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    [–] [update] my (24f) boyfriend (29m) is trying to be a streamer and it’s hard to explain to him that it won’t happen. another_matt 4 points ago in relationship_advice

    He has a passion for video games

    That's the understatement of the year. That's like saying meth addicts have a passion for meth. Any activity that causes you to miss priorities like work, sleeping, or eating is problematic and likely leading to an addiction if not one already.

    Your "advice" to OP reads a lot like projection to me. Do you maybe have an issue with your video game addiction? Oops, I mean passion

    [–] Truth. Her twitter is great too, check it out. another_matt 65 points ago in LateStageCapitalism

    Or in the immortal words of Kanye, "Money ain't everything, but not having it is."

    [–] Insects could vanish within a century at current rate of decline, says global review another_matt 73 points ago in science

    Don't be such a downer man, the next line cleared says, "studies showed a relatively quick rebound in a localized marine ecosystem, taking around 2 million years to recover"

    [–] High protein vegan/vegetarian crockpot recipes? another_matt 8 points ago in fitmeals

    This is an instant pot recipe, but it should work in a crockpot too. It has quickly become my favorite recipe, so versatile, so tasty, so filling. We use it for burritos, nachos, have it with eggs for breakfast, etc. It's a great "fridge cleaner" too, you can pretty much chuck anything in there.

    [–] Browsing the crypto markets today another_matt 14 points ago in CryptoCurrency

    This is the best summary of the crypto market I have seen

    [–] Companies that aren't big now, but you think will be around for a long time another_matt 2 points ago in investing

    I'm not sure where I stand on it personally.

    You don't know where you stand on profiting off prisoners? Seem like a fairly easy answer.

    The reasons you brought up are the prison industrial complex talking points. None of them hold water. It's not less expensive to house inmates for profit, any "savings" are at the expense of inmate and guard safety, and they end up as shareholder profits regardless. The recidivism rates in America are tragically high across the board, but even worse in for profit prisons, because it's easier to keep an existing customer than it is to find a new one. Some also have maximum capacity guarantees from the state, which is just appalling and speaks to their true motives.

    Hopefully you can help educate your friends when they talk about being "pro private prisons" in the future.

    [–] Companies that aren't big now, but you think will be around for a long time another_matt 8 points ago in investing

    What kind of horrible people do you hang out with? There's literally no good reason to have for profit prisons.

    [–] How to turn $500 into a lot more another_matt 4 points ago in Entrepreneur

    I will buy this and try it out when you get it off the ground. I have a bunch of Mons Royal marino and it's all excellent, but the t shirt is best fitting piece of clothing I own and I only have one. It's 5 years old, somehow it looks and feels brand new. If you can replicate that you've got a winner on your hands.

    [–] Can we get a conversation going about wages and living in Vancouver from people outside of IT? another_matt 2 points ago in vancouver

    If you have friends or relatives with kids slightly older than your own it's possible to get most of that stuff cheap or free from hand me downs. Aside from child care, kids don't need to cost all that much.

    [–] When was your last “I gotta get the hell out of here” moment? another_matt 61 points ago * (lasted edited a month ago) in AskReddit

    Joe Rogan talks about that, how scary it is to be in the ring with someone who you've just hit as hard as you could and they just smirked at you and kept coming. Sadly they were usually kids who's dads beat the shit out of them

    E: Pretty sure he mentioned the Diaz brothers as being this type of fighter

    [–] Mexicans stealing Fuel from a pipeline when some smokers show up. results in a huge explosion. another_matt 8 points ago in videos

    Yes, China emits the most CO2, while creating almost all of the world's products, most of which are used and thrown away in America and Europe. This is a global problem of mindless consumption and waste.

    [–] Mexicans stealing Fuel from a pipeline when some smokers show up. results in a huge explosion. another_matt 24 points ago in videos

    Up until very recently the rest of the world was loading the majority of their plastics into containers and shipping it back to China for "recycling". Not to mention all the plastic manufacturing we happily offshored in China. It's a global problem, stop blaming Asia.

    Edit China > Asia

    [–] The US and UK have let xenophobia bring them to the brink another_matt 26 points ago in politics

    It sure is. The militant Christian right is one of the greatest threats humanity has ever seen. Check out American Fascists by Chris Hedges if you're interested in reading more, he's been sounding the alarm for decades.

    [–] Machu Picchu was never discovered by the Spanish invaders, or anybody else for that matter until 1911. Why did the Incas abandon such a good secluded and strategic location in such a desperate time? another_matt 1 points ago in AskHistorians

    The Last Days of the Inca covers this whole period very well.

    The Incas were a minority in Peru, numbering somewhere around 100,000 at their peak. Their empire however encompassed millions of native south Americans, all paying tribute to the Inca empire.

    When the Spanish arrived some of those native groups made the bet that these armed, armoured, bearded men riding seemingly invincible 10 foot tall beasts may just win the war against their current Inca rulers, and decided to side with them.

    It's impossible to overstate how important these native groups were to the success of the Spanish colonization. Even with their guns, steel weapons, armour, and horses they would never have been able to do what they did without at some significant native assistance.