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  • Pictured is a popular bracket amongst American sports fans, where they fill out predictions for winning teams, each time the matchup winnowing down the remaining teams by removing the loser.

    This isn’t really much different than ranked-choice voting, except that ‘preference’ rather than ‘prediction’ is used.

    Despite this, some people insist that ranked choice voting couldn’t work in the US because it’s ‘too complex’ for American voters, many of whom yearly do this similar and much more expansive process for the sheer fun of it.


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    9 hours ago

    In the other thread, someone posted this lovely video of someone firing this exact gun.

    He’s clearly not some weedy kid firing a gun for the first time, but he’s visibly dreading the recoil. When he does fire it, it kicks up pretty high, and if he had a less firm grasp, he very well could have hit himself in the face with it (you hear of people breaking their noses or getting black eyes that way every once in a blue moon, firing a handgun they have no business handling). According to the description in the video, the guy later found out he got a stress fracture in his wrist.












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    18 hours ago

    So, a derringer is a small pistol, usually with two shots, made for close-range self-defense. Normally they use, well, pistol rounds, like a 9mm, which has like, 700 joules of energy or someshit like that. When you fire a lightweight gun, you definitely get some kickback from it, even with a pistol round.

    A 45-70 is a big-ass rifle round with something like 4000 joules of energy behind it. You uh, you put that in a little derringer and pull the trigger, both you and your target are gonna feel it.

    This also might help put it into perspective


  • Okay, one might note a whole other topic of discussion there, but the point remains, tribalism and heirarchy are the root of all prejudice, and they weren’t invented by Portuguese slave traders.

    That’s kind of what I’m getting at, man. Tribalism and hierarchy are related to racism, but calling all prejudices racism makes the term so broad as to be borderline useless. Racism, as we would recognize it, dates to the early modern period.











  • I’ll play the “Xeno-Scum!” screaming commissar as well as the medieval knight who thinks black people are naturally inferior.

    I get and agree with your overall point, but as a matter of petty pedantry (sorry) I have to point out that racism in that sense was pretty absent in the Medieval period, at least amongst Europeans, who saw Subsaharan Africans as more fascinating than inferior. “Black = Inferior” started developing with the slave trade in the 16th century, and didn’t really hit full speed until the start of the 18th century.

    History is funny like that. Not ha-ha funny, unfortunately.