Posts by linger

  • Hard News: A complicated pathway to wellness, in reply to tussock,

    Cuz NyooZuld doesn’t have culture??
    Nah, of course there are relevant social norms, e.g. about the acceptability of drinking with the purpose of getting utterly munted: social activities may be “within the limit of the law”, but they don’t have to be “testing the limit of the law and/or the body”. The levers you’ve mentioned haven’t had much influence on that despite many tinkerings with settings over the past century (witness the extreme case of the “6 o’clock swill” as a reaction to early closing). Other levers might be more relevant (e.g. “responsible host” laws), but still offer only small parts of the solution.

    Tokyo • Since Apr 2007 • 1825 posts Report Reply

  • Up Front: It's Beginning to Look a Lot…, in reply to steven crawford,

    Yeah, I thought it was a counter bug at first, too, but the answer seems to be that Sasha ≠ Sacha. (Hi to both!)

    Tokyo • Since Apr 2007 • 1825 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Lost Men, in reply to mark taslov,

    sex-associated

    Thanks! (I ran out of editing time, then figured "associated" was a sufficient hedge as it makes no claim of direct causation. But it's better to make it explicit.)

    Tokyo • Since Apr 2007 • 1825 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Lost Men, in reply to Neil,

    Parts of your claim remaining somewhat controversial are that “holding grudges” and “seeking revenge” are not synonymous with “aggressive behaviour”, nor are they exclusively male preserves, nor do they form any part of the Dunedin Longitudinal study’s findings.
    Accepting that males do tend to show more aggressive behaviour on average than females – even there, the mechanism is still not exclusively genetic; it also is influenced by socialisation towards gendered patterns of behaviour (and learned behaviour will also be influenced by different cost/benefit results of aggressive behaviour for individuals with larger muscle bulk, which of course is gender-associated).

    Tokyo • Since Apr 2007 • 1825 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The next four years, in reply to WH,

    Magic is literally “coming out of his ears”

    I suspect that last word was an automagically corrected typo.

    Tokyo • Since Apr 2007 • 1825 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The Midterms, in reply to Hilary Stace,

    Might be different next time with more people able to vote. Also as climate change starts to drown Florida.

    Noting, though, that these largely cancel each other out, as a result of other broken aspects of the American "democratic" system: those most vulnerable to climate change in Florida are ipso facto those least likely to remain in their own district, and least likely to be able to vote (cf. the effect of the post-Katrina diaspora).

    Tokyo • Since Apr 2007 • 1825 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The big vision and the small problems, in reply to simon g,

    Except that’d just play into National's “they’re too eager to spend your hard-earned money” rhetoric. (The perceived inconsistency is likely the reason Mitchell decided not to go.)

    Tokyo • Since Apr 2007 • 1825 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The big vision and the small problems, in reply to Francisco Blaha,

    Absolutely. Freeing up time for creativity and innovation would be a fairly major (but currently largely neglected) positive of introducing a UBI.

    Tokyo • Since Apr 2007 • 1825 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Lost Men,

    Thymos is the part of the soul that craves recognition of dignity

    Cf. the concept of “face” in politeness theory (Brown & Levinson 1987), which distinguishes two aspects of identity:
    positive face = need to be valued, liked, accepted as belonging to a group
    negative face = need for personal freedom
    These are sometimes presented as being in tension (e.g. giving rise to a formality scale from the language of official information to personal expression of feelings), but probably need to be combined to yield “I need to be accepted as I am”.

    Tokyo • Since Apr 2007 • 1825 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Dirty Politics,

    Thanks for the clarification.
    As far as I am aware, there is no requirement for an untrained member of the public to specifically inform emergency services, and only emergency services, about a possible risk of suicide, unless some wider public danger is posed. Somebody receiving a suicide threat probably should contact whomever they believe is most likely to be able to successfully negotiate with that individual. Depending on the individual, that may very well not be the authorities.

    Tokyo • Since Apr 2007 • 1825 posts Report Reply

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