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    [–] Megathread: President Trump announces increase in tariffs on China for billions of dollars of products, as Wall Street reacts to an intensifying trade war ZippyDan 2 points ago in politics

    Amazing because all my friends in Iran, and I have many, are talking about how so many foreign corporations have pulled out, how the economy has gone tits up, how even basic food stuffs are insanely expensive, how hard it is to get dollars, etc. all since Trump fucked them.

    Sure there are lots of third world countries that will still trade with them, and there is Russia and China who don't give a fuck, but there ability to trade with Western countries is severely diminished. Some few brave/stupid companies try to find loopholes, but plenty of examples have been made of companies trying to skirt the sanctions who have gotten caught and most companies just don't see it as worth the risk.

    And yes, that was a Trump fuckup and I actually love Iran, the country and the people (the government is evil).

    The point is that the US sanctions alone have really, really hurt the Iranian economy, despite the fact that some few companies manage to continue trading. Sanctions have also worked to stifle the Russian economy. That's what we need to do to China.

    [–] Megathread: President Trump announces increase in tariffs on China for billions of dollars of products, as Wall Street reacts to an intensifying trade war ZippyDan 1 points ago in politics

    "Too big to fail".

    Who is doing this "forcing" in your magical land?

    Almost no western countries are doing business in or with Iran. Why? US sanctions alone. I'd like to see US and EU sanctions against China. We shouldn't be doing business with murderers.

    If we don't force greedy companies to find alternatives, we'll end up with an unstoppable Chinese empire. We may already be too late.

    [–] Megathread: President Trump announces increase in tariffs on China for billions of dollars of products, as Wall Street reacts to an intensifying trade war ZippyDan 1 points ago in politics

    We would have naturally transitioned away from China once their standard of living got high enough

    That's not the point. The point is that we don't want China's standard of living to get high enough under a genocidal, authoritarian government. We want their experiment to fail, and yet we're propping them up with billions, even trillions in trade. As problematic as American global hegemony is, nobody wants the nightmare world where China is the global superpower - but that's where we're headed if we keep supporting their economy.

    The obsession with Chinese goods is not the disease, it is a logical symptom of a greater issue.

    No, Western (human?) consumerism and short-sightedness is indeed a huge issue, but it is a separate * issue. China has managed to leverage that shortsightedness to their advantage (arguably, they've *used us as much as, even more than, we've "used" them).

    Eventually we will run out of poor countries to take advantage of but that is still a long way off, although it will be a huge problem if and when that happens.

    Ignore for the moment that "taking advantage of" poorer countries is not so black and white, and that there are definite horrors to the short-term nature of capitalistic exploitation of third-world labor, resources, and markets. Let's focus on the fact that China has, for a fact, used western investments to pull themselves from the third-world to near superpower status.

    If we are going to "take advantage of" some poorer country, and simultaneously give them the "opportunity" of long-term economic advancement as we have/are giving China, I'd much rather we "take advantage of" a democratic nation with basic respect for human rights, freedom of expression, and freedom of press. Like India, for example.

    Not that India doesn't have it's own host of tremendous problems, but they at least have a political and social framework that gives me more optimism than the corresponding Chinese system. And, again, I recognize that "taking advantage of" any poor country has its own set of problems and it would be better if we didn't, but that's a separate problem, which you've already described well. But if we're going to have that problem, I'd rather we "take advantage of" a different country.

    [–] Megathread: President Trump announces increase in tariffs on China for billions of dollars of products, as Wall Street reacts to an intensifying trade war ZippyDan -1 points ago in politics

    If they're forced to? Yes.

    We're propping up an authoritarian, genocidal, environmentally disastrous regime. This "too-big-to-fail" mentality is exactly why China continues to get away with so much on the international stage. We need to stop kowtowing to corporate and industrial interests and start putting the environment and social concerns first. China is the source of so much suffering in the world, both past, present, and future.

    [–] The Very Real Possibility of President Elizabeth Warren ZippyDan 1 points ago in politics

    In terms of public office, I don't care (too much) if you're a piece of shit, as long as

    1. Your shittiness doesn't involve illegal actions
    2. Your shittiness doesn't affect the effectiveness of your policies

    Electing politicians should 100% be about choosing the person with the policies that are going to do the most good for the most amount of people. Good character is just a bonus.

    [–] Megathread: President Trump announces increase in tariffs on China for billions of dollars of products, as Wall Street reacts to an intensifying trade war ZippyDan 1 points ago in politics

    China exists based on the support of its people. Its people support the government because their standard of living has risen tremendously in the last three decades. These are people willing to trade freedom for comfort. If that comfort starts to disappear, perhaps the CCCP won't be as unshakeable as thought.

    If you give companies years to switch from China, you also give China years to prepare for that change.

    [–] Megathread: President Trump announces increase in tariffs on China for billions of dollars of products, as Wall Street reacts to an intensifying trade war ZippyDan 1 points ago in politics

    I don't know enough about the TPP to make a call. It was such a massive and complex agreement. I know there were many posts on reddit against it, even before Trump was a thing, mostly because I think it also would have affected things like intellectual property rights, but I'm really not sure.

    [–] Megathread: President Trump announces increase in tariffs on China for billions of dollars of products, as Wall Street reacts to an intensifying trade war ZippyDan -12 points ago in politics

    I universally hate Trump but this trade war with China is the only thing I can really get behind. It does hurt the US in the short term, but US business (and EU business, and world business) really does need to find an alternative. China is rapidly becoming one of the number one threats to the global environment, to human rights, and to freedom, free information, and democracy. Doing business with China continues to prop up their genocidal, authoritarian government. Hell, I'd like to see economic sanctions against China from the US and the EU until they make sweeping reforms.

    Unfortunately this is, again, where Trump is just awful. He has spent so much time driving a wedge between us and Europe, where really he should have been getting the EU on board with his plan to isolate China.

    It's apparent, though, that Trump rarely has a plan. He just has random actions.

    [–] Macron says France will block EU trade deal with Brazil over Amazon forest fires ZippyDan 5 points ago in worldnews

    we should ban palm oil too, honestly.

    while everyone is looking at Brazil, Malaysia and Indonesia are burning and clear-cutting perhaps the second largest forest areas in the world at alarming rates, and most of it is to plant more palm plantations.

    [–] Macron says France will block EU trade deal with Brazil over Amazon forest fires ZippyDan 1 points ago in worldnews

    fuck 50% tariff. Ban Brazilian agribusiness products period until they get their shit together

    [–] I've completely and totally changed my sunglasses game, and I'm never going back. I thought some people here might be interested. ZippyDan 2 points ago in Frugal

    Hopefully environmentally conscious leaders in the Americas and Europe can put pressure on the third world to get their act together. And/or aid. This small movement we see by the EU to possibly ban beef from Brazil is one small and encouraging example of what could be possible.

    [–] If someone steals your ID, Bank of America has a control gap that will allow them to pilfer your savings account. ZippyDan 1 points ago in personalfinance

    I don't do Africa much, admittedly.

    As for Asia, China, Japan, Korea and Taiwan are mostly electronic. Philippines is $1.50 per withdraw. Indonesia is mostly free. I'm sick of Thailand and rarely go there, but the ATM fees are exorbitant. Thailand has become a fairly electronic-friendly payment place anyway.

    I could definitely save a bit by moving to CS (I already use them for stock trading), but at this point the relationship I have with my small bank outweighs the benefit in savings. It's also not as big of a jump in savings as going from Chase (which was basically costing me 3%+ of all income).

    [–] If someone steals your ID, Bank of America has a control gap that will allow them to pilfer your savings account. ZippyDan 1 points ago in personalfinance

    I could save on ATM fees, true. But that's like $3 per month, on average.

    I don't deal with remittances in foreign currency and I use other services for international wires in the very rare event I have to send money internationally (maybe twice a year).

    Most of my transactions are electronic (using Visa) primarily or cash (withdrawn), depending on the country. Some countries are very cash-centric, but those countries also, generally, have the lowest withdrawal fees.

    At this point I've been with this bank for 10+ years, and they know me and work well with my needs and are very flexible, so changing over to something new to save $3/month doesn't seem worth it.

    [–] I've completely and totally changed my sunglasses game, and I'm never going back. I thought some people here might be interested. ZippyDan 2 points ago in Frugal

    Policy was so slow to change in response to the coming global crisis we've seen since the 70s, that we are now on the verge of collapse along several environmental axes, to the point that our very extinction is a less than zero probability.

    At this point we need the fastest policy change in the history of governance.

    [–] I've completely and totally changed my sunglasses game, and I'm never going back. I thought some people here might be interested. ZippyDan 1 points ago in Frugal

    To be fair there are plenty of environmental destructive process that go on during intermediary industrial processes that are not the direct result of the end user demand for a finished good requiring x harmful input or y harmful process.

    Industry does have a lot to answer for on the question of environmental damage.

    [–] If someone steals your ID, Bank of America has a control gap that will allow them to pilfer your savings account. ZippyDan 1 points ago * (lasted edited a day ago) in personalfinance

    My online banking is great and I'm not using a credit union, so I'm happy you also found something that works well for you?

    [–] If someone steals your ID, Bank of America has a control gap that will allow them to pilfer your savings account. ZippyDan 1 points ago in personalfinance

    I've used my small southern bank in over 60 countries throughout the world, for the past ten years, on every continent except Antarctica, and in France with no problems.

    Yes, I've had a few times, especially in the early years when they would flag me for fraud because of international charges, but they were easy to work with and I've now got them to open the card semi-permanently to international travel (ocassionally I'll have to renew it every 6 months or year or so).

    Also, it seems my bank's hours are much better than yours as they are open 16 of every 24 hours.

    Anyway, my small bank has been perfect for me. Obviously not every small bank will be the same - there are thousands across the country and they probably vary in quality wildly. The point is that small banks give you more variety in options and service. Some will probably be worse than the big banks, but some can be much, much better.

    I remember now I even lost my card once overseas and they FedEx overnighted a new card to me at no cost. (There may have been a rush processing fee but I think that's on VISA's end to rush the production of the card).

    Meanwhile, how many big banks are there really to choose from in the US? Five? And they are all pretty much the same level of rape-you mediocrity. I used to have a BoA account, a Chase account, and an HSBC account. I never felt like I was anything but a numbered sheep with all of them. My mom has Wells Fargo and my brother has Chase and Citi. Nothing I've heard about these banks, which is usually unremarkable but often derrogatory, really distinguishes one from the other.

    The best of those banks for me was HSBC which has a fantastic international presence (I think Citi does too), but even though I can find HSBC in almost every country, it doesn't mean their ATMs are actually convenient. I end up using the closest ATM more often than not, which is almost never an HSBC, so I might as well just use my small bank card to do the same thing.

    [–] They kinda forgot these issues mostly stem from GRRM’s writing ZippyDan 0 points ago in asoiafcirclejerk

    I haven't seen past season 4. My point was to point out to all the people I've seen complaining about season 7 and 8 that I saw the same flaws that they've been complaining about since season 1. Read my original post.

    [–] They kinda forgot these issues mostly stem from GRRM’s writing ZippyDan 1 points ago in asoiafcirclejerk

    I'm drawing a comparison between what I saw in the first season and what many people seem to be complaining about in the last seasons.

    If you want to defend the way that D&D handled travel time and distance and deny that there is a parallel in those criticisms, then I'd direct you to this post and ask you the same question:

    https://www.reddit.com/r/asoiafcirclejerk/comments/cu77l4/they_kinda_forgot_these_issues_mostly_stem_from/ext3pfj

    [–] They kinda forgot these issues mostly stem from GRRM’s writing ZippyDan -2 points ago in asoiafcirclejerk

    I watched season 1. I complain about season 1. What's so difficult to understand?

    [–] They kinda forgot these issues mostly stem from GRRM’s writing ZippyDan -2 points ago in asoiafcirclejerk

    These are both quotes from my original post from five years ago. Did you read my post? Do you disagree with these statements?

    https://www.reddit.com/r/gameofthrones/comments/22o8ua/season_1_questions_re_season_1_spoilers/

    while perfectly reasonable explanations may exist in the books or on the web for any of the above problems, I think the show was remiss not to give us those explanations on-screen. A TV show or movie must be able to stand on its own and judged on its own without requiring viewers to read thousands of pages of supporting text to understand how a story makes sense.

    for the TV series, [...] [there] is no excuse. The difference in medium means you need to explain these things better precisely because we don't have access to the internal dialogue.

    [–] They kinda forgot these issues mostly stem from GRRM’s writing ZippyDan -2 points ago * (lasted edited a day ago) in asoiafcirclejerk

    https://www.reddit.com/r/gameofthrones/comments/cu5k4x/spoilers_i_have_foreseen_it/ext47nn

    I've not directly criticized the last seasons because I haven't seen them. I've relinked to my detailed criticisms of the first season, which I did watch, because watching others' criticisms of the last seasons of GoT reminded me of my own criticisms of the earlier seasons. I'm drawing a comparison between my criticisms of five years ago and the prevailing criticisms of the end of the show. Re-read both this post and the old post I linked to. Nowhere do I directly criticize any story points from season 7 or 8 , because I didn't watch it. My only direct references to story criticisms are from season 1.

    I've left it to those who actually have watched the last seasons to see if the parallels are actually there.

    [–] [spoilers] i have foreseen it ZippyDan 0 points ago * (lasted edited a day ago) in gameofthrones

    Anyway, your criticism of my criticism is wrong.

    I've not directly criticized the last seasons because I haven't seen them. I've relinked to my detailed criticisms of the first season, which I did watch, because watching others' criticisms of the last seasons of GoT reminded me of my own criticisms of the earlier seasons. I'm drawing a comparison between my criticisms of five years ago and the prevailing criticisms of the end of the show. Re-read both this post and the old post I linked to. Nowhere do I directly criticize any story points from season 7 or 8 , because I didn't watch it. My only direct references to story criticisms are from season 1.

    I've left it to the people who actually have seen the last seasons to draw any parallels if they see them.