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    What should be done... about climate change

    Another article worth reading. It argues that as well as working to reduce their own emissions and deploy existing renewable energy technologies at scale, advanced economies should be putting much more funding into renewable energy R&D. As is often pointed out, if a country such as the UK (or Germany, or Japan, or wherever) cut all carbon emissions tomorrow, it would make a tiny dent in the global total (although they should still definitely pursue reduction anyway). But for a fraction of the cost of doing that, they could unilaterally massively increase the total spent on R&D, and then share the results with the world, for a much higher global impact.
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    What should be done... about climate change

    A useful resource for sorting supported claims from unsupported claims in climate reporting. Helpful for debunking deniers, but also useful in criticising people who are unhelpfully inaccurate in their claims about the changes that are happening.
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    To Tweet Or Not To Tweet? That Is The Question!

    I'm on this board (obviously) and a few other message boards. Most of my friends are on facebook, so I maintain an account for organising social stuff, and for keeping in touch with more distant relatives or friends who've moved away. I don't post or follow anyone though (my first action on making a new fried is to hit unfollow), so my timeline is empty. Never used Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, or any of the others.
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    UK Politics: It's Life Pfeffel but not as we know it

    Sure, but the problem isn't necessarily being an independent, mid-sized, largely insular country. The problem lies in the transition. Our economic infrastructure and supply lines are predicated around single market membership, and without some very savvy stewardship the reorganisation of them is likely to be disruptive. I think the fears of totally bare supermarket shelves and overnight meltdown are largely overblown, but I can see a moderate-to-large economic shock followed by a slow overall decline.
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    Dating - I love the way you swipe

    I didn't start dating, at all, until I was 28. My longest relationship is 10 months. I fully understand the feeling of everyone around you finding their life partners and settling down when it seems so far away for you. I know it's a platitude, but everyone really does do things in their own time, and doing things later isn't doing them worse.
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    What should be done... about climate change

    Touching again on the topic of political feasibility, I found this article helped clarify my own thinking around the matter.
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    What should be done... about climate change

    I definitely advocate more for the former than the latter. IMO, trying to start small or gradual is implicitly accepting the framing of the opposition. The message needs to be clear and consistent; “The time for small-scale gradual policies has passed, anything other than radical action is itself unrealistic, because the situation demands radicalism. We can’t prevent climate change, but we can mitigate it, and if we don’t then millions of people will die, millions more will suffer, and our civilization will change irrevocably, almost certainly for the worse.” People will balk, but instead of cringing back and compromising, we need to just keep hammering the message. The longer a message stays in the mainstream discourse, the more thoroughly it starts to penetrate into popular thought patterns. Even if the message is being constantly attacked by cultural and media gatekeepers, the message must still be present. Like I said above, western right-wing parties have understood this and used it to their advantage. Just keep flooding the airwaves with your message, don’t be ashamed of it, don’t cringe, no matter if it gets attacked or criticized or laughed at. Keep it up and it becomes part of the discourse, and what once seemed bizarre and radical can start to seem inevitable. So that would be my first step. Every left-leaning party in every democracy in the world needs to start coordinating on consistent climate message discipline.
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    What should be done... about climate change

    Sure, political viability will always be a consideration, but political viability isn't set in stone. Surely our starting point should be a discussion of what policies will actually be effective in mitigating climate change damage. And if those policies are technically viable, but aren't politically viable, then the job of advocates and politicians is to make them viable. The right-wing in the west has been extraordinarily effective at having its unsupported assumptions turned into accepted public wisdom, and part of that has been by having a consistent ideological message and hammering its talking points over and over again. We need to adopt a similar message discipline in support of climate-change mitigation policies, and every left-leaning party needs to get on board. If we start from the point of what's currently politically viable, we're already conceding the fight.
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    Yup, it's eerily appropriate given it was written over a decade ago. I actually first heard it on Philosophy Tube's dissection of Steve Bannon. (Here's a link to just the cover of the song itself). I love the circularity of the lyrics, and how the ideology that leads to the wall-building becomes its own justification. A downward spiral that's hard to break once it starts.
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    I'm not really a musical theatre person. I quite liked the stage version of the Lion King when I saw it a few years ago, but beyond that I've never really spared a second thought for musicals. And yet I am currently absolutely obsessed with Hadestown. It's a retelling of the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice, with a sort of Americana setting designed to evoke the depression and the dustbowl, and a really cool jazzy-folk sound. Originally it was an experimental show in New York, then a concept album by Anais Mitchell, then a small show in Edmonton and London, and now a Broadway production. Unfortunately I've yet to see it live (crossing my fingers that it comes back to the UK). A few of my favourite numbers: Way Down Hadestown Why We Build The Wall (written in 2006 believe it or not) Wait For Me (reprise) I don't really have any broader point with this thread. Just thought I'd plug something I really like that falls way outside of my usual tastes.
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    Small, unworthy things: part whatever

    Well, turns out my brother is now a Jordan Peterson fanboy. Which on the one hand is in no way surprising, and yet on the other is still very disappointing.
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    Exercise & Fitness: Summer Bodies (TBD)

    Exercise has been shit this year for me. Did...something...to my knee back in early February and it just hasn't been right since. Physiotherapist wasn't able to give me a firm answer on a specific injury, and getting a referral to a specialist has been nigh-on impossible. I've been doing the rehab exercises the physio gave me, which have helped somewhat. But every time I think it's healed and feeling good, I end up putting weight down on it in slightly the wrong way and it just collapses again. It's been a year of taking it in turns to go one step foreward then one step back again. Six months of supposed healing, six months of rehab exercises, and I'm no better off than when I started. This is getting seriously depressing.
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    Careerchat III

    Ugh, same old same old. I still hate my job. I still desperately want to do something else. I still have absolutely no idea what, or how to find out, or even where to start looking. I'm sick of feeling useless, and spending 90% of my time on pointless bureaucratic box-ticking.
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    U.S. Politics: Pedophilia is Just Acosta Doin' Business

    That seems self-limiting. Judge a tactic by it's own merits in a given situation, not by whoever else has used it. If any action ever performed by someone with racist beliefs is off the table, I'm not entirely sure what's left for you. I'm not advocating for or against non-violence, just saying it's use as a strategy should be judged on its efficacy rather than on ideological grounds. The same goes for violence, or indeed property distruction. Whether or not it's morally justified has to be paired with the question of whether or not it actually helps.
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    Workable Objectivism (Ayn Rand)

    One of my favourite videos from Philosophy Tube talks about this. Essentially, it talks about the idea that our minds are not independent entities that exist entirely within our own skulls. In many ways, our sense of self as individuals only exists - can only exist - in relation to others. Without other people to define ourselves against and in relation to, our sense of self will start to break down.