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  1. Comment on Let's talk about attention in ~talk

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    Are you happy with your ability to manage your attention and focus? no Do you feel like you're in control of your attention? Is it something you have to manage? without medication or a ridiculous...
    • Are you happy with your ability to manage your attention and focus?

    no

    • Do you feel like you're in control of your attention? Is it something you have to manage?

    without medication or a ridiculous amount of pressure, i definitely do not have control of my attention. it's a massive effort to get myself to do anything

    • Do you feel as if anything has changed over time?

    yes.. my responsibilities / things I need to focus on have increased and it's become more difficult for my coping mechanisms to keep up. However, I've also figured out some better coping strategies.

    • How would you describe your attention/focus to someone who experiences theirs in a different way from you?

    It's like a task / thing I need to focus on) is a boulder I need to roll up a hill and balance at the summit to stay focused. For things that aren't stimulating, the boulder is really big, the hill is really steep, and the summit doesn't have a lot of room to move around. It takes either a wild amount of effort or tons of pressure to get that boulder up the hill, and if I lose focus for even a little bit the boulder rolls all the way back down. After a while I don't even want to start things that I know aren't stimulating because I know how much effort it's going to take just to stay focused.

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  2. Comment on Caitlyn Jenner opposes trans girls competing in girls' sports: 'It just isn't fair' in ~lgbt

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    It's the classic phenomenon where someone imagines a thing or person that could technically exist but doesn't and gets really upset about it. See also the widespread belief that voter fraud is...

    It's the classic phenomenon where someone imagines a thing or person that could technically exist but doesn't and gets really upset about it. See also the widespread belief that voter fraud is such a threat to our society that we need more voter ID laws, or the idea that people receiving welfare benefits will waste it on drugs or junk food and so we need drug tests and restrictions on what you can buy.

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  3. Comment on What programming/technical projects have you been working on? in ~comp

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    I've been working on a code challenge (UI for an API) for a senior front end dev position I applied for. They asked for something using React if possible, which I've not built anything with...

    I've been working on a code challenge (UI for an API) for a senior front end dev position I applied for. They asked for something using React if possible, which I've not built anything with before, so it's been quite the journey to figure out the build system hurdles. I think I've got them mostly figured out, but boy is it frustrating to have to understand almost the entire build system and the intricacies of Node vs ES6 vs CommonJS before you can even write a test. And it doesn't help that half of the solutions are just "install this random package that will automagically fix it".

  4. Comment on James Carville on the state of Democratic politics in ~misc

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    Shoot, didn't realize that had a paywall. Here's a copy without. I really recommend reading it and Kaba's other writing. I think she can explain things far better than I can, and what she says...

    Shoot, didn't realize that had a paywall. Here's a copy without. I really recommend reading it and Kaba's other writing. I think she can explain things far better than I can, and what she says here about literally meaning abolishing the police also largely applies to prisons. If you'd like I can try to dig up some other essays specifically on prison abolition. https://camilleacey.com/2020/06/27/yes-we-mean-literally-abolish-the-police/

    I don't think the majority of "prison abolitionists" adhere to the literal definition of the label.

    Why do you think this?

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  5. Comment on James Carville on the state of Democratic politics in ~misc

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    I don't think that's an accurate assessment of what prison abolition means. Let me ask you, does the prison system as it is now actually do anything to prevent either of those things? Does it do...

    I don't think that's an accurate assessment of what prison abolition means. Let me ask you, does the prison system as it is now actually do anything to prevent either of those things? Does it do anything to fix the harm caused?

    From the article I linked:

    What about rape? The current approach hasn’t ended it. In fact most rapists never see the inside of a courtroom. Two-thirds of people who experience sexual violence never report it to anyone. Those who file police reports are often dissatisfied with the response. Additionally, police officers themselves commit sexual assault alarmingly often. A study in 2010 found that sexual misconduct was the second most frequently reported form of police misconduct. In 2015, The Buffalo News found that an officer was caught for sexual misconduct every five days.

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  6. Comment on James Carville on the state of Democratic politics in ~misc

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    I'm curious where people keep seeing prison abolitionists who don't want to fully dismantle the prison system. Who is saying this? I feel like every conversation I've had on this topic on this...

    I'm curious where people keep seeing prison abolitionists who don't want to fully dismantle the prison system. Who is saying this?

    I feel like every conversation I've had on this topic on this site has resulted in the other person saying something like "Well, I thought abolish the police was bad until I learned it didn't actually mean abolish the police"... and to that I'd direct people to Mariame Kaba's "Yes, We Literally Mean Abolish The Police" op-ed in the NYT. I'd encourage you to read that, and her other writing, if you're interested in learning what the actual arguments behind abolishing the police are besides what cable news or people online said they were

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  7. Comment on COSMIC is a GNOME-based desktop environment developed by System76 in ~comp

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    I'm very excited for this. Every change they describe is something that I want PopOS to do.

    I'm very excited for this. Every change they describe is something that I want PopOS to do.

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  8. Comment on James Carville on the state of Democratic politics in ~misc

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    I agree, that's my point. I think that the abolition of police and the prison system is the next step in progressing towards a better world, and that's why it's important to keep putting forward...

    There are no logical arguments against the progress of human rights, and no matter how much certain conservatives and bigots flail for talking points, people come around to see that.

    I agree, that's my point. I think that the abolition of police and the prison system is the next step in progressing towards a better world, and that's why it's important to keep putting forward the demand.

    There are numerous fundamentally sound reasons to support having some sort of policing force in a society.

    What are those reasons?

    You can't work towards what's "right" if you don't control the government.

    Not to get too far into one of the big tensions on the left, but this reflects a fundamentally different theory of change than what I believe. I think that you absolutely CAN work towards what's right without controlling the government, and should.

    edit: if you'd rather not get into a deep discussion on police abolition or political theories of change, I understand. But that seems to be where this is going if we continue.

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  9. Comment on James Carville on the state of Democratic politics in ~misc

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    I think there's few aspects to this and I'm not sure what part you disagree on, so I'll list them out. "Defund/abolish the police is not straightforward". I think defund is a very straightforward...

    I think there's few aspects to this and I'm not sure what part you disagree on, so I'll list them out.

    1. "Defund/abolish the police is not straightforward".

    I think defund is a very straightforward political position. The demand is simple: take money away from the police. It's three words. And it's just one component of police abolition.

    I think abolish is still a straightforward demand, but it implies a great unknown of "what else do we do" that is both scary and impossible to know with any great certainty, and I think that uncertainty is what people are confused by. The problem is that if you try and rephrase it to focus on what comes after, you actually start losing the original demand, and then it becomes not straightforward as everybody imagines something different. What comes after is not as important as removing the system that is currently causing immense harm.

    1. Abolish/defund the police is excessive jargon.

    Again, I disagree. Jargon is unapproachable and hard to understand, which enables the people using it to hide their meaning. Something like "reform police accountability" is far more jargony because "reform" and "accountability" both can mean just about anything.

    1. Most Americans do not want to defund/abolish the police.

    You're right. That's why it's important to make the demand. At one point, most Americans didn't think gay people should marry. Also, from the first article you linked:

    A majority of black Americans support the movement to "defund the police," (57%) and putting the money towards other community programs (64%), a departure from the other groups. Support among blacks for the "defund the police" movement is more than double that of whites (26%), and black Americans are nearly twice as likely as whites (33%) to back key tenets of the movement.

    It seems that the majority of opposition comes from white people. Why is that?

    1. Because of point 3, using "defund the police" loses elections and means we shouldn't make the demand.

    This, I think, is the main area of strategic debate, and where I most disagree with you.

    There was barely any support from Dems for actual calls to defund the police. Tlaib did, and she won her election. How does that translate into why the Dems underperformed?

    I also don't think that we should base our demands on what the majority of Americans think. That's backwards. We should base our demands on what the right thing to do is, and work to shift politicial winds until enough people agree with us to carry it out. Part of that is continuing to make the demand and make the case for the demand. Climate change, gay marriage, desegregation, the abolition of slavery -- all of these were unpopular and unthinkable at first. Were the initial activists for those causes wrong to make their demands? How is abolishing the police any different?

    but if the alternative is losing to the party of "turn the police in a fascist para-military outfit" then what is the point of "having backbone"?

    The Dems already managed to lose to Trump once without any of the defund police business, so I'm not sure that this criticism works.

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  10. Comment on James Carville on the state of Democratic politics in ~misc

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    He makes some good points about jargon being totally off putting to people, but it's hardly AOC and Tlaib who are hiding behind it. Has he listened to Pete Buttgieg lately? The man speaks entirely...

    He makes some good points about jargon being totally off putting to people, but it's hardly AOC and Tlaib who are hiding behind it. Has he listened to Pete Buttgieg lately? The man speaks entirely in platitudes. Biden, to an extent, does as well. People notice when the Democratic party says it stands for all sorts of things and then does nothing to back it up apart from tax credits.

    I also don't like his casting of Tliab's "abolish the police" tweet as excessive jargon or wokeness. It's a straightforward political position with plenty of history to back it up! She says what she means without fucking around with silly rephrasing to appeal to the most theoretical voters. That's what politicians with a moral backbone should do.

    That's not to say the socialist left doesn't have a problem with jargon, because it does. But that's not what he's talking about.

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  11. Comment on Derek Chauvin is found guilty of murdering George Floyd in ~news

  12. Comment on Derek Chauvin is found guilty of murdering George Floyd in ~news

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    I was honestly not expecting this; I'm very glad he's actually seeing consequences. It's definitely cause for celebration. I'd really encourage folks to check out this article by Mariame Kaba from...

    I was honestly not expecting this; I'm very glad he's actually seeing consequences. It's definitely cause for celebration.

    I'd really encourage folks to check out this article by Mariame Kaba from 2014 on Ferguson. A victory is a victory but it won't stop it from happening again.

    It feels blasphemous to suggest that one is disinvested from the outcome of the grand jury deliberations. ​“Don’t you care about accountability for harm caused?” some will ask. ​“What about justice?” others will accuse. My response is always the same: I am not against indicting killer cops. I just know that indictments won’t and can’t end oppressive policing which is rooted in anti-blackness, social control and containment. Policing is derivative of a broader social justice. It’s impossible for non-oppressive policing to exist in a fundamentally oppressive and unjust society. The truth is that as the authors of Struggle for Justice wrote in 1971 ​“without a radical change in our values and a drastic restructuring of our social and economic institutions” we can only achieve modest reforms of the criminal punishment system (including policing).

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  13. Comment on Reddit announces "Reddit Talk," its clone of Clubhouse in ~tech

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    Their subreddit search has gotten much better imo, and from what I've seen of their user onboarding they are much better at funneling people to their interests than the default subreddits ever...

    Their subreddit search has gotten much better imo, and from what I've seen of their user onboarding they are much better at funneling people to their interests than the default subreddits ever were. Idk if those were really "big swings" though. Hell, I think the better onboarding suggested by mods years before they implemented it.

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  14. Comment on Reddit announces "Reddit Talk," its clone of Clubhouse in ~tech

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    I opened that on my phone and there was so much padding on the sides the main text colum was about 4 words wide. Apparently their redesign is going well. This isn't innovative and it's not new -...

    I opened that on my phone and there was so much padding on the sides the main text colum was about 4 words wide. Apparently their redesign is going well.

    This isn't innovative and it's not new - just more of following the pack. Reddit continues to chase growth over actual, useful features - which makes me wonder, why would anyone go to reddit if they can just go to every other site with a clubhouse clone?

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  15. Comment on Officer Kim Potter fatally shot Daunte Wright, police said. She’s a 26-year vet, served as union president. in ~news

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    I think we should replace policing - all policing - with collective care and community programs that remove the need for policing in the first place. I couldn't tell you exactly what that looks...

    I think we should replace policing - all policing - with collective care and community programs that remove the need for policing in the first place. I couldn't tell you exactly what that looks like because it's going to be different for every community, but here are some experiments whose successes could be replicated and improved on.

    I think the best way to "sell" it is to focus on the immense and undeniable harm policing inflicts to everyone even remotely caught up in it. If someone was hurting a lot of people, and you said "hey stop hurting those people", would you find "but what would I replace hurting these people with" to be an acceptable response? Wouldn't it make more sense to demand that person stop hurting people before talking about what comes next?

    Mariame Kaba has a lot of very good writing that answers a lot of your questions (or if she doesn't, she explains why not.) I'd be happy to link you some in the morning, or you could also check through my posts for a recent interview I posted of hers.

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  16. Comment on Officer Kim Potter fatally shot Daunte Wright, police said. She’s a 26-year vet, served as union president. in ~news

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    First, I'm very glad that your dad's alive and well. That must have been scary to think about what else could have happened. I think that your story shows how important it is to make sure our...

    First, I'm very glad that your dad's alive and well. That must have been scary to think about what else could have happened.

    I think that your story shows how important it is to make sure our analyses of things like policing and the criminal 'justice' system are done at a systemic level rather than an individual. For your story, that might look like asking "why is this person needing to shoplift in the first place"? Is it because that person likes shoplifting and attacking people with crowbars, or is it because they don't have everything they need to survive? Would your father have been in that situation if our society had provided those things to that person?

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  17. Comment on Officer Kim Potter fatally shot Daunte Wright, police said. She’s a 26-year vet, served as union president. in ~news

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    You are absolutely right that simply punishing individual officers will do nothing to stop this from happening again. Not only do officers rarely see punishment in the first place, but it also...

    You are absolutely right that simply punishing individual officers will do nothing to stop this from happening again. Not only do officers rarely see punishment in the first place, but it also relies on the same flawed view of retributive justice that plagues the rest of the system.

    I think if we want to go with a systemic approach to make sure this doesn't happen again, the only thing that would accomplish that is getting rid of the police entirely. The US police & penal system has consistently shown that it does nothing to reduce harm or increase public safety -- in fact, it INCREASES harm and DECREASES public safety.

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  18. Comment on Do I need a new computer? in ~tech

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    I tried looking at that site for a price and it just said to contact sales... Whatever the real price is, I'm guessing you could probably buy a car for that money

    I tried looking at that site for a price and it just said to contact sales... Whatever the real price is, I'm guessing you could probably buy a car for that money

  19. Comment on Do I need a new computer? in ~tech

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    If you decide to go with the new laptop route, I got a Lemur from System76 not too long ago and have been extremely pleased. Apart from some weirdness around sleep mode it has done everything I've...

    If you decide to go with the new laptop route, I got a Lemur from System76 not too long ago and have been extremely pleased. Apart from some weirdness around sleep mode it has done everything I've wanted it to without fuss or hassle, which is impressive for a Linux laptop.

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  20. Comment on Why do people follow social media from those presenting a perfect life when it makes them feel inadequate? in ~talk

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    It's cool to see what people who are talented at something are capable of doing! For cooking, it might inspire me to try making something close to that dish.

    It's cool to see what people who are talented at something are capable of doing! For cooking, it might inspire me to try making something close to that dish.

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