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  1. Comment on ‘Disturbing’: Experts troubled by Canada’s euthanasia laws in ~health

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    Obviously we only have the families side of the story, but they mention him not taking his medication, and not using his cochlear implants. Those are solutions which could significantly improve...

    Obviously we only have the families side of the story, but they mention him not taking his medication, and not using his cochlear implants. Those are solutions which could significantly improve quality of life. The right to die should not be treated lightly, and alternatives should be considered prior to looking at assisted dying, especially in non-terminal cases.

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  2. Comment on Inside the massive effort to change the way kids are taught to read in ~humanities

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    Good lord. We’re never going to get anything done at this rate. I’m tempted to say we should just ignore, if not actively push back against these organizations. At times they seem like a conduit...

    Good lord. We’re never going to get anything done at this rate.

    I’m tempted to say we should just ignore, if not actively push back against these organizations. At times they seem like a conduit for money to spend on complaining and activism without tangible results.

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  3. Comment on ‘Disturbing’: Experts troubled by Canada’s euthanasia laws in ~health

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    TORONTO (AP) — Alan Nichols had a history of depression and other medical issues, but none were life-threatening. When the 61-year-old Canadian was hospitalized in June 2019 over fears he might be suicidal, he asked his brother to “bust him out” as soon as possible.

    Within a month, Nichols submitted a request to be euthanized and he was killed, despite concerns raised by his family and a nurse practitioner.

    His application for euthanasia listed only one health condition as the reason for his request to die: hearing loss.

    Nichols’ family reported the case to police and health authorities, arguing that he lacked the capacity to understand the process and was not suffering unbearably — among the requirements for euthanasia. They say he was not taking needed medication, wasn’t using the cochlear implant that helped him hear, and that hospital staffers improperly helped him request euthanasia.

    4 votes
  4. Comment on Indigenous reindeer herders fear the drive towards a more sustainable economy is destroying their traditional way of life and identity in Sweden in ~life

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    Here’s the rub: politically, suggesting reverting back to horse and buggy would get you thrown out of office (possibly physically). It’s hard enough getting people in urban and suburban areas onto...

    Here’s the rub: politically, suggesting reverting back to horse and buggy would get you thrown out of office (possibly physically). It’s hard enough getting people in urban and suburban areas onto bikes, I can’t imagine trying to get rural folks to go back to horses will do any better.

    The main options I see being politically feasible are:

    • Getting urbanites out of cars and onto bikes and public transit. Requires a lot of $$$. Maybe a carbon tax?
    • Remaining rural folks would see money invested into electric trucks and tractors, while working to reduce motor vehicle dependence overall (e.g., Iowa used to have railroad lines serving every county with no more than 12 miles from any one point to a railway station for shipping agricultural goods).
    • landfill mining and off-earth extraction
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  5. Comment on Trump says FBI conducting search of Mar-a-Lago estate in ~news

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    Let’s not forget 18 U.S. Code § 793(e) – Gathering, transmitting or losing national defense information

    Let’s not forget 18 U.S. Code § 793(e) – Gathering, transmitting or losing national defense information

    5 votes
  6. Comment on Trump says FBI conducting search of Mar-a-Lago estate in ~news

  7. Comment on Trump says FBI conducting search of Mar-a-Lago estate in ~news

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    Former President Donald Trump said in a lengthy statement Monday that the FBI was conducting a search of his Mar-a-Lago estate and asserted that agents had broken open a safe. A person familiar with the matter said the action was related to a probe of whether Trump had taken classified records from his White House tenure to his Florida residence.

    The action, which the FBI and Justice Department did not immediately confirm, marks a dramatic escalation in law enforcement scrutiny of Trump and comes as he has been laying the groundwork to make another bid for president. Though a search warrant does not suggest that criminal charges are near or even expected, federal officials looking to obtain one must demonstrate that they have probable cause that a crime occurred.

    10 votes
  8. Comment on What's your unpopular food opinion or idiosyncrasy? in ~food

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    When I get vegan pizza at Mellow Mushroom, one of my go-tos is pineapple, spinach, and jerk tempeh.

    When I get vegan pizza at Mellow Mushroom, one of my go-tos is pineapple, spinach, and jerk tempeh.

    1 vote
  9. Comment on Weekly US politics news and updates thread - week of August 1 in ~news

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    It’s a valid, if scummy strategy. It won McCaskill her Senate re-election in 2012. But it can also end with a Trump scenario. Very much high-risk, high reward.

    It’s a valid, if scummy strategy. It won McCaskill her Senate re-election in 2012. But it can also end with a Trump scenario. Very much high-risk, high reward.

    5 votes
  10. Comment on Mega Millions ticket wins $1.34 billion lottery jackpot in ~news

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    Funny enough, a good chunk of that text likely came from the AR15.com forum and possibly the old Rotten.com.

    Funny enough, a good chunk of that text likely came from the AR15.com forum and possibly the old Rotten.com.

    5 votes
  11. Comment on Weekly US politics news and updates thread - week of July 25 in ~news

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    Abortion - likely Germany’s position (on demand first trimester only) Climate change - a carbon fee and dividend does most of the heavy lifting. Less subsidies or direct intervention.

    Abortion - likely Germany’s position (on demand first trimester only)

    Climate change - a carbon fee and dividend does most of the heavy lifting. Less subsidies or direct intervention.

    3 votes
  12. Comment on Hard water solutions? in ~life

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    Fun pedantic fact: most water softeners are just columns full of ion-exchange resin. In certain cases (like mine), we do use resin which removes all other ions and replaces them with H+ and OH-....

    Beyond that, water softeners don't actually remove minerals from the water. They replace them with sodium instead. Or if you buy a really nice system, it will use much more expensive potassium instead.

    Fun pedantic fact: most water softeners are just columns full of ion-exchange resin. In certain cases (like mine), we do use resin which removes all other ions and replaces them with H+ and OH-. But it is very expensive, and only really justified by the need for high purity (chloride ions are extremely bad for aluminum).

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  13. Comment on What are you battling with right now? in ~talk

  14. Comment on What are you battling with right now? in ~talk

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    Okay. Let’s lay this out. What type of job do you work? Size of firm? Salary (range)? Are you in a managerial role? What area do you live in? Cost of Living? Married? Divorced? Single? (SO’s job?)...

    Okay. Let’s lay this out.

    • What type of job do you work? Size of firm?
    • Salary (range)? Are you in a managerial role?
    • What area do you live in? Cost of Living?
    • Married? Divorced? Single? (SO’s job?)
    • How many kids? What college(s) are they going to? Public or Private? What year are they?

    Now we’ve got our inputs for our next set of questions.

    • What do you want to be doing?
    • Do you want to stay in the same specific sub field, or are you willing to switch careers entirely? (Assuming same salary)
    • Are you willing to relocate?
    • If you stayed in your current position, how long would you be willing to stay, and would that be enough time to have the kids out of college?

    There’s probably some I’ve forgotten, but those are good starting points to consider. The financial independence and early retirement subreddits can be handy, but they have their own issues. As an initial step, I would update your resume, and look and see what jobs are available nearby, especially if they pay similarly. You might also look at positions in other cities, especially if they have have a better pay-to-COL ratio.

    Feel free to PM me if you do not want to share this info publicly.

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  15. Comment on 40% of Americans believe in creationism in ~humanities

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    Generally yes, American Evangelicals are Protestant or Protestant-adjacent, although there has been an increase in harder-right Catholics (often with a neo-Integralist bent).

    Generally yes, American Evangelicals are Protestant or Protestant-adjacent, although there has been an increase in harder-right Catholics (often with a neo-Integralist bent).

    2 votes
  16. Comment on What are you battling with right now? in ~talk

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    Ping me later. At work now, I’ll try and type up a proper response later.

    Ping me later. At work now, I’ll try and type up a proper response later.

    1 vote
  17. Comment on World population to reach 8 billion this year, as growth rate slows in ~enviro

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    My understanding is that stressful environmental conditions tend to encourage procreation rather than discourage it. How infant/maternal mortality will play into that in the future remains to be...

    My understanding is that stressful environmental conditions tend to encourage procreation rather than discourage it. How infant/maternal mortality will play into that in the future remains to be seen, however. Even so, if a hypothetical couple in Bangladesh has five kids, and two of them die before reaching adulthood, that’s still a net gain of one person. Now consider that Bangladesh has over 100 million people, and extrapolate that out to the 5+ billion in the developing parts of the world.

    4 votes