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  1. Comment on $100B plan submitted for massive remake and expansion of National Science Foundation in ~science

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    Legislation to reshape, expand – and rename – the National Science Foundation has been submitted in both the U.S. House and Senate. The proposal, which seems to have bipartisan support, calls for giving NSF $100 billion over five years and expanding its mission to include a technology directorate. Early response from the science community has been a mix of enthusiasm for added resources and worry over shifting NSF’s emphasis away from curiosity-driven basic science to more policy-driven technology development.

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  2. Comment on Fitness Weekly Discussion in ~health

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    Thanks. Great answer! And just to be sure, by SS you mean Rippetoe's program? I like retaining the 5 SL lifts as the foundation of my routine because it's fast, and even if I don't have enough...

    Thanks. Great answer! And just to be sure, by SS you mean Rippetoe's program? I like retaining the 5 SL lifts as the foundation of my routine because it's fast, and even if I don't have enough time for an elaborate workout, I still feel like these are good coverage.

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  3. Comment on Fitness Weekly Discussion in ~health

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    I am curious what you mean by this. I did SL5x5 several years back and have kept the five lifts as a base workout, adding other exercises on top to round it out. Is your mention of "screwing...

    squeezed out all the value I can without screwing myself over in the long run

    I am curious what you mean by this. I did SL5x5 several years back and have kept the five lifts as a base workout, adding other exercises on top to round it out. Is your mention of "screwing myself" a concern about squats grinding down your knees?

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  4. Comment on Freedombone - software for an internet of people in ~comp

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    The internet is becoming uninhabitable. Centralized, bloated with ads, utterly hostile to privacy, choked by toxicity and monopolized by billionaires. But perhaps this isn't where the internet dies. Perhaps a radically decentralized future can emerge from the moribund wreckage of the present.

    Freedombone is a home server system which enables you to run your own internet services, individually or as a household. It includes all of the things you'd expect such as email, chat, VoIP, web sites, wikis, blogs, social networks, media hosting and more. You can run Freedombone on an old laptop or single board computer. No ads and no built-in spying.

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  5. Comment on The anti-quarantine protests seem spontaneous. But behind the scenes, a powerful network is helping in ~health.coronavirus

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    Summary: a lagging economy hurts Trump's chance at re-election, so his crony backers are heavily investing to convince useful idiots to get out there and make the appearance of popular support for...

    Summary: a lagging economy hurts Trump's chance at re-election, so his crony backers are heavily investing to convince useful idiots to get out there and make the appearance of popular support for (prematurely) re-opening the country in order to further the government de-legitimizing tenure of Trump.

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  6. Comment on Analysis of treatment with hydroxychloroquine for 368 patients in US veterans hospitals shows more deaths, no benefit in ~health.coronavirus

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    This story appears nowhere on foxnews.com. It can't possibly be true.

    This story appears nowhere on foxnews.com. It can't possibly be true.

  7. Comment on The West’s incompetent response to the pandemic will hasten the power-shift to the east in ~news

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    I wasn't speaking specifically about meritocracy. In my opinion, there is a lot of value to meritocracy. In any event, I'm more interested in the premise that decaying public institutions is a big...

    I wasn't speaking specifically about meritocracy. In my opinion, there is a lot of value to meritocracy. In any event, I'm more interested in the premise that decaying public institutions is a big failure of the U.S. and other "western" countries than about Mahbubani's comments on China. Sorry if I wasn't clear about that.

  8. Comment on The West’s incompetent response to the pandemic will hasten the power-shift to the east in ~news

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    Ha, yeah... I tried not to go overboard in my comment describing the author's opinion, but the word "sycophantic" did come to mind. That said, I still strongly recommend this article because the...

    Ha, yeah... I tried not to go overboard in my comment describing the author's opinion, but the word "sycophantic" did come to mind. That said, I still strongly recommend this article because the underlying point about the results of legitimizing government institutions is (I think) a very important one.

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  9. Comment on The West’s incompetent response to the pandemic will hasten the power-shift to the east in ~news

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    This seems like a naively rosy picture of China's geopolitical intentions, but the piece makes some very good comments about the United States, and particularly about the importance of strong,...

    This seems like a naively rosy picture of China's geopolitical intentions, but the piece makes some very good comments about the United States, and particularly about the importance of strong, competent public institutions.

    Ever since Ronald Reagan declared, “Government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem,” in his inaugural address in 1981, there has been a progressive delegitimisation and consequently, demoralisation, of public services in America. President Donald Trump didn’t create this problem. He aggravated it. The Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta was one of the most globally-respected agencies. Yet Mr Trump proposed to cut the CDC’s budget even after covid-19 emerged. The world gasped in horror.

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  10. Comment on Could Donald Trump delay the U.S. presidential election? in ~news

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    In short, not directly. But with a little help from his crony friends, and depending on how badly the Electoral College is corrupted, the election could be heavily biased. This article also...

    In short, not directly. But with a little help from his crony friends, and depending on how badly the Electoral College is corrupted, the election could be heavily biased.

    This article also repeats the caution about how important mail-in voting will be this year. (And how much Republicans will try to prevent it.)

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