State of the Discussion

The posts in play...

The More Things Change : Contraception Controversy Edition
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Retroactive Table of Contents: March 2 to March 9
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ALL YOUR FACEBOOK ARE BELONG TO US.
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Friday Night (Morning?) Jukebox: Chris Knight & Others
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Jurisprudence Blogging 1: Austin
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Mass Effect 3, John Carter, and More….
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“The Space Traders”
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The comments...

Dr. Pepper works fine if you use it In time. Though maybe not now that they are removing the brown dye.

+ So we have decided that race is beyond the pale if you run a business that serves the public. Why does this trick of yours not [. . .]
greginak

Catholic view of BC and space travel; you know what The Newt would say  don't you.

greginak
+ Sorry- Its sunny here. 10 degrees, but its sunny. Nice xc skiing weather. I'm not quite sure why you seemed to rule out racism as a [. . .]
James Hanley

<i>Did someone put all replies on this thread in lockdown now?</i>

I'll take tinfoil hat conspiracy theorists for $1000, Alex.

+ Let's go a different direction then: Abortion. Let's say that I want to get an abortion because I found out that I'm pregnant with a baby [. . .]
dexter
+ In a purely religious way:  God said,  "Go forth and multiply."  Humans have done that.  What's next on the list?   Be good stewarts of the land.  [. . .]
Snarky McSnarksnark

There've been some configuration changes to WordPress that lead to sometimes-confusing changes in the way the commenting box works.    Nothing more than that.

Snarky McSnarksnark
+ It seems to me that I am not morally obligated to rent my room to just anybody who happens to show up but that [. . .]
Dennis F.
+ You just watched it happen when someone deleted my first reply to you here. I also have watched three attempts to reply to you further vanish. [. . .]
Stillwater
+ Ha! Exactly right! It is pretty hilarious when you phrase it that way. It's like a story you'd read in the Onion. Or see on [. . .]
Dennis the Menace
+ Confirmed. Someone marked it so my first reply to you vanished. We'll see if this one gets through. Specifically, I suspect the same to have happened [. . .]
D.A. Ridgely
+ Murali! How nice to see you've found a blogging home with a larger audience! I would rephrase your conclusions, for what it's worth, to note first [. . .]
Dennis
+ Perhaps you haven't noticed how comments mysteriously "go missing" lately, but I have. Commenter "Gruntled" mysteriously stopped posting after a snark comment by Mark, in a [. . .]
+ Bob leaving reminds me of the Chico Marx line where he's asked, "Do you love your brother?" and replies, "Ah, I'm used to him". I [. . .]

Have either a box of kleenex or a poundcake nearby. Or both.

I think it's on Netflix. I'll check it out for sure.

+ Well said, Blaise. But we go through our meta periods so that we can get away from them. I'm hoping we're on the other side of [. . .]
Stillwater
+ And that happened only after repeated discussion about antagonistic trollery and the expression of offensive views, a distinction that's very relevant (at least from my [. . .]
BlaiseP
+ Ecch, don't beat yourself up over your own reactions.   I cannot think back to one incident where Broderism, high or low, ever made for a [. . .]

Hogarth, from The Iron Giant, would fit on that list. (If you ain't seen it, you oughtta.)

Mike Schilling

I had the same thing with Terry Gross.

Well you're mightily more pessimistic than I.

Mike Schilling

I've been using my real name online since about 1990, so I figure there's no point in starting to be sensible about it now.

+ Well, Dennis is saying it's happening secretly, which means you wouldn't have caught it, North. So, Dennis, who is it that has been secretly banned so [. . .]
Anne
+ Dennis 1. How is it a false claim? Erik and Mark have been very upfront and open about the discussion of banning of sockpuppets and of [. . .]
Stillwater
+ but from all power, not just governmental. If I may be boldly jump into this convo uninvited... It seems to me that what you wrote above [. . .]
+ Or to put it yet one more way, there are two types of interactions (let's go for negative vs positive... that is to say, stuff [. . .]
Mike Schilling
+ It may be that I'm working on four hour's sleep, but I think this is one of the funniest comments I've ever seen. (I was in [. . .]
Kolohe
+ Some of it boils down to the mundane aspects of biology and chemistry.  If a guy fishes up at work, a positive test for alcohol [. . .]
BSK
+ Jumping into the fray here, my primary problem with leaving power differentials completely up to the "free market" is that many of those differentials came [. . .]
+ Uh, just a note: no one was banned. One commentor was put on probation for consistant bad faith arguementing and trolling and then chose to [. . .]

I'm 3 for three on the named movies so far, though I've seen chunks of ET.

Mike Schilling

Pretty soon, Erik's going to be banning people for using the wrong number of pixels.

+ Secondly–and this is a values thing, and I suspect that we’ll never agree on it–I think we all need a recognized sphere of autonomy in [. . .]
Dennis
+ I can see you believe you are being sarcastic, but I am serious. What, really, was the purpose of Erik and Mark's statement claiming numerous people [. . .]

Well, then. Consider yourself to have won the argument. Well played!

Snarky McSnarksnark

All due respect, Jaybird but that is a 99.

 

Bad-ass Motherfisher

Yeah.   Banning one person was the first step to the gulags.

+ How many industrial accidents does GM, just GM, have every year? I'm doing some googling and, of course, GM goes out of its way to keep [. . .]
Snarky McSnarksnark
+ I agree that we're going pretty far afield on this one, but I would like to take this stuff up with you again at a [. . .]
Dennis
+ Don't think of them as "bannings." Erik doesn't like that word. Think of them as "homogenizing the group and ensuring thoughtconsistency through creative doublethink by [. . .]
+ The point being, should schools and employers get the keys to our Facebooks? My inclination is towards "no". While I understand the concept of background [. . .]
Snarky McSnarksnark
+ I dunno, Jaybird, I can't buy your framing, at all. Firstly, there's not an ounce of evidence that I'm aware of that weekend pot use has [. . .]
 
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