Cartoon_Cat

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Cartoon_Cat wrote (edited )

We just had someone get caught pocketing $500/shift - they only got caught because a colleague/friend reported them.

They had the responsibility of counting the takings at the end of the day, so they just put cash payments in the drawer during the day without putting them through the register (keeping track of the extra cash they were adding). During closing they pocketed the extra cash that wasn't processed by the system.

Kinda smart, but they were far too greedy. $50/day would have been sustainable if they'd kept their mouth shut.

If you're comfortable robbing customers, you can overcharge and refund to yourself. E.g. if you work in a bar, you can put an extra drink on a large bill (very common) and then refund the cash to yourself later.

Never, ever, ever just take from the cash drawer. You will get caught. This is too obvious. They expect people to try this, and know how to work out where any discrepancies have gone.

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Cartoon_Cat wrote

I'd rather forum mods curated content and ranked it as they see fit.

I'd rather lose the points system and have an invisible veto/report count for comments, with a focus on eliminating intellectual dishonesty and trolling. Upvotes are nothing more than an ego stroke that promotes groupthink. It feels good to be upvoted, and we're all better off without that dopamine hit.

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I just want a world where eating animals is viewed in a similar way to eating humans.

There's very little benefit to eating meat/drinking animal secretions, and the evidence points to our current accepted diet as being harmful. I'd like meat eliminated, but I don't think a ban would really solve the problem. I want people to be free to make their own decisions, but to have the means to make better decisions.

Banning racism didn't stop racism, because it didn't teach anyone how racism works or why its fucking stupid, so there are still racists floating about wasting people's time. Banning meat wouldn't stop speciesism or stop people obtaining meat, much the same way that banning drugs doesn't stop people getting drugs.

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Cartoon_Cat wrote

Eventually we will have such extreme climates that the entire global population will need to move around with the seasons. Probably. On the plus side the nationalists won't last longer than 6 months.

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Oh yeah the news is a real killjoy - I recently lived with a woman in her 60s that would ritualistically consume the news over breakfast and I could see it making her anxious and upset. I asked her once why she started her day like that and she said she liked to 'know what was going on' so she could chat to others about it at work.

My mum is just as bad, but with the evening news - I've tried explaining that she's letting other people decide what she pays attention to and how it is framed, but she feels she is intelligent enough to not be manipulated. I'm certain that believing you cannot be manipulated makes you even more vulnerable to manipulation.

The worst crime is the bad jokes IMO. Suggestive comments that are clearly scripted and the punchline is pulling a face at the camera.

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Only when they try and put me down for my desire to learn about alternatives.

People have a tendency to retroactively justify their failure to question their behaviour, and this applies in all areas of life. If you mention that you dropped Windows, some people will respond by explaining how good Windows is (without the appropriate knowledge) instead of being curious. They imply that their blind conformism was a rational decision. Those people I look down on.

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Cartoon_Cat wrote

Do you have any good reading to-hand about this? I've been talking about starting something for a few years now but the fear of trying to meet rent demands and falling into the "business-as-usual" trap puts me off even trying.

I've visited a handful of places that fit a model I like, but it seems the only way they have that freedom is through ownership of the property/land or surviving on donations (of labour and/or money).

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Cartoon_Cat wrote

Primarily it's an issue of consent - a baby cannot consent to having its body mutilated.

Secondly, it is a permanent modification of the body that causes a loss of sensitivity. The skin of the head of the penis is supposed to be protected by the foreskin, but when this is removed the head becomes tough.

The foreskin itself is also full of nerves, and a huge positive factor in the enjoyment of sex (for both parties). Those with a foreskin are supposedly more able to feel the 'build-up' to orgasm and therefore have more control over the experience. Those without foreskin report orgasms often 'taking them by surprise', and so sex can be disappointing for both parties.

People claim that removing the foreskin is more hygienic, but this is simply not true. This argument only makes sense if the parents refuse to teach their child basic personal hygiene.

Some people may find they need to be circumcised after/during puberty because their foreskin is too tight compared to their growing body - the important distinction is the consent.

The fact of the matter is that removing the foreskin makes it harder to masturbate. With the equipment provided as standard you can masturbate at will, and some religious-types don't like the idea of that.

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Cartoon_Cat wrote

50% is the most fucked up threshold, even 60% would be bad. Especially for a 6000-strong union.

You should organise and fight this and demand a change to 75% at least, or even 90%. If there are 2 options (Yes/No), then a 50% threshold makes little statistical sense. Bear in mind however that at this point the people who voted 'yes' will feel like they 'won' and be resistant to further tension - so you gotta work on them first.

If the union leadership are content to leave 2988/6000 workers dissatisfied, you might as well not have a union.

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Cartoon_Cat wrote

Duterte knows exactly what he is doing, and he knows exactly who his enemies are. He is not mentally ill in the slightest (morally bankrupt, sure). The US continues to consolidate their military presence in the Pacific - surrounding China to threaten their trade routes, and they've no doubt emboldened this nasty piece of work to speed things along.

The UN is toothless, and any action against Duterte will be vetoed by the US (and therefore the UK).

Best of luck to the people on the ground over there.

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Cartoon_Cat wrote

Would you say there's any reason to make these over twisting chicken wire together?

Chicken wire is easier to cut into a piercing spike and generally easier to obtain than pvc (around here), it's also harder to see on the road and less likely to be 'popped' across the road like a cylinder might

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Cartoon_Cat wrote

I was an assistant in a study on mental health in a relatively impoverished area of London. The researchers running the study talked about the participants like scum because they were only there for the £20... The participants (almost exclusively black) had travelled there, volunteered their time for 2 hours, given blood samples and been subject to a battery of psychmetric testing and all they walked away with was £20... I withdrew my support after one day.

The researchers would barely make eye contact unless they had to. At the time I was an awkward kid and wasn't great at chatting but even I could see it was painful.

Anyway I guess I'm saying your joke isn't far from the truth - academia is a middle-class battleground and poor people are often used as fodder to further researchers' career goals.

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Cartoon_Cat wrote (edited )

Actually I think it's useful that we got to see this discussion - I'm glad OP posted something dodgy that could be challenged, otherwise I may have seen the same misinformation elsewhere without the opportunity for someone like yourself (or user jerheinze on Hacker News) to weigh in.

Have some faith that readers of this site will fact-check other users' contributions, although I agree this post should be tagged in some way

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Cartoon_Cat wrote

I went vegan at 17 and my mum made it very difficult for me, but I'm now in my mid-twenties and both my parents have been vegan for the last 3 years. Parents don't like to be challenged because it can make them feel they could have done better, so frame it as something with them rather than against them if you're able to.

Soy milk is usually the cheapest non-dairy. I guess where I live at £0.59/L it's more than the £0.48/L breast milk - but not by much. Like anything, there are branded non-dairy milks that cost significantly more, Alpro here is at least £1/L, pushing £1.80 for more interesting milks. Generally the more expensive the soy milk, the better it can handle being put in hot drinks - I use cheaper milk for porridge oats, and more expensive milk for drinks and guests (although cheap milk can be used with skill, I reckon it will put your mum off if she sees it separate in her coffee).

You can make your own non-dairy milks if you are determined to save more money and have milk, there are lots of guides online. Personally when money has been a factor for me, I've just gone without milk and used water but that's personal preference.

Protein is abundant, and I'd urge you to research this for your own piece of mind. Protein is amino acids, and different foods have different ratios of these amino acids. Meat is often touted as a 'complete' protein because it has a good ratio of these amino acids for our needs (technically human meat would be complete), but we can easily achieve this by combining foods through the day such as rice with beans, or even snacks like hummus (chickpeas and tahini), and they don't have to be eaten at the same time! Variety is king, and if you get enough calories you are definitely getting enough protein. Don't wimp out and just eat baguettes because that's what I did at 17 and it didn't go well.

Avoid meat-like substitutes - they are very expensive and generally very processed. You're much better off spending that money on fruit and veg. It's worth learning to cook for yourself, because you'll be surprised how easy it is to cook vegan with no risk of food poisoning.

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Cartoon_Cat wrote

Hopefully great news for animals, but what about our bodies? There's still heart disease and cancer risk to consider.

Additionally, I understand that many meats labeled 'halal' or 'kosher' are falsely advertised - I'd hesitate to tuck into 'lab-grown' meat until it becomes cheaper to produce than non-lab meat for fear of it being intentionally mislabeled.

Progress nonetheless!

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Hey that's fine, if you can't spare the petty cash to pay an entry-level salary to train me just give me shares in exchange for my investment of labour in your company and we're square!

It gives me an incentive to make the company successful, and it lowers the intern turnover rate that companies currently exploit to keep a steady stream of free labour. Problem solved? What do you mean that's not how your company operates?