Ianthe_Tridentarius

Ianthe_Tridentarius wrote

Sounds a bit like Tel'aran'rhiod (the world of dreams) from the Wheel of Time series. Iirc nightmares can suck you in, although it only really happens like once or twice. You basically have to disbelieve in it for it to lose power. Like at one point some Aes Sedai get sucked into a nightmare and start channelling to kill some trollocs, but all they do is give them power, because if you're fighting something, you are demonstrating belief in it.

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Ianthe_Tridentarius wrote

Reply to by livetopXss202

So...you're posting on a public forum for someone to give you a copy of an almost certainly classified technical document?

Think it goes without saying, but to anyone reading this, don't incriminate yourself.

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Ianthe_Tridentarius wrote

It isn't just a human-centric problem. Feral cats, particularly in areas where cats are non-native, are actually extremely bad, because they kill incredible amounts of wildlife, birds in particular.

In Hawaii, for example, cats have caused a shitload of bird extinctions, and that's far from the only area where feral cats have caused massive ecological issues.

For that reason, and also because outdoor cats tend to live short lives due to predation and cars, it's much better for cats to be indoors.

Spaying and neutering also leads to better health outcomes for cats (and dogs), and generally gives a higher life expectancy.

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Ianthe_Tridentarius wrote

Reply to comment by ziq in Who invited lenin 💀 by ROBUXYYYYYYYYYY

Funny that that essay goes into detail about China. One of my friends (who, tbf, isn't white but rather is first-gen Chinese...whose parents had apparently been in the fucking Red Guard. I say tbf bc so many Chinese apologists are just edgy white bois with no ties to the country whatsoever) was just insisting that there is no Uighur genocide and that big friendly China is actually helping them with economic development, stable development, "people who don't resort to terrorism to get their desires," etc etc.

I almost want to engage but it seems a waste of effort lol

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Ianthe_Tridentarius wrote

Still reading thru all of it but this part made a lot of sense to me:

Narrative: Enslaved people are childlike infants. Reality: enslaved people were very strong and had to be very competent adult quickly

Anyone who has experienced child abuse, myself included, is forced to mature rapidly. Or, at the least, to put on a mask of maturity, to bury your child instincts deep down. Cause if you don't, you're risking pain, injury, neglect, or in the most extreme cases (and it's hard to think of anything more extreme than chattel slavery), death and dismemberment.

I think that fact should be immediately fucking obvious to anyone who thinks about the reality of slavery for even a second, and the fact that historical narratives claim the exact opposite is majorly fucked.

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Ianthe_Tridentarius wrote

I read Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep by Phillip K Dick earlier this week (I've been getting more into classic sci-fi lately) and have started reading This Is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone.

It's a novella/short novel about two post-humans (not actually sure if they're humans at all, tbh) from the far future on opposite sides of a war across time, each attempting to nudge timelines in a way favorable to their side. They start a correspondence by leaving letters (which can be actual letters or patterns left in the environment) for each other to find at places where they've disrupted each others' efforts, and (haven't gotten to this part yet, though it's getting cuter) eventually fall in love and it's gayyyyyyyyy.

I am a huge sucker for queer (esp sapphic) literature lol

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Ianthe_Tridentarius wrote (edited )

Yeah, but that just means that there's a range of probable outcomes that aren't possible to predict. It still doesn't imply that free will exists.

At most it implies that there's an element of random chance to the choices a person may make — but unless the person can willfully alter those chances, they still have no ability to actually choose one choice or another.

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Ianthe_Tridentarius wrote (edited )

Well, they could start by not cracking down on Gazan anti-Hamas protests. Or by not taking $15 of every $100 that the poorest Gazans receive from the Qataris (which was one of the motives for the most recent round of protests). They're authoritarians who govern like authoritarians, and just because they're opposed to Israeli apartheid & colonialism doesn't mean that they have the best interests of Palestinians in mind.

Agreed on equating Israel and Jewishness, though. That shit needs to stop.

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Ianthe_Tridentarius wrote

Couldn't get the page to load, but we need to bring back wolves! Wolves prevent deer from overgrazing, which kills saplings and harms forests by eliminating the habitats and food those trees would otherwise provide. Wolf reintroduction has been a net positive where it's happened, and is necessary to keep an apex predator in ecosystems throughout the US (mostly eastern US) currently devoid of any.

Turns out nature is better at organizing itself than humans could ever artificially engineer, who'd've thought?

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Ianthe_Tridentarius wrote

I mean unless he goes full military dictatorship and literally halts elections, I don't see how he keeps his job. Israel hasn't had a fuckup of this magnitude in a very, very long time, and even the rally-round-the-flag bullshit can't cover up this level of ineptitude. 'Specially if this rumor turns out to be true

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Ianthe_Tridentarius wrote

Because 1) a bunch of (mostly) civilians just got murdered, 2) you're pushing the "no Israeli is innocent" line really hard, and 3) that's the exact rhetoric Hamas uses to justify killing a shitload of civilians.

When you parrot their rhetoric like that, it sure sounds like you're justifying their deaths.

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