"War is a racket. It always has been... a few profit - and the many pay. But there is a way to stop it...." - General Smedley Butler by magnora7 in quotes

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Kindness breeds kindness (a not-for-profit kindness though). Maybe small acts can snowball, I am really hopeful that this is true. Mix in a dose of knowledge and perspective.....but how?

Our current social environment is so divided and hateful. The core truth of how governments attain and keep power is so occluded with misinformation, and now it seems they have found a way to control the people by co-opting one's very identity (conservative, liberal, immigrant, etc). All this contributes to the public being so busy picking a side, that we don't realize we are the pawns in the business of war. It's crazy, but I don't think everyone realizes we are actively engaged in the business of war, at this very moment. In the US, if you pay taxes you are contributing to the business of war. Maybe people need to ponder on that.

In the movie "They Live" the protagonist finds a box of sunglasses that, when worn, show things as they really are. (It's a campy movie, but the message is solid) We need to find the box of sunglasses. I don't know, maybe none of us are looking for it. But I think if we found the box, and we could just be kind to one another, it would be a start.

"War is a racket. It always has been... a few profit - and the many pay. But there is a way to stop it...." - General Smedley Butler by magnora7 in quotes

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How can humanity get itself in a situation where all of those options no longer are profitable? Question of the millennium.

Maybe we need to start by redefining what it means to be "profitable."

We all know that giving a hand to someone who needs it, petting a dog, watching a sunset, the little things, these are the things that enrich us. We profit from them. Why have we given the power to define "profit" to those that possess all the material wealth?

Pleiades ascending by i_cansmellthat in space

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This is a beautiful star cluster, and is visible to the naked eye in the east about an hour after the sun sets in the US. It looks like a small question mark. If you have binoculars, on a cold, low humidity night you can sometimes even see the blue glow around it.

Some lore, if interested

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TIL: The CIA can remote-control cars and cause "accidents" suspiciously similar to dozens experienced by the establishment's political enemies. by HibikiBlack in conspiracy

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Haven't read the article yet but was thinking....last year I bought a new car. I've never owned a brand new car, I had a 2006 prior but it was costing more to upkeep than it was worth so I traded it. My old car had no bluetooth or any type of connections, but my new car has all the state of the art type stuff. I thought it was odd though that I can't turn off the radio. I can mute it, but it is always on. Meaning, it is always streaming something since I have xm and I usually link my phone. It maybe nothing, but does anyone find it odd that on newer vehicles we can't completely disconnect with a push of a button? I did some cursory searching and you can disconnect by disabling some wiring, but it is troublesome, at least a bit.

Maybe I am paranoid, I don't know. But I do leave all electronics behind when I run, walk the dogs, or go into stores.

Hennepin County (Minneapolis) has elected the country's first openly gay sheriff. by Tom_Bombadil in politics

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This should spur hollywood to remake "Blazing Saddles," updated for today's social climate and based on true events!

Vox Advocates Drugging the Water Supply by Orangutan in Health

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So the vox article states: "But it’s also an element that occurs naturally all over the Earth’s crust — including in bodies of water."

According to the wiki on lithium, "It never occurs freely in nature, but only in (usually ionic) compounds, such as pegmatitic minerals which were once the main source of lithium. Due to its solubility as an ion, it is present in ocean water and is commonly obtained from brines."

Link to vox

Link to wiki

I'm not a chemist, but isn't there some contradiction there?

If it ever does start to be seriously considered, we should start a group to advocate that lithium be available over the counter. After all, the ingestion rate would be unregulated so therefore dosage should not have to be regulated by a physician.

Mad cow disease detected at farm in Britain for first time in three years by useless_aether in Europe

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Prions are absolutely terrifying.

After Bernie got cheated in 2016 I can no longer convince myself that voting in fraudulent phony corporate elections matters. Thoughts? Are you voting? by EndlessSunflowers in WayOfTheBern

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Not voting this year. Recently moved to a different state and dropped the ball getting registered, but it wasn't high on the priority list, sadly.

I read this post yesterday and didn't have much to add other than what others said about voting third party. But I thought of it this morning after seeing a local candidate (at least I think) holding a sign while standing on the corner of an intersection. He was dressed in a nice suit with a few onlookers around him and had a huge, fake smile. Felt like one of those kids in elementary school who would say, "I'll be your best friend if you let me have your cookie." You know, the one who doesn't really talk to you unless you have a cookie. I know voting means more in local elections, but I just have negative feelings about politicians of any sort these days.

Hillary Clinton Returns: ‘I’d Like to Be President’ by useless_aether in politics

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She's going about this all wrong. She needs to simply state that she identifies as president. Then, we would all have to accept her as president or be culturally insensitive jerks. It's socially not allowed to be so insensitive, therefore she would gain the consensus because we would all recognize her as president.

/s

Saidit is growing - A look at the numbers by magnora7 in SaidIt

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Glad to see this! So nice to see that when someone tries to do the right thing with honest intentions, others are drawn to it. I feel that this is one of the only sites out there that isn't pushing an agenda, trying to sell me something, or gathering data. Thanks for all you both do!

A startup’s bold plan for a mood-predicting smartphone app is shadowed by questions over evidence by i_cansmellthat in Health

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For people with no mental health issues, it provides no value at all. I can see it being harmful actually, like reading webmd and saying, "Yeah, I have that, and that..."

Apparently some mental health professionals see value. Maybe I'm being overly skeptical, but we already have a large percentage of people that have outsourced their own thoughts and beliefs. Just seems this will further that along.

A startup’s bold plan for a mood-predicting smartphone app is shadowed by questions over evidence by i_cansmellthat in Health

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If only there was an app to remind me to take my joy pill.

A startup’s bold plan for a mood-predicting smartphone app is shadowed by questions over evidence by i_cansmellthat in Health

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While this may or may not be coming to a smart phone near you, the implications are a bit unsettling. This app, if successful, will predict if your emotional state is changing and how you will feel next week, according to the researchers involved. So, an individual is going to willingly surrender more personal data and privacy for better mental health. Sounds like a big win for the drug makers and the surveillance state to me.

Wouldn't this be a self fulfilling prophecy? If you tell me I'm going to be severely depressed next week, and I believe in this app, will I make choices that will in turn render me depressed?

Jeff Bezos has invested in this, and don't forget he is also getting into the healthcare business as well.

Some High Schools now requiring clear backpacks? by magnora7 in privacy

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I agree, this is conditioning an upcoming generation to trade their rights for safety. Combine this with locker searches and the kids think they have no right to privacy, privacy is dangerous and those that desire it must have something to hide.

There seems to be an uptick of this after school shootings, or after threats are made to schools. Sometimes the students vote it in, or the school board will. And it's not just high school students, some elementary schools have made it mandatory as well.

Reddit Prem1uim new logo includes All-seeing-eye on an upvote pyramid, freemasonic light, eyes wide shut masks, and Saturn. by useless_aether in MeanwhileOnReddit

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The one with the monocle reminds me of the Monopoly guy, which is really not the monopoly guy because he never wore one. Mandela Effect symbol maybe?

The Lawyers’ Committee for 911 Inquiry by i_cansmellthat in 911truth

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"The Lawyers' Committee, along with some 9/11 family members and survivors, have exercised our constitutional and statutory rights to petition the Department of Justice to present evidence of 9/11 crimes...crimes that have never been investigated or prosecuted, to a special federal grand jury."

Lots of information on investigations, and resources on how to get more info as well as spreading this to others. They have followed through on the petition, and looks like most recently they filed an amended petition on July 30th, 2018.

Reddit pulls a YouTube - /r/911truth quarantined as misinformation, government info added by d3rr in MeanwhileOnReddit

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All are quarantined due to shocking or highly offensive content....except 9/11truth. (For the real story, go to the 9-11 commission's official page. Thanks admins of reddit, but I don't think the real story is there.)

I downloaded the official mobile app. When I search for r/911truth it does not come up. Other subs with similar names do. Even the relevant post list doesn't have one link from the original site (but I may have missed it, still need more caffeine).

Just a side thought, could this be detrimental to reddit alternatives? This move is likely to flood alt sites with a lot of racist crap. Can definitely see mainstream touting the integrity of reddit while showing the alternatives as platforms for hate.

Reddit pulls a YouTube - /r/911truth quarantined as misinformation, government info added by d3rr in MeanwhileOnReddit

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Thanks for checking. I deleted the mobile app, didn't want to reinstall. Guess I could have checked on the site though.

Monsanto's global weedkiller harms honeybee gut bacteria by d3rr in science

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I'm gonna need some black boots....

Reddit pulls a YouTube - /r/911truth quarantined as misinformation, government info added by d3rr in MeanwhileOnReddit

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There's a comment here saying that the quarantined subs are now only viewable on desktop. Haven't checked if it's true, but that seems big. I'm guessing that a large number of users are not on desktops as much as their phones.

Monsanto's global weedkiller harms honeybee gut bacteria by d3rr in science

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It appears that other agencies won't admit it either, agencies that when scrutinized have ties to Monsanto. Magnora7 linked a chart in his comment.

The Monsanto spokesperson also used the phrase "poses no unreasonable risk." Would love to have clarification as to what qualifies as "no unreasonable risk." He didn't say "no risk" though, did he?

Monsanto's global weedkiller harms honeybee gut bacteria by d3rr in science

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There are days when I consider printing flyers and putting them on windshields and front doors. I feel that many people would feel strongly opposed to the current status quo if they had this information.

Who believes in conspiracies? New research offers a theory by The_In-Betweener in ConspiracyHeadlines

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I do agree with you in that if the word "conspiracy" is in the majority of titles when one comes to the opening page of the site, saidit will come across as a conspiracy website. Factual (or speculative) content that doesn't mesh with mainstream should be openly viewed and discussed without the crazy conspiracy theorist label. People seeking that will quickly go elsewhere if confronted by 10 articles titled with conspiracy.

That said, it could be that OP is just very enthusiastic and this is his/her thing. Maybe they didn't think about the implication of so many conspiracy related articles being linked.

Who believes in conspiracies? New research offers a theory by The_In-Betweener in ConspiracyHeadlines

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"Hart hopes the research advances the understanding of why some people are more attracted to conspiracy theories than others."

Once they know why we are attracted to conspiracy theories, they will make sure to limit that attraction. This study is a conspiracy. /s

But seriously, who funds these studies?