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@livus@kbin.social

It's me, livus.

If you like international and eclectic news, come and join me at @worldwithoutus (Link for Lemmy = worldwithoutus).

I've also started helping out at @worldnews, (Link for Lemmy = worldnews), @movies, (Lemmy = movies), and am a ghost at @13thfloor (Lemmy = 13th Floor).

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What? Non American here, I thought if you had insurance you didn't have to pay for things like that.

Appendectomies just come out of our collective taxes. I'm sure they couldn't possibly be costing $169k each to produce or we would be bankrupt.

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This is more like an infuriating dystopia.

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Off topic but are you really still using coins for stuff like that?

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It somehow made Girl With A Pearl Earring look like Smeagol.

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@davel is right though.

Envelope With White Powder Sent To Judge In Trump Civil Fraud Case, Source Says

Exact same length and unambiguous.

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He wanted attention

Bit of a weird leap. He wanted to draw attention to a particular cause.

People who just want attention find ways of drawing it to themselves so that they can actually enjoy it.

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Yeah there's a difference. @dual_sport_dork described it well.

But no we're not 100% immune from it. I've seen a few people try to do it.

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Spot in. And then there's the concern trolling, "it's important that you provide evidence for your disturbing claims about Lars Ulrich because otherwise you discredit the movement".

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Another signal is their complete lack of interest in anything you've said outside of what they want to pester you about.

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The thing is a true sealion only "wins" by dragging you into a long offtopic comment chain.

Professional sealions (we don't have them here yet thank god) come armed with a list of "talking points" they use to try to derail genuine conversations and turn them into something else.

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Eh, they get paid.

I'm talking about the 50 Cent-ers, the BJP IT, the Hasbara trolls, the Russian troll army, the Indonesian troll army etc etc etc.

Not sure what they conceptualize it as but they do tend to sealion.

Pretty sure Zucc has one as well, and that dodgy remote work company that advertises on Reddit definitely employs a couple of people.

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I really like the kbin system for this reason. Voting is public so we can see exactly who upvoted or downvoted us.

Except kbin doesn't federate downvotes, so if people outside our instance downvote us we don't see it. And there's no point in us downvoting them unless we're trying to send a signal to others in kbin.

Makes for way less "downvote to disagree" and much more obvious when some turkey is using alts to upvote themselves everywhere.

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This technology has been battle-tested, utilized by Israel to secure its borders with Gaza, Lebanon, and Syria

I know it's not the same but I can't help remembering battle testing new weapons on the captive population of Gaza (aka experimenting) is an old Israeli arms company selling point.

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called a noob

It's very satisfying to show up in a basic default skin and calmly proceed to own everyone else there.

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Children have been bullying children who are poorer than themselves for a long time now.

It's learned behaviour. Adults do it to adults as well.

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I don't think they get taught as in told to do it, I think they learn from observation. Their peers and the wider society. Sometimes teachers in school will subtly disparage aspects of poverty.

Look at how the wider society treats homeless people and refugees. That's normalised in most media.

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Some of them try to rhyme but they can't rhyme like this

Some of them try to rhyme but they can't.

Lyrical genius.

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They would be in profit if they paid Spez and co normal amounts of money instead of nearly 200 million per year on Spez alone.

Basically Reddit is a scam in terms of investment.

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@Dhs92 nope. His salary used to be 300k but last year he got paid $192 million, including stock etc.

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It would have an impact on their current profit or loss, yes. Stock options are an expense in accounting.

Even without the options though, look at the actual stock they handed out:

Huffman’s compensation package for 2023 was worth $193.2 million, which included salary of $341,346, stock awards worth $98.3 million and stock options valued at $93.8 million. Wong’s total comp of $92.5 million included a base salary of $583,820, stock awards of $45.7 million and stock options worth $45.7 million.

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WallStreetBets users should really set up an alternate community elsewhere (like here)

Here as in the fediverse, maybe, I don't think lemmy.ml mods would be too welcoming, seeing as how they are marxist leninists. XD

Seriously though I'm sure WSB guys have a ton of offsite back channels. Aside from short squeezes that sub seems to be running pump and dump schemes.

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I hear ya.

Glad you're okay, the original post was giving Melancholia vibes.

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@vlad76 they did not let them in as refugees.

They let them in on extended tourist visas. Some are now violating the conditions.

If they were actually throwing out people who had applied for asylum as refugees, then it would be right to criticize them but they never agreed to take these people long term.

Norwegian salmon farms gobble up fish that could feed millions in Africa: Report (news.mongabay.com)

Norwegian salmon farms are taking huge amounts of wild fish from West Africa, mining the food security of the region, according to a report from the U.K.-based NGO Feedback. The analysis comes as the industry faces a wave of public opposition after revelations of high mortality rates and the sale of fish deemed unfit for human...

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@stmcld It's not the first time.

I wish we could get ordinary people in Western countries to understand that instead of their "sponsor a child" or dig a well, the best thing they can do for African nations is to stop their own countries and corporations from predation and theft against African countries.

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@ModAtRedTrjm did you really make a new account just to say things like this.

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