Colorado Juries Keep Letting People Go for Driving on Weed, Prosecutors and Cops are Furious by Drewski in juryduty

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That looks a bit out of date (2015). I thought it was legal in CO now.

Survey Finds Nearly 20% of Millennials and Gen Z in NY Believe Jews Caused the Holocaust by scrubking in WorldNews

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You forgot the /s

A picture worth a thousand words by AbominableAnon in pics

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The last sentence should be first my friend.

Monkey See, Monkey Do - Governments Are Faking It, And Copying Each Other by magnora7 in whatever

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To be honest I don't see that much disagreement between governments of many countries. I see it on the political level, but that's actually different than the running the government level.

What I see is all politics and government is about being given responsibility for "things". That is not very specific. So there's a massive amount of pressure to deflect responsibility for anything that goes bad. So why did you pick that coronavirus set of actions ? Well, I had to, because the entire EU was doing it. It's that kind of thing.

Monkey See, Monkey Do - Governments Are Faking It, And Copying Each Other by magnora7 in whatever

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This happens all the time, at every level of government, and regarding any issue that comes up. OF COURSE they do this with the Coronavirus as well.

USA: Donald Trump plans to drop charges against whistleblower Edward Snowden by Tkayla in whatever

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The guy's rhetoric seems more akin to a Booz Alan Hamilton hack, the company that the 9/11 perp Rabbi Dov Zackheim worked for, than a real whistleblower.

I thought that was the company he DID work for. But I'm not crazy about that kind of rhetoric, that's true.

USA: Donald Trump plans to drop charges against whistleblower Edward Snowden by Tkayla in whatever

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"I confess I raped my sister." And they take him to jail for a bit, meanwhile he has 14 undiscovered corpses in his basement.

Okay. I'm not aware of what the corpses are when it comes to Snowden, all I've heard about is the rape. And I'm sure the corpses are there, to stretch the analogy, but it might not be 14 it might be less. It's probably an accurate term.

Still, I'm just suggesting that it's a really weird phrase. Neither one of us is a CIA employee.

More importantly is how this message was pushed out. It was a sneaky political theater psyop to have people believe the evil spying government let one slip away to reveal how they spy on us.

It's not necessary to invoke any conspiracy to explain what happened. Snowden was a bright guy who pulled all the right strings to get his message out. The public didn't care, the dumb bastards. Congress didn't fight the battle, the dumb schmucks. The three letter agencies all fought to keep the program because that's how life works. The president sided with the intelligence agencies, probably not seeing the damage he was doing.

Restrictions on Grand Jurors' Speech Upheld … by ManWithABanana in juryduty

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Most American jurors can talk about the experience afterwards. Apparently, not if you are a grand juror.

USA: Donald Trump plans to drop charges against whistleblower Edward Snowden by Tkayla in whatever

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Well Saidit is turning this into a 9/11 conspiracy.

USA: Donald Trump plans to drop charges against whistleblower Edward Snowden by Tkayla in whatever

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I appreciate the effort, read it all, and replied where possible.

USA: Donald Trump plans to drop charges against whistleblower Edward Snowden by Tkayla in whatever

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So, we have congress pretending to end the retention of mass bulk data, thusly, assuring the utilization of backdoors via telecommunication companies who have had a long history of doing business with intelligence agencies.

Yup. Depressing as all get out.

In 2015, congress wanted you to believe a filibuster would prevent the NSA from sending malware to targets.

You have to remember that Congress is made up of individual actors. It's not some kind of monolith.

As we know, congress is incorporated

Yeah I know. THEY pull their strings. I've heard this before.

most of the policies and legislation passed or debated about would be disregarded by the surveillance apparatus anyway.

I think this is much more complicated than this blithe assertion. Beliefs like the above actually help the surveillance state immensely.

And when you finally understand that 9/11 was a false flag operation orchestrated by a 5th column within the UNITED STATES corporation, specifically the executive branch, riddled with Zionist neoconservatives as well as pro-Likudnik factions within US intelligence agencies and private companies who were contracted to coordinate the event, you will realize that the Islamaphoiba after 2001 was a desired goal and that the data mining to combat the faux existential threat of domestic radical Islamic jihadis -- terrorists hiding around every corner -- was concocted to erect an unconstitutional surveillance system that allegedly permeates every facet of our world today.

The simpler explanation is usually the correct one. 9/11 happened because of Islamic extremists. CIA/NSA/Cops want to look at your digital evidence. These things can exist independently.

USA: Donald Trump plans to drop charges against whistleblower Edward Snowden by Tkayla in whatever

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Tor is a honeypot created by the DoD.

There's one I haven't heard. It's starting to sound like you're telling me nothing is what it seems.

Ah, now we're really getting to Snowden :

Ask yourself, were the Snowden leaks supposed to trigger a revolt against the police-state-surveillance apparatus, did they? No, far from it. Instead, they enhanced the centralization and power of this apparatus.

This is a spot on observation.

Were they supposed to trigger the revolt ? Yes, they were.

Did they ? No, far from it.

You forgot the why. Snowden underestimated how apathetic the American public is about things they don't understand. He underestimated Congress et al's ability to dismantle the bureaucracy and intelligence gathering apparatus.

The central problem is that government wants/needs these kind of tools for intelligence purposes. So the people involved create cock-and-bull stories about why it's all OK and then built the infrastructure. It succeeded well beyond anything I had ever imagined. And my congressmen, along with all the rest I assume, is presented with a difficult choice to make among hundreds of other competing priorities. They chose to blow the whole thing off with "reforms" that bureaucracies know don't matter and preserve the central purpose of the structure.

So today, we have to understand that officialdom, from the CIA to local law enforcement, will literally be able to read everything we put into the computer. And it's not what you're doing today, it's what you've written for your entire life. Along with every other digital scrap that gets attached like pictures, video, and spreadsheets. Does local law enforcement have that access today ? I'm not sure, but I'm also very sure that it's coming if not.

What are some ways in which the oligarchy might utilize a limited hangout operation to fulfill an agenda?

I don't know. I don't care.

Every bureacracy performs damage control when something happens to screw things up. So the NSA/CIA/etc did damage control. Why should I care ? I'm still aware everything on the 'net gets hoovered up and stored. And the three letter agencies want to continue to do it. They successfully rode out the storm and the average citizen now thinks none of it matters.

USA: Donald Trump plans to drop charges against whistleblower Edward Snowden by Tkayla in whatever

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Snowden was, or still covertly is, a:

CIA system admin

DIA counterintelligence trainer

Dell contractor for NSA

Booz Allen Hamilton analyst for NSA

Someone as famous as him ? Seems unlikely. But you could be right.

Certainly, 9/11 Truthers cannot annoy you as much as they annoy Assange, right Snowden?

It's all part of the grand conspiracy then. I don't believe it one bit. I thought this was a thread about Snowden anyway.

USA: Donald Trump plans to drop charges against whistleblower Edward Snowden by Tkayla in whatever

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limited hangouts

I have noticed that when technical terms like this are used, and the audience (me, and others) have no idea what they mean, and then they keep getting used, the story becomes less believable.

What I'm getting from context is a "limited hangout" is an intelligence agency revealing some, unimportant, details to the public. This is to make the public think that's the whole story. And I guess Snowden is one - okay.

What was always obvious to me was that Snowden was going to be wrong about some pieces of his story. Whatever he knew, it wasn't the complete picture. There's probably more going on than we all heard about, powerpoints and all the rest notwithstanding. None of that detracts from the critical message he tried to push out.

USA: Donald Trump plans to drop charges against whistleblower Edward Snowden by Tkayla in whatever

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That's a massive cut n paste. I would be churlish not to read it.

the people willingly accepted by purchasing their digital devices..... That means you! Yeah you, the one reading this.

Don't presume to know my acceptance of the surveillance state or not. Hint : Some things you just can't do too much about.

For a comparison, here is the broad Pat Smith pleading her case on corporate news, as she often does: Smith says she lost her alleged son in the alleged Benghazi attacks

We've moved from Snowden to Benghazi ? And Pat has an "alleged" son ? I see what's going on here now.

USA: Donald Trump plans to drop charges against whistleblower Edward Snowden by Tkayla in whatever

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Wow - Snowden really gets you going doesn't he ?

All I see from this guy is an intelligent man who did what he thought he needed to do, fled the country, and has to be super disappointed in what happened afterwards. I've read a ton of your comments and I'm not getting what your problem is with him.

Edit : I see now. You think he's a CIA asset. Did I get it right ?

USA: Donald Trump plans to drop charges against whistleblower Edward Snowden by Tkayla in whatever

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He has really bad follow through

Bingo. It's good to hear this, but it doesn't mean it's going to happen, realistically.

We are being forced by our server company to remove a big sub from saidit by magnora7 in SaidIt

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So I've read a lot of comments here and I'm trying to absorb what's happening.

In addition to adhering to Saidit's policies, Saidit itself has to agree to an AUP in order to receive hosting. Do all the hosting companies have these kind of AUP's ? Is it the standard stuff like no violence, racism, etc ?

So the only free speech we have left is if you host your own physical server, or are there additional barriers at that level. I can think of at least one, domain registration, where you probably have to agree to the same AUP.

On Reddit: The Cesspool of the Internet by TheAmeliaMay in TechCompanies

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Oooo nice way to extend the analogy !

On Reddit: The Cesspool of the Internet by TheAmeliaMay in TechCompanies

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Doesn't matter how bad Reddit is, Twitter is the real cesspool.

Snopes has been exposed as bias fraud - paid to publish misleading and false reports - Not to be believed by any measure. by christnmusicreleases in MediaAnalysis

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All the best articles were written by Barbara anyway before they got divorced.

Sacramento Man Says 'No' To Jury Summons In Light Of Pandemic by ManWithABanana in juryduty

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There's a lot of people doing the same thing - especially the ones at his age.

The Fisherman’s Secret - a modern-day treasure hunt by [deleted] in whatever

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What a fantastic story. It all rings true - shipwrecks and gold bring out the worst in people and it's a legalistic nightmare, to say nothing of the engineering challenge of getting objects out of the water.

Let's hope someone figure out what's down there, someday.

Can Jurors Save the Justice System? by ManWithABanana in juryduty

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What a great essay.

The data on the disappearance of the jury trial—98 per cent of criminal cases are concluded without one—are dramatic.

If you need a sound bite to know things need improvement, this is your soundbite.

A key weapon in the insider’s toolbox is the “trial tax.” The threats ratchet up the punishment (and/or the promises ratchet up the leniency) as the case moves along. Plead guilty and you get six months (or three, or probation). Go to trial and lose and you will get five years (or ten, or 15).

This is pretty crazy. Most cases are about getting serious damage to your life by receiving several month sentence or a year. Or, you can go to trial and if you lose you'll get a huge sentence. Only a reformer heedless of their own life (and their families) can take this head on.

Jury Duty Is Back In Bexar County (Texas) With Virtual Alternative by ManWithABanana in juryduty

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It's interesting watching all the different areas of the country grapple with technology. I wonder where it will all shake out for jury duty. Could we see remote juries permanently ?

Man handing out pamphlets outside West Michigan courthouse cleared of jury tampering by ManWithABanana in juryduty

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I remember this one from five years ago. He was passing out FIJA pamphlets telling people they can nullify the law by voting not guilty.

They would have said something like this - https://fija.org/library-and-resources/library/called-for-jury-duty.html

How Did Anyone Do Math in Roman Numerals? by magnora7 in whatever

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Thanks, now I have an inexplicable urge to do math in Roman numerals.

Interesting that the article claims "IIII" is the way Romans would say 4, instead of what I was taught as "IV". With that caveat the system works well. Also explained (briefly) and with examples here.

https://www.storyofmathematics.com/roman.html

ACLU wants investigation into GRPD detective texting juror by ManWithABanana in juryduty

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Some people are never satisfied.

The detective doesn't know his friend is on a jury, responds to texts, figures it out and self reports to the judge. Judge declares a mistrial. Seems very proper.

Wasn't picked but watched the selection process by 1hairlessmonkey in juryduty

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It's kind of crazy isn't it ?

The magic phrase is "I cannot be fair and impartial".

Anyone else feels nostalgic? by cloudrabbit in whatever

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By working correctly ?

503 Service Unavailable Ruqqus is currently down. Please try again later.

Reddit’s C.E.O. on Why He Banned ‘The_Donald’ Subreddit. Stunning and Brave, Steve. Except we saw you coming and left months ago by bobdobalina in WatchRedditDie

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On Monday, Reddit — a site that for years was considered one of the internet’s dirtiest sludge pits — barred more than 2,000 communities

Oh brother. Fair and balanced report NYT, nicely done /s.

Even worse, they're making me defend Reddit.

Your general counsel said on Monday that there’s a place for President Trump on Reddit. But given how the president has been testing the limits and rules of all the platforms that he’s on, and creating all these headaches for their leaders, do you really want Mr. Trump on Reddit?

Look, nobody wants to be in an echo chamber, right? It’s boring and unhelpful to read a one-sided view of any issue. So we welcome political views across the spectrum. I think Trump’s rhetoric and campaign style is deliberately antagonistic, and that makes it easy to run afoul of our policies. But we have many conservatives on Reddit, and we have Trump supporters on Reddit who are perfectly capable of staying within our rules. And we hope that continues to be the case going forward.

Those are the right words. Actions speak louder than words however.

I am a retired biological housewife, am I still allowed to say that? by Delia in Introductions

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Well welcome to you !

I am a nonretired man who cares for two age-challenged teenagers. Am i doing it right ? :)

12-Year Reddit veteran, sadly acknowledging the site won't return to the way it was 7+ years ago by neovulcan in Introductions

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Welcome to you ! Let's all try to make this a place that we enjoy.

Gov. Newsom to tighten coronavirus restrictions ahead of 4th of July by programmer in California

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And I only managed to go out to eat one time before this hits again.

Forget Google - It's time to break up the payment processing duopoly of Visa and MasterCard by magnora7 in finance

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Didn't know that. Thanks for the heads up.

I dug up an article here https://www.creditcards.com/credit-card-news/marijuana-dispensaries-pay-with-credit-cards/ that perhaps explains what you're getting. Are you doing the ATM thing described in the article ?

Some dispensaries have ATMs on-site, allowing you to get cash for a terminal fee.

Other dispensaries feature cashless ATMs.

With cashless ATMs, the customer requests, say, $60 from the machine. It spits out a voucher that can be used only at that dispensary. The customer hands the voucher to a clerk, who returns, for the purposes of this illustration, $52.50 worth of product. The customer also is charged taxes and a fee for using the ATM. Whatever is left, the clerk returns in change.

Forget Google - It's time to break up the payment processing duopoly of Visa and MasterCard by magnora7 in finance

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That's certainly possible. How do you know there's no law involved ?

Visa/MC also refuse to do business with the marijuana industry. That's illegal federally but legal in many states. Because it's illegal federally it's against the US banking laws to process payments for marijuana businesses so they CANNOT process those payments. Thus marijuana businesses rely heavily on cash.

If it happens for marijuana, I suspect it can/will happen for other reasons.

Can we please have a conversation about ACA 5? by whereswhat in politics

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Welcome to Saidit !

I put this up on /s/California last week. Glad I'm not the only one concerned.

How do I mute /r/GenderCritical from Saidit's "all" page? 😅 by soundsalad in AskSaidIt

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Well, you, soundsalad, cannot take yourself out. But any sub can hit some kind of switch and they no longer appear in /s/all.

Just reposting the pyramid of debate as a reminder for the new influx of users. Didn't know where else to put it. by piss in whatever

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Thanks for putting that up !

It's also available from https://saidit.net/wiki/index which you can get to from any Saidit page on the bottom.

How do I mute /r/GenderCritical from Saidit's "all" page? 😅 by soundsalad in AskSaidIt

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They did it for you, sometime yesterday. They took themselves out of /s/all.

Forget Google - It's time to break up the payment processing duopoly of Visa and MasterCard by magnora7 in finance

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https://www.zerohedge.com/political/gab-ceo-warns-visa-helping-bring-chinas-social-credit-score-america

It sounds like Visa is trying to comply with some kind of US law, and isn't explaining well what it is. I would like to know, actually.

Forget Google - It's time to break up the payment processing duopoly of Visa and MasterCard by magnora7 in finance

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I think people have been trying, for years. Credit cards are pretty safe to use for consumers in the sense of fraud, so everyone wants to use the big names. Consumer Credit protection laws worked well and really entrenched them.

Cryptocurrency is one way to break their backs. But it's missing a key component of most currencies - stored value. Playing with Bitcoin is like playing the stock market, not safe.

Everything else seems to fall down and give up. I have read countless stories about this or that payment system that disappear. The latest entrant in the race seems to be Venmo, which might finally catch on with people so addicted to their phones. I don't use it since they desupported use of a computer to access their system. Maybe they'll just sort of fade away like Paypal has - all I see Paypal as today, is something weird I have to use sometimes to get charges onto my credit cards.

Realistically, the way to process payments without Visa/Mastercard is to use cash.

There's some censorship going on in the newly popular feminist subs and it needs to be openly addressed. by [deleted] in SaidIt

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Thanks for complying with rule 4b. Also, welcome to you and all refugees.

I have been seeing tons of gendercritical posts on /s/all for the past day. When I just checked, they are all gone.

r/The_Donald has been banned by [deleted] in The_Donald

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It's pretty clear they are mostly staying at thedonald.win. Saidit isn't getting the regulars from there.

First they came for FatPeopleHate, but I said nothing by poops in Introductions

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Begone ! (Gestures furiously in the air)

Reddit nukes the /r/redditAlternatives list right as the mass exodus starts, shadowbans all posts and comments that mention certain alternatives in the moment people are looking for alternatives by magnora7 in MeanwhileOnReddit

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You know what the conversation must have been.

"Let's ban The Donald."

"Okay, but they will just go to another site"

"Let them ! As long as it's not ours."

"But they're using our site, to drive traffic to their site !"

"Not anymore ! Let's shadowban posts that do that !"

I mean, I know free speech is dead on reddit. I was hoping though, that it was a more 95% still free speech, but they seem to be sliding down that slope closer to 0% very fast.

First they came for FatPeopleHate, but I said nothing by poops in Introductions

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Welcome ! I came after the "first" banning of The_Donald, the quarantining for unknown reasons. Free speech is here, including all the speech I don't like. And I can do this one weird trick when that speech comes up - ignore it !

First they came for FatPeopleHate, but I said nothing by poops in Introductions

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This is why I can't stand people who criticize ANY slippery slope as being "invalid".

How about all the times in the past where it WAS valid (like you noted above). If the slippery slope actually happens every time, guess what, it is a valid response to the argument.

New term I really like: "Leftwaffe". Please start using it in your memes and everywhere else. by Chipit in memes

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Thanks for putting your finger on why this was bothering me.

Political Affiliations and Jury Selection: Using Social Media and Voir Dire to Impact Juror Selection and Outcomes by ManWithABanana in juryduty

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Based on this, it seems like lawyers are not simply permitted to ask jurors about politics. But that's exactly what they want to know about you, as a juror. Based on your politics they know if you'll vote for their client or against him.

The rationale for preemptory challenges is to “allow parties to remove jurors whom they believe, based only on a suspicion, to be biased.”

What a BIG, FAT LIE. Every lawyer uses these things to stack the jury in favor of his side.

The California legislature has now voted to strike these words from our state constitution: “The state shall not discriminate against, or grant preferential treatment to, any individual or group on the basis of race, sex, color, ethnicity, or national origin.” by Questionable in politics

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This is probably related to the affirmative action ballot measure.

In the '90s we voted to rescind affirmative action and (gasp!) instead bring people into college based on ability instead of race.

Last week the California legislature put this on the ballot for November - shall we have affirmative action again for Cal universities ?

Pathetic.

News story : https://www.nbcbayarea.com/california-3/university-of-california-endorses-affirmative-action-measure/2309712/

Ocasio Cortez CRUSHED The Democratic Establishment Proving The Leftist Mob OWNS The Party Now by Tarrock in politics

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I'm sure I could agree with her on at least one issue...

I am so glad to hear that. It seems like there's little effort to find common ground in politics, and yet I agree with you - the worst politician is going to support SOMETHING that I would agree with and we can possibly work together to make it happen.

PSA: Don't just post memes online. Talk to your neighbors! by Aureus in politics

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I didn't know any better.

I thought it would be great to learn about things in forums on the internet and talk about issues by banging away on a computer, instead of the messy process of verbally discussing things with real people who would not only not agree with me, but work to change my mind ! They might call me a racist !

It's clear to me now that this is a bad approach. The anonymous nature of the internet has good and bad features. The identified internet such as Facebook and Twitter has a lot of bad features. It's much better to open your mouth and talk with people. You edit yourself better, you're careful to be kind, and the nonverbal portion of communication is huge and 100% missing online, these things notwithstanding :) :P :(

Scott Alexander: "NYT Is Threatening My Safety By Revealing My Real Name, So I Am Deleting The Blog" by r721 in privacy

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That's the only thing about pseudonymous writing - if the "overculture" takes an interest in you, you will be doxxed. I'm glad I'm not interesting.

I would love to hear why the news media in general insists on outing pseudonymous people, I have some vague ideas but no first hand knowledge.

This is TERRIBLE news, this was a fantastic blog. Dare I say, the best blog ever written ? Yeah, I think it was. It's that good, and now it's gone.

SaidIt should be seen as an intellectual platform, not as a social media site. by Aureus in whatever

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We're experiencing an experiment - can the existing Reddit be toppled for something better ? Same form and function, but better ruleset ?

All I can vaguely remember about Reddit's beginning were posts about the issues of the day, free speech, computer stuff, and jokes and funny things. None of that was organized around sub-communities as far as I could tell at the time, but they were all there underneath the aggregator software of the site.

Where I see Saidit right now, is ready for actual testing of the aggregator functions to bring interesting stuff to the top. Stuff needs to get that 100 "insights" and "funnies". Maybe that's more people with low participation, or maybe that's a core of people with tons of participation.

Since I don't know I'll just share what I'm trying to do -

  1. Step up and mod community/communities I know I can sustain a long term interest in. Broad is good but niche is OK too. The juggling act is when to create/mod a new community versus participating in the ones we have or which are inactive.
  2. Post as much as feasible HERE instead of The Bad Place. There's no useful social commentary over there but the gaming coverage is top notch. Bet the funny can come over here pretty easy too.
  3. Commit to participating once a day. Small steps in large numbers make a big difference, I'll try to be part of the solution.

One thing on my mind is "fake it til you make it", which apparently is what Reddit did. Staff members posted TONS AND TONS during the early days to get everyone started. Is that needed here or will organic growth and exile drive things forward ?

Worst DDOS attack in saidit's history blocked 6 hours ago by magnora7 in SaidIt

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Thanks for keeping us updated.

The Problem With Racism (The Word) by ManWithABanana in politics

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Error messages navigating Saidit by ManWithABanana in SaidIt

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Speedy or slow clicking leads to no errors right now. Possibly it's only my work computer. Maybe my employer does something that Saidit doesn't like with the traffic.

Just looking for good content - that's all by benesatto in Introductions

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Is deserved shaming a good or a bad thing ?

A New Arrival by Cyberspacer in Introductions

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Welcome ! Please stay. I like your post, you seem like the right kind of person.

Meanwhile the job of being a moderator becomes harder and harder to do, to the point where it is not surprising that mods of major subreddits are extremely invested into the site compared to normal users.

Well stated. I wonder what could happen that would ameliorate this problem. People smarter than me have certainly been trying to figure that one out.

Just looking for good content - that's all by benesatto in Introductions

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Welcome ! Good luck to you.

Just looking for good content - that's all by benesatto in Introductions

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Interesting points.

Yeah the extremists are here but I think it's OK in a free speech kind of way. The trick is not to let them take over.

I'm curious how the pyramid of debate could shame someone. It seems to me more like a guideline to keep discussion good.

"...private censorship can be as harmful as governmental censorship." by Crad in censorship

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Nice essay, thanks for sharing.

I think business restrictions tend to favor very large businesses and the existing ones. Whatever regulation would ensue after extending the first amendment to websites, would work to prevent the creation of "The New Saidit" or whatever, and instead ensure Reddit/Facebook/Twitter keep out rivals.

I'm more interested in re-establishing the culture of free speech. Vicious people with virtual bats are waiting to smack you around if you say the wrong thing. Somehow that needs to change.

Racism Is Rampant on Reddit, and Its Editors Are in Open Revolt by ManWithABanana in WatchRedditDie

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And they block copy paste. Too bad, it's a good article.

Former Digg refugee now Reddit refugee by PopASquatt in Introductions

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I will never forget the first time I saw this in action.

The Los Angeles CA area has a subreddit, and very few republican congressmen left. The Democratic party identified one who they could defeat, and decided to work extra hard (spend extra money etc) to defeat this guy.

The subreddit suddenly gets a picture of this Republican, with a title showing unsubstantiated nonsense. It's not even a meme - just a picture of the guy. It's all about the stuff they put in the title, to smear him and get people to vote for the other guy. And from the time I last checked the subreddit (1 am) - no picture posted - to getting into the office (6 am) - the picture has the most upvotes of all time in the subreddit.

It was clearly a phony account getting mass machine upvotes, but it got people super riled up about the congressman and tons of comments from regular posters. Nobody wanted to hear me when I said "Hey something's wrong here".

Same thing OP is mentioning, but this is literally politics.

Former Digg refugee now Reddit refugee by PopASquatt in Introductions

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God I remember Digg - has it really been 9 years ? Anyway, welcome !

Hello, SaidIt! by [deleted] in Introductions

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Okay. That was weird.

Blue Earth County (MN) reimplements jury trials, piloting juror selection by ManWithABanana in juryduty

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What interests me about this is MN is not concerned about face masks making the trial more difficult. If you can't see expressions is a fair trial occurring ?

I'm no Donald Supporter but why is nobody posting there anymore?? by Jesus in The_Donald

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Reddit shut them down.

They didn't do it by closing the sub to posting, instead, they did the death by admin pressure. First it was quarantined for sketchy reasons, then they decided they were going to remove all the admins.

Removing the existing admins, for admins vetted by the Reddit administrators, was too much for the current admins who locked the whole subreddit down thus achieving what spez wanted anyway.

I never liked the subreddit but the chilling effect on political and free speech is glaringly obvious and made me furious.

White judges, jurors are complicit in police use of excessive force by ManWithABanana in juryduty

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First, fuck off with this "white jurors" thing.

The violence we are seeing now is the predictable result of prosecutors, judges and jurors usurping justice. If we want to prevent social unrest, it would be helpful if we allow justice. That would require ending both the biased rulings by activist judges and the excuses prosecutors make for their failure to prosecute. It will also require a pervasive change in the attitude of people towards police who inflict violence.

This is the problem as I see it.

Shadowbanning on Reddit by AFutureConcern in debatealtright

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I have two thoughts reading this.

  • Someone shadowbanned you for something you did. You not only were not informed you committed a crime, you were judged and sentenced without any opportunity for defense. The technology industry has a need for some kind of due process system to prevent this.

  • I hope you're not terrified. Can't you just make a new account (as annoying as that is) and use that instead ?