i was assaulted/forced to perform oral sex by a white woman. by mommysexsworker in news

[–]Drewski 1 insightful - 1 fun1 insightful - 0 fun2 insightful - 1 fun -  (0 children)

Needs more cowbell.

New Zealand lifts all COVID-19 restrictions by Snehashis09 in news

[–]Drewski 3 insightful - 1 fun3 insightful - 0 fun4 insightful - 1 fun -  (0 children)

Until someone else tests positive and then they'll lock it all down again.

How Can I, As An Individual, Fight Government Corruption? (This is Useful Advice For Other Types of Corruption, Too) by christine_grab in politics

[–]Drewski 5 insightful - 1 fun5 insightful - 0 fun6 insightful - 1 fun -  (0 children)

Great stuff, thanks for sharing.

Just a reminder, YouTube censorship is in overdrive, so if you are an independent creator, make sure you are uploading to other platforms by salvia_d in WorldPolitics

[–]Drewski 7 insightful - 2 fun7 insightful - 1 fun8 insightful - 2 fun -  (0 children)

LBRY is a pretty good decentralized option, PeerTube, ISE.media is Ben Swann's new platform which seems promising.

Home Assistant - Open source home automation that puts local control and privacy first. Powered by a worldwide community of tinkerers and DIY enthusiasts. by realpanzer in technology

[–]Drewski 2 insightful - 2 fun2 insightful - 1 fun3 insightful - 2 fun -  (0 children)

I'm glad that open source alternatives on the Internet Of Things are out there, but do we really need all this automation? Will it really make our lives better, being able to say "turn off the kitchen lights" rather than flipping a switch? I'm not so sure.

15-Day-Old Boy Gets Exposed To Measles Due To Anti-Vaxxers by kesh in whatever

[–]Drewski 4 insightful - 2 fun4 insightful - 1 fun5 insightful - 2 fun -  (0 children)

Must be like all the people getting Corona from protesting the lockdowns.

Facebook, Instagram Now Flagging Tucker Carlson's Coronavirus Posts as 'False Information' by scrubking in censorship

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On second thought, let’s not go there. ‘Tis a silly place.

Innocence lost: what did you do before the internet? by realpanzer in Internet

[–]Drewski 3 insightful - 1 fun3 insightful - 0 fun4 insightful - 1 fun -  (0 children)

I've had the internet through most of my childhood, though it used to be a much less integral part. Back in the dialup internet days, I actually had to sit down at the computer and go online, it wasn't the ubiquitous thing that's constantly available on all our devices all the time.

I used to read a lot more books, spend more time outside, more time with friends. One thing I've noticed is that the way information is presented and consumed online has drastically reduced my attention span. I read The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains by Nicholas Carr not too long ago and he discusses this extensively.

Trump will ban US downloads of Chinese apps TikTok & WeChat starting September 20 by fred_red_beans in news

[–]Drewski 6 insightful - 3 fun6 insightful - 2 fun7 insightful - 3 fun -  (0 children)

The NSA is collecting data on practically every American, where is the outrage about that? If the government can tell you what apps you can install on your own device, and what services you can use, that is dystopian authoritarianism. If you're concerned about your kid's privacy, don't let them use TikTok (or Facebook, or Instagram, or twitter... probably shouldn't even have a smartphone).

Trump will ban US downloads of Chinese apps TikTok & WeChat starting September 20 by fred_red_beans in news

[–]Drewski 4 insightful - 2 fun4 insightful - 1 fun5 insightful - 2 fun -  (0 children)

Agreed, this is a really bad precedent and opens the door to all kinds of abuse.

Anyone else tired of the words "left", "right", "black", "white", "republican" and "democrat" appearing so much here? What do you think this is, Reddit? by Robin in AskSaidIt

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Now that election season is in full swing and saidit is getting more traffic, I've noticed many more divisive and polarizing comments. Not saying they're all shills but there is definitely more astroturfing going on and it would be naive to think saidit and other reddit alternatives are not a target.

Let's Be Honest Folks by Drewski in politics

[–]Drewski[S] 1 insightful - 1 fun1 insightful - 0 fun2 insightful - 1 fun -  (0 children)

Posted this response there:

I agree that Biden is worse in many ways, and you won't see me posting any pro-Biden content. My intention was to point out some of Trump's flaws and open up some discussion, which I think was successful.

I have many friends that will be voting for Trump in November and I understand their perspective, but I personally cannot morally justify voting for a president that has infringed on the Second Amendment (and wants to go further, through red flag laws, silencer bans and other things he's suggested), increased the welfare state, massively increased military budgets, increased the national debt, bailed out corporations (again), elected blatant neocons and warmongers to his cabinet, increased tariffs and other protectionism, and whose administration has been more hostile to whistleblowers even than Obama's.

The "lesser of two evils" is still an evil, and I won't validate a corrupt system by voting for one of two establishment candidates.

A takedown of the "Let's Be Honest Folks" #OrangeManBad meme by Aureus in politics

[–]Drewski 1 insightful - 1 fun1 insightful - 0 fun2 insightful - 1 fun -  (0 children)

I agree that Biden is worse in many ways, and you won't see me posting any pro-Biden content. My intention was to point out some of Trump's flaws and open up some discussion, which I think was successful.

I have many friends that will be voting for Trump in November and I understand their perspective, but I personally cannot morally justify voting for a president that has infringed on the Second Amendment (and wants to go further, through red flag laws, silencer bans and other things he's suggested), increased the welfare state, massively increased military budgets, increased the national debt, bailed out corporations (again), elected blatant neocons and warmongers to his cabinet, increased tariffs and other protectionism, and whose administration has been more hostile to whistleblowers even than Obama's.

The "lesser of two evils" is still an evil, and I won't validate a corrupt system by voting for one of two establishment candidates.

Australian man forced to hand over laptop and phone passwords after anti-lockdown Facebook posts by scrubking in corruption

[–]Drewski 12 insightful - 2 fun12 insightful - 1 fun13 insightful - 2 fun -  (0 children)

Australia is a full blown police state. I always wanted to visit the outback, but don't think I'll be going any time soon.

Black man executes white college girl and stepfather after he hits them in a fenderbender; national media silent. by grocerymannn in news

[–]Drewski 2 insightful - 1 fun2 insightful - 0 fun3 insightful - 1 fun -  (0 children)

Aren't most of the high media profile cases people who were killed by police? It seems unlikely that this perp will get off easy like some of these other guys have.

September 11: The New Pearl Harbor by Drewski in 911truth

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People often ask us to “Never Forget” September 11th while at the same time turning a blind eye to the actual facts about those crimes. One such fact is that we were given a string of false, contradictory official accounts for the failure of the national air defense systems that day. by Orangutan in WorldNews

[–]Drewski 6 insightful - 3 fun6 insightful - 2 fun7 insightful - 3 fun -  (0 children)

Loose change is good, but I actually recommend September 11: The New Pearl Harbor as the definitive 9/11 documentary. A word of warning, it's almost 5 hours long so you may want to watch it in several sittings.

Former NSA chief Keith Alexander has joined Amazon’s board of directors by Drewski in TechCompanies

[–]Drewski[S] 1 insightful - 1 fun1 insightful - 0 fun2 insightful - 1 fun -  (0 children)

Aha you beat me to it again =D

"We came, we saw, he died" Hillary Clinton by realpanzer in quotes

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Ruqqus dominates Saidit, a refuge for Alt-Lite nice guys by Leo_Littlebook in SaidIt

[–]Drewski 8 insightful - 2 fun8 insightful - 1 fun9 insightful - 2 fun -  (0 children)

Which isn't meaningful when Magnora has his thumb on the scales of the primary debate: the one between the Alt-Right and the race-denialists

Seems like a false dichotomy to me.

I'm also on ruqqus and enjoy the site, but I've hidden a bunch of meme guilds that don't interest me. I wish there was more variance in opinions, as often people that disagree with the group consensus get downvoted. I feel like there is more open debate here, and not having downvotes plays a positive role in that. I don't frequent the sub, but there is /s/debatealtright which seems to fit what you're looking for. Personally I have no interest in staying in an echo chamber where everyone agrees with me.

Ultimately, I think free speech platforms will need to become decentralized, federated, and pseudo-anonymous to combat censorship by governments and cancelling by service providers.

Yotter allows you to follow and gather all the content from your favorite Twitter and YouTube accounts in a beautiful feed so you can stay up to date without compromising your privacy at all. by realpanzer in YouTubeAlternatives

[–]Drewski 1 insightful - 1 fun1 insightful - 0 fun2 insightful - 1 fun -  (0 children)

Nice, this seems like it could turn out to be a good alternative Youtube frontend now that Invidious is no longer being developed.

Candidates websites have no option to contact, only to donate. No policy or platform information. by forwardback in politics

[–]Drewski 2 insightful - 1 fun2 insightful - 0 fun3 insightful - 1 fun -  (0 children)

Yeah, at best they list a couple issues and their bio. It's often really frustrating trying to find out where they stand.

‘You’re Not Allowed To Film’: The Fight To Control Who Reports From Portland by Drewski in news

[–]Drewski[S] 3 insightful - 2 fun3 insightful - 1 fun4 insightful - 2 fun -  (0 children)

While I don't always agree with them, I've found Reason to be a pretty good resource so I'd be interested in seeing which articles you didn't care for.

Kamala Harris Goes Full Anti Vaccine, Leftists Refuse Vaccine Due To Trump Derangement Syndrome by Tarrock in politics

[–]Drewski 4 insightful - 1 fun4 insightful - 0 fun5 insightful - 1 fun -  (0 children)

Those who lived through the 1976 swine flu are rightfully skeptical of flu vaccines.