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Old 21 August 2017, 12:43 AM
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ganz- I liken the internet to fire. Incredibly useful, but potentially very dangerous.
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Old 21 August 2017, 12:44 AM
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Originally Posted by ganzfeld View Post
The Internet is quite obviously the greatest educational tool ever invented.
And simultaneously the worst: because without either some basic background info on the subject being learned and some training in judging sources, or a genuinely trustworthy and trusted teacher as a guide, it can be next to impossible to tell accurate info from inaccurate. And the inaccurate is all too easy to find.

ETA: mbravo, good analogy. -- I was going to say, except that fire's more essential; but the net's rapidly becoming close to inescapable, at least for humans.
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Old 21 August 2017, 01:19 AM
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Originally Posted by thorny locust View Post
smittykins, I'd be tempted to reply to that with a list of actual historical facts about that flag, winding up with "I'm posting this actual history in the hope of educating the ignorant."
That's the best possible response. Make sure to point out that each state that seceded, published a declaration announcing their reasons. All of them said Slavery.

Also don't leave out this quote from Alexander Stephens aka the vice president of the Confederacy:

Our new government is founded upon exactly the opposite ideas; its foundations are laid, its cornerstone rests, upon the great truth that the negro is not equal to the white man; that slavery, subordination to the superior race, is his natural and normal condition. This, our new government, is the first, in the history of the world, based upon this great physical, philosophical, and moral truth.
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Old 21 August 2017, 01:58 AM
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Now we have all the "you were offended by a statue so you took it down" memes. WTF. How do people think they got put up in the first place? God? No, some people decided to put them up, often by taking down whatever old stuff was there beforehand. Even if (g)you don't agree with the actual historical evidence that their motives were racist as all nfbsk, at the very least stop whining pathetically about another group pf people actually living in the same century making a decision to take them down. Talk about snowflakes. Sheesh. Places change. Get over it.
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Old 21 August 2017, 01:27 PM
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This thread sounds like a good place to post this article from Reason.

ETA: Link just in case there's a copyright issue:
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Old 21 August 2017, 01:33 PM
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For all my FB related complaints whenever I read this thread I realize how fortunate I am that my family and friends rarely share these kinds of memes. Sure sometimes the nostalgia related ones but never IIRC the political ones. Hopefully I haven't just jinxed myself .

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