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    Terrorist Attack at New Zealand mosques

    I think it's a little more complicated than that, but I do agree that their message about Islam tends to do more harm than good. It's not even that I disagree with the message itself, tbh. Islam is being used as a tool by a lot of strong-arm groups to oppress people, and it does need a reformation in parts of the world, fine. But do either of these guys really sound like they're talking to Muslims when they do their little dance about Islam, and the West, and blah blah blah? No, they're not. From Bill Maher it is especially galling as I believe he's on the record as saying he would never visit Asia or "radical muslim countries" in North AFrica. That being said, to accuse them of fear-mongering or implying that they were in any way responsible for violence against muslims, particularly on this scale, is an over-reaction. Especially in light of there actually being people out there making concerted efforts to radicalize young people into violence. White nationalists, religious fundamentalists of every type.
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    Terrorist Attack at New Zealand mosques

    I can go on the subway and find somebody who blames vampires for 9/11. What I meant was that I don't think anybody with any real influence over their careers, or any of those planning retaliatory acts of violence, would actually lay responsibility for these attacks on Sam Harris or Bill Maher.
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    Terrorist Attack at New Zealand mosques

    I don't think anyone is seriously blaming him for this. Some are using him or things he has said to vent their anger and sadness about what's happened, but that's just part of being in the public eye. I still remember my mother going on about Marilyn Manson having blood on his hands after Columbine happened, so I am sick of people like Harris talking about some hypothetical Orwellian Left trying to shut them down like it's this new thing that just came out of nowhere.
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    Terrorist Attack at New Zealand mosques

    I think Harris could do more to discourage that kind of audience, but chooses not to because that would mean selling fewer books. That being said, I think he's as horrified as anyone else by these attacks and blaming him or anyone like him is an understandable but also a somewhat knee-jerk response in the immediate wake of yet another large scale terrorist attack.
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    Terrorist Attack at New Zealand mosques

    Yeah I wouldn't call Sam Harris conservative by any stretch of the imagination. That being said, I think he's a lot more full of shit than Christopher Hitchens or Ayaan Hirsi Ali, or any of the other "new atheists" that he's always name-dropping. Maher is a professional jackass and not peers with any of these people, though his show can be worth watching for the guests. The problem I think many of the folks around here have with these guys is that while they themselves may have good intentions, their material, specifically the way it's presented, can have a kind of galvanizing effect on the prejudices of the simple or intellectually lazy.
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    Terrorist Attack at New Zealand mosques

    Man, the Jihadi sites are really working that footage.
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    U.S. Politics: Impoverished In Squalor

    Not sure how I feel about this...
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    U.S. Politics: Impoverished In Squalor

    Hey, Colbert agrees with me:
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    U.S. Politics: Impoverished In Squalor

    Ew. You owe Biden and Hernione apologies. What because that would violate the high standards of this White House? Also Belatrix is Ann Coulter, duh. Jeez, you people...
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    U.S. Politics: Impoverished In Squalor

    Trump did when he fired him. Then his testimony is like the memories that told Harry what he needed to know. So Mueller is Harry I guess?
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    U.S. Politics: Impoverished In Squalor

    Comey is Snape.
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    U.S. Politics: Impoverished In Squalor

    Sessions would obv be Kreacher if he were still on the team.
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    U.S. Politics: Impoverished In Squalor

    She references Harry Potter while calling most of the GOP cowards, and Trump all kinds of things.
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    U.S. Politics: Impoverished In Squalor

    Ana Navarro's response on the View was pretty delightful.
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    Popular Book series you’ve tried and failed to get into:

    Dresden Files, that Scott Lynch Oceans-Medieval stuff.
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