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Thread Can we talk about the "Super Straight" BS rampant on TikTok at the moment?
Being super vocal about being straight in our heteronormative society has always screamed of insecurity and toxicity, and this just takes to a parodic level. Like, speaking as a guy who so far has only been interested in women, I’ve never felt strongly about identifying as “straight” cause it’s like, the only reason to is if you’re secretly terrified that one day you’ll realize you might wanna try out some dick. And if that happens, who gives a shit, more fish in the sea.
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Thread Cooking with tourettes
I grew up with Tourette’s. The severity and manifestation vary widely from person to person, and for many the syndrome mellows out with age. I personally had a few noticeable vocal and motor tics as a small child that became easy to hide in my teens, and which have all but disappeared in my twenties. Right now it’s pretty much indistinguishable from the occasional intrusive thought or random urge that anyone experiences. But yeah, it’s pretty common for people with Tourette’s or similarly obsessive-compulsive adjacent disorders to be able to nearly eliminate it when zeroed in on a task. Usually you see it talked about in the context of sports, but it applies to a lot of activities that require full concentration.
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Thread Why Isn’t Boxed Sake A Thing?
The small decorative bottles are individual servings. Traditionally, a serving of sake is about 6 oz, poured out of the bottle into a tokkuri, and then sipped out of small cups. Nigori sake might be like a dessert wine, but dry sake definitely isn’t. You can find plenty of big ass bottles and cartons of sake.
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Thread Aspiring writer here... Could I write other ethnicities, cultures, religions, and/or races other than my own? Or is that taboo?
Be aware that being well-researched doesn’t prevent a writer from carrying racist baggage. See: James Clavell and his weird weeb following
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Thread (WaPo) Biden says Trump is America’s first ‘racist’ president
Y’all in here trying to wiggle in the “ racist” caveat, like... bless your hearts, I get where the naïveté comes from, but man, what a dire state historical education is in...
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Thread Congratulations Comrade Trump!
I don’t disagree; the world is better off without the legitimization of a brutish, petulant, and unabashedly megalomaniacal fascist dilettante at the helm. However, my concern is that when the opposition finds itself preoccupied with dunking on Trump as the figurehead rather than dismantling the underlying oppressive substructures, we run a very real risk of becoming complacent and allowing fascism to fester as long as it presents itself more politely. We need to be alert and cognizant of the ways in which Trump’s bizarreness and extremity has desensitized us to potential snake oil salesmen who can garb their oppression in a “return to normalcy.”
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Thread Congratulations Comrade Trump!
*yawn* This kind of lazy leveraging of jingoism, nationalism, and Red Scare aesthetics in order to distract from the fact that Trump is the logical conclusion of American institutions and their moral bankruptcy is so tired. The Lincoln Project wants to portray Trump as an aberration so that the GOP can easily cleave themselves from him, wash their hands of him, and pretend that he is not the direct product of their ideology. And sadly, so many Democrats are falling for it, because establishment Dems are happy to distract from their own failings.
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Thread "The decline of western civilization" - A friend told me regarding the removal of blackface episode and (in)famous statues: how do I/We deal with this
Have him listen to this: and read this: If he doesn’t get it, cut him out of your life. And if you refuse to do so, consider that you’re exemplifying what we mean when we say white complicity.
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Thread "Fuck Frank": A Lesson in Orientalism and "Whitemansplaining"
Lol gotta love the standard white dude approach of playing the victim while not so subtly trying to push the narrative that white men are simply more attractive. You know well enough as I that discussing the effects of colonialism doesn’t preclude the notion of Asian women having agency. In fact, the discourse engages directly with the idea: a worldwide hegemony that privileges a particular politics of race and sexuality. A hegemony that puts white men on the pedestal. Pointing that out is not depriving Asian women of their agency or calling them inferior, despite your attempts to twist it. You’d rather not interrogate it because, as is so often the case, you’d rather enjoy the “easy” life of a white dude in Asia without having to trouble yourself with the wider ramifications and ugly racial contexts. But you’re not so bold as to outright say that white men are sexually superior like they do on CCJ2, so you frame it as feminism. And as a bonus, you get to frame Asian men as jealous, misogynistic incels! Nice!
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Thread Innuendo Studios - The Gandhi Trap (the fallacy of demanding nonviolence in the face of oppression)
A short but great video essay from Innuendo Studios on political violence, protest, and how calls to nonviolence often disregard the historical realities of resistance. Should be required watching for anyone having a dialogue about the protests.
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Thread Min Min revealed as ARMS rep in Smash Ultimate
As an Asian American I want to encourage our community to keep in mind the hurt that a lot of Asian diaspora feel when we are equated to whiteness, or when stereotypes about our appearances cause others to have preconceptions about how we “should” look like. Let’s try to not be dismissive towards the fact that Asians are not a monolith and still experience marginalization in the face of white supremacy. At the same time, we should all keep in mind that colorism is a worldwide issue, and that black and brown skin has, under the framework of racial hegemony, become particularly vilified, disdained, and disregarded, including in Japan. Understanding that Asians are people of color is not grounds to trample over black voices expressing disappointment at the lack of representation in Smash. As a person of Chinese descent, it leaves a bad taste in my mouth to see people trying to silence valid complaints by weaponizing the Chinese identity. We need to be better than that.
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Thread Trump just called Coronavirus "Kung Flu"
Or how about this: considering that Asian Americans are currently being targeted, harassed, and attacked at alarming rates across the country, you can drop the transparent concern trolling and bullshit whataboutisms. WHO guidelines have already been amended to advise against naming diseases via nationality or geography going forward. Everyone is in agreement that diseases should be divorced from potentially discriminatory referents. But seeing as COVID, not MERS nor West Nile, is the one in the headlines and the one causing people to be assaulted on the basis of their race, and considering the president of the US is actively trying to cultivate anti-Asian sentiment through this, we’ve got other priorities at the moment besides clarifying your weird semantic hangups over calling things racist. So enough of the “all lives matter” style shit.
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Thread Laney College professor asked a Vietnamese student to “Anglicize” her name to accommodate him
psst, plenty of liberals can be racist. In fact, racism from liberal white people happens all the damn time and is more infuriating than from conservatives because they’ll insist that they’re a progressive ally the whole time.
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Thread Expats buy Japanese country house for a song and get way more than they bargained for
Except that’s not how it’s used in practice. Western (especially white) people very often get referred to and refer to themselves as expats even after obtaining permanent residency. On the other side of the coin, Mexican seasonal workers in the US are often called immigrants. Same with Chinese and Indian tech workers here on H-1B. It is funny seeing white expats getting really defensive when the international nature of white privilege gets called out though
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Thread Former Reddit CEO Ellen Pao to Reddit: 'So much of what is happening now lies at your feet'
Reddit has continued to allow countless communities of racists, sexists, and bigots to fester the site for years. Content is only curated insofar as the admins can cover their own asses; anyone pretending that the platform and its leadership have held any real “values” against hate and racism is being maliciously obtuse. There are great communities on Reddit amidst the trash, but it is absolutely not a welcoming space for minorities and marginalized groups. Fuck Steve Huffman and every dumbass techbro just like him.
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Thread A YouTuber Placed Her Autistic Adopted Son From China With A New Family — After Making Content With Him For Years
Yeah, privileged people adopting kids from other countries for brownie points is a depressingly common tactic.
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Thread Is "lofi beats to study/relax to" a meme or is it a real thing
It’s just the contemporary iteration of easy listening and muzak. Vaporwave took nostalgic aesthetics and viewed them with a contemporary sensibility, while lo-fi is kind of the mirror of that: a nostalgic sensibility redesigned with contemporary aesthetics.
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Thread Holy shit TIL that Attila the Hun is different Genghis Khan which is mindblowing to me at least
It gets more confusing because they were supposed to be the Xiongnu, not the MongolsTo be fair everyone that invaded China just ended up becoming Chinese.Turkish nationalists have a weird obsession with the idea that the theorized linguistic link between Turkic people (i.e. not only people from Turkey but also Kazakhs, Tatars, Tuvans, Kyrgyz, Yakuts, Uyghurs, etc.) and Mongols means that the Mongols are Turkish heritage, even though Turkey itself is far removed from the Turkic steppe cultures it descended from. Basically modern Turks are closer to surrounding Islamic cultures, but some hold onto being the inheritors of the nomadic steppe horse-warrior Central Asian peoples that long, long ago migrated to Anatolia. Those ancient peoples shared certain cultural elements with Mongols. So Genghis Khan is a Turk. It’s wild.
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Thread Cracked's "6 Harsh Truths That Will Make You a Better Person" Still Resonates to this day
Of course it links to the Last Psychiatrist. Same “red pill” style of trite, facile misanthropy and affectations of cynicism passed off as insight.
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Thread Do you feel a sense of emptiness when you finally acquire something you've been wanting?
That fulfillment of cravings and material desires (and in many cases, intangible desires, as well) is always impermanent is an inescapable facet of life. Buddhism helps
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Thread Cultural appropriation in food: When a majority of ethnic cuisine recipes on the web are written by white people, who gets to have authority in food?
Good point; that’s something I’ve thought about but never really put into words. It’s kind of funny that the public opinion seems to be indignation at white people being shut out of other cultures’ cuisines when the opposite happens all too often with no concern, as seen in the article posted earlier about Sohla El-Waylly.
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Thread Cultural appropriation in food: When a majority of ethnic cuisine recipes on the web are written by white people, who gets to have authority in food?
Yeah, that you interpreted my comment as a shit post calling people “diet racists” is pretty fragile. Sorry for failing to condense your point appropriately; apparently that’s something we can both work on, hm? If you’re not a fan of snark, then why are you stepping to? My job isn’t to be obsequious. Like yeah, I’m not gonna be all sunshine and roses when you accuse me of pretending to be “too good to delve deeper” when I already have laid out my points.
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Thread Cultural appropriation in food: When a majority of ethnic cuisine recipes on the web are written by white people, who gets to have authority in food?
Sorry to hear about your fragility. Notice how whenever the topic gets brought up we have people in here immediately dismissing the validity of cultural appropriation as a concept? Interesting that you’re pretending that I’m the one acting “too good to delve any deeper.” Interesting that you seem to be willfully ignoring my point, which I’ve stated is not “who gets to cook what.” You demand prescriptive ethics and yet have nothing to contribute yourself besides a throwaway comment that “appropriation is good.” I already brought up twice the institutional factors that need to be addressed. You can go back and read them. Next time bring something to the table before demanding it of others.
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Thread Cultural appropriation in food: When a majority of ethnic cuisine recipes on the web are written by white people, who gets to have authority in food?
The “sharing culture is good, no one has ownership over culture” takes in here have the exact same energy as “just hire the best actor for the job.” Willful ignorance of context in favor of a naive colorblindness that doesn’t reflect our social reality.
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Thread Cultural appropriation in food: When a majority of ethnic cuisine recipes on the web are written by white people, who gets to have authority in food?
Ah, so you’re not actually interested in prescriptive ethics. Completely unsurprising.
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Thread Cultural appropriation in food: When a majority of ethnic cuisine recipes on the web are written by white people, who gets to have authority in food?
Sigh... this is exactly the kind of dismissiveness and talking past each other I mentioned. I don't think we disagree on your major point; I said as much (pretty explicitly, I thought so) in my comment, that exchange of cuisine isn't some moral evil, and it's not about ownership. Where we do disagree seems to be the details. Do you take issue with the concept of cultural appropriation, or with the phrase? You agree that the "clean Chinese food" example is egregious. What about the other things I talked about? Systemic inequality when it comes to the exchange of cultural artifacts? Systematic stigmatization of cultural artifacts until the point that a white audience finds them useful? The disparity in prestige afforded to white versus non-white individuals? Disparities at large in the culinary industry? What do you want to call that? Simply "racism?" What's the utility in impoverishing our language as such? Or do you believe that the above issues aren't problems? If that's the case then oh, well. Chalk it up to a fundamental difference in worldview. I want to believe that you're coming in good faith. But I have to be honest, coming in with a blithe "sharing culture is good" in this context really misses the point.
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Thread Cultural appropriation in food: When a majority of ethnic cuisine recipes on the web are written by white people, who gets to have authority in food?
This topic is always a hard one for me, not only for its complexity, but because of the dismissiveness and talking past each other that inevitably ensues. In a futile hope that people might listen, I'll just say this, speaking from my own perspective: This isn't about individual people making food from other cultures, or even making money off of it, or local foodstuffs becoming popular abroad. This is about systems of power, the context of racial baggage (especially in Western countries), and how those systems and that context are reflected throughout society, including in our cuisine. I love it when non-Chinese friends develop an appreciation for authentic Chinese cuisine, when they take it upon themselves to learn how to cook it, and when it proliferates. But after years of Chinese Americans enduring scorn, disdain, and mockery for their food in this country; after all the dog-eating jokes and the kids being bullied for having "weird" lunches; after Chinese immigrants sweating over the stove to make money in a country that historically barred them from other jobs only to be relegated to the image of "cheap, greasy, and unhealthy" because they had to adapt to Western tastes; when, after all of that, you get this shit: That's cultural appropriation. When "ethnic" food is seen as dirty and gross until a white writer for Eater magazine Columbuses a local joint and it becomes gentrified; when white restauranteurs have the capital, connections, and clout to profit off of a fetish for "exotic" cuisines while non-white business owners are relegated to the hole in the wall; when the world of the kitchen is built on the backs of brown people but white chefs continue to receive the lion's share of acclaim and prestige; when systemic inequality and Eurocentrism is still rampant in the culinary industry..... That's cultural appropriation. Acknowledging the existence of cultural appropriation and the harm it does doesn't mean you can't enjoy fusion food or share your personal recipe for chicken tikka. It means be aware that, as with many things, our cultural artifacts often aren't shared in a context of equal standing.
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Thread Is there a dumber term ever used in socialist writing than "Professional Managerial Class"
I certainly agree with that; what I’m worried about is that while this language is useful in tackling corporate managerial bloat, it can be perverted into a weapon used against intellectuals, academics, artists, or activists.
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Thread Has anyone here been on Zoloft/Sertraline and not gained weight?
afaik the research suggests that weight gain for most SSRIs is usually minimal and more related to an increase in appetite due to alleviation of depressive symptoms, rather than a direct function of the drug itself. It can be hard to stave off weight, but with a certain amount of consideration to your diet it shouldn’t be a problem.
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Thread Chinese government internal report warns of potential armed confrontation scenario with U.S. over coronavirus outbreak
Not really surprising news at all. Both Chinese and American military apparatuses have been talking about armed conflict for years. It’s a regular part of being a global power.
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Thread Video & Filmmaking ERA |OT| Lights, Camera, ERA!
Anyone else struggle with impostor syndrome? I’m just starting to establish myself as a legitimate freelancer, but I’m terrified that I’m going to fuck up. Doesn’t help that even though I’m working in a top 25 media market, the industry here is pretty tight-knit, so word travels fast.
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Thread The way we talk about China
I don’t think we disagree on most of your points. Where we do disagree is that I don’t find being intentionally provocative, adversarial, or patronizing a particularly compelling tactic in conversations with other Chinese people about the topic. I do find it interesting that you characterize it as an easy explaining away via “bad history” when I do acknowledge, quite openly, the very cultural and socio-economic issues you’re talking about. Your American on the street hypothetical is pretty confusing to me. Do you think that if you asked a random Chinese person on the street that they’d acknowledge systemic cultural flaws? Historical context is inseparable from current social-economic character, and my explanation of such isn’t to “explain away,” it’s an intro into the cultural background that allows for the development of complicity with authoritarianism and Han chauvinism.
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Thread The way we talk about China
Also probably a good time to bring up a post I made some months ago shedding light on why we don’t see more unrest (aside from the fact that, you know, it’s an autocratic oppressive regime, so of course unrest is gonna be hard). It’s a generalization, and has been pointed out, there are many Chinese activists and dissidents, but this is a post about why China’s people as a whole aren’t throwing a bloody revolution.
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Thread The way we talk about China
I’m not sure if this is meant to be a mocking jab or something, but in case it is, I’m well aware of what the Party has done to the country and people of my heritage, what it has done to Taiwan, and what it has done to non-Han peoples as well. I thought I had made it abundantly clear that I have no loyalty nor affection towards the PRC’s political institutions.
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Thread The way we talk about China
Yes, it’s easy to assume that everyone is ok with it when you’re talking about an authoritarian regime that has spent decades eroding the available apparatuses of dissent. It’s easy to assume that when you have no familiarity and no real, genuine investment in the situation and can just sit comfortably in self-righteousness and ignorance. See where I’m going?
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Thread The way we talk about China
Absolutely, and it is a salient point that the Chinese government actively cultivates the conflation of its authority and the ethnic identity of its subjects so as to muddy the waters and effectively brand any and all critiques as racist. It has proved paralyzing, and dangerously effective. It’s just a thorny situation all around, where the real threat of the PRC’s imperialistic ambitions is mediated by the history of yellow peril, Orientalism, and Western racial baggage. This thread isn’t meant to discourage necessary criticism, nor can it likely solve our conundrum in a way that will prove truly ameliorating, but if nothing else I hope that opening a dialogue will at least open the doors to a greater empathic impulse.
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Thread The way we talk about China
Thank you very much for the compliment, and your understanding. It means a lot.Yes, it’s a perverse irony that we have to do so much to prove our own “loyalty” when we’re the ones on the front lines of this battle. God knows how many arguments I’ve had with Chinese acquaintances over China’s political issues. And yet somehow my desire for me and my loved ones to be recognized with human dignity signifies my support for the regime that destroyed my family. Gotta love it.Thank you for your kind words!Yes, this is a concise way to put it.
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Thread The way we talk about China
This is a thread I've been thinking about making for a lot of time. I'm Chinese American; my parents were born and raised in mainland China, while I was born and raised in the US. Identity crises are pretty much clichés for Asian Americans (and PoC in general, certainly), but for me it was further complicated by the fact that ever since I became politically aware, I never felt like I could be truly proud of being Chinese. Sure, the ubiquity of Chinese food and the iconicity of Bruce Lee or Jackie Chan were around, but it never felt as cool or as relevant as something like the appeal of anime, the Hallyu Wave, or Thai Buddhism. We were always kind of the "boring" Asians. The ones that originate all the stereotypes that all the other Asian Americans get saddled with. The reason that everyone got called "chink." And, of course, the country of our heritage was being ruled by an authoritarian regime locked in a geopolitical pseudo-cold-war with the US. My mother stopped telling other people we were Chinese sometime in my teens. I didn't think much of it at the time, but I've come to realize that it did have a lasting effect on me. Slowly I started becoming less comfortable with my ethnicity. Slowly I started feeling ashamed. Slowly I started to resent lunar new year parades and lion dances and dim sum, because they reminded me of who I was. Chinese. And being Chinese was a bad thing. The thing is, being Chinese does come with a lot of baggage. China was the historical hegemon of the region, an imperialistic power. Its cultural weight in East Asia comes from its appropriation of others. Today its legacy is marred by a history of oppression, of aggression, of ethnonationalism, of genocide. Those are things we can't deny. It is a nation under the thumb of autocracy. It's also a nation of 1.3 billion people, many of whom are complicit in propping up the regime, many of whom who are not, all of whom are human. Dehumanization is a topic I've thought a lot about when it comes to the political struggles we face now. The question of how to reconcile a drive for universal compassion with a need to stand up for convictions and ethical values is a huge topic that's best served by its own thread ---- however, what's relevant here is the tension, the incredibly blurry line, between condemning ethical evils and dehumanizing the Other. Some people compare the CCP to Nazism, and while it's a loaded comparison, there's something to navigate there. When we relegate Nazis to the role of inhuman and consummate evil, to a pastiche of villainy, we in effect give up the toolset we need to contend with the potential of humanity to repeat its mistakes. We open the door to the alt-right, to neo-Fascism, to white nationalism. We open the door to the CCP and Han chauvinism. Alienation is what the CCP wants. It wants Western countries to hate Han Chinese, the same way ISIS thrives off of Islamophobia. Internally the party can point to Western rhetoric as justification for their ethnonationalism, further solidifying their power domestically. Internationally, the party can radicalize disaffected, frustrated people by making them feel attacked on all sides and then offer them a way out: go back to where you "really" belong. In effect what happens is what happened to one of my distant relatives, Qian Xuesen. Qian was a Chinese born scientist and aerospace engineer who worked at MIT and Caltech, eventually joining the Manhattan Project and further on co-founding NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. In other words, he was a pivotal figure in America's scientific legacy. He was also the father of the Chinese nuclear and space program, because he was forced out of the US during the era of McCarthyism on suspicion that he was a Chinese agent. Despite advocacy and support from several key figures at Caltech and in the US military, Qian was placed under house arrest for years, eventually sent off to China, and was welcomed with open arms by the Chinese Communist Party. That’s how China got nukes. Obviously the situations aren't 1:1, but I think the cautionary tale has some merit. International espionage is a real threat, and I'm not trying to downplay that. But we are seeing a wave of ethnically Chinese academics, researchers, and professionals being targeted for investigation on the basis of their race. We're seeing many of them leave for China. We're seeing this country lose its assets and create its own enemies. At some point you have to wonder whether that's the right tack. Chinese Americans are caught between a rock and a hard place. As I mentioned earlier, I came to resent being Chinese. I resented that such an integral part of my identity was "the enemy." A lot of us have struggled with that, no doubt. And it's not just us; other East Asian Americans catch flak, because, as I said, in the eyes of America we're all "chinks." But when you Chinese, when your nai nai living in Shanghai really is considered the enemy, it does a number on you. It doesn't help when you try to stand up for yourself that you get called a CCP shill, even though your lao lao was tortured to death by the party and your parents forced into labor camps for being dissidents. It doesn't help when you struggle with identity and being a minority and the psychological baggage of being between cultures that a smug-ass white dude has tell you what you need to think about China. It doesn't help when the people who call themselves progressive allies so easily throw Asian voices under the bus. And hell, it's not just the Chinese folks getting accused of being shills. Some of them are Taiwanese. Some of them are Korean. Some of them are Hmong. You know, people who actually an investment in being against the CCP. They speak out too because, being Asian Americans, we can see just how disingenuous some of these armchair activists are. We can see that they don't give a shit; to them it's reality TV. They get all of that jingoistic catharsis of shouting "fuck China" but don't actually have to put their neck on the line. They get to maybe change their avatar and not buy a video game and feel smug about it but they don't understand the generational trauma of a family that was literally torn apart by the Cultural Revolution. But, again, the key is reconciling compassion with standing for values, rather than reflexively making adversaries. So I'm asking you, the community, and those who'd call themselves allies at large, to keep this in mind. That the way we talk about China matters. That those of us who are advocating for a change in our language aren't doing so out of love for the CCP but out of a hurt that has caused deep scars, and an apprehension in a time where our brothers and sisters fear for their safety. That a language of Otherness is not only the weapon of xenophobia, but the weapon that the CCP wants us to use. That we all are in this together. There’s a lot of work to be done when it comes to this forum’s treatment of topics pertaining to Asia and the Asian diaspora in general. Whether it’s the blatant dismissiveness as seen in the recent thread about Biden’s China-focused ad, the pervasive fetishization of Japan and South Korea, the callousness towards Muslims, or the continued casual stereotyping and racist “humor.” Addressing the way we talk about China is only one small part of what we need to do to improve, but it’s a step towards making this place the inclusive community we want it to be. I ask you for your help in this. I stand with Hong Kong. I stand with Taiwan. I stand with Tibet. I stand with Xinjiang. One day I hope to stand with a free China.
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Thread Study finds that men's harassment of women in online spaces is linked to their own lack of perceived masculinity
Sure it might seem like an obvious conclusion, but I’m glad we’re getting more dialogue about this, because it’s an incredibly pressing issue that doesn’t really get adequately addressed. The toxic radicalization of young, disaffected men (of many different backgrounds) in an environment of pervasive media and digital communication is a threat we desperately need to contend with. We need more honest, open, and emotionally vulnerable discussions about the way contemporary men interface with masculinity and sexuality in an increasingly stressful, divisive, and uncertain era. Right now we have a tendency to mock incels and the like but we really need to figure out how to rehabilitate those kinds of men, and stop men from getting there in the first place.
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Thread How quantiatively or STEM oriented do you consider yourself to be and has it improved your life?
I think having a foundational knowledge of STEM is absolutely an asset, but if anything what most people are lacking is proper education in the humanities.
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Thread @Reading/Writing Era, Help Pls
So many good suggestions in here, great taste. Seconding Salih’s , and Smith’s . Also a fan of Haruki Murakami, even for all his quirks! My personal contribution is Teju Cole’s , a semi-autobiographical novel regarding a Nigerian immigrant’s navigation of identity set against the backdrop of NYC. It’s less plot-focused and more impressional, and the prose is just beautiful. I’d say is actually pretty perfect for getting back into analysis. It’s relatively short but with plenty of material to work with.
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Thread The term "weeb" and its current definition.
A person who’s super into anime/manga/J-pop/games/figurines etc. or any of the related subcultures and geeky stuff is a weeb. A person who’s into Japanese history, philosophy, traditional art, or other aspects of the mainstream culture is more of a Japanophile. A person who says “waifu” or “husbando” is scum of the earth.
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Thread “I never had any friends later on like the ones I had when I was twelve. Jesus, does anyone?”
In terms of sentimentality? Sure, but for me my most validating, healing, and profound friendships came in adulthood. There’s only so much intellectual and emotional work you can do when you’re twelve.
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Thread John Cho (LA Times Op-ed): Coronavirus reminds Asian Americans like me that our belonging is conditional
Yeah, not really a fan of the patronizing attitude towards Asians here and elsewhere when it comes to awareness of social issues and tackling racism. There certainly is a lot to address when it comes to complacency with the model minority role in the Asian American community, but the assumption that any given Asian American speaking out right now is getting a “wake up call” or hasn’t already contended with racial identity is pretty obnoxious and damaging. John Cho in particular has been very vocal about issues of race in the media, so there’s especially little reason for some of the comments in here.
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Thread Trump suspending immigration to the US. Update: 60 day suspension to green card applications announced.
Even though it’s been pointing out that it’s a performative act, it’s the performance that scares me. sigh... I might actually have to buy a gun.
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Thread Joe Biden's new ad is problematic when it comes to how it talks about China [See Staff Post]
Simple answer: yes, saying “the Russians” is also xenophobic and emblematic of the political instinct to dehumanize the opposition at every turn. So no, it’s not the “gotcha” you think it is. The argument is further defanged by the very transparent fact that there is an ugly racial undertone to the dialogue that distinguishes how American society reacts to white geopolitical enemies from how it reacts to non-white geopolitical enemies. See: the difference in how Japanese Americans were treated in WWII as compared to German and Italian Americans. There’s a long history of Asians being targeted as the insidious evil destroying this country, including the largest mass lynchings in American history, which were of Chinese Americans. Context matters. So you can drop the “b-b-but the Russians!” whataboutism.
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Thread Joe Biden's new ad is problematic when it comes to how it talks about China [See Staff Post]
I’m not saying that the wording is solely the product of an overt agenda; it’s the product of a political language that conflates the people of a nation with their government. On its face it might not seem like a necessarily harmful thing, but the ultimate result is a reduction of the people into political vehicles. Sometimes it doesn’t manifest as outright alienation, as when talking about “diplomacy between the Israelis and the Palestinians,” but when it’a about geopolitical nemeses, i.e. “kowtowing to the Chinese” or “the scheming of the Russians,” it quickly becomes weaponized. Again, context matters.
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Thread Joe Biden's new ad is problematic when it comes to how it talks about China [See Staff Post]
Also, weaponizing xenophobic language is exactly how the Chinese government has cultivated such a destructive ethnonationalist narrative. If America is looking to best China in this geopolitical arms race, why adopt the ideological tactics of the latter’s propaganda machine? What does that prove?
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Thread I watched Evangelion and a certain scene really ruined it for me
Evangelion and Hideaki Anno’s creative ethos in general is like the posterboy of wanting to have your cake and eat it too; claiming an intellectual high-ground via “deconstruction” but really just indulging in titillation while trying to cover it with plausible deniability. The Hideo Kojima school of fan-service, only even more arrogant and self-satisfied. Anno’s an incredibly talented animator with a keen director’s eye, but an absolutely insufferable man.
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Thread So... Mark Meadows (Gym Jordan's buddy turned Chief of Staff) is really just a crier.
I don’t think Meadows ought to be ashamed of showing emotion; that’s a commendable thing. I think Meadows ought to be ashamed of having reprehensible politics.
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Thread South Korea voted this week, and the left won a historic majority
It really should be clarified that the Korean Democratic Party is much like the American Democratic Party, centrist to center-left, not really “the left” in any real sense. It can only be considered as such in the context of how conservative Korea usually is.
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Thread South Korea voted this week, and the left won a historic majority
As I understand it the internal split of the Korean Dems is actually between the social liberals and the social conservatives, with no real progressive wing to speak of. The only progressive or left-wing movement is found in the Justice Party, which mostly exists on the fringes of Korean parliamentary politics. Liberalism and conservatism reign supreme in South Korea; the split between North and South meant that leftism was heavily repressed throughout South Korea’s history.
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Thread Harvard public health researchers: US social distancing might be needed until 2022 if no vaccine made quickly available, resurgence possible into 2024
I’m not so sure; manufacturing the flu vaccine is already so enormous of an effort that we have to guess at which flu strains to target each season because we simply don’t have enough manufacturing capacity to cover all the bases.
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Thread California, Oregon, Washington announce Covid-19 Pact
California has an economy bigger than India. Washington has an economy bigger than Taiwan. Oregon has an economy bigger than the Czech Republic. Each of those states has a fraction of the population of those countries. Of course it’s not a feasible idea, but it’s not because the states can’t sustain themselves.
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Thread I gave my mom 32 joints today
That’s awesome! I’m fortunate enough to be located in a state where both medicinal and recreational marijuana is legal, and it’s nice to be able to be honest and open with my health providers about my usage. As safe as it generally is, I try to be mindful of any potential drug interactions or such.
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Thread I gave my mom 32 joints today
I don’t mean to try and lecture you, because it’s a tough situation to be in (and it’s commendable of you to have done that for her), but I’m assuming her doctors aren’t aware of this, seeing as it’s illegal there? It might not be harmful on its face, but it also might be wise to be wary of introducing cannabis to her treatment plan when her doctors aren’t informed of it. Not just from a legality standpoint, but also a health one, as doctors need to know what kind of therapies you’re undergoing, even at home, in order to give the best care. Either way, I wish you and your family the best.
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Thread Chapo Trap House |OT| The world's most popular Patreon
Considering members of this podcast have engaged in ableist, sexist, and homophobic rhetoric, and that the podcast's reddit community has been quarantined, we've decided that hosting an OT on them is not something we want to do.
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Thread COVID19 is one more reason to learn ASL. Supplement moist speeches with gestures.
OP gave a specific example, but more generally, sign languages benefit from more flexible iconicity and spatial context, allowing in some ways for even more dynamic methods of expression. But yeah, a sentence translated from spoken English might not keep the same grammatical structure. ASL doesn’t use “be” verbs or articles, for example. There’s a lot of stuff on the Wikipedia page:
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Thread If you think sitting out this election is ok, then I wish I had your white priviledge.
The framing of the OP is unlikely to generate productive discussion. In addition, we've had numerous threads on this subject over the weeks. We don't need any more.
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Thread Treatment Rapidly Relieves Severe Depression in 90% of Participants in Stanford Study
Curious to see if the results maintain over the long-term. Ketamine was similarly found to effective for severe depression, but seems to be temporary for many people. A lot of mental health therapies receive promising preliminary results like this only to fall flat.
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Thread Trump announces a “hold” on money going to the WHO, calls them “China centric.”
Everyone needs to cool it with the personal attacks. Criticism of the WHO is not equivalent to an endorsement of Trump’s behavior. Defense of the WHO is not equivalent to an endorsement of the CCP. Let’s have a discussion without it getting hostile, please.
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Thread Trump announces a “hold” on money going to the WHO, calls them “China centric.”
That's a failure of the larger geopolitical framework, not on the WHO specifically. The fact that Taiwan is not recognized as a sovereign country in its own right is a disgrace, but it's one that is a political reality for most of the world and most international institutions. As much as it would be nice to have matters of medicine free of politics, that's just not how public health works.
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Thread Polygon reports that YouTube role-playing series Far Verona season 2 cancelled after livestreaming sexual assault scenario
Think Dungeons and Dragons or similar RPGs. The players don’t necessarily physically act it out; everyone describes what they do. The GM is responsible for driving the world and the setting and describes the actions of all the NPCs. In this case, he had an NPC sexually assault one of the players’ characters, and the players were largely powerless since the game is ultimately dictated by the GM.
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Thread Cory Barlog confirms that Christianity exists in the God of War universe
Since other cultures have been brought up: I’ve said this before, but as cool as it would be to encounter mythologies from around the world, I really don’t like the idea of having Kratos going around and destroying the pantheons of non-European cultures. And I’m honestly surprised that more people don’t see the historical baggage that brings.
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Thread The health benefits of some fruits and vegetables is actually incredible
source:sources: A regular intake of healthy veggies and fruits is great, and more people living a contemporary lifestyle need to do so, but things often get exaggerated when it comes the “miraculous” properties of such foods. Eat your oranges and broccoli, yes, but don’t rely on that alone to prevent disease.
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Thread What's the most overrated historical site you've been to?
Angkor Wat is so crowded that even though it really is an incredible architectural artifact it’s really hard to enjoy it and take in. Happily, there are other sections of the Angkor ruins that are much less trafficked and just as cool, so if you’re visiting the area try going for some of the more hidden areas.
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Thread Trump: "We see light at the end of the tunnel. Things are happening. Things are happening. We're starting to see light at the end of the tunnel."
yeah totally normal and unperturbing thing to see from the head of state of a nuclear power
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Thread A real, not-clickbaity, average Chinese wet market
There’s absolutely a conversation to be had about the Euro/Anglocentric nature of geopolitical dialogue and the racist legacy of comparisons of economic power, but a lot of Asia is, as it stands, poorer than Europe or America. There are controversies about the term “developing countries,” yes, but a lot of Asian countries, including China, are in a growth phase regarding infrastructure, lifestyle standards, and purchasing power. A conversation about that doesn’t have to be necessarily laced with stigma. This isn’t a condemnation of Asia, it’s a condemnation of the Western hegemonic and colonial legacy as well as the failures of neoliberalism.
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Thread A real, not-clickbaity, average Chinese wet market
Of course it’s a continuum, but making distinctions is the nature of having geopolitical dialogue so it’s an unfortunate necessity. Regarding Ukraine, most would consider it a developing country, alongside most of Eastern/Southeastern Europe. I should have specified Western Europe, not Europe more generally, sorry.
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Thread Mississippi Governor Doesn't Let Health Crisis Get In The Way Of Some Traditional Racism, And Declares April "Confederate Heritage Month"
Hell, I grew up in the progressive Northwest, and while we were vaguely taught about slavery and the Confederates being the "baddies" in elementary school, they also divvied up the class into Union and Confederate sides to do a role-play of the war. So you have a bunch of fifth-graders with little context and understanding pretending to be rebel soldiers and thinking "this is awesome!" At least by high school we had a clearer picture of the historical overview, but I still look back at that and think "what the fuck?"
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Thread Mississippi Governor Doesn't Let Health Crisis Get In The Way Of Some Traditional Racism, And Declares April "Confederate Heritage Month"
It was states' rights tho. States' rights to... well, never mind that.
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Thread A real, not-clickbaity, average Chinese wet market
lol, ADVChina aren’t flaming hateful racists, but I do find it interesting how many people seem unwilling to admit that they’re certainly not progressive and that they thrive off of a certain expat demographic that loves to provoke and look down on others.
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Thread Being disappointed with people that keep pet birds
Lots of birds kept as pets, especially parrots, crave social contact and form extremely close bonds with their owners, and being away from them causes distress. While the conversation on the ethics of owning animals is an important one, we need to also consider that our conceptions of freedom can’t always be neatly projected onto these animals.
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Thread Stabbing of Asian-American 2-Year-Old and Her Family Was a Virus-Fueled Hate Crime: Feds
Yeah, this is why we push back against pinning all the blame on China, but apparently we’re just stanning for the CCP, not fearing for our lives
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Thread South Korea's biggest sexual abuse and pedophilia scandal in history is getting exposed now
Communities of chimpanzees and other apes have been observed going to war with each other and mutilating their enemies; dolphins and otters have been known to rape and kill other sea mammals. Certain predatory whales torment their prey for sport before eating them.
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Thread South Korea's biggest sexual abuse and pedophilia scandal in history is getting exposed now
A nice sentiment, but untrue. There are plenty of animals out there which hurt other creatures out of aggression, sexual gratification, or entertainment.
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Thread Nioh 2 |OT| Dark Soul Cores
Superficially, but the level and encounter design is, in my opinion, not as refined, so my only real personal investment is in the loot. I just don’t get the same vibe and same incentives to play a certain way, and that might just be me. Never played Dragon’s Crown, but the looter games I’m familiar with, while not necessarily “easy,” don’t have mobs that can still two-shot you even when you’re massively over-leveled.
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Thread Nioh 2 |OT| Dark Soul Cores
I can agree with the visibility issue. I’ve never had a problem with any other Soulslike game, and I suspect part of the issue is that the loot grinding nature of Nioh feels at odds with the overpowered mobs to me. In a Souls game I expect to take my time and feel in constant danger. In a dozens of hours long Diablo-like loot ladder, I expect to feel powerful. People here are assuming that I don’t already use ranged weapons and just rush in all the time. That’s not the case. And I’m not constantly dying either; in fact, I’m dying much less than I did in Sekiro or DS3. But when I do die, I don’t find myself with nearly as much motivation to try again. Part of it is the repetitiveness; I don’t mind occasional traps, they‘re part of the hardcore experience, I get it. But when they happen over and over again with not much else to them than as a difficulty tactic, even when I spot them ahead of time, I find it annoying. Again, part of the issue is my preconception of the game’s themes and mechanics, and I recognize that. When I play Souls, every corner feels threatening and I love that. In Nioh, I’m tired of it; partly because of the level design, partly because of the loot grind.
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Thread Nioh 2 |OT| Dark Soul Cores
“Use the damn stealth option,” huh. Weird to get so aggressive over me having a different experience than you, but whatever. I’ve gotten one or two-shotted by skeletons and human enemies too much for my liking. And when I’m spending hours upon hours on an overly-long game, there’s only so much patience I have for checking every corner. If people are getting frustrated, as some people here have been, it’s not automatically invalid just because of “git gud.”
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Thread Nioh 2 |OT| Dark Soul Cores
Being obliterated out of the blue and then returning to tediously take out each enemy one by one isn’t fun to me. In a From game, dying feels deserved and it feels like I learned something. Dying here often feels cheap and annoying.Third main mission of the fourth region. I’m not running headlong into groups of mobs to get cut down, but a lot of the enemy placement I’m just not a fan of.
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Thread Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) resources and discussion thread (Discussion guidelines in OP)
It makes sense that less developed countries would be more receptive to quarantine; the developing world contends with disease regularly enough for the populace to understand the weight of the situation. Those of us living in more privileged conditions oftentimes lack that perspective.
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One of my med student friends just told me she and other students couldn't get tested even after caring for COVID patients during rotations because of the shortage. Unbelievable.
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Thread U.S. in-home coronavirus screening tool now available, not on the CDC's website but on Apple's website.
Federal, state, and local governments contract private companies to develop applications all the time, this isn’t surprising. The CDC isn’t in the software dev business...
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Thread China temporarily bans foreigners entering country
The surge in nationalism and xenophobia in China is a major issue. Closing the borders to foreign entry is a sound public health decision at this time. Restricting entry of Chinese passport holders into the US was a messy and inefficient move that was likely motivated by xenophobia. All of these things can be true, and the framing of your OP is disingenuous and suspect.
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Thread How China Built a Twitter Propaganda Machine Then Let It Loose on Coronavirus
People are bringing up the Spanish flu to make a point about the nomenclature of disease being tied to xenophobia, which is a conversation that is necessary alongside the conversation about the Chinese propaganda apparatus.
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Thread Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) resources and discussion thread (Discussion guidelines in OP)
There’s conflicting info from American sources; the CDC states that asthmatic individuals might be at more risk, but the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology states there’s no evidence as such.
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Thread Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) resources and discussion thread (Discussion guidelines in OP)
Changes in taste and smell have been reported in cases of COVID. Taken alone it’s not yet a reason to freak out, but keep an eye on your symptoms and consider calling a medical provider if you start feeling worse. The things to be looking out for are dry cough, fever, and difficulty breathing.
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Thread Extremely important PSA: How to avoid Corona through food & groceries (UP: Video debunked, please see OP)
The video posted in the OP has been heavily criticized for misinformation by numerous scientific experts. Donald Schaffner, professor at Rutgers University specializing in food science and food safety, posted a twitter thread taking down some of the more dangerous falsehoods presented in the video, which we encourage people to take a look at. In summary: wash your hands frequently, but do NOT wash your groceries with soap or leave them outside several days in an attempt to eliminate the virus.
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Thread Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) resources and discussion thread (Discussion guidelines in OP)
You’ve been overly aggressive and high-strung in these topics for far too long; if you can’t tone it down, you need to take a break for your own mental health.
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Thread Lancet article proposes class of high blood pressure medications increase COVID-19 risk
This is preliminary, so yes, you should follow your doctor’s advice, but it’s worth pointing out that the Lancet is one of the top peer-reviewed medical journals, not just a random website.
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Thread Nioh 2 |OT| Dark Soul Cores
Eh. As was said, there’s more components to the combat, but I don’t think it’s necessarily better; there’s a fair bit of clutter and jank. Personally I still think Sekiro blows everything else out of the water. I still find Nioh 2 enjoyable, and there are moments where the combat shines, but the lackluster encounters drag it down.
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Thread Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) resources and discussion thread (Discussion guidelines in OP)
If anything, preliminary research suggests that certain East Asian demographics are more susceptible to the disease, via higher expression of a particular receptor in the lungs
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Yes, but medical professionals who are dealing with this crisis are in a different situation than most of us. Sustained exposure and work exhaustion increase one’s vulnerability.
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Thread Why is the Last Samurai sad
And I’m not saying that people are wrong to have enjoyed it, but it doesn’t invalidate the issues that others have brought up, including the ones you mentioned in your original comment. Funnily enough, the opinions of Japanese audiences only seem to ever get brought up in order to undermine the Asian diaspora’s struggles in Hollywood. Funny how that works.I can appreciate your point, but I really think the majority of people who are arguing the point aren’t doing so in the interest of accurate trope identification. As to your last point, no, I don’t think that we’re past it, considering the Jared Leto led Yakuza film that released in 2018.
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Thread Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) resources and discussion thread (Discussion guidelines in OP)
Coronaviruses are a category of viruses that cause a variety of respiratory diseases from the common cold to SARS. This one is a new variant heretofore unseen in humans; therefore we have no immunity.
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Do you have a source on this? Edit: interesting, it seems that a lot of the deaths are indeed linked to cytokine storms, but I don’t know that we can infer best practices on exercise from that
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Exercise in general is beneficial to the immune system, but it’s unlikely to be the key factor in case you contract the disease. It shouldn’t hurt though, as long as you’re avoiding crowded places like the gym, and I’d say that it’s good to try and stay physically active; if nothing else it helps to ease the mind.
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Hope you feel better soon. For now it’s best to just self-monitor your symptoms and limit contact with other people, and if you feel worse within the next few weeks, particularly in regard to fever and cough, consider contacting your clinic or hospital.
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My local Costco at least has been disallowing people from buying large quantities of certain items, but some businesses are less scrupulous than others.
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Thread Why is the Last Samurai sad
And you don’t see how quibbling over how “it’s not a white savior movie” is disrespectful and dismissive of the concerns people bring up? It’s like the kind of person who whips out the dictionary to argue that “Asians are good at math” doesn’t fit the definition of racism. Besides, it’s straight up disingenuous to pretend it’s not heavy shades of mighty whitey when the film is literally about Tom Cruise becoming an uber samurai and top confidante to Katsumoto, shacking up with the wife of the guy he killed, and representing the samurai legacy to the emperor, thereby changing the course of Japanese history. The fact that he doesn’t literally save all the samurai from death doesn’t absolve the film of its tone-deafness, and the fact people are so reticent to admit that speaks volumes about them.
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All of the useful information is available from more reputable sources. It also spread more nonsense, such as suggesting that China’s food supply is mostly wildlife, which is patently ridiculous.
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Thread Historian left conflicted by "Midway" movie
Idk, I see a lot of rhetoric that advocates “putting it context” when it comes to American actions, but balks at the idea of contextualizing the Japanese, because it means contextualizing “pure evil.” I find it pretty off-putting. I’m saying this as a person of Chinese descent, with relatives who were in Nanjing.
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It’s always hard to pinpoint an exact case fatality ratio (deaths divided by number of infected cases), and estimates vary widely even for older outbreaks. For 2009’s swine flu the usual estimates range from roughly .05%-1.5%; for COVID-19 the current WHO global estimate is 3.4%
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Thread Kumail Nanjiani is absolutely RIPPED for his role in The Eternals
It depends on the drugs. Some reduce recovery time, some boost muscle development, some increase stamina. There are a number of PEDs that will increase muscle growth independently of physical activity.
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Well, that second to last sentence might be a little overkill. It’s certainly much more contagious than the seasonal flu, which is why it’s become a crisis, but the r0 of a disease is more complicated than being a value from which you can immediately gauge its severity. The Atlantic had a great article on what we can actually glean from the r0 number of COVID-19, I’ll link it below. It’s from January so obviously some of it is outdated re: the global situation, but it’s still a good primer on what an r0 means.
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Thread God of War |OT2| Mad Dad Redemption
I feel like it’d be a minefield to make a game featuring Kratos destroying a non-European pantheon given historical context. It’d be cool to see a game set in East Asian, Mesoamerican, or West African mythologies but starring a protagonist from the particular culture.
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Where are you getting that it lingers in the air, and that it can survive for 2-3 days at 98F? AFAIK SARS-CoV-2 is spread through droplets, and coronaviruses in general are easily affected by temperature.
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Thought as much. The research figures say so far that the surface survival results longer than a day were obtained at 68F, and going 80+ cuts the lifespan of the first SARS coronavirus in half.
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Seattle and the surrounding area is the seat of a ton of medical and life sciences research and the University of Washington has some of the top facilities and medical training programs in the nation, so it’s at least a bit reassuring. So far it seems that local health infrastructure hasn’t been overwhelmed, but supplies are beginning to stretch thin and hospitals are rushing to prepare in anticipation of a looming influx.
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Thread As Purell sells out nationwide, Amazon begins cracking down on 3rd party vendors (WaPo)
Washing with soap and water is preferable, but 60%+ alcohol sanitizer can be used when access to the former is unavailable. If you’re buying hand sanitizer, make sure that it’s the right kind.
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You do have a point, and we should all strive to not let informing ourselves come at the expense of our mental health. At the same time, quite a few people here are in areas that are on the front lines of regional outbreaks, so you can’t really blame them for keeping a close eye on things.
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Let’s tone down the snarkiness and dismissiveness, please. A lot of people around the world freaked out, and not all of it is without reason. Schools and businesses have been closing in Washington state and elsewhere. Lockdowns are beginning to happen in Europe. We can be level-headed without being blithe about it.
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Right, I was speaking more to the sociopolitical consequences. The reality of the matter is that political considerations are an integral part of public health policy, so calls for the WHO to discard politics are a moot point.
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China, as the presumed ground zero of the disease, has needs distinct from other countries, and its measures aren’t something that can be replicated by most non-autocratic countries. It doesn’t take a political conspiracy to realize that the WHO can’t suggest that democratic countries physically bar their citizens from leaving their homes.
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Recommending a judicious use of restrictions is not necessarily in opposition to recommending that nations not prematurely resign themselves to community spread.
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Currently the public health consensus seems to be that masks aren’t necessary for healthy individuals unless you’re taking care of someone with a suspected infection. In fact, some medical professionals are advocating against the use of masks unless you’re already sick, as improper use of them can increase your chances of infection due to more contact between the hands and face. If you don’t already have COVID-19 or aren’t a health worker, you shouldn’t really be stocking up on masks. There’s a shortage.
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Thread Zootopia (Disney Movie) or Beastars (Anime/Manga) - Which one did the better when it comes to showing racial allegory through the use of animals?
Using animal species as analogues of race has always kind of disturbed me, personally.
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Masks aren't going to do much for the general public; they're only recommended to those who are already sick or will have close contact with infected cases. It doesn't hurt to wear one, but you don't need to go out to buy a respirator mask unless you're a health professional. Here's a guide from the WHO on how to properly wear a mask:
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Currently the CDC has a , meaning that it should generally be safe to travel there as long as you practice basic health precautions. The outbreak in Italy is confined to the northwestern region of Lombardy, so you’re advised to avoid travel there, but most public health officials aren’t recommending that people cancel their trips to Italy wholesale just yet. If you’re not elderly and don’t have other serious health conditions there’s little risk. The situation could change in the coming weeks, but that’s what we know for now.
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Thread In demand majors that are relatively unknown to high school students
This has become an oft-repeated adage online, but it really doesn’t work for everyone (much like college might not work for everyone), and as was mentioned, the trades have plenty of downsides.
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There’s being worried, and then there’s saying that you’ve signed your “death warrant” by booking trips domestically in the US, where there are 14 total cases currently. It also doesn’t look great when the two states he’s traveling to don’t have any official cases of COVID-19, but do happen to have the highest proportions of Asian Americans in the country. Makes one kind of wonder where the worry is coming from, exactly.
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“This article is an out-of-the-box think piece, dated Feb. 14, bolstered by historical evidence and some commonsense reasoning. It is not a refereed research paper and most of the ideas should be viewed as hypotheses, requiring further testing and research.” This is a misleading post. Please check your sources better or be more clear about their nature.The author is an academic specializing in operations research (essentially systems engineering), rather than medical science or public health. Doesn’t mean he’s full of shit, but but it does mean that the article is hypothesis.
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1. Don’t fear-monger in here. 2. Don’t work yourself into a frenzy over travelling domestically. You’re not even leaving the country. 3. Unless you’re of old age or possess serious preexisting health conditions you’re at little risk, so just be diligent about your hygiene and wash your hands frequently.Extreme fatigue and work stress causes immunosuppression.
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Thread Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) resources and discussion thread (Discussion guidelines in OP)
Given the concern and confusion of discussions in the wake of the current Wuhan novel coronavirus outbreak (aka 2019-nCoV or COVID-19), the team has allowed me to reboot the coronavirus thread with a more comprehensive OP for our members to learn about the disease and its current situation, so as so prime conversation and prevent misinformation. It is important to emphasize that information on COVID-19 continues to emerge and evolve as researchers and medical professionals around the world contend with this ongoing outbreak; statements (including the opinions of other posters) should therefore be evaluated in that light. __________ The World Health Organization (WHO), the public health arm of the United Nations, has a handy webpage on the current outbreak, with a plethora of links to guidelines and information. Of particular interest to the general public is their Q&A, which provides an easy overview of the basic characteristics of the disease: As well as their page on recommendations for the public in protecting against infection: Of note is the recommendation that healthy individuals need only wear a mask if they are taking care of someone with a suspected infection; otherwise, wear a mask if you are experience coughing or sneezing symptoms, and make sure to do so in conjunction with frequent hand-washing. It should also be noted that the WHO does not recommend restrictions on international travel at this time (as per their statements on the and ). However, basic precautions should be taken, and advice can be found in the video below: For those interested in keeping abreast of emerging epidemiological information, the WHO also releases daily global situation reports, which can be found here: Basic stats as of the 22nd of February: For a streamlined overview globally, please refer to the WHO's interactive situation dashboard: __________ The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the national public health institute of the United States, has also composed a hub dedicated to the coronavirus, which is of particular interest to our American members, but also provides information of use to our members globally. Below you'll find some PDF factsheets with a quick overview of COVID-19: For our members located in the US, the CDC provides an updating page outlining the presence of COVID-19 cases state by state: Concerning international travel, the CDC has issued a , recommending that individuals avoid all nonessential travel to the People's Republic of China. and have both been issued Alert - Level 2 Travel Notices, meaning that travelers should practice enhanced precautions, and that older adults and those with chronic medical conditions should consider postponing nonessential travel to those countries. , meaning that the CDC does not recommend avoiding travel to Hong Kong, but that travelers should exercise basic precautions. __________ For some information more generally on disease, the novel coronavirus, and its social ramifications, Era member kindly provided us with the following links: I also highly recommend his thread on resources pertaining to epidemiology: __________
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Thread Sales at Chinese Restaurants Plummet Following Coronavirus Panic
Okay, a few things: 1. Racism is pervasive, it is insidious, and it is not limited to literally calling people ethnic slurs. You’d think that people would get this by now. 2. Thinking that being called racist is some “horrific shit,” especially in the context of is fucking wild, and you need to sit down and reevaluate your priorities. 3. The idea that patronizing Chinese restaurants precludes people from racism towards Asians, or vice versa, is laughably naive.
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Thread I asked a man and a woman i'd just met if they were on a date, please judge my actions
That you decided to do that is a little weird. That you decided to post about it here is weirder. That you decided to describe it the way you did is really fucking weird.
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Thread Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice |OT2| Domo Arigato, Mr. ROBERTOOOOO!!!
Sekiro’s become the game I’ll put on when I want to unwind and chill out for a bit while listening to podcasts. It’s funny comparing that to how it felt when I first started: unrelentingly tense, demanding, and insurmountable. Now I’m traipsing across the world dueling the enemies and bosses that used to frustrate me for fun. It’s become almost second nature.
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Thread First trailer for Wes Anderson's The French Dispatch
Feeling kind of tired of Anderson, to be honest, and Isle of Dogs left a bad taste in my mouth, but I’ll probably catch this anyway. I do appreciate his craft, detailed eye, and clear vision, but the quaint, whimsical appeal’s gotten stale for me.
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Thread Uncut Gems |OT|: Just Go With Having a Good Time (Note: Not The Usual Adam Sandler Film) [SPOILERS]
Yeah, so... hmm. Dunno how I feel about this movie. I didn’t hate the experience, but I can’t really say I liked it, either. It felt sort of self-indulgent? The lingering shots, the atypical musical cues, the celebrity appearances, the repetitious yelling and cussing, the freneticism, the end turn; everything felt a little too intentionally overmuch in the sense that I was conscious of the filmmaking most of the time. All of the characters I found unlikeable, and Sandler’s string of bad luck and bad decisions started to feel like a contrived annoyance rather than a source of tension. On a positive note, the Jewish sense of humor was fun, and the sound-mixing was impressive (even as the raucous back-and-forths became old for me). The Q&A at the end was kind of funny, but again, kind of reinforced the feeling of self-indulgence. Overall, I don’t think its good reviews are undeserved, but personally it’s not a film I’m too interested in revisiting.
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Thread Multiple Cruise Line has banned all Chinese, Hong Kong, and Macau passport holders from its ships
1. His surname is Xi, not Ping. 2.This is a terrible take, as people have already pointed out. Chinese passport holders live all over the damn world, and are not synonymous with the CCP. Quit it with the bullshit stealth racism.
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Thread Asian ERA |OT| We don't AGE
Dude, I think you’re taking this too far. D65 is clearly aware that she’s in an Asian space and trying to be respectful. At this point you’re just being needlessly combative. Also, identity is a hella complex subject, and, by very virtue of its qualities, an intensely individual experience. Postcolonialism is a framework from which one analyzes society, not a box into which one stuffs random people one doesn’t know much about. We aren’t Frantz Fanon in here, we don’t need to go deep into racial psychopathology over this story.
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Thread Asian ERA |OT| We don't AGE
I do think it’s pretty weird when people use “waifu” to refer to their actual Japanese wives, or talk about going to Japan to find a waifu. It’s all part of this really nasty history of treating Asian women as objects (which, to be honest, in certain regards Asian men aren’t helping...)
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Thread Asian ERA |OT| We don't AGE
Tbh I haven’t really encountered white people asking me in that way, usually they really just mean what part of the US I’m from haha. It’s usually other Asian people asking me if I’m also Chinese, Korean, Viet, etc. There was one dude in high school who asked me “no I meant where are you really from”, and when I said “New York” he was like “oh shit that was really racist of me wasn’t it, I’m really sorry” I guess I’ve been lucky lol
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Thread Asian ERA |OT| We don't AGE
Authentic, delicious, homemade Chinese cooking is great, as are the incredible banquets at big family occasions. But there's still something about cheap, local, hole-in-the-wall American Chinese eateries that's just comfy. Nothing calms me down like a pot of too-hot, watery oolong tea and a plate of greasy-as-hell Mongolian Beef or General Tso's with overly dry steamed rice and mushy egg flower soup.
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Thread Asian ERA |OT| We don't AGE
Nah hard pass on r/aznidentity. That place is toxic as hell. Pass on LLAG as well. He may act like he's woke but he's a tool. Literally the only Asian American subreddits not steeped in madness are r/asianamerican, r/asiantwox, and r/asianfeminism, and even those places get kooky at times. The rest of the AsAm redditsphere is just ugly.
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Thread What do you think of chiropractors?
Chiropractors do not have the level of training of actual medical professionals. The overwhelming majority of physicians do not consider chiropractic to be evidence-based medicine. Comparing skepticism of chiropractic to anti-vaxx is monumentally ignorant. Go to r/medicine and search for threads on chiropractic to see what actual physicians think.
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Thread What do you think of chiropractors?
It’s very much a pseudoscience. It’s a field based on claims unsupported by scientific research and populated by practitioners whose education does not meet the standards of evidence-based medicine. Chiropractors regularly misrepresent their level of training and knowledge and peddle other bs ideas like anti-vaxx rhetoric and naturopathy. Just because you personally experienced improvement does not absolve chiropractic of being pseudoscience. You can easily find more information online.I urge you to do some actual research on the topic, because frankly, your position is absolutely inane.
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Thread Jordan Peterson destroys intellectual brain by seeking quack therapy in Russia for Benzodiazepines
Also, the overprescription of of benzos for mild to moderate anxiety is a real problem, especially considering that there are much safer, less addictive drugs like buspirone with a low side-effect profile. SSRIs and other antidepressants also have an anxiolytic effect. So if your doctor tries to put you on a benzo as a first-line treatment, unless you’re having regular and severe panic attacks, be skeptical.
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Thread Jordan Peterson destroys intellectual brain by seeking quack therapy in Russia for Benzodiazepines
You’d think a clinical psychologist would’ve had better resources to treat anxiety. Makes me fear for the patients he saw; what kind of bullshit did he say to them?
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Thread Ambient, chill-out, downtempo, trip hop, IDM |OT| Just take it slow
Wondering if any people here would be interested in a post-rock thread?I'd say Brian Eno would be a good introduction into ambient music in general, as a pioneer of the genre. Tycho is a good choice for more melodic sounds. If you're into Emancipator you might also like Bonobo's experimental sound or maybe DJ Krush for a more atmospheric hip hop sound. For more stuff that sounds like Emancipator trip hop will be what you're looking for.
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Thread Ambient, chill-out, downtempo, trip hop, IDM |OT| Just take it slow
I don't think we've had a thread for this yet? Anyway, here's a place for all things ambient, minimalist, cyclical, experimental, or otherwise. Welcome to everyone into texture, timbre, and (down)tempo. Let's be boring together! Some suggested listening to get started:
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Thread A list of real-life musical inspirations for each civ's theme in Civilization VI
Yeah I'm not sure. I do know that it's a popular tune in Arab countries, but it's mostly known by its Turkish version. The composer has talked about his process before; I might see if I can find if he’s said anything about why he chose it.
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Thread A list of real-life musical inspirations for each civ's theme in Civilization VI
reminded me that I had this list saved up for a while; might as well share it! _ The Civilization series' music has long been one of its most lauded elements, and the recent games' use of interpretations of existing cultural melodies to represent each civilization stands out. I've found it a fun little anthropological exercise to compare the themes in the game to their inspirations, so I've compiled a list matching each civilization's Atomic era theme to its original cultural reference(s) to share with everyone. Special thanks to the Civfanatics forum for the more obscure pieces. --- --- (also known by its Turkish version as ) --- --- Original improvisations based on --- --- / --- --- Selected songs from by the Tootoosis family --- --- --- --- / --- / --- (the oldest known surviving complete musical composition) --- / --- --- --- / --- (here's a of the song being broadcast in Itsuki Village in Kumamoto Prefecture, where the song originated) --- --- --- --- --- / --- / --- Ostensibly an original composition based on ; Chilean commenters have noted a resemblance to the song --- / --- , --- --- --- / --- , --- Marcelle Duchesne-Guillemin's (the earliest known melody) --- --- --- (probably best known internationally from its use in ) --- / --- Original composition based on --- --- Richard Drumbrill's --- / / --- / / / Feel free to issue any corrections or share any better renditions!
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Thread CBS News: 4-year-old dies from flu after members of anti-vax Facebook group advise his mom to use thyme and elderberries instead of Tamiflu
Where I am there's a glut of naturopathic practitioners and "functional medicine" quacks that are usurping evidence-based medical practice and turning people towards pseudoscience. Some of them are even MDs who are looking to make a quick buck off of the gullible. It's incredibly frustrating.
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Thread My latest thread slagging off our pathetic (Canadian) military
First Nations people might have something to say about that. In a world of contemporary alliances and superpowers, a national military is less relevant to the sovereignty of post-industrial countries. And “asserting sovereignty” internally through military means sounds... well, it sounds pretty fascistic. The safety aspect I’d grant you.
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Thread Freedom of speech debate heats up in France after death threats to 16-year-old girl who called Islam "religion of hate"
Including Islamist extremist groups who exploit the bigotry that Muslims face in European countries. Which is why the conversation needs more nuance than simply hand waving away Islamophobia.
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Thread Coronavirus Discussion Thread (See Staff Post) [UPDATE: WHO declares global emergency. See threadmarks]
We have Chinese speakers on the team.The likelihood that the comment was made out of ignorance rather than malice was factored into the leniency of the ban. Regardless, even seemingly "positive" remarks like that play into a long tradition of condescending to non-European peoples in the vein of such tropes as the "noble savage" and "magical negro." Even accounting for the possibility of the comment being made out of "innocent" intentions, we will not tolerate the promulgation of such tropes.
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Thread With Sony withholding the PS5 Reveal (PS5 Pricing) does it worry you that they want to wait til Microsoft reveals the pricing of the Xbox Series X?
Please keep discussion on the topic to the existing thread:
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Thread Barnes & Noble celebrates BHM with new, diverse covers of books by white people
This reminds me of a hilarious thread on reddit where some dipshit was arguing in the literature subreddit that non-white people hadn't contributed anything worthwhile to the literary canon, then cited Dumas as his favorite author. The pile-on was glorious.
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Thread Freedom of speech debate heats up in France after death threats to 16-year-old girl who called Islam "religion of hate"
I feel like that's not really possible. Ideology is more than simply religion or political beliefs; it forms the very basis by which every person navigates the world, establishes their identity, and relates to others. The belief that people deserve life and happiness, for example, is ideology. I know it sounds like semantics, but I think it's important to recognize that people are always constituted by subjective ideas, and trying to separate those ideas from some notion of an objective reality of personhood isn't tenable. Ideology is what makes us people.
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Thread Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice |OT2| Domo Arigato, Mr. ROBERTOOOOO!!!
That’s a good point about the female bosses and enemies in the game. The diversity in their fighting styles was nice, too; there were some that were graceful and agile, as is usually done for women in games, but you also had
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Thread Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice |OT2| Domo Arigato, Mr. ROBERTOOOOO!!!
100+ hours later, got my first platinum ever. Still finding it hard to put it down, though; the combat is just intoxicating. Anyone have recommendations on other games to get that fix? Besides the obvious answer of other FromSoft games
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Thread Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice |OT2| Domo Arigato, Mr. ROBERTOOOOO!!!
Phew, just beat ISS. I spent a good couple of hours throwing myself at him the first time, making slow but steady progress, then took a few days off to focus on other things, came back today and beat him after three tries. It was amazing how intuitive it felt this time around; the attacks that had terrorized me previously now seemed to be clearly readable. One of my favorite fights of all time. Now on to get the rest of the endings! And also grind out those last few skills...
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Thread Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice |OT2| Domo Arigato, Mr. ROBERTOOOOO!!!
The bull is simply another example of a boss that’s out of place with Sekiro’s play style. The Guardian Ape is an entirely different fight that rewards you for being aggressive. The Demon of Hatred isn’t even that difficult, it’s just tedious.
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Thread Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice |OT2| Domo Arigato, Mr. ROBERTOOOOO!!!
In my experience, most of his attacks did vitality damage even when deflected, so it became a game of running around his feet while whacking him a couple of times whenever there was an opening. He has three health bars and his posture can’t be broken, so it’s just an endurance test of dodging his attacks and whittling down his health.
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Thread Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice |OT2| Domo Arigato, Mr. ROBERTOOOOO!!!
The Headless are more of an endgame stat check, from what I’ve heard, it’s fine to just skip it for now.Seven Spears can definitely be Mikiri countered, just make sure you move the analog stick towards him as you press the button.
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Thread Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice |OT2| Domo Arigato, Mr. ROBERTOOOOO!!!
Senpou Temple was surprisingly easy for me; probably the area where I had the least trouble so far. The Folding Screen Monkeys fight was kind of cool, but I wish there was more to it. Also, the Divine Child of Rejuvenation is absolutely adorable and I want to protect her and Kuro. Sunken Valley gave me a little more trouble though, I hate guns, I hate the monkeys, and I hate those weird wall guys in the Serpent’s cave. Still gotta do the Guardian Ape but I’m putting it off because I’ve heard about how much of a pain it is. Also, hilarious to see the janky animations on that giant pack of monkeys
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Thread Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice |OT2| Domo Arigato, Mr. ROBERTOOOOO!!!
Actually it’s moreso the Okami warriors; they’re just playing around, dancing, and having a good time, and I burst in and stab em all to death. It’s such a beautiful locale too, so it makes it feel even more incongruous. Oh well. Also, I just killed Father Owl, Jesus that took a bit.
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Thread Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice |OT2| Domo Arigato, Mr. ROBERTOOOOO!!!
First time playing, just beat Genichiro, spending the last 30 seconds with literally a sliver of health, no gourd charges, and no resurrects left. Phew. It was around my tenth time attempting him, and my second time getting to the third phase. I think I’m really starting to understand this game.
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Thread Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice |OT2| Domo Arigato, Mr. ROBERTOOOOO!!!
Since he’s so slow he gives you lots of opportunities to whittle down his health, which will make it easier to break his posture. Stick close to him and keep up the assault, only moving away when he goes for the grab. If you get rid of the mobs in the area first, Nogami Gensai’s help makes the fight trivial.
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Thread Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice |OT2| Domo Arigato, Mr. ROBERTOOOOO!!!
A lot of bigger and slower guys really do require you to down that vitality bar considerably for you to have any meaningful sort of effect, since their attacks are so delayed that you can’t rely on building up their posture bar early on. It takes some patience, but you’ll get there. Later on you’ll find some bosses with swift combos that’ll allow you break their posture much faster. For grabs you’ll really want to sprint away, instead of jumping. If you’re confident with your timing and positioning, you can dodge to the side and follow up with a counterattack, but I like to play it safe and sprint a ways away, then close the distance with a nightjar slash or loaded spear/shuriken then chasing slice.
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Thread Freedom of speech debate heats up in France after death threats to 16-year-old girl who called Islam "religion of hate"
It's not so easy to separate people and ideas. Ideologies are inculcated into individuals' identities from the moment they're born.
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Thread Greece is minting special version of Euro coins for 2500th anniversary The Battle of Thermopylae.
Constructed connections can still have very real consequences. I mean, we're in here talking about Greeks leveraging the Spartan legacy as a point of national pride. Not that it necessarily means that this reflects on modern day Iranians, but people identifying with and relitigating ancient conflicts does happen.
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Thread Rock/Indie/Alt Era |OT| Same as it ever was
Any other post-rock fans in here? 1. toe (This Will Destroy You as a close second) 2. Hard to choose just one... The Book About My Idle Plot on a Vague Anxiety, The Earth Is Not a Cold Dead Place, Young Mountain, Silent Alarm 3. If These Trees Could Talk, Low Roar, The fin., Fleet Foxes, We Were Promised Jetpacks 4. Sadly haven’t been able to go to a concert or festival in a long time 5. Saudade by I/O
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Thread Let's Talk About Skin Care
At the moment I cut everything out of my routine except for a CeraVe cleanser, and it’s helped with my acne some, but not entirely. I think before I was being too harsh on it with so many products. I guess I should look into an exfoliant again, and I definitely need to moisturize. It’s just that my face tends to be oily so moisturizing always feels so gross, but it could be that not moisturizing is making my face oily to compensate. And so many moisturizers I’ve used make me break out. I really need to find a moisturizer that’s lightweight enough to not feel gross but heavy enough to get me through the winter.
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Thread Leftist Youtube |OT| We Virtue Signal
Night in the Woods is honestly my GOTY, such an incredibly affecting experience. For a blurb, how about this: "Extra Credits provides insightful yet concise commentary on game design and the context of the games industry from a progressive point of view with a commitment to the values of diversity and inclusivity and an emphasis on the responsibility of games to take seriously the way they interact with culture and society. Also with a bonus educational series on world history!"
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Thread Leftist Youtube |OT| We Virtue Signal
A couple of examples of Extra Credits' content:(starts out mostly about civil liberties and authoritarianism but later also comments on the disturbing racial aspect) I think I said this before, but in addition to the content of their videos, I really like how they put in the effort to make their little cartoon characters diverse and inclusive. edit: Oh! They also did a really good perspective on the Tracer butt pose controversy from a design perspective:
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Thread Leftist Youtube |OT| We Virtue Signal
Love Easy Allies, wish they were more open about tackling social issues, but it’s understandable that they’d be wary of that. Even the EZA community can get kind of crazy. As for other gaming channels, mad respect to Extra Credits, not only for their open stance against Gamergate and their videos on social issues, but because they make such a great effort to represent a diverse range of people in their drawings. It’s really great to see people of all backgrounds represented as regular members of the gaming community.
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Thread 1917 v Parasite
I agree that Parasite is the better work all around, but I think that underplaying the craft involved in 1917 is kind of a disservice. Yeah, it’s a rather barebones story serving mostly as a vehicle for the cinematography, but I think those kinds of films, the simple but technical cinema as visual craft in its highest form, are worth celebrating. It’s Oscar bait, but it’s good Oscar bait.
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Thread Mental Health Era |OT2| Community and Understanding
As someone who’s been down that route; don’t. You have the right idea by steering clear of such substances. If I could rewind time to before I began drinking, even if it meant I’d still be jobless and directionless, I would.
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Thread Mental Health Era |OT2| Community and Understanding
Thanks for the advice and for the kind words. Writing down my thoughts and feelings has been something I’ve been considering for a while, and something I know would be helpful. But with my concentration and cognition so shot it feels like such a hurdle, even though I used to consider writing my strength. I feel like I’m shying away from any task that feels intellectually challenging out of the fear of the idea of my mind declining, which just further contributes to the brain fog. It’s a spiral I don’t know how to pull myself out of currently, and one that really does a number on my sense of hope and motivation. All the same, thanks for providing a supportive space here.
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Thread Mental Health Era |OT2| Community and Understanding
What’s the point of seeking out help when I’m too nervous and too incoherent to explain what I’m struggling with The realization that medical or mental health professionals, like any other people, can be fallible, unhelpful, ignorant, or outright dismissive, just further fosters my sense of hopelessness
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Thread Mental Health Era |OT2| Community and Understanding
The fact that I’m just a week into my job and already exhausted makes me feel so pathetic. So many people out there who put in the grind every day in jobs much more taxing than mine, and I can’t even handle getting up in the morning. A year or two ago a full-time job in the industry I’m in would’ve been all I wanted, but now I daydream about crawling into my bed and never coming out. My coworkers are nice, and supportive, and the work would normally be interesting, but as I am now, I’m struggling to keep up even a semblance of functionality. I can tell that my misery already shows through the cracks, and I don’t know how much longer I’m gonna last. Every day feels like a coin toss as to whether I’m going to have a breakdown and just quit. If I can’t handle this job I don’t know how I’m going to handle surviving on my own. I feel so weak and helpless, like a lamb in a world full of wolves. It seems like a matter of time until I end up as just another sad statistic.