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CMV: I do not believe animal abuse should be illegal in any way shape or form. by The_designer12 in changemyview

[–]Omega037 [score hidden]  (0 children)

So would you be in favor of laws that say animal abuse which creates a risk to other people or creates an environmental danger should be illegal?

CMV: The "housing affordability crisis" is largely self-imposed via housing regulation and limited to a handful of metro areas, and zoning reform is the answer by Judicator01 in changemyview

[–]Omega037 [score hidden]  (0 children)

You don't think the lack of growth in real wages compared to the cost of housing has had a significant impact as well?

I live in the Midwest in an area where the cost of living is below the national average, yet there are still a lot of people having to live with their parents or families needing dual incomes to get by.

CMV: I do not believe animal abuse should be illegal in any way shape or form. by The_designer12 in changemyview

[–]Omega037 [score hidden]  (0 children)

Though I get your general point, your stated view of "any way shape or form" is too broad.

There are forms of abuse that could ultimately put other people in danger, especially if they make dangerous animals desperate and/or overly aggressive. There is also a potential environmental risk depending on the nature of what you are doing to them.

CMV: Gender is a construct, thus there is room for infinite genders. by optimus_nug in changemyview

[–]Omega037 [score hidden]  (0 children)

From an individual's perspective this is true; people can have as many and as complex constructs around basically anything they want.

From a societal perspective though, we generally agree on a set of shared constructs in order to facilitate understanding and interaction within society. These can change over time (and obviously have, recently), but will naturally be more limited out of the necessity for simplicity in society.

CMV: Western countries (or at least USA) have gone too far with war on racism, to the point where antiracist endevours are actually racist. by dysrhythmic in changemyview

[–]Omega037 [score hidden]  (0 children)

Basically what you're saying is the default is that whites can perfectly segregate as much as they wish and it has to be proven it's motivated by prejudice.

This sounds more like a legal argument than a moral judgement. There is no proof required as to whether something is racist or not, it either is based on prejudice or it isn't.

Because Martin Luther King fought for unity and not segregation. And now celebrating his influence, goals, and sacrifice by segregating is the same [excuse my french] as fucking for virginity.

Martin Luther King's goal was to eliminate prejudices based on race (as opposed to content of character). People would still have their racial identities, it just wouldn't really matter since we were ultimately all individuals.

Nobody (I think) gets mad when a German-American or Irish-American group has their own festivals or events on campus. That is because it is purely about identity, not prejudice.

There's nothing to gain from a segregating graduation ceremonies by race if our goal was to be united. It's counter productive.

People group them selves for all kinds of reasons. Trying to eliminate human's tendency to cluster together is foolish. This is a strong identity that these people share and care about. Allowing them to celebrate their identity without prejudice does not make the world a more racist place. In fact, it helps normalize racial identity as something that does not need to have prejudice attached to it.

To put it another way, the goal shouldn't be to pretend like different races don't exist, the goal should be to not care that they do.

Hiatal Hernia and Jogging by Esoxxie in GERD

[–]Omega037 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Why does your GP think long term PPI use is extremely dangerous? I've done a pretty deep dive into the medical research around them, and at best there is a very small elevation in the risk of certain cancers and neurological issues.

CMV: Western countries (or at least USA) have gone too far with war on racism, to the point where antiracist endevours are actually racist. by dysrhythmic in changemyview

[–]Omega037 [score hidden]  (0 children)

Depends on what you mean by "unequal treatment"?

Certainly if one race is treated differently based purely on their race, then that means you are applying a characteristic to that race (i.e., that they deserve a different treatment), and thus are being racist.

CMV: Western countries (or at least USA) have gone too far with war on racism, to the point where antiracist endevours are actually racist. by dysrhythmic in changemyview

[–]Omega037 [score hidden]  (0 children)

Again, it depends on why they are grouping.

The "Black Only" events are not grouping as such because they have a prejudice against other races. Being Black is part of their personal identity and they want to share this event with others of similar identity.

When you have a "White Only" event, it is usually (at least historically in the West) motivated by a prejudice against other races. Part of this reasoning is that as a majority, most Caucasians don't strongly identify as White, they either identify by a subgroup (usually nationality or religion) or not by a race/ethnic grouping at all.

However, when I lived in Japan for a couple years, the various foreigners in the area would sometimes get together and/or have events that were basically "White Only" or "Non-Japanese Only." Not because we all were prejudiced against Japanese people (why would we move there if we were), but because we simply identified together as foreigners.

Hiatal Hernia and Jogging by Esoxxie in GERD

[–]Omega037 0 points1 point  (0 children)

In the context of this discussion, I think “surgeons like to cut” is an apt point.

The top comment was wondering why everyone with a hernia doesn't immediately get surgery done. That is absolutely the mentality that a surgeon would have on the issue. That mentality is opposed by both my GP and gastroenterologist.

CMV: later in life Transgender people tend to be m2f, as opposed to f2m, so the m2f can have their cake and eat it too. by Brown_Sugar_Time in changemyview

[–]Omega037 [score hidden]  (0 children)

Your view seems to imply that this is an intentional act. That these people choose to hide who they are for decades to "get their cake" and then come out later to "eat it".

  1. Do you really think that this was their plan going into marriage?
  2. Do you really think that living a lie for most of your life is rewarding and enjoyable?
  3. Do you really think they enjoy hurting their families (who they love deeply, regardless of their gender)?

CMV: Western countries (or at least USA) have gone too far with war on racism, to the point where antiracist endevours are actually racist. by dysrhythmic in changemyview

[–]Omega037 [score hidden]  (0 children)

As I said, it depends on why they were grouping that way. People often group by race naturally, not out of an explicit belief that there is an issue with those from other races.

CMV: Western countries (or at least USA) have gone too far with war on racism, to the point where antiracist endevours are actually racist. by dysrhythmic in changemyview

[–]Omega037 [score hidden]  (0 children)

You may be confused as to what the definition of racism is.

Racism is when you generalize some characteristic to all members of a race, rather than as individuals. In other words, when you prejudge an individual based on their race.

Simply grouping people by a race is not racism, unless you are doing it due to some kind of prejudice (e.g., that race is more likely to be violent and therefore needs its own setting).

Hiatal Hernia and Jogging by Esoxxie in GERD

[–]Omega037 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Well, some of that may be that surgeons like to cut :P

Technically you are correct, the hernia itself will generally remain forever. What "healing" means in this sense is about getting to the point where the hernia is asymptomatic, at which point it doesn't really matter if you have one or not.

In particular, obesity creates a lot of abdominal pressure and weakens the muscles around the diaphragm, so losing a significant amount of weight (along with other lifestyle changes) can often reduce or even eliminate the symptoms.

CMV:The native people in Palestine are just like the native in the Americas and Australia. Forced onto a reservation by capitalist colonists. by TigerrLLily in changemyview

[–]Omega037 [score hidden]  (0 children)

Excuse me thats not history to me thats current event. Do you not specifically remember 9-11 being used as an excuse to attack Iraq? Do you not remember American people blaming Saddam after 9-11?

Bush's push for the war in Iraq was as part of a larger "War on Terror" against the "axis of evil", but was not specifically related to 9-11. Certainly, the feelings of vulnerability caused by being victims of a major terrorist attack played a role, but starting with the 2002 State of the Union, the government spent over a year making the case that Saddam was developing WMDs and needed to be stopped before he could use them.

That is the key here, the war was explicitly considered a preemptive action, not a retaliatory one like in Afghanistan.

I believe I can find VIDEO of Bush Jr. saying we have to get Saddam for 9-11..

Well, good luck finding such a video.

And sure Zionists are socialists, is Israel??

Zionists are literally the people who created and formed Israel. If the creators of Israel are socialist, then it invalidates your view that Israel was created as some capitalist ploy.

Even up until the 1970s, Israel remained fairly socialist. The vast majority of the workfore was employed by the government, industries were nationalized, trade unions and political parties were intermixed, and (on paper) everyone had health care, pensions, etc.

The country was also originally quite close with the Soviet Union. In fact, the Soviets were the first to legally recognize Israel after it declared independence and helped provide arms to fight the war against the Arabs after that declaration.

CMV: I think the premise of 13 Reasons Why is fundamentally selfish and unlikable by markichi in changemyview

[–]Omega037 [score hidden]  (0 children)

On the contrary, protest through suicide can be one of the most powerful mechanisms for change.

Photos of the Buddhist monk Thích Quảng Đức calmly burning himself to death in order to protest the South Vietnamese government lead to profound changes of opinion in the West about the Vietnam War.

Recently, the self-immolation of Mohamed Bouazizi kicked off the Tunisian revolution that ended a dictator's 23 years in power.

These men chose to use their deaths to make a statement that they could not make while alive.

CMV:The native people in Palestine are just like the native in the Americas and Australia. Forced onto a reservation by capitalist colonists. by TigerrLLily in changemyview

[–]Omega037 6 points7 points  (0 children)

I'm not sure you have a fair grasp of the history here.

They didn't use 9-11 as an excuse to invade Iraq, they used the belief that Saddam was developing WMDs and intended to use them. That belief turned out to be erroneous (in part because Saddam himself propagated the belief to keep Iran in check), but it was unrelated to 9-11.

Regardless, it is not central to my point. Please respond to my other two statements (which I am happy to provide sources for):

  1. Most Israelis at least partially descend from Jews of the Middle East (i.e., Mizrahi)
  2. Zionism was a primarily socialist movement.

If either of these are true, it falsifies at least some portion of your view.

CMV:The native people in Palestine are just like the native in the Americas and Australia. Forced onto a reservation by capitalist colonists. by TigerrLLily in changemyview

[–]Omega037 4 points5 points  (0 children)

We are talking about when Israel was created, not today. The formation of Israel clearly came from a highly socialist movement, not a capitalist one.

According to the well-sourced article of Wikipedia:

More than 50% of the Jewish population [of Israel] is of at least partial Mizrahi descent.

As for Iraq, I didn't mention it?

CMV:The native people in Palestine are just like the native in the Americas and Australia. Forced onto a reservation by capitalist colonists. by TigerrLLily in changemyview

[–]Omega037 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Israel was created by the US and Britain to be a capitalist stronghold in the Mideast.

A few points:

  1. Much of the original Zionist movement was actually very socialist, and their kibbutz are some of the best examples of Marxism actually working in the real world.
  2. Most Israelis are actually descendants of Jews expelled from Arab countries in the Middle East, not just Western transplants.
  3. Zionists spent decades subverting, fighting, and even killing the British in order to gain independence.
  4. Much of the political will supporting the creation of Israel came from a reaction to the events of the Holocaust (which happened just a few years before).

can't stop thinking I have colon/rectal cancer by xmystbladex in HealthAnxiety

[–]Omega037 0 points1 point  (0 children)

When things were getting really bad for me, I basically cut out almost everything and then added each food item back over time. Unfortunately, as a chronic condition there can be a kind of delay in response, so it can help to keep a food journal and look for patterns.

Certainly though, you should try to eat smaller, more frequent meals, chew thoroughly, drink a lot of water, and eat simple/healthy things. My diet is mostly turkey/chicken, leafy greens (e.g., broccoli) and non-starchy veggies (e.g., celery), some protein/vitamin shakes, and a limited amount of dairy.

As for the anxiety, seeing a therapist helped me a good amount. The key element was to learn to simply accept that I don't have control over the uncomfortable feelings, but that the feelings will pass eventually (like they always do). I also had to come to terms with the fact that the old me (who had an iron stomach and loved spicy food) was basically gone now, but that doesn't mean I can't improve things or find ways to be happy with life. Losing weight, eating healthy, exercising daily, and sleeping regularly have all made other things in my life better than before.

CMV: Celebrities, sports stars, and otherwise wealthy people who donate or help pay for things after a disaster isn't THAT impressive by nist7 in changemyview

[–]Omega037 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Whether you view it as a moral obligation or not, it certainly is not the current default action of people to give large amounts of charity to strangers. Thus they are praised for acting in a manner that is not just moral but unusual.

Would you say it is still not impressive if they did so anonymously, and therefore got no headlines or fanfare?

Please tear apart my CV by randombuzz in datascience

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