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Apple Talk / Re: Open Bar: Drinks are on the Supreme Court
« Last post by Hoopla! on Today at 07:58:20 pm »
Back in the day if you wanted to fuck with this forum all you had to do was pretend to be Poptard or bring up Libertarianism. Doubt it’s that easy anymore.
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We need corporate regulations because, given the checks and balances in most first world countries, corporations are a at least as likely a source of repression as the government is in these places. And not just repression of their employees either. Consider the recent restrictions imposed by many popular online social platforms. In December, Tumblr abruptly deleted a third of their content and kicked out thousands of longtime users for no reason other than that they suddenly decided that they didn't like their content. That sort of thing should be illegal. We need additional corporate legislation to restore people's ability to express themselves.

It was SESTA/FOSTA.


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I would personally prefer to see the check on corporate power come from employees and consumers.  Without the government holding them back unions are quite capable of representing employees, consumers are still lacking the sort of organizations that can effectively negotiate with corporate suppliers.

https://www.facebook.com/falgsc/posts/551896921885760
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We need corporate regulations because, given the checks and balances in most first world countries, corporations are a at least as likely a source of repression as the government is in these places. And not just repression of their employees either. Consider the recent restrictions imposed by many popular online social platforms. In December, Tumblr abruptly deleted a third of their content and kicked out thousands of longtime users for no reason other than that they suddenly decided that they didn't like their content. That sort of thing should be illegal. We need additional corporate legislation to restore people's ability to express themselves.

I would personally prefer to see the check on corporate power come from employees and consumers.  Without the government holding them back unions are quite capable of representing employees, consumers are still lacking the sort of organizations that can effectively negotiate with corporate suppliers.
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Aneristic Illusions / Re: General Trump hilarity free-for-all thread
« Last post by nullified on Today at 04:44:45 pm »
I passed out last night before I could show my work.

So Abe is a member of Japan’s “Liberal Democratic Party”, Jiyu-Minshuto. They’re consistently right wing, and consistently in power. The name throws people for a loop but do see: https://www.jstor.org/stable/1601459?seq=1#page_scan_tab_contents

Over the years, the LDP has remained in power almost permanently. It’s a catch all clusterfuck of right wing policies growing steadily further right. Traditionally, it publicly excluded Japanese ultranationalist politicians (the equivalent of the GOP letting Steve King exist because he kept his damn mouth shut), but Shinzo Abe represents a new breed of vocal Japanese ultranationalists getting power in real politics. In fact, he’s a special advisor to the parliamentary league of the pro-Emperor, fascist group called Nippon Kaigi, or Japan Conference.

How bad is Japanese ultranationalism? I would like to just point at some of my favorite elements of it via Wikipedia articles.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nippon_Kaigi#Criticism

“Most, but not all, seek to justify Japan's role in the Second World War to varying degrees, deny the war crimes committed by the military during the pre-1945 Shōwa period and are critical of what they see as "self-hate" bias in post-war historical education. Thus, they do not recognize the legality of the International Military Tribunal for the Far East or other allied tribunals; consider the war-criminals enshrined in the Yasukuni Shrine as "Martyrs of Shōwa" (昭和殉難者 Shōwa junnansha); or support the censorship of history textbooks or historical negationism.[4]”

“National Socialist Japanese Workers' Party (国家社会主義日本労働者党 Kokka Shakaishugi Nippon Rōdōsha-Tō) – a small neo-Nazi party headed by Kazunari Yamada, who maintains a website and blog which includes praise for Adolf Hitler and the September 11 attacks.[11] Pictures of Yamada, a Holocaust-denier, posing with Cabinet minister Sanae Takaichi and LDP policy research chief Tomomi Inada were discovered on the website and became a source of controversy; both have denied support for the party.[11]”

Both from https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uyoku_dantai

And so forth.

What does this have to do with the LDP and Shinzo Abe?

https://apjjf.org/2013/11/1/Narusawa-Muneo/3879/article.html

Oops. Looks a lot like the LDP isn’t so much a true political party as it is a kind of mask for fascist monarchists to hide behind, because the party is too goddamn old and too long in power to ever let terrible people in charge!

Now, I said that Japanese politics has been a dumpsterfire for a long time, but the most recent non-Shinzo PMs have been members of the Democratic Party of Japan (Minshuto), a center left group. Roughly from 2009 to 2012, in fact.

The details make this more understandable. See, in Japan, a political party is just a way for people to get re-elected. You might say this is true elsewhere (quite reasonably), but in Japan they’re disgustingly blatant about it.

It’s true that the LDP is full of horrible slimy creatures, but there are actual non fascists in it. There are socialists in it. There’s what we in the west would consider far left politicians in it. The only thing that holds the political parties of Japan together is their lust for power: none of their members have a shared ideology.

Going back to when the DJP got into power in 2009, the New York Times said at that time:

“Political analysts and lawmakers say a defeat could even spell the end of the Liberal Democratic Party, which has appeared outdated with no ideology to bind it together beyond a desire to hold onto power. In its place could emerge new, more modern types of political parties bound together by a shared agenda and principles.”

https://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/20/world/asia/20iht-20japan.20321139.html

Yep. No ideology, no agenda, no principles lie behind the veil of Japanese political parties. They’re blatantly and openly just trying to cling to power.

The DJP is no different. Most of its politicians were from the LDP, including its chairman and other major figures. The fact is, there’s no real reason to believe that it was any more “center left” than the LDP is “center right”. In fact, labels of left-right are complete nonsense, applied to political parties in Japan (which doesn’t stop people from trying).

Ergo, Japanese politics is and has been a dumpsterfire.
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Apple Talk / Re: Open Bar: Drinks are on the Supreme Court
« Last post by Con-troll on Today at 08:49:34 am »
Technical question:

Is there a way to radically up my posts per second without getting spammy or boring?

y

There was this bdsm-site i singed up for. I tried to induce conversation about an actual, real kink of wanting to roleplay as ancient reptilian warlord, among other things. Now everybody just ignores me and considers me as a troll for trying to make a real contribution for their sexual spectrum.  :lulz:

That's where y'all come in. I feel like I hang out here too much and this forum has fucked up my head. So only logical solution is to fuck up the forums head back.
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Apple Talk / Re: Open Bar: Drinks are on the Supreme Court
« Last post by Don Coyote on Today at 06:02:34 am »
Technical question:

Is there a way to radically up my posts per second without getting spammy or boring?

y
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Apple Talk / Re: Open Bar: Drinks are on the Supreme Court
« Last post by Con-troll on Today at 03:28:58 am »
Technical question:

Is there a way to radically up my posts per second without getting spammy or boring?
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Apple Talk / Re: Open Bar: Drinks are on the Supreme Court
« Last post by Don Coyote on Today at 03:16:35 am »
Yesterday I was reminded of the Orange eating contest because I had to stop my toddler from being fed oranges continuously.

*screams internally*


How old is the kid, now?

14 months
We're at the "understands words and HATE THEM" stage of life. Also I have grapple him to wipe shit from his ass.

Also, what are his opinions on pants?

Pants YES
Shirt SCREEEEEEEEEECH
Coat YES
Socks YES
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Aneristic Illusions / Re: General Trump hilarity free-for-all thread
« Last post by nullified on Yesterday at 10:09:39 pm »
Shinzo Abe may or may not have nominated Trump for the Nobel Peace Prize, because North Korea something something.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/feb/18/us-asked-japan-to-nominate-trump-for-nobel-peace-prize-report

Dammit, Japan, you need to pick your friends better.   :argh!:

Japan has been a political dumpsterfire for awhile, and Shinzo Abe is one of the conservative “ultranationalists” of their worst political groups. In essence, Abe is a fascist by any other name. I can grab sources tonight if Cain or Dok  don’t beat me to it.
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Aneristic Illusions / Re: UK General Election 8th June: Shake it all about?
« Last post by Cain on Yesterday at 05:42:11 pm »
I don't think that's on the cards.

Which does raise a rather important question: why now? They're not actually going to be able to impact on anything important, even with today's defections.

It just strikes me as an exercise in ego, a bunch of second-tier centrists attempting to hijack and control the Remain crowd any way they can. And this goes doubly for the former Tories, who have just made May even more reliant on the ERG and DUP
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