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pst314

If the transgender "man" had a baby, that means the baby was swimming in the totally wrong hormones the entire time...

I have been wondering about that.

ccscientist

As to lower mental illness in poor countries: A UN study I read reported this for psychosis among other mental illness. A dutch study of WWII (where dutch society and hospitals were mostly intact during the war) found mental illness hospital admissions were down during the war. I would suggest that having real problems focuses the mind. In addition, during war (for the dutch) and in poor places, life is simpler (assuming you are not a refugee or being bombed). Complexity of social life is hard for people with marginal mental stability.

Watcher In The Dark

'I would suggest that having real problems focuses the mind.' as posted by ccscientist.

Amen to that. It has been noted before elsewhere that the shaggies who block roads and disrupt life for their current social-justice tingle simply have too much time on their hands. Back when I worked (as did most other people) in order to make ends meet, no one had time to go a-disrupting. Not only a modern first-world problem, but a self-satisfied, plump-bellied pastime at that.

APL

The "biner" slang word for carabiner can be offensive to people of Mexican descent and heritage.

I think the pejorative term they are thinking of is "beaner". IIRC, "biner" means nothing to Latinos unless the have hearing impediments. For some reason a mountaineering blog started this whole "biner is offensive to Mexicans" crap. Is there a special term for virtue signaling mountaineering aficionados who are a little thick ?

Baceseras

It's regional maybe, that some climbers pronounce carabiner with a long I sound, others with a long E. John Considine or John Carradine, kind of thing. So for those in the long E camp, biner is homophonic.

I set 'em up, you knock 'em down.

Also: anyone else have carabiner Otto-corrected to caregiver, and biner to biker? How did people write postcards before Otto?

pst314

Also: anyone else have carabiner Otto-corrected to caregiver, and biner to biker?

Otto-corrected; I like that. Reminiscent of A Fish Called Wanda.

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