where there's alcohol and women, I have to be aware of the possibility that my getting drunk and having sex with someone could result in rape accusations. That sucks. It's completely ludicrous that, if I'm walking at night and see a woman walking alone at night, she might get tense and not want to talk to me. Poor me.

Boo-hoo.

On the other hand, women have to worry far more about actually being raped.

So, again, perfect world, sure. But I have to live in this world, and if I have to choose between "being seen as a rapist" and "being raped", well, I know which one I'd choose.

Or maybe you're pissy because some other privilege you have leads to people questioning your success or lack of being homeless, beaten, or otherwise victimized.

It doesn't matter. Stop making it about you, you, you. Stop making people tiptoe around your feelings.

Because it's gotten to the point of being beyond tiring.
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This is... wonderful. Yes; I think "wonderful" is the word. Can't wait for it to start.
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+Colm Buckley I can't wait to see the show too. It looks like there will be some good muppets there.
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Fallows weighs in, in his typical masterful style. TL;DR the chickenhawks are wrong, and they always have been wrong.
Presidents of both parties have often shown flawed judgment when deciding to go to war. Their decisions about embracing the risks of diplomacy stand up better in history’s view.
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Oh this is hysterical. Although I hope he doesn't get discouraged - I want him to stay in this race as long as possible.
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+Colm Buckley Yes: the bottom feeders in the GOP constituency.
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My watch is determined to keep the "holy crap" factor going a bit longer.
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+Jan P. Monsch, I don't think it's ever a good idea to associate a reputable weather vane public company such as Google with the combined terms fixed and stock price.  SEC's always watching, listening.
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In case anyone missed it, +OnePlus now have a reservation / wait list in place for the OnePlus Two phone which is being launched today. Fingers crossed that this is going to be as good a phone as the OnePlus One.
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Using stock CM12S rooted. I also convinced my buddy to buy the OPO as well because he needed a new phone and didn't want to spend an arm and a leg.. He's also had some weird issues as well.

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Yes; precisely.

I'd further add that responding to "Black Lives Matter" with "All Lives Matter" is an appropriation of effort; it attempts to subsume the real, diligent efforts of the protesters and activists and extract their yields.

Saying "all lives matter" is pure pablum; it won't achieve anything, and is insulting to those trying to make a difference.
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The scenario: we've just taken possession of our new house. There is not yet a phone line to the premises, but the developers have left suitable ducting to the peering point, etc. So about two weeks ago I called eircom to order phone and broadband service.

A few days ago I received a text message to let me know that the order was "complete and active" but that "no technician visit was required". Interesting. Maybe there is a line after all which I'd not noticed. Found the electrician who'd installed most of the house's cabling, we opened up various access panels. Empty duct leading out to the cabinet, as we thought.

Called eircom at about 4:30pm to discuss this.

Among the things I heard on this call:

"Oh, you need to log this as a fault."
"No; this isn't a fault, you need to order a product."
"We need to cancel the whole order and start again."
"Are you sure there's no line?"
"I think I see the problem, but there's nothing I can do about it."
"Let me transfer you to the right department."

(This last one I heard a few times, twice it was followed by an immediate disconnection, three times I was dumped back at the main menu, once it led to apparently-infinite hold.)

At about 5:45 I did get through to someone who  understood what I was asking, was able to cogently describe my issue back to me without getting any important details wrong, and apparently knew who I needed to talk to in order to get it fixed. He faithfully promised to discuss it with them first, to transfer the context, and then transfer me.

Fifteen minutes of hold...

... it's coming up to 6pm, when the customer support line closes...

<hold music> <hold music> <hold music> click

"Thank you for calling eircom. Our office hours are..."

Tomorrow, I get to try again! Yay, something to look forward to!
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Sounds like the sort of customer service offered by Telstra.
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I suspect that this is extremely, extremely accurate.
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"And might I remind you that the longer this goes on, the closer I get to selecting a running mate. That realization kind of delighted you in a way, didn’t it? You absolutely want to know who I’d pick."

He'll make a TV show out of that: The Running Mate
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What a shocker. Neo-cons hate a deal negotiated by a Democratic Administration which makes war with Iran much less likely. I think I'm going to have a heart attack and die of not-surprise.
The deal is done. What can be done to clean up the mess?
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If the people involved in the top 10 other world conflicts could stomach similar deals, the world would be a much better place. It's also harder to hate your enemies if both you and them are willing to compromise and open up.

If you can negotiate very advantageous deals for you is because you are a bully, and there is no courage or leadership involved in that. This deal on the other hand took some courage, and I am hopeful about it.
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Manager; Site Reliability Engineering
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    Systems Engineering Manager, 2003 - present
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    Systems Architect, 2000 - 2003
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    Systems Administrator, 1998 - 2000
  • TCD Graduate Students Union
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