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Hey look, another SLOG filler post from a stringer. That totally isn't clickbait, guys, and if you think about it does "clickbait" really mean anything at all.
commented on Why Eating Bones Lead Me to Marxism
Not to mention decimation of populations.
When Charles tells you the Bantu displaced the San, he is not talking about a small-scale local displacement, nor a peaceful one.
If anything, "displace" is a misleading term here; what the Bantu did throughout the subcontinent was not so much move the Khoisan into their desert reservation, but rather simply conquer them
, leaving only pockets of refugees remaining in marginal environments.
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For some strange reason, the only people who claim they don't understand what "clickbait" means are the people producing clickbait.
commented on Mayor Ed Murray Wants to Ban Smoking in Parks, and the City Says There's Nothing Unfair About That
Nudity is illegal in public parks. Building campfires (outside fire pits) is illegal in public parks. Sleeping in a tent is illegal in public parks. Having (mostly clothed) sex is illegal in a public park. Parking your car on the grass is illegal in public parks. Peeing behind a tree is illegal in a public park.
None of these things do any harm to other people in the park, yet we (as a society) have decided that these are all things that people visiting a public park should not have to "just deal with."
Whether you personally like it or not, quite a lot of the laws governing behavior in public spaces have nothing to do with health or safety, and are based entirely on what we (as a society) consider proper or improper public behavior.
We do legislate morality. You can argue that we shouldn't, and thus that all those things I mentioned in the first paragraph ought to be legal in a public park, but you can't argue that a new law legislating public conduct doesn't belong in our society simply because its moral basis is neither empiricism nor utilitarianism.