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rthomas6  ·  15 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: America’s Next Authoritarian Will Be Much More Competent

Can you imagine if a Julius Caesar type got elected in 2016 instead of a bumbling idiot? Someone politically savvy, an MLK-level public speaker, militarily gifted, and damn charming? Someone like that could have done so much more damage. They could have ended the republic.

rthomas6  ·  24 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: October 28, 2020

I would be okay with those things being laws here in the US. This is my fear, though: As long as the laws are enforced in a way that they prevent hate speech but allow the open and honest discussion of ideas with no cooling effect, all would be well. The problems start when people are afraid to research and discuss topics academically. With any sane person's interpretation of the laws, this would never occur. But the US seems rather insane to me lately.

rthomas6  ·  24 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: PSA: We are no longer in the midst of an experiment.

Do you guys want more users? This community seems very insular to me now, for better or worse. Most commenters I recognize by name, and they all seem to know each other. I sort of feel like if users here wanted more fresh faces, I would occasionally see Hubski mentioned outside of Hubski.

rthomas6  ·  24 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: October 28, 2020

The problem is, who/what determines what is true and what is acceptable to say? And how do you prevent that entity from being corrupted or taken over by a bad actor?

rthomas6  ·  24 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: October 28, 2020

Maybe you can supplant him with better "podcast bros". I like Sam Harris, Jocko Willink, Tim Ferriss, Dan Carlin, and Jordan Harbinger, to name a few.

rthomas6  ·  136 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pope pulls speech on Hong Kong freedom, raising questions over pressure from Beijing

Why would the pope do that? China and the Catholic Church don't exactly have a good relationship.

rthomas6  ·  243 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: March 25, 2020

Working from home made me discover the huge importance of routine for me. It makes all the difference in the world. Time to embrace my slight on-the-spectrum tendencies and make a rigid schedule every day, and try to stick to it. It's a night and day difference for my mental health.

rthomas6  ·  245 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: A fiasco in the making?

Why aren't they doing random sample population testing? It doesn't seem like it would be that hard to do, and then you would have all sorts of better statistical data to draw conclusions from. Right?

I'm glad they're asking someone at least...

rthomas6  ·  256 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: March 11, 2020

> A virus that is perhaps ten times deadlier than the seasonal flu will have more severe symptoms than the seasonal flu.

Not necessarily. If you think of symptom severity as a bell curve, Covid-19's symptom severity bell curve center could be further to the right, but also have fatter tails. There is evidence for this since some people are asymptomatic.

rthomas6  ·  256 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Garbage Language: Why do corporations speak the way they do?

We must all efficiently

Operationalize our strategies

Invest in world-class technology

And leverage our core competencies

In order to holistically administrate

Exceptional synergy

rthomas6  ·  268 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: It's the Affordability, Stupid

I understand more or less why the cost of college and healthcare have gone way up, but why have the cost of transportation and housing gone up so much? And what systemic issues caused the increase? I don't understand what needs to be fixed to make those things more affordable. Government price fixing is a shitty band-aid in this case. What are the root causes?

Not too realistic, because everyone is super white.

rthomas6  ·  422 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: I owe HUBSKI $$ -- but???

Related but separate question: Do you accept any other ERC-20 tokens in your ETH wallet? Namely USDC or DAI?

I think it's awesome that there are powerful institutions that benefit financially from slowing climate change. Maybe we can take advantage of their power to help us get something done about it. Who cares about the motivations involved, if the problem gets solved?

rthomas6  ·  514 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: June 26, 2019

What the hell am I doing with my life. Why do I spend my time doing things like Reddit and Pokemon Showdown instead of things like writing, meditating, organizing my life, playing piano, writing software for myself, starting businesses? I know what will make me happier. I know what will make me proud of myself. But I don't do it. Instead I do the stupid yet easy thing, even though it feels like letting my soul die.

rthomas6  ·  516 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: In Streaming Age, Classical Music Gets Lost in Metadata

I am strongly suspicious that this is a covert PR piece for the two new services linked in the article. I'm not saying the point they make is wrong, or that the products don't deserve attention, just that it seems like a covert PR piece.

rthomas6  ·  516 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Don’t fall for the moral panic over children’s screen time

Until I see something refuting the studies that show screen time strongly linked to increased levels of depression and anxiety in children/teenagers, and also decreased attention span, I'll continue to be concerned. As far as I know the same link hasn't been shown for books. One could argue that kids who are already depressed/anxious just look at screens more, but that doesn't explain the massive increase of both in kids and teenagers over the past decade.

rthomas6  ·  538 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: 'I Am A Woman': Track Star Caster Semenya Continues Her Fight To Compete As A Female

If we use chromosomes, what about a person who was born intersex, and does not have a distinct XX or XY? Born XY? Sure, rule them out. Born with an indeterminate sex? Testosterone levels must be sufficiently low.

Besides, Could such a person sweep after lowering their testosterone levels for a continuous period of six months or longer? I'm not so sure. At an elite level I'd think that would make an enormous difference.