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    [–] Bill Gates to meet with President Trump at the White House on Thursday. HierarchofSealand 9 points ago in technology

    That's a really low standard, imo, and would cap out at much much lower than a billion. That doesn't mean that Bill and Trump and even on the same plane of wealth.

    Also, since you brought up jets:

    Trump could buy one, maybe two Airbus a380s, which are the largest production planes. Sure, Bill can buy 200 of them, or he can sit down and say 'no, that's not big enough' and fund an entirely new aircraft for $25-30 billion dollars (roughly the cost of the a380 development) and then buy that and still be absurdly wealthy. If Bill flies a lot, he could argue that it does provide him a practical benefit to have more space.

    [–] Bill Gates to meet with President Trump at the White House on Thursday. HierarchofSealand 26 points ago in technology

    That is simply untrue. A billion is a stupid amount of money, but the scale difference between them and what they can accomplish with their respective wealths is absurd. For example, Trump wants his wall, right? He can't afford it. He can spend every dime he has and wouldn't come close to finishing it. Bill Gates? He could build it at $10, $20 or even $50 billion dollars and still come out one of the richest people in the world.

    [–] You're asked to add a subject to the national school curriculum. What is it? HierarchofSealand 1 points ago in AskReddit

    Mental Health skills--

    Dealing with and understanding stress, trauma, depression, mental illness. Probably lots of cognitive behavioral therapy packaged into curriculum.

    [–] Minority voter suppression is a legitimate threat for midterms HierarchofSealand 13 points ago in politics

    Voter IDs prevent more legitimate votes than illegitimate. By several orders of magnitude.

    [–] Trump Could Feed Every Homeless Veteran For The Cost Of His Military Parade, Even Conservatively Estimated HierarchofSealand 2 points ago * (lasted edited 9 days ago) in politics

    The other main issue is that a municipality can't sustain it. Not because they can't afford to do it for the existing population, but because the homeless are not a static population. If there are better services in a community they will go there to get those services. Unfortunately, this means that even effective programs seem to do nothing in the public eye, and that homelessness is, fundamentally, a national issue.

    [–] What’s your least favorite part about your favorite tv show? HierarchofSealand 25 points ago in AskReddit

    I don't think he knew at all. Dude was in a drunken stupor for 95% of his reign. Not only that, but he is a very emotionally charged and proud drunk. I don't think he would have let it go if he knew. He is still stuck on a girl he thought was pretty 15 years ago, I don't think he is the type to let himself be mocked for the sake political expediency.

    [–] What’s your least favorite part about your favorite tv show? HierarchofSealand 25 points ago in AskReddit

    He didn't know the Joffery and the others were not his. Cersei would not have acted if Joffery was safe. As such, Robert had no reason to fear her. Ned, on the other hand, could have made a dozen moves that were smarter than he did.

    [–] Popcorn toppings/flavourings? HierarchofSealand 2 points ago in EatCheapAndHealthy

    It's 8-9 a pound in the bulk bin at my supermarket. That seems like a lot, but it is very lightweight. I usually get half that and it fills a standard mason jar.

    [–] Redditers, how do you get over waking up early every morning for work? HierarchofSealand 1 points ago in AskReddit

    Not just about waking up early but, go to bed on time and improve your sleep hygiene. This means no screens an hour or two before bed, going to bed at the same time every night, wake up at the same time every day, watching how much you eat before bed, build a pre-sleep ritual to get in the mindset of sleepiness.

    [–] Redditers, how do you get over waking up early every morning for work? HierarchofSealand 2 points ago in AskReddit

    ... Your job isn't stealing your day through sleep. Your body and mental health are. But, stay stubborn and stay much less happy than you would be otherwise. Sleep is a critical component to reducing stress and increasing general satisfaction and mood.

    [–] Redditers, how do you get over waking up early every morning for work? HierarchofSealand 1 points ago in AskReddit

    Caffeine is fine in the morning, but any later than 6-8 hours before you go to bed and you are compromising your quality of sleep. Which, of course, means you need caffeine more the next day to stay awake.

    [–] Salt Lake City Main Library - a haiku HierarchofSealand 3 points ago in SaltLakeCity

    You're right, the solution to homelessness is for the homeless to have homes! Wow! What incredible insight.

    [–] Good Guy Univision anchor Jorge Ramos HierarchofSealand 3 points ago in AdviceAnimals

    Lol, and living in the US almost certainly indicates that you've broken laws as well. Virtually every day, in fact. I'd be willing to bet that every American is technically a criminal on a regular basis.

    [–] Stupidest Dumbass Senator HierarchofSealand 4 points ago in SaltLakeCity

    What does 'debunked' mean to you?

    [–] Dad punishes 'bully' son by making him run to school HierarchofSealand -10 points ago in news

    This thread is depressing.

    No, it isn't abuse.

    However, this isn't some pinnacle of peak parenting either. This type of punishment does. not. work. At this point, it's basic behavioral psychology, and so more people need to be aware of it.

    Spanking does not work.

    No kind of physical punishment works.

    In general positive punishment (inflicting an unpleasant stimulus) is ineffective at modifying behavior.

    Stop idolizing an uncreative and ignorant parent. I guarantee this is not the first time this kid has had positive punishment from his father, and I guarantee this will not be the variable that changes his behavior.

    [–] Male escort exposes 36 actively gay priests in a file sent to Vatican containing erotic Whatsapp messages and photos. The allegations were compiled by a gay male escort who told local media he couldn’t put up with the priests’ "hypocrisy" any longer. HierarchofSealand 1 points ago in worldnews

    On the other hand, they are playing an administrative part of a system that has systematically targeted and demonized homosexuality, while simultaneously engaging with their homosexuality, which is extremely shitty. While it is okay to look at these priests as a victim of their beliefs, you also have to recognize they are an active participant in making the world worse for homosexuals.

    [–] No link between current or previous marijuana use and kidney disease - New study of nearly 14,000 individuals finds reassuring lack of evidence of the effect of infrequent, relatively light use of marijuana on kidney function, reports The American Journal of Medicine. HierarchofSealand 2 points ago * (lasted edited 16 days ago) in science

    I mean, most vaping meta-studies show that it is 95-97% less deleterious than smoking, but I guess that doesn't support your narrative that it is negligible or unimportant.

    IMO, vaping is going to be considered one of the biggest health advances of the early 21st century. Tobacco has an incredibly drastic affect on social health outcomes, and vaping has shown itself so far to be immensely lower in danger.

    And then, if we get our heads out of our asses, I believe marijuana can also be seen as a huge health win for the early 21st century - - if we are smart enough to socially embrace it as a substitute for alcohol. Marijuana has a very similar set of purposes for regular users as alcohol, except it is much less damaging.

    [–] GAs make over $120,000 a year? Uhh.....what the fuck??? HierarchofSealand 2 points ago in exmormon

    I would speculate that they get way more than that in the 12. They have a guaranteed publisher that they own, not to mention a base audience that would justify quite a large payout from a 3rd party publisher. Basically they name the price for a book they probably did not write.

    [–] In 2013 it cost $330,000 to grow a hamburger in the lab. They're soon expected to sell for $11. HierarchofSealand 248 points ago * (lasted edited 18 days ago) in Futurology

    Boy. The number you've chosen, 441 gallons per pound, is literally the number touted by the beef industry. I am not going to fallaciously say that it is wrong because of that, but everyone should be very skeptical of the accuracy of that number. It uses some very fuzzy math to justify that number (trying to discount based on evaporation, urination, etc). While you can measure like that, you can't do that while comparing it to statistics for food that don't use the same math.

    Let me put it this way, to grow a pound of beef you need to feed it dozens of pounds of feed.

    A cow needs to be birthed and raised for 3 years before it can slaughtered. That means that every pound not only needs to be grown, but maintained for that long. That alone puts beef astoundingly ahead of almost any plant based food, but also chicken and pork. Quite simply, it is a matter of simple physics that ensures that a slaughtered cow will be extremely resource intensive.