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2 points · 6 hours ago · edited 6 hours ago

It seems you are misinterpreting a fundamental component of Reddit communication, on top of some misunderstandings of BM policies and practices. I'll stick to Reddit semantics, since I am not a burner just a lurker.

You are apparently replying to individual comments by writing entirely new comments, instead of clicking reply to each individual comment. So many of your comments, while asking pointed questions or making direct statements, are not displayed as subsequent parts in a conversation thread, and instead each stands disparate and alone, preventing the cohesive conversations you are trying to have.

Instead of writing a new comment at the top of the page, every time you have something to say inside this thread, click the reply button beneath a comment and type your response in that text field, not the leave a comment field that remains ever present at the top of the page. That way the users you are replying to will get notification that you have responded directly to them, and your comments will appear as indented continuations of an ongoing comment thread within the larger conversation you started here.

Have a great, safe burn! First time is an acceptable explanation for some of these faux pas you are committing. Just take the advice forthcoming graciously, and endeavor to do better next year.

Is there a version of this with a bit less jpg? I'm trying to read the identity of the guy in the back with a little halo over his head. Looks like 'Bey Pilot'?

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7 points · 1 day ago

Googled "IWW cartoons 'organize!' " and found a wonderful history article courtesy of the Oregon History Project

It seems to say Sky Pilot, but the person behind the anarchist I am unsure as to what theirs says. Craft workers?

15 points · 3 days ago

Had a similar outpouring of support in our EMS agency recently, when a young, single mom who has struggled with chronic health issues for many years had a string of personal emergencies arise.

Right away, everyone started asking our corporate executives how they could donate their accrued PTO to her so she could have time off with pay. The executives then took a few weeks to figure out how they could even process the request, as such a thing had never come up before.

Eventually, they deigned from on high to allow us the opportunity to donate our PTO to this struggling family. I think I may have lost some social capital when I looked on in shock as others donated their time, but chose not to myself.

Working class can help others in the working class, so long as our overlords manufacture a mechanism, and subsequently allow, for us to do so?

/facepalm

I continue to loudly call for higher wages and better benefits simply because they are deserved, and the executives are hoarding all the revenue. But my language goes right passed most of the other peasants I work with. As does talk of forming our own union. People prefer the devil they know to the devil they don't.

3 points · 7 days ago

How tall are you, how much do you weigh?

A 650 dual sport has been my go-to recommendation for a starter bike for years. I won't pretend a lack of bias, but the BMW 650GS was my first, and I have had two very good friends make the same purchase and we all loved it.

You won't outgrow a 650 quickly, and it will never want for power passing on the highway. But it isn't too much to handle right out of the gate. The F800 is costlier (to ride, and to drop) and heavier, and more powerful - that can be a recipe for a disaster for any new rider.

The PNW is the stomping ground of dual sport adventure bikes, probably just my preference speaking, but I feel like they are the most represented class of bikes here. We have mountain twisties and dirt tracks and forest service roads galore, so having a bike that can take you up some power line trail, through a creek crossing or two, down a forest service road for miles and miles to some dispersed camp site, then home comfortably and at speed on the interstate in the morning is a serious plaything.

Free pdf book how How to Ride big bore bikes off road written by my friend and mentor Mr. Best Rest. Download this on your phone, give it a read for some well worded basics, and maybe buy an outfit or two for your first big adventure.

A lot goes into picking a bike, but like adopting a pet, we often don't know which it is going to be until we are at the agency looking at the animals, and a particular one resonates with us.

The PNW being what it is - home of well financed adventure types whose wallet often exceeds their sense - you can often find a well priced, well farkled (outfitted,) well maintained ride that has been garage kept, kept (mostly) upright, and is already broken in, as they move on to the next bike or out of the sport ("I have a wife and kids now, ya know?")

ABS is more and more the industry standard, so a model year new enough to include that is a good priority to keep. Traction control likewise, but the newer of these safety features comes at a premium price tag still.

Your riding gear choice is probably the most important contributing factor when getting into the sport. That you can not skimp on. If your budget is $2000, expect to spend more than half on gear and getting yourself a $500 lemon that you will replace (or leave to rot in some misbegotten corner of the world) in the first year. Gear makes ALL. THE. DIFFERENCE.

I'm sort of picking and choosing through your comment, so spit balling here. Is it windy in the mountain passes? Uh, duh and/or hellooooo? :D The taller riding posture, and wind screen, and panniers/top cases typical of a dual sport means you're going to catch a lot of wind, rain, and sleet riding - especially at altitude.

I know adv bikes aren't able to generally go on dirt bike-style roads,

I would only partially agree. Sure the 650's 750's 800's 1200's are too wide, tall, or heavy to really warrant single track stuff. But in all honesty, under some world class competent dirt enthusiast anything is possible. My 650 was more capable of those things than I was, and so we didn't do it together. But if you have years of experience on a 250, I imagine you could get some pretty impressive stuff accomplished on a single track on a big bore bike.

All in all, the 650 dual sports are amazing commuters. Good fuel economy, comfortable to ride, luggage space to spare.

As for tires, a lot of adv riders commute daily, and will get a 60/40 or 40/60 tire, like the TKC80 or Heidenau Scout or Kenda Big Block. Your mileage will vary. I love the TKC80, tolerate a Scout, and did. not. like. at. all. The Kenda. But everyone's got their flavor. In any case, they will be okay at both dirt and street, but not perfect in either.

Okay, one last thing I have been putting off while spouting my $.02. My best friend died on June 22nd this year, riding his bike on 518E around Seatac. He had ridden his 650 BMW around the USA twice, all with his 10 lb. dog on the dash in a tankbag. But he got a new Yamaha FZ1 eight days before he died, which is what he was riding at the time. This sport in general, and in particular the jump from a middling dual sport to a ferocious sport bike, is never something to be taken lightly. He had over 50,000 miles in the saddle in five years, and was wearing a helmet, jacket, gloves, jeans, and sneakers at the time.

He would endorse that this sport is absolutely worth getting into. I have said for years, you can drive your whole life, but the first time you ride the highway on a motorcycle you have this epiphany of, "ohhhhhh, this is why we have roads." But your competence as a rider makes the difference between life and death. Always wear appropriate gear. Always keep your speed slow enough to stop with the visible space in front of you. Maximize your situational awareness at all times - drivers are trying to kill you. Do not ride intoxicated. Practice emergency stopping and swerving. Leave yourself contingency escapes, and a margin for (theirs, and your own) errors. Pull over and sleep if you have to. Hydrate. You will go down. The manner of how, when, where, why, and the outcome of those moments are entirely up to you.

Original Poster8 points · 15 days ago

Take your skills, whatever they might be, and turn them towards building a more just social order.

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3 points · 15 days ago

Build a decentralized, worked owned, non profit cooperative in a critical infrastructure.

Followed shortly by a retraction - could be just throwing someone under the bus after a strong reaction, or could be a legitimate xplanation. I would be unsurprised if he had some people with more extreme views than he personally holds on his campaign.

https://twitter.com/RonPaul/status/1013849398340710401

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35 points · 20 days ago

Earlier today a staff member inadvertently posted an offensive cartoon on my social media. I do not make my own social media posts and when I discovered the mistake it was immediately deleted. -Ron Paul

If you don't want to follow the Twitter link.

That's not a real policy, its an inscription on a statue.

The EO addressed family separation. But there are legal obstacles to detaining families together too. And there are also problems with not detaining anyone who shows up with children. The least of all evils is providing adequate facilities, processing and deporting them quickly, and removing opportunities and incentives to attempt illegal border crossings.

You guys are so mad about Trump you can't side with conservatives on basic stuff. Borders should be a no brainer. Just fund it.

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Borders should be a no brainer.

Couldn't have said it better myself. The social and political implementation of arbitrary borders activates next to none of the humans advanced critical thinking and emotional capacities, and instead relies on baser autonomic fight or flight reflexes that do not incorporate our distinct frontal cortex. Instead, they are the manifestation of a latent reflex - the spine starts telling the arms to swing, at the sensory stimulus of some imagined threat.

I think it is fair to say you and I are never going to see eye to eye on borders. The differences in our moral compass are likely irreconcilable. My thoughts on many things might seem positively alien, likewise yours seem positively paleolithic. I think that is going to make a big difference between your and my, and the historical record's, responses to the acute political nightmare that is the current American hegemony.

You make it seem so simple. Just enforce the border better. Borders are there for a reason. Borders are good for us. The only borders human need concern themselves with are those between land and sea, and between atmosphere and vacuum. Humanity is radidly approaching a social and political consensus on that, and is leaving antiquated moors behind.

Double down on our already over prioritized military industrial complex. Are you for real?

Expand our incarceral state - already the world's largest. Do you know the much of the rest of industrilaized world gets better outcomes from their prosecutorial and incarceral and penal systems taking a more human approach?

Look to Europe - the political, social, academic, professional, personal, and physical well being of individual European citizens is just years ahead of us. What do you think brings that about? They are happier, healthier, and more personally and collectively integrated than Americans.

You are mired in an inherited and myopic left versus right mentality. This is forwards versus backwards. America is sliding backwards - due to unabated, rampant, disintegrate and dismantle neo. conservatism. And it is nuts to think that a new axis of power, just like that historical axis of power, precipitating inside the not-so-United States will go unrecognized and unchallenged by internal and external body politics.

27 points · 1 month ago

For those like myself who did not understand what this is referring to exactly... I did a little research and compilation so you do not have to. These articles unapologetically stolen.

This Couple Scammed Amazon Out of $1.2 Million. Now They Have to Pay It Back published 10/2/2017

A couple from Muncie, Ind. swindled Amazon out of more than $1.2 million in electronics.

Erin Finan, 38, and Leah Finan, 37, used a classic scam—buying items and then reporting them missing or damaged. That’s how they scored the GoPro digital cameras, Microsoft Xboxes, Samsung watches, and Microsoft Surface tablets that they sold to accomplice Danijel Glumac, 28, who then sold the merchandise to an unnamed “New York entity,” according to authorities.

For Amazon, it’s often cheaper to replace items when these claims are filed than to investigate. But after using hundreds of fake online identities to grift the online retail giant, the husband and wife team face up to 20 years behind bars for fraud and money laundering.

Per their plea agreement, the couple waived their right to appeal the decision if they’re sentenced to fewer than seven years and three months in prison, and they must repay Amazon $1,218,504.

The Finans only made $725,000 off the scheme, according to authorities. Judge Tanya Watt Pratt set the sentencing for Nov. 9.

Recognize that these people are not being prosecuted because of the dollar amount value of the goods they appropriated.

'This Is a Huge Scandal:' Amazon Slammed for Destroying As-New and Returned Goods published 6/11/2018

Amazon is destroying “massive amounts” of as-new and returned items in Germany, according to a report from business weekly WirtschaftsWoche and news show Frontal 21.

The types of items being destroyed here go way beyond the “health and personal care” products that Amazon has long been destroying when people return them, for sanitary reasons. We’re talking things like washing machines, smartphones and furniture.

The revelation drew an angry response from the German government and environmental campaigners.

“This is a huge scandal,” Jochen Flasbarth from the German environment ministry told WirtschaftsWoche. “We are consuming these resources despite all the problems in the world. This approach is not in step with our times.” Greenpeace’s Kirsten Brodde said there was a need for a new “law on banning the waste and destruction of first-hand and usable goods.”

How much of a scandal is this, though?

Amazon Germany said in a statement that it is “committed to minimizing product waste” and has multiple programs in place to achieve this. Some returned items are resold through Amazon Warehouse, some are recycled, and some are donated to charity—through platforms such as Innatura and through food banks.

“Where products cannot be sold, resold or donated, we work with wholesale liquidators who buy these goods and re-sell them through other channels,” Amazon Germany said.

As the Germany e-commerce news website Wortfilter explained in a lengthy counter-argument to the weekend’s reports, manufacturers and vendors sometimes also ask Amazon to destroy goods on their behalf, for example because they have a common flaw and destruction is cheaper for them than taking back loads of faulty stock.

Ultimately, the question here is one of proportion. The WirtschaftsWoche report claims that some items were destroyed after being in Amazon’s warehouse for a mere day, and cites Amazon employees as saying they have “destroyed goods worth tens of thousands of euros on a daily basis.”

When Fortune asked Amazon Germany for information about how much inventory it destroys, and what destruction entails—how much material is recycled—the company did not provide an answer.

This is about controlling the narrative. Their prosecution is about setting the tone for those of us who would seek to resist the ongoing inhuman economic paradigm. If you seek to materially resist this system of subjugation and exploitation and ecological degradation, make no mistake will incarcerate you. We will subject you to an insurmountable, lifelong financial burden. I do not know about you all, but if you are like me, $1.2 million is more than I will make in a lifetime, in all likelihood. They did not even take enough goods in their scheme to match that amount.

If you needed clearer evidence of our two-tiered justice (read: "just us") system, though I suspect none of you did, look no further. If you are poor and take something from the rich, and are caught, your fine is more than you can ever hope to pay, and well in excess of what you actually took. If you are rich, and take something from the poor, and are caught, your fine is only a fraction of what you actually took, and you are not in any way subsequently precluded from just continuing on doing it into the future. Banks stole trillions of dollars worth of homes through foreclosure using forged documents, and when caught through the diligence of one persistent woman, were hit with a fine that was a small fraction of the value of what they stole. (To keep this comment from growing egregiously longer, I will link this citation.)

The prosecution of these people who surreptitiously took from Amazon is about sending a message to the rest of us. Thinking about finding loopholes and work-arounds that mitigate your personal suffering in this ongoing dystopia? Think again.

They did not even harm Amazon! Amazon's profits are still in the billions. Amazon still throws away in the garbage more than these people took. But because it was an attack on the status quo narrative, precisely because their actions found a crack in the facade of this global, terrible economic charade, they are being prosecuted to the fullest extent.

Amazon willfully and needlessly destroys tons of meaningful merchandise, vastly in excess of the dollar amount of the goods this couple absconded with, in lockstep adherence to the Chicago School/Harvard MBA business 101 methodology that states, it is better for business profits to destroy goods, than let the poor have them for free.

1 point · 1 month ago · edited 1 month ago

For those like myself who did not understand what this is referring to exactly... I did a little research and compilation so you do not have to. These articles unapologetically stolen.

This Couple Scammed Amazon Out of $1.2 Million. Now They Have to Pay It Back published 10/2/2017

A couple from Muncie, Ind. swindled Amazon out of more than $1.2 million in electronics.

Erin Finan, 38, and Leah Finan, 37, used a classic scam—buying items and then reporting them missing or damaged. That’s how they scored the GoPro digital cameras, Microsoft Xboxes, Samsung smartwatches, and Microsoft Surface tablets that they sold to accomplice Danijel Glumac, 28, who then sold the merchandise to an unnamed “New York entity,” according to authorities.

For Amazon, it’s often cheaper to replace items when these claims are filed than to investigate. But after using hundreds of fake online identities to grift the online retail giant, the husband and wife team face up to 20 years behind bars for fraud and money laundering.

Per their plea agreement, the couple waived their right to appeal the decision if they’re sentenced to fewer than seven years and three months in prison, and they must repay Amazon $1,218,504.

The Finans only made $725,000 off the scheme, according to authorities. Judge Tanya Watt Pratt set the sentencing for Nov. 9.

Recognize that these people are not being prosecuted because of the dollar amount value of the goods they appropriated.

'This Is a Huge Scandal:' Amazon Slammed for Destroying As-New and Returned Goods published 6/11/2018

Amazon is destroying “massive amounts” of as-new and returned items in Germany, according to a report from business weekly WirtschaftsWoche and news show Frontal 21.

The types of items being destroyed here go way beyond the “health and personal care” products that Amazon has long been destroying when people return them, for sanitary reasons. We’re talking things like washing machines, smartphones and furniture.

The revelation drew an angry response from the German government and environmental campaigners.

“This is a huge scandal,” Jochen Flasbarth from the German environment ministry told WirtschaftsWoche. “We are consuming these resources despite all the problems in the world. This approach is not in step with our times.” Greenpeace’s Kirsten Brodde said there was a need for a new “law on banning the waste and destruction of first-hand and usable goods.”

How much of a scandal is this, though?

Amazon Germany said in a statement that it is “committed to minimizing product waste” and has multiple programs in place to achieve this. Some returned items are resold through Amazon Warehouse, some are recycled, and some are donated to charity—through platforms such as Innatura and through food banks.

“Where products cannot be sold, resold or donated, we work with wholesale liquidators who buy these goods and re-sell them through other channels,” Amazon Germany said.

As the Germany e-commerce news website Wortfilter explained in a lengthy counter-argument to the weekend’s reports, manufacturers and vendors sometimes also ask Amazon to destroy goods on their behalf, for example because they have a common flaw and destruction is cheaper for them than taking back loads of faulty stock.

Ultimately, the question here is one of proportion. The WirtschaftsWoche report claims that some items were destroyed after being in Amazon’s warehouse for a mere day, and cites Amazon employees as saying they have “destroyed goods worth tens of thousands of euros on a daily basis.”

When Fortune asked Amazon Germany for information about how much inventory it destroys, and what destruction entails—how much material is recycled—the company did not provide an answer.

This is about controlling the narrative. Their prosecution is about setting the tone for those of us who would seek to resist the ongoing inhuman economic paradigm. If you seek to materially resist this system of subjugation and exploitation and ecological degradation, make no mistake will incarcerate you. We will subject you to an insurmountable, lifelong financial burden. I do not know about you all, but if you are like me, $1.2 million is more than I will make in a lifetime, in all likelihood. They did not even take enough goods in their scheme to match that amount.

If you needed clearer evidence of our two-tiered justice (read: "just us") system, though I suspect none of you did, look no further. If you are poor and take something from the rich, and are caught, your fine is more than you can ever hope to pay, and well in excess of what you actually took. If you are rich, and take something from the poor, and are caught, your fine is only a fraction of what you actually took, and you are not in any way subsequently precluded from just continuing on doing it into the future. Banks stole trillions of dollars worth of homes through foreclosure using forged documents, and when caught through the diligence of one persistent woman, were hit with a fine that was a small fraction of the value of what they stole. (To keep this comment from growing egregiously longer, I will link this citation.)

The prosecution of these people who surreptitiously took from Amazon is about sending a message to the rest of us. Thinking about finding loopholes and work-arounds that mitigate your personal suffering in this ongoing dystopia? Think again.

They did not even harm Amazon! Amazon's profits are still in the billions. Amazon still throws away in the garbage more than these people took. But because it was an attack on the status quo narrative, precisely because their actions found a crack in the facade of this global, terrible economic charade, they are being prosecuted to the fullest extent.

Amazon willfully and needlessly destroys tons of meaningful merchandise, vastly in excess of the dollar amount of the goods this couple absconded with, in lockstep adherence to the Chicago School/Harvard MBA business 101 methodology that states, it is better for business profits to destroy goods, than let the poor have them for free.

2 points · 1 month ago · edited 1 month ago

Amazing art work! The level of detail, and the colors, are striking.

Little touches I noticed-

Pizza boxes have electronic lettering.

Drivers ID badge indicates he is a T-95.

Speedometer shows 88 mph.

Mercedes hood ornament hanging from mirror.

Gun shots in windshield correspond to the gun shots in passenger seat.

NO PAST NO FUTURE written on glove box. Above the shotgun.

STOP WARS in Star Wars lettering on the backseat nuclear reactor. Nitro tank on the passenger side of the center console.

Two conduits of energy leave the backseat reactor. One to the McDonalds device, one to the driver itself.

Holographic hula girl on dashboard.

Support Robot Rights "bumper sticker" on back window.

The cigarette carton on the passenger seat says CANCER STIC(K) 100% organic, next to the chemical burgers, and one of the cans says Drugs in Coke font, the other has the transgender male with a stroke sign, and FAKE chips.

The clock is counting backwards, perhaps because it is driving at 88 mph? Even still, GPS says WARNING SPEED INSUFFICIENT TO REACH TARGET.

"Say NO to drones," and "Hall[sic] 9000 Hasselhoff '88" political campaign stickers on dashboard.

The stick shift appears to have only four gears - and no reverse.

6 points · 1 month ago · edited 1 month ago

These behemoth space stations are some of the best things to find in a playthrough!

They offer a variety of services, provided you can activate the station.

As others stated, you have to activate each of several generators on the station, within a very limited timeframe.

My recommendation to do that is to fly a full circuit of the station, so that you identify every generator on your HUD. They do not need to be completed in any particular order, and the process can be started from any point. So try to identify the most efficient, fastest flight plan in your head before you start the sequence, making note of how many there are, what levels they are on, what orientations and attitudes of your craft will make for fastest navigation, thereby giving yourself the best chance for success.

Once you have activated a station, you will see G&B craft jumping into and out of the system. These are prime candidates for piracy -- however the stations have several automated defense turrets situated at various locations around them. So you will be under immediate heavy fire if you antagonize the other ships. And you will not be allowed to avail yourself of the stations facilities, so I would only do that after making my own purchases.

The station facilities will often include a repair bay, that repairs hull for free by flying through it.

They also have a resource converter that enables you to make minor adjustments to your resource quantities if you are a little short on one thing and have a surplus of a corresponding resource.

Their biggest perk however is they also have a selection of very powerful upgrades, of which you can select only one per run station, if you are lucky enough to see multiple stations in a single playthrough. Some of which are in effect for 10 minutes, and some are for the rest of the run. Generally I always opt for the ones that last a whole run, like no more need for access keys, or unlimited sensor range. They are game changers.

The refineries are pretty rare, so always go out of your way to activate them. They can significantly increase your capabilities.

Okay, now explain the title of the thread

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The Rick and Morty quote was especially apropos, because the player in blue who executed the dick move is playing for the team called Blue Jay's.

6 points · 2 months ago · edited 2 months ago

You're gonna die, you're gonna die a lot, so get over that now. The game is a thousand times more journey then story, so just enjoy the game play and don't worry about it. Also, explore. There are things everywhere even on little random ugly asteroids.

As for upgrades, they do not change the look of your ship. But you can buy new ships to change up your look and abilities.

Edit: My apologies there does seem to be some ship changes when upgrading. I just must never have notice.

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2 points · 2 months ago

Upgrades do change the look of your ship, at least in my Steam linked PC version...

Not all upgrades, mind you. But some say "includes cosmetic upgrade," as well.

Good advice though. You are going to die a lot, and it is such a beautiful game it is fun to explore far and wide. Just be mindful of the approaching enwmy armada that jumps into the system after several minutes. Don't stick around too long, and prioritize your exploration/conquests so that you get the most out of each system before you are forced to jump out.

61 points · 2 months ago

I appreciate the sentiment, as the image depicts what appears to be a medical malpractice shakedown - get us cash or you won't be brought to the hospital, so to speak...except that is probably not the United States?

I am thinking United Kingdom, based on the EMS uniform, the gurney make, and the appearance of the bank storefront.

20 points · 2 months ago

I feel like seeing Black Panther and Infinity War are prerequisites for understanding this meme.

I want to get it, but do not have the necessary context. But I also do not want to seek out spoilers, just to better understand some meme.

In any case, it seems like this Vulture and Killmonger are my kind of people.

Guess I will be pirating these later!

26 points · 2 months ago · edited 2 months ago

As an American educated, native English speaking, licensed and board certified medical doctor I think any country in the English speaking world, and many countries outside of it, would welcome you as an immigrant.

Debt collections can not pursue you across international borders. Take your medical skills to a nation more enlightened, default on every one of your American student loans, establish a practice, and provide free/low cost/sliding scale treatment to American refugees in your adopted home a few months/years/decades from now.

Learn a new language right now. Out of all the commentary in my post, may that be the most substantive component. It is exceedingly unlikely that you sever all ties and expatriate. But learn even a modicum of Spanish, French, Arabic, or Chinese, and you seriously open your potential for practicing within other communities in America, and around the world.

The debt peonage to which you subscribed as a youth, and are now coming to terms with as a fledged adult, is wholly illegitimate - both in authority, and scope.

$500,000 for an education predicated on service of others is not a real thing. That price is not tied to reality in any sense. It's not a real thing. Livers. Cancer. Pathophysiology. Organic chemistry. Lungs. Renal failure. Ketogenic acidosis. Nephrons. People. Medicine. Those are real.

Students owing illegitimate sums of illegitimate money to illegitimate societal overlords is. not. real.

The fulfillment of education is a foundational human right. No number of medical graduates per annum is sufficient to obfuscate the reality that America is sliding backwards.

They are not going to forgive student debt. At least, to me it seems very unlikely. Students who have paid, or are paying off their debts are paradoxically some of the loudest opponents to ending the student debt peonage system and implementing a debt jubilee. So to answer your question, is it likely they will forgive the debt, I would say no. I say it is high time to seek out brighter futures where they are.

Or, ya know, do what many of your cohort will do... set up a boutique retail healthcare operation in some exclusice luxury community on the American west coast, and provide the highest quality/lowest accessibility care available to humanity in 2018 at outrageous prices, so that you can afford your loan payments and a gaudy lifestyle.

Either/or.

Theres a phone just chillin on the rock there, charging...

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I believe that is a solar charged battery pack that is currently employed charging the phone capturing the video.

4 points · 2 months ago · edited 2 months ago

Where does the money we already have come from?

By what mechanisms is money created, before it is circulated?

What does money try to quantify?

Ask yourself these questions, as a method to better inform your attempt to understand UBI at the policy level.

Money is not created democratically, today. Money is not circulated democratically, today. Money itself as a policy derived technological implement to universalize the transmission of goods and services through exchange has existed since time immemorial when society did not even strive to be equitable, to be democratic, or to fulfill human needs for freedom.

The inhumane, unequal, and egocentric social moors of those bygone eras imparted indelible influence on the conceptualization of what exactly is money, and what it should be used for, even to the present day.

UBI is a policy effort at the democratization, and decentralization, of a useful, but structurally undemocratic, and monolithically centralized social exchange tool. Money as a social contract effector did liberate some, and did equip some with more freedom. But vast swaths of the overwhelming super majority of people have been missed, for generations, by the grace of money to liberate people from poverty.

Everyone now agrees that everyone's life should be in their own hands. Generally speaking, we all agree that a democratic, decentralized system would be best at enabling everyone to fulfill their needs. The question becomes how do we accomplish that, right? How do we achieve that end - the emancipation of all people, the democratic and decentralized liberation of all - with a centralized, undemocratic liquidity tool?

It's 2018, and we have to reimagine money from the ground up.

We all learn in history class about those times and places where societal structures failed to meet that need, often horrifically so. The characteristics of money itself reflect the human history of inequality, servitude, slavery, violence, and hegemony.

UBI, as a dramatic re-imagining of something society is predicated on, will be an opportunity for us to dismantle systems of oppression that have stood for generations, and used our economic moors and monetary fiat system to do so.

More simply put, and in American-centric terms (assuming they are the most familiar to you,) asking "how will you pay the X$ USD to enact a UBI of Y$/month for Z people" is like some 18th century British person asking "where are you going to get the pounds sterling to start the American dollar?" That would be a failure of imagination on their part, and likewise, yours.

More to the point - instead of incredulously asking others how it would be financed, ask yourself the more substantive question - what will you do with your life if and when (big if, society seems like it's heading toward less freedom, not more,) if you are suddenly rendered much freer than you are now?

Original Poster161 points · 3 months ago

You don’t even imagine how much criticism about SpaceX we saw on government-owned TV channels 2 month ago when Falcon Heavy was launched. Russia is extremely proud about it’s space program although there is not much to be proud of

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93 points · 3 months ago

Interesting summation.

Over its sixty-year history, this primarily classified military program was responsible for a number of pioneering accomplishments in space flight, including the first intercontinental ballistic missile (R-7), first satellite (Sputnik 1), first animal in Earth orbit (the dog Laika on Sputnik 2), first human in space and Earth orbit (cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin on Vostok 1), first woman in space and Earth orbit (cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova on Vostok 6), first spacewalk (cosmonaut Alexey Leonov on Voskhod 2), first Moon impact (Luna 2), first image of the far side of the moon (Luna 3) and unmanned lunar soft landing (Luna 9), first space rover (Lunokhod 1), first sample of lunar soil automatically extracted and brought to Earth (Luna 16), and first space station (Salyut 1). Further notable records included the first interplanetary probes: Venera 1 and Mars 1 to fly by Venus and Mars, respectively, Venera 3 and Mars 2 to impact the respective planet surface, and Venera 7 and Mars 3 to make soft landings on these planets.

They have a significant number of world firsts. Most of the ten longest space flights go to Russia/USSR. The top three personal records for time in space go to Russian cosmonauts. Earliest born human to reach orbit was Russian. The youngest human to reach orbit was Russian. Record for most spacewalks lifetime for a male. Most spacewalks in a single mission record holder is Russian.

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Moreover, space travel should be about cooperation, not competition. The provincial, nationalistic attitudes of "we beat you!" directly inhibit the exploratory and cooperative spirit required of the very taxing, and difficult, and risky work.

Russians has a lot to be proud of, insofar as their space program is concerned. But Earth can do more together than any single nation can do working alone. Space has been continuously occupied for over 17 years, due to international cooperation. We should all share in the pride of having gone so far in such a short amount of time.

The Duniter folk have been doing a lot of community building and their UBI is at 5-10 EUR/day from what I can see. :3

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Can you elaborate on who/what that is? Just signed up for Manna.

27 points · 3 months ago

I can understand the frustration of having difficult things go outside of plan, but you should know those first shots are incredible.

The first one makes it well worth it, in my opinion. You should be proud to show even just that one. And there's always next time! Keep at it.

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14 points · 3 months ago

I couldn't find any news article that adequately explained why the police officer was traveling at a high rate of speed. They mostly just said the officer was taking the suspect to jail after arresting him for public intoxication.

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24 points · 3 months ago

/u/stanthebat was saying "clearly not wreckless driving," as in "this driving includes a wreck."

Reckless does not equal wreck-less. /u/stanthebat was not saying "clearly not reckless."

I think it was a play-on-words accentuating the spelling mistake in the submission title.

5 points · 3 months ago

Likewise, I missed this my first visit. Probably due to the unfriendly welcome of the locals.

The crystal pylon channeling power to the surface is destructible, for a huge source of viridian energy. But if your equipped weapons are too weak to do so in a timely manner, trick the locals into some friendly fire! You can pretty easily get them to shoot it until it is destroyed, by hiding behind it and peaking out to draw their fire.

The trouble is in all likelihood the crystal's destruction is going to hail a few Corvettes. Tough to escape after you get the viridian energy - which persists after deaths so at least there's that.

Later runs, where you have armor and weapons to mount an effective defense, you can use the home world to learn hard-to-find blueprints that can only be found from Corvettes.

32 points · 3 months ago

What?? The G650GS is so pretty. 2011 model year? I like the red (though I had the white.) Got lots of looks and compliments everywhere I went.

G650 to a KLR? May I ask what happened? Don't get me wrong, KLR is a beauty and workhorse but a bit of a downgrade in my eyes, still.

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5 points · 3 months ago

Repossession! Bought it financed in Aug 2011, then went through loss of work and income in Feb 2013, so BMW hired a towing company to break into our parking garage before dawn one day and snatch it.

Became a public transit bus commuter for several years, till my boss at a dual sport shop where I worked part time went out of his way to gift me the KLR.

Sure parts and service are cheaper, but that was more of a side effect of, than a reason for my switch.

Had the KLR till someone stole it last year from outside my building.

Back to bus these days!

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