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I'm a 24 year old eternal student. I never want to stop learning. I'm interested in physics, math, philosophy, psychology, education, and literature. I'm optimistic about the world and the future.

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Odder  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: The Paranoid Style in American Politics

    Article — From the November 1964 issue


I figured it was something like that.

BBC was supposed to be one of the good ones, but it looks like they're jumping to conclusions too fast just like everybody else...

But the article and title in the link are the exact opposite of the title you posted...

The article says Putin will not expel US diplomats in response to sanctions.

Of course it would be Swarthmore. When I visited there, they pushed the "Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings literary studies" angle pretty hard.

I didn't apply....

Odder  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Why US liberals are now buying guns too

Yeah, the liberal platform has pretty much always been gun control, not gun removal. Some liberals do oppose private gun ownership entirely, but afaik they're a minority.

We Americans love our guns. It's a major cultural difference between the US and Western Europe.

Odder  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Attack in Berlin

He is a bigot, and bigots like him and Donald Trump and Charlie Hebdo have a rather direct effect on the Us vs. Them mentality that both sides use to perpetuate the conflict. ISIS knows that by killing 10 people in Europe, they can get a bombing, some stupid tweet from the president-elect, and a thinkpiece by a pundit like Harris on the evils inherent in Islam. All of these, to varying degrees, serve to recruit new members to ISIS.

Odder  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Attack in Berlin

You don't try to identify them unless you're a fascist looking for a scapegoat. You ask yourself what sort of conditions in society cause these people to become murderers. You won't be able to entirely eliminate murderers, but you can reduce the number down.

I'm going to take the bait and assume that the driver was probably muslim, likely an immigrant or first-generation, and even possibly a refugee. If this is the case, it doesn't mean that muslims are evil, or that Islam is a terrible corrupting influence on the mind, or whatever Sam Harris is talking about these days. It means that there is a very real conflict between some people from majority muslim countries and some people from majority non-muslim countries, based on the history between those countries. But it's not like people from Indonesia, or any other Muslim country the west hasn't been meddling with, are driving cars into traffic in Europe.

No, there won't. It's programmed unintentionally into our system of government that two-party systems prevail. You are preaching idealism. I am preaching math.

Odder  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Attack in Berlin

I have no idea what else "assault trucks" could have been referring to.

Odder  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Attack in Berlin

Don't you think it's a bit crass to use a tragedy that had nothing to do with guns to push your own agenda on gun control?

Odder  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Star Wars Rogue One Bamboozles You

    a decade ago

Sorry to be pedantic and all, but 1994 was over two full decades ago. o_O

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