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  1. Comment on Experimenting with a way of avoiding deeply nested comment threads in ~tildes.official

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    I can't comment on your CSS, I'm dreadful at both reading and writing. But I noticed this a little earlier and I really like the change. With regards to back/forth posts, indents aren't really...

    I can't comment on your CSS, I'm dreadful at both reading and writing. But I noticed this a little earlier and I really like the change. With regards to back/forth posts, indents aren't really necessary. Lining them all up together reads like a BBS thread—easy to read and to follow.

    8 votes
  2. Comment on Which smartphone and carrier are you using? (USA only) in ~tech

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    Pixel XL and Google Fi for the past 2.5 years now. Battery life is still great; not looking to change phones until the battery sucks, more than happy with Fi overall. I get better service and pay...

    Pixel XL and Google Fi for the past 2.5 years now. Battery life is still great; not looking to change phones until the battery sucks, more than happy with Fi overall.

    I get better service and pay half as much as I did with Sprint.

    2 votes
  3. Comment on North Korea says it tested a ‘powerful warhead’ in ~news

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    They must have changed it since the news broke. @Deimos, could I have edit-title priv's as well?

    They must have changed it since the news broke.

    @Deimos, could I have edit-title priv's as well?

  4. Comment on How do you find new books to read? in ~books

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    Generally I'll go to my local library and scan the shelves in a section I'm interested in until something catches my eye. Sometimes I'll bulk up my already interminable list by going to goodreads,...

    Generally I'll go to my local library and scan the shelves in a section I'm interested in until something catches my eye.

    Sometimes I'll bulk up my already interminable list by going to goodreads, typing in a book I've previously enjoyed, and browsing the recommendations, lists, and relevant genres that come up.

    5 votes
  5. Comment on Trump vetoes measure to end US involvement in Yemen war in ~news

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    The Senate voted 54-46 last month to pass a resolution requiring the president to withdraw any troops in or "affecting" Yemen within 30 days unless they are fighting al Qaeda. The resolution...

    The Senate voted 54-46 last month to pass a resolution requiring the president to withdraw any troops in or "affecting" Yemen within 30 days unless they are fighting al Qaeda. The resolution passed the House earlier this month.

    "In a statement to the Senate released by the White House, Trump called the joint resolution 'unnecessary' and argued it would negatively affect U.S. foreign policy." Source

    "'This resolution is an unnecessary, dangerous attempt to weaken my constitutional authorities, endangering the lives of American citizens and brave service members, both today and in the future,' Trump wrote in explaining his veto. ... The U.S. provides billions of dollars of arms to the Saudi-led coalition fighting against Iran-backed rebels in Yemen. Members of Congress have expressed concern about the thousands of civilians killed in coalition airstrikes since the conflict began in 2014. The fighting in the Arab world’s poorest country also has left millions suffering from food and medical care shortages and has pushed the country to the brink of famine." Source

    Crucially, though, [Trump] and his businesses have continued to benefit substantially from Saudi customers, including the government of Saudi Arabia. Press reports have indicated that the kingdom of Saudi Arabia has recently paid for rooms and meals at the Trump hotels in Washington and Chicago. In 2017, Saudi lobbyists spent $270,000 to reserve rooms at Trump’s hotel in Washington. The kingdom itself paid $4.5 million in 2001 to purchase a floor of Trump World Tower and continues to pay tens of thousands in annual common charges to Trump businesses for that property (the total of which could be up to $5.7 million since 2001, according to one estimate). In the past year, as bookings fell overall, Trump’s hotels in New York and Chicago reported a significant uptick in bookings from Saudi Arabia. And a major factor in a recent increase in revenue for the Trump International Hotel and Tower in Manhattan was that Saudis accompanying the crown prince during a recent visit stayed there, as The Washington Post has reported.

    Trump said at a campaign rally in 2015 about Saudi Arabia: “I get along great with all of them. They buy apartments from me. They spend $40 million, $50 million. Am I supposed to dislike them? I like them very much.”

    What’s notable about that statement is not just the president’s description of his significant business ties to Saudi Arabia but his stark admission that he is inclined to look favorably on those who give him business.

    Source

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    2 votes
  6. Comment on Mayor Pete Buttigieg's 2020 Presidential Announcement Speech in ~news

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    Valid points. However the people are quite fired up during this administration, hot enough to hit a 50-year high in midterm voting turnout and to increase youth turnout and early casting....

    Valid points. However the people are quite fired up during this administration, hot enough to hit a 50-year high in midterm voting turnout and to increase youth turnout and early casting.

    Additionally, Bernie Primary-voters in 2016 stuck with their Party at a higher percentage than Clinton Primary-voters did in 2008, although at this time I can't find figures on how many Bernie voters abstained from the General Election.

    There is surely a concern for voter apathy if ones Primary Favorite does not win the nomination. The Government of Russia did make efforts in push for Third-Party votes during 2016, and anecdotally I know more than a few people who voted first for Bernie and secondly for Stein or Johnson in protest. It's a safe assumption that similar measures will be taken this Primary Season, and likely have already began. But voters have a heightened awareness of this propaganda and division compared to 2016, and I think the 2018 midterms showed how passionately voters are to right the wrongs and counter the consequences of the last Presidential Election.

    1 vote
  7. Comment on Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 1 discussion in ~tv

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    I found this, which suggests it could be done. Given that, in the books at least, Gendry was apprenticed to the man who figured out how to reforge Valyrian Steel, I can buy that he has the skill...

    I found this, which suggests it could be done.

    Given that, in the books at least, Gendry was apprenticed to the man who figured out how to reforge Valyrian Steel, I can buy that he has the skill and know-how to figure out how to do it better than the above youtuber. Especially since he has access to much larger forges and such.

    1 vote
  8. Comment on A lawyer set himself on fire to protest climate change. Did anyone care? in ~enviro

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    Self-Immolation as a form of protest also has some notable historical examples, which can be seen as the most extreme form of non-violent protest (as in, violence only upon yourself) one could...

    Self-Immolation as a form of protest also has some notable historical examples, which can be seen as the most extreme form of non-violent protest (as in, violence only upon yourself) one could possibly engage in.

    6 votes
  9. Comment on Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 1 discussion in ~tv

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    Probably, incest is in their blood 👈🐲👈 I could only see Jon taking the throne if it was forced upon him, if every alternative to it led to a poorer outcome. He's a character of self sacrifice,...

    Probably, incest is in their blood 👈🐲👈

    I could only see Jon taking the throne if it was forced upon him, if every alternative to it led to a poorer outcome. He's a character of self sacrifice, never ambition or selfishness.

    2 votes
  10. Comment on Mayor Pete Buttigieg's 2020 Presidential Announcement Speech in ~news

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    That's entirely fair, perhaps I am too generous.

    That's entirely fair, perhaps I am too generous.

    1 vote
  11. Comment on Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 1 discussion in ~tv

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    Last I recall, Bran doesn't remember what happened that day. I don't remember if that holds for the show, but in the books the Three-Eyed Crow/Raven was making a purpose of suppressing the memory...

    Last I recall, Bran doesn't remember what happened that day. I don't remember if that holds for the show, but in the books the Three-Eyed Crow/Raven was making a purpose of suppressing the memory for some reason.

    Bran was staring at his arms, his legs. He was so skinny, just skin stretched taut over bones. Had he always been so thin? He tried to remember. A face swam up at him out of the grey mist, shining with light, golden. "The things I do for love," it said. Bran screamed.

    The crow took to the air, cawing, Not that, it shrieked at him. Forget that, you do not need it now, put it aside, put it away. It landed on Bran's shoulder, and pecked at him, and the shining golden face was gone. — A Game of Thrones: Chapter 17, Bran III

    Given his line and his looking at Jaime, I wonder if he's managed to work it out given every he knows know. I think if he has, then he'll probably thank Jaime for setting him on the path to becoming the new 3ER.

    3 votes
  12. Comment on Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 1 discussion in ~tv

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    I'm not sure if I decided that Dany will survive or not, but I think Jon might fuck off up to the Land of Always Winter to secure some new pact to end the Long Night.

    I'm not sure if I decided that Dany will survive or not, but I think Jon might fuck off up to the Land of Always Winter to secure some new pact to end the Long Night.

  13. Comment on Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 1 discussion in ~tv

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    I don't think King's Landing will survive, kind of forcing the idea of moving past a monarchist system of governance. There may be some regional Kings, such as it was before Aegon's Conquest, but...

    I don't think King's Landing will survive, kind of forcing the idea of moving past a monarchist system of governance. There may be some regional Kings, such as it was before Aegon's Conquest, but it won't be the centralized system Westeros has had for the past 300 years.

    1 vote
  14. Comment on Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 1 discussion in ~tv

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    That's probably true. There are 5 published ASoIaF books, and Martin has alluded he might need 3 more to tie everything up. Given the size of his books, that's an insane amount of material that...

    That's probably true.

    There are 5 published ASoIaF books, and Martin has alluded he might need 3 more to tie everything up. Given the size of his books, that's an insane amount of material that D&D is shoving into just a couple, shortened, seasons. The pacing is gonna be fucked.

    4 votes
  15. Comment on Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 1 discussion in ~tv

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    Back in Season 1, Tyrion told Bronn "...if the day ever comes where you're tempted to sell me out, remember this: Whatever the price, I'll beat it. I like living." I think Bronn has come to feel...

    Back in Season 1, Tyrion told Bronn "...if the day ever comes where you're tempted to sell me out, remember this: Whatever the price, I'll beat it. I like living." I think Bronn has come to feel kinship with Tyrion after this time, I imagine he'll feel conflicted before siding with Tyrion and sarcastically falling back on Tyrion's offer to hide how he feels.

    4 votes
  16. Comment on Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 1 discussion in ~tv

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    Lines of succession are historically pretty sexist, and Rhaegar being the first son of Aerys II gives his line precedence over Daenerys, even though she is Rhaegar's sister. I imagine Jon will...

    Lines of succession are historically pretty sexist, and Rhaegar being the first son of Aerys II gives his line precedence over Daenerys, even though she is Rhaegar's sister.

    I imagine Jon will tell Danny, but I don't imagine her taking it very well at first anyway. She's been fighting all this time for a crown, and she won't be happy yielding it to a man who wants it even less than nothing at all. I still think the end will result in some form of democratic government though.

    7 votes
  17. Comment on Mayor Pete Buttigieg's 2020 Presidential Announcement Speech in ~news

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    I'm partial to tildo, personally. And you've about nailed why I dread the notion of Biden 2020. Biden has name recognition, and not much else. He's a very moderate Democrat, arguably a centrist,...

    leftish politics wonks (or whatever else you would call the average Tilde poster)

    I'm partial to tildo, personally.
    And you've about nailed why I dread the notion of Biden 2020.

    Biden has name recognition, and not much else. He's a very moderate Democrat, arguably a centrist, in a political atmosphere in which The People want to move forwards from the past into the new world Washington has been comfortable to ignore.

    I want:

    Universal Healthcare
    To fucking tackle Climate Change before my future is swallowed by the sea and burned to ashes
    Universal Firearm Background Checks
    To pull out of the Middle East, in the most quickest, intelligent possible way
    Federal Drug Policy Reform. Legalize Cannabis, listen to the research for the rest
    Higher Federal Minimum Wage
    Electoral Reform
    Voting Reform
    Campaign Finance Reform
    A Reformed Tax System, in which the rich pay their share to society
    The Equality Act passed
    A pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants
    Support for labor and unions
    Education Reform
    Insurance Reform
    Anti-Corruption Measures, to include tossing Citizens United

    and a President with the vision, means, and force of personality to get there as closely as I can reasonably ask for.

    The above is not a controversial list, not even universal background checks. Most of it has support among many or most of the populace. But if we elect a moderate or a centrist, or God forbid cede the White House for another four years, none of this will come to pass in any meaningful way.

    If Biden announces a run, and wins the nomination, I will vote for him regardless of the taste in my mouth, but I crave for a fresh breath and a national administration I can feel pride for.

    4 votes