This is the Quality Contributions Roundup. It showcases interesting and well-written comments and posts from the period covered. If you want to get an idea of what this community is about or how we want you to participate, look no further (except the rules maybe--those might be important too).
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These are mostly chronologically ordered, but I have in some cases tried to cluster comments by topic so if there is something you are looking for (or trying to avoid), this might be helpful.
Quality Contributions in the Main Motte
- "How do we make it worth rooting for the Pacers if the Pacers are as likely as not to never win a championship in your conscious lifetime as a fan? By creating things the Pacers can win."
- "If by 'civil rights movement' you just mean Martin Luther King, Jr., then sure, I can drop the 'so-called.'"
- "Most of us go through our lives quietly toiling away at doing the right thing, not expecting or receiving any special praise for doing so."
- "You can't retvrn to anything without going back to seasonal produce, so what are your favourite homemade preserves?"
Contributions for the week of October 2, 2023
- "Anyway, this isn't meant to be an impassioned defense of SBF, more like my continuing fascination and horror at this alien thing we call modern business."
- "I think it's difficult to understate just how important the effect of Stalin's takeover the Soviet Union had on American/European Marxist circles."
- "The relationship between McCarthyism and The Crucible is more complex than this, in a way which explains why 1950's anti-communism is as thoroughly discredited as it is."
Contributions for the week of October 9, 2023
- "While the YIMBYs didn't get everything they wanted, they got a lot of it, and they are very happy."
- "Overall, I think it's fair to say that the No campaign's 'misinformation' largely wasn't any such thing*, although as I noted there were crazies who said false things."
Contributions for the week of October 16, 2023
- "In culture war-ish political shifts from Eastern Europe, Poland's opposition looks to have overcome the PIS, meaning that the sometimes notorious Euro-skeptic right-wing government will likely be replaced by a more EU-phile coalition."
- "The government of Quebec will cut funding for out-of-province students to study at English language universities in Quebec."
- "They were dismayed that my school was teaching me that the French had been subjugated, but as far as I can tell, it was true."
- "I normally don't care to comment on Trump stuff, but I don't like the massive gaslighting that it feels like we all went through during 2020."
- "Much has been written in this space about inassimilable minorities, but no one talks about the one I've been Noticing."
Contributions for the week of October 23, 2023
- "We don't have exact numbers about 'engagement' but as far as I can tell Twitter remains the haven for the journalistic class, despite their grumblings and promises to evacuate to bluesky/threads/mastodon."
- "Most people totally immersed in the mores of the sexual revolution will never be able to entertain the notion that those mores harmed them."
- "What us religious zealot bigots opposed was embryonic stem cell research. Adult stem cells and other means of deriving stem cells, such as from umbilical cords? No problem."
- "It can warp your wishful thinking as easily as comforting your broken heart. At high enough doses, it’s poison."
Contributions for the week of October 30, 2023
- "Unless there is some significant increase in productivity to drive prices back down, people are still having to pay more for goods and services than they did previously; their money is worth less and they are poorer now than they were previously."
Some People Did Something (Israel Edition)
- "If the escalation continues, I think the Israeli politics will change beyond recognition in the near future."
- "If Israel were to follow the post-war moral paradigm which has been forced upon Europe and the Western World, it would have long ago advocated a single-state solution with full equal political rights afforded to the Palestinians..."
- "What if it truly is the case that upwards of 80% of Gazans really do hate the idea of Israel existing at all so much that they don't mind giving up things like running water to hit back at them somehow?"
- "To investigate, I started with the Red Cross's articles: 'Access for Humanitarian Relief to Civilians in Need' and 'Starvation as a Method of Warfare'"
- "Kinoite's Strategic Plan: A Legal War and a Heartless Peace"
- "But at some point if there is to be a real long lasting peace deal (and that is by no means certain), then at some point in the future Israelis are going to have to get past the deaths that occurred at the weekend and Palestinians will have to get past the deaths happening now."
- "Discussing 'a non-proportionate response to the Oct 7 incident' sounds like nonsense, because the Oct 7 started a war, not a 'response'."