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  1. Comment on This Week in Election Night, 2020 (Week 9) in ~news

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    As cynical and horrifying as this probably sounds, I think the 'abolish ICE' call was just the Democratic rebuttal to the 'Caravan Invasion' which basically was the GOP's 2018 Ground Zero Mosque.

    As cynical and horrifying as this probably sounds, I think the 'abolish ICE' call was just the Democratic rebuttal to the 'Caravan Invasion' which basically was the GOP's 2018 Ground Zero Mosque.

  2. Comment on What are you doing this weekend? in ~talk

  3. Comment on What are you doing this weekend? in ~talk

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    Today is my birthday and I'm celebrating in a pretty strange way. My ex reached out and offered to stay a night together in a luxury hotel. I was just hoping to have dinner or something. I'm...

    Today is my birthday and I'm celebrating in a pretty strange way. My ex reached out and offered to stay a night together in a luxury hotel. I was just hoping to have dinner or something. I'm excited, because I still have strong feelings for her, but nervous because I have no idea what will happen or what this means. It kinda feels like a first date. For what it's worth, we never really fought, our breakup was not bad, and we still talk and get along well. I don't know, we'll see what happens. Regardless of the outcome, I'm happy that I'm spending it this way.

    8 votes
  4. Comment on TV Tuesdays Free Talk in ~tv

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    I agree, Barry is without a doubt the best show on TV right now. It reminds me of the best episodes of Atlanta, only they're bringing it every week and have a more coherent storyline.

    I agree, Barry is without a doubt the best show on TV right now. It reminds me of the best episodes of Atlanta, only they're bringing it every week and have a more coherent storyline.

    2 votes
  5. Comment on NFL - Instant Replay for Pass Interference in ~sports

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    Finally! Hopefully this will expand to other penalties in the future. The rule changes over the past 5-10 years gave so much more pressure and responsibility to the officials that it felt like...

    Finally! Hopefully this will expand to other penalties in the future. The rule changes over the past 5-10 years gave so much more pressure and responsibility to the officials that it felt like they had as much influence on the outcome as an NBA official does in basketball.

    Somewhat unrelated, but I really hope they make significant changes to illegal contact rules in the future. Long live the defensive struggle!

    3 votes
  6. Comment on NFL - Instant Replay for Pass Interference in ~sports

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    This is, or was, a proposed rule change to the kickoff, which takes place at the opening of the first and third quarters and after a team scores. During the kickoff, once the ball travels ten...

    This is, or was, a proposed rule change to the kickoff, which takes place at the opening of the first and third quarters and after a team scores. During the kickoff, once the ball travels ten yards, the kicking team can recover the ball and keep possession. An onside kick is a play designed specifically for the kicking team to recover the ball. This almost always takes place at the end of the game when the kicking team is losing and does not have time to stop the opposing offense (but on rare occasions it will happen at a random point - the most famous example being the New Orleans Saits' successful onside kick to start the third quarter of the 2010 Super Bowl). It has always been a very difficult play, but recent saftey changes to the rules have made it almost impossible.

    I believe you are confusing this with a punt, which a team can elect to do at any point when they have posession of the ball. A punt will usually take place on fourth down when the team is outside scoring range and doesn't want to risk giving the opponent good field position.

    Hope that helps!

    5 votes
  7. Comment on IMO, Trump 2020 is better than a non-progressive Democrat in ~talk

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    I don't have enough time to give a deep and thoughtful response, but I would like to point out how distressing it is that no one has pointed to climate change as a huge reason why a...

    I don't have enough time to give a deep and thoughtful response, but I would like to point out how distressing it is that no one has pointed to climate change as a huge reason why a non-progressive Democrat is a better option than Trump.

    5 votes
  8. Comment on What re-recording or variation of a classic song do you believe beats the original? in ~music

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    I love Cake's cover of War Pigs. It's closer to the original than their cover of I Will Survive but it still has that distict Cake sound.

    I love Cake's cover of War Pigs. It's closer to the original than their cover of I Will Survive but it still has that distict Cake sound.

    6 votes
  9. Comment on Shootings at Christchurch mosques in ~news

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    I'm not quite sure we're all on the same page here. Clearly, you believe that violent opposition is not off the table, but to what extent? Is it the last resort in which there is no other way to...

    I'm not quite sure we're all on the same page here. Clearly, you believe that violent opposition is not off the table, but to what extent? Is it the last resort in which there is no other way to prevent fascists from taking power or would you condone something like an assasination of a fascist leader with a small following as a preemptive measure to prevent the movement from growing? What, hypothetically, do you believe is a justified use of violence?

    1 vote
  10. Comment on Shootings at Christchurch mosques in ~news

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    Not...really. That's not really something that a democratic government can realistically enforce, and even if so the collateral damage of those hypothetical policies would negatively affect so...

    Isn't that imposing the particular policy that "fascism is not allowed here"?

    Not...really. That's not really something that a democratic government can realistically enforce, and even if so the collateral damage of those hypothetical policies would negatively affect so many of the people who consider themselves antifascist. There might be some people who fall under the umbrella of antifa that might push for certain narrow policies, but that is a far cry from an actual coherent state-wide antifascist policy. Again, this is the defense vs offense thing. To put it another way, U.S. Republicans might be agaist universal healthcare but that doesnt mean they actually have a policy they want in place.

    Please don't mistake me: I do not in any way support or agree with fascists.

    Oh, that is definitely not the case! It's a small community here and you are quite active (I might not post often but I lurk all the time). The thought of you being a secret fascist is actually hilarious. Also, and this might be the decade of reddit use talking, but I hope you take my counterpoints as respectful and not angry or snide.

    I don't assume that all anti-fascist activists want to slaughter all fascists. I'm responding to remarks like this, in this very thread [quotes] ... I'm not addressing an abstract population of hypothetical anti-fascist activists who theoretically might advocate violence as one of their many tactics. I'm discussing the issue with a real live person who is actually advocating violence as a tactic.

    But I think this is the result of how you initially framed the discussion. OP was responding to a comment about how antifa is commonly seen as a violent, terrorist-like organization and in your initial comment you compared them to violent and terrorist organizations. From that moment, the rest of the discussion was about the use of violence in antifascist activism. From where I'm sitting, it looks like you're saying antifascists like OP think violence is the best or only solution. I don't think that is fair. OP has defended the use of violence, but that doesnt mean they are in favor of murdering all the fascists.

    5 votes
  11. Comment on Shootings at Christchurch mosques in ~news

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    Ok I've read through this thread and unless I missed something, I think you have been unfair in how you've framed this discussion. For starters, antifa is not an ideological movement that is...

    Ok I've read through this thread and unless I missed something, I think you have been unfair in how you've framed this discussion.

    For starters, antifa is not an ideological movement that is trying to impose a particular set of laws or policies like the fascists or religious fighters that you compared antifa to. Antifa is really just a collection of people representing different political philosophies that are trying to stop the spread of fascism. It's like comparing the defense to the offense and saying that both have the same goals and motivations.

    Second, and this is where I really disagree with how you've framed this, antifascist does not mean 'kill the fascists' and antifascism is not centered around violence. Yes, most antifascists (like OP) believe that fascism should be stopped by any means necessary, which could eventually lead to violence if necessary, but that is a last resort, not a starting point. In your posts you've been talking about antifa as if its only act of resistence is violence. Perhaps thats unintentional or a musunderstanding on my part, but either way it's imprtant to remember that antifascist extrajudicial actions go far beyond violence, and the overwhelming majority of antifascist actions are non-violent. Arguing against violence in any circumstance is a fine point of view, but it's very disingenuous to say that antifascist are arguing for ''mass murder.''

    15 votes
  12. Comment on What is your weirdest eating/drinking habit you had as a kid? in ~talk

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    What part of the world were you in? Where I grew up it was a suicide.

    What part of the world were you in? Where I grew up it was a suicide.

    4 votes
  13. Comment on Chris Hemsworth to Play Hulk Hogan in Biopic Directed by Todd Phillips in ~movies

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    Anyone have a guess or suggestion for who should play Andre the Giant?

    Anyone have a guess or suggestion for who should play Andre the Giant?

    3 votes
  14. Comment on How did you come across Tildes? in ~talk

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    I learned about Tildes in the same thread that Algernon_Asimov posted. I think one of the commenters linked to the subreddit and I signed up through the second or third invite request. I remember...

    I learned about Tildes in the same thread that Algernon_Asimov posted. I think one of the commenters linked to the subreddit and I signed up through the second or third invite request. I remember being nervous that I'd get rejected since most of my reddit experience had been reduced to sports talk and trying to make sense of the answers in asktrumpsupporters.

    These days I almost exclusively use Tildes. A big reason early on was reddit being blocked in China soon after I was invited here (I mostly browse on my mobile, which I never bothered to put a vpn on). Reddit has more content, but there is just so much noise and fluff that even when I'm home on my computer I rarely bother. I enjoy the content posted and the discussions here, and reading insightful comments from smart people. I also like how people rarely comment just for the sake of commenting. Sure, it leads to some empty comment sections, but I'd rather be stuck with my own empty thoughts than read someone else's.

    8 votes
  15. Comment on Bernie Sanders Raises $6 Million After Announcing Presidential Bid in ~news

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    Another significant advantage he has this time around is improved name recognition and media coverage. In 2016 he was hardly mentioned on the major network and cable news programs, in large part...

    Another significant advantage he has this time around is improved name recognition and media coverage. In 2016 he was hardly mentioned on the major network and cable news programs, in large part due to the freakshow that was the republican party. Since then, I've seen him covered much more extensively and invited as a guest surprisingly often.

    2 votes
  16. Comment on Steve Bannon: Why do we build the wall - Philosophy Tube in ~humanities

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    If you have an hour, check out the video he did on Antifa. It's pretty dry and doesn't have the same production value as some of his other videos, but it is a very informative piece on a confusing...

    If you have an hour, check out the video he did on Antifa. It's pretty dry and doesn't have the same production value as some of his other videos, but it is a very informative piece on a confusing and polarizing topic.

    3 votes
  17. Comment on What do you *dislike* about current trends in leftism? in ~talk

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    I think the die hards always fail to see the forest from the trees. As Clay Davis once said in a completely different context, crawl, walk, run. Make a small adjustment, it becomes the norm, then...

    I think the die hards always fail to see the forest from the trees. As Clay Davis once said in a completely different context, crawl, walk, run. Make a small adjustment, it becomes the norm, then the bigger change doesnt seem so radical to people who are reluctant.

    It's the political equivalent to extreme new year's resolutions or crazy diet goals. Your best bet is to start slow and build on that progress. If you think the only way you can get in better shape is to go from shoveling fast food into your mouth in a parking lot at 2am to eating home cooked nutritious food and going to the gym 12 hours a week ''starting tomorrow,'' you will almost certainly fail.

    3 votes
  18. Comment on What do you *dislike* about current trends in leftism? in ~talk

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    This is a great perpective on this issue. That said, I still think it would be better to have the alternative. There is no guarantee that Democrats will accomplish anything over the next four to...

    This is a great perpective on this issue. That said, I still think it would be better to have the alternative. There is no guarantee that Democrats will accomplish anything over the next four to six years, which is distressing given all the damage the current administration has done. Even if Democrats are able to take the presidency and the senate next year, they will probably have to fight tooth and nail to just to turn some things back to Obama era policies.

    Meaningful progress comes from baby steps and hard work over decades. Sometimes it takes absolute catastrophe to expedite things, but I think it's pretty lazy to only support politicians who promise sweeping change then hope catastrophe will be the kick in the ass that the country needs. Plenty of people felt that way in 2000, enough to swing the election. Look where we are almost 20 years later.

    5 votes
  19. Comment on Foxconn may not build $10B Wisconsin plant Trump touted in ~news

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    This was the first thing that came to mind when reading this. It doesnt seem like those tax breaks were contingent on actually delivering on the promised manufacturing jobs, so Wisconsin probably...

    This was the first thing that came to mind when reading this. It doesnt seem like those tax breaks were contingent on actually delivering on the promised manufacturing jobs, so Wisconsin probably wont see a return on its investment for a very long time.

    2 votes