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    Re: Coronavirus outbreak - From China to the World.

    Like I said, you’re going to have to do better than contradict the comprehensive studies I’ve discussed. Lockdowns are less effective relative to other, less restrictive measures, and economically...
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    Re: Coronavirus outbreak - From China to the World.

    There is no contradiction nor goalpost, just empirical conclusions of numerous studies. Lockdowns are medically ineffective relative to other measures and economically costly. If you accept that,...
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    Re: Coronavirus outbreak - From China to the World.

    Yes, it will be a while before the additional benefit of hindsight becomes available. One interesting study I came across found a correlation between metropolitan population specifically, rather than...
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    Re: Coronavirus outbreak - From China to the World.

    Some countries had a better experience with lockdowns than others. The evidence so far indicates the lack of relative effectiveness and disproportionate cost outweigh the benefits in every...
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    Re: Coronavirus outbreak - From China to the World.

    As time goes on, and costs of lockdowns reverberate, the evidence continues to mount that these costs, medically and economically, outweigh the limited benefits. It would be bad enough as a costly...
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    Re: Coronavirus outbreak - From China to the World.

    Yet another study coming to the same conclusions as earlier Covid and other virus studies, some of which Iíve cited here previously.
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    Sticky: Re: Discussion and Debate Community Thread

    And there were quite a few far right individuals involved in the Capitol riots, so the left will have every incentive to maintain that position offensively and defensively. In an online world of...
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    Sure, but this gives the right their appeal to purity as a tool for distancing the mainstream from criticism. ďReal [Republicans, Trump supporters, etc] didnít start the riot/breach.Ē As you note,...
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    The arrest of far left activist John Sullivan is bound to complicate the Capitol riot narrative. Right wing media is barely stopping short of calling him the smoking gun for an inside job.
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    Apparently FT called the post-Capitol riot crackdown on the right wing weeks ago. Itís a chilling trend: first a reluctance to regulate the groundswell of extremism that achieved broad reach from the...
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    Re: Does systemic racism exist in the US?

    You’re free to define systemic racism as the mere existence of disparate outcomes by race. It’s certainly easier than trying to substantiate your actual claims. I’m interested in the causal role...
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    Re: Does systemic racism exist in the US?

    The historical existence of slavery and Jim Crow was never a subject of debate at any point in the thread. It was something you subsequently construed as a point of contention to motte and bailey...
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    Defamation means false statements that cause material or reputational damage. It is true and self evident that Russia and China are far more repressive and authoritarian with worse human rights and...
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    No one needs to live in any particular place or read any newspaper to know Russia and China are far more repressive and authoritarian with worse human rights and democratic records than than Korea,...
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    Re: The "I just saw" thread

    Schitt’s Creek
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    True enough. I could never vote for whatever fashy cartoon in which Trump imagines himself a Homeric protagonist. It may be easy to say in the aftermath of the Capitol riot but it’s safe to say we...
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    Poll: Re: USA elections 2020 - 2021

    No reason to think Biden wonít run again in 2024 if heís able to. McConnell seems ready to dump Trump because he cost Republicans Georgia and thus the Senate. At the same time heís declined to recall...
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    The Central Committee is proud to announce that reports of famine, starvation and mass killings are nothing but western propaganda. All workers report 110% happiness rate and as a result, industrial...
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    Cute but Russia and China are far more repressive and authoritarian with worse human rights and democratic records than than Korea, not to mention militaristic and expansionist.
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    That would appear to be a non-sequitur. If low fertility is an indication of social instability, itís not at all unique to Korea and thus not logical to tie to unique aspects of Korean society....
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    It would be a mistake to try and fit Korea into a western social mold. It is one of the oldest continuous cultures in the world. As such, the it can be a bit more insular in a way some westerners who...
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    Re: Coronavirus outbreak - From China to the World.

    Anyone following the WHO China tour? Given WHO’s cozy relationship with Beijing and the fact Chinese authorities would have had more than enough time to tie up any loose ends and erase all traces of...
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    Poll: Re: USA elections 2020 - 2021

    Thereís no question the mobís breach of the Capitol was a national embarrassment directly facilitated by Trump and the GOP. However, as a reflection of US institutions, the panic mongering is less...
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    Poll: Re: USA elections 2020 - 2021

    Quite right. Itís always predictably awful when the press joins US adversaries in relishing allegations that the US is some kind of banana republic that should be stripped of its global role. I...
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    Poll: Re: USA elections 2020 - 2021

    An accusation too ironic not to be projection.

    This is false. The mayor preemptively rejected federal reinforcements in advance of the riot, as quoted from her public letter to the DoJ.

    Your...
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    I wonder where China lands on that index. Kek.
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    Poll: Re: USA elections 2020 - 2021

    There is no thread or theory in the Academy that “racism doesn’t exist anymore.”

    Why feign ignorance to obfuscate the point? Capitol police are supposed to be racially biased for turning down...
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    Poll: Re: USA elections 2020 - 2021

    Not only that, the episode was a perfect example of how the Democrat party uses the mythology of systemic racism to protect themselves and shift blame for political failures. For example:


    This...
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    Re: Does systemic racism exist in the US?

    I’ve pointed out numerous times that the existence of racial disparity does not prove systemic racism is causing it, but your fallback position here seems to be that it does, in which case, your...
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    Are you? I donít see anything in the quote that does.
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    Re: Does systemic racism exist in the US?

    This is a pretty long winded and salty way to admit you donít have an argument, and your dishonesty about it is rather tedious. Thatís not a dig, itís an accurate description. Youíre clearly...
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    Re: Does systemic racism exist in the US?

    No it’s not called that. Systemic racism had already been defined more than once in this thread. As I said, the anecdotes you ascribe to systemic racism based on op eds are not self evident. If you...
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    Poll: Re: USA elections 2020 - 2021

    Pointing out you made a baseless claim that the police enabled domestic terrorists is completely relevant since thatís what you said. I also provided the contrary evidence you asked for. While you...
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    Re: Does systemic racism exist in the US?

    Those articles are reporting on unfalsifiable allegations of “what would have happened” if more of the Capitol protestors had been black. They do not substantiate those allegations, nor your...
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    Re: Does systemic racism exist in the US?

    Disagreement wouldn’t change the fact this is an anecdote rather than an analysis of systemic issues. The suggestion the Capitol mob got some kind of special or privileged treatment relative to anti...
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    Poll: Re: USA elections 2020 - 2021

    Post 3395 cites examples of police killing a protestor and pepperspraying/arresting others at gun point, contradicting your claim they “enabled domestic terrorists.” The national guard was deployed,...
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    Poll: Re: USA elections 2020 - 2021

    It’s hardly pedantic to point out you’re promoting a false narrative based on a couple video clips from social media that do not substantiate your claim that the police enabled domestic terrorists....
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    Poll: Re: USA elections 2020 - 2021

    Weak bait.

    Capitol protestor shot dead by police:


    National guard deployed:


    Trump mob bloodied, peppersprayed, bound and held at gunpoint:
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    Poll: Re: USA elections 2020 - 2021

    The video shows a few seconds of footage wherein the cameraman claims “police are squabbling with protestors.” It does not remotely evidence your claim that police “enabled domestic terrorists,”...
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    Poll: Re: USA elections 2020 - 2021

    The comparison to BLM was first raised by people falsely claiming that law enforcement enabled or otherwise facilitated the breach by Trumpers due to special treatment not afforded to BLM protesters,...
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