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Comment: Re:Local and small (Score 1) 268 268

This is still a terrible measure, because bible-belt Southerners average close to 7%, while New Englanders average under 3% (source [philanthropy.com]).

It's also a terrible measure because giving to a church is not always the same as giving to a charity. Not saying that all churches aren't charities, just that some spend quite a lot less on charitable works than some other charities.

Comment: I am not ashamed (Score 1) 408 408

"It has to become socially unacceptable to admit to another human being that you are VPNing into U.S. Netflix" I am Canadian. I occasionally vpn into a US server to watch US netflix. Heck, I've even vpn'ed into European countries just to see what they get. I have never sat in the penalty box for 2 minutes to feel shame. Generally, though, I stick to Canadian netflix because it's good enough and it's a wee bit of a hassle to vpn to a US server. It's only a wee hassle. Don't go telling me how easy it is. I get it. It's just clicking a couple of buttons.

Comment: Re: News for nerds (Score 5, Informative) 866 866

your post is a little tl;dr for me, so forgive me if I'm focusing on the wrong details here.

But:

"scientism claims that life after death is impossible"

Science makes no such claims. "Science" would say that there's no credible evidence of life after death therefore it probably doesn't exist. Should credible evidence arise, "science" will re-evaluate.

Comment: Re:Was impressed until.. (Score 1) 144 144

The US is the only western country not to provide some sort of healthcare...and you think everybody else is wrong.

I'll be sure to throw you a couple of bucks when you get sick and lose everything and become homeless. Just make sure you have a witty cardboard sign. I like those.

Comment: For the children! (Score 1) 764 764

..yes, and there is one area (which you mention) in which he feels he can help so he is.

He can't be a positive role model to black kids because he's not black*. He can't be a role model to disabled kids because he's not disabled*. He's doing what he can to help in one specific usecase. His efforts should be appreciated by everybody.

*I acknowledge you shouldn't be excluded from being a role model if you don't share the same skin colour or able-bodiness. But if you share those attributes I presume it creates a closer connection.

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