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  1. Comment on What do I need to know about switching to a vegetarian diet? in ~health

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    If you're going veg I highly recommend getting an Indian cookbook. Indian culinary tradition never defaulted to meat as a defining part of a meal, so the food culture is very much focused on...
    • If you're going veg I highly recommend getting an Indian cookbook. Indian culinary tradition never defaulted to meat as a defining part of a meal, so the food culture is very much focused on presenting vegetables as a main event rather than as a side or a compromise. Buy the staple spices. Ignore the potato heavy dishes and focus on learning what to do with legumes like chick peas, various types of dal, and spinach, okra, eggplant, etc.

    • Resist the temptation to substitute for meat with fake-meats or fatty cheeses. That's just replicating what's unhealthy about a meat-centric diet. Focus on other sources of protein, like lentils, eggs, or yogurt, instead.

    • One thing a lot of people complain about is that it takes a while to replace that sense of "fullness" you get from a protein rich meal once you go veg. A good substitute is lots of dietary fiber that comes from lots of veggies.

    • FYI, vegetables taste much better once you start cutting refined sugars out of your diet. We get so much sugar in our diets these days that our taste-buds are completely desensitized to a lot of more subtle flavors. Once you cut sugar out, things like celery and turnips start to taste way sweeter and have a greater depth of flavor.

    • Buy yourself a slow-cooker or instant pot if you don't already have one. They make life much easier when it comes to cooking lentils, chick-peas, and other legumes that will be your primary sources of protein.

    • At risk of encouraging a weak commitment to the goal, don't feel the need to go full vegetarian right off the bat. A lot of this stuff is about habits and your focus should be on building good ones, especially at home. If it sucks when you go to a restaurant or social gathering and there's nothing to eat, you don't need to feel like "vegetarianism" is impossible and give up on it. I am, myself, mostly just vegetarian at home and feel fine eating meat when I eat out. Depending on your motivations for this dietary change, everything goal but spiritual purity ones are improved vastly even if you only manage to be veg most of the time.

  2. Comment on I've received a school project where I need to read a book but I've never really wanted to read a book and don't know many books at all. What book should I read? in ~books

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    It's been decades since I read it, but I seem to recall all the secondary characters in The Stranger are basically just blank slates. Not much to digest there, and I'd argue that someone...

    It's been decades since I read it, but I seem to recall all the secondary characters in The Stranger are basically just blank slates. Not much to digest there, and I'd argue that someone unaccustomed to reading books is not going to be able to draw enough meaning out of it to actually have much to write about.

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  3. Comment on Flat-Earther ‘Mad’ Mike Hughes dies in rocket ride above California desert in ~news

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    I read a study a while ago (caveat: one study doesn't make a fact) that schizophrenia symptoms manifest differently across cultures. In particular it pointed out that people East Asian cultures...

    In the end, from everything I did (there were obviously other major factors like his family suppport), I'm convinced our emotional connection helped him the most.

    I read a study a while ago (caveat: one study doesn't make a fact) that schizophrenia symptoms manifest differently across cultures. In particular it pointed out that people East Asian cultures with traditions around the existence of benevolent spirits tended to have more positive experiences with their delusions, often reporting their hallucinations as being encouraging or benign rather than paranoid, scary, or hostile.

    It seems like just not being pathologized into feeling like a weirdo or a freak has a big effect on helping people cope.

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  4. Comment on Flat-Earther ‘Mad’ Mike Hughes dies in rocket ride above California desert in ~news

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    This is really not what science is "all about." Scientists take expert testimony all the time. The scientific establishment as a whole tests theories out, but not everyone can be an expert on...

    Not being willing to believe the testimony of others and demanding to test a theory with your own observations is exactly what science is all about.

    This is really not what science is "all about." Scientists take expert testimony all the time. The scientific establishment as a whole tests theories out, but not everyone can be an expert on everything and most interdisciplinary studies involve taking on faith that the experts in other specialties know when they tell you what the consensus within their field is.

    In fact, you tend to get a lot of major howlers when people from one discipline just ignore consensus in another and end up saying a lot of stupid things. Physicists and economists, in particular, are a bit of a running joke among academics for their tendencies to either "discover" stuff that has been known for decades already or for just being completely out of left-field with no evident understanding about how things actually work.

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  5. Comment on Flat-Earther ‘Mad’ Mike Hughes dies in rocket ride above California desert in ~news

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    I'm not sure if "He's not a sincere Flat Earther, he's just a con-man who was cynically taking advantage of gullible people" is much of an exoneration.

    IIRC, he was trying to build rockets before he declared any allegiance to the cause and realized that he could use the flat-earth angle to raise money from other flat-earthers to build his rocket.

    I'm not sure if "He's not a sincere Flat Earther, he's just a con-man who was cynically taking advantage of gullible people" is much of an exoneration.

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  6. Comment on Japan's next restroom revolution? Phasing out squat toilets for Tokyo 2020 in ~sports

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    I actually don’t mind squat toilets, though I realize they raise a lot of accessibility concerns for people. In India I tended to vastly prefer the squat toilets just because the cleanliness level...

    I actually don’t mind squat toilets, though I realize they raise a lot of accessibility concerns for people. In India I tended to vastly prefer the squat toilets just because the cleanliness level of public bathrooms was nowhere near good enough for me to want to let any part of me make skin contact with the surface.

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  7. Comment on Las Vegas Democratic Debate Discussion Thread in ~talk

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    School Teacher powers, activate!

    being tough while not sounding hostile.

    School Teacher powers, activate!

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  8. Comment on Las Vegas Democratic Debate Discussion Thread in ~talk

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    There is no more Mrs. Nice Warren. She’s either going to dominate this debate the next day or flame out spectacularly and take everyone whose name doesn’t rhyme with Sernie Banders with her. I am...

    There is no more Mrs. Nice Warren. She’s either going to dominate this debate the next day or flame out spectacularly and take everyone whose name doesn’t rhyme with Sernie Banders with her.

    I am here for it. Ride now! Ride for ruin! And the world ending!

    8 votes
  9. Comment on Las Vegas Democratic Debate Discussion Thread in ~talk

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    He did release as much as is really pertinent (post heart attack, bp, etc.) Everything else is just unduly invasive of an expectation to set up IMO. The other health concerns are basically priced...

    This 100%. Bernie is refusing to release health records (a couple page doctors note is not that), tracking back from previous promises to do so once voting starts.

    He did release as much as is really pertinent (post heart attack, bp, etc.) Everything else is just unduly invasive of an expectation to set up IMO. The other health concerns are basically priced into the fact that he’s 78. There are lots of health concerns based on that, but you already know them. Medical records don’t add any new information, they just provide more grist for cable news to chew on.

    I worry about the “release every detail of your personal life” norm. I don’t think it actually tells us much about how they’ll govern and I think it critically disadvantages people who are disabled or on psychiatric meds. As long as their track record shows their judgement and capabilities we should judge them on that.

    Same with the expectation of releasing all tax returns ever. As long as you’ve got the money to where you’re not a blackmail concern and you haven’t been dodging your taxes, I don’t really care that much. Most other things you can basically glean from public records and behavior. The records don’t add any knowledge, just another topic for arguments.

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  10. Comment on Las Vegas Democratic Debate Discussion Thread in ~talk

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    Unless something dramatically shifts, Sanders is already at 1 in 5 odds of going in with a clear majority. Even if his odds tank and the moderates coalesce enough to cut his lead down to being...

    but I don't anticipate Sanders or Warren coming out of the convention as the nominee, unless they have ~45% of the vote.

    Unless something dramatically shifts, Sanders is already at 1 in 5 odds of going in with a clear majority. Even if his odds tank and the moderates coalesce enough to cut his lead down to being under 40%, him + Warren would still be very likely to be at or near a clear majority.

    And then there is always the risk of Sanders having another health scare between now and the convention which would upend everything. Also the most "electable" (as determined by delegates at a Democratic convention, who are far from reliable judges of electability) candidate would still need to make a case for themselves and that case would be based on their delegate counts and the popular vote totals, and strong showings there would greatly bolster the case of the progressives in the race if it came down to it.

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  11. Comment on Las Vegas Democratic Debate Discussion Thread in ~talk

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    (All numbers below are based on Morning Consult's tracking poll.) Voters are a lot less ideological than politics enthusiasts usually think. They vote more on style and relatability and it's...

    (All numbers below are based on Morning Consult's tracking poll.)

    Voters are a lot less ideological than politics enthusiasts usually think. They vote more on style and relatability and it's pretty clear Warren is doing a lot of work in keeping the more progressive moderates away from the corporatist candidates. Her weaknesses, so far, have been an inability to convert Pete and Amy fence-sitters to her side. Fewer than 40% of Warren supporters have Sanders as a second-choice option. The rest are predominantly split between Buttigieg and Klobuchar. The primaries where Warren hasn't done well have been ones where Pete or Klobuchar have had unexpectedly strong surges.

    By the same token, only about 30% of Sanders' people have Warren as a second choice and Biden comes in almost even with her (and 15% for Bloomberg!) So if the situation was reversed, Sanders dropping out could have also end up boosting the non-progressives more than it helped Warren.

    If you end up with a contested convention, the strongest position to be in when walking into it is to maximize the number of delegates behind progressive candidates overall. The best way for this to happen is by having both Warren and Sanders doing really well by maximizing their crossover appeal to different types of moderates and suppressing the moderate vote overall. That way, when it comes time for convention-day brokering you have two strong who might come out ahead in the horse-trading, giving you better odds of having someone you can live with being the winner. It also presents a much stronger argument that a progressive should lead the ticket since the progressives will have clout at the table.

    In fact, a lot more happens at a convention than just picking the Presidential candidate. That's also where the party bylaws and platform get ironed out, it's where priorities and fundraising strategies for the DNC over the next 4 years are addressed, and it's where they decide what the rules for the next season's primaries are going to be determined. You want as many delegates as you can find on your side in those breakout sessions and negotiating tables, especially since you'll have all the moderate candidate delegates and party superdelegates managing things.

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  12. Comment on The biggest political party in America you've never heard of in ~misc

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    You literally just check a box while registering to vote. It's, like, a 4 question form and the hardest part of it is needing a valid drivers license number or proof of address. You barely have...

    I disagree that it costs nothing. It adds a layer of bureaucratic nonsense that encourages further tribal behaviors.

    You literally just check a box while registering to vote. It's, like, a 4 question form and the hardest part of it is needing a valid drivers license number or proof of address.

    If I have no input on the other party's candidates, why should I ever consider voting for them?

    You barely have input on your own party's candidates. Do you really think you voting as one of the ~3 million other people in a primary process, and then having that vote condensed through some arcane formula to count as a delegate to a convention, means you've had any meaningful "input?" Your contribution, individually, means nothing. It only counts for anything in the aggregate.

    Perhaps if everyone had a seat at the table for both parties, the continual polarization would diminish a bit.

    What exactly do you think is the purpose of a political party? Do you feel like you need to have a seat-at-the-table with the boards of Coke and Pepsi before deciding on which soft-drink to buy?

  13. Comment on The biggest political party in America you've never heard of in ~misc

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    I agree this is a hypothesis, but I'm not sure it's actually validated by anything empirical and there are tons of other explanations that are just as, if not more plausible. For example, maybe...

    That's where bold inspirational policy helps ignite people.

    I agree this is a hypothesis, but I'm not sure it's actually validated by anything empirical and there are tons of other explanations that are just as, if not more plausible.

    For example, maybe bold inspirational policy might motivate them, but isn't it also likely that they're just cynical about anything actually working out? In that case, bold policy proposals wouldn't ignite them at all, they would need to actually see results. But results don't happen on a campaign, they happen during governance while nobody is listening or paying attention so nothing on a campaign would actually motivate them, you'd need to be doing that organizing work outside of campaigning/election season.

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  14. Comment on The biggest political party in America you've never heard of in ~misc

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    Logically I don't see these as either-or. We assume that inspiring turnout means being bold and visionary, but isn't it also likely that the turnout is weak because the uninspired non-voters are...

    I think this video does an excellent job of explaining why inspiring voter turnout is far more important for any party than to focus on 'appealing to the center.'

    Logically I don't see these as either-or. We assume that inspiring turnout means being bold and visionary, but isn't it also likely that the turnout is weak because the uninspired non-voters are not voting because they are actually true-neutrals and dislike boldness on either side?

  15. Comment on The biggest political party in America you've never heard of in ~misc

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    Open primaries are stupid. If you want to have a say in who gets nominated by a party you need to put your big kid pants on and join that party. It's not like you have to pay dues or are...

    Oh and closed primaries are still a thing, so if you don't want to tie yourself to a party, you get excluded from having a say in who is running.

    Open primaries are stupid. If you want to have a say in who gets nominated by a party you need to put your big kid pants on and join that party. It's not like you have to pay dues or are restricted to only voting with the party you're affiliated to. It literally costs you nothing.

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  16. Comment on New patch for The Witcher 3 on Switch enables sharing a saved game with the PC version (Steam/GOG) and adds extensive graphics options in ~games

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    I reckon it would have to be individually supported. It might be tough to do for every game. Diablo III, for instance, plays differently on console. Lots of well designed FPS or twitchy games are...

    I reckon it would have to be individually supported. It might be tough to do for every game. Diablo III, for instance, plays differently on console. Lots of well designed FPS or twitchy games are also balanced slightly differently since keyboard/mouse accuracy is different from a stick.

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  17. Comment on Andrew Yang drops out of presidential race in ~news

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    He tries. He just has the attention span of a toddler. They clearly pump him full put adderral before sending him out in debates. But that makes it even easier to make him look senile.

    He tries. He just has the attention span of a toddler. They clearly pump him full put adderral before sending him out in debates. But that makes it even easier to make him look senile.

  18. Comment on Andrew Yang drops out of presidential race in ~news

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    Watch Obama’s debates against Mitt Romney. He keeps baiting him into pushing a canned talking point and then has a pithy phrase to make him look dumb for saying it.

    Watch Obama’s debates against Mitt Romney. He keeps baiting him into pushing a canned talking point and then has a pithy phrase to make him look dumb for saying it.

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  19. Comment on In retrospect it seems hard to overstate the cultural damage done by South Park in ~tv

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    Rural America is the object of severe brain drain. Most young people who can leave, do and the ones left over are the ones who chips on their shoulders about the system that left them there that...

    Rural America is the object of severe brain drain. Most young people who can leave, do and the ones left over are the ones who chips on their shoulders about the system that left them there that manifests as all kinds of anti-social behavior.

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  20. Comment on In retrospect it seems hard to overstate the cultural damage done by South Park in ~tv

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    It's a tough balance to strike, because a lot of people are really really dumb and don't think too hard about what they're looking at. By this standard, I'm not sure if anything could ever pass...

    I've seen people argue that Startship Troopersn by Paul Verhoeven fails as satire because you can very much just take it as face value and not think about what it is actually trying to say, I don't agree that that makes it functionally the same as not-satire.

    It's a tough balance to strike, because a lot of people are really really dumb and don't think too hard about what they're looking at. By this standard, I'm not sure if anything could ever pass the bar for satire. Just think about the people who got mad that Star Trek had political themes of inclusivity and equality in it. There were people arguing that the damn Twilight Zone remake was too "political." People watch Goodfellas and think the mob life is good and cool even though everyone ends up dead with their families wrecked or hating them.

    It's kind of like with pop music where most people just care about the beat and rhythm and don't pay attention to the lyrics at all. With movies and TV, people just fixate on the visuals and don't pay attention to the content at all. If something looks cool or badass they're down with it and they don't even pay attention to what is actually happening in the plot or how cause and effect works. There are just events and scenes without sequence to them.

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