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  1. Comment on We Talked with the New Hampshire Family in Andrew Yang’s Universal Basic Income Experiment in ~news

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    He has zero experience. ...I'm familiar. As I said, I wrote a term paper on it. Not to say that that is terribly impressive, just that I am familiar with the argument you are making. And while the...

    That's a jump I can't make. Help me out?

    He has zero experience.

    The idea of it is pretty simple. I can go about it in 30 seconds.

    ...I'm familiar. As I said, I wrote a term paper on it. Not to say that that is terribly impressive, just that I am familiar with the argument you are making. And while the argument could be true, I am not willing to take what you say at face value. I want to see the research.

    2 votes
  2. Comment on We Talked with the New Hampshire Family in Andrew Yang’s Universal Basic Income Experiment in ~news

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    No experience. If he was running for my city council member, I would look at his platform. But he isn't. He is running for President of the United States. I am not willing to vote for someone who...

    No experience.

    If he was running for my city council member, I would look at his platform. But he isn't. He is running for President of the United States. I am not willing to vote for someone who doesn't yet know how to govern.

    2 votes
  3. Comment on Grocery Stores Are Packed With Plastic. Some Are Changing. in ~enviro

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    Bulk bins are the way to go. My partner and I rarely buy things that we can make ourselves from ingredients found in bulk bins. Cashew milk from the carton? No thanks, we have a perfectly...

    Bulk bins are the way to go. My partner and I rarely buy things that we can make ourselves from ingredients found in bulk bins. Cashew milk from the carton? No thanks, we have a perfectly functioning blender. Hummus in the plastic container? Nah, we'll just literally soak some chickpeas and blend hem in tahini (also found in some bulk departments!).

    Our total trash waste has plummeted since we became novice zero wasters. We have 3 refuse bins in our apartment. 1 ~3 gallon for recyclables, emptied out perhaps 2-3 times a month, since our total recyclables have gone down. 1 ~3 gallon for compost, which we bring to our local farmers market once a week, and 1 bathroom trash can for actual trash. We empty that one out once a month, and it isn't even full.

    3 votes
  4. Comment on We Talked with the New Hampshire Family in Andrew Yang’s Universal Basic Income Experiment in ~news

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    Andrew Yang is, of course, unqualified to be president. I have been following UBI for a while (wrote a term paper for it 4 years ago, actually). It is an interesting concept, however I think I...

    Andrew Yang is, of course, unqualified to be president.

    I have been following UBI for a while (wrote a term paper for it 4 years ago, actually). It is an interesting concept, however I think I would need to see more academic literature discussing it in order to support it. It is too big of an idea to implement too soon or in haste.

    3 votes
  5. Comment on Christian Couple Posed As Orthodox Jews To Convert Neighbors in ~news

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    These concepts do exist in Judaism, the concepts just differ than those in, say, Christianity or Islam. Judaism is comparably less concerned about the afterlife. In general, Judaism believes that...

    Jews don't believe in heaven or hell at all, so that's why they don't really care about saving others spiritually.

    These concepts do exist in Judaism, the concepts just differ than those in, say, Christianity or Islam.

    Judaism is comparably less concerned about the afterlife.

    In general, Judaism believes that non-Jews need only follow the seven noahide laws to be considered in god's good graces.

    3 votes
  6. Comment on Las Vegas is about to take a gamble on Musk’s Boring Company in ~news

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    Las Vegas about to lose money gambling on Musk's boring company

    Las Vegas about to lose money gambling on Musk's boring company

    2 votes
  7. Comment on Christian Couple Posed As Orthodox Jews To Convert Neighbors in ~news

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    It should perhaps go without saying, that modern Judaism hates proselytizing of all types. The religion discourages conversion of any kind (particularly out of the religion, like most religions,...

    It should perhaps go without saying, that modern Judaism hates proselytizing of all types. The religion discourages conversion of any kind (particularly out of the religion, like most religions, but into the religion as well).

    11 votes
  8. Comment on ‘Fairbnb’ Wants to Be the Unproblematic Alternative to Airbnb in ~life

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    I think they could argue that, just as airbnb attached the word "air" to the acronym "bnb," so too are they simply attaching their own word, a different word, to "bnb."

    I think they could argue that, just as airbnb attached the word "air" to the acronym "bnb," so too are they simply attaching their own word, a different word, to "bnb."

    5 votes
  9. Comment on The University of Maryland waited 18 days to inform students of a virus on campus. That decision left vulnerable students like Olivia Paregol in the dark. in ~news

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    Thought I would chime in considering the semester that this student died was my last at UMD...I was getting these emails real-time. The school is in hot water, for sure. Over the past few years,...

    Thought I would chime in considering the semester that this student died was my last at UMD...I was getting these emails real-time.

    The school is in hot water, for sure. Over the past few years, there has been a racially motivated murder; the easily preventable death of a student athlete, and of course this death.

    I honestly think the university did what is presumed was "enough," in the short term. In the long-term, the university has been neglecting the needs of its students.

    The fact of the matter is, they're cramming freshman 3 or 4 into a 2 person dorm, and into floor lounges. Many dorms date to the 60s and have hardly been renovated -- my freshmen dorm didn't have AC, and many of them still don't.

    Meanwhile, the school spent millions of maryland taxpayer dollars on an indoor sports field so football players don't get cold in winter. It is, quite literally, in the center of the campus, next to the student union.

    The fact that mold grew in literally all the dorms doesn't surprise me at all. The school is responsible for that.

    Mold making an immuno-compromised student more susceptible to an infection seems like a valid possibility in this case. Not to mention, cramming as many students as possible into 8 floor 50-year old buildings also would increase the chance of infection.

    Olivia Paregol's death does not fall squarely on UMD's shoulder's, no. But their poor planning and policies certainly contributed.

    2 votes
  10. Comment on People Are Being Arrested and Jailed Due to Hertz Erroneously Reporting Rental Cars Stolen: Report in ~news

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    Lucky me, I will be renting my first rental car ever with them for my cross country move....

    Lucky me, I will be renting my first rental car ever with them for my cross country move....

  11. Comment on U.S. Births Fell To A 32-Year Low In 2018; CDC Says Birthrate Is In Record Slump in ~news

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    What I don't understand is why there is so much pressure on the housing supply. I understand that there is great demand for housing in major cities. Where is the demand coming from, if not from...

    What I don't understand is why there is so much pressure on the housing supply.

    I understand that there is great demand for housing in major cities. Where is the demand coming from, if not from new humans on earth? Immigrants? Chinese investors? Urbanizing youth reversing their parents and grandparents flight to the suburbs?

  12. Comment on Honeymoon in Palestine: Reflections on Palestine, its people, and military occupation… in ~misc

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    Well, that certainly was interesting. I guess I learned some new things. Some new perspectives from people I, as an Israeli-American, typically only see on the news, or maybe in a Jerusalem light...

    Well, that certainly was interesting.

    I guess I learned some new things. Some new perspectives from people I, as an Israeli-American, typically only see on the news, or maybe in a Jerusalem light rail car, and not really otherwise.

    There were also things that I read that I really disagree with. But I don't really see the point of discussing it, and I am tired of having to argue over it. I respect the author for having some of their opinions, even if I think they're wrong.

    I guess I will just leave it at that tonight. Thanks for the read.

    3 votes
  13. Comment on If Tildes goes public, how will it keep spammers away while still respecting privacy? in ~tildes

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    Tildes is intended to be functional without JavaScript, however.

    Tildes is intended to be functional without JavaScript, however.

    1 vote
  14. Comment on If Tildes goes public, how will it keep spammers away while still respecting privacy? in ~tildes

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    I'm no expert. I listened to a Planet Money podcast on how recaptcha works. If you have more pertinent information, feel free to correct me.

    I'm no expert. I listened to a Planet Money podcast on how recaptcha works.

    If you have more pertinent information, feel free to correct me.

  15. Right now google owned recaptcha literally looks at your browser history, data, including your google account, to determine whether or not you are human. This isn't what Tildes can or should use....

    Right now google owned recaptcha literally looks at your browser history, data, including your google account, to determine whether or not you are human.

    This isn't what Tildes can or should use.

    How can Tildes keep bot accounts out w/o additional javascript?

    22 votes
  16. Comment on Israeli Defence Force takes responsibility for deaths of 17 militants and 6 civilians in recent operations in Gaza. in ~news

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    ... In my experiences, strangers on the internet have never listened to me before, I do not seriously expect anyone to take my request seriously now. I just didn't want the thread to be locked...

    ...

    In my experiences, strangers on the internet have never listened to me before, I do not seriously expect anyone to take my request seriously now. I just didn't want the thread to be locked from heated debate.

    I am indicating my personal preference in defining what I think is on and off-topic yes, but I am also saying I am not going to police anyone and tell them what I think of the appropriateness of their message.

    Aaaand of course meta-discussion gets more attention than the actual post topic...

    TL;DR You have the right to tell me I am full of shit and discuss 19th century Zionism and the BDS movement and I can't do anything about it. So if you're going to do it, just bloody do it so we can stop talking about whether or not you can do it...

  17. Comment on Israeli Defence Force takes responsibility for deaths of 17 militants and 6 civilians in recent operations in Gaza. in ~news

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    You do. I can't stop you from posting anything you want.

    You do. I can't stop you from posting anything you want.

  18. Comment on Israeli Defence Force takes responsibility for deaths of 17 militants and 6 civilians in recent operations in Gaza. in ~news

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    Hence you wrote a long text post as a response....;-) God fucking damn it, forget I even said anything... Most of which are also quite partial and have their own vested interests.... In this case...

    i'm pretty uninterested in this as a whole

    Hence you wrote a long text post as a response....;-) God fucking damn it, forget I even said anything...

    hether it be from palestinian organizations, international watchdogs, journalistic outlets, or supranational bodies like the UN

    Most of which are also quite partial and have their own vested interests....

    in general though, i think this suggests that the IDF's numbers should not be treated as some sort of gospel

    In this case they seem highly consistent with what Hamas itself says. Not to mention they have literal pictures and analyses of the people who were killed, particularly the terrorists in clothing that identifies them as terrorists.The difference is discussed in my top level comment. I haven't analyzed reports of previous operations, only this one.

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  19. Comment on Israeli Defence Force takes responsibility for deaths of 17 militants and 6 civilians in recent operations in Gaza. in ~news

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    I am fine with discussions of the immediate history that relates to this topic, but if you start discussing Kfar Etsion or Deir Yassin or the Balfour Declaration or what Yasser Arafat ate for...

    I am fine with discussions of the immediate history that relates to this topic, but if you start discussing Kfar Etsion or Deir Yassin or the Balfour Declaration or what Yasser Arafat ate for breakfast, then I think you are getting off topic. All I am saying is keep it relevant. I would pretty please like it if you kept it relevant.

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  20. Comment on Israeli Defence Force takes responsibility for deaths of 17 militants and 6 civilians in recent operations in Gaza. in ~news

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    The ITIC (the post link) is effectively the english language mouthpiece of the IDF. ITIC Summary (some of the statistics are dated) [link] Casualties Israel 4 civilian casualties in Israel as a...

    The ITIC (the post link) is effectively the english language mouthpiece of the IDF.

    ITIC Summary (some of the statistics are dated) [link]

    On the morning of May 6, 2019 the eighth round of escalation, which had lasted for two days, came to an end. It began following Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) sniper fire targeting IDF soldiers. The IDF responded by attacking Hamas targets, killing two operatives of its military-terrorist wing. The following day a massive barrage of rockets and mortar shells began, which gradually expanded to cities up to 40 kilometers from the Gaza Strip, including Ashqelon, Ashdod, Qiryat Gat, Qiryat Malachi and Beersheba. During the round of escalation 690 rockets and mortar shells were fired at Israeli territory from the Gaza Strip. In response the IDF attacked more than 350 targets in the Gaza Strip, including targets of high value for the terrorist organizations.

    Casualties

    Israel

    4 civilian casualties in Israel as a result of Hamas and PIJ fire. Notably includes the literal shooting of an anti-tank missile against someone's car driving on the road on the Israeli side of the border. These anti-tank missiles are normally used against military targets (Hamas doesn't want to waste them on civilians).

    They also count 123 wounded.

    Gaza

    IDF takes responsibility for 23 casualties. 17 of those are militants.
    On civilian casualties, The ITIC says the following:

    Six of the Palestinians killed were apparently civilians (among them a child and infant) who were near terrorist targets and operatives when they were attacked. The ITIC examination relates exclusively to Palestinians killed by IDF attacks.

    This is consistent with both what I and @alyaza have said. The IDF does indeed take responsibility for the death of one pregnant woman and two children, as part of those civilian casualties:

    Amani al-Madhoun, 33, Sister-in-law of Abd al-Rahim al-Madhoun, PIJ terrorist operative in the northern Gaza Strip

    Maria Ahmed Ramadan al-Ghazali, four months old, killed in an attack in the northern Gaza Strip (Ashraf al-Qidra’s Facebook page, May 5, 2019). Her mother was Iman Abdallah Musa Asraf (an officer in the Hamas security forces). The attack that killed her was carried out by the IDF on the fourth and fifth stories of tower number 12 in the Sheikh Zaeid neighborhood in the northern Gaza Strip (Watan Agency, May 5, 2019). Her body was wrapped for burial in a Hamas flag (Palinfo Twitter account, May 6, 2019).

    Abd al-Rahman Talal Atiya Abu al-Jadyan, 12, killed in an attack in the northern Gaza Strip (Ashraf al-Qidra’s Facebook page, May 5, 2019). Son of Talal Atiya Muhammad Abu al-Jadyan, PFLP member, who was also killed.

    This leaves a difference of 4 casualties between Gazan Health Ministry and IDF. The Gazan health ministry claims that an additional pregnant woman and child were killed, while IDF says that it was a missile that was launched from Gaza and landed in Gaza (as some do).

    ITIC:

    Ashraf al-Qidra, spokesman for the ministry of health, included a pregnant woman and her child in the list of Palestinians killed in IDF attacks. The IDF spokesman reported that the woman and her child were killed in the misfiring of a rocket launched from Gaza City by the terrorist organizations (IDF spokesman, May 5, 2019).

    I previously posted an article that analyzed a Gaza news agency tweet that was later removed which supports the IDFs claim.

    I haven't looked into the the additional 2 casualties that the Gaza Health ministry counts and the IDF doesn't. They might be counting fetuses, but please don't quote me on that.

    I couldn't find statistics about the number wounded in Gaza.

    Meta

    I am making no claims about whether or not the recent IDF operations were justified, or under what conditions they were, in this post.

    Feel free to respectfully discuss how you feel about it, now that we have all this data available. Please don't let this devolve into tangential topics, such as [Long ago] Israeli or Palestinian history, or the merits or flaws of BDS. Of course I can't tell you, this isn't my site, but I can ask.

    Most mainstream media sources are not going to be posting these statistics because the fighting is over and they don't care to clarify the record.

    1 vote