not to sound like a broken record because I’ve posted this before but I’m still a bit stunned at how almost everyone in the US just kind of stopped caring about the virus around the same time. Literally over a million dead and most Americans’ reaction to the virus today is just “shrug oh well.” My friends still give me shit for wearing a mask when I go out. A nation of clowns
also the state department’s own report mentioned that it was likely the sound of crickets causing it lol
I wish I could remember where I saw it but a few years ago there was an article in which the CIA was crying about how hard it is to spy on China because their counter-intelligence network keeps finding and executing spies, and I specifically remember a quote bemoaning the difficulty of recruiting people because “it’s hard to find willing people who know how to read Chinese.” Lmao
Funding for education in the state has been cut many times over the last few decades. when I was in grade school (in CA) there were like, maybe 20 kids in each class. Now it’s closer to 40. My girlfriend’s mom is a teacher and routinely has to spend her own money to buy supplies for her class. And charter school/voucher bullshit is being pushed pretty hard here. I got a pretty good public education but gen Z and younger are probably in for a rough ride.
Honestly it’s not just men, it’s every Tesla driver. I live near the edge of a pretty wealthy neighborhood where probably 1/3 of the residents own a Tesla. I ride to work on a motorcycle, and when I lane split (legal in my state) I’m constantly almost getting hit by these fucking things. I routinely have people see me in their side mirror (yes, motorcyclists can see you looking at them) and they’ll purposely veer towards the next lane to “squeeze” the gap and prevent me from passing. About 70% of the time it’s a Tesla. They are quickly surpassing BMWs as my most hated car on the road.
I have a friend who was mostly normal until a few years ago when he took a hard right turn. His girlfriend’s family is very wealthy (they own a mansion) and he moved into it during the pandemic so I think he basically spent the last few years having rich chuds pushing him in that direction. He also listens to joe rogan 🤮.
We have a group chat where he and a few other people (I wouldn’t call them friends but I know them) talk about ukraine and it’s as insufferable as you can probably imagine. The rest of my friends are mostly “apolitical.”
As for my family members, most are somewhat well-intentioned liberals. Two others are conservative (both former military members, naturally) and one of my cousins refuses to get the covid vaccine because she thinks it’s some kind of mind control serum or something. So, the usual.
I hope I’m wrong but some of the trailers give off that “this is what happens when you let communism run amok!” vibe. I remember one of the earlier trailers had a voiceover saying something like “Don’t believe capitalist propaganda! Our technology is safe!” while showing footage of killer robots attacking the player
bruh I’ve almost given up on trying to explain this shit to my friends. I keep getting accused of “falling for Russian propaganda” and I want to scream. People here are so heavily propagandized that talking about anything that goes against the west’s narrative is immediately dismissed as propaganda. It’s maddening.
It must be so nice to just explain everything away that easily and go about your day.
I feel like discord (and other similar platforms) is so bad for people lol. I went a really long time without using it and eventually gave in and joined when genzedong got quarantined and damn is there a whole lot of ridiculous drama/power tripping/people taking things way too seriously.
(old man voice) When I was younger I would hang out in IRC channels and the exact same stuff would happen. It’s so easy to get wrapped up in your little internet umwelt and turn into a terminally online weirdo. It sounds trite but sometimes people really do need to just go touch some damn grass
the gamer AI president videos that have been popping up on youtube are usually pretty funny, i remember laughing at the one where they make a zelda tier list