avbeav

avbeav wrote (edited )

As I read this, there was a public declaration about the intention to wipe out all human and non-human animals before even discussing that whole ark thing with Noah.

The LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of man’s heart was continually only evil. The LORD was sorry that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him in his heart. The LORD said, “I will destroy man whom I have created from the surface of the ground—man, along with animals, creeping things, and birds of the sky—for I am sorry that I have made them.” But Noah found favour in the LORD’s eyes.

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avbeav wrote

Mark Zuckerberg has tiptoed his way through this pandemic with nary a scratch. But let’s be honest, he might be the most dangerous man in this article.

And carrot might very well be the most delicious vegetable in this sentence.

He talks about building space colonies, and we assume he’s out to save himself. But what if he’s actually out to save humanity?

Yay, when the environmental collapse has made Earth unlivable, we'll all get to party at Bezo's space station. I can't wait!

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avbeav wrote

Take for example the (often liberal) sentiment of "I refuse to vote for the lesser of two evils". There is no consequentialist argument for this. Perhaps if you in an organised block of citizens threaten to hold your vote in order to influence policy, but as a purely individualist act a consequentialist would argue your goal is to achieve the most ethical outcome.

I find this sentiment condescending, this assumption that choosing not to vote is a disorganised individualist act.

Neat drawings and all, but I didn't get the connection between guy at the office to lesser evilism to fascism. I find it contradictory when he continues:

And it can be kind of baffling to assert that when bad things happen, maybe we should do something about it, but you just can't take for granted that when someone agrees that something is bad, they're agreeing it's a problem.

Clearly, he is suggesting that we vote for someone who is admittedly evil but how is that doing something against the problem of an electoral system that only offers you a choice between a few evil people?

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avbeav wrote

You could also just find a OpenWRT-compatible router and set it up to tunnel the traffic through Tor. It's quite easy to install.

it could be dangerous to log into personal accounts with it.

If an exit note is MITMing your connection and you log in to a personal account on a HTTPS-lookalike connection then, yea, sure, it can get hijacked, but these days most web browsers show warn you when trying to submit login credentials over HTTP.

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avbeav wrote (edited )

Hardly anyone wears a mask where I live. I have been yelled at several times for wearing a mask. The last time the yelling male wouldn't leave me alone and went on and on about the virus being a hoax and hurling insults at me in the centre of a city.

I was arrested last week and of course the officers weren't wearing any masks.

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Reply to comment by avbeav in Meat and the H-Word by avbeav

avbeav OP wrote

That's pretty much the consideration the author is bringing up in the first paragraph:

feelings about the word are so fraught that the offense caused will outweigh any good I could possibly do, and will cause me to be far less persuasive than I otherwise would be. And isn’t this about persuasion, ultimately?

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avbeav wrote (edited )

So here's the thing: If someone points a gun to your head ­— let me ask you this — if someone points a gun to your head and you are asked to make a choice. Which choice do you make? Do you tell them "No, I'm not gonna make a choice"

Such logical. Very argument.

You have the choice between eating a box of nails and a bar of soap. What choice do you make? Do you tell them "Nah, I'm not gonna eat any of that"?

You have the choice between voting for a rapist and voting for a rapist. What choice do you make? Do you tell them "No, I'm not gonna vote for either of those"?

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Reply to comment by avbeav in GoOd PoInTs On BoTh SiDeS by lettuceleafer

avbeav wrote

to be sure i'm not missing something?

It's satire, right?

If vegans eat some bacon every once in a while, people will be more likely to consider their opinions, and animal welfare will actually increase.

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avbeav wrote

Sure, a falafel wrap is great, but wouldn’t it be so much nicer with some hummus as well? And also, because hummus and falafel are both made out of chickpeas this metaphor emphasises the connected nature of utopia and dystopia.

You got me there. I'll read Le Guin right away. Can't have falafel without the hummus!

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