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Comment Re:Nothing like fudging the number (Score 1) 97

If I round up, it makes the game look better than it is. If I round down, I am being giving an inaccurate portray of how I really feel.

You are but one drop of rain in a monsoon. Ratings *should* appropriately dither over the aggregate, so the few who are in the middle will likely half vote up, while half vote down.

While up/down may not be entirely fair, there's really more options for manipulation in a star rating system. By removing zero-star ratings as an option, they can artificially inflate scores. By changing the textual labels (what if 4-stars was described as "Just Okay"?) they can manipulate people into rating higher. And in general, companies are biased to WANT higher ratings, so you'll be more likely to stay around longer, spending more money, so whatever system they design is going to err or the high side.

Comment Re:Why is Holocaust Denial Such a Huge Deal? (Score 1) 429

Aspiration cannot be freely rewarded in an economy unless it is growth-oriented; if the amount of money in the economy never changes (which I presume is what was intended by 'sustainable'), then rewarding wealth production merely results in a slower and less predictable form of deflation and is not stable. Off the top of my head, a sensible compromise might be awarding bonuses for exemplary work, on top of a fixed UBI, that must be spent within a certain timespan, but personally I'm of the opinion that any economy that isn't totally post-money is flawed at best.

Comment Re:Why is Holocaust Denial Such a Huge Deal? (Score 1) 429

I agree with you wholeheartedly; my reservations—how the hell did we get onto this subject?—are entirely about ensuring that all the members of the economy are able to continue participating. Without that, social instability will inevitably destabilize any attempt at an adiabatic balance.

Comment Re: Google as gatekeeper of truth (Score 1) 429

...I don't understand why you're asking me this, or why you didn't even bother looking it up on Wikipedia. The records were burned and it took more than one analysis to determine the correct figures. As far as I can tell, the plaques still say 1.5 million. If there is a plaque that says 'thousands', it's probably in reference to a more specific part of the camp.

Comment Re:Why is Holocaust Denial Such a Huge Deal? (Score 1) 429

I find it highly unlikely that automation will improve any economy, given that it essentially cuts the lower classes out of the economy entirely. A system of universal basic income would be necessary to offset the inevitable sequestration, as such a situation is severely non-ergodic. This is a classic problem with the pursuit of wealth; if you don't put it back somehow, eventually no one else has anything left to spend.

Comment Re: Google as gatekeeper of truth (Score 1) 429

Meanwhile we're expected to believe that those 11.5 million people were gassed in shower rooms with wooden doors with insecticide used to get rid of the lice that cause typhus.

This is erroneous; considering just Jews, Eichmann's estimate is that about 4 million of the 6 million Jews killed during the Holocaust died in concentration camps (from all possible causes), and that the remaining two million were killed under other circumstances. Gas chambers with Zyklon B were used to kill an estimated one million people, and it definitely did work, given that the main ingredient was hydrogen cyanide. Surely you've seen this? Further reading: this and this.

I'll grant that "emotional blackmail" on "various stances on issues unrelated to Jews" sounds unethical from how you've summarized it, but de-legitimizing the Holocaust won't allow you to get back at your teachers.

Comment Re: Google as gatekeeper of truth (Score 1) 429

The Israelis—who are definitely not the entirety of the world's population of Jews—view themselves as defending their own existence. The situation in Palestine (which, by all accounts, is awful) has as much to do with thousands of years of tribal conflict between groups that have frequently been hellbent on destroying each other, which is nothing alien to that geographic region or cultures from it. To condemn such unexceptional behavior is to condemn everywhere from the Balkans to central Africa (and further). It's quite a bit different when a supposedly civilized Westerner decides he feels like taking over Europe and drags his country back to that stage of development by identifying a scapegoat that was provably incapable of accomplishing the misdeeds attributed to it. Despite its ambitions, Israel is not yet quite mature enough as a social democracy to be held to the same standards of behavior.

Comment Re: Google as gatekeeper of truth (Score 4, Insightful) 429

It has to do with an attempt to manipulate the Overton window; neofascists have historically attempted (and still attempt currently) to downplay the Holocaust and accuse Jews of fabricating or exaggerating it. By doing so, they aim to make Hitler's regime (and by association, themselves) appear less unreasonable, and to maintain opportunities for public discussion about the supposed untrustworthiness of Jews in general by accusing them of pretending to have been victimized. It's more strategically useful than taking responsibility for the Final Solution, which creates a comparatively foreboding and unapproachable image of SS officers in gas masks.

This is the same strategy employed by 'fake news' stories on Facebook: assert that your enemy is doing something bad, thereby making your followers more hostile to them, and, hopefully, tipping the balance of opinion for those who are undecided. Most propaganda works this way.

Comment Re:Why is Holocaust Denial Such a Huge Deal? (Score 1) 429

Germany's immigrants aren't unemployable; they go to Germany for work. Otherwise, Germany wouldn't've been soliciting for them in the first place. How did you get "predominately male" without understanding the rest of that?

Racial boundaries were an easy scapegoat in the thirties because the cultures within Germany had a strong sense of individual identity, and generally kept to themselves, breeding mutual distrust. While there's a lot of tension there today, the country is moving toward acceptance, and has made great strides in the past half-century. I'd put good money on them being one of the last bastions of tolerance in a hypothetical doomsday scenario wherein all of Europe south of Scandinavia succumbs to bigotry and xenophobia.

...Granted, that may not happen, now that Geert Wilders is expected to be slipping in the poles, but we'll find out tomorrow, once the Dutch election is over.

Comment Re:Searching for racism (Score 3, Interesting) 429

...Why would a naive searcher believe racism is a thing of the past? Where are you seeing sources that claim this? You don't need to personally witness an atrocity to accept that it's happening. The first hit for that query actually returns Racism in the United States, which has an appreciable "Present" section. Similarly, I'm pretty sure most people today take it at face value that the holocaust happened without personally having to see photographic evidence of it.

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