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Miami Herald: I’m done trying to understand Trump supporters. Why don’t they try to understand me?

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38 minutes ago, China said:


Contrast this with Trump officials literally standing on stage and giving out cash to black people that sing the praises of President Trump. Or that ****ing platinum plan, which has magically gone away in the last 2 weeks. 


**** these dumbasses and their hillbilly ass arguments 



****ing literally 




This is why I preach generational wealth to my folks now. We need to be in position that we and whatever we leave behind cant be in a situation desperate enough to fall for this kind of bull****. 

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3 minutes ago, skinsmarydu said:

If she's driving here in AMERICA, she's in a European vehicle on the wrong side of the road...or is the camera backwards? 🧐


I've seen A LOT of cell phone cameras that reverse images.  


Having said that though, that would be a great conspiracy theory to start.  

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On 11/20/2020 at 5:53 PM, China said:




I have said this many times in regard to jihadists. After 9/11, conservative US citizens ramped up the patriotic "us against them" rhetoric in knee-jerk fashion. However, as years passed, they are now forming their own militias based on "religious" fervor. In recent years they have even begun to physically resemble jihadists with their costumes, bibles, and beards. They have gradually become jihadists, modifying religious text for their own purposes and using weaponry as their intimidation tactics. The terrorists did indeed win because they made terrorist cells in the USA.

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Can someone explain to me why these MAGA hat morons keep saying "this is what you'll get in a Biden presidency"? We know thats what we'll get, that is why we voted for him. If we didn't want that, we would vote the orange one.

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Our parents warned us the internet would break our brains. It broke theirs instead.


My college dorm was the first place I had reliable home internet access, and that was in part because my mom shared all the late 1990s and early 2000s parenting fears about the internet breaking our brains.


These worries were an extension of prior concerns about television: Don't sit so close! You'll hurt your eyes looking at a screen that long. How many hours today? That stuff rots your mind. You're getting manipulated by ads. Go outside. Go see your friends. No, you can't see an R-rated movie — those images will be in your brain forever. No, we're not watching that on a school night. No, you can't have one in your room!


With the internet, there was an extra element of suspicion: Don't use your real name or post a picture of yourself. Pedophiles could be literally anywhere! Don't go to sites you don't know. Porn could be literally anywhere! Don't believe everything you read, especially if it's not from a reputable source. Lies could be literally anywhere!


Two decades later, so many boomers that warned millennials to be careful on the internet seem to have forgotten all their own warnings. Their brains are broken, and that destruction is threatening to break our relationships, too.


The brain-breaking effects of the internet are by now well-documented. Author Nicholas Carr was a Pulitzer finalist in 2011 for his exploration of the subject in The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains, which remains a landmark work on this phenomenon. "Over the past few years I've had an uncomfortable sense that someone, or something, has been tinkering with my brain, remapping the neural circuitry, reprogramming the memory," Carr wrote in an Atlantic article that inspired the book. "My mind isn't going — so far as I can tell — but it's changing. I'm not thinking the way I used to think." The internet, Carr said, "is chipping away my capacity for concentration and contemplation."


That article came out in 2008, when Twitter was just two years old, a silly place where you pointlessly announced your breakfast, and Instagram didn't exist. Facebook felt innocuous — Carr didn't even mention it in a story about the destructive mental effects of "the Net," an unthinkable choice today. The risks our brains faced then, real though they were, look laughably meager now.


The attention span degradation Carr described has massively accelerated in the dozen years since his Atlantic story published, time in which social media and smartphone use has become ubiquitous. Our habitual distraction is debilitating; "addiction" is often neither too strong a word nor entirely metaphorical.


But it's not only that: The brokenness I'm describing is more than distraction. Carr focused on the medium over the message. "[I]n the long run, a medium's content matters less than the medium itself in influencing how we think and act," he said in his book. I don't disagree, but what we're seeing now is that the content itself cannot be discounted as a potent force of mental disorder and relational discord.


There is so much content on the internet, and so much of it is bad. It is blasting in your face relentlessly. To navigate it well — to discern truth and lies, to parse one's own emotional and reflexive responses, to summon the mental energy to pay attention to credibility and incentives and the small, almost indescribable cues that might indicate whether a piece of content is to be trusted — is very difficult. It is especially difficult for those who have low digital literacy because they did not grow up using the internet


Time and again I've had some variation of the following conversation with my mother, whom I am worried is drifting from garden-variety low-information folk libertarianism into whatever nonsense she happens upon in the weird dregs of YouTube.


Me: This is really sketchy; I don't think you should read it.

Her: What's sketchy about it?

Me: I can't even tell you if you can't see it. It's a bunch of little things. It's ... like look at that logo. You can't trust that.

Her: But why? Try to explain it to me.

Me: Just look at the logo! Look at the way it looks!

Her: ???


Then she sends the sketchy thing to another boomer, who immediately accepts it as gospel, and I know I've failed, but I don't know how I can better communicate what I see. I don't know how a few texts from me can compete, from hundreds of miles away, with YouTube video after YouTube video, each worse than the last, no matter how much YouTube claims to have fixed its algorithm. I don't know how 20 minutes on the phone a couple times a week can carry more weight than her daily grind of content consumption.


It's not just the logo. It's never just the logo. And it's all so obvious to me and invisible to her as to be ineffable for both of us. I don't know what to do.


This brain-breaking most often happens in connection to politics, particularly amid the sheer intensity of this year's political scene. There is "a type of person who has become a trope of sorts in our national discussion about politics and disinformation: baby boomers with an attachment to polarizing social media," Charlie Warzel wrote in a New York Times report Tuesday. Warzel focused on social media's role in brain breaking — he spent several weeks in the "information hellscape" of two such boomers' Facebook feeds — but the phenomenon isn't confined to social media. It's our entire media climate. That also includes cable news, which has perpetual motion and emotional manipulation in common with the internet. The brain brokenness this climate produces has become a trope with good reason.


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Any God-loving and God-fearing Republican is a socialist. 

Have you read the bible? It’s essentially the socialist/communist manifesto!! 

The poor shall inherent the earth! God would raise taxes and have poor people in your neighborhoods!


And God will take away your guns!! What’s that turn your other cheek nonsense!


You deserve a messiah who’s mantra is “Lock and load, baby!”

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