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  1. Comment on You are going to live in a rustic cabin in the mountains for 4 months. What do you bring? in ~talk

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    Gah I'm horrible with sunscreen. I used to put it on all the time, but it's hard to remember, especially since I don't burn too easily. Can I ask what the trench tool is for? Cat holes? I've also...

    Gah I'm horrible with sunscreen. I used to put it on all the time, but it's hard to remember, especially since I don't burn too easily. Can I ask what the trench tool is for? Cat holes? I've also got a big ol' bin of books that I intend on reading while out there.

  2. You are going to live in a rustic cabin in the mountains for 4 months. What do you bring?

    This is a scenario question similar to the "You are stranded on a deserted island, what do you bring?" question. The following guidelines I offer stem from my planning and experiences, I begin my...

    This is a scenario question similar to the "You are stranded on a deserted island, what do you bring?" question. The following guidelines I offer stem from my planning and experiences, I begin my 4 months shortly.

    • There is no electricity, no running water, no plumbing, no cell phone service nor internet service.
    • US Postal Service is available.
    • It is about 45 minutes away from the nearest town and is located on United States Forest Service owned land.
    • You will be sharing the cabin with several other like-minded people that you've never met before in a roommate dynamic.
    • The accommodations are free through the program.
    • This program runs a 9 days on, 5 days off work schedule. For the 9 days on, you will be camping along trails you are maintaining and not be at the cabin.
    • Basic food storage (coolers), a solar shower, washboards and tables will be provided.

    What do you bring? For functionality? To maintain comfort and/or sanity? Entertainment purposes? Keep in mind the point of this experience is to remove yourself from the grid, expose yourself to the rawness of nature and the elements. While it's tempting to say you'd bring a $10k solar/battery array, download all the things, and just host 5 day binge watching sessions with the bears, that's not the purpose. ;)

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  3. Comment on Why carbon pricing is not sufficient to mitigate climate change—and how “sustainability transition policy” can help in ~enviro

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    This opinion piece published in The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences explores and purports to debunk the idea of carbon pricing being the primary mechanism by which climate policy...

    This opinion piece published in The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences explores and purports to debunk the idea of carbon pricing being the primary mechanism by which climate policy should be formulated. The author puts forwards the concept of "Sustainability Transition Policy", the idea that system change, rather than just economic change, is required to create the drastic reforms needed to combat the current climate crisis. The author posits,

    ...the dominant logic of contemporary climate policy, in which carbon pricing is the central policy response, is deeply flawed. Given the aforementioned shortcomings, carbon pricing should not be the primary policy strategy to combat climate change. Instead, carbon pricing should be used as part of a policy mix that promotes innovation and decline, accounts for political dynamics, varies between sectors and over time, and aims at profound system change.

    I would tend to agree with the author. They make an excellent point in that many current minds in the energy sector blame "the markets" for failing, when in reality a combination of entrenched norms created over more than a century have lead to this situation. By realizing this as a systemic problem, we can cease using economical (and more politically palatable) band-aids to control what is a hemorrhaging, life threatening wound.

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  4. Comment on How to be a good contributor to Tildes? in ~tildes

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    You're right that I road my high horse into that last comment, I'm sorry about that.

    You're right that I road my high horse into that last comment, I'm sorry about that.

    3 votes
  5. Comment on Would it be beneficial to ban certain topics of political discourse? in ~tildes

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    I think the general idea is not unfair moderation, it's lack thereof. An undercurrent of a lot of disgruntled users on Tildes (myself somewhat included) is that there is an imbalance. The elephant...

    I think the general idea is not unfair moderation, it's lack thereof. An undercurrent of a lot of disgruntled users on Tildes (myself somewhat included) is that there is an imbalance. The elephant in the room is political divisions. Progressives feel like they are making significant effort to create productive conversations, in good faith, to improve Tildes. Meanwhile progressives also feel that they are being attacked, slighted, or debated with in bad faith by non-progressives. The bait is very real, I've had to bow out of conversations myself and I've seen it elsewhere. I've even had to remind folks that their words have the ability to offend people, but the problem is that said folks either don't realize, don't accept or don't care and the problem continues. It is tiring to try and debate with someone in good faith when they do not return the favor. This leads to our current situation of progressives not wanting to participate, occasionally one of us falls for some bait and they are declared the entirety of the problem, and people get upset.

    It's not that you're treating the progressives unfairly, but the community standards have been split between two political groups. In my view you've got a group who are trying very hard to keep the community in good standing who are now frustrated, and you've got a group who won't admit to any problems. Then, there are the onlookers; it's up to them to decide what they want the community to be.

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  6. Comment on Stop trying to shame socialists into voting for Joe Biden: It’s really about performatively denouncing leftists as irresponsible, for the edification of the liberals who are watching in ~misc

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    I can very much relate, I've definitely been drawn in a time or two.

    I can very much relate, I've definitely been drawn in a time or two.

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  7. Comment on How to be a good contributor to Tildes? in ~tildes

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    Hey, where were you when we had an entire conversation about verbosity? On my post.. literally "On Verbosity"? You say in another comment you feel you don't fit in, well I'm sorry to hear that....

    Hey, where were you when we had an entire conversation about verbosity? On my post.. literally "On Verbosity"? You say in another comment you feel you don't fit in, well I'm sorry to hear that. Instead of just lambasting the entire community for not liking you, maybe start a discussion like this one? Instead of just posting a snide comment? Just a thought.

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  8. Comment on Stop trying to shame socialists into voting for Joe Biden: It’s really about performatively denouncing leftists as irresponsible, for the edification of the liberals who are watching in ~misc

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    I think the idea of "I don't owe you anything" when properly calibrated is applicable here. As community members we owe it to follow community standards, we do not in any capacity owe a response...

    I think the idea of "I don't owe you anything" when properly calibrated is applicable here. As community members we owe it to follow community standards, we do not in any capacity owe a response to anybody who feels the need to respond to what we say. I think this is what leads to a lot of very long winded threads that often end up going in circles.

    This might be rooted in that by not offering a rebuttal, you think you are letting the other side win. I think that thought process does not belong on Tildes and it leads to a lot of the above, but also in the long run it leads to lack of energy and willingness to participate. The reason this thinking doesn't belong here is because right now Tildes is looking to weigh quality more heavily than quantity. It's entirely OK to make a point, have someone offer a rebuttal and then let the other readers decide who they agree with, if anybody. In an ideal Tildes, both quality comments would be equally voted to indicate that they belong on Tildes.

    I have unfortunately seen several instances where this is not the case, involving and not involving myself. Two comments of equal quality, posted soon after one another, making good points yet one comment has maybe 5 votes but the other has 15. It's often not that drastic, but the universal common denominator is that politics is the topic. I don't know what to do, but even at Tildes' young age, I already see it as a burgeoning problem. Luckily, votes aren't weighted too heavily in the sorting system, but that might not always be the case.

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  9. Comment on Stop trying to shame socialists into voting for Joe Biden: It’s really about performatively denouncing leftists as irresponsible, for the edification of the liberals who are watching in ~misc

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    I've been rather turned off by these comments. There are some folks, both left and neoliberal who are making good points here, but others... not so much. So it's not even a matter if I agree or...

    I've been rather turned off by these comments. There are some folks, both left and neoliberal who are making good points here, but others... not so much. So it's not even a matter if I agree or disagree, I'm seeing a lot of the same tactics I see on Twitter (ffs!). People attacking sources cited, slandering publications rather than addressing points. I'm seeing very aggressive posturing that in a less moderated space would easily devolve into insults and direct attacks. It all comes across as "I'm right, you're wrong." when in actuality there's a conversation to be had. I posted about verbosity the other day, and I think this is one of the exceptions. Throwing a wall of text at someone during a political conversation in an attempt to prove you're right, but at the same time not entirely addressing what the person prior said and introducing more only tangentially related points is unproductive. This thread almost reeks of a pissing contest to see who can be more "right".

    As for why I didn't participate, well I could bite the bullet, but why should I when I know I'll be told my opinions are wrong, not even what I base them on, but my opinions?

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  10. Comment on I'm asking for some initial insight into a problem that I'm trying to solve for hundreds of users that are dismayed with Discord in ~comp

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    I ran into a lot of permission and dependency issues with my installation. Even after I fixed it Nextcloud would pop tons of error codes, or sometimes not even work and I'd have to check the logs....

    I ran into a lot of permission and dependency issues with my installation. Even after I fixed it Nextcloud would pop tons of error codes, or sometimes not even work and I'd have to check the logs. It could have been my environment or inexperience, but I've got at least one friend who has expressed frustration. I found that error handling was lacking, almost anything that went wrong would grind my install to a halt. This was about a year ago, could be different now.

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  11. Comment on I'm asking for some initial insight into a problem that I'm trying to solve for hundreds of users that are dismayed with Discord in ~comp

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    If you are down for self hosting, Nextcloud is an option. I'll be honest, in my experience it's kind of a pain in the butt to get up and running, but sometimes I chalk that up to my inexperience...

    If you are down for self hosting, Nextcloud is an option. I'll be honest, in my experience it's kind of a pain in the butt to get up and running, but sometimes I chalk that up to my inexperience with web hosting. I have seen tons of positive responses from users though, might be worth a look.

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  12. Comment on I'm asking for some initial insight into a problem that I'm trying to solve for hundreds of users that are dismayed with Discord in ~comp

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    What functionalities of Discord would you like to replace?

    What functionalities of Discord would you like to replace?

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  13. Comment on Looking for resources to create a Wilderness Survival/Camping 101 syllabus in ~hobbies

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    Hi, I spent 10 months in the back country of Colorado and Utah for work last year. I'll be going to Montana shortly for 4 months of a similar experience as well. I'm an avid camper, but I will say...

    Hi, I spent 10 months in the back country of Colorado and Utah for work last year. I'll be going to Montana shortly for 4 months of a similar experience as well. I'm an avid camper, but I will say that because the camping was for work, it was not exactly survival scenario. We had logistics and supplies down to a science. That said, I want to warn you against some of the more "extreme" survivalist content. They go overboard sometimes with survival methods because it's cool, but when it comes down to the grind of actually surviving on your own in the wilderness that stuff isn't always the better than basic preparedness. Keep it simple stupid is life.

    Your example of starting a fire is a prime example. I used to be a lot like you I think, I really took pride in my ability to start a fire. Something I learned in scouts and I think there's a primal aspect of starting your own fire and surviving. It's what attracts people like us to this sort of conversation. What I've learned over the years is, while it's OK to be proud of yourself (I still am lol), not many other people give a shit. They'll love you if shit hits the fan and you need fire and you can make one, but they aren't really going to care how you made it. So to start a fire, I'm super-duper tacticool about it, you know what I do? I buy a 12 pack of Bic lighters and stash them in every nook and cranny of my load out. One in the main pack, one in the first aid kit, one in the mess kit, one rolled up into the tent, one in my back pocket, one in the back pocket of the pants I've got in my pack, one in the rain jacket, etc. The idea being, you're gonna have to strip me naked to get me to a point where I can't make a fire. Even if I lose my pack, I've got at least one in my pocket. Now you can get your nice flint and steel striker, magnesium block, waterproof burn like the surface of the sun matches, or any other contraption you want to make fire, that's fine. In my opinion though, those all just add a unnecessary complication in a moment when every second counts when getting back to safety. But lighters break, they say? Well if all 12 Bic lighters break at once I don't know what to tell you, haha.

    So let's talk about kindling. Say it's raining, you're camped out in a rain forest or a swamp or some other miserable, damp, bug ridden paradise. There's a chance nothing will be dry, nothing will light. I generally take this issue on two different ways. 1) I've always got some dryer lint in Vaseline, it burns long enough that hopefully if you find some semi-not-wet material in your environment it will catch. 2) A stove. 'But precise that's not a fire!" No, but it works, and the fuel you use for the stove is already wet so that rain can just bug off.

    I could go on and on (and will if you'd like me to), but the mantra, keep it simple stupid, is key. Apply that thinking to every aspect of your load out, and it will help you keep things light and benefit you in a survival situation. Now, that's not to say you shouldn't know how to do certain things. Finding food and water in your environment is especially important and that comes with planning. Look up what edible plants and animals live in that environment and how you can take advantage of that. Take a map, take a topographical map with a compass, take another map, take all the maps and apply the lighter methodology (or the lighter itself if you need kindling for a fire). Then stare at the map before you go and stare at it every night in camp. Know the land and you're job of surviving just got a lot more easy.

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  14. Comment on Biden is planning an FDR-size Presidency in ~misc

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    I disagree with your opinion on their comment. @arghdos made an observation, formed an opinion, and even linked an article to explain how they formed their opinion. It's up to the community to...

    I disagree with your opinion on their comment. @arghdos made an observation, formed an opinion, and even linked an article to explain how they formed their opinion. It's up to the community to ascribe a common set of quality standards to itself, and that should be done by voting and labeling. While their comment is not an essay, I have no problem with similar comments on Tildes. It started a discussion that you yourself engaged in. I'm not saying that you're trying to set the wrong standard, but if we set the bar too high, it hurts community engagement, there's a fine line.

    Also, you point out yourself that in your view the discourse on Tildes degrades when Biden is being discussed. I question why you see it in that way, perhaps it's because you don't agree with people who don't like Biden? We all can be reactionary and we all have biases (I don't like Biden, fwiw), but we can't let that skew the standard on Tildes 'less we want an echo chamber.

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  15. Comment on What did you do this week? in ~talk

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    Unfortunately it is not public, I appreciate the sentiment though. If you do find something that you believe is of historical value, perhaps call your local historical society and see if they'd be...

    Unfortunately it is not public, I appreciate the sentiment though. If you do find something that you believe is of historical value, perhaps call your local historical society and see if they'd be interested? Maybe if you have an archaeology club in your area they'd want to take a look as well? I'm sure those types of associations could also guide you on what to look out for, what has been found in your area, etc. Also, if you ever find something like this on public lands, please call the respective agency. NPS, USFS, BLM and BIA all have archaeological elements to their agencies I believe.

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  16. Comment on What did you do this week? in ~talk

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    So I do a lot of work with federal land management agencies including the National Park Service. It's NPS policy that if trash we intend to pick up looks older than 50 years old, we can not touch...

    So I do a lot of work with federal land management agencies including the National Park Service. It's NPS policy that if trash we intend to pick up looks older than 50 years old, we can not touch it. We mark it down in a GIS system and the NPS has archaeologists on staff that go look at the artifact to see if it is indeed historical. It's normally not that big of a deal at older parks, but artifacts are found every once in a while.

    My coolest find was on an invasive species project, I actually can't say where per policy because scavengers and collectors will go and steal artifacts from federal and native lands if they got wind. It was a large rock about the size of a melon that was hollowed into a bowl shape with a 1" or so notch along a part of the rim to form a pour spout. It was clearly man made, but we aren't sure what it was for. It was also accompanied by some stone steps about 8"x2', buried in the ground in a spiral pattern at the top of a hill. It was kind of an oddity because the native tribes in the area weren't known for stone workings according to our agency liaison, but I never got to talk to their archaeologist on staff.

    On a cabin restoration project we found a ton of late 1800's artifacts that if you weren't paying attention you'd probably think were trash. All stuff that was left in the cabins and just reclaimed into the ground over time. Porcelain, glass bottles, tools, even some early 1900's wallpaper. It really is cool (and saddening) to think of all the trash we generate and how someday it will be used to decipher the daily lives and cultural aspects of our species.

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  17. Comment on What have you been listening to this week? in ~music

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    I've been jamming pretty hard to grunge and 90's rock as of late. Nirvana, Audioslave, Pearl Jam, Temple of the Dog, Soundgarden, Radiohead, Chris Cornell and Eddie Vedder, to name several. Been...

    I've been jamming pretty hard to grunge and 90's rock as of late. Nirvana, Audioslave, Pearl Jam, Temple of the Dog, Soundgarden, Radiohead, Chris Cornell and Eddie Vedder, to name several. Been feeling pretty malaise as of late given how 2020 is shaping up. The End by Pearl Jam is probably the saddest song I've listened to in a while, Just Breathe (also Pearl Jam) is pretty sad too. Guess that's just the mood.

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  18. Comment on 'Genocide by default': America prepares for a brutal coronavirus slow burn in ~health.coronavirus

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    This right here is the crux of why I'm no longer a capitalist, and ashamed to be American. The author is correct in asserting that this is a genocide, a government policy driven genocide in the...

    This right here is the crux of why I'm no longer a capitalist, and ashamed to be American. The author is correct in asserting that this is a genocide, a government policy driven genocide in the name of the economy. I may be parroting what the article has already said, and most folks may already understand this, but I'll be damned if I'm not going to comment on this. This situation we find ourselves in right now is the entire case for why we should abandon capitalism for a socialistic economy, more so than we already have. Capital is immoral, and when the ruling oligopoly is strong enough, capital can be murder as well. Nobody should be OK with this, and the people that are, are as reprehensible as the militaristic genocide orchestrators of past atrocities. Recently Trump has called this a war against an invisible enemy. Well if this is a war, I call for the current administration and ruling party to be charged with war crimes and crimes against humanity. The federal authorities and representatives, state officials, local politicians, incorporated entities, business executives and other supporters of this genocidal policy all have blood on their hands.

    This is a case for impeachment of Trump, and removal of his cabinet and co-conspirators in this genocide.

    This is a case for the reestablishment of an international criminal investigations agency, with the ability to hold even the largest nations responsible for their actions.

    This is a case for the corporate death penalty, and criminal prosecution of complicit board members and executives.

    This is a case for the prosecution of any capital holder who endangers the lives of their laborers in the midst of a pandemic in the name of accruing more capital.

    This is a case for socialism, morality and capital are mutually exclusive.

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  19. What are your internet time sinks?

    Where do you all waste away most of your time on the internet? I hate to sound like a hipster, but I've come to avoid and/or dislike most main stream content aggregators. Reddit, Twitter,...

    Where do you all waste away most of your time on the internet? I hate to sound like a hipster, but I've come to avoid and/or dislike most main stream content aggregators. Reddit, Twitter, Facebook, etc. are all platforms I no longer participate in because of privacy and quality reasons. I like Tildes and all, but the community is small (and I like it this way) and that means the content isn't always fresh. So where else do you all hang out?

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