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by natraj
Thu Feb 14, 2019 5:37 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4271
Views: 623380

Re: The Darker Side of the News

that's literally not all but 3 freshmen congresspeople that's ~50 of the freshmen congresspersons and there are over 100 freshmen in congress since last election like why lie about something so blatantly easily disproven? more bizarrely, why include those three on the list when also like... 40some o...
by natraj
Sat Feb 09, 2019 5:55 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Virginia Democrats Sucks
Replies: 72
Views: 2366

Re: Virginia Democrats Sucks

yeah except funnily enough i never actually gave an opinion on that, and again, it comes down to your habit of refusing to engage with race issues in any way other than this binary of, if a black person is critiquing something obviously they're saying it's 100% terrible and evil and they're too simp...
by natraj
Sat Feb 09, 2019 5:27 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Virginia Democrats Sucks
Replies: 72
Views: 2366

Re: Virginia Democrats Sucks

me: "there's more nuance to this issue than a binary of "this is completely fine" and "this is completely evil"; even while helping on one axis there's ways that this still contributes negatively on others, and there would also have been ways to make those contributions by f...
by natraj
Sat Feb 09, 2019 4:36 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Virginia Democrats Sucks
Replies: 72
Views: 2366

Re: Virginia Democrats Sucks

lmao that's hilarious because even then blackface is not acceptable like! are you a white jewish person profiting off of black art and music in a way that is inaccessible to black people, by performing in blackface bc black art is more palatable to white audiences when coming from a white person? gu...
by natraj
Thu Feb 07, 2019 11:58 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Virginia Democrats Sucks
Replies: 72
Views: 2366

Re: Virginia Democrats Sucks

it doesn't offend me, i just find you boring and shallow. if you can type on these forums, you have access to google. if you have access to google, it would take no time at all to find plenty of information on why blackface is offensive. the fact that you still demand cited explanations (AFTER they ...
by natraj
Thu Feb 07, 2019 11:13 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Virginia Democrats Sucks
Replies: 72
Views: 2366

Re: Virginia Democrats Sucks

(i can tell you though there'es vanishingly little debate in the black community about whether blackface is offensive. like. ben carson or diamond and silk will probably happily tell their maga hat wearing friends that it's Totally Fine but the overwhelming majority of black people are pretty solid ...
by natraj
Thu Feb 07, 2019 10:38 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Virginia Democrats Sucks
Replies: 72
Views: 2366

Re: Virginia Democrats Sucks

are we genuinely litigating whether or not blackface is offensive here? full offense, but if you need such a basic-ass explanation, you're too wilfully ignorant of history & context and do not have the range to be engaging in these conversations with adults.
by natraj
Thu Jan 24, 2019 2:58 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6555
Views: 1029289

Re: Police misbehavior thread

the thing is that that's a nice quote but it is literally not how many americans think, and if you have the misfortune to get into in depth conversations with many american supporters of the death penalty they will directly, outright, state to you in plain and direct language that they would rather ...
by natraj
Fri Nov 16, 2018 11:26 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8380
Views: 704416

Re: Trump presidency

i mean yes, i could imagine a completely and utterly different scenario than the one described, but i don't find it particularly useful to do so.
by natraj
Fri Nov 16, 2018 11:05 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8380
Views: 704416

Re: Trump presidency

Sounds like you're saying "be one of us and put up with the shit we put up with or get the fuck out". that's certainly one way to look at the extremely prevalent tensions created by gentrifiers who move into a neighborhood, refuse to be part of the community at all, and call the cops on p...
by natraj
Fri Nov 16, 2018 10:10 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8380
Views: 704416

Re: Trump presidency

But it's not like *all* laws are oppressive by nature. There are still the basics like catching murderers. i disagree that as our current system stands, even something as basic as "catching murderers" is straightforward. i think that the way our prison system is set up is unjust and oppre...
by natraj
Fri Nov 16, 2018 9:21 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8380
Views: 704416

Re: Trump presidency

i feel like another enormous disconnect in these conversations is where you try to draw this line of "not qq bad because plenty of police do their jobs without corruption / police brutality / etc." i don't disagree! i think that statistically speaking there are likely a plurality of police...
by natraj
Fri Nov 16, 2018 8:17 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8380
Views: 704416

Re: Trump presidency

no but you can elect to be simplistic about it if that makes you feel better. eta: i should give more of an answer than snark, it's just tiring people's dedicated commitment to being obtuse if you criticize certain institutions. but the longer answer is that i find it irrelevant what any individual ...
by natraj
Fri Nov 16, 2018 7:00 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8380
Views: 704416

Re: Trump presidency

i mean what you're saying is irrelevant nonsense though. people who say "all cops are bastards" are generally not the same people who try to draw distinctions between good cops and bad cops: we do not think that good cops exist. it's just not true whatsoever that "good cops" have...
by natraj
Fri Nov 16, 2018 6:25 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8380
Views: 704416

Re: Trump presidency

we seem to be losing you on the part where what we are saying is that it is impossible to be a cop without choosing to participate in the institute of policing, which is inherently bad. you are welcome to argue about the "inherently bad" part of police as an institution, but instead you ar...
by natraj
Fri Nov 16, 2018 4:48 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8380
Views: 704416

Re: Trump presidency

cu it's hilarious that you think joining twin oaks or similar actually is like a get out of capitalism free card, that's not remotely how it works. we build communities like twin oaks as a way to survive and be less harmed under capitalism but it's so fucking stupid to think that that gets you out o...
by natraj
Fri Nov 16, 2018 3:21 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8380
Views: 704416

Re: Trump presidency

it's a good thing that nobody was saying that 100% of cops torture anyone then. what we are saying is that 100% of cops are guilty of willing participation in a system whose purpose is to use state violence to prop up white supremacy. There are no whites in prison? ah yes that's exactly what that m...
by natraj
Fri Nov 16, 2018 2:20 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8380
Views: 704416

Re: Trump presidency

I'd say their numbers are about 100% of the human population. The number of hypocrites that think that they are not is not much smaller. im really sorry you have such a negative view of the world, but it's not actually born out by how humans behave. certainly it's in the best interest of those who ...
by natraj
Fri Nov 16, 2018 5:53 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8380
Views: 704416

Re: Trump presidency

the point I was disagreeing with was that literally, without exception, 100% of cops are Bad People who torture and ... . it's a good thing that nobody was saying that 100% of cops torture anyone then. what we are saying is that 100% of cops are guilty of willing participation in a system whose pur...
by natraj
Fri Nov 16, 2018 5:11 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8380
Views: 704416

Re: Trump presidency

i mean, i don't think it's even slightly possible to abolish these systems in isolation, but they do not exist in isolation to begin with. i think if we want to work on abolishing the police & prisons, we first need to work on addressing the underlying factors that exacerbate violence. if we had...
by natraj
Fri Nov 16, 2018 4:27 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8380
Views: 704416

Re: Trump presidency

We'd rather construct an apparatus to sanctify hundreds of killers -- providing them the right to commit thousands of murders per year -- then permit the possibility that a single murderer might go free. right! i think this is what it comes down to ultimately. american society is extremely invested...
by natraj
Fri Nov 16, 2018 3:59 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8380
Views: 704416

Re: Trump presidency

you're talking as if this is in fact a hypothetical for everyone participating in this discussion. i have been a victim of horrific violence myself, and had family murdered. it didn't magically convince me that calling MORE murderers in was the right solution, and, in fact, when the cops got involve...
by natraj
Fri Nov 16, 2018 3:37 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8380
Views: 704416

Re: Trump presidency

that only follows if you think that police are the only possible way to deal with crime. the system of policing we have was founded in white supremacy and exists, still, to utilize state violence to uphold white supremacy and protect capital. it is impossible to act as an enforcer of this violent wh...
by natraj
Fri Nov 16, 2018 3:00 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8380
Views: 704416

Re: Trump presidency

there are zero cops in the entirety of america that are Good Cops. every single cop is terrible.
by natraj
Mon Nov 12, 2018 9:09 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)
Replies: 313
Views: 83787

Re: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)

oh no he won't have any more silly marvel cameos :( maybe they'll edit him in, i think he would appreciate keeping up the silliness legacy
by natraj
Wed Nov 07, 2018 7:37 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Today I Made:
Replies: 4626
Views: 870983

Re: Today I Made:

WHAT how else is scone pronounced?
by natraj
Tue Nov 06, 2018 3:35 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8380
Views: 704416

Re: Trump presidency

people in Christian normative cultures, regardless of whether or not they themselves are Christian, internalize Christianity to such a huge degree that it's evidently impossible for y'all to even conceive of religion in a way that DOESN'T try to impose Christian centric mindset on it. like, the idea...
by natraj
Tue Nov 06, 2018 3:49 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8380
Views: 704416

Re: Trump presidency

I'm not applying any different standards to one religion or another. Is there something special about Judaism that should disallow people from self identifying into it while allowing people to do so into other religions (Maybe you don't think this is the case for other religions either in which cas...
by natraj
Tue Nov 06, 2018 3:37 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8380
Views: 704416

Re: Trump presidency

yeah like it's honestly 300% ridiculous that a bunch of non-jews in this thread are trying to explain at us how literally all of jewry is wrong on this issue and y'all have the correct pov but the short answer is that a) lots of jewish people think chabad is WRONG but they're still jewish; b) the ch...
by natraj
Wed Oct 31, 2018 6:25 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8380
Views: 704416

Re: Trump presidency

anyway not on the topic of People Insisting That Shit We're Literally Already Fucking Doing Is Too Improbable To Happen and rewinding a bit to Reason #573 this administration is antisemitic, in the wake of the pittsburgh shooting pence invited a messianic jewish "rabbi" (who he called &quo...
by natraj
Wed Oct 31, 2018 5:20 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8380
Views: 704416

Re: Trump presidency

(also it's not been like it would be the first time we have specifically revoked the citizenship of a veteran in order to deport them, i guarantee you no matter what line the administration is considering that people pretend is Too Far, we've ALREADY DONE IT.)
by natraj
Wed Oct 31, 2018 5:15 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8380
Views: 704416

Re: Trump presidency

It's a different thing if folks were accepted as citizens, and this was revoked. Closer to home. Whereas if they avoid going retroactive, they can still celebrate a big win. anyway being a person of color in America is literally just an experience of constant daily gaslighting, wherein you can spec...
by natraj
Wed Oct 31, 2018 4:20 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8380
Views: 704416

Re: Trump presidency

Bluntly, because it would affect a lot of people that are not their target. Military kids, immigrants who are not from south of the border, etc. Doing it retroactively would be difficult to apply to only a single group, but not anywhere else. Legally, there's no real difference between a citizen wi...
by natraj
Wed Oct 31, 2018 3:46 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8380
Views: 704416

Re: Trump presidency

Reinterpreting the 14th is in the realm of possibility; but making it retroactive is quite simply not. why on earth not? our government has already recently proved they are 100% okay with passing completely bullshit retroactively applying laws so long as they target reviled groups, i don't see how ...
by natraj
Sat Oct 27, 2018 8:29 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8380
Views: 704416

Re: Trump presidency

aaaaaaaaaaanyway my post was about the fact that the trump administration has frequently dogwhistled antisemitic bullshit (his whole "i'm not a globalist i'm a nationalist" is literally pandering directly to white nationalists and jewish people have talked For A Long Time about how " ...
by natraj
Sat Oct 27, 2018 5:59 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8380
Views: 704416

Re: Trump presidency

a) i said the administration, not trump personally, and there have been in the past two years so very many antisemitic rightwing fucknuts that trump has surrounded himself with that it's terrifying b) but since you're talking about trump personally his constant and very vocal refrain about george so...
by natraj
Sat Oct 27, 2018 4:35 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8380
Views: 704416

Re: Trump presidency

eight dead this morning in an antisemitic hate attack at a pittsburgh synagogue. this could go in the "dark news" thread or whatever but i feel like the rise in hate crimes is pretty relevant to a presidential administration that has no pretense of subtly stoking these things and literall...
by natraj
Sun Oct 21, 2018 2:23 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8380
Views: 704416

Re: Trump presidency

anyway in today's daily dose of facism the administration is looking to legally defining me out of existence. not that it is new that they hate trans people but this is still getting Tiring.
by natraj
Sat Oct 20, 2018 2:06 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4271
Views: 623380

Re: The Darker Side of the News

No More Deaths, the group that he's a part of, is faith-based. From their site, "Since 2008 we have been an official ministry of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Tucson." From wikipedia, "No More Deaths was founded in 2004 by area religious leaders, including Catholic bishop Gera...
by natraj
Fri Oct 19, 2018 3:19 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: vvitch
Replies: 9
Views: 5640

Re: vvitch

this movie was fine, but imo it would actually have been more scary if the supernatural element wasn't manifest or even present at all (with the exception of the very ending which had no real effect on its spookiness and could stay) but if all the tension and terribleness didn't clearly come fro...

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