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  1. Comment on America’s self-obsession is killing its democracy in ~misc

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    Very interesting article by a political science professor at UCL talking about the similarities between the current political situation in the US and the collapse of democracy in other countries....

    Very interesting article by a political science professor at UCL talking about the similarities between the current political situation in the US and the collapse of democracy in other countries. Well worth the read.

    When democracies start to die, they usually don’t recover. Instead, they end up as authoritarian states with zombified democratic institutions: rigged elections in place of legitimate ones, corrupt courts rather than independent judges, and propagandists replacing the press.

    Sounds familiar?

    The wish list from several democracy experts I spoke with is long, and includes passing the Electoral Count Act, creating a constitutional right to vote, reforming districting so more elections are competitive, establishing a nonpartisan national election-management body, electing the president via popular vote, reducing the gap in representation between states like California and Wyoming, introducing some level of proportional representation or multimember districts, aggressively regulating campaign spending and the role of money in politics, and enforcing an upper age limit for Supreme Court justices. But virtually all of those ideas are currently political fantasies.

    12 votes
  2. Comment on Another step toward climate apocalypse in ~enviro

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    Paul Krugman talking about the pollicization of Supreme Court and the impact it has on setting a climate agenda - an impact that is not limited to the US alone.

    Paul Krugman talking about the pollicization of Supreme Court and the impact it has on setting a climate agenda - an impact that is not limited to the US alone.

    3 votes
  3. Comment on Recordings within eight feet of police illegal in Arizona under bill signed into law by Ducey in ~news

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    If you're not the subject, nothing stopping from police from approaching you to within 8 feet and telling you to stop recording. And even if you are, they're going to pretend you aren't for the...

    If you're not the subject, nothing stopping from police from approaching you to within 8 feet and telling you to stop recording. And even if you are, they're going to pretend you aren't for the purpose of this, just like their silly game with "you can't go but you're not arrested"

    4 votes
  4. Comment on Recordings within eight feet of police illegal in Arizona under bill signed into law by Ducey in ~news

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    Why try to make police accountable when you can save face by pretending nothing shady is happening? From the wording of the law it sounds like you're not allowed to record an officer within 8ft...

    Why try to make police accountable when you can save face by pretending nothing shady is happening?
    From the wording of the law it sounds like you're not allowed to record an officer within 8ft and if an officer approaches you to within 8ft they can now legally order you to stop recording and arrest you if you don't.

    8 votes
  5. Comment on gron - Make JSON greppable in ~comp

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    This is amazing. The tool I've always wanted but never knew it

    This is amazing. The tool I've always wanted but never knew it

    1 vote
  6. Comment on Microsoft to curb use of non-competes, drop NDAs from worker settlements, disclose salary ranges, launch civil rights audit in ~comp

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    I think they're just preempting the law so to come off magnanimous. Those were always unenforceable New law New law This just goes to show that companies will never willingly move to do the right...

    I think they're just preempting the law so to come off magnanimous.

    Waving non-competes

    Those were always unenforceable

    Waving NDAs for misconduct allegation

    New law

    Salary bands for new positions

    New law

    This just goes to show that companies will never willingly move to do the right thing. They need to be coaxed by laws protecting workers.

    16 votes
  7. Comment on ISIS plotting to assassinate George W. Bush in Dallas in ~news

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    Isn't Meta domestic too? Also this was the FBI

    Isn't Meta domestic too? Also this was the FBI

    2 votes
  8. Comment on ISIS plotting to assassinate George W. Bush in Dallas in ~news

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    Funny how they're able to surveil Iraqi nationals' whatsapp group but not white nationalist discord groups https://kotaku.com/twitch-discord-4chan-shooting-buffalo-tops-jimboboiii-m-1848927240

    The FBI said it uncovered the scheme through the work of two confidential informants and surveillance of the alleged plotter’s account on the Meta-owned WhatsApp messaging platform.

    Funny how they're able to surveil Iraqi nationals' whatsapp group but not white nationalist discord groups
    https://kotaku.com/twitch-discord-4chan-shooting-buffalo-tops-jimboboiii-m-1848927240

    6 votes
  9. Comment on I invented Gilead. The Supreme Court is making it real in ~life

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    For them A Handmaid's Tale was not a cautionary tale but a user's manual

    For them A Handmaid's Tale was not a cautionary tale but a user's manual

    5 votes
  10. Comment on Elon Musk becomes Twitter’s largest shareholder in ~tech

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    Some elements in the US seem to think that they had invented freedom of speech and all other countries are devoid of it. Not so. Freedom of speech is not a supreme value, it lives within a mesh of...

    Some elements in the US seem to think that they had invented freedom of speech and all other countries are devoid of it. Not so. Freedom of speech is not a supreme value, it lives within a mesh of sometimes conflicting values. When those values conflict, some have to take precedence and some have to be curbed to preserve more important values. e.g. life, other people's freedom, rights of minorites, etc'.

    These people don't want free debate. They're just pissed their propaganda doesn't get traction. If you look at all the "free speech" alternatives out there, they censor a whole lot more than the platforms they criticize and are only really there to spread propaganda. Their only gripe with twitter is that their propaganda gets called out and and doesn't spread as effectively.

    https://www.forbes.com/sites/enriquedans/2020/12/04/parler-the-last-bastion-of-free-speech-on-the-internet-hintno/?sh=409fc46c4e47

    https://www.engadget.com/trumps-free-speech-app-truth-social-is-censoring-content-and-kicking-off-users-023153584.html

    8 votes
  11. Comment on Elon Musk becomes Twitter’s largest shareholder in ~tech

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    Someone should tell him that the first amendment is there to protect the public from governmental regulation of free speech.

    Someone should tell him that the first amendment is there to protect the public from governmental regulation of free speech.

    22 votes
  12. Comment on Goodbye, MIT in ~humanities

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    Exactly. Whatever loss MIT suffers from losing the donations of two not terribly successful individuals is going to be vastly outweighed by the gains in not being sued and paying damages to...

    Exactly. Whatever loss MIT suffers from losing the donations of two not terribly successful individuals is going to be vastly outweighed by the gains in not being sued and paying damages to students and faculty.

    Will they redeem themselves by standing for merit and truth, or will they forfeit the support of countless alumni and donors by surrendering to wokeness?

    Countless? You're just 2 sad octogenarians. Who the hell cares?

    8 votes
  13. Comment on Goodbye, MIT in ~humanities

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    Not to mention every single tech company - from piddling startups to huge enterprise behemoths have to take these kind of trainings repeatedly. Yes, it can be annoying to listen to the same badly...

    I had to do that when I was in college; my mother, who is a professor, has to do it every few years.

    Not to mention every single tech company - from piddling startups to huge enterprise behemoths have to take these kind of trainings repeatedly. Yes, it can be annoying to listen to the same badly rehearsed scenarios over and over again every year, but I would rather go through that if it spares one person from being sexually harassed.

    9 votes
  14. Comment on I want to give psilocybin a try in ~health

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    I can relate. Or rather, I can relate living with a loved one who is going through the same psychiatric journey as you, for which psilocybin was a lightbulb moment and a great help. I'm not sure...

    I can relate. Or rather, I can relate living with a loved one who is going through the same psychiatric journey as you, for which psilocybin was a lightbulb moment and a great help. I'm not sure where you are geographically, but just wanted to mention that with the passage of Measure 109 last year, Psilocybin is now legal in Oregon. We were pretty active in soliciting support for it and are ecstatic that it passed.
    But I just want to caution that psilocybin is not without its risk. Cultivating and growing some is easy enough, but after a pretty promising first trials and great lasting experiences, my wife had gone through a pretty traumatic bad trip that has turned her off to it permanently. She wouldn't even tell me what it was, but it really scared her. So I would advise to proceed with caution.
    I'm a little uneasy talking about it in a public forum due to it still being a controlled substance federally, but if you would like to talk privately I can ask my wife if she's willing to talk about it.

    8 votes