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  1. Comment on The New South Wales Police Minister has labelled anyone who attends a protest during the coronavirus pandemic as "certifiably insane" in ~news

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    I'm trying to understand if your disdain is just for these recent protests or more general, and why. By this logic, are most protests not worthwhile, then? People often protest big issues that...

    I'm trying to understand if your disdain is just for these recent protests or more general, and why.

    While the headline issue is Aboriginal deaths in police custody, the root causes of the problem run much deeper than that, and can't be fixed overnight, or even in a year or two. This protest won't stop deaths in custody, it won't stop poverty, it won't stop discrimination, it won't change a single bloody thing.

    By this logic, are most protests not worthwhile, then? People often protest big issues that require difficult, systematic change, which generally takes time.

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  2. Comment on Podcast discussions & recommendations! What are you listening to? in ~talk

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    I weaned myself off of podcasts a few years back as it's simply too easy for me to want to listen to everything and drain my free time. I have started to listen to the odd one again here and there...

    I weaned myself off of podcasts a few years back as it's simply too easy for me to want to listen to everything and drain my free time. I have started to listen to the odd one again here and there in the past year but they're exclusively soccer-related. Among those, The Totally Football Show is the cream of the crop. I don't have my old subscriptions on this computer so I couldn't even tell you what the good non-soccer ones were.

    The one absolute must-listen I would recommend, though, may technically not be a podcast - it's BBC Radio 5 Live's long-running World Football Phone-In, which you can usually listen to live during their Friday night/Saturday morning Up All Night broadcast or download upon release the following day. Sadly, it's been on hiatus for the first time in 23 years during the current pandemic, along with almost the entire football/soccer world... but I would recommend this to any internationally-minded person regardless of their knowledge of or interest in soccer. It's a living testament to globalization; the mainstays - the incomparable Tim "Legendinho" Vickery (also a.k.a. the Vikipedia, an Englishman living in Rio de Janeiro and expert in South American football) and host Dotun Adebayo (Nigerian-born, fluent in Swedish, and one of the most interesting broadcasters I've ever come across) - are joined by a rotating cast of guest experts covering soccer in the Europe, Asia & Oceania, Africa, and North America & Caribbean soccer regions, as well as callers from literally around the world. Dotun's finesse and personality matches with Tim's encyclopedic knowledge and lyrical ability to provide insight into the sport's influence on and by language, politics, economics, music, and culture at large, and when you throw in the contributions of both the guests and the passionate community, many of whom have no real interest in soccer, it produces a wonderful mix of news, opinion, humor, and wisdom that truly transcends journalism and entertainment. Seriously, if I had to convince an alien of the worth of our species, I would genuinely start with this podcast.

    Maddeningly, they never keep more than the most two recent episodes available at one time. I just found a channel on YouTube with a few episodes archived though, so you can have a taste here.

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  3. Comment on The case for reparations: We've had 250 years of slavery, 90 years of Jim Crow, 60 years of separate but equal and 35 years of racist housing policy. Without addressing this, the US can't move on in ~misc

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    This is, at best, a very naive notion.

    rather than letting racism fade away with the sands of time

    This is, at best, a very naive notion.

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  4. Comment on A rocket launch can’t unite us until the space world acknowledges our divisions in ~space

  5. Comment on Daily thread for news/updates/discussion of George Floyd protests - June 3 in ~news

  6. Comment on Trump Gave Police Permission To Be Brutal in ~news

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    I think this piece is more tangential to the current protests than really deserves to be included there, but okay.

    I think this piece is more tangential to the current protests than really deserves to be included there, but okay.

  7. Comment on Are intelligent people more melancholic? in ~talk

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    I mean, ignorance is bliss. This piece holds to a narrow idea of intelligence, but insofar as it does, it's accurate. I think the naïvete factor is a critical one, because I believe what...

    I mean, ignorance is bliss.

    This piece holds to a narrow idea of intelligence, but insofar as it does, it's accurate. I think the naïvete factor is a critical one, because I believe what intelligent melancholics really struggle with is, as Kuromantis mentioned, the ultimate futility of it all. They are smart enough to recognize it but can't bring themselves to truly accept it. By contrast, the sages learn to accept things, and they are not troubled.

    For a perspective of what can be argued is another type of melancholy from another type of intelligence, I highly recommend Kahlil Gibran's The Madman.

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  8. Comment on Thousands in New Zealand protest against George Floyd killing in ~news

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    One protest in and of itself may not change the world, but it is often a necessary/useful step in organizing to enact change by heightening awareness, connecting like-minded people, facilitating...

    One protest in and of itself may not change the world, but it is often a necessary/useful step in organizing to enact change by heightening awareness, connecting like-minded people, facilitating information-sharing, etc. I don't blame you for not understanding the context if you're not even aware who Colin Kaepernick is, but you might find it makes more sense with broader perspective.

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  9. Comment on What games have you been playing, and what's your opinion on them? in ~games

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    I finished The Sexy Brutale over the weekend. It's a neat little game - took me about 12 hours to 100% it - with a cool gimmick. I think I expected more because of how much I'd heard it praised...

    I finished The Sexy Brutale over the weekend. It's a neat little game - took me about 12 hours to 100% it - with a cool gimmick. I think I expected more because of how much I'd heard it praised though.

    Thanks again to @weldawadyathink for gifting it to me!

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  10. Comment on Protests over death of George Floyd disrupt Minneapolis, and beyond in ~news

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    It's not even that I want more discussion on it per se, it's simply conspicuous in its absence. More than anything, I was just trying to challenge the assumption that anyone needs to be so scared...

    It's not even that I want more discussion on it per se, it's simply conspicuous in its absence. More than anything, I was just trying to challenge the assumption that anyone needs to be so scared here in the first place - as you say, Tildes is still a small community.

    3 votes
  11. Comment on Elon Musk tweets IN RUSSIAN to accept co-operation offer from Russia’s space agency in ~space

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    I read the article just before posting, and it just occurred to me that my view is shaped by not particularly watching RT for perspective on Russia, which is likely where the propaganda is...

    I read the article just before posting, and it just occurred to me that my view is shaped by not particularly watching RT for perspective on Russia, which is likely where the propaganda is heaviest. I've only seen the US broadcast and I've seen coverage on stuff that is often ignored by US mainstream media as well as opinions critical of Russia. I expect it's easier to recognize foreign attempts at propaganda when it runs counter to your own national media's views than to identify the propaganda you're subjected to daily by said national media. I think you have to navigate a minefield regardless.

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  12. Comment on Elon Musk tweets IN RUSSIAN to accept co-operation offer from Russia’s space agency in ~space

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    I mean, you have to parse bias like practically every other news source. I haven't watched it in a while, and I'm not versed in all their programming, but up to last year I hadn't seen anything to...

    I mean, you have to parse bias like practically every other news source. I haven't watched it in a while, and I'm not versed in all their programming, but up to last year I hadn't seen anything to make me question their credibility wholesale.

  13. Comment on Protests over death of George Floyd disrupt Minneapolis, and beyond in ~news

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    Please note, I was very specifically referring to Tildes in encouraging discussion. The backlash that you face elsewhere is symptomatic of issues practically endemic to online communication at...

    Please note, I was very specifically referring to Tildes in encouraging discussion. The backlash that you face elsewhere is symptomatic of issues practically endemic to online communication at large nowadays; they're not peculiar to discussions about race, which is why your in-person interactions go differently. Do not use the internet as your barometer for people, least of all Twitter. I'd encourage anyone interested in talking about race to talk to folks face to face, not online.

    There is more I could say, but I'm curious to know how your wife and her family/friends (and possibly your children, if they're old enough) advise you to handle it.

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  14. Comment on DuckTales (2017) in ~tv

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    I hadn't even heard of this new version before today. Was this your first exposure to the old series? I remember it being something I could tolerate watching well into my cynical teens... possibly...

    I hadn't even heard of this new version before today. Was this your first exposure to the old series? I remember it being something I could tolerate watching well into my cynical teens... possibly they might have needed a few episodes to hit their stride, as many cartoons seem to. Maybe try the second and third seasons and see if they land any different.

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  15. Comment on How would you explain systemic racism and issues with black oppression in America to someone who is unfamiliar or doesn't believe in it? in ~talk

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    Jane Elliott does a fantastic job in her talks of making the reality of this racial comfort explicit with a simple question.

    Jane Elliott does a fantastic job in her talks of making the reality of this racial comfort explicit with a simple question.

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  16. Comment on How would you explain systemic racism and issues with black oppression in America to someone who is unfamiliar or doesn't believe in it? in ~talk

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    In a word, gradually. For people who are simply unfamiliar, it shouldn't be that hard. An easy start for them would be reading the Wikipedia article on racism in the United States. Also, do your...

    In a word, gradually.

    For people who are simply unfamiliar, it shouldn't be that hard. An easy start for them would be reading the Wikipedia article on racism in the United States. Also, do your best not to hold their not knowing against them. It can be easy to forget that we didn't always know things that seem so obvious to us now.

    People who don't believe it is a whole other story, because they've actually decided on an opinion based on what they do believe. Be clear: this is not an overnight process. I will echo @VoidOutput and @joplin in that you should manage your expectations. To that end, the first thing I would do is ask their honest answer to two questions:

    • "Why exactly don't you believe in it?"
    • "If you are uninformed or misinformed about this topic, do you want to know?"

    Their responses should tell you everything you need to know about where to start as well as their willingness to think past their emotions and possibly change. In addition, by getting their explicit permission to give them new info, you can hold them to their commitment if/when things get uncomfortable.

    There are too many reasons to count why they may not believe it, but the majority of the time it's based on unexamined assumptions. Getting them to examine those assumptions opens the door to the rest of the convo. For those who think it's overblown, usually because they don't see it firsthand or can't recognize it in action, I think Jane Elliott's work is good place to start. She famously ran a blue eyes/brown eyes experiment in her third-grade classroom the day after Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated to get her kids to experience discrimination and write about it. Here she is almost 25 years later on Oprah in 1992 doing the same experiment; it's a very eye-opening (heh) experience for many. Here she is again on Oprah to demonstrating how insidiously pervasive racial bias is in US society - parts 1 and 2. The full episode used to be on YouTube but either I can't find it or it got taken down.

    Still, there is more than enough other stuff with her exploring racial bias to lead into examining another common assumption - an understanding of racism strictly limited to active malice rather than including the results of passive ignorance in a prejudiced society, which is a component of what @grahamiam was alluding to. Here I will simply quote this eloquent comment @vivaria made in a previous thread; it refers to an excerpt from this article about many white people's aversion to mentions of race and racism.

    [...] the goal isn't to call out individual people as being 'racists'. That would be an oversimplification of how complex people (and the systems they live in) are. Instead, the point of the granularity is to move past that binary of "racist/not racist" and explore the more nuanced ways that racism influences our lives. It's about shining a light on how discrimination can perpetuate in subtle ways that are different than the ways we're typically taught. (e.g. you can say that a system has racist aspects that disproportionately benefit/harm specific groups without necessarily pillorying everyone in that system as a capital-R racist.) It's also about looking inwards and asking ourselves how these systems have impacted our growth, seeing as we were raised (and now live) in them. _"Are we turning a blind eye to systemic injustice? Are we acting as though racism is over and in the past, when in reality its tendrils are much deeper and harder to uproot?"

    There's a whole lot more you could get into but that should be a decent start.

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  17. Comment on What have you been watching / reading this week? (Anime/Manga) in ~anime

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    I have to say, I respect your commitment. I've found myself following these posts, initially to see what your ultimate opinions of The Tatami Galaxy and The House of Five Leaves would be, and now...

    I have to say, I respect your commitment. I've found myself following these posts, initially to see what your ultimate opinions of The Tatami Galaxy and The House of Five Leaves would be, and now also GitS:SAC 2045. Keep at it.

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  18. Comment on Samurai Shodown NeoGeo Collection - Official Trailer in ~games

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    Granted, I'm a little biased because SamSho4 is probably my favorite game of all time, but I think this collection is worth a mention in its own right - extras like the dev interviews, concept...

    Granted, I'm a little biased because SamSho4 is probably my favorite game of all time, but I think this collection is worth a mention in its own right - extras like the dev interviews, concept art, and a full release of a complete SamSho5 show they've put work into the package for the fans. SNK has mostly impressed me in how they haven't tarnished their brand since their buyout a few years back. I don't think the new SamSho has quite gripped my interest, despite one of my friend's best efforts, but I respect what they've done with it and hope it's more successful than the gripes I've seen about online matchmaking imply.

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  19. Comment on Samurai Shodown NeoGeo Collection - Official Trailer in ~games

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    This will apparently be free on the Epic Game Store at launch on June 11, and $39.99 a week later on Steam. I really don't want to install yet another game launcher... I'm pretty ambivalent about...

    This will apparently be free on the Epic Game Store at launch on June 11, and $39.99 a week later on Steam.

    I really don't want to install yet another game launcher... I'm pretty ambivalent about Steam to begin with... but I mean, free is free.

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