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    Yesterday, 08:59 PM
    And sometimes it's simply the best option and opens up to countless possibilities that would have been lost had you continued to chase a futile endeavor for the sake of not appearing "candy-ass."
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    Yesterday, 08:49 PM
    Your long-winded reply to a simple question could also be called a bit silly.
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    04-28-2016, 10:04 PM
    Can't wait for the Trump Presidency! I just finished Art of the Deal in preparation!
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    04-26-2016, 09:08 AM
    Oh, ok. That makes sense. It's similar to lao wai in Mandarin, then.
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    04-26-2016, 02:49 AM
    Yes, either one is correct but lao wai is a bit more informal and somewhat impolite. I don't think guai lou is a term, unless it's Cantonese.
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    04-25-2016, 05:45 PM
    Also, what on earth is a gwai lo, AF? I'm pretty certain I would've heard that by now if it was a Chinese term. I just looked it up and no results.
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    04-25-2016, 05:39 PM
    Yeah, I believe what the Chinese government tells me because I believe the OCP was enacted in 1980. Foolproof logic there. If you think 36 years qualifies as "forever", then you should've specified that. Don't just unilaterally declare something to be the case without specifying what you are talking about. And conspiracy theories aside, your statements about, as you said yourself, "ANY population," apply to, well, any population and not just China. It leaves about as many choices as it does anywhere else. Also, my statistics were specified by age group, so the fact that some children are killed in accidents is deemed even more irrelevant. And my statistics about the world ratio were compiled by the World DataBank and the CIA, not the Chinese government. But now I suppose we should distrust those, too. Blanket statements about the possibility of fabrication can be really effective, can't they? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_sex_ratio In any case, you should really try offering some actual facts before making statements that pose as facts but are backed by nothing. IOW, do your research. If you think you're still correct, then you should have specified what you were talking about in your post instead of just stating your beliefs as facts. I'm not defending the Chinese government. I'm defending facts.
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    04-24-2016, 08:04 AM
    Hey. Been busy. Haven't really heard about this supposed campaign against dating foreigners, but foreigners are very popular among Asian women. That doesn't necessarily make it easy, though. Finding a girl you like is still a hard task, especially with the language barrier. You can't have any girl you want, and it is very common to see Chinese girls with Chinese guys. The idea that this is "threatening" to the Chinese, as has been mentioned, is food for thought, but as far as real life experience, I've never heard anyone complain about it and I do feel very privileged living here. I can get job offers walking down the street, I don't have to speak the language to get by, and I get a lot of people who will randomly walk up to me and try to make friends just so they have someone to improve their English with. There have been a few occasions on which a girl has expressed her desire to marry me, but she was either not that attractive and/or already in her 30s and desperate. I've never had anyone express anything more than impatience at my bad Chinese while buying things and other than that I don't think anyone has ever outwardly shown any signs of resentment or jealousy in either language. The people here don't seem to feel entitled to things just based on their nationality and nobody I've met has ever said or expressed anything like that, unless they were Korean or old people still sore about Boxer's Rebellion way back when. The rise of the number of foreigners in China doesn't seem to have embittered anyone because of their ability to become experts without any real effort. For the most part, people just have a deep desire to learn and better themselves rather than worry about what other people have. It goes both ways, too, since many Chinese people who come to America are quite successful and you don't see Americans complaining about them taking our women and our jerbs because we all know, deep down, that it's good for us to have these people around, and that's how it is here. Also, these campaigns probably won't have much of an impact. For one, how many young Chinese girls work for the government? Two, you can't really enforce it. Not only is it about as pointless as the stupid police commercials about obeying the law in America, but its limited scope of application for the reasons given make it not really a big concern. Just another police commercial like in America, as far as I'm concerned, although the police is another matter entirely since their impetus to control people seems non-exist compared to US police from what I can tell.
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    04-24-2016, 07:47 AM
    You know what else is dumb? Your nonsense facts. You say the government has had a one-child policy "forever", but actually it's only existed since 1980 and is currently being phased out. Furthermore, the ratio of boys to girls at birth is 1.12. The ratio at 15-64 years of age is 1.06, and the ratio beyond 65 is 0.93. But hey, never mind that. It's dumb because hyperbolic words can conceivably be used to describe it. If you're going to spout nonsense like this, at least have the courtesy of providing the statistics you are supposedly attaching these hyperbolic words to.
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    04-24-2016, 07:42 AM
    Haha, that's pretty funny right there.
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    04-24-2016, 07:41 AM
    Haha, that's pretty funny right there.
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    04-24-2016, 07:33 AM
    Actually, I'm still not sure that IS a serious question. Doesn't sound like it. And sometimes, yes, you do have to use more force with the retarded ones, but any average adult human being should know how to do so without doing harm. The retarded ones require more restraint and also more physical prodding, but it's not like I think you have to hurt a kid to get them to move, as you imply with this stupid question and then follow up with an obvious sarcastic remark about how it might be useful for you to apply to one of your own. The truth is, accidents do happen, and I'm not willing to demonize this woman so early, although any further news about how the story has developed are certainly welcome. I just don't want to jump to conclusions before we've really heard anything. Believe it or not, the video can't tell the whole story.
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    04-15-2016, 03:33 AM
    At least I'm consistent. I drew my political line in the sand and, consistent with my opposition to endless intervention and illegal spying, I left the country. True, it's hard to find a developed country that doesn't do that, but I feel American oppression is so much more insidious than that of other countries.
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    04-14-2016, 08:14 AM
    Ok, I think I see what you're saying. It's a purely profit-driven move made to carry on basically the same concert schedule while gaining notoriety by standing up for gay rights. Is that it?
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    04-14-2016, 08:13 AM
    Well, has the OP got news for you...
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    04-14-2016, 06:49 AM
    Oh, yeah, that totally makes it not a contradiction at all. After all, wouldn't want to "lose money" on concerts in Muslim countries. That would just be an INJUSTICE.
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    04-14-2016, 06:49 AM
    Oh, yeah, that totally makes it not a contradiction at all. After all, wouldn't want to "lose money" on concerts in Muslim countries. That would just be an INJUSTICE.
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    04-13-2016, 05:18 AM
    Are you sure this problem is caused by the Chinese and not just a bad tech thing? I haven't had any problems with my VPN since I got here almost a year ago. People keep complaining about the censors, but they're always people who know virtually nothing about tech, so I'm wondering if there's something else going on. Do you know something about the censors that I don't?
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    04-12-2016, 05:43 PM
    What's honest? Admitting you're right and I'm wrong? Admitting that your conjecture is better than my skepticism? I never even insinuated that I was intellectually superior to you, but I've seen it before. You willfully blind yourself because you think it's better to be an all-accepting ignoramus than it is to be an occasionally wrong skeptic. You're not stupid because of it, but you are ignorant. My dad is exactly the same way.
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  • BamaAla's Avatar
    04-11-2016, 10:44 PM
    That's an awful call and I'm a Tumpkin.
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    04-10-2016, 06:06 PM
    Yes, chimps share more in common with us than bananas. Is that really the best evidence you've got? Although chimps are more similar to humans than bananas (one is a plant, the other two are animals), there are still a lot of differences and science still hasn't been able to overcome those differences with even much, much more similar hybrids of the same species. We don't even know where to start with humans/chimps. My point wasn't that we could never breed a human with a banana (although we can't). The point was that sharing DNA in common doesn't really mean anything when the information carried on the DNA only makes sense in the context of the larger organism and if it differs too much from the original, then it's no longer valid and will die.
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    04-10-2016, 05:15 PM
    The thing is, you don't know where that DNA is from, but you ASSUME it's left-overs from evolution. DNA losing function is not proof that we are related to bananas. Is that what you people are calling science these days? Honestly, this is just evidence of the fact that we know so little. We don't even know what our own DNA is for. Heck, we barely even know anything about how our brains work and yet you think we can figure THAT out? Just like that, huh? Because black people use the same gene to produce more pigmented skin, that means if you get a bunch of scientists together with unlimited funding, that means they have the power to "rearrange" (there's that word again) the genes to produce a viable human-monkey hybrid. Now you've really jumped the shark. I just can't describe how stupid that sounds to any reasoning mind. Just because black people use the same gene to produce more pigment, that doesn't mean you can add completely different functions to one animal or another by rearranging the genes. That's not how it works. Of course you can produce more pigment with the same gene that is DESIGNED TO PRODUCE THAT PIGMENT. This is where people just begin to abandon all reason. They theorize about things that have never been proven to be possible and call it science even though it's about the least scientific you can get. Just because you've been told that monkeys and humans are related, that doesn't mean using your imagination is suddenly more scientific than being skeptical.
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    04-10-2016, 05:06 PM
    You're really going out on a limb there. Honestly, I think our personalities are different. I'm more skeptical than you are about things in the world and you just use your ignorance as a way to say "I told you so" when something you did not deny does happen. As for me living in 1960 and saying the same things, it really depends on what you're talking about because, unlike you, I do have a basic understanding of these things and I don't use my ignorance as a way to blur the line between reality and fiction. Not science fiction, mind you, just fiction. Science doesn't belong anywhere near the word fiction as it applies to what you're talking about. The "So much has happened, so there must be no end to it" line of reasoning carries no intellectual weight and is logically invalid and deeply flawed thinking. You've simply decided it's better to be an all-accepting ignoramus than an occasionally wrong skeptic.
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    04-10-2016, 09:35 AM
    Again, you're talking about taking an already-produced human stem cell and giving it a source of sustenance to grow. The human stem cell isn't being produced by the animal, nor could it ever be. That's an awfully far cry from getting the genetic information from one animal to mix with another such that one or the other can reproduce an entire creature successfully. The genetic info is rejected by the embryo as soon as it recognizes that it is not the same kind of animal. If there were some way to get it to do something, it certainly wouldn't produce anything viable. They're having a hard enough time getting donkeys and horses to reproduce, and it would be nothing short of a miracle, literally, the work of God, if the scientists were able to literally splice every gene and manufacture a completely different creature from scratch that would grow inside another animal and be accepted by it. You can't just mix and match DNA to get different things. You have to divine the information onto the DNA so that every gene knows exactly what its function is in the bigger picture and it simply won't happen if the bigger picture isn't something that matches with the type of animal that's producing it. You can get a human organ to grow inside a pig, for instance, but the pig will never use the human organ as one of its own.
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    04-10-2016, 09:18 AM
    We'll just have to agree to disagree on that one. The differences between humans and chimps are vast. We share 50% of our DNA with bananas and yet that doesn't mean we are half banana, so it's not just about the matching of the right pairs but also the information those base pairs carry, which can't simply be rearranged to make completely different functions for a completely different animal. The information must already be stored, and it cannot be imposed on the DNA. Whatever percentage they're throwing out now doesn't take that into account and I know many people believe it is possible because evolution, but that has nothing to do with the current scientific knowledge of how to do these things. Your statement is nothing but speculation.
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    04-10-2016, 01:13 AM
    First of all, I didn't call you a name. Secondly, growing human tissue on a foreign host is a long way from reproduction. Do you even remotely understand the mechanisms that are involved in reproduction? The genetic differences simply won't allow for such cross-breeding to occur. We're talking about thousands of base pairs difference where 3 would be fatal. It's simply not possible, and yes, you can refuse to be an ignoramus and stop believing shit just because you don't understand it. I'm beginning to wonder if it's a generational thing, since my dad would often use the same argument of "Well, where do you draw the line!" You're just so star-struck with science that you can't hear reason. And despite all this technological weirdness we've encountered in the last few decades, people tend to forget about things which are taken for granted. Even though we've made some seemingly miraculous discoveries, the various laws of nature which have held us in place for so long haven't changed a bit, so there are obviously some things that simply can't be overcome with enough grant money. You can tell me I've been desensitized to this age of discovery, but I really haven't seen anything that literally defies explanation as such an experiment like the one you're suggesting would. You're making it way more strange than it actually is by projecting your own ignorance onto it. Nothing that has been done so far is really that mind-boggling, including the idea that the skin can be grafted onto foreign sources of nutrition (which isn't really that amazing anyway).
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    04-10-2016, 12:40 AM
    Pffft. The ignorant will never understand. They are amazed by things that supersede their awareness of the world and consequently believe that scientists might as well be gods.
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