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  1. Comment on COVID-19 and China’s Marshall Plan. Fake aid and fake news in ~health.coronavirus

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    Weird personification in the first section. "He" is china? Xi? The author never explicitly names Xi before the pronouns. A good chunk of the reporting that the author refers to as being leaked by...

    He showed this during the riots in Hong Kong, turning off the Internet in the surrounding provinces just in case. So if the world received information about the virus in China, it was a planned strategy. To show numbers not too low — to scare the world and not too high — to show that China has it under control.

    Weird personification in the first section. "He" is china? Xi? The author never explicitly names Xi before the pronouns.

    The first stage of Chinese activities was to show the whole world an epidemic at home. It was about causing fear, which is why the reports sent were drastic. We were bombarded with images of medical personnel in almost space suits. We also saw crowds of people in space costumes decontaminating streets and buildings, and even specialized vehicles spraying something along the roads.

    A good chunk of the reporting that the author refers to as being leaked by the CPC I saw in articles published by Falun Gong media groups - including claims that the Chinese government designed the virus. Are they controlled opposition or are they the batshit cult that I've always understood them to be?

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  2. Comment on What is something that you learned/were taught wrong? in ~talk

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    Someone recommended this popular math/physics book a while ago which is premised on a similar theme. https://www.amazon.com/Mathematical-Mechanic-Physical-Reasoning-Problems/dp/0691154562 It's...

    Someone recommended this popular math/physics book a while ago which is premised on a similar theme.

    https://www.amazon.com/Mathematical-Mechanic-Physical-Reasoning-Problems/dp/0691154562

    It's really just a bunch of physical thought experiments around which he constructs mathematical arguments. It's pretty light reading but each example will leave you pondering for a bit and it takes a little effort to comprehend what he is saying even with the diagrams provided.

    7 votes
  3. Comment on What is something that you learned/were taught wrong? in ~talk

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    This was a very long time ago and basically amounts to trivia but it's an experience that buried itself in my mind. When I was in kindergarten, my sisters told me I wouldn't be able to graduate if...

    This was a very long time ago and basically amounts to trivia but it's an experience that buried itself in my mind.

    When I was in kindergarten, my sisters told me I wouldn't be able to graduate if I couldn't read. One of my sisters was helping me learn by reading a book about fish. Eventually she turned to a page on the "Deep Sea Angelfish" and showed me a picture which looked to my goldfish-bounded imagination like a fucking alien.

    Some time later, I had to do my first book report. My mom took me to the library to help me research the topic of my choice: the "Deep Sea Angelfish". We dug through book after book looking for this thing. On several occasions my mom would pull up an entry on the Angelfish and show me a picture of what would have been a perfectly good subject for my report. Again and again I refused this concession. She involved a librarian, I could not manage to make either of them understand the distinction between this stupid looking Angelfish and its obviously superior "Deep Sea" cousin. Eventually she gave up trying to convince me, we checked out a pile of books to return home with. After appealing to my sister, she managed to find the original book and we all confirmed that the fish I wanted was in fact called the "Deep Sea Anglerfish" and had no relationship with the Angelfish.

    17 votes
  4. Comment on What are some games in which movement itself is a joy? in ~games

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    Subspace/Continuum. The best way to describe it was like a multiplayer evolution of an asteroids game. My dad/uncles used to play it together in the 90s and I continued to play it intermittently...

    Subspace/Continuum. The best way to describe it was like a multiplayer evolution of an asteroids game. My dad/uncles used to play it together in the 90s and I continued to play it intermittently for several decades afterwards. Every ship had strictly forward & reverse thrusters and decaying planar momentum (kind of hard to explain, if you were moving at some speed and stopped providing thrust, your velocity would decay to some non-zero constant but if you started accelerating perpendicular to the direction you are moving, the transverse component of your velocity would eventually go to zero). Ships would also bounce off of walls.

    Bullet and bomb velocities were all relative to your ships' speed which made dogfighting incredibly satisfying. All of the dynamic parameters (top speed, acceleration, turn rate, etc) were configurable for each ship and different for each zone/server that you might join. The other thing that tied in to the movement was the HP of each ship. Each ship had an energy bar that would be expended every time you fired a bullet or a bomb and regenerated at a constant rate. The energy bar doubled as the ship's HP. This meant that spamming weapons on an enemy would cost you health. This energy system relates to the movement in that you could activate thrusters to increase your ships acceleration at the cost of some constant energy/s. This made it easier to dodge but would also leave you weaker.

    The thing that I remember most fondly was this little black-hole feature that could be added to the maps. It would create gravitational fields around it which grew stronger with proximity. You could achieve stable orbits and modify your orbit or slingshot yourself. If you got sucked all the way in, it would teleport you somewhere random.

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  5. Comment on Meet 17-year-old Avi Schiffmann who runs a coronavirus tracking website used by 40+ million globally in ~health.coronavirus

  6. Comment on U.S. Department of Justice seeks new emergency powers amid coronavirus pandemic in ~health.coronavirus

  7. Comment on How Joe Biden can win over Bernie voters in ~misc

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    Toward the end of a primary there is often talk to the effect that even if your candidate didn’t win, he changed the conversation, whatever that means, and might be able to whisper ideas in the winner’s ear or even to hold him accountable, whatever that means. This was a fantasy when it came to Hillary Clinton. It is a joke when it comes to Joe Biden. If Biden were the kind of candidate who could be pushed left, no one in the party leadership would have endorsed him. It doesn’t matter if he makes Free College for Some a plank of his platform, and it doesn’t help that he spent decades cultivating the image of a conservative’s kind of liberal.

    3 votes
  8. Comment on Bill Gates does an AMA on Reddit about coronavirus in ~health.coronavirus

  9. Comment on Bernie Sanders says Joe Biden "has advocated cutting Social Security for 40 years" - Mostly False in ~news

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    Yeah I posted that intercept article simultaneously with this one. Interesting to see the contrast in judgement between the two.

    Yeah I posted that intercept article simultaneously with this one. Interesting to see the contrast in judgement between the two.

    2 votes
  10. Comment on Managing your anxiety in times of hysteria (satire) in ~misc

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    That sounds like a productive cough.

    That sounds like a productive cough.

  11. Comment on 'Bernie bros' and the debate about how to deal with the "dirtbag left" explained in ~misc

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    Mostly interested in the misogyny on /r/breadtube. I don't remember seeing anything remotely like that but I don't subscribe to it anymore.

    Mostly interested in the misogyny on /r/breadtube. I don't remember seeing anything remotely like that but I don't subscribe to it anymore.

    1 vote
  12. Comment on 'Bernie bros' and the debate about how to deal with the "dirtbag left" explained in ~misc

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    Are you serious?

    I wish I could believe that still, but on places like reddit's /r/breadtube it's almost nothing but hate for the woman.

    Are you serious?

    9 votes
  13. Comment on 'Bernie bros' and the debate about how to deal with the "dirtbag left" explained in ~misc

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    ... Two candidates meaningfully supported medicare for all (arguably just one). Anyone who opposes medicare for all in this country is a ghoul.

    Some online Sanders supporters have dismissed this attitude as childish: that Warren and other progressives are letting their hurt feelings get in the way of their own political goals. What matters more, they ask rhetorically — your mentions or universal health care? Are you really concerned about mean comments, they ask, or just playing into a smear campaign led by moderates?

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    This response, in the mind of Sanders’s critics, is in some ways the problem. The dirtbag left sees the race in such starkly moral terms — either you support Bernie or you want poor people to get sick and die — that they’re willing to countenance abusive tactics in order to get people on board. They don’t understand how anyone could disagree with Sanders in good faith, or how treating someone viciously might be counterproductive to the cause they profess to care about.

    Two candidates meaningfully supported medicare for all (arguably just one). Anyone who opposes medicare for all in this country is a ghoul.

    5 votes
  14. Comment on Many young voters sat out Super Tuesday, contributing to Bernie Sanders' losses in ~news

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    I'm not voting for Joe Biden.

    My thought (and hope) is that most of the active young Bernie supporters who did show up and vote yesterday are also people who 100% agree with the Vote Blue No Matter Who movement, and so if Biden ends up winning the nomination, they would still show up in November to vote for him.

    I'm not voting for Joe Biden.

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

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    I think he'll have plenty more better days than I could ever imagine having.

    I think he'll have plenty more better days than I could ever imagine having.

    6 votes