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COMMENT 8h ago

We have the same categories for homelessness, and Sweden faces the same issue with accurately counting the unsheltered category of homeless.

Edit: any explanation for the downvotes? I'm right. Both categories still exist for both stats and the demographic they are talking about is a fraction of the total, the same demographic that also exists and is undercounted in Sweden.

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COMMENT 16h ago

Yeah, just looked up homelessness rate not too long ago and was actually impressed with how we compare to other countries. For as big of a deal as people make out of it with the US, I'm "surprised" people aren't flipping out over the homelessness crisis in Europe.

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COMMENT 20h ago

It's real work in the same way that being a YouTuber is real work. Should be legally regulated and protected, though.

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COMMENT 3d ago

Or about Steven Seagal training Maricopa law enforcement alongside Sheriff Arpaio.

Or "Killology" trainer Grossman, with his psychotic ramblings about how you should "choose to feel good" about killing people. Training cops to have hair triggers because they feel already feel justified in shooting off their guns.

Bonus: Steven Segal waving his gun around and using it to point at shit like a drunken uncle trying to keep kids away from his trailer.

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COMMENT 3d ago

Honestly, idk you or anything so I don't mean this as a personal criticism at all. I was really just giving you a bit of a hard time. That being said, a lot of people who go "crazy with power" fall into it because they take themselves too seriously, which can result from putting an inordinate amount of effort into something that benefits from a more relaxed approach.

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COMMENT 3d ago

I'm trying my best

See, that's where you fucked up. :P

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COMMENT 3d ago

Honestly, imo, support subs can produce some of the most polarizing experience. On one hand, you find incredibly supportive people who genuinely are putting so much effort into spreading love with no real compensation whatsoever. But on the other hand, you end up with extremely self-righteous people who feel justified in treating people like shit if they've failed some purity test or whatever.

Anyways, I'm proud of you for having the strength to share your trauma. Keep up the great work. It looks like you still found a good amount of support and I'm sure you'll see positive results if you keep moving forward and addressing your issues head-on. :)

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COMMENT 3d ago

I think this is more about approaching strangers. I'm also pretty good about complimenting my friends and colleagues but, ime, people treat men with caution when we compliment people. It's often assumed we're either trying to hit on them, sell them something, or that were going to mug or scam them.

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COMMENT 3d ago

The urbanite in me would just assume it's some sort of scam and check my wallet.

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COMMENT 3d ago

That doesn't sound very reassuring.

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COMMENT 3d ago

I'm kinda flipped here for the first two. Online always seems so awkward and forced. Much easier to be casual when I'm just relaxing around friends. And either way, I still only like people in little doses.

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COMMENT 3d ago

Is there really that much of a bias for NZ on Reddit?

I mean, I'm getting a pretty negative reaction over what was a silly joke and the only response I'm getting are people who didn't get the joke because they feel like they need to point out a technicality. Usually, I feel like when reddit wants to get defensive, they get nitpicky over jokes. It's not like people who make jokes about US healthcare get downvoted as everybody nitpicks about how Medicare and COBRA exists or how states might have their own healthcare systems.

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COMMENT 3d ago

Or your random metric is flawed, since it would presumably include children and the unemployed, and it would likely count people like investors and "advisors" as employed. But sure, whatever stats you need to bring up to correct the joke are appreciated. Sorry I made the mistake of saying anything that could possibly be construed as negative about the great New Zealand.

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COMMENT 3d ago

Okay. To reiterate, no, I did not actually think New Zealand is entirely absent of a working class and I was, in fact, making a joke about New Zealand's fairly wealthy population and their focus on attracting rich immigrants. Sorry if I confused you.

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COMMENT 3d ago

An anemic service underclass? Are you really gonna just harp down on the technicality that, yes, some working class people exist? You do realize jokes aren't meant to be technically sound, right? Or are you throwing out technicalities because you're getting defensive over Reddit's darling New Zealand?

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COMMENT 3d ago

What I'm implying is that New Zealand is largely a retirement community for rich folk.

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COMMENT 3d ago

There's a working class in New Zealand?

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COMMENT 3d ago

Because the nicotine, itself, isn't the greatest hazard of cigarettes so much as the formaldehyde, radioactive material, burnt tar, etc.

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COMMENT 4d ago

I guess maybe gun-laws are more lax that in some nations?

They really aren't. People make a lot of noise about our gun laws, but they're actually more restrictive than most people think. Our gun culture could use a little work, though. Also, one facet of "freedom" that the US provides that I enjoy in comparison to other countries is the freedom of speech, even though it does have its drawbacks. I'm never going to get into legal trouble for talking shit about my president or making some shitty edgelord joke. And while I think our police culture and the legal system surrounding it is a sham, I wouldn't trade that for the constant surveillance state that other countries seem to have.

As far as the concern about random Uber patriots, that might be an issue of perspective. I rarely see the braggarts you're talking about and when I do, they are usually downvoted and made fun of. On the other hand, I do see a lot of circle jerking around the Nordic countries and the reddit hive mind seems reticent to discuss their negatives, like the financial controversies those countries have been embroiled in and how historically playing both sides has allowed them to remain "neutral," their restrictive immigration policy (while US enforcement is out of control, reddit has a very skewed idea of how lax our actual immigration policy really is), and their homelessness issue which, while not the case with Denmark, has a rate doubled per capita compared to the US in many European countries that you wouldn't expect like the UK and Switzerland. Lastly, one thing that tends to bug me is the reporting for the EU is highly politicized thanks to the nature of their construction and the fact that each country is kind of competing to have the best numbers since we don't collectively measure the EU like we do the US. We get trashed for having a lot of low marks but in a lot of cases (infant mortality rate is a good example), a lot of it comes down to our reporting standards being more stringent and more transparent, since we aren't trying to make our numbers look better than our neighbors and it's more important for us to use those reports to handle internal issues.

Of course, this might be just an issue with perspective, as I'm biased towards noticing unrealistic pride in other countrymen. That being said, though, there certainly are two sides to that perspective, and I've seen enough circlejerking to know there's at least some validity to my point and Nordic countries are a little overbearingly circle jerked on reddit, along with the US being relatively easy to trash on all the time.

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COMMENT 4d ago

Both Judaism and Islam place more importance on openly questioning "God" or the clergy. Yes, the rabbi might be very informed and knowledgeable about the wisdom of God and may even be righteous enough to get near the Holy of Holies, but they are still not the voice of God and to imply otherwise is the gravest of sacrilege. The voice of God is what you can interpret inside you, with the help of your brothers and sisters beside you. If your guess is wrong, it's your own damned fault, but the voice of God absolutely is not what some bearded loon told you after not taking a bath for the past week.

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COMMENT 4d ago

That ever-reliable selective reading comprehension. I love it. Any more, bud?

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COMMENT 4d ago

What conclusion? You're hearing voices again, bud.

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COMMENT 4d ago

Lol, keep it going, bud. What else do you need to imagine about me to not feel like a disappointment?

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COMMENT 4d ago

👍 Okay, bud. I tried.

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COMMENT 4d ago

Lol, no, you didn't. Take your meds and quit trying to analyze the character of randos over the Internet. It's not good for your mental health.

And you are, in fact, laughably wrong. But I do enjoy your fragile worldview on display. How sad is it that your ideology is dependent on striving against strawmen?