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  1. I'm sure statements like this^ are exactly what the French were saying in May of 1789, Russians in February of 1917, the Chinese in 1927, the Cambodians in 1970, or the Iranians in late 1977. I could go on, but you get the idea. History is replete with examples of totalitarian, divisive and combative ideology spreading through a society and causing its demise. Just because America has lasted this long, doesn't mean it always will. I'm not saying we're on the verge of revolution, for the record. However, it takes vigilance on the part of the populace and an honest/open debate to make sure shit like that doesn't take hold. You're failing on both counts by 1) saying IDGAF as long as I'm good (no vigilance) and 2) not even doing the basic due diligence on what CRT's core history is, instead posting articles about what other people think it is (not engaging honestly). According to you, it doesn't matter what Richard Delgado, Jean Stefancic, Kimberle Crenshaw, or Derrick Bell, the people who actually developed the theory, think. It's only the coverage in the press that actually matters. As a parallel, TIME magazine, the NY Times, Washington Post and pretty much every major media outlet loved the shit out of Hitler and Mussolini in the 1920s and 30s. They wrote pieces on Fascism and how "fascinating" it was. Give it a google sometime, It'll blow your mind. Walter Duranty did the same thing for the NY Times in Russia. He glowed about the Soviets as they massacred their people while Stalin consolidated power. For that reporting... he got a PULITZER PRIZE. Which still hasn't been rescinded, by the way. If anyone actually looked hard at the policies of Stalin, Hitler, or Mussolini, it wouldn't take long to see the coming terror. But those readers of the press back then... I'm sure they had the same carefree attitude you're implying.
  2. There’s conflicting info on when the AFOQT scoring algorithm resets. Specifically the question is if you’re being scored by percentile of the people who took the test that day/week or if it’s everyone who has taken the test thus far. Regardless, something doesn’t seem right. You took every practice section under test conditions and aced them… yet you bombed on test day? That’s impossible unless you’re just a really bad test taker (but even then, you should have seen that in the practice) or the materials weren’t good.
  3. I'm getting a warning the site is unsecured. Tested and confirmed on both Microsoft Edge and Mozilla Firefox. Edit: Add in iOS as well.
  4. https://www.military.com/daily-news/2021/05/15/space-force-co-who-got-holiday-call-trump-fired-over-comments-decrying-marxism-military.html
  5. A post of clarity in a sea of sport-bitching. I like this thinking. Here's my problem with the discussion. Roe found that abortions were legal until 28 weeks, because that was the court-defined point of "viability." Ok, let's use that term/idea as the consistent standard. To be logically consistent, pro-choice people should now be for restricting abortions after 22 weeks, because medicine has improved since 1973, and the data shows that babies are surviving at 22 weeks. Hell, one was just born at 21 weeks in MN, albeit it was a miracle. The standard Roe sets is a sliding scale. As medicine improves, that number should keep going down. It could even theoretically go down to 1 day. Are abortion advocates going to hold that consistent "viability" standard if that happens? Hell no, because "viability" isn't really their argument. The true argument is "choice." It boils down to this: My ability to live my life as I choose, without the responsibility of a child, is more important than the fetus' right to live. Read that twice, and tell me that doesn't make you uneasy. Idk what the answer is, but I can't support that argument.
  6. Pretty simple. He’s using a parallel example of Mars to show the error in your/society’s whimsical definition of “life.”
  7. They don’t hire off the street. Research a little further though and you might find squadrons who will.
  8. Yep. The LT did an okay job in my opinion. He was a little testy at times, but who could blame him. That cop going for a felony stop over a new car without plates? Plus “evading the police” if he was (as described to me) going 35 with blinkers on to find a well lit area? Total prick. He’s a bad lemon, and he’s been fired. That other cop was trying to help somewhat, which shows the force isn’t all bad. The LT is about to have a big payday, the asshole got fired and no one was shot. Win-win. Side note: the rush to make it a racial issue on social media was funny, until they realized the cop was Hispanic and the good cop was white. Then again, that article earlier in the thread said all problems are due to whiteness.
  9. I've taken part in use of force scenario training a few times, and each time I had my eyes opened a little wider to what law enforcement deals with. If your local department ever offers it, please take up the chance. In the first scenarios I ran, the Taser was strategically placed to be different than the firearm (chest mount). I saw people choose the wrong use of force that day, (wanted to shoot someone that could have been tased) but never saw someone mix the weapons up. However, I guess all departments don't run things that way, and its possible to have a setup where one could mix up the two, despite their training. The video pretty clearly shows it's a fuckup, and whatever training/awareness failed. Two things are true here. - His resisting arrest put himself (and others around him) in greater danger, and contributed to the circumstances that led to his death. - The cop clearly pulled out the wrong weapon and as such, killed the individual. She made the trigger pull, she killed him. She's directly responsible for his death, and should be fired/face legal penalties. However, let's not remove his culpability here. I wish all cops were quick thinking 160+ IQ individuals who get it right 100% of the time, but they aren't. They're average people with (in my opinion) average training. The closer you place them to a life-death split decision, the more that lack of training is going to become a problem. Bottom line, don't fight the cops. Don't stress them out any more than necessary. Film/record them if necessary, and fight the legal battles later.
  10. https://www.professionalmilitaryeducation.com/the-importance-of-military-education/ I found this podcast pretty interesting, partially for the military history aspects (added books to my list) but his take on the politics of today, and how the military is being involved.
  11. FFS, I knew RATM was left, but honestly didn't know it went this far. I'm not one to "cancel" folks, but I had to wipe all their songs off my stuff after watching that video.
  12. Same issue for me in Firefox (Windows) and Safari on iOS. The insecure message Huggy mentioned sounds like an SSL issue.
  13. @BadGuySplashBit of a thread revive, but I feel like it's relevant. I've been working a night-shift job for the last two years, and it's slowly eaten away at me. I'm finally at a point where I can't do it anymore. So, I'm kind of in your shoes. I need that reset that I talked about in my previous post. I can't remember the last time I was able to sit in the sunshine (God how I miss the sun) on a weekend and just relax. I haven't done any of my favorite hobbies really either, and I've just fallen into a malaise. My FC1 is approved, and the paperwork is sent off, so UPT is a reality, but not anytime soon with COVID/delays. I'm going to find other ways to pay my bills, kind of like @benfnghad to do, because at least that'll let me be a normal person again, and have me in that good headspace for whenever my dates do drop. Thankfully I'm in the financial situation where I can do that. Bottom line, take care of yourself. You're the only one who can.
  14. Gents, What's the seasoned veteran's take on having a girlfriend come with you to UPT? Previous threads seem to focus more on marriages, with a few posts warning that a bad relationship can destroy someone's chances for a particular platform. Pretty sure @Duck said he'd seen bad relationships move people from the top of the list to the bottom. Trying to sort out my affairs before I head that way, and my girlfriend appears dead set on tagging along from day 1. I'm not confident enough in things to get married beforehand, as I don't know how she'll take the AD AF lifestyle. I've suggested her moving halfway through UPT to at least let me get my bearings, but that idea seems to be no good as well. She's very against long-distance relationships, which is a red flag for its own reasons. Any info/anecdotes/wisdom is appreciated.
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