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  1. Comment on Huawei ejected from Wi-Fi Alliance, SD Association, and other standards groups in ~tech

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    I agree: it seems to me the Obama Admin never took this kind of tack with foreign tech companies even if they were Chinese red.

    I agree: it seems to me the Obama Admin never took this kind of tack with foreign tech companies even if they were Chinese red.

  2. Comment on Terry Gilliam's "The Man Who Killed Don Quixote" is finally hitting theaters — for one night only in ~movies

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    This is truly despicable that the studio did this to him.

    This is truly despicable that the studio did this to him.

    2 votes
  3. Comment on IMO, Trump 2020 is better than a non-progressive Democrat in ~talk

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    The Overton Window is great to mention but it's not a window of constant width - the right controls the right shade and the left controls the left shade; it can be as wide or narrow as it's...

    The Overton Window is great to mention but it's not a window of constant width - the right controls the right shade and the left controls the left shade; it can be as wide or narrow as it's allowed to be. The media has at least as much influence as the politicians. The reality of how that works is evident in the polling on a higher marginal tax rate for the rich proposed by AOC. When she first proposed it I think the whole populace had a emperor-has-no-clothes moment. It made perfect sense, but no one in the mainstream had even entertained the idea for 30 years. That is because of targeted messaging by people with money to move the "window" right and the failure of the left to push back. If you really look at the program of influence exacted by the elites like the Kochs during this time- donating money to PBS, buying buildings for universities, the consolidation of media. The Third Way Democrats didn't really push back the whole time - they have just taken the tack of trying to out play the Right at its own game.

    So now you have a window controlled by fascists on both sides - hot fascists like Trump who will appeal to imminent fear like when he mentions having "the bikers" on his side or ratchets up rhetoric with global and nuclear powers, and cool fascists who hold centrists hostage from leftward movement saying they are "holding the line" while "compromising" on economic policies that disproportionately effect the very minority groups they claim to protect. When you have someone like Kamala Harris more interested in the economic effects of letting people out of prison or Jake Tapper more concerned about the future of health insurance industry than the people dying from lack of healthcare you know you have a real problem.

    Fascism isn't just about violence or threats of the same, it's about the cooperation of the government with business interests and the slide towards greater threats and eventually actual violence to maintain those interests.

    5 votes
  4. Comment on Beto O'Rourke raises $6.1 million on first day, topping Sanders and all other rivals in ~news

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    This is a really broad statement that I can only take as creating an excuse to discount anyone who would take issue with the framing/claims/context of this article/title. I've mostly kept my mouth...

    This is a really broad statement that I can only take as creating an excuse to discount anyone who would take issue with the framing/claims/context of this article/title. I've mostly kept my mouth shut about the topic, but it's starting to sound like bible beaters claiming that "satan is all around us trying to tempt us". Low, that we'd fall victim and become another of the useful idiots /s. Stop treating people like children - maybe some of us actually have valid critiques of one or more of the candidates and you should hear them out before you assume they have ulterior motives. It seems like I almost remember a time when vibrant debate was a critical part of a healthy democracy.

  5. Comment on After Stinging Presidential Loss, Popular Vote Movement Gains Momentum In States in ~news

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    I know that certain states are gerrymandered badly, but it also seems unfair to disenfranchise the minority voters in a state with an all-or-nothing delegate system. If anything, the people would...

    I know that certain states are gerrymandered badly, but it also seems unfair to disenfranchise the minority voters in a state with an all-or-nothing delegate system. If anything, the people would be better served by a ranked choice type of system that is implemented at a federal level.

    This sort of popular vote change only serves to further entrench the two party system's hold on the presidency - one that has our country so polarized - and is going to continue to serve one party much more with the up coming demographic shifts.

    2 votes
  6. Comment on Bernie Sanders announces run for presidency in 2020 in ~news

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    Your first article says that the sort of defection you are referring to is normal in primary/general conversion - 12% of Republican primary voters voted for Clinton. I'm not going to even look at...

    Your first article says that the sort of defection you are referring to is normal in primary/general conversion - 12% of Republican primary voters voted for Clinton.

    I'm not going to even look at your other sources - it's obvious to me that you're just here to poke at old 2016 wounds.

    2 votes
  7. Comment on Bernie Sanders announces run for presidency in 2020 in ~news

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    This is pure red-baiting?

    This is pure red-baiting?

    4 votes
  8. Comment on Bernie Sanders announces run for presidency in 2020 in ~news

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    The independents (now 44% of the electorate) in the US have one of three choices - Republican or Democrat or non-participation. This attitude that they should either be vilified as spoilers or not...

    The independents (now 44% of the electorate) in the US have one of three choices - Republican or Democrat or non-participation. This attitude that they should either be vilified as spoilers or not participate is farcical. This is a Democracy and anyone who thinks that a small group of elite gate keepers should determine who the leader is is nothing but undemocratic.

    33 votes
  9. Comment on Bernie Sanders announces run for presidency in 2020 in ~news

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    Bernie converted more followers to Hillary than she did to Obama - this whole post(smear) is just weak sauce man.

    Bernie converted more followers to Hillary than she did to Obama - this whole post(smear) is just weak sauce man.

    9 votes
  10. Comment on What recent changes have you made to reduce your environmental impact? in ~enviro

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    For some reason your first link just sends me back to this page?

    For some reason your first link just sends me back to this page?

  11. Comment on Share your favorite vegetarian meals in ~food

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    I have made this several times I find it very delicious and hearty.

    I have made this several times I find it very delicious and hearty.

  12. Comment on Los Angeles To Phase Out 3 Natural Gas Plants, Replace Them With Clean Energy in ~enviro

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    The consultants suggested they build three new gas plants to replace them but the city is hoping to head in the other direction. I heard about one part of an alternative scheme, a plan to convert...

    The consultants suggested they build three new gas plants to replace them but the city is hoping to head in the other direction. I heard about one part of an alternative scheme, a plan to convert the Hoover dam to a hydro battery that would pump water into the dam during the day and generate with it on cloudy days and at night.

    2 votes
  13. Comment on What are you planning to read this year? in ~books

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    The Log From The Sea of Cortez I learned about the book while watching one of my favorite vlogs where a boat builder named Leo from the UK refurbishes a 100+ year old boat called Tally Ho. On this...

    The Log From The Sea of Cortez

    I learned about the book while watching one of my favorite vlogs where a boat builder named Leo from the UK refurbishes a 100+ year old boat called Tally Ho.

    On this episode he visits the man who is restoring the Western Flyer, the boat that Steinbeck and his friend Ed Ricketts took to the sea of Cortez in 1940.

    3 votes
  14. Comment on President Maduro (Venezuela): An Open Letter to the People of the United States in ~news

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    I believe the opposition party that was banned was the one involved in the last coup attempt.

    I believe the opposition party that was banned was the one involved in the last coup attempt.

  15. Comment on Eating breakfast is not a good weight loss strategy, scientists confirm in ~food

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    Skipped breakfast most of my life - also never had any problem with my weight. I simply found that "priming the pump" too early meant I was hungry an hour (or more) before lunch time. Turns out I...

    Skipped breakfast most of my life - also never had any problem with my weight. I simply found that "priming the pump" too early meant I was hungry an hour (or more) before lunch time. Turns out I have been practicing intermittent fasting my whole life

    1 vote
  16. Comment on Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Releases Green New Deal Outline in ~enviro

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    The time frame and hurdles involved don't really allow for nuclear - it takes too long to build. That money would be better spent upgrading to a smart grid so we can more easily and efficiently...

    The time frame and hurdles involved don't really allow for nuclear - it takes too long to build.
    That money would be better spent upgrading to a smart grid so we can more easily and efficiently move the power to where it's needed. That combined with improved efficiencies and reduction in usage would have an immediate effect on fossil fuel burned. There is a considerable amount of waste in the current system.

    5 votes
  17. Comment on Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Releases Green New Deal Outline in ~enviro

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    Because it's a holistic approach - a lot like the original New Deal. All this money being spent is an investment in energy infrastructure, and that means a lot of new good paying jobs - that leads...

    Because it's a holistic approach - a lot like the original New Deal. All this money being spent is an investment in energy infrastructure, and that means a lot of new good paying jobs - that leads to fluidity of capital and money moving does a lot more for the economy than companies buying back their own shares. The point is to improve our energy infrastructure while making sure a fair share of the gains from those advances go to the people who need it most.

    11 votes
  18. Comment on ‘It feels like I’m at a firefighters conference and no one’s allowed to speak about water.’ — This historian wasn’t afraid to confront the billionaires at Davos about their greed in ~finance

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    This is hilarious. And the Michael Dell thing was just plain sad. They are so far removed from reality it's absurd.

    This is hilarious. And the Michael Dell thing was just plain sad. They are so far removed from reality it's absurd.

    3 votes
  19. Comment on I Cut Google Out Of My Life. It Screwed Up Everything in ~tech

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    I do a lot of this partially by accident, but there are a few things I'd like to improve if possible. I started using duckduckgo about 5 years ago on my phone and laptop, still use google maps...

    I do a lot of this partially by accident, but there are a few things I'd like to improve if possible.
    I started using duckduckgo about 5 years ago on my phone and laptop, still use google maps quite a bit because, as the author says it's far superior. I am still addicted to youtube on my laptop and I doubt that will change. I have never really used a gmail account, I have a couple but rarely log in - still maintain a probably 25 year old yahoo mail account as my primary, I know that has become a bigger problem since the verizon transfer. But I'm using apple mail as my client so I never use the yahoo website. I looked into another paid email service (i think smartmail?), would proton be just as good?

    Phone situation is a bit weird. OnePlusOne died a few years years back and I used a simple burner for a bit - I struggled but made it work, then I remembered my old Galaxy S2 was still around and figured I could possibly get it working again, turns out it operated just fine except most apps were broken on it - considered a lineage upgrade, but I still somehow have never flashed a rom on android, plus this thing is still using 4.04 icecream sandwich - I can make calls and receive texts no problem - surprise google maps still works but I always kept GPS off, so no idea about that - the stock browser partially works - many sites will not load from a google search, a lot more do work from a duckduckgo search - plenty of sites just won't load period. I can visit youtube through the browser but it seems to limit how much bandwidth I can use. Needless to say, I don't count on most of the smart functions of my phone. I am not signed in to my google account on the phone - it constantly displays a sign-in error - I feel like in some way this is the best possible situation with google and my phone - like some kind of google purgatory, but OS wise I am living in the stone age. Having access to my email on the phone would be nice (side load another email client/app?) but other than that I'm not really suffering. I thought you all might enjoy a look into a partial luddite's life.

    2 votes
  20. Comment on Venezuela opposition leader swears himself in as interim president in ~news

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    Your link is a perfect example of why we shouldn't hand over control of content (ie free speech) to corporations. Luckily I saw this video before they removed censored it. Unfortunate for everyone...

    Your link is a perfect example of why we shouldn't hand over control of content (ie free speech) to corporations. Luckily I saw this video before they removed censored it. Unfortunate for everyone else.
    One man's propaganda is another's truth - without being able to view both it's impossible to make your own determination

    edit: not sure if it is the full version of what you linked, but I found this
    edit2: apologies, the first video you linked was only given a warning label, not removed - I missed the click-though button.