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  1. Comment on What purpose does Tildes serve that Reddit does not? in ~tildes

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    Tilderinos as a community aren't a hivemind, but because of the ethos here the real jerks (and their enablers) don't tend to last long. Reddit has been tolerant of fascists and white supremacists,...

    Tilderinos as a community aren't a hivemind, but because of the ethos here the real jerks (and their enablers) don't tend to last long. Reddit has been tolerant of fascists and white supremacists, but they get called out and banned on Tildes - even if they can avoid throwing around outright slurs. I think that is really important. There's also a focus on more substantive conversations and throw away comments or pun threads are heavily frowned on. Deimos is willing to step in and end back-and-forths that venture into counter productive territory or which become too focused on attacking other participants. All this with zero advertising or selling of user data - and a commitment to stay that way.

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  2. Comment on Billionaire Industrialist David Koch has died. in ~news

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    I've been very curious to hear NPR's take on his death. They definitely whitewashed his life on the brief snippet I heard, calling him a philanthropist and saying he 'attacked Democrats and...

    I've been very curious to hear NPR's take on his death. They definitely whitewashed his life on the brief snippet I heard, calling him a philanthropist and saying he 'attacked Democrats and supported conservatives'. No surprise though, Koch Industries is definitely an NPR donor.

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  3. Comment on Billionaire Industrialist David Koch has died. in ~news

  4. Comment on Billionaire Industrialist David Koch has died. in ~news

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    Alas, no guillotines were involved.

    Alas, no guillotines were involved.

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  5. Comment on Billionaire Industrialist David Koch has died. in ~news

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    While it is usually in bad taste to celebrate people dieing, I can't help but feel like today will be a good day.

    While it is usually in bad taste to celebrate people dieing, I can't help but feel like today will be a good day.

    38 votes
  6. Comment on Bernie Sanders Unveils $16 Trillion ‘Green New Deal’ Plan in ~news

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    How does it get there - trucks or trains? Whose communities do those go through? What happens if there's an accident? How long does the waste stay radioactive? What big infrastructure projects...

    How does it get there - trucks or trains? Whose communities do those go through? What happens if there's an accident? How long does the waste stay radioactive? What big infrastructure projects have we ever done that are basically going to last forever?

    8 votes
  7. Comment on Why we should all be activists in ~life

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    A+ message. Voting is held up as the pinnacle of democratic participation because it's the least effective way to create change. You do it once every one to four years tops, it doesn't take a lot...

    A+ message. Voting is held up as the pinnacle of democratic participation because it's the least effective way to create change. You do it once every one to four years tops, it doesn't take a lot of effort, and it's about as indirect as you can get. Every meaningful major change - labor rights, women's rights, gay rights, civil rights - were all won primarily by direct action in the streets.

    15 votes
  8. 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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    Also because they buy up their competitors before they get big enough to be a threat. This anticompetitive practice is banned in some countries.

    Also because they buy up their competitors before they get big enough to be a threat. This anticompetitive practice is banned in some countries.

    3 votes
  9. Comment on Gov. Jim Justice is West Virginia’s richest man and owns its most storied resort. When lobbyists and state agencies book there, he profits. in ~news

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    West Virginia has a long history of the rich exploiting the poor and extracting its natural resources. When Europeans colonized near the coast, Native Americans were displaced there. Later they...

    West Virginia has a long history of the rich exploiting the poor and extracting its natural resources. When Europeans colonized near the coast, Native Americans were displaced there. Later they were further displaced by the railroads and white settlers. Then rich people got a law passed to let them buy rights to the minerals under people's land and kicked them off to dig their mines - later, hiring them to work the mines. Around the mines, the companies would build an entire town (called a company town) with shops, schools, and churches all run by the company. The miners would be paid in company scrip, basically money they could only spend in the company town. If you were caught unionizing they'd kick you out of your house and you would be penniless.

    There was a lot of labor unrest and unionizing - culminating in an episode in 1921 with the Battle of Blair Mountain. The US Army actually dropped bombs on the strikers, there was no Air Force yet. After that they basically broke the back of the union movement. They've been automating ever since, to the point where 100 men can do the work of 10,000. Basically the only people with good mine jobs are the most loyal and sycophantic because that's the only decent source of employment.

    There are definitely dissenting voices but that's why so many people in West Virginia seem to vote so clearly against their own interest. These mining companies have been treating them like dogs for two hundred years, but to some people it's all they know or they benefit from the system.

    7 votes
  10. Comment on If we want to save the world, we have to eat less meat in ~enviro

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    I subscribed to the vegetarian version of HelloFresh for a while and actually liked it more than the meaty version. The meat meals all followed a very predictable formula: meat with seasoning,...

    I subscribed to the vegetarian version of HelloFresh for a while and actually liked it more than the meaty version. The meat meals all followed a very predictable formula: meat with seasoning, starch, vegetable - while the vegetarian meals were a lot more varied in style and flavor. I don't think I could go full-veg but trying decent vegetarian meals changed my mind about skipping meat regularly. The trick is to make sure you're eating something with lots of protein like roasted chickpeas, and using good spices.

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  11. Comment on Yield Curves Invert in U.S., U.K. as ‘Doom and Gloom’ Spreads in ~news

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    I'm not saying it's something that shouldn't be posted or read, just that with these uncharted waters it's easy to use the data to tell you what you want to hear. Historically, the inverted yours...

    I'm not saying it's something that shouldn't be posted or read, just that with these uncharted waters it's easy to use the data to tell you what you want to hear. Historically, the inverted yours curve hasnt happened with interest rates this low so nobody knows what will happen. Are we in the start of a bear market, or in a bull market undergoing corrections? My crystal ball is in the shop so I'm not sure. I do know Trump is trying to lay the groundwork to blame Jerome Powell because of reasons in my last post.

  12. Comment on What the games industry can learn from Warframe in ~games

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    I tried Warframe on a lark, played for a day or two, it didn't seem remarkably different from any of the other Free to Play games I've tried. The whole genre seems like a push to the lowest common...

    "People are smart... They look at Warframe, they see that complexity, and they smell that the game will require mental energy" -- Steve Sinclair, game director

    I tried Warframe on a lark, played for a day or two, it didn't seem remarkably different from any of the other Free to Play games I've tried. The whole genre seems like a push to the lowest common denominator, button mashing takes the place of skill. It makes sense too, their objective is to get you to pay them. If you can get good at the game through skill, why pay?

    Maybe I just missed the complexity, but it seemed like my team would run around randomly until someone managed to find whatever enemy we were fighting and then we'd go mash buttons at it together for 5 minutes until it died. Sometimes I would get lost and just run around while they killed it, since there's no minimap or way to find your team.

  13. Comment on Yield Curves Invert in U.S., U.K. as ‘Doom and Gloom’ Spreads in ~news

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    Just something to consider, a source like "the American conversative" has a lot invested in trying to place the blame on the Fed. Since Republicans have controlled the White House, Senate, the...

    Just something to consider, a source like "the American conversative" has a lot invested in trying to place the blame on the Fed. Since Republicans have controlled the White House, Senate, the House for two years, and had a majority on the Supreme Court too it would go against everything they believe to admit their policies to lead to recession. They did a huge tax cut for rich people, they're removing protections from big businesses like crazy, they're selling our public lands, they're making life harder for immigrants, they're instituting protectionist trade policies, and it's making the economy tank. That's not even getting into Trump himself and the uncertainty his lack of leadership is causing.

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  14. Comment on Yield Curves Invert in U.S., U.K. as ‘Doom and Gloom’ Spreads in ~news

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    Exactly. It's really deficient in a lot of ways, but it's easy to manipulate so politicians favor it. If the economy loses 10 PHD jobs and gains 100 minimum wage jobs, they'll brag about their job...

    Exactly. It's really deficient in a lot of ways, but it's easy to manipulate so politicians favor it. If the economy loses 10 PHD jobs and gains 100 minimum wage jobs, they'll brag about their job creation.

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  15. Comment on Yield Curves Invert in U.S., U.K. as ‘Doom and Gloom’ Spreads in ~news

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    I think the so-called gig economy might be at play here. Unemployment is measured by going door to door and asking people if they're unemployed. Someone working as an Uber or Lyft driver, or doing...

    A recession is typically associated with a drop in US employment, which we haven't seen yet.

    I think the so-called gig economy might be at play here. Unemployment is measured by going door to door and asking people if they're unemployed. Someone working as an Uber or Lyft driver, or doing odd jobs on Taskrabbit, is probably going to say they are employed even though these are generally unsustainable as jobs. I think it's also why wages haven't really gone up even though unemployment is technically really low.

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  16. Comment on China Is Waging a Disinformation War Against Hong Kong Protesters in ~news

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    I'm always extremely skeptical of news coverage of protests. I've actually participated in a bunch of them that made it to the news. If there are no incidents of violence they will wade through a...

    I'm always extremely skeptical of news coverage of protests. I've actually participated in a bunch of them that made it to the news. If there are no incidents of violence they will wade through a crowd of 'normal' looking people to find the one guy with a neon mohawk and facial piercings to interview. They will interview you and edit the footage to obscure your message. They will show up to an action early, get some footage, and then act like that was during the main event to downplay its popularity. That's just the media, not even getting into the likelihood of bad actors pretending to be part of the movement and causing trouble.

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  17. Comment on China Is Waging a Disinformation War Against Hong Kong Protesters in ~news

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    I dont know if anyone else here listens to a lot of NPR, but it seems like they're taking the Chinese side, or at least being irresponsible. This morning they were talking about an episode in the...

    I dont know if anyone else here listens to a lot of NPR, but it seems like they're taking the Chinese side, or at least being irresponsible. This morning they were talking about an episode in the HK airport yesterday where protesters beat up two mainland Chinese men who they thought were spies. NPR's correspondent then says with apparently a straight face that 'as it turns out one of these men was a journalist at one of China's most nationalist tabloids' - aka the protesters were right. They go on to talk about how this hurts the protesters cause.

    Edit: BBC did the same thing, and also talked about the instance where a policeman had his batton taken away and was beat with it. They neglected to mention that he was in the process of beating an innocent woman who was laying helplessly on the ground.

    3 votes
  18. Comment on The people who want you to stop having babies in ~humanities

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    Hey Doug, I am in the same place you are and it's something I've thought about a lot. Here's what I've come to, maybe it can help. If you think of what it means to be a dad, blood is like the...

    Hey Doug, I am in the same place you are and it's something I've thought about a lot. Here's what I've come to, maybe it can help. If you think of what it means to be a dad, blood is like the least important thing. I mean, we aren't 16th century European royalty over here. Absolutely, the best thing you can do for the environment is not make more Americans. That doesn't mean you can't be a dad. You can foster, you can adopt, or you can mentor - there's a huge need for people willing to do those things. It can be expensive, it can be a challenge, but so can being a parent by birth. You can do some good for someone else and the world at large, be kind to the environment, and still pass on every meaningful part of yourself.

    Just my 2 cents.

    7 votes
  19. Comment on Cigarette butts are toxic plastic pollution. Should they be banned? in ~enviro

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    Short answer: yes Long answer: yyyyyyyyyyyyyyeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeessssssssssssss I agree, it's ridiculous this is even a question. I often wonder how the world would be different if littering laws...

    Short answer: yes

    Long answer: yyyyyyyyyyyyyyeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeessssssssssssss

    I agree, it's ridiculous this is even a question. I often wonder how the world would be different if littering laws were enforced like speeding laws are.

    2 votes