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  1. Comment on Weird Al - We're All Doomed in ~music

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    I particularly love "We're living through the apocalypse, I'm begging you put a stop to this." It's such a simple and obvious line, and yet it's one that wouldn't occur to most.

    I particularly love "We're living through the apocalypse, I'm begging you put a stop to this." It's such a simple and obvious line, and yet it's one that wouldn't occur to most.

    5 votes
  2. Comment on In a lawsuit against the Internet Archive, the largest corporations in publishing want to change what it means to own a book in ~books

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    This trend toward licensing physical objects instead of selling them is nothing more than feudalism (land lords owning the land and the tools, and serfs renting out the ability to farm their own...

    This trend toward licensing physical objects instead of selling them is nothing more than feudalism (land lords owning the land and the tools, and serfs renting out the ability to farm their own land), and anyone who considers personal liberty an important thing should be up in arms about it.

    12 votes
  3. Comment on Life has gotten a lot more stressful for me lately in ~talk

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    My left arm went numb a few years back. Turns out, it was a stroke. For me, it was thankfully minor, but every stroke is brain damage. Go. Now.

    My left arm went numb a few years back. Turns out, it was a stroke. For me, it was thankfully minor, but every stroke is brain damage. Go. Now.

    14 votes
  4. Comment on 'Freedom’ means something different to liberals and conservatives in ~misc

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    That's why anarchy is not sustainable. Freedom-- true freedom -- is a balancing act between order and chaos. Otherwise, what about someone's freedom to have their freedom restricted? What you're...

    That's why anarchy is not sustainable. Freedom-- true freedom -- is a balancing act between order and chaos. Otherwise, what about someone's freedom to have their freedom restricted? What you're looking for is the highest values of Life, Liberty, and Happiness with the least restrictions (not with no restrictions.) After all, in a truly free society, we wouldn't even have the concept of ownership.

    4 votes
  5. Comment on 'Freedom’ means something different to liberals and conservatives in ~misc

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    To me, they are inseparable. If one does not have freedom of life and liberty, one cannot be free to find happiness... but if one cannot be allowed to find happiness, can they truly be said to...

    To me, they are inseparable. If one does not have freedom of life and liberty, one cannot be free to find happiness... but if one cannot be allowed to find happiness, can they truly be said to have life or liberty?

    5 votes
  6. Comment on Home ownership is the West’s biggest economic-policy mistake. It is an obsession that undermines growth, fairness and public faith in capitalism leaders in ~finance

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    Bought a house with my mother at 18, for the princely sum of $25,000. I'm 46, and it doesn't have a mortgage. I'm not financially secure, I didn't inherit it (she was on the lease because I was...

    This is like a "Have you tried not being poor?" approach to saving money. Owning property is out of reach for many people unless they're inheriting it or have settled down and established themselves in a secure enough financial position that they won't need to move anywhere any time soon.

    Bought a house with my mother at 18, for the princely sum of $25,000. I'm 46, and it doesn't have a mortgage. I'm not financially secure, I didn't inherit it (she was on the lease because I was 18). I'm not lucky or blessed, I just outlived the mortgage.

    3 votes
  7. Comment on Home ownership is the West’s biggest economic-policy mistake. It is an obsession that undermines growth, fairness and public faith in capitalism leaders in ~finance

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    Whereas I have never lived in a place that even offers more than monthly leasing. While it's true I only lived in five apartments, every single one of them was "pay on the 1st" its only option.

    Whereas I have never lived in a place that even offers more than monthly leasing. While it's true I only lived in five apartments, every single one of them was "pay on the 1st" its only option.

    2 votes
  8. Comment on Home ownership is the West’s biggest economic-policy mistake. It is an obsession that undermines growth, fairness and public faith in capitalism leaders in ~finance

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    This is a neutral point. A rented home can flood, a tree can fall on a rented home, and you can't foreclose on a property that is owned free and clear, nor can you foreclose on a property that...

    I know where i'll be sleeping next month.

    Unless your basement floods, a tree falls on your house, or you just plain get foreclosed on.

    This is a neutral point. A rented home can flood, a tree can fall on a rented home, and you can't foreclose on a property that is owned free and clear, nor can you foreclose on a property that isn't in arrears. None of that ameliorates that a landlord can just decide they don't want to rent to you anymore, and at the end of your lease (often renting is month to month, so at the end of a month), you find someplace new if you can.

    4 votes
  9. Comment on Home ownership is the West’s biggest economic-policy mistake. It is an obsession that undermines growth, fairness and public faith in capitalism leaders in ~finance

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    Home ownership comes down to this for me: A) I know where i'll be sleeping next month. If I rent, even if I'm never delinquent on rent, that could change. B) I have privacy. I have lived in...

    Home ownership comes down to this for me:

    A) I know where i'll be sleeping next month. If I rent, even if I'm never delinquent on rent, that could change.
    B) I have privacy. I have lived in apartment buildings. I can tell when the downstairs neighbor is walking around.
    C) I can paint the walls, install new fixtures, and such without facing eviction.
    D) I can have pets without worrying if it's going to jack up my monthly or even get me evicted.

    If renting alleviated those concerns, I might go back to housing rental or even apartments, but landlords will never give up that kind of power.

    26 votes
  10. Comment on Vulcan interests and moral status in ~humanities

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    I can actually make the argument that morality is inherently logical. Survival of the society and species is intrinsically beneficial to the self, because the larger the pool of people to aid you,...

    I can actually make the argument that morality is inherently logical. Survival of the society and species is intrinsically beneficial to the self, because the larger the pool of people to aid you, the more likely you are to achieve your goals. Ergo, that which benefits society, benefits you. And a strong moral code is one of those things that prevents the bonds of society from collapsing. (If you break the trust, society becomes harder to maintain.)

    2 votes
  11. Comment on Vulcan interests and moral status in ~humanities

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    If it were, a highly repressed person would be less capable of being virtuous. Some people are emotionally stunted, but decent people in the real world.

    If it were, a highly repressed person would be less capable of being virtuous. Some people are emotionally stunted, but decent people in the real world.

    2 votes
  12. Comment on Vulcan interests and moral status in ~humanities

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    They have feelings, but they suppress them. A lot of people today do this too. But they still have a strong moral code. Morality is not dependent on emotion.

    They have feelings, but they suppress them. A lot of people today do this too. But they still have a strong moral code. Morality is not dependent on emotion.

    4 votes
  13. Comment on What's your go-to special dish for cooking? in ~food

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    I have two, but the second is actually a modification of the first. Both use the Instant Pot, because it's my go-to for dinner. First, macaroni and cheese. Ultra basic comfort food. One 16 ounce...

    I have two, but the second is actually a modification of the first. Both use the Instant Pot, because it's my go-to for dinner.

    First, macaroni and cheese. Ultra basic comfort food. One 16 ounce box of macaroni (I'm partial to elbows and shells), 1 can of evaporated milk, 16 ounces (4 cups) of shredded cheese, 1/2 stick of butter. Put the butter and the macaroni into the Instant Pot with 40 ounces of water, set for a 4-minute manual cook. Quick release at the end of that cook, then add the can of milk and stir well. Let that sit for 60 seconds, then switch it to saute. After that, add the cheese (about a cup at a time, stirring after every add until the cheese is completely melted into the sauce.)

    The second is taco casserole. This one I save for special occasions (or when I'm feeling down, because that never lasts through a meal of this.)
    First, brown a pound of ground meat (beef, turkey, whatever you like. You could even make it vegetarian by using a plant-based alternative.) Drain that, add a packet of taco seasoning, then when that's done set the mixture aside. Make the macaroni and cheese as outlined above, using either a cheddar or taco blend, but add two cans of tomatoes (or tomato and chile blend) and the taco mixture just before you add the cheese. After it's done, you add the taco mixture to it, along with a large bag of tortilla chips (to give it that taco shell taste, and also a little extra flavoring, depending on what kind of tortilla chips), crushed (I like to open the bag just a little bit to let air escape than mangle it with my hands for a minute or so). Let that sit in the Instant Pot, covered, for about ten minutes to let the chips soften, and you're done. (Edited because I put a step in the wrong place.)

    6 votes
  14. Comment on What games have you been playing, and what's your opinion on them? in ~games

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    Wreckfest recently went on sale, and I've had a great deal of fun doing demolition derbies! The multiplayer aspect leaves a lot to be desired (I can't seem to join up with friends, only random...

    Wreckfest recently went on sale, and I've had a great deal of fun doing demolition derbies! The multiplayer aspect leaves a lot to be desired (I can't seem to join up with friends, only random lobbies), but I'm sure I'll figure it out.

    3 votes
  15. Comment on New postmaster general overhauls USPS leadership amid probe into mail delays in ~news

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    Can you provide some clarity on what you actually just said?

    “This organizational change will capture operating efficiencies by providing clarity and economies of scale that will allow us to reduce our cost base and capture new revenue,”

    Can you provide some clarity on what you actually just said?

    8 votes
  16. Comment on What are the most iconic video game sound effects you can think of? in ~games

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    Does anyone not instantly recognize "wakka wakka wakka wakka"?

    Does anyone not instantly recognize "wakka wakka wakka wakka"?

    5 votes
  17. Comment on What are the most iconic video game sound effects you can think of? in ~games

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    For me, it's actually the jump sound effect.

    For me, it's actually the jump sound effect.

    6 votes
  18. Comment on At least two MLB games postponed after Marlins' coronavirus outbreak in ~sports

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    Give it a week, I'm sure we'll be seeing more.

    Give it a week, I'm sure we'll be seeing more.

    1 vote
  19. Comment on For the people who want capitalism to be replaced by some form of socialism, why? in ~talk

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    I don't think Capitalism should be replaced by Socialism, but I do think it should be tempered by it. I believe that any system, any "ism" is bad at the extreme end of it. Freedom of speech is a...

    I don't think Capitalism should be replaced by Socialism, but I do think it should be tempered by it. I believe that any system, any "ism" is bad at the extreme end of it. Freedom of speech is a fantastic example. It's one of the most important freedoms we have, but it has limits (yelling "Fire!" in a crowded theater as the classic example), as well it should. Capitalism is the same way. So is Socialism. A middle ground must be found.

    22 votes
  20. Comment on Twitter says it's looking at subscription options as ad revenue drops sharply in ~tech

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    I actually enjoy using Twitter, but I'm not paying for social media, sorry. (I know there's overhead costs, but the quality of the vast majority of social media services is akin to broadcast TV......

    I actually enjoy using Twitter, but I'm not paying for social media, sorry. (I know there's overhead costs, but the quality of the vast majority of social media services is akin to broadcast TV... great to pass time, but not something I need.)

    4 votes