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Last season I had good success with alternating between cheaper options. Two 4.5s or 4.5/5.0 that have fixtures that rotate well is a totally solid option.

As of my latest tinkering, I'm going to use De Gea and Boruc until GW8 or so when I WC. With my current plans the extra funds wouldn't make a huge difference and United have a solid run of fixtures that I expect to see clean sheets from. After GW8 I'll likely WC into 2 rotating GKs.

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Well that's a new one

So if females had for whatever reason embraced computer engineering it would be a lesser paying job?

And what's the cause of that? Less likely to demand raises?

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So if females had for whatever reason embraced computer engineering it would be a lesser paying job?

An interesting example. The early computer programmers were primarily women. They were treated lesser than their male counterparts, paid less, and effectively seen as secretaries. Somewhere around 40% of Computer Science degrees at the time were comprised of women, a significantly high percentage. During the 1980s there was a shift from the idea of these jobs being for women, to them being for men. There are a number of theories as to what caused this shift, but regardless, women are no longer the primary source of programmers, and instead make up marginal percentages at most major companies in the industry.

Computer Programmer jobs are seen in higher esteem now than ever, and are paid significantly more.

So, yes, females already had embraced computer engineering and it was a lesser paying job. And in almost perfect concert with women moving out of the industry, men moved in, and wages went drastically up.

8 points · 1 day ago

nope. i try to play games that are mostly if not entirely built on crafting. i've lost patience with 'story' and 'action' that leads nowhere and gets thrown away when you exit the game window.

like, literally, my favorite game of all time is probably factorio right now, but i've decided to start playing WoW again to do more social crafting in a permanent server environment where the fruits of that kind of labor aren't lost as easily.

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like, literally, my favorite game of all time is probably factorio right now

Factorio is absolute proof that there is nothing inherently wrong with crafting as a mechanic. It is entirely about implementation. A well implemented crafting mechanic can be so good that an entire game can be centered around doing it ad nauseum and always wanting to craft more (Factorio).

Of course not every game needs a crafting mechanic too. Sometimes there isn't a reason for it, or its poorly implemented. Its all about how its implemented.

For people with more physically demanding jobs, continuing work is more of a challenge. But this might not always be the case. “Technology is changing the work that we do,” says Falkingham. “So actually some of the more manual jobs in terms of hard labour are being done by machines. It’s changing the nature of work, which will facilitate people working longer as well.”

Ah yes, technology. So, my chef friend, who is ~50 years old and lives paycheque-to-paycheque and has severe carpal tunnel from repetitive motions with a knife will be just fine working for another ~50 years because...technology...

It seems like a lot of the time when people say "technology will solve that" what they really mean is "lah lah lah can't hear you magic will fix everything".

Original Poster275 points · 2 days ago

He's a psychology professor who became famous by claiming that Canada's C-16 bill (which would made gender identity protected from discrimination) would lead to people being tossed into gulags for using the wrong pronouns and that transgender activists (among other groups, like corporate HR departments hiring for diversity) were "following the philosophy of Mao". He then wrote a self-help book called "Twelve Rules for Life".

There's nothing particularly objectionable about his self-help stuff (as far as I know, anyway) but he often says things like "lobsters having hierarchies prove that hierarchies are natural" or "men can control crazy men but not crazy women because they can't fight them", but his fans tend to insist he's just a moderate and he's being taken out of context.

EDIT: Oh, and he blames basically everything on "the postmodern neo-marxists out to destroy the west", sort of a Red Scare 2.0.

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There's nothing particularly objectionable about his self-help stuff (as far as I know, anyway)

In isolation, some of it is reasonable. Like, yeah, keep your life organized by having your room/house/whatever relatively orderly. If you're depressed as shit and your place is a mess, it'll probably feel good to clean up a bit. In scope though? A lot of it is basically pseudo-stoic and bootstraps type stuff. And that kind of "help" has a bad habit of reinforcing negative practices that actively prevent people from being capable of attaining the help they need. For those reasons even a lot of his seemingly innocuous "self-help" stuff isn't that good. If you're going down the self-help avenue there are better options, by far.

As a writer, I can relate.

Never reread your own stuff. Just carry onwards, m'dudes.

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I dig out my old stuff now and then just so I can read it. That feeling of pure cringe? That's called growth. And its a fucking wonderful feeling once you realize that.

But yeah, don't re-read too often. I can only handle so much of how stupid I used to be.

This seems true for the entire far right presence on the internet, period. Nagel touches on this a few times in Kill All Normies but yeah, these are literally the most pathetic degenerates our culture creates, often by their own admission, and yet they see themselves as taking up the mantle for purity and cultural supremacy.

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these are literally the most pathetic degenerates our culture creates, often by their own admission, and yet they see themselves as taking up the mantle for purity and cultural supremacy.

Projection and self-hate are like 90% of what constitutes the far-right. The other 10% is just pure unbridled stupidity.

24 points · 2 days ago

That was a great video. Really good explanation of the chimera that is the "West".

I wish she was a bit more clear this was only from the point of view of (Western?) Europe and the Anglosphere, though, because there are other conceptions of the West as well, meaning the video became a bit Eurocentric.

Here in Brazil (and I believe large part of Latin America), I don't think anyone would not consider us part of the West. I think the simple idea would be alien for us. Sure, we are poor and part of the third world, but we still have more in common with the US and Europe than anywhere else, by what metric aren't we Western? Hell, even the whole white supremacy thing. Most, of our elites are white. And most of us are very racist too, so it fits. Of course, of concept of "whiteness is fairly different from Europes or the US' (one drop rule makes no sense for us).

Then there is the other parts of the world. Their view and conception of the west is also different and, to my knowledge, often leans to the 6th definition. So it is not just "college professors" as Contra implied.

I know Contra, as an US American is talking about what is more relevant to her and her audience. Her own culture, her own experiences. But I wish she was more clear about that on the video, even if didn't elaborate much, specially because in the Internet it is so easy for other cultures to watch her videos. Like, for me her just showing a map that doesn't include Latin America in the West, as it was an indisputable assumption, is a bit alienating.

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Well, the whole video is kind of denoting that "the West" is a useless concept. It's conception is always arbitrarily defined depending on who wishes to benefit from it's use. As an anglo-Canadian, the conception of "the West" I'm most familiar with is the one she used (US/Canada, Western Europe, Aus/NZ and SA).

It's definitely an anglo-centric conception of "the West", but that was kind of her point. For those who view "the West" as mentioned in the video, it explicitly excludes South America due to racial reasons.

Conspiracy time: Contrapoint's real goal is to introduce classical music appreciation in American leftist circles.

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I can totally get on board with this.

I mean, Mahler's music was banned in Nazi Germany, which is pretty bad ass...can we start with him? That dude doesn't get enough credit.

And Dvorak's No.9 (New World Symphony) is just all kinds of interesting; themes of European domination and destruction, African-American inspired melodies and some sort of odd optimistic melancholy that evokes all of the strange senses that come with contending with the colonialist occurrences of an empire built on stolen land.

Classical music fucking rules.

Except Mozart. I mean, its good, don't get me wrong. But dude was a dweeb and he wrote dweeb music.

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But dude was a dweeb and he wrote dweeb music.

It's an acquired taste if you have not studied music theory, if you have done so his compositions become mindblowing. If you have never listened to him seriously, listen to the first movement of his 21st piano concerto of his most famous compositions). The 20th is great too (there's a video for this one), if you feel edgy (actually I'm 99% sure you'll like this one more, everyone always does)

If you just don't like his music, ignore the first part of this post.

Also Mahler had nothing leftist in him. He had been an anti-semite until the last years of his life, and generally speaking he was a romantic German nationalist. Sure, he wasn't a nazi, but his politics are no reason to listen to his music (and this applies to most musicians and composers in general, at least when it comes to instrumental music)

Also the Nazis were idiots when it came to classical music. Using them as a criteria makes no sense: they will ban war symphonies by Mahler because he was Jewish while playing the 9th Symphony (which is about universal brotherhood) at every public event only because of Beethoven's reputation in German culture. Their display of their national classical music was a posture, there was no substance betweem their "selections"

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It's an acquired taste if you have not studied music theory

I have. Like I said, its good, don't get me wrong - but dude was a grade-A dweeb. Clever writing be damned. Of course, this is all personal preference.

Also Mahler had nothing leftist in him. He had been an anti-semite until the last years of his life

T'was a joke. My comment about Mahler not getting enough credit is musically referenced, not socially. I've got a soft spot for him. His 9th is still probably one of my favourite symphonies and I just love the story behind it and how well that translates to the music. But yeah, I don't mean to venerate him as some sort of leftist paragon or anything.

Also the Nazis were idiots when it came to classical music.

Who would have thought that world renowned idiots in most subjects would be idiots in music? Nazis were pretty bad at everything, even when it comes to silver linings.

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48 points · 2 days ago

His Pod Damn America appearance was fantastic.

I know Chapo is 97% just a dumb comedy podcast, but Matt has interesting and useful things to say about socialism and it's slightly disappointing that he so rarely gets the opportunity to talk about that.

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I'm relatively new to Citations Needed and have been looking for more leftist pod content. After listening to this episode of Pod Damn (which I didn't even know was a thing before this thread), fuck yeah. Matt was great. I love me a good ol' serious Christman rant.

How is that any different than vodka or opiods?

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Well, opioids are usually held within child-proof prescription bottles. Alcohol is a bit different, but generally speaking the smell and taste should be off-putting enough to prevent a 6 year old from eating them.

However, a bag of edible gummie bears are identical to normal gummie bears. They effectively taste the same, look the same, all of it. If you ran a blind taste test you probably couldn't figure out which was which until about 45 minutes had passed and you started to feel the effects.

So, its very different.

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Well, well, well...

Looks like the World Cup is almost at it's end! This has been a good one too! A lot of upsets, and a lot of damn good football! Here's how the prediction league table looks before the 3rd place and final games:

Position Username Points
1 orangeManate 4720
2 /u/partisanal_cheese 4290
3 /u/Surtur1313 3861
4 /u/ink_13 3458
5 /u/TealSwinglineStapler 3156
6 /u/methoxyethane 2919
7 /u/juanless 2690
8 /u/acesolid 2549
9 evan24jg 2444
10 /u/dmcg12 2301
11 /u/WL19 2238
12 Tribalrage 1118
13 /u/spanishmarsupial 528

If anyone knows who orangeManate, evan24jg and Tribalrage are, feel free to let me know! I'd love to know who's winning our little prediction league!

Edit: I can't believe I forgot!

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Sign up folks, and we can discuss Premier League in these FSF threads all winter!

I need new podcasts, hit me with your reccos

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I listen to a lot of podcasts (two to four hours daily); this is what I am currently subscribed to.

  • 30 for 30 Podcasts - sports documentaries
  • 99% Invisible - awesome podcast on design.
  • Benjamen Walker's Theory of Everything - I don't really know how to describe this but it makes me think.
  • Freakonomics Radio - Explores the economics behind stuff.
  • Heavyweight - recommended by u/Surtur1313 (thanks dude!) - Middle aged Jewish man tries to make sense of the world and help people.
  • Hidden Brain - NPR podcast on how our minds work.
  • ID10T - Chris Hadwick sold Nerdist and renamed the podcast. Celebrity interviews. I'm pretty selective on this one.
  • Imaginary Worlds - explores issues around fictional spaces.
  • Invisibilia - NPR - looks at social pressures
  • MacBreak Weekly - Tech news - Apple/Mac centric
  • Ologies - Allie Ward interviews various ologists (eg: Biologists, Geologists) - tag line Ask smart people stupid questions.
  • On Drugs - CBC - popular culture of recreational drugs
  • Our Strange Skies - this is almost a good UFO podcast
  • Astonishing Legends - ufos, paranormal and shit like that - the Oak Island series was good r/AstonishingLegends
  • Planet Money - NPR - Very good podcast looks at economics and such
  • Science and Futurism with Isaac Arthur - a very good podcast on where science may take us. Recommended to me by u/Regretfuleducation
  • Stay Tuned with Preet - Former US attorney discusses legal and political stuff
  • The Black Tapes - drama produced by PNW (a radio play)
  • The Boys in Short Pants - Canadian Politics featuring our very own u/LaurentYOW
  • The Economist Radio - Podcasts from the preeminent British paper.
  • The Sword and Laser - a scifi and fantasy book club
  • TWIT - This week in tech - tech news
  • Very Bad Words (recently discontinued) - a very good podcast on language usage - mostly profane language
  • WTF with Marc Maron - Middle aged Jewish man tries to make sense of his world by interviewing celebrities. Recently, Marc interviewed Bobcat Goldthwait on the death of a common friend - dark and dangerously funny. Marc is a very good interviewer and this podcast is a lot of things but it is not as trite as my description sounds.
  • Your Favorite Band Sucks - musical criticism - TBH, I have listened to one episode - The Beatles - and as much as I fucking hate the Beatles, I think these guys missed the mark. It is on my chopping block.
  • Sandra - a radio play
  • Tanis - a radio play
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Heavyweight - recommended by u/Surtur1313 (thanks dude!) - Middle aged Jewish man tries to make sense of the world and help people.

Jonathan Goldstein has also done a number of stories for This American Life and used to have a show on CBC Radio too. I'm sure with a quick Google search you (or anyone else) could sift through and find some of his older work. The guy just has a way with words. It's near-intoxicating storytelling, even if you disagree with his thoughts or decisions in places.

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10 points · 2 days ago

Young'un yourself, this is mine, well not mine, my cousin had it and I dreamed about it

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This is the one my cousin had! And I had the one that /u/Thrashy posted! Wow, nostalgia trip!

26 points · 3 days ago

Any amount of fairness given will be abused.

Centrism is your problem. If you look at feminists on one side and nazis on the other side and decide it's your job to be fair to both sides, you've already lost. One of those sides is there for the sole purpose of abusing the privilege of being there, and it ain't the feminists.

For any subreddit that isn't explicitly unwelcoming of far right ideas (and not every sub can be that) there's a genuine problem.

Again, it's pretty clear what the problem is. You think universal healthcare and let's-do-genocide are both ideas that deserve equal time and a place on your subreddit.

It's a moral failing on your part (and that of all centrists), and it leads inevitably to the alt-right abusing their way into influence, power and ruining the entire thing.

It really isn't that hard to run a subreddit and tell your users that bigotry and hatespeech won't be tolerated.

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I think your misunderstanding a few things here. So, lets get these out of the way - I'm not a centrist. I'm not even a liberal. I do not believe that universal healthcare and let's-do-genocide are both ideas that deserve equal time or place. The decision to run the subreddit that I mod in the way it is run isn't my decision. I'm just one of a number of mods, all of whom vary quite drastically in our political beliefs. I moderator that sub because I believe without my voice it would be much worse off. And I do have to make a lot of compromises in terms of how I would personally mod, and how the rest of the modteam wishes to run things.

It really isn't that hard to run a subreddit and tell your users that bigotry and hatespeech won't be tolerated.

Well, bigotry and hatespeech aren't tolerated on the sub. Either of those will result in a permanent ban, instantly. That isn't really the issue.

But, let's say someone wants to make an argument that immigration is ruining the employment prospects of Canadians. And lets say they make their argument without being explicitly racist. They're being polite in tone and utilizing legitimate data towards making an argument. It isn't so easy to discern between these sorts of arguments, and it isn't easy to remove them. Because if you start removing them...well, the subreddit isn't about Canadian politics anymore, its about left-wing Canadian politics. And that's where the problem lies. Conservative positions are often, to me, almost always based in some level of problematic belief. The above immigration argument is total nonsense, built out of racial fears and xenophobia. It is inherently disrespectful and immediately brings down the quality of discourse. But if the purpose of a subreddit is the broad discussion of issues between people of varying political beliefs, with a focus on respectfulness...you can't really just start banning everyone who has a problematic but non-explicitly racist/etc. belief.

And of course, the reason I'm even discussing this is because of my original point above; it is easy for explicitly leftist spaces to maintain leftist discourse, it isn't as easy for non-leftist spaces to do so. For simple issues like overt hatespeech, the solution is obvious, but its less-so for most other scenarios. And that means you will be run over by trolls and the like, over time, as they learn to take advantage of any kindness you show.

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They're being polite in tone and utilizing legitimate data towards making an argument

The above immigration argument is total nonsense, built out of racial fears and xenophobia.

Pick one.

This goes towards my greater point. You say you ban for bigotry and intolerance, but then you admit you allow arguments entirely based on xenophobia and racism.

Which is it?

And that means you will be run over by trolls and the like, over time, as they learn to take advantage of any kindness you show.

This is why you have a "moderator discretion" rule. Allowing your users to rules-lawyer you into letting bigoted, hateful, dishonest posts stand is a one-way ticket to the alt-right. And you don't have to be a Leftist sub to disallow that.

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Those two points aren't mutually exclusive?

Note, I didn't say they were being polite in content (or by inference) or that they're using data towards making a legitimate argument.

You can make a nonsense point built out of racial fears and xenophobia while being tonally polite and using legitimate data. You'd be wrong, hence the nonsense aspect, but you can still do it.

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Holy shit. This rules! I wasn't aware he had a lecture series on YouTube. Thanks for the share! And I'd highly suggest sharing this directly to the sub as well.

Is there a place I can follow progress? I really like this and I'm interested in the game itself too.

True. Have a few cops as friends. They all play, or have played, Dungeons and Dragons.

They know, man.

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Not a cop, but I can confirm I use a Crown Royal bag for my dice.

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Ha-Joon Chang imo.

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Whoa, shit. I have to admit my economics knowledge is severely lacking (I was the critical theory nerd in an Anthropology degree, to be fair) but this guy looks cool as shit. Well, at least for an economist.

Anyone got a specific book to recommend?

Original Poster5 points · 7 days ago

It was so fun! There were events for every age group and athletic ability (the pillow fighting was especially hilarious) and it was great to see a community come together for a day of good spirited contests. One thing that stood our was how similar the “dance mom” culture for the Highland Dancers was to American cheerleading moms - all makeup and fancy hair do’s but for girls competing in traditional dancing instead of cheer squads.

Luss has been hosting the games since the 1870’s and the local clan chieftains were there as well, so as an American it was cool to get a glimpse into that community lifestyle.

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One thing that stood our was how similar the “dance mom” culture for the Highland Dancers was to American cheerleading moms

You have no idea. The two are very similar, mum-culture wise. Overbearing, loud, aggressive and antagonistic mothers who have more fight in them than a mother lion protecting her cub about the absolute smallest of issues.

-28 points · 7 days ago

Not sure where you think you are, but that is nowhere near the house....

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Not sure why anyone would downvote this. They aren't anywhere near the house. They're not even on the lot. I mean, no big deal, and its still cool for OP to be near the lot and stuff. But this isn't a picture of the alley just outside the house, its a picture of an alley outside the lot.

4 points · 7 days ago

Yeah, I wasn't trying to be rude, but I wouldn't consider this 'close' at all. What is the point of a picture a quarter mile away from the house?

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There is absolutely something unethical about pirating some things.

But yeah, by and large, pirate away.

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