"Capitalism is why there are six empty houses in this country for every homeless person. Capitalism is why we waste 40 percent of our food. Capitalism is why 200 species went extinct today. Capitalism is why we go to war for oil. Capitalism is why your kid is going to die in a water riot." by EndlessSunflowers in LateStageCapitalism

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I am intrigued by the concept of a gift Economy, where an individual's social standing is based not on how much they own, but on how much they give and how the giving makes things better. Unfortunately it is rather fragile, and likely to be exploited by greedy people.

Make America Great Again by EndlessSunflowers in WayOfTheBern

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How!

I was thrown out of a helicopter when I was a child by [deleted] in claims

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that's horrible. so sorry.

What makes you feel old? by Light_Aura in AskSaidIt

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When the restaurant doesn't ask, they just give you the senior discount.

What do you miss about the internet circa 2009? by compultantuser in AskSaidIt

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before all the good news sources put up pay walls

"Autoritätsdusel ist der größte Feind der Wahrheit." / "Unthinking respect for authority is the greatest enemy of truth." ~ Albert Einstein by JasonCarswell in quotes

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If I'm using google translate correctly, "Autoritätsdusel " is a compound word made of two words:

Autoritäts = of authority, and

dusel = fluke, luck, happenstance

The rest of the phrase translates directly. Maybe it should be: Accidental authority is the greatest enemy of truth.

The sense being, just because someone has credentials doesn't necessarily mean they know everything, but it is hard to convince people that you are right when you contradict authority.

Anti-work by Snow in quotes

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How does a society function if everyone has the child's attitude? Who will grow the crops? Who will make the clothes? Who will build the houses? Who will keep the internet working? Where will all the consumer goods come from? One component of a happy life: Find joy rather than drudgery in doing the things that need to be done. That is what Grandpa is trying to teach. He offers it with love. He wants you grow up to live in a happy functioning society, not a distopia where problems fester because no one will do any slave-work.

Reply me if you are an atheist/agnostic/anti-theist by Snow in atheism

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I wouldn 't spend too much energy hating. For the most part, the stuff the theists choose to believe doesn't make a bit of difference.

How declining church attendance harms society by dcjogger in news

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some say the Unitarian Universalists are that.

Came across a small thing, thought I would throw it out here by i_cansmellthat in Collusion

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releasing sterile mosquitos (edit: not GMO according to the web page) looks like it's gone commercial https://mosquitomate.com/how-it-works/. Old news. The latest is a gmo fungus that attacks the bloodsuckers http://www.digitaljournal.com/tech-and-science/science/essential-science-transgenic-fungus-kills-malaria-mosquitoes/article/551152

🤡🤡🤡Boston has issued a permit for a ‘Straight Pride’ parade in August🤡🤡🤡 by sawboss in ClownWorld

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Mahatma Gandhi is reputed to have said: First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.

As a corrollary, if you can keep ignoring those you wish to disempower, you probably are going to be more successful, since you remain further from their victory.

AG Barr Was Asked About Concern over His Reputation, His Response Is Hilarious | Restoring Liberty by JasonCarswell in politics

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He has given up his youthful dream of being a hero.

Did the Rothschilds pay to have a Denail of Service attack on Saidit? by wendolynne in conspiracy

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and a community was under attack. That is similar.

Did the Rothschilds pay to have a Denail of Service attack on Saidit? by wendolynne in conspiracy

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Well, not really very much like Beowulf, except:

  1. you can't understand what they are talking about
  2. (Spoiler alert) the troll dies at the end.

Did the Rothschilds pay to have a Denail of Service attack on Saidit? by wendolynne in conspiracy

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just like in Beowulf

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest [1975] by 5000et in streaming

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I read the book - it's written in a Russian-English pidgin. I was studying Russian at the time. I was incredible being able to understand it without using the glossary. Kinda lost sight of how horrible the content was, because I was conquering the language.

What's wrong that people on OpieAndAnthony sub think everyone who disagree with themselves are gay? by Snow in SaidIt

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It's one way of starting a fight. They expect you to feel insulted and to defend yourself. Some people like to fight.

Did the Rothschilds pay to have a Denail of Service attack on Saidit? by wendolynne in conspiracy

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"denail" - guess you would use a claw hammer for that.

If you had control of a botnet designed for DDoS, you might want to test it. So you might seek web sites for target practice. You find a web-based community small enough that you won't attract too much attention, and kind enough to let you in. You command your bots to join and to contribute to the community. Being bots, they don't have a lot to contribute to the conversation, but being bots, that doesn't stop them. As the botnet creators are generally adversarial, these bots carry a lot of antagonistic patterns in their database. Rational discourse is not part of their design.

The community watches as these newcomers fill the forum with gibberish. The bot masters test the limits of the community, trying to find how far they can go without being banned.

The bots attempt to invoke hatred in the community as a cover for their exploits.

What's wrong that people on OpieAndAnthony sub think everyone who disagree with themselves are gay? by Snow in SaidIt

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Could be. They seem to be a bit immature in addition to being insecure.

What's up with the FLOOD of OpieAndAnthony posts? by axb in SaidIt

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Gearing up for a denial of service attack, would be my guess.

What's wrong that people on OpieAndAnthony sub think everyone who disagree with themselves are gay? by Snow in SaidIt

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Bottom of the pyramid behavior. Name calling.

The rising era of 無敵の人 (invincible person/people). by Snow in politics

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yes please, a learning chinese sub!

Came across a small thing, thought I would throw it out here by i_cansmellthat in Collusion

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iirc, the plan was to release sterile insects to decrease the birth rate (hatch rate?) and thus the population. The genetically modified would not reproduce, so the disaster scenarios are minimized. That's the theory.

The OnA refugees could pose an issue to the principles of Saidit by SpeakEasy in SaidIt

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Maybe when they realize that no body is down-voting them, the fun will go out of being so bad. If there is way to measure how bad you are...

‘It’s Raining Plastic’: Researchers Find Microscopic Fibers in Colorado Rain Samples by Stankmango in environment

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Future geologists will be able to date shales formed in the 21st century by the amount of plastics in a layer.

<Uni> What do you think of the different interpretations of quantum mechanics? by zyxzevn in AskScience

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You cannot observe something without affecting it. Like wildlife photography, in order to get that picture of the heron chicks, you had to invade their nesting site. Or debugging software, to see the value of the variable you had to interrupt the operation. there is no passive observer. Everything you observe is changed because you saw it.

Autoharp Solo by magnora7 in music

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We had autoharps in elementary school music class. We were taught to strum chords. Picking tunes like this was not taught, and a revelation the first time I heard/saw it done.

We’ll soon know the exact air pollution from every power plant in the world. That’s huge. - Satellite data plus artificial intelligence equals no place to hide. by magnora7 in environment

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here's an interesting web site. click on "earth" in the lower left to get to the menu, to see the different types of data.

https://earth.nullschool.net/#current/wind/surface/level/orthographic=-34.03,51.42,445

What conspiracy theory do you believe to be true? by EndlessSunflowers in MeanwhileOnReddit

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Perhaps something similar has been discovered, and we have no idea what it really is.

What conspiracy theory do you believe to be true? by EndlessSunflowers in MeanwhileOnReddit

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So, the attributes of an advanced civilization: plastic technology and a short attention span.
The word 'plastic' means changeable, by the way. Our plastic technology is approximately 100 years old. plastics deform easily - relatively low heat deforms them. grease reacts with tupperware. Hard plastics are brittle, shatter easily. If an ancient civilization had invented DVDs, and Medieval people found one, would they have any idea how to read it?

And just like that... by useless_aether in memes

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immigrants work. Farmers rely on cheap labor. Their economic contribution is larger than their drain on services. The real problem is they drive wages down. Part of the race to the bottom.

"Origins of the Bible" - William Propp by wendolynne in AlternativeHistory

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he's like a Jewish Bart Ehrman, a historian looking at the origins of the Old Testament.

What conspiracy theory do you believe to be true? by EndlessSunflowers in MeanwhileOnReddit

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Once you abandon the "young Earth" mindset, you can look at certain things in a different light. Egypt has some artifacts created with technology at our level or better. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a7d-hjlU0O4

What conspiracy theory do you believe to be true? by EndlessSunflowers in MeanwhileOnReddit

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Every so often a religion or a nation will come along that feels obligated to destroy the works of previous civilizations. A recent example: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/afghanistan/1326063/After-1700-years-Buddhas-fall-to-Taliban-dynamite.html It's not hard to imagine the Christians of yore destroying any evidence which contradicted their assertion that the earth was created 6000 years ago. they certainly destroyed the histories and science maintained by pagan people of Northern Europe (i.e. the witch burnings) and the Inca in South America. It's not hard to imagine that something similar might have happened over and over in the past 200,000 years that homo sapiens has been around, according to the current theories of modern anthropologists. Objects made of metals oxidize fairly quickly - copper buckles have turned into green smears in archaeological sites only 500 years old. While hiking in the wilderness I have come across abandoned automobiles less than 100 years old that are just rust, barely holding the shape of a car. I sincerely doubt micro-circuitry is going to last for millennia without careful conservation. Plastics either.

Glaciers have tremendous power to grind stone objects into gravel, very little would still be recognizable if it was built in the path of the Ice Age glaciers.

So I think your estimation of probability is a bit low.

"The last thing we should do is cut back on policing the world. I remember when World War 2 ended the great depresssion." by JasonCarswell in WarWatch

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"It's the economy, stupid." -James Carville.

the argument is that the "war economy" spreads money around, jump-starting spending. On the other hand, using valuable resources for destruction makes us all poorer - a negative-sum game.

Is it war? Or murder? by magnora7 in WarWatch

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and occasionally you can hear the overtones suggesting the intention of genocide. It is hard to see a path to peace, as Israel is unlikely to eliminate all its neighbors that it has animosity towards, yet shows little inclination towards abiding by treaties or respecting boundaries. The US taxpayer is unlikely to subsidize the conflict to the level of eradication, so the conflict simmers. Over the 70-some years of Israel's existence we see very little progress towards peace. Perhaps, like the storm that is Jupiter's red spot, this war will continue in perpetuity.

April 19, 2019 Topic- Is Illegal Immigration a Financial Drain on the US Economy? by SecretlyHistoric in PoliticalDebate

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thanks for the warning. Links have been added to support my position.

April 19, 2019 Topic- Is Illegal Immigration a Financial Drain on the US Economy? by SecretlyHistoric in PoliticalDebate

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And the focus on financials runs roughshod over human decency, environmental concerns, and the rule of law. Why should your corporation be allowed to ruin our quality of life? https://helpsavenature.com/externalized-costs

April 19, 2019 Topic- Is Illegal Immigration a Financial Drain on the US Economy? by SecretlyHistoric in PoliticalDebate

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Here in Iowa, back in the 1970's, meat packing was unionized, and a meat packer could make a good living, support a family, save for retirement. http://www.pbs.org/now/shows/250/meat-packing.html Field work like detassling corn was a quick way to make some money. Now these are low-wage jobs, and every so often ICE will come, arrest and deport a bunch of people. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Postville_raid But meat prices are lower, so there is that. Small family farmers are no longer the norm. The economics are quite different. You ask "Do illegal immigrants help the US financially?" but I don't see a monolithic "the US", I see a many-faceted economy and culture. Corporate interests are served by the low-wage workers that are easily cheated and manipulated with threats of deportation, and this erodes a certain level of decency in society. When I approached a lawmaker about wage theft - workers not being paid https://www.wagetheft.org/faq - he seemed to think that only citizens deserved the protection of government. Your question seems to suggest that our neighbors are not deserving of public services. Shame on us if we fail to be compassionate!

And just like that... by useless_aether in memes

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the study you linked was published in 2008. People's opinions can change. Get some more recent data. A city does not become a sanctuary city by unilateral decision of the mayor. Rather, the general population is involved, and often is the driving force to make it happen.

Saidit, what if we showed who voted on everything? by magnora7 in AskSaidIt

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it would be like facebook 'likes'. you could see who agrees with you. cliches would form.

Welfare is designed to keep you poor. As soon as you start earning more money, they cut all of your benefits off faster than they are replaced by wages. by magnora7 in politics

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Another line is Disability. So sad that the disabled are discouraged from trying to do anything for economic gain because the fear of losing financial support. Earning a few dollars can build confidence.

Learn from the French! Protesting works. by magnora7 in WorldPolitics

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I've heard it said that in the US, the people fear the government, while in France it't the other way around - the government fears the people.

Are Sloths Low Tier? by magnora7 in videos

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David Attenborough says boo to a sloth: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ndMKTnSRsKM

Although the extremely weak muscles insure that the meat is stringy and there's not much of it, and the moss growing on the fur would make them unappetizing for most predators, so it should get some survival points for that adaptation. Sure they are easy to catch, but why would you want to?

touch-screen disabled when following links by wendolynne in help

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This is a flip laptop, I noticed it when I flipped to tablet mode.

Can VR solve problems caused by social media? by s8cyprks in technology

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There were bullies long before the internet. indeed, throughout history lynching, witch burning, genocide - it's part of the human condition. What's new is the easy public forum. Used to be you had to have access to a printing press or a radio tower to spread your opinions, and generally (but not always) there were social controls preventing the spread of hate-speech by those media. Haters might grumble at the dinner table, or form small clubs to share their hate, but they couldn't put it out there in such a big way. As for VR as an answer - Not everyone will use VR to join the discussion - I'm using a QWERTY keyboard. Not sure what your vision is. By experiencing VR discussion groups, as if you were on a TV talk show? people are going to be nice to each other. Plenty of TV talk shows are not so civil.

touch-screen disabled when following links by wendolynne in help

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As usual, as soon as I report a problem, it cures itself. cannot reproduce at the moment. So I have to say this is intermittent.

Socialism destroys by voter in politics

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The greater the economic divide, the greater the appeal of revolutionary change. When the rich keep getting richer, while schools are crumbling in need of repair, while drinking water is poisoned, while life-sustaining medicine is not affordable, while jobs pay less than a living wage - so long as the damage and inequality is deep and tragic, socialism attracts. Those who make peaceful revolution impossible make violent revolution inevitable. If you wish to avoid a full-up socialist revolution, tweak your capitalism to end the evil it produces. Capitalism fails when the leaders take the "let them eat cake" attitude, failing to act for the greater good only to line their own pockets. Now what were you saying about pre-existing conditions?

Coke and Kellogg’s among major firms to pledge to cut all plastic waste by useless_aether in environment

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Was it only 50 years ago that food came in glass jars or waxed paper cartons? Pop bottles were filled over and over, not just once? Shouldn't be too hard to get there again.