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    COVID-19/Coronavirus thread

    Anyone has any questions...I’m stuck about five kilometers from the epicenter. Public transportation out of city shut down, and food quickly flying off the shelves of grocery stores. Can’t go out in public without a mask. Chinese air force will bombard city with bleach tonight between 5-9 p.m. Chinese New Year travel plans all cancelled...heck, the WHO is probably going to declare an emergency today, which means most countries will lock down flights in and out of China.
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    2020 Election Thoughts

    The question is how many American workers are 1) willing to work hard enough for degrees in those areas, 2) willing/able to take out loans or can borrow from their families, and, mostly importantly, 3) work 9/9/6 schedule, which basically in China means from 9 a.m. through 9 p.m., Monday through Saturday? At least 72 hour work weeks...and we're not talking about earning a partnership in a law firm, we're talking about the competition at the bottom and mid levels of a Top 10 worldwide technology company (at least the more "gladiatorial" competition here in China, compared to the US). We'll see soon enough in Texas. If schools like UT-Austin, Rice, etc., can produce enough talent to feed into the industry there like you have Stanford, Cal Tech, Berkeley, UCLA, USC, Pomona, Claremont McKenna, Harvey Mudd, UC-Santa Barbara, UC-Davis, UC-San Diego in the UC system as well as a community college system with many or a majority of those students aiming for Silicon Valley jobs upon graduation.
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    2020 Election Thoughts

    Something like 90-95% of those who applied for loan forgiveness over the last decade for doing public interest work (especially teaching) never got the promised benefits because of paperwork/bureaucracy/fine print/red tape/bank and loan consolidation....and it REALLY got bad the last 4 years under DeVos, because her goal was to collect every penny for both the banks and for-profit/online universities. I did a program similar to Teach for America where I earned a second Master's degree (and certification) while working during the day as a teacher (and getting paid a regular salary at the same time, instead of having to go through one semester of student teaching, which was done over the summer before we started full-time). They provided a significant discount off the tuition at University of Missouri at Kansas City. I also did AmeriCorps National Service for two years/terms, so each year, we accrued $4,725 in scholarships (not so practical because the stipend, not pay, was set at the Federal poverty rate back then, around $8,000 per year.)
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    2020 Election Thoughts

    https://news.yahoo.com/assimilated-china-plan-over-global-113007372.html There's the bleak future unless 1) US STEM education and venture capital keeps up, or 2) the immigration faucets are turned back on to inject more foreign talent into the system to compensate for "native deficiencies" in those areas. Very simple. We now know pretty much exactly what China wants to do, but what is our counter? School during the summertime? Unions will never go for that, unless pay is 2-3X higher. Saturday school? Middle school supplemental/after-school education until 9-10 p.m. (from Sunday through Thursday nights)? Training centers specializing in tutoring for Maths/Chem/Biology/Comp Sci/Physics, etc.? Starting education at age 3.
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    2020 Election Thoughts

    https://techcrunch.com/2021/01/11/columbus-drivecapital/ Between Ohio State, Ohio University, Oberlin, Carnegie-Mellon, Case Western, Michigan, PSU...there's at least some hope for the Rust Belt in advances like that, but it's not going to do much for blue collar workers without university degrees or advanced training who have increasingly become redundant ever since the Reagan administration.
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    2020 College Football thread

    https://www.cbssports.com/nfl/draft/news/2021-nfl-draft-mac-jones-despite-gaudy-statistics-at-alabama-lacks-in-key-areas-as-a-prospect/ If it's mostly scheme, then someone in the NFL needs to hire Lincoln Riley with Mayfield, Murray and Jalen Hurts all making their presence felt over three consecutive draft classes.
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    2020 Election Thoughts

    https://www.ajc.com/news/georgia-man-arrested-following-capitol-insurrection-has-died-by-suicide/TYSJF7II6JG63G7K6JGON522JQ/ Make that six deaths, although this was more of a repercussion setting in for one of those who got publicly identified
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    2020 Election Thoughts

    Another unspoken Trump tenet is derision for the establishment GOP guys like Bush, Powell, Romney, McCain... they're largely getting lumped in together with Biden, Obama and the Clintons as globalists.
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    2020 Election Thoughts

    Another unspoken Trump tenet is derision for the establishment GOP guys like Bush, Powell, Romney, McCain... they're largely getting lumped in together with Biden, Obama and the Clintons as globalists.
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    2020 Election Thoughts

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    2020 Election Thoughts

    https://www.cnn.com/2021/01/12/tech/deplatforming-trump-parler-effects/index.html Pros and Cons of Deplatforming Trump, right wing extremism
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    2020 College Football thread

    Is he moving up enough now on draft boards to be in the Top 10 or still in the middle or bottom of the 1st? A month or two ago, most mock drafts had him at the 25-40 range. The Bears have a shot at him still? J.Fields is definitely going to take a hit tonight...who else besides the BYU QB (Wilson?) and that kid from the Dakotas (Lance something) figures into the QB draft discussion at this point?
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    Old: Mega Hendriks Speculation Thread

    Have to enjoy the overall level of patience that mods typically extend to posters, allowing them to properly and publicly humiliate themselves first before disappearing them. WSI, if you even looked at a mod in the wrong way, you'd be quickly banished. PS: This is in no way, shape or form intended to spark a "Free Speech/1st Amendment" discussion as it currently pertains to internet sites or apps.
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    2020 College Football thread

    Man, seems like the bottom tier NFL teams would be giving up double digit points to Alabama the way they're steamrolling over Ohio State right now... Clemson had their run with Trevor Lawrence and Watson prior to that, but the only thing that can stop this juggernaut is Saban retiring and/or running for political office like Tuberville. I guess later on experts will argue that the ONLY way OSU could have stayed in this was with a healthy Trey Sermon, but there's just such a falloff now from Alabama and the next tier in college football.
  15. Nice slap in the face to Jeffrey Loria worked in there as well in the final sentence. This is what, the 4th clear rebuild/teardown of the Indians in the last 20+ years? Or is it 5?
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    2020 Election Thoughts

    What would be interesting to see is where that “lost” 30% would be going? Lost to GOP?, unlikely but but not impossible to fathom. In other words, how many of respondents are being mostly affected or influenced by the events of last week...but would be likely to vote for Trump, or a Trump family member or surrogate again in the future? How many are actually sticking with Trump but embarrassed to be on his side still after Wednesday due to the nature of polling by phone vs. more impersonal methods that preserve anonymity? How many are even MORE strongly bonded to him? If there was a theoretical presidential election coming up in just 1-2 years instead of 4, who would they be supporting as the GOP nominee against a generic Dem candidate? How many will never support a Trump again, period?
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    2020 Election Thoughts

    That's exactly what they are doing here in China...putting at least one or two Communist Party officials on the boards of major corporations like Alibaba, Ten Cent, Baidu and Huawei. Well, that works in one sense...showing ultimately who's boss. On the other hand, it doesn't work very well if your goal is to have the biggest economy in the world by 2028, when you neuter/regulate/control your country's leading companies. In theory, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in the US serves a similar purpose, as a cross-check or monitor of corporate activity, although oftentimes it's more symbolic rather than powerful in a practical sense. Employee-owned, like Hy-Vee Food Stores, tends to work better...but, for massive MNC's, the majority of shareholders at the lower level are only going to comprise something like 5-10% of outstanding shares (while 80% of total owner stakes) simply because the nature of IPO's and the ways in which start-ups are financed/capitalized.
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    2020 Election Thoughts

    Not yet, will have to check it out. https://www.cnn.com/2021/01/10/politics/doug-jensen-capitol-hill-police-officer/index.html Of course, THIS idiot had to be from Iowa. At least he didn't know where the main Senate doors were, thankfully...when he was leading the mob up the stairs after the lone black US Capitol officer (while of course sporting a qAnon shirt.) According to the FBI and the Polk County Sheriff's Office, Jensen faces five federal charges -- of unlawfully entering the Capitol, disrupting government business, violent entry, parading in a Capitol building and blocking law enforcement during the riot.
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    2020 Election Thoughts

    You can look at here in China or Singapore, very strong, authoritative governments. They both are much closer to capitalism than socialism/communism as we think of the USSR 1917-1989 Leninist/Marxist/Engels version. The levels of inequality and corruption are just as high in China and Singapore, if not higher than the US. Wealth gap/inequality, roughly the same...if anything, rising after the pandemic as there were NO programs from the government to assist, let alone bail out, small businesses or assist renters. Capitalism was always seen, at least historically, as going together with the American, Western European liberal democracy. Those countries are largely becoming more "socialist" with their health care systems, if you look at Canada, NHS in UK, France, Germany and Finland/Denway/Norway/Sweden, or Australia/NZ. Very few 1st world countries have a solution for retirement that doesn't heavily tax public treasuries or rely on subsidies from employers. As China's population grows older and older, it's going to be an increasingly higher percentage of the budget, to the point where China is going to be unsuccessfully dealing with both the Middle Income (Thucydides) Trap and a lack of young people (declining birth rates just like Japan and South Korea) to replace the aging population (and China has never been a big advocate of mass immigration for numerous reasons too long to go into). Capitalism is GREAT for moving a country from developing to 2nd world...and it's great for moving masses of people out of poverty relatively quickly, but the jury's still out on sustainability, especially from an environmental standpoint. Thomas Picketty's last two books on this topic are both very informative, and must-reading for anyone interested in economics, IMO. You would also like or love Umair Haque at medium.com, check him out.
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    2020 Election Thoughts

    If we did that, or had a mass public hanging like Abraham Lincoln's plotters...we'd only be making permanently martyrs out of all those people. A lifetime of obscurity in prison would do the trick. That said, I think everyone who hasn't seen The Trial of the Chicago 7 yet would have a slightly different viewpoint after watching that film and comparing/contrasting to current events. Because there was certainly no love lost between those in the park and law enforcement back in 1968. It was more of a "massacre" like Trump wanted to happen outside of Lafayette Park and in front of the Episcopal church this past summer.
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    2020 Election Thoughts

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2003/mar/21/usa.davidpallister There will never be any conclusive way to objectively prove people are fascists OR whatever the opposite of that is...whether you think it's BLM/Antifa or you believe it's a false equivalency. It's back to the main point, if it can be proven that the leaders in between Trump and the actual protesters (whether state leaders, like the West Virginia state rep who already resigned, Derrick Evans I think was his name)...have communicated in any way to make that crowd of 25,000 believe they could overthrow the election results and/or kidnap/assassinate VP Pence? We have the those 6-7 senators most directly involved, roughly 130-140 GOP representatives... The big question is how to separate the real plotters/organizers and those who carried out their wishes and might or likely didn't intend to find themselves in the situations they found themselves which will likely have lifelong career and personal consequences.
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    2020 Election Thoughts

    If anything goes wrong Sunday around the country, there better not to be any more excuses about not being prepared... especially with the inauguration three days later. Thankfully, the midweek nature of the event makes it more inaccessible to the general public.
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    2020 Election Thoughts

    Now we're underestimating and looking down on them... which is 50% of the reason they felt an allegiance to Trump's movement in the first place? Not being respected by the press, coastal elites, politicians, Hollywood, etc. Silenced by cancel culture and misunderstood/misjudged/painted unfairly with a racist brush. It's not like you would find thousands of brilliant thinkers aligned with Hitler, Franco or Mussolini in the 20s and 30s but there were enough to give it growing legitimacy or credibility.
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    2020 Election Thoughts

    Munchel has been charged with "one count of knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority and one count of violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds," according to the U.S. Attorney. Does anyone believe a guy dressed in tactical military gear and armed with plastic zip restraints will be stopped by charges like that? https://www.yahoo.com/gma/capitol-riot-suspects-allegedly-brought-221100302.html
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