commented on You Can't Turn Off Trump
As someone who moved to a small town in Pennsylvania (in a profoundly red county), I can confirm that the Trump voters around here know better than to imagine he'll magically restore their towns to their former splendor.
However, I've little faith that another generation is all it will take for the nostalgia to fade, at least in a number of places. Where I live, many residents still long for coal's heyday. Yet most of these residents (and their parents) weren't around when the mines dominated. In fact, the few remaining seniors who lived during that period, though mostly pro-coal, are considerably less enthusiastic. They remember how desperately poor many families were despite the county's prosperity. They remember how much of the wealth pooled in a single city, and into the pockets of the mines' owners.
They remember adults and kids falling into sinkholes. (There are still some sinkholes remaining, but not that many.) They remember the father or young husband who never made it home. They remember being children cutting their hands sorting coal, day after day, after day.
Manufacturing jobs have came and went since, but it's coal everyone dreams of.
Nostalgia is more powerful when your memories are imagined. So I expect it can take more than a couple generations for the illusions to fade, especially if the cities and towns have never found a way to recover a reasonable degree of economic health.
Sep 3, 2014
commented on Those Leaked Celebrity Nudes: Have You Looked?
@70, This being Slog, I doubt many commenters have problems with nudity, myself included. I'd find it similarly distasteful were non-sexual private emails released and happily consumed by the public. What disturbs me isn't the content, but the violation of privacy: the lack of consent.
Mar 14, 2014
commented on Meeting the End of Life with LSD
@4, those I knew who died of prolonged terminal illnesses were in tremendous pain for hours, sometimes days, before they ultimately passed away. They each died in as deep a morphine haze as was available. Even without the pain meds, the pain itself would've made it exceedingly difficult to maintain a clear and controlled mental state. This is often the case with long illnesses.
If LSD eases the weeks or months before the worst comes, it might make it a bit easier to withstand - it's much harder to handle severe pain if you're already anxious. And even if it doesn't, making those final weeks/months even a little less stressful would be a boon.
Mar 11, 2014
commented on Ban Bossy? I Don't Think So. Be Bossier.
@51, I won't "debate" a troll endlessly (Juche has already served the only purpose he had with me), but I will occasionally toss a comment or two at them to make a larger point.
Though Juche is a waste of pixels, there are well-intentioned non-trolls who fail to cite sources, and who think invoking science automatically proves their unsubstantiated conjecture. Youth especially tend to leap from a proven point A to conjecture D with no connecting points in between, even when they're not being disingenuous. I was using Juche to make a larger, albeit extremely basic, point.
Also, there are quite a few people who honestly conflate real biological differences with immutable, gender-based personality hardwiring. The bigoted extremes, which Juche represents, are obvious: in his view, women are hardwired to be baby-making machines, and ill-equipped to assume other roles. However, the competing influences of biology and society can be extremely difficult to disentangle, and in many cases researchers are uncertain as to which influence is more responsible for a given difference. Juche's unintentional parody of biology's role might be ham-fisted, but it does touch upon the subtler tendency to underestimate neuroplasticity. This failure to acknowledge the human brain's remarkable adaptive qualities muddies the waters whenever there's a discussion of gender roles.
Personally, over the years I've learned from watching people with extreme versions of my own latent tendencies/failures get swatted down.
Admittedly my second comment to him was a throwaway farewell. I'm sentimental that way.
@60, see paragraph three above.