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  1. There was a good study too about how black officers are more violent with black “offenders” and women officers tend to be more violent or sexual with women “offenders” like they have to prove they are one of them in the force. It’s grotesque. Someone in a another comment stated it’s like a toxic highschool clique. I’d have to agree.

  2. Or alternatively, the perception of possible racism holds back otherwise more aggressive and violent tendencies in the perpetrators who are a differing race from their victims.

  3. You just explained why the messaging and slogan was such an abysmal idea. It's easily perceived in the other way and not the way it was supposedly intended.

  4. Yes, which is why I was oppositional to the slogan when people were using it. I think a lot of the slogans and messaging of liberals are dumb, even if I'm on their side. "Defund the police" was another idiotic one.

  5. Yeah, wildly idiotic messaging by the left. Makes me cringe, it's so frustrating, they're holding back real progress

  6. It's insularity. The Right does it too. It's part of the polarization feedback loops.

  7. Latency is unavoidable with bluetooth. You need wired speakers. As for what wired speakers to get, that is really not something we can help you with without a LOT more information about your budget and personal preferences.

  8. It’s not unavoidable at all. Most Bluetooth speakers or headphones have no perceptible lag in videos.

  9. That's just not true. YMMV, but a plethora of bluetooth devices have perceptible latency with video. Practically the only bluetooth devices without perceptible lag are Bluetooth 5.0+ devices, which is, unfortunately, not the majority on the market still.

  10. This has become very popular among certain... flower microblogging types.

  11. In a weird way, it's a testament to the success of capitalism. Capitalism has achieved so much that people don't question possibilities anymore. The only thing stopping anything from happening, in the populist perception, is "lack of money," whether it be personal or institutional.

  12. I agree with all of that. BTW, love the term hiveminds lol.

  13. The news caters to consumption patterns, not the other way around. Negativity bias is a real observable behavioral phenomena in human beings. It makes sense too from an evolutionary standpoint. From a survival perspective, it's beneficial to have brains that fixate on "disturbances," hypothesize worse-case scenarios, and try to quell problems before they become too severe. This means our attention is drawn to things that are threatening or that we interpret as threatening. This isn't learned behavior. It's how we are wired, and for good reason. The problem is that our technology and environment has changed way beyond the scope of the environment in which we evolved, and that old wiring can become a problem for us when juxtaposed with very different, technological and social environment, like the internet.

  14. Big difference between evolutionary behavior for survival and marketing for revenue.

  15. "No take. Only throw." It's really incredible how many populist "solutions" to social problems can be boiled down to this.

  16. This kind of simple answer will always be appealing to those who can’t understand more complex answers.

  17. It isn't that they can't. It's that they find an answer that's "good enough," don't have the experience or foundational education to understand that it might be too simple or invalid, and their satisfaction with that answer and desire to air their grievances outweighs their curiosity.

  18. I’m not particularly angry about anything, and I do know a bit about cycling safety. My point is that in Austin, these cyclists on the two roads mentioned above aren’t cycling to commute, they’re doing it for exercise and they’re doing it on roads that are incredibly dangerous because they’re so windy. People are often speeding and deer are regularly darting out in to traffic. A car swerving to avoid a deer (which is another topic in itself) can easily lose control and take out whatever is in its path. I’m simply saying you couldn’t pay me to ride a bike on either of these roads, yet many people do it all the time.

  19. I've spent a lot of time in Austin. Out of curiosity, what's the stretch of road you're talking about?

  20. Loop 360 between 183 and the Pennybacker Bridge and FM2222 between 620 and Loop 360 in North Austin

  21. Ha! You know, I thought that might've been where you were talking about. I wouldn't personally choose to ride it myself, but I do think some of the choice is infrastructural necessity. Pennybacker is practically one of the only ways to get over Lake Austin for a considerable distance and there are lots of great cycling offshoots of 360 and 2222. My guess is that cyclists who live in the area are using these as the arterial roadways to get to where they REALLY want to be riding. They're also both long stretches without too many traffic lights, which is always more ideal for cycling, especially if you're doing it for exercise.

  22. Just remember that you don't have to buy multiple, mechanical keyboards. Only if you want the extra karma.

  23. And this is why capitalism failed... All because of the greed of ALL the profits instead of "some" profits. Spending money to avoid their workers from making livable wages, thus making money out of their slaves workers.

  24. Capitalism hasn't failed. It's the fundamental reason we have the quality of life we all have. What other system is capable of coordinating the actions of billions of human beings in a mostly peaceful and constructive way with relative social stability?

  25. Don't know why you are being downvoted. People on here love to bash capitalism but then never put forward a viable alternative.

  26. I dunno why, but for some reason people seem to be really fond of villains and singular focal points from which they think many problems can be traced. Our brains seem to be wired that way. We like the idea of "silver bullet" solutions for complex problems, even though, in reality, those sorts of solutions are rare, especially in the social domain, and most problems are solved incrementally through cautious understanding, tenacity and separate attacks on different facets of a problem.

  27. Gun laws are only part of the problem. The crux of the problem is that a significant portion of the country's people believe violence is a reasonable form of conflict resolution.

  28. The US has spent a ton on war since WWII. Its culture has had a propensity for violence its entire history. Mass shootings have only become a regular occurrence post-9/11. Prior to that, you could count them on your hands, and prior to 1966, most people couldn't name a historical mass shouting.

  29. This setup and monitor is replacing a home office 2014 Mac mini and 2011 Thunderbolt Display (both still going strong and will be given to a family member). I was on the fence for the Studio Display, but decided to wait and see if Apple releases a mini-LED display or perhaps an LG IPS Black panel. The Dell is not 5K and doesn't get nearly as bright, but it dropped to $500 and so far I'm pretty happy with the build quality, brightness, contrast and hub.

  30. I bought 3 of the Dells back when they were $400 each and I am so happy (although I swapped a couple of them because of unacceptable backlight-bleed/IPS glow). I don't even know what to do with all of these ports, but a triple monitor display setup for less than the price of a single Studio Display seemed WELL worth it.

  31. My point is there's billions of people out there and there's going to be some that just happen to love the exact thing you are. You're going to miss that person who loves quirky gaming magnets on fridges and every other part of who you really are if you're hiding it from them. You'll create a larger pool of potential partners if you modify your image to fit the norm but they won't be exactly the right people. Small differences add up over decades.

  32. I think you're making a pretty big assumption that gaming magnets on the fridge are some crucial aspect of this person's personality, when that's likely not the case. If it was, they probably wouldn't be considering changing it. Personally, whether or not someone liked how my fridge was decorated is a pretty inconsequential factor for me in determining if someone is a good long-term match or not. There are far bigger elements of compatibility.

  33. Sorry, I shouldn't have said "most people." I should have said everyone. You do too. It may not be about what's on somebody's fridge, but you use heuristics all the time to size people up. You may not let those judgments stick, and you may give people the benefit of the doubt, but guaranteed you modify your behavior with people based on heuristics about their characteristics and behavior.

  34. Am a short dude, and have literally never had problems with dating or finding partners whatsoever. Reddit makes it seem like if you're a short guy you're somehow unable to be found attractive, especially not by women who would generally be considered beautiful keepers, but that's not been my experience at all.

  35. eh, yes and no. I'm on the shorter side of men and I don't have a problem getting dates, but that doesn't mean that my options aren't significantly limited by my height. To give the most clear cut example: my matches dropped in half once I started listing my height on my dating profiles. Still had plenty to choose from, but that was a real and palpable limitation.

  36. I'd advise just not using dating apps. People generally have much better luck in person.

  37. That's just not true anymore. More and more people are meeting long-term partners on dating apps. Personally, I'm not keen to just wait around to chance meet people who I may or may not have mutual attraction with. Being on dating apps ups the odds. It's not like they're rivalrous. Using dating apps to date does not prevent me from meeting people at work, social events, or in public places.

  38. The last six years have proven that we may, in fact, need some education.

  39. The hardest part about being on reddit is seeing the constant misinformation and naive understanding confidently displayed everywhere. And that's just the stuff that I notice because I'm educated about it. I'm sure the stuff I'm not educated about or experienced with that's wrong is invisible to me.

  40. The whole point of the post is to investigate the high prices and record profits. I haven’t mentioned the word conspiracy - you provided that. I’m specifically talking price gouging, which seems like a perfectly reasonable thing to look into given the timing and circumstances. This isn’t an economical issue - it’s a legal one, on state based levels. It’s either legal, or it’s not, and it absolutely SHOULD be looked into.

  41. No qualms with that, but you have to understand that your comment is a bit selective and stands in an environment of a lot of uneducated and "but da greedy corporations!" commentary that, in my opinion, is serving to fan the flames of populist resentments that are founded on naive or misled understandings of economic phenomena.

  42. That’s okay. I find your comments unjustifiably arrogant, you keep redirecting the narrative and misconstruing the issue into something you clearly want to discuss - economics and conspiracy, which this topic clearly isn’t about. Seems odd.

  43. Do you understand that there are thousands of people in this thread who believe that they're primarily seeing price rises because of an amorphous, sinister, corporate plot to defraud the public under the guise of a bird flu, and that you making a comment that selectively highlights anecdotal, unproven claims of price-gouging feeds that false narrative?

  44. Where I live in texas we get very frequent tornadoes, but none of the houses have basements.

  45. That's because in most places in Texas, either the water table is too high, or the bedrock is too near the surface to make it economical to build basements. Basically, either too expensive to reinforce against possible flooding, or too expensive to dig.

  46. I mean, we DO still build some pretty incredibly aestheticly pleasing transport hubs. They just aren’t the norm. Check out the World Trade Center terminal station “Oculus” built in 2016.

  47. This doesn't look entirely utilitarian

  48. What I meant was "this station was not the norm when it was built. It was standout."

  49. Why so many parents just kick their kids out at 18 and if they get in financial trouble in early 20s say “you’re on your own”

  50. Job opportunities. The US, for a long time, had one of the lowest rates of unemployment among people under the age of 25 of any other country. When it's not expected that your parents will need to help you out financially, there is less sympathy for it.

  51. Not necessarily. You establish a minimum criteria to qualify for a primary race and the incumbency issue is mostly fixed. Incumbents already hold a massive advantage.

  52. And who decides on that criteria? You see the problem? Also, I think you're giving short shrift to the ways in which donation-seeking incentivizes politicians to get to know and appeal to their constituents. Donation caps and transparency combined with donation-seeking seems to be a good balance of incentives for producing competition amongst prospective representatives and getting them to better cater to their constituents.

  53. People watching this from the safety of their houses and not in a violent situation with a stranger who is acting suspicious and looking for something in his pockets:

  54. To me, this looked like two needlessly proud and aggressive men mistaking each others' defensive behaviors as escalation/threat, and in so doing, escalating to the point of violence.

  55. Could you react any better in that situation? Remember, out of that mistake, 1 dude tried to pull a pair of scissors, the other simply punched him when it became clear he chose violence. Tell me, some stranger is mad at you, despite your attempts to de-escalate, he stood up and is looking for something in his pocket, what do you do?

  56. I don't think it's that clear-cut. To me, they were both reacting to each other's posturing, and subsequently, defensively, when the other was escalating. Scissors man doesn't fish for his scissors until punch man starts indicating he's getting up. Both of these men had opportunities to de-escalate through compliance or moving away from the other, but did not do so, which is easily interpreted by the adversary as aggressive, which incentivizes them to adopt defensive measures, and so on and so forth until violence arises. Both of these guys were ultimately too proud to avoid a violent confrontation.

  57. Luggage on airlines used to be free before 911. Airlines are still “recovering” 22 years later.

  58. People who glorify air travel from the past are forgetting two important ingredients: there were few luxuries for entertainment, you paid a lot more for the privilege to fly.

  59. But if you pay the government and give your private data for TSA Pre check and pay the airlines for first class seats you can travel like it’s 1999, rubbery chicken and all.

  60. In 1999, economy fares were much more expensive than they are now. It's an absolute steal now to fly compared to how it used to be, and all of this as technology has improved and fuel prices have increased.

  61. Games are meant to be fun. If you're having fun you're playing it right.

  62. Exactly, for me, the fun is all in the narrative, the exploration, the uncovering of strategy and executing upon it. There are a lot of games where you might uncover the strategy of how to beat a certain part, but you just failed to muscle the buttons properly at a certain moment, or maybe you figured out how to reliably beat a large stretch following a save/checkpoint, but just haven't yet figured out the last bit. In these instances, it's nothing but annoying having to replay parts of the game over and over again that you've already become competent at beating. This is where save states make playing much more enjoyable.

  63. And the quality is still subpar and our life expectancy is terrible given resources available. Sure would be nice to jettison middlemen/women and lobbyists into the sun.

  64. The quality is definitely NOT subpar compared to the rest of the "first" world. The US has some of the best outcomes in treatment for disease.

  65. I'm familiar with rankings of the US relative to overall health outcomes, however in the context of this conversation, we are talking about outcomes relevant to the quality of treatment that patients accessing care receive within the system. The majority of the factors that account for the US's rank in that chart have little or nothing to do with that.

  66. A previous thread like this year's ago someone said they didn't know you were supposed to move the towel to dry off. Since on TV they just wrap it around them and walk around. They didn't like taking showers because it took almost an hour to dry after.

  67. Another tip, because I'm surprised how many people don't know this one: use your hands to "slick" the water off your body before you step out of the shower. You can actually get a LOT of water off your body this way, and it'll mean less on the bathroom floor, and less in your towel, so your towel will dry faster.

  68. I see an idiot with a rebel flag and a US flag waving on his truck every now and then. These dumb assholes need to at least pick a side. If you support the confederacy then you absolutely do not support the US and you’re not a patriot.

  69. I think there's nuance here you're not aware of, or appreciating. For the record, I disapprove intensely of any loud and proud brandishing of confederate symbols, but the US before the Civil War and after the Civil War was a different US. Many of the people who fly both flags are proud Americans, who believe in many of the principles of the US constitution and its founding, but also tend to believe that the US federal government has grown too large and claimed too much power, and the Civil War, for them, is a great symbol of the US federal government "crossing the Rubicon," and inverting "the inverted pyramid" of US power to make federal power paramount and state power secondary.

  70. Nope. There is no nuance. It’s Historical negationism. The confederacy didn’t care about states rights, they cared about chattel slavery. Non-slave states could not join them, and more than one state literally stated their intentions of slavery by name in their secession.

  71. I didn't suggest otherwise, but people being wrong or naive in their beliefs doesn't betray nuance. Just because I disagree with the reasons and ideas of confederate-flag-flyers, doesn't mean their perspective is simple, or that it fits with

  72. Some tradesmen have unions that are like this in the US.

  73. Well, yes, but the other problem is the rigidity of union structure, negotiation, and organization that the Wagner Act codified into law. It's a relic of an industrial past, and a compromise between union and corporate power that doesn't fit in today's society.

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