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  1. Comment on Warren calls for eliminating the Electoral College in ~news

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    I know. What about that makes it stop being a democracy? The government is decided by people's votes. Period. Edit: Sorry if I sounded harsh, that wasn't my intention. I guess what I'm wondering...

    I know. What about that makes it stop being a democracy? The government is decided by people's votes. Period.

    Edit: Sorry if I sounded harsh, that wasn't my intention. I guess what I'm wondering is: What is your definition of a "democracy"?

    2 votes
  2. Comment on Warren calls for eliminating the Electoral College in ~news

    iiv Link Parent
    Do Americans not vote, and do their votes not decide who sits in the government? America is a republic, yes, but that doesn't mean it isn't a democracy.

    Do Americans not vote, and do their votes not decide who sits in the government? America is a republic, yes, but that doesn't mean it isn't a democracy.

    1 vote
  3. Comment on Warren calls for eliminating the Electoral College in ~news

    iiv Link Parent
    Wikipedia: Merriam-Webster: or Oxford: Do you think any of these are not true for the USA? Or do you have an equally reputable source saying something different?

    Wikipedia:

    a system of government where the citizens exercise power by voting

    Merriam-Webster:

    government by the people

    or

    a government in which the supreme power is vested in the people and exercised by them directly or indirectly through a system of representation usually involving periodically held free elections

    Oxford:

    A system of government by the whole population or all the eligible members of a state, typically through elected representatives.

    Do you think any of these are not true for the USA?

    Or do you have an equally reputable source saying something different?

    1 vote
  4. Comment on This week's album and EP releases in ~music

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    Depending on your favoured genres /r/indieheads on Reddit is a good source. They have a "New Music Friday" thread that I think will overlap this one by quite a lot.

    Depending on your favoured genres /r/indieheads on Reddit is a good source. They have a "New Music Friday" thread that I think will overlap this one by quite a lot.

    2 votes
  5. Comment on The Killers - Mr. Brightside in ~music

    iiv Link Parent
    Now that I've thought about it, it should either be a case-by-case decision, or anything allowed. A hard limit doesn't make sense since something might have millions of views, but is unknown in...

    Now that I've thought about it, it should either be a case-by-case decision, or anything allowed.

    A hard limit doesn't make sense since something might have millions of views, but is unknown in the west, would be disallowed even though most of us live where it isn't known.

    On the other hand, disallowing popular songs isn't an obvious rule. Why do that in the first place? A popular song might get some good discussion, and if doesn't, it'll just slowly sink into the abyss because of lack of comments.

    2 votes
  6. Comment on The Killers - Mr. Brightside in ~music

    iiv Link Parent
    All right, thanks for the answer! I don't necessarily disagree with your decision to remove it, but where does the limit go? 100 million views? 1 million? Or is it a case-by-case decision?

    All right, thanks for the answer! I don't necessarily disagree with your decision to remove it, but where does the limit go? 100 million views? 1 million? Or is it a case-by-case decision?

    1 vote
  7. Comment on What have you been listening to this week? in ~music

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    A few different albums: Music From The Penguin Cafe by Penguin Cafe Orchestra. It was excellent, especially the song "In a Sydney motel". I'd never heard of Penguin Cafe Orchestra before, so this...

    A few different albums:

    Music From The Penguin Cafe by Penguin Cafe Orchestra.

    It was excellent, especially the song "In a Sydney motel". I'd never heard of Penguin Cafe Orchestra before, so this was a nice introduction. I'll be sure to listen a couple more albums from them.

    The Death Defying Unicorn by Motorpsycho and Ståle Storløkken.

    An exciting jazz-rock fusion album performed by the Trondheim Jazz Orchestra. It is one of my first jazz albums, and I really like it.

    Blackstar by David Bowie.

    I can't believe I had missed this album! It's interesting and fun, an unusual combination in my experience. The standout song for me is "Girl loves me" in which Bowie goes up and down in falsetto. It's just great.

    and finally:

    The Phantom of the Opera by Andrew Lloyd Webber performed by Emmy Rossum & Gerard Butler.

    If you've seen the film (or the live musical in a theatre) you know how incredible it is. It is intense, impressive and emotional. My personal favourites are (of course) the title track and "Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again". It's so beautiful and moving.

    1 vote
  8. Comment on The Killers - Mr. Brightside in ~music

    iiv Link Parent
    I can't reply to the parent post, since it's been removed, so I'll comment here: @Deimos, why was this removed? My parent comment is right that it's unecessary to post because it's already very...

    I can't reply to the parent post, since it's been removed, so I'll comment here:

    @Deimos, why was this removed? My parent comment is right that it's unecessary to post because it's already very famous, but it isn't that bad, right?

    1 vote
  9. The last thread was pretty dead, but thanks to a encouraging message I decided to give it another go. This time: Portuguese. Brazilian, European and African Portuguese is welcome here (and of...

    The last thread was pretty dead, but thanks to a encouraging message I decided to give it another go.

    This time: Portuguese. Brazilian, European and African Portuguese is welcome here (and of course other places as well =)! The only writer of Portuguese that I know by name is Paulo Coelho, so I look forwards to your recommendations.

    So, without further ado:
    What are your favourite texts originally written in Portuguese?

    13 votes
  10. Comment on HoverGirl in ~creative

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    Nice photo! I especially like the water, it looks almost fabric-like with all the folds.

    Nice photo! I especially like the water, it looks almost fabric-like with all the folds.

    1 vote
  11. Comment on The greatest of all novels: On "War and Peace", Tolstoy's masterpiece in ~books

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    This essay actually convinced me that War and Peace is one of the greatest novels. I've always been intimidated by its size and length, but now I've got to read it!

    This essay actually convinced me that War and Peace is one of the greatest novels. I've always been intimidated by its size and length, but now I've got to read it!

    1 vote
  12. Comment on Long-term measles vaccine study shows no link with autism — again in ~health

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    I think you can do something similar using Reddit Enhancement Suit. I've at least filtered a lot of subreddits from /r/all.

    I think you can do something similar using Reddit Enhancement Suit. I've at least filtered a lot of subreddits from /r/all.

    4 votes
  13. Comment on Long-term measles vaccine study shows no link with autism — again in ~health

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    What made him change his mind more specifically?

    What made him change his mind more specifically?

    1 vote
  14. Last time we had some discussion whether it'd be best to discuss authors from different countries, or authors writing in different languages. I think it'd be best if the focus is on the language,...

    Last time we had some discussion whether it'd be best to discuss authors from different countries, or authors writing in different languages. I think it'd be best if the focus is on the language, but I won't get mad if you post Nabokov in the thread about Russian. So, without further ado:

    What are your favourite texts originally written in Korean?

    9 votes
  15. Comment on International literature #1: Italian in ~books

    iiv Link Parent
    Okay, now I have two differing opinions to take in mind, when @cadadr replied. And to be fair, I agree with them more. There's nothing stopping me from having Hindi one week and Punjabi another,...

    Okay, now I have two differing opinions to take in mind, when @cadadr replied. And to be fair, I agree with them more.

    many countries are multilingual and there are some great authors which would be left out due to this format

    There's nothing stopping me from having Hindi one week and Punjabi another, so I don't think any authors would be left out because of the format.

    Also there are many authors who write in English but are not from english speaking countries.

    Fair, but the point of this isn't to discuss authors who write in English, most people on Tildes already speak English. But if you want to, you could for example mention Nabokov in the thread about Russian.

    1 vote
  16. Comment on So my Grandma is slowly turning into an Antivaxxer thanks to platforms like Facebook... So I wrote her this essay this morning. in ~talk

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    I think your approach is wrong. Do you want her to change her mind, or do you want to lecture her? All that stuff about fake news and how free Canada is is irrelevant. Only use the three points at...

    I think your approach is wrong. Do you want her to change her mind, or do you want to lecture her? All that stuff about fake news and how free Canada is is irrelevant. Only use the three points at the end.

    1. Ask her for proof for her position.
    2. Point out that even if it is true that vaccines cause autism, isn't it a lesser evil to vaccinate anyway, because the risks of disease are greater than the risk of autism.
    3. Point out that it is immoral to risk the herd immunity since some people can't get vaccinated without getting very ill.
    4. Reiterate that there is no proof that vaccines cause autism.
    5 votes
  17. Comment on International literature #1: Italian in ~books

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    Great feedback! If I get some more replies here I'll do a country next week.

    Great feedback! If I get some more replies here I'll do a country next week.

    2 votes
  18. This is the first post (a test post, to see if there is any interest) of a series of posts where we can share our favourite texts in foreign languages. I will try to include the large languages,...

    This is the first post (a test post, to see if there is any interest) of a series of posts where we can share our favourite texts in foreign languages. I will try to include the large languages, and some small as well. You're welcome to request a language too. So, without further ado:

    What are your favourite texts originally written in Italian?

    15 votes
  19. Comment on Share your favorite vegetarian meals in ~food

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    Slice up some champignons and fry in butter. Crush as much garlic as you're comfortable with and fry as well. Boil fresh pasta, when done (only takes a few minutes) drain and put in frying pan...

    Slice up some champignons and fry in butter. Crush as much garlic as you're comfortable with and fry as well. Boil fresh pasta, when done (only takes a few minutes) drain and put in frying pan together with the mushrooms and garlic. Mix together and enjoy.

    3 votes