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Scapegoats and Escape Goats

i didn’t see this in goat simulator By now, you all probably have seen stories about crowds of people in the US that – despite COVID-19 – party, go on cruises, or throng bars and restaurants in spite of warnings of infection and pleas to flatten the curve. Naturally there has been much hand-wringing, some finger-wagging about boomers and/or m...

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The Fish Rots From The Head

The last few weeks have been a profoundly radicalizing experience. Before the COVID-19 crisis entered into its current phase, it was reasonable to argue that the post-2016 counter-disinformation effort was based on good intentions but had serious flaws and was entering a state of diminishing returns. The Internet and social media, in destabiliz...

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A Brook Through A Vast, Still Lake

We generally assume the following about responsibility and punishment: Children are not responsible for their actions because they are not adults. Mentally impaired people are not responsible for their actions because they are not competent to make informed choices. Non-human entities (animals, bacteria, machines) ar...

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It Only Wants Targets

It is incredible that something so small, so insignificant, and aggressively stupid as COVID-19 could be upending the world right now. But it is doing so. As tiny as it is, the virus has the power to inflict significant human harm. It reproduces, it kills, and those it does not kill it may nonetheless leave with lasting injuries. But the virus ...

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Your Crackhead Uber Has Arrived

COVID-19 is upon us, and panic is setting in as many Americans assimilate the following stylized facts: Containment has failed and the virus is now present across the country. US healthcare and emergency response systems are critically under-prepared. Many important political, discursive, and generalized institutiona...

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Thou Profoundest Hell

If you want to catch a bear, honey will do the trick. If you want to make a certain kind of impressionable person miserable for life, you give them something that will make them feel superior to others without actually raising their status in the world. The cognitive dissonance of feeling better than the “phonies” but watching the phonies thrive...

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Player Hater

Sonic the Hedgehog is one of the first video game movies to be considered free of the video game movie curse. It has made a lot of money, and critics and fans are for once mostly on the same page about its underlying quality. I still think, though, that we haven’t really explored the possibilities of “video game movies.” What I mean by this is t...

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Terminal Vision

r/unixporn has no chance against this config The original Terminator is a truly terrifying film. But its most horrifying moment is also unintentionally comical. The titular Terminator is a massively overpowered killing machine that stalks its human prey through urban hunting grounds. A couple moments in the film, we see what the Terminator se...

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