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  1. Comment on Half-Life: Alyx - The Digital Foundry tech review in ~games

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    I'm playing the game on below minimum hardware and I don't regret it. It looks amazing on my equipment and I hope to someday play through it again with something which pushes the high end.

    I'm playing the game on below minimum hardware and I don't regret it. It looks amazing on my equipment and I hope to someday play through it again with something which pushes the high end.

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  2. Comment on If the US removed FPTP and the electoral college, what new parties would pop up? in ~talk

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    When Senators weren't elected and operated more autonomously, I think that was a significant part of that conservative flywheel. Senators didn't answer to a poll of their constituents and didn't...

    When Senators weren't elected and operated more autonomously, I think that was a significant part of that conservative flywheel. Senators didn't answer to a poll of their constituents and didn't have the lobbyist pressures of today. I believe the system today is nothing like James Madison conceived.

    2 votes
  3. Comment on If the US removed FPTP and the electoral college, what new parties would pop up? in ~talk

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    I think we're in need of one. There are plenty of spanners that are going to arrest any advancement of much needed change. I think it's becoming less of a question about if we should, and more...

    I think we're in need of one. There are plenty of spanners that are going to arrest any advancement of much needed change. I think it's becoming less of a question about if we should, and more about when.

    2 votes
  4. Comment on Super Tuesday: who did you end up voting for and why? in ~talk

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    This is my concern too. Both the Republicans and Democrats keep drifting to the right and more Authoritarian. Clinton won in 92 because the Democrats adopted a more Conservative approach and...

    Lefists like Nathan Robinson, Naomi Klein, Noam Chomsky, etc etc are using their political intelligience to analyse the long-term direction of USA politics in the context of political and environmental science that pundits refuse to account for and that a prediction model like 538's can't account for.

    This is my concern too. Both the Republicans and Democrats keep drifting to the right and more Authoritarian. Clinton won in 92 because the Democrats adopted a more Conservative approach and snuggled up with the Republicans. Perot helped take away from the Republicans, but it was a new direction for the Democrats which was a significant shift and it is leaving Progressive Independents in the cold. That is the segment Bernie is really attracting and to a somewhat lesser extent Warren. Biden is just a repeat of 2016 and if he should happen to win, it won't shift how anything is done. This election, as 2016 should have been, should be a reset back to the left to refocus on what is important. We need to focus on basic necessities to improve the lives of everyone, and eliminate the growing economic inequality.

    6 votes
  5. Comment on Super Tuesday: who did you end up voting for and why? in ~talk

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    A big deterrent for Medicare today is that there is private insurance which is constantly applying pressure to keep prices higher. In theory those insurance companies would be trying to negotiate...

    A big deterrent for Medicare today is that there is private insurance which is constantly applying pressure to keep prices higher. In theory those insurance companies would be trying to negotiate with suppliers and providers to keep rates lower, but it is often easier to accept the higher costs and reject more claims.

    One of the benefits of Medicare For All would be that the negotiation with a single entity means that is will be more difficult to sell products and services at a higher mark up. Not only would it recover lots of waste which the private insurance companies syphon today as profit, but it will also recover the waste and expenditures pharmaceuticals spend on advertisment and marketing.

    Refocusing the healthcare industry on providing a vital service for everyone in the country will improve the general health, allow us to catch problems earlier so that they don't become chronic issues, and give people the treatment they need so that the system can function more efficiently lowering overhead operating expenses.

    2 votes
  6. Comment on Super Tuesday: who did you end up voting for and why? in ~talk

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    I think the side effect that's unrecognized is that Bernie attracts a very underrepresented demographic of under 30 Liberal/Progressive Independents. It's the fact that they are Independents which...

    I think the side effect that's unrecognized is that Bernie attracts a very underrepresented demographic of under 30 Liberal/Progressive Independents. It's the fact that they are Independents which is the biggest challenge to his nomination. They will show up in the General Election and if they vote, they will support a lot of other Democrat races for the House, Senate, and local races. But they are not registered to easily secure his nomination. Finally, if Bernie isn't the nominee, they will be less likely to vote at all in the General Election.

    My concern is that the strong Establishment Democrats push to keep him off the ballot will block success in other highly critical races, such as taking back the Senate, and that will stall any efforts to pass significant legislature. But, if Bernie can tap into that sizable demographic and the Democrats can use that to capture the Senate this election, then his policies and agenda becomes obtainable.

    My concern is no Bernie, no Blue Wave.

    6 votes
  7. Comment on "Baby, It's Cold Outside" - now with new and improved(?) lyrics in ~music

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    Well written and my feeling exactly.

    Well written and my feeling exactly.

    3 votes
  8. Comment on If you made a claim for $125 from Equifax, you’re not getting it after court awards nearly $80 million to attorneys in ~news

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    Seems something like the Insurance industry might attempt.

    Seems something like the Insurance industry might attempt.