I'm not as pessimistic as the video is, but I do think our approach to beginning civilizations on other planets could stand a reconsideration.
(If someone could please forward this blog post to the President of the United States Space Cabinet, I would appreciate it.)
What we should do rather than prepare a new elite body of astronauts to live on the Moon or Mars is to create a new military branch of "soldiers" especially trained to live and forge in inhospitable environments in general.
In this framework the resiliency skillset can be implemented here on Earth first by setting up colonies in Antarctica or beneath the oceans - or anyplace humans should damn well never think about being, let alone thriving. For example, like my bathroom going on its 8th month without a deep clean.
Then, as the apparatus as a whole is perfected (and to military advantage in fact), it can be exported to the Moon and Mars.
Point being, let's not focus on conquering livability on other planets but rather, focus on evolving human resilience so that doing so is just "different syntax" when we do.
By Dave for Personal Blog.
A post came up in my Next Door feed this morning from a person who snapped the above pic.
What can be done? This guy has been sleeping in Bidwell Parkway for several days. Often joined by people who seem to be drunk or walk around yelling. I don't want to approach. Call 911 with medical emergency? Just don't want this to become a homeless base!
Accordingly, here is my advice for the person who posted it, and to anyone who lands here:
Advocate for "housing first" strategies that work. Same for forms of universal healthcare.
If you are a progressive with whom these concepts resonate already, lean in and support policies of compassionate containment or just containment, and involuntary policies of commitment to mental institutions and hospitals. This includes for jails and prisons when it seems to make sense. Forgive errors of judgement in the process (because there will be errors), and, fight abuses of the same in the courts - because they will happen as well - not in the streets every time a dramatic video is leaked. Tolerate necessary social control.
If you are a conservative, lean in and pay the extra taxes to make all of this happen, as well as slightly higher prices to compensate or help businesses and companies pay real living wages. You can't complain about homeless base camps and yet gripe against the social collectivism required to address them at the same time. A minority of people will game social safety net programs and you will walk past a few people living as well as you, the one who goes to work each day, at subsized expense. Learn to smile and say hello to them as you do.
The last option, systematic extermination, is not on the table.
If you can't stretch a little either way from your ideological anchor, and ovens are not an option, then go out and tell the guy in the picture above a good joke, he could probably use the lift.
By Dave for Personal Blog.
Answering this question in a Buffalo oriented subreddit:
Moved to Buffalo, New York recently.
Why it’s hard to date here ? What is the best way to date or meet single women without dating apps ?
I haven't had much time to be single in Buffalo but I can say that compared to other places I have lived the place requires more social proof to gain any traction. As others are saying, this town is big on pre-existing relationships, something I owe to the climate which pushes people "in" like 5 months out of the year, garnering a taste for that intimacy.
You don't make any reference to your appeal (sexual or otherwise) so it's tough to give much insight beyond that without that extra framework. Are you a "forager" or a "filterer" of social attention? If you're a "filterer" -- have high appeal -- any of the night life districts would be fine as you'll be folded into quickly just by walking into the door more than two weekends in a row, which would be true of anyplace. Chippewa Street, Allentown, or Elmwood (forgive me in my lameness I am not up to speed on the "real" places if these differ, I'm old and not tuned in entirely). In this case you might as well just be asking for a directory of the fun late night clubs and bars.
But I guess that "filterers" rarely make posts like yours since they are typically overly-saturated, socially speaking, probably too busy fighting off crazy ex partners or working through their latest divorce, or just enjoying it.
So if we assume you're a forager, take in the same nightlife but only after you have developed a network of non-mating-intentional pals. Then enter the districts and clubs I mention and play off each other well enough until the crowd feels comfortable with you to begin cross-communicating. Communicating is essential element number one once you have landed in a serendipitous hyper social environment (or really anywhere, though I am trying to humor the focus here). If you can't pass the test of joining or forming a social group, or in communicating well, that's fine, that just means that there's more work to do.
So, we move on to my personal next big mantra:
Be sure to self-develop something about yourself that is outside the realm of mating/dating at first. "What to do in Buffalo?" -- take college courses, spend money on a hobby and try to turn it into business, discover physical activities unique to the Niagara Falls region (Kayaking seems big, but be remember we have that huge waterfall, so, you know, be careful) and become at least an "enthusiast level expert" at something. Once you have developed yourself well enough to have confidence in it, you'll naturally communicate well, and like water, naturally flow to your own pond with a different kind of appeal. Pulling this off takes discipline, but that only adds to the charm as you develop.
And on my slant, try not to be offended by the distinction of being of one type or another - just certainly know which type you are so that you can formulate honestly and effectively. Nature pays off in the middle for either type.
By Dave for Personal Blog.