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  1. Comment on Lula narrowly defeats Bolsonaro to win Brazil presidency again in ~news

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    No, the moral obligation would be to pay Brazil for the preservation of the rainforest, recognizing it for the value it provides. In addition to avoiding the horrors of war, this would likely be...

    Hypothetically, if Brazil did elect someone who vowed to cut down the rest of the Amazon rainforest and replace it with soy farms and cattle ranches, given the catastrophic consequences for our climate and biosphere, would the international community have a moral obligation to declare war on and invade Brazil?

    No, the moral obligation would be to pay Brazil for the preservation of the rainforest, recognizing it for the value it provides. In addition to avoiding the horrors of war, this would likely be the cheaper option as well.

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  2. Comment on What's a video game that you really want to exist? in ~games

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    Guild Wars 2 has this to an extent; open world PvE has big meta events where a bunch of players get together and generally take down a boss. In its World vs. World mode (PvP between servers) you...

    Guild Wars 2 has this to an extent; open world PvE has big meta events where a bunch of players get together and generally take down a boss. In its World vs. World mode (PvP between servers) you might wander around solo to complete small scale objectives and then stumble on a big (20v20 or more) battle that you can join in, though as you can probably imagine that's pretty risky.

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  3. Comment on Five UX improvements that could save lives in ~tech

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    At a time when multiple states are looking to punish people who leave their state to get an abortion, I really don't want to put more tracking powers in the hands of the government.

    Why don't we have an automated traffic surveillance network that can detect and flag specific vehicles?

    At a time when multiple states are looking to punish people who leave their state to get an abortion, I really don't want to put more tracking powers in the hands of the government.

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  4. Comment on What games have you been playing, and what's your opinion on them? in ~games

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    I'd recommend activating the Random starting loadouts mod (included with the game) to spice up the beginning portion a bit. It makes you a random type of themed mage (fire, summoner, etc.) and...

    I'd recommend activating the Random starting loadouts mod (included with the game) to spice up the beginning portion a bit. It makes you a random type of themed mage (fire, summoner, etc.) and gives a starting loadout and perk to match.

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  5. Comment on Why the GOP won't deliver on any of their promises (including Roe v. Wade) in ~humanities

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    I don't think it matters if they're true believers or not. They're chained to their base which requires them to appear sincere, and if any of their fanatical colleagues perceive them as impeding...

    I don't think it matters if they're true believers or not. They're chained to their base which requires them to appear sincere, and if any of their fanatical colleagues perceive them as impeding their efforts they will call them out and jeopardize their support base. If in the end they act the same, it doesn't really make much difference whether they actually believe in the causes they espouse or not.

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  6. Comment on Leaked draft opinion show the Supreme Court has voted to overturn abortion rights in ~news

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    This wasn't quick though, on a deeper level. Right wing groups have been working for decades to build influence for this outcome and others. Liberals have mostly spent that same time quashing...

    Absolutely, but as quickly as things have turned in their favor, they can turn back

    This wasn't quick though, on a deeper level. Right wing groups have been working for decades to build influence for this outcome and others. Liberals have mostly spent that same time quashing union support and progressives.

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  7. Comment on Meet Freshii’s new ‘virtual cashier’ — who works from Nicaragua for $3.75 an hour in ~tech

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    My guess is that the point is a union-busting thing. Unions have been on the rise recently, so companies are probably looking for anything they can do to try and avoid them.

    My guess is that the point is a union-busting thing. Unions have been on the rise recently, so companies are probably looking for anything they can do to try and avoid them.

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  8. Comment on What games have you been playing, and what's your opinion on them? in ~games

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    So, in general, GW 2 endgame pve builds fall into three main categories: DPS, hybrid boon-support, or full healing support. Hybrid boon-support focuses on doing as much dps as possible while...

    So, in general, GW 2 endgame pve builds fall into three main categories: DPS, hybrid boon-support, or full healing support. Hybrid boon-support focuses on doing as much dps as possible while providing full uptime of either quickness or alacrity (and sometimes some other boons), while full support do the rest of the boons and healing.

    The reasons why people go boon hybrid rather than heal hybrid are twofold: first, existing gear stat combinations better support boon mixes. Second, traitlines mix healing and boon support together, so it's more effective to have a full support build+boon hybrid rather than 3 hybrids.

    So I'd recommend moving to one of those three roles rather than sticking with your current setup. It'll be a lot easier to find PUGs (Pick-Up Groups, bunch of random people working together) if you are. Snowcrows.com is one of the more popular resources if you want a build for 10-man content. Some groups will go for more offensively built healers, but that's generally the type of thing done by experienced statics.

    If you do want to do healing, turning on the thick party health bars option is a good idea. I know that Arcdps has a menu or two somewhere to show heaing numbers, though I can't remember where. Generally the raw numbers aren't super important though; a solidly made healing build is going to provide plenty of healing, and even in experienced groups, people go down sometimes. If people are going down a lot, it could be a problem with your healing... or the group flubbed a mechanic, or the person didn't dodge something. Boon uptime is the number thing you can plan in advance, but in general I'd say there's no better way than experience to be a better healer.

    If you just want to slap some group healing on a regular engineer build, using healing turret and then detonating it will provide ~3800 health, which is solid. Also, the copper-fed salvage kit is the best convenience gemstore purchase in the game, though IIRC it's not always available.

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  9. Comment on What games have you been playing, and what's your opinion on them? in ~games

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    Oh, I've done a lot of GW 2. Let me know if you have a question about something.

    Oh, I've done a lot of GW 2. Let me know if you have a question about something.

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  10. Comment on itch.io Bundle for Ukraine in ~games

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    Thanks for the recommendations!

    Thanks for the recommendations!

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  11. Comment on itch.io Bundle for Ukraine in ~games

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    Thanks for the recommendations, @psi and @MimicSquid! Been having fun with CrossCode since psi recommended it, and a macro for rapid fire is a great idea to help with that.

    Thanks for the recommendations, @psi and @MimicSquid! Been having fun with CrossCode since psi recommended it, and a macro for rapid fire is a great idea to help with that.

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  12. Comment on itch.io Bundle for Ukraine in ~games

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    Anyone got any recommendations from the bundle? There's a lot of games to pick from. Only one I've got experience with is Baba is You (puzzle game) which is good, and I've heard good things about...

    Anyone got any recommendations from the bundle? There's a lot of games to pick from. Only one I've got experience with is Baba is You (puzzle game) which is good, and I've heard good things about Celeste (Platformer) and Superhot (FPS I think).

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  13. Comment on The relentless reality of anti-fatness in fitness in ~health

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    The cutoff for a healthy weight might be higher than you think. Association of All-Cause Mortality With Overweight and Obesity Using Standard Body Mass Index Categories But how can this be? At...
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    Being fat is unhealthy, and generally being obese makes it difficult to exercise unless you are extremely muscular. People who are overweight in body-fat should seek to lose weight as it will almost always improve their health.

    The cutoff for a healthy weight might be higher than you think. Association of All-Cause Mortality With Overweight and Obesity Using Standard Body Mass Index Categories

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    Relative to normal weight, both obesity (all grades) and grades 2 and 3 obesity were associated with significantly higher all-cause mortality. Grade 1 obesity overall was not associated with higher mortality, and overweight was associated with significantly lower all-cause mortality. The use of predefined standard BMI groupings can facilitate between-study comparisons.

    But how can this be? At this point, I think it's useful to go back in time.

    Fat=bad got it's start (IIRC) in the 1800s, and, like most things of that time period, was deeply rooted in racism. It was only later, once the concept was firmly established, that people began trying to justify it scientifically, starting with a predetermined conclusion and working backwards from there. This is a terrible way to do science, which generally leads to the desired conclusion at the cost of any actual scientific merit.

    But that was a long time ago, so things must be better now, right? Unfortunately, science and medicine aren't immune to the same human biases that plague other areas. We're still trying to root out the notion that black people feel less pain than white people from the medical profession/the populace at large, and that isn't a fiction that the multi billion dollar diet industry needs to be true.

    Am I saying you should start packing on the pounds if you're at an average BMI? No. But neither am I saying that fat people need to lose some weight; the question of what constitutes a healthy body weight is significantly more open than people think.

    The best thing to do, IMO, is to forget the scale entirely, focus on proper nutrition and regular exercise, and stop fat shaming people. Which is essentially the same place as Jakobeha, but I thought it was important to bring up the historical context and why the idea of the one healthy body type that's been fed to us our entire lives is inaccurate.

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  14. 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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    Eh, corporations are often pro-fascist. See the Business Plot Edit: Also, I think we have seen the like of modern businesses today. The East India Company was massive (quick glance at Wikipedia...

    Eh, corporations are often pro-fascist. See the Business Plot

    Edit: Also, I think we have seen the like of modern businesses today. The East India Company was massive (quick glance at Wikipedia says they accounted for half the world's trade at one point) and was effectively the government in places they colonized. Think there are other examples as well.

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  15. Comment on Utah billionaire leaves Mormon church, donates $600,000 to LGBTQ group in ~lgbt

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    Yeah, Bill Gates, that super "generous" guy promised the same thing, yet somehow, with all that charity, his net worth keeps going up. It's a pretty common story among billionaire philanthropists....

    Yeah, Bill Gates, that super "generous" guy promised the same thing, yet somehow, with all that charity, his net worth keeps going up. It's a pretty common story among billionaire philanthropists. Frankly, I think the most likely thing to happen is that Green will give every year, but not so much that he can't make most or all of it back in tax deductions/good publicity/shady shenanigans.

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  16. Comment on Utah billionaire leaves Mormon church, donates $600,000 to LGBTQ group in ~lgbt

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    I'm of two minds about this article. On one hand, it's good that the Mormon cult is getting more coverage of its hateful ideology. On the other, I really dislike the whole a billionaire did it, so...

    I'm of two minds about this article. On one hand, it's good that the Mormon cult is getting more coverage of its hateful ideology. On the other, I really dislike the whole a billionaire did it, so now it's real/newsworthy angle you see in a lot of press, and the amount is tiny relatively and is billionaire "philanthropy". Man with ~$84 *gives 1 cent to charity.

    *Except they'll probably get some or all of it back in tax deductions, so it's more like the US populace just gave money to charity, except some random guy gets to decide where and gets all the credit.

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  17. Comment on Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse (Part One) | First look in ~movies

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    Personally, I'd say it's really that good. I'm a biased source as I generally have fun with comic book movies, but I've even heard some people who usually steer clear of those say they quite liked...

    Personally, I'd say it's really that good. I'm a biased source as I generally have fun with comic book movies, but I've even heard some people who usually steer clear of those say they quite liked it. It's a movie where it's clear that a great amount of care and dedication was put into it, and the deeper you look the more of that you find. I'd highly recommend giving it a try.

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  18. Comment on What games have you been playing, and what's your opinion on them? in ~games

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    Thanks for the recommendations. If I like original Doom's gameplay, I'll give 2016 a try, as it sounds like it's a bit of a hybrid between Eternal and the original.

    Thanks for the recommendations. If I like original Doom's gameplay, I'll give 2016 a try, as it sounds like it's a bit of a hybrid between Eternal and the original.

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  19. Comment on What games have you been playing, and what's your opinion on them? in ~games

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    I might give the original a try, to see where things started from and because I like the 'will it run Doom' memes, but honestly I don't see much point in trying 2016. I don't care about the story...

    I might give the original a try, to see where things started from and because I like the 'will it run Doom' memes, but honestly I don't see much point in trying 2016. I don't care about the story or anything like that in these games, just the gameplay, and from what I've heard 2016's isn't as good as Eternal's. The lack of dashing in particular seems very annoying. I'll probably swing through Eternal again on a higher difficulty setting instead.

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  20. Comment on What games have you been playing, and what's your opinion on them? in ~games

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    Doom Eternal It's an FPS, which isn't a genre I have much experience with. Overall I think it's pretty good. The level design I found occasionally confusing, the exploration aspects tedious, the...

    Doom Eternal
    It's an FPS, which isn't a genre I have much experience with. Overall I think it's pretty good. The level design I found occasionally confusing, the exploration aspects tedious, the story meh, and environments slathered in gore just an unpleasant space to exist in. But the combat is a lot of fun, which is most of the draw of this sort of game anyways.

    You don't hide behind cover and take potshots; you zoom around the map blasting everything. You've got a few utility options to use and a fair few guns, but ammo is plentiful enough that you can pretty freely choose between swapping between everything or just a couple favorites. While health and ammo pickups do exist, you can also get everything you need from killing enemies, which is a nice way to keep the action focused. Most demons have weak points which I like, which are bits you can target or weapons you can use that are particularly effective, though it gets kind of boring with later iterations. There's only one really annoying enemy type I've found so far, which doesn't show up too often.

    Overall, if you like fast-paced fps games and blood and such isn't a deal breaker, I'd say Doom Eternal is worth a try. (It's on Xbox Live)

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