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  1. Comment on <deleted topic> in ~news

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    So there was a lot of fanfare around Ed Whelan having some special evidence that would exculpate Kavanaugh. Whelan put his cards on the table and it's a very long, crazy thread singling out some...

    So there was a lot of fanfare around Ed Whelan having some special evidence that would exculpate Kavanaugh.

    Whelan put his cards on the table and it's a very long, crazy thread singling out some arbitrary dude and a random house with floor plans from Zillow and apparently teenagers back in the day couldn't travel 10 miles to a party.

    2 votes
  2. Comment on Tildes code of conduct in ~tildes

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    It's grating to see someone get into a tired spat about wage discrimination in a fashion that's a thinly veiled rant against feminism and then watching them wall of text their way to 'victory.'...

    It's grating to see someone get into a tired spat about wage discrimination in a fashion that's a thinly veiled rant against feminism and then watching them wall of text their way to 'victory.' There should be carve-outs for appropriate time/place/manner for difficult conversations. I have 0 issue removing poorly thought-out bullshit that's dressed up in civil language designed to railroad people.

    It doesn't need to be decorated in slurs to be in bad faith and for whatever reason, the good faith component of that guideline seems to have fallen by the wayside in favor of the internet equivalent of mentally ill vagrants yelling in a subway station here.

    3 votes
  3. Comment on Tildes code of conduct in ~tildes

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    Can I add don't be racist, sexist, misogynistic, transphobic, homophobic or otherwise unwelcoming and bigoted to vast swaths of the population predicated solely on innate traits rather than the...

    Can I add don't be racist, sexist, misogynistic, transphobic, homophobic or otherwise unwelcoming and bigoted to vast swaths of the population predicated solely on innate traits rather than the content of their character?

    There's places to discuss these things, for example, in a thread about 'what made you racist?' it would be appropriate for someone to explain how they arrived where they are. If Alex Jones does an AMA, cutting him off prevents people from asking him difficult questions and does nothing to reduce his audience size anyway.

    On the whole though, a bunch of randos stumbling around with a set of cherry-picked statistics they're copying and pasting to justify their asinine views on race or women or whatever are the internet equivalent of people screaming vile shit at the bus station.

    6 votes
  4. Comment on 'Suck my dick and balls': Woman blew up her NASA internship before it launched due to vulgar tweet in ~space

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    I've really changed my perspective on furries. It's not my jam by any stretch of the imagination but on the whole, they're an overwhelmingly positive and welcoming group.

    I've really changed my perspective on furries. It's not my jam by any stretch of the imagination but on the whole, they're an overwhelmingly positive and welcoming group.

    2 votes
  5. Comment on Rep. Duncan Hunter, wife charged with spending campaign money on personal expenses in ~news

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    He's from the district north and east of me. Dude has no self-control and is definitely going to prison over this. He was just released on really cheap bails as not a flight risk due to his...

    He's from the district north and east of me. Dude has no self-control and is definitely going to prison over this. He was just released on really cheap bails as not a flight risk due to his 'devastating financial circumstances.'

    If he steps out of the race there's no one to replace him in a solid R district.

    3 votes
  6. Comment on Trump: Impeach me and the market crashes in ~news

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    He's not wrong. The market is due for a correction anyway and the market will certainly react to the nation's chief executive being on the chopping block. That doesn't mean we shouldn't...

    He's not wrong. The market is due for a correction anyway and the market will certainly react to the nation's chief executive being on the chopping block.

    That doesn't mean we shouldn't collectively do the right thing even if it's going to be painful if it's necessary.

    10 votes
  7. Comment on 'Suck my dick and balls': Woman blew up her NASA internship before it launched due to vulgar tweet in ~space

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    I think young people make mistakes and the audience on twitter is accustomed to crass language. Did she deserve a reprimand? Sure. Did she deserve an 86ing from an internship she's obviously over...

    I think young people make mistakes and the audience on twitter is accustomed to crass language. Did she deserve a reprimand? Sure. Did she deserve an 86ing from an internship she's obviously over the moon about? Probably not.

    She's an intern. This was and hopefully still is a teachable moment.

    27 votes
  8. Comment on <deleted topic> in ~tildes

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    I'm honestly tired of the mentally ill building their own private Alamos and waving the flag of 'free speech.' I don't think that guy belongs here. I don't think he belongs on Reddit. I wouldn't...

    I'm honestly tired of the mentally ill building their own private Alamos and waving the flag of 'free speech.' I don't think that guy belongs here. I don't think he belongs on Reddit. I wouldn't listen to him on a sidewalk at a public bus stop because I'd throw my headphones in. Editorial work shouldn't be reviled, it should be revered.

    8 votes
  9. Comment on Northrop Grumman employee who allegedly attended violent white-supremacist rally is no longer employed at the company in ~news

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    tl;dr - Michael Miselis, a UCLA doctoral candidate and employee with security clearance at Northrop, was fired from Northrup after a video was published of him beating a black person and others at...

    tl;dr - Michael Miselis, a UCLA doctoral candidate and employee with security clearance at Northrop, was fired from Northrup after a video was published of him beating a black person and others at the Unite the Right rally.

    A quick takeaway - if you're going to protest, regardless of political orientation, there are consequences for acts of civil disobedience/law breaking. Only engage in these activities if it's worth it to go to jail, lose your job, lose career opportunities to make a political point. It's also important to engage on that level from a well thought out position and be ready to publicly make a case. It's not enough to follow a violent mob, hide from public view, and try to dodge consequences. That's not free assembly or free speech at issue. That's just mob mentality or violence for the sake of violence.

    5 votes
  10. Comment on Secret Hitler - story time in ~games.tabletop

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    I don't remember the specifics of how the game went. (I play a lot of Secret Hitler with friends and family and this was awhile ago.) My mom was Hitler and new to the game. She was frighteningly...

    I don't remember the specifics of how the game went. (I play a lot of Secret Hitler with friends and family and this was awhile ago.)

    My mom was Hitler and new to the game. She was frighteningly good at playing my family against each other. My mom is a very sweet woman. I remember my brother looking at her and saying "the fact you can lie to me like that has shattered me to my core." I spit out my beer laughing.

    3 votes
  11. Comment on Susan Collins, pivotal moderate, says ‘hostility’ to Roe would sway her vote in ~health

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    I do not think her comment matters because I don't think she'll be presented with a candidate who would not vote to overturn Roe v Wade.

    I do not think her comment matters because I don't think she'll be presented with a candidate who would not vote to overturn Roe v Wade.

  12. Comment on Supreme Court Justice Kennedy is retiring in ~news

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    This is patently ridiculous, designed to make yourself a martyr in the event anyone disagrees with you, and buys into some delusional adolescent fantasy of civil war and shooting liberals The...

    This is patently ridiculous, designed to make yourself a martyr in the event anyone disagrees with you, and buys into some delusional adolescent fantasy of civil war and shooting liberals The Federalist keeps pumping out.

    This is abysmal trolling designed to trigger libs or whatever.

  13. Comment on The ACLU retreats from free expression in ~humanities

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    My understanding is the ACLU will no longer represent people wanting to host rallies where there's a high likelihood of violence. I don't really blame them. If your group has a history of using my...

    My understanding is the ACLU will no longer represent people wanting to host rallies where there's a high likelihood of violence. I don't really blame them. If your group has a history of using my legal services and promising a peaceful protest, then running people over with cars an saying vile shit trying to justify a murder on the Internet, it's perfectly justifiable to fire a group of clients.

    Discord was just subpoena'd for the content of the chat of the organizers surrounding that murder. Marc Randazza is the attorney who filed the motion to quash.

    3 votes
  14. Comment on Trump proposes ending the crisis he created by creating another crisis -- The proposed executive order ending family separation is just here to create more hostages in ~misc

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    Above the Law is a well-known site in lawyer-world. The author is Ellie Mystal, a Harvard Law grad. He's generally not wrong on points of law. His firebrand lately has been landing him with cable...

    Above the Law is a well-known site in lawyer-world. The author is Ellie Mystal, a Harvard Law grad. He's generally not wrong on points of law.

    His firebrand lately has been landing him with cable news appearances so everything is dialed up to 11 lately.

    6 votes
  15. Comment on Reddit is adding native video ads starting next week in ~tech

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    I honestly don't care that much about retention. I generally don't want to leave a site to see other content. I don't want to be subjected to the crazy bullshit the other content hosts natively....

    I honestly don't care that much about retention. I generally don't want to leave a site to see other content. I don't want to be subjected to the crazy bullshit the other content hosts natively.

    Reddit is several years behind everyone else and instead of doing something new Reddit imports all the crazy bullshit.

    2 votes
  16. Comment on Reddit is adding native video ads starting next week in ~tech

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    But the engagement metrics say that users love video ads.

    But the engagement metrics say that users love video ads.

    3 votes
  17. Comment on I'm so excited about the Singapore summit. I am really hoping for a productive deal to come out of it. in ~talk

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    This premise is faulty.

    point of a deal or treaty is that it's a compromise

    This premise is faulty.

    3 votes