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  1. Comment on What's something you wish people outside of your field knew/understood? in ~talk

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    When people who know about suicide prevention talk about prevention of access to means and methods they do not mean that this is the only thing that we need to do. They mean that in the package of...

    When people who know about suicide prevention talk about prevention of access to means and methods they do not mean that this is the only thing that we need to do. They mean that in the package of measures we need to implement to reduce deaths by suicide in a population reducing access to means and methods is one important thing you can do reasonably easily.

    The other thing I'd like people to know is how deaths are counted. The method is different across countries, and often this means you can't easily compare the rate in This Country versus That Country. Some methods will undercount death. Some will slightly overcount death.

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  2. Comment on What's something you wish people outside of your field knew/understood? in ~talk

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    There's an episode in Long Way Up where the fact that Ewan McGregor is in town is leaked, and it leads to the hotel being mobbed by hundreds of fans. It's not just intrusive, and he'd probably be...

    There's an episode in Long Way Up where the fact that Ewan McGregor is in town is leaked, and it leads to the hotel being mobbed by hundreds of fans.

    It's not just intrusive, and he'd probably be okay if it had only been a few people or if it had been a properly arranged me, but the fact it's ad-hoc and impromptu makes it look (and I bet feel) unsafe for him and the people he's with.

    2 votes
  3. Comment on TV Tuesdays Free Talk in ~tv

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    Stillwater is a calm, delightful, psychologically well-informed, show for children. A short run of 12 episodes (6 programmes with 2 episodes per programme). Lovely animation, great acting. A lot...

    Stillwater is a calm, delightful, psychologically well-informed, show for children. A short run of 12 episodes (6 programmes with 2 episodes per programme). Lovely animation, great acting.

    A lot of children's tv is hot garbage so anything even remotely good stands out, but this is genuinely great.

    3 votes
  4. Comment on Radical tenderness: queer & trans joy in 2020 in ~lgbt

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    A little bit of good news from the UK.

    A little bit of good news from the UK.

    1 vote
  5. Comment on Science fiction movie recommendations in ~movies

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    I don't know if these are on Netflix, but I enjoyed these two: Brazil -- The UK in 1985 was fucking weird and scary. Thatcher was in power; we feared nuclear destruction (eg our geography lessons...

    I don't know if these are on Netflix, but I enjoyed these two:

    Brazil -- The UK in 1985 was fucking weird and scary. Thatcher was in power; we feared nuclear destruction (eg our geography lessons included maps of the UK with fallout plumes overlaid on certain towns); interacting with government was a baffling experience. So Brazil really tapped into this level of bureaucratic paranoia.

    Upstream Color I like this film more than the critics do. Critics always try to describe the film and the plot, and that's a mistake. You need to set aside some time and just go along for the ride. Allow the world building to grab you. I love his work.

    7 votes
  6. Comment on Weekly coronavirus-related chat, questions, and minor updates - week of December 28 in ~health.coronavirus

  7. Comment on Weekly coronavirus-related chat, questions, and minor updates - week of December 28 in ~health.coronavirus

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    I don't think people fully appreciate how serious B117 variant is. It doesn't appear to be more lethal, but it is considerably more infectious....

    I don't think people fully appreciate how serious B117 variant is. It doesn't appear to be more lethal, but it is considerably more infectious. https://twitter.com/dgurdasani1/status/1344774555718590464

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  8. Comment on What have you been listening to this week? in ~music

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    I can't get enough of Frankie Cosmos. I just love Close it quietly. My favourites are Did you find? and With Great Purpose. Nick Shoulders is doing some lovely stuff. Honey Let's Stay In is just...

    I can't get enough of Frankie Cosmos. I just love Close it quietly. My favourites are Did you find? and With Great Purpose.

    Nick Shoulders is doing some lovely stuff. Honey Let's Stay In is just fun. Too Old To Dream

    The Bagpuss theme (If you know you know, and some days I feel like a saggy old cloth-cat). See also We will wash it

    I've been trying to use Youtube's "mix" playlists to try to find new music. They're really hit or miss. Some of them are pretty good at getting me to things I haven't heard before but some of them are just lousy. So, here's a list of some things that are new to me (but are super popular, everyone else seems to have heard these):

    Dune Rats Bullshit
    I like of lot of their music but this one is helping me get through the days at the moment.

    The Chats Smoko
    They're funny, and that counts for a lot in my book.

    FIDLAR West Coast
    Okay, there's a theme here of raucous joy which I guess is me not liking lockdown which is weird because I'm generally loving it. I'm fantastically lazy and being told to STAY AT HOME really plays to my strengths.

    PUP Dark Days
    I put these on my MP3 player and plug my headphones in and PLAY LOUD (which worries my hearing aid dispenser and audiologists worry about so I try not to do it for too long[1]) and dance around my flat.

    Remo Drive Yer Killin' Me
    I enjoy the changes of pace through this song.

    Skegss Got on my skateboard
    I love the guitar tone at about 0:50

    Sorry this post is gently chaotic but that's me right now I guess. I'd love suggestions for more raucous joy, especially from less well known bands.

    [1] genuinely now, tinnitus fucking sucks and I wish I'd looked after my ears a bit better when I was younger, so I am really careful to limit loud music from headphones because I don't want it getting any worse.

  9. Comment on Young Marble Giants - Final Day (1980) in ~music

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    UK feels somewhat apocalyptic at the moment. There are people walking into hospitals and filming and asking "why are they empty?" (Because they're filming an outpatient department out of hours...

    UK feels somewhat apocalyptic at the moment. There are people walking into hospitals and filming and asking "why are they empty?" (Because they're filming an outpatient department out of hours over the Christmas and New Year period during a fucking pandemic), and gathering outside hospitals to chant "covid is a hoax".

    B117 covid is ripping through our communities, and it appears to be younger people spreading it. (Whether that's because it targets them, or because get this we forbid schools from closing even in tier 4 ("STAY AT HOME") areas until this morning when inept government made a u turn.

    So, this stripped back tune feels about right.

    1 vote
  10. Comment on Irish pensioners choir dedicates moving rendition of Silent Night to trans kids and calls on elders to educate themselves in ~lgbt

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    Ah, thanks for the tag tip! I'll try to remember to use it.

    Ah, thanks for the tag tip! I'll try to remember to use it.

    1 vote
  11. Comment on Irish pensioners choir dedicates moving rendition of Silent Night to trans kids and calls on elders to educate themselves in ~lgbt

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    I feel like we may need a tag for happy news because things are a bit shit in the UK at the moment. Some of that shit is moving its way towards Ireland. Luckily, Irish feminists have got robust...

    I feel like we may need a tag for happy news because things are a bit shit in the UK at the moment. Some of that shit is moving its way towards Ireland. Luckily, Irish feminists have got robust responses ready - there's some great twitter threads pointing out the colonialist thinking of terfs.

    Anyway, this is a lovely gesture of solidarity and acceptance and I kind of needed it today and I hope you all enjoy it.

    Also I freaking love live singing even, perhaps especially, if it's a bit wonky. So I love this.

    7 votes
  12. Comment on Who did JK Rowling become? Deciphering the most beloved, most reviled children’s book author in history in ~books

  13. Comment on Who did JK Rowling become? Deciphering the most beloved, most reviled children’s book author in history in ~books

  14. Comment on Parents warning about harm to children after UK legal decision bans access to puberty blockers in ~lgbt

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    Just to let you know but "We have reasonable concerns" is often (as here) used to introduce hate speech. That's because a lot of the discussion from people opposed to internationally agreed...

    Just to let you know but "We have reasonable concerns" is often (as here) used to introduce hate speech.

    Ultimately, based on the very surface-level discussions of this ruling I see in many places on the internet, I question whether some activists are truly engaging with the issues here to the extent that they should be.

    That's because a lot of the discussion from people opposed to internationally agreed medical treatment for gender incongruent children is at the same level as "Jews run the media". It's hateful, and it deserves contempt, no matter how many polite words are used to introduce it into the conversation.

    5 votes
  15. Comment on Parents warning about harm to children after UK legal decision bans access to puberty blockers in ~lgbt

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    The situation about consent to treatment in England, before this court case: If you are 18 or older you can consent to have any treatment. You can decline to have any treatment, unless you lack...

    The situation about consent to treatment in England, before this court case:

    If you are 18 or older you can consent to have any treatment. You can decline to have any treatment, unless you lack the capacity to make that decision. You are allowed to make unwise choices -- you're allowed to turn down medical treatment that would save your life.

    If you are 16 or 17 years old the situation is almost the same, except you're not allowed to decline life-saving medical treatment. That decision will go in front of the courts who'll decide. (But as soon as you're 18 you can make this decision for yourself. This means we sometimes have Jehova's Witness children who refuse blood transfusions. The courts say they must have them. Then a year or so later the child turns 18 and refuses the treatment and dies.)

    If you are 15 years old or younger doctors will see if you're "Gillick Competent". This is a test to see if you can understand and weigh up the implications of getting treatment. If you are you can make your own decisions, although it'll be hard for you to decline life saving treatment.

    This means that children can make their own decisions, without parental involvement, across a wide range of healthcare, and some of those decisions will have serious, severe, life-long consequences.

    Tavistock & Portman went further.

    The child had to show that they were Gillick competent. The child had to agree to the treatment. And also the parent had to consent too. And then two independent medical teams (gender and endo) had to agree that this was the best course.

    7 votes