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  1. Comment on A rising actor, fake HBO deals and one of Hollywood’s most audacious Ponzi schemes in ~movies

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    Reminds me of the story of Anna Delvey-Sorokin, of which according to the article there will be an HBO project and a Netflix series.

    Reminds me of the story of Anna Delvey-Sorokin, of which according to the article there will be an HBO project and a Netflix series.

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  2. Comment on Officer Kim Potter fatally shot Daunte Wright, police said. She’s a 26-year vet, served as union president. in ~news

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    Speaking of the war on drugs, Nixon, and his aide, John Erlichman, I remember a quote: I wanted to make sure that was real and historically accepted so I checked r/AskHistorians and in this...

    Speaking of the war on drugs, Nixon, and his aide, John Erlichman, I remember a quote:

    “You want to know what this was really all about?” he asked with the bluntness of a man who, after public disgrace and a stretch in federal prison, had little left to protect. “The Nixon campaign in 1968, and the Nixon White House after that, had two enemies: the antiwar left and black people. You understand what I’m saying? We knew we couldn’t make it illegal to be either against the war or black, but by getting the public to associate the hippies with marijuana and blacks with heroin, and then criminalizing both heavily, we could disrupt those communities. We could arrest their leaders, raid their homes, break up their meetings, and vilify them night after night on the evening news. Did we know we were lying about the drugs? Of course we did.”

    I wanted to make sure that was real and historically accepted so I checked r/AskHistorians and in this question the top comment also points to a Lee Atwater (Republican strategist and white house advisor) quote from the 1980's:

    Y'all don't quote me on this. You start out in 1954 by saying, "N····r, n····r, n····r". By 1968 you can't say "n····r"—that hurts you. Backfires. So you say stuff like forced busing, states' rights and all that stuff. You're getting so abstract now you're talking about cutting taxes, and all these things you're talking about are totally economic things and a byproduct of them is blacks get hurt worse than whites. And subconsciously maybe that is part of it. I'm not saying that. But I'm saying that if it is getting that abstract, and that coded, that we are doing away with the racial problem one way or the other. You follow me—because obviously sitting around saying, "We want to cut this", is much more abstract than even the busing thing, and a hell of a lot more abstract than "N·····r, n·····r". So, any way you look at it, race is coming on the backbone.

    Second highest (parent?) comment goes more into the history and background of the time as well.

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  3. Comment on Officer Kim Potter fatally shot Daunte Wright, police said. She’s a 26-year vet, served as union president. in ~news

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    I don't think they deserve their own posts but wanted to share. Here is some satire from "America's Finest News Source." Minnesota Police Say Officer Accidentally Discharged Weapon After Being...
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  4. Comment on Do you tend to participate in April fools day? in ~talk

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    One thing I've seen is that sometimes April Fool's (or some joke/prank ideas) can be used as a test to gauge interest or popularity of a new idea/product. If the idea is favorable, then the green...

    One thing I've seen is that sometimes April Fool's (or some joke/prank ideas) can be used as a test to gauge interest or popularity of a new idea/product. If the idea is favorable, then the green light can be given, and full development can proceed. If the idea does poorly with fans, then hey it was just a little light April Fool's joke, no major effort was involved.

    An example I can remember is when Blizzard announced the Pandaren for Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos in 2002. The concept then proceeded to become a pretty big component of the Warcraft franchise. Another possible example, although I cannot confirm, is Google in 2014 may have created the concept of what was to become Pokemon Go as an April Fool's joke.

    Obviously there are other methods of gauging interest or testing new ideas with different audiences, but this is a relatively easy and well-recognized method of both trying out something a bit "out there" and having tiny bit of fun at the same time.

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  5. Comment on New groups and site mechanics - 2021 edition in ~tildes

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    This was already tried. I don't remember exactly how long the trial period was but on September 5, 2019 those groups were added, and as far as I know, there were either (or both) not enough posts...

    Subgroups in ~science would be welcome for the same reason (dedicated groups drive up activity, as seen with ~design and ~games.tabletop). I really like the organizational structure @Algernon_Asimov[+] proposed:

    This was already tried. I don't remember exactly how long the trial period was but on September 5, 2019 those groups were added, and as far as I know, there were either (or both) not enough posts in each subgroup to justify their existence or some other issue which lead to the groups remerging. Unless you are proposing that those groups should split again?

    The other point I want to make is that much of the differentiation of groups are probably better off handled with tags, but I think the current system would need to be adjusted slightly.


    This wasn't meant to be targeted directly at you (@petrichor) but was just an idea I had while typing my reply.

    I have a proposal, but there are some major problems that I list below. My proposal (maybe as only a temporary fix) is to have the ability to manually create custom "groups" on the sidebar which are in actuality just a filter/search that displays topics within the larger groups with those specific tags.

    That way if someone is really only interested in ~science.social (either posting directly to the subgroup/specific tag or viewing only), they can click on their custom group and it would only show topics tagged with the science.social tag. I think then the issue would be having only science.social topics displayed on their home page while other non-science.social topics are hidden if they do not wish to see those or something. I'm not entirely sure of all the various edge cases or if I am being coherent at the moment.

    Additionally, when a topic is posted after going into their custom/temporary ~science.social group (or whatever), that tag is automatically filled in when they wish to make a new post to that group.

    There are a few huge problems with this idea. First someone would actually need to write the code and submit it. I am not a programmer and I subsequently have no idea the effort needed to implement this idea, but I imagine it is not a trivial thing especially considering this may only be a temporary or stop-gap measure to avoid having excess official groups. Another major problem is if everyone creates their own custom "groups" with bunches of various tags and posts then we will likely find ourselves in situation where not only would we have ~science and ~science.social tagged in posts but also posts with unrelated or unnecessary variations (e.g. ~science.socialsciences and misspellings/typos) . This might not be an issue if users agreed to the same conventions but that might be difficult to enforce. I think there might also need to be more tag clean-up being done. There are a few solutions to this particular issue that I have the start of some ideas for but nothing fully fleshed out.

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  6. Comment on Hosting company OVH had a fire at their Strasbourg, France data center last night, completely destroying the "SBG2" location and damaging others in ~tech

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    https://twitter.com/playrust/status/1369611688539009025 I don't play Rust, but I saw this earlier this morning.

    https://twitter.com/playrust/status/1369611688539009025

    Update:
    We've confirmed a total loss of the affected EU servers during the OVH data centre fire. We're now exploring replacing the affected servers.
    Data will be unable to be restored.

    I don't play Rust, but I saw this earlier this morning.

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  7. Comment on Reddit announces online presence indicators in ~tech

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    I've seen the same or similar on the Funcom forums for Conan Exiles, so I don't believe it is entirely unique.

    I've seen the same or similar on the Funcom forums for Conan Exiles, so I don't believe it is entirely unique.

  8. Comment on New York Times angers Italians with "smoky tomato carbonara" recipe in ~food

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    This comedic video from Bitwit reacting to the The Verge video usually follows to help illustrate some of the things people like to pick on about the original video:...

    This comedic video from Bitwit reacting to the The Verge video usually follows to help illustrate some of the things people like to pick on about the original video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0vmQOO4WLI4

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  9. Comment on Anthem development ceases, BioWare to focus on Dragon Age, Mass Effect in ~games

  10. Comment on Scientists are concerned by falling sperm counts and declining egg quality. Endocrine-disrupting chemicals may be the problem. in ~science

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    Lycopene! I read about it the other day here where a commenter also mentioned the yellow in tumeric does a similar thing. No idea what it is or is not supposed to imply about the safety of food...

    Lycopene! I read about it the other day here where a commenter also mentioned the yellow in tumeric does a similar thing. No idea what it is or is not supposed to imply about the safety of food plastics though.

    It is a bright red carotenoid hydrocarbon found in tomatoes and other red fruits and vegetables, such as red carrots, watermelons, grapefruits, and papayas. It is not present in strawberries or cherries.

    Lycopene is the pigment in tomato sauces that turns plastic cookware orange. It is insoluble in plain water, but it can be dissolved in organic solvents and oils. Because of its non-polarity, lycopene in food preparations will stain any sufficiently porous material, including most plastics. To remove this staining, the plastics may be soaked in a solution containing a small amount of chlorine bleach. The bleach oxidizes the lycopene, thus allowing the now-polarized product to dissolve.

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  11. Comment on Will American ideas tear France apart? Some of its leaders think so. in ~misc

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    Off-topic but regarding blackface, there is also the character Zwarte Piet

    Off-topic but regarding blackface, there is also the character Zwarte Piet

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  12. Comment on Replacing ableist and mental health exclusive language (crazy, insane, whack, ...) in ~talk

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    There might be more to it, but I believe because the term applies only to the portion of the Americas comprising the Spanish-speaking countries and not Brazil (mainly Portuguese-speaking) and...

    Why not just use hispanic?

    There might be more to it, but I believe because the term applies only to the portion of the Americas comprising the Spanish-speaking countries and not Brazil (mainly Portuguese-speaking) and maybe some other places. There is "Ibero-America" but I'm not sure if it's commonplace.

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  13. Comment on Replacing ableist and mental health exclusive language (crazy, insane, whack, ...) in ~talk

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    I feel this topic could fall into a greater discussion on language policing. I would like to ask how using ableist words, like the examples in the OP, differ from examples of homophobic or racist...

    I feel this topic could fall into a greater discussion on language policing. I would like to ask how using ableist words, like the examples in the OP, differ from examples of homophobic or racist language e.g. using faggot or gay in a neutral or negative sense in casual conversation, the n-word (hard r or not), etc.

    I can't remember the actual origin, but I vaguely recall similar arguments being made when, "It's OK to be Takei" was popular a few years back. Likewise a more recent discussion regarding GitHub and Master-Slave terminology and this thread and this one from 2+ years ago. Grzmot brought up the Latinx topic as well.

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  14. Comment on Enormous Fallout: New Vegas mod The Frontier launched nine days ago in ~games

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    Looks like it is hidden/removed (temporarily?). https://kotaku.com/fallout-mod-pulled-after-artist-allegedly-posts-animat-1846147400

    Looks like it is hidden/removed (temporarily?).
    https://kotaku.com/fallout-mod-pulled-after-artist-allegedly-posts-animat-1846147400

    Some deeply concerning news has emerged in the past few hours. We have been recently notified that one of our developers, ZuTheSkunk, had posted animated pedophillic content on their personal artist accounts. The items in question are deeply disturbing to the entire team, and we condemn them in the strongest sense. ZuTheSkunk has since been removed from the Development Team and banned off of our Community Discord. We will be conducting dialogue with members of the development team to hear their thoughts regarding the current situation and help make our decision more informed. We have stopped production and work on the mod to address the current events properly. More measures will be undertaken and a more detailed address will be posted soon.
    The views, thoughts, and opinions expressed both in the mod, and outside of it, belong solely to the authors who write them, and not to the mod’s organization, community, or other group or individual.

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  15. Comment on What separates people that have positive and negative experiences with drugs? Which drugs tend to give people more positive or negative experiences? in ~talk

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    I wrote a bunch of stuff, but I'm not actually sure if it helps answer your questions. I don't know if you were looking for personal experiences or not, but I chose not to include any of mine and...

    I wrote a bunch of stuff, but I'm not actually sure if it helps answer your questions. I don't know if you were looking for personal experiences or not, but I chose not to include any of mine and instead tried to explore what I thought about your questions.

    "What separates positive or negative experiences" or "What separates good or bad" type questions including topics of legalization, tend to fall under ethics/moral philosophy. Unfortunately, I am definitely not an expert, so I will try to refrain from acting like one.

    Wikipedia's page for drugs separates the article into sections for medication, spiritual and religious use, smart drugs and designer drugs, and recreational drugs. I want to say drug abuse/misuse might be defined as when a drug intended for medical, spiritual/religious use, or smart drug/nootropic is:

    • used as a recreational drug (recreational drugs used as a recreational drugs are a separate matter)
    • used otherwise against their intended use
    • or used in an amount/frequency that causes more harm than good.

    Defining it in this way thus ignores which specific drugs (e.g. caffeine, steroids, cocaine, pain medications, etc.) might be good/bad and instead focuses on how they are used. However, this also reveals problems like who decides what a drug is used for and what the heck does more harm than good really mean (a form of the trolley problem)? I'm not exactly sure how addiction is measured, but I feel like that or how much of a dependence is formed along with how much physical/psychological harm is done plays a large role in whether someone's experience with a drug is negative. Because each person's biology is different and including differences in their culture, these types of questions are harder to answer, which is why the drinking age in various countries is not the same (among other reasons).

    Regarding recreational drugs, I discovered this Wikipedia article that covers some guidelines on usage, but even this might be highly contested.

    I think two indicators for when a drug falls into the negative category might be when it is actively interfering with someone's responsibilities and second, slightly harder to define, is when a person feels they require a drug to continue functioning but probably should not be using it.

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  16. Comment on What have you been watching / reading this week? (Anime/Manga) in ~anime

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    Are or will you also be watching the sequel/second season of Cells at Work!, Cells at Work!! that is also airing this season? I keep on planning to watch a bunch of things (like Cells at Work S2...

    Also started up Cells at Work! CODE BLACK. I watched the original Cells at Work! awhile back. That was a cute/fun show. CODE BLACK should be rather dark, which will hopefully be fun in its own way as well. Enjoyed the first two episodes so far.

    Are or will you also be watching the sequel/second season of Cells at Work!, Cells at Work!! that is also airing this season?

    I keep on planning to watch a bunch of things (like Cells at Work S2 and CODE BLACK), but I don't really get around to it consistently. I also sort of feel like I don't really want to share the things I do watch, but that's mostly due to my aversion toward sharing about myself in general.

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  17. Comment on Scientists stuck as China keeps foiling WHO investigation on virus origin in ~health.coronavirus

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    I haven't read the article you linked, but to play Devil's Advocate, I remember reading this post by a virologist. This was 8 months ago, so there certainly could be things that have...

    I haven't read the article you linked, but to play Devil's Advocate, I remember reading this post by a virologist.

    [TL;DR]: I am very confident that SARS-CoV-2 has no connection to the Wuhan Institute of Virology or any other laboratory. Not genetic engineering, not intentional evolution, not an accidental release. The most plausible scenario, by a landslide, is that SARS-CoV-2 jumped from a bat (or other species) into a human, in the wild.

    This was 8 months ago, so there certainly could be things that have changed/discovered since then. Of additional consideration, someone linked this article, Did the SARS-CoV-2 virus arise from a bat coronavirus research program in a Chinese laboratory? Very possibly. but it ends with this:

    The pros and cons regarding the two alternative possibilities—first, that it arose in the field as a natural evolution, as many virologists maintain, or second, that it may have been the consequence of bat coronavirus research in one of the two virology research institutes located in Wuhan that led to the infection of a laboratory researcher and subsequent escape—are equally based on inference and conjecture. The points gathered in this paper can be no more than suggestive. There is no hard scientific evidence to support either position. Both are inferences from circumstantial evidence. The US administration’s political hectoring only assures that it will be very difficult if not impossible to ever find out which is true.

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  18. Comment on Left-wing protesters get treated with brutality. Right-wing protesters get coddled. in ~misc

  19. Comment on Voat is shutting down on December 25 in ~tech

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    I don't disagree with you but, regarding your 2) and possibly 3), I remember at one point this article: On a technicality (which is also listed on the Tildes' Introduction/Design) was once...

    I don't disagree with you but, regarding your 2) and possibly 3), I remember at one point this article: On a technicality (which is also listed on the Tildes' Introduction/Design) was once discussed about trying to give explanations or being transparent to people who do not argue in good faith.

    I think the conversation was also about people who like to "rules lawyer" and wrangle with mods about technical details such that even if the rules at first started simply like, "Don't be a jerk" the vagueness eventually had to give way to ever increasingly more detailed and complex set of rules to the point where newcomers wouldn't even bother reading them due to the length of the list. I'm sure there's a balance to strike somewhere, and this mostly only applies to people who aren't honest about their intentions.

    I have seen the HN's approach to ban logs discussed somewhere else on Tildes as well. I might be able to find it somewhere, although I don't personally use HN. The transparency thing is definitely something that is an on-going debate, even as far back as the first ever ban. More here and here about keeping logs (and some of the futility of trying to keep them or the example of the SomethingAwful moderation log not being a good fit).

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