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  1. Comment on Any Tilde Town members here? in ~tech

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    Hi! I'm a Towner, and indeed often when I talk about this site people mistake it for that community. My experience with the Town has been much more positive than here, though, I must say. I'd...

    Hi! I'm a Towner, and indeed often when I talk about this site people mistake it for that community. My experience with the Town has been much more positive than here, though, I must say. I'd rather not state my username outright but it's easy to guess, or I'll tell you in DMs.

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  2. Comment on What are some of your favorite tabletop RPG systems and settings, and what do you love about them? in ~games.tabletop

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    Honestly, LANCER has been one of the lowest friction games I've run in a while. The digital toolset (https://compcon.app) is the best I've ever used, far better than D&D beyond, and makes it very...

    Honestly, LANCER has been one of the lowest friction games I've run in a while. The digital toolset (https://compcon.app) is the best I've ever used, far better than D&D beyond, and makes it very easy to add your own content to the toolset as well.

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  3. Comment on What are some of your favorite tabletop RPG systems and settings, and what do you love about them? in ~games.tabletop

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    I've just started running a new LANCER campaign, and it's basically the perfect game for me - loose, easy to mould roleplay mechanics and ultra-crunchy (but pretty streamlined) combat coupled with...

    I've just started running a new LANCER campaign, and it's basically the perfect game for me - loose, easy to mould roleplay mechanics and ultra-crunchy (but pretty streamlined) combat coupled with a wonderful, moderately hard sci-fi setting that puts human conflict front and center, with enough Spooky Space Shit to provide good story hooks and cosmic horror themes. Plus it's written by the Kill Six Billion Demons guy.

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  4. Comment on Queen Elizabeth II dies in ~news

  5. Comment on Queen Elizabeth II dies in ~news

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    I'm not sure what you mean by this - I'm not friends with any "professional opinion havers," and most of what I see is coming from normal people just making jokes.

    The opinions being expressed by professional opinion havers simply aren't representative of the median.

    I'm not sure what you mean by this - I'm not friends with any "professional opinion havers," and most of what I see is coming from normal people just making jokes.

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  6. Comment on Queen Elizabeth II dies in ~news

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    I think people mostly don't like that they live incredibly lavish lifestyles, paid for by taxes, in order to further the image of UK imperialism. In case you haven't heard (genuinely, it's not...

    I think people mostly don't like that they live incredibly lavish lifestyles, paid for by taxes, in order to further the image of UK imperialism. In case you haven't heard (genuinely, it's not international news much) there's a cost of living crisis in the UK at the moment.

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  7. Comment on Queen Elizabeth II dies in ~news

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    It's a hell of an exception. Including the Commonwealth diaspora, that's a decent fraction of the entire world's population. To provide one perspective, most of my friends are either people of...

    Exception being Irish and former commonwealth nations where mocking the symbol of imperialism is something of a pastime.

    It's a hell of an exception. Including the Commonwealth diaspora, that's a decent fraction of the entire world's population.

    To provide one perspective, most of my friends are either people of color, many of whom dislike imperialists on principle, Jewish, or of Irish, Scottish, or Welsh descent. I haven't heard a single one say anything more than vaguely neutral about the situation, and someone invited me out drinking yesterday for the occasion.

    Not to mention all the Princess Diana fans, who've hated her guts since the late 80s. That's like half of Gen X.

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  8. Comment on Queen Elizabeth II dies in ~news

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    People are happy that a symbol of one of the largest and most violent empires of the 20th century is gone. I'm inclined to let them have their fun, whether on Twitter or in the streets of Dublin.

    People are happy that a symbol of one of the largest and most violent empires of the 20th century is gone. I'm inclined to let them have their fun, whether on Twitter or in the streets of Dublin.

    18 votes
  9. Comment on "LGB Alliance" found to violate UK nonprofit code in ~lgbt

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    According to the UK Fundraising Regulator, the government has found that "the charity’s fundraising was false and misleading, as it claimed it was the UK’s only registered charity set up to...

    According to the UK Fundraising Regulator, the government has found that "the charity’s fundraising was false and misleading, as it claimed it was the UK’s only registered charity set up to protect and promote the rights of people with lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) orientation."

    LGB Alliance is a hate group dedicated to fighting solidarity between lesbian, gay, and bisexual people and transgender people.

    12 votes
  10. Comment on Interrogating Gender-Exploratory Therapy (Perspectives on psychological science) in ~lgbt

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    Opposition to gender-affirmative approaches to care for transgender youths by some clinicians has recently begun to consolidate around “gender exploratory therapy” as a proposed alternative. Whereas gender-affirmative approaches follow the client’s lead when it comes to gender, gender-exploratory therapy discourages gender affirmation in favor of exploring through talk therapy the potential pathological roots of youths’ trans identities or gender dysphoria. [...] The questions are followed by an exploration of the strong conceptual and narrative similarities between gender-exploratory therapy and conversion practices. Finally, the ethical dimensions of gender-exploratory therapy are discussed from the lenses of therapeutic neutrality, patient-centered care, loving attention, and therapeutic alliance, suggesting that the approach may be unethical.

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  11. Comment on How the idea of a “transgender contagion” went viral—and caused untold harm in ~lgbt

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    This, for me, is a really important point. It's my personal opinion that puberty blockers and HRT should be available over the counter. It's very hard to hurt yourself with either - much harder...

    it seems like the legitimacy of being transgender (or gay) often hinges on the idea that you're born a certain way and you can't change it. [...] The argument for supporting and affirming transgender people is currently understood as a human rights issue, and not a question of liberty.

    This, for me, is a really important point. It's my personal opinion that puberty blockers and HRT should be available over the counter. It's very hard to hurt yourself with either - much harder than, say, Tylenol! - and the majority of the resulting changes aren't permanent until you take the medicine for quite a while.

    It's a question of bodily autonomy and I think we as a society only restrict these drugs because, frankly, we view transitioning as the worst possible outcome for trans people. For many, it's actually viewed as worse than suicide.

    The argument that's always brought up is "well, imagine taking these drugs and having life-altering, permanent changes to your body that you don't like!" but, of course, that's exactly what happens to every trans person who isn't able to access puberty blockers or HRT during their natal puberty. It happened to me, and it's absolutely unconscionable to force it on anyone.

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  12. Comment on How the idea of a “transgender contagion” went viral—and caused untold harm in ~lgbt

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    Just like the social contagion of left-handedness lmao

    Just like the social contagion of left-handedness lmao

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  13. Comment on How the idea of a “transgender contagion” went viral—and caused untold harm in ~lgbt

  14. Comment on How the idea of a “transgender contagion” went viral—and caused untold harm in ~lgbt

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    It definitely is for some people! I've heard lots of folks report that they've always felt gender dysphoria or gender euphoria, but only started calling themselves trans, of course, once they were...

    I don't see how anyone can assume that being trans is something you're born with

    It definitely is for some people! I've heard lots of folks report that they've always felt gender dysphoria or gender euphoria, but only started calling themselves trans, of course, once they were exposed to the concept. Is this perhaps what you're referring to?

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  15. Comment on How the idea of a “transgender contagion” went viral—and caused untold harm in ~lgbt

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    They are if they use this as an argument to restrict people's bodily autonomy. I agree here. Science has little to do with it, except in validating that particular interventions are safe and...

    the underlying assumption that anyone who disagrees with the paradigms that (gender is distinct from sex) and that (given that gender is distinct from sex, gender identity is not merely a choice but something that someone is born with) is a terrible person

    They are if they use this as an argument to restrict people's bodily autonomy.

    with little regard for science

    I agree here. Science has little to do with it, except in validating that particular interventions are safe and effective.

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  16. Comment on Cloudflare blocks Kiwifarms in ~tech

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    This is a really good analogy.

    This is a really good analogy.

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  17. Comment on Cloudflare blocks Kiwifarms in ~tech

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    I mean, Google Analytics is part of a huge percentage of websites; that doesn't mean they are "core infrastructure". If anything, the most "core" part of CF's business is it's DNS offering, which...

    I mean, Google Analytics is part of a huge percentage of websites; that doesn't mean they are "core infrastructure".

    If anything, the most "core" part of CF's business is it's DNS offering, which is not "just a pipe" at all.

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  18. Comment on Cloudflare blocks Kiwifarms in ~tech

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    This is factually incorrect; CF hosted and served several KF error pages which made snide references to the high suicide rate of transgender people. Edit: I'm also not sure what you mean by "core...

    This is factually incorrect; CF hosted and served several KF error pages which made snide references to the high suicide rate of transgender people.

    Edit: I'm also not sure what you mean by "core infrastructure," here. Is Akami, Fastly, etc also core infrastructure? Is my personal CDN? Is there a threshold?

    7 votes