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  1. Comment on For those in marriages or long-term relationships, what do you do with mementos of previous relationships? in ~life

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    It really depends, but you never can tell when the green eyed monster will appear. Sometimes things that seem copasetic at the time cause problems years down the line.

    It really depends, but you never can tell when the green eyed monster will appear.

    Sometimes things that seem copasetic at the time cause problems years down the line.

    2 votes
  2. Comment on What have you crowdfunded, and how has it turned out? in ~talk

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    Troll Bridge - it took ten years, but they delivered.

    Troll Bridge - it took ten years, but they delivered.

    2 votes
  3. Comment on Recommend me a book that _________ in ~books

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    The call of Cthulhu The Metamorphosis Naked Lunch Frankenstein Dracula

    The call of Cthulhu

    The Metamorphosis

    Naked Lunch

    Frankenstein

    Dracula

    1 vote
  4. Comment on Recommend me a book that _________ in ~books

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    1984 Fahrenheit 451 The Tao of Pooh Jonathan Livingston Seagull The complete works of Edgar Allan Poe The Missing Piece meets the Big O Edit: None are new

    Recommend me a book with a kind of pessimistic futurism (like the Black Mirror television series)

    1984

    Fahrenheit 451

    Recommend me a book that has stuck with you for a long time (5+ years)

    The Tao of Pooh

    Recommend me a book that you love that you never see talked about or mentioned

    Jonathan Livingston Seagull

    Recommend me chilling, non-grotesque horror (e.g. House of Leaves)

    The complete works of Edgar Allan Poe

    Recommend me a book that deeply affected you in a strongly emotional way

    The Missing Piece meets the Big O

    Edit: None are new

    2 votes
  5. Comment on It’s time to get on the bidet train, America in ~life

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    I use a bidet. The idea of wiping my ass with a hand towel is very strange to me. Does one share the ass towel with family? If it's a thing, please do tell me, and I will be careful of which hand...

    I use a bidet.

    The idea of wiping my ass with a hand towel is very strange to me.

    Does one share the ass towel with family?

    If it's a thing, please do tell me, and I will be careful of which hand towels I use when I am a guest in anothers abode.

    Edited to be less inflammatory.

    3 votes
  6. Comment on It’s time to get on the bidet train, America in ~life

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    Ewww. Edit: Turns out I am culturally ignorant, and this is normal in some cultures.

    Conversely, bidets require no toilet paper or just a little to dry off, which can also be achieved with a hand towel.

    Ewww.

    Edit: Turns out I am culturally ignorant, and this is normal in some cultures.

    2 votes
  7. Comment on Are older voters turning away from Trump? in ~misc

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    They wont turn away from him by much. Trump could shoot someone and his base would still vote for him. His base is mostly older voters. While that might seem strange, given the older crowd are...

    They wont turn away from him by much.

    Trump could shoot someone and his base would still vote for him. His base is mostly older voters. While that might seem strange, given the older crowd are more at risk from Covid, they genuinely believe Democrats are worse. Hillary's emails, Obamagate, Hunter etc... Plus they are highly motivated by supreme court appointments (strategically it was a brilliant move for McConnell to postpone the supreme court nomination to after the election.)

    While it might seem odd to prioritize supreme court nominations over life and safety, supreme court appointments are for life, and we have apparently stopped even pretending that these appointments are non-partisan.

    If you look at the impact the supreme court has had over the last twenty years, it makes sense. The supreme court decided the 2000 election should go to Bush. They somehow contrived "one man one vote" to mean states could not consider hanging chads. They did this in such a way that set no precedent for the future. Which means this ruling was specific to Bush v Gore. Yet when it comes to anonymous money flowing into elections (Citizens United), obviously gerrymandered voting districts (North Carolina), polling places being closed in ways that impact minorities (Shelby County) or basic congressional oversight of a president... the supreme court is much more reluctant to get involved in politics.

    So for those of you non-Americans wondering why a third of America still supports Trump, it's because a third of Americans are convinced that having a Republican as president is far more important than a competent administration or a fairly democratic country.

    6 votes
  8. Comment on At first, the disappearance of the wife of one of Norway's richest people seemed to be an abduction – but then suspicion turned on the husband in ~news

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    https://www.thelocal.no/20200428/norway-billionaire-tom-hagen-seized-over-wifes-disappearance So the husband is a technophobe, was being voluntarily monitored, and the police have no evidence...

    According to VG's crime commentator Øystein Milli it is likely that Hagen had an accomplice who played the role of the kidnappers sending encrypted and coded messages during ransom negotiations.

    "I think it seems unlikely that he has played the opposing party while he has been voluntarily monitored and the police have followed his communication channel," he said. "He would have had to be able to send encrypted messages at the same time, which I find it hard to believe."

    https://www.thelocal.no/20200428/norway-billionaire-tom-hagen-seized-over-wifes-disappearance

    So the husband is a technophobe, was being voluntarily monitored, and the police have no evidence other than they ruled out all other possible leads?

    2 votes
  9. Comment on What if you don't know if you want a child? in ~life

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    This isn't about having a child. Children make existing issues worse.

    This isn't about having a child.

    Children make existing issues worse.

    6 votes
  10. Comment on TSA working on plan to check temperatures at some American airports in ~health.coronavirus

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    Either end the TSA or have them perform temperature checks. The hard data on the cost/reward of temperature checks doesn't seem promising, but it still seems like a no brainer with low travel...

    Either end the TSA or have them perform temperature checks.

    The hard data on the cost/reward of temperature checks doesn't seem promising, but it still seems like a no brainer with low travel volumes, high uncertainty and a presumably under utilized TSA workforce.

    There is a lot of hard data on the effectiveness of TSA on preventing security breaches however, and as you point out, it does not make the high cost worth it.

    1 vote
  11. Comment on TSA working on plan to check temperatures at some American airports in ~health.coronavirus

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    Rep. Bennie Thompson, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, is worried about putting TSA "frontline workers in danger" just to give a "false sense of security?" Should I be enraged,...

    Rep. Bennie Thompson, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, said he was not supportive of temperature checking.

    "I cannot find any law that gives TSA the authority to perform temperature checks as reported. The health and safety of our Transportation Security Officers have already been put at great risk the past few months. The Administration should not put these frontline workers in further danger in order to provide passengers a potential false sense of safety," the Mississippi Democrat said.

    Rep. Bennie Thompson, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, is worried about putting TSA "frontline workers in danger" just to give a "false sense of security?"

    Should I be enraged, or just laugh? Because honestly I just don't know anymore.

    6 votes
  12. Comment on I made my first pseudo podcast today, really nervous about the sound of my voice and delivery. Any tips? in ~talk

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    Your voice is fine, you could hone your delivery, but it's really the content that is king. If I read from a script, I sound wooden. Here is what works for me. I listen to my recording and...

    Your voice is fine, you could hone your delivery, but it's really the content that is king.

    If I read from a script, I sound wooden. Here is what works for me. I listen to my recording and rerecord it. I Repeat that until I'm happy with it. I think about where I want to inject more emotion into my voice, or pause for............ dramatic effect!

    While you are listening to yourself, ask yourself, what is the hook, and what is the key takeaway? For the hook, you could start with your personal anecdote. Your struggles with this issue really make it more interesting and relevant. Do you have a call to action? What should your audience do differently? What can they do right now? Don't make me think. Make me think that I am thinking.

    You might be interested in two books. The Power of Habit talks about why habits are hard to change, and how to change them. Illusions by Richard Bach has a short section that takes the "am I responsible for anothers feelings" to absurd lengths.

    1 vote
  13. Comment on What does it mean to be a ‘Karen’? Karens explain: As the meme has become more prominent online, its meaning has become confused – with real-life Karens caught in the crosshairs in ~life

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    Of course, they put the complaining Karen up top All the cool Karens are at the end. At least it ends on a positive note?

    Of course, they put the complaining Karen up top

    “I spend a lot of time on Twitter, so I find it rather annoying,” says Karen

    All the cool Karens are at the end.

    Karen Sandler, an attorney and software freedom advocate, says at first she was “a little sad” to see her name being applied so negatively – “but it’s just so funny, and also clearly, a little bit true”.

    For the best-selling Christian novelist Karen Kingsbury, the meme came as a little welcome light relief. “Honestly, I hadn’t seen the ‘Karen’ meme until your email,” she replied. “I must say when I looked at it, I smiled and laughed. Out loud. Which is always a fun thing.”

    No, she wasn’t offended, Kingbsury wrote: “I don’t mind the meme. It’s not me.”

    At least it ends on a positive note?

    4 votes
  14. Comment on An inmate's love for math leads to new discoveries: published in the journal Research in Number Theory, he showed for the first time regularities in the approximation of a vast class of numbers in ~science

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    It is incredibly sad how hard it is for american prisoners to not only access medical care, but for them to even obtain educational resources at a reasonable price. The purpose of prisons in...

    It is incredibly sad how hard it is for american prisoners to not only access medical care, but for them to even obtain educational resources at a reasonable price.

    There are no teachers here who can help me so I often spend hundreds on books that may or may not contain the help I need. Thank you."

    My parents sent him loads of books. However, the prison blocked them all as they did not come from an authorized vendor. Havens worked with the prison staff and started the Prison Mathematics Project, where he would explain mathematics to other inmates. In exchange they were allowed a library and a room to meet biweekly. It worked—the box of books got admitted to the prison.

    The purpose of prisons in america has moved from punishment to profit center.

    5 votes
  15. Comment on House Democrats outline their next coronavirus relief bill, but GOP says it’s too soon to act in ~finance

  16. Comment on Republicans win two U.S. House special elections in ~news

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    When Trump accuses the Democrats of something they never did, it's usually him projecting. When Trump accuses the Democrats of something that no one has done (yet), it always alarms me. I fear the...

    Despite focusing on the supposed unreliability of mail ballots, Trump expressed additional outrage when the state of California agreed to add a polling station in the city of Lancaster, bringing to 13 the number of places where voters could cast ballots in the congressional district (as opposed to 1,000 in a normal non-coronavirus election). Despite Trump’s tweet that “They are trying to steal another election. It’s all rigged out there. These votes must not count. SCAM!,” the additional polling place was actually requested by the Republican mayor of Lancaster.

    When Trump accuses the Democrats of something they never did, it's usually him projecting.

    When Trump accuses the Democrats of something that no one has done (yet), it always alarms me.

    I fear the Republican party are planning to severely limit polling places in Democratic strongholds, while blocking vote by mail, and will blame Covid19.

    9 votes
  17. Comment on Biden is planning an FDR-size Presidency in ~misc

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    Great article. Assuming Democrats get 50-60 seats in the senate... does anyone know where the senate will land in terms of the filibuster in regards to Bidens ability to pass new laws? Can most of...

    Great article.

    Assuming Democrats get 50-60 seats in the senate... does anyone know where the senate will land in terms of the filibuster in regards to Bidens ability to pass new laws?

    Can most of these laws be passed via reconciliation, or will some of these laws require 60 senate votes?

    3 votes
  18. Comment on No vaccine in sight: The US was once at the cutting edge of pandemic prevention, then Big Pharma took over in ~health.coronavirus

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    This is a fantastic article on the problems of completely privatising pandemic research.

    This is a fantastic article on the problems of completely privatising pandemic research.

    2 votes