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  1. Comment on Donald Trump calls for delay to 2020 US presidential election in ~news

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    My interpretation is like many here; he is preping for a loss in November. Realistically, he won't be able to post-pone the election, and if he loses the election, he can claim that it was voter...

    My interpretation is like many here; he is preping for a loss in November. Realistically, he won't be able to post-pone the election, and if he loses the election, he can claim that it was voter fraud. Now, most people won't believe him, hell I don't think anyone will actually believe him, but it gives them a story to pretend they believe. I've known a few full Trumpists, and none of them convinced me they actually believed the shit they were saying. They want it to be true because it plays into their fantasies about conspiracies and being a victim.

    5 votes
  2. Comment on Donald Trump calls for delay to 2020 US presidential election in ~news

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    I just want to say that I love the honesty of calling the US military influenced by socialism. I had a college professor explain that Catholic monastic orders were socialist organizations, and so...

    I just want to say that I love the honesty of calling the US military influenced by socialism. I had a college professor explain that Catholic monastic orders were socialist organizations, and so many people freaked out. People put so much weight behind a word.

    8 votes
  3. Comment on What are your most obscure finds that are musically excellent? in ~music

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    While I wouldn't necessarily call it most obscure, but I consider Isak Danialson's Power to be underapprciacted. It is about an abusive relationship, just as a warning.

    While I wouldn't necessarily call it most obscure, but I consider Isak Danialson's Power to be underapprciacted. It is about an abusive relationship, just as a warning.

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

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    I have experienced the same thing; it has taken me a long time to almost finish the game. My best guess is that it is a very heavy game, so it is more emotional draining than most games.

    I have experienced the same thing; it has taken me a long time to almost finish the game. My best guess is that it is a very heavy game, so it is more emotional draining than most games.

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

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    Disco Elysium: Holy fuck is it an incredible game! It is easily the most impressive game I have ever played. I really don't want to ruin anything about the game, but there is one gameplay choice...

    Disco Elysium:
    Holy fuck is it an incredible game! It is easily the most impressive game I have ever played. I really don't want to ruin anything about the game, but there is one gameplay choice that I have to talk about it. Time only passes when you are doing something, i.e. reading, talking. It adds so much to the themes of the game, and man, I wish more games made gameplay choice to further their themes. My one real complaint is that I am near the end, and I just don't know how to finish it. It is possible that this is a stylistic choice too, so it might not be a complaint.

    7 votes
  6. Comment on Recommend me a movie that _________ in ~movies

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    I would argue both 28 days later and 28 weeks later fit in this category. They are zombie apocalypse movies that are set during the very beginning and then middle of the apocalypse. I like 28 days...

    I would argue both 28 days later and 28 weeks later fit in this category. They are zombie apocalypse movies that are set during the very beginning and then middle of the apocalypse. I like 28 days later more, largely becuase it does a better job with the feeling of being on your own.

    4 votes
  7. Comment on Stop trying to shame socialists into voting for Joe Biden: It’s really about performatively denouncing leftists as irresponsible, for the edification of the liberals who are watching in ~misc

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    In what way have progressives treated the Democrats and the DNC like shit? And to be clear, I do not follow Twitter politics or consider it at all in this. The only progressive political leader...

    In what way have progressives treated the Democrats and the DNC like shit? And to be clear, I do not follow Twitter politics or consider it at all in this. The only progressive political leader that isn't officially a Democrat is Bernie, and he was running for President as a Democrat. For better, but more honestly worse, progressives are Democrats.

    Now assuming you meant moderate Democrats of the liberal vain, they got the presidential candidate they wanted. Biden is a moderate Liberal through and through, down to his electable old white toes. Biden has performed some lip-service to progressive causes like prison reform and healthcare for all, but only the minimum required. Leftists are tired because yet again we are forced to choose between the lesser of 2 evils. We are forced to choose between voting for a candidate that doesn't represent us or throw away our votes in one way or another.

    My personal anger in this election is less toward Biden or even Trump, its towards the system that makes me choose between them. We are forced to choose between a probable sexual predator and a 100% serial rapist. Both of them are shitty human beings. Neither represent my personal beliefs at all. Sure Biden's better in every regard, but just because I would drink piss before eat shit doesn't mean I want to do either. I am especially sad because Bernie is one of the very few politicians I respect, unlike either of the candidates (if you couldn't tell). Not voting means that if Trump wins, liberals will act like my not voting lost them the election, when in reality most elections fall into statistical error between either candidate. If Trump loses, a potential senile man who does not reflect my beliefs will be president. Leftists are pissed off because they lose no matter what, and Liberals are angry that the Left isn't happy about losing.

    4 votes
  8. Comment on Has DuckDuckGo recently started giving you significantly worse results? in ~tech

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    If I am remembering correctly, the query I used was "firefox tabs api". I double-checked it know, and it pulled up the right result now. However, I am fairly certain they prioritize links you have...

    If I am remembering correctly, the query I used was "firefox tabs api". I double-checked it know, and it pulled up the right result now. However, I am fairly certain they prioritize links you have already visited.

  9. Comment on Has DuckDuckGo recently started giving you significantly worse results? in ~tech

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    Seeing how It looks like I am not the only one, I decided to do a bit of digging. I have found a general email contact and sent a quick email to it. I also found their subreddit where by far the...

    Seeing how It looks like I am not the only one, I decided to do a bit of digging. I have found a general email contact and sent a quick email to it. I also found their subreddit where by far the most upvoted post in a while was this post about terrible search results, as well as 5 or 6 other posts about the poor results. I will update if I get a response.

    Update: I got a canned response immediately after, so I am not expecting an actual response. I hope if it was a change they are looking into it. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

    9 votes
  10. Comment on Has DuckDuckGo recently started giving you significantly worse results? in ~tech

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    It was the Tabs api; I have looking at writing an extension to give me more keybinds for moving and sorting tabs.

    It was the Tabs api; I have looking at writing an extension to give me more keybinds for moving and sorting tabs.

    1 vote
  11. Has DuckDuckGo recently started giving you significantly worse results?

    Over the last week or so, I have been noticing that the majority of my searches in DuckDuckGo have been completely failing. For example, I was searching for a specific Firefox extension api and it...

    Over the last week or so, I have been noticing that the majority of my searches in DuckDuckGo have been completely failing. For example, I was searching for a specific Firefox extension api and it only brings up a list of Firefox extension. If I put the exact same query into Google, the second result is exactly what I wanted. Before this last week, I have being using DDG almost exclusively, but know I am need to add the Google bang before nearly every query. Am I the only person that is having this experience? I really prefer using DDG to Google, but I can't if the results stay this way.

    28 votes
  12. Comment on Landlords across America are bracing for a wave of rent defaults in ~finance

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    My understanding of Georgism was that it argued that rent from land and natural resources are publically owned. Ironically, I was just reading up on it today in my personal overview of socialism....

    My understanding of Georgism was that it argued that rent from land and natural resources are publically owned. Ironically, I was just reading up on it today in my personal overview of socialism. Georgism is more generally focused on the idea of Economic Rent, which is distinct from the colloquial understanding of the word. Simplifying it a bit, but it is the profit that the owner of a form of capital gets above the use cost of the object. Now whether or not residing in a building is considered productive by Georgist, I have no idea, I am just trying to clarify from what I know.

    See wikipedia article for Georgism

    7 votes
  13. Comment on My NixOS desktop flow in ~comp

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    Nixos is my second most used Linux distro; the ability to configure everything with one interface is amazing. Also, the auto-creation of bootable backups with every system update saved my...

    Nixos is my second most used Linux distro; the ability to configure everything with one interface is amazing. Also, the auto-creation of bootable backups with every system update saved my vegatarian bacon a few times. Both those things being said, the Nix language always felt clunky and every once in a while something would be funky. It was definately the most innovative OS change I have ever used, but it still needed to smooth somethings out for wider use.

    3 votes
  14. Comment on What does your ideal society look like? in ~talk

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    Since the central challenge I see to Anarcho-Socialism is how it gets implemented, this question really lets me dream. I have personally suspected that the human species has the productive...

    Since the central challenge I see to Anarcho-Socialism is how it gets implemented, this question really lets me dream.

    I have personally suspected that the human species has the productive capabilities to provide a lower Western Middle class standard of living, likely before the 21st century. There would be a period of time where local structures, i.e. homes, would need to be constructed, but after that point, everyone's basic needs would be provided for. Everyone would work in producing basic needs, so the per-person amount of time spent would be tiny; I would guess less than 10 hours a week. If you automated away the work you were performing, you could become exempt from the required labor. Full automation would likely occur in my lifetime. Luxury items would be exchanged in either a barter system or with a simple currency that reduced in value over time. In our free time, everyone is free to do whatever they want; learn, build, do absolutely nothing, sleep, fuck, take up the piano, travel, hang out with friends, etc, without being shamed by people "Hustling" on social media.

    I don't see any path to this world actually being reached, the landed elite are to powerful and to many of the people believe that they will inevitably be billionaires.

    6 votes
  15. Comment on Interview with Daniel Waters, writer of Demolition Man, on his movie's predictive power in ~movies

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    Since I watched this movie for the first time today, I am a little weirded out to see a post about a 20 year old movie. But I honestly really enjoyed the movie. Stallone is Stallone, there are a...

    Since I watched this movie for the first time today, I am a little weirded out to see a post about a 20 year old movie. But I honestly really enjoyed the movie. Stallone is Stallone, there are a bunch of one-liners and some actually good jokes. Sandra Bullock is so good in it as well; she has the perfect amount of bubbliness. I love the awful changes in converstion, i.e. mellow greetings and enhance your calm.
    I didn't really think about it being predictive of now, except in the boardroom scene. Overall, great movie. Be Well!

    3 votes
  16. Comment on Life without children in ~life

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    I am someone who doesn't want kids, so it is nice to see that there are other people out there who can feel the same. However, the article doesn't mention any of the reasons that I personnally...

    I am someone who doesn't want kids, so it is nice to see that there are other people out there who can feel the same. However, the article doesn't mention any of the reasons that I personnally have for not wanting children.

    1. The responsibility. I do not want to be responsible for another human's life for ~18 years. I know myself well enough to know that I will be crippled by that responsiblity. I wouldn't find meaning in it, I would resent it.

    2. The Cost in time. There are many things I want to do, not saying I will actually do them, but none of them are quick. Raising a child takes such an enormous amount of your life that I might be able to do one of the things, maybe.

    I am not saying that they don't mention valid points, merely that none of them are my personal reasons against having a child. I do also want be clear that I am not an Anti-Natalist, I just personally don't want kids.

    7 votes
  17. Comment on How to start a DnD campaign with your friends? in ~games.tabletop

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    I have played alot of 5th edition D&D and also DM'ed for a few short running campaigns. I started in a homebrewed campaign with some friends in college. We never used pre-generated characters, and...

    I have played alot of 5th edition D&D and also DM'ed for a few short running campaigns.

    How did you start your first game, what was the setting?

    I started in a homebrewed campaign with some friends in college. We never used pre-generated characters, and I personally highly recommend it. Making your own character forces you to learn the basic rules around that class. Also, assuming you are starting at level 1, there aren't to many choices; it is mostly just race, class and background. Writing their own character also makes them much more connected and invested in them, which is the most important in the beginning.

    How do I gently introduce players to mechanics?

    I wasn't gently introduced at all, but as a DM I tried to. My main strategy was to work with the players on their characters to make sure they understood the core functions of their character class. I also cannot recommend a session 0 enough, especially for a new group. Session 0 is a session before the campaign start to make sure everyone is on the same page and to run through the basic rules. I also like to run through a background event for each character during the session. It is a simple thing like they fought off a childhood bully or had to sneak past a prision guard, but they use their class features. It helps them dip their feet in with zero stakes and makes them feel more connected to the character.

    How do I deal with unpredictable situations?

    I can only say that there will be unpredictable situations. Your party will almost certainly kill someone important to the plot or run off to another continent or build an airship. It is helpful to expect it and to have some rough ideas of the world around them to able to make up a response in the moment.

    And most importantly, how do I make sure everyone is having fun?

    Ever player will enjoy different aspects of the game in different amounts, so I like to make sure each session has a little bit of everything. You don't need to have a full-blown combat each session, but maybe give the violent approach as an option with consquences of course. My favorite part of D&D is the complete freedom to do anything I can think of. It will probably fail, but that is half the fun. The big thing is to make sure you are thinking about everyone having a good time.

    4 votes
  18. Comment on What are the best, most interesting TV shows from outside the US? in ~tv

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    I highly recommend Kingdom. Its a Korean period piece that is set during the Josean era. It is beautifully shot, and all the costumes are amazing. Season 2 also just came out, so I highly...

    I highly recommend Kingdom. Its a Korean period piece that is set during the Josean era. It is beautifully shot, and all the costumes are amazing. Season 2 also just came out, so I highly recommend catching up.

    2 votes
  19. Comment on Life during the outbreak in ~talk

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    I live in the middle of the US, and this weekend was the first time I noticed anything in my day to day life. I went grocery shopping and so many food staples were just gone; I got the LAST bag of...

    I live in the middle of the US, and this weekend was the first time I noticed anything in my day to day life. I went grocery shopping and so many food staples were just gone; I got the LAST bag of rice. One of my roomates worked from home today. Other than that, my current intentional unemployment means that I haven't been getting out that much anyway, and I am not worried about losing a job.

    I considered the odds of a significant infectious outbreak of this scale to be inevitable, so I am not overwhelmed like most people seem to be. To be honest, I thought more people assumed the same; that globalization would lead to a fast moving outbreak at some point. Even historically, it is my understanding that pandemics at a global scale are, roughly, a per century thing.

    So, yeah I guess I am personally feeling pretty okay, but I do hope everyone in more serious situations can find some peace.

    5 votes
  20. Comment on What's the longest running quandary/debate you've had with yourself? in ~talk

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    I know I have heard that term before, but it never clicked for me. It felt weird to categorize myself around not caring about something, though I don't care about sportsball either. :)

    I know I have heard that term before, but it never clicked for me. It felt weird to categorize myself around not caring about something, though I don't care about sportsball either. :)

    3 votes