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  1. Comment on Trump's blog isn't lighting up the internet in ~tech

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    Am I the only one who feels this is more likely owed to the fact that, in the end, Fox News and the GOP never liked Trump himself? Because if they wanted to, they could just air what he says...

    Am I the only one who feels this is more likely owed to the fact that, in the end, Fox News and the GOP never liked Trump himself? Because if they wanted to, they could just air what he says regularly to keep most if not nearly all of his audience informed* on what he has to say about the US, and little would have changed other than the people debunking him wouldn't be in his very posts, at least when people find it relevant enough, rather than just "standard Trump".

    4 votes
  2. Comment on NYC snow days: Dismay as school snow days cancelled in ~life

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    Snow days have been cancelled for public schools in New York City, with students now expected to continue their classes from home.

    Snow days see schools and similar institutions close when there is heavy snowfall or other extreme weather.

    Authorities say students successfully managed the move to remote learning during lockdowns, and the days off will not continue in the new school year.

    They do not occur often in New York City - Mayor Bill de Blasio only declared seven during his first five years in office, according to the New York Times.

    Many disappointed students, parents and teachers took to social media to reminisce about snowball fights and bobsled races.

    "It seems like callousness bordering on cruelty to scrap one of childhood's greatest pleasures in favour of a rehash of pandemic life," New York Times opinion columnist Michelle Goldberg wrote.

    7 votes
  3. Comment on What did you do this weekend? in ~talk

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    (Offtopic?) If you don't know what this means, it apparently just means people who you trust not to infect you in quarantine if they come visit or vice-versa. From this article:

    (Offtopic?)

    However, we're not currently "bubbled" with anyone else, so his choices weren't great.

    If you don't know what this means, it apparently just means people who you trust not to infect you in quarantine if they come visit or vice-versa. From this article:

    A “bubble” is an unofficial term used to describe the cluster of people outside your household with whom you feel comfortable spending time during the pandemic.

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  4. Comment on What did you do this weekend? in ~talk

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    For mother's day, me and my father went to a decently close shopping center/mall to buy my and his mother some clothing. After some deliberation while going around the various clothing stores in...

    For mother's day, me and my father went to a decently close shopping center/mall to buy my and his mother some clothing. After some deliberation while going around the various clothing stores in the area, we decided that, for my mom, some comfy pajamas would be good, so we bought her some of those and she liked them much more than I thought she would, which made me happy because I actually took a part in deciding what to pick, so I actually helped in picking something she liked.

    Otherwise, nothing much.

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  5. Comment on Orthodox Marian hymn: Agni Parthene/Maria, Blessed Virgin (Church Slavonic rendition) in ~music

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    Apparently it was made from the late 19th to the early 20th century, first published in Greek in 1905, albeit Wikipedia is not unanimous in this claim. This rendition apparently released in 2012...

    Apparently it was made from the late 19th to the early 20th century, first published in Greek in 1905, albeit Wikipedia is not unanimous in this claim. This rendition apparently released in 2012 but the song in Slavonic itself is far older, but no specific dates.

    Video with latinized lyrics and an English translation as a caption

    1 vote
  6. Comment on Weekly US politics news and updates thread - week of May 3 in ~news

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    Not super recent, but noteworthy IMO: Biden administration makes clear that the CIA has only "low to moderate confidence" in its intel on alleged Russian bounties for U.S. troops

    Not super recent, but noteworthy IMO:

    Biden administration makes clear that the CIA has only "low to moderate confidence" in its intel on alleged Russian bounties for U.S. troops

    WASHINGTON — While he was campaigning for president, Joe Biden treated as fact that U.S. intel agencies had determined Russia had paid the Taliban to kill Americans in Afghanistan.

    "I don't understand why this president is unwilling to take on Putin when he's actually paying bounties to kill American soldiers in Afghanistan," Biden said of President Trump, speaking to Kristen Welker of NBC News during the Oct. 22 presidential debate.

    Such a definitive statement was questionable even then. On Thursday, it became more clear that the truth of the matter is unresolved.

    Last fall, while Biden was a candidate, Pentagon officials told NBC News they could not substantiate that such bounties were paid.

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  7. Comment on Weekly US politics news and updates thread - week of May 3 in ~news

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    Admittedly there's a whole lot more in the article than just this, but this alone IMO makes it worth posting: It's been just over half a year since the 2020 election, and up to 3 out of 4...

    Admittedly there's a whole lot more in the article than just this, but this alone IMO makes it worth posting:
    It's been just over half a year since the 2020 election, and up to 3 out of 4 Republicans still don't believe Biden won

    A big majority of Republicans still won’t accept the presidential election results.
    President Biden took office more than three months ago, but Republicans are not any closer to accepting his victory now than they were then. The latest CNN/SSRS survey, released on April 30, found that 70 percent of Republicans believed the false allegation that Biden did not legitimately defeat former President Trump; just 23 percent said Biden legitimately won. Meanwhile, Democrats (97-3 percent) and independents (69-27 percent) said Biden had won fairly. These numbers are very similar to what CNN/SSRS found in mid-January, just before Biden’s inauguration.

    Democrats know Biden won, 3/4 Republicans still disagree

    4 votes
  8. Comment on Fuck cancer in ~talk

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    This is pretty brief, but here goes. My grandmother got a cancer diagnosis 1 or 2 years ago and when she got hospitalized, my mother took a bus to cross the entire country in 3 days of traveling....

    Also, if anyone has any personal experience of battling or having people close to you battle cancer please feel free to share if you want to. Cancer fucking sucks.

    This is pretty brief, but here goes.

    My grandmother got a cancer diagnosis 1 or 2 years ago and when she got hospitalized, my mother took a bus to cross the entire country in 3 days of traveling. When she got to the hospital, she said she had to split 12 hours of the day with my grandfather to basically be there either alongside my grandma or close to her in the hallway. She said when she saw her, my grandma was too weakened to speak at all. She said the experience made her sick in a literal or almost literal manner.

    If you have a mom in your life please give her an extra hug/e-hug this mother's day for me.

    My mom recently said something along the lines of "do y'all have any plans for mother's day? Because I sure hope y'all are grateful for having a mother. Because I don't anymore."

    6 votes
  9. Comment on On incels, dead bedrooms and the hard problems of loneliness in ~life

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    I agree a lot of those people probably don't have a good idea of what they want and can/can't tolerate in a relationship and their partner and just operate on the assumption that most women will...

    It might be difficult for them because their low standards (which seem to be any living woman willing to have sex with them) is counter-intuitively lowering their dating pool.

    I agree a lot of those people probably don't have a good idea of what they want and can/can't tolerate in a relationship and their partner and just operate on the assumption that most women will do, but I also wonder if some of those people would be too worried about just finding someone that will have a relationship with them to actually state and filter for what they want if they figured if out anyway.

    That being said, this holds on the assumption that this scarcity mindset is at least based on their experiences and can't easily be 'solved' or significantly mitigated by stuff like being more hygienic, paying attention to how they put things when talking* or giving limited relevance to rejections from people who would never be good partners for you anyway, or just not being a misogynist, which definitely doesn't apply to everyone.

    Also, the stereotype for incels in particular is that they have comically high standards, so that doesn't apply to everyone that relates to, for lack of a better term, "the feel of no gf".

    *Admittedly not an ideal example IMO.

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  10. Comment on Why did the Democratic and Republican parties switch platforms? in ~humanities

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    Mildly offtopic/meta, but it's worth noting that this article is about the economic shift of the parties in the late 19th to early 20th centuries, not the much more widely covered social shift...

    Mildly offtopic/meta, but it's worth noting that this article is about the economic shift of the parties in the late 19th to early 20th centuries, not the much more widely covered social shift from the 40s and 50s to the 60s and 70s. I think this is great because that shift is rarely covered, but I find that worth specifying.

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  11. Comment on Is there anything considered pseudoscientific/unscientific that you suspect has some truth to it and might be re-examined in the future? in ~talk

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    I think what he means is that scientists haven't researched all that deeply into things that are probably obvious enough so people don't bother to research them any more than the presumably meager...

    I think what he means is that scientists haven't researched all that deeply into things that are probably obvious enough so people don't bother to research them any more than the presumably meager amounts they have and aren't given given funds to do so.

    Personally though, if I were to argue those things are considered unscientific I'd argue in the sense that it reminds people ('us') of the stuff we're told we all should do as children and don't.

    "Eat your greens"

    "Go outside"

    "Don't be sedentary, daily exercise is good for you"

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  12. Comment on Let's talk about attention in ~talk

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    Not really, but most of the time I'm content enough with it. Fortunately it isn't too bad, I can still sit down and do stuff like the stuff from school, but I couldn't really say I really...

    Are you happy with your ability to manage your attention and focus?

    Not really, but most of the time I'm content enough with it. Fortunately it isn't too bad, I can still sit down and do stuff like the stuff from school, but I couldn't really say I really meaningfully held a lot of that stuff in my memory if it wasn't about something I cared about or found cool/interesting. Also sometimes my parents will tell me to do something menial like going to the grocery store and that will make me not really pay any attention to listen, prompting me to forget what they said immediately. Also, if I have nothing to do, like when waiting at a supermarket I will need to rotate between basically anything around me to look at. I'm not sure if that's just a normal reaction to boredom or something actually worth noting though.

    A bigger problem I have is occasionally not paying attention if my parents are doing something and sometimes that'll extend to them doing something important for me, where I very likely should pay attention, but don't unless I'm doing something at the moment rather than my parents. I'm not sure if this is subconscious or not, I only realize it happened when my parents are pissed off I didn't notice (facepalm)

    Do you feel like you're in control of your attention? Is it something you have to manage?

    Sometimes I have to stop and actively pay attention to something, or don't pay attention when I should, but otherwise no. I credit this to the fact that most of my time is spent doing things that don't require much attention however, rather than crediting myself.

    Do you feel as if anything has changed over time?

    I don't think I remember that aspect of my childhood well enough to answer.

    How would you describe your attention/focus to someone who experiences theirs in a different way from you?

    Imagine your focus and attention span work like mine. Usually, you're focusing on your phone. You've looked at screens since you've learned to speak, so this is as good as natural to you.

    Sometimes however, you will be takes with doing something else like classes. Usually you will focus fine on the moment, but if you aren't interested, you probably won't recall the answers to the questions in your material nor the questions you answered.

    Sometimes, your parents ask you to do something menial, like buying groceries or esfihas. Usually, you will stop and focus, but sometimes you won't and you will either ask your parents that they wanted again or hope whatever you understood was actually what they asked.

    Sometimes, your parents will take you along when they're doing stuff. This happened a lot more when you were younger, but to you that's a cue to focus on whatever is around you rather than what they're doing (as I said, I have no idea if this is subconscious or not. This can sometimes happen when they do something important for you, which will piss them off.

    Sometimes you will be waiting, with nothing to focus at, for you're not at home, where your Wi-Fi is. These times, you will probably briefly focus on various small things around you a few times over until you stop because that's a poor method of killing time. Also, the first hour or 2 of sleep feels just like that, except a song is playing on your head unless you focus on the noise of the fan (assuming it's on for the night), fap or actively try to focus on what little background noise there is or actively try to not have a song playing on your head. This means that, for you, there is a very clear distinction between laying in your bed late at night with your eyes closed and actually sleeping.

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  13. Comment on Мы - армия народа (We are the army of the people) by the Alexandrov ensemble/Red army choir (1981-82) in ~music

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    The official name of the group is apparently Академический Ансамбль песни и пляски Российской Армии имени А.В. Алек according to YouTube. I have found nothing saying when it was made, only 2...

    The official name of the group is apparently Академический Ансамбль песни и пляски Российской Армии имени А.В. Алек according to YouTube. I have found nothing saying when it was made, only 2 people who uploaded it saying it was made in 81 and 82 respectively.

    A soviet song praising the Red Army, albeit it's still used by the Russian army today. When they talk about remembering Borodino, they're probably referring to the battle at Borodino field, which is close to Moscow.

    Version with Latin alphabet transliteration and English translation

    1 vote
  14. Comment on On incels, dead bedrooms and the hard problems of loneliness in ~life

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    I agree, I'm just talking about how it might sound to potentially a lot of people, since toxic masculinity and other issues specific to or more frequent in men aren't something talked about too...

    I agree, I'm just talking about how it might sound to potentially a lot of people, since toxic masculinity and other issues specific to or more frequent in men aren't something talked about too often IMO.

    3 votes
  15. Comment on Is there anything considered pseudoscientific/unscientific that you suspect has some truth to it and might be re-examined in the future? in ~talk

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    I think that if climate change goes unmitigated, malthusianism and the idea that the planet can have and currently has too many people in it will be taken more seriously. Given we're already at...

    I think that if climate change goes unmitigated, malthusianism and the idea that the planet can have and currently has too many people in it will be taken more seriously. Given we're already at the point where we have no more than 10 years to avoid the worst of climate change and so much of the world is still woefully underdeveloped, it's not really unreasonable to claim the world doesn't have room for all of us. The main problem is figuring out how to reduce our population to a point where it does without reinventing eugenics.

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