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    [–] French Onion Soup in Slow-Cooker peanutbutterjams 1 points ago in GifRecipes

    That's one watery-looking french onion soup.

    [–] Approximately 4,000 People Expected To Be Laid Off As Part of the Disney-Fox Merger Process (2,300 From Fox & 1,700 From Disney) peanutbutterjams 0 points ago in movies

    I'm talking about everyone. Everyone is forced to work for someone richer than them if they want to survive. Our own biological needs are used against us, to ensure the rich have a constant supply of labour.

    That's pretty fucked up :)

    Beyond that, you're vastly oversimplifying the situation. Managing a company, marketing, making connections - all of these are vastly different skills than what it takes to be an engineer. A successful product is the result of the ingenuity and innovation of tens to hundreds to thousands of people...and yet it's only the people who happen to be good at managing, incidentally also the people who have a high rate of sociopathic tendencies, are the ones who make bank. Everyone else makes a wage.

    Except, of course, with those who already have enough money to have that money create money.

    I am not describing a meritocracy here.

    [–] Approximately 4,000 People Expected To Be Laid Off As Part of the Disney-Fox Merger Process (2,300 From Fox & 1,700 From Disney) peanutbutterjams 1 points ago in movies

    I'm dissecting the reasons you think a very large company strong-arming smaller businesses into doing what makes profit for the megacorp at the expense of the local business is 'fair'.

    That is not 'equating the size of a movie studio to the availability of food', but talking about how both these actions can only exist as 'fair' actions in the workings of a corrupt and unfair economic system.

    [–] "All animals are equal but some animals are more equal than others." peanutbutterjams 1 points ago in books

    My comment recognized what definition of intolerance causes problems. People advocate intolerance of people who deny any part of their entire paradigm. Want to discuss whether James Damore shouldn't have been fired? Not tolerated. Want to discuss a definition of racism that doesn't exclude certain people from being able to be racist? Not tolerated.

    That's just intolerance. I'm familiar with the principle to which you're referring. There's a similar paradox in pacifism. What I'm responding to, however, is a defense of people who incite others to attack another person (Jordan Peterson) because of their views, or even attempt to silence his perspective because it 'shouldn't be tolerated'.

    The Right tries to stifle free speech through laws and certain institutions; the Left tries to stifle free speech through social mores and certain institutions. Personally, I think the latter is far more effective - you just haven't seen it at full steam yet. I hope we never do.

    [–] Approximately 4,000 People Expected To Be Laid Off As Part of the Disney-Fox Merger Process (2,300 From Fox & 1,700 From Disney) peanutbutterjams 0 points ago in movies

    What you've written here is only true if advertising and branding doesn't exist - but it does, and it plays a huge part in Disney's "success".

    Besides that, saying they're a monopoly is like saying Putin isn't a fascist. Maybe not, but it's close enough for most people.

    [–] Approximately 4,000 People Expected To Be Laid Off As Part of the Disney-Fox Merger Process (2,300 From Fox & 1,700 From Disney) peanutbutterjams 1 points ago in movies

    Redundancy is redundancy. As companies merge, there is quantifiably less jobs because whereas with two companies you needed those two IT people, now you only need one.

    It's like WalMart. Not only do they push out local business who sell the same products, but since they now have in-house lawyers, graphic designers, etc., there's less business for lawyers, graphic designers within the community.

    Also, as mentioned elsewhere, more 'content' doesn't mean jack to somebody who works in regulation or legal services.

    [–] Approximately 4,000 People Expected To Be Laid Off As Part of the Disney-Fox Merger Process (2,300 From Fox & 1,700 From Disney) peanutbutterjams 12 points ago in movies

    Shitty movies make tons of money. If everybody's talking about it, people will go see it and Disney can pay people to talk about it.

    Disney or any other megacorp, doesn't continue to make money because people and the world are rational. They make money because they can afford to buy our attention or determine what's important to us as a society.

    That's what advertising is.

    [–] Played "The Settlers of Catan" for the first time. Amazing! peanutbutterjams -1 points ago * (lasted edited 7 hours ago) in boardgames

    I'm sorry for your family's loss; my heart goes out to you and them.

    I am glad, though, that you were able to find a little joy for yourself during this time. Board games are one of the best ways to spend time with the ones you love and I think you definitely honoured your cousin's memory.


    What other games do you guys recommend?

    Muahahaha. That's a dangerous question in this sub ;-) Like somebody mentioned, check out here in the wiki for suggestions for gateway games. There's some great suggestions.

    Basically, you have a new world of games and mechanics to explore. Settlers of Catan is how many (most?) of us started board games - I still play it, a decade after my first game. Once you start exploring, there's literally no end to the kinds of themes and mechanics you'll encounter.

    My advice would be to browse the gateway games in the suggestions, check out BGG's Top 100, and figure out a few games you're interested in. Then you can check some reviews, or watch a runthrough, either of which will give you an idea of how the game plays. From there you can start buying.

    I'd suggest taking it slow so you can figure out what you like. Everyone's different, and you can really see that in tastes in board games! Also, like most hobbies, people get excited about the newest trend. I remember when I first started, people were talking about Games X, Y and Z like they were the best thing to ever exist. A year later, and only Z is still talked about. A year after that, none of themwere, So if you sub (please do), you'll get the impression that certain games are the Most Important Game Ever - they're probably not.

    I don't think anyone's giving you specific suggestions for games so far, and that's probably because we don't know what you like yet (other than Settlers of Catan) and so don't want to influence your buying decisions too much. But once you have a few ideas in mind, check out the daily thread and ask any questions you have!

    Finally, welcome to board gaming! It's the best hobby in the world with one of the nicest communities around.

    [Edit: This may be the weirdest downvote I've ever received.]

    [–] We all want socialism/communism but do we all want revolution? peanutbutterjams 1 points ago in Socialism_101

    And I think it's super hilarious that you're calling me a capitalist :D

    If you'd like to engage with anything I've said, I'm open to a dialogue about my perspective.

    [–] We all want socialism/communism but do we all want revolution? peanutbutterjams 6 points ago in Socialism_101

    Thanks!

    It's a little weird to be called a capitalist when you spend time in default subs like /r/movies raising and defending anti-capitalist concepts, but hey, I get it. It's not easy being socialist in a world drowning in capitalism.

    [–] We all want socialism/communism but do we all want revolution? peanutbutterjams 0 points ago in Socialism_101

    Generally the implication that a socialist revolution is in any way similar to capitalist rule in the world at this time.

    If it uses concepts like 'unfortunate necessities' to justify imposing hardship on other people for a outcome that is NOT guaranteed (because no outcome ever is), then the socialist revolution will be similar to capitalist rule in the world at this time, at least with regard to its use of concepts like the one mentioned.

    I agree with this statement as well, It's important for us to mentally prepare for the fact that the revolution will be violent, and bloody, and genuinely terrible,

    I don't think you do agree with my statement, because you're still stumping for a war.

    but that the socialism we will build after will finally end all wars

    You have no way of knowing that. Beyond this fact, you're repeating a promise that has been made many times before, and has proven false. Why would anyone believe this claim without irrefutable evidence to the contrary?

    Sometimes you have to pick the gun up to put the gun down.

    We've never put the gun down, so how could we pick it up?

    Edit: I just wanted to say add a 'thank you' for the civil discourse. We very much disagree with each other, and having a civil disagreement can only ever be a good thing for socialism.

    [–] We all want socialism/communism but do we all want revolution? peanutbutterjams 1 points ago in Socialism_101

    I'd agree that this statement and your original statement are two very different things, just not different enough for me to agree with either.

    I disagree with that statement

    Which? That having to hurt people who don't deserve it is an unfortunate necessity of capitalism?

    Or that "Unfortunate necessities" are the bread and butter of oppressors?

    Lots of terrible things have been done in the name of 'unfortunate necessities'. It's a common meme of amongst fascists and other forms of authoritarians. Gotta make those omelettes, right?

    So prepping people for our cause by telling them to expect 'unfortunate necessities' raises warning flags. People have who committed atrocities in the name of 'unfortunate necessities' have often thought they were on the true moral path to freeing people from their burdens.

    without socialism more people will be hurt every hour of every day than have ever been hurt in a battle or in a war.

    On that, we agree. But if we engender war, then they'll be hurt by capitalism AND war. With respect to the topic (and I do mean respect), the kind of war where people who don't deserve it are hurt should be avoided, not because I'm a pacifist (although I mostly am), but because it's unlikely to alleviate the suffering of the greatest percentage of people possible. War rarely does that.