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  1. Comment on What’s the strangest thing you ever found in a book? in ~books

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    One of my paychecks from a job I had 14 years ago.

    One of my paychecks from a job I had 14 years ago.

    3 votes
  2. Comment on Leaked: US power companies secretly spending millions to protect profits and fight clean energy in ~news

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    I've been fighting against climate change, and trying to get others on board, since the Reagan Administration, 35-ish years. Over that entire time period, the political landscape in the US has...

    I've been fighting against climate change, and trying to get others on board, since the Reagan Administration, 35-ish years.

    Over that entire time period, the political landscape in the US has gotten steadily worse. It is now to the point that there is no possible way to effect meaningful change in anything in that country, without guns and bombs. Honestly, I'm pretty sure it has been doomed since the Patriot Act and the aftermath of 9/11.

    Globally, IDK, humans might still have a chance. Since the invasion over here, Europe has started to wake up in a way that I didn't believe was possible. But even that is a drop in the bucket. The US, Russia, China, all throw very large shadows over the rest of the world.

    Personally these days, I'm just looking for a quiet out-of-the-way place in a quiet out-of-the-way country where I can watch the End Times roll in, with popcorn.

    1 vote
  3. Comment on Leaked: US power companies secretly spending millions to protect profits and fight clean energy in ~news

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    ... (sigh) ... I'm trying to figure out what it is about this article that truly upsets me. I'm decades beyond being shocked by the things political and corporate entities do, to the point that...

    ... (sigh) ...

    I'm trying to figure out what it is about this article that truly upsets me.

    I'm decades beyond being shocked by the things political and corporate entities do, to the point that headlines like this somewhat offend me. "Scandal! Power Companies Secretly Still Burning Fossil Fuels to Produce Electricity!" ... well of course they are; it's what they do. How is this even news?

    So ... how is this news? And that's the next piece of what bothers me here. For many (most?) people, this is news. Many people, apparently, are still surprised to learn that this is how it works in the US, (and for the most part, the world). People with no interest in anything remotely like "the greater good" donate money to other people, to use to manipulate and destroy anyone who tries to change the systems that they've built.

    IDK, it's early and I'm already depressed. The older you get, the more you see the exact same scandals, over and over and over again, only the names and locations changed slightly, to spruce them up a bit. And each time I reread the same story, it becomes harder to see—not only how we're going to survive this mess—but really, why we even deserve to.

    1 vote
  4. Comment on Is your smartphone ruining your memory? A special report on the rise of ‘digital amnesia’ in ~health

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    Everyone who says "I use GPS" ... what does that mean, exactly? Do you mean the apps that walk you through the route step-by-step, say "turn left here, go 0.4mi, get in right lane" etc? I use GPS,...

    Everyone who says "I use GPS" ... what does that mean, exactly? Do you mean the apps that walk you through the route step-by-step, say "turn left here, go 0.4mi, get in right lane" etc?

    I use GPS, in that, I enter "I'm 'here' and I want to go 'there' ... show me the best route from here to there, full route, on a digital map." Then I memorize the route, put the phone away, and I go. Usually, I need to pull it out 2-3 times to double-check my route, but mostly, I'm going from memory of what the app showed me.

    Just personal anecdote, of course, but I believe that using GPS like this does not hurt—and might even help improve—your spatial memory. Even better would be, trying to figure out the route yourself first, in your head, and then ask the app the best route.

    2 votes
  5. Comment on Two decades of Alzheimer's research may be based on deliberate fraud in ~health

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    This is huge. The specific amyloid plaque many of the new drugs target may not even exist in any animal except the mice they specifically created to test stuff on. One thing this article, oddly,...

    This is huge. The specific amyloid plaque many of the new drugs target may not even exist in any animal except the mice they specifically created to test stuff on.

    One thing this article, oddly, completely skips over, is the timeline of the investigation ... no dates anywhere.

    Here is the original report in Science, that this article is based on.

    8 votes
  6. Comment on Meet the covid super-dodgers in ~health.coronavirus

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    At the other end of the spectrum, I have no proof, but I am 70-80% sure I got Covid before anyone even thought it was here (in Europe). Late Jan or early Feb of 2020, in Hungary, my girlfriend got...

    At the other end of the spectrum, I have no proof, but I am 70-80% sure I got Covid before anyone even thought it was here (in Europe). Late Jan or early Feb of 2020, in Hungary, my girlfriend got sick, bad flu-like thing, lasted over a week. I got it from her, just as sick, lasted a week for me, too. We even have a picture of her, working in a store, wearing a mask (long before anyone even thought about masks) that had "It's not Corona" hand-written on it as a joke (except, ironically, it probably was).

    Could have just been a bad flu, but I don't get sick much, and even when I do, I tend to have milder symptoms, and get over it faster than most. For me to be seriously flu-sick for more than 3 days is extremely unusual. So I'm calling it Covid.

    In the months after, as the world awareness/panic ramped up, They kept pushing back the Covid "arrival" date in the EU. In the spring/summer of 2020, They kept telling us that it didn't arrive in the EU until March, and many countries in the EU until even later.

    Looking back at the history of it now, it's kind of fascinating to me ... per Wikipedia, first EU case in France was 1/24/2020, and by 3/17/2020 every EU country had reported at least one case and at least one confirmed death.

    But that's not accurate. I mean, it probably is now ... but it completely misses the uncertainty and ever-changing day-to-day reports as it unfolded. For most of a year, I closely followed the news on it, watched as They kept pushing back the arrival dates by a day here, a week there, over and over again.

    In the first half of 2020, it seemed preposterous to me that we could have caught it a solid month before it even arrived. But now, looking at the latest arrival dates in EU, it seems very feasible, and the current history of the pandemic seems to miss that, how the timeline has been changing so much.

    4 votes
  7. Comment on Preppers: Sweden bracing for the worst in ~life

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    30-min documentary, well-made. It is especially interesting to see how vertically integrated this catastrophe-prep mindset is into Sweden at all levels.

    30-min documentary, well-made. It is especially interesting to see how vertically integrated this catastrophe-prep mindset is into Sweden at all levels.

    3 votes
  8. Comment on Magnus Carlsen will not defend World Championship title in ~games.tabletop

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    I used to be an enthusiast, mostly during the Kasparov Era, but I don't follow it much any more. Am I reading too much into it, or is Carlsen politely not (quite) saying that he doesn't like the...

    I used to be an enthusiast, mostly during the Kasparov Era, but I don't follow it much any more.

    Am I reading too much into it, or is Carlsen politely not (quite) saying that he doesn't like the FIDE-style championships? I know Kasparov and Fischer both had serious issues with FIDE, perhaps there have been others. But I don't really know if they had legitimate beefs, or if it's just World Champions being divas.

    Anyone care to weigh in?

    1 vote
  9. Comment on Do you talk to your pets? How the conversation usually goes? in ~talk

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    My roommate's Dachshund is named Ferdinand. Born and raised in Vienna, so he's an actual Wiener Wiener dog.

    My roommate's Dachshund is named Ferdinand. Born and raised in Vienna, so he's an actual Wiener Wiener dog.

    4 votes
  10. Comment on Harden your Linux server using SSH keys (and turn off password auth) in ~comp

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    Also change the port number, create a user acct with 'sudo' rights, use that acct for the ssh key, and then turn off root ssh access. That's my routine, anyway.

    Also change the port number, create a user acct with 'sudo' rights, use that acct for the ssh key, and then turn off root ssh access.

    That's my routine, anyway.

    7 votes
  11. Comment on The impotence of reason in ~humanities

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    I feel like this is an extremely important point to make, and the author does a horrible job making it. Not quite the same subject, but close, is Al Gore's 15-year-old book The Assault on Reason,...

    I feel like this is an extremely important point to make, and the author does a horrible job making it.

    Not quite the same subject, but close, is Al Gore's 15-year-old book The Assault on Reason, written back when Bush Jr was the worst thing the US had to worry about, and it seems even more relevant today.

    2 votes
  12. Comment on I need career advice in ~life

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    This. It's sometimes hard to quantify, but roughly, I would guesstimate that a 12% "pay cut" with decent benefits actually pays you more (right out the gate, w/o any potential raises) than the...

    This.

    It's sometimes hard to quantify, but roughly, I would guesstimate that a 12% "pay cut" with decent benefits actually pays you more (right out the gate, w/o any potential raises) than the better-paying job with almost-no-benefits.

    5 votes
  13. Comment on I need career advice in ~life

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    If you aren't already, learn to live below your means, start saving the extra, or paying down debt, and quit worrying about which job pays a bit more/less, and take the job you like better. If...

    If you aren't already, learn to live below your means, start saving the extra, or paying down debt, and quit worrying about which job pays a bit more/less, and take the job you like better.

    If you're not familiar with it, check out https://old.reddit.com/r/Fire/

    2 votes
  14. Comment on I tried tightrope walking, and it was terrifying in ~hobbies

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    Probably the same, but what I saw was a regular old rope, just thick, 1"-1.5" diameter ... and they weren't just walking on it. There were jumps and flips and skits and a fight scene ... it was...

    Probably the same, but what I saw was a regular old rope, just thick, 1"-1.5" diameter ... and they weren't just walking on it. There were jumps and flips and skits and a fight scene ... it was impressive.

    5 votes
  15. Comment on I tried tightrope walking, and it was terrifying in ~hobbies

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    There is a similar thing, IDK the proper name, I guess ... loose rope walking? Where the rope is thicker, but has a really significant sag in it. The balancing style and walking technique is,...

    There is a similar thing, IDK the proper name, I guess ... loose rope walking? Where the rope is thicker, but has a really significant sag in it. The balancing style and walking technique is, apparently, very different.

    I remember the first time I saw it, as a young teen at our local Ren Fair. It's very cool, and deserves more attention.

    2 votes
  16. Comment on Is the US going to break up? in ~talk

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    Clinton never explicitly said she believed the "not born in the US" thing, but she did make a couple of weasel-wordy comments in interviews, suggesting there might be some truth to it. Certainly...

    Out of curiosity, did you find anything besides that?

    Clinton never explicitly said she believed the "not born in the US" thing, but she did make a couple of weasel-wordy comments in interviews, suggesting there might be some truth to it. Certainly not full-throated support, but enough to fan the flames ... and make her look like a really crap sore loser in hindsight.

    1 vote
  17. Comment on Allen Carr’s ‘Easy Way’ method helped millions quit smoking, but medicine never took it seriously — until now in ~science

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    The sad thing is, I "officially" quit almost 20 years ago. Since then, I have allowed myself to get re-addicted 7-8 times, often after being completely smoke-free for many years. I would always...

    The sad thing is, I "officially" quit almost 20 years ago. Since then, I have allowed myself to get re-addicted 7-8 times, often after being completely smoke-free for many years. I would always "re-quit" after a couple months, when it became obvious I had let myself get hooked again.

    It was always easy for me to quit, so I never fretted too much about starting back up (though I never actually intended to start back up). But this last time has been hard. My intention as of now is to really quit this time, for life.

    3 votes
  18. Comment on Allen Carr’s ‘Easy Way’ method helped millions quit smoking, but medicine never took it seriously — until now in ~science

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    I just quit smoking ... only 2 days ago, so I might be jumping the gun with that statement, but I'm feeling pretty confident at the moment. Still vaping with a minimal nicotine dose. In a week,...

    I just quit smoking ... only 2 days ago, so I might be jumping the gun with that statement, but I'm feeling pretty confident at the moment. Still vaping with a minimal nicotine dose. In a week, I'll cut out the nicotine entirely, and in two weeks, quit the vaping, too. That's the plan now, anyway.

    I posted about it here, and among the feedback, this guy Alan Carr's EasyWay method of quitting was recommended (thanks @Amarok).

    I'm not using it, but never heard of him/it before and found this article about it. It's a really cool read. Not sure if it counts as science, or health, or life or what. But the most interesting thing to me was how the scientific community ignored his method and claimed success rate, mainly just because they didn't like how the guy talked crap about every other method of quitting. Preliminary evidence showed his method had a success rate somewhere between 25%-90% which, even at the bottom of that range, was at least as good as any other treatment known. But the scientific community dismissed it for 30 years, because the guy came off as a used-car salesman.

    So for me, this is interesting for many reasons, but primarily for highlighting how the scientific method in practice sometimes fails humanity.

    Edit: His method is hard to pin down, especially with any kind of scientific rigor ... but the tl;dr version is the idea that, once you understand well and truly, that smoking is an addiction, and there's nothing about it you actually enjoy, that almost magically, it suddenly becomes easy to quit. Based on that, one can appreciate why the scientific community had doubts. Here's a 'money' quote.

    "...smoking is like putting on a pair of shoes that were two sizes too small, for the simple pleasure of taking them off every couple hours."

    5 votes
  19. Comment on Thoughts on learning languages in ~humanities

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    I studied Russian long ago, forgot almost all of it. But I know that, if you do nothing more than learn the Cyrillic alphabet (probably 2-3 hours), you already "know" a surprising amount of...

    I studied Russian long ago, forgot almost all of it.

    But I know that, if you do nothing more than learn the Cyrillic alphabet (probably 2-3 hours), you already "know" a surprising amount of rudimentary Russian. A lot of Russian is fairly obvious English-similar cognates that are just obfuscated by the Cyrillic spelling.

    I would guess this is even more true for Greek.

    2 votes