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The Ugly Side of Populism

Commenter on a Metafilter discussion about Trump’s candidacy and electability.

“I think this is something the Left really misses. There seems to be this idea that the People are angry, and if we just awaken and empower the People, then we’ll get social justice and progress. What’s being forgotten is the ugly side of populism. An angry population may also go the other route, and embrace bigotry and hatred and control, and I think it’s already happening. People like Trump are the harbingers. Sure people are mad as hell and not going to take it anymore, but that might mean they lash out at the poor and non-white and non-straight and let people who say they have a plan to fix it all rule over them.”

Context and discussion: Donald Trump, possibly upsetting Fox News’ role in Republican politics

Illustration by Victor Juhasz from Matt Taibbi’s article in Rolling Stone

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Harry Potter Titles Rewritten For Hermione Granger

“Hermione Granger and Why Doesn’t Anyone Read Their Textbooks

Hermione Granger and Seriously Can’t Anyone Else Do Basic Research

Hermione Granger and Exceptional Time Management Skills

Hermione Granger and That Super Hot Bulgarian Dude

Hermione Granger and My Idiot Friend Happens to be Better Than Me at Something

Hermione Granger and My Idiot Friend Gets Schoolwork Advice from a Really Awful Source

Hermione Granger and For Real Would Any of this Ever Get Done Without Me”

Source: EditorialComplex comments on Pureblood Slytherin Hermione

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Weyland-Yutani Bioweapons Division’s Plans for the Xenomorph

From the ‘all things Aliens’ sub-reddit /r/LV426:

“Imagine that Weyland-Yutani has a military contract for a bioweapon that can wipe out a population in a very short amount of time. They provide a specialized military unit a clutch of eggs (now engineered), including a queen, and a civilian handler who works for the Company.

Now, there are these rebels on some assbackward planet who don’t like how Earth is exploiting them. So they’ve taken control of the planet and it’s only now, after months of self-governance (since it’s so bloody far away), that they’ve become complacent; they think that they’ve won. Within a month, they’re all dead.

The clutch of eggs was brought into the city using a compromised supply shipment. The eggs infected the a few dockworkers and flee underground to became a hive. The hive begins abducting people from the city until it reaches a critical mass, then it begins attacking in large, organized raids. Hundreds become new Warriors and Drones every day. One hive becomes several. The independent colonists fight back, but they have no military hardware; only construction tools and light arms. Soon, there is no one left. Lacking the presence of the pheromones live human emit into the air, the hives become dormant, as per the creature’s engineering. A week later, the hive self-terminates; the queen dies and all of her subjects; any remaining eggs self-abort.

The army shows up shortly thereafter with flamers and cleans up. There’s some acid damage here and there, but what would have taken months, massive amounts of munitions, and dozens of human lives is over in mere weeks. The only reason the Marines didn’t invade personally is because the orbital guns were taken intact and there are highly defensible bunkers.”

Full thread https://np.reddit.com/r/LV426/comments/3epj8t/so_what_happens_when_weylandyutani_finally/cth9u24?context=3

Image is a screencap from Alien Resurrection

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Three Ways Buddhists Reconcile War

From a Reddit thread asking: “How did Buddhist-majority nations reconcile state violence (wars and so on) with Buddhist precepts of non-violence? Did they bother to do so?” A Redditor who explored this topic for their undergrad responds:

“First, Buddhism, like other religions, is linked to cultural and national identity. Buddhists would fight in protection of their nationstate and what they perceive as the “keepers of the tradition”. They apply a larger-than-life mentality to the warfare. … This war is on behalf of the country, people, religion, region, and motherland. It would be negative karma to shoot one’s neighbor over a land conflict, but the intention here is a good one.

“Second, there are attempts to de-humanize the opponents. This is very similar to Christian and Islamic justification of violence. Opponents are represented as possessed by demons, thereby transforming the violence from a mortal to a sanctified action. …

Third, karmic sacrifice. This is a classic case of multiple interpretations of (somewhat) ambiguous theology. Some individuals are considered such sinful beings, that they will only commit more crimes the longer they live. Killing these individuals can be considered a heroic act, because the killer will sacrifice his own karma in order to prevent the victim from committing more crimes and going to hell.

“Lastly, on a more personal note (hope that’s allowed) there are some understandable misconceptions about Buddhism. (these same misconceptions incited my initial question for the aforementioned paper). Buddhism has many forms. And the majority of those forms has aspects similar to other religions. Please don’t believe that “Buddhism is more a philosophy than a religion”. Many forms of buddhism have gods, demons, heaven, hell, prayer for help, and rituals with magic properties. Therefore, evil and violence toward perceived evil is not at all uncommon among buddhists. If someone tells you that that is not real Buddhism, that would be a theological belief, not a statement supported by scholars.”

Full discussions https://www.reddit.com/r/AskHistorians/comments/3eg3w5/how_did_buddhistmajority_nations_reconcile_state/cteugq8

Image from Ali Express.

“Hitting is easy, parenting is hard.”

From a Reddit thread on parenting tips

“As a child who “turned out fine”, I will say this: I will never spank a child of mine.

My parents spanked me, and I turned out fine. In spite of years of humiliation, in spite of effectively being conditioned to cry at my parents anger, in spite of utterly fearing my parents.
My parents spanked me because they thought they were right. My parents spanked me because they were angry and needed to feel better about the situation. My parents spanked me not because it was the right response to my misbehavior, but because they needed to feel like they had control over the situation.

There is no reason for a grown adult human being to strike a tiny defenseless one except in the case of an immediate threat to the child (slapping a hand away from a hot stove or fire). Children are so small. You are their only caretaker in this world. The one person they are supposed to be able to rely on. And you hit them.

If you, an adult human being who made the decision to have a child, cannot think of a better, more creative and less abusive punishment than hitting, then shame on you. Hitting is easy, parenting is hard.”

Source: What are some common mistakes that parents make,… • /r/AskReddit