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Culture. In the US denial of climate science has been turned into part of the 'culture wars'. As such it is part of identity of many on the political right to decry global warming as a left-wing invention made up for political ends. Any effect on reality, jobs or international relations is secondary. And it seems that unlike many things, like repealing ...


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These are some of the reasons mentioned by Trump that support the withdrawal from the agreement. 1. It increases energy prices should the US follow through its goals. The United States hopes to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 26-28 percent below the 2005 level in 2025, and also try to reduce emissions by 28 percent as per aims set out by the Obama ...


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A safeguard WAS put into place. We call it the Electoral College (although it is not named as such in the Constitution). It failed miserably at that goal. The original vision when the Electoral College system was devised had three aims: To prevent political parties from dominating politics. To prevent a populist from getting elected to office. To "...


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The administration is taking it seriously, but so far has had trouble getting the funds for it as well as fully convincing the Pentagon that a 6th force, separate from the Air Force, is really needed. The motivating enemy is apparently... In 2007, China blew up a dead weather satellite with a missile, creating a massive debris cloud in orbit, which Pence ...


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They have tiny pieces that are considered to be a choking hazard. There have been some high profile and tragic deaths among children due to choking on toys with small pieces. So the United States is especially stringent in regulating children's toys. The Kinder Surprise Eggs are considered especially dangerous as they are embedded in a food product. So a ...


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Note that the manufacturer has worked around this ban by introducing the Kinder Joy It has plastic egg-shaped packaging that splits into two, one half contains layers of cocoa and milk cream and the other half contains a toy. Because the edible and non-edible parts are separated, this can be and is sold in the US. And since someone suggested in a ...


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A government can try to ban anything, but in case of tobacco there are various reasons not to. There are people who insist on their right to smoke. They might tolerate state-imposed health-advise, but being entirely prohibited from smoking might cause them to no longer vote for the politicians who supported the ban. There are economical interests. ...


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Although the United States generally avoids economic planning (and even industrial policy), this is not to say the government leaves everything to the market. I don't have much expertise on this topic so I'm sure the following list will be incomplete. But here are some examples of ways that the federal government intervenes to ensure the continued ...


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There are three interlocking reasons: Face coverings are perceived as an affront to feminism/women's liberation/etc... The fact that women (but not men) are forced to cover their face, is pretty much as naked patriarchal/opposed to feminism as you can get (heck, even most anti-third-wave-feminists agree that it's a valid reason to pro-feminism-protest and ...


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First off your assumption needs to be addressed. Foreign investment does not, in itself, ratchet up the cost of homes. The actual problem is foreign investors who dry up the supply of properties by purchasing real estate abroad for investment purposes and sitting on them without renting them. As long as locals can keep buying or renting the properties owned ...


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This $1.90/day is an updated (for inflation basically, more precisely for ICP) of the 1990 World Bank standard of $1/day (actually $31/month). So it's worth recalling the principles/derivation for the original figure of Ravaillon et al. (1991): Different societies have different perceptions of what constitutes "poverty," reflecting (in part) different ...


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White privilege is an academic concept that has recently been brought into the mainstream discourse by social media campaigns and movements like Black Lives Matter. It's basically a theory that white people in western countries have more societal privileges than people of other ethnicities who come from the same political, social and economic class. It's ...


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A list of people who are likely to take this idea seriously: A subset of Pentagon brass that will see it as opportunity for better advancement, empire-building (in a bureaucratic sense), and influence. Anytime something like this exists, there are bosses who run the show. People want to be those bosses. A subset of aerospace and other contractors who are ...


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In fact, there was a We The People petition asking the White House that very question: Are these petitions actually taken seriously? This petition generated the requisite 25,000 signatures in 30 days earning it an official response from the White House. In their own words: Each of the 97 petitions that have crossed the signature threshold so far have ...


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In addition to user4012's excellent answer it is worth noting that often security, is given as a concern in regards to the full face veil. As this article states : Concerns are raised, for example, about the ability of the police or courts to identify and question suspects or witnesses [who are wearing full face coverings].


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Bear in mind that Trump is already seeking to terminate Obama's Clean Power Plan, among other environmental initiatives. This makes it unlikely that the US will meet its commitments under the Paris accord, and those commitments are anyways nonbinding. Yes, this includes the outstanding pledge of $2bn to the Green Climate Fund. As NPR reports, ...the ...


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They are not. Some surprises for you: Some of the days that you think to be bank holidays actually are not. Of the remaining ones that are, a good fraction are not always on a Monday. And it all varies according to what country (England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland) one is in. What is a bank holiday was governed by the Bank Holidays Act 1871 (and ...


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Perhaps because the laws originate in military dictatorships: the South Korea government engages in active Internet censorship based on three laws: the Nation Security Law [1948], the Basic Press Act [1980], and Article 21 [of the 1987 Constitution]. Democracy or freedom of speech doesn't have deep roots in South Korea: Censorship was almost forgotten ...


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Remember that the Paris Accords was a non-binding agreement with the US agreeing to do a lot, with other countries doing little, if nothing. That was the chief criticism of it Here’s how the game works: The negotiating framework established at a 2014 conference in Lima, Peru, requires each country to submit a plan to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions, ...


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The clearest way to understand white privilege is as a set of hardships that white Americans are less likely to experience than those of other races (other factors like income being equal). Everyone, regardless of race, experiences a range of hardship in their lives, but minorities face an additional set of challenges specifically because of their race. ...


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At the basic premise, sensible gun control legislation isn't going to last because one side is more invested than the other. Those supporting the right to keep and bear arms, and the associated protections enshrined in the Second Amendment, see efforts that would restrict their ability to freely exercise their rights as an attack on the same. The opposition, ...


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I will provide an alternative viewpoint to Denis'. How are governments dealing with the problem of foreign investors ratcheting up the cost of homes... This is an interesting question, by the way it is phrased. You seem to imply that government is not at least part the problem. Let's now look at the rest of your question: ...in countries like the USA,...


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There is no single official U.S. definition of terrorism. Rather, each agency or law has its own definition which may conflict with other definitions. Below are a few examples. Dept. of Justice According to the FBI website: There is no single, universally accepted, definition of terrorism. Terrorism is defined in the Code of Federal Regulations as “...


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This is more sociology and even evolutionary biology than politics, in some way. Pretty much any un-cited statements in this answer are likely cited in one way or the other in Dawkins' "Selfish Gene". People (as in, the actual species of homo sapiens) evolved in a way that make their circle of caring very small - we mostly care about well-being of our own ...


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limiting access of those with mental illness to guns. There is a worry that mental illness restrictions will be abused. For example, New York state has the SAFE Act, which is intended to catch people who are dangers to themselves or others. But in one example, the wrong person was put on the list. Apparently there were two people with similar names. ...


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Because law enforcement is working on behalf of the government, at the government (and by extension, the people who pay for the government)'s request. And law enforcement is given a large measure of leeway on judgment because of the complexities and danger of the job. So rather than remove judgment from the police's mandate entirely (which would cost a whole ...


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The "frame challenge" aspect of this answer is to note that, while the USA is stricter than many European countries, it is less strict than many other countries. Many majority Muslim countries ban alcohol outright, or put far greater limits on its sale than the USA. However drinking culture is more restricted in the USA than in Europe. The age at which you ...


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As described in other answers, the United States has banned the sale of candy with embedded toys since 1938. This photo of a poster from the FDA History Office (apologies for the low quality) explains why: The text reads: During the Great Depression, candy with a "prize" inside -- usually a coin or lead trinket -- was very popular. However, they could be ...


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Sharia law is a big and complex subject. A significant number of college students in Saudi Arabia and in Iran, for example, would have it has a college major and pursue graduate studies in it as well. This post focuses on some of the better known and most distinctive features of it from the perspective of an outsider. Needless to say, given the limitations ...


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