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    [–] Capitol rioter known as "QAnon Shaman" will be jailed until trial FCrange 16 points ago in news

    "During a White House briefing early last month, the C.I.A. director, Mike Pompeo, recommended to President Trump that he shut down a four-year-old effort to arm and train Syrian rebels. The president swiftly ended the program."
    "Operation Cyclone was the code name for the United States Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) program to arm and finance the mujahideen (Afghan anti-Soviet militants) in Afghanistan from 1979 to 1989, prior to and during the military intervention by the USSR in support of its client, the Democratic Republic of Afghanistan."
    "The 1953 Iranian coup d'état, known in Iran as the 28 Mordad coup d'état (Persian: کودتای ۲۸ مرداد‎), was the overthrow of the democratically elected Prime Minister Mohammad Mosaddegh in favour of strengthening the monarchical rule of the Shah, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi on 19 August 1953,[5] orchestrated by the United States (under the name TPAJAX Project[6] or "Operation Ajax") and the United Kingdom (under the name "Operation Boot"), and carried out by the Iranian military.[7][8][9][10]"

    [–] What Are Your Moves Tomorrow, July 23, 2020 FCrange 2 points ago in wallstreetbets

    It's not leaving the market, they're selling to retail investors.

    [–] TSLA tendies spread or am I insane or is yahoo finance wrong? FCrange 1 points ago in wallstreetbets

    TSLA option ask/bid prices on yahoo finance aren't correct.

    This is for 07/24. Options prices don't go up and down like that for increasing strike prices, and if it did, there would be arbitrage opportunities because you could sell the 1505 (at the bid) and buy the 1510 (at the ask) for free money. In this case the last price is more accurate than both bid and ask.

    [–] For the first time, Canada surpasses U.S. in the world ranking of the most competitive economies FCrange 10 points ago in Economics

    Oh for sure. I've worked in both, and people's perceptions here are mostly true. Canada is friendlier and has a better social safety net whereas you make more money in the USA.

    [–] For the first time, Canada surpasses U.S. in the world ranking of the most competitive economies FCrange 17 points ago in Economics

    This is true, but the difference between 83.7 for the USA (rank 2) and 79.6 for Canada (rank 14) is not insurmountably large; especially given this evaluation was for 2019, before any of the events in 2020; and that the USA moved down by 2.0 points from 2018.

    Notably, the study linked in OP's post is from 2020, which takes recent events into account.

    [–] For the first time, Canada surpasses U.S. in the world ranking of the most competitive economies FCrange 2 points ago in Economics

    If you read the first link, it describes Averill, a software engineer by profession who lost his job due to worsening eyesight from diabetes, then his healthcare benefits, and finally did not qualify for Medicaid in Texas.

    Look, when people say that it's easy to slip through the cracks in the US healthcare system if a health disaster happens, sometimes they're not exaggerating. You can find fact-checked stories like Averill's in most media.

    [–] For the first time, Canada surpasses U.S. in the world ranking of the most competitive economies FCrange 0 points ago * (lasted edited 7 months ago) in Economics

    This is not true in some states, even for an engineer.

    "[Averill] was paying for his appointments and prescriptions out of pocket, spending down his savings. He didn’t know what else to do. Help seemed out of reach, even in the era of the Affordable Care Act. If he’d lived in a state with expanded Medicaid eligibility, for people with chronic health conditions and low income or no job, he likely would have qualified for federal insurance. But in 2012, Texas’s then governor Rick Perry had declined to expand the program. It’s uncommon for a single Texan to qualify unless they’re over 65 and receive Social Security income. Averill wasn’t even 60 yet."

    Also see:

    "Medicaid serves as the nation's primary source of health insurance coverage for low-income populations. States are not required to participate. Those that do must comply with federal Medicaid laws under which each participating state administers its own Medicaid program, establishes eligibility standards, determines the scope and types of services it will cover, and sets the rate of payment. Benefits vary from state to state, and because someone qualifies for Medicaid in one state, it does not mean they will qualify in another."

    [–] For the first time, Canada surpasses U.S. in the world ranking of the most competitive economies FCrange 6 points ago in Economics

    I know what conversation is. That doesn't mean you get to make verifiably false claims (with an explicit example in the atavist link provided) to support your position.

    Being an engineer in the USA is not automatically sunshine and roses, and disinformation makes it more difficult to address these issues honestly, especially for anyone casually browsing reddit. I followed the conversation and did not take your post the way you are claiming, and neither did most of the people replying to you, which makes it difficult to assume good faith on your part.

    [–] For the first time, Canada surpasses U.S. in the world ranking of the most competitive economies FCrange 7 points ago in Economics

    You're either deliberately moving the goalposts or you legitimately can't see how "no engineer in America is without healthcare (until he becomes unemployed and/or runs out of savings for medical operations)" is barely better than a tautology. In which case, your original post is still highly misleading.

    [–] For the first time, Canada surpasses U.S. in the world ranking of the most competitive economies FCrange 4 points ago * (lasted edited 7 months ago) in Economics

    That's not correct.

    "Averill secured contract work as a software engineer. On payday, Toney said, he went out drinking. He liked to go to the Yellow Rose, a strip club in North Austin."

    Then he went blind, stopped being able to work, lost his foot to diabetes, and robbed a bank just to get healthcare. Plenty of engineers work on contract (even at big companies like Microsoft) and losing that work causes you to lose your healthcare just when you need it most.

    [–] What's going on with a ban on work visas to the US? FCrange 3 points ago * (lasted edited 7 months ago) in OutOfTheLoop

    Tech salaries in the USA are substantially higher than almost anywhere else in the world. More immigrants working in tech, while depressing tech wages, raises wages for other jobs because immigrants consume products and services just like citizens, to the point that a net surplus of jobs is created. Thus, tech immigration decreases income inequality.

    The stagnation of US worker wages across the economy is a valid social problem and has many proximate causes, chief of which is the lack of bargaining power of employees versus employers, and more generally the transition of income from labour to capital. And while limiting the supply of workers may help a single sector strike a better balance in that regard, by definition it cannot be a feasible solution to fix the entire economy, because less employees in every sector means less consumers.

    To advocate for a fair solution instead of selfishly advocating for policies that raise salaries for your own sector only, the power of large corporations needs to be curbed and anti-trust needs to be prosecuted properly, not to mention policies to reduce the portion of wealth that goes to capital. This will reverse the trend of the number of US companies decreasing year after year and foster a larger ecosystem of smaller companies, all of which have less bargaining power and must therefore offer higher salaries to compete for employees. Europe is making headway in that regard, specifically taxing and targeting the so-called FANG companies. By contrast, higher barriers to tech immigration is a bandaid that only helps a single sector of the economy, not to mention one that has average salaries already substantially higher than the median.

    Other policies like single payer healthcare and getting rid of healthcare tied to employment (a policy that everyone from libertarian small business owners to bleeding heart liberals, i.e. everyone across the political spectrum, hates, so I have no clue why we still have it) and universal basic income would in theory help too, but I don't see them realistically happening.

    [–] What's going on with a ban on work visas to the US? FCrange 1 points ago in OutOfTheLoop

    I would suggest you scan top US academic journals for author names and look at employee profiles at tech companies to see how many of the names are Indian; and see how many are first or second generation immigrants; before laughing.

    I don't have an Indian background but your out of hand dismissal is rooted in ignorance.

    [–] I can't believe they released a post-apocalyptic action game featuring a transgender character showing that cycles of revenge are bad even if it's to save your foster daughter. It's just misery porn. FCrange 4 points ago * (lasted edited 7 months ago) in Gamingcirclejerk

    Or maybe it's this game?

    Or maybe this one:

    Or maybe this one?

    Better review bomb them into oblivion for killing off major characters as part of the storyline because who would play a depressing game like that?

    And after so long building up the paternal relationship between the main characters, just to end it that way. It's just so disrespectful to all the players and fans.

    [–] Israeli soldier gets 45 days of community service after killing Gazan fisherman FCrange 6 points ago * (lasted edited 7 months ago) in worldnews

    What part of continuing to bomb Iraq and Afghanistan is required to keep the international system going?

    I mean the sad part is that, realpolitik or not, most of the hundreds of thousands killed by the US in the past 20 years has been utterly pointless. Guaranteeing international maritime trade and providing a deterrent in Europe doesn't require keeping special forces in the Middle East. The US would actually actively benefit from being less evil.

    And of course Trump comes along and triples the already high number of daily drone missions flown under Obama.

    [–] Twitter literally hid Trump's tweet from the timeline. If Trump wasnt pissed then, he sure is pissed now. Sooo puts? FCrange 1 points ago in wallstreetbets

    Nothing of the sort. I would be fine with race-blind immigration policies, skilled or not; but it's just a truth that even in the skilled case most of your immigrants wouldn't be white because those are the demographics of the world. Whereas it looks like you're very much not OK with it.

    I mean I knew your opinion from the start because of your post history of getting downvoted everywhere but it's polite to assume good faith anyway.

    [–] Twitter literally hid Trump's tweet from the timeline. If Trump wasnt pissed then, he sure is pissed now. Sooo puts? FCrange 1 points ago * (lasted edited 8 months ago) in wallstreetbets

    Nigerian immigrants to the USA have one of the highest income levels.

    "At an Onyejekwe family get-together, you can’t throw a stone without hitting someone with a master’s degree. Doctors, lawyers, engineers, professors [...] They’re Nigerian-American — it’s just what they do. Today, 29 percent of Nigerian-Americans over the age of 25 hold a graduate degree, compared to 11 percent of the overall U.S. population, according to the Migrations Policy Institute."

    Immigrants from Iran, India and China are disproportionately represented in tech and academia and have generally high income levels. This is believable enough if you've worked in these industries that I don't think I really need a reference.

    Jewish immigrants to the USA tend to be fairly successful.

    If you think we should select for these cultures, again, I have no quarrel with you. I am legitimately trying to figure out if you're being consistent; or if you have some weird complex where you think only immigrants from European countries tend to be successful.

    [–] Twitter literally hid Trump's tweet from the timeline. If Trump wasnt pissed then, he sure is pissed now. Sooo puts? FCrange 1 points ago * (lasted edited 8 months ago) in wallstreetbets

    I'm not trying to play identity politics, it just really sounds like you're dogwhistling. If you're not, repeat after me: "I don't care if we get a ton of immigrants into this country, no matter what country they come from, as long as they're smart and skilled."

    If that's your position like you claim, I have no quarrel with you. Not many people are just as welcoming to immigrants from places like Iran, India, China, Ethiopia etc. I assume you're also for H1B visas and expedited green cards for skilled workers then.

    Otherwise your problem isn't with unskilled immigrants like you're saying.

    [–] Twitter literally hid Trump's tweet from the timeline. If Trump wasnt pissed then, he sure is pissed now. Sooo puts? FCrange 0 points ago * (lasted edited 8 months ago) in wallstreetbets

    Canada has exactly the merit-based immigration system you're describing and people like you are bitching about the educated immigrants who actually made it through the system taking all the university admissions and high-paying jobs in tech and finance instead. These immigrants also happen to generally not be white (due to, you know, the demographics of the world).

    You'd be complaining about any type of immigration that's different from your culture, don't try to disguise your xenophobia and tribalism as enlightenment.

    [–] Twitter literally hid Trump's tweet from the timeline. If Trump wasnt pissed then, he sure is pissed now. Sooo puts? FCrange -1 points ago * (lasted edited 8 months ago) in wallstreetbets

    That's a pretty shit take even for wsb guy.

    If a bunch of unskilled immigrants are coming here that would provide MORE jobs for skilled labour, because the number of consumers has increased while the skilled labour pool remains the same. First generation immigrants from countries in poverty aren't getting jobs in finance.

    If anything, by your argument you should be terrified of smart people immigrating here.

    [–] Somehow This Wild Hoax Bill Gates Anti-Vaxx Video Doesn't Violate YouTube's Policies: The video is obviously faked, but it's still setting the anti-vaxx internet on fire. FCrange 1 points ago in worldnews

    It's always been like this. The only difference is that we used to have a shared worldview with each other.

    35 years ago I would realistically get most of my information from one of a handful of newspapers or news networks; or my friends and family, but they in turn would also get their information from major newspapers or news networks. Anyone seeking out-there opinions about something would need to spend quite a lot of effort, and realistically most people without a graduate degree or an axe to grind wouldn't bother.

    This isn't necessarily a good thing because everyone could be wrong together. What was the primary way of verifying information back then? There wasn't. You would hear something on TV and mostly just trust it. But for all the outcry about media gatekeepers, extreme and dangerous opinions were mostly suppressed.

    Now in 2020 there still mostly isn't a better way of verifying information aside from trusting in whichever institution conveyed it (and I say this after a career in academia) but we also now all listen to different sources of information. It's not surprising that there aren't just differences of opinion but fundamental schisms in how we see reality, who to believe, what the way forward should be, etc.

    [–] He has a point FCrange 1 points ago * (lasted edited 8 months ago) in PoliticalCompassMemes

    My post is a coherent AuthLeft position. We're on the same or different teams based on class, not race. You have infinitely more in common with a Hispanic, Black or Asian family living in your community than you do with say a white family living in Sweden, or Jeff Bezos. His day to day bears zero relation to yours.

    Whereas your reply has seemingly nothing to do with anything. Maybe you should flair up as AuthRight, buddy, if you're looking forward to my head on a pike.

    [–] He has a point FCrange 2 points ago in PoliticalCompassMemes

    Winning? What does that even mean?

    Imagine you're living in rural Kentucky, you've been out of work for years because the jobs are gone, the benefits that you relied on have been gutted by republican policies, and while you're ODing on fentanyl in a gas station bathroom your last thoughts are "at least...Jeff white. We're winning."

    How naive do you have to be to think as if somehow Jeff Bezos and Kanye West are playing on different teams because of skin color.