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  1. Comment on ThinkGeek is shutting down in ~misc

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    I find it very interesting they are shutting the online stores, while keeping the brick and mortars. That is the complete opposite of what has been happening to most retailers.

    I find it very interesting they are shutting the online stores, while keeping the brick and mortars. That is the complete opposite of what has been happening to most retailers.

    3 votes
  2. Comment on How do you wake yourself up in the mornings? in ~talk

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    I've been trying no black out shades. The problem I'm finding now is that sunrise is at 5:30, causing me to wake up waaaay too early and get even less sleep. It is nice though. If only you could...

    I've been trying no black out shades. The problem I'm finding now is that sunrise is at 5:30, causing me to wake up waaaay too early and get even less sleep.

    It is nice though. If only you could control when the sun came up.

    2 votes
  3. Comment on Jon Stewart makes an emotional plea on behalf of 9/11 first responders at a House Judiciary Committee meeting, unloading on lawmakers over their low turnout in ~news

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    So the bill passed unanimously, including by those who didn't show up for the hearing. I'm guessing that was their excuse for not being there. Their time is very valuable and they didn't want to...

    So the bill passed unanimously, including by those who didn't show up for the hearing. I'm guessing that was their excuse for not being there. Their time is very valuable and they didn't want to use it on a bill they supported and was sure to pass.

    Still, that's a terrible excuse, and it didn't factor in the optics of not showing up. They should have known the media would be all over this with Stewart attending. Those firefighters took their own time and money to travel hundreds of miles to be there and speak to you. They didn't come all that way to speak to an empty room. If you aren't going to show up, then just don't hold the hearing at all.

    4 votes
  4. Comment on Jon Stewart makes an emotional plea on behalf of 9/11 first responders at a House Judiciary Committee meeting, unloading on lawmakers over their low turnout in ~news

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    Is there a list of the people who didn't show up. And have they been asked why they weren't there? None of the news articles about this seem to be following up on that. Also, I can't imagine this...

    Is there a list of the people who didn't show up. And have they been asked why they weren't there? None of the news articles about this seem to be following up on that.

    Also, I can't imagine this happening in any other first world country. It truly is embarrassing and unacceptable the way we treat our heroes. And I'm sure every member of AlQuada could not be happier right now. 9/11 continues to be a success, due only to our own incompetence.

    5 votes
  5. Comment on YouTube without all the crap? in ~tech

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    half the time reddit comments are identical. All the time in /r/videos people and bots would steal the top youtube comment, and post it to reddit for the meaningless internet points.

    half the time reddit comments are identical.

    All the time in /r/videos people and bots would steal the top youtube comment, and post it to reddit for the meaningless internet points.

    6 votes
  6. Comment on HBO submits Game of Thrones final episode for best writing Emmy in ~tv

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    It's not. Does the final season have serious flaws? Yes. But just like with Star Wars, most of the outrage is coming from people trying to be cool trashing the most hyped up show on TV. It's not...

    It's not. Does the final season have serious flaws? Yes. But just like with Star Wars, most of the outrage is coming from people trying to be cool trashing the most hyped up show on TV. It's not at all as bad as people are making it out to be.

    5 votes
  7. Comment on TV Tuesdays Free Talk in ~tv

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    Last Sunday's John Oliver was one of the best episodes in recent memory. The entire Rory Stewart conspiracy bit was hilarious.

    Last Sunday's John Oliver was one of the best episodes in recent memory. The entire Rory Stewart conspiracy bit was hilarious.

    2 votes
  8. Comment on Chrome Incognito mode no longer detectable in Chrome 76 in ~tech

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    That would be my guess too. An organization who heavily relies on privacy in order to collect information for their stories should value it greatly. They need to have a trustworthy reputation in...

    That would be my guess too. An organization who heavily relies on privacy in order to collect information for their stories should value it greatly.

    They need to have a trustworthy reputation in order for people to feel comfortable going to them with sensitive leads.

    3 votes
  9. Comment on What is your favorite Wikipedia page? in ~talk

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    Along the same lines is this video discussing how chairs have been used in film. They may seem mundane, but when you think about them, chairs can be incredibly significant.

    Along the same lines is this video discussing how chairs have been used in film.

    They may seem mundane, but when you think about them, chairs can be incredibly significant.

    4 votes
  10. Comment on InfoWars Agrees to Pay Pepe the Frog Creator $15,000 in Copyright Settlement in ~news

  11. Comment on It is official, the smoking age will be 21 in Texas in ~news

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    It does. The part of the brain that is last to develop is the frontal lobe. Which is the part that deals with judgment and decision making. So you are banning these harmful substances from young...

    I don't think it has much to do with judgement as much as safety and health.

    It does. The part of the brain that is last to develop is the frontal lobe. Which is the part that deals with judgment and decision making. So you are banning these harmful substances from young people because they are not biologically capable of making good decisions on whether or not they should use them. That's why we don't let kids vote or serve on juries too.

    4 votes
  12. Comment on It is official, the smoking age will be 21 in Texas in ~news

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    What is the logic in that though? It definitely didn't work in Vietnam. It doesn't seem like an effective way to win a war by filling your front lines with people who don't want to be there and...

    What is the logic in that though? It definitely didn't work in Vietnam. It doesn't seem like an effective way to win a war by filling your front lines with people who don't want to be there and are not willing to die for their country.

    I guess there's no other alternative though, other than not fighting the war at all.

    2 votes
  13. Comment on NASA may allow private astronauts on the ISS for $11,250-$22,500 a day in ~misc

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    I highly doubt that's the total cost. Probably just one of the many things you have to pay for, including cargo and training.

    I highly doubt that's the total cost. Probably just one of the many things you have to pay for, including cargo and training.

    3 votes
  14. Comment on 'The Voice of the Dirtbag Left': socialist US comics Chapo Trap House in ~news

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    I'd say so. I went to the sub to point out a video they were going nuts over was heavily edited and did not in any way represent what actually happened. I warned them against spreading it because...

    I'd say so. I went to the sub to point out a video they were going nuts over was heavily edited and did not in any way represent what actually happened. I warned them against spreading it because it will not help their cause.

    They all just shouted me down and then the mods came in and banned me.

    Seems they have zero interest in finding truth and just want to spew bullshit. Sounds like propaganda to me.

    If that's not propaganda, then what is?

    Edit: Thread is locked, so I'll put the video in here.

    It was a clip of a bunch of children going to Feinstein's office to get her to support the green new deal. Here is the edited version The headline spins it as Feinstein showing "smugness and disrespect" towards the children. Biggest issue is at 1:40, you can hear Feinstein begin to say "here's my proposal..." and then it jumps to something else. They are taking out key parts of the discussion that completely change the tone.

    And here is a link to the full version they posted after getting called out, with more bullshit spin in the tweet.

    7 votes
  15. Comment on "Recommend me a food for people who like _________ and want to expand their taste horizons." in ~food

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    If you are into wine, try Retsina. It's a Greek wine with resin added to turn it extra bitter. Legend has it that the reason the resin was added was to act as a deterrent to the Romans who were...

    If you are into wine, try Retsina. It's a Greek wine with resin added to turn it extra bitter.

    Legend has it that the reason the resin was added was to act as a deterrent to the Romans who were invading and stealing all the wine.

    2 votes
  16. Comment on YouTube decides that homophobic harassment does not violate its policies in ~tech

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    He's the catalyst that drives people to harass. Same exact thing that happened with Beyonce fans sending someone death threats because they thought she was annoyed. The only way to deal with this...

    He's the catalyst that drives people to harass. Same exact thing that happened with Beyonce fans sending someone death threats because they thought she was annoyed.

    The only way to deal with this issue is to take care of it from the top. They need to be held responsible for the actions of their fanbase. That's what happens when you are an "influencer".

    3 votes
  17. Comment on YouTube decides that homophobic harassment does not violate its policies in ~tech

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    Hopefully at some point they'll realize it's no longer worth protecting.

    Hopefully at some point they'll realize it's no longer worth protecting.

  18. Comment on At least 12 dead, including suspect, in Virginia Beach shooting in ~news

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    Just heard the guy used a silencer, which made it harder for people to know what was going on, and for cops to find him. Can someone explain to me why the fuck those are legal? What purpose do...

    Just heard the guy used a silencer, which made it harder for people to know what was going on, and for cops to find him.

    Can someone explain to me why the fuck those are legal? What purpose do they serve other than to murder people more efficiently?

    I've seen some people say that they help prevent hearing loss. But that just sounds like a lazy excuse for not wearing real ear protection.

    3 votes
  19. Comment on Facebook acknowledges Pelosi video is faked but declines to delete it in ~tech

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    I agree with that as well. But the problem is that the laws are totally inadequate for the issues social media is causing. And it's clear from the Zuckerberg hearing that our lawmakers don't...

    The way I understand it, these companies choose to set the boundary at the bare minimum, i.e. not breaking the law, which I also believe is where the boundary should be as to go further is to tread the ground of being politically involved.

    I agree with that as well. But the problem is that the laws are totally inadequate for the issues social media is causing. And it's clear from the Zuckerberg hearing that our lawmakers don't understand the basics of how these platforms work. So how could they possibly write laws to solve these issues?

    they are a neutral ground for people to interact with each other.

    They're not though. All social media sites have become bubbles for people to confirm their own beliefs. If misinformation is posted, it doesn't get shot down as inaccurate. It gets reverberated by people who want to believe it, or are pushing an agenda. That's why it is important for facebook to shoot down this kind of video. All it does is leave millions of people misinformed.

    having an upfront warning for fallacious content is as much as we can expect from a platform as universally adopted as Facebook to implement while remaining neutral.

    I'm not sure that would work. You see the right already thinks facebook is biased against them. That would simply add fuel to that belief. It's better than nothing though, and definitely worth trying. No clue why facebook can't do that right now. Youtube already sticks a link to wikipedia under videos prone to misinformation.

    5 votes
  20. Comment on Facebook acknowledges Pelosi video is faked but declines to delete it in ~tech

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    The interview the facebook VP gave on Cooper last night was just bonkers. The amount of bullshit and question dodging she was spewing was off the charts. How do these people keep getting away with...

    The interview the facebook VP gave on Cooper last night was just bonkers. The amount of bullshit and question dodging she was spewing was off the charts. How do these people keep getting away with this? It's insane.

    And once again. Twitter, youtube and facebook face tons of pressure over this video, yet reddit isn't mentioned once by anyone in the media. Why?

    6 votes