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  1. Comment on Alec Baldwin fatally shoots crew member with prop firearm on film set, authorities say in ~movies

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    There are blank-only guns, although they do need a place to discharge the gases, and are still a hazard. And that is still useless for close-up shots where you may see “real” ammo (blanks look...

    There are blank-only guns, although they do need a place to discharge the gases, and are still a hazard. And that is still useless for close-up shots where you may see “real” ammo (blanks look different) being loaded or handled.

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  2. Comment on Alec Baldwin fatally shoots crew member with prop firearm on film set, authorities say in ~movies

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    Already commented, I believe @AugustusFerdinand is a firearms person as well.

    Already commented, I believe @AugustusFerdinand is a firearms person as well.

    5 votes
  3. Comment on Alec Baldwin fatally shoots crew member with prop firearm on film set, authorities say in ~movies

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    The failure here extends deep. My understanding is that there are multiple layers of people (cf. defense-in-depth) for firearm safety on set, including the actors themselves. It’s obviously very...

    The failure here extends deep. My understanding is that there are multiple layers of people (cf. defense-in-depth) for firearm safety on set, including the actors themselves. It’s obviously very early on, and we only have limited information, but it is still possible for Baldwin to have been partly at fault (most likely with the cardinal rules of gun safety). That said, I’m inclined to agree that the majority of responsibility lies with the prop master and armored/firearms safety folks.

    12 votes
  4. Comment on Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy - Remastered versions of GTA3, Vice City, and San Andreas releasing on consoles and PC later this year in ~games

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    I don’t think they’d have to make it without an online component. Assuming GTA VI is set in Vice City, they’d probably make it so you have to buy the game in order to play GTAO: Vice City. If you...

    I don’t think they’d have to make it without an online component. Assuming GTA VI is set in Vice City, they’d probably make it so you have to buy the game in order to play GTAO: Vice City. If you have both V and VI, you can link them together and have multi-city campaigns. Honestly that might be one reason for a delay: allowing for just that, while not cannibalizing the existing GTAO.

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  5. Comment on Margaret Atwood TERF Twitter controversy in ~lgbt

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    TL;DR: Margaret Atwood shared a TERF-y Toronto Star opinion piece. Many people are very upset and wondering why and if it is indicative of deeper views. This comment on Reddit was intriguing:

    TL;DR: Margaret Atwood shared a TERF-y Toronto Star opinion piece. Many people are very upset and wondering why and if it is indicative of deeper views.

    This comment on Reddit was intriguing:

    I know Atwood is like eighty now

    This.

    Atwood politically came of age in the 50s and started publishing in the 60s. She spent essentially her entire life in a world where feminist scholars and activists believed that gender was the result of socialization. "Women are made, not born" was not just a quote due to the most influential and widely read feminist of the era, it was an actual rallying cry. The idea that people could be born with a male brain or a female brain, that gender identity could be innate and fixed and independent of upbringing, was considered essentialist, if not actually fascist. Many of the biggest feminist events and magazines were explicitly and proudly trans-exclusionary. Viewing trans women as either predators or as a kind of super-gay, uber-flaming homosexual men was not just acceptable, it was the norm in her intellectual world.

    Her work reflects this: The Handmaid's Tale is a story of women being enslaved and raped because the kyriarchy demands control over their reproductive tracts. The Penelopiad is similarly about sex and reproduction.

    Penelope is effectively a prisoner in her own palace because her entire legal and societal status derives from the fact that her husband and master expects her to bear him sons. The Maids are murdered in cold blood because they were unable to prevent themselves from being raped, i.e. destroyed as potential bearers of legitimate children and thus made worthless and repugnant as human beings.

    The Penelopiad is about class and the performance of femininity to a degree, but it is not a book about women experiencing workplace discrimination or about queer people being harassed on the internet or about trans people being discriminated against in the dating scene. It is a book about people with ovaries and uteri being socialized into obedience and submission (and then horrifically and unfairly punished anyway) because they are people with ovaries and uteri.

    From Atwood's point of view, the tectonic shift we have achieved these past five to ten years must look like an incomprehensible 180. Five years feels like a lot of time when you're young but not when you're 81. I don't think she's necessarily a bad person, I think she is confused and disoriented.

    8 votes
  6. Comment on What are some engrossing self-contained iPhone games? in ~games

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    One of my favorite oldies is Tilt to Live. Basically, you’re an arrow, and your goal is to kill red dots. Not really a plot, but no ads, and really fun. Multiple game modes too, so easy to mix...

    One of my favorite oldies is Tilt to Live. Basically, you’re an arrow, and your goal is to kill red dots. Not really a plot, but no ads, and really fun. Multiple game modes too, so easy to mix things up.

    1 vote
  7. Comment on A Pentagon official said he resigned because US cybersecurity is no match for China, calling it 'kindergarten level' in ~tech

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    Time to create the United States Cyber Force. We need an independent, unified branch for performing offensive and defensive cyber and network operations, as well as advocating for cyber and not...

    Time to create the United States Cyber Force. We need an independent, unified branch for performing offensive and defensive cyber and network operations, as well as advocating for cyber and not having it be an afterthought lingering in 6 other branches, the NSA, and the CISA.

    Fun:

    With a duty uniform consisting of Black Multicam sweatpants and hoodies, and holsters for Mountain Dew and Doritos.

    9 votes
  8. Comment on David Shor is telling Democrats what they don’t want to hear in ~misc

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    An ironic take I’ve read somewhere is that many of these measures (including, IMO, the racially-targeted stuff) tends to drive minority (especially Black) turnout, since they can rally around “our...

    An ironic take I’ve read somewhere is that many of these measures (including, IMO, the racially-targeted stuff) tends to drive minority (especially Black) turnout, since they can rally around “our right to vote is under attack”. The major effect is that lower propensity voters (e.g., college students), who don’t have the same organizations backing them, have a harder time voting and don’t tend to persist in following through. This inhibits Dems from picking up a major group of potential voters, but it does the same with a good portion of Trump voters (e.g., the type of people who last voted for Ross Perot in 1992, or Ron Paul in 2008).

    3 votes
  9. Comment on For the United States, our constitutional crisis is already here in ~misc

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    I’ll clarify; Trumpism and Trumpian rhetoric is not going anywhere, although I’m skeptical as to the effectiveness of the movement without the defining figure. Regarding Trump’s business success,...

    I’ll clarify; Trumpism and Trumpian rhetoric is not going anywhere, although I’m skeptical as to the effectiveness of the movement without the defining figure.

    Regarding Trump’s business success, you are right that he’s actually lost a lot of money. However, think at a lower level: the image of success matters more than actually being successful. Trump has mastered that, fitting working and lower-middle class conceptions of wealth: NYC penthouse and Florida mansion, both with copious amounts of gold and generally gaudiness; supermodel wife; eats fast food (one of his “connections” to the common man), celebrity status outside business. All of those are played up, and useful in deflecting his actual lack of business acumen. People flock to him because they believe he isn’t a bad businessman, instead that “the libtards are colluding with the deep state to make him look bad”.

    I agree the message Trump sells aligns with his voters (look at what happened when he briefly countenanced gun control; gun owners were pissed and he retracted it). Trump has the charisma to sell it (see above). He has his enablers (and often his policy architects, cf. Steven Miller), but they lack the charisma Trump has. Even someone like Tucker Carlson lacks the gaudy and blatant “success” (being one of the good ones in the media pales in comparison to Trump).

    I guess I broadly agree with many of the points you make, but I disagree that Trumpism can thrive without the central figure. Like many other authoritarian cults of personality, once the central figure leaves or dies, the close allies tend to begin infighting with each other. While Trump isn’t dead, since he hasn’t yet entered the race, we see various politicians and figures trying to out-Trump each other in order to gain the support of GOP voters, support that will be moot if Trump runs.

    4 votes
  10. Comment on What do we do with all this rage? in ~misc

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    Not just on the right; many in the center or center left are frustrated with the current amount of violent actions occurring concurrent to protests. I doubt they would be happy or supportive of...

    Not just on the right; many in the center or center left are frustrated with the current amount of violent actions occurring concurrent to protests. I doubt they would be happy or supportive of more violence.

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  11. Comment on The unbelievable grimness of /r/HermanCainAward, the subreddit that catalogs anti-vaxxer COVID deaths in ~tech

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    @Loire, I know you work in the petrochemical industry, but I don’t know what level of education you or your coworkers are. I’m curious to see if there is a similar divide in terms of education for...

    @Loire, I know you work in the petrochemical industry, but I don’t know what level of education you or your coworkers are. I’m curious to see if there is a similar divide in terms of education for you as there is for me in the nuke sector. About 3/4 of my engineering coworkers (bachelor’s or above) coworkers are vaccinated, versus maybe half my coworkers in other work groups (operations, rad protection, maintenance, etc)(generally less than a bachelor’s).

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  12. Comment on What do we do with all this rage? in ~misc

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    I’m a bit skeptical that the use of violence by the left will result in neofascists being controlled. The street brawls between the communists and the Nazis in late Weimar Germany seemed to push...

    I’m a bit skeptical that the use of violence by the left will result in neofascists being controlled. The street brawls between the communists and the Nazis in late Weimar Germany seemed to push more people into the Nazi’s arms (rather ironically because they promised to “calm the streets”). Additionally, how do you control the escalation of force when used in offensive capabilities? It seems active pursuit would start raising the temperature of civil society in a manner that is very difficult to control.

    I do agree that people opposed to Fascism should learn how to use firearms, and should not show up unarmed to counter armed Nazis.

    8 votes
  13. Comment on For the United States, our constitutional crisis is already here in ~misc

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    I’m going to take a different take: the only worthy successor to Donald Trump is… Donald Trump, and not the junior version either. Trump became popular because he was a celebrity, because he’s a...

    I’m going to take a different take: the only worthy successor to Donald Trump is… Donald Trump, and not the junior version either.

    Trump became popular because he was a celebrity, because he’s a billionaire businessman with gold toilets and a supermodel wife eating fast food when he wants, because he said “Fuck you” to the “elite Washington politicians”. None of the proposed successors (including DeSantis) have these characteristics. The voters don’t want Trump-lite, or diet Trump, they want the full-bodied beverage.

    One anecdote I read about 2020 voters mentioned a man who last voted in 1992. The person he voted for? Ross Perot, another billionaire businessman with an anti-establishment streak. These types of voters were strongly engaged by Trump, and while they also voted down ballot in 2016 and 2020, they didn’t in 2017, 2018, and 2021. While a bit hard to disentangle from standard midterm effects, the psychological profile of these types of Trump voters means the idea makes sense. They aren’t interested in standard Republicans unless Trump is on the ballot.

    4 votes
  14. Comment on Does the Internet feel American centric to you? in ~talk

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    I’m one of Tildes’ resident gun nuts, so I’m not exactly a fan of “all but one of the guns disappear of the face of the earth,” but I’m sorry that got deleted. That’s a very interesting prompt,...

    I’m one of Tildes’ resident gun nuts, so I’m not exactly a fan of “all but one of the guns disappear of the face of the earth,” but I’m sorry that got deleted. That’s a very interesting prompt, and I really liked it (and it hits close to home, since one of my guns is a .38 Spl revolver which belonged to my great-grandmother).

    Someone adept with prose could do something great with that (i.e., you should post it here on Tildes).

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  15. Comment on Does the Internet feel American centric to you? in ~talk

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    I’m curious as to what the prompt was that got deleted.

    I’m curious as to what the prompt was that got deleted.

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  16. Comment on The housing theory of everything in ~life

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    To some extent, network effect. NY/Boston/DC/LA/Seattle/SF all have a large concentration of universities and government institutions that provide the necessary “infrastructure” to create and...

    To some extent, network effect. NY/Boston/DC/LA/Seattle/SF all have a large concentration of universities and government institutions that provide the necessary “infrastructure” to create and sustain the type of companies in those areas. Highly educated employees move in, demanding a certain type of culture/politics that the area provides, attracting more employees (and potentials through higher education), continuing the cycle.

    As an example in Georgia: In spite of the lower costs of the former, there are difficulties in attracting people to move to Augusta versus Atlanta, even though the Augusta area has several major institutions attracting educated workers (SRS, Plant Vogtle, the Medical District, and Fort Gordon); Atlanta simply has more of those, plus more universities to feed them. I know a few younger coworkers who don’t want to stay in the area for long (the very conservative politics and lack of nightlife and entertainment options weigh heavily on that).

    7 votes
  17. Comment on What are you doing in your garden? in ~hobbies

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    If you want to try an interesting experiment next year, they make liquid hot pepper to be applied to birdseed, you could try applying it to your tomatoes. I can’t guarantee it will all wash off,...

    If you want to try an interesting experiment next year, they make liquid hot pepper to be applied to birdseed, you could try applying it to your tomatoes. I can’t guarantee it will all wash off, however, and the liquid is incredibly strong (think >= habanero).

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  18. Comment on File not found: A generation that grew up with Google is forcing professors to rethink their lesson plans in ~comp

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    From reading r/professors, many of their students are not good once they go beyond Google Docs and the various apps.

    From reading r/professors, many of their students are not good once they go beyond Google Docs and the various apps.

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  19. Comment on As women become 60% of all US college students and continue to outpace & outperform men, the WSJ takes a look at how colleges and students feel about it in ~humanities

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    One thing I’ve seen mentioned in r/professors is that male brains tend to develop slower than female brains, I.e., a 20 year-old woman is more mature and better equipped to handle college courses...

    One thing I’ve seen mentioned in r/professors is that male brains tend to develop slower than female brains, I.e., a 20 year-old woman is more mature and better equipped to handle college courses than a 20 year-old man. This difference at a critical time means women have a bit of an edge in the classroom.

    I’d be curious to see if this is different in countries with military conscription. I know the phenomenon is global, but I wonder if countries like Finland, Israel, and Switzerland have a narrower gap than others.

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