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    America on Fire

    Jesse Jackson said “There is nothing more painful to me at this stage in my life than to walk down the street and hear footsteps... then turn around and see somebody white and feel relieved.” If a black civil right activist can be prejudiced against his own people, surely it can happen to...
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    America on Fire

    When they say “black lives matter”, it’s short for “black lives also matter”, not “only black lives matter”. I really dislike the grammatical cheap shot of “all lives matter”, because it assumes the second meaning.
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    America on Fire

    My biggest problem with “I back the blue and so should you” is the unwritten but implied statement that you should always support the police no matter what, and you shouldn’t support the “black lives matter” movement. Of course I support good policing, but if the police have always been good...
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    America on Fire

    Militarization of police is a known issue. Today a policeman is very rarely referred to as a “peace officer”, he’s a “law enforcement officer” or LEO for short. You may think it’s the same thing functionally, but the tone and spirit are very different. Many cities use their police force as...
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    America on Fire

    The death of George Floyd sparked protests and riots in major cities https://www.cnn.com/2020/05/30/us/george-floyd-protests-saturday/index.html The officer was putting his knee on Floyd’s neck for more than 8 minutes, even though Floyd was handcuffed and pleaded that he couldn’t breathe. The...
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    Happy Eid!

    Eid Mubarak! Have a blessed Eid.
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    Mudik and C19

    People are tired of social distancing. They made it ok this far, so perhaps the worst has passed. Most Indonesians are fatalists anyway, if it’s your time to go nothing can change it. I hate to say that people won’t learn until we get hit by a second wave of infection.
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    DON'T PANIC.... well, maybe a little bit.

    Did the garbage known as the ‘plandemic’ video get posted here? I missed it. Well, actually I don’t.
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    DON'T PANIC.... well, maybe a little bit.

    Pharmaceutical companies don’t make big money creating vaccines, antibiotics, and other mass drugs. The money is in cures for rare diseases affecting rich countries, especially the ones (well, there’s only one country actually) with no universal healthcare. When you make vaccines and new...
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    DON'T PANIC.... well, maybe a little bit.

    Well, the Indonesian version of fast comfort food —the ubiquitous Restoran Padang— is not exactly the pinnacle of healthy eating. The caloric content of a Nasi Padang plate would easily rival a Big Mac with fries. Just about every single meal is made with coconut oil, which is 90% saturated fat...
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    DON'T PANIC.... well, maybe a little bit.

    The McDonald’s at Sarinah Thamrin was iconic, because it was the first one in Indonesia. I remember it opened when I was in high school, and it was a big deal. The feeling was that we (Indonesia) had arrived. We weren’t a backwater anymore, we had a McD’s! This was before Jakarta had a mall...
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    How do you guys invest?

    Trump tweets are not always a bad thing actually. If I’m shorting a position, a 30% drop in price is a 43% gain for me. Thank you Mr. President! Another thing: while index funds can be influenced by statements from the Fed chairman or Trump, individual stocks are influenced more by catalysts...
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    How do you guys invest?

    I just got into swing trading using TD Ameritrade’s Thinkorswim platform. I lost thousands a couple of months ago when the market tanked while I was holding MSFT and GOOG. Thankfully I have recouped those losses through TSLA and UBER. Armed with the knowledge gained after hundreds of hours...
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    Another stuffed up US story anf

    If you believe that only the police should have guns, this incident should shake your confidence. The father of the shooter is a retired police officer who used to work for the district attorney’s office. Despite a dead unarmed person on the street (not on private property), no proof of criminal...
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    Indonesian’s beliefs regarding ghosts, especially children

    If you can’t see it, then good. It means the presence —whatever that is— can’t or won’t bother you. My suggestion is to treat it like an imaginary friend (or maybe enemy) of your kid. Acknowledge her experience and don’t call her a liar, while letting her know that you see nothing. Hopefully...

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