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  1. Comment on Protests seen as harming civil rights movement in the '60s—What we can learn from this for climate justice in ~enviro

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    it’s not supposed to subvert your attitude or understanding of MLK. It’s supposed to subvert your own personal attitude towards oppression and its consequences, including how the people affected...

    it’s not supposed to subvert your attitude or understanding of MLK. It’s supposed to subvert your own personal attitude towards oppression and its consequences, including how the people affected respond to it. I am not a scholar on MLK so I will not speak authoritatively on what exactly he is saying here but, in my opinion, what he wants you to understand is that if literally all you’re doing with respect to furthering the goals of justice, is literally nothing except for complain when people respond in a manner which you find unproductive or harmful even, then you are part of the problem too.

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  2. Comment on Protests seen as harming civil rights movement in the '60s—What we can learn from this for climate justice in ~enviro

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    It’s also an inherent act of victim blaming when you literally acknowledge that these injustices exist, but then direct your contempt towards the people whose methodology you disagree with and not...

    It’s also an inherent act of victim blaming when you literally acknowledge that these injustices exist, but then direct your contempt towards the people whose methodology you disagree with and not the people responsible for the sentiment in the first place.

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  3. Comment on After Baillie Gifford, who is ‘clean’ enough to fund the arts? The campaign against the asset manager has left festivals struggling to adapt to a new age of protest. in ~arts

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    I just would like to point out that a significant portion of the article concerns the perspective of arts institutions which have found ways to persist despite these challenges, and even raising...

    I just would like to point out that a significant portion of the article concerns the perspective of arts institutions which have found ways to persist despite these challenges, and even raising the question of the necessity of philanthropic support of the arts in general. it certainly wasn’t 100% about how activists are murdering the arts with their good intentions.

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  4. Comment on Nespresso's B-Corp Certification raises questions about the legitimacy of the B-Corp rating system in ~finance

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    Are there any direct negative consequences for the business if the business owners decide that they are no longer interested in maintaining the certification standards or they decide they don’t...

    Are there any direct negative consequences for the business if the business owners decide that they are no longer interested in maintaining the certification standards or they decide they don’t want to recertify, other than the fact that they are not allowed to say that they are a B-corporation™️ anymore? if there aren’t any, then I can’t find it to be any kind of meaningful commitment to anything

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  5. Comment on Nespresso's B-Corp Certification raises questions about the legitimacy of the B-Corp rating system in ~finance

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    I never really found the B-corporation stuff meaningful because it doesn’t actually require the business to have any kind of mechanism to protect it from the owners just deciding they don’t feel...

    I never really found the B-corporation stuff meaningful because it doesn’t actually require the business to have any kind of mechanism to protect it from the owners just deciding they don’t feel like being a B-corporation anymore.

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  6. Comment on Weekly Israel-Hamas war megathread - week of May 27 in ~news

  7. Comment on Celebrities like Elon Musk and Taylor Swift might soon be able to hide their private jet flights from online sleuths in ~transport

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    Nothing I wrote had anything to do with me expressing some kind of desire or interest to discourage the use of private jets. While it is true that I feel that way, it’s absolutely not what I...

    Nothing I wrote had anything to do with me expressing some kind of desire or interest to discourage the use of private jets. While it is true that I feel that way, it’s absolutely not what I wanted to talk about when I wrote my comment. so I can’t agree with the idea that what you have quoted comes anywhere close to addressing anything I’ve written

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  8. Comment on Celebrities like Elon Musk and Taylor Swift might soon be able to hide their private jet flights from online sleuths in ~transport

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    Everyone who is saying that this represents some kind of privacy concern, I really feel like is taking for granted the idea that private jet travel somehow does not impose significant external...

    Everyone who is saying that this represents some kind of privacy concern, I really feel like is taking for granted the idea that private jet travel somehow does not impose significant external costs upon the broader public.

    The truth is, private jet travel imposes orders of magnitude more significant external cost than an individual on a commercial flight or an individual driving a car, or honestly literally any other example of a “normal person“ activity.

    in my opinion, for anyone carrying out an activity in service of Their own personal utility (and that could literally include anything from a luxury vacation to just like a business trip that will make them more money), I strongly believe every single person that activity is impacting has a right to know who is responsible for it because it’s literally the only way you can hold those people accountable for their actions.

    in my opinion when you’re asking for the right to have your association to an activity hidden from all of the people who it impacts you’re not asking for a right to privacy. you’re asking for a right to secrecy

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  9. Comment on An honest assessment of American rural white resentment is long overdue in ~misc

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    Honest question: do you really read what I wrote and think that I believe that there might be a rational reason to be racist? Because it’s not true, and I feel like a lot of what you’re saying is...

    Honest question: do you really read what I wrote and think that I believe that there might be a rational reason to be racist? Because it’s not true, and I feel like a lot of what you’re saying is based on this incorrect inference about me so until we clear that up, I’d prefer not to engage with the rest of this comment.

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  10. Comment on An honest assessment of American rural white resentment is long overdue in ~misc

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    I don’t really know who you think is expecting there to be no effort on the parts of people expressing racism and I don’t really know who you think is tiptoeing around “calling racism what it is”,...

    I don’t really know who you think is expecting there to be no effort on the parts of people expressing racism and I don’t really know who you think is tiptoeing around “calling racism what it is”, but it sure isn’t me. And I also do not understand what in particular you were referring to when you say that efforts to understand racism “does in fact justify that racism”.

    All I’m saying is you have to believe that there is some other answer then “they are just racist and angry simple as that and it can’t be changed” because then you will be left with only one way to solve the problem and I really want you to think about what that way is and decide if you are comfortable with that.

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  11. Comment on An honest assessment of American rural white resentment is long overdue in ~misc

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    The thing that I really hate about this book and this article in particular, is basically all of the people they’re referencing, in my opinion, seem highly aware of all of these problems, and...

    The thing that I really hate about this book and this article in particular, is basically all of the people they’re referencing, in my opinion, seem highly aware of all of these problems, and don’t even hesitate to talk about them. In fact, from what I find in my studies, the broad majority of their research is principally concerned with trying to understand and explain where these feelings are coming from. Whereas the people who wrote this book and this article seem to be content to just leave it at “they are just angry, racist people, it’s that simple”.

    I think a very important thing to consider is that racism was not always geographically constrained in the United States. 150 years ago racism was prevalent as hell pretty much everywhere, in cities, in the countryside, wherever. So why is it that nobody ever bothers to ask “what are the sociological factors that went into urban areas being so much more successful when it came to overcoming racist attitudes than rural ones, and is it really nothing that we can’t find a way to extend to rural areas today?”

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  12. Comment on An honest assessment of American rural white resentment is long overdue in ~misc

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    I find so much of the rhetoric in this thread so disturbing, and I just want everyone to honestly think what solutions you’re leaving yourself once you’ve accepted the premise that all these...
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    I find so much of the rhetoric in this thread so disturbing, and I just want everyone to honestly think what solutions you’re leaving yourself once you’ve accepted the premise that all these problems are solely the responsibility of the marginalized group in question, and that any attempt to contextualize these problems into broader social issues is dishonest, and somehow an attempt to justify or excuse the behavior rather than merely understand it.

    If you really think that rural white Americans are just stupid racists that will never change, and there’s literally nothing anyone who isn’t a rural white American can do about it, I really feel like there’s only two choices at that point and I’m not comfortable with it at all.

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  13. Comment on How do you feel about student loan forgiveness? in ~life

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    I guess I would’ve just made a much stronger statement than the one that you did

    I guess I would’ve just made a much stronger statement than the one that you did

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  14. Comment on How do you feel about student loan forgiveness? in ~life

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    do you ever think about how Einstein was only able to figure out relativity because he had the skills to analyze the world philosophically and realize we were all failing to consider something...

    STEM majors probably don't need philosophy, but they should probably take it anyway.

    do you ever think about how Einstein was only able to figure out relativity because he had the skills to analyze the world philosophically and realize we were all failing to consider something very important? have you ever thought about how science itself literally is a type of philosophy, and it’s foundations lie in philosophical thinking? to take science for granted, without an understanding of philosophy, is just as good as faith in God

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  15. Comment on In defense of squatting - the community utility of squatting in a world of algorithmic landlord collusion in ~life

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    So I have never owned any real estate, and I naïvely assumed that in the United States paying property taxes must work like paying my income taxes in terms of self-assessing your tax burden. Well,...

    So I have never owned any real estate, and I naïvely assumed that in the United States paying property taxes must work like paying my income taxes in terms of self-assessing your tax burden. Well, it doesn’t seem to be the case. I don’t actually know how this aspect works, and knowing how much adverse possession varies from state to state, I have a feeling it’s not very consistent. Thank you for bringing this to my attention.

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  16. Comment on In defense of squatting - the community utility of squatting in a world of algorithmic landlord collusion in ~life

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    It’s not about delinquent taxes it’s just about demonstrating that you’re serious about taking stewardship of the property. The government’s not gonna complain about getting double property tax on...

    It’s not about delinquent taxes it’s just about demonstrating that you’re serious about taking stewardship of the property. The government’s not gonna complain about getting double property tax on the property. I would like point out that there is a problem with all this, though. A critical component of adverse possession is that if the title holder shows up and asks you to leave, the clock starts over. And I don’t mean it starts over when you get evicted I mean it starts over the instant they show up and ask you to leave.

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  17. Comment on Atlanta’s squatter problem is vexing Wall Street landlords in ~life

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    I want you to quote specific claims I made, and very clearly articulate your dispute with them. Not make bets with me. And not speculate. And considering you were the one to suggest that there are...

    I want you to quote specific claims I made, and very clearly articulate your dispute with them. Not make bets with me. And not speculate. And considering you were the one to suggest that there are judges who have ruled against adverse possessors, who would’ve otherwise satisfied the requirements demonstrably I don’t understand why I’m the one who has to find legal opinions to support what I’m saying.

    I just want to remind you that the main point of my comment was criticizing you for claiming that the adverse possession term in most states is 25 years which is demonstrably false, and that was really all I was interested in you addressing.

    For what it’s worth, I do regret stating that there is no going to court. It was not totally accurate, but my point is that you don’t need a judge to uphold your adverse possession claim if no one ever sues you.

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  18. Comment on In defense of squatting - the community utility of squatting in a world of algorithmic landlord collusion in ~life

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    it’s actually recommended that a person attempting adverse possession claim pay property tax on the property while they’re occupying it. Not hard for state government to verify that. Another way...

    it’s actually recommended that a person attempting adverse possession claim pay property tax on the property while they’re occupying it. Not hard for state government to verify that. Another way you can strengthen an adverse possession claims is by improving the property or even just maintaining it. It’s not hard to show with the building looked like before you got there and what it looks like now.

    and you better believe that every single time it happens the true owner of the property is going to tie up the city in a lawsuit claiming they have the legal right to the property; even if they don't.

    Maybe we shouldn’t just take for granted the idea that there’s people in our society who can just legal throw legal temper tantrums and get their way by filling frivolous lawsuits designed to obstruct the legal system with impunity. I guess my big problem is when somebody uses Problem B to justify terminating their thoughts about Solution A, they never seem to go back to thinking about how to solve Problem B.

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  19. Comment on Atlanta’s squatter problem is vexing Wall Street landlords in ~life

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    I have studied adverse possession for a long time, and I have never heard about the idea that “most judges won’t uphold it”. Also, the term length is not 25 years in most states. Honestly, it’s so...

    I have studied adverse possession for a long time, and I have never heard about the idea that “most judges won’t uphold it”. Also, the term length is not 25 years in most states. Honestly, it’s so inconsistent from state to state that it’s actually difficult to even say something like this. But if I were to eyeball it, I’d say that most seem to be around 10 years. And even in the states where the term isn’t 10 years long, there’s often conditions you can meet to bring the time down to 10 years, such as paying property taxes and maintaining and improving the property. The point is it’s a lot more complicated than “most states have a term of x years”, and if you choose a random state, the chances are that it will probably be much smaller than 25.

    https://www.nolo.com/legal-encyclopedia/state-state-rules-adverse-possession.html

    Also, I feel like people tend to have a very confused understanding of adverse possession. If you succeed in an adverse possession claim, there is not really any going to court. The whole idea is that you went a certain amount of time literally trespassing on this property openly and brazenly and after like 10 whole years, no one kicked you out. The fact that anytime during that 10 years the property owner can take you to court and have you evicted is actually part of the adverse possession process and not a judge disagreeing with the concept.

    Adverse possession is essentially statute of limitations on recovering your real estate title.

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  20. Comment on Mexico aims to compete with Panama Canal by using cargo trains in ~transport

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    Sorry if it’s not clear, but to reiterate, I understand the concept of trading routes competing on volume, but that wasn’t really the point of my comment. Which is that even a trade route which...

    Sorry if it’s not clear, but to reiterate, I understand the concept of trading routes competing on volume, but that wasn’t really the point of my comment. Which is that even a trade route which isn’t universally better than another is still gonna be better some of the time for some of the people and as long as you have enough of those to support the route, then it doesn’t really matter if you can’t compete on volume.

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