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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
14. Re: Morning Metaverse Aug 8, 2018, 17:00 Beamer
 
Keep in mind, InfoWars itself supports this kind of "censorship."

You will stay on topic. (Post under the proper category)
You will post articles to the ONE category that best applies.
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You will not make threats to other users or people not associated with the site.
If you violate these rules, your posts and/or user name will be deleted.
Remember: you are a guest here. It is not censorship if you violate the rules and your post is deleted. All civilizations have rules and if you violate them you can expect to be ostracized from the tribe.

Emphasis mine, but, I mean, even Alex Jones violates these, especially with his endless damn solicitations. He's been going out of business for decades, according to him, saved only if you buy $5 worth of sugar pills for $100.
 
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News Comments > IGN Review Plagiarism Follow-up
18. Re: IGN Review Plagiarism Follow-up Aug 8, 2018, 16:47 Beamer
 
Kxmode wrote on Aug 8, 2018, 16:17:
Beamer wrote on Aug 8, 2018, 13:50:
The guy was fired. How much more serious do you want?

For IGN to pay Boomstick Gaming an estimated amount, they gained from a plagiarized review on their site. There are ways to track this and come up with a ballpark estimate. It may not be a lot, but the point is for many, reviewing games is their primary source of income. So it behooves IGN to pay up.

In fairness, I don't think that's ever done outside of attorneys being involved. For all we know, they are discussing this, but nothing is agreed to because, again, these things almost always involve attorneys.

There are lots and lots of famous plagiarism cases. Most, of course, involve politicians who get no blowback...
 
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News Comments > IGN Review Plagiarism Follow-up
12. Re: IGN Review Plagiarism Follow-up Aug 8, 2018, 14:57 Beamer
 
Drazula wrote on Aug 8, 2018, 14:38:
Apparently this is not the first time he has plagiarized.

Kotaku.com - Update 2 - NintendoLife review of Fifa 18

Those are dissimilar enough that they would probably never have been noticed. Those are almost excusable, at least the two passages called out. Especially if they're the only similar parts. Even an algorithm, like what colleges use, wouldn't be likely to catch that (at least when I went - if I recall, rumors were they looked for 5 similar words in a row.)

But, given what happened earlier this week, and how word for word the Dead Cells one became, yeah, this is an obvious pattern.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
10. Re: Morning Metaverse Aug 8, 2018, 14:48 Beamer
 
DangerDog wrote on Aug 8, 2018, 13:57:
Why is it so difficult for people to just ignore things you don't like and go about your life? You act like youtube is the 24/7 Alex Jones show (which it probably will be with thousands of people uploading Alex Jones clips now, it's going to turn into the new Rick Roll Troll). Does Facebook force people to visit the Info War page or something? Did Apple automatically make you download his podcast?

You're all embracing corporate censorship like they're some sort of benevolent benefactor to society, will you feel the same way when corporations like Bayer exert their power over removing all content disparaging their fine, extremely safe products from these same social media platforms? Do you think the government will only force corporations to censor things you also want to see censored?


I mean, some of the Sandy Hook parents have had to move, multiple times, because of the shit Alex Jones says. How, exactly, should they ignore him?
 
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News Comments > IGN Review Plagiarism Follow-up
9. Re: IGN Review Plagiarism Follow-up Aug 8, 2018, 13:50 Beamer
 
Kxmode wrote on Aug 8, 2018, 13:34:
even certain word choices to describe the games we love by using similar frames of understanding

Just stop!!! "Certain word choices" and "similar frames of understanding" doesn't justify or validate the wholesale ripping of someone else's work.

We take our review process seriously.

Well, that's a lie.

I mean, if you read the start, it does come across as just obvious, generic word choices. As they then state, it proceeded to then cross the line. Being similar is ok. What Filip did was beyond similar and crossed the line. Not sure why you're taking offense when they say what you said.

Also, not sure how this shows they don't take the review process seriously. The guy was fired. How much more serious do you want? What measures could they implement to prevent this in the future? If you were the GM of IGN, what would you, personally, do?
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
4. Re: Morning Metaverse Aug 8, 2018, 11:14 Beamer
 
Wikileaks has come out in defense of Info Wars. Not out of principle, but defending the merit of the actual content they produce.

Remember when Wikileaks was reputable and not just trying to smear western nations at the behest of the Russians?
 
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News Comments > IGN Review Plagiarism Follow-up
3. Re: IGN Review Plagiarism Follow-up Aug 8, 2018, 10:44 Beamer
 
Guy deserved to be fired, but yes, odd that it's a JPG (sure it was put in that form for Twitter or maybe Instagram, but why their site), and odd there's no link on the main page.

I am also confused at all the people that think the editors should have caught this. How do you catch something like this? Is it their job to watch every single YouTube review of a game, write the transcript, then compare against their stuff? There's no software that does that, and manually it's utterly impossible without hiring thousands of transcribers.
 
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News Comments > IGN Pulls Review Amid Plagiarism Accusations
23. Re: IGN Pulls Review Amid Plagiarism Accusations Aug 7, 2018, 23:14 Beamer
 
Eirikrautha wrote on Aug 7, 2018, 21:45:
The Nintendo gaming EDITOR for IGN plagiarizes a review? Not some newbie trying to make his name, but the freaking editor?

Thank goodness there's no issue with ethics in games journalism...

If only this were the type of thing you people focused on, instead of "objective reviews."

In any case, it's clearly a bad actor. Every industry on the planet has them. And the review is down, promptly. Looks like the institutions are doing the right thing. For all your bluster, shit like this happens less than once a year and seems to be handled properly.
 
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News Comments > Fallout 76 Blowing Off Steam
17. Re: Fallout 76 Blowing Off Steam Aug 7, 2018, 16:24 Beamer
 
recall2000 wrote on Aug 7, 2018, 16:19:
Anyone remember the good old days where you had a single launcher per game? It was called...the game. You know...you ran Quake.exe and it, well, launched Quake. Doom.exe...you guess that one.
You didn't need to launch a flashy shopfront launcher thing where you click a "Run Game" button to then launch the game. How I miss those simple days.

I remember losing discs, having corrupted 3.5" floppies (#5 out of 14 always got corrupted), needing the disc to run the game, needing to swap discs during the game (curse any game that made you load on disc 1 then swap to disc 2 immediately), worrying about scratches, having to have somewhere to store all those discs (after a while moving some to spindles), needing to have the manual around to answer what the 30th word on the 80th page was, needing to have not the manual but some special copy wheel protection device. I remember not being able to have something easily installed on multiple systems, again, because if I was going on vacation I'd need to bring a whole bunch of disks or discs with me, and if I decided I wanted to play one not with me I was screwed.

I love these days.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
40. Re: Morning Metaverse Aug 7, 2018, 15:42 Beamer
 
jdreyer wrote on Aug 7, 2018, 15:14:
Beamer wrote on Aug 7, 2018, 13:54:
jdreyer wrote on Aug 7, 2018, 13:43:
New Sony TV's Have Netflix Calibrated Mode.

What's the point when the quality of the data stream is so low.

What device are you streaming on? Seems pretty solid to me. Far, far better than a live TV feed.

Actually, we had to stop watching Game of Thrones live, as the HBO feed was pitch black darkness. Watching the HBOGo feed was bright and clear. Netflix seems on par with HBOGo.
I was thinking compared to a Blu Ray disc. Streams are always compressed, so there's always lower color depth.

True, but the usage of streams vs Blu Ray has to be 100:1, no? If not even higher than that? Doesn't mean we shouldn't try to make Netflix look as good as possible just because there are better options out there for picture quality (that are costlier and less convenient.)
 
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News Comments > IGN Pulls Review Amid Plagiarism Accusations
11. Re: IGN Pulls Review Amid Plagiarism Accusations Aug 7, 2018, 14:31 Beamer
 
Kxmode wrote on Aug 7, 2018, 14:28:
we’ve removed it for the time being and are investigating.

You've "removed" it. If proven right, I would except IGN to compensate this person or the group for the days it appeared on IGN and the ad revenue it generated.

On one hand, it would be great if they did.
On the other, it was up for less than 24 hours. I think less than 12.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
38. Re: Morning Metaverse Aug 7, 2018, 13:54 Beamer
 
jdreyer wrote on Aug 7, 2018, 13:43:
New Sony TV's Have Netflix Calibrated Mode.

What's the point when the quality of the data stream is so low.

What device are you streaming on? Seems pretty solid to me. Far, far better than a live TV feed.

Actually, we had to stop watching Game of Thrones live, as the HBO feed was pitch black darkness. Watching the HBOGo feed was bright and clear. Netflix seems on par with HBOGo.
 
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News Comments > IGN Pulls Review Amid Plagiarism Accusations
5. Re: IGN Pulls Review Amid Plagiarism Accusations Aug 7, 2018, 12:28 Beamer
 
SpectralMeat wrote on Aug 7, 2018, 12:16:
The last review I've read/watched that was published by IGN was about 10+ years ago. I really don't trust a single review that comes out of these major review websites.
I rather watch let's plays and read some player feedback

I don't think any of them are intentionally biased. Some have the inherent issue of enthusiast media in that they're often lavishly rewarded for their time (Jalopnik.com had the best disclaimer for this the other day - "Full Disclosure: Ford needed me to drive the Mustang Bullitt so badly it flew me to San Francisco and paid for my hotel room, food and booze. Honestly I was just happy to get away from the oppressive New York summer humidity for a few days, so the car was icing on the cake")

Let's Plays can have the same issue, and are usually handle disclaiming it less well. They also are often one person, who is doing all the editorial and advertising his or herself. Let's Plays are also usually 30+ minutes long, and god, most of them seem to think the product is their zany intro and and annoying personalities.

I prefer written reviews where I can skim the thing in under 30 seconds and have as good an idea of whether the product is for me or not, without anything being even remotely spoiled.

Jivaro wrote on Aug 7, 2018, 12:05:
That's just...odd. I mean it's shady, but damn if it ain't pretty damn stupid at the same time. I went into watching this video assuming it was BS. Hardcore bias. Mainly because I feel like all of these video reviews kinda follow the same template anyway. By halfway through I found myself already pretty sure Filip was a thief. The pacing and the way the topics line up...all the way through. I mean it only gets more and more alike as the video progresses. Particularly in pacing, I mean down to the second.

Just stunningly stupid.

I generally avoid video reviews instead of text. Less informative, longer time. But yeah, I feel like 90% of the time someone small accuses someone large of plagiarism it feels more like they're angry at generic similarities. This goes well beyond that. Filip likely thought no one would watch both of these, and if they do the length of the videos makes it unlikely anyone would remember exact quotes. He's not wrong about that, it's surprising people noticed. I guess because he was so damn lazy about it. I feel like voiceover for a video is shockingly stupid to plagiarize, anyway. You're doing about 30 seconds of talking, just script it.
 
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News Comments > IGN Pulls Review Amid Plagiarism Accusations
1. Re: IGN Pulls Review Amid Plagiarism Accusations Aug 7, 2018, 10:59 Beamer
 
It starts off "c'mon, that's generically describing the game" but quickly becomes 'whoa. Really?"

I don't fault IGN for not catching this, and they're handling it right. We'll see where it goes.
 
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News Comments > Dead Cells Exfoliated
8. Re: Dead Cells Exfoliated Aug 7, 2018, 09:42 Beamer
 
I'm enjoying Hollow Knight at the moment.

I think I'll probably try to get to this after that, with a gap of a few months in between (can you really go Metroidvania to Metroidvania without burning out?)
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
36. Re: Morning Metaverse Aug 7, 2018, 09:31 Beamer
 
Blue "censors" people here all the time. He doesn't restrict our freedom of speech. He sadly has to police us, and makes this place better for it. That he has to is on us.  
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News Comments > BioWare's Dragon Age and Mass Effect Plans
115. Re: BioWare's Dragon Age and Mass Effect Plans Aug 7, 2018, 09:12 Beamer
 
Lastly, I'll give the story of how and when I realized the size of the problem.

As I mentioned below, I did criminal legal work in a very, very impoverished, urban county. We saw a lot of awful crime. The county was 65% white, but the defendants were maybe 10% white, at most. Likely less. Most of what we saw, as well, was drug crime. I made a comment about how I hoped the smart kids worked hard to get out of there. My judge just glared at me.

"These are the smart ones," the judge said. "Look around you. Look how they grow up. Single parents, in housing projects. The places are falling apart, there are bullet holes in the walls, used needles in the hallways, condoms in the stairwells. They don't see successful people. They don't think that success is for them. They go to schools where many of the teachers have given up, where few people they know graduated from. By the time they realize they may have options, and internalize that, they're in their early teens, and it's too late to truly change. Even when some do, they rarely last long in college, because it's such a cultural shift and they get lost not feeling like they belong in a world so different from what they know. So the smart ones turn to dealing. Why not? They make as much in a night as they would in a month at McDonald's. If you were smart, wouldn't you want to make 10x+?"

I thought about that. Realized how true it was. Even looking at how the community changed. The neighborhoods they lived in weren't always black. They were Italian before that, Irish before that. But people got out of that. How? Primarily through ownership of the community. Someone became a landowner and rented their property. Someone else apprenticed at the butcher, or the cobbler, then could find a storefront and start their own. Someone else opened a grocery store, or a restaurant. Today, though? There are no butchers or cobblers, not that own their own business. The grocery stores, restaurants, even the property are all owned by white people a thousand miles away. Whereas the wealth of the area used to go back into the area, in that the business owners and landlords were local, now it gets sent to thousands of millionaire shareholders. It's like any wealth gets hoovered out.

Then I looked at my own upbringing as a comparison. Most of my friends' parents were small business owners, or stockbrokers, or executives. They nearly all had higher education (my father being a rarity, without even a HS degree.) For us, school was well organized, and just a given. Hell, I remember being in Ohio and talking to a coworker whose nephew, in April, was trying to decide if he wanted to go to college. Where I grew up, that wasn't a decision. I didn't know it could be a decision. Much like how, when you grow up as a kid, you get taller, your baby teeth fall out, etc., you went to college. You just did. It blew my mind that someone could question this.

All of this kind of came together as me realizing how goddamn privileged my upbringing was. I don't come from a rich family, though many of my friends do, but the circumstances of where I grew up, the town I was in, the school I went to, all had far more to do with my success than anything I added (and I've worked my absolute ass off.)
That town, btw, is 95% white. And even though it isn't racist, it does everything it can to keep "poor" people out. And man, we had one kid in my grade that was black, and any time we hung out with him, we definitely had more police officers asking us what we were doing loitering in the parking lot of the strip mall.
 
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News Comments > BioWare's Dragon Age and Mass Effect Plans
114. Re: BioWare's Dragon Age and Mass Effect Plans Aug 7, 2018, 08:58 Beamer
 
Prez wrote on Aug 7, 2018, 08:40:
Surely Beamer and Sepharo, you guys can at least relate - when I discuss something with you I start out the discussion respectfully and it continues in kind. We don't always agree but we manage to state our viewpoints without flinging our shit at the walls so to speak. Conversely, having discussions on the same topics with people who insist on calling you "SJW's", "White Knights", "Delicate little snowflakes", and the like ... without fail they end up contentious and devolve quickly at the very least into passive aggression if not outright downright belligerence. As a time-killing internet exercise that's fine, but I get the feeling that guys of your intelligence are not seeking that. By the same token mentioning "white fragility" is belittling, dismissive, and reductive. It's a clear indicator that you have no interest in hearing what the individual is saying but rather lumping them into a group you already have a negative view of and for which you have preconceived arguments at the ready. If your goal is to educate someone on your viewpoint, which is always the first step to changing hearts and minds as the saying goes, nothing is more counterproductive. I get that an interent forum is hardly the ideal place for deep meaningful discussion given the nature of it - hit-and-run jingoistic angry posts easily derail such things, but Quinn obviously doesn't fall into that category.

I remember when there was a lot of construction going on in my neighborhood as new homes all around me were being built, and I walked over to talk to the foreman about some damage one of his workers had done to my yard driving over it with his Bobcat. He was understanding and promised to fix it, but during the conversation the term "Goddamn Mexicans" came out of his mouth. It got awkward after that so I quickly thanked him and went back home. Later on he came to my door and filled me in on how the repair would be done over the weekend, and I casually started a conversation by mentioning he didn't seem to be too keen on his crew. (The entirety of which was Hispanic; he was the only white guy on the jobsite that I could see). I didn't call him a racist or accuse him of being racially insensitive and managed to get ouy of him that he had two sons who worked construction sitting at home without a job because the Contractor Manager liked hiring the Hispanics for several reasons. Bottom line there was a context to his anger that I wouldn't have found had I responded to his tirade with accusations.

Okay now that story time is over, I have to mention that while I didn't take the opprtunity to present an alternative viewpoint to him (that of the "Goddamn Mexicans) because his crew was coming back from their lunch break, the opportunity was there. Maybe I could have gotten somewhere and maybe I couldn't have, but a chance is better than no chance. Do i consider him a racist? No, because that would require in depth knowledge of his character that I had no way of knowing. Yes he made a gross racist comment in anget, but in my book that alone does not a racist make. There was room for discussion there. Again, this often can't happen on the internets, but it sometimes might bear unlikely fruit. Who knows?

Like I said, Quinn is otherwise a decent (as in good, not mediocre) person, and a quality poster.

But he seems to really not see racism when it's right there in front of all of us. No one here is calling him a racist, just, y'know, he's the kxmode of these discussions. He goes on blind faith, unwilling to challenge his own preconceived notion that everything is swell and golly gee whiz, if not for that hip hop black people would be successful!

He's not racist. But his response to any discussion of racism is usually "white people have it rough, too, so let's call it majority privilege, even though in this nation there isn't a single place where that isn't actually white privilege, because even in inner cities 98% black you're better off being white" or, of course, "not all white people! Stop flagellating yourself!"

Seph is right - it's white privilege in action. No one wants him to pay reparations, or give a pound of his own flesh to LeBron James. But just acknowledge an issue.

Also, for white people reading www.theroot.com is a fun place to start seeing these issues. Yes, of course it's hugely biased. And yes, it makes fun of white people, which you're probably going to be insulted by. And it's not always, or perhaps often, right. But just see the news articles they cover, not the spin but the articles, and question if their jokes about "wypepo" is half as offensive.


 
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News Comments > BioWare's Dragon Age and Mass Effect Plans
113. Re: BioWare's Dragon Age and Mass Effect Plans Aug 7, 2018, 08:53 Beamer
 
Quinn wrote on Aug 7, 2018, 07:50:
Beamer wrote on Aug 7, 2018, 07:25:
White Privilege would be toxic no matter what you call it.

Have you ever had an intervention on someone who honestly, direly needs it? Nothing is more divisive and toxic. You get screamed at, blamed, called names, and are sure there is no coming back, but you were at the lowest point, anyway.

Then, months later, that person has distance and perspective and hopefully got the help that came after accepting a problem they never could have accepted that they had without their peers helping them come to that realization. It sucks, but then it doesn't. Sugar coating doesn't help, it just delays.

Jesus fucking Christ, Beamer. This is what I mean with self-flagellation from people embracing the term White Privilege. How sick do you think our society is? How little agency do you give minorities, man? I don't even know how to continue from here.

Have you been to a prison? How can any person walk through there and not see that our society is pretty fucking ill? There are serious issues.

You blame the plight of black people (weirdly, except for Caribbeans, though you've yet to demonstrate they're more successful) on things like them so often having single parent families.

Gee, what would you call the odds that a white person doesn't have that? Maybe some kind of privilege, some kind of thing in which white people at birth are more set up for success because they come from more traditional families. Something about being luckier, and it having to do with the color of your skin... Hmm...

And I'm not self-flagellating myself. At all. Jesus. You can acknowledge a fucking problem without feeling like you need to kill yourself for it.

But you can't acknowledge a problem. Black children are infinitely more likely to end up in poverty or jail. You can literally walk into a hospital and point at who will end up with a college degree based on the color of their skin. They're more likely to be shot by cops, even if unarmed.

You call this "bumps." You can't acknowledge that something about our society is skewed very heavily in favor of some people over others due to their skin tone.
 
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News Comments > BioWare's Dragon Age and Mass Effect Plans
110. Re: BioWare's Dragon Age and Mass Effect Plans Aug 7, 2018, 07:25 Beamer
 
White Privilege would be toxic no matter what you call it.

Have you ever had an intervention on someone who honestly, direly needs it? Nothing is more divisive and toxic. You get screamed at, blamed, called names, and are sure there is no coming back, but you were at the lowest point, anyway.

Then, months later, that person has distance and perspective and hopefully got the help that came after accepting a problem they never could have accepted that they had without their peers helping them come to that realization. It sucks, but then it doesn't. Sugar coating doesn't help, it just delays.
 
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