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RedEmmaSpeaks wrote

In edition to all the stuff already listed, we're going to need medics. We'll need our version of army medics who know how to treat someone in the middle of a battlefield, but in our long-term society we form as a result of our victory, we'll still need doctors.

And in all likelihood, since we may be operating on a smaller scale, there really won't be much specialization. A doctor may be called upon to deliver babies, suture wounds, perform surgeries, among other tasks. We need the kind of people who can switch between surgeon and OB/GYN and back, without losing their cool or losing track of the task at hand.

We'll also need people who know how to practice what can be called Disaster Medicine, because we'll likely be in a situation where we may not have access to all the supplies needed, so anyone practicing medicine would need to know how to work under very spartan conditions with very little at their disposal.

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RedEmmaSpeaks wrote

Have you ever read NeuroTribes by Steve Silberman? It is a really good book about Autism and how it's been treated and regarded at many points in history. The guy also has a really good quote about Autism that I like.

By focusing exclusively on long-range research into alleged “risk factors” for autism, while ignoring the need to dramatically improve the quality of life for autistic people and their families today, we fool ourselves into thinking that autism is a “puzzle” that will be solved by the next medical breakthrough. Instead, what autism really is is an enormous population of men and women with tremendous potential who are being denied what everyone deserves: the chance to live a happy, healthy, safe, secure and productive life. Viewed in this light, autistic people are one of the largest disenfranchised minorities in the world.

Imagine if society had put off the issue of civil rights until the genetics of race were sorted out, or denied wheelchair users access to schools and public buildings while insisting, “Someday, with the help of science, everyone will walk.” Viewed as a form of disability that is relatively common rather than as a baffling medical enigma, autism is not so “puzzling” after all. Designing appropriate forms of support and accommodations is not beyond our capabilities as a society, as the history of the disability rights movement proves.

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RedEmmaSpeaks wrote

It does kind of go with Centrist philosophy, where rather than espouse something radical that would actually save money in the long term and benefit everyone, they try to meet half way by reducing the price somewhat, ignoring the fact that it's already five times too expensive and their solution maybe reduces the cost by a percentage of a percent.

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RedEmmaSpeaks wrote

Judging by the comments, my link has hit more of a nerve than I thought. I posted it because "Hey radical cartoons are cool" and I didn't think this board was the type of place that supported incels.

I am curious to know what got everyone fired up? Not trying to sound rude, but I want to be a better person and learn more about the world, and you do both by asking questions.

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RedEmmaSpeaks wrote

White men can conveniently ignore Idpol, because it doesn't affect their day to day lives too much. In fact, they often benefit from Idpol. Women, PoC, and minorities don't have that choice. Whether we acknowledge it or not, we are drafted into the fight from day one.

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RedEmmaSpeaks wrote

I can disagree with some of the small stuff, but when it comes to the big stuff like basic human rights, I have zero fucks to give. I am not going to sit down and make a case as to why you shouldn't oppress entire religious or minority groups for just being who they are. Doing so, suggests that these things are something which IS up for debate, the very idea I find monstrous. Either you believe human rights belong to everyone or you don't. And if you don't, fuck you.

You can't agree to disagree or to coexist with people who don't want you to exist at all.

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RedEmmaSpeaks wrote

While I won't completely dismiss the use of bullets, I honestly think that actions like The Punch might work better in the case of guys like Richard Spencer and Milo Yiannopolous. Both are so obsessed with a facade of hypermasculinity and strength that sometimes, actions like The Punch are enough. It revealed the weakness lurking behind all Richard Spencer's bravado and turned him into a goddanged joke, which is one of the worst things for a Fash. Few things do they despise more than being laughed at. Don't underestimate the effects taking the piss out of them can have.

I don't know if anybody on this board is as obsessed with animated movies and superhero films as I am, but what I liked about Rise of the Guardians (which might be Dreamworks's best movie) is that the key to defeating the villain, Pitch, the source of all darkness and misery in the world, turned out to be turning him into a joke, doing stuff like hitting him with snowballs while he's in the middle of his "You cannot defeat me!" villain monologue.

Fashs pretty much have to constantly maintain their facade of strength, because well, there's nothing to back up all their big talk. They know that if they show any vulnerability at any time, if someone sees it and uses the opportunity given to him/her, they will be challenged in some way or another. As soon as they're challenged, they start immediately demonstrating that the dragon is a coward and the dragon can be defeated.

It's sort of like what one of the kids in Rise of the Guardians said towards the end, when he's facing down Pitch: I believe in you. I'm just not afraid of you.

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RedEmmaSpeaks wrote

Really when it comes to Propaganda of the Deed, the thing to remember is how easily it can go wrong and well, one deed isn't going to be enough. The State has a damn near limitless amount of resources, so they can and will go after you; expecting anything less than this is a damn foolish thing. You're in for a long fight. This isn't like Star Wars where you just hit this one target and the State goes down like the Death Star.

Though an example of Propaganda of the Deed that actually worked, is the brave anonymous soul who punched the living daylights out of Richard Spencer. Spencer has said that actions like that have led him to cancel many speeches and meetings, because it's no longer fun for him anymore. In addition, the punch served as a reminder to people on the Left and generally marginalized groups that deep down, the dragon is a coward who talks big, but flees at the first sign of trouble. The punch is proof that the dragon can be defeated by revealing its many weak points to the world.

The infamous punch was memed to hell and back thanks to nerds on the Internet, so chances are, everyone has seen it and has their favorite version of it. Me, I like any and all versions, but my personal fave is the one sit to DMX's "X Gon' Give it To Ya" so that's what I'll link to. Because having a video of Richard Spencer getting that shit-eating grin punched right off his stupid face, improves every thread, regardless of content.

https://youtu.be/fErUIxAK2HA

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RedEmmaSpeaks wrote

Problem is, there's no such thing as being an ethical consumer in Capitalist-dominated society. You buy free trade coffee, because you don't like the idea of slave labor being used so you can have your morning cup of joe? Chances are the company selling you the free trade brand is owned by a company who will happily buy coffee often harvested by child labor. It all tangles together. Do what you can to minimize the harm you do, but again, there's no such thing as ethical consumerism.

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RedEmmaSpeaks wrote

I never got how they got the label "Neo-Liberal." Given that their ideology is pretty much the Ayn Rand version of Conservatism, it feels odd for them to have the label "liberal" at the end of their name. We can talk about how the Democratic Party sucks and how so many Liberal groups do not go far enough, but the philosophy governing Liberalism is that everyone should be free to live their lives as they see fit, so long as it harms no one else in the process, and power is dangerous, regardless of whether it is a government organization or a corporation, and needs to be kept in check. How is anything about the Neo-Liberals, well, liberal?

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RedEmmaSpeaks wrote

To an extent you should speak out, it should be more or less to proclaim to marginalized people that you have their backs.

There's no point in debating someone who isn't the least bit interested in a debate. Just GTFO as soon as possible. Maybe you would be the stone that shatters their protective ignorance dome, but it is very unlikely. Focus your efforts on stopping the SOBs instead.

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RedEmmaSpeaks wrote

We also see this on a wider global scale. Industrial Civilization/capitalism was only able to keep going as long as it had was, until recently, there were always new lands to expand to with new resources to exploit. But Capitalism has effectively expanded to every corner of the globe; there's no new lands to exploit. Right now, Capitalism is trying to keep the game going by cannibalizing other capitalist nations, but there's an obvious flaw in all this.

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RedEmmaSpeaks wrote

Everyone gets their own little cell, but there will be an agreed-upon common area, which is open for everyone.

There should also be a Noise rule. From 10 pm until 10 am, if you want to listen to music, you do it with headphones on.

I haven't quite worked out rules regarding chores. I do feel that everyone within the community should have something to do, be responsible for committing to the operations of it. Even if they are sick or hurt, if it is possible, we should find some small thing for them to do.

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RedEmmaSpeaks wrote

I don't know. I don't currently have kids, but I was relentlessly bullied from age 11 to age 18, so I know about that. I know I won't tell them to just ignore it, because then they'll leave you alone, because that shit doesn't work and it doesn't stop the insults for hurting. Or as the website, Sadly No!, puts it:

Ah, yes, the well-worn refrain to bullied kids everywhere. Ignore the bully and he’ll use your silence to believe he’s untouchable and torment you for months while you internalize your own worthlessness and believe you can’t even speak out about the abuse because it’ll just be “encouraging” the bully to beat you more.

No wait, I’m sorry, I got reality mixed up with platitude again. I meant to say, ignore the bully and he’ll go away and leave you alone, because you showed you were the bigger person and there’s nothing a bully loves more than someone they look down on for their identities or existence also acting smug that they are morally superior to them.

Ah damn, just keep accidentally kicking the switch for the reality/platitude inverter. But yeah, any bullied kid learned the hard way that this advice is garbage. Once a bully is on you, they tend to stick around and turning your back and trying to ignore just makes them more likely to escalate and feel invincible because they know that everyone likes a bully victim to suffer nobly and so the systems of power are behind them and will protect their actions.

I wouldn't want them to use physical violence to solve everything, but I will tell them that if someone swings at them, they have the right to defend themselves. To heck with what the zero tolerance policy says, just do it. Cops may be bastards, but even they recognize the basic idea of self-defense, that if Bill swung at Joe, Joe would be in the right if he hit him back.

Then again, I'm really not sure what to say. Most of my bullies were girls and girls go more for the psychological approach than the violent kind. I'm not sure what to do. You can't stop people from hating each other and it's damn hard to keep kids from whispering to each other. I try to think of solutions, but more often than not, I throw up my hands and say, "Stun baton, I could use to shock them every time they came up to me?" but there are probably hazards associated with that.

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RedEmmaSpeaks wrote

Well I am an American and I'm afraid that's usually how it goes. Libertarians in our neck of the woods seem to feel that only governments can oppress people and massive corporations are run by angels who would never dream of doing anything horrible or underhanded to succeed and that we would probably have cured cancer and brought about a utopia, were it not for government regulations crushing the cure cancer and bring about a utopia corporations out of spite.

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RedEmmaSpeaks wrote

My experience with Libertarians is that they're Republicans who like to smoke pot. No matter how much they protest, they generally vote Republican across the board and don't disagree with the Republicans on much. Okay with the GOP's racism, militarism, and interfering with medical decisions between a woman and her doctor, but they part ways with them on drugs because, like I said, they like to smoke pot.