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This post is a crosspost from Jayeless, and has been backdated to the date on which I posted it. It can be found in its original location at Jayeless » In a history tute last week....

Tutor: The Dept of History is looking for students across all year levels to participate in an investigation into the suitability of the history curriculum, blah blah blah… so if you’re interested, write your name on the volunteer sign-ups sheet.
Classmate: I’m going to put [L’s] name down.
Tutor: No, you can’t do that! It’s up to [L] to volunteer herself! We don’t have conscription in this country!
Classmate: I’ll introduce conscription for her.
Tutor: We don’t have conscription in tutorials either. If we did, I’d be conscripting you for all sorts of things. I’d always be saying, you do this, and you do that - think of the PRECEDENT you’re setting!

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This post is a crosspost from Jayeless, and has been backdated to the date on which I posted it. It can be found in its original location at Jayeless » ¡Muy bien!.

Randomly, I'd like to say that I out 76 out of 78 (= 97%) on my Spanish test which is worth 10% of my entire mark for the unit. Hell yessss. I don't feel like I can speak any Spanish at all, but I keep blitzing my tests somehow. Even when I am convinced I'm about to fail them. I'm not sure whether the tests are really easy or I'm just unaware of how much Spanish I have picked up, but whatever. NINETY-SEVEN PERCENT, PEOPLE. This is so awesome.

jayeless: ANGRYFACE (furious)

This post is a crosspost from Jayeless, and has been backdated to the date on which I posted it. It can be found in its original location at Jayeless » I hate SOPHIS.

I hate SOPHIS, my lords and masters who apparently think it is possible to explain the ramifications of super-significant world events in 100 words or less. It's not.

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This post is a crosspost from Jayeless, and has been backdated to the date on which I posted it. It can be found in its original location at Jayeless » This tutor smirks a lot.

Tutor: ¿Cómo estás?
Student: Bien.
Tutor: BIEN?
Student: Er… is that right?
Tutor: No.
Student: What should I have said?
Tutor: Uh, “Bien.”
Student: … So, I was right?
Tutor: No.
Student: Well, was I wrong?
Tutor: No.
Student: What was I then??
Tutor: Well, you were neither right nor wrong. You said “bien”, which you can say if you want.
Student: …

jayeless: ANGRYFACE (smilers)

This post is a crosspost from Jayeless, and has been backdated to the date on which I posted it. It discusses the BBC article Rove "proud" of waterboarding, can be found in its original location at Jayeless » Rove "proud" of waterboarding.

This is disgusting. I'm not surprised that he'd feel this way, but surprised that he would admit it so publicly and blatantly, that he'd boast about it (although I guess that shouldn't surprise me either). And it is disgusting.

The article says this:

In a BBC interview, Karl Rove, who was known as "Bush's brain", said he "was proud we used techniques that broke the will of these terrorists".

Okay. So basically what he is admitting is that waterboarding is an (apparently non-torturous) technique that breaks the will of people. This technique breaks the will of people by instilling in them a sense of terror so great that they can't bear it any more. Obviously waterboarding cannot persuade people the opposite way, by convincing them that the interrogators are good people with correct arguments whom they want to provide help to. I would call this kind of technique "torture". Rove doesn't have to, because he seems to agree with the "instilling terror to break people" thing.

So then, what is really strange is this little tidbit:

Mr Rove said US soldiers were subjected to waterboarding as a regular part of their training.

A less severe form of the technique was used on the three suspects interrogated at the US military prison at Guantanamo Bay, he added.

So wait... the less severe form of the technique torments victims into breaking down with (Rove seems keen to suggest) great effectiveness.

So what the hell is being done to the USA's own soldiers?! Do they want to break them, too, to carry out the US government's agenda? Or is Rove suggesting that they torture use this technique on their own people in order for them to be able to resist breaking if subjected to it in the future?

Either way, what the hell, man? It's not like torture even works, so this is just obscene and cruel. Honestly, if I were a terrorist, I would come up with a plausible lie beforehand that I could tell my torturers to make them stop. This whole thing is vile.

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