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  1. Comment on Ask Tildes: Are the Democrats too meek? in ~talk

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    Democrats have a tendency to negotiate themselves out of exciting ideas. It's like nobody in the party has ever made the decision to go out and try to sell their policy before rolling over. I...

    Democrats have a tendency to negotiate themselves out of exciting ideas. It's like nobody in the party has ever made the decision to go out and try to sell their policy before rolling over. I think it's a big part of Bernie's popularity, he is actually willing to take relatively bold policy positions.

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  2. Comment on How do you meet people? in ~talk

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    Pick up a hobby that you can do alone or with others. I joined a climbing gym recently, and it has been great for meeting people. You just start talking about the hobby and it's not creepy or...

    Pick up a hobby that you can do alone or with others. I joined a climbing gym recently, and it has been great for meeting people. You just start talking about the hobby and it's not creepy or weird because it's a common interest, then you branch out into family, occupation, recreation, and dreams and before you know it you have a friend.

    3 votes
  3. Comment on Removing Love Locks From Bridges & Statues (Honest Guide) in ~misc

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    If the vendors were really smart they'd sell locks with some non-obvious way to spring them, then they could just go collect them at night and resell them the next day.

    If the vendors were really smart they'd sell locks with some non-obvious way to spring them, then they could just go collect them at night and resell them the next day.

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  4. Comment on The Teacher Shortage is Real, Large and Growing, and Worse Than We Thought (Part 1) in ~life

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    Not really surprising. Teachers are not given a lot of agency anymore, in what seems like a profession that calls for it. The chickens of increasing litigiousness of parents, the necessity to...

    Not really surprising. Teachers are not given a lot of agency anymore, in what seems like a profession that calls for it. The chickens of increasing litigiousness of parents, the necessity to 'teach to the test', and being a regular victim of budget cuts are all coming home to roost. We need a real culture change and real overhaul of the education system. Why should it all be about job training when job requirements now change so fast? People should be taught how to communicate in long-form. They should be taught the maker skills that will let them express their creativity. They should be taught to reason and form logical arguments. Why do we still have summer break? Students, especially impoverished and at-risk students, lose a lot of progress during the summer. Shorter, more spaced out breaks would serve them much better and "justify" raises for teachers.

    Has anyone had the chance to read recent grad cover letters? You can make it through a decent school with a 4 year degree and barely be able to string a thought together on paper.

    5 votes
  5. Comment on What are some quality mobile games? in ~games

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    I usually don't do anything with my iPad, but I played this recently since I was flying. It really made the time go by fast. It's not strategically very deep and I'm 99.9% sure everyone on the...

    I usually don't do anything with my iPad, but I played this recently since I was flying. It really made the time go by fast. It's not strategically very deep and I'm 99.9% sure everyone on the leaderboard is cheating somehow, but as a way to kill a few hours it is great.

    2 votes
  6. Comment on Rage 2 uses my birth defect as a crude shorthand for mutant freak in ~games

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    I think it's Red Dragon, at least definitely one of the Hannibal movies, where the serial killer guy has a cleft lip and is driven by rage at the world over his lip.

    I think it's Red Dragon, at least definitely one of the Hannibal movies, where the serial killer guy has a cleft lip and is driven by rage at the world over his lip.

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  7. Comment on Taking mushrooms for depression cured me of my atheism: Psilocybin not only eased my depression, it showed me a new way to live. in ~misc

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    Your tolerance for illegality may be different, but mushroom spores are 100% legal to purchase. There are a variety of websites that sell them for "microscopy" the same way headshops sell bongs...

    Your tolerance for illegality may be different, but mushroom spores are 100% legal to purchase. There are a variety of websites that sell them for "microscopy" the same way headshops sell bongs for "tobacco use". From there, very basic research can guide you to creating a growing medium and terrarium, then you just let nature take its course. The most difficult part is keeping everything sterile so only the good fungus grows.

    4 votes
  8. Comment on Taking mushrooms for depression cured me of my atheism: Psilocybin not only eased my depression, it showed me a new way to live. in ~misc

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    I've never really been religious, I tried magic mushrooms many times and had a blast while maintaining my atheism. I have read about psilocybin helping with addiction and that was my experience,...

    I've never really been religious, I tried magic mushrooms many times and had a blast while maintaining my atheism. I have read about psilocybin helping with addiction and that was my experience, in a way. I used to play a text-based MUD, and got involved in a forum that I continued using even after I gave up on the game. I still remember the specific trip where I decided that forum was toxic and never went back. Overall though, I just had a lot of fun times that are very hard to explain now. Mushrooms are (imo, no data to back it up) a much safer alternative to acid. For one, you know what you're getting. Real acid is hard to come by these days, mushrooms are mushrooms. It's also a much shorter trip, maybe 3 hours from start to finish instead of acid's all-day experience. The feeling is different too - after a brief period of nausea, everything is hilarious and then the tripping really starts. Acid is like an alien scientist peeling back your brain and poking around inside.

    I wouldn't recommend it to everyone, but if you/your family don't have a history of mental illness, you haven't gone through any major psychologically taxing episodes like a break up or death of a loved one recently, and have a good friend you trust to tripsit it is worth it. Magic mushroom spores are even totally legal to buy since they don't contain psilocybin and fairly easy to grow since they're just mushrooms.

    5 votes
  9. Comment on A U.S. Senator is introducing legislation to ban loot boxes and pay-to-win microtransations in "games played by minors." in ~games

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    I think this is good. Loot boxes abuse the same neural pathways as slot machines, and they're essentially completely unregulated. The government already regulates other forms of gambling and loot...

    I think this is good. Loot boxes abuse the same neural pathways as slot machines, and they're essentially completely unregulated. The government already regulates other forms of gambling and loot boxes are far from essential to video games - in fact most users seem to hate them. I don't buy the slippery slope.

    5 votes
  10. Comment on What's a common misconception or misunderstanding you would love to see corrected? in ~talk

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    That is true, kind of - mandates still exist but they're not being enforced. That has already resulted in companies pulling out of markets and increased premiums. You can kind of think of the main...

    That is true, kind of - mandates still exist but they're not being enforced. That has already resulted in companies pulling out of markets and increased premiums.

    You can kind of think of the main parts of ACA as a three-legged stool. Coverage is individually mandated, so you can't wait until you need it to purchase it. Companies can't deny people for pre-existing conditions, so if you need it you can get it. And companies are required to provide quality coverage and must spend 80% of premiums on healthcare, which keeps them honest. Kicking out any leg of the stool is going to destabilize the whole system.

    2 votes
  11. Comment on What's a common misconception or misunderstanding you would love to see corrected? in ~talk

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    Well, it's not a money-maker but what it does do is give you access to absolutely massive piles of money. Companies will invest that money and in that way, turn a profit. Even then, it's usually...

    Well, it's not a money-maker but what it does do is give you access to absolutely massive piles of money. Companies will invest that money and in that way, turn a profit. Even then, it's usually fairly small as a percentage. Progressive makes $1.01 for every $1.00 they spend - but when you handle the sheer number of dollars Progressive does, 1% is still a heck of a lot of cash.

    Companies are raising premiums too, in some cases pretty significantly. Auto insurance is extremely competitive though, and companies usually don't want to raise premiums more than they absolutely have to because it will cost them customers. If they raise them too much, it causes the desirable customers in particular to jump ship which just makes the whole book of business more risky.

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  12. Comment on What's a common misconception or misunderstanding you would love to see corrected? in ~talk

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    Insurance (talking property & casualty, not health) is not a scam designed to syphon off your money. In fact almost no companies make money on auto insirance, and most lose money on it. It is a...

    Insurance (talking property & casualty, not health) is not a scam designed to syphon off your money. In fact almost no companies make money on auto insirance, and most lose money on it. It is a benefit to individual policyholders and society as a whole which is why laws actually require people to buy it in many cases. People get a lot of bad information from their neighbors and family, but insurance policies are specifically written to be easy to read - however almost nobody actually reads them. Each state has a department of insurance or similar agency and they almost unanimously will side with the policyholder in the event of a meaningful dispute or issue. This is less true for business insurance, but for homeowners and personal auto there really is no wiggle-room on the price - again, because it's not really profitable and also because rates are often legislated.

    Even health insurance in the US is a mess, but the features of ACA that people hate (mandates) are required to be able to support features they like (no more denials for pre-existing conditions) in a tremendous balancing act. ACA should be scrapped in favor of Medicare for All, but until then it is actually a decent compromise to get more people insured.

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  13. Comment on How Game of Thrones Ruined its Most Important Episode in ~tv

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    It's still a major plot point, the entire reason that Melisandre is in the North. It's been directly referenced a few times. They had the comet in season 2. It's just lazy to throw it all out.

    Azor Ahai is not really a show thing, it's a book thing. I get that it is disappointing not to see it play out in the show but the show is missing additional context that the book will bring to this.

    It's still a major plot point, the entire reason that Melisandre is in the North. It's been directly referenced a few times. They had the comet in season 2. It's just lazy to throw it all out.

    1 vote
  14. Comment on The plot that failed: how Venezuela's 'uprising' fizzled in ~news

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    It's all punishment for Venezuelans taking back control of their natural resources from foreign oil companies. Same thing with Iran. It's just extra stupid and pointless now since fossil fuels are...

    It's all punishment for Venezuelans taking back control of their natural resources from foreign oil companies. Same thing with Iran. It's just extra stupid and pointless now since fossil fuels are on the way out.

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  15. Comment on Shame On You’: New York Times Antisemitic Cartoon Controversy Escalates in ~news

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    In which way: that's easy. While you or I may donate $50 or even $100, Koch Enterprises can write a much larger check. IIRC 64% of NPR's funding comes from individual donors, 6% comes from the...

    In which way: that's easy. While you or I may donate $50 or even $100, Koch Enterprises can write a much larger check. IIRC 64% of NPR's funding comes from individual donors, 6% comes from the government, and the remaining 30% comes from corporate donors. However, there are tens of thousands of individual donors and a handful of corporate donors, so their influence is outsized compared to yours or mine. However we can't know the exact level of their donations and resulting influence, because as I pointed out NPR isn't required to tell us.

    When we look at the extent, again we run into information NPR is not going to share. If a story gets killed, or if a producer gets hired because of their radical milquetoast centrism, NPR isn't going to share that with us. All we can do is look at a network that generally has high quality discussion and see that they consistently ignore Bernie Sanders' popularity or disingenuously cover MfA and ask why.

  16. Comment on Shame On You’: New York Times Antisemitic Cartoon Controversy Escalates in ~news

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    I'm sorry but it's just not worth my time to dig up. Like I said, the Snopes link is a completely different question. I guess you don't have to trust me, but why would I make this up?

    I'm sorry but it's just not worth my time to dig up. Like I said, the Snopes link is a completely different question. I guess you don't have to trust me, but why would I make this up?

  17. Comment on Shame On You’: New York Times Antisemitic Cartoon Controversy Escalates in ~news

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    That Snopes link is about a different question entirely. Of course they didn't buy NPR, they do donate to it though. And in fact, NPR refuses to say how much. I have 100% heard them get a shout...

    That Snopes link is about a different question entirely. Of course they didn't buy NPR, they do donate to it though. And in fact, NPR refuses to say how much. I have 100% heard them get a shout out on Planet Money, which has covered MfA in an underhanded 'theyre gonna raise yer taxes' kind of way.

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  18. Comment on Shame On You’: New York Times Antisemitic Cartoon Controversy Escalates in ~news

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    NPR receives some of its funding from Koch Enterprises, and I have seen them have guests on who work at Koch-funded think tanks, discussing issues that the Kochs lobby about, without disclosing...

    What do you mean NPR has Koch Brothers starting up behind them?

    NPR is the most trusted news source in America last time I checked.

    NPR receives some of its funding from Koch Enterprises, and I have seen them have guests on who work at Koch-funded think tanks, discussing issues that the Kochs lobby about, without disclosing it. A caller called them out on it and it was amazing to see the guest and host flounder around trying to explain it.

    They also receive funding from industry groups like PHARMA and military-industrial companies like Boeing and Lockheed-Martin. It shows in their coverage of Medicare-For-All and events in Venezuela.

    I drive for work so I listen to entirely too much NPR. They try really hard to stick to the status quo and play right down the middle, which is often to their detriment. I don't see them often lie outright, but in what they cover and how they cover it there is a good deal of bias.

    1 vote
  19. Comment on Game of Thrones cinematographer: it’s not me, it’s your TV settings in ~tv

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    I watched it on HBO Go with an iPad and it looked fine. It's a dark episode but it takes place at night, what do you expect? I'd like to see the writers respond to critique/commentary on their...

    I watched it on HBO Go with an iPad and it looked fine. It's a dark episode but it takes place at night, what do you expect? I'd like to see the writers respond to critique/commentary on their choices.

    1 vote
  20. Comment on Red Dead Redemption 2: six months later – A detailed look at the failures, and success, of Rockstar’s latest hit in ~games

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    The author here would benefit from an editor, there's a lot of words to basically just say the controls can be bad and that results from intentional design decisions, not bugs. It's true, I had...

    The author here would benefit from an editor, there's a lot of words to basically just say the controls can be bad and that results from intentional design decisions, not bugs. It's true, I had several goofy moments - once I dropped the controller, which caused Arthur to punch a gate in St Denis, which is apparently a crime so all the cops started shooting at him. There were definitely a couple times I shot people on accident, or fumbled around with the buttons in the heat of the moment. Hell, I was probably 60% through the game before realizing you can save. Why would you nest the save/load menus and require an extra click for the two most common functions?

    Overall it was a good game; I played all the way through, but I have zero interest in the multiplayer because it seems like micro transaction pit and haven't fired it up since finishing it.

    6 votes