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  1. Comment on Why Is Joe Rogan So Popular? He understands men in America better than most people do. The rest of the country should start paying attention. in ~misc

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    That episode seemed more like a vaccine to me. If you're a regular person, then I imagine that most of what you've heard of Alex Jones is only through the news, clips and articles and so on, and...

    That episode seemed more like a vaccine to me. If you're a regular person, then I imagine that most of what you've heard of Alex Jones is only through the news, clips and articles and so on, and not through having checked out Infowars. So in the era of fake news, with Jones championing that he is a victim of it, here you have Jones taking part in a long-form unedited conversation where he is free to take as much time as he wants to explain himself with a host that will allow him to say his piece. Rogan fans might've had that kernel of doubt in their mind that Jones has been misrepresented to them by the mainstream media.

    And Jones then proved himself to be utterly insane. Incredibly entertaining, but certifiably insane in a format where there are no takebacks and no way to say you weren't given a fair shake by the host. A few ambivalent people might've been turned on to Jones, but I'd bet that a vastly greater number of people forever mentally cataloged Jones away as a lunatic not worth taking seriously, with the mainstream media vindicated to them. What other platform would be able to dismantle Jones like that? Not a New York Times opinion article or a 15 second clip followed by prepared commentary on a late night show. Rogan's biggest appeal is probably the sense of authenticity he brings to media.

    24 votes
  2. Comment on Why Is Joe Rogan So Popular? He understands men in America better than most people do. The rest of the country should start paying attention. in ~misc

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    For a lighter subject, does anyone have a clue what they were going for with that illustration of Rogan? Does anyone here like it?

    For a lighter subject, does anyone have a clue what they were going for with that illustration of Rogan? Does anyone here like it?

    5 votes
  3. Comment on Reddit is launching "RPAN" live streaming as a time-limited experiment for this week, but it will become a permanent feature soon in ~tech

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    What clarification would PDT provide? It seems like there is nowhere on PST right now.

    What clarification would PDT provide? It seems like there is nowhere on PST right now.

  4. Comment on Reddit is launching "RPAN" live streaming as a time-limited experiment for this week, but it will become a permanent feature soon in ~tech

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    They are just trying to engineer around the fact that their core product is communities, which are controlled by anonymous volunteers. Reddit has virtually no significant relationship with the...

    They are just trying to engineer around the fact that their core product is communities, which are controlled by anonymous volunteers. Reddit has virtually no significant relationship with the moderators of even very large subs, meaning they are unable to get their buy-in or feedback on features except for those that go find whatever the relevant admin subreddit is.

    E.g. it seems r/videos disallows v.reddit videos, which is a devastating blow for promoting adoption of a feature that would keep a huge number of users from leaving the reddit ecosystem. What if they ban RPAN live streams as well?

    New features are sexy though, and diplomacy is not. Hiring people who actively cultivate mod relationships and regularly communicate with mods to get their feedback (and act on it within reason) so that they are willing to adopt new features that boost whatever key performance indicators they have is apparently not sexy enough, but would over the long run make the efforts of the product engineers incredibly more productive. They would have to accept certain trade offs though like leaks and the difficulty of trying to extract meaningful feedback from mods who may be uninterested and not skilled in the art of constructive feedback.

    The closest they've come is the roadshow events which seem more like paid vacations for admins so they can interact with a very small self selected group of mods.

    Unless reddit can move a lot of traffic to unmodded or admin managed feeds, or they violate subreddit autonomy of mod teams behaving well (which would be like setting off a nuclear drama bomb), they're going to continue to face adoption issues. Many mods even actively sabotaged their redesign displays for a while, or otherwise leave them as the default template because it's not the view they use on desktop and they don't want to bother to maintain yet another interface.

    3 votes
  5. Comment on Taiwan can win a war with China in ~misc

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    China would want to conquer Taiwan, not destroy it, which gives Taiwan another defensive advantage. That's why in part the war game scenario is about shock and awe with the aim of achieving a...

    China would want to conquer Taiwan, not destroy it, which gives Taiwan another defensive advantage. That's why in part the war game scenario is about shock and awe with the aim of achieving a quick surrender. A ruined Taiwan would basically only provide expanded naval boundaries (nevertheless very important to China) at the cost of massive military expenditures, global condemnation, and possible defeat.

    Since China views Taiwan as a rebellious province rather than an ideological enemy, it would be against their goals to annihilate their economy as China would ultimately be responsible for rebuilding it and it would cost hundreds of billions or more depending on how destructive the war effort is. South Korea estimated $500 billion in 2014 just to develop North Korea's economy, and that estimate seems to assume a peaceful reunification.

    5 votes
  6. Comment on If we want to save the world, we have to eat less meat in ~enviro

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    I would say it's impractical in light of the alternatives if we're talking about large scale action. We'd probably be better off investing in plant-based substitutes (Impossible Burger) and clean...

    Some may argue that shifting diets on a large scale is impractical, or even impossible.

    I would say it's impractical in light of the alternatives if we're talking about large scale action. We'd probably be better off investing in plant-based substitutes (Impossible Burger) and clean meat (lab grown meat). Making it effortless for people to "change" their diet (from harvested meat to those alternatives) seems much easier to me than trying to convince billions to cut back on or abstain from meat. Clean meat has the potential to be cheaper and more nutritious once the tech is up to scale. There would be basically no reason to buy harvested meat beyond wanting the "real" thing, in which case you will be paying a premium for that as: the overall market collapses, reducing economy of scale, and clean meat otherwise already being better and cheaper per unit. Some land is pretty much only good for raising livestock (a very small fraction of the land currently used for livestock) so that can be used for that market anyways. This tech also reduces food insecurity / supply chain issues that will become more prevalent as climate change takes its toll, as you only need a properly run and maintained industrial lab to grow the food, rather than needing the right environment and weather (the same is true for most crops, but the potential is larger for meat).

    If we're talking times like 2050, then a concerted government push should conceivably be able to make clean meat much more than competitive by then.

    16 votes
  7. Comment on The Anthropocene Is a Joke: On geological timescales, human civilization is an event, not an epoch. in ~science

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    Yeah I had read this earlier and found that much of the length of it was basically a semantic criticism and a waste. The relative lack of evidence that will exist to testify to our existence was...

    Yeah I had read this earlier and found that much of the length of it was basically a semantic criticism and a waste. The relative lack of evidence that will exist to testify to our existence was more interesting. Even if we divorced anthropocentrism entirely from the issue, we have considerably more data to work with for characterizing the past few ten thousand years. It makes sense to carve out a special name for that period, not just as a matter of ego but also for reflecting the abundance of data we have for it that we don't have for earlier periods. I'm sure geologists would love to have the same granularity of detail available for other epochs, but we just don't. As a practical matter it makes sense to differentiate eras before and after human activity.

    8 votes
  8. Comment on Chinese armed police truck convoy rolls into Shenzhen, across the harbour from Hong Kong in ~news

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    I think that would be uniquely damaging too in a modern context for China. This isn't like the Uighur roundup being done in near silence. Hong Kong is outside that sphere of influence and the...

    They won't be able to dodge the fallout by censoring it this time.

    I think that would be uniquely damaging too in a modern context for China. This isn't like the Uighur roundup being done in near silence. Hong Kong is outside that sphere of influence and the whole world is already drawn to the city (especially now because of the world economy). China repeating an event like that while they're also trying to topple American supremacy could unfold easily into many ways that cripple China's reputation for a century. Smaller countries don't care about that because they aren't trying to be on top and have much less of a long-term formal geopolitical aim, but unless China is willing to suffer this setback to its pride and total home rule, the force necessary to quell this uprising will severely endanger its greater long-term goal. National supremacy and global supremacy being directly at odds with each other unless they choose to resort to a protracted diplomatic process with what is sort of a rebelling state.

    9 votes
  9. Comment on What are some lifehacks you would recommend? in ~life

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    It was bumped to $6,000 in 2019. If you already put in the $5,500 you can put in another $500 if you can swing it.

    It was bumped to $6,000 in 2019. If you already put in the $5,500 you can put in another $500 if you can swing it.

    8 votes
  10. Comment on Kathleen Hanna On The Reign Of 'Rebel Girl' in ~music

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    It was a shame I very much had to miss out on their reunion show at the Hollywood Palladium. Hopefully I'll eventually get to see them live. Rebel Girl has definitely endured as a sound and proven...

    It was a shame I very much had to miss out on their reunion show at the Hollywood Palladium. Hopefully I'll eventually get to see them live. Rebel Girl has definitely endured as a sound and proven versatile.

    1 vote
  11. Comment on Why Drinking Water All Day Long Is Not the Best Way to Stay Hydrated in ~health

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    Others have responded appropriately, but only drinking water when thirsty is like only breathing when you feel out of breath or only getting gas when your car alarms you that you're almost out....

    Others have responded appropriately, but only drinking water when thirsty is like only breathing when you feel out of breath or only getting gas when your car alarms you that you're almost out. These signals are emergencies, e.g. you don't want to feel genuine thirst in the desert.

    Some people do take hydrating too far but there's a happy middle. I'm not sure at what level of thirst you're acting on (probably pretty mild) but it's possible you may be a bit too far off in the other direction. There's running your body without alarm bells going off and running your body optimally. You can think of it as your body saying "You've let the situation get bad enough that I have to suppress some of your higher thinking to force you to be acutely, constantly aware of the lack of water in your system so that you're better motivated to solve this by any means necessary."

    3 votes
  12. Comment on Jeffrey Epstein Commits Suicide at Manhattan Jail in ~news

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    That's pretty much why I just started laughing when I saw the news. It's going to be the fuel for endless conspiracies. The post-truth era is just going to keep spinning out of control.

    That's pretty much why I just started laughing when I saw the news. It's going to be the fuel for endless conspiracies. The post-truth era is just going to keep spinning out of control.

    4 votes
  13. Comment on Jeffrey Epstein Commits Suicide at Manhattan Jail in ~news

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    If it's also just a mistake, then that implies that all the competent people who worked in secret to get him charged and arrested then stopped following through once he was in a cell. I don't mean...

    If it's also just a mistake, then that implies that all the competent people who worked in secret to get him charged and arrested then stopped following through once he was in a cell. I don't mean to say the detectives have direct power over that sort of thing, but the higher-ups they ran things through (who let the arrest happen) would've had a hand in coordinating the nature of his confinement.

    Basically what I mean is given Epstein, everyone involved had to be super careful throughout this whole process, and that care just stops now when all that's needed to be competent is to watch him 24/7? Either some guard is spectacularly incompetent to not do their job well the one time they know the media is watching closely, or someone let it happen. Mistakes happen but it's less likely given the above circumstances, because why wouldn't you put Epstein on suicide watch?

    The non-conspiratorial explanation that I can come up with is that a guard had a relatively simplistic view of justice and saw that Epstein was suicidal and let him do it, thinking it would spare the pain of witness testimony, save taxpayer dollars, etc.

    10 votes
  14. Comment on Quiz: Let Us Predict Whether You’re a Democrat or a Republican in ~misc

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    If you can, get the add-ons uBlock Origin and Disconnect. I can browse their website non-privately without any article limits because they can't set cookies to track me. I forget which specific...

    If you can, get the add-ons uBlock Origin and Disconnect. I can browse their website non-privately without any article limits because they can't set cookies to track me. I forget which specific add-on is responsible though and if you need to configure a specific setting, but I don't want to troubleshoot that right now.

    1 vote
  15. Comment on Women at war: why do we still struggle with the idea of female soldiers? in ~life

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    Those physical and personality traits are still on a curve with an overlap existing between the genders. If that was the only issue then the women overperforming on the curve would historically...

    Those physical and personality traits are still on a curve with an overlap existing between the genders. If that was the only issue then the women overperforming on the curve would historically have been drafted as a substitute for the underperforming men. You still wouldn't have many women in war, but it'd be an amount greater than "far fewer than 1%" as per the article. That's why I'm trying to dig at a deeper factor.

    1 vote
  16. Comment on Women at war: why do we still struggle with the idea of female soldiers? in ~life

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    My theory is basically impossible to prove or disprove, but I suspect the reason has to do with evolutionary psychology. Virtually all of modern human civilization is in some way a product and...

    My theory is basically impossible to prove or disprove, but I suspect the reason has to do with evolutionary psychology. Virtually all of modern human civilization is in some way a product and survivor of ample amounts of warfare which is important to consider.

    Manpower has almost always been a critical factor in who wins or loses in war (much less so today). Any society in all of our past history that involved significant numbers of women in war campaigns would face intense biological challenges. A society of 1000 women and 100 men can recover to full manpower much quicker than one of 1000 men and 100 women. Even if you set aside all cultural factors like gender role specialities (e.g. hunting vs gathering) you still face that issue. I would guess then that any culture that tried to include women in war were left far too weakened by war to survive subsequent wars against cultures that only let men wage war, as their populations could recover much faster.

    From my anthro readings I've read about exceptions to pretty much every cultural norm but I can't recall a society that sustainably practiced egalitarian warfare. If there are examples I'd love to read about them, but this suggests to me an extremely strong selective pressure against that sort of cultural practice which is why even feminists may feel uncomfortable about deploying women in combat for reasons beyond self-interest. Men are biologically expendable in total war, women much less so. With the state of modern warfare and technology, this is basically a non-issue now, but the resistance may be a sort of evolutionary echo screaming that it's a suicidal practice for a society to adopt.

    1 vote
  17. Comment on Should the Voting Age Be Lowered to 16? in ~misc

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    I haven't. She outsources a lot of "knowledge" topics to me to do the research since I already do it anyways. I want to respect core values of hers in return for that influence if I'm going to be...

    I haven't. She outsources a lot of "knowledge" topics to me to do the research since I already do it anyways. I want to respect core values of hers in return for that influence if I'm going to be helping her pick stocks, votes, etc. She wants more women in office plain and simple so I don't push that because I don't want to feel like I'm trying to control her every view. At worst I'm going to try to switch her from Kamala to Warren when the primary comes around (if both are still in the race) since she's basically going off name recognition with Kamala.

    Plus since there's also the other condition of it being a Democrat, in practice it doesn't affect much. And even for stuff like judges, council members, local state legislature members, meaningful information to pick candidates apart is basically nonexistent so I don't really fault her for throwing her hands up and deciding to try to get more women in government. Even I struggle to make a meaningfully decided vote weighing the entirety of the candidate on many lesser local/state races despite an earnest afternoon spent researching everything.

    5 votes
  18. Comment on Should the Voting Age Be Lowered to 16? in ~misc

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    An interesting kink I've heard before on the matter is simply the fact that the worst off of us die young. If you're poor, uncared for by the government or otherwise face stresses that make your...

    An interesting kink I've heard before on the matter is simply the fact that the worst off of us die young. If you're poor, uncared for by the government or otherwise face stresses that make your cohort die young, that is years and years of votes wiped out. Meanwhile rich, well taken care of people can live a decade plus longer easily and retain their faculties to vote (i.e. not slowly wasting away in a nursing home bed). Who lives longer isn't equal which means you bias voting power to those who do live longer, which are the rich, the white, the religious, and women (to provide contrast) and so on.

    If the system helps ensure (explicitly or subtly) that certain groups of people live longer, that biases the democratic process to favor those groups as they can vote more often in their self and group interest over a lifetime. Some differences in life expectancy will be a matter of biology, like for women or those with genetic diseases, but most aren't.

    5 votes
  19. Comment on Should the Voting Age Be Lowered to 16? in ~misc

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    What does your standard of full responsibilities mean to you? It seems subjective. Many teens, especially poorer ones, certainly can end up shouldering a lot of responsiblity based on their...

    What does your standard of full responsibilities mean to you? It seems subjective. Many teens, especially poorer ones, certainly can end up shouldering a lot of responsiblity based on their circumstances. Then you have NEETs into their 30s. But if you gate based on a having a job, degree, moving out etc., then if that's along the lines of what you mean, that would disenfranchise many people based on economic and cultural factors.

    9 votes
  20. Comment on Should the Voting Age Be Lowered to 16? in ~misc

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    It might be different for kids in the internet era. I've voted since I could and my mother takes my cues on California propositions since I research every voting option (she otherwise just votes...

    It might be different for kids in the internet era. I've voted since I could and my mother takes my cues on California propositions since I research every voting option (she otherwise just votes for any Democrat woman). It's easy for kids now to find diverse viewpoints and research in-depth independently without relying on their parents, the TV, or whatever paper subscriptions their parents have.

    Given the general disintest among enfranchised youth in voting, I'm not sure how much harm there would be in allowing those who are interested to vote.

    8 votes