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  1. Comment on Why aren't more leaders encouraging protesters to stay home? in ~talk

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    No... It isn't. Over 100k Americans have already died from COVID-19. That's more than every war we've ever fought besides the civil war and ww2. Possible? I guess, maybe there's some remote...

    It's honestly a crapshoot whether the higher death toll will be from coronavirus or from automatic weapons being sent in to end things

    No... It isn't. Over 100k Americans have already died from COVID-19. That's more than every war we've ever fought besides the civil war and ww2. Possible? I guess, maybe there's some remote chance? A crapshoot? Nah. COVID will almost certainly remain multiple orders of magnitude more deadly.

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  2. Comment on Protestors criticized for looting businesses without forming private equity firm first in ~misc

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    It's not burning a police station that I'm talking about. Police stations are taxpayer funded, no one relies on them for work or their livelihood. If people want to burn one down as a symbol of...

    It's not burning a police station that I'm talking about. Police stations are taxpayer funded, no one relies on them for work or their livelihood. If people want to burn one down as a symbol of oppression, sure, who cares?

    I'm talking about completely unrelated businesses and residences. How does destroying a locally owned barber shop help anyone? Did that barber somehow have something to do with George Floyd's death? Does that business owner losing his livelihood and his employees losing their jobs somehow benefit the community?

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  3. Comment on Protestors criticized for looting businesses without forming private equity firm first in ~misc

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    Yes, it's very easy to justify if you put everyone into one of two categories, "us" and "them", and then put completely unrelated small businesses in the "them" category, and the people destroying...

    Yes, it's very easy to justify if you put everyone into one of two categories, "us" and "them", and then put completely unrelated small businesses in the "them" category, and the people destroying those businesses in the "us" category. That doesn't actually make any sense whatsoever to do though, and is just a really weirdly adamant mental ju jitsu attempt to make destroying the property of someone who has absolutely nothing to do with the unjustified killing.

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  4. Comment on Protestors criticized for looting businesses without forming private equity firm first in ~misc

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    Your reply is so nebulous and doesn't actually address any of the points the post you're replying to made. The link you posted doesn't say that small business job creation is a myth, and even if...

    Your reply is so nebulous and doesn't actually address any of the points the post you're replying to made. The link you posted doesn't say that small business job creation is a myth, and even if it did, the post you're replying to didn't say anything about small business job creation. If you work for a small business, which many people do, and that business is burned down, you just lost your job. Period. That's a bad thing.

    The fact of why we need affordable housing complexes is irrelevant. If your apartment building burns down, you're now homeless and most of your possessions are gone. Period. That's a bad thing.

    You're talking about the issue as if we're in a classroom discussing some hypothetical situation from a utilitarian perspective. This is not that. These are actual, real people's lives that are worse off because of looting and vandalism.

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  5. Comment on Gfycat to ban adult content and move it to RedGIFs, a new site by Gfycat for content with no restrictions in ~tech

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    It doesn't have to be in a corner, it just tends to be, because most parents aren't cool with their kids seeing women get blasted in the face with semen right next to their fortnite gifs.

    It doesn't have to be in a corner, it just tends to be, because most parents aren't cool with their kids seeing women get blasted in the face with semen right next to their fortnite gifs.

    8 votes
  6. Comment on The 9/11 era is over in ~misc

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    I think it was a very unique thing, being an American in the 90s. Everyone in the US pretty much thought they were invincible. We undisputedly had by far the most powerful military in the world,...

    I think it was a very unique thing, being an American in the 90s. Everyone in the US pretty much thought they were invincible. We undisputedly had by far the most powerful military in the world, our GDP was far, far above any other nation, the economy was booming, there hadn't been a significant attack on US soil since Pearl Harbor, and that wasn't even in the continental US.

    It honestly felt as a kid growing up in that time that the US truly was an exception to the normal rules of the world. Getting attacked was for other countries, in like, eastern europe, or the middle east, or south america. It was impossible to fuck with the US.

    It sounds arrogant, but that really was the prevailing attitude at the time. To have such a massively successful attack occur not only on US soil, but in the pride and joy of the United States, New York City, and have it take down one of the biggest monuments to American exceptionalism wasn't just sobering for a lot of Americans, it was world-view shattering. The fact that suddenly, not only were we vulnerable, but that we were vulnerable to third world islamists living in caves was a complete mind fuck. The whole country went absolutely nuts for almost a decade because of it.

    If it had happened virtually anywhere else, it would have been seen as an incredible tragedy, maybe there'd be some backlash and military operations because of it, but it would be a significant footnote in history, instead of the globe shattering phenomenon that turns everything on its head for an entire generation that it was.

    6 votes
  7. Comment on How can I save more money on razors? in ~life

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    A bottle of barbasol is like two bucks. They want 16 for that piece of soap. That doesn't really seem cheaper to me.

    A bottle of barbasol is like two bucks. They want 16 for that piece of soap. That doesn't really seem cheaper to me.

  8. Comment on Recommend classic games you feel everyone should play at least once in ~games

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    Homeworld is in my opinion the best single player experience in any RTS made. The voice acting, the innovative 3D gameplay, the score, the story, the graphics and the immense, beautiful, colossal...

    Homeworld is in my opinion the best single player experience in any RTS made.

    The voice acting, the innovative 3D gameplay, the score, the story, the graphics and the immense, beautiful, colossal sense of scale and immersion that all of those things put together exude make it one of my favorite games of all time.

    A group of human(oids) living on a harsh desert planet begin to piece together that they have almost no similarities with any other lifeform on the planet.

    After a deep space survey satellite gets pointed the opposite direction by accident and finds a massive, faster than light capable ship buried under the sands, the people undergo a colossal, worldwide effort to build a ship filled with 200,000 people in search of their true Homeworld. Some crazy stuff happens along the way.

    The intro mission with Adagio for Strings playing still gives me goosebumps.

    1 vote
  9. Comment on What it’s like to isolate with your girlfriend and her other boyfriend in ~life

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    I think the prevailing take on jealousy in this thread is pretty off the mark at least with respect to monogamous relationships. People keep talking about jealousy as some negative aspect of...

    I think the prevailing take on jealousy in this thread is pretty off the mark at least with respect to monogamous relationships. People keep talking about jealousy as some negative aspect of relationships that need to be solved. I don't feel that way at all. I've been with my wife for ten years, and if some other guy tries to flirt with her, I get jealous. I like that I get jealous. My wife likes that I get jealous also. It's a subconscious reminder of how much I care about her. I'm not in any way afraid of losing her, and vise versa when she gets jealous about female attention towards me.

    I view it as a normal, healthy part of a committed relationship; not some horrible thing that needs to be solved by polyamory. The idea of that horrifies the both of us, and it's not because of some weird external cultural programming, like many people keep suggesting.

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  10. Comment on Social Distancing: This is not a snow day in ~health.coronavirus

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    All the people who lose their jobs and can no longer afford medical care, all the people who lose their homes and are now crowded into tight quarters with poor hygiene during a pandemic, all the...

    All the people who lose their jobs and can no longer afford medical care, all the people who lose their homes and are now crowded into tight quarters with poor hygiene during a pandemic, all the people who are impacted by increased crime levels by a populace who is now plunged into poverty and with nothing to do all day. The concept of "The Financial System" being a thing that rich people worry about that doesn't affect normal people isn't correct. Money and debt is necessary for life the way that our society is structured. It coming crumbling down would hurt virtually everyone, but it would hurt the poor and middle class a lot more than it would hurt the rich.

  11. Comment on Social Distancing: This is not a snow day in ~health.coronavirus

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    Yeah... when that happens, people die. Lots of people die, way more than are projected to die from this virus. Starving to death or getting killed in riots seems pretty not fun.

    Let the financial system fail. It should have failed in 2008.

    Yeah... when that happens, people die. Lots of people die, way more than are projected to die from this virus. Starving to death or getting killed in riots seems pretty not fun.

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  12. Comment on Font size fallacies in ~comp

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    Isn't that... kind of obvious? Anyone that's ever gone from a lower res screen to a higher res screen without enabling UI scaling features can see that pretty plainly, and if you have a 1080p...

    Isn't that... kind of obvious?
    Anyone that's ever gone from a lower res screen to a higher res screen without enabling UI scaling features can see that pretty plainly, and if you have a 1080p screen on your phone, obviously 64x64 is going to be a lot smaller than if you were to put it on a 24" 1080p monitor, since the screen is smaller.

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  13. Comment on Lankum - The Rocky Road to Dublin in ~music

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    I think basically every irish/irish american band I've ever heard has done a version of Rocky Road to Dublin. Here's a version by Dropkick Murphy's

    I think basically every irish/irish american band I've ever heard has done a version of Rocky Road to Dublin. Here's a version by Dropkick Murphy's

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  14. Comment on NYSE paused after Dow plunges shortly after trading begins in ~finance

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    The market crashing hard means lots of people losing their jobs, their homes, and their ability to take care of themselves. Why would you hope for that?

    The market crashing hard means lots of people losing their jobs, their homes, and their ability to take care of themselves.

    Why would you hope for that?

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  15. Comment on The case against Microsoft and Github in ~comp

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    It's not even like he cited them building custom software for missile control systems or something like that either. One of his examples was that in 1998, aircraft carriers ran Windows NT. I mean,...

    It's not even like he cited them building custom software for missile control systems or something like that either. One of his examples was that in 1998, aircraft carriers ran Windows NT. I mean, come on.

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  16. Comment on Many young voters sat out Super Tuesday, contributing to Bernie Sanders' losses in ~news

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    Teaching isn't expensive, but people don't generally go to college to get an education. They go to college for a diploma, and for the people who go to college for a diploma, the more prestigious a...

    Teaching isn't expensive, but people don't generally go to college to get an education. They go to college for a diploma, and for the people who go to college for a diploma, the more prestigious a university is, the more valuable that diploma. Teaching isn't expensive, but prestige is the most expensive cost a university has. The giant marble stairs, the ivy covered arches, the massive football stadiums, and the huge research departments are what win universities prestige, and prestige is what wins them students.

    If you just want an affordable quality education, go to community college. I spent two years there and learned from passionate, intelligent professors who had experience in the fields they were teaching. I then went to a big fancy university and got to sit in a room with 300 other people cupping my ears to hear guys who didn't want to be there mumble from a textbook. I didn't learn anything at that university, and if I hadn't joined the military to pay for it I would still be in debt because of it. To top it all off, those vultures have the balls to make an undergrad call me 5+ times a year asking for a donation.

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  17. Comment on Finnish FA drops 'women's' prefix for league in push for equality – top football league to be called National League, not Women's League in ~sports

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    Yeah, that makes sense because they're pointlessly gendered terms. "Women's league" isn't pointlessly gendered. You have to be a woman to compete in them. If it was a league that had no...

    Which is precisely why so many people have been trying to do away with those pointlessly gendered terms, as all they really do is further reinforce stereotypes, traditional gender roles, socioeconomic division, and prejudice.

    Yeah, that makes sense because they're pointlessly gendered terms. "Women's league" isn't pointlessly gendered. You have to be a woman to compete in them. If it was a league that had no restrictions to play in but just happened to have mostly women playing in it, I would agree, "women's league" would be a pointlessly gendered term for it, but you must be a woman to play in it, so being called a women's league is descriptive, not pointless. I don't know anything about soccer, but in the NBA, NFL and MLB league, there isn't actually a rule restricting women from playing on those teams, so calling them "men's leagues" would be pointlessly gendered, because there's no rule preventing women from playing in them. If there's a rule prohibiting women from playing in professional soccer, renaming it "Men's professional league" or whatever would make sense.

    I don't really see how glossing over the fact that it's an all women's league with the name makes any difference in reinforcing stereotypes.

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  18. Comment on What's the Coronavirus like where you are? in ~talk

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    Nothing here in FL. I'm trying to get some sanding done and all the dust masks are sold out at Home Depot, so there's that.

    Nothing here in FL. I'm trying to get some sanding done and all the dust masks are sold out at Home Depot, so there's that.

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  19. Comment on Finnish FA drops 'women's' prefix for league in push for equality – top football league to be called National League, not Women's League in ~sports

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    We don't refer to female engineers as "women engineers" because their sex makes no difference in engineering. There's a practical reason why there are separate women's leagues, and the fact that...

    We don't refer to female engineers as "women engineers" because their sex makes no difference in engineering.

    There's a practical reason why there are separate women's leagues, and the fact that you have to be a woman to play in them are their differentiating characteristic. So it's not just soccer that happens to be played by women, it's soccer that can only be played by women.
    Renaming it makes about as much sense as renaming women's bathrooms to "national bathrooms". It's just needlessly confusing for no real benefit.

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  20. Comment on Finnish FA drops 'women's' prefix for league in push for equality – top football league to be called National League, not Women's League in ~sports

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    Yes, of course. That's not actually what the article about is though. It's just a name change. They're literally just changing their women's league's name from "Women's League" to "National...

    Yes, of course. That's not actually what the article about is though. It's just a name change. They're literally just changing their women's league's name from "Women's League" to "National League". It's still a women only league.

    Personally, I think that's pretty stupid, but whatever.

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