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  1. Comment on Owners of a US B&B have removed a Norwegian flag from outside their business after being accused of promoting racism from people who thought it was a Confederate flag in ~news

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    Lol. I'm sympathetic to criticism of flag standardization, designs, etc. but I don't see how you can criticize a subject well when you don't know/understand it well... which is where it seems like...

    Lol. I'm sympathetic to criticism of flag standardization, designs, etc. but I don't see how you can criticize a subject well when you don't know/understand it well... which is where it seems like you're essentially excusing ignorance. How seriously would you take my extremely correct opinions on music if all I've listened to in my life is whatever I've been subjected to on the car radio?

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  2. Comment on Owners of a US B&B have removed a Norwegian flag from outside their business after being accused of promoting racism from people who thought it was a Confederate flag in ~news

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    You might be. I'd wager that most people who have more experience than you (or most Americans do) have learned that 'approximately the same color palette' is not a sufficient standard to identify...

    Wait, am I really the only person in this thread who thinks the fact that they have the approximately the same color palette is the most significant aspect of the flag's appearance?

    You might be. I'd wager that most people who have more experience than you (or most Americans do) have learned that 'approximately the same color palette' is not a sufficient standard to identify flags. It might interest you to know that the Norwegian flag is probably more recognized around the world than the Confederate flag.

    I certainly didn't join this thread to defend ignorance, but if the question is at all whether those two designs are constitutionally visually similar then my answer is that they definitely are.

    No one disputes that they have some similarity, but again, that's not the standard. The first thing to do in this situation should be to go, "Wait, is that really the Confederate flag?" and then confirm whether or not it actually is. That's something that anyone can do, near-sighted or not... bonus points for then finding out who it in fact belongs to. The reasons for thinking you don't need to do that (or worse, try to justify it) are ultimately rooted in general US indifference to/ignorance of the rest of the world, there's no getting around it.

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  3. Comment on Koffee - Lockdown in ~music

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    Lyrics in the description if needed, great anthem for this most peculiar summer. This girl is a genuine star in the making.

    Lyrics in the description if needed, great anthem for this most peculiar summer. This girl is a genuine star in the making.

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  4. Comment on Owners of a US B&B have removed a Norwegian flag from outside their business after being accused of promoting racism from people who thought it was a Confederate flag in ~news

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    It's extremely hard to look past this being very much what the justification of someone coming from American geographical ignorance would sound like. Of course there's a need for good design but...

    It's extremely hard to look past this being very much what the justification of someone coming from American geographical ignorance would sound like. Of course there's a need for good design but the reason flags have been used for thousands of years is because they work rather reliably. This specific mix-up would be a regular occurrence if differentiating the two flags in question were as tricky as you make out.

    Edit: I should ask, were you familiar with the Norwegian flag before this story? Did you think the two flags were similar?

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  5. Comment on Do you feel bad for playing games on easy? in ~games

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    I don't think I've ever actually played a game on easy, so I don't know how useful my opinion actually is here, but I'm more likely to stop playing the game rather than lower the difficulty. I...

    I don't think I've ever actually played a game on easy, so I don't know how useful my opinion actually is here, but I'm more likely to stop playing the game rather than lower the difficulty. I think if the game is designed well I'd be invested enough in the story or enjoy the gameplay enough to overcome the challenge; if I'm not, I'd rather be doing something else than playing a badly-designed/unbalanced/frustrating game. If I were to switch to easy, I don't think I'd feel bad per se but I would think my experience tainted somewhat. I usually do enough research into the games I'm interested in nowadays that I know what to expect.

    Come to think of it, I've used cheat codes in a lot of older games, which I guess is comparable. Those were usually arcade games designed to eat your money though.

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  6. Comment on The best Black movies of the last thirty years in ~movies

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    I'm guessing it's that those aren't considered Black films, just films with Black leads. Blade is mentioned under Black Panther, though.

    I'm guessing it's that those aren't considered Black films, just films with Black leads. Blade is mentioned under Black Panther, though.

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  7. Comment on It’s time to chop down the ‘lynching tree’ from this California city’s logo in ~design

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    Yeah, this seems like a bit of misguided water-muddying IMO. Lynchings in the US aren't/haven't been universally condemned simply because they're a barbaric relic of mob justice from the past;...

    Yeah, this seems like a bit of misguided water-muddying IMO. Lynchings in the US aren't/haven't been universally condemned simply because they're a barbaric relic of mob justice from the past; racial dynamics are a critical component to its context. You're right that cowboys in the Old West were much more racially diverse than Hollywood would have you believe, so it's possible that some of those hangings may have been of Black people. I can't speculate how much that actually factored into the events mentioned, but I suppose they'd have mentioned it to support the argument if it did.

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  8. Comment on What was your personal "never again" moment? in ~talk

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    I'm not sure that credit is such a huge deal in other parts of the world, and it really says something that it's so important to the US, the land of consumer spending, and yet there's basically...

    I'm not sure that credit is such a huge deal in other parts of the world, and it really says something that it's so important to the US, the land of consumer spending, and yet there's basically zero mandatory financial education for the average young adult/kid in high school. Hard to think that's a bug and not a feature.

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  9. Comment on What are the most iconic video game sound effects you can think of? in ~games

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    Trust me, you're preaching to the choir. I didn't mean that it's everyone or the majority, simply that there's a not-insignificant quantity, simply by numbers.

    Trust me, you're preaching to the choir. I didn't mean that it's everyone or the majority, simply that there's a not-insignificant quantity, simply by numbers.

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  10. Comment on What are the most iconic video game sound effects you can think of? in ~games

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    Everyone I knew had a different (incorrect) transliteration for those hurricane kick vocals. Same thing with the Iza, jinjyouni! Ipponme, shoubu! from Samurai Shodown. You'd think someone would...

    Everyone I knew had a different (incorrect) transliteration for those hurricane kick vocals. Same thing with the Iza, jinjyouni! Ipponme, shoubu! from Samurai Shodown. You'd think someone would learn some Japanese at some point.

  11. Comment on What are the most iconic video game sound effects you can think of? in ~games

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    This is really interesting to me, as I'm not part of the Minecraft/Roblox generation. I've watched a couple streams here and there but can't even tell you what the starting areas look like. At...

    This is really interesting to me, as I'm not part of the Minecraft/Roblox generation. I've watched a couple streams here and there but can't even tell you what the starting areas look like.

    At this point, I think most Mario sound effects are going to be iconic, but it'd be interesting to note exactly which versions you think of. I'd expect you won't think of the OG versions that the seniors in here would, but then again maybe Mario Maker's success has mitigated that to a certain extent?

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  12. Comment on What are the most iconic video game sound effects you can think of? in ~games

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    Pretty sure much of the younger generation won't. Reminds me of the time I saw a Kids React vid where they looked at rotary phones, and I realized there's millions of them who've never heard a...

    Pretty sure much of the younger generation won't. Reminds me of the time I saw a Kids React vid where they looked at rotary phones, and I realized there's millions of them who've never heard a dial tone because they've all got cellphones.

  13. Comment on What are the most iconic video game sound effects you can think of? in ~games

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    Funny enough I would have never been able to place the Yoshi mount sound if I heard it randomly. I never played or even watched any of the Super NES Mario games until maybe five or six years ago,...

    Funny enough I would have never been able to place the Yoshi mount sound if I heard it randomly. I never played or even watched any of the Super NES Mario games until maybe five or six years ago, so I know it'd sound familiar but I definitely wouldn't guess correctly.

    I've also played my fair share of Tetris but I don't think I've ever heard that line clear effect. I must have came across it on GB in real life at some point, but I'm not sure I paid attention, to be fair. Tetris is one of those games that is so ubiquitous that you get somewhat familiar with it just by osmosis.

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  14. Comment on What are the most iconic video game sound effects you can think of? in ~games

  15. What are the most iconic video game sound effects you can think of?

    I heard someone with the Sonic "ring loss" chime as their text message alert today and it instantly brought a smile to my face. Just wondered what other sound effects would be most nostalgic for...

    I heard someone with the Sonic "ring loss" chime as their text message alert today and it instantly brought a smile to my face. Just wondered what other sound effects would be most nostalgic for you if you were to hear it in a similar situation, as there are many games/franchises/systems I have little to no experience with.

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  16. Comment on Former GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain dies after battle with coronavirus in ~news

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    Will Herman Cain’s Death Change Republican Views on the Virus and Masks? Spoiler

    Will Herman Cain’s Death Change Republican Views on the Virus and Masks?

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    Evan McMullin, who ran against Mr. Trump as a third-party candidate in 2016, wrote on Twitter that Mr. Cain was “the first senior casualty of the science denial Trump cult.”

    In an interview, Mr. McMullin said he had little hope this was a wake-up call. “I wish that was the case,” he said. “Many voters who support the president live in a totally different, alternate information environment in which the news of Herman Cain’s death — his visit to the Trump rally, his decision to not wear a mask — won’t reach them.”

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  17. Comment on Indian Matchmaking only scratches the surface of a big problem in ~tv

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    I haven't seen it, but am fairly familiar with the issues the author mentions. There's always the nagging question of the potential for the show to be considered as representative by (or maybe...

    I haven't seen it, but am fairly familiar with the issues the author mentions. There's always the nagging question of the potential for the show to be considered as representative by (or maybe even marketed as such to) people who don't know any better, rather than just another flavor of 'dumb TV.' No one likes seeing their struggles reduced to one-dimensional entertainment, and it isn't helped by the (over-)simplicity of the show's title.

    Personally I object to the entire concept of dumb TV, but that's another story.

  18. Comment on Do we believe in U.F.O.s? That’s the wrong question in ~misc

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    Me too, although maybe not for the exact same reason; this is framed as an almost pointless bit of pedantry. We can all recognize that "Do you believe in UFOs?" is used as a shorthand for, "Do you...

    It legitimately freaks me out that this is a New York Times article.

    Me too, although maybe not for the exact same reason; this is framed as an almost pointless bit of pedantry. We can all recognize that "Do you believe in UFOs?" is used as a shorthand for, "Do you believe UFOs are evidence of extraterrestrial life?", with the tacit understanding that there are a number of unexplained phenomenon that probably have mundane explanations, but also a number that don't. Regardless of which side of the fence your opinion falls on, everybody without clearance (besides the wackos) recognizes they're speculating and don't know the facts.

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