Achieve the Four Modernizations.

Dec 1 NateMan commented on Self-Checkout Machines Don't Talk Black.
Are you suggesting Black Americans are a monoculture who all use the same Black English? Because I don't think that's true. I'd also note there's no option for Asian English, Southern English, or the mixture of Spanish/English that many Puerto Rican and naturalized Central and South American citizens use.

Automated checkout machines aren't there to be your friend or make you feel comfortable. They exist to communicate as clearly and quickly as possible, which means not taking the time to parse not only languages but dialects and accents.
Oct 28 NateMan commented on White Men Do Not Like Public Transportation.
"You can't have it both ways. Public transportation is only meaningful in dense locations."

Tell that to areas like Western Massachusetts, where the PVTA provides free busing to five different colleges and at least half a dozen different suburban and rural towns.
Aug 7 NateMan commented on Offered Without Comment.
@8: 1980s even, although to a lesser extent. They still ran good hunter's safety courses even then. Now of course they're shittier than ever.
Jul 10 NateMan commented on Video of Oscar Perez Giron's Fatal Confrontation With Police at Sodo Light Rail Station.
Cops shoot people (particularly people of color) and pets for absurd reasons quite often. I don't deny that. I also don't trust cops, and more often than not think they're to blame. But this isn't one of those cases. I'm sorry for the kid and his family, but he made a stupid decision. Pull a gun on the cops and odds are really good you're going to die, and in this particular case it's no one's fault but his own.
Jun 11 NateMan commented on Abortion: Won't Someone Please Think of the Men?.
As the father of a 3yr old little girl, and the creator of an aborted fetus, I'm VERY glad both my ex-wife and my current wife had the right to choose whether or not they wanted to have a child. And I'm very glad (and hopeful) my daughter will have that choice as well.
May 23 NateMan commented on Chilean Outlaw-Activist Burns $500 Million of Student Debt.
Yeah, that won't happen. Backup tapes, drives, etc. sit in places like Iron Mountain for a reason.
Apr 9 NateMan commented on NCAA Division 1 Basketball Player Comes Out as Gay.
Awesome for this kid, and Umass is hugely supportive. Nice to see.
Mar 10 NateMan commented on Zimmerman Signed Autographs at a Florida Gun Show.
There's no stupidity on the part of the organizers. They got attention, just like they wanted. And the bulk of people who went to the show probably still think Zimmerman was in the right. The fact that they're all wrong doesn't preclude the success of a stunt like this.
Feb 27 NateMan commented on Imploring Bi People to Come Out is Biphobic.
Disadvantaged. Sorry.
Feb 27 NateMan commented on Imploring Bi People to Come Out is Biphobic.
Raku is right. Any time someone of a different gender/creed/color/sexuality tells you that you're doing something wrong in your work as an ally, you are. No matter how many people of the same persuasion tell you you're doing something right.

Of course the problem arises when a person of one disadvantages group - let's say a poor black woman - tells you one thing and another person of a different diadvantaged group - let's say a physically disabled Latino - tells you something different. Those situations can only be settled in a steel-cage deathmatch involving farm implements.

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