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  1. Comment on What are your guilty pleasures? in ~talk

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    My guilty pleasure is enjoying the fruits of mining from conflict zones, knowing that my enjoying those products further inflames conflicts in regions that are resource rich but unstable and...

    My guilty pleasure is enjoying the fruits of mining from conflict zones, knowing that my enjoying those products further inflames conflicts in regions that are resource rich but unstable and exploited. I will not give up my smart phone despite knowing full well that my purchase of this phone has helped cause more suffering in other parts of the world where the rare materials used in my phone are found.

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  2. Comment on Democratic Debate #3 - Sept 12 2019 in ~news

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    It could also get him in trouble with anti-bribery laws. You are absolutely never supposed to pay a voter to vote for you, which that could easily be interpreted as.

    It could also get him in trouble with anti-bribery laws. You are absolutely never supposed to pay a voter to vote for you, which that could easily be interpreted as.

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  3. Comment on John W. Campbell Award Is Renamed After Winner Criticizes Him in ~books

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    I don't feel like you've wrestled here with the most fair points that @vivaria has brought up. It's strange to me because usually I think you're pretty solid at that. It makes me think there's...

    I don't feel like you've wrestled here with the most fair points that @vivaria has brought up. It's strange to me because usually I think you're pretty solid at that. It makes me think there's something more going on here.

    I'm very sympathetic to the idea that some people take these criticisms out of the context of the historical figure's time, and that some other people still use one (hugely) abhorrent aspect of an important figure's life to discredit everything that person did. These points are plainly fair, when applied to the people who are engaging in that behavior.

    But what about the point of using this institution honoring someone important to the genre to honor someone who might be more worthy of that honor in the current environment? The honors we bestow say a lot about who we are right now. Why should we choose Campbell over other important figures of the time? What about Campbell's background should be used to inspire those who want to receive the award named in his honor? What story are we telling here? What story should we be aiming to tell? Are there historical figures that better match that ideal story?

    The presentism you're upset with seems more about poo-pooing figures of the past for its own sake, but the purpose I often see behind the tactics of those you're calling out is necessarily iconoclastic. Some people might believe the only way to create the space to consider whether someone else might be a better fit for what we want this honor to inspire (and who we want to inspire) is to tear down these figures as much as possible. The point, though, seems to be more about lifting up a person who might be more fitting for the current goals of what we want to be doing with these institutions.

    Perhaps if we were better about talking about people who might similarly deserve recognition alongside Campbell, people who might be better fits for our current values, those who engage in this sort of anachronistic thinking would be less prone to hyperbolic reaction.

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  4. Comment on John W. Campbell Award Is Renamed After Winner Criticizes Him in ~books

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    Whether someone says "unnecessarily provocative" or "needlessly hyperbolic," the point is the same. Alis Franklin's writing is too happy to put too much blame at one person's feet for things that...

    Whether someone says "unnecessarily provocative" or "needlessly hyperbolic," the point is the same. Alis Franklin's writing is too happy to put too much blame at one person's feet for things that have much more diverse and complicated origins.

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  5. Comment on The new Path of Exile league starts September 6th in ~games

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    There's a really important game-impacting buy you can make, and that's item storage tabs. I'm not saying it's a bad model, but there's an initial investment outside of cosmetics here. Good item...

    There's a really important game-impacting buy you can make, and that's item storage tabs. I'm not saying it's a bad model, but there's an initial investment outside of cosmetics here. Good item tabs runs about $40 when they're on sale (and tabs are on sale every three weeks). Pretty worth for the sizable chunk I've played, and I didn't pick them up until after I knew I liked the game.

    Honestly, inventory management is one of the things I enjoy most about the game.

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  6. Comment on 'Where's the line of free speech – are you removing voices that should be heard?': As Youtube struggles with extreme content, Susan Wojcicki talks about her role as the internet’s gatekeeper in ~tech

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    I’m pretty sympathetic to this argument, but there is one practice common in Google and all resource rich companies that actively suppresses competition that we need to wrestle with too: buying...

    I’m pretty sympathetic to this argument, but there is one practice common in Google and all resource rich companies that actively suppresses competition that we need to wrestle with too: buying the competition to prevent them from competing.

    This practice is simultaneously a capital injection that motivates start ups and their end-game in a lot of cases. If you want to compete with a giant like YouTube (or Google proper or Facebook or large banking institutions, etc.), you’re aiming to get just successful enough that it becomes in that larger company’s interest to buy you out. Then your company and new tech gets “integrated” into the larger company, often poorly with large employee turnover, or the innovation is destroyed and shelved outright.

    This practice is so ubiquitous among large companies that it’s hardly just something happening in tech. But it is something that prevents us from reasonably saying “if you don’t like <big company>’s service, find a different one.” Our doing exactly that has virtually no impact on this anti-competitive cycle. We need to more strongly react to this practice to change the calculus these companies use to decide whether to acquire a smaller company solely to stop them from competing.

    That said, there’s obviously challenge here when it comes to legitimate reasons a larger company might want to acquire a smaller one. I’m not saying it is always illegitimate for a larger company to see a way to improve itself through a smaller one. Ironically, Instagram is a prominent counter example here. But when the proof is there for this suppression of the market, the culprit needs to suffer more consistently than they do today.

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  7. Comment on Ask Andrew W.K.: My Dad Is a Right-Wing Asshole in ~misc

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    I didn’t get a chance to see the comment you’re responding to, but I wanted to affirm that I don’t necessarily think the pain necessarily has to be one sided. The nature of the letter writer’s...

    I didn’t get a chance to see the comment you’re responding to, but I wanted to affirm that I don’t necessarily think the pain necessarily has to be one sided. The nature of the letter writer’s perspective is necessarily left leaning, but that doesn’t mean the relationship’s pain is only felt by one side. I trust the disintegration of that relationship is a pain point for all the parties involved, which need not be just the two we see any details about. Shit’s complicated. That’s how families usually are. How can someone easily sum up decades of interaction? It’s hard stuff better suited for therapy.

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  8. Comment on Ask Andrew W.K.: My Dad Is a Right-Wing Asshole in ~misc

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    I see why you might think that, but this author isn’t saying much of anything about the letter writer’s relationship with his dad except that he should choose the side of love and that he should...

    I see why you might think that, but this author isn’t saying much of anything about the letter writer’s relationship with his dad except that he should choose the side of love and that he should reconcile “because he made you.” Most of the response is about how the world is in his mind, not about the complexity of any relationship.

    I would be more sympathetic to that view if there was anything at all to hint at the author’s recognition that pain is pain and that political disagreements might be masking deeper tensions. Instead, it’s just a preachy essay about how partisanship is destroying the world.

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  9. Comment on Ask Andrew W.K.: My Dad Is a Right-Wing Asshole in ~misc

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    Yesh, hamfisted advice that doesn’t really allow for the complexities of one of the oldest relationships a person can have? That’s not good advice. It’s preaching about the sanctity of family...

    Yesh, hamfisted advice that doesn’t really allow for the complexities of one of the oldest relationships a person can have? That’s not good advice. It’s preaching about the sanctity of family regardless of the pain the other person might’ve caused.

    Just because someone is your father doesn’t mean you must have a good relationship with them. We’re stuck with what we got. And for some of us, that’s sometimes a lemon.

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  10. Comment on Jeffrey Epstein Commits Suicide at Manhattan Jail in ~news

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    I’m a fan of the rule of law, which insists that “guilt by association” isn’t a thing, though it very much is enough to question someone’s judgment. With Bill, I think the public record was...

    I’m a fan of the rule of law, which insists that “guilt by association” isn’t a thing, though it very much is enough to question someone’s judgment. With Bill, I think the public record was already clear that his judge of character is... um, not always great.

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  11. Comment on Ask Andrew W.K.: My Dad Is a Right-Wing Asshole in ~misc

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    I don’t really have patience for people who pretend to know the complex nuances underlying a lifelong relationship. My dad, for instance, is also an asshole, but his being a Trump supporter didn’t...

    I don’t really have patience for people who pretend to know the complex nuances underlying a lifelong relationship. My dad, for instance, is also an asshole, but his being a Trump supporter didn’t cause me to see him like that. That was his mental abuse and physical threats of violence over the years, combined with his need for control which got opposed by my refusal to be controlled uncritically.

    There are good reasons to try to see people who disagree with you as human. Not the least because no one in the history of the human race has been genuinely convinced of a position after being called literally the devil (hint: that’s another glorious exchange someone might not have realized lays in the father-son dynamic). Those good reasons aside, wading into someone’s family dynamic to insist that argument applies to their situation is callous at best, and maliciously negligent at worst.

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  12. Comment on What Do We Do About the Violence of Lonely Young Men? in ~misc

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    I'm reminded of the famous study conducted in like 1980 that followed the disintegration of bowling clubs around the US. "Bowling Alone." As our technology as allowed us more and more choice about...

    I'm reminded of the famous study conducted in like 1980 that followed the disintegration of bowling clubs around the US. "Bowling Alone." As our technology as allowed us more and more choice about who we associate with, people are getting left out and behind. People who maybe in 1950 wouldn't have had to choose what group to associate. Their choice would've been made for them by their parents and by their school and by their zip codes.

    In one sense it's not surprising that a class of young people coming up radicalize as they choose associations that radicalize and prey on people's worst impulses toward their fellow neighbors. In another sense, it's kind of surprising that it clusters the way it has. That suggests that the transition we've been going through as a society over the past few decades is leaving people out based on a particular demographic: young men, many of whom are white.

    Some people are going to hate others no matter what we do. That much is pretty much like giving uphill against an avalanche. But if there's a clear demographic trend involved, that gives us a different set of issues to try to address. Maybe there's some sort of storycrafting we can do for young men that can help make sure less of them are so disillusioned with the broader society that they believe going out with a bang is preferable to the malaise they might otherwise feel caught in.

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  13. Comment on Is anyone actually happy they were born? in ~talk

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    You know, I mostly am happy I was born. There have been a lot of frustrating and painful points along the way, sure, but on the whole I enjoy learning what I didn't know the day before. I enjoy...

    You know, I mostly am happy I was born. There have been a lot of frustrating and painful points along the way, sure, but on the whole I enjoy learning what I didn't know the day before. I enjoy engaging with that person I didn't know quite as well. I (mostly) enjoy experiencing other people's creativity and work. And I exceptionally enjoy seeing other people try their best, and the result of that effort.

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

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    Yeah I think people would be sympathetic with arguments that talk about the use of the federal government to subsidize the rich at the cost of the poor. But... that's not socialism. Maybe it's...

    Yeah I think people would be sympathetic with arguments that talk about the use of the federal government to subsidize the rich at the cost of the poor. But... that's not socialism. Maybe it's revolution in the sense that there's a class-based upheaval, but the nature of the wealth distribution shift we're living through is that it's happening within existing institutions not through an ad hoc extralegal system.

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

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    I think there's a big difference between "this is what I believe" not playing well with the general election, which is fair, and "this is what some random dude baited me into saying on a debate...

    I think there's a big difference between "this is what I believe" not playing well with the general election, which is fair, and "this is what some random dude baited me into saying on a debate stage that I don't actually think; I got caught up in the moment." De Blasio feels like he's there to get people into that second category, which is decidedly counterproductive for dems.

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

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    I have rarely heard anything as stupid as de Blasio's closing statement, where he said, "We need to be willing to tell people proudly we're going to tax the hell out of the rich. And then, right...

    I have rarely heard anything as stupid as de Blasio's closing statement, where he said, "We need to be willing to tell people proudly we're going to tax the hell out of the rich. And then, right on queue, Trump will call us a socialist. No, Mr. Trump, you're the socialist. Socialism for the rich."

    It's like he's the spitting image of a liberal who doesn't know what they're talking about and is just there to bait other candidates into taking stupid positions that won't play well in the general.

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

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    Ah, but anything republicans might agree with is a republican talking point! Unacceptable! The phrase "republican talking point" might as well be a republican talking point at this point. I'm over it.

    Ah, but anything republicans might agree with is a republican talking point! Unacceptable!

    The phrase "republican talking point" might as well be a republican talking point at this point. I'm over it.

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  18. Comment on The Millennial Left Is Tired of Waiting: How Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s chief of staff is working to build a generational movement in ~news

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    I think you’re misunderstanding what I’ve been saying. I’m not saying it’s irrational to believe those things, nor am I saying they’re factually one way or another. What I am saying is that if...

    I think you’re misunderstanding what I’ve been saying. I’m not saying it’s irrational to believe those things, nor am I saying they’re factually one way or another. What I am saying is that if you’re trying to lead that party, like Bernie is, insulting the people trying to work within the organization is NOT the way to work together with them.

    I am, and was this entire time, fact agnostic as to the claims Bernie has been making. I’m concerned with the leadership impact of him emphasizing these things as a priority case to the public for why they should support, and adjacently his supporters and a thirsty media picking that up and running with it.

    Effectively what you’re asking me to do is prove to you what you believe to be true. But you already believe it. What you don’t believe is that it is counterproductive to emphasize it to those who has been working all this time on other political priorities that he would also support.

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  19. Comment on The Millennial Left Is Tired of Waiting: How Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s chief of staff is working to build a generational movement in ~news

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    Nothing like all the times he talks about "the Democratic establishment" as though they're a boogieman instead of a group of political activists trying to advance an agenda that's pretty adjacent...

    Nothing like all the times he talks about "the Democratic establishment" as though they're a boogieman instead of a group of political activists trying to advance an agenda that's pretty adjacent to his own? Or maybe all the times he talks about his policies like opposing them is not just a prerogative of the top 1% but anyone who opposes them is necessarily supporting the agenda of the 1%.

    It's an exhausting task to go through his litany of background to find every instance where he or an agent on his behalf has attacked "the establishment" because they are the establishment, as a boogieman and foil to criticize The System and badger people into agreeing with him or looking like part of the evil establishment themselves. I don't have that emotional energy for someone who, like Diet_Coke, I've seen regularly refusing to give even a reasonable inch in discussion. I don't have that emotional energy because it is exactly that behavior and tactic that I find so much a turn off with Bernie's political style.

    If they were looking to the best argument possible rather than demanding to litigate every shred of evidence about a particular claim, then this exchange would be very different and I might have that emotional energy to spend here. But as it is, I have other things to do with my time than spend hours looking through videos to support something that almost no one is going to read fairly anyway.

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  20. Comment on The Millennial Left Is Tired of Waiting: How Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s chief of staff is working to build a generational movement in ~news

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    I doubt there was ever going to be an argument that could sway you. You seem to want to be shown things so you can shout them down, not so you can see where others are coming from. Not really...

    I doubt there was ever going to be an argument that could sway you. You seem to want to be shown things so you can shout them down, not so you can see where others are coming from. Not really worth my time to go digging from the phone here.

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