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[-] 3 points 1 month ago

I completely forgot about that game until you mentioned it. Fun times.

[-] 23 points 2 months ago* (last edited 2 months ago)

There's not enough information that I'd be comfortable drawing conclusions about this. One person's past flame can be another person's one who got away. It's entirely possible she's keeping tabs on you online in a method you're not aware of, but if you don't know that she's intentionally moved to be close to you and she hasn't done anything concerning like made threats or faked a pregnancy or created circumstances that compel you to interact with her against your normal inclinations, I wouldn't guess stalking. Some people do coincidentally reconnect.

That said, the important question is whether you want to engage with her or not going forward. If you don't, I wouldn't lead her on by giving her any more attention. Make a clean break and just tell her you're not interested. If she reacts with melodrama or stalking behavior, then you'll definitely know you made the right decision.

If you are interested in possibly pursuing something with her or at least giving her a chance, be honest that you're a little freaked out about how she's previously behaved. You shouldn't proceed with her thinking that the behavior was not concerning. She should respect your comfort levels if she wants a relationship. If she's dismissive of your concerns and comfort, it's a big red flag that you shouldn't engage further.

[-] 4 points 2 months ago

This is a decent one, but a ton of the HFY stories are just so problematic. Many just feel like they're congratulating humanity on being vicious and creatively violent, like they think the Terran Empire in the Star Trek Mirror Universe were good guys.

Otherwise, a bunch just feel lazily formulaic and repetitive with others. Take a random human trait or convention from a human culture like say...fried foods. Use an alien narrator to describe how weird they think it is to fry foods. Find an angle to portray humans as plucky and great for their fierce devotion to frying foods and involve it in a narrative about humanity winning against greater odds. "And the human just dumped the entire chargizoid corpse into a vat of boiling oil! And then he took it out with something called tongs and ate it, skin and all! And that's when I knew I needed humans on my side in the coming galactic war..."

I guess I feel like the subgenre plays on the optimism of Star Trek utopianism, but ditches any real criticism of humanity's past (or our present). I think the message from Orville's Season 3 Episode 10 about what made humanity better in their past is a better heir to Star Trek utopianism than most of the HFY stories I've read.

[-] 2 points 3 months ago

Famous sportsballer ages like every else. News at 11.

[-] 9 points 5 months ago

This is less of an issue if you judge everything that isn't first hand from a known friend or family member as suspect or at least just a waste of time. Facebook used to be a place to talk to people you knew in the real world. You could ignore anything they reposted and still engage with the actual examples of their own experiences that they posted. But now it's so flooded with ads and listicles and clickbait and video clips that it's not even worth trying to keep up with the people you actually know.

[-] 4 points 5 months ago* (last edited 5 months ago)

It's still not stealing. It's plagiarism or fraud or any number of other terms, but stealing necessarily requires the deprivation of a limited, rivalrous thing, like money or property. You can't steal fame or exposure or credit, except poetically. And by that point, the word becomes so watered down that it's meaningless. You might as well say I'm stealing your life seconds at a time by writing this extra sentence.

The purpose of using the term stealing here is only to borrow the negative moral connotations of the term, but it doesn't communicate clearly what exactly is happening.

It's perfectly valid to say you consider it morally equivalent with theft, but it's not stealing.

[-] 14 points 5 months ago

Also you can't just make your own micronation wherever you want. It has to already exist.

This kind of makes the concept of a micronation useless. The point is that anyone can make their own nation with their own rules wherever they are or go. If you have to pick someone else's, then it's no different than picking someone else's recognized nation.

[-] 14 points 5 months ago

The law’s section that bans books depicting sex acts from school libraries includes an exception for religious texts, like the Christian Bible.

What a coincidence! My deeply held religious beliefs in a new religion I just made up holds all LGBTQ+ books as sacred religious texts...

[-] 39 points 5 months ago

I am deeply interested in the thoughts of billionaires who benefit from the incomparably greater amount of work other people perform to provide them with obscene amounts of wealth so they can find a comfortable balance between exploiting workers and flying in dick rockets for fun.

[-] 20 points 5 months ago

If drug use while pregnant is child endangerment, then society should be indicted whenever a woman is denied all the prenatal care necessary to deliver a healthy baby regardless of her income or wealth, otherwise we'd be prosecuting people for being poor. Oh wait, we already do that in other scenarios! My bad. Carry on!

[-] 2 points 6 months ago

This sounds like a walkaway hashtag comment.

[-] 12 points 6 months ago

Never try to do anything good because bad might inadvertently result from the action.

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