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  1. Comment on Mass shooting in Chicago leaves one child dead, ten other people injured in Back of the Yards in ~news

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    Heads up for the curious, these drill/gang communities usually have extremely graphic and thorough documentation of people getting murdered. And the comments can be filthy. I realize most of the...

    Heads up for the curious, these drill/gang communities usually have extremely graphic and thorough documentation of people getting murdered. And the comments can be filthy.

    I realize most of the victims are other gang members who have, in some capacity, decided to be a part of this lifestyle, but watching a Snapchat of a human being getting chased down like a dog and shot in the head 30 times is disturbing no matter who the victim is.

    The vast majority of these videos involve victims who were caught unaware also, which really gives me the chills. They're at parties, walking, talking to friends, and then someone appears out of nowhere to assassinate them. The victims don't even have time to pull out a gun or fight back. They pretty much run and collapse while being sprayed at by one or more people. The shooters take the time to make absolutely certain the victim is dead for good too.

    I suggest avoiding the videos.

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  2. Comment on Mass shooting in Chicago leaves one child dead, ten other people injured in Back of the Yards in ~news

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    Yeah, today's gangs are constantly online. They chase internet clout and use various online platforms to gain influence and make money chronicling their exploits, usually through music. If you've...

    Yeah, today's gangs are constantly online. They chase internet clout and use various online platforms to gain influence and make money chronicling their exploits, usually through music.

    If you've ever heard of Lil Durk or King Von, they come from this type of background. Basically, these gangsters kill people and sell drugs while a very small number of them get famous by avoiding arrest and assassination just long enough to make a music career out of the life they lived. The rest die or go to prison. And A LOT of them die.

    Watching it all happen on video is pretty awful. Some people are obsessed and treat it like sports. It's a rabbit hole to dive down if you're ever morbidly curious about the lifestyle but generally speaking it's pretty horrific and shouldn't be used for entertainment (understatement of the year, I know).

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  3. Comment on ‘Star Trek: Strange New Worlds’ renewed for Season 4; ‘Lower Decks’ to conclude with Season 5 in ~tv

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    If the time between seasons increases the quality then I'm fine with it. Often this isn't the case though.

    If the time between seasons increases the quality then I'm fine with it.

    Often this isn't the case though.

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  4. Comment on Is climate change driving the global rise in populism? If so ... how? If not ... what is? in ~enviro

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    I like your example of chatting with someone on an airplane. You're right. That's a great skill to have and it's declining. I have the gift of gab and can chat with whoever. It is a nice little...

    I like your example of chatting with someone on an airplane. You're right. That's a great skill to have and it's declining.

    I have the gift of gab and can chat with whoever. It is a nice little superpower.

  5. Comment on Is climate change driving the global rise in populism? If so ... how? If not ... what is? in ~enviro

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    On one hand I'm with you. I have coworkers, friends, and family whom I love but disagree with on just about everything. That said, I find it incredibly difficult to engage with some people I used...

    On one hand I'm with you. I have coworkers, friends, and family whom I love but disagree with on just about everything.

    That said, I find it incredibly difficult to engage with some people I used to respect. Sometime early in the Trump era, a lot of them became so hateful and nasty that I can't find anything to talk to them about anymore. Even when they're willing to talk about other things, I just keep remembering that I'm talking to someone who would gladly become a Nazi in the right circumstances. I don't think that's hyperbole either. These are the people who, as far as I can tell, are easily fooled and have no empathy for humanity on the whole. They are not the people who fled the Nazis or stood up to them in a different life, but are instead the guards, soldiers, and secretaries who went along and made it all possible. If Trump were smarter and our democracy more fragile, I know plenty of people who would have followed him all the way to the bunker in 2016, no exaggeration.

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  6. Comment on Is climate change driving the global rise in populism? If so ... how? If not ... what is? in ~enviro

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    Agreed. They are incredibly powerful information-sharing tools that share helpful and harmful information equally well. They've also helped to create digital and real-world bubbles. We don't spend...

    Agreed. They are incredibly powerful information-sharing tools that share helpful and harmful information equally well.

    They've also helped to create digital and real-world bubbles. We don't spend as much real-world time with anyone anymore. I think a lot of people, particularly those on the further right and left ends of the spectrum, avoid pretty much all contact with ideas that they don't agree with.

    In today's day and age, you can engage entirely with media and literature that affirm your views without ever running out of content to consume. Wasn't always like that!

    7 votes
  7. Comment on Wooden fence building recommendations in ~life.home_improvement

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    Possibly. I have shadowbox in my back yard and I can't say I notice more or less airflow. I suppose it would technically have to provide more though! I don't have any experience with leaving...

    Possibly. I have shadowbox in my back yard and I can't say I notice more or less airflow. I suppose it would technically have to provide more though!

    I don't have any experience with leaving fences unfinished but the conventional wisdom is that unfinished fences will eventually absorb water and rot. Maybe someone with more experience can speak to whether that's true with modern wood that may be treated for outdoor use?

    If you're going to build it yourself my suggestion is to finish it before you put it up. Wasn't an option for me and I spent two long days spraying stain on an already-built and very small section of fence. It was really tedious.

  8. Comment on Wooden fence building recommendations in ~life.home_improvement

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    Shadowbox is good and pretty cheap, but it's horrible to paint/stain. Even with a paint sprayer, it's a miserable job to do.

    Shadowbox is good and pretty cheap, but it's horrible to paint/stain. Even with a paint sprayer, it's a miserable job to do.

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  9. Comment on How Chinese students experience America in ~life

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    Super interesting read. Bit of a wild ride. It was interesting to me how the author drew a parallel between the normalization of the police state in China (covering their phones to talk politics,...

    Super interesting read. Bit of a wild ride.

    It was interesting to me how the author drew a parallel between the normalization of the police state in China (covering their phones to talk politics, mystery police interviewing the guy for no reason at all, etc) and the normalization of gun violence in America (literally ducking bullets while driving his car).

    The author rightfully pointed out that the victims were perfectly calm when they should probably be horrified at these things.

    I'm also a bit surprised by how many Chinese want to stay here. I mean, freedom is pretty awesome but it's gotta be really hard to leave your family and everything you know. Especially if you can't easily travel back and forth to visit.

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  10. Comment on Executions in ~humanities

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    Thanks for sharing. I'm American and I pretty much assumed he was mostly correct about Brazilian affairs because I know so little about them. I'm glad you shared this so I can be more discerning...

    Thanks for sharing. I'm American and I pretty much assumed he was mostly correct about Brazilian affairs because I know so little about them. I'm glad you shared this so I can be more discerning with his pieces on other countries.

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  11. Comment on Parenthood venting thread in ~talk

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    Yeah, my wife keeps saying she's sad that he's getting older and I just know in my heart I'm going to enjoy 12-24 months more than this phase. I mean, he's so cute but it's been a difficult and...

    Yeah, my wife keeps saying she's sad that he's getting older and I just know in my heart I'm going to enjoy 12-24 months more than this phase. I mean, he's so cute but it's been a difficult and slightly scary start with all the illnesses and doctor's visits.

    I kept telling my wife that our kid was fussy and a worse sleeper than most babies. She felt like maybe we just didn't have any other points of comparison and that everyone went through this. After finally getting more data points from other parents, my wife and I know for sure now that our son has been a particularly bad sleeper and fussier than a lot of other kids his age.

    I think I agree with you on colic. Outside of milk allergies I think we don't have any answers on why some babies are extra cranky.

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  12. Comment on Parenthood venting thread in ~talk

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    I am going to sound like the stereotypical ignorant American here but since you're from Scotland I hope it's okay to tell you that Still Game is one of my favorite shows of all time. Have you seen...

    I am going to sound like the stereotypical ignorant American here but since you're from Scotland I hope it's okay to tell you that Still Game is one of my favorite shows of all time. Have you seen it? I'm led to believe that it's like the Friends of Scotland and everyone's seen it. How accurate is that?

    Thanks for your awesome and compassionate response. It's nice to hear from other parents. Logically I know that it'll get better, or at least different. Our son is super close to crawling and he gets so mad when he can't. He's up on all fours rocking and flopping. Any day now I assume.

    Thanks again!

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  13. Comment on Parenthood venting thread in ~talk

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    This has actually been the best year of my life (okay, it might actually be tied with the amazing time I had hanging out with my wife during COVID quarantine when neither of us had to work for a...

    This has actually been the best year of my life (okay, it might actually be tied with the amazing time I had hanging out with my wife during COVID quarantine when neither of us had to work for a while).

    Anyway, it's super challenging but also super rewarding. The baby snuggles are awesome! I love being a dad and watching him grow.

    I think I'll look back fondly even though it's been super hard.

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  14. Comment on Executions in ~humanities

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    I like John Oliver for two reasons: He is a solid source of infotainment. The kind you can throw on long enough to wash some dishes or fold some laundry. He will sometimes make a piece that gets...

    I like John Oliver for two reasons:

    1. He is a solid source of infotainment. The kind you can throw on long enough to wash some dishes or fold some laundry.

    2. He will sometimes make a piece that gets airtime outside of his normal audience and has potential to make a real impact.

    But generally speaking, he can be counted on to hold the same views as Reddit. I'm a bleeding heart lefty but sometimes I find that Oliver will ignore nuance in order to present the most idealistic and left-wing view possible. Other times, he does a fantastic job covering the finer details and presenting a more balanced view. It's just hit or miss depending on the topic.

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  15. Comment on Parenthood venting thread in ~talk

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    I will have a better reply when I get more time later, but really quick, are you from Ireland? My sister-in-law is from Ireland and I couldn't help but read your post in her accent. Your writing...

    I will have a better reply when I get more time later, but really quick, are you from Ireland?

    My sister-in-law is from Ireland and I couldn't help but read your post in her accent. Your writing is incredibly similar to her manner of speaking.

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  16. Comment on Parenthood venting thread in ~talk

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    Thanks for sharing! I'm a special education teacher who teaches all four content areas for 8th grade. I'm also a certified English teacher. I might actually be able to help if you wanted to tell...

    Thanks for sharing!

    I'm a special education teacher who teaches all four content areas for 8th grade. I'm also a certified English teacher. I might actually be able to help if you wanted to tell me what grade level your child is reading at currently.

    I myself was a terrible student but a phenomenal reader (ADHD kid with strong language skills). My mom pretty much let me read whatever I wanted and it never hurt me. Fortunately, most kids just aren't interested in truly adult adult stuff. And anything that pops up is usually a good opportunity to teach and guide your child. If your kid is smart, they're already thinking about difficult things like death, violence, etc., although I understand wanting to avoid overly sexual content.

    I started Harry Potter in second grade and that kept me occupied for a while.

    Do you know how to use Lexile scores? They can be a good jumping off point for finding books that are appropriately challenging, then you can use Google from there to see what kind of content is contained in the book.

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  17. Comment on Parenthood venting thread in ~talk

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    Thank you for sharing your misery with me! That sounds awful and it gives me peace to know I'm not alone in feeling a bit overwhelmed right now. Your wife needs to start using the cloud...

    Thank you for sharing your misery with me! That sounds awful and it gives me peace to know I'm not alone in feeling a bit overwhelmed right now.

    Your wife needs to start using the cloud immediately but it sounds like you already know that. I learned that the hard way in undergrad so thankfully I was reformed by the time I hit grad school.

    Best of luck my friend. Vent to me anytime.

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  18. Comment on Parenthood venting thread in ~talk

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    Logically, I know you're right. It was when I started typing up this post that I noticed it was this little thing gnawing at me. Thanks! It helps to hear from people.

    Logically, I know you're right. It was when I started typing up this post that I noticed it was this little thing gnawing at me.

    Thanks! It helps to hear from people.

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  19. Parenthood venting thread

    I think my son is the cutest six-month-old that has ever lived, but damn, this month has been so hard. We all had COVID in the beginning of March, so my wife and I burned a bunch of sick days...

    I think my son is the cutest six-month-old that has ever lived, but damn, this month has been so hard.

    We all had COVID in the beginning of March, so my wife and I burned a bunch of sick days while being very ill, exhausted, and awake all night with a screaming baby. Screaming.

    He got better for about 2 days and then immediately got a nasty cold which he kindly passed to us. More sick days, more screaming, less sleep than we got with COVID.

    The cold turned into an ear infection after two weeks of horrible congestion, so his doctor put him on Amoxicillin. Except the Amoxicillin didn't work on the ear infection after 9 days of treatment. Oh, and he started having bloody diarrhea.

    We went to the doctor immediately and they said, "Oh, yeah, that's definitely blood and that's not great. We're going to try a different antibiotic now and send his stool to get tested."

    Then, my washing machine, which was full of diarrhea pajamas, broke down. After several hours of tear down, I was able to drain it and replace the drain pump.

    Washing machine was working great, except the gasket/seal on the door is old and didn't go back on properly during the repair. Water on the floor (minor leak, no big) and now have to deal with replacing that.

    Meanwhile, the kid still doesn't sleep at night and seems to communicate mainly through crying, whining, and grunting. The fact that he isn't babbling, squealing, or mimicking us is honestly a little stressful. He's six months old and I'm seeing him "become conscious" in a lot of really amazing ways. His laugh is absolutely incredible, he plays with toys in what seems like a pretty advanced way, he is crushing his physical and cognitive milestones way ahead of schedule, but he has a handful of social milestones he hasn't hit yet. My wife has autism in her family and I have ADHD, so any developmental delays are obviously pretty concerning to me. He is making eye contact and laughing though, so I guess that's good.

    I really shouldn't complain. I'm a teacher and we just had a week off. Most people don't get that. But I'm so exhausted and work tomorrow just sounds daunting. We can't send the kiddo to daycare with bloody diarrhea and I seriously cannot take any more sick days this year. I guess one silver lining is that my mother-in-law came up from out of state when my wife told her she was losing her sanity over all of this. So, we do have a couple days of childcare covered this week.

    Tl;Dr: Month from hell.

    Edit: I'll add a positive. He was super funny and full of laughs today and yesterday during the day time (night time still isn't fun). He also seemed to get a little scared during the eclipse today during totality, and I think that's adorable in a way. He did a pouty whine and only stopped when I put him closer to me and let him see my face.

    Anyone else want to share some war stories?

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  20. Comment on What AI tools are you actually using? in ~tech

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    My students are integrated in a general education setting. They're socially "normal" kids with various disabilities. Most of them read at the 3rd or 4th grade level (at best). The idea is that we...

    My students are integrated in a general education setting. They're socially "normal" kids with various disabilities. Most of them read at the 3rd or 4th grade level (at best).

    The idea is that we differentiate texts so that they can still participate in class discussions, group work, etc.

    We don't do it for everything they read, and the goal is obviously to get them up to grade level. But when an 8th grader is reading at the 3rd grade level, you have to break some stuff down for them or they'll end up getting locked away in a self-contained classroom away from the rest of their peers.

    Just as an example, the text may say something like, "The man was entirely perplexed at the misery which overtook him each time he looked upon her." Yeah...my students might be able to break down a few sentences like that with some help, but if we're reading pages like that, I lose them immediately. So I will take those pages and make them say, "The man felt miserable when he looked at her, but he didn't understand why." At that point, my job becomes making sure they know what the word "miserable" means and then they can (hopefully) stay engaged with the reading.

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