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What is the scariest, most terrifying thing that actually exists? by SkeletronDOTA in AskReddit

[–]Yosarian2 4 points5 points  (0 children)

There's a ton of things like that. Things that are poisonous unless cooked or prepared in exactly the right way, and yet ancient humans figured it out, probably through terrible trial and error.

I think the answer is that ancient tribal humans were very close to starvation quite often, and when they were people were willing to try anything, and the ones that didn't die passed it on.

Democrats, Make a Deal With Trump to Protect Dreamers by Kanusfoot in neoliberal

[–]Yosarian2 2 points3 points  (0 children)

The Democrats aren't going to agree to a border wall, but probably will have to agree to increased border security.

That's fine. They don't have a great bargaining position here; they're threatening to shut down the government over this, which is ballsy and risky, but they don't want to actually l do it.

If they can make a deal that keeps the Dreamers safe for a while, that's fine for now, IMHO. Of course that's going to be harder after Trump threw a fit.

Libertarian Police Department: functioning as well as you would expect. by smilesforall in neoliberal

[–]Yosarian2 -1 points0 points  (0 children)

It's exactly the same, except halfway through the cop drops some communists from a helicopter for no good reason.

Bannon Is Subpoenaed in Mueller’s Russia Investigation by matt123macdoug in news

[–]Yosarian2 3 points4 points  (0 children)

I mean, it simply is a fact that the Republican party in power (talking specifically about the politicians here) no longer even try to make a real argument for why their policies will work, or how they will work, and in fact promise two contradictory things at once. When they passed the tax cut, the same people were saying "look, it doesn't increase the deficit that much" and "we will extend the middle class tax cut in a few years" at the same time, even though it is impossible for both of those things to be true.

There are logical arguments and rational cases that can be made for some conservative policies. But the Republican party, as a party, has gone beyond that, and descended into a series of almost totally indefensible transparently false statements. See the recent health care debate, for example; they almost constantly promised one thing while doing the exact opposite, and never really made a coherent argument for how their plan to get rid of the ACA would or even could work.

i wish there was a reasonable Republican party willing to make an intelligent argument for, say, a smaller government, or less regulation, or something. There are valid arguments one can make on all of those points, and someone should be making them. But there just isn't, and there hasn't been for a long time now.

I get that you don't want to hear that, and you want to claim that everyone who thinks the Republican party policy discussion has become fundamentally dishonest and broken is just attacking the other or being partisan, but it's not. It's deeper than that, now. Something has gone seriously, seriously wrong with one of our political parties, it's become so that they adopt anti-rational gibberish that they can't even pretend makes sense.

Frankly I thought that was obvious even before Trump, but I honestly don't see how anyone can deny that something is really, really wrong with the Republican party now.

TIL the US Navy replaced expensive and clunky periscope controls on submarines with Xbox 360 controllers, which reduced training time from hours to minutes by Konkey_Dong_Country in todayilearned

[–]Yosarian2 4 points5 points  (0 children)

And in reality, it's more than that. That $700 billion doesn't include stuff like:

-Nuclear weapons (Department of Energy, different budget)

-CIA and intelligence funding, which includes drone strikes

-Coast guard

-A lot of stuff in the Dept of Homeland Security that some would consider "military spending"

-The VA (Veteren's benifits)

-Anything paid for by the state department, which includes some pretty impressive security forces around diplomatic embassies in foreign countries, and which in some cases have done what most would consider combat missions (in Iraq for example)

And a number of other expenses. If you want to really include everything that most people would consider military spending, it probably is around a trillion dollars.

BANNON SUBPOENAED - YOU KNOW WHAT TIME IT IS by ow-pointy in neoliberal

[–]Yosarian2 80 points81 points  (0 children)

The more of these crooks end up in prison the better for the US.

Either Bannon is going to lie for Trump, in which case he'll go to jail, or he'll tell the truth and someone else in Trump's inner circle probably goes down. I call that a win-win.

Poll: Republicans' satisfaction with nation's direction highest in decade by Grehjin in neoliberal

[–]Yosarian2 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Overall tax rates in Europe are much higher than in the US. In Germany, for example, taxes capture more than 40% of GDP; in the US it's only about 24%. And that includes federal, state, and local taxes.

Overall the US already had the lowest tax rate of any developed country before the latest round of tax cuts.

Presidents Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by ladyjaws in MarchAgainstTrump

[–]Yosarian2 13 points14 points  (0 children)

I think it's pretty clear that what the phrase means is something along the lines of "I do not consider his election truly legitimate, between the Russian interference, the voter suppression, and the fact that he lost the popular vote. In addition, because of his behavior since then, I do not feel he should get the level of respect that the President is usually entitled to. Therefore, I will not give that respect to him, and I do not consider him the legitimate president in any but the most technical sense."

"This is not Fox." Joy Reid shuts down Trump adviser who implies Clintons killed someone by anutensil in democrats

[–]Yosarian2 0 points1 point  (0 children)

They usually ask them hard questions, but then they let them talk. It's not a bad way to do things. (Also, they often get Republican congressmen or Republican writers on, but usually not these Trump representative talking heads who just babble nonsense.)

Walmart Officials Plan To Cut Thousands Of Jobs Through Store Closures, Automation - Walmart credited the tax plan for its recent bonuses and pay increases, while at the same time quietly planning to eliminate stores and create facilities that have no cashiers. by mvea in Futurology

[–]Yosarian2 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I mean, obviously people who move to the US are generally going to want to come from poor countries. That's always been true; every major group of immigrants have come from parts of the world that at the time were quite poor.

But that has basically nothing to do with how good or bad immigrants from those countries are. I currently work with two people from Nigeria; both of them have PHD's and are quite brilliant. People like Trump worrying about race of immigrants is only going to harm our country's economy by keeping the best people from coming here.

Chernobyl's transformation into a massive solar plant is almost complete - “The new solar plant covers some 16,000 square metres (3.95 acres) and is fitted with 3,800 photovoltaic panels to convert sunlight into electricity.” by mvea in Futurology

[–]Yosarian2 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Coal pollution kills a hell of a lot more people then nuclear accidents do every year, not to mention coal mining accidents and so on. There are also pretty large areas that have become toxic and uninhabitable because of coal mining.

Walmart Officials Plan To Cut Thousands Of Jobs Through Store Closures, Automation - Walmart credited the tax plan for its recent bonuses and pay increases, while at the same time quietly planning to eliminate stores and create facilities that have no cashiers. by mvea in Futurology

[–]Yosarian2 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I know a lot of people who support basic income, and all of them are hard workers who currently have pretty good jobs. Maybe that's just because of the people I hang out with, but claiming that "everyone who supports this idea is lazy and unemployed" is clearly entierly wrong, and in any case is a bad argument. All you're going to do with an argument like that is offend a lot of people without changing anyone's minds.

Imperial research suggests psilocybin can help relieve the symptoms of depression, without the 'dulling' of emotions linked with antidepressants. by mvea in Futurology

[–]Yosarian2 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Some anti-depressents have that effect on some people. Nobody really knows why, and we can't yet predict who will react in what way to what anti-depressents, which is frustrating. Some people have to try 3 or 4 before they find one that actually helps them while not causing emotional numbness or some other side efect.

Walmart Officials Plan To Cut Thousands Of Jobs Through Store Closures, Automation - Walmart credited the tax plan for its recent bonuses and pay increases, while at the same time quietly planning to eliminate stores and create facilities that have no cashiers. by mvea in Futurology

[–]Yosarian2 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Walmart's mistake is that they took a pay raise they had to do for obvious business reasons (the labor market is getting tighter, harder to find workers) and tried to politicize it and claim it had something to do with the tax cut. They did the same thing when they gave everyone a raise in 2016, except then they tried to politicize it to make Democrats happy and claimed that it had something to do with Obama's push for a higher minimum wage; now they're trying to make Republicans happy by claiming it has something to do with the tax cut. They just want to stay on good terms with whoever is currently in power.

Neither was true, it was just a business decision both times, and that's fine. But when you claim you're giving raises because of a tax cut, and then you contract your business and close stores at the same time, it's pretty obvious that you were being dishonest about your reasons, and that's going to cause a backlash.

If they had just been honest in the first place and not tried to politicize it they would have been fine.

Walmart Officials Plan To Cut Thousands Of Jobs Through Store Closures, Automation - Walmart credited the tax plan for its recent bonuses and pay increases, while at the same time quietly planning to eliminate stores and create facilities that have no cashiers. by mvea in Futurology

[–]Yosarian2 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I mean, Trump specifically said that he wanted people from "Norway" and not from African countries. He previously said that everyone in Haiti "has AIDS" and people from Africa "live in huts".

Having standards is not racist. Unfortunately, our president is using "standards" as an excuse to try and meet his racist, white-nationalist goals. Otherwise he would have no problem with highly educated immigrants coming from places like Africa, or with "Dreamers" who are college educated, or with refugees who have been working in the US for more then a decade and never caused any problems for anyone.

Walmart Officials Plan To Cut Thousands Of Jobs Through Store Closures, Automation - Walmart credited the tax plan for its recent bonuses and pay increases, while at the same time quietly planning to eliminate stores and create facilities that have no cashiers. by mvea in Futurology

[–]Yosarian2 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Jobs aren't "designed" for anyone or anything; they exist because there is some need for a person to do a task. Yeah, there was a time when a lot of those jobs were done by teenagers, but now Walmart is the biggest single employer in the economy, and as a lot of other catagoires of jobs have gone away those are what's left.

The job market is actually getting better now, which is why Walmart had to give a raise again (first they pushed wage up to $10 back in 2016, and now they're pushing it up to $11), otherwise they wouldn't get enough employees.

How can people sever entire legs and survive the blood loss, while other people bleed out from severing just one artery in their leg? by throwaway53862 in askscience

[–]Yosarian2 2 points3 points  (0 children)

You can use bandages all day, and patient will be dead.

Just in case there is confusion, applying pressure to a wound generally will slow down blood loss.

You probably know that, but I don't want anyone to read your post and think bandaging and applying pressure does nothing.

Pro-Trump Russian Bots caught botting by lordkickass17 in EnoughTrumpSpam

[–]Yosarian2 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Thank you, nice to see someone online who wants to be accurate

I agree with you that their headlines are pretty terrible clickbait things.

Pro-Trump Russian Bots caught botting by lordkickass17 in EnoughTrumpSpam

[–]Yosarian2 15 points16 points  (0 children)

If you go back and read the actual press release those articles are quoting, they talk about "pushing back on social media" in a vague way but never actually say they're going to hire shills.

As far as I can tell, it was a combination of a normal social media advertising campaign (trying to create content they hope will go viral, ect) and helping co-ordinate Hillary activists that were already online. Similar to what Bernie's social media campaign was already doing, although they were never as good at it.

But I haven't seen any evidence that any campaign in the US actually hired internet shills or paid people to make comments. The Russians did, and that was fairly easy to prove; several journalists got interviews with them. If anyone in the US did in any significant numbers I'd expect them to be easy to find.

You said you have evidence of CTR "spamming facebook and twitter, do you have a source for that?

Pro-Trump Russian Bots caught botting by lordkickass17 in EnoughTrumpSpam

[–]Yosarian2 16 points17 points  (0 children)

and they coordinated with Correct the Record to spam reddit with propaganda.

Got to stop you there, because I don't think there's any evident that there was ever a co-ordinated attempt by anyone on the Hillary campaign or whatever to "spam reddit". All those claims about "hill shills" during the campaign have been pretty much discredited, and I haven't seen any evdiecne of anyone actually finding one in real life.

The rest of your post is fairly accurate, it's not a great news source and an earlier (much smaller) iteration of it was pro-Hillary during the primary, just wanted to disagree on that one point.

Me irl by ArttuHxD in me_irl

[–]Yosarian2 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Question: what word starts with "f" and ends with "uck"?

...

Answer: Firetruck!

This has been your dad joke for the day.

Jeff Flake isn’t just comparing Trump to Stalin. He’s comparing Republicans to Stalin’s enablers. by swiftious in politics

[–]Yosarian2 1 point2 points  (0 children)

He's been giving speeches and writing books, and that's good, but what has he been doing with his power as a Senator to stop Trumpism?

I don't expect him to vote against tax cuts on the rich or whatever; I get that Jeff Flake is still a Republican. But he could easily have opposed Trump's worst appointments, or pushed for amendments to spending bills to limit Trump's ability to abuse the Justice Department to go after political rivals or the media. There's only 51 Republicans in the Senate, if he wanted to take a stand on some of this stuff, he easily could. So far he really hasn't.

I'm glad he's saying this stuff, but if he's serious he needs to do more then just talk, and he needs to do it now.

Y Combinator Will Give You $1 Million to Try to Cure Aging by MichaelTen in longevity

[–]Yosarian2 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Oh, lol.

Etc in English is short for Et cetera.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Et_cetera

It means "and so on" or "and other similar things".

Trump Re-tweets Alt-Right Man Who Took 'Rape Melania' Sign to Rally by Boocius in politics

[–]Yosarian2 13 points14 points  (0 children)

They can't have that one. They can keep Pepe the frog, and Hindus trying to rehabilitate the swastika in the US are in for a uphill battle, but they can't have 👌. That's ours, dammit. US soldier in WWII used OK all the time.