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    [–] Americans own 40 percent of world's firearms: study reid8470 1 points ago in worldnews

    I'm not a fan of such black and white, simplistic interpretations of our constitution. I don't want anyone to be able to buy guns wherever they want. I want there to be a system in place that makes it far more likely that the only people buying guns are responsible, knowledgeable, and mentally stable people.

    Why? Because the consequence of not having such a system is a degradation of the well-being of our society. One major factor is suicides, where studies throughout the world repeatedly find a strong link between rates of firearm ownership (and accessibility) and suicide--I wouldn't consider measures like a medical exam to assess mental health or a police check of a gun safe to be overbearing requirements to purchasing a gun.

    [–] How the Koch Brothers Are Killing Public Transit Projects Around the Country reid8470 3 points ago in politics

    The sad part with how our country prioritizes these things is there's a statistically significant correlation between accessibility of public transportation, walking, and cycling and lower obesity rates. It isn't surprising in the least, but considering obesity is putting an enormous strain on our healthcare, it's completely idiotic to not embrace public transit and investments in making pedestrian traffic & cycling safer and more appealing.

    [–] Americans own 40 percent of world's firearms: study reid8470 6 points ago in worldnews

    How is that "to the point of an effective ban"? It's hardly one step above getting a drivers license and buying a car.

    [–] The FBI’s New York Office Really Hated Hillary Clinton reid8470 1 points ago in politics

    You're completely ignoring the part where Comey assumed it would be leaked anyways, so he saw two most likely scenarios:

    1. He informs Congress, Congress makes it public, it damages Clinton's candidacy.

    2. Comey doesn't say anything, and then omeone in a non-leadership role in the FBI (most likely via the NY field office) leaks it to the press, it gets made public, it damages Clinton's candidacy, and there's also a lot of fuel for conspiracies about the FBI's leadership covering up for Clinton, which would pose a serious risk to the public's trust in the FBI and DOJ.

    If you were in his shoes and saw #2 as the most likely option in the absence of #1, would you resort to #1?

    I voted for Clinton, and I personally would resort to #1. Would've been nice for Clinton's odds if it was also announced that Trump's team was being investigated, but announcing that carried certain risks as well. It overall wasn't a simple situation by any means.

    [–] The FBI’s New York Office Really Hated Hillary Clinton reid8470 1 points ago in politics

    No... he assumed the high possibility of someone else in the FBI leaking it and making it look like FBI leadership was covering up for Clinton, which risked severely damaging the public's trust in the FBI & DOJ.

    [–] Canada's House of Commons votes to legalize marijuana reid8470 6 points ago in worldnews

    Worth noting that it's highly unlikely that "everyone" will grow it. Else everyone would grow their own vegetables, fruit, etc. whenever possible, but most people just buy stuff from stores.

    [–] Fall of the American Empire reid8470 3 points ago in politics

    Popular vote with ranked choice (or some other voting system that, at the very least, allows us to adequately gauge voter interest in third parties) would be nice.

    [–] Trump to launch sixth military branch, the Space Force. reid8470 4 points ago in space

    IIRC the military is the primary driver simply due to its sheer size, but overall it's substantially less cost effective at scientific/technological advancement than research universities and science-purposed federal agencies like NASA (both of which often work on military grants/partnerships). Basically we could, on paper, cut a lot of military bloat but leave departments within the military like DARPA and USU untouched, and the R&D output of the military wouldn't change much. It's just by far the most well-funded driver.

    [–] The FBI’s New York Office Really Hated Hillary Clinton reid8470 3 points ago * (lasted edited 2 days ago) in politics

    Sure, but the reason behind it matters a whole lot. "Culpable" carries a negative connotation which arguably isn't befitting of the circumstances Comey was dealing with--your posts make it seem like your opinion is that Comey was wrong to do what he did regardless of circumstance, which is a conclusion I would heavily disagree with. If I interpreted your posts wrong, that's on you to clarify beyond your initial 15-word opinion of a complex topic.

    [–] The FBI’s New York Office Really Hated Hillary Clinton reid8470 0 points ago in politics

    No, I said he didn't directly leak it, not that he didn't have anything to do with it being 'leaked' to the public.

    I then explained how Comey explained why he informed Congress of the update to the investigation, and how these nuances make it far more complex than simply concluding "Comey's culpable in the leak!" considering a very possible alternative would not only have been similarly bad for Clinton's election prospects, but far worse for the FBI/DOJ.

    [–] The FBI’s New York Office Really Hated Hillary Clinton reid8470 -1 points ago in politics

    I said Comey informed Congress to prevent a scenario where information about an investigation involving Clinton was leaked to the public from someone else in the FBI. I then explained Comey's rationale behind doing this, and how it prevented that alternate scenario.

    I assumed it was easy to make the inference that Comey knew the information about the investigation would be made public based on the context within my post and public knowledge of the ordeal, so I didn't feel the need to explicitly state this.

    You responded by saying what I said, and then saying "That makes him culpable", which I think is a ridiculously simplistic conclusion based on all of the nuance involved.

    What exactly is he culpable of?

    [–] The FBI’s New York Office Really Hated Hillary Clinton reid8470 0 points ago in politics

    Of course he knew of that possibility.. Did you read anything I wrote?

    [–] The FBI’s New York Office Really Hated Hillary Clinton reid8470 53 points ago * (lasted edited 2 days ago) in politics

    The thing is he didn't directly release it--Congress did. This distinction matters because Comey updated Congress on the state of any investigations with the intent of doing so before the possibility of someone else in the FBI (i.e. the NY field office) leaked that information; Comey figured if it came from him instead of elsewhere, it would prevent a situation where it looked like FBI leadership was covering up an investigation into Clinton leading into the election, which Comey perceived as a worse scenario than the public finding out about a minor new development in an investigation that involved Clinton.

    Whether he was right or wrong is a fairly complicated debate--I can imagine the state of our country being a lot worse if that information got leaked and it instead looked like the FBI was covering for Clinton. It would probably be tremendously easier for Trump (per a lesser public opinion of the FBI/DOJ) to get rid of Mueller and his team if that was what happened.

    Here's how agents and prosecutors described the FBI in this Vanity Fair article:

    But even within the F.B.I., there are tensions. “There are three F.B.I.’s,” this agent tells me. “There are the [56] field offices, there’s [headquarters in] Washington, and then there’s [the field office in] New York.”

    Often, a retired agent says, those in the field are suspicious of Washington. “Dreamland,” they called it in his day, because they believed those who weren’t on the ground investigating cases were clueless. “[Agents] out in the field never want to give a case to D.C., because they believe headquarters is a hindrance to their investigations,” says the agent, who also notes there is a paranoia that politics might interfere at headquarters. New York has an especially dim view of Washington and a reputation for fierce independence. “There is a renegade quality to the New York F.B.I.,” says a former prosecutor, which, he claims, can take the form of agents leaking to the press to advance their own interests or to influence an investigation. “New York leaks like a sieve,” concurs another former prosecutor.

    [–] Porter Cabin in Maine reid8470 2 points ago in CozyPlaces

    Link/company name?

    [–] The largest cave in the world is in Vietnam and it is so big that it has an own river, jungle and a climate reid8470 7 points ago in interestingasfuck

    It's still notoriously expensive for Vietnam. Like.. extremely expensive. The price is deliberately high to restrict the # of people.

    In contrast, you can visit other "similar" caves in Vietnam for a fraction of that cost. Compare it to something like the Salkantay trek to Machu Picchu that's ~$200-400 USD for 4-5 days depending on season, what you're renting, and where/when you buy a tour. Incredible trek to one of the most famous historical sites in the world for ~10% of the cost of Hang Son Doong.

    That's not to say don't do it--if you can, it's one of the most incredible things to see in Southeast Asia--but it is definitely extraordinarily expensive for Vietnam and for the entire region.

    [–] Porter Cabin in Maine reid8470 19 points ago in CozyPlaces

    I'm interested to hear about it as well.. My mom has been wanting a cabin on a lake for as long as I can remember, but on a ~$150k budget on the top side. I've been telling her she should look into buying some land and getting a modular 2-bedroom house built on it, or something similar.

    [–] [Bolivian Amazon] What species of monkey? reid8470 2 points ago in species

    Did some digging off of that and I'm thinking it might be a large-headed capuchin.

    [–] Found this in my bedroom reid8470 1 points ago in whatsthisbug

    If you have even the slightest reason to believe that tick might've been latched to you, you should get an appointment for some tests to make sure you didn't pick anything up from it. Safe to say that tick fed on whatever it was latched to for a very long time... Possibly 2-3 days... and illness transmission rates at that duration of feeding are very high.

    [–] [Bolivian Amazon] What species of monkey? reid8470 1 points ago in species

    If it helps, it was in a family of maybe 5-10 that I could see, and this one was the lowest they ever got to the ground at ~25 feet up if I had to guess.

    [–] Rich Alaskan donor gave $250K to Trump after EPA reversed decision on Pebble Mine reid8470 17 points ago in politics

    Trump actually got bribed to do something good... I think that's a first? Haven't been keeping a log or anything. Still a clear demonstration that he doesn't really have any values, or that none are more important to him that money whether it's directly to his businesses or to his candidacy.