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  1. Comment on Michigan county commissioner pulls gun out during virtual meeting when resident asked board to denounce Proud Boys in ~news

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    The number one thing I hate about being a gun owner... is other gun owners. What an asinine manouver.

    The number one thing I hate about being a gun owner... is other gun owners. What an asinine manouver.

    4 votes
  2. Comment on Daily thread - United States 2021 transition of power - January 22 in ~news

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    Very late, and paywalled, but this. Trump was considering ousting Rosen as acting AG and replacing him. Numerous DOJ officials agreed to resign en mass if that happened.

    Very late, and paywalled, but this. Trump was considering ousting Rosen as acting AG and replacing him. Numerous DOJ officials agreed to resign en mass if that happened.

    3 votes
  3. Comment on UN treaty banning nuclear weapons takes effect, without the US and others in ~news

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    Here is Alex Wellerstein’s take on the issue:

    Here is Alex Wellerstein’s take on the issue:

    For those saying, it's futile: it's not, unless you misunderstand the goal. Nobody thinks this treaty is, by itself, going to lead to the elimination of nukes. But it is an expression of a desire to make nuke-having a negative norm (a taboo), and to show dissatisfaction with the NPT regime (which has not led to disarmament by and large).

    It's easy to laugh at these things but the policy people take this seriously, and some even oppose it vigorously because they think it undermines the NPT.

    Frankly I think it's amazing that it has gotten to this point. If you had asked me a decade ago whether something like this was possible I would have laughed. It is an indication of major fractures in the international position on nukes since the end of the Cold War. They did a poll of nuke wonks maybe 5 years ago at the Carnegie "nuke fest" and basically none of them thought that this treaty would be in force by this time.

    It's an impressive piece of policymaking by ICAN; they've approached this piecemeal, one nation at a time. They'll be looking very close at the nuclear nations to see which of them (the UK?) is the most likely to leave the fold in the next decade or so. It's a long-term project. Whether you agree with the goals or not (I am somewhat ambivalent), don't laugh at it — take it seriously, one way or the other. This was not an easy thing to accomplish and it is not an empty statement to sign a binding treaty.

    12 votes
  4. Comment on Daily thread - United States 2021 transition of power - January 21 in ~news

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    That’s one of the most worrisome things for me. Extremist veterans can provide tactical training to others, have knowledge in critical areas (not just combat; think comms, logistics, etc), and...

    That’s one of the most worrisome things for me. Extremist veterans can provide tactical training to others, have knowledge in critical areas (not just combat; think comms, logistics, etc), and have a similar mindset to those they oppose. Remember that McVeigh was an Army vet.

    6 votes
  5. Comment on Daily thread - United States 2021 transition of power - January 20 in ~news

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    Yeah I think a weekly “First 100 days” thread would probably have enough activity, and would be a nice place to discuss things

    Yeah I think a weekly “First 100 days” thread would probably have enough activity, and would be a nice place to discuss things

    7 votes
  6. Comment on Discussion of politics going forward? in ~tildes

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    It might be inspiring to look toward subreddits like r/Moderatepolitics, r/NeutralPolitics, r/geopolitics, r/CredibleDefense, and r/Tuesday for rules. Some possibilities include: Requiring...

    It might be inspiring to look toward subreddits like r/Moderatepolitics, r/NeutralPolitics, r/geopolitics, r/CredibleDefense, and r/Tuesday for rules. Some possibilities include:

    • Requiring submission statements for link posts

    • Requiring sources for comments and text posts

    • A whitelist or blacklist of sources

    • A focus on policy rather than politics/politicians where possible

    • Tone/argument policing (e.g., assume good faith)

    Thoughts? Those subs, which have at least one of those rules, tend to have much better, more substantial discussion, and less hot-takery. Not all of them may be right for Tildes, but it is a useful starting point.

    Another option is creating a ~politics, although I know that is more of a last resort. It could help contain overtly political talk to one area. If not a group, maybe a harder tag that is easy to filter out?

    13 votes
  7. Comment on Are software engineers "engineers"? in ~comp

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    TOP KEK I mean, wow, that’s nuts. I can sorta see the argument for CS (although I agree with @vord below regarding the amount of safety-critical software), but not for EE. An interesting point for...

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    I mean, wow, that’s nuts. I can sorta see the argument for CS (although I agree with @vord below regarding the amount of safety-critical software), but not for EE.

    An interesting point for requiring ABET accreditation (or an equivalent)

    1 vote
  8. Comment on Are software engineers "engineers"? in ~comp

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    Are you referring to accreditation for the engineering school or PE licensing itself? The former is certainly very important, the latter is mixed. I (chemical) don’t have my PE license, neither do...

    Are you referring to accreditation for the engineering school or PE licensing itself? The former is certainly very important, the latter is mixed. I (chemical) don’t have my PE license, neither do most of my coworkers (mostly mechanicals and electricals), and we wouldn’t hesitate to call ourselves engineers. (For context, I work in the nuclear sector. No PE required, although loads of paperwork is.)

    4 votes
  9. Comment on Your favorite vegetarian recipes in ~food

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    Ah okay. One thing I make is grits with vegan sausages. Somehow I don’t think they’d have grits in Portugal, although you might be able to grab some polenta. My go-to Asian food is tofu, peas, and...

    Ah okay. One thing I make is grits with vegan sausages. Somehow I don’t think they’d have grits in Portugal, although you might be able to grab some polenta.

    My go-to Asian food is tofu, peas, and rice with boxed Japanese curry.

    1 vote
  10. Comment on Science fiction movie recommendations in ~movies

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    Just thought of a lighter sci-if: Star Trek: First Contact. It’s got Star Trek TNG, the Borg, time travel, and pre-contact earth all rolled into one!

    Just thought of a lighter sci-if: Star Trek: First Contact. It’s got Star Trek TNG, the Borg, time travel, and pre-contact earth all rolled into one!

    3 votes
  11. Comment on Daily thread - United States 2021 transition of power - January 13 in ~news

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  13. Comment on Daily thread - United States 2021 transition of power - January 13 in ~news

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    Probably the one thing I’m somewhat inclined to agree with GOP on, although not the flagrant tamper tantrums part.

    Probably the one thing I’m somewhat inclined to agree with GOP on, although not the flagrant tamper tantrums part.

  14. Comment on Daily thread - United States 2021 transition of power - January 13 in ~news

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    I’m still worried about something like this happening, and escalating things into a firefight or an insurgency. I’m terrified we’re in a phase where anything we do, including nothing, will let...

    I’m still worried about something like this happening, and escalating things into a firefight or an insurgency. I’m terrified we’re in a phase where anything we do, including nothing, will let things escalate further, or worse, that we’ve already passed the point of no return, but we just don’t know it yet.

    7 votes
  15. Comment on Daily thread - United States 2021 transition of power - January 13 in ~news

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    I’m still worried it’s the “Beer Hall Putsch” phase, and we’re in for a whole lot more.

    I’m still worried it’s the “Beer Hall Putsch” phase, and we’re in for a whole lot more.

    13 votes
  16. Comment on Your favorite vegetarian recipes in ~food

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    Where are you located? Some of my suggestions require things that aren’t always available. Edit: a simple thing I like to make is hot chocolate. Warm milk of your choice (soy for me), cocoa...

    Where are you located? Some of my suggestions require things that aren’t always available.

    Edit: a simple thing I like to make is hot chocolate. Warm milk of your choice (soy for me), cocoa powder, chocolate chips, sugar, vanilla, and any spices or alcohol you’d like to add. Per cup, 1 table spoon of sugar, 1 of cocoa powder, 1.5-2 of chocolate chips, and about a teaspoon of vanilla. Whisk then serve.

    3 votes
  17. Comment on What’s something you have an unusually strong fondness for? in ~talk

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    Palms. Going to college in New England for four years really turned me off of the idea of winter. Doing a project in Paraguay for two months got me into palms and seeing them every day was...

    Palms. Going to college in New England for four years really turned me off of the idea of winter. Doing a project in Paraguay for two months got me into palms and seeing them every day was comforting. Now that I’m in South Carolina (the palmetto state!), I have two: a European Fan Palm, and a small date palm (Phoenix roebelenii). Even better, I get to see palms in my neighborhood and on my commute to work.

    6 votes
  18. Comment on What’s something you have an unusually strong fondness for? in ~talk

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    Something I’ve read is that tofu in Asia tends to have a beanier flavor, while that produced for the North American market is more bland.

    Something I’ve read is that tofu in Asia tends to have a beanier flavor, while that produced for the North American market is more bland.

    1 vote
  19. Comment on Today was Ken Jennings first episode as Jeopardy! guest host. in ~tv

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    I think they’re still planning the temp hosting. I know Katie Couric is supposed to host some episodes, and there’s been speculation about John O’Hurley, LeVar Burton, and other Jeopardy champions.

    I think they’re still planning the temp hosting. I know Katie Couric is supposed to host some episodes, and there’s been speculation about John O’Hurley, LeVar Burton, and other Jeopardy champions.