In a few years, can we replace Ryan with a totally different blond guy and act like everything is fine?
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@Sherban: FZ thinks only 3 variables matter? Sorry, but the notion that its gun laws (at least those commonly proffered) is easily disproven by history. Rebanning AW or limiting magazine sizes are feel good measures. WtFu indeed. Having the same laws doesn't bring the same results. There really aren't easy solutions unless you ignore secondary consequences.
Joe Biden is Walter Mitty. He is a good BS artist, but he is the last person I would want to head something like this. Though these dog and pony shows don't accomplish anything anyway. At least this one will end in nothing but feelings and awareness raising, instead of more mindless scapegoating.
And, as per usual, one group (NRA) responds to hysterical scapegoating by....scapegoating the next most popular target!
If they use this to make it more straightforward, less intimidating, and less expensive to have a rewarding PC gaming experience, then I am all for this. I think this is exactly what they are doing, btw.
I have a lot of friends who would dive into PC gaming if they wouldn't have to learn about hardware and drivers.
There are several reasons.
The first has already been mentioned, the crimes were harder to see. The footage of the Nazis made us all more aware of the stories. Many of the Jews escaping Hitler came to the US. Guess what those people wanted to talk/write/etc about?
The second is that China and the USSR were still allies in WW2, so our media gave them a bit of a pass. You could sum up what FDR and Churchill thought of Stalin as, "He is a murderous dictator, but he is our murderous dictator"
The third is that there are many who make excuses for communism, because in its early stages, it was intertwined with other strains of anticapitalism such as socialism. So the way many of those people see it, yes communism was bad, but its heart was in the right place.
Sorry to pick nits, but what you are referring to is not confirmation bias. Confirmation bias refers to someone accepting or remembering things that fit their previous attitudes/opinions, and rejecting/forgetting those that contradict them.
You can argue that what you are writing about is the problem that results when emotionally immature people with internet tough guy syndrome let confirmation bias get them all hot and bothered.
Everyone has some confirmation bias, otherwise each of us would change our minds constantly. It isn't good or bad, it just is. How we handle it is good or bad, however.
Like if you were to say KOTOR sucked, I would think you are an idiot, but that doesn't mean I should throw a hissy.