RosaReborn

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RosaReborn wrote

Really stupid political DnD story here but I was pretty perturbed when it happened. Basically we were charged with interviewing and reporting on candidates for a city's upcoming election. This being high fantasy, 3/4 of the candidates came from the aristocracy which is to be expected but 1 was from the common people and had the radical notion of abolishing the strict class distinctions for an open democracy. My character being CG and very lowly herself of course jumps at this candidate but although the group thoroughly disliked all the other candidates, they continually were projecting French Revolution style executions and consolidation of power onto this candidate even though there was nothing to indicate that being a possibility. It was established that the newly elected King/Queen would be beholden to the 6 noble families and is more or less a figurehead and although we established this as being bad, everyone in the group had such strong reservations against "rocking the boat" and projecting every revolutionary atrocity onto the candidate that they eventually settled for an Angela Merkel/Hilary Clinton type, including my gf who is normally very anti-establishment in her politics.

On the one hand, I appreciate their being in character and supporting feudalism which makes sense in that universe, on the other hand my group didn't do it on purpose but simply were not grasping that when the system is rigged it is ok to oppose it even if some nobles lose their heads. IDK the whole thing was kinda bizarre, arguing with people against feudalism and them not wanting to upset the status que

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RosaReborn wrote

Yes, but are most garbage. The ones that aren't garbage include:

One about a cockroach apocalypse that ends similarly to Nietzsche's Demon short story in Die fröhliche Wissenschaft

Another is from the perspective of an old woman dealing with Alzheimer's while home alone.

And another I tried to start was a catch-and-mouse where the chapters alternate between criminal and detective however the twist is they can read the previous chapters and thus there is a whole level of them discovering what the other is doing and even intentionally altering their actions and concealing their motives as best they can to deceive the other. On second thought this one is the most garbage and I stopped it after a few chapters

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RosaReborn wrote

Sure you could call it blackmail but that doesn't mean it's wrong. If you hold a cop accountable with footage of them, or a dashcam video of someone hitting your car or something, it's totally reasonable that this video be used to make others compensate for their shitty actions. I think it becomes bad when you use the footage to strengthen power disparicies over a long period of time, like a boss threatening to turn you in unless you do something for them. Or police busting sex workers etc.

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RosaReborn wrote

I guess it's another rung on the scale leading up to car free but I don't understand it either.

On yousustain.com, it says it's about 660 tons of CO2 for a round trip transatlantic flight which is truly an outrageous amount of emissions. Equivalent to an average house operating for 50 years or producing 50 tons of beef which I hate the idea of.

I have a flight this fall so I'm trying to rationalize it. Divided by 400 seats on the plane puts personal use at 1.65tons which is less than the theoretical amount it would take to drive the same distance so a bit more efficient than car. Either way, travelling is not something I want to do or can afford to do very often

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RosaReborn wrote

This I love my field of study, Material Sciences, and I wish I could delve deeper into it because there are so many interesting topics and room for research to grow. But most of what they teach is what is economically exploitable and careers in the field are invariably some of the most capital feeding in all of science: namely "how do I make this but cheaper" or "how can I get a passable product but cheaper"