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  1. Comment on Tech was supposed to improve caucuses. Instead, it may have doomed them in ~tech

  2. Comment on Why Democratic leaders still misunderstand the politics of social class in ~news

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    I know, right? Workplace democracy is so in Bernie's wheelhouse. See here, here. Seems to mesh quite nicely with the "strong labor movement" the author was calling for. I don't get it and it...

    I know, right? Workplace democracy is so in Bernie's wheelhouse. See here, here.

    Double union membership within Bernie’s first term.

    Seems to mesh quite nicely with the "strong labor movement" the author was calling for. I don't get it and it honestly turned me off the article at first. Still not getting it, although I did like the article. Like, how you got such a blindspot?

    2 votes
  3. Comment on ‘Forever chemicals’ are in your popcorn—and your blood in ~health

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    I've taken an interest in this lately because of an as-yet undiagnosed endocrine system dysfunction. I can't get doctors to follow thru or call me back, so I've been doing a lot of reading. I...

    I've taken an interest in this lately because of an as-yet undiagnosed endocrine system dysfunction. I can't get doctors to follow thru or call me back, so I've been doing a lot of reading. I tripped across this in my reading: Men's sperm counts are plummeting. They think it's from PFAS and things like it and they think it's epigenetic, accumulating across generations.

    Apparently I placed too much faith in the EPA et. al. when I dismissed people's concerns about non-stick pans and microwaving tupperware... it seems like it's actually worse than my friend from highschool's hippy parents made it out to be, because we're all exposed whether we nuke our tupperware or not since it's bioaccumulating in the food chain. And coming at you from every angle; thermal receipt papers was one that surprised me. Apparently it can transfer from the paper to your fingers, and then to your burger you just bought. It's a super effective way to consume BPA. Who'da thunk. You can't replace your water bottles out of this one. It's like the whole world's a superfund site.

    6 votes
  4. Comment on The plant ecology of the Los Angeles River in ~science

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    I love this guy, I think of him like the anti-nature show. Instead of beautiful wild landscapes, we get to learn about the plant life in dystopian urban hellscapes. Y'know, where we all live and...

    I love this guy, I think of him like the anti-nature show. Instead of beautiful wild landscapes, we get to learn about the plant life in dystopian urban hellscapes. Y'know, where we all live and the plants that we see all the time.

    And sometimes he travels somewhere actually nice. I really liked the cloud forests of Mexico videos he did. His tone of voice shifted into something like reverence, which you never hear from him when he's traipsing around the train tracks in LA or whatever. Understandably.

    And he's all self-taught, which I was impressed by.

    6 votes
  5. Comment on The U.S. pesticide industry's playbook for avoiding neonicotinoid bans in ~enviro

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    ^^^This bit right here. They're intentionally steering the conversation to be about honey bees for a reason, because they've got a convenient excuse lined up. Honey bees aren't even native to the...

    Other insects not affected by Varroa are declining precipitously in synch with neonicotinoid use, which any honest review would reveal as suggestive that these compounds should be severely restricted or banned.

    ^^^This bit right here. They're intentionally steering the conversation to be about honey bees for a reason, because they've got a convenient excuse lined up.

    Honey bees aren't even native to the Americas, yet in my experience they're what people here bring up when I try to talk to them about pollinators. I've been trying to steer the conversations I have with people about this topic to be about monarchs. They're charismatic little native pollinators, I live in their migration path and we used to get fields covered in them occasionally when I was a kid. But it's hard to get people to notice the absence of something that wasn't reliably happening every year, and cute as they are they're still just bugs. Insignificant.

    4 votes
  6. Comment on Why Biden has such a large lead in the polls in ~news

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    McConnell's seat is up for an election in 2020. He's not a forgone conclusion for the next president. His approval numbers in Kentucky are really low, in the teens last I checked. And Sanders...

    McConnell's seat is up for an election in 2020. He's not a forgone conclusion for the next president. His approval numbers in Kentucky are really low, in the teens last I checked.

    And Sanders could bring the exact people who'd vote him out, to the polls in 2020.

    4 votes
  7. Comment on America's parents want paid family leave and affordable child care. Why can't they get it? in ~life

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    That definitely vibes with your assertion there. "I was against it until I needed it, now I think it sounds great". Lady's got a malfunctioning empathy gland, and she's sadly representative of a...

    Before having her own kids, Whitney Phinney acknowledges she thought of paid leave and subsidized child care as "handouts."

    "I've definitely evolved my perspective from an individualistic 'Everyone just needs to take care of themselves; no one's going to help you out' to 'Hey, it's our job as a society to help support each other, and that means supporting kids and raising kids and taking care of kids,'" she said.

    That definitely vibes with your assertion there. "I was against it until I needed it, now I think it sounds great". Lady's got a malfunctioning empathy gland, and she's sadly representative of a good chunk of us. Incapable of anything more removed than sympathy.

    8 votes
  8. Comment on Thousands flock to Wikipedia founder's 'Facebook rival' in ~tech

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    Why? I've always had warm fuzzies toward Jimmy because Wikipedia is a great thing, I think. They've managed to stave off bad actors really well, despite being a huge target.

    Why? I've always had warm fuzzies toward Jimmy because Wikipedia is a great thing, I think. They've managed to stave off bad actors really well, despite being a huge target.

    11 votes
  9. Comment on What do you think about the concept of generations? in ~talk

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    I'm the same-ish age as you, I've heard us called "xennials". As a generation straddler, I don't feel like the labels are super great. I don't fit in your boxes, and I'm inclined to think that's a...

    I'm the same-ish age as you, I've heard us called "xennials".

    As a generation straddler, I don't feel like the labels are super great. I don't fit in your boxes, and I'm inclined to think that's a problem with your boxes.

    And they way they're used is just not great. I usually join the gen-xers and grab the popcorn when the millenials and boomers start slinging insults at each other. Ten years of boomer clickbait articles about boogeyman millenials that could all be boiled down to "kids these days and their (avocados, smart phones, social media, etc.)!". Now the backlash, "Ok boomer" memes and such. It's funny, but not very productive and it's very divisive.

    I can't think of any upsides, I can think of downsides. Either I'm just pessimistic, or generation labels are dumb.

    2 votes
  10. Comment on Supreme Court allows Sandy Hook families to sue Remington in ~news

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    I keep seeing this talking point, and I don't get it. Toyota had a pretty big class action suit for their electronic accelerators glitching out and sending cars speeding out of control. We do sue...

    I don't sue the car maker when I get in an accident in their vehicle.

    I keep seeing this talking point, and I don't get it. Toyota had a pretty big class action suit for their electronic accelerators glitching out and sending cars speeding out of control. We do sue car makers when we get in accidents in their vehicles all the time, and even win occasionally. Nader's book made a pretty big splash with I think it was the Corsair's? split differential that tended to cause the car to do a weird nose dive because they cheaped out and didn't include a sway bar. Working from memory here, bear with me.

    When cars hurt people, car companies get sued.

    If the suit is meritless, Remington will probably win? I'm sure they can afford decent lawyers. They'll be alright.

    6 votes
  11. Comment on Discussion: Top 10 Stupidest Things US Fed Govt has done in ~talk

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    That was gonna be my answer. Imperialism in South America, the Contras, the cartels we buy drugs from and the guns we sell to them that they use to terrorize the populace who come to America...

    supporting authoritarian dictators in South America during the 60's and 70's

    That was gonna be my answer. Imperialism in South America, the Contras, the cartels we buy drugs from and the guns we sell to them that they use to terrorize the populace who come to America seeking refuge who we're currently calling "illegals" and throwing in cages.

    Probably the worst thing I can think of that we're actively still doing. It's a toss up between that and terrorizing middle eastern civilians with drone strikes.

    Now I have a sad :( Why did I open this terribly depressing topic lol

    3 votes
  12. Comment on What’s something you would gladly eat for lunch very day for for the rest of your life? in ~food

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    I've never had feijoada, that looks good. I'm a simple lady, I'd probably be happy with peanut butter on toast. Maybe with bananas.

    I've never had feijoada, that looks good.

    I'm a simple lady, I'd probably be happy with peanut butter on toast. Maybe with bananas.

    5 votes
  13. Comment on Things Chefs Do That You Should Not Do: Just say no to lemon zest, “ripping hot” pans, and the ice bath in ~food

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    That's funny, I was just telling my brother the other day that I don't know what a bay leaf tastes like. I've never noticed its presence or absence. I put them in soups simply because I've been...

    That's funny, I was just telling my brother the other day that I don't know what a bay leaf tastes like. I've never noticed its presence or absence. I put them in soups simply because I've been lead to believe that that's what one does.

    That said, I don't think every cook book needs to be practical. Some can be practical, some can be fancy. Idk why the author feels the need to try to make every book practical. Just put an (optional) next to your lemon zest and call it a day.

    2 votes
  14. Comment on Apple Keynote Discussion Thread [September 10, 2019 @ 10:00 am PDT] in ~tech

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    I've always wanted a digital sketchbook. That's what I wanted the first iPad to be, when I bought it. And it wasn't good enough for that, and ended up mostly being a thing I watched Netflix on....

    I've always wanted a digital sketchbook. That's what I wanted the first iPad to be, when I bought it. And it wasn't good enough for that, and ended up mostly being a thing I watched Netflix on. And it instilled in me a deep dislike for iOS, it was so limited in those days and most apps weren't optimized for iPad yet so they looked like trash.

    They re-piqued my interest first with the Pencil, and now they've got my ears up again with iPadOS. When they first came out with the Pencil, I said I'd give an iPad a try again if they'd put Mac OS on it. Are we close yet? I'mma have to go to an Apple store and check one out. That's exciting. I might sell my MB Pro for that.

    2 votes
  15. Comment on What Do We Do About the Violence of Lonely Young Men? in ~misc

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    Alright, right here is where you convinced me: And to add another point: I've seen many a dude get really mad about the term "toxic masculinity", they read it backwards like "masculinity is...

    Alright, right here is where you convinced me:

    Color blindness, for example, is not a gendered trait but it's presence is also much higher among genetically male individuals. Just because the term doesn't involve gender does not mean the identification, treatment, and resources shouldn't be targeted to the appropriate population.

    And to add another point: I've seen many a dude get really mad about the term "toxic masculinity", they read it backwards like "masculinity is toxic". That's not what's meant by the term, but if you have a whole lot of people who don't understand your term then maybe it's time to consider a new name.

    9 votes
  16. Comment on The tyranny of lawns and landlords: Renting culture puts dreams of cultivating wildness out of reach. in ~life

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    I'm excited about this grass I bought (yes I'm old) and feel the need to tell everyone about it. No mow fescue blend. I seeded some this spring, cut it zero times, and it's barely ankle high. I...

    I'm excited about this grass I bought (yes I'm old) and feel the need to tell everyone about it.

    No mow fescue blend. I seeded some this spring, cut it zero times, and it's barely ankle high. I understand that once it is better established, it'll get taller and flop over like in the pictures on that site. I watered it for the first two weeks to get it to sprout, then zero watering all summer. But it rains a good bit here, so ymmv on that front. And fertilizer is not recommended, all the fescues in this blend have a low nitrogen requirement.

    If you're in a cool season grass zone and have a jerk HOA or somebody insisting you plant and maintain grass, check this stuff out.

    3 votes
  17. Comment on What Explains U.S. Mass Shootings? International Comparisons Suggest an Answer in ~news

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    I feel like there's a huge thing they're missing here -- 98% of mass shooters are male. Women in the U.S. have just as easy access to guns as men in the U.S. do. We even own 22% of them, but we...

    I feel like there's a huge thing they're missing here -- 98% of mass shooters are male.

    Women in the U.S. have just as easy access to guns as men in the U.S. do. We even own 22% of them, but we are 2% of mass shooters.

    Seems like there's something afoot, and whatever it is, it's tied to masculinity. Sorry dudes, I know, not all men, but those're some funky numbers.

    6 votes
  18. Comment on The Case of Al Franken in ~news

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    Franken was arguably sexually improper. Moore molested children. Not the same ballpark, not even the same game. That's why one's a felony and the other's not even illegal. Severity might not...

    Franken was arguably sexually improper. Moore molested children. Not the same ballpark, not even the same game. That's why one's a felony and the other's not even illegal. Severity might not matter to you, but it does to most of the rest of us.

    You can have some weird zero tolerance, "sexless elected officials only" campaign if you like. But please stop equivocating child molestation with he kissed a girl and she didn't like it, it's offensive.

    4 votes
  19. Comment on The Case of Al Franken in ~news

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    The accusations against Moore are a hell of a lot worse than those against Franken, you're painting with a ridiculously wide brush. Child molestation vs. an unwanted kiss (in a skit). You've got...

    The accusations against Moore are a hell of a lot worse than those against Franken, you're painting with a ridiculously wide brush. Child molestation vs. an unwanted kiss (in a skit). You've got to be shitting me.

    You can't have "improper sexual interactions" with a 14 year old. There's no such thing as proper sexual interactions between a 30 year old and a 14 year old, therefore there's no such thing as improper ones. There's just molestation.

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  20. Comment on Google Maps is filled with millions of false business addresses created by firms pretending to be nearby in ~tech

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    I had a contractor come out for a quote and the guy gave me an odd feeling. I got him from Home Advisor. I go to look up his address on street view and it's a random residential house. I try to...

    I had a contractor come out for a quote and the guy gave me an odd feeling. I got him from Home Advisor. I go to look up his address on street view and it's a random residential house. I try to find his contractor's license and it's in somebody else's name, even tho he said he owns the business.

    It seems like all these websites are having trouble with scammers, not just Google. Home Advisor even claims to vet them? I'm back to word of mouth for contractors, I don't have any better ideas.

    2 votes