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Politics / Re: Current Politics & History Only Thread
« on: Today at 12:53:20 AM »

Responding to: http://forum.tastyspleen.net/quake/index.php?topic=11463.msg225472#msg225472
(But here, so as not to inundate the Movie thread with politics.)


edit: Hmmm. Was not aware of it until just now when out of curiosity I went googling, but apparently YouTube has banned Varg from their platform because they don't want to promote "hate speech". If he had any videos promoting hate speech, that would be fine. But MOST of his videos did NOT, and in the interest of GOD DAMNED AMERICAN FREE SPEECH... I personally think they should've been left the hell alone. Free speech gets eroded a millimeter at a time. This only gets worse.
To be fair, the First Amendment only applies to actions taken by the government. Private companies are allowed to put whatever the hell they want in their TOS and ban people from their platforms for anything. (Also, it doesn't apply to non-Americans.)

The First Amendment doesn't exist in a vacuum. If we didn't value free speech, then we need not care who undermines it, whether government or private enterprise.

If freedom of speech is a foundational principle, we should notice when it's being eroded.

The tech monopolies are having it both ways, increasingly acting as both publisher and platform.

There's observable collusion between social media giants, payment processors, banks, and internet infrastructure providers (e.g. server hosting and DNS) as they act in concert to deny a platform to websites and apps whose mission statement is mere dedication to hosting constitutionally protected speech.

Which leaves us in a scenario whose description should be an oxymoron:

It is no longer permitted to host a website within the United States whose mission is to platform constitutionally protected speech.

When such a site gains sufficient popularity to attract notice, and if its owner refuses to implement the censorship demanded by the tech cabal, then its app will be pulled from the Apple and Android stores, its browser extension will be removed from Firefox and Chrome, they will be dropped by PayPal and Stripe and MasterCard, and Chase Bank will cancel their accounts, and their web server hosting will be cancelled and their DNS provider will drop them. They will be unpersonned on social media, to the extent that other users on Facebook or Instagram may not even mention their website name in an "uncritical manner" lest they too be subject to penalty.

None of this is speculation; it has already happened.

The question of why it's not possible to host a site dedicated to free speech in the United States, cannot be justified by the answer "well the whole infrastructure is owned top to bottom by private companies and they can suppress whoever they like."

Not good enough.

Time, perhaps, for an Internet Bill of Rights.




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/dev/random / Re: The Strange and Interesting Thread
« on: September 12, 2019, 09:25:21 AM »
They've done some albums as well  ;)

I snuck some fake music albums into a local music store




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Politics / Re: Current Politics & History Only Thread
« on: September 08, 2019, 07:48:12 PM »

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Jokes / Re: Funny videos
« on: September 08, 2019, 10:24:55 AM »
As someone wrote in the replies: “Darling, I almost hit a pole driving today, but I missed it by a foot.”


https://twitter.com/PetiteNicoco/status/1168183384809594881

:eyecrazy:



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art, music, etc. / Re: Post Musical Equipment Here....
« on: September 07, 2019, 08:47:42 PM »

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ROaoSIYSUg

His channel's primarily metal focused, but this guy is legit talented at researching and recreating classic rock/metal guitar tones (amps, speakers, mics, pedals, f/x chain, etc.)



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/dev/random / Re: The Strange and Interesting Thread
« on: September 07, 2019, 07:39:40 PM »
apparently EA holds the Guinness world record most-downvoted reddit post :)


https://www.reddit.com/r/StarWars/comments/d0hmpu/made_it_to_the_guinness_book_of_world_records_2020/

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Jokes / Re: Funny Pictures
« on: September 07, 2019, 03:54:41 PM »
Take your protein pills and put your helmet on




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Politics / Re: Current Politics & History Only Thread
« on: September 07, 2019, 03:49:07 PM »

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/dev/random / Re: Whatcha listening to?
« on: September 06, 2019, 06:18:22 PM »

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/dev/random / Re: The Man Thread
« on: September 05, 2019, 12:16:52 AM »
You'll shoot yer eye out, kid!


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DMVWW-bmKwQ


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Politics / Re: Current Politics & History Only Thread
« on: September 04, 2019, 10:56:36 PM »
Perhaps a few interesting points made in this article:

The Dumbest Arguments about Gun Control


(I appreciated the author's emphasis on 'friction' as an alternative to black & white thinking in some areas.)



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Quake / Re: Unh0ly HI RES PHOTOREALZ BADASS TEXTURE PAK !!!!!!!!!
« on: September 04, 2019, 02:56:12 PM »
Reminded of:




;)


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/dev/random / Re: What games are you playing ?
« on: September 04, 2019, 01:15:10 PM »
This game's a blast so far:

https://store.steampowered.com/app/519860/DUSK/



- Quake 1 style graphics, but also outdoor areas
- Half Life 1 interactivity with world
- Classic DOOM fast movement speed
- Modern controls (e.g. crouch sliding)
- Dual wield shotgun, no weapon reloading
- Evil Dead / backwoods cultist atmosphere
- :headbang: soundtrack



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Politics / Re: Current Politics & History Only Thread
« on: September 02, 2019, 10:45:29 PM »
Have any of y'all messed with crypto currencies? I don't plan on getting to into it myself, but I bought $96 in bitcoin Thursday.

If your bitcoin is currently controlled by an exchange or other online wallet, here's an important tip:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vt-zXEsJ61U

"If you control the keys, it's your bitcoin. If you don't control the keys, it's not your bitcoin!"


I had the idea of using bitcoin for my wagers in with sports, and then thought well maybe it can half-way replenish itself and I can make small bets every now and then. In 4 days, my value in bitcoin has went from 96 to $105.54 , it's a near 10% increase. I know there's ups and downs, but so far it's serving it's purpose.

Caution: Don't be surprised if it takes another sharp dive in the upcoming months, like it did at the beginning of 2018. As in down to 1/2 or even 1/3 of its current value. (Can't say it will for sure of course, just don't be surprised.) If that happens and you decided not to sell on the way down, just hold onto it. It seems to rebound in 6 to 18 months.

The following page has a slider where you can zoom in on a range of data and graph bitcoin's historical price and trading volume:

https://coinmarketcap.com/currencies/bitcoin/

Notice how it got down to about $3,200 in December 2018, following a high of almost $20,000 a year earlier.

(I'd wanted to buy some around Jan/Feb of this year, as I would have bet it was going back up soon, but funds were too tight at the time.)


:dohdohdoh:


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/dev/random / Re: The Strange and Interesting Thread
« on: September 02, 2019, 01:43:29 PM »
Rather enjoyed Level 4.

Was not expecting Level 7.  :)


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lz3WR-F_pnM



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