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TheOpiner 3 points ago +3 / -0

Processed ingredients produced at bulk scale compared to growing fruit and vegetables will always make the former cheaper than the latter which if you're on a budget, makes the difference.

The alternative is state intervention and force to make everyone eat healthy and go to the gym. But you still have the problem of demand and supply - which if anything will get worse because you only have so much land (and decreasing with solar farms and new housing) yet loads more mouths to feed. Ironically the UK is looking to do this as part of a forthcoming obesity strategy.

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TheOpiner 2 points ago +2 / -0

What is missed that if Nintendo ever wins (and I hope they don't) then such a move will call into doubt the legality of reverse engineering and therefore the whole legacy PC ecosystem bar IBM produced systems to boot into Windows, Linux or MS-DOS if you want to go that far back. A whole lot of computers up until the introduction of UEFI will suddenly become illegal. It would be the biggest cutting off of their noses to spite their faces.

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TheOpiner 22 points ago +22 / -0

I suspect that with the Shamima Begum precedent being set and the UK Government can now strip British citizenship from anyone who is deemed a threat, an extremist or "against the common good", even if it makes them stateless, that it won't be radical preachers, religious extremists and criminals who will be targeted - it'll be Tommy Robinson. I know of a prominent, well respected YouTuber who called yesterday for all protesters to be stripped of citizenship and forced to leave the country in addition. Bear in mind that would also have to include all the opponents of the Iraq War, vaccine mandates and lockdowns.

In a similar vein, they're already trying to unperson Lee Anderson MP because he happened to critique the Mayor of London and hit a raw nerve by speaking an uncomfortable truth, even if you don't agree with how he said it.

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TheOpiner 4 points ago +4 / -0

Men prefer younger women because they are attracted to fertility, that's common knowledge. And we know that women are attracted to provision from men. Generally, men will have their lives together as they approach their mid 20s - starting a career, being independent and able to drive, but they'll also have pre-selection experience too from their early twenties. The move from adolescence to manhood.

The problem for who are colloquially called the "fine wine copers" is that statistically the gap is only 2-4 years. I've seen many a video of University aged women rating male profiles being sincere when they show disgust at late 20+ year old men who paid for race ratings from real women. Young women, on average, do not want to date and have relationships with substantially older men, despite what Tomassi and Co tell you and waiting until your thirties to date young women will backfire for many men. Not saying it will never happen but while you may have your life in order, you'll lack pre-selection experience (it's why divorced middle aged men do better in dating compared to their long term single counterparts) and encounter the stigma of older men hitting on younger women.

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TheOpiner 2 points ago +3 / -1

AI replaced the coders. They'd better learn a trade while the robots haven't taken those jobs yet.

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TheOpiner 1 point ago +1 / -0

I'd rather people set realistic goals and succeed rather than fail and end back up where they started.

And genetics is a prominent ceiling that you can't overcome sadly. For example, 14% of men are six feet or over but make up over half of CEOs.

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TheOpiner 1 point ago +1 / -0

The problem isn't self-improvement, it's advice that is unrealistic and any critique of it is handwaved away as a 'negative mindset'. Not everyone can be Elon Musk levels of rich and status by going to the gym and touching grass. It's a sad fact of life but life isn't fair, you can't change your genes and not everyone is going to succeed in life. The self-help gurus and coaches won't tell you that because it's kryptonite to their profitability.

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TheOpiner 8 points ago +8 / -0

A majority of things about someone are set in genetics from their parents. The idea that everyone is born a blank slate that can gym and work their way to success from absolutely nothing is simply not viable or realistic in all but the most extreme of examples. Of course, self-help gurus and coaches will treat you as a blank slate because the alternative won't make them money. People don't like to hear uncomfortable truths either but alas, reality, nature and evolution doesn't care about people's feelings.

People also tend to see an exception and assume that the rule is null and void. Of course under that logic, heterosexuality would be a myth! But we all know otherwise.

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TheOpiner 3 points ago +3 / -0

While it involves consensual acts to avoid the book being banned, there is a reason why Fifty Shades Of Grey is one of the biggest selling books of all time.

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TheOpiner 9 points ago +9 / -0

I did watch the video. It's the premise that women wish for something they desire, get it and then regret their choice (which is where the story of the monkey's paw comes in). Joker gives a number of examples of this phenomenon.

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TheOpiner 5 points ago +5 / -0

It's the way things are going unfortunately. He today put out an hour and a half video. Creators have figured out that there are two ways people watch and listen, clips via TikTok and long form content. The latter makes more money for creators while keeping viewers and listeners away from competitors and loyal to you. I, like you, prefer shorter form content of 20-30 minutes but creators increasingly don't. It is what it is.

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TheOpiner 23 points ago +23 / -0

The "bottom quintile" at school that I remember were the low status - the bullied, the eccentric and the outcast as opposed to the future criminals, welfare recipients and greatest tax burdens.

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TheOpiner 1 point ago +1 / -0

Until Putin and other western countries understand Briffault's Law to see where the bottleneck is and how to adjust policy in line with what that law states, nothing will change.

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TheOpiner 6 points ago +6 / -0

Wikipedia calls shadowbanning a "conspiracy theory". I am not shocked at all that the editors there are in complete and total denial.

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TheOpiner 3 points ago +3 / -0

That doesn't work for me, I could write a completely innocuous post and it will still be shadowbanned. I haven't figured out what determines what gets shadowbanned but I have known comments with no banned terms and yet it won't shown up in a private tab.

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TheOpiner 7 points ago +7 / -0

It's something that made Twitter pointless when I had an account there (under a pseudonym) and I am subject to the same problem on YouTube for most of my replies (again, under a pseudonym). I find shadowbanning to be a form of psychological coercive abuse.

If this is happening to people paying for X Premium, there could potentially be an argument to be made in court for obtaining money by deception. Might be class action lawsuit time with someone who has the money to test it in court.

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TheOpiner 7 points ago +7 / -0

Even at home, you're seeing the same shift toward long form content. For your average household, that's movies and it's why streaming movie viewing is so popular now, despite the hefty price hikes. Everyone I know watches sports and movies, not the thirty to hour long programmes. Even the broadcast channels are heading this way, albeit to shy of an hour long after breaks. The thirty minute programme is becoming a rare breed in prime time.

Even electrical repair content which is normally less than an hour long, the channels can see where things are going and you now have what would have been multiple videos or parts to a video now in one 2 hour video.

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TheOpiner 17 points ago +17 / -0

If he had made the defence that X is a walled garden and they want free, universal access, then their argument would have had some credibility (which is why Tucker also put his Putin interview on his website too). Instead he goes full Elon Derangement Syndrome.

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TheOpiner 7 points ago +7 / -0

Some of the most vitriolic stuff I have seen from what someone has said hasn't come from that person saying something hateful, it's from that person saying an uncomfortable truth. The challenging of someone's core belief as a lie, a myth, a confidence trick - that is what causes them offence.

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TheOpiner 3 points ago +3 / -0

You know what is truly ironic? Any future UK hate speech, online safety or intranet laws will likely be lobbied by someone whose surname is "Ghey".

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TheOpiner 9 points ago +9 / -0

The only reproductive rights men exclusively have is to refrain from sex. But that carries the stigma of having his masculinity questioned and besmirched. Everything else, including vasectomies in a number of locations, require the permission of a woman or is exclusively in the control of a woman.

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TheOpiner 36 points ago +36 / -0

Are these the same individuals who will happily stigmatise men who don't sleep around as "incels". Right?

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TheOpiner 5 points ago +5 / -0

A blacklist policy will never work. You play a never-ending game of whack-a-mole. What is being advocated now is a whitelist approach - banned by default unless explicitly allowed. It's why I bring up North Korea's Kwangmyong though the UK if it were to seriously go down this road would probably not go down that far. More likely a tiered hybrid Internet/Intranet system determined by status.

The one big problem for the Government will be Starlink. Will Elon comply with the Government's wishes or dissent even if it means the can't legally receive payment from UK citizens?

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TheOpiner 7 points ago +7 / -0

I suspect it would be a hybrid approach if they did follow through on this - Intranet only for the general public with companies being the middleman for any content that needs to be fetched from the Internet, all vetted and licensed by Ofcom. Private companies with Internet usage policies would have restricted Internet access for business. Only Government officials and the three letter agencies would have unregulated and full access to the Internet.

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