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

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    Which would imply, yes, the German Health Ministry does not deny the report. I was incredulous at first too

    The German health ministry spokesperson declined the opportunity to correct any inaccuracies in Die Welt’s account.

    Which would imply, yes, the German Health Ministry does not deny the report.

    I was incredulous at first too

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  2. Comment on Washington debate discussion thread in ~talk

  3. Comment on Washington debate discussion thread in ~talk

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    If I were a betting man I would bet everything it's not Clinton. Honestly, after how terribly she performed in the general, I have no idea why people expect Biden to pick her. I think you can rest...

    If I were a betting man I would bet everything it's not Clinton. Honestly, after how terribly she performed in the general, I have no idea why people expect Biden to pick her. I think you can rest easy.

    And if this ages poorly then we truly are in the dumbest timeline. Not even centrist wonks want Clinton.

    5 votes
  4. Comment on "Can Biden beat Trump?" in ~news

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    It's quite frankly scary to me that when confronted with the idea that Biden won in a legitimate election the only fallback is "Well, voters didn't really want him, if condition we would have...

    It's quite frankly scary to me that when confronted with the idea that Biden won in a legitimate election the only fallback is "Well, voters didn't really want him, if condition we would have Sanders". This is the stuff that undermines our democracy.

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  5. Comment on FIRST Robotics Competition suspended for duration of 2020 season in ~health.coronavirus

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    Makes me sad. I loved this in high school, I have a friend coaching and now that I'm in a new area I was considering it too.

    Makes me sad. I loved this in high school, I have a friend coaching and now that I'm in a new area I was considering it too.

    4 votes
  6. Comment on "Can Biden beat Trump?" in ~news

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    My best friend has a stutter, and it manifests in interesting ways. He says that he often chooses odd vocabulary choices because he knows/feels he will stutter on certain words. Do you ever...

    My best friend has a stutter, and it manifests in interesting ways. He says that he often chooses odd vocabulary choices because he knows/feels he will stutter on certain words. Do you ever experience that?

    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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    That's not really socialism though..... if the means of production are privately owned it doesn't really matter what your tax rate is. What is a socialist tax? Again, socialism doesn't really...

    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.

    That's not really socialism though..... if the means of production are privately owned it doesn't really matter what your tax rate is.

    These are socialist taxes.

    What is a socialist tax? Again, socialism doesn't really dictate anything about taxation policy, it's quite specific on what it's about.

    16 votes
  8. Comment on NYSE paused after Dow plunges shortly after trading begins in ~finance

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    "This recession will surely cause the socialist revolution" - Everybody wanting a socialist revolution since the Paris Commune

    "This recession will surely cause the socialist revolution" - Everybody wanting a socialist revolution since the Paris Commune

    1 vote
  9. Comment on What do you like/dislike about where you live? in ~talk

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    What are the best quality-of-life features of San Diego? Beautiful, I know some people here, can go to the zoo/wild animal park every weekend, can go sailing, warm year round. What natural...
    • What are the best quality-of-life features of San Diego? Beautiful, I know some people here, can go to the zoo/wild animal park every weekend, can go sailing, warm year round.
    • What natural features do you appreciate most? The ability to be outside any time of the year
    • Is it getting better/worse? It gets more expensive every year... but I also feel it gets better
    • What do you dislike? High rents, lots of jerks in La Jolla
    • Where, if anywhere, would you rather be? A part of me still wants to go home to Chicago. A lot of my good friends are in the Bay.
    4 votes
  10. Comment on Oil prices just fell 31% (and counting) with single biggest drop since Gulf War in ~finance

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    Considering that you sound on the younger side I encourage you to not worry. This sort of thing happens, you probably don't remember 2008 but it was like this too and life kept on moving. I doubt...

    Considering that you sound on the younger side I encourage you to not worry. This sort of thing happens, you probably don't remember 2008 but it was like this too and life kept on moving. I doubt mechanics will be affected by this - in the short term there might be an uptick if gas goes down in price, but more likely than not this will smooth out after Russia and Saudi Arabia come to agreements.

    I'll admit my memory of 2008 is hazy - I was still young as well, but this is just one of those things that happens once in a while.

    5 votes
  11. Comment on The markets expect another 50-75 basis cut to the fed funds rate, two weeks after a 50 basis cut in ~finance

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    Maybe. The US is generally very opposed to negative interest rates, moreso than other countries.

    Maybe. The US is generally very opposed to negative interest rates, moreso than other countries.

    2 votes
  12. Comment on Reddit has become the gospel of personal finance in ~finance

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    Max out your 401k after tax contributions, then perform a slightly complicated in-service rollover, and magically end up with Roth contributions. Basically a way for rich people who cannot...

    What is a Mega Backdoor Roth IRA?

    Max out your 401k after tax contributions, then perform a slightly complicated in-service rollover, and magically end up with Roth contributions. Basically a way for rich people who cannot contribute to a Roth account above the 19.5k limit in their 401k to contribute to up to like 55k, and withdraw it tax free.

    4 votes
  13. Comment on Power to the people in ~tech

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    I agree. I just want to see that data :P

    I agree. I just want to see that data :P

    3 votes
  14. Comment on Power to the people in ~tech

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    Apparently the standards used to be less than 80, but some people now say 80 won't increase degradation by any meaningful amount. I'm curious to see their stats, unfortunately I doubt we will.

    Apparently the standards used to be less than 80, but some people now say 80 won't increase degradation by any meaningful amount. I'm curious to see their stats, unfortunately I doubt we will.

    4 votes
  15. Comment on Biden outperformed because he won voters who decide late in ~news

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    Again, citation needed. These are some key claims, and even if 10 young people (of which on average only one will vote) refuse to vote for Biden all it takes is one or two elderly white or black...

    it will be more difficult to get Sanders supporters to vote for Biden in the general than it will be to get Biden supporters to vote for Sanders.

    Again, citation needed. These are some key claims, and even if 10 young people (of which on average only one will vote) refuse to vote for Biden all it takes is one or two elderly white or black voters (who vote often) who think Sanders is too radical.

    I totally get what you're saying, but I think you underestimate how many "moderate" democrats there are.

  16. Comment on Biden outperformed because he won voters who decide late in ~news

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    The article you linked literally states that once informed of costs support drops below half for $15 min wage, student debt forgiveness, paid family leave, and green new deal. This directly...

    The article you linked literally states that once informed of costs support drops below half for $15 min wage, student debt forgiveness, paid family leave, and green new deal. This directly contradicts your assertion.

    Not to be a jerk, but I think your article proved my point. People say they support Bernie's plans, but when they see the bill they get cold feet.

    1 vote
  17. Comment on Biden outperformed because he won voters who decide late in ~news

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    I said don't @ me /s Citation needed. The biggest one is that "medicare for all" is supported by all Americans, but that's a bit misleading. Because one you add qualifiers like "What if you can't...

    I don't really know how relevant the medical details issue is in an election where everyone running now is literally a senior citizen and the incumbent won't even release his taxes.

    I said don't @ me /s

    Bernie's actual policies are air-tight and supported by most Americans

    Citation needed. The biggest one is that "medicare for all" is supported by all Americans, but that's a bit misleading. Because one you add qualifiers like "What if you can't keep your private insurance" or "What if your taxes go up" you start seeing gaps. I really doubt that most Americans support Sanders's policies - if they do, then why don't they vote for him?

    Every interview where Sanders is praising the factual social accomplishments of these governments, he qualifies his statements with criticisms of their authoritarian activities.

    Still, a bit of a double standard. Rightfully, if I were to say "Pinochet sucks but the economy did great" I would be lambasted as a fascist. I don't think saying "Hey this Soviet union is has done some good stuff, shame about the Authoritarianism" somehow absolves him.

  18. Comment on Elizabeth Warren is ending her presidential campaign in ~news

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    And "drain the swamp" is generally meaningless. If Trump did things that were actually radical, I highly doubt his base would like it. So far, "drain the swamp" basically means fire any effective...

    And "drain the swamp" is generally meaningless. If Trump did things that were actually radical, I highly doubt his base would like it. So far, "drain the swamp" basically means fire any effective politicians who don't fall in line. It operates on a thin layer of anti-establishmentism and anti-corruption which ultimately really is just "All politicians I don't like are corrupt and should be fired".

    I guess it depends on how you view anti-establishment. In the sense that the establishment is literally the politicians in DC, Trump has been extremely anti-establishment. But in the sense that the establishment is the modern equivalent of the landed ruling class (high wealth, politically active individuals influencing politics, corporate and special interests who lobby to influence politics) he's done basically nothing, and if anything has supported the de facto establishment at the expense of the more democratic de jure establishment.

    4 votes
  19. Comment on Biden outperformed because he won voters who decide late in ~news

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    And sometimes not I think Biden is extremely unelectable, and will lose to Trump. But I think there is a Bernie bubble that deflects criticism of him. For example, that he won't release medical...

    Sanders consistently beats Trump in polls, sometimes by a larger margin than Biden.

    And sometimes not

    I think Biden is extremely unelectable, and will lose to Trump. But I think there is a Bernie bubble that deflects criticism of him. For example, that he won't release medical details (Don't @ me because I personally don't care but a lot of people do).

    And the whole socialism thing is kinda a big deal for a lot of people. The fact that he has spoken quite highly of a country that had nukes pointed at us really is a massive issue for a lot of people. (You can @ me here because I hate the USSR)

    You can disagree whether these should be deal breakers, but I don't think we can pretend that Bernie has guaranteed cross demographic appeal.

    4 votes
  20. Comment on Elizabeth Warren is ending her presidential campaign in ~news

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    Trump is not what I would call an anti-establishment candidate. He's a cowboy who shoots from the hip sure, but he clearly represents the interests of the established elite. He literally runs a...

    Trump is not what I would call an anti-establishment candidate. He's a cowboy who shoots from the hip sure, but he clearly represents the interests of the established elite. He literally runs a corporation.

    So far we reject any politicians who actually are anti-establishment in action. We might buy the rhetoric, but by and large Americans vote for leaders who protect corporate interest.

    4 votes