internet gryphon, they/she

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I’m not sure I know where I fall in this case, there isn’t a ton of real evidence presented in this article and the expert’s opinions seem to fall a bit conservative for my tastes - while we should make reasonable efforts to fix the underlying problems which might cause someone to want to kill themselves I’m not certain that we can really know how much a disease state affects the mind of someone. Hearing loss may be unbearable for some, and perfectly fine for others, and we shouldn’t judge how much someone is suffering just because the disease state doesn’t seem difficult or troubling enough to another person.

it’s difficult because unlike physical ailment, where we can often very clearly benchmark and map out someone’s progression into the ailment, emotional ailment is very enigmatic to us. some people for example get better very quickly, some people can go through years or decades of treatment and not much happens for them. why? usually we don’t have a very good answer for that. sometimes there simply isn’t a finality to mental illness like a physical illness, and that really complicates the judgement here.

it’s also tough philosophically, because you have to grapple with the big question of whether or not someone can be of a “sound mind” while simultaneously expressing a desire to die, or to kill themselves. and even if someone can, is it possible to make some sort of objective framework by which to judge whether someone should be allowed to die, or to kill themselves? i think that most people settle into some form of yes on both, since we increasingly allow terminally ill patients to speed up their deaths so they don’t suffer–but i think most people would immediately balk at the idea that someone’s emotional suffering being any sort of similar justification, even though the principle of “wanting to prevent future suffering” is shared between the circumstances. at least from what i can tell in having the conversation, the latter simply doesn’t have the absolute finality of physical illness–thus, there’s always the prospect in your mind that a person will eventually get better. (but that in kind also begs the question: what if they don’t?)




my general and limited understanding of this race is that this is good and that Odinga is the better candidate, because Ruto is a center-right guy who has some questionably authoritarian strongman leanings


i’m sure that in a mostly anglophone country there are valid concerns about the continued use of french and its long-term viability without state intervention and promotion like this, but i’m very curious how this:

Lawyers representing the attorney general of Quebec pushed back on the idea that there aren’t enough translators or that the requirement creates any obstacles to accessing justice.

On Friday, Elisabeth Gosselin, a spokeswoman for Justice Minister Simon Jolin-Barrette, said Friday in an emailed response to the ruling, “It should be noted that the provisions in this case are intended to promote better access to justice in the official and common language, French.

can follow from imposing such a guideline on people who don’t natively speak french in such a specific context. translation of legal documents especially is not a thing you can just magic into being, and presumably anglophones also have a right to justice in the official and common language of every other province of canada besides nunavut, which would be english?




one of the rhetorically understandable but unfortunate impulses is always to use a city as a shorthand for whatever tragic event happened there (or a comparable event in another city) and i do hope one day we can eventually retire or transcend that sort of nomenclature. certainly, i don’t think it’s fair to use charlottesville in this manner, given how many people in the community came out to oppose the fascists that day and how many of the fascists themselves were not from charlottesville or even virginia, so i’m glad the city is trying to define itself on its own terms.


The French state broadcaster reported that since the start of the year, 56,000 hectares of forest had burned in France – three times the annual average this decade. There have also been forest fires in northern regions not usually hit by summer blazes, including in Brittany, where firefighting planes arrived from Sweden to help.

for the other americans, that’s about 140,000 acres. pretty substantial in a place where big wildfires basically don’t exist–it’d be like having a california wildfire out on the east coast.






update: yes. The suspect who attacked the FBI field office in Cincinnati has been killed by law enforcement, according to two officials familiar with the matter. His name is Ricky Walter Shiffer. He was at the Capitol on Jan. 6.. his twitter is still up and includes comments such as:

Oh, the packing. The packing could be here. Save ammunition, get in touch with the Proud Boys and learn how they did it in the Revolutionary War, because submitting to tyranny while lawfully protesting was never the American way. LEXINGTON

Shut up about term limits. Your vote doesn’t even count anymore. We need to be ready for the war against the communists who chemically nueter prebuscent children and call it gender transitioning, not bellyache about the arguments of 30 years ago. Save ammunition.


this is one of like, three? actual reasons you would want to use cryptocurrency (and honestly you could probably still throw it under another reason, “evading the law”), so not a surprise to me



by all accounts that i’m aware of the approval rating putin has is authentic, although i’m sure some of his approval can be explained by his political longevity and political propaganda reinforcing his influence.


yeah i would be careful with the phrasing “once they stop killing fellow Europeans”–it is not ordinary russian citizens doing the killings, and even if it may be correct that they tacitly or actively support the government doing such killings the same charge can be put against pretty much any existing government. (there are also other factors like the high level of propaganda and repression russian dissidents face for speaking out, which incentivizes people who truly oppose these actions to not openly do so. many people were arrested in the early days of the war doing this.)


it’s hard to think anything else, and the timing is very conspicuous to support that end. there are no shortage of people with grievances against the FBI, but people actually acting on those grievances is quite rare and usually motivated by a breaking point (which conservatives have been performatively–but very publicly–turning the FBI raid on mar-a-lago into).



it seems they have designed carve-outs for this purpose, although ymmv

Exceptions to the rule include:

  • Russian embassy employees and their family members working in Estonia;
  • Employees directly involved in the transportation of goods and passengers;
  • Those who have the right to freedom of movement under EU law;
  • People visiting close relatives;
  • People entering for humanitarian reasons.

personally i don’t see why you need to pass a law like this but, i suppose i’m not estonian


among many reasons elon musk should be in prison, this is one of them–just on principle.


In several tests, a professional test driver found that the software – released in June – failed to detect the child-sized figure at an average speed of 25mph and the car then hit the mannequin. The Dawn Project’s founder, Dan O’Dowd, called the results “deeply disturbing”.

evidently, tesla has decided the true utilitarian answer to the trolley problem in our world is “fuck them kids”

in all seriousness, tesla “autopilot” seems to have a shit ton of problems navigating basically any city which deviates from the norm it’s trained on even slightly, so i’m not surprised this is a problem.



well yeah i’d imagine it can essentially be emulated (i don’t use linux, but my understanding is that for at least the popular distributions there is relatively little headache in doing that), but i think the person was asking if there was a native version for linux


also lol, i just realized they’re doing NFTs and their actual website is astronomically slow.


unfortunately i’m pretty sure the answer to that is no for both old and new winamp.


in a very funny development, the search warrant appears to have been signed off on by trump-appointee Bruce E Reinhart, who i think is best known for leaving a government job to defend jeffery epstein? lol




non-zero chance this causes some sort of attempted terrorism, because the right wing freakout over this has been uniquely hilarious and hysterical to watch develop in real time–who knew you could get conservatives to advocate for defunding the police by simply prosecuting people they like?


Vincent, AL i would note only has a population of about 2,000, so disbanding the PD is not a particularly big undertaking and entails firing exactly three people. still, pretty deserved! i’m sure they’ll do just fine without these guys on the beat.





beyond being dystopian this isn’t even a good deal, why the fuck would anyone agree to this (at least if they were given the context and significance of handing over this data)?