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    Finding a job overseas (United States)

    If you just have a bachelors, it will be very difficult. Companies need to fork out cash to sponsor a visa, and most of the time, they need to prove that the local talent is not available, and hence require them to source talent internationally. As a result, there is often no need for them to...
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    just overall questions about everything

    Looking back now, I'd say commerce/finance or software/IT would be a good bet if you have no idea what to do. There's always jobs out there, pays reasonably well, degree isn't too long (3-4y), and most importantly, you'll probably be able to work from home at least 3d/week if not permanently...
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    What other fun/social stuff is there university

    Even the first year is overly ambitious. Didn't even make it the first month before I gave up lol.
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    Biden Leaving Afghanistan discussion

    Great video about the geopolitical history of Afghanistan:
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    How is $80+/hr a justified rate?!?! Tell me your thoughts + why

    This is not a valid reason. By that logic, they should demand $80/hr for working at Maccas for the same reason. High expenses does not mean you should get paid more.
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    Biden Leaving Afghanistan discussion

    Yeh fair enough, just different definitions.
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    Biden Leaving Afghanistan discussion

    Yes! That's exactly my point lol. It's pointless most of the time since they just come back after you leave. It's the point I've been making when I said the US couldn't crush (i.e. 100% defeat) the Taliban lol. The US were fighting a Taliban insurgency, which is very difficult to beat for any...
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    Biden Leaving Afghanistan discussion

    They did have tanks and aircraft - not many, and the ones they did got wiped out by the air war on the opening day as you mentioned. Yes, they fought in the mountains, but that was still in the open, so they got wiped by overwhelming air power half the time. Regardless, I'm not talking about...
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    Biden Leaving Afghanistan discussion

    The numbers you're quoting are in open conventional warfare. As I already said, the US dominates in that arena. Yes, the US was able to push out the Taliban when they were an organized fighting force. However, once that finished, it became fighting Taliban insurgents, where the US did not find...
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    Biden Leaving Afghanistan discussion

    Most countries, including the US, do not do well in guerilla warfare. Yes, most of the Taliban was driven out to Pakistan, but a lot of them still remained in the country. That's because they were fighting insurgents, and insurgencies are extremely difficult to deal with - you're fighting an...
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    Biden Leaving Afghanistan discussion

    I don't see how him announcing a pull out date is a terrible idea. It's just announcing a target date to drawdown US forces so it doesn't get prolonged, nothing unusual by any standard. Do you think Trump was fit for the presidency? Legitimate question.
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    Biden Leaving Afghanistan discussion

    I don't think they it's necessarily the will of the people. The Taliban were well funded and supported from nation states like Pakistan, rather than from the local population. The local population don't have much of a say of what happens when a well-funded militia group rolls into town. In terms...
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    Biden Leaving Afghanistan discussion

    Great opinion piece illustrates just how complex the Taliban relationships are in Afghanistan: https://www.politico.com/news/magazine/2021/08/16/afghanistan-history-taliban-collapse-504977
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    Biden Leaving Afghanistan discussion

    Please keep in mind that we are not privy to the same sources information (such as intelligence reports, understanding of local and geopolitical context) and experience that leaders have. All this "they should have done this or that" is meaningless and frankly naive, as you are seeing the...
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    Coronavirus/Covid-19 Discussion Thread

    The side effects generally vary quite a bit depending on each person. For AZ vaccine, people most commonly get knocked out for a few days after the first dose, and were fine for the second. For Pfizer, it's the other way around. A lot of my friends who got Pfizer got knocked out for a few days...
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