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Can't think of one motive 17 comments
guest_ · 1 day ago
ok, but what would be gained by that? Who would benefit in what way by making sure that every scientist in earth, engineer. Pilot, race car driver, etc. was completely wrong and clueless? What purpose would it serve? And if everything we know about physics is wrong, and everyone applying that knowledge is wrong, how can it not only be demonstratively usable, but able to create advanced technology? More over, if there were a “real” secret physics that means not only would the “round earth” conspiracy need to involve every single person and agency with any ability at high altitude travel or data gathering and circumnavigation of the globe, but would need to invent a fake physics that somehow still works, and then control anyone studying science or experimenting so they could make sure they didn’t discover “real” physics. If any of that were even realistic, what would be so great to gain that would warrant all that work, and the additional work to keep it secret?
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SNEAK 14 comments
guest_ · 1 day ago
He could be her boyfriend/relative/close friend.
He’s holding a shopping basket, she is not. She has a bag for produce. Unless she only cake for a couple small items or just the produce, it’s logical she might have a basket. If they came together, it’s reasonable he is carrying the basket while they shop, or at least for this section- freeing her to more easily select produce. He could simply be getting something out of her purse, like mints/snacks, a phone, etc.
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How to hit on a woman in 2018 9 comments
guest_ · 2 days ago
Upvote. Poor phrasing by me. I could spend 8 years painting the worst mural you’ve ever seen, or 6 years learning to paint and 2 years painting a beautiful mural. Both could be said to take effort, but the former could be called misguided effort compared to the latter if we are judging on the results of the effort and not simply the amount expended. So perhaps guy 2 put in effort to his appearance, but perhaps it could be done better, or perhaps his style isn’t to her taste. Judging just first impressions of appearances in context to the post- The entire point of the comparison in the original is to contrast “worse looking” and “better looking” men doing the same thing but being received differently. On this alone it doesn’t matter what the individual models look like or if we think they look good, they merely stand in for the concept of “attractive man/woman” and “unattractive man.” The particulars are relative. But neither man put much effort into their dialog.
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Waiter asks a couple how long they have been together 7 comments
guest_ · 2 days ago
“End zoned.”
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Snake? SNAKE! 12 comments
guest_ · 2 days ago
Fudge factory... dang. Shoulda used that one. His fudge factory isn’t sugar free. It was early and I was tired. I also didn’t use “the brown ball room,” “badookey” “plump peaches,” or a few other favorites. But thank you.
Edit* I also want to throw in “Olympus mounds” and fault my self for not making a nuke/megaton reference for those weapons of mass destructions he’s got strapped to his cargo hold.
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We need them bees 9 comments
guest_ · 2 days ago
Certainly save them! I’d die without water Mellon. But the whole “humanity would go extinct” angle is not really completely honest.
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That irritating sound 13 comments
guest_ · 2 days ago
Lol. It’s progress.
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How to hit on a woman in 2018 9 comments
guest_ · 2 days ago
Ok.... but..... is this a meta joke? Because literally the reason he walked up to her, he even says it... is because he thought she was good looking. So if you approach someone based on solely the fact you like the way they look... why wouldn’t it be logical that they in turn judge you on the way you look? He didn’t say: “I couldn’t help but notice you had a key chain for xyz” or “hey- didn’t we go to xyz together?” Or anything about her except... her looks. Where does that go? “Oh- thank you. I think I look good too. Let’s talk about how good I look”? Or “I think you look good too”? For that second one she has to.... think you look good too, no? On the subject- looks are subjective. Guy 2 could wear a more flattering style of clothes and hair, be well groomed- many little things that even if he isn’t Ryan Gosling show he cares and make him look his best. You can see she is well groomed and put effort in. You can see guy 1 is as well. Guy 2 put no effort in at all.
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Snake? SNAKE! 12 comments
guest_ · 2 days ago
On the one hand- it’s quite unrealistic that someone capable of his feats of strength wouldn’t have some donk. On the other hand, he has crazy endurance and most distance runners aren’t pulling a two donkey team on their back 40. Most special ops guys who are loose in the field tend to look more like wirey hobos than the baby of gi joe and a male model (at least on mission,) but I think realistically he’d still have a well defined monkey and not some hank hill board bottom. The next game needs to be called “cake eater” cause they took his marvelous cake and made that backyard sugar free. Of course I’m sure someone will find a way to make an argument over “male gender equality” out of this. I’m hoping not... but I feel it coming.
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We need them bees 9 comments
guest_ · 2 days ago
Bees are great. They’re cute and helpful. This whole “if the bees die we all die” thing has been circulating and blown out of proportion a long time. You used to see the quote attributed to Einstein quite often until that was easily debunked. Many stories about the “death of bees” use figures like losses of 20~% each winter in managed hives. Scary. Except.... bees always die in the winter. The rates are “normal” below 30%. Mosquitos die in the winter too and those aren’t going anywhere. Ask why those hives were managed to begin? Because we know bees die in the winter so we repopulate them each year to help things. “But the crops!” Yes. Bees pollinate. But the largest and most vital food crops to survival are... grains. Essential foods like rice, corn, and wheat all pollinate with wind. Bees pollinate flowering plants like fruits. If all the bees died watermelons, apricots, even apples may become more rare. Bees are important but I’m not a fan of fear mongering.
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That irritating sound 13 comments
guest_ · 2 days ago
@fell_equinox- sorry if I’m spoiling the fun. It isn’t an R. It’s U+042F. Unicode character number- or “Ya” in Cyrillic. Or... to answer plainly- use a Russian keyboard or character set. That’s one of the characters used in many Slavic languages.
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Life pro tip for human trafficking 18 comments
guest_ · 3 days ago
I’d say it’s unlikely- but possible. If we examine the particulars of the scaenrio and the medium through which it’s presented this is less a tip for someone living in an isolated area of minimal development, and more a tip that could be used by people traveling abroad should they find themselves in such a situation. In theory though- if it did have any chance to help such people, or others, it’s a case of better to post and never need it than not post and have someone need it I suppose. I had a friend who recently had seconds thoughts about a job interview abroad. She called the “home base” her interviewers supposedly represented- a small firm- and was told no such people worked there. After some events unfolded it was revealed they were part of a ring that wrangled young women for sex work. Had she not backed out of the interview she may have needed this tip and is in the demographic that might see it in a place like this.
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guest_ · 3 days ago
@pokethebear- I literally said in the original post that quality was still valued but more so as a high end service than a default standard of the trade. It’s not “illegals” exclusively or by far. It’s people who figure they can do xyz and learn on the job, hacks, etc. it’s the market. It’s called “velocity model” and it’s the rage. Selling more for less. Quality takes a back seat to quantity or speed. It’s why the butcher might charge $10+lb of hamburger vs $4 at the store, why the fancy pastry shop charges $5 for a cupcake that’s $1 at the chain market. Most people don’t care enough about the texture or consistency or subtle flavors etc to pay the premium. They want 20 cupcakes for $6 and now. The baker still has a business, but most aspiring pastry chefs lucky enough to get jobs won’t be doing that. They’ll be thawing frozen deserts and putting some syrup drizzle on the plate to make it look like it’s worth $10 a slice.
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guest_ · 3 days ago
Tl:dr- I never said unions were good or had anything to do with quality. I said a business will seek the lowest cost (usually least skilled) labor to fit a job so long as the skill level doesn’t impact the job enough that the costs of it begin to penalize. Or: An electrical engineer can install a ceiling fan, an electrician can, and so can some guy at Home Depot. They’ll charge $200/100/5 an hour respectively. It doesn’t take an electrical engineer even if they may do the best job and know the most. The Home Depot Guy is cheapest but if he burns your house down or destroys your ceiling and you’ve gotta pay for dry wall and paint you didn’t save. A beginning electrician charging $70/hr would be the best value and safety from a modern corporate perspective. That’s all.
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guest_ · 3 days ago
I mentioned the union techs not in the same sentence as quality, but pay. There’s no correlation between union or non union labor and quality. There is often a correlation between unionized labor and pay and benefits though. Without discussing the pros and cons of unions or wether they are “good” or “bad” a union that actually does it’s job is interested in collecting dues by ensuring members are happy. In short: the primary function of a union is to prove fix labor for the sake of the workers compensation package. So when the techs de unionized here, they were immediately met by gradual cuts in pay and benefits. The rise of limited skill R&R work over technical labor and decrease in pay de incentivized skilled technicians and allowed for less skilled workers to take their place. Without a need for quality or a force to demand skilled wage, the only control on the price of labor is who is willing to do the job cheapest and the tipping point where lower skill effects profit.
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guest_ · 3 days ago
I never said union was better. I said that skilled labor isn’t in demand as many places as it once was. You can see it at the store, the car lot, in new buildings and construction, in lots of places. The “little extra” touches that were once required as a sign of competence are now either unexpected bonuses or charged for at a premium rate. If a company can hire a guy with 40 years of experience who knows all the info by heart for 40% more than a kid who doesn’t know anything about the industry but can google it or at least do the bare minimum- they’ll look at the market and usually decide that an X percent decrease in satisfaction or quality equals a much smaller decrease in profit compared to the savings and flexibility of hiring unskilled workers so long as they can do so legally and without liability.
I was today years old 14 comments
guest_ · 3 days ago
Winnie the Pooh, children’s character in AA Milne’s stories has always been referred to as “he,” and is presented as male. The original and real bear which inspired his name was a female. So “Winnie the bear” is a female, “Winnie the Pooh” is a male, or if you prefer- Winnie the Pooh is a male bear named after a female bear. In regards to the character and story, the bears gender is pretty irrelevant, but just for factual purposes, those are the facts.
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Life pro tip for human trafficking 18 comments
guest_ · 3 days ago
It likely wouldn’t. As much as you can trust their word either way. If you have family- siblings, etc, who’s to say that they aren’t next to be trafficked? It’s not easy or simple. At least if people are aware of the option though they can decide based on their situations if doing this is the best option to ensure their personal safety. To people who wouldn’t speak out from concern for their family, or because they don’t want to go home, or they in some way prefer going to the alternative- they wouldn’t need to know how to alert authorities. This is specifically advice for people who are in a situation where they want to alert authorities without directly raising suspicion on the spot.
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guest_ · 3 days ago
Trades are good careers. Less volatile than many others. But they aren’t immune. De unionization has cost a lot from many sectors, and there are fewer and fewer jobs where quality is put at a premium. When someone can do 60% as well from the customers perspective and costs 80% less.... look at all these new houses. Molding that doesn’t line up, lousy corners, lazy paint, cheap materials and “knock down” finishes. Whole neighborhoods go up in a month and sell at a huge profit. Why pay tens of thousands more in materials and craftsmanship when people are already willing to pay hundreds of thousands for crap? The same has happened in fields like auto mechanics and other technical roles. Why pay a machinist 100/hr for tolerances that can launch a space shuttle when the design allows .01 either way- just machine it in China or design it to just need rough cast and finishing. The “skilled” craftsman is becoming a niche that caters to high end customers. A well paid niche, but a small one.
I support that 4 comments
guest_ · 3 days ago
“Our thinking is that one should look decent and proper when representing Arriva and the present uniforms do that. If the man only wants [to wear] a skirt then that is OK," Arriva (the company that employs them) communications manager Tomas Hedenius told the local paper.
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Life pro tip for human trafficking 18 comments
guest_ · 4 days ago
I’d agree. It’s not exactly the most common acronym in the world.
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Life pro tip for human trafficking 18 comments
guest_ · 4 days ago
Female Genital Mutilation- it can involve all or just some features of the female reproductive system including breasts but more commonly the vagina and related parts. Certain cultures and religions practice it, usually stemming around suitability for marriage, and having to do with chastity, cleanliness, or faithfulness. In most countries it is illegal, and considered a human rights violation. Some undeveloped countries have a rare as high as 90%. Women may be taken from far removed locations and cultures and forced in to the practice as “exotic brides” or taken from countries where a tradition still exists as a minority but it is illegal, to countries where it is legal or more available to have the acts performed. I personally think it’s a disgusting practice, but putting culture asides however one feels about the practice it’s unarguable that no one should e forced in to such a thing through any means or coercion.
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Human decency test 8 comments
guest_ · 5 days ago
Thank you grandma.
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Human decency test 8 comments
guest_ · 5 days ago
While no system is fool proof and without exception, I find a good guide on a persons character to be the way they treat others when they don’t have to treat them well, or they feel like no one is watching.
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guest_ · 5 days ago
The entire argument that low wage jobs shouldn’t pay a living wage falls apart. I see people say things like “jobs that don’t even require a high school diploma” but.... what do people do to survive in the meantime if they are under educated for a job that “deserves” living wage, and trying to learn what they need? If they’re working 2-4 jobs just to survive, and they’ll need another just to pay for school- where will they get the time to even go? If they don’t have a high school diploma it’s from actions they made when they were maybe 18? So they should have to work 2-3x as hard to “earn” a job they can survive on compared to you, because when they weren’t old enough to vote yet they didn’t get a diploma? It doesn’t add up. Why do we insist on making things harder for people who already have it hardest, and easier for people already doing alright? If you want to inspire people to do better- make it like a game. Incremental rewards that get harder as you gain.
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