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  1. Comment on The scary power of the companies that finally shut Trump up in ~tech

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    I get where you're coming from but a law like this would quickly make the internet unusable.

    It seems reasonable to have some sort of law against banning entire accounts for bad behavior in an unrelated service.

    I get where you're coming from but a law like this would quickly make the internet unusable.

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  2. Comment on The Tildes Best of 2020 Music Dropbox - please bookmark, or ignore in ~music

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    This was one of my faves as well. I love the John Cale feature.

    This was one of my faves as well. I love the John Cale feature.

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  3. Comment on The scary power of the companies that finally shut Trump up in ~tech

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    Another example: #BlueLeaks was banned on almost every single platform, even though it clearly showed the widespread use of fusion centers by police to target leftist activists.

    Another example: #BlueLeaks was banned on almost every single platform, even though it clearly showed the widespread use of fusion centers by police to target leftist activists.

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  4. Comment on What's your opinion on the concept of US Supreme Court packing and/or term limits? in ~talk

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    For this metaphor, what's the disease and what's the symptom? Simple reform and good faith gestures usually don't work when your opposition is operating in bad faith and has no interest in...

    For this metaphor, what's the disease and what's the symptom?

    Simple reform and good faith gestures usually don't work when your opposition is operating in bad faith and has no interest in respecting your reforms. The goal is not to improve court balance or increase the size of the court for its own sake, it is to make the court more sympathetic to progressive politics.

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  5. Comment on Party supporters shift views to match partisan stances in ~science

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    I'm a little skeptical about the people's party, if only because it seems to have attracted quite a few prominent grifters. there's some good voices involves that will hopefully lead the way

    I'm a little skeptical about the people's party, if only because it seems to have attracted quite a few prominent grifters. there's some good voices involves that will hopefully lead the way

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  6. Comment on What's your opinion on the concept of US Supreme Court packing and/or term limits? in ~talk

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    Well, yes. The current makeup of the SCOTUS is horrible, largely because Republicans have relentlessly gamed the system. An administration that actually aims to do good things (of which there are...

    IMO, packing the court is, in and of itself, a way to game the system. It's a way for an administration who doesn't like the current makeup of the SCOTUS to change it to suit their needs.

    Well, yes. The current makeup of the SCOTUS is horrible, largely because Republicans have relentlessly gamed the system. An administration that actually aims to do good things (of which there are many extremely necessary things that need to be done) should not shy away from gaming the system back. Ideally they would dismantle the system as well so it cannot be gamed again.

    I don't think spreading the expansion across multiple admins would work unless the admins shared the same goals. Otherwise, you'll just end up in the same situation where whoever blocks the other's appointments more wins.

    3 votes
  7. Comment on What's your opinion on the concept of US Supreme Court packing and/or term limits? in ~talk

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    I support it - if it's done to advance good things. I think the Supreme Court is an undemocratic body as it exists now and that blind adherence to norms allows horrible people to game the system...

    I support it - if it's done to advance good things. I think the Supreme Court is an undemocratic body as it exists now and that blind adherence to norms allows horrible people to game the system in horrible ways.

    4 votes
  8. Comment on Hundreds storm Capitol barricades; two nearby buildings briefly evacuated; Trump falsely tells thousands he won in ~news

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    It doesn't matter that there's not that many of them. If they were a quarter more organized and competent they'd have already won.

    It doesn't matter that there's not that many of them. If they were a quarter more organized and competent they'd have already won.

    10 votes
  9. Comment on Hundreds storm Capitol barricades; two nearby buildings briefly evacuated; Trump falsely tells thousands he won in ~news

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    I think it is important to call this what it obviously is: a fascist coup attempt. We should not be comfortable assuming that they will fail, because the risks if they succeed are immense. People...

    I think it is important to call this what it obviously is: a fascist coup attempt. We should not be comfortable assuming that they will fail, because the risks if they succeed are immense. People need to start taking antifascism work seriously yesterday.

    23 votes
  10. Comment on In Georgia Runoff Elections, (D) Warnock wins vs (R) Loeffler, (D) Ossof very likely wins vs (R) Purdue in ~news

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    Federally legalizing weed would be the most basic thing the Dems could do to bolster their chances in 2022. Everybody loves weed now.

    Federally legalizing weed would be the most basic thing the Dems could do to bolster their chances in 2022. Everybody loves weed now.

    7 votes
  11. Comment on Beyond Cyberpunk: Towards a Solarpunk future in ~enviro

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    I'm reading The Dispossesed right now and immediately thought of it when I read the parent comment. It does a fantastic job of exploring through questioning -- and it's written beautifully, which...

    I'm reading The Dispossesed right now and immediately thought of it when I read the parent comment. It does a fantastic job of exploring through questioning -- and it's written beautifully, which is rare for heavily political books.

  12. Comment on Full-stack developers starting a software agency? in ~comp

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    What are your thoughts on structuring something like this as a worker co-op? I would love to do something similar but have no interest in replicating traditional power structures

    What are your thoughts on structuring something like this as a worker co-op? I would love to do something similar but have no interest in replicating traditional power structures

    4 votes
  13. Comment on What are you reading these days? in ~books

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    Recently finished reading house of leaves with my friend; we've now started reading The Dispossessed by Ursula Le Guin. It's about a scientist from an anarchist moon world that visits the...

    Recently finished reading house of leaves with my friend; we've now started reading The Dispossessed by Ursula Le Guin. It's about a scientist from an anarchist moon world that visits the capitalist planet his world orbits. I think it's quite fascinating how weird many capitalist practices sound when they're described from the perspective of an outsider -- and I love being able to see a vision of a functioning anarchist society.

    8 votes
  14. Comment on Plasticenta: First evidence of microplastics in human placenta in ~science

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    I'm not going to pretend like I really understand what's going on here, but this seems bad.

    I'm not going to pretend like I really understand what's going on here, but this seems bad.

    9 votes
  15. Comment on Is planet Earth full? in ~enviro

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    The part of that claim I want to see a source for is "innovation wouldn't make a dent". How does the author know this? What innovations have they considered, and why wouldn't they work?

    The part of that claim I want to see a source for is "innovation wouldn't make a dent". How does the author know this? What innovations have they considered, and why wouldn't they work?

    4 votes
  16. Comment on Is planet Earth full? in ~enviro

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    I really would like to see a source for this claim. It is central to the essay's entire argument and it's plucked out thin air. What if we could do something about it? What would need to change...

    Once a simple tweak of the plough transformed agriculture. Today, such innovation wouldn’t make a dent.

    I really would like to see a source for this claim. It is central to the essay's entire argument and it's plucked out thin air. What if we could do something about it? What would need to change for that to happen?

    Thus, as our consumption goes up, our resource footprint does too. One person does not equal another. An America is equivalent to four Chinese, 20 Indians or 250 Ethiopians. By increasing consumption globally, we could shrink our population in numbers and still become more overpopulated.

    The author brings up consumption a lot as a point to why we'll run out of resources, but again, they don't bother asking if there's anything we could possibly do about it. Yes, if every person on Earth lived like your average American, we'd quickly run out of resources. That's because the resource consumption and organization of Americans (and most industrialized nations) is outrageously high and horribly misallocated! (Also, that section about one person not equaling another is worryingly dehumanizing. I don't think the author mean it like that but it's not a good way to phrase comparisons of people.) There's no reason our current way of life has to last forever until we die.

    As he bluntly concluded: ‘Zero population growth is going to happen… we can choose from the [second] list, or nature will do so for us.’ Like the deer in the field, we have a choice between equilibrium and bottleneck: the plateau or the falling cliff. The question will be answered in your lifetime. But as we make our decision, the ghost of Malthus is never far behind.

    I wish this essay would make a conclusion rather than vaguely steal someone else's without any modification. If your title asks a question your essay should try to answer yes, no, or a confident "I don't know" and have a suggestion or two.

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  17. Comment on This will be a series of questions and/or discussions leading up to implementations. For now, I'd appreciate some general feedback. in ~life

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    Unfortunately if you have public comments, it will fall on someone to moderate them. Make it easy on yourself. I would try to avoid re-inventing the wheel, because you'll just end up having to...

    Unfortunately if you have public comments, it will fall on someone to moderate them. Make it easy on yourself. I would try to avoid re-inventing the wheel, because you'll just end up having to re-invent all the moderation tools as well. I'm not sure what format you are going for but you could always use something like disqus to get a lot of common features right out of the box. That will leave you free to focus on a quality community and development of other features.

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  18. Comment on Why Republican voters say there’s ‘no way in hell’ Trump lost in ~misc

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    If that's supposed to be critical analysis, I don't think it's very good. Yes, Republicans are going along with the fraud claims because they think it can help them win. Yes, ordinary Americans...

    If that's supposed to be critical analysis, I don't think it's very good.

    Yes, Republicans are going along with the fraud claims because they think it can help them win. Yes, ordinary Americans legitimately believe that Trump won. These are facts that are right to be reported.

    However, a critical analysis might ask "Why is remaining in power more important to Republicans than respecting what is a clear victory for Biden?", "What has caused these people to believe Trump won in spite of explicit evidence to the contrary?", "Why has right wing media continued to propagate what is outright false?", or "What is meant by 'far more stringent oversight on voting procedures', and how does that call to mind something like Jim Crow?"

    My primary point is that without an actual explanation of what's going on here, the only thing this article does is publish the views of fascists unchallenged on an established and respected news site.

    5 votes
  19. Comment on Why Republican voters say there’s ‘no way in hell’ Trump lost in ~misc

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    one side: the other side: My issue with this article is that I think implied truth is not good enough for this situation. It is certainly worth understanding the self described motivations of...

    one side:

    It may not be the last time. Many Republicans see attacks on election integrity as a winning issue for future campaigns - including the next presidential race, according to one Republican operative close to the Trump campaign. The party, the person said, is setting up a push for “far more stringent oversight on voting procedures in 2024,” when the party’s nominee will likely be Trump or his anointed successor.

    the other side:

    Other Republicans urged patience and faith in the government. Charlie Black, a veteran Republican strategist, does not believe Republican lawmakers will continue backing Trump’s fraud claims after Biden is inaugurated. They will need White House cooperation on basic government functions, such as appropriations and defense bills, he said.

    “People will come to see we still have a functioning government,” Black said, and Republicans will become “resigned to Biden, and see it’s not the end of the world.”


    The implied truth as written in the article is that Biden was the winner, and there was no fraud.

    My issue with this article is that I think implied truth is not good enough for this situation. It is certainly worth understanding the self described motivations of fascists, but it needs to be accompanied by a critical analysis of their actual motivations. Otherwise, it's not really an article about "why Republican voters say there’s ‘no way in hell’ Trump lost", it's just an article about the fact that they are saying that.

    6 votes
  20. Comment on Why Republican voters say there’s ‘no way in hell’ Trump lost in ~misc

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    This is an irresponsible article. Reuters should not be framing the arguments of fascists as a neutral 'both sides' issue, regardless of how quaint the diner is they're found in. It legitimizes...

    This is an irresponsible article. Reuters should not be framing the arguments of fascists as a neutral 'both sides' issue, regardless of how quaint the diner is they're found in. It legitimizes the idea that these arguments are based in any sort of reality. If you want to know why fascists want to disregard the election, you should not be asking the fascists!

    12 votes