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  1. Comment on What (if anything) do you support through Patreon? in ~talk

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    Pop Culture Detective Agency! Jonathan McIntosh makes such great videos about the intersection of masculinity, pop culture, and equality. Some of them are hard to watch (especially the ones that...

    Pop Culture Detective Agency! Jonathan McIntosh makes such great videos about the intersection of masculinity, pop culture, and equality. Some of them are hard to watch (especially the ones that point out the misandry/misogyny in very popular media), but they are all so well-researched and well-made.

    They're not all doom-and-gloom, either. He makes video essays about really cool depictions of masculinity, as well!

    2 votes
  2. Comment on Where are you from? in ~talk

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    Cool! I never thought people would still be responding to this, but I love it!

    Cool! I never thought people would still be responding to this, but I love it!

    1 vote
  3. Comment on Where are you from? in ~talk

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    Hello to you, too!

    Hello to you, too!

    1 vote
  4. Comment on Where are you from? in ~talk

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    Ooh, exciting! The first Thai on the list!

    Ooh, exciting! The first Thai on the list!

  5. Comment on SC police make millions by seizing cash and property. Most of it comes from black people. in ~news

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    *Disclaimer: Title is from the original article Civil forfeiture sounds like a cruel joke. Are there any "positive arguments" for it? From the article: I truly wonder how much of the reason that...

    *Disclaimer: Title is from the original article

    Civil forfeiture sounds like a cruel joke. Are there any "positive arguments" for it?

    From the article:

    Why are black citizens like Bromell facing forfeiture more often than their white neighbors?

    One police official said it’s because there’s more drug crime in the black community.

    “We go where we’re called,” Greenville Police Chief Ken Miller said. “We police where people are telling us there are problems. We’re not an agency — and I don’t know a police agency — that tries to balance racially its interdiction of drugs off the street.”

    The bulk of the drugs and weapons calls the city receives are in minority communities, Miller said. He said he won't apologize if police tactics disproportionately engage black men and lead to more seizures.

    In Greenville County, the Sheriff’s Office initiated 256 forfeiture cases from 2014-2016, of which 150 involved blacks and 85 involved whites.

    Greenville city police had 89 cases. Of those, 53 involved blacks and 22 involved whites.

    I truly wonder how much of the reason that "there's more drug crime in the black community" is because drug use among white people is so rarely viewed as a crime.

    2 votes
  6. Comment on Any tabletop RPG players? in ~games

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    My husband is currently playing the new Sentinels of the Multiverse RPG. It's been really fun to watch!

    My husband is currently playing the new Sentinels of the Multiverse RPG. It's been really fun to watch!

    3 votes
  7. Comment on The 20 Best TV Dramas Since ‘The Sopranos’ in ~tv

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    This was so well put. It's exactly how I felt about LOST.

    This was so well put. It's exactly how I felt about LOST.

    2 votes
  8. Comment on Suburbs and car centric urban design is the worst mistake in modern history. in ~talk

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    I don't know how you feel about "Adam Ruins Everything," but I found his episode about cars to be very interesting!

    I don't know how you feel about "Adam Ruins Everything," but I found his episode about cars to be very interesting!

  9. Comment on What social responsibilities do fiction authors have (if any)? in ~books

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    I know this isn't specifically what you're asking about, but it makes me think about media depicting suicide. I'm certainly not anywhere near an authority on this topic, but I've heard that...

    I know this isn't specifically what you're asking about, but it makes me think about media depicting suicide.

    I'm certainly not anywhere near an authority on this topic, but I've heard that anytime media is made about suicide, we see an uptick in suicides of that type. It's called "suicide contagion"or "copycat suicides." Here's an article from The Atlantic about the early impact of 13 Reasons Why. While suicide contagion is not specific to media (suicides often tend to cluster in families, schools, or regions), I do wonder if authors have a responsibility not to write about it. Or at least to write about it in a way that promotes people with suicidal thoughts to get help, rather than saying "My peers did shitty things to me, and the only way out was suicide, and now they're responsible for my death" (looking at you, Thirteen Reasons Why.)

    It's so hard, though, because I'm sure if there wasn't so much shame surrounding suicidal thoughts, we might have more people willing to talk about them. It feels almost impossible to see where the line between erasing the stigma and promoting suicidal behaviors is. Is it ethical to write about suicide at all? Even if it could be argued that it wasn't "my fault," I still would feel awful if my art contributed to a person's death.

    3 votes
  10. Comment on Should you donate to the Wikimedia Foundation? in ~tech

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    SO and I were just talking about this! Very interesting points. Thanks for posting!

    SO and I were just talking about this! Very interesting points. Thanks for posting!

    1 vote
  11. Comment on Where are you from? in ~talk

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    Happy New Year to you, too!

    Happy New Year to you, too!

    2 votes
  12. Comment on Where should I move to? in ~life

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    Yeah, come hang out with us! Skyways are helpful if you're downtown and want to walk around and not die of frostbite or general cold-annoyance. One thing people don't always understand about MN is...

    Yeah, come hang out with us! Skyways are helpful if you're downtown and want to walk around and not die of frostbite or general cold-annoyance.

    One thing people don't always understand about MN is that it actually can get quite hot here (particularly in southern MN)! Our summers aren't particularly long, but there are often stretches in the 90s. A few years ago, we were continuously over 105 for two weeks. It was awful, living in a house without AC!

    Also, we love Target. You could work for Target!

    4 votes
  13. Comment on Us - Official Trailer in ~movies

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    I believe this was mistakenly posted in ~music? Unless you posted it there because of the music in the trailer! :-)

    I believe this was mistakenly posted in ~music? Unless you posted it there because of the music in the trailer! :-)

    1 vote
  14. Comment on Us - Official Trailer in ~movies

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    I can't wait! My husband and I watched this twice yesterday. I wonder if it is going to be more of a straight horror film this time, or still have a race component. Either way, I'm so excited....

    I can't wait! My husband and I watched this twice yesterday. I wonder if it is going to be more of a straight horror film this time, or still have a race component. Either way, I'm so excited.

    Also exciting to have a big movie with an entire black family as the main characters! That doesn't happen often, and I'm totally jazzed about it.

    2 votes
  15. Comment on Gluten Free Antarctica in ~misc

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    Cool! Thank you!

    Cool! Thank you!

    2 votes
  16. Comment on Gluten Free Antarctica in ~misc

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    I thoroughly enjoyed reading this! What the heck is it?

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading this! What the heck is it?

    3 votes
  17. Comment on Two Intricate Calligraphy Pages from the Sixteenth-Century Manuscript “Mira Calligraphiae Monumenta” Have Been Decoded for the First Time in ~creative

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    I didn't think I'd be this fascinated when I clicked on this article! Thanks for posting. The way the author described that mysterious "Z" made me want to find it so badly, so I went through the...

    I didn't think I'd be this fascinated when I clicked on this article! Thanks for posting. The way the author described that mysterious "Z" made me want to find it so badly, so I went through the maze trying to find words I could compare to the transcript, then traced my way backwards until I found it!

    In case anyone else was interested, I circled them here. I believe the one the author referenced is the lower rightmost one.

    1 vote
  18. Comment on My colleague designed/engineered a hydraulic "Drop Down Truck" for wheelchair users in ~tech

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    Seriously! He's an independent contractor for my company (works from home), so I only see him once a year at the Christmas party. I saw him chatting next to the truck with our CFO and I busted in...

    Seriously! He's an independent contractor for my company (works from home), so I only see him once a year at the Christmas party. I saw him chatting next to the truck with our CFO and I busted in to their conversation to say "Your truck is so cool!!" but at the time I had no idea he made it.

    Then he told me the story of how a friend pushed him onto a hydraulic lift in a manual wheelchair, and they didn't lock the chair in properly and he tipped over backward and fell from 3 feet off the ground onto his head. He said "that only needed to happen once" for him to realize that something safer needed to be made.

    2 votes
  19. Comment on My colleague designed/engineered a hydraulic "Drop Down Truck" for wheelchair users in ~tech

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    I finally have some interesting OC for this site! My coworker is an engineer with quadriplegia, and after a scary fall from a hydraulic wheelchair lift, he developed this wheelchair accessible...

    I finally have some interesting OC for this site! My coworker is an engineer with quadriplegia, and after a scary fall from a hydraulic wheelchair lift, he developed this wheelchair accessible truck which drops down to the ground to allow a wheelchair to enter and exit.

    I saw it at work the other day and now I'm obsessed.

    GIF of operation

    2 votes