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    [–] Next crash will be ‘worse than the Great Depression’: experts. US household debt of $13.3 trillion now exceeds the 2008 peak. That’s due in part to mortgage lending, which is hovering near its decade-ago level of $9 trillion-plus. Ozimandius 1 points ago in Futurology

    Sure, it will be different, but to say there won't be disastrous ripple effects of a largescale housing market collapse seems naive to me. Don't see why it would be better for the collapse to start with Bank of America or PNC or other mortgage lenders rather than AIG and other insurance underwriters - if anything those institutions directly on the line now are MORE central to our economy.

    [–] Asteroid mining just get a step closer. Japan has landed two robots on an asteroid. Ozimandius 2 points ago in Futurology

    Well, clearly the first things you need to build if you are going to do space mining is some kind of power generation equipment (solar cells, etc and 3d printing/sintering units. Then you build more mining equipment.

    If you are going to do mining on any large scale you are going to need to start pretty small and spend the first few years just turning any mined materials into more mining equipment - it is just really expensive to land a piece of equipment the size of which could do any meaningful mining on an asteroid.

    [–] What experiments/tests do you think the government are doing that we have no idea about? Ozimandius 1 points ago in AskReddit

    Naw, they ARE probably doing human testing THROUGH social media. Seeing if you can socially engineer at-risk populations to report their friends for dangerous activities or the like.

    [–] Ted Cruz leads Beto O'Rourke 54 to 45, Quinnipiac poll says Ozimandius 1 points ago in politics

    I know it is easy to be caught in the passion of the moment, but the parties are not as cut and dry good/evil as you are portraying here. I am a democrat too but I am just getting scared that democrats literally cannot even GRASP the idea that people think differently on immigration or government regulation than them. There are lots of people who believe that legal immigration should be better funded and fixed and illegal immigration clamped down on more. There are people who want environmental protections but think that the vast majority of the time they are poorly and selectively enforced and mostly end up just increasing costs or making it take years or decades to do something straightforward.

    There are negative sides to regulations that affect even the most environmentally conscious people who want to create sustainable and environmentally friendly businesses but give up because actually getting certified for this and that takes so long and costs so much. Meanwhile some of the big corporations that were in the room when the regulations were made get grandfathered in and don't have to face the same hurdles, giving them huge advantages. You can be for the environment and against governmental regulation.

    I am a democrat. 100%, have always voted democrat (for the last 16 years at least minus a brief period in my late teens). But you need to at least understand the other side to have a real conversation and have any hope of swaying someone's opinion.

    [–] Megathread: Senate Judiciary Committee To Hold Public Hearing On Kavanaugh Accusations, Vote Postponed Ozimandius 1 points ago * (lasted edited 7 days ago) in politics

    It was a direct quote, minus the 'without asking' which is clearly implied and in context.

    And rapists think the same way. You will hear it time and again in rape case after rape case. She wanted it, and I know because she didn't stop me. NO. A woman isn't 'letting you' put your dick inside them if you just run up to them and do it without asking. They aren't stopping you not because they want it, which is what you are absurdly and scarily inferring, but because they are too freaking scared of the consequences or their mind has just shut down because they can't process the reality of the situation.

    Trump thinks its because he's famous and they want it. That's rapist thinking through and through.

    [–] Megathread: Senate Judiciary Committee To Hold Public Hearing On Kavanaugh Accusations, Vote Postponed Ozimandius 1 points ago in politics

    If your definition of consensual is 'just grab em by the pussy without asking' then you need to get yourself checked. People letting you do something because they are afraid of the consequences of saying no is basically the definition of rape.

    [–] Conway on Kavanaugh accuser: 'This woman should not be insulted and she should not be ignored' Ozimandius 1 points ago in politics

    The problem lies in the public understanding of it. It is called a lie detector, not a nervousness barometer or something. It's just a very misleading tool with a history of abuse and misuse. If instead of using words like 'failed a lie detector test' or 'willing to take a like detector' we said 'I am willing to let a professional watch me say this and see whether I am nervous about it or not' or 'He seemed really nervous when telling us his story' ... that seems useful but definitely has a very different ring to it.

    [–] I just quit my awful job, my skin is clear, just bought organic groceries, and it’s a beautiful day. I feel so much better than I have in so long Ozimandius 1 points ago * (lasted edited 8 days ago) in happy

    I am neither republican, nor pesticide loving. The article you linked is about GMO's, which I am in no way opposed to and that study had no evidence that supported they were harmful which is what you seemed to get out of it. Calm the heck down and get some reading comprehension before you start your infantile ranting.

    [–] I just quit my awful job, my skin is clear, just bought organic groceries, and it’s a beautiful day. I feel so much better than I have in so long Ozimandius 0 points ago * (lasted edited 8 days ago) in happy

    That is an odd edit.

    Anyway, the effects of copper sulfate are pretty well known. It is used as an herbicide and fungicide. Ingestion of 1g can cause symptoms of toxicity and 10-20g can be lethal. But of course, people are not exposed to those sorts of doses from eating agricultural products, just as they are not for other pesticides. The lethal dose for glyphosate for example is 4g per kg in rats... so over 10x less lethal by direct ingestion.

    In any case, the main concern would be the downchain and lasting ecological effects of widespread use which is what I think people are talking about when they say 'organic has high pesticide usage'. Copper sulfate is toxic to some bees, for example. It bioaccumulates and is very bad for marine life, especially as you move up the food chain. It accumulates in the soil as well and is harder to get rid of...

    As for exact amounts, it is difficult to find the numbers but despite the relatively low amount of organic food farmed compared to conventional, we use over 20 million pounds a year in 2015 (I'm sure it has gone up a lot as organic has increased significantly but this was the most recent data) vs ~300 million for glysophosphate.

    [–] A simple mindfucking. Ozimandius 1 points ago in funny

    Or 100%. Because all answers would be arguably true, and if you talked to any not terrible teacher about your answer you could get credit.

    But being more optimistic about teachers may be a product of being out of school for a decade now.

    [–] I just quit my awful job, my skin is clear, just bought organic groceries, and it’s a beautiful day. I feel so much better than I have in so long Ozimandius 1 points ago in happy

    Can you find a source for this? I've been reading on it, finding papers/articles that conclude that organic farming uses fewer pesticides. In one instance someone found an equal number of pesticides in organic and conventional farming, however that data was erroneous, as it could not be replicated. One of the arguments for your position are che

    How would the fact that copper sulfate isn't tested for not argue the amount of pesticides used when copper sulfate is used as an organic pesticide?

    [–] RIP to the Republican Party that preached balanced budgets and fiscal restraint Ozimandius 1 points ago * (lasted edited 10 days ago) in politics

    Not to be contrary here but ... that's a bit of a stretch. He had brought the deficits back down to the very worst year under Bush, but he raised them

    2006 - $248 billion Bush. Continued war spending, tax cuts, etc.

    2007 - $161billion Last year bush pre crash - his lowest post 9/11.

    2008 - $459billion Last year of Bush. crash. Bank bailout. QE.

    2009 - $1,413billion Stimulus Act. Continued bailouts, first obama year.

    2010 - $1,294 billion Obama tax cuts. ACA. Simpson-Bowles.

    2011 - $1,300 billion 'Debt crisis.'

    2012 - $1,087 billion 'Fiscal cliff.' Still over 1 trilion in deficit spending.

    2013 - $679 billion sequester. Government shutdown.

    2014 - $485 billion Debt ceiling.

    2015 - $438 billion Lowest deficit during obama term.

    2016 - $585 billion Last year of Obama.

    Now, I think you would be pretty hard pressed to say Obama 'reduced the deficit' compared to his predecessors. His last year of $585 billion was his third lowest, and the highest of all time for any other president despite being well after the crash and not having any of those effects counted in. The average of obama's lowest 4 years doesn't even come close to the highest 4 years of any other president. It was at unprecedented levels during almost his entire term, and started to come down to normal levels but hadn't even gotten down to other president's highest deficit numbers.

    There were certainly extenuating circumstances to these record deficits but let's not just completely make stuff up.

    All info from here

    [–] RIP to the Republican Party that preached balanced budgets and fiscal restraint Ozimandius 0 points ago in politics

    I mean, I get upset about it too but Obama certainly increased the debt but more than reagan GWB and Trump. He passed a tax cut and a huge stimulus bill and a big healthcare bill. You can certainly argue that his hand was forced by circumstance caused by his predecessor but you can't just say he didn't increase debt and deficits.

    [–] Dallas Officer Arrested In Shooting Death Of Botham Shem Jean Ozimandius 2 points ago * (lasted edited 15 days ago) in news

    People were speculating all kinds of stuff but there is 0 chance she was drinking in a bar in uniform. And apparently was new to the building and parked in a parking garage attached that has walk throughs to each floor. Parked on 4th floor when she lives on 3rd floor and was confused coming off a 15 hour shift is her story. That account of things can be found here.

    [–] Dallas Officer Arrested In Shooting Death Of Botham Shem Jean Ozimandius 2 points ago * (lasted edited 15 days ago) in news

    The whole pounding on the door of her own house thing didn't happen according to most of the stuff I read. It was confusion from eye witness accounts that had police officers pounding on the door when they came after being called to the scene of a the murder.

    Her official story as of right now is this: (summary) Came off 15 hour shift from police station 5 mins away still in uniform, parked on the fourth floor of the apartment building which she had recently moved into (parking garage attached with a walk through to each floor) thinking it was the 3rd floor, went to the apartment right above her own. Used her key, door opened (was unlocked), dark inside, man there, she shoots twice, turns on light, sees its not her apartment, calls cops hysterical.

    Whether any of that is actually true, hopefully we will find out, but certainly more plausible than the initial story which made no sense. Still manslaughter no matter how you look at it.

    [–] Dallas Officer Arrested In Shooting Death Of Botham Shem Jean Ozimandius 1 points ago in news

    Naw, this woman is gonna take the fall for DPD's poor training and overworking. Coming off a 15 hour shift and probably overstressed from shitty working conditions and half asleep the story should be at least partially about how shitty the DPD is for putting their officers out into the streets armed in these conditions. Instead the DPD is cooperating for once and saying she made the mistake, trying to distract from their own role. She clearly knows she fucked up, but DPD doesn't seem to acknowledge their own contributions.

    [–] Dallas Officer Arrested In Shooting Death Of Botham Shem Jean Ozimandius 3 points ago in news

    She was just coming off a 15 hour shift, so being deep into xanax seems unlikely to me. But maybe.

    [–] Dallas Officer Arrested In Shooting Death Of Botham Shem Jean Ozimandius -1 points ago in news

    There are plenty of apartments that open into a small entry or hallway that looks nearly the same in every unit.

    [–] Donald Trump complained that coverage of John McCain’s death was “over-the-top”, and that it distracted from his recent trade deal with Mexico, report says Ozimandius 2 points ago in politics

    He and Trump were butting heads way before he found out he was going to die. I agree that he bowed to most of Trump's policies, but I understand that behind the scenes he was vehemently objecting to parts and watering down what he could. He was a force behind keeping Russian sanctions up. The votes are not the only measure of what he did to shape policy and stand up to Trump.

    [–] Donald Trump complained that coverage of John McCain’s death was “over-the-top”, and that it distracted from his recent trade deal with Mexico, report says Ozimandius 1 points ago in politics

    I think the point is that tyranny of the majority can be a thing, and the senate structure is part of the official recognition of that. There may need to be MORE structures like it rather than less.

    The senate in general is one of the more stabilizing forces on the country and really hasn't been the main cause of any of our recent woes. The hyperpartisan stuff mostly has come from the house which is structured like you suggest. Not sure how making the senate more like the house would change that.

    [–] Childish Gambino - Feels Like Summer Ozimandius 11 points ago in donaldglover

    The read I saw on it was that Kanye supported Obama back in the beginning, but after the T. Swift incident Obama called Kanye a "Jackass" ... and so Gambino is speculating that maybe all his lashing out Trump stuff is just because he needs a hug.

    [–] Parkland student rips Rubio for complaint about Neil Armstrong movie: Where was this energy after school shooting? Ozimandius 2 points ago in politics

    Or maybe it was done because the ACTUAL planting of the flag was a long process of astronauts fumbling with equipment and trying to plant a flag in the loose lunar soil and failing a few times. The film was trying to be as accurate as possible and if they had shown that realism you would most likely be crying about a rewrite of history in the same way.

    The flag is still shown in the movie. This is manufactured outrage. Just stop.

    [–] Parkland student rips Rubio for complaint about Neil Armstrong movie: Where was this energy after school shooting? Ozimandius 4 points ago * (lasted edited 23 days ago) in politics

    It isn't anti-american. It is still a movie about americans going to the god damn moon. It's just the idea that stabbing the moon with a flag being the 'most iconic part' of that amazing journey is a travesty.

    Although clearly the most iconic part were mankind's first steps on the moon.

    [–] A clear bathtub Ozimandius 0 points ago in pics

    Don't think OP was trying to surprise or amaze you. Sometimes the picture speaks for itself, let the commenters make the obvious jokes about cleaning or how horrible we would all look naked.