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  1. Comment on Victoria Woodhull: The first American woman to run for President — 150 years ago in ~humanities

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    That was a nice read. It's crazy that she couldn't vote for herself, nor could she have for another few decades.

    That was a nice read. It's crazy that she couldn't vote for herself, nor could she have for another few decades.

    1 vote
  2. Comment on Fantasy Football Team Discussion Thread in ~sports

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    I'm doing college fantasy football for the first time. I like CFB more than NFL, but it's so hard to get to know all the players. We're only doing P5, so it make it a little easier.

    I'm doing college fantasy football for the first time. I like CFB more than NFL, but it's so hard to get to know all the players. We're only doing P5, so it make it a little easier.

    1 vote
  3. Comment on Advertising is obsolete – here’s why it’s time to end it in ~design

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    I'm not sure about the case for and against advertising itself, but the ramifications from getting rid of advertisement would be huge for industries that rely upon it for revenue, e.g. sports,...

    I'm not sure about the case for and against advertising itself, but the ramifications from getting rid of advertisement would be huge for industries that rely upon it for revenue, e.g. sports, social media, cable, etc.

    7 votes
  4. Comment on Press conference shows Urban Meyer still doesn't get it in ~sports

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    Yeah, this press conference was after his suspension was announced.

    Yeah, this press conference was after his suspension was announced.

  5. Comment on Here’s how many times you actually need to reuse your shopping bags in ~enviro

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    I'm a little confused. Is this suggesting that the fabric bags that are advertised as a better alternative to paper/plastic are typically worse for the environment unless I use them thousands of...

    I'm a little confused. Is this suggesting that the fabric bags that are advertised as a better alternative to paper/plastic are typically worse for the environment unless I use them thousands of times?

    3 votes
  6. Comment on Urena merely suspended six games for hitting Acuna Jr. on Wednesday in ~sports

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    I think starting pitchers need to have their suspension multiplied by 5 because they only play every fifth day or so. He's only going to miss one start for what could have potentially ended...

    I think starting pitchers need to have their suspension multiplied by 5 because they only play every fifth day or so. He's only going to miss one start for what could have potentially ended Acuña's season.

    4 votes
  7. Comment on After Charlottesville, solving the problem of angry men: What does healthy masculinity look like? in ~life

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    I found the first paragraph and the first few sentence of the second paragraph really compelling--I thought this was a nice recap of an example of racism in the media. However, the last few...

    My immediate thoughts are to look at who is committing these mass murders, and in virtually every case, it's a middle class white man. When it's a middle-class white man, the way we talk about it in America is to focus on mental illness. We talk about how there must be something wrong with them. If these were all African-Americans, or if these were all Muslims, the last thing we would talk about is mental illness. The focus would be on "culture". We would talk about religion.

    This is how racism works. Racism disaggregates white people so each individual white person is discussed as an individual. Thus, it is an individual mental illness problem. Whereas when black people act or when Muslims act, it's collective--it's them, it's their culture, it's their religion. What racism does is it desegregates white people and aggregates people of color. The second thing I noticed, of course, is that they're all male. It's not that there's something genetic or biological or chronic about men's violence and picking up guns. There is something about the cultural meaning of masculinity.

    I found the first paragraph and the first few sentence of the second paragraph really compelling--I thought this was a nice recap of an example of racism in the media.

    However, the last few sentences really tripped me up, especially this one: "There is something about the cultural meaning of masculinity." Isn't he essentially doing to men what he said we shouldn't do to African-Americans or Muslims?

    I might not be grasping something fully, so I would love to hear thoughts on this.

    3 votes
  8. Comment on What's an easy to get in to hobby? in ~hobbies

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    It definitely can be expensive, but a casual hiker only needs a water bottle, some sturdy shoes and ways to protect themselves from the sun/cold.

    It definitely can be expensive, but a casual hiker only needs a water bottle, some sturdy shoes and ways to protect themselves from the sun/cold.

    5 votes
  9. Comment on What's an easy to get in to hobby? in ~hobbies

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    Okay! I can definitely relate. I live in a fairly urban area, and it can be tough to things to do at home. I live in a really small place too, so it feels really limiting. I've recently started...

    Okay! I can definitely relate. I live in a fairly urban area, and it can be tough to things to do at home. I live in a really small place too, so it feels really limiting.

    I've recently started cooking some. It's a great way to pass time, learn a useful skill, and save some money. It's also a good way to make friends (having free food to hand out is definitely a plus).

    I use reading to relax. I've been trying out new types of tea and relaxing for an hour with a book. I've been reading a lot of fantasy lately, and that's gotten me into world building which is really fun.

    Sometimes I go down a Spotify rabbit hole and try to discover new music. Then I have something new to listen to at work.

    5 votes
  10. Comment on What's an easy to get in to hobby? in ~hobbies

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    Hiking is great! It's low cost and there isn't much of a learning curve.

    Hiking is great! It's low cost and there isn't much of a learning curve.

    21 votes
  11. Comment on Facebook is the first company to see its market cap drop by over 100 billion USD in one day in ~finance

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    I'm not sure Facebook will recover. Their value is in their user data--they don't have a tangible product like the other companies on that list. With an increased focus on privacy, user data is...

    I'm not sure Facebook will recover. Their value is in their user data--they don't have a tangible product like the other companies on that list. With an increased focus on privacy, user data is less valuable. Also, they're seeing slower user growth in their money making markets.

    5 votes
  12. Comment on A hopefully non-spammy experiment in public self-improvement in ~talk

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    From OP: I think allowing anyone to post progress on it would keep it from being OP's weekly journal.

    From OP:

    Actually, if other people would be interested in committing to something like this I'd almost prefer to make it a public thing where people (including myself) can log their weekly progress in the comments of a thread dedicated to such a thing.

    I think allowing anyone to post progress on it would keep it from being OP's weekly journal.

    8 votes
  13. Comment on A silent leap in Broadway (and theatre) in ~movies

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    Sorry for the long delay. Thanks for your response and sharing your insight into theater. I will keep my eyes peeled for new things coming out.

    Sorry for the long delay. Thanks for your response and sharing your insight into theater. I will keep my eyes peeled for new things coming out.

    1 vote
  14. Comment on A silent leap in Broadway (and theatre) in ~movies

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    Thanks for sharing about Deaf West! This is the first I've heard of them. It sounds like they're contributing some unique work. The transition from black-and-white TV to colored TV was definitely...

    Thanks for sharing about Deaf West! This is the first I've heard of them. It sounds like they're contributing some unique work.

    The transition from black-and-white TV to colored TV was definitely a lasting innovation. I'm curious, in your opinion, what have Hamilton and Deaf West's Spring Awakening contributed that you think will have a long-lasting effect on theater? Is it the willingness to cast "nontraditional" actors in certain roles?

    1 vote
  15. Comment on Octopath Traveler releases tomorrow (July 13) on Nintendo Switch. Anyone preordered and/or have thoughts on the June demo? in ~games

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    Looks interesting to me, but I see some complaints out there about lack of a cohesive story. It looks worth playing to me.

    Looks interesting to me, but I see some complaints out there about lack of a cohesive story. It looks worth playing to me.

    1 vote
  16. Comment on France are through to the Final of the 2018 FIFA World Cup after beating Belgium in ~sports

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    That's a fair point--Mertens definitely upped their offense for a few minutes with his crosses.

    That's a fair point--Mertens definitely upped their offense for a few minutes with his crosses.

    2 votes
  17. Comment on MLB hitters explain why they can't just beat the shift in ~sports

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    The location of defenders in baseball is based on strategy, not rules. With the advancement of data analysis, it has been discovered that some batters tend to hit the ball towards one side of the...

    The location of defenders in baseball is based on strategy, not rules. With the advancement of data analysis, it has been discovered that some batters tend to hit the ball towards one side of the field way more often than others. For these batters, defenses are now "shifting" towards that side of the field, leaving half of the field completely open.

    A common fan response is, "why can't these hitters 'beat the shift' and hit the ball to the side of the field where there aren't any defenders?" This article interviews three players that get shifted against frequently, and they explain why "beating the shift" is challenging or not the right strategy.

    4 votes
  18. Comment on France are through to the Final of the 2018 FIFA World Cup after beating Belgium in ~sports

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    I enjoyed the first half, but the second half was a little slow. There was no sense of urgency from the Belgians, and the time wasting towards the end was annoying.

    I enjoyed the first half, but the second half was a little slow. There was no sense of urgency from the Belgians, and the time wasting towards the end was annoying.