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  1. Comment on Hundreds of US cities are killing or scaling back their recycling programs in ~enviro

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    I've never seen that before. It seems pretty cool, though I can see it being a hassle. I forget to bring my own bag to the grocery store often enough, I don't know how good I would be about...

    I've never seen that before. It seems pretty cool, though I can see it being a hassle. I forget to bring my own bag to the grocery store often enough, I don't know how good I would be about bringing containers for all of my staple goods along with me.

    On the other hand, low-packaging is really appealing. I was registered to a CSA for a while and it was nice to just have all of my produce in a crate instead of each thing being individually wrapped or packaged. What was less nice was having to cook up whatever the CSA provided that week. Don't feel like potatoes? Too bad! You've got 40 fingerling potatoes to do something with.

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  2. Comment on "I didn't have control": A 14-year-old on why she quit social media in ~misc

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    I know multiple couples who have had explosive fights over whether to put pictures of their kids on social media. I come down pretty heavily on "absolutely not" aside from things like holiday...

    I know multiple couples who have had explosive fights over whether to put pictures of their kids on social media. I come down pretty heavily on "absolutely not" aside from things like holiday cards of family pictures that are intended to be for public display. As much as I enjoy seeing my friends' baby-pics, I feel like they should be able to go off the grid if they want. Maybe my opinion would be different if our social media world was controlled by a company less creepy than Facebook and if we actually took a "right to be forgotten" seriously and meaningfully allowed online interactions to fade away over time.

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  3. Comment on Hundreds of US cities are killing or scaling back their recycling programs in ~enviro

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    China's explosive growth has been on the back of coal more than petroleum. And they're also rapidly adopting nuclear and renewables at a way faster clip than the developed world has. They have the...

    China's explosive growth has been on the back of coal more than petroleum. And they're also rapidly adopting nuclear and renewables at a way faster clip than the developed world has. They have the ability to do this specifically because they don't have as many sunk costs into fossil fuels. They're able to electrify from scratch.

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  4. Comment on Studying social sciences. in ~talk

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    Ehhh. Public policy maybe, but there isn't much in Poli Sci that will help you in the government itself. You're pretty much related to campaign or advocacy work. But that's at an undergrad level....

    Pol sci can always get you a job working for a campaign or for the government in some fashion.

    Ehhh. Public policy maybe, but there isn't much in Poli Sci that will help you in the government itself. You're pretty much related to campaign or advocacy work. But that's at an undergrad level. A masters in social sciences is generally pretty useless. Most of the jobs are going to look for PhD level credentials if you actually want to do anything with it.

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  5. Comment on What's your opinion on Accelerationism? in ~talk

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    That's a fair point. I don't disagree with you that they're not really leftist, but I think that as a lefty person myself I might just be special pleading them away just because I personally think...

    That's a fair point. I don't disagree with you that they're not really leftist, but I think that as a lefty person myself I might just be special pleading them away just because I personally think they're assholes. I wasn't really sure if that's fair as an objective categorization scheme though. I suspect most right and even center-right folks would definitely categorize them as on the left.

  6. Comment on Openly editable posts. Crazy idea? in ~tildes

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    This could be particularly useful in situations like an AMA where the speaker isn't totally fluent or comfortable with English. It would basically be a dialog thread parallel to the post where a...

    This could be particularly useful in situations like an AMA where the speaker isn't totally fluent or comfortable with English. It would basically be a dialog thread parallel to the post where a trusted facilitator or two can workshop what the poster is trying to convey.

    It's got lots of potential for harassment and other types of abuse though. As a basic point you'd need to make it so the post's owner has to approve proposed changes. But you'd also probably need to make it opt-in rather than default.

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  7. Comment on Hundreds of US cities are killing or scaling back their recycling programs in ~enviro

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    In a lot of cases we wouldn't even need to STOP using the plastic entirely, but could adapt to less plastic intensive use patterns. For example, suppose if rather than buying moisturizing lotion...

    In a lot of cases we wouldn't even need to STOP using the plastic entirely, but could adapt to less plastic intensive use patterns.

    For example, suppose if rather than buying moisturizing lotion as individual bottles, we had our own bottles and the grocery store just had vats of lotion you filled up. Or they could sell milk in bags (way waaaay less plastic than a milk jug) and you bring the bag home and pour it into your own bottle (they do this in India and probably other places as well where sanitation/garbage disposal is still not so great).

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  8. Comment on What's your opinion on Accelerationism? in ~talk

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    That was my point though. Hoteps are nominally leftist and anti-racist. They’re also likely to be first on the block if a race war does break out, but they still do it.

    That was my point though. Hoteps are nominally leftist and anti-racist. They’re also likely to be first on the block if a race war does break out, but they still do it.

  9. Comment on Hundreds of US cities are killing or scaling back their recycling programs in ~enviro

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    The developing world is actually MORE likely to bypass fossil-fuel dependence than the developed world is. Renewables are objectively better energy sources for weak states. They're decentralized,...

    But there are large swaths of the world where renewables are still a pipedream

    The developing world is actually MORE likely to bypass fossil-fuel dependence than the developed world is. Renewables are objectively better energy sources for weak states. They're decentralized, local areas and municipalities can build them up themselves, and they don't rely on access to strategic resources that you might have to get from elsewhere. The only hard part is getting the technology and engineering knowhow in place, but those are challenges with fossil fuel based energy too.

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  10. Comment on Hundreds of US cities are killing or scaling back their recycling programs in ~enviro

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    I don't think this follows. If the potential for new plastic runs out, we're not making the recycled plastics cheaper, we're just getting rid of the cheaper options. The recycled ones are still...

    Recycled plastics will eventually be more appealing and affordable than they are now, for the simple reason that petroleum is a limited resource and plastics are too damn useful to disappear entirely.

    I don't think this follows. If the potential for new plastic runs out, we're not making the recycled plastics cheaper, we're just getting rid of the cheaper options. The recycled ones are still expensive, we're just making packaging more expensive in general.

    That said, a LOT of our plastic use is actually of very limited utility and we only do it because it's so cheap we don't have to think about it. In some cases, it's actually causing disutility. I hate cocktail straw. HATE them. And I resent that I can't just order a whisky at most bars without having it come with a side of sea-turtle choking thrown in.

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  11. Comment on What's your opinion on Accelerationism? in ~talk

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    Some hoteps do this too where they imagine that if racism gets bad enough Black people will rise up and overthrow White Power in some paroxysm of redemptive violence. You can ask them that if it...

    leftist accelerationist of any kind who wasn't a white person.

    Some hoteps do this too where they imagine that if racism gets bad enough Black people will rise up and overthrow White Power in some paroxysm of redemptive violence. You can ask them that if it didn't work during the days of Jim Crow how much worse than that would it need to get? They won't answer.

    There is a Right-wing accelerationist too where people fantasize about stuff like the one big terrorist attack that will make everyone wake up and realize the importance of wiping out all the Muslims/Immigrants/Black People/Whatever.

    It's all the same. It's just for people who want an excuse to indulge in violent or anti-social behavior and seek a moral justification to do so by fantasizing about a context that will make it okay. It's kind of a cousin to the tendency behind post-apocalypse/zombie/prepper fantasists.

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  12. Comment on What's your opinion on Accelerationism? in ~talk

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    Not popular in general, but definitely popular among self-styled Leftists. It's basically just a secularized form of Millenarianism. It's an opiate for Leftist political types who think the only...

    Not popular in general, but definitely popular among self-styled Leftists.

    It's basically just a secularized form of Millenarianism. It's an opiate for Leftist political types who think the only thing worse than the status quo is actually having to lift a finger to do anything about it.

    The cynical and paranoid part of me suspects it's a strain of thought that would have been cultivated by anti-Leftists as a way to blunt the organizing power of Leftist movements. The joke back in the Cold War days was that most American Socialist Parties were all undercover FBI plants trying to one up each other into being useless.

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  13. Comment on IMO, Trump 2020 is better than a non-progressive Democrat in ~talk

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    Kind of. The framers of the Constitution didn't view the guarantors of liberty in the document as being any specific rule or restriction. In fact, many of them opposed the idea of a "Bill of...

    The Trump Presidency has demonstrated that most of our "failsafes" are just norms that are not enshrined in law

    Kind of. The framers of the Constitution didn't view the guarantors of liberty in the document as being any specific rule or restriction. In fact, many of them opposed the idea of a "Bill of Rights" for that reason. The believed the fundamental structure of Constitutional government was supposed to be the guarantor of liberties. They viewed the government as investing sovereignty in the legislature while separating key powers into an executive and a judicial branch to prevent any passing fad or concern from running to far too hard. Liberty was protected by these competing interests having to fight against each other. But tricking people into fixating on individually enshrined "rights" would confuse the issue by making people go all lawyerly and fixate on the rules and laws instead of focusing on the contest between different power bases.

    When I say we've eroded safeguards it goes beyond the norms and laws. It cuts down to the fact that the Presidency is now considered the primary branch and the legislature is kind of feckless and useless. The legislators themselves have only weak independent constituencies and are more reliant on party identification, donor support, and branding/mass media exposure than on actual legislative acumen. When the legislature is weak in this way, the executive holds all the cards.

    The Republican Party is way worse at this Democrats too. Democrats have a lot of countervailing forces pulling on the party. They have a lot of pressure from rich donor class types, but they have counter-pressure from the Left. The Republicans have none of that anymore. They're fully in hoc to the donor class because their donors not only buy out the politicians, they fund the candidate recruitment process, they create partisan think-tanks, they created a reactionary judicial appointments pipeline, and they developed an insular filter bubble that guarantee voter power is yoked to the interests of the donor class through fear mongering propaganda.

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  14. Comment on IMO, Trump 2020 is better than a non-progressive Democrat in ~talk

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    We have fewer failsafes now than we've had since the Civil War. The Movement Conservatives have been dismantling them one by one in order to maintain minority rule. Also, many of the "failsafes"...

    I dont think the US will ever result to autocracy - we simply have too many failsafes to allow for it

    We have fewer failsafes now than we've had since the Civil War. The Movement Conservatives have been dismantling them one by one in order to maintain minority rule.

    Also, many of the "failsafes" are actually not good failure states to be in. 2nd Amendment failsafes, for instance, means we aren't really a functioning country anymore.

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  15. Comment on How Parents Are Robbing Their Children of Adulthood in ~life

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    I addressed this in my last paragraph: Moreover, the United States has immigrants. Lots of them. Often from more communitarian and family-oriented cultures. The proportion of immigrant or...

    The setting/context of this article is the United States.

    I addressed this in my last paragraph:

    If anything, the notion of a singular nuclear family full of atomized individuals who are capable of supporting themselves in isolation is the historical anomaly, and arguably was only ever possible due to the invention of an administrative welfare state that enabled it. As we've shredded that welfare state, people revert to more communal forms of living, either with families or in group homes or roommate arrangements.

    Moreover, the United States has immigrants. Lots of them. Often from more communitarian and family-oriented cultures. The proportion of immigrant or immigrant born children attending college and entering the workforce is larger than it's been in several generations. So the "cultural context is the United States" isn't really a good way to focus your lens here. I'd argue it's naive to think social changes like that wouldn't bring about cultural changes in how people view relationships and expectations around family life.

  16. Comment on How Parents Are Robbing Their Children of Adulthood in ~life

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    The article is telling that story, I'm providing the more measured probable context. I say it's extremely likely because I don't trust this article, that relies too heavily on gossipy anecdotes to...

    You're telling a story about a person with no information which is not a particularly responsible thing to do.

    The article is telling that story, I'm providing the more measured probable context. I say it's extremely likely because I don't trust this article, that relies too heavily on gossipy anecdotes to support overly broad conclusions, to be painting a full picture. Nothing about how it's written seems fair minded or balanced. Moreover, I didn't diagnose this person with autism. I said it's a symptom of an autism spectrum disorder. What's extremely likely is that the student probably had a variety of challenges to adjusting to college life beyond just the food and the food was just the final straw. That's much more consistent with how human nature works than assuming the specific thing someone we're hearing third-hand that someone complained about is the sum total of all that was bothering them.

    Which is actually fine, given that it's written up in the Time's Style section which doesn't aspire to the same level of rigor and authoritativeness as the more serious parts of the paper. It's been a long-standing stock joke among trend-spotters is that if something is written up in the Style section that's a good sign that it's either not a thing, or a thing that's already gone passé.

    The writer is using the example to illustrate the issue that the article is about - parents not preparing their children for adulthood. Just because that one example, may, again, with no other supporting facts from the article, have some other explanation, does not negate the entire point of the article.

    Most of the article's examples sound like cherry-picked anecdotes to serve their point. If the authors actually wanted to draw meaningful trends they'd have gone with more useful studies or data, but they offer very little of that. The only studies they do cite take several assumptions to link the actual measurement to the conclusion they're trying to draw.

    It's a weak piece that has all the trappings of finding evidence to support a conclusion rather than the other way around.

  17. Comment on How Parents Are Robbing Their Children of Adulthood in ~life

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    In the future, please reconsider the tone you use when making requests for detail or clarification. Your comment comes across as combative and belittling, which does not create an environment for...

    In the future, please reconsider the tone you use when making requests for detail or clarification. Your comment comes across as combative and belittling, which does not create an environment for respectful or edifying discussion.

    For what it's worth, here is a broad meta-analysis from NIH on food aversion..

    Parents of children with ASDs often report that their children are highly selective eaters, with very restricted repertoires of food acceptance that may be limited to as few as five foods. Management of food selectivity and concerns about dietary adequacy have been found to be a major reason for referral of children for nutrition services (5). Picky eating, also referred to as food selectivity, is a significant problem because it may be associated with inadequate nutrition as a result of the restricted diet (6–12).

    And here is another study about the efficiency of exposure therapy in addressing generalized inflexibility issues, of which food is called out as an especially prominent one.

    More recently, the literature in this area has seen a surge of studies identifying food selectivity and inflexibility as a particularly troublesome area for children with ASD (Ahearn et al. 2001; Dominick et al. 2007; Johnson et al. 2008; Keen 2008; Ledford and Gast 2006; Martins et al. 2008; Schreck and Williams 2005; Schreck et al. 2004). These recent studies indicate that up to 89% of children with ASD present a variety of restrictive and inflexible eating behaviors (Ledford and Gast 2006). For example, Dominick et al. (2007), highlight that some individuals with ASD maintain a restricted range of foods in their repertoire, whereas others display a preference for a specific texture or color.

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  18. Comment on How Parents Are Robbing Their Children of Adulthood in ~life

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    This sounds like sensationalism on the part of the writer. Finnicky aversions to certain types of food are strong symptoms of having an autism spectrum behavioral disorder and it's extremely...

    Part of life is learning how to deal with adversity. Obviously, if parents are anticipating and clearing the path, then the children won't learn how to do this in a timely manner.

    This sounds like sensationalism on the part of the writer. Finnicky aversions to certain types of food are strong symptoms of having an autism spectrum behavioral disorder and it's extremely likely that the student had a bevy of challenges adjusting to college life of which the cafeteria options were only the easiest to get fixated on.

    Even more astounding to me is that we have the largest percentage of kids, averaging in their mid thirties, who still live with their parents. Something is way off.

    In many cultures it's not at all uncommon for people to live in large, joint family arrangements their whole lives. This is how it is ensured that parents and grand parents are taken care of in old age and to make sure that the income stream for the overall family unit is diversified and buttressed against a bad harvest or a downturn in the market for whatever service or cottage industry. In the part of India I come from we don't even really use words to differentiate between direct siblings and first cousins, they're addressed the same way.

    If anything, the notion of a singular nuclear family full of atomized individuals who are capable of supporting themselves in isolation is the historical anomaly, and arguably was only ever possible due to the invention of an administrative welfare state that enabled it. As we've shredded that welfare state, people revert to more communal forms of living, either with families or in group homes or roommate arrangements.

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  19. Comment on Are you a purist or evolutionist? What your language 'pet peeve' reveals about you in ~humanities

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    Why would it make more sense to interpret a phrase in a way that makes no sense than to interpret it in a way that does, and is also in line with what the idea the person is usually trying to convey?

    Why would it make more sense to interpret a phrase in a way that makes no sense than to interpret it in a way that does, and is also in line with what the idea the person is usually trying to convey?

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  20. Comment on Are you a purist or evolutionist? What your language 'pet peeve' reveals about you in ~humanities

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    That's only if you assume we're talking about the percentage as a proportion of theoretical maximum capacity. You could interpret 110% to be as a percentage of accepted standard capacity so you...

    "110%" Is a meaningful quantity, but it's impossible for someone to give more than 100% of what they have. If I manage to squeeze out a little extra performance, then I'm not giving 110%, rather our estimation of my capacity was miscalibrated to begin with.

    That's only if you assume we're talking about the percentage as a proportion of theoretical maximum capacity. You could interpret 110% to be as a percentage of accepted standard capacity so you could give a 110% and work 44 hours in a standard 40 hour work week.

    Alternatively, you could interpret it as a percentage of "sustainable" effort/capacity. This would be analogous to a Christmas tree farm. If you know X trees will reach their maturity each year and you cut down 110% of X, you're going 10% over your replacement rate of mature trees.

    In both these cases it's an issue of getting hung up on the precise semantics of a statement rather than trying to understand the idea being communicated by the statement.

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