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On “From Elizabeth Picciuto: The Real Free Speech Violations

We are talking past each other, and the joke isn't worth the time to explain.

On “From Freddie deBoer: Ending the Charade

Then I appreciate you letting me know to be wary of his bias.

On “Thursday Throughput: Missing COVID Deaths Edition

Think of T-Cells as immune system librarians. The book that was popular a few weeks ago is no longer in print nor in circulation, but they have a copy stashed somewhere and they know how to get it.

On “From Freddie deBoer: Ending the Charade

1) I will have to take your word that Singal has a bias against trans folk (I don't understand that bias, TBH, be it Singal or JKR or whoever). I don't read him enough at Reason or the Atlantic to know one way or another.

2) How does his bias against trans persons impact his point about a person writing a letter about a co-worker to their boss, using language that suggests they want the boss to take action, and then posting said letter in a public forum and making the claim that they don't want to get the co-worker in trouble?

I mean, I can see how his bias will make him more likely to put a trans person on blast, but it doesn't alter what that person did.

On “Do All Lives Matter?

Data suggests otherwise.

On “From Elizabeth Picciuto: The Real Free Speech Violations

sigh...

You aren't wrong. It's the stable genius of Trump at work.

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It is the kind of thing I get upset about, but GODAMNITALL every other tweet by Trump is something I would normally get upset about.

Except it's Trump, so 80% of the time, he's forgotten about it because someone pulled out a laser pointer in the Oval Office and Trump started chasing it around, and 15% of the time the courts slap him down so hard you can probably feel it up there in AK.

Now that 5% of the time, that shit pisses me off, but I have to wait until it begins to manifest into something coherent before I begin expending fecks.

On “Remembering The Ice Age

That's the thing, there is a context there, but it's not something that can fit in a tweet. Maybe a tweet thread, but probably better suited for an academic seminar.

I mean, saying "the statement “X is either true or false” doesn’t apply in quantum systems" depends on the reader having a decent understanding of quantum systems, etc. And if you were to further reduce it to "the statement “X is either true or false” doesn’t matter because of quantum mechanics", well then you just look stupid.

On “From Elizabeth Picciuto: The Real Free Speech Violations

You are suggesting he keeps poisoned treats on hand?

Because I've used treats to bring unleashed dogs to me so I can grab their collar, not so I can poison them.

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Except it has been settled, but reality is not real anymore, because literally nothing _sticks_, and bigots create their own reality...

Yet another reason Post-Modernists don't get bashed enough.

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Probably true, but we also have a lot of people who, much like the McCarthy era, and the Moral Majority era, see fascists and white power folks behind every tree.

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Proportionality is what is lacking in many cases. One could argue that the 'bloodlust' is justified when it comes to people in positions of power, who too often avoid any cost that is even close in proportion to the harm they cause.

But again, when that same 'bloodlust' hits someone who is not powerful, it blows proportion out of the water.

On “Do All Lives Matter?

Police culture is not actually local. Police policies are, and how police interact with a given community is, but when they are up against the wall, police behave the same all over.

Even in my very liberal small town community, when an officer killed a 70 year old man with a chokehold, our normally very friendly and bored police instantly began behaving like Seattle PD.

That said, what, exactly, are you opposed to?

On “From Elizabeth Picciuto: The Real Free Speech Violations

He never threatened her dog, he told her to follow the rules and leash her dog.

On “From Freddie deBoer: Ending the Charade

Cops making up offensive writing on coffee cups (or telling tales about getting poisoned by Shake Shack employees) isn't about silencing or sanction, it's about sympathy for team blue.

On “Remembering The Ice Age

Don't feel bad, I always had a thing for Cyndi Lauper.

On “Do All Lives Matter?

It can also mean stop letting the people upstream carelessly cause damage that impacts the people downstream.

Getting back to the original issue, the problems with police culture persist and are permitted to constantly damage AA communities specifically because communities like yours allow the police culture to maintain the status quo.

And I'll meet you halfway, policing is a local issue in a lot of ways. Large urban areas with large, poor communities of color, that have been governed at all levels by other people of color, have had plenty of opportunities to try and shape their local police culture into something better. They have to own some of that.

But at the same time, we've had state level and federal policies that work hard against those reforms (I can't express enough how powerful the federal incentives for the Drug War, and the GWOT, etc., are; and how much those incentives permit the police to avoid local reform).

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From the quote:

When arrests of burglars increased 10 percent, the number of burglaries fell 2.7 to 3.2 percent.

That means they increased the arrest of people suspected of burglary by 10%. If they previously arrest 50 people a year for burglary, now they arrested 55. Now, obviously part of the problem here is we don't actually know how many people were arrested before and how many were arrested now. If we assume that every arrest was an actual burglar who was recently active, I think we can compute some values for what those whole numbers might be.

But if those whole numbers are wrong in one direction, the police managed to nab all the high activity burglars, but if they are wrong in the other direction, the cops arrested a whole bunch of people who were innocent of the charge. Go far enough in that direction, and I can argue that the police arrested no burglars, but only served to harm innocent people and warn the actual burglars to lay low or clear out.

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Dark,

Let's say you live below a dam. If the dam fails and destroys your home and community because the people above the dam have a habit of dumping trash in the lake and fishing with dynamite too close to the dam, do the people above the dam have an obligation to help you out and try to make you whole?

Or can they just refuse to help and say that you should not have lived below the dam?

On “From Elizabeth Picciuto: The Real Free Speech Violations

I'm with Duck, those were fun times, why would we want to repeat that again?

On “From Freddie deBoer: Ending the Charade

Limits.

Pre-internet, if my local town was unjustly shunning me, I could move to another town and the shunning would likely not follow me.

These days, there is no escape.