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by some definitions, parasitism is a kind of symbiosis

It’s actually kind of hard to argue that humans are parasites of most wild animals, as opposed to just being predators of them. We’re more likely to do stuff that kills them outright, instead of subtly weakening them until they die an earlier death with fewer offspring (though of course we have our ways of doing that too).

As for domestic livestock… we do choose when and how they die, and we do make their lives pretty miserable until then… but, by deliberately breeding them and keeping them away from predators, we actually increase their populations. So, in a sense, we ARE the symbiotic brainworms that Abby’s afraid of.

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Whenever you ask for something and someone answers 'I don't know, can you?' that should be taken as an invitation to give yourself permission. Norma should have just said 'Yes I can' and grabbed one.

If “mouse” is singular of “mice”
And “louse” is singular of “lice”
Then “house” is singular of “hice”
And “grouse” is singular of “grice”
And “blouse” is singular of “blice.”
And “douse” should mean “one of the dice”
And “spouse” should mean “a pinch of spice”
And “rouse” should mean “a grain of rice.”
Grammatic crises are a vice I suffer daily at least twice
Or thrice, or sometimes even frice.
If we could just resolve this crise,
My goodness, wouldn’t that be nice.

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you can pry the original spelling of doughnut from my cold dead hands

one may ask why “everybody wins” in Abby’s second example, when she is only stating ways in which the child-haver benefits. the answer is that not having any kids is so awesome it counts as winning regardless of any other circumstances.

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