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And: Marco Rubio Writes to Me, Personally: The really depressing thing is that this must work: A/B testing must have shown that this is a very effective way to get the people... 2/
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One Video: A very nice talk. But it lacks explicit consideration of the end-stage. What happens when the era of a safe-asset shortage ends? How can... 4/
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