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by Quercus
Sun Jul 30, 2017 8:58 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 3421
Views: 209309

Re: Trump presidency

I really am surprised by the number of people here who think reducing the amount of direct democracy is a good idea I don't like the house of lords, but neither do I like a system made up entirely of directly elected representatives. Such a system is IMO inherently too populist and too short-termis...
by Quercus
Mon Jul 24, 2017 2:06 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Most excellent times
Replies: 5119
Views: 716517

Re: Most excellent times

Woo! a little widget that I thought I was going to have to make myself is a 99p item on ebay from China (a 1/4" to 3/8" thread male-to-male adaptor to replace the crappy plastic one that came with the fitting that turns my hiking pole into a monopod for a camera). The variety of stuff you ...
by Quercus
Fri Jul 21, 2017 10:20 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 3421
Views: 209309

Re: Trump presidency

But while you can cite pardons of some as abuse, it is often a mercy to some of those people who have needed, and gotten it. Justice and fairness are not always aligned. Agreed. The trouble with the presedential pardon is that it's simultaneously too powerful (in the level of abuse it allows, check...
by Quercus
Fri Jul 21, 2017 5:04 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 3421
Views: 209309

Re: Trump presidency

Why the hell does the head of the executive branch still have the power to pardon anyway? (more fetishizing of the constitution making it impossible to change I'm guessing). Seems like an absolutely massive separation of powers fail - issues of justice should be the domain of the judiciary.
by Quercus
Fri Jul 21, 2017 1:11 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: [SAFESPACE] LGBTIQQA Thread - Queer Support!
Replies: 8208
Views: 1083635

Re: [SAFESPACE] LGBTIQQA Thread - Queer Support!

Wooo! That's all awesome. So happy for you. I'm also hoping that I'll lose weight from places other than my boobs first (I recently stopped taking medication that was causing weight gain). I'm a B cup now! I'm feeling more comfortably femme more often too, even when dressed in masc/neutral clothing,...
by Quercus
Thu Jul 06, 2017 8:11 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3124
Views: 358602

Re: The Darker Side of the News

Jumble wrote: public service was a vocation so we glean our rewards in job satisfaction

I get that bullshit as well in the biomedical research field. The day i can pay my rent in "job satisfaction" is the day I'll accept that argument.
by Quercus
Wed Jun 21, 2017 1:46 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3124
Views: 358602

Re: The Darker Side of the News

Colorado to arm teachers in classrooms Okay, how long before a child dies because one of these guns is snatched, or goes off accidentally, or a teacher overreacts? This seems like a terrible idea in general, but apart from anything else it's a fucking 3 day course, for both firearms and medical tra...
by Quercus
Fri Jun 16, 2017 5:30 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3124
Views: 358602

Re: The Darker Side of the News

Red tape has become a code-word for " things that stop the wealthy making as much money". Under that definition building standards definitely count as red tape
by Quercus
Mon Jun 12, 2017 1:32 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Controversial opinions about food
Replies: 917
Views: 152147

Re: Controversial opinions about food

Garlic and onions are both hardly ever worth the added prep effort As someone whose favourite flavour is probably garlic, and who was scandalised that a risotto recipe they saw recently didn't include onion (and promptly added onion when making it), I disagree with you quite strongly (which I guess...
by Quercus
Mon Jun 05, 2017 12:42 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3124
Views: 358602

Re: The Darker Side of the News

But I was under the impression that it's hostile architecture to shoo off the homeless? I guess it has multiple purposes. Yeah, that was the (kind of messed up) purpose for making it hostile, but the effect is that it's hostile to everyone, not just homeless people (although of course that has most...
by Quercus
Mon Jun 05, 2017 12:34 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3124
Views: 358602

Re: The Darker Side of the News

Benches, fountains, sculptures,.. if there's a row of objects less than 1.8m apart, you're looking at a vehicle barrier. And unless those benches happen to be made out of reinforced concrete, a large truck will just ignore it. They often are made out of reinforced concrete. This is a bench you see ...
by Quercus
Mon Jun 05, 2017 7:04 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 13997
Views: 1891200

Re: In other news... (humorous news items)

Remove the "behind him" and it becomes much more impressive, whether we're talking about tornados or tomatoes
by Quercus
Sun Jun 04, 2017 3:59 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3124
Views: 358602

Re: The Darker Side of the News

UPDATE: Stabbings in a London restaurant, appears to be related. If that's the one in Vauxhall, it appears it wasn't related (though still terrible of course). Donald Trump's first response to the attacks in his own words was, predictably, absolutely disgusting. We need to be smart, vigilant and to...
by Quercus
Fri May 26, 2017 4:59 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: [SAFESPACE] LGBTIQQA Thread - Queer Support!
Replies: 8208
Views: 1083635

Re: [SAFESPACE] LGBTIQQA Thread - Queer Support!

Spoilered for unsolicited re: body hair removal: I did try cream once or twice... And it didn't touch my hair at all, something like 80% of the hair was still very firmly attached. Eventually I want to switch to sugaring, using homemade sugar wax - I've tried this on smallish areas and it works gre...
by Quercus
Fri May 26, 2017 2:50 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: [SAFESPACE] LGBTIQQA Thread - Queer Support!
Replies: 8208
Views: 1083635

Re: [SAFESPACE] LGBTIQQA Thread - Queer Support!

eSOANEM wrote: Basically my gender is hella complicated a d "genderqueer" seems like a good way for summing that up without having to go into a big long description of a of my gender feels.


Yes! So much this
by Quercus
Fri May 26, 2017 2:34 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: [SAFESPACE] LGBTIQQA Thread - Queer Support!
Replies: 8208
Views: 1083635

Re: [SAFESPACE] LGBTIQQA Thread - Queer Support!

When you say that you are gender queer, and that you like your beard, I get the picture that being called a man may not bother you? It would for me. I guess it bothers me in that it's inaccurate, and it does feel a bit uncomfortable; but it bothers me a lot less than changing part of me I really li...
by Quercus
Thu May 25, 2017 6:42 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: [SAFESPACE] LGBTIQQA Thread - Queer Support!
Replies: 8208
Views: 1083635

Re: [SAFESPACE] LGBTIQQA Thread - Queer Support!

Congratulations on your newfound sense of fashion! I identify with the feelings of pleasantness from less body hair. Whenever I shave my face or body I feel better. Skirts are nice too definitely some of my favorite things to wear. As far as doubts go, I've had my share, however that you took a cha...
by Quercus
Thu May 25, 2017 11:58 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: [SAFESPACE] LGBTIQQA Thread - Queer Support!
Replies: 8208
Views: 1083635

Re: [SAFESPACE] LGBTIQQA Thread - Queer Support!

So, I finally got round to shaving my legs (and arms and torso - testosterone sucks sometimes) so I feel comfortable wearing a skirt again.... and oh my God, it's such a sense of relief. I didn't realise just how much dysphoria I was feeling from a) all that body hair and b) being stuck in masc clot...
by Quercus
Wed May 24, 2017 6:34 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Today I Made:
Replies: 4133
Views: 674882

Re: Today I Made:

freezeblade wrote: mulberries from the yard

Sooo jealous!
by Quercus
Sun May 21, 2017 12:20 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 89767
Views: 6384386

Re: Thoughts for ships

Tomorrow is name change day. I dislike going to court however am pleased that I'm finally taking a step ahead I'd been wanting to take for, like, forever. Ha-ha. :D So here's hoping the judge grants my request! The clerk that set the court date originally only had a single question about it and tha...
by Quercus
Sat May 20, 2017 11:57 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Blistering blue barnacles
Replies: 28314
Views: 2537751

Re: Blistering blue barnacles

Another genderqueer person here, I'm not really going to respond to the conversation (except to say that arguing against anyone's experience of their own body and mind is a shitty thing to do and I'm sorry that's happening to people), because it's 3 in the morning here and I'm not coherent enough t...
by Quercus
Sat May 20, 2017 7:40 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Blistering blue barnacles
Replies: 28314
Views: 2537751

Re: Blistering blue barnacles

...socially I'm way more feminine than masculine... Specifically to this point ("socially I'm...") and not to any other (mentally, physiologically, psychologically, genetically, anatomically...), I wonder if this is a property of society and not the individual. Males are "expected&qu...
by Quercus
Sat May 20, 2017 2:22 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Blistering blue barnacles
Replies: 28314
Views: 2537751

Re: Blistering blue barnacles

Another genderqueer person here, I'm not really going to respond to the conversation (except to say that arguing against anyone's experience of their own body and mind is a shitty thing to do and I'm sorry that's happening to people), because it's 3 in the morning here and I'm not coherent enough to...
by Quercus
Thu May 18, 2017 11:42 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: [SAFESPACE] LGBTIQQA Thread - Queer Support!
Replies: 8208
Views: 1083635

Re: [SAFESPACE] LGBTIQQA Thread - Queer Support!

Ginger wrote:does anybody know what it is called?


A quick google indicates that it might be estrogel - gel rather than foam, but the same principle.

I'm glad your doctor had some ideas for alternatives for you to try.
by Quercus
Tue May 16, 2017 8:01 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 3421
Views: 209309

Re: Trump presidency

That said, presumably the intelligence community will just stop telling him random things that don't affect decisions he has to make, right to the point where he needs them for some decision. He acts super impulsively anyways, so telling him right when he needs to make the decision probably works j...
by Quercus
Mon May 15, 2017 8:50 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Can you produce [X] in less than 15 seconds?
Replies: 7072
Views: 507206

Re: Can you produce [X] in less than 15 seconds?

No :( because my partner is late getting back from the thing she had on this evening.

Something broken that you haven't got around to fixing yet?
by Quercus
Thu May 11, 2017 8:08 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 13997
Views: 1891200

Re: In other news... (humorous news items)

CorruptUser wrote:So... obese people are more likely than average to have better sense of taste/smell? I'm now imagining the "gargle with novacain" diet.


Is that where you don't want to eat because every time you try you chew up the inside of your own mouth?
by Quercus
Tue May 09, 2017 5:28 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Look away from your monitor.
Replies: 162
Views: 15315

Re: Look away from your monitor.

A pot with about 5 large, healthy variagated spider plants in it. It's there because it makes the room more beautiful (and also produces many, many spider plant babies, which make great gifts)
by Quercus
Sat May 06, 2017 9:40 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: What are you readioactive now(and other book related stuff)?
Replies: 1806
Views: 405050

Re: What are you readioactive now(and other book related stuff)?

Yeah. That's true... I read it before i was clued into gender and feminism at all, so i didn't notice at the time. It would probably bother me a lot more these days.
by Quercus
Sat May 06, 2017 7:13 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: What are you readioactive now(and other book related stuff)?
Replies: 1806
Views: 405050

Re: What are you readioactive now(and other book related stuff)?

Zohar wrote:I'm very curious about where she expands the world to in other books.


You, my friend, are in for a treat! I found the way world-expanding was done to be one of my favourite things about the books
by Quercus
Sat Apr 29, 2017 7:48 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 3421
Views: 209309

Re: Trump presidency

KnightExemplar wrote:Arguably less than a page since its bullet-list form and kinda spaced out.


TIL that the Trump Whitehouse uses the same tactics as a schoolkid caught behind with their homework.
by Quercus
Mon Apr 24, 2017 12:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1357: "Free Speech"
Replies: 1346
Views: 134097

Re: 1357: "Free Speech"

Even under the law there is a recognition of the limits of speech. Yes, and forbz1 says they don't support those limits (emphasis mine): It is important that it [freedom of speech] is upheld in all of its forms - with no limitations and no exceptions Establishing that there are limits to free speec...
by Quercus
Mon Apr 24, 2017 10:52 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1827: "Survivorship Bias"
Replies: 43
Views: 6458

Re: 1827: "Survivorship Bias"

I'm curious if anyone ever did any large-scale analysis of self-help / motivational media like this. There are of course some obvious correlations, such as luck, confidence, perseverance, making up a system at sticking to it, and a propensity for writing books telling other people how they should l...
by Quercus
Sun Apr 23, 2017 11:43 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1357: "Free Speech"
Replies: 1346
Views: 134097

Re: 1357: "Free Speech"

It is important that it is upheld in all of its forms - with no limitations and no exceptions So anyone should be allowed, by both law and custom, to show up at a stranger's funeral and start loudly insulting the deceased and mocking the mourners? Free speech without limitation or exception leads t...
by Quercus
Wed Apr 19, 2017 11:14 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1826: "Birdwatching"
Replies: 44
Views: 9090

Re: 1826: "Birdwatching"

Turns out that the minimum zoom level in Chrome is 25%... good to know
by Quercus
Wed Apr 12, 2017 12:07 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 9535
Views: 973916

Re: What are you listening to?

by Quercus
Fri Mar 03, 2017 6:11 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 13997
Views: 1891200

Re: In other news... (humorous news items)

Yes, considering it was the result of a DNA test I was expecting the rest of it to be some other animal. Although I can't think of many animals cheaper than chicken. Um... Plants have as much DNA as animals*, and it's in the same place doing more or less the same things. *If not more - some plants ...
by Quercus
Thu Mar 02, 2017 9:55 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 13997
Views: 1891200

Re: In other news... (humorous news items)

Yes, considering it was the result of a DNA test I was expecting the rest of it to be some other animal. Although I can't think of many animals cheaper than chicken. Um... Plants have as much DNA as animals*, and it's in the same place doing more or less the same things. *If not more - some plants ...
by Quercus
Sun Feb 19, 2017 8:54 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: [SAFESPACE] LGBTIQQA Thread - Queer Support!
Replies: 8208
Views: 1083635

Re: [SAFESPACE] LGBTIQQA Thread - Queer Support!

, I ended up being temporarily on low-dose estrogen for 4 months (and spiro for the latter 2) about a year ago. In all honesty, it didn't really have a serious emotional effect for me. Thanks for this. That's a really useful perspective. I've been reading so many things on reddit saying "Oh me...
by Quercus
Thu Feb 09, 2017 2:47 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: [SAFESPACE] LGBTIQQA Thread - Queer Support!
Replies: 8208
Views: 1083635

Re: [SAFESPACE] LGBTIQQA Thread - Queer Support!

Idk, it's not a thing that's majorly important to me, but is kind of like to have a better idea of what the options are. Yeah, me too... if anything I'd just like to try estrogen (+t blockers) to see what the mental/emotional effects are like for me... I'm not particularly worried either way about ...

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