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quantumwannabe 12 points ago +12 / -0

Doesn’t Greece have a major problem getting people to pay taxes? I suspect this only affects those who are too honest to bribe.

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quantumwannabe 8 points ago +8 / -0

Reposting my comment from the other thread that listed some of the more egregious titles:

Alie Ward: Host/Science Correspondent, Ologies Podcast

Anna Stovall, PhD: Associate Medical Writer, Apothecom

April English, MPH: Science Correspondent, Unbiased Science Podcast

Autumn Schuster, MSW, LCSW: Licensed Clinical Social Worker, University of California Irvine

Bridget Scallen, MS: Editor, Unbiased Science Podcast

Cole Kraten: Director of Research, Grasshopper Farms

Elle Michel, LMFT: Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Nini Muñoz, PhD: Senior Design Engineer, Garmin Intl.

Sarah J McAnulty, PhD: Executive Director, Skype a Scientist, University of Connecticut

Sheridan Nygard, MPH: Behavioral Health Case Manager, University of Minnesota Twin Cities

Shoshana Ungerleider, MD: Internal Medicine / Host, TED Health Podcast

Susanna Harris, PhD: Senior Manager of Communications, Xontogeny

Tracy Ruscetti, PhD: Science Correspondent

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quantumwannabe 4 points ago +4 / -0

Same thing with Cyberpunk 2077’s openly trans character. The main plot of the game revolves around a chip that allows the soul to be transferred from body to another, and the universe has cloning. You also run into characters who have implants to read each other’s thoughts and have permanently become one body person with two bodies. A present day transsexual would be viewed as an outdated abomination; an example of how primitive surgery was before ripperdocs.

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quantumwannabe 12 points ago +12 / -0

They actually do. I’ve never seen more burqas in my life than at the Tysons Corner malls, and anyone who shops there must be at least middle class (for the larger of the two malls) or super rich (for the smaller of the two malls). Various Arab governments have purchased large numbers of mansions in Nova for their elites to live in when visiting the US. As an example, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia owns the largest single family residential property in the region. On the other end of the wealth scale, the Democrats have recently imported large numbers of “refugees” as well. The mosque the 9/11 hijackers attended is in the DC area as well.

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quantumwannabe 1 point ago +1 / -0

This five hour YouTube video explaining with a ton of sources that yes, like its name suggests, National Socialism is a type of socialism and that it is not the same as fascism, which is also descended from socialism.

Ordinary Men is a book that talks about how most members of the German police were ordinary people who succumbed to groupthink and did things that they would have never dreamed of doing before.

They Thought They Were Free covers similar ideas but focuses on ordinary people instead of just the police.

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quantumwannabe 5 points ago +5 / -0

There is a reason why when this country was founded only landowners could vote.

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quantumwannabe 28 points ago +28 / -0

It also has a bunch of nonmedical job titles:

Alie Ward: Host/Science Correspondent, Ologies Podcast

Anna Stovall, PhD: Associate Medical Writer, Apothecom

April English, MPH: Science Correspondent, Unbiased Science Podcast

Autumn Schuster, MSW, LCSW: Licensed Clinical Social Worker, University of California Irvine

Bridget Scallen, MS: Editor, Unbiased Science Podcast

Cole Kraten: Director of Research, Grasshopper Farms

Elle Michel, LMFT: Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Nini Muñoz, PhD: Senior Design Engineer, Garmin Intl.

Sarah J McAnulty, PhD: Executive Director, Skype a Scientist, University of Connecticut

Sheridan Nygard, MPH: Behavioral Health Case Manager, University of Minnesota Twin Cities

Shoshana Ungerleider, MD: Internal Medicine / Host, TED Health Podcast

Susanna Harris, PhD: Senior Manager of Communications, Xontogeny

Tracy Ruscetti, PhD: Science Correspondent

There's a lot of students, professors, and fellows who don't list their fields, and I'm too lazy to look them up. I'm guessing if the worked in a relevant field they would have listed it. Also, a lot of the "doctors" are in psychology/psychiatry and some of the "nurses" are just technicians who run tests/machines.

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quantumwannabe 2 points ago +2 / -0

The speech had been proceeding for perhaps twenty minutes when a messenger hurried on to the platform and a scrap of paper was slipped into the speaker’s hand. He unrolled and read it without pausing in his speech. Nothing altered in his voice or manner, or in the content of what he was saying, but suddenly the names were different. Without words said, a wave of understanding rippled through the crowd. Oceania was at war with Eastasia! The next moment there was a tremendous commotion. The banners and posters with which the square was decorated were all wrong! Quite half of them had the wrong faces on them. It was sabotage! The agents of Goldstein had been at work! There was a riotous interlude while posters were ripped from the walls, banners torn to shreds and trampled underfoot. The Spies performed prodigies of activity in clambering over the rooftops and cutting the streamers that fluttered from the chimneys. But within two or three minutes it was all over. The orator, still gripping the neck of the microphone, his shoulders hunched forward, his free hand clawing at the air, had gone straight on with his speech. One minute more, and the feral roars of rage were again bursting from the crowd. The Hate continued exactly as before, except that the target had been changed.

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quantumwannabe 2 points ago +2 / -0

China’s electoral system is the same as the EU’s, except the Chinese don’t bother to insult their population with a chamber whose members have are directly voted by the people and has zero power. If someone believes that Von der Leyen is the leader of a democracy, then there is no logically consistent way that they can call Xi a dictator.

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quantumwannabe 13 points ago +13 / -0

Great way to kill your sales based off of the words of unstable individuals. If you ban someone from playing all multiplayer games forever, they will never buy another game.

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quantumwannabe 5 points ago +5 / -0

A couple years ago, some people from Toronto came to visit and they freaked out when we left our bags on the lounge chairs at a Midwestern water park when we went to go on slides. They thought it would be gone when we came back. Of course, they were untouched.

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quantumwannabe 6 points ago +6 / -0

This. It’s not the mRNA that’s dangerous, it’s the spike protein that the mRNA/adenovirus/whatever else tells your body to make that is. All of the vaccines produce the spike protein, and they are all equally dangerous. Anything that produces large quantities of the protein should be avoided.

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quantumwannabe 2 points ago +2 / -0

Thanks. Some of those places look like great areas to buy land and build a house, but that’s not something I really want to do immediately after moving (plus I want to find a girl with a brain, something rarer than a unicorn in my current city). The places I was thinking of to get situated in (based off of pure statistics like Trump vote share, median income and crime rate) were Grapevine and Frisco. Are they good?

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quantumwannabe 2 points ago +2 / -0

What’s the best place to live in that area? I was forced into remote work and I can move to Texas (except Houston) or Florida with zero pay cut.

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quantumwannabe 13 points ago +13 / -0

Just ask them, “if you aren’t teaching Critical Race Theory, why do you care so much about it being banned?”

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quantumwannabe 30 points ago +30 / -0

No, peer review is a recent invention; it’s only been around since the mid 1960s. The vast majority of science wasn’t done in peer reviewed journals; in the past if you disagreed with someone’s paper, you couldn’t block them from publishing. You had to write your own paper criticizing them. Journal editors used to only check that a paper wasn’t total gibberish; they didn’t try to understand and critique novel papers, as that is the reader’s job. They also didn’t want to filter out papers unless absolutely necessary because they were desperately trying to get people to submit papers and were afraid of going bankrupt if they didn’t get enough submissions. Einstein once blacklisted a journal because the editor gave the draft paper to a friend who wrote reviewed it.

Today, it is impossible to peer review most papers because they don’t include all their data and they don’t include the stats and code they used to analyze that data. Some journals claim that authors must provide such things if requested by reviewers, but considering that most papers don’t have them, most reviewers must not ask for them. They are also difficult to replicate because their methodology section is written at too high of a level to accurately describe the conditions the authors had and the things they did.

Peer review means nothing more than your colleagues like you and your work. If it meant anything more, we wouldn’t have a replication crisis. Many reviewers are also afraid of honestly reviewing a paper because they know that their own papers can’t survive a high level of scrutiny.

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quantumwannabe 6 points ago +6 / -0

Note that the remaster is very woke. It’s no longer a game about colonialism; the Colonial Age is now the Commerce Age because colonialism bad.

This message appears on game startup:

To learn from the power of our own stories is uniquely human. At World’s Edge, we value authenticity and respectful representations grounded in truth. The original release of Age of Empires III took liberties with the depiction of Indigenous civilizations, as well as the depiction of events and personages from American history. As we developed the Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition, we collaborated with Native American and First Nations consultants to correct those errors. We are immensely grateful for the time, patience, and faith shown to us by the members of the Lakota and Haudenosaunee Nations. We have replaced inaccurate or stereotypical depictions, created new voiceover using authentic speakers, and addressed problematic and harmful mechanics and storylines. We hope that you, the Age III DE player, will join us in celebrating the rich and vibrant cultures represented in the game. We have increased our resolve going forward to live out the values of “Gaming for Everyone” — a commitment to a journey, not a destination.

They completely wrecked the Indian civs because of this guy. There used to be a comment section on that blog, by the way.

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quantumwannabe 3 points ago +3 / -0

It's pretty much the exact same gameplay as far as I can remember from 4. Maybe graphics are better on a new high-end PC, but on mine it feels about the same.

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quantumwannabe 7 points ago +7 / -0

It’s essentially a reskin of Horizon 4. Some of the cars still have euro plates on them, to give you an idea of how much of a reskin it is. The plot is even cringier than before, the game makes you pick pronouns at the start for your driver, and the game has stupid accessibility features like a screen reader and the aforementioned “play the game for me” settings. But racing wise, it’s the same as Horizon 4. You will unlock every race after a few hours of gameplay, so your map gets cluttered fast. Multiplayer no longer has ranked (official reason: competitive gaming is toxic), and was buggy, though most of the bugs have been patched now. The new map is supposedly the largest ever, but it doesn’t feel like it.

So, I’d say it’s only worth it if you enjoyed the older Horizon and want to replay them on a new map.

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quantumwannabe 11 points ago +11 / -0

Forza Horizon 5 can be played by holding down the accelerator button and doing literally nothing else with no penalty. They have added auto-steer and auto-braking into the game's "accessibility" settings, and if they are enabled, the game plays itself.

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quantumwannabe 22 points ago +22 / -0

The journalist doesn't seem to realize that if 43% of White students are legacy, then a White student who isn't the child of someone powerful or an alumni has a much lower chance of getting in than a non-White student, because the school's quota for Whites was used up by the legacies.

Harvard's racial breakdown is:

15.9% black, 25.9% Asian, 12.5% Hispanic, 1.6% Native, 44.1% Other.

The reason why I used "Other" instead of "White" is because Harvard doesn't even list White as a category in their admission statistics; I had to compute the "Other" percentage using subtraction.

So, if we assume, like journalists do, that talent is evenly distributed throughout the population; Whites are extremely underrepresented, even without taking legacies into account, as 54% of 18-24 year olds are White. 57% of 44.1% is 25.1%., so 54% of the population gets 25% of the spots.

In related news: Harvard won’t require SAT or ACT through 2026 as test-optional push grows.

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quantumwannabe 6 points ago +6 / -0

A large percentage of Chinese immigrants who have come over since Clinton's WTO deal are devout CCP loyalists. They love their government, and if you ask why they will mention something about how the CCP modernized China. Facebook's "Hate-Speech Engineering" team, which is Seattle based, has many people who are CCP members. I wouldn't be surprised if the Amazon employees didn't have to "bend over" at all, because they are CCP members who would never dream of doing anything not in China's best interest.

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