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  1. Comment on The coronavirus pandemic will forever alter the world order in ~health.coronavirus

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    I think people mistake the fact that Biden isn't exciting (a subjective weakness) for him being a weak challenger. If you look at the state-by-state polling, he's very competitive and strong where...

    I thought Donald Trump was sure to get a second term because Biden was in the eyes of many Americans the worse candidate compared to Sanders.

    I think people mistake the fact that Biden isn't exciting (a subjective weakness) for him being a weak challenger. If you look at the state-by-state polling, he's very competitive and strong where it matters, and in some cases more competitive than Sanders. While many progressives would love a sort of reverse Trump figure for the Dems (minus the bad parts) in Sanders to be a sort of political/cultural counterweight to Trump, a completely unexciting President may be exactly what Americans need for the country as a whole to move on. Love him or hate him, you have to admit Trump has sucked the oxygen out of the room for 4 years. Even if you love him you may be tired of this cultural dynamic. It's a gentler binary at the polling booth than the Clinton/Trump one, where large groups legitimately hated both candidates.

    So while you may not vote "for" Biden, I think there will be much fewer people voting against him like how they voted against Clinton. And even with Clinton's disliked public image, and coming off an 8 year Democratic presidency, she still received more votes than Trump. So while nothing's ever a guarantee (and the hate train is revving up for Biden), I think Biden is strong in the right areas to overcome the weaknesses of Clinton that eked out a win for Trump. And while Biden's not Warren, Sanders or some other progressive candidate, Biden's platform officially is still more progressive than Clinton's was. The Democratic party as a political establishment may have heavily resisted Sanders (he still identifies as an independent and routinely blasted the party), but that doesn't mean the party has been completely resistant to incorporating more leftwing desires into the platform.

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  2. Comment on Hey Tilderinos, what's your favorite cannabis strain? in ~talk

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    What does this mean?

    actually think it says a lot about a person saves asking questions.

    What does this mean?

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  3. Comment on Hey Tilderinos, what's your favorite cannabis strain? in ~talk

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    I don't have one since I've only done edibles since it was legalized, and the selection I get for that is mostly sativa, indica or hybrid. Scientifically speaking those labels are meaningless...

    I don't have one since I've only done edibles since it was legalized, and the selection I get for that is mostly sativa, indica or hybrid. Scientifically speaking those labels are meaningless though if you care to look into it, but it helps people have a psychosomatic effect I suppose as they tell themselves what they will be experiencing ahead of time. I've mostly stuck to Smokiez fruit chews for the past few months, but in the last two weeks or so, edibles have started to feel different, where I become much more aware of my heartbeat and breathing and not strictly speaking in a pleasant way. I feel it much more physically and can feel waves of it "hitting" me which isn't really my desire, since I use them to feel connected, emotional and introspective, even though I've taken much higher doses in the past than what I'm currently using.

    2 votes
  4. Comment on China concealed extent of virus outbreak, U.S. Intelligence says in ~health.coronavirus

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    We know China lies, but their actions don't. It was clear to me this was very serious when China instituted massive lockdowns on millions of their people despite the ruinous economic effect. Their...

    While I think it is probably that China is lying about their infection and death rates, there is also a part of me that is wondering if this is just being pushed by Trump and the GOP because of how horribly they have bungled the response to this crisis. They can say, yeah we are reporting more deaths than China, but reallllly they have more fatalities than we do.

    We know China lies, but their actions don't. It was clear to me this was very serious when China instituted massive lockdowns on millions of their people despite the ruinous economic effect. Their social contract is based on a prosperous economy as compensation for their lack of political freedom; they value the economy even more than Americans do. U.S. intelligence almost assuredly knew they were downplaying the issue since last year, but it wasn't something Trump wanted to hear. Saying "China lied" is no excuse for the catastrophically slow and underwhelming U.S. response.

    5 votes
  5. Comment on Testing backlogs at US private laboratories have ballooned in ~health.coronavirus

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    I didn't really like the little bit of the culture I saw when interviewing at their San Juan Capistrano location. Plus the location is terrible. I don't know how well my company is processing...

    I didn't really like the little bit of the culture I saw when interviewing at their San Juan Capistrano location. Plus the location is terrible. I don't know how well my company is processing tests by comparison though.

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  6. Comment on Exective branch non-compliance with law in ~finance

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    I think functionally it's eliminated oversight, but not legally as a matter of "precedent". The legislative branch has just lacked a backbone for decades. If - somehow - Republican legislators...

    Does anyone see this different, and if you do, why?

    I think functionally it's eliminated oversight, but not legally as a matter of "precedent". The legislative branch has just lacked a backbone for decades. If - somehow - Republican legislators turned on Trump on one issue or in general, then oversight would be restored just like that.

    Related to the specific matter, I'm concerned this will impact future stimulus efforts, which will be necessary. Why would Democrats agree to any additional funding now that Trump has indicated he won't respect any explicit restrictions? Congress may lack oversight, but for now, the power of the purse is still theirs.

    4 votes
  7. Comment on How long do we have left, exactly, until climate change affects our global food supply? in ~talk

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    It depends on what you mean by "affects", because it already has. For example, cocoa bean farming has already been negatively affected due to climate change. If you're talking about mass...

    It depends on what you mean by "affects", because it already has. For example, cocoa bean farming has already been negatively affected due to climate change. If you're talking about mass starvation, that's much more of a political problem that is dependent on the choices we make, short of the Earth simply becoming uninhabitable for us. Even before the modern era, starvation was usually a political issue caused by poor or selfish leadership - e.g. not saving surpluses, and otherwise trading it away while not caring for the lower class. Lost crops have always been something we've had to deal with, and we're more immune to the weather than ever before in that respect in terms of making sure we can have enough to eat. You may not have thousands of unique items on the shelves and we would have staples constitute more of our diet, but we would survive.

    Even today, starvation remains a matter of politics, and we otherwise have enough food to feed everyone on the world, e.g. we can't get donated food to needy people in some areas because local rulers will take it to maintain their power. And the food shortages at the grocery stores are due to panic and hoarders, not because we don't have enough food to feed everyone. It's simply a matter of grocery stores only having so much shelf space and in the normal course of things they quickly refresh the stock of anything bought. If you've made a few trips by now, you might notice that the shelves are getting refilled and there's no alarms going off saying we will run out of food. Now you may not be able to get toilet paper, cheap steaks or certain specialty/branded items, but you're able to eat.

  8. Comment on Blame game escalates between US and China over coronavirus disinformation in ~news

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    Media won't necessarily need to "buy" the story, just let it hang there in the air. As the U.S. has retreated diplomatically, China has been there for many countries with leagues of diplomats and...

    Media won't necessarily need to "buy" the story, just let it hang there in the air. As the U.S. has retreated diplomatically, China has been there for many countries with leagues of diplomats and economic development packages. People naturally self-censor in such circumstances, or go along with the fact that they can't be certain so it might as well be a wash and not a point of contention.

    3 votes
  9. Comment on A majority of Americans approve of Trump's handling of the coronavirus in ~health.coronavirus

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    People just know action is being taken now, but we're still early enough in the curve that most people don't personally know someone who's been hit by the virus. If hospitals become overloaded and...

    People just know action is being taken now, but we're still early enough in the curve that most people don't personally know someone who's been hit by the virus. If hospitals become overloaded and a lot of people start dying, then people will be more critical of the actions the Trump administration took. Most people really don't keep up with the news as we do. If your social network isn't hit, and you know the president is taking action, then that's all the average person needs to say good job done.

    11 votes
  10. Comment on Experts don't know how bad the outbreak is gonna be either in ~health.coronavirus

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    The problem is that so many of our decisions flow from being able to test. If you don't know who's is infected, and where, and when, then you don't have the foundation needed to build usefully...

    The problem is that so many of our decisions flow from being able to test. If you don't know who's is infected, and where, and when, then you don't have the foundation needed to build usefully predictive epidemiology models (let alone know when certain political actions are warranted). Without widespread testing, we're kind of forced to fly blind for now.

  11. Comment on Starbucks goes drive-thru only in ~food

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    Do you all think it's ethical to currently patronize these operations and take the non-zero risk regardless of what precautions they take? Edit: Or more importantly, what they say they take. For...

    Do you all think it's ethical to currently patronize these operations and take the non-zero risk regardless of what precautions they take? Edit: Or more importantly, what they say they take. For how much they're paid and are currently stressed out, this requires service workers to genuinely want to execute procedure properly every single order and to not let up.

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  12. Comment on Americans' opinions on the coronavirus are changing fast in ~health.coronavirus

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    I thought this might pierce the bubble, but even then I was surprised by how fast some online-type Trump supporters turned heel on this issue from "It's a hoax, we don't need to do anything, it's...

    I thought this might pierce the bubble, but even then I was surprised by how fast some online-type Trump supporters turned heel on this issue from "It's a hoax, we don't need to do anything, it's not that bad" or even "Trump is botching this" (like when they were hysterical about Iran or his due process comment on guns) to "Trump is handling it great now, so he always handled it great, why are you attacking him?" I guess even though it's been talked about for months, people really didn't start paying attention until last week when it started affecting the average person's reality (e.g. celebrity diagnoses, grocery store runs).

    What remains to be seen though is the kind of political action to be taken. Something really will have to be immediately done that's effective for the average household's situation. I mean we had months to hash out these policies but oh well. We're in that transition period where all the workers laid off in the last week are quickly going to run up against their savings, so I expect these opinions to quickly change, and fast, in either direction. One thing Trump has going for him is that he's always been relatively apathetic about political ideology given that much of his support comes from a cult-of-personality. He can sell liberal ideas (which would be most effective in this type of crisis) as conservative to his base if it simply comes from his mouth.

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  13. Comment on Daily coronavirus-related chat, questions, and minor updates - March 20 in ~health.coronavirus

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    Going to try another hospital this weekend to donate some N95 masks I bought months ago before all this. The first one I tried earlier in the week wasn't able to take them. We'll see how it goes,...

    Going to try another hospital this weekend to donate some N95 masks I bought months ago before all this. The first one I tried earlier in the week wasn't able to take them. We'll see how it goes, I think I was just the first person to approach them like that so the front desk didn't feel the authority to take them and violate normal PPE procurement guidelines.

    California's got a shelter-in-place order statewide now. I was impressed by the level of Governor Newsom's articulation and command of knowledge at a Q&A session I saw last weekend. Yeah he's a bit of a classically greasy politician but we've been in the Trump vortex for so long now that it's easy to forget that some of them actually take the job seriously (even if policy wise they don't always match up), since I haven't much listened to Newsom directly since his primary. So hopefully California comes out on top for how seriously our politicians are taking it compared to most other states. We've got a huge service economy though so the financial damage will be severe (I can't even imagine what Nevada is going to look like in 2 weeks), but it looks like this is exactly the time for our large rainy day budget to shine.

    Edit: Also try to donate blood while you still can if you're eligible. We're going to need it.

    4 votes
  14. Comment on Disney dropping Onward on digital, Disney Plus after just two weeks in theaters in ~movies

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    A lot of businesses are probably never going to reopen. It's very sad. I can only hope that from the destruction comes creative rebirth. I don't think streaming services are at that point yet...

    A lot of businesses are probably never going to reopen. It's very sad. I can only hope that from the destruction comes creative rebirth. I don't think streaming services are at that point yet where they can justify the budgets for Hollywood movies that we're used to. 1 or 2, but not a year's worth of blockbusters. If the theater business implodes, that can take most blockbusters with it, since that's still one of the most lucrative avenues for Hollywood. It could perhaps lead to the revival of the vaunted mid-budget movie. I could potentially see the transition being viable though if there's a big crackdown on account sharing and significant policy/enforcement change in regards to piracy.

    5 votes
  15. Comment on You can socially distance for free at national parks, but should you? in ~enviro

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    Maybe if you can fashion some kind of mask to wear, that will signal people to stay away from you? People might be more inclined to think that you might be sick and therefore your dog could be a...

    Maybe if you can fashion some kind of mask to wear, that will signal people to stay away from you? People might be more inclined to think that you might be sick and therefore your dog could be a vector as well since you're in close contact.

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  16. Comment on Does the frequent addition of content to esport games delegitimize them? in ~games

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    In Blizzard's defense and in my many years' experience as an avid strategy mapper for WC3, consider that you have to tip-toe around hardcore gamers. You have to not only consider how the balance...

    In Blizzard's defense and in my many years' experience as an avid strategy mapper for WC3, consider that you have to tip-toe around hardcore gamers. You have to not only consider how the balance works on paper, but how it actually works once it intersects with how the community wants to play the game, regardless of how viable you try to make certain alternative strategies or if you want to nerf a fun-but-broken/problematic play style. I had competitive maps that were balanced for years that suddenly had issues because players finally broke out a certain meta because they were that content playing the map a certain way. Intense competition can have a way of making players less innovative and creative in some circumstances, as they trend towards a mindset of "Okay, we only consider these strategies to be viable, now it's just a matter of optimization, APM and teamwork."

    I was limited in the ways I could change maps to address more fundamental issues with the balance design without causing massive backlash in the process, leaving me to tinker around the edges, being more concerned with keeping the competitive player base happy rather than striving for true balance (not that I'm claiming some epic talent for balancing if only the community let me have my way). Obviously I don't want to go the mile for defending Blizzard (they botched WC3 Reforged horrendously and I dropped SC2 after the direction they went with Heart of the Swarm) but I am sympathetic to the difficulty of balancing. It simply doesn't matter what your perfect little design is if the players don't meet you halfway, and in these arenas, a few voices who have their pet preferences hold outsize influence over the community.

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  17. Comment on How does Tildes feel about bots? in ~tildes

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