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  1. Comment on Impossible Burger 2.0 tastes so real it made this vegetarian's stomach turn in ~food

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    That doesn't mean that we can't care about taste. She is right that most veggie burgers are pretty lame. I put most of that on the restaurants serving them. If they consider it to be a stand in...

    So what? I've never known anyone become vegetarian for the taste.

    That doesn't mean that we can't care about taste. She is right that most veggie burgers are pretty lame. I put most of that on the restaurants serving them. If they consider it to be a stand in for meat and serve it the same as a regular burger then its often terrible, if they treat it as a sandwich and build the flavors based off the patty it can be great. I love food and flavors and I don't think that I should accept that veggie burgers suck because I don't want t eat animals. I am sure that there are chemicals in proper meat that can't be reproduced and thus plant based meat will never be quite the same, but I don't see that as a reason to not try to get as close as we can.

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  2. Comment on Proud Boys founder Gavin McInnes denied visa to tour Australia with 'The Deplorables' in ~news

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    I get what you are trying to say but I don't think its a realistic expectation that he would be treated the same as an ISIS leader. He's a White Nationalist, with White being the operative word....

    I get what you are trying to say but I don't think its a realistic expectation that he would be treated the same as an ISIS leader. He's a White Nationalist, with White being the operative word. His skin gives him the privilege to spew his bullshit and pass it off as a fringe but legitimate political position in the "western world" in a way that a Boko Haram leader would never be allowed. White privilege is starting a terrorist group and getting denied a visa to Australia instead of being tortured at Gitmo. Let's not forget that he isn't starting from zero with his white supremacy movement, systems of white supremacy are built into our governments and our culture. That is why Australia doing the right thing is news worthy.

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  3. Comment on New Caledonia narrowly rejects independence from France in historic referendum in ~news

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    Indeed, immigrating anywhere is expensive, but my point is that as French/EU citizens their barrier is much lower. People all over the world save what they can with hopes to use it to move to a...

    Indeed, immigrating anywhere is expensive, but my point is that as French/EU citizens their barrier is much lower. People all over the world save what they can with hopes to use it to move to a country with better opportunities, its expensive but they see it as an investment. In most cases, they also have to worry about having to sort out a visa to obtain work or work undocumented. A New Caledonian has 28(soon probably 27) countries to choose from to not have to worry about sorting out a visa. Not saying its a good reason to stay colonized but I can see why someone might vote remain if they had ambitions to leave the island.

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  4. Comment on New Caledonia narrowly rejects independence from France in historic referendum in ~news

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    Oh for sure, I didn't intend to compare, as a mostly white person, my displeasure with the other Washington to to a colonized people and their struggle for independence. I guess I was more making...

    Oh for sure, I didn't intend to compare, as a mostly white person, my displeasure with the other Washington to to a colonized people and their struggle for independence. I guess I was more making the point that even as colonizer myself I would much prefer to break from the US and bring control back here. If a similar situation arose here, I would certainly care more about the will of the Coast Salish people than I would about the rest of the US.

  5. Comment on New Caledonia narrowly rejects independence from France in historic referendum in ~news

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    Indeed. As an American in the Pacific Northwest, I'm not too fond of being ruled by a government on the other side of the continent even at the best of times. I can hardly imagine being cool with...

    Indeed. As an American in the Pacific Northwest, I'm not too fond of being ruled by a government on the other side of the continent even at the best of times. I can hardly imagine being cool with a government based on the other side of the planet in trade for a couple seats at the table. The only real plus I can see is that being French citizens means they have access to the whole EU so if you did want/need to leave the island for work or education you could do so quite easily and would have the entire EU to choose from.

    3 votes
  6. Comment on Trump moves to quit 144-year-old postal treaty in ~finance

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    Unfortunately I don't have a ton of insight on the air vs. sea parcel percentages, perhaps someone with a background in logistics or supply chain stuff can share some numbers. It has always been...

    Unfortunately I don't have a ton of insight on the air vs. sea parcel percentages, perhaps someone with a background in logistics or supply chain stuff can share some numbers. It has always been my understanding that most commercial flights, domestic and international, will carry mail. I can attest to your reasoning though about sea being cheaper. The general saying in the maritime industry is that its the most efficient form of transportation in terms of lbs moved to emissions and money spent. Especially with these new container ships with 18,000+ TEU capacity, you can move a huge amount of goods in one go. That's not to say that its clean by any means, but I do think that it's an important point that often gets lost when talking about ship emissions. If you want to follow ship emissions from the maritime point of view, Gcaptain.com is a good source, they are actually relatively regulation friendly and have been covering the issue pretty well, lately focusing on the new sulfur standards set by the IMO (UN agency that regulates shipping) that are coming in in 2020.

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  7. Comment on Trump moves to quit 144-year-old postal treaty in ~finance

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    Just to point out, the shipping emissions you are referencing are tide to "shipping" as in the movement of ships, not parcels. And while ships can be used to move parcels around, those emissions...

    Just to point out, the shipping emissions you are referencing are tide to "shipping" as in the movement of ships, not parcels. And while ships can be used to move parcels around, those emissions rates cover all ships whether carrying parcels, passengers, cars, LNG, oil, grain, computers, coffee, industrial chemicals, and basically anything else you can imagine. Parcels are also often flown, which brings up aviation pollution, a whole topic on its own. I don't want to downplay the point you are making about marine emissions, I spent a good chunk of my adult life on ships so I understand their impact, however I think it's important to not overstate the emissions that can be tied to parcel services by giving the numbers for emissions from all ships.

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  8. Comment on Belgium has regional elections on sunday, voting machines use USB sticks and store votes on a Linux partition which users will be prompted to format when using Windows, deleting all the votes in ~tech

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    Indeed, waiting doesn't seem to bother us much in Washington state! I'm a big advocate of our ballot system; we vote by mail with paper ballots. We will be getting our ballots for the midterms...

    Indeed, waiting doesn't seem to bother us much in Washington state! I'm a big advocate of our ballot system; we vote by mail with paper ballots. We will be getting our ballots for the midterms next week and we can fill them out immediately or anytime before 8pm on November 6th and drop them in either a ballot box, which are usually in front of Libraries or other public buildings, or we can drop them in the mail (postage in now paid, so you don't even need to buy a stamp). This is great because it gives us time to really look over the ballot and decide how to vote and it gives everyone the chance to vote whether or not they work on election day. They count them as they come in which means that while we do have to wait a day or two for last minute mail in and absentee votes for close races, we usually have a good chunk of the result on election night or the morning after.

  9. Comment on Uber but for snitching in ~tech

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    Maybe its just the name of the app that has you frightened. Perhaps something like Sharing Technology for American Safety Information would be better, but really it should be a short name so you...

    Maybe its just the name of the app that has you frightened. Perhaps something like Sharing Technology for American Safety Information would be better, but really it should be a short name so you could just call it STASI. Yeah, Stasi is a much better name for it I think.

    /s

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  10. Comment on The ~ character is not in my keyboard. Can you see Tildes expanding when most people can't write the URLs? in ~tildes

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    I did not intend that as a personal attack, I meant it as a criticism of your lack of engagement with the solutions offered. As I have said, I think you brought up a very valid issue that needs a...

    I did not intend that as a personal attack, I meant it as a criticism of your lack of engagement with the solutions offered. As I have said, I think you brought up a very valid issue that needs a solution, but my issue is that the only solution you seem interested in is your own. The reason I find this disappointing is that this site is based around discussions and I haven't seen you really discuss the issue, more just restate your belief that the ~ needs to go. As a US Dvorak and QWERTY user I find the solutions offered such as -- and % to be perfectly usable (I would probably even use -- more than a ~ since the - is on my homerow), but I'm very interested to know why other layout users may not find it useful. Again this was not meant to be a personal attack, I was just asking for your perspective on why those solutions won't work. I think we all understand at this point why you believe the exclusive use of a ~ can alienate some users, but I don't think we understand why you think there is no solution other than getting rid of it. It's a little unfair to accuse the community of not wanting diversity when the community has been in here offering solutions and alternatives, if we didn't want diversity there would have been no replies, clearly the community want's diversity and we want to be able to make the site easy to use for everyone. The community disagreeing with your idea is not a rejection of diversity, it's an invitation to work together to find a solution.

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  11. Comment on The ~ character is not in my keyboard. Can you see Tildes expanding when most people can't write the URLs? in ~tildes

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    Alphas are for finding issues like this and finding solutions for them. Rebranding is an extreme solution. There are other solutions out there that we can make work. I think you brought up an...

    I can't see how. But anyway, isn't that what alphas are for?

    Alphas are for finding issues like this and finding solutions for them. Rebranding is an extreme solution. There are other solutions out there that we can make work. I think you brought up an important issue, but I wish that you were more responsive to the solutions being posted and offered a critique of why you think they wouldn't work.

    That a solution, but still seems like a workaround that users would have to learn.

    Using quotes is something that users have to learn. If that seems to be a major issue though, perhaps adding a button to insert one could be a solution, but I really don't think it would be if there were other solutions like % or -- equating to a ~.

    I guess why I'm a little less sympathetic to your argument than I think I normally would be is that you seem to be less interested in finding a solution to the ~ problem and more just anti ~. There has been a few solutions posted that you don't seem to be too interested in discussing, you seem to be more into arguing that there is something about the ~ that is exclusionary and that there is no way to keep it and have a diverse user base. I guess I'm just feeling like you are more interested in arguing about that than you are about finding a solution to a functionality issue.

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  12. Comment on The ~ character is not in my keyboard. Can you see Tildes expanding when most people can't write the URLs? in ~tildes

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    The reason to keep it is that its the name of the website and would be incredibly hard to change and there are plenty of workable solutions and workarounds to it. I think @Eva had a wonderful...

    The reason to keep it is that its the name of the website and would be incredibly hard to change and there are plenty of workable solutions and workarounds to it. I think @Eva had a wonderful solution that I was hoping you would weigh in on.

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  13. Comment on ‘I see this as a major Hollywood film’: Studios consider making Thai cave rescue a movie in ~movies

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    I doubt it. I'd guess the kids will either be recast American or British, or the boys will stay Thai but be reduced to a background character if they go for a more action film approach focusing on...

    I doubt it. I'd guess the kids will either be recast American or British, or the boys will stay Thai but be reduced to a background character if they go for a more action film approach focusing on the westerners in the rescue team.

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  14. Comment on What are you reading? in ~books

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    Recently finish How Not to be a Boy by Robert Webb, which was which was a fantastic, tragic and hilarious memoir and examination of masculinity. Now reading House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski...

    Recently finish How Not to be a Boy by Robert Webb, which was which was a fantastic, tragic and hilarious memoir and examination of masculinity.

    Now reading House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski which I am really enjoying but it can be a bit much so I also have a Jeeves and Wooster going for when I want something a little lighter.

  15. Comment on Boris Johnson resigns in major Brexit blow to UK PM Theresa May in ~news

  16. Comment on Boris Johnson resigns in major Brexit blow to UK PM Theresa May in ~news

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    If May holds on to the job through August I will be surprised. I just hope it's not Boris that takes her place.

    If May holds on to the job through August I will be surprised. I just hope it's not Boris that takes her place.

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  17. Comment on The amount of neighborhood fireworks this year in Las Vegas is much less than in years past. in ~talk

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    I grew up in Vegas, I remember how crazy it was. After my friends brother turned 16 he would take us out to Moapa and we would get the big fireworks. Now I live in Seattle and it's pretty war zone...

    I grew up in Vegas, I remember how crazy it was. After my friends brother turned 16 he would take us out to Moapa and we would get the big fireworks.

    Now I live in Seattle and it's pretty war zone like here. My dogs and cats are not pleased. Nor am I really. I really liked those fireworks when I was 13 but now not so much, I just find them annoying and disrespectful.

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  18. Comment on Would the folks here at Tildes appreciate occasional guides on how to write better? in ~talk

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    And all of that would come unsolicited? Providing guidance or offering to provide it without being asked can be rather rude and come across as disrespectful. I guess I just don't see how it would...

    And all of that would come unsolicited? Providing guidance or offering to provide it without being asked can be rather rude and come across as disrespectful.

    I guess I just don't see how it would at all be useful to have a ~ style guide. Based off your discussions here I'm also finding it hard to see it simply being reminders of Oxford Comma's and 'then/than' corrections. Would you leave a double negative alone?

    You seem very enthusiastic about your job as an editor which is great, but consider focusing your extra energy not on grammar policing in inappropriate places like ~ or reddit and instead find a way to help people who want it. I have a Turkish friend on facebook who is often asking for help from native English speakers to review and edit her CV and cover letters. Those are areas where a more prescriptivist approach is appropriate.

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  19. Comment on Would the folks here at Tildes appreciate occasional guides on how to write better? in ~talk

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    So to be clear, you are strictly proposing that you are going to police punctuation? You are planning on doing so unsolicited? And you would not "correct" any of the grammar that the students in...

    So to be clear, you are strictly proposing that you are going to police punctuation? You are planning on doing so unsolicited? And you would not "correct" any of the grammar that the students in the June Jordan essay used?

  20. Comment on Would the folks here at Tildes appreciate occasional guides on how to write better? in ~talk

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    You have suggested a couple times now that written word and speech are entirely separate. I think that is a massive misunderstanding of the way that the written word is used in the modern world....

    You have suggested a couple times now that written word and speech are entirely separate. I think that is a massive misunderstanding of the way that the written word is used in the modern world. We use written speech to communicate about pretty much everything these days. We live in a time when more humans are reading and writing than at any other point in history. And in the age of the internet and cell phones, the vast majority of this writing is taking the place of spoken communication. Applying the style guide intended for academic and professional publication to the conversational writings found on ~, reddit, facebook, and other websites is inappropriate. It's like listening to Hendrix play The Star-spangled Banner and going "That was awful. He has no idea how to play guitar does he?". Now I'm not saying that a misspelling or any ambiguity created by the lack of a comma is the same as an artistic rendition of a song, but I am saying that to apply a rigged standard to all written word is about as silly as applying a rigged standard of uniformity to all performances of a song.

    The problem with your suggestion to be the grammar cop of ~ is that you will be trying to enforce your style guide to SAE as the lingua franca of ~. This is exclusionary to non-native speakers and hostile to speakers of minority dialects. ~ wants to be a place where we can come and discuss different points of view, but forcing a linguistic standard can feel exclusionary not because the writer isn't capable of meeting your standards, but because dismissing what they say because of their dialect can feel a lot like dismissing them because of their identity. If you want to better understand why writing in ones native dialect can feel so important (and thus a grammar cop correcting them can feel so hostile) read Nobody Mean More to Me Than You And the Future Life of Willie Jordan by June Jordan(PDF link).

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