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We have one overarching rule on Beehaw: Be Nice. Please try to consider this when you comment on this instance in the future.

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We have one overarching rule on Beehaw: Be Nice. Please try to consider this when you comment on this instance in the future.

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Knocked Loose has been killing it with the singles, I am super hyped for the album to drop next month.

Also, I've liked some of Poppy's stuff in the past, but she went SO HARD on this track.

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I sympathize with you. I didn't grow up catholic, but rather evangelical, but I can understand the realization that the people who taught you to love others have an ideology that is profoundly hateful. I remember the bewilderment and confusion that goes along with that realization. I didn't leave the faith altogether, although at times it felt like I would, but I'm in a dramatically different place than I was a decade ago for sure.

All that to say that I understand at least a little of what you're going through, and I'm sorry you're grappling with this. It helped me to realize that there are believers out there that think differently, and that the transphobes, homophobes, racists, and reactionaries don't own the faith.

TheRtRevKaiser Mod ,
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Hi @FfaerieOxide. Beehaw has one rule: Be(e) Nice. This kind of personal attack isn't really in the spirit of Beehaw, and I'd like to ask you to please reconsider how you interact with users on this instance. You can disagree with someone without being insulting or demeaning.

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It's decent for generating ideas or names for fiction. I've used it for tabletop stuff a couple of times to give me NPC names or lists of personality traits, and it's good sometimes for breaking writers block when I get stuck on some detail and I can't figure out what word I want to use or what to name something. You can usually get it to give you some sort of okay suggestions, but the volume of ideas is usually enough to spark a better idea for me. The only weird thing I've noticed is that GPT4 (or whatever flavor bing/copilot is currently using) REALLY likes alliteration to a degree that is downright corny. It's kinda weird but sort of funny honestly.

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Hi @hedge, we're starting to ask users not to paste full articles in the description or comments, there have been some concerns about this practice and we just want to try and head it off. I have no issues at all with linking to one of the several archive sites that will allow users to bypass paywalls, though.

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It's a CYA thing for copyright infringement. Linking is fine, but hosting (we think) puts us on shakier legal ground, at least from what I understand.

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I don't think that's necessary, just something to keep in mind going forward.

Doxxing and callouts on Beehaw politics

Hey folks. I just want to check in with the community about a post that was recently removed. My intention is absolutely not to create drama or stir anything up, but I'd like to make sure you all understand my reasoning for removing the post. Also, I'm aware that I'm not as good at articulating these kinds of things as some of...

The Impact of Direct File—by the Numbers ( economicsecurityproject.org )

Direct File is the Internal Revenue Service’s revolutionary new project to provide free, simplified, public online tax filing for the first time in U.S. history. [...] This report is the first to estimate the total financial benefits of the Direct File program for American taxpayers. It finds that, at maturity in five years,...

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I haven't seen a lot of details about this program. What I'm most interested in is which forms it will support. One of my frustrations is that a lot of tax prep services advertise "free" efile, but almost all of them only allow it for the 1040EZ which is very narrow, and most adults will have to file at least a 1040 and probably will need additional forms as well.

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Ah, thanks for that. I've not been in a position to consider filing the EZ in years so I didn't realized it had been phased out.

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To quote Julia Serrano's excellent writeup on GAC for adolescents:

The “experimental” label is most regularly levied against puberty blockers, probably because the average person isn’t familiar with them. However, they’ve been used to treat precocious puberty since the 1980s (Comite et al., 1981; Mancuso et al., 1989) and to stave off unwanted endogenous puberties in trans youth since the mid-to-late-1990s (Cohen-Kettenis & van Goozen, 1998; van der Loos et al., 2023). For anyone interested in learning more about them, I’d recommend Giordano & Holm’s 2020 accessibly written scientific review “Is puberty delaying treatment ‘experimental treatment’?” as it answers the most commonly asked questions about the method, its efficacy, potential side effects, and so on.

Giordano & Holm’s review also addresses another common claim levied against gender-affirming care, namely, that there aren’t any “high quality studies.” In actuality, there are many high-quality studies: sound methodologies, significant sample sizes, published in well-respected journals, etcetera. When trans-skeptical people argue this, what they really mean is that there aren’t any randomized controlled studies — where neither the doctor nor patient know whether they’ve received the medicine in question or whether they’ve received a placebo. While this certainly is the “gold standard” for medical trials, it is not logistically possible in cases such as this, as both doctors and patients would quickly surmise which group they were assigned to based upon the changes (or lack thereof) in their bodies. The review also delves into ethical issues regarding withholding this treatment that make controlled studies impossible.

The second paragraph delves into the claim that there are no quality studies on the effects of delayed puberty. We actually have a good number of high quality studies, what we don't have are double blind, randomized controlled studies because of the practical and ethical difficulties of doing so. This, of course, gets twisted into labeling puberty blockers as having no evidence or for being "experimental".

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I'm sorry that happened to you, it sounds like it was a rough time. This is something I think about with my kids, who are a few years younger than you were when this happened. We don't give them un-monitored access to social media precisely because I know that kids that age lack the impulse control to just walk away when something like this happens or something is bothering them, so it's so easy for a teen to get pulled into a situation online where they're being harassed or bullied and they just don't have the tools to disconnect from the situation on their own.

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This comment, and others in the thread below, are not engaging in the spirit of this instance. If you have questions about why someone has formatted their post the way they have, you can ask them without insulting the user. I'll be removing any further comments that engage in this manner.

TheRtRevKaiser Mod ,
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Please refrain from name calling on Beehaw. Our one rule is "Be(e) Nice" and I'd like to ask you to reconsider how you are engaging in this discussion.

TheRtRevKaiser ,
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So, I live in Alabama and I'm not sure where any of these numbers are coming from. I agree with you in principle - that it's unreasonable to tell people "you just need to move" - but for me has more to do with the fact that most folks that are most affected by these types of laws are already struggling, and job hunting in another state is difficult.

But moving just one state in any direction from Alabama still puts you in either: Mississippi, Georgia, Tennessee, or Florida. And housing prices aren't dramatically higher in any of those states with the exceptions of metro Atlanta or possible the coastal or metro areas of Florida, or Nashville. Median housing price in MS is actually lower than in Alabama, somehow. And as for the cost of moving, most folks that would struggle with a move aren't going to be hiring movers, they'll be renting a Uhaul (about $400 one way) and getting friends/family to help them load and unload it.

That's not to say that moving to another state is easy or even feasible for a lot of folks, especially folks that are already on the margins. I was just a little confused by the numbers in your post, lol.

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Ah yeah, location probably makes a big difference. Cost of Living is waaaay lower here, but so is median income so 🤷‍♂️

TheRtRevKaiser Mod ,
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We've started asking folks to post archive links if they want to help folks get around a paywall, as there's some question about Beehaw's legal liability if we're posting the full article on the site.

TheRtRevKaiser Mod ,
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We've started asking users not to do this. No issues with posting an archive link, though.

TheRtRevKaiser Mod ,
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There's no need to be rude.

I'm not asking people not to circumvent paywalls. In fact, if you reread my comment, I recommended the user leave an archive link, which is a method of bypassing paywalls that doesn't involve posting the full contents of the article to this site.

TheRtRevKaiser Mod ,
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Thank you for pointing this out, I wasn't aware.

TheRtRevKaiser Mod ,
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There have been some questions about the quality of the source posted in this topic - Mediabiasfactcheck.com has them at a "Poor" factual reporting level. There are, however, a few more reliable sources reporting on this, such as this article in the New Republic

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Thanks!

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This kicks ass, thanks for posting! I'm always really impressed with drummers who sing, that's always seemed like it would be super hard to me.

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I wasn't going to comment on this because I've been in a monogamous relationship for 15 years at this point, but one thing I noticed in the comments is really interesting to me.

Pretty much everybody is saying they know they're attracted to someone physically/sexually right away, and that was not my experience when I was dating regularly. Maybe I'm odd, but I always found that most of the time I would get to know a person first and then I would start to notice things about them that I found attractive and kind of mold my way of thinking and looking at them around those things that I was attracted to in them. Sure, there were exceptions, there are people out there where I was just like - damn everything about that person is hot (my wife being one of those) - but I dated women with a wide variety of physical features and really the only commonality was that I liked being around them. The physical stuff was secondary (although still important) for me.

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Maybe? But it doesn't quite feel right. Not sure how to explain it, though. It's more that my ability to be attracted to someone is pretty malleable if I like them?

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It isn't, but I think this probably fits. Enshittification is when a company provides useful, good services to gain users, then once those users are locked in they start degrading those service or removing features to cut costs, right? That seems like a pretty close analogy to what's going on here, I'd think.

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I didn't need to read the article to know this was going to be about Alabama Power. They are massively influential in this state and essentially own the state regulator, the Public Service Commission. We have high rates and our support for residential solar is worse than nonexistent. It's just pure corruption.

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Better than last week, so far. I made a decision earlier in the week to try something that I've been wanted to do and pitched a cowriting project to my sister, who was really enthusiastic about the idea. We've both struggled to write in the past, I think we both have a hard time getting stuck on details. I feel like there's a real chance that having a writing partner will help us both push through those times when we get stuck on a word or phrase or detail, because we tend to obsess about different things.

Also, she's better at punctuation than me, which is good because my approach to commas is usually just to sort of sprinkle them liberally wherever I would naturally pause. I know that isn't right but so far it's a habit I haven't been able to break.

TheRtRevKaiser Mod ,
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Hey @Scary_le_Poo, I know we don't have this in the rules anywhere on the site - there's some ongoing discussion among the mods about how to handle things like this, but I'd like to encourage you to use something like an archive link if you're going to post an alternative way to access an article, rather than copying the full text of an article into a comment.

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Ha, thank you. I didn't realize we'd been around two years already...

FWIW, the native lemmy UI also calls it the account's cake day, so it seems like that carried over.

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This is a decent song, although I'm not a huge fan of the mix or the vocal style - I know it's part of the vibe it's just not my favorite. But I've got to say, if I was this band I would not have named myself after an album by a band that is IMO way better, lol. All this made me do is some confused googling and then I went and listened to Electric Wizard for a while.

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Yeah, honestly giving it a second listen, I probably would have had a better initial reaction to the song if I hadn't been expecting something different because of the name. Also the video is pretty damn off-putting, lol. The song is pretty solid, even if it's not what I'm usually looking for in the stoner/sludge genre.

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Having kind of a rough week with wrestling with identity stuff. Things are generally good for me, but I just keep having these questions about myself coming up and I can't seem to just drop it. Not sure where any of it is going, or if it's going anywhere, but I'm getting kind of tired of it tbh...

TheRtRevKaiser Mod ,
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Hi skeptomatic, Beehaw Technology mod here. To be clear, this community is not only for the uncritical admiration technological development or the tech sector. It is a community for discussion of Technology in general, which will likely include discussion of the effects of technology on society. Those topics very well may include discussions of how and when those technologies, the environment they are developed in, or the systems they enable are harmful to human flourishing.

You are absolutely welcome to defend generative AI as a useful or positive development - I personally think it's a really interesting technology with some major potential (although I think we're probably in a hype cycle and it's being applied in all kinds of ways that don't really make sense), but I also recognize that there are potential social pitfalls in it's development and deployment. Those ideas are worth discussing in a kind, civil manner.

Lastly, when you comment here on Beehaw, please remember our rule: Be(e) Nice.

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