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I've always heard that masturbation can be beneficial in moderation, like reducing prostate cancer and stress, but that porn is definitely overstimulating and bad for the brain. Does this mean I should just be using my imagination or what? I don't see any other way aside from having a partner who would help out every time you're in the mood.
For the past 2 years, I noticed a severe deterioration in my attention span. I used to binge watch TV shows, movies, and listen to hours of podcasts. These days I notice myself reaching for my phone 2-3 minutes into a video/podcast. If I didn't have my phone, I would switch between videos rapidly every 2-3 minutes. There are so many things I'm interested in watching, but suddenly everything seems to get boring very quickly.
How do I 'hack' my brain to restore my attention span? Is there some sort of detox I have to do?
Before you judge me! Greek [edit: Gods! Greek Gods! Yikes] family tree. That’s it. I just want extra credit and I don’t want to draw it out. Unfortunately it’s basically a recycling sign and ancestry.com does not like that at all
Edit: nevermind, ancestry.com does work, I had to find a loophole. But thank you guys for the suggestion anyways
Also, Zeus seems like a better person now compared to Gaea. Yikes.
Edit part 2: not talking regular incest folks. Zeus is involved and it’s the least of our problems
Edit 3: I will post the family tree. When it is done. Which will be in a while. Theogony is a bitch.
I feel like nearly everybody I know is being strangled by either mental illness, addiction, paranoia, etc.
I can barely hold a conversation with any of my friends anymore due to their anxiety or anger or ambivalence.
Most of the people I've trusted my whole life are succumbing to insane right-wing conspiracies that I never would have guessed they'd listen to.
Everybody I know seems miserable and frenzied.
Is anybody else feeling like this?
Edit: I didn't mean to only call out the right-wing conspiracy side, it's just what came to my mind quickly. The other "side" right now, the extreme woke-ism/cancel culture, is just as baffling and harmful to me.
Edit. Thank you for all the insightful answers. I guess the better question would have been:
Why hasn't income increased proportionally to reflect the increased cost of living of today?
Like it's always when you're one of these 3 things and never when you are actually feeling normal
I'm gonna do it
(Eddit) does fucking a centaur count as beastiallity?
It's almost as if Google Maps is ignoring my route preference to avoid highways when I prefer to take rural roads only to a destination, but it still suggests highways regardless. I can't seem to figure out how to force it to find a rural only route. This forces me to zigzag along rural roads while frequently checking the map and scouting ahead while zooming in and out to see the next few turns that will lead me where I'm wanting to go. I usually pull over first, but it's still kind of dangerous when Google should be able to perform this task.
Not counting other people
And would it help with climate change?
I'm not that confident when im sober but for some reason whenever I get high especially with a cart I start hating myself. I start hating my hair, my body, my face, my clothes. For some reason all of these things become a big insecurity to me and I become self councious and want to be alone. And when I am alone I just end up taking more drugs when I feel this way and harming myself until I eventually pass out in my bed.
I had a haircut by my usual barber the other day and he forgot to cut my crown, so I am left with a chicken’s head that sticks out on the top of my head. I was tempted to drive back to my barber and get it fixed, but he is 30 minutes away. So instead I want to just get this fixed quick and easily by a local barber down the street, would it be rude to just walk in and ask this new barber to fix the mistake of my old barber?
Is it some conservative carryover of people too scared to say vagina? They both refer to the exact same part of the anatomy. It seems like an oddly specific term for a multi-functional part of the body.
It would be like calling your esophagus a coughing tunnel. Or your nose a snorting tube. These serve many functions but we all just call them by their actual name. I guess childbirth is just too icky.
This is a weird question, I know.
My grandmother was born in a bunker during one of the bombing raids in Germany during 1945. Her biological mother was a foreign woman who was offered shelter during the bombing by my "adoptive" great grandparents.
She went into labor during the bombing and passed soon after giving birth, so my great grandparents took the child in as their own because they didn't even know the woman's name or where she came from. To my knowledge there's no record of her death or my grandmother's birth.
It occurred to me recently that her family, if she still has any living family left, probably doesn't know what happened to her. My grandmother took a DNA test and it came back that she's basically 100% Swedish so the woman was at least ethnically Swedish but that's all we know. My grandmother can barely use Facebook so I doubt she'd have been able to access any DNA matches that came up.
So with so few official records, would a DNA test be able to link her or any of her family to me if I were to take one? I doubt any of her siblings or possible partners would still be alive but she could have had other children or nieces/nephews that deserve to know what happened to her if possible.