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  1. straits

    U.S. Politics: The Flood Shall Wash Away The Cobbs

    Is there a way to reframe this question, that would lead you to answer with a serious suggestion? What is your opinion on the US' role in the world, from the end of WW2 till today? I won't keep asking of course, it will derail the thread.
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    U.S. Politics: The Flood Shall Wash Away The Cobbs

    I understand that you don't have to entertain my curiosity here - as a person who spent most of their life in countries that the US bombed extensively (and thus biased), I would appreciate if I were pointed to credible sources of information or literature, which could lead an outside observer to conclude that the US is not effectively a rogue state, doing whatever its right wing parties please.
  3. Don't you think you should make a better argument against a system you deem unworkable? All you've presented here is sound bytes. They just want other people's money. Everyone gets demotivated and "look at Venezuela". Everyone is equally hungry and poor. "It's not 'real socialism'". These are arguments you see on meme websites. You should mention the political climate in which socialist-leaning governments have tried developing, and note the foreign policies their powerful neighbors have pursued in order to discourage this, by violence, regime change, or crippling sanctions if necessary. Using Venezuela and Cuba as examples is particularly hypocritical; I recommend you read "In the Name of Democracy: U.S. Policy Toward Latin America in the Reagan Years" by Thomas Carothers for more information on the subject.
  4. While it's not necessarily true that neither of them want blue coconuts, this is generally correct. I think the next logical question is, how long will it take for governing entities to concede that "free market" capitalism has some built-in paradoxical relationships that will make less and less sense as automation gains momentum. I think rather than Carusos letting go of their (questionably earned, certainly undeserved) capital in order to redesign the way modern society functions, they will be coerced to do so with pitchforks and guillotines.
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    u.s. media: lmao you thought politics was bad

    They've recently realized they aren't immune to pitchforks. https://www.theguardian.com/business/2017/oct/26/worlds-witnessing-a-new-gilded-age-as-billionaires-wealth-swells-to-6tn
  6. The general theme of BLM rhetoric is, as I understand it, equal rights for black Americans and fair treatment by law enforcement. This is easily distinguishable from the actions of a shooter who decided to kill cops without some specific directive from BLM. The rhetoric of a neo-Nazi rally, and generally the racist implications of alt-right "representatives" is not defensive or egalitarian in its tone. So the deliberate car ramming into a crowd of counter-protesters is more closely related to the actual rhetoric of the alt-right. So far it looked like and it sounded like neo-Nazism. With this attack it's also beginning to act like a radicalized group. It's safe to categorize it as a threat to the general populace, which is not the case with BLM.
  7. There's an asymmetry in the ideologies behind the murder of 5 cops in Dallas, and the car ramming in the neo-Nazi rally. Neither are justifiable, of course, but the decision of the shooter to kill cops comes from a place of historic oppression, where his ancestors (and possibly his family and community in this day and age) have been oppressed by law enforcement representatives. To some extent, maybe some of these crimes were perceived, and not real to the shooter himself, but that is beside the point. The decision of the neo-Nazi to ram into a crowd of counter-protesters, on the other hand, comes from a background of white supremacy, racism, and other unsavoury ideologies.
  8. It really looks like many of the commenters here are refusing to face this head-on. The law doesn't perfectly reflect what is considered morally upright behaviour, nor does violating it lead to a Mad Max wasteland. It's kind of interesting how this defense of free speech in the specific case of neo-Nazis implies that embattled ideologies will sort themselves out without government interference. Namely, that neo-Nazis will lose on the battleground of rhetoric because the spectating audience nation-wide will be turned off by their evil ideology. It's heartening to see people calling out this failed centrist proposal Interestingly, this defense is analogous to what you'd see in arguments that favour the free market and the idea that the markets will "regulate themselves".
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    Another thread about hiphop...

    I've been listening to more rap/hip hop (never learned the difference and not interested to learn it) the past year than usual and I found a few artists and groups I think are pretty interesting. I think Stormzy started out as a slightly self parodying artist who netted an audience with lighter tones and became slightly more serious later on. I'm also a big fan of the Australian group Hilltop Hoods.
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    Welcome to the forums, Cassana :) . There's an introduction thread pinned on top of the list here in General Chatter, you can post there as well if you want.
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    How would you rate episode 306?

    You don't think she has a heroic death coming along at some point?
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    Welcome all :) Ahaha....you are going to love aSoS.
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    No one else even knows what water polo is this far west! Anyways hydrodynamics was serious business in the school team :P
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    Thanks for the welcome :P
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    Hello, my name is Adam and I've been following the SoIaF books since I turned fourteen. Two years after that I discovered this site and I've been lurking here ever since. Now I'm twenty. It's a long time to lurk. I know you people. I'm half Libyan and half Serbian, studying engineering in England. Ask me for anything else =D.