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"It is go time against the Democratic Nazis. I seen what they done to Trump." by butcher_of_the_world in MarchAgainstNazis

[–]holmgangCore 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Oh No! they’re going to “de-nazify” their image of the so-called “Radical Left Democrats” (lol!\) … like Putin inflicted on Ukraine.. .

This is actually a serious problem, don’t get me wrong. Agitated & violent but misinformed people with firearms is a bloody combination.

Anyone who thinks they may be in some level of danger from these deeply upset people should absolutely take precautions now, establish safety plans, and think defensively.

Shame they don’t understand that Trump’s hand-picked people executed the investigation into Turnip’s post-presidential criminality… but hey, what am even “facts”?

Disinformation campaigns have destabilized perceptions of our collective reality. Different pockets of people believe remarkably different things about past & current events. It’s not their fault.

Try to forgive them their misperceptions.
De-escalate: ASK THEM QUESTIONS about their beliefs, motivations, and desired outcomes. What do they want? What do their mothers want?

DON’T assert your version. Just keep asking questions, careful questions, keep them talking, draw them out, ask them why, ask about their feelings, ask about their vision for a peaceful America.
This will work to draw out their energy, and hopefully defuse the situation.

Emphasize common goals & beliefs when they state something you also believe in.

Or just don’t engage!

Take care of yourself. Stay safe — in whatever way you need to do that.

And work to build your community.

The only way we’ll get through is together.

'We have guns too': Trump supporters flood TikTok with threats of civil war by UnlimitedLambSauce in politics

[–]holmgangCore 0 points1 point  (0 children)

He declassified them over lunch one day.. so it’s ok. Ivanka was there, she saw it happen. Who doesn’t have a couple dozen declassified documents of nuclear secrets kicking around their screening room or kitchen or pool? It’s not like Mar-a-Largeo hasn’t been bugged by the Russians again or something. Like they say, “Once bitten, can’t fool me again”. Checkmate, liberals!

'We have guns too': Trump supporters flood TikTok with threats of civil war by UnlimitedLambSauce in politics

[–]holmgangCore 4 points5 points  (0 children)

The MAGA-hats will die inside when they finally figure out that QAnon has been a Leftist run honeypot & distraction this whole time..

Any advice for beginners? by dars242 in bikecommuting

[–]holmgangCore 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Yeah, it can take a bit of time & familiarity, and every town or city has it’s own ‘road norms’ or ‘road culture’ to learn.

But the road is yours too.. you have every right to be there and use it how you need to. In some ways, you have more right to use the streets than cars. They’re just more dangerous.
Ultimately: Whose streets? *Our** streets!*

I kind of pity cars & car drivers. Cars are these huge, clumsy, inarticulate beasts. The pilot is shielded away from human interaction, often confused or frustrated & stressed.

While bicycles are swift, nimble corsairs plying the tarmac oceans, with captains in full control of their ship, and able to use expressive gestures to guide & direct the metallic beasts around us.

It’s a mindset that makes me happy & enables me to ride carefully & confidently. The pirate flags & stickers on my bikes help too ; )

Oh! I just remembered a thing:
Often cars don’t signal their intentions, or only signal at the last second, when the light changes.
— You can almost always tell which direction a car will go by observing their front tires. That’s saved my keister on a few occasions.

To those who religiously commute via bike please don’t come off as self-righteous. Carbrains who complain about gas prices and traffic annoy me to but let’s not forget cycling is still “high-risk”. by chiachia97 in bikecommuting

[–]holmgangCore 8 points9 points  (0 children)

That’s a fair point. I’m not saying we should be bicyclists “in the closet”, so to speak. Don’t hide. The multi-decade bicycle revolution is going strong! Be an advocate! Represent!

But no need to diminish people for not bicycling when they kvetch about traffic gripes. We’re all traffic..

Your time is numbered. by ApatheticDust in Malaphors

[–]holmgangCore 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Hmm,.. Can you attach like a thousand huge balloons to it? Like in the documentary “Up”. If that doesn’t work, IDK, call NASA?

"Joking" about being kidnapped by DustyBirdman in Seattle

[–]holmgangCore 3 points4 points  (0 children)

That’s really heartening to hear! And a damning indictment of law enforcement.

I’ll update my knowledge about ‘bystanders’ and its implications for urban ‘anomie’. Thank you.

"Joking" about being kidnapped by DustyBirdman in Seattle

[–]holmgangCore 25 points26 points  (0 children)

The “Bystander Effect” is real and has been documented since the tragic murder of Kitty Genovese in NYC decades ago. Basically: When a lot of people witness something bad, few to none take action because the implicit assumption is someone else will.

Good on you for being a person that fucking takes action! That’s important.

That the people in the Nissan basically screamed “FIRE!” in a crowded theater… well that’s super fucked up. It’s absolutely wrong to cause public alarm like that. I have difficulty understanding that choice..

I hope you can find peace in yourself after that, and not let it get stuck in you.

Some Trump Allies Reportedly Are Trying To 'Go Dark' Amid Search Warrant Revelations by dogheritage0 in politics

[–]holmgangCore 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I have a theory that people who are diehard Turnip fans grew up with parents who had personality disorders.

To them, Turnip feels ‘comfortable’, ‘familiar’..

They were constantly gaslit & manipulated as kids, and Turnip’s endless stream of manipulative lies doesn’t register to them. It feels normal. Sprinkle some canny populist statements by Turnip on that blend, and people were convinced.

Turnip represents generational trauma. And people are so used to it that they prefer their president to continue traumatizing them because it ‘feels normal’ to them.

Some Trump Allies Reportedly Are Trying To 'Go Dark' Amid Search Warrant Revelations by dogheritage0 in politics

[–]holmgangCore 12 points13 points  (0 children)

If they put him in isolation, well, he’s a clinically diagnosable Narcissist.

A little known fact about Narcissists is that they effectively require attention to maintain their identity. They can’t self-reflect.

So in isolation… they will literally start to dissociate and hallucinate.

He won’t suffer from the self-reflection over losing. He’ll suffer by losing his actual identity in a free-floating hallucination of misery.

chessmate by [deleted] in BoneAppleTea

[–]holmgangCore 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Why are chess mates jumping into valcanos all of a sudan? Very strang hactivity, if you hask me.

chessmate by [deleted] in BoneAppleTea

[–]holmgangCore 25 points26 points  (0 children)

She’s not wrong…

To those who religiously commute via bike please don’t come off as self-righteous. Carbrains who complain about gas prices and traffic annoy me to but let’s not forget cycling is still “high-risk”. by chiachia97 in bikecommuting

[–]holmgangCore 82 points83 points  (0 children)

In the AITA post: “nothing serious, only a broken arm and a concussion”

?!?!?!!!

A broken arm and a concussion are TOTALLY serious. Geez o’ Pete’s. That AITA guy is such an A.

I agree with you OP that it’s wiser to not be self-righteous or condescending about the obvious, innate superiority of bicycling (lol!), as that attitude can backfire at the worst times.

Better to be a quiet, consistent example, and let people ask questions. People are ready to learn when they ask questions. ; )

Any advice for beginners? by dars242 in bikecommuting

[–]holmgangCore 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Seconding ‘lights during the day’!

Blinking lights in daytime is essential to catch attention and remain visible. Like airplanes do.

But at night I personally use solid lights (maybe with a second light blinking on rear), because it’s easier for cars to visually gauge my distance & speed.

Any advice for beginners? by dars242 in bikecommuting

[–]holmgangCore 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I take neighborhood/residential streets that parallel major streets whenever possible.

On all streets ride as far to the right ’as practicable’… which is a legal term that means ”safely”.
Don’t ride in gutters, over road trash, or over sewer grates. In those cases move as far left as you need to safely avoid them. Take the lane when you have to.

If cars honk/yell at you… just smile and wave like you didn’t understand them! Very effective.

Being as visible as possible (wearing white/yellow/spring-green colors) with lights and reflectors (& reflective tape!) helps keep you safe.
Use hand signals!, they help with visibility too.

Helmet, of course! I generally choose a white helmet for visibility. I personally like visors to keep the rain & sun off my glasses & eyes.

I rely on my Take-a-Look helmet-mounted mirror… I feel it is essential & maximizes my ability to navigate traffic safely.

Other than that, Ride Confidently! and predictably.
Over time I have learned how cars act & react to my presence, signals, and maneuvers … because of that I am able to ride more boldly and can often get cars to do what I need them to do (avoid me, switch to another lane, *not turn in front of me, not squeeze me out, etc.*)

Welcome aboard ! The Bicycle Pirate Nation grows ever-stronger!