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  1. Comment on The US Roman Catholic Church used a special and unprecedented exemption from federal rules to amass at least $1.4 billion in taxpayer-backed coronavirus aid in ~news

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    This is a very... targeted article. Seems like it was more an excuse to bring up the sexual abuse in the catholic church more than anything. While $1.4b sounds like a lot of money, you shouldnt...

    This is a very... targeted article. Seems like it was more an excuse to bring up the sexual abuse in the catholic church more than anything. While $1.4b sounds like a lot of money, you shouldnt lump all catholic churches together, its not how the church or their finances works. There are 17000 parishes in the US, employing somewhere in the region of 100000 clergy and ministers, another 30000 seminarians, thats not even counting lay people who work for the church. Turns out at about $80k per parish and 0.2% of the total PPP pot.

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  2. Comment on For how long have you held your current political beliefs/positions/opinions, what opinions did you use to have before and why did you previously hold said opinions? in ~talk

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    I didnt really care about politics until i was out of my teens mostly just a labour supporter because i live in a labour town and 'ate tories. For about 10 years i have mostly been a left leaning...

    I didnt really care about politics until i was out of my teens mostly just a labour supporter because i live in a labour town and 'ate tories. For about 10 years i have mostly been a left leaning libertarian. I tend to fall somewhere around here on the political compass test I think people work best when people are working together and they work together best when its voluntary. I identified as an ancap for a while but that was more experimenting with extremism more than anything. My main thing is that i mostly see how government gets in the way and/or supports the haves already. Less government less problems.

    I've always been aware and accepting of climate change but i didnt work give it any weight other than "something should be done". In the past 5 years i have become more of a "nothing can or will be done" type with a bit of "i should get a cabin in the woods with like minded people as neighbours".

    Most recently I thought i was moving right because the left i saw was so obsessed with idpol that i thought leftism has simply moved passed me and now i am centre-right. Turns out class based leftism isnt completely dead, at least not yet.

    6 votes
  3. Comment on Black Lives Matter may be the largest movement in US history in ~news

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    You need to leave whatever bubble you are in then. Obama promised change and hope and failed to deliver. No administration of positivity and elegance would have had (reading off wikipedia) The...

    Living through two terms of an Obama administration that, from my perspective, had so much positivity and elegance I am dumbfounded as to what needed to be shaken up.

    You need to leave whatever bubble you are in then. Obama promised change and hope and failed to deliver. No administration of positivity and elegance would have had (reading off wikipedia) The springfest riot, the santa cruz may day riot, the oakland protest riot, the Madison occupation, Occupy wallstreet, occupy oakland, the rest of the occupy movement, Anaheim protests, the Bundy Standoff, Ferguson unrest, (a dozen other police shooting protests), Malheur national wildlife refuge Occupation, "democracy spring" protests, 2016 Sacramento riot, Dakota Access pipeline protests.

    Those are protests from the entire smorgasbord of america. That is not a happy country.

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

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    It is very heavy on the science and describing the scenery. Large parts of the books are people in buggies pondering about rocks, microbes and aquifers. I loved the people, relationships and...

    It is very heavy on the science and describing the scenery. Large parts of the books are people in buggies pondering about rocks, microbes and aquifers. I loved the people, relationships and cultural explorations of the books. They are 2d and very stereotypical but it was interesting to see how different people and groups took to colonising and terraforming mars. I highly recommend the books, even if i dont personally love them.

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

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    Read a fair amount the past 2 weeks but none of it hooked me in a way i was hoping for. Finished in the past two weeks Green Mars by KSR. The parts i enjoyed, i loved, i skimmed the parts i...

    Read a fair amount the past 2 weeks but none of it hooked me in a way i was hoping for.

    Finished in the past two weeks

    Green Mars by KSR. The parts i enjoyed, i loved, i skimmed the parts i disliked. Too much of the stuff i disliked to read Blue Mars. Similar thing happened when i read Red Mars years ago.

    Tom Swan and the Head of Saint George [#1-6) by Christian Cameron. Love the author and his short story novellas are the only thing i havent read but i wont be reading the rest of them. The protag was just too good at everything and that it made him uninteresting.

    Bronze Age Mindset by Bronze Age Pervert. It popped up often enough that i had to give it a try. Absolute trash.

    Oblomov by Ivan Goncharov. God i loved this. You know you are onto a winner when the titular character doesnt get out of bed for the first 50 pages.

    I am Slaughter by Dan Abnett. Okay book, probably the least interesting Warhammer book i have read so far. I was promised orks but i dont care enough to keep reading the series.

    Mutineers' Moon by David Weber. Not a fan of Webers writing. I've tried his Honor Harrington books but i couldnt enjoy them either.

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  6. Comment on The Chinese government is engaging in a widespread, systematic campaign of forced birth control and sterilization on Uighurs and other minorities in ~news

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    Horrifying how powerless it makes you feel. I just don't see what any country or collection of countries can do (short of war which would be absolutely disastrous). I doubt even historic levels of...

    Horrifying how powerless it makes you feel. I just don't see what any country or collection of countries can do (short of war which would be absolutely disastrous). I doubt even historic levels of sanctions by every non-china-bought country would do anything but make China turn inwards like they were for most of the 20th century or encourage them to take a more proactive role in creating their own sphere of influence. Offering refuge for the 25,000,000 Uighurs? China wouldn't let them leave even if anyone would take them on that scale.

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  7. Comment on Reddit releases their new content policy along with banning hundreds of subreddits, including /r/The_Donald and /r/ChapoTrapHouse in ~tech

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    Curious about the rest of the censored 200. As far as i can tell there is no way to find out if a subreddit you were subscribed to was banned. The only named one i was subscribed to was...

    Curious about the rest of the censored 200. As far as i can tell there is no way to find out if a subreddit you were subscribed to was banned. The only named one i was subscribed to was consumeproduct but that quickly became a trash sub and was mostly meta posting and lazy pol stuff so thats no great loss.

    e1. /r/reclassified currently has a fairly large list of banned subs.

    e2. They also got classic4chan which is a shame. There are also people saying they have banned all quarantined subs.

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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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    Three Kingdoms Total War. I'm playing Yuan Shao. I'm part Coalition leader and part food dealer. I control practically everything north of the yellow river with the exception of a few faction...

    Three Kingdoms Total War. I'm playing Yuan Shao. I'm part Coalition leader and part food dealer. I control practically everything north of the yellow river with the exception of a few faction commanderies that i am allied with. South of the yellow river i am best friends with Liu Bei and his friends (part of our coalition), i'm also buddies with Cao Cao and Yuan Shu. I'm at peace with Han and Dong Min but Dong's faction is massive and controls nearly everything in the west . I dont know what is south of the Yangze but i assume its one of the Suns controlling nearly everything. My first two full commanderies were food based so i've been rocking 20+ food the entire game and using it as a sweetener and money maker

    The campaign is close to being a Paradox game. I spend more time planning and building my coalition than i do warring. My main dislike in the campaign is settlement building. Its very simple, whatever is in the minor province you build the same colour things in the major province. Battles are the games main weak point which is a shame for a TW game. Heroes are just boring, i know you can play Records mode but the game is clearly built around Heroes and not "Bodyguard" units. Have one of the starting Heroes? Great you win all duels unless you are facing another Hero. Don't have a gold Hero? Tough shit, you lose. I do like how units move in 3k, it looks very organic.

    The game is also very visually impressive but TW have had that nailed for a while now.

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  9. Comment on Rasmus Paludan, head of Denmark's far-right Stram Kurs party, has been given a month in jail for a string of offences including racism in ~news

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    BNP who had a similar platform of "voluntary/incentivised deportations" got 1.9% in the 2010 general election.

    BNP who had a similar platform of "voluntary/incentivised deportations" got 1.9% in the 2010 general election.

    5 votes
  10. Comment on What creative projects have you been working on? in ~creative

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    Writing some fantasy/scifi. I suck at writing. I had double english first period on a monday morning for 2 years during highschool and to say im not a morning person is a massive understatement (i...

    Writing some fantasy/scifi. I suck at writing. I had double english first period on a monday morning for 2 years during highschool and to say im not a morning person is a massive understatement (i was also a maths guy/ HE MEANS THE CURTAINS ARE BLUE NOTHING MORE, NOTHING LESS! type idiot) I just don't know how to write anything longer than forum messages and comments. I read a lot these days and after reading atomic habits i figured it was about time i started writing however poor it is.

    Currently trying out two different "forms" of writing a story. I don't know whether they are legitimate, optimal or whether other writers use a particular method. One story i am writing "organically" (from the start writing what pops into my head as i write) but in a condensed form which i will expand and flesh out later. The other story i am writing the plot points, cast, relationships and world etc. then i later use that to write the story. I should probably read a book on how to write a book but i think its best if i actually write consistently first.

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  11. Comment on What are some drinks I should try? in ~talk

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    Don't know whether its available in America but have your tried Vimto or Ribena? Both are staples in the UK, Vimto is a blend of fruits and spices and Ribena is a blackcurrent drink.

    Don't know whether its available in America but have your tried Vimto or Ribena? Both are staples in the UK, Vimto is a blend of fruits and spices and Ribena is a blackcurrent drink.

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  12. Comment on Fitness Weekly Discussion in ~health

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    Diet went out of the window this week. I did some pretty strict fasting over the previous two weeks (4x24 and 1x72) but this week has been one thing then another that i can't justify fasting....

    Diet went out of the window this week. I did some pretty strict fasting over the previous two weeks (4x24 and 1x72) but this week has been one thing then another that i can't justify fasting. Nothing particularly "bad" but i hate putting people out or not eating when people cook something for me, especially now that i am gluten free. My sister made a GF cake Tuesday, today is my parents anniversary so we had a special meal, tomorrow i'm doing a big GF shop which means trying something new that is a GF* replacement, Saturday its film night and Sunday its fathers day. I could probably fast/diet in there but it seems a bit pointless, i'll probably omad tomorrow but that's about it until Monday.

    *I hate most gluten free stuff, i'd rather just do without instead of eating a poor or even close imitation, so as a compromise with myself i get one replacement thing every big GF shop to try something new. The only thing so far as good as the original is brownie mix. Biscuits are ok too as long as you dont dunk them because they become weird when you dunk 'em.

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  13. Comment on At least twenty Indian Army soldiers killed in a face-off with Chinese troops in Galwan Valley in ~news

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    PM Modi says sacrifice of Indian soldiers will not go in vain E1. Translation of Modis speech

    PM Modi says sacrifice of Indian soldiers will not go in vain

    In his opening remarks on day two of the virtual conference with chief ministers on coronavirus, he also said that India wants peace but is capable of giving a befitting reply, if instigated.

    For us, the unity and sovereignty of the country is most important, he said.

    E1. Translation of Modis speech

    4 votes
  14. Comment on At least twenty Indian Army soldiers killed in a face-off with Chinese troops in Galwan Valley in ~news

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    This is crazy, for the first time in 45 years a clash between china and India has resulted in deaths, early reports put it at 3 deaths, now its been raised to 20, with claims that China lost twice...

    This is crazy, for the first time in 45 years a clash between china and India has resulted in deaths, early reports put it at 3 deaths, now its been raised to 20, with claims that China lost twice that (take that with a massive pinch of salt). By reports it also happened without a shot being fired so it would have presumably been by blunt objects such as rocks and stones which have been used as weapons in the past.

    It's going to be very interesting to see what happens with this. India has to do something because at the moment they look very weak and the sharks are circling. 2 diplomats were abducted and tortured in Pakistan on Monday, Nepal killed some civilians at the disputed border last week and India is still being hammered by Corona.

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  15. Comment on Podcast discussions & recommendations! What are you listening to? in ~talk

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    Other than Sinica and Barbarians a the gate the only other "cultural" one i listen to is The China History Podcast by Laszlo Montgomery. It's a history one but he touches on everything from the...

    Other than Sinica and Barbarians a the gate the only other "cultural" one i listen to is The China History Podcast by Laszlo Montgomery. It's a history one but he touches on everything from the bronze age to modern times. He tends to do mini-series within the podcast. He did one on Tea which should have won awards. He's also 6 parts into a History of Xinjiang. He's just (today) started a new series on modern US-China relations from after WW2.

    On the politics side its a bit more academic/thinktanky and so focus on a single more topic an episode so i only listen them if im interested in the topic. I'll just list them without much detail

    China21 From UC San Diego quite dry.
    China in the World.
    ChinaPower
    JawJaw - Been cancelled now or on hiatus at least. From a security adviser to Biden, focuses entirely on China-American interactions, mostly in the policy/security world.
    Net Assessment & Diplomat podcast. Neither focus on china but both often have episodes related to china.

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

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    I enjoy the TW games and have experience with the going back to the early days. Warhammer feels like they have simplified everything other than unit variety which they kind of neutered by focusing...

    I enjoy the TW games and have experience with the going back to the early days. Warhammer feels like they have simplified everything other than unit variety which they kind of neutered by focusing on OP Generals and Heroes. It's a tired argument at this point but i so want to like the warhammer games, especially after reading books set in the Warhammer universe but after buying both i just don't, which is a shame

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

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    Shogun 2 is the closest to a perfect TW game. Everything just "works", the art, sound, battles, etc. all combined to make a fantastic experience. Rome 2 is really fun. It was a mess at launch,...

    Shogun 2 is the closest to a perfect TW game. Everything just "works", the art, sound, battles, etc. all combined to make a fantastic experience. Rome 2 is really fun. It was a mess at launch, they tried a lot of new things and promised the world (though i personally had no major problems) and so it took them a while to fix but now its great.

    I think Attila is the most underrated game. It's similar to Shogun in the sense it has a theme, if you dont like the theme i can imagine hating the game but if you like the dystopic, the world ending feeling its great. My game as the western roman empire is one of my fondest gaming memories.

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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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    TW Warhammer 2. I dont like it. I played WH1 for about 5 hours and disliked it. Didnt consider WH2 until recently when i went through a WH reading kick, mostly 40k but still warhammer and it gave...

    TW Warhammer 2. I dont like it. I played WH1 for about 5 hours and disliked it. Didnt consider WH2 until recently when i went through a WH reading kick, mostly 40k but still warhammer and it gave me the itch to play and i was told WH2 was a massive upgrade from WH1. They are beautiful but boringly simple and i cant be fussed with micro-ing mages and other magic things. There is such weight given to general units that they make everything else secondary. The one battle i lost was due to my garrison units being able to kill a Pirate general. He was literally the only guy on the enemy to survive and 700 archers, spearmen and horsemen couldnt kill him so i lost a settlement. Sieges are terrible. Formations have been removed. The campaign is even more simplified, at least there is visual variety in battles. Building consists of picking things you can build up to tier 3 in minor settlements and picking things that go up to tier 5 in major settlements, nice big warnings so you dont double build or try building a 5 tier thing in a 3 tier settlement. Nothing visually upgrades Ive had no problems managing happiness or the different types of corruption. I confederated with an empire that was bigger than me by spending influence. Two turns later and i doubled the size of my empire. Meh all round.

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  19. Comment on Bon Appetit editor-in-chief Adam Rapoport resigns after controversy over treatment of staff members of color and insensitivity to racial issues in ~food

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    Just a little addition, the photo was posted in 2013 as part of throwback Thursday, so it was probably taken years before that.

    Just a little addition, the photo was posted in 2013 as part of throwback Thursday, so it was probably taken years before that.

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