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  1. Comment on You don’t need a pickup truck, you need a cowboy costume in ~transport

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    Most modern pickup trucks get significantly better MPG than twenty years ago. My 4WD 6.2L V8 puts out 23 MPG in the city at 5,500 lbs of curb weight and that's probably about as bad as it gets for...

    Most modern pickup trucks get significantly better MPG than twenty years ago. My 4WD 6.2L V8 puts out 23 MPG in the city at 5,500 lbs of curb weight and that's probably about as bad as it gets for modern half tons.

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  2. Comment on You don’t need a pickup truck, you need a cowboy costume in ~transport

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    It is awesome to drive vehicles in non standard conditions, which is probably why people buy these vehicles they can only use for their intended function once a year. I'd suggest more people get...

    It is awesome to drive vehicles in non standard conditions, which is probably why people buy these vehicles they can only use for their intended function once a year. I'd suggest more people get out of town and drive their AWD like a rally car more often.

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  3. Comment on You don’t need a pickup truck, you need a cowboy costume in ~transport

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    Huh. The "per miles" did some very heavy lifting there that I glossed over. You are absolutely correct. With that said, on the topic of "disingenuous" you failed to point out your sources include...

    Huh. The "per miles" did some very heavy lifting there that I glossed over. You are absolutely correct.

    With that said, on the topic of "disingenuous" you failed to point out your sources include SUV's and Vans under "light trucks". Presumably for this specific topic that matters?

    • Passenger Cars 2,605 35.3%

    • SUVs 1,773 24.0%

    • Pickups 1,115 15.1%

    • Other/Unknown 330 4.5%

    • Large Trucks 479 6.5%

    • Vans 51 0.7%

    • Buses 44 0.6%

    In your first two sources, when properly broken out, pickups account for less than half the pedestrian fatalities than passenger cars and SUV's.

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  4. Comment on You don’t need a pickup truck, you need a cowboy costume in ~transport

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    Sure, and as someone that just moved from a 2014 to a 2021 and placed both pickups side by side to see just how stupidly big they've become in seven years, I'm not going to argue with that. But...

    I think it is more an issue with current trucks being the size they are and current hood/grill design plus the truck height is literal almost instant death anymore if someone is struck with the truck.

    Sure, and as someone that just moved from a 2014 to a 2021 and placed both pickups side by side to see just how stupidly big they've become in seven years, I'm not going to argue with that.

    But what I am mocking is the Internet's sudden laser focus on a topic that simply isn't really all that important:

    Buses (which we can't do much about) and motorcycles (equally useless as pickups), account for more pedestrian deaths that pickup trucks, yet the internet isn't crusading against the motorcycles.

    Or maybe it's the risk to children by these monstrous pickups (because children can't be seen over the hood). This seems to be the biggest boogeyman pushed.And yet pedestrian fatalities for children under 14 are down 92% since the 1970's. In fact all pedestrian fatalities have dropped drastically since the 70's so why the sudden outcry?

    I could also point out that the modern pickups have front facing cameras in the grill as well as front facing sonar for proximity warnings to aid with blind spot mitigation.

    As someone who actually does use the truck bed and off roading feature nearly every day, I am the first to admit that most human beings don't need a pickup. They certainly don't need the jacked up monstrosities that pickups have become over the last decade.

    Despite that, this constant fad posting by people that don't actually care and won't actually do anything about the problem, other than passively post about it, and the media half heartedly pushes the topic because it currently gets clicks, all the while significantly larger problems inundate us from all sides and we also do nothing about those, gets me going with the darkest of dark humor. Democracy is backsliding. The environment is facing catastrophe. The majority of people in most (many?) western nations can hardly afford to live as we accelerate into a dystopian nightmare.

    But the pickup trucks. That's where we stand our ground.

    3 votes
  5. Comment on You don’t need a pickup truck, you need a cowboy costume in ~transport

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    It's a good thing I've got both pickup and cowboy outfit then so I can really embody my fantasy. It's always fun to watch these internet trends spread like wildfire and get beaten to a pulp until...

    It's a good thing I've got both pickup and cowboy outfit then so I can really embody my fantasy.

    It's always fun to watch these internet trends spread like wildfire and get beaten to a pulp until the next fad topic comes along to replace it. This month we can over discuss pickup trucks as if they are the cause of our societal collapse, while last month we over used the word "enshitification". Next week who knows what inconsequential matter we can over discuss.

    With that said I would be curious to see the numbers on how many Suburu owners actually take their vehicles off roading or how many sport car owners take their vehicles to a track where they can actually use it for its intended purpose.

    10 votes
  6. Comment on Donald Trump whisked off stage in Pennsylvania after apparent gunshots rang through the crowd in ~news

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    Ya.... This was basically it. Anyone who has an awareness of history, any understanding of how these things play out... There's no other end for this now. I held out hope as recently as this...

    Ya....
    This was basically it.

    Anyone who has an awareness of history, any understanding of how these things play out...

    There's no other end for this now.

    I held out hope as recently as this morning but with this event, no matter who did it, no matter how this plays out short term, the attempt almost guarantees his eventual election.

    The jig is all but up.

    All we can hope for is that there is some inherent strength to the American institutions that hold up through the next 4+ years.

    14 votes
  7. Comment on US history shows swapping candidates is a losing game for Democrats in ~misc

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    Oh I don't disagree that she's out there working. I couldn't imagine a person of that caliber just sitting around. But what I mean to say, exactly as you said, it's not getting publicized and thus...

    Oh I don't disagree that she's out there working. I couldn't imagine a person of that caliber just sitting around. But what I mean to say, exactly as you said, it's not getting publicized and thus in terms of name recognition, it's not helping her chances in a theoretical scenario she's at the head of the ticket.

    10 votes
  8. Comment on US history shows swapping candidates is a losing game for Democrats in ~misc

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    This is the epitome of terminally online blindness to the lives of real people that pervades internet politics forums. As @NaraVara mentioned the average, and majority, of voters at this point...

    This is the epitome of terminally online blindness to the lives of real people that pervades internet politics forums.

    As @NaraVara mentioned the average, and majority, of voters at this point know nothing about nothing and will walk into the booth to vote based on name recognition and vibes. If the price of gas is decent and they have a job they will likely vote for Biden. If they're having a tough time and Fox news told them it's the Democrats' fault than they will vote for Trump.

    The key part of this is name recognition. If the Democrats drop Joe Biden, who is the only candidate in the party with name recognition at the moment then not only do they lose the effect of incumbency but they lose the name recognition that will get the vote from a not insignificant portion of the population.

    Who else is Jody Naismith in Wausau, Wisconsin going to recognize on the ticket? Nobody knows Gretchen Whitmer, or Pete Buttigieg. Hell I would venture to suggest the average American doesn't even know Gavin Newsom. Kamala Harris? Can you legit name one thing Kamala has done the last 4 years? She's been one of the most invisible VP's since Dan Quayle.

    So yes, Joe Biden stepping down will result in throngs of know nothing's that vote one way or another based on nothing but feels to vote for Trump because when they see a name on the ticket that they don't recognize vs a name they do their brains are going to default to recognition. Just like they will use the shittiest mechanic in town based on a suggestion from their uncle or go to an absolutely terrible resteraunt because their brother said it was good.

    Democracy is not immune to brand awareness.

    34 votes
  9. Comment on Joe Biden's path to US re-election has all but vanished (gifted link) in ~misc

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    Agreed, but 1.9% is a toss up. As opposed to the linked article (and other recent NYT hysteria) makes it seem as if this is the worst landslide in polling we have ever seen. All but vanished?...

    Agreed, but 1.9% is a toss up.

    As opposed to the linked article (and other recent NYT hysteria) makes it seem as if this is the worst landslide in polling we have ever seen.

    All but vanished? Never seen such a grim electoral college outlook? The article is not accurately describing the polling we are seeing and that's the point.

    19 votes
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  11. Comment on I just saw a concert and I don't think I will ever be the same again in ~music

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    I thought I was fully surrendered in 2019. I didn't know there were higher levels to ascend to.

    I thought I was fully surrendered in 2019. I didn't know there were higher levels to ascend to.

    5 votes
  12. Comment on I just saw a concert and I don't think I will ever be the same again in ~music

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    I've never seen a band so into the show. Every member was feeling the night and it came out in the music. The lead singer has a very distinct voice that you almost wonder if it's real or not and...

    I've never seen a band so into the show. Every member was feeling the night and it came out in the music. The lead singer has a very distinct voice that you almost wonder if it's real or not and then you hear it in person and it's almost better with the energy of the show. The setlist was perfectly curated.

    It was similar to the energy of a small bar band coming out and blowing up the spot but with the easy practice of a band that's been doing this for years. It was just a very good show in a mid sized venue that felt intimate enough while still having enough people to instigate the sort of crowd psychology of a bigger venue.

    6 votes
  13. Comment on I just saw a concert and I don't think I will ever be the same again in ~music

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    BBNG was pretty good. It was their tour for IV and I saw them in an open sky bar/stage in downtown Austin. It wasn't exactly life changing, they just sort of played the album but it was obviously...

    BBNG was pretty good. It was their tour for IV and I saw them in an open sky bar/stage in downtown Austin. It wasn't exactly life changing, they just sort of played the album but it was obviously great music.

    For Orville Peck how do you decide? Pony, Show Pony and Bronco are all essential to the discography. Not the biggest fan of his newest collab album Stampede, but let me tell you, when they played Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting the crowd moved.

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  14. I just saw a concert and I don't think I will ever be the same again

    I just got home from seeing Orville Peck for the first time. Now there's a bit of build up here because I had tickets to his first Pony Tour in Houston (COVID cancellation), and tickets to his...

    I just got home from seeing Orville Peck for the first time. Now there's a bit of build up here because I had tickets to his first Pony Tour in Houston (COVID cancellation), and tickets to his third Bronco Tour (mental health cancellation). But tonight was,

    Without a doubt.

    The best most entertaining concert I have ever seen.

    And I have been to hundreds of concerts. I saw Britney Spears on her Hit Me Baby Tour. I saw ACDC. I saw the Police. I saw Metallica. I've seen Backstreet Boys. I've seen Pink Floyd. Mac Miller. Kurt Vile. War on Drugs. Japanese Breakfast. Car seat Headrest. Badbadnotgood. Our Lady Peace. Mathew Good Band. Sum 41. Countless nameless indie bands. I've seen Operas. Symphonies.

    And yet this is the first time I've walked away from a concert euphoric. I sang {screamed), I danced. I existed on a plane I didn't think possible. And when the band left the stage I didn't know what to do with Myself. The lights came up and I milled, trying to catch my breath, trying to figure out what happened.

    I am under thw influence of nothing but alcohol. I'm a CIS dude and the concert had lot of very non-straight, non-CIS guests and I don't know if a single one of them danced as hard as I did. I don't know if I can ever recover from this experience. I am at home, still flabbergasted by what I just experienced. I feel like I just went through a 2 day EDM dance in Berlin. I'm feeling like jve been through New York in the 90'sbwkthbthe club kids. I can't sleep.

    I'll never again feel this way.

    35 votes
  15. Comment on Things to look for while suit shopping? in ~life.style

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    Patterns are very in this year though so if we're not worried about it eventually going out of fashion again a nice Herringbone or Glen Check might be a good buy to span the gap between a plane...

    Patterns - If you only have a few suits, I'd PROBABLY suggest you stick to something classic as opposed to getting a cut or fabric that's too clubby/fashion forward. Getting any overly funky fabrics or an exotic options will limit how many places and situations you can wear your suit as well as the lifespan the suit will look good on you, but only you know your social circle and the palces you might wear this.

    Patterns are very in this year though so if we're not worried about it eventually going out of fashion again a nice Herringbone or Glen Check might be a good buy to span the gap between a plane fabric and wild patterns.

  16. Comment on What is your favorite Final Fantasy game? in ~games

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    I'm going to be the weirdo to say FFXI. As a child I was deep into the MMO culture, and I played most of the graphical MMO's that came out between 1997 and 2010. Of all of them only two stuck in...

    I'm going to be the weirdo to say FFXI. As a child I was deep into the MMO culture, and I played most of the graphical MMO's that came out between 1997 and 2010. Of all of them only two stuck in my mind permanently and FFXI was one of those.

    The story, especially Chains of Promathia was incredible, the world from the Zilart expansion to Aht Urghan still sticks with me to this day, and the soundtracks are still in my permanent rotation.

    But the real magic to FFXI was the thing that later day players hated most: the difficulty. Before WoW changed the genre and this the tastes of the players, the difficulty of FFXI forged bonds between players as hard as steel. Every friend I made in FFXI was as close to me as a friend in real life. Every challenge we overcame stuck with me like an incredible real life accomplishment. When I hit 75 on my first job I remember the celebrations within my linkshell. When I was finally able to finish CoP I cried. When we downed our first Nidhoggnit was as great as any accomplishment in any game before or after.

    I played FFXIV from its disastrous start to Stormblood and for all its improvements it could never capture that same feeling. Nothing really mattered in FFXIV because everything was relatively easy. Advancement was assured. Every step of progression took very little planning, preparedness or skill. FFXI was hell, and because of that everything I did there mattered.

    (But in reality Tactics was my favourite. That game is perfect in every single way.)

    2 votes
  17. Comment on Things to look for while suit shopping? in ~life.style

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    The Suit Supply people will walk you through the majority of what you need. You'll want to know some styling details when you go in. What kind of fit do you want? Stylish slim fit? Looser classic...
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    The Suit Supply people will walk you through the majority of what you need.

    You'll want to know some styling details when you go in.

    • What kind of fit do you want? Stylish slim fit? Looser classic business fit?

    • What kind of structure do you want? Unstructured suits are in right now but that eliminates the ability of the suit to give you the masculine V-shape.

    • Do you want a ticket pocket?

    • Do you want a notch, peaked or shawl lapel?

    • What kind of fabric are you looking for? Wool is the ultimate but if you live in a Southern region linen may be more comfortable. Do not get polyester, rayon or cotton.

    • Three piece? Two piece?

    • Button closure?

    • Always get side vents (the back flap)

    • It's good to wear a dress shirt to the fittings so you can get a feel for the look. Remember the sleeve should breach your jacket cuff by 1/4"-1/2".

    Personally when I design my suits, I shoot for a balance between slimmer and more fashionable, but with traditional structure (shoulder pads, waist taper). The pants will usually be slim enough that they land on the shoe's opening but wide enough that I don't look like I'm wearing skinny jeans. I'll usually get a half break crease in the pants. A notch lapel is your basic go to, a peaked lapels is a little more fun and European, and a shawl is reserved for tuxedos. The ticket pocket is a fun little addition that serves no purpose in today's day and age but adds flair to the suit.

    In terms of colour if you are set on black then go with that but consider some colour in your life. Black is usually reserved for funerals and dinner parties and colourful, expressive suits have really come in the last 10 years. I myself have tried burgundy, olive green, pink, hunters green, cranberry and a lighter navy successfully.

    That should cover your options at a place like Suit Supply. There are some other features you would have to decide on for a proper bespoke suit such as surgical (functional) cuffs, full/half canvas jackets but that's a more advanced topic. Go in with confidence, understand that your going to look great and bring a dress shirt and dress shoes for each of the fittings

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  18. Comment on Canada cannot afford another lost economic decade in ~finance

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    It's not particularly a myth if you actually look at the historical record. I think it's best at times like these to remember to that the Conservatives aren't the Republicans, and that truths...

    Don't get me wrong, the Trudeau government has failed horribly and deserves to be given the boot. But don't confuse the myth of the Conservative party being good for the economy with reality.

    It's not particularly a myth if you actually look at the historical record.

    I think it's best at times like these to remember to that the Conservatives aren't the Republicans, and that truths found in the American political system don't necessarily apply to us.

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  19. Comment on Canada cannot afford another lost economic decade in ~finance

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    We seem to have the same "Both sides" problem in Canadian politics as the U.S., however it has been reversed such that it's used by the Liberals as a propaganda wedge against the Conservatives....

    We seem to have the same "Both sides" problem in Canadian politics as the U.S., however it has been reversed such that it's used by the Liberals as a propaganda wedge against the Conservatives. Sure Trudeau has been pretty terrible for the country but Poilievre, who has no power, never had power, and currently has no control over our direction will be just as bad or worse.

    But why do we believe that?

    In my lifetime the last two conservative PM's we have had have been improvements on their predecessors/successors in terms of economics and quality of life. Brian Mulroney inherited a terrible mess from his Liberal predecessor and, by the time he left, had left the country in a much better position than he received it. Harper, for all his faults towards the end of his reign, did the very same (with a significantly smaller mess, credit to Chrétien), only for the current iteration of the Liberals to run it into the ground once again.

    There is no "both sides" argument to be had here but it persists nonetheless because successful propaganda is always more persistent than the truth.

    Chances are likely there will be an improvement during the Conservatives' next reign, although we have no way of knowing how Poilievre will actually fare, but by the end of their decade in power we will be seeing the same words from the same people pushing the same defeatist narrative, because it works.

    These successful propaganda points, guns, marriage equality, etc. will continue to be used despite the evidence that they aren't factual.

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  20. Comment on Making CCP tech open source will enable Eve Online to live forever in ~games

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    The economies in many Null Space alliances were very Marxist and command-based in my day so I'm sure you can find some writing on the topic somewhere. Free ships and equipment for members,...

    The economies in many Null Space alliances were very Marxist and command-based in my day so I'm sure you can find some writing on the topic somewhere.

    Free ships and equipment for members, extracted resources typically belong to the corporation/alliance, manufacturing controlled by alliance leadership and dictated based on immediate necessity/vanity when Titans/Capital ships were new and hard to build.

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