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Comment Re:That's easy (Score 1) 401

My father grew up in an orphanage.
My mother grew up in a housing project.

I am college educated and own my home. Their hard work elevated us into the middle class. I have access to resources that my parents didn't and it's because they took part in the process of moving from the 'outside' to the 'inside'.


Comment I hate football (Score 4, Insightful) 185

but I have to say that coaches like Belichick are the reason why the NFL feels the need to take such precautions. If they didn't, some coach would get the idea to use spotters and/or directional mics to eavesdrop on opposing teams and send the information to the coach, who would then relay it to the men on the field.


Comment Re:The war on speech is already being waged.... (Score 1) 377

No it's not, because everbody KNOWS the first one really means the second one.

No, everyone doesn't know that because it's not true.

The term for that is 'dog whistles' - when you say words that incite violence and disguise it *just enough* that you'll be hard to convict in a court while making damn sure nobody is mistaken about what you meant.

Most of us understand what dog whistles are and people of all political persuasions make use of them. If the words do not directly convey the message, you're talking about Thought Crime. I'm not willing to go down that road and fortunately, I still have the right to vote based on that position.

Besides which - pain is not the issue, actual neural scarring is. Which has been proven to be a potential consequence from a pattern of abusive words.

Citation Needed


Comment Re:The war on speech is already being waged.... (Score 1) 377

If you still believe that ignoring hate speech can prevent injury then you are about 30 years behind the scientific facts.

In order to hurt me with words, I would have to value one's opinion.

Even if you ignore that words themselves CAN do permanent, real, physical harm to a person - you still run into the problem that advocating violence (which is what most hate speech is under) will cause OTHERS to wield sticks and stones.

There is a clear line. Between simple speech and advocacy or inducement.

Saying "#Person is a piece of shit #Slur and I hope he dies!" is far different than saying "#Person is a piece of shit #Slur and one of us should pick up a #Weapon and blow his fucking brains out!"

You can choose to allow the former to cause you pain.


Comment Re:The war on speech is already being waged.... (Score 1) 377

Sticks and stones being wielded by people in order to assault and injure? That act is illegal. Not the sticks and stones themselves, but the act of wielding them in such a way.

If ignoring the sticks and stones could prevent injury, it wouldn't be necessary to do anything about them.


Comment solid advise (Score 1) 280

Whenever I'm out of my mind enough to look at the world as an outsider, I would advise any aliens to take off and nuke the site from orbit. Though they certainly have some way to just kill off the human species and let evolution try again. Come back in a million years (surely you've managed age) and check if earth intelligence v2.0 is better.

We definitely want to find them first, so we can check if we can conquer, enslave and economically exploit them. If not, to buy us time to improve our military until we can. We didn't claw our way to the top of the food chain for no reason, right?

Comment Re:Wow, spend $3billion? (Score 1) 161

Zuck seems to think that just because he's brilliant with computers (and making money with computers), he's brilliant at other things.

That's not his fault, it's an american culture deficit. In the USA, success equals smart equals good. People read all these "do these 10 things successful people do" without stopping one second to think that there's zero evidence for a causal relation. Or in simpler terms: Yes, maybe twenty successful people do X, but so do thousands or millions of unsuccessful people.

But yes, throwing money at a problem seems to be a typical response these days. Don't even look at what the problem actually is, just throw money at it. It has something religious.

Comment Re:Get out of your city more often (Score 2) 274

Here in Europe, private ownership of cars could go the way of the Dodo bird and many people would welcome it.

The main differences:

One - our cities are older and streets smaller, the insanity that is hundreds of thousands of people each driving in a huge metal box that is mostly empty becomes visible very fast under such conditions. Parking in most European cities is a nightmare.

Two - we actually have working public transport.

I would be more than happy to use self-driving taxis in the city, and keep my car only for long-distance trips where train is not a good choice for some reason (remote village, castle, animal park, whatever in the countryside, etc.)

Maybe americans love their cars so much - but half of them also liked slavery and anyway it was abolished.

Comment translation (Score 2) 53

revealing the different models of IMSI catchers the force owned would make the devices more vulnerable to hacking.

In other words: There is at least one audit report giving them very bad marks on security and they don't have the time, budget or expertise to fix the problem. Basically, they should be treated as if they are already hacked by an unknown party or two.

You are not afraid of disclosing basic information unless you cover up known vulnerabilities.

Comment Re: In other words. . . (Score 2) 314

I favor the libertarian model. Just to be clear, I'm not a Libertarian but I like many points of their philosophy.

Many people are surprised by this because as a black man, they don't expect that I'd argue in favor of someone's right to discriminate but yes. If you want to discriminate, it should be legal BUT you have to face the consequences of that decision.

I suspect that the vast majority of the people I know, of all racial backgrounds, would refuse to do business with someone who mistreated me just as I would refuse to do business with someone who had mistreated them.

Being that this is AirBNB, a private entity, I like it. If you're going to discriminate, they will not do business with you.

The power of the Free Market at works.


Comment Re:258,000 results[ Re:Russian disinformation...] (Score 1) 531

About 258,000 results (0.49 seconds), according to Google over here. Doesn't Google work over there?

You made the claim, you bring the evidence.

Ok, your first 3 are all from the same source, the NATO. Hardly unbiased.

DW is a respectable medium, as are most of the following (I don't know about "UA position").

From these articles, I admit you are in part right. There is propaganda being made.

The fact that all of the articles center on the same three points (the false rape case, Sputnik and unnamed NATO officials) makes me believe the scope is not as huge as the typical western propaganda wants us to believe. For 70 years we've been told the same story - that evil russians are ready to invade/conquer/mind-control us as soon as we let down our guard.

I've travelled to Russia. I will tell you one thing: No country in the world is remembering WW2 and its horrors as much as Russia. These are not people waiting for an opportunity to start a war.

Here's the funny thing: Propaganda in Russia and propaganda in the west sounds very similar. The other guy is threatening and evil. We are the good guys defending us and our friends. We stay calm despite their constant aggression. They are irrational and dangerous.

My russian isn't good enough to follow the russian news, but I wish it were. I'm quite sure it would be enlightening to watch both US and Russian news every evening.

So yes, there is some propaganda being done, you've convinced me of that. I don't think it is of the fear-inducing scale that you claim it is, and from what I see around me - including russian-born friends I have - the media exaggerates. Just like the guy who's leads a club that 6% of the local russians are members in, but he claims to speak for all of them. Exaggeration is the backbone of propaganda - on both sides.

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