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  1. Comment on Bernie Sanders drops out of American presidential race in ~news

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    Of course it’s obvious the two aren’t the same, but many people are saying what you said unironically either because they’re propagandized or intentionally dividing people. You’ll have to excuse...

    Of course it’s obvious the two aren’t the same, but many people are saying what you said unironically either because they’re propagandized or intentionally dividing people. You’ll have to excuse me - the humor of “both sides are bad” has been lost on me for at least a decade. A lot of people can’t afford to joke about this stuff especially in an era of extreme disinformation.

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  2. Comment on Bernie Sanders drops out of American presidential race in ~news

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    It's dangerous to say this even jokingly especially when it was not at all obvious that you were joking initially.

    It's almost as if we'e being asked to vote between the same two men.

    It's a joke, everyone needs to calm down.

    It's dangerous to say this even jokingly especially when it was not at all obvious that you were joking initially.

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  3. Comment on Bernie Sanders drops out of American presidential race in ~news

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    Bill Weld and Joe Walsh IIRC.

    Bill Weld and Joe Walsh IIRC.

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  4. Comment on Bernie Sanders drops out of American presidential race in ~news

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    Unfortunately, the reason our wing of the party has to be coerced into this is because our wing of the party hasn't put forth a candidate that has won a nomination yet. There is only one process...

    Unfortunately, the reason our wing of the party has to be coerced into this is because our wing of the party hasn't put forth a candidate that has won a nomination yet. There is only one process and one set of rules for determining a Democratic nominee for president, and even though we could write a thesis on the faults with the nominating system, the progressive candidate clearly lost this cycle. We can't just say, "hey, we've tried your method of nominating the same type of moderate candidate before, let's try our way with a progressive candidate." We actually have to prove that out through the only nominating system we have.

    The positive side is that the nominating process can be changed much more easily than say actual voting laws. Progressive Democrats should continue pushing for change from within the party rather than taking this defeat as a reason to throw up our hands.

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  5. Comment on Bernie Sanders drops out of American presidential race in ~news

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    Not sure we could have asked for more options when 20+ people ran for the nomination.

    We need more/better options.

    Not sure we could have asked for more options when 20+ people ran for the nomination.

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  6. Comment on Daily coronavirus-related chat, questions, and minor updates - April 6 in ~health.coronavirus

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    His last day of parental leave is Friday, which is also his last day at the firm, so I think it is technically not a termination during leave. Oh and they just announced pay cuts across the board...

    His last day of parental leave is Friday, which is also his last day at the firm, so I think it is technically not a termination during leave. Oh and they just announced pay cuts across the board a few minutes ago. For some reason, I was naive enough to think I'd come through unscathed if this person was getting laid off.

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  7. Comment on Wisconsin’s decision to hold its primary is threatening to become a worst-case scenario for elections amid a pandemic in ~news

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    Can someone explain the gaveling in/out from a procedural standpoint? Are the Republicans able to do this because they control both houses of the legislature and that's it?

    Can someone explain the gaveling in/out from a procedural standpoint? Are the Republicans able to do this because they control both houses of the legislature and that's it?

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  8. Comment on Daily coronavirus-related chat, questions, and minor updates - April 6 in ~health.coronavirus

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    My boss/mentor/counterpart in our office from a nearby city was terminated today. While still on parental leave for the birth of his first child. I'm shocked, angry, and completely devoid of...

    My boss/mentor/counterpart in our office from a nearby city was terminated today. While still on parental leave for the birth of his first child. I'm shocked, angry, and completely devoid of motivation.

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  9. Comment on Touting virus cure, 'simple country doctor' becomes a right-wing star in ~health.coronavirus

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    I would like to point out that the co-author of this article is Kevin Roose. I first heard about him when a favorite author of mine, AJ Jacobs, recommended his book in 2009 titled The Unlikely...

    I would like to point out that the co-author of this article is Kevin Roose. I first heard about him when a favorite author of mine, AJ Jacobs, recommended his book in 2009 titled The Unlikely Disciple about spending a semester at Liberty University. It's great to see his work continue to pop up in the news.

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  10. Comment on What old tech are you holding onto and why? in ~tech

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    You have some awesome games there - Ape Escape is so so incredibly underrated! Also, FIFA 97 was the first game I owned for PS1, and my brother and I, both in our 30s, still quote it to each...

    You have some awesome games there - Ape Escape is so so incredibly underrated! Also, FIFA 97 was the first game I owned for PS1, and my brother and I, both in our 30s, still quote it to each other. Whenever you take a shot from way out, John Motson says, "that was a bit optimistic."

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  11. Comment on Daily coronavirus-related chat, questions, and minor updates - April 5 in ~health.coronavirus

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    It's a question I've thought about a lot. Let me paint a picture for you first. There is nothing realistically stopping anyone from going to this park across the street. All they’ve done is put...

    It's a question I've thought about a lot. Let me paint a picture for you first. There is nothing realistically stopping anyone from going to this park across the street. All they’ve done is put caution tape around the public seating areas at each end (a total of 2x4 connected mini pavilions with tables) and orange sandwich board road barricades at the technical entrances to the park (i.e. the wheelchair ramps). The park is 0.5x1 city blocks in area and surrounded only by sidewalks, no fences that force entry at certain access points. The barricades are symbolic but do say "Park Closed".

    However, I have only seen people pass through to walk their dogs while hanging out in my own front yard since all that went up, and the formal closing seems to have deterred people from lingering and gathering. This is a place where you might see a family using the charcoal barbecues on a nice spring Saturday like we just had. Or a handful of neighborhood kids riding scooters, kicking a soccer ball, etc. In two years of living here, I've never seen more than maybe 12-15 people in the park at the absolute most at any given time outside of scheduled events they put on (like the spring concert series RIP).

    I’ve gone back and forth on this. The park is a natural place to congregate. I never thought it was over crowded at any point so far during the quarantine, but this park seems to be a casualty of the city order that is meant especially for our big, popular, centrally-located parks downtown rather than a small (albeit urban) neighborhood park that doesn't get nearly as much traffic. That said, it definitely has cut down on the number of interactions people are having with those outside their household. People were already respecting social distancing before it closed though, and some but not all were avoiding the public seating/surfaces anyway.

    So I think it comes down to public areas and seating. If police rolled by and saw people walking like they would on any other sidewalk in the neighborhood either for exercise or to take their dog out, they'd probably say nothing. If they saw a group blatantly disobeying the caution tape to hang out at the pavilions, they'd probably break it up. I wish this were made more clear in the city order though rather than being a blanket closure of parks, but I have to say that the order is working and respected even while folks bend the rule in harmless ways by passing through briefly.

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  12. Comment on Daily coronavirus-related chat, questions, and minor updates - April 5 in ~health.coronavirus

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    Our house is across the street from a city-owned park, and the city's shelter-in-place order means the park is closed as of last Thursday. My 2-year-old son is very very upset about this. It's...

    Our house is across the street from a city-owned park, and the city's shelter-in-place order means the park is closed as of last Thursday. My 2-year-old son is very very upset about this. It's just sitting there every day taunting him.

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  13. Comment on What old tech are you holding onto and why? in ~tech

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    Retro gaming consoles. I still get so much satisfaction playing SNES, N64, PS1/2, Sega Genesis, etc., although more recently, I've been all about old PC games. My brother and I have been playing...

    Retro gaming consoles. I still get so much satisfaction playing SNES, N64, PS1/2, Sega Genesis, etc., although more recently, I've been all about old PC games. My brother and I have been playing some AOE online during the quarantine.

    Oh, I also have an original dumb Panasonic plasma screen TV that is heavy as all get out but an amazing piece of equipment. Plus three 2008-2009 MBPs with upgraded RAM, SSDs, etc. that still run nicely.

    14 votes
  14. Comment on April is canceled in ~life

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    It's not pressure, it's inspiration. That's how I interpreted it.

    It's not pressure, it's inspiration. That's how I interpreted it.

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  15. Comment on Daily coronavirus-related chat, questions, and minor updates - March 31 in ~health.coronavirus

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    That's a good point! The furloughed employees at my wife's firm will continue to have health insurance coverage even though they don't get regular pay.

    That's a good point! The furloughed employees at my wife's firm will continue to have health insurance coverage even though they don't get regular pay.

  16. Comment on How ‘never Bernie’ voters threw in with Biden and changed the primary in ~misc

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    I had forgotten that. Thanks for the correction. So it was the two independent Senators from that session at opposite ends of the Democratic Party spectrum. One compromising and one uncompromising.

    I had forgotten that. Thanks for the correction. So it was the two independent Senators from that session at opposite ends of the Democratic Party spectrum. One compromising and one uncompromising.

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  17. Comment on Have you watched Peaky Blinders yet? in ~tv

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    We started it last week but have only watched the premiere, and we liked it. The only reason we haven't watched more episodes is because other shows are coming out right now that we're trying to...

    We started it last week but have only watched the premiere, and we liked it. The only reason we haven't watched more episodes is because other shows are coming out right now that we're trying to keep up with. Our friends absolutely swear by it too.

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  18. Comment on Florida governor issues coronavirus stay-at-home order after heavy criticism in ~health.coronavirus

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    This is a much more appropriate description than mine. He and Rick Scott are evil, not incompetent.

    specialized competency at hurting people

    This is a much more appropriate description than mine. He and Rick Scott are evil, not incompetent.

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  19. Comment on How ‘never Bernie’ voters threw in with Biden and changed the primary in ~misc

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    I would point to his vote on the ACA in response. When it mattered most, when Bernie was faced with the choice of idealism or a compromise for incremental change in the always-important healthcare...

    The decades of voting history many Sanders' supporters tout as a strong and good record, unwavering principles and being on the right side of history, betray his lack of political ability to get things done.

    I would point to his vote on the ACA in response. When it mattered most, when Bernie was faced with the choice of idealism or a compromise for incremental change in the always-important healthcare debate, he cast the deciding vote for the ACA.

    So let’s contrast the centrist former-Democrat-turned-Independent with the progressive from that debate. Joe Lieberman refused to compromise on a public option and would not vote for the bill without removing it. Bernie Sanders compromised on his ideals—even though he wanted a public option—because he recognized the positive change that would come from passing the bill without a public option.

    The most useful data point for arguably the most important policy debate from his voting record proved his ability to be pragmatic and compromise. I have no reason to believe he wouldn’t compromise on his ideal of M4A if the binary choice is no change or incremental change.

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  20. Comment on Florida governor issues coronavirus stay-at-home order after heavy criticism in ~health.coronavirus

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    We were so close to having a competent adult in Andrew Gillum as governor in Florida, but instead we got Ron DeSantis.

    We were so close to having a competent adult in Andrew Gillum as governor in Florida, but instead we got Ron DeSantis.

    6 votes