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I'm a 25 year old eternal student. I never want to stop learning. I'm interested in physics, math, philosophy, psychology, education, and literature. I'm optimistic about the world and the future.

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I've never seen a good comparison of people who eat a lot but have a calorie deficit with people who restrict calories, which is why I'm still skeptical of the metabolism narrative here.

    A pint of beer contains a little more than a tablespoon of ethanol, and I suppose it adds up, but two gallons per year?

So I did the math. A legal drink is .6 ounces of ethanol. 2.3 gallons is 294.4 ounces of ethanol. So the average american drinks 1.34 drinks per day, or the average American drinker drinks slightly less than 2 legal drinks per day, which the article even admits isn't unhealthy. It really does add up I guess.

Also, it's a common mistake to make to assume that everyone wants to optimize their health, or worse, that we should force everyone to optimize it. There's pretty much no valid health reason to drink either soda or alcohol, to eat pizza, or to smoke a cigarette. But that's not the reason that anyone does any of those things. As it turns out, my body is not a temple, and there's no math equation that can calculate an ideal life.

Odder  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: The 'burbs are dying

I grew up in Hunterdon County, NJ. It has a really high cost of living and few job opportunities, which is why no one under 35 ever moves there: because if you want to have kids, you can't afford kids and the cost of living there, and if you don't want kids, why would you ever live there?

Odder  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: What we’ve lost to gentrification

I don't really get what people like this author expect anyone to do about gentrification. The way it's framed, gentrification is the process by which economic success increases the cost of living and lowers crime, which in turn displaces people who could only afford to live there due to the high murder rate and few job opportunities. The real issue here is that so many people don't make enough money to afford to live anywhere except in places with high crime, and that economic and social inequality prevents those people from benefiting when the local economy does improve.

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    Why is it that republicans only stood for things like integrity and character back when I was young and dumb enough to believe them?

I dunno Brooksy, I just don't know.

Yeah I like that but I also discovered last halloween that large amounts of chocolate give me terrible migraines, so I guess that's my tale of heartache and woe for ya.

Nah, Marx is dumb.

It's because single people, or at least those who are single but don't want to be, don't have a choice except to observe Valentine's day. If you're in a relationship, you can make the choice on whether or not you and your significant other want to celebrate it, or if you just want to do what you always do. If you are single, you have to confront all the potential lives you could have led with all the people you could have been celebrating Valentine's day with, or you have to act stubborn and defiant and declare that you don't care about the stupid holiday and pig out on chocolate, which is really the same thing.

I mean, ultimately what I just said in that last paragraph is completely wrong, and you don't have to do anything or feel anything that you don't want to. Humans have free will and all. But you live in a society that tells you that you need to be in a relationship to be happy, and, whether or not you agree with that, if you also happen to want to be in a relationship, then Valentine's day is just a reminder letter from society that you aren't the living up to the life that you want to live.

Valentine's day is really a holiday for single people.

Odder  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: The Middle East's Coming War

    During the night, according to my high-ranking sources, Israel’s intelligence services had been tracking an Iranian drone that was launched by the Quds division of Iran’s elite Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps from the Tiyas air base in central Syria.

There's definitely a clever way to phrase this that doesn't come off like "my neighbors cousin's stepdad told me" but art is truth, I guess.

    The Dow dropped 666 points, its worst day since the Brexit vote in June 2016.

Oh never mind then. Stocks are not, in fact, on sale. No reason to celebrate. The only thing that's melting down is the cheese I just put on my chili.

Odder  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: How Not to Be Replaced

Not really sure what you're looking for here, then. At the core of the alt-right, white nationalist movement is a fear that cultural marxism and overly-tolerant liberal arts professors are going to get together and destroy Western Civilization and perform white genocide. You can determine that because it's literally the shit they post about on the internet.

Odder  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: How Not to Be Replaced

Richard Spencer and the rest of the intellectual core of the alt-right (the folks who got there by intellect/thinking, not saying they're smart) are terrified of something that they'll either call "cultural marxism" or postmodernism. They're terrified that people who don't want anyone to believe in anything are going to replace all the greek philosophers, renaissance artists, and enlightenment thinkers with undeserving non-white folk until everything is so intellectually dilute that nothing has any meaning and then we'll all just read Das Kapital, or something. It's a fear that's naturally borne out of academia, out of over-exaggerated fears of affirmative action and Karl Marx.

Exhibit A: The comments section of the linked article

Exhibit B: This dumpster fire... and many more

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