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  1. Comment on Americans have been souring on dairy milk for decades. Here’s how farmers are trying to win us back in ~food

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    If you don’t have a soy allergy, it’s the only complete plant protein, and it’s hard to get something better for you than unsweetened soymilk.

    If you don’t have a soy allergy, it’s the only complete plant protein, and it’s hard to get something better for you than unsweetened soymilk.

    3 votes
  2. Comment on Bloomberg drops out of presidential race, endorses Biden in ~news

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    There feels like an obvious difference between naturally dropping out and literally every establishment candidate dropping out within four days of one another and then endorsing/stumping for the...

    There feels like an obvious difference between naturally dropping out and literally every establishment candidate dropping out within four days of one another and then endorsing/stumping for the remaining establishment candidate in Texas, the make-or-break state that Biden was suffering in.

    As I said in my comment a little bit above, it isn't a conspiracy, it's downright boring political dealmaking, with some solid evidence (like the Obama phone call) behind it. I'm curious why you think a bland backroom deal between ideologically-similar candidates is even noteworthy enough to count as a Bernie Bro/Yang Gang “conspiracy”?

    7 votes
  3. Comment on Bloomberg drops out of presidential race, endorses Biden in ~news

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    We know for a fact that Obama had a phone call with Buttigieg just before he bowed out. It's a very normal inside-baseball thing to do; an almost-boring example of routine backroom dealing to...

    We know for a fact that Obama had a phone call with Buttigieg just before he bowed out. It's a very normal inside-baseball thing to do; an almost-boring example of routine backroom dealing to consolidate behind the candidate the establishment wants more. No one made them; it's just an easy thing to argue for. Buttigeig was definitely going to get hit hard on Super Tuesday, with downright pathetic poll numbers and an ability to inspire no one who actually listens to the insipid drivel his entire candidacy was based on, so they politely laid out the options: ‘you have no bargaining chip here besides your high-tier ability to fundraise, and that will disappear after Tuesday. Stay on the party's good side, drop out now before you get embarrassed, endorse Biden, and we'll back you when it's Your Turn™/get you a nice job inside a Biden administration.’ It's just the obvious correct choice for the low-polling moderates.

    Also, unlike the RNC, the DNC elites actually do usually keep their word—you can see generations of this backroom dealing play out every year—so it's a convincing argument when you're a soulless corporate power-chaser.

    8 votes
  4. Comment on Charleston Democratic debate Discussion thread in ~talk

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    I never thought I would long for the good old days of NBC, but the moderation tonight has been an absolute nightmare, and has made watching this an exhausting slog. As an aside, it feels very...

    I never thought I would long for the good old days of NBC, but the moderation tonight has been an absolute nightmare, and has made watching this an exhausting slog.

    As an aside, it feels very intentional that despite being second in SC polling, Sanders somehow keeps getting booed in response to every answer, whether good, bad, or standard, in direct contrast to every previous debate. I'm sure the fact that CBS had half an hour of commentary about how unelectable he is directly before the debate started had nothing to do with that, either.

    12 votes
  5. Comment on Non-opioid treatment for pain: Sean's Story in ~health

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    Respectfully, I included a variety of citations, and the links you've provided so far include the story/interview of a single individual, your own uncited interpretations of my evidence, and a...

    Respectfully, I included a variety of citations, and the links you've provided so far include the story/interview of a single individual, your own uncited interpretations of my evidence, and a list of unsupported bullet points. I linked to “opinion pieces” alongside evidence-cited testimony from numerous doctors and a Cochrane meta-review (which you immediately dismissed without substantive cause).

    3 votes
  6. Comment on Non-opioid treatment for pain: Sean's Story in ~health

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    We tried this in the US a while ago. It went terribly, because opioid prescriptions, which can be vital for chronic pain patients’ basic quality of life, are neither causative of addiction nor...

    We tried this in the US a while ago. It went terribly, because opioid prescriptions, which can be vital for chronic pain patients’ basic quality of life, are neither causative of addiction nor responsible for the spread of opioids. Legitimate opioid prescriptions have been massively reduced with no correlating drop in overdose deaths.

    The findings of this systematic review suggest that proper management of a type of strong painkiller (opioids) in well-selected patients with no history of substance addiction or abuse can lead to long-term pain relief for some patients with a very small (though not zero) risk of developing addiction, abuse, or other serious side effects.
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    Signs of opioid addiction were reported in 0.27% of participants in the studies that reported that outcome.

    From: https://www.cochrane.org/CD006605/SYMPT_opioids-long-term-treatment-noncancer-pain

    I would also suggest reading Neat, Plausible, And Generally Wrong, this Scientific American article, and this National Interest article.

    3 votes
  7. Comment on The 2019 Tildes Census in ~tildes

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    Hey—it’s the user formerly known as @Kat, and I just wanted to thank you for taking this over and say that you’re doing a great job. Keep it up. :)

    Hey—it’s the user formerly known as @Kat, and I just wanted to thank you for taking this over and say that you’re doing a great job. Keep it up. :)

    13 votes