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DarkGamer, in A Jewish professor at USC criticized Hamas while confronting pro-Palestinian students. He's now barred from campus
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The economics professor’s interactions with students that day ended with the 72-year-old Strauss, who is Jewish, declaring: “Hamas are murderers. That’s all they are. Every one should be killed, and I hope they all are killed.” ...
Within the week, a petition demanding that USC fire Strauss for his “racist, xenophobic behavior” and comments that “promote and incite violence” had collected more than 6,500 signatures. ...
Hussam Ayloush, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations in Los Angeles, called for USC to launch an investigation into Strauss and to take actions to protect “Muslim, Palestinian and Arab students as well as any others who are targeted by hate and bigotry.”

"Hamas," is a race now? Promoting and inciting violence against Hamas, a known terrorist organization, offends these students? Perhaps his dislike of Hamas has more to do with their tendency to murder, rape, kidnap, and assault civilians rather than a fear of foreigners, (xenophobia.)

Those conflating Hamas with Palestinians, Muslims, and Arabs in general do their cause no favors.

bl4ckblooc,

Judging by the rest of the article, I think the professor is also conflating Hamas for Palestine, although for different reasons.

DarkGamer,
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How so? Editing the clip to remove the part where he said, "Hamas," wasn't done by Professor Strauss:

as the clip circulated online, it was at times trimmed to a few seconds of Strauss uttering, “Every one should be killed.”

It seems like the pro-Palestinian student groups and online trolls are doing everything possible to vilify him with scant evidence.

bl4ckblooc,

Because what he interrupted has nothing to Jo with Hamas. It was a memorial for Palestinians who had been murdered.

It seems like pro-Israel groups and online trolls are doing everything they can to equate all Palestinians to Hamas.

DarkGamer,
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Because what he interrupted has nothing to Jo with Hamas. It was a memorial for Palestinians who had been murdered.

It has a lot to do with Hamas! This war is to depose Hamas, and these anti-war protesters want a cease fire now, i.e., before that happens. It's in the same sentence where they mention the memorial, interesting that you omitted it.

Then there's this:

He got closer and said he saw “that it was a big Palestinian demonstration.” He told The Times that he heard slogans such as “Destroy Israel” and calls for the U.S. to revoke funding for Israel. (Students dispute that “destroy Israel” was ever uttered at the demonstration.)
“That’s what I heard and I got angry,” said Strauss, who has worked at USC since 2004 and has tenure. “I am Jewish and very pro-Israel, so I shouted, ‘Israel forever. Hamas are murderers.’”
The demonstration was part of a national “Shut It Down for Palestine” action and included a student walkout from class, a march through campus and a rally where some students chanted, “From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free,” a phrase that is viewed as either a call for Palestinians to have equality or a call for the destruction of Israel, depending on the listener.

Yet you're pretending that he objected to a memorial. Seems like you're arguing in bad faith.

bl4ckblooc,

He literally walked over a memorial for Palestinians that were killed in the recent bombings. Completely disregarding that is disingenuous.

This is literally the same argument I see anti-Palestinian posters (yes, this is going over being pro-Israel and it’s more anti-Palestinians than anything.) You like to quote the article piecemeal, and then say it’s that the other person is obviously in bad faith since they want to mention the parts of the article you won’t mention.

DarkGamer,
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There's no footage of that and he denies it. I'm inclined to believe him, given how he's being misrepresented.

bl4ckblooc,

So how can you believe anything else from the article YOU posted?

Tell me you posted this with an agenda without telling me you posted this with an agenda.

DarkGamer, (edited )
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The article I posted acknowledged this. There's a lot of "he said, they said," attribution. I could just add easily accuse you of having an agenda, random Internet stranger.

AllonzeeLV, in Elon Musk Blames Santa Monica School for Turning Daughter Into Communist

It’s always nice to see a kid reject the teachings of narcissistic parents.

themeatbridge, in These L.A. residents got $1,000 a month. What happened after the cash stopped?

Tldr some people did well and continue to do well. Some people did well on the program and are back to the way things were, which was shitty. The program works either way you slice it, and we should all support UBI.

cabron_offsets, in A Jewish professor at USC criticized Hamas while confronting pro-Palestinian students. He's now barred from campus

Fuck hamas. Every one of them should be captured and tried if possible, shot dead if not possible.

NoneOfUrBusiness, (edited )

I've already got into this discussion many times before, but what exactly do you suggest Palestinians, or specifically Gazans do? Because the only time Israel seriously came to the negotiating table, their PM was assassinated by Zionist terrorists.

Edit: Typo.

skellener, in This Guy Ate 100+ LA Burgers Over 8 Years In A Quest For The Best
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Monty’s Good Burger!

Sylver, in George Tyndall, ex-USC gynecologist accused of sexual abuse, found dead at home

This is depressing. Damages of up to $1.1 billion in sexual assault charges, I can’t imagine how long or what that entails. There will be no justice for the victims or their families. Death is too kind a fate for rapists.

Brunbrun6766, in This Guy Ate 100+ LA Burgers Over 8 Years In A Quest For The Best
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Why go through all this work and then list your top 10 IN NO PARTICULAR ORDER

DarkGamer, in This Guy Ate 100+ LA Burgers Over 8 Years In A Quest For The Best
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Although it's been years since I had it, I would include the Overland Cafe's burgers on this list, (culver city,) it has fresh brioche buns and good quality ingredients.

My top was hole in the wall burger joint in Santa Monica, but they have unfortunately gone out of business.

PP_BOY_, in One of L.A.'s oldest Mexican restaurants needs a miracle to stay on Olvera Street, owners say
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Los Angeles being a racist, self-sabatoging shithole that prices good local businesses out of existence

Why am I not surprised?

MightyWeaksauce, in One of L.A.'s oldest Mexican restaurants needs a miracle to stay on Olvera Street, owners say
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That’s rough, I haven’t been there for awhile but it is a staple of the community and super delicious. Seems unfair to expect renters to pay rent when they can’t open due to plumbing issues in a 100+ year old historic building. Isn’t it pretty standard in commercial renting to have something in the agreement to the effect of “the premises must be operable”? When I used to rent, if the place needed to be vacated for some reason, I wasn’t on the hook for rent those days. I don’t know, just sad news I guess.

skellener, in The Hollywood Walk of Fame is the world's worst-rated tourist attraction, according to new study
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Could it be the smell? It’s the smell.

Crackhappy, in The Hollywood Walk of Fame is the world's worst-rated tourist attraction, according to new study
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Been there on accident and would not recommend.

DarkGamer, in Eviction notices in Los Angeles County skyrocketing
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Out of curiosity, I looked up how many housing units are in LA county: 9,721,138. That means ~0.5% of units have been given an eviction notice since February.

Uranium3006, in Eviction notices in Los Angeles County skyrocketing
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mass eviction like this could destabilize the entire city. massive spike in homelessness, massive vacancy spike in the rental market, risk of police brutality (they already go into evictions guns drawn, and what's the odds a notoriously violent PD overworked on thousands of evictions isn't gonna have an incident?) and more. this is all a really bad idea and we shouldn't barge headfirst into it

DarkGamer,
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Mass evictions are terrible and sky-high rents are causing most of the homelessness crisis, but what are the alternatives? There's already a program in place to help prevent this, and moratoriums on rent during COVID was arguably how we got into this situation in the first place. Unless we're willing to take drastic measures and declare housing a right and house everyone with public funds, or take housing out of the free market some other way, rent seeking and evictions are inevitable.

I suppose a spike in vacancies might reduce rents, but at what cost?

Uranium3006,
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Unless we're willing to take drastic measures and declare housing a right and house everyone with public funds, or take housing out of the free market some other way

in times like these, changes like this are the sane, reasonable, moderate options and the status quo is the dangerous, risky, and extreme option. we need non-market housing because market housing can't solve the problem of housing people, and continuing a failed policy isn't going to make it suddenly work. we also need to take land use out of local control and put it directly at the state level and with pro-development defaults, because if you think NIMBYs are harsh on private housing that'll realistically mostly serve the upper middle class, imagine how unglued they'd come if you wanted to build public housing or hand it over to a Community land trust "in their back yard (2 miles away)"

DarkGamer,
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we need non-market housing because market housing can't solve the problem of housing people

Not when there isn't enough because of said NIMBYs anyway. The market solution is to build more homes. If we had a lot more housing and not this artificial scarcity, housing would presumably be a lot more affordable. At least it would be if there wasn't price collusion due to AI rent pricing that controls entire markets.

Jaysyn, in Elon Musk Blames Santa Monica School for Turning Daughter Into Communist
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More excuses to hide from his own putrid self.

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