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As funny as the GOP "defund the FBI" tweets will be I'm not sure if I can take another few years of sycophantic liberals praising the FBI

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Why? What someone thinks both impacts their character and is downstream of their character.

i mean my problem with the fbi is that they have a lot of flexibility which they use to fuck with people for petty reasons, and there are people who are fine with that perhaps downstream of basically not thinking rule of law is important or that people being left alone is valuable, but discussion of the FBI has goten so partisan sine they began investigating Trump for russia stuff that i think a lot of ppl who talk about the fbi is just because of partisanship. I mean yeah I guess it reveals they repeat partisan stuff but it's not what it SEEMS to mean if you have only like, the usual FBI in their usual activities in mind

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I mean yeah I guess it reveals they repeat partisan stuff but it’s not what it SEEMS to mean if you have only like, the usual FBI in their usual activities in mind

I’ll take someone who has a disastrously wrong opinion that attempts to engage with the relevant facts over someone who is says the same things I think are correct but only because that’s what their favored tribe says any day!!!

We're all heartbroken right now.

We found out at this morning's anatomy scan that one of the twins died, probably about 8 weeks ago.

The other looks very healthy and so far no concerns for Alyssa. Planning to follow up with a specialist but expecting one healthy baby boy 12/6.

What is precious in Taiwan is the democratic government, which was created in the 80s and 90s, around the same time as the successful democracy movement in South Korea and the unsuccessful one in mainland China. It's nothing to do with PRC vs KMT, which was roughly communists vs fascists

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I’m not sure if it has nothing to do with KMT (e.g. you could make a case that after the initial decades the “it’s just fascism” wears out, see e.g. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taiwan_Miracle), but it has a lot to do with being not-PRC.

  1. "one china" was not just to appease deng as you said on twitter, but welcomed (and still welcomed) by the KMT, because if Taiwan isn't China, then they're just some thugs who showed up in the 40s and started murdering people (they are)
  2. The country being officially the "Republic of China" is just a leftover of this selfserving narrative of tyrants, and if Nancy Pelosi had used this name as you suggested on Twitter, it would just be affirming this myth

the taiwanese people won their freedom from the KMT, and hopefully will permanently win it from the PRC CCP, as will the mainland Chinese. You should dissasociate the Taiwanese struggle for freedom from the perpetrators of the 228 massacre, the murderers of Henry Liu, etc, that is, not give undue credit for Taiwanese democracy to the murderers of democracy activists

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There’s a lot I don’t know about Taiwain history especially before the modern relationship, and I agree that the KMT in the 40s was pretty much a rival gang of thugs to the CCP. I probably should learn more before speaking positively of anything done under their rule. But do you have a source on One China being welcomed by KMT and the Taiwanese not wanting to be RoC?

im basing it on the pattern of KMT presidents not seeking UN recognition whereas non-KMT taiwanese presidents have sought it; the fact that by the time of transfer of power taiwanese people had lived their entire lives (or for the older ones, adult lives) as part of the japanese empire and if they spoke a language besides hakka, taiwanese hokkien, or an aboriginal language it was japanese, not mandarin; the protests against kmt rule in the time before the 228 massacre; and personal conversations like my friend T saying the KMT tried to brainwash everyone that they were chinese. As for something to read, no, i dont have any good reading material, just a picture ive put together myself from scattered facts, which is a situation id like to remedy. I wouldnt phrase it as "taiwanese dont want to be ROC", which makes it sound like i did an opinion poll, and there's certainly no consensus on that currently, it's one of the most divisive issues in taiwanese politics (i mean, the KMT still wins elections, although theyre not currently in power), but one where i think i know what the right side is

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Yeah OK, comments on the appropriate way to consider Taiwan vis à vis China retracted, I was over my skis there. Things I am confident in:

  • The CCP has no legitimate claim over the mainland, let alone Taiwan
  • The current government in Taiwan is, as far as these things go in today’s world, legitimate, and it is a sovereign country
  • The US should have formal diplomatic relations with Taiwan and should not have any with the CCP in its current form
  • Primarily because of our economic relations, but also possibly because of potential national security/strategic reasons, the US has a vested interest in the maintenance of the security and sovereignty of Taiwan
  • Relative to threats of aggression from the CCP, Taiwan deserves every possible moral sanction we can grant it, including from political figures.

What is precious in Taiwan is the democratic government, which was created in the 80s and 90s, around the same time as the successful democracy movement in South Korea and the unsuccessful one in mainland China. It's nothing to do with PRC vs KMT, which was roughly communists vs fascists

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I’m not sure if it has nothing to do with KMT (e.g. you could make a case that after the initial decades the “it’s just fascism” wears out, see e.g. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taiwan_Miracle), but it has a lot to do with being not-PRC.

  1. "one china" was not just to appease deng as you said on twitter, but welcomed (and still welcomed) by the KMT, because if Taiwan isn't China, then they're just some thugs who showed up in the 40s and started murdering people (they are)
  2. The country being officially the "Republic of China" is just a leftover of this selfserving narrative of tyrants, and if Nancy Pelosi had used this name as you suggested on Twitter, it would just be affirming this myth

the taiwanese people won their freedom from the KMT, and hopefully will permanently win it from the PRC CCP, as will the mainland Chinese. You should dissasociate the Taiwanese struggle for freedom from the perpetrators of the 228 massacre, the murderers of Henry Liu, etc, that is, not give undue credit for Taiwanese democracy to the murderers of democracy activists

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There’s a lot I don’t know about Taiwain history especially before the modern relationship, and I agree that the KMT in the 40s was pretty much a rival gang of thugs to the CCP. I probably should learn more before speaking positively of anything done under their rule. But do you have a source on One China being welcomed by KMT and the Taiwanese not wanting to be RoC?

Looks like I’m not missing anything, insects as food is all hype. They feed them grain, that’s not going to change. So, I figure, you could just be making protein powder out of the grain, and that wuold probably be easier and cheaper and produce as much protein.

Always thought “it’ll be easier to get the masses to agree to eat crickets than to eat tofu” was kindof a braindead idea.

If “protein delivery vehicle, doesn’t need to be appetizing” was all we needed, we already had that long before the whole bugs thing started.

Wow it’s almost like the efficiency was not the main point!

What was the main point? All the press is about efficiency.

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The main point is they want us to suffer under their rule. Same with nearly of the concerns around “efficiency” and “sustainability” at the time of greatest abundance in human history.

What is precious in Taiwan is the democratic government, which was created in the 80s and 90s, around the same time as the successful democracy movement in South Korea and the unsuccessful one in mainland China. It's nothing to do with PRC vs KMT, which was roughly communists vs fascists

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I’m not sure if it has nothing to do with KMT (e.g. you could make a case that after the initial decades the “it’s just fascism” wears out, see e.g. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taiwan_Miracle), but it has a lot to do with being not-PRC.

I’ve put off learning/migrating to the new Magical Internally-developed Framework That Solves All Your Problems And Has All The Right Opinions for as long as I could... And I was goddamn right, I hate this.

In last night’s dream it became a major internet fad for people to refer to Danganronpa as ‘Dungen Rungen.’ It was never entirely clear to me whether this was affectionate or pejorative.

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Dungen Rungen (pejorative (affectionate))

Looking for an at-home guitar training program, starting from 0 (half-remembered music theory from singing in HS/college), with more of an emphasis on step-by-step technical skill development and combination than whole songs per se.

The mental causation problem

We cannot characterize conscious action in a way that both incorporates mental aspects and fully integrates with our best scientific knowledge of physical aspects, as the latter is currently formulated.

There is mental causation, and (much of) that physical knowledge is knowledge, but the latter is not held in a form that can incorporate the former.

Maybe the abortion bans are just going to be undramatic. That's probably the best outcome.

The best outcome, as I see it, is that the abortion bans are successfully enforced (including successful implementation of countermeasures against mifepristone) and this just goes on for some years and stops being terrifying. I doubt we can actually get to the point where people laugh at the whole Handmaid's Tale slander but they may cease to take it seriously.

The big question of course is just how well we can defeat mifepristone and other illegal abortion techniques. I am confident that the people saying it's impossible are full of themselves.

Yeah, in a few years when we're forcing ten year olds to have their rapist's babies and putting their families in debt to pay for it because they don't have insurance we'll say,

"Crazy that anybody ever thought this was controversial!"

And when women die from ectopic pregnancies because everyone knows those are just faked so women can get abortions, we'll say,

"I can't believe that people made those handmaid's tales comparisons. So ridiculous."

The US isn't even trying to do this in a compassionate matter, and since there's literally not a single damn thing that would prevent it, it's hard not to conclude that the cruelty is, in some way, intentional.

And since we are both opposed to these things happening, why don't you try to improve things within the constraints of fetal human rights?

This isn't sarcastic. This is quite simply my suggestion.

(seriously, this type of rhetoric is, to me, exactly like "obviously freeing an entire country of slaves is going to lead to some social disruption and harsh measures -- now are we going to make things better, or make them worse?")

Are there pro-choice people who don't take a hard line against raping 10-year-old? I thought we as a society were pretty unified on this and it hasn't been enough to solve the problem yet

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the whole Handmaid's Tale slander

I haven’t seen/read Handmaid’s Tale and I wouldn’t reference it myself, but from Wikipedia:

In a world where fertility rates have collapsed as a result of sexually transmitted diseases and environmental pollution, the totalitarian, theonomic government of Gilead establishes rule in the former United States in the aftermath of a civil war. Society is organized by power-hungry leaders along with a new, militarized, hierarchical regime of religious fanaticism and newly created social classes, in which women are brutally subjugated. By law, women in Gilead are forced to work in very limited roles, including some as natal slaves, and they are not allowed to own property, have careers, handle money, or read.

The central case of preventing abortions, forcing a healthy adult woman who had consensual sex to give up her body to a child she doesn’t want for 9 months and then likely a huge part of the rest of her life to raising it, is in fact an instance of theocratic government brutally subjugating women into being natal slaves and not allowing them to have careers of their choice. This is not a slander this is what you want.

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i understand why they do it but it's so irksome when people say 'there's no algorithm' about every website that doesn't do the vile twitter/facebook/youtube/etc thing of showing you stuff according to some obscure process designed to maximise your 'engagement' or whatever.

of course tumblr has an algorithm even if you disable 'best stuff first'; both in the trivial sense that it's a fucking computer doing things of course there's algorithms and also in the narrower sense that it's picking which things go on my dashboard: it shows me the posts the blogs i follow made, in chronological order. of course ao3 has an algorithm: it shows me the fics that have the tags i requested and don't have the tags i excluded, ordered by kudos or whatever else I ask it for. that's an algorithm!

it's a transparent algorithm rather than a black box, which is I think rather the point; I don't care that the site with more content than I could consume in several human lifetimes has to pick which thing to show me, I just want more control and understanding over how that picking is done.

but having single words for things is convenient and by now this particular kind of algorithm is a well-established new meaning of the word. i know.

“Things are the most algorithm when they are inscrutable black box quasi-oracles. They are the least algorithms when they are explicitly articulable rules.”

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to be clear, this post doesn't contradict that lisa is canonically aroace, but,

we know that she likes to be the smartest; she loves to be in the room with all the big important people making decisions and she loves to work out what they're hiding; at her most unhinged (during the echidna event) she kept sacrificing her actual goals to extract those bits of information and to do incredibly dangerous experiments in the middle of an s-class fight to work out the deep nature of powers

we know also that she had a complex when she was younger about getting praise by her parents, because we know she ran away when her power allowed her to work out that they didn't actually care about her except as a good to advance their family position, and therefore we can conclude that their approval meant something to her before that

it is entirely coherent with her character that she would like headpats

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First half of this I thought this was perhaps about the Simpsons