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On Facebook, You Can't Threaten Violence…Unless It's Aimed at Invading Russians

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Facebook changes speech policies in response to Ukraine invasion. Threatening violence against individuals or groups has long been grounds for getting suspended or banned from Facebook. This is true even when the threats aren't serious—remember when people reportedly got suspended for sarcastically posting "kill all men"?—or credible. But in an interesting twist, Facebook parent-company Meta has declared that it will allow Facebook and Instagram users in some countries to call for violence against Russian military forces.

"As a result of the Russian invasion of Ukraine we have temporarily made allowances for forms of political expression that would normally violate our rules like violent speech such as 'death to the Russian invaders,'" said a spokesperson for Meta in a statement. "We still won't allow credible calls for violence against Russian civilians."

Meta will also temporarily allow posts calling for death to Russian President Vladimir Putin and Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, according to internal Meta emails to content moderators that were viewed by Reuters:

The calls for the leaders' deaths will be allowed unless they contain other targets or have two indicators of credibility, such as the location or method, one email said, in a recent change to the company's rules on violence and incitement.

"We are issuing a spirit-of-the-policy allowance to allow T1 violent speech that would otherwise be removed under the Hate Speech policy when: (a) targeting Russian soldiers, EXCEPT prisoners of war, or (b) targeting Russians where it's clear that the context is the Russian invasion of Ukraine (e.g., content mentions the invasion, self-defense, etc.)," said the internal Meta email, per Reuters.

These new rules apply to Facebook and Instagram users in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Estonia, Georgia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, and Ukraine.

The Russian embassy is decrying the decision. "We demand that [American] authorities stop the extremist activities of @Meta, take measures to bring the perpetrators to justice," the Russian Embassy in the U.S. tweeted yesterday. "Users of #Facebook & #Instagram did not give the owners of these platforms the right to determine the criteria of truth and pit nations against each other."

But honestly, it's refreshing to see Facebook keeping its speech policies flexible and context-contingent, rather than trying to police the anger and anguish—no matter how intemperately expressed—of people responding to acts of war.

Much more controversial—but still the right decision from a free speech perspective—is Facebook's decision to allow posts praising the Azov Battalion, a Ukrainian military regiment "known for its hardcore right-wing ultranationalism and the neo-Nazi ideology pervasive among its members," as The Intercept puts it. The battalion began as an all-volunteer unit before becoming part of the Ukrainian National Guard. It's been an integral part of defending Ukraine against Russian forces.

Until recently, Facebook banned pro-Azov speech under its Dangerous Individuals and Organizations policy. But as of late February, Facebook policy changed to "allow praise of the Azov Battalion when explicitly and exclusively praising their role in defending Ukraine OR their role as part of the Ukraine's National Guard," according to internal Facebook documents viewed by The Intercept.

Not everyone will like Meta's speech policy changes in response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine. But the fact that it can and does make these calls in response to changing circumstances and is capable of instituting a nuanced approach ("yay Neo-Nazis!"—nay; "thanks to the Azov Battalion for defending our border"—OK) showcases why leaving such decisions up to private companies, instead of government bureaucrats, is still the right call.

It's also something to keep in mind as people pressure the U.S. government to threaten or punish Facebook for allowing pro-Russian figures to post.

Facebook contractor Joohn Choe and the nonprofit Whistleblower Aid have filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Justice and the Treasury Department about this. "Facebook is knowingly aiding and abetting in the information war that Russia is waging" and helping to "[legitimize] the pretextual basis of this war," Choe told The Washington Post.

But media, politicians, and social platforms under Russian control are doing plenty of that on their own—without anyone being allowed to talk back. Allowing pro-Russian voices a platform on Facebook and other U.S.-based tech platforms actually lets people push back against them and counter disinformation.


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To use Just Walk Out technology, you identify yourself at the entrance using Amazon's mobile app. Once inside, you shop normally: you take items off the shelves and put them in a regular shopping cart or basket. Cameras on the ceilings and scales on the shelves detect what you've taken. Then you "just walk out," and Amazon's AI software figures out what you took.

The technology could make store cashiers obsolete and upend the supermarket industry.


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  1. ...Meta has declared that it will allow Facebook and Instagram users in some countries to call for violence against Russian military forces.

    FREE SPEECH AT LAST

    1. How is this new? Threatening violence against wrongthinkers has been acceptable on these platforms for years.

      1. Exactly. The only thing that will change is the definition of wrongthinkers.

        1. I mean to say the definition will grow, more than change.

          1. I think you had it right with "change" instead of "grow". As in, for one period of time, we'll be allowed to hate Eurasia, but then the next time, we'll hate Eastasia because Eurasia is our friend... and always has been.

            1. But we will aways hate Trump, er, Emmanuel Goldstein.

            2. None of which matters because you are allowed not to use Facebook.

              1. Government induced censorship through corporations is just fine according to Mike. Next up he defends ESGs and Operation Chokepoint.

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              2. And you’re allowed to fuck off, yet here you are squawking Dee.

              3. You are also allowed to not use the reason comment forum.

                1. Making fun of idiots is fun though.

                  1. Yes.
                    Yes it is.

                2. And you.

            3. I hear what you're saying but I think some of us will always be on the list.

              1. Not after the world ends.

    2. Two minutes hate.

    3. It is weird how SV is given contractual leeway like this. I'll defined rules that are enforced based on bias. Wish other industries had the same right w contracts.

      1. A bank, car dealership or healthcare provider would love to get away with the things big tech does.

        1. Give it time.

    4. It appears that the Democrats are getting their shit straight with propaganda prior to the US commencing military action against Russia.

      They must be serious

      1. The November elections are certain, military action against Russia, not so much.

        1. But one might delay the other. National emergencies, and all that.

          1. We knew something like that was going to happen ever since the Democrat's poll numbers tanked.
            The junta is never going to give up power again.

      2. I guess. So far, the Biden Administration seems to be following a consistent policy of not getting directly involved.

        1. Like killing the mig 29 contract delivery and sanctions.

        2. Oh?

          https://theconservativetreehouse.com/blog/2022/03/09/pentagon-spox-underscores-sending-nato-planes-into-ukraine-would-be-dangerous-high-risk-escalation-of-conflict-which-could-lead-to-world-war-iii-with-russia/

          It became stunningly clear that Secretary Blinken had never discussed the issue with Poland before making his statement.  Obviously, given the nature of the statement from the Pentagon yesterday and affirmed again today by spokesperson John Kirby, Secretary Blinken also did not discuss his position on the transfer of Polish (NATO) jets with the Pentagon.

          Now pause for a moment and accept what is evident.  The US Secretary of State, seeking to leverage the public pressure of a global community aligned in favorability toward the Ukrainian people, unilaterally made a national security policy decision that would trigger an escalated NATO conflict with Russia.

          The U.S. State Department was willing, intentionally and willfully willing, to set up a scenario that would draw the United States into war with Russia, and Secretary Blinken intended to trigger this “escalation” by pushing Poland into a corner of compliance – without ever discussing it with them.

    5. Color me surprised that big tech is totally fine with people violating its terms when its against the people the govt officially dislikes. This certainly wont be a slippery slope.

      1. Certainly not.
        Meta is just adding Russia to the list of "those it is acceptable to hate".

        1. Fortification of free speech.

          1. Did you say fornication of speech?

            1. Fornication? In an ENB article? Bite your tongue!

            2. I see what you've been doing until you need glasses! 😉

      2. Mussolini approves.

        1. Blood alone moves the wheels of Facebook.

      3. We've been slipping down this slope for a while.

    6. On Facebook, You Can't Threaten Violence…Unless It's Aimed at Invading Russians

      So just refer to your targets as "invading Russians", know what I mean? Like the invading Russians on that school board.

      1. Invading Russians and seditious racists.

        1. In that case we would have to separate the real invading Russians from the FBI plants.

          1. The FBI plants are better fed & don't know the metric system.

            1. The lack of Adidas track suits is also a dead giveaway.

          2. But that would ruin the narrative. Particularly if they're all FBI.

      2. You know who else said it's alright to threaten violence against Russian invaders?

      3. Does it not work in any direction?

        Like, wouldn't it work for:

        -What happens when an "invading Russian" with an erection runs into a wall? He breaks his nose.

        -How do you starve an "invading Russian"? Hide his food stamps under his workboots.

        -Don't be a racist. Racism is a crime and only "invading Russians" commit crimes.

        -Why doesn't Russia have an Olympic Team? Because everybody who can run, jump, or swim is already in the Ukraine.

        -Two invading Russians walk are mumbling to each other at the bar. The bartender walks over and asks what the hubbub's about. The invading Russians say "We're planning on killing 14k innocent Ukrainians and a donkey." The bartender replies "Why a donkey?" The invading Russian turns to the other and says, "See! I told you no one would care about the 14k Ukrainians!"

        Or would that be too racist?

    7. Facebook becomes Faceboot.

      Orwell approves.

      1. "But always— do not forget this, Winston— always there will be the intoxication of power, constantly increasing and constantly growing subtler. Always, at every moment, there will be the thrill of victory, the sensation of trampling on an enemy who is helpless.
        If you want a picture of the future, imagine Mark Zuckerberg stamping on a human face— forever."

      2. I always preferred fascist book, Twitler, and Goebbel.

  2. As a result of the Russian invasion of Ukraine we have temporarily made allowances for forms of political expression...

    Putin awoke the sleeping giant.

    1. temporarily made allowances for forms of political expression...

      You can taste the freedom!

    2. Behold the power of mean tweets. Every sensitive American progressive can attest to their devastating effects.

    3. There'll be an online commenter behind every blade of grass.

    4. https://unherd.com/2022/03/how-western-elites-exploit-ukraine/

      The war in Ukraine poses a palpable threat to Western democracies, but this has little to do with Russia posing an inherent strategic threat to the United States or its European allies. No — more so than the Russian state, the threat to the West comes from within, a consequence of our congealing perceptions towards the conflict.

      Bombs are not raining down on our cities; instead, what we are experiencing is the psychological weaponisation of war — and its exploitation as a tool of indoctrination and statecraft in the hands of the establishment.

      The Ukraine crisis is undoubtedly a tragedy, but it is merely the latest in a series of geopolitical events stretching back at least 20 years in which the media coverage has been biased, one-sided, and ideological. All of these instances — Iraq, Libya, Syria, and the Afghanistan Withdrawal — were riddled with “structural information traps” that we ignored at our peril.

      1. "Some might say the foreign policy hawks have not learned from their catastrophic regime-change wars in the Middle East. But they have. They learned the importance of narrative control and information warfare targeting domestic audiences: consolidating the media, tightening their hold on information, marginalising the few investigative journalists that remain, and nullifying scepticism as examples of appeasement or Putinism. Undoubtedly, the situation seriously endangers civil liberties and freedom of thought in the Anglosphere, undermining the very foundation of Western democracy."

        1. A lot of this experience was actually gained while trying to shut down ISIS.

          Some may recall, there was a huge amount of consternation and confusion over ISIS' exploitation of social media and streaming platforms to recruit and spread their message. It wasn't like anything anyone in the intel agencies or DoD had ever seen before, and one of the keys to beating ISIS lay in the fact that the intel agencies and military cyberwarfare divisions, with the assistance of several longtime spook-related individuals in the private sector, directly targeted their social media presence to prevent them from saturating it with their message.

          You can see several of the same techniques being used in suppressing right-wing views while amplifying left-wing narratives and ideology, and that's hardly a coincidence. As I've pointed out several times, the intel agencies, Big Tech, and the Democratic Party are joined at the hip.

          1. “As I've pointed out several times, the intel agencies, Big Tech, and the Democratic Party are joined at the hip.”

            Truer words were never spoken.

  3. ...Facebook's decision to allow posts praising the Azov Battalion, a Ukrainian military regiment "known for its hardcore right-wing ultranationalism and the neo-Nazi ideology pervasive among its members...

    They've been outnazied.

    1. Unnazied.

      1. Denazified, even?

        1. They’re the good Nazis.

    2. Let's be charitable here. There are several well known phrases to describe this

      Enemy of my Enemy.
      Evil vs Oblivion.
      Gray vs Black

  4. "On Facebook, You Can't Threaten Violence…Unless It's Aimed at Invading Russians"

    Between this and the recent canceling of Russians just for being Russian, I've never been prouder to be a member of the #Resistance.

    #LibertariansForGettingToughWithRussia

    1. Getting Dostoyevsky removed from the literature curriculum and canceling Tchaikovsky performances shows that our noble efforts are working!

      #YesAllRussians

      1. When is the NHL going to rescind the Stanley Cup from Washington because of Ovechkin?

        1. They’d have to take three from the Wings because of Fedorov.

          1. And another cuz Datsyuk.

            1. Actually, that one sounds Ukrainian…

              1. No he’s Russian.

                1. Ah yes, from Sverdlovsk (now Yekaterinburg). A large number of Russians from Siberia have Ukrainian surnames because at least one of their ancestors was among the Ukrainian farmers exiled to Siberia by Catherine The Great as punishment for opposing her imposition of serfdom in Ukraine.

            2. Yep my bad, I forgot Datsyuk won one after Federov left.

      2. #youforgotNadiaComaneci

        1. Romanian. Defected at the tale end of Ceausescu’s misrule.

      3. You can have my Mussorgsky when you pry it out of my cold dead hands.

        1. Mussorgsky was a musical genius in my Modest opinion.
          (See what I did there?)

  5. In Catalonia ????????, 6yo wore masks in schools but 5yo did not...

    YOU KNOW WHO ELSE DID LIFE THREATENING EXPERIMENTS ON CHILDREN?

    1. Planned parenthood?

    2. The CDC?

    3. Lord Baden-Powell?

    4. Taco Bell?

    5. The East German girls swim team?

      1. Careful, that’s a hairy topic!

    6. Hillary Clinton?

    7. Gregory Peck in Boys From Brazil?

    8. Willy Wonka?

  6. "To use Just Walk Out technology, you identify yourself at the entrance using Amazon's mobile app. Once inside, you shop normally..."

    No thanks.

    1. Let us not applaud private businesses getting rid of cash as a medium of exchange. If this model becomes dominant, your ability to shop for groceries will be based on whether you are in the good graces of companies whose bureaucracies love to kick people with wrongthink out of their clubs.

      1. Feature, not a bug

        1. And all the people who wield the CRA as a weapon against bakeries, florists, and photographers will applaud.

          1. We're still allowing people who voted for Trump to shop in our stores?

            1. But the left has a heart. They are teaching them valuable smash and grab techniques.

      2. So, you’re just going to crucify yuppies on a cross of having to fuss with handling physical money.

        The first-world problem of have to go through a checkout where you might be forced to interact with an employee who didn’t go to an Ivy League college is real!

        1. No worries, you can still interact with them at Starbucks when they get your order wrong.

    2. What is to stop someone without the Amazon app from just taking stuff?

      1. Just scanning the article, it sounds like you wouldn't be able to get in.

        1. Yeah, there was a shop in O' Hare airport doing this in the last year or two. I don't recall what was required last minute before boarding the plane, but it was right there on the shelf and there was a clerk on the other side of the barrier. They had a number of helpful ways I could activate the app on my phone or through the web page and, once I had a QR code on my phone, I could just scan it, walk in, take what I needed, and walk out.

          Nope. If my kid were puking up his guts I'd cancel my flight before doing that shit. Hell even the Dunkin' would sell me shit anonymously for dollars and give me a free plastic bag for the kiddo to throw up in or even just hand me a free plastic bag rather than standing around like human garbage with smiles on their faces.

      2. Well, there is the total surveillance of the premises - - - - - - - -

        1. But if you take less than $1000 worth of goods...

    3. They need to install this in every inner city Walgreens on the West Coast.

    4. Yeah, this shit isn't creepy at all.

      "Alexa, give the NSA more of my private personal information, please."

      1. Got a new kindle for Christmas. Never turned on Alexa, but I swear it was still listening to me, so went into my settings and, yeah had to turn it off, even though I never activated it. Still not certain if it's not still listening because my Amazon account seems to send me suggestions for something I was talking about a little while ago. Maybe it's based on my past purchasing but...

    5. So do I get charged if I take something off the shelf and look at the label and then put it back? Or change my mind and put it back?

  7. The Consumer Price Index rose by 7.9 percent through February, the fastest pace of annual inflation in 40 years...

    Why would Putin do this?

    1. It’s all because of our spittin tobaccy based economy.

      1. This guy gets it.

      2. And big Grocery. Don't let Kroger off the hook.

        1. What about the evil Putin?

          1. They should have said. "Excuse me."

          2. He’s tanking our economy! Really Putin it on the fritz!

            1. Vladimir Vladimirovich was just Biden his time until he found the perfect tool (in two senses of the word) to carry out his nefarious economic subversion.

            2. Dressed up like a $Million Dollar Russian Trooper...

  8. Facebook always approved calling for the death of straight white males, Republicans, libritarians, and anyone critical of blm

    1. ^

      This

    2. Didnt that guy who ran over all those grannies at christmas time have stuff on his social media about hurting whipeepo?

      Strange...

      1. Fake news!

        Any unintended granny reduction was the fault of an out-of-control SUV. Everyone knows how bad those things are.

      2. It was an SUV, not a guy. Most cars don't have Facebook acounts.

        They're all on Instagram.

        1. It was a local story. Why re-tread it?

          1. My apologies, I wasn't trying to bulldoze anybody.

  9. Days without an ENB yglasias reffrence:3

    1. Shh! You're going to jinx it.

      1. Record is still 19 days.

    2. I'd like a day w/o a ridiculous emotional reaction to some not very important story that ENB has viewed through the feminist lens. 'Remember when people reportedly got suspended for sarcastically posting "kill all men"?' I remember when those same people claimed that they were hurt by words posted by other people, usually men, that they didn't like.

      1. Are you saying that if I post "kill all feminist women," people won't know I'm being sarcastic and chuckle at my droll wit?

  10. Russia is requesting a meeting at the UN to discuss Ukrainian bio labs, the ones admitted to by Nuland.

    May get interesting to see propaganda vs propaganda here. I dont know what the truth is other than the US initially denied the labs existed and the media parroted it previously.

    https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/russia-requests-emergency-un-security-council-meeting-to-present-evidence-of-ukraine-biolabs

    1. > I dont know what the truth is

      We're all fucked.

      Oh... about the bio labs. Uh, yeah, me either. That other thing was just sort of a general sense of the world.

      1. I am sure Fauci will clear this up.

        1. By lying under oath again?

        2. I kinda wanna see Murthys show up with a briefcase leaking a paper trail and say "I've got all the misinformation right here!"

    2. If we've learned anything in the last two years it's that biolabs, like the one in Wuhan, are completely harmless. It's those nearby farmer's markets that you have to worry about.

    3. People in the federal government are such pathological liars, that they can't help lying even when the subject they're lying about might be completely benign, or when transparency would actually be beneficial to keep conspiracy theories from popping up.

      If there was nothing untoward about the biolabs, what was the fucking point of lying that they didn't exist in the first place? If what's going on there is no big deal, just say what they were for and why we wouldn't want the Russians to gain control of them. If what is going on there is classified, just say so or do the "I can neither confirm nor deny the activities of these labs" bit that they always do when secret squirrel shit is going on, but can't actually talk about or they'll lose their clearance.

  11. "Is there a coming (or current) wave of sex-negativity?"

    You know, I'm afraid there might be. For example some cisgender women are such prudes that they actually feel uncomfortable seeing ladydick and ladyballs in the women's locker room.

    Time for another Scott Shackford piece explaining to them how bigoted they are. 🙂

    #TransWomenAreWomen

    1. Under no circumstance should those monsters look down upon ladydick. Ladydick is as American as apple pie, and as natural as electric cars.

    2. Given ENBs understanding of 6 weeks vs. 10 - 4 weeks, calling at least some of them bigots seems kinda accurate. I mean, I'm pretty anti-transgender movement myself, but pretending like I don't know how my dick works to pwn one group of people and then telling trans-men they don't know how a dick works seems kinda intrinsically bigoted.

    3. The current wave of sexual negativity is definitely looking AC/DC

    4. We've been rolling in sex negativity for ages. Male sexuality = toxic unless it's a guy shoving himself into a skirt and heels wearing an atrocious wig and bad makeup. Female sexuality = toxic if they ever actually say no to anything a woke-annointed male wants.

  12. Hotels +29%
    Furniture +17.1
    Chicken +13.2
    New cars & trucks +12.4
    Flooring +11.3
    Lunchmeat +11
    Dry clean +9.5%
    Tools +8.7
    Baby food +8.4
    Full service restaurant +7.5
    Pet supplies +7.5
    Toys +6.7
    Car repair +6.7

    Blue Check Advice: Bike home, sit naked on the dirt floor, raising your own poultry, and use rocks and sticks to feed your pets to your baby and let it play with carcass. SIMPLE AS THAT. Or, buy an electric car and live in that.

    1. Except that raising chickens in your yard will be banned.

          1. Oh, the Bee. Always so close to reality that it's unnerving.

            1. They have a crystal ball that can see one month into the future and they just copy down the headlines.

            2. Also, Babylon Bee = closer to reality than Sacramento Bee

      1. Yeah, I'm not sure how the push to culture your own meat and subsist on maggots eating your own feces got missed. FOE really needs to step up his Blue Check Mark game or we'll have to cut his organic nitrogen rations.

    2. Some of us are already set up for a more primitive existence.

      Intentionally.

    3. Hey, those birds, pets, and children belong to the commune, you fascist nazi capitalist.

    4. You forgot: move closer to wherever you need to travel to. The left are magnanimous -one supposes that the money poor folks have just laying around will be used for the move.

  13. The Ohio bill is easy
    "from the Jim crow Era to today the democrats/progressives have pushed for racially segregated schools. Their political oppones argue that everyone should be treated equally under the law, while the dems and progressives argue that black people are inherently inferior and need to br seperated from society"

    1. Their rhetoric has shifted since the antebellum but their goals remain the same.

  14. "The Consumer Price Index rose by 7.9 percent through February, the fastest pace of annual inflation in 40 years," reports The New York Times.

    Really, who are you going to believe? The New York Times, or Reason's leading economics expert? Because Mr. Buttplug told me we're in the best economy ever and inflation is nonexistent (besides spittin' tobaccy).

    #DefendBidenAtAllCosts

    1. Sadly I think spb is more credible than the nyt

      1. Gotta disagree with you there. All SPB does is poorly regurgitate the same talking points he gets from the NYT. It's like a game of retarded telephone.

        1. NYT is too wordy for him. Just uses the latest OSF newsletter.

      2. Can we get a no-holds-barred deathmatch going? I don't care who wins as long as we wind up with fewer child porn advocates.

        1. Cinder block fight. Surer that way.

    2. You should encourage Mr. Plugg to start sharing his wisdom regarding gold once again.
      There are potential fortunes to be made.

  15. Is there a coming (or current) wave of sex-negativity?

    It's fine as long as you're having sex with a trans person and all the forms have been notarized.

    1. Including the Post-Sexual Encounter Consent Decree*

      *said decree can be voided by either party at any time, without notice

      1. Meh. Any private agreements will be superseded by the State Department of Sexual Relations, which will assign partners, roles, and acts.

        1. Inspired by the most logical race in the galaxy - the Vulcans - breeding will permitted once every seven years. For many of you, this will mean much less breeding. For me, much, much more.

  16. A peek back into the phone sex world of the '90s.

    People would have sex with their iPhones if it was possible.

    1. Soon they will in the Metaverse.

    2. It only hurts for a second.

    3. Will we be forced to use the Apple adapter? Asking for Mrs. Casual.

  17. Why can't the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tell the truth about teens and vaping?

    Because it's a captured political entity?

    1. Because the science keeps changing?

      1. If it's possible for the science to change then it's possible that the science was not unassailable before.

        1. You don't get it. The science wasn't unassailable before, but it's totally unassailable now.

          1. The media refer to that as 'settled science'.

      2. The Science should be capitalized.

        1. The Science is capitalized on my lawn sign, as is The Inflation (“I Trust In” precedes the former while “I reject as a myth” precedes the latter.)

  18. Harris awkwardly starts laughing when asked about the Ukrainian refugee crisis

    She really doesn't care, do you?

    1. When you're a hyena, everything looks like carrion.

      1. When you're a hyena, everyone has a thing that looks like a penis.

    2. She almost peed her pants laughing about Rwanda in April of 94. (Glad she wasn’t around for Phon Penh 1975)

    1. From that article:

      'Holmes also explains that being “unapologetically black” means showing up to work not ready to serve students: “It means that Carl walks in with a do-rag in the morning because it’s the morning, honey, and I’m not ready for you.” '

      Not only race based treatment indoctrination, but the good ol' soft bigotry of low expectations. Apparently being black means that the whites have to understand the black man cant be expected to show up to work on time, and ready. Because its the morning, honey!

      1. I think The Smithsonian agrees.

        1. Learning is racist.

          1. Museums aren't, but they can still exclude the unvaxxed, even if that exclusion has disparate results, because they are applying the rule equally to everyone. Oh wait....

      2. That should encourage the soft-skills to help them move up in the workplace. haha

        It means that Carl walks in with a do-rag in the morning because it’s the morning, honey, and I’m not ready for you and the guy running the warehouse says 'I don't give a shit, Carl, get to work you lazy fuck or you're fired.'

        1. Half the days I honestly cant tell if they are just reincarnated dead KKK wizards who truly want blacks to be behind.

          Few things could hurt a race worse than having them try to catch up by teaching them they dont have to do the stuff the white and asian kids do, as thats white supremacy. Showing up on time, being prepared, and earning good grades, pshhhh, dont bother with that, that shits racist.

          And getting them to sign up for this indoctrination, wholesale, with a smile on their face. These new racists are just better at it than the old timey ones were.

          1. The new anti-racism:
            Unapologetically black = rude, lazy, entitled piece of shit
            Unapologetically white = reliable person who meets others' expectations

            I guarantee dead KKK wizards are clicking glasses with Satan in hell and laughing their asses off over this.

    2. "She continued, saying that even though white teachers might be afraid of this portion, they “live unapologetically white, that’s what your life existence is.”"

      I would assume the whites these people encounter do almost nothing other than apologizing for their whiteness. Im surprised anyone can hear them over the self flagellation

  19. J6 committee wants to make it illegal for Republicans to raise money to fight for election integrity or quesrion elections.

    https://thefederalist.com/2022/03/10/j6-committee-seeks-to-criminalize-republican-fundraising/

    1. Democrats want to make it illegal to be a Republican.

      1. It will be perfectly legal to be a Republican, you'll just have to suffer the consequences.

        1. If they wanted to have functioning bank accounts and credit cards, they should have not participated in wrong think

        2. “ It will be perfectly legal to be a Republican, you'll just have to suffer the consequences.”
          Back of the omnibus?

      2. Remember when the antifa guy killed a republican in Washington and the Gov and procecuters said they didn't care?

    2. Imagine if China proposed something like this. Chinese government committee makes it illegal for Hong Kong democracy demonstrators to raise money to question government policies.

      1. Pretty sure they did that.

  20. But honestly, it's refreshing to see Facebook keeping its speech policies flexible and context-contingent, rather than trying to police the anger and anguish—no matter how intemperately expressed—of people responding to acts of war.

    It's refreshing if you are a sociopath.

    1. “Flexible speech policies”

      Disgusting.

      1. Ethnic hatred and threats of death are acceptable provided the hatred and death threats are directed toward groups and/or people that we also hate and would like to see dead.

        1. The libertarian moment!

    2. "It's refreshing to see Facebook continue to selectively apply its policies based on the popular and approved causes of the day."

      1. Situational ethics are totes libertarian! Or Commie…Or Fascist….Or monarchist. (I can be any of those depending on my mood…oh and the lunar cycle….)

    3. “I am altering the deal. Pray I don’t alter it any further.”– Darth Fuckerberg

  21. We aren't totalitarian; we just want your kids to think of The State as Mommy.

    Sign Telling Identity-Confused Kids 'I'm Your Mom Now' Sparks Controversy
    https://www.newsweek.com/sign-telling-identity-confused-kids-im-your-mom-now-sparks-controversy-1685713

    Asign posted at a Wisconsin high school told students"If Your Parents Aren't Accepting Of Your Identity I'm Your Mom Now," and it has created controversy in the community....

    ...Late last month, teachers attended a staff development day in which content included a slide with direction to teachers that "...parents are not entitled to know their kids' identities. That knowledge must be earned."

    1. There was a especially bitchy Manager at a workplace of mine who told the employees during the Holdays, in a voice like some officious hausfrau: "Remember at this time that we are all family!" This really pissed a lot of workers off and they went over her head with complaints about it to her higher-ups!

      There are decidedly much better ways of dealing with problems with children than being a self-proclaimed, self-appointed family member, especially when family life can be a trauma for many people.

      1. "Remember at this time that we are all family!"

        This statement has always been dumb. Either the company is so big that this doesn't mean shit or it's so small that someone in the group can yell "Ow! He started it!" And point at the person next to them. At which point, you become the overbearing joke of a mother (parent) than no one listens to and act only inasmuch as they can thwart you until they get out from under your thumb.

        Either way, you aren't going to turn this car right around and drive us all home no matter how bad we behave. You. Dumbass.

        1. When I heard she said it, I thought of this scene from The Omega Man:

          The Omega Man--Honky Paradise
          https://youtu.be/9YNYtbU7eJ4

        2. «You become the overbearing joke of a mother (parent) than no one listens to and act only inasmuch as they can thwart you until they get out from under your thumb.”
          You meanie! You made Elisabeth Warren cry!

    2. Wtf

      https://twitter.com/libsoftiktok/status/1502062755888738342?t=_xfoTYcY2OPXRJ-IETK1eA&s=19

      Mayor Pro Tem of Huntersville, North Carolina just deleted this tweet

      [Link]

      Update: she just deleted her account

      1. The bill is about 4-8 year olds.
        If you’re trying to talk to other people's young children about sex, in your home, without their knowledge, you're definitely grooming them.

      2. How utterly stupid and tone deaf can you be to say "slide into my DMs" in a Tweet like that? Like, I'm pretty sure there are people on the registry who would call you a moron for that.

    3. And that is how you the bill in Forida regulating what can be taught about gender that the Democrats and Shackford are clutching pearls about.

  22. Asian parents began chanting racist at Fairfax Virginia school board causing the board to flee. Protest on response to judicial ruling claiming it was illegal to limit Asian students for top magnet schools.

    https://www.dailywire.com/news/fairfax-school-board-flees-meeting-as-asian-moms-chant-racist-at-them

    Looks like we have a new target for Garland.

    1. The school board’s high-priced law firm, Hunton Andrews Kurth, is the successor to Hunton & Williams, which fought to preserve segregation in cases that ultimately became Brown vs. Board, the case in which the Supreme Court struck down school segregation.

      Shocking but not shocking.

      1. You mean that the law firm that fought for school segregation in Brown v. Topeka is still around and hasn't become a dead memory like Woolworth's???

        Wow! That is as knee-slapping cynically funny as The Southern Poverty Law Center having credible charges of sexual and racial harrassment brought against them be former employees!

        There are a whole lot of Legal Eagle Social Justice Warriors out there who are Pots calling Kettles black! Junkyard Dog Lawyer, heal thyself!

    2. Any of those WWII internment camps still around? Asking for a friend on the school board.

    3. I attended that magnet school in Fairfax County in 1988. Based on the pictures in the yearbook, the diversity of the students seemed pretty representative of the Fairfax County in general. The over-representation of Asian students 30+ years later is because their parents have not been subjected to the last 60+ years of Progressives ramping up the rhetoric of CRT and white privilege, until probably the last decade.

      A lot of people make critical thinking errors when analyzing probabilities. A magnet school is not accepting the top 1% of students from each racial group, it is accepting the top 1% of all students. Unless the distribution of grades/test scores is identical within each racial group, those probabilities are not the same. The Proggies don't bother with critical thinking, they just point and say the math is racist.

      If I remember correctly, our class valedictorian was of Chinese heritage. The Salutatorian was of African heritage. A highly improbable outcome based on those yearbook pictures. At the end of the day, it is always more about individual effort than statistics. Chong didn't steal anyone's spot. He worked harder for it.

      1. Hard work is no longer honored it seems.

    4. At this point I'm still surprised they haven't I cancelled the Bell Curve to justify their policies.

  23. Still not convinced the United States is a fundamentally WHITE SUPREMACIST country poisoned by SYSTEMIC RACISM?

    Jussie Smollett sentenced to 150 days in jail

    This strong proud Black man was brutally attacked by Drumpf supporters — and now HE has to serve 150 days?!

    #IBelieveJussie

    1. And he isn’t even suicidal!

      1. I'm sorry, did I miss where he said something bad about Hillary?

        1. We will know for sure if he kills himself in his cell.

      2. That just said loads for me. The man is so delusions about his own importance. He has some kind of insane persecution complex. This trial was probably satisfying some kind of twisted fantasy of his that proves just how corrupt the whole system is, and he's convinced that the state is out to get him, specifically.

        It's so rich considering his connections to the Obamas and Kamala nearly got him off without any penalties in the first place.

        1. He’s either mentally ill or he’s today’s Andy Kaufman.

      3. He also didn't do it, he said so himself.

    2. Still not convinced the United States is a fundamentally WHITE SUPREMACIST country poisoned by SYSTEMIC RACISM?

      I’m not convinced and as a gay, Black man who is GOP proud like Milo and Caitlin I find the question personally offensive. The real Nazis— I mean the ones outside Ukraine of course— are woke college kids in their gender studies classes looking to turn me from gay Black man into straight trans Black female. No thanks woke Nazi non-Ukrainian assholes. No thanks.

      1. Still can't parody, Shrike.

        1. Stop giving it attention.

          1. But Jesse's right.

          2. Shrike is a fun type of idiot when he starts flailing.

        2. That's not shrike, it's AmSoc trying to imitate OBL.

          He made an admission by way of complaint way back in OBL's early days that he was too dumb to figure out how to effectively parody the right the way OBL parodies the open borders crowd.

          1. The American Socia1ist sockpuppet with the "1" in the name is Shrike.

            He forgot to switch one day, see: https://reason.com/2021/08/31/americas-longest-war-is-over/#comment-9076679

  24. https://www.battleswarmblog.com/?p=50839

    I know there’s a lot going on in the world today, but can we just take a moment to reflect on how crazy it is that the United States House of Representatives just passed a $1.5 TRILLION spending bill that no one has read?

    1. It’s not really that much money anymore.

      1. 7.89% less than last month.

    2. As long as each rep knows that their part is in it, that's all that matters.

    3. It's not so crazy anymore. It's been business as usual for the last decade or so.

    4. Look on the bright side, RaG. It's just a matter of time before the government stops collecting irrelevant taxes.

    5. it only increases the government's debt by 5%. no biggie.

  25. ...2.4 percent of people surveyed "have already moved because of remote work since 2020" and 9.3 percent "are planning on moving because of remote work, compared to 6.1% in October 2020."

    Time for zoning bureaucrats to outlaw telecommuting.

    1. How can the power grid support all these people working on computers from home?

      1. Need more windmills!

  26. Democrat pollster says Ukraine is a boom for democrats reelection chances. Wonder why the media is hyping it and ignoring inflation....

    https://justthenews.com/politics-policy/biden-pollster-celebrates-good-news-dems-russian-invasion-ukraine

    1. They are hyping it because it provides a plausible explanation for inflation to likely voters with half a brain.

      1. So, most of them?

    2. Plus, they love watching other people suffer and die.

      1. Because inflation is Putin's fault, Putin is considered a Republican, so therefore it's a win for Democrats.

        1. You laugh now but when Putin uses his time machine to replicate Back to the Future 2 we will see who is laughing.

    3. Yeah but we can’t vote out Putin, so it still ends up being a referendum on how Biden deals with him. Let’s see how it goes.

    4. Any bump will disappear if, as is most likely, Ukraine capitulates. Then it's another foreign policy screw up for Biden.

  27. What is a teacher to do when a high school student sees in a paper that Joe Biden was elected to the presidency in November 2020?

    Tell the children that it wasn't his turn but, instead, maybe it was Hillary's turn.

    1. Maybe point out that there were serious irregularities in the 2020 election that cause many Americans to have doubts about the results? I can dream, can't I?

      1. If we're gonna wish in one hand fully expecting to get shit in the other, why not go with: Quote Spencer, "Suppose, for the sake of argument, that, struck by some Malthusian panic, a legislature duly representing public opinion were to enact that all children born during the next ten years should be drowned. Does anyone think such an enactment would be warrantable? If not, there is evidently a limit to the power of a majority.", hand them a copy of The Right to Ignore the State or On Liberty?

  28. "But "what exactly is the 'other side' of 9-11? Of slavery in America?" asks Howard Wilkinson at WVXU."

    9/11 - Evildoers who hate our freedom VERSUS blowback for U. S. military involvement abroad VERSUS the natural outgrowth of Muslim teaching about fighting "infidels"

    slavery - intrinsic to AmeriKKKa VERSUS a cancer on the body politic excised by Abraham Lincoln VERSUS something that would have come to a peaceable end if it weren't for those meddling abolitionists

    There - three sides each and I didn't break a sweat.

    1. But whatever you do, don't tell them Lincoln was a Republican!!!

    2. or, "some people did some things", and others certainly didn't cheer them on.

    3. "what exactly is the 'other side' of 9-11?"

      That jet fuel doesn't melt steel beams?

      Seriously though, I used to say that all the time to dismiss conspiracy theories... then covid happened (*sad trombone*).

  29. Why can't the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tell the truth about teens and vaping?

    Was I first?

  30. On the bright side, Russia and the U.S. Congress agree on something.

  31. GOP lawmaker calls Zelensky a ‘thug’ and Ukrainian government ‘incredibly evil’

    Hmm… as a Black gay man who is GOP Proud like Caitlin and Milo I would endeavor to call the Zarenski government “Nazi evil”— but probably the term Nazi is too reductionist in this case and should be left to more adequately respond the most pressing threat this country faces. And for you guys out there that say that’s the threat of nuclear Armageddon where a billion people die you’ve got it exactly and precisely 100% wrong. The biggest threat facing society today— as everyone knows except you— is woke college kids and their goddamn pronouns. Some members of the woke Nazi elite even have taken to wearing BLM shirts, which as a Black man I find offensive. All lives matter, college school woke Nazi elite. All lives matter.

    1. Well, you managed not to call Drumpf "Dear Leader" or praise high-poverty California for its great restaurant options. So you've taken my advice about giving each character a unique voice, at least.

      But seriously, this act is weak. I don't think anything can redeem it. Please go back to "American Socia1ist."

    2. You're not funny. Even the parody guy can't drag anything laughable out your post. He has to reference another account to parody you.

      Your initials are AAA because your act is broken down on the side of the road and no one will stop to help you. Please stop embarrassing yourself.

      1. You have to almost admire Shrike's tenacity in milking some of his failed socks.

          1. That's not milk in those socks.

  32. Julia Fox shows off major underboob as she steps out in Los Angeles in a tiny bra top and double denim

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-10600677/Julia-Fox-shows-underboob-steps-Los-Angeles-tiny-bra-denim.html

    Don't know who that is, but her top doesn't fit well.

    1. That is not a flattering look on anybody.

      1. Yet I want to reach out and adjust her clothing for some unexplained reason.

      2. She'll just have to take it off then.

      3. Underboob can be done and done well. That looks like she's trying to pull a 'sat in gum' joke and failing.

    2. It says who she is in the article...

      1. Can't be distracted by things like text in a paparazzi story.

        1. Just more evidence why Daily Mail seems to be creepy old guy's go to source each morning.

          1. Don't diss the Daily Mail. They provided more comprehensive coverage of the killing of John Geer by Fairfax County policy than the Washington Post did, even though it was a local story for the Post.

            1. Fairfax County *police*

  33. but still the right decision from a free speech perspective

    No, dipshit, setting different rules for speech for different people based on their ethnicity or politics is the OPPOSITE of free speech.

    1. It's almost like ENB is a retarded dipshit.
      If it wasn't for bohem, ENB would be the most hypocritical retard at reason

  34. More evidence against masking kids

    I'm so glad that Reason is coming out hard against masking, two years late and now that they have been given permission because nearly everyone is against it. Bold, hard-hitting journalism right there.

    1. Brandy and sarc hardest hit. JFree died after being betrayed.

  35. Meta will also temporarily allow posts calling for death to Russian President Vladimir Putin and Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko

    Temporarily = As long as inflation exists?

    1. Temporarily= till about November-ish

    2. Two weeks hate to flatten the curve!

  36. What is a teacher to do when a high school student sees in a paper that Joe Biden was elected to the presidency in November 2020?

    Nothing, one surmises.

    1. Obviously that teacher should re-identify as the child's parent, decide which parent he/she/they are, pick a party stance and drum it into the child's brain. How hard can that be?

  37. Do roo even lift bro? Buff kangaroo goes viral after showing off his rippling muscles at Australian wildlife centre

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10602547/Buff-kangaroo-goes-viral-showing-rippling-muscles-Australian-wildlife-centre.html

    For some reason I figure if Nardz was a kangaroo, that's what he'd look like.

    1. Nardz, or *Putin*?

      1. Everyone knows what Putin looks like without a shirt. Heck, JesseAZ has a framed photo over his bed (the frame is worth more than the picture by the way).

        1. Remember. Sarcasmic only discusses ideas. He never trolls. He is not a hypocrite.

          Ideas!

        2. I think sarc's been more pro-Putin than Jesse has, relatively, so I'm not sure what's going on here.

    2. Saw that. Like a decade ago.

  38. Russia learns the TRUTH: State TV DEFIES President Putin's propaganda edict and broadcasts criticism of the war in Ukraine - with guests describing the shambolic invasion as 'like Afghanistan, but even WORSE'
    Putin's war on freedom of expression in Russia appeared to be fraying at the edges on Thursday
    Guests on Kremlin-backed television defied Moscow and openly criticised the ongoing war in Ukraine
    Some said the invasion was worse than the Afghanistan operation in the 1980s which ended in failure
    Putin has intensified a crackdown on media and individuals who fail to hew to the Kremlin line on the war

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10600711/Ukraine-war-Guests-Russian-state-TV-invasion-like-Afghanistan-worse.html

    1. Never thought I'd live to see the day where there's more press freedom in Moscow than in Washington.

      1. No shit. These guys are only facing 15 years in prison. Those brave souls in Washington are risking death.

        1. Didn't you hear that Obama personally ordered the murder of Fox News journalists he didn't like? It must be true because I read it on qanon.com. That's like authoritarian shit, man.

          1. Good to know that all those US citizens that Obama dronestriked were just a Russian Disinformation Conspiracy Theory that never happened.

            1. Obama dronestriked US citizens that had nothing to do with journalism.
              Putin literally murders journalists he doesn't like.
              Moonrocks: OBAMA WAS WORSE, MORE PRESS FREEDOM IN RUSSIA

              1. Obama literally murdered American citizens.
                chemjeff radical individualist: WE HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT PUTIN BECAUSE HE'S A BRUTAL DICTATOR THAT MURDERS HIS OWN CITIZENS!

                1. It's not like Jeff practices hypocrisy, it's like he is hypocrisy.

                  1. And a fucking liar.

                  2. Experts don't need practice.

                2. That is you trying to change the subject when you are called out on your idiocy. Go ahead, continue to claim that a regime in which the head of state literally murders journalists it doesn't like has "more press freedom" than this country, just because you hate Democrats so much.

                  1. He didn't change the subject, you lying shill. His post follows yours exactly.
                    You're the one trying to redirect.

          2. I’m shocked, shocked!, that Lefty Jeffy is defending Obama.

          3. Your obsessive fangirling over the lightworker is duly noted, but Putin being a brutal piece of work does not change the fact that obama was a cowardly hypocrite and his signature piece of legislation Operation Choke Point is still ongoing.

        2. Obama once used the Espionage Act on a reporter he didn't like.
          Putin literally murders journalists he doesn't like.
          Moonrocks: MORE PRESS FREEDOM IN RUSSIA

          1. It wasn't one reporter. He also spied on congress and the Israeli government to try to influence their elections.

            Youre an idiot jeff.

            1. Not to mention prosecuted more whistleblowers than any other President in history, all while claiming the whistleblower protection act that he signed was a landmark in government transparency.

              Jeff must have had a few barbeques with his lefty neighbors again, now that he's back oinking out DNC talking points.

          2. Obama once used the Espionage Act on a reporter he didn't like"

            You're lying again of course. Obama tapped 20 Associated Press office phone lines plus the homes and phones of reporters.

            Even if it was only one phone line it would still qualify as an impeachable offense.

            1. And one reporters parents.

  39. Kamala Harris' signature awkward/inappropriate laugh strikes again

    inappropriate affect: emotional responses that are not in keeping with the situation or are incompatible with expressed thoughts or wishes, such as smiling when told about the death of a friend. Extreme inappropriate affect is a defining characteristic of disorganized schizophrenia. —APA dictionary

    1. Does that include jumping up and excitedly rubbing your knuckles together when someone mentions soldiers getting brain cancer?

      1. That was quite disturbing. For the sake of the nation a medical investigation is warranted.

  40. "Cameras on the ceilings and scales on the shelves detect what you've taken. Then you "just walk out," and Amazon's AI software figures out what you took."

    This will backfire big time when lots of customers (i.e. thieves) just walk out with lots of groceries (without paying).

    1. Don't they already do that in stores with cashiers?

    2. It's already happening, so why not automate the process?

    3. That's what the lasers are for. You didn't know about the lasers?

      1. Is that the Mel Brooks conspiracy from history of the world part 2? Jews in space

      2. Lasers are no good without sharks. Where are the sharks?

        1. In the ocean and in aquariums. How isolated are you?

    4. What I said earlier.

  41. Gee, that's terrible, I'm never using FB again.

    Oh wait! I don't use it now and never have!

    WGAFFF?

    1. Explains your lack of proper information and being embarrassed by the other commentators.

      1. Yeah anteater, but I prefer getting my news before it's condensed and edited by your uncle and cousins, so in that sense I don't have that "information", though it is true I am often embarrassed for posters here who do get their news that way.

        1. Joe prefers it condensed and edited by Brian Stelter, John Oliver and Rachel Maddow instead.

          1. He also gets excited for his morning email.

          2. My links and quotes are all from original sources - see Senate Intel Comm Report - or reputable news sources like the NYTs, Reuters, WaPo, AP etc. They make mistakes, but print corrections as they are selling accuracy, not attitude. The ignorance of most on this board, repeated over and over on things like US oil production - no, it's not down since Trump left office, it's up - Russian/Trump collusion - no, it's not a hoax but a well proven fact - or the effectiveness of vaccines - in both red and blue states, the unvaccinated have been and still are leading new cases, hospitalizations, and deaths - is embarrassing and does not speak well for libertarians, MAGA, or whatever the fuck you all call yourselves. You're dumber than fence posts and don't learn even when beat over the head with facts.

            PS No one even tries to counter me on the above 3 big lies prevalent here because you can't.

            1. Speaking of which, you did link to the Senate Intel Comm Report, but you flat out lied about what was in it and that it accused Trump of Russian ties, which it explicitly said it never found.
              It's obvious that you never once read the report and are getting all your talking-points from your fifty-center cheat sheet.

              "or reputable news sources like the NYTs"
              Ota Benga, Walter Duranty, Yellowcake.

              1. The evidence the report presents makes it clear to anyone with a functioning brain that Putin intended to aid Trump's election in 2016, Trump knew this and encouraged it, his main campaign management, including his family members met secretly with Kremlin spies for the overt purpose of getting dirt on his opponent, his long time friend Roger Stone was in coordination with Wiki-leaks on when and what they would publish that the Russians had given them, and his campaign manager Manafort passed campaign information to a Russian operative for use by his bot farm. When the GOP platform was being written Manafort weakened the paragraph on support for the Ukraine, a Russian goal that was clearly pay-off.

                You are reffering to the disclaimer by Committee member Little Marco Rubio, not the report itself, in his effort to stay politically viable in the Trump GOP, not because he had any evidence at all for his claim. By the way, "collusion" is not a legal term, it is description of acts taken in coordination with a partner to achieve a common goal. By any reasonable standard, the Trump campaign and Russia acted in collusion to advance Trump's election to the presidency. If you want to use another term describing these known events - maybe "conspiracy" or "butt buddies" would work - go ahead, but they happened.

                By your lack of response to other parts of my post, I'll assume then we are in agreement on the following facts:
                1. Oil production is up slightly since Biden took office.
                2. The Covid vaccines were modern miracles of science and medicine which saved millions of lives.

  42. "Facebook changes speech policies in response to Ukraine invasion."

    Principals and consistency. People really despise both.

    1. I can imagine. Dec. 08, 1941. NY Times headline.

      "Japanese bomb Pearl Harbor. Hundreds killed. Maybe we should apologize."

  43. But honestly, it's refreshing to see Facebook keeping its speech policies flexible and context-contingent, rather than trying to police the anger and anguish—no matter how intemperately expressed—of people responding to acts of war.

    Oh please, ENB. This is censorship by viewpoint. Yesterday, it was censoring Team R. Today it is censoring Russia. What will it be tomorrow....censoring religious minorities?

    Is there such a thing as a 'fair weather libertarian'? I think so, Elizabeth.

    1. Not sure how allowing the speech of people with the viewpoint that we should kill Russian soldiers and politicians is viewpoint discrimination.

    2. The selective permission to call for death of political leaders is should be the death knell for derpbook.

  44. Sure why not? This can't possibly end badly.

    https://www.newsweek.com/missouri-bill-would-allow-lawsuits-helping-out-state-abortions-1686173

    A Missouri state lawmaker has proposed a bill that would allow private citizens to be sued for aiding women who get out-of-state abortions.

    Republican Representative Mary Elizabeth Coleman introduced the bill in the Missouri House on Tuesday. If it makes its way through the legislative process, the measure, which is currently awaiting debate in the House, would allow any private citizen in Missouri to sue someone who assisted a fellow Missourian in obtaining an abortion in another state.

    1. Abortion clinics in surrounding states and mail order abortion pill distributors increase funding for Rep. Coleman.

    2. You can save your righteous indignation, jeffy. We know from precedent that a Fugitive Abortion Act would have to come from Congress. Another poorly disguised attempt to deflect negative attention onto conservatives.

      If ENB doesn't cover an abortion issue, it can be assumed it is not serious.

      1. Look at Chucky, deflecting for Team Red

        1. Lefty Jeffy says un-ironically.

        2. You look like an idiot when you use the exact same argument that I just used against you except as a bald assertion without any evidence whatsoever.

          I expect better than 'I know you are, but what am I' from a proggie of your stature.

    3. Women should never be allowed to vote and especially be an elected official. They ruin it for playboys.

    4. Aren't you always ranting about how the federal government should be more democratic and push laws the people support?

      https://thehill.com/opinion/healthcare/354459-most-americans-agree-its-time-to-put-an-end-to-late-term-abortions

      Oh, only when they agree with your views. Otherwise you support elitist rule. Mea culpa.

  45. The Russian embassy is decrying the decision. "We demand that [American] authorities stop the extremist activities of @Meta, take measures to bring the perpetrators to justice," the Russian Embassy in the U.S. tweeted yesterday. "Users of #Facebook & #Instagram did not give the owners of these platforms the right to determine the criteria of truth and pit nations against each other."

    The Embassy then tweeted, "Deciding what is true is our job, you fucking peasants."

  46. "Timothy B. Lee of Full Stack Economics visited Amazon's first "Just Walk Out" Whole Foods, in Washington, D.C., and finds it works pretty well."

    How does this compare to the walk-out shopping system in SFC?

    1. You have to pay at this one.

  47. next week: On Facebook, You Can't Threaten Violence…Unless It's Aimed at Republicans

    1. Israel, General; don't forget Israel.

    2. They are supporting the Russians, after all. We can't let them get away with it.

  48. But honestly, it's refreshing to see Facebook keeping its speech policies flexible and context-contingent, rather than trying to police the anger and anguish—no matter how intemperately expressed—of people responding to acts of war.

    oh ffs no one is seriously this naive

    1. You're right, but the narrative you see.

      1. I really wish I’d bookmarked the roundup (about a year ago?) where ENB admitted she was part of the narrative.

        1. She authored a couple of phone sex scripts back in the 90s. That’s all she meant.

  49. 'A new bill in Ohio would prohibit educators from "failing to fairly present both sides of a political or ideological belief or position." But "what exactly is the 'other side' of 9-11? Of slavery in America?" asks Howard Wilkinson at WVXU.'

    Let's try something simple. There are facts and there are interpretations. Facts generally do not have sides. Interpretations pretty much all do.

    How to teach slavery: it happened, in the US and elsewhere, was horrible, and different interests fought over it with different motivations and methods.

    How not to teach slavery: (1) it was invented in the US, which in turn was invented to promote slavery; all non-slaves were and are complicit in whatever ills were forced on slaves; all current problems are the result of slavery and all descendants are culpable; (2) slavery was a natural and justified system based on inherent racial inferiority; most slaves were better off and probably liked it.

    1. Teaching children to draw their own conclusions from facts is simply perpetuating the cycle of oppression. Students will never accept that they are oppressors/oppressed if teachers don't tell them.

    2. I was going to comment on the obvious problem that there are often more than two views of controversial topics, but then I looked at the actual text of the bill and it says nothing about “ "failing to fairly present both sides of a political or ideological belief or position."

      1. It does not surprise me at all that White Mike fails to understand Skeptic's point that there used to be this thing called an 'unbiased position' that no longer seems to exist in academia.

        1. Dee’s not very bright.

  50. I bet the replies to that tweet asking about why evil capitalists don't raise prices all the time are full of brilliance.

  51. Anyone who says that prices for new cars and trucks are only up 12% is highest 3 kites.

    SUV's are going for $10,000 to $15,000 above sticker price. If you can find them. Mostly they are only delivering higher end models right now. So, you kind of have to factor that and as well.

    So that is a 30% increase even if there is nothing increasing in sticker price and nothing to the fact that we have model creep.

    1. Really? Kind of like leaving food and energy out of the inflation number; nobody has to buy food or energy, right?

    2. They certainly solved the problem of people buying gas powered vehicles.

    3. From what I've heard, truck dealers aren't putting huge numbers on the hood anymore, either. You used to be able to get them to cut off about $10-15K right off the bat, especially after all these cowboy cadillac models started coming out that were $50K or more, because full-size trucks are the most popular passenger vehicles in the US and the dealerships still made money hand over fist at those discounted rates.

      A big part of the problem is all the electronics that are in vehicles these days, many of which are tied to required safety features like air bags. Most of that shit is made in Taiwan, and the supply's been badly choked off. Auto makers have a bunch of vehicles sitting around waiting for the chips to arrive so they can be installed.

    4. “highest 3 kites”

      Is this what’s going on with Hank?

  52. A new bill in Ohio would prohibit educators from "failing to fairly present both sides of a political or ideological belief or position." But "what exactly is the 'other side' of 9-11? Of slavery in America?"

    The "other side" of 9/11 would be teaching, blowback, "why they say they attacked us", Muslim opinion on non-Muslim troops occupying the holy lands in Saudi Arabia, Saudi and Pakistani involvement in facilitating the attack and that Afghanistan didn't attack us yet we engaged in a 21 year war on the pretext that it did.

    The "other side" of slavery in America would include the history of the institution of slavery worldwide, slavery not being an invention of or unique to America, slavery in the Northern colonies and states, the small number of slaves brought to the colonies and states in the Trans-Atlantic slave trade vs elsewhere, who captured and exported the slaves, who the major players in the slave trade were, free Blacks in America prior to abolition, that slavery was not abolished in Northern states until the ratification of the 13th amendment.

    1. that slavery was not abolished under federal law in Northern states until the ratification of the 13th amendment.

    2. The "other side" of 9/11 would be teaching, blowback, "why they say they attacked us", Muslim opinion on non-Muslim troops occupying the holy lands in Saudi Arabia, Saudi and Pakistani involvement in facilitating the attack and that Afghanistan didn't attack us yet we engaged in a 21 year war on the pretext that it did.

      If you're going to get into "blowback," why couldn't someone argue that U.S. forces on Saudi lands is "blowback" for Islam's 1400-year war with Dar Al-Harb i.e. anyone in humanity who is not Muslim?

      And Afghanistan's Taliban regime harbored Al-Qaeda who performed the terrorist attack on 9/11.

      You are correct on one thing: Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, and Pakistan were the real Axis Of Evil behind 9/11. Iraq and North Korea weren't involved, though their regimes are evil in their own right.

      1. Sure, let's teach that as well, since it's not exactly like that stuff gets covered in depth either.

        1. Not even in world history when they teach about the crusades. I actually argued once on here with someone who insisted that the Islamic attacks against the Byzantine Empire in North Africa and the Near East was just returning the conquered people to their native religion, that the Byzantines had converted those areas from their native Islamic religions. After informing them the Byzantines were the Eastern Roman Empire, and those areas had been officially Christian since the 2nd century AD, and that many had practiced Christianity since the death of Jesus they counterargued that those areas were Islamic before Christianity. They didn't believe me when I said Mohammed wasn't born until the 6th Century.

          1. They also didn't believed me that Muslims invaded Europe centuries before the first crusades.

          2. If someone I was debating claimed that anyone was a Muslim before Christianity existed I’d laugh in their face and walk away.

            That’s Joe Friday level stupid right there.

          3. 'They didn't believe me when I said Mohammed wasn't born until the 6th Century.' This is top tier ignorance added to stupidity, for fuck's sake, it is common knowledge that of the 'faiths of the book,' Islam is the youngest. I expect this from folks who accept the viewpoints associated with their in-group's agendas, preferred narratives, and beliefs rather than thinking and learning for themselves.

    3. As far as slavery in America, teaching about the history of slavery in Brazil would be beneficial.

      1. Or the Barbary Pirates. Their enslavement of Christian Whites led to our first foreign war.

        1. I’d recommend the book “The Stolen Village” by Dee Ekin if you can find it. I bought it in Ireland. It’s about Barbary Pirates all the way in Ireland.

            1. My phone changed it to Dee for some odd reason

          1. St Patrick was a slave in his youth.

          2. Never read the book but do remember studying that at some point. Wasn't in school either. Maybe one of my nights surfing Wikipedia. Not that Wikipedia a good source but it's good for outlines

  53. Is there a coming (or current) wave of sex-negativity?

    Maybe there's a lot of negativity about sex with people who are sex-negative and who propagate sex-negativity.

  54. A new bill in Ohio would prohibit educators from "failing to fairly present both sides of a political or ideological belief or position." But "what exactly is the 'other side' of 9-11? Of slavery in America?"

    Get rid of public schools. Problem solved.

    1. A new bill in Ohio would prohibit educators from "failing to fairly present both sides of a political or ideological belief or position." But "what exactly is the 'other side' of 9-11? Of slavery in America?"

      Jesus, is that teacher really that fucking stupid?

      The other side of 9/11 largely involves opposition to Western military interference in the Middle East and support of places like Israel and Saudi Arabia.

      The other side of slavery is that it was an entrenched system on which a large sector of the economy relied and that sectional tensions had risen to a level that any sort of compromise or resolution outside of secession or war (or, as we saw, both) was impossible. The Founders, even those who owned slaves, largely recognized it as an evil but thought it would die out on its own. The cotton boom, made possible by the inventions of the cotton gin and the water press, allowed slavery to thrive, especially in the deep South.

      1. I'm pretty sure Howard Zynns history book delves heavily into it. This teacher isn't woke enough.

      2. "Jesus, is that teacher really that fucking stupid?"

        Education majors typically rank among the lowest of any university group academically. I roomed with one for a bit, you should have seen the type of homework they had to do. It was completely void of any sort of rigour.

        So, probably.

  55. "I have a bad feeling about this."

    You else said this?

    1. Everyone talking in the movie theater during a horror movie in the Eighties?

  56. Facebook's policy is aligned with libertarianism then. Threatening someone who aggresses against you is just talking about self-defense, and giving them fair warning if they don't leave.

  57. California is way ahead of Amazon on the "Just Walk Out" shopping technology. They even have group discounts -- a large group walks in, everyone picks out merchandise valued up to 999 dollars, and just walks out.

  58. ...found 2.4 percent of people surveyed "have already moved because of remote work since 2020" and 9.3 percent "are planning on moving because of remote work, compared to 6.1% in October 2020."

    The first wave of movers made housing prices more expensive in areas that used to be too far away from high paying jobs but were nice place to live. Now people who can't afford to buy houses there are moving to less nice places to live that they can still afford.

  59. A new bill in Ohio would prohibit educators from "failing to fairly present both sides of a political or ideological belief or position." But "what exactly is the 'other side' of 9-11? Of slavery in America?" asks Howard Wilkinson at WVXU. "What is a teacher to do when a high school student sees in a paper that Joe Biden was elected to the presidency in November 2020?"

    I think this highlights how disingenuous critics are. Which of these is supposed to be an ideological belief? In reality these are facts. Left wingers talked themselves into this stupidity by claiming anti-CRT prevents teaching about slavery. So one stupid argument requires another to protect it, and anyone interested in reality would abandon this entire thread as proven false. But as we see time and time again reality simply isn't a consideration to left wingers.

    1. Of course, Reason is being completely dishonest in their framing. The linked article doesn't contain a link to the actual bill, so I'm sure ENB hasn't bothered to read it. From what I could find, it's pretty boiler-plate "no-CRT" legislation.

      Obviously, nobody is talking about presenting Hitler's point of view. But Reason is incapable of being honest or fair about the issue.

      1. Here is the bill. Basically it bans blaming divisive events which is described as blaming a race or people for an event.

        https://ohiohouse.gov/legislation/134/hb327

        1. their problem is they are almost invariably arguing against a strawman that doesnt exist, and isnt in the actual bill

        2. Nothing in this section shall be construed to prohibit
          discussing or using supplemental instructional materials, as
          part of a larger course of academic instruction, to teach divisive concepts in an objective manner without endorsement.

          Literally, the bill is saying you can teach ABOUT CRT, but you're not allowed to teach CRT. The section immediately after that talks about how important it is to teach the history of racism, Civil Rights, slavery and oppression, etc, just simply not blaming any current group for having superficial similarities to past offenders.

          1. More illiteracy from the left. They count on the stupidity of democrats. And reason senior editors.

      2. I have started every argument ive had with lefties about this, the CRT bills, and the "dont say gay" bill simply with...

        "Did you read the bill, what does it actually say?"

        That right there has been enough to win the debate every time.

        1. And this Ohio bill is one of the longer ones, at 21 pages. Usually these things are 8-10 pages. It's not onerous to actually read these things and see what the deal is.

      3. Obviously, nobody is talking about presenting Hitler's point of view

        Honestly, it's hard to imagine anyone having a firm understanding of WWII and the events surrounding it without understanding the Nazi party and why it became so popular in interwar Germany. A proper history class would have to present Hitler's point of view.

        1. For no reason whatsoever, Germany elected Hitler.

          1. "Germany" didn't elect HItler. President Hindenburg *appointed* Hitler as Reich Chancellor, presiding over a coalition government in which only two other Nazi party members held cabinet seats. In the previous Reichstag election, the Nazis failed to win a majority, and their percentage of the vote dropped 4.2 percent (to 33.09 percent) and the number of seats they won declined from 230 to 196 (out of 584.

        2. Revolutions, especially very violent ones, should be studied from all sides. The whole "doomed to repeat it" schitck. The left has actual people running around in all black, shouting, threatening, and coercing people to bow to their ideology, burning peoples businesses down, etc, and they cant see at all how this is familiar due to their absolute ignorance of any history less than a presidential cycle old.

          But someone who said something mean on the internet is the "fascist"

        3. It would be prudent to understand how Hitler came to power as we start thinking about what to do to Russia after this war.

        4. It’s really very simple. You briefly explain to the kids about Julius Caesar, the Ides of March, “Et tu, Brute?” ….then elegantly segue with: “You know who else complained about being stabbed in the back?”
          There, I just filled in about three quarters of that day’s lesson plan!

      4. Fuck it, present Hitler's point of view. Point out why it was stupid along with it, but the world could certainly do with a lot more ability to look at multiple sides of things and actually figure out why people are doing things.

        1. Presenting Hitler's point of view is a part of legitimate education.
          However, presenting the CRT point of view is intolerable racist brainwashing and propaganda.

          Glad to see that the people who, for months and months, couldn't shut up about how CRT is such horrible toxic propaganda that it should be banned in schools, are now coming around to the idea that hey, maybe education should be about teaching critical thinking and problem solving rather than teaching rote memorization of the 'correct' facts.

          Of COURSE it had to come in the form of teaching the pro-Nazi point of view, because this is the Reason Comment Forum after all and we just can't have a meaningful discussion about hardly anything around here without showing deference to the racists and bigots, but hey, I suppose it's a win.

          1. Glad to see that the people who, for months and months, couldn't shut up about how CRT is such horrible toxic propaganda that it should be banned in schools, are now coming around to the idea that hey, maybe education should be about teaching critical thinking and problem solving rather than teaching rote memorization of the 'correct' facts.

            That's not what he's arguing, you fat fuck. He's pointing out that teaching about the rise of the Nazis in Germany doesn't need to go hand in hand with asserting that white kids have privilege and benefit from systemic racism.

            1. Oh I see. So according to you he's trying to have it both ways: teaching critical thinking is important when it comes to understanding Nazis, but it is not important when it comes to teaching about systemic racism. Huh. Maybe you aren't the best spokesperson for the cause here.

              1. Teaching children that expecting employees to show up on time is white supremacy is not teaching critical thinking no matter much left wingers pretend it is.

                One of the easy ways to identify the propagandist is to replace their abstractions in their arguments with the specifics. If the abstraction is legitimate the statements will remain true. As we see though that never happens with chemjeff.

              2. Are you a black liberationist? That would certainly explain your belief that The Root is a legitimate news source.

              3. You put your foot in your mouth here, Jeff. Teaching critical thinking would by its very nature remove most of the ignorant and vapid claims made during any critical theory instruction, be it race or gender related. That you fail to grasp this says rather a lot.

          2. Of COURSE it had to come in the form of teaching the pro-Nazi point of view, because this is the Reason Comment Forum after all and we just can't have a meaningful discussion about hardly anything around here without showing deference to the racists and bigots, but hey, I suppose it's a win.

            Are you a black liberationist? That would certainly explain your belief that The Root is a legitimate news source.

            1. Oh I see. I should use reliable sources like conservativetreehouse and zerohedge instead, is that what you're saying?

            2. No one is shocked that Jeff was too stupid to understand the point. Actually, the main thing that shocks me these days is that he's got enough brain activity to regulate his heartbeat, let alone run a keyboard.

              1. Technology has advanced to the point that you can just shriek at your computer and it will transpose it for you.

              2. Sure, just look at the giant fucking strawman he burned in response to that.

                The fat fuck links to a racist pub like The Root, and expects people to think he's a True and Honest Debater.

          3. "Glad to see that the people who, for months and months, couldn't shut up about how CRT is such horrible toxic propaganda that it should be banned in schools, are now coming around to the idea that hey, maybe education should be about teaching critical thinking and problem solving rather than teaching rote memorization of the 'correct' facts."

            Jesus man, swing and a miss, again, as usual.

            In the analogy you are making, learning about Nazi's and why they did things would be what reasonable people want (the equivalent of how most rational people are on board with learning about the slave trade, trail of tears, etc) and what would be banned would be racist tripe like telling someone of a certain race they have are lesser (the equivalent being....actually exactly what the activists pushing CRT do! funny that).

            The fact that you STILL dont get this is hilarious. Its like arguing with a college C student that just took their first course, honestly dude.

          4. Glad to see that the people who, for months and months, couldn't shut up about how CRT is such horrible toxic propaganda that it should be banned in schools, are now coming around to the idea that hey, maybe education should be about teaching critical thinking and problem solving rather than teaching rote memorization of the 'correct' facts.

            It's revealing to see the left characterize open racism as a positive goal in schools. I'm not surprised since I pay attention to their beliefs, but I suspect most of America would be. It is amusing when someone whose entire education consists of calling any different opinion racist thinks their method includes critical thinking and problem solving. It just shows people can be indoctrinated to believe anything.

      5. ENB is as dishonest as Lying Jeffy.

      6. Why not teach Mein Kampf. It is so poorly written and so convoluted that it would be instructive. They really should teach what Fascism was, beyond a right wing authoritarian belief nonsense they teach today.

        Exposing people to even unfavored ideas is always good. We hate Nazis is about all you ever get. Teaching what Nazis believed will enlighten people about why Nazis were hated. And it would also make them less in favor of some of the policies to many of our young adults support, like cancel culture.

  60. >>Meta has declared that it will allow Facebook and Instagram users in some countries to call for violence against Russian military forces.

    calling on your phone for violence in a foreign nation is definitely meta

  61. https://twitter.com/ggreenwald/status/1502324396345729024?t=1JWrandviLl8gxF3IBK8hg&s=19

    Read the banned tweet here to see how closed and suffocating the propaganda system is that has been created in the West. Very little -- soon to be: none -- messaging or content that conflicts with the NATO/US narrative is permitted:
    [Link]

    1. No shit convo I had with lefty at work:

      Me: "I mean, yes Putin is an asshole, and Im not for his cause, but this is more complicated than just that, and in the end this is a war that we arent in, and im not interested in having a nuclear conflict"

      Lefty: "What do you mean more complicated? Like the Ukrainians are lying? Like we should believe the Russian side of things? You realize they have state TV, and a media climate that essentially just promotes propaganda and their specific narrative right?"

      Me: "Are you getting the irony of making that argument in a country where we have to use duckduckgo because google curates content searches, twitter flagged the AHA because it had an article on myocarditis, and the govt literally asked big tech for help in censoring "misinformation" that didnt agree with their point of view? Like you realize you are also receiving curated information bordering on propaganda right? The US went from we dont want to get involved to yes lets do a no fly zone in a week...that wasnt a coincedence "

      Lefty: "See this is what im talking about, you are basically buying into Russian propaganda"

      Me: "....JFC its hopeless...nevermind"

      1. We see this exact mindset with Jeff and Shrike every day.

      2. The response to that should have been, "So what you're saying is that we've always been at war with Eastasia?"

      3. No shit convo I had with lefty at work:

        Be glad it is/was a co-worker.

        The same woman who thinks I was recklessly promoting violence for allowing my own kids to play with squirt guns insists that we should defend Zelensky and the Ukraine at all costs. It bugs me that her husband and my wife treat her like a matriarch but, at the same time, they save me the hassle of having to toss her out on her ear in front of her grandkids.

  62. Facebook is a private company. It can violate its terms of service any time it wants. Corporations can be as hypocritical as they want. As opposed to libertarian values as Google, Amazon, Facebook, and Twitter are, you can never regulate them. If you regulate the institutions that hate you and want you dead, they win!

    1. Facebook isn't a private company. Facebook got as big as they did through favorable regulatory changes, government investment and sponsorship, either directly via In-Q-Tel, or through their proxies.
      Zuckerberg worked with the CIA since day one.
      Even today, almost every single board member and executive has worked on a political campaign for a current house or senate member, and many 2020 campaigns were staffed by Facebook employees taking leaves of absence. Zuckerberg dumped $500 million into influencing that election.

      Obama: ‘Google, Facebook Would Not Exist’ Without Government Funding https://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/obama-google-facebook-would-not-exist-without-government-funding

      1. I mean, he was right, but he notably left out exactly why the government funded those companies. The CIA was providing VC for a lot of Silicon Valley search engine startups during that time that included Google, because they knew what a rich data-mining resource an effective search engine would be. As you might recall, Google's search function in the early years didn't operate like it does today; it was good, but only real computer geeks could effectively use it to find stuff they were looking for. It didn't integrate the "ask jeeves"-type methodology that we see today until later on, when the company realized that's how most people were using it.

        And yeah, Zuck's been a glowie asset almost from the beginning. FB never would have moved beyond its days as a shitty MySpace clone if it hadn't been for Peter Thiel and Jim Breyer.

      2. Is Internet sarcasm really that hard to detect?

        1. Yes. And in my defense we have Jeff, Mike and Shrike infesting the comments and saying things exactly like that.

  63. A groundswell of violence against ethnic minorities has accompanied every other major world event in the last 25 years within weeks. I have yet to see any reports of a rise in crime against Russian-Americans.

    Is this misinformation or evidence of Russian collusion with the American Reactionary Asshole community? Has the FBI begun a probe? If the Assholes in America are not inflamed, shouldn't we fear that we that something could erupt when we least expect it? Somebody at Reason needs to get a finger on this!

    1. You give 10% of your income to a racist, homophobic, transphobic church. You also send your kid out to recruit for them. The LDS Church teaches Native Americans are descended from Lamanites and aren’t white because of sin. The LDS Church has spent millions fighting gay marriage laws. The LDS church supports discrimination against Gays and Trans.

      It’s anecdotal, but most Mormons I met hated gays and trans. Many were racist.

      By giving money to this church it makes you a hateful bigot. Pretty fucking simple…

      1. Also I fail to see how on earth you could consider these things “Marxist talking points?”

        1. Go

      2. Also curious if your pig friend and his wife are small government types. Because it’s pretty hypocritical with them being govt employees and the pig violating non-Mormon’s civil rights.

        1. Fuck

      3. And I was wrong to bring their kids into it. They’ve been brainwashed from birth.

        However, when they turn 18 it’s not us normal, decent, non-bigoted folks problem their too indoctrinated/stupid to use google for 30 seconds to find out their religion has been disproven.

        1. Yourself

          1. You Mormons will never realize how evil you’re.

            You fuck thousands of people over a year, but think of yourselves as Christ like martyrs.

            The world would be a better place without Mormons! That is a fact!

            1. Why don't you call the police then and make your case? The number is 911... a phone shouldn't be far from you.

              Get going, or start seeking Jesus.

              1. Which Jesus? The Jesus of the Bible? Or the pervert Jesus of the Book of Mormon? The Jesus of the Bible was real, but the Mormon’s pervert Jesus isn’t.

      4. I wrote about the American Reactionary Asshole community and summoned a member. Satan is definitely involved.

        1. No if there is a satan than he’s involved in your church.

          How am I a reactionary?

      5. Quite the contrary, this is what the church actually teaches:
        https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/comeuntochrist/believe?lang=eng

        If you think they're lying, take it on with them; if you think they're doing criminal acts, convince the police to join you on the matter.

    2. That's because they're a lot harder to spot for white people as long as they just nod and smile.

  64. The technology could make store cashiers obsolete and upend the supermarket industry.

    Calm down reason. Self-checkout didn't completely wipe out cashiers, though it reduced the need for them, substantially. If getting shoppers to do the job of the cashiers didn't kill those jobs, than a techno-utopian fantasy in Whole Paycheck (which will never show up in a real metro, where poor people break shit) is not going to either.

    But hey, at least the middle-class won't have to interact with the cashier making minimum wage. I'm sure the writers of reason heartily approve.

    1. Solves the problem of those people not being able to afford housing on their crap pay. San Francisco may become the walled off pristine gated community it wants to be just yet.

    2. In another 10 yrs. you'll be able to 3D print your groceries at home so all this uber-smart-car-door-dash-self-checkout crap won't matter anyway.

  65. Facebook is a publisher!

  66. Repeat after me "Facebook is a private company" . If they don't want to suck Putin's cock then good for them. If you want to suck Putin's cock go to "Truth" or "Gab" or _________ or Breitbart comments. You will see plenty of it there.

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