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Walterodim

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Walterodim

Only equals speak the truth, that’s my thought on’t

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Not only that, I'd really like to encourage people that have a quick point to just go ahead and post it. You don't need a thesis, just a topic of interest and an opinion with at least some degree of reasoning or fact to back it. If you think it's good or bad that SCOTUS has declined to hear the Deray Mckesson case, you can say so without needing to spend all that long on the matter, for example. People will fill in the details and do their own homework if it's an interesting topic.

While I am not a progressive, I kind of suppose that they'd start with the same answer I would - neither of us wants to be Amish, so it doesn't really matter if some Amish outcomes are quite good. At most, one could learn a couple lessons, but if you're not actually willing to replicate the lifestyle those are going to be limited.

My other answer is going to hinge on this:

Start with lifestyle. Amish communities are agrarian, with no modern farm equipment, meaning all the work has to be done by hand. In 2004, the American College of Sports Medicine fitted Amish volunteers with pedometers to determine how much physical activity they performed. The results were dramatic. Amish men took 18,425 steps a day and women 14,196 steps, compared with non-Amish people who are encouraged by doctors to shoot for at least 10,000 steps–and typically fail. Including other forms of manual labor–lifting, chopping, sowing, planting–the Amish are six times as active as a random sample of people from 12 countries.

I would recommend that everyone do the same. When it comes to health outcomes, I would want to start with just moving around more before I gave much consideration to wearing old-timey clothes, growing a beard, and scrapping electric. I would expect marriage and community to be incredibly helpful as well, but from an individual perspective, my suggestion would be to just go ahead and start moving around more and see where you wind up. If you pick a decent movement-based hobby, you're apt to discover some community and improve your marriageability along the way anyhow.

Yes. Seatbelts are an excellent idea and I wear mine. Demanding that everyone do so is stupid and intrusive.

Opposing safetyism doesn’t mean ignoring risk-benefit, it means that you’re against treating safety as an overriding priority in all cases.

The CDC remains batshit insane on the matter:

When possible, wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants and skirts, which can provide protection from UV rays. If wearing this type of clothing isn’t practical, try to wear a T-shirt or a beach cover-up. Clothes made from tightly woven fabric offer the best protection. A wet T-shirt offers much less UV protection than a dry one, and darker colors may offer more protection than lighter colors. Some clothing is certified under international standards as offering UV protection.

Personally, I'll be continuing to run without a shirt all summer. Since 2020, my position has become that the safetyists are wrong about basically everything.

How do you feel about esoteric finishing and blending though? Things like what Barrell and Bardstown have done have produced pretty interesting results. I don't want Seagrass all the time, but when I do, it's really good.

Absolutely. I do like rum in general, but Foursquare was a gamechanger for me as someone that's mostly a bourbon guy (Scotch and Irish whiskeys are great too, but I have more bourbon than all other liquor bottles put together). They retain all of the tropical flavors that I love about good rums, but are really expertly aged. I think we have about 5 bottles and I've never been disappointed. The ones that simply have years for names have probably been my go-to favorites - 2008 had a panna cotta sort of taste to it that was just fantastic as a dessert. They're probably my favorite thing for the porch on a hot day because they fit the vibe.

I think the real rum guys are less in because it doesn't have any of the funkiness that you get with Jamaican pot rums and such, but if you're coming from whisky in the first place, that's a feature rather than a bug.

...how fucking hard making great whiskey is and why MGP is such a dominant force.

Hilarious that there are people that want to skip out on MGP because they don't like sourced and finished whiskies. More bottles for me!

Any opinions on Paul John whisky? I occasionally look at it on the menu at my favorite whiskey bar or on the shelf with the other less common countries and want to try it, but have never pulled the trigger.

If I could find a bottle, I'd be drinking Old Forester 1924, but alas, I cannot find a bottle.

As it is, we're headed for the first really warm weekend day of the year and I strongly suspect that's going to entail an afternoon on the porch with some Foursquare rum (I think I have a few pours of Nobiliary left) and a cigar.

Listening to a recent episode of the Meateater podcast on the ecological impacts of renewable energy and thinking about it afterwards, I formulated my issue with the core premise into three-legged combination of why it doesn't seem like a great idea to build offshore wind, but that may also apply to standard wind and solar installations:

  • These seem much more complex than one might expect initially. The details of implementation when it comes to land management, environmental damage, load balancing, and so much more seem to require multidisciplinary experts and an enormous amount of planning and study. A question like, "what do we do with the rotors afterwards?" is an example of this. Alone, this isn't necessarily a big criticism, but...
  • They are quite costly. I don't actually know the numbers, but I do know that we're massively federally subsidizing these, and I wouldn't expect that to be necessary if they were actually competitive without those subsidies. If I'm wrong, and they're actually quite affordable, I would like the federal government to stop creating new handouts for companies that can compete on an open market.
  • Given the complexity and cost, they must be necessary. This is the one that I have the hardest time actually evaluating. I'm personally skeptical of the impacts of greenhouse gas emissions, but setting that aside, I am unclear on why I should prefer the complexity, ecological footprint, and cost of massive wind and solar installations to using the proven, small footprint nuclear power solution.

I don't claim any actual expertise and I'm pretty neutral about the whole thing, but I haven't really seen anyone addressing this head-on.

Yeah, same answer as @WhiningCoil here, my generic advice would be to just get a Honda Civic. If you don't have anything really specific you're looking for, they just do everything pretty decently well.

My less generic advice is that hatchbacks are absolutely fantastic and provide a massive improve in storage ability without any meaningful drawback. My first experience with this was with a little Acura RSX (which is basically a slightly fancy, sporty Honda Civic) and having the ability to flip those rear seats down and haul a bunch of stuff is super helpful. You won't need this feature often, but when you do, you'll love it. To that end, might I suggest a Subaru Impreza?

Such acts are heinous, I simply really liked his course simply because it teaches you that life is not just unfair but everyone is out to get you, not actively, but they would likely fuck you over if they could so you should learn to embrace life that way and develop models that make you less susceptible to getting fucked over (being a lothario vs being a monogamous guy).

I cannot overstate how much this doesn't match my experience even the slightest bit. Living life like this sounds absolutely miserable. Even if I thought that it would somehow lead to a great deal of success to believe this, I would reject it anyway because I don't want to walk around with a chip on my shoulder, believing that people are likely to screw me over. The vast majority of colleagues, supervisors, subordinates, friends, and casual acquaintances that I've been around have been collaborative, pro-social people that are happy to put in a little extra effort to help me out and I'm happy to return the favor to them. The number that have screwed me over is miniscule, and they were people that I plainly disliked from the start, not backstabbers that I never suspected.

Anyway, the fights look great. I'm also looking forward to plunking down and flipping between those and a couple NBA games.

OK, then my answer is that I would not pay an extra $15K to get a chopped-up Mirage instead of just buying a used ForTwo.

I'm not arguing that a ForTwo is a particularly good vehicle, I'm saying that getting a 30 year-old chopped up Geo Metro to simulate a ForTwo is a stupid idea.

With regard to a ForTwo relative to a Mirage, it is simply inconceivable that you're going to save enough money on gas to make up for the initial price difference. If someone wants a cheap, economical two-seater, a $4K used ForTwo is a legitimate option, a new Mirage isn't a competitor to that in any meaningful sense.

Why not just buy this little guy instead? Same price, low miles, only ten years old, intentionally designed to be that size, and it's even kinda cute. Come to think of it, I ought to buy my wife one of these.

From that FAQ:

If the trailer is being used in Bike Mode, YES, the child should always wear a helmet. A helmet will protect him or her and also help develop the habit of always riding with a bike helmet.

I consider this a point against the helmet. I want to inculcate a sense of reasonable decision making and risk assessment, not the pure safetyism of donning a helmet literally every time you're biking.

Personally, I wear a helmet when I'm road biking because I'm going to go fast enough and ride enough miles that there's a non-trivial chance of having a nasty wreck at some point. On the flip side, I never wear a helmet when I'm going a couple miles on a hybrid because I'm not going fast and there's very little chance of me just randomly falling down while tootling along a bike path at 13 MPH. I skip the helmet there for the same reason that I don't wear a helmet in the car or while running. I also just think helmets look incredibly dorky when worn with street clothes, but YMMV there. I have no real interest in encouraging other people to wear helmets more or less often than me, I think people should wear them in accordance with their own risk assessment and personal comfort.

I would want the same flexibility for a young cyclist rather than the obsessive safety of being scared to pedal a couple blocks without getting a helmet.

If Ethan Crumbley had run over 4 people with the family car, would the parents have been prosecuted for leaving the keys on the counter?

Maybe. We don't have that counterfactual available to us, but I don't think it would be crazy to say that parents bare some degree of responsibility for providing their homicidally deranged child easy access to effective murder weapons, whether those are vehicles or firearms. I would hope for proportional approaches to the degree of ease, efficacy, and likely use as a weapon for a given implement. Firearms are probably the single most effective tool readily available for targeted violence. Cars are actually pretty high on the list as well and I think it's generally very bad that we treat vehicular fatalities with less seriousness than other negligent homicides. When we get down to something like knives, there is no plausible path to parents preventing their homicidally deranged child from acquiring a kitchen knife, but it's also unlikely that they'll succeed in killing four people on a rampage with said knife.

The two things I try to do most weeks to get me away from screens and into the real world are go to my running club and go to bar trivia with friends. I added board games with friends this year and it's been a nice additional plus. As a general introvert, that set of things pretty well suffices to make it feel like I'm not isolated.

Every now and then, I'm reminded of how absolutely ridiculous the treatment of "medical cannabis" really is. While I can buy that there are a variety of maladies where people are able to mitigate symptoms by using weed, these often seem to be along the same lines as someone saying that their arthritis bothers them less after a nice dram of whisky in the evening. Strictly true, they're not lying, but not really something that rises to the level of needing to come with the trappings and verbiage of medicalization. There's something both hilarious and depressing about governments needing to maintain the facade that marijuana bans were actually a pretty good idea and very justified while also providing a trivial path to workaround the bans and get weed anyway. That this has become a somewhat normal position for politicians to state openly that they support "medical marijuana" but are against recreational use is just one of the absolute dumbest aspects of American politics despite there being a veritable see of stupid things to choose from.

This is not an accurate retelling of economic conditions, but rather is a skewed worldview based on partisan priors.

While granting that the swiftness of the changes is almost certainly not a product of material changes on the ground, I think the claim that the view of the economy is purely partisan rather than driven by legitimate differences of opinion is doing too much work. People are capable of projecting forward a bit and considering what they think is likely to happen. They're going to be partisan because they have actual policy preferences that drive their partisan voting preferences. When Trump wins, people familiar with him correctly believe that there are about to be corporate tax cuts; Republicans think this is good and Democrats think it is bad, so they answer accordingly. When Biden wins, people familiar with him correctly believe that he'll do things like try to give away hundreds of billions of dollars to people that don't want to pay their student loans; Republicans think this is bad and Democrats think it is good, so they answer accordingly. When people are asked about "the economy" they're certainly answering with vibes rather than trying to do some quick calculus to try to figure out what the current rate of change of GDP per capita is, but I don't think they're obviously wrong in doing so.

I split a Chemex of good coffee with my wife every morning. If there's any ill effect, I sure haven't noticed it, but that is what someone that literally never skips their morning coffee would say. I used to drink quite a bit more with cream and sweetener, but when we switched over to fancier coffee, I found that I was satisfied with one good mug.

Angel Reese

She really is an incredibly annoying player. Constantly taunting opponents, instigating conflict, plays dirty, then acts like the victim when there's ever any blowback.

You think Hailey Van Lith wears her hair like this because it helps her get buckets?

Something to note here is the intersection between the preferred attire and aesthetic that women adopt and the financial incentives involved. Sure, Van Lith and Cameron Brink look cute in braids, but women in sports just wear braids pretty often without any incentive to do so. If they're going to have long hair (and they should, if they want to be attractive), braiding is one of the easier ways to get it out of your face, and it looks cute, and women like looking cute. You'll see tons of softball and cross-country girls in braids too and it's not like they're getting paid for it.

On the earned media side, Caitlin Clark is getting a lot of airtime on the sports networks. She is in fact putting up some impressive numbers, but I doubt she would be getting this much attention if she wasn't a cuteish white girl who isn't attractive enough to feel threatening to the middle-aged PMC women who complain about stuff.

Agree, but I think you're underselling how entertaining of a player she is. She's literally the first women's basketball player I've ever intentionally turned games on to watch. I've gotten texts from basketball fan friends saying pretty much the same. It's like if you took Steph Curry and dropped him into a 2005 NBA game. Her opponents are just completely unprepared for the combination of range and creative passing. Her skillset is completely unlike any other women that I've watched.

The final thing that you touched on a bit but didn't quite get into is the race war aspect of it. There is absolutely a significant driving element of the wholesome Iowa girls beating a pretty villainous LSU team that also ties into racial stereotypes.

What the hell does someone get out of giving a couple hundred (or thousand) bucks to a school with a Big Ten Network contract pulling in tens of millions? I just don't get it. I get spending money to go to a football game, but I have no idea why someone picks up a call from their alumni org and replies that they'd be happy to cut a small check.