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  1. That chart is incredibly misleading because it is measuring total tax revenue, not the tax percentage or even taxed revenue per capita. Furthermore, taxes not only vary by state but by county and municipality, and many states gain tax revenue through different means – for example, Oregon has no sales tax, while Washington has no income tax. Different places also have different costs of living, even in the same state, so in practice taxes can vary wildly. Your cost of living and taxes if you live in NYC could be significantly different if you lived in Syracuse.
  2. If we aren’t talking about a scenario like nuclear apocalypse, staying within cities is actually a safer bet than duking it out in rural areas or the wilderness. Cities are typically where order is restored first, and even in the many instances of societal collapse, many cities continued to function as smaller city-states. It’s also the best chance to find other people to cooperate with – humans are fairly social creatures, after all. Lone wolf survivalists usually won’t last long. Not to mention shopping malls, train stations, stadiums, etc. make some pretty defendable settlements in a p
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    Gaming Classic vs. Modern

    That's less due to technological limitations and more due to Fallout 2's very short development time. The game didn't even go through a full year of development and more than a third of its content was cut from the final version (which can be added back with the Restoration Project mod). And due to its short development time, some locations were poorly balanced, especially the early game, and there were plenty of bugs. Older console generations weren't immune to this. People like to see the past with rose-tinted glasses, but in reality, a lot of game companies tended to get on the gimm
  4. This is less of a personal issue, but the pandemic has also motivated many cities in the US to reconsider how they design and plan out their cities. This is the longest time in a while a city such as Los Angeles could see unpolluted skies and roads without congestion. It would be insane to fall back onto our normal ways after this pandemic is done. Some American cities have decided to join the "Open Streets" movement and convert car-oriented roads to be more equitable to pedestrians and bikers. A lot of public transportation projects have also been sped up with the reduced traffic; more recent
  5. Not to mention that some soldiers are never deployed in a combat zone, and even when in a combat zone, only a small amount of them see direct combat. A ton of jobs in the military have nothing to do with combat, such as being a cook, software engineer, chaplain, mechanic, and so on. In some cases, certain military personnel get what is basically a glorified desk job. It's part of the reason why it's so hard for the small amount of soldiers who do see combat to come back home – not only is it hard for civilians to understand what they've been through, but even within the military itself. A
  6. The Newbie Dash episode is honestly what put me off from RD's Wonderbolts arc. It was just such a poorly written episode with a poorly written lesson that contradicts the episode anyways. The whole episode was over Rainbow Dash trying to stand out because of her embarrassing nickname and trying to suppress her emotions, while most of the story could have been resolved had she acted on her embarrassment and stood out by explaining her issues sooner. Rainbow Falls was another poorly written episode, too. The intended lesson was that one should be loyal to one's friends, but RD never gets th
  7. On another note, I personally don't understand why people assume everyone on the left is against gun ownership. It's the liberals in the Western world that want to restrict gun use. Socialists such as Eugene Debs, George Orwell, and Malcolm X were not opposed to Americans, especially minority communities, owning guns for community self-defense. Especially with the police abolition/defunding movement, more and more people should consider that idea for public safety. Of course, I am for reasonable gun control, but we shouldn't allow violence to be monopolized by the state.
  8. lol, I made that post four years ago so I honestly can't remember on the top of my head. I haven't been involved in Pokemon for a few years now.
  9. You may be misunderstanding what personality actually is. Making random sarcastic quips or comedic punchlines is not effective characterization. People, especially inexperienced writers and roleplayers, treat personality like a shopping list of likes, dislikes, flaws, and traits. Poorly characterized characters are often simply one-dimensional and forgettable because stories fail to explore any of their emotional nuances. What are their motivations and goals? How do these characters respond to conflict, and how do they resolve it? How do they develop as a character in the long term? If Li
  10. The Swiss K31. The 1874 Sharps: Arisaka Type 99: And the relatively uncommon MAS-49:
  11. The issue is that megacorporations simply cannot replace governments in real life. The closest thing was the British East India Company, but even they were ultimately under the control of the British Empire, and they regularly relied on bailouts from the government to stay afloat during economic downturns. Governments are not made to be efficient or profitable. There's also the issue that someone needs to print the money, and how exactly you can profit from that. The very reason that companies are companies is the same reason why it would be difficult for even PMCs today to completely rep
  12. I mean...I've seen even stronger cases of celebrity worship when I lived in Asia. K-pop stanning has been a fairly recent meme but it is all too common in the home country of South Korea, though they are called "sasaeng" instead of stans (Eminem not being so popular in Asia, after all). Mukbang was another trend that started in South Korea where people would watch celebrities and influencers consuming a ton of food on camera. And fashion is such a huge industry there. A lot of these trends have bled over into the Western world as well. What I'm saying is that celebrity idolization is hardly so
  13. You know, looking back at the older posts, a lot of them aged very poorly. Now that the virus has gotten considerably more severe in the US, trips outside are basically either to walk the dog or buy groceries. My dad still has his job and is able to work from home, but the economy as a whole is not doing well and there are several friends that have lost their jobs. Some of the restaurants are at risk of bankruptcy, and most of the "small business" loans failed to even get to them. And now there are anti-lockdown "protests" going on in California. It might get far worse here before the vir
  14. Eh, a post-money world is something that is largely stuck in the realm of science fiction and fantasy, because of one simple thing: every commodity has value. Money has been here since the beginning of civilization. Yes, before that, we relied on barter economies. But many modern economists today will point out the inherent inefficiencies of barter, and at some point, humans will end up pegging goods to something in particular. Even tribes thousands of years ago ultimately ended up bartering with cowrie shells or crops, which basically became their "currency". It's a bit telling that Star Trek
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    Science How Dark are Your Skies?

    A dark sky doesn't literally mean that the sky is dark, just that there is a lack of artificial light pollution. Many observatories and radio telescopes are located in dark sky regions, away from civilization, to minimize light pollution.
  16. It's still entirely possible for German civilians to receive a firearm license. You need to get either a competitive shooting license, a collector's license, or a hunting license, and each one has different criteria. For the first one, you can get a yellow competitive license which allows you to own as many non-semiautomatic long guns (shotguns and rifles), with a limit of two firearm purchases per six months. The only requirement is that you're part of a gun club, have taken a gun safety exam, and have no felony and mental illness record. Those who are actively shooting for at least a year ca
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    Science How Dark are Your Skies?

    Well in the red. California is highly urbanized, so there isn't many dark sites in the state. My hometown is San Jose but I live in Santa Barbara to go to college. I used to live in LA as well and the high light pollution and poor air quality makes it near impossible to see anything in the sky. It doesn't have to be this way, though. City policies can do a lot to reduce light pollution; a lot of the small cities in Arizona such as Flagstaff actually use LED lampposts that face downward and some homes there have exterior shades to prevent interior light from going out. Flagstaff is one of
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    General Anyone here can't drive?

    It does help to point out that most American infrastructure makes it difficult to get around if you don't have a driver's license. It's extremely restrictive, especially to people who have physical or mental disabilities. Add on the fact that some infrastructure is simply not well accessible to the disabled and you'll see how much of a challenge it is to be disabled.
  19. Yeah. Anneal is my main OC, though I have several others that I use consistently. I tend to focus more on molding out certain OCs and their unique personalities and background rather than creating a massive amount of them which barely get used. I know some people have like dozens, if not hundreds, of OCs.
  20. Tap water. It's actually much cheaper than bottled water and despite what most people think, drinking tap water will not kill you. People should really check their local water district, since they are required to disclose the particulates in tap water and whether it is safe to drink – at worst, if you live in a fairly polluted area, you should buy a good water filter. Tap water costs roughly half a cent per gallon, while bottled water goes for around $1.50/gallon. The plastic literally costs more than the water inside. Bottled water is also no less susceptible to bacterial and viral conta
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    Music Is rock music dying?

    I would like to make another point: you don't need massive amounts of exposure to make good music. It's always been that the more experimental genres of music tend to be less accessible to the public, while popular music is generally more formulaic so it can be the most accessible and easiest to listen to. This is something that is not unique to the contemporary era – even back in the 70s and 80s, the radio was over-saturated with arena rock or hair metal bands (and trust me, it was just as formulaic as popular music today), but only the good ones are remembered nowadays while the majority of
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    Music Is rock music dying?

    Kanye West's older albums were fine. A lot of the hate he gets nowadays are due to his political commentary (which is all over the place as is) and his tendency to be quite random. My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy is still considered one of his best works, even among music critics who normally aren't into hip-hop. If that's what he got #1 for, I would say it's actually pretty well deserved. And if your image of country music and hip-hop, let alone "popular music" is limited to the top 40 radio songs, then your image of music is quite narrow. Country music isn't my cup of tea, but there
  23. I mostly listen to entire albums, but The Suburbs by Arcade Fire is a really solid one. Here's the opening song for it: There's also Lonerism by Tame Impala: Weezer's White Album: AM by Arctic Monkeys: El Camino by the Black Keys: And A Moon Shaped Pool by Radiohead:
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    Music Is rock music dying?

    Not to mention there are many other genres such as heavy metal and emo that haven't been mainstream for quite a while, yet continue to have a massive following. Just because you stop hearing it on the radio doesn't mean it's dead. In fact, emo music is experiencing a revival in the indie scene in recent years, and metal is more experimental than ever since its peak in the 80s. Also, Australia is experiencing a revival in psychedelic rock and bands like King Gizzard and Tame Impala has clearly shown that there is far more to the genre. There are also other bands like Arctic Monkeys, Scream
  25. Punk didn't actually last very long into the 80s. Punk rock was fairly short-lived in the mainstream and pretty much gone after the Sex Pistols had disbanded. Most major punk bands like The Clash, The Ramones, and Dead Kennedys either switched to hardcore, post-punk, or new wave. Punk won't really make a mainstream comeback until the mid-90s with pop punk bands like Green Day or blink-182. It might be more accurate to include hip-hop instead of punk, as hip-hop quickly flourished and grew in that decade with groups like Run-DMC, A Tribe Called Quest, Public Enemy, and Beastie Boys. At the end
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