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deleted by user submitted by raidh0 to news

Matter_and_Form 1 points 42 points (+43|-1) ago

The problem is that everyone hitched their own free speech to other people's wagons. You rely on your free speech being broadcast by one of a few outlets, indexed by pretty much a single search engine, and brought to users using one of several large communications companies transmission networks.

The problem isn't that the internet is being censored or restricted... The internet is by it's nature the gaps inbetween computers (and thus people and groups), the interstitial areas between independent systems. The generic information sharing interface. You can't break that. You can break the world it exists in. You can break the companies that have built it so far. You can breakd the governments that designed it. But you can't break the fucking internet, because it's not a thing. It's a concept, the idea of a conversation, statement and response and if you get more complex all of the ad-hoc and not-so-much-so communications protocols we've developed over 100 years of electronic communication.

And the thing to remember on the internet is that it isn't so much a democracy as a fuck-youocracy. You can build a whole world in your private little sandbox that cost you $20, or you can team up with 12,000 other people and make something else, or you and one rich friend can build a whole fucking universe where everybody is your sex slave and likes it. You can do whatever you want, because you can always take your toys and leave and make clones of your friends that behave the way you want them to. But then you loose the fun of them reacting in a real and spontaneous way, they're just puppets or dolls at that point. So you try to work together with other people unless you can't.

And if you want something to be different on the internet, go start it... Do it... And if you don't like censorship maybe you should put your money where your mouth is and get a server (like the founders of Voat did).

70 Percent Of Americans Want More Investment In Infrastructure submitted by allenlee to news

Matter_and_Form 2 points 20 points (+22|-2) ago

This is the answer to most of America's economic troubles. We need to build out the infrastructure of the 21st century. Where the 30s saw dams and libraries and roads built, we need to lay publicly owned fiber and build public science centers and find a new solution for nationwide public transportation. This will reduce joblessness, promote and provide the jobs to encourage education (to be able to work on these systems), provide for America for the next 100 years and finally bring back hope for a brighter future. I can't help but believe that our willingness to bring this about will determine our country's ability to sustain itself in the new century.

What was your "why didn't I start doing this sooner" moment? submitted by arijitdas to AskVoat

Matter_and_Form 0 points 15 points (+15|-0) ago

Actively managing my life. That includes calculating bills months out, planning purchases, managing my schedule down to 5 minute increments... Optimizing daily and weekly activities, planning my sleep schedule, calculating daily food and nutrient intake. It completely changed my life for the better.

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What "gun control" means... submitted by FreeSpeachRocks to politics

Matter_and_Form 8 points -4 points (+4|-8) ago

The only way they were able to do that is by putting hospitals, schools and their loved ones in the line of fire by hiding amongst them. I would hope Americans wouldn't go that far.

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Matter_and_Form 4 points -4 points (+0|-4) ago

Can you point to anything actually wrong with my statements?

And how is ISIS more of a threat than the Assad regime?

You have to remember that threat level not only takes intention into account but degree of threat as well... While a tiny 95 lb. girl may want to rip your nuts off and eat them, they aren't as much of a threat as the big bulky dude in the corner who is merely annoyed by you. On the front of things religious extremists are incredibly threatening, but they almost always lack the technological ability to be any real threat to a modern fighting force. The only thing that prevents us from 'solving' problems like Al Qaeda today is that we are trying not to kill innocents in the process. ISIS presents a similar level of threat, though they have certainly been modernizing as a fighting force, though still only on a local and regional level. Assad on the other hand has chemical and likely biological weapons and is close friends with Iran (the other main enemy of the US we may be able to do something about without causing a huge escalation), whom has been trying like hell to acquire nuclear weapons for going on 35 years. Make no mistake, Assad is a problem, and our current political and military techniques make ISIS the only convenient way of dealing with him. Too many people oversimplify issues such as these and have no real understanding of threat assessment at the state level.

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Matter_and_Form 4 points -3 points (+1|-4) ago

He was and is a leader against Western countries with chemical weapons and has demonstrated his willingness to use them. He is orders of magnitude more of a threat than, say, ISIS. Also, he doesn't enjoy popular support like China does. He is the perfect target to reduce threats against the US while not risking much by indirectly, or in this case through inaction, attacking him.