that is exactly my point of view. if all people were given universal basic income, we could have tens of thousands of boring, tedious, dangerous, and long term harmful jobs done by robots, while humans are free to explore their passions without fear of poverty and homelessness.
in a good society, automation means a boom in the arts. language, painting, music, dance, writing, philosophy, architecture, etc. these are the sectors that advance tremendously during periods of human health and flourishing
Back in the 1960s, we were told that automation and rising productivity would mean shorter work weeks with higher pay. Instead we have multibillionaires, growing poverty, and crumbling infrastructure. The money is all there, it’s just being hoarded.
THE MONEY IS ALL THERE, IT’S JUST BEING HOARDED
We should not be working 40h weeks at this point. We should not be feeding our capitalistic dragons.
Yup! At my job as a mental health counselor where we assess people, if we start detecting hints of what we think might be ADHD, it’s actually something my supervisor trained me to do, to just ask “So when that sort of thing happens, do you ever drink coffee or soda to calm down?” or “Does coffee actually help you wake up, or does it just not do anything?” because it’s such a commonly known fact about ADHD for people in the mental health field.
One of the prevailing theories explaining ADHD is that it’s caused by a lack of certain neurotransmitters, specifically norepinephrine and serotonin. Everybody has a background level of these neurotransmitters, and when they see or do something novel or interesting, those neurotransmitters increase, and then decrease back down to normal levels. Because people with ADHD have less of these than they should, they are constantly looking for something new and interesting to give them that jolt back to normal levels. That’s why they’re so easily distracted and why they hyperfocus on things that interest them.
Stimulant drugs, like caffeine, cause your brain to make more of those neurotransmitters. So while neurotypical people might get a buzz off caffeine, people with ADHD just get bumped up closer to normal levels, and so, if anything, feel calmer. That’s why they prescribe what are basically amphetamines as treatment for ADHD and why ADHD meds are so bad for people who don’t have ADHD.
I can drink 3 cups of coffee and go straight to sleep, this is just one example of what is fundamentaly wrong with me as a person
God I really thought this was common knowledge, I forget that unless you are successfully diagnosed or are a person who studies it, that adhd isnt like, a well understood thing
Cuz like, yeah caffeine calms my brain a bit so if I have a huge soda from like circle k before bed I’ll pass out, if I’m super spastic and hyper, coffee or soda brings my brain down to a level where I can focus and be calm.
I have ADHD and I drink coffee and tea to regulate my anxiety.
They’re not just ‘basically amphetamines’ that you’re prescribed, but sometimes literal amphetamines. I’m prescribed dextroamphetamine for my ADHD. And while they say not to take them too close to bedtime, I’ve absolutely woken up, taken my morning meds, and gone back to bed for a nap on several occasions. Which is … not a neurotypical response to amphetamines.
My adhd meds are LITERALLY “amphetamine salts”, it’s not basically anything it is explicitly exactly that.
Some people I know have extended release doses to take in the morning before they start their day, and a low fast release dose to take before bed to help get their brains to quiet down long enough for them to sleep.
I have also literally drunk coffee or other caffeinated beverages in order to go to sleep, because it helps quiet my mind down. (and also before tests or things I’d need to focus for, before I got my meds, because I’d focus better but it wouldn’t make me awake or hyper just able to pay attention.)
that feel when your doctor proscribes you something containing the word “meth”
it doesn’t have the word “meth” in it because meth comes from the prefix to “methamphetamine” which is an illegal and harmful variant of amphetamine.
it’s… actually a prescription for a drug that includes everything BUT the word “meth”, if you get straight adderall.
i too have a pressing question: why are straights like this
“I came here to celebrate your loving relationship but actual demonstrations of that love gross me out so please, when you’re kissing your new spouse, remember to always be conscious of the fact that your love for each other is a bit icky and we don’t really want to see it.”
Please give me your most no-brainer day-to-day survival tips that someone from a Hot Place wouldn’t know, I beg of you
…just how no-brainer do you need? Like “wear layers”? Jeans aren’t good for cold, especially if they can get wet. Blocking wind can matter more than just “this keeps me warm”, since it’ll cut right through looser weaves of clothes, no matter how thick or warm they seem INside (I have a hoodie I love that does nothing for me if there’s even a cold breeze). Lined gloves – the stretchy cotton things are…cute (I even have some), and alright when it’s only ‘cool’, but they will not save your poor hands if you’re out in the cold, especially not when shoveling snow or scraping your windshield.
That the kind of thing you mean?
As a refugee from a hot place that lives in a cold place…
1) Don’t put your heat up too high overnight. Not only is it comfy to hide under several dozen blankets, but it’ll also let you have less of a shock when you walk outside.
2) Wind and Wet are your enemies in cold. You’ll feel warmer in super cold dry/non-windy weather than cold-windy or cold-wet. So pay more attention to the Windchill than the actual temperature. Also, see other comments for avoiding getting wet.
3) Snow is fun. Light snow is perfectly fine to be out in. Watch out when you get too cold for snow though, as that’s bitterly cold.
4) Don’t eat yellow snow. Or any snow that isn’t falling from the sky.
5) If you have a garage, you can store beverages that are supposed to be cold in there rather than a fridge – it’ll probably be about the same temperature.
6) If you have a basement, it’ll be roughly the same temperature year-round regardless of heat or cold.
She had always been something of a figure of fun. Obscurata, with her melodramatic latin name and power to make darkness, who robbed banks and liquor stores and could be foiled by a teenager in a home-made costume.
Tank had encountered her years ago, when he was a teenager in a homemade costume, and foiled her on his second attempt. It was almost a rite of passage – if you could take on Obscurata, you were ready for the life. Anyone who couldn’t take her down in five or six attempts tended to quit.
It had been a surprise to see that rippling dark cape here, and a disappointment. He had… not a fondness, exactly, but a soft spot for Obscurata. She wasn’t one of the really bad ones. Older heroes steered the young ones towards her, knowing that they’d come out of a fight with her bruised but whole. She never killed. She never even seriously harmed. He hated to see her working with the Claw, who did.
He tried not to let it distract him. Claw had taken a girl – Lily, one of a trio of new-minted girl heroes – in Tank’s city. He’d been keeping an eye on the girls, and he’d dropped everything to go in pursuit when he realized it was Claw who had Lily. Obscurata might have bruised and frightened her a little, but Claw’s captives usually wound up dead… or worse.