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Facebook Offers Solution To End Drunken Posts

manwargi Drool proof society (134 comments)

This is a symptom of a number of problems including how much employment has become tied to Facebook, but in particular this seems to be the next level of enabling individuals to avoid responsibility for their own actions.

5 days ago
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Australian Target Stores Ban GTA V For Depictions of Violence Against Women

manwargi Re:So if it were violence against white men (310 comments)

It ultimately seems like a lose-lose situation because the feminists are going to find an excuse to attack it whatever they do.

Hear hear. I noticed this a very long time ago. There are no winning moves and they like it that way. If there are no females they'll complain about the absence of females. If there are females and they're attractive, they're being objectified. If there are females and they're not playable or combatants, an awful video rant is made complaining that they're objects and property or something. Are there even official, coherent demands by the people who spend all their time griping about issues like this? Do they have an achievable goal post that isn't discriminatory and makes sense?

Even many years back GTA3 was given a hard time for it being possible to kill hookers after you got your health restored by them, and it was the same situation even then. If the player wanted to kill all the black guys on the street or all the women or all the males or whatever, that is their prerogative and a natural condition of having a diverse world and equal playing field-- it is every bit as possible that an NPC can kill you or you can kill them.

about two weeks ago
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Officer Not Charged In Michael Brown Shooting

manwargi Re:Based on these posts, you can tell (1128 comments)

You're absolutely right. All African Americans that have no colored friends or associates whatsoever that they could possibly discuss these matters with, much less any ability to speculate why these things happen. It would never ever happen.

about three weeks ago
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Officer Not Charged In Michael Brown Shooting

manwargi Re:One interesting fact no one pointed out yet (1128 comments)

Officers generally shoot for the body first, and if the target isn't falling down quickly enough for their tastes they start going for the head. A bigger problem here is how quickly officers go for the lethal option. An even bigger problem than that is the environment in that town made the events that transpired a mess just waiting to happen.

about three weeks ago
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Officer Not Charged In Michael Brown Shooting

manwargi Re:Race (1128 comments)

It's all a matter of salience. Simple minded white skinned people see one black skinned person behaving poorly and assume they all behave poorly. Simple minded black skinned people get called out, criticized, or harmed in any way by white skinned people and assume racism. Throw in bad experiences getting robbed, assaulted, pulled over by the police, being treated in a condescending way, and these people grow polarized. When a fracturing issue like Trayvon or Michael Brown comes up, these people are going to see what they want to see, and the drama ensues.

It's also what we're seeing with the whole SJW vs MRA mess, really. People were hurt, people know someone who was hurt, people heard a story about someone who was really hurt, and now they're out to hurt back. So many people in these groups have either been swindled out of their belongings and child custody or they're been abused in one form or another or they've been unfairly judged.

And then the media will fan the flames because that draws the attention they seek.

about three weeks ago
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Officer Not Charged In Michael Brown Shooting

manwargi Re:Has the trend away from blunt force led to this (1128 comments)

You're quite correct, the use of flashlights impact weapons had become more and more frowned upon, likely due to an combination of abusive officers and pain compliance techniques making people (the ones watching I mean, but certainly the ones on the receiving end too) feel bad. Unfortunately in moving away from that option, an officer that has to choose between throwing his back out wrestling with someone and reaching for that gun is going to be doing a lot more killing. Plus the thing that just makes this all the worse are the current generation of police that want to play soldier with their counter-terrorism toys.

about three weeks ago
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"Barbie: I Can Be a Computer Engineer" Pulled From Amazon

manwargi Re:holy crap (561 comments)

To be fair, the term existed before 4chan did.

about three weeks ago
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The Students Who Feel They Have the Right To Cheat

manwargi Re:Be the Change You Wish to See in the World (438 comments)

Would the slaves have been better off in Africa, dead of one savagery or another?

Hmm, isn't freedom an American value? Would you be happier if the quality and safety of your life was improved at the expense of being much more strictly controlled by another entity?

about a month ago
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Long-term Study Finds No Link Between Video Game Violence and Real Violence

manwargi Re:They don't make you a misogynist either (250 comments)

One can dearly hope, considering how far and widely this twisted narrative is infecting others like some digital zombie virus.

about a month ago
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Long-term Study Finds No Link Between Video Game Violence and Real Violence

manwargi Re:No link? (250 comments)

It kinda exists, but its effect is the opposite of what many believe it to be. Venting in any particular way might be temporarily refreshing, but the next time that stress builds up, the subject is going to want to vent that way again, and in turn action becomes habit. Sometimes, as with any sort of stimulation, a person is going to want bigger fixes each time it comes around.

about a month ago
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The Inevitable Death of the Internet Troll

manwargi Re:Respect in anonymity (571 comments)

A failed comparison that utterly fails to grasp the original message.

On the internet being black or asian or anything is unknown and irrelevant unless you voluntarily draw attention to it. Outside of formal social media sites, we truly do exist without skin color or nationality or religious bias while online. Now, if you hop on voice chat and you sound fresh off the boat or like you were raised in the ghetto, or heck, even if you have a bit of Southern drawl to your voice, you might get a polarized reaction to such a salient detail about yourself. But there are plenty of people who can write and speak online without giving away anything about their background, and they are judged by the merits of their words and actions.

If you make it a point to make a huge deal out of the fact that you're a particular ethnicity or gender, there are going to be people out there that either dislike you for what you are, or see a great opportunity for getting under your skin about any insecurities you might have. And the two are not as often the same as you might expect.

about 2 months ago
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The Inevitable Death of the Internet Troll

manwargi Abstracting the unstoppable beast (571 comments)

The essence and intent of the internet troll cannot be stopped, it will only be abstracted into more subtle and passive aggressive manifestations. Akin to people who develop extremely bizarre fetishes (i.e. the very act of renting an adult movie rather than anything to do with watching the content it contains) restriction will only cause it to take a more vague and flowery form in the direction of innuendo hinting at the intended message. The internet is extremely good at "rooting around damage" as so many here have often said.

As for all this talk about violent threats and actual harassment, aren't there already plenty of laws on the books for that sort of thing?

about 2 months ago
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FBI Warns Industry of Chinese Cyber Campaign

manwargi Re:FBI Doesn't plant evidence (106 comments)

and they do a lot of entrapment of people who go along with whatever crime they set up (in most domestic terrorism cases you hear about the FBI is the one selling the arms to the "terrorists").

But at the end of the day, they're generally law enforcement guys interested in arresting people who violate the law, not in pretending innocent people have violated the law.

There is quite a bit of contradiction in those lines, and the former of them is the very reason the grandparent finds the FBI more threatening.

about 2 months ago
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Eric Schmidt: Anxiety Over US Spying Will "Break the Internet"

manwargi Re:Internets (179 comments)

We kind of already have that. Depending on where one gets their news from and what one wishes to believe, one can comfortably find an echo chamber for just about any ideology right here on the internet we have.

about 2 months ago
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DoJ: Law Enforcement Can Impersonate People On Facebook

manwargi Re:disgusting (191 comments)

It sounds like sarcasm but Poe's law hits hard with that one, given how many Americans unironically feel that way.

about 2 months ago
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Why a Chinese Company Is the Biggest IPO Ever In the US

manwargi Re:Capitalism is enamored with Fascism (191 comments)

From the wiki link,

The election of Roosevelt was upsetting for many conservative businessmen of the time, his "campaign promise that the government would provide jobs for all the unemployed had the perverse effect of creating a new wave of unemployment by businessmen frightened by fears of socialism and reckless government spending."

Boy, the more things change the more they stay the same.

about 3 months ago
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The MOOC Revolution That Wasn't

manwargi Foolish approach (182 comments)

Putting "the bottom line" under such harsh scrutiny is the wrong way to look at MOOCs. They are an opportunity for anybody with the time and discipline to learn things alongside others interested in learning the same subjects without the need for scholarships or high GPAs. The people there are going to be considerably more interested in learning the material rather than trying to complete a degree in the name of high incomes or not shaming their family, kind of like the way university was intended to be before society told us we needed a good education in order to not be lower class citizens. I sign up for interesting MOOCs from time to time, and if the material is too difficult or I do not have the time to complete the lectures/assignments I may not pass them, but I may have still learned very useful things from the course or otherwise enjoyed the use of my time.

Rather than looking at the 4 million that didn't attend the class or the other 3.5 million that attempted it but didn't pass, I would look with great optimism at the whopping 400,000 that were willing and able to run the gauntlet. In the big picture it sounds like MOOCs are still touching a hell of a lot of people.

about 3 months ago
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Anita Sarkeesian, Creator of "Tropes vs. Women," Driven From Home By Trolls

manwargi Re:Slashdot comments indicative of the problem (1262 comments)

Insightful observations. These days there are many immature or irresponsible claims being made that undermine actual issues of inequality. Rape is always a talking point with its definition continually stretched as broadly as possible by radicals who want to manipulate the leeway given to anguished victims of actual abuse. People with a stance such as Miss Nevada's are branded and shamed as "rape apologists", and I have read of people trying to use the label of "slut shaming" to defend someone under fire for cheating on her boyfriend. Not for being promiscuous or provocative, but literally for two-timing in a committed relationship. Doing something she and her boyfriend presumably agreed not to do.

Tumblr in particular is an echo-chamber of hysteria and mental illness-- I'm not being hyperbolic either as many people blogging there openly admit to having some manner of disorder, illness, or experiences that "trigger" them, and pollution from this toxic environment is spilling out onto the rest of the internet in ways that appear even stronger than 4chan's influence.

Amidst rants like these the legitimate topics are being lost, and it really doesn't help that when the subject of sexism is examined forums meant for promoting discussion are quick to disable comments, ban criticism, silence dissent, all things Sarkeesian has also developed a reputation for doing. This in turn causes disagreements to smoulder and turn foul.

about 4 months ago
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Anita Sarkeesian, Creator of "Tropes vs. Women," Driven From Home By Trolls

manwargi Re:Just proves the point (1262 comments)

Hear hear, a shame I have no mod points today. Judging from past experience this summary is hardly the whole story, but rather cherry picked facts to make Sarkeesian appear the victim. She has built up a reputation of avoiding criticism and playing the victim as often as possible.

about 4 months ago

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