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  1. Comment on What are your favorite food related Youtube channels? in ~food

  2. Comment on The Affluent Homeless: A Sleeping Pod, A Hired Desk And A Handful Of Clothes in ~life

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    Yeah I definitely see the appeal in this lifestyle but I'm a proponent of ownership as I want to have full control over what I purchase.

    Yeah I definitely see the appeal in this lifestyle but I'm a proponent of ownership as I want to have full control over what I purchase.

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  3. Comment on Life and Death in West Virginia in ~life

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    I'm originally from Southern California and came out to West Virginia as well a few years ago for University. Parravani captures West Virginia in a very poignant manner and I feel the following...

    I'm originally from Southern California and came out to West Virginia as well a few years ago for University. Parravani captures West Virginia in a very poignant manner and I feel the following excerpt really shows the beauty out here:

    What I observed as I settled in didn’t exactly match those stereotypes. There are progressive activists, and live-off-the-land farmers, and a vibrant community of artists. There are people living high off old money from coal, and people living even higher off new money from fracking. It’s a place with a long history of taking. The people and the earth carry that pain.

    There are incredible people out here and I highly recommend finding some way to look into the community. Whether it be coming out to visit or reading on The House of Hogar or about Catholic Charities

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  4. Comment on For now. in ~creative

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    I'm glad things are starting to look up!

    I'm glad things are starting to look up!

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  5. Comment on How supermarkets tempt you to spend more in ~life

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    I've been saying it for years now and all my friends have dismissed me as a lunatic. It's nice to see some validation as this information is pushed more main stream.

    I've been saying it for years now and all my friends have dismissed me as a lunatic. It's nice to see some validation as this information is pushed more main stream.

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  6. Comment on What are you reading these days? #16 in ~books

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    I've been down in Orlando FL the past couple days for a convention and I've had the luxury of waking up around 7 to make coffee and then go read Stephen Mitchell's translation of the Bhagavad...

    I've been down in Orlando FL the past couple days for a convention and I've had the luxury of waking up around 7 to make coffee and then go read Stephen Mitchell's translation of the Bhagavad Gita. The book was purchased back in July, but I never felt like I had a good setting to read it in until now. Waking up and reading a chapter or two as the sun starts it's early climb in the sky has been my favorite part of this trip so far.
    The following passage has really resonated with me so far and it's something which I try to say to myself whenever I'm in a bad mood.

    You have a right to your actions, but never to your action's fruits. Act for the action's sake. And do not be attached to inaction.

    3 votes
  7. Comment on Oil Traders Are Now Watching Workers’ Phones to Spot Problems at Refineries in ~tech

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    It's a shame the article doesn't explain what apps were giving away location data. I assume the data comes from a specific app that only oil workers have otherwise I find it very disturbing if...

    It's a shame the article doesn't explain what apps were giving away location data. I assume the data comes from a specific app that only oil workers have otherwise I find it very disturbing if they can just acquire that data from other companies.

    3 votes
  8. Comment on We've been sure that the Earth is round for a long time, so what's driving the recent resurgence of flat-Earthers? in ~science

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    In some ways I'm jealous of the Flat-Earth community; did anyone see "Beyond the Curve"? The fact they were coming together and spending time, energy, and money to try and prove their case is...

    In some ways I'm jealous of the Flat-Earth community; did anyone see "Beyond the Curve"? The fact they were coming together and spending time, energy, and money to try and prove their case is outstanding. Could you imagine what the world would be like if we had groups of people like this for real issues?

    Imagine we were back in 2014 and we had "renegade scientists" like this; a group of individuals in pursuit of the truth. People in say Flint, MI who were willing to go out and test the waters of the Flint river because they didn't trust the government's knowledge. If we had highly educated people going out and performing experiments every day in the real world we could have possibly prevented the Flint Water Crisis.

    I wish it was more main stream for Science to play in active role in the world around us.

    5 votes
  9. Comment on Inorganic Chemistry: What exact color does ozone gas have? in ~science.natural

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    According to this paper on Absorption Spectra Measurements for the Ozone Molecule the gaseous molecule does absorb some light within the visible spectrum at 575 nm and 603 nm. To us that should...

    According to this paper on Absorption Spectra Measurements for the Ozone Molecule the gaseous molecule does absorb some light within the visible spectrum at 575 nm and 603 nm. To us that should give an appearance of blue violet.

  10. Comment on "I didn't have control": A 14-year-old on why she quit social media in ~misc

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    I really wish I had the same foresight of this girl when I first joined Social Media; it took me until my twenties to come to the same conclusions as her. What a bright young girl.

    For my generation, being anonymous is no longer an option. For many of us, the decisions about our online presence are made before we can even speak. I’m glad that I discovered early on what posting online really means.

    I really wish I had the same foresight of this girl when I first joined Social Media; it took me until my twenties to come to the same conclusions as her. What a bright young girl.

    9 votes
  11. Comment on The most recent game you played in two words in ~games

  12. Comment on What's your opinion on Accelerationism? in ~talk

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    Here's more reading on Accelerationism for anyone who hasn't heard of it before. Right-Accelerstionism sounds like a dangerous and immature approach; hastening capitalism to its downfall? While I...

    In political and social theory, accelerationism is the idea that the prevailing system of capitalism should be expanded in order to generate radical social change. Some contemporary accelerationist philosophy starts with the Deleuzo-Guattarian theory of deterritorialisation, aiming to identify, deepen, and radicalise the forces of deterritorialisation with a view to overcoming the countervailing tendencies that suppress the possibility of far-reaching social transformation.[1][clarification needed] Accelerationism may also refer more broadly, and usually pejoratively, to support for the deepening of capitalism in the belief that this will hasten its self-destructive tendencies and ultimately lead to its collapse.[2][3]

    Here's more reading on Accelerationism for anyone who hasn't heard of it before. Right-Accelerstionism sounds like a dangerous and immature approach; hastening capitalism to its downfall? While I see how the idea is good in principle, I would much rather see us actively try and find the next economic system then pumping resources into hastening the downfall of capitalism. As a weak analogy, if I wanted a new car I wouldn't run my current one into the ground. I would research and actively try to find new methods.

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  13. Comment on Human body might be able to pick up on Earth's magnetic field in ~science.natural

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    Same here, so I feel it's only fair I share my bias as well lol. That being said I still support the latter claim as we should be reacting to the magnetic field and sensing its direction flow.

    I have never been to the southern hemisphere, so in theory you could be absolutely correct.

    Same here, so I feel it's only fair I share my bias as well lol. That being said I still support the latter claim as we should be reacting to the magnetic field and sensing its direction flow.

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  15. Comment on How Parents Are Robbing Their Children of Adulthood in ~life

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    I know it's just syntax, but while the difference between "I live with my mom" and "my mom lives with me" subtly make important points. In the first it implies the individual needs assistance from...

    I know it's just syntax, but while the difference between "I live with my mom" and "my mom lives with me" subtly make important points. In the first it implies the individual needs assistance from their family, whereas the latter demonstrates it is a chosen option in which one supports their family. I apologize if I come across as rude and nitpicky, but I think the distinction matters.

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  16. Comment on "What the hell is going on?" A thoughtful and thorough overview of the rising entropy in society by David Perell in ~misc

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    I think you managed to managed to summarize the entire article right there; between politics, economics, and the current education system. So it stands to ask, how do you think it will shake out?

    Most of the differences of opinion seem to be in how the confusion will shake out.

    I think you managed to managed to summarize the entire article right there; between politics, economics, and the current education system. So it stands to ask, how do you think it will shake out?

  17. Comment on Human body might be able to pick up on Earth's magnetic field in ~science.natural

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    I'm skeptical of this claim. If there was any subconscious magnetic sense of direction then it would be able to point towards the nearest magnetic pole; no distinction between North or South,...

    But authors say the new research suggests the human system can tell north from south, supporting an alternative mechanism involving special cells containing iron-based crystals.

    I'm skeptical of this claim. If there was any subconscious magnetic sense of direction then it would be able to point towards the nearest magnetic pole; no distinction between North or South, merely direction to the nearest pole. Just like a compass.

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  18. Comment on Human body might be able to pick up on Earth's magnetic field in ~science.natural

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    If anything I assume the sense would be more akin to how our sense of balance works; it's incredibly improbable that facing one direction or another could bolster or weaken one's thoughts.

    If anything I assume the sense would be more akin to how our sense of balance works; it's incredibly improbable that facing one direction or another could bolster or weaken one's thoughts.

    1 vote
  19. Comment on "What the hell is going on?" A thoughtful and thorough overview of the rising entropy in society by David Perell in ~misc

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    An engrossing read, I'll have to make sure to pass it along to my friends. Do you think microbrands will continue to rise up and dominate the market?

    An engrossing read, I'll have to make sure to pass it along to my friends. Do you think microbrands will continue to rise up and dominate the market?

    2 votes