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  1. I have a machete, a hatchet, a longer knife, and several pocket knives — however, I don't really use any of these as a form of defense. Rather, I usually keep them stuffed away in my cart where they aren't easily accessible so that people, particularly cops, don't get alarmed that I have them.

  2. You're right. Prolly the best deterrent is a pitbull. I know it would DEFINITELY keep me the fuck away.

  3. Well, I have an elderly Pembroke Welsh corgi, but she gets the job done...

  4. Just a simple container that goes over all relevant openings would be really helpful. I've been looking for something like that, or something I can make into something like that, for inside my tent. It's pretty easy to make do with a bottle for #1 if you have male parts, but those that don't, or for #2, it's a lot more challenging.

  5. There is no merit in inconsistency — however, sometimes it's unavoidable simply because we don't have all the information, or we don't know how to process all of it.

  6. As somewhat of a tangent, haven’t we decided that the way to unify relativity and quantum mechanics is to apply parts of the model as necessary? The way I recalled reading about it, it was described using the analogy of a map.

  7. Applying parts of the model as necessary isn't unifying it, it's being inconsistent and selective. That's our stopgap solution for the current inconsistency — and it's exactly what I'm talking about in my comment. Ethically, sometimes we might have to do the same thing if we can't create a unified theory of ethics that holds consistently true with the real world we see around us.

  8. I think a lot of your analysis is correct, but your initial statement carries a huge flaw — the US does not have majority rule at all, let alone strong majority rule. The presidential election system, for instance, allows for a president to be voted into office without the support of a majority — not even a support of the majority of people who vote, let alone an actual majority of the populace. Gerrymandering throughout the country allows for congress people to lock in seats regardless of what the majority want. If you look at the stats and polls, majority opinion scarcely affects public policy on any level of government.

  9. The US is, or at least was, both. Republic and democracy are not antonyms. A democracy is a kind of republic. Republic simply means that you don't have a king or someone else who owns their government office as their private property — instead, they may be occupied by people without respect to things such as royal or noble status. Democracy means that the people have meaningful say and control over their government, which the US Constitution clearly institutes. Thus, even though the US Constitution doesn't say the word democracy, anyone with any political understanding can see that it is setting up a form of democracy by reading it. However, so many holes have been punched in the Constitution at this point that these democratic factors are no longer operable, and we no longer have a government of the people.

  10. So am I getting this straight? First off it seems your coming at this from an American perspective not a world perspective. But am I understanding You correctly, you believe that the world is heading towards doom and gloom? But you don’t want to compare today to yesterday and this terrible future is based on hypotheticals and feelings gained from “watching tv” mainly the NeWs.

  11. Almost. Just fill in the blank to clarify what you're referring to as "the top of the hill":

  12. Couldn't tell you. Social phenomenon like that are really hard to measure and nail down, especially to a specific date. I don't think that's a very reasonable thing to expect. I can point to a time in the past where it was worse than it is now. Also, as a transgender person, I can point to just a couple of years ago where I wasn't being called a groomer, doxxed, and actively harassed simply for existing and believing that transgender children should be treated with respect and dignity. Was the peak somewhere in there? Maybe. Maybe it was a bit further back. That's really hard to narrow down on even a single issue, let alone the general social trajectory that is the amount of all issues that I'm talking about in my original post. This is why, from the very beginning, I have specifically pointed out that it's not about a snapshot of a particular time and the state of things at that point, but about trajectory. Because if you're on a downhill slope, you can generally tell that you're on a downhill slope without knowing where the peak of the hill was.

  13. I'd say it's an equal combination between being isolated and alone, and trying to find a place to sleep and shelter in the winter with the police actively preventing us from doing so. If either of those issues were solved, I could tolerate this existence. I was actually doing okayish before the police cracked down, even on the coldest nights.

  14. I would love to have a job. I am inhibited from getting one by the following factors: 1. I have physical and mental disabilities that prevent me from working pretty much any job I would be otherwise qualified for, at least at any remotely competitive level that would allow me to keep said job. 2. I have a dog and belongings that I have nowhere to put safely while I'm at that job. 3. While not a factor keeping me from getting a job per se, it's important to note that there's hardly a job out there that I could stand a chance of getting that pays enough to get me out of homelessness.

  15. They don't seem like they're just sitting on their butts, it seems as though they're trying to act and organize AGAINST "The Homeless THREAT".

  16. I thought I was pretty clear, but I guess I should have been more explicit. When I said “people”, I meant people like you — not people in the government or the people who obviously support them. Now, obviously, one person can't really do very much unless they have an exceptional amount of time, talent, and resources. But it's pretty unusual, even in deep red areas, for everyone to be in support of this sort of crap. Those people need to organize. There are so many other issues that run along the same vein that are just as serious, like systemic racism, LGBTQ+ rights, and police abuse that there's no excuse for people not to be organizing. Again, one person can't really do it on behalf of others — you can't make other people do what they're unwilling to do. But everyone who has some awareness of this stuff has a responsibility to stand against it, to the degree that they have the means to do so. And almost everyone has some means. I have had perhaps the least means of anyone, and I have still tried my damnedest.

  17. You’re right, but first you need to have viable suggestions in contrast to this letter that will work. It isn’t going to accomplish anything to just oppose something when you don’t have any suggestions to fix the problem. And it cannot be to just “give everyone houses” or some other unrealistic and ignorant suggestion.

  18. There are plenty of viable suggestions out there. And the housing first policy is one of them — choosing to dismiss it when it has worked elsewhere doesn't make it not viable. Even leaving things as they are is better than what this letter is proposing, since these kinds of policies make things worse, not better.

  19. For SSI or SSDI, SS will send you to their drs if you lack enough documentation for your condition

  20. The government sends you to their doctors before your hearing, not after.

  21. I was never given a hearing. I was given a bunch of hoops to jump through and zero help doing it.

  22. Im anctially doing gereat. Once i got secure with my finances and had back up to relax a little i started dealing with my stuff and couldnt be happier. Im not saying ti just ignore it im saying get stable and then deal with it so theres less to worry about. But dealing with ylur trauma before your problems are solved will only lead to backslides.

  23. But the trauma IS one of the problems, and it can go a long way to preventing someone's situation from being stable. I'm very happy that you're happy with your life, but that just isn't how trauma works for the majority of people. It can outright keep someone from functioning. There's nothing stable about that situation at all.

  24. I know it had me paralized a very long time which is why i couldnt get stable. But i found enogh fight in me to do what i had to so outside forces couldnt control my life. I had to take care of myself becuase i had nobodh to even turn yo for anything let alone help. I know it wirks different for everyone i was simply giving advice based off what worked for me. Everyone here gives opinions and options so the person can look thru and chose themselves. It was simply another thing for them to consider. I never intended it to be ab Bsolute. The more options presented the more they can consider. We dont know the whole situation so they can pick what closest pertains to them

  25. Part of healing from trauma IS being able to cultivate the fight to do what you have to do. That's kind of what I'm talking about. Everybody's makeup is different, but the core idea of dealing with that trauma is there regardless.

  26. You mention sweat building up in your clothes -- where is this sweat coming from? Do everything you can to avoid sweating. Howevee, our bodies are constantly releasing insensible moisture, and this type cannot generally be avoided.

  27. I don't know how to not sweat. The sweat is coming from me. Like you said, my body is constantly releasing moisture. Not a lot, but enough that it builds up over time, especially after I've been doing a lot of physical activity that day like walking from place to place on foot, pushing my cart of belongings around. To control this, I would have to take a trip to the laundromat every few days, and that's just not feasible. I have zero income. I have money right now because of the lucky break, but that's going to run out before much longer.

  28. If you're able to get stuff like this is worth it, although it can get pricey. But moisture wicking material seems to help a lot, like underarmour brand clothing & brands designed for extended stays in cold. I'd do some research on the proper materials for moisture wicking tents & clothing.

  29. Thanks to a lucky break, I have some money to throw around right now. Not an unlimited amount, but enough that I'm prepared to drop $200-$300 on a tent at Bass Pro today if I have to to get something decent. Plus some new good boots. If I can get some clothing along these lines too, I think I will.

  30. Yo. I would very much like to stay off the street. I would very much like to be self-sufficient. I do like the idea of being a bit nomadic and moving around a lot — but in my current health, and with the way things work here in this country, being stuck in a situation where you have to live on the street is absolute hell. I want out.

  31. The prisons would overflow more than they already do.

  32. I’m not defending the right by any means. I’m defending the use of objective logic, just for clarification. I am socially progressive and economically socialist.

  33. That would be all fine and good if I came here to make a case for my examples, but I didn't. I wasn't setting out to prove or use objective logic the back those examples. If you are socially progressive, then you should be well acquainted with the struggle that marginalized people face in expressing their experiences in the exact sort of language demanded by argument bros looking for them to prove all of those experiences. There is a big difference between knowing something and being able to argue it to someone else's standard. I cannot argue these things to your standard, but I know what I have observed. It is exhausting to try to re-ground how you have reframed what I've said. I do not have the energy for it. I came here looking for words to deal with such argument bros elsewhere who are only looking to obfuscate, instead of looking to understand. If you're not looking to understand either, I don't have time for that.

  34. While I do not believe that psychoanalysis is always the way to respond to stupid arguments, I do not condone accusing LGBTQ people of being “groomers,” and I agree that it is harmful. It can sometimes be difficult to know how to respond to such asinine claims and accusations depending on the context. I’m not even sure that the accusation alone that all LGBTQ people are groomers is worth responding to or that it can be logically deconstructed. You could always ask for evidence or elaboration so that you attain more actual substance to formulate a counter. If you feel snarky, you can condescendingly explain what a “groomer” is and what the LGBTQ population is and how they have nothing to do with one another.

  35. But I'm not doing psychoanalysis. I'm observing hypocrisy. I'm watching them literally do these things. I don't understand what's so hard to understand about this. I feel like you're the one doing psychoanalysis on me, and then accusing me of doing psychoanalysis, as an example of the very thing I'm talking about in this post — consciously or otherwise.

  36. If I like you enough to be spooning with you, then I like you enough for that buttboner to be entirely welcome. Simple as that. That's part of the fun of spooning!

  37. I don't know how anyone can look at that and not argue for tighter gun control

  38. Because gun control gets enforced by different idiots with guns. They just happen to have a badge too.

  39. Don't forget. I'll never forget either. I will never forget being left alone the way I have, even by people I call friends. I will never forget the apathy. I will never forget people throwing money at me and forgetting about me. I will never forget people caring more about my dog's well-being than mine. I will never forget being trapped with no options by the people in power and the multitudes who support them. It will inform my interaction with everyone from here going forward. It will inform how I process all the information I'm given. It will inform my stance toward the order of things as it exists, and my support for things which undermine or ultimately destroy that order.

  40. My favorite example here in English, my native language, that everyone seems to take for granted, is the Christmas song “Santa Claus is Coming to Town”.

  41. The difference is is that the colonists had no nonviolent ways to enact changes in their democracy. We now all have the right to vote and have the liberty to chose how we live. Violence in todays society is just anger of being the minority opinion

  42. Everything you’ve explained seems to come with the misunderstanding that most people think and believe like you do. To begin, we do have a functioning democracy. Although there are some debatable elements, special interest groups are largely overly blamed for political actions. Although it seems like they have some sway in smaller, less paid attention to issues (ex. Right to Repair), on largely important issues the will of the people is followed. Why would Row v Wade be overturned if not for the consent of the people. Businesses profit from charging for abortions, and medical care makes more money for the rich. The truth is, a sizable republican base that had enough judges pushed for what they found to be moral. This was the issues with electing a republican who picked conservative judges. However, this is an issue with the public, not the democratic institution.

  43. RvW was not overturned with the consent of the people. That is bare-bones fact. You can look at polls, figures, or just the fact that no election took place to make it happen to determine that. This isn't a question of people thinking or believing like me, it's a question of looking at what people think and believe and comparing it to what we see enacted, or who we elected. There are studies and polls done on these things — it's not a matter of what I believe, but of what the facts show. These suggest that the “sizable Republican base” has a sizable number of people who support abortion rights, at least when no one is watching. We can say similar things about drug laws, as polls show that the majority of Americans support ending the drug war. When the opinion of the people does not match what the government is actually doing, you don't have a functioning democracy, because somewhere along the way the ability of the people to express their opinion into how they are governed is being obstructed. There's no real way around that.

  44. This is a step in the right direction — if they don't keep people out through bullshit arbitrary rules and red tape.

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