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  1. Comment on President of Nigeria bans Twitter as retaliation for deleted Tweet, human rights groups condemn this as restriction on free speech in ~news

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    The tweet being referred to seems to be this one. The Civil War being referred to seems to be this one. I will (probably) add some history links later for further context I don't know. Regardless...

    The government announced on Friday it was suspending Twitter's operations in the country.

    Mobile phone networks blocked access after being ordered to do so, but some users are getting around the ban.

    The move comes after Twitter deleted a tweet by President Muhammadu Buhari for breaching the site's rules.

    Some users saw his post, which referred to Nigeria's civil war four decades ago, as a veiled threat towards a secessionist movement in the south-east of the country

    His government said on Saturday the tweet's removal was "disappointing", but not the only reason for the "temporary" suspension.

    The move also brought widespread condemnation from human rights groups and international powers, who say it will limit free speech in Nigeria.

    The tweet being referred to seems to be this one. The Civil War being referred to seems to be this one. I will (probably) add some history links later for further context I don't know. Regardless of the morality involved, it is a threatening tweet and likely violates Twitter ToS. (And of course, not much of anything says "those misbehaving" are new Biafra secessionist as opposed to normal people protesting corruption for example.)

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  2. Comment on Humpback whale gulps and spits out Cape Cod lobsterman in ~news

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    Michael Packard says he was diving when he ended up in the marine giant's mouth for about 30-40 seconds off Provincetown, Massachusetts.

    The leviathan spat him out and Mr Packard was left with nothing more than a suspected dislocated knee.

    Despite his wife's pleas to get another job, he has no plans of giving up a 40-year career diving off Cape Cod.

    Humpback whales tend to feed by opening their mouth wide to gulp down as much prey, like fish or krill, as possible, leading marine scientists to speculate that what happened to Mr Packard was in all likelihood purely accidental. One expert told the Cape Cod Times it was practically unheard of for a whale to swallow a human.

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  3. Comment on What did you do this week? in ~talk

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    Had a pretty eventful week. Monday I went to the psychologist and dentist. I asked the psychologist to elaborate on what she meant by things occurring naturally and I think what she told me that...

    Had a pretty eventful week.

    Monday I went to the psychologist and dentist.

    I asked the psychologist to elaborate on what she meant by things occurring naturally and I think what she told me that what she means is that people often become friends by stumbling into something that happens to interest both of them and things can often develop from there. (Kind of similar to the beginning of @petrichor's reply to me here.) I personally have had a few experiences like that in the past to generally understand what she means by stumbling into small things like that, albeit none of them ever developed because I don't think the people at my first school were too alike me and I've written a lot about how many childhood wasn't that great and I often played the role of naive kid who didn't learn the new word for [insert genitalia] so it's not like we were starting on neutral ground a lot of the time. It also gives me a general takeaway as to what to do, which is generally to make your interests accessible to others. Something kinda noteworthy is that it doesn't need to be really active, albeit, the way I understand it, that usually helps if the context is favorable for doing that. You don't necessarily have to put yourself "out there", just somewhere relatively accessible. (This also partly adds some sense for me to the latter half of petrichor's reply to me, because it's about where people can reasonably "access" you, which is definitely not in the classroom.) There's still the problem that a lot of the stuff I watch is in English, and that drives a wedge between me and basically everyone because, even if they like that I know English (which I'm pretty sure is most people in Brazil), knowing English isn't a hobby or personality trait or anything worth bonding over.

    Anyway, I went to the dentist, she stretched out my lower (clears throat) palatal expander I've had for a year and a half and (I think) snipped some excess wire from my top braces which I've had for a few months.

    Tuesday, my father had the idea of unlocking my new debit-card and sending me to buy my mom some birthday gifts, after floating a few potential gifts in the form of clothing, books or a mixer.

    After going to a store where they sold a mixer for 600 R$ I realized I should have asked my dad for a budget. I went through a few clothing stores but I realized I didn't really know how to describe the type of clothing I remember thinking about getting as a mother's day gift with my father so I settled on getting her 2 chocolate boxes (I felt we buy 1 too often for it to be meaningful) and after funding a library, a Brazilian history book because she reads that type of book pretty frequently. After that I went back home via bus with some change from some live money my father transferred out of the card. (I think? If only they taught this at school.)

    Wednesday I basically spent my (afternoon) doing schoolwork. One of the tasks was to make a 3 minute minimum audio explaining what biological determinism is and I got a draft that made it halfway-⅔rds of the way there.

    Thursday I spent a lot of the afternoon and night finishing a project about making a drawing that represents your identity after buying the recommended paper and a new compass after the one I have lost it's pencil and there were no compass-made pencils in the nearby store I went to. The new one just has an area to put in any given pencil which I frankly find more convenient. Then I got the draft audio up to 3 minutes and posted it.

    Today I honestly did nothing other than download the next month's worth of schoolwork. Perhaps to rest, but admittedly I'm struggling with procrastination that ended up making me do some schoolwork late at night.

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  4. Comment on KSP 1.12; On final approach: On june 24th, ten years after first debut, PC version of Kerbal Space Program will receive it's final major update in ~games

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    Kerbal Space Program Final Update on PC

    On June 24th, 2011, Kerbal Space Program 0.7.3 was publicly released. Back then the game looked very different with a very limited parts catalogue, no celestial objects except Kerbin which would not rotate, and not even a proper Sun, just a light source at an infinite distance. No one ever expected that this modest game, created by a small studio in Mexico City with no experience in videogames, would turn into a worldwide phenomenon that brought space exploration closer to our households. Therefore it is almost unfathomable that in a couple of weeks we will be celebrating the game’s 10th anniversary. And on that day, we are releasing Kerbal Space Program 1.12: On Final Approach, our 12th major free update!

    Kerbal Space Program 1.12: On Final Approach is going to be special in many ways. We are not only packing this free update with a massive amount of new content, player requests and all sorts of fixes, but it is also our thank you letter to everyone in our community who supported us along the way and made our dreams come true. Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end, or rather move on to the next chapter. So yes, On Final Approach is the last major planned release for Kerbal Space Program. While there may still be occasional minor updates to address bug fixes as needed, Squad’s efforts will now shift towards joining Intercept Games in the development of Kerbal Space Program 2.

    So what can you expect on June 24th with Kerbal Space Program 1.12: On Final Approach? We’ve already shown a couple of things in our last issue of KSP Loading, and now it is time to reveal the other main changes. So buckle up!

    Craft and Save Loading Improvements

    Alarm Clock App

    Maneuver Creator App

    Wheel improvements

    10th Anniversary Fireworks

    New Slim Suits

    KSP 2

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  5. Comment on Democrats circulate draft antitrust bills that could reshape Apple, Amazon, Facebook and Google in ~tech

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    500,000 users seems very low while 600 Billion seems very high. I wonder why they would choose both those numbers, assuming one or both of them weren't someone's typo?

    This bill would make it unlawful for a platform with at least 500,000 monthly active U.S. users and a market cap over $600 billion to own or operate a business that presents a clear conflict of interest.

    500,000 users seems very low while 600 Billion seems very high. I wonder why they would choose both those numbers, assuming one or both of them weren't someone's typo?

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  6. Comment on A modest proposal: Just log off in ~tech

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    I personally think it's just a rephrasing of the phrase terminally online but explicitly from the POV of an earnestly concerned outsider.

    I personally think it's just a rephrasing of the phrase terminally online but explicitly from the POV of an earnestly concerned outsider.

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  7. Comment on What's the most expensive food you splurge on to make you happy? in ~talk

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    Most rarely, great food and fancy juice from Outback steakhouse (more specifically, the barbecue ribs), which tastes great. Not sure how expensive it is where you live but where I live in Brazil...

    What's an expensive luxury food you splash out on to make you feel fancy?

    Most rarely, great food and fancy juice from Outback steakhouse (more specifically, the barbecue ribs), which tastes great. Not sure how expensive it is where you live but where I live in Brazil it's expensive.

    Sometimes my parents bought Nutella for me, tho also not sure if it's expensive where you live, I heard it's not too expensive in Europe where the ingredients come from, but here in Brazil people use "Nutella" as a term for being comfortable, weak or sensitive.

    Otherwise, I can't really name any food my parents have splurged on with any frequency.

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  8. Comment on Bo Burnham - Welcome to the Internet (2021) in ~music

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    Ah, that makes sense. So not saying "your parents made the stupid decision of letting you use the internet at 2 and paid for it" (probably because people likely didn't know better then but I don't...

    Ah, that makes sense. So not saying "your parents made the stupid decision of letting you use the internet at 2 and paid for it" (probably because people likely didn't know better then but I don't know and can only guess) and more "your parents [probably unknowingly] left you to be used by massive tech companies by letting you use the internet as a child and those companies have made you into what they wanted".

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  9. Comment on Bo Burnham - Welcome to the Internet (2021) in ~music

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    I think so, but part of me feels the "we" referred to "people who used the internet back then" rather than 2 (hopefully, albeit the date of 1999 probably makes this a certainly) clueless parents...

    I think so, but part of me feels the "we" referred to "people who used the internet back then" rather than 2 (hopefully, albeit the date of 1999 probably makes this a certainly) clueless parents waiting for a child.

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  10. Comment on Bo Burnham - Welcome to the Internet (2021) in ~music

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    Yes, but I feels like your comment describes the "catalogs, travel blogs" part of the song. Eventually, the lyrics turn to "we set our sights and spent our nights waiting... for you!" My question...

    Yes, but I feels like your comment describes the "catalogs, travel blogs" part of the song. Eventually, the lyrics turn to "we set our sights and spent our nights waiting... for you!" My question is: "Who was waiting for who here?" Because I can't tell.

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  11. Comment on Bo Burnham - Welcome to the Internet (2021) in ~music

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    This is great. I can picture 'meme' images like this, this, this or all the statistics about young people's mental health slump flashing in the background when he says "now look at you." And, as...

    This is great. I can picture 'meme' images like this, this, this or all the statistics about young people's mental health slump flashing in the background when he says "now look at you." And, as someone who rarely uses my phone less than 10 hours in any day, it's amazing how literally the phrase "anything and everything all of the time" can be interpreted.

    My only question is when he talks about the internet "circa '99", he transitions to people waiting for you. Is this just where he transitions to critiquing poor/unknowing parenting practices or is there some extra context I'm missing?

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  12. Comment on What's the cheapest food that makes you really happy? in ~talk

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    Why is fast food derogatory to you? Eating a burger can often take under 5 minutes unless you actively try to slow down.

    Why is fast food derogatory to you? Eating a burger can often take under 5 minutes unless you actively try to slow down.

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  13. Comment on What's the cheapest food that makes you really happy? in ~talk

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    It isn't cheap everywhere (definitely not some paces I've been to here in this country lol) but Fast Food. I also generally enjoy some loaf bread with mayo and a round thin slice of "mortadela"...

    It isn't cheap everywhere (definitely not some paces I've been to here in this country lol) but Fast Food. I also generally enjoy some loaf bread with mayo and a round thin slice of "mortadela" (bologna according to Google translate.) Where I live, there's also cheap churros that are great.

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  14. Comment on Fujimori’s fraud claims criticised as rival’s narrow lead widens: Pedro Castillo holds 0.4% lead with more than 97% of votes counted in ~news

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    Keiko Fujimori, one of the two candidates fighting vote by vote for the presidency of Peru, has alleged fraud and irregularities in the count of Sunday’s election as her rival, leftist teacher Pedro Castillo, widens a narrow lead.

    An inter-American observer mission did not report any irregularities and said the ballot passed off correctly, complying with international standards.

    As a candidate, Fujimori’s father – who is serving a 25-year sentence over corruption and death squad murders – and her own record as a politician play against her.

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  15. Comment on What did you do this weekend? in ~talk

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    A daughter of a close relative had a birthday and so people set up a party for her and I went there, also with a me getting my hair done for the first time in 3 months and shaving all my facial...

    A daughter of a close relative had a birthday and so people set up a party for her and I went there, also with a me getting my hair done for the first time in 3 months and shaving all my facial hair off a day prior. I basically went from Diet Afro to straight and from front to back.

    The gift my father decided to give was a game where you need to take some stuff out of a sick character with a small tool without touching the iron bits surrounding the small holes. I found it a bit boring at the time, but it's an OK gift. I spent a lot of my time just playing on the phone anyway. The cake had a strawberry filling (is that the word?) A
    and tasted good. I took a slice home for my mom, who didn't go because a relatively close relative of hers died.

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