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  1. Comment on What it's like to live in a Californian tourist attraction being swallowed by the sea in ~enviro

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    Yeah, you're right, I knee jerked at the headline. I really shouldn't do that. I looked at the article and you're right, it's not what the headline made out. It's good to see Gary getting a shout...

    Yeah, you're right, I knee jerked at the headline. I really shouldn't do that. I looked at the article and you're right, it's not what the headline made out.

    It's good to see Gary getting a shout out and largely it's not the aggressive bent I expected. It still portrays the owners of the properties in quite a positive light and I'm still frustrated about socializing the insurance, protection, and repair of their properties:

    The Newells said they get insurance from the National Flood Insurance Program, a government program run by FEMA often reserved for those who own property where flood insurance isn’t available or is too costly.

    Venetian Court’s federal designation as a National Historic District could, in theory, help prioritize the homes for rebuilding in the event of a disaster. For example, owners could be eligible for some grant programs, said Julianne Polanco, state historic preservation officer in the California Office of Historic Preservation, the office that oversees the national program for the state. They could also be eligible for a state tax credit program in the future that’s reserved for the rehabilitation of historic buildings.

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  2. Comment on What it's like to live in a Californian tourist attraction being swallowed by the sea in ~enviro

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    Yeah, this is a leopards ate my face moment. I lived in Capitola for 2 years back in the late 00s and it was a problem even then. After every major storm the expectation is that everything is...

    Yeah, this is a leopards ate my face moment. I lived in Capitola for 2 years back in the late 00s and it was a problem even then. After every major storm the expectation is that everything is built back exactly like it was. The University of California Santa Cruz, just a 15 minute drive away from the enclave in the article, has one of the most pre-eminent advocated and researchers for planned retreat Dr. Gary Griggs. He has been beating the drum of planned retreat for nearly 3 decades and has gotten nothing but pushback.

    I know it's a difficult position to lose your cute beachfront property, but I find it hard to have sympathy when it's a known risk (or beyond that an experienced one), the federal government will absolutely bail them out, and they'd rather we all subsidize their existence. It's the same for West Cliff Drive in Santa Cruz. It's wild that these folks have all the resources to make the change, ones that aren't available to many communities including those in Louisiana after Katrina or New Jersey following Sandy, and they continue to dig in.

    Like other have mentioned, it's time to implement sticks with the carrots FEMA is offering. I think removing subsidized insurance options and time-lining disaster buyouts (i.e. available only for the next 5 years) would get the ball rolling. Wealthy people respond to risk and loss; and I'm tried of socializing these losses. The same goes for Pacifica.

    EDIT: I had a knee jerk reaction to the headline, the article isn't framed how I assumed. I stick by my major points but it is much more of a "here is information" article with a sympathetic slant for the property owners.

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  3. Comment on Atheists of Tildes, what alive religions do you find fascinating, excluding Abrahamic ones and Buddhism? in ~talk

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    I'm going to take some leeway here and take "alive" to mean enough folks know about it to be recognizable in mainstream culture - mostly for the inclusion of some pagan religions like those of the...

    I'm going to take some leeway here and take "alive" to mean enough folks know about it to be recognizable in mainstream culture - mostly for the inclusion of some pagan religions like those of the Celts and Norse folk. Are those really practiced - I'd say kind of but probably not seriously. But I want to include them. With that out of the way and an admission that I'm based in the United States...

    The first ones that jump to mind are the local ones to where I live. I'm on the California Coast, so mostly those of first nation tribes locally. There are a lot of great mythologies and creation stories, and I really enjoy how the differences between the regions reflect the local flora and fauna. They have great stories about how the condor or vulture got their bald heads. Different interpretations and personalities of the sun/moon or even of the bear/wolf/deer. I'm sad we don't get more education on it in public school as the focus is always on "how much we worked together and discovered this new land" /s
    There are really cool ways to interact with it today as well. I got to go to a pow wow in Oakland last year and it knocked my socks off! Fry bread may not be religious in and of itself, but eating it felt like a religious experience.

    Second would be the pagan religion of the Celts/Scots. My dad is English and as such never really learned much about the Celts because England was great at demonizing the Irish, laughing at the Scots, and generally looking down at anyone who doesn't accept Henry the 8th version of religion. But I still have a lot of family over there and was about to spend a few months backpacking around the isles. I learned all sorts about pagan beliefs and the mythology that accompanies it. I was even invited to a pagan rave where a bunch of folks dressed up like elves, druids, and woodland creatures drank and did drugs in a 2000 year old Roman cistern. If you have the chance, check out the stories of selkies,

    In Ecuador there is a really interesting mix of Catholicism and local (I'm going to call pagan because I'm not sure what else to call it) indigenous Cañari beliefs. I was in the Andes in 2008 during the Inti Raymi Celebration. Indigenous communities would retake the cities and holy sites "back" from Catholicism for the day. It was on the solstice for the sun god. I also learned while I was there that nearly all the church sites were chosen as they had been the location of the pyramid temple sites of the Inca/Canari and they all had an effect where as the sun set light would pour through the front doors as the temples were all built to face the sunset on the solstice. It was very cool to experience.

    Anyway, I find most of the "indigenous" religions fascinating. They seem to put much higher emphasis on the plants/animals of our world, the sun and the moon, and feel more rooted in our reality. Their gods and mythical characters have a wide range of personalities and emotions, something I think we could do more with in the US considering the "infallibility" of the radical christian right wing.

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  4. Comment on US EPA awards $4.3 billion to fund projects in thirty states to reduce climate pollution in ~enviro

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    Most of these programs need to have municipal, county, or state level applications - or even county/state level programs for municipalities to participate. A lot of these federal grants or RFPs...

    Most of these programs need to have municipal, county, or state level applications - or even county/state level programs for municipalities to participate. A lot of these federal grants or RFPs are hard to navigate and there to be enough infrastructure in place for viable applications to be made. In other words it takes a lot of money to unlock this money and thus begins the self fulfilling cycle where only rich states/counties/municipalities can make use of the funds. If you want a really good example look at the FEMA disaster buyout programs.

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  5. Comment on Kamala Harris lacks charisma and time in ~misc

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    Agreed on all fronts! I also think the divisiveness surrounding AOC is largely manufactured and started as soon as she took office.

    Agreed on all fronts! I also think the divisiveness surrounding AOC is largely manufactured and started as soon as she took office.

    9 votes
  6. Comment on Kamala Harris lacks charisma and time in ~misc

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    I think she is more qualified than most of our legislature. She is a lawyer, so already has a leg up on understanding legal briefs and the associated mess of legalese. She has held public...

    I think she is more qualified than most of our legislature. She is a lawyer, so already has a leg up on understanding legal briefs and the associated mess of legalese. She has held public positions and leadership roles at large NGOs. She has already spent time in the whitehouse and built a considerable political network both domestically and internationally.

    Following law school, Obama became an associate at the Chicago office of the law firm Sidley & Austin, where she met her future husband Barack. At the firm, she worked on marketing and intellectual property law. She continues to hold her law license, but as she no longer needs it for her work, she has kept it on a voluntary inactive status since 1993.
    In 1991, she held public sector positions in the Chicago city government as an Assistant to the Mayor, and as Assistant Commissioner of Planning and Development. In 1993, she became executive director for the Chicago office of Public Allies, a non-profit organization encouraging young people to work on social issues in nonprofit groups and government agencies. She worked there nearly four years and set fundraising records for the organization that still stood twelve years after she had left. Obama later said she had never been happier in her life prior to working "to build Public Allies".
    In 1996, Obama served as the Associate Dean of Student Services at the University of Chicago, where she developed the university's Community Service Center. In 2002, she began working for the University of Chicago Hospitals, first as executive director for community affairs and, beginning May 2005, as vice president for Community and External Affairs.

    Most of all I think she is hugely electable. Both of my parent's love her, including my sometimes sexist dad. They see the Obama years as a period of stability and largely accredit that to the Obama family. Michelle spearheaded really popular campaigns around health and access to education/healthcare. Overall she has a sparkling record and is just incredibly well liked. I think she would be a shoe in if she ran.

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  7. Comment on Kamala Harris lacks charisma and time in ~misc

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    I think this is a popular opinion but one that misses why the more progressive base is wary. I love AOC and would go door to door for her, Elizabeth Warren, or Michelle Obama. I lived in SF while...

    I think this is a popular opinion but one that misses why the more progressive base is wary. I love AOC and would go door to door for her, Elizabeth Warren, or Michelle Obama. I lived in SF while Kamala was DA and her "tough on crime" policies at the time really, really rubbed me the wrong way. If we look at impacts from her time in office, or groups she drew support from, they run counter to the outcomes I was looking for and found popularity with the groups I don't trust. I'm hoping she has grown overtime, but I get the same feeling from her that I do from Gavin Newsom - she will parrot talking points without actually believing them as long as it forwards her career. I think it's why folks say she come off as not genuine. I don't feel that way about any of the women mentioned above and to be honest I'm sick of having to hear the defense of politically unpalatable candidates that the reason for their dislike is gender or race. It's like when folks call out that criticism of Israel is antisemitic. In both cases it can absolutely be a problem but it shouldn't be used as a catch all to shout down valid criticism.

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  8. Comment on Kamala Harris lacks charisma and time in ~misc

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    If we're throwing out dream running mates, I'm here for Michelle Obama.

    If we're throwing out dream running mates, I'm here for Michelle Obama.

  9. Comment on Kamala Harris lacks charisma and time in ~misc

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    Yeah, but like other folks have mentioned there are different ways to approach those issues and under her leadership policy was overly harsh and minimally impactful. I think it's ok to talk about...

    There's a need for people to prosecute these cases, and being the person that did that job doesn't mean you're not a progressive

    Yeah, but like other folks have mentioned there are different ways to approach those issues and under her leadership policy was overly harsh and minimally impactful. I think it's ok to talk about those issues in hopes that her want to overcome being seen "as a cop" pusher her towards more progressive policy and legislation in the future. Everyone can grow but a push in the right direction is helpful.

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  10. Comment on You don’t need a pickup truck, you need a cowboy costume in ~transport

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    I have a friend who works in construction and affectionately calls non-work or even lowly utilized trucks "Pavement Princesses". I kind of love it.

    I have a friend who works in construction and affectionately calls non-work or even lowly utilized trucks "Pavement Princesses". I kind of love it.

    28 votes
  11. Comment on You don’t need a pickup truck, you need a cowboy costume in ~transport

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    They are saying that 65% of people do put something in the bed, but that could be groceries, sports equipment, etc... It still doesn't mean it's functioning as a work truck or even couldn't be fit...

    They are saying that 65% of people do put something in the bed, but that could be groceries, sports equipment, etc... It still doesn't mean it's functioning as a work truck or even couldn't be fit into a car.

    9 votes
  12. Comment on You don’t need a pickup truck, you need a cowboy costume in ~transport

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    Or Honda and the Element! Gives us back the Element!!!

    Or Honda and the Element! Gives us back the Element!!!

    11 votes
  13. Comment on Struggling with nihilism and the inability to enjoy things in ~health.mental

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    I flirted with nihilism for a very long time. This might fall into preface 2 territory but I ended up moving from "life is pointless" to "life is weird as fuck". I think absurdism is a lot of fun,...

    I flirted with nihilism for a very long time. This might fall into preface 2 territory but I ended up moving from "life is pointless" to "life is weird as fuck". I think absurdism is a lot of fun, it's effectively the nihilism without the sadness.

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  14. Comment on Inside Ziklag, the secret organization of wealthy Christians trying to sway the US election and change the country in ~humanities

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    Luckily for them, there is a court that would likely be happy to change those laws...

    It’s spending millions to make a big political push for this election — but it may be violating the law.

    Luckily for them, there is a court that would likely be happy to change those laws...

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  15. Comment on u/RNG investigates bitcoin town in ~health

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    That's pretty wild, I've never heard of gated communities that provide amenities like shopping centers or bars.

    That's pretty wild, I've never heard of gated communities that provide amenities like shopping centers or bars.

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  16. Comment on u/RNG investigates bitcoin town in ~health

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    Wow, thanks for the footwork!!! I guess that is what I would have expected. It's interesting how news spreads within communities.

    Wow, thanks for the footwork!!! I guess that is what I would have expected. It's interesting how news spreads within communities.

    4 votes
  17. Comment on Is cycling in the suburbs a lost cause? in ~transport

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    I totally hear and agree with everyone commenting, suburbs are frustrating and they get an outsized portion of infrastructure budgets. But I'm still here for the optimism in the video. We're...

    I totally hear and agree with everyone commenting, suburbs are frustrating and they get an outsized portion of infrastructure budgets.

    But I'm still here for the optimism in the video. We're looking to increase safety and expand infrastructure in across the country, and that means cities, suburbs, and rural areas. Freedom of movement doesn't need to be everywhere, but it needs to cover a much larger portion of US than it currently does. Over half of US population lives in the suburbs (52%), and changing infrastructure networks to include and eventually center around public transit and bikeways can systematically change how our cities, towns, and villages function. High growth, and with it high density housing, follows access to transit. So unless we start making those changes in places like suburbs, they will forever remain the domain of the car.

    6 votes
  18. Comment on u/RNG investigates bitcoin town in ~health

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    It's interesting that some folks don't know about the mine. I'd love to know if you stopped into the local watering hole and asked about it what some other locals might say. I'm not surprised that...

    It's interesting that some folks don't know about the mine. I'd love to know if you stopped into the local watering hole and asked about it what some other locals might say. I'm not surprised that the neighbors hate it, but I'd love to know what folks think who aren't as affected by it. The article made it seem like there was consensus in the community, is there?

    23 votes
  19. Comment on Is cycling in the suburbs a lost cause? in ~transport

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    I thought this video from About Here on non-urban bike infrastructure might be of interest after the recent discussion on bike and public transit use.

    I thought this video from About Here on non-urban bike infrastructure might be of interest after the recent discussion on bike and public transit use.

    6 votes