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  1. Comment on TV Tuesdays Free Talk in ~tv

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    Reporting back, finished it today! I don't know if this was my preferred season so far; I dislike Elfo's character a lot (from the beginning and even more so now) and he was more present this...

    Reporting back, finished it today!

    I don't know if this was my preferred season so far; I dislike Elfo's character a lot (from the beginning and even more so now) and he was more present this season than previous ones. But it was very good. Huge amount of lore-building, and definitely no more nope-ing out of those things it attempts; Johnny2Cellos made that exact comment on YouTube in fact (but don't watch his video until you're done with the season).

    I think you'll like it, purely based on that.

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  2. Comment on Brave adds IPFS support in ~tech

  3. Comment on What games have you been playing, and what's your opinion on them? in ~games

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    Yeah no I'm not a fan of working out for the sake of working out either :) I enjoy beat saber for the difficulty, the challenge, and the superbly satisfying muscle memory training. The problem I...

    Yeah no I'm not a fan of working out for the sake of working out either :) I enjoy beat saber for the difficulty, the challenge, and the superbly satisfying muscle memory training. The problem I have with it is that it seriously works my shoulders and triceps, but I get almost nothing elsewhere muscle-wise. For the amount i play it (when able to), it's a problem as I feel really unbalanced.

    I hear a lot of good about Ring Fit Adventures but it needs extra gear on the switch i believe...

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  4. Comment on What games have you been playing, and what's your opinion on them? in ~games

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    Thank you for the ping!! I've not been able to play beat saber for over a week due to fatigue from my medication :( I have been looking for more workout games though and primarily, I'm curious...

    Thank you for the ping!! I've not been able to play beat saber for over a week due to fatigue from my medication :(

    I have been looking for more workout games though and primarily, I'm curious about ones that work more than the arms and shoulders as beat saber does. I did pick one up recently that was on sale... I think it's called OnShape. It looked interesting but haven't tried it yet.

    Can you talk a bit more about the workout aspect? Are they a bit more varied? From your message it sounds like I'm at least going to pick up synth riders.

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  5. Comment on TV Tuesdays Free Talk in ~tv

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    Will do. Will probably watch it next week.

    Will do. Will probably watch it next week.

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  6. Comment on Let's talk about communism and the left in ~humanities

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    That claim is vague and not really backed by any evidence. Politicians in general are big fans of the slippery slope fallacy but that's not a republican thing.

    Republicans tend to claim these are all the same.

    That claim is vague and not really backed by any evidence.

    Politicians in general are big fans of the slippery slope fallacy but that's not a republican thing.

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  7. Comment on Let's talk about communism and the left in ~humanities

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    Democracy is far more resilient to corruption. See what happened in the US recently for a blatant example.

    Democracy is far more resilient to corruption. See what happened in the US recently for a blatant example.

  8. Comment on Let's talk about communism and the left in ~humanities

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    A scapegoat. Like you said it's all over the place, that's because people (US politicians, specifically) just use that word when they want to point fingers and say "this is bad". Honestly,...

    what really is communism?

    A scapegoat. Like you said it's all over the place, that's because people (US politicians, specifically) just use that word when they want to point fingers and say "this is bad".

    Honestly, Wikipedia is a pretty good read if you want to learn some of the fundamentals. Then sure, books straight from the horse's mouth can help fill in the blanks, though those materials won't necessarily talk about the legitimate problems of communism (the big one being resilience against corruption).

    I'll answer some of your questions.

    Why almost every average citizen (americans and brazilians at least) says it's bad?

    Because of the cold war. Americans, in recent history, basically were at war with "The Communists", and for a pretty long time. I don't know about Brazil, I suspect it's continental spillover. In Europe, "communism" is not a dirty word, it's just an ideology we consider not worth pursuing.

    My best friend is a school teacher and is a marxist. He says Joe Biden is still a terrible choice, but the only alternative to Trump and he is not a communist at all, but i keep hearing people call him a commie. WTF is he? If possible, ELI5 what he is and what he stands for.

    Biden is solidly a US democrat. On the US scale, he is on the left but very close to the center. He's not fiscally conservative, but as close to a classical republican otherwise as a democrat could get.

    People call him a commie because "commies bad, and democrats bad, ergo democrats commies". Just ignore those people, they lack some fundamental thinking skills.

    Why there is right x left and no place for something in between? Is there a need to everything be one side or another to work? There is no middle ground in politics? Grabbing aspects from the left and from the right and co-existing in the same government is a problem?

    There absolutely is a center. I'm a centrist myself, though a European one (which means very far left on the US scale, with some different ideas about spending). It's also worth bringing up the Political Compass, which establishes an additional dimension to the 1-dimensional right-left scale. It's not perfect, I wouldn't even call it "good", but I'd definitely say it's better than the right/left system.

    There's another hidden side to your question which is "why are there always two, and only two, parties". This isn't true of every country or every political system. And to answer that, say hello to the following playlist of CGPGrey videos:

    https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLNCHVwtpeBY4mybPkHEnRxSOb7FQ2vF9c

    A lot of people really think letting companies run wild and free is good. That the market will regulate itself. I think this is naive, because even now they do some really shady stuff. Just look at Nestle.
    Why people say that and is there some truth to this that i can't see? Is regulating companies a communist thing?

    This is a very big question to answer. "The market regulates itself" is a belief in a property of a "free market". The core idea is that in a "truly free market", companies will compete with each other, and optimizing for success means optimizing for the customers, and ultimately the "bad companies" will be out-competed by the better ones. The free market definition is supposed to be specifically about pricing, but it's often used to talk about non-price regulations in a more general sense like you brought up.

    I'm not explaining it very well, but every absolute is flawed anyway. There is some soundness to it though, and an argument a lot of republicans bring up is that too many regulations kill the incentives to enter the market, and raise the barrier of entry to compete with established companies (which will have an easier time to comply, because they have more money). There's also the argument that regulations are a circumvention game. There's a lot to it - once again, a good place to start is Wikipedia.

    What books about the left and the right i should read? Nothing too dense.

    The Dictator's Handbook, by Bruce Bueno de Mesquita. If you only read one book about politics in your life, make it this one.

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  9. Comment on TV Tuesdays Free Talk in ~tv

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    I just saw Disenchantment Part 3 is out! I'm so excited to watch it. No spoilers in replies if you have, please :)

    I just saw Disenchantment Part 3 is out! I'm so excited to watch it. No spoilers in replies if you have, please :)

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  10. Comment on What did you do this week? in ~talk

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    Nope, impossible. Today I had a burger with onions and I could 100% taste the "onion breath", which was not a thing I was able to notice before. It's actually one of the most annoying parts, I...

    Were you usually able to tell when you had bad breath

    Nope, impossible. Today I had a burger with onions and I could 100% taste the "onion breath", which was not a thing I was able to notice before.

    It's actually one of the most annoying parts, I needed my friends' help to tell me if I had bad breath or even if I smelled bad (eg. after sweating), or if some clothes needed washing, etc.

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  11. Comment on What did you do this week? in ~talk

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    I've now fully regained my sense of smell. I hope it sticks around this time - two years ago after my surgery, it only lasted a few days and then was gone again. But it's been two weeks with it...

    I've now fully regained my sense of smell. I hope it sticks around this time - two years ago after my surgery, it only lasted a few days and then was gone again. But it's been two weeks with it now, with the past week feeling like it's at its "peak sensitivity".

    Fifteen years without it (with some interruptions). The past week's been fun! I've rediscovered some memorable ones from my childhood (mint syrup), and discovered some new incredible ones (Amaretto!). Taste has slightly changed; anything with an "aftertaste" in the throat I couldn't taste before.

    I talked to a few people about this and two of them asked me to write about the experience. Would anyone else be interested? Should I post a write-up on Tildes? With people losing their sense of smell left and right due to COVID I suppose it could be interesting to read about?

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  12. Comment on Daily thread - United States 2021 transition of power - January 13 in ~news

  13. Comment on The Great Deplatforming: An alternate explanation for the Parler, et al, shutdowns in ~tech

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    I dunno, they're less of an objection and more of a general "doesn't it make more sense that this happened organically?". And are you maybe focusing a little too much on what greenwald has to say?...

    your objections lacck substance.

    I dunno, they're less of an objection and more of a general "doesn't it make more sense that this happened organically?".

    And are you maybe focusing a little too much on what greenwald has to say? I don't find that man has much of anything worth reading. He got "lucky" with Snowden but since then he's been IMO beyond useless. Your theory doesn't have to be a response to his, it can stand on its own.

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  14. Comment on Daily thread - United States 2021 transition of power - January 12 in ~news

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    I do think it's gross to celebrate other people's deaths, but I'll put it this way: 2021 is looking up already. What a timing, too. He's like the human representation of the Trump party, and he's...

    I do think it's gross to celebrate other people's deaths, but I'll put it this way: 2021 is looking up already.

    What a timing, too. He's like the human representation of the Trump party, and he's dying alongside it.

  15. Comment on The Great Deplatforming: An alternate explanation for the Parler, et al, shutdowns in ~tech

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    It's an interesting theory, but I'm not convinced. It doesn't really pass occam's razor: law enforcement going actively against the sitting president, to the point of issuing secret court orders...

    It's an interesting theory, but I'm not convinced. It doesn't really pass occam's razor:

    • law enforcement going actively against the sitting president, to the point of issuing secret court orders to US companies, seems very unlikely especially when the doj say they can't indict a sitting president
    • there's so many platforms involved that we're nearing the "it would leak" threshold
    • there is no concrete incentive for such orders to be kept secret, were they to be issued
    • it's just not particularly unlikely that all these companies have long wanted a reason to kick these people out, and got that reason when others started doing the same. Deplatforming can spread virally, like @skybrian said.
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  16. Comment on Weekly coronavirus-related chat, questions, and minor updates - week of January 4 in ~health.coronavirus

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    Glad to hear you're feeling better and the anxiety is gone. Let it stay that way. One thing people are starting to realize is that now that the vaccines are in play, there is a force multiplier to...

    Glad to hear you're feeling better and the anxiety is gone. Let it stay that way.

    One thing people are starting to realize is that now that the vaccines are in play, there is a force multiplier to how much and how fast things will get better. Prioritized vaccinations means less critical cases, which means less deaths, less risk for hospitals, less overall risk for reduced measures, etc.

    The higher-R strain has also forced some countries to not reopen schools just yet which frankly I agree with you is a good thing. This is like the main thing that pisses me off in Belgium, they keep being reopened. At the end of the day though, even if it's a bad strategy, we will get through it. I do hope teachers get vaccinated as early as possible if they keep reopening them though...

    Anyway, stay better.

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  17. Comment on Joe Biden is certified as the 46th President of the United States in ~news

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    It's pretty meta but, I think the most noteworthy thing about this, is how noteworthy it is. This entire part of the election process is generally completely ignored by the media, devoid of any...

    It's pretty meta but, I think the most noteworthy thing about this, is how noteworthy it is.

    This entire part of the election process is generally completely ignored by the media, devoid of any public interest.

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  18. Comment on US trade group asks VP Pence to ‘seriously consider' invoking 25th Amendment to remove Trump in ~news

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    Right my bad, I meant they lost senate/house/presidency.

    Right my bad, I meant they lost senate/house/presidency.

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