How to Read Fire Diamonds by AliceofX in videos

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Interesting video, thanks!

Imagine billionaires paying enough so that teachers in the US don't have to work multiple jobs and sell their own blood plasma to survive. Radical. by EndlessSunflowers in LateStageCapitalism

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Now if only George Soros and Michael Bloomberg would donate millions of dollars to teachers, rather than paying off media companies to push their favorite narratives!

Aside from Reddit, what other platforms would be good to advertise Saidit on? by Aureus in AskSaidIt

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Could you expand on this? I'm not totally sure what you mean.

​​American College Of Pediatrics Reaches Decision: Transgenderism Of Children Is Child Abuse by Trump_WG1WGA in news

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You can support the American College of Pediatricians here: https://acpeds.org

Leftist Website Uses Image of White Protesters to Depict Story About Black Terror Suspect by P-38lightning in politics

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This kind of grifting happens way too often. RawStory took down the tweet when they were called out for it. If the picture didn't fit their narrative, they could at least have had the honesty of not using a picture at all.

Anyone else boycotting Hollywood and modern shows as a whole? by Aureus in AskSaidIt

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What I think I should replace it with: telling stories from my family. I think that's what TV replaced, I think back in the days of yore we were supposed to gather around the village fire in the evening and listen to the elders tell of the great deeds of our ancestors. And "gossip". Real stuff.

I totally agree. I think this is something we've unfortunately lost as a culture, although many people are trying to get back to it. Gardening is excellent as well, especially if you're growing things you can eat. I can also second educational and religious activities.

I'm going to think some more on this and get back to you, but feel free to speak to me more about it in the meantime. Wasting too much time on TV is definitely a problem many people struggle with

Anyone else boycotting Hollywood and modern shows as a whole? by Aureus in AskSaidIt

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I guess I just have become conditioned to fill my time with that garbage and don't know what else to do.

This is a very common problem that afflicts way too many people nowadays. I'm in the same boat. Honestly I think this phenomenon has been going on for 50+ years - ever since the invention of television, more and more people have been spending their free time sitting in front of one rather than doing something productive.

If possible, I want to encourage people to change that and get more involved in bettering themselves and their community

Anyone else boycotting Hollywood and modern shows as a whole? by Aureus in AskSaidIt

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That would be an awesome idea. Many others are saying the same, and now is the perfect time.

I'm a leftist but I'm here by GreenCappy in Introductions

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I didn't come here from Reddit. I like things organized and I wanted topical subs to "file" my posts under.

This actually makes a lot of sense. I can see now why you run subs like that. In fact one of my biggest gripes with the Reddit post system is how quickly subreddits move, meaning valuable content gets buried by new posts in a day or two. Only posting the highest-quality content makes sense, although it does mean subs are a bit more like static pages of a website.

I often find myself longing for the old-school forum structure, where thread prominence was determined by activity rather than just newness and "upvotes". Truly contributive threads could stick around for years as long as they were active.

There's a difference between "centralizing" and "aggregating" / "filtering" / "selecting" - in my mind if not on paper. SaidIt is a "centralizing" hub of information.

I'm curious to know how you define the difference. These terms can get tricky though. In a neutral sense, "centralization" can simply mean putting things in a central place where they are more easily accessible (something I'd support). But in a negative sense, "centralization" can mean making members dependent on a system that's faulty or leaves them powerless (something I'd be against).

In addition, even though I like the term "decentralization", I feel like it falls short of describing the concept it represents. "Decentralization" seems to suggest a breaking down rather than a building up... it's petty, but I feel a term like "micro-centralization", "re-centralization", or "centralization for the people" would do a better job of describing it as an affirmative act. Not that I'm asking you to use any of those made-up terms, lol.

Also, feel free to let me know (or just take your time to respond) if I'm distracting you. I can take a really long time to write a comment sometimes as well, and it can eat into my time, so I completely understand where you're coming from.

What kinds of conversations do you want to be having here? by comments in AskSaidIt

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Conversations that matter, preferably on important issues. Although even things like gardening can be important.

One of my problems with reddit is its ephemerality. You have an interesting conversation, and the next day it's off the frontpage and basically becomes irrelevant forever. I'm not sure how, but I hope Saidit can avoid that.

I'm a leftist but I'm here by GreenCappy in Introductions

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First off, thanks for the invitation. That looks like an awesome sub and I'll enjoy contributing to it.

Because you said you really wanted pressure, here goes:

You're spreading yourself way too thin. No one man can singlehandedly run 40 subs on that many different subjects. I run two and I already feel challenged in coming up with new content.

I'm not saying you need to give up any of your interests, but you do need to focus on one thing at a time. Rather than trying to maintain several dozen subs, put your energies into just one. Alternatively, work on Bittersweet Seeds or WikiSpooks, since SaidIt has a "publish-or-perish" structure where even the best posts will vanish from sight in a day or two. Finish the content you want to finish, and then once you're sure of its quality, promote it everywhere.

All that said - you're still doing excellent work, even though it's somewhat scattered now. I wouldn't have reached out if I weren't impressed. Even if you keep doing exactly what you're doing you'll still be a big help.

Also: It's a little humorously ironic that, as a decentralization activist, your own efforts are so decentralized. It's also interesting and complementary that my personal project, /s/FoundationGuide, is about "centralizing" all useful information into a single book that will then be distributed freely.

I'm a leftist but I'm here by GreenCappy in Introductions

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Whoops, /s/. My bad, still getting over reddit formatting.

My message was basically "I think that we have a lot of similar ideas, and we're both interested in constructive ways to help regular people fix the world, rather than just watching it decline. Are there ways we could work together? Anything from crossposting on one another's subs to promoting content on outside platforms would be awesome."

To be specific, your interest in decentralization and self-sufficiency rather than reliance on megacorporations parallels with mine

Decentralize all the things!... by JasonCarswell in memes

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I'm down, how could some of these things be decentralized though? E.g. banks, governments, states, medicine, etc.?

The rich are sheltering from coronavirus in luxury retreats with guns by freespeech in news

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Seems like a standard media scare article.

The Donald can't handle critical thought. This little comment got me banned. by Canbot in news

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I think you're blowing things out of proportion. https://thedonald.win is designed from the ground-up as a website for Donald Trump supporters. They explicitly state in the rules that they're purely a fan site, not designed for "debate".

I'm a conservative, but I wouldn't feel morally wronged if I got banned for posting a comment critical of Bernie Sanders on a Bernie Sanders fan site. They own the website, they clearly say the website is only for Bernie Sanders supporters, and it's their right to ban me if I'm not one.

The problem comes when extremely popular websites (like Facebook, YouTube, and Reddit) start banning and censoring content, especially when they claim to be unbiased. No one can honestly say thedonald.win is on the same level or even in the same category as reddit. Reddit is ranked in the top 20 sites in the entire world according to Alexa - TheDonald.win isn't even in the top 10,000. Reddit gets over 150 million views every single day and $3 billion in revenue every year - I'd be amazed if TheDonald even makes a thousandth of that. Reddit claims to be unbiased but censors thousands of people based on a far-left bias (which includes the original subreddit TheDonald.win is inspired by) - TheDonald has never claimed to be anything other than a Donald Trump fan site.

I maintain that all the seats of real power in the western world today are held by fascist leftists though, and as such leftist censorship is what we should all be concerned about.

This is the crux of it, and why I can't see singling out TheDonald.win as an honest apples-to-apples comparison. It makes no sense to bemoan this as if it's remotely comparable to leftist censorship on Reddit, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, or many other platforms.

I'm a leftist but I'm here by GreenCappy in Introductions

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Did you get my private message from about a week ago? You posted on my sub, /s/FoundationGuide a while back, and I was just wondering if you missed my PM or if you weren't interested.

What's Okay To Censor? by CompleteDoubterII in memes

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Yep. Makes zero sense.

What's Okay To Censor? by CompleteDoubterII in memes

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Agreed. What theaters do you think the meme war will have? There's still a small amount of debate on reddit, though people like OP have probably censored most real discussion.

What's Okay To Censor? by CompleteDoubterII in memes

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I can see why it got downvoted there... the comic is such a strawman you could put it in a field and it would scare away birds.

How ‘Never Trumper’ Republicans (aka uniparty) Crashed The Democratic Party and basically took it over, ensuring Biden beat Sanders by Chipit in politics

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Really interesting article.

The group of Republican voters who disapprove of Trump is similar (but slightly smaller) than Democrats who disapproved of then-President Barack Obama during his first term.

This really says it all. The Republican #NeverTrump coalition is numerically smaller than the Democrat #NeverObama coalition... which effectively didn't exist. The only reason you hear from #NeverTrumpers at all is because of the media's bias.

Also, it's really interesting that #NeverTrumpers effectively kept Bernie out. Maybe Bernie supporters should hear this...

Hot take: Saidit should focus on information rather than entertainment, and quality over quantity by Aureus in whatever

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A couple of reasons:

  • If you believe Reddit is bad and Saidit is better, it makes sense that you would want Saidit to become more popular than Reddit. I don't want most people using a site with wrong information or low-quality content, and I would prefer the site with better content and better admins to have as much activity as possible.

  • Even if you don't care how many people use the site, it's obviously preferable for Saidit to stay competitive in terms of quality content. Nobody should want Saidit to backslide and become just like Reddit in terms of content.

Is saidit mostly a bunch of gullible Qtards and short sighted shallow capitalism worshipers? every day on the front page there are scary socialism memes, because it's not as if we're all in this together or anything, no, let's have the rich and the almighty dollar rule over us, greed won't fail us! by EndlessSunflowers in whatever

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By the way, that SlateStarCodex article is amazing. I've read it before but it changed the way I think about so many things. Thank you for linking it.

The following article (and other articles by the same author on the Status451 website) may also interest you a lot, and it's even more topical about the modern far left, how it functions, and how it can be effectively messaged against. Please read it and let me know what you think: https://status451.com/2017/11/11/radical-book-club-what-righties-can-do/

Is saidit mostly a bunch of gullible Qtards and short sighted shallow capitalism worshipers? every day on the front page there are scary socialism memes, because it's not as if we're all in this together or anything, no, let's have the rich and the almighty dollar rule over us, greed won't fail us! by EndlessSunflowers in whatever

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Maybe if socialists did something worthwhile. But no.

This is my biggest gripe with socialists. In a libertarian capitalist country, socialists are totally free to create a socialist sub-community. There is absolutely nothing stopping them from getting cheap land and forming a commune. Communes like The Farm already exist, and there are countless millionaire socialists (such as Bernie Sanders) who would have the means to fund them.

But despite having the freedom and the means available, most socialists have no interest in doing the hard work themselves. Either out of laziness or sheer desire for dominance, they instead appeal to the State to compel unwilling people to provide them with the things they want.

I have to give credit where credit is due - socialists are amazing at activism, public messaging, and institution capture. Everyone who is not a socialist should learn from socialists if they want to win over the public. But socialists suck (either intentionally or unintentionally) at actually getting what they want done by themselves. They hate it, and can only hope authoritarian forces will step in to force others to do what they want. That's why I can't respect them, outside of the few who are willing to form things like communes and try to accomplish their goals through their own work rather than taking the work of others.

Today show is utter crap by rubberbiscuit in CorporateMedia

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There's got to a better alternative for shows like this.

Is it OK to post links to petition sites here? by RatMan29 in Activism

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Go for it

I do not like the series "Picard" and you should not watch it, here is why. by jmichaelhudsondotnet in ScienceFiction

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I don't watch new shows or movies by default, since virtually all the big ones have this kind of agenda forced in. The only decent new show I can think of is Better Call Saul. Thank you for posting this though, it's good to share it with others.

Aside from Reddit, what other platforms would be good to advertise Saidit on? by Aureus in AskSaidIt

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Good points. Lobsters may be a bit small, but it looks like a different niche so maybe Saidit and Lobsters could partner in some way. Lobsters for in-depth tech discussion, Saidit for more general chat, or something like that.

Both telling and showing are important. People will never find the site if they're not told about it, but they won't stay if they aren't shown its value.

I'm not sure how possible it is to guarantee good posts on the frontpage, but even just suggesting that people post and upvote more quality content could help. It would be great to see quality content that can appeal to new audiences, that at the same time isn't too "basic" (e.g. low-effort memes or clickbait articles).

Is anyone here actually interested in either fixing reddit or (if it can't be fixed) building a viable alternative to it? by Aureus in MeanwhileOnReddit

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That's a great idea. The best way to do it would be to get a lot of people on board with doing this actively, so it's not just one or two people spreading the word, but dozens. Additionally, reach out to mods of popular subreddits and get them to list Saidit in the sidebar or announcements.

What do you think of the vehicle protests of Michigan governor Whitmer's lockdown policy? by Aureus in Activism

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I haven't heard of any being explicitly declared illegal, and many are unquestionably legal, e.g. people who protested inside their vehicles while maintaining social distancing. They are also nonviolent, so I see no issue

WatchRedditDie posts should link out to reddit alternatives. by JamalGinsberg in MeanwhileOnReddit

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Yep, exactly. It's a bot that comments it on every thread.

Aside from Reddit, what other platforms would be good to advertise Saidit on? by Aureus in AskSaidIt

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Could work - you mean basically namedrop Saidit on Slashdot, say that it allows more freedom and has less unethical practices than reddit, and hope they come over and build a technology community here?

Is anyone here actually interested in either fixing reddit or (if it can't be fixed) building a viable alternative to it? by Aureus in MeanwhileOnReddit

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If we're sticking with saidit, we should raise awareness about saidit existing and build it into a quality platform appealing to a large amount of people.

Is anyone here actually interested in either fixing reddit or (if it can't be fixed) building a viable alternative to it? by Aureus in MeanwhileOnReddit

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Unfortunately, there is nothing comparable as far as interesting content, user activity

This is exactly my point.

It's possible someone could (and probably will) create an alternative or successor someday.

We're already on one... Saidit. We just haven't expended the effort to bring people over from reddit to here. The vast majority of people on reddit aren't aware that Saidit exists.

I have ideas on how to promote Saidit and the motivation to do so, but I can't do it alone. It's up to us whether we want to see this site succeed and bring back the freedom and quality content reddit used to have.

Is anyone here actually interested in either fixing reddit or (if it can't be fixed) building a viable alternative to it? by Aureus in MeanwhileOnReddit

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Can Digg even be taken back? I thought it had changed its format so much that discussion on it is basically impossible.

Aside from Reddit, what other platforms would be good to advertise Saidit on? by Aureus in AskSaidIt

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Could be worth a try. We may want to build a thriving technology community before reaching out to them though.

WatchRedditDie posts should link out to reddit alternatives. by JamalGinsberg in MeanwhileOnReddit

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The OP says WatchRedditDie posts should link out to reddit alternatives. It looks like they already do.

Is anyone here actually interested in either fixing reddit or (if it can't be fixed) building a viable alternative to it? by Aureus in MeanwhileOnReddit

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Okay. So what do we do about that?

What do you think of the vehicle protests of Michigan governor Whitmer's lockdown policy? by Aureus in Activism

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It would be interesting to see if it inspired other protests around the country, it looks like it did.

/s/Activism may have some overlap with this sub by Aureus in pushback

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Sorry if advertising subs isn't allowed, just thought it was relevant.

Free press by useless_aether in PoliticalHumor

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The criticisms of CNN are more spot-on, but hilarious post!

Joe Rogan and Beanie Man: Is Reddit Suppressing Conservative Voices? by Tarrock in politics

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Exactly.

I hate to say it, but leaving reddit because reddit censors people is a kind of self-censorship.

Reddit is still one of the top 10 most-used websites worldwide. Leaving it gives the censors and their supporters free rein on that platform.

There's only two possible solutions to this: either keep begrudgingly participating on reddit despite the increasing censorship and propaganda, or build and advertise an alternative platform that can compete toe-to-toe with reddit for the attention of regular people.

WatchRedditDie posts should link out to reddit alternatives. by JamalGinsberg in MeanwhileOnReddit

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It looks like the automoderator already links to SaidIt directly

198 Methods of Nonviolent Protest and Persuasion by Aureus in Activism

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Coronavirus Will Lead to a Rennissance for Decentralization, Permaculture, and Mutual Aid (48:30) ~ The Conscious Resistance by JasonCarswell in DecentralizeAllThings

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I hope so! Thanks for posting this video.

What are some things the average person can do to improve the world? by Aureus in AskSaidIt

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Good post, I wish I had done this in college.

What are some things the average person can do to improve the world? by Aureus in AskSaidIt

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Great post, thanks!

The Hierarchy of Self-Improvement Skills - what do you think of this image? by Aureus in whatever

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Thanks. I agree with a lot of what you said. Having a home is definitely more important than having a job, though my logic was that if you don't have a home (for example if you live with a friend or relative) you will need to get a job to pay for one.

Considering the flaws with this version, I'm not sure a totally accurate revised version is possible. But going forward I'm going to put parts of this basic framework into posts and images, taking into account what you said.

"The reason parent-child relationships exist is because the State confers legal parenthood." - Harvard professor campaigning against homeschooling by Aureus in censorship

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Link to the tweet: https://twitter.com/DeAngelisCorey/status/1252285110101172224

Corey DeAngelis is hosting a pro-homeschooling conference at Harvard to counter this.

The anti-vaccine and anti-lockdown movements are converging, refusing to be 'enslaved' by Unicorn in news

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Good

Trump Adviser Caught on Tape Discussing ‘Aggressive’ Voter Suppression in 2020 by dcjogger in politics

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It's probably along the lines of only allowing US citizens to vote - the horror!

Great video debunking most "voter suppression" lies: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eJ2ZjYFb_rY

Btw, isn't Rolling Stone the same magazine that started the fake rape claim scandal about the lacrosse team?

The Foundation Guide: a collection of guides to Dating, Socializing, Diet, Grooming and more by Aureus in FoundationGuide

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That looks interesting, could I get a quick rundown on what it's about?

Trump announces US will halt funding to World Health Organization over coronavirus response by Tarrock in politics

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This is the right move. The WHO made so many mistakes, they are almost directly responsible for the current pandemic.

Welcome kings!! by bk2mummy4u in KingsNotTrash

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Just joined, thanks for making this!