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  1. Comment on The cowardice of Brave in ~tech

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    If Brave blocks the Ads by default and then allows the users to show the Ads in order to get Brave currency which they can donate to support content, then I would be pretty neutral about this. I...

    If Brave blocks the Ads by default and then allows the users to show the Ads in order to get Brave currency which they can donate to support content, then I would be pretty neutral about this. I would rather have a big company, with decent web security, and a good filtering process choosing my ads than random sites on the internet that I may just happen to click on to get some good information. Mainly because I'm worried about Ads having embedded Javascript that could exploit the content creator site (and my info with it).

    It would seem like browser policies like these would stop click bait sites. That's something to think about.
    It also seems like the biggest problem here is Brave forcing content creators to sign up to receive donations. Everyone seems to be scared that Brave is gonna wield this power tyrannically. Does it state Brave's rules for content creators anywhere in the article? I must have missed it if it did.

    If the donation mechanism is just making your site Brave-able (something like a Facebook/Google provider login or Paypal ready) where it just provides the pipe to stream the donations to the content creator then that would seem OK to me.

    People seem to think that publishers are making the rules for Ad revenue right now but when it comes to big companies like Amazon they don't. Didn't Amazon make a rule that said podcasters couldn't mention that their site was supported by Amazon Ad revenue? I think I remember Sam Harris talking about having some Amazon blow back because of that.

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  2. Comment on How can we betray each other less on the Internet? in ~talk

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    I don't believe people ARE their beliefs. I think people's actions are informed by their beliefs, opinions, and knowledge. I think Jane would still be Jane no matter what I do (I pray for you...
    1. I don't believe people ARE their beliefs. I think people's actions are informed by their beliefs, opinions, and knowledge. I think Jane would still be Jane no matter what I do (I pray for you Jane!)
    2. I think if we take associating with someone as supporting that person's beliefs then we could never make any progress as human beings. For example (an extreme example) the end of a war requires both sides to associate with each other at a conference in order to reach a conclusion. It would damage the side that believes associating with someone means co-opting their beliefs (I hope I used co-opting right) because that side would limit themselves from the free exchange of ideas which would benefit them.
      3)I would say no because these are core truths. I don't think it matters if I'm in my room with friends or if I'm on CNN. A person is not their beliefs but their actions are informed by their beliefs. Breaking bread with the enemy is necessary for progress.
      4)No. A great example would be Jesus. Now say what you want about Christianity or religion in general but we are no longer crucifying people and even the death penalty is getting a backseat at huge cost to the tax payers. We are improving as a people and I think a big part of that is "love your enemy" (whatever that means).

    So, in my opinion, this abuse of boycotts when someone says something even slightly close to something you dislike (or talks to someone that you don't like) is bringing us closer to a kind of tyranny. To not be able to tolerate associating with people of different beliefs (especially for a belief like gender dysphoria) is like putting a big door less steel wall in front of everyone who isn't already a part of the club.

    How can you expect to convert those who share different beliefs (or even begin to understand them so you can coexist with them) if you shut the door on them without thought or cause?

    This kind of hypocrisy will be like a bullet in the foot for many movements. It's a little sad, in my opinion.

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  3. Comment on "Where The Crawdad's Sing" Book Review in ~books

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    Hi, I just finished reading "Where The Crawdad's Sing" and wrote a review about it. It's a fantastic book and I would recommend it to everyone. TLDR: Heart wrenching coming of age with a murder...

    Hi,

    I just finished reading "Where The Crawdad's Sing" and wrote a review about it. It's a fantastic book and I would recommend it to everyone.

    TLDR: Heart wrenching coming of age with a murder mystery.

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  4. Comment on What are you reading these days? in ~books

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    I know this topic is old but I just finished "Where The Crawdads Sing" by Delia Owens and I thought it was a great book! A little sad but wonderfully written. I wrote a deeper review of it on my...

    I know this topic is old but I just finished "Where The Crawdads Sing" by Delia Owens and I thought it was a great book! A little sad but wonderfully written. I wrote a deeper review of it on my blog:
    https://toolittetoolate.blogspot.com/2019/10/where-crawdads-sing-book-review.html

    I'm also reading Crime and Punishment by Dostoevsky which is great and available for free on guttenberg.

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