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  1. Comment on Trump campaign is reportedly plotting an election coup to “bypass” a Biden win in ~news

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    I read the choice of worlds slightly differently. The fact that every Republican is talking like this is going straight to the Supreme Court, when it should have nothing to do with the judicial...

    I read the choice of worlds slightly differently.

    The fact that every Republican is talking like this is going straight to the Supreme Court, when it should have nothing to do with the judicial branch, is very telling of their plans.

    What are they going to say? "We don't trust Trump to win a fair election and he's dragging us all down with him so we are going to use the mail-in ballots thing, alongside our super majority in the courts to steal the election?"

    This should be an open and shut election. A ballot is a ballot, irregardless of if it takes a couple extra days to perform the count. We held elections in the 1800's before the telegraph, we can take more than a day to count ballots. They are planning on sending it to the courts for a pointed reason.

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  2. Comment on The Biden blowout scenario in ~misc

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    What exactly are you trying to prove with that article? It's a takedown opinion piece predicated on the fact that the writer doesn't like that Silver is moderately further right than him and has...

    What exactly are you trying to prove with that article?

    It's a takedown opinion piece predicated on the fact that the writer doesn't like that Silver is moderately further right than him and has started to gasp express opinions beyond statistics.

    It says literally nothing about probabilities or statistics.

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  3. Comment on Are there any aspects of your mental life that you know/suspect to be idiosyncratic? in ~life

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    This describes my aphantasia dead on. I can't imagine anything in my mind's eye with the exception of whatever I hear in my internal dialogue. I assumed that was what a mind's eye was, not actual...

    This describes my aphantasia dead on. I can't imagine anything in my mind's eye with the exception of whatever I hear in my internal dialogue. I assumed that was what a mind's eye was, not actual sight of the object but a sort of internal understanding of what you are supposed to be imagining, characteristics and the like, but almost like jot notes.

    I almost never dream anymore except when consuming copious amounts of caffeine or certain nootropics and when I do they are always very blurry, low resolution, faded, or blacked out. I dreamt more often as a child, and I would incorporate blindness into my dreams to justify why I couldn't see anything even though I "felt" what was going on.

    Memories are difficult to describe. They are more of a feeling than sight. An implicit understanding of what occurred rather than a reolaying video.

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  4. Comment on The Biden blowout scenario in ~misc

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    They don't have to send the troops and they don't need all 50 states. All they need is Republican controlled swing states. Call it alarmist, people have been claiming criticism of Trump has been...

    They don't have to send the troops and they don't need all 50 states. All they need is Republican controlled swing states.

    Call it alarmist, people have been claiming criticism of Trump has been alarmist from 2015 and yet here we stand.

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  5. Comment on The Biden blowout scenario in ~misc

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    Chances are very likely that the Republicans will do everything in their power to invalidate the mail in votes. This isn't hyperbole. They have almost literally said they would do it out loud and...

    Chances are very likely that the Republicans will do everything in their power to invalidate the mail in votes. This isn't hyperbole. They have almost literally said they would do it out loud and on the record. Trump's administration is laying down the (pseudo-) legal groundwork for it.

    There will be a gap in time between the in-person ballots and the mail-in ballots being counted. In person ballots will be counted first. That means that if the current "Do you believe in COVID?" demographics hold true, Republicans, in general, will have their votes counted first on election day.

    All night, likely with less than 30% of the votes reported, Fox news and the rest of the Fascist-o-sphere will be plastering big pictures of a red America, likely including a number of states that would never normally go Republican, across your TV screens. They will be talking a big game about how Americans have spoken and Trump is "likely" to win in a landslide victory.

    As the mail in votes are counted something thats being referred to as "The Blue Shift" will begin. Counties across the country will flip blue one after another, and assuming nothing shifts the momentum between now and then Biden will likely be the winner of the election. Despite this, it will take as number of days for the mail-in votes to be counted.

    And that gap between counting the in-person votes and the mail-in votes will be all that the Trump team needs. The legitimacy of mail in ballots will be absolutely trashed in the conservative media, the case will be brought up to the Supreme Court, where, guess what, the newly minted 5-3 conservative super majority will favour throwing out the mail in ballots. Otherwise why are the Republicans so keen on forcing through a candidate before the election when they have four months of lame duck session to do it? They don't trust one of their justices, either Roberts or Gorsuch to toe the line so they need to pad the majority.

    Why did I type this all up in response to your post? Because you are voting in person. Every Democrat, at risk of their health and their lives, need to mask up and go vote in person. There can be no Blue Shift. There must be a Blue Wave on day one. A victory even a slim one, for Biden and the Democrats by the end of counting in-person ballots eliminates all of the Republican's groundwork.

    Everyone needs to vote in person. This country depends on it.

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  6. Comment on The election that could break America - What if Trump refuses to concede? in ~misc

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    I say this with the absolute most respect I can muster and this isn't directed at you but to everyone in general after five straight years of reading responses like this on Reddit: For five years...

    I say this with the absolute most respect I can muster and this isn't directed at you but to everyone in general after five straight years of reading responses like this on Reddit:

    For five years internet moderates and liberals have been saying things along the lines of "such and such is dedicated to the constitution/rule of law/etc and won't let that happen" and time and time again they have been let down.

    An oath doesn't mean anything. It doesn't mean a bloody thing anymore. It's words. We need to stop believing in fictitious firewalls. When Trump steals this election, and he will, just like he stole 2016, nothing and nobody will stop him unless the country rises up against him. Nobody has stopped anything that has happened to date. He has had nearly free reign. No oath has stood in his way. The vaunted constitution protected nothing.

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  7. Comment on The possibility of life without money in ~finance

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    Two of those three cost a lot of money.

    Two of those three cost a lot of money.

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  8. Comment on Tildes Census Deep Dive - What do you dislike about tildes? in ~tildes

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    I don't actually know what "Joke" does and if it's acting like "Noise" I may have to reconsider my process, but it shouldn't really be taken as a "downvote". It's simply labeling the post for what...

    I don't actually know what "Joke" does and if it's acting like "Noise" I may have to reconsider my process, but it shouldn't really be taken as a "downvote". It's simply labeling the post for what it is. Someone may tell a hilarious joke in thr lead that made my day and I'm still going to hit it with the appropriate label.

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  9. Comment on Department of Justice designates New York City, Seattle, and Portland as “anarchist jurisdictions” in ~news

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    Its not necessarely solely a function of population, although the concentration of people within urban areas does play a part. The concentration of population in rural centers is a byproduct of...

    Its not necessarely solely a function of population, although the concentration of people within urban areas does play a part. The concentration of population in rural centers is a byproduct of increased economic output in those areas.

    First of all, obviously rural areas are necessary for food production, but with that said not all rural areas are producing food.

    The reason cities have grown in the past and continue to grow is a byproduct of the fact that in an industrialized world economic benefits concentrate in urban centers. In North America, this can be seen as rural towns are depopulated of both people and companies. Yes many rural areas are simply "dead" or dying. You can't drive through middle America without coming upon numerous towns filled with boarded up buildings, only just barely kept alive by septuagenarians ending their lives on small plots of acreage and gas stations catering to the highway traffic that would never stop in town for any other reason. This transfer has accelerated through the last few decades, and unless work from home turns the tide, will only continue going forward.

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  10. Comment on Department of Justice designates New York City, Seattle, and Portland as “anarchist jurisdictions” in ~news

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    That's not true. They certainly cook much better than me.

    That's not true. They certainly cook much better than me.

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  11. Comment on Orville Peck, Shania Twain - "Legends Never Die" in ~music

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    Agreed. His new EP Show Pony seems even more "country" than his 2019 album. Not really getting many of the alternative vibes some tunes on Pony had. Despite that I can dig it. No Glory in the West...

    so long as he throws us original fans a bone every now and again if/when he makes it big.

    Agreed. His new EP Show Pony seems even more "country" than his 2019 album. Not really getting many of the alternative vibes some tunes on Pony had. Despite that I can dig it. No Glory in the West for example is very Jhonny Cash and an absolute exhibition of his voice. It was another instant buy for me.

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  12. Comment on Department of Justice designates New York City, Seattle, and Portland as “anarchist jurisdictions” in ~news

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    It's not even close to fair. Nearly every city in the country is dominantly Democrat and that is largely where the "economy" exists. Take Texas: All the major cities, with the exception of Fort...

    It's not even close to fair. Nearly every city in the country is dominantly Democrat and that is largely where the "economy" exists. Take Texas: All the major cities, with the exception of Fort Worth, are blue. Houston alone has a GDP of 460 billion. No amount of sparsely populated counties can match that.

    Republican "territory" continues to exist because it can suckle on the teat of the rest of the country. This balance will never change because cities won't (usually) just up and seperate themselves from the surrounding land. Los Angeles doesn't want to be some sort of Signapore.

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  13. Comment on The Buzz Aldrin Fallacy in ~humanities

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    I was replying to @bloup's semi joking "and then watch them philosophize about why they think that STEM education is more worthwhile than philosophy." and not directly to the post itself.

    I was replying to @bloup's semi joking "and then watch them philosophize about why they think that STEM education is more worthwhile than philosophy." and not directly to the post itself.

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  14. Comment on The Buzz Aldrin Fallacy in ~humanities

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    Agreed, but it's capitalism, and not philosophy that currently dictates our ability to survive and that is the point I am making. Most individuals have no say over the direction society takes,...

    Agreed, but it's capitalism, and not philosophy that currently dictates our ability to survive and that is the point I am making.

    Most individuals have no say over the direction society takes, what capitalism optimizes for is what they need to follow. There is value to survival, there is value to being able to eat, to afford shelter, there is value to a certain level of money that allows you to afford these necessities. These are baseline values that apply to every person.

    The "lol STEM>Humanities" meme is true for exactly that reason. Pursuing a STEM education in the system as it currently stands is your best bet to succeed. The people that parrot that meme aren't thinking about some theoretical post-capitalist society where anyone can be anything. They are memeing about the fact that a humanities degree is not optimized to put food on your table.

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  15. Comment on Orville Peck, Shania Twain - "Legends Never Die" in ~music

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    Canada's incognito queer-Country star continues his meteoric rise by landing arguably Canada's largest country star of all time. Honestly, this is the most "Nashvillian", radio-ready song Peck has...

    Canada's incognito queer-Country star continues his meteoric rise by landing arguably Canada's largest country star of all time.

    Honestly, this is the most "Nashvillian", radio-ready song Peck has ever done and it's not my favourite, but the fact that he landed Shania Twain is particularly noteworthy to me. As previously mentioned Twain is the biggest country star to come out of Canada and may have been the biggest country star in the world at one point in the nineties. She is also something of a gay-icon, along the lines of Dolly Parton, with a number of her songs acting as gay anthems for the country-leaning queer community. Having Shania Twain on your country album is an indication that you have definitely made it in Canada's cluntry scene. Also how fucking good does 55 year old Shania Twain look?

    In conclusion: The question now becomes, will country radio finally be forced to play Orville Peck? Shania Twain cannot be denied.

    Orville Peck's new EP "Show Pony" is out now and can be found here

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  16. Comment on The Buzz Aldrin Fallacy in ~humanities

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    Let me start by saying that I believe the philosophy courses were the most important courses I took in University. I am a better thinker than the majority of my peers because of my exposure to...

    Let me start by saying that I believe the philosophy courses were the most important courses I took in University. I am a better thinker than the majority of my peers because of my exposure to philosophy.

    Supporters of the humanities like to pose these questions as sort of "gotchas!" but it's really not hard to explain: STEM+Business degrees will get you well paying jobs, whereas humanities degrees are less likely to. We live in a hypercapitalist society. We all need money to eat. That is why STEM is more valuable. End of.