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Comment Re:They only show gorgeous women (Score 2) 115

Please ignore the correlation between "looks" and genetic indicators of reproductive health

That would be a nice argument if there was some universal agreement on what is attractive. In some cultures, thin is attractive. In others, fat. Some places like women who stretch their necks out. Others like their feet bound to the point that they can hardly walk. In Meiji era Japan, it was seen as attractive for women to paint their teeth black. Do you find that hot? There is no single standard of beauty. You cannot just declare yours to be universally applicable.

The majority of "beauty" traits have nothing to do with genetic indicators of reproductive health. That said, there are some. For example, for both sexes, "clear skin" is usually desirable, as that is an indicator of immune system fitness. And of course standard secondary sex characteristics, including having typical voice ranges appropriate to their sex, muscle mass in men, in women breasts and wide hips, etc. But the majority of the specific details that make up the "look" of an attractive man or woman versus other men and women in their society are simply cultural.

Comment Re:let's be honest here (Score 1) 146

This is actually a sad case, but even though there are those cases and they are not as rare as one would think, they are not the main route for heroin. People addicted to painkillers are usually reaching for solutions that are closer to legal prescription drugs.

Heroin, at least to my knowledge, is an exit drug, used by people who have pretty much reached the end.

Comment Re: I peruse iffy websites all the time (Score 1) 394

Doing so wouldn't really have told them anything considering I don't have a Facebook account (at least not one that is by any means tied to my name), don't use Twitter or other social media and generally don't really have a very visible online profile.

Hey, maybe that made me suspicious. Time to create a meaningless, happy-go-lucky Facebook page. Which gets me back to the idea I had a while ago, creating a service where you can pimp your Facebook profile so recruiters, law enforcement and in-laws think you're the perfect guy. Kinda like SEO for social media...

Comment Re:Thoughtcrime (Score 1) 394

A girl licking a boot sure isn't getting me hard either but allegedly that's considered porn by some people. Hell, there's people getting off to the weirdest shit you could imagine. I remember a story about a guy who gets off by sticking his dick into hamburger meat, does that mean every time I have a burger I'm essentially participating in hard vore?

Comment Re:That can't be right (Score 1) 501

Try extending your graph back to 2000 - it tells a story opposite to the one you're thinking of.

By the way, most of those manufacturing jobs are never coming back. A lot of them have simply been priced completely out of the US market. Many of them don't even exist anymore, having been taken over by automation.

As for where US job growth has been: the US is increasingly a service economy. Also energy has been growing a lot. Correspondingly, construction too. Healthcare... retail... business & professional services..leisure and hospitality... all strong growth fields.

Comment Re:That can't be right (Score 1) 501

The Democrats controlled the House in the 80s, so spending budgets came from them.

Right. It's the Democrats who are really into extreme tax cuts for the wealthy! Why didn't I notice this before? I also apparently missed the part where the president signs bills that he doesn't support.

The "Reagan tax cuts" that passed were very close to what Reagan was seeking in each case.

According to this graph

"According to this deliberately deceptive graph..."

Anything that shows financial issues a long period of time, without including inflation, while trying to argue that "the last person in the list did the most of X", is being partisan at best, intentionally misleading at worst. In reality, even inflation alone isn't enough; the best figure you can use is debt as a fraction of GDP. But I digress.

As a second issue, you make it misleading when you focus on debt and not the deficit. Because the deficit makes much clearer what sort of situations the next person inherits, as well as the immediate impact of financial shocks and passed bills.

The reality is, when Obama took office, there was a massive deficit left behind by Bush. During Obama's administration it reduced every year.

Comment Re:That can't be right (Score 5, Insightful) 501

Talking about debt isn't helping your case any. Here's the deficit (change in debt) from year to year: Link

Why is that Republicans keep blowing the budget? Well, let's look at the case of Bush. Wow, whodathunkit, massive tax breaks to top income earners skyrockets debt, news at 11! And yes, having the government hawk itself into debt is great for the short term strength of the stock market.

Re, debt outlook under Trump: absolutely not if he enacts his "Bush Tax Cuts+++ proposal.

Comment Re:That can't be right (Score 4, Informative) 501

Unemployment numbers are a bit worse off today than they were when Obama took office, regardless of which measure you look at.

In what world?

Want to use U-6 unemployment? Nope, not that one either.

Obama inherited the largest economic recession since the Great Depression. And the US is now out of it. Now you can argue over whether someone else could have done it faster or not. But let's not lie about the facts.

Comment Re:Dare to be different! (Score 1) 126

What market has chosen? Apple has chosen to produce an iPhone and people can buy it or not have an iPhone. And people buy it.

Remember how market economy was supposed to be? Suppliers offering choices and people being the decider what sells and what doesn't? What choice do I have? If I want a more or less modern phone, I have to swallow that it's going to have a soldered battery with an anemic lifetime because it's paper thin, along with the phone not being much thicker and needing a protective cover so it doesn't crumple when you put it into your pocket.

And please don't tell me people really HATED those USB ports enough that they DEMANDED them removed...

Comment Re:um (Score 4, Interesting) 135

You should probably add that one of the key reasons for this being that they don't want debris to fall back down onto the launch facility, either 'cause something goes wrong early on or because a stage gets jettisoned.

Also, it is actually more economical to start the turn early on, it gives you a way better flight profile that also puts less stress onto the parts.

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