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As the World Turns
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We all come here for fun and games... so if you are anxious by nature, and need to get away from that.... mayyybe this is a thread you don't want to participate in.


I believe that it is always beneficial for you -- even if you're a teenager (say 17 and up) -- to have a handle of what is going on in the world.

You should try to start figuring out which jobs would make you happy, and what positions you would be glad to show up for work for, every day, as soon as you can. Because life is soooooOoOOooo much better when you like what you do!

Society may tell you not to discuss politics and religion, but I suggest that, nevertheless, those are the two most singularly important topics. If there really is a God, and a 'Judgement Day' is coming, there's no way for you to get out of that, or talk your way out of it! lol I think we should each, at least, decide for ourselves whether or not there IS a God, and put a little effort into the 'evidence' you see for the "for" and "against" sides.

Politics is far less tasteful, because so many politicians lie, and are required to lie by their political party. It often seems hard to figure out what is right and wrong, what is truth and fiction, and it's so easy to just say "I don't talk about politics".  And yet, we all live in some country, and our existence there in that country is controlled by politics!  Some will live in a dictatorship, or other system where "the people" have no official say in anything. What you hear is mostly meaningless rhetoric, devised to keep it's citizens in line, or, failing that, at least fully aware of "who is boss" in that region, and what happens to you if you don't fall in line with everyone else.

The United States of America is one of the greatest countries in the world, and I'll give a few reasons:
  • their country is largely regarded as one where people have much freedom, without also having anarchy, and a burdensome set of laws;
  • they have gone through a 'civil war' (fighting amongst themselves), and that drove them to entrench the right to own guns, so they would always be ready and able to "take offense" with their own government;
  • they have a powerful economic engine, encourage young people to have new ideas, and make their own jobs, that China felt even "American debt" had value, and was willing to buy a lot of it;
  • together with some other countries (most notably Great Britain, Australia, Canada, India) they share in the current global "language of commerce", which is English;
  • they have maintained a military presence that no other country is capable of (except for possibly China and Russia), and try to model themselves as a country that supports democracies.

Recently we have had some events that might frighten some of you, believing that the world was ever closer to wiping itself out. (lol)

So why not talk about it here??

If there's something you're afraid of right now, bring it up, and let's see how others feel about it?


Let's see if we can figure out what you should be concerned about, and what doesn't matter as much.

So we still have more time to be with our friends, play and have fun, without feeling anxious about our futures!
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The same day that Iran decided to fire ground to ground ballistic missiles at two US airbases in Iraq, a Ukrainian jet takes off, and just a few minutes later crashes to the ground despite having its last safety inspection just 2 days prior, with a clean bill of health..

All 137 passengers aboard died, including 63 Canadians, who were mostly visiting their Iranian families.

Yesterday's local paper for me had story after story of them.... Several doctors had died. Two newlywed couples... a mom and her daughter, and the stories went on and on.

And people are saying the plane was probably shot down by an Iranian missile. Which the Iranian gov't is denying, but they have already said they will not hand over the planes 'black boxes'.

So likely, the Iranian reply attack, killed no Americans, but a bunch of their own people instead, bringing with it a whole bunch of new sorrow and sadness.
Fight the Good Fight
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Make it worth the price we pay!
(Lyrics: http://www.metrolyrics.com/fight-the-goo...iumph.html)
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Something that makes me feel a little.. scared? Is how much power China have and no one dares to do anything about this. What makes me scared is that China is trying to force Honsg Kong to end the bill earlier (which end around 2047) by just marching in with police and forcing everyone to end the bill. I am not 100% sure what the bill says but, Hong Kong should stay democratic, independent etc for 50 years. Hong Kong used to be a colony to britain, but in like 1997 they (britain) handed over Hong Kong to China and they would be independet for 50 years until China "owned" it again. But right now there are huge protests, mostly young students who are basically in war with the chinese police, the police have by now shot and hurt people badly and some of the students are willing to die rather than be controlled by China and they say China has 0 human rights (Which I believe). Why does China want to have Hong Kong so early and why are they doing everything in their power to get control over Hong Kong?
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(01-10-2020, 07:42 PM)xRENDEx Wrote: Something that makes me feel a little.. scared? Is how much power China have and no one dares to do anything about this. What makes me scared is that China is trying to force Honsg Kong to end the bill earlier (which end around 2047) by just marching in with police and forcing everyone to end the bill. I am not 100% sure what the bill says but, Hong Kong should stay democratic, independent etc for 50 years. Hong Kong used to be a colony to britain, but in like 1997 they (britain) handed over Hong Kong to China and they would be independet for 50 years until China "owned" it again. But right now there are huge protests, mostly young students who are basically in war with the chinese police, the police have by now shot and hurt people badly and some of the students are willing to die rather than be controlled by China and they say China has 0 human rights (Which I believe). Why does China want to have Hong Kong so early and why are they doing everything in their power to get control over Hong Kong?

Hong Kong was. I believe, leased to the British for 100 years?

OK. here's the real answer, courtesy of Wikipedia:

Wikipedia Wrote:Hong Kong became a colony of the British Empire after Qing China ceded Hong Kong Island at the end of the First Opium War in 1842. The colony expanded to the Kowloon Peninsula in 1860 after the Second Opium War, and was further extended when Britain obtained a 99-year lease of the New Territories in 1898. The territory was returned to China in 1997. As a special administrative region, Hong Kong maintains separate governing and economic systems from that of mainland China under the principle of "one country, two systems".

The Joint Declaration guarantees the Basic Law for 50 years after the transfer of sovereignty. It does not specify how Hong Kong will be governed after 2047, and the central government's role in determining the territory's future system of government is the subject of political debate and speculation. Hong Kong's political and judicial systems may be reintegrated with China's at that time, or the territory may continue to be administered separately.

The students understand that they will lose many rights that they currently enjoy, which other Chinese citizens do not (unless you're a part of their main political apparatus).  I have been watching this quite closely too, and believe that China will roll over them in 2047, so that Hong Kong is indistinguishable from the rest of China at that time.

And I agree with your fears, re China. They are considered a 3rd world country, while their own government essentially enslaves most of the population into cheap labour, so that the businesses of the world's democracies can operate with lower production costs.

If it becomes undeniable that the entire world faces a direct threat of extinction due to climate change, China is going to be forced to start doing away with the coal-fired electricity that they mainly use, and this will probably force their hand. But I believe they will continue to use the rest of the world as additional revenue for as long as possible, and believe that if any country is capable of starting and winning a global war, it is indeed, China.
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Make it worth the price we pay!
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