Marijuana [should / should not] be illegal by neovulcan in ExplainBothSides

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That's a fair "should". What's the "should not"?

Taxing cryptocurrency at 30% is [good / bad] by neovulcan in ExplainBothSides

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That sounds like an argument for "bad". What's the argument for "good"?

Twitter [should / should not] allow true free speech (that which is permitted by law) by neovulcan in ExplainBothSides

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No: Every place that tries true free speech eventually finds the limits of what people will tolerate. 4chan is a great example. Users will lose faith in the system not for the lack of quality content, but for the ratio of quality to garbage. How much time sifting through garbage will people stand before finding good? Again, see 4chan.

Yes: "Without freedom of thought, there can be no such thing as wisdom; and no such thing as public liberty without freedom of speech; which is the right of every man as far as by it he does not hurt or control the right of another; and this is the only check it ought to suffer and the only bounds it ought to know.... Whoever would overthrow the liberty of a nation must begin by subduing the freedom of speech, a thing terrible to traitors. Benjamin Franklin" Twitter enjoys the protections of being a public forum and should be treated as such YouTube . Additionally, Twitter went too far in censoring political opponents, which sends the subtle message that the censored argument was so good, no counterargument could be made. Without naming names (which I'm sure will trigger some bot), I've reviewed many of the censored and find their arguments were neither so good as to have no counterargument, nor so bad that censorship would be necessary. Circling back to Ben Franklin: "Whoever would overthrow the liberty of a nation must begin by subduing the freedom of speech".

Are humans significantly affecting global climate? by neovulcan in ExplainBothSides

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Climate alarmist: Google "climate change since 1900" and you'll find plenty of articles and studies based on the same dataset. If you follow the scientific method using this dataset, you're forced to draw alarming conclusions. Additionally, even if these conclusions are wrong, steps towards a greener Earth hurt no one, and provide varying benefits to everyone. Google "aqi map usa" for a taste of the subtle irritants we tolerate in many regions. It feeds our collective ego to believe we make a difference, and its good for society to see people looking to take responsibility.

Climate skeptic: Google "climate change since the beginning of time" and you'll find datasets that show us entering and exiting multiple ice ages without human intervention. If human intervention didn't pull us out of the previous ice ages, now probably has nothing to do with us as well. We still aren't as warm as the Roman period, and the climate alarmists need to show how a smaller population with no fossil fuels managed to have a larger impact on world climate. The planet is fine. Head on over to /r/climateskeptics for more.

A lot of climate alarmists are researchers or businesses that would not be profitable without climate alarmists in social media. This is generally the crowd of "science", so the "climate change deniers" are usually religious fundamentalists that don't trust science. This leads to the former group disregarding the ice core datasets because it conflicts with their politics, and the latter disregarding it because it conflicts with their religion. You'll find so many arguments low on the argument pyramid

Is Elon Musk's takeover of Twitter a good thing? by neovulcan in ExplainBothSides

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In a work setting that makes sense. I'm referring to places like 4chan, as I just don't bother with it anymore. Most people aren't tasked with going to Twitter...

Welcome, open-minded people! by neovulcan in ExplainBothSides

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Inspired by this response (not mine) to the question "Who is based stick man?"

Here's two answers I can come up with. In keeping with the time-honored internet tradition of only reading things that conform to our established world view, please read either Paragraph A (if you voted Democrat) or Paragraph B (if you voted Republican). Please do not attempt to seek out and understand the point of view of anyone you may disagree with.

Paragraph A: Kyle Chapman is a far-right Trump supporter who attended the March Berkley "March for Trump" protest ready for a fight. He came dressed in riot gear, including helmet, goggles, a homemade wooden shield, and a homemade baseball bat. When violence erupted at the Pro-Trump rally, he eagerly joined in. He was rightly arrested for attacking anti-trump protesters and is now being heralded as a hero by the racist alt-right. They describe him as "based stick man" and "The Alt-Knight".

Paragraph B: Kyle Chapman, aka "based stick man" is a Trump supporter who attended the March Berkley "March for Trump". Because of many recent attacks by so called "anti-fascist" left wing extremists, Chapman came dressed in protective clothing, including a plywood shield and wooden stick to protect himself and others against radical leftist violence. When the "anti-fascist" anarchists started attacking innocent people, Chapman used his stick to defend his fellow Trump supporters. In the video, you can see the radical leftists attacking innocent protesters- attacking people on the ground, grabbing peaceful people to pull them into the crowd of "anti-fascist" thugs, and spraying innocent people with pepper spray. Chapman was unjustly singled out by police for defending himself and other innocent people. He is currently free, but is awaiting for trial.

Here's the most impartial video I could find: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AKN7XDs2E58

Does it matter where you go to college? by neovulcan in ExplainBothSides

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Friendly reminder that top level comments in this sub are supposed to present both sides. I'm not removing this, though, as you've at least got one side down, and this sub is brand new.

Abortion [should / should not] be illegal by neovulcan in ExplainBothSides

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Pro-choice: as you've stated, the pro-choice side doesn't consider the unborn to be life, and I think it's probably a lot more than that. I think pro-choice is rooted in the brutal animalistic caveman side, where the average life expectancy was 25, not because many died around 25, but because it's a statistical average, with so many dying young. I think, if you really dig into the pro-choice movement, they wouldn't really care about a death until adult years, probably somewhere in the teens. Children to support when you're struggling? Children who might never pull their own weight due to genetic deficiencies? When your family is barely scraping by, this is the pragmatic mindset that survives caveman years, and is arguably viable in the worst parts of the world today.

Pro-life: the worst parts of the world today aren't anywhere this discussion is being held. Hell, if you own a flushy toilet, you're living at a higher standard of living than medieval kings. When you look at who to respect in a society, and thereby infer a society's values, do you not instantly respect those who would add years to a person they don't know? Consider a random person collapsing on the street - do you respect the bystander filming for internet karma or the random stranger attempting CPR? Which, btw, has an incredibly low success rate, which makes it an even more noble attempt in my eyes. If you could add years to a stranger's life for a statistically minor inconvenience in your life, could you see the value in that act of compassion? Imagine that stranger shares 50% of your DNA, and would learn from your example. Regardless of where you are on the nature/nurture spectrum, the odds of creating a force for good are overwhelmingly in your favor, even for victims of rape. Consider Dr. Ron Paul who has delivered over 4000 babies and never found need for an abortion. It's almost never medically necessary, it's grotesque, and it fundamentally defines whether we are a self-centered or self-less society. Furthermore, on recent events, SCOTUS should release the draft either as is or in a more strengthened form, as this issue is clearly not so one-sided as to override the 10th amendment.

DC area (don't hate me) fellow entering the site. by [deleted] in Introductions

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I'd be down to grab a beer. Living on the VA side a little ways out.

reddit sucks, looking for an open forum by jsara in Introductions

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There is also heavy moderation here, but perhaps not as bad as Reddit. This place leans a little further right, so you can say anti-Semitic things, but you can't post porn. I don't particularly need to say/post either thing, and am hoping moderation doesn't clamp down on issues that need free speech, like taxes, abortion, gun control, drug policy, foreign policy, etc.

Russia's failings in recent decades are "primarily economic" vs "primarily political" by neovulcan in ExplainBothSides

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On the political side: leadership doesn't change hands, similar to how the Nazis grabbed power in the 20s and didn't need to let go. This was completely legal, as that's how previous regimes had taken power, and I suspect what's happened in Russia is also completely legal.

On the economic side: we've seen Russia's GDP decline since 1970 and I've got to wonder if they were to the "zero fucks point" before 2014, much like the Germans in the 1930s following the conditions of the Treaty of Versailles.

Is Elon Musk's takeover of Twitter a good thing? by neovulcan in ExplainBothSides

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Bad: Every place that tries true free speech eventually finds the limits of what people will tolerate. 4chan is a great example. Additionally, open algorithms, as Musk intends, will allow those who craft spam bots to consistently evade the system. Users will lose faith in the system not for the lack of quality content, but for the ratio of quality to garbage. How much time sifting through garbage will people stand before finding good? Again, see 4chan.

Good: "Without freedom of thought, there can be no such thing as wisdom; and no such thing as public liberty without freedom of speech; which is the right of every man as far as by it he does not hurt or control the right of another; and this is the only check it ought to suffer and the only bounds it ought to know.... Whoever would overthrow the liberty of a nation must begin by subduing the freedom of speech, a thing terrible to traitors. Benjamin Franklin" Twitter enjoys the protections of being a public forum and should be treated as such. Additionally, Twitter went too far in censoring political opponents, which sends the subtle message that the censored argument was so good, no counterargument could be made. Without naming names (which I'm sure will trigger some bot), I've reviewed many of the censored and find their arguments were neither so good as to have no counterargument, nor so bad that censorship would be necessary. Circling back to Ben Franklin: "Whoever would overthrow the liberty of a nation must begin by subduing the freedom of speech".

Does it matter where you go to college? by neovulcan in ExplainBothSides

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Yes: The value of college is largely in separating yourself from the rest of society. For graduates of 1970ish and before, graduating alone was enough to separate yourself from "the lower class". Modern day, that distinction only belongs to a handful of institutions, as the push to subsidize student loans has significantly decreased the value of college graduation. If you don't graduate from an institution that places graduates in the elite positions, you might as well not go to college.

No: College is a crutch that too many accept. There are washouts from Ivy League schools and there are winners with no college whatsoever. Attitude is what's most critical, and a college education in the modern environment might suppress that, given the gatekeeping standards of certain institutions. Don't accept admission to a college you don't believe in, regardless of what your parents think. Trade school, the military, or carving your own path are much more viable options than mediocrity in college.

Taxing cryptocurrency at 30% is [good / bad] by neovulcan in ExplainBothSides

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For tax: in theory, we tax the things we don't want people to do. (Don't get me started on income and corporate tax). Is the thing we don't want people to do "hide from tax in cryptocurrency" or "hide from inflation in cryptocurrency"? For the powers that seek to impose a tax, the answer is probably both, as they benefit from tax directly, and those that craft inflation get to pick the winners while the rest suffer. Additionally, this crowd will also attract those who believe all things should be taxed, as a strong government provides the things they care about most. This crowd will further expand to those who worry about the next rash of cyber attacks wiping out entire families who essentially abandoned their bank in favor of crypto. When you consider that standard cybersecurity practice is "when not if", allowing a proliferation of cryptocurrency might lead to a lack of faith in the internet altogether, which has cascading effects. Chasing out crypto investors with an excessive tax might be the way to save the internet.

Against tax: this crowd starts with those opposed to all taxes, as the government either does not provide the things they care about, or does so inefficiently as to be wasteful. In addition to the simple principle of avoiding tax, this crowd might expand a bit in the middle class, as it seems only the middle class actually pays taxes. The rich have lawyers to find loopholes, and the poor have government to find loopholes. Taxing the middle class keeps the classes separate, as the middle class never attains enough wealth to do too much more than survive. This crowd should expand further to include those disappointed with excessive inflation. Zero inflation benefits the rich, as they can postpone purchases until the price is to their liking, but the poor and middle class don't have enough savings to see a benefit. High inflation only benefits those in power, as they're funneling it to their pet projects in a rush to claim success. Low inflation seems to be the key, as the rich get progressively less return waiting for the perfect investment, but the poor still have purchasing power with a strong currency. Due to mathematical limits in Bitcoin, this inflation is nearly locked at a low rate, one which might be ideal for society.

No warning permaban by neovulcan in WatchRedditDie

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Regarding SCOTUS, I'm supremely confident the issue isn't so one-sided as to override the 10th amendment. Let the states decide and stop resting on Roe v Wade.

Regarding abortion writ large, I think you see that I feel it's fucking evil. I am, however, willing to temper my opinion and see how things pan out between states. Surely some data will emerge to support my position...or change my mind?

Regarding the soul, I believe it grows with the individual, beginning with the fusion of DNA. While that may not be perfect, it's enough to craft policy, and bestows a certain respect on elders who have grown their souls.

Policy-wise, I'll agree that a straight up ban is counterproductive. People will find more dangerous and destructive means to the same end. However, we can defund the public endorsement that is Planned Parenthood, which would encourage those who were skeptical but uncommitted to complete the ethical course of action.

Lastly, I'll agree we need to address financial distress. We can start by eliminating the income tax, thereby placing more money in every working person's pockets, and incentivizing them to work more. We can solidify the value of the dollar by locking inflation at a low but predictable percentage. Printing money the way the current administration has done should be blocked by a constitutional amendment. Furthermore, we could extend a certain amount of UBI to each dependent, most appropriately a combination of a fixed amount plus a percentage of exported GDP. That much should negate financial distress to those considering abortion.

Any other exploring game with as pretty of a coast as Breath of the Wild? by [deleted] in AskSaidIt

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I have The Witcher 3 and CyberPunk 2077 but haven't got far in either. I like both worlds but the combat/movement is less than intuitive so far.

Top 10 Superhero Movies by neovulcan in top10discussion

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Haven't seen Blankman and had to google it. Could be good.

For me to call something a superhero movie, there needs to be some kind of moral correlation, exaggerated through the superhero lens. I didn't really see that in Robin Hood men in tights, as good of a movie as it was otherwise.

I wouldn't exclude comedy though. Kick-Ass was a fantastic movie that maybe belongs on this list. It mocked Batman's traditional tactics the same way BvS did subtly.

For all the brigading Brunchers who just woke from their restful sleep to show "concern" for recent world events. by Orangutan in WorldNews

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To be fair, this is much more significant for several reasons.

First, this is Russia, a nuclear power and only 30 years ago one of the big two in the Cold War. They have the potential to bring World War III, unlike any of the aforementioned countries.

Second, Ukraine might be the largest country to voluntarily give up its nuclear weapons in exchange for peace. If Ukraine doesn't come out on top after this, its distinctly possible no one will ever disarm again, and many more might seek their own.

Third, Ukraines political and economic situation has been nothing like the aforementioned countries, several of which have never really known peace or prosperity. A "new" conflict there is practically the status quo. If war can come to one place at relative peace and prosperity, others in a similar situation better take note.

Top 10 Superhero Movies by neovulcan in top10discussion

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I didn't put it higher because the other characters weren't on the same level. Bale was the best when he had the seat, but I'm rather partial to Affleck. He's at least as good of a Batman, and a much better Bruce Wayne.

For as much as I like Affleck and Cavill, BvS sat lower for not really developing the villains at all.

Best whiskeys for the dollar by neovulcan in top10discussion

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Most weeks it's been Kessler for me at about $20 per handle, just showing appreciation for the others. For the longest time I'd only step out of that every month or two, but these past four weeks I've grabbed a different experiment each time.

Oddly enough I'm actually drinking your Evan Williams White Label now, I just didn't get the same price. Think I dropped about $20 on a fifth and it's not bad, just with that 100 proof I was expecting something closer to Wild Turkey 101.

Best whiskeys for the dollar by neovulcan in top10discussion

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Haven't tried George Dickel yet, at that price it's definitely worth the try!

Best whiskeys for the dollar by neovulcan in top10discussion

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Honorable mentions? Neither are bad, but I've never thought they were underpriced either. Same with Japanese whiskey. Haven't had a bad one yet, but they know what they got and aren't looking to cut you a deal either.

Top 10 Most-Sold Consoles of All Time Ranked by otakuhacks in Gaming

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I'm a little surprised. Not that I doubt the numbers, but there just weren't that many great games for the PS2. Saying that because I sold mine last year without looking at a single game the way I would Goldeneye or FF7.

Mobile sales make plenty of sense though. Great way to keep your kids occupied and happy, without any real feedback from the actual users.

If one were to self-study to become a lawyer, what books must/should one read? by neovulcan in AskSaidIt

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Your friend is a fool

Yeah, maybe. He refuses to get a 9-5 job, which I think would solve a lot of his problems here. It'd simultaneously demonstrate stability as well as allow him to afford a lawyer. If he worked a 40 hour week like the rest of us and still couldn't afford a lawyer, I'd be more inclined to chip in on fees. Otherwise a very good, principled man.

against a skilled attorney.

Not so sure on this one. I don't know enough specifics, but I know she can't afford an expensive attorney either. What they're getting away with is precedent and it being a "mother state", as opposed to Texas (where he grew up) where it's 50/50 pretty much no matter what.

Anyway, I plan on sending a book or two, and he's already said he's been to the library, so maybe I can rest with a clear conscience. Really good kid. Deserves more time with his Dad.

If one were to self-study to become a lawyer, what books must/should one read? by neovulcan in AskSaidIt

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Its the highest legal standard i know of, so it seems like an appropriate metric.

Also, I have a relative preparing for a custody battle. Since he had a bad experience with an affordable lawyer, he's determined to self represent. I figure anything that might impress the court would work in his favor.

How far does "Free Speech" go on SaidIt? by neovulcan in AskSaidIt

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IP2 was kicked out so fast I had to figure out what it stood for from somewhere else

Will /r/socialjusticeinaction migrate here? by neovulcan in SocialJusticeInAction

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it's one of few subs that haven't gone to shit on Reddit...really hope the community doesn't get fractured

Essence — An Operating System by [deleted] in technology

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Why Essence over anything else?

How far does "Free Speech" go on SaidIt? by neovulcan in AskSaidIt

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Oh man, it's no wonder these got restricted on YouTube. The Democrats couldn't sue because they'd lose in court, but it's always possible to get facts restricted. So far loving "Why I Left The Left" and "The Inconvenient Truth About The Democratic Party"

How far does "Free Speech" go on SaidIt? by neovulcan in AskSaidIt

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misinformation and disinformation.

Can you please link me to a couple? I haven't watched even half of the videos but none of the ones I've seen came remotely close to misinformation or disinformation.

How far does "Free Speech" go on SaidIt? by neovulcan in AskSaidIt

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Well, from an ethical perspective there are positive rights and negative rights. Positive rights are freedoms while negative rights require effort to maintain. Taking the effort to limit what I consider harmless content implies that considerable measures are in place to keep the site free of certain content, which is indeed the case.

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

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Am I the only one with no clue what IP2 even is?

Why don't you all put your $$$ where your mouth is? by Lilith_Fair in whatever

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I have family in east Texas. I know finding you will be like finding a needle in a stack of needles, but hey, I'll remember to shoot a note if we're heading that way.

Why don't you all put your $$$ where your mouth is? by Lilith_Fair in whatever

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Per u/lilith_fair suggestion, I will buy you a beer if I'm in your location. PM is fine if you care to share. Also did Patreon so you can buy your own beer in the meantime.

Natural Rock Formation? by EndlessSunflowers in conspiracy

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start digging and maybe you'll find the entrance to Castle Greyskull

Super-protips for using Saidit by magnora7 in SaidIt

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that first one is going to help a lot. I reactivated my imgur account and fiddled through the link gathering process - pretty sure I screwed it up on one submission. Still feel guilty I hotlinked to some hosted by reddit through a similar process.

Is Black Lives Matter Marxist? by neovulcan in politics

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I know. Was just trying to parrot the article title appropriately, albeit ignoring the subtitle.

Check out this white supremacist propaganda. by JamalGinsberg in whatever

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It's not always, it's just on the internet. I've met plenty of black people that follow these 'white' traits, so much to the point that I can't seriously accept them as white traits.

Is COVID19 the catalyst for a necessary restructuring of society? by neovulcan in whatever

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If the country wanted to restructure society

I doubt there's any grand central planners. At least not with enough influence to pull this off on their own.

killing off people with a bioweapon.

This is also unlikely. The shifts I'm describing should have happened a decade or two ago, so it's not like the timing of this disease is ideal. We finally had an event that had this effect, but it could easily have been earlier or later. If swine flu, avian flu, SARS, etc had been more infectious, we might've seen these steps then. Or maybe we could've ignored COVID, herd immunity would've taken hold, and we still would have so many people in the wrong jobs.

Since you're renting a room, you probably don't have a whole lot of stuff, and could hypothetically move anywhere. Have you considered other career fields or locations? Have you explored any kinds of grants, scholarships or other programs to jumpstart a new career? I believe many can learn and/or work from home, but if it's already giving you anxiety, you're not likely one of those people.

Forced circumcision vs chosen circumcision by neovulcan in mensrights

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I had to explain it to my wife for our son. Glad we got ahead on that discussion, as it took her many weeks to accept the facts, and our son is not circumcised. My folks were genuinely remorseful at having circumcised me, but I don't hold it against them. They tried to make the best decision they could at the time, didn't know, and sought the advice of someone who should have known but didn't. It's not like they didn't care, it's just that the weight of popular appeal can just be so overwhelming.

PragerU is also fighting censorship (YouTube in this case) by neovulcan in censorship

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As one who identifies more libertarian than anything else, this makes sense. Always thought PragerU was a more right-leaning platform, but I identify more with the right than the left anyway, so this is acceptable.

As to the spirit of the lawsuit, I figured the predominant goal was reduced censorship, with actual government intervention being the thing neither party really wanted - with PragerU betting YouTube/Google would want government intervention even less.

Whether you agree with their views or not, they appear to fall well short of anything worth censoring (rationalizing racism, sexism, violence, etc), and they consistently present towards the top of the argument pyramid. For example, they posted this video claiming slavery was the cause of the US Civil War, which inspired this rebuttal. I'm not endorsing either video, but this kind of discussion is one of the reasons I come to the internet in the first place.

PragerU is also fighting censorship (YouTube in this case) by neovulcan in censorship

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Libertarians learning their first lesson about the terrible power of private property.

This statement has me a bit confused. Is PragerU a libertarian platform? Do libertarians not respect private property? I didn't think either was the case.

PragerU is also fighting censorship (YouTube in this case) by neovulcan in censorship

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Well, that's the worst case scenario. I'm sure they'd settle for their conservative videos getting unblocked. Most of their videos are reasonable from what I can tell, but they put them out so much faster than I can watch them.

PragerU is also fighting censorship (YouTube in this case) by neovulcan in censorship

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Basically, they outline that you can't be both a public forum and an independent platform, but YouTube is managing both. If PragerU's case prevails, YouTube should be forced to choose between censorship and their enhanced status as a public forum. Currently they're having their cake and eating it too.

Why the Military Is Building a Tunneling Earthworm by iraelmossadreddit in conspiracy

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How is this a conspiracy? I figure this belongs more in /s/technology

Anyone else dislike the Saidit slogan? by Guts in SaidIt

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"The last bastion of free speech on the internet" - while not literally true, it might inspire others to watch the censorship movement more closely

Fact-checking is for losers...apparently by neovulcan in WatchRedditDie

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I figured it's appropriate for this sub :-/

Normalizing fact-free arguments - it's like they're consciously refusing the top of the argument pyramid...and it's got more upvotes than this site has users :( by neovulcan in MeanwhileOnReddit

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I'd love to believe that those upvotes were all purchased by some leftist shill, but then I think about all the megachurch attendees and realize that's actually a lowball estimate for the number of morons we have to deal with.

Symphony of Science - A Glorious Dawn ft Carl Sagan and Stephen Hawking by neovulcan in MusicVideos

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Over a minute into it, and I can't say I've found anything wrong, but it's all pretty low on the argument pyramid :-/

When I say I'm an Einstein skeptic, I don't mean that he wasn't original, I'm saying the speed of light is just a speed (not a maximum), and the usefulness of his equations is probably incidental. I don't have the math to prove that last part, but after all these years, I'd think it'd be more widespread knowledge at the lower tiers of education.

THE GREAT BOYCOTT - a megathread on woke companies to boycott and their alternatives. by Aureus in politics

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So, Disney's never really been 'woke' until recently. If anything, the 'woke' line is damage control for their cartoons against blacks, jews, indians, asians, and pretty much anything you can think of. Here's the first link I found googling but I'm sure there's plenty of better examples. Now, I disagree with the 'woke' stance, even for Disney, but I'm highlighting them as having an actual reason, as it appears the rest of your list is just virtue-signaling for what I can only assume are marketing reasons.

Cartoons by their very nature are an exaggeration of reality. All features are exaggerated, not just the racist ones. If we replaced all the characters with stick figures, we'd still get some woke SJW complaining that stick figures are fat-shaming.

in the case of, say, Netflix, their product isn't categorically woke, so there's wiggle room to choose titles appropriately. If people aren't making it through an entire woke series, Netflix's algorithm should start sorting these garbage narratives to the bottom. If it isn't already, I'll submit Star Trek: Discovery as a prime example. That show is objectively bad even if you're of the woke mindset, and completely abysmal if you're not.

Nike is an easy boycott, even if it weren't for the woke narrative. The company was founded by a coach who crafted special shoes for his athletes, yet it's been taken over by people who make capitalism look evil. Exploitation of cheap labor in foreign countries, passive-aggressive judging for not having the same foot as your favorite athlete, high margins compared with craftsmanship...all without addressing the woke narrative. That's an easy boycott.

Even before COVID, professional sports were a bubble just waiting to be popped. Sure, an NFL game is better than your local high school game, but is it really hundreds of dollars better for that seat in the stadium? It wouldn't surprise me if the number of people realizing they're overpaying for things related to professional is increasing, and the woke narrative is just a hail mary to save the industry.

Symphony of Science - A Glorious Dawn ft Carl Sagan and Stephen Hawking by neovulcan in MusicVideos

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I'm an Einstein skeptic, but I don't have evidence. Care to share?

Symphony of Science - A Glorious Dawn ft Carl Sagan and Stephen Hawking by neovulcan in MusicVideos

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I'd believe it from Stephen, but Carl? I'm no astronomer, but he's got me convinced.

Anti-woke leftist looking for a place with less brain-rot. by [deleted] in Introductions

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Thanks to prolific sarcasm, I got to thinking "woke" was a contronym of some kind. Had to look it up. Yes, I can deal with less "woke" :-/

Do any of you still lurk on reddit? by Wrang1er in AskSaidIt

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Well, it's only been 5 days, but I used to check Reddit at least 3 times a day, now I'd guess about 3 times in the past 5 days. I would project the lurking continue to drop, but I still want to see if I can replicate some of the smaller subs that haven't gone to shit, and maybe reboot a couple of the bigger ones and see if any of it catches on.

Community was ahead of its time by neovulcan in funny

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121k you say? Probably not all bots at that rate. Still, I prefer the real people here.

Talking with a Democrat about systemic racism by neovulcan in politics

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I kept the original title but considered editorializing to that effect. It's the most comprehensive article on the topic I've found to date.

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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That's a fair philosophy. I honestly don't know how far the subsidies and sweetheart deals go, but I've always figured they were few and far between. I remember when the auto industry was collapsing, Ford was the only major American car maker that didn't take a bailout on government terms. Wouldn't a bailout like that come with terms?

Community was ahead of its time by neovulcan in funny

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In case anyone's interested, the accidental side effect of re-uploading this old meme to imgur was it completely blowing up. I did it all for Saidit, but I feel like an imgur star now.

What season is it? by neovulcan in funny

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I think they'll have to slow down shifting the focus of hysteria, lest people catch on. Covid season vs riot season is a prime example, but don't forget the failed hysteria over murder hornets, or also not long ago - climate change...again. Was Great Thunberg an expert on murder hornets too? I remember the climate change, covid, and race relations, because of course she's an expert on all these things :-/

DEAR NEW PEOPLE by x0x7 in whatever

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I have a few communities I'd like to port over or reboot. /r/explainbothsides hasn't gone to shit yet, but /r/explainlikeimfive too often has graduate level explanations. I figure this is a perfect time to reboot ELI5 in the same spirit as I tried with /r/trueexplainlikeimfive. perhaps ELI8?

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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So, as far as common ground, I'll agree left wing cancel culture has gone too far. Both their targets and their rationale leave much to be desired.

In defense of corporations in general, the individual right to free speech does not entitle that individual to the labor of those employed by the corporation. Simply speaking, you can say what you want, you just aren't entitled to, say, Facebook's platform to do it. If we truly want a platform we can petition to the government to moderate, perhaps we can petition our congressmen to fund www.socialmedia.gov, and pass laws to moderate it appropriately. I think we all know how efficient government is at, well, anything really.

What season is it? by neovulcan in funny

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Next election season isn't for four years :-/

Why not using the Pyramid of Debate instead of "Insightful"/"Fun"? by Marko15576 in SaidIt

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It's an argument pyramid, with the top being a refutation of some other central point. It'd be nice if every submission wasn't judged as how well it tears something else down.

How divisive have we become. Have you lost friends over your viewpoints? by PencilPusher55 in whatever

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I lost one friend, not too close, but we used to have good discussions - middle to top of the argument pyramid type stuff. Haven't heard from him in many years until I posted a link about certain Japanese corporations increasing productivity with a 4 day week. He proceeded to post socialist memes that weren't even relevant, and refused to make an actual argument. I was so convinced his account had been compromised that I unfriended him and sent a separate message to check his account. He doubled down that this was what he really believed, and we haven't spoken since.