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  1. Comment on The Good Place - S04E13-14 "Whenever You're Ready" FINAL in ~tv

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    I see your point. I personally didn't like them using the old trope of death gives meaning to life which I think humanity has invented as a coping mechanism for dealing with the idea of mortality....

    I see your point. I personally didn't like them using the old trope of death gives meaning to life which I think humanity has invented as a coping mechanism for dealing with the idea of mortality. At the same time, even if the show glorified suicide IMO it's not problematic in the same way it was with 13 Reasons Why where we saw an actual uptick of registered suicides. As in I don't think anyone would watch TGP and think "Ah yes I've achieved my life goals, time to off myself now!", whereas with 13RW an actual bullied teenager, suffering from mental illness might start to view suicide as a viable alternative after watching it.

    3 votes
  2. Comment on The Good Place - S04E13-14 "Whenever You're Ready" FINAL in ~tv

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    Why do you think it glorifies suicide? Isn't suicide kind of the opposite - people kill themselves as a way out of their own misery, whereas the series depicts the characters ending their...

    Why do you think it glorifies suicide? Isn't suicide kind of the opposite - people kill themselves as a way out of their own misery, whereas the series depicts the characters ending their existence after achieving complete satisfaction and peace.
    In media that actually glorifies suicide like 13 Reasons Why you see how suicide is presented as a way of getting revenge at the people that wronged you and as a way of escaping a horrible life. Also we see actual depictions of a suicide attempt. There's nothing like that in The Good Place.

    4 votes
  3. Comment on What's a widely criticized thing that you feel is worth defending? in ~talk

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    Fair enough. I can't argue with capitalism creating wealth and prosperity - Marx said the same thing. Your comment on maximizing efficiency through social policies reminds me of this article I saw...

    Fair enough. I can't argue with capitalism creating wealth and prosperity - Marx said the same thing.
    Your comment on maximizing efficiency through social policies reminds me of this article I saw earlier on Tildes about Finland being a capitalist paradise, you might be interested in it.

    In my view a Capitalist is an owner of the means of production (not someone who supports capitalism) and a socialist is someone who supports the collective ownership.

    I can't comment on what went through the heads of workers in the 19th century but I personally wouldn't join a radical (and often illegal) movement and place my life on the line for simply "a bigger share of the pie".

    4 votes
  4. Comment on What's a widely criticized thing that you feel is worth defending? in ~talk

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    Counter-argument: why should we give credit to capitalism when the poverty reduction programs and improvement of quality of life happened largely because of socialist movements and activism?...

    Counter-argument: why should we give credit to capitalism when the poverty reduction programs and improvement of quality of life happened largely because of socialist movements and activism?
    People literally died for us to have an 8-hour work day and no child labour, capitalists didn't give them to us voluntarily.

    10 votes
  5. Comment on Infiltrating Scientology in ~humanities

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    A 6 part (as of now) documentary about some dude infiltrating the "church" of scientology, filming them with spy glasses. He films their brainwashing techniques, the unscrupulous extraction of...

    A 6 part (as of now) documentary about some dude infiltrating the "church" of scientology, filming them with spy glasses. He films their brainwashing techniques, the unscrupulous extraction of money and one of their workers adimitting he works for 50$ a week.
    There are a lot of hilarious moments and the production quality of this channel is really good.

    2 votes
  6. Comment on postcard swap in ~hobbies

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    Yes! I'd love to join too. My sister and I were active on postcrossing a few years ago. I also send postcards back home whenever I'm in another country. I'm from Bulgaria, don't know how we'd swap...

    Yes! I'd love to join too. My sister and I were active on postcrossing a few years ago. I also send postcards back home whenever I'm in another country. I'm from Bulgaria, don't know how we'd swap postcards without doxing ourselves though.

  7. Comment on Introductions #7 - It's been a while... Let's have an "Introduce Yourself" post! How's everyone doing? in ~talk

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    Completely agree on your criticism on reddit. I was a bit intimidated to comment on tildes at first because it was so different from what I've seen on reddit, but now I appreciate the high effort...

    Completely agree on your criticism on reddit. I was a bit intimidated to comment on tildes at first because it was so different from what I've seen on reddit, but now I appreciate the high effort commenting.
    Also the fact that there are fewer users and I've started to recognize some of them makes communication here more personal (while still anonymous).

    6 votes
  8. Comment on Introductions #7 - It's been a while... Let's have an "Introduce Yourself" post! How's everyone doing? in ~talk

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    I've had my account for a couple of months but I wasn't too active at the beginning and haven't introduced myself yet. I'm a student from Bulgaria, finished high school last year and don't know...

    I've had my account for a couple of months but I wasn't too active at the beginning and haven't introduced myself yet. I'm a student from Bulgaria, finished high school last year and don't know what to do with my life now.
    I'm less tech-oriented than the average tildes user, more interested in history, environmentalism and language learning. Also politics and philosophy.

    -I was looking for a reddit alternative and found tildes through some subreddit
    -I reused my reddit username, its just the name of some random bird in my native language, not much thought behind that
    -Been getting into far left politics and theory lately, would appreciate a group for discussing it since most leftist subreddits are pretty unhelpful or too dogmatic.

    11 votes
  9. Comment on You have unlimited funds. How do you help your city? in ~talk

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    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sofia The biggest problems in my city are pollution and overbuilding in certain areas. Transportation -Ban/gradually phase out cars (at least in the city center):...

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sofia
    The biggest problems in my city are pollution and overbuilding in certain areas.

    1. Transportation
      -Ban/gradually phase out cars (at least in the city center): cars contribute a lot to the pollution here and don't justify their environmental cost.
      -Public transportation: since there will be a huge influx of people who can no longer use their cars, I will have to spend a lot of money expanding our subway and buying buses. Public transport will be free.
      -Electric micro-mobility: this includes projects for bike renting and grants for privately buying e-bikes, scooters and so on (could use this to encourage local manufacturing too).

    2. Romani people autonomous zones
      -the Romani (or gypsies) are an ethnic minority in my country, which due to discrimination (direct and systemic) and their own cultural "distinctiveness" have failed to properly integrate in almost any European country. They live in awful, almost 3rd world conditions. Attempts back in socialist times to provide them with quality housing have failed.
      Recognizing this, I'd try something new - I will turn the ghettos in semi-autonomous zones and just give them money to be redistributed locally, by a local council, trying to use some direct-democracy/anarchist principles in its organizing. They could organize their own police, make their own laws and so on. This doesn't mean that I'll limit their access to the public healthcare or education, the opposite is true.

    3. Housing
      Basically this is my ideal type of housing - Alt-Erlaa in Vienna. It's sort of an improvement to the soviet blocks model - housing a lot of people in a small space, but with lots of greenery and social amenities (they have fricking swimming pools on the top of these blocks!). I'd use the same architectural principles to build new housing, demolish some of the old soviet blocks (they are pretty old and crumbling anyway) and provide my residents with free or heavily subsidized housing.

    8 votes
  10. Comment on A journalist in Japan looks at how much single-use plastic he accumulates in a week, then attempts to spend a week without using any in ~enviro

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    I was really frustrated to see how overpackaged stuff is in german supermarkets. In my country, people don't care much about climate change but usually fruits and vegetables are never packaged or...

    I was really frustrated to see how overpackaged stuff is in german supermarkets. In my country, people don't care much about climate change but usually fruits and vegetables are never packaged or individually wrapped in plastic. I saw a lot of that in Germany.
    Also the machines for used bottles and cans only accept some of them.
    There is a ban on single use plastic bags but I've seen people buy the reusable ones often which means they don't bother bringing their own and that's even worse. (not to mention the single-use bags for vegetables are still allowed).
    And there was an overabundance of heavily packaged convenience foods such as pre-made meals and salads that I haven't seen back home.

    So, even though the West is supposedly more aware of environmental issues, their awful consumption habits make any passed legislature have almost negligable effects on the environment.

    2 votes
  11. Comment on China coronavirus spread is accelerating, Xi Jinping warns in ~health.coronavirus

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    Highly doubt that video is authentic, literally anyone could pull it off and it is the only source for the 90k figure. Also, even with the officially reported scale of the infection, it's not...

    Highly doubt that video is authentic, literally anyone could pull it off and it is the only source for the 90k figure. Also, even with the officially reported scale of the infection, it's not weird for Xi to be speaking about it, considering the attention it's getting from foreign media.
    Let's not spread misinformation.

    19 votes
  12. Comment on What are you using these days as an alternative to YouTube? in ~tech

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    I don't know, one advantage of a single platform is the wide variety of content you could discover. On youtube entirely new genres of videos developed every year. I personally change the type of...

    I don't know, one advantage of a single platform is the wide variety of content you could discover.
    On youtube entirely new genres of videos developed every year. I personally change the type of channels I watch almost entirely every year as I find new and interesting things. In the seperated model you'd get isolated in, say the tech-channels site bubble and not find much beyond that.

    Bad advertisment practices and privacy infringement are problems to be adressed but I don't want to sacrifice the advantages of the monolithic site for that.

    1 vote
  13. Comment on What are you using these days as an alternative to YouTube? in ~tech

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    I would not subscribe as of yet because right now everyone is making their own site. Nebula is mainly for educational creators. Then some history channels made this. And now Linus Tech Tips has...

    I would not subscribe as of yet because right now everyone is making their own site. Nebula is mainly for educational creators. Then some history channels made this. And now Linus Tech Tips has made Floatplane which will probably attract the tech channels.
    I think this trend would continue in the future because its profitable for them. None of these sites would grow because everyone wants to be the king of their own little streaming service and attract the other channels of their respective genre.
    Thus content would be spread and if YouTube breaks down we'd need to pay several sites to watch everything we want. Same that's happening today with Netflix losing content, while Disney+ and Apple and who knows what more announcing their own service.

    2 votes
  14. Comment on What are you using these days as an alternative to YouTube? in ~tech

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    I don't like this at all. Maybe you're not aware but LTT's site is not the first with the same premise. First educational channels got together on Nebula. Then history channels made this. And now...

    I don't like this at all. Maybe you're not aware but LTT's site is not the first with the same premise.
    First educational channels got together on Nebula. Then history channels made this. And now apparently tech channels are making their own site?! What is really the potential for growth if all the different genres of channels separate themselves on their own little sites?

    I mean sure this would be fair if we only ever watched one type of content, but like this, if God forbids Youtube breaks down, I'd have to pay several different sites to watch the channels I previously watched for free on a single website (and could choose to donate to however much I want on a single platform - Patreon).

    2 votes
  15. Comment on Would you eat lab grown human meat? in ~talk

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    I'm disgusted by the thought but would probably try it once out of curiosity. Ethically I don't see any problem with lab-grown meat, be it human or animal, but I'd probably stay away from people...

    I'm disgusted by the thought but would probably try it once out of curiosity. Ethically I don't see any problem with lab-grown meat, be it human or animal, but I'd probably stay away from people who would enjoy it too much.
    Relevant link a guy who made tacos from his own amputated leg ( NSFW images! )

    4 votes
  16. Comment on What languages do you speak? in ~talk

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    In my opinion learn the basics of the language, and then try to immerse yourself in it as much as possible. This doesn't necessarily mean move to the country, but watching YouTube videos,...

    In my opinion learn the basics of the language, and then try to immerse yourself in it as much as possible. This doesn't necessarily mean move to the country, but watching YouTube videos, listening to podcasts, reading books and watching movies. I feel like that was the way most people in my generation learned English, since in school it was basically considered a chill class where we didn't do anything.

    I studied German for 5 years in high school but since I never had an interest in German culture I did not consume any German media at all, thus my German level is now much worse than my English, even if I have an equal certificate.

    3 votes
  17. Comment on What languages do you speak? in ~talk

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    My native language is Bulgarian. I've been studying English since 1st grade in school but most of it I picked up from the internet, video games and movies. Also learned Russian for 3 years in...

    My native language is Bulgarian.

    I've been studying English since 1st grade in school but most of it I picked up from the internet, video games and movies.
    Also learned Russian for 3 years in school but didn't study much, so I don't know any grammar, however since its a Slavic language I can probably understand 60-70% of it when spoken and 80+% when written.

    Went to a German-language high school for 5 years, but again as I was too lazy to put the time into studying my grammar and vocab are shit, even though I managed to get the C1 certificate last year. But my level is enough to study/work in Germany and have the advantage of a third language for jobs in my home country.

    The last few months, since I'm a filthy weeb I finally started learning Japanese. I found the kana pretty easy to memorize at the beginning (like 10 hours for both alphabets) but memorizing flashcards and actually reading stuff are two completely different things for my brain, so when I see kana in text I still have to think real hard to remember what it is, even if on my flashcard app I can answer immediately. With kanji I'm up to around 70 from Heissig's book and so far I've found it moderately easy to remember their meaning and stroke order, however it will probably get harder the more I add and the more complex they become.

    My language plans for the future are to get a C2 in English, improve my German to the point I'm as comfortable in using it as English right now, hopefully make progress with Japanese in the next 5 or so years and maybe start learning Mandarin after that.

    4 votes
  18. Comment on Finland is a capitalist paradise in ~news

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    The Reuters article is from 2008. Here's an article from 2017 by Capital (it's probably the most trustworthy Bulgarian newspaper) which you can run through chrome's translator....

    The Reuters article is from 2008. Here's an article from 2017 by Capital (it's probably the most trustworthy Bulgarian newspaper) which you can run through chrome's translator.

    https://www.capital.bg/politika_i_ikonomika/bulgaria/2017/12/04/3090854_durjavata_se_opitva_da_promeni_koncesiiata_za_zlatoto/

    "The agreement provided for the state to enter into the project with a minority stake, a 50% reduction in the concession fee and the company to start paying according to a new ordinance adopted in 2007, ie. between 2 and 8% of the value of the metals in the ores extracted. However, the environmental impact assessment was appealed by non-governmental organizations and overturned by the Supreme Administrative Court.

    How much it currently pays
    DPM Chelopech pays 1.5% of the value of the metals in the ore extracted, which the Court of Auditors notes is within the statutory limits."

    So yeah nothing happened. Even if it did end up paying 8% that's practically nothing as well. Our democracy is in shambles and you bet western corporations are going to take advantage of that.

    3 votes
  19. Comment on Finland is a capitalist paradise in ~news

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    Dundee Precious Metals, Bulgaria. The Dundee Corporation was founded by now 82 yo Canadian entrepreneur Ned Goodman, who even frickin got the Order of Canada in 2016 - one of "only 113 Canadians...

    Dundee Precious Metals, Bulgaria.
    The Dundee Corporation was founded by now 82 yo Canadian entrepreneur Ned Goodman, who even frickin got the Order of Canada in 2016 - one of "only 113 Canadians to be recognized with the country's highest civilian honors." So yeah profits are definitively going to Canada and the Canadian government is apparently proud with the outstanding work of this citizen.

    5 votes