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  1. Comment on Weekly US politics news and updates thread - week of March 1 in ~news

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    While the article does not discuss income, it does reference educational attainment as being a significant polarization factor (which is typically a predictor of wealth). Basically the author...

    While the article does not discuss income, it does reference educational attainment as being a significant polarization factor (which is typically a predictor of wealth). Basically the author argues that those with college degrees are more likely to vote Democrat than those without.

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  2. Comment on Weekly US politics news and updates thread - week of March 1 in ~news

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    An interesting counter to the slew of GOP voter restricting measures is that the Dems in the House just passed H.R. 1, For the People Act, which is their big pro-voting rights bill. I doubt the...

    An interesting counter to the slew of GOP voter restricting measures is that the Dems in the House just passed H.R. 1, For the People Act, which is their big pro-voting rights bill.

    I doubt the prospects for this are particularly good unless we get Manchin to agree to kill the filibuster in the senate, but I am glad that at least the Democrats are showing where they stand and trying to affect some meaningful change here.

    The House late Wednesday night passed expansive legislation to create uniform national voting standards, overhaul campaign finance laws and outlaw partisan redistricting, advancing a centerpiece of the Democratic voting rights agenda amid fierce Republican attacks that threaten to stop it cold in the Senate.

    Democrat after Democrat said this week that the GOP’s state-level efforts made it more important than ever to act at the federal level to preserve expansive voting laws. Many invoked the gains won in the 1960s civil rights movement by activists including John Lewis, the Georgia Democrat who died of cancer last year.

    The bill’s voting provisions would guarantee no-excuse mail voting and at least 15 days of early voting for federal elections; require states to use their existing government records to automatically register citizens to vote; restore voting rights to felons who have completed their prison sentences; and mandate the use of paper ballots.

    4 votes
  3. Comment on Weekly US politics news and updates thread - week of March 1 in ~news

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    Interesting perspective from NY Mag on the breakdown of 2020 election voters. Of note, the author claims that though conservative nonwhite voters have historically voted Democrat despite their...

    Interesting perspective from NY Mag on the breakdown of 2020 election voters.

    Of note, the author claims that though conservative nonwhite voters have historically voted Democrat despite their ideology, in 2020 they largely switched parties for the first time, potentially due to the "defund the police" movement.

    As for the story with Hispanics overall, one thing that really comes out very clearly in survey data that we’ve done is that it really comes down to ideology. So when you look at self-reported ideology — just asking people, “Do you identify as liberal, moderate, or conservative” — you find that there aren’t very big racial divides. Roughly the same proportion of African American, Hispanic, and white voters identify as conservative. But white voters are polarized on ideology, while nonwhite voters haven’t been. Something like 80 percent of white conservatives vote for Republicans. But historically, Democrats have won nonwhite conservatives, often by very large margins. What happened in 2020 is that nonwhite conservatives voted for Republicans at higher rates; they started voting more like white conservatives.

    And so this leads to a question of why. Why did nonwhite voters start sorting more by ideology? And that’s a hard thing to know. But my organization, and our partner organizations, have done extensive post-election surveys of 2020 voters. And we looked specifically at those voters who switched from supporting Hillary Clinton in 2016 to Donald Trump in 2020 to see whether anything distinguishes this subgroup in terms of their policy opinions. What we found is that Clinton voters with conservative views on crime, policing, and public safety were far more likely to switch to Trump than voters with less conservative views on those issues. And having conservative views on those issues was more predictive of switching from Clinton to Trump than having conservative views on any other issue-set was.

    This lines up pretty well with trends we saw during the campaign. In the summer, following the emergence of “defund the police” as a nationally salient issue, support for Biden among Hispanic voters declined. So I think you can tell this microstory: We raised the salience of an ideologically charged issue that millions of nonwhite voters disagreed with us on. And then, as a result, these conservative Hispanic voters who’d been voting for us despite their ideological inclinations started voting more like conservative whites.

    And since white voters are sorting on ideology more than nonwhite voters, we’ve ended up in a situation where white liberals are more left wing than Black and Hispanic Democrats on pretty much every issue: taxes, health care, policing, and even on racial issues or various measures of “racial resentment.” So as white liberals increasingly define the party’s image and messaging, that’s going to turn off nonwhite conservative Democrats and push them against us.

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

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    I just beat Final Fantasy VII Remake on my PS5 last night. I really liked the game as a whole and appreciated how it was so focused on world-building and fleshing out the story and characters of...

    I just beat Final Fantasy VII Remake on my PS5 last night. I really liked the game as a whole and appreciated how it was so focused on world-building and fleshing out the story and characters of this world, but man I was blown away by the ending.

    Major Spoilers for Original FF VII and FF VII Remake

    Goddamn. The way they incorporated the whispers throughout this game was really cool and I noticed early on that they basically only showed up when the Remake diverged from the original game's story. I also caught that Aerith seems to know more about what's going on than she should have like Cloud being a mercenary or Marlene's name. I was SUPER happy when they showed that Wedge lived from the pillar fight and that they may take some real risks with this game. But the ending with Cloud and the gang essnetially breaking free of destiny (the original PS1 game's story) and opening up a whole new world of possibilities was so well down. It almost felt like the whispers were the gaming community as a whole demanding a remake of the game but being unwilling to let the creators take a risk. It all felt very meta. I just loved it and am really excited to see where the story goes now. I am sure they will still visit a lot of the same places, but knowing that they are really planning on diverging and thinking how that could play out is just fun.

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  5. Comment on Weekly US politics news and updates thread - week of March 1 in ~news

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    I mean, I think the Republicans have shown that we can not take them at their word, particularly when it comes to issues or racism and white supremacy. Some additional considerations about the...

    I mean, I think the Republicans have shown that we can not take them at their word, particularly when it comes to issues or racism and white supremacy.

    Some additional considerations about the young Representative Cawthorn.

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  6. Comment on Weekly US politics news and updates thread - week of March 1 in ~news

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    A huge report came out on Friday from Buzzfeed that somehow got lost in the conversation over the weekend that the nazi-celebrating GOP Congressman Madison Cawthorn was a serial harasser of women...

    A huge report came out on Friday from Buzzfeed that somehow got lost in the conversation over the weekend that the nazi-celebrating GOP Congressman Madison Cawthorn was a serial harasser of women at college

    BuzzFeed News spoke with more than three dozen people, including more than two dozen former students, their friends, and their relatives, who described or corroborated instances of sexual harassment and misconduct on campus, in Cawthorn’s car, and at his house near campus. Four women told BuzzFeed News that Cawthorn, now a rising Republican star, was aggressive, misogynistic, or predatory toward them. Their allegations include calling them derogatory names in public in front of their peers, including calling one woman “slutty,” asking them inappropriate questions about their sex lives, grabbing their thighs, forcing them to sit in his lap, and kissing and touching them without their consent. One of these women now works as an intern for another Republican member of Congress and passes Cawthorn in the corridors of the Capitol. According to more than a dozen people — including three women who had firsthand experience and seven people who heard about these incidents from them at the time — Cawthorn often used his car as a way to entrap and harass his women classmates, taking them on what he could call “fun drives'' off campus. Two said he would drive recklessly and ask them about their virginity and sexual experiences while they were locked in the moving vehicle.

    For those unaware, here is the Cawthorn nazi connection. I feel like it should be emphasized whenever he is discussed.

    8 votes
  7. Comment on WandaVision | Episode 8 Discussion Thread in ~tv

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    Yeah, I was definitely had a thought after that final flashback scene like "okay now shes gonna show her that her kids aren't real," but then was holding them captive If she realizes that the kids...

    Yeah, I was definitely had a thought after that final flashback scene like "okay now shes gonna show her that her kids aren't real," but then was holding them captive

    If she realizes that the kids are just imaginary like Fietro or whatever, that would definitely push her over the edge too

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  8. Comment on Weekly US politics news and updates thread - week of February 22 in ~news

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    I am fully in Camp 1 here. I think that Republicans are an existential threat to our government and we should do everything possible to fix the deep structural issues of our Democracy. Especially...

    I am fully in Camp 1 here. I think that Republicans are an existential threat to our government and we should do everything possible to fix the deep structural issues of our Democracy. Especially with the onslaught of bills being forced through by Republican state legislatures right now to limit voting, a new Voting Rights Act is critical right now to ensure that all citizens have the right and ability to vote in a fair election.

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  9. Comment on WandaVision | Episode 8 Discussion Thread in ~tv

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    I liked the Salem scene set in the 1600s showing us just how old Agatha is. It also helps put just how powerful Wanda is in context. Agatha is hundreds of years old and based on how she sucked the...

    I liked the Salem scene set in the 1600s showing us just how old Agatha is. It also helps put just how powerful Wanda is in context. Agatha is hundreds of years old and based on how she sucked the lifeforce from an entire coven, she seems pretty powerful. But even she can't even comprehend how Wanda has been able to pull this whole thing off in Westview, so that was cool.

    I liked exploring the past scenes of Wanda being obsessed with sitcoms and dealing with her many traumas and losses over the years. [Sidebar: I never actually watched Age of Ultron so I was largely unaware of most of her backstory in the MCU other than her brother died and she was in love with Vision from Infinity War / Endgame, so not sure how much of this is new or old details].

    I also thought that the reveal at the end of how Wanda started this whole mess in Westview was interesting. From what the SWORD Director had said, I was expecting her to go in magic a-blazing and steal him, so having her end up relatively calmly leaving and driving off was interesting. The scene of her building the house she wanted with Vision, restoring him, and transforming the town was pretty cool.

    I definitely had some vibes that Agatha was more understanding of Wanda throughout the episode and had a bit of whiplash when she seemed to turn full heel at the end. I know in the comics Agatha is more of a mentor character so I was thinking maybe they might be angling more that way. Even though the episode ended with Agatha seeming to be a full-on villain, I wonder if the main antagonist is going to be the SWORD Director guy and it ends with a women team-up of Wanda, Agatha, and Rambeau taking him down or something. I definitely would like to see Agatha hang around more in the future of the MCU and maybe teach Wanda how to control her power more. Though, she could also just break entirely seeing the Un-Vision that is brought back and being forced to basically kill him again or something.

    Overall, i've enjoyed the series so far and interested to see how it wraps up next week.

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  10. Comment on Weekly US politics news and updates thread - week of February 22 in ~news

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    Not at all shocking, but the woman who stole Nancy Pelosi's laptop during the 1/6 insurrection is a neo-nazi affiliated with the white supremacist domestic terror group Atomwaffen. Woman Accused...

    Not at all shocking, but the woman who stole Nancy Pelosi's laptop during the 1/6 insurrection is a neo-nazi affiliated with the white supremacist domestic terror group Atomwaffen.

    However, Bellingcat has since received information that suggests that Williams was more than just a Trump supporter caught up in the maelstrom. She is somebody who posted racist and Anti-Semitic content as well as filmed a video that appears openly pro-Nazi and promotes accelerationism (speeding up the collapse of society) as a pathway towards establishing a genocidal white supremacist state.

    4 votes
  11. Comment on Playstation State of Play | February 25, 2021 in ~games

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    Oddworld is definitely my most hyped game out of this bunch so far. I loved the original series on PS1 and it looks really cool taking this up to the newest generation. The new game by the Hyper...

    Oddworld is definitely my most hyped game out of this bunch so far. I loved the original series on PS1 and it looks really cool taking this up to the newest generation.

    The new game by the Hyper Light Drifter devs also looks very unique and fun.

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  12. Comment on Anthem development ceases, BioWare to focus on Dragon Age, Mass Effect in ~games

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    I don't think anyone is particularly surprised by this announcement. The game seemed like a dud since it was first announced with being just another games as a service IP meant to crank out money...

    I don't think anyone is particularly surprised by this announcement. The game seemed like a dud since it was first announced with being just another games as a service IP meant to crank out money for the studio. I wouldn't be surprised if the Marvels Avengers game gets the axe soon too considering its current state.

    With two very poorly received games in a row for Bioware and with EA as their parent company, I wonder if they are going to get closed soon altogether. Also, if I remember correctly, I thought that Bioware had previously stopped updates to Mass Effect: Andromeda so that they could redirect efforts on Anthem. The fact that Anthem turned out to be a flop despite that has got to be difficult for the developers there.

    7 votes
  13. Comment on Weekly US politics news and updates thread - week of February 22 in ~news

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    From the Washington Post Editorial Board: Republicans’ war on democracy is ramping up

    From the Washington Post Editorial Board:

    REPUBLICANS’ WAR on democracy is gaining steam. Unable to persuade a majority of voters to vote for their presidential standard-bearer or Senate candidates in some key races, many have decided that instead of trying to compete in a free and fair vote they will make the contest less free and less fair. Republican state lawmakers are introducing voter-suppression bills all over the country. But ground zero is Georgia, where former president Donald Trump and two Republican Senate incumbents unexpectedly lost.

    Two monstrous election bills emerged in the Georgia state legislature this week. One, in the state Senate, would end no-excuse absentee voting. Only Georgians who meet specific criteria, such as being over 65, could cast mail-in ballots. Even if they have a valid excuse, the bill would require voters to find witnesses to sign their absentee ballots, and voters would have to attach photocopies of their IDs, making the process vastly more difficult.

    Georgia Republicans were not previously so wary of mail-in voting, perhaps in part because older and rural voters tend to use it. Other states run their elections almost entirely by mail with a high degree of security. There was no substantial fraud in the 2020 vote, in Georgia or elsewhere, implicating either mail-in ballots or in-person voting. The difference is that Democrats embraced absentee balloting in 2020, avoiding polling places because of coronavirus concerns. Suddenly, Republicans are determined to roll back a proven, reliable and increasingly popular voting option.

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  14. Comment on Three different Spider-Man 3 titles announced by Tom Holland and Zendaya in ~movies

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    I thought this was a pretty interesting marketing strategy with some neat allusions to the multiverse set-up going on with Wandavision and Dr. Strange. With all of the rumors of Spidey's of movies...

    I thought this was a pretty interesting marketing strategy with some neat allusions to the multiverse set-up going on with Wandavision and Dr. Strange. With all of the rumors of Spidey's of movies past and other characters from past franchises, I am pretty excited for this movie and hope that the MCU starts getting a lot weirder.

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  15. Comment on Reddit: Organized lightning in ~tech

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    Yeah, while the initial outrage was led by several moderators setting subreddits private after the main Reddit admin supporting r/IAMA (Victoria / u/Chooter) was let go, the real fuel of the...

    Yeah, while the initial outrage was led by several moderators setting subreddits private after the main Reddit admin supporting r/IAMA (Victoria / u/Chooter) was let go, the real fuel of the outrage was that Ellen had just banned five whole subreddits right before this happened.

    On June 10, 2015 the admins banned some super hateful subreddits, r/FatPeopleHate being the largest. The others were /r/hamplanethatred, /r/transf--s, /r/neof--, and /r/shitn-----ssay. This of course upset the much more reactionary base of Reddit at the time.

    Victoria was fired less than a month later on July 2, 2015. The subreddits went private in protest starting the next day on July 3.

    It is also relevant that this was basically in the height of GamerGate fueled outrage that was already going on after being started just a year prior. I think a lot of the journalists at the time, as well as tons of Redditors themselves, took the vitriol being directed at Pao at face value that it was about Victoria, when there was very clearly a lot of folks who just used it as an opportunity to rail about censorship, free speech, and harass a woman in tech.

    10 votes