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Just keep jacking up rent, then you’ll be “producing” even more.

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It really wasn’t. Of course it’s always had a premium over home cooking, but the premium has exploded over the last few years.

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A refugee camp isn’t much of a home.

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Maybe you’re right, the world tries to negotiate with israel all the time to no avail.

Day After UN School Attack, IDF Brags About Striking Another Refugee Camp School (truthout.org)

Israel Defense Forces (IDF) bombed a UN school-turned-evacuation center in Al-Shati refugee camp, near Gaza City, as they carried out an intense series of bombardments on Friday. Palestinian officials have reported that three Palestinians were killed and 15 were injured....

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There was the uncommitted movement for the democratic primaries, but democrats screamed and shat their pants in anger over people daring to challenge party unity. Reminder that these uncommitted votes were just to send the message that biden should stop supporting genocide which should really be a no-brainer and even then democrats threw a fit. The political parties have their primary processes clamped down and completely controlled. If trump threatened the moneyed interests at all, he would’ve been shut down during the party primaries like Bernie was.

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“jUsT vOtE” wasn’t the solution. It required the opposition parties to work on getting those votes. If the democrats in the US wanted to learn a lesson, it’d be that they shouldn’t just lean on “sure we suck ass but trump is worse!!”

This excerpt is key:

First, voters punished Modi for putting his Hindu nationalist agenda ahead of fixing India’s unequal economy. Second, Indian voters had some real concerns about the decline of liberal democracy under BJP rule. Third, the opposition parties waged a smart campaign that took advantage of Modi’s vulnerabilities on the economy and democracy.

Note the first point hitting on the economy. Democrats have gone with “actually everything is great and you not being able to afford things is just your feelings”.

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That’s what happens with complacency. There’s still a lot of work that needs to be done to dismantle the fascist machine, but it requires sustained full commitment and effort from the opposition. Think about how bad things were with george w bush. Democrats were able to seize that opportunity to get in and do some good things, but they were mostly fine with the status quo and this is what gave us trump.

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We’re in full agreement here and that was my point when I argued against the “just vote” talking point. Democrats need to change their tactics and apply pressure using what works. Currently their only tactic is pointing out “we’re not trump” and they’re putting their full force behind that tactic and it’s not working (or at least not well enough to enact meaningful change). One key problem is how we get democrats to change their tactics and clearly “just vote” isn’t cutting it because they’re not fazed by threats to withhold votes, so it’s not like they actually care if you vote for them beyond getting them into office. It does nothing to change democratic party policy.

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How does this help in the defense of Ukraine?

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Ukraine sends more people to Syria -> fewer Ukrainians available to defend Ukraine.

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I can’t believe joe biden would “both sides” us like this!!!

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Very low bar to clear. Wish we had higher standards for presidential candidates.

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Probably because things are getting worse but liberal parties are more concerned with keeping up the status quo than actually improving things, so you get a lot of apathy and people taking a gamble which will not pan out well.

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You mean the presidential power that biden has been using to bypass congress to maximize weapon shipments to israel?

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Compared to the $1.7 trillion student loan debt crisis he was key in creating? Actually yes. When it comes to future students who have to take on massive amounts of debt, he’s also doing nothing there.

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Right, instead he has applied a 100% tariff on electric vehicles coming from the country making the most electric vehicles out of anyone and has applied a 50% tariff on solar panels from that very same country.

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Maybe you’re satisfied with biden shitting all over your face and then wiping away a bit with one finger, but most people aren’t. Nobody is mad that he’s not perfect, they’re mad that he did active harm and then does barely anything to fix the problems that he himself has created.

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Causing a massive problem and then chipping away at maybe 10% of what some people have had to endure from it while not addressing the continued existence of this problem for people in the future is not big at all actually. This isn’t problem solving.

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I’m well aware of the excuses given for it, but climate change is too pressing an issue to play these stupid games. Does biden think climate change is a regional issue? We have to work together globally to fight it. Insisting that the solution must be American-made is trump-esque, and in fact biden had criticized trump for his trade war with China. Since then, he’s kept trump’s trade policies and even expanded upon them. These tariffs will do nothing but let American companies sit comfy with fat profit margins and adoption of these technologies in the US will slow to a crawl.

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There was an opportunity to change things, in fact there is still plenty of opportunity to change things, but that would upset the current power structure so you’re supposed to be satisfied with this empty gesture instead:

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Is this the new defense? I ask because I’ve also seen people here defending biden by mocking people for not liking him “because he’s not perfect”. No one hates these slimeball politicians because they’re a little less than perfect, they hate them for doing heinous shit like supporting genocide. We all saw how hillary laughed after she was key in destroying Libya. She was a favorite of billionaires and gave well-compensated speeches to big banks. She’s a garbage out-of-touch politician who threw her weight around in the democratic party and in the media to shut out Bernie, who was an actually great candidate who would’ve beaten trump.

In her mind, it was her turn for the presidency and you can see how bitter she is about that loss because she still won’t shut the fuck up about it to this day and she loves to insert herself into conversations. So yeah, thanks for giving us trump, you selfish asshole. At least we all can point and laugh at you for your repeated embarrassing public displays of bitterness over never achieving your power-hungry dream of becoming president. Pokemon go to hell.

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Hell, we were supposed to have learned with W.

and this is why I have no confidence in our system. With how bad bush was, it should’ve completely destroyed the republican party then and there. Instead republicans get worse and democrats do nothing except insist that they must only be slightly better than republicans so that elections get as close to 50-50 as possible.

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I’m curious why it doesn’t make up a bigger share of energy generation in China then. I assume China doesn’t have the same issues with NIMBYism.

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I wasn’t sure how much NIMBYism was a factor but either way, solar and wind seem to be growing a lot faster than nuclear: ember-climate.org/countries-and-regions/…/china/

Majority of Americans wrongly believe US is in recession – and most blame Biden (www.theguardian.com)

Nearly three in five Americans wrongly believe the US is in an economic recession, and the majority blame the Biden administration, according to a Harris poll conducted exclusively for the Guardian. The survey found persistent pessimism about the economy as election day draws closer....

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The majority of Americans know their situation sucks, they’re just not able to express it in numbers, probably because they’re busy trying to live their lives. These articles do nothing but smugly highlight that the numbers are tracking the wrong things. Unemployment being low doesn’t mean much if a huge chunk of employment is shitty gig work. The stock market being up doesn’t anything if over 90% of the stock market is owned by 10% of people. GDP doesn’t mean shit and a prime example of that is Canada having nearly 40% of their GDP being made up by overpriced housing, in that case it’s just people selling housing at each other and jacking up prices each time while renting it out at exorbitant rates. Not really much being produced there, certainly nothing that improves people’s lives (except speculators).

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Wage increases on the bottom are somewhat higher on a percentage basis, so if you made $10/hr one year and then $11/hr the next, that’s a whopping 10% increase, but given how prices have increased that’s really not great. These sorts of gains would have to be sustained over multiple years (like how inflation has sustained over multiple years) to make a good difference.

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Not sure why you’re getting downvoted. This is a significant enough feature that a couple seconds is really not a big deal. There are likely time-wasters just as long, if not longer, elsewhere in the game and they do not contribute a much richer audio experience. While I’d love to minimize time wasting as much as possible, this is something that appears once on boot-up while I’m sure there are other time-wasters that appear multiple times while you’re playing the game. If they’re even a fraction of a second, they will quickly add up more than this logo’s time.

Donald Knuth has a great quote on this: “The real problem is that programmers have spent far too much time worrying about efficiency in the wrong places and at the wrong times; premature optimization is the root of all evil (or at least most of it) in programming.”

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The title states “Masahiro Sakurai refused to add Dolby Surround to a Kirby game because players had to sit through the logo” presumably because you actually cannot have Dolby sound without the logo. Yes, technically you could, but it’s likely part of the license agreement and so him refusing to display the logo as outlined by the license means he couldn’t use Dolby sound in the game (or would get sued if he went ahead and did it anyway).

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The arcade experience is fundamentally different from the console experience. Arcade games are generally crafted to eat quarters and kick players off as soon as possible without making them feel ripped off. Jumping in and out of games is common at arcades. While it’s nice to save that couple of seconds on a console game, it’s not something that adds up a lot unless you’re jumping between games a few minutes at a time, which again, is more like an arcade and doesn’t make as much sense in a console gaming context because you generally have a better idea of what games you own and want to play.

As for the second issue, if it was a feature that wasn’t worthwhile and that nobody cared about, then why was he considering it in the first place? There are many technical details in games that exist that casual players don’t pay attention to, but subconsciously would enjoy. Surround sound adds quite a bit to a racing game, considering that the entire game is about racing against other characters that are positioned all around you.

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Perception plays a huge role, that’s true, but I guess we’re just going to have to agree to disagree since it’s ultimately subjective.

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I thought macron was floating the idea of committing French troops in Ukraine a while ago, what happened to that stance? All bark and no bite or does he just love the olympics more than Ukraine?

Zelensky: 'Our partners fear that Russia will lose this war' (kyivindependent.com)

President Volodymyr Zelensky believes that Ukraine’s partners “are afraid of Russia losing the war” and would like Kyiv “to win in such a way that Russia does not lose,” Zelensky said in a meeting with journalists attended by the Kyiv Independent....

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I feel like for a number of the allies, their main goal has been to drain Russia of resources, even if it costs the lives of Ukrainians.

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I know that Russia has threatened the use of nukes, but I find it hard to believe they’d actually follow through. Seems like a red line that would activate more direct action from lots of other countries against Russia. Then again, red lines have been made pretty flexible in the past, including recently.

Taiwan is selling more to the US than China in major shift away from Beijing (apnews.com)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Whether it’s tapioca balls or computer chips, Taiwan is stretching toward the United States and away from China — the world’s No. 2 economy that threatens to take the democratically ruled island by force if necessary....

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Well yeah, didn’t the US impose trade restrictions with China even on countries that aren’t the US?

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US intelligence fearmongering with shallowfakes.

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That’s not the same thing. What would be the same is if some dude pulled his shirt up to show his bare chest. What do you think the reaction would have been in that case?

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Grocery prices dropping by half would be amazing. I would be interested in learning what he has done for grocery prices and why congress feels the need to ask him to do something about it if he has supposedly done so much already.

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My issue is with the definition of defense, seeing as the US’s department of war is called the department of defense and in the past israel’s actions have been excused as a right to defend itself.

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Yeah, israel already has all it needs to carry out this mission. It remains to be seen if this action now will do anything, but given past actions by the US, I’m afraid it won’t go far enough to stop israel.

EU restates readiness to launch trade war with China over cheap imports (www.theguardian.com)

The European Commission chief said she was “convinced that if the competition is fair” from China, then Europe “will have thriving durable economies”. But she said the “imbalances” caused by state support for Chinese industry leading to cut-cost products threatened jobs in Europe, and that was “a matter of great...

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When companies want to drive down wages by outsourcing to China: “you need to learn to compete with China”

When companies are faced with cheaper products made by Chinese competitors: “we all need to put a stop to this”

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*ALDI is cheaper because all of their products suck. Their produce sucks, their packaged goods suck, and their meats aren’t actually cheaper. I think less of anyone who recommends ALDI and regret all the effort I put into giving it a chance.

I guess this is a regional phenomenon because the aldi stores near me have all been great and cheaper.

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“Taking away the argument” by giving republicans what they want doesn’t work. I’ve seen this argument made for decades now and it’s as stupid today as it was the first time it was thought up. In fact it’s even more stupid now because there are decades of instances of this never working. What ends up happening is republicans get what they want, they continue to complain anyway, and the country moves to the right even more.

Democrats are letting republicans dominate the conversation and set the parameters for what is considered worth caring about and what is considered an acceptable solution. Even if republicans vote down every one of these measures, they will still use it as a benchmark for future legislative battles, especially when they get in power again (a 100% inevitability thanks to our broken two-party system).

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This is both hilarious and depressing.

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