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

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    My parents decided they were going to have a fancy dinner at Outback along with my uncle and his wife. The first time we went, we were too late to enter, so we went again earlier the next day and...

    My parents decided they were going to have a fancy dinner at Outback along with my uncle and his wife. The first time we went, we were too late to enter, so we went again earlier the next day and barely managed to get in (also we had to contend with my uncle's child/one of my cousins as they were asleep the first time.)

    We ordered their barbecue ribs (like the previous times we went there) and their standard serving of rice, and my father ordered a burger of theirs. I asked for a strawberry drink they offered and averyone else asked for a strawberry/passion fruit mix (again, also like last time) with the exception of my uncle, which asked for a free-refill cup of Coca-Cola. They tasted as good as always, starting sweet and slowly turning into the burning spice feeling. Their serving of rice is a lot smaller than we expected, which is kind of a reminder of their 'fanciness' (and that we aren't upper-middle-class for going there) and definitely means that whenever we go again, we'll order 2 of those.

    My mother has also recently become unemployed recently, meaning she is not absent from my life outside the night after she comes home from work. (apparently this is because the contract-or-whatever-IDK she signed is temporary.) This recently meant that, before we went for Outback, when we went to get my hair done, she decided that it might be better if my hair was super short becauseit would require less maintenance. I personally wasn't convinced and after trying out that haircut I still am. Immediately after the cut I felt my head looked rounder but it's not that significant.

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  2. Comment on Brazilian doctors use fish skin to treat burn victims in ~science

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    And it looks like this after they do, apparently. They also have used this for vaginal surgeries for trans people.

    Scientists at the Federal University of Ceara in northern Brazil have found that tilapia skin has moisture, collagen and disease resistance at levels comparable to human skin, and can aid in healing.

    In China, researchers have tested tilapia skin on rodents to study its healing properties, but scientists in Brazil say their trials are the first on humans.

    The tilapia skin is applied directly onto the burned area and covered with a bandage, without the need for any cream. After about 10 days, doctors remove the bandage. The tilapia skin, which has dried out and loosened from the burn, can be peeled away.

    And it looks like this after they do, apparently.

    Morais said that the tilapia skin treatment costs 75 percent less than the sulfadiazine cream typically used on burn patients in Brazil, as it is a cheap fish-farming waste product.

    They also have used this for vaginal surgeries for trans people.

    4 votes
  3. Comment on What's hard about being demisexual/demiromantic/asexual/aromantic? in ~talk

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    It's more about "people who only want sex" being a pejorative as opposed to aromantic-allosexual being a sexuality, or at least, that's what I imagine would happen. (Not that the former is a lie,...

    It's more about "people who only want sex" being a pejorative as opposed to aromantic-allosexual being a sexuality, or at least, that's what I imagine would happen. (Not that the former is a lie, just that I would guess people would mix the 2.)

    1 vote
  4. Comment on Why is Africa still so poor? in ~humanities

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    Before I (probably) delete this post, I agree that he uses a lot of continent-wide statistics and generalizations, despite bringing up himself the example of Boko Haram being far away from Lagos...

    Before I (probably) delete this post, I agree that he uses a lot of continent-wide statistics and generalizations, despite bringing up himself the example of Boko Haram being far away from Lagos an example of why generalizing about Africa (or anywhere) is bad. But the points of his video (brain drain, corruption, lack of education, resource extraction, colonialism, lack of national identity being bad for democratic politics), while definitely not at all being unique to Africa, don't seem bad, and he ends on a positive note on the end of the video, saying that many of these problems are going away/getting better, right?

  5. Comment on History of dunking culture's transformation into the alt right, the reputation of Tumblr in ~tech

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    Basically, she says that Tumblr fake stories originally came to be because lots of dumb teenagers wrote lots of fake, dumb things and lots more dumb teenagers believed them and them she goes in to...

    Basically, she says that Tumblr fake stories originally came to be because lots of dumb teenagers wrote lots of fake, dumb things and lots more dumb teenagers believed them and them she goes in to talk about how this was later exploited by reactionaries that made stories that always feature fat people, non-whites to imply they're lying or Tumblr users are lying about the nature of these people.

    1 vote
  6. Comment on Weekly US politics news and updates thread - week of March 1 in ~news

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    Senate rejects Bernie Sanders proposal for $15 minimum wage in coronavirus relief package: Eight Democrats join Republicans to reject attempt to add wage hike into $1.9 trillion relief bill

    Senate rejects Bernie Sanders proposal for $15 minimum wage in coronavirus relief package: Eight Democrats join Republicans to reject attempt to add wage hike into $1.9 trillion relief bill

    A proposal from Bernie Sanders to raise the federal hourly minimum wage to $15 from its current $7.25 failed in the Senate after the senator sought to include the measure in a White House-backed coronavirus relief package.

    After the Senate rules-advising parliamentarian shot down the inclusion of a wage increase in the bill, Senator Sanders vowed to introduce an amendment to put it into the legislation. The proposal would gradually raise the minimum wage by $2.25 each year through 2025.

    On Friday all Senate Republicans, seven Democrats and one Independent senator rejected the amendment for a vote of 42-58 against. It needed 60 votes to pass.

    “If any Senator believes this is the last time they will cast a vote on whether or not to give a raise to 32 million Americans, they are sorely mistaken,” he said in a statement. “We’re going to keep bringing it up.”

    The Democratic senators who opposed the amendment are: Joe Manchin, Jon Tester, Jeanne Shaheen, Maggie Hassan, Kyrsten Sinema, Tom Carper, and Chris Coons, along with Angus King, an independent who caucused with Democrats.

    2 votes
  7. Comment on Mario Kart Wii: The Ultra Shortcut revolution in ~games

  8. What's hard about being demisexual/demiromantic/asexual/aromantic?

    (Topics like this need people to have more sympathy for the other because we're talking about real people's sexualities and discrimination these people often face every day and have deep feeling...

    (Topics like this need people to have more sympathy for the other because we're talking about real people's sexualities and discrimination these people often face every day and have deep feeling abouts, so be nice.)

    If I had to (uneducatedly) guess, some of them would be:

    • Your sexuality (and the word allosexual) being as good as unknown by most people.

    • Asexuality being a big umbrella (hence the title being demisexual/demiromantic/asexual/aromantic rather than just asexual)

    • Allosexual and aromantic people being confused for "people who only want sex"

    • People not believing you when you say that.

    • Being perceived as an anomaly or lying, along with people promising that you will realize the truth one day.

    • Overly religious people seeing your sexuality as a virtuous rejection of degenerate lust/sin and unnatural simultaneously.

    • People seeing your sexuality as being "free" from dating or porn consumption or above identifying yourself by how un-sexed you are. (True, but obviously very reductive and usually contingent on the insecurities of the people seeing you that way.) (This is admittedly something I struggle with.)

    35 votes
  9. Comment on (The MTV show) Daria: The 90s neoliberal fantasia as seen from the point of view of a 90s teenager/millennial in ~misc

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    I'm pretty sure not. I replied to you because you're talking about how you relate to "the principled slacker" idea of the 90s, and if I've understood that idea correctly, that culture is based on...

    I'm pretty sure not. I replied to you because you're talking about how you relate to "the principled slacker" idea of the 90s, and if I've understood that idea correctly, that culture is based on feeling like the world is so unfair you can only look at it cynically, whereas when we look at what we think are injustices in the world today we largely try to find a political opinion to blame for it today, and I want to know why people apparently didn't do that.

  10. Comment on (The MTV show) Daria: The 90s neoliberal fantasia as seen from the point of view of a 90s teenager/millennial in ~misc

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    Hmm. Today, when we feel something is unfair, we try to give a good reason to blame our political enemies for it and our side would fix it. Why didn't people do that in the past? "No talking about...

    Hmm. Today, when we feel something is unfair, we try to give a good reason to blame our political enemies for it and our side would fix it. Why didn't people do that in the past? "No talking about politics with friends" means only actual intellectuals and scientists talk about politics with eachother? People earnestly believed in civility?

  11. Comment on Weekly US politics news and updates thread - week of March 1 in ~news

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    Alabama Senate votes to make hormone therapy and surgery for trans youth a felony

    Alabama Senate votes to make hormone therapy and surgery for trans youth a felony

    Under a new law, transgender youth in Alabama could not be treated with puberty-blockers, hormone therapy or surgery. The state Senate voted to make the treatment a felony on Tuesday.

    Senators voted 23-4 to approve the measure, dubbed the Vulnerable Child Compassion and Protection Act, sponsored by Republican Senator Shay Shelnutt. The bill now heads to the state House of Representatives, which has already approved a companion bill.

    The two bills would make it a felony for medical professionals to treat transgender minors under the age of 19 with gender-affirming care. Violators could face up to 10 years in prison or a $15,000 fine.

    While similar measures have been considered across the country, Alabama would be the first state to pass such a bill.

    7 votes
  12. Comment on Weekly US politics news and updates thread - week of March 1 in ~news

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    I agree with college education being a divisor line politically, but given people without college education tend to often be poorer, I wonder how are these minorities who are already...

    While the article does not discuss income, it does reference educational attainment as being a significant polarization factor (which is typically a predictor of wealth). Basically the author argues that those with college degrees are more likely to vote Democrat than those without.

    I agree with college education being a divisor line politically, but given people without college education tend to often be poorer, I wonder how are these minorities who are already disproportionately poor accepting Republican economics.

    1 vote
  13. Comment on Where would you live if you had no ties to where you are now? in ~talk

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    Probably one of the (very relatively) big cities in New Zealand, for the simple reason that they seem to be the most progressive Anglophone nation. The other 2 closest contenders are Ireland and...

    Probably one of the (very relatively) big cities in New Zealand, for the simple reason that they seem to be the most progressive Anglophone nation.
    The other 2 closest contenders are Ireland and Canada.

    9 votes
  14. Comment on Weekly US politics news and updates thread - week of March 1 in ~news

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    Huh. I've always wondered when culturally conservative minorities would break with the Democrats, although I largely assumed it would be whenever significant progress on racism is made and an end...

    Huh. I've always wondered when culturally conservative minorities would break with the Democrats, although I largely assumed it would be whenever significant progress on racism is made and an end might actually be reachable or whenever the Republicans take the L and let minorities vote peacefully rather than literally right now because the Democrats coopted a leftist slogan instead of making a moderate one themselves. I think this should be a wakeup call that the Democrats need to pass pro-electoral legislation to stem the coming exodus of conservative minorities with young people.

    I wonder if income plays a part in this.

    2 votes
  15. Comment on Reddit announces online presence indicators in ~tech

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    You don't need to speculate, here's their answer in this comment The comment, copypasted here in case you don't wanna go there

    You don't need to speculate, here's their answer in this comment

    The comment, copypasted here in case you don't wanna go there

    Thanks for sharing your understandable concerns. I’m happy to share more about how we’re approaching many of the things you’ve raised.

    “Those of us who are chronically harassed and stalked -- how do we opt out of this manner of broadcasting telemetry altogether?”

    You can disable this feature entirely by toggling your presence indicator to “Hidden.” You can do this on both old and new Reddit, and it will not change regardless of what device you use to browse Reddit. When your indicator is toggled to “Hiding” no other user can see your online status.

    “Those of us who moderate communities where literal hundreds and thousands of accounts join and wait for "the mods are asleep" to attempt to deluge the community with shock porn, hateful image macros, rape threats, death threats, ASCII image art depicting pornography and scatological acts -- How do we opt out of this manner of broadcasting telemetry altogether?”

    This is an important call-out and is something that we’ve thought about and discussed further during broader discussions with moderators. These indicators are currently not planned to show within the mod list, so users will not be able to see at a glance if all mods are online.

    Those of us who have been unlucky enough to have been doxxed, and for whom this manner of telemetry broadcast will alert the people who want to rape and murder us that we are home -- or out of the house -- or asleep -- how do we opt out of this manner of broadcast telemetry?

    What will this broadcast telemetry do to make Reddit safer to use for women and gender / sexual minorities?

    We’re building out several safety features that we’re aiming to have ready for the general audience launch that we hope will address several of the things you called out. One of these features is making it so that users who are banned from a subreddit will not be able to see the online status of users within that specific subreddit.

    Will this be turned on by default for everyone? Will it be turned off by default for everyone?

    Yes - this will be turned on by default and that’s a large part of the reason why we’re announcing this in advance and why we made the opt-out process so easy. We want to give everyone the chance to opt-out of this feature before we make the presence indicator public-facing.

    Can the "Hiding" status indicator label be changed to something that doesn't convey an active intent and agency?

    This is something we went back and forth on, and we should have been more clear about our reasoning in the post. We chose the word "Hiding" because if a user has switched the toggle to disable this feature they're still technically online even though it would not be viewable to anyone else. We didn't want there to be any confusion in the broader sense of the term.

    We will have a Help Center article explaining all of this before we go live with our general audience launch.

    4 votes
  16. Comment on NENA - 99 Luftballons (1983) in ~music

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    In case you're like me and dislike that too, there's a remake of this song for a movie called atomic blonde with a melody that reflects the situation better. Sidenote, but if you like the happy...

    For a popular (I think) song with a cheerful melody (something I dislike about the song)

    In case you're like me and dislike that too, there's a remake of this song for a movie called atomic blonde with a melody that reflects the situation better.

    Sidenote, but if you like the happy melody with the sad lyrics, why do you like it? If I had to guess, it's because it captures pre-war excitement or anticipation, but given nukes, I'm not entirely confident in this feeling.

  17. Comment on Weekly coronavirus-related chat, questions, and minor updates - week of March 1 in ~health.coronavirus

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    As the pandemic reaches a new worst in Brazil, a new, albeit highly limited aid package has been passed to deal with it (When the article was written it was still to be voted on, but now the bill...

    As the pandemic reaches a new worst in Brazil,
    a new, albeit highly limited aid package has been passed to deal with it

    (When the article was written it was still to be voted on, but now the bill has been passed.)

    Brazil’s senate started discussing a $7 billion round of Covid aid for the poor as a new wave of the pandemic batters the economy and pushes the health system to the brink of collapse.

    The plan to revive last year’s cash handout program is part of a constitutional amendment that includes compensatory fiscal measures sought by Economy Minister Paulo Guedes to show the government remains committed to fiscal austerity after a record budget deficit in 2020.

    Discussions started on Wednesday afternoon in Brasilia and a vote is expected later tonight. As a constitutional amendment, it needs to be approved by a three-fifth majority in a two-round vote. If the bill passes the senate, it will move to the lower house.

    Some senators are piling pressure to boost the program and water down the austerity measures, however, fanning investors’ fear of a looming budget crisis. The very permanence of the economy minister in the administration has become a matter of concern should his proposals fail to pass.

    The government spent 322 billion reais ($56 billion) in 2020 on a more generous program that benefited over 60 million Brazilians with stipends of as much as 600 reais per month. This time, the plan is to support some 40 million citizens with four monthly payments of 250 reais at a cost of 40 billion reais.

    I think the austerity talk in this article should basically show what the stimulus talks in the US would have looked like if there were no federal midterms like in Brazil and the Republicans still had their 2016 trifecta in Congress.

    5 votes