Hi from Texas! Private businesses can still require masks even without a state mandate... Here’s how that’s going

The new mask-free rules don't go into effect until next Wednesday...emphasizing that may have been helpful. It was not an immediate thing...

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I know everyone wants to "re-open" schools, but can we please stop acting like most schools in the U.S. are closed in the first place? The vast majority of K-12 educators there have had to teach in-person classes, whether at full or partial capacity, this whole school year.

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Abbott says it's time for Texas to fully reopen Removed - Duplicate post Removed
https://www.cbs19.tv/article/news/health/coronavirus/covid-restrictions-coronavirus-mask-mayor-tunrer-gov-abbott/285-8626176b-688c-490c-899a-2af548591846
[Video] Step-Daughter surprises her Step-Father with adoption papers on his birthday
by u/bredec in r/Frisson 6 days ago

100% my first thought. Very sweet video though.

14/52 Just finished this and it definitely just became a new favorite!
by u/bredec in r/52book 6 days ago

Fair enough. Have you read Crime and Punishment? A lot of people think it's very gloomy and serious, but I laughed out loud a lot. The way Dostoevsky wrote about Raskolnikov is really quite funny/absurd (and I don't have a particularly dark sense of humor either). I always find it a bit sad when others don't have that experience with it. I think the book would be a lot less enjoyable if you miss that aspect of his writing. Anyway, I HIGHLY recommend Pevear & Volokhonsky's translation, if you haven't already read it and want to do so.

14/52 Just finished this and it definitely just became a new favorite!
by u/bredec in r/52book 6 days ago

I second The Importance of Being Earnest. It's hilarious, but not very similar to The Picture of Dorian Gray, to be honest. They're both witty commentaries on society (to oversimplify), but implemented in such dramatically different ways that I don't think enjoying one would necessarily lead to liking the other.

14/52 Just finished this and it definitely just became a new favorite!
by u/bredec in r/52book 6 days ago

Haha for sure

14/52 Just finished this and it definitely just became a new favorite!
by u/bredec in r/52book 1 week ago

The right side of his face in the cover art just looks like a cracked painting of a good-looking guy, which bothers me (based on the story). Glad you enjoyed it though.

Coronavirus 1 year anniversary
by u/bredec in r/newzealand 1 week ago

Was it heavy?

Im a 24 year old Christian male who is struggling with my sexual orientation.

I don't have any nonfiction recommendations, but I just want you to know that embracing who you are does not mean giving up what you believe. Any person or group that would make you choose one or the other without your full buy-in may be well-meaning, but doesn't necessarily have your preferred priorities at heart. It is possible to uphold your faith AND be LGBTQ+, even if many Christians would lead you to feel otherwise. Whatever direction you take, know that this stranger is thinking of you warmly and with hope for your beautiful future.

TIL A Scottish woman was sentenced to death by hanging around 1721. Maggie Dickson was hung, declared dead, put in a wooden coffin and carted off. She woke up en route to the churchyard, the law said her sentence had been carried out and she lived another 40 years known as 'Half-hangit Maggie'.

Well that's a bold statement.

TIL A Scottish woman was sentenced to death by hanging around 1721. Maggie Dickson was hung, declared dead, put in a wooden coffin and carted off. She woke up en route to the churchyard, the law said her sentence had been carried out and she lived another 40 years known as 'Half-hangit Maggie'.

Who am I to judge?

TIL A Scottish woman was sentenced to death by hanging around 1721. Maggie Dickson was hung, declared dead, put in a wooden coffin and carted off. She woke up en route to the churchyard, the law said her sentence had been carried out and she lived another 40 years known as 'Half-hangit Maggie'.

But with a name like Dickson...

TIL A Scottish woman was sentenced to death by hanging around 1721. Maggie Dickson was hung, declared dead, put in a wooden coffin and carted off. She woke up en route to the churchyard, the law said her sentence had been carried out and she lived another 40 years known as 'Half-hangit Maggie'.

*hangit, apparently

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TIL A Scottish woman was sentenced to death by hanging around 1721. Maggie Dickson was hung, declared dead, put in a wooden coffin and carted off. She woke up en route to the churchyard, the law said her sentence had been carried out and she lived another 40 years known as 'Half-hangit Maggie'.
https://www.scotsman.com/whats-on/arts-and-entertainment/half-hangit-maggie-scots-woman-who-survived-hanging-622567
He’s not wrong...
by u/bredec in r/HolUp 1 week ago

True story.

Maggie Dickson. 'Half-hangit Maggie'.

Edinburgh, Scotland.

1720s.

Tried for 'concealing a pregnancy'. Convicted. Sentenced to hanging.

Hanged. Declared dead.

Put in wooden coffin. Carted to family churchyard.

Woke.

Law declared sentence was carried out. 'Act of God'. Free woman.

Lived another 40 years.

The end.

What actor/actress was completely 100% wrong for the role?
by u/bredec in r/AskReddit 1 week ago

Florence Pugh as young Amy March in Greta Gerwig's Little Women.

They did not do enough to distinguish Pugh's young, 12-year-old Amy from Pugh's older teen/adult Amy and, as a result, her character was very confusing and ridiculous at times. Pugh actually did a good job as older Amy, but her young interpretation just seemed like a grown woman throwing weird tantrums. Friends/family who hadn't read Little Women (to know she was a pre-teen at the beginning of the film) didn't have a clue that she was supposed to be 12 and were VERY confused by her whiny/immature behavior...which changed their perspective of Amy's character entirely.

YOLO
by u/bredec in r/DiWHY 3 weeks ago

I would have assumed so if 2020 hadn't happened...now I just can't be so sure...

YOLO
by u/bredec in r/DiWHY 3 weeks ago

In seriousness though, I really hope someone informed the actual poster that running the trucks like this would be super dangerous...

What are some of the best books for stimulating critical thinking skills?

Empathy (often associated with critical thinking) can be expanded through reading fiction (particularly literary fiction), so don't rule out a good ol' novel to help bolster critical thought.

https://jeps.efpsa.org/articles/10.5334/jeps.ca/

http://www.yorku.ca/mar/Mar%20et%20al%202009_reading%20fiction%20and%20empathy.pdf

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/empathy-and-relationships/201612/empathy-can-lead-profound-insights

When the hippy movement started, how did all these people, all of a sudden, find all those incredibly flamboyant, colourful and unique clothes and accessories to wear?

In short, many more clothes were homemade or hand-embellished in the 1960s, which also saw a shift toward more casual and unisex preferences (making it even easier to outfit anyone).

James Laver, a renowned historian of dress, told a group of fashion industry executives in 1966, “Clothes of the sexes are beginning to overlap and coincide.” He recounted a recent experience walking through his town “behind a young couple” who “were the same height, both with long hair, both with jeans, both with pull overs, and I couldn’t tell them apart, until I looked at them from the side.”

Immediate customization according to new preferences was much easier to achieve when the materials and knowledge for sewing/making alterations was still relatively widespread, particularly compared to waiting for a store to carry the right 'look'. (However, this would have occurred to meet the new demand--and at a much quicker rate than previously since sewing/textile machines were being outfitted with CNC (computerized numeric control) systems in the 1960s). Likewise, far less outsourcing was involved at the time. In the United States of America, for instance, 95% of clothes were 'Made in America' in 1960. Only 2% are today. This is similar to Britain's 1-2% of locally made clothing and accessories (as of 2013).

https://www.kqed.org/lowdown/7939/madeinamerica
https://time.com/3984690/american-casual-dressing/ (quoted above)

Classical book

No prob

Classical book

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley (British author & also dystopian)

Democratic presidents keep having to save the US economy after Republican presidents run it into the ground
by u/bredec in r/politics 1 month ago

Almost every Republican I've spoken with has used the exact same reasoning--that it takes longer than 4-8 years for the Republican policies to start working, so the Democrats reap the economic benefits of prior Republican policies while they're in office. In other words, they think Republicans are responsible for anything positive that occurs during a Democratic administration, but simultaneously fault the Democrats for any negative outcomes.

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Oxford finds neurological/psychological disorders in 1/3 of COVID-19 survivors within 6 months Not A News Article
https://www.medrxiv.org/content/10.1101/2021.01.16.21249950v1.full.pdf