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  1. Comment on What are some great documentaries about Asian culture that are easily available? in ~talk

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    There are hundreds of "Begin Japanology" videos on youtube. They focus on one part of Japanese culture and do a 30minute video on them. They are from NHK, japans national broadcaster. The "Bite of...

    There are hundreds of "Begin Japanology" videos on youtube. They focus on one part of Japanese culture and do a 30minute video on them. They are from NHK, japans national broadcaster.

    The "Bite of China" are very good documentaries focused on food. They pick a few food points every episode and go into detail about them and the culture surrounding them.

    If you don't mind podcasts Lazlo Montgomery's China History Podcast is a great look at Chinese history. The series on Tea is genuinely on the greatest podcast series ever.

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  2. Comment on What do you think late 2010s-early 2020s nostalgia will look like? in ~talk

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    Affordable TV. Netflix is £6 a month!!! That is incredible. Satellite TV was/is so expensive. The basic Sky package is over £25! My dad point blank refused to get Sky when i was young (900...

    Affordable TV. Netflix is £6 a month!!! That is incredible. Satellite TV was/is so expensive. The basic Sky package is over £25! My dad point blank refused to get Sky when i was young (900 channels and nothing to watch) but even he couldn't imagine living without Netflix. Our house's tv box isnt even connected, instead we watch exclusively Netflix, Amazon and Iplayer and it costs less than the basic sky package did 20 years ago.

    I think we are coming to the end of it now, more services, more costs, more adverts but it was good while it lasted.

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  3. Comment on Joe Rogan spread anti-vaccine misinformation. Spotify's CEO redirects and refuses to address problematic behavior. in ~tech

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    I thought Covid would be Joe's redemption arc. He went from having Michael Osterholm (American epidemiologist, Regents Professor, and Director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and...

    I thought Covid would be Joe's redemption arc. He went from having Michael Osterholm (American epidemiologist, Regents Professor, and Director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota) on the show in March 2020 discussing Covid. To being half a step from outright covid denier and from what i hear he just cant shut up giving his opinions on it. It's very hypocritical for a guy who injecting all sorts of stuff off label to be sceptical about these vaccines.

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  4. Comment on The surge in India in ~health.coronavirus

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    The situation in India is terrifying. I follow a fair amount of Indians on social media and the amount of resharing asking for hospital beds, for oxygen, for remdesivir, for travel help to get to...

    The situation in India is terrifying. I follow a fair amount of Indians on social media and the amount of resharing asking for hospital beds, for oxygen, for remdesivir, for travel help to get to a hospital is horrifying. It seems the fears we had in the UK (and the west) of hospitals being overwhelmed has become a reality in much of India. In dozens of hospitals their oxygen is being limited to 3-4 hours a day. There doesn't seem to be the political or social will to enforce a proper lockdown.

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  5. Comment on Starmer struggles to counter Johnson’s ‘vaccine bounce’ as polls loom in ~news

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    But why would he do that. Tories are in power until the next general election which isn't until 2024, game planning for a 2021 election is a complete waste of time. Keir's job isnt to win cheap...

    These polls have convinced me that if Boris were to call another GE later this year, he'd walk away with a biblically large majority.

    But why would he do that. Tories are in power until the next general election which isn't until 2024, game planning for a 2021 election is a complete waste of time. Keir's job isnt to win cheap victories now, which will frankly come across as morbid and likely backfire, his job is to rehab the party for 2024 and then use Tory hubris today to win the next election. Part of this includes an excising of Corbyn and Corbynites. You can excuse Corbyn's results however you want but at the end of the day he lost to May(!) and then got thrashed by Johnson along with creating previously unthinkable losses in the north (i live in one of those seats). Corbyn is deeply unpopular with a lot of the Labour working class base, not Blairites or Centrists but people who have voted Labour their entire life and couldnt have imagined voting Tory, Corbyn was so unpopular people held their nose and voted Cons.

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  6. Comment on Foundations of Geopolitics in ~humanities

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    Dugin is a bit of a boogyman in the west who gets trotted out every few years when they want to show how scary Russia is. Very few people in Russia take him seriously (or have heard of him) and...

    Dugin is a bit of a boogyman in the west who gets trotted out every few years when they want to show how scary Russia is. Very few people in Russia take him seriously (or have heard of him) and even fewer in places of power, until Russia invaded Crimea he was just a fringiest of the fringe academic. He's still well away from any power or influence but more well known.

    His ideas contain vague parallels, from a 20,000 foot view, but when you focus on them you can see how far of the mark they are in reality. He's a bit deluded when it comes to Russias power since the fall of the Soviet Union (he should know better as he wrote this in the late 90s after Russia got spanked in Chechnya). Russia could not annex Ukraine since the fall of the soviet union, Ukraine was closer to Russia before Crimea and nothing is going to bring them back to that relationship. Even a full "annexation" would be a disaster for Russia. It's laughable for him to think Russia can offer spheres of influence when the EU is gobbling their western spheres and China is gobbling their eastern spheres, all while Russia is trying to resist, what does Russia have to offer? Far from an Islamic-Russian axis, the Islamic world hates Russia because of the Chechen Wars, the Afghan War, the current meddling in Syria, Russian support of Israel. His views on China were out of date 40 years before he wrote the book, it's going to be China eating the Far East rather than Russia taking Manchuria (lmao!). etc.

    I think his most accurate point is with America but there he is getting credit for things America is doing to itself. Russia hasnt made the US the worlds scape goat, America did by acting as a completely chaotic actor on the world stage. It isnt Eurasianism or RussiaToday that unites the Islamic world against america, it's Abu Ghraib, Guantanamo, Israel, Iraq, Afghanistan and the dozens of Tinpot dictators it has propped up over the years.

    Even identarian destabilising in America, which is a Soviet play that Russia actually has the power to use. Let's be honest, America is already a destabilised mess because a divided America works for damn near everyone except the American public. The American elites like it, the Chinese like it, the Russians like it. I'm sure Russians are playing a part but they are chucking firewood onto an already blazing housefire.

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  7. Comment on The Queen's Gambit (Netflix) - Discussion Thread in ~tv

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    I think one of the reasons this show was wildly popular because while it was about someone excelling in something society doesn't expect them to, it wasn't filled with the usual me against the...

    I think one of the reasons this show was wildly popular because while it was about someone excelling in something society doesn't expect them to, it wasn't filled with the usual me against the world tropes. The orphanage wasnt filled with bullies, the janitor wasnt a creep, the chess people weren't massive dickheads because she was a woman, her adoptive parents weren't abusive, the people around her were by and large supportive of her trailblazing, if a bit bemused by the whole thing. It was a breathe of fresh air.

    I did start playing chess again after watching it.

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  8. Comment on Massive container ship stuck in Suez Canal, blocking world's busiest shipping route in ~news

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    From what i understand BRI is in a weird place for logistics. They've not quite found what it should be used for. It's slightly faster but more expensive than by ship (as others have said, ships...

    From what i understand BRI is in a weird place for logistics. They've not quite found what it should be used for. It's slightly faster but more expensive than by ship (as others have said, ships are very fuel efficient and fuel is shipping's main expense (~50%)) and the speed increase doesn't justify the price increase for the vast majority of things shipped internationally. For things that need to be transported very quickly they use planes but that of course is significantly more expensive.

    The north east passage (NEP) maybe the future of China-Europe shipping . It's still at least decade off but NEP is something like 3000-5000nm (~30%) shorter trip from east asia to mainland europe. When it is shown to open consistently it will probably take the east asian chunk of the Suez's traffic.

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  9. Comment on Quitting Reddit follow up thread in ~talk

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    I wasnt in that thread but i tried giving up Reddit for lent. I am addicted to it. There was a post by a Stanford Doctor about how her patients essentially hate scroll social media and don't get...

    I wasnt in that thread but i tried giving up Reddit for lent. I am addicted to it. There was a post by a Stanford Doctor about how her patients essentially hate scroll social media and don't get any enjoyment out of it yet cannot stop (Non-reddit link, direct to post) and it was me to a tee so i decided to give it up. I lasted a week before i caved in.

    There is just so much information on there that is only found on reddit. I know logically most isnt useful, its faux-entertaining noise that makes me feel smarter but without it, i feel like there is an entire world that i am missing. There is also the hate scrolling, finding the nonsense that "triggers" me, the corporate astroturffed posts, the nutty nationalists shitting up threads, the memes. I also missed the communities. Even the most awful meme filled ones are still better than nothing. I don't know where else i could talk about my hobbies and interests in such an accessible manner.

    Going to try again tomorrow but limit my time rather than going cold turkey.

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  10. Comment on Meghan and Harry interview: Racism claims, duke 'let down' by dad, and duchess on Kate in ~news

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    Yes, i'd rather they go away like they said there doing. I feel like when you choose to leave the institution only after a £32 million wedding and getting the titles they use as their branding...

    would you prefer they didn't make use of it?

    Yes, i'd rather they go away like they said there doing. I feel like when you choose to leave the institution only after a £32 million wedding and getting the titles they use as their branding that it does invalidate some of the suffering. I'm sure Meghan had an incredibly hard time and for that she has my sympathy. On the interview however, nothing they said in the interview was new or shocking. It's well known Phillip is a racist and that the royal family are completely out of touch with reality (non-sweating, pizza express visiting uncle's interview being the most recent example) . It's well known they look after the institution no matter how misguided or brutal they have to be to their own. And nothing needs to be said about the british tabloids.

    It wasnt a grand exposé on the royal family, it was a cynical grift by a couple of multimillionaires throwing their family under the bus while being interviewed by a billionaire to get media attention on their future attention seeking nonsense.

    My less filtered view on Harry

    Harry had a choice when he choose to be an apache helicopter pilot and politicked with his royal position to get deployed to Afghanistan where he said what joy he got from his job of launching hellfire missiles on Afghans, i believe he compared it to a video game. He had a choice when he dressed as a nazi. Him lecturing anyone on the morality of anything is a joke. He's cut from the same cloth as the rest of his deluded inbred family.

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  11. Comment on Thinking about death in ~talk

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    I find it all very selfish. For people and animals. I don't see how you can look at an loved one truly begging for death and think one more day, week or month is good thing. Sometimes you have to...

    I find it all very selfish. For people and animals. I don't see how you can look at an loved one truly begging for death and think one more day, week or month is good thing. Sometimes you have to be the one who hurts. When a living thing stops eating its time to let them die. I don't think it is a mental choice, i've seen humans and animals do it. Its their entire being saying enough is enough. Humans are special, we can make the conscious choice to hold on i believe, even in the depths of absolute delirium. My grandad did last year, he held on until he saw my dad one last time and then passed while he was there. It was strange in a way that makes my fairly ingrained skeptic uncomfortable.

    Maybe its my catholic schooling but something about pro-euthanasia makes me uncomfortable, i think part of me thinks if you aren't willing to do the deed yourself, you probably dont want it that much and therefore shouldn't get someone else to do it for you but i know that is not possible for everyone. But for them surely they could refuse food, but i know for a person at a healthy weight that could be a 3-4 week struggle that could be negated by a simple visit to a doctor.

    This is a fairly rambling post that should be full of asterisks. Hope your girlfriend and her grandmother can both find peace.

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  12. Comment on Do any other US citizens think of emigrating? in ~talk

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    I highly recommend you get an immigration lawyer if possible. Three different extended family members went for Italian citizenship after brexit and two who did it alone had a hell of time,...

    I highly recommend you get an immigration lawyer if possible. Three different extended family members went for Italian citizenship after brexit and two who did it alone had a hell of time, arbitrary denials, small mistakes meaning restarting the entire process, running around after certain stamps, one got straight up lied to at the consulate that lead to a denial. The one who got a lawyer basically gave everything the lawyer asked for and then only turned up for the things she needed to be there in person for and got citizenship first time with no problems in a few months.

    Best of luck, hopefully one day i will join you!

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  13. Comment on Fitness Weekly Discussion in ~health

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    Easiest way is protein powder. It's cheap and fairly tasty these days. I think there have been improvements in the vegan powders too, but those tend to be more expensive and taste a bit funny...

    Easiest way is protein powder. It's cheap and fairly tasty these days. I think there have been improvements in the vegan powders too, but those tend to be more expensive and taste a bit funny still.

    Food wise, there are fair amount of yogurts on the market with a decent protein content, mainly Greek and Icelandic (skyr). Cottage cheese is another bodybuilders favourite. Nut butters (peanut, almond, etc.) and nuts themselves of course but these contain a lot of fat calories too which you have to factor in. If you don't mind fish, tinned tuna, salmon or mackerel are all convenient ways to boost your protein.

    EDIT: A favourite of mine is a homemade yogurt pot in some small Tupperware i bought. Greek yogurt, with almonds and some dried or frozen fruit on top. Somewhere in the range of 7-10g of protein

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

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    That's the rank i got to as well with 997 hours played. In ranked i only played standard solo so it felt too chaotic to be worth putting in organised practice to get higher ranks (and too much...

    That's the rank i got to as well with 997 hours played. In ranked i only played standard solo so it felt too chaotic to be worth putting in organised practice to get higher ranks (and too much stress). I've not played properly in a few years now but when i did i could justify myself playing because i'd put on a lecture or podcast and listen to that while playing. Great game.

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  15. Comment on Replacing ableist and mental health exclusive language (crazy, insane, whack, ...) in ~talk

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    How is this not just moving the conversation onto words that dont effect you? Many people with disfiguring illnesses or other deformities/disfigurements know how horrible the word horrifying is....

    How is this not just moving the conversation onto words that dont effect you? Many people with disfiguring illnesses or other deformities/disfigurements know how horrible the word horrifying is. Irrational is used all the time as a slur against women. People who grew up in fundamentalist religious households often hate the word evil because of how it is used a moral cudgel.

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  16. Comment on Weekly coronavirus-related chat, questions, and minor updates - week of January 25 in ~health.coronavirus

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    The EU has just had a complete meltdown in the past 24 hours culminating in them unilaterally invoking article 16, which would put a hard border between Ireland and Northern Ireland, without even...

    The EU has just had a complete meltdown in the past 24 hours culminating in them unilaterally invoking article 16, which would put a hard border between Ireland and Northern Ireland, without even consulting the Irish Taoiseach! They since retreated from that, calling it a oversight but... wow.

    This clump of threads on /r/europe kind of sums up the past 12 hours.

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

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    I just finished the first book of the Story of the Stone (Better known as Dream of the Red Chamber) translated by David Hawkes. It's a really fantastic book, may be the best translation of any...

    I just finished the first book of the Story of the Stone (Better known as Dream of the Red Chamber) translated by David Hawkes. It's a really fantastic book, may be the best translation of any book. For what is essentially a book about the lives of a rich Chinese aristocrats writing poetry and getting into argument it is phenomenally engrossing. Chinese literature is a pain to translate and often feels stilted and confusing, David Hawkes translation is a magnum opus though. Not only has he managed to make the different names easy to recognise, not only has he made the story and prose flow, he even rewrote the poetry so that is brilliant too. I really enjoy the book but its a massive one at ~2000 pages in 5 volumes. While it was great i'm not sure i want to read another 1500 pages.

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  18. Comment on Weekly coronavirus-related chat, questions, and minor updates - week of January 25 in ~health.coronavirus

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    Absolute shitshow happening in Europe last night/this morning. German financial newspaper Handelsblatt published an article saying that AZ vaccine has only 8% efficiency in over 65s, citing an...

    Absolute shitshow happening in Europe last night/this morning. German financial newspaper Handelsblatt published an article saying that AZ vaccine has only 8% efficiency in over 65s, citing an anonymous German politician. Twitter and reddit went schadenfreude crazy with the news. This morning AZ, the British Government and the German health ministry all deny this claim. It appears the journalist and/or the Politician misread the report which said 8% of study participants were between 56-65 years old. Fuck knows where the editor was. What a disaster.

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  19. Comment on What's hard about being a man? in ~talk

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    I find your first paragraph a bit weird. Partners support each other. To imply that because women historically did more of the day to day organising of the house they now should be wary of...

    I find your first paragraph a bit weird. Partners support each other. To imply that because women historically did more of the day to day organising of the house they now should be wary of emotionally supporting their partner is, again weird. Would you say it "shifts the burden of support" to men to teach them that when women want to talk about their problems they are looking for an ear and not a solution? I think it just teaches men how to be better partners. Why shouldn't we teach women how to be emotionally supportive for a man, in a way that the man finds supportive. It would make for happier men, happier relationships and happier women, which is surely the end goal of all this.

    My issue is with the premise that men need to talk about their feelings and the reason they aren't is because they feel weak and ashamed. We need to stop assuming that what works for women is the "correct" way and will, or should, work for men if only men would change and accept the correct way. It's bizarre to me. We wouldnt use words like "fear" and "weakness" if women are reluctant to do something. We would try, where possible, to make women more comfortable without leading with the assumption women are the problem.

    If men need to talk about their feelings then we as a society need to research ways to make men more comfortable getting help. Buck up and dont be afraid to be weak is just another version of swallow your feelings and act how we want you to. I hate the word but it is the same toxic nonsense people claim to be fighting. There may be other forms of help that men would be more likely to seek if it was available but as far as i know there has not been any research in that direction.

    I agree that people need to learn better ways of doing things that are culturally engrained but that isn't simply be more like women like most advice and policy seems to be.

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  20. Comment on What's hard about being a man? in ~talk

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    Can i reply to this because it sort of answers the original question and others have posted examples to your question.. If you ask a question and every, single, time, regardless of location you...

    I asked men the same question over and over again: What’s hard about being a man? Every single time I asked that question it was like I had just asked them if unicorns can swim.

    Can i reply to this because it sort of answers the original question and others have posted examples to your question.. If you ask a question and every, single, time, regardless of location you are met with the same deer in the headlights look you are asking the question incorrectly to get the answers you need. You dont say "well i asked an other group and they understood it" or "we need to educate this group in the language of X so they can answer my question". You reword your question so your participants can understand it.

    This probably isnt a popular answer but i think what is hard about being a man in "the west" on a macro level is that men aren't defective women but are largely treated as such by the feminist dominated gender studies, hence men's problems don't get treated in a way beneficial to men but in a way that women may find appealing. No one serious about these things would say "how do we get women to grow a spine to...", yet how many problems in this thread for example are reliant on men changing in some way to be treated.

    Using the doctor example further up. The questions shouldn't be long the lines of "how do we make men okay with showing their weakness so they go to the doctors", the question should be "why are men less likely to seek treatment at the doctors and what can we change that would encourage them to go". That may mean changing the system booking so they don't have to show their weakness to the receptionists, that may be changing doctors opening times, hell it could mean changing the paint at the doctors office, it may mean changing the law on mandatory sick pay, it may mean educating bosses on worker illness or their partners on how best to be supportive, it could be having high profile celebrities visiting the doctors, it may mean a dozen things before you tell the ones who are hurt by the current system to change.

    (For what its worth my Dad's GP changed its appointment procedure to an app, where you can book the time, give the details of your problem, how you would like to contacted etc. all through a messenger-like system and my Dad was more comfortable using it and so booked an appointment for the first time in years. Thankfully there was nothing serious)

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