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Scientists all around the world were arrested for taking climate action last week, including many climate scientists. The media barely reported it. This should be deeply, deeply concerning. (above was a quote from the end of #DontLookUp)


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@ghost_bird @sinvega I see it for a lot of games, but most often for Space Engineers. People will complain that a creative sandbox for building spaceships can't reimplement Stellaris on top of it.

@renata What I meant about animals is that for most of them, it's tied to estrus, and pregnancy following intercourse during estrus is so reliable that owners of breeding animals charge for it as a service.

Human sexuality isn't tied to estrus, and even during estrus, pregnancy is much less likely.

Contraception enhanced a tendency that's already present. Human sexuality is primarily about social bonding, only secondarily about biological reproduction.

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Which fediverse software do you use, boost for scale.

@renata Not sure, since there's been a lot of turmoil in anthropology on this very subject, but it's literally the origin of patriarchy you're asking about. Scott's Against The Grain talks a bit about it, as an aspect of forcing production of populations in early states.

Incidentally, growing up on a horse ranch, I was often reminded how human sexuality is *radically* different from that of other animals, in that reproduction is only a secondary function of it.

@aperezdc I haven't seen that much excitement. But I looked at the article and it sounded like Nvidia wasn't actually doing much of anything but was expecting credit.

The impression I get from their Windows installer is that most of their updates are tiny optimizations for popular games, which sounds like the software equivalent of trash bins full of single-use plastic containers.

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@pluralistic Tangentially, for all the despair we're feeling, I think it's worth noticing that in recent decades, we've seen the most powerful militaries demonstrate that, while they can cause immense destruction and suffering, they cannot achieve their primary purpose: attacking and controlling territory.

Their teeth are fearsome but they are mostly vulnerable tail.

And do militarized police even think about logistics?

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For all the lobbying, the corrupting of politicians, the big talk about going to Mars, the "midlife crisis toys like Twitter or weekend getaways on a space station," billionaires can't actually *do* much.

That includes billionaire autocrats like Xi and Putin, who have "nuclear weapons, armies, and populations in 8-9 digits" at their disposal. All of that still won't deliver Putin the swift victory in Ukraine he planned as a 70th birthday present to himself.


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The downsides of a world with billionaires in it are well-rehearsed: billionaires can convert their vast wealth to power, and use that power to turn their whims and pet theories into policy failures that affect millions - or even billions - of people.

Take Bill Gates. Forget all the conspiracy theories about Gates and vaccines - it's bizarre that people bother to make up those fairy-tales when the truth is so much worse.


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Some thoughts about running the quickstart for Salvage Union at the weekend.

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AMAB: Assigned Male At Birth
AFAB: Assigned Female At Birth
ACAB: All Cops Are Bastards

I was thinking I need to read a bit about late eighteenth and early nineteeth century to help inform a role-playing game that loosely references that era. I saw a reference to War and Peace, and joked I should read it by Saturday.

My partner studied Russian literature in college, so she just handed me half a bookshelf.

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Youse all. You really should wear your masks again if you're not. Everyone I know who has gotten COVID lately either has been not wearing a mask or is in close contact with someone who isn't a mask wearer. And they're pretty sick this time.

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