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The little things that irk us so

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« Reply #645 on: October 22, 2017, 06:32:22 AM »

I can't really say this is particularly irksome, but I didn't want to start a whole new thread.

I recently put up some paintings for sale on bidorbuy. Within a day or two, I started noticing bidorbuy banner ads on any websites where they have ads. This sort of thing:



This makes sense; most commercial sites now have software that keeps track of users, in order to put up targeted ads, and I am not paranoid about it. What I did find funny is that bidorbuy is trying to sell me my own paintings!

I think they need to go tinker a bit with that software... :-)
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« Reply #646 on: November 01, 2017, 08:04:11 AM »

I am so, so gatvol of people feeling self entitled to "power" or "authority".

I am so NOT impressed by your MBA.
I am so NOT impressed that you drive a BMW but live in a previously disadvantaged suburb because its cheap.
I am so NOT impressed with ANYTHING you think you are because of what you either own or achieve.

Really, its meaningless in its totality. You know fark all and I will correct you each and every time and believe me,

"Old age and treachery will always beat youth and exuberance." effing try me.
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« Reply #647 on: November 06, 2017, 13:23:07 PM »

I am so, so gatvol of people feeling self entitled to "power" or "authority".

I am so NOT impressed by your MBA.
I am so NOT impressed that you drive a BMW but live in a previously disadvantaged suburb because its cheap.
I am so NOT impressed with ANYTHING you think you are because of what you either own or achieve.

Really, its meaningless in its totality. You know fark all and I will correct you each and every time and believe me,

"Old age and treachery will always beat youth and exuberance." effing try me.

Excellent rant! Most of us feel like that every now and again  Grin. If you are lucky enough; it really helps to escape from the corporate rat race.

You are now under obligation to regale us each time "Old age and treachery ... beat youth and exuberance."
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« Reply #648 on: August 14, 2018, 04:29:44 AM »

The current trend of "inclusivity". So its Womens month. Yay. Every year we get out some speaker for a breakfast at work for the ladies speaking on something relevant to women, this year we need to include LGBTxxxx folk too, and now we have a male gay MC who took over and we have a male gay speaker telling his "story". Wafak?

Was at one last week arranged by Toyota, they gave us a demonstration on how hijackers break your window with a sparkplug. What an excellent occassion to remind women they are vulnerable, we'll give them pretty cupcakes and then show them they are targets. Whoopie! The women loved it. Go figure, i got stared at when I bought it up, Im so rude, see, the men are kind to us and you are just disruptive. Whhop! They even bought extra windows and the ladies could try themselves, complete with a dressed up mechanic showing them how to swing the arm. We throw stuff like girls see.

We bleat at the world at large to be nice to us but wont stand on our own effing feet to stop this shit. We want cupcakes AND be submissive and want someone else to protect us then whine about how unfair men are to us. Jesus wept.
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« Reply #649 on: August 14, 2018, 06:21:21 AM »

Faerie: Don't even get me started on this "inclusivity" and "diversity" stuff...   Roll Eyes

And then getting crucified for having "misgendered" someone. In fact, soon it will probably be illegal to raise one's own child as a boy or girl. And prepare for a black James Bond, perhaps even a black lesbian in a wheelchair Bond.

And yes, my landlady (old pal of mine) and I have had long discussions about this issue of women wanting to have their cake and eat it: they want to sit around giggling and chatting about kids and clothes, but they also want to be CEO. We want more female CEOs but not more female tramps, prisoners, combat soldiers, mine workers and suicides.

Well, unrealistic plans don't work, so perhaps the whole thing will eventually blow over.
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« Reply #650 on: August 14, 2018, 06:49:28 AM »

What many of the proponents of these ideas don’t seem to grasp even slightly is that it’s counterproductive to try and guilt people into feeling a sense of outrage about this or that issue.  Plus, the audience soon develops a type of battered woman syndrome where they become numb and desensitised to these things, mostly due to the sheer number and variety of things about which they’re told they’re supposed to be passionate.  The cause of feminism has not, in my view, advanced much in the past two or three decades precisely because of this effect.  It wouldn’t surprise me to learn that many men feel alienated, confused, and discouraged by the unrelenting battery of the fiercer feminists’ antics.  And men being men, I reckon they’re more likely to react with a stoic “Well, in that case, up yours” than any actual concern.

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« Reply #651 on: August 14, 2018, 09:51:06 AM »

What many of the proponents of these ideas don’t seem to grasp even slightly is that it’s counterproductive to try and guilt people into feeling a sense of outrage about this or that issue.  Plus, the audience soon develops a type of battered woman syndrome where they become numb and desensitised to these things, mostly due to the sheer number and variety of things about which they’re told they’re supposed to be passionate.  The cause of feminism has not, in my view, advanced much in the past two or three decades precisely because of this effect.  It wouldn’t surprise me to learn that many men feel alienated, confused, and discouraged by the unrelenting battery of the fiercer feminists’ antics.  And men being men, I reckon they’re more likely to react with a stoic “Well, in that case, up yours” than any actual concern.

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Yup, it's a bit like donor fatigue. You see one beggar at a traffic light, you feel sorry for him. You see ten beggars with their scrawny kids at every single traffic light, and it just becomes too much - your emotions can't keep up and you switch off.

And so it is not just with feminism, but with the whole array of issues that we are supposed to be passionate about today.

In the meantime, the best thing one can probably do for society today is precisely to do nothing - plow and sow your own little patch, pay your taxes and and keep out of other people's hair. Women (and black folks, and lesbians, and gays, and, and, and) are not babies, and when it comes to discrimination, they have the law firmly on their side.
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« Reply #652 on: August 14, 2018, 10:33:13 AM »

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It wouldn’t surprise me to learn that many men feel alienated, confused, and discouraged by the unrelenting battery of the fiercer feminists’ antics [... etc]

Yes it has a name. Now, these folks are taking things to extremes and have a lot of wrong-headed ideas about the world and by linking this I do not endorse any viewpoints that you may find there. But it is a real phenomenon that has a shocking amount of adherents: MGTOW (mig-tao).
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« Reply #653 on: August 14, 2018, 17:00:17 PM »

And men being men, I reckon they’re more likely to react with a stoic “Well, in that case, up yours” than any actual concern.

Well another dimension to this is that many of the complaints seem to become ever more trite over time. Now we have "micro-aggressions" which can be anything from tone of voice, to innocently calling someone by the "wrong" pronoun, or letting a woman walk through a door first (thus "subconsciously enforcing the fact that she's inferior" or some such) .... Whilst the same people will simultaneously argue that women in Islamic countries "choose" their enslavement and subjugation.

I think to a large degree the failure to really work up an outrage about these things is a fairly rational response to some of the schizophrenic gospel out there.

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« Reply #654 on: August 14, 2018, 17:38:21 PM »

Schizphrenic indeed. After the atrocity of my marriage I have spoken to various "experts" in the field of transgendirism, and as pshyciatrits they can do squat all except refer these cases for gender reassignment as it is no longer deemed a psychological issue. It effectively has been normalised, and now you have wonky mothers brining in their toddlers for diagnosis and delaying puberty in order for kids to "choose". I dreamt my whole tomboy childhood to be a boy as they received more opportunities and gotattention from my Dad, my wonky mother would have for certain told me that Im a boy and what a effup that would have been. 20, 30 years from now we are bound to read horrifying tales in the You magazine....

And then you get this :

https://www.buzzfeed.com/watch/video/62980?utm_term=.rkE949OLM#.gsJdXdEMG

Christ.

I have no freaking clue how to pretty up that link....  WTF!!
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« Reply #655 on: August 15, 2018, 06:29:03 AM »

In Sweden it is now almost law to raise kids gender-neutral. It will be interesting to see whether biology will assert itself anyway, and whether these kids are going to end up with major issues. Then again, having "issues" is now also kind of normal, and you're considered weird if you don't... :-)
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« Reply #656 on: March 25, 2019, 16:20:48 PM »

Did the thing on Paypal's end a week ago.

'the thing' being you linked your card?
There are several layers of verification:
1. You have to link, and then verify the card you linked ON PAYPAL
2. You have to link, and re-verify the paypal account linking ON FNB

You must access your FNB account's transaction history to see the verification deduction. That transaction itself contains the code. By the time it appears on statements it will be too late as it must be done within a few days. You are likely past that and will have to redo.

Trust me on this one, this code-linking is instantaneous, and you can transact immediately.

But during the holding process, the cheerful little voice that twitters FNB propaganda in your ear mentions that a transaction can take up to eight working days to reflect in a bank statement. So it's possible that I should actually just wait a few more days, which is what I'll do.
That's the actual forex transaction, not the linking, 2 different things



If I am stating the seemingly obvious, it is because the whole bloody thing is the most confusing process I ever went through, I don't mean to insult your intelligence! Even FNB's snarky little 'Paypal leaflet' (PDF) gets it spectacularly wrong. According to them, you create and verify your account, and then register for your FNB profile..... The F3ck?!?!

And so my FNB saga continues. Some time ago I sold some stuff online and people paid via PayPal. I get a message from PayPal: the funds cannot stay with them, and I cannot use it to buy anything online either. It has to be withdrawn.

But the good news is, FNB now had a new service: if you have an FNB banking profile, you can link it to any other South African bank, and then PayPal can pay your funds into the bank account via FNB. Sounds simple, and even the fees involved in the transfer are minor.

But go try finding out how to link your FNB banking profile to your bank account, e.g. Standard Bank. There is simply no way to do it. I await FNB's assistance with trepidation...
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« Reply #657 on: March 28, 2019, 10:23:56 AM »

And the next installment. Everyone is no doubt sick of it, but I'm going to vent.

Unable to get any service out of either PayPal or FNB online, I went to the local FNB branch. The manager is friendly and tries his best, but his advice has thus far come to nothing.

Turns out I need to link my Standard Bank account to PayPal. Then I can link the Standard account to FNB, after which I can receive funds from PayPal via FNB. Except there is no way to link a non-U.S. bank account to PayPal, at least none that I can see on their website. One cannot ask them either, because their feedback form is limited to 100 characters, which are too few to explain the whole problem.

My impression is that I will need a Standard bank credit card account, but I don't know. So next I'll have to go stand in Standard bank's almost endless queues to find out.

All of this to receive a paltry $35 in funds. It tempts me to simply delete my PayPal account and get it over with, but it might come in handy in future - if I can get it to function.
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« Reply #658 on: March 28, 2019, 10:34:20 AM »

And the next installment. Everyone is no doubt sick of it, but I'm going to vent.

Banking in this country can be completely and understandably irksome. Go ahead.

When I get any half-decent service in this country it's usually more of a case of being utterly flabbergasted by something that actually works.
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« Reply #659 on: April 01, 2019, 10:36:14 AM »

The saga continues. The friendly bank manager gave me the number for FNB's PayPal-related call center. He insists that there is a way to link my Standard Bank account to PayPal, and that the folks at the call center will happily take me through the steps on PayPal's website (I can see now way to do it there).

Well, good luck with the call center. Just spent almost half an hour on hold, listening to inane music, FNB advertisements, and continued assurances that my call is important and the next consultant will be with me shortly. Then I just got summarily cut off. (And I'm not sure it's even a free number either).

Next step: do what the bank manager suggested: take in my laptop to the bank, where he will show me the steps I need to take. Or so he promised. I am in ever greater temptation to just let it go and accept that if you live in South Africa, you basically do not have access to PayPal.
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