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Nazca Barsavi

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  1. Nazca Barsavi

    New Elimination Game, #2: Best TV Show with a Female Lead

    What is dead may never die...
  2. Nazca Barsavi

    New Elimination Game, #2: Best TV Show with a Female Lead

    Heal Gilmore Girls Hurt Prime Suspect please
  3. Nazca Barsavi

    New Elimination Game, #2: Best TV Show with a Female Lead

    Heal Gilmore Girls Hurt Killing Eve please
  4. Nazca Barsavi

    TTTNE 473: An Obsession of Joshes

    You can even hand down the rest of your supply to your children and grandchildren. Within a few generations plastic straws will be a rare and terribly expensive antiquity, I'm sure there's a fortune to be made (unless our supreme leaders have criminalised possession of and dealing with plastic straws by then.)
  5. Nazca Barsavi

    TTTNE 473: An Obsession of Joshes

    First of all, sorry if you felt like this was directed at you personally. Not intended, that's just how I am I wasn't talking about China or any other country specifically, I was talking about developing countries in general. But even so, there are millions and millions of people living below the poverty line in India or China too, and guess what, the fucking space program isn't doing them any good, doesn't even matter if it's a damn good one, if they don't have access to clean water, housing and basic education and their livelihoods are threatened. These situations lead to unsustainable practices and environmental degradation even though those people often depend on a "healthy" environment. If you want to achieve some form of sustainability it's an imperative to address these issues because social development and environmental protection go hand in hand, hence the need for differentiated responsibilities of western and developing states. And I'm certainly not asking you to feel shame, I don't believe you're personally responsible for any of that. You do realise that it's not straws themselves being banned? It's about plastic straws, you're completely free to use straws made out of glass, metal, paper or whatever the hell you can make straws of. And it's not about sanctioning the use of plastic straws either, they're just not supposed to be sold anymore. I'll agree that it's tyrannical on the day the first country introduces a new rule into its criminal code that says something along the lines of "§ 342: (1) a person caught using a plastic straw will be sentenced to a fine of 500€ or 5 days in jail; (2) the attempt is punishable as well", but I really don't see that happening, so head on to IKEA to buy a lifetime supply of plastic straws before they're out of stock and you should be all fine.
  6. Nazca Barsavi

    TTTNE 473: An Obsession of Joshes

    Oh please, on a scale of 1 to 10, how much of an inconvenience is it for you to use either re-usable or recyclable straws and shopping bags? But sure, let's keep feeding the garbage patches covering the oceans that already contain every discarded piece of plastic that was produced in the last 50 years. Microplastic is ubiquitous, poisoing species and finding its way into the food chain. Even if the amount contributed by straws and bags is rather small, banning or limiting them is a first step into the right direction and the consumer awareness generated around the issue is certainly a non-negligible factor. If your house is on fire, your problem won't be solved by pouring more gasoline on it. And who is the West to tell the oh so evil boogieman developing countries in the aftermath of colonialism what to do while they struggle with poverty, hunger, lack of education and basic human rights enforcement? The whole idea of sustainability is based on a synergy of environmental protection, economic development and social factors and it can't really be achieved if one of the components is missing, so of course developing countries have their priorities elsewhere. It's clear that they can't drive forward a process of industrialisation that is as heedless as the one that got the West to where it's at today and that the current state of science has to be respected. The West in turn is obligated to put more scientific and financial resources into environmental protection and damage control, it's called the principle of common but differentiated responsiblities and is implemented in many mechanisms of environmental conventions, the Paris Agreement and the Kyoto Protocol being the most prominent. Of course reality differs a lot from these nice sounding moral arguments, but progress is being made even if it's in small steps. Since we're already running towards resource depletion and the era of climate change, I'd say that any effort counts.
  7. Nazca Barsavi

    TTTNE 473: An Obsession of Joshes

    BaWü is even worse, it has everything I already dislike about NRW plus the most grating German accent
  8. Nazca Barsavi

    TTTNE 473: An Obsession of Joshes

    Told you NRW sucks I hope you feel better soon though, I've been knocked out with a summer cold for a few weeks too so I really sympathise. It's 30 degrees and it's not even noon. This heat is killing me
  9. Nazca Barsavi

    TTTNE 473: An Obsession of Joshes

    Capitals never are, but I still very much prefer Berlin to NRW. My (admittedly limited) experience of NRW has been either one industrial area after another connected by endless stretches of busy Autobahn, dirty train stations full of unfriendly people, equally dirty and identical looking town centers, catholics judging me for holding hands with my best friend of the same sex, or complete and utter dörfliche Einöde (though tbf there's plenty of that in other areas as well.) Didn't exactly inspire me to go back for more
  10. Nazca Barsavi

    TTTNE 473: An Obsession of Joshes

    Meh, NRW is noisy and dirty, north and east is where you need to go
  11. Nazca Barsavi

    TTTNE 473: An Obsession of Joshes

    May I ask where in Germany?
  12. Nazca Barsavi

    New Elimination Game I - Favourite Disney Princess

    Mulan - 2 - Elsa - 25 +
  13. Nazca Barsavi

    New Elimination Game I - Favourite Disney Princess

    Heal Mulan just because Mulan 5 Elsa 24
  14. Nazca Barsavi

    New Elimination Game I - Favourite Disney Princess

    Mulan - 7 - Elsa - 24 +
  15. Nazca Barsavi

    New Elimination Game I - Favourite Disney Princess

    Hurt Mulan please
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