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    [–] HR pulled me to demand proof of a degree I never claimed to have, (they knew I only had a HS diploma) and now they want to cut my pay. KhabaLox 1 points ago in personalfinance

    C) Cut the employees pay without asking questions.

    Who said they didn't ask questions of OP's supervisor? Maybe there have been discussions about this employee among management and they don't necessarily want to fire him, but rather want him to quit.

    [–] I am convinced that we can do to guns what we've done to drugs KhabaLox 2 points ago in Libertarian

    The right to self-defense is the most fundamental of all rights, it is side by side with self-ownership.

    I agree. Self-defense is not synonymous with gun ownership. Today (or in the very near future), I will need encryption or digital tools more than a gun to adequately defend myself.

    [–] I am convinced that we can do to guns what we've done to drugs KhabaLox 1 points ago in Libertarian

    Agreed. There are Natural Rights. I believe we have the Natural (inherent) Right to self-defense. The Founders enshrined this right in the Constitution specifically for "arm" which in their time was understood to be muskets. Today, I might need good encryption and/or digital security to protect myself from criminals (and the government). Is that a right under the umbrella of the 2nd Amendment? Is it a right under the umbrella of all Natural Rights?

    [–] I am convinced that we can do to guns what we've done to drugs KhabaLox 0 points ago in Libertarian

    A distinction without a whole lot of meaning. Gun Ownership is only an "inherent right" because Jefferson, Madison et al thought it should be. Its not a Natural Right according to most philosophers. The right to self defense may be, but not the right to form an armed militia.

    [–] I am convinced that we can do to guns what we've done to drugs KhabaLox 1 points ago in Libertarian

    Does Australia have a thriving black market for guns? What about for drugs?

    [–] What US Social Security Is Worth KhabaLox 14 points ago in financialindependence

    It seems like millenials will be shouldering the burden left by the excess of the boomers.

    Whenever these discussions come up, I feel like the forgotten middle child. I'm a late Gen Xer, and will turn 67 in 2042. I fully expect the retirement age to be higher than 67 before then. Gen X will feel the impact of this before Millennials.

    [–] What are the most overrated movies of all time? KhabaLox 1 points ago in AskReddit

    I though the soundtrack was really good. It was one of the few films where I suddenly realized that half of the tension I was feeling came feom the music and sound.

    [–] 50 Stripes & 13 Stars Flag KhabaLox 3 points ago in vexillology

    I'll take "Flags from The Man in the High Castle" for 200, Alex.

    [–] If you want to add an extra 71 billion dollars to the economy, start taxing churches KhabaLox 1 points ago in atheism

    The over-all economy wouldn't change at all.

    That assumes that the multiplier affect of the marginal government revenue is the same as it is if it remains with the church. It's possible that the government would spend the money in such a way as to generate more economic activity.

    [–] Government set to borrow nearly $1 Trillion this year, an 84 percent jump from last year KhabaLox 1 points ago in Conservative

    One interesting side effect of paying off the debt would be that there would be no safe T bills in which people could park their money.

    [–] Government set to borrow nearly $1 Trillion this year, an 84 percent jump from last year KhabaLox 1 points ago in Conservative

    wasting tons of money on interest payments (much of which goes to the Chinese, btw) we go backwards economically. And China goes forward.

    That's a bit misleading. China is the largest foreign holder of US debt, at around $1T, but that is only 1/6 of the total foreign holdings of $6T. And that $6T is a little less that half of the debt held by the public. So China only has around 8% of the debt held by the public.

    Meanwhile, the US government holds about $5T of the total debt of $17.8T, so our ow. government gets 5x the interest that China does.

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_debt_of_the_United_States

    [–] Government set to borrow nearly $1 Trillion this year, an 84 percent jump from last year KhabaLox 1 points ago in Conservative

    It's possible that tax revenue would have been higher if the tax cuts did not happen if the cause of the increase in National Income (which is what causes a tax revenue increase) was due to factors other than the tax cut (e.g. dramatically falling oil prices, etc.)

    [–] Nunes Memo officially released: KhabaLox 1 points ago in PoliticalHumor

    What, you think she turned 18 on Boxing Day? You know for sure Joseph was hitting that by the new year.

    [–] Redditor thinks semi driver is an idiot, but is actually a hero KhabaLox 14 points ago in facepalm

    It took me an embarrassingly long time to figure out you werent talking about companies who fly planes that go out of business.

    [–] Killer's in the water KhabaLox 2 points ago in thalassophobia

    No witnesses.... smart of them.

    [–] Got laid off and now the company that laid me off is trying to hire me back at a discount. KhabaLox 2 points ago in personalfinance

    Said even easier: Who would they hire, if not you?

    One of my previous bosses made me read a great negotiation book, "Getting to Yes." One of the concepts the authors discussed was BATNA - Best Alternative to Negotiated Agreement.

    What will your ex-employer do if he can't hire you? Probably hire a new contractor at a higher rate that he has to train.

    What will you do if you don't take the job? Continue to receive unemployment while you search for a more stable position.

    You have a lot of the power here. I would ask for at least 2x if it's a short term gig (perhaps more if you are 1099), and 1.25x if he wants to hire you back full time.

    [–] What’s always portrayed unrealistically in movies? KhabaLox 3 points ago in AskReddit

    Not to mention that when you can see the screen, its actual Linux commands.

    [–] What’s always portrayed unrealistically in movies? KhabaLox 1 points ago in AskReddit

    I watched the Jack Reacher sequel last night and they had to leave the internet cafe before the bad guys "triangulated their IP address."

    [–] What the community thinks about mercy KhabaLox 6 points ago in Overwatch

    My kids ask why I like playing Mercy so much. Ummm... because you don't have to aim.