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  1. Comment on The El Paso Shooting and the Gamification of Terror in ~news

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    I think this might be an intermediate stage. We're clearly past completely independent and dissimilar events, but it's also clearly not centralized. In this intermediate place, vehicles like the...

    But is it organised?

    I think this might be an intermediate stage. We're clearly past completely independent and dissimilar events, but it's also clearly not centralized. In this intermediate place, vehicles like the Internet, certain politicians, etc, start creating a kind of "mobilizing platform" that could create an opportunity for someone to become the organizer.

    13 votes
  2. Comment on 2020 Census will not include citizenship question, DOJ confirms in ~news

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    While that's good news, the current administration seems to operate with impunity regarding checks and balances. Dollars to donuts says that they print the census questionnaire with the...

    While that's good news, the current administration seems to operate with impunity regarding checks and balances. Dollars to donuts says that they print the census questionnaire with the citizenship question anyway, regardless of the courts. Why wouldn't they? It's not like the laws are actually enforced on the executive branch these days.

    4 votes
  3. Comment on Call for students to film "leftist" teachers brings Brazil's culture wars to classroom in ~news

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    Oh, FFS. I'm really worried for our friends in Brazil. As much as I fret about the state of politics here in the US, the stuff going on abroad is really troubling. Between obvious indoctrination...

    “Many would say yes,” replies the teacher. “But I’m not here to indoctrinate anyone … And actually I’m required by law to say that thanks to slavery, Brazil experienced growth like never before.”

    Oh, FFS.

    I'm really worried for our friends in Brazil. As much as I fret about the state of politics here in the US, the stuff going on abroad is really troubling. Between obvious indoctrination (in the name of being against indoctrination) coupled with the looming threat against what remains of the Amazon, Bolsonaro is a huge threat to regional and international stability and peace.

    I tell you, the ongoing global rise in right-wing ideaology should be making us lose sleep at night. Bolsonaro, Trump, May, Duerte, etc... I know that they're not the problem, but rather a symptom of a rotting cancer that we thought we surgically removed 80 years ago. The cancer is trying to spread again.

    11 votes
  4. Comment on Peter Mayhew, who played Chewbacca in ‘Star Wars’ films, dies at 74 in ~movies

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    In my family, most men die from heart attacks in their 50s/60s or strokes in their 60s/70s. I'm keenly aware of this, and I try and take good care of the ol' cardiovascular system. I don't smoke,...

    In my family, most men die from heart attacks in their 50s/60s or strokes in their 60s/70s. I'm keenly aware of this, and I try and take good care of the ol' cardiovascular system. I don't smoke, I work out and do cardio and I am a vegetarian. I know that nothing is a guarantee, but my cholesterol & triglyceride levels are very low. Hopefully this pays off with many more years of good health to come.

    3 votes
  5. Comment on Peter Mayhew, who played Chewbacca in ‘Star Wars’ films, dies at 74 in ~movies

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    Curious, this is the second time this week that I've had the SSA actuarial tables have come up in conversation. The table tells me that I have 41 years of life expectancy ahead of me. I certainly...

    Curious, this is the second time this week that I've had the SSA actuarial tables have come up in conversation.

    The table tells me that I have 41 years of life expectancy ahead of me. I certainly hope so! I don't recall any men in either side of the family getting past 75.

    4 votes
  6. Comment on Peter Mayhew, who played Chewbacca in ‘Star Wars’ films, dies at 74 in ~movies

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    :( Rest in peace, Chewy. 74 seems to me to be kinda young to go. Like, logically I know that 74 is a good long time and that as a child/teen, 70+ seemed ancient. Now that I'm pushing 40 and have...

    :(
    Rest in peace, Chewy.

    74 seems to me to be kinda young to go. Like, logically I know that 74 is a good long time and that as a child/teen, 70+ seemed ancient. Now that I'm pushing 40 and have relatives/parent teetering on the edge of 70, it doesn't seem all that old anymore.

    I suppose that my mental line of demarcation about being "old" is 80, now that I think about it. When I hear that someone over 80 has died, my usual go-to response is that they "had a good run" or "had a long life".

    7 votes
  7. Comment on Does your city have civil defense/fire/air raid sirens or similar systems? in ~talk

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    I live in the greater Seattle metro area, in the US. We used to have sirens all over town during the 80s and early 90s. I remember them testing the sirens every Wednesday at noon. With the fall of...

    I live in the greater Seattle metro area, in the US. We used to have sirens all over town during the 80s and early 90s. I remember them testing the sirens every Wednesday at noon. With the fall of the Soviet Union, those all ended up going away.

    Nowadays, we have a series of sirens that they installed in the port. We're at high risk for lahars from Mount Rainier, so these sirens are all over in the ports of Seattle & Tacoma, as well as in the Puyallup and Duwamish River valleys. There's something like a million+ people in the direct path of one, so these are a part of the volcano evacuation system. If one goes off, you have (depending on your location) anywhere from 10 to 60 minuets to GTFO.

    I don't know about up in the valleys, but in the port areas, the sirens get tested on the first Monday of the month, at noon.

    1 vote
  8. Comment on Burger King is the latest brand to use depression as a marketing tool in ~misc

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    Huh. So, I'm cool with mental health awareness being a thing that society pushes. I'm OK with private and public institutions spreading the message. I think I'm not OK with mental health awareness...

    Huh.

    So, I'm cool with mental health awareness being a thing that society pushes. I'm OK with private and public institutions spreading the message. I think I'm not OK with mental health awareness being a marketing tactic. Using a serious health condition that's linked to harm and discrimination in order to sell more food seems to me to be, well, kind of obscene.

    13 votes
  9. Comment on Sonic The Hedgehog (2019) - Official Trailer in ~movies

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    Sonic was big in the late 90s, right? So was Coolio and Gangsta's Paradise. It's all an attempt to tug on the ol' nostalgia hearstrings for those of us in the 30+ crowd. This is my own, highly...

    (what does Gangsta's Paradise have to do with Sonic?

    Sonic was big in the late 90s, right? So was Coolio and Gangsta's Paradise. It's all an attempt to tug on the ol' nostalgia hearstrings for those of us in the 30+ crowd.

    This is my own, highly subjective opinion, but it seems like they aren't confident that the film will attract enough viewers based on it's own merit.

    5 votes
  10. Comment on What re-recording or variation of a classic song do you believe beats the original? in ~music

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    For me, it's the Genitorturers' cover of "I Touch Myself". It's pretty good, IMHO. Here's a link, if anyone is curious.

    For me, it's the Genitorturers' cover of "I Touch Myself". It's pretty good, IMHO.

    Here's a link, if anyone is curious.

    3 votes
  11. Comment on What are you doing this weekend? in ~talk

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    I'm going to be doing a mad amount of reading, to prepare for finals next week. I'll also be cleaning up the yard in anticipation for spring planting. It's supposed to be 65°, so I'll be out...

    I'm going to be doing a mad amount of reading, to prepare for finals next week. I'll also be cleaning up the yard in anticipation for spring planting. It's supposed to be 65°, so I'll be out getting in as many miles as I can on my trusty ol' motorcycle.

    7 votes
  12. Comment on BirthStrikers: meet the women who refuse to have children until climate change ends in ~enviro

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    You might be surprised just how many people out there, even in wealthy nations, who have 3+. I see this all the time while out and about. It's certainly not everyone, but it's there. I'll admit...

    You might be surprised just how many people out there, even in wealthy nations, who have 3+. I see this all the time while out and about. It's certainly not everyone, but it's there.

    I'll admit that I'm probably over-sensitive to this issue. I'm a confirmed non-breeder, yet my two sisters have 9 boys between the two of them. I can't help but notice large families, simply because it's relevant to me.

    1 vote
  13. Comment on BirthStrikers: meet the women who refuse to have children until climate change ends in ~enviro

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    I live in a place that's fairly cold and gloomy all winter. No power would make life here miserable for ⅝ of the year, not to mention the people in our vulnerable populations who would die quickly...

    What would life look like for you if you lost electricity for 11 months?

    I live in a place that's fairly cold and gloomy all winter. No power would make life here miserable for ⅝ of the year, not to mention the people in our vulnerable populations who would die quickly without heat, medical equipment, etc.

    1 vote
  14. Comment on BirthStrikers: meet the women who refuse to have children until climate change ends in ~enviro

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    I'm pleased to see people who are taking the environmental cost of breeding seriously. Having children is a major decision that a great many people just don't think about; they have kids because...

    I'm pleased to see people who are taking the environmental cost of breeding seriously. Having children is a major decision that a great many people just don't think about; they have kids because "that's what you do." I truly feel that a lot of problems and suffering could be avoided if folks did more soul-searching and were willing to say no before reproducing.

    While admirable, those who opt not to breed are still more than offset by all those who go on and have 3, 4, 5 or more children. This isn't the 1880s, when 11 of your 14 children didn't live to adulthood, there's no good reason to have any more than required for replacement.

    And this isn't even touching the whole aspect about corporations causing pollution/global warming at orders of magnitude beyond what any human could do.

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  15. Comment on Is is possible to mourn someone you didn't even know? in ~life

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    So very true, at least for me. I've been feeling really, really sad about climate change. I've come to recognize that I'm mourning the environment as I knew it.

    Mourning isn't restricted to people you know. It's about loss of any kind.

    So very true, at least for me. I've been feeling really, really sad about climate change. I've come to recognize that I'm mourning the environment as I knew it.

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  16. Comment on A TV actor who played Ukraine's president could now become the actual president in ~news

  17. Comment on Talking about identity/cultural appropriation, how to navigate life? in ~talk

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    I'm no sociologist, so take my thoughts with the appropriate grain of salt. Anyone who is more knowledgeable, please feel free to correct me. Cultural appropriation (as I, a white male American...

    I'm no sociologist, so take my thoughts with the appropriate grain of salt. Anyone who is more knowledgeable, please feel free to correct me.

    Cultural appropriation (as I, a white male American understand it) is basically taking and using someone else's culture inappropriately. It's totally cool to love and appreciate Mexican culture (for example), but not cool for me to set up and run a trendy taco bar that pushes actual Mexican-American owned establishments out of business. In this case, I'd be using someone else's culture to my benefit at their expense. Likewise, it's totally cool to buy a dream catcher from a member of a Native American tribe because you like it, it's not cool to make my own and sell on Etsy. It's not about enjoying a culture that isn't your own, it's taking and using it for your own.

    Identity is a lot harder since many groups have different ways that they identify themselves. It can be language, economics, religion, whatever. For example, I am an American and identify as such even thoughI detest things like Football, guns, country music, Republicans, etc that are "associated" with being an American. Identity is complicated and we are not obligated to associate with one just because we were born into that group. Likewise, we don't have to accept parts of an identity that go against our personal beliefs. We can be raised and identify as culturally Catholic but we don't have to accept things like priests molesting children.

    I hope my thoughts help

    6 votes
  18. Comment on The New American Dream Home Is One You Never Have to Leave - NYT in ~life

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    This was an interesting read (to me, at least) about a shift back to multi-generational living that's gaining momentum. I'm an elder millennial, my spousal muffin and I bought a large house in the...

    This was an interesting read (to me, at least) about a shift back to multi-generational living that's gaining momentum.

    I'm an elder millennial, my spousal muffin and I bought a large house in the Seattle metro (ours is old though, built in 1911) with the intention of renting space in it to friends and family. About a year ago, my partially disabled father moved in and now we just finished setting up a room for air bnb. It's almost eerie to see your own life reflected in a NYT piece.

    4 votes