Perfectly sums up the lesson the vast majority of people on the left end of the political spectrum in english speaking countries desperately need to learn.

I have to say, as much as I despise trump I have to give him credit for doing one very important thing. He has lowered taxes for everyone. While i may not agree with how he redistributes the money I absolutely agree with lowering taxes on all brackets.

Die Lösung, wie von mir schon wiederholt empfohlen: Ganz unterschiedliche #Informationsquellen nutzen --> #MainstreamMedien UND #AlternativMedien. Nur so kann man sich der Wahrheit gut annähern.

(Picture shows lots of blood) This is what just "happened" to the conservative member of parliament Frank Magnitz. Thanks #Antifa. Show more

The longer I've followed the news, the more of it reads like nonsense to me. It's mostly just a heap of non-newsworthy stuff presented as if it actually matters.

It's the same with political debate, really. It doesn't really matter what arguments are presented, because I've heard most of them before, and they didn't convince me the first time either.

When you boil down politics to its essentials, it's all just a big game of justifying various feelings. You present an argument, but it's just a decoy for your true feelings. Defeating the decoy doesn't change those feelings; it merely forces the person to find a new decoy argument for the same feelings that didn't go away. The only way of resolving such conflicts is to vote according to your conviction, or if that isn't enough for you, go to war over it.

In my opinion, personal experiences can change political convictions. If you're anti-gay, discovering that your beloved son is gay might trigger a change of heart. If you can't stand black people, positive experiences with black people might make you feel otherwise. Living in a properly functioning social democracy might make you change your views on socialism.

Arguing on the Internet is usually a rather futile exercise. When I share things on here, they're more like conclusions than the beginning of a debate. I have reached that stage of life where I'm fairly settled, perhaps even a bit stubborn, in my ways.
Wenn es um versteckte Einschränkung der #Meinungsfreiheit geht, dass reagiere ich hoch empfindlich. Und wenn auch ein Boris #Reitschuster den #Migrationspakt so einschätzt, dann hat das viel Gewicht. https://twitter.com/reitschuster/status/1058321576033247232

The longer I live, the more I think that people believe what they decide they want to believe, defend what they want to defend, and repudiate what they want to repudiate, and the reason is always some ulterior motive under the surface (even if the motive is tribalism), and has little to do with trying to get at any actual reality. No one is interested in expanding their view of reality beyond that which they are already aware of.

Fascinating. The majority in both parties want their party to move away from the left.

Not in the graphics but significant in these stats: 50% of Democrats identifying as liberal (a big increase in the last decade) , 70% of Republicans identifying as conservative (a fairly stable percent for the last decade and more) .
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Democrats Favor More Moderate Party; GOP, More Conservative

Given a choice, rank-and-file Democrats would prefer that their party shift to the center rather than the left, while Republicans favor a more conservative than moderate GOP.

news.gallup.com/poll/245462/de

“So, I turn to all of our elected leaders, because hate doesn’t know a political party. I turn to them to say tone down the hate. Speak words of love. Speak words of decency and of respect.”

faithwire.com/2018/10/30/rabbi

Wer findet die schönsten Datensch(m)utz-Erklärungen? Hier ein Ausschnitt von saschalobo.com:

"Ich binde die Schriftarten („Google Fonts“) des Anbieters Google [...] ein. Das ist aus meiner Sicht zwingend erforderlich, um mit angemessenen Investitionen [...]. Und meine Güte, hat Google nicht ohnehin schon alle Daten von Ihnen? Sie verwenden doch auch ein Android-Handy, vermutlich einen Chrome-Browser, und dann finden Sie Google-Fonts ernsthaft problematisch? [...]"

This is interesting.

‘Asked to think like a liberal, conservatives answered moral questions just as the liberal would answer them, but liberal students were unable to do the reverse. Rather, they seemed to put moral ideas into the mouths of conservatives that they don’t hold.’

quillette.com/2018/03/10/psych

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QOTO Mastodon

Welcome to the QOTO instance

QOTO: Question Others, Teach Others

A Mastodon instance for scholars in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) and all yearning to learn.

A free speech space. No censorship here.
We do not silence or block any instances.


Unique Features
  • Inline math Latex support - Use \ ( and \ ) for inline LaTeX, and \ [ and \ ] for display mode.
  • 65,535 character limit for toots (usually 500)
  • 65,535 character limit for profile bio (usually 160)
  • Full text searches - usually you can only search hashtags and usernames
  • Halcyon / Twitter clone front-end - Want the interface to look exactly like the Twitter interface? After you signed up just go here to login: https://halcyon.qoto.org.
  • PeerTube - We host our own PeerTube server with open registration for up to 100MB, but all of our active users get unlimited quotas. Sign up here: https://video.qoto.org.
  • Professionally hosted with nightly backups
  • light modern theme with full width columns (not fixed)
  • Several extra themes - including mastodon default and mastodon default with full width columns (not fixed)

Message to New Members

Welcome to the Qoto Mastodon instance, its like twitter but better!

Please don't hesitate to Direct Message me or tag me in Toots (what we call tweets here) if you have any questions or even if you just want to chat.

If you are new to Mastodon you may want to check out this official getting started guide: https://github.com/tootsuite/documentation/blob/master/Using-Mastodon/User-guide.md

We are a free speech, no censorship zone. Feel free to talk about whatever you want, say whatever you want, as long as it is legal you wont ever get banned from the server. With that said we do have a few rules: No spam, and no using multiple accounts to circumvent personal bans.

This server isnt a typical mastodon server either. I have personally modified the code on this server to give it several unique features you wont find on other servers.

If you are new to Mastodon here is some useful info.

First off, if your coming from Twitter and you'd prefer an interface that looks exactly like twitter, then just go here and login with your Qoto credential: https://halcyon.qoto.org/ No need to create an account there, your account on this server will work just fine. Just enter your username in the following format @[username]@qoto.org so for me it would be @freemo But personally I think our default skin here is way better.

Basically Mastodon is a decentralized twitter. That means anyone can run a server (like Qoto) that people can sign up to and use just like twitter. The unique part is how the servers talk to each other.

If you want to tag someone on the same server as you then you can just do @user however if you want to specify someone on a different server you can do @user@server. If someone follows you or mentions you on any server on the internet you'll get notified right here. So my full tag is @freemo@qoto.org.

So now a bit about the timelines, there are three (unlike twitter there is just one): Home, Local, Federated.

The Home timeline is just like what you'd expect on twitter, that is, everyone you are following.

The local timeline is any post made by anyone on your local server.

The federated timeline is what is cool. It combines the timeline of everyone on the server into one. This way you can see the posts of everyone that is followed by anyone on the server (assuming the post is public). So this timeline is a close representation of everyone on the internet who has Mastadon (though not really). Moreover we have a bot here that goes around and federates with everyone it can find, so our Federated Feed is rather robust covering thousands of instances.

Only other thing that is unique is listed vs unlisted posts. You have normal privacy settings like on twitter but you also can set a post to be listed or unlisted. If it is listed it acts just as i described. If it is unlisted then it acts just as a normal tweet would but it doesnt show up on local or federated timelines anywhere.

Also this goes without saying, but don't be racist, sexist, hateful, and don't harass people. Its a pretty shitty thing to do, don't be shitty!

The following is the list of QOTO administrators/moderators.
  • @freemo@qoto.org
  • @absolutus@qoto.org
  • @arteteco@qoto.org
  • @Surasanji@qoto.org
  • @hashtaggrammar@qoto.org
Note: The account @QOTO@qoto.org listed as the administrator is NOT an actively monitored account. It was selected so as not to show favoritism among our moderator group, we are a democracy and even our administrators and moderators are held to the same high standards of decency as the rest of the community.

***We will never advertise on QOTO or sell your information to third-parties***