2021.12.06 22:50 kuihlapis7600 Malaysian Muslims, what are your views of female circumcision/genital mutilation?
Some reference to what I'm referring to - the predominant method that is performed in Malaysia (~93% of female Muslims in Malaysia have undergone FGM).
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2021.12.06 22:50 Chicago_Shuffle The debate assignment I had today was a catastrophe.
The discussion topic was pro-vaccine mandate vs anti-vaccine mandate. We had about a month to prepare. I was on the pro side, and prepared my points carefully. Our team had a general strategy set up walking through things like the seriousness of the virus, the history, and executive authority for such a mandate. I was nervous, but at least expected I'd perform well for my team as I'm a big nerd for history and politics.
The debate was a disaster beyond even my most cynical and overly cautious imagination, which is a rarity. We began with our opening argument. It went pretty well, or so I thought, despite a bit of stuttering on my end from tripping over my words. I usually can articulate much better, but I figured that would be the worst of it.
The opposing side makes their opening argument, and I begin taking notes for a rebuttal. I had a small notepad, and had quite a few bullet points written down to use in the rebuttal phase. The first moment I realized the debate wasn't going to go well was when the professor changed our rebuttal phase last second into an audience question phase. I was taken by surprise, as I had taken a lot of notes to use in a possible rebuttal and wasn't prepared at all for the questions yet.
This is where it crashed and burned. I expected audience questions. What I didn't expect was that every single person in the room was against our side strongly; the opposition wasn't asked a single question. We were first asked "There are federal judges who oppose the mandate. Does your group claim to be smarter than them?" Dumbfounded, we just said no, and wanting to keep good faith, I didn't go further than that. But the onslaught of loaded and bad-faith questions continued.
"I'm assuming your group is pro-choice. How can you claim it's their body, their choice but you won't let me choose to not get the vaccine?". (There was a lot of arguing that followed this one, and I tried saying it was irrelevant to the question of presidential authority to mandate vaccines, and that our views on abortion were not relevant to the discussion at hand. She also called us "baby killers", but it got lost amidst everyone talking at once.)
"You said politicians lie. But Dr. Fauci is like a politician. Does he lie?"
"Do you guys not care about the side-effects of the vaccine?"
And those were all just asked by the most vocal person in the audience. The professor pulled up statistics in favor of the opposite team, (regarding infection rates in Israel in spite of vaccination) and only ever questioned our side. She said we "both made good points", but that was the most we got from her. She didn't ask the opposition a single question, while she grilled our side considerably.
Someone on the opposition mentioned that they were a nurse, and that they had co-workers falsely inflate COVID death numbers. I countered by mentioning my time in the public health field as a data guy during the pandemic, and that much of the data I worked with came from the morgue. Before I could say that what we had both offered were simply anecdotes, the discussion moved on. My firsthand experience was discarded as irrelevant.
Already worn out, I couldn't muster a spirited enough comeback to the nonstop barrage of questions against our team. By the time I'd think of a response to one point, we'd already be trying to defend our viewpoint from multiple other ones. Many of the questions were asked with a smug superiority, and our responses were treated as nonsense. At some point it stopped being questions and just became comments, with someone in the audience saying the media brainwashed people to fear coronavirus.
It turned from a debate into a disorganized argument quickly, and twice I said it wasn't conducive to the debate itself to allow the discussion to devolve into increasingly heated interruptions. By the second time I said it, the teacher said "Come on." And laughed, along with most of the class besides my team. The wind was entirely out of my sails. I just wanted it to be over.
See, I don't mind being corrected or losing a debate. I like discussions. If I'm corrected about something, it means I've learned something and can adapt. I didn't even expect to have to take the discussion too seriously, as the vaccine mandate issue isn't a top priority of mine and it was a class assignment.
But this debate was vitriolic. The audience questions were almost entirely a vehicle for tangentially related political posturing, and the professor did not challenge anything from the opposition (as she personally agrees with their side.) To the opposition team's credit, they were (mostly) polite and one of them assured me none of this was personal.
Two things hurt me more than anything here. First is that originally, the class had a modicum of respect for me, and people figured I could hold myself well in a debate. Unfortunately, I could not under this situation, and any confidence I had shattered quickly. Second is that I couldn't defend my team. They were taking heat as much as I was, and I was too disorganized and overwhelmed to stick up for them. I'm furious that I allowed it to get to such a point, and should have pushed back against some of the more egregious points.
Regardless, the whole situation has me feeling down. I'm anxious about seeing everyone in class again this week, as I'm incredibly embarrassed about it all. And I must reiterate, I don't mind losing in a debate, if this was simply a good natured discussion, I feel I'd have come out learning some more and potentially enjoying it. Apologies if the post is a bit scattered, or if I'm making mountains out of molehills here.
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2021.12.06 22:50 Rosefog1986 What Movies or Books have stuck with you?
2021.12.06 22:50 NotTheDragon Someone replied to my comment on YouTube
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2021.12.06 22:50 demonios05 How does Juan Soto's plate discipline actually compare historically with some of the most disciplined players ever?
2021.12.06 22:50 Realistic_Volume4578 What model
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2021.12.06 22:50 Dr_Soup4Brains Upgrade suggestions?... ~300k (saving some fodder and coins for POTM Vini 🤞🏿🤞🏿) thanks in advance
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2021.12.06 22:50 DarthPickle12 Please be careful when you drive.
2021.12.06 22:50 marleymo Streak 21: Imparare
Oggi mi sento sopraffatto da come imparare l'italiano. Io ho alcuni libri di grammatica. Anche io ho alcuni libri di Andrea Camilleri in l'inglese e l'italiano. Forse io leggerò qualche pagina del mio libro di grammatica, e poi leggerò Camilleri o un articolo di giornale, facendo attenzione alla grammatica.
Includi sempre il pronome con il verbo in l'italiano? In l'inglese, si, includi, in il spagnolo, no.
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2021.12.06 22:50 PaulmUnser My stepson and his girlfriend
So I am the step-dad here who me and his mom have noticed that the girl he is dating has been acting like she is pushing him away and last night he went over there and she ignored him the whole day and he us very prone to panic attacks to the point he passes out and that is what he did last night and I had to rush to pick him up. This was after he was ignored for 2 weeks Do I continue to try to get him see this or let him find out the hard way
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2021.12.06 22:50 Dcdvvc Grim just now
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2021.12.06 22:50 tsuki_2002 Its difficult...
I have been single sided deaf for 5 years as far as i know and its my first year in university. I find it so hard to compete with normal students even in lecture i barely catch any word so i just use book. In tests if there is listening i just give up. Nothing i can understand from there just few word i can differ from others. How do you guys deal with it? I have hearing aid yet its hard to understand mumbling sounds...
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2021.12.06 22:50 RedEyedTillIDie3 RoboCough gives no fucks lmfao!🤣 (Part 2)
2021.12.06 22:50 the_cool_guy_club Times change
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2021.12.06 22:50 MrSimp1663 From new video
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2021.12.06 22:50 IamARussianBear How's your day?
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2021.12.06 22:50 --wonderland-- The mc in this manga always dresses in such an interesting mix of styles! [I Tried to Persuade My Brother and He Entrusted the Male Lead to Me]
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2021.12.06 22:50 Meeyooneese [WP] You're miserable life suddenly became great and everything went your way, only for you to realize that you're actually dead and you're living your ideal life in the after life
2021.12.06 22:50 vanerose 5' tall latina metalhead 🖤 Nudes, hardcore, cumshots and more!
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2021.12.06 22:50 H3lperb0t Become a Dunkmaster and join The Cult of the Cage Ball
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2021.12.06 22:50 Skallager0252 [Discussion] Changed plist to 5.0 and got 6.1.3 as an OTA update.
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2021.12.06 22:50 Longjumping-Price-42 What's your mood when you go to laundry mat?
2021.12.06 22:50 SelfRegentMonteiro Nowa Polska Strefa Oczyszczenia (Nowa Polska Purification Zone) flag
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2021.12.06 22:50 Planebagels1 Microsoft App Store will not let me install anything
I have tried every solution possible, I even tried contacting Microsoft for support multiple times but they have never replied.
As the title says, I can't install anything from MS Store, I tried to install Minecraft for windows 10 edition starter kit, but it'd just say "Try again later, something happened on our end" and nothing else, I then tried to install something else, but it just says the same thing.
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2021.12.06 22:50 his_zekeness Christmas 2021!