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by The Great Hippo
Sat Nov 17, 2018 1:29 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
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Re: Trump presidency

I am sorry that you see a realistic view on the world as "negative". And yes, it follows from how Homo sapiens actually behave. It doesn't. This isn't a realistic view. Humans are cooperative, complex social animals; violence toward humans is not our default setting. This is why soldiers ...
by The Great Hippo
Sat Nov 17, 2018 6:09 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
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i really don't want to continue this conversation but i feel compelled to. I'm sorry you're dealing with a lot of frustrating stuff going on RL, and I certainly understand how that can spill over into the discussion here (I cannot even count the number of times I've posted with anger here because o...
by The Great Hippo
Sat Nov 17, 2018 4:19 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8348
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Re: Trump presidency

Not trolling at all, I just don't believe humans are nearly as unique as we believe. If you wish to view this as one of my kookier quirks, go ahead. While animals may not be as smart as us, probably, many do have "human" qualities such as music, culture, tool use, language, playing, perso...
by The Great Hippo
Sat Nov 17, 2018 3:52 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
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Views: 697450

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Okay, let's slow down here for a moment, because I'm definitely getting the feeling that you feel like you're under attack. Maybe that's my fault? I mean, okay; it almost certainly is my fault. I shouldn't have used a word like 'cowardly' (in my defense, it is something I perceive as cowardly, but I...
by The Great Hippo
Sat Nov 17, 2018 3:41 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8348
Views: 697450

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Yeah apparently hippo doesn't understand shit outside of his narrow view of what anarchosocialism means so i'm done here, go ahead and call me a baby murderer if you want but 'doing nothing' is not an acceptable response to someone defacing decades worth of hard work even if it only takes a few day...
by The Great Hippo
Sat Nov 17, 2018 3:20 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8348
Views: 697450

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Not really. You are claiming that property rights are Capitalistic. I'm pointing out that property rights are not only virtually universal, but exist in places that couldn't even remotely be considered Capitalistic by any stretch of the imagination. Animals do not have property rights. Animals do n...
by The Great Hippo
Sat Nov 17, 2018 2:57 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8348
Views: 697450

Re: Trump presidency

Property very much is an extension of you. I am a mind, and my body is my most important possession, crucial to my survival and ability to do anything in the world. My clothes, my home, my vehicle, all of my things are extensions of that utility in surviving and doing things. Believing in property ...
by The Great Hippo
Sat Nov 17, 2018 1:46 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
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Views: 697450

Re: Trump presidency

If you slash the tires of my car then of course that’s not as bad as cutting off my legs but it still makes it a lot harder for me to get places causing me to suffer and then I have to spend days of work to get the money to stop suffering that loss continually (if I can even get to work anymore at ...
by The Great Hippo
Sat Nov 17, 2018 12:45 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8348
Views: 697450

Re: Trump presidency

One piece of advice that I've heard is that you shouldn't use police in any situation in which you wouldn't use a gun. That's probably a good way to think of it, yeah. And it's probably telling that there are plenty of people in America who would pull a gun on a kid spray-painting penises on the si...
by The Great Hippo
Sat Nov 17, 2018 12:28 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
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Views: 697450

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I'm not saying that police brutality and misconduct and the shit that is our legal system is justified in response to low-level shit like vandalism, but that if my only options are to lie down and take the attacks, or let someone else defend me, at that point I don't particularly care about the inj...
by The Great Hippo
Sat Nov 17, 2018 12:13 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
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Views: 697450

Re: Trump presidency

I'll repeat: If you don't care for your community*, don't be surprised when they don't care for you. I will note again that it's not that neighbors are going out of their way sabotaging this couple's house (that I know of), it's more that they won't stick out their neck to make sure some delinquent...
by The Great Hippo
Fri Nov 16, 2018 11:56 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
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Views: 697450

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the "probably racist" about the fucking rednecks who live around me is because I don't know 100% of the individuals in question but I do know with 100% certainty that a significant number of them are explicitly racist. I'm even white myself, and I've have racists insults hurled at my by t...
by The Great Hippo
Fri Nov 16, 2018 11:47 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
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Views: 697450

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the people who live around me -- not my community, because i don't involve myself with them -- are a bunch of fucking redneck assholes, most of them probably racists. now imagine a black person moves into this community and is ostracized and has their home vandalized because they don't "be par...
by The Great Hippo
Fri Nov 16, 2018 4:50 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
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Views: 697450

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ucim wrote:Also, cops don't send people to prison. That's just not what they do, that's what a judge does.
Why do people keep talking about gun control? Guns don't kill people. That's just not what they do; that's what a bullet does.

Screw gun control; we ought to be talking about bullet control.
by The Great Hippo
Fri Nov 16, 2018 10:21 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8348
Views: 697450

Re: Trump presidency

If the police are replaced with something that functions completely differently from any existing police force, it's reasonable to call that abolition. I'd also add that most pro-abolishment folks probably wouldn't want a solution that requires a persistent team of operatives trained to enforce law...
by The Great Hippo
Fri Nov 16, 2018 6:46 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8348
Views: 697450

Re: Trump presidency

Opposition to Trump is part of my definition for "Not-Evil Republican".
by The Great Hippo
Fri Nov 16, 2018 6:13 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8348
Views: 697450

Re: Trump presidency

i mean, i don't think it's even slightly possible to abolish these systems in isolation, but they do not exist in isolation to begin with. i think if we want to work on abolishing the police & prisons, we first need to work on addressing the underlying factors that exacerbate violence. if we ha...
by The Great Hippo
Fri Nov 16, 2018 4:57 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8348
Views: 697450

Re: Trump presidency

Now what? Serious question - there are bad people that do bad things. Do you just let them? Or do they magically change? Again, there are alternative ways to address violent action that don't involve enshrining a portion of our populace with the right to commit violence with impunity. But even that...
by The Great Hippo
Fri Nov 16, 2018 4:09 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8348
Views: 697450

Re: Trump presidency

There's numerous alternative models proposed for how to deal with violent actions that don't involve enshrining a portion of our populace with the right to perform violence with impunity. That being said: people who still think the police are there to help think of this as a gotcha, but when you und...
by The Great Hippo
Fri Nov 16, 2018 2:04 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
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How, exactly, is it demonstrably false? Where are the Republicans who are showing enough concern for climate change or any kind of pollution to take action? They may say they disagree, but they don't actually care - it doesn't occupy their thoughts, it doesn't change their vote, it doesn't affect t...
by The Great Hippo
Fri Nov 16, 2018 1:09 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8348
Views: 697450

Re: Trump presidency

Every single Republican voter is absolutely 100% okay with corporations poisoning Americans so long as it is profitable. They don't even ask what it costs them - that's how little they value the lives of other people; the evil pieces of shit just don't give a fuck about anyone but themselves. ... E...
by The Great Hippo
Thu Nov 15, 2018 1:13 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6515
Views: 1025955

Re: Police misbehavior thread

What does this even accomplish? Is this genuinely better than choosing who to follow based on rolling dice and consulting a random encounter table? Subject exhibited Behavior Indicators. (If observed, check any that apply below) Rubbing/wringing of hands Strong body odor Sweaty palms Trembling Cold ...
by The Great Hippo
Tue Nov 13, 2018 8:53 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6515
Views: 1025955

Re: Police misbehavior thread

Does ICE count in here? I feel like it should. ICE argues that they shouldn't be held liable for criminal institutional assualt because it's consensual and 'they're not a jail or prison'. https://www.aclu.org/blog/immigrants-rights/immigrants-rights-and-detention/ice-detention-center-says-its-not-r...
by The Great Hippo
Tue Nov 13, 2018 2:43 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6515
Views: 1025955

Re: Police misbehavior thread

Police shoot African-American security guard who was detaining a suspected gunman. Literally, the only person who died was the one person who was doing his job. He was shot and killed by the police. If the police had simply failed to show up , no one would have died. I have a suspicion this is true...
by The Great Hippo
Sat Nov 10, 2018 11:14 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8348
Views: 697450

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I mean, it's more the absurdity of the excuse? Also, I was given to understand that the main reason he's in France in the first place is for the 100 year commemorations, so that makes it even worse. It's not as though it was a random side trip tacked on in the first place. Oh, yeah; I'm not saying ...
by The Great Hippo
Sat Nov 10, 2018 10:55 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
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I mean, it's "good" if he's actually taking this issue (the egregious conflict of interest that Whittaker's appointment represents) seriously, though he's likely taking it seriously for all the wrong reasons (ie, he's worried about the political fallout). I still find the media's obsession...
by The Great Hippo
Fri Nov 09, 2018 10:34 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
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Well, *my* voting ballot was a six hundred page proof that P = NP.
by The Great Hippo
Fri Nov 09, 2018 6:51 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
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Views: 697450

Re: Trump presidency

At what point does it fall to people to actually do their own research rather than just listening to advertising though? I mean political advertising clearly works but I've always wondered why people actually give credence to these ads. I mean watching the political ads on TV its just laughable. Th...
by The Great Hippo
Fri Nov 09, 2018 4:02 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
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Oh, yeah. Insurance companies don't give a fuck about political policies; they give a fuck about money. If paying for abortions saves them money, they will pay the shit out of those abortions. The disconnect between good, practical business decisions and unreasonable political positions is both amus...
by The Great Hippo
Fri Nov 09, 2018 1:41 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
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Views: 697450

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I mean, I get your point (I think? Presuming your point is the absurdity of a 35 million dollar price tag), but I also want to stress that the alternative to letting people die is to not let pharmaceutical companies extort sick people for 35 million dollars.
by The Great Hippo
Thu Nov 08, 2018 1:40 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8348
Views: 697450

Re: Trump presidency

That's because they are extreme-centrist media. They cannot just criticize Republicans; they have to talk about both sides of the issue. The scary part is that Republicans consider them all to be left wing, and no matter how much they bend over backwards to try and seem balanced, they never learn a...
by The Great Hippo
Thu Nov 08, 2018 1:12 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
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Re: Trump presidency

Right at this moment, the media is talking about whether or not a reporter who refused to give up a microphone and maybe brushed his hand up against some lady's arm is guilty of "inappropriate behavior". News organizations are, right now, hosting debates over whether or not he should apolo...
by The Great Hippo
Wed Nov 07, 2018 10:08 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2018 Midterm Elections Coverage
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Re: 2018 Midterm Elections Coverage

A judge in Texas is throwing a tantrum after losing to a Democrat, and is releasing pretty much everyone in a juvenile court. I guess he's doing good to own the libs? https://m.chron.com/news/houston-texas/article/Promise-not-to-kill-anyone-After-losing-election-13371485.php The long-time Republica...
by The Great Hippo
Wed Nov 07, 2018 9:47 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
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An op-ed by our new Acting AG: https://www.cnn.com/2017/08/06/opinions/rosenstein-should-curb-mueller-whittaker-opinion/ That article is baffling. Even a layman understands that during an investigation, you follow the money; besides, the point of investigating adjacent crimes isn't to pursue those ...
by The Great Hippo
Tue Nov 06, 2018 3:46 am UTC
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Topic: Trump presidency
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(btw only about half of messianics are ethnically jewish. zero messianics are spiritually jewish. people in this thread are conflating these things a lot and talking as if all messianics are, in fact, jewish people who have converted to christianity, and that's not even the case. and jews for jesus...
by The Great Hippo
Tue Nov 06, 2018 3:29 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
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Re: Trump presidency

Clarifying question, Chabad messianism believes that Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson is the Messiah. Are they Jewish? If so, then why not ones who think that Jesus was the Messiah? Not an expert by any stretch of the imagination, but I don't think it's just the notion that Christ is the messiah --...
by The Great Hippo
Tue Nov 06, 2018 3:24 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
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Do you not understand the difference between Jews proselytizing each other and a non-Jew proselytizing a Jew? Do you truly not understand it? Let me make it crystal fucking clear. When a Jew converts another Jew from say Orthodox to Haredi or back, there's still the same number of Jews. When a Chri...
by The Great Hippo
Tue Nov 06, 2018 12:06 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
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Are Mormons Christians? They think they are. What if literally all Christians think otherwise? Well does "literally all" include the Mormons themselves or not? They would say it does, because they say they're Christians. That's the circular argument problem pointed out already. (For that ...
by The Great Hippo
Mon Nov 05, 2018 11:26 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
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Do I have a problem with Messianic Jews identifying as Jewish, without context? No, and in fact, I find the blending of Jewish tradition with Christian belief a pretty cool concept. And it's not like that sort of thing doesn't exist -- probably without misrepresenting themselves as just another den...
by The Great Hippo
Mon Nov 05, 2018 10:49 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
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Because you like people on one side of a cultural dispute, you should oppose people on the other side even though the dispute has nothing to do with you. I said love, not like. And I gave this as a reason why I care, not why I agree with them. If you're not going to take the time to read my posts, ...

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