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  1. Comment on Police in this tiny Alabama town suck drivers into legal ‘black hole’ in ~life

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    At first, I thought that this was just a poorly disguised tax but the unmarked vehicles and suspicious behavior from the officers, sheriff, and mayor make it seem a little more nefarious....

    At first, I thought that this was just a poorly disguised tax but the unmarked vehicles and suspicious behavior from the officers, sheriff, and mayor make it seem a little more nefarious. Normally, I would sit back and wait for this all to blow up but we're kind of at an "anything goes" moment in America, so who knows how this will turn out.

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  2. Comment on TV Tuesdays Free Talk in ~tv

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    Well, at least they stayed true to the original run.

    Well, at least they stayed true to the original run.

    3 votes
  3. Comment on US schoolteacher says she spent five hours in voluntary self-isolation in a plane's toilet after testing positive for Covid-19 on a flight to Iceland in ~health.coronavirus

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    I'm assuming she was vaccinated and didn't have a positive test beforehand. Props to her for not only doing the right thing but also being prepared. It's been wild traveling in the US during the...

    I'm assuming she was vaccinated and didn't have a positive test beforehand. Props to her for not only doing the right thing but also being prepared. It's been wild traveling in the US during the holidays since the airlines don't require proof of vaccination and/or a negative test. It dawned on me the other day that there is no guarantee that people aren't traveling while knowing they are infected. What's to stop a person from testing positive mid-trip and hopping on a plane home anyway? Am I wrong for not trusting the guy in the seat next to me with a 'Dont Tread on Me' t-shirt and an InfoWars sticker on his laptop?

    I doubt it's possible to test everyone at the airport, but at the very least, airlines should require proof of vaccination or a negative test within 24 hours of departure, and either TSA or the airlines should be checking temperatures before people board a flight. How is the US still this careless after two years and over 800k deaths?

    8 votes
  4. Comment on Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness | Teaser in ~movies

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    Makes sense to me and I think I agree. I dont think I can put it into words either, but to me, something is missing in the theme of these movies. I understand the appeal of the expansive universe...

    Maybe another way to poorly describe what I want is more superhero media that is Dune rather than Star Wars if that makes any sense?

    Makes sense to me and I think I agree. I dont think I can put it into words either, but to me, something is missing in the theme of these movies. I understand the appeal of the expansive universe and the action, and frankly, they are really well done for what they are. Hell, if they started coming out ten years earlier I probably would have been on board. But as an older, more boring moviegoer, I prefer the deeper social/political undertones of movies like Dune. I want the action to come secondary, and with Marvel movies, and most of the Star Wars films, it feels like the action comes first while the plot and themes are more of an afterthought.

    4 votes
  5. Comment on On communicating accurately with Americans in ~humanities

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    I hate to pile on, but while we're here, can we talk about this line for a second: Ugh. The first time I read this I had such a disgusted look on my face, my girlfriend thought something terrible...

    I hate to pile on, but while we're here, can we talk about this line for a second:

    Now, in normal circumstances I wouldn’t say a word to someone being rude in a queue, however, those present circumstances mandated that my freedom and indeed even my physical safety hinged upon maintaining sole and exclusive control over my luggage and being able to testify to same just a few minutes later.

    Ugh. The first time I read this I had such a disgusted look on my face, my girlfriend thought something terrible had happened. Even the second time around, it made me cringe pretty hard. Like, come on. I know it doesn't have anything to do with the arguments in this piece but no amount of bag bumping is going to land you in Mexican Immigration detention. The author calling it a threat to his safety and using that as a justification for his dickish response is, for lack of a better term, the ultimate bitch move. I know 'bitch' isn't the type of word we use here on tildes, but really, it takes a special kind of person to be a wimp and a meanie at the same time.

    9 votes
  6. Comment on Longstanding discourse w/ my SO about the phrase "a couple of..." in ~humanities

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    While we're on the subject, can we talk about the declining use of the 'of' that typically follows the word 'couple?' I had completely removed it from my vocabulary until the spell check on my...

    While we're on the subject, can we talk about the declining use of the 'of' that typically follows the word 'couple?' I had completely removed it from my vocabulary until the spell check on my phone started nagging me about leaving out the 'of.' Now it feels weird to put the 'of' on when I say something like, "Hey, can you bring me a couple pieces of candy?” or something like that. I remember it used to bother me when people left it out, and I felt the same way about the 'ly' when someone would say, "I want [x] so bad!" Somehow, I ended up ditching both.

    4 votes
  7. Comment on <deleted topic> in ~news

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    The thing that bothers me most about this whole situation is how it was the result of the right-wing media that sought to delegitimize any form of protest that took place last summer. Literally...

    The thing that bothers me most about this whole situation is how it was the result of the right-wing media that sought to delegitimize any form of protest that took place last summer. Literally millions of people around the world took to the streets and social media to denounce the social and legal conditions that Black Americans are subjected to, but instead of looking at the conditions that led to those protests, right-wing media outlets like Fox News, OANN, The Daily Wire, etc., hyper focused on the relatively small amount of violence that took place. By the end of June, you have the McCloskeys waving guns at peaceful protesters like a couple of psychos. Instead of recognizing the mistake after their arrest, right-wing media doubled down and made them martyrs. Then they get the support from the president and the GOP. Then they get pardoned on August 3rd. On August 23rd, Jacob Blake is shot. August 24th, the McCloskey's speak at the fucking Republican National Convention. During their four minute speech, they talk about how the government and Democrats are more content with protecting rioters and looters than good old white American people and their property. The very next day, Kyle Rittenhouse travels to Kenosha and kills two people. Crazy, right?

    9 votes
  8. Comment on Great, affordable downtowns that don't require a car? in ~life

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    I don't know much about the places you mentioned so I'll make the case for Salt Lake City. The "greater downtown area' (which I would argue is between 500 W - 1300 E/600N - 2200 S but more on this...

    I don't know much about the places you mentioned so I'll make the case for Salt Lake City. The "greater downtown area' (which I would argue is between 500 W - 1300 E/600N - 2200 S but more on this later) is a little spread out, so not everything is walkable, but there are several neighborhoods that have plenty of things close enough to walk to and with a bike you can go all the way across the city (600 N to 2200 S) in about 30 minutes. Most parts of the city sit in the vally and have flat roads with wide lanes and an actually decent bike lane (by American standards) so it's not hard to get by without a car. I should know, I ditched my car the last year that I lived there. If you have a car, the traffic isn't too bad, especially in the greater downtown area. It's really easy to navigate since the city uses a grid system to name it's streets. Let's say you live on 900 South and 900 East (good neighborhood wih plenty of options and a great park nearby) and you want to go to Rice Eccles Stadium to see a concert or watch a college football game. The stadium in on 400 S and 1400 E, so you already know it's going to be 5 blocks north and five blocks east. As long as you have the address, you never have to look up directions. Roads are almost always a straight line, too. Some roads are a bit more residential than others but this system makes it really easy to use different routes to get around, so congestion doesn't get that bad like it does in other cities that rely on two or three main roads.

    The city is surrounded by mountains and many neighborhoods have a decent amount of trees, so it can be quite beautiful between spring and fall. You get some snowfall in the winter, but it's usually mild in the valley so temperatures don't get too bad. Even when it's cold, it's not the brutal, fuck-you-humans-shouldn't-live-here-have-some-wind-asshole cold you get in the north and the northeast. You are also surrounded by mountains, so if you want a ton of snowfall or skiing, there are half a dozen options for you less than an hour away. Since it's a high desert climate, the air is crisp and dry and there are very few bugs in the summer months. There are plenty of places nearby to hike and camp, and some of the best national parks are only a few hours away. As for the culture, it's not the freaky religious Mormon utopia that many people think it is. Sure, it's not exactly a bastion of progressive ideals, but it is far more liberal socially and culturally than people realize. The MAGA and mega Mormons (who are still very nice, btw) mostly live outside the city where you can buy a 6 bedroom house for next to nothing. Speaking of housing prices, you might be in luck. It's been a few years since I left, but I still have friends there that pay a little less than that price for a three bedroom house with a garage and backyard in a fairly good neighborhood. It all depends on how close you want to live to downtown, but there should be plenty of great options that fit your budget.

    That's my pitch for Salt Lake. I kinda feel dirty about it, since it's already growing quite fast, but it really is a good city and I miss living there.

    4 votes
  9. Comment on Waiting on JFK Jr. at Dealey Plaza in ~life

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    JFK FTFY

    This was already crazy, but it's hard to believe that this is at this level of crazy now. And there are tens of millions of these people. Jfc.

    JFK

    FTFY

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  10. Comment on Architect resigns in protest over UCSB mega-dorm in ~design

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    Oh, buddy. I'm guessing that you, or perhaps some other lurker reading this isn't intimately familiar with the absolute shit show that life at UC [fill in the blank] or any other halfway decent...

    Oh, buddy. I'm guessing that you, or perhaps some other lurker reading this isn't intimately familiar with the absolute shit show that life at UC [fill in the blank] or any other halfway decent American university is. Like the other commenter said, most of the housing in Isla Vista is made up of single-family homes and small apartment buildings. Most students pay somewhere between 700 and 1200 USD/month to share a room with someone. Here is a look at IV craigslist for rooms/shared. As you can see, shared rooms are going for about $900/month. I'm not sure what the prices are like in the dorms, but I would imagine they're similar.

    IV is unique with its housing structure, but I imagine those prices are in the same ballpark that students at UCLA, UCSD, UC Berkeley, or UCSF deal with. Hell, even the stoners up at UC Santa Cruz are probably getting close to those figures. So to answer your question...yes? I mean, if someone can find a space in IV that houses two people for a total price of 1200 USD/month? Yeah, that's cheap.

    I guess now is a good time to bring up the fact that tuition prices at UCSB for California residents is around 5k/quarter. So your average full-time UCSB student living in IV is paying around 25k/year for tuition + a shared room in a beat-to-shit house or apartment. IIRC, summer session is a little bit cheaper, so if you stay the whole year you're probably looking at an even 30k. That's before you factor in things like food, books, phone, travel expenditures, and of course, the alcohol and marijuana that gets you through your existence. After all, UCSB stands for "U Can Study Buzzed."

    Now, this next little rant is based on my own experience from 10 years ago, but I think it helps paint a clearer picture of how fucked everything is. When I was at UCSB, the only financial aid I was able to get were a pair of federal loans - something in the neighborhood of 5k/year subsidized and 5k/year unsubsidized. That's because my father made around 100k/year at his job in Los Angeles. Since 100k is enough for someone in LA to afford a decent one-bedroom apartment and a midsized sedan, grants were off the table. As for loans, I guess anything beyond 5k from the government would be excessive? I mean, those Tomahawks don't come cheap. It didn't matter if I had siblings that were in college, or if my dad had existing debt and literally no money in assets. If I wanted to borrow any more money, it would have to come from a private source with less friendly interest rates. Thankfully, I am incredibly privileged. My dad covered tuition, I did my first two years of school at a community college, I took a year off to live at home so I could work and save money, and then I worked between 25-30 hours/week after my savings ran dry. If I didn't have one or more of those things, I easily could have racked up tens of thousands of dollars in debt. Instead, I was able to sneak out with 20k for two years. Why would anyone want to change this system? It's perfect.

    6 votes
  11. Comment on Architect resigns in protest over UCSB mega-dorm in ~design

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    As a former Gaucho, I can vouch for this. UCSB and SBCC students that live in Isla Vista already have social engagement built into their housing because nearly every one of them has to share a...

    UC Santa Barbara has a really vibrant social scene and is the last university I can think of to need prison level methods to drive student engagement. Anyone who has been to Isla Vista can speak to that.

    As a former Gaucho, I can vouch for this. UCSB and SBCC students that live in Isla Vista already have social engagement built into their housing because nearly every one of them has to share a bedroom with at least one other person! All for the low low price of 800-1200 bucks a month, I might add. They desperately need more housing near campus, and 4,500 individual rooms sounds amazing, but come on, people need windows. Young adults in their late teens/early 20s already have a hard time navigating that time of their lives, and for many people that age, it is the first time that they will experience depression or some other form of mental illness. I can't imagine going through the tough times I had at 19-20 in a windowless room with 8 other kids just outside my door.

    All that said, I'm sure a bunch of students would sign up for it in a heartbeat since it means they can sleep in privacy. By the time my senior year rolled around, I was so sick of sharing a room that I rented a 10'-10' studio apartment (featuring a fridge, oven, sink, bathroom, and closet) that was in the back of a double-wide trailer located about 4 miles from campus...for 800 fucking dollars. My one window was about 2.5 feet from a brick wall, so I never got any direct sunlight or breeze, but I still felt great about my choices. That should give you an idea of what the housing market in IV is like and that was almost 10 years ago.

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  12. Comment on Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy - Remastered versions of GTA3, Vice City, and San Andreas releasing on consoles and PC later this year in ~games

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    Not sure about GTA, but I'm a few acts into Diablo 2 and it is the same game with better graphics.

    Not sure about GTA, but I'm a few acts into Diablo 2 and it is the same game with better graphics.

  13. Comment on Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy - Remastered versions of GTA3, Vice City, and San Andreas releasing on consoles and PC later this year in ~games

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    Yeah, when I saw the Green Knight, Zola, and other A24 films, the previews were for original movies but for bigger pictures like A Quiet Place II and Many Saints of Newark all the previews were...

    Yeah, when I saw the Green Knight, Zola, and other A24 films, the previews were for original movies but for bigger pictures like A Quiet Place II and Many Saints of Newark all the previews were for sequels, prequels, and biopics. I don't mind, and I am glad that studios like A24 are still putting movies in theaters, but I wish there were some more original movies with bigger budgets. It seems like only huge names like Nolan and Tarantino get the chance to make an original big-budget movie.

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  14. Comment on Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy - Remastered versions of GTA3, Vice City, and San Andreas releasing on consoles and PC later this year in ~games

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    Oh, so after I finish playing Diablo 2 I can move on to GTA 3. All I need are a few more random boners and a Sum 41 CD and I'll be reliving 7th grade. In all seriousness, it's a little unnerving...

    Oh, so after I finish playing Diablo 2 I can move on to GTA 3. All I need are a few more random boners and a Sum 41 CD and I'll be reliving 7th grade.

    In all seriousness, it's a little unnerving to see this trend in video games. Don't get me wrong, I love being able to replay the classics, but I worry that video games will have the same disease as Hollywood. Last time I went to the theater, there wasn't a single preview for an original story. They were all reboots, sequels, or biopics. I'm starting to see the same thing in games.

    12 votes
  15. Comment on What is your favorite comedy sketch of all time? in ~talk

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    There are so many to choose from, but the one I find myself bringing up most often is Tim Robinson's Barbie Instagram from his days on SNL (featuring Donald Glover). It's not as well known as the...

    There are so many to choose from, but the one I find myself bringing up most often is Tim Robinson's Barbie Instagram from his days on SNL (featuring Donald Glover). It's not as well known as the classics from shows like SNL, Key and Peele, or even I Think You Should Leave, but I just love how weird and ridiculous it is.

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  16. Comment on Facebook, Messenger, Instagram and WhatsApp are all down in ~tech

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    Eh, I feel like we are still a looooong way from even being 2010 Reddit. Having a few low effort one-liners every once in a while isn't so bad as long as there is still thoughtful discussion going...

    Eh, I feel like we are still a looooong way from even being 2010 Reddit. Having a few low effort one-liners every once in a while isn't so bad as long as there is still thoughtful discussion going on in most places.

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  17. Comment on What common concern is really not a big deal? in ~talk

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    I'm glad you brought that up because that's an important distinction and I need to remember to use the correct terminology. I still can't get over how the word 'organic' became a superficial...

    I'm glad you brought that up because that's an important distinction and I need to remember to use the correct terminology. I still can't get over how the word 'organic' became a superficial marketing term a la "all natural," "fat-free," and "100% beef." My last serving job was at a very upscale farm-to-table style restaurant and since sustainable agriculture/biodynamic farming is all the rage we only offered those types of wine. I've become very disillusioned with the global response to climate change so I don't follow these things that closely anymore but I was glad to learn that those practices are becoming more popular. I should probably start following these things more closely so I can be a more responsible consumer, but I just get sad whenever I read a Plan B style book.

    Just to clarify, the speaker was advocating for something similar to biodynamic farming and I remember there being a lot of great information. That was over 10 years ago so I'm not sure if those terms were popular then or if I just forgot and substituted 'organic' in my memory.

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  18. Comment on What common concern is really not a big deal? in ~talk

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    Back in the late aughts, I was going to college in a very progressive/hippie town and had several classes and professors that focused a lot of our work on environmental issues. I myself got really...

    Back in the late aughts, I was going to college in a very progressive/hippie town and had several classes and professors that focused a lot of our work on environmental issues. I myself got really interested in those issues, and one day I went along with a roommate that was studying environmental science and horticulture to a small talk about organic farming practices and how they could help slow climate change. I was so excited because at that point I had always heard people say that GMOs and organic farming practices were mutually exclusive, but it never made much sense to me. Who said GMOs have to be doused in pesticides and herbicides? Why couldn't we modify plants to be more resilient to harsher climates but still use organic farming practices to avoid the things you mentioned in your last paragraph? Wouldn't that be our best bet?

    Before everything started, we went around the room introducing ourselves and explained why we were there. I mentioned GMOs and everyone chuckled like I was joking. After the initial lecture, there was a Q&A session, and I asked my questions. My God, you would have thought I stood up and said, "Monsanto rules!!" while tearing my shirt off to reveal a giant 'M' painted on my chest. The lecturer AND the audience gave me shit and went on about dangers and unintended consequences and all this other stuff that seemed to have completely missed my point. It was one of the most embarrassing and frustrating experiences I had ever had at that point.

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  19. Comment on Why is every young person in America watching ‘The Sopranos’? in ~tv

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    Hey now, I'm so happy to see someone bring up The Larry Sanders Show. I've been trying to get people my age to watch that show for year's after I was able to catch it back in 2010 when it had a...

    Hey now, I'm so happy to see someone bring up The Larry Sanders Show. I've been trying to get people my age to watch that show for year's after I was able to catch it back in 2010 when it had a brief run on Netflix. It was so ahead of its time and I feel like it gets lost in the conversation about prestige TV.

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  20. Comment on What is something you've changed your mind about recently? in ~talk

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    The efficacy and importance of having difficult political conversations online. I was asked a question similar to this one and it made me realize that most of my opinions and beliefs didn't change...

    The efficacy and importance of having difficult political conversations online. I was asked a question similar to this one and it made me realize that most of my opinions and beliefs didn't change with a singular "Ah-ha!” moment, rather they slowly evolved over a long period of time. I think for a lot of people, we get caught up in this idea that if someone doesn't change their mind immediately, it means they won't ever change their mind, and trying to reason or argue is all just a waste of time. I think that is misguided. You're not going to mold a person's mind like it's a ball of clay. Instead, you have to chisel at it and sand it down like it's a block of marble. It's a pain in the ass and you're not going to see results right away, but over time it will begin to change.

    The last time someone asked me a question like this, I thought, "Nothing," but then I thought about the person I was five years prior and saw that a lot of my opinions had changed. Then shortly after that realization, January 6th happened and I saw what happens if you let people get sucked into an echo chamber. Since then, I've tried to start conversations when I see an opening to explain some of my pussy ass liberal views. So far I haven't got anyone to join the DSA, but I have chipped away at a few right-wing talking points.

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