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  1. Comment on What are your favorite and least favorite work activities? in ~talk

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    My favorite part of my job is learning something new and showing it off to my coworkers. I am a system admin for HR so I work on various systems from time-tracking to recruiting to incident...

    My favorite part of my job is learning something new and showing it off to my coworkers. I am a system admin for HR so I work on various systems from time-tracking to recruiting to incident tracking. Before I entered the job, the most programming anyone on the team did was VBA for excel macros, so me coming in with Python know-how has been advantageous to me. I get a real kick out of automating something boring or creating an analysis in Python that is easily reproduced. I have a good reputation of being the person who can just figure shit out and document it so I get tossed a lot of interesting projects like predicting employee turnover and creating tools in HR. Its fun because I have 100% ownership of my work, no one understands how its done so I have job security, and I get to collaborate with others.

    My least favorite has to be working on projects across multiple groups. I really don't enjoy working within the bureaucracy of IT or with groups that have a well-known tendency to pass off any new work or responsibilities to other groups. When my work has high visibility and mistakes are relayed to the top executives of the business, I tend to hate that type of stuff. I think big, cross-functional projects make me feel like I don't own a project as much so I don't end up putting my all into it.

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  2. Comment on In a break with convention, the New York Times editorial board has chosen to endorse two separate Democratic candidates for president: Amy Klobuchar and Elizabeth Warren in ~news

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    Okay, first off. This is some straight up bad faith arguing. Since Trump has been in office, we have seen multiple protests and demonstrations protesting his policies. National School Walkout:...

    Go watch those red hatted wingnuts in Richmond, VA right now and you'll see.

    Okay, first off. This is some straight up bad faith arguing. Since Trump has been in office, we have seen multiple protests and demonstrations protesting his policies.

    If the "rising up" we're talking about mostly involves cyberbullying other extremely online people and not on organizing communities or building power, then this is just toxicity for its own sake rather than serious politicking. Focusing all your organizing effort around political campaigning and electoralism is myopic and completely misses how power is built.

    Are you really going to insinuate that all of Sander's supporters are only into cyberbullying? The organizations that make up his endorsements include:

    Their activities include a 1,000 person protest to establish a Green New Deal committee and a November 2018 sit-in which eventually led to the reinstatement of the Committee on the Climate Climate. They also were a force for trying to get a Climate Change debate, which was eventually vetoed by the DNC chair.

    While this organization was formed from the ashes of Sanders's 2016 campaign, and has had some internal struggles, it has local branches across 100+ local groups, and is aimed at supporting progressives running in local races and taking on leadership positions in local Democratic parties. At the end of 2018, the house had just as many moderate democrats as they did progressives, a boost from previous years. That's not to say Our Revolution is the decider in these elections, but they are a piece of the larger progressive agenda.

    Surely you can't say that all these oroganizations, unions, celebrities, mayors, state legislators, DNC party officials, business leaders, current and former US representatives, international heads of states, and all the other people are cyberbullying for their agenda?

    The key difference is their focus is on an actual positional orientation around values and policy and approach. The Bernie fan focus is on Bernie, the personality. Values and policy don't matter, because they claim anyone who isn't Bernie is "basically a Republican," including some of the leftmost Senators in the chamber and intellectual leaders of progressive policy.

    Who are these Bernie supporters that you are talking about?

    Approach doesn't matter because the approach being advocated (people spontaneously rising up to make change) has no empirical support for being possible. If it did, we'd have been doing it already!

    Maybe the appeal for Sanders could be the approach for trying something new? Getting young people (who overwhelmingly support Sanders) into politics so they have more of a say in the policy decisions that impact them is a revolution. Getting working class Americans back into the Democratic on economic principles is a political revolution. Getting the discussion to ideas like universal healthcare is a revolution. The entire point of Sanders's campaign and appeal is his ability to bring more people, who are extremely energized and willing to donate to his campaign and others (as many of his supporters did in the 2016 Senate races) Which is why his donor list was one the most coveted pieces from his campaign.


    I'm not going to address the rest of your comment, because to be quite honest, it is full of bad faith arguments that aren't sourced, and is soaking with condescension. For your benefit, I'm going to show you where you can improve the way you comment so it isn't so aggressive:

    You're not organizing around anything but Bernie. What happens when Bernie is gone? What do you organize around then? The next guy with a crotchety old grandpa affect? What is actually being changed?

    What do you want someone to say to this? What is your intended response from a comment like this?

    Now the "revolution" argument might be easier to take seriously if there was actually some empirical support for it happening.

    Why quote "revolution"? The campaign Sanders is running literally has a slogan, "Not Me, Us". The policy goals Bernie would enact is heavily and explicitly stated as depending on people to be politically energized.

    it wasn't the Bernie Sanders folks who led the charge on screaming it down. It was mostly the types of suburban wine mom organizers that these same "Left twitter slactivists" spent the past two weeks tweeting snake emojis at.

    Who are you exactly referring to here?

    The Sanders brigade was either out to lunch or more focused on carping about all the reasons the ACA was bad rather than actually doing anything for the people under threat. This is why it's a toxic fan base.

    Please, cite some sources.

    Edit: Disengaging from this conversation. I think I have said all that I wanted to.

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  3. Comment on In a break with convention, the New York Times editorial board has chosen to endorse two separate Democratic candidates for president: Amy Klobuchar and Elizabeth Warren in ~news

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    In response to this endorsement, #IEndorseBernie became a trending topic in Twitter.

    In response to this endorsement, #IEndorseBernie became a trending topic in Twitter.

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  4. Comment on What's your favorite food that tastes good and is good for you? in ~food

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    I would say fresh ripe fruit is hands down the best food you can eat while being healthy. I buy pineapple every week just so I can eat two pieces every now and then. I will add: Hardboiled eggs...

    I would say fresh ripe fruit is hands down the best food you can eat while being healthy. I buy pineapple every week just so I can eat two pieces every now and then.

    I will add:

    • Hardboiled eggs with a little salt and or hot sauce
    • Seared salmon
    • Steamed veggies
    • Carrots and hummus
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  5. Comment on Seventh Democratic Debate Live Stream (Starts at 9pm ET) in ~news

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    Thank you. I will add, I have met supporters of most candidates and they are are good people who have a deep amount of compassion for the poor. We disagree on how to get to where we need to go,...

    Thank you.

    I will add, I have met supporters of most candidates and they are are good people who have a deep amount of compassion for the poor. We disagree on how to get to where we need to go, but 100% are in agreement to do whatever it takes to defeat Trump.

    I haven't met a Tulsi or Biden supporter though.

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  6. Comment on Seventh Democratic Debate Live Stream (Starts at 9pm ET) in ~news

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    They aren't married.

    They aren't married.

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  7. Comment on Seventh Democratic Debate Live Stream (Starts at 9pm ET) in ~news

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    Has Sanders ever brought up the DNA test thing?

    Has Sanders ever brought up the DNA test thing?

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  8. Comment on Seventh Democratic Debate Live Stream (Starts at 9pm ET) in ~news

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    This is a primary between allies. They are prepared to take on Trump and his lies/exaggerations. Every candidate is going to be lambasted this election so that point is completely moot. This is...

    This is an American political race. Shit like this is little leagues compared to what both of them are going to face in the general

    This is a primary between allies. They are prepared to take on Trump and his lies/exaggerations. Every candidate is going to be lambasted this election so that point is completely moot.

    And lets be frank, Sander's supporters have been absolutely rabid this cycle, tearing down every candidate that comes close to Bernie (except Biden strangely enough). Warren's don't even register. The Sanders4Prez types have been going hard since March. It's disingenuous to get up in arms when Warren's camp takes one piddly shot.

    This is just patently false. I have met and campaigned/canvassed with people involved in both Warren and Sanders campaign. They are good, honest people who share common goals. But now we have to stop and evaluate words, meanings, histories, to get context and feeling over whether someone is lying or not.

    I can cherry pick 100s of comments from all political campaigns that lie and tear down candidates on false narratives. Like I have specifically told you once before, if you base your perception of a campaign or a politician on online comments, on Reddit of all places, you are going to be left with a shitty view of everyone. Go meet some real people who work hard on campaigns, donate to campaigns, and struggle with the issues that these candidates are speaking to.

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  9. Comment on Seventh Democratic Debate Live Stream (Starts at 9pm ET) in ~news

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    Right. And Warren needed to have more evidence than he-said she-said. Bernie has said that a woman can win. He said it a long time ago. There has to be much more evidence to sway me. Hard...

    For a lot of people, the orientation of a politician towards the role and centrality of women in public life is a big thing. It’s not helpful to minimize or discard their concerns as invalid.

    Right. And Warren needed to have more evidence than he-said she-said. Bernie has said that a woman can win. He said it a long time ago. There has to be much more evidence to sway me.

    They didn’t “pit their supporters against each other.” The Warren campaign distributed guidance about deescalating on this issue as soon as it broke. The acrimony is entirely manufactured by extremely online twitter dorks who default to flipping out and throwing tantrums any time anyone offends their delicate sensibilities.

    Hard disagree. Don't bring it up if it isn't a campaign issue. Warren did not handle it in a satisfying way in my opinion. And CNN is fanning the flames, Twitter is just the fire.

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  10. Comment on Seventh Democratic Debate Live Stream (Starts at 9pm ET) in ~news

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    I think its pretty inappropriate to air something stupid like this out when there are more important issues. This is a he-said she-said situation where there wasn't a victim. They should have...

    Jeez it’s like nobody on the Internet has ever been married before.

    I think its pretty inappropriate to air something stupid like this out when there are more important issues.

    This is a he-said she-said situation where there wasn't a victim. They should have discussed this between each other instead of pitting their supporters against each other.

    This is how you get political apathy.

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  11. Comment on Would you eat lab grown human meat? in ~talk

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    That's what I would fear as well. Like someone gets hooked on human bacon and decides they want to try the real thing.

    I'm 99.9% sure that this would lead to a non-zero number of cases of people murdering people and eating them.

    That's what I would fear as well. Like someone gets hooked on human bacon and decides they want to try the real thing.

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  12. Would you eat lab grown human meat?

    This question popped up between my friends and I when we were discussing the possibilities of lab grown meat. When discussing lab grown meat, one of the arguments for it is that it is far more...

    This question popped up between my friends and I when we were discussing the possibilities of lab grown meat. When discussing lab grown meat, one of the arguments for it is that it is far more ethical to consume as it didn't originate from a living, conscious being. But if you replace the meat being grown in a lab to human meat rather than fish or beef, is it still less ethical? Or is it something that will be seen as incredibly taboo to the point where it should be outlawed?

    I would be curious to read your thoughts and points of view on this!

    For me, it's going to be a hard no that it shouldn't it be done. But to be honest, I feel like my feelings regarding it come from an emotional perspective rather than a logical one.

    Edit: Let's throw in lab grown human organs as well. Say these are the organs that aren't suitable for transplant, but are perfectly edible.

    36 votes
  13. Comment on What programming/technical projects have you been working on? in ~comp

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    I was able to launch my frozen python script to the team I had been working with and it seems like there are few issues, if any. Have had daily check-ins with them and no issues have been raised....

    I was able to launch my frozen python script to the team I had been working with and it seems like there are few issues, if any. Have had daily check-ins with them and no issues have been raised. I still have to write out a comprehensive documentation file for them and one for the code to make changes, but overall this was a success. I wasn't able to package the portable browser, but I kept a copy of a browser located with the distribution files and added a check to ensure it was located in the folder the program is being run from.

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  14. Comment on Why Pete Buttigieg Enrages the Young Left in ~news

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    They should. It is pretty undeniable the influence of the rich have over the political process in America. It is. Or it would be, if his campaign didn't get bailed out by billionaire donors. Or it...

    The only reason they see fit to hide mega-donors is because the left is making such a huge deal out of billionaire donors. New Hampshire voters don't care about billionaire donors. Iowa voters don't care about billionaire donors.

    They should. It is pretty undeniable the influence of the rich have over the political process in America.

    Obviously bowing out is not an option at this stage.

    It is. Or it would be, if his campaign didn't get bailed out by billionaire donors. Or it wouldn't have to be, if he had more experience and a history of fighting for working class values.

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  15. Comment on Why Pete Buttigieg Enrages the Young Left in ~news

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    For me, its what are they saying when they want my vote versus what have they been doing before they wanted my vote. Pete Buttigieg has a plan to double union membership. But why has he never...

    I'm wondering what people mean by "authenticity" when it comes to politicians?

    For me, its what are they saying when they want my vote versus what have they been doing before they wanted my vote.

    Pete Buttigieg has a plan to double union membership. But why has he never stood on a picket line?

    Pete Buttigieg wants to increase the minimum wage to $15 an hour. When he was mayor, he increased the minimum wage for city workers to just $10.10.

    His slogan on his website says this:

    We need a new kind of politics - one that will rally Americans together behind bold ideas so we can finally solve our greatest problems.

    Okay, lets see what Pete Buttigieg said from 2001 to 2017 about his issues that he is highlighting here:

    You can perform this exercise over and over with all his plans. His site is filled with platitudes but his history doesn't match up. I feel that when you can only talk the talk, and not walk the walk, his words move from messaging to marketing.

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  16. Comment on Why Pete Buttigieg Enrages the Young Left in ~news

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    Isn't this article and all the comments here projections onto others? I mean your comment is generalizing Sanders supporters as one hive-minded bunch. I like Sanders because of his track record,...

    This seems like some sort of group projection.

    Isn't this article and all the comments here projections onto others?

    I mean your comment is generalizing Sanders supporters as one hive-minded bunch.

    I like Sanders because of his track record, his passion, and his experience.

    I don't like Buttigieg for his lack of experience, his billionaire campaign donors, and his stance on free college tuition. I don't perceive him as authentic and I don't view him as a fighter for working class Americans. The only way that perception will change is him striking with union workers or just generally doing more for middle and lower class Americans. He has to take action because all I see are words from him.

    Those feelings that some have about his sense of entitlement is neither right nor wrong. It's just an individual opinion, like your opinion of Sanders and his supporters.

    People should vote for who they want to win and not let the loud 1% of people who make comments on the internet influence their perception of others. Judge those commenters all you want, but their existence is their own, not of the actual candidate.

    28 votes
  17. Comment on What games have you been playing, and what's your opinion on them? in ~games

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    I have been going heavy into Killer Queen Black on PC and Switch. I joined the community discord and overall it's been a breath of fresh air to play in a tight knit community. I haven't had nearly...

    I have been going heavy into Killer Queen Black on PC and Switch. I joined the community discord and overall it's been a breath of fresh air to play in a tight knit community. I haven't had nearly as many moments of tense adrenaline as I have had in other games when playing as the Queen in that game. Played with some of the top players in the US over the weekend and it was just mind blowing how good they were.

    Other than that, I have been playing Battlefront 2 through my origin premier sub. Have really enjoyed it as it's pretty casual and has its moments of feeling like a Star Wars battle every now and then.

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  18. Comment on Top Movies of the 2010s in ~movies

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    Knives Out is a legitimately great movie. Been feeling everyone who will listen they need to see it. It was probably my movie of the year although Joker is close. Although I think it is one of...

    Knives Out is a legitimately great movie. Been feeling everyone who will listen they need to see it. It was probably my movie of the year although Joker is close.

    Although I think it is one of those movies, just by it's nature, that won't be as good on a second rewatch as it was on it's first.

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