So a mob invaded the capitol building last week. That was interesting. Here’s what I find more interesting: the accusations of hypocrisy flying in every direction right now. I find them interesting because I have a heuristic that I try to employ whenever something drastic happens to someone on one side of an issue. Especially if it’s not a side I agree with. That is, I try to imagine how I would feel if myself or someone I agreed with had the same thing happen to them. With that in mind, let’s look at some of these accusations of hypocrisy. Here we see a liberal ‘take down’ of concerns about Trump’s Twitter ban. The question this begs is: Are liberals now ok with private companies refusing service to those they disagree with? Because last I checked, most were not. In this particular instance, we who find Trump revolting and dangerous are very happy that a private company gave him the boot. But my heuristic tells me to ask what would happen if Obama had been banned from Twitter?
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The first thing I did in 2021, even before getting out of bed, was to finish Hades. I deliberately took my time with this game, having spent 109.4 hours and 96 attempts. I tried to figure it out all on my own without guides or walkthroughs. Rogue-lites have been my favorite genre of videogame since I discovered Spelunky a decade ago, and it's cool to see how this little subgenre has developed. Many have said it, but I'll repeat it; Hades does everything right. It is >very< hard for a game to get me to care at all about its story/characters. Especially cartoon characters. But somehow they pulled it off. The pacing of the various systems’ introductions and expansions and combinations is truly a masterful work of design art. But I want to talk about one thing that struck me from a thematic perspective. And that is how the plot is speaking to a generation. Not my generation; but my kids. I read somewhere that something like half of young adults under 30 are living
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For whatever reason, instead of posting these as I wrote them, I just compiled them into one giant document that no one will ever read. But for the record, here's what I've been thinking about this year. 5/5/2020 I don't think the US has a higher proportion of conspiracy theory-minded people than Canada. But it DOES seem to have a higher proportion of personal-liberty-at-any-cost type people. So for these MY RIGHTS people, having a conspiracy theory available to ameliorate their conscience concerning the effect their actions have on others is just too perfect a pairing. I don't share my friend's contempt, but I am concerned about the phenomenon. Edit for clarity: I am not shaming people who have no way to pay their bills except for working. I'm saying you don't need a conspiracy theory to justify a return-to-work-sooner stance. Not being able to pay your bills is horrible. Everyone getting back to work and the resulting thousands of deaths is horrible. The