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  • Aug 31st, 2021 @ 11:28pm

    Re: Immigrants

    It's not unreasonable to want fair treatment for all. But does any person's visa overstay cause harm to you or anyone else?
    Have you considered how all the many pieces to your successful immigration came together, that many of those challenges could be insurmountable without support of family and perhaps an employer, opportunities for valuable education and learning English that few others have, coming up with enough money for applications, renewals, to cover travel and settling costs, safely traveling your country to get necessary security and health exams. The amount of time you were able to wait, without having to pick up and flee, repeatedly, or facing a wait longer than your remaining lifetime.
    You know how difficult it was to get where you are, and you should remember the uncertainty of any change in your life could have on your status, something as simple as your employer merging with another company, marriage or divorce, or just a clerical error completely out of your control. Try not to assume that your success is largely reflective of a fair system for good folks like yourself. You are the exception, not the norm.

  • Aug 27th, 2021 @ 11:37pm

    Re: Re:

    We didn't technically fund the army, most soldiers had been months without pay. We did try to train 10s of thousands, but 80% of their population is illiterate (which I'm not saying as an insult, survival outranks education). This means they do not have enough pilots, mechanics, air support, logistics and analyst teams, they are almost strictly ground force fighters. Even al-Qaeda sent the hijackers to the US to learn how to fly. And the country is too poor to maintain facilities and equipment we built for them, including civilian projects like power plants and hospitals. We designed everything the American way, bigger, shinier, with lots of gadgets and gizmos, instead of to meet the needs of the Afghanis.
    The US provided the air support crucial for their missions, and without it they are just lambs to the slaughter.
    The Pentagon kept pushing this idea that they were almost there, just a little more time, a little more money. They touted the high priced programs they bought like they were obviously a success, when there was little to no proof that anything at all was accomplished.
    We should have been working on our soft power coalitions, our diplomacy, aid that wasn't contingent on politics or military goals.

  • Aug 27th, 2021 @ 10:14pm

    Took away a favorite!

    Low and behold, not an hour after I read this, my daughter is trying to watch a favorite Little Angel video on her Fire Tablet, and it says that it has been marked private. This is an older video, or collection of them, and the thumbnail looks just like the examples above, except it's not Elsa.
    The song is "Oops! what's that sound?", And it's a baby and mom singing out body sounds in a super innocent and cute way. It's not vulgar, it's nothing more than an example of the sound and then a very simple explanation. The worst of it is a short little fart sound, and it's referred to as a poot, explains that it's normal , could mean that you need to go potty. I'm an overgrown child so I giggle about it, but it really is very innocent.
    The only other song that might be questionable, or picked up on an algorithm is a song about stinky socks, which is very silly, and very innocent as well. My little one doesn't understand why we can't watch it any more and she is really upset.
    Now I had seen some questionable videos similar to those thumbnails, especially when searching for more girl centered content. And I was also surprised that Little Angel and lookalikes got away with using the likenesses of Disney princesses. But sorta seems like they should have left alone known content creators. I bet that horrid Little Baby Bum video that has the song about a kid putting a cat down a well hasn't been yanked.(otherwise I like Little Baby Bum). But content moderation at scale is never easy.

  • Aug 27th, 2021 @ 8:12pm

    Re: Are there no parents left?

    Being "raised properly" is a pretty loaded statement.
    I'm 40, so I grew up everything from My little Ponies, Looney Tunes, TMNT, Ren & Stimpy, and Beevis & Butthead in my tweens. My home was mostly stable, but even if it wasn't I doubt cartoons would have been a factor in how I turned out.
    But I'm also a parent now. And those thumbnails look just like Little Angel/ Little World, and even similar to Cocomelon musical cartoons that my daughter loves. Now I have to pre-approve every video she can see on her Amazon tablet, but not our computers. Some times, I take advantage of the opportunity to poop alone. Or finish something, anything that I started without 35 interruptions. And I'm going to be hella pissed if I come back to my 3 yr old watching a drunken Elsa injecting Spidey babies with something to get them high, in some disturbing version of pregnancy, with Spiderman slapping her around and humping her. It's a pretty undesirable situation to end up in her imaginative play, though probably harmless on its own, we would still have to address what is wrong in an age appropriate way. But that's not my concern.
    When I was little, my mom overhead me playing with a little girl saying we needed to get money to bail dad out of jail. Her home life was a little rough. So was mine, but I didn't know about the multiple times my dad had to be bailed out because he was a drunk, it was hidden from me. My mom didn't want me to play with her after that. Later on, when I turned 8 or 9, we watched Beetlejuice at my slumber party. And another little girl's mom didn't want her to play with me anymore. And as uptight as parents are now a days!?! I don't give a rat's ass what some parent thinks of me, but I don't want my kid to lose out on friendships it.
    So where are the parents? Right here, busting out butts, trying not to screw up too badly.

  • Aug 15th, 2021 @ 12:00am

    Re: Re: Re: Stop Defining, Start Announcing

    Right, but will they come out and say it? Because they keep claiming it's their "conservative" views that are being "censored", not the racism and hatred they try to cloak in religious values, or dangerous misinformation/disinformation. I think they are putting forth a bad faith argument and they know damn well why they keep getting put in time out, and can't come up with anything that actually aligns with pre or post Trump conservative values.

  • Aug 11th, 2021 @ 9:20pm

    Re: Stop Defining, Start Announcing

    And what are the viewpoints of conservatives these days? It's not about cutting spending & small/limiting the power of government like in the days of old. Their shitty social values are the same. They can't openly degrade people on social media so easily because it's a shared space (nothing stopping them from buying a bunch of tiki torches and marching in their khakis, and they have become pretty emboldened with slinging the n word, even at a city council meeting) they used to, but they can still spread lies and disinformation about abortion, the environment, climate change, race relations. And they still get plenty of access to whitewash textbooks & lie to adolescents about the limited sex information they are taught (which has dangerous and life altering effects on people), something they never had much effective reach on Twitter to do anyways.
    Do you count the lies, distortions, and science denialism as conservative values?
    I mean seriously, tell me what actual conservative values are, because all I see are blatant lies and hateful vitriol being taken down.

  • Jun 19th, 2021 @ 12:34am

    Re: Re:

    Mince words anyway you want. Darth Cheeto went up to the podium, after his tech dept lead spoke about cleaning techniques to make shared spaces safer, clearly delusional from huffing his own farts, and mused a couple of brain turds, as if he actually had come up with some kind of brilliant and novel treatment that medical professionals would be heralding for the ages, about an internal light treatment or a cleaning of the lungs, which he then "confirmed" with the same tech guy that such studies would be happening with doctors. If what he said did not imply that ingesting a strong cleaner could some how cure or prevent covid-19, then companies like Lysol and Clorox wouldn't have had to put out their own press releases warning people not to take their products internally, and the poison control centers wouldn't have had a noticable increase in calls and reports of people ingesting cleaners and asking about it. The next day, that moron tried to say that he was kidding, being sarcastic, to see what the liberal media would do. I'm not sure if it's more disgusting that tacky shithead thought he could actually come up with a medical breakthrough, or that he thought that it would be totally fine for the leader of the free world to pull some stupid prank during a presser about a virus killing thousands a day.
    Also lab leak does not equate an escaped bioweapon, or even a modified virus. Also, Harvard put out a letter or statement recently saying that they avoided endorsing lab leak theories because they did not want it to become a tool for racist and conspiracy theorist at behest of Trump. That's because they know that Trump's behavior would make investigating China more difficult.

  • Jun 18th, 2021 @ 6:27pm

    Re: Union paradise

    No other unions hold the power that police unions do because no one, not even firefighters and teachers, can leverage fear like police. Teachers are a sympathetic group, we all know they are underpaid, so people support throwing them some scraps and don't go too crazy if they strike for a couple days. Firefighters have some dirty unions too, but them refusing to work seems to be beyond the pale. But cops threaten to strike, even though there are laws against it, back that threat up with a "slow down" warning, which is basically political suicide for the mayor or governor, who ever is in charge. Police pretend they are the only thing preventing a purge that will end society as we know it, and white affluent idiots eat it up.

  • May 20th, 2021 @ 11:54pm

    Re: Re: But You Won't Like It

    The kids don't need any additional training than they are already get; remember, most of them have only had the internet to do research, unlike those of us who grew up using the library, not permitted to use the limited digital resources even available. Young people do much better at vetting their sources than older generations, they don't assume Uncle Bob's social media post is the golden truth they must pass on to everyone, because, well, Uncle Bob is old & doesn't know what he's talking about. But when it's brother Bob, someone you looked up to, who looked out for you, well , brother Bob's word is golden and you must tell everyone. It's really the grown adults, older millennials like me (damnit I'm generation Y as far as I'm concerned lol) and the rest of the older generations that need to learn how to vet sources, apply those critical thinking skills more consistently. My own mother has passed on warnings of kidnappers lurking in white vans, oh and the "new species fatally poisonous spider" to be on the look out for, and my husband believed a rather wild claim from someone he kinda used to know, claiming that this person's child was in the mother's custody, but was living with a pedophile, complete with a mugshot of stereotypical pervy looking dude, and a name that was previously on the registry, and a story that a judge was unwilling to grant him full custody to protect his child- a story that took me less than 5 minutes to debunk, even finding the real identity of the creeper, and finding how the SOR worked in AK, which would not allow for the situation as it was described. Adults need training, not kids

  • May 14th, 2021 @ 1:05am

    Re: Re: What's wrong with Wired?

    I'm not trying to victim blame, as these are children with zero responsibility for what they have suffered. At the same time, I can't help but wonder why their parents or guardians didn't make them feel safe in bringing this stuff to their attention. I'm not saying the parents are at fault either, blame is fully on the predators. But there is a trend some where in those victims of some necessary point of trust, where even if threatened by the pedophile, that they were not certain that mom or dads physical presence would not have been overwhelmingly safe and secure and able to protect them from the threats. I guess I can see how threats coming from a trusted adult, in person, can be an effective intimidation tactic to silence a child; where as an internet stranger, one who has presented themselves as a child or teen, even with some of the child's personal info, like their address, the name of their pet, ect, is more frightening than the security of a physically present parent can overcome. I know these scumbags groom the kids, get details about their lives, probably target kids they suspect are vulnerable. I was a people pleaser kid, I got a stomach ache from just being asked to be quiet from an adult, but even if I screwed up, I could still go to my Mommom or Mom and they would fix (or help me fix) the problem. It just bothers me that so many kids didn't feel confident or secure in the "powers" of Mom and Dad (or a grandparent, or a sibling, someone who acted as a protector)
    Maybe I misunderstand the dynamic, but I hope I equip my daughter with the tools to stand her ground until she can get me or her Dad, who she will trust to protect her, regardless of any mistakes or blame she thinks she deserves.

  • Apr 26th, 2021 @ 5:10pm

    Run 'em over

    Didn't they also add protections for drivers that hit protesters with their cars if they are blocking a roadway? That might have been dropped from the final bill, but I'm not sure.
    Kinda surprised they didn't go for Wisconsin and Missouri plans to eliminate access to all state aid if convicted of anything protest related. These aren't the only states, but they include everything from Medicaid, SNAP (food stamps), student loans, unemployment benefits (FL doesn't administer that to anyone already), housing and
    mortgage assistance.

  • Mar 25th, 2021 @ 4:00am


    Ooh! Ooh! I know, pick me!
    In the form of a question: What is a tired and thoroughly debunked claim of conservative viewpoint censorship that no one wants to argue with Koby about again?
    Don't pretend that you don't know full well it's not conservative views being censored. It's hateful views that dehumanize others, spreading of dangerous lies about vaccines, masks, and the pandemic, and spreading dangerous lies that have resulted in violence regarding the 2020 election that just so happen to come almost entirely from "conservative" people that are getting shut down. The misinformation, lies and propaganda were allowed to spread until well after there were real word harms.

  • Mar 10th, 2021 @ 1:56am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    Not blissfully unaware, stubbornly refusing awareness. A lot of people think the concept of white privilege is a personal attack, and acknowledging that they likely benefitted from it is the equivalent of saying they didn't work hard for their accomplishments, that they never experienced hardship, or they knowingly used their shared whiteness to take an opportunity that they didn't deserve from a black person. And so they purposely shut down what they think they don't want to hear, when it's really not what they think it is.

  • Feb 24th, 2021 @ 11:18pm

    Re: Acts of kindness are now suspicious

    When I was about 6 years old, I got lost at the beach. I walked 2 miles, from one public beach to another, I kept thinking my mom was just a little further, and I have no idea what possessed me to keep going once I reached empty beach with no one in sight, but I did. And a little before reaching the next beach, a couple walking on the beach found me, and offered to help me get to a lifeguard to find my mom. And even though I had heard the stranger danger message, I wasn't afraid of them and accepted their help. And they walked me to the lifeguard and got his attention for me.
    I could have turned around and ended up wondering around lost for hours more. These people would have you think predators were lurking every where, looking for very unlikely spontaneous opportunities to nab a victim.
    It was a couple years ago that a toddler wandered off from her family and when a man brought her over to find her parents the father attacked him, so I'm not sure this is particularly new.

  • Feb 23rd, 2021 @ 11:05pm

    (untitled comment)

    I have a sleep disorder and I function better in the later part of the day. So before the pandemic I would often do my shopping after 9, 10, or later at night, taking my baby, who I kept on my later schedule, with me. And I can't tell you how many times white women 55+ told me that there were kidnappers and sex traffickers lurking in and around Walmart, waiting in the backseats of cars, targeting moms with full hands, offering to help only to attack once you turned your back. And these horrid men - some even tried to claim they were illegal aliens, Mexicans specifically- just waiting in the shadows of the Elkton Walmart to grab a young mom (I was a new mom, but not exactly a young one at 37-38) and her baby girl and sell us. I always found some polite response, when I really wanted to laugh at them and tell them they are utterly ridiculous. My own mother tried to peddle the white van grabbing girls at the mall not long ago, claiming life is so much more dangerous now a days. The same woman that used to let me go to the movies with by best friend, and no adult starting at age 6, in 1987, when crime rates were significantly higher.

  • Feb 23rd, 2021 @ 10:44pm


    Yes. Racial biases persist regardless of denial. Most, though not all, moral panics drive fear over the ruination of young white women and girls virtue. Because we have never really reckoned with the racist sins of the past, and been dragged kicking and screaming into any minor degree of racial equality, we have never fully let those ideas go, often finding more insidious ways to maintain this position of supremacy. We have a lot more work to do, it doesn't make you a bad person to admit that we need to do better.

  • Feb 23rd, 2021 @ 9:54pm


    Perhaps if cops didn't make so many situations so much worse when responding, communities wouldn't be so hesitant to report actual crimes they have witnessed. Perhaps if cops made actual effort into solving violent crimes, or getting stolen vehicles returned to rightful owners without making the process more expensive and difficult, there might be a little more faith in the value of reporting crime. When cops start treating poor people, minorities, people experiencing overwhelming emotions due to being victimized, or due to a crisis, children and especially minority children, with care, concern, dignity, instead of tasing, handcuffing, insulting, threatening, shooting their dogs, and generally acting as though everyone they come in contact with is a grave threat, then we discuss why we shouldn't discourage the public from reporting things.

  • Feb 9th, 2021 @ 3:26am

    Re: What a pleasant start to the week

    I couldn't agree more. And while I feel some level of satisfaction when karma comes around to settle a few scores, I try not to gloat or revel in another's pain. But for Trump, knowing that he is incapable of empathy or sympathy, and lacks even the most basic moral understanding that would inform him when to fake concern for others, apologize regardless of a lack of remorse, or simply know when to back off, if only to make his own life easier and smooth ruffled feathers, I am basking in joyous thoughts of him seeing planes towing signs calling him a loser, resigned to writing his petty, pathetic grievances on paper that no one will see, confused by his current situation not reflecting his deluded belief of self importance. I mean, damn, I love it. I don't wish any harm, I couldn't even muster sympathy for his family if he suffered some unexpected tragic end, and he has young grandchildren.

  • Feb 2nd, 2021 @ 1:57am

    (untitled comment)

    Don't forget chief Acevedo coming to the uniformed gang bangers' defense in this case while claiming to need to break encryption in order to sweep out the refuse working in the department who might have participated in the insurrection and haven't been identified in thousands of hours of footage publicly available.
    Kinda seems like just a tiny bit of due diligence on his part to actually oversee his department should leave him with so few officers left that rooting out the insurrectionist would be least of his problems.

  • Jan 26th, 2021 @ 11:27pm

    Re: Re: Re: Very Simple

    First, it is not just difficult, but impossible to build a consensus of what is an "objective" basis for all moderation decisions that tech companies face.
    There is no way to satisfy everyone's demands, especially when the grievance of some is not actually happening, and no matter how many times or how clearly this is explained and proven, they refuse to understand.
    Third, companies have the right to make political based moderation if they want. It's their yard, they don't have to let any and everyone in their yard to play, and they don't have to let anyone keep playing in their yard that has begun to chafe their nerves. Sure, they should give a clear warning about the problem with a chance to fix it, which most more or less do, but their only obligation is whatever rules they wrote for themselves in their terms and conditions. If the government decides they want to write the rules, it's only a matter of time before social media platforms start dropping like flies. Starting with the smaller, newer companies who cannot afford to lose chunks of their user base and ad revenue by keeping content that offends and upsets, or continues to host content from someone who has basically earned being cancelled by being despicable and abhorrent; or the company cannot afford to fight lawsuits for moderating out business killing content that might be interpreted as politically motivated.
    Certainly no one is going to invest in creating new platforms that can't make moderation decisions that are in the company's best interest.
    This just leads to killing all competition to the big ones, who will probably have a seat at the table in making the rules with the government.

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