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by natraj
Mon Feb 12, 2018 8:07 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Ideal immigration policy
Replies: 102
Views: 2293

Re: Ideal immigration policy

right but what i mean is the idea that we should have any difficulty at all finding money for necessary services, right now, is only even there because of artificially created scarcity in place so that rich people can get even more staggeringly rich. there is many times over enough wealth in this co...
by natraj
Mon Feb 12, 2018 7:24 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Ideal immigration policy
Replies: 102
Views: 2293

Re: Ideal immigration policy

the only reason that creates problems is because our tax system is set up specifically to allow rich people and corporations to avoid paying taxes as much as possible. if we fixed taxes to actually tax corporations and rich people in proportion to their money it would be largely irrelevant the poor ...
by natraj
Mon Feb 12, 2018 2:27 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Ideal immigration policy
Replies: 102
Views: 2293

Re: Ideal immigration policy

yes. i and a large portion of people i know spent a good chunk of my life not having any ID and not having easy access to any, due to homelessness -- it is not impossible but extremely difficult to get id if you have no money and no address. we could just make it easier to obtain ids (but as a socie...
by natraj
Sun Feb 11, 2018 3:17 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Ideal immigration policy
Replies: 102
Views: 2293

Re: Ideal immigration policy

To another country or to a different state? Between states, it's not financially or physically difficult, just emotionally. Between countries, well, that's much more difficult. the ability to make this statement at all is a marker of a level of financial privilege that the majority of this country ...
by natraj
Sun Feb 11, 2018 2:26 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: black history
Replies: 20
Views: 1370

Re: black history

slavery & american universities it's funny because i've heard from A Lot of white people anything from resignation/exasperation to bitter invective & anger because a ridiculously large number of white people have the misapprehension that actually, university education is 100% free to all us...
by natraj
Sat Feb 10, 2018 3:24 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Controversial opinions about food
Replies: 1028
Views: 166130

Re: Controversial opinions about food

i have not tried soy sauce on popcorn but now i want to. i am a big fan of putting All Kinds Of Things on popcorn. curry & maple syrup. paprika and rosemary. chili lime. sesame oil and szechuan peppercorn. i don't really like movie theatre popcorn but i do like popcorn with many other thing.
by natraj
Sat Feb 10, 2018 1:46 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Controversial opinions about food
Replies: 1028
Views: 166130

Re: Controversial opinions about food

(not in direct response to above post but rather whole above conversation) Things that make you an asshole in this thread: "I like x and therefor it is the only way and anyone who disagrees is doing it wrong. I'll be over here judging you and telling you how wrong you are" Like pineapple ...
by natraj
Fri Feb 09, 2018 7:20 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 5671
Views: 790963

Re: Police misbehavior thread

in a completely shocking turn of events here are some cops who were working with nazis to prosecute anti racist activists.
by natraj
Fri Feb 09, 2018 5:29 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: black history
Replies: 20
Views: 1370

Re: black history

in popular narrative the black panthers were A Threat because they were dangerous! armed! cop killers! MILITANT VIOLENT negroes! but naaah that's a false revisionist narrative. you know what really terrified the government about the black panthers? they fed kids . they ran free clinics. they had bee...
by natraj
Fri Feb 09, 2018 2:57 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Black Panther
Replies: 31
Views: 1225

Black Panther

this is coming out in A WEEK and i am THE MOST EXCITED i have ever been for a movie IN MY LIFE which is counterproductive because i may DIE of excitement before i make it to the premier. it looks amazing and all the reviews say it is amazing and i have been waiting for this movie since the day i wa...
by natraj
Wed Feb 07, 2018 3:34 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Controversial opinions about food
Replies: 1028
Views: 166130

Re: Controversial opinions about food

oh yeah i mean like it's the asshole part that bothers me not the meat i've worked in ems and on a farm my gore tolerance is High i just don't like jerks. i have almost undoubtedly slaughtered more animal myself than most meat eaters in the us ever have i am not a Squeamish.
by natraj
Wed Feb 07, 2018 3:20 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Controversial opinions about food
Replies: 1028
Views: 166130

Re: Controversial opinions about food

i feel like whether or not i care about people eating steak in front of me depends on the attitude they're doing it with like i 100% don't care about people eating meat in front of me but some Particularly Asshole People eat steak at me and that's... bizarre? weird and rude?
by natraj
Wed Feb 07, 2018 4:21 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Controversial opinions about food
Replies: 1028
Views: 166130

Re: Controversial opinions about food

okay but the idea that well done steaks is bad is controversial like evolution or the earth being a sphere is controversial

like yes lots of staunch deniers exist but they're objectively incorrect and can safely be ignore
by natraj
Tue Feb 06, 2018 9:16 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: AI discussion from The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 87
Views: 14207

Re: AI discussion from The Darker Side of the News

in itself the stereotype of rap as being full of sexual/violent imagery [significantly moreso than other genres of popular music] comes from racism.
by natraj
Tue Feb 06, 2018 6:45 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Sexual Harrassment Epidemic
Replies: 530
Views: 17354

Re: Sexual Harrassment Epidemic

Sacrotuberous ligament release actually is a medical procedure, and it does involve digital penetration. The difference between a number of procedures and sexual assault is only whether they are medically necessary, and when the doctor says they are, well... that's not true, though. even if a proce...
by natraj
Mon Feb 05, 2018 9:04 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Sexual Harrassment Epidemic
Replies: 530
Views: 17354

Re: Sexual Harrassment Epidemic

ah, apologies, i misinterpreted what "it" was referring to in yr previous post.
by natraj
Mon Feb 05, 2018 8:47 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Sexual Harrassment Epidemic
Replies: 530
Views: 17354

Re: Sexual Harrassment Epidemic

my first response was responding to the idea that false accusations of other crimes don't happen/don't hurt people. as mentioned, i noted specific circumstances (i.e. "you look sketchy bc you're black") because i was speaking from specific instances i know personally. you decided to read i...
by natraj
Mon Feb 05, 2018 8:31 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Sexual Harrassment Epidemic
Replies: 530
Views: 17354

Re: Sexual Harrassment Epidemic

that was an enormous distortion of my actual responses but sure okay
by natraj
Mon Feb 05, 2018 8:15 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Sexual Harrassment Epidemic
Replies: 530
Views: 17354

Re: Sexual Harrassment Epidemic

no, i was speaking to my experiences of how i have personally seen some of this play out and the reasons for it in times i am personally familiar with. broadly though i don't think it's possible in our current u.s. society to separate any labor issue from its intersections of race and class so i sup...
by natraj
Mon Feb 05, 2018 7:15 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Sexual Harrassment Epidemic
Replies: 530
Views: 17354

Re: Sexual Harrassment Epidemic

that absolutely isn't true for a LOT of low-level work-related accusations of even something as "provable" as theft though. if you work in a retail store for example, or in domestic service, it is really, really, REALLY easy for things to be missing from your work environment and no way to...
by natraj
Mon Feb 05, 2018 2:41 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: black history
Replies: 20
Views: 1370

Re: black history

because philly is on fire today and full of EXCITEMENT some philadelphia-centric history for today, when philly cops bombed the MOVE compound in a residential neighborhood, killed eleven people incl. 5 children, & burned down several blocks of a middle-class black neighborhood bc they refused to...
by natraj
Sun Feb 04, 2018 3:06 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: black history
Replies: 20
Views: 1370

Re: black history

THREE DAYS in and already as predictified, i am a forgettyface, wups! issok my brain is full of holes, as a result two link today, #1 bessie coleman , is the first of black woman pilot in america (btw over 90% of us pilots still are white), 2 is african soldiers during ww2, often forgotten when talk...
by natraj
Sun Feb 04, 2018 1:04 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3411
Views: 407543

Re: The Darker Side of the News

Seems pretty reasonable, same as any other appointment based profession. And in the opposite case, where the professional cancels, a full refund is generally all that is required in all but extreme cases. Loss of reputation and patronage of course would also be common if a professional cancelled in...
by natraj
Sun Feb 04, 2018 12:35 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3411
Views: 407543

Re: The Darker Side of the News

if they change their mind once i am at the appointment and have collected money, i keep the money. i don't see how that's any more complicated than literally any other service profession i have worked in. as a dog walker if i show up at someone's house to walk their dog and they're home and say &quo...
by natraj
Sun Feb 04, 2018 12:20 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3411
Views: 407543

Re: The Darker Side of the News

morriswalters wrote:Your default is that I'm a bigot in terms of what I think about sex workers.


yeah given how you keep arguing that raping me isn't real rape i can't imagine how anyone could come to this conclusion.
by natraj
Sat Feb 03, 2018 10:51 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3411
Views: 407543

Re: The Darker Side of the News

My emotional response in terms of rape is to shoot first and let the RNG sort it out. But combine that with sex workers and my thinking is much more muddy. In any case I need to give this more thought. But I don't feel like defending my character any longer. wow you know what would help un-muddy it...
by natraj
Sat Feb 03, 2018 3:40 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3411
Views: 407543

Re: The Darker Side of the News

The question formulated in a more concise way is, if you choose take money for the sexual act does society have any obligation to treat it as a special case? For instance, if a sex worker charges 1000 dollars for normal coitus, do we value the crime for the 1000 dollars or make it more heinous? you...
by natraj
Fri Feb 02, 2018 11:40 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3411
Views: 407543

Re: The Darker Side of the News

This is an emotional position. But once you turn sex into a transaction then you've blurred the lines. I don't want to be the asshole of the day, but once a surgeon starts to cut, he can't just walk away. If you can criminalize the transaction once it has begun how do we draw the lines? It isn't fa...
by natraj
Fri Feb 02, 2018 10:20 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3411
Views: 407543

Re: The Darker Side of the News

no, it absolutely isn't, and you're being completely and utterly disingenuous if you try for a second to pretend that the way people talk about sex workers being "a commodity" has any relation at all to the legal facts of other workers providing a service. my services are for rent. that's ...
by natraj
Fri Feb 02, 2018 10:04 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3411
Views: 407543

Re: The Darker Side of the News

do we have a society-wide trend of talking about other professionals like doctors as things that are being sold? lawyers and doctors are also selling their services. i have worked in other service industry professions (dog walking, house keeping) where people seem to readily understand that they are...
by natraj
Fri Feb 02, 2018 9:40 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3411
Views: 407543

Re: The Darker Side of the News

i was about to say jeez do you think SWers keep spreadsheets of all our clients so that we can do statistical analyses but actually, i keep a spreadsheet of all my clients with a pretty detailed number of stats. it's unlikely there are many people refusing black men as a way to signal status to othe...
by natraj
Fri Feb 02, 2018 9:02 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3411
Views: 407543

Re: The Darker Side of the News

I don't think it's just classism. Ok maybe it partially is in the sense that beauty itself is classist. I'm under the impression that it's also the assumption that non-smokers and non-addicts are less likely to have diseases. Not always true, but, well, stereotypes. you say this as if the stereotyp...
by natraj
Fri Feb 02, 2018 8:35 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3411
Views: 407543

Re: The Darker Side of the News

(If they smoke but don't smell of anything I assume it would make no difference to the vast majority of clients) yeah, like, if you advertise as non-smoker, drug-free, these are some things that are pretty typical classist signifiers (among a host of other stuff) that people use to try and sort who...
by natraj
Fri Feb 02, 2018 5:54 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: black history
Replies: 20
Views: 1370

Re: black history

next up in black history,

sister rosetta tharpe! one of the pioneers of rock n roll, an enormous contributing influence to the genre as a whole and it's popularity, wasn't inducted into the rock n roll hall of fame until this past december despite this. p much a rock legend.
by natraj
Fri Feb 02, 2018 4:50 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Nash Equilibrium in American politics
Replies: 91
Views: 3198

Re: Nash Equilibrium in American politics

how can I be sure that isn't actually true? mostly because there's no such thing as extremist democrats in america right now. the democrat party ranges from "centrist" democrats who are really approximately, politically, where the republican party stood in the reaganish era, to bernie san...
by natraj
Fri Feb 02, 2018 4:27 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: black history
Replies: 20
Views: 1370

black history

if i remember i will try to post some article about black history every day this month* but PROBABLY I WILL FORGET i am bad at remembering Things anyway to start out with, black wall street , one of the country's most thriving & affluent black neighborhoods that was destroyed by a violent white ...
by natraj
Fri Feb 02, 2018 3:43 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Can Renesemee catch on?
Replies: 43
Views: 1362

Re: Can Renesemee catch on?

how do you decide what makes a name ridiculous, though? i hear non-black people *constantly* make fun of black names, and having a stereotypically black sounding name is measurably linked to lower hireability etc. other names that white people read as "too ethnic" as well. but you take any...
by natraj
Thu Feb 01, 2018 4:42 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: What's your racial makeups and what did you learn?
Replies: 40
Views: 1208

Re: What's your racial makeups and what did you learn?

what is "what did you learn" referring to? meaning, specifically, what have you learned about your racial makeup (i.e. through dna tests or genealogy or family lore or what have you?) or, meaning, what has being $race taught you about yourself/society/your culture/etc? or some other questi...
by natraj
Thu Feb 01, 2018 3:49 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3411
Views: 407543

Re: The Darker Side of the News

apologies, i should have just said scavenging rubbish. actual dumps are usually pretty well protected, i was mostly just thinking of trash cans and dumpsters etc. i am aware that media influences people's views? my point is just that it is also enormously inaccurate and people should be aware that t...
by natraj
Thu Feb 01, 2018 12:51 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3411
Views: 407543

Re: The Darker Side of the News

i mean, the us has children scavenging rubbish dumps and living on top of raw sewage and also, a mars-capable space program. also slumdog millionaire is. a movie? i really hope nobody is tryna use it as Representative Of India, it's a pretty love story set in a poverty porn backdrop. but like india ...

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