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  1. RocksInMyHead

    Why are school shootings a sole unique American problem?

    That's fair - I was thinking of how the constitution does not establish an army (just a navy). However, I think the meat of the point still stands - the US Army in 1789 (when the Bill of Rights was passed) was not sufficient for the security of the state, which made the militia necessary. This...
  2. RocksInMyHead

    The Most Passionate Science Deniers Are Pro-Trans ‘Experts’ Who Profit From Carving Up Kids

    I'm just going off of the article that you provided as your evidence of how this is all a money-making scheme. That's where the $40,000 for top surgery and "a few thousand a year" for hormones came from. And the post that you were responding to with that article was also specifically talking...
  3. RocksInMyHead

    ‘Biden Team’ Requested Twitter Scrub Scandalous Hunter Biden Info Days before 2020 Election

    From that article, it sounds as though there were two separate communications from the FBI. First, they warned of a potential "hack and leak" operation (maybe focused on Hunter Biden, depending on who you believe). That would seem to be accurate, if perhaps slightly pushing the definition of...
  4. RocksInMyHead

    The Most Passionate Science Deniers Are Pro-Trans ‘Experts’ Who Profit From Carving Up Kids

    If you have any knowledge of healthcare billing, you'd know that $40,000 really isn't all that much money. It's about the same as the average hip or knee replacement. More complicated surgeries can run upwards of $100,000. And "a few thousand a year" for hormone treatments is a drop in the...
  5. RocksInMyHead

    ‘Biden Team’ Requested Twitter Scrub Scandalous Hunter Biden Info Days before 2020 Election

    The article in the OP states that there were a total of 5 posts that the Biden campaign asked to have removed - all of which contained nude photos of Hunter Biden. The DNC requested a further two - at least one of which was a very poorly censored nude photo of Hunter Biden (the article doesn't...
  6. RocksInMyHead

    ‘Biden Team’ Requested Twitter Scrub Scandalous Hunter Biden Info Days before 2020 Election

    Is it really unethical for someone to request that nude photos of a family member posted without their consent be taken down? This isn't a case of exercising undue influence - the posts violated Twitter's policies.
  7. RocksInMyHead

    Election 2022 Results

    Riiiiiiiiiiiiiight. And if they did, they would surely have said something about it.
  8. RocksInMyHead

    Election 2022 Results

    Did the Cochise County supervisors actually find the Cochise County election results questionable? Did they make any statements to that effect?
  9. RocksInMyHead

    Why Socialism?

    I don't think it's so much being taught as witnessing and experiencing it. It's been pointed out that the term "socialism" has been misused pretty egregiously in the past decade or two - any government aid program that benefits the poor tends to get labeled as such. When you change the...
  10. RocksInMyHead

    Why are school shootings a sole unique American problem?

    Note that I explicitly did NOT state that the 2nd amendment was moot - just the argument that because it states "shall not be infringed" we cannot place further restrictions on gun ownership. There are two ways to take this: first, as you have stated, that the 2nd amendment as a whole is moot...
  11. RocksInMyHead

    Why are school shootings a sole unique American problem?

    Not really, because certain infringements have been established as being constitutional. Background checks, special permits/tax stamps for particular kinds of weapons or accessories, the outright banning of certain arms, etc. Once you allow one infringement, the whole "shall not be infringed"...
  12. RocksInMyHead

    LAPD Issues Search Warrant for Reddit to Identify Who Leaked City Council Racist Remarks

    It's not clear that these comments were made in public. If they were, then I agree that recording them should be legal.
  13. RocksInMyHead

    Election 2022 Results

    And they get in trouble for it - fines, jail time, etc. Happened to the people who protested the Jim Crow laws too. Civil disobedience may be celebrated after the fact when used to protest unjust laws, but as long as the laws are on the book, it also means taking your lumps. And the...
  14. RocksInMyHead

    LAPD Issues Search Warrant for Reddit to Identify Who Leaked City Council Racist Remarks

    I'm torn on this one. I'm glad that someone had the integrity to call out this behavior - racism should not be tolerated. However, I'm also a firm believer in the right to privacy. Recording people without their consent in a private space is a problem, even if they're saying vile, hateful things.
  15. RocksInMyHead

    Why are school shootings a sole unique American problem?

    Ok. I AM a US citizen, and I'd like to discuss reasonable gun regulation (i.e. confiscation isn't on the table). @driewerf's list of potential restrictions is a decent starting point. I've also seen the Czech Republic's gun laws proposed as a model (they have a similar constitutional...
  16. RocksInMyHead

    Elon Musk prepared to ‘go to war’ with Apple over moderation demands

    I believe the point was that the current leadership of our government is made up entirely of Democrats (the political party that some like to accuse of pushing a socialist agenda), and yet the country has not become socialist. At the risk of going off-topic though, the United States is a...
  17. RocksInMyHead

    Sam Brinton caught stealing luggage at airport

    Based on what? The fact that you think being genderfluid is icky?
  18. RocksInMyHead

    Why do "Progressives" have the most taboos?

    Teachers tend to have more issues with illnesses given that they spend 8-10 hours in close proximity to 20-40 children who don't always do the best job of washing hands or covering their mouths when they cough. And while the effectiveness of the COVID vaccine is similar to that of the flu...