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Yes, Thijs, there are Americans who criticize the Netherlands for allowing euthanasia. They're the same kind who try to keep American women and girls from controlling their own bodies and making their own reproductive decisions.
Many of these same Americans object to foreign aid which supports family planning, for example, the Trump administration withheld funding from United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) from FY 2017 FY 2021.
And of course, bizarrely to the rest of us, there's a strong overlap between the anti-abortion, anti-euthanasia lobby and the pro-gun lobby.



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Alamy.com / Re: Alamy sale for 7 cents
« on: Yesterday at 05:32 »
This is liberalism
Clearly, it's capitalism.

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Off Topic / Re: Covid spreading again - World Markets Crashing
« on: November 30, 2021, 15:32 »
Dr Campbell's sum up of today's info about Omicron.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ls7zy6_0Z2s
If you don't have the time or inclination to watch, he's "cautiously optimistic", but we should know for sure in three weeks.

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Off Topic / Re: Covid spreading again - World Markets Crashing
« on: November 29, 2021, 16:07 »
Just think how many PhDs are going to come out of this pandemic for decades to come. So many things to study, what is effective, what is not; which governments messed up (e.g. US, UK) and why, which did not etc etc etc.
This is far too early in the disease trajectory to come to any firm conclusions.
Spain had been doing very well in keeping numbers down for months, but I see they've suddenly had a steep uptick in cases. As I only just noticed that, I haven't seen any speculation as to why.

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Off Topic / Re: Covid spreading again - World Markets Crashing
« on: November 29, 2021, 09:46 »
Duplicate, sorry.

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Off Topic / Re: Covid spreading again - World Markets Crashing
« on: November 29, 2021, 09:34 »
Meanwhile: Grief (some) Americans.  ::) :( (Can't these eejits be sectioned for the greater good?)
https://twitter.com/JReinerMD/status/1464999088500482065
(Sorry, I'm not familiar enough with twitter to extract the original tweet)

There's free speech and there's dangerous idiocy.
True, it's hard to know exactly where to draw the line, but it's somewhere between harmless idiocy like "The moon is made out of green cheese" and dangerous idiocy like (I paraphrase, but only slightly) "the Dems have invented/developed a new Covid variant to steal the mid-term elections".

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Off Topic / Re: Covid spreading again - World Markets Crashing
« on: November 28, 2021, 17:52 »
the agencies are a bunch of foetid dingoes' kidneys


"foetid dingoes' kidneys"

Wow oh wow oh wow!  That's a brand-new one for me, and an instant classc of its genre right up there with "common sewer of beer" and "beermongering."

I'm gonna borrow "foetid dingoes' kidneys" too, Liz, if you don't mind.

I promise you it'll go over smashingly here in New Mexico, USA!!

I should have credited it, Martha.
It's maybe just known here, but it's from H2G2, aka the HitchHiker's Guide to the Galaxy by the late Douglas Adams.
https://hitchhikers.fandom.com/wiki/Babel_Fish

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Off Topic / Re: Covid spreading again - World Markets Crashing
« on: November 28, 2021, 17:22 »
Let me rephrase that.

We have honest discussions here about Microstock. Once I know, and you know, what your politcal ideas are or how you think about vaccination, abortion, migration, climate, vegetarians, sexuality or what ever other subject apart from Microstock it will lead to cloudiness in our honest discussions because you will judge the person on their beliefs on not really anymore on the subject at matter.

You are all free to discuss whatever you like. But I'm sure if you continue here people will not react upon each other as before because they might have grown some disliking because of complete other things then Microstock discussions. I really suggest you take your beliefs to facebook, twitter etc...

But suit yourself if you like. It's a free world (for now and for some at least)

I don't think so, really.
I can agree that most of, if not all, the agencies are a bunch of foetid dingoes' kidneys, with people who I heartily disagree with re guns, Covid and whatever else is discussed in here.
A few years back, you could block forums you didn't want to see, but I don't see that functionality now - maybe I'm just not seeing it now, or maybe that went when the host was changed.

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Off Topic / Re: Covid spreading again - World Markets Crashing
« on: November 28, 2021, 17:04 »
Don't you people see that this is no less then any other discussion on which ever social media platform?
Not at all. No-one I know on Fb or IRL is anti-vax.
In fact, I happened unknowingly to land in the middle an anti-vax "march" in Glasgow a few weeks back (meaning I was walking down a street and they surrounded me as they were marching and chanting). There were eight people. It's not a 'thing' here. (They had a slightly bigger rally a few weeks before that, but that was mostly eejits like Piers Corbyn et al who had come up from England.)
When we got our 'blue envelopes' (our vaccine appointments) we were all delighted.

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Off Topic / Re: Covid spreading again - World Markets Crashing
« on: November 28, 2021, 16:21 »
Now, climate change lockdowns - thats something that I would definitely agree to.  ;)
But seriously, I do understand where you are coming from. The world is a tough place at the moment.
Indeed.
Fuel prices of all sorts have shot up in the last couple of months in several countries, maybe not yours.
So both economy and climate websites are full of advice on draughtproofing your home ...
While covid sites are full of instructions on how to properly ventilate indoor shared spaces.

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Off Topic / Re: Covid spreading again - World Markets Crashing
« on: November 28, 2021, 15:37 »
Everyone has the right to choose to be vaccinated or not.
While we in the rich world are about to destroy vaccines which will go out of date in December, many people in developing countries would love to have the choice, and don't.

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There is not force in any of the first world countries that I know of.
Don't you count Austria as first world?
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/live/world-59343987

I definitely agree with the first part - but its an additional point to what I was making. For the second, would you like me to reword that - or emphasis that I said 'that I know of'?

My main point is to those who think that they are being forced to lose certain liberties by being unvaccinated, I say - you have a right to chose to be vaccinated or not - but you dont have a right to make others sick. And I mean, certain human inalienable rights as well. AIDs was my example.

I did see that you said 'that I know of', but as the news from Austria was all over the news for a few days, I assumed everyone would know about it.
But maybe not wherever you live, of course.

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Off Topic / Re: Covid spreading again - World Markets Crashing
« on: November 28, 2021, 15:02 »
Everyone has the right to choose to be vaccinated or not.
While we in the rich world are about to destroy vaccines which will go out of date in December, many people in developing countries would love to have the choice, and don't.

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There is not force in any of the first world countries that I know of.
Don't you count Austria as first world?
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/live/world-59343987


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Off Topic / Re: Covid spreading again - World Markets Crashing
« on: November 28, 2021, 09:32 »
This guy's pretty good at redacting all the info which is coming in.
This is his redaction so far about the Omicron info:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cdkCVeWc1pQ

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Off Topic / Re: Covid spreading again - World Markets Crashing
« on: November 28, 2021, 05:28 »
The funny thing is that you often used to have a group that predicted the end of the world (with date, or year). You don't hear about that anymore.
They're at the grassy knoll waiting for JFK Jr to turn up and align with Trump.
https://www.forbes.com/sites/nicholasreimann/2021/11/22/qanon-supporters-pack-site-of-jfk-assassination-in-hopes-jfk-jr-and-maybe-his-dad-will-return

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Off Topic / Re: Covid spreading again - World Markets Crashing
« on: November 27, 2021, 15:36 »
Sidebar: when was 'classy' ever an insult? (unless meant sarcastically)

Is that an over-the-pond difference like the UK vs the US meanings of graft, almost polar opposite?

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Off Topic / Re: Covid spreading again - World Markets Crashing
« on: November 27, 2021, 08:40 »
But even now many more people are dying of Covid than are dying of possible side-effects of the vaccine.
So we all have to look at the statistics, and our own health profile, and choose.

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Off Topic / Re: Covid spreading again - World Markets Crashing
« on: November 26, 2021, 13:01 »
Can we stay away from discussions here on this site about corona and how we feel about it?
Except offcourse for the remark from For Real what impact it has on your photography or what to shoot. Discussions about what to do about corona can be done on so many other platforms.

Let's stick to and focus on microstock here. Please.

And have a nice weekend  8)
This is the off-topic forum.
If you don't want to read a topic, whether off- or on-topic, just ignore the thread.

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General Stock Discussion / Re: microstock goes NFT?
« on: November 22, 2021, 07:51 »
Nah.  Theres no need for it.  No benefit.  Just an over complication.

That's what they said when "emails" started becoming a thing back when. Everything digital is going to be on some form of a block chain in a few years. It's inevitable, whether we like it or not. And like with any new technology, the people who benefit the most are early adopters.
That's right! I'm surprised than so many microstock photographers are so shortsighted. Having in mind they adopted to microstock so successfully back in the day. Guys, ask your kids for advices, it is time :)

And the environmental issues?
Aren't 'the kids' concerned about these?

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Alamy.com / Re: Alamy Demographic Survey
« on: November 20, 2021, 11:04 »
^^^ Of course, it's nothing but a trend as I previously said (reply #2, above)

However, James from Alamy said, specifically, "we want to make sure we are operating in an ethical and inclusive way!"

Fair pay is unarguably* ethical, and it would apply equally to all sectors of suppliers.

*Universal Declaration of Human Rights:
"Everyone who works has the right to just and favourable remuneration ensuring for himself and his family an existence worthy of human dignity ..."

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Alamy.com / Re: Alamy Demographic Survey
« on: November 19, 2021, 10:09 »
"but also closer to home, we want to make sure we are operating in an ethical and inclusive way."

What does this mean?  What defines whether you are or are not operating in an ethical and inclusive way?  Your contributor base is your contributor base.  The only way I can see meeting some criteria of "ethical and inclusive" is if you could tweak search results by, say, ethnicity, which sort of fits into that equity silo.   But to do that you'd have to know by contributor their ethnicity. So according to your post, that approach is out. Outside of that, how do you use these data from the survey to "make sure" you are operating in an ethical and inclusive way?

So let's say a customer is interviewing you and says, what percentage of women artists make up Alamy, because that's important to us.  You say, well, it's about 40%. The customer says, that's not good enough, we want 60% before we work with companies like yours.  What is Alamy going to do about that statistic?  Fire male contributors to meet that metric? Invest in a campaign to attract more female artists? I mean, if it is viewed as unethical or not inclusive enough for the customer (or Alamy) what is Alamy's countermeasure?
Why isn't it enough to say that there is no barrier to the 'category' of people can apply to supply Alamy so long as their photos meet their standards?
The only thing they could do to make sure they have the 'right' mix  ::) would be to make applicants fill in these details, then reject those who don't tick enough 'diversity' boxes. How would you then make sure people weren't lying?
What if a buyer said, "I only want to buy from suppliers who are X and Y and come from Z."

But the main thing (as mentioned already above) is how can  you claim to be 'ethical' while selling files for low prices and scraping off 60%?
What would you say if a customer asked  you that? "We do it because we have all the power. Suppliers are free to leave."?

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Alamy.com / Re: Alamy Demographic Survey
« on: November 18, 2021, 05:43 »
I assume they want to show what a diverse contributor base they have and use that as a marketing strategy?  Or something.
That's certainly their story, and they're sticking to it.

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Alamy.com / Re: Alamy Demographic Survey
« on: November 17, 2021, 16:45 »
And then they go off on how global warming will harm the elderly more than the rest of the people. Hey wake up, none of us will be here in the year 3,000 
You are Donald Trump and I claim my $100  8)

PS: Meanwhile, having binned the origianl email, I got another today.  ::)

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General Stock Discussion / Re: microstock goes NFT?
« on: November 17, 2021, 13:50 »
Besides, there's the ridiculous environmental cost:
"75 kWh of electricity for one NFT
Thats the same amount of electricity consumed by the average UK home in one week!"
and
In an effort to explain why Kazakhstan is considering imposing restrictions on new cryptocurrency mining operations, the Ministry of Energy told local media that data centers minting digital coins use 5 megawatts (MW) of electricity each hour. Just a single mining facility burns an average of 3.6 million kilowatts (kW) a month, the department stated, noting that the amount equals the consumption of 24,000 homes.
https://jacklowe.com/2021/10/24/this-is-your-nft-wake-up-call

So I'll double down on my resounding no: it's environmental lunacy, and for nothing at all.

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