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  1. Comment on Opulence | Contrapoints in ~misc

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    Poor Friedrich didn't like himself either.

    He wouldn't like incels :(

    Poor Friedrich didn't like himself either.

  2. Comment on Opulence | Contrapoints in ~misc

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    You know, I have never once had the idea of Friedrich Nietzsche as an 19th century incel and chaser cross my mind. But hearing it said outloud, that makes all sorts of sense.

    You know, I have never once had the idea of Friedrich Nietzsche as an 19th century incel and chaser cross my mind.

    But hearing it said outloud, that makes all sorts of sense.

    7 votes
  3. Comment on Todd Phillips Thinks Cancel Culture Ruined Comedy. Maybe He’s Just Not Funny Anymore. in ~movies

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    He got his job back because there was a legitimate push back against his firing. Its not like he'd be doing GotG3 if fans didn't rail against Disney'd knee jerk reaction. Why do you keep bringing...

    He got his job back because there was a legitimate push back against his firing. Its not like he'd be doing GotG3 if fans didn't rail against Disney'd knee jerk reaction.

    Why do you keep bringing up "rich assholes" like you've got a bone to pick. Poor assholes say disgusting shit and conplain that they want to get away with it significantly more than your chose targets.

    Edit: Groups of poor conservative white men have shown themselves as a group, to wield more power in this country than any hollywood type you are railing against.

    4 votes
  4. Comment on Todd Phillips Thinks Cancel Culture Ruined Comedy. Maybe He’s Just Not Funny Anymore. in ~movies

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    Perhaps we shouldn't equate twitter outrage and real people's feelings?

    Perhaps we shouldn't equate twitter outrage and real people's feelings?

    12 votes
  5. Comment on Second whistleblower comes forward after speaking with IG, has first-hand knowledge: Attorney in ~news

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    I'm not saying she knew more would come. I'm saying moving ahead without something of this gravity would have resulted in more nothing that Trump could spin in his favour. As I clearly stated...

    I'm not saying she knew more would come. I'm saying moving ahead without something of this gravity would have resulted in more nothing that Trump could spin in his favour.

    As I clearly stated Pelosi was no genius.

    She just knows how this game works.

    1 vote
  6. Comment on Second whistleblower comes forward after speaking with IG, has first-hand knowledge: Attorney in ~news

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    Not unusual for the American progressive. The fact that she didn't want to begin an impeachment inquiry without concrete evidence that goes beyond a shadow of a doubt should not have been a...

    It's almost hilarious how wrong we were

    Not unusual for the American progressive.

    The fact that she didn't want to begin an impeachment inquiry without concrete evidence that goes beyond a shadow of a doubt should not have been a troubling quality for progressives. It wasn't genius on Pelosi's part to wait for a whistleblower, it was typical progressive naivety to think anything short of a silver bullet would bring him down.

    This is a man that has dodged consequence for four decades, he is an expert at it. Now he has the Senate, half the Judiciary and 30-40% of American citizens that will defend him to the death. Hell, he somehow dodged a Special Investigation that essentially said he committed high crimes but can't be charged unless impeached, but the progressive wing wanted to try and impeach him for things half the American citizenry already knew and didn't care about? Every instance of impeachment in American history has failed to go all the way because it is incredibly tilted in the President's favour. He's not a Democrat to be taken down by a blowjob.

    The American political system is famously resilient to change. Until progressives get it in their heads that they need to play the game and stack incremental change in their favour, they are going to lose, again and again just as they did in the 20th century.

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  7. Comment on Shame on those who defend the "loving smack": it's just plain violence against children in ~life

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    We were going home and she did involve threats of grounding, those were the aforementioned pleas. As I said, a toddler does not always think with reason. "You're going to have a time out not now,...

    We were going home and she did involve threats of grounding, those were the aforementioned pleas.

    As I said, a toddler does not always think with reason. "You're going to have a time out not now, but 45 minutes from now after we drive home" may not always trigger the best-behave mode. It's inane to believe that reasoning with a 3 year old is always possible.

    I'm glad we have moved away from a world where the threat of violence was a constant child rearing tool. That doesn't mean that the rare spanking should be treated as a war crime. We have swung from one extreme to the other. Now you can't go anywhere without flustered parents trying in vain to verbally control their misbehaving children because a spanking they are terrified of CPS if they so much as lay a finger on their child.

    11 votes
  8. Comment on Shame on those who defend the "loving smack": it's just plain violence against children in ~life

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    Let me step in in this one with an anecdote: I was three or four and my mother had taken me to see Ninja Turtles in theatres. Coming out of the movie I was amped up and apparently hyperactively...

    Let me step in in this one with an anecdote:

    I was three or four and my mother had taken me to see Ninja Turtles in theatres. Coming out of the movie I was amped up and apparently hyperactively going around ninja kicking things throughout the mall. I refused to listen to repeated pleas from my mother to stop. She took my into the bathroom spanked me, and I was immediately in line. Nearly thirty years later, I don't harbour any complexes because of that spanking, I'm not a violent person, I don't believe violence is the best option in most child rearing scenarios, but I do understand why it was done at that particular moment, nor do I believe it was wrong.

    Toddlers don't always respond to positive influence and discussion. They aren't always capable or willing to be rational. When all the other methods fail, when your child is actively causing harm and refusing to listen to reason, and you don't have the time or the privacy to deal with it, then yes a spanking may be the appropriate response.

    10 votes
  9. Comment on Rush: "Working Man" slowed down to 33 rpm in ~music

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    That's true. Maybe just Mathew Good himself grates on people nerves.

    That's true. Maybe just Mathew Good himself grates on people nerves.

    1 vote
  10. Comment on Rush: "Working Man" slowed down to 33 rpm in ~music

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    Got to add Matthew Good to that list. Dude is the father of Canadian indie and the Matt Good Band may have been the best alt-rock group of the 90's.

    Got to add Matthew Good to that list. Dude is the father of Canadian indie and the Matt Good Band may have been the best alt-rock group of the 90's.

    1 vote
  11. Comment on 14-year-old shot by plainclothes Hong Kong police officer after protesters surround vehicle, as protests against an anti-mask law erupted across the city in ~news

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    We are discussing the repression of people by a totalitarian government. You can't win against a repressive government through always being good. There is no morally sound path to breaking the...

    how do we sort out the morality of some situations?

    We are discussing the repression of people by a totalitarian government.

    You can't win against a repressive government through always being good. There is no morally sound path to breaking the yoke of oppression. The police, as you mentioned, are a tool of this oppression, they chose their side. You can't expect protesters to get gassed, kettled, bean bagged, beaten, shot and killed and just take it lying down in the name of moral soundness.

    2 votes
  12. Comment on The awkward questions about slavery from tourists in the US South in ~humanities

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    You have to understand too that these Plantation weddings aren't occuring in front of the slave shanties or the hot box. They are occurring in front of the picturesque antebellum big house. I...

    You have to understand too that these Plantation weddings aren't occuring in front of the slave shanties or the hot box. They are occurring in front of the picturesque antebellum big house.

    I still don't agree with them but it's hardly the same as "Having a wedding in Dachau".

    4 votes
  13. Comment on What is your dream job ? in ~talk

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    I would very much like to get into geothermal. I am a Geologist that has been working in the energy industry. I have drilling experience, specifically with ultra high temperature drilling....

    I would very much like to get into geothermal.

    I am a Geologist that has been working in the energy industry. I have drilling experience, specifically with ultra high temperature drilling. Theoretically its a perfect fit. Geothermal isn't really taken seriously as a renewable yet but with the oncoming climate change crunch would need to be considered as one of the many solutions.

    I have no idea how to get into the field though.

    6 votes
  14. Comment on Microsoft announces new Surface lineup, including two new dual-screen devices, one of which is an Android phone in ~tech

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    I have an unfortunate fixation with the Surface line. I was an early adopter of the original and have been running the 4 as my daily driver since 2016. As someone who lowkey mocks the Apple...

    I have an unfortunate fixation with the Surface line. I was an early adopter of the original and have been running the 4 as my daily driver since 2016. As someone who lowkey mocks the Apple faithful, my desire for these devices is somewhat embarassing.

    I fully understand there are better and cheaper laptops on the market for my simple needs. I never use the tablet, I rarely use the stylus, I do no creative work, but there is something about having the option that just speaks to me.

    This lineup tickles my consumer bone. My 4 is getting long in the tooth and is starting to overheat way too frequently, and the Surface Pro 7 would be the obvious replacement. However the Surface Neo seems like an incredible product that, despite me having no idea what I would use it for, would want simply for the novelty. I can't see myself wanting the Duo with that obvious hinge down the middle but if they can minimize that bezel in future iterations, I can really see myself giving it consideration.

    Altogether it is good to see some innovation from Microsoft's hardware division. The Surface line is still grabbing attention. Now I just need to figure out a way to make use of all the futures

    3 votes
  15. Comment on Bernie Sanders hospitalized for blocked artery, had two stents inserted; campaign events canceled until further notice in ~news

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    It was strong the last cycle too. When Clinton fainted at that 9/11 anniversary back in 2016 the brown shirts jumped all over it. Soon Trump's virility and atrength was being touted all over Fox...

    It was strong the last cycle too.

    When Clinton fainted at that 9/11 anniversary back in 2016 the brown shirts jumped all over it. Soon Trump's virility and atrength was being touted all over Fox while the supposedly left wing news stations were questioning Clinton's stamina during the stresses of the Presidency. Clinton was on the vwrge of dying, she had a body souble, Bill had given her a cocktail lf STD'd that were catching up to her, etc etc. I still see "thrown like a slab of meat" used every once in a while.

    Bernie is old so a few questions here and there about his health aren't out of place. I don't see the Ministry of Propaganda spinning into action yet despite Bernie despite this serious operation.

    7 votes
  16. Comment on As one of the world’s most unequal cities, why aren’t Hong Kong protesters angry at the rich and powerful? in ~news

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    This reads very much like subtle government apologia through whataboutism. The overarching cause has been pretty well explained. Totalitarian government overreach into a community outside of the...

    This reads very much like subtle government apologia through whataboutism.

    There have been many explanations for the turmoil in Hong Kong, which is now heading toward its 16th weekend. However, the powerful links between the economic and political elites in the city and the grossly inadequate system of governance they preside over are too often ignored

    The overarching cause has been pretty well explained. Totalitarian government overreach into a community outside of the Chinese tradition, that even while under government control has become used to their special status, restricting party control.

    However, the most likely explanation for the unrest lies not in the education curriculum or Beijing’s influence over the city, but rather the nature of Hong Kong government and society itself.

    Of course. The cause of the protests is not the actual cause. How silly.

    the city has actually been in decay for decades.

    Two decades perhaps? Maybe since 1999 for example?

    And the protesters don’t condemn the government for protecting the elite’s economic interests to the exclusion of many Hong Kongers, but rather for implementing the will of Beijing.

    Perhaps because they are, reasonably focused, in the short term, on the government forces attempting to violently assert dominance over them?

    Crucially, too, little effort has been made to explain why universal suffrage would be so important in Hong Kong beyond thwarting China’s influence.

    Is universal suffrage not good enough reason in itself, especially in a city that has long existed within the traditional of western liberal democracy?

    The fact that young people are grappling with forging a more positive future is to be admired. However, for Hong Kong to have any reasonable future, the city requires nothing short of large-scale economic and political transformation.

    That may be difficult to accomplish when the government works to maintain the status quo of the oligarchs that conform to party policy. You know, the same government being protested?

    9 votes
  17. Comment on What's your SILLY unpopular opinion? in ~talk

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    I mean, shoes exist for solely (heh) two reasons: comfort and fashion. Most shoes can handle both without prioritizing one or the other too much. Crocs are not nearly comfortable enough to ignore...

    despite their looks

    I mean, shoes exist for solely (heh) two reasons: comfort and fashion. Most shoes can handle both without prioritizing one or the other too much.

    Crocs are not nearly comfortable enough to ignore their, frankly, silly aesthetics. Get a pair of New Balance or something that look passibly good and are probably even more comfortable than the Crocs. People hate on them because they became incomprehensibly famous for seemingly no reason.

    5 votes
  18. Comment on Stranger Things 4 | Official Announcement in ~tv

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    Why? Except for that one episode its still a entertaining show and I'm fairly condescending about popular media. Sure it's essentially the same season every year, it's no longer exactly breaking...

    It should have been one and done, or an anthology.

    Why? Except for that one episode its still a entertaining show and I'm fairly condescending about popular media. Sure it's essentially the same season every year, it's no longer exactly breaking new ground, but it's still getting people excited every season.

    Not everything.needs.to shut down when it hits its critical peak. Let people have fun with their favourite show.

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  19. Comment on Earliest Signs of Life in ~science

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    Geologists, at least in my old department, sort of just accepted Stromatolites as being biologocal structures as a matter of faith. It's good to see the hypothesis supported with tangible...

    Geologists, at least in my old department, sort of just accepted Stromatolites as being biologocal structures as a matter of faith. It's good to see the hypothesis supported with tangible evidence.

    Our understanding of the Precambrian Earth (Proterozoic, Archean, and Hadean) has evolved rapidly over the last two decades and continues to impress upon me the importance for geology as a science.

    The article offhandedly mentions Mars a couple timrs. With this knowledge, we can place microbial life on Earth concurrent with the ending of the Noachian period of Mars, a time when the planet was significantly warmer and contained surface water. It is feasible that a parallel tree of life began setting down roots on our sister planet before it began to cool off.

    4 votes