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  1. Comment on The unpunished: How extremists took over Israel (gifted link) in ~misc

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    The Palestinian situation honestly reminds me of the Kurds. Another national identity without a nation. No one on the international level is pushing for them and Israel will always have the US...

    The Palestinian situation honestly reminds me of the Kurds. Another national identity without a nation.

    No one on the international level is pushing for them and Israel will always have the US behind it, which is already a very significant weight on their side. There's no counterweight for Palestine. They will never be able to match Israel's military might and as long as Israel keeps drifting towards religious extremism because orthodox jews make up more and more of the population, it's gonna get worse.

    It's not just that Israel's PR machine is good (it is), but I think a lot of people supporting Palestine also have issues with the profound hypocritical feeling one can feel when supporting Palestine, when it means that a) Hamas is still a factor, and separating them from Palestine is hard, b) Arab nations keep saying shit and never doing shit and c) most of us are far away from this struggle. If the nations close by don't care, how are you supposed to fix this issue at all?

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  2. Comment on The unpunished: How extremists took over Israel (gifted link) in ~misc

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    If you back an animal into a corner and continue to push, it will attack. Humans are animals, and so this rule applies to us too. It's also a known fact that Netanyahu had no issues with letting...

    If you back an animal into a corner and continue to push, it will attack. Humans are animals, and so this rule applies to us too. It's also a known fact that Netanyahu had no issues with letting Hamas rule Gaza to divide and conquer the Palestinian opposition between them and the Palestinian Liberation Organisation (PLO). In all honesty, I put a lot of the blame at the current breakdown in the middle east at his feet. His lust for power and desire to remain in it lead him to forge alliances that turned this conflict a lot more violent than was ever necessary.

    A lot of this dicussion came up when I posted Shaun's video on Palestine here on Tildes; because he essentially made a very simple argument as to who is in the moral right; Israel is a colonial project that has oppressed Arabs and thus it's clear that it's Palestine that must be supported. The problem of course is that this conflict is so corrosive that supporting Palestine means accepting that attacks like Oct. 7th will continue to occur (remember, Hamas doesn't want to establish Palestine, Hamas wants to destroy Israel), plus the fact that Hamas is supported by lots of unsavoury regimes in the region, namely Iran.

    I think this was why a lot of people were on Israel's side for a long time. It is the only democracy on the Arabian peninsula, but of course, that has not protected it from committing crimes against humanity just like all the other countries there. It's also in the process of being dismantled by Zionists who want to create an ethnostate on the basis of mass deportation and genocide; which is amusing in a bleakly cynical way.

    Netanyahu needs to go. He's clearly one of those men who will do everything to stay in power, which makes them dangerous, because you cannot appeal to them on the basis of ideology. Because a large share of his power comes from orthodox Jewish circles, he will continue to appease them for as long as is necessary, which means that even in more peaceful times, the Jewish settling in Palestinian lands will continue.

    The problem continues to be that while Israel is unquestionably in the middle of committing some real and hard war crimes, the other sides are not victims here either, especially the ruling class. No other nation bordering Israel has taken in their supposed Palestinian brothers and sisters and given them a home. Everyone is willing to use the real people, the real men, women and children suffering on the ground as something to bargain with. They're all too happy to point the finger at Israel for their crimes, which is correct, but does not lessen the hypocritical nature of their argument. Anyone looking for a side to unequivocally support morally will just not find a satisfying answer here.

    Around when Israel was established, most bordering nations reacted by a) pushing the Jews living inside their borders and b) declaring war. The establishment of Israel isn't the sole cause here, there are also some earlier events, but all I'm trying to say that finding a whole side the stand by in arguments and to monetarily support (because there is nothing else you can do) is difficult, dare I say impossible.

    You can say such things as killing civilians is bad no matter if they are Jewish or Arab, but realistically speaking you can only do that from the comfortable safety of distance, because if you were there, it'd likely just result in both sides hating you.

    I don't want to sound defeatist by claiming that the only way to "solve" this problem is by one side winning, but right now I'm just not seeing any signs for the conflict to slow down in such a way to allow peace. I think the way that the US administration is going right now with trying to appease Israel with Saudi recognition of their statehood in exchange for them finally allowing the establishment of Palestine is a good way to go about it, but it's a fine line to walk, because as long as the US keeps shipping weapons to Israel they have little reason to stop. On the other hand, if they stop, why would Israel listen to the US? There's also a great chance that it would trigger a wider war as the technological edge, plus an experienced army that has pretty much been in conflict since the establishment of the country, plus American supplies are what keep the other nations at bay right now. No one wants a repetition of the wars that came before, which all squarely ended with decisive Israel victories. The US doesn't want Israel to go either, because while they maintain great relations to Saudi Arabia, Israel is gonna basically agree to anything that the US wants to do in the middle east because they depend on them so much.

    As long as none of these factors change, the killing will continue.

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  3. Comment on ‘Mitzvah night is cancelled’. Inside the sex strike that has infuriated husbands and shaken the ultra-Orthodox world. in ~life.women

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    This has been more of a discussion around migrants in Europe, but I do believe that in the same vein, parallel societies should not exist. I suppose it's the same thing as enclaves, but every time...

    This has been more of a discussion around migrants in Europe, but I do believe that in the same vein, parallel societies should not exist. I suppose it's the same thing as enclaves, but every time people split off from mainline society to do their own thing it can turn bad. Of course mainline society often encourages this through shunning, racism, bigotry etc, but it's in exactly these enclaves/parallel societies where a lot of hurt can easily be covered up.

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  4. Comment on Inside the surreal world of $20,000 pet portraits (gifted link) in ~life.pets

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    Eh, no worries, I'm sure my initial (poor) choice of words didn't help in keeping the conversation calm. Firefly is a show I've heard a lot about but won't watch because if people are talking...

    Eh, no worries, I'm sure my initial (poor) choice of words didn't help in keeping the conversation calm.

    Firefly is a show I've heard a lot about but won't watch because if people are talking about wanting a S2 so much after such a long time it must be quite good, and it would frustrate me to no end.

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  5. Comment on Inside the surreal world of $20,000 pet portraits (gifted link) in ~life.pets

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    Right, unless you know Resident Alien this doesn't tell you a lot. Unless you know more about him, which I do not, to me it totally read like a guy who's completely cooky and calls his dog a...

    Right, unless you know Resident Alien this doesn't tell you a lot. Unless you know more about him, which I do not, to me it totally read like a guy who's completely cooky and calls his dog a goddess and then proceeds to drop 20k on a dramatic painting displaying his dogs at the end of a victorious bloody hunt.

    I've seen Moana, and I remember that the chicken was a comedic relief character, but that doesn't imply that the rest of his career is in comedy, or in fact that he's a savoury human being with a reasonable relationship to his pets.

    You seem to know way more about him, so by all means if you say that it's a tongue-in-cheek joke than there's a good chance it is. But irony only works if someone else in the world meant something similar seriously at a point.

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  6. Comment on Inside the surreal world of $20,000 pet portraits (gifted link) in ~life.pets

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    I have never heard of Alan Tudyk and the article does not do a great job at conveying the tone of his imagination, so sorry, duh, my knowledge of celebrities is not as great as yours clearly.

    I have never heard of Alan Tudyk and the article does not do a great job at conveying the tone of his imagination, so sorry, duh, my knowledge of celebrities is not as great as yours clearly.

  7. Comment on Inside the surreal world of $20,000 pet portraits (gifted link) in ~life.pets

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    If mascots creeped out your kids, do you really think you would hire them to visit your table at a restaurant? This sounds like a you issue tbh. People go to Disneyland specifically for this...

    If mascots creeped out your kids, do you really think you would hire them to visit your table at a restaurant? This sounds like a you issue tbh. People go to Disneyland specifically for this experience, you can hardly call it "creeping".

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  8. Comment on Inside the surreal world of $20,000 pet portraits (gifted link) in ~life.pets

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    I find it really interesting that no one seems to have read the second paragraph in my post, which goes out of its way to make the entire thing way more relative. Also, my opinion was originally...

    I find it really interesting that no one seems to have read the second paragraph in my post, which goes out of its way to make the entire thing way more relative.

    Also, my opinion was originally informed by the cover image that the site used, and not by the actual paintings themselves, which are of much higher quality. I wrote a portion of my comment before seeing those as the article refused to load in my browser and I had to open it in something Chromium based. I also fell prey to the click-bait of the headline, which let me assume that the base price of a painting was 20 grand, when in fact the painter lays out a much more reasonable price range:

    Her oil painting prices start at a few hundred dollars and can go up to $20,000 for a large portrait with multiple animals.

    The value of art is subjective, beyond the labour put into a painting, it is up the the artist and the buyer to agree upon a price. Supply and demand.

    I will also say that someone spending a lot of money on a painting that shows their very much not hunting dogs at the end of a successful hunt for much larger game is out of touch with reality. Are they a stupid idiot? Probably not.

  9. Comment on Outdoor time is good for your kids' eyesight. Here's why. in ~health

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    What I've always thought caused myopia is staring at an object fairly close to your face (like a screen) that remains at a fixed distance for hours on end. The end where he suggests that you can...

    What I've always thought caused myopia is staring at an object fairly close to your face (like a screen) that remains at a fixed distance for hours on end. The end where he suggests that you can do even your homework outside makes it seem like it that's not the case. Very interesting!

    Kids should be spending more time outside anyway, and making that a requirement in school sounds like a pretty good thing to do.

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  10. Comment on Inside the surreal world of $20,000 pet portraits (gifted link) in ~life.pets

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    Grifting the attention of people who have more money than sense has always been highly lucrative. Art's always subjective, but tbh you can get a lot better quality for a lot less than 20k. There...

    Grifting the attention of people who have more money than sense has always been highly lucrative.

    Art's always subjective, but tbh you can get a lot better quality for a lot less than 20k. There are some really good painters and drawers who will give you a killer portrait for a couple hundred bucks up to like 1k on the highest end, and all of them operate in the TTRPG space where they turn DnD characters to life.

    It's of course absurd and surreal, but the ultimate thing is that if you are so out of touch with reality that money just becomes a number on an account somewhere, sure, why not drop 20k on an item that has some personal value to you? I'm not rich, but I have spent like 200 EUR on a fancy fountain pen. I enjoy the idea of "buying for life" and try to buy locally, supporting European companies and craftspeople. Of course, 20k is far removed from a sensible price that is at least somehow tied to the value of the object, but it's also art. How do you value it in a monetary sense? If the painter says a number and some stupid idiot with a 12 digit number as their networth goes "Sure." then that's the value of the artpiece. Supply and demand.

    It reminds me of the guy who makes a living reviewing luxury resorts for really rich people before they go there.

    8 votes
  11. Comment on Florida man worries about his ruined reputation after pulling gun on Uber driver dropping the man's daughter off at their house in ~transport

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    Damn man that guy has an MD he should have like a brain at least the size of a pea lol

    Damn man that guy has an MD he should have like a brain at least the size of a pea lol

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  12. Comment on The tech baron seeking to “ethnically cleanse” San Francisco in ~life

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    Yes, I know. I was just stating my outrage.

    Yes, I know. I was just stating my outrage.

  13. Comment on The tech baron seeking to “ethnically cleanse” San Francisco in ~life

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    What the fuck did I just read. This is just fascism. Did that not get into his thick ass skull despite his mUlTiPlE sTaNfOrD dEgReEs?

    What the fuck did I just read. This is just fascism. Did that not get into his thick ass skull despite his mUlTiPlE sTaNfOrD dEgReEs?

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  14. Comment on Spotify lowers artist royalties despite subscription price hike in ~music

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    I think you might have to consider a different streaming service in such a case, like Tidal. Or pirate and occasionally donate/attend live shows.

    I think you might have to consider a different streaming service in such a case, like Tidal. Or pirate and occasionally donate/attend live shows.

  15. Comment on Spotify lowers artist royalties despite subscription price hike in ~music

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    Not the same guy, but Spotify is a public company and thus you could find this info on their investor relations page. You'll have to parse through a lot of data, but it's there.

    Not the same guy, but Spotify is a public company and thus you could find this info on their investor relations page. You'll have to parse through a lot of data, but it's there.

    2 votes
  16. Comment on FKCaps launches URSA keycaps for topre switches in ~tech

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    What exactly makes Topre so special? The site just says that they feel incredibly different and world class etc, but don't actually say what makes them different. Either way, it's good that a...

    What exactly makes Topre so special? The site just says that they feel incredibly different and world class etc, but don't actually say what makes them different.

    Either way, it's good that a niche is getting served like that.

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  17. Comment on ProtonMail on all the data that Outlook collects about your email in ~tech

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    Doesn't Proton Premium open access to their IMAP endpoint? I swear they had something like that listed in their benefits of their premium plan... Just looked, they have a Proton Bridge thingy...

    Doesn't Proton Premium open access to their IMAP endpoint? I swear they had something like that listed in their benefits of their premium plan...

    Just looked, they have a Proton Bridge thingy which you can use with a paid plan, which permits you to use any email client: https://proton.me/mail/bridge

  18. Comment on Apple's $3500 nightmare in ~tech

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    I don't know if simulated surgery would be better than how we do it now, which is practical study where the junior doctor assists a senior experienced surgeon on an actual person during surgery...

    I don't know if simulated surgery would be better than how we do it now, which is practical study where the junior doctor assists a senior experienced surgeon on an actual person during surgery until eventually the roles flip and the senior doctor assists the junior doctor and then eventually you know how it works.

    Safety training for dangerous operations that I could see happening. Plane assembly it seems more viable to fully automate humans out of the process than to implement AR into the workprocess.

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  19. Comment on Apple's $3500 nightmare in ~tech

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    When I hear the term open plan office I usually imagine whole floors, not rooms with 4-6 people in them. As for travel, you're right, this thing is good for travel. Time will tell if people are...

    When I hear the term open plan office I usually imagine whole floors, not rooms with 4-6 people in them. As for travel, you're right, this thing is good for travel. Time will tell if people are more productive using this + a macbook or just a macbook.

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  20. Comment on Apple's $3500 nightmare in ~tech

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    This is one of the greatest videos I have seen in a while. Someone's opinion was hammered home so effectively in an artistically interesting manner and with some jokes in between to keep up the...

    This is one of the greatest videos I have seen in a while. Someone's opinion was hammered home so effectively in an artistically interesting manner and with some jokes in between to keep up the levity. The only drawback is that I think he could speak a little faster when he reads his script, I had to watch the thing 1.25 playback rate, but that's a minor nitpick and a very personal one at that.

    I don't think he's wrong. VR/AR headsets are still niche products and the only use with mass appeal I have seen so far is basically beat saber; i.e. home workout for people who really don't like moving, and that's it. Apple Vision is not really meant for that and I struggle to understand what the use for it is going to be. I think from a productivity perspective the best thing you can use it for is in combation with an already fairly expensive macbook as a way to get extra screens in, but... Why wouldn't you use extra screens then?

    Someone here in the thread described it as "noise cancelling headphones for your eyes" for those who work in open plan offices but is a) your company really going to spend the cash to get every employee one and b) if not are you really going to drop like 4 grand (I always forget that american prices are pre tax man get your shit together) for the job you probably hate because they make you work in an open plan office?

    7 votes