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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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.

  4. 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
  5. 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.

  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. Comment on After Super Tuesday, Joe Biden is a clear favorite to win the nomination in ~news

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    As crazy as it seems, if Bernie doesn't win the nomination I'm probably going to completely flip sides and vote for Trump or waste a vote on a third party. Biden is a terrible choice and getting...

    As crazy as it seems, if Bernie doesn't win the nomination I'm probably going to completely flip sides and vote for Trump or waste a vote on a third party. Biden is a terrible choice and getting him elected sets up the potential for 2 terms of a terrible candidate. While on the other hand we can keep Trump around to degrade everything for one more term and have a possibility of a decent candidate in 2024 after more people realize the effects from the Trump administration. With the filibuster and nearly even divide of the 2 parties in the house and senate it's doubtful that either one of them are going to get much done for this next term.

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

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    I voted Sanders. Universal Healthcare and fixing the corruption in politics were my main reasons for voting for him. Most of his other issues I believe he is pushing too far past what I think is...

    I voted Sanders. Universal Healthcare and fixing the corruption in politics were my main reasons for voting for him. Most of his other issues I believe he is pushing too far past what I think is reasonable. For example, free college, we could do a set amount per student per year and offer low 1% interest rate loans through the government. This way students are relieved of some of the burden and risk of higher education while still keeping them accountable for how well they do, what they choose to do and where they choose to do it. Another example, $15 minimum wage is a terrible idea. Look at who is working a minimum wage job, mostly food service industry, that runs on tip based culture. Don't expect to be able to go out and eat at a sit down restaurant for less than double what you are paying now. Look at regional pricing for housing, it's very different everywhere and minimum wage should be reflective of the region you are living in similar to what it currently is being modified by the states. A much better idea is UBI and a small increase to minimum wage like $9.

    Personally I would have voted for Yang first. His plan for UBI is realistic to accomplish among both parties and would have immediately offered a lot of financial support to everyone in need of it. Aside from the healthcare system getting fixed we would have gained more as a nation than anything anyone else is even trying to accomplish from this one plan.

    5 votes
  11. Comment on How to build your own starter house in just 5 steps — for $25,000 in ~design

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    Somewhat misleading. You need land, water source (well or city), sewage (septic or sewer) and more than likely located near enough to an electrical service. In most areas you have to be licensed...

    Somewhat misleading. You need land, water source (well or city), sewage (septic or sewer) and more than likely located near enough to an electrical service. In most areas you have to be licensed to do wells, septic or electrical, certainly not something you can setup a rag-tag workshop of unskilled people and not get fined heavily, shut down or forced to demo for evading the law. You also wouldn't be able to sell the place if you somehow managed to have all of that unprofessionally done.

    Expect something like this to cost at least another 50k and that would be with some of the cheapest land available to build on.

    6 votes
  12. Comment on Healthcare rant thread in ~health

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    "And without insurance, you're basically playing a lottery where the prize is bankruptcy or death." That's what life is with or without insurance. You're fooling yourself if you think insurance is...

    "And without insurance, you're basically playing a lottery where the prize is bankruptcy or death."
    That's what life is with or without insurance. You're fooling yourself if you think insurance is going to save you from dying or getting crippled in a tragic accident. And we all definitely gamble the use our earned money in different ways that don't always lead to fortune or improved health.

    Honestly maximizing prosperity at this point is the only thing I need to do to attempt to achieve my goals, you aren't going to sell me on a health insurance that is worth deviating from my goals. My goals are more important.

    1 vote
  13. Comment on Healthcare rant thread in ~health

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    I live in the US and don't have any health insurance, haven't had any sort of insurance coverage for something like 12-14 years. After I grew out of my mother's policy I only acquired insurance...

    I live in the US and don't have any health insurance, haven't had any sort of insurance coverage for something like 12-14 years. After I grew out of my mother's policy I only acquired insurance for 2 months before I quit the job that was providing it and got a much higher paying job.
    In that time I've only went to the 7 day clinic once to get a prescription for some antibiotics for poison ivy that had progressively gotten worse over a week. The doctor there gave me 30% off the clinic fee and a card for 30% off the prescription at the pharmacy. In total I spent about $100 between the 2 and another couple dollars on calamine lotion and spray.

    Aside from that, if it wasn't going to make me go broke I would have sought professional medical assistance maybe less than 10 times for things that I just decided to hope would go away. The worst being neglect to mental health through all of my teenage years and through most of my 20s. A therapist/psychiatrist might have been very helpful for that decade of my life, but I also didn't want to be put on medication for mental health, because that wouldn't have been a solution to my problems, but seemed to be the solution they offered everyone around me.

    In the near future, I don't see myself buying private insurance, I dug myself into a financial hole that I am working my way out of. If I stack insurance costs on top it will prolong paying off those debts which have interest accruing against me, I'd rather die then spend an additional 5 years of my life working off debt before accruing savings and equity. No point in living if I'm not ever going to be able to have any fun living.

    6 votes
  14. Comment on Jeff Bezos commits $10 billion to address climate change in ~enviro

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    This is more like he's one of the hundreds of billionaires finally paying their exploit/carbon tax (which might actually be more than this for all we know). Now if all of the other billionaires...

    This is more like he's one of the hundreds of billionaires finally paying their exploit/carbon tax (which might actually be more than this for all we know). Now if all of the other billionaires followed suit and payed a relative tax to combating the problems they created in their get-rich schemes, we might actually get somewhere.

    9 votes
  15. Comment on How do you buy a car? in ~talk

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    The first thing you do is determine your budget. Do you have the money in hand or are you going to need a car loan? If you are going to need a loan, go talk to your bank first before stepping foot...

    The first thing you do is determine your budget. Do you have the money in hand or are you going to need a car loan? If you are going to need a loan, go talk to your bank first before stepping foot at a dealership. Always have your preferred bank's rates and options figured out before trying to buy something from a dealership. You do not need to share this information with the dealership, and if they ask, low-ball/lie about your rates by at least 1%, they aren't likely to get you a better rate than your own bank and if they can, they aren't going to offer it you unless you already have something similar lined up. It's also better to not even let them run your credit, they will run it through several different banks and do a sloppy job shopping around. Also having your credit score checked by that many banks temporarily drops your score for 6 months to a year.

    Once you have a budget figured out, you need to list the features you absolutely need from your vehicle. Me, for example with my last car purchase required, AWD, v6, aux jack, comfortable interior. Just about everything else was somewhat flexible, and I still would have preferred getting a remote start or built in GPS, but they weren't make or break for me. After I had my features I spent time researching vehicle companies and what models of cars they make that would fit my budget and include those features. I made a list of manufactures and the models of cars I was looking for, then prioritized them by how trustworthy I've known those manufacturers to be.

    Next, start searching for the cars on your list, make notes of all the potential ones you want to test out and where they are located. Spend some time going out and test driving them. Make sure to test drive a majority of the cars on your list and cross out the ones that flat out don't work for you. Some used cars are just shitty so it might be worth trying a different one to compare how they drive. When you do this, don't dink around at the dealership too long, go in knowing exactly which cars you want to test drive and leave when you are done, salesmen will waste a lot of your time if you let them.

    Personal opinion, if you aren't looking for a truck don't even consider buying an american vehicle. Japanese vehicles have been the best vehicles to own for most consumers for decades. Toyota, Mazda, Honda, Subaru, Acura. They are also significantly easier to do your own work on without requiring specific specialty tools per model like american manufactures do.

    2 votes
  16. Comment on What is something cheap to create but expensive to purchase? in ~talk

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    Cell phone data is ridiculously expensive.

    Cell phone data is ridiculously expensive.

  17. Comment on Streaming TV is better in every possible way in ~tv

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    You are about to start getting data mined from the new style breakers they are creating as well, which will be the standard requirements that electricians will be forced to use in your homes.

    You are about to start getting data mined from the new style breakers they are creating as well, which will be the standard requirements that electricians will be forced to use in your homes.

    1 vote
  18. Comment on How bad is the environmental impact of shipping/delivery? in ~enviro

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    It's unlikely that the delivery drivers weren't already transporting something else from each delivery hub, they make their daily rounds regardless because of the sheer volume of deliveries. They...

    It's unlikely that the delivery drivers weren't already transporting something else from each delivery hub, they make their daily rounds regardless because of the sheer volume of deliveries. They probably only go out of their way to deliver to your doorstep in a small region that a single driver covers, which would likely have several deliveries fairly nearby. So unless you are able to walk or bike or retrieve the item from the nearest town or city to you, you wouldn't be saving much of any environmental impact.

    About the only thing you can do is purchase more in bulk whenever possible instead of several small quantities being delivered separately. You can also opt for free delivery or everything all at once in some cases. Expedited deliveries will generally create more out of the way drive time to meet schedules.

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  20. Comment on Seventh Democratic Debate Live Stream (Starts at 9pm ET) in ~news

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    I really wish Bernie could incorporate Yang's Freedom Dividend instead of pushing minimum wage to $15/hour. I'd rather have more money and see the cost of things stay the same than see both rise....

    I really wish Bernie could incorporate Yang's Freedom Dividend instead of pushing minimum wage to $15/hour. I'd rather have more money and see the cost of things stay the same than see both rise.

    As for health reform, idk why Bernie doesn't release a handful of projected numbers, removing insurance agency costs, health administration price gouging and negotiating drug prices will save hundreds of billions of dollars a year from the 3.5 trillion/year americans spend on healthcare. 4% tax will end up costing the the people who get insurance through work slightly more, but same the businesses they work for from paying any of the money they already are. For people privately paying for insurance it would flat out reduce their yearly costs. Not only does it then cost less, there would be no insurance claim bullshit and people would be able get the health services they need when they need it.

    The only unpredictable factor is how many people would actually start going and using the health care system once it doesn't make you go bankrupt for doing so and how much of an adjustment to that 4% needs to be made to account for that.

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