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  1. Comment on #GenerationLockdown: Two Australians shake up America with viral anti-gun ad in ~misc

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    You ever see what a couple desert farmers with soviet weapons can do?

    You ever see what a couple desert farmers with soviet weapons can do?

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  2. Comment on #GenerationLockdown: Two Australians shake up America with viral anti-gun ad in ~misc

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    that should definitely be in place, and it kind of already is in place. Perhaps a better system would work of course. But taking away the knives from everyone to stop a few people from hurting...

    but not mandatory background checks and safety training for guns..

    that should definitely be in place, and it kind of already is in place. Perhaps a better system would work of course. But taking away the knives from everyone to stop a few people from hurting themselves, for example, isn't the right thing to do.

  3. Comment on #GenerationLockdown: Two Australians shake up America with viral anti-gun ad in ~misc

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    that's probably the main reason such things would not work out. However even a small portion of insurgents have managed, time and time again, to give major problems to the US. see Vietnam,...

    That and I doubt a critical mass of people will ever see the situation of America as "bad enough" to rise against the government.

    that's probably the main reason such things would not work out. However even a small portion of insurgents have managed, time and time again, to give major problems to the US. see Vietnam, Afghanistan, etc.

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  4. Comment on #GenerationLockdown: Two Australians shake up America with viral anti-gun ad in ~misc

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    it would be a temporary solution that at first solves the problem but doesn't address the root cause. I have many knives and don't cut myself, and taking a knife away from me, for example, would...

    it would be a temporary solution that at first solves the problem but doesn't address the root cause. I have many knives and don't cut myself, and taking a knife away from me, for example, would not be doing anything.

  5. Comment on #GenerationLockdown: Two Australians shake up America with viral anti-gun ad in ~misc

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    what makes you think they will do nothing?

    They will not defend you from ANY government.

    what makes you think they will do nothing?

  6. Comment on Mental health support & discussion thread (June 2019 edition) in ~talk

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    that makes sense to me now. thanks for not flaming me.

    IMO it's always better to err on the side of caution, unless you actually know the person, know they can handle it, and you can actually be there to help support them through it afterwards.

    that makes sense to me now. thanks for not flaming me.

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  7. Comment on <deleted topic> in ~talk

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    To be honest, not very much. Many people have mentioned climate change. Looks like nothing is truly being done to stop it. One thing that irks me is that a lot of people proposing solutions to...

    To be honest, not very much.

    Many people have mentioned climate change. Looks like nothing is truly being done to stop it. One thing that irks me is that a lot of people proposing solutions to such problems lean heavily on technology and throw around buzzwords like "AI" and stuff as a panacea, when technology and consumerism is what got us here in the first place. It feels like throwing more fuel on the fire. Every day I see people lusting for new things and throwing away things that are rapidly becoming outdated, or broken out of planned obsolescence. Cars, appliances, electronics, clothes, whatever.

    For example, people will buy a new car, neglect proper maintenance, and then a few years later buy a new car. Even if the new car is more efficient the damage done by manufacturing two new cars may only be "made up" in many decades. Appliances and electronics now are in a rapid cycle. people get new phones every two years or less and the old ones go to landfills. Maybe they're shipped to China and recycled using what basically amounts to slave labor. A hole appears in a shirt, it gets thrown away and replaced instead of being mended, which takes ten minutes with a needle and thread. So even though we have advancements we are fighting against ourselves and I think it's a losing battle. on top of that developing countries want their piece of the pie even if it means polluting the planet even more.

    The other thing I'm worried about is technology and how it's being used in ways that don't really make the world much of a better place. To me it looks like nearly every new development or innovation at this point may just marginally increase our comfort and ease of life, while taking responsibilities and decisions away from us. The final conclusion to this process is getting rid of the human entirely or reducing them to a fat blob with no purpose in life other than to feel pleasure. That's not how a human should live, although I'm sure plenty of people would love to do just that.

    I don't want to live in a world where I can't drive my own car, see the stars at night, go outside without being recorded by a dozen different cameras, and have my facial features and gait tracked every moment of the day. I don't love big brother, but it seems like he's coming for us anyway.

  8. Comment on Mental health support & discussion thread (June 2019 edition) in ~talk

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    yeah you're right, I didn't really consider the thread... sorry. I still wanted to help though. relating to how you mentioned the golden rule I personally wouldn't mind a good yelling at if it...

    yeah you're right, I didn't really consider the thread... sorry. I still wanted to help though. relating to how you mentioned the golden rule I personally wouldn't mind a good yelling at if it would help me. I often forget that people are different from me because I often use my own experiences as a template for understanding other people.

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  9. Comment on #GenerationLockdown: Two Australians shake up America with viral anti-gun ad in ~misc

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    why do you think this?

    Thinking guns do anything to keep you safe from others or the government is a completely misguided and deluded opinion that seems to be unique to Americans for whatever reason.

    why do you think this?

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  10. Comment on Mental health support & discussion thread (June 2019 edition) in ~talk

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    I used strong language, but I didn't call this person stupid, or tell them to go off themselves or anything. I said it like that maybe to force them to look at their problem from a different...

    That's... a really awful way to speak to someone who's going through a hard time.

    I used strong language, but I didn't call this person stupid, or tell them to go off themselves or anything. I said it like that maybe to force them to look at their problem from a different perspective. Sometimes seeing your situation from the eyes of someone who thinks it's absurd makes you reconsider things. I guess I just forgot that Tildes is basically reddit now and I was replying closer to how I might on another forum or imageboard or something. My mistake.

    Things really aren't as simple as you paint them to be.

    That's true, but it's not like I just think this person is an idiot and that's that. of course there are things behind everything, that doesn't change what I really meant.

    If someone's behavior seems absurd and irrational to you, that's usually a sign that there's something you're missing about their perspective.

    not necessarily. You can understand where someone is coming from while still realizing that the whole thing is a bit strange. For example I can understand the human need for validation and such but it doesn't change the fact that I think the rise of all of these narcissistic online personalities on social media is absurd and that I don't like it.

    Their background, their lived experiences, the way they perceive the world, their reasons for making the choices they do. Jumping down their throat does very little for helping you understand where they're coming from.

    you're right, but you probably haven't considered where I'm coming from either. Just because I made a caustic comment doesn't mean I want this person to go die in a hole or something. Why would I want that? more likely, I'm frustrated at what I see too often online, and sometimes I get heated about it. I've had my share of problems in my life and I still struggle with mental issues daily. Maybe it's not the healthiest way to deal with it but when I realize I'm wasting my life away and making bad choices I try to look at myself through a stranger's eyes. and when I realize how stupid I'm being, or what a waste of time I'm making, I sort of jolt back into reality a bit, and it helps. So that's what my aim was.

  11. Comment on #GenerationLockdown: Two Australians shake up America with viral anti-gun ad in ~misc

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    yeah I realized it's youtube and the comments will be pretty bad anyway. I've looked at data but I think I end up either looking at things that either: A) reinforce the opinion I already hold, or...

    yeah I realized it's youtube and the comments will be pretty bad anyway. I've looked at data but I think I end up either looking at things that either:

    A) reinforce the opinion I already hold, or

    B) reinforce completely the opinion of someone who's arguing against me.

    it seems like most studies now will support one side or the other, so in the end any person just ends up having to stick to the opinion they already held. Or, worse, the opinion that someone else voiced and they cling to as well.

    I feel pretty strongly about the issue. I could probably talk a lot about it and sound like a nut, but in summary I think it's wrong to take away rights of the people, and in my opinion the nation and most of the world right now is having a mental health crisis which is closer to the root of the issue and the violent attacks we are seeing are just a symptom. and yes, I'm one of "those people" who at least partially blames it on phones and the internet.

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  12. Comment on Mental health support & discussion thread (June 2019 edition) in ~talk

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    I'm just tired of people making the internet such a huge and central part of their lives to the point where it consumes them. I'll admit to using rude language but my idea behind it is something I...

    I'm just tired of people making the internet such a huge and central part of their lives to the point where it consumes them. I'll admit to using rude language but my idea behind it is something I really stand behind. the person I replied to obviously has issues, and I can tell in part because I've had similar problems. When I realized that my life isn't just this one little thing I was able to feel better about it and let things go.

  13. Comment on What are you doing this weekend? in ~talk

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    Looking forward to seeing how this turns out. I love seeing cars get a new lease on life.

    Looking forward to seeing how this turns out. I love seeing cars get a new lease on life.

  14. Comment on What are you doing this weekend? in ~talk

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    Are you sure that automated posting is good? If I understand correctly you want to make a bot submit posts? If it is just for threads like this one that would be fine but if it's for actual...

    Are you sure that automated posting is good? If I understand correctly you want to make a bot submit posts? If it is just for threads like this one that would be fine but if it's for actual articles or something I don't think it's a good idea.

    you'll be fine though, as long as you have your bike and a backpack you'll make it to class okay. Also thanks for contributing to openstreetmaps. anything that's not google maps is good in my book.

  15. Comment on #GenerationLockdown: Two Australians shake up America with viral anti-gun ad in ~misc

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    The fact that comments are disabled on their video is telling that they don't want to have any sort of discussion. pushing against guns is like taking a knife away from someone who's cutting...

    The fact that comments are disabled on their video is telling that they don't want to have any sort of discussion. pushing against guns is like taking a knife away from someone who's cutting himself and saying you solved the problem.

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  16. Comment on How many bones would you break to get laid? “Incels” are going under the knife to reshape their faces, and their dating prospects in ~life

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    Just another symptom of widespread mental problems in modern humans IMHO. Since the industrial revolution we have been changing our lifestyles exponentially, certainly faster than nature can adapt...

    Just another symptom of widespread mental problems in modern humans IMHO. Since the industrial revolution we have been changing our lifestyles exponentially, certainly faster than nature can adapt and shape us to cope with the changes, and often faster than society can adapt as well. At some point people will break under the pressure. This sort of growth is not sustainable, I think.

    To answer the question, I don't think I'd break any bones to get "laid". If you're simple minded enough for that to be all you care about, well, prostitutes exist. However, people need interactions since we're social animals. After all, solitary confinement is what they do to some of the worst criminals. If you asked me how many bones I'd break to have a romantic relationship with someone, maybe I'd give you a different answer. Although I certainly would not want to go under the knife. It's unnatural, just like all the other unnatural things in our lives that are killing our minds.

    The article itself is interesting. I can empathize to some extent with these people, mentally ill as they are. I have my own issues, mainly a lot of insecurities about myself. It sucks to be the person you hate the most sometimes, but whatever. You might think the healthy thing is to realize that it's all in your head, but as soon as you do, life finds a way to push you down and tell you that it's not. Sometimes seeing things online or hearing what people say makes me question myself. Am I really making these things up about myself like people claim? Or is there some real basis for it? I think there is. It's hard to really understand some situations without being there yourself, and that goes for anyone who's been dealt a good hand giving advice to those who haven't.

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  17. Comment on How many bones would you break to get laid? “Incels” are going under the knife to reshape their faces, and their dating prospects in ~life

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    that's basically true. that part isn't necessarily true though. Nor it it easy for everyone.

    What doesn't fix it? Bitching on the internet & plastic surgery.

    that's basically true.

    Easily fixed by going outside, getting a tan, maybe picking up a gym membership, and joining a club or two.

    that part isn't necessarily true though. Nor it it easy for everyone.

    7 votes
  18. Comment on A look at VotingWorks, a nonprofit developing what it hopes will be “a publicly owned operating system for democracy" in ~tech

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    I've never used a voting machine nor have I seen someone opt to use one. Everyone I've seen has voted on a paper ballot. I don't really see how a machine would help or why it is even necessary in...

    I've never used a voting machine nor have I seen someone opt to use one. Everyone I've seen has voted on a paper ballot. I don't really see how a machine would help or why it is even necessary in the first place. My local voting district has a machine put out mainly for the disabled to use, but I don't think that is really has a place in voting apart from that.

  19. Comment on What are some of the smaller communities that you enjoy? in ~talk

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    I've met some neat people through neocities.

    I've met some neat people through neocities.

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  20. Comment on How would you guys feel if Youtube followed Instagram and made views/likes/etc. private? in ~tech

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    well then it wouldn't be "drama", it would actually just be real drama which is acceptable given things like what you mentioned. I'm talking about those petty arguments online between channels and...

    well then it wouldn't be "drama", it would actually just be real drama which is acceptable given things like what you mentioned. I'm talking about those petty arguments online between channels and the like which, for some reason, the news thinks is something important and that I need to see on the TV.

    also, I don't see how hiding the results really benefits anybody even if it doesn't really make things worse. The rating system would really have been more helpful.