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The league of nations is entirely unequipped to deal with Italy’s illegal Ethiopian offensive.

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The point being made here is that it’s not about income, at least not directly.

It’s about whether or not you need to work for others for that income.

Petit bourgeoisie, the origin of what would become middle class, originally meant small business owner. This was to differentiate between the owners of massive factories and small shops.

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I haven’t said a damn thing for or against communism.

Neither have I.

valid class identifiers

I don’t know if that’s true. The modern definition of “middle class” is very fuzzy and poorly defined. Sometimes tertiary education is a requirement, sometimes not. Sometimes it’s about professional certification. Sometimes it’s about whether you’re a manager.

Even if you’re looking at a definition that only cares about income and nothing else, that’s still a pretty terrible definition. Cost of living is drastically different depending on where you are. Somebody in New York might be middle class, but lives like a member of the lower class compared to someone on that same income in Kansas.

If we then ignore income and only care about standard of living, does that mean someone living frugally and saving a lot of money becomes lower class due to their spartan lifestyle? Instinctively, that seems wrong.

EDIT: I should mention that I find the worker/small owner/owner distinction more useful than the lower/middle/upper distinction because it’s far better at figuring out who has interests that are aligned. Workers, generally, want higher wages. Small owners and owners are aligned on lower wages, but are not aligned on taxation and regulation. Interestingly, small owners and workers tend to be aligned on minimum wage for competitiveness reasons vs the owners.

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Not in any real or useful sense, no.

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even at the cost of our own privileges

I agree with everything you’ve said except for this. With worldwide growing inequality, it’s very clear where those resources are going. The people making less if the janitors get a pay bump isn’t the middle managers. It’s the owners, by a very tiny amount. If you don’t have a share of the company, you’re not affected by other people making more or spending less.

Funnily enough though, another winner in that scenario are small local business owners. More local income means more customers.

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Stewart can only do Mondays because that’s when he can borrow the funny stone

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And so it is that you by reason of your tender regard for the writing that is your offspring have declared the very opposite of its true effect. If men learn this, it will implant forgetfulness in their souls. They will cease to exercise memory because they rely on that which is written, calling things to remembrance no longer from within themselves, but by means of external marks.

What you have discovered is a recipe not for memory, but for reminder. And it is no true wisdom that you offer your disciples, but only the semblance of wisdom, for by telling them of many things without teaching them you will make them seem to know much while for the most part they know nothing. And as men filled not with wisdom but with the conceit of wisdom they will be a burden to their fellows.

  • Plato, 370 BC
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Yeah, that’s pretty nutty. I’d argue what I quoted, which is basically “Reading makes your memory shit because you won’t need to exercise it” is also a pretty bad take.

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I ASPIRED TO THE PURITY OF THE BLESSED MACHINE

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Depends on the implementation. Every single EU country does it slightly different. Here in Romania it’s 100% paid for via taxation, the only thing you have to pay out of pocket for is heavily subsidized medication if it’s been prescribed, and wait times are actually pretty ok.

The downside is we don’t have any of the fancy new toys in any state-owned hospital due to a lack of funding, which means more complex surgeries are riskier, the latest and greatest medicine doesn’t exist here and Romanian doctors have to rely more on the basics.

It’s all trade-offs.

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Easy enough to check. Looks like 11.6%. Higher than the 6.2% of EU diabetics, but hardly “half of America”.

EDIT: Looking more closely at the European numbers rather than simply the average is super interesting. Turkey has basically US numbers for diabetes. Ireland at 3.2% has comparatively no diabetes. For all this talk about the “Mediterranean diet” and olives being a superfood, Spain and Portugal have very high diabetes numbers. I guess we should be talking about the “Greek diet” instead.

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I read a pretty compelling hypothesis that in ancient times the makeup of your military determines the culture, because they have the training and weapons to coup if they want something.

Female majority militaries died out because women of military age are simply less disposable than men of military age. You can’t effectively repopulate with an 80% male population, for example.

This means natural selection applied to tribes means you’re going to be left with almost exclusively male dominated militaries, which will very likely at some point decide they want more power.

In terms of the “man strong” thing, the average male is stronger than the average female, but is not really a huge factor when you’re selecting for the strongest across a large enough population.

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Absolutely. Linux AMD drivers are rock solid due to them actually participating in the ecosystem and pushing the drivers directly to the kernel team in a proper open source format.

Voters said they didn't want a Biden-Trump rematch. Now they're facing longest general election ever. (abcnews.go.com)

“It’s almost a cruel joke on the electorate that the longest presidential election potentially ever might also be the one that they’re least excited about,” said one Democratic pollster, speaking anonymously to candidly discuss the race.

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Got no horse in this race, but wouldn’t “doing it to get re-elected” be a good thing? Isn’t that how democracies are supposed to work?

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Downside: Considered a monster by sane people worldwide

Upside: Can order shaorma via glovo every day, even in house arrest

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You skipped Andor. In my very subjective opinion, it’s the best thing in the star wars universe since the OT.

The writing is razor sharp, the themes are serious and heavy (how does radicalization happen? What does living under a fascist empire feel like for the average person? What does it mean to be a rebel? How much are you willing to sacrifice?), and it really explores the very early rebellion.

It’s also a great looking series, with lots of practical sets and effects, and it doesn’t retread any familiar planets so they can do cool things with world building.

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treats the audience like real adults capable of complex thought

Absolutely! Here’s one of my favorite examples of that (spoilers, obviously):

spoilerMon Mothma picks her husband up from some kinda party. We’ve been told repeatedly by this point that she suspects her driver of reporting to the ISB. She accuses her husband of gambling, and makes a big scene about wasting money. Right after that scene, it cuts to the driver reporting to the ISB and the ISB guy saying that this might explain her money trouble. At no point was there dialogue about Mon Mothma’s plan to mislead the ISB and come up with an explanation they might find believable. We’re just presented with who knows what, the action, and the reaction. There’s no need for a monologue about her plan if you trust the audience to put the pieces together themselves.

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The default bucket that archeologists throw stuff into if they really don’t know is “religious object”.

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Maybe they should be having a serious conversation with the Qatari government. You know, where the Hamas leadership actually is.

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MBTI personality matrices are just astrology for a modern audience. Change my mind.

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You can say that you’re sceptical but if you say that that’s not doing science then I don’t know what to tell you, either.

Isn’t skepticism the bedrock of science? The scientific method (heavily simplified) requires a hypothesis, predictions based on that hypothesis, and then testing of those predictions. I don’t see any predictive power in the MBTI matrix, which means it’s unfalsifiable. This is different than your twins example, where you can predict certain characteristics of the results.

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This might be an explanation in the US, but here in Romania (not normally useful to talk about the EU as a monolith) there are tons of people that love pseudoscientific woo-woo despite the fact that we have some of the cheapest medical coverage in the world (definitely cheapest in the EU).

Small tangent: in some sense, we get what we pay for. Our medical system is nowhere close to France, for example, in outcome. It’s probably one of the worst in Europe. It is cheap though, and for basic things (broken limbs, colds, basic medical surgeries) is just fine. It only becomes unfit for purpose during mass casualty events and exotic diseases.

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We have a party here in Romania called USR. They’re a technocrat party, and one of their big core pillars of policy is dealing with political corruption. I think it’s safe to say they also understand it’s a problem.

Their politicians still occasionally get busted for corruption. Less than the other parties, but still. Don’t let the ideology blind you to reality.

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