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  • U.S. Politics Part 5: Same old Thread...Just New.

    You can go to Toronto and feel like you visited 20 different countries. I love it.
  • Crypto

    Hatorian said:

    I have been looking into crypto investment and holy shit crypto has a huge barrier to entry.  I'm having trouble finding an exchange to use.  Coinbase seems to be the most reputable, but they only have Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Litecoin, Ethereum, Ethereum Classic.  This is the criteria I’m trying to meet.

    1. Reputable/not shady, 2. Available in the US, 3. Allows USD as a deposit, 4. Has the major coins and some alt coins.

    Does anyone have a recommendation?

    The barrier to entry is probably the single biggest factor preventing it from really taking off.  If some one would open a bitcoin 'bank' (not a bank though, that would defeat the purpose in many ways) - just a straight forward service that allowed for the easy buying and exchanging of various crypto-currencies, didn't have withdraw limits and other fine-point technicalities associated with it the would attract major investors.  Right now it still feels a little shady to most people, and the 'investors' are really more or less gambling rather than truly investing. 
    This is one of the major reasons I think people should hold their coins. The banks are working on this. Obviously they want their cut. Once it becomes as easy as buying stocks or other investments prices will rise. 
    Assuming that happens, which there is no guarantee it will. 
  • U.S. Politics Part 5: Same old Thread...Just New.

    Brawn said:
    I haven't commented in a long time, so I figure that I should introduce myself, at least where I stand politically.

    About me:
    I will be honest, there are many issues where I find myself struggling to find a solution.  I used to consider myself a moderate independent, but I feel like both political parties have moved towards extreme viewpoints.  There seems to be very little grey anymore.  However, after the shift (whether perceived or reality), I do find myself leaning right.  I lean left on: Global warming, abortion, gay rights, net neutrality, etc.  I lean right on gun control, economic freedom, illegal immigration, racial privilege, etc.  Also against the war on drugs, not sure either side is doing a great job there.

    I am sure that I left out many key issues, this is just off of the top of my head.  I voted third party, I am Hispanic, I love my country and consider myself a patriot.  That doesn't mean that everything is perfect, but I would rather live here than 85% of the developing / undeveloped world.

    On Topic:
    I don't like Milo, he comes across as a provocateur, a douchebag, and a troll.  However, I believe all schools of thought should be discussed civically, especially at "institutions of learning".  He obviously had supporters at the event.  I sometimes wonder if it would be better if counter protests were forced to take place a certain distance from the event?

    I do have a question for you all.  How many of you listen to alternative viewpoints?  I know some of you do, judging by how you respond to Emnofseattle; Cretanbull and akritenbrink come to mind.  I am just curious, not being judgemental.  I read these forums, certain twitter feeds, watch John Oliver, etc. for left wing viewpoints.
    thanks for the shout out- about me and my philosophy around all this- 

    I'm 44 years old, white, female, straight, from the Midwest but live in the Seattle area. So I did grow up in a more conservative area than I live in now. Also, I grew up in a very working class area and my parents both have a high school education. My sisters and I all graduated from college and I have a Master's degree, but that was all done and paid for by ourselves (or student loans) and for me, not all at one time, so I've worked more labor-type jobs before as well (including factory work, cleaning hotel rooms, waiting tables etc). My dad even works in the trucking industry like our frequent sparring partner here. So just because of the fact of my life experience, I can see a number of perspectives. I also studied and taught English (mostly taught writing) so I am used to participating in discussions with people with various perspectives and students with various skill levels in terms of expressing their ideas and evaluating sources.

    Politically, I consider myself an independent who leans left, but I do agree with conservatives sometimes, and on the local level, I look more into the candidate and the issues around me and vote that way. So in WA state I find myself voting for both Republicans and Democrats each time there is an election. On the national level, especially for President, I usually vote Democratic, but I vote for more centrist candidates (as I believed both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama to be) because I think it's important for a person at that level to seek consensus and compromise. For example, in the caucuses in 2016, although many of my friends and neighbors were passionate about Bernie Sanders and I could see the appeal, I voted for Hillary Clinton, partially because of her history of being able to work with both sides of the aisle as a Senator. I do keep room in my mind to consider the Republican candidates for President, but I haven't seen one since Bob Dole that I could bring myself to respect, so that option has been off the table for over 20 years. :) 

    I don't spend a lot of time reading sources on the far right or the far left other than what floats by me in various social media feeds. When i seek out sources, I try to stick to mainstream, well sourced and respected sources. Sometimes it's valuable to read stuff more to the left or right because they have different concerns and will report on things the other won't report on, but it's hard sometimes to sort out the truth from the wishful thinking in terms of reporting, so I proceed with caution.

    But for all the reasons stated above, I do try to fairly discuss things with people of all ideologies as long as I think they are coming to them honestly and they believe what they are saying, even if they are coming across as radically weird to me. And sometimes I skip out of the conversation for a while- You don't always have to respond, especially online, so I try to only speak when I know what I am saying and when I feel up to it, and when I argue a point with people, I also try to fact check myself and make sure I am not repeating rumors or things from outlets that have spurious sourcing. Notice I said I "try" to moderate myself in these ways, sometimes it's hard of course. :) 

    One last thing, you know, all this stuff is messy. Political thought is a mixture of ideology, emotions, personal experience, closely held views based on morals, religion, traditions, issues ranging from the national to the hyperlocal; it's no wonder we have a hard time discussing it and getting along, and it's no wonder the "polite" approach was traditionally always to not discuss it at all. At the end of the day, we're all just humans living on this planet together and human connections are important to me so I try to respect my fellow humans, if that makes sense.
  • Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House

    I don't think I can read it. I have heard allegations that the author is known to embellish the truth and I don't want to fill my brain with a bunch of info that I just believe because of a confirmation bias toward it being believable since Trump has already proven himself to being erratic, irrational etc. 
  • Goddammit, Louis.

    Men are definitely sexually harassed and assaulted by women as well as by other men. That's why I've been saying I am surprised we haven't heard about at least one. But it does appear to be more men than women.

    All the times you've been groped and not reported it- as a woman we deal with that too, mainly from men, but I have had one experience where it was a woman. There are so many unreported situations like that out there. So that's why statistics are hard to go by in these cases.

    But let's just go by what we can find. Here's a study by the CDC from 2011.

    "Nearly 1 in 5 women (18.3%) and 1 in 71 men (1.4%) in the United States have been raped at some time in their lives." also "Approximately 1 in 21 men (4.8%) reported that they were made to penetrate someone else during their lifetime;" So that's about 3X more women than men who have been raped (I'm including both categories for men). It goes through other forms of violence and the numbers generally are higher against women than men.

    "Across all types of violence, the majority of female victims reported that their perpetrators were male." - Unfortunately they don't seem to have numbers for this unless I missed something.

    "Male rape victims and male victims of non-contact unwanted sexual experiences reported predominantly male perpetrators. Nearly half of stalking victimizations against males were also perpetrated by males. Perpetrators of other forms of violence against males were mostly female. " -Again no numbers