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sassywelder9951 · 6 days ago
You guys, Why is it so hard for people to be friends with people who have different opinions?
I had a co worker who is opposite me in every way politically, but we still enjoyed working together and it was always a good time when our squad would get after work snacks.
I currently have a friend who doesn’t like discussing politics but knows where I stand and I know she’s stands more left than I do, and that’s fine! We know we don’t agree, but we know the other wants the best for people at the end of the day.
I understand people become blinded by their anger and sense of supposed justice, but it still blows my mind that there are so many people who can’t handle being around a (reasonable)person who has completely opposite opinions from them. It honestly feels like a Monty python sketch sometimes.
It’s all a bit silly.
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odinsblog · 8 months ago
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Look, if you don’t want to be remembered as evil incarnate, then maybe you should try being a halfway decent person while you’re alive. This is not a difficult concept.
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jackscarab · 3 months ago
Guess what fresh hell the United States has allowed to happen!
The state of Texas has legalized bounties on reporting anyone connected in any way to someone having or seeking an abortion.
Provide one? Someone can get a $10,000 bounty for information leading to your arrest. Consult someone to have one? Someone can get a $10,000 bounty for information leading to your arrest. Discuss with your partner the cost-benefit analysis of having one? The state of Texas is willing to provide a bounty of ten thousand United States Dollars to anyone, anywhere, who provides them with that information, in order to arrest you.
The link in the post goes to the site where you can submit a tip anonymously.
Crash the fuck out of it.
Inundate them with false reports. Write a bot to fill every field with nonsense and/or profanity. Make work for them until the open campaign of terror against women in Texas is inevitably crushed.
Also? Pack the Supreme Court, impeach every judge ever appointed by a Republican, remove tax exemption from every Christian church, and arrest every Republican for belonging to a domestic terrorist organization. But hey, one thing at a time.
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theauspolchronicles · a year ago
The covid-19 (coronavirus) outbreak is a great example of why conservative governments cutting public health funding and eroding workers rights so they’re forced to work to survive even while sick is a terrible thing. It’s terrible even without a pandemic but a pandemic really highlights just how utterly incompatible conservative ideology is with a robust and well functioning society.
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What The Jetsons really has in common with today’s technofutures is an unchanging, uncritical view of society itself. For decades, popular imaginings of the future have promised difference, but delivered more of the same: not only by recycling technical functions (the self-driving car, the robot housemaid) but, more perniciously, their underlying social relations. These technofutures regurgitate essentially the same office or kitchen as in decades past, and the same kinds of users and workers to inhabit them.
Such recycled futures masquerade as innovation to suck the life out of other possibilities. Space colonies and voice-controlled kitchens take on an air of inevitability despite their many postponements and disappointments, while critical refusal of these futures, or truly alternative visions, are cast as implausible. It is telling that our dominant technofutures have traditionally focused on two sites — the office and the kitchen — for this process of social conservation. Combined, they present a distinctly mid-century suburban ideal: masculinized labor and femininized (unpaid) labor; the full-time company employee and the nuclear home. As Bertolt Brecht once put it: “I stood on a hill and I saw the Old approaching, but it came as the New.”
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eelhound · 3 months ago
"Stupidity is a very specific cognitive failing. Crudely put, it occurs when you don’t have the right conceptual tools for the job. The result is an inability to make sense of what is happening and a resulting tendency to force phenomena into crude, distorting pigeonholes.
This is easiest to introduce with a tragic case. British high command during the First World War frequently understood trench warfare using concepts and strategies from the cavalry battles of their youth. As one of Field Marshal Douglas Haig’s subordinates later remarked, they thought of the trenches as ‘mobile operations at the halt’: ie, as fluid battle lines with the simple caveat that nothing in fact budged for years. Unsurprisingly, this did not serve them well in formulating a strategy: they were hampered, beyond the shortage of material resources, by a kind of ‘conceptual obsolescence’, a failure to update their cognitive tools to fit the task in hand.
Stupidity will often arise in cases like this, when an outdated conceptual framework is forced into service, mangling the user’s grip on some new phenomenon. It is important to distinguish this from mere error. We make mistakes for all kinds of reasons. Stupidity is rather one specific and stubborn cause of error. Historically, philosophers have worried a great deal about the irrationality of not taking the available means to my goals: Tom wants to get fit, yet his running shoes are quietly gathering dust. The stock solution to Tom’s quandary is simple willpower. Stupidity is very different from this. It is rather a lack of the necessary means, a lack of the necessary intellectual equipment. Combatting it will typically require not brute willpower but the construction of a new way of seeing our self and our world.
Such stupidity is perfectly compatible with intelligence: Haig was by any standard a smart man. Indeed, in at least some cases, intelligence actively abets stupidity by allowing pernicious rationalisation: when Harry Houdini, the great illusionist, took Arthur Conan Doyle, the inventor of Sherlock Holmes, through the tricks underlying the seances in which Conan Doyle devoutly believed, the author’s reaction was to concoct a ludicrously elaborate counter-explanation as to why it was precisely the true mediums who would appear to be frauds."
- Sacha Golob, from "Why some of the smartest people can be so very stupid." Psyche, 4 August 2021.
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odinsblog · 6 months ago
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In 2017, a writer named Sinclair Jenkins published an essay for the white supremacist website American Renaissance titled “From Wide-Eyed Liberal to Race Realist,” which described a series of “political awakenings” that he had experienced.  
Jenkins wrote that his radicalization began in the Navy, where it angered him to see “blacks” be mean to his fellow white sailors. Later, in graduate school, he grew disgusted over the “ingrained culture of anti-white hatred” in academia. “Also, once I began paying attention to the news, I started seeing why so many people in my hometown took a dim view of blacks,” wrote Jenkins, who noted that he grew up somewhere in Appalachia. “After Ferguson and Baltimore, I understood that pumping money into the ghetto would never fix things.” Later, he said, he discovered writers like John Derbyshire and Anne Coulter, who shared his distaste for immigrants, and websites like American Renaissance and VDare, which shared his firmly held belief in the “biological foundations to race,” and helped shape his white nationalist worldview.
Near the end of the article, Jenkins noted that he was a teacher, an audacious admission to make in a white supremacist publication.
But “Sinclair Jenkins,” HuffPost has now confirmed, is really a pseudonym for Benjamin Welton, a 33-year-old Boston University history PhD candidate who, until this week, taught English, social studies and computer science at Star Academy, an elementary school in Massachusetts. When HuffPost contacted the school for comment, Welton was put on leave, and was fired shortly before this article was published.
For years, he has also worked as a freelance writer for major media outlets, including The Atlantic and Vice, for whom he published articles about esoteric spy and detective novels. He also wrote pieces for the The Daily Caller and The Weekly Standard, which let him make his racist sympathies clear in print.
He was meanwhile using multiple pen names to secretly author fascist screeds online, in some cases advocating violence to establish a whites-only ethnostate. 
“No mercy for our enemies. Do not weep, for they are not human,” Welton wrote in a pseudonymous social media post on March 31, seven months into his job as an elementary school teacher. “Treat those who want to abolish ‘whiteness’ with the same venom if not more. They deserve medieval punishments.” 
Like many conservatives, Welton has expressed anger about the teaching of “critical race theory” in American schools. Last August, shortly before he began teaching at the Star Academy, he tweeted under a pseudonym that a return to American greatness “requires defunding critical race theory.” It’s clear from his pseudonymous writings where his real objection lies: criticism of white people. 
“I now try to inject race realism into my working life,” he wrote as Jenkins in the 2017 American Renaissance article. “When I teach my students or write papers, I refuse to engage in cultural Marxism or in anti-white rhetoric.”
A group of anti-fascist researchers, the Anonymous Comrades Collective, figured out Welton’s double life and shared the details with HuffPost. Many nameless fascists today lead double lives, hiding behind avatars to promote their noxious beliefs online while holding down respectable day jobs in education, military, law enforcement, medicine or the government. But leading an extremist life online carries the risk of exposure and the fear that one day soon it may all come crashing down — something it appears Welton may have anticipated. 
Welton did not respond to HuffPost’s repeated requests for comment. After emailing and direct-messaging him last week, he deleted all of his pseudonymous social media accounts on Twitter, and Gab — all of which he used to spew racist invective — along with his LinkedIn profile, SoundCloud account, two Substacks, a BlogSpot page, and an online magazine he’d recently launched for fascist fiction, non-fiction and poetry. 
But the content of those pages was already saved and archived by the Anonymous Comrades Collective, who earlier this month showed HuffPost evidence they had collected indicating that Welton was not only the man behind the bylines “Sinclair Jenkins,” but also “Jake Bowyer” and “Elias Kingston.” His writing had started to generate interest among major figures on the far right.
Welton’s career as a teacher didn’t begin at Star Academy. He has taught at the University of Vermont and Boston University during his postgraduate studies.
On his since-deleted LinkedIn page, Welton claimed to be currently “teaching grades two through five” at Star Academy, leading “seven classes a day, both online and in-person.” 
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chocomilksheikh · 5 months ago
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To this very moment slavery continues in parts of Africa and the Islamic world. Very little noise is made about it by those who denounce the slavery of the past in the West, because there is no money to be made denouncing it and no political advantages to be gained.
- Thomas Sowell
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thinly-veiled-bonkers · a month ago
Marriage is not a necessity.
Marriage is nothing more than a blind hope and a validation for something that already exists.
Societal advantages are no longer germane anymore.
And this is definitely not about commitment phobia. You just don’t need a contract to trust yourself or your partner.
Leaving the door wide open is incisive than holding or legally constraining someone to stay.
Getting played by the obsessions of being in congruence with societal norms and not listening to yourself is just vacuous.
Oh come on already, you know that “settling down” actually refers to a “total submission”.
You don’t have to get all tied down and domesticated when you can run wild and free.
And again it all comes down to ones “choice”.
If you’re someone who constantly tries to “fit in” or if you value social affirmations then go ahead and get married but if you’re someone who believes in your instincts and doesn’t get controlled by societal opinions, you can go ahead and happily tell people that marriage isn’t for you. “Choose wisely”.
And Confucius said, marriage is a bottomless pit of sorrow that makes you forget who you are.. 😆😆
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eastern-anarchist · 2 months ago
What I hate in our Eastern European context is that in our cultural policy there are usually only two extremes - either "everything local is terrible and backward, and the Western is high-quality and civilized", or "these Westerners are corrupting our children with their cartoons, therefore let's go back to our folklore cliche".
Like. Why can't you be critical of both Eastern European and Western culture at the same time ?? Why is it impossible to recognize the merits and demerits of both phenomena ?? Be able to recognize the (neo)colonial influence of the West, but not call for banning The Beatles albums and Hollywood films ??
It seems to me that when we find the answers to these questions, the cruelty in our countries will decrease significantly.
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womenfrommars · 3 months ago
Conservatives tend to despise anything modern and glamourise anything that's old-fashioned. That sometimes turns into a logical fallacy ("It's old so it must be good"). Progressives do the exact opposite as a knee jerk reaction to conservatism. They glamourise modern inventions and despise old-fashioned norms. Debates between these two people sometimes boil down to arguing whether something is new or old (e.g. pornography, prostitution, makeup, homosexuality, gender norms) instead of addressing the central question, which is whether something is good or bad, or whether it adds value to society or not. Quibbling over history doesn't necessarily answer this question. The age of a cultural practice does not reveal the moral value thereof for morality transcends time periods. Historical context is certainly helpful, but it's not a guide line for labelling something as good or bad
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panicinthestudio · 3 months ago
@allthecanadianpolitics, @abpoli, @politicsofcanada
This is being touted as a “cost-saving” measure to alleviate pressure on Alberta Health Services, when they are again throwing cash at a problem that they’ve only helped encouraged since reopening in July. Instead of refuting the reactionary and denialist hold-outs or accepting responsibility for the rush to lift restrictions amid the rise of the current wave in exacerbating the pandemic, all we get is weak public messaging after a two week absence with Kenney practically saying they’re all out of ideas. One media question directly received confirmation on reporting that we are at 95% ICU capacity in the province, 97% in the Edmonton region.
In the immediate climate of anti-vacciation and anti-restriction protestors; disruptions to health care facilities, patients, and health care workers; as well as ongoing provincial conservative action to reduce funding for public health care in favour of increasing privatization it’s absolutely tone-deaf.
The Albertan government has only now asked for resuming of public and in-person workplace masking, a 10 p.m. alcohol service limit, and “recommending” limiting indoor social gatherings to ten people between two other families and their close contacts as of Saturday.
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blackswaneuroparedux · 8 days ago
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We do not merely study the past: we inherit it, and inheritance brings with it not only the rights of ownership, but the duties of trusteeship. Things fought for and died for should not be idly squandered. For they are the property of others, who are not yet born.
- Sir Roger Scruton
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