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  1. President Lee Teng-hui, RIP

    President Lee Teng-hui (李登輝), the first native-born leader of Taiwan, passed away July 30, 2020, at the age of 97. His legacy is an aggressively democratic political system that transitioned from...
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    The COVID Economy, Hong Kong Q-2 2020 Edition ...

    The COVID Economy, Hong Kong Q-2 2020 Edition


    According to preliminary estimates, Hong Kong's economy contracted 9% in the second quarter of 2020, after falling 9.1% in Q-1. Private consumption...
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    The COVID Economy, US Q-2 2020 Edition Real US...

    The COVID Economy, US Q-2 2020 Edition

    Real US GDP fell 32.9% from the first quarter to the second, or by 9.5% when measured year-on-year. Both figures are adjusted for inflation and seasonality....
  4. Thread: Forum Restored!

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    Sticky: Anyone know what this is all about? Not...

    Anyone know what this is all about?


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    An appropriate representation of the requested resource could not be found on this server.

    Additionally, a 406 Not Acceptable error was...
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    Kentucky gets a clue! Film at 11 !

    Kentucky gets a clue!
    Film at 11 !
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    1948 was when the purge began. Strom Thurmond...

    1948 was when the purge began.

    Strom Thurmond and the segregationist Dixiecrats walked out of the Democratic convention over the pro-civil rights platform. Integrating the army. Creating the Fair...
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    So, what you're saying is that the Russians were...

    So, what you're saying is that the Russians were not involved, that the redder states did not suppress minority voting, and that it was all above board and open in 2016 ... is that what you're...
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    Daddy paid his taxes, and by virtue of being a...

    Daddy paid his taxes, and by virtue of being a resident of the state I was able to afford to attend a state college -- while working 20 hours a week -- called The University of California. My folks...
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    If you think employers and employees have equal...

    If you think employers and employees have equal power in the workplace, then I'll agree the payroll tax is split 50/50. But, I don't see too many employers relying on food stamps to feed their kids,...
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    GOP going downhill since the 1990s? How about...

    GOP going downhill since the 1990s? How about since the 1930?

    Opposition to economic stimulus under FDR, then the second (late) 1930s depression because GOPers forced a too-fast return to tight...
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    In my experience, FaLu Gong is not widely...

    In my experience, FaLu Gong is not widely considered to be a reliable and balanced source.
    Not like, say, Fox News or Breitbart... more extreme.

    But, hey. If that's the kind of propaganda you...
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    Amen. And, just to keep things straight, this...

    Amen.
    And, just to keep things straight, this ain't your daddy's GOP, either.
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    I won't even try to address the definition of...

    I won't even try to address the definition of "evil;" too many examples and exceptions.

    For those interested in 1950s China, read these (in order):
    Bachman, David (1991). Bureaucracy, Economy,...
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    Thanks for the invite. Anyone who compares...

    Thanks for the invite.

    Anyone who compares Hitler to Mao doesn't understand the difference between specific, targeted, deliberate genocide and policy-based unintended consequences. Stalin's purge...
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    Yeah, what I see when I look out the window is...

    Yeah, what I see when I look out the window is real weather.
    The stuff the professional weathermen say is happening across the entire nation is just a hoax ...
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    There is something fundamentally insane about a...

    There is something fundamentally insane about a corporate liability shield to protect employers. As we've seen in places like Georgia, when you mandate companies reopening, you also eliminate...
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    No one who does this for a living makes highly...

    No one who does this for a living makes highly specific forecasts beyond about 3-5 years, with the occasional exception of population growth rates (it takes a while to grow procreators). Our rule of...
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    Private sector hourly earnings rose to $29.71 in...

    Private sector hourly earnings rose to $29.71 in the second quarter, up 5.6% in real terms – after discounting for inflation – from a year earlier. The surge comes after nine straight quarters of...
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    The longer the forecast, the easier it is....

    The longer the forecast, the easier it is. Demographics and geography don't change quickly, and institutions take some time to evolve or fade away.

    When people throw around terms like genocide in...
  20. "China" doesn't have a rainy season; it's a...

    "China" doesn't have a rainy season; it's a continent, not a country.

    The eastern Sichuan Basin has so little in common with the Tibetan Plateau that they shouldn't even be in the same province.
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