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  1. Comment on What old game would you most want to see remastered/remade? in ~games

  2. Comment on What old game would you most want to see remastered/remade? in ~games

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    I really want a remake of some of the original Armored Core series games. From Software has come such a long way from starting with those games and I would love for them to return to the series....

    I really want a remake of some of the original Armored Core series games.

    From Software has come such a long way from starting with those games and I would love for them to return to the series. Going back and playing the original PS1 era AC games is really difficult. The controls are pretty dated, some of the missions are flat out badly designed, and building your mech can be difficult to determine what exactly you need. That being said, the lore is fantastic. Flying a giant mech around and swinging your laser sword or firing a giant gatling gun is really satisfying. Going toe to toe against the computer mechs is really exhilarating and I think could translate well into a multiplayer arena.

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  3. Comment on Texas Rep. Hurd, lone black Republican in House, won’t seek reelection in ~news

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    One part of this that I think is important is that Rep. Hurd was the last GOP Congressmen that actually had a district along the border with Mexico, and he opposed Trump's wall. Only One House...

    One part of this that I think is important is that Rep. Hurd was the last GOP Congressmen that actually had a district along the border with Mexico, and he opposed Trump's wall.

    It just seems so hypocritical to me that the GOP is going all in on Trump's wall, but not a single damn one of them even represents constituents along the border.

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  4. Comment on Democratic Debate #2 Thread (Night 2) in ~news

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    Right. Andrew Yang's website does not make any mention of this and certainly does not explain what, if any, kinds of goods or services would be exempt from his proposed VAT. The second paragraph...

    The entire EU uses VAT, and they make plenty of exceptions to the rates depending on the services and products.

    Right.

    Andrew Yang's website does not make any mention of this and certainly does not explain what, if any, kinds of goods or services would be exempt from his proposed VAT.

    I found Investopedia's breakdown of how VATs operate to be interesting as well.

    The second paragraph of that page says this:

    Critics charge that a VAT is essentially a regressive tax that places an increased economic strain on lower-income taxpayers, and also adds bureaucratic burdens for businesses."

    And they have a whole section on how a VAT specifically harms lower income consumers:

    Con: Higher Prices—Especially for Low-Income Consumers

    Critics also note that consumers typically wind up paying higher prices with a VAT. While the VAT theoretically spreads the tax burden on the added value of a good as it moves through the supply chain, from raw material to final product, in practice the increased costs are typically passed along to the consumer.

    Even so, better-off consumers could ultimately benefit if a VAT replaced the income tax: As with other flat taxes, a VAT's impact would be felt less by the wealthy and shouldered more heavily by the poor, who spend a larger percentage of their take-home pay on necessities. In short, lower-income consumers would pay a much higher proportion of their earnings in taxes with a VAT system, critics, including the Tax Policy Center, charge. That could be mitigated to some extent if the government excluded certain necessary household goods or foodstuffs from the VAT, or provided rebates or credits to low-income citizens to offset the tax's effects.

    Back to your comment.

    I also like some of the possibilities for refund structures.

    This is irrelevant as the article in your link is not anywhere near what Yang is proposing, the first paragraph suggests a 40% VAT. You keep saying that I am debating a strawman when I am looking at his actual policy proposal on his website. As this is his literal signature item, I think it should be fair to judge this program on how he explains it.

    I like how you make it sound like the plan is intended to obliterate all other forms of welfare overnight, really helps your straw man.

    I saw that because his website makes it clear that gutting social welfare programs is a primary means of funding the Freedom Dividend other than VAT. It is literally listed as the first item on his website on how the program would be funded.

    How would we pay for the Freedom Dividend?

    1. Current spending. We currently spend between $500 and $600 billion a year on welfare programs, food stamps, disability and the like. This reduces the cost of the Freedom Dividend because people already receiving benefits would have a choice but would be ineligible to receive the full $1,000 in addition to current benefits.

    https://www.yang2020.com/what-is-freedom-dividend-faq/

    I gotta say it is incredibly frustrating that you accused me of not reading his website and judging Yang's proposal on a strawman, then when I refer to his website, you ignore that and bring up a bunch of other links and examples that have nothing to do with what Yang has proposed.

  5. Comment on FBI document warns conspiracy theories are a new domestic terrorism threat in ~misc

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    I would say a pretty good amount, and likely far more than they have allocated to fighting white supremacy. Standing Rock: DoJ steps up aggression against those still battling the pipeline -...
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  6. Comment on FBI document warns conspiracy theories are a new domestic terrorism threat in ~misc

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    Im just gonna drop this here to back you up and in case anyone wants some sources and examples. FBI warned of white supremacists in law enforcement 10 years ago. Has anything changed? In the US,...

    and in spite of the fact that white supremacist infiltration of police departments and the government has been a well known issue for over a decade now and has had several major reports done on it by three letter agencies.

    Im just gonna drop this here to back you up and in case anyone wants some sources and examples.

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  7. Comment on Democratic Debate #2 Thread (Night 2) in ~news

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    It seemed pretty clear to me that the argument you were making is that UBI is proven and broadly popular as a whole, not just in the one example of Alaska. I do think bringing up Alaska is in no...

    It seemed pretty clear to me that the argument you were making is that UBI is proven and broadly popular as a whole, not just in the one example of Alaska.

    The numbers are all there to prove it works, has beneficial effects over the long term raising outcomes for everyone, and is universally popular.

    I do think bringing up Alaska is in no way comparable to UBI and more of a distraction than anything.

    Alaska pays out just over $1000 to its residents through the program, annually. Its obviously not a universal basic income or anywhere close to it.

    Not to mention, that the Alaska program is a mess. The state is no longer ranking in oil dollars and is facing a hole in the state's budget after it eliminated the state's income tax. The state has reduced its payouts through program and is dipping into the fund pay for government operating expenses.

    http://inthesetimes.com/article/21544/alaska-universal-basic-income-dividend-taxes-permanent-fund

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  8. Comment on 1917 - Official Trailer in ~movies

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    Man, the tension is dripping in that trailer. This is a stellar cast for a WWI period piece and Sam Mendes has a solid track record as director. I will definitely give this my attention.

    Man, the tension is dripping in that trailer.

    This is a stellar cast for a WWI period piece and Sam Mendes has a solid track record as director.

    I will definitely give this my attention.

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  9. Comment on Democratic Debate #2 Thread (Night 2) in ~news

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    Yeah thats not true. A majority of Americans oppose UBI of $1000 / month. https://thehill.com/hilltv/what-americas-thinking/435278-poll-most-voters-oppose-a-universal-basic-income-programs

    and is universally popular.

    Yeah thats not true. A majority of Americans oppose UBI of $1000 / month.

    A new poll shows that most Americans aren't fully onboard with the idea of a universal basic income for all adults.

    A majority of registered voters, 57 percent, contacted by the Hill-HarrisX poll said that they were opposed to the idea of giving Americans $1,000 per month. Forty-three percent supported it. That number was similar to a 2018 Gallup poll which found that proposals to provide universal basic incomes (UBI) were supported by 48 percent of the adults who were surveyed.

    https://thehill.com/hilltv/what-americas-thinking/435278-poll-most-voters-oppose-a-universal-basic-income-programs

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  10. Comment on Democratic Debate #2 Thread (Night 2) in ~news

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    The first thing that Andrew Yang's own website on UBI says it that it is paid for by a 10% VAT tax and that current recipients of various welfare programs would have to give that up to receive...

    The first thing that Andrew Yang's own website on UBI says it that it is paid for by a 10% VAT tax and that current recipients of various welfare programs would have to give that up to receive UBI.

    It would be easier than you might think. Andrew proposes funding the Freedom Dividend by consolidating some welfare programs and implementing a Value-Added Tax (VAT) of 10%. Current welfare and social program beneficiaries would be given a choice between their current benefits or $1,000 cash unconditionally – most would prefer cash with no restriction.

    A Value-Added Tax (VAT) is a tax on the production of goods or services a business produces. It is a fair tax and it makes it much harder for large corporations, who are experts at hiding profits and income, to avoid paying their fair share.

    https://www.yang2020.com/what-is-freedom-dividend-faq/

    In fact the top sources for where he says we will be getting funding for UBI on his own web page says it is from defunding our social welfare programs, some pie in the sky notion that UBI will save billions by reversing the effects of the need for emergency rooms / homelessness / incarceration, and VAT.

    The VAT itself will not be a flat tax, it will be tailored to avoid commodities as Yang has said in every interview about it. Most of his opponents are happy to focus on the VAT alone and pretend it's a flat VAT implementation. They attack a straw man and pretend their halfassed analysis is the real one.

    He says that exactly nowhere on his actual website. I am referring to his policy page on his website on UBI / Freedom Dividend linked above.

    In fact, he says he thinks rich people will pay more because of VAT and says again, the program is paid for by VAT.

    Why would you give the Freedom Dividend to the rich? By giving everyone the Freedom Dividend, the stigma for accepting cash transfers from the government disappears. Additionally, it removes the incentive for anyone to remain within certain income brackets to receive benefits. If it’s paid for by a Value-Added Tax as in Andrew’s plan, a wealthy person will likely pay more into the system than he or she gets out of it.

    When talking about inflation, again he talks about VAT.

    Wouldn’t that cause rampant inflation? It is likely that some companies will increase their prices in response to people having more buying power, and a VAT would also increase prices marginally. However, there will still be competition between firms that will keep prices in check. Over time, technology will continue to decrease the prices of most goods where it is allowed to do so (e.g., clothing, media, consumer electronics, etc.). The main inflation we currently experience is in sectors where automation has not been applied due to government regulation or inapplicability – primarily housing, education, and healthcare. The real issue isn’t the Freedom Dividend, it’s whether technology and automation will be allowed to reduce prices in different sectors.

    You would think if this program is designed to not target poor people or was not a flat tax tailored to avoid certain communities, he would say that somewhere on his website outlining the policy.

    So please tell me where I am "factually incorrect" if that is from his own website?

    Furthermore, as Yang has said, social security is not included, you get that with the Freedom Dividend, so it's a $1000/mo raise for everyone on social security right now.

    Great, but that only applies to the elderly that can qualify for social security. It also ignores the fact that it would take away or make people choose between UBI and food stamps, disability, housing assistance, and a full array of other social welfare and assistance programs.

    Yang's Freedom Dividend is actually a collection of several tax policies, including a carbon tax, financial transaction tax, and treating capital gains as ordinary income.

    That is mentioned very briefly and very vaguely as the last source for funding for the Freedom Dividend and is the least sourced of all the figures he provides. He just says that amount of money will "make up the remaining balance required to cover the cost of this program."

    Honestly, if the people analyzing his policies can't even get the basic elements of it that are posted on his website correct

    Hmm.

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  11. Comment on Democratic Debate #2 Thread (Night 2) in ~news

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    Yang's UBI is not a progressive policy. It is paid for by increasing sales tax and an elimination of other social welfare programs....

    Yang's UBI is not a progressive policy. It is paid for by increasing sales tax and an elimination of other social welfare programs.

    And Yang proposes to pay for UBI by implementing a value-added tax, or VAT, of 10% on goods and services a company produces. “Because our economy is so vast, this would generate between $700 and $800 billion in revenue,” he said on Reddit in 2018. Indeed, Eric Toder of the Washington, D.C.-based Tax Policy Center told CNBC Make It in 2018 that such a VAT in the United States could raise anywhere from $500 billion to $1 trillion, depending on how broadly the tax is applied.

    https://www.cnbc.com/2019/06/27/free-cash-handouts-what-is-universal-basic-income-or-ubi.html

    Unlike existing welfare programs that are bound by means testing and tax status, and restricted in use, UBI could offer Americans of all income levels cash assistance. “Our welfare programs are designed to be difficult. They’re not designed for the recipients top of mind,” Yang said in an interview with Mother Jones. “The truth is we just need to get more money into people’s hands and that’s what will improve people’s lives.”

    But to receive UBI, citizens would have to choose between the $1,000 or any existing welfare benefits—potentially including Social Security, disability insurance, food stamps, and housing assistance. And it’s unclear whether Yang’s UBI would be worth that trade-off for many low-income families, instead leaving the program as a boost to middle- and upper-income people. Yang’s press secretary, Madalin Sammons, could not provide a “full list of programs…but health care is definitely not considered part of someone’s current benefits when talking about the Freedom Dividend.”

    https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2019/04/what-andrew-yangs-universal-basic-income-would-actually-look-like/

    As it stands, Yang's version of UBI would just be putting money in the hands of the middle class and wealthy elites, at the expense of the poor.

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  12. Comment on Democratic Debate #2 Thread (Night 1) in ~news

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    to tag someone you just need to put an @ sign in front of their username when you type it out like this @oxidadoguillermez

    to tag someone you just need to put an @ sign in front of their username when you type it out

    like this @oxidadoguillermez

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  13. Comment on The Irishman - Official Teaser in ~movies

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    Martin Scorsese directing a mob movie starring Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, and Joe Pesci sounds amazing to me. I am not very familiar with the story of Jimmy Hoffa other than he was a labor union...

    Martin Scorsese directing a mob movie starring Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, and Joe Pesci sounds amazing to me.

    I am not very familiar with the story of Jimmy Hoffa other than he was a labor union leader with alleged mob ties that disappeared back in the day. This seems like a great story for this team to take on.

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  14. Comment on Should political parties really let anyone run for president? in ~misc

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    I have not seen any convincing argument that the DNC tipped the scales in any way towards Hillary in 2016. All I have seen is that there were a few emails of DNC staffers expressing frustration...

    Consider the flip side, though. When the party puts its fingers on the scales as it did in 2016, you end up with other problems with electability.

    I have not seen any convincing argument that the DNC tipped the scales in any way towards Hillary in 2016. All I have seen is that there were a few emails of DNC staffers expressing frustration that Bernie continued to campaign and bash Hillary long after he had mathematically lost the nomination. I think they had every right to be frustrated, and I certainly was too. It doesn't show that they did anything to actually harm Bernie's campaign. He lost by millions of votes to Hillary.

    I think it is also very important to keep in mind that those emails were leaked after Russians hacked the DNC servers and released them in coordination with Wikileaks directly in advance of the Democratic convention to spur these exact conspiracy theories and sow discord in the party.

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