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nil  ·  1 day ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: The Last Children of Down Syndrome

I can understand your point of view but what I don't understand are which ailments make a person able to exist and which don't.

An antinatalist would argue that all births are wrong because existence is suffering.

Preventable disability and sickness only apply to the living. COVID-19 is preventable. The choice here is not "disease and sickness" versus health, it is disease and sickness versus non-existence.

nil  ·  3 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: And Now we Know his Name

    the problem here is the confrontation?

She absolutely riled them up. Did you watch the video? She was absolutely 100% trying to provoke them in an attempt to gain dirt. Which she did. And then she relayed it to a bunch of goofs who she (Laura) associated with to try and cause as much harm as they possibly could without them experiencing any consequences. This wasn't even collateral damage.

It's a classic tactic used by "activist" communities. There used to be an anonymous instagram account in my city naming and shaming, accusing random dudes of rape. It existed until people threatened legal action. The owner was an occultist freak. I didn't want to go there but there are constant parallels.

I don't trust this lady for a second. Even listening to JD's wife crying for five minutes shows there's more to the story. And according to the video of the wife crying they were staying at the same hotel as Jedeed. Sounds like they might have already known each other.

Recording people in public places makes people very uncomfortable for a reason. They don't know where that's going to end up. It's not equivalent to just talking to someone on the street.

    destructive, antisocial behavior

Who still has their job? What happened to "an eye for an eye" here? Is it a sign of imminently approaching fascism when you can get a Trump supporter fired for acting the way he did? By inciting a Twitter mob?

Racism and fascism should be confronted... by antagonizing a crowd of defeated Trump supporters days after the election to try to get them to say shocking things? Where every sane and rational person knew there was no hope in Hell Trump was going to be president after that? Or maybe this was actually the beginning of Nazi persecution, and they were going to start closing businesses of those that disagreed.

Businesses were attacked, and it wasn't the Proud Boys doing it.

My heart is in the right place. It'd be much easier to just sit here and say "yay Nazis BTFO" but this isn't the strong protecting the weak. This is the tyranny of evil men.

nil  ·  3 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: The Last Children of Down Syndrome

"Disease" can be a lot of things. Your hot takes are not just "I am 100% certain my baby will have Down Syndrome." And even then, I don't believe a person should be forced to have an abortion in that case.

People who have three children should pay higher taxes why? Because their kids will grow up to also pay taxes?

By your standards a lot of people I know should never have been born. My mother had a ton of miscarriages, was of advanced maternal age, family of 3 kids, etc. There was a high chance I could have had some type of disease, but I didn't.

nil  ·  3 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: The Last Children of Down Syndrome

Wasting and abusing life is your opinion, not an objective fact. It was the primary motivation behind the idea of eugenics.

Should low-IQ people be not allowed to have children?

Should poor people be not allowed to have children?

Should rich people who have reprehensible belief systems be not allowed to have children?

Do you see how quickly this becomes a problem?

Did it also occur to you there are people who wanted children and then regret it, as well as people who didn't want children and now don't regret it?

nil  ·  3 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: The Last Children of Down Syndrome

Might want to back off here OB, you're pushing it.

nil  ·  3 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: The Last Children of Down Syndrome

That's just assuming human life has little to no value. You're projecting your own conscious experience on what you assume would be that of the yet-to-be-born.

nil  ·  3 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Christians gain legal right to manslaughter thanks to Supreme Court's ruling theocracy

Where I'm at (Canada) retail stores have limited occupancy and mandatory social distancing.

nil  ·  3 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Christians gain legal right to manslaughter thanks to Supreme Court's ruling theocracy

The difference is you can't close a protest like you can a business. I mean, you can try but look how well that turned out.

I'm not okay with protests either. There are a lot of right-wing protests about lockdowns currently. As soon as you start clearing those everyone is gonna yell POLICE STATE.

nil  ·  3 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: And Now we Know his Name

I never slagged on anyone who had to "get a job," I slagged on people who would change their values due to overwhelming social expectation and can't take personal responsibility.

But you're right, that was my community! And nine months ago maybe I was totally down to bash the fash. I'm not anymore. I've had too many bad experiences with activists. Mainly because they don't believe in responsibility.

She didn't just go to a rally. She bought a PLANE ticket to cover a rally, knowing full-well there would be chaos to look for an exciting story for her blog. After which she shared it to followers she knew were going to doxx this guy. A "blue collar nobody" she writes in Kabuki Politics.

Andy Ngo runs The Post Millenial, which is a conservative site in Canada. For some reason it was the first thing to pop up when I googled who the dude doxxing people was.

Not cool with his alleged ethics violations but he probably deserves a medal of honor for exposing this neckbeard like he "exposed" others.

I pray this """journalist""" never has to experience actual poverty.

nil  ·  3 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: And Now we Know his Name

Yeah, that do what you love post was beyond stupid and I should have deleted it.

Still, I can't help but feel more empathy for a Trump supporter working construction who might lose his house than this journalist. AFAIK she has a blog and has contributed to a few alternative publications. So have I. Even when I interviewed people for the student newspaper we had to get consent and generally abide by some degree of integrity.

My reaction was over-the-top but came from two things. 1) The fact I used to want a career as a serious activist, and was tormented as to how I was going to make a living and 2) I don't believe ideology forgoes common decency. I also got borderline doxxed because I said the equivalent of "sending fake paystubs to a landlord isn't okay." My shitty "get a job" comment came from the fact I genuinely believe in the absence of work people lose sight of important priorities, and become politically radicalized. I have seen that happen in my own life, where I became convinced I was fighting the good fight when really I was just being lazy and provocative. My dad is far more radical than he used to be since he retired.

EDIT: Also Jedeed uploaded the video of the wife crying to her YouTube. Does she have permission for that?

nil  ·  3 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: And Now we Know his Name

It's exactly that attitude that will lead to fascism if it ever happens. I never hear this attitude being expressed toward those who support communism.

nil  ·  3 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: And Now we Know his Name

I'm mainly concerned about the lack of empathy she exhibits. This article doesn't seem to be an honest reflection of her actions. I mean read this paragraph:

    This woman’s emotions are genuine. We live in a dystopia in which our corporate overlords have a frightening amount of control over our thoughts and actions. In situations like these, we weaponize that dystopia against our enemies. So many of us are intimately acquainted with her fear. We know the twisting helplessness that overtakes us as we stare at a dwindling bank account and plot ways to further starve our anorexic lives. Yes, she believes awful things, but will this help her see the error of her ways? Or simply deepen the misery that led her to drink far-right poison in the first place?

Does this sound like someone who has ever had a genuine fear of where their next meal might be coming from? Seeing the "error of her ways" and "drinking far-right poison" shouldn't be part of the equation here. Yes, her husband fucked up royally. But Christ, she went out of her own way to buy a plane ticket to confront what is essentially an angry mob. I know this because me and other student journalists did the exact same thing in my city and we nearly got our asses kicked! And those were only drunk university students, not agitated political demonstrators. We never aired it because we thought it was unethical to show hundreds of possibly inebriated people without consent.

This is why legitimate news organizations exist, and why they clear these things. And let me tell you, the only reason me and my college buddies got up to that was because we clearly had way too much free time on our hands.

And when dumb people in a mob act dumb, she decides to air it for social media clout, bad things happen, and her base are mad this guy had a house.

Yeah my shtick isn't funny. But it's an exasperation because I understand these types of actions aren't helping. It's only going to further inflame the Right.

nil  ·  4 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: And Now we Know his Name

Something I've noticed about Twitter socialists is all you need to do is say something slightly contrary to their ideology of "everything is not my fault" and you'll be doxxed. Of course, even me realizing this is a sign I'm not working hard enough. The Spirit of the Lamp once proclaimed to me "nil, don't get in fights with goofs because they have nothing to lose." But of course I had to hide my account because I had the audacity to say the equivalent of "defrauding landlords is not okay" and all my employment information was being spread all over a massively popular hate thread.

Jedeed fucked up here. Big time. God's wrath will be upon her household. It's not activism, it's a crabs-in-a-bucket mentality. Broke Trump supporters and Twitter socialists cycling through their tenth humanities degree and largely in the same economic boat. But to deprive someone of their livelihood? At least he had one!

I know she's a writer or whatever but generally successful writers don't need to beg for donations. I can appreciate the type of insight here but the bigger problem is why are you doing this to begin with.

Want to make it up? Get a job. I'm not picky about this. I would never demean someone for honest work. Starbucks is hiring. Thing is, they demean others, calling them "bootlickers."

Now BRB I need to do something actually productive. Did a bunch of accounting training already today.

nil  ·  4 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: November 25, 2020

I had this terrible dream last night about a technology that was so addictive people would completely lose the ability to take care of themselves. Think of a type of repeating pattern or optical illusion so compelling that the brain hunts continuously trying to "solve" the puzzle, except it never actually happens. Then I realized wait, we already have that.

Still working for the man. Time keeps dragging on. Having a rigid schedule helps. Helps put order into the chaos. I love you all.

nil  ·  4 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: The WSJ's grinning apocalypse of post-COVID retirement

He does not have any hobbies apart from going for walks and fishing in the summer. He used to do a lot of bird-watching when I was younger. Maybe I'll try to get him back into that.

His daily routine is essentially rise at 6:30am, check Facebook, go for a walk, check Facebook again, go for another walk, maybe take care of household maintenance, etc.

nil  ·  6 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: The WSJ's grinning apocalypse of post-COVID retirement

I really wish my dad would go back to work, because he's been pretty much intolerable since he retired. Do you know what he actually said? "I didn't really think about politics until now." That's because you were busy WORKING FOR A LIVING.

Now it's a deepening rabbit hole of conspiracy theories, sharing right-wing nonsense on Facebook all day, complaining about COVID-19 lockdowns, sharing the plight of the working class he was never a part of.

Honestly, it's fine. Even if I by some miracle make enough money to have a comfortable retirement I'm not sure I even want to. Because I know how quickly your brain turns to absolute mush in the absence of having anything productive to do. I figure my kids would probably prefer it if I came home from work screaming about meetings and management consultants until the bitter end.

nil  ·  9 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: The SEC Modernizes the Accredited Investor Definition

I read a few articles suggesting that the old definition was archaic and unfair. "Why are we assuming that only rich people have credibility?","What about Bernie Madoff?", etc. But that doesn't tell the full story. Rich people do have more to lose. If I have $1,000,000 in the bank and roll up trying to rent an apartment, the landlord is going to immediately assume things about me - that I'm smart, that I have my shit together, that I'm not going to cause problems. It doesn't matter if I am a deviant asshole deep down. Sad, but that's the world we live in.

The same thing applies to people creating funds. Predatory people with less credibility absolutely will take advantage of this.

Tax evasion was the wrong comment and I apologize.

My family is part of an Eastern Orthodox Church and nobody at their church wears masks. Lately a few have been pretending to wear them while entering and then taking them off. Lots of old people there who are especially at risk.

That being said, I am a Christian and wear a mask everywhere I go. Checkmate atheists.

nil  ·  10 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: The SEC Modernizes the Accredited Investor Definition

I smell tax evasion.

nil  ·  11 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: The Key to Trump's Appeal

That's probably more accurate. I was responding to the idea of "weaponized shame." Seems like a deflection more than anything. "Society is making me ashamed to be a straight white male!" Really? No shame over here. If you're ashamed you're probably rebelling against your own conscience in some fundamental way.

It's fundamentally a failure of Christianity for allowing such people and practices into the church, but that's just the nature of life. Hypocrites love religion because it allows them to quasi-justify their own behaviours. I'm sure you've met people that went to church that drank, committed adultery, went gambling, did creepy shit to women. My creepy godfather did most of that, believed in conspiracy theories from Michael Bay movies, and showed up weeks late to give me my birthday present every year. I guarantee you he supports Trump.

My personal belief - and you can take this with a grain of salt if you like - is that church is a local cultural requirement for these people, and their culture and character determines their beliefs, not the Bible. Black people who go to church voted for Biden. It's a problem of degenerate white racists. They're not ashamed to be Christian, they're ashamed of being terrible people, and rather than improve they assume they're being persecuted, just like anyone else incapable of taking responsibility for their actions.

nil  ·  11 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Moderna has a vaccine that will be easier to distribute than Pfizer

There are so many idiots that deserve to be kicked out of public places right now. It's always the same thing. Person enters the front door wearing a mask to avoid security, and then takes it off. Clerk yells at them. Person goes on a conspiracy rant to their friend, mentions moving to Florida, brags about fat bong hits and then declares "I have asthma."

tl;dr we're fucked.