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  1. US Politics/Elections Thread

    I don't think anyone is? What I wish, now that everybody can talk to everybody, is that we demonstrated a little bit more critical sense in regards to who we actually listen to. Our tendency to confuse many followers with credentials, and to seek confirmation bias, is a problem.
  2. US Politics/Elections Thread

    And don't get me wrong, I don't think podcasts are a threat to democracy Podcasts can be a great asset to democracy. What I fear is knee-jerk rejection of respectable media sources and unconditional embrace of anyone who tends to say what you already think.
  3. US Politics/Elections Thread

    Podcasts are great for many purposes. One of the greatest things about them is that anyone can create one. There's an audience for what you want to say? Then start a podcast. You don't need to rely on conventional, restrictive platforms to get your message out there. Just use the internet, start a podcast. Much better than roaring from a soapbox in the park. But paradoxically the fact that anyone can create one makes it a really poor medium for topics that preferably benefits from deeper understanding of the issue at hand. Not saying that informed people aren't using podcasts, just that uninformed people use them too, and they tend to be in the majority. So there is no vetting there, no filtering or screening, anyone can start one and if the message is popular, but not necessarily correct, then you get many listeners. So podcasts are perfect for populism. You have a message people want to hear more than need to hear, then podcasts are ideal. You want to host a huge TV program on a well-established, respected network? Then you need to be knowledgeable, have the right education or experience, and be good at expressing yourself. Unless of course it is Fox News ;). The problem is of course that now the discourse (in the US) have become so polarized that people reject networks offhand because they have the wrong political position. Or people have become so disenfranchised with the establishment that they reject all traditional channels and news sources, and instead cling to whatever podcasts/echo chambers they can find that confirm whatever they already believe in. And this is worrying since a functioning democracy relies on a free press that people can trust, a press that does proper journalism, a press that is objective, a press that confronts the powers that be, a media that protects individuals and our rights. And this cannot be replaced with people yelling from soapboxes.
  4. Talking about Moby. I seem to remember an instrumental track from him from about the late 90s, likely only a demo, with a very melodic guitar lead. I have tried searching for it but can't find it. Can anyone help me out here? EDIT: It wasn't very wise of me to ask for this, now the morons will start taking down Moby vids too.
  5. General Chat / Random Musings

  6. General Chat / Random Musings

    Yeah, that'd be Blue Oyster Bar.
  7. RIP Grumpy cat

    The dream of every shelter cat: To be saved and become famous.
  8. General Chat / Random Musings

  9. Julian Assange Arrested

    It does imply, I guess, that the Swedish government and judicial system is trying to hurt Assange, or that they are pressured to try to hurt him. Of course it is not inconceivable that US' pressure has resulted in Sweden pressing charges against Assange but it could also just be that they refuse to treat Assange differently because of who he is.
  10. Julian Assange Arrested

    I am not fully informed, what is the problem in investigation a rape allegation? Seems like the proper thing to do, no?
  11. US Politics/Elections Thread

    Huh? Are you sure they haven't said they are "social democrats"? There is a difference between being a "social democrat" and a "democratic socialist". I am pretty certain Sanders is a big fan of the Nordic model of social democracy, which is just capitalism but with large enough taxes to support a decent welfare system as a equalizing tool to create a society that is kinder to the less fortunate and with less inequality which seems to be anathema to long-term democratic stability. It is very different from socialism. But of course such nuances are lost on Americans who tend to think binary; good vs evil, capitalism vs socialism, republican vs democrat and all of these conflating, brain-dead schisms that are so essential in the American world-view. And of course it is not a slippery slope. Scandinavian countries have existed as social democracies for many decades now, and it seems to be rather stable. Then you had this amusing religious rant where you managed to claim that the worst problem facing USA today was the removal of god from public places. It begs the question why countries where god is very much removed from public places and have become pretty much marginalized, like, again, the Scandinavian countries, consistently score higher than USA on various lists of life quality and where it is best to live. But that's what a belief in gods can do to you: unconditional defense of religious nonsense even if there is no metric suggesting it is good for us. The power of brainwashing.
  12. General Chat / Random Musings

    I think there is a difference between rebelling against a system of mandatory school uniforms and wearing black out of respect for a diseased. Perhaps it is a matter of just accepting that occasionally the world doesn't revolve around me and my personal opinions and pet peeves.
  13. Based on the NITL sales there is nothing that implies the brand was damaged. One might argue Axl kept the brand alive (and people wanting more).
  14. British Politics

    Which is a guarantee for its continued existence. The fact you can't just dismantle it with the stroke of a pen means it will survive temporary distrusts and shifting swings in popularity, like what we are having now. A few years of populism, right-wing shift, and unrest after recessions, simply won't be sufficient to ruin something that has been painstakingly built over a large time. Which is good, because the alternative, its rapid destruction, would be irresponsible to next generations who otherwise would not get to enjoy the benefits of being a part of the EU (re: the recent poll that shows that most people within the EU would feel they lost out without it). Any change now as a consequence of this turn towards nationalism and protectionism will simply make it more robust for the next time the pendulum shifts in this direction.
  15. British Politics

    Ah, 10-20 years at least ;).