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Of course. It wasn’t meant to be taken literal. It’s a comment about the clickbait nature of the video.

Holy fucking shit… seriously? “I made a mistake… I SHOULD HAVE BOUGHT MORE OF THOSE LAPTOPS!!1 lmao”

That’s ridiculous. I don’t know why people waste each others time so much. I immediately closed the window.

Why do you think so? With a cargo bike, the weight is always to be moved whenever you lean to the sides. The bike itself weighs more because you have to create the structure that holds the cargo on a longer bike: higher weight and longer lever (technically speaking) means you have to make everything two times stronger, not just one time stronger.

Also, a trailer gives you the possibility to get through narrow edges better, because it can move. With a cargo bike, you have one long non-bending bike. Also, you can disconnect the trailer and use your hands to get the trailer to the offloading site, be it indoors or somewhere else, where bikes might not reach that easily.

I seriously only see benefits. I’ve yet to read from someone to show benefits of cargo bikes. I’ve had this discussion quite a few times, but that never happened.

I personally don’t really understand the hype for cargo bikes. Sounds to me like something that can be sold because it’s a novelty. A regular bike with good (!) bags can carry quite a lot, and a bike with a trailer even more. And it is modular, meaning that you can just disconnect the trailer or the bags, and you have a regular bike that weighs way less. Also, with a trailer, you don’t have to balance the weight, and they can have additional brakes.

I just don’t see the benefit of cargo bikes over bikes with modular equipment.

It may be offtopic, but out of interest: I see the “mod” sticker right next to your name. With Reddit, every mod has to post their comment and then click of “mod-comment” afterwards. Otherwise, the comment appears as a regular user comment without any sign of the user being a mod. Is it the same here on Lemmy, or is the “mod” sticker always there?

How come we don’t riot yet?

  • I guess because a part of society still wants to become the abusing part and works hard to achieve that goal. It is my opinion that these are typically people on the scale of the anti-social disorder, meaning that they have a lesser compassion, some even have none. That is meant literal. This can actually be physically measured and is a real thing. For anyone interested, look up “mirror neurons”.
  • Another part of society suffers from learned helplessness and is just doing whatever they are told - the school system prepares a lot of people to be like that. (See below for more of my personal view on this.)
  • And then there’s the part of society that can’t be fooled and wants to riot, but is prevented by the first group, supported by the second group. Some estimates say that the first group is roughly 20%, the second group is roughly 60%, and the third group is roughly 20%. Though, this is really not something that is established. But I fear it might be correct.

If this is indeed so, then we are royaly fucked. I have no idea how to solve this. I have some ideas, but… damn. This problem is so fucking huge…

Right now I’m leaning towards working with children. I was working in the mechanical engineering business before, but I recognized that the products that are created are not making the world a better place, but are abusing the human being and fuck our environment. I realized that the chance of working at a good place is rather slim, so I turned elsewhere. I always like to play with kids, and wanted to become a child carer in my youth, so I tried it out and it was perfect for me. Over time, I learned more about society and children, and it became my opinion that one way to combat these problems is to be there for kids. To love them how they are, to not pressure them into molds, to let them play and live out their natural motivation.

I wanted to say a bit more about the school system. I mean… we all have gone through 10 years of “don’t ask questions, just do, like everyone else in class - if you don’t, you’ll have consequences”. That is one fucking hell of constant shaping and molding. I worked in an elementary school for two years. I’ve seen my share of children suffering there, after at first being eager to enter school, because everyone told them it will be good and nice there, and that the kids will be more grown up there. The first few weeks are typically awesome for the children. Then the horror sets in. They don’t want to draw the same letters again. They already did it, and they think they’re already good at it - and they are mostly right about it. But, of course, everyone has to work through the same sheets. They ask their parents and their teachers why they have to do it. The answer is like that:

“We understand that this is not fun. We also had to do it when we were young. We did not want to do it, too. We can not explain to you why we are doing it like this, because we don’t know ourselves. You MUST suffer through this, just as we did. There is no way around it.”

Of course, not literally that anwer, but that’s the basis of it. Children realize that this is really bad, but… it can’t be changed. Some children ease rather quickly in their destined mold and will get good grades. They will end up in the second group. Some children can’t deal with the situation and suffer greatly from it. They will get bad grades. Some of them will not forget this and end up in the third group, but some will suffer themselves into their molds and end up in the second group. And then, of course, there is the first group, and even when we see children as something innocent and peaceful, there indeed were children who were clearly abusive and manipulative. “Do my homework for me, or we won’t be friends anymore.” These things happen, and worse.

One example I’ve noticed, which still lingers in my mind: There was a girl that was rather young for school. She was just 5 and a half when she started school. Regular age is 6-7. But she was really clever. She was really eager to joing school. She loved to count, she loved to do maths, and she loved to play physical puzzles with me. She had an outstanding three-dimensional imagination. A gifted child with a lovingly happy soul. She lit the room with her smile and her motivation.

Just 2 months into school, and that motivation flew out of the window. She hated school. Do the same shit over and over again - even if she already knew how to do it? She couldn’t understand why, and people couldn’t give her a response that makes sense. What is this shit that is happening? Why are people here so dry and sad? When it came to using substraction, she could not do it at all. I’m absolutely sure that she is not too dumb for that. Not at all. She just didn’t want to learn a new thing, which she then had to do over and over again, without anyone explaining to her… why?

Damn, this poor girl. She must be in third grade now. I hope she will end up in the third group. We need clever and motivated people in that group.

There was one story where this was quite literally the case: A group of people working in a state organisation to check on taxes in the context of high profile companies like big banks and all that found out that there is something going on in one of the main banks in that area. They started to focus their work on that bank. That’s exactly their kind of work. That’s what they are supposed to do. Then, people in that group were actively drawn away from that case in rather obvious ways by their superiors. One dude continued to work in that direction, and actively tried to fight the apparent corruption that was ever more obvious to him.

In the end, his superior (also a state official, not from a private company or something) sent him to a psychiatrist to check if he was fit to work, and of course the result was that he was “not sane” and not fit to work. Everybody distanced themselves from him. His coworkers, and even his wife. Not because they thought he’s insane. But because they knew what’s happenening, and everybody just wanted to continue their life without being in the focus of powerful people. Understandable, but still…

It took years of hard work with lawyers to overturn that diagnosis. The psychiatrist got a slap on the wrist, and that’s it. If you’re interested in that case, search for “Rudolf Schmenger” and “Kommerzbank”.

I have depression since 10 years. A lot of professionals diagnose a lot of bullshit, honestly. I’m not saying this lightly. But I have to say this after being in my situation, and visiting doctors of multiple different professions.

I frequented a psychiatric ambulance at the beginning of my illness. I had appointments there, diagnosing sessions. Due to multiple reasons (illness of one therapist, pregnancy of another therapist, and meeting the head therapist), I had 4 people diagnosing me, from the same unit, in the same building, all working as collegues.

  • The first thought I’m depressed because of my alcohol problems, because that’s the first thing she asked about, and of course the first thing I’ve answered. I told her that I don’t even drink anything anymore, because my current illness (then it wasn’t known if it is depression) makes me incredibly sleepy and nauseous just from one single beer. She took my answer as a lie, and therefor I was an alcoholic who tries to act he’s not one.
  • The second one thought that I was depressed because I used cannabis 8 years prior to that. It’s obvious that cannabis causes this, the therapist suggested. So, again, the diagnose was quick, and based on the first issue she heard about, because that was how that dialog was going - by pure chance.
  • The third one was sure that it was my heroin addicition I had for 1.5 years, 12 years prior. It was again obvious to that therapist, and it was again the first thing she asked.
  • The fourth one simply said I’m an impostor, because I told her that I nearly fainted when I heard a joke that was too funny, and that I never experienced that before. She simply stated that she doesn’t know what would be wrong with a joke. Laughing is good, she said, and not a sign of depression.

That was my first experience with therapists. It was a load of fucking bullshit. It sadly took 8 more years, and a lot of stupid therapists and doctors, to find one who could actually help me. And she only took 2 sessions to find out that I do not only have depression, but also generalized anxiety. She deduced that from me telling her which body parts of mine hurt the most when being very quickly exhausted from attempting to doing sports.

All other professionals simply told me that I shouldn’t be so lazy and do more sports. I always told them that I never had an issue with being unfit, muss less nearly fainting from laughing, or getting visual glitches when walking for 10 minutes (really meant literal), and that I can’t do sports because my current conditions doesn’t let me.

Nearly all of them. Really, almost every single doctor and professional, made me feel like shit and suggested that I’m just lazy and that I want to avoid doing sports. They were all wrong, and honestly, most were assholes about it. I’m quite grumpy about this.

Professionals don’t have much time, and they do indeed want to help. One way to look in the mirror and think of yourself as a person who also does his best and is able to help all his patients is this way: Whenever there’s a patient where you have no idea how to help them - just tell yourself that patient is faking it. Done. This way, you don’t have to take time to actually find a solution, while securing the desired status of the all knowing god in white.

It sucks, but that’s what I think is going on.

The majority of westerners have lost their fucking minds.

While I do agree on that, I think it would happen to any group of people. Regardless if they’re westerners or easterners (correct term?), no matter the skin color and all that. People are prone to these things, to manipulation.

It seems to be the case that if you have working mirror neurons, but are not used to use ratio and common sense to check on what you’re copying from others, you are simply doing that: You copy whatever others are doing. You support the current thing. You say the words others are saying. You say the phrases others are saying. You do the things others are doing.

Mirror neurons make it possible to have compassion and empathy, they are important for a functioning society where people help each other. Mirror neurons activate parts of the same regions that somebody has active you are obvserving. If you do have too few mirron neurons, you won’t help others, you lack compassion - literally. If you have too much, they would render you unable to help others with their suffering, because you suffer just as much. You want to be able to help a person with a broken leg, and not be clouded by induced pain (brain regions). So a good amount of mirror neurons is a good thing.

People who have too few, or none at all, are called psychopaths. Newer term is anti-social disorder. These people, when it gets extreme, don’t care one bit if there is a burning human being in front of them. It’s nothing but an interesting spectacle. People in prison are typically higher on that scale. Just as much as people in upper corporation management, or - you may have guessed it - politics. These people have no issue manipulating others for their personal benefit. And that includes, of course, manipulating people who have more mirror neurons.

Now, this wouldn’t work with people who have enough education, and are used to use their brain to check on what they are doing. Does it make sense? Is it actually benefiting me? If people are not able to do this, if they are helpless, they will blindly and naively - literally - copy what others are doing. The more often they see it, the higher the chance they’ll also do it. That’s why you see repetition so much on TV. Be it advertising or politics.

Hm… I’m not sure why I wrote this down right now. But… here we are. I hope someone was able to take something away from this that is useful.

Edit: Some links that might be interesting:

I’m sorry, but I think “evidence” is not the correct term. They provide arguments. Nothing wrong with that, of course.

I glanced over it, but honestly doesn’t feel like there’s something substantial in there. It’s a lot of assumptions of what will happen in the future. Would you please, just a short sentence, point out what the strongest point in this article is?

None of this would happen if everybody would respect sovereignity. But most countries sadly do not. It’s not only the current scape goat. It’s all of those psychopathic bastards who send troops into wars because of greed and a lust for human desaster. It doesn’t matter where they come from. We need to fight all of them. Not just one of them.

I also never had problems with that. Almost all players come with the needed codecs. If you need more, it’s a matter of looking at the optional dependencies or taking a look at the official wiki to know from which official repo to install the needed codec. But that’s only for uncommon codecs.

The regular user should never have to deal with this with pretty much any distro I know of. Where did you have problems?

I really hope they resolved the performance issues LO has. I remember in 2009, I used LO on a really old Laptop in school. I had a very old one from ~2001. 1GHz single core CPU. 256MB RAM. It wasn’t fast, but it actually was usable.

Sometimes, I now have troubles using LO with a machine that is more than 10 times as capable. I don’t know why, but the performance is really really bad in LO. I could definitely not use current LO on that old Laptop.

Thanks for the link, but have you read these studies? If yes, which of those have something to do with “aging the immune system”? That infections can have serious long term effects is nothing new, that is known for a very long time, by the way.

I agree that aging implies this, but apparently they don’t know. That’s why I wonder why they’re calling it like that.

Just anecdotal, but… I have generalized anxiety, and sometimes I have high stress, while some times low stress. I do know that my immune system responds to that. Which is also what they’re talking about in this article.

I just fail to see any reason to call it “aging”, when it implies something they don’t know.

Thanks for the link.

I guess I don’t understand if there is a difference between “aged immune system” and “weak immune system”. Aged, as I would define it, can’t be reversed. Otherwise it would just be temporally weak and can improve to the typical state of immunity of similar aged peers.

More research is needed to confirm whether stress reduction or lifestyle changes will lead to improvements in immune aging

I guess they don’t really know that as well.

Wenn jemand nach zwei Infektionen ein stark gealtertes Immunsystem hat, ist es ratsam, dass er weitere Covid-Infektionen vermeidet

(Translation) If somebody had two infections, and his immune system aged strongly, it is advised to avoid further infections.

Well. What does he mean with “infection”? Just literally the infection, no matter how severe the symptoms were? This is pretty vague communication - sadly as usual.

What does “aged” mean in the context of immune system? Does an immune system have an age that is independent of the age of the rest of the body? That would be the first time I’ve heard about this.

Did those studies find out a difference between vaccinated vs unvaccinated? Also something that gets left out pretty often.

I’m honestly wary of “long covid”. I remember that Lauterbach once had a influencer on the official ministry public communication board, and it was painfully obvious that this person was recruited for the job. That person constantly stated how important vaccination is. After being asked what she thinks of getting severe long covid - despite being vaccinated to the full amount (4 doses). She was visibly confused. Apparently, they didn’t even think of that question before doing that public communication round. The statement was: “I would probably have been even more ill.” But that of course was just a guess - and nobody was none the wiser.

It’s absolutely ridiculous what’s going on in Germany regarding Covid.

…also… stating “incurable” about a disease that is just being investigated… quite bold if you ask me. But that’s the good old fear mongering.

Mines from 2009. I’m going to watch the very last lumen out of it.

Do you have any interesting links from your research? Are there people who actually use it for all these things?

Yeah. Right. Of course. Just what humanity needed. Even more bland and stereotypically narrated audio books.

Audio books can be great. Not every kind of text is fit for audio books, but those who are (for example Dune by Frank Herbert), can greatly benefit from an actor narrating the story and playing each character while understanding the story.

I only know the German edition of the Dune audio books, but damn… are they well made. I can’t recommend them enough.

Pastiera napoletana is the dish you are looking for

This looks delicious, indeed! :)

But I meant literal wheat grains simply cooked to be eaten like rice. Technically speaking, you can eat any wheat grain like that, though you seem to be right that some wheat varieties need longer cooking times.

This is true for durum wheat (“durum” means hard in latin). This wheat seems to be used for pasta and bulgur, and both are pre-cooked. “Common wheat” (in Germany called “Weichweizen”: soft wheat) seems to have only a fraction of the cooking times. This includes dinkel wheat, which seems to be rather quick to cook.

I have no idea about the nutritional differences between those. But nevertheless, very interesting to think about the implications of wheat variets on cooking energy.

I’m not really enjoying this argument. The way I understand it, you argue against this way of saving energy, because you personally think that another way of saving energy should be preferred. I say, let people discuss this topic and then decide for themselves.

Also, what about a vegan who tries to save all kinds of energies? Should they not do that for some reason? I kinda get the feeling that you think that vegans shouldn’t be doing any more, because they are doing enough. Is that how you see it? If not, sorry, then I misunderstood you.

Pasta is essentially just fancy wheat. We could cook wheat like we cook rice. That would leave out the pasta making process and therefor way less energy usage. If we soak the whole wheat before (like we soak beans), it would be even less energy usage.

Interesting thought. In order to use way less energy, we could start to use way more basic food for the most part of the week, and maybe - for preservation of culture and also for joy and taste - have one day where we feast “old school”.

I think the energy could be dramatically lowered.

Also, because I today was buying kitchen stuff… there are double walled pots who save a ridiculous amount of energy as well, you need a quarter, not more. They are insulated. For whole wheat or rice, it’s enough to heat up water to boiling temp, and then just switch off the heat and let the isolation do its thing. But instead of these very nice and useful pots, everyone has single walled ones, and most people are not even using the lid - which easily cuts energy usage in half.

Sadly, those double walled pots are rather rare and incredibly pricey.

I just hope they - somehow - find a solution for the problem that you can’t verify a build as of now. It was apparently not really easy to do with software, but with hardware? It seems almost impossible. But in order to be really sure that what you see is what you get - we need that verification.

Don’t ask me how that would even be possible. Because every solution my buddies and I have thought of is impossible or means to have hardware that is akin to the state of things roughly 50 years ago and extremely slow.

Are you saying UN is no better than the CIA?

No. I’m saying quite what I was saying. It was made by the same people, and I’m wary about the UN for that reason.

The UN originates from the same people who created the CIA. I don’t think the UN will do the things people assume it will do.

You can download it for free: https://www.bay12games.com/dwarves/

The two brothers who make that game since 2006 have always made it available for free. Until the release of the Steam version, it was a text based UI, not graphical. There are graphical UIs made by the community, though.

These two brothers seem to be very honest and straight forward people. In an interview, he was asked why they want money for the Steam version, and the answer was quite… direct and honest: One of the brothers needs expensive medication since many years. They could live well on the donations they receive. But now the other brother had an experience with cancer and realized, if they both would get really sick, they wouldn’t be able to pay for it. Personally, I deeply respect this unusually honest answer.

Please don’t pirate this game. This really is the last game you want to pirate. These are no corporate game devs. They do what they do out of sheer love for the thing itself.

Pirate games from EA or any of those other asshole companies. I do it some times as well. But not from those two fair and friendly human beings.

but sadly that doesn’t help much when people have extreme cognitive bias

So you think that this rule doesn’t tackle your problem.

Different community can have different rules and guidelines. That’s the whole reason for everybody being able to create a sub/community. So that everyone who thinks that other rules would be more worthwhile can do so.

I’m from Germany, and quite a lot of people are in an intense state of delusion. They still think this is all fine. However, there are also rising protests, but it’s hard to judge the numbers when the German media landscape has troubles with portraying reality in a neutral way.

It’s not really a lack of investment. We just have no idea where all the money went. I mean, we do, but we’re afraid to say it out loud.

I don’t really understand how Russia and the Russian Federation works, but I picked up that not all regions have the same laws. Is St Petersburg in a region where such laws are different?

Which state are you referring to? One of the eastern states? Or one of the western states? They’re both awful in a lot of ways. The question is: Should any of these fascist states win? Or should the human being win and get rid of fake democracies led by people high on the anti-social disorder scale?

The 90ies and 00s. If you ask me, gaming is on a decline since 10 years.

The overall quality is going down. One of the worst examples would be the remake of Warcraft 3. Imagine a team of bigger size, having tool with way more functionality and having more time than the original devs. But they don’t have to make a game from scratch, they only have to literally “copy” (remake) everything that is already there. They just have to replicate it. And they still ended up with a worse game with less features. Just one example, of course, but for me, this shows that in the AAA and AA business, there’s a lot of management bullshit going on, and the people who work there have no heart for the thing they’re doing. It’s just a job - and the result is catastrophal “development efficiency” and dwindling creativity.

Also, gaming is now mainstream, and many games try to change themselves so that everyone likes them. Some game mechanic is popular? It gest crammed into every game, even when it doesn’t fit - decided by people who are not gamers.

Eh… I don’t hate him. But Valve could do a lot more right with the ridiculous amounts of money they receive from gamers. The Steam client is more and more a mess. It’s a ressource hog and runs badly more and more. The video streaming is broken most of the time.

Is it better than the Epic store? Of course. But… yeah. That’s not really a good measure.

Valve is doing a lot of good things, for example with their Linux support, or the way they handle refunds. But then again, they were forced by the market and laws to do these things. I’m not sure if both would exist without the moves of Microsoft or European laws.

Still, the dude seems nice and friendly, and kinda down to earth. I like that.