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johnnyFive  ·  5 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Reddit bans 'The_Donald' forum in crackdown, Twitch suspends Trump's channel

It was about time for reddit's bi-annual "let's pretend we give a shit about hate speech," yes.

Also, noted shitheel Stefan Molyneux got banned from YouTube, which is nice.

Well, just so long as the neediest are taken care of.

johnnyFive  ·  9 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Even worse anti-encryption bill proposed in the Senate

I mean, it could be simpler, in that he hitched his horse to Trump when Trump was getting reasonably popular, and lacks the courage to change now.

johnnyFive  ·  9 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Even worse anti-encryption bill proposed in the Senate

It's weird, because he was pretty critical early on as I recall.

johnnyFive  ·  10 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Why Are Some Journalists Afraid of “Moral Clarity”?

OftenBen has at least part of the answer for sure.

But I see it as more of a reflection on a broader trend. Politically, Republicans were able to cast (and still do) liberals as not being "tough" enough, whether that meant being shitty to poor people and prisoners (which, in their minds, really meant "black people") or more generally being "pragmatic" or "realistic." Sacrifices are good, they argue, but the subtext is that they're good so long as they're not making them.

Sadly, the Democrats conceded the moral high ground long ago, and instead tried to argue on Republicans' terms while still somehow being against them. Everything's down to economics and numbers, and no one has the courage to say "this is going to be harder but it's the right thing to do anyway." The Democrats' primary argument has been that they see the world in the exact same terms, they're just less openly terrible about what they do with that worldview. Since this is how politicians have talked for 30+ years, it's unsurprising that it's infected the rest of "respectable" discourse.

johnnyFive  ·  10 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Our grip on Phase 2 is slipping

Our governor here in VA is talking about going to Phase 3 next week, which seems premature to say the least. We've been better off than a lot of states, and so far our "spike" has only been a flattening of the curve, i.e. the number of new cases isn't going down, but isn't going up either. So far. I'm hoping phase 3 gets delayed, given that less restrictions doesn't exactly seem like the formula for magically making the number of new cases start to decrease again.

johnnyFive  ·  11 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Unintended Consequence; I'm getting a raise

I'm trying to think about what he would hate the most.

johnnyFive  ·  12 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Unintended Consequence; I'm getting a raise

At the end of the day, we do a lot of the same public assistance programs as the Europeans, just in the dumbest, most inefficient way possible.

johnnyFive  ·  18 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Show hubski: midnight.pub

A cool concept (and I signed up) - I look forward to seeing how it goes.

johnnyFive  ·  19 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: The US Federal Reserve will start buying individual corporate bonds

I was just listening to Trash Future, specifically their episode on Quibi and why that service's existence is endemic of the broader problems in the current system, including zero interest rate policy. More on that here.

johnnyFive  ·  20 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: US Supreme Court backs protection for LGBT workers

Indeed, and I think this is something that judges do more often than not. But it also goes to show how ridiculous the whole "original intent" argument is, because that is still a matter of interpretation.

johnnyFive  ·  20 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: US Supreme Court backs protection for LGBT workers

I think people misunderstand his ideology - it's not conservative the way Alito and Thomas are conservative. He's much more of an old-school conservative: generally hands-off when it comes to government action, which can be good (civil liberties) and not good (regulation). But IMO anyone surprised by this hasn't been paying a ton of attention. Gorsuch wrote a dissenting opinion when he was a circuit judge saying that he didn't think police should be able to apply the "plain sight" doctrine after they knocked on a guy's door despite a "no trespassing" sign on the property line.

johnnyFive  ·  20 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: US Supreme Court backs protection for LGBT workers

I would suggest the Neil Gorsuch Project, which was set up when he was nominated.

johnnyFive  ·  24 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Confessions of a Former Bastard Cop

Right, but I guess what I mean is that we shouldn't stop being appropriately skeptical just because we like the message.

johnnyFive  ·  24 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Confessions of a Former Bastard Cop

I agree that it makes good points, but it's hypocritical IMO to complain about conservative media bias and the like while being perfectly okay with it when it supports what I believe.