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June 29, 2021, 1:44 a.m.
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Re: stuff that makes you happy

Summer break approaching......6 weeks off. 🥳

June 7, 2021, 5:16 a.m.
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Re: first world problems

Posted by: XXX_er

Posted by: Mic

Posted by: Couch_Surfer

Where do you get a nice IPA in Germany?

Last time I was there, that style of beer was not on the radar afaik (granted - that was a 5ish years ago)

Quite a few breweries have caught up if in Berlin or in Hamburg or my area (near cologne). Difficult to get in Bavaria, but they got some nice stuff in some places apart from their wheat beer. 

I never understood pilsner to be honest, there are times I have a czech Budweiser for memory's sake but other than that I try and be as open as possible, and find gems. 

Belgian beer is really good, too. La Chouffe is all time.

well there is a lot of beer out there, this guy is hardly a beer aficionado so if he wants to go all we are cherman and we will rule ze beer world ... go back to baveria

I honestly have no idea what you are getting at.

June 6, 2021, 12:54 a.m.
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Re: COVID-19

Posted by: XXX_er

Look at the lineup of actors, any one of them could carry a movie on their own but they were all together on the Big Lebowski, it  is a cult classic and you can not watch it just once because every time you watch it  you pick up another in-joke you missed the other times, I have probably seen it 6 or 8 times all Cohen bros movies are fully scripted so great lines with no ad-libs 

and who hasnt lived it in some way,

who hasn't scattered their mothers ashes off a boat at light house park  and been covered in mom ?

Ballad of Buster Scruggs worth it?

June 6, 2021, 12:53 a.m.
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Re: first world problems

Posted by: XXX_er

Isn't there like 1 stlye of beer cuz al zee rest of all zee beers are poo? German bro was complaining about the beer at the craft brew ( pretty good beer) like he always does so i suggested he could always go back to bavaria

Yes, a lot of people drink shitty pilsner, kind of like the US Budweiser or Coors or any other mass market produced beer that does not please the taste buds.

June 6, 2021, 12:51 a.m.
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Re: first world problems

Posted by: Couch_Surfer

Where do you get a nice IPA in Germany?

Last time I was there, that style of beer was not on the radar afaik (granted - that was a 5ish years ago)

Quite a few breweries have caught up if in Berlin or in Hamburg or my area (near cologne). Difficult to get in Bavaria, but they got some nice stuff in some places apart from their wheat beer. 

I never understood pilsner to be honest, there are times I have a czech Budweiser for memory's sake but other than that I try and be as open as possible, and find gems. 

Belgian beer is really good, too. La Chouffe is all time.

June 5, 2021, 12:51 p.m.
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Re: COVID-19

I watched the Big L once I have to admit....but really enjoyed Beetlejuice quite a few times. 

Syncro, did you follow tashi's assignment?

June 5, 2021, 12:43 p.m.
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Re: first world problems

20 days into a protein sparing fast with one solid meal a day which shall not be more than 500 to 600 cal. 8 days to go. No booze. No grainy carbs and no beans. And 3 to 4 protein shakes with water daily. 

Lost lots of weight, but .... I really miss a burger and a nice IPA. 

I do not miss chocolate or pizza though which feels weird.

June 2, 2021, 1:31 a.m.
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Re: How much do you know about the history of Indigenous people under Canadian rule?

Hey everyone, just wanted to tell you that I am amazed by and happy about the meaningful and civilized and open debates as of late.

June 1, 2021, 11:19 p.m.
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Re: Old growth logging

Posted by: tashi

Sorry that’s just false dude. Every progressive knows that POC’s all think the same and that indigenous people have no interest in wealth or the modern world. That’s why they think that “not all indigenous support logging” is an interesting point to make.

The danger of the single story. 

https://www.ted.com/talks/chimamanda_ngozi_adichie_the_danger_of_a_single_story/up-next?language=en

June 1, 2021, 1:06 p.m.
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Re: The NSMB Random Picture Thread! **NSFW**

Posted by: tungsten

Just re-read that book last fall. Funny how all these dystopian novels from the beginning to mid 20 ct were really prophetic. Brave New World, 1984, Fahrenheit 451.

June 1, 2021, 1:01 p.m.
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Re: Old growth logging

Posted by: syncro

Posted by: Mic

And considering Fairy Creek and similar issues (think: pipelines) - would it be fair to say that FN who support such destructive models of economy and economics have literally lost a connection to their roots, in a quite literal sense of the word? 

Yes, the loss of culture plays a huge factor in this and it is something that does not get a lot of attention.

In this context the idea of 'Idle no more' makes more than sense, and remembering bits and pieces more or less lost, and working on a renaissance not only when it comes to prints or carving but also how the land itself is treated, how food and other resources from the land are seen and used, how the individual communities are struggling with cultural loss and depression, alcoholism and substance abuse, suicide, police brutality, racism, missing women and children, and, ultimately, how and where an individual is positioning herself. 

Healing takes many forms and I for one am grateful that quite a few FN artists share their battles and their communities' and peoples' battles on IG. 

I think learning can only take place when I am open minded and trying to understand, reflecting and thinking critically, and literally accepting that I am white and privileged.

June 1, 2021, 12:50 p.m.
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Re: Old growth logging

Posted by: syncro

Posted by: chupacabra

Even among the FN themselves there are entities with their own agenda willing to sacrifice the environment for either personal gain or short term gains for their community. The decision making process and the incentives are the same for the tribal leaders as they were for the Hudson Bay Company. 

While I agree with most of your post, let's recognize where this behaviour you mention comes from. Before colonization, Indigenous people and their cultures were not capitalistic and what you describe is borne from the effects of the  colonization and genocide of Indigenous people. I know it's not your intent, but let's not let the examples that do exist tar an entire people or serve as some sort of rationale/excuse to dismiss the concerns they face.

Taking scalps being a pretty obvious example, the residential school system being another.  Using a system of favoritism and elitism, along with violently and forcefully eradicating personal bonds and an understanding of a person's culture eventually leads to assimilation and cultural loss on a magnitude that for most non-indigenous people is hard to fathom, I think.

June 1, 2021, 1:50 a.m.
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Re: Old growth logging

Posted by: syncro

Posted by: three-sheets

https://www.resourceworks.com/bigtree

Much of what's in that article was in the linked Tyee article in the opening post. I included the pic of that tree to give an idea of how big some old growth trees can be. It's definitely an attention grabbing pic, but as stated it's not related to Fairy Creek.

While the timber in these trees is definitely valuable, I think we've already taken more than enough old growth giants from the landscape. It's time to leave what's left alone. I think we can do better than to rid the landscape of the small amount of old growth that's left. I'm not against logging by any means and believe it's a sustainable industry that's important to this province, but I also feel that people who think we can continue to log these giant old growth trees can get stuffed. The good news is that the largest trees are protected against being cut and there's about 1500 trees around the province that are protected. The bad news is that there are only 1500 trees left that are protected.

I get the the industry is suffering, but they had a huge hand in their own pain. There's been a century of essentially unlimited cutting of the best trees from the most productive areas across this province - particularly on the South Coast and the Island. It's a limited resource that was treated like an unlimited resource and now they've fucked themselves because they logged the shit out of it. Too bad for the industry and too bad for the rest of us as well. All they need to do though is wait another 500 years and there'll be another bumper crop of trees ready to be pillaged from the landscape.

I have been pretty silent in both the threads on Canada's FN and this one, for reasons that for one I do not think that I am sort of "entitled" to an opinion. I have had my fair share of experiences, though - and your post makes me want to add my 2 cents, syncro.

At the end of the 90s I was a regular visitor to the no longer existing Fiddlehead Farm hostel in Powell River, the then two owners wanted to save the forest in their vincinity from logging and interested guests could participate in a meeting with the person from the Macmillan Bloedel mill responsible for that area, if I remember correctly. He was flewn in by heli, an assistant helped him get dressed for the weather.

In this moment I realised two things: One, that the two owners would not save the forest from clear cutting; and that a person with so much influence and power simply does not care about the opinion of a few weirdos, or even science - ecology, the detrimental and catastrophic effect of rain on unprotected soil, all the details were more or less known in the 90s, similar to Exxon and other companies knowing about the effect of CO2 emissions in the 70s. Same issue, different context.

So, the issue that has to change is the perspective, as we all know - the question is, how can the citizens of an area change the perspective of economics, or of an industrial branch? Similar things happen here in Germany, a forest ecology that has been screwed over for centuries is dying, with climate change (drier weather) adding its fair share.

Selective logging might be the answer, but what would be the effect of that? On a local, a provincial and a global scale?

And considering Fairy Creek and similar issues (think: pipelines) - would it be fair to say that FN who support such destructive models of economy and economics have literally lost a connection to their roots, in a quite literal sense of the word? Clear cutting and pipelines and raw materials extraction on a giant scale (think: tar sands) are linear, they are not sustainable nor cyclical, same goes for the farming of salmon. The perspective behind this modus operandi is not life supporting in the long run. 

I remember talking with quite a few FN and other indigenous groups throughout the years, and the divide between what can be called "moderate" and "traditional" is everywhere, even in northern Sweden with the Sami people and how raising caribou and extracting ressources causes rifts and issues in the communities. Is this a policially motivated thing? 

My Inner Devil's Advocate might even go as far as saying that the colonization, the exploitation of natural resources and the mistreatment of FN by the crown and its affiliates has not really stopped, it has just shifted and changed in the last century and decades.

Edit:

The difference is that a lot of people today understand the mechanics and effects of it all, in contrast to, say, 20 or 30 years ago. And similar to what the community of mtb riders has achieved in BC since the early days, I think that change can only be accomplished by relentlessly working on it on a global scale.

Public awareness, public pressure, education and knowledge along with work in the communities might be the only way forward since professional politicians have shown their inadequacy when it comes to working solutions, to put it bluntly.

And yes, quite a few out there just do not care. Which brings me back to the question whether it is possible to explain to a blind person what exactly the colour red is. Ignorance, among other attitudes, is learned behaviour.

May 21, 2021, 4:53 a.m.
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Re: Vaccines for all of us... assuming all the people under 40 left this forum.

Posted by: Sethimus

what grows faster than the population? the wealth of the rich. problem solved…

What would Lemmy do.

May 21, 2021, 4:50 a.m.
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Re: Enough politics and bickering already..

One day I am going to go travel to Haida Gwaii. It is definitely on my list.

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