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  1. Comment on The Nintendo Character With Zero Google Results in ~games

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    Wow, well-made video. 239 results on Google as of now, lol.

    Wow, well-made video. 239 results on Google as of now, lol.

    4 votes
  2. Comment on alyaza is unbanned in ~tildes.official

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    Also glad to see she's actually back, I've read many interesting contributions from her.

    Also glad to see she's actually back, I've read many interesting contributions from her.

    9 votes
  3. Comment on Why Tildes is the only place I can actually enjoy discussing politics and other controversial topics now in ~tildes

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    I'd challenge the notion that it's the site pushing anyone to feel/act any particular way, but since I get what you mean, I'll leave that aside. Considering that the site and community is...

    I'd challenge the notion that it's the site pushing anyone to feel/act any particular way, but since I get what you mean, I'll leave that aside. Considering that the site and community is ostensibly building itself on a culture of thoughtful discussion, one would hope that we would be self-selecting against reactionary posting. Regardless, I'm not seeing the shortcomings of the current label system for replies that fall short of the standard of quality. I'm open to being convinced otherwise if you have some idea. I'm not in favor of implementing some sort of easy downvote-and-move-on mechanic either, as that doesn't encourage users to think past their immediate emotions and devolves things to a popularity contest, but I similarly don't see how useful it is for anyone just to chime in to say that they disagree when they're not willing to present something thoughtful in opposition. How does that help the site, even (or especially) in the instances where it takes more time and effort to debunk someone's BS than it's worth?

    4 votes
  4. Comment on Why Tildes is the only place I can actually enjoy discussing politics and other controversial topics now in ~tildes

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    Why? You make it sound like we have no control over if and/or how we respond to something. If someone having a different opinion from you is so important that you feel it needs rebuttal, is it not...

    If you come into a thread and find a comment that you believe to be incorrect or repulsive, but it isn't malicious in a way that would be worth reporting it for, there's very little to be done. There's this feeling that if you do nothing, they'll be the only / the prevailing opinion, and you can't let that happen. That doesn't sound so bad in the abstract, but it's just asking for toxic interactions. The person jumping in isn't there because they're excited to share their point or have a novel way of presenting it, they're coming in to balance out the voices at all costs, which is just begging for a directionless squabble.

    Why? You make it sound like we have no control over if and/or how we respond to something. If someone having a different opinion from you is so important that you feel it needs rebuttal, is it not worth doing well? If not, maybe it's not that important after all.

    5 votes
  5. Comment on What’s wrong with America? I debate Ben Shapiro. in ~misc

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    Are there any leading/notable US conservatives at all who engage political discourse in good faith and don't just default to ad hominems? I've been asking for the better part of two years and...

    Are there any leading/notable US conservatives at all who engage political discourse in good faith and don't just default to ad hominems? I've been asking for the better part of two years and Shapiro is who I was recommended as the right's "intelligentsia," smh.

    10 votes
  6. Comment on What's a common misconception or misunderstanding you would love to see corrected? in ~talk

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    Hm, OK. I agree re: philosophy, and that really should be across the board, IMO. Imagine how current and future ethical dilemmas in tech could be handled if everyone in Silicon Valley, and...

    Hm, OK. I agree re: philosophy, and that really should be across the board, IMO. Imagine how current and future ethical dilemmas in tech could be handled if everyone in Silicon Valley, and government, for that matter, had a minimum of two philosophy courses.

    2 votes
  7. Comment on Country Hits Increasingly Objectify Women and Glorify Whiteness in ~music

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    The labels have essentially applied the template that made rap music the new pop to country, making the stuff on radio nauseatingly homogenous... which just amplifies exactly what the article (and...

    The labels have essentially applied the template that made rap music the new pop to country, making the stuff on radio nauseatingly homogenous... which just amplifies exactly what the article (and Earle) is talking about.

    Then, there's the whole Old Town Road mess.

    3 votes
  8. Comment on What's a common misconception or misunderstanding you would love to see corrected? in ~talk

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    Isn't that a result of them intentionally (over-)simplifying/dumbing things down for the intended audience though? Which is again an indictment of prevailing attitudes. Admittedly, I haven't...

    Isn't that a result of them intentionally (over-)simplifying/dumbing things down for the intended audience though? Which is again an indictment of prevailing attitudes. Admittedly, I haven't really listened to Bill Nye in years and I only catch snippets of dGT here and there, so I've missed most of the recent criticism of them, but nuance on the whole doesn't seem to sell well these days.

    2 votes
  9. Comment on What's a common misconception or misunderstanding you would love to see corrected? in ~talk

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    It's a damning statement on the level of public scientific literacy, particularly in the US, that this is any sort of contention. Just about any scientist worth the name will attest to the...

    It's a damning statement on the level of public scientific literacy, particularly in the US, that this is any sort of contention. Just about any scientist worth the name will attest to the uncertainty of knowledge.

    3 votes
  10. Comment on What's a common misconception or misunderstanding you would love to see corrected? in ~talk

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    As I understand, it's for essentially this reason (plus the potential to break things) that it can still take 3-5 business days for checks, bank transfers, etc. to clear, no? The banking system's...

    As I understand, it's for essentially this reason (plus the potential to break things) that it can still take 3-5 business days for checks, bank transfers, etc. to clear, no? The banking system's infrastructure is archaic but too costly to change?

    2 votes
  11. Comment on A personal story about fake news in ~talk

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    He may not be stupid, but he did something stupid (in accepting a fairly outrageous claim at face value, even from a trusted source). Thing is, we do stupid stuff all the time, even the supposedly...

    He's not stupid or malicious, just misinformed.

    He may not be stupid, but he did something stupid (in accepting a fairly outrageous claim at face value, even from a trusted source). Thing is, we do stupid stuff all the time, even the supposedly more enlightened among us. If we come to terms with that, we can inculcate habits to mitigate it, and possibly change society for our collective benefit... but that might cut into TV ratings, profits, and the like, so I'm not holding my breath.

    8 votes
  12. Comment on Marshall Gillson - "Tell Me Again How You Don't See Color" in ~creative

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    Well goddamn. She looked into that man's soul!

    Well goddamn. She looked into that man's soul!

    1 vote
  13. Comment on What Happened After My 13-Year-Old Son Joined the Alt-Right in ~life

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    I fully agree with this, and will add that a big part of that is sincerely listening and asking questions, rather than telling them stuff. Kids are usually smarter than we give them credit for at...

    The truth is, I don't know if you can properly explain the world to your child. All you can do is give them the right tools and let them experience it on their own. This is of course dangerous, but eventually the parents have to let go and hope for the best, acting like a bastion the child can return to (even as an adult) if they ever need help.

    I fully agree with this, and will add that a big part of that is sincerely listening and asking questions, rather than telling them stuff. Kids are usually smarter than we give them credit for at that age, and being a sounding board for them to arrive at their own conclusions is the wisest strategy. It's what you want to end up doing when they're fully grown adults anyway. Almost everything about parenting is a lot easier said than done though.

    2 votes
  14. Comment on A homeless Oakland couple moved into a $4 million Piedmont home. Then came the calls to police in ~life

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    Trouble is, in a society where everything worthwhile is purportedly measured by money, what incentive do the upper class really have to look beyond their walls? Hell, most of us who aren't rich...

    Trouble is, in a society where everything worthwhile is purportedly measured by money, what incentive do the upper class really have to look beyond their walls? Hell, most of us who aren't rich are just as guilty of unseeing homeless people on the street, ignoring them for the sake of our own convenience.

    3 votes
  15. Comment on Why the World’s Best Mathematicians Are Hoarding Chalk in ~misc

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    Oh, of course there was a family in Japan spending generations crafting the finest quality chalk known to man. Not sure why I would have ever thought otherwise.

    Oh, of course there was a family in Japan spending generations crafting the finest quality chalk known to man. Not sure why I would have ever thought otherwise.

    5 votes
  16. Comment on 'Hell no': Caster Semenya will not take testosterone medication in ~sports

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    That ignores the huge fact that his physical profile is very unlike every other traditional sprinter. Also, because he's the obvious outlier, he's done practically every drug test under the sun.

    That ignores the huge fact that his physical profile is very unlike every other traditional sprinter. Also, because he's the obvious outlier, he's done practically every drug test under the sun.

    8 votes
  17. Comment on A Former Alt-Right Member’s Message: Get Out While You Still Can in ~misc

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    Huh, I didn't catch the no eyelashes. You're probably right. I'm left with the same question.

    Huh, I didn't catch the no eyelashes. You're probably right. I'm left with the same question.

    1 vote
  18. Comment on A Former Alt-Right Member’s Message: Get Out While You Still Can in ~misc

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    Sorry, a bit off-topic here, but... are her eyebrows stuck on? What is that?

    Sorry, a bit off-topic here, but... are her eyebrows stuck on? What is that?

    1 vote
  19. Comment on Shame On You’: New York Times Antisemitic Cartoon Controversy Escalates in ~news

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    Even I get that; I was asking specifically just about the kippah.

    Even I get that; I was asking specifically just about the kippah.