… that someone has exposed which were behind a paywall. I’m merely acknowledging its existence.
As they mentioned in the post, the searchable index is temporarily down, but the cache remains up here: https://ipfs.io/ipfs/bafykbzaced4xstofs4tc5q4irede6uzaz3qzcdvcb2eedxgfakzwdyjnxgohq/
@Marco there are three problems I think.
#1 is what you’ve mentioned, that people need to understand that there are other perspectives that have merit.
#2 is that people need to realize and be honest about what is influencing the opinions they express.
I struggle when I talk to people who express talking points but don’t seem to be inclined to evaluate why they are expressing them or if they are logical. In these circumstances it is hard to maintain discourse.
#3 people must be allowed to change. Our ideas around hypocrisy in this country cast a false negative stigma on changing ones perspective. Also we see debates as verbal combat and not knowledge sharing and joint exploration. We should actively identify what biases we are advocating for or rejecting and realize that the case we make for or against biases does not define us in perpetuity, those opinions are simply the surfaces that we present to others at any given time.
The change happens within us first, in our molten core, and the surface opinions may appear static for a time; they are not in fact static, nor should they be. If they are the same as they were last week or last month or last year, that should be because we have reevaluated our thoughts and they still pass muster.
When someone is not willing or able to take in more information and evolve their opinions, and their stated opinions are the same positions championed by special interests, this is a disappointment. It’s not really dialogue between two individuals at that point. At that point, it’s hard to find merit in discussion, as it would seem that at least one party is not really interested in talking meaningfully. It also feels as though one is arguing more against the agency that has possessed the person with whom they are speaking rather that the person themself. This is a demoralizing and dehumanizing feeling. I wish it werent so.
However, there can be some optimism that all stated opinions aren’t really what people believe. They’re just the expressed opinion of the person at the time, with varying degrees of personal investment and ingenuity.
@wissox My step father was from Russell, and knew Senator Dole. When his father was getting the runaround with the V.A., step dad called Senator Dole, and the problem was solved immediately. Dole was a man that carried himself with wisdom and dignity, and represented Kansas tremendously for many years.
@mayjay Fair enough. I don’t disagree with you at all there and I apologize again for making assumptions about your position or ability to be nonpartisan. The reason I keep pointing out the mob itself is only to say that their presence in the first place, incited and supported by people who should know better, is even more of a problem than the yahoos who came out to argue with them. Thanks for the discussion.
@benshawks08 said in Kavanaugh:
This seems bad. Someone explain to me why the Supreme Court (conservative or progressive) would want more kids in jail for life? From everything I’m reading this is going against precedent even. Sotomayor seems not pleased with the decision.
The constitutionality of life without parole for minors wasn’t before the Court. Only whether it was mandatory to make a separate judgment on sentencing. Legislatures really need to take this up. This and death penalty litigation are absolute trash fires
@FarmerJayhawk So Fox News takes convenient bits and pieces of CNN coverage about whackjob Republican politicians, applies their spin, and the conclusion is that the leftist media is to blame?
Why do a good job when you’re better than the other guy at making the other guy look worse?
Why acknowledge that you’re bad at being good when you’re good at being bad?
@FarmerJayhawk said in I hate Ted Cruz:
Would be newsier if anyone liked the guy tbh
The Onion could make a nice story about this, if they haven’t yet.
“Man Admires Senator Cruz, Cites Ted’s Willingness to Go the Extra Mile”
@approxinfinity said in Biden and Vaccines:
Why would we order 200 million more guaranteed [or no payment] vaccines from Pfizer, when we could wait a year longer for companies that worked within the constructs of Trump’s Project Warp Speed, so that our Lord and Saviour Trump could claim credit for our Salvation?
Idk but I’m unbelievably happy the major winner in all this rejected the bounds of a typical center-left PPP and went balls to the wall risking its own money and reputation to develop the best vaccine it could in record time. It’s a wonderful thing.
@BShark said in Why can't Mike Pence wear a f---ing mask?:
@nuleafjhawk said in Why can't Mike Pence wear a f---ing mask?:
But WHY do we have to have “parties”? (which, by the way, our government is no party - that’s the one thing I do know)
Why can’t we just have men or women run for office based on their qualifications. On their character. On their morals.
Because it’s all a show and there are lots of people that really buy into it and are hardcore on one “side”. There is only one side, the donor class oligarchs.
Believe me I would LOVE to see some things get done now in regards to medical and climate change but why would the capitalists in charge give up some of their bread?
In Soviet Russia, bread has dirty capitalist!
@nuleafjhawk Thanks for the concern. Not at all depressed. Just came to a realization that I don’t need sports when they mix politics and stupid politics at that.
Focused on trying to retire by putting my investments on steroids. Working hard via Zoom (yes, that’s kinda depressing). And ride my mountain bike nearing 1500 miles on beautiful single track trails this year.
@approxinfinity haven’t thought about BLM since the season began either. BTW, when did the season start? I just had had enough of sports being politicized with stupid communist groups and socially destructive movements. Big fan of Jason Whitlock and his perspective.
At this point, it’s as much I won’t pay for a feed that support idiot tv stations. May pick some games to go to a bar/restaurant and watch. But will no longer support Universities. Don’t care if they burn down and go broke. Actually, hope they burn down and go broke.
Guess that’s why I posted here and not on the bball section. I think we’re ranked and doing well. Guess one thing that made me aware college bball was going on was an article with Mike Consonants saying the season should be cancelled when Zero Hedge was laughing at him because his team was something like 2-2 since no home court advantage.
@benshawks08 said in The COVID-19 economy:
@FarmerJayhawk Yeah but his idea gets rid of state and local relief which ALREADY has wide bipartisan support in exchange for getting rid of his liability shield which is purely Republican supported. Not exactly how compromise works…
Not sure I buy the premise. Seems to be pretty tepid support for state and local funding from a lot of R’s. There is wide support for aid to schools to keep open, though and has received nearly unanimous GOP support.
Like pulling teeth to get Schumer to say yes to anything. Makes me wonder if, like Pelosi, his position is contingent on the outcome of the Georgia races.
Regardless, the final package will look similar to a lot of proposals floating around: liability shield, refueled PPP, expanded UI, aid to state and locals, additional funding for the health sector and schools, mayyybe another round of (likely smaller) checks. The rest is just posturing. McConnell won’t get his “skinny” bill and Pelosi won’t get her $3 trillion monstrosity. They’ll land around $1 trillion and we’ll all just keep rolling.