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  1. Comment on China concealed extent of virus outbreak, U.S. Intelligence says in ~health.coronavirus

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    I have no doubt whatsoever that this is the case. I read a thread yesterday that noted there was a huge uptick in deaths listed as pneumonia (in Seattle reports maybe?), but lack of testing means...

    there is also a part of me that is wondering if this is just being pushed by Trump and the GOP because of how horribly they have bungled the response to this crisis.

    I have no doubt whatsoever that this is the case. I read a thread yesterday that noted there was a huge uptick in deaths listed as pneumonia (in Seattle reports maybe?), but lack of testing means there's a very good chance most of those were COVID-19. Then there's the story about the aircraft carrier captain being relieved of duty yesterday after he released a memo decrying conditions on the ship. It's a fucking clown show.

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  2. Comment on Internet Archive has created a National Emergency Library, allowing users access to all 1.4 million books in their collection with no waiting lists in ~books

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    There were a ton of authors and librarians complaining about this on Twitter yesterday. It seems like their concerns was mostly about the unlimited copies and the post doesn't really address that...

    There were a ton of authors and librarians complaining about this on Twitter yesterday. It seems like their concerns was mostly about the unlimited copies and the post doesn't really address that directly, other than to say, "yeah that's what we're doing."

    2 votes
  3. Comment on What games have you been playing, and what's your opinion on them? in ~games

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    Devil Daggers is basically a perfect game. I wish there was more of it since the art and feel of it is so fantastic, but of course the reason it's so good is its laser focus like you mentioned. I...

    Devil Daggers is basically a perfect game. I wish there was more of it since the art and feel of it is so fantastic, but of course the reason it's so good is its laser focus like you mentioned. I still check Sorath's twitter occasionally for news on a new project or something even though they haven't posted since 2018.

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  4. Comment on Trump hopes country will be reopened by Easter amid outbreak in ~health.coronavirus

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    Would you have been making the same disclaimer if the article was from the BBC instead? I suspect not, even though it's a British goverment publication, and the British certainly have a vested...

    Would you have been making the same disclaimer if the article was from the BBC instead? I suspect not, even though it's a British goverment publication, and the British certainly have a vested interest in promoting their own (and those of the USA) angles in that region's affairs.

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  5. Comment on "Missile Gap" by C. Stross (medium-length scifi novella) in ~misc

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    Accelerado has a lot of cool world-building and concepts, but it was a bit of a slog to read imo. I enjoyed Halting State and some of his other works I've read though.

    Accelerado has a lot of cool world-building and concepts, but it was a bit of a slog to read imo. I enjoyed Halting State and some of his other works I've read though.

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  6. Comment on Daily coronavirus-related chat, questions, and minor updates - March 18 in ~health.coronavirus

  7. Comment on What are some good books about pandemics, epidemiology, and/or infectious diseases? in ~books

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    I have not gotten around to it yet, but Big Farms Make Big Flu is next up for me after reading about it here.

    I have not gotten around to it yet, but Big Farms Make Big Flu is next up for me after reading about it here.

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  8. Comment on Subtle mechanics in Celeste that widen timing/positioning windows and make the game feel better to play in ~games.game_design

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    Love insights like these. This video interview with one of the Dead Cells devs shows a lot of their tricks too, some are basically the same techniques!

    Love insights like these. This video interview with one of the Dead Cells devs shows a lot of their tricks too, some are basically the same techniques!

    4 votes
  9. Comment on Everyone’s a socialist in a pandemic: Republicans want Medicare for all, but just for this one disease in ~misc

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    I doubt that most Puerto Ricans would agree with you.

    I doubt that most Puerto Ricans would agree with you.

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  10. Comment on Oil prices just fell 31% (and counting) with single biggest drop since Gulf War in ~finance

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    Rich people made billions off of the last recession, these events always hurt proles far more.

    Rich people made billions off of the last recession, these events always hurt proles far more.

    6 votes
  11. Comment on VCV Rack / Storm / Dubtechno Patch Jam / Synthikat in ~music

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    I downloaded this too last week after I listened to some of Richard Devine's music and saw a post on the orange site about Mutable Instruments. I've always wanted to get more into messing around...

    I downloaded this too last week after I listened to some of Richard Devine's music and saw a post on the orange site about Mutable Instruments. I've always wanted to get more into messing around with this stuff but have bounced off without really getting anywhere a couple times. I need to find some good tutorials.

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  12. Comment on World’s intact tropical forests reached ‘peak carbon uptake’ in 1990s in ~enviro

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    This is pretty bad if borne out. It seems like we're discovering more and more positive warming feedback loops (methane release in the tundras, increased heat absorption, etc) that will quickly...

    Parts of the intact Amazon that are affected by drought could turn from a carbon sink to a carbon source, according to our analysis. This will be because carbon losses from tree mortality overtake carbon gains from growth.

    Overall, we predict a sink-to-source transition of one of Earth’s major carbon sinks, with the Amazonia sink saturating first, followed later by the African sink.

    This is pretty bad if borne out. It seems like we're discovering more and more positive warming feedback loops (methane release in the tundras, increased heat absorption, etc) that will quickly accelerate us past the point where emission reductions will have time to take effect. I sure as shit don't plan on having kids.

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  13. Comment on Healthcare rant thread in ~health

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    little update: I forget who recommended the 1% selenium sulfide head & shoulders but I've been using it daily for the past week and it's cleared up almost entirely! just some very minor redness...

    little update: I forget who recommended the 1% selenium sulfide head & shoulders but I've been using it daily for the past week and it's cleared up almost entirely! just some very minor redness left, no flakes or scaly-ness at all. the cvs generic brand probably would've worked too since it's the same active ingredient, but I only used that a few times on and off because I was worried it might have been making it worse. so thanks for the nudge in the right direction, it's a big relief.

    3 votes
  14. Comment on Social Contagion: How China's rapid development created the conditions for an epidemic in ~humanities

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    Went to post this just now and saw it already had been, so here's a bump. This is a fantastic piece, the discussion of the historical conditions around past viral outbreaks was fascinating and...

    Went to post this just now and saw it already had been, so here's a bump. This is a fantastic piece, the discussion of the historical conditions around past viral outbreaks was fascinating and something I was completely ignorant of.

    While the cattle pandemics of early capitalist England were contained, the results elsewhere were far more devastating. The example with the largest historical impact is probably that of the rinderpest outbreak in Africa that took place in the 1890s. The date itself is no coincidence: rinderpest had plagued Europe with an intensity that closely followed the growth of large-scale agriculture, only held in check by the advance of modern science. But the late 19th century saw the height of European imperialism, epitomized by the colonization of Africa. Rinderpest was brought from Europe into East Africa with the Italians, who were seeking to catch up with other imperial powers by colonizing the Horn of Africa through a series of military campaigns. These campaigns mostly ended in failure, but the disease then spread through the indigenous cattle population and ultimately found its way into South Africa, where it devastated the early capitalist agricultural economy of the colony, even killing the herd on the estate of the infamous self-professed white supremacist Cecil Rhodes. The larger historical effect was undeniable: killing as many as 80-90% of all cattle, the plague resulted in an unprecedented famine across the predominantly pastoralist societies of Sub-Saharan Africa. This depopulation was then followed by the invasive colonization of the savannah by thornbush, which created a habitat for the tsetse fly which both carries sleeping sickness and prevents the grazing of livestock. This ensured that the repopulation of the region after the famine would be limited, and enabled the further spread of European colonial powers across the continent.

    I will definitely be reading the book they cite and pull heavily from in the article, Big Farms Make Big Flu.

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  15. Comment on Healthcare rant thread in ~health

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    I've been dealing with something similar for a while. It started as a single spot on one side of my nose, but now I have it on both sides and right in the middle of my forehead. I've tried...

    I've been dealing with something similar for a while. It started as a single spot on one side of my nose, but now I have it on both sides and right in the middle of my forehead. I've tried cortisone cream, cetaphil soap, and the CVS store brand dandruff shampoo. The soap with light exfoliation and regular moisturizing after showering has seemed to be the most effective, but I still haven't been to get rid of it entirely. It's super frustrating because I can't figure out a definitive pattern of what makes it worse or better. I've had issues with dandruff before, so my best guess is that it's seborrheic dermatitis. I really need to go to a dermatologist but it's hard to find the time. :\

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  16. Comment on Nevada culinary union lays into Sanders supporters after health care backlash in ~news

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    Geoconda Argüello-Kline, the spokesperson responsible for this statement, is a board member at the Center for American Progress. CAP is a union busting, establishment Democrat think tank,...

    Geoconda Argüello-Kline, the spokesperson responsible for this statement, is a board member at the Center for American Progress. CAP is a union busting, establishment Democrat think tank, currently headed by outspoken Sanders critic Neera Tanden.

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  17. Comment on Below - Announcing a new, easier Explore Mode and PS4 version in ~games

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    BELOW is one game where I for sure will be holding myself to the whole 'real' way to play (at 3 am with copious amounts of marijuana, according to a dev [i concur]), but I'm glad I'll have this...

    BELOW is one game where I for sure will be holding myself to the whole 'real' way to play (at 3 am with copious amounts of marijuana, according to a dev [i concur]), but I'm glad I'll have this option if I ever tap out. Love everything about its sense of exploration and difficulty, though my last wanderer is a pile of bones somewhere very deep. With the lantern. And no checkpoint lit. I haven't made a run in a while because of that, but I do think about it as much as Outer Wilds, so, a lot for a game.

    and the soundtrack is amazing, because it's Jim Guthrie of course

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  18. Comment on Surprise for New York renters: No more broker fees in ~life

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    I didn't even know broker fees were a thing until a friend of mine moved to Boston and told me about their experience finding a place. I think they also ended up paying around 7k. What a scam.

    I didn't even know broker fees were a thing until a friend of mine moved to Boston and told me about their experience finding a place. I think they also ended up paying around 7k. What a scam.

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  19. Comment on Demoted and Placed on Probation in ~tech

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    Protesting the drug war and/or US drug policy is good, even if his choice of protest was probably somewhat informed by the stimulant consumption. There's also good arguments to be made against...

    Protesting the drug war and/or US drug policy is good, even if his choice of protest was probably somewhat informed by the stimulant consumption. There's also good arguments to be made against diversity, along the lines of pinkwashing or what have you. His opinion here is definitely wrong though, he probably made the classic right libertarian blunder of not realizing that capitalism is bad.

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