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Sammy Pettinichi
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I'm a big tech nerd. Especially all things Android. I also enjoy TV shows and politics.
I'm a big tech nerd. Especially all things Android. I also enjoy TV shows and politics.

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This is an extremely thoughtful article about the underlying political dynamics which shape the debates over health care in the US, and it's helping me understand many things going on in our country today; as the author says, "When it seems like people are voting against their interests, I have probably failed to understand their interests."

His key point is this: "[T]he bulk of needy white voters are not interested in the public safety net. They want to restore their access to an older safety net, one much more generous, dignified, and stable than the public system – the one most well-employed voters still enjoy."

That is, the US has had a social safety net for a very long time, a very generous one, publicly funded through various tax subsidies, and giving people a sense of having earned those things as well, through individual work. But unlike most countries' safety nets, the American net was never intended to cover everybody – a fact which is ultimately tied to the fact that America never viewed itself as a single polity, but rather as a collection of racial polities whose natural relationship was hierarchical. That is, what we had in the US was "white socialism" – and this is what many people want back, although they don't realize exactly what it was.

Very worth reading and thinking about.


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Wow I did not know about these, but super handy to know about.
I had no idea this existed in Windows' cmd. The usability and discoverability is ridiculously bad (like wow, F keys, and such random functions), but I'll probably use F7 from now on.

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Man this looks good. I'm surprised to be excited for a DC movie, but hopefully this is the turning point.

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The streaming cable market is heating up.

Any Trekkies out there?

I've always been on the Star Wars side of the great sci-fi schism, but recently decided to give Star Trek a go. I've seen some episodes here and there, mostly Next Generation reruns. I always liked Next Gen, but it was never something that made me want to see what is next. To be fair, that is true of many shows caught here and there.

I decided to go back to the beginning and start with The Original Series. I'd seen a couple episodes before and it seemed pretty bad, but I figured I'd start where it started and go from there. I'm glad that I did. While few episodes stand out as amazing, and I definitely see how I disliked it just from a couple episodes, the characters and their interactions are great. There are no long story arcs, but their relationships arc throughout. And while there is not much long term development, they do have some. I was also surprised that while it certainly feels dated, it doesn't feel nearly as dated as I'd expect for the 1960s. Sure the sets are pretty obviously fake, but the social norms portrayed wouldn't have been out of place in the 80s. Sure now it's a bit silly, but really I am impressed how well it's held up. I just finished TOS today so it's time to move on to the next thing.

None of my close friends are big Trekkies, so I figured I'd reach out and see what others thought here. I still have a long way to go, but I'm looking forward to it (once I get past the supposedly rough start to Next Gen).

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The original and replacement Note7 phones had their own sets of battery-related problems.
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