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  1. Comment on Suburbia is subsidized - [Strong Towns Ep7] in ~design

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    The beauty about urban planning is that it is the story of how we live our daily lives, therefore is implicitly about many things-- public health, the environment, economics, civil engineering,...

    The beauty about urban planning is that it is the story of how we live our daily lives, therefore is implicitly about many things-- public health, the environment, economics, civil engineering, and psychology all play a part.

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  2. Comment on Great, affordable downtowns that don't require a car? in ~life

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    I live in San Diego Car-free, and my partner and I mostly get around by bicycle and secondarily by transit. I live in Uptown (Hillcrest to be specific)-- 3 minute walk to Balboa Park, San Diego's...

    I live in San Diego Car-free, and my partner and I mostly get around by bicycle and secondarily by transit. I live in Uptown (Hillcrest to be specific)-- 3 minute walk to Balboa Park, San Diego's "crown jewel", as well as many nice restaurants, breweries nearby.

    We pay $2100-- but for a one bedroom. This is for a new building however. If you walk around/look on craigslist, you might find nice apartments in small multifamily buildings that are two-bedroom.

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  3. Comment on History made as Arab Israeli Ra’am party to join governing coalition in ~news

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    Some more information on the actions of other arab members of the Israeli Knesset (parliment). Something some of you might find interesting... The Ra'am party is quite homophobic, so even as I...

    Some more information on the actions of other arab members of the Israeli Knesset (parliment).

    Something some of you might find interesting...

    Channel 13 reported that agreement had however been reached on Ra’am’s demand to freeze an urban planning law which is seen as unfairly targeting the Arab Israeli community, and not to include any language relating the LGBTQ community in the government’s key principles.

    The Ra'am party is quite homophobic, so even as I personally am cheering for the inclusion of more Arab Israeli voices in government, this ironically means the delay of greater rights for the LGBTQ+ community.

    Considering the whole "Queers for Palestine" debacle-- well, let me just say if this news story made your brain break, you probably could afford to develop a more nuanced opinion.

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  4. Comment on There is no ‘Israeli-Palestinian Conflict’ in ~misc

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    The author is informing you of the Israeli perspective. Israelis worry about Hezbollah buying more missiles and Iran developing nukes because it has a huge potential impact on their life (for...

    Seems like the author has zoomed out and discovered that the enemy is everywhere

    The author is informing you of the Israeli perspective. Israelis worry about Hezbollah buying more missiles and Iran developing nukes because it has a huge potential impact on their life (for example, they have been on the receiving end of Iran-funded Hezbollah missiles). Military decisions are based off of this perspective, and not just on the more narrow perspective that many Westerner's hear in the news.

    Saying "please disregard the actual actions you just don't or couldn't understand. There's a big picture here for why I'm doing something terrible" is a very weak argument.

    This isn't just something the author has done to justify current conditions. This is the author informing you so you can better understand current conditions.

    For example, the author writes:

    Could Israel, as some centrist strategists here recently suggested, freeze and shrink most civilian settlements while leaving the military in place for now? How can the greatest number of Palestinians be freed from friction with Israelis without creating a power vacuum that will bring the regional war to our doorstep? These questions can be addressed only if it’s clear what we’re talking about.

    Whether or not you want to believe them-- well, that's up to you.

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  5. Comment on There is no ‘Israeli-Palestinian Conflict’ in ~misc

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    Excellent. This, IMHO, is the main thesis. I think a common Israeli perspective is that Palestinians fail to govern themselves whenever they are given a chance. Their president has been serving 16...

    the term "Israel-Palestine conflict" doesn't do justice to the diversity of opinion represented by all the involved parties.

    Excellent. This, IMHO, is the main thesis.

    This presumes the inability of Palestinians to govern themselves, which is a poor justification for having Israelis rule over them instead.

    I think a common Israeli perspective is that Palestinians fail to govern themselves whenever they are given a chance. Their president has been serving 16 years into their first term (i.e. elections have not been held and more recently have been cancelled), their Legislature is entirely inactive, and even when Israeli forces withdrew from Gaza, it resulted in deadly intra-Palestinian fighting between two political parties, and now there are two palestinian governments, only one recognized.

    I think a fairly common perspective, from even Israelis who dislike many of the civilian settlements (as this author does), is that even if the civilian settlements were to be removed, the military control would be justified.

    the way the author presents those concerns as overdetermining the nature of the relationship between Israelis and Palestinians is meant to justify the status quo.

    The author expresses their distaste for the status quo and essentially argues that the narrative that westerner's hear through the news is only a part (perhaps a significant one) of the whole story.

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  6. Comment on Israeli strike destroys Gaza building housing offices of the Associated Press and Al Jazeera in ~news

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    Withdrawing Gaza itself was a withdrawl of settlements though. I hear some people say, "If only Israel withdrew from settlements, there would be peace." The latest data point seems to indicate...

    Withdrawing Gaza itself was a withdrawl of settlements though. I hear some people say, "If only Israel withdrew from settlements, there would be peace." The latest data point seems to indicate that that's not the case.

    The blockade against Gaza was something that the PA (the officially recognized government of the Palestinian people, and the one in which Israel has established relations under the Oslo Accords), supported! In fact, they impose their own financial sanctions on the Gaza Strip.

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  7. Comment on Israeli strike destroys Gaza building housing offices of the Associated Press and Al Jazeera in ~news

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    Israel withdrew from the Gaza Strip in 2005, with the hope that the international community would recognize that as an intention of goodwill. But things seemed to have gotten worse, not better,...

    Israel withdrew from the Gaza Strip in 2005, with the hope that the international community would recognize that as an intention of goodwill. But things seemed to have gotten worse, not better, since then. Why do you think that is?

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  8. Comment on Israeli strike destroys Gaza building housing offices of the Associated Press and Al Jazeera in ~news

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    Yes, the spokesperson did claim that they will release additional information, but did not say when. There was also the question of whether or not the intelligence on the building was shared with...

    Yes, the spokesperson did claim that they will release additional information, but did not say when. There was also the question of whether or not the intelligence on the building was shared with the US DoD or not.

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  9. Comment on Israeli strike destroys Gaza building housing offices of the Associated Press and Al Jazeera in ~news

  10. Comment on Israeli strike destroys Gaza building housing offices of the Associated Press and Al Jazeera in ~news

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    If you are struggling to understand why, perhaps it is because the limited amount of english-language journalism on this. In this Israeli news clip, the military spokesperson says (around 1:50,...

    Unjustifiably targets media building.

    If you are struggling to understand why, perhaps it is because the limited amount of english-language journalism on this.

    In this Israeli news clip, the military spokesperson says (around 1:50, please excuse my semi-shoddy translation)

    Interviewer: you striked a tower that had international media offices, including american media offices, other media offices, there is international criticism, why did you do this? Was this necessary? What was the goal?
    Spokesperson: Let me first remind you, we striked the tower that held within miltary operatives from Hamas and from the Palestinian Islamic Jihad. [Some stuff I didn't get]...in this tower, there were Hamas intelligence offices...Palestinian Islamic Jihad offices. In a place that also has Hamas, also had legitimate purposes, we [?] every person located in this building, both via telephone and also via small explosions on the roof to indicate that we are going to attack. We gave them time to evacuate, and only after did we attack.
    Interviewer: [Brings up some of potential questions that might arise from the international community]... how do you explain, to Associated Press, for example, that you blew up their office?
    Spokesperson: I think the answer to this imatter is in the body of the question. Hamas is integrated within the civilian population , and within the offices of business companies, and from there they [conduct military operations?], and we aren't going to give this problem a hand....[continues speaking]

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  11. Comment on The personal finance and investment advice fallacy in ~finance

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    The existence of indexes at all is an underappreciated fact. The best analogy I can think of is like this: Imagine that you had 100 dollars to put in the bank. You could try and figure out which...

    The existence of indexes at all is an underappreciated fact.

    The best analogy I can think of is like this:

    Imagine that you had 100 dollars to put in the bank. You could try and figure out which bank gave the best interest, or offered the best sign up bonus. But instead, you put a slice of your 100 dollars in every bank savings account weighted by how much money other people have put in a given bank's savings accounts. Essentially, you rely on other people's evaluation of the performance of their own bank's savings account to influence your own decision.

    And the true beauty here is how automated and self-cleansing this is. Let's say a given bank had a 5 percent promotion on their interest and many folks moved their accounts over to that bank. Now your slice of that bank increases and you get the same promotion. Say the same bank gets rid of the promotion and then subsequently many people move their savings accounts out-- now you continue to optimize, but haven't lifted a finger.

    When you have an index, you do zero work and pay almost nothing for the privilege of having among the best long term rates.

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  12. Comment on The best apps for bicycle directions in 2020 in ~hobbies

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    So I gave citymapper a quick test search between my apartment and a local brewery two or three miles away. Both located in relatively urban/urbanizing parts of San Diego. Its suggested route was...

    So I gave citymapper a quick test search between my apartment and a local brewery two or three miles away. Both located in relatively urban/urbanizing parts of San Diego.

    Its suggested route was pretty much the exact worst one, and would route users onto a very fast moving limited access road instead of a road with bike lanes and a bike/ped bridge that goes over the aforementioned limited access road...

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  13. Comment on Do you churn, or otherwise sign up for credit cards simply for the sign-up bonuses? in ~finance

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    You are right, and I think that is another thing that prevents me doing it more actively. It's hard enough for me to keep track of my finances, I couldn't imagine adding another 20 cards into the...

    You are right, and I think that is another thing that prevents me doing it more actively. It's hard enough for me to keep track of my finances, I couldn't imagine adding another 20 cards into the mix. I think at this point I might sign up for one high rewards card per year, downgrade it to a no annual fee version, and keep on going that way.

    I would still need to keep the card in maintenance (i.e one charge per every month or so, autopay the balance), but that shouldn't be too hard to keep track of.

  14. Do you churn, or otherwise sign up for credit cards simply for the sign-up bonuses?

    As a young person, I signed up for my first credit card less than two years ago. Now I have six. Almost all of them I signed up for their bonuses (usually small, as I wanted to start out with no...

    As a young person, I signed up for my first credit card less than two years ago. Now I have six.

    Almost all of them I signed up for their bonuses (usually small, as I wanted to start out with no annual fee cards with good cashback, and I had little credit history at first). Two of them had fees. The first, a hilton card, allowed my partner and I to spend many nights of our cross country move to the west coast to be in comfortable hotels in the center of their respective cities, including free breakfasts, as well as allowed me to use airport lounges on a few flights for the first time.

    I am a grad student who makes $2600 a month...there is no way I would ever be able to afford staying in some of those places, nor could I ever justify paying for an airport lounge. Needless to say, i got incredible value out of a card that cost me 100 bucks for the first year that I have since downgraded to the no annual fee version.

    Another card was the American Airlines Aviator Card with Barclays. To get a sign-up bonus of 60,000 points (worth little more than a domestic round-trip for two people) and a companion pass, I used my card once and paid the annual fee of a hundred bucks.

    I know the credit card companies are hoping that I don't pay off my balance, or that I keep the card and pay the fee, or that I will be afraid that my credit score will drop (which it hasn't), or any number of things could go wrong such that they can make a buck off of me. But it turns out, in the age of the internet, information symmetry means that it is pretty easy to play the game in such a right way such that you benefit the most. I don't take risks (like manufactured spending), and I wait several months between getting a new card. And so far it has worked well for me.

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  15. Comment on Americans have been souring on dairy milk for decades. Here’s how farmers are trying to win us back in ~food

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    Frankly, I am still upset about the ridiculousness of cow breast milk being cheaper than even soy milk, when we literally will feed a cow many pounds of soy to extract a single pound of milk...

    Frankly, I am still upset about the ridiculousness of cow breast milk being cheaper than even soy milk, when we literally will feed a cow many pounds of soy to extract a single pound of milk...

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  16. Comment on Americans have been souring on dairy milk for decades. Here’s how farmers are trying to win us back in ~food

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    Well, this largely is unimportant. Protein is a historically over-considered nutrient in the field of nutrition. We need it, yes, but no one in the western world really ever has a "deficiency." If...

    Mostly in the sense that they have negligible amounts of protein,

    Well, this largely is unimportant. Protein is a historically over-considered nutrient in the field of nutrition. We need it, yes, but no one in the western world really ever has a "deficiency." If you look at the standard of what a human baby might need (i.e. human breast milk), you will see that it contains some of the lowest amounts of protein in the mammalian kingdom -- less than 1% protein by weight.

    Here is a nice summary video/transcript: https://nutritionfacts.org/video/the-great-protein-fiasco/

    They also cite peer-reviewed literature if you rather get your information straight from the source.

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  17. Comment on Americans have been souring on dairy milk for decades. Here’s how farmers are trying to win us back in ~food

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    "complete protein" is somewhat of a myth. All plants have varying amounts of pretty much all amino acids, and you don't need to eat all essential amino acids at the same time for your body to be...

    "complete protein" is somewhat of a myth. All plants have varying amounts of pretty much all amino acids, and you don't need to eat all essential amino acids at the same time for your body to be able to use them.

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  18. Comment on Americans have been souring on dairy milk for decades. Here’s how farmers are trying to win us back in ~food

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    Whether talking about ethics, health, its limited market due to digestability, or efficiencies of production compared to alternatives, Bovine Breast Milk just does not have the market it used to....

    Whether talking about ethics, health, its limited market due to digestability, or efficiencies of production compared to alternatives, Bovine Breast Milk just does not have the market it used to. And even in its hayday, it was still propped up with programs like government cheese.

    To diary, I say, thank you for getting us this far, now it's time to step aside to superior alternatives.

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