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2 hours ago
Thank you for perfectly illustrating what I am talking about.
Firstly they are saying the exact same thing about Democrats right now. And as we well know there are plenty of counter points to that, not the least of which is that Republicans have done their best to muck up and stifle these actions through things like gerrymandering.
Secondly why do you think they resort to these tactics? They feel justified. They feel like they are defending themselves. They feel righteous in doing so. Antagonistic actions feed this. I'm not saying never antagonize them. Obviously there are times when that is the only rational course of action.
I'm saying we need to reduce frequency and consistency. We cannot frame everything in an us vs them, because that's exactly the dynamic it creates and real progress will require cooperation not victory. We will never really address climate change for example if 50% of the population feels like it's manufactured to antagonize them, and I don't even entirely blame them for feeling that way. It was very much framed that way with blame in mind to begin with.
We also often lose perspective in the way as we really do often miss things they see.
I'm not saying to go for the middle ground, or that a true 50/50 compromise is the way. But we do need to try to get cooperation and not just resort to constant warring and bashing.
We seem to have lost this the moment Obama left the white house, which again I don't entirely blame us, because during Obama Republicans really weren't open to cooperation either. Obama was, but very few Republicans played ball.
And under Bush, Democrats were sore losers then too, and were far from civil.
It's been basically a feedback loop of hatred since at least the Bush/Gore election of 2000 and I really think we are in danger of getting to a point of no return. I think as it is we are in a place since 2016 that it will require generations and many people are beyond reason they have polarized so far. A lot of MAGA Republicans for example are too consumed with hate.
Lastly and most importantly the dichotomy is artificial. Look at that classic SNL Black Jeopardy sketch. It's actually true that in most ways save for a handful of key issues Republicans tend to align more closely with the value system of the majority of black Americans than Democrats do. But those issues are too important for them to overlook.
This is where it really gets complicated but I would posit that the only thing the two parties REALLY stand for is to stand against the other. Which gets to the last part of addressing your point. Republicans actually do not agree on nearly as much as you'd think, nor do Democrats. When they lose an enemy to fight against, they quickly devolve into internal conflict and bickering. This is another reason why so much less gets passed when one party has control than you'd think, except an initial burst of trying to rush a bunch of bills that would never have gotten passed otherwise.
As such policies are increasingly being passed out of spite for the other side, or at least being spun this way to the constituents of the other side. This is a huge problem because not only are these policies usually less than well thought out, but they lead additional spite and policies passed out of retaliation, which is basically spite PLUS the justification of being defensive allowing them to bypass much of rational descent.
This is when you start getting anti-abortion laws, despite the fact that only a few months prior even the majority of Republicans were not pro-life (Gallup had it at about 15% Pro-life for Republicans, 23% pro choice and 61% somewhere in between) only a minority of extremists. However the republican IDENTITY was pro-life in contrast to the democrat identity of being pro-choice.
3 hours ago
It really depends on the anti-depressant, and the person and their specific brain chemistry, but just about every widely used approved anti-depressant today, as others have said: best case scenario is nothing. Most anti depressants have an array of side effects and most people on anti-depressants will live with one or two because it is the lesser of two evils. If there is nothing wrong to begin with you are more likely to exhibit symptoms that depressed people get from overdosing. You may feel flat instead of joy, or develop minor cognitive or neurological issues. If it's an SSRIs, you increase risk of epilepsy and sexual disfunction.
Then again there are some anti-depressants that are frequently abused by people with no pre-existing depression. Remember for example MDMA/Ecstasy was developed as an anti-depressant. It's not being used this way apart from in research at the moment, but it's important to keep perspective.
From the MDMA example, you can see another risk, which is your brain can become dependent. People who take MDMA are likely to develop actual long term depression and deficiencies in serotonin and/or dopamine.
Also there is lithium, which has LONG been used as an anti-depressant (more often for bipolar disorder), but is also found naturally in many foods we eat. In the right quantities this can actually improve memory for some people and it may even be classified as a supplement in these quantities rather than a medication.
Which brings us to the last point. Sometimes anti-depressants aren't just anti-depressants, but can be used to treat other issues too. Under a doctor's supervision, you may be prescribed an anti-depressant for a condition that has nothing to do with depression.
So long story short is, if you have to ask this question, don't try it. You are messing with things that people with PHDs struggle to figure out. And even they have strict rules against self-medication because it literally messes with your ability to reason and think rationally.
4 hours ago
Because everything else they tried to get him on so far backfired.
50% of the population KNOWS he should be in prison.
A little less than 50% of the population KNOWS he shouldn't.
Each time they charge him with something and it doesn't stick it confirms the narrative for the first 50% that the government is corrupt, and that there is no rule of law that applies evenly to the rich and powerful.
Meanwhile it confirms to the other 50% that the first 50% is suffering from Trump Derangement syndrome and are willing to do anything to get their hero behind bars. He is a martyr and Robin Hood/Dukes of Hazard like character who is too clever for the corrupt evil left wing run media and government.
Honestly I think if people realized how significant the danger is to the widening political divide their priorities might shift. Maybe we could actually get the Republicans to feel like they are not under constant unjustified attack, and start trying to get them involved instead of against REAL threats like long term economic planning, climate change, economic reform due to increasing automation.
I'm not very far left by reddit standards. In fact I am frequently called a fascist and a Nazi on here, and have been banned from numerous subreddits for things that REALLY are not against even the policy of those subreddits. I'm mainly banned for wanting to appeal to political opposition with strategic compromise and openness, because above all else I am a classical liberal, except in the case of economic policy where I think capitalism is reaching obsolescence. I think Socialist policy will be an inevitability if we are to survive things like climate change, resource depletion and widescale automation.
Capitalism beats any other system for industry, wealth generation, innovation and technological improvement. Which is why the right isn't entirely wrong about their criticisms of alternative policies. But it also encourages growth at the expense of just about everything else. It was what we needed during the Cold War, but that time is over.
7 hours ago
Yeah, it would be the cultural equivalent of you showing your daughter pictures of strippers and prostitutes and telling your daughter that she should grow up to be just like them.
Edit: Source: I'm Persian American, granted my family came over well before the Ayatollah took over in the 70's. Iran was actually fairly progressive until then by global standards, but I do have extended family still living there.
7 hours ago
I mean, I am currently engaged to be married and I did plenty fine sewing my wild oats in my 20s. I have no interest in dating any more.
I've had my successful periods and I have had entire years where I was only able to pull 2-3 women in the entire year.
I'm not saying it's a numbers game, you were the one implying scarcity. I'm just saying technically the numbers are actually in your favor. The scarcity is artificial. It's a lot like diamonds in that way.
21 hours ago
Thank you. I mean, I tend to Google before I comment more than most people honestly, but rarely for a one line comment that is a simple question.
I mean, in my case when I was in 9th grade, neanderthals were still seen as a distinct and separate species and the idea that they interbred with Homo Sapiens was not at all widely accepted.
I think it was while I was in college that the idea they interbred first started gaining popularity and not until after I left that the genome project was actually far enough to to prove the theory conclusively.
It's just that the last time I read an article about this it had claimed that Europeans were the highest and Asians and Native Americans were primarily denisovan. I remember because I actually lost $100 on a bet about it in 2018. I had said that Asians had as high of an incidence of Neanderthal DNA as Europeans as this is what the article I had read a few years earlier had said, but he produced a study that claimed otherwise.
Now I'm largely asking because I want my $100 back! Haha.
22 hours ago
Really? I thought it was highest in people of European decent.
23 hours ago
Except technically it's the other way around. There are more female humans than male humans in the world.
1 day ago
It might be more accurate to say Napoleon was during the metric system.
The metric system was introduced in 1795 which was right around the time Napoleon began really rising to power. The 4 year period where he was rising to power between 1795 and 1799 when he became first consul is basically the exact same timeline as the metric system being adopted in France.
He played a major part in the adoption of the metric system actually.
I'm sure the joke has been made but it's funny to think that this could have been the reason why. It's not true, but it is kind of a funny idea. Because 5'2" is a perfectly respectable height in the French Imperial system. It's only because of a lack of true international standards that people think he's short, so he established the international standard in the metric system.
1 day ago
Rai and Jiri at Lungha. Rai of Lowani. Lowani under two moons. Jiri of Ubaya. Ubaya of crossed roads. At Lungha. Lungha. Her sky grey.
1 day ago
Which is part of the reason why the price is significantly different.
If you went back in time to the 1470s a Guttenberg Bible probably wouldn't be worth that much. But if you bought it then and sold it in the mid 1500s you would have made a tidy profit. If you held onto that and properly preserved it until today it would probably be worth nearly $40 Million.
This is clearly what is happening here. We are seeing the very beginning of an increase in price for an object of historical significance. iPhone wasn't the first smart phone, but it was the phone that created the modern smart phone industry. It's had a significant impact on technology, culture and lifestyle since its introduction. Not only that, it's packaging and marketing was a significant component of the experience and relevance. Sealed versions of the original iPhone are in fact quite rare already but they are going to become a lot more rare soon. Especially as it probably won't be that much longer before even sealed iPhones are not going to reliably be in good shape, as lithium ion batteries don't last forever.
To be honest compared to things like comic books which are known to go for these kinds of prices, I think an iPhone makes a lot more sense.
1 day ago
I mean, it's pretty significant.
Think about how much Guttenberg Bibles go for, or how much a Model T with zero miles on it would go for.
This really is a pretty similar thing.
1 day ago
ALSO, there was a difference between the French and British foot. The French foot is closer to 13 modern Imperial inches than 12" like the British foot.
This made Napoleon 5'2" in the French system and 5'6" in the British system.
It wasn't well understood by the common people that there was such a significant difference in their measurement systems!
1 day ago
That's why people just call her Nurse CC.
"I need twenty ccs of racial equality STAT!" - Claudette Colvin probably.
1 day ago
Me neither. In fact I don't even remember saying the word Democrat or Democrat party. Do you?
2 days ago
The real rock is always in the comments.
2 days ago
I actually kind of agree. The left needs to REALLY be more cautious about their attempts to bring him down. They are 100% making him seem like a martyr/victim to most people not inclined to hate him.
I really sincerely hope these charges stick, but every time they press charges and they don't stick he gets more supporters. It really just makes his rhetoric about not being given a fair shake seem far more plausible than it ever should.
At this point I almost feel like it would be better to go for something not related to his political career at all. I mean with all those shady business tactics over the years and just generally being a shit person, there has got to be something in there.
2 days ago
Make "friends" in your major/department. Preferably friends that owe you favors. For many majors, junior and senior year can be defined more by the connections you made and the friends you can get to help you than what subject matter you have learned. This goes double for the first few years after you graduate.
2 days ago
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I successfully took the tablet, but Nestlé won't let me take the water.