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    [–] West Point grad who posed with 'Communism will win' in cap discharged EmeraldIbis 1 points ago in news

    So why do they let people leave after getting an offensive tattoo or name change instead of putting them in jail?

    It seems like a really strange policy. You go to jail if you try to quit, but change your name to "God" and you can go.

    [–] West Point grad who posed with 'Communism will win' in cap discharged EmeraldIbis -8 points ago in news

    Wait, what? Why can't they just say "Fuck you, I quit."

    Getting a tattoo or legally changing your name seem like unnecessarily permanent things to do.

    If you just quit and go home what can they do?

    [–] War against cannabis "comprehensively and irreversibly lost", former Conservative leader William Hague said, as he urges Theresa May to legalise drug...Mrs May should be "bold" and introduce "major change" in policy, warning it is "deluded" to think cannabis can be "driven off the streets". EmeraldIbis 2 points ago in worldnews

    Maybe so, but you wouldn't buy chicken from some random guy even if the service was good. You'd go to a store because you know everything there has been processed according to hygiene regulations.

    Maybe the random guy also has perfectly good chicken but there's no way to confirm it.

    Even if you personally trust the guy and want to keep buying from him, most people wouldn't, which makes his business model unsustainable.

    [–] DW Twitter Account Replying to Trump's Lie xD EmeraldIbis 9 points ago in germany

    His meeting with Kim Jong-un was deliberately scheduled for the early morning in Singapore. Why? So that it was prime time viewing in the US.

    [–] Royal family to have first-ever same sex wedding as Queen's cousin prepares to marry EmeraldIbis 7 points ago in worldnews

    The monarch is the final arbitor of political disputes. She can dismiss the prime minister and call a fresh election. That's very important because it places a limit on the power of the prime minister and prevents them overreaching their authority.

    [–] World Health Organisation announces it no longer classifies being transgender as a mental illness EmeraldIbis 4 points ago in worldnews

    Why? Continuing your limb analogy, if somebody desperately wanted their limb removed, why would you deny them that? It's their body, it's none of anyone elses business.

    [–] Pew study finds Americans can’t tell fact from opinion EmeraldIbis 1 points ago in EverythingScience

    So, is this specific to Americans or can humans in general not tell fact from opinion?

    It doesn't look like they investigated it but I'd be very interested to know.

    [–] Audi CEO arrested, Volkswagen says. EmeraldIbis 3 points ago in worldnews

    Yes, I do live in the UK. I don't really get your reference though!

    [–] Whistleblower: I Quit My Child Detention Facility Job After Refusing to Tell Siblings Not to Hug EmeraldIbis -5 points ago in politics

    Honestly, I don't accept this argument. He won the election according to the rules of the election, which were developed over centuries by democratically elected institutions.

    There's nothing to blame other than the American people. The electoral college is not an excuse, the American people chose to have this system.

    [–] Trump just tweeted that “crime in Germany is way up.” It’s actually at its lowest level since 1992. EmeraldIbis 10 points ago * (lasted edited 2 days ago) in politics

    Yeah, this is the main problem. The damage inflicted by Trump could be fixed in a few years under a decent president. But the people who voted for Trump are going to continue voting for hard-right authoritarians...

    The next president might be OK, but then after a few years another extremist will be elected.

    [–] Audi CEO arrested, Volkswagen says. EmeraldIbis 4 points ago in worldnews

    I think there's a bit of a cultural difference here.

    Americans love to open their car up on their driveway and play around inside...

    Europeans generally don't do that. I've heard that in Germany in particular it's actually illegal to perform maintenance on your own car if you're not a licensed mechanic.

    [–] Russia proposes raising retirement age above average life expectancy EmeraldIbis 2 points ago in worldnews

    Oh sorry, I misinterpreted you. I read it as:

    Thought it’d be lower than Europe/Western Countries but [it's] not that much lower.

    [–] Russia proposes raising retirement age above average life expectancy EmeraldIbis 2 points ago in worldnews

    Wait what? Life expectancy in most Western European countries is more than 80.

    15 years is a pretty big difference in my eyes.

    [–] At wits end. Please help. EmeraldIbis 1 points ago in AskAcademia

    I work in bioscience so this may be different in engineering, but personally I've only ever seen fellowships for postdocs. But to me the term 'fellowship' implies that they would be paying your salary.

    As you already have your own funding from your employer, you could just contact a group you're interested in and ask to spend a few weeks in their lab. I don't think this is at all essential for finding a PhD position but as you have the opportunity you might as well use it!

    [–] Is anything too ingrained in your country's culture for the government to try to regulate? EmeraldIbis 12 points ago * (lasted edited 3 days ago) in AskEurope

    There are lots of people who believe that in order to have strong public services for the long-term we need to make them more cost efficient instead of just throwing money at them for short-term benefit.

    Not everyone who votes Conservative is a stupid xenophobe and/or ludicrously wealthy and selfish. There are very many educated, middle-class people with liberal-conservative type views.

    If you're overlooking that then you're doing yourself a huge disservice because you can never hope to attract people to your point of view if you don't even recognise that they exist.

    [–] Is anything too ingrained in your country's culture for the government to try to regulate? EmeraldIbis 5 points ago in AskEurope

    That's far too simplistic. Fair enough you don't like the Conservatives but you should at least try to understand your opponents point of view.

    [–] Introverts of Reddit, what is the nicest way to get someone to stop talking to you when it’s making you uncomfortable/you’d wish they’d stop? EmeraldIbis 2 points ago in AskReddit

    I had a friend during university who used to say "OK, I don't want to talk to you any more."

    People would be shocked the first time, but once you've experienced it once it's funny and it's quite nice to be told so directly.

    [–] What's the most single thing you've ever done? EmeraldIbis 11 points ago in AskReddit

    Exactly. I feel like it would be a lot of effort to find someone and keep them happy. Why bother when everything is fine as it is?

    Also the idea of somebody being around me all the time makes me uncomfortable. That would be the worst.