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usualgerman  ·  29 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Mysteries around obesity and the contaminant hypothesis

I think it's the lack of things like fiber and proteins and so on in the processed American diet. Fiber and proteins and fats make people feel full, and thus stop eating. I've done fairly well for myself sticking to a semi-paleo diet (I allow quality cheeses and 100% whole grain breads). But what I find is that I can chow down on processed versions of real foods a lot more than I can of the whole version of the same thing.

usualgerman  ·  63 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Delta Variant

I'm a lot more pessimistic than you.

The GOP is running the political equivalent of prevent defense. Just like in 2008, they have the game plan of standing against anything the democrats want to do. They're going to make very good use of the filibuster that the democrats failed to do anything about. Our courts are packed with John Birch society vetted conservatives, which effectively means that a lot of legislation, provided that it actually gets past the Senate Filibuster, will be dead the minute it hits the courts. As far as democrats getting elected, I'm doubtful of this especially in the senate and the whitehouse. Reading the new voting laws that the GOP are putting in for the states they control, it's easy for them to manipulate the system to win no matter what the general public actually wants. I say this with a heavy heart, but I don't think our pseudo-democratic system is going to let the plebs get anything they want or need. No loan relief, no minimum wage increase, no infrastructure, and definitely no green new deal. To be blunt, anyone who still thinks the government will do anything for the plebs is willfully blind. We are on our own, for the most part.

Preview of coming attractions: the Attorney General of MO is suing to prevent a mask mandate. I don't think lockdowns are remotely on the table here. And again, I m telling you, if you're vulnerable, you need to figure it out yourself because there's no bailouts or lockdowns coming that I can see in the future. And those cities and states that try will be heavily resisted because everyone understands now that they'll lose a year of income and get $1400 with only a moratorium on payments of their rapidly expanding debt. That's if (as happened last summer) local cops don't simply announce that they have no intention of actually enforcing those mandates. If you want a real lockdown, you'll need the National Guard.

usualgerman  ·  126 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: You Won’t Remember the Pandemic the Way You Think You Will

I mean it depends. One thing about 1918 is that most people who actually lived it are ... Dead. This means essentially that the stuff that lives on are things in the media reports. We have photos of guys in trenches and people in masks and anti mask leagues (which were formal clubs in 1918). On the other hand, judging from my family, the stuff we actually remember to pass down as oral history are things that affected us personally. My great grandmother caught the Spanish flu and lived. They boiled the silver wear (which probably didn't help because it's a virus, but what would a young Polish girl know). From the Depression I have stories of my great grandfather feeding random kids in Chicago and not charging some people for the milk he delivered. Also he had a blind horse.

I think people who personally lost jobs and houses will remember. People who couldn't have their weddings the way they wanted will remember (my grandparents couldn't get some stuff because of WW2, so they made their wedding meal brunch after trading ration points), they'll remember if they participated in protests. I think 1/6 will join 9/11 and the JFK assassination as a "where were you when" thing. For the record, I was watching the speeches, Ted Cruz put me to sleep, and I woke up 20 minutes later hella confused.

Stories that happened to you, you'll remember. Marquee moments that get press will be collective memories.

I had a coat I ordered online which I didn't know at the time came from China. Months went by, no coat. Like ordered it in November and it didn't show up. At the same time I started hearing all the weird stuff in Wuhan. I eventually put it together when I saw a post on Slatestarcodex about it. Which said that masks probably work. Then everybody bought TP.

usualgerman  ·  369 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Supreme court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg just died

Electorally it doesn't matter unless states actually flip. 10,000 more democrat voters in various blue states don't matter because of the electors. There's no reason for them to worry much about blue voters "voting really really hard" because their regions are generally blue anyway.

usualgerman  ·  369 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Supreme court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg just died

Electorally it doesn't matter unless states actually flip. 10,000 more democrat voters in various blue states don't matter because of the electors. There's no reason for them to worry much about blue voters "voting really really hard" because their regions are generally blue anyway.

usualgerman  ·  369 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Online Privacy Should Be Modeled on Real-World Privacy

We tolerate it because it's absolutely different.

In the real world, you don't know anything unless I tell you specifically. I went somewhere last Tuesday, you don't find out unless I TELL YOU. Unless you are following me and listening in, which is creepy.

Online, you pretty much telegraph the entire thing. You carry a locator in your pocket. You leave trails based on your IP address. There are no secrets. You can't tell the world where you are and what you're doing and then get mad because people know. You told them.

usualgerman  ·  369 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pandemic. Politics. Economics. Quarantine. It’s all hitting me...

I feel that way too sometimes. I think it's a rather big ask for anyone to simply pause life except for social media. I feel bad for those who have it worse than I do. I think the key is finding healthy outlets for the needs you feel. I've rediscovered reading, and I'm trying to learn Korean because Kpop and kdramas are interesting. But you do you, which is the point.

You need something to keep you grounded.

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usualgerman  ·  1238 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Reddit and the Struggle to Detoxify the Internet

The tags are much better than the subreddits. You can't sit on a tag and create a unified culture around it like you can a sub. If you make a The_Donald tag, you can't ban liberals from using it, and thus anyone on that tag will see all kinds of things. If you're on Reddit you moderate that sub, anything you don't like can be filtered away from the audience thus pushing radicalization. Reddit has that structure problem -- it's designed ground up to facilitate factions and filter bubbles where you can spend your time reading only things you agree with and nothing else.

usualgerman  ·  1274 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Talk Religion: Religions and Perceptions of Ostentatiousness and Modesty

Minority opinion, but I like the ostentatious displays. God is supposed to be the king of the universe, and any earthly leader doing the same things nobody would question. Why is Queen Elizabeth worth all the pomp and circumstance, the jewels, the cars, and so on, but God isn't. Why is it that you wouldn't dream of going to an audience with HRH in ripped jeans and a ratty t-shirt, but that's good enough for the God of the universe?

My two cents is that I find the reverse to be just as ostentatious in the opposite direction. People tripping over themselves to remove anything that's not absolutely mundane. Like you decided that organs are too formal, so you use a guitar. And decorations are too formal. Its still showing off, you're showing off by not being formal.

usualgerman  ·  1277 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: How Conservative Christianity Can Warp the Mind

I think this is true of any ideology. Professionals, just like the rest of us aren't used to thinking of opinions as the source or even a symptom of a problem, but that's not necessarily true. Anything taken to extreme ends won't work. If you're on the extreme ends of political or religious or social ideas, it usually doesn't end well.