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News Comments > Op Ed
269. Re: Op Ed Sep 1, 2014, 20:33 Beamer
 
Mad Max RW wrote on Sep 1, 2014, 15:27:
Sho wrote on Sep 1, 2014, 14:58:

Can we maybe stop arguing by namedropping in general? Not everyone here is US American. We don't know these folks. Gaming is

To understand where Beamer gets his playbook from you should know who these people are. Most at Blue's News have no idea largely because of their own ignorance. I do know. And he knows I see right through his borrowed act. As time go on more and more are seeing through it, too. His repeated attempts at controlling the narrative by throwing out one diversion after another are failing miserably.

I love that, even though I repeatedly state I have no clue who most of these "SJW"s you guys keep bringing up are, I have a "playbook."

Sorry, buddy, some of us think for ourselves rather than just regurgitate the opinions we like, or in the case of Christine Sommers, the opinions we're paid to have. And not all of us spend the hours that ASeven does reading articles that we agree with and that we will post everywhere telling everyone how much we agree with them. If you usually look, my citations tend to be numbers, not opinions. Especially going back to the election when RollinThundr was getting in over his head as I kept posting, you know, links to data rather than articles.

And eraser, saying "this is the woman" doesn't mean I'm using her gender, thank you. She is, in fact, a woman. And though she calls herself a feminist, her body of work isn't on feminism and the impact on women, but rather decrying feminism due to the impact on men. Nearly everything she writes is about men, not about women. That's her specialty. She spends nearly every word discussing what life is like for men. I find it hard to call that a "feminist." Honestly. Pages after pages, article after article, book after book, about what life is like for men. She writes about men solely, not women.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
259. Re: Op Ed Sep 1, 2014, 15:19 Beamer
 
Sho wrote on Sep 1, 2014, 14:58:
Mad Max RW wrote on Sep 1, 2014, 14:09:
And now predictably dishonest Beamer is using the same tactics as US Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (Democrat-Nevada) by deflecting to the Koch brothers again. He is like the parody of liberalism except this is how they really are. Dishonest. Always deflecting. Liars. Hypocrites. They cannot stay on topic because it exposes them as the frauds they are.

Didn't you just "deflect to Harry Reid", though? What's the difference? Aside from more emotionally-charged invectives?

Can we maybe stop arguing by namedropping in general? Not everyone here is US American. We don't know these folks. Gaming is international.

And what's with all this slander about lying? Can you explain where the lie is, exactly? I don't get it. Do you understand the difference between an argument and an assertion?

Folks, I thought American high schools specifically teach debating? (Which I always thought was really cool and sorely lacking here.) Or is that a myth from film/TV?

No, he'll just keep calling me a liberal rather than point directly to what I'm doing and how it's wrong. He says I deflect, but refuses to tell me where so that I can address it. He's been doing it here for years. He'll call me a liberal. In another thread someone will call me conservative. It's always back to attacking assumed politics rather than content.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
256. Re: Op Ed Sep 1, 2014, 12:19 Beamer
 
eRe4s3r wrote on Sep 1, 2014, 06:30:
Mashiki Amiketo wrote on Sep 1, 2014, 05:42:
Beamer wrote on Aug 31, 2014, 13:47:

Citation on the wonderful work her employer, the American Enterprise Institute, does to make sure the Koch Brothers and their peers stay super rich while the rest of us suffer.
This is a woman you want to cite for common sense?
Congrats. You've just done exactly what the sjw's are claiming that other people are doing. Not only did you attack her for her sex, but you also attacked her for her work without any factual refutations.

Shots fired... and battleship sunk.

250...

What? No it isn't. I never attacked her sex, nor did I fail to cite her work. I have no clue what that guy is going on about, but since you said he sunk my battleship, I'd like you, not him, to point it out, as it seems like you quoted him just to be against me, as what he said has zero validity. Jdreyer has even quoted my citation, in case you have me on ignore, so it's easy to see.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
33. Re: Op Ed Sep 1, 2014, 04:09 Beamer
 
InBlack wrote on Sep 1, 2014, 03:54:
jdreyer wrote on Sep 1, 2014, 03:02:
Beamer wrote on Aug 31, 2014, 23:52:
And, regardless, whenever Blue adds some color commentary to his reporting, people say "Keep it up, Blue, I like when you add your opinion!"

Well, that's because it's witty, observant, and often hilarious.

Beamer when has he ever posted an opinion that wasnt tongue in cheek and that wasnt clearly a personal opinion???? Also its not like he is making shit up to 'spice' up the story.

The point being, video game news tends to be very dry and either just release dates, which are boring, or PR fluff, which is made more fun with some kind of commentary rather than just recycling what the PR person put out there.

That tends to be the only news we have. In fact, nearly everything we get is carefully controlled by PR. Did the news person see the game? He saw what PR was willing to show him. Or did see a movie? He saw what they sent him. Screenshots? Same thing. The only real time this isn't true is reviews, which are 100% commentary.

Lastly, no one really says "hey, I want to be a journalist, I should cover games!" Instead, it's more "hey, I love games yet I have no technical skills, but I can write decently enough, I guess I can apply to cover games." That's all we'll ever really get. There's little meaty to cover in games.


Let's look at Blues news today:
Activision Taking Take-Two - a business story generated by an investing site
Icewind Dale announcement - PR
Raya Sound Engine - PR
The Sims 4 Preloads - PR
Steam Top 10 - autogenerated report
Op Ed - obviously op ed, but pointless for a site to report as news and not put some commentary (Blue is an aggregator, not a reporter, so he lists)
Interviews - PR, but questions can be seen as commentary
Previews - Commentary on something led by PR
Consolidation - Dead or Alive Announcement - PR
Metaverse - "Shady Retailers" sounds like commentary in the headline
Tech Bits - NVIDIA rumor - news. Anand - PR
Safety Dance - News, plus some commentary, that appears innacurate
Hardware reviews - all commentary

With a few exceptions, most things are PR generated, and what isn't needs some commentary to even be worth clicking on, unless knowing about Dead or Alive 5 or The Sims release dates really get you excited. That's the nature of this industry. News is created almost exclusively by PR, and everyone basically has the same access to the same news, so giving your own voice is the only way to be distinguished.

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News Comments > Op Ed
22. Re: Op Ed Aug 31, 2014, 23:52 Beamer
 
NKD wrote on Aug 31, 2014, 23:43:
Beamer wrote on Aug 31, 2014, 20:32:

Out of curiosity, though you won't tell developers what content they should or shouldn't create, aren't you kind of telling game sites what content they should or shouldn't create?

Game developers are creative minds making whatever they feel like making. No one expects them to be impartial. On the contrary, an artist's only obligation is to their own idea and trying to make it come to fruition.

Journalists should be held to a higher standard, because they are a source of information. They shouldn't be trying to shape the discussion, or use their sites as a bully pulpit to fan the flames of outrage. Gaming journalism sites are starting to become the personal blogs of the staff writers.

Game journalists aren't really news journalists, though. Frankly, there isn't much news in the video game world. It isn't like "More missiles fired in the Gaza Strip today" or "Ebola victims reach an all-time high." It's "EA releases The Sims 4 today, despite review copies not being sent out" or "AMD Announces New Piledriver Cards."

For the most part, there's little to be said without adding some commentary. And people like that. Sites get their hits based on people liking the personality, not the dry news, because the dry news in this industry tends to be dull - the news tends to be secondary to the product. "Sony Announces Little Big Planet 8." What else can be said there that is just news, rather than shaping discussion?

And, regardless, whenever Blue adds some color commentary to his reporting, people say "Keep it up, Blue, I like when you add your opinion!"
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
19. Re: Op Ed Aug 31, 2014, 22:35 Beamer
 
Burrito of Peace wrote on Aug 31, 2014, 22:04:
Squirmer wrote on Aug 31, 2014, 19:21:
If you don't agree that's a problem, then the problem is you.

Translation: If you don't believe exactly the way I do, then you're wrong.

Bigoted thinking in a nutshell.

I knew someone would say this, but he's kind of right. Think of it this way - if you tell everyone there is no problem, they will not change. You're telling them there's no reason to. The problem perceived in games is that gamers feel no change is needed and calla for change are personal attacks.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
14. Re: Op Ed Aug 31, 2014, 20:32 Beamer
 
NKD wrote on Aug 31, 2014, 19:58:
Squirmer wrote on Aug 31, 2014, 19:21:
I get that you just want to talk about games, but unfortunately there are actual problems with game content and the games industry. If you don't want to hear about it, you should really be urging game companies to address those core problems, not asking everyone else to shut up about them.

That's assuming you agree that women treated as sex objects or passive targets of violence is a problem. If you don't agree that's a problem, then the problem is you.

I'm not really big on telling people what content they should or shouldn't create, myself. It would be nice if they'd avoid some of the more stereotypical misogynistic elements, but it's not really a big deal either way. I certainly wouldn't want to guilt someone into compromising their own idea of what their game should be, even if it personally offends me. In fact, it seems odd to me that the more games that come out that aren't ridden with those stereotypes, the more heated this supposed debate becomes.

Why is everyone so angry when the selection of non-misogynistic games is at an all-time high?

Because the gaming press is stirring everyone up because it's good for their business, and that's the problem. The press is poisoning the discussion by making the stakes seem so much higher than they actually are.

I've said this on this topic many times, that people attacking the content are wasting their breath. You can't attack content. People will cry censorship and you'll get nowhere, forever doomed to preach to the choir. See: Trying to get rid of rap music, or violent video games.

The fewer sexist developers you have in the gaming world, the fewer sexist games you'll see. The solution isn't to attack content or attack developers, it's to get women and men who do not hold those sexist views into the game development world.

Out of curiosity, though you won't tell developers what content they should or shouldn't create, aren't you kind of telling game sites what content they should or shouldn't create?
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
223. Re: Op Ed Aug 31, 2014, 15:11 Beamer
 
Mad Max RW wrote on Aug 31, 2014, 15:04:
The argument is lost and you stand alongside him.

Yet, at PAX, the argument was thriving and, frankly, far less of an argument than one may think. Anita's name was met with cheers. Developers keep coming out in support of changing the industry and, like in the case of Saints Row, admitting how poorly they'd done in the past. The build of Fortnite I played was only men, but the developers were saying it's due to the characters being somewhat placeholder and there will be plenty of women in the game, that their experiences in GoW had shown them how the old days of female character design were dead.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
219. Re: Op Ed Aug 31, 2014, 14:53 Beamer
 
Mad Max RW wrote on Aug 31, 2014, 14:43:
Keep on spinning, Beamer. You hypocrite.

Again, like ASeven, you lack the ability to cite anything. You don't quote, you don't link, you just make one phrase insults.

I know I treat you and ASeven like trash, but posts like this are why. ASeven rarely engages me, usually just doing a rather lame drive-by, and it's all you ever do. How am I not to treat you like a troll when the post I just quoted is clearly nothing more than trolling. Do you want to simply be a troll, or do you want to be part of the conversation?

Cite something. What is the hypocrisy?
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
216. Re: Op Ed Aug 31, 2014, 14:29 Beamer
 
ASeven wrote on Aug 31, 2014, 14:18:
Beamer wrote on Aug 31, 2014, 13:47:
Yes, from a woman employed by a Koch backed conservative think tank that denies climate change, argues against raises in minimum wage, argues against Wall Street regulation, and has been paid by the tobacco industry to write reports in support of the tobacco industry.

Christina Sommers is a real winner.

Citation on the wonderful work her employer, the American Enterprise Institute, does to make sure the Koch Brothers and their peers stay super rich while the rest of us suffer.
This is a woman you want to cite for common sense?

Sure, she has done pretty disgusting things, and I mean disgusting, as you've pointed out. Doesn't make what she said on this matter any less valid.

Also, the people on your side sure are as far from saints as you can get.

Beamer's strategy: when beaten, misdirect, slander, cherry-pick and lie.

That isn't what I did. Christ. You never understand anything.

Christine Sommers is famous for these things. She's famous for taking a cause and picking the opposite side. She is paid for doing such things, hence her employment. Yes, her employer is very, very important for judging where she is picking her viewpoint from, as it isn't like she's stocking shelves at Hobby Lobby or greeting at Walmart and it isn't significant - she's paid to think a certain way and publish reports that say a certain thing (such as "global warming doesn't exist.") She's carved out a very heavy niche of being the ultra-conservative choice for a feminist talking head, which has rewarded her career far, far better than anyone else mentioned in this thread as it makes her a de factor Fox News talking head.

Let's look at her books title:
The War Against Boys: How Misguided Feminism Is Harming Our Young Men

That's all you need to know. "The war against boys." It's from the same garbled minds that complain about the wars against Christmas or the war against the rich.

To the rest of you - are you really comfortable calling a climate change denying Fox News yes woman a beacon of common sense?

And for shit's sake you little no-context-article-linking-troll, SHOW ME ONE FUCKING LIE FROM ME IN THIS THREAD! You keep accusing me of lying, but since you never ever cite anything, you just say it without showing a single lie made. And jesus fucking Christ, in a thread full of calling Anita Howeverherlastnameisspelled a liar, a troll, someone just looking out for herself, you're calling someone else out on slander? Jesus, look at all the slander YOU have done against Zoe Quinn and Anita Whatever. You keep posting "proof" of things that is, at best, conjecture. That's the definition of slander! How can you accuse anyone else of it?

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News Comments > Op Ed
210. Re: Op Ed Aug 31, 2014, 13:47 Beamer
 
nin wrote on Aug 31, 2014, 13:16:
ASeven wrote on Aug 31, 2014, 05:09:
This is a big one. Christina Sommers, one of the big names of the feminist movement, tweeted this:

"It is clear that gamers are being bullied by opportunistic,evidence-free gender warriors.But who are the enablers?Game companies? Bloggers?"

This only shows the wide rift between real feminists/humanitarians and SJWs.


Finally, some common sense.


Yes, from a woman employed by a Koch backed conservative think tank that denies climate change, argues against raises in minimum wage, argues against Wall Street regulation, and has been paid by the tobacco industry to write reports in support of the tobacco industry.

Christina Sommers is a real winner.

Citation on the wonderful work her employer, the American Enterprise Institute, does to make sure the Koch Brothers and their peers stay super rich while the rest of us suffer.
This is a woman you want to cite for common sense?
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
10. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 30, 2014, 21:41 Beamer
 
PAX is terrible.

But I played Fortnite for two hours. Fortnite is kind of awesome. Very, very fun. Very.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
181. Re: Op Ed Aug 30, 2014, 12:51 Beamer
 
Redmask wrote on Aug 30, 2014, 09:37:
Mashiki Amiketo wrote on Aug 30, 2014, 06:34:
Hypocrisy doesn't ring a bell for you does it.

No it doesn't, I would bet serious money hes a failed lawyer or sales man.

I haven't been personal at you at all. I've actually been nice to you. I have no idea where this is coming from here.

But seriously, you think I'm a salesman. That's hysterical. Have you read a single post I've made, ever? But if you want to "bet serious money," put a thousand up and I'll prove you wrong.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
167. Re: Op Ed Aug 30, 2014, 04:58 Beamer
 
Dmitri_M wrote on Aug 30, 2014, 04:35:
There are larger more important causes out there, but they're harder to get press on.


This isn't a good argument, though. Of course there are larger and bigger issues out there. Look at all the people making anti-Anita videos, though. Why are they making those when there are larger, bigger issues out there?

Because, even though children are starving in China, this is an issue that gets them passionate.


I really do hate the "why aren't you paying attention to the larger, bigger issues, like the melting ice caps?" argument. Why is anyone posting on BluesNews when the polar bears are threatened?
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
164. Re: Op Ed Aug 30, 2014, 04:12 Beamer
 
Beamer wrote on Aug 30, 2014, 03:07:
Mashiki Amiketo wrote on Aug 30, 2014, 01:06:
Jerykk wrote on Aug 30, 2014, 00:53:
Gamasutra is simply a site that posts news and editorials from people in the games industry. It does not have a regular staff of writers pumping out drivel like Kotaku does. Every editorial is written by a guest writer.
That might be true, providing that the author Leigh Alexander wasn't the managing editor, or writer or whatever. And also has no clue about gaming culture, as witnessed by her previous social media commentary.

Anyway, rather suspicious isn't it? It smells just like that bit where all those writers were colluding and writing similar articles with similar view points. Wish I remember what the mail list is called, oh well. So today, we've got no less than 7 sites all writing the same crap as gamasutra. Something smells rotten.

Tossing this in as well which is apparently from a journalist that wishes to remain anonymous. I'll rank it as possibly true, especially considering the collusion going on right now with all of the same stories.


Oh my god that reddit forum. It's everything some here claim doesn't exist.

Adding on to this, here are some choice quotes from the Reddit link that Mashiki Amiketo kindly linked us to, and where he and possibly ASeven get their information:

"So this is a thing," which is a discussion about a PAX Prime panel about what the industry is like for people that aren't straight, white, cisgendered males.
Here are some choice comments:

"Even though straight white cisgendered men are not a majority, "

They are among the US game buying public, you fucking bitch.


You know what fuck Penny Arcade at this point.


In other conversations:
Then again, nothing that a feminist says ever does (make sense).



This is better than "SJWs?"
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
163. Re: Op Ed Aug 30, 2014, 04:05 Beamer
 
Sepharo wrote on Aug 30, 2014, 04:01:
jdreyer wrote on Aug 30, 2014, 03:50:
JohnnyRotten wrote on Aug 29, 2014, 20:45:
He's not a lawyer. He's claimed to be about a dozen things to position himself as the subject matter expert de facto on everything until I called him out on it years ago on the old forum. Then he just stuck with his last lie.

That's all you need to know about his credibility on any subject.

Links, or you're just blowing gas your your ass.

Hah yeah, "old forum" like the one from 15 years ago? I don't think Beamer's been around that long.

I've been here since the late 90s, just didn't register this name until the day IGN bought VE3D. Ha, looking, this username beats your current one by a few months. Insanity. We're coming up on 12 years.

In any case, I'm fairly certain that guy can click my name, search "law school" in the upper right hand corner, and see my posting from application through graduation. Some nice, choice douchebag posts from a decade ago. There's no bigger douchebag than a current law student.
Nothing about my past is relevant here, though.

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News Comments > Op Ed
159. Re: Op Ed Aug 30, 2014, 03:07 Beamer
 
Mashiki Amiketo wrote on Aug 30, 2014, 01:06:
Jerykk wrote on Aug 30, 2014, 00:53:
Gamasutra is simply a site that posts news and editorials from people in the games industry. It does not have a regular staff of writers pumping out drivel like Kotaku does. Every editorial is written by a guest writer.
That might be true, providing that the author Leigh Alexander wasn't the managing editor, or writer or whatever. And also has no clue about gaming culture, as witnessed by her previous social media commentary.

Anyway, rather suspicious isn't it? It smells just like that bit where all those writers were colluding and writing similar articles with similar view points. Wish I remember what the mail list is called, oh well. So today, we've got no less than 7 sites all writing the same crap as gamasutra. Something smells rotten.

Tossing this in as well which is apparently from a journalist that wishes to remain anonymous. I'll rank it as possibly true, especially considering the collusion going on right now with all of the same stories.


Oh my god that reddit forum. It's everything some here claim doesn't exist.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
148. Re: Op Ed Aug 29, 2014, 23:37 Beamer
 
nin wrote on Aug 29, 2014, 22:03:
Jensen wrote on Aug 29, 2014, 21:40:
nin wrote on Aug 29, 2014, 10:14:
She's a lot like Jack Thompson. You could almost say she's started down the same path, as an alarmist desperately begging for your attention (and money!).

She is nothing like Jack Thompson.
Thompson tried to sue game makers over school shootings. He tried to sue retailers for carrying violent games. He filed a suit against Sony for allowing certain games on their systems.
I have never heard Sarkeesian advocate censorship or legal involvement. I've never heard her blame a school shooting or any other violence on video games.

They're both looking for easy, quick promotion for themselves.


JT was a true believer. He rode it to the end of his career.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
140. Re: Op Ed Aug 29, 2014, 21:39 Beamer
 
Sho wrote on Aug 29, 2014, 20:12:
Icewind wrote on Aug 29, 2014, 20:01:
We're wired differently and most women aren't interested in being coders.

However:

* Nor are most men, when it comes down to it. We coders are a fraction of society in general.

* I've never seen any conclusive data proving there really are inherently less women interested in being coders than men (cf. Prez for pointing out a few things). And I've looked at quite a bit of it (I'm not a domain expert by any means, but I'm professionally implicated as a software developer with institutional responsibilities in some organizations which have female outreach programs).

* Even if it were true, that doesn't mean there aren't or can't be problems with the quality of the workspace experience for the women who do want to code. What percentage of the workforce they constitute doesn't matter. You want to treat individuals well.

* It also doesn't mean the percentage of female developers in the workforce right now is the same as the number of women who'd like to be.

* Some of those individuals equipped with ovaries make damn great engineers. Others are useful. Others aren't. It's really about the same with dudes.

* The specifics of how we are wired differently matter, and are still poorly understood. Here is a recent pop-sci article (don't take as gospel, use as launching point).

* Broader: Coders are also a fraction of game dev. There's a lot of occupations in game dev.

When it comes down to it, not being sexist isn't actually all that hard. It means recognizing that a person's gender doesn't really tell you all that much about them, because on any aspect of life men and women fall into spectra, and while the genders might clump on those spectra here and there, there's also a lot of overlap, and plenty of outliers. In the end you need to look at the individual, and that has implications for how you want to organize, well, your organizations, companies, and societies. And there's definitely still work to do there just on removing certain assumptions in existing systems. For the benefit of both women and men, actually.

There's a nice publication from a University of Texas CS Professor citing the following reasons as very important ones as to why there are so few female programmers:
- Undergraduate classroom teaching in which the “weedout” practices and policies privileging competition over cooperation tend to advantage men.
- Laboratory climates in which women are seen as foreign and not belonging at best, and experience blatant hostility and sexism at worst.
- Well-meaning people who unwittingly create stereotype threat by reminding students that "women can do computing as well as men".
- Strong resistance to changing the system in which these and other subtle practices are continuously reproduced.

Dev rooms tend to have a certain culture, similar to the one here, that women don't last long in. Again, look around us, do you see a single female voice? You certainly see strong resistance to changing the system.
At this point we have endless studies showing women outscore men in the STEM areas by a fairly overwhelming majority.
 
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139. Re: Op Ed Aug 29, 2014, 21:34 Beamer
 
Mashiki Amiketo wrote on Aug 29, 2014, 21:30:
Hypocrisyof course abounds among the swj class.

Can you people please start giving context to these images you post.

And, regardless, show me one cause that doesn't have idiots in it. One. Any one.
 
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