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  1. Comment on Weekly US politics news and updates thread - week of May 17 in ~news

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    Mississippi Supreme Court overturns voter-approved medical marijuana initiative, based on a technicality that the ballot law assumed five congressional districts in effect in the 1990s....

    Mississippi Supreme Court overturns voter-approved medical marijuana initiative, based on a technicality that the ballot law assumed five congressional districts in effect in the 1990s.

    Mississippi voter ID law could be struck down by anti-medical marijuana ruling because the restrictive voter laws also relied on the same ballot laws.

    More likely the Supreme Court of Mississippi could try to claim that laws that have been in place for a while are somehow immune, so they can keep their restrictive voter laws but stop future voter driven ballot initiatives.

    Because fuck democracy, right?

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  2. Comment on Israeli strike destroys Gaza building housing offices of the Associated Press and Al Jazeera in ~news

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    Really? Ireland. Yugoslavia. Rightwing extremism.

    This is basically late stage religion. I can't see any way this can be resolved other than letting them bomb it out until enough people learn why religious fundamentalism is bad like the west has done.

    Really?

    Ireland.

    Yugoslavia.

    Rightwing extremism.

    2 votes
  3. Comment on The hybrid workplace probably won’t last in ~life

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    Yes, I also thought programming would eventually be a defunct profession once advanced computer applications removed the need for custom computer programs and the real money would be in applying...

    Yes, I also thought programming would eventually be a defunct profession once advanced computer applications removed the need for custom computer programs and the real money would be in applying applications to business problems. This was three decades ago, back when COBOL & BASIC & Sun OS were a thing.

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  4. Comment on The hybrid workplace probably won’t last in ~life

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    I've hired remotely for over ten years. It's not easy, but it vastly increases the quality of candidates you can consider. I think companies like Google are going to be at a competitive...

    I've hired remotely for over ten years.

    It's not easy, but it vastly increases the quality of candidates you can consider.

    I think companies like Google are going to be at a competitive disadvantage at some point.

    8 votes
  5. Comment on Tildes Film Festival: Final call for nominations in ~movies

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    I have bad facial recognition. I'm still not convinced Robert Pattinson was in the 2019 eggers version.

    I have bad facial recognition. I'm still not convinced Robert Pattinson was in the 2019 eggers version.

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  6. Comment on Tildes Film Festival: Final call for nominations in ~movies

  7. Comment on Tildes Film Festival: Final call for nominations in ~movies

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    I love the enthusiasm, but I think the sheep are already out of the gate. In the earlier thread where I asked for input people were already nominating ideas, one idea per person. Which is...

    I love the enthusiasm, but I think the sheep are already out of the gate. In the earlier thread where I asked for input people were already nominating ideas, one idea per person. Which is fantastic. I love it. I was initially going to suggest three films, but I personally stuck to one nomination to align with what everyone else was doing.

    The criteria I suggested was "rarely watched, but that might provoke an interesting discussion." My thinking was two fold. "Rarely watched" because the only criteria my local film festivals put in place is "never been screened before in the area." Plus something novel is more likely to spur an interesting discussion. "Interesting discussion" as that is the premise of Tildes, and while we lack the immersive experience of hearing fans cheer and laugh, we can instead enjoy the after movie discussion, which film festivals often lack.

    I think it is good to be respectful of people's suggestions. Overall I have been incredibly impressed with the selection so far. I have watched 94 of the American Film Institute top 100 list you suggested on the earlier thread. There were only 6 I have not seen.

    Out of the 13 selections so far submitted by Tildes participants, I have only seen four, and all selections look outstandingly appetizing to me.

    Your list of ten is excellent, but perhaps because you limited your selection by theme, it has only three I have not seen.

    Both approaches have merit, but I think people are eager to have their selection discussed, in addition to watching others suggestions, and I prefer participation over anything else.

    It seems like the path forward is to select 1-3 movies a week, and then have discussion threads, (plus maybe other options.) If you wanted to curate the list and select 1-3 interesting movies by theme, I think that would be an amazing approach. It would spur a more interesting conversation to have a film major such as yourself lead the selection effort, explain the commonality, and initiate the conversation.

    How does that sound to you?

    If that sounds good to you, I just suggest you limit yourself to one selection, as everyone else has done, and try to curate the list so we end up watching as many of the suggestions from as many of the people as possible.

    2 votes
  8. Comment on Tildes Film Festival: Final call for nominations in ~movies

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    7.9 on IMBD. 98% fresh (Roger Ebert was the one holdout) Free on TubiTV, $3.99 elsewhere.

    7.9 on IMBD. 98% fresh (Roger Ebert was the one holdout)

    Free on TubiTV, $3.99 elsewhere.

    2 votes
  9. Comment on Tildes Film Festival: How???? in ~movies

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    I for one am down with just watching a bunch of unusual movies, and then having weekly discussions.

    I for one am down with just watching a bunch of unusual movies, and then having weekly discussions.

    6 votes
  10. Tildes Film Festival: How????

    There were a ton of interesting ideas proposed on the previous thread We could all just watch whatever we want, whenever we want and have periodic posts. Someone smarter than me could schedule a...

    There were a ton of interesting ideas proposed on the previous thread

    We could all just watch whatever we want, whenever we want and have periodic posts.

    Someone smarter than me could schedule a Discord (whatever that is).

    10 votes
  11. Comment on Tildes Film Festival: Final call for nominations in ~movies

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    The Ox-Bow Incident (1943) – Western in which two local cattlemen are drawn into a lynch mob to find and hang three men presumed to be rustlers and the killers of a local man. 8 on IMDB. 91%...

    The Ox-Bow Incident (1943) – Western in which two local cattlemen are drawn into a lynch mob to find and hang three men presumed to be rustlers and the killers of a local man.

    8 on IMDB. 91% fresh.

    free on youtube.

    Nominated by me

    3 votes
  12. Comment on Tildes Film Festival: Final call for nominations in ~movies

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    Monsieur Ibrahim (2003) - In Paris, a Turkish shop owner befriends a Jewish boy in his mid-teens. 7.3 on IMDB. 85% Fresh. Free in French? Nominated by @rosco

    Monsieur Ibrahim (2003) - In Paris, a Turkish shop owner befriends a Jewish boy in his mid-teens.

    7.3 on IMDB. 85% Fresh.

    Free in French?

    Nominated by @rosco

    2 votes
  13. Comment on Tildes Film Festival: Final call for nominations in ~movies

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    Amazona (2016) – Documentary. This is the story of Val and Clare: a mother and a daughter. After the tragic death of her eldest daughter, Val left her kids and family behind and escaped into the...

    Amazona (2016) – Documentary. This is the story of Val and Clare: a mother and a daughter. After the tragic death of her eldest daughter, Val left her kids and family behind and escaped into the Colombian jungle in order to search for her identity. Clare was only 11 years old when her mother left and couldn't understand what she was looking for. A son who became an addict, three break-ups and a fractured family remained behind. Now Clare is pregnant and decides to confront her mother, heal the wounds of the past and try to define motherhood on her own terms. Together they go on an intimate journey exploring the boundaries between responsibility and freedom, the power of love and the meaning of family.

    7.2 on IMDB.

    $3.99

    Nominated by @Kremor

    3 votes
  14. Comment on Tildes Film Festival: Final call for nominations in ~movies

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    Meshes of the Afternoon (1943) – Short. short experimental film directed by and starring wife-and-husband team Maya Deren and Alexandr Hackenschmied. 7.9 on IMDB. 100% fresh. Free on youtube, and...

    Meshes of the Afternoon (1943) – Short. short experimental film directed by and starring wife-and-husband team Maya Deren and Alexandr Hackenschmied.

    7.9 on IMDB. 100% fresh.

    Free on youtube, and only 15 minutes long.

    Nominated by @cardigan

    1 vote
  15. Comment on Tildes Film Festival: Final call for nominations in ~movies

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    The General (1926) - Buster Keaton as a southern railroad engineer facing off against Union soldiers during the American Civil War. 8.1 on IMDB. 93% Fresh. Free on youtube. Nominated by @ShroudedMouse

    The General (1926) - Buster Keaton as a southern railroad engineer facing off against Union soldiers during the American Civil War.

    8.1 on IMDB. 93% Fresh.

    Free on youtube.

    Nominated by @ShroudedMouse

    If you've never watched a silent film before (and enjoyed it), well, try this one. Buster Keaton does mad stunts. (Actually, I might watch some right now ... wow, it remains remarkably watchable and perhaps even more comical at 1.5x speed.)

    4 votes
  16. Comment on Tildes Film Festival: Final call for nominations in ~movies

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    The Lighthouse (2019) - Two lighthouse keepers try to maintain their sanity while living on a remote and mysterious New England island in the 1890s. 7.5 on IMDB. 90% Fresh. Free with Amazon Prime...

    The Lighthouse (2019) - Two lighthouse keepers try to maintain their sanity while living on a remote and mysterious New England island in the 1890s.

    7.5 on IMDB. 90% Fresh.

    Free with Amazon Prime or $2.99

    Nominated by @cfabbro

    I would suggest The Lighthouse, which has a similar feel/atmosphere as Stalker, and has similarly beautiful cinematography, but is only 109 minutes (as opposed to Stalker's 161m). The Lighthouse will also likely be much more approachable and enjoyable to watch for most people, since its not as incomprehensible and esoteric as Stalker is, and the pacing is also much more in line with modern film-making standards as well. Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson both have absolutely captivating performances in it too.

    13 votes
  17. Comment on Tildes Film Festival: Final call for nominations in ~movies

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    Stalker (1979) - Russian Andrei Tarkovsky's sci fi lucid dreamscape. 8.2 on IMDB. $2.99. Nominated by @beneGesserit

    Stalker (1979) - Russian Andrei Tarkovsky's sci fi lucid dreamscape.

    8.2 on IMDB.

    $2.99.

    Nominated by @beneGesserit

    I've always wanted to see it but never took the time.

    9 votes
  18. Comment on UFOs show government competence as either surprisingly high or low in ~misc

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    Another thing that blew my mind... Paul never met Jesus. Paul only met the disciples. Very briefly. Once or twice. And only after he wrote the bulk of the Pauline epistles, which makes up a...

    Another thing that blew my mind...

    Paul never met Jesus. Paul only met the disciples. Very briefly. Once or twice. And only after he wrote the bulk of the Pauline epistles, which makes up a substantial portion of the New Testament. Pauls entire knowledge of christianity came from one brief conversation with a fiery bush, the Old Testament, plus whatever he learned by talking to those Christians he persecuted. Paul never quotes the sayings of Jesus, because there was no New Testament when he was alive.

    The gospels and acts appear to have been written by non eye witnesses a hundred years after Jesus, and are largely written for Romans. So the entire message of Christianity had ample opportunity to evolve from whatever the original disciples taught their early Jewish followers, to something that would appeal to Romans.

    In fact, there were many competing beliefs, with many competing writings, but ultimately only one belief became the dominant one and the writings we have were canonized when the emperor Constantine converted to Christianity. All the other crazy beliefs like Gnosticism were considered heretical, and we only have a few glimpses into what they even were. There were people who believed Jesus was just a man and not a God. There were people who believed Jesus was just a God not a man. There were people who believed Mary was a God. There are writings about Jesus as a child who pranked people he didn't like with Miracles.

    Somehow the early Roman christians settled on the holy trinity, which would make perfect sense to a Roman, but would sound utterly insane to a Jew. Jesus was a Jew. The disciples were Jews. All the early followers of Jesus were Jews. So if Jesus really did say he was a God, you would expect it to be a much bigger deal in all the writings.

    If this sounds at all interesting, I recommend reading some of Ehrmans books.

    5 votes
  19. Comment on UFOs show government competence as either surprisingly high or low in ~misc

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    There is an interesting argument for Christianity that asks, was Jesus a Lord (God), or a Liar, or a Lunatic... because he must have been one, right? Except it assumes that what we have are 100%...

    There is an interesting argument for Christianity that asks, was Jesus a Lord (God), or a Liar, or a Lunatic... because he must have been one, right?

    Except it assumes that what we have are 100% accurate representations of what Jesus said, and ignores the fact that in all but one questionable gospel Jesus never claimed to be God.

    In addition to the excellent points that @joplin makes, there is an utter lack of compelling video, which is strange now that smart phones are so prevalent.

    Plus wild claims require strong evidence, not logical arguments.

    8 votes