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  1. Comment on Congo names third American in a foiled coup plot as mourners gather in Utah to remember plot leader in ~news

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    The long standing history of the United States overthrowing governments might be an inspiration unto itself. Hawaii is a state because a handful of businesses decided to overthrow its monarchy,...

    The long standing history of the United States overthrowing governments might be an inspiration unto itself.

    Hawaii is a state because a handful of businesses decided to overthrow its monarchy, for example. And let's not forget the origins of the term "Banana Republic".

    17 votes
  2. Comment on It’s time to bury the defective detective in ~tv

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    The Expanse is definitely chock full of tropes; despite that I still really, really enjoy it.

    The Expanse is definitely chock full of tropes; despite that I still really, really enjoy it.

    2 votes
  3. Comment on It’s time to bury the defective detective in ~tv

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    You recall correctly. Miller is a protagonist. He is not a good guy. This is a distinction people mix up far too often.

    You recall correctly. Miller is a protagonist. He is not a good guy. This is a distinction people mix up far too often.

    15 votes
  4. Comment on My not so nice thoughts on Battlestar Galactica in ~tv

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    Again, know that where the show "ended" is basically the start of the final arc of the books. Duarte, that "boring" villain, becomes a much more substantial threat - both in terms of scope and in...

    Again, know that where the show "ended" is basically the start of the final arc of the books.

    Duarte, that "boring" villain, becomes a much more substantial threat - both in terms of scope and in characterization.

    The "family" stuff is excerpted from a novella, and serves to introduce the readers (and viewers) to Laconia. It, too, pays off in the later books.

    The show, by and large, is an excellent and mostly faithful adaptation of its source material. One of the writers served as a producer throughout the run.

    If this sounds disappointing to you, you could probably skip the books. But I highly recommend them personally. They're quite good, and deliberately written to an end rather than carrying on forever. If and when the show is picked back up, they've got three, maybe four seasons left to adapt.

    1 vote
  5. Comment on Please recommend me an anime to watch? in ~anime

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    I dig Trigun, as well as Outlaw Star (which was also often mentioned in the same breath, back in the day), but I don't feel like either of them have aged as well as Cowboy Bebop. Also, Trigun and...

    I dig Trigun, as well as Outlaw Star (which was also often mentioned in the same breath, back in the day), but I don't feel like either of them have aged as well as Cowboy Bebop.

    Also, Trigun and Outlaw Star both have a notable lack of Yoko Kanno and The Seatbelts.

  6. Comment on Please recommend me an anime to watch? in ~anime

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    Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex. Cowboy Bebop. Frieren. Delicious in Dungeon. One Punch Man (at least, the first season). Claymore.

    Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex.

    Cowboy Bebop.

    Frieren.

    Delicious in Dungeon.

    One Punch Man (at least, the first season).

    Claymore.

    16 votes
  7. Comment on My not so nice thoughts on Battlestar Galactica in ~tv

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    They ended the series in approximately the same way they ended that particular book. There's three more books, and they wanted to leave the door open to finish their adaptation. There's also a...

    They ended the series in approximately the same way they ended that particular book. There's three more books, and they wanted to leave the door open to finish their adaptation.

    There's also a substantial time jump where they left things, so if they did adapt the last books, they could do it with any set of actors they wish. It's honestly kind of refreshing that they made no compromise in the story.

    6 votes
  8. Comment on ‘Hopeless and broken’: why the world’s top climate scientists are in despair in ~enviro

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    I feel the same way. I've got two young kids, and I'm having the hardest damn time: Trying to figure out what to say when the reality of the world they're born into hits them; Trying to figure out...

    I feel the same way. I've got two young kids, and I'm having the hardest damn time:

    1. Trying to figure out what to say when the reality of the world they're born into hits them;
    2. Trying to figure out what I can do to mitigate as much damage as I can;
    3. Realizing that no matter what I do, it is a drop in a very, very large bucket and will have ultimately little to no significant impact;
    4. Trying to vote for the best possible choices to better implement the climate-related changes I want to see;
    5. Realizing that those needs are also counterbalanced by other political realities;
    6. Realizing that while governments don't seem to be taking this very-real threat with the seriousness and urgency it demands, I also don't want it to be a wild-west free-for-all, where only rich people can implement uneven and untested changes;
    7. Other things, I'm sure.

    This is all too big, and at times I feel very, very ashamed and guilty for having had children - knowing what is in store for them, and their potential children.

    13 votes
  9. Comment on HADES II Early Access has started in ~games

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    I'm typically torn about Early Access as well. But Hades was born of Early Access, and Supergiant to-date hasn't done anything wrong by me, as a consumer. Hades (the first one), I think, is the...

    I'm typically torn about Early Access as well. But Hades was born of Early Access, and Supergiant to-date hasn't done anything wrong by me, as a consumer. Hades (the first one), I think, is the only game I've ever paid into for Early Access - and I do not regret having done so.

    I've played everything they've put out, and they've all been fantastic. Granted, it only takes one stinker to ruin that goodwill, but I have little reason to doubt them as it stands.

    7 votes
  10. Comment on MIT scraps diversity statements in faculty-hiring process in ~humanities

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    It should be noted that calling someone slurs is most definitely indefensible antisemitism. It should also be noted that that single person at one event does not represent the whole of the...

    It should be noted that calling someone slurs is most definitely indefensible antisemitism.

    It should also be noted that that single person at one event does not represent the whole of the movement against the Israeli government given their actions in Gaza.

    Both of those things should go without saying, but ... here we are.

    12 votes
  11. Comment on MIT scraps diversity statements in faculty-hiring process in ~humanities

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    I'm not sure that I agree that a DEI statement constitutes "compelled speech", but I tend to agree. I'm also not certain how we, as a nation, would ever get past our past without some form of...

    I'm not sure that I agree that a DEI statement constitutes "compelled speech", but I tend to agree.

    I'm also not certain how we, as a nation, would ever get past our past without some form of "compelled speech" as you've put it. Affirmative Action could be viewed as compelled speech, as could the ADA.

    7 votes
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  13. Comment on MIT scraps diversity statements in faculty-hiring process in ~humanities

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    Given the context of the conversation, it sounds like you feel that DEI is a problem? Am I reading that correctly? Because I'm not convinced that's the case.

    We can’t fix this problem without fixing this other problem first?

    Given the context of the conversation, it sounds like you feel that DEI is a problem? Am I reading that correctly? Because I'm not convinced that's the case.

    5 votes
  14. Comment on Towers of silence in ~humanities.history

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    Looking at hate speech and bigotry purely from a "design perspective" misses the point, in my opinion. I hate to Godwin the discussion, but it would be like looking at the design and engineering...

    Looking at hate speech and bigotry purely from a "design perspective" misses the point, in my opinion. I hate to Godwin the discussion, but it would be like looking at the design and engineering of gas chambers without acknowledging what they were used for. Extreme example, I know.

    99PI is free to make any mistakes they want, and they will surely make others. This particular mistake grated against my personal beliefs in such a way that I no longer wish to extend them the benefit of that doubt.

    1 vote
  15. Comment on Towers of silence in ~humanities.history

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    We see two different episodes, then. As did several other commenters on the episode: https://old.reddit.com/r/99percentinvisible/comments/14x1xq4/episode_discussion_544_chick_tracts/ Yes, they are...

    We see two different episodes, then. As did several other commenters on the episode:
    https://old.reddit.com/r/99percentinvisible/comments/14x1xq4/episode_discussion_544_chick_tracts/

    Yes, they are ridiculous to the point of self-parody. They are also harmful, and dangerous when the "wrong people" consume them. I hate to invoke him, but Alex Jones is a prime example - his work is so over-the-top and absurd that it's hard to imagine anyone takes it seriously. And yet, there are people that do, and they have been harassing the families of the victims of Sandy Hook for over a decade.

    Ultimately, we're free to have differing opinions of what we listened to.

    1 vote
  16. Comment on Towers of silence in ~humanities.history

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    There was a somewhat controversial reaction to it over on 99PI's reddit. I, for one, felt that their coverage viewed them as these quirky little curiosities, while conveniently hand-waving the...

    There was a somewhat controversial reaction to it over on 99PI's reddit. I, for one, felt that their coverage viewed them as these quirky little curiosities, while conveniently hand-waving the fact that they are incredibly bigoted, racist, and xenophobic.

    The article as a whole reads like "love him or hate him, you've got to hand it to him - his work is popular!"

    Case in point:

    To this day his company gets tons of orders from missionaries. Evangelicals still participate in a time-honored practice that they call “tract bombing” – where they swarm your neighborhood, sometimes at night, and flood it with hundreds of booklets on windshields and doorknobs, in mailboxes, and under your front door. And when you wake up, it’s as if Chick Tracts have rained down like one of The Ten Plagues. Chick Tracts have been an undeniable, uncontainable source of viral hate. Over the years, Jack’s focus intensified from general moral decay, to much uglier and more detailed yarns about homosexuality and pretty much all non-Protestant religions. But – there’s still something about the artist and his weird little comic books that’s interesting and even alluring, even to his critics.

    2 votes
  17. Comment on Towers of silence in ~humanities.history

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    As an aside, has 99 Percent Invisible ever commented on their piece about Chick Tracts? I was an avid listener for years, listened to everything they ever put out, even bought the book - and after...

    As an aside, has 99 Percent Invisible ever commented on their piece about Chick Tracts? I was an avid listener for years, listened to everything they ever put out, even bought the book - and after they made their bit about Chick Tracts, I haven't listened to anything by them since.

  18. Comment on Startups want to geoengineer a cooler planet. With few rules, experts see big risks. in ~enviro

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    Oh for sure. I wasn't intending to downplay the risks. I was simply responding to the notion that it was something we could do, by pointing out that we do already.

    Oh for sure. I wasn't intending to downplay the risks. I was simply responding to the notion that it was something we could do, by pointing out that we do already.

    2 votes
  19. Comment on Startups want to geoengineer a cooler planet. With few rules, experts see big risks. in ~enviro

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    I, and many others, would argue that we have been geoengineering for decades... Centuries even. We might not have called it that, but it's what we've done with CO2 emissions, large scale...

    I, and many others, would argue that we have been geoengineering for decades... Centuries even. We might not have called it that, but it's what we've done with CO2 emissions, large scale deforestation, etc.

    10 votes
  20. Comment on Slay the Spire 2 | Reveal trailer in ~games

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    Yeah, I kind of hit the perfect setup with Ironclad in that A20H run. Dead Branch and the usual Ironclad armor-up type cards, with Body Slam and the like. No Corruption, but didn't need it in the end.

    Yeah, I kind of hit the perfect setup with Ironclad in that A20H run. Dead Branch and the usual Ironclad armor-up type cards, with Body Slam and the like. No Corruption, but didn't need it in the end.

    1 vote