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Comment About Us (Score 1) 378

From the website:

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine provides independent, objective advice to improve government decision making and public policy and to increase public understanding in matters involving science, engineering, technology, and health.

And more of such blah-blah. No word on what / who they really are. No indication that this is a real science organization or an organization of scientists. Also, the URL suggests that the "study" is from 2014.

Comment Re:For certain values of "basic needs" (Score 1) 1116

Also, if the government gives me $30,000/year but I have to work at some boring, back breaking job 40 hours/week to make $32,000/year then why the hell shouldn't I just sit home and play video games?

You totally should. Maybe then that job would pay at least twice as much or it would be done by robots or etc. That's the whole point.

Comment everyday non-news about Russia (Score 1) 107

Am I the only one sick and tired of almost everyday non-news about Russia? Russia may, Russia will, Russia is planning, Russia is going, Russia wants, etc. Or: a few decades ago Soviet Union did that thing! - well, not really, but planned, wanted, almost got there, etc. Things that actually happen in Russia or done by Russia are not that great these days (years). And certainly most of them are not quite /. material.

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