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The US is Politically to the Right of [Other] Democracies
  • Mainly because the wealthy are the ones who co tell the flow of (dis)information and have been making full on attacks against the quality of education we as citizens receive.

    When you don’t know any better, and you’re being told the sky is green and the grass is blue long enough, you start to believe it. Them in comes some know-it-all telling you you’re wrong and your belief system has been lying to you, and yeah you’re going to get mad at the know-it-all and cling tighter to your belief system.

    Big Scary Man Bad.

  • 24 July 1979
  • I feel like as I get older, I am becoming more like Jon Arbuckle. And I don’t like it.

  • Anon struggles with financial difficulties
  • Is it your fantasies that have gotten too niche? Or is it porn sites have gotten too niche, and it’s not your flavor?

  • Performance Review [Mr. Lovenstein]
  • I was always told to never call in sick. If you’re sick, you go to work and only if the manager says to go home should you leave work.

  • TIL the USA has fidget gun toys
  • I believe everybody should learn about guns: how to handle them, and how to shoot them. I imagine that could go a long way toward addressing some gun issues (like accidental shootings). It wouldn’t be a silver bullet; I’m not that naive, but kids learning gun safety might not be a bad thing.

    That said, I don’t care how colorful they make them, whether out of plastic or metal, there is no reason to make guns into toys. That clearly sends the wrong message.

    I do enjoy nerf guns, so I’d consider them exceptions. Their designs, that I’ve seen, do not resemble real guns. But I understand not everyone may feel the same way and would want to abolish them too.

  • ACAB
  • I hope one of the books he took home and read was the Bible. That book is gruesome, perverse, and wholly inappropriate for minors (most adults too).

  • Damn, they used to be cool, killing slavers and getting fanmail from Marx
  • Are we taking into account the period of time between 1872 and 1936 when the Republicans and Democrats did a big flippy floppy? Wibbly-wobbly even. Maybe some timey-whimey stuff to boot.

  • "Illegitimate nominee": Experts say GOP's attacks on Kamala Harris echo ugly claims about Obama
  • I’ve always felt, right or wrong, that electing Obama was the flashpoint for how unmoderated the right has become; basically, we elected a black person to the highest position in America, and it caused the right to show their true colors. I genuinely feel that if we elected anyone else (that was white), things would be completely different right now.

    That said, now that we have another candidate of color, and a woman to boot, the right is experiencing the same emotions they felt when we elected Obama. And frankly, I hope it causes their heads to explode.

    (Personally, I’m a little on the fence about the switching of candidates so close to the election. I admit that I’ve never been one to embrace change easily. But the more I see these fools bitch and moan like they have been, the more confident I am becoming in the decision.)

    🥥 🌴 🇺🇸

  • GOP Rep. Introduces Articles Of Impeachment Against Kamala Harris —Though Political Stunt Is Bound To Fail
  • Harris has not responded to the resolution….

    Honestly, I hope she doesn’t respond to this or other accusations. No need to waste her time or effort on bullshit.

  • GOP threatened to sue over November ballot if Biden dropped out. Experts call that 'ridiculous'
  • They don’t have to succeed. They simply have to stall.

  • You think you just fell out of a coconut tree?
  • You forgot about the myth of vegetables.

  • How am I just now realizing this?
  • To be fair, there wasn’t an Internet back in the day, nor were there high-fidelity DVDs and/or streaming that people would rewatch thousands of times.

  • The American dream is over: Why some first-generation Gen Zers are moving abroad
  • That is so weirdly worded. How many generations does GenZ have that there’s a “first generation“?

    Edit: ooooh, children of immigrants.

  • For those who struggle with dating, what do you consider to be your biggest hurdle?
  • It’s about 7 hours from me, so I’d need some advanced notice. But it’s doable. 😉

  • For those who struggle with dating, what do you consider to be your biggest hurdle?
  • Up until recently, I hadn’t gone out dating in over 15 years. I feel like the thing I struggle with the most is finding people who would be interested in me in a romantic/sexual way. I’m not a social butterfly by any measure, but I am able to put myself out there. I’m also not the type of guy that exudes charisma. I also have a semi-permanent resting bitch face/scowl. And at 6’3” and 260lbs, I feel that intimidate people. If I were with a group of people that I felt comfortable with, I know things would be a lot different. I also tend to overshare. 😉

  • For those who struggle with dating, what do you consider to be your biggest hurdle?
  • You don’t happen to live in the southeast, do you? 😏

  • Dark Brandon Never Had the Meme Capital Kamala Harris Does Right Now
  • You passed up such a great opportunity to be ironic:

  • Just got a call from the kids' daycare...
  • It seems lice can only live about 24 hours without blood. Theoretically you could save yourself the entire disinfection routine (e.g., sheets, pillows, brushes, etc) and go get a hotel for a few days after you treat y’all’s hair.

  • Astronomers discover technique to spot AI fakes using galaxy-measurement tools
  • Just wait until Captcha starts asking this for a question.

  • Male Fashion Advice dohpaz42

    ISO: Below-Knee Cargo Shots with Gusset

    I have been looking for below-knee cargo shorts that have a gusset. Every short I buy inevitably rips in the crotch, and I feel a gusset would protect against that.

    I’ve seen someone in public wearing a gusseted below-knee pair of shorts, and I regret not asking where they got them (though guys don’t typically talk fashion).



    Question About Bamboo

    Hopefully you all will be able to help me with some questions I have about growing bamboo.

    I just had a fence installed, and unfortunately the ground is not flat, so there are some gaps at the bottom of the fence. I was thinking I could build some raised garden beds along the base of my fence to block the gaps, and pretty up what otherwise is a very crappy yard (no grass, mostly trees).

    Since bamboo is pretty invasive, I know it’s not something I would want to just plant anywhere. I was wondering if it would make any difference if I planted the bamboo in raised garden beds? Would that make it easier to control? If not, is there some other low-maintenance plant I could use that would look good along a fence?


    Unread Count Says 1, While Inbox is Empty

    I mainly use the Mlem app, and today I got a notification that I had one new inbox item. When I checked my inbox, I saw that it was empty.

    Before I submitted a big report, I wanted to see what happened on the website. As shown in the attached screenshot, it too shows one unread item, but nothing in the inbox.

    So I’m led to believe this is an issue with the server. And if not, then at least I have done my due diligence before reporting this to the Lemmy devs.

    In either case, is there anybody here who could help me get this resolved; or at least pointed in the right direction?

    Thank you!


    I opened the door, and there you stood, with the most amazing eyes I’ve ever seen, and they took my breath away.

    Since August of last year, I’ve been coming to terms with my divorce, being single, sharing custody of my two children, and starting over in a new home of my own. It wasn’t easy, and it’s been downright lonely sometimes, not having someone to talk to and share my thoughts with.

    I’ve worked hard, put in the effort, and finally I came to terms with my being by myself. I thought so, at least. Then I needed some work done in my house, so I asked on NextDoor for recommendations, and you were the first to reach out to me. So I scheduled a time for you to come out to take a look at the work to be done.

    I opened the door, and there you stood. You smiled at me and said hi. I kid you not when I say that my heart skipped a beat. I couldn’t believe how beautiful you were. Your eyes were so amazing. Your smile was warm and inviting. Of course, I don’t want to be “that guy” and say anything. You were there for a job after all. And we didn’t know each other.

    Fast forward a couple of weeks, and you asked to call me about another job I needed done. We talked for a few hours on the phone, about more than just a job. I hate talking on the phone. But you made it easy. We talked about our failed marriages, and our kids. We talked about how we have a lot in common. I enjoyed it so much. I allowed myself to get hopeful.

    But again, I didn’t want to be “that guy”, and I certainly didn’t want you to feel like my business hinged on my being attracted to you. You’ve done nothing wrong. But I can’t stop thinking about you, and hoping to find a natural opportunity to ask you to dinner. But should I? Worse yet, I may have to turn your quote down, because damn she’s expensive. I’m confused. Wouldn’t that be especially fucked up of me? It feels fucked up of me to consider it.

    I feel like I do this to myself. I latch my feelings onto somebody I know I can’t be with, and I do it because it’s safer than putting myself out there in real life. I hype the person up so much in my mind, that I scare myself into believing that they would be abhorred at me if they found out. Maybe I do it because I believe deep down that I don’t deserve to be happy. That someone like her would have nothing to do with a guy like me.

    This time, though, I feel it’s somehow different. I get butterflies thinking about her. I can’t remember the last time I had butterflies of any kind for someone. I genuinely feel like we have a lot in common. It feels right. And I want to deserve her. I want to be happy. What should I do?


    It is with great pleasure to inform you that today I graduate with my Master of Science in Information Technology!

    I’ve done IT. I’ve finally mastered IT (couldn’t resist 😁).

    I’ve been in school (part time) since 2019 working my way to this day. Now that it’s here, I’m both super excited and a little anxious. Now what do I do? 🤣

    Anyway, thank you for reading and have a wonderful day!


    Imagine that…

    > Most patients predicted that their worst symptoms when exposed to gluten would be classic lower digestive problems like diarrhea, bloating and cramps. However, none of these occurred during the acute immune responses observed by Anderson’s team. Instead, patients experienced nausea and vomiting. Anderson describes them as, “acute food poisoning symptoms that are early in onset,” and relatively severe. > > “For all the years that we’ve known about celiac disease, persons have told us that they had these acute reactions, but many experts in the field dismissed them as being just in the person’s mind,” says Anderson. “Here we are now, a hundred years after celiac disease was discovered, suddenly discovering, yes, the patients were right.”

    Nausea and Vomiting Mark Gluten Exposure in Celiac Disease 🙄

    (Emphasis mine)


    One more week of grad school and then it’s on to graduation!

    First of all, Happy Friday everybody! And for those ahead of the curve: Saturday. 😊

    So I’m a 40-cough-cough-something year old who has been in grad school since 2020. I work full time, have kids, just bought a new house, and yada yada - I’m a busy guy.

    So it is with great pleasure to announce that I have turned the corner to the last leg of my journey to my Masters of Information Technology! (A little humble-brag that I will also be graduating Magna Cum Laude)

    I have one more week to go, with a 30-minute video presentation on the UNICORN: Runtime Provenance-Based Detector for Advanced Persistent Threats academic paper, and then I am finally a free man!

    Anyway, that’s enough of your time. Thank you for coming to my TED talk, and have a great day or night!


    What is the deal with Palestine and Hamas?

    For mental health reasons, I had taken myself out of most political topics. But lately there seems to be a surge of talk about Palestine and Hamas (forgive me if I spelled this wrong). I do know it’s something to do with land rights, but it also seems to be so much more at the same time. I’m not trying to start any fights. I just want to understand. Thank you.


    Just booked a week-long trip to Puerto Rico for Thanksgiving!

    So my last post here was a tad bit on the negative side, so this post will balance that out with some positive news. As terrifying as it is right now to me, I just booked myself a week-long vacation to Puerto Rico. Solo. By myself. I'm certainly thrilled as well as terrified. But, I feel like this is the kind of move I need to make to help lament my new-found independence since I'm getting divorced; that, and it beats putzing around my apartment by myself. At least this way, I can make my mark and some memories.

    By the way, if anybody has any traveling tips, I'm all eyes.


    Just need to vent a little...

    I hope you all don't mind, but it's been a rough day for me emotionally, and I feel like I need some emotional support. I don't have anyone in my life I can turn to with this, so I thought of you all.

    I'm a guy, and I have/had (not sure right now) a female friend who I know likes me more than I like her; I thought I was clear with her my intentions to be friends, but I feel like I muddied the waters by being flirty and making jokes - that's on me, and I own that. Anyway, I feel like I may have scared her last night by being too honest with who I was in my past (just details about past relationships and my lack of fidelity in them). I could tell instantly that her tone changed (we were talking over text message).

    She asked me again what my intentions were, and I reiterated that I wanted to be friends. She says she's good with that, but I don't know. Maybe I'm overthinking it, maybe not. But it weighs heavily on me, especially because I don't really have many people I feel like I can talk to and be open with, like I can her. So that's the first strike of my day today.

    On a less dramatic scale, I overslept this morning and was late taking my kids to school. They got there, a little later than usual, but still on time, so it wasn't as bad as I thought it would be when I first woke up. I work from home, so I decided to take a nap when I got back from dropping the kids off, and again I overslept (this time for a meeting at work). I was only a few minutes late to that, but it's way out of character for me and I feel like that was strike two.

    I had a doctor appointment later in the day, and there is a nurse there that I talk to (shoot the shit, as it were) and have been contemplating asking out. Nothing major really, but I don't usually ask people out while they are working. But, at the same time, I know that a) I don't see her that often, and 2) never see her outside of her work, and c) I was feeling a real connection with her. So, after a lot of internal back and forth over the past two weeks, I hyped myself up yesterday to ask her out. But after the morning I had this morning, I felt the universe was trying to warn me not to push my luck. So I had even more back and forth with myself (very draining, mind you). Ultimately, I casually asked her to a local event coming up, and she kindly and politely let me know she was already seeing someone. I wasn't surprised or put off by her response, but for some reason I'm still kicking myself. Probably along the lines of an "I told you so" to myself. I'm going to call a ball on that one, because I think I was just upset from this morning, and this was just poor timing on my part given the circumstances.

    So I go home and take a nap (I do this a lot) until my kids come home. I cook them dinner, which they loved (hamburgers) and we watch some TV and play a couple games of chess. Come bed time, my youngest son throws a fit because I wanted him to keep his door partly cracked open so I could make sure he wasn't laying in bed when he should be getting ready for bed (he's 8, and bad habit of not doing what he says he's going to do, especially when he doesn't want to do it). Mind you, I could not see him change, and I only had a partial line of sight to his bed. It has to do with how the hallway is lined up with his doorway. Either way, it really hits me hard when either of my kids get upset (especially at me). Steeee-rike three.

    I know that none of the above is detrimental or super big deals. Even taken together, it's just a shitty day. I think it doesn't help that I suffer from long-term depression, have treatment-resistent depression, work has been super stressful, I'm in the midst of a divorce, and like I said earlier I don't have a lot of friends I can be open with. Plus, I'm sure ITA in there somewhere. I feel like I usually am.

    Anyway, if you made it this far, thank you for listening. Feel free to roast me; I probably deserve it. And I apologize for being pitiful.


    Why does Lemmy (and reddit) show posts from previous page on next page?

    When scrolling through Lemmy, I often will see the same posts from the previous page - usually as the first links on the current page I'm on.


    Apple's Xcode Ladies and Gentlemen

    Not sure if appropriate for this community, or for [email protected].


    Newb Questions

    Hello, I am looking to get myself a cast iron skillet, and I have a couple of questions I'm not finding immediate answers for:

    • Does it matter what brand of skillet I get? Is there one brand better than another, especially for beginners?
    • What size should I get? My main interest in CI is to make my own pizzas, but I'll probably expand out from there.
    • Should I get a set with multiple sizes?

    Thanks! Also, am I missing asking anything else? I don't know what I don't know. :)


    Ketamine for Drug-Resistant Depression

    So I’ve been diagnosed with dysthymia, and have been on various medications for about 13-15 years now. Long story short, it works for the most part, but doesn’t quite go all the way. In other words, I still deal with a great deal of depression every day. Some of it is stress related, and some of it is out of nowhere.

    Recently I’ve found a therapist that does ketamine treatments for DRD, and I am hoping to start it soon. I’m still in the intake phase and haven’t yet had my first session with the therapist.

    I wanted to ask if anybody else has had experience with ketamine and would be willing to share (good and bad) what it was like during and after treatment.


    Opinions on Hypnotherapy

    Hi all. I am from the United States, and I understand that insurance most likely will not cover hypnotherapy. Being that it'll be out of pocket, and fairly expensive, I wanted to see if anybody here had any positives or negatives with respect to using hypnotherapy. My main goal with this type of therapy would be to address my focus and memory with regard to my ADHD. Thank you!


    Adding or Replacing Element in Array

    So I've got the following code, which seems to work, and I'm wondering if there is a better, cleaner way to approach adding/editing elements in an array.

    ```swift var category: Category var idx: Int = -1

    switch mode { case .add: category = Category() case .edit(let _category): category = _category idx = categoryViewModel.categories.firstIndex(of: _category) ?? idx } = categoryName category.icon = "category-\(categoryIdx)" category.color = colors[colorIdx]

    switch mode { case .add: categoryViewModel.categories.append(category) case .edit: categoryViewModel.categories[idx] = category } ```

    I understand I'm not checking idx to make sure it's not -1. I'm not concerned about that part right now. It's the overall approach I'm looking for thoughts on.



    It took some editing, but I finally landed on my final farewell to 10+ years of Reddit

    It was a long time coming.

    12 MainActor usage in Swift explained to dispatch to the main thread

    MainActor in Swift replaces DispatchQueue.main and ensures tasks are performing on the main thread in a performant manner.

    MainActor is a new attribute introduced in Swift 5.5 as a global actor providing an executor which performs its tasks on the main thread. When building apps, it’s essential to perform UI updating tasks on the main thread, which can sometimes be challenging when using several background threads. Using the @MainActor attribute will help ensure your UI is always updated on the main thread.