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  1. Comment on Kroger’s panopticon: Making criminals of grocery shoppers in ~tech

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    Wealthy people are disproportionately likely to shoplift, so I doubt it's an issue of unmet needs most of the time. The stick might be necessary to decrease the behavior.

    Wealthy people are disproportionately likely to shoplift, so I doubt it's an issue of unmet needs most of the time. The stick might be necessary to decrease the behavior.

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  2. Comment on NPR suspends veteran editor as it grapples with his public criticism in ~news

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    The NYT has sometimes done good longform journalism on trans interests like the story How Ben got his Penis, but I broadly agree they strike a "just asking questions" skeptic tone that often feels...

    The NYT has sometimes done good longform journalism on trans interests like the story How Ben got his Penis, but I broadly agree they strike a "just asking questions" skeptic tone that often feels disrespectful and dismissive. Unfortunately, even that really good in-depth story about one of the best SRS clinics in the world (NYU Langone) made the mistake of including a link to TransBucket which encouraged brigading to a previously niche website... That caused the author to end up getting harassment and death threats from both transphobes and trans people :/

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  3. Comment on An honest assessment of American rural white resentment is long overdue in ~misc

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    I don't want to erase the gays from the gay rights movement. I've just been focusing on how we get people with bigoted opinions to soften their stances and come around to our side. I see where...

    I don't want to erase the gays from the gay rights movement. I've just been focusing on how we get people with bigoted opinions to soften their stances and come around to our side.

    What does it really count for if they vote to deport José? Does it matter that they have a gay "friend" if they vote for keeping gay people from getting married? What's it count for if, while being "nice" to gay or black or trans or immigrant people to their face, among different company, they perpetuate all of the racist bias that puts all of those groups in danger?

    I see where you're coming from. A lot of people have conflicting ideas and practices though. Humans tend to be a big ball of contradictions and post-hoc reasoning! For example, how many environmentalists talk about how critical climate change is but don't drive a hybrid or electric car or try to cycle or take the train whenever possible?

    I think it's completely normal for people to have contradictory actions and opinions. Obviously it's a problem that some people hold racist opinions or vote against their interests. I think we'd agree it's much easier to explain the benefits of immigration to someone that personally enjoys Taco Tuesdays or the local falafel shop though.

    I've had a much easier time convincing my grandmother to vote for parties that support gay marriage as more people in our extended family have come out as gay. Unless there's some great gay replacement conspiracy I don't know about, we'll always need loving allies to create lasting support for queer people. Minorities need the support of a majority in democracies.

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  4. Comment on NPR suspends veteran editor as it grapples with his public criticism in ~news

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    I agree. The idea of inherent traits is really fuzzy too. If I'm building a website and want to make sure I'm properly supporting a variety of locales, it'd be good to have someone fluent in...

    I agree. The idea of inherent traits is really fuzzy too. If I'm building a website and want to make sure I'm properly supporting a variety of locales, it'd be good to have someone fluent in Arabic to help test right to left text. Unless Arabic is their mother tongue, I don't think it's an inherent trait. Engaging with other speakers and Arabic media surely colors their view of the world though.

    A closeted queer person with a non-supportive family is presumably going to be very different from a flamboyant queer that grew up in a loving and supportive family. Their "inherent traits" are the same, but the two people's lived experiences are night and day.

    Edit: grammar

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  5. Comment on Keanu Reeves joins 'Sonic 3' as Shadow in ~movies

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    Extremely unexpected, but it could work? I'm unsure about Reeve's comedic range, so I guess we'll see.

    Extremely unexpected, but it could work? I'm unsure about Reeve's comedic range, so I guess we'll see.

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  6. Comment on As I get older, I get more and more disillusioned with "activism", and I'm fine with this in ~talk

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    I kinda understand where you're coming from. I've never been too directly involved in activist organizations because it just didn't feel impactful to me. (And some of the organizations are just...

    I kinda understand where you're coming from. I've never been too directly involved in activist organizations because it just didn't feel impactful to me. (And some of the organizations are just super toxic internally.)

    What I have tried to do is participate in Urbanist/YIMBY activities like local city council meetings and messaging my representatives whenever there are discussions about land use etc. It's still kinda exhausting sometimes, but the changes are tangible. NIMBY busybodies always show up, so I try to provide the underrepresented viewpoint of a young person that wants more housing, mixed-use developments, and cycling infrastructure.

    The other thing that kinda helped me feel better about my place in the world is donating money to urbanist organizations I like as well as some content creators and creatives that I appreciate. It's not much, but I live comfortably enough that I can donate occasionally.

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  7. Comment on An honest assessment of American rural white resentment is long overdue in ~misc

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    I can think of plenty of small things like regulatory streamlining to support local development or reducing mortgage lengths, but I don't have any one comprehensive answer. Increasing immigrant...

    I can think of plenty of small things like regulatory streamlining to support local development or reducing mortgage lengths, but I don't have any one comprehensive answer. Increasing immigrant labor visas and encouraging company sponsorship might help. It's a hard problem.

    That said, new immigrant communities are forming and growing in some regions. I can't find any info on why the first Congolese immigrant moved to Maine (even this 2019 NYT article says it's a mystery). It almost seems a bit random where immigrant communities form sometimes, but they are forming and supporting local industries all the same.

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  8. Comment on An honest assessment of American rural white resentment is long overdue in ~misc

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    To clarify a bit, I agree really small towns of a couple thousand people or less are unlikely to attract many immigrants. They can't even hold onto their current populations. However, some...

    To clarify a bit, I agree really small towns of a couple thousand people or less are unlikely to attract many immigrants. They can't even hold onto their current populations.

    However, some slightly larger industrial towns with shrinking labor pools and aging populations are already benefiting from immigration. I don't think there need to be any subsidies. Educated immigrants are a boost to the economy when allowed to work and engage with local industries. My favourite example is Maine integrating immigrants into the lobster industry:

    Chadai Gatembo, 18, who came to Maine two years ago from the Democratic Republic of Congo. Mr. Gatembo trekked into the United States from Central America, spent two weeks in a Texas detention center and then followed others who were originally from Congo to Maine. He lived in a youth shelter for a time, but now resides with foster parents, has learned English, has been approved for work authorization and is about to graduate from high school.

    Mr. Gatembo would like to go to college, but he also enjoyed learning to lobster last summer. He is planning to do it again this year, entertaining the possibility of one day becoming a full-fledged lobsterman.

    “Every immigrant, people from different countries, moved here looking for opportunities,” Mr. Gatembo said. “I have a lot of interests — lobster is one of them.”

    NYT: Immigrants in Maine Are Filling a Labor Gap

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  9. Comment on Iran launches dozens of drones toward Israel in ~news

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    I'm huffing hopium that they only launch drones and don't go for a full coordinated missile strike with their allies on civilian targets... If they just hit the West Bank that's one thing, but...

    I'm huffing hopium that they only launch drones and don't go for a full coordinated missile strike with their allies on civilian targets...

    If they just hit the West Bank that's one thing, but it's quite another if they launch cruise missiles at Tel Aviv...

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  10. Comment on An honest assessment of American rural white resentment is long overdue in ~misc

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    That's reasonable. I still think it's possible for immigrants to bring energy and industry to dying rural areas though. Everyone agrees a shrinking population slowly kills towns, so immigration...

    That's reasonable. I still think it's possible for immigrants to bring energy and industry to dying rural areas though.

    Everyone agrees a shrinking population slowly kills towns, so immigration can play an important role in providing labor and opportunities in underserved regions. Meeting people and having new experiences could change some minds with time!

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  11. Comment on An honest assessment of American rural white resentment is long overdue in ~misc

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    I agree that generational change is a huge part of changing social attitudes, but that's not the only reason opinions change. There's no guarantee younger generations will always have less awful...

    I agree that generational change is a huge part of changing social attitudes, but that's not the only reason opinions change. There's no guarantee younger generations will always have less awful opinions either. History isn't a continual march towards progress.

    It's an old study, but Pew Research shows that even a decade ago opinions were changing within generations. Personally knowing a gay person was the most common reason someone started supporting gay rights.

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  12. Comment on An honest assessment of American rural white resentment is long overdue in ~misc

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    I don't want to get too deep into queer stuff because it's just going to get messy, but I feel like there has to be a space for forgiveness and changing minds. In our lifetimes, millions of people...

    I don't want to get too deep into queer stuff because it's just going to get messy, but I feel like there has to be a space for forgiveness and changing minds. In our lifetimes, millions of people have gone from being disgusted by gay people to supportive allies.

    Love vs hate is really useful when you're trying to help a person understand the broad movement. It's much less useful to personally call someone a hateful homophobe that wants gay people to stay in the closet. Even if it's true, people usually aren't persuaded by direct attacks. Calling someone racist to their face has the same effect. Their behavior can definitely be racist, but I don't think it changes any minds to directly attack them (because modern racists already know that racism is bad).

    Love vs hate is a perfectly fine framing, but it wasn't the only framing either. As you were getting at, normalizing same sex attraction was a hugely important part of the movement. Nowadays, most people personally know a gay person, and it's much harder for someone to hate their friends and family.

    I feel like race relations are very similar. Many rural folk love their neighbor José and even enjoy the local taqueria and Chinese restaurant. It's easy to be racist in the abstract or even in a mob, but it's much harder to personally hate someone you know. Building strong and diverse local communities is a much more effective way to fight racism.

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  13. Comment on What cooking techniques need more evidence? in ~food

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    Out of curiosity, how do you keep the wok covered while making popcorn? I'd never even considered using a wok. I like the idea of easily tossing popcorn, but I don't think I've ever seen a wok...

    Out of curiosity, how do you keep the wok covered while making popcorn? I'd never even considered using a wok. I like the idea of easily tossing popcorn, but I don't think I've ever seen a wok lid. Do you just use any random lid as a loose drop lid?

  14. Comment on An honest assessment of American rural white resentment is long overdue in ~misc

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    Yeah I follow the train of thought. Fortunately, I think it's okay to discuss ideas and trends broadly. Not every statement has to have a source or citation. Mostly, I want to avoid creating any...

    Yeah I follow the train of thought. Fortunately, I think it's okay to discuss ideas and trends broadly. Not every statement has to have a source or citation. Mostly, I want to avoid creating any bad blood within the community :)

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  15. Comment on An honest assessment of American rural white resentment is long overdue in ~misc

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    Yet opinions clearly change over time. Somehow, interracial marriage was normalized in the past century even though it used to be forbidden. There must be some way that hearts and minds change...

    Yet opinions clearly change over time. Somehow, interracial marriage was normalized in the past century even though it used to be forbidden. There must be some way that hearts and minds change over the years. Maybe someone's rhetoric convinces someone or some event sparks a change of heart.

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  16. Comment on An honest assessment of American rural white resentment is long overdue in ~misc

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    Maybe it's a bad comparison, but how did gay rights activists start building support in countries where over 90% of the population said same sex attraction was an abomination? I kinda doubt they...

    Maybe it's a bad comparison, but how did gay rights activists start building support in countries where over 90% of the population said same sex attraction was an abomination?

    I kinda doubt they started by calling everyone homophobic. That might play well amongst your allies that already support what you're advocating for, but I think you need a different tact to educate people and bring them into the fold.

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  17. Comment on An honest assessment of American rural white resentment is long overdue in ~misc

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    I understand the point you're trying to make, but I'm not sure it helps Tildes as a community to link a three month old post to bring up meta grievances. There's a malice label if you feel it's...

    I understand the point you're trying to make, but I'm not sure it helps Tildes as a community to link a three month old post to bring up meta grievances. There's a malice label if you feel it's necessary, though I personally want to hear diverse perspectives to learn how people think.

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  18. Comment on Google blocks some California news as fight over online journalism bill escalates in ~tech

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    Forcing private companies to pay for links is a bizarre practice. Governments should just directly give subsidies to news organizations if that's the end goal. See also, Tildes' previous...

    Forcing private companies to pay for links is a bizarre practice. Governments should just directly give subsidies to news organizations if that's the end goal.

    See also, Tildes' previous discussion on Canada's bill: https://tildes.net/~tech/1c1r/in_canadas_battle_with_big_tech_smaller_publishers_and_independent_outlets_struggle_to_survive

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  19. Comment on How to succeed in a cramming-based academic system? in ~science

  20. Comment on Flourishing romances are more the result of proactive behaviors than soulmate spark, study finds in ~life

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    There's nothing wrong with trying to be a better version of yourself for someone special, but I know you're talking about something different. It's kinda sad seeing some of my friends end up in...

    There's nothing wrong with trying to be a better version of yourself for someone special, but I know you're talking about something different.

    It's kinda sad seeing some of my friends end up in broken relationships for the same reason as their parents. One friend insists that "the mystery" is one of the most critical parts of attraction. He keeps dating time bombs, or he loses interest as soon as the new relationship energy is gone...

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