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    [–] What’s a very scummy yet common crime that’s largely overlooked by most of society? istartedi 8 points ago in AskAnAmerican

    From the social service's PoV, it's damned if you do, damned if you don't. Deny services to unwed mothers, and the children suffer. Provide services to unwed mothers, and you reduce the incentive for marriage. It's a specific case of the general problem of "welfare traps".

    [–] What’s a very scummy yet common crime that’s largely overlooked by most of society? istartedi 16 points ago in AskAnAmerican

    No, that's not the real problem. It's the people that change lanes in the box when you're trying to follow the rules. That's the person who needs to be drawn and quartered, and the pieces posted at each corner of the intersection as a warning.

    The minor box-blocker who leaves a bit of his trunk in the intersection? I guarantee you they've been screwed by the lane changer at some point.

    [–] What’s a very scummy yet common crime that’s largely overlooked by most of society? istartedi 4 points ago in AskAnAmerican

    There really needs to be a "we really mean express" line. Cash only. No liquor, cigarettes, lottery, or any other crap that requires the cashier to walk away or ping a manager.

    [–] Troops cross North-South Korea Demilitarized Zone in peace for 1st time ever istartedi 35 points ago in worldnews

    Dennis Rodman and Trump. Maybe insane problems call for insane solutions... sometimes.

    [–] There's probably a lot of people in the food industry who unknowingly served people their last meals istartedi 1 points ago in Showerthoughts

    If it's anything like here, the local online news publishes obits with pictures. If you follow the local news, the guy's picture and circumstances of death would pop up right in your feed.

    [–] Cave lit solely by glow worms, New Zealand [OC] [2760 x 3680] istartedi 1 points ago in EarthPorn

    Yep, and not just in caves. There was a place in the eastern US I knew where at the right time of year there would be this subtle green glow on the forest floor from glow worms. I always wondered if they were larval fire flies, but I think they might be a separate species.

    [–] In your opinion should marijuana be legal in your state?If it is already is should it be federally legal why or why not? istartedi 1 points ago in AskAnAmerican

    It's already legal here, but it needs to move away from the dispensary model towards a model more like cigarette sales--behind the counter at most groceries and convenience stores, so you have to interact with somebody to get it and so you can be easily carded. Also, they need to calibrate the taxes down a bit so that the black market gets effectively choked out. Smokers who are used to the black market aren't driving 20 miles to the nearest store. They're just using their existing networks. Then, and this is important, those taxes need to be earmarked 100% towards programs that prevent youth from using substances. The science is pretty clear that developing minds are damaged by this. I don't think any of the legal states are handling this well. High schools in Colorado appear to be full of black market weed based on what I'm hearing from people who have direct experience with their schools.

    [–] Egypt Bans the Sale of Yellow Vests Suspecting that Egyptians Might Copy the French istartedi 0 points ago in worldnews

    Holy crap, that's just a bit less than 50mph. When the national speed limit in the USA was 55 mph, it massively eroded respect for the law. There was no protest, everybody just violated it and got into an "arms race" with the cops using CB radios and radar detectors, as is the American way.

    [–] How would Americans feel about Alberta becoming a US state? istartedi 14 points ago in AskAnAmerican

    Alaska isn't even well connected to itself via land. That's why boats and planes are so popular up there.

    [–] I don’t know this if this is right sub for this but I wish I grew up in the 80s istartedi 4 points ago in 80s

    We didn't know the world wasn't going to end with a full nuclear exchange. Our president said stupid things far less often, but accidentally said "the bombing begins in five minutes" into a hot mic. AIDS was a death sentence. Crack hit the inner cities. Teachers didn't teach anti-bullying. They bullied!

    Not to say that there weren't a lot of good things too. The music was a great escape, as were early video games. There were good things, because without them the bad things might have been unbearable.

    [–] The US deported a man who said he feared for his life 'on a daily basis' in Honduras and was trying to seek asylum. He was found murdered istartedi 2 points ago in worldnews

    A judge has to uphold the law though. He has to judge the legality based on things like precedent, not the morality based on his heart. It sounds great to let them make judgements based on their heart when you think they might have the heart of an angel. If we open that door though, we also open it to judges with the hearts of devils.

    [–] WHY CANT I FUCKING GET ON THE LEADERBOARD! istartedi 1 points ago in Slitherio

    By definition, the leader board is the top 10 players on the server. Assuming you don't suck too badly, you may be playing at the wrong time or not bringing the right weapons to battle. I sit out sometimes because there are bracket players on the server. They use mods, and I don't want to install mods. It's really difficult to beat them although there are some strategies, e.g., a zoomer can't get you from the side of the board occupied by a large player. Beware the darkness! From hence come mod-zoomers... unless you yourself are a mod zoomer, in which case... DIE.

    Don't play when the USA has just gotten off work. I think that's the worst time.

    [–] Three high ranking Axis soldiers are about to be interrogated istartedi 14 points ago in Jokes

    Today, December 7, 2018--a date which will live in infamy—the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by old jokes.

    [–] Trump reveals 87-page response to Mueller findings already created, despite no report released yet, pointing to strongly incriminating finding of collusion on the Russian investigation istartedi 2 points ago in worldnews

    Addressing the issue of age groups turns out to be harder, at least within my time constraints. Here's what I've found so far. It's very coarse data, divided into 10 year intervals by years ending in 6, and the last one is a projection so disregard that. If we agree that ages 25 to 54 are the "sweet spot" where people would be working if they could, then all we can draw from the data is that participation fell from 1996 to 2006, but we already kind of knew that. What's interesting is that participation 55 and over rose. The real fall is in the lowest age range, not the highest. 16 to 24 fled the work force. Various sources attribute this to increased college attendance, but it could be other factors too.

    The projections say that seniors will eventually leave the work force, but they're projections so "grain of salt".

    [–] Trump reveals 87-page response to Mueller findings already created, despite no report released yet, pointing to strongly incriminating finding of collusion on the Russian investigation istartedi 1 points ago in worldnews

    2014 as a turning point, noted in edit. Of course it's two different sets of numbers. The most widely reported number is U3. It's a more volatile statistic, useful for what's going on "right now". I'm not so sure if it's useful for judging an entire administration.

    [–] Trump reveals 87-page response to Mueller findings already created, despite no report released yet, pointing to strongly incriminating finding of collusion on the Russian investigation istartedi 12 points ago * (lasted edited 6 days ago) in worldnews

    Just to play devil's advocate, the labor force participation rate is the broadest measure of employment and this sliding statistic has bottomed out (edit, in 2014, late in Obama's administration) and remained level during the Trump administration.

    The devil's in the details though. The quality of that participation can certainly be questioned. There's the old joke about the politician who says "we've created two new jobs for every one that was lost" and the citizen who replies, "Yes, I know. I'm working both of them".

    [–] I made a portrait of a friend out of 13,000 dice. istartedi 0 points ago in DIY

    Now I'm kind of wondering how much it would cost to build a dice-making machine, and if we could actually make them for a $0.01/die. I'm picturing them being fed with square plastic stock that's cut, rounded, and fed into a little printing machine of sorts. The real trick is making sure that you're not making weighted dice. I bet Vegas dice are certified somehow. They take that stuff very seriously.

    [–] Being able to do well in high school without having to put in much effort is actually a big disadvantage later in life. istartedi 1 points ago in Showerthoughts

    If you're cruising high school, maybe you should add some extra challenge to make up for it. Don't push too hard though. Dial it back if you're too stressed. For me, I hit the wall with a paper route that required me to get up at 4:30 every morning. I was soooo.... tired. I gave it up before the holidays, despite everybody telling me that Christmas bonuses were a huge part of the pay. I don't regret that decision one bit. Getting mostly As was more important. Stupid French class. Always a B. The one time I directed more thought to it and got an A... another class went down to B.

    [–] How Long Is A Chinese Name istartedi 5 points ago in Jokes

    I bet they're happy to live in Beaverton.

    [–] Will we ever run out of music? Is there a finite number of notes and ways to put the notes together such that eventually it will be hard or impossible to create a unique sound? istartedi 1 points ago in askscience

    That subjectivity can be quantified in some way. Googling around, there is a source claiming that the iTunes library has about 148 years of recorded music. That's more than a lifetime, so it's certain that you won't run out of music. Since everything is new for a baby and we're constantly turning over, I'd argue that's sufficient to say that we have more than enough music for everybody to experience novelty on a daily basis. Whether or not they like it is still subjective of course.

    [–] Wall Street Traders Were Intense in 1980 istartedi 1 points ago in 80s

    I wonder if that office is a room full of humming servers now, with just 2 or 3 network techs walking around.

    [–] TIL In 1986 an Aeroflot pilot, bet with his co-pilot that he could land the plane flying blind, he curtained all the cockpit windows and crashed the plane, killing 70 out of the 94 passengers, the pilot survived. istartedi 6 points ago in todayilearned

    It's weird that this is on the FP because just last night I was reading about a couple of pilots who decided to push their plane to its service ceiling of 41,000. They ascended way too fast, lost airspeed, ignored stall warnings, and got both engines into a state known as "core lock". This is caused by the engine overheating, then different parts cool at different rates. Because tolerances are tight, this causes rotating parts to touch and require lots of torque and/or time to move again. The pilots had several safe emergency landing options, but wasted precious altitude and time trying to re-start the engines. They lied to ATC about the true nature of the emergency. Ultimately, they only killed themselves because it was one of those flights with no passengers where they were re-positioning.

    Here's more detail for the curious