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ewanmac

Member since Feb 2009 • Last active Oct 2019

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    @Señor_Bear

    I think a useful guide in these sort of circumstances is to ask whether the subject of the joke is a member of a group that might in some way be considered to be vulnerable, marginalised or disenfranchised in some way?

    The lower the level of “privilege” the more likely people (in this community and beyond) are to be offended. All else being equal, jokes about black people are less likely to be acceptable than jokes about white people, jokes about women less likely to be acceptable than jokes about men, jokes about poor people less likely to be acceptable than jokes about the wealthy, and jokes about gender non-binary people are less likely to be acceptable than jokes about gender-binary people.

    Anyway my bidet time is up. Before you post check not only your own privilege, but that of the people you are joking about. Hope that helps.

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    Am I right in thinking that sub 2 hour pace is 14:10/5km, and if so that that is (1second)?faster than Tirunesh Dibaba‘s women’s 5k world record??

    That is totally insane!

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    In my reading, both of the media and of bobo’s post, very few people have directed their criticism at “Japan” (the people, the team, the country?). The criticism has been of world rugby (the international and predominantly not Japanese organisation) who have spent years planning this event and months saying they have contingency plans in place to deal with this long forseen situation but when pressed seem to have nothing.

    I think everyone wishes the people of Japan all the very best in dealing as best they can with the typhoon.

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    Goat audio here for anyone interested... really very good!

    https://soundcloud.com/richge/the-great-­hargeisa-goat-bubble

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    The point is that any movement like XR that focuses on green reform of capitalism is ultimately doomed to fail (or a dead end, as the video puts it) because a system based on endless growth is inherently at odds with environmentalist goals.

    I know very little about XR, so someone please correct me if I'm wrong, but my guess is that most people involved with XR (especially in senior positions) fully agree that "an economic system based on endless growth is inherently at odds with environmentalist goals".

    Surely the decision to focus on driving green reform in the existing capitalist system is a strategic decision made on the grounds of expediency rather than an implicit acceptance of neoliberal economics? If we are to avoid catastrophic environmental impacts we need to see action now. Action now needs public support and engagement and I just don't think that people in countries like the UK are ready to accept or embrace radical economic reform yet.

    Secondarily, it might not be a foolish thing to disassociate economic reform from an environmental agenda. Living on a healthy planet is something that I think is more widely palatable across a diverse political spectrum than a revolution to the economic system. Focussing on the environmental side of the debate may well be a deliberate strategy to avoid it becoming highly politicised (the environment is always political but I mean politicised in terms of becoming an issue of bipolar partisanship in government).

    A socially just and healthy planet absolutely require economic reform, the two issues go hand in hand, but my suspicion it's better to campaign for them separately?

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    Fucking hell Samoa!! Should have just ended it at 81 minutes.

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    Re. The edoping... according to the guardian, he built a bot that let him cycle at 2000w in the run up to the competition, thus unlocking some special in-game bike that apparently gives you an unfair advantage?

    I thought zwift racing was a pure w/kg game?

    https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2019/o­ct/04/first-british-eracing-champion-ban­ned-for-using-bot-to-gain-unfair-advanta­ge

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    In that case... if I go 1x, what do I do about chain retention?

    I currently have a regular Rival derailleur (no clutch) and I won't be replacing it until it breaks. Running 2x gives me multiple options to stop my chain falling off, including an outer chainring, a FD and my bike has in inner chain keeper/bash guard attached to the BB shell (pic).

    If I go 1x, I'll get a NW chainring but is it better to run my existing bash guard/inner chain keeper with an outer guard like this... sort of like a blunt outer chainring. Or just a simple downtube mounted keeper like this (a version of which I use on my TT bike)?

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