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Former landed gentry.

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SteamOS and lately mint made me remember how fun computers used to be.

BolexForSoup,
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Mucinex is not phenylephrine just fyi, and yeah that stuff is basically worthless. Pseudoephedrine or bust.

Mucinex however is neither of these things, it doesn’t “dry you out.” It’s guaifenesin, which loosens the mucus and helps “drain you out.” Definitely drink a lot of water with it.

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Obviously this is a joke. Right?

BolexForSoup,
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SOPA/PIPA. Now there are some acronyms i haven’t heard in a long time.

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Whelp back in the saddle folks. Let’s stop this bullshit.

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Context: John Haidt recently published a book called The Anxious Generation. I have not read it, but it has been critiqued as being too reductionist and too strict in its interpretation of the issue, as well as too alarmist.

He seems very defensive in this rebuttal. I encourage everyone to read the Nature article he is responding to. Again, I haven’t read the book, but this article is just contributing to my suspicions that maybe his work is more flawed than he’d like to admit.

He recently went semi-viral via The Wall Street Journal and the right seems to be latching on to him pretty hard for a “personal responsibility” argument as well.

His second point in his rebuttal is particularly eyebrow raising.

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It’s becoming another culture war thing yes because he’s starting to pivot towards a more right leaning audience it seems

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He is downplaying other social and economic factors putting incredible strain on American families, and his flippant remark about the Obama years is kind of ignorant.

Yes, the economy was steadily improving. But it was still terrible. Millions of people had just lost their homes, millions more lost their jobs as unemployment skyrocketed from 5% to over 10%, millions lost their life’s savings with some seeing as much as 30 or 40% of their entire nest egg wiped out in a matter of months. A few years of economic growth did not suddenly make all that go away, it just meant it was getting better. That doesn’t even begin to cover the two wars in the Middle East that were going terribly and drawing more and more concern from the American public as we sent countless young people to fight for a vague notion of democracy no one believed anymore in two counties that didn’t want us around.

Either he is being so reductionist as to be dishonest, or he is ignorant.

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Discrimination exists everywhere in the world. I don’t care how utopian you think your European nation is, you are not immune. If you think you don’t have any prejudices and that it isn’t a problem where you live, then the problem is actually worse than you think.

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Who cares if it’s new? It exists. That’s the entire point.

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That’s an incredibly narrow and reductionist way of framing it that makes an absurd number of assumptions. I also haven’t forgotten anything. Just because somebody disagrees with you doesn’t mean they don’t have a grasp on the conversation

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That is a pretty uncharitable way to describe what I’ve written.

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Haidt seems to be incredibly whiny for a seasoned academic dealing with critiques of his very popular work. Frankly, he needs thicker skin if he wants to publish at this level. All he needs to do is simply stand behind his research and he will be vindicated as it is duplicated/scrutinized if he’s correct. This “rebuttal” does him no favors and just reeks of an inability to assess his own claims or hear possible alternatives. He sounds like somebody who thinks they cured a disease, when reality is he has contributed to an ongoing dialogue about the impact of social media - which is important!

He needs to accept that his likely isn’t the final word on the matter. He didn’t “solve” it.

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Fair. To be clearer, if he wants to be taken seriously as an academic/authority he needs to develop thicker skin. Pop science book or not.

If the critics are wrong, he’ll be vindicated over time.

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So you don’t have any comments to point to is what I’m hearing. This is the third time I’ve suggested that.

If you’re going to accuse me of saying things then point to when I said them or fuck off.

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When did I say race makes people behave a certain way? Don’t give me that “I told you I’ll use quotes” bullshit. When did I say that? If I didn’t, say “you didn’t say that.” If I did, quote it. Otherwise fuck off troll.

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You’ve made no point and you’re acting like an utter tool. Later troll. This is a waste of time.

Feel free to have the last word. I’m sure it’s very important to you.

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The MPAA and record labels 1000% assume that everything you “buy” is a limited license. We can argue all day about what it functionally means - legally or otherwise

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Dude we agree

BolexForSoup,
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If you buy on an exchange and don’t transfer to your wallet no you do not own it. Until it’s in your wallet, it’s theirs. They will transfer it to you when you call for it. THEN it’s yours.

Not your keys, not your crypto.

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Where did I say that? That’s absurd.

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