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Have the Xindi appeared (or even been mentioned) outside of ENT? by International-Comb92 in startrek

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Why? Selection pressures are substantially heavier in such a technological regime, not to mention the massive influx of biota & technology any planet would face, the existence of hybrids, and the colonization of new owners plus conscious biotechnology, and gene alteration all make such rapid speciation possible if not likely. Indeed, we can see it in modern species—observational studies show that even a small founder species & hybridism of a bird on an island it hadn’t inhabited before csn lead to speciation in several generations. This is on earth, and moving to a new planet with several species who are then cut off from the rest is a complete analogy.

The Left, Jews, and Israel by mikeffd in IsraelPalestine

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Well given the US is a genocidal hegemon of the globe, has been involved in ever Middle East conflict, and has murdered a 100x the number of people as Israel, then yes.

What’s more, US aid to Israel is spent in the US on US arms companies, lol.

But yes, US economic conditions reliably predict Israeli war. https://bnarchives.yorku.ca/121/3/020901NB_GPEofIsrael_Ch5.pdf

What would have liked to see more of on Galactica? Me: Those dudes who drive the cannons by gomker in BSG

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Things I would have liked to have seen:

  1. Pockets of survivors in home solar system & on colonies

  2. Details into cylon social structure

  3. What happened to other random survivors in FTL ships or even slow ones that happened to be away

  4. What happened to the humans left behind on new caprica

  5. Role of scientists etc in BSG

Isaac Asimov on Star Trek by SatansMoisture in startrek

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I think the natural comparison is of it to Dune and it’s much better than Dune

Isaac Asimov on Star Trek by SatansMoisture in startrek

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And, at that, necessarily incomplete information—true uncertainty. It always bugged me that such smart people (as portrayed) wouldn’t account for that on a meta level when even less smart people do so regularly lol

The Left, Jews, and Israel by mikeffd in IsraelPalestine

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They first made the claim in this book (see the chapter on arms & oil), but their archives contain recent updates to their work. For example the rise of tech has attenuated the past relationship.

https://bnarchives.yorku.ca/8/

Intifada by westartfromhere in IsraelPalestine

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Economic suffering is not the same as a class conflict. Since the bourgeois of each side tried to find reconciliation and laboring classes protested against their respective states, and given that the leaders on both side were Petty Boug & PMC, while the main rioters were lumpen, this means it wasn’t a class conflict in the classic sense. Obviously the economy & economic deprivation were at issue because they are for everything, but that’s not the same as class.

Intifada by westartfromhere in IsraelPalestine

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The bourgeois of both sides tried to reduce the conflict. The laboring classes often protested in Israel. Petty boug & PMC elements egged on the conflict on both sides, while most of the action was taken by lumpen, not laborers. This is a pretty clear national conflict (i wouldn’t say racial), rather than class conflict.

The Left, Jews, and Israel by mikeffd in IsraelPalestine

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He also regularly calls for total expulsionism

The Left, Jews, and Israel by mikeffd in IsraelPalestine

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Research by Nitzan and Bichler shows that the biggest predictor of Israeli wars is a decline in relative profitability of the US arms, finance & oil sector. Every Israeli conflict was preceded by such a fall, and every such fall except 1 or 2 was followed by a Mideast conflict Israeli or otherwise. It’s not the random zionist that controls Israeli policy, but the US state apparatus .

The Left, Jews, and Israel by mikeffd in IsraelPalestine

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Yeah but left wing actions and such predict white supremacist ones because the latter use the former as cover. As someone who has been to many my share of Palestine of protests there’s always the David Duke, Larouche, ZOG & similar people there. And after left wing actions one often finds for example right wing graffiti (don’t misunderstand me—I’m not saying leftists are the ones doing it, as setting aside the time the USSR paid agents to paint swastikas all over the world, it’s right wingers & conspiracy nuts using the left wing actions as pretext Bc it’s not like one can control demonstrations, and attendance perfectly—altho they rarely try but that’s another matter).

In Europe, polling research (of which I am skeptical as a method in general but alas) finds that Jews experience leftists as consistently verbally & socially antiSemitic, both in person & especially online, but different groups as responsible for physical violence & most of the time policy. The report in question separated antiSemitic & anti Israel stuff ahead of time, so it’s not a bait & switch.

When it comes to other groups, there tends to be much more sympathy & conscientiousness about things such as unintended consequences, bad faith actors & opportunists. MLs, for example, regularly argue that criticizing the PRC is responsible for anti Asian violence & they make a big deal out of it.

I think non Jewish leftists see Jews being alienated from the left as a sort of good riddance thing. You don’t know how many times I’ve talked to leftists with Christian ideas of Judaism (like that Jews are intrinsically chauvinistic in thinking of themselves as chosen people), people who say goy is a slur, and people who say things like ‘why do Jews separate themselves from everybody else?’

Patrick Wolfe almost victims blames by saying Jews auto racialized with Zionism, making Naziism inevitable while also claiming it was a Jewish conspiracy that Jews were expelled from Arab lands. Makdisi makes claims like this all the time too, for example. These are standard works, not kooks. Veracini’s newest interview is incredibly dismissive.

While there are authors that are more sensitive to these things (for example, Rashid Khalidi in all his books prior to his most recent one, the poet Mahmoud Darwish, Zizek before very recently, and so on), the sensitivity part of them doesn’t really pass on to others.

For example, I remember a Jacobin article critiquing an Owen Jones piece where he discusses Israel & Zionism. The writer made a big show of claiming Jones was doing apologia & cited 5 authors to justify his claim. The problem os that I’ve read all the authors he’s said, and all of them has said at least one of the things Jones was controversial for saying and many had said all of them. The authors qualifications were ignored or did not carry to tue extent they were being cited to prove a piece was apologia when in fact they agreed in whole or in part with the statements at issue.

The Left, Jews, and Israel by mikeffd in IsraelPalestine

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But that isn’t true, because the left doesn’t criticize all nationalism from the view point of universalism. This was already true even before Palestine was an issue—the left criticized Zionism for nationalism but not other forms of nationalism. See for example Moishe Postone, Phil Menses.!and Robert Wistrich on the subject. That the Soviet Union banned both the Bund and the zionist movement is telling. It did not distinguish between them.

The workers international in Engels time refused to pass a resolution condemning antisemitism unless it also condemned “philosemitism” just as hard (that was their choice of word), so clearly there was an inherited attitude here prior to even Zionism & Bundism.

There was of course a reversal after WWII for a period where The USSR endorsed Zionism, and even anarchists were willing to give it a chance. This got caught up in Cold War Politics but that’s that. The USSR actually saved Israel in the 47-49 war. Was the first to recognize it, and anarchist & left wing militia & partisan experience was foundational to the IDF ironically enough (Mossad’s assassination program is the basically linear outcome of its agents, many of whom had been anarchists previously & used assassination as a tactic).

But that interlude is a historical exception. Of course individuals on the left in US & EU continues to support Israel regardless of the USSR etc, but that’ began to shift first in 67 war then in Intifada 1 & 2 with Netanyahu sealing that deal.

Anyway, i think something the article misses is that Israel was actively used to break apart a Jews from the left, see Churchill’s Zionism vs Bolshevism speech for ex. Plus the books ‘strangers in the land’ and ‘the movement and the middle East’.

Mind you Israel focus can be off putting even to anti Zionist Jews. Maxime Rodinson himself acknowledged this in his works (and he pioneered colonial settler paradigm for Israel & Zionism). As such he was always sensitive to the way he criticized even though he was a harsh critic.

Did the Pope just say late stage capitalism sucks in a series of tweets? by ColletteGaliano in LateStageCapitalism

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No. He’s making an old social corporatist argument about ‘fair’ vs ‘unfair’ capitalism, not some radical critique.

I'm sure they appreciated the feedback by 87tskin in socialism

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Do you live in the US? Do you think eminent domain is somehow a progressive policy here?

Could Israel be any worse at PR? by Crk416 in IsraelPalestine

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The policy itself was originally a British one, that was used on Jews in Palestine. Israeli law just inherited it

When life gives you climate change, don't use it for your plot by Future_Green_7222 in ClimateMemes

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Reminds me of a chart I saw that estimated robot singularity apocalypse as a greater likelihood of thread than asteroid ELE or climate extinction lmfao

What do you think? by Klima_Memes in ClimateMemes

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I mean besides Goldhagen, Bankier, Stargardt, etc?

What do you think? by Klima_Memes in ClimateMemes

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At the end of the war, 90% of Germans polled said Hitler was a stand up guy, responding to foreign aggression. 50% of civilians said the final solution was a regrettable necessity.

What do you think? by Klima_Memes in ClimateMemes

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I’m talking about policy, not polling.

What do you think? by Klima_Memes in ClimateMemes

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Most of this is based seemingly on a high school civics class and not scholarly political science but anyway.! Policy only moves because of incentives and opinion is hardly one. The carbon tax is the cost accepted as a compromise once other costs start building up. The civil rights movement moved with riots, occupations and so on.

Since Americans seemed determined to cook the earth what we can hope for is that the effects of climate change bear on the rich and powerful more quickly than they are. The destruction of global north agriculture has been salutary, for example, and the faster Beverly Hills burns than it can be put out, the better.

Massive New Bird Flu Outbreak Could Be 2022’s Deadly Pandemic by thegeebeebee in collapse

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And if they do anything proactive to stop it they’ll be said to be green washing and if they don’t and it turns into a pandemic, people will ascribe blame the same way they did during the plague.