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themeatbridge ,

The headline mispelled "Morons" as "Many."

themeatbridge ,

Many don't believe that the founders intended for the USA to be a Christian nation. Morons do.

themeatbridge ,

He also said he wouldn't be at the qualification trials for Olympic pole vaulters, and did not submit any of his home movies to the Academy Awards for their consideration.

themeatbridge OP ,

Too much of anything is unhealthy. Too much fat, too much sodium, too many calories, take your pick. The best quality cheese can still be eaten in excess.

themeatbridge OP ,

Processed cheese may or may not be worse, depending on the processing and depending on the cheese you compare it to. There are thousands of kinds of cheese.

And even the healthiest cheese can still be eaten in excess. That was my point, not that cheese is unhealthy, but adding "a healthy amount" is phrase that really means more than one person should eat.

themeatbridge OP ,

No, but that Superbowl ad was.

themeatbridge OP ,

How much cheese is good for you?

themeatbridge OP ,

So add more than that. Is it still healthy?

themeatbridge OP ,

Yes, that's my point. When someone is making a recipe, and they say add "a healthy amount" of cheese, they mean more cheese than is healthy.

themeatbridge OP ,

Right, it's a figure of speech that means the opposite of what it literally says. I thought that was a mildly interesting thought and shared with the communitiy. The weird part is the number of people arguing that some cheese is healthy.

themeatbridge ,

Sort of but not really. Lilith isn't in the biblical version of Adam and Eve. There might be one mention of Lilith in and unrelated story in Isaiah, or it might be an old Hebrew word for screech owl.

The connection to Adam comes from folktales and fanfics written 1,000 years later. In terms of biblical tradition, she's closer to Steve than Adam.

The Bible does a fine job of demonizing women, starting with Eve. But Christians don't need a scriptural reason to demonize something they can't control.

themeatbridge ,

Good point, I meant 1000 years after the ecumenical councils established what books would be included in the Bible.

But you're right, Genesis and Isaiah are old testament, much older than the Bible.

themeatbridge ,

It helps her that conservatives are misrepresenting her statements and trying to paint her as a villain when everything she says is reasonable. By lying about her, it's a tacit confirmation that she's right.

themeatbridge ,

Conservatives aren't going to like her regardless, for other reasons.

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    It still works at scale. If I'm selling a couch on craigslist for $10, I'd have to be a massive butthole to advertise it at $9.99. The fuck am I going to do, give them a penny in change? $10 is $10. I only need to sell it once, and I do not have the patience to deal with someone looking to haggle.

    themeatbridge ,

    Then I want $400. Like I said, I onlyhave to sell it once. I don't need to sell it to more than one person.

    And if I saw someone selling a refrigerator for $399, personally it would make me doubt their trustworthiness.

    The left digit bias is real over large groups of people. You're going to sell more laptops at $399 because of left digit bias, but it doesn't make a discernable difference when you're only selling one. And again, then I have to deal with making change. Somebody's going to hand me four hundred dollar bills, and I'm going to dig into my pocket for a crumpled single? Or maybe three quarters, two dimes, and a nickel?

    themeatbridge ,

    That's not a persuasive argument. I'm not interested in haggling. The price is $10. If you see that and think "Oh, I'll offer $5" then the answer is "no". We're sure as shit not going to meet in the middle at $7.50.

    Same argument at $400. That's what I want to get for it, which is why I put that price on it. I don't want $399 or $250, because life is too short and I'm not that desperate to sell anything. I'd rather give it away for free than haggle with someone over the price. I don't need to sell it today, and I'm happy to wait for someone who is willing to pay the asking price. I'm not running a pawn shop.

    themeatbridge ,

    Right, and my point is that we don't question it because it would be absurd to sell one-off items on-digit-removed from the actual selling price. I wouldn't buy anything from someone selling shit on craigslist for $99 because it's the sort of dishonest advertising that takes advantage of a psychological bias. I understand why Walmart does it, but that doesn't make it a smart thing that good people do. It's ths sort of deceptive thing greedy people do.

    themeatbridge ,

    I can hate both. Morality is not subject to the whims of legislation. If you're a billionaire, you've done something immoral. Playing "within the rules" does not absolve you of all morality.

    themeatbridge ,

    Any system can be abused. Amoral assholes will always exist. We have a system that rewards amoral assholes with wealth and power. Hate both the player and the game.

    themeatbridge ,

    I understand the meaning, and you're right that the system would just reward a different dipshit. But Elon is there, and he is a dipshit deserving of scorn. If it was someone else being a dipshit, then I'd hate them for being a dipshit.

    The system should prevent people like Elon from amassing so much wealth and power. But even if it did, he would still be a dipshit.

    Hate the game, hate the player, because both fucking suck.

    themeatbridge ,

    "Producing value." Nobody produces a billion dollars worth of value. It takes thousands of people to produce their value, and they keep most of it by fucking over the people that work for them.

    The system is fundamentally exploitative and cruel, leveraging fear and violence to extract value from poor people for pennies on the dollar.

    themeatbridge ,

    No, but it was OP's example. Use it in any ither context, and I'll tell you why the player is also a shitty person, regardless of the game.

    Is it a guy being emotionally manipulative to have relationships with multiple women? Yeah, he's a shitbag.

    Is it a business resorting to underhanded, but profitable, practices to corner the market and boost income? Shitbags.

    Is it the kid cheesing that one move to win every battle? Shit. Bag.

    I mean, there are degrees of being a shitty person. But anyone saying "don't hate the player, hate the game," knows they are doing something shitty and are doing it anyway because they can.

    themeatbridge ,

    I bet that 8 year old would have an easier time trading a nice bottle of booze.

    Seriously, though, my parents would have been pissed if I traded away a gift someone gave me. We did trade stuff all the time (mostly matchbox cars and baseball cards) but "I got this for Christmas" meant that it was off limits for trading.

    themeatbridge ,

    We have a secret santa where the rule is the gift has to be unneeded. We are all adults with jobs who can buy ourselves things we need. The best gifts are things people want but wouldn't buy for themselves. If it's not frivolous, it's something they probably will get themselves.

    YSK that chiropractors are not medical doctors and "Systematic reviews... have found no evidence that chiropractic manipulation is effective" (en.wikipedia.org)

    “Systematic reviews of controlled clinical studies of treatments used by chiropractors have found no evidence that chiropractic manipulation is effective, with the possible exception of treatment for back pain.[8] A 2011 critical evaluation of 45 systematic reviews concluded that the data included in the study “fail[ed] to...

    themeatbridge ,

    Osteopathy was originally pseudoscientific quackery, but has long abandoned the woo crap that was not supported by medical evidence. Osteopathic medicine today is grounded firmly and exclusively in actual science.

    Physical therapy is, and always has been, medical science based therapy.

    Chiropractic therapy is founded upon disproven theories and requires no actual medical training. The industry regulates its own certifications, and chiropractors are taught a perverted concept of physiology.

    themeatbridge ,

    Considering osteopathy was invented in the United States by an American, who was basically just making shit up, and all of the underlying theories and mechanisms of action have been thoroughly debunked, I’d say that a lie is a lie anywhere in the world, regardless of legal status.

    themeatbridge ,

    Same goes for home repair. Learn to spackle and patch drywall, change a doorknob, install a toilet, snake a drain, and replace a capacitor or heating element in your hvac system. These are things anyone can learn to do with minimal tools and inexpensive parts, but will cost hundreds to hire a professional.

    themeatbridge ,

    Ymmv by state.

    themeatbridge ,

    Electric heaters may actually cost more in electric bills than you would spend on heating. It depends on the type of heating and the size of your space, but something like natural gas might cost less to keep the whole house at 65 degrees, rather than trying to warm a single room from 45 degrees with a space heater.

    themeatbridge ,

    Publishing my book. I always think, “some day, I’m going to take the time to edit it and make it good enough to publish, and people will love it.” Then I go back to it and remember that it’s terrible and massively overwrought. I can’t even finish it much less make it good. And it’s like a dam in the creative part of my brain. I can’t think of another thing that isn’t just a lesser version of the project I thought was good but isn’t.

    This isn’t me trolling for encouragement. I’m not a writer, and I know I don’t have the focus or stamina to write professionally. This was a dalliance, and I’m happy with my life and my accomplishments. It’s just that every once in a while, I think about publishing a book.

    themeatbridge ,

    Thanks for sharing your experience, and you are completely right about “chop wood, carry water.” I spend a lot of time wondering if I would love or hate signing books for fans, and whether I would want to be involved in making the Netflix series or not.

    In other words, I’m not a serious writer. It’s a daydream. Intellectually, I know that even if I were to sell the book, or even self publish, it wouldn’t change my life. Thousands of books are written and published every year, and success has as much to do with tenacity as it does luck, neither of which I believe I possess is sufficient quantities. But I dream about it the way one would dream about winning the lottery.

    You put in the effort, and you should be proud of what you accomplished. Your words and ideas will live on as an indelible testament to your life. Unless it was something weird like hentai fanfic, in which case it’s probably better lost to history and you should keep that to yourself.

    themeatbridge ,

    I know what you’re doing but I can’t help myself. It’s Cunningham’s law.

    themeatbridge ,

    Nobody knows what you’re talking about.

    themeatbridge ,

    5.4 million people speak Finnish. 9.3 million people live in New Jersey. You could reference a specific gas station at a rest stop on the Garden State parkway, and more people would understand the reference than people who knew what they meant.

    themeatbridge ,

    You can always improve the flavor in your sauce. I’m not familiar with Aldi brand, but keep a few things on hand to give it the flavor you like.

    Some of my favorite not-so-secret ingredients:

    A splash of red wine or a tablespoon of grape jam for sweetness

    Onion powder and garlic powder. Yes, fresh is better, but if you’re starting with a jar of inexpensive sauce, get over yourself.

    Soy sauce to make it saltier

    Fish sauce or msg for more umami

    Bay leaf, basil, oregano, or whatever preferred herbs you have on hand

    If it’s too acidic, add a teaspoon of baking soda.

    Sometime I want to make the sauce a bit thinner, depending on the dish. I take a tablespoon of tomato paste and mix it into a cup of beef stock or water.

    themeatbridge ,

    Yeah, I was gonna say “guillotines” but basically the same idea. At the very least, we’d have to make bribery illegal, but that’s not going to happen while bribery is legal.

    themeatbridge ,

    “Agree to disagree.” No, dipshit, you’re just wrong.

    I do not agree to disagree, because we’re not arguing about opinions. Your belief is simply, objectively incorrect. Or mine is, which is something that I would be willing to accept. If I were wrong, you’d be able to convince me that I’m wrong. We can keep going until one of us accepts that we didn’t have an accurate understanding of reality.

    It’s always the dipshits that fall back on “Well, we will have to agree to disagree,” usually right after they’ve been presented with enough evidence to change the mind of a rational person. Fuck that, I do not agree to disagree.

    themeatbridge ,

    Yeah, but if I mean that, I say that.

    themeatbridge ,

    OK let’s agree to disagree. 😉

    themeatbridge ,

    Sara?

    themeatbridge ,

    This is exactly the sort of argument that I was thinking of when I wrote the comment. We can agree to disagree on the best ice cream flavor, because everyone has different tastes. We cannot agree to disagree on whether the earth is flat, because it’s not and we have overwhelming proof that it isn’t.

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