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Tue Sep 24, 2019 6:29 pm

@lumenaeternumIX writes:

Guys, it is not okay to want Greta Thunberg to "lead" us. She cannot be more explicit that she is begging adults to do something so that she and other children can go back to being children. We are supposed to take the ball and apologize that she ever had to do this.

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Tue Sep 24, 2019 11:14 pm

Jess Dweck writes:

Love all these conservative scholars using lofty language about damage to the office of the president as if the current occupant isn’t just a talking pig who won a raffle



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Sun Oct 06, 2019 12:51 am

About the Left Behind films and books, and what's dangerous about Rapture theology, which misinterprets the Bible to push hard-right nationalist political ideas (and anti-Semitism), and would be considered a Doomsday cult if it weren't so mainstream.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hRxN1DXmSdA

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Sun Oct 13, 2019 1:26 am

When the master animator Richard Williams passed away, I wasn't contacted for comment by any outlet except for one podcast - which then booted me from the lineup when I expressed distaste for Democratic Presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard.

Gabbard was often described as a "right wing plant" within the Democratic lineup, being weirdly popular with alt-right anon trolls, who call her "mom" and pushed her candidacy heavily (as with Andrew Yang) to talk over more electable candidates.

Indeed, Tulsi grew up in the weird conservative cult Science of Identity, which is also a virulent anti-gay hate group.

https://twitter.com/realchrissyg/status ... 4092576770

https://medium.com/@lalitamann/an-insid ... e2650f0d09


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Mon Nov 11, 2019 9:29 am

Donald Trump, in his own words, thinks it's "great" and "important" to bring white nationalism "back into the mainstream" - a political philosophy that is a close sibling of Nazism.
https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/sta ... 3429131264


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Post: # 10354Post Garrett Gilchrist
Wed Nov 13, 2019 10:05 am

A trans Youtuber's audio reaction to the Contrapoints drama that sort of confirms a few things for me:

- A lot of people had been severely misunderstanding Contra's videos for awhile now, and picking them apart in ways that miss the point. Natalie's videos are nuanced, and play devil's advocate to an extent by voicing the centrist opinion as well as the left one, and often comedically taking the centrist position before finding a more nuanced dialogue. Some of the Tweets that got Natalie cancelled were in character.

- I can't defend the Buck Angel thing, but this video provides nuance without even getting into all that, as this is from September anyway. This does mean that, as we remember, the controversy around NW goes back long before Buck Angel or those tweets.

- The whole community is very traumatized and used to being betrayed by people, to see people revealed as secret bigots, so they jump to assuming that. On both sides, this was about processing trauma, and there was no room for nuance. I frequently saw people (who hadn't watched the videos in question) assuming that NW would immediately jump from anti-fascist to fascist and appear on right wing shows to talk about being "cancelled," which strikes me as absurdly unlikely. She was effectively cancelled over the possibility of being a secret bigot rather than what was done on the record. While time will tell, she deserved more benefit of the doubt than she was given.

- Contra has been influential to a degree that this response video is basically done in her style, yet she was treated as disposable.

https://youtu.be/mcO6welrn2Y

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