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  1. Comment on Repairing the leg of a Federal Side Chair - Thomas Johnson Antique Furniture Restoration in ~hobbies

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    I really like the editing on this guy's videos. I've been binging them for the last day or two. Lots of interesting little restoration projects. Apparently he has quite a few spanning a ten year...

    I really like the editing on this guy's videos. I've been binging them for the last day or two. Lots of interesting little restoration projects. Apparently he has quite a few spanning a ten year period.

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  2. Comment on Reddit releases their new content policy along with banning hundreds of subreddits, including /r/The_Donald and /r/ChapoTrapHouse in ~tech

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    Because they don't need to. It's their website, it's their userbase if they can keep it. If you think democratic oversight by the users is important, seek a platform that ensures this.

    Because they don't need to. It's their website, it's their userbase if they can keep it. If you think democratic oversight by the users is important, seek a platform that ensures this.

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  3. Comment on Reddit releases their new content policy along with banning hundreds of subreddits, including /r/The_Donald and /r/ChapoTrapHouse in ~tech

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    The bans were speculated about late last week, source was a post on /r/conspiracy.

    The bans were speculated about late last week, source was a post on /r/conspiracy.

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  4. Comment on I'm looking for anime shows with a lot of depth in ~anime

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    Mushi shi This was the last anime that I really binged, several years ago. I wouldn't describe it as the "prestige TV" of anime but it does have some interesting depth.

    Mushi shi

    This was the last anime that I really binged, several years ago. I wouldn't describe it as the "prestige TV" of anime but it does have some interesting depth.

    They are neither plants nor animals. They differ from other forms of life such as the micro-organisms and the fungi. Instead they resemble the primeval body of life and are generally known as "Mushi". Their existence and appearance are unknown to many and only a limited number of humans are aware of them. Ginko is a "Mushi-shi" who travels around to investigate and find out more about the "Mushi". In the process, he also lends a helping hand to people who face problems with supernatural occurrences which may be related to the "Mushi".

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  5. Comment on 'Foundation' — Teaser | Apple TV+ in ~tv

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    Jehoshaphat! I don't think Seldon is the character that is being referred to here.

    From what other people are saying, that character appears in this trailer, in a time period when the character was not included in the stories

    Jehoshaphat! I don't think Seldon is the character that is being referred to here.

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  6. Comment on 'Foundation' — Teaser | Apple TV+ in ~tv

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    It's been a while since I read this series but the clips they showed were relatively unrecognizable to me (other than the allusions to psychohistory in the dialogue). I didn't even think Hari...

    It's been a while since I read this series but the clips they showed were relatively unrecognizable to me (other than the allusions to psychohistory in the dialogue). I didn't even think Hari Seldon's predictions were appreciated or broadly known by his contemporaries other than a small group that he convinced to follow him.

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  7. Comment on What are some drinks I should try? in ~talk

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    One category that isn't very popular in the United States is yogurt-based beverages, might be a fruitful place to look. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doogh Just some random examples pulled from...

    One category that isn't very popular in the United States is yogurt-based beverages, might be a fruitful place to look.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doogh

    Just some random examples pulled from the bottom of that page:
    Borhani, yogurt-based drink from Bangladesh
    Calpis, Japanese yogurt-based soft drink
    Chal, fermented camel's-milk
    Chaas, yogurt-based drink made with yogurt, salt and water, and occasional mint and coriander leaves
    Chalap, beverage consisting of fermented milk, salt, and carbonated water
    Filmjölk, a yogurt drink from Sweden
    Kefir, fermented milk drink made with yeast grains
    Kumis, fermented mare's milk drink[4]
    Lassi, yogurt-based drink from the Indian Subcontinent
    Qatiq, fermented-milk beverage
    Yayık ayranı, Turkish soured and churned yogurt-based drink

    I've tried Ayran, Kefir, and Lassi. I don't make a habit of drinking any of those, my beverage diet consists almost entirely of water, coffee, milk, beer, and whisky.

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  8. Comment on Will the revolution be funded? in ~misc

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    I was surprised about the funding for Cooperation Jackson. I first heard of them in an interview with Richard Wolff a year or two ago. I can understand that an organization like that would have...

    I was surprised about the funding for Cooperation Jackson. I first heard of them in an interview with Richard Wolff a year or two ago. I can understand that an organization like that would have some sort of funding overhead but I don't understand why they couldn't be revenue neutral as a "network of labor cooperatives". As a network of labor cooperative, they are "doing a socialism". The existence or necessity for external funding raises suspicion.

    I'm not entirely persuaded by his presentation here. I don't know enough about these organizations to pass judgement on them for taking large donations from non-profits. An unanswered message on their facebook page isn't exactly a strong indictment against Cooperation Jackson on its own. Still, it would be nice to see some sort of response to his concerns.

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  9. Comment on Will the revolution be funded? in ~misc

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    Your humble narrator, Fox, will take you through his thought process and first-hand experience as a housing justice organizer, delving into the question of whether or not the socialist revolution will be, or even should funded, specifically, via the nonprofit industrial complex.

    This narrative will explore the question and how it relates to people that have a particularly interesting angle on the topic:

    Micah White, co-creator of Occupy Wall Street
    Kali Akuno, co-founder of Cooperation Jackson and
    Peter Buffett, son of billionaire Warren Buffett

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  10. Comment on MIT, guided by open access principles, ends Elsevier negotiations in ~tech

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    I was looking into Chris Bourg's background and came across her blog "Feral Librarian". https://chrisbourg.wordpress.com/ She was among those who resigned from the JLA editorial board in response...

    I was looking into Chris Bourg's background and came across her blog "Feral Librarian".

    https://chrisbourg.wordpress.com/

    She was among those who resigned from the JLA editorial board in response to the death of Aaron Swartz.

    https://chrisbourg.wordpress.com/2013/03/23/my-short-stint-on-the-jla-editorial-board/

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  12. Comment on Are intelligent people more melancholic? in ~talk

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    I've always been under the impression that the human brain operates heuristically and "discovers" logic through learning. Maybe as with language there is an evolved structural pre-disposition...

    Aren't fundamentally logical and reason-based, likely because our brains have only been adapted to pre-agriculture existence ...

    I've always been under the impression that the human brain operates heuristically and "discovers" logic through learning. Maybe as with language there is an evolved structural pre-disposition towards learning logical reasoning - or maybe that propensity for language-acquisition is a manifestation of a broader tendency towards acquiring logic.

  13. Comment on General US protests discussion in ~talk

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    https://www.joincampaignzero.org/oversight The Police Commission should: *determine policy for the police department based on community input and expertise *share policy and policy changes in...

    https://www.joincampaignzero.org/oversight


    The Police Commission should:

    *determine policy for the police department based on community input and expertise
    *share policy and policy changes in publicly accessible formats
    *discipline and dismiss police officers
    *hold public disciplinary hearings
    *select the candidates for Police Chief, to be hired by the Mayor
    *evaluate and fire the Police Chief, if needed
    *receive full-time, competitive salaries for all members
    *receive regular training on policing and civil rights
    *not have current, former or family of police officers as members
    *select its members from candidates offered by community organizations
    

    A lot of these seem like good ideas, the only thing that gives me pause is that none of these proposed oversight structures seem to be democratically elected from the general population. They do have notes about requiring candidates to be pre-screened or selected from a pool that has been selected by local organizations - they don't specify what those organizations are. They could resolve the ambiguity by proposing that these be elected positions within the precinct that they are overseeing. I also wonder how a parallel power structure will be viewed by the police force in the short and long-term. They will obviously work to dismantle it, especially if their budgets are constrained by one another. I would prefer to see the existing power structure be modified so that police captains are elected positions.

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  14. Comment on General US protests discussion in ~talk

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    I first encountered it when reading into Steve Bannon. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steve_Bannon

    Ever look into generational theory before?

    I first encountered it when reading into Steve Bannon.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steve_Bannon

    Bannon's strategic thinking has been influenced by Neil Howe's and William Strauss's Fourth Turning theory, which proposes that "populism, nationalism and state-run authoritarianism would soon be on the rise, not just in America but around the world. [... Once one strips] away the extraneous accidents and technology, you are left with only a limited number of social moods, which tend to recur in a fixed order. [...] Forests need periodic fires; rivers need periodic floods. Societies, too."[283] The book is said to have been a major influence on Bannon's film Generation Zero.[284]

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  15. Comment on General US protests discussion in ~talk

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    I'm interested in understanding the various ways that people relate to their local police forces and hold them to account. I live in a small suburb of a moderate-sized city - basically surrounded...

    I'm interested in understanding the various ways that people relate to their local police forces and hold them to account. I live in a small suburb of a moderate-sized city - basically surrounded on all sides by that city but governed independently. The mayor is elected every four years and appoints a chief of police. This mayor is accountable to rough 10k people.

    I know that part of the "scale" of democratic oversight is baked in to the size of the community, this seems like a flaw to me. If there is an ideal number of people who share authority over their local government and police (whatever that number is), efforts should be made to keep that number relatively consistent. Large cities should either be broken up or restructured so that neighborhoods are electing their local executives (police chiefs?) rather than having them be appointed by the city mayor. Alternatively, citizen oversight boards seem like a viable band-aid but often they are opposed by the FOP and end up acting more as toothless adversaries with little power to enforce their recommendations.

    I was looking for information about the BLM movement's demands, curious to know if they have a similar vision for reform - I couldn't really find anything other than what appeared to be some reactionary propaganda. The BLM website has a good summary of their guiding principles but doesn't really list anything concrete as far as demands.

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