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  1. Comment on If you could choose to live out your entire life in any time and place in history, what would you choose and why? in ~talk

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    I agree with all of that. Things are always going to get better for the average person. I suppose I should have made the question, "If you HAD to choose to live out your entire life in any time...

    I agree with all of that. Things are always going to get better for the average person. I suppose I should have made the question, "If you HAD to choose to live out your entire life in any time and place in history, what would you choose and why?"

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  2. Comment on Which headphones do you recommend below 100€? in ~music

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    Ultrasone HFI-580. These were my first pair of good headphones. Last year, I decided to upgrade. I did hours of research then went to a store to sample a list of 10 or so, ranging up to $500. I...

    Ultrasone HFI-580. These were my first pair of good headphones. Last year, I decided to upgrade. I did hours of research then went to a store to sample a list of 10 or so, ranging up to $500. I ended up leaving the store with my old 580s and not buying anything new. I like them that much. They are similar to the M40X, but to my ears have better mids and crisper bass.

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  3. Comment on What's your favourite Mountain Goats album? in ~music

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    Yeah it's a big catalog. Darnielle is a prolific songwriter. Most of the time he writes about other characters. The Sunset Tree is about his childhood with an abusive stepfather. The mostly upbeat...

    Yeah it's a big catalog. Darnielle is a prolific songwriter. Most of the time he writes about other characters. The Sunset Tree is about his childhood with an abusive stepfather. The mostly upbeat songs contrast amazingly with the heartbreaking imagery of the lyrics. It culminates with the haunting Pale Green Things, in which he tries to come to terms with his stepfather's death later in life. It's such a great album. One of my all time favorites.

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  4. Comment on What's your favourite Mountain Goats album? in ~music

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    The Sunset Tree. It's so personal and beautiful.

    The Sunset Tree. It's so personal and beautiful.

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  5. Comment on In reversal, Trump signs order stopping family separation in ~news

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    It means priority for leniency goes to those with families, yes. If that's not palatable, the administration could always go with option 2: hire more judges.

    Does this mean that if you manage to survive for 20 days, you don't have to face any repurcussion for illegal entry?

    It means priority for leniency goes to those with families, yes. If that's not palatable, the administration could always go with option 2: hire more judges.

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  6. Comment on In reversal, Trump signs order stopping family separation in ~news

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    I'm saying the order runs contrary to an existing law. But if you're asking my opinion, yes, I believe the order is misguided. Trump is trying to challenge a law with an executive order in order...

    I'm saying the order runs contrary to an existing law.

    But if you're asking my opinion, yes, I believe the order is misguided. Trump is trying to challenge a law with an executive order in order to detain children with their parents indefinitely. It's not really a solution as it will probably be struck down in the courts, which means nothing will change.

    Two much better options are 1. ending the zero tolerance policy and release parents with their children (the existing policy) or 2. expedite illegal entry prosecutions by hiring more judges so that the parents cases can be decided by the time the children are released.

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  8. Comment on <deleted topic> in ~talk

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    I've struggled with this too. But no one thought farmers with muskets could repel the Red Coats. A more modern example is the inability of the modern US military to subdue the people of North...

    I've struggled with this too. But no one thought farmers with muskets could repel the Red Coats. A more modern example is the inability of the modern US military to subdue the people of North Vietnam. Also, I'm not sure if lack of efficacy is valid enough reason to take away a major right of Americans. You could just as easily say that protests don't produce enough results in Washington, so why have that right anyways?

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  9. Comment on <deleted topic> in ~talk

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    Interesting maybe, if not entirely factual, but we shouldn't really make decisions on what rights all Americans do or do not have based on the current political climate.

    Interesting maybe, if not entirely factual, but we shouldn't really make decisions on what rights all Americans do or do not have based on the current political climate.

  10. Comment on In reversal, Trump signs order stopping family separation in ~news

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    Just to be clear, he didn't reverse his policy. The zero-tolerance policy requires detention and prosecution of every illegal entry. That will continue. What the order does is allow the...

    Just to be clear, he didn't reverse his policy. The zero-tolerance policy requires detention and prosecution of every illegal entry. That will continue. What the order does is allow the administration to detain children indefinitely along with their parents while they await prosecution, even though the law requires children to be released after 20 days. The order is headed for a court battle, and rightly so.

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  11. Comment on In reversal, Trump signs order stopping family separation in ~news

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    This isn't necessarily good news. The order allows for the administration to hold children indefinitely, where he is required by law (the Flores settlement) to release children after 20 days. In...

    This isn't necessarily good news. The order allows for the administration to hold children indefinitely, where he is required by law (the Flores settlement) to release children after 20 days. In other words, his solution to keeping families together is to illegally detain children indefinitely, when he could legally release parents along with the children and keep them together that way. This order is in for a court battle, and rightly so.

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  12. Comment on In reversal, Trump signs order stopping family separation in ~news

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    Well, it's a little more complicated than that. The Flores settlement states that children can only be detained for 20 days, after that they have to be released. This is what the administration...

    Well, it's a little more complicated than that. The Flores settlement states that children can only be detained for 20 days, after that they have to be released. This is what the administration cited when claiming they were required to separate families. Of course there is no legal reason the parents couldn't be released along with the children. It also doesn't explain why children are being detained separately.

    The order that Trump just signed allows the children to be held together with the parents indefinitely. This violates the Flores settlement so this order will end up in court and is possibly an overstep of his authority.

    Just to reiterate, Trump just signed an order, that may be illegal, that allows his administration to incarcerate child refugees indefinitely.

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  13. Comment on Alternatives to Google as a Search Engine? in ~tech

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    I came to DDG for the privacy, but I stayed for the bangs. I don't think I can ever use another search engine without them.

    I came to DDG for the privacy, but I stayed for the bangs. I don't think I can ever use another search engine without them.

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  14. Comment on What's a useful skill that only takes an afternoon to learn? in ~talk

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    I thought of another answer to this question. Lockpicking. I was shocked to learn how easy it is to pick most locks. Definitely can learn how to pick standard hardware store locks in an afternoon....

    I thought of another answer to this question. Lockpicking. I was shocked to learn how easy it is to pick most locks. Definitely can learn how to pick standard hardware store locks in an afternoon. You might think this doesn't have legitimate use, but it has saved me from calling a locksmith a few times after being locked out of my house and after losing the key to my shed.

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  15. Comment on Is the "Reddiquette" a good idea in principle? What do you think about it? in ~tildes

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    The biggest area of reddiquette that gets ignored constantly is don't downvote opinions, downvote comments that don't contribute to the discussion. That's not really needed here since there are no...

    The biggest area of reddiquette that gets ignored constantly is don't downvote opinions, downvote comments that don't contribute to the discussion.

    That's not really needed here since there are no downvotes. I think "Don't be a dick" is all we really need.

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  16. Comment on What's your favorite hard science fiction novel? in ~talk

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    That may be. I read them about 20 years ago. All science fiction tends to get a little dated here and there. I reread Dune recently and his fascination with plastics is pretty funny. But I'd urge...

    That may be. I read them about 20 years ago. All science fiction tends to get a little dated here and there. I reread Dune recently and his fascination with plastics is pretty funny. But I'd urge you to finish The Mars Trilogy. It's a great achievement of imagination and yet it feels completely real. The politics and the building of society from scratch on a new planet were absolutely fascinating.

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  18. Comment on What's a useful skill that only takes an afternoon to learn? in ~talk

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    Origami. There are only really a few basic folds and bases. You could learn to fold a basic pattern in an afternoon. Simple to learn, a lifetime to master. Edit: I just reread the title. I don't...

    Origami. There are only really a few basic folds and bases. You could learn to fold a basic pattern in an afternoon. Simple to learn, a lifetime to master.

    Edit: I just reread the title. I don't know if it's useful, but it's relaxing and fun!

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  19. Comment on Rosanne Barr and now Samantha Bee, does the punishment fit the crime? in ~tv

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    Perhaps you are right. But comparing a black person to an ape is absolutely inherently racist, unless you just arrived on this planet and know absolutely nothing of the social history of North...

    Just think it's important to clarify that comparing people to apes is not inherently racist.

    Perhaps you are right. But comparing a black person to an ape is absolutely inherently racist, unless you just arrived on this planet and know absolutely nothing of the social history of North America.

    I don't know if Rosanne should have been cancelled. That's up to the network. I do know that comedians say extremely non politically correct things fairly regularly. But you can't convince me that what Rosanne said wasn't racist. That's a weak argument.

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