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    Watching US TV live without VPN?

    I haven't used it in some years, but I used Hola unblocker as an extension on Google Chrome. It is a VPN(so is US TV Now), but it is free and very simple to use. It did not increase my latency substantially and I was able to stream U.S. television networks. I think using Opera's native VPN might...
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    Would you travel to Indonesia now? Should I stay, or should I go now...

    So vent. We all do it here. There's many threads devoted to frustrations with life in Indonesia. No one should take exception to you sharing your life experiences or complaining about the hassles of life in a metropolis like Jakarta. But do know that sharing an experience that is dissimilar...
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    Here we go again: Indonesian parliament considers alcohol ban.

    Recently, the state of Oregon passed a law to decriminalize hard drugs. This mimics Portland's extant decriminalization of hard drugs. Contrary to fantasy-based public policy, it has NOT decreased harm and has instead given government sanction to needle parks, "harm reduction" strategies, and...
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    Here we go again: Indonesian parliament considers alcohol ban.

    The highlighted portion is important to me, too. A parallel illicit market would require there to have been a robust lawful market. There isn't one. To be clear, I don't think that Indonesia is in a place where it could enforce the "public health initiative against alcohol" of my dreams. We're...
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    Here we go again: Indonesian parliament considers alcohol ban.

    Who is "they"? Indonesia is among the world's most abstemious countries. To be clear, very few of the indigenous people drink. There are some indigenous alcoholic beverages. The lion's share of people are not regular drinkers. A Prohibition-like ban in Indonesia would not create some serious...
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    Here we go again: Indonesian parliament considers alcohol ban.

    As Atlantis and others have ably noted there's little chance of this becoming law. Indonesian lawmakers are seeking to police public morality in this instance rather than protect public health. But that does not mean that an alcohol ban is unmerited. The WHO reports 3 million deaths globally...
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    Secular Indonesian groups warn govt to save democracy

    I'm a Muslim in the United States. I have witnessed first hand a number of tools deployed to halt the construction of new masajid, special restrictions placed on Muslim congregants but not congregants of other faiths, and acts of vandalism design to intimidate the local Muslim population. Most...
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    America on Fire

    Speaking also candidly on race in the United States, the other side of the family has a good bit more experience with racial stratification. I'd previously mentioned two free women of color as ancestors and the likelihood of enslaved persons further down the line. Another set of relatives took a...
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    America on Fire

    My great grandmother was an inveterate racist. As a child, she would tell me how mixed race children were the most beautiful children. However, I was also instructed that I could never marry outside my race and sire such children because I am white and doing so would some day eliminate the white...
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    America on Fire

    "White alone, not Hispanic or Latino, percent.... 60.4%" https://www.census.gov/quickfacts/fact/table/US/PST045219 Hispanics largely do not consider themselves white. Of that 60.4%, many if not most are older. The present of the United States is rapidly, very rapidly, becoming not white.
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    America on Fire

    Oh no. No, no, no. This movement requires a perfect adherence to select causes. One of those causes is gay rights, and most specifically trans rights. The left loves to eat itself. People who would otherwise be considered allies are roundly castigated for veering off from territory the true...
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    America on Fire

    I very consciously chose to reference the privilege of birth in a country like the United States because we've discussed this before. It's something that Americans who receive their citizenship from their parents are inured to. They don't spend time navel gazing on the impact of globalization...
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    America on Fire

    Critical race theory has its origins in academia. Its advocates have succeeded in suppressing criticism through mob rule on college campuses. Opposing viewpoints have been stifled. Now, it has extended its reach to all other cultural institutions. Those with a voice in the media or academe who...
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    America on Fire

    Whiteness is a sinking ship. Most white people have picked up on this, and a fair number of us are desperate to distance ourselves from whiteness. Others advocate for the language of critical race theory as a means of self-defense. We're excoriated for our perceived privilege yet powerless to...
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    America on Fire

    I grew up in the South. Confederate battle flags took a prominent place in public offices, at festivals, and even at Mardi Gras parades. I remember going to school and there would occasionally be a child with a Confederate battle flag shirt. Keep in mind, this wasn't the 1960s, it was 1980s and...

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