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  1. Comment on Daniil Dubov forfeits a game after refusing to wear a mask in Tata Steel Chess Tournament in ~games.tabletop

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    Strange, to forfeit a match against Anish Giri... Still, I can appreciate that Dubov didn't create a whole scene with his masking refusal. Much more graceful way to go about it than to show up and...

    Strange, to forfeit a match against Anish Giri... Still, I can appreciate that Dubov didn't create a whole scene with his masking refusal. Much more graceful way to go about it than to show up and then be kicked out for refusing.

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  2. Comment on ‘The Harder They Fall’ wins Best Picture at African American Film Critics Association Awards in ~movies

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    Anyone with a better understanding of how to edit Wikipedia needs to add these awards to these movies' Wikipedia pages.

    Anyone with a better understanding of how to edit Wikipedia needs to add these awards to these movies' Wikipedia pages.

  3. Comment on IKEA has cut sick pay for unvaccinated workers, without mitigating circumstances, required to self isolate – retail giant acknowledged it was an emotive topic in ~life

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    It makes just makes plain sense from a financial perspective for IKEA to do this. No doubt it will leave some individuals feeling left out in the cold & inclined to leave the company... But that's...

    It makes just makes plain sense from a financial perspective for IKEA to do this. No doubt it will leave some individuals feeling left out in the cold & inclined to leave the company... But that's insurance. It factors monetary risk, not the insuree's feelings.

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  4. Comment on mRNA vaccine technology has helped repair broken hearts in mice in ~science

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    A very intriguing combination of mRNA vaccine technology & CAR-T cell therapy! I will have to keep an eye out for more work from this research group, see if their work manages to progress beyond...

    A very intriguing combination of mRNA vaccine technology & CAR-T cell therapy! I will have to keep an eye out for more work from this research group, see if their work manages to progress beyond the animal model stage ( where so many interesting ideas die, sadly...).

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  5. Comment on By 2025, American democracy could collapse, causing extreme domestic political instability, including widespread civil violence. By 2030, the country could be governed by a right-wing dictatorship. in ~misc

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    Regrettably, staying in an destabilizing country would likely be harder than immigrating.

    Regrettably, staying in an destabilizing country would likely be harder than immigrating.

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  6. Comment on By 2025, American democracy could collapse, causing extreme domestic political instability, including widespread civil violence. By 2030, the country could be governed by a right-wing dictatorship. in ~misc

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    I suspect you are right, at least in terms of exports. I am (somewhat) less inclined to agree regarding armed conflict. The American military requires every solider to formally swear to defend the...

    I suspect you are right, at least in terms of exports.

    I am (somewhat) less inclined to agree regarding armed conflict. The American military requires every solider to formally swear to defend the Constitution, not to obey the orders of a demagogue. I can think of several individuals I know who take that vow very seriously, to the point that they would willingly disobey orders if they thought it violated constitutional law, or came from a person who lacked the authority to issue the order. But if recent history is indicative, any institution can be weakened by repeated misinformation and assault... And the individuals I know may not be representative of the American military as a whole.

    I would hope that longstanding personal/cultural ties would further prevent military action against Canada too, but if the US military can be used to attack US citizens under the excuse of protecting federal property or to clear way for a photo op, then I regret to say I'm not sure Canadian citizens would have their rights respected in such a scenario.

    Two years may not be enough time to fully prepare, but some amount of planning for the worst is not nothing. It would involve a large shift in Canada's national priorities, but if the country's physical safety is at stake, then they will need to change.

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  7. Comment on By 2025, American democracy could collapse, causing extreme domestic political instability, including widespread civil violence. By 2030, the country could be governed by a right-wing dictatorship. in ~misc

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    Truthfully... I'm not planning to be in the US in 2024 to find out if what this article predicts comes true. I am not hopeful about the 2024 elections, about how they will be conducted or about...

    Truthfully... I'm not planning to be in the US in 2024 to find out if what this article predicts comes true. I am not hopeful about the 2024 elections, about how they will be conducted or about how the results will be taken.

    My first plan was Canada, given it's relative closeness to American culture & likelihood my educational qualifications would be accepted there. But an unstable country would likely cause serious trouble for its neighbors... No matter how those neighbors conducted themselves around that country. Whether or not I end up residing there, I do hope for Canada's sake it prepares itself in an honest, frank way for likely a very different relationship with the US going forward.

    8 votes
  8. Comment on <deleted topic> in ~news

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    Now we wait for her sentencing. I wonder if she will be offered a lesser sentence in exchange for testifying against other associates of hers & Epstein, or if the prosecution will ask for the book...

    Now we wait for her sentencing. I wonder if she will be offered a lesser sentence in exchange for testifying against other associates of hers & Epstein, or if the prosecution will ask for the book to be thrown at her... I don't know if I prefer one way over the other.

    The Epstein saga raises a question in my mind- is it better to catch & declare as many people as possible guilty (risking some get fewer negative consequences in exchange), or to deliver sentences to the remaining 'big' actors fully commensurate to their crimes?

    3 votes
  9. Comment on Why boyish girls are judged less than girlish boys in ~life

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    Or, good ol' sexism in different clothes. The stubborn lie that what is 'female' is inferior or merely good in service of what is 'male,' the vaulted superior. Which is an ongoing frustration, yah.

    Or, good ol' sexism in different clothes. The stubborn lie that what is 'female' is inferior or merely good in service of what is 'male,' the vaulted superior.
    Which is an ongoing frustration, yah.

    7 votes
  10. Comment on Omicron update: Dec 17 in ~health.coronavirus

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    Do appreciate the contextualization of Omicron against Delta & the original coronavirus. I wonder if Omicron's relative inability in vitro to infect lung tissue is why so far we're seeing less...

    Do appreciate the contextualization of Omicron against Delta & the original coronavirus. I wonder if Omicron's relative inability in vitro to infect lung tissue is why so far we're seeing less hospitalization and death associated with previous variants?

    3 votes
  11. Comment on Vaccinia in ~science

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    Sounds about right. The history of virology tends towards the mysterious because of a lack of reliable records- though there was this counter-example I came across a few years ago about HIV that I...

    Sounds about right. The history of virology tends towards the mysterious because of a lack of reliable records- though there was this counter-example I came across a few years ago about HIV that I thought quite fascinating.

    2 votes
  12. Comment on Dolly Parton - Jolene (Destructo Remix) (2021) in ~music

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    I don't know that I would have chosen Jolene for this music video... But the beat be kinda infectious & I have no argument with the dancing. I've always seen this song as being from one woman to...

    I don't know that I would have chosen Jolene for this music video... But the beat be kinda infectious & I have no argument with the dancing.

    I've always seen this song as being from one woman to another, with the man being kinda incidental to the conversation. So it was nice to have the video focus on the women dancing together at the end instead of whoever the dude picking at his food in the beginning was.

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  13. Comment on Psychiatrists are uncovering connections between mental health and viruses in ~health

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    In September, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated its list of underlying conditions that put people at higher risk for severe Covid-19, adding mood disorders — like depression and bipolar disorder — and schizophrenia spectrum diagnoses, a group that accounts for around 34 million Americans. It was a recognition of the growing evidence published by Nemani and colleagues across medicine, and prioritizes this group for vaccines and booster shots.

    Roger McIntyre, a psychiatrist at the University of Toronto, is one of the co-authors of one of two systematic review studies that the CDC cited in its change. (Nemani is a co-author on the second.) To him, it’s no surprise that mental illness imparts an infection risk. “A thread that has been woven through many of these disorders is immune or inflammatory dysregulation,” McIntyre says.

    That is, problems with the immune system tend to coincide with mental health issues. And problems with the immune system can lead people to have worse outcomes when it comes to SARS-CoV 2, the virus that causes Covid-19.

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  14. Comment on Hi, how are you? Mental health support and discussion thread (December 2021) in ~talk

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    I hope by meeting with this mental health professional you do gain some clarity over your possible status on the spectrum. I can't entirely speak to your experience as an undiagnosed adult, but...

    I hope by meeting with this mental health professional you do gain some clarity over your possible status on the spectrum. I can't entirely speak to your experience as an undiagnosed adult, but when I was diagnosed with Asperger's I was well past the age when the diagnosis should have happened. I had previously been diagnosed with Tourettes syndrome, which looking back really didn't make sense. Getting the autism diagnosis brought about a paradigm shift to my life- it finally explained why I had drastic deficits in some areas and unexpected strengths in others, and I could have the relief to know I wasn't "just crazy" after all.

    As an adult, and having had time to integrate that knowledge about myself into my life, getting diagnosed has made things easier overall. I wouldn't say now it's a critical part of my personal identity (because no one should be boiled down to just their diagnoses), so if you were concerned that getting diagnosed would mean that's "who you ARE," know that in no way does it have to absolutely define you. What's important is if the knowledge brings you peace and the means to move forward in your life.

    If you do get an autism spectrum diagnosis, it may be a lot to process, but do know you're not the only one out there! There's a whole big group of people who can very easily relate to your struggles. If you don't, I hope this professional will be able to help you make sense of your symptoms & be able to guide you in a direction that edifies you.

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  15. Comment on Is weed now legal in Germany? in ~news

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    A (brief) overview of the legal process Germany will have to go through to pass legislation allowing for the recreational use of marijuana by Andrew Bossom, a naturalized German originally from...

    A (brief) overview of the legal process Germany will have to go through to pass legislation allowing for the recreational use of marijuana by Andrew Bossom, a naturalized German originally from Britain.

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  16. Comment on <deleted topic> in ~tildes

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    How have you been able to give out thousands of invites? I thought individual users only got 10 apiece?

    How have you been able to give out thousands of invites? I thought individual users only got 10 apiece?

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  17. Comment on <deleted topic> in ~tildes

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    I would agree, Tildes has the feeling of something like a local social club, where all the members are degrees of friends of friends. It helps that the platform is mostly text based so low effort...

    I would agree, Tildes has the feeling of something like a local social club, where all the members are degrees of friends of friends. It helps that the platform is mostly text based so low effort memeing doesn't flood the zone instead of more thoughtful conversation.
    If Deimos is interested in expanding Tildes, he might need to make membership/readership more public facing than through private one-to-one invitations, that makes for more 'organic' growth, but not necessarily quick or large growth.

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  18. Comment on What did you do this weekend? in ~talk

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    Went out mini golfing with friends. It's been years since I last went, and it's just as fun as I remember. Great activity for those interested in friendly competition.

    Went out mini golfing with friends. It's been years since I last went, and it's just as fun as I remember. Great activity for those interested in friendly competition.

    2 votes