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Why is a "landslide win" for Biden considered impossible in the 2020 election?
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In a real landslide, Biden would not "just" win the presidency: He'd also win Texas, Florida, Ohio, and all the other battleground states that went for Trump. He'd win by such a margin that ...

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How did Trump's January 6 speech call for insurrection and violence?
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For a different perspective, see how Trump's supporters interpreted the speech. But now Trump’s more emphatic response, belated as it is, has been greeted with incredulity in some of the darker ...

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What reasons are offered by those who both endorsed social distancing and then endorsed the BLM mass protests?
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Among protesters: they are generally aware that they are doing something dangerous and/or will help spread COVID-19, but are protesting anyway, typically for some personal or ideological reason. From ...

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Why are some Americans protesting COVID-19 restrictions?
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“I think that to live is inherently to take risks. I’m not concerned about this virus any more than I am about the flu.” To explain this: when you live, you are taking risks. For example: By going ...

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Why didn't the USA use nuclear bombs in Vietnam or Afghanistan to win the wars?
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Neglecting moral and ethical issues, nuclear weapons would not have been effective (believe it or not). Source Those conclusions were eye-opening. Although a RAND Corporation study estimated that one ...

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Why are helmets and seatbelts required?
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There are laws that are meant to prevent people from hurting themselves. Examples: Prohibition of advertising for cigarettes (or forcing cigarette packs to contain images of lung cancer sufferers, ...

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Why don't countries agree to make Air Defence Identification Zones (ADIZ) binding?
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The ADIZ is simply a unilaterally established set of procedures followed by one country's air defense forces, and does not have to be "accepted" by other countries if they are prepared to ...

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Why does Donald Trump wield influence over Republican Congressmen & Senators?
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Putting the answer jamesqf wrote in a comment into words. Trump has so much power over the Republican party because the Republican voter base loves him. Remember, ultimately in a democracy, it is what ...

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Why don't right-wing dictators crown themselves king?
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(I'll assume that these dictators you're referring to actually want absolute power. It's not obvious that this is the case in general.) The following quote is from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows....

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Has any person or company ever become a sovereign state?
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Take a look at the Wikipedia article on micronations. What you do is stake a claim to some territory - which doesn't have to be actual land, it could e.g. be a platform on the sea, a ship, etc - and ...

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Why didn't Thatcher give Hong Kong to Taiwan?
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The United Kingdom recognized the People's Republic of China on January 6, 1950. Therefore by the time of Thatcher's negotiations, she was obviously going to negotiate with the PRC instead of Taiwan.

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Why is Trump dubbing COVID-19 as the "Chinese virus" considered offensive, while many past epidemics have had similar naming schemes?
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I think the key point here is that all of these other cases refer to an outbreak. "Chinese virus" refers to the virus. It implies that the virus was somehow "made in China" when it clearly isn't. If ...

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What does Russian government have to gain from the current build up and threatening possible invasion of Ukraine?
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Russia's stated goal in the Ukraine saga is to stop NATO from expanding to include Ukraine. This is in turn because Western leaders apparently promised Soviet premier Mikhail Gorbachev at the end of ...

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Is there mass unemployment in the USA or is there not?
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There is mass unemployment. The unemployment rate is 11.1%, which is certainly quite high by US standards, as you can see from Glorfindel's source. 11.1% is higher than the peak unemployment rate ...

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Why did it take so long for China to admit there was human-to-human transmission, are there political or legal reasons?
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You use loaded language like the word "admit". Think fairly. It is not obvious that any new virus can transmit from human-to-human. How would you tell that the virus can transmit from human-to-human ...

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Is the senate trial legal or political?
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The way the trial is proceeding, it's definitely a political affair, not a legal one. A legal trial would be focused on answering questions such as "did Trump pressure Ukraine to investigate a ...

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Can a 'Second Referendum' on Brexit contain three options?
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There's one problem with any referendum with more than two options: Arrow's Impossibility Theorem. This states that if you have three or more options, then the following cannot be simultaneously ...

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Why do Western countries seem to be less efficient than Asian countries in fighting against COVID-19?
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I'm going to offer several answers, since they can all conceivably answer your question, depending on the kind of answer you're looking for. First answer: Asian countries reacted more drastically than ...

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Why is the gender pay gap quoted at 20% even though it's lower when controlling for variables?
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You have a very simple view of the gender wage gap. If it were correct, there'd indeed be nothing to worry about. But if you look at Wikipedia's article on the gender wage gap in the US, you get ...

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Did Putin really write his recent article for The National Interest, written in English, on his own?
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I don't know the details of how the article was produced, but there's an easy explanation: The National Interest copyeditors fixed any awkward English. You can be sure The National Interest has ...

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Did China have a good reason to not ban international travel during the COVID-19 lockdown when it banned travel to and out Wuhan inside of China?
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The right to leave a country: ... is inscribed in most major human rights instruments and is intended to ensure that people can move freely, including out of the country they are in, without ...

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What reason(s) have UK politicians given for not wanting another referendum on whether the UK should exit the EU or not?
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The main argument is: It is not fair to ask the same question again and again and again until one gets the desired result. Imagine calling a referendum every day for the next month. Even if the ...

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Why doesn't the EU adopt sterner sanctions against people with connections to the Kremlin living in the EU?
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Check out the old Aesop's fable The North Wind and the Sun if you're not already familiar with it. The point is that if you want someone to do something, threats are not the best way to make them do ...

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Why does the US need to spy on its allies?
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Ever tried playing the game Diplomacy? A couple of games will quickly show that your so-called "closest allies" might not be your ally at all! Furthermore, if they are going to slide a ...

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How did various governments come to decide to implement lockdowns and travel restrictions to combat COVID-19?
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It seems like there's some semblence of consistency between these examples giving the (maybe false) impression that they were working from the same set of information, but also a lot of differences. ...

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What are the downsides of being a debt-free country (no foreign national debt)?
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Singapore regularly runs budget surpluses, but they still issued debt, for several reasons: The Singapore Government operates a balanced budget policy and often enjoys budget surpluses. It does not ...

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Why didn't Russia annex Abkhazia and South Ossetia?
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Because South Ossetia / Abkhazia haven't been willing (yet). In the Russian point of view, Russia doesn't "annex" states; it allows willing states to join the federation. That's why the ...

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Why does China still maintain an "#-child" policy?
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This is not verifiable to the public. The Chinese leadership did not explain why they're making this call. But people can speculate: Ahead of China's latest census, experts had speculated that birth ...

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What if Biden dies now?
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For the purpose of this question I assume Biden wins (as of time of writing, he hasn't). Potentially complicated, but the most likely result is Kamala Harris becomes the President. Four key dates ...

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Why did the UK handover the entirety of Hong Kong in '97?
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As given by Wikipedia: Despite the finite nature of the New Territories lease, this portion of the colony was developed just as rapidly as, and became highly integrated with, the rest of Hong Kong. ...

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