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Hide No. 7703 Systemkontra [Reply]
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Also S-P-A-C-E since the last thread is on systemkontra

https://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2012/10/121011-diamond-planet-space-solar-system-astronomy-science/
It's old news but apparently there's a planet thought to be made out of graphite and diamonds. I am old enough now that both the frontiers of the internet and this small blue world feel small to me, like the length of our yard and driveway once did, and my hunger only grows

I wonder what it would be like, if ever, for us to see the inconceivable gulf between stars as merely the same thing as a months long voyage between continents
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I couldve sworn we already have one but don't know where it is. I would otherwise have labelled this the paranormal thread until I can figure out which ancient as shit one to use on the catalogue but really I guess this can be a kitchen sink for what would otherwise veer into godlikeproductions/ATS forums material speaking of which what the hell happened to those sites? They're now heaps of trash about illegal immigrants.

Anyway
http://www.metatech.org/wp/spiritual-warfare/mirrors-open-portals-dimensions-walked-one/
While this is pretty shit (I cannot even imagine how one proclaims himself Christian while being literally so dumb you think that Hebrew is "Sanskrit") however it poses some interesting ideas, one of which involves mirrors.

What are the ideas and folklore in different cultures regarding mirrors? I did not know this about the Chinese for instance however it has always struck me as rather common sense that spiritual beings can use it to push through to this side.
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There ia a recent NYT article about a government program which investigates unknown aerial phenomena, ostensibly to ensure they don't belong to foreign military. That seems simple enough, but the headlines are coming from a statement made by Eric Davis, an astrophysicist who assisted that program in identfying physical artifacts:

>No crash artifacts have been publicly produced for independent verification. Some retrieved objects, such as unusual metallic fragments, were later identified from laboratory studies as man-made.
>Eric W. Davis, an astrophysicist who worked as a subcontractor and then a consultant for the Pentagon U.F.O. program since 2007, said that, in some cases, examination of the materials had so far failed to determine their source and led him to conclude, “We couldn’t make it ourselves.”

No Longer in Shadows, Pentagon’s U.F.O. Unit Will Make Some Findings Public
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/23/us/politics/pentagon-ufo-harry-reid-navy.html

Seems like a bombshell revelation, but Eric Davis has a long-held interest in UFO and paranormal research, which leads me to question whether his conclusions are biased, or the result of wishful thinking. An article from 2013:

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>>44845
There was a pretty ebin episode of Joe Rogan Experience recently that discussed this. It was a bit schizo but super entertaining.

>http://podcasts.joerogan.net/podcasts/george-knapp-jeremy-corbell

Also, the second pic in your post (from FLIR.mp4) is off of an ATFLIR pod. You can tell by the symbology and layout of the controls. It's a perfectly capable TGP, but it suffers the same limitations as anything using that technology. You see what it senses and nothing more. In this case, the screen says the following, it is tracking an IR signature. Most commonly spotting increased IR signatures caused by heat that pushes it above the background noise of solar IR radiation. So when in WHT (white hot, circled in red) mode what you are seeing is a large amount of IR-spectrum emissions. They don't form an identifiable shape but that is quite explainable with other information. Circled in green we have ownship altitude, in this case it's around Angels 20 in baro. In blue we have the pitch azimuth indicator, telling us that the point of interest is 6 degrees above point of origin, and in pink is the yaw azimuth, telling us the point is three degrees to starboard (right). So what we have is a large thermal signature being viewed from a point that's very close to directly behind it. That is prime positioning for seeing a lot of heat flare from jetwash.

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>>44869
>Tbh, out of the three, it's the least impressive and by far the easiest to make the plane argument for
I appreciate your breaking down that image. I recall camera settings played a role in creating another UFO story, the one involving NASA and a tether floating in space(pic). That tether was miles away from the shuttle and their camera was zoomed all the way in on it. This made tiny dots in the foreground appear to be large discs in the background. So it was just dust near the camera lens and not aliens. Anyway, the search continues...:D
I watched the JRE episode this morning and wasn't disappointed. Entertaining stories, Rogan pressing for evidence, and all parties acknowledging the vast amount of BS that UFO researchers have to wade through. And the Skinwalker ranch again, of course. That place is turning into its own Area 51, but with a veneer of Native American mythology thrown into the mix. It occupies that sweet spot, where the spooky paranormal meets the cold technology of aliens. Still, it's a little light on evidence for my tastes.
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No. 44893
>>44890
Tbh, I think that a lot of issues with the idea of Unidentified contacts is that people seem to think it means something it doesn't. It doesn't mean unexplained, or unexplainable, just that we aren't sure what it is. The crazier ones, I chalk up to UCAV testing. It's a logical step forward in their development to look into the idea of an unmanned combat aircraft that goes beyond the loiter and observe tasking. A human can only handle so much in terms of maneuvering, and take up a lot of space between cockpit room, life support etc. What happens when you put the same thrust into a an airframe that's lighter and smaller (less drag) because you omitted the need for an on-site pilot? You get a nuts thrust to weight ratio that looks bizarre even to combat pilots who know how combat aircraft behave. That's my speculation at least, based on trends within military development. Smart systems operating as part of the Networked Battlespace are where the money is going, and things like Loyal Wingman are already being rolled out in early status https://www.boeing.com/defense/airpower-teaming-system/

Common understanding of what the fuck a cutting edge military force looks like in 2020 is very backward looking, and is honestly closer to how things looked 10-15 years ago.

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Good evening, my fellow Ernsts.

I would like to host a show for /int/, similar to the one currently running under the name "Ernste Folgen" every second Sunday for /b/.
And tomorrow, we'll give it a shot.

I would like to talk with Ernst about beauty; what does Ernst consider beautiful, how beauty may or may not be to the eye of the beholder and how the ideal beauty has changed throughout time and whatever Ernst would like to add.

Ernst is warmly invited to participate in the debate either here by posting in the thread of by calling me through Skype where you would find me as "colmesrey"

We'll start tomorrow, Saturday the 4th of April at UTC+3 00:00.

radio.ernstchan.xyz:8000
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Great show, guys! It was entertaining from the first conversation about cockroaches all the way through to the final debate about God.
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No. 44484 Kontra
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Great show yesterday. Fell asleep during the final 15 minutes (which means that I've probably missed around 100 times when Colin was insulted), because I was tired out to the MAX. But it was worth every second.
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No. 44871
I'm not gonna be able to be here for the show, as I am forced to work on the day of the Lord. Sorry, Ernst.
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No. 44882
>>44871
No problem, we just gonna do it one week later.
Without Max, everything's nothing anyway. ;_;

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>>44826
Belated Congratulations, ernst.

>>44833
>unreliable, overheating garbage as all other hp stuff
Overheating was the biggest problem with my old HP laptop; I didn't realize that was their trademark :D. I got one of those cooling pads to keep it running. It also had a huge screen burn in the lower left corner, and the clips which kept it closed broke. Well, the clips still worked, but the button to release them didn't. I had to use a screwdriver to open it. Good times :D.
tfw my current desktop is also an HP.
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No. 44836
>>44834
Lol yeah I did the same thing. I trash picked one years ago I probably still have but before then I had to keep it on top of ice blocks in the summer just to keep it from overheating and powering off. My setup was a couple blue dry ice blocks between a couple two by fours that entire summer. Good times.
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No. 44851
FUCK
I ordered a new cheap keyboard online because my current one has bad keys, and I don't want to wait a month for a chinese mechanical one to arrive.
But I ordered a keyboard before realizing that the very same one is sold 30% cheaper in another store. Order can't be cancelled because already paid for :-(
Oh well. The store I ordered from used to be my go-to because of their excellent warranty policy, but lately they've been increasing prices and sending spam to my burner email. Maybe they're high off their own "prestige". I don't think I will be doing business with them from now on.

In other news, I'm looking for a new regular-ass job. Already have some decent ads lined up. Sure, the last time I got a job, it was a complete embarrassing shitshow, I destroyed some materials, pissed off a bunch of clients, and got scammed out of pay, but honestly it was a great experience builder and smoothed out some of my autism bumps. This time, though, I'll make sure the workplace is closer and is reachable with one bus ride. Last time, the commute was killing me.
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No. 44857
>>44834
>>44830
>>44812
>>44809
>>44810
>>44811
I forgot to say:
Thank you all!

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There was a couple of threads on specific thematics - about maps, about trevel for specific countries, about people's culture in different regions, so why not have united thread for everthung like this in one place? Disscus travelling of Ernst and travelling overall, show videos from exotic countries and tell others about place you live in. Interesting places and maps also allowed.
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No. 44492
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Have any Ernsts traveled to any countries in former Yugoslavia?

I'm interested in traveling there one of these days. Which place has the friendliest locals? Least friendly locals? What places are safest? Least safe? Places where English is spoken more?

What respective customs should I be aware of and adhere to?

What about attire? What countries judge you more harshly on appearances? When is formal wear usually expected? What attire is accepted for casual wear?

As much as I like sights, I'm not a particularly physical guy, so long hikes/walks are out of the question unless there's a designated tourist spot. That said, natural beauty is always an attraction for me.

I'm also interested in historic architecture and other sights of significance. Best places to visit?

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No. 44542
>>44492
From people I've worked with:

>Croatia is fairly touristy
t. aussie line cook

>Serbia is alright, if a bit on the poor side.
t. serbian dish hand

>Albanians were more willing to live on barely above subsistence wages than stay in Albania
t. Greek chef (probably the most biased)
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No. 44545
>>44492
Croatia has nice beaches if I recall correctly.
I only briefly visited Serbia when I was like 13 or something. You can buy anything on the Subotica/Szabadka market. (They also accept any kind of money, be it the local dinar, the Euro or Hungarian Forint.)

The national food is the chevapi, spicy, ground meat which is grilled. Pretty tasty. The national drink is rakiya, which is a 40% spirit usually made from plum or apricots.

Apparently the place is pretty good for hiking and biking. The landmines mountains make it exciting, or at least my father told me so.
But the only reason why anyone here goes to ex-yugo countries is because of Croatia's beaches, family in Vojvodina or to stock up on cheap vegeta, alcohol, clothes and chocolate at the Szabadka-market.
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No. 44560
>>35424
That reminds me if I ever get my government UI gibes pushed through I really want to buy something actually useful in any eventuality for a change and get a tent. I have a whole wishlist for shit I've wanted to get for ages now that between all the different potential sources of bailout money that I'm not counting until it's in my pocket, the greater bulk of it is all plausibly within my reach. One of those things is a tent and some camping supplies and equipment. It's not like I can possibly regret that kind of a purchase at least, well so long as it's not cheap and made in China anyway. That way if SHTF at least I can sleep with a roof over my head and not just a bushwould recommend when it's not raining tbh Stalin is wrong man is not truly free until he is bereft of any roommate, boss, landlord, cop, parent, or government agent to bitch at him and tell him what to do and nowhere can that be immortally found than living in a bush

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Seeing the current thread, I'll try again.
All you need to do is send me any drawings or articles.
1.Can be on anything you want.
2.Soft submission deadline is July 1. Hard submission deadline will be two weeks after. Three months. We'll have quarterly issues. Keep sending even after deadline, will go in next issue.
3.Send to ec_zine@protonmail.com along with a suggestion for zine name.
That's all.
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No. 44537
>>44528
The plan would be to make a zine even though OP seem to lost interest in what he wanted to start.
The problem is that I don't have knowledge in the programs that would be needed to layout the zine. Basically send the texts to people who can put it all together in a zine. OP never said anything about that anyway afaik.
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No. 44540
>>44525
>I'm thinking about the American who seems versatile with such tools
I'm afraid my digital skill set is very limited. I use the drawing app Medibang for everything, which isn't as versatile as Photoshop.

>>44528
>I can help with image editing.
I'm glad to hear it. In addition to being unqualified, I'm also not really management material :D

Assuming that OP is unable to continue, can we get a head count in this thread of anyone who has sent something to the now dead ec_zine email address, or of anyone who had plans to? I believe that would be a good first step in getting this project restarted.

I submitted something.
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No. 44541
>>44537
Latex is strong for that kind of thing depending on your software wizardry. If you aren't after anything super fancy, you can probably get a decent enough end product out of a word processor too. If you want fancy borders and shit, I could only say GIMP or Photoshop but I barely know how to use them.
t. spoken with people who've published zines
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No. 44551
>>44541
Yeah, you could copy all texts in a word doc and export it as pdf :DDD
Ideally, we have some nice cover, design/layout and a handful of texts and some pictures.

>>44540
I planned on sending in something but haven't finished, now that the adress is dead I will only get back to that essay once I know there will be a new attempt on making a zine. It's only the last part that needs to be finished.

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>>9070
>Since there is no philosophy threda
here it is.

i was lately toying with a little idea and wanted to hear Ernst's input on it.

As you all may know we have a serious problem with plastic pollution. We developed some genetic engineered fungi capable of breaking down plastics and reintroduce the parts into the "normal" biological cycle. I'm not aware of some genetic engineered bacteria capable of doing such, but let's suppose we have some.

would you introduce these into the wild bio-cycle?

I would tend towards "yes". First, let's try to imagine/determine all possible consequences. Ya, yaha. I know impossible task to do so; just look at what fuckery we did to the australian bio-cycle.

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No. 44364
I do not understand why this is supposed to be some sort of a difficult question. Clearly Theseus' ship simply becomes less and less of itself. Each time a part is replaced it comes back less and less, like how Beric Dondarrion described his process of being repeatedly brought back from the dead, until such a time as there is nothing left. All the pieces of it in a pile is the original ship. The reconstructed ship sitting in the harbor is clearly a new ship, with it going from mostly the same ship, to somewhat the same, to only a little bit the same ship, to mostly not the same ship until finally the last nail gets plucked out at which point it becomes 100% a different ship.

What you may call as the same ship if it is a specific museum attraction becomes the attraction itself, and it does not become a different attraction because the object of the attraction itself doesn't change, only the object within the attraction, so it merely goes from "attraction of the Theseus' ship" to "attraction of replica of Theseus' ship." The part within the object has changed, but the object of the attraction remains.

I can only think that one reason somebody might have a problem with that is because of the fact that we have a very trepidatious understanding of our own selfhood, which of course bears the question "am I not then the same person?" and I think that the answer which would be much more startling is evidenced by our language of it itself: "I was a different person then." Your cells are supposedly completely renewed once every 7 years, so that truism goes, which frankly is very clearly evident both physically and mentally and emotionally. Your only concept for the singularity of the sense is an enduring strand built around a constantly shifting memory complex, which I think shows a certain inferiority in Western philosophy in general as opposed to the Eastern conceptualizations of selfhood which do not have the same problem of concerning things as eternal and iconoclastic against the world. If all of your memories could be fundamentally altered too then would you still be the same person? Most likely not, and with the sole conceptualization of a human being as being the same is that of the immortal soul, which would remain the sole unchanging part to the human-complex of objects.

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No. 44371
>>44364
Oh well, then "you" die everytime you sleep.

The thing you completely miss is that "sameness" is a concept applied by human perception in the first place. The question becomes one of identity.

Is really the only measure of identity whether an observer is able of continually focusing on it?

Viewing time as a continuous reaction, it becomes clear that the only reason to apply the concept at all is the fear of death and decay, or rather, the imminence of temporarity.

That's why it helps to cast aside the fear of death and commiting to a metaphysical plan. Since my stream of consciousness is broken every night and my body regenerates, I'm someone else every day - so what? In a sense, that is absolute freedom while I still have the initial mission defined by my space in the time reaction. I am not bound by the perceptions and mental limitations I had the day earlier. Of course the physical makeup of my body still favors some decisions over others, but with everything decision, I have the power to define what "is" me.
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No. 44378
>>44371
The differences between you today and you yesterday are minuscule. I don't see a mere interrupt in the stream of consciousness as carrying that transformative weight and beside which it neglects that you don't merely lie there motionless but dream, and I think it's well arguable given whatever philosophy or psychological perspective you adhere to that the dream you is the real you and that's who dies every morning. But the brief interrupt and minuscule changes is like saying that every night you shut off your computer you have a different computer the next day. It is in a different state and even if you restore it it's still the same essential computer. Where it can easily be said it's no longer quite the same is where you have to do such an incredible system restore of not outright drive wipe and reinstallation of everything.

I think that part of it is language is much too precise and definite for reality and that it likewise impairs our cognitive faculties of referencing the authentic. When you take some seeds from a plant you grew and then plant them and watch them grow into a bud and flower and then pluck seeds from it to plant those, at which point are those definite things? As one singular being that plant could be said to be it's own process of plant from the moment it began growing as those seeds, even if one could also just as easily state the entire plant species and form of life is a meandering river and one individual in its species is merely the false current in stream, ready to form and disappear again. But because our language is so imprecise you do not see things that way.

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No. 44393
>>44378
I like reading what you're writing.

How would you take on the idea that the entity <Theseus' ship> had to exist before it was even built, because it was the prerequisite to it being built?

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I'm sorry for shitting up your board. Does anyone know what happened to britfa.gs? It has been down for a few days for me.

Is this now the only living KC adjacent board? I feel a bit sad to think of the days I spent posting there, things online feel different now.
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No. 44284
>>44262
>Hate to break it to you, but educated people are dull and boring as well. They're worse in a way, because you get pretension and arrogance along with the pigheaded stupidity.
This tbh, you don't have to be smart to have a degree or masters, you simply have to have the discipline to chug through the work you're given.

t. useless History and Philosophy degree haver
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>>44076
did they ip-block me or I forgot to turn on some settings?
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No. 44335
>>44327
Afaik you need a British IP/proxy to access the site. Or at least that’s how britfa.gs worked. That used to redirect you to a fake amazon ubuntu testing site.
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No. 44414 Kontra
If any lads are still lurking here, we're back baby.

https://britfa.gs/*/

Thanks for the hospitality ernst.

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I miss krautchan. I was not on Krautchan for years now, and not even any other imageboard. God i miss it so much.

Please.
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No. 44224
>>26829
We've discussed this for years at length and the nearest I can guess to pinning it on any one primary cause is internet capable cellphones. Their mass proliferation happened roughly at the exact same time or prior by just a few months practically. That is when the internet as a whole took a nosedive and sadly imageboards got popularized right before that happened so it killed 4kanker the most thoroughly. Cellphones closed the wild west days of the internet.

This is why we need space. I need to get to some frontier away from these godforsaken Martians, Earthers, and various other sorts who become welwala and invariably turn all beltalowda into the same cancer.
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No. 44238
>>44224
Move to the Arctic Circle. People do it already for exactly that reason. If that's too difficult, then don't but moving to space would be even harder, so don't delude yourself.
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No. 44240
>>44224
Wait, has Expanse-vocabulary been made into a meme?
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What things, big or small, have you bought that have had a tangible and positive impact on your day to day life?

Me settis:

ereader - encouraged me to read more and payed for itself three times over in pirated books, also with a stand I can eat and read at the same time which is a very novel and comfy experience
headtorch - makes pretty much any kind of detail work with my hands easier
beaded seat cover - eliminated both the smell and the feeling of swamp ass from sitting in the same chair for too long
erasable pen - I remember these being a shitty gimmick 20 years ago but they've perfected the technology and it feels like you're writing in the future. A dogsend if you're into taking notes but you also have OCD tendencies.
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No. 44195
>>44177
Just set the seller location to [your country only]. Problems weren't.
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No. 44215
I just realized I haven't bought anything like that. Everything like that that has a positive impact on my daily life has been gifts, like my kitchen knife sharpener. Although I gave something similar as a present to someone else so you could say I bought it. Sharp knifes are a must when cooking.

>>44183
It is the desire for cheap stuff and the feeling that you have cheated the system if you buy something that has a reduced price for a limited time that drives it. Quality has a cost in either money or time spent finding it.
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No. 44222
>>44215
>>44183
No no you clearly don't understand, that is absolutely fucking expensive too and it's preying on people who don't know any better what things should cost, which shouldn't even matter because you're basically justifying a thief and a con artist by saying "well that person who got scammed deserved it for being greedy." That isn't the fucking point but it's totally irrelevant anyway because even $3 is a bit steep for a pack of coleus seeds for example, and $6 is absurdly expensive even if they're some kind of boutique heirloom what the fuck ever. A packet of those kind of seeds in the store costs you like $1.20 or $1.99 or whatever. In a lot of cases the seeds aren't even germinating so whatever pensioner who just got ripped off and wants to do their own flowerbed is going to think they did something wrong and maybe order them again or ask her grandson she likes telling everyone about having a green thumb to help her with it.

Or maybe they did realize they got scammed, likely not even for weeks after waiting for the seeds to germinate if they planted them soon after.

Really it's the kinds of bullshit which is why I try to avoid the fucking Chinese like bubonic plague or SARS 2 they gave all us because they're the worst cheats and thieves on the planet and theyre like cockroaches on the internet. I just had them rip me off too and the sole reason I am even not out just a bit under a hundred dollars is because I went through a third party company who I thought I was ordering from them instead, it was was they who ultimately got me the refund in spite of the fact I checked my bank statement and yeah, they actually didn't even give me all my money back. So if they just keep scamming hundreds of people they always win because even if it's just like five or ten dollars they keep each time and even if they got forced to refund every time that adds up and they had to do nothing to get that money. This is an instance of them not even bothering to ship it.

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No. 44223 Kontra
>>44195
No. I want them kicked off it entirely and I want to harm them financially and bring bad luck upon their house and three generations of their offspring.

And don't think I'm giving these companies who tolerate their presence on their sites a pass either I'm just shocked that even Newegg is willing to put up with it. None of them should be allowed to keep doing business and for the lot of good that'll do because I know they'll reappear the next day under a different name. I cannot remember even once having a pleasant transaction with the Chinese and American corporations should have their balls roasted over coals for it too because they don't care either so far as shartmart and Amazon go but they're actively working to sabotage actually decent American businesses at the same time.

It is so bad that I usually try to go out of my way to buy American not because of some misguided sense of patriotism or whatever but because the actual quality of the goods is almost universally trash and scams. Things like having lead in toothpaste and baby formula or toxic drywall is not some sort of aberration, but rather is business as usual with the Chinese. It's not like dealing with actually decent people like the Vietnamese or Koreans or Thai or Japanese or whoever. It's a distinct mindset of Han businessmen.