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  1. Comment on After urging land reform I now know the brute power of our billionaire press in ~misc

  2. Comment on After urging land reform I now know the brute power of our billionaire press in ~misc

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    In a vacuum I'd agree with this, but we're not in a vacuum. The competition was May and will almost certainly be Bojo. Just because our craven press has convinced you that Corbyn would somehow be...

    In a vacuum I'd agree with this, but we're not in a vacuum. The competition was May and will almost certainly be Bojo. Just because our craven press has convinced you that Corbyn would somehow be worse than the opportunist architect of Brexit doesn't make it so.

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  3. Comment on After urging land reform I now know the brute power of our billionaire press in ~misc

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    I do hold out some hope that the ever more flagrant partisanship of our press will start to be noticed by people. Although the number of my left wing friends who're now fairly rabidly anti Corbyn...

    I do hold out some hope that the ever more flagrant partisanship of our press will start to be noticed by people. Although the number of my left wing friends who're now fairly rabidly anti Corbyn suggests this maybe an empty hope.

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  4. Comment on Shootings at Christchurch mosques in ~news

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    There is to me a stark difference between intolerance of fascists in a particular space and moderating to de-platform them. With intolerance of fascists as living people and it thus being O.K. to...

    There is to me a stark difference between intolerance of fascists in a particular space and moderating to de-platform them. With intolerance of fascists as living people and it thus being O.K. to extra-judicially murder them as u/alyaza argues above.

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  5. Comment on Bernie Sanders announces run for presidency in 2020 in ~news

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    And the voters are likewise free to say if the Democratic party wants to be undemocratic they'll stay home. Of course you all have to live with the outcome, I'm not sure why you're so keen to...

    And the voters are likewise free to say if the Democratic party wants to be undemocratic they'll stay home.

    Of course you all have to live with the outcome, I'm not sure why you're so keen to apportion blame to the voters and not the DNC though.

  6. Comment on Trump Declares National Emergency To Help Fund Southern Border Wall in ~news

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    I think all we can really do is be very conscious of what we personally choose to signal boost towards our differently politically aligned peers. We saw the failure to do this a lot in the 2016...

    I think all we can really do is be very conscious of what we personally choose to signal boost towards our differently politically aligned peers.

    We saw the failure to do this a lot in the 2016 election, the majority of the messages related to the "grab em by the pussy" tape were talking about sexual assault, consent and rape. Which in an undivided world where everyone's on the side of improving inter-gender social norms would be great.

    Sadly we're not in an undivided world and whilst I agree Trump has probably sexually assaulted people that tape was not unarguable evidence that he's a rapist. Trying to inflate evidence of wrong doing into a more serious claim makes you very easy to dismiss. It also makes it easy to suggest that you're just a partisan lobbying for an increase in your in-groups power.

    I think a much better message would've been how terrible that tape showed Trumps moral character to be. At the time he had a pregnant wife at home! And he's off boasting about hitting on some woman and how he regularly does this and "gets away with it" because he's rich and famous?! What an absolute asshole, if he treats his wife like this how will he treat his constituents?

    Similarly with the "Mexico's sending its rapists" quote. I agree it's an awful thing for a candidate to say, but your slightly racist uncle probably doesn't. The left making such a vast deal about this quote and making out it's proof Trump is irredeemable can only be divisive when the gist of the argument is probably believed by a great number of Americans.

    It's not like there aren't plenty of genuinely awful policy moves which Trump and Republicans could be hung with, tax breaks for the rich, attacks on Obama care, the government shutdowns... But since we all know that Republicans are going to do these things it generates far less outrage, fewer facebook arguments and thus fewer clicks.

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  7. Comment on Green New Deal doesn't include Nuclear. Good? Bad? What do you think? in ~talk

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    Are there actually viable alternatives for low-carbon base load though? Are pumped, train or crane storage and excess renewable power generation really cheaper than nukes?

    Are there actually viable alternatives for low-carbon base load though? Are pumped, train or crane storage and excess renewable power generation really cheaper than nukes?

  8. Comment on What are you reading these days? #12 in ~books

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    I'm currently reading MindWise by Nicholas Epley. It's very standard pop-science style writing (The results of relevant papers & experiments interspersed with personal and historical anecdotes of...

    I'm currently reading MindWise by Nicholas Epley. It's very standard pop-science style writing (The results of relevant papers & experiments interspersed with personal and historical anecdotes of dubious accuracy).

    That said there hasn't been anything which seems to be wildly wrong in the science yet and several things have been quite interesting.

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  9. Comment on What are you reading these days? #12 in ~books

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    I think it is worth reading the Culture novels in order of writing since there are some references to earlier events. So I'd personally read the Player of Games and possibly re-visit Consider...

    I think it is worth reading the Culture novels in order of writing since there are some references to earlier events.

    So I'd personally read the Player of Games and possibly re-visit Consider Phlebas next, although as the first Sci-Fi novel Banks had published it's definitely one of the weaker ones.

    Inversions could be read at any point I think since it deals with characters effectively in a backwater.

    I personally found Matter and Hydrogen Sonata to be fairly forgettable.

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  10. Comment on What non-fiction books have had lasting explanatory power? in ~books

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    To answer my own question: Mistakes were made but not by me. - This is an introduction to the ideas of "cognitive dissonance theory". It's very helpful for understanding why people do things that...

    To answer my own question:

    Mistakes were made but not by me. - This is an introduction to the ideas of "cognitive dissonance theory".

    It's very helpful for understanding why people do things that otherwise seem just insanely stupid. From joining cults to overlooking obvious evidence in murder investigations to becoming an anti-vaxxer.

    The Truth About Markets - A critical look at market economics, written in 2002.

    I've found this very helpful for developing what I understand of why economics works the way it does and fundamentally what economics and an economy is.

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  11. I was telling someone about a psychology book I'm reading at the moment. Intending to read it themselves they messaged me later to ask for the title. And I felt a bit unsettled at sharing it!...

    I was telling someone about a psychology book I'm reading at the moment. Intending to read it themselves they messaged me later to ask for the title. And I felt a bit unsettled at sharing it!

    Whilst it's interesting and I'm enjoying it, I doubt I'll remember its lessons or claims in a year or two. Which got me thinking about books that I read years ago which still help me understand the world.

    So I thought I'd make a post asking which books other users still found helpful year(s) later.

    tldr; share books that are:

    • Non-fiction (or at least serious fiction).
    • First read over a year ago.
    • Have been helpful to you multiple times since.
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  12. Comment on What do you *dislike* about current trends in leftism? in ~talk

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    Does it work for republicans though? Are a majority of republican voters getting any policies they really care about enacted?

    Does it work for republicans though? Are a majority of republican voters getting any policies they really care about enacted?

    3 votes
  13. Comment on So what's up with Voat? in ~talk

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    I think it's just some dude, so no investors.

    I think it's just some dude, so no investors.

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  14. Comment on 'She means 30 books per room, right?' Bibliophiles voice their horror over claims tidying guru Marie Kondo tells people to severely restrict the reading material they keep in their home. in ~books

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    Some sellers will obviously charge as much as they're able to, since the books are under copyright they have an enforced monopoly and no competition for this book. Which means they can really pick...

    Some sellers will obviously charge as much as they're able to, since the books are under copyright they have an enforced monopoly and no competition for this book. Which means they can really pick any price they like.

    Saying you think it's "profiteering" isn't a counter point in my view, if they wrote it and hold copyright they can choose to sell it for any price they like or indeed not sell it at all.

    If the books were not under copyright the price would be far closer to the marginal cost of production, see how much all the Sherlock Holmes stories cost.

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  15. Comment on 'She means 30 books per room, right?' Bibliophiles voice their horror over claims tidying guru Marie Kondo tells people to severely restrict the reading material they keep in their home. in ~books

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    I've found this as well, I can buy second hand books for almost nothing I can buy e-book versions for slightly more than the original paperbacks cost. Something really wonky with the economics...

    I've found this as well, I can buy second hand books for almost nothing I can buy e-book versions for slightly more than the original paperbacks cost. Something really wonky with the economics there... I guess the crazy copyright lengths are what's causing this.

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  16. Comment on IWW helps cafe worker defeat gross misconduct allegations in ~life

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    Right and that's the whole point of this post. It's important to unionise in the good times so you have legal support if your boss decides to do illegal things. It's important to know your rights...

    Right and that's the whole point of this post. It's important to unionise in the good times so you have legal support if your boss decides to do illegal things.

    It's important to know your rights & the companies policies so that you notice when you're being lined up for redundancy or to be fired and can avoid being blind sided.

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  17. Comment on IWW helps cafe worker defeat gross misconduct allegations in ~life

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    Quite possibly, still seems much better than the alternative of already being unemployed. Plus perhaps the company will take employment law more seriously in the future & maybe this helps others...

    Quite possibly, still seems much better than the alternative of already being unemployed.

    Plus perhaps the company will take employment law more seriously in the future & maybe this helps others from suddenly finding themselves without income.

    3 votes
  18. Comment on IWW helps cafe worker defeat gross misconduct allegations in ~life

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    Linked since I think there are large classes of things (Job hunting & Workplace Law in particular) which our media bubbles are actively trying to keep out of our consciousnesses.

    Linked since I think there are large classes of things (Job hunting & Workplace Law in particular) which our media bubbles are actively trying to keep out of our consciousnesses.

    4 votes