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  1. What is Net Neutrality?

    They had shit like this. Google Wallet got blocked by carriers. Comcast blocked BitTorrent use and pretended they didn't. This kind of shit happened. It only wasn't worse because there was legislation that kept ISPs and carriers from doing worse things because they were afraid they'd get hit with legislation that would completely shut down the little things they were doing. They did get stopped in 2015, not 2014, because people in power were willing to put a stop to it by reclassifying ISPs as telecoms services. And if you don't remember with the Comcast thing, people in the Bush government and media suggested tiered pricing just like that as a solution to the issue; it could have happened then, and we have a government that is more likely to allow it now.
  2. Things that you hate! v2

    Because I know this was directed at me... I made that statement because a person I know was arrested for sexual assault some time ago. I thought they were being horribly treated. They had not had a trial and it had been a long time. They were finally released because it turned out the person accusing them was being coerced into accusing them by the person actually abusing them. The person close to me was black kid that knew the family. The person accusing was a young white girl. The abuser was her white father. The other day somebody told me being tough on crime is necessary and that the kid should have been executed long ago because that's what we should do to people accused of raping children. Unfortunately, some people can't escape politics. Their lives are tied to the opinions and beliefs of others. I hate when people can't see that and forget what the real world looks like; they forget that the lives of countless others are at the whims of other people's "politics," seeking comfort in a shitpost they made between jacking off to the latest episodes of South Park which will net them 0 to 1 likes.
  3. Things that you hate! v2

    How the people that pushed for things like "limited government," being "tough on crime," "states' rights," use of the term "globalism," and so many other things can literally admit they are code for despicable, racist, backwards ideas, but people keep on ignoring that reality or happily living with it.
  4. Things that you hate! v2

    Having to explain how different world language education is in my state compared to other subjects each time I have to talk about education as it relate to me. Like, no, instructor, I cannot pick a grade level's requirements; world language education standards are by proficiency. Yes, I will have the same overall standards other teachers do, but I am not going to shoehorn my standards into a rubric so it is easier for you to grade because it just ruins the point of me being here. Let me learn to teach my subject. Those "mental gymnastics" are professional scholarship discussing what it means to have power and culture and research that shows that exchanges of culture based in an imbalance of power lead to a perpetuation of the conditions that lead to the imbalance of power in the first place despite the opinions and intent of each individual involved. As one of those scholars noted, Just so you know, the person that said that basically built a career around understanding and teaching what it means to understand other people when you come from a different context - the exact situation you suggest the act of wearing a costume is. Even more, his ideas have directly impacted how teachers and students have participated in important moments of liberation in recent history like towards the end of Apartheid in South Africa and during the Arab Spring. These people do actually do quite a bit of shit, as it turns out. "All anti-SJW people really mean is they want exclusive rights to remain a snowflake and bitch about other people failing to actually look into issues and understand them when they themselves don't do shit."
  5. Things that you hate! v2

    When teachers don't love their subject. Or when they hate kids. Or when they hate teaching theory. Or when they hate other teachers. Or when they hate teaching practice. Or that this is all so common. Like, what are you even trying to do?
  6. Things that you hate! v2

    When people repeat the idea of the "Dunning-Kruger Effect" over and over without having actually read anything on it, especially the original article.
  7. Things that you hate! v2

    How education currently works at lower levels + how many people want to change it + how many people actually do anything about it because they think teaching should be apolitical Education is an institution situated within, defined by, and acted out through our culture that socializes a huge number of people in the way educators define (or fail to). Education is inherently political. Stop letting people tell you not to do what's right.
  8. Things That You Don't Understand!

    How, even with things like what is currently happening in Catalonia or what has happened so often elsewhere, people can think the police exist to protect the people when their actual purpose is to protect institutions.
  9. Why I'm misanthropic and why I hate hunters.

    I don't think hate describes this well, even though it was a word used. Hate has caused a lot of good through history. As Elie Wiesel eloquently said, "The opposite of love is not hate, it's indifference. The opposite of art is not ugliness, it's indifference. The opposite of faith is not heresy, it's indifference. And the opposite of life is not death, it's indifference." The person full of spite can change the world for the better just as much as a person full of love for others can take it a step back; the only constant is the person indifferent to it all. These are good questions. One should ask these kinds of questions about any group. Would you be okay with clearly answering each one in your words? That would actually be pretty cool. I wanted to break this whole section of thought down and ask specific questions, but I am not sure how to do that. If nothing else, could you try and explain the last two sentences? Are you talking about how people like Elves/ELFS and related groups were and are treated and them being called the biggest terrorist threat right up until they decided it was actually groups like Al-Qaeda simply because groups like that were hurting corporate profits? Much of the fact that the human population is increasing at all in any place rather than decreasing is socioeconomic. This would suggest correcting the socioeconomic positions and relations that cause population growth with the socioeconomic positions and relations that cause population decline would be the best way to fix this. The idea that human overpopulation is a problem that cannot be solved without population control - like breeding limits - started with Malthus as kind of a precursor to some of the tenets of Social Darwinism. As you might know, Social Darwinism isn't even discussed much in modern philosophy, anthropology, sociology, or biology simply because it is an idea with no backing, no true hypotheses or predictions, and very little support from any credible individual in any related field. Most of Social Darwinism's supporters are economists and political writers. Why do you think population controls would work, though? Was this just something you thought would be common sense? If so, it is okay to start there, but I would recommend you look into it. I understand your emotions on this issue, but I can tell you might not have looked thoroughly into this. Be careful when talking about things you hate. It is okay to hate them, but understand them. Be an expert in them. Know everything about things you hate so you can do the best possible work in deconstructing and eliminating the things you hate. Just to emphasize that point - as somebody has already noted - hunters don't shoot deer in the face. It can be kind of frustrating trying to understand something you hate, but I don't know of a better way to get started on fixing the things you hate. Forget hunters for a second. If you really want to see that, I tried to find it for you. I just found stuff on reddit, but I tried to do this stuff fast. If you want more stuff, I can try and find more for you later. And if this isn't the right kind of stuff, that's fine. Here's r/Restoration_Ecology, which might fit that bill at times. Maybe other ones like r/Conservation would help? Would you possibly be interested in ways people are trying to limit their impact on other life? Many of the people sitting over at r/Aquaponics seem to be into it exactly for that. That's just environmental stuff, which I am not really well-versed in. I should try more. If you want humans doing well for other humans, though, I've got you on that if you want to see it. I understand that hate can surface like this, but this is not a good thing. As you noted, you know this. If it helps, many of the people suffering through the hurricanes want the world to be a better place. If you look at r/Aquaponics, you'll actually find that quite a number of the people there are getting into aquaponics as a way to limit their environmental impact, and many of them were right in the paths of the hurricanes. These are good people doing something to fix the world, and they got hurt. As another example, Food Not Bombs is doing as much as they can - as far as I am aware - to feed individuals impacted by the storms. While that not be of much interest to you, they try to do this through using food that would otherwise go to waste in an effort to limit the waste through the whole system of production and supply that would have otherwise happened. I might help you feel even better if you knew that FNB was literally feeding people food that would have otherwise gone to waste for no reason in order to protest war, poverty, and greed. If I can impart any knowledge onto you, let it be that talking about any kind of constant human nature is a quick way to miss a lot about the world. As far as I am aware, no biologist, sociologist, anthropologist, or even philosopher knows of any consensus on the question, "What does it mean to be human?" We were not made to destroy the world. We were not made to bleed the world dry. We simply are. What causes us to do these things are the cultures and societies we have built. An amazing thing about those cultures and societies is that their construction means they can be changed. People resist those changes to their death, but it can happen. Do you want to make it happen? What are you doing to make it happen? What will you do? This is one thing to do, but it isn't going to be enough. Is there something else you can do? Can you help local groups in other ways? Can you start your own groups? Remember, though, that many of the organizations that act for people are also acting for the environment. Food Not Bombs is a great example again. While they feed people, they explicitly state "Food Not Bombs is trying to inspire the public to participate in changing society and focus our resources on solving problems like hunger, homelessness and poverty while seeking an end to war and the destruction of the environment." They are helping people, but they are also using the aid they provide to direct the people they help to become activists for the environment. I severely doubt this. I don't know what else to say about this, but I doubt the notion. I think one of the reddits I linked to might have examples of this kind of thing, though. I'm severely concerned that you have so routinely encountered horrible people. This seems like a severe combination of cognitive biases and unfortunate situations. What kind of environment are you in in real life and online? I'll admit that you are a person that is very hard for me to understand sometimes. I think it is mostly because I tend not to interact with the threads you do. Sometimes I just have to agree with you when our paths cross, though. I also think this might have to do with your environment. I can't escape hunting where I am, and I get targeted advertisements for hunting even though I very much don't advocate hunting for any people that does not need it to survive. Most major malls around here even have entire stores dedicated to hunting, and most "superstores" have a huge section dedicated to hunting that is constantly being used. I'll usually try at least once to be nice and help if I know how, but knowing this and some other stuff almost made me not do that in this case. Fine if they're a gay person asking others not to say that word in any way. Gay individuals everywhere are a marginalized group because the nature of nearly all the institutions they use and inhabit involves their exclusion in some way. Asking people that aren't gay to limit their use of the word to limit the exclusion gay individuals experience in this case is okay. But as a fucking furry acting in the interest of furries? No. "Almost" because maybe, I hope, this is somebody that is either a troll or simply does not know. If not for them in the first case, I'd like whatever information I thought would be useful for them to get out there. I do not approve of metaphysics and alternatives being mentioned on this forum in any way at all, be it in passing, by accident, or in honest discussion. That is not allowed. Unless it is in the post in which I discussed them a while back. Because I am allowed.
  10. Discourse of the Patriots

    I respect the point you tried to make, but I sorely regret you not immediately posting one of the songs most celebrated as patriotic literally saying private property should be abolished. I also happen to prefer other songs he sang / the almanac singers performed about fighting fascists, but that's just my opinion. "We Americans claim to be a peace-loving people. We hate bloodshed; we are opposed to violence. Yet we go into spasms of joy over the possibility of projecting dynamite bombs from flying machines upon helpless citizens. We are ready to hang, electrocute, or lynch anyone, who, from economic necessity, will risk his own life in the attempt upon that of some industrial magnate. Yet our hearts swell with pride at the thought that America is becoming the most powerful nation on earth, and that she will eventually plant her iron foot on the necks of all other nations. Such is the logic of patriotism." - Emma Goldman from What is Patriotism? Like did the people in the thread conspire to make this century-old quote so relevant?
  11. Things that you hate! v2

    Arpaio getting pardoned for a crime he actually committed that nearly all people agree should be something people get punished for. The dude was holding people illegally in inhumane conditions under suspicion of being hispanic in the country illegally, and he was ordered to stop. But he didn't and he became a convicted criminal. So Trump pardoned him. Because Arpaio "continued his life's work of protecting the public from the scourges of crime and illegal immigration" by literally causing many people to suffer and/or die. He committed and ordered people to commit awful crimes. So he got a pardon. The first pardon of this president. I hate it.
  12. Things that you love! v2

    So after a white supremacist banner got put up (and swiftly removed), most of my university has been actively making sure people like that don't feel welcome here. Like they're not doing anything illegal. They're just letting them know that's not okay. I love it. You realize in that post he called Neil DeGrasse Tyson's claim that the methodology and instruments used to predict the solar eclipse are just as accurate as the ones used to predict climate change a "logical fallacy," right? The man said he wasn't anti-intellectual, and then proceeded to say an astrophysicist is wrong about his field of study. You know Mike Rowe denies climate change, right? The man who says he is not anti-intellectual tells professionals they are wrong about their fields. And you realize he complained about universities, and then proceeded to plug mikeroweWORKS, which partners with UTI - a for-profit college that the Senate found provides worse education than any normal community college or university for more money - to train people in trades, right? Like... the dude was called out for being anti-intellectual and for just looking to make money, and he responded by saying scientists are wrong and by plugging a partnership he actually makes money from. Do you not see the issue? I'm amazed that this is a thing. And I looked it up and it isn't too pricey. What is this?
  13. Thoughts on Charlottesville and neo-nazis

    Do you not see them? Pretty sure them chanting blood and soil is a pretty Nazi thing to do, even if it wasn't in German. Oddly enough, they also did it at a torchlight rally, which also seems pretty familiar... I think the calling for genocide thing is new, though. That has no connection to real nazis. I mean mass deportations based on citizenship usually have an ulterior motive. Like when the Germans were deporting "Polish citizens" but were really just deporting Jewish people. Or like when the U.S. decided to repatriate Mexicans in the U.S. but were really just targeting anybody vaguely Mexican-appearing as scapegoats for the Great Depression. That might be why the U.N. has largely concluded that mass deportations are usually crimes against humanity, even against individuals illegally in a country in many cases. It is almost like it is inhumane to just say "We're going to expel this many people back to conflict-engulfed and resource-deprived regions from the world just because we decided they weren't valuable enough to us and we are racist fucks because their paperwork doesn't add up." HAWT I totally agree with the sentiment on nonviolence, but... As far as it goes, most antifascists and related organizers I know don't condone just showing up and beating the shit out of nazis. That's a bad idea. That's why they didn't just do that in Charlottesville, and that's why they don't do it even when they outnumber nazi protesters. I mean it is a really bad idea, especially since police already side with the right. I believe what most antifascists believe is that one must confront oppressors or those that seek to oppress in any way you can. I see a lot of praise for this guy from antifascists for that reason: His name is Martin B├╝hler, and he is a historian that has taken to documenting police brutality. He literally just dresses nice and stands in a place where police/fascists/whatever will have to hurt or remove him to get to the people he is protecting. I've actually heard of organizers advising white guys to dress well and do exactly this because it prevents police brutality. I've never heard of an organizer advising white guys to just beat the shit out of nazis or police. That gets police involved and a good movement ended real quick. Maybe even some injuries/deaths on their own side. People excited about getting to reenact WW2 might get excited about punching nazis, but I've never met anybody seriously in that movement advocating just beating the shit out of nazis as a first resort, especially during an event like Charlottesville. There's a reason people on that side are calling Heather Heyer a martyr even though she didn't lay a finger on a nazi. Not to say they don't advocate violence at some point, just saying that I've never seen them advocate just yoloing in to beating shitheads before trying to do something else.
  14. General Chat/Time-Waster Thread

    You would think. The worst part is that there are a few gay and Jewish future educators in the program I am in and a few future educators of color. And they only say these things in front of us if they don't know that one of these people is around them. So they are just trying to feign empathy and respect to benefit socially with minority groups and then turn right the fuck around and shit on them because it won't hurt them at all. This isn't abnormal at all around here, so I have no idea why I thought teachers would be different. On a more positive note, there are future educators here that are quite opposite. They are mostly of those minorities, but who needs allies when you have will? EDIT: I take back my happy moment:
  15. Thoughts on Charlottesville and neo-nazis

    Why are people so ill-informed about this? I see you haven't seen Godwin's Second and Third Law: You know they marched on a synagogue and churches, right? The synagogue was fine aside from the realistic fear the nazis presented, but as far as the church went, the clergy thinks you are dead wrong. http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/politics/2017/08/what_the_alt_left_was_actually_doing_in_charlottesville.html Like I've put videos from reporters on here of the alt-right dudes screaming that they are about to go beat down antifascists, which they proceed to attempt. I'm also pretty sure nobody was beating on James Fields before he plowed into protesters in his car. Plus antifascists didn't show up en masse until day two. On day one, the alt-right marched pretty uncontested, except for about 30 peaceful counter-protesters standing around a statue. They beat the fuck out of those people pretty easily, by the way, as there were about 250 of them. Antifascists showed up on day two largely to counter that. You know people have been consistently doing those things with them since the first nazis and fascists started popping up. It... it didn't really work. I'm not sure why anybody thinks you can reason with people calling for genocide. Where does the idea that this is the position of a reasonable person come from? We kind of had to vandalize property and club wrong-thinkers to get rid of them, if you don't recall... One of the groups wants genocide and the other one wants not genocide. They're both willing to fight for their goals. What is everybody's difficulty here?