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    [–] The mods preferred candidate might surprise you. Friendly_Fire 70 points ago in neoliberal

    So I was at Yang's Atlanta rally yesterday (don't dox me) and he asked the crowd why Trump won the election.

    One brave soul towards the back yelled out "Bernie!" loud and clear. So which one of y'all was it?

    [–] The mods preferred candidate might surprise you. Friendly_Fire 31 points ago in neoliberal

    Pete is great and all, but he hasn't promised me ButtBux yet.

    [–] Siegebow or Boltcasters Friendly_Fire 3 points ago in albiononline

    Boltcasters. Siegebow is top tier for ZvZ (large scale PvP) but not as good for small groups and PvE.

    Note that you can always swap between the two freely depending on what you need. The level off the exact same nodes (artifact crossbows).

    [–] How 18 Democratic Candidates Responded to a Climate Policy Survey Friendly_Fire 3 points ago in neoliberal

    Imagine claiming you want to help the climate and then being against nuclear and carbon taxes.

    [–] A Defense of National Service Friendly_Fire 2 points ago in neoliberal

    Maybe make it opt-out rather than opt-in. It's "mandatory" but there are plenty of ways to get excused from it. If you're doing something productive and positive you can skip.

    [–] chapocels are A S C E N D A N T Friendly_Fire 2 points ago in neoliberal

    Get your blasphemous inferior sigmoids out of my /r/neoliberal you disgust me.

    [–] AITA for ghosting bf Friendly_Fire 11 points ago in AmItheAsshole


    Or WBTA. It's fine if you don't want to deal with a long-distance relationship and the other issues, but just tell him you are breaking up. Don't ghost him. Heck even if you just send a text that's a lot better than saying nothing. Ghosting almost always makes you the asshole, just a few exceptions for things like an abusing relationship.

    [–] AITA for telling my fiancée that her diet is unhealthy? Friendly_Fire 0 points ago in AmItheAsshole

    She clearly doesn't need to diet but 120 isn't a dangerous weight.

    If she is starting around 120 (or less) and still wants to lose 10lbs that's a lot bigger deal. Hence why I wanted more info.

    Also the OP sounds like he doesn't know how much she actually weights.

    [–] AITA for telling my fiancée that her diet is unhealthy? Friendly_Fire 1 points ago in AmItheAsshole

    As a small woman she probably does not need 2000 calories, but no need to get too specific about numbers.

    800 calories is clearly not enough food... long term. Short term, many types of fasting have been studied and found to have a plethora of health benefits. Obviously all fasts need to be temporary, but if done appropriately it's actually good for you. You want to go on google scholar yourself or you want me to start dropping links to papers?

    I thought this was fairly common knowledge given how wide-spread the practice is in religion, but I guess not.

    [–] AITA for telling my fiancée that her diet is unhealthy? Friendly_Fire -1 points ago in AmItheAsshole

    Periodic fasting isn't intermittent fasting, it's the opposite, fasting for 2 or more days rather than daily cycles of eating/not-eating. The first one is focused on IF though it has references about PF. The second one discusses both. Here is another paper with far more focus on PF including human studies. ( link ) Both are good for your health when done properly, both could become harmful if taken to a dangerous extreme.

    [–] How should I apporach pvping / gearing? Friendly_Fire 1 points ago in albiononline

    If you go out without armor, you literally can't do anything.

    If you go out in T4, you can kill mobs and grab chests. Literally one chest can drop more silver than your entire T4 set + mount costs. So even if you die, you can net profit easily while faming up. Also, you still have a reasonable chance to 1v1 someone. Sure if someone rolls up in T7+ you won't win but there aren't a lot of people going around solo in high tier gear anyway, so that's a rare concern. You'll probably either find someone else in low/medium gear, or a group which you won't beat as a newb no matter your gear.

    [–] American believes themselves to be Scottish. The people of r/scotland disagree. Drama ensues. Friendly_Fire 2 points ago in SubredditDrama

    I never get it when Americans say they *are* Irish or whatever

    This is really just a misunderstanding. When an American says "I'm Irish", it's just short-hand for saying "I have family origins from Ireland". It's not meant to imply they have lived in the country or have citizenship. We're a nation of almost entirely immigrants, and lot's of people like to talk about where their family's are from. People don't bother clarifying every time that they didn't actually grow up in that country.

    It's just an ambiguous statement that people interpret differently in different places.

    Like the whole thing with Americans doing St Patrick's day, what's that all about?!

    Irish immigrants carried it over to america, just like christian immigrants carried over christmas and easter, and chinese immigrants have carried over chinese new years festivals. Not sure how this is confusing, it's pretty normal.

    [–] This is what Poeple tell new players on youtube. Friendly_Fire 1 points ago in albiononline

    But the game is clearly pay to win whenm you can have all the best gear, the best combat stats, just by using IRL money to buy gold.

    The thing is it's really more "pay 2 skip" than "pay 2 win". Especially with all the fame improvements, you could shell out tens of thousands of dollars, or you could just play the game semi-regularly for a couple months and reach the same spot.

    It's not hard to get 100/100 on a build, and even easier to get enough money to buy optimal gear. Once you've played regularly for a while people literally can't pay to get an advantage over you, just to skip the grind you did.

    [–] AITA for telling my fiancée that her diet is unhealthy? Friendly_Fire -1 points ago in AmItheAsshole

    because just fasting is plain stupid and unhealthy and extremely dangerous

    ? There's a ton of research on fasting and it's health benefits (e.g. 1 2 both papers which have ample other citations to follow). Obviously taking it to extremes can be dangerous, just like anything else that's good for you: from exercise to drinking water.

    [–] AITA for telling my fiancée that her diet is unhealthy? Friendly_Fire 2 points ago in AmItheAsshole

    When the OP says she'd weighted 130lbs at her most, it means he doesn't know how much she actually currently weights.

    But if she is in fact 130 then going down to 120 is literally a 1lb under the normal weight range. Not a real concern if that is indeed where she stops.

    [–] AITA for telling my fiancée that her diet is unhealthy? Friendly_Fire -1 points ago in AmItheAsshole

    You're now the second person to confuse intermittent fasting and fasting. They are very different. I really thought the idea of fasting was common knowledge, even if most people have never done it.

    [–] AITA for telling my fiancée that her diet is unhealthy? Friendly_Fire -16 points ago in AmItheAsshole

    Yes, clearly the worst. Someone wants to lose an entire 10 pounds? Obviously this is a dangerous eating disorder. Doesn't matter we aren't even told how much the person weights.

    [–] AITA for telling my fiancée that her diet is unhealthy? Friendly_Fire 0 points ago in AmItheAsshole

    She isn’t going to be able to sit at a calorie deficit forever. What happens when she starts eating normally again? Her body is going to store those calories as fat because it thinks it is never going to get another meal.

    You're right, when she starts eating a calorie surplus her body will store it as fat, just like every other person who doesn't have some medical complication. You're acting like this isn't the way bodies normally function. Bodies don't think about when their next meal will be. It stores excess energy if it gets it. You don't need to diet to gain weight, hence how we get people who go from 300lbs to 400 by continued overeating.

    You talk about physics and thermodynamics like you have a clue WTF you’re talking about. I’ve taken college level physical and thermodynamics in an ABET accredited mechanical engineering program. Have you? I seriously doubt it.

    Minored in physics personally, and if your credentials are actually true then you know you claimed something physically impossible (that cutting calories at low body fat will make you gain fat). You were either bullshitting when you made that claim, or bullshitting about passing any thermo class.

    OP’s fiancé has too little body fat for that strategy to be healthy... Once your body has sufficiently depleted its fat stores it is unhealthy to eat at a calorie deficit.

    I agree with that second sentence. The only issue is we don't even know how much she weights, and it doesn't sound like the OP knows either. Not that your taking any effort to listen to what I'm saying, but the entire point I've been making is we don't have enough information. If you're dropping 10 lbs, you can lose half of that just through water weight, without even touching fat/muscle. We're talking about a small amount of weight loss, so it may be perfectly fine (or it may not) depending on how much the girl actually weights.

    I’m 5’6” and when I was 130 lbs I was rail thin.

    Lol come on now. That's basically a perfectly normal weight. These people clearly aren't fat, but they are nowhere near "rail thin" either.

    You seem to have bought into this intermittent fasting fad.

    Not to waste all those paragraphs you typed out, but I literally haven't even mentioned intermittent fasting. You realize that isn't the same as fasting, right? I know most people have never fasted, I haven't either, but I thought it was pretty common knowledge about what it was at least.

    [–] AITA for telling my fiancée that her diet is unhealthy? Friendly_Fire -14 points ago in AmItheAsshole

    Fasting has been studied to death and is healthy, but low-calorie diets somehow aren't? At what point does eating fewer calories U-turn from being bad to good?

    Obviously both a fast and a low-calorie diet have to be temporary, but if you aren't under-weight neither should be harmful (special situations aside).

    [–] AITA for telling my fiancée that her diet is unhealthy? Friendly_Fire -3 points ago in AmItheAsshole

    You are literally trying to rationalize some starving themselves by linking to an article about a guy who was 456 lbs and equating it to a 130 lb woman.

    I am certainly not saying the woman should not eat for a year. It's an extreme example to dismiss the silly myth that eating at a deficit is always bad.

    She’s not fasting, she is starving herself.

    Your right, she's not fasting. She is eating about half of what she should normally eat. A lot more food than a fast, not enough food to be sustainable long term. We already know she is doing it short-term. Is it still dangerous for this short-term duration? No one knows, because we don't even know how much she weights.

    When you are already at a low body fat percentage you can’t just cut calories if you want to burn more body fat because your body will try as hard as it can to convert what few calories you are taking into fat. The correct way to get lean is to increase your metabolism and increase calorie intake (with the correct macros) so your body will accelerate fat burn as you build and sustain muscle mass (this applies to both men and women)... She needs to be eating more if she wants to lose weight since she is already at a low body fat percentage. You need to feed your muscles to burn fat. She is doing it wrong because she has bad information and misconceptions about how to reduce body fat percentage. She needs to be educated because she is playing an unsustainable game that will negatively affect her quality of life.

    And here comes out the crazy fatlogic. You're talking about educating people while saying things that violate basic physics. Your body can't "covert it's few calories into fat" if you are eating at a deficit. Your body needs so to burn many calories to live, if you eat less than that, it has to use fat to make up the difference (hence weight loss). It can't magically create calories from nothing to add fat to you. It can't suddenly drop how many calories you require a day to below 800 because you aren't eating much food.

    What you're saying violates the basic laws of thermodynamics. Fat is energy storage. You have to eat excess calories to have the energy to create fat. I doubt you'll accept it, but do you realize you are approaching flat-earther level science-denial? Not quite as bad, but uncomfortably close.

    [–] AITA for telling my fiancée that her diet is unhealthy? Friendly_Fire -65 points ago in AmItheAsshole

    and exercising more than me!

    That's the thing, we don't know that. For the average person, even just a mile a day is "exercising like mad". That's the issue, there are few details in the OP, not enough to know. Could it be an accurate assessment, and might OPs wife have an unhealthy obsession with being thin? It is very possible.

    But it is also possible that OP is just ignorant. Maybe you don't have a lot of obese or morbidly obese family members, but the OPs argument is practically a template I've seen applied to people who were legitimately still overweight. Given that it leaves out the most critical details (like her current weight!) it makes me suspicious.

    For a normal sedentary lifestyle 800 calories with no exercise is extreme.

    That's honestly not always true. Large deficits are fine as long as you aren't strenuously exercising and have ample body fat. There's a guy who didn't eat for a year and was fine, for example. This is literally the reason your body stores fat, so it can burn it when needed. In general, if you're not under weight, it's probably fine. Again, fasts are reasonably common around the world and tend to improve your health, not hurt it.

    [–] AITA for telling my fiancée that her diet is unhealthy? Friendly_Fire -233 points ago in AmItheAsshole

    Man my comment is unpopular!

    Eating 800 calories a day at that height and weight is not healthy.

    Long term? Of course not, you can't survive on 800 calories. In the short term? Fasting is zero calorie diet, so more "extreme", and there's loads of research about the health benefits of it. Both fasting and a 800 calorie diet are fine for limited amounts of time. Hence why I asked for more info.

    You're not going to harm yourself eating 800 calories for a week or two if you're still in the normal weight region of BMI.