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  1. Comment on Kanye West declares he will run for US president in 2020 in ~news

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    Or he stopped taking his medicine again. Actually maybe both. Apparently he considers his bipolar disorder a superpower that fuels his creativity.

    Or he stopped taking his medicine again.

    Actually maybe both. Apparently he considers his bipolar disorder a superpower that fuels his creativity.

    23 votes
  2. Comment on TV Tuesdays Free Talk in ~tv

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    Travelers is genuinely one of my favourite shows. I'm also a sucker for time travel plots, though I sometimes end up frustrated when the internal logic starts to falter. Travelers managed to...

    Travelers is genuinely one of my favourite shows. I'm also a sucker for time travel plots, though I sometimes end up frustrated when the internal logic starts to falter. Travelers managed to always stay consistent with its own rules I felt. Timeless was also enjoyable, but more on a cheesy fun level.

    3 votes
  3. Comment on Trackmania: Launch trailer in ~games

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    More like Mario Maker is the Trackmania of platforming games. :-D

    It's the Mario Maker of racing games.

    More like Mario Maker is the Trackmania of platforming games. :-D

    4 votes
  4. Comment on Japanese auto companies triple Mexican pay rather than move to US in ~finance

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    Of course they weren't going to change their supply chains overnight. I don't doubt that Trump himself and many of his cultists believed so, but Nikkei really should know better. I do think the...

    The ratio of US-Canada parts among Mexican-assembled vehicles sold in the U.S. was 13.5% in 2018, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Trump's theory was that U.S. production would inevitably increase to meet the 40% requirement, but Japanese automakers, which had already positioned their production bases according to the old NAFTA regime, are not simply willing to pull up stakes and redeploy.

    Of course they weren't going to change their supply chains overnight. I don't doubt that Trump himself and many of his cultists believed so, but Nikkei really should know better. I do think the percentage of US/Canadian parts in Mexico-built cars will increase though, and I wouldn't be surprised if it already has since the deal was signed.

    2 votes
  5. Comment on Japanese auto companies triple Mexican pay rather than move to US in ~finance

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    I did find it interesting at the time how labour-friendly the new trade agreement seemed. I'm guessing it was to ease negotiations. The intention was of course to move production to the US, but if...

    I did find it interesting at the time how labour-friendly the new trade agreement seemed. I'm guessing it was to ease negotiations. The intention was of course to move production to the US, but if the agreement had flat out said "40% of car parts need to be made in the USA", it would have made negotiations more antagonistic.

    3 votes
  6. Comment on What games have you been playing, and what's your opinion on them? in ~games

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    Snakeybus looks amazing! Are you playing multiplayer or solo? I've been playing a bit Trackmania 2: Stadium lately. I think I like it more than Valley (the only other environment I've played,...

    Snakeybus looks amazing! Are you playing multiplayer or solo?

    I've been playing a bit Trackmania 2: Stadium lately. I think I like it more than Valley (the only other environment I've played, which I also liked). It's actually more lively in multiplayer than I expected, with lots of populated servers. I didn't know the upcoming game was free, so I'll definitely check it out. :-)

    1 vote
  7. Comment on In first for Congress, US House passes bill to establish DC as the nation's 51st state, but it faces insurmountable opposition in the Senate in ~news

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    From the CNN article: I assume the (non-voting) representative from DC introduces bills like this now and then. The (non-voting) representative from Puerto Rico filed a similar bill for her...

    From the CNN article:

    The bill, introduced by DC's nonvoting House member, Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, would shrink the federal capital to a small area encompassing the White House, Capitol building, Supreme Court, and other federal buildings along the National Mall. The rest of the city would become the 51st state, named the Washington, Douglass Commonwealth after abolitionist Frederick Douglass.

    I assume the (non-voting) representative from DC introduces bills like this now and then. The (non-voting) representative from Puerto Rico filed a similar bill for her territory in 2018.

    The situation is a bit more unclear in Puerto Rico though. They held a referendum in 2017 where only 23% of the population showed up to vote, due to a boycott led by the pro-status-quo party. That's probably why the Democrat-controlled House didn't pick up the bill.

    9 votes
  8. Comment on In first for Congress, US House passes bill to establish DC as the nation's 51st state, but it faces insurmountable opposition in the Senate in ~news

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    This article missed some important factors that the CNN article included. It's not often I agree with Republicans, but ceding the land to Maryland seems to me both more logical and practical. DC...

    This article missed some important factors that the CNN article included.

    During House floor debate on the bill, Republican Rep. Gregory Murphy of North Carolina argued for Congress to cede the land back to Maryland instead of making DC its own state.

    "The move is simply unnecessary when ceding DC back to Maryland is a viable, cost-effective and common sense option," Murphy said.

    It's not often I agree with Republicans, but ceding the land to Maryland seems to me both more logical and practical. DC as a state would be kinda silly; sure it would have just the 3rd smallest population of US states, but it would be the smallest in land area by a factor of 22!

    Of course; Demcorats oppose this solution in favour of statehood, since it would give them no new senators and at most one new house member.

    (As a side note, it would be hilarious if this comes to pass (after Democrats take control of both the Senate and the presidency in January), and it starts a trend of adding new states and splitting existing ones into smaller states to cement a party's position in the Senate every time the political pendulum swings, until the US consists of hundreds of tiny states.)

    6 votes
  9. Comment on 365 Days: The "Polish 50 Shades of Grey" has been a surprise smash on Netflix despite being absolutely terrible in ~movies

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    That one I actually did get to participate in. I look forward to telling my grandchildren about how epically Game of Thrones fell from grace, and all the memes fans made to cope. And Star Wars....

    That one I actually did get to participate in. I look forward to telling my grandchildren about how epically Game of Thrones fell from grace, and all the memes fans made to cope.

    And Star Wars. I'm not always late, just usually.

    2 votes
  10. Comment on Facebook creates fact-checking exemption for climate deniers in ~tech

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    The piece of writing in question was an op-ed posted in the opinion section of Washington Examiner. I suppose anything posted in an opinion section is considered an opinion, and thus exempt from...

    The piece of writing in question was an op-ed posted in the opinion section of Washington Examiner. I suppose anything posted in an opinion section is considered an opinion, and thus exempt from fact-checking.

    2 votes
  11. Comment on Google blew a ten-year lead in ~tech

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    What are Google's four monopolies?

    It’s amazing how they have four monopolies and only monetize one of them.

    What are Google's four monopolies?

    1 vote
  12. Comment on Google blew a ten-year lead in ~tech

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    I don't know if there are many upsides, exactly. Privacy is a big one. There's security through obscurity, I suppose. Choice is my personal reason; I just plain don't like Android or iOS, but I...

    it's a low price to pay for the many upsides.

    I don't know if there are many upsides, exactly. Privacy is a big one. There's security through obscurity, I suppose. Choice is my personal reason; I just plain don't like Android or iOS, but I enjoy using my Sailfish phone.

    1 vote
  13. Comment on 365 Days: The "Polish 50 Shades of Grey" has been a surprise smash on Netflix despite being absolutely terrible in ~movies

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    Well, I guess I'll have to watch it. I'm usually way behind on the mocking-bad-media trends; I watched The Room for the first time last month, and I still haven't read or watched Twilight or 50...

    Well, I guess I'll have to watch it.

    I'm usually way behind on the mocking-bad-media trends; I watched The Room for the first time last month, and I still haven't read or watched Twilight or 50 Shades, or seen the final season of Dexter, so I couldn't participate in mocking any of them while they were still relevant. This time I'm going to join in, since the only investment is 2 hours in the couch.

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    You know that feeling of dread you get during musicals, where the plot screeches to a halt so that some ninny can sing about their feelings? That’s how you’ll feel about the sex scenes in 365 Days.

    Hey, lots of people like musicals. <_<

    2 votes
  14. Comment on What games have you been playing, and what's your opinion on them? in ~games

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    I know the feeling. I like VI better than V, but it still has some pretty glaring flaws. There's an upcoming game named Humankind that I'm kind of excited about. Civilization could use some more...

    What is it called when you keep doing the same thing and expecting a different result? Somehow I want Civ to be a good game, but it's just not.

    I know the feeling. I like VI better than V, but it still has some pretty glaring flaws.

    There's an upcoming game named Humankind that I'm kind of excited about. Civilization could use some more direct competition.

    5 votes
  15. Comment on Reddit starts an Ethereum scalability competition in order to launch Community Points (monetization of karma) site-wide in ~tech

  16. Comment on The US Federal Reserve starts buying corporate bonds in ~finance

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    Why not?

    All in all I don't think the Fed should be investing in corporate bonds at all.

    Why not?

    1 vote
  17. Comment on What 'classic' bands or artists do you think are overrated? And can you suggest any alternatives? in ~music

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    Any alternatives in the same genre that you like?

    Any alternatives in the same genre that you like?

    2 votes
  18. Comment on What 'classic' bands or artists do you think are overrated? And can you suggest any alternatives? in ~music

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    Do you have any favourites?

    I think there are a lot of better grunge / alternative acts from the 90s.

    Do you have any favourites?

    1 vote