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  1. DonaldDoleWhip

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    Very cool! UC Irvine's campus is beautiful - I've checked it out a few times while grabbing lunch or heading to Trader Joe's, even though it isn't the closest location for either. Just an all-around pleasant place to be. The Disneyland proximity is something I could've taken more advantage of...
  2. DonaldDoleWhip

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    Currently in Orange County close to Irvine, but spent a few years in San Francisco as well. Definitely feel like the “Californian” of my family (the ones left in NY aren’t nearly as progressive), even though I’m just another transplant. Where are you based?
  3. DonaldDoleWhip

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    Small world! And seriously lucky - British accents and their close variants make everything sound more compelling. (You could win a lot of in-person political debates) ;) I grew up in Westchester! Not far from the city, where most of my immediate family still lives.
  4. DonaldDoleWhip

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    I'm actually a lot of things (and wouldn't have it any other way!). Was born in London and still have the passport, but left at the age of 2. Still mad at my parents for robbing me of the accent. Dad's from Manchester and has been loyal to City for decades (before they became any good!)...
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    I highly recommend macadamia nut milk! (As a British American whose teeth are perpetually stained by tea)
  6. DonaldDoleWhip

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    As a politician who repeatedly lied about his involvement in the Civil Rights movement and apartheid-era South Africa, Biden can’t surprise me anymore. I’ll vote for him because I don’t want Trump appointing any more justices, but I’m not happy about it.
  7. DonaldDoleWhip

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    Been working to reduce my dairy intake lately (and feel all the better for it; dairy definitely makes me sluggish), but whey protein, Greek yogurt, and cheese are the final frontier!
  8. DonaldDoleWhip

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    No proper recipe to speak of (so you’ll need to improvise with the quantities) but here are the main ingredients: -Fresh pineapple, cut into chunks (even better when frozen) -Frozen coconut cream (I found individual packets from Whole Foods that blend perfectly into smoothies - each one is 3...
  9. DonaldDoleWhip

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    Thank you! I’ve actually made a few dole whip-inspired smoothies in quarantine, and the result has often tasted close to the real thing. Much healthier ingredients, too! I’ve still been lurking in the background (as a political junkie can’t help it) but am staying out of the more involved...
  10. DonaldDoleWhip

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    As a follow-up to that video, coughing or spitting on someone doing their job is not only rude, selfish, trashy, and downright deplorable—it can be fatal (and already has). https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-london-52616071
  11. DonaldDoleWhip

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    We've also heard of more than one case of someone knowing they have it (or at least being symptomatic enough to get tested) and still boarding a flight, heading into a crowded public space, etc. We're doomed.
  12. DonaldDoleWhip

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    Freedom! Liberty! Selfishness?
  13. DonaldDoleWhip

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    No I can’t, found this regarding Reagan’s impact and look forward to reading it, but as I said, not writing a research paper. Actually getting out for some fresh air. Now for the sake of my mental health, gonna spend a bit less time getting riled up here. Cheers!
  14. DonaldDoleWhip

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    Already linked to Trump’s impact on mental health funding, from a nonpartisan source focused on mental heath. Not writing a research paper on the subject but I think it’s well known Republicans have been all about slashing social services—including mental health specifically—since Reagan at least.
  15. DonaldDoleWhip

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    I do respect where you’re coming from and don’t disagree that there are bad actors on both sides. I also think it’s great you’re working to help. That said, as long as mental health remains stigmatized and underfunded, less people will be willing to work in the field (fair enough, it can be a...
  16. DonaldDoleWhip

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    Of course I read your post, but I don't see the point in constantly shouting "both sides bad" when one side is responsible for most of the policy decisions fueling this issue of violence. If we actually care, we need to do more than stick our heads in the sand when determining culpability and...
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    Then it's a shame your party consistently cuts funding toward mental health services that could help these people. How do you propose reducing violence beyond saying it's bad?
  18. DonaldDoleWhip

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    Back off, nothing to see here! Just some peaceful protestors, a casual swastika, and two good guys with guns. One of them even covered his face to avoid getting anyone sick! (Source)
  19. DonaldDoleWhip

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    Yep, I saw some horrifying pictures out of Florida and places like Sydney. Meanwhile, up the Australian Coast in Northern NSW, beaches are sparsely populated and many remain open. Really depends on how the locals react.
  20. DonaldDoleWhip

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    I’ve reached the same conclusion in SoCal - certain public spots being closed is worse for distancing, because people are still going out for walks and exercise (albeit less of them), with far fewer places to spread out. I went to the beach more than once before they were closed here. Had great...
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