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  1. Comment on Gov. Newsom abolishes most single-family zoning in California in ~news

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    It will. It should. The problem is basically that those in power in California got theirs, and then froze development for generations to live out their dream life, and then people who caught the...

    While opponents fear such a sweeping change will destroy the character of residential neighborhoods

    It will. It should. The problem is basically that those in power in California got theirs, and then froze development for generations to live out their dream life, and then people who caught the property value ride up are now dependent on their home remaining a solid investment, when a home should first and foremost be a place you live in, not your retirement plan. And a lot of those people are in a legitimate pickle, but there's no great solution as balanced against the scores of low/middle income people being forced out of the state (away from their own childhood homes and social networks) or condemned into poverty (the cost of living results in us having almost the highest poverty rate in the nation). I think a lot of us know someone who has left the state only because it would just be too financially difficult to make ends meet comfortably in the place they grew up in.

    A city is not some museum artifact to preserve in perpetuity, especially as it concerns American cities which have existed for a blip of history (even more so in California). They can, and should change over time. The city you grew up with should not look the same when you're middle age. There is absolutely a certain amount of melancholy to this, but that's just part of dealing with time marching on. And the "character" of a neighborhood is mostly just a fantasy people have in their head - we know that local community is mostly dead in America and that few people actually know all the other characters in their neighborhood, so that's certainly not what's being disrupted. Or by character they just mean they don't like an altered visual landscape from their window or porch.

    In any case, I'm actually much more concerned about how I've seen nature change over time. Nice parks and the like can be the unchanging cornerstones of our neighborhoods that we can have continuity for over generations, a place you can frolic in as a child to revisit as an adult. But over my still young life in Southern California, I've seen the vegetation dry out more and more, wildlife disappear (bugs especially), with more fires and more days of extreme weather in the year. That's the kind of change to my neighborhood that concerns me a lot more than fitting in another condo, and it's a problem we solve by making it as convenient and affordable as possible to pack into cities instead of endlessly sprawling out.

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  2. Comment on The Matrix Resurrections – Official trailer 1 in ~movies

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    It can also be argued that this happened to Morpheus, not Trinity.

    It can also be argued that this happened to Morpheus, not Trinity.

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  3. Comment on Andrew Yang to launch a third party in ~news

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    I can't imagine how thought out this could possibly be given he just recently had his mayoral aspirations scuttled, unless he was hoping to use the mayoral office to launch a third party. And his...

    I can't imagine how thought out this could possibly be given he just recently had his mayoral aspirations scuttled, unless he was hoping to use the mayoral office to launch a third party. And his brand is supposed to be about "the math" - and the math is horrible for third parties.

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  4. Comment on World's biggest machine capturing carbon from air turned on in Iceland – operators say the Orca plant can suck 4,000 tonnes of CO2 out of the air every year in ~enviro

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    It's always gonna be "nothing" though - or at least, it will be hard for an individual to really perceive the change. There's not gonna be some strongman turn (hopefully I suppose) where Biden and...

    It's always gonna be "nothing" though - or at least, it will be hard for an individual to really perceive the change. There's not gonna be some strongman turn (hopefully I suppose) where Biden and world leaders (or whoever) announces that immediately all gasoline cars are to be banned in short order, all fossil fuel plants to shut down in 5 years, flights for trips under x miles to be banned, or that the government is going full Manhattan project level commitment and building mega nuclear reactors etc.

    All the things we're going to do are mostly invisible to the average person and incremental, from tech like this, to cars getting 30 MPG instead of 25, to someone eating 25% less meat, to some more trees being planted in an area I'll never see, more energy efficient light bulbs, denser cities, etc.

    To illustrate by comparison, then for efforts to end racism, some might mockingly say when a statue is taken down "Oh hooray racism is over!". But it's not like there's ever going to be some magic wand able to end a problem so big in scale. It's gonna be a million little things, because the problem was caused by a million little things. We do in theory have that magic wand available with geoengineering, but that's going to be an act of desperation and probably after global order has significantly destabilized, since such actions would be affecting all people worldwide and you'd need consensus (or for consensus to no longer be needed) to enact such plans without facing any blowback from other countries for taking that action. For what it's worth I do believe we're already too late, it's just not useful for scientists to drumbeat this fact in public since it would just make the inevitable outcome even worse if people give up on any action.

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  5. Comment on Rick and Morty - Season 5 Discussion in ~tv

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    I wouldn't say the show "clearly" wants to go back to episodic adventures, just that it was never the case that it was going to be a heavily serialized show. Serialization is really good for...

    I wouldn't say the show "clearly" wants to go back to episodic adventures, just that it was never the case that it was going to be a heavily serialized show. Serialization is really good for online discussion though which might be why fans of that angle are more vocal online. In my vague recollection of seasons past, it seems like it was always the case there were a handful of serialized episodes a season (or "canon" stuff) with the rest as episodic. I'm perfectly happy with the balance they're doing right now, putting aside the issue of how you'd rate specific episodes.

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  6. Comment on Supreme Court upholds new Texas abortion law, for now in ~news

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    I'm curious as to how this will play out digitally. Anyone who files a lawsuit is basically setting themselves up for a social media mob to attack them. On the other hand, would you be able to sue...

    I'm curious as to how this will play out digitally. Anyone who files a lawsuit is basically setting themselves up for a social media mob to attack them. On the other hand, would you be able to sue someone for their online activity for indirectly abetting an abortion, such as advice on how to order abortifacients, even if the advice wasn't addressed to any specific person?

    Even setting aside the cost of not being able to get an abortion when you want one, it seems like this all has the potential to get real messy and dramatic real fast in the current social media climate. The government is boring - you can't "cancel" the government. But this law is ripe for story-making and narratives, pitting citizen against citizen, with mobs set to stand behind both parties.

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  7. Comment on The Reddit COVID blackout has begun in ~tech

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    Reddit could do it for a few of them, but realistically trying to recruit new top mods for dozens (or more) of eclectic subs, some of them pretty big, probably would not go that well. Not even...

    Reddit could do it for a few of them, but realistically trying to recruit new top mods for dozens (or more) of eclectic subs, some of them pretty big, probably would not go that well. Not even factoring in the optics behind the why either. They'd mostly have to hope there's someone on the team already that'd assume the position, open the subreddit, and otherwise not torch the place with their new position. It's a case-by-case thing they'd have to game out so trying to replace at scale could quickly go wrong.

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  8. Comment on Some background regarding the recent OnlyFans changes in ~tech

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    I think you might be getting off track here. You are the uploader of your comments, not someone else. And if someone else was reuploading your comments, how would anyone know if you had consented...

    Sometimes people are totally fine with that. For example, I am posting comments on Tildes without disclosing my real identity, and I totally do not mind spending my time while not receiving any money from Tildes. And something tells me that I am not the only one.

    I think you might be getting off track here. You are the uploader of your comments, not someone else. And if someone else was reuploading your comments, how would anyone know if you had consented to that? In any case I don't think that analogy is relevant unless you're saying there were a lot of uploaders negatively impacted by this on Pornhub who were the rightsholders for their videos.

    Is it right or wrong that Pornhub had these 10 million unverified videos? There's a difference between saying "Well that's just how the internet is" and "that's how it should be". Just to be clear - you'd still want all those unverified videos to be up if Pornhub somehow had a magic wand that only removed the few thousand videos at issue that you mentioned? If that's where you're at then I understand and won't push any further. I'm not going to say that I particularly care about piracy, because I don't, but Pornhub being the main commercial player in porn streaming, I think it's fair to say they shouldn't be such a hotbed of illicit content, the same way YouTube doesn't reproduce Netflix's content and put it on the home page. There's a million other streaming websites that will have unverified content galore, but the internet isn't that much of a Wild West anymore. People visit a handful of aggregator websites and rarely go exploring. If Pornhub doesn't have it, it basically doesn't exist to most people, so if Pornhub is made to actually view sex work as a serious business where professionals' rights are respected, then that goes a pretty long way towards making the pornography business overall much more ethical and professional.

    Maybe they could but the outcome was stipulated by the payment processing companies. We do not know what happened behind closed doors.

    That doesn't mean we have to imagine weird deals taking place. Do you think it's more likely Pornhub took down all those extra videos simply because they had no means in place to be more surgical to ensure the removal of the specific offending content, or because the payment processors made some weird arbitrary deal that resulted in every 5 of 6 videos being taken down?

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  9. Comment on Some background regarding the recent OnlyFans changes in ~tech

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    I think in terms of OnlyFans, it's okay for us to speak in generalizations that it's basically about women selling to men. There being exceptions to the rule doesn't mean the exceptions have to be...

    I think in terms of OnlyFans, it's okay for us to speak in generalizations that it's basically about women selling to men. There being exceptions to the rule doesn't mean the exceptions have to be mentioned every time we bring up the rule. Plus I think it's safe to say the people behind these pushes aren't crusading for the men.

    On the takedowns, they still did accomplish something though that otherwise wouldn't have happened. If someone's favorite video got taken down then they can go find and pay for it, otherwise there's still 2 other million videos and the rest of the internet to masturbate to. There were 10 million videos that Pornhub couldn't verify? Well even if only a small sliver were dealing with sex trafficking or whatever else, that's still 10 million videos they couldn't verify the legitimacy or consensuality of! Which means if we're respecting sex work as a profession, basically all their material was being pirated with them not even getting a cut of Pornhub's revenue and so I'm still fine with all those excess videos being taken down. Why wouldn't Pornhub have been more surgical if they could've? There was no incentive for them to delete more than is necessary. Going by your analogy, they couldn't have made that precision cut - it was either get rid of the mold (and some extra) or nothing at all.

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  10. Comment on Some background regarding the recent OnlyFans changes in ~tech

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    This is basically conservatives playing the cancellation game with corporate power in contrast to how liberals have been the side lately to wield corporate power for social issues. That it doesn't...

    This is basically conservatives playing the cancellation game with corporate power in contrast to how liberals have been the side lately to wield corporate power for social issues. That it doesn't stop sex trafficking doesn't really matter to some people - they would still love if it did, but they're happy with the results regardless. Like when liberals get someone/something canceled or deplatformed, it may not necessarily solve the root issue, but they're happy that something was accomplished. This shift with OnlyFans won't end sex trafficking (and is there any one action that would?) but it's still going to leave a lot of people happy that their hypothetical daughters/sisters/friends/whoever will have been deplatformed from this service and that this large, convenient platform is no longer available, which will likely deter some women from ever creating and selling content like that.

    I don't say this to condone what's happened to OnlyFans, just relating that I see it as the other side of the coin in how we're all forcing corporations to get involved in social issues. Porn may be here to stay, but if you're anti-porn you can still go after the big businesses behind the porn. Further context is that there is some hypothetical legal risk here for these companies, but as far as I'm aware most efforts have been proactive self-censorship of some kind, rather than any successful lawsuit/prosecution against a company for something like this. At the same time, I'll admit to being happy with some of the results, like Pornhub being forced to clean up as much as it did. And yeah it looks like anti-sex forces were behind that push, but that also means they got some important work accomplished for women (re: Pornhub, not OnlyFans) that liberals didn't.

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  11. Comment on These people who work from home have a secret: They have two jobs in ~life

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    In the aggregate this seems pretty impractical. It does come down to your individual situation, but something could always come up that causes a conflict. E.g. two emergency meetings being...

    In the aggregate this seems pretty impractical. It does come down to your individual situation, but something could always come up that causes a conflict. E.g. two emergency meetings being scheduled at the same time or sudden calls - lying and obfuscation would be inevitable to manage that situation, or you'd have to have both jobs never require you on short notice to perform some type of work or convey some information to others, and you'd have to be confident that conflict would rarely or never occur. Basically it'd be like trying to have two partners simultaneously without telling the other. Inevitably some type of juggling and prioritization has to occur, but since you're not being aboveboard, some degree of lying, obfuscation, shadiness, etc. will have to happen.

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  12. Comment on California Gubernatorial Election in ~talk

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    I'll vote to keep Newsom but as for his replacement I'm not going to strain myself trying to decide the best of the worst. Kevin Faulconer was mayor of San Diego for 6 years so he has ample...

    I'll vote to keep Newsom but as for his replacement I'm not going to strain myself trying to decide the best of the worst. Kevin Faulconer was mayor of San Diego for 6 years so he has ample executive experience compared to all the rest of the clowns, and is much more likely to get in compared to some random no-name Dem. If he gets in he might still say/do Trumpy things to toe the tribal line like every other Republican, but he'll still actually at least have some idea of what he's doing and some sense of responsibility for the position.

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  13. Comment on Why is it so hard to be rational? in ~life

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    It's hard because all rational behavior still has to serve an irrational purpose, which means you have to learn how to navigate that compromise: how to be rational about what you're irrational...

    It's hard because all rational behavior still has to serve an irrational purpose, which means you have to learn how to navigate that compromise: how to be rational about what you're irrational about.

    By this definition, to be a rational person you have to know things, you have to want things, and you have to use what you know to get what you want.

    The "want things" is the irrational part you have to be rational about. Why want or do anything? A rational robot has no reason to do anything. Why would this rational robot want to start a family, become a CEO, invent something, or even care about preserving its own life? You have to allow some basic impulse to drive your higher level thinking, and then the trick is how to best use your rationality to serve your irrational goals. Say you want to be a famous musician. Well there's a million ways to rationalize yourself out of that goal, but if you accept that goal as something that's fundamental, then the real work is in how you rationally pursue that irrational goal. This can allow people to take different actions that can both be seen as rational from their own point of view, depending on what irrational motivations they have. For example:

    The next year, a bunch of us bought stereos. The choices were complicated: channels, tweeters, woofers, preamps. Greg performed a thorough analysis before assembling a capable stereo. I bought one that, in my opinion, looked cool and possessed some ineffable, tonal je ne sais quoi. Greg’s approach struck me as unimaginative, utilitarian. Later, when he upgraded to a new sound system, I bought his old equipment and found that it was much better than what I’d chosen.

    The author evidently found the coolness of the stereo as an important factor to weigh in their decisionmaking. Maybe the author was much more sociable than Greg and concerned with how their place appeared when company was over, or maybe having aesthetic items simply brings them happiness. As a result, it can be rational in some cases to pick the cool looking speaker, even if that purchase isn't the best way to optimize your dollars spent against audio quality. Greg's speakers probably didn't look all that bad, but imagine they were the ugliest things ever? Or slave labor was used? Or those particular speakers are horrible for the environment? Or they were made in your country and not internationally or vice versa? These other factors can all change your "rational" decisionmaking depending on whatever irrational things you choose to care about, such as taking it for granted that you always want to buy local even if it "irrationally" means you have to spend more money.

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  14. Comment on Taliban enter Afghan capital as US diplomats evacuate by chopper in ~news

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    Every situation is always unique when you get down to it. So when would we know we can leave, in a way that isn’t dependent on some goal being accomplished that may never be? Do you have any...

    Every situation is always unique when you get down to it. So when would we know we can leave, in a way that isn’t dependent on some goal being accomplished that may never be? Do you have any criteria as to when we should cut our losses? What is your backstop for ensuring we aren’t there for forever chasing one failed endeavor after another in the hopes that this time will be different?

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  15. Comment on Taliban enter Afghan capital as US diplomats evacuate by chopper in ~news

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    Your focus on the Doha-negotiations only sounds to me like every other bit of wishful thinking we've had for the last 20 years. You can always find a reason to not pull out at this exact moment in...

    Your focus on the Doha-negotiations only sounds to me like every other bit of wishful thinking we've had for the last 20 years. You can always find a reason to not pull out at this exact moment in time. Why would this one thing have magically been any different from all the other diplomatic and military efforts we've had?

    That's why I was asking for what your objective criteria should be for when we finally would pull out. If you have a decent answer for that, you're more qualified than our generals.

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  16. Comment on Taliban enter Afghan capital as US diplomats evacuate by chopper in ~news

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    This is pretty much exactly what we have been doing for years now as we've drawn down our forces, so I don't understand what it is you're asking for. What objective criteria would you use for when...

    Do you think it's too much to ask that leaving the area is done in a controlled manner where we extend continued support to the successively democratically elected government we've spent hundreds of billions of dollars to try to help take control of things themselves?

    This is pretty much exactly what we have been doing for years now as we've drawn down our forces, so I don't understand what it is you're asking for. What objective criteria would you use for when we should have finally left?

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  17. Comment on Taliban enter Afghan capital as US diplomats evacuate by chopper in ~news

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    The quick collapse of the Afghan government only goes to show what a joke our whole effort was. Either we were going to be there forever or it was always going to end in tragedy. You can always...

    The quick collapse of the Afghan government only goes to show what a joke our whole effort was. Either we were going to be there forever or it was always going to end in tragedy. You can always come up with a reason to stay just a little bit longer, or say maybe we should've done x (and this type of thinking is exactly what happened and why we've been there so long), but at the end of the day the Afghan people clearly did not have the will to preserve what was self-evidently a puppet government propped up by us. You can't "save" someone who doesn't want to be saved. We had 20 years to figure it out. No one did. We were a hostile occupying force, plain and simple. Anyone who wants to save Afghanistan can go do it themselves instead of asking our military to stay there just a little bit longer, try one more thing... over and over for forever. Is it an unmitigated embarrassment? Absolutely. But I don't hold it against Biden. The joke ran its course and it needs to end.

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  18. Comment on What’s a mistake many people do not know they are making? in ~talk

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    If you want the potential for children, then (from the comic) a 30 year old man is probably not considering a 46 year old woman.

    If you want the potential for children, then (from the comic) a 30 year old man is probably not considering a 46 year old woman.

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  19. Comment on Reddit has banned the misogynistic "Men Going Their Own Way" subreddits r/MGTOW and r/MGTOW2 in ~tech

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    Deplatforming works, at least for reddit (source). Truly toxic people will always find some hole on the internet they can use, but being welcome on mainstream platforms gives them access to a...

    On the other hand, I'm worried that chasing these communities out of mainstream platforms could force them into echo chambers that not only allow but borderline encourage hateful views, which is already what's happened with incels and the alt-right.

    Deplatforming works, at least for reddit (source). Truly toxic people will always find some hole on the internet they can use, but being welcome on mainstream platforms gives them access to a mainstream audience that they can recruit from. The extremists in all likelihood already utilize those niche places while simultaneously using the mainstream platforms. I'm not necessarily saying this sub was worthy of a ban since I didn't monitor it or anything, but removing these subs genuinely does work for snuffing out whatever discourse is going on in there. Most users are lazy. All the subscribers of MGTOW aren't going to seek out a niche website. They're just going to keep using reddit minus that subreddit no longer popping up in their feed. If something isn't allowed on Facebook, Twitter, Reddit, etc., it basically doesn't exist as far as the average person is concerned.

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  20. Comment on Scientists now think that being overweight can protect your health in ~health

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    BMI isn't a terrible indicator. It's a population level statistic, so unless you have good reason to identify yourself as an outlier, it's probably decently close to the mark for you. If you're...
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    BMI isn't a terrible indicator. It's a population level statistic, so unless you have good reason to identify yourself as an outlier, it's probably decently close to the mark for you. If you're abnormally short, tall, or muscular (meaning you're probably at the gym 4+ times a week for over an hour), then sure it probably doesn't apply that much to you. If BMI was so terrible like everyone says, doctors would be trying to move away from it. But while we're all individuals, primary care physicians can have 1000+ patients on their roster, and so for most patients a high BMI simply means they're overweight. If for some reason BMI is important in your individual situation, then you can get more in-depth studies performed, but if you register as obese by BMI, it's practically guaranteed to not be that value simply because you have too much muscle. And I've known some insanely huge bodybuilders. A lot of them still struggle with having an unhealthy amount of fat, usually because they neglect their cardio for various reasons.

    For what it's worth, to assume this result is true and to speculate on the "why" of how overweight people could enjoy health advantages compared to being at a healthy weight, I would guess that it's because to be at a "normal" weight (or an underweight one), there's probably an unhealthy reason for it unless you really are eating nothing but healthy foods and exercising on a daily basis. That's seriously hard work to keep up for the long term. So for examples of unhealthy reasons, drug use such as amphetamines can keep a person thin, alongside diseases or health conditions. The way western society is currently structured encourages the average person to become overweight, so in a way you have to be not an average person to be at a healthy weight, and so you're either that way because you have enough time, money and discipline to keep in shape, or because there's some other factor at play that may be a negative factor for your overall health. Your body is a reflection of your lifestyle, and the average lifestyle now makes people overweight, so in some way the question has turned from "Why are you overweight?" to "Why aren't you overweight?"

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