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  1. Comment on Comedian who plays a president on television comes out on top in first round of Ukraine elections in ~news

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    Jesus, that's horrible.

    Jesus, that's horrible.

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  3. Comment on The role of mastodon.social in the Mastodon ecosystem in ~tech

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    As someone who runs their own single user Mastodon instance, my experience has been that very few active accounts on the Federation are actually on mastodon.social. The majority of my feed comes...

    As someone who runs their own single user Mastodon instance, my experience has been that very few active accounts on the Federation are actually on mastodon.social. The majority of my feed comes from relatively small instances and it's a running joke that almost all Mastodon account handles end with a ridiculously long (and therefore cheap) domain name.

    I really find it hard to believe that anyone would be significantly confused by the concept of federation: people can comprehend email just fine. Personally, I don't think anybody younger than 30 is going to be confused by Mastodon's signup system. In fact I'm pretty sure the majority of people on pawoo.net and mastodon.jp (the largest instances iirc) don't even come into contact with Mastodon through joinmastodon.org.

    On a side note, one benefit of the way Mastodon decentralizes that I haven't seen people mention is how international it is. Most major social media sites pretty much only serve one language, or segregate them. On Mastodon, most of my feed isn't even English. You can't have that with centralized services like Tildes or HackerNews because a single community can really only speak one language.

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  4. Comment on The Eerie Absence Of Viral Fakes After The New Zealand Mosque Attacks in ~news

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    Personally, the Christchurch shooter was a wakeup call. Over the past couple of years I've been a little desensitized to shootings but this one really stood out because I began to realize that the...

    Personally, the Christchurch shooter was a wakeup call. Over the past couple of years I've been a little desensitized to shootings but this one really stood out because I began to realize that the type of people doing these shootings were the same ones I had encountered online and ignored.

    I'm sure we've all been to /pol/ or something similar before but this time we have undeniable proof that these communities are willing to carry out the hatred they espouse. I went to /pol/ on 8chan and they seemed to be distancing themselves by claiming the shooter was a Jew infiltraitor of their community. They can't even deny that he was a manifestation of their ideology anymore, only that he wasn't effective in carrying it out.

    At this point I don't think it matters whether the shooter gets publicity. It's already too late and the ideology that produces these people has already taken hold and will keep producing these people.

    19 votes
  5. Comment on What is the human cost to China's economic miracle? | Head to Head in ~news

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    Thank you for posting this video, it provided an interesting perspective. I don't think it's productive to call it an "aggressive and fact-based refutation of Chinese propagandists' talking...

    Thank you for posting this video, it provided an interesting perspective.

    I don't think it's productive to call it an "aggressive and fact-based refutation of Chinese propagandists' talking points" when the whole point of shows like this is to provide a platform for honest debate about contentious issues. Flat out dismissing the guests as propagandists is really intellectually disengenuous.

    I think it might just be the show's style, but the interviewer barely let any of the guests speak and asked a lot of loaded questions. It seems Mr. Charles Liu wasn't prepared to argue the topics discussed. However, I appreciate that unlike other conversations involving China, things were relatively civil.

    What struck me was when Mr. Liu talked about how the impetus for him moving to China was seeing one of his classmates killed in the US for being Chinese.

    2 votes
  6. Comment on What is the human cost to China's economic miracle? | Head to Head in ~news

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    They brought in an economics expert to talk about human rights. His entire argument was that he didn't know anything about the situation and that it didn't seem plausible from what he knew. I...

    Hearing Chinese state intellectuals casually discard the rights of millions of people

    They brought in an economics expert to talk about human rights. His entire argument was that he didn't know anything about the situation and that it didn't seem plausible from what he knew. I don't see how you can possibly characterize that as "casually discard".

    under one imperial leader

    China has lots of problems which the interviewees acknowledged. Throwing around petty insults like this is counterproductive the same way calling Donald Trump Drumpf is counterproductive.

    2 votes
  7. Comment on A sports hijab has France debating the Muslim veil, again in ~misc

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    Oh in that case I think we're both in agreement.

    Oh in that case I think we're both in agreement.

  8. Comment on A sports hijab has France debating the Muslim veil, again in ~misc

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    You're correct, but nobody's trying to ban high heels, which is the crux of the issue here. Who are we to say our brainwashing is better than their brainwashing when objectively they are no different?

    We are all brainwashed

    You're correct, but nobody's trying to ban high heels, which is the crux of the issue here. Who are we to say our brainwashing is better than their brainwashing when objectively they are no different?

    1 vote
  9. Comment on A sports hijab has France debating the Muslim veil, again in ~misc

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    Yeah I'll just go tell all my American acquaintances who do wear the Hijab they're brainwashed fools then. I don't see how you and I as outsiders (and French legislators) could possibly make the...

    because her development has been arrested mentally by her peers so that she can be made to wear a religious garment that's symbolic of sexual oppression.

    Yeah I'll just go tell all my American acquaintances who do wear the Hijab they're brainwashed fools then.

    I don't see how you and I as outsiders (and French legislators) could possibly make the decision that the Hijab is inherently a symbol of oppression. These women have decided that it isn't, and you can't just handwaive that away with "oh it's cultural programming" while also acknowledging that your opinion is also the result of cultural programming. You can't in good faith simply dismiss the opposing opinion as brainwashed. Objectively, why is the Hijab a symbol of oppression more so than high heels or skirts?

    3 votes
  10. Comment on This is what the life of an incel looks like in ~misc

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    Wow I hadn't even considered that the whole incel meme could be an attack on those in your situation. It seems that by bringing up people like Joey and Nux, it becomes more palatable to victim...

    Wow I hadn't even considered that the whole incel meme could be an attack on those in your situation.

    It seems that by bringing up people like Joey and Nux, it becomes more palatable to victim blame.

    I apologize for buying into the narrative.

    4 votes
  11. Comment on A sports hijab has France debating the Muslim veil, again in ~misc

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    That comes across as infatilizing these women. If they have made the choice to believe that who are we, as outsiders, to second guess them? Maybe you can be a strong woman who wears a hijab...

    woman who spin her a tale of how she can be a strong woman who still wears the hijab.

    That comes across as infatilizing these women. If they have made the choice to believe that who are we, as outsiders, to second guess them? Maybe you can be a strong woman who wears a hijab because it represents "ethnic/religious pride" regardless of whether you will face pressure if you choose otherwise.

    I don't have a real stake on the issue since it's never been relevant to me,

    Same.

    3 votes
  12. Comment on Apollo 11 is phenomenal, and gave me an existential crisis in ~movies

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    On flipside I have a grandparent whose acheivements are often lauded by my family. Yet I know little of his life and the only traces of his existence I can find are a couple paragraphs in an old...

    "I've recorded so much more of my life than any person on that screen, and yet nothing I've done will offer this kind of connection to the people watching, and none of it matters like this does"

    On flipside I have a grandparent whose acheivements are often lauded by my family. Yet I know little of his life and the only traces of his existence I can find are a couple paragraphs in an old journal.

    It kinda gives me this feeling that even the greatest of acheivements and lives will in the end be just as mundane as mine.

    3 votes
  13. Comment on For The Few Who Heat Homes With Coal, It's Still King in ~life

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    What you're saying is true, but given that the issue is so emotionally loaded, sentiments like the above probably isn't the best way to effect change. Perhaps whatever memes that were used to...

    this backwards state.

    What you're saying is true, but given that the issue is so emotionally loaded, sentiments like the above probably isn't the best way to effect change.

    Perhaps whatever memes that were used to create an emotional attachment to coal could be repurposed to create an emotional attachment to renewables?

    Forgive me if my comment seems naive.

  14. Comment on This is what the life of an incel looks like in ~misc

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    I may be getting the causality backwards but could it be possible that the social isolation these people feel is exasperated by the fact that they have no reason to go outside and/or interact with...

    His mom pays for his apartment.

    I may be getting the causality backwards but could it be possible that the social isolation these people feel is exasperated by the fact that they have no reason to go outside and/or interact with other people regularly?

    If Joey's claim that people suffering like him are becoming more common is true, then that really puts a damper on the sustainability of UBI.

    1 vote
  15. Comment on A sports hijab has France debating the Muslim veil, again in ~misc

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    If a woman choosing not to wear a hijab leads to harrassment then the hijab isn't the problem, the harrassment is. IMO It's stupid to prevent harrassment of choosing not to wear a hijab by legally...

    If a woman choosing not to wear a hijab leads to harrassment then the hijab isn't the problem, the harrassment is.

    IMO It's stupid to prevent harrassment of choosing not to wear a hijab by legally enforcing harrassment of choosing to wear a hijab. However, being neither French or Muslim, my opinion isn't educated.

    6 votes
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  18. Comment on Momo Challenge, memes, and "Secure, Contain, Protect" (SCP) in ~talk

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    Maybe memes should be dealt with the same way physical virii are: through innoculation. It makes sense that if we were desensitized to things they would lose their memetic potency.

    Maybe memes should be dealt with the same way physical virii are: through innoculation. It makes sense that if we were desensitized to things they would lose their memetic potency.

    6 votes
  19. Comment on Far-right social network Gab releases "Dissenter", a browser extension allowing Gab users to comment on the pages they're viewing in ~tech

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    On the flip side, it'll be great tool for organizing harassment campaigns. Imagine not even having to look for a target.

    On the flip side, it'll be great tool for organizing harassment campaigns. Imagine not even having to look for a target.

    1 vote