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  1. Comment on Daily coronavirus-related chat, questions, and minor updates - March 28 in ~health.coronavirus

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    Hey, usually I say the same thing. In fact, I still need plenty of time to myself. But I started having a hard time when I lost the basic social interaction from work and was alone all day.

    Hey, usually I say the same thing. In fact, I still need plenty of time to myself. But I started having a hard time when I lost the basic social interaction from work and was alone all day.

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  2. Comment on Daily coronavirus-related chat, questions, and minor updates - March 28 in ~health.coronavirus

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    Haha. I'm actually extremely lucky in that both my parents are gone all day since they are the only people that go to their offices. I'm sure they'd be driving me crazy if they were here all day....

    Haha. I'm actually extremely lucky in that both my parents are gone all day since they are the only people that go to their offices. I'm sure they'd be driving me crazy if they were here all day. That said, I'd still rather be annoyed than lonely. Those days alone felt so much longer.

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  3. Comment on Daily coronavirus-related chat, questions, and minor updates - March 28 in ~health.coronavirus

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    This is day 11 of my current quarantine and day 32 overall (one week in China after returning from a vacation in Vietnam, two weeks in the US after I flew in from China). I love my alone time, and...

    This is day 11 of my current quarantine and day 32 overall (one week in China after returning from a vacation in Vietnam, two weeks in the US after I flew in from China). I love my alone time, and I often spend my weekends alone, but I can't stress enough how much better it is to do this with family. If quarantining alone is taking a toll on your mental health, try to find a friend or family member to ride this out with. It makes huge difference. I hope everyone is doing well.

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  4. Comment on Daily coronavirus-related chat, questions, and minor updates - March 25 in ~health.coronavirus

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    Here in the US it looks like congress is about to pass a massive stimulus bill. I was just thinking last night that if the economy continues to tank and Biden is elected president then that might...

    Here in the US it looks like congress is about to pass a massive stimulus bill. I was just thinking last night that if the economy continues to tank and Biden is elected president then that might be the only shot we will have at passing something that would resemble the Green New Deal. The most disheartening thing about the coronavirus response is seeing how long it took for most governments to take it seriously and realizing that it will probably be the same way with climate change. In fact, it already is that way when it comes to climate change. I've never been one to argue against the benefits of incremental progress, but the part of me that is really worried about climate change is kind of hoping that everything goes to shit so we'll have the opportunity to pass something big and meaningful before it's too late. Unfortunately, a deal like that would hinge on unprecedented levels of competence and good messaging for Democrats, so it's never gonna happen.

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

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    I saw Resident Evil 2 on sale and got nostalgic for the days when it would scare the crap out of me as a kid so I went ahead and bought it. My god. This game takes it to another level. I think I'm...

    I saw Resident Evil 2 on sale and got nostalgic for the days when it would scare the crap out of me as a kid so I went ahead and bought it. My god. This game takes it to another level. I think I'm more afraid as a grown man than I was as a kid. I dont ever get scared during movies or shows, but something about this game freaks me out. The sound, graphics, setting, and lighting are all terrifying, but the thing that really sticks out is just controlling the character and trying to survive in a game I suck at. I've seen coutless movies and TV episodes that are set during a zombie apocalypse, but this game is the only thing that really made me realize how helpless and terrifying that situation would be. I want to play it right now, but it's 3 am and I'm afraid.

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

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    I loved Borderlands 2! I got into 3 about a month ago but couldn't find a decent group online and didn't like my character as much as I loved the Ghost/assasin thing or the girl with the robot.

    I loved Borderlands 2! I got into 3 about a month ago but couldn't find a decent group online and didn't like my character as much as I loved the Ghost/assasin thing or the girl with the robot.

    4 votes
  7. Comment on Have you ever watched a zeitgeisty show a long time after it finished? What did you think? in ~tv

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    Are you starting from the beginning? The first season is quite dated, and wasn't that good to begin with, but you can't give up. It might be tough if you're watching it on syndication, because it...

    Are you starting from the beginning? The first season is quite dated, and wasn't that good to begin with, but you can't give up. It might be tough if you're watching it on syndication, because it will take a while to get used to watching something that's about 30 years old. If you have the chance to watch in order, episodes 29-86 are the peak of the show and that stretch has about 15 iconic episodes that are all good enough to be the best episode if they were on another show.

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  8. Comment on Daily coronavirus-related chat, questions, and minor updates - March 23 in ~health.coronavirus

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    Are you staying alone? One week alone was significantly harder than the three weeks I've done with family. In fact, I didn't realize I have quarantined for three weeks (total, not consecutive)...

    Are you staying alone? One week alone
    was significantly harder than the three weeks I've done with family. In fact, I didn't realize I have quarantined for three weeks (total, not consecutive) until I started writing this. If you're alone, try to find someone to stay with.

    4 votes
  9. Comment on U.S. Department of Justice seeks new emergency powers amid coronavirus pandemic in ~health.coronavirus

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    Obviously, when the public grants the government excess powers, they will need to stay attentive and politically active in order to prevent abuse of those powers. For that reason, I understand the...

    If the government can limit American's right to free travel during an emergency what stops them from limiting habeas corpus during the same emergency? Absolutely nothing. I can see the DOJ's argument for why this is necessary, does that mean it's right to limit habeas corpus? How do we know the limits of what constitutes an emergency? How do we know the limits of when the emergency is over?

    Obviously, when the public grants the government excess powers, they will need to stay attentive and politically active in order to prevent abuse of those powers. For that reason, I understand the concern. Still, I'm not sure I follow your logic here, and I don't agree with your depiction of coronavirus in the other thread (Algernon already posted a good response to the flu comparison in that thread, so no need to cover that).

    As for your argument, are you saying that we should never give up rights during an emergency? What if this virus had a 50% death rate? Would you be just as concerned for the potential infringement of other rights? I think the underlying problem with your position is you don't think the risks brought by coronavirus justify that type of response. I think that's a different issue than the argument you're making here, which, with all due respect, is a bit of a slippery slope.

    If we decide to forefit one right for the greater good, that doesn't mean we're giving up all of them. At the end of the day the limits of the government's actions are set by the public's acceptance and cooperation, which is relative to the situation we're in. None of our rights are absolute, nor should they be. If the threat from an emergency justifies drastic measures, the public will accept it and give up rights for safety. So, technically, the only thing stopping the government from suspending habeas corpus or shooting people that have the virus is our approval, and that all depends on the justification. It's a scary thought, but it's something we have to live with, or else our responses to emergencies would be crippled. Think about WWII and the blackouts on the west coast. During peacetime, the idea of having the government tell you when to turn your lights off would be insane and totally unjust. Under the threat of bombing, however, it made sense and was necessary for the greater good of society. In this current emergency, restricting travel is almost certainly necessary in order to keep the public safe. The Trump administration's proposals from this article are not justified. We can accept the former, while rejecting the latter.

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  10. Comment on Daily coronavirus-related chat, questions, and minor updates - March 20 in ~health.coronavirus

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    That's so frustrating to read. I work with toddlers and the thought of one of them being sick and unable to get tested makes my blood boil. I can't imagine what it would be like for a parent....

    That's so frustrating to read. I work with toddlers and the thought of one of them being sick and unable to get tested makes my blood boil. I can't imagine what it would be like for a parent. There are so many things that the US has had plenty of advance warning for, but simply didn't do. There is really no excuse other than ignorance or arrogance. This is a bit off topic, but I'm still shocked by the fact that TSA isn't taking temperatures as people go through security. Checking passengers for a fever and preventing those with a fever from traveling seems like such a basic thing to do. The other day I asked a TSA agent why they weren't checking temps and his response was that they didn't have any flights from Italy or Wuhan. This was after restaurants in the area closed.

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  11. Comment on Daily coronavirus-related chat, questions, and minor updates - March 20 in ~health.coronavirus

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    The other day I wrote about going back to China and the serious quarantine that would take place. Unfortunately, I jinxed myself and missed the boat. Last night I got a message from one of the...

    The other day I wrote about going back to China and the serious quarantine that would take place. Unfortunately, I jinxed myself and missed the boat. Last night I got a message from one of the supervisors at my school and she told me that teachers and students that are currently outside of China are not permitted to return. As usual, there is a lot of confusion around this, and we aren't sure what the penalty is for refusing that mandate, but I'm not taking any chances with fibbing to an authoritarian government without plausible deniability. I'd rather be stuck here than risk deportation, losing my visa, or going to jail. I'm pretty sad that I wont get to see my students, and I'm kicking myself for not going back sooner, but it's nice to know I'll be around to help my parents if they get sick.

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  12. Comment on What it’s like to isolate with your girlfriend and her other boyfriend in ~life

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    I feel like this conversation is headed towards a discussion about human psychology that very few of us are qualified for. I'm not op, but in defense of the 'weird' comment, I don't think it was...

    I feel like this conversation is headed towards a discussion about human psychology that very few of us are qualified for. I'm not op, but in defense of the 'weird' comment, I don't think it was intended to be deragatory. 'Weird' and 'perfectly acceptable' are not mutually exclusive. I had a beer the other night that tasted like a jalapeno popper and it was fucking weird. Delicious, but weird.

    I'm glad this thread started, because I haven't met anyone that's poly relationship, so it's interesting to see different perspectives. I'm not sure these answers really clarify some of (for lack of a better term) the 'weirdness' though. The thing that makes polyamory 'weird' for a lot of people is how it seems to contradict everything non-poly people understand about things like jealousy and envy in the context of an intimate relationship. It probably has more to do with jealousy than the idea of having feelings for more than one person. Most people have probably experienced the latter, but can't comprehend the former. Wanting to cuddle with more than one person? Easy. Watching your partner go upstairs to cuddle somone else and not feeling sad about it? Not easy.

    Clearly it works for some people (good for you, you fucking zen masters πŸ˜‰), but for others it is so far out of the ordinary that it's difficult to put into words, hence the 'weird' comment. I'm not sure how much of this is learned from living in a society that has made monogamy the standard for many generations. Jealousy seems to appear at an early age and not just in the context of intimate relationships; but like I said, I'm not sure if there are a lot of people that can answer that question. I am interested, if you don't mind sharing, if and/or how jealousy plays a role in those relationships. So far neither the atricle nor the other comments in this thread really touch on that.

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  13. Comment on Daily coronavirus-related chat, questions, and minor updates - March 18 in ~health.coronavirus

  14. Comment on Daily coronavirus-related chat, questions, and minor updates - March 18 in ~health.coronavirus

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    Well, things are about to get really fun. On Friday I'll begin my trip back to Beijing, which will include an overnight stay with a friend in LA, followed by a 12 hour flight to Tokyo, a 17 hour...

    Well, things are about to get really fun. On Friday I'll begin my trip back to Beijing, which will include an overnight stay with a friend in LA, followed by a 12 hour flight to Tokyo, a 17 hour airport layover, then a five hour flight to Beijing if im not diverted and screened in another city first. In total, it's about 72 hours from my original city to my destination. Once I arrive there will be at least 8 hours in the airport while we all get checked for signs of the virus, then I'll go spend two weeks in isolated quarantine at a government facility. I spent one week in quarantine at my apartment before I left and I was getting pretty antsy. Now I'm going to double it without the essentials like cigarettes, my xbox, and η™½ι…’. So yeah, fun times ahead.

    There's very little information about all of this because only a few outlets have reported on it. I'm basically going off a few articles and hearsay from my extended social circle, so who knows what the situation will be like. There's a rumor that people living in my district can quarantine at home, but I'm not getting my hopes up. I'll be there first person from my school to go through this process then others will decide if they want to go through with everything. My friends and family in America think I'm crazy, but I don't really have any options now that the US is sprinting towards shutdown since we were so unprepared. My only other option is to be unemployed and live at my mom's house for a few months while things slowly return to normal. Just three weeks ago I was applying for serving/bartending jobs so I could live in the states until after the election. Crazy how fast things change.

    On the bright side of things, I get to see my students soon! If this whole experience has taught me anything, it's that I love my job more than I realized. Plus, I have a lot of money waiting for me when I get back. March 1st marked my two year anniversary at my job, so I have a bonus, raise, and full flight reimbursement to go on top of nearly two months worth of pay. I think I'll buy myself a quarantine present.

    8 votes
  15. Comment on TV Tuesdays Free Talk in ~tv

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    I think the early episodes are a bit harder to get into because there are so many characters, but at the season goes on you get more familiar with them and they become more likeable. I will say...

    I think the early episodes are a bit harder to get into because there are so many characters, but at the season goes on you get more familiar with them and they become more likeable. I will say that it's important to go in with the understanding that it is not a sci-fi show.

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  16. Comment on Silver lining to this pandemic? in ~health.coronavirus

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    We'll have to see how long this goes on and how much it will change everyday life over a long period of time. If things return to normal after two or three months, I don't think there will be any...

    We'll have to see how long this goes on and how much it will change everyday life over a long period of time. If things return to normal after two or three months, I don't think there will be any lasting impact on society. We have a remarkably short memory, and we tend to overvalue the historical implications of things as they're happening in the moment. The US government might take the CDC more seriously for a few election cycles and obviously there's a chance that the pandemic ends up being the tipping point for electing a democrat. Outside of those two things I don't feel confident making any predictions. We should probably look to the AIDS crisis in the 1980s and maybe the oil crises of the 1970s to get an idea of how the lasting societal changes might look.

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  17. Comment on Silver lining to this pandemic? in ~health.coronavirus

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    I'm not totally sure if you're talking about fashionable masks that some people are wearing in the west or if you're talking about the surgeon masks that people are wearing in Asian countries. As...

    I'm not totally sure if you're talking about fashionable masks that some people are wearing in the west or if you're talking about the surgeon masks that people are wearing in Asian countries. As far as the latter is concerned, people wear masks regularly as a courtesy to others when they have a cold. I don't know how much that affects the transmission of viruses, but it is nice to know that their snotty face isn't out in the open. Most of my friends and I used to associate those masks with SARS and germaphobes and it was a little unsettling to see someone wear a mask like that in public. If the US didn't have a shortage of masks, people might feel more comfortable with them.

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  18. Comment on Washington debate discussion thread in ~talk

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    I feel like it's either going to be Harris, Warren, or Amy K. Harris is from a safely blue state and would appeal to the black vote. Warren is from a blue state (less solid) and would appeal to...

    I feel like it's either going to be Harris, Warren, or Amy K. Harris is from a safely blue state and would appeal to the black vote. Warren is from a blue state (less solid) and would appeal to progressives. Amy K. is from the risky state but has potential appeal to moderate midwesterners, which are somehow the most important voting bloc in this country. If it's Clinton, the entire country will lose its mind.

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  19. Comment on Do you still post on Reddit? in ~talk

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    I went about 18 months without posting but recently broke that streak to comment on a ... ugh, this is embarrassing, Love Is Blind episode thread. Whatever, it was a fun guilty pleasure to watch....

    I went about 18 months without posting but recently broke that streak to comment on a ... ugh, this is embarrassing, Love Is Blind episode thread. Whatever, it was a fun guilty pleasure to watch. Anyway, if you haven't seen the show, there was a male participant that is bisexual and his partner's reaction to his coming out sparked a debate about homophobia in the thread. I carefully and thoughtfully posted a comment about my thoughts on the subject in response to another comment and was instantly downvoted. Just to be clear, there's no way people downvoted me because they assumed my comment was homophobic; I argued that a non-homophobic person wouldn't care if their partner's previous relationships were same-sex or not. Either way, it was a long and thoughtful comment that added to the conversation. I didn't care if people disagreed with me, or that the average position on that issue is probably less progressive than it was a decade ago, but I was really annoyed that ~15 people would just downvote instead of engaging in a thoughtful conversation.

    I know there are smaller communities with a higher standards, but the thing that originally made me love reddit was the idea that great conversations could exist in a thread about something silly like a reality TV show. It's a lot harder to randomly come across quality content these days, and the odds that I'll have a positive response to my comments are pretty slim. It's just not worth the time. Also, by getting away from reddit and replacing it with tildes, I've had more time to dedicate to healthier activities and have been more socially active in real life. I know a lot of people wish there was more daily participation on this site (sometimes I feel that way), but having fewer topics to explore makes it easier to put my phone down/walk away from my computer and do something else.

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  20. Comment on All European travel to the US will be suspended for 30 days, with exemptions for the UK and Americans who undergo screening in ~health.coronavirus

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    So....Europeans will have to stop in Canada, Mexico, or one of the other neighboring countries before entering the US? Unless I'm mistaken, this is exactly the same thing that happened with the...

    So....Europeans will have to stop in Canada, Mexico, or one of the other neighboring countries before entering the US? Unless I'm mistaken, this is exactly the same thing that happened with the China travel ban, where Chinese people just flew to South Korea and Japan before coming to the US. Does this really help anyone? There's an additional layer of screening, but now people are taking unnecessary flights and lingering around airports they could've avoided. I'm interested to know if this is something that health experts are calling for or a political move from Trump.

    3 votes