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  1. Northeast Regional or Acela Express? The former is slightly slower but cheaper, though Acela Express is up to high speed rail standards (and currently the only high speed rail in the US). You might want to ride it before 2022 when it'll be replaced by Avelia Liberty, which would update the line with tilting high speed trains that would be closer to par with European trains. Unfortunately, the northeast part of the US is the only region where you can get legitimately good Amtrak service. Due to poor federal funding and lack of interest by politicians, in most parts of the US it frequently suffers from outdated trains and deteriorating infrastructure. Additionally, outside of the northeast US, Amtrak doesn't actually own the tracks it rides on and leases it from freight companies, meaning freight trains get priority on those tracks while passenger trains have to wait for them to pass by. So if you live in that region, you're lucky to actually get a taste of decent rail service and good public transport.
  2. That’s actually quite a bit of exercise in and of itself. 14 km of biking could mean that you’ve burned around 400-600 calories per day, depending on your weight (and what you’re carrying), speed, and the terrain you’re biking on. By most standards that would be considered a healthy amount of exercise.
  3. Climate change is not going to be an apocalyptic event, and the human race isn’t going to go extinct because of it. However, it can come with dire consequences; 2 C° of warming according to the IPCC can have impacts on agriculture, loss of natural habitats, more severe natural disasters, and sea level rises. With how many large cities are near the coast like Miami, Jakarta, Dhaka, and so on, this can also result in the displacement of millions of people.
  4. One is the heartland of Canada and the other is a boring suburban city that's contributing to urban sprawl.
  5. Also, political ideology varies from region to region. A German conservative is vastly different from an American conservative, and a Japanese liberal is vastly different from a British liberal. One good example is Taiwanese politics; Taiwanese liberals actually advocate for Taiwanese nationalism and the independence movement while increasing military spending to defend against China. This is despite nationalism and increased military spending been seen as aspects of the American right-wing. Meanwhile in Germany, the CDU (Merkel’s party) is conservative but heavily pro-EU and pro-immigrant, and are usually considered centrist, if not liberal, in other countries.
  6. That’s not a myth. At least in urban planning, there’s the “broken window theory”, the idea that minor details in urban design can have a bigger impact in the community. Poor road lighting could lead to more crime, especially in alleyways away from the eyes of the public. At the very least, lighting is essential to make roads safer for pedestrians and cyclists. A real contributor to increasing light pollution is urban sprawl, however. Some cities like Los Angeles or Houston stretch a hundred miles wide and build tons of roads to only service huge suburban single-family homes. The suburban cul-de-sac and labyrinth like design uses up a ton of asphalt and electricity to run lampposts and pipe water and is becoming extremely unsustainable. As long as cities exist, there would always be some degree of light pollution, though people should do their best to limit it. A major solution is to simply overhaul our zoning laws and to stop encouraging development that only favors the automobile, and building denser housing. Admittedly that would worsen light pollution for anyone living in the city, but it would concentrate them into smaller areas and minimize its impact. In some European cities, the countryside is only less than an hour away from downtown. Some more minor solutions include modifying the design of lampposts or timing them with sensors, or using LEDs.
  7. I’m not saying it is false, just that it is biased. You can be factual but biased towards a certain idea or ideology and that list is meant to paint EGS in a bad light by deliberately emphasizing it’s negative traits (Chi-Com Spying and Security Breaches) and Steam’s positive traits. Therefore the list is rather subjective and clearly written by someone who dislikes EGS and not someone who is objectively reviewing the two platforms. I still dispute that. Furthermore, there was never any competition to begin with when Steam was the biggest online platform for PC gaming by a long shot. I would call that a monopoly, no matter how benevolent Valve appears to act. And I’m not nearly as outraged about this because this is making a mountain out of a molehill. EGS is free to download, and people are overblowing the “Chinese company spyware” conspiracy to new levels (though admittedly, EGS has some very shoddy security). This isn’t even full on exclusivity; you can play the game on Steam over time, and for some games there other options (console or the Microsoft Store). If we wanted to talk about anti-consumerism there are bigger fish to fry.
  8. That is one biased list. I acknowledge that Epic GamesStore is severely flawed compared to Steam, but exclusivity is generally a result of competition. Nobody complains when you can play phone apps on the App Store but not on Google Play, or when you can play games on a regular PC but not on a Mac or Linux (where developers usually make a deliberate choice to not support those platforms). I honestly don’t see the point of complaining about store exclusivity, you can just get it for free and not have to pay $300 for a new console. Not to mention that multiple games have been exclusive to a company’s store before, and nobody seems to have a problem with playing Overwatch or WoW on Activision-Blizzard’s launcher. Also, it’s a bit strange how people were hating on Valve over Artifact just recently and yet they totally change their mood when they suddenly get a new competitor.
  9. I like your avatar.

  10. I'm sorry, is this anti-consumeristic? If anything this is encouraging competition. No one batted an eye when you had to pay an extra $300 for a PS3 console to play Halo 3. This kind of exclusivity is common in other industries as well; you can either get Comcast or AT&T, Sprint or TMobile, Apple App Store or Google Play. Now Epic Games Store may be lacking in several aspects, but if there is one thing that is plain and simple, it's that something is making companies like Obsidian, Gearbox, or 4A Games flock to Epic Games Store over Steam. Instead of complaining about how "Fortnite BAD, Epic Games BAD!", maybe Valve should take a good look at themselves and see what they're missing. And it's simple: profit margins for game companies. And pirating? That's utterly ridiculous. I can understand boycotting but pirating over gamer outrage is just plain dumb.
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  12. A lot of that has to do with land use and urban sprawl. A few generations ago, right after the post-WW2 era, cheap houses were being built en masse in suburban developments, and they were frequently low density and huge houses located in far flung cul-de-sacs. That kind of development may have been cheap at first, but many American cities have now been sprawling at such an alarming rate due to this kind of land use being promoted and encouraged for the last 60 years or so that it's becoming increasingly less and less sustainable. Now in cities like Los Angeles or Atlanta, you may have to drive an average of 50 minutes to work (and back from it) every day. This kind of suburban development has also hindered public transportation from properly spreading out and is forcing more and more Americans to buy cars and literally depend on it for their livelihoods. Now a ton of people are realizing that they don't want to be stuck in traffic at least two hours every day and want to actually move back to the city, which has triggered a ton of redevelopment projects in the cities. However, since there is an overwhelmingly amount of demand and not enough supply, along with the lack of housing regulation, this is inadvertently causing gentrification and rents in the cities to skyrocket, as well as causing poorer residents to be evicted from their homes when they can't pay up. This is most apparent in cities like San Francisco, where the average apartment or home is always in the seven digits. Now the millennial generation has to pick between living in the expensive city or living 100 miles away from it and spending three or four hours every day driving to and from work. Unless more and more American cities try to encourage better public transit, better land use (less 3000 sq ft single-family homes and more multi-story mixed-use buildings, or at least smaller homes), and better housing regulation, houses are only going to become less and less affordable in the foreseeable future. This isn't really a problem that's restricted to the United States, though – in other cities around the world, rents are rising and it's becoming harder for many people to afford living on their own.