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  1. Comment on The state fair is canceled, but deep-fried Oreos are not in ~food

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    I made them once. It was more or less like biting into a freshly baked cookie. I only had 3-4 in a sitting and most of the other guests had 2-3 at most.

    I made them once. It was more or less like biting into a freshly baked cookie. I only had 3-4 in a sitting and most of the other guests had 2-3 at most.

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  2. Comment on How can we encourage more posts with comments here? in ~games.game_design

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    You hit the problem right on the head. I don't think Tildes has critical mass for some of the niches that are carved out like game design. Even more broad topics/discussions seem to be dominated...

    You hit the problem right on the head. I don't think Tildes has critical mass for some of the niches that are carved out like game design. Even more broad topics/discussions seem to be dominated by a few users.

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  3. Comment on Weekly thread for news/updates/discussion of George Floyd protests, racial injustice, and policing policy - week of August 24 in ~news

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    New Jersey teen behind Black Lives Matter rally receives bill for thousands of dollars for police overtime ... Sounds like a fee to exercise First Amendment rights. Or a way to intimidate people...

    New Jersey teen behind Black Lives Matter rally receives bill for thousands of dollars for police overtime

    A New Jersey teen thought she was only exercising her First Amendment right when she organized a rally in support of Black Lives Matter. Not long after, she received a bill for thousands of dollars in the mail from the mayor, CBS New York reports.

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    "I was told that all private events requiring police overtime should be paid for by the organizers. It was never intended as a fine, but rather as a fee," [the mayor] said in a statement to Gil that was sent to CBS News.

    Sounds like a fee to exercise First Amendment rights. Or a way to intimidate people from doing so.

    6 votes
  4. Comment on Joe Biden picks Kamala Harris as his Vice President in ~news

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    Late to the party, but it's interesting some outlets are putting emphasis on Harris's "Indian-ness". Here's an example from the New York Times, Slate and Reuters. I dug up a few articles from a...

    Late to the party, but it's interesting some outlets are putting emphasis on Harris's "Indian-ness". Here's an example from the New York Times, Slate and Reuters.

    I dug up a few articles from a few months ago where Trump was actually making inroads among Indian Americans (NPR, Politico). Granted, based on the articles, it appears doubtful that Republicans will win the Indian-American vote this cycle. But importantly, it would seem that both parties have a growing interest in this voting bloc.

    Indian Americans are one of the fastest growing minority groups in America, so it makes sense both parties are vying for brownie points from this ethnic group. Perhaps the outreach to Indian Americans by the Trump administration tipped the scales to Kamala Harris' nomination. It'll be interesting to say the least how this all plays out come November.

    And to be perfectly honest, I'm a little shocked by the seemingly sudden spotlight on Harris' "Indian-ness". I'm reminded of an article about the growing population of South Asians in New York and the people running to represent them. Quoting an Indian American activist:

    For years, you’ve had Democrats and the machinery rely heavily on fundraising support from the Indian American community. But when you step out of that lane and run for office, you are certainly met sometimes with a strange resistance about being in the wrong lane,” Patel said. “It was eye-opening for me. You expect that kind of reaction – everything from the coverage and the tropes – from Republicans. But I was naive enough to think that wouldn’t be a reaction you get sometimes from Democrats, from self-avowed progressives.”

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  5. Comment on We quit our jobs to build a cabin—everything went wrong in ~life

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    I can read a book too. That doesn't mean I'd trust myself to do electrical work for a house. Isn't that why there's essentially an electrician's guild who ensure that people working on this sort...

    They do mention reading books about construction codes, and it seems like something they put a lot of planning overall into, even if they weren't experienced in the actual building process.

    I can read a book too. That doesn't mean I'd trust myself to do electrical work for a house. Isn't that why there's essentially an electrician's guild who ensure that people working on this sort of stuff are doing their thing properly?

    It seems strange to jump to the evidence-less conclusion that they must have done it without permits and sold it illegally.

    It's mentioned in the article that banks refused to finance anyone buying the house/cabin because it lacked a "traditional" septic system or running water in general. Which is followed up by with basically "we found someone to pay with a suitcase full of cash, lol".

    I don't know a whole lot about finance/accounting/tax liabilities, but I'm pretty sure cash purchases of >$10,000 tends to flag our Uncle Sam to situations. Maybe they did things above board, but the tone of the article seems a bit flippant to me in that regard.

    7 votes
  6. Comment on It’s time to chop down the ‘lynching tree’ from this California city’s logo in ~design

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    Is it weird that my first reaction to this was "I don't know, maybe it's just a regular tree"? I suppose that feeling isn't too bad, considering that after about 30 seconds in the article, I could...

    Is it weird that my first reaction to this was "I don't know, maybe it's just a regular tree"?

    I suppose that feeling isn't too bad, considering that after about 30 seconds in the article, I could say to myself, "Yep. Definitely a lynching tree".

    3 votes
  7. Starbucks been there mug exchange

    Sorry if this is frowned upon in these parts - but I was wondering if anyone would be interested in an exchange thing of the mugs Starbucks do? Due to coronavirus most of the fun traveling I do is...

    Sorry if this is frowned upon in these parts - but I was wondering if anyone would be interested in an exchange thing of the mugs Starbucks do? Due to coronavirus most of the fun traveling I do is cancelled for the foreseeable future. I figure it might be fun to find a few folks who'd be willing to do a trade for a new mug from somewhere else.

    For what it's worth, I'm based in the northeast of the US, so I can likely trade a Boston, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, or Maine mug.

    8 votes
  8. Comment on Weekly coronavirus-related chat, questions, and minor updates - week of July 20 in ~health.coronavirus

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    As Coronavirus Cases Surged Here, FEMA Gave Mass. Least PPE Per Case Of Any State Though in fairness, apparently FEMA divided out PPE on a per capita basis rather than a per case basis as noted in...

    As Coronavirus Cases Surged Here, FEMA Gave Mass. Least PPE Per Case Of Any State

    By May 14, Massachusetts was at its peak with nearly 85,000 cases of the virus compared to Alaska which had only 383 cases, according to Johns Hopkins University data. Yet Alaska received 1,580 pieces of gear per case, while Massachusetts was handed 36. New York — with by far the most cases in the nation — was second-lowest at 45.

    Though in fairness, apparently FEMA divided out PPE on a per capita basis rather than a per case basis as noted in later in the article.

    Rural or less populated states like Montana, Alaska, Hawaii and Vermont received the highest total number of protective items — masks, gloves, shields — per positive case, AP data show. Beyond Massachusetts, other states like New York and California saw low amounts of PPE per case, despite having a huge spike in outbreaks. The analysis shows no clear bias toward states that lean Republican or voted for President Trump.

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  9. Comment on Weekly thread for news/updates/discussion of George Floyd protests, racial injustice, and policing policy - week of July 13 in ~news

  10. Comment on US pediatricians call for in-person school this fall in ~news

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    I thought children could be affected. I remember back in May, New York reported about ~100 cases of children being affected. It's not super well understood what happens either according to this...

    I thought children could be affected. I remember back in May, New York reported about ~100 cases of children being affected.

    It's not super well understood what happens either according to this article from the Atlantic. To top it off, Oregon just reported that in the end of June, there were nearly as many cases in young children as there were in adults 80 or older.

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  11. Comment on Reclaiming Indian food from the white gaze in ~food

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    I've been scratching my head and wondering how I might respond to your comment. I figured I'd start here. In the past 20ish years, I feel like there's been an increase of people calling themselves...

    It was in reply to the parent level comment semi implying Anthony Bourdain made eating good food cool for white people.

    I've been scratching my head and wondering how I might respond to your comment. I figured I'd start here. In the past 20ish years, I feel like there's been an increase of people calling themselves foodies who are quite adventurous. I'll be honest when I say that it may have been inspired by people like Anthony Bourdain. Do I have hard evidence? No, that's literally just a guess I had.

    We have a responsibility to not find harm where it is not intended.

    I don't want to this to go into personal attacks, but you do have this:

    Indeed, with the exception of the very off handed mention of childhood bullying there is no indication anywhere in the article that this woman has had this occur to her.

    This isn't a criminal investigation. We don't need evidence beyond a reasonable doubt to prove it did or didn't happen. In addition, what can happen though is you don't mean something hurtful, but it does end up hurting someone. I don't know why this seems to be questionable.

    And to bring it back to your previous comment, it sounds like you're taking a lot of offense from me and the author of the article. So just a quick reminder:

    We have a responsibility to not find harm where it is not intended.

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  12. Comment on Reclaiming Indian food from the white gaze in ~food

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    I wonder what the author means by "white gaze". I must have missed that somewhere in article. From my own sense of ethnic food, white people seem to frown upon what was unfamiliar to them. Shows...

    I wonder what the author means by "white gaze". I must have missed that somewhere in article. From my own sense of ethnic food, white people seem to frown upon what was unfamiliar to them. Shows like Anthony Bourdain's tv series seemed to at least convince white people that good food is good food, regardless of ethnic origin. At least in my experience it seemed that more people around that time seemed more open to trying out "ethnic" food. My best guess at what the author is getting at with "white gaze" is that it's the trendiness of it. As I was reading the article, I immediately thought of sriracha sauce which within the past 10-20 years has exploded into the American (white) markets. I even remember seeing even some fast food joints like McDonalds or Wendy's started incorporating into their meals. But I'm not sure that was entirely a negative thing.

    All this isn't to say that I completely disagree with the author. I think there's a certain "colonial" attitude towards non-white cooks. Immediately after reading the article, I was reminded of the Dallas restaurateur who's now sueing a Vietnamese lady for pointing out a spelling mistake in a menu for his Vietnamese restaurant. I think there's a definitely sense of white chefs operating in that "ethnic" space that everything they do is better.

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  13. Comment on My first DnD character died. What should I do next? in ~games.tabletop

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    I'm not going to lie, it sounds like right here would be a deal breaker for me in any RPG group. It's one thing to differ on whether or not I want to go on X adventure or Y adventure, it's a...

    ... with a little under half having a "video game" mindset about how to go about things. Which I suppose is fine because people get different things about the game, but it certainly means that coming to a party consensus requires some compromise

    I'm not going to lie, it sounds like right here would be a deal breaker for me in any RPG group. It's one thing to differ on whether or not I want to go on X adventure or Y adventure, it's a completely different beast to fundamentally disagree on how to have fun.

    RPGs, in general, seem to be designed around the philosophy that everyone gets a role and has their moment to shine. Punishing a PC for "not playing as well" and making them less effective in whatever role they choose seem to be against that concept.

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  14. Comment on Lemmy, an open-source federated Reddit alternative, gets funding for development in ~tech

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    That's probably the right interpretation. It was a kneejerk reaction I had while flipping around the threads. I'll edit my previous comment.

    That's probably the right interpretation. It was a kneejerk reaction I had while flipping around the threads.
    I'll edit my previous comment.

    3 votes
  15. Comment on Lemmy, an open-source federated Reddit alternative, gets funding for development in ~tech

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    Edit: Misinterpreted a comment. Cleared up by @cfabbro. (Thanks by the way).

    Edit: Misinterpreted a comment. Cleared up by @cfabbro. (Thanks by the way).

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  16. Comment on I joined Parler, the right-wing echo chamber’s new favorite alt-Twitter in ~tech

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    I thought /r/the_donald wasn't exactly an isolated subreddit,. If I recall correctly, they did brigade other subreddits in general and with some frequency. Here's a thread from /r/boston talking...

    I thought /r/the_donald wasn't exactly an isolated subreddit,. If I recall correctly, they did brigade other subreddits in general and with some frequency. Here's a thread from /r/boston talking about it. In that thread, it's alluded to the fact, they were likely not the only city based subreddit to be affected by /r/the_donald brigades.

    That being said, my suspicion is far right users are using popular sites like reddit to recruit and radicalize new members. Does anyone remember /r/frenworld? For those that don't, it was a subreddit devoted to memes in baby-talk that had a strong subtext of racism and violence. I'd bet some real money there was a lot of crossover between /r/frenworld and /r/the_donald. When /r/frenworld was finally banned, the far right suddenly started crying about "harmless memes being banned" and other overreactions from the left.

    If I were a betting man, I would wager that these radicalization efforts haven't really stopped on popular sites like Reddit. They're just better at hiding it in plain sight.

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  17. Comment on Daily thread for news/updates/discussion of George Floyd protests - June 19 in ~news

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    Breonna Taylor case: Kentucky attorney general asks for patience as police killing probe continues I'm not really sure how much more patience should be expected. It's been three months since the...

    Breonna Taylor case: Kentucky attorney general asks for patience as police killing probe continues

    I'm not really sure how much more patience should be expected. It's been three months since the actual incident. It's just mind boggling watching some of these events unfold. Like last week, the police report on this particular incident lists Ms. Taylor injuries as "none".

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  18. Comment on TV Tuesdays Free Talk in ~tv

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    I started watching the British panel comedy, Taskmaster. I slogged through a couple random bits but found it eventually grew on me such that I ended up binging the entirety of the series in order...

    I started watching the British panel comedy, Taskmaster. I slogged through a couple random bits but found it eventually grew on me such that I ended up binging the entirety of the series in order over a weekend. I was actually thinking whether or not something like that could work in the US. To my surprise, it had been tried a couple of years ago. It was severely disappointing to say the least.

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  19. Comment on Do you think there will be a 'silver lining' or any long-term results from these protests? in ~talk

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    The cynic in me says that probably no substantial change is going to come from these protests. I don't see it really much different than the Ferguson aftermath in roughly 2015 or Occupy Wall...

    The cynic in me says that probably no substantial change is going to come from these protests. I don't see it really much different than the Ferguson aftermath in roughly 2015 or Occupy Wall Street in 2011. Maybe there's something this time around, but I just don't see it.

    We're still ~150 days out from Election Day and a lot can happen in that time. The optimist in me says that people will remember and go out to vote, but the nagging pessimist says things are likely to have been forgotten by then.

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