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  1. Comment on ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ exits Netflix; will launch on Paramount+ globally in ~tv

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    And if you're in the US and have T-Mobile, they're giving away a year of P+ too. It's admittedly the ad-enabled tier, but I won't complain for a free year.

    And if you're in the US and have T-Mobile, they're giving away a year of P+ too. It's admittedly the ad-enabled tier, but I won't complain for a free year.

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  2. Comment on Great, affordable downtowns that don't require a car? in ~life

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    I wouldn't call it underrated, but Denver might be a good option for you-- the urban core neighborhoods (Downtown, Cap Hill, the Highlands, Five Points) are all very walkable, the transit is...

    I wouldn't call it underrated, but Denver might be a good option for you-- the urban core neighborhoods (Downtown, Cap Hill, the Highlands, Five Points) are all very walkable, the transit is pretty decent (I live in Cap Hill and have been without a car for six years now-- this is worlds better than when I was out in the suburbs in the same situation), and there's lots to do. We have the benefit of being the largest metro area for 500+ miles in any direction, so events and concert tours almost always have a Denver stop.

    No beaches obviously, but we're quite close to the mountains for hiking/camping/winter sports, and even in town we have a pretty excellent trail system that connects most of the entire metro area. Outdoorsy activities are a big reason for a lot of people to have moved here, so there's little difficulty finding a group to get into those activities with if you want.

    The climate is honestly pretty mild here, the worst thing is wildfire season, but judging by this past year, that's going to be a problem pretty much anywhere in the west. Even when it snows, it's almost always melted away within a couple days, and it's rare to have more than a day or two where it's dreary and overcast, even in winter. It might be cold some of those days, but it'll still be sunny and much less depressing than midwest/east coast winters can be.

    Budgetwise, it's definitely doable to find a 2br in that price range, even close to a train station or one of the main bus routes that runs every 15 minutes or so.

    Finally, this place is dog crazy, and people will bring them everywhere. Just make sure to pack out the poop bags on the trail and we'll be fine.

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  3. Comment on An update on Standard Notes early pricing and roadmap in ~tech

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    It seems to be a bit of a grey area, but I use this open SN extensions repo and have no issues getting color themes or other editor extensions on my free plan. If they close off this workaround,...

    It seems to be a bit of a grey area, but I use this open SN extensions repo and have no issues getting color themes or other editor extensions on my free plan.

    If they close off this workaround, it'll just be the motivation I need to start self-hosting Standard Notes instead.

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  4. Comment on What if we could inoculate people against depression and trauma? in ~health

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    Problem is, I'd love this if it was combined with minimizing the need to put people in those situations in the first place, but I know that in our current world, these drugs will be used as an...

    Problem is, I'd love this if it was combined with minimizing the need to put people in those situations in the first place, but I know that in our current world, these drugs will be used as an excuse to not improve the working conditions or lives of these people in any meaningful, material way.

    I know this'll sound selfish, but our current system does not deserve drugs like this that can and will be used as an out to head off any true improvements in the underlying society. Fix that and then we can talk about inoculating people against trauma. Our socioeconomic system, just like individual people, needs to earn the trust to use these drugs properly, and I don't think anyone will argue that it absolutely has not.

    It's awesome that this research is going on, but all I see are monkey's paws coming from a hypothetical broad adoption of them given current conditions.

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  5. Comment on What if we could inoculate people against depression and trauma? in ~health

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    But it's also hard to recognize the need for social change when you're immune to the negative effects of existing structures, too. We already have the concept of survivorship bias, how would a...

    But it's also hard to recognize the need for social change when you're immune to the negative effects of existing structures, too. We already have the concept of survivorship bias, how would a treatment like this not do anything but exacerbate that tendency within people? One of the people who contributed to my own CPTSD used her growing up in a war zone as an excuse to invalidate my own mental health and situational struggles, just because I was in better material conditions than she had, and in fact would use it as an excuse to exert more physical and emotional violence against me. Inoculating her against her own trauma is something that I don't think would have removed that impulse or softened it.

    I don't enjoy the effects of my trauma, and yes, I'm definitely less productive than I would be without it, but I'm deeply uncomfortable with thinking of a world where I was inoculated against it but still dealt with the actions that created it regardless-- the "well you weren't technically harmed long term from it, so why would you think their actions were wrong?" attitude. It has me scared of a world where, just like now in a way, they just give you a pill and say "here you go, all better!" without addressing the material conditions that necessitated my mother putting me in the hands of her physically and emotionally violent mother because she couldn't afford childcare any other way, and had to work too much to keep us housed and fed to do it herself.

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  6. Comment on What if we could inoculate people against depression and trauma? in ~health

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    Not to mention, removing a means of people agitating for change in their lives-- if they're immune to what is an objectively depressing or anxiogenic situation, where does the motivation for...

    Not to mention, removing a means of people agitating for change in their lives-- if they're immune to what is an objectively depressing or anxiogenic situation, where does the motivation for improving said situation come from? It just seems like they'll be used as an ersatz fix for systemic issues that trigger these disorders in people, without ever addressing the material conditions that lead there in the first place.

    Even as someone with (C)PTSD, this class of drugs is absolutely terrifying for me to think of being in the hands of our current society.

    6 votes
  7. Comment on Hyundai electrifies its 1986 grandeur in a retro-futuristic restoration in ~design

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    I'm a sucker for retrofuturistic looks, and this is right up my alley. That Pony electrification mod with the Nixie tube dashboard is just perfect too. If only we'd get to see these as some kind...

    I'm a sucker for retrofuturistic looks, and this is right up my alley. That Pony electrification mod with the Nixie tube dashboard is just perfect too. If only we'd get to see these as some kind of limited run item for sale to the rest of us.

    As an aside, is anyone as annoyed as I am by their insistence on all-lowercase for everything except headers on this site? It's stupid yet utterly infuriating, and makes it harder for me to focus on reading the text, for whatever reason. As one of my coworkers said after showing them the Mopet dog scooter thing, "I love the idea but the site design alone is enough to guarantee I never buy it", until I sent them the actual Mopet site.

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  8. Comment on Post-SSRI Sexual Dysfunction in ~health

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    This was one of the main reasons why I tapered off and eventually stopped taking sertraline last year. It had gotten to the point where it was affecting my relationship, and ironically was making...

    This was one of the main reasons why I tapered off and eventually stopped taking sertraline last year. It had gotten to the point where it was affecting my relationship, and ironically was making me feel incredibly depressed about it, defeating half the purpose of my taking the medication in the first place. (Other reason is that I have ADHD as well, and even with my meds for that, sertraline seemed to exacerbate my ADHD symptoms, since I do use a certain amount of anxiety as a motivational coping mechanism there.)

    It's frustrating because it's been almost a year and a half since I was finally fully tapered off (my PCP worked with me on the plan for that, so thankfully I avoided most of the brain zaps and other SSRI withdrawal symptoms), and while the flattened affect and worsened ADHD symptoms have abated, I'm still dealing with the sexual dysfunction-- an absolute nightmare now that I'm single and in the dating game too. I've been avoiding trying the ED drugs as a solution, but I'm starting to worry that that might be the only way to fix this.

    Another frustration is that when I first broached the depression and anxiety issues with my doctor and therapist that led to me being placed on sertraline, I explicitly mentioned the sexual side effects as something I wanted to avoid, since I have friends and family who have been dealing with these issues from SSRIs as well. I even tried suggesting that we do something like buproprion instead, since it has a much lower incidence of these side effects, but nope, it was an SSRI or nothing for the first round. It's hard, since had I known that I'd still be dealing with this going on two years after discontinuation, I don't think I would have gone on it--yet I also know that I needed pharmacological assistance on top of therapy to deal with my depression at the time.

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  9. Comment on Apple / iOS rant in ~tech

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    I wish they would have kept going with the lack of rich features for SMS fallback and not enabled the reactions to messages via SMS. I'm so tired of getting the "Loved (message you just sent)"...

    I wish they would have kept going with the lack of rich features for SMS fallback and not enabled the reactions to messages via SMS. I'm so tired of getting the "Loved (message you just sent)" texts from friends and family with iPhones.

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  10. Comment on Dutch cities want to ban property investors in all neighborhoods in ~news

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    Well, most of my private landlords have utterly failed at both of those things (both small time owners and large corporate owned complexes), so the "free market" isn't exactly doing great either...

    to the building being well maintained and rents not being too high.

    Well, most of my private landlords have utterly failed at both of those things (both small time owners and large corporate owned complexes), so the "free market" isn't exactly doing great either at providing good rental housing.

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  11. Comment on What shortages have you noticed recently? in ~talk

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    I tried to find a small couch for my apartment back in March and April. Everywhere I check has been constantly out of stock for any that are small enough to fit in my space. Thankfully I've had...

    I tried to find a small couch for my apartment back in March and April. Everywhere I check has been constantly out of stock for any that are small enough to fit in my space. Thankfully I've had little reason to have anyone over for more than brief periods before going somewhere else, but it's frustrating that I can't find anything, even used at a thrift store or on Craigslist.

    There was a small futon that someone had outside an encampment in my city, and I'd be lying if I didn't say the thought of buying it off of whoever had it there briefly crossed my mind.

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  12. Comment on Inderkum High School teacher to be fired after allegedly indoctrinating students with "antifa" ideals in ~news

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    Honestly, the only corroborated things (the stamps and maybe some of his wall materials, since the letter says that "Not all of the material was inappropriate", but also does not explicitly say...

    Honestly, the only corroborated things (the stamps and maybe some of his wall materials, since the letter says that "Not all of the material was inappropriate", but also does not explicitly say that any of it was, which makes me think that none of it was, otherwise they would have specified, a la the stamps) do not rise to the level of a fireable offense, in my eyes. By that standard, a teacher who says they want to "win students to God" while at church or the like and runs a Fellowship of Christian Athletes club (something my HS had, and something I bet this school, or at lest one in this district, has as well) should be getting terminated for a desire to indoctrinate students, according to this standard, even if they do not explicitly say so in class.

    This is still a Project Veritas-driven witch hunt and the superintendent's statement does nothing to prove otherwise. What's the overlap between the students claiming that he stated his belief that students will move to the left as a result of his class, and the families that brought in the PV grifters instead of, you know, lodging a complaint with the principal or district first?

    With statements like "Through the district's investigation, there are no specific events right now to prove that" (in reference to alleged telling students about community events that may have become "unsafe") and that the first notification to the district was from Project Veritas, it still looks like a witch hunt done to appease some loud right wing parents.

    The stamps would be worthy of an official reprimand in my eyes (I wonder what the "insensitive statement" mentioned is as well), but everything else is such hearsay and couched in such vague terms that I hope the teacher's union fights hard against his full termination.

    Again, had this been someone being openly right wing, I highly doubt we'd hear anything about it, nor would the teacher be getting terminated. It's a hypocritical double standard.

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  13. Comment on Inderkum High School teacher to be fired after allegedly indoctrinating students with "antifa" ideals in ~news

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    Oh, Project Veritas is involved? Not that I had much of a belief in this accounting of events beforehand, but now I have absolutely none. How does anyone think that after years of O'Keefe's...

    Oh, Project Veritas is involved? Not that I had much of a belief in this accounting of events beforehand, but now I have absolutely none. How does anyone think that after years of O'Keefe's shenanigans that anything they put out has the slightest bit of credibility without corroboration by someone else?

    But of course, if it was far right indoctrination, he most likely wouldn't be getting fired, nor would we be hearing about it. What a sham mess.

    Also shame on these parents, being antifascist does not equal being a communist. FFS I wish people had to learn what all these different ideologies actually are before spouting off about "communist indoctrination". My dead Oma, who raised me and my family to be staunchly antifascist (having grown up in Nazi Germany herself) while being 110% not a communist (or even on the left farther than being a milquetoast centrist Democrat, at least after getting her US citizenship) herself, must be spinning in her grave right now.

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  14. Comment on We work at the ACLU. Here’s what we think about vaccine mandates. in ~health.coronavirus

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    For an internal example, I was required to bring my vaccination records to my (public) university after registration in order to be able to register for classes. I don't have children myself, but...

    For an internal example, I was required to bring my vaccination records to my (public) university after registration in order to be able to register for classes. I don't have children myself, but my parents had to bring mine to my elementary school back when I started kindergarten as well, in the mid 90s. My father had to turn his in to the military when he joined, in addition to getting a few for tropical diseases that aren't part of the standard regimen. My mother works in healthcare and has been required to get annual flu shots (on top of the standard shot regimens) as a condition of employment for her entire career, including working for a state-run facility. She still has her CDC vax card for H1N1 back in 2009, even!

    The military one is its own beast since that entails losing some civilian rights while in active service, but it's been a thing for public school attendance (which is a right) at all levels for a very long time.

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  15. Comment on After data is posted on conspiracy site, Colorado county's voting machines are banned in ~news

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    I know it's just a different style, but to my American eyes I honestly distrust the super simplifed look of those Canadian ballots more-- it looks like something they'd give children as a way to...

    I know it's just a different style, but to my American eyes I honestly distrust the super simplifed look of those Canadian ballots more-- it looks like something they'd give children as a way to explain how voting works to me. Do they give you a booklet with each race/initiative on its own page then? Or do you not directly vote on anything besides MPs/mayors/city councilors up there?

    The American ballot is easy to just scan for boxes, the text is largely irrelevant beyond a title for a recount. I don't see why our Scantron-style ballots (which, at least for us Americans, is a near-universal thing used in schools for tests) would be the source of conspiracies themselves, when they've been this way since before the current election conspiracies existed.

    I for one would be utterly unwilling to sacrifice the elements of direct democracy we do have in exchange for a Fisher-Price looking ballot. The conspiracists would latch on to something about those too, in all likelihood.

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  16. Comment on After data is posted on conspiracy site, Colorado county's voting machines are banned in ~news

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    Given that the clerk in question is also accused of straight up not counting ballots, I don't think hand counting would fix the rot in Mesa County, or do much to dissuade the conspiracy theorists....

    Given that the clerk in question is also accused of straight up not counting ballots, I don't think hand counting would fix the rot in Mesa County, or do much to dissuade the conspiracy theorists.

    And our ballots are hand-countable, the article even mentions hand counting as an option for Mesa County in their next elections. They're fundamentally the same as what you described, just with the addition of voter initatives/referenda/constitutional amendments and ones referred to the voters from the state legislature. Those provisions have been in place since the state constitution was ratified here, in an era when all elections were handcounted by necessity, so it's not as if the addition of some yes/no questions makes it untenable to count them by hand.

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  17. Comment on After data is posted on conspiracy site, Colorado county's voting machines are banned in ~news

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    These are ballot counting machines, not full on digital voting-- we use paper ballots in Colorado. I don't think we've ever used fully electronic voting here. Granted, my family has always voted...

    These are ballot counting machines, not full on digital voting-- we use paper ballots in Colorado. I don't think we've ever used fully electronic voting here. Granted, my family has always voted by mail since even before it was universal (I've literally voted in an actual polling place once in my life, when I moved a couple weeks before Election Day), so I'm not 100% sure if it used to be electronic at all.

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  18. Comment on FDA grants full approval to Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine in ~health.coronavirus

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    Hopefully Moderna is gonna be fully approved soon as well. Not that I'm too worried, but if the full approval is what is holding back some requirements to be fully vaccinated, I don't want someone...

    Hopefully Moderna is gonna be fully approved soon as well. Not that I'm too worried, but if the full approval is what is holding back some requirements to be fully vaccinated, I don't want someone being "well, you got Moderna so it doesn't count since it's not fully approved yet." (Plus it seems to be doing better against Delta, at least in my state-- the rate of breakthrough infections is lower for those who received Moderna vs Pfizer or JnJ)

    Hopefully this gets some of the holdouts I know on board, but I'm afraid it's just gonna expose it as the latest excuse people latched on to that could at least sound like an informed decision, rather than a post hoc rationalization of why they won't get the shots.

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  19. Comment on What useless information do you have memorized? in ~talk

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    The cheesy song set to the tune of the Brady Bunch theme that my elementary school Spanish teacher used on us to learn the conjugations of ser. I haven't taken Spanish in over 20 years and I'm...

    The cheesy song set to the tune of the Brady Bunch theme that my elementary school Spanish teacher used on us to learn the conjugations of ser. I haven't taken Spanish in over 20 years and I'm pretty sure I'll never forget that.

    Also to combine two of the most common responses, the 90's radio jingle and phone number for the local paper's classified ads section. I don't think that ad has run in over 20 years now (and the version that had the phone number without area code stopped even earlier when we got a second and switched to 10 digit dialing), I was a child and had zero reason to list anything in the classifieds in my life, but I'll never forget 825-2525.

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  20. Comment on What’s a mistake many people do not know they are making? in ~talk

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    Can't speak for them, but in my more cynical, defeated-feeling moments I look at it as a sunk cost fallacy thing-- if I've tried and tried and still not succeeded, why keep throwing good money and...

    Can't speak for them, but in my more cynical, defeated-feeling moments I look at it as a sunk cost fallacy thing-- if I've tried and tried and still not succeeded, why keep throwing good money and effort after bad? If "the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results", at what point does continuing to try become insanity?

    If you don't have much in the way of past success to draw upon, the whole quote just rings incredibly hollow.

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