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I'm not even sure what deep metaphor I think I'm looking at, here. Maybe I'm just filling my chapel with horny moths
12 Oct
"The only time we believe a lockdown is justified is to buy you time to reorganise, regroup, rebalance your resources, protect your health workers who are exhausted, but by and large, we’d rather not do it."
"Lockdowns just have one consequence that you must never ever belittle, and that is making poor people an awful lot poorer."
"Look what’s happened to smallholder farmers all over the world. … Look what’s happening to poverty levels. It seems that we may well have a doubling of world poverty by next year. We may well have at least a doubling of child malnutrition."
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21 Sep
So many people are ignorant of the *many* programs already embedded in the criminal justice system. My understanding is that my own stalker evaded prior charges via CA's pretrial mental health diversion program, and did not fully fulfill his court-ordered treatment obligations.
I consider myself one of his most fortunate victims, because most of the women he threatened to rape, torture and murder had to get on with life *for years* knowing that he was out on the street in their city. This is the first time he's had to face serious criminal consequences.
I can't know for sure whether getting away with it for so long emboldened him to keep doing what he was doing and to target more women, but in this case that was the result. Treatment won't work for someone who isn't willing to genuinely submit themselves to it.
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21 Sep
Is the implication here that rape and domestic violence victims should not "involve the police"?
"Calling the police may lead to the brutalizing (or even killing) of the victims themselves."

Horribly irresponsible claim in the context of providing DV resources. A victim is far, FAR more likely to be seriously harmed by an abusive partner than by a police officer.
When I was being stalked last year by someone who had threatened to rape and kill several women, I called the police. They set up a sting and they caught him. Nobody was injured. He is in jail now and he is going to trial next month.
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20 Sep
I don't know enough about Amy Coney Barrett to have an opinion on her for the USSC, but the difference between the twitter impression and the Wikipedia impression is remarkable
Probably the biggest problem with her is that she's somewhat young and hasn't spent much time on the 7th circuit, which means there's less opinion to scrutinize and that she could be on the Supreme Court for decades
What people seem to love or hate about her is that she's a very devoted conservative Catholic in her personal life, but frankly she seems to have handled concerns about that just about as well as anyone could be expected to: en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amy_Coney…
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15 Sep
CA progressives helped create such a nasty housing crisis around their job market that some people took to commuting by plane from Phoenix and Vegas, so I really don't want to hear about Trump single-handedly destroying the state via climate change
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This is the same state that decommissioned its nuclear plants and largely replaced them with natural gas + nonrenewable imports, nixed allowances for housing density around public transit, and regulated itself out of any possibility of completing its own high speed rail project
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14 Sep
My main issue is with coastal elites that can't tolerate the idea that life is actually very hard for the nowhere-town "deplorables" they've never met, so they vascillate between proposing "let them eat cake" policies & viciously attacking them for a lack of gratitude & "values"
Outside of the private feeder school and "modest" trust fund bubbles are a lot of people willing to work very hard for a very long time as long as they can expect to not be interfered with, and that their gains won't be taken from them arbitrarily.
There are also a lot of people β€” if you live in these towns, you WILL meet them β€” who take advantage wherever they can and actively claw the precocious crabs right back down into the bucket. Their own children included. Their lives are miserable, for sure, but not for no reason.
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30 Aug
Are you surprised? Am I supposed to be? Of course not.
The devastating opportunism here was probably at least supposed to not look so disconcertingly lily white, I guess. Joke's on... who?
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26 Aug
I'm suspicious of reports like this β€” there are thousands of families whose childcare/adult special needs arrangements have collapsed due to COVID & who are struggling to juggle full-time supervision. I'd expect accidental poisonings due to common household chemicals to be way up
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For what it's worth, I don't doubt that some very small number of people believe that drinking bleach will protect them from COVID and decided to actually try that. But frankly, judgment like that probably generally represents a larger problem with cognitive function
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21 Aug
Nice White Parents is currently the #1 podcast on Apple, and this excerpt is a perfect encapsulation of its entire ethos
The closest the series gets to self-awareness is when a nonwhite mom is interviewed and seems confused or gently disinterested in diversity rather than the specific issues re: resources, class size, teacher quality, etc. that affect her kids' district. This happens several times
The whole thing is full of these really bizarre double or triple binds that are hard to untangle. White parents only *say* they're interested in diversity, they don't really care; and if they did, would it not be a sort of fetishism?
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19 Aug
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Now 11-year-old Amy is "rebelling against her family's conservative traditions" (not "exploring her femininity") by joining a "free-spirited dance crew" (not a prepubescent twerk squad). And the poster isn't a bunch of children who look like they're about to strip. Cool cool cool Image
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16 Aug
Moderating this @ 7pm PDT on Clubhouse Image
Apropos of nothing, how sober would you say is objectively *too* sober?
If you're lazy enough you eventually become mysterious
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14 Aug
It's impossible to overstate how terrible an idea this is. Moving out of state is a cake walk. You can even wave to your friends from the other side of Lake Tahoe. California is sincerely begging to implode its entire tax base at the outset of a looming budget crisis.
Clarification: my concern here has nothing to do with whether high taxes are ethical or good/bad for society. It's that:

1) moving within the country has always been trivially easy for wealthy people

2) California's COVID response forcibly decoupled work from physical location
Whatever you think of a federal wealth tax, the debate has always meaningfully hinged on whether it causes capital flight. The people who would pay the bulk of this tax already have secondary residences in their favorite places, and they've been working remotely for months now.
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8 Aug
It's fine to be uncomfortable with the endgame for an extremely permissive sexual culture. It's also fine to be uncomfortable rolling it back.

But this isn't about the algorithms, it's about you having your nose rubbed in your own "values."
I don't really have a strong opinion on the "best" settling point for a lot of these cultural norms, but the idea that whoever manages the Insta algo should be the one to figure that out seems... really, really bad?
If you want a society that feels at least a little guilty hitting "like" on a 19-year-old in a schoolgirl costume, you're going to have to manage that on the culture layer. Demanding the tech layer fix it for you is begging for dystopia
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3 Aug
The tragedy is that the pressure on wealthy parents to not give their kids an education that sets them apart reduces experimentation for better schools/alternatives. We've deemed education "too important" to ever be improved by the processes that improve other goods & services.
Separately, we're still grappling with a crisis over the purpose of education: Is it to produce expert test-takers with a vast range of narrow skills, or to hone the natural human capacity for reflection, adaptation, problem-solving and iterative self-refinement?
I think the two are related, because once a parent feels permitted to be fully driven by their love for their child, unobscured by external expectations and social pressures, it becomes a bit clearer what the goal ought to be and how it can be aimed at. Excuses fall away.
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28 Jul
In SF, people are still not permitted to gather in groups of >12. Even outdoors. Even with full mask & distancing compliance. Even for weddings. Even for funerals.

Whatever you think of the protests, they have *got* to be wearing down the sense of solidarity required for this.
Many of us knew or suspected from the beginning that a lot of what has been dictated by COVID health orders couldn't effectively be enforced on individuals in the US. We have been relying on enforcement on businesses/orgs + a shared social responsibility. The latter is shattered
Basically, the sum of the available toolkit in the US amounts only to half-measures, and those measures are the same ones that are leaving [probably lifelong] scars on the earning potential of new entrants to the labor market + upwardly-mobile blue collar biz owners + their staff
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27 Jul
I know *a lot* of culturally and intellectually secular people who are adopting religion just to have some semblance of a safety net built on being seen, understood and cared for as an individual rather than just being a diligent taxpayer or someone who constantly upskills
Shower thought: while Gofundme is probably generally a good thing, it really relies on commodifying one's situation to meet a new market for community participation as a kind of luxury good literally purchased in dollars
Volunteerism is typically pretty good for people and a lot closer to the mark, but it still relies on a very clear persisting distinction between "helper" and "helped" that doesn't seem to be so readily salient in the healthiest families/friendships/microcommunities
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23 Jul
Lobotomy won the Nobel Prize less than a century ago. Keyword: AntΓ³nio Egas Moniz
We don't talk about this much, but lobotomy was widespread and widely accepted within the living memory of older folks. Walter Freeman, the American doc who gained infamy for performing these on thousands of patients, lost regard when a woman died after her THIRD lobotomy.
Imagine. Just imagine swirling a human being's brains for the *third* time. If she hadn't died shortly thereafter, this practice for managing uncooperative family members may well have continued.
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15 Jul
All the bluechecks have been shut down, viva la shitpost!
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Twitter: this should be trending, right?
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15 Jul
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10 Jul
With regard to almost any topic, you're 3-5 books away from having a productive conversation with a foremost expert and quite possibly teaching him or her something new. And this compounds β€” forever
A big problem is that most people are only on formal handshake terms with their books, which are mostly selected for them in the first place. You have to go Bonnie and Clyde with a good book, people. (Yes, I mean non-fiction!)
Calling the proper way to read "critical thinking" is like calling sex "recreational copulation." It's not wrong, but it's definitely not going to put you in the mood to do it right.
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