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coffeesp00ns  ·  1 day ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: This one's for OftenBen

Man, I hope you're right and I'm wrong, because I'm making plans to get friends across the border if it gets as bad as I think it could.

coffeesp00ns  ·  1 day ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: This one's for OftenBen

    LOL America is full of jesusfreaks therefore Trump wins.

I don't think that. Far from it, actually. But I do think a few things.

1.) Biden is not popular enough - he was the wrong candidate. I don't think anyone in the Democratic race was a good enough candidate.

2.) There are enough white Christians in battleground states that will either not vote, or vote 3rd party, and combined with

3.) The Republican's voter suppression efforts in other demographics, this will lead to enough purple states remaining red for Trump to win the Electoral College.

That's what matters - Can the Democrats flip enough purple states, or usually red states that look flippable (like potentially Arizona), to make the Electoral College work for them.

coffeesp00ns  ·  1 day ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: This one's for OftenBen

I can't find any recent maps (best I saw was 2014), But what I think is more pertinent is religiosity in the battleground states. If 90% of California isn't religious then it simultaneously skews that result, and doesn't matter for places like Ohio.

Don't mistake me, I'd love to be wrong but I'm not convinced that I am.

coffeesp00ns  ·  1 day ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: This one's for OftenBen

    While support for Trump has dropped among all three groups of White Christians analyzed in the survey, support for Biden did not see a corresponding (statistically significant) jump. One partial factor in Trump’s declining support from White Christians might be that the new survey, for the first time, gave respondents the option of saying they would vote for Libertarian candidate Jo Jorgensen or Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins. Only Trump and Biden were listed by name in the August survey.

Y'all are headed for another republican win via the electoral college.

Yeah. I appreciate that the article points out that this is not currently peer-reviewed, at least.

ETA: I think one huge problem we're facing right now is that we are being pressured to push the scientific method and verification to its limits. We are desperate for information on COVID-19 at a policy level, and at a media level.

coffeesp00ns  ·  11 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Eddie Van Halen Dies At 65

    Nobody gives a crap how many key signatures Dream Theater goes through except the people who won't shut up about Dream Theater. And we know better than to ask them.

Are you saying I shouldn't invite you to my 24 hour restream of Change of Seasons?

Seriously, though, I get that these are not as wildly different as the Van Halen example. It just reminded me of a similar phenomenon. Alternatively, it's a bit like calling out a classic tune at an Irish folk jam and having 4 people start in 4 different keys because "that's the one I was taught it in".

coffeesp00ns  ·  11 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Eddie Van Halen Dies At 65

    Frankly if it was possible to drag one pipe organ over to play next to another we would have settled on something in like 300BC.

Maybe, but we're still arguing about pitch now. Yeah, if you're playing with a keyboard, the you tune to the keyboard, and yeah 440 is the standard, but orchestras routinely use 442, Vienna is at 446, some people advocate for 432 (they're mostly nuts). Baroque musicians use a different arbitrary standard, 415, even though A has historically been as low as like, 392, and as high as 460something.

That doesn't even go into intonation systems. We use one equal temperament, but there are others - 1/4 comma is popular in some baroque circles, and groups without a keyboard instrument often aren't even using equal temperament, they're using a form of just intonation!

Shit's wild, fam.

coffeesp00ns  ·  11 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Eddie Van Halen Dies At 65

this whole situation reminds me very strongly of how A=440 Hz is a totally arbitrary standard that we don't even follow half the time.

It's total fucking madness.

coffeesp00ns  ·  12 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Republican senator says ‘democracy isn’t the objective’ of US system  ·  

    In a way his Trumpism is understandable, because I know he is continually annoyed by having to attend seminars about pronouns, sensitivity, etc., as part of his medical training. I think his perspective is that the majority of people don't know what sacrifice is and wouldn't be so concerned with political correctness had they ever been exposed to the real underbelly of the world (in a way that a Ranger with war experience has been).

This is, and has always been, the most bullshit excuse I've ever experienced.

Seminar presenter: "Maybe just don't treat people like shit?"

your bud: "Fuck that, these trans people who get disproportionately murdered and have often been completely disowned by the people who are supposed to care about them through thick and thin, are overrepresented in the military, and are disproportionately likely to experience homelessness, abuse, sex work, etc have never seen the real underbelly of the world like I have! They've never made any sacrifices ever! They can't possibly know what real life is like! They just need to toughen up!"

The inability for people like your friend to see past their own nose is astounding. My brother is a veteran with some pretty ugly PtSD, and he had been one of my biggest supporters, because he gets it. He doesn't want other people to feel the shitty things he's felt. He'd rather no one had to.

It costs your friend literally nothing to treat a trans person as a person, and treat them with respect. Instead he and his ego choose to create further suffering in a shitty world because he doesn't believe they've suffered enough to demand his pity.

coffeesp00ns  ·  16 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Racism: Not just for Americans

Oho, man, This shit is just the latest in racist bullshit (and mental health bullshit) that's been going on here in Canda.

Something like seven indigenous people have been killed by law enforcement officers since the start of the pandemic. That might sound like small change to you, but murder is comparatively rare here period, let alone shootings.

In addition to that, we have the current movement around 1492 Landback Lane and the Wet'Suwet'en pipeline protests.

We got lots of skeletons up here, fam. It's ugly. We had re-education "Residential Schools" up until the 90s.

coffeesp00ns  ·  21 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: September 30, 2020

This is what happens when you debate with fascists, unfortunately, and is a perfect example of why the people who say that these politics can be beaten by being debated out in the open are wrong.

Fascists agree to rules then don't follow them. They speak over you. They do not attempt to "win", they attempt to please their base and make a lot of noise. They prevent you from getting your message out.

on all counts, Trump succeeded in those goals. Biden gained nothing from this debate. Indeed, he may have even lost voters to the "not voting" option. Trump lost very little, and those he did lose are likely not going to vote for his opponent, they're just not going to vote at all.

coffeesp00ns  ·  27 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: September 23, 2020

writing is making me happy these days. written quite a few shorts in the past year, working on a novel. going to do some writing tonight.

coffeesp00ns  ·  28 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: A song I wrote. The first in a long time.

Thank you!

It's funny you mention strings, the instrument I'm playing it on is a guitar with four strings tuned like a cello - adGC from high to low.

coffeesp00ns  ·  29 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Mexican Mocha Scones

Hey, so I have a top tip to add in addition to what looks like a great recipe, here.

I don't work at a bakery anymore, but I did for two years (until recently). We did daily scones, and one thing we did was to make the dough, roll it flat, and fridge it (or, freeze it for longer storage). We'd then divide by weight and bake fresh every day.

Now, you might not have your oven on every day (at the bakery the oven was necessarily on anyways), but instead of having your less-good-than-the-day-of scones, you could maybe do it every second day with dough from your fridge or freezer (you'd have to take it out the night before from the freezer, I think).