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  1. Comment on Weekly US politics news and updates thread - week of August 2 in ~news

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    The nesting of politics.usa.recurring could potentially cause some problems, since the . indicates steps in a hierarchy, and I am not entirely sure how the filter would handle that. So a...

    The nesting of politics.usa.recurring could potentially cause some problems, since the . indicates steps in a hierarchy, and I am not entirely sure how the filter would handle that. So a non-hierarchical, totally unique tag, like weekly_us_politics, would probably be the safer way to do it since there would be less chance of other topics accidentally being filtered out along with it.

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  2. Comment on Reddit has banned the misogynistic "Men Going Their Own Way" subreddits r/MGTOW and r/MGTOW2 in ~tech

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    FSW was suspended on reddit at some point for harassment, as were all his alts that I knew of. I have no idea what's happened to him or his site since then though. We haven't talked to each other...

    FSW was suspended on reddit at some point for harassment, as were all his alts that I knew of. I have no idea what's happened to him or his site since then though. We haven't talked to each other again since he was deservedly banned from here too.

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  3. Comment on Reddit has banned the misogynistic "Men Going Their Own Way" subreddits r/MGTOW and r/MGTOW2 in ~tech

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    I 100% agree that the mod tools on reddit are inadequate, and that transphobia is still depressingly prevalent there. Those are two of the major reasons I have distanced myself from the site, and...

    I 100% agree that the mod tools on reddit are inadequate, and that transphobia is still depressingly prevalent there. Those are two of the major reasons I have distanced myself from the site, and rarely visit it anymore.

    However, I am personally acquainted with one of the founders and former main mods of WatchRedditDie... and I assure you that the inadequate mod tools have absolutely nothing to do with the racist, transphobic, antisemitic, bigoted bullshit still prevalent on the subreddit. It's no coincidence that one of the usernames he goes by is FreeSpeechWarrior, and it's also no coincidence that they themselves were banned from Tildes for spewing "scientific racism" theories here.

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  4. Comment on Chris Chan, creator of Sonichu, arrested on incest charge after leaked audio appears online in ~misc

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    Done, but IMO it should probably just be removed entirely, for the reasons @mrbig mentioned below.

    Done, but IMO it should probably just be removed entirely, for the reasons @mrbig mentioned below.

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  5. Comment on Reddit has banned the misogynistic "Men Going Their Own Way" subreddits r/MGTOW and r/MGTOW2 in ~tech

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    Sorry, that was needlessly aggressive That may be what those subreddits are supposedly for, but that is not why they are considered "hate subs"... they were labeled as such because that is exactly...

    I don't particularly like AHS, but that's more because they've labelled subreddits like SubredditCancer, WatchRedditDie and The Cabal as "hate subs" just for cataloguing and calling out power abuse at the moderator level.

    Give me a fucking break. Sorry, that was needlessly aggressive That may be what those subreddits are supposedly for, but that is not why they are considered "hate subs"... they were labeled as such because that is exactly what they are. The communities that have been allowed to flourish in those subreddits are some of the most openly racist, transphobic, antisemitic (holocaust denying), and toxic still on reddit. And the reason for that is largely to do with their virtually non-existant moderation, and the type of users they have historically attracted (i.e. ones that have been banned elsewhere for being openly bigoted)... which makes your defense of them somewhat ironic considering your statement about "a ban probably needed to happen if the mods stopped caring about policing bad behaviour", since those subreddits are the epitome of exactly that IMO.

    p.s. Regarding SubredditCancer, even the mods of it realized what a toxic shithole it had become, which is part of the reason they shut it down.

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  6. Comment on On Divorce in ~life

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    I think you accidentally made a new top level comment instead of replying to @Thales.

    I think you accidentally made a new top level comment instead of replying to @Thales.

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  7. Comment on Weekly coronavirus-related chat, questions, and minor updates - week of August 2 in ~health.coronavirus

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    https://apnews.com/article/coronavirus-pandemic-health-941fcf43d9731c76c16e7354f5d5e187 Delta may have changed things slightly since that data from May, but I doubt it would be that dramatic a...

    https://apnews.com/article/coronavirus-pandemic-health-941fcf43d9731c76c16e7354f5d5e187

    An Associated Press analysis of available government data from May shows that “breakthrough” infections in fully vaccinated people accounted for fewer than 1,200 of more than 107,000 COVID-19 hospitalizations. That’s about 1.1%.

    And only about 150 of the more than 18,000 COVID-19 deaths in May were in fully vaccinated people. That translates to about 0.8%, or five deaths per day on average.

    The AP analyzed figures provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC itself has not estimated what percentage of hospitalizations and deaths are in fully vaccinated people, citing limitations in the data.

    Delta may have changed things slightly since that data from May, but I doubt it would be that dramatic a change. IMO it's probably still very likely that the vast majority of hospitalizations and deaths are amongst the unvaccinated.

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  8. Comment on New Form Energy iron-air battery outperforms best lithium ion tech in ~enviro

  9. Comment on How has the pandemic changed you? in ~talk

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    That's quite the high bar indeed. Tash is a goddamn guitar genius, IMO. Fender even created a Signature Strat model inspired by Tash, which they have only ever done for 22 other artists over the...

    My unrealistic goal is to cover Tash Sultana's Blackbird, that's the bar I'm setting as "I can play guitar".

    That's quite the high bar indeed. Tash is a goddamn guitar genius, IMO. Fender even created a Signature Strat model inspired by Tash, which they have only ever done for 22 other artists over the years. But good luck in your journey to playing Blackbird, you have your work cut out for you. :)

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  10. Comment on How has the pandemic changed you? in ~talk

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    Modern medicine is incredible, but sadly there is still so much we clearly don't know. A relative of mine had what the Doctor's wound up just labeling as an undefined "wasting disease" since even...

    Modern medicine is incredible, but sadly there is still so much we clearly don't know. A relative of mine had what the Doctor's wound up just labeling as an undefined "wasting disease" since even though they tested her for everything they could think of, the tests always came back negative, and no matter what treatment they tried she just kept losing weight. As far as they could tell, it wasn't an infection, wasn't organ failure, wasn't an autoimmune disease, wasn't any known genetic disorder, and it wasn't even an eating disorder either (which is what many of them initially suspected), since no matter how many calories they put in her (and made sure she kept down) she wouldn't put on any weight. She just slowly withered away over the course of a few years until she eventually died.

    Sorry to be so depressing... your situation just reminded me of hers and I felt the need to vent a bit. She was a lovely person and I really miss her. :(

    Here's hoping science eventually prevails and the age of unknown illnesses and incurable diseases comes to an end soon so those of us suffering with chronic illnesses (mental or physical) can finally get some clarity and relief.

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  11. Comment on What's the point of a company? Philip Morris is attempting to purchase a respiratory illness treatment company, let's talk about it. in ~finance

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    I added the article lede to the submission title. Hopefully that helps make it a bit more clear.

    I added the article lede to the submission title. Hopefully that helps make it a bit more clear.

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  12. Comment on Smarter Every Day's 'Nuclear Submarine Deep Dive' completed playlist in ~misc

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    The 42 minute final video of the series (How a Nuclear Submarine Punches Through Arctic Ice) was just released, but rather than post just that one video I figured it was worth posting the whole...

    The 42 minute final video of the series (How a Nuclear Submarine Punches Through Arctic Ice) was just released, but rather than post just that one video I figured it was worth posting the whole playlist instead, for those who may not have been following along as it was being released.

    IMO the whole series was an incredibly interesting look inside the secretive world of US Navy submarines and daily life of submariners, and it was surprising how open the Navy seemed to be about most everything. According to Destin (he talks about it at the end of the final video), the Navy provided no directives on how they wanted him to present the footage/experience, and even when the crew weren't able to answer his questions, or the Navy had to censor certain footage, they still allowed Destin to be pretty transparent about those aspects of it all. So if you're even a tiny bit curious about US Navy submarines or life aboard one, I highly recommend checking this series out.

    p.s. Throwing this in ~misc since the series covers so many subjects it doesn't really fit neatly into any one group.

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  13. Comment on Valve argues anti-Steam suit lacks “the most basic elements” of antitrust case in ~games

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    That's because most games require Steam these days due to them utilizing Valve's anti-cheat, Steam workshop and the like. Even physical copies often come with Steam keys these days because of...

    That's because most games require Steam these days due to them utilizing Valve's anti-cheat, Steam workshop and the like. Even physical copies often come with Steam keys these days because of that. But there are an increasing number of other games (both digital and physical) that come with Origin, Uplay, and Epic keys instead, for similar reasons. And worth noting is that the Humble Store also has a slowly growing collection of platform independent DRM-free games now too, so they actually are starting to compete as a platform unto themselves now, and not just acting as a third-party storefront for other platforms.

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  14. Comment on The male millennial vernacular of getting swole in ~life

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    I doubt that very much. Insecurities have likely always existed in abundance, IMO. It's just the forms those insecurities took that have changed due to ever changing social, economic, gender,...

    I think we have a lot more insecurity than I assume we did in the past

    I doubt that very much. Insecurities have likely always existed in abundance, IMO. It's just the forms those insecurities took that have changed due to ever changing social, economic, gender, religious and political norms. But if anything, I suspect insecurity probably peaked in the 40-50s (in the West, at least), thanks to the meteoric rise of mass-market media, aspirational advertising, rigidly enforced norms, and all forms of media pushing the myth of the "rugged individual man" and "subservient wife". And I even suspect that's why so many boomers egos tend to be so damn fragile too, which is being revealed en masse as their carefully constructed self-images have slowly begun revealing themselves as being based on complete fabrications.

    Whereas at least most of us Gen-X and younger grew up already inundated with that shit, so we seem to be rather cynical and skeptical of the narratives and norms being sold by mass-market media and advertising. Admittedly though, a new thing all us younger-than-boomer generations have had to contend with that the boomers didn't is the internet and social media, which applies all sorts of powerful social pressures on us all.

    I would love to see some sociology studies to prove me right or wrong though... since that's all just based on my intuition and personal observation.

    I feel things are generally similar, but with a pervasive atmosphere of self-deprecation that I like to believe didn't exist 20 or so years ago

    I doubt that too. Have you seen what we dressed like in the 90s and 00s? We had to have a self-deprecating sense of humour about it or we all would have died of shame by now. :P

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  15. Comment on Valve argues anti-Steam suit lacks “the most basic elements” of antitrust case in ~games

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    https://store.steampowered.com/account/history/ Mine goes all the way back to my first ever purchases on Steam in 2008... Team Fortress 2, quickly followed by Garry's Mod, and Left 4 Dead. :P So...

    https://store.steampowered.com/account/history/

    Mine goes all the way back to my first ever purchases on Steam in 2008... Team Fortress 2, quickly followed by Garry's Mod, and Left 4 Dead. :P

    So that page might be worth exporting/saving every once in a while if you're in the EU. Your credit card and/or bank would likely also have records of your transaction history with Steam as well. And although the charges from Steam don't specify the exact product being purchased (AFAIK), your transaction history could at least corroborate the backed up account history.

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  16. Comment on Weekly coronavirus-related chat, questions, and minor updates - week of July 26 in ~health.coronavirus

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    Thread reader version for those who struggle reading (or don't want to visit) Twitter.

    Thread reader version for those who struggle reading (or don't want to visit) Twitter.

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