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  1. Comment on Republican congressman: Ideas behind Green New Deal 'tantamount to genocide' in ~news

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    As a member of an ethnicity that was actually genocided in recent history, I really don't appreciate this nonsense pandering that waters down the claim, and I am sure other minority groups under...

    As a member of an ethnicity that was actually genocided in recent history, I really don't appreciate this nonsense pandering that waters down the claim, and I am sure other minority groups under the same circumstances feel the same way.

    I have supported some Republicans in the past, but if this was my congressperson, you would be damn sure I wouldn't vote for them.

    4 votes
  2. Comment on What do you think will be the next big innovation to smart phones? in ~tech

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    I believe the Ubuntu edge phone project wanted to be able to do this, but they didn't really have enough money. Librem would be a good company to bother about this sort of thing, considering they...

    I believe the Ubuntu edge phone project wanted to be able to do this, but they didn't really have enough money.

    Librem would be a good company to bother about this sort of thing, considering they have a true linux based smart phone coming out.

  3. Comment on How did/do you fund your graduate education? in ~life

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    I am still waiting to hear about funding from my first choice university. It looks like I didn't get a departmental fellowship, however PhD programs in my field tend to be rather well funded. I...

    I am still waiting to hear about funding from my first choice university. It looks like I didn't get a departmental fellowship, however PhD programs in my field tend to be rather well funded. I will be making some emails and even phone calls shortly to ensure I get it. If not, I will continue working in industry until I get into a university that has a program I am sufficiently interested in and can fund me.

    2 votes
  4. Comment on Trump says he has signed an order to ground Boeing 737 MAX 8 in ~news

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    If you ask me, this is a good move. Even there is not a problem with the planes, the precautionary principle still applies. Better to ground the planes when they are safe rather than fly them when...

    If you ask me, this is a good move. Even there is not a problem with the planes, the precautionary principle still applies. Better to ground the planes when they are safe rather than fly them when they are unsafe.

    3 votes
  5. Comment on TikTok will change the way your social media works — even if you’re avoiding it in ~tech

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    I ask because I don't understand the innovation. Seems like another dumb app to me (and an overblown article advertising for them).

    I ask because I don't understand the innovation. Seems like another dumb app to me (and an overblown article advertising for them).

  6. Comment on Unburning CO2 in ~enviro

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    In my opinon, it is only methods like this that can unfuck us. It doesn't matter how many trees you plant, that carbon is never going back deep into the ground. I feel like there are some...

    In my opinon, it is only methods like this that can unfuck us. It doesn't matter how many trees you plant, that carbon is never going back deep into the ground.

    I feel like there are some parallels to a different story, though...

    The Ring Climate Change cannot be destroyed, Gimli, son of Gloin, by any craft that we here possess. The Ring Climate Change was made in the fires of Mount Doom Human action. Only there can it be unmade. It Carbon must be taken deep into Mordor the ground and cast back into the fiery chasm from whence it came. One of you all of humanity must do this.

    1 vote
  7. Comment on TikTok will change the way your social media works — even if you’re avoiding it in ~tech

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    Doesn't youtube do the same thing?

    Doesn't youtube do the same thing?

  8. Comment on TikTok will change the way your social media works — even if you’re avoiding it in ~tech

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    I am just so confused about what the hell this is. Unlike the article's presumption, this is the first time I have heard of this app. Frankly, I am under the impression that most apps are useless....

    I am just so confused about what the hell this is. Unlike the article's presumption, this is the first time I have heard of this app. Frankly, I am under the impression that most apps are useless. Can anyone Tl;DR for an old early 20-something year old what this is really all about?

    4 votes
  9. Comment on Recommend me some podcasts! in ~talk

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    Basically, anything NPR. I highly recommend Planet Money/The Indicator, 1A, Hidden Brain. All on diverse topics that really make you think, and teach me something new everyday. I will put the onus...

    Basically, anything NPR. I highly recommend Planet Money/The Indicator, 1A, Hidden Brain. All on diverse topics that really make you think, and teach me something new everyday. I will put the onus on you to discover what each of them is about.

    2 votes
  10. Comment on The Comment Moderator Is The Most Important Job In The World Right Now in ~misc

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    Yeah, I don't buy it. There is only one place on the internet where I participate in social media or place comments on a regular basis: here. I like this site, but for the most part, it is a small...

    Yeah, I don't buy it.

    There is only one place on the internet where I participate in social media or place comments on a regular basis: here. I like this site, but for the most part, it is a small part of my day. Many other jobs impact me much more...

    1 vote
  11. Comment on Opinion | For Jews, Ilhan Omar’s Attack On ‘Allegiances’ To Israel Is All Too Familiar in ~news

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    You're a real glass half empty kind of guy, aren't you? If Zionism didn't exist, my refugee grandfather would have perished after being pogrommed out of Libya instead of finding refuge in a...

    You're a real glass half empty kind of guy, aren't you?

    If Zionism didn't exist, my refugee grandfather would have perished after being pogrommed out of Libya instead of finding refuge in a country that actually cared about of him.

    You're attaching many negative things (many of which i take issue to being mentioned, by the way) to a singular concept. Its like saying that not all South Africans don't deserve rights because the South Africa of today has more crime and corruption than the apartheid era.

    Zionism mostly motivated people to buy land, build on it, and protect themselves from anti-semitic aggression they were facing for a many generations. If you take issue with that, you're racist, and I am not afraid to say it.

  12. Comment on How can I best offset my emissions from flying? in ~enviro

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    Maybe so, but you tell me whether or not it would be politically suicide to tell Americans that they should reduce their red meat consumption and vehicle usage. No one is going to do it, and not...

    Maybe so, but you tell me whether or not it would be politically suicide to tell Americans that they should reduce their red meat consumption and vehicle usage. No one is going to do it, and not necessarily because of the 1 percent. With regards to meat consumption, many senators represent rural agricultural states. Most grain grown in the US is for animal feed. Meanwhile, think about the sentiment of industrious manufacturing jobs in the rust belt along with freedom of movement that is associated with car usage.

    Like I said, few politicians are going to do anything about these "inconvenient truths." At least, not until a few storms or wildfires nearly wipe some cities off the map.

    4 votes
  13. Comment on How can I best offset my emissions from flying? in ~enviro

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    Except, when I buy a plane ticket, I am paying for jet fuel that is derived from those companies' products...and if I didn't fly, the oil wouldn't burn to carry me. Furthermore, I can't tell Exxon...

    Except, when I buy a plane ticket, I am paying for jet fuel that is derived from those companies' products...and if I didn't fly, the oil wouldn't burn to carry me.

    Furthermore, I can't tell Exxon Mobil to do anything... But I can ensure that I don't buy from them if I don't want to.

    Many people want these companies to be held responsible but how many would be okay with their gas costing twice as much as a result? Trick question: see the yellow vest movement in France...

    I would be a proponent of cap and trade or similar strategies. In the end of the day, people will have to pay for their emissions somehow however. I made this post because I am willing to be accountable to my emissions today. I don't want to wait for some green utopia to be less guilty.

    Edit: wording

    10 votes
  14. Comment on Opinion | For Jews, Ilhan Omar’s Attack On ‘Allegiances’ To Israel Is All Too Familiar in ~news

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    Saying you oppose Zionism means you are against the right of Jewish people to have this: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Self-determination You can criticize Israeli policies all day long. That is...

    Saying you oppose Zionism means you are against the right of Jewish people to have this: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Self-determination

    You can criticize Israeli policies all day long. That is okay. Many Israelis will even agree with you. You can say that Zionism was poorly implemented in Mandatory Palestine. That is okay. The moment you say you're an "anti-zionist," you will (rightfully, in my opinion) be perceived as an anti-semite.

    For the record, many Israelis think that Palestinians should ultimately also have self-determination.

  15. Comment on How can I best offset my emissions from flying? in ~enviro

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    Already am vegan :-) working towards zero waste as well. Trying to convince my girlfriend to let me get a worm bin...I bike every where I can and take public transit. I buy renewable energy...

    Already am vegan :-) working towards zero waste as well. Trying to convince my girlfriend to let me get a worm bin...I bike every where I can and take public transit. I buy renewable energy credits to offset my home Energy. But I need to travel, and flying is a huge part of that. My question isn't how to reduce my impact in other ways. It is how to directly reduce my impact from flying. Are there any actions that I can pay for that resequester carbon, and keep it contained?

    7 votes
  16. I need to cross the country or cross the Atlantic. If I could take a bullet train that was slightly slower, I would if I could. But that isn't feasible. Neither is driving. Can I effectively...

    I need to cross the country or cross the Atlantic. If I could take a bullet train that was slightly slower, I would if I could. But that isn't feasible. Neither is driving. Can I effectively compensate for my emissions? If so, what is the best way?

    16 votes
  17. Comment on Opinion | For Jews, Ilhan Omar’s Attack On ‘Allegiances’ To Israel Is All Too Familiar in ~news

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    I don't think I personally called her anti semitic, but yes, I do think her remarks can be percieved as antisemitic by some, and therefore are "borderline." I think saying she is being slandered...

    I don't think I personally called her anti semitic, but yes, I do think her remarks can be percieved as antisemitic by some, and therefore are "borderline."

    I think saying she is being slandered is an exaggeration. The people accusing her of antisemitism clearly are very sensitive to the issue. I don't think they're being malicious.

    1 vote
  18. Comment on Opinion | For Jews, Ilhan Omar’s Attack On ‘Allegiances’ To Israel Is All Too Familiar in ~news

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    You oppose Jewish self determination? That is the intent I perceive in that statement. I don't think that saying you oppose Jewish self determination should be acceptable (unless you are an...

    As an opponent of Zionism

    You oppose Jewish self determination?

    That is the intent I perceive in that statement. I don't think that saying you oppose Jewish self determination should be acceptable (unless you are an anarchist who doesn't believe in statehood).

    Israel is oppressing Palestinians and we should sanction them for their abuse.

    This is okay. I might disagree with this, but I think it is an acceptable statement in discourse.

    There are plenty of other reasons to criticize Israel without being a closet anti-semite and without thinking Israel should not exist.

    And if you read their definition, they say very clearly that criticism of Israel is not automatically antisemitism.

    Edit: removed some irrelevant stuff

    1 vote
  19. Comment on Opinion | For Jews, Ilhan Omar’s Attack On ‘Allegiances’ To Israel Is All Too Familiar in ~news

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    I think we are getting a bit off topic.

    I think we are getting a bit off topic.