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  1. Comment on Norway mosque attack suspect inspired by Christchurch and El Paso shootings in ~news

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    I don't see how this is necessarily an either/or issue. Shutting down vile communities while simultaneously combating the underlying causes of this movement should go hand-in-hand. Also, in...

    I don't see how this is necessarily an either/or issue. Shutting down vile communities while simultaneously combating the underlying causes of this movement should go hand-in-hand. Also, in response to your previous post in this thread: the largest and most mainstream outlets that push far-right/white nationalist ideologies are the places like Fox News, Breitbart, and POTUS's twitter sphere. Until the mainstream media fully acknowledges that, smaller places like 8chan will continue to be the scapegoat, and we wont see much of an impact by taking those places down.

    1 vote
  2. Comment on Is It Possible to Stop a Mass Shooting Before It Happens?: Somewhere in America, an investigator known as the Savant is infiltrating online hate groups to take down the most violent men in the country in ~misc

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    Didn't the alt-right really become prominent during the Gamergate situation? I agree that the term 'alt-right' isn't properly defined, but my understanding or interpretation is that it has always...

    Claiming that the alt-right (which isn't even properly defined) is a more mysoginistic version of the white supremacy movement is a little out there, to be honest.

    Didn't the alt-right really become prominent during the Gamergate situation? I agree that the term 'alt-right' isn't properly defined, but my understanding or interpretation is that it has always been anti-feminist at it's core.

    2 votes
  3. Comment on Quiz: Let Us Predict Whether You’re a Democrat or a Republican in ~misc

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    I feel your pain. That's most of tildes for me since I'm in China and often browse without a VPN. It's nice when I finally take my computer to a place with strong internet so i can finally dig...

    I feel your pain. That's most of tildes for me since I'm in China and often browse without a VPN. It's nice when I finally take my computer to a place with strong internet so i can finally dig into my bookmarks section

    1 vote
  4. Comment on Democratic Debate #2 Thread (Night 2) in ~news

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    This has been the case for me for both debates. Apparently, you can watch through CNN's streaming app if you have a cable provider login, which, frankly, is absurd. We shouldn't have to pay to see...

    This has been the case for me for both debates. Apparently, you can watch through CNN's streaming app if you have a cable provider login, which, frankly, is absurd. We shouldn't have to pay to see this.

    5 votes
  5. Comment on Democratic Debate #2 Thread (Night 2) in ~news

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    Does anyone know why we still have crowds during nationally televised debates? Moderators are constantly trying to keep them in check with the applauses, politicians clearly play to the room, and...

    Does anyone know why we still have crowds during nationally televised debates? Moderators are constantly trying to keep them in check with the applauses, politicians clearly play to the room, and the crowd response could sway the viewers at home. Are they just a relic of tradition? Or is it some form of transparency where networks can rely on the hundreds in attendance to somehow prove that everything was broadcast without editing or some other form of manipulation?

    8 votes
  6. Comment on Wolfmother - Joker and the Thief in ~music

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    I don't think I've ever been as disappointed in a band as I was with Wolfmother after they effectively broke up following that album. I loved that album and listened to it hundreds of times. I was...

    I don't think I've ever been as disappointed in a band as I was with Wolfmother after they effectively broke up following that album. I loved that album and listened to it hundreds of times. I was looking forward to a decade+ and maybe four or five killer albums from them, but all we got was like 2 or 3 okay songs and nothing else that comes close to the Wolfmother album.

    5 votes
  7. Comment on Boris Johnson will be the UK's new prime minister in ~news

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    Better to blame the Russians or social media companies than look inward and ask how a society could lack the critical thinking skills to recognize fake news.

    Better to blame the Russians or social media companies than look inward and ask how a society could lack the critical thinking skills to recognize fake news.

    10 votes
  8. Comment on Democratic Debate #1 Thread (Night 2) in ~news

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    I listened to her interview on Pod Save America a few weeks ago and I dont understand how anyone could take her seriously. She is a good speaker and exactly the kind of idealistic person you would...

    I listened to her interview on Pod Save America a few weeks ago and I dont understand how anyone could take her seriously. She is a good speaker and exactly the kind of idealistic person you would want leading an activist organization that pushes politicians to enact progressive policies, but she not informed enough or remotely pragmatic enough to run the executive branch. Frankly, it's embarassing to see someone like that on stage with the other candidates, especially when a more serious candidate like Seth Moulton is sitting at home.

    3 votes
  9. Comment on This Week in Election Night, 2020 (Week 12) in ~news

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    I'm amazed that out of a feild of 23 candidates, none have made headlines by agressively going after Trump on the Mueller report/impeachment issue. The closest thing we've had was Warren coming...

    I'm amazed that out of a feild of 23 candidates, none have made headlines by agressively going after Trump on the Mueller report/impeachment issue. The closest thing we've had was Warren coming out in support of impeachment a few weeks ago and that has of course been overshadowed by the narrative of her being the big policy wonk. What is stopping someone like Seth Multon from going out and making this his major issue? Sure, it's not something that you could run on long term, but if you're a perpetual 1%er what do you have to lose? There are plenty of people (like myself) who are sitting at home, baffled by congress' inability or fear to do their job and hold the president accountable. There should be a candidate out there that starts every speech with something along the lines of, "We should not be running against Donald Trump next year..."

  10. Comment on Confessions of a Reddit 'Karma Whore': My years-long journey to the top of Reddit's karma leaderboards has only made me feel more alone in ~tech

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    I've always been fascinated by karmawhores and what motivates them so I feel a little disappointed by the lack of introspection in this article. It's like he wrote half of it for readers who have...

    I've always been fascinated by karmawhores and what motivates them so I feel a little disappointed by the lack of introspection in this article. It's like he wrote half of it for readers who have no idea what reddit is, then with the remaining half, he just babbled on without really talking about why he does this, or even give an idea to how much time he dedicates to finding stuff to post. The whole thing, like everything he posts on reddit, was just empty and meaningless.

    I remember in the beginning of 2018 I got curious about karma whores and decided to look up a submitter's post history if they had a viral post or shared a frequently reposted image or gif. Most of these users, like dickfromaccounting, were posting dozens of times a day; all of it being the same kind of broad, half-amusing images or gifs that dominates most of reddit today. In order to keep track of these people, I started tagging them in RES with something like "power user" or "karmawhore." I knew that there were power users at the time, but I was shocked to see how much of the content on front page of /r/all was submitted by this small group of people. On average, about half of the top 25 posts on /r/all would come from powerusers. I'm not sure how much of that has changed in the last year since I barely visit the site these days, but I expect it to be the same, if not worse. Which brings me back to my disappointment with this article. Why are these people doing this? Is it just about finding a sense of purpose and belonging when you're a bored, aimless 20-something? Or is there a feeling of power with knowing that they can reach millions of people? Do they talk to each other? Is there a financial motivation to this? Are advertisers behind some of these accounts? And what does reddit the company think about this? I find it alarming that only a couple of accounts can dominate the top-25 day in and day out. Even if it's just silly little gifs and pictures, there is still an opportunity to manipulate people with the language in the title, or use these comments to host a fake conversation.

    7 votes
  11. Comment on How long should Tildes remain an invitation-only platform? in ~tildes

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    I visited reddit twice in the past month or so, once to see the reaction to Game of Thrones and once just to browse my old front page. I was shocked to see how many low effort posts there were in...

    I visited reddit twice in the past month or so, once to see the reaction to Game of Thrones and once just to browse my old front page. I was shocked to see how many low effort posts there were in the GoT and asoiaf subreddits following the episodes. Those subs were the first place I'd go to for quality discussion and analysis back in seasons 5 and 6. Now every comment was a one liner that could've been taken from an old Chris Farley interview sketch.

    That wasn't as bad as the dumpster fire that POTUSWATCH has become. That sub was intended to be a heavily moderated space for balanced debates and conversations about president Trump. The post I saw was about Mueller's statement to the media and the top comment in the thread was about the impending jail sentences for Clinton and her staffers and their role in Uranium One. I never thought I'd see something like that on reddit, and here it was in a subreddit that only exists because there are crazier comments elsewhere on the site.

    2 votes
  12. Comment on TV Tuesdays Free Talk in ~tv

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    My dad loves U2 so I grew up listening to With or Without You. There are so many memories I have with that song in the background, but now I think of The Americans whenever I hear it.

    My dad loves U2 so I grew up listening to With or Without You. There are so many memories I have with that song in the background, but now I think of The Americans whenever I hear it.

    1 vote
  13. 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.

    1 vote
  14. Comment on What are you doing this weekend? in ~talk

  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. 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