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  1. Comment on The relentless reality of anti-fatness in fitness in ~health

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    I agree with this, one thing though: I think the problem is actually the opposite. Most people have a concept of what calories are, but the perception is wrong. There's this idea that it's simple...

    I agree with this, one thing though:

    I'm pretty sure there are a lot of people who genuinely don't know what a calorie is

    I think the problem is actually the opposite. Most people have a concept of what calories are, but the perception is wrong.

    There's this idea that it's simple math, but all calories are not the same. Calories of broccoli are not the same as calories of refined sugar. The refined sugar is going to cause a blood sugar emergency resulting in the release of insulin as an instruction to cells to quickly store excess sugar as fat. The effect is similar, though a bit less extreme, with white flour and other refined carbohydrates.

    Whereas the calories from broccoli, even if they far exceed the amount of calories needed, are much less likely to end up stored as fat.

    So a person focusing on how many calories they're consuming but not what kind of calories, is probably going to be confused that they aren't able to lose weight.

    Which isn't to take away from your point that the focus should be on health rather than weight, and that guilt and shame are ineffective motivators.

    The same things that contribute most to obesity (refined carbs) also play a part, according to an ever growing body of research, in the majority of the diseases that are the top killers in modern society.

    Putting sexiness and fitness aside, a lot of processed food is, objectively, poison.

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  2. Comment on More young kids are getting sick from cannabis edibles in ~health

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    Cannabis has a huge number of active compounds in addition to THC. Child safety, and the myth that a perfectly safe world is possible, is so often behind restrictions on what full grown adults can...

    Cannabis has a huge number of active compounds in addition to THC.

    Child safety, and the myth that a perfectly safe world is possible, is so often behind restrictions on what full grown adults can choose to do.

    There's this irrationality that seems to creep in where child safety is concerned, which looks suspiciously like the anxiety a lot of first time parents experience.

    It would be relatively harmless if politicians hadn't long since learned to co-opt that drive in order to accomplish other goals.

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  3. Comment on Do you feel like many systems are on the verge of collapse? in ~talk

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    Transmission isn't the only factor, response is a huge part of the equation. The more deadly the disease, the stronger the reaction in the population. Lockdowns, quarantines travel restictions,...

    Transmission isn't the only factor, response is a huge part of the equation. The more deadly the disease, the stronger the reaction in the population. Lockdowns, quarantines travel restictions, vaccines, the virus doesn't need to understand these concepts in order to feel the evolutionary pressure they exert.

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  4. Comment on Do you feel like many systems are on the verge of collapse? in ~talk

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    I agree completely. That should be clear I'd think, in the paragraph you grabbed your quote from I said we should have tried harder. I can't tell if you're intentionally trying to sidestep the...

    I agree completely. That should be clear I'd think, in the paragraph you grabbed your quote from I said we should have tried harder.

    I can't tell if you're intentionally trying to sidestep the point. So maybe the best thing to do is re-establish the context.

    Here is your post, that I was replying to:

    I don't agree with this. China and New Zealand were able to eliminate it - it is entirely due to policy failures that we did not do the same in the USA.

    What you were disagreeing with was my statement that it was very likely always going to become endemic.

    So in order to stop it from becoming another in a list of endemic coronaviruses, we would need to eradicate the pathogen globally. It's contagious enough that if it survives anywhere, the descendents of that strain are going to eventually end up everywhere.

    Or do you have a different perspective? Is there some way that we could have realistically eradicated a pathogen that mutates so quickly and bypasses immunity (Omicron, for example)?

    With vaccines, everyone on board, and a limited population under strict restrictions and airtight travel lockdowns, I could see it being at least a possibility. But globally, with each country reacting differently, it seems impossible.

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  5. Comment on Do you feel like many systems are on the verge of collapse? in ~talk

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    Are you thinking that the entire world could have realistically done that? Putting some of the logistics aside, we didn't even manage to get enough doses, early enough, to poorer countries. If...

    Are you thinking that the entire world could have realistically done that? Putting some of the logistics aside, we didn't even manage to get enough doses, early enough, to poorer countries. If somehow we had (and we should have tried a lot harder) the next big hurdle would have been policy and enforcement in all of those countries, which we couldn't really have controlled.

    New Zealand was kind of a special case, isolated, easy to control borders, and once things have calmed down and (hopefully) SARS-2 is milder version of itself, it will indeed arrive there and become endemic.

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  6. Comment on Do you feel like many systems are on the verge of collapse? in ~talk

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    No, not necessarily true, I didn't write a long post to account for all the various ways different kinds of pathogens can go because the context here is SARS-CoV-2 and becoming endemic. I should...

    No, not necessarily true, I didn't write a long post to account for all the various ways different kinds of pathogens can go because the context here is SARS-CoV-2 and becoming endemic. I should maybe have used more specific language.

    A highly contagious, highly lethal contagion does not become endemic. Or at least, it never has before. And here again there is plenty of room to debate what highly contagious and highly lethal means, or to point out that the black plague still exists in animal populations or etc.. But all of that is beside the point.

    It's historically true that human coronaviruses mutute quickly and settle at a significantly contagious, relatively mild danger level, if you prefer. This allows them to become endemic.

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  7. Comment on Do you feel like many systems are on the verge of collapse? in ~talk

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    SARS-CoV-2 was always (very likely) going to become endemic, it's a human coronavirus. Also very likely, it will continue to get milder. From an evolutionary perspective, that's what it wants to...

    SARS-CoV-2 was always (very likely) going to become endemic, it's a human coronavirus. Also very likely, it will continue to get milder. From an evolutionary perspective, that's what it wants to do. Killing or incapacitating a large percentage of hosts is not a trait favored by natural selection.

    I agree that more people should have gotten vaccinated, but the majority did. Given the level of misinformation and conspiracy buy in we have these days, that feels like a win.

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  8. Comment on We still haven’t properly reckoned with Monsanto’s destruction in ~enviro

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    I'm curious what you mean by the topic being in bad faith?

    I'm curious what you mean by the topic being in bad faith?

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  9. Comment on I am a transwoman, I am in the closet and I am not coming out in ~lgbt

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    I agree, all forms of bigotry have their roots in aspects of human nature, culture and tradition. Sometimes things that don't immediately seem related to bigotry. I think there's so much value in...

    I agree, all forms of bigotry have their roots in aspects of human nature, culture and tradition. Sometimes things that don't immediately seem related to bigotry.

    I think there's so much value in exploring those root causes. Those are much harder conversations to have though. For a lot of reasons, the biggest of which is that nuance is hard, especially in large scale dialog.

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  10. Comment on Web3 is going just great in ~tech

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    I'd go farther and say that it's not really a legitimate debate. The crypto world is always looking for the next thing that will hype crypto, this is the next thing. I don't think anyone without a...

    I'd go farther and say that it's not really a legitimate debate. The crypto world is always looking for the next thing that will hype crypto, this is the next thing.

    I don't think anyone without a stake in that economy genuinely believes blockchain is the way to create a decentralized web. The hurdles are big, obvious and currently insurmountable. Fees, speed (blockchain is way too slow for most proposed solutions), scalability, etc..

    But I think you can comfortably put aside all of the technical details because the environmental cost outweighs everything else. It's irresponsible to even be considering blockchain, for any wide use case, as long as that's true.

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  11. Comment on What were the best movies you watched this year? in ~movies

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    There's nothing like a broadway show on stage, everyone should go at least once just for the experience. If you ever get the chance, Book of Mormon is great. Hamilton, of course, is fantastic...

    There's nothing like a broadway show on stage, everyone should go at least once just for the experience. If you ever get the chance, Book of Mormon is great. Hamilton, of course, is fantastic (created by the director of Tick, Tick... Boom). Both are touring.

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  12. Comment on What were the best movies you watched this year? in ~movies

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    I don't entirely understand the question, I imagine they would be the same thing. Tick, Tick... Boom is a musical about musical theatre. Both a semi-biography and a love song for the art form at...

    I don't entirely understand the question, I imagine they would be the same thing.

    Tick, Tick... Boom is a musical about musical theatre. Both a semi-biography and a love song for the art form at large.

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  13. Comment on What were the best movies you watched this year? in ~movies

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    IMO the best movie of 2021 was Tick, Tick... Boom. Lin-Manuel Miranda can't miss apparently. If you're not a fan of musical theatre it may not be for you, but if you are, I challenge you not to...

    IMO the best movie of 2021 was Tick, Tick... Boom.

    Lin-Manuel Miranda can't miss apparently. If you're not a fan of musical theatre it may not be for you, but if you are, I challenge you not to love it.

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  14. Comment on BuzzFeed News writers are walking out in protest against the company in ~news

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    So I guess what you're saying is that I was being too harsh about the BuzzFeed that you remember from the past? But I was, I think pretty self evidently, talking about the BuzzFeed from the...

    So I guess what you're saying is that I was being too harsh about the BuzzFeed that you remember from the past? But I was, I think pretty self evidently, talking about the BuzzFeed from the present.

    A company which is clearly a net negative to the world.

  15. Comment on BuzzFeed News writers are walking out in protest against the company in ~news

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    The complaint from OP tweet is, among other things, about clicks and revenue based requirements. Which means that BuzzFeed explicitly values clicks over other factors. You can't have engagement...

    The complaint from OP tweet is, among other things, about clicks and revenue based requirements. Which means that BuzzFeed explicitly values clicks over other factors. You can't have engagement metric requirements and also honest reporting.

    So, provided we believe the author of the tweet, BuzzFeed News disagrees with you.

  16. Comment on BuzzFeed News writers are walking out in protest against the company in ~news

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    It wasn't. I hear that's how you read it, however. The only criticism of the people who work there regarded their choice of messaging.

    It wasn't. I hear that's how you read it, however. The only criticism of the people who work there regarded their choice of messaging.

  17. Comment on BuzzFeed News writers are walking out in protest against the company in ~news

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    How can you be overly harsh about a large, soon to be public, company? This isn't a human being we're talking about. It sounds like you mostly agree but dislike the emphatic tone? But I mean, this...

    How can you be overly harsh about a large, soon to be public, company? This isn't a human being we're talking about.

    It sounds like you mostly agree but dislike the emphatic tone?

    But I mean, this is BuzzFeed, they're infamous for clickbait, they invented some of the popular tropes.

    Opinions aside, public perception of them, especially among the tech-centric, is pretty unanimous. And rightly so, companies that believe in shameless pandering shouldn't claim to be news organizations, regardless of whether they get it right some of the time.

  18. Comment on BuzzFeed News writers are walking out in protest against the company in ~news

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    Ten weird tricks our management doesn't want you to know! Number three will blow your mind! You work at BuzzFeed, no one will ever believe you're motivated by honest reporting. They would have...

    We believe when you come to BuzzFeed News, you should be able to trust that we are motivated not by clicks, but by honest reporting.

    Ten weird tricks our management doesn't want you to know! Number three will blow your mind!

    You work at BuzzFeed, no one will ever believe you're motivated by honest reporting. They would have fired you a long time ago if you were motivated by honest reporting over clicks.

    I hope they get better pay, and more freedom, and part of making that happen is creating public support for their cause. They might have better luck at that if they didn't try to include journalistic credibility in their messaging.

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  19. Comment on How do you practice authenticity? in ~life

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    Sure, but it's pain that has release and strength on the other side. A lot depends on how much trauma there is of course. Some people probably shouldn't go digging around without professional...

    which must often be a painful experience

    Sure, but it's pain that has release and strength on the other side. A lot depends on how much trauma there is of course. Some people probably shouldn't go digging around without professional supervision.

    Do you have any particular approaches to thinking about thinking?

    I used metacognition a little loosely to refer to thinking about feeling as well.

    Such a big subject. Without more context, I'm not sure I'm up for distilling it for a post at the moment :)

    I think geniunely wanting to explore is 90% of it. After that it's just a matter of time and experience. As with most things, curiousity is key. Celebrate wins, ways it improves your life, you want to teach your brain there are rewards to be found there. Dopamine makes everything easier.

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  20. Comment on How do you practice authenticity? in ~life

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    For me, authenticity starts with self awareness, which is a constantly moving target. We're wired to delude ourselves in all sorts of ways, and for all sorts of reasons. We react, think and feel...

    For me, authenticity starts with self awareness, which is a constantly moving target.

    We're wired to delude ourselves in all sorts of ways, and for all sorts of reasons.

    We react, think and feel differently when fight or flight has us coming from our hindbrain, when we're defending some aspect of our identity, when past trauma has been evoked, and so on. Even when we're not reacting, our brains rewrite the narrative for myriad reasons without consulting the thin layer of conscious self.

    All of that detracts from authenticity, at least as I define it: being in the world in a way that's consistent with my higher level ideals, priorities and genuine feelings. Genuine meaning emotions that don't come from defensiveness, pain, fear or are in other ways unhealthy.

    The only way to do that, from my perspective, is through a constant practice of metacognition. There's no way to avoid some level of self delusion, it's baked in. We need coping mechanisms as stop gaps, there are two many situations that are impossible to fully process in the moment. So I think we need tools and habits to unpack the baggage as we go along. Otherwise it builds up and pushes us ever farther from authenticity.

    I don't think authenticity has to mean consistently being the same person in all situations, or with all people. I don't think it even necessarily requires absolute honesty at all times. Instead it's about maintaining a relatively clear view of who you are, and being true to that. For me personally, it's also about having a clear picture of my impact on the people around me, and always working to make it as empowering as possible.

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