[-] assassin_aragorn@lemmy.world 1 points 3 hours ago

That's a fair point. More jobs than people inherently gives the laborers the advantage. I'll need to look into the Lineman union too -- nothing's more heartwarming than a union successfully kicking execs to the curb.

[-] assassin_aragorn@lemmy.world 1 points 3 hours ago

First, and I am not assuming you meant it this way it just has to be repeated over and over again, “unskilled laborers” is mostly just a phrase the rationalizes treating people who do difficult jobs like shit.

Absolutely, that's why I put it in quotation. I couldn't think of a better way to describe them at the time. You're spot on too that food service isn't trivial work. Both it and working retail are brutal, and I don't wish that on anyone except those who truly deserve it. There's nothing wrong with those jobs, but they put up with way more than they should have to.

Judging people for their job is one of those shitty conservative boomer things, and it makes absolutely no sense. When I order out for dinner, I'm not necessarily looking for a chef whose culinary skills exceed my own. I'm looking for someone to make me food so I don't have to. I'm exchanging money for someone's time and effort so I don't have to spend time nor effort. Skill and talent don't matter. If I don't want to do something, that something is going to be nontrivial effort, and I owe gratitude and compensation to whoever does it for me. All labor is precious and valuable under this viewpoint.

Also -- I'm all for unionization. If it isn't enough collective power to affect change, then we can try something else. But we should try first.

[-] assassin_aragorn@lemmy.world -1 points 6 hours ago

I think that has to be part of the discussion, education. These workers are "unskilled laborers", and that means companies can push them around however they'd like. There isn't a limited pool of workers that requires them to offer comprehensive benefits, like with more technical positions. There's also a very high chance some of the job hazards will be eliminated with automation -- while also eliminating jobs. We need to prepare for that.

In the meantime, we should create formal education programs for these positions so the workers have more leverage if they desire.

[-] assassin_aragorn@lemmy.world 1 points 6 hours ago

Got it, those innocent kids only matter if it isn't an inconvenience to your wallet or requires effort. Moving away for a clean conscience is too much, but voting for what's the best realistic scenario is an affront to your values.

So go ahead. Vote how you want. But know that if you don't vote against Trump, you're helping out Israel. It seems you're just fine with that though.

[-] assassin_aragorn@lemmy.world 15 points 9 hours ago

I sometimes wish they were correct about their God's existence so that I knew there was a hell they'd burn in.

[-] assassin_aragorn@lemmy.world 4 points 9 hours ago

It wasn't too long ago that Texas actually had a Democrat governor, and California a Republican governor.

[-] assassin_aragorn@lemmy.world 4 points 9 hours ago

I saw someone mention Rosa Parks, and it's the perfect example. Injustice must be fought where it is by individuals who are brave enough to put themselves in harm's way for it. I have no disdain for people who put themselves and their families ahead of a cause. I'm the same way. But the very least we can do is offer our unconditional support to these heroes.

[-] assassin_aragorn@lemmy.world 2 points 10 hours ago

This would be a perfect slogan. We're asking that government subsidized medical research be free to the public. We aren't asking companies to research complex medications without any compensation. Make it so the subsidy results in a net profit for the company (which it probably already does) and remove the private sales. Everyone wins, and we aren't stupidly paying twice.

[-] assassin_aragorn@lemmy.world 2 points 10 hours ago

Technically no other country has M4A. All of them have supplemental private insurance, and the current M4A policy completely abolishes all of it.

I'm in favor of universal healthcare for essentials and allowing private insurance for supplementals, to start with. The ultimate goal would be to phase out insurance completely, but it's unwise to jump ahead to it immediately since there currently aren't any systems that do so and we have no experience nor data.

[-] assassin_aragorn@lemmy.world 1 points 10 hours ago

You could. You could move out of the US and refuse to buy any US products. It would come at great personal cost to you, but it would mean you are completely not complicit.

Do your morals stop when you have to personally give or sacrifice? You refuse to vote because it would make you complicit, but you don't refuse to live in and contribute to a country that makes you complicit.

To be clear, I don't think this makes you a hypocrite. I'm just further pointing out that your absolutist morals aren't realistically sensible, and that your morals clearly aren't absolute if there's boundaries you won't cross to meet them.

[-] assassin_aragorn@lemmy.world 1 points 10 hours ago

Do you care more about supporting the killing of children than you actually do about the killing of children itself? You're putting your morals ahead of human lives.

I'm not pleased to pick a lesser option, but there is no realistic option that will stop all the death instantly. You don't have to like it, but you have to acknowledge reality. This is going to continue no matter how you vote. All you can do is influence how many people it'll affect, and hope that puts us on a road to outright stopping these things in the future. Do you think Israel would feel so emboldened if Trump wasn't a possible leader?

And this doesn't even take into consideration other issues. Ukraine needs to be able to defend itself from Russia. If they don't get military support, Russia will kidnap and kill even more children. Republicans don't seem to care about that, but Democrats are pushing for that military support to happen. Here there is an option for your vote to stop the death of children. I wish it was Palestinian AND Ukrainian children, but the world is a shitty place, and all we can do is try to make it less shitty.

So I ask again. Do you care more about supporting the killing of children, at the expense of the actual killing of children?

[-] assassin_aragorn@lemmy.world 3 points 10 hours ago

Do you have sources where I could read more about the rank and file opinion? Or surveys/polls?


The article has a fantastic line about how Johnson's views are so out of step, even the majority of the conservative justices on the supreme court don't champion them. He agrees with Thomas, and Thomas is exceptionally unique in just how insanely conservative he is.

As a fun bonus, the article also has quotes of him praising Trump, if you ever wanted to see the moral bankruptcy of evangelicals laid completely bare to see.


He still refuses to budge, even after Republicans were eviscerated on election day for abortion. They're going to keep getting hit for it until they can rein in true believers like Tuberville.


This is a fantastic opinion piece by Sanders that lays it out the situation before the Hamas attack, the current situation, and what should be done. He lays out several requirements for peace that aid to Israel should be contingent on. He also notes that Hamas is hurting the Palestinians, which is a detail very few mention.

He's also one of the first people I've seen try to take a stab at what a lasting solution needs to be -- two states, Netanyahu ousted, Hamas destroyed, foundations of Palestinian civil government created.


The article provided a good overview of the situation and firsthand accounts, plus marked up maps. The maps make it clear just how ridiculous their claims are. It's like a modern "manifest destiny" philosophy.


Democrats won 56-44 in a NH district which Trump barely won in 2020. Encouraging news!


Turns out constantly capitulating to the far right doesn't earn you any loyalty from them -- who'd have guessed? /s


I'm rather curious to see how the EU's privacy laws are going to handle this.

(Original article is from Fortune, but Yahoo Finance doesn't have a paywall)


I hate NIMBY environmentalist hypocrites


In short, we aren't on track to an apocalyptic extinction, and the new head is concerned that rhetoric that we are is making people apathetic and paralyzes them from making beneficial actions.

He makes it clear too that this doesn't mean things are perfectly fine. The world is becoming and will be more dangerous with respect to climate. We're going to still have serious problems to deal with. The problems just aren't insurmountable and extinction level.


Ohio is having a vote in November to decide on if abortion will be legal or not. Similar ballot measures and referendums have shown huge support for abortion in even conservative states.

There is a measure yet to be voted on in August for if the November vote has to reach 60% and meet other conditions instead of being simple majority.

Polling suggests a landslide victory for legalizing abortion and intense disapproval of changing the requirements.


Which of the following sounds more reasonable?

  • I shouldn't have to pay for the content that I use to tune my LLM model and algorithm.

  • We shouldn't have to pay for the content we use to train and teach an AI.

By calling it AI, the corporations are able to advocate for a position that's blatantly pro corporate and anti writer/artist, and trick people into supporting it under the guise of a technological development.

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