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About Kyng

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  1. Favorite Harry Potter book?

    Azkaban for me. The last of the 'thin' trilogy before the series took a darker turn - and, also, I rather liked Professor Lupin :P .
  2. Count to 2018 before 2018

  3. Ask CJ

    Webster: Pretty well, thanks :) . My sister's preparing to start a new job in Oxford - so, that's dominating my corner of the world right now :P . insan ty: Quite possibly. It looks like something I'd enjoy!
  4. Browser?

    Chrome most of the time. Sometimes Firefox.
  5. Last gaming thing you purchased?

    Planet Coaster. (Not playing it until my birthday, though!)
  6. Ask CJ

    If it's good, then I will. (If you've seen it, would you say it's worth watching? For what it's worth, I've seen all three of the Abramsverse movies, but very little Star Trek beyond that)
  7. Happy birthday guyy!

    Very late, I know, but happy birthday, Guy! I hope you had a good one :) .
  8. WAYLT?

    Just a bunch of Civ 5 war themes :P .
  9. Ask CJ

    Nope, never seen an episode of it in my life. Dunno why not, to be honest!
  10. Last Movie/TV Show Watched?

    Currently watching Only Connect.
  11. Ask CJ

    I'm not really sure. I can't seem to work out what's genuinely new, and what's always been there that I just never noticed before!
  12. General Discussion Thread

    Good evening, @Deadpool ! How are you doing?
  13. Last thing you had to eat/drink?

    A cup of coffee.
  14. Ask CJ

    Looks great :D . Though, there's probably some stuff I haven't seen yet :P .
  15. Monuments of our Past

    I know the whole Confederate monuments thing is now yesterday's news, but I guess I ought to make a quick response (SPOILER: it's not *that* quick :P !): I'm not familiar with the history of this debate: it's only within the past couple of years that I even paid any attention to it at all, so I'm afraid I can't give a good answer to that. (Although, it's not a question I'd particularly need to answer, since I'm not one of the ones calling for the immediate removal of all Confederate statues: I'm in favour of them being handled locally on a case-by-case basis) That's not what I said! Of course they're allowed the same right to express their opinions as everyone else is (within the same boundaries, i.e. they can't incite violence, can't harass people, and so on). However, not all opinions are created equal, and freedom of speech doesn't require all public officials to remain impartial towards all points of view (if it did, then it would be virtually impossible for government to function in any meaningful manner). The government can't silence people simply for expressing racist opinions, but that doesn't prevent it from condemning racism, or demonstrating that it unambiguously does not endorse racism (for example, by removing its own statue from public view, if certain groups have misappropriated it as a symbol of racism). In that scenario, I honestly wouldn't have any problem with the Hellsayers being shut down: it's clear that they were harassing people, rather than "expressing their opinions to those who were willing to receive them". However, that may just be a cultural thing: this whole idea of "free speech must be maintained on college campuses" seems to be a uniquely American phenomenon which simply does not exist here in Europe (so any answer I give is likely to be irrelevant anyway). I'm certainly not saying that people should be barred access to a public space simply for expressing their opinions (racist or otherwise). Indeed, I'd find this to be a blatant violation of their freedom of expression: people should be free to express their opinions to those who are willing to hear them, without fear of being punished by the government. However, if the government decides to remove the statue, I don't see how that qualifies as 'punishment by the government': that's simply the government exercising its right to do as it wishes with its own property. (I understand that the monument is also the property of the public - but this is a case where the government needs to carry out its duty as representatives of the public, by acting in whatever manner it believes to be in the best interests of the public at large.) The people who had been rallying around the monument aren't being 'punished' here, because they still have the same free speech rights as they did before: removing the monument doesn't stop them from going to where it once was and continuing to express their opinions. Furthermore, it does not stop them from setting up their own monuments on their own private land and speaking in front of them.