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Comment Not really a liberal attack (Score 1) 587

From that article, it seems people were being excluded for having certain opinions (ostensibly right-leaning ones) by others who thought of themselves as "liberal". But I don't see how anyone willing to enact such a policy of judging the messenger could be considered "liberal" by any measure.

Is there a word for the illiberal who nonetheless see themselves as liberal?

Comment Re:Is wasn't before it was (Score 4, Informative) 87

The order to take the videos offline was sent to all media companies. These orders are always secret, but a worker at the office of a Shanghai media company decided to leak the document. In this document, the Public Relations Department (literally Propaganda Dept, but "propaganda" doesn't have negative connotations in Chinese) orders the video taken down and that all media organizations must cease covering the topic. It cites the upcoming Lianghui ("Meeting of Two") government conference, and a pressing need for "online harmony" to precede those governmental deliberations as the reason, saying the public debate has gotten too popular/heated. So it looks like they had a change of mind after seeing the massive response. Report also says the worker has been suspended.

Comment Re: further translation needed (Score 1) 240

8chan was basically what happened when moot (who was 4chan's admin until his retirement a few weeks ago) banned #gamergate and fucked with /pol/

No, only the /gg/ board, and later /gamergate/ board came to be as you have described. 8chan itself (or infinitechan, the 8 representing a lemniscate) started over a year ago, which was many months before gamergate, when Brennan, having seen the many other *chans sprout up over the years in the aftermath of repeated censorship on 4chan, decided to create a hybrid of Reddit and 4chan.

Comment Re:Oh God, not again (Score 3, Insightful) 740

Here's the quote with the context that was omitted by Salon and by the submitter

“We vaccinate ours, and so, you know that’s the best expression I can give you of my opinion. You know it’s much more important what you think as a parent than what you think as a public official. And that’s what we do. But I also understand that parents need to have some measure of choice in things as well, so that’s the balance that the government has to decide.”

So it seems it's not so much an issue of scientific illiteracy as it is one of political hedging and cowardice.
That the media chose to run with the former as its narrative is revealing, both of the political allegiances of those media outlets and of Christie's complete naivete.

Comment Re:The least welcome news (Score 3, Informative) 184

Actually, 4chan, to this day is still dealing with a pedo problem on its /sp/ Sports board. It's the reason why none of the *chan archival sites out there are willing to archive /sp/. The vast majority of those now on 8chan first went there when Gamergate became banned on the whole of 4chan -- even just posting the word got you banned. A few months after that, word filters were implemented on /pol/ Politically Incorrect, turning it into a playground for /b/, resulting in a second wave of migration.

4chan's "intolerance" of certain subjects/people remains selective and capricious, and in no way accurately portrayed in your post.

Comment Exactly (Score 1) 106

Open-minded people are more accepting of diversity, and will in the aggregate have relatively more diverse teams.
Open-minded people are more accepting of different ideas, and will in the aggregate have relatively more ways of solving a problem.

This does not mean having a diverse team will result in having more ways of solving a problem. Gathering a bunch of like-minded dogmatists from different races/genders is unlikely to result in any benefit.

What is now proved was once only imagin'd. -- William Blake