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It do be like that sometimes 3 comments
guest_ · 2 hours ago
Or... maybe some of us did- but through hard work and an understanding of the aspects of ourselves we dont want to embrace, and an understanding of the underlying pathologies and triggers, we were able to change our behaviors to be more the people we want to be and less the people our circumstances dictated? To be clear- I’m not saying that because some can- all will or should. I am saying that we judge on what we see, but so much of what makes a person is what we didn’t or do not see. Knowing who a person is doesn’t tell us who they were. An educated guess is still a guess.
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I hate people that do this 9 comments
guest_ · 2 hours ago
... of even trying to maintain an illusion of social ownership. Socialist and Communist became boogie man words fairly recently. By the standards of today “old guard” republicans would be looney liberals. America established agencies like the EPA and SEC, set up restrictions and busted monopolies, regulated commerce and dictated responsible practices. Build social services and public works for the good of all citizens. And America prospered. Then came the age of a new right conservativism that put an emphasis on deregulated capitalism and “free markets.” In that period we’ve seen wealth gaps sky rocket along with poverty and crime. Coincidence? So Communism and socialism don’t work. Really can’t. But when we run from any idea that is labeled “socialist” regardless of proof of merit- we are being ignorant and reactionist.
I hate people that do this 9 comments
guest_ · 2 hours ago
A socialism or communism won’t work. This time, next time, and in any realistically foreseeable future.
They are great theories that make for real terrible ways to run countries. But let’s clear a few things up- firstly: that while Nazi Germany was socialist- and did carry out mass genocide, the two things can’t be linked as you do to equate genocide as the natural consequence of socialism. Secondly- we need to seperate a socialist government from a non socialist government that can see prudence in certain socialist or leftist leaning policies for civic good. The point of capitalism is what? To encourage competition, production, and innovation through reward and challenge. Yet- we have companies acting effectively unchallenged in their markets. Stagnation. With government incentives, backing, and bail outs. It’s a system not far removed from state ran industry except you’ve cut the corruption of a socialist state but putting the money straight to select private individuals instead...
Just fake it 14 comments
guest_ · 4 hours ago
Lil Wayne actually said it best I think. In an interview when asked about racism he’d faced- he said that he personally had not felt he’d ever been discriminated or held back by his race, but that could be his luck or perception. In essence- That his experiences as one member of a group didn’t mean that he was a “spokesman” for that entire group. That his did not invalidate the experiences of others, or undermine them. The same applies here. It’s not so much different from mass shootings. A person wanting to be somehow “special” and having counter culture credibility.
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Just fake it 14 comments
guest_ · 4 hours ago
But it doesn’t. It proves that people CAN, and one person did. We can’t look at his actions and say that the one is indicative of the nanyang more than we can look at any number of mass shooters and say that white people with guns will kill you for no reason. They CAN, they MIGHT, but will they? One does not make a pattern. When we see more and more of a ln event we can start formin lanterns and then start separating correlation and causality to try and find fact. As for “victim points..” yes it’s a real thing sadly. Ever been in a discussion about a woman’s issue or a minority issue and heard someone say something like: “Oh yeah? Well what about this hardship WE have to deal with...” victim points are pretty universal sadly. They are independent of race, gender, etc. it’s that persons need to make things about them and steer a discussion to them and their problems.
Just fake it 14 comments
guest_ · 4 hours ago
There are. That doesn’t mean that is right or prudent.
Let's go Dutch 17 comments
guest_ · 8 hours ago
It’s ok. If it happens that would be swell, and if not- you can still be happy with your own company. You seem to have a good outlook, and honestly the best thing to do with love is to not look for it. Love that works is love we find- or finds us- by natural virtue and through our normal affairs. Life is made for living, so just live it and the rest will happen on its own.
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Just fake it 14 comments
guest_ · 9 hours ago
Nothing the guest says excuses his actions. Even if he has a mental or other issue that doesn’t excuse his actions or justify them. Guest is saying that the tone of this post is not an indictment of his actions or character or even focused on him- the tone is an outward focus using his actions to reflect on the overall state of racism in America- and by association imply that there is less racism than people claim and that this incident proves that fact.
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Just fake it 14 comments
guest_ · 9 hours ago
Don’t get it twisted up. The fact that one guy with some sort of peesucution complex or some need for attention or desire for “credibility” faked an incident doesn’t say anything except about him. When someone reports a false rape, a false robbery, do we assume that actually robbery or rape are not serious issues faced by many?
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Let's go Dutch 17 comments
guest_ · 9 hours ago
It’s good to take care of what you need done, and to not need to be with someone and be able to be happy as an individual. But relationships are just that- relationships. Whatever we define that as. The key is in throwing away pre conceived notions of what is or isn’t a relationship- what it needs to be, comparing to others. I do t know your life or what you’re facing. I’ve known guys who have gone through REAL shit though, seen and done things that made them never the same. But they were all by and large able to have relationships- even if it took a few tries and some time to get their heads right again. Some swore off LTR’s in a traditional sense and have more like long term repeat acquaintances they don’t see for possibly years and then do. It’s whatever you want it to be and the other person rolls with. So never close doors on yourself- just realize that the path we sometimes walk isn’t the “ideal” we had in our heads, but we can still be happy. Either way- best of luck.
Apex is better than fortnite 11 comments
guest_ · 9 hours ago
It’s a tough thing for sure. Many want representation or are accepting of it- but most agree they dont want to be beaten over the head with grand displays or “tokens” designed to fill a quota or generate buzz through controversy. While the nature of most for profit businesses is to basically be as unsubtle as possible at pointingto themselves and saying “look what I did look look look!” so we can’t necessarily expect the discretion or quiet dignity we might otherwise- there are ways in which one can ensure the world sees their progressive works without making that the focus. Metroid, Gears of war, Resident Evil- these are some examples of games with strong female leads or central characters which do not in game or in advertising try to sell the game off of that principal but off of the Games core.
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B*tch!! 7 comments
guest_ · 11 hours ago
Saying one likes a type of music or even all types of music- doesn’t mean that person likes every song from that genre- or even more than a few, or that they feel like listening to them at all times. You might like listening to pounding high BPM music while working out, but slow mellow music after a hard day of work for instance. So if I say “I like all types of music..” or even “I like death metal...” that doesn’t mean I want to listen to death metal at that exact moment, and if you start playing it I may not respond favorably.
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It was a mistake 20 comments
guest_ · 12 hours ago
... and that’s great for FUTURE women being born, but doesn’t actually help current women right now. So you can’t tell an adult woman in 2019 to “shut up already” about rights because “we gave them to you...” when she may not even be alive by the time women are getting to fully enjoy those rights. What’s more- as to the slippery slope idea- oh no. A slippery slope of rights. Damnit. We have women rights and now we might have to respect other types of people who have been marginalized too! Crap. Comparing allowing a woman to vote to marrying a horse is asinine. It’s like those people who say that allowing gay marriage leads to legalized pedophilia. People were saying decades- centuries back the same sorts of things about black rights or accepting interacial marriages. As far as equal rights go there still are people who oppose interacial marriage and that’s been around longer than “we gave women rights...” The world changes and the small minded are confused and left behind.
It was a mistake 20 comments
guest_ · 12 hours ago
Beyond just rights is advantage. Women have been put at a disadvantage through means we as a society have largely deemed were unfair and unjust- you don’t change laws that work unless they meet those criteria. They were robbed the opportunity to establish themselves and are still functioning at a disadvantage. Equality guarantees an equal chance- not equal results. You may be better than me at something and I have to work 2x as hard as you to get the same results. That’s life. That’s the nature of the world we live in. But when I have to work 2x harder not because I’m less skilled but because society has stacked the deck against me- that isn’t equality. The opportunity isn’t the same when you’re freely given opportunity and I have to fight for the same opportunity, or “prove” myself where you do not. So for a woman who wants to be in a male dominated field- her fight isn’t over. It may take generations of more until women are able to establish themselves and become fully represented...
It was a mistake 20 comments
guest_ · 12 hours ago
I’m going to have to fan your dumpster fire here and disagree with most of what you said- but not all. Firstly- We Gave women equal rights? Perhaps in theory. It wasn’t until 2016 that women were allowed to serve in combat for instance. There are still both hard legal and soft social deficiencies in rights, and many of the rights you speak of have been granted very recently and haven’t had much time to be processed. Many exist in law, but in practice are blocked or hindered in exercise by individuals or organizations who are resistant or resentful, slow to change or to adopt new standards. Secondly- while we can almost always say “some” of a group behave or think a certain way, most women aren’t asking for some type of reparations. Most women are asking that society show sincerity in equality beyond saying “ok. We changed the law. We are done.”...
When you create a problem then use the problem to scare people 14 comments
guest_ · 12 hours ago
It’s very true. You seldom of ever see ICE raid farms. Everyone knows that agriculture depends on undocumented migrants. When you’re making $10k or less a year for 14 hour back busting days with no OT, time off, holidays, benefits... that’s not a job a lot of people will take when you can make more minimum wage most places. California is a major farm state and a job at In N out burger will start you at $15/hr, a long shoreman who does comparably hard work makes $25-50/hr, OT, double time, paid holidays and other significant bonuses and benefits. It doesn’t pencil out. They’ve been raising farm wages to entice citizens to take the job- but it isn’t working. It’s not a job I’d touch for under about $100-150k a year with union and benefits- and even then I don’t know I’d take it even if I was making less than that. There was a movie called “day without a Mexican” that sums it up pretty nicely.
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Apex is better than fortnite 11 comments
guest_ · 13 hours ago
Everything I’ve seem suggests that they didn’t really announce it. They posted character bios and made little videos. The character with the gender nuetral pronouns for instance- their video doesn’t mention it at all. It doesn’t say anything about their preferred pronouns or their sexual or personal identity. It talks about the character as a skilled and mysterious person and their abilities. The whole time however the narrator and character voice quotes use pronouns like: “they,” never saying “he” “she” etc. So from what I can tell EA didn’t make some big deal about it- but as soon as media and gamers found out they are the ones who blew it up and made it the major talking point of the game.
Is this wrong? 11 comments
guest_ · 13 hours ago
1. I was unaware of that comment. It’s possible I was writing this while it was being posted. When work is busy I start replies and leave them open, then finish them as able.
2. Hoax or not is irrelevant to the reply. In math class I was fully aware that the two trains traveling on the same tracks in opposite directions or the guy buying two tons of watermelons were not actual events being described. There are many forms of thought exercises that do not require the scenario to be real- or in some cases like Maxwells Demon in entropy- even plausible. The point is not to be outraged or emotionally react but to think about the situation. In examples like this it can be a good opportunity to consider not just various perspectives but also to deconstruct relationships and analyze the WHY of ones thoughts or initial reactions to a thing. Understanding of self is key to being a fully realized human. Understanding of others is key to being a fully realized memeber of humanity. But thank you
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Largest useable currency in the world. 1 million dollar coin 15 comments
guest_ · 13 hours ago
In theory. Most countries have laws about defacing, and/or specifically melting down currency for the very reasons that a coin can be worth more in raw materials than face value, coins have a cost of manufacture and circulation that isn’t usually included in their face value, and while currency remains stable in value even if the buying power fluctuates, metals can fluctuate in value greatly and thus on any given day the value of a coin vs it’s raw material value can favor one or the other more extremely- so it destabilizes currency to do so. While the feds may not knock down your door for doodling on a $1 type note- such a high profile coin and tons of gold being sold might draw attention. It’s doable of course- but risky and certainly not legal.
When you create a problem then use the problem to scare people 14 comments
guest_ · 22 hours ago
Tl:dr- the Mexico Arizona border alone generates 10 billion dollars a year in estimated profits for cartels. They are far more motivated to continue making 10 billion dollars a year from just that single states border crossing plus the sun from all other states- they have far more profit to spend defeating our systems than we can afford to spend on securing them. DARE was stupid. It didn’t work because it was stupid and I’ll conceived. But if you want to stop a huge amount of cross border traffic you just take away the incentive to do so. Why not invest in Mexico instead? Why not invest in America and elevating our population. Why not work at creating legal channels for much of this crime so it is no longer a scary monster in the dark but something we can see in the open?
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When you create a problem then use the problem to scare people 14 comments
guest_ · 22 hours ago
Short of literally mining the border and employing automated and manned weapon systems with sophisticated 24/7 surveillance- there aren’t really any solid bets. It’s just throwing good after bad. In fairness there is no security system that can’t be broken- and that doesn’t mean a person shouldn’t lock their doors or use a car alarm just because a skilled and or determined person can circumvent those things. But the core of any security system is weighing the costs in money and effort against the potential benefit.
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When you create a problem then use the problem to scare people 14 comments
guest_ · 22 hours ago
And situations requiring identification. That also means dealing primarily or exclusively in cash- which is also preferred for most types of crime. Which means introducing new financial reforms much as was done post 9/11. Increasing the oversight and making. It harder to deal in cash or have transactions the government isn’t aware of. And through this process increasingly sophisticated transaction schemes involving physical barter, hard or impossible to trace pre paid credit and gift cards, etc will likely be developed along with ancillary new types of crime that halo from these new methods.
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When you create a problem then use the problem to scare people 14 comments
guest_ · 22 hours ago
We can’t control what happens on the southern side of the border, so there’s free reign more or less to circumvent any systems we put in place. Where desperation and time meet you will get results. So as you say- the “war” will ultimately need to be fought on this side of the border. That means sensors and surveillance for whatever get over. That’s 24 hour monitoring of American soil and anywhere close to the border including towns. That’s monitoring radio and data transmissions tontey and find the sophisticated signals used by drug dealers on their sophisticated telecom networks- and that means sorting through and Americans data that happens to cross through the area. That means increasing requirements for documentation and identification in daily life. The easiest and surest way to find people who legally don’t belong is to make document chaecks compulsory. That’s one of the primary ways that undocumented immigrants are able to “hide in plain sight.” Through avoiding transactions...
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When you create a problem then use the problem to scare people 14 comments
guest_ · 23 hours ago
I’ll tel you right now there are two ways an unflinching stance on border security goes. One is that we dump hundreds of billions into it to end up protecting American fruit picking and cleaning jobs since if you’re VERY lucky that’s who the current plans MIGHT stop and little else- and end up just tossing the whole thing in the trash in a few administrations and letting the security infrastructure rot away as a monument to wasted money- or the other is that it ends with big brother. That politicians and Americans won’t be willing to admit that so much money was thrown away, so they’ll keep throwing money at it to build on a “comprehensive plan.” When it doesn’t give the numbers they want to see- they’ll get desperate and need to show results. That’s when they’ll turn to the one options left.
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When you create a problem then use the problem to scare people 14 comments
guest_ · 23 hours ago
Now the logic is sound. If a 5 year old girl or some random dude who wants a job can make it across the border- so can a terrorist. Drug dealers and foreign agents tend to have technology and money and resources that make them less likely- but still vaguely possible to be stopped or slowed by a wall. But it sure would be a hell of a lot easier to tell the real “bad dudes” coming across the border if we could reduce the number of regular folks trying to make the crossing. If we actually opened up our borders some to facilitate the crossing of people legally- we would have a much easier time pointing and saying: “yup. These guys trying to sneak across are likely dangerous..” The North Korean border crossing is the most heavily patrolled and guarded in the world and the North and South are both routinely able to smuggle contraband and agents across. Hell, itsevwry few years that the south discovers some tunnel system.