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Trying to leave things better than I found them.

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dublinben  ·  2 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: A Smarter Way to Reduce Gun Deaths

The section about transferable machine guns leaves out the most important reason these weapons aren't used in more crimes: they cost at least $10k to acquire. The much maligned AR-15 can be had for $500. A shitty Hi-Point 9mm can be had for a third of that.

It seems like the author can't help but include a red herring about hollow-point bullets, magazine capacities, and the much-maligned AR-15 (the most popular modern sporting rifle sold in the US). He does later admit that Liberals overemphasize banning 'assault weapons' instead of more effective interventions, but undercuts this point by admitting that he still has it out for the AR-15.

Notably missing from this mish-mash of good and bad proposals is any sort of economic analysis of the causes of (white, rural) suicide or (black, urban) homicide. However, that might engender accusations of racism, classism, and other forms of Liberal intolerance, and distract from the

All in all, his central thesis that we need to come to terms with the reality that there will continue to be 400m privately-owned firearms in the US is key to having a more productive national conversation about reducing gun violence.

dublinben  ·  16 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: This firm is working to control the climate. Should the world let it?

Thankfully most of the companies they back are busy working on B2B SASS and crypto nonsense that is unlikely to have any significant impact, positive or negative.

Gaffes like the ill-timed Sequoia profile of Sam Bankman Fried make it clear that venture capitalists don't have any unique wisdom or insight.

dublinben  ·  42 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: What have you been reading lately?

The most recent book I finished was The Big Fix, which proposes several practical steps to save the climate. Unlike so much in the news around this subject, this book was really pragmatic and inspiring. The authors make a compelling case that if we make realistic improvements on areas like electricity generation, building efficiency, transportation, and diet, both individually and collectively through political action, then we actually have a fighting chance. This is an easily-readable book that will equally serve anyone you know who is apathetic or anxious about this issue.

dublinben  ·  45 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: SBF arrested

This is good for Bitcoin?

dublinben  ·  57 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: November 30, 2022

If you're still having email deliverability problems, there might be a error in your SPF record.

dublinben  ·  57 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: November 30, 2022

Good luck, dude. I'm looking forward to celebrating once you're safely on the ground in Europe.

dublinben  ·  67 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Y'all we gotta talk about FTX.

Since the tweet is now deleted, here's what appears to be the same story compiled into his newsletter: https://blockcrunch.substack.com/p/the-definitive-post-on-the-ftx-scandal

dublinben  ·  74 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Lolbrooks on the election results

It's almost like Joe Biden is good at politics. He must have picked up a thing or two in all his years in Washington. Imagine that.

dublinben  ·  91 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: October 26, 2022

The dating apps are hell. They will make you hate yourself, especially in a city like San Francisco.

I recommend trying to build up your community of friends, and pursuing some active hobbies. Both should give you opportunities to meet new people in a less soul-crushing way.

dublinben  ·  93 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: 505th Weekly "Share Some Music You've Been Into Lately"

One of my long-time favorite artists, Lissie, came out with a new album last month. I don't have a favorite track yet, but here's a couple that are available on Youtube.

dublinben  ·  93 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Was it about the friends we made along the way?

    The fact that one particular user-inactivated's outburst is still above the fold in the chat says something about how active this place is currently.

That particular user is who I originally followed to this place 11+ years ago (oof). I wish I could say I'd made stronger connections with anyone here, but if this site were to go away, I'd never be able to connect with any of you lovely, interesting people again. That would be a shame.

dublinben  ·  94 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: October 19, 2022

Part of becoming an adult is evaluating the relationship you have with your parents, and redefining it if you have to. Financial independence is definitely key to being able to stand up for your own interests.

dublinben  ·  151 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Here’s a site that helps you circumvent article paywalls.

If you use Firefox, there's also an excellent add-on called Bypass Paywalls Clean that will do this automatically.

dublinben  ·  160 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Californians asked to cut power use as extreme heat approaches

You're making the Netherlands sound very attractive. I'm worried that the US in incapable of building infrastructure quickly enough to face the future we're rapidly approaching.

dublinben  ·  160 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Californians asked to cut power use as extreme heat approaches

This is an interesting 'solution' to the problem of fuel-burning, car-based transportation. Unfortunately it relies on a lot of technology that doesn't exist yet.

There's another solution which reduces driving, using just technology that we already have. Building walkable cities again. If we allow more people to live in local communities where they can accomplish their life necessities with just walking, biking, and transit, then we can drastically cut transportation emissions without strip-mining the whole earth for minerals.

dublinben  ·  205 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Red States Are Winning the Post-Pandemic Economy

You’re certainly right. The value proposition of high cost cities in blue states just isn’t there for middle class families any more. They’re becoming hollowed out playgrounds for the rich, and those living on social benefits.

dublinben  ·  205 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Red States Are Winning the Post-Pandemic Economy

The anti-growth NIMBY policies in blue states are destroying them, and hastening the destruction of our country. It's an ecological disaster for people to be moving from dense, transit-served cities to sprawling, car-dependent suburbs and rural areas. The specific reasons cited like 'lower taxes', 'no masks', and 'cheap McMansions' don't bode well for our nation's future.

dublinben  ·  214 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: The hypocrisy of abortion as a corporate perk

This is opportunistic pandering even at companies who didn't make similar donations. My employer made a big deal about a similar travel reimbursement policy, but doesn't even provide health insurance for the majority of their employees, since that would actually cost them something.

dublinben  ·  217 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: June 22, 2022

How was Barcelona? I've heard wonderful things.