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Can't argue with that 11 comments
guest_ · 4 hours ago
Ah. Yes. That is a good point. The existence of a wager implies that one believes one outcome more likely than the other. For example a person who says “meh. It’s just a dollar- I’ll play the lottery...” doesn’t likely believe they will win- whereas a person who spends as much as possible playing the lottery believes they will win and make up the losses: thus of the question was wether one believed they would win the lottery- their wager would answer, and in a case where winning requires belief you will win, such as religion- the conclusion is foregone.
A little filosofy 9 comments
guest_ · 7 hours ago
lol. Yes and no. A single 10lb difference of one human to another won’t have any measurable effect on the travel of planets and galaxies and the expansion of the universe. In a cosmic sense there’s nothing to suggest that one mass of atoms in the shape of a human can’t be substituted for any other mass of stains as far as we can see. That’s not to say that every human isn’t important- every money builds to An unknown future of which we play some part- one which may be spectacular one way or another. However- a way to think of it is that if you look at a photo of the entire earth- if you were to replace any of those folks standing there- you wouldn’t know it from looking at that picture.
A natural choice 12 comments
guest_ · 12 hours ago
@ewqua- it’s a valid question, and an interesting one. I think there’s merit in exploring it. There does come a tough question though of how to compare equivalence. If we say a “Female” dominated field like perhaps “Nurse,” what industry could we compare that too that is male dominated and is “equivalent” to say it pays less on average? Like- teachers are important agreed. But what would be the male or gender neutral equivalent so we could say teaching is low paid compared to it? Where it becomes important is in answering wether society under values those jobs or undervalues women and thus pays less?
Realisation time 4 comments
guest_ · 12 hours ago
... or it doesn’t. But if the latter is the case and you’ve done your best then nothing you could do would have made it otherwise, so you’d just be wasting worry over nothing.
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Realisation time 4 comments
guest_ · 12 hours ago
You wouldn’t demand the chef take the raw eggs for your omelette off the stove because you want breakfast before 9am and they aren’t ready.
You wouldn’t likely turn down a free meal offered by a close friends mother or a world class chef because they don’t cook until 8:30 and you want dinner before 8. There’s no reason to find a home or a spouse before you’re 30 or whatever else. You probably want more than just a home or a spouse or whatever- you probably want one you’ll enjoy, a “quality” one. So agreed. Don’t worry so much about WHEN you want it to happen- instead work to make sure that you are getting the most out of life and doing your best and the rest tends to line itself up for you.
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Your current game controller is a boy or a girl? 5 comments
guest_ · 14 hours ago
Likewise- I’ve many times watched games friends or my partner struggle to work a controller as their nails got in the way or even got caught on controller protrusions or hit unintended buttons.
So yeah- the idea of a “gender neutral” or “female friendly” controller makes good sense. Now- is making a controller smaller and green “gender neutral?” I dunnoh. Is Google pandering to females? Maybe. Maybe women should be insulted by this. Maybe men should be insulted for women. The “controller with tits” thing sounds more like a person insulted by the concept of trying to include women than someone who finds pandering insulting TO women though.
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Your current game controller is a boy or a girl? 5 comments
guest_ · 14 hours ago
The original Xbox controllers were huge. Even many like myself with large hands found them hard to manage. It was a major problem in Japan. Xbox made smaller controllers for Japan, and these basically became the default size world wide- the size current Xbox one controllers are based on. It’s true that in general women have smaller hands. It’s also true that many women find most factory controllers to be too large to be comfortable. The space between triggers and grips or even between buttons can be awkward or make doing combos etc. more difficult and mess with timing.
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A natural choice 12 comments
guest_ · 15 hours ago
A woman might say she wishes there are more women doctors to see, she wishes more women were in power so that women’s issues and perspectives were better represented. If every woman wants a female doctor but no women want to be female doctors... there won’t be any right? So then we have a demand for female doctors- and theoretically some women would see that and want to be doctors. Being the minority and in demand they are theoretically worth more- but we don’t see that. Is it sexism? Gender roles? Experience? Skill? Poor bargaining and career management? We need to ask why and try to work it out.
A natural choice 12 comments
guest_ · 15 hours ago
My .02 is that I think no matter what you’ll have things that are “xyz dominated.” Society is “xyz dominated.” Almost every country in the world will have some majority or another. Men and women tend to naturally be pretty close to 50/50 with some genetic bias toward female and selection pressure tends to be towards male where some mode exists to influence population. So if no women want to be doctors that is fine. But if we hear women saying they want to be doctors but then we see them not making that happen- we need to figure out why and work on that. If women who are doing the same jobs as men aren’t getting paid equally we also need to look at that.
Git gud 3 comments
guest_ · 15 hours ago
We’re games harder then? I can’t say they were. Was it harder to play games then? Oh yes. The standards and polish today wasn’t there. Controls and mechanics and things were constantly evolving. One FPS or RPG may have these little differences today- but back then it was the Wild West and almost everything was new or unseen constantly. Little or no information... etc. but games are more complex now. There may be hundreds of enemy types and thousands of possibilities. More for players to keep track of and to do at once. More buttons and commands to remember. Etc etc. it’s no contest. Hard is hard. We had hard games. Kids today have hard games.
Git gud 3 comments
guest_ · 16 hours ago
That dark souls brutality that anything could kill you or end your game? Having to repeat sections or fights over and over? Yeah. That was almost every game. If you were lucky there was a password or maybe a one single save slot. Primitive graphics wild often have you not even knowing what something on screen was. Most things didn’t tell you what they did or stats or anything. You had to figure it out. Xp and other systems were rare and characters often didn’t get any permanent power boosts as levels and enemies got harder.
Git gud 3 comments
guest_ · 16 hours ago
I recall many hard games which are to this day considered some of the toughest of all time. Rygar, Battletoads.... there are many. Something to remember though is it wasn’t just the games themselves. There was no internet. You couldn’t find answers to questions or strategy or anything. If you were lucky you had an instruction manual. Games weren’t big then. Depending on where you lived you might be one or only a few of players- and people didn’t usually advertise it. No gamer tees or gear or merch. No community support, little or no magazines or sources of tips. A $5 a minute or something like that phone line with “load screen” style tips like “try to grab coins to get 1 ups!”
Giggling in tobacco shares 16 comments
guest_ · 16 hours ago
Well said. Vaping hasn’t even been around long enough to study long term cancer or other health risks. We know that regularly inhaling water vapor can effect the lungs and body- what if the other chemicals in the mixture? We don’t know. But people ARE dying and wether that’s because of lack of regulation or inherent danger to vaping it doesn’t matter. There is a perception of vaping as safe- many feel without nicotine its fine for kids to vape. Many adults feel it’s ok for them too without nicotine. Is it? We need to find out but why not let people know that vaping isn’t as safe as drinking a glass of water?
Giggling in tobacco shares 16 comments
guest_ · 16 hours ago
But chevron isn’t scared of electric cars and solar, neither is Toyota or GM. Chevron will still supply the petroleum to make the plastics and polymers, tires and drive train lubricants and electronics and yes- the solar panels too. Why would Toyota kill electric cars when they can see huge profit margins on them? BigT doesn’t need to kill vaping- why do that when they can buy in and control that too? When they can make money selling cigarettes to those who still smoke here and overseas, AND to a new generation of nicotine addicts?
Giggling in tobacco shares 16 comments
guest_ · 16 hours ago
We don’t even have the data at this point to say it is safer than cigarettes- and any delivery system for nicotine is dangerous- nicotine is a poison that kills tissue and crosses the blood brain barrier. Big T is pervasive and insidious. Unscrupulous. They sell drugs and death legally because plantations had more power and social pull than crack dealers. “It’s just water” it’s “just a plant” so on. Big T is dirty to the core and people don’t really realize how far that goes-
Giggling in tobacco shares 16 comments
guest_ · 16 hours ago
Opioids are huge, oral steroids are much more common than injectables and both are the most common gateway to needles because they take the psychologically scary, the unpleasant and socially taboo aspects out of the drug. It’s a pill. People take pills all the time. Swallow. Easy. Same with vapes. Someone who never would touch a cigarette because of the scale of stigma and information, prohibitive laws and ordinances and taxes, the smell and the unpleasantness of starting up- a vape isn’t so different from many candy products sold. It’s easy to get into and it’s delivery and composition make it seem safe to people.
Giggling in tobacco shares 16 comments
guest_ · 16 hours ago
That oral fixation and those movements become their own addiction. Now with smoking- they obviously don’t make rolled up paper or cinnamon sticks for kids to light on fire and inhale. But vapes- they come without drugs. No nicotine. “Just water and flavor and stuff...” It tastes good. It (arguably) smells good. Better than arsenic and ash. It’s less harsh feeling on throat and lungs and doesn’t have 4,000 warning labels and laws and after school specials. And you can get used to it as a way to kill boredom or look cool or a stress coping mechanism before you’re even hooked on the drug. The psychological groundwork is there and all you need is to hit a vape with a little nicotine for a change- see it’s basically exactly the same but maybe you like the feeling- and that’s the in.
Giggling in tobacco shares 16 comments
guest_ · 16 hours ago
I think a big part of it (asides of course that new technology always tends to attract criticism) is that vaping is often seen as and put forward as harmless. It doesn’t smell like obvious death. It doesn’t taste like obvious death and make most fresh lunged folks hack. The mechanisms of smoking are quite effective at addiction. Deep breaths and then a calm from the drugs. It mimics natural behavior that already has strong pathways for habit.
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State of the Union 9 comments
guest_ · 17 hours ago
Capitalism thrives in numbers. We WANT more people. We actually NEED more for capitalism to work right and scale development for the future. We need to support people because people who know they are supported and know that they will be taken care of after they’ve contributed to society and are no longer able will work with confidence for society. We support society and society supports us. That is supposed to be the deal. That is broken. We need to fix it. That is not an issue with capitalism- you’d find plenty of sick and hungry in most communism’s in history.
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State of the Union 9 comments
guest_ · 17 hours ago
And of course- a system of self determination and reward is inherently biased against those who have some handicaps or challenges compared to the “average” which would by default reduce their ability to self provide. There are huge problems in this system that we should address. That’s said- pointing out that not everyone is doing well under capitalism is a bit ignorant. That’s the nature of capitalism. Not everyone can do well. It is a competitive system meant to reward people who contribute to society. When we see hard working and constructive members of society struggling, that shows us that there has been a mistake in the law and the system. When we see people who aren’t being constructive that shows us we need to build bridges to help make them productive members of society.
State of the Union 9 comments
guest_ · 17 hours ago
Now- unchecked and under regulated capitalism are huge problems. Our democracy was designed around the idea that people on average are too dumb to have direct control of world affairs beyond their own homes. That’s why we have the system of representative votes we do. The deficiencies in a system of democratic free capitalism reflect the deficiencies of humans.
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State of the Union 9 comments
guest_ · 17 hours ago
In a Communist society- especially a Marxist society- those who do not contribute or are seen to contribute insufficiently to society are given reduced resources- a high ranking communist official or a hero of the state would have a lifestyle, privileges and other things the “common man” did not. You wouldn’t find the head of state in a bread line for the same food or toilet paper as everyone else. You wouldn’t find a top scientist living quite the same as a factory worker either. And while in late stage capitalism you have lunch debt or need to scrounge to find a way to pay for medical expenses- in most every communism known to earth you wouldn’t have the option of that cancer treatment or any hope of getting it at all. You’d wait your turn and die or never even be given a place in line. You wouldn’t have lunch debt but you also might not have lunch. Any “debt” may see you in a prison or in some sort of outcast state.
State of the Union 9 comments
guest_ · 17 hours ago
There is a fundamental flaw here: namely that capitalism by its nature is not intended to work well for everyone. The entire idea of capitalism is society defines the worth of goods, services, etc- and that people receive compensation based upon the value society places on their contributions into society. It’s not so unlike the principals of Marxist communism: “From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs,” with the difference being that in free market capitalism the individual defines their needs and not the state, and is theoretically free to pursue the means that will allow their personal needs to be met.
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State of the Union 9 comments
guest_ · 18 hours ago
There certainly are too many people with that general attitude. Is it unfair to all our ancestors who died of smallpox that we get vaccines when they didn’t? Is it unfair that some new surgery or medication can allow a person to walk or see or mentally function when in the past they suffered? That’s society. Each generation is supposed to try and eliminate problems for the future.
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Hypocrisy and tokenism at its best 22 comments
guest_ · 1 day ago
*that doesn’t mean it is a bad movie. That doesn’t mean it doesn’t freshen some stuff up or have some fine work in it. That just means it isn’t something critics might feel need seen again if you’ve seen any of the 100 similar movies. If you like this movie that’s good for you. It has a good audience score. Many average people liked it. Critics say it isn’t particularly novel or some great achievement in film history.