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    [–] "Racism" acesea 8 points ago * (lasted edited 5 days ago) in CringeAnarchy

    I mean, theoretically a white supremacist arguing against affirmative action can provide a purely logical and valid argument.

    The argument where the intention of making it innocent is manipulative is like arguing against an idea because a group toned down their opinions to a point of truth. Objectively it is still the truth.

    Also just think, theoretically, if you had no idea how it came about or who posted it, would it still make people uncomfortable? I would think so.

    [–] "Racism" acesea 7 points ago in CringeAnarchy

    That's called a genetic fallacy. An example of that is if a black person talks about the necessity for affirmative action but is criticized because he has something to benefit from the policy. If a white person said it, that argument would no longer work.

    Really the only thing anybody can do is criticize the source of the phrase because the phrase itself is so innocent.

    From a purely objective and logical point of view, disagreeing with the message basically makes one a racist. Of course I do understand people have biases and I don't think most people who are upset with the phrase are racist, just biased.

    Either way that's not a valid argument.

    [–] Feminism is a cancer on womankind. Now wet my whistle, damsel! acesea 1 points ago in justneckbeardthings

    Gender expression is protected under hate propaganda laws, right there in the text I pasted. The implication is that violating gender expression may be considered hate speech

    [–] "Racism" acesea 19 points ago in CringeAnarchy

    It's a very gentle and neutral phrase. It's like saying it's ok to cry, or black lives matter, etc

    [–] Bullying isn't an excuse for murder acesea 12 points ago * (lasted edited 5 days ago) in Fuckthealtright

    I had a white male friend who was held down and tea bagged in a gym and didn't shoot up a school. Why does an anecdote matter, and why is this about race?

    Also stacking the deck with something like, "you think you were bullied? Well how about this person who got it worse? That's bullying" is nonsense. It only serves to alienate and minimize an individuals experience. It's really harmful and only makes things worse. How about listening and trying to make things better.

    [–] We slipped up acesea 6 points ago in BlackPeopleTwitter

    "but what about this music video?"

    [–] Feminism is a cancer on womankind. Now wet my whistle, damsel! acesea -1 points ago in justneckbeardthings

    From Wikipedia

    The bill adds "gender identity or expression" to the list of prohibited grounds of discrimination in the Canadian Human Rights Act and the list of characteristics of identifiable groups protected from hate propaganda in the Criminal Code. It also adds that evidence that an offence was motivated by bias, prejudice or hate based on a person's gender identity or expression constitutes an aggravating circumstance for a court to consider when imposing a criminal sentence

    Gender expression is added to prohibited grounds for hate speech.

    Evidence that if there is bias against a person on the basis of gender expression, it will considered an aggravating circumstance and will be a consideration when imposing criminal sentencing.

    You can easily imagine how refusing to use ones pronoun can be considered a bias, and therefore be used as evidence one was aggravating a circumstance and they justifiably can receive harsher sentencing

    All this, mind you, for not speaking the correct pronoun.

    [–] Feminism is a cancer on womankind. Now wet my whistle, damsel! acesea -2 points ago in justneckbeardthings

    The problem is you could never link a particular timestamp where he says these things. I promise you, if you re watched with an open mind you would see his views are more nuanced than trans people = mao

    [–] I ate nothing for a week, drank water, here is the data [OC] acesea 1 points ago in dataisbeautiful

    I have to wonder how many people who are advocating a ketogenic diet have actually done any research. And if they were honest while doing their research, how they could be so confident in advocating their stance considering the lack of evidence.

    I mean, could you actually provide the research you've done?

    [–] 30 new genetic risk factors for depression have been identified in an international study of 135,000 people with major depressive disorders and 344,000+ controls acesea 1 points ago in science

    What do you think the difference is?

    It sounds like you've conceded that it's a right to be treated equally despite your genetics. You made it seem like the other user was calling for a mandate of equity where every tech job will have equal representation of bipolar, schizophrenic, major depressive, Parkinson's, etc. Which I don't really know how that follows from a bill of rights, that scenario is something you might draw if the user was calling for equal representation, or communism

    [–] Bill Gates thinks a coming disease could kill 30 million people within 6 months — and says we should prepare for it as we do for war: According to Gates, a small non-state actor could build an even deadlier form of smallpox in a lab. acesea 6 points ago in Futurology

    He's a public figure who constantly travels, does interviews, and gives speeches. This is just what we can see. He also has kids and hobbies and he's a human. We know atleast a little bit about the bottom limit of how busy he is and that's enough to be impressed about him reading one book a week.

    [–] A Florida high school student who triggered an international discussion on whether women should have to wear bras is mobilizing girls to go braless to protest dress codes she says are unfairly strict for girls. acesea 1 points ago in TwoXChromosomes

    That exact thing happened in my high school. Kid had sweats hiked up and a huge bulge and the assistant principal was playing for him to lower his pants a bit. Everybody thought it was funny, but it was intentional so I can see the difference. This is all to say that it's possible for a guy to go too far and for staff to act

    [–] /u/Jammersy tells us why "innocent until proven guilty" and "believe the victim" don't conflict. acesea 5 points ago in bestof

    Instead of believe the victim, shouldn't it be support the victim? Part of believing the victim is believing that the perpetrator is who he/she says they are and that they did those things to him/her. It's believing to an extent where assumption of guilt is included (which is still harmful outside the context of the law) Ideally we aim to be both rational and compassionate, so why not just try to withhold judgement and support whoever might be a victim?

    The alternative, theraputic justice, would make for pretty harmful culture where being accused, even if innocent can ruin ones reputation, if not by media releasing a name, then by the very closest friends and family who default to believing the victim.

    [–] Son wants to go to a college in which he will need to pull loans in the amount of roughly $17,000 for the next five years. acesea -1 points ago in personalfinance

    Yea you are probably right, I was just speaking from anecdote which is obviously not the rule. Plus the other state school was uiuc which is a flagship University with one of the best computer science programs in the country. I would say that is an extreme example but I'd still maintain my point in more average cases.

    [–] Son wants to go to a college in which he will need to pull loans in the amount of roughly $17,000 for the next five years. acesea 1 points ago * (lasted edited 2 months ago) in personalfinance

    I do agree that 17k a year is a lot but there are a select few undergraduate majors where they have a reasonable chance at making 100-150k after bonus, salary, and stock. I think sometimes for those students getting the right school is huge for that. For example one brighter computer science student at northwestern will have less professional opportunities than a less bright but still above average student at a big state school.

    Edit: I appreciate the negative feedback for introducing nuance.

    [–] The poorer, the fatter: Obesity is not randomly distributed across the U.S. It is linked to demographics, community characteristics, income inequality, and race, 500-city analysis shows. acesea 1 points ago in science

    I'm glad this is still bugging you.

    Yes if there is only one door then that is the only one I can open and if there are two doors I have a choice.

    I really do see your perspective that taking individual responsibility is normally the best way to address issues when you are talking to a good friend or to yourself. The difference between the obesity epidemic and that small scale conversation is that at scale we know that it's either a sudden failure of millions of individual decisions or (Occam's) the environment changed.

    Even more, addressing the potential issue of individual responsibility is as good as impossible. Have you ever tried to just crash diet? At some point you just can't keep going.

    Instead of crash dieting, imagine the extreme situation where you can only eat sugar and a multivitamin to satisfy your hunger. I promise you will get fat and sick. Now consider that the food environment in some places is somewhere between a healthy diet and a pure sugar diet. Blaming every obese person (as a collective) for being obese is like blaming everybody who has crashed on a crash diet for not having enough will to stick to their diet.

    [–] The poorer, the fatter: Obesity is not randomly distributed across the U.S. It is linked to demographics, community characteristics, income inequality, and race, 500-city analysis shows. acesea 1 points ago * (lasted edited 2 months ago) in science

    Yes but it wouldn't manifest itself in the way you've described. What I think your trying to say is that excess of a resource will lead to over use of that resource, but consider what might happen if we give every man, woman, and child as much water as they wanted, would we expect them to drink in excess that leads to death? The difference between water and cigs/modern food is not the supply but the content itself. Food is designed to be addictive as are cigarettes. If a McDonald's burger is 1.5k calories for example and you are hungry 5 hours later and go over your daily tdee it's partially because you should've not eaten anything else, but it's also because your food environment doesn't serve you food that your body works well with. Many Americans live in food deserts/don't have luxury of time to cook everyday for their families.

    From a evolutionary biology perspective just think about what you are saying. Humans have a nature, but are also effected by their environment (nurture). In just a few generations obesity is sky rocketing and OBVIOUSLY human nature didn't change in that time span. You can attribute it to individual responsibility, but when a sudden change occurs in the food environment occurs, and a significant portion of the population becomes obese, I'm not really sure how you could try to pin it on individual decision.

    Just consider you are a new born and by three years old you are obese.

    You can't blame yourself because you really could not know better.

    You can blame your parents, but only for feeding you the wrong foods. Because unless they were literally force feeding you, there should be no way a baby can become that fat.

    Yes adults have a responsibility to educate themselves on a healthy diet, but you can't reasonably expect them to just decide to eat less. And if they had never known about the importance of healthy food (like you) then they don't fulfill that responsibility to educate themselves.

    [–] The poorer, the fatter: Obesity is not randomly distributed across the U.S. It is linked to demographics, community characteristics, income inequality, and race, 500-city analysis shows. acesea 4 points ago in science

    Are you claiming I said we should hunt for food? I'm just saying we can't just blame every individual if whole populations are falling victim to obesity. You are claiming you understand the causes somehow I'm just saying there is a cause outside of individual decisions.

    [–] The poorer, the fatter: Obesity is not randomly distributed across the U.S. It is linked to demographics, community characteristics, income inequality, and race, 500-city analysis shows. acesea 12 points ago in science

    I think the point is that you are pinning this on personal responsibility and clearly the issue goes beyond the individual. If obesity is a growing issue when it has never been in the history of humanity, do you think it's a character flaw that is suddenly occurring in this generation and this generation alone that they can't control what they eat? Or is it likely our environment has changed. If humans are defined by their nature and nurture, the point is their nature has not changed but their environment has and obviously it's not healthy

    [–] Police officers of Reddit, was there a time you wanted to let someone off the hook but couldn't, and if so, what happened? acesea 2 points ago in AskReddit

    Extreme pacifism should not be an expectation for all of society.

    It's like you have no ability understand what it would be like to be truly angry and wronged by a person and then to be provoked by them.

    Especially in the hypothetical case where they block your escape from the situation? Which is a threat of physical force to control you?