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  1. Comment on Fires linked to fireworks erupt across SF, Bay Area in ~news

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    Anything that launches off is illegal to buy here. I'm in a rural setting in between 2 decent sized lakes. I want to say close to 100 places on the 2 lakes had their own private firework shows...

    Anything that launches off is illegal to buy here. I'm in a rural setting in between 2 decent sized lakes. I want to say close to 100 places on the 2 lakes had their own private firework shows last night and I wouldn't be surprised if I heard over 10,000 fireworks get launched off from 6pm to midnight, Including over 100+ from the neighbor right next to me and another 300+ from the resort goers across the street. And this is only a drop in the ocean when you look at how many other lakes around have this same thing going on.
    It's safe to say that unless there was a federal ban fireworks are going to be found and used regardless. You could start having police issue tickets with hefty fines and they'd actually rake in a bunch of money but that's also not the look the police depts want on Independence Day especially when the police are exactly the kind of people who would be launching fireworks on this day.

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  2. Comment on Trump mounts campaign for more debates against Biden in ~misc

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    You don't gain any viability by never being part of the debate. Nobody knows who these people are or their position on anything even if they do align similarly with the other major parties. Some...

    You don't gain any viability by never being part of the debate. Nobody knows who these people are or their position on anything even if they do align similarly with the other major parties. Some of these people even run under the Dem or Rep ticket for lower offices because that's what gets them elected, much like Sanders calling himself an Independent and running as a Democrat. The differences can still be quite huge, where a Libertarian might respond to fiscal issues like a Rep but respond to human rights like a Dem. Their presence at a debate might also change the stance of a Dem or Rep on a particular issue similar to Biden adopting a policy change that Bernie and Warren were running on.
    It also paves the way for more people to notice the party, join it, run for office under it and expand their platform. You can't expect a movement to grow by being sidelined by the status quo forever and you aren't going to reform the voting system by continually voting the same 2 party tickets that don't want it to be reformed.

    7 votes
  3. Comment on Trump mounts campaign for more debates against Biden in ~misc

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    Now let the candidates from the Libertarian, Green and Constitution parties join the debates so that everyone can see some actual contenders beyond the 2 terrible options that are Biden and Trump.

    Now let the candidates from the Libertarian, Green and Constitution parties join the debates so that everyone can see some actual contenders beyond the 2 terrible options that are Biden and Trump.

    8 votes
  4. Comment on What are some drinks I should try? in ~talk

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    Aloe juice, in particular, this one https://alodrink.com/alo-original/alo-crisp/ Also a good one https://alodrink.com/alo-original/alo-allure/ There are a few different brands and a bunch of...

    Aloe juice, in particular, this one https://alodrink.com/alo-original/alo-crisp/
    Also a good one https://alodrink.com/alo-original/alo-allure/

    There are a few different brands and a bunch of different flavors to try out, but the taste varies widely among all of them from being more fizzy and soda like to more or less sugary to being over-powered by the accompanied flavor. So even if you don't like one there might be something better suited to your taste. The 2 I suggested are like a moderately sweet juice with aloe pulp.
    I think of these like a refreshing soda substitute since I don't drink soda aside from an occasional root beer or ginger beer. Which, btw, Bundaberg Ginger Beer is pretty decent.

    2 votes
  5. Comment on US savings rate hits record 33% as coronavirus causes Americans to stockpile cash, curb spending in ~finance

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    People who have savings accounts on average were raised $1200 after giving all of them a $1200 stimulus check... This is the dumbest shit. Many business are shut down and people are still told to...

    People who have savings accounts on average were raised $1200 after giving all of them a $1200 stimulus check... This is the dumbest shit. Many business are shut down and people are still told to isolate, for people who have a surplus of money to have a savings account why would you be spending it now instead of waiting until businesses reopen or looking at it as finally having so backup plan money since we are talking about an average (extra cash fund) of only $1550.
    Right now people can't vacation, can't ship things very fast and certainly not overseas, can't dine out or enjoy any public entertainment, aren't particularly apt to invite workers into their home for renovations or fixes. Come back in a year after things have normalized a bit and see how much these people actually use their small savings amount.

    3 votes
  6. Comment on Protests over death of George Floyd disrupt Minneapolis, and beyond in ~news

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    The recurring notion I am seeing is that everyone wants external elected personnel in charge of investigating police and keeping them significantly more in check than the current system with...

    The recurring notion I am seeing is that everyone wants external elected personnel in charge of investigating police and keeping them significantly more in check than the current system with Internal Affairs, lenient prosecutors and lenient judgement sentences. The hope is to weed out more of the overly aggressive asshole officers before they get several more chances to abuse their power. Which the current officer who killed George Floyd was an overly aggressive asshole with multiple complaints (18 or 19) and has been involved in a killing in the past.

    7 votes
  7. Comment on How do you organize your downloaded music library? in ~music

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    Music/Source or some other random folder name/Artist - Album (year) [MediaFormat] [cat#] [any other special notes the cat# doesn't fully solve] Source is where I DL'd it from. Year is the original...

    Music/Source or some other random folder name/Artist - Album (year) [MediaFormat] [cat#] [any other special notes the cat# doesn't fully solve]
    Source is where I DL'd it from. Year is the original release year, since the cat# basically covers any type of re-issue or remaster. MediaFormat would be something like [WEB FLAC], [WEB MP3 V0], [Vinyl FLAC], [Tape FLAC]. Special notes are usually simple things [RE, RM, DLX ED, Bonus Tacks] but is rarely used.

    There is no need to organize the folder structure because MediaMonkey alphabetizes the list and has options for sorting out specific things if needed. Also the program Everything lets me search my entire PC pretty quickly for files and folders if I am looking for something specific. I also use foobar2000 for transcoding to mp3 but haven't bothered to figure out how to fully customize it to my liking, where MM seems to do a fine job and looks good almost out of the box.

  8. Comment on Anyone still listening to music with files instead of streaming? in ~music

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    Collect FLACs on my PC to play through my stereo at home. Then convert some of it to mp3s for my cheap mp3 player with 64 GB micro SD card for tunes on the go. I don't think I will ever...

    Collect FLACs on my PC to play through my stereo at home. Then convert some of it to mp3s for my cheap mp3 player with 64 GB micro SD card for tunes on the go.

    I don't think I will ever intentionally listen to a streaming service, because what benefit does it provide over what I already have? Streaming would require paying for a data plan (which I don't to save money), listening to ads or paying for ad free, reducing the selection of songs available to listen to, and often times hearing the same small playlists repeat more often.

    I have 18,000+ songs on my PC and currently 4000 on my mp3 player. Given the rarity of my content vs whats available to stream I'd probably lose out on 2/3 of the music I actually like to be constantly disappointed with any streaming platform.

    2 votes
  9. Comment on Questions about construction materials and any design advice that you may have in ~design

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    How you mix your cement determines how durable it will be against various things. You can make your own blocks or large wall forms if you mix it yourself. Guide for that here...

    How you mix your cement determines how durable it will be against various things. You can make your own blocks or large wall forms if you mix it yourself. Guide for that here https://www.hunker.com/12000698/how-to-make-fireproof-concrete
    If your cement crumbled last time it wasn't mixed properly, same with the different blocks you can buy, how well they were mixed will determine how well they hold up. Generally you want a denser block for handling both summer and winter without cracking.
    Refactory mortar should be used to seal your blocks around the fireplace so that it can withstand the heat over time.
    You can build up a bit of a back wall to the fire pit to keep the heat under the roof and direct wind from coming in and hitting the fire and blowing it straight to where people will mostly be. The roof will have to be metal protected and angle up to a peak vent style thing to let smoke escape fairly easily.

    3 votes
  10. Comment on AMC Theatres refuses to play Universal films in wake of 'Trolls World Tour' in ~movies

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    If Universal accepts AMC's threat and has to release everything on VOD or physical I bet it will negatively impact AMC more than Universal and I'd be glad to see that happen. Theaters are terrible...

    If Universal accepts AMC's threat and has to release everything on VOD or physical I bet it will negatively impact AMC more than Universal and I'd be glad to see that happen. Theaters are terrible around me. I have to travel 1 hour to get to 1 theater that has 1 Ultrascreen with dream loungers. Any other type of theater within that distance has uncomfortable seating, smaller screen and a mediocre sound system. If I had space and money for a larger TV I would not bother going to the theater for any quality purpose, I only really go now because of the early exclusivity of a few movies I really want to see. And even with those few, they have to play on that 1 screen so I only have 1-2 week window before they move to the other screens and are not worth my time.

    IMO the only way I see theaters improving would be opening more high-quality seating/screens like the ultrascreen and offer some sort of on demand refreshments (alcohol too) from your seat, delivered automatically like a vending machine but quietly and with low lighting. Something like a flip up order pad you swipe a card and ID if purchasing alcohol then a conveyor belt or air tube delivers the products.

    2 votes
  11. Comment on House Democrats propose $2,000 monthly payments to Americans in ~finance

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    The final stimulus bill that got passed wasn't actually that great. Single payment up to $1200 + $500 per child dependent, up to 3 kids. This means all college students that are considered...

    The final stimulus bill that got passed wasn't actually that great.
    Single payment up to $1200 + $500 per child dependent, up to 3 kids. This means all college students that are considered dependents get nothing directly, their parents get the stimulus money ($500) unless they make too much. Specific disabled adults claimed as dependents and immigrants that aren't holding one of 2 specific visas won't receive anything either.
    Unemployment insurance gives you +$600/week on top of what it would have normally given you. But you have to qualify for UI benefits, so a bunch of freelancers, self-employed and other odd jobs won't necessarily qualify if they lose work over this.
    Small business payroll loan offers $1000 per employees up to $10000 that will be completely forgiven. So about 1 week's pay. All of the other Small business loans are just regular loans with interest rates and they aren't particularly that great of a deal when you can lay off your employees and they collect UI +$600.
    The rest of the stimulus was just handing rich people with big businesses free money. Thanks republicans for that.

    So for me, I'm still working and just got an extra $1200 this month.
    My roommate got laid off his server job qualified for $86/week and this last week started getting +$600/week + $1200 for the month plus he focuses on his seedling/plant/landscaping business that he operates Spring through Fall and is just supposed to work less than 32 hours/week to still qualify for UI.
    My sister is still working from home and is getting maybe a little less than $2200 extra for the month for having 2 kids.
    My parents need to pay $2500 on taxes this year by July 15(?) before they qualify for their $2400 which would likely be received mid to late summer. Because they've paid in the last few years the IRS doesn't have direct deposit for them.
    If that gives any idea how different it is from person to person.

    7 votes
  12. Comment on Trump order encourages US to mine the moon in ~space

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    Don't we want to be able to put a mining and refueling base on the moon if we want to travel to mars much more easily? I can't imagine it pays to send people to the moon over a few minerals, where...

    Don't we want to be able to put a mining and refueling base on the moon if we want to travel to mars much more easily? I can't imagine it pays to send people to the moon over a few minerals, where if it was used as hub for space travel the occasional mineral transfer would just be added bonus, similar how we stuff passenger planes with mail in the cargo holds instead of waiting and filling an entire cargo plane.

    4 votes
  13. Comment on Trump has signed a $2,000,000,000,000 stimulus bill, along with many other leaders in their respective nations in ~finance

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    So the single check for $1200 per adult + $500 per child is only one aspect of this. And it is given to people making under $75k-99k/year, generally lower income people who might be struggling...

    A single check will help those in need today, but what about a month from now?

    So the single check for $1200 per adult + $500 per child is only one aspect of this. And it is given to people making under $75k-99k/year, generally lower income people who might be struggling paycheck to paycheck.
    The second aspect is added $600/week to Unemployment insurance. So either you are essential personnel and still collecting a pay check or you got laid off temporarily and will receive a minimum $15/hour wage (15x40=600) + half of your average paycheck from tax returns in 2018. That's at least $3600 for this first month and another $2400 a month after the first for a single working age adult with no kids. This seems reasonable to me that people would be able to keep up with a majority of their bills during this.

    2 votes
  14. Comment on Help with wiring my house for Ethernet in ~comp

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    Depending on location and ease of access as well as the number of hard-wired connections you intend to make will determine what you actually need. For starters, where do you currently have an...

    Depending on location and ease of access as well as the number of hard-wired connections you intend to make will determine what you actually need.
    For starters, where do you currently have an incoming line and a modem? Is this where you want to run everything back to or do you want to run everything back to a centralized wifi router?
    You can do something like; Modem > Hub/Switch/Router > WiFi hot-spot in a central location and then run everything back to an ethernet hub/switch/router.

    Materials:
    Cat6
    1 gang LV mounting brackets
    Either whisker straps https://www.amazon.com/Fosmon-Opening-Passthrough-Voltage-Installation/dp/B072L2J5DF/ref=sr_1_4?keywords=whisker+strap&qid=1585263203&s=electronics&sr=1-4
    or Ethernet straps or the straps with square holes and the ethernet ports that fit into them.
    RJ45 ends
    Handy straps
    Zipties

    Tools:
    Keyhole saw - to cut the sheetrock for the mounting straps.
    Fiberglass fishing sticks - to fish from either the top plate or the bottom plate of the wall to your hole in the sheetrock.
    Wire stripper or knife - to score the jacketing of the cat6 and be able to pull it off (stripped).
    RJ45 crimper - to put RJ45 ends on the wire.
    Punch tool - if you decide to get the ethernet straps instead of the whisker plate almost all of the ports would use a punch tool. You could probably get by without the tool and use your fingers to wedge the wire in and a cutter to trim the excess wire away.
    7/8" drill bit - if you go smaller you only add to your struggles of fishing through the wall, yes it's possible, but why struggle with a smaller hole.
    Side cutter - this will be useful for working on the RJ45 ends, trimming the extra stuff inside the cat6 cable and trimming the zipties.

    I recommend doing the whisker plates and just putting excess wire coiled up in your wall with an RJ45 end on it. Less stuff to buy, less splices from router to device and the wire can extend out or be pushed back into the wall as needed. Saves from needing the punch tool as well.

    With the RJ45 ends there are 2 types, one that allows the wires to be pushed out the other end and lets the crimper trim the excess off, and the ones that don't allow for this. Get the ones that the crimper trims the end off, they are significantly easier to do neatly.

    2 votes
  15. Comment on Trump 'offers large sums' for exclusive access to coronavirus vaccine in ~health.coronavirus

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    The US is cooperating with several other countries and provides aid for many places around the globe. Even if the US is the only place to have and develop a vaccine all on their own, they will...

    The US is cooperating with several other countries and provides aid for many places around the globe. Even if the US is the only place to have and develop a vaccine all on their own, they will prioritize their own public then provide it to the rest of the world which Congress will almost unanimously force the US to do. The claim that this move is for exclusive use of the vaccine is absurd any way you look at it and the longer any of this plays out the more detrimental it will be for everyone including the Trump Administration and the top 1%.

    As much as I don't care for Trump, this is biased news based on no facts. And this story was rewritten to appear more biased than it originally was.

  16. Comment on Trump 'offers large sums' for exclusive access to coronavirus vaccine in ~health.coronavirus

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    I read a German based article yesterday that said the US offered money to move the research to a US based facility and that the Germans feared the US wanted the vaccine for exclusive rights and...

    I read a German based article yesterday that said the US offered money to move the research to a US based facility and that the Germans feared the US wanted the vaccine for exclusive rights and placed a counter offer. Whether the US actually was trying to monopolize the rights to the vaccine is all German gov opinion. This article basically rewrote the one I read yesterday and assumes more blame against the Trump administration instead of leaving it as mere speculation.
    For all we know, Trump could be trying to move the operation to US soil so that he can claim how Americans are so great and the first to develop a vaccine and how he was the one to push for that happening. It is election year after all and Trump needs to look like he is doing something for the American people.

    6 votes
  17. Comment on I'm meta-anxious about coronavirus and the panic it's inducing in ~health.coronavirus

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    Poop, wipe once with TP to remove majority, flush, wash ass in shower with body wash. This rations your TP use and reduces the mess in the shower. Generally if I take a shit in the morning before...

    Poop, wipe once with TP to remove majority, flush, wash ass in shower with body wash.

    This rations your TP use and reduces the mess in the shower. Generally if I take a shit in the morning before showering this is what I would normally do anyway. For the co-worker who does this as his regular ritual it could be a great way to not flare up hemorrhoids by regularly over rubbing dry tissue across your ass. It also leaves your ass cleaner in the end, just takes more work to clean and dry.

  18. Comment on What have you been watching / reading this week? (Anime/Manga) in ~anime

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    It's just not that great of an anime season right now. I'm watching about a dozen shows this season and the most entertaining ones are Re;Zero Director's Cut and the I stacked everything on...

    It's just not that great of an anime season right now. I'm watching about a dozen shows this season and the most entertaining ones are Re;Zero Director's Cut and the I stacked everything on defense show. One being an old reboot and the other having a very stupid premise with an over-powered main character. I think even next season is going to kind of suck too, There isn't a single show I'm hyped to watch at this point, a few I'm planning to check out but they'll probably all suck too.

    I rewatched KonoSuba, but that was just to fill in some time before I actually fall asleep at night.

    2 votes
  19. Comment on Joe Biden, not Bernie Sanders, is the true Scandinavian – Sanders totally misunderstands what's behind Denmark's safety net in ~misc

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    To paraphrase a bit "Denmark isn't socialist but it is democratic." but then... "Denmark’s progressive income tax tops out at 55.8 percent, and the average individual pays 45 percent. The Danes...

    To paraphrase a bit "Denmark isn't socialist but it is democratic." but then...

    "Denmark’s progressive income tax tops out at 55.8 percent, and the average individual pays 45 percent. The Danes pay an 8 percent labor market tax, a 5 percent health care tax, as well as hefty municipal taxes and a social security tax. Denmark also has the highest national sales tax in the European Union — 25 percent — on most goods and services, a big tax on the middle class." These are socialist taxes.

    Democratic socialism is a process of adding socialist concepts to a capitalist market to balance inequality and supply benefit to everyone and not just the people at the top. Having socialist networks setup to provide the basic necessities like education, healthcare and public transit are the foundation to allow entrepreneurs to be successful without as major of risks. Whoever wrote this article is an idiot.

    37 votes
  20. Comment on After Super Tuesday, Joe Biden is a clear favorite to win the nomination in ~news

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    I didn't claim to be anything, progressive or otherwise, in fact I stated elsewhere that Bernie was actually a second choice from the Democratic Party and Yang was my first choice. Corporations...

    I didn't claim to be anything, progressive or otherwise, in fact I stated elsewhere that Bernie was actually a second choice from the Democratic Party and Yang was my first choice.

    Corporations all around the world are destroying the environment and the people are still buying into them using their products on a daily basis. It's a bit over bearing to assume Biden is going to fix that problem or sway idiots from doing idiotic things. His intended actions are actually going to take tax dollars and put it into the pockets of already rich people to produce things they should already have been producing decades ago in the form of subsidies. I have more faith in Elon Musk advancing our environmental impact than Biden.

    I don't really care about immigration or the country needing to grow in number, I'd actually like to see less people in our country and on the world, but regulating that is an encroachment on our freedom to choose what we do with our lives. Immigration deserves a humane process and it should be well known from the outside that isn't what is happening right here, right now. There is somewhere else to live that will treat these people much better, currently it is not here.

    I'm not islamic, LGBT or a woman, I don't need to press an agenda on these issues and I certainly don't need to suppress their agenda, but these issues aren't going to change if these demographics don't fully get behind someone that is actually going to press that kind of change. Most of this can be brought down to the media shaping the masses well before any single candidate has sway over public opinion. Biden with no majority backing in the senate will not accomplish much on these fronts.

    The biggest down side is the supreme court justices being appointed, which requires 2/3 vote from the Senate to actually get appointed. So as long as Democrats hold their numbers in the senate a terrible candidate shouldn't end up appointed. In conclusion, this means we should focus more on the senate elections and let the presidential election slide so that we end up with a fresh selection of candidates for president in 4 years vs 8 years from now. And if third parties need votes to become more viable in the future then it sounds like a better plan to review all of the 3rd party options and vote for one of them.

    4 votes