Tulsi Gabbard: The Media Is Ignoring Me by EndlessSunflowers in WayOfTheBern

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“We know this country is hungry for Tulsi’s message and her kick-ass, balls-to-the-wall, take-no-prisoners approach to speaking truth to power — no matter the cost to her politically,” the email says.

So many buzzwords that don't actually say anything about her.

A question. What would everyone like to see libertarian community online & what are your thoughts on the successes/failures of other libertarian communities online specifically on Reddit? by Capitalism_is_Magic in Ludwig_von_Mises

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I've always said I am a lowercase L libertarian and not an uppercase L libertarian. I like libertarian ideals, but the Libertarian party is, by and large, nuts. There are too many fringe groups that seemingly speak for the entire group. You wind up with people arguing for pedophilia and that everything should be made legal and other nonsense that won't work in the real world.

I think that's why so few people take libertarian communities seriously. You wind up with the kooks and lunatics crafting the message (at least the most audible message) and that turns a lot of people off. You can't build a coalition when you're alienating the vast majority of people out there.

Terror attack in Sri Lanka, 8 bombs, 200+ dead by Black in news

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The man is an avowed conspiracy theorist and thinks every major terrorist attack around the world is some form of government psyop. Don't pay him any mind.

Seems like a good idea: Tax Corporations on the profits they report to shareholders by wendolynne in politics

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Suddenly, every business becomes a non-profit.

Not long after I commented that I blocked Gallowboob and a number of other power users/mods and it's made my reddit experience better and more authentic, I received this message. by cmdrrockawesome in MeanwhileOnReddit

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Unfortunately, no. As far as I know, blocking someone on reddit just means you can't see their posts. They can still see yours.

Not long after I commented that I blocked Gallowboob and a number of other power users/mods and it's made my reddit experience better and more authentic, I received this message. by cmdrrockawesome in MeanwhileOnReddit

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Yeah. I particularly liked the "Failed basic IQ test" message. And he only banned me from his user page. I never go to people's user pages.

Detroit argues police officers have the right to kill unlicensed dogs by dcjogger in news

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Not that I agree with their rationale, but think about it this way. If your unlicensed dog gets out and is picked up by local municipal or county animal services, you will have to pay to have it licensed before they release it back to you. If you refuse to pay and animal services keeps the dog, they will eventually either adopt it out or put it down. That's no different than what the police do.

It's an interesting thought experiment -- unlicensed dogs are contraband.

The petition goes on to compare Smith’s unlicensed possession of the dogs to that of “heroin...moonshine whiskey...and sawed-off shotguns.” The City’s petition puts it bluntly: “Under Michigan law, possession of an unlicensed dog is contraband per se...”

I, for one, believe most cops need better training when it comes to interacting with animals in general and dogs in particular. I was a delivery driver for over a decade. I dealt with plenty of dogs. Some were aggressive, most were not. Knowing how to deal with them can mean the difference between deescalating a situation and potentially killing a family pet.

But we all know how good most cops are at deescalation, don't we?

Boston Globe writer urges waiters to ‘tamper’ with food of Republicans by useless_aether in news

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“Absolute brain genius move by the Globe to edit my story three times then take it down altogether and put up a note saying I’m not on staff instead of perhaps standing by a long time contributor and siding with labor instead of bad faith critics who would hate them no matter what,” O’Neil said on Twitter.

He added: “I will never write for them again.

Of that, my man, there is no question.

US has been downgraded to a 'flawed democracy' by dcjogger in politics

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This story is from 2017, reflecting calendar year 2016. This apparently stems from the average citizen's distrust of government, among other things.

As a reference point, other countries that qualify as "flawed democracies" and have similar scores on the EIU metrics as the US include Japan, Italy, France, South Korea, Israel, Estonia, India, and Chile.

Texas Bill Would Require Safety Studies for Vaccines by useless_aether in politics

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If not the CDC, whom do you trust?

New York City attempts to forcibly vaccinate orthodox Jews by d3rr in politics

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Shit dawg. I wish someone were paying me.

Avenatti Accused of Hiding $4M Settlement from ‘Mentally Ill Paraplegic’ Client, Faces Up to 335 Years in Prison by useless_aether in news

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Nice copypasta. What does it have to do with the article?

“There are 6,000,000 living, bleeding, suffering arguments in favor of Zionism.” - Rabbi Wise Alright, I guess I understand the argument here, although he said living, not dead. But oh wait, one more tiny detail. This statement was made in 1900. Oops. by Jesus in conspiracy

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People are voting for it because anti-Semitism is enjoying a comeback in Europe and America. Any article that calls the Holocaust into question or debases Jews in any way is like honey to these people.

“There are 6,000,000 living, bleeding, suffering arguments in favor of Zionism.” - Rabbi Wise Alright, I guess I understand the argument here, although he said living, not dead. But oh wait, one more tiny detail. This statement was made in 1900. Oops. by Jesus in conspiracy

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This is completely disingenuous and taken out of context. Post the whole damn article when you do this nonsense. For those who care, the full article is here.

The article relates speeches given in 1900 in support of the re-establishment of a Jewish state by various Jewish leaders. The quote in question is as follows:

There are 6,000,000 living, bleeding, suffering arguments in favor of Zionism. They come not to beg, but to ask for that which is higher than all material things. They seek to have satisfied the unquenchable thirst after the ideal. They ask to become once again the messengers of right, justice, and humanity.

He's likely referencing the 5,000,000 or so Jews that were being persecuted in Russia and eastern Europe at the time. Numbers are used in hyperbole all the time to convey a message and argue a point. I don't see what the issue is.

Oh wait. It's that 6,000,000 Jews died in the Holocaust. That's what the connection is, right? Are you a Holocaust denier now too? In addition to everything else?

New York City attempts to forcibly vaccinate orthodox Jews by d3rr in politics

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We need a new plague.

New York City attempts to forcibly vaccinate orthodox Jews by d3rr in politics

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Well, 1. I'm not a politician, but 2. I would absolutely introduce a bill like that if I were.

New York City attempts to forcibly vaccinate orthodox Jews by d3rr in politics

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Happens all the time in law enforcement and it's 100% legal (well, most of the time). I'm ok with governments at any level passing laws to ensure people get vaccinated.

New York City attempts to forcibly vaccinate orthodox Jews by d3rr in politics

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No one has a right to infect vulnerable people.

New York City attempts to forcibly vaccinate orthodox Jews by d3rr in politics

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I think it has every right to protect the most vulnerable. When some jagoff reads a mommy blog article about vaccines and decides to endanger the immunocompromised and young children, I have a problem. The government should 100% step in. Your personal choices and freedom end when they endanger other people.

You want to get sick and possibly die from something? Great. Just don’t go out in public and never interact with anyone else for the rest of your life. There’s your freedom.

New York City attempts to forcibly vaccinate orthodox Jews by d3rr in politics

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It's a completely preventable disease. The only reason people are getting it is because they're ignoring science. I'd say that's an emergency.

A woman did something! So brave! So strong! by sawboss in MeanwhileOnReddit

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While I'm usually the first to decry identity politics, it is worth noting that this woman accomplished something amazing and unprecedented in a field that is overwhelmingly male. If she inspires more girls to go into STEM fields, that's good.

New York City attempts to forcibly vaccinate orthodox Jews by d3rr in politics

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There should be no personal or religious exemptions from getting vaccinated. None. The only legitimate excuse is medical.

My Body... My Choice.. by useless_aether in DepopulationWatch

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Vaccines, by and large, are safe and effective. Yes, money has been paid out to people who have had adverse reactions to them, but it's ultimately a small number in the big scheme of things. Society as a whole is better with people getting vaccinations.

Also, I've never met or heard of a medical professional who wasn't willing to delay or space out vaccination protocols for young children or those who may have adverse reactions.

2004: Felicity Huffman’s character in Desperate Housewives suggests a $15,000 donation to get her kids into prestigious college. 2019 (15 years later): Felicity Huffman pleads guilty to a $15,000 bribe to get her kid into a prestigious college. Come on. LIKE COME ON - It's Theater Folks by Jesus in news

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It's just that a lot of the things that you claim are conspiracies and/or psyops are easily explained away. I get that mundane conspiracies are the hardest to prove, but I fail to see what they accomplish. Distraction? We do that to ourselves without anyone else's help.

2004: Felicity Huffman’s character in Desperate Housewives suggests a $15,000 donation to get her kids into prestigious college. 2019 (15 years later): Felicity Huffman pleads guilty to a $15,000 bribe to get her kid into a prestigious college. Come on. LIKE COME ON - It's Theater Folks by Jesus in news

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Or, and hear me out here, she got the idea from the role that she played. At the very least, it was probably in her subconscious. If everything is a conspiracy, nothing is.

California’s next frontier in fighting climate change: your kitchen stove by cmdrrockawesome in California

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Not spam. I'm a real boy. It's a California specific sub, and everyone who joins saidit gets automatically subbed. It's impossible to tell which people actually have an interest in California. I'm just trying to provide news stories that people in the state might find valuable.

Reddit no longer has subscribing. They changed it to "Joining". by Yhvr in MeanwhileOnReddit

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I use RES, so I rarely see any of these changes they make.

My Body... My Choice.. by useless_aether in DepopulationWatch

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Exactly. It doesn't really work because not vaccinating can have a direct negative effect on other people -- often times, some of the most medically vulnerable. It'd be more apt to say "Everyone else's body, my choice" when talking about vaccinating.

My Body... My Choice.. by useless_aether in DepopulationWatch

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This is the correct take. It's not "My body, my choice." when that choice has the potential to negatively affect others. You don't want to vaccinate you kids? Fine. Don't take them anywhere in public and don't expose them to any other people (especially kids) unless you explicitly tell them your child isn't vaccinated.

There are plenty of immuno-compromised people and unvaccinated children and infants out there (for legitimate medical reasons) who are put at risk every time they encounter an unvaccinated person. It's irresponsible and borderline immoral to take your unvaccinated children anywhere in public.

r/BlackPeopleTwitter bans non "black" users by prometheus in MeanwhileOnReddit

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Someone did make a whites only sub and it devolved into racist nonsense almost immediately. Reddit quarantined it after like a day.

Harsh exchange with Democrat lands a California Republican in the Capitol ‘dog house’ by cmdrrockawesome in California

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During a March 27 education hearing, Assemblyman Kevin Kiley, R-Granite Bay, lashed out over a Democratic proposal to prevent Teach for America members from working in the state’s poorest schools.

Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia, D-Bell Gardens, proposed the bill because she worried that Teach for America does more harm than good by enabling schools to cycle inexperienced educators into classrooms. Teach for America is a nonprofit organization that recruits college graduates for two-year positions in public schools.

A Teach for America alum himself, Kiley grilled Garcia, for 20 minutes, accusing her of drafting an unconstitutional bill that would discourage aspiring teachers from entering the workforce.

“We have 7,000 TFA alums in California who know better than anyone that our public education system is failing our kids,” Kiley said at the hearing. “We have a committee here and a Legislature that is not focused on kids and that operates a default mode of policymaking that’s anti-student, anti-teacher and anti-equity.”

What the fuck, r/Games? by DR3DDL0CC in Games

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WHAT A COUNTRY CROCK OF SHIT. Margarineization is not ok.

Borderlands 3 Official Reveal Trailer by sensualcurl in Games

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I'm incredibly hyped for this game. I've loved every Borderlands game. This certainly looks good.

Borderlands 3 Official Reveal Trailer by sensualcurl in Games

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Don't forget the pre-sequel.

Flair test. Try out flair! by magnora7 in FlairTest

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How do we set it up?

Only black reporters allowed in Georgia mayoral race event by OptimusPrimeRib in politics

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All the candidates and speakers who were quoted in the article kept saying that they didn't organize the meeting and they didn't make the rules. You know what you can do when confronted by discriminatory rules at a venue where you've been asked to speak? Decline. Unless there's some kind of contractual obligation that could lead to financial or civil penalties for declining, you decline.

If the races were reversed, this would be a massive national story.

Bump stock ban passes House by dcjogger in politics

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I don’t know enough about the mechanics of adding or removing a bump stock to say whether it’s a large encumbrance or not. I would assume that it’s something that can be removed. I just don’t know why the ban is such a big issue. I’m pretty pro second amendment, but I can’t see any reason for bump stocks to remain legal. Help me out here.

New Poll Won't Make Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Very Happy by Vigte in politics

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To be fair to AOC, I would wager most people wouldn’t know their own congressperson, let alone one from another state. So I can understand why her unknown factor might be so high. If you don’t watch cable news, you probably have no idea who she is. And I know she’s not popular with your more middle of the road and conservative Democrats. She’s only really popular with the far left and people like Ben Shapiro (who I’m sure has a secret crush on her).

95% of plastic in the oceans comes from Third World countries by HeyImSancho in SundogsPlace

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According to all the propaganda I’ve seen, it’s basically 100% the US’s fault that the oceans are polluted with plastic. My state (California) in particular shoves that’s rhetoric down our throats.

Ill.Prosecutors Bar Assn. Statement on Jussie Smollette case dismissal by Rowan in politics

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Is there a link to a story?

Arguments against auto-subscribing all new users to all subs by Stoner in SaidIt

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I was wondering about this too. There are a number of subs that have 5000+ subscribers (practically the entire user base) that just boggle my mind.Things like s/conspiracyundone, s/The_Donald, s/LateStageCapitalism all have over 5000 subs. s/antipsychiatry has almost 5000 subs. Auto subscribing people to every sub certainly makes the user base here seem to lean in a certain direction.

Super bloom visitors land helicopter on flowers, to dismay of officials by cmdrrockawesome in California

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I'm sure helicopter pilots have to log their flight plans somewhere, right? I would imagine these clowns should be traceable.

Ever heard this tall tale about what happened at one of the Nazi concentration camps? “In the camp there was a cage with a bear and an eagle. Every day they threw a Jew in there. The bear would tear him apart and the eagle would pick at his bones.” Insane imaginations, wow; Atrocity Propaganda, NYT by Jesus in conspiracy

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So he picks out the most outrageous story in an article full of realistic stories of the horrors of war. Pretty disingenuous and probably the reason he didn’t link the actual article.

So apparently there are secret rules that the admins use to remove comments. but don't worry, they'll tell everyone once they're ready... by rockstarsball in MeanwhileOnReddit

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Of all the words to globally automod off the site, I can’t believe they chose that one. Makes me wonder what other words are on the no fly list.

Chicago drops charges against Smullet; police, and public not happy by HeyImSancho in SundogsPlace

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That sounds...boring.

Chicago drops charges against Smullet; police, and public not happy by HeyImSancho in SundogsPlace

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I'm not saying the system should ignore his crimes. I was just trying to get into the mindset of the state attorney who dropped the charges.

Personally, I'd like to see him do some jail time for wasting everybody's time and money and generally being a gigantic douchebag.

LinkedIn is becoming China's go-to platform for recruiting foreign spies - CyberScoop by useless_aether in Intelligence

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Shit. How much do they pay?

Rahm Emanuel, Chicago's Top Cop Slam Dropped Smollett Charges As "Whitewash Of Justice" by fred_red_beans in news

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This all stinks to the heavens.

Chicago drops charges against Smullet; police, and public not happy by HeyImSancho in SundogsPlace

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In all fairness, no one was hurt. Yes, he seemed willing to throw innocent people under the bus to sell his story, but he ultimately didn’t. That said, he led a campaign that betrayed the trust of the public. His crimes were against society and that’s why we all (well, most of us) feel so strongly about this and want him held accountable.

I ca not take this anymore: So Stupid, Beyond Theater - History-making all-female spacewalk canceled by NASA because there were not enough spacesuits sized for women by Jesus in conspiracy

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But here's the inherent flaw I see in all of this -- these conspiracies require so much coordination. How could they possibly succeed so well? You need hundreds, if not thousands of people in the know to go along with it. That's not realistic.

I ca not take this anymore: So Stupid, Beyond Theater - History-making all-female spacewalk canceled by NASA because there were not enough spacesuits sized for women by Jesus in conspiracy

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So your assumption is that everything is planned and that everything is theater? Man, I cannot give the government (or anyone, for that matter) enough credit to mastermind so many false news stories. It's far more believable that someone screwed up massively.

Ave, True to Caesar! by Laser_Magnum in VivaNewVegas

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One thing I can give the Legion credit for is teaching people the proper pronunciation of several Latin words.

Chicago drops charges against Smullet; police, and public not happy by HeyImSancho in SundogsPlace

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However, the Chicago Police Department said it was not notified of the prosecution's decision to drop charges and found out about the news during a graduation ceremony for recruits.

"It’s a punch in the gut. Is absolutely a punch in the gut," said Commander Ed Wodnicki. "We worked closely throughout our three-week investigation to get to point where we arrested the offender. For the state's attorney at this point to dismiss charges without discussing this with us at all is just shocking."

The cops are pissed. DAs and PDs work very closely. It's not good for one to sour the relationship with the other, especially in a high profile case like this one.

'An Incredibly Difficult Time': All Smollett Charges Dropped by Vigte in news

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Weren't there potential federal charges too? Mail fraud and all that?

'An Incredibly Difficult Time': All Smollett Charges Dropped by Vigte in news

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However, the Chicago Police Department said it was not notified of the prosecution's decision to drop charges and found out about the news during a graduation ceremony for recruits.

"It’s a punch in the gut. Is absolutely a punch in the gut," said Commander Ed Wodnicki. "We worked closely throughout our three-week investigation to get to point where we arrested the offender. For the state's attorney at this point to dismiss charges without discussing this with us at all is just shocking."

That's gotta suck for the CPD. They wasted time and manpower investigating a fraudulent attack. The police chief seemed genuinely upset about the whole situation when he held his press conference all those weeks ago. I'd be pissed too if the district attorney just decided to drop the charges without at least consulting with the PD.

Skip the slip? California lawmaker wants email receipts to replace paper ones by cmdrrockawesome in California

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Everyone will (or should) just create a receipt spam email.

California bill curbing use of contractors would not exempt Uber, Lyft, other tech firms by cmdrrockawesome in California

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Well, yes. California legislators will proclaim that this is for the workers, but we all know it's really about money. I work in an industry that uses a lot of independent contractors. They like being contractors. They enjoy the freedom of owning their own business. This bill, if passed, will have a ripple effect across the California economy.

Dr. Dre Yanks Post Boasting of Daughter's USC Acceptance by cmdrrockawesome in California

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I hadn't heard that conspiracy. Got any links?

2 Parkland suicides and now a Sandy Hook suicide inside of a week. Seems legit. 🤦🏻‍ “Conspiracy theorists” will be blamed for one of these. You just wait. by Jesus in conspiracy

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Can you provide me with suicide rates of parents who’ve lost their children broken down by years? Because I think you’re just speculating. Depression due to child loss can last years. Decades, even.

2 Parkland suicides and now a Sandy Hook suicide inside of a week. Seems legit. 🤦🏻‍ “Conspiracy theorists” will be blamed for one of these. You just wait. by Jesus in conspiracy

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I fail to see what this proves other than the conspiracy theorists involved in this possibly drove a man to suicide. Congrats on that, by the way.

Arsonist strikes mosque in Escondido, refers to New Zealand massacre in note by cmdrrockawesome in California

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Much obliged. The link worked for me and I don’t have a subscription.

The Millennial wealth gap: Americans born between 1981-1996 are accumulating savings at a much slower pace than prior generations, study finds by HeyImSancho in SundogsPlace

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By the way, a lot of the comments on that article are so disheartening. It seems like all Baby Boomers want to do is comment on how lazy or stupid Millennials are. How they were able to do such and such, and the only reason Millennials can't is because they spend too much money or waste too much time and effort. They aren't aware of the economic factors that allowed them to have the success they did, nor are they aware of the factors that hold so many of my generation back.

The Millennial wealth gap: Americans born between 1981-1996 are accumulating savings at a much slower pace than prior generations, study finds by HeyImSancho in SundogsPlace

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A college education, by and large, is a positive in most people's lives. Where I think we've failed as a society is pushing the narrative that everyone should go to college. There are plenty of alternatives that can benefit people and actually might suit them better. Trade schools, apprenticeships, entrepreneurial training, etc. We've seemingly put all of our eggs in the college basket while simultaneously making it harder to afford, even at the state school level. I can see why some people would think it was a massive scam.

The student loan debt crisis will soon come to a head. When it does, expect another massive bailout from the feds. Only then will we reexamine our post-secondary school strategy.

The Millennial wealth gap: Americans born between 1981-1996 are accumulating savings at a much slower pace than prior generations, study finds by HeyImSancho in SundogsPlace

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Wages have stagnated for the past few decades, and are only now showing the slightest signs life. I believe this is what has led to the appeal of politicians like Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. They at least acknowledge the disparity between the Baby Boomers and (to a degree) Gen Xers and Millennials. I've often said that I doubt most Baby Boomers would be able to accomplish everything they have in their lives if they had been born in my generation.

Opinion | Owning a Car Will Soon Be as Quaint as Owning a Horse by Vigte in politics

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I've worked in the transportation industry for over 17 years. I know automation and self-driving cars will happen at some point (probably in the next 20-30 years), but the general public's understanding of self-driving and automation isn't what will actually happen. You'll likely see platooning) of commercial vehicles first. This will likely be the only type of self-driving vehicles you see on the road in large numbers.

What I think needs to happen is large-scale investment in light rail and public transit. That's the most realistic way to get us all out of our cars. No bullet train nonsense like my state has been attempting. Light rail systems within cities and larger metropolitan complexes and then bus systems to get riders from depots to their destination. As it stands right now, in most cities around me it takes anywhere from 45 minutes to over an hour to go just a few miles via bus. That's unacceptable. The only reason people take the bus is because they have no other options. You need to provide people with viable alternatives and entire them to use them, lest you breed resentment.

Opinion | Owning a Car Will Soon Be as Quaint as Owning a Horse by Vigte in politics

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Here’s the thing — if you want something to go away that people use regularly, you need to give them a viable alternative. The only places where something like what the author described would would is large metropolitan cities. And even then, it wouldn’t work everywhere.

I live in Southern California. There is no conceivable way something like this would work here. We’re all too spread out and many of our commutes are just too long. Carpooling isn’t always an option and many of us need the freedom of our own vehicles to conduct business and run errands. Car sharing services would make all that difficult.

When cops seize property, due process is lacking by dcjogger in news

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Civil asset forfeiture makes a mockery of our judicial system. Police use it for intimidation and fundraising. It should be illegal.

The Millennial wealth gap: Americans born between 1981-1996 are accumulating savings at a much slower pace than prior generations, study finds by HeyImSancho in SundogsPlace

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This isn’t a shock. I’m a millennial (1983) and I’ve witnessed this all first hand. The Great Recession stymied economic growth for at least a decade and delayed economic and personal milestones for the same amount of time or more. People didn’t buy houses or other large investments and their earning potential was hampered. We’re only now starting to recover.

BREAKING: Federal prosecutors charge Trump critic Michael Avenatti with extortion and bank and wire fraud; place him under arrest in Political Theater Psyop by [deleted] in conspiracy

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I’m curious — do you believe there is any legitimate form of government? Are you an anaechist?

Trump Is Bullying the Media Into Falsely Exonerating Him of Russia Corruption (So now the interpretation of law is bullying someone... hmm... goal posts keep moving) by Vigte in politics

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He’s been exonerated in the collusion investigation. Now, the only thing really in question is whether or not he obstructed justice, and that will likely be impossible to prove in court (which is why prosecution wasn’t recommended in the report). They’d have to prove intent to prove obstruction, which means they’d have to prove to a jury what exactly Trump was thinking when he made certain statements or took certain actions. That’s effectively impossible.

2 Parkland suicides and now a Sandy Hook suicide inside of a week. Seems legit. 🤦🏻‍ “Conspiracy theorists” will be blamed for one of these. You just wait. by Jesus in conspiracy

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I dunno man. If one of my children was killed in a school shooting, it would probably send me into a spiraling depression. Suicide is not out of the realm of possibilities.

BREAKING: Federal prosecutors charge Trump critic Michael Avenatti with extortion and bank and wire fraud; place him under arrest in Political Theater Psyop by [deleted] in conspiracy

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Or, and hear me out on this one, Nike (one of the biggest clothing and shoe companies in the world) used their clout, money, and contacts to bring an extortionist’s machinations to light.

Michael Avenatti arrested for trying to extort Nike for up to $25M, SDNY says by useless_aether in news

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He basically threatened to cost them billions in market capital if they didn’t cave to his demands and hire him to help them fix their culture or whatever other bullshit he was selling. I’m glad this cockroach is getting roasted. He deserves it. From everything I’ve read about him, he’s scum.

Reddit Falls Out of Top 20 Sites Worldwide by useless_aether in news

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You mean once the candidates’ campaigns start astroturfing?

Insert distraction here. by Vigte in WorldNews

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Thank you!

Insert distraction here. by Vigte in WorldNews

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Most vegan food I've encountered is just vegetarian food without cheese or eggs. The only vegan food I find disgusting is vegan cheese. That shit is disgusting.

Insert distraction here. by Vigte in WorldNews

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[Citation Needed]

Introductions by cmdrrockawesome in California

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Why would I ruin perfectly good scotch by dropping it in a beer? Sacrilege.

Introductions by cmdrrockawesome in California

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Currently I have one on cartoons, TV shows, and movies, mostly from my youth (80s and 90s) but also from all over. That shows been on hiatus for a bit because of some personal stuff. I'm hoping to get it going again soon. I'd also like to start doing another one. Possibly an advice show or a D&D actual play.

Are you a podcaster too? Or just a listener?

There’s another push to keep bars open until 4 a.m. Here’s why this one could work. by cmdrrockawesome in California

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I live in a town that has a ton of bars in its downtown. I know that cops hang out around the area right around last call to pop the drunk drivers. I'm glad they do. We had an incident fairly recently where a guy got in his truck and mowed down like 15 people on the main drag of downtown. No one died, but people were hurt. He was very drunk.

We don't really have restrictions on when and who can sell alcohol, other than the various types of liquor licenses. I've bought beer plenty of times at gas stations, which is apparently weird in some states. We can't drink out in public or on the street. Not legally, at least.

I don't know how I feel about a 4 AM last call. I'd like to see more data on crash statistics in towns/states that have 4 am last calls and 2 am last calls. Do those 2 hours actually make a difference? Drunks are going to drink as much as they can no matter the cut off time.

Forced vaccines planned in Germany - In a move which would make Hitler proud, Germany is planning to force vaccinate all children under 14 with the controversial MMR vaccine by useless_aether in DepopulationWatch

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True. I have no time or patience for vaccine deniers. What they're trying to do will diminish humanity as a whole. I applaud the recent trend of sites banning anti-vax materials from their platform. I haven't had much reason to praise Facebook recently, but their stance on anti-vax groups is encouraging. Couple that with YouTube demonitizing their videos and GoFundMe banning them from their site and it looks like we're headed in the right direction. Also, any legitimate doctors who espouse anti-vax beliefs into their practices should have their medical licenses revoked as they are decidedly anti-science and anti-medicine as well.

Forced vaccines planned in Germany - In a move which would make Hitler proud, Germany is planning to force vaccinate all children under 14 with the controversial MMR vaccine by useless_aether in DepopulationWatch

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I can take most conspiracy theories at face value. A lot of them are harmless and some are pretty interesting ideas. Vaccine alarmism, however, can and does actually harm real people. The recent outbreaks we've seen around the world are proof of that.

Forced vaccines planned in Germany - In a move which would make Hitler proud, Germany is planning to force vaccinate all children under 14 with the controversial MMR vaccine by useless_aether in DepopulationWatch

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Both Physicians for Informed Consent and Age of Autism are far from unbiased and reliable sources of information about vaccines. But, then again, anyone who already thinks vaccines cause autism isn't going to care if the site where they get their information is credible or not. Also, is the MMR vaccine really controversial? Only if you have a limited understanding of science. However, again, if you already believe it's dangerous, experience has taught me that you're not going to care about science.

Are there side effects in some circumstances? Sure. That's all medicine. Will doctors work with you to plan out a vaccination schedule that works for you? Literally every doctor I've talked to and seen interviewed on the subject has said emphatically yes.

😑 That's all I have to say; teachers were struck with air pellets during a school shooting drill at an Indiana elementary school, they were left bleeding and with bruises when it was over, says the executive director of a teacher's association. by Jesus in conspiracy

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A few things. Firstly, I don't believe things merely because they're reported by the media. Especially now-a-days. What was once an industry that prided itself on investigation and diligence has devolved into (for the most part) stenographers whose only concern is to break a story before their competition to drive the clicks and likes.

Secondly, the "media" is nebulous and vague. Who are we talking about? Network news? All newspapers and magazines? Blogs? Citizen journalists? All of them? Only some of them? Large-scale conspiracies are the hardest to prove and the least believable because they usually rely on hundreds, if not thousands of people (or more) being in on the scam and keeping quiet about it. In this modern age of ever-present recording and the ability of the average citizen to broadcast information to literally the entire world, I highly doubt a cabal of this magnitude could stay hidden for long, if at all.

The school/mass shooting numbers are suspect too. I honestly believe the uptick can be attributed to the increased interconnectivity of everyone in America and the world. These shootings get massive publicity. This can and does lead to copycat incidents. I think the increase can also be because of the way we define these shootings. The definition changes all the time. What is and isn't a mass shooting is a matter of debate, and one organization's definition might not be the same as another's.

What's the goal? To disarm people in America? I doubt that will ever happen. What would be the benefit? As much of a gun rights advocate that I am, realistically, if average American citizens were put into direct armed conflict with the military, they wouldn't stand a chance. That's the reality.

Are you saying the government and/or military are attempting a coup? Of the nation they already control? That makes no sense. What is the end game?

Bernie Sanders Calls for Stripping of Second Amendment Rights Overnight by useless_aether in communismwatch

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Why not just assume that with the massive influx of media companies in the modern internet age and smaller local and regional media outlets getting access to a much, much wider audience via the internet, the reporting of shootings in general and school shootings specifically has increased drastically? Why is your scenario more believable?

The Miracles & Coincidences Of TV Terror by Jesus in conspiracy

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So do you own this site or are you just a frequent visitor there?

😑 That's all I have to say; teachers were struck with air pellets during a school shooting drill at an Indiana elementary school, they were left bleeding and with bruises when it was over, says the executive director of a teacher's association. by Jesus in conspiracy

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And I have no reason to believe you without proof. You say I should put on my critical thinking cap, but without some solid proof all you're slinging is the ramblings of a crazy conspiracy theorist.

Bernie Sanders Calls for Stripping of Second Amendment Rights Overnight by useless_aether in communismwatch

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The only way to effectively institute gun control in the US would be through gun confiscation. No one I know would be comfortable with the government passing a law banning something and then forcibly coming into people's homes to remove it.

This style of gun control will never fly in America.

😑 That's all I have to say; teachers were struck with air pellets during a school shooting drill at an Indiana elementary school, they were left bleeding and with bruises when it was over, says the executive director of a teacher's association. by Jesus in conspiracy

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I don't quite understand how the number of school shootings or mass shootings are statistically impossible. Different groups define what is and isn't a mass or school shooting differently. National reporting has also changed. The world has gotten smaller.

😑 That's all I have to say; teachers were struck with air pellets during a school shooting drill at an Indiana elementary school, they were left bleeding and with bruises when it was over, says the executive director of a teacher's association. by Jesus in conspiracy

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I feel like the more likely and believable answer is that this sheriff is a jackass and not very good at his job. To me, this is far more an example of ignorance and laziness than a concerted effort to do anything nefarious.

😑 That's all I have to say; teachers were struck with air pellets during a school shooting drill at an Indiana elementary school, they were left bleeding and with bruises when it was over, says the executive director of a teacher's association. by Jesus in conspiracy

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I can understand the theory behind training the teachers. Active shooter happens, you lock the doors and hide the kids away from windows and such. Have them drop to the floor away from lines of sight. That is useful training. It's at least as useful as going fire or earthquake/tornado/hurricane drills.

😑 That's all I have to say; teachers were struck with air pellets during a school shooting drill at an Indiana elementary school, they were left bleeding and with bruises when it was over, says the executive director of a teacher's association. by Jesus in conspiracy

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Or maybe that sheriff is just a freaking loon. I've seen plenty of injuries from airsoft guns. That's why you wear protective gear (or at least you're supposed to) when you are shooting at each other with them. That shit can hurt.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez suggested members of Congress should get paid more, but a majority of Americans want the complete opposite by useless_aether in politics

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Idealism is all great and good, but it's not always realistic. And I'm not saying it's entirely based on greed. It's about practicality. If you're expected to take on the added costs of a second residence, while still maintaining your primary residence in your home district, you could definitely find yourself running into financial troubles if you aren't compensated adequately. Well, at least the average citizen would probably find themselves running into issues.

It's a delicate balance. You attract people to a position with a number of things -- power, prestige, influence, and money. There are probably tons of qualified candidates out there who want to get into politics and want to make a difference, but simply can't afford to. Maybe they're making too much and have to support their family and their business. Maybe it's something else. You have to make the job attractive enough to entice people who are on the fence.

You're not always going to be able to rely on a person's altruistic nature to get them to run for office. Not in the real world anyway. Not when they have financial and personal obligations to overcome.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez suggested members of Congress should get paid more, but a majority of Americans want the complete opposite by useless_aether in politics

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She does have a point. It's the age old dilemma. If you pay politicians below average, you tend to find yourself governed by wealthier people who can afford to live off that low pay. Either that, or you wind up with people taking bribes, "gifts", or whatever else in the form of campaign donations to make ends meet. The solution would be to pay politicians enough that they don't feel the need to accept those bribes, but that's a pretty distasteful proposition as far as the public is concerned.

Beto O'Rourke, friend of the fossil fuel industry, is no climate hero | Kate Aronoff by useless_aether in politics

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I wasn't really following his senate race that closely. What is the attraction most people have for this guy? He's enjoying a massive cult of personality right now.