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    We shouldn't forget Georgia. People forget...

    We shouldn't forget Georgia.

    People forget that Georgia and Ukraine both wanted to join, but Germany objected because it might hurt Putin's feelings. Oops.
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    I'll admit this is axiomatic, but I don't think...

    I'll admit this is axiomatic, but I don't think what you're proposing is possible. Maybe in a vacuum, but BTC exists within and among other systems. For example, it was gamed by Elon Musk via...
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    Yeah, you make some good points regarding the...

    Yeah, you make some good points regarding the significance.

    Not sure why you're conflating morality with legality.

    The fact is, all complex systems can be gamed. The job of the system...
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    probably not, relative to the reputational hit,...

    probably not, relative to the reputational hit, this is chump change to them.





    attention spans are short, people forget that bitcoin halved from 60k to 30k twice in the last year
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    wrt ong game, mmm sqrt guessing script: This...

    wrt ong game, mmm sqrt guessing script:

    This stuff tickles that mellow, sublime, ah-ha, pleasure node in my brain

    There is a fun series on youtube about the making of old school video games--...
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    I'm not sure on personnel loses, but I think...

    I'm not sure on personnel loses, but I think "guesswork" undersells the estimates on equipment losses. Equipment losses are being tallied by OSINT nerds whose methodology is there for anyone to...
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    I think it's quite relevant. A common...

    I think it's quite relevant. A common misconception that shapes people's opinions when this topic comes up is that everyone or most people in the armed forces are front line grunts. It isn't the...
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    I'm making a leap here, but I feel like this...

    I'm making a leap here, but I feel like this position stems from "we've reached the end of history" thinking.

    *Current events have entered the chat*

    Following wartimes it is super common to...
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    You've taken all the worst parts of what is and...

    You've taken all the worst parts of what is and criticized them as parts of what I've proposed, only I never did propose them.

    For example, the ranks of a mandatory service armed forces will skew...
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    I completely understand your aversion to...

    I completely understand your aversion to mandatory service, while I also can see that those years end up being the best years for many. That said, I think I'm pro mandatory service.

    1. so long...
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    Yeah, exactly-- I don't get how there are people...

    Yeah, exactly-- I don't get how there are people out there simping for Putin still, calling the Nordic state's expressed interest in membership a provocation.
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    wtf is Putin gonna do? I don't know a ton about...

    wtf is Putin gonna do? I don't know a ton about Sweden's defensive abilities, but Finland has Switzerland levels of defensive bonus points. The only lever Putin has against the Nordic states is the...
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    Exception proves the rule: violence is not an...

    Exception proves the rule: violence is not an appropriate response to words.
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    You are not communicating this distinction...

    You are not communicating this distinction between justifying and empathizing very well.



    Imminent threats are reasonably viewed as an act of violence, similar to a punch being thrown. You...
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    There's a ton to talk about because people's...

    There's a ton to talk about because people's response to it reveals a lot about their core values. A lot of people apparently don't have core values, don't understand the implications of the values...
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    Ok, I think we see it in a very similar way. I'm...

    Ok, I think we see it in a very similar way. I'm not sure I'm an optimist-- ofc I get that we're all imperfect humans, but establishing and holding ourselves to ideals is how we best mitigate the...
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    congrats Ong re: The Slap Ong, I think...

    congrats Ong

    re: The Slap

    Ong, I think you're conflating the very human impulse to act out violently in response to certain words with violent reactions to words being justified. There are all...
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    agreed, it is very unlikely, but the point is...

    agreed, it is very unlikely, but the point is that once the line is crossed into violence, you open the door to the possibility. It is the weaker leg of the argument, and so it's no wonder you...
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    bold edited in. I need a proof reader. ...

    bold edited in. I need a proof reader.

    Anyways, you're right that a simple push can very well be lethal-- not sure my intuitions align that it's more likely to be lethal than an open handed...
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    Ugh. There's a very good point here and she...

    Ugh.

    There's a very good point here and she needlessly muddied it by adding layers to the hypothetical. Chris Rock could have been off balance, causing him to fall and hit his head. No need for...
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    Ong, the US was wrong to attempt to assassinate...

    Ong, the US was wrong to attempt to assassinate Castro, over and over. The US was wrong to be so dogmatic in their anti communism that they abandoned their support of the right to self...
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    Ong, you do realize that essentially all...

    Ong, you do realize that essentially all populated borders are populated with at least large pluralities who have more in common with those across the border than the aggregate population of their...
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    Yeah, it's like a big joke that they are in on...

    Yeah, it's like a big joke that they are in on but not in on. They say stuff like "it's all a movie" and talk about Trump vs Alex Jones like a wrestling match, but then they also are very very...
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    My head hurts now. Thanks oskar.

    My head hurts now.

    Thanks oskar.
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    where do MAGA people congregate online nowadays? ...

    where do MAGA people congregate online nowadays? Seems like all their reddits have been banned, the short lived The_Donald.win is gone. I used to lurk from time to time back in the day, especially...
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