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Recent content by Visbek

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    Why Conservatives Are Obsessed With Cultural Issues

    lol... Anyone who claims that "Marxists" are still active in 2021 really can't be taken seriously.
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    57 murders in 50 days. Baltimore continues to be a murder zone....

    Uhm.... Poverty rates actually fell for several months at the start of the pandemic. They're only around 1% higher than pre-pandemic rates. Much of the "desperation" is at least temporarily mitigated due to enhanced UI benefits, occasional stimulus payments, eviction moratoriums and so on...
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    57 murders in 50 days. Baltimore continues to be a murder zone....

    Actually, there is no solid correlation between changes in unemployment rates, and crime rates. E.g. unemployment soared in 2008, while crime rates continued to fall. Similarly, unemployment obviously spiked last year and... crime rates actually fell in 2020. Much of the damage of both...
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    Why Conservatives Are Obsessed With Cultural Issues

    It's not just economics. The Republican Party has long relied on culture wars to gin up the base, while delivering policy after policy to the plutocrats who have basically bought out the elected officials. Most of the policies those plutocrats want are deeply unpopular (especially tax cuts...
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    As Lumber Prices Fall, the Threat of Inflation Loses Its Bite

    To be fair, it isn't quite in front of him yet. The question is what he'll say when Home Depot goes back to charging $3 for a 2x4. Plus, money illusion is a thing.
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    Let's Critique Critical Race Theory

    What scientists have proven, and what I am trying to explain to you, is that there is NO scientific context for "human races" anymore -- except for denoting the harmful effects of discrimination and racism. DNA research makes that abundantly clear. You have repeatedly indicated that skin color...
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    As Lumber Prices Fall, the Threat of Inflation Loses Its Bite

    It's not that hard. Even when retail prices go down, they'll likely continue to complain about inflation. 🤷‍♂️
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    Interview with Judy Curry

    Is it a conspiracy theory when it's true? https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/dark-money-funds-climate-change-denial-effort/ https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/10/climate/nyt-climate-newsletter-cei.html The fossil fuel industry has funded climate change deniers for decades, even after...
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    As Lumber Prices Fall, the Threat of Inflation Loses Its Bite

    Okay, again... retail prices are high, because the retailers bought a ton of lumber at high prices. If Home Depot buys 1,000 board feet at $1200, do you think they can just sell it at $900/1k board feet? Nope, not without taking a loss. So, it's going to take time to sell off what they bought...
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    As Lumber Prices Fall, the Threat of Inflation Loses Its Bite

    Retail prices are still currently high, because retailers and distributors bought a crapload of lumber at peak prices. Lumber future prices have dropped 50% in the past 6 weeks. Production has ramped up, too -- to the point where there will probably be a glut in a few months. If you don't think...
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    Surprise, surprise, states with lower vaccine rates seeing rise in covid cases

    No, it didn't. Not even to the slightest degree. The stats are all public, and my first post in this thread clearly stated that we haven't seen a big bump in cases yet. ...and your belief is simply wrong, as (again) shown by public statistics on COVID cases. Repeating your flawed reasoning...
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    Surprise, surprise, states with lower vaccine rates seeing rise in covid cases

    ...except that my post utterly and completely demolishes the claim that "COVID rises in the summer." And I am not making the claim that we're seeing massive surges anywhere in the US right now. Try not to cherry pick, mmkay? Nope, just one. The data is quite clear that your "indoor" theory...
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    Let's Critique Critical Race Theory

    I just have to add this bit, from the Science article.... In one example that demonstrated genetic differences were not fixed along racial lines, the full genomes of James Watson and Craig Venter, two famous American scientists of European ancestry, were compared to that of a Korean scientist...
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    Let's Critique Critical Race Theory

    lol The first definition does not establish that the definition of race is biological. In fact, the part you didn't circle points out how "race" is often used to indicate ethnicity or cultural groupings, not biological groupings. "Shared ancestry" is also rather vague -- which is why you can...
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    Surprise, surprise, states with lower vaccine rates seeing rise in covid cases

    Except... that isn't what actually happened. Keep in mind that reports of new cases are delayed by 2-3 weeks, in part because it takes about a week for symptoms to appear, and then tack on another 7-10 days because of delays in testing. There was a surge in reported cases in last spring/early...
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