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  1. TerraPrime

    LGBTQ+ 5 -- Now With More Gender Outlaws

    Re: MFC Awesome sauce! :-) Re: Robin I accept the prevailing choice of "transgender," and I will respectfully use that as the default descriptor until I am told otherwise. But on a personal level I think it's a shame we lost the distinction between transsexual and transgender. Sex and gender are not the same, after all. Those who identify as a different gender aren't always identifying as a different sex. For instance, a very masculine woman is transgender because she's transgressing against the assigned gender. But she identifies as a woman, so she's not transsexual. In my mind, the two separate descriptors have their respective uses.
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    U.S. Politics: And a Happy "Shithole" Year

    If only there were some sign or evidence during the campaign season to show that Trump is a fickle, inconstant, narcissistic, uninformed, self-aggrandizing, unprepared, conman so they could have wised up and thrown their support to a different candidate.
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    Raw water

    I have a raw hose in my pants...
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    It's the End of the World: Climate Collapse

    I can't think of ways in which nuclear power is better than renewable energy sources - cost, effectiveness, accessibility (tech barrier), pollution. Fossil fuel is so completely woven into our civilization that it isn't realistic to expect one source will replace it all by itself. We will continue to have fossil fuels. But if we're lucky, we can reduce our reliance on it from 95%+ to say, 50%, and use combinations of renewables to make up the difference. If we can reduce carbon emissions by that much, I suspect we will have made a great effort to curb the damage of human activities on our weather system.
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    U.S. Politics: And a Happy "Shithole" Year

    I don't think it's the technology - smart phones and internet. I think it's that we're using the platforms for free. Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, SnapChat, etc., are all "free" to use. There is no monetary cost. What we pay is instead our privacy, our information reach, and our cultural context. By using it for free, we agreed to give up control in those areas. That's the problem, imo.
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    Raw water

    Soon, Darwin Award will be entirely overwhelmed.
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    It's the End of the World: Climate Collapse

    There has been talks of oil farms using algae. The pictures I saw have thing bags of liquid hanging like laundry. The problem, as I see it, is that photosynthesis only converts the carbon in CO2 to other forms of carbon, which now needs to be disposed of. I think if we harvest the biomass and bury it, that'd be one way of removal of carbon in a net sense. If we use the oil from algae, then it's just recycling current carbon and doesn't remove carbon.
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    It's the End of the World: Climate Collapse

    It's far more feasible to store CO2 underground, rather than to convert to O2, trapped between impermeable layers. But, clearly, the energy required would have to come from either non fossil or from renewable fossil to make it worthwhile.
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    It's the End of the World: Climate Collapse

    In other news: 1. Oceanic apoxic dead zones have quadrupled in size since 1950. Link: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/jan/04/oceans-suffocating-dead-zones-oxygen-starved 2. The new arctic climate is predicted to be dominated by rain, instead of snow. Link: https://www.nature.com/articles/nclimate3240 That article was published in March of 2017. Then, in Sept 2017, someone observed actual rainfall in the arctic: http://blogs.reuters.com/environment/2008/01/04/how-often-does-it-rain-at-the-north-pole/ That's all.
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    It's the End of the World: Climate Collapse

    I don't know whether there's a tipping point of no return concerning CO2 that we've already passed, or not. I think we're probably close to it or have already passed it. However, I do know that regardless of any tipping point, changing our behavior to reduce our output is ALWAYS going to help. Even if the climate pattern is already changed beyond repair, certainly, adding less to it cannot be worse. In terms of risk analysis, I see no permutation where concerted efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emission is a no-go.
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    It's the End of the World: Climate Collapse

    But there's more to the story of beef eating thant he methane they produce. In the U.S., the vast majority of corn produced is used as animal feed to fatten up the cattle faster. Reduction in consumption of conventionally/industrially raised cattle will significantly cut down the need for corn, which in turn will reduce the carbon load of our system since conventional farming relies on fertilizers and fossil-fuel powered machines. So there's a very strong downstream impact for reducing beef consumption in the U.S. Also, really, the hypotheticals of "if we stop doing X completely" aren't meant to be proposed solutions. They're usually meant to highlight the significance of a particular contributing factor to the complex, over all problem we face. We could as well say what if every household in the US installs a 4 mm^2 solar panel, or what if all the cars switch to biodiesel, etc.
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    LGBTQ+ 5 -- Now With More Gender Outlaws

    I haven't followed the board for a while and just now caught up in this thread. Much love to all my peoples. <3 Last week, I started a conversation with an FtM individual on the kink board I post on, and he challenged me that despite how I see myself as trans-friendly, my actions do not match it. Specifically, he pointed out how my description of my sexuality is very trans-exclusionary. And he was/is right. So now I've been deep in the weeds for a few days now wrestling the gnarly conflagration of sexuality, sexual attraction, indoctrinated gender presentations, masculinity, and the definition of homosexuality. This process has so far been pretty difficult and challenging, and also quite exciting. I feel that despite having been in the LBGT community since forever, I have been really forced to confront my own unexamined defaults about trans individuals on the topic of sexual partners. This whole process was a quick reminder to myself that I have so much baggage of my own to unpack, and also, how insidiously subtle a lot of these preconceived notions are in controlling our world views.
  13. This is the part of advising that gets a little dicy for me. I value people's agency and self-determination. So I really do respect your decision to go on with this ambiguously half-satisfying non-committed pseudo relationship, if that's your pick. At the same time, what Kelli said. And, just for compare and contrast: My husband and I are very independent. We speak less than 3 sentences to each other most evenings. He'd go see movies I don't care about, and vice versa, and then we would go to see movies we both like. So the point is that relationships do not have a fixed quantity of inter-mixing. It's as much or as little as you two want, and are happy about. Granted, when you love someone, you'd naturally want to spend time with them. And I do want to spend time with my husband, just not in a way that makes us always do things together as a couple. It's okay that he likes to watch B-horror movies from the 50s while I play online games, and it's okay that he goes to brunch with a group of people while I sleep in on Saturdays, etc. Giving each other space is an important reason why our relationship works for us. So if you were feeling suffocated while in a functional relationship, I just want to make the point that being emotionally supportive doesn't have to _also_ mean suffocating.
  14. I agree with the marvelous Kelli. Except I would probably use a less harsh set of speech. Because I am more wimpy lol. Though, seriously, Min. I get that you see clearly why you're crushing on him and why that's a comfortably dysfunctional thing to do. I think I get it, at least. But maybe, the question to ask, is when are you ready to move away from enjoying dysfunctional relationships at all. And I use the word "enjoying" in the sense that you're taking preference to avoidance of non-dysfunctional relations here, not that you're necessarily having a good time. Yeah, you like the will-we-won't-we tension, but I am not hearing from you confession of emotional support and sustenance that we typically want from relationships. This work dude is an emotional vampire. He lives off of the infatuation and crushes that he cultivates in his marks. He'll reciprocate your affection only as a way to keep you tethered to him. He expects dedication and loyalty while offering none in return. On one hand, if you see clearly through this and just want to "enjoy" it for what it is worth, then great. On the other hand, "enjoying" this type of interaction isn't a sign of healthy emotional wellbeing. You're a great person - intelligent, witty, compassionate, talented, attractive. It'd be a shame if you just settle for rotting table scraps like this work dude.
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    LGBTQ+ 5 -- Now With More Gender Outlaws

    Ugh. That sucks. *hugs* Maybe there's a chance that they will turn out to be educate-able? In some cases it really does take having a loved one coming out to them to force them to re-examine their preconceptions and value judgments. It sucks to be that loved one who'd have to sustain the emotional lashings, but in some cases, progress can be made. *hugs*
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