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

rthomas6  ·  141 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  ·  144 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  ·  154 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  ·  155 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  ·  167 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  ·  321 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  ·  413 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  ·  415 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  ·  415 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  ·  437 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.

rthomas6  ·  437 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: 'I Am A Woman': Track Star Caster Semenya Continues Her Fight To Compete As A Female

In this context, I meant cisgendered men and women. Cisgendered men are stronger (and faster, and have faster training recovery) than cisgendered women primarily because of higher testosterone levels. So primarily caring about testosterone levels, to me, sidesteps all the gender politics and focuses on what matters for athletic performance. I rather like this method of doing things, because it's just defining a boundary for a competition class. Weight, equipment allowed, supplements allowed, gender, and now testosterone level allowed. It makes sense to me. In a sense it doesn't even matter how the competitors define themselves.

rthomas6  ·  437 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: 'I Am A Woman': Track Star Caster Semenya Continues Her Fight To Compete As A Female

She's not being banned from participating. She just has to prove she has the testosterone levels of a cisgendered woman, and if she doesn't, she must get the level lowered. According to the ruling, if a woman has above a certain level of testosterone in her blood, the level must be lowered before she can compete. Seeing how testosterone levels are what causes secondary sex characteristics in men, and also the main reason why men are much stronger than women, this makes complete sense to me.

The ruling's press release claims:

    No female would have serum levels of natural testosterone at 5 nmol/L or above unless they have DSD or a tumour.

Assuming this is accurate, and a woman has testosterone levels above 5 nmol/L due to one of these reasons, AND it gives a significant advantage, having the athlete take a pill to be eligible in competitions seems okay to me.

I mean, when someone takes steroids, they're literally just injecting testosterone into their blood. If a woman has some medical condition that make her testosterone many times higher than normal, it's a pretty significant advantage. Like, arguably as much as taking steroids.

rthomas6  ·  437 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: 'I Am A Woman': Track Star Caster Semenya Continues Her Fight To Compete As A Female

It looks like the ruling Caster Semenya is fighting is about elevated testosterone levels in women. That is definitely testable. According to the ruling, if a woman has above a certain level of testosterone in her blood, the level must be lowered before she can compete. Seeing how testosterone levels are what causes secondary sex characteristics in men, and also the main reason why men are much stronger than women, this makes complete sense to me. When men transition to women, taking medication to lower testosterone levels is one of the main actions (along with raising estrogen) that cause physical changes.