What if it bites me and it dies?
that means you’re poisonous. jesus christ, nate, learn to read.
What if it bites itself and I die?
What if it bites me and someone else dies?
That’s correlation, not causation.
what if we bite each other and neither of us die
oh my god
this is still my favorite text post collaboration ever
South Korean train carriage comes complete with refrigerated meat section
yxoque asked: "Politics is the mindkiller" is one of the most misinterpreted and misused phrases that have come out of LW. Both from inside and outside the community. A recent effort has been made to push "Politics is hard mode," "politics is a minefield," or "Politics is spiders" to show that talking about politics is really hard because of [reasons]. Mindkiller really is a poor choice of words, because they make it sound like an opponent is "mindkilled" or that politics should be avoided altogether.
I like those term better. I’m still not super enthused about the community’s penchant for slogans for the same reason that I’m not actually all that fond of or interested in Informal Fallacies anymore—they’re a blade and while a blade can be used as a mirror, that’s not its intended purpose, and the wielder isn’t the intended target—but yeah, I think those terms do a better job of not shutting down political debate.
That said! One of the fundamental tenants of the Liberal Arts these days is that everything is always already political. Segmenting politics off as something separate just means ignoring the complications inherent in any position. If politics is spiders, EVERYTHING is spiders. NOTHING is an outlier. Adn it should ALL have been counted.
We are all Spiders Georg.
I personally like those slogans because you can use them as easy shorthand. Say, someone brings up the fact that they’re shutting down several nuclear reactors in Belgium withour really looking into alternatives and I can just say: “I’d rather not discuss that right now, politics is a minefield.” This lets people (who know the jargon, that’s a problem inherent in jargon) know, in short and easy terms, why I don’t want to press that issue.
On the other hand, if someone wants to have a discussion about the merits of nuclear energy and its alternatives, I feel less bad about talking about that, despite it also being political.
Even if everything is political, not everything feels equally politically charged.
And I do think there’s some merrit in the idea that strongly polically charged ideas make people think less critically.
What rationalists seem to consistently miss is how fundamental language is to power, and how by setting up shorthand phrases and lingo you can unintentionally create certain power dynamics. Without realising it, rationalist slogans are themselves a political statement.
And by trying to ignore politics they are really just deliberately blinding themselves to an essential requirement of understanding for being more rational.
Do you ever wake up one day and realize that the people who try to bully you are a thousand times more boring than they think they are?
(Nobody’s done anything to me lately, I was just reminiscing.)
my mum’s worst…
This was long but I agree. Evil is boring.
I guess people do boring shit like harass people because evil is only mildly empowering and interesting even to them, and it has diminishing returns. It’s like heroine, or really good cupcakes.
knitted-pigeons asked: Hello! I know this isn't the loveliest of questions, but in your UN child morality post you said that one of the preventable diseases that 1/3 of children die from is diarrhea. I know diarrhea is disgusting and unpleasant and all, but how do you die from it?
You die from diarrhea because of dehydration. Sometimes kids have diarrhea that requires IV hydration, for instance, and there’s very little of that available in rural areas in the developing world. There are much better rehydration solutions than there used to be, but the only good solution is 1. better sanitation so toilets don’t flow into water that gets used for drinking, and 2. clean water.
When he was 2, my son had a diarrhea illness (campylobacter) that in the developing world could’ve proven fatal, but he was fine because he lives in the U.S. and we can go to CVS and buy Pedialyte, and if we couldn’t keep him hydrated, we would’ve taken him to the hospital. Bugs that cause childhood diarrhea are almost never fatal in the U.S., but more than half a million kids under five are going to die of diarrheal illnesses for want of clean waters, good toilets, and antibiotics that cost 20 cents per dose.
It’s infuriating. I saw a boy in Ethiopia who was extremely sick and possibly dying because of diarrhea, and it’s just so needless. He probably had rotavirus, and there’s a rotavirus vaccine, but it costs $2.50, which means many communities can’t provide it.
I am so angry about that boy’s needless suffering. I am so outraged about the needless deaths of millions of children every year. The progress in health outcomes in Ethiopia and many other countries in the developing world over the last 20 years is astounding. It’s unprecedented in human history. But we need to invest much more to get people in the developing world the basic resources they need to afford the 20-cent antibiotics and the $2.50 vaccines.
I like how John gave them an informed, helpful opinion rather than antagonising the questioner by accusing them of being privileged racist classist swine and then telling them to kill themselves.
It might say something about tumblr that to me, that felt unusual on here.
A bit of context on this next series of photos: Dharamshala, India is where the exiled government of Tibet resides. Led by the Dalai Lama, nearly 100,000 Tibetan refugees live in this northern Indian city, where they seek to maintain their traditions and culture in exile. The long journey from Tibet to India includes a grueling 28 day walk through the Himalayan mountains. Many of the refugees make this trek as children, sent by their parents in hopes of studying their language and religion in freedom. In conclusion, here’s a young Tibetan monk playing with a kitten.