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  1. It's still one of the best places in the world to earn your income due to the relatively low taxes (as long as you're healthy!). I'm 15 years away from retirement but I sure have been thinking a lot about where I would want to go to spend what will hopefully be a long and relaxing retirement.
  2. Haven't had a chance to listen yet, but if that is the real leak it's so crazy that it finally leaked after all this time.
  3. It's almost 10:00 and time for the daily tea break. I'm a creature of habit and this 10:00 tea break has carried over since 2007 when I spent 4 months in India, and I celebrate by having a cardamom chai tea: And at this snack break I also eat half a bag of these spicy Szechuan peanuts:
  4. Looks like a semi-prolapsed pizza asshole.
  5. While not quite as bad but still bad, my mom is really into Dr. Oz. I'm trying to ween her off of him bit by bit. What is it with moms trusting whackjob doctors??
  6. So then blue lives matter people should be pro-vaccine?? Oh, right, that's applying logic. My bad.
  7. Could be quite true, but to me the most striking result from that study is that these "metacognitively impaired" people exhibited this inability to critically assess self-confidence in their decision-making for basic tasks like estimating the number of dots on a screen. This suggests, to me at least, that this impairment is innate. I guess it could be learned behavior, or probably most likely some combination of nature & nurture, like most everything else. That would mean that for some people, we could "nurture" the deficiency down to a manageable level, and others will just be lost causes. Nah I'll bet that there were some great minds who had this "impairment". This behavior probably leads the individual to often challenge the status quo and come up with new ideas. When paired with an average or low intellect, you might get these Q-anon followers; but with higher intellect, it might lead to some great innovators who will have the confidence to try new things that others wouldn't.
  8. I've linked to this study earlier, but it seems people who hold these extremist views might be "metacognitively impaired", meaning they lack the basic ability to objectively judge confidence in their own decisions and beliefs, i.e., they are overconfident in their beliefs and choices even when presented with evidence that their choices were incorrect, even in simple tasks that have nothing to do with politics (estimating the number of dots on a screen). This deficiency was not found to correlate with intelligence, and it could suggest that some people just lack the ability to objectively judge themselves when making decisions that form their beliefs, and I don't know if that can be fixed. https://psmag.com/news/the-underlying-psychology-of-political-radicalism https://www.cell.com/current-biology/fulltext/S0960-9822(18)31420-9
  9. Even so, a lot (not all, I'm sure, but probably a LOT) of the people who are this far into it either lack the cognitive skills or have never been taught how to go through life with a properly critical and logical mind. So if we "deprogram" them from Q without trying to teach them the skills of basic logical reasoning and critical thought, what's going to happen to them? Will they just fall down the next rabbit hole? Will they be able to responsibly participate in our political system?
  10. Yes, it was a tweet originally and a report made through the city's "311" app for non-emergency issues. The local Pgh. media has since picked up on it: https://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2022/01/28/pittsburgh-bridge-collapse-2018-photo-point-breeze-frick-park/stories/202201280107 Here's a link to the news story about PA diverting funds from roads & bridges to fund state cops: https://www.lehighvalleylive.com/lehigh-county/2019/04/42-billion-diverted-from-penndot-road-and-bridge-repairs-to-fund-state-police-new-audit-reveals.html
  11. Damn I used to drive over that bridge once a week when I lived in Pgh.
  12. Apparently he was suspended and is on paid leave. He doesn't have to teach the viral vector cocksuckers and he gets paid. Mission accomplished. Edit:. My wife got a kick out of this, she's a professor who is being forced to go back to work this week to teach a bunch of dirty college students who aren't required to be vaccinated because college gotta make money.
  13. Since I'm in Jersey, there's prob a high chance that if you're in the US your trash is already within a 100 mile radius of me.
  14. Thinking about adding some more rolling stock to my LEGO train. One car that I see a LOT of here in NJ is the "trash flatcar" hauling garbage from all over the USA into New Jersey. I will post pics once I've ordered the pieces and built a couple.
  15. Most people who have the letter "Z" in their last name are strange on some level; it's a law of nature. People who have last names that start with "Z" are extra-weird.
  16. long covid, short covid dick. prefer to get neither but is one worse than the other?
  17. I used to wonder why our government couldn't get anything done, couldn't agree with each other, couldn't compromise to get stuff done. Bit by bit, congressmen and women have been replaced by people like this fuckwad, and imagine trying to get anything done having to work with a critical mass of morons like that guy.
  18. America is not detached from reality, there is just a different standard here compared to the European standard. Is that OK for you? Sure in America as a whole, the "center" of politics is probably far more conservative compared to Europe, but within the American political landscape, NBC is more "left-leaning" compared to our center. Dunno how many times I have to say that.
  19. Ok, tovarishch, while you're not wrong from a global standpoint I meant left-leaning for the US or Democratic party-leaning, but I think you already knew that and were just being a troll. Imagine that.
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