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  1. I am really hard on the Disney era Star Wars movies because there is so much potential in the universe. I feel like Disney is only doing an okay job. Nothing has blown me away or come close to the potential the universe has to offer. They're going to have to take some risks in order to achieve what can be achieved. Solo will probably be the lowest grossing movie. I hope that sends them a message that we want new characters and risks. I'm most hopeful for Benioff and Weiss' trilogy. I have never been less excited for a Star Wars movie as I am with Solo.
  2. This is one of my big worries. Please no.
  3. Am J Clin Nutr. 2017 Jun;105(6):1462-1473. doi: 10.3945/ajcn.117.153148. Epub 2017 Apr 26. Food groups and risk of all-cause mortality: a systematic review and meta-analysis of prospective studies. Schwingshackl L1, Schwedhelm C2, Hoffmann G3, Lampousi AM2, Knüppel S2, Iqbal K2, Bechthold A4, Schlesinger S5,6, Boeing H2. Author information Abstract KEYWORDS: diet; dose response; food groups; meta-analysis; mortality PMID: 28446499 DOI: 10.3945/ajcn.117.153148[Indexed for MEDLINE] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28446499 Eat less and eat the right foods. Edit: Cheap healthy foods include beans, whole grains, and peanut butter.
  4. I'm pro EU and pro NATO these days in large part because of these forums. They're doing the right thing.
  5. Sometimes arbitration agreements help protect small businesses from plaintiff friendly counties that disregard evidence in favor of sentiment in responsibility assignments, although I am mostly thinking about contracted work when I say this. This might be going too far though. I haven't had enough time to consider and read it.
  6. Deadpool 2: Official "Suck on This, MCU!" Thread

    I think it was very good, in fact slightly better than the first one as an overall movie. These are better than the mainstream X-Men movies by a lot. These plus Logan prove that Fox can do things right.
  7. 9 dead in Texas high school shooting, suspect in custody

    Regardless of that above quote, I hate our Lt. Governor.
  8. I loved the first one. I'm glad my backlog has caused me to wait on this!
  9. https://www.cato.org/blog/14-most-common-arguments-against-immigration-why-theyre-wrong
  10. What bugs me about EPI is their solutions such as raising the minimum wage and giving labor more bargaining power misses several key areas that need reform that are fundamental causes of the issues they are trying to fix. Zoning: https://www.brookings.edu/blog/social-mobility-memos/2016/08/16/zoning-as-opportunity-hoarding/ Licensing reform: https://www.brookings.edu/opinions/the-future-of-occupational-licensing-reform/ Another big one is the way schools are financed out of property taxes in the region they're in. This intensifies inequality in education, and thus lowers upward mobility. I believe so, yes. Someone starting a job is going to make less than someone that has been working somewhere for decades. This isn't the majority of the wage stagnation, but it is a piece of it. There is nothing we can really do about it. I also think we are underestimating the slack in the labor market.
  11. One of the least mentioned reasons for the lack of wage growth in recent years is the baby boomers are creating a structural drag on wage inflation as they exit the labor force.
  12. The question is what people do about this. There is a tenancy to ignore all the good that market economies have done for the world. Hundreds of millions of people have been pulled out of poverty. The net well being of everyone is higher than at any point in human history. Yet there are plenty of people that desire to tear the entire system apart and replace it with ____________ and absolutely obsess with growing wealth/income inequality in developed countries as the only thing that matters. By the way, consumption inequality doesn't seem as bad as income inequality from at least some studies. The point is my focus is not on the top .1% or top 10% getting richer. My focus is on what policies helps the lower middle class and poor to do better without strangling growth and innovation. Real solutions involve radical proposals, but they don't have to destroy the system. This Atlantic article was just tossed out on Reddit by a democratic socialist. That's my main concern, but I'm also concerned about proposals that won't actually address social mobility and the well being of everyone.
  13. We are headed that way, but we haven't reached a level like a Latin American country.