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  1. Comment on Macabre Video of Fake Trump Shooting Media and Critics Is Shown at His Resort in ~news

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    I think the main difference here is that it was recently shown at a Trump event rather than just being some video that some T_D person made. Its existence is one thing, but the tacit endorsement...

    I think the main difference here is that it was recently shown at a Trump event rather than just being some video that some T_D person made. Its existence is one thing, but the tacit endorsement of it is quite another.

    5 votes
  2. Comment on Volfefe index in ~finance

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    Thanks for your perspective! I don't think mike was necessarily saying Trump is behaving like Putin but that he's behaving how Putin would like him to. Putin wants a foolish and weak US president...

    Thanks for your perspective!

    I don't think mike was necessarily saying Trump is behaving like Putin but that he's behaving how Putin would like him to. Putin wants a foolish and weak US president he can manipulate, not someone like himself.

    3 votes
  3. Comment on Democratic Debate #3 - Sept 12 2019 in ~news

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    Your perspective sounds exactly like Buttigieg's plan.

    Your perspective sounds exactly like Buttigieg's plan.

    Medicare for All Who Want It” as a pathway to Medicare for All

    Pete believes in universal health care. The health care system we have today is both unjust and inefficient. For the first time since World War I, life expectancy is falling. If you’re uninsured, you’re paying too much for health care. If you’re insured, you’re still paying too much. This burdens hard-working families, especially in communities of color, the most. Other developed countries provide universal coverage for less than what Americans currently pay — and with better results. The American people should not have to settle for less.

    Pete supports achieving Medicare for All through a pathway that helps improve people’s lives along the way while allowing the economy to adjust. He calls this “Medicare for All Who Want It.” This plan makes a Medicare-type public option available on the exchange and invites people to buy into it: if corporate insurers don’t lower costs to deliver something dramatically better than what is available today, competition will create the glide path toward Medicare for All.

    2 votes
  4. Comment on The Trolley Problem in ~humanities

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    The part I can't get over is that pushing someone over the bridge isn't very easy to accomplish or likely to actually do anything to help in reality so the thought experiment just breaks down as...

    The part I can't get over is that pushing someone over the bridge isn't very easy to accomplish or likely to actually do anything to help in reality so the thought experiment just breaks down as it becomes a complex series of probabilities rather than a binary choice.

    1 vote
  5. Comment on Jeffrey Epstein Commits Suicide at Manhattan Jail in ~news

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    He was taken off of suicide watch before his demise. Whoever made that decision should one of the first to be investigated.

    He was taken off of suicide watch before his demise. Whoever made that decision should one of the first to be investigated.

  6. Comment on What advice or wisdom would you give to someone 10 years younger than you? in ~life

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    Running my own business sounds difficult and burdensome to me, especially the risk and stress of getting it started. I don't see much upside compared to my current stable and comfortable...

    Running my own business sounds difficult and burdensome to me, especially the risk and stress of getting it started. I don't see much upside compared to my current stable and comfortable employment situation. What am I missing?

    8 votes
  7. Comment on Tildistas in the US, who do you support in the 2020 Democratic Primary? in ~talk

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    How about Warren POTUS, Buttigieg VP, Harris AG?

    How about Warren POTUS, Buttigieg VP, Harris AG?

  8. Comment on Tildistas in the US, who do you support in the 2020 Democratic Primary? in ~talk

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    Agreed. I'd definitely want Buttigieg for VP over Warren if she doesn't get the nomination.

    Agreed. I'd definitely want Buttigieg for VP over Warren if she doesn't get the nomination.

    1 vote
  9. Comment on Why You Should Start a Blog Right Now in ~life

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    It's a great idea but feels impossible for me to stick to longer than a couple of weeks, especially when I feel like I need to produce something unique (to me). The only things I tend to stick to...

    It's a great idea but feels impossible for me to stick to longer than a couple of weeks, especially when I feel like I need to produce something unique (to me). The only things I tend to stick to involve interaction with others, otherwise I just lose steam.

    5 votes
  10. Comment on Danish government will consider tabling a bill which would define sex without explicit consent as rape in ~news

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    Note that the term "tabling" has different meanings in different parts of the world. In the US, it more often means removing an issue from the discussion.

    Note that the term "tabling" has different meanings in different parts of the world. In the US, it more often means removing an issue from the discussion.

    5 votes
  11. Comment on Google employees are systematically listening to audio files recorded by Google Home smart speakers and the Google Assistant smartphone app in ~tech

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    This is less bad than I thought it might be. I would always assume any commands I tell it would be stored. The more worrying news stories are the always-recording devices that listen to everything.

    This is less bad than I thought it might be. I would always assume any commands I tell it would be stored. The more worrying news stories are the always-recording devices that listen to everything.

    2 votes
  12. Comment on Pair of supermassive black holes discovered on a collision course in ~science

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    We might be able to detect other black hole collisions in this lifetime though.

    We might be able to detect other black hole collisions in this lifetime though.

    Based on the findings, Pardo and Mingarelli predict that in an optimistic scenario there are about 112 nearby supermassive black holes emitting gravitational waves. The first detection of the gravitational wave background from supermassive black holes should therefore come within the next five years or so. If such a detection isn't made, that would be evidence that the final parsec problem may be insurmountable.

    2 votes
  13. Comment on Democratic Debate #1 Thread (Night 2) in ~news

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    Your top 3 for POTUS, VP, AG, respectively, seems like a good complementary lineup to me.

    Your top 3 for POTUS, VP, AG, respectively, seems like a good complementary lineup to me.

    2 votes
  14. Comment on Democratic Debate #1 Thread (Night 2) in ~news

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    And enforce rules by actively managing mics.

    And enforce rules by actively managing mics.

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  16. Comment on What is your favorite thought experiment? in ~talk

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    The rate = distance/time is constant, not the rate of crossing the next halved distances. The rate of crossing a halved distance (1/2)^(n) to (1/2)^(n+1) goes to infinity because the distance...

    The rate = distance/time is constant, not the rate of crossing the next halved distances. The rate of crossing a halved distance (1/2)^(n) to (1/2)^(n+1) goes to infinity because the distance between them goes to zero.

    2 votes
  17. Comment on What niche/specialized version of an everyday thing is worth the time/money if you know what you're looking for? in ~talk

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    I've got a set of 4 thermometers that are hooked up to the WiFi and have an app that alerts you exactly when you need to remove the meat from the heat based on what kind it is. Sounds crazy, but...

    I've got a set of 4 thermometers that are hooked up to the WiFi and have an app that alerts you exactly when you need to remove the meat from the heat based on what kind it is. Sounds crazy, but it makes it so much easier to cook things just right.

  18. Comment on What niche/specialized version of an everyday thing is worth the time/money if you know what you're looking for? in ~talk

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    I used to bike to work every day, heck I didn't own a car for about 5 years at one point in my adult life, but now I'm 30 miles from work and that's not feasible. So I take the train and walk for...

    I used to bike to work every day, heck I didn't own a car for about 5 years at one point in my adult life, but now I'm 30 miles from work and that's not feasible. So I take the train and walk for that and drive places maybe once a week.

    The biggest downsides are

    Issue A: Weather. When it's hot/cold/rainy/windy/snowy/etc it can be seriously uncomfortable. If you're going further than a mile or two in the summer, you'll get super sweaty and need a change of clothes. Cold and wet are also pretty miserable conditions.

    Issue B: Safety. Many areas are dangerous to bike in and don't have adequate (if any) bike lanes or paths to ride on. If you're in a car, you've got a shell of armor but if you get hit on a bike, there's very little protection and you are considerably less visible.

    Issue C: Carrying capacity. I did years of grocery shopping with a bike and backpack, but this becomes difficult if you need to do heavier shopping for more than one person or transport anything that is large or unwieldy.

    Issue D: Ride sharing. Related to carrying capacity, I can't transport other people, nor can others transport me with my bike unless they have a pickup or bike rack or similar capacity.

    Issue E: Distance. I don't live in a small town anymore. Friends and family and work and shopping can easily be more than 10 miles away. This represents a large time and energy commitment and a great deal of fortitude when conditions are poor for riding.

    2 votes
  19. Comment on People with gay and lesbian acquaintances tend to support same-sex marriage in ~lgbt

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    This makes sense. Bigotry is a lot easier when the "bad guys" aren't real human people who you know and you think of them collectively as negative stereotypes rather than as individuals who you...

    This makes sense. Bigotry is a lot easier when the "bad guys" aren't real human people who you know and you think of them collectively as negative stereotypes rather than as individuals who you care about and interact with.

    3 votes
  20. Comment on 2019 Macbook Pro review by Dave Lee in ~tech

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    There are some Microsoft programs that are pretty indispensable for my work. Can you get the monthly updates on a Mac without bootcamp?

    There are some Microsoft programs that are pretty indispensable for my work. Can you get the monthly updates on a Mac without bootcamp?