Sunday, January 26, 2020

Things shared on Jan 26ths

What I love most about the web: asking about things I don't know and having strangers do their best to help.

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When intervention makes a problem worse, you become the bad guy no matter how good your intentions were.

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Why didn't Nancy Pelosi thank the air traffic controllers and the flight attendants who brought Trump to his knees? Because a Wall Street Democrat does not dare to acknowledge the power of the threat of a general strike.

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Leftists argue about which facts matter; conservatives understand that none do. The battle is won with hearts, not minds

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Arrogance isn't believing you're right—it's being offended by the possibility you're wrong.

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When I was young, I thought Democrats were the left. When I speak of the left now, I'm surprised when Clinton Democrats think I meant them.

Saturday, January 25, 2020

Things shared on Jan 25ths

The most powerful workers in the US may be flight attendants. When teachers strike, the rich don’t care—their kids go to private schools. But when flight attendants threaten to strike, Trump has to reopen the government.

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On the internet, there is no distinction between news, entertainment, and gossip. There is only clickbait.

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Authoritarians on the left and right insist our choices that they like are made freely and our choices that they hate are due to cultural submission. But in a free society, only we know which applies. What matters is not what we choose, but that we are able to choose.

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Inclusivity requires the inclusion of diverse opinions.

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Trump's selective Islamophobia: he's not barring Saudis even though Bin Laden was one and they were 3/4 of the attackers on 9/11.

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I know two kinds of people who don't need jobs: most work anyway, for pay or as volunteers; the rest are depressed or bored. #basicincome

Friday, January 24, 2020

Things shared on Jan 24ths: the symbol of the hijab

I don't get the idea that a hijab being mandatory in some places makes it a symbol of oppression everywhere. I'm not oppressed by my pants.

Where the hijab is mandatory, it's not a symbol of oppression—it's a manifestation. Where it's not mandatory, it's a symbol of choice.

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Things shared on Jan 23rds: punching Nazis, free speech, the authoritarian left

If the Nazi is not a threat, don't punch him. If the Nazi is a threat, don't punch him—kill him.

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The authoritarian left hates the libertarian left more than they hate either wing of the right. And they're making it reciprocal.

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The hardest part of defending free speech: you must defend the right to speak of people you really wish would shut up.