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  1. Comment on In a break with convention, the New York Times editorial board has chosen to endorse two separate Democratic candidates for president: Amy Klobuchar and Elizabeth Warren in ~news

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    It really is! The content of why the people are rising up matters. Both white supremacists and civil rights leaders "rose up" in the 60s and 70s, and people were making the same false equivalence...

    Sorry, how is people rising up toxic at all?

    Go watch those red hatted wingnuts in Richmond, VA right now and you'll see.

    Okay, first off. This is some straight up bad faith arguing.

    It really is! The content of why the people are rising up matters.

    Both white supremacists and civil rights leaders "rose up" in the 60s and 70s, and people were making the same false equivalence then, too.

    15 votes
  2. Comment on Iran's Qassem Soleimani killed in US airstrike at Baghdad airport in ~news

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    It's a damn near certainty that this is precisely his odious calculation given Trump's proclivity for psychological projection.

    It's a damn near certainty that this is precisely his odious calculation given Trump's proclivity for psychological projection.

    7 votes
  3. Comment on Jury finds that Elon Musk did not defame British cave explorer Vern Unsworth when he called him “pedo guy” in an angry tweet in ~news

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    I never said that someone who doesn't use Twitter can't understand how it works. I said I suspect the jury in this case doesn't understand how subtweeting multiple times (without specifically...

    I never said that someone who doesn't use Twitter can't understand how it works. I said I suspect the jury in this case doesn't understand how subtweeting multiple times (without specifically naming him) like Elon did lends enough context to identify Unsworth.

    1 vote
  4. Comment on Jury finds that Elon Musk did not defame British cave explorer Vern Unsworth when he called him “pedo guy” in an angry tweet in ~news

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    Just because someone's an attorney doesn't mean they are familiar with how Twitter works. I'd also like to highlight how incredibly unusual it is for an attorney to serve on a jury--they are...

    Just because someone's an attorney doesn't mean they are familiar with how Twitter works. I'd also like to highlight how incredibly unusual it is for an attorney to serve on a jury--they are usually voir dire'd out due to the risk other jurors will unduly defer to their opinions.

    Clearly, that is what they determined: that a reasonable person wouldn't know from the Tweets that they were about Unsworth. That's a pretty strange result given the fact that anyone paying attention to the news did actually know that they were about Unsworth, since he was being hailed at the time in international news as the one who "saved the kids."

  5. Comment on Jury finds that Elon Musk did not defame British cave explorer Vern Unsworth when he called him “pedo guy” in an angry tweet in ~news

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    That's the spin, but one could just as easily criticize the verdict as having occurred because the jury didn't know how Twitter works. There is no distinction in the law between having a news...

    That's the spin, but one could just as easily criticize the verdict as having occurred because the jury didn't know how Twitter works. There is no distinction in the law between having a news conference to accuse the guy of pedophilia and Tweeting it out to millions of people.

    I suspect the jury didn't understand how the Tweets Musk responded to were sufficient context to easily identify Unsworth (what they're calling the "subtweet defense" now). After all, virtually everyone who was aware of Musk's comments did actually know they were about Unsworth. So it seems pretty odd for the jury to find that a reasonable person wouldn't infer they were about him when in reality, everyone who knew about them did actually make that connection.

    8 votes
  6. Comment on Jury finds that Elon Musk did not defame British cave explorer Vern Unsworth when he called him “pedo guy” in an angry tweet in ~news

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    Incorrect, the top comment in the /r/news thread on Reddit on the legal reasoning regarding defamation is misinformation. The jury found for Musk because they didn't think a reasonable person...

    Incorrect, the top comment in the /r/news thread on Reddit on the legal reasoning regarding defamation is misinformation. The jury found for Musk because they didn't think a reasonable person could infer that the Tweets were about Unsworth. Not because he couldn't prove damages.

    Unsworth alleged actual damages in court--he didn't come into court with no proof of damages. The jury did not decide that issue. He also asked for $150 million in punitive damages in addition to actual damages, which would be 0.6329% of Elon Musk's net worth, equivalent to $615.81 for the median U.S. household.

    10 votes
  7. Comment on Pour one out for the Steam Controller, now on closeout sale for just $5 plus shipping in ~games

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    It's really good for people with CTS or at risk for getting it. There's no other controller that even comes close and that's before considering the customizability of the controls, which makes it...

    It's really good for people with CTS or at risk for getting it. There's no other controller that even comes close and that's before considering the customizability of the controls, which makes it possible to use it for just about any PC game.

    2 votes
  8. Comment on Canada election: Trudeau's Liberals win but lose majority in ~news

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    All right, but that doesn't address my central point, which is that the getting rid of FPP is at the top of the NDP's list of legislative priorities and they campaigned on it. It is true that they...

    All right, but that doesn't address my central point, which is that the getting rid of FPP is at the top of the NDP's list of legislative priorities and they campaigned on it. It is true that they might have to do some trading and concessions to get it, and that those trades and concessions might lower their support among various factions. However, not pressing hard for getting rid of FPP is not costless either given the party's focus on that issue. It is easy to imagine that they fail to press hard enough on the FPP issue and lose a great deal of support that way.

    I maintain referring to political capital as a currency--or even referring to it as capital--is a misnomer and an oversimplification. Political "capital" is more basic than currency because it is another manifestation of what underlies currency--power and influence.

    1 vote
  9. Comment on Canada election: Trudeau's Liberals win but lose majority in ~news

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    Political capital is a funny thing, we speak of spending it like it is withdrawing from a bank account, but that's not really how it works. It's a much more elusive, subjective, and highly...

    Political capital is a funny thing, we speak of spending it like it is withdrawing from a bank account, but that's not really how it works. It's a much more elusive, subjective, and highly context-based thing. I'm no expert on Canadian politics either, but I don't see why such a demand would leave the NDP in a weaker position politically--it is their raison d'etre after all, wouldn't they be risking just as much by not making the demand?

    3 votes
  10. Comment on Canada election: Trudeau's Liberals win but lose majority in ~news

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    With a minority government relying on parties that are further to the left in order to form the new government, the Liberals will have to make concessions to the left in order to maintain power.

    With a minority government relying on parties that are further to the left in order to form the new government, the Liberals will have to make concessions to the left in order to maintain power.

    3 votes
  11. Comment on President Trump wrote Turkish President Erdogan a letter warning him not to be "a tough guy" or "a fool" as his forces launched their attack on northern Syria in ~news

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    This guy is one of the worst domestic threats to national security the U.S. has ever faced.

    This guy is one of the worst domestic threats to national security the U.S. has ever faced.

    5 votes
  12. Comment on What's your SILLY unpopular opinion? in ~talk

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    It was always destined to be that way. It makes no sense to set up a subreddit for unpopular opinions...on a site that ranks submissions by popularity. Of course it was going to be the bigoted...

    It was always destined to be that way. It makes no sense to set up a subreddit for unpopular opinions...on a site that ranks submissions by popularity. Of course it was going to be the bigoted opinions that float to the top there, at least without good moderation.

    5 votes
  13. Comment on Exposure to neurotoxin may have been cause of "Havana syndrome" affecting diplomats in Cuba, not "sonic attacks" in ~news

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    Relevant bits: So if it wasn't already a dead narrative, this study puts the final nail in the coffin of the conspiracy theory that the Cuban government was somehow, against all rationale,...

    Relevant bits:

    "According to a new Canadian study [...] the cause could instead be neurotoxic agents used in pesticide fumigation."

    "The symptoms experienced by the diplomats and their families, rather, are consistent with low-dose exposure, leading researchers to examine the effects of cholinesterase (ChE) blockers in commercial products."

    "Cuba, like other tropical countries, regularly sprays pesticides to kill insects that carry infectious diseases."

    So if it wasn't already a dead narrative, this study puts the final nail in the coffin of the conspiracy theory that the Cuban government was somehow, against all rationale, intentionally poisoning American diplomats during a time of détente.

    6 votes
  14. Comment on Conservative MP Phillip Lee has defected to the Liberal Democrats ahead of a crucial no-deal vote, leaving the PM with no working majority in ~news

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    That does not imply that the same people are for a no-deal Brexit. It seems rather unlikely that a significant portion of them would be for a no-deal Brexit.

    A not insignificant number of people who were pro-remain believe in honouring the result of the referendum even though they disagree with the result.

    That does not imply that the same people are for a no-deal Brexit. It seems rather unlikely that a significant portion of them would be for a no-deal Brexit.

    2 votes
  15. Comment on New research finds that user affiliations on Reddit can be used to predict which subreddits will turn so toxic they eventually get banned in ~science

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    IIRC, the previous study didn't find that there was a reduction in the hate speech of those individual users, as though the users themselves were self-moderating. The reduction was in hate speech...

    IIRC, the previous study didn't find that there was a reduction in the hate speech of those individual users, as though the users themselves were self-moderating. The reduction was in hate speech overall because many of those users stopped using the site. Some of them move to other hate subreddits, but not 100%. Thus over time, the study suggested that consistent moderation would, in fact, lower hate speech as expected.

    I don't think the studies are contradictory: this conclusion is about the behavior of the individual members, the other one was about incidence of hate speech overall. But please correct me if I'm misremembering the prior study, because I don't have it at hand.

    12 votes
  16. Comment on House votes to condemn Trump’s language as racist. in ~news

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    I feel like calling a group of Congresswomen a "squad" is pejorative, but maybe that's just me. It's one of those things that takes on a different cast if you use it to refer to yourself and your...

    I feel like calling a group of Congresswomen a "squad" is pejorative, but maybe that's just me. It's one of those things that takes on a different cast if you use it to refer to yourself and your colleagues playfully, versus someone else using it to describe you and your colleagues in your professional capacity.

    1 vote
  17. Comment on House votes to condemn Trump’s language as racist. in ~news

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    Side note: the mainstream media has latched on to calling this group of Congresswomen a "squad," with all the sexist undertones to that label as well. I heard NPR use it the other day and I was...

    Side note: the mainstream media has latched on to calling this group of Congresswomen a "squad," with all the sexist undertones to that label as well. I heard NPR use it the other day and I was surprised that no one had mentioned that calling them a "squad," like some bully group in high school, was not appropriate.

    3 votes
  18. Comment on What is a contradiction or dissonance you live with on a regular basis? in ~talk

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    Hot take: much of the joyful mockery of vegans and vegetarians is due to an underlying (perhaps unconscious) feeling that they may be ethically correct. The contradiction is uncomfortable and...

    Hot take: much of the joyful mockery of vegans and vegetarians is due to an underlying (perhaps unconscious) feeling that they may be ethically correct. The contradiction is uncomfortable and mockery works as a salve by making non-meat-eaters an out-group.

    21 votes
  19. Comment on How long should Tildes remain an invitation-only platform? in ~tildes

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    I should have clarified--a general exodus like from Digg to Reddit. Not one of the right-wing tantrums like Voat that never actually took off. Having a community with the same values is great and...

    I should have clarified--a general exodus like from Digg to Reddit. Not one of the right-wing tantrums like Voat that never actually took off.

    Having a community with the same values is great and that's what the strong moderation here can do. But ultimately, to spread our values, we need to make them widely visible, and that means opening up.

    1 vote