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The Political Sea of the Middle East
Jun 14, 2021 - 7:21 PM - by Wael El-Manzalawy
Rough waves are waiting for the Middle East. Since 2011, endless conflicts started in the Middle East. The unexpected is the key word in the Middle East conflicts. We don't know what will happen but we can guess that there are upcoming conflicts because the Middle East is an area of instability, injustice and hidden enemies.
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Diversifying my listening habits is adding more nonsense.
Jun 14, 2021 - 6:14 PM - by specious_reasons
I've mentioned before that I have a standing rule about podcasts. I will generally only add new podcasts if it increases the diversity of voices I hear. Some podcasts I listen to have ended, and I purged a few a while back, and so I've been slowly adding more when I am running low on new shows. Usually, I find new ones by following guests on other podcasts. This works pretty well. I did this recently with some movie podcasts.

Unfortunately, as I've been adding more diverse voices, I'm also running into more nonsense. I am currently listening to one podcast where they are frequently referencing astrology, identifying with their birth signs, assigning people and/or characters with astrological sign attributes. Maybe it's because I'm a Libra, I really dislike this.

I don't know - I may drop this new podcast if I continue to hear a bunch of astrology talk, but I sometime wonder if I'm thinking about astrology wrong. Is it a cultural shortcut to people's behaviors and attitudes rather than a real belief that planets can affect people's lives? Then again, on another podcast I heard one person say completely seriously that they believe the position of the planets can affect people's lives.

Astrology seems to be the most popular nonsense I've heard across these new podcasts, but I've also run into anti-scientific health opinions and conspiracy theories. I've mentally bailed on quite a few guests because they said enough to make me think I didn't need to regard them seriously.

Ugh, I have to pause and think, "Am I disliking this because it's not someone who is like me, or would I dislike this simply because I think some of what they are saying is nonsense?" I'd like to think it's just because of the nonsense.

Am I being too judgemental on people who talk in terms of astrology more often than I'd like? Am I missing something that will let me be OK with this?
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