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    [–] Megathread: President Trump announces increase in tariffs on China for billions of dollars of products, as Wall Street reacts to an intensifying trade war another_matt 1 points ago in politics

    Who is doing this "forcing" in your magical land?

    Yes China is a human right travesty, but your significantly underestimating how hard it would be to disentangle the world from cheap Chinese manufacturing. You can just move iPhone production to Bangalore or Boston or anywhere in between. You'd need to move every widget and sprocket supplier too. China thrives at production because it has every step of the supply chain within a days drive.

    [–] What should people stop buying? another_matt 1 points ago in AskReddit

    I too can vouch for The Easy Way to Quit Smoking. Worked wonders for me. Another thing I ended up doing that sealed the deal for me was when I was almost ready to quit, but still having cravings, I forced myself to double smoke. Any time I wanted one, I had to finsh 2. God it was awful. Dry heaving your way through a cigarette is a surefire way to kill any of the lingering desire you had for smoking. 5 years clean, happy as a clam that I stopped.

    [–] Notre Dame fire vs Amazon fire another_matt 1 points ago in conspiracy

    My bad, sorry you had to wade through 2 whole paragraphs of context, I can see how that would've been hard for you. Love the hot take that people who disagree with you are indoctrinated though.

    [–] Notre Dame fire vs Amazon fire another_matt 1 points ago in conspiracy

    That is hilariously incorrect. Not only is almost all beef raised in feedlots, meat in general is very inefficient, but beef is especially so. Like it or not a plant based diet with limited meat is the most efficient way of producing enough calories for all people.

    "When 97% of the cows go to feedlots, the other 3 percent remain on pastures, and continue to eat grass, a more natural diet than the grain that is fed to cattle in feedlots.

    However, grass-fed beef is also more environmentally destructive because more land and other resources are required to raise the animals.

    Cattle raised to be turned into grass-fed beef are usually a smaller breed. They grow slower, and have a lower slaughter weight."

    https://www.thoughtco.com/feedlot-organic-and-grass-fed-beef-127669

    [–] Notre Dame fire vs Amazon fire another_matt 9 points ago in conspiracy

    Feeding everyone isn't even the problem either, we produce plenty of food, we just waste absurd amounts of it. We also produce incredibly inefficient food like beef.

    [–] i wonder how much money was lost... another_matt 1 points ago in ThatLookedExpensive

    Even the collective knowledge of all those researchers, of all mankind really, is just fancy cheap disposable shit. It could all be lost in a generation or two.

    [–] Nothing to see here... another_matt 2 points ago in JoeRogan

    This is true. I just did this. Holy shit

    [–] We are fucked. Planet Earth is fucked. another_matt 1 points ago in ABoringDystopia

    The ash from the fires covers the ice and leads to increased warming and melting, with more solar energy being absorbed instead of reflected. This is happening to ice caps around the world.

    [–] i wonder how much money was lost... another_matt 1 points ago in ThatLookedExpensive

    Cheap disposable shit isn't what I was referring to in my first comment.

    Fancy cheap disposable shit. You were talking about quality of life. It's all fancy cheap disposable shit man. Iphone, clothes, cars, computers, food, everything we consume is drenched in carbon, but yet we've failed to price in even a tiny fraction of the damage it is doing to our planet. No matter how great the benefits of modern life are, they don't outweigh the melted ice caps, the deadly heat waves, and the famines brought on by crop failures.

    [–] i wonder how much money was lost... another_matt 1 points ago in ThatLookedExpensive

    Well others might say the current system is a complete catastrophe that is only serving to further destroy our planet and destabilize our climate system. The fact we can have fancy cheap disposable shit is some cold fucking consolation.

    [–] CBC Radio just interviewed the general manager of Yellow Cab and boy is she salty.... another_matt 47 points ago in vancouver

    There are though. That's literally what driver ratings are for. Drive bad, get bad ratings, don't drive anymore. I would have given so many 0/5 ratings to taxi drivers I've had over the years. Never given anything less than 5/5 to an Uber/Lyft driver because they have all been excellent.

    [–] i wonder how much money was lost... another_matt 1 points ago in ThatLookedExpensive

    Would we? Companies would still find ways to sell products and be profitable in a world that accurately priced carbon emissions. There would be more financial incentives to move away from single use plastics to more biodegradable materials and to find other innovations.

    [–] Scientists bid farewell to the first Icelandic glacier lost to climate change. another_matt 22 points ago in Futurology

    Gotta get the good stuff. Ikea has plenty of quality real wood furniture for reasonable prices.

    [–] Having kids makes you happier, but only when they move out, according to a new study, which suggests that parents are happier than non-parents later in life, when their children move out and become sources of social enjoyment rather than stress (n=55,000). another_matt 6 points ago in science

    People also seem to forget the homogeneous nature of the Scandinavian countries. From skin color to culture. Multiculturalism does have it's draw backs. Mostly the fact that we all have different ideals and motivations.

    Some racists people also seem to forget that Canada is a multicultural country and has numerous socialized healthcare, welfare and benefit programs. Socialized healthcare and childcare programs are not just for homogeneous white countries. This is a racist trope.

    [–] Having kids makes you happier, but only when they move out, according to a new study, which suggests that parents are happier than non-parents later in life, when their children move out and become sources of social enjoyment rather than stress (n=55,000). another_matt 14 points ago in science

    As a new father in Canada I have often wondered why, or even how, the hell people have children in America. Parenting is hard enough without the insane financial and employment stress you guys have to deal with there.

    We had a complicated pregnancy requiring regular hospital visits and stays for monitoring as well as a caesarean birth and a weeklong stay in a private room in the maternity ward afterwards, all with care provided by world class professionals at a cost of exactly $0.

    My wife has a year of partially paid maternity leave and I am taking 2 months at the end of that year, also I'll still have my vacation and personal days to take off and spend time with them. Our little man is happy and healthy now, but if he should need pretty much any medical care, therapy, or treatments in the future those will also all cost near $0.

    All this to say, even without the huge financial and work burden parenting still seems overwhelming at times, all respect to American parents for somehow being able to pull it off.

    [–] After over two years of running, and as of this morning, I've finally run every single (accessible) street of New Westminster. Time for a celebratory beer! (from Steel & Oak of course...) another_matt 2 points ago in NewWest

    Impressive! I thought I had ran or rode on most of the streets in New West, but now I'm seeing there are plenty of places to still explore. Looks like you didn't go down into my favorite trail in NW, Glenbrook ravine, it's the empty chunk next to Victoria hill. There's a rad secret garden in there.

    [–] Parents of Reddit, why are you disappointed in your adult child? another_matt 3 points ago in AskReddit

    There's a book called Children: The Challenge, written in 1960. It was revolutionary then, and still is frankly, and the whole philosophy centers around respecting the child and their autonomy; not getting into battles of will with them, and giving them right to choose how they are going to act, while importantly also allowing them to experience the consequences of those actions.

    This is a perfect example of how this is supposed to work. There's no arguing with the kid, no bribing or begging them, no shouting or even anger, just a clear consequence to their choice to misbehave like that. And it worked. It's like a key to unlocking this secret parenting power.

    [–] Parents of Reddit, why are you disappointed in your adult child? another_matt 1 points ago * (lasted edited 8 days ago) in AskReddit

    There's a book called Children: The Challenge, written in 1960. It was revolutionary then, and still is frankly, and the whole philosophy centers around respecting the child and their autonomy; not getting into battles of will with them, and giving them right to choose how they are going to act, while importantly also allowing them to experience the consequences of those actions.

    The story below about mom taking misbehaving kids from a restaurant and just leaving the meal, is a perfect example of how this is supposed to work. There's no arguing with the kid, no bribing or begging them, no shouting or even anger, just a clear consequence to their choice to misbehave like that. And it worked. It's like a key to unlocking this secret parenting power.

    Edit: And in your example, about the kid not coming in at night, he could lose the privilege of going out at night to play for a couple days and if he did it again it would be a more significant grounding. Could also help him figure out ways to get home on time, etc

    [–] Parents of Reddit, why are you disappointed in your adult child? another_matt 15 points ago in AskReddit

    There's a book called Children: The Challenge, written in 1960. It was revolutionary then, and still is frankly, and the whole philosophy centers around respecting the child and their autonomy; not getting into battles of will with them, and giving them right to choose how they are going to act, while importantly also allowing them to experience the consequences of those actions.

    This is a perfect example of how this is supposed to work. There's no arguing with the kid, no bribing or begging them, no shouting or even anger, just a clear consequence to their choice to misbehave like that. And it worked. It's like a key to unlocking this secret parenting power.