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Jessica wrote

Think about the possible consequences and precedents. For instance, did someone your age/occupation get caught lifting? What happened to them? Was it a slap on the wrist, a year in prison, or did they get their hand cut off?

Ask yourself if you're able to go through the consequences when it all hits the pan. If the answer is yes, then tell yourself that you've already made your decision and go ahead with the plan. Stick to the plan and discard any nervousness as you've already made the decision and any further doubts will only undermine your confidence. Confidence is good for lifting things. It makes you look like you belong and so you lay under the radar.

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Jessica wrote

I'd say it's because he promotes "scientific racism" in a dishonest way. He frames it as forbidden knowledge because the discussion of genetics, IQ, and race, is often shut down. He thinks it's because it's taboo, but the real reason is that it is impossible to meaningfully discuss it without its racist implications and historical context. Ezra Klein's reply piece was brilliant.

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Jessica wrote

I dislike it because it's usually inauthentic, but sometimes it's not. I myself am a tourist on a Working Holiday Visa, though I spend most of my time studying the language, and shitposting on the internet. I should get off raddle after this.

Good tourism is:

1.Visiting historical places like Yellowstone park or the Hiroshima dome.

2.Interacting with locals while respecting them as people (treat them as you would people in your home city)

3.Learning about the local language, history, culture, and social issues.

4.Doing something to improve it, such as telling people about your own country (I'd say talking with an unusual person is mind-expanding) or region. Not all Americans or Germans or French are alike, so tell them about your particular region of the country. I'd be careful about activism because there may be some hot-button issues which you may stumble upon, and it seems inauthentic for a rich white person to complain about certain things.

Bad tourism is:

  1. Patronizing touristy venues, like hotels, resorts, cruise ships, gift shops, and TripAdvisor-rated restaurants. Or branded restaurants like McDonalds (unless they serve wine or something equally ridiculous)
  2. Leaving garbage anywhere, or not thinking about where waste goes.
  3. Not respecting people. This is such an obvious point but there are many many people who imagine that the tourist location is a far-away magic land where the rules of everyday life do not apply. It's an easy mental trap to get into. For instance Japan has set up a hotline for Japanese tourists who suffer from "Paris Syndrome," where they fall into depression because Paris isn't the magic land that they thought it was.
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Jessica wrote

No, I grew up very priveleged. My father was an engineer who was paid a six figure salary. My siblings and I went through university which was paid by our parents, and then we always have our parents to help us get back on our feet when we inevitably acted like idiots when stumbling about adulthood. I am super lucky to have this random chance, but feel sad that people around me are not given the same opportunity. :(

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Jessica wrote

My computer. It's pretty sad, but it's the terminal which allows me to access the greatest library in human history, and to argue with people who I don't know over the internet. Still though it's only about 400$ worth in value.

Actually I value more my relationships with other people. They don't have monetary value but when we meet each other, it is worth more than money.

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Jessica wrote

I was trolling about on the Trump forum in reddit and people were suggesting using nuclear bombs to solve climate change, because they would kick dust into the atmosphere which would cool down the Earth (technically feasible, like the ice-age) and would cause "a negligible amount of radiation."

I asked them how the fusk did they get the idea that it would cause negligible side effects. No reply. It may have been a troll preying on people's lack of knowledge about nuclear bombs.

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Jessica wrote

Any industry which is a zero-sum game is immoral, because in order to get ahead you must spend more resources to prevent your competitors from getting part of the limited pie. Examples include advertising and mining nonrenewable resources.

Also any industry which preys on it's customers. Alcohol, Tobacco, Advertising, Clickbait platforms, addictive videogames.