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    [–] That's just the sound of history repeating selectrix 2 points ago in AdviceAnimals

    What we DO have a finite supply of is stored energy,

    Which is why it's pretty important for us to get our act together and either figure out sustainability or start some off-planet colonies (preferably both), because if this round of civilization collapses the next one isn't going to have easy fossil fuels to jump start an industrial revolution for them.

    That might actually be a good thing, but might also mean we're the last group to have a real shot at making it off the planet before the next big asteroid impact or supervolcano.

    [–] TIL that in 1999, Harvard physicist Lene Hau was able to slow down light to 17 meters per second and in 2001, was able to stop light completely. selectrix 349 points ago in todayilearned

    I saw Lene Hau at a grocery store in Los Angeles yesterday. I told her how cool it was to meet her in person, but I didn’t want to be a douche and bother her and ask her for photos or anything.

    She said, “Photos? Why not just freeze the light in this room? Oh right YOU CAN'T."

    I was taken aback, and all I could say was “Huh?” but she kept cutting me off and going “huh? huh? huh?” and closing her hand shut in front of my face. I walked away and continued with my shopping, and I heard her chuckle as I walked off. When I came to pay for my stuff up front I saw her trying to walk out the doors with like fifteen Milky Ways in her hands without paying.

    The girl at the counter was very nice about it and professional, and was like “Maam, you need to pay for those first.” At first she kept pretending to be tired and not hear her, but eventually turned back around and brought them to the counter.

    When she took one of the bars and started scanning it multiple times, she stopped her and told her to scan them each individually “to prevent any electrical infetterence,” and then turned around and winked at me. I don’t even think that’s a word. After she scanned each bar and put them in a bag and started to say the price, Lene kept interrupting her by yawning really loudly.

    [–] At getting these cacti off his friend selectrix 1 points ago in therewasanattempt

    Nah deserts are probably the least pain-in-the ass places to be as far as wilderness goes, as long as you have water. If for no other reason than lack of swarming bugs.

    [–] Why are black only or women only clubs not considered racist or sexist? selectrix 14 points ago in NoStupidQuestions

    No worries mate. And unfortunately even just asking questions like that can get some hostile responses since there are a lot of racists out there who love to ask them in bad faith; it's just important to try to stay level headed in conversations like these.

    [–] Why are black only or women only clubs not considered racist or sexist? selectrix 36 points ago in NoStupidQuestions can. I just said that. It's just that "black heritage" in america is an actual thing, while "white heritage" isn't. Italian heritage, Irish heritage, German heritage, sure- just not "white heritage". If white people had been systematically stripped of all records of their ancestry, families split up and rearranged, etc; then maybe there'd be a case for "white culture/pride/heritage" but as it is there's no need. If you're white, you probably know your heritage.

    [–] Why are black only or women only clubs not considered racist or sexist? selectrix 55 points ago in NoStupidQuestions

    No it isn't. There are plenty of Irish/Italian/Polish/etc. clubs, and they're not considered racist (unless they're doing racist stuff, of course). If black people in America could actually trace their roots you might see Ethiopian/Sudanese/Nigerian clubs instead of black clubs, but unfortunately the slave trade eliminated that possibility.

    See also: "Why is it okay for black people to talk about black pride but not for white people to talk about white pride?"

    [–] Hollywood Babble-On: /r/Movies, Fatty Arbuckle, and the "Reddit Rape Defense Squad" selectrix 3 points ago in SubredditDrama

    You seem to think I'm arguing that neither is worse than the other. I'm not- please reread my comments if you continue to think so.

    All I'm saying is not to belittle reputation damage- especially something so severe as being accused of rape. You know perfectly well how harmful it is to have your reputation sullied, so don't pretend like it isn't a big deal.

    [–] Hollywood Babble-On: /r/Movies, Fatty Arbuckle, and the "Reddit Rape Defense Squad" selectrix -2 points ago in SubredditDrama

    Plenty of people experience trauma and can’t walk away unscathed.

    I never said anything about unscathed, I said survive and bounce back. As in begin to approach normalcy- do you think you could have done that without having people like your husband around to support you?

    It's fine that you don't want to minimize the trauma of rape- that's absolutely fair- all I'm saying is not to minimize the harm of a damaged reputation.

    [–] Hollywood Babble-On: /r/Movies, Fatty Arbuckle, and the "Reddit Rape Defense Squad" selectrix -1 points ago in SubredditDrama

    most rape victims who speak out also have their reputations ruined, and in pretty much all the same ways.

    Yes, that's a major part of my point. While the act of rape is horrific enough in itself, the major psychological damage and depression for a lot of survivors comes when their cry for help is met with skepticism and ostracization instead of acceptance and support. The terrible things in your second paragraph didn't happen because you were raped, it happened because your community rejected you- because your reputation was ruined with them.

    Any relatively neurotypical person can survive and bounce back from some quite severe trauma so long as they have people to support them. Damage to your reputation, however, eliminates that support network- I'm sure you can appreciate more than most how deep that cuts.

    [–] Hollywood Babble-On: /r/Movies, Fatty Arbuckle, and the "Reddit Rape Defense Squad" selectrix -2 points ago in SubredditDrama

    knowing everyone saw a whore when they looked at me.

    Forgive me if I'm misinterpreting, but it sounds like your respiration being damaged was a major source of stress/trauma for you in that situation as well as in the later one. It's just surprising to me that so many people are willing to dismiss harm to ones reputation, while simultaneously- and justifiably- noting the injustice of rape victims' reputations suffering.

    [–] Hollywood Babble-On: /r/Movies, Fatty Arbuckle, and the "Reddit Rape Defense Squad" selectrix 6 points ago in SubredditDrama

    Yeah and I'm not going to be belittling those situations either. Likewise I wouldn't think it wise to compare them to rape, just like before, but I'm not going to disrespect the people who have taken their lives over that.

    [–] Hollywood Babble-On: /r/Movies, Fatty Arbuckle, and the "Reddit Rape Defense Squad" selectrix 0 points ago in SubredditDrama

    I think if people kill themselves over both it's pretty insulting of you to belittle one group like that

    [–] Hollywood Babble-On: /r/Movies, Fatty Arbuckle, and the "Reddit Rape Defense Squad" selectrix -1 points ago in SubredditDrama

    I wouldn't say it's insulting - having a reputation as a perpetrator of one of the most heinous crimes aside from homicide is actually a really terrible thing if you are innocent. They're very different situations, so it's certainly not easy (or necessarily wise) to compare them but there's no reason to call it insulting. Both are terrible experiences that can destroy a person's life and/or drive them to suicide. No need to belittle either.

    [–] "200 rounds" selectrix 1 points ago in funny

    Confiscation is the physical act of taking a thing. A law is not confiscation. Mandatory buybacks are not confiscation. If nobody is taking your guns from your hands/property, it's not confiscation. Use "ban" instead. Fear mongering gun nuts like yourself use the word "confiscation" specifically because it means physical removal- it's much scarier than an accurate word like "ban".

    I never claimed Obama was taking people's guns or was close to taking people's guns.

    My bad there - got you mixed up with another commenter making the same arguments who had done so.

    [–] "200 rounds" selectrix 1 points ago in funny

    No, they didn't, because they knew that forcefully taking people's guns would be an incredibly dumb thing for a government to do. If you want so badly to believe that this is not the case, please show me the articles detailing the violent arrest and seizure of weapons from Australians following the gun ban.

    look past 2018 or past Trump.

    I have. I lived through 8 years of fearmongering from people like yourself yelling about Obama coming to take your guns. I never happened. It never came remotely close to happening. When are you going to admit you were wrong about that? It was as hysterical and baseless as the birth certificate nonsense.

    [–] "200 rounds" selectrix 1 points ago in funny

    Great, so don't believe we should have police either. I think I've heard enough.

    [–] This basically sums it up selectrix 1 points ago in WhitePeopleTwitter

    I wonder about that sometimes- the acting and writing from back then seem so much cheesier in comparison to even mediocre modern shows; why is that? Special effects would obviously be worse with the technology of the time, but it feels like it's much easier to say that the [non-technology-related] quality of TV has flat-out improved over time in a way that can't be said of music or stage or static visual art.

    The only thing I could think of is that fewer actors nowadays are coming from stage backgrounds and bringing those conventions with them to the screen- that would go a long way to explain the "overactedness" of stuff from the 70s, but I'm sure that's not the whole picture.

    [–] "200 rounds" selectrix 1 points ago in funny

    Votes for self-proclaimed socialist

    uses "collectivist" as an insult

    Pardon my suspicion

    [–] "200 rounds" selectrix 1 points ago * (lasted edited 9 days ago) in funny

    & let me guess - you turned around and voted for Trump after Bernie lost.

    I love how you imply that I used the word conservative anywhere. There are plenty of conservatives who aren't naively individualistic like yourself.

    Like I said - go have your fun at the expense/harm of others. It's what rabid individualists tend to do.