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  • Boomer posted a new activity comment 3 months, 1 week ago

    I make the observation that this post implies America is as racist and intolerant today as it was when Africans first arrived. You respond that’s not what this post says. I quote from the post the portions that say exactly that. Now you are saying America has been going backwards on racism for five centuries, but we are not as racist as sixteenth…[Read more]

  • Boomer posted a new activity comment 3 months, 1 week ago

    > One of the most popular misconceptions about black history is that over time, America has gradually become less racist and more tolerant. That is not true.

    > Harriot continues documenting the progress of white supremacy, tying it to present-day forms and making clear that the idea of progressing away from racism and white supremacy is a myth…[Read more]

    • How can you read that thread and conclude that America has gradually become less racist? Every example in that thread shows instance after instance of America going BACKWARD on race and white supremacy. This doesn’t mean that America is “just as racist” as the colonists in the sixteenth century. It means that the country constantly backslides…[Read more]

  • Boomer posted a new activity comment 3 months, 1 week ago

    So, the United States is just as racist and intolerant today as it was when the first Africans disembarked in 1526? It’s outlandish claims like this that make it more and more difficult to convince people of the need to address the remaining vestiges of the country’s racist past.

    • Where do you see that claim made? “Just as racist” isn’t the point of the thread as I read it. The point is that there isn’t a straight line of progress on racism and against white supremacy that goes from worse to better. That line turns back on itself repeatedly in our country’s history.

      I really don’t see any evidence that wearing…[Read more]

      • > One of the most popular misconceptions about black history is that over time, America has gradually become less racist and more tolerant. That is not true.

        > Harriot continues documenting the progress of white supremacy, tying it to present-day forms and making clear that the idea of progressing away from racism and white supremacy is a myth…[Read more]

        • How can you read that thread and conclude that America has gradually become less racist? Every example in that thread shows instance after instance of America going BACKWARD on race and white supremacy. This doesn’t mean that America is “just as racist” as the colonists in the sixteenth century. It means that the country constantly backslides…[Read more]

  • Boomer posted a new activity comment 5 months, 4 weeks ago

    C’mon Rebecca, don’t blame this on capitalism. Capitalism is an economic system, not a business plan. If anything, this is more an issue with free markets than capitalism, but even that isn’t accurate. Black markets are not free because they are not subject to the controls afforded by open competition, government and the courts.

  • Boomer posted a new activity comment 10 months, 2 weeks ago

    I realize this will be an unpopular opinion here, but here goes anyway. There is clearly a great deal of smoke surrounding the Epstein accusations, and we all know the old saw about smoke. Assuming what Rebacca says is true, I cannot fathom Krauss’s response to Epstein’s first trial.

    All that having been said, Epstein is not guilty of…[Read more]

    • Personally, I strongly feel that soliciting a minor for prostitution warrants condemnation. To be fair, I don’t know how many of the people mentioned in the article did condemn Epstein for that, but a) it was not enough for them to feel uncomfortable in his presence, and b) Krauss most certainly did not.

    • Speaking of semantics, Boomer, “sex involving minors” is just about as bloodless and sanitised a description of children being raped by adults as anyone could muster.

  • Boomer posted a new activity comment 10 months, 3 weeks ago

    Rebecca, what is your position? On the one one hand you say you’re not on board with beating Ngo (although throwing a milkshake is ok? Isn’t that assault?) then you suggest we might have avoided millions of Jewish deaths if we had only beaten up Nazis when it became clear what they stood for. Since you have made it clear you believe Ngo is a…[Read more]

    • You are flirting with self-awareness, here. The questions you ask are the ones I made the video to inspire, so you’re well on your way.

  • Boomer posted a new activity comment 11 months, 3 weeks ago

    One thing I’ve learned in life is there ain’t no such thing as a free lunch. It’s rare to get something without also losing something. Can the benefit of providing “free” basic internet to the world be quantified? Can the full impact(s) of the Starlink concept on Earth-bound astronomy be quantified? These would seem an important first step in…[Read more]

  • Boomer posted a new activity comment 1 year, 1 month ago

    I’m curious why you’ve chosen not to post my comment. I don’t believe I was disrespectful in any way, nor do I believe I broke any of the posting rules. Can you at least let me know why? If you’d just as soon I not post on your site please let know and I’ll move along.

  • Boomer posted a new activity comment 1 year, 3 months ago

    > They found that gun owners were 18 times more likely than non-gun owners to threaten someone with gun violence.

    Maybe I’m missing something, but why would this be surprising? Why would you threaten someone with gun violence if you don’t have a gun?

    • Why the phrase “gun violence” is more harmful than useful.

      Anyway, 1.21? How many do you need?

      At a bare minimum, suicides would be a case for psychological counseling. Accidents, not so much; you really need education there. (And not movies. Seriously, no matter how many guns are in movies, I’m convinced no one in Hollywood has ever so much…[Read more]

  • Boomer posted a new activity comment 1 year, 4 months ago

    > I had never heard of the Nazi legend of a place where enormous honkies strode the frozen landscape

    Honkies? Why not crackers? Wouldn’t crackers preserve really well in the dry, frozen Tundra? What have you got against crackers, Rebecca? 🙂

    > The Internet, which is currently flooded with Nazis. …a place absolutely infested with…[Read more]

  • Boomer posted a new activity comment 1 year, 5 months ago

    It’s really remarkable that our species has been so successful when the act required for procreation causes so much confusion, strife and angst. I say let’s all just have a Merry fucking Christmas!

  • Boomer posted a new activity comment 2 years, 2 months ago

    >Real guns are fine…

    Not that I agree with the sentient Cheeto occupying the White House about video game violence, but the sale and possession of real guns IS regulated. I would prefer the government practice enforcing the current laws restricting the sale and possession of firearms before we add more laws.

    • Basically, yeah.

      Here’s the funny part: All these school massacres (though still statistically pretty rare), people are trying to figure out what causes kids to snap and no one looks at the elephant in the room: Every last one of these murderers had exposure to white supremacist or other far-right (e.g., MRA, pickup artist) subculture. (Just so…[Read more]

  • Boomer posted a new activity comment 5 years, 5 months ago

    So why are otherwise skeptical individuals suddenly incapable of Googling (social science studies) when questions of bias appear?

    Perhaps because they are skeptical of the reliability of studies involving the social sciences.

    http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/05/17/how-reliable-are-the-social-sciences/?_r=0

    • I have to agree. I can’t count the number of times someone has linked me to an article claiming Study A has proven Thing Y, only to find out that when sources are checked that Study A does not even claim Thing Y at all, but instead somewhat related Thing X. Upon further inspection it turns out that Study A’s proof of Thing X is unconvincing given…[Read more]

    • I’d be curious to see how often the people who are skeptical about social science research that seems to show social influences are equally skeptical about the research that seems to show evolutionary influences.

  • Boomer posted a new activity comment 5 years, 5 months ago

    Again, I don’t doubt there are true racists serving as police officers in America. But I would give more weight to intent than you. Calling someone a racist because they are ignorant will neither change their mind nor motivate them to educate themselves.

    My opinions regarding the issue are best summed up by this Harvard…[Read more]

    • I find intent isn’t something to emphasize when we’re talking about privilege and systemic violence. I don’t doubt that most cops aren’t, or believe themselves not to be, overt racists. That has never been the claim. Implicit biases exist like they do among general populace.

      Automatic Preference for White Americans:
      Eliminating the…[Read more]

    • Long story short, even judging by the language of the study, Sampson and Lauritsen does not eliminate the idea of bias, merely that is more indirect. Ignoring it, however, doesn’t change that it is there and important to address.

  • Boomer posted a new activity comment 5 years, 5 months ago

    Rape is a crime… that needs intense investigation by professional criminal investigators, not school students or administrators best qualified to adjudicate accusations of cheating, or a magazine crew whose primary incentive is to sell advertising.

    Rape is a crime… whose victims need counseling by professionals, not from a magazine writer,…[Read more]

  • Boomer posted a new activity comment 5 years, 5 months ago

    Correction: The truth is I could care less about the color of the people involved. I’m just as outraged when a black cop needlessly kills a black suspect, and you should be too.

  • Boomer posted a new activity comment 5 years, 5 months ago

    Your comment is a tirade against people who make deadly presumptions, yet yours starts with one and condemns an entire class of civil servants based on one.

    Perhaps that’s related to your poor comprehension skills, as demonstrated by your lack of response to my question. Most people understand “murder” to include the element of premeditation.…[Read more]

    • You miss an entire body of study that shows that the drug war has largely targeted blacks and hispanics (mostly blacks) by a large margin. The fact that blacks convicted of drug possessions with much stiffer sentences vs. whites despite the figures that show drug usage rates are roughly similar between the populations shows a SYSTEMIC problem.…[Read more]

      • Again, I don’t doubt there are true racists serving as police officers in America. But I would give more weight to intent than you. Calling someone a racist because they are ignorant will neither change their mind nor motivate them to educate themselves.

        My opinions regarding the issue are best summed up by this Harvard…[Read more]

        • I find intent isn’t something to emphasize when we’re talking about privilege and systemic violence. I don’t doubt that most cops aren’t, or believe themselves not to be, overt racists. That has never been the claim. Implicit biases exist like they do among general populace.

          Automatic Preference for White Americans:
          Eliminating the…[Read more]

        • Long story short, even judging by the language of the study, Sampson and Lauritsen does not eliminate the idea of bias, merely that is more indirect. Ignoring it, however, doesn’t change that it is there and important to address.

  • Boomer posted a new activity comment 5 years, 5 months ago

    “Murder” is distinguished from other forms of homicide by a requirement of premeditation on the part of the perpetrator. Are you claiming as fact that police officers planned the deaths of all of these people?

  • Boomer posted a new activity comment 5 years, 8 months ago

    Zing!

  • Boomer posted a new activity comment 5 years, 8 months ago

    @punchdrunk, You’re battling a strawman. There’ve been many sexual assault cases involving the inability to consent that’ve resulted in conviction absent witnesses in the room. Although I don’t think our criminal justice system is perfect (see below), I have to assume a jury probably gets things right most of the time. Are there testimonies and…[Read more]

    • This in not a court of law, this is the court of public opinion.

      In the court of public opinion there is no presumption of innocence.

      This is the strawman you keep whacking at, stop it.

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