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    You know, one thing I've never believed is that...

    You know, one thing I've never believed is that Trump is stupid.
    Willfully ignorant, shockingly naive, easily swayed, certainly. But I'm willing to bet his native intelligence is decent. He just...
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    Ah, a parsing issue. Okay then. Re: the Trump...

    Ah, a parsing issue. Okay then.

    Re: the Trump intentionality. I have been continually vacillating on this issue for years. How much of his bombast and bluster and insanely offensive statements are...
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    (emphasis mine) I'm not going to comment about...

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    I'm not going to comment about the rest of this, but this is confusing to me. The certification of the election should not have been happening? Can you please clarify?

    I broadly...
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    Oh, agreed entirely. I think there's lots of...

    Oh, agreed entirely. I think there's lots of scope to improve the way retirement works in the US (and, I imagine, of countries, even ones with bigger DB systems). At a bare minimum, we can do lots of...
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    Isn't it possible that both narratives are true?...

    Isn't it possible that both narratives are true? Yes, there are many people with low incomes who don't always make the wisest use of their money (not to say that people with high income do...). But...
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    The article was talking about how much lab grown...

    The article was talking about how much lab grown diamonds are rapidly gaining market share while dropping in price as more retailers and consumers get on the bandwagon (including Pandora, which...
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    My point is that the source certainly has an...

    My point is that the source certainly has an incentive to portray 'real' diamond as more emotionally relevant as it helps to underpin their core business. But they don't have an incentive to just...
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    You do realize that De Beers has gone in...

    You do realize that De Beers has gone in relatively aggressively on lab grown diamonds, in contrast to some other producers. This is more market research for them than trying to protect a dying...
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    g7-tskP0OzI Obviously. I hear that at some...

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    Obviously. I hear that at some point every Jew gets a turn on the space laser.
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    Lead abatement is expensive.

    Lead abatement is expensive.
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    They suppressed inflation, rather successfully,...

    They suppressed inflation, rather successfully, which also at a minimum reduced the nominal wage growth. Additional suppression in real wage growth beyond that was likely unintended but not directly...
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    My daughter has a breakthrough Covid infection -...

    My daughter has a breakthrough Covid infection - probably acquired from school, which had a spate of cases last week. Which, on the face of it, isn't terrible - her symptoms are super mild (likely...
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    You know, Steely, there's not all that much...

    You know, Steely, there's not all that much that's crazy controversial in their policy proposals (though it's also extremely vague - whatever 'rebuilding collective bargaining' and 'reinvigorating...
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    Right but remember the use case we're talking...

    Right but remember the use case we're talking about - you want to exchange something of similar stability as a hard currency but you can't use traditional banking since they force you to use local...
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    I mean there are stablecoins et al, and I think...

    I mean there are stablecoins et al, and I think it's reasonable to imagine a future where hard currencies are replaced by something akin to a stablecoin as a medium of exchange in countries without...
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    Or, you know, dollars or euros, which I imagine...

    Or, you know, dollars or euros, which I imagine many of them did.
  17. I've only watched through most of ep. 4 - I'm...

    I've only watched through most of ep. 4 - I'm trying to watch with my wife, and the amount of time in the week when we're both conscious and available is extremely limited.

    Lots of little...
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    Shopping for condo insurance is the most...

    Shopping for condo insurance is the most infuriatingly opaque process.
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    So, while you're both right that this is how...

    So, while you're both right that this is how large bureaucratic organizations work, the reality is that this organization is intentionally trying to model itself on 'high reliability organization'...
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    I doubt there's a liability concern since this is...

    I doubt there's a liability concern since this is the federal government. The concern is much more nebulous - essentially the cabinet member in charge of this agency will face questioning and...
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    So... now she is attending a meeting with her...

    So... now she is attending a meeting with her bosses and the two senator's staff to talk about statewide Covid protocols in this hospital system, and is getting a lot of criticism from various bosses...
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    TIL that the PM of Finland is younger than me. It...

    TIL that the PM of Finland is younger than me. It was bad enough that the new mayor of Boston is about the same age, but now prime ministers? I have clearly not been applying myself in life... and/or...
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    She has been keeping an eye open for a good...

    She has been keeping an eye open for a good position. I don't know if she'll take it or not; she feels a lot of pride in her staff (all 1200 of them) and the work she's been doing, so it'll be hard...
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    Since I posted this thread, I've been doing a lot...

    Since I posted this thread, I've been doing a lot more reading on this topic. There's a lot of discussion of this in the effective altruism literature (think Peter Singer) as well as the measurement...
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    My sister is the chief of staff (read: head...

    My sister is the chief of staff (read: head doctor) of a midsize government run hospital. She's one of the youngest COS' in the entire system and has been pushing hard to make the hospital improve...
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