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  1. Comment on New York City rental market pushed to breaking point by tenant debts in ~life

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    That is a shocking statistic. We thought we had a housing crisis before the pandemic; we're about to find out just how much worse it can get. This demands attention and long-term solutions from...

    A quarter of the city’s apartment renters haven’t paid since March, according to the Community Housing Improvement Program (CHIP), a group that represents mostly landlords of rent-stabilized buildings.

    That is a shocking statistic. We thought we had a housing crisis before the pandemic; we're about to find out just how much worse it can get. This demands attention and long-term solutions from government that it is, most likely, incapable of legislating. Just as an onlooker (I don't rent) this is terrifying. I can't imagine what it must be like to be a renter who can't pay rent right now.

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  2. Comment on What's something that's a "really big deal" that has fallen out of public awareness and discourse? in ~talk

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    I agree with a lot of what you're saying here, and I want to add what I believe to be an important piece of the puzzle. All this learned behavior you've described (e.g. going back to the social...

    I agree with a lot of what you're saying here, and I want to add what I believe to be an important piece of the puzzle. All this learned behavior you've described (e.g. going back to the social media feed without taking material action after something made you feel outraged) is also behavior we've been manipulated into. That the algorithm is specifically designed to suck people in is important to realize, especially since the knowledge that it's manipulative can be useful in convincing people to snap out of it.

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  3. Comment on Ghislaine Maxwell, associate of Jeffrey Epstein, is arrested in ~news

  4. Comment on Higher ed: Enough already in ~life

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    I don't necessarily agree with all the author's points, but I agree universities need to stop pretending fall is going to be in-person. Delaying the decision until later just increases the degree...

    I don't necessarily agree with all the author's points, but I agree universities need to stop pretending fall is going to be in-person. Delaying the decision until later just increases the degree of uncertainty for everyone's lives. That being said, people should understand the real reasons that universities are waiting on making this decision: it's about liability and it's about money. It seems like the author understands that, too.

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  5. Comment on Some New Zealanders find a harsh homecoming amid concern about importing coronavirus after months of lockdown sacrifice by ‘team of 5 million’ in ~health.coronavirus

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    Could we change the article link so that it's not AMP? That would be great. Has @Deimos been willing to change AMP links to direct links in the past? I don't know what the policy is on this. On...

    Could we change the article link so that it's not AMP? That would be great. Has @Deimos been willing to change AMP links to direct links in the past? I don't know what the policy is on this.

    On the article itself, it's hard to sympathize with the people coming back complaining about the conditions. Quarantine is rough, but the risk of the virus getting out again is far too great, and too much work was done to eliminate it in the first place. That being said, the government should try to make those returning as comfortable as possible.

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  6. Comment on The second defeat of Bernie Sanders in ~misc

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    I'm not sure you actually disagree with the point he's making? I think Douthat would agree that the establishment is performing anti-racism but not practicing it (which is what I understood your...

    I'm not sure you actually disagree with the point he's making? I think Douthat would agree that the establishment is performing anti-racism but not practicing it (which is what I understood your point as).

    Chuck Schumer will take a knee in kente cloth, but he isn’t likely to pass a major reparations bill, the white liberals buying up the works of Ibram X. Kendi aren’t going to abandon private schools or bus their kids to minority neighborhoods. And in five years, it’s more likely that 2020’s legacy will be a cadre of permanently empowered commissars getting people fired for unwise Twitter likes rather than any dramatic interracial wealth redistribution.

    I read that as being similar to your line of "those in power paying lip service," but not actually supporting the movement with legislation or structural reform. I don't mean to put words in your mouth, though. Just my thoughts.

    His point about old-guard leftists and what they would have predicted about this situation is absolutely true. Past experience informs us that radical potentiality is reclaimed by the establishment through rhetoric and performative "action" but not genuine social change towards a more equitable distribution of power and resources. I suppose the difference is that conservatives like Douthat actively want the establishment to reclaim radical movements, because they want to maintain the status quo; leftists want the opposite, but they understand the power imbalance at the discussion's national level is far too skewed towards the establishment to expect any other outcome (or at least they might understand it that way).

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  7. Comment on Help, any good resource on drawing? in ~creative

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    Check out Mark Crilley, he does a lot of Japanese-style art and design but you can find some realist pieces on his channel as well, where he explains his method step-by-step. Could be useful even...

    Check out Mark Crilley, he does a lot of Japanese-style art and design but you can find some realist pieces on his channel as well, where he explains his method step-by-step. Could be useful even if you're not into the former.

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  8. Comment on What did you do this weekend? in ~talk

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    I recently started a personal website (through Neocities), mostly to start learning HTML. I thought it would be nice to have the ability to create simple minimalist websites for any projects I...

    I recently started a personal website (through Neocities), mostly to start learning HTML. I thought it would be nice to have the ability to create simple minimalist websites for any projects I want to start in the future without relying on services like WordPress that don't necessarily share my values when it comes to things like third-party cookies, tracking, ads, etc. This weekend, I translated my "About" page into Spanish, adding a new page for it. It's good language skills practice, and if I read or watch any Spanish-language media in the future I may continue to add content in Spanish, e.g. book and movie reviews.

    To be able to host my own website in the future, I decided to start learning about computer networking. Eventually, I want to be able to host a Matrix server, my personal website, my email, my RSS feed, and a cloud storage solution so I can access my files from the Internet. This weekend, I read through this guide on HomeNet HowTo, which explains some of the basics. To put into practice some of the stuff I learned, I set up file sharing on my local network. Due to the pandemic I'm not leaving the house with my computer for the foreseeable future, so having a file sharing solution that only functions locally isn't a problem. Before setting up file sharing, I consolidated all my files onto my desktop and now I just use my laptop as a portable workstation. The local file sharing does come at the cost of speed, I've noticed. Even though the communication is only over the local network, because it's not a wired connection, there are still delays of a few seconds when opening a file on one device that's stored on another.

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  9. Comment on How important is protecting our data from companies like Google? in ~tech

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    There is something unique about the current moment though, in that the scale of the data that's being collected on/about you has no historical parallel. Sure, merchants you associated with in the...

    There is something unique about the current moment though, in that the scale of the data that's being collected on/about you has no historical parallel. Sure, merchants you associated with in the past knew certain things about your preferences and habits based on what you purchased, but they didn't necessarily know what you were thinking (search history), the other places you visit and your habits there (browsing history), nor did they have access to a huge network of merchants willing to pay large sums for that information (ad personalization) on the scale we're seeing today.

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  10. Comment on What is something that most people don't realize is harmful? in ~talk

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    What about the word "race" as it refers to socially constructed categories as opposed to "natural" or "scientific" ones? Can you not study the different "races," in the sense that you can study...

    What about the word "race" as it refers to socially constructed categories as opposed to "natural" or "scientific" ones? Can you not study the different "races," in the sense that you can study the social and historical processes that have led to their creation and propagation?

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  11. Comment on Will the revolution be funded? in ~misc

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    That's fair. I completely understand not wanting to rush to conclusions. Prior to this one video, I thought Cooperation Jackson was doing great work. Two parts of the video hit hard for me,...

    That's fair. I completely understand not wanting to rush to conclusions. Prior to this one video, I thought Cooperation Jackson was doing great work. Two parts of the video hit hard for me, though, in ways I can't explain away.

    The quotes from community members saying they felt like Cooperation Jackson was run by out-of-town activists imposing their ideas on them are damning. I don't believe you can tell people how to do socialism. They have to learn it by doing it themselves. If Jackson residents are resenting the people running the show, it means Cooperation Jackson isn't as transformative as we want to believe.

    We also can't forget how the Novo Foundation makes Cooperation Jackson possible while causing great harm to other organizations. A genuinely transformative program can't be dependent on a philanthropic foundation that, in other areas, crushes tenant unions and housing justice organizers under its thumb. That Fox is a Kingston resident makes it hard to pretend that isn't the case.

    I'm working with a non-profit now, actually, and had been having doubts about the efficacy of the work we're engaged in. This video contextualized that doubt and gave it a framework in which I can understand it, but also has serious implications about whether or not I want to continue engaging in that work. It's a tough pill to swallow.

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  12. Comment on Will the revolution be funded? in ~misc

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    Well, this was a wake-up call. Superb investigation work with a brutal and chilling conclusion. Cooperation Jackson, Black Lives Matter, Democracy Now, the Morningside Center for Social...

    Well, this was a wake-up call. Superb investigation work with a brutal and chilling conclusion. Cooperation Jackson, Black Lives Matter, Democracy Now, the Morningside Center for Social Responsibility... I haven't had my hopes dashed like this in years. I don't know what to say.

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  13. Comment on What blogs/newsletters do you subscribe to and why? in ~talk

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    I use my feed to subscribe to YouTube creators in lieu of making a Google account. Captain Disillusion analyzes videos that have been altered to depict unrealistic feats / phenomena and explains...

    I use my feed to subscribe to YouTube creators in lieu of making a Google account. Captain Disillusion analyzes videos that have been altered to depict unrealistic feats / phenomena and explains how they were fixed. Most of my other subscriptions are to creators frequently posted on Tildes, so no need to mention them.

    They haven't been publishing recently, but Timber Owls has multiple creators writing on video games, anime, and culture from a leftist perspective. I recommend this article on Bloodborne and this other one as well.

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  14. Comment on Confessions of a former bastard cop - An essay by a former police officer on why police are like this in ~misc

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    It's very easy to claim you understand "the human condition" and, in doing so, wave away all arguments that disagree with your take on how we should regulate human behavior. You certainly aren't...

    It's very easy to claim you understand "the human condition" and, in doing so, wave away all arguments that disagree with your take on how we should regulate human behavior. You certainly aren't the only one who pretends to know what human nature is. I would encourage you to return to the question of "Why do people commit crimes?" The answer is not always "human nature," or rather, the answer is comprised of many pieces, only one of which is human nature. If you come to understand this, and learn about what those other pieces are (e.g. poverty, hunger, exposure to trauma and abuse) then it will make sense to you how people can say things like abolish the police and prisons.

    There are plenty of resources going around in the wake of the protests explaining this in greater depth if you still feel like you need more.

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  15. Comment on Confessions of a former bastard cop - An essay by a former police officer on why police are like this in ~misc

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    They're my ideas about how the world works, an amalgamation of many different thinkers. Not all class analysis is Marxist, and not all critique of capitalism is Marxism. It's unclear to me why you...

    That's what Marxism is. The one person's name was Marx. . .

    They're my ideas about how the world works, an amalgamation of many different thinkers. Not all class analysis is Marxist, and not all critique of capitalism is Marxism. It's unclear to me why you label what I've wrote as "Marxism" especially when I never made any reference to Marx or his thought in my original comment to you.

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  16. Comment on Confessions of a former bastard cop - An essay by a former police officer on why police are like this in ~misc

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    I'll acknowledge power disparities between individuals existed long before capitalism and will continue to exist long after it. That being said, there are some unique characteristics to the...

    I'll acknowledge power disparities between individuals existed long before capitalism and will continue to exist long after it. That being said, there are some unique characteristics to the dynamics of power under capitalism, including things I mentioned, e.g. internalized racism.

    I'm not super interested in dragging this out and nitpicking your post sentence by sentence, so I'll end with this: what I'm offering here is a framework, one way of looking at the world. When you combine it with other frameworks, you get closer to something approximating a theory of our reality. By sharing my thoughts, I hope to have expanded other people's understanding of the world by showing them a new way through which to observe it. I'd appreciate it if you didn't interpret my thoughts as representative of "Marxism" or whatever that means to you, but rather as what they are: just one person's ideas about how the world works.

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  17. Comment on Confessions of a former bastard cop - An essay by a former police officer on why police are like this in ~misc

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    Already responded to this sentiment in some other comments in this thread, hope that explains!

    Already responded to this sentiment in some other comments in this thread, hope that explains!

  18. Comment on Confessions of a former bastard cop - An essay by a former police officer on why police are like this in ~misc

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    It's less "trade" and more "private property" that makes capitalism unequal. The wealthy capitalist owns the machinery required to produce, which creates unequal capitalist/wage-earner...

    It's less "trade" and more "private property" that makes capitalism unequal. The wealthy capitalist owns the machinery required to produce, which creates unequal capitalist/wage-earner relationships. Historically, the wealthy have obtained their capital by expropriating it violently (see enclosure, modern examples of this expropriation include structural adjustment plans, civil asset forfeiture, etc.) Workers don't really have a "choice" since they're just picking between one exploitative employer or another, so "trading" your labor for a wage isn't something we consent to, so much as it is something we do to not starve.

    You can avoid this by having worker-owned businesses, but that excludes people without access to the wage, e.g. "surplus population" in poor neighborhoods and the type of people who join the gangs we're talking about.

    Although I don't personally support UBI always nice to see someone in favor of re-distributive policies that would help out the vulnerable among us.

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  19. Comment on Confessions of a former bastard cop - An essay by a former police officer on why police are like this in ~misc

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    Just expressing my initial response of disbelief, but it is certainly possible!

    Just expressing my initial response of disbelief, but it is certainly possible!

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