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by idonno
Thu May 09, 2019 3:53 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8644
Views: 850345

Re: Trump presidency

The proper way to compute the food portion of cost of living is with the food cost of what a healthy diet should consist of. I was going to say that it is easier said than done with a lot of areas but there is a CPI dataset I looked at once that has average values of food goods by geography. I'm goi...
by idonno
Thu May 09, 2019 3:38 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2020 Presidency Campaign for the Future
Replies: 127
Views: 10137

Re: 2020 Presidency Campaign for the Future

I have now read manufacturing consent and my questions have not changed. In fact, it is my opinion that the issues discussed in that book back up my questions. 1.3 acknowledges that it is more expensive to report if you don’t just take information from sources which are presumed credible and explain...
by idonno
Tue May 07, 2019 7:25 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2020 Presidency Campaign for the Future
Replies: 127
Views: 10137

Re: 2020 Presidency Campaign for the Future

Greater accountability is not free. It is difficult to fund current operations with current revenue and there is increasing competition for ad revenues. I don't think the argument that you can add more accountability without more cost is valid. Oh no, things cost money, whatever will we do. Now you...
by idonno
Tue May 07, 2019 1:11 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2020 Presidency Campaign for the Future
Replies: 127
Views: 10137

Re: 2020 Presidency Campaign for the Future

all you need to do is give enough people something they can trust over mainstream and right-wing media and it becomes more difficult to disseminate bad information. I think you are discounting the impact of preexisting biases by an enormous amount. People seem to have a strong preference for changi...
by idonno
Tue May 07, 2019 5:29 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2020 Presidency Campaign for the Future
Replies: 127
Views: 10137

Re: 2020 Presidency Campaign for the Future

Why would there only be one organization? If you have many organizations, one can't be co-opted without being called out. I think in this scenario you would end up with a liberal and conservative divide. I already said they should be converted to consumer cooperatives. but you also said in the same...
by idonno
Tue May 07, 2019 4:56 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8644
Views: 850345

Re: Trump presidency

They are not "threatening" or "about to carry out that threat". It is in the process of being carried out. At this point, without direct intervention to prevent it, it will be carried out. The action has already begun. The body is bleeding out and you are saying they are threaten...
by idonno
Mon May 06, 2019 8:30 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2020 Presidency Campaign for the Future
Replies: 127
Views: 10137

Re: 2020 Presidency Campaign for the Future

The oversight is pretty much the job of journalists already. You don't need a "whoever", you just need enough news agencies who require membership in professional associations who can revoke that membership. and if that association run by human beings has an agenda? Organisations can and ...
by idonno
Mon May 06, 2019 8:00 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8644
Views: 850345

Re: Trump presidency

I made a distinction back toward the beginning but the only real difference between attempted genocide and successful genocide is that the people group is still alive if it fails. I made the distinction because there is still time to remedy the situation not because I think one is less morally repre...
by idonno
Mon May 06, 2019 7:47 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2020 Presidency Campaign for the Future
Replies: 127
Views: 10137

Re: 2020 Presidency Campaign for the Future

There is no obligation if there is no consequences. I really don't feel like explaining how these questions have already been answered in the myriad of other professions that have ethical obligations and oversight. And in the case of the media, whoever enforces things has substantially different po...
by idonno
Mon May 06, 2019 1:45 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2020 Presidency Campaign for the Future
Replies: 127
Views: 10137

Re: 2020 Presidency Campaign for the Future

You can eliminate the profits by running news as consumer cooperatives. It is difficult to see how running it as a consumer cooperative would help when the issue is that the lack of the consumers' interest in the subject makes it less profitable. On top of that, journalists need to have ethical obl...
by idonno
Mon May 06, 2019 6:39 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2020 Presidency Campaign for the Future
Replies: 127
Views: 10137

Re: 2020 Presidency Campaign for the Future

I suspect a lot of Democrats don't care to here another news story about how corrupt Trump is. You might find new instances but Trump being corrupt is old news. Motivating news by profit instead of necessary information is a real problem but I don't know how you solve it without introducing a new pr...
by idonno
Mon May 06, 2019 6:25 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8644
Views: 850345

Re: Trump presidency

The purpose is more the threat of genocide rather than the intention, in order to force the Houthis into a surrender. KSA wants submission, not extermination. By the time a tactic like that succeeds the genocide will have already occurred. The thing about people with power is they tend to be the la...
by idonno
Fri May 03, 2019 3:29 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8644
Views: 850345

Re: Trump presidency

It's a civil war; they usually DONT end without mass slaughter of civilians. Spanish, American, India/Pakistan. The only one I can think of that didn't was The Troubles, and even then it was still a few thousand dead. This is far different from the deaths in most civil wars. Civil wars may kill a l...
by idonno
Wed May 01, 2019 9:20 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8644
Views: 850345

Re: Trump presidency

If you are referring to the war against the Houthis I'm talking about the attempted genocide of the population Yemen which is being conducted under the cloak of an arguably legitimate war with the Houthis. The Saudis have been bombing civilian food production and distribution systems in a country t...
by idonno
Sat Apr 27, 2019 9:18 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2020 Presidency Campaign for the Future
Replies: 127
Views: 10137

Re: 2020 Presidency Campaign for the Future

Are you saying Edgar said being a moderate uniter is a better strategy than a factional progressive I don't think anyone has said what is the best strategy. I'm pretty sure the claim is you can't just assume all the Dems will fall in line with whatever strategy/candidate you pick because it didn't ...
by idonno
Sat Apr 27, 2019 5:52 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8644
Views: 850345

Re: Trump presidency

I am suspecting the difference has been that many measured, educated people have taken a look at those ideas and recoiled in revulsion. Those who have not -- who are ok with mass murdering dictatorships Given that the last two administrations have provided military support to the attempted genocide...
by idonno
Mon Apr 15, 2019 4:15 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6934
Views: 1113850

Re: Police misbehavior thread

If you completely believe their story, they accidentally shot someone who was trying to hide evidence, both left the cell so the wounded man was alone with the evidence, and he managed to dispose of it while they were gone. Police have training for handling gunshot wounds. How is it not a major issu...
by idonno
Fri Apr 12, 2019 1:35 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Julian assange arrested
Replies: 21
Views: 2466

Re: Julian assange arrested

I'm pretty sure Assange would have had better odds if he had let himself get extradited when it first came up. His odds of getting a juror that won't convict him have to be a lot lower since he published the Democrats' emails. If the activity is considered a crime in both countries, he can be extrad...
by idonno
Wed Apr 10, 2019 7:49 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8644
Views: 850345

Re: Trump presidency

“If he was smart, he would’ve put his name on it,” Trump said, according to three sources briefed on the exchange. “You’ve got to put your name on stuff or no one remembers you.”

It is far classier to be so inspirational that everyone else puts your name on things.
by idonno
Mon Apr 08, 2019 6:52 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2020 Presidency Campaign for the Future
Replies: 127
Views: 10137

Re: 2020 Presidency Campaign for the Future

It is an easy google - who raises the most money gets the party bid, almost always. Yes but the more likely you are to win, the more donations you are likely to get. Gratitude from the loser is worthless. Measuring to what degree winners generate donations vs donations generating winners is a diffi...
by idonno
Fri Apr 05, 2019 1:10 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4577
Views: 701502

Re: The Darker Side of the News

I've heard stories of IIRC IBM or some similarly large tech company from a while back that would fire employees from sensitive departments by turning off their door access badge. They'd find out they didn't have a job anymore when they showed up in the morning and couldn't get in the door. Security...
by idonno
Thu Mar 14, 2019 12:14 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Thomas Fire
Replies: 155
Views: 46822

Re: Thomas Fire

Ironically, hurricanes are similar in that the entire coast is under threat, but only a couple coasts are affected by hurricanes at any particular month. Is your argument that we should abandon the entire coast because we can guarantee that parts of it will be hit by hurricanes? What is the probabi...
by idonno
Fri Mar 01, 2019 9:29 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8644
Views: 850345

Re: Trump presidency

What really perplexes me is how many people who were "hippies" back when hippies were a thing seem to be Trump supporters today, when I would expect that crowd to be generally left-leaning. It just occurred to me that Russia used hippies to manipulate US politics in the past. Maybe their ...
by idonno
Fri Mar 01, 2019 8:40 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8644
Views: 850345

Re: Trump presidency

also, maybe holding companies accountable for outright lies broadcast as 'news' should be punishable as defamation or libel or somesuch. When the current President, the guy responsible for appointing a lot of judges, is calling every piece of news he doesn't like "fake news" it seems unwi...
by idonno
Tue Feb 19, 2019 6:21 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8644
Views: 850345

Re: Trump presidency

Yeah but it obviously has to be veto proof after a veto no matter what Mitch does. There are a lot of people that don't want to have to vote one way or the other. Once they have to weigh in things become a real shit show for them if they don't do anything about it.
by idonno
Tue Feb 19, 2019 6:11 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6934
Views: 1113850

Re: Police misbehavior thread

Yeah, but the teacher did send them to the headteacher. Apparently the pupil escalated things from there, the details of which we are not informed. I somehow doubt that the student escalated things because whatever member of the administration they were sent to took their side. For civil disobedien...
by idonno
Tue Feb 19, 2019 5:53 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8644
Views: 850345

Re: Trump presidency

ucim wrote:If it's not veto-proof, the question dies in Mitch's hands on the overrule attempt, which will never come to a vote.

Apparently, at least according to Jake Tapper on the late show, that isn't actually true. If the House passes it, the Senate has to vote on it within 18 days.
by idonno
Tue Feb 19, 2019 8:41 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6934
Views: 1113850

Re: Police misbehavior thread

Yeah but the security officer is not part of the administration. The administration can't just suspend a kid and then blame the teacher for not following the rules. It is literally their job to correct the teacher and the fact that they suspended the kid instead means that they aren't fulfilling the...
by idonno
Tue Feb 19, 2019 8:10 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8644
Views: 850345

Re: Trump presidency

What is really scary about this is that I am fully convinced that Trump does not believe this is an emergency yet he's declaring one anyway. The system was built with checks and balances and some situations require them to be bypassed. But when they are bypassed just because you don't like them, we...
by idonno
Mon Feb 18, 2019 9:25 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6934
Views: 1113850

Re: Police misbehavior thread

You left out blaming themselves for suspending the kid for three days.
by idonno
Mon Feb 18, 2019 6:46 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1922
Views: 387641

Re: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future

The placebo effect works even when you are consciously aware that it is a placebo but there is clearly some subconscious processing of expectations that is behind its function. If that weren't the case, things like charging more or mimicking something that might be expected to work would not yield b...
by idonno
Sun Feb 17, 2019 4:34 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8644
Views: 850345

Re: Trump presidency

addams wrote:He had as many votes for his Wall as for UnTax the Rich Bill.

The tax bill passed and there weren't enough votes in the lame duck session to pass the wall bill so I doubt that he ever had as many votes for the wall.
by idonno
Sun Feb 17, 2019 4:20 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Children can be Mentally Scarred when told they may be Shot to Death
Replies: 12
Views: 3078

Re: Children can be Mentally Scarred when told they may be Shot to Death

Given that this started over 60 years ago, I think if no one can produce any major psychological divergence those generations had, the most likely answer is about the same as other common environments.
by idonno
Sun Feb 17, 2019 12:28 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1922
Views: 387641

Re: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future

More expensive placebos can be more effective though and I somehow doubt that your mind won't be fooled into thinking one side of the body is better than the other.
by idonno
Sat Feb 16, 2019 1:31 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Children can be Mentally Scarred when told they may be Shot to Death
Replies: 12
Views: 3078

Re: Children can be Mentally Scarred when told they may be Shot to Death

Pulling a small fragment of data like that doesn't actually prove anything. How much damage does having nightmares actually cause? Is there any evidence that the number of nightmares were drastically increased or did it just influence the subject matter? Being afraid of something like nuclear war ma...
by idonno
Fri Feb 15, 2019 3:21 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Children can be Mentally Scarred when told they may be Shot to Death
Replies: 12
Views: 3078

Re: Children can be Mentally Scarred when told they may be Shot to Death

P.S. What's the point of saying, "This is not a drill," when it is a drill. If that phrase is used both when it is and when it is not a drill than it is not conveying any information. It is hard to believe that no one involved in this plan had ever heard the story of the boy who cried wol...
by idonno
Fri Feb 15, 2019 2:45 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8644
Views: 850345

Re: Trump presidency

I hope the democrats use the same powers once in office to declare a national emergency on health care, or environmental issues and steamroll any republican obstruction in the process. A state of emergency doesn't just grant all power to the President. It has to fit under something allowed by being...
by idonno
Sat Feb 09, 2019 3:08 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Virginia Democrats Sucks
Replies: 72
Views: 8600

Re: Virginia Democrats Sucks

Does anyone who thinks the blackface might be defensible have a defense to overlook the fact that it is happening right by someone dressed as a KKK member? That is not a picture of someone harmlessly dressing up as a black person without a clue about the historical context. Statute of limitations ar...
by idonno
Sat Feb 09, 2019 1:26 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6934
Views: 1113850

Re: Police misbehavior thread

My primary point was that it wasn't even incentivising them to do their job because their job is not to just seize money. The need for an incentive argument is an argument against this because they clearly are taking the incentive without finishing the job so no more payment until the job is done up...
by idonno
Sat Feb 09, 2019 4:53 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6934
Views: 1113850

Re: Police misbehavior thread

What if we were to only let them keep it after they prove to a court that it is in fact drug money? That way they are motivated to do their entire job and gather proof instead of just taking the money and moving on. It has the added bonus of actually respecting the 5th amendment's forbidding deprivi...

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