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Noah Friedman
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If the only contribution you have to make to a conversation I'm hosting is to declare that anyone who engages with someone expressing the wrong ideology is providing a platform for nazis, please don't. Nobody's making you read, nobody is obligating you to attend every argument to which you are invited to contribute.

Please assume I'm an adult and I'll know when I've reached my limit. You may reach yours sooner, and that's ok. I may conclude that they are a monster or at least a clueless fuckwad too. But I get to decide whether I'm willing to explore a disagreement, for how long, and what conclusions to draw from it.

I try to assume everyone else here is an adult too (until proven otherwise), and I don't always check incessantly to see whether things have devolved to the point that closing comments is the best course of action. When I'm not supposed to be working I'm often packing for an interstate move.

More generally, please exercise some good judgement, or at least restraint. Remember that no one here who isn't in an actual position of authority to, for the sake of argument, make policy about border crossing or carry it out, has much control or personal responsibility for what happens at that level. If they're not actively asserting racial superiority or proposing lethal behavior, don't assume they are. There are other perspectives on the issue and not all of them are based on sheer callousness.

Too, focusing that much anger on some random person on the internet for what they think about it is not that productive, and it's not going to change things. If you still want to be angry, that's more than ok. I'm angry too. But please do it someplace else.

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Obviously, this robot should be named Bender.
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It's near impossible for me to think of anyone who willingly works for ICE right now as anything but a jackbooted thug.

If this is the way you think of immigrants, you have no business being anywhere near them in any kind of official capacity. If an entire agency is directed to treat people this way, then no one of conscience should want to be associated with it in any way.
"When I first spoke with ICE officers, they told us, ‘Why did you come from your country?’, ‘Don’t you know that we hate you people?’, ‘We don’t want you in our country.'"

#GOPFamilyValues #MAGA #winning
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Dear media,

Stop writing articles titled "Stop doing [X]". Especially if you're going to lead the article with statements along the line of "doing X is a shitty thing to do. It’s invasive, inappropriate, and can even put people in danger. In a world that made any sense, this wouldn’t require further explanation. This would be a commonly understood part of the social contract."

First of all, fuck you. Just fuck you. As a reader I don't need to be lectured and insulted, even in a general kind of way.

If you want to write about something that bothers you or a social phenomenon that's problematic, by all means do so. But the moment you start wording your screed with "Hey, you, asshole. Stop doing this", I'm going to think "well fuck you too".
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𝚠𝚒𝚕 𝚜𝚑𝚒𝚙𝚕𝚎𝚢 on Twitter:
Tonight I‘m making parsley/bulgar/tomato salad but I haven‘t been happy with previous incarnations so I‘m trying a whole new recipe. I guess you could say I‘m starting from a...
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...tabouleh rasa.

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I don't know if it's hateful or offensive, but it's certainly revolting.

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While watching this video, my phone alarm actually went off. I'm not making that up.

(It starts off a bit slow, but keep watching. See also my comment below, screen capture from the video.)
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Every fucking redirect slows the web down that much more. That probably pisses me off even more than the spying.
"Stylish" browser extension steals all your internet history

Before it became a covert surveillance tool disguised as an outstanding browser extension, Stylish really was an outstanding browser extension. It bestowed upon its users nothing less than the power to change the appearance of the internet. Its extensive bank of user-made skins gave bright websites a dark background, undid disliked UI changes, and added manga pictures to everything that wasn’t a manga picture already. I spent many wonderful hours in its simple CSS editor, hiding the distracting parts of the web whilst unknowingly being spied on. Facebook news feed - gone. Twitter news feed - gone. Personal browsing history - gone. Quality of life and unexplained ennui - up and down respectively....

It’s not even enough to trust an extension’s current, benevolent owner. Even the benevolent have to make a buck eventually, and quiet sales to organizations like SimpleWeb are not uncommon. SimilarWeb claims that they need to track every single website Stylish’s users visit in order to recommend them styles for the current webpage. This is a solution in search of a flimsy justification....


The fact that the extension remains available on both Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox extensions sites is a motherfucking disgrace.

Ping: +Andreas Schou +Lea Kissner: you've a job to do here.
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