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  1. Comment on Full employment in ~tech

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    Or just let tens of millions of asylees desperately romp through into rural areas without accommodating them so the people there stay/become (more?) racist/xenophobic instead of trying to help...

    Or just let tens of millions of asylees desperately romp through into rural areas without accommodating them so the people there stay/become (more?) racist/xenophobic instead of trying to help them, that'll do too.

  2. Comment on Weekly coronavirus-related chat, questions, and minor updates - week of July 6 in ~health.coronavirus

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    Trump’s surprising resilience with Hispanic voters, explained Tl;dr: these are the voters who the Democratic party has focused on the least and the ones most focused on the economy; which somehow...

    Trump’s surprising resilience with Hispanic voters, explained

    Tl;dr: these are the voters who the Democratic party has focused on the least and the ones most focused on the economy; which somehow is still a Trump talking/approval point.

    1 vote
  3. Comment on The time Bernie Sanders almost ran against Obama, explained in ~misc

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    In one hand, this would have added 4 years to the progressive movement's life and put Obama in a more accurate position in the US conscious and I thought it was a missed opportunity. In the other...

    In one hand, this would have added 4 years to the progressive movement's life and put Obama in a more accurate position in the US conscious and I thought it was a missed opportunity.

    In the other hand, this claim from a manager of the Obama capaign cited in the article:

    “Every president who has gotten a real primary has lost a general [election].”

    Is very much accurate, even if Obama was practically all-powerful electorally (although a primary challenge is probably the best way to undo that.)

    Another article:Yes, Bernie Sanders Wanted Obama Primaried in 2012. Here’s Why.

    2 votes
  4. Comment on Weekly coronavirus-related chat, questions, and minor updates - week of July 6 in ~health.coronavirus

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    The US is living in an alternate history right now A mildly interesting article about how alternate history is being increasingly used to cope and engage in wishful thinking.

    The US is living in an alternate history right now

    A mildly interesting article about how alternate history is being increasingly used to cope and engage in wishful thinking.

    3 votes
  5. Comment on What did you do this weekend? in ~talk

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    Internet went off for about half a day a few days ago in my neighborhood.

    Internet went off for about half a day a few days ago in my neighborhood.

  6. Comment on What are some open-source projects you'd like to see get more attention? in ~comp

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    Marble marcher community edition. Not nearly as relevant as most of the stuff being posted here, but it's a good game and it looks pretty good if your pc can handle it. Tldr: you're a ball who...

    Marble marcher community edition.

    Not nearly as relevant as most of the stuff being posted here, but it's a good game and it looks pretty good if your pc can handle it.

    Tldr: you're a ball who needs to get to the goal, as if it was a simplistic flash game, but you are in a fractals with detailed rendering. You can also take screenshots and submit your own levels, which is always amazing.

    1 vote
  7. Comment on The perfect solution fallacy (Nirvana fallacy) in ~humanities

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

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

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    Does this guy have anything to say politically? Trump acts like a nationalist ("everyone who doesn't look like me doesn't belong here") and has "TheTwitterFeedTM". Is Kanye comparable?

    Does this guy have anything to say politically? Trump acts like a nationalist ("everyone who doesn't look like me doesn't belong here") and has "TheTwitterFeedTM". Is Kanye comparable?

    3 votes
  10. Comment on 2020 US presidential election simulator in ~misc

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    Yeah, although I'm not exactly sure if the site has any explanation for us when it comes to the meaning of that. Given the state uncertainty thing below, I assume it's a bell curve thing.

    Yeah, although I'm not exactly sure if the site has any explanation for us when it comes to the meaning of that. Given the state uncertainty thing below, I assume it's a bell curve thing.

    1 vote
  11. Comment on What's something that's a "really big deal" that has fallen out of public awareness and discourse? in ~talk

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    Not necessarily, that's what we were trained to expect until we outpaced evolution. Now things don't work like that anymore, but our brains still act as if they do, so if something can't be...

    Maybe, as /u/Kuromantis implied, most effective action happens nearly immediately (or within the first 5 days, anyway).

    Not necessarily, that's what we were trained to expect until we outpaced evolution. Now things don't work like that anymore, but our brains still act as if they do, so if something can't be immediately solved like throwing a stick at a pig for food but replace it with any news story you find relevant, you might as well forget about it, the pig went away.

    I said humans evolved like most animals to act quickly, decisively and given these circumstances, on gut feeling. Politics doesn't work like that, but we do, so the news cycle that we watch works accordingly and turns into rain/a waterfall.

    4 votes
  12. Comment on 2020 US presidential election simulator in ~misc

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    Well, the electoral system is super weird and fits better in a video game than the modern world and the primaries last 18 months so...

    Well, the electoral system is super weird and fits better in a video game than the modern world and the primaries last 18 months so...

    3 votes
  13. Comment on What's something that's a "really big deal" that has fallen out of public awareness and discourse? in ~talk

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    Probably the value of democracy and a lot of rights that seems to be taken for granted or conveniently ignored/sacrificed for the sake of owning minorities ("Imagine a boot stomping on a human...

    Probably the value of democracy and a lot of rights that seems to be taken for granted or conveniently ignored/sacrificed for the sake of owning minorities ("Imagine a boot stomping on a human face, but it's someone I don't like so it's okay lmao").

    How out-of-date our brains are when it comes to dealing with the modern world. (In a hunter-gatherer setting, there is rarely a reason to be uncertain for longer than a few seconds, modern evidence doesn't exist and anecdotes are the default, wealth as a concept doesn't exist and neither does capital, etc)

    How we're never taught about how the power structures in our world (government and business, also journalism/news businesses) work

    How science works (and can be corrupted) and evidence is made (or fabricated)

    Those are the ones I see.

    9 votes
  14. Comment on It's a great time to be an American in ~misc

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    By normal I assume you mean without COVID. I'm not sure. Without COVID there is no reason to think about healthcare. Without a reason to think about healthcare, old people don't see a reason to...

    In a normal election, I would confidently be predicting a Biden landslide.

    By normal I assume you mean without COVID. I'm not sure.

    Without COVID there is no reason to think about healthcare. Without a reason to think about healthcare, old people don't see a reason to critique Trump.

    Without COVID, there is no reason to think about the economy, without a reason to think of the economy, many Republicans don't see any important reason to ditch Trump.

    Without COVID, there is no mass unemployment and with no mass unemployment, the George Floyd protests probably don't surpass 500k people and can be dismissed because all the protesters are rich enough to be able to protest, even if the video is still recorded and stands on it's own.

    Without the George Floyd protests, there likely is no tear-gassing at Lafayette square.

    Everything above has been mismanaged by Trump and affects a majority of people to some extent, so without it, Trump seems a lot less incompetent to conservatives and Biden seems a lot less palatable to progressives by comparison.

  15. Comment on 2020 US presidential election simulator in ~misc

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    While this is pretty simplistic and the margins are pretty odd (after 100/500 predictions, the average electoral map given is a 351-187 Biden win (includes MI, WI, PA, AZ and one of GA or OH all...

    While this is pretty simplistic and the margins are pretty odd (after 100/500 predictions, the average electoral map given is a 351-187 Biden win (includes MI, WI, PA, AZ and one of GA or OH all going for Biden) and the site says Georgia and Ohio are the true tossups, which is pretty absurd), it does help you visualize what "safe", "likely", "lean" and "tossup" looks like, as well as flukes/really unlikely outcomes and sometimes the plain randomness of elections in general.

    After that you can just keep resetting and get the <1% absurd results (Trump wins 53% of the popular vote and 350 EC seats w/3rd parties and Colorado is competitive, Biden wins by 20 points and Trump has under 100 EC votes) for fun.

    4 votes
  16. Comment on It's a great time to be an American in ~misc

  17. Comment on Trump erodes America's foundation. This Fourth of July, I pledge to rebuild it in ~misc

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    Yeah (although Hispanics and black people can often be quite conservative which will be the next quality wedge issue in the D/left-er coalition after M4A and campaign finance are milked sour by...

    Yeah (although Hispanics and black people can often be quite conservative which will be the next quality wedge issue in the D/left-er coalition after M4A and campaign finance are milked sour by the right) , hence the GOP apparently abandoning democracy.

    3 votes