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  1. Comment on What if we Nuke a City? | Kurzgesagt - In a Nutshell in ~humanities

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    India and Pakistan both had nukes during the Kargil war but i think that war further supports the claim of Nukes as a major war deterrent. A lot of media and political attention and pressure was...

    No two atomic powers have ever declared war on each other,

    India and Pakistan both had nukes during the Kargil war but i think that war further supports the claim of Nukes as a major war deterrent. A lot of media and political attention and pressure was focused on that war due to the Nukes and in the end being a very limited war that lasted 2 months.

    However every man and his dog was against Pakistans actions (including china). These days who knows whether there would be such a consensus to help deescalate things.

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  2. Comment on Finland halts arms exports to Turkey and condemns military operation in Syria in ~news

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    This pandering from "progressive" European countries drives me mad. It's so slimey and they do it every single conflict. This invasion was known about for a while even for people with only a...

    This pandering from "progressive" European countries drives me mad. It's so slimey and they do it every single conflict. This invasion was known about for a while even for people with only a passing interest in the Syrian civil war. It was certainly known about more than 3 weeks ago when they sold Turkey drones! A deal which they are going to honour by the way, the same as they will honour all the deals made over the past few years in which most of the world has been arming up the teeth, especially in the middle east. Or like KSA earlier in the year, the Nordics had no problem sucking at the teat when KSA nearly doubled their military budget over a 5 year period. Shockingly they weren't doing that for self defence and when the war started they "halted arms exports" while still honouring contracts.

    It's the worst of all worlds for the people being oppressed. They face European armed countries and European countries don't do anything because Joe Public and Joe Politician is too busy patting themselves on the back for suspending new arms deals for a few months.

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  3. Comment on More about scheduled topics, some group rearranging, and input needed on "content types" in ~tildes.official

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    I agree. For me ~arts carries a certain formal or at least quality weight to it that ~creative does not. I would consider posting my first miniatures to ~creative but not to ~arts for example.

    I agree. For me ~arts carries a certain formal or at least quality weight to it that ~creative does not.

    I would consider posting my first miniatures to ~creative but not to ~arts for example.

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  4. Comment on What are you reading these days? in ~books

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    I've been in a bit of a loss for what to read the pass few months. Partially reading things, rereading books/series but rereading Christian Cameron's Long War series (tbh only rereading the last...

    I've been in a bit of a loss for what to read the pass few months. Partially reading things, rereading books/series but rereading Christian Cameron's Long War series (tbh only rereading the last two books this time) and rereading God of War book put me on a bit of a Greek kick. So...

    For the first time i'm reading the Iliad. I know the general story from cultural stuff and ive had a few false starts reading it in the past. I started with Alexander Popes translation which is poetic but apparently not "accurate" and i really enjoyed the 7 books i read but all the gods names were the Latin/Roman form which i found difficult to keep up with as i know most of them in their Greek form from the fiction i read and the style meant i was losing a lot of story. So i put it down and picked up the Fagle translation which is apparently the recommended translation for uni students. I missed a lot of content apparently and i somehow ended up rereading again. This translation feels very modern but loses a certain something compared to Pope. I'll probably catch up to where i was in Popes translation and the read Fagle then Pope for each book.

    A Pilgrimage of Swords a novella by Antony Ryan. A classic bunch of badarses on a quest to receive benediction from a mad god. Fantastic novella that reminded me of how great fantasy can be. It reignited my love for fantasy. I wish it was longer or becomes a full book series.

    The above book made me return to fantasy with the The First Chronicles of Druss the Legend by Gemmell. I started the Drenai Series earlier in the year but got burned out after 3 books (i think it was) and the whole timeline order is not publication order, and there are multiple subseries, which again are not in publication order. This time i skipped straight to Druss. I'm only a few dozen pages in but its really fun watching a young Druss when the last time i saw him he was a wizened old Legend.

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  5. Comment on Todd Phillips Thinks Cancel Culture Ruined Comedy. Maybe He’s Just Not Funny Anymore. in ~movies

  6. Comment on One supermarket chain in Finland has an idea to address food waste – S-market has started holding 'happy hours' for products nearing expiration date in ~food

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    Damn that sucks. I guess around 25% of our houses food comes with a little yellow sticker on (discounted food is given a little yellow sticker with the old and new price on and the later you went...

    Damn that sucks. I guess around 25% of our houses food comes with a little yellow sticker on (discounted food is given a little yellow sticker with the old and new price on and the later you went the lower the price would get if it hadnt sold). The food would only be good for a day or two but you used to be able to get some insane deals* if you went at the right time but these days they aren't as good because people were harassing staff and getting into fights so it became more organised.

    *I'm talking meat and fish for under 50p a packet. Bread and bakery stuff for 5p. Veg for under 20p.

    3 votes
  7. Comment on Paradox announces Surviving the Aftermath, the next game in their Surviving franchise in ~games

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    I think i'm done with Paradox as a company. I've been playing since EU3 and put most of my time into CK2 but own nearly all their games but i've been down on them for a couple of years with lazy...

    I think i'm done with Paradox as a company. I've been playing since EU3 and put most of my time into CK2 but own nearly all their games but i've been down on them for a couple of years with lazy DLC, their disdain for their fanbase and the recent release of Imperator which was a complete joke. Now they are doing timed EGS exclusives. SOURCE Going public killed the soul of the company.

    Hard times for GSG fans.

    2 votes
  8. Comment on What's your SILLY unpopular opinion? in ~talk

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    Pro-wrestling is better than real sports and most TV/Movies.

    Pro-wrestling is better than real sports and most TV/Movies.

    8 votes
  9. Comment on How podcasts went from unlistenable to unmissable in ~tech

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    The article was exactly what i was expecting and why i find the title back to front. It used to be youd find a podcast and sure the audio was often a bit shitty (still is) and you might get an...

    The article was exactly what i was expecting and why i find the title back to front. It used to be youd find a podcast and sure the audio was often a bit shitty (still is) and you might get an audible advert or some other random shit to sell at the start, maybe if it was a comedian or author they'd flog some appearance dates and then it would be straight into the podcast. It felt personable without all the trappings that corporations and marketing teams bring. It was essentially just enthusiastic people talking about their interests.

    Now its "cool" intro, they thank their parent podcast company and/or patreons and an advert, maybe 20 minutes of content before another advert flogging some crap no one wants, always in the first person like they actually use all that crap, then maybe some more content before they end flogging their patreon or another advert. One podcast i listened to last week and have been listening to for years had 6 minutes of filler (adverts, patreon and sponsor shilling) before getting to the content. On a humanitarianism sub 30 minute podcast!

    Bah Humbug its not the 85% increase in advertising that made podcasts great. It was the literal opposite.

    Such marketing can be powerful when it's done well, says Mr Copeman: "It is great to be in that space where people are immersed in the sound of a person's voice, where they are enclosed in that world."

    Before these vampires got involved and just see dollars in that authenticity.

    23 votes
  10. Comment on What are your guilty pleasures? in ~talk

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    Guilty because it is genuinely bad for me. Scalding hot showers. Hot showers are bad for you in general but with eczema you pay for them over the next couple of days regardless of how much you...
    1. Guilty because it is genuinely bad for me. Scalding hot showers. Hot showers are bad for you in general but with eczema you pay for them over the next couple of days regardless of how much you moisturise afterwards. On the flip side scalding hot showers are orgasmic on broken/damaged skin.

    2. Guilty but don't give a fuck. Large portions of crap food. I can make good food. I trained as a chef for a year and grew up in a italian household. I cook for my large family every christmas and easter. However occasionally i just want a big fuck off bowl full of pasta with butter on or to eat a shares bag worth of popcorn to myself and to eat until i feel sick.

    3. Guilty and i'd be embarrassed if it was found out irl. ASMR. My YT feed now is 70% ASMR. Some days like sunday evenings the 15 most recent videos might all be asmr. I don't get "tingles" so its mostly as background noise or relaxation. I have ASMR videos on in the background whenever i am near my PC. I watch eating ones when i am fasting. I watch relaxing ones before bed. I watch no talking ones when reading. I love asmr but i am under no pretences that it is weird. It's artificial intimacy. There is a lot of "oops" sexual stuff (and not so "oops"). The noises are often repulsive if they were happening in real life. Since it exploded in popularity their is a lot of bandwagon ASMRtists who are only there so they can getting free chinese clothing. ASMR fans are mental too. There are a lot of people really insecure about it and lose their shit at anything remotely sexual because it "taints" the community, there is the boobs and vagina commentators, there are incels who harass makers who do sexual things. Its like a microcosm of the internet.

    12 votes
  11. Comment on The Guardian's ranking of the 100 best books of the 21st century in ~books

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    About as good as one of these general lists can be. I've read 5 (God Delusion. Oryx and Crake, Night Watch, Sapiens, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night‑Time), which probably tells you...

    About as good as one of these general lists can be. I've read 5 (God Delusion. Oryx and Crake, Night Watch, Sapiens, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night‑Time), which probably tells you quite a lot about me.

    4 votes
  12. Comment on Total War Saga: TROY - Announcement Trailer in ~games

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    This is the second Saga game from TW which are more geographically more limited games focusing on a specific country or period. The first Saga game was Thrones of Britannia that focused on...

    This is the second Saga game from TW which are more geographically more limited games focusing on a specific country or period. The first Saga game was Thrones of Britannia that focused on Anglo-Saxon britain and came out to mixed reviews.

    I have a mixed opinion. I don't really like where CA has gone the past few years with fantasy and characters being the focus. Its not CA's strong point or why i played TW games, though they have been wildly successful so maybe i'm just becoming crotchety. However it's also a fucking Troy Total War game, so i'd be lying if i said i wasn't a bit excited. The Trojan War is the earliest period they've ever done and the most constricted time scale so it's going to force CA to experiment with features in a way they havent before.

    More information on CAs blog

    5 votes
  13. Comment on How to be a professional author and not die screaming and starving in a lightless abyss in ~creative

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    Very interesting peak into the world of an author This is one thing i learned from one of the authors at /r/fantasy (Mark Lawrence maybe). Someone asked him how he tracks sales abroad and he...

    Very interesting peak into the world of an author

    It’s Hard To Know How Many Books You’ve Sold

    This is one thing i learned from one of the authors at /r/fantasy (Mark Lawrence maybe). Someone asked him how he tracks sales abroad and he essentially said he has no idea and just occasionally gets a cheque for "residuals from X" or something along those lines. The system seems liable to so much corruption.

    Your Day Job? Don’t Quit It

    I know a lot of creative types hate the idea of it but many of the best SFF authors have kept a 9-5 job the majority of the career. Not only for the benefits and money but also because of the routine which encourages them to write, where if they was at home all day they might find themselves procrastinating and finding other ways to busy themselves when the writing gets tough.

    Conversely many of the best also treat their writing like a 9-5 job, which would be a rough routine spending 6-8 hours writing and researching and 8 hours at a "job". So i guess you have to find what suits your personality the best.

    4 votes
  14. Comment on What are you doing this week? in ~talk

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    I missed last week so a bit of a follow up to my dentist appointment. I had my tooth removed last week. It thankfully wasnt at the hospital and was done with local anaesthetic. It was a fairly...

    I missed last week so a bit of a follow up to my dentist appointment. I had my tooth removed last week. It thankfully wasnt at the hospital and was done with local anaesthetic. It was a fairly upscale "dental surgery" which was incredibly different to my usual practice which is in a tiny renovated terrace.

    The tooth removal was painless and efficient. I'm going to be honest, it was like a horror film from my point of view. The dentist is leaning over me covered in sweat with what i assume are a pair of pliers. He's yanking and pulling. Bits of tooth are being snapped off. Apparently he couldn't grab any more with the pliers so he gets what i think was some sort of drill scalpel because the next time he puts his hands in my mouth there are blood droplets flying everywhere, blood is all over him, me and the dental assistant. Right, bang, done. I sit up, spit, pat myself dry. The dentist is washing his face, the assistant has a look in the hole and apparently he has missed a bit, dentist comes over says no, its (jaw?) bone, gives me an aftercare sheet and home i go. Took all of 10 minutes.

    My teeth now sit weird and i still have some residual gum pain but i assume it's just bruising or something and will go away in a couple of weeks.

    For something that's happening this week i am finally getting Dupixent delivered! Its the first in a new area of drugs used to treat severe eczema. Previously we've only steroids (oral and topical) to control the inflammation and general immunosuppressants used to inhibit the entire immune system. Dupixent targets specific antibodies associated with skin inflammation and itch which is obviously ideal for eczema. The drug costs $37k in america! Thanks to the NHS its costing me nothing though this has been a double edged sword in the sense i have had to have tried the 4 main general immunosuppressants and have a separate Dermatalogist check my skin. It's been a long 3 years on these general immunosuppressants, which have worked to varying degrees, 1 well, 2 not all, 1 ok but with bad side effects, i spent every weekend of 2018 in bed with crippling nausea because of the latter. I'm trying to not get my hopes up too much but even if it doesn't work there are more treatments on the horizon for eczema.

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

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    Apex Legends. I'm finally getting good. I've been playing since release and as i only play alone my games are a bit all over the place but i've got to the point i can generally get a win in every...

    Apex Legends. I'm finally getting good. I've been playing since release and as i only play alone my games are a bit all over the place but i've got to the point i can generally get a win in every 5-10 games and i'm rarely dragging my team down. It's the first console shooter i've played since BLOPs so i had a bit of catching up to do (Holy shit black ops came out 9 years ago!) The battlepass and daily challenges keep me at about an hour a day and still making "progress". I started off playing the faster characters like Bangalore and Pathfinder and while pathfinder is stupidly fun (he reminds me of the Tribes Ascend game) i find i am more successful as the slower heavies like Caustic and Gibraltar.

    Rimworld. I've had a Farming Union of (Something) going for a few weeks now. Randy Medium and i want to become as rich as possible selling drugs and clothes and making my pawns as bionic and happy as possible. I usually rush research and build a tonne of turrets and stuff but this time i have been playing slow. I've only recently had to move up to the higher tier research because i had no steel and it was not time or security effective to have a constant trade caravan heading to nearby settlements buying steel. Raids and Randy events are starting to get a bit rough with my lax security so i need to start thinking about base security. Turns out manhunter elephants treat steel doors like paper!

    5 votes
  16. Comment on 'A human need': Disability groups say people on NDIS should have access to sex workers in ~life

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    Yes. I'd like to see studies done whether it does help self worth and quality of life before a program fully kicks off but i dont see why you wouldnt extend it to less visible disorders. Lets be...

    Yes. I'd like to see studies done whether it does help self worth and quality of life before a program fully kicks off but i dont see why you wouldnt extend it to less visible disorders.

    Lets be honest, when you get past the buzzwords and meme status of "incels" (and when it's not just being used as an insult like virgin was in highschool) it's just an outwardly destructive manifestation of self worth and depression issues. We know men and women "show" different when it comes to many different mental conditions. An "incel" has many of the same problems that his sister counterpart has but where hers are anorexia and thinspo boards his are misogyny and incel boards. Both have the right to help.

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  17. Comment on Brexit: Boris Johnson defeated as MPs take control in ~news

  18. Comment on Conservative MP Phillip Lee has defected to the Liberal Democrats ahead of a crucial no-deal vote, leaving the PM with no working majority in ~news

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    I don't think those are exclusive views. A not insignificant number of people who were pro-remain believe in honouring the result of the referendum even though they disagree with the result. In...

    I don't think those are exclusive views. A not insignificant number of people who were pro-remain believe in honouring the result of the referendum even though they disagree with the result. In addition many on both pro-leave and pro-remain sides just want "Brexit" over with so we can focus on domestic issues instead of being in this kind of awful stasis that we have been in for the past 3 years. We've done nothing with the past 3 years i don't see how another extension will help when no polling has shown a major shift in any direction.

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  19. Comment on Turkey Information Thread: AmA you're curious about Turkey in ~talk