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    [–] Eating less meat essential to curb climate change keepcrazy -1 points ago in environment

    Yeah. I’m all for the environment n all, but asking me to give up meat is like asking Oklahoma to give up pickup trucks!!

    Totally cool with lab grown meat, though.

    [–] Saw a rage inducing FB post by a family member keepcrazy 0 points ago in atheism

    I dunno why you are so downvoted on this. I think there is little dispute that Jesus “existed”. The dispute is whether he’s a diety. He’s not. He’s a fucking charlatan.

    Best case, he was a charismatic person who learned the tricks of the trade while “studying in the desert”. Hmm, why are there no writing if Jesus from one year old till his late 20’s?!

    Oh. And there is arguably some question about whether baby Jesus is the same dude as adult Jesus.

    But, either way, there are lots of historical texts confirming the existence of said Jesus dude.

    [–] What are some things that are normal to those who live in rural/suburban areas that are seemingly foreign to people who were born and raised in cities? keepcrazy 22 points ago in AskReddit

    It’s about how long it takes. I didn’t have a drivers license when I came to the States, but it really stuck out to me that in the US people describe distances as time, not space.

    When I started driving, it all made sense. The actual distance really IS irrelevant. The time it takes to get there is everything. Five miles in the city could be 30 minutes and 40 miles in the country could also be 30 minutes.

    In fact, most Americans could not tell you, in miles, how far it is to a particular place. But they know EXACTLY how long it takes to get there.

    [–] I went for my interview to be a bus driver. keepcrazy 1 points ago in Jokes

    In New York City, they have people that hang out at bus stops to record the time the bus shows up. If they’re early, the driver is cited. They must always be on time or late.

    [–] Trump said Tuesday that "I have no financial interests in Saudi Arabia" — but in fact he has boasted in the past that "I make a lot of money with them." keepcrazy 46 points ago in worldnews

    This. Trump isn’t feeding them anything new, just reinforcing the propaganda they’re already eat up.

    I think Woodward was wrong - it’s not fear that drives his base, it’s anger. The same was true in Nazi Germany. You tell them things that make them more angry, and promise to solve it and they’ll follow you anywhere.

    [–] Life is good . keepcrazy 3 points ago in funny

    This gif has been around so long that this guy now lives in a retirement home!

    [–] The look on this pilots face as his passenger decides to jump and throw her arms into the air for a pic while under the spinning chopper blades. keepcrazy 14 points ago in pics

    Even when in the ground, the tail rotor is stabilizing against gyroscopic procession, so it’s still needed if the main blades are turning. But it has a lot of leverage relative to the center of gravity so any additional weight back there is a big deal.

    [–] The look on this pilots face as his passenger decides to jump and throw her arms into the air for a pic while under the spinning chopper blades. keepcrazy 1 points ago in pics

    The tail rotor has a lot of leverage because of its distance from the center of gravity, so any additional weight back there needs to be compensated with 10-20x that weight in front.

    Even a small bit of housing weight is a big deal.

    [–] Flight attendants, what are some things we as passengers don’t know when we fly? Also what are the negative aspects of your job? keepcrazy 1 points ago in AskReddit

    Lol. I was an airline pilot in the 90’s. Thought it was my dream job after coming to the US. Lasted a year.

    LOL, it’s possible I didn’t even last a year...

    [–] [OC] US Electric Vehicle Market Share Crosses 3% For The First Time keepcrazy 1 points ago in dataisbeautiful

    Unless something has changed in the last few years it’s not legal. The IRS has rules for withholdings on W2 income based on the information provided on your W9, which is why everyone else gets so much taken out of bonuses.

    (Note, I’m using rules and legal interchangeably... it’s hard to tell with the irs whether something is a “law” or “rule”, but it’s pretty safe to assume they treat all their “rules” as law. )

    [–] [OC] US Electric Vehicle Market Share Crosses 3% For The First Time keepcrazy 1 points ago in dataisbeautiful

    Huh? I’m pointing out that this is a beneficial policy for you, but technically not “legal” for them to do.

    [–] U.S. business group says Trump’s China tariffs costing Americans $1.4 billion a month keepcrazy 1 points ago in Economics

    I gather your argument to say “maybe higher interest rates are better”.

    But there are two problems with your argument right up front. First of all, we don’t have low interest rates to generate inflation, we keep interest rates as low as possible to generate economic growth. Economic growth reduces the impact of the national debt and maintains wage growth to keep pace with (and hopefully exceed) population growth.

    Second, increasing interest rates increases interest on out massive and, suddenly expanding, national debt. The way the debt works is that the Fed sells new bonds (issuing debt) and buys back and pays off old ones (reducing debt) on a daily basis. Debt increases if they issue more bonds than they pay off. But if interest rates increase, the interest rate on the entirety of the national debt will also increase over time.

    To put it in real numbers, take a trillion dollar debt. If the interest rate increases from 3% to 4%, that’s just one percent, right? But today the interest on our debt is poised to exceed military spending and that 1% increase is actually a 33.3% increase in interest payments.

    Where should that money come from?

    [–] U.S. business group says Trump’s China tariffs costing Americans $1.4 billion a month keepcrazy 13 points ago in Economics

    But.... it doesn’t!! I’m guessing you’re just a troll, but look at it this way: ford builds cars in the US. The tariffs have increased the cost of raw steel and aluminum by 20-30% in the us.

    Even if you buy US steel and aluminum, the prices have increased due to.... well... capitalism. A combination of increased demand for domestic metals as well as reduced competition due to taxes on imported metals.

    A Japanese car maker now buys steel and aluminum for 25% less than a US manufacturer. There is not tariff on assembled cars or car parts manufactured in Japan.

    So, US manufacturers today need to compete with foreign manufacturers that have 20-30% lower costs on raw materials. That’s not a level playing field and it’s stacked heavily AGAINST US manufacturers.

    So. Then you’re going to say... I can already see you typing... “then we need more tariffs on more products to offset this.”

    Sure, just put a flat 25% tariff on everything. That’s the only way it’s equitable. But that’s a 25% increase in prices on everything and a huge tax on consumers. That’s called inflation.

    Then, I can hear you typing again... you’ll say “but it won’t increase costs for US manufacturers and raw materials and it’ll bring jobs back to the US”. Sure, over time. A LONG time. A decade, probably longer. We just don’t have the supply chain or infrastructure or energy capacity to get that done sooner.

    In the mean time, the inflation will destroy us. And, frankly, Europe uses this strategy to some extent and it hasn’t worked out so great for them.

    For the US to implement it would require slowly increasing tariffs while investing in infrastructure and energy. But we’re not doing that. We’re doing the opposite. The resulting inflation is causing the fed to tighten monetary policy, which makes it more difficult to invest in infrastructure.

    [–] Trump says the Federal Reserve caused the stock market correction, but he won't fire Chair Powell keepcrazy 2 points ago in economy

    Let’s see.... tariffs on raw materials cause manufacturing costs to skyrocket, US companies can’t compete with foreign manufacturers buying raw materials for 25% less. Major manufacturers are saying the tariffs are costing them “billions”.

    Adding a tax to imported products causes prices to rise. Rising prices = inflation. The fed, almost by definition, doesn’t like inflation and constricts monetary policy to counter it.

    This is the tip of the iceberg!!!

    [–] Trump says the Federal Reserve caused the stock market correction, but he won't fire Chair Powell keepcrazy 1 points ago in economy

    “Was”? Errrr... it’s still dropping and has likely hit a point where standing stop loss orders start to exponential accelerate it.

    [–] [OC] US Electric Vehicle Market Share Crosses 3% For The First Time keepcrazy 13 points ago in dataisbeautiful

    Whim.... it’s pretty common practice in the US, but the amounts aren’t great and they’re dwindling.

    There is a weird tax thing in the US where bonuses get taxes withheld as if you received that amount of money each month. So bonus checks often get REALLY high tax rates applied to them, so when employees deposit them, they don’t really get excited.

    Eg, an employee making $2000 every two weeks makes $48k/year. So the taxes are withheld from the paycheck accordingly. But a $2000 bonus is treated as if they make $96k/year, which is a much higher tax bracket, so instead of 20% being withheld, that bonus paycheck gets 35% withheld. Suddenly the bonus doesn’t seem so great.

    Then they get the excessive taxes that were withheld back in April and they thank the government, not the employer who actually paid that money, but was forced to withhold it because America is stupid.

    [–] [OC] US Electric Vehicle Market Share Crosses 3% For The First Time keepcrazy 4 points ago in dataisbeautiful

    Honestly, if you know what you’re doing, they don’t. If you know the tax credit is coming, you can decrease your withholdings or estimated tax payments as the case may be, commensurately right away.

    [–] USA Today Allows Trump to Publish Fake News keepcrazy 2 points ago in politics

    This article expresses so many opinions over facts, it’s difficult to take seriously.