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General Comments / Re: Jeffrey Epstein arrest
« on: August 16, 2019, 10:25:23 AM »
Has anyone done the one where they sewed his face onto John Travolta
Actually...  maybe
I saw something I didn't even bother clicking on that was critiquing the shape of his ear from 2 pictures... 

General Comments / Re: Jeffrey Epstein arrest
« on: August 15, 2019, 03:37:56 PM »
You left out that his roomie was also recently removed, and that they had been running those guards on excessive overtime the week leading up to it.  While, "oh ya, they were overworked, sleepy on the job makes sense..."  It's also a good groundwork to lay in advance.  /tinfoilhat

There was also a headline about someone hearing yelling or around the time he was found, but the piece was amazingly short / vague as to be mostly nonsensical. 

General Comments / Re: Jeffrey Epstein arrest
« on: August 15, 2019, 11:54:13 AM »
While it's a bummer that you are trying to discredit a perfectly good conspiracy theory, now at least we can occupy our time wondering how it is LetterRip knows so much about hanging the elderly?    >:(

General Comments / Re: Hong Kong
« on: August 15, 2019, 09:00:29 AM »
I expect there is a lot we could do to make things worse.  I'm not so sure we could make things better though.  I think offering to take those protesters (now branded terrorists by the state) off their hands is a good gesture.  As for anything else, official advisory against investment in Hong Kong as an unstable situation is about as far as I'd go.

The current propaganda is already that we, and the UK, are to blame and instigated/supported these lawless violent trouble makers.

General Comments / Re: Freedom Gas!
« on: August 14, 2019, 04:16:08 PM »
Environmentalism is about the use of force to impose the will of the righteous on the unbelievers. Case in point.
No, that's what government is for.  Liberty and Happieness seem to be in question now and then, but life is first on the list for a reason.  Use force.  That's what it's there for.

General Comments / Re: Fake News (the fight we needed to have?)
« on: August 14, 2019, 03:26:33 PM »
Hmm good point.  I suppose language can change quickly...
But Fredo?  As a racial slur not a disparaging nickname?  Is this widespread or just someone's jab hitting someone a bit too close to the mark character-wise?

General Comments / Re: Fake News (the fight we needed to have?)
« on: August 14, 2019, 03:10:46 PM »
I don't get how a pop culture character (of any ethnicity) has become a (widely understood?) slur...

I get disrespectful. But a slur? 

Is it racially insensitive to call Trump an oompa loompa m'fer?

General Comments / Re: Hong Kong
« on: August 14, 2019, 01:25:13 PM »
You say that as if you want him to dive into the middle of this.  Are you just sniping from the sidelines or do you really think the US needs to act?

General Comments / Re: The Hunt
« on: August 14, 2019, 11:27:05 AM »
To play devil's advocate, even if I think the comparison is silly:
When you compare the detention camps to concentration camps, what does that make the ICE agents?  If you believe the guards are inhuman monsters hiding behind "just following orders", I could see someone justifying violence against them. 

People are capable of some extreme stuff when they believe they have the undeniable moral high ground and are fighting "evil". 

General Comments / Re: Race for the least desirable job
« on: August 14, 2019, 11:05:13 AM »
Hold up, wouldn't our Deal-maker in chief want them in a vulnerable negotiating position?  Convince them to race forward and crash out, then get them to agree to whatever you are willing to give because they need a lifeline (politically if not economically) to show Brexit wasn't a huge mistake?

General Comments / Re: Freedom Gas!
« on: August 14, 2019, 11:00:09 AM »
Or we could create or improve on 0 carbon technologies, improving our own local conditions while creating a global powerhouse  ;D industry of something everyone is going to want...  It's an investment, not a sacrifice.

General Comments / Re: The Hunt
« on: August 13, 2019, 09:40:12 AM »
So... standard trope, not horror movie murder-porn. 
Either way, thanks for sparing the public this fine piece of film.  :)

General Comments / Re: ICE Raids
« on: August 12, 2019, 02:01:05 PM »
Just as the process of mass deportation is political and not a law enforcement priority.  They are too useful of pawns for either side to act.  At least that use to be the case.

General Comments / Re: ICE Raids
« on: August 12, 2019, 01:43:47 PM »
If they do their due diligence, then I got no problem with them.  To your point, I think we should have them submitted (probably to the SOS) for verification, and fund them sufficient to do so. 

But as I first stated, there was nothing in the initial report stating one way or the other, if this company had done even that.  The U.S. attorney even threatened other places employing illegally. 

I just find it ridiculous that with few exceptions, this aspect of the immigration issue is ignored.  Remove the incentive and you either, A) significantly reduce illegal crossings, or B) swiftly gain support to reform immigration policy to get us the workers needed to run our economy.  Both things each side claim to want.

General Comments / Re: ICE Raids
« on: August 12, 2019, 01:14:51 PM »

If you are asking if we require employers to be anti fraud experts and detect forgeries / false credentials, then no, I wouldn't agree with that. 

Amusing segue to the citizenship census question.  :P

General Comments / Re: The Hunt
« on: August 12, 2019, 12:53:50 PM »
As a writer/actor trying to tell a story, the idea that one snippet may be extracted and played without context must be a pretty distressing thing.  Never gave that much thought before.

Sounds like you may be too far along but as far as this genre goes I tend to only be interested in retellings of biblical stories when the setting has been radically altered.  (maybe that's a sub-genre?)

Afraid I don't have constructive advice on this project, for many of the reasons Seriati outlined.  Not my cup o' tea.  Best of luck though!

General Comments / Re: What effect would actual "gun control" have?
« on: August 12, 2019, 12:39:25 PM »
Depends on where, in many places it's legal.  In SOME of those places, it cannot be loaded. 

That's part of the stink currently about the threat of mass shooting.  It could be someone carrying (legally) as a form of political statement / protest.  Take a look online if yer interested.  Not sure on exact search terms, but you should find no shortage of people walking openly with assault rifles and their encounters with law enforcement where they go on about their rights and how they are doing nothing illegal. 

In case it wasn't obvious, young to middle aged white dudes.  :P

General Comments / Re: ICE Raids
« on: August 12, 2019, 12:35:10 PM »
They could keep them in the same pens while awaiting trial.

General Comments / Re: ICE Raids
« on: August 12, 2019, 12:10:01 PM »
I literally yelled at my car radio this morning when NPR covered this story.
There was a quote from Mike Hurst, U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Mississippi, where he told companies that they were coming for them if they employed undocumented workers.

But then they said exactly nothing about how this food processing plant was punished...

Should they be shaking in their boots because they might just loose some productivity while they scrounge for more undocumented workers to fill the gaps until the next raid?  These places need to be financially destroyed.  Shut down for months of forensic accountants figuring out how this happened.

You want to solve this crisis?  It's the walls that form these places of business exploiting cheap labor not one at the border we need to worry about.

General Comments / Re: What effect would actual "gun control" have?
« on: August 12, 2019, 11:58:52 AM »
Stop the sale of new.  Make them illegal to open carry.

Poof, they are now home defense weapons for the "you never know WHAT you may face" crowd, and range toys. 

Will it stop those getting them 2nd hand or those already 'out in the wild'?  Nope, but I don't think it would hurt to try. 

I'm a little more miffed about the magazine size restrictions.  Do you NEED more than 6?  Hard to say, probably in any self defense situation there's plenty of argument for it.  Anything but small-ish compact or subcompact pistols come standard with more than 6 though anymore unless it's a revolver. 

The biggest stumbling block over a strait up ban, making it illegal to own them, is it really should require a buyback program.  Like it or not, these are (often not cheep) pieces of property that were purchased when they were NOT illegal.  If they become so, I think at a minimum you better be able to claim the value of your confiscated/surrendered weapon on next year's taxes... 

General Comments / Re: What effect would actual "gun control" have?
« on: August 12, 2019, 11:31:55 AM »
The only reason I think an 'assault weapon ban' may have an impact is that grandpa's deer rifle just doesn't accommodate the same action-(anti)hero fantasy as something that looks like a military weapon.  These things exist to market a soldier fantasy to the buyers.  Their niche, is I suppose defense of home when under siege by an armed gang...  In pretty much any other situation a different firearm can either stand in for, or exceed their usefulness.  They are deadly toys, not tools/weapons.

While many buying into this fantasy are harmless, or served and just prefer the form of weapons they are familiar with, it just so happens that our "problems" are not harmless; but the fantasy is all important in how they view themselves as some sort of maligned 'warrior' out for vengeance/righteousness/martyrdom.

General Comments / Re: The Hunt
« on: August 12, 2019, 09:01:58 AM »
I for one thank the Deplorables for sparing us from this crappy movie.  :P

General Comments / Re: The Hunt
« on: August 09, 2019, 12:37:44 PM »
That whole bucket is a joke.  It's a common tactic of deflection is all. 
Now excuse me as I go back to watching John Wick movies and playing my first person shooter games.

General Comments / Re: The Hunt
« on: August 08, 2019, 08:40:52 AM »
As cherry points out, the typical trope is for the hunted to turn the tables on the hunter in this genre.  Despite the lame attempt to cash in on the partisan divide, it sounds like bad story telling...  Or maybe this is more strait up horror movie where 1 gets away all traumatized and the rest are gruesomely murdered by the "monster(s)"?

Or maybe the whole thing is a pet project to rile up people like Crunch?   :P

General Comments / Re: Conservative Onion equivalent
« on: August 08, 2019, 08:33:42 AM »
While I am in the habit of checking sources when a story seems TOO absurd, you gotta admit, the line between satire and reality is mighty blurry these days.   ::)

There's a lot of *censored* in today's news that The Onion's editors likely would have taken a hard pass on as satire 10 years ago because it was too out there.

General Comments / Re: Deplatforming
« on: August 06, 2019, 01:24:29 PM »
We're gonna pass up the opportunity to lay violent incels at the feet of the Misogynist in Chief as well?   Slackers

General Comments / Re: Fake News (the fight we needed to have?)
« on: July 30, 2019, 06:37:30 PM »
Pete, I don't disagree.  I suppose I missed the point.  You seem to be suggesting that any contact was equivalent.  I (maybe mistakenly) thought Seriati was referring to contact as it related to her job and the hurdles of crafting a law that could account for that.

Investigate the hell out of her.  Fine by me.  But take action.  Focusing on a has-been instead of a sitting president seems like a distraction technique rather than genuine concern, but follow all roads. 

While I felt she would have been marginally a lesser threat to our country's well-being than Trump (and am not sure of it), I was never a fan.  She strikes me as one far more... practiced at keeping her secrets, secret, though.  :P

General Comments / Re: Fake News (the fight we needed to have?)
« on: July 30, 2019, 03:31:52 PM »
We had a SOS vs a global business man pursuing ventures with Russia.  The question you posit is a good one.  This time, I expect, was an aberration on both sides of the ticket.  If you want to compare oranges to apples instead of noting they were both rotten, leave me out of it.

I think part of the reason I, and many others, are so harsh, is because we concede that it IS difficult to set hard and fast rules.  The 'solution' is in large part to make the political cost SO high, that nobody dares any but the most innocent contact at all, if any.

General Comments / Re: Fake News (the fight we needed to have?)
« on: July 30, 2019, 03:04:49 PM »
How does it address the inherent First Amendment problems?  Not just speech but free association?  Answer, it doesn't.  It's unConstitutional on it's "straightforward" face.
Any suggestions?  What do you do when an adversarial (or at least competitive) foreign power wants to tip the scales?  How do you address a candidate/campaign who invites any advantage they can find? 

General Comments / Re: Fake News (the fight we needed to have?)
« on: July 30, 2019, 03:00:58 PM »
I can already guess, after watching a hearing that cites to about "150 contacts" between the Trump campaign and Russian persons but hasn't said a word about how many there were with the Clinton campaign - which would be a useful baseline to give that context don't you think?
And it would matter if she had won.  The DNC *censored*ed up in nominating her, and paid for it.  She's not running this time, (though perhaps the only person who isn't...)  All this, "but, but, Clinton!" is pathetic after 2 years.  She DOES NOT MATTER anymore, thank God.

Start trying to set standards you want everyone to live up to instead of trying to be only as good as those you loath who came before.

General Comments / Re: Fake News (the fight we needed to have?)
« on: July 30, 2019, 11:58:40 AM »
Agreed, and it helps nothing when the media apparently in coordination with the Democrats hard presses on a one-sided lie to try and flood the debate and set the terms.
It's not a lie though.  Was the timing / coordination political?  I sure think so, but it is accurate.  The issue isn't solved.  Now it looks like one party wants to fix it with a sense of urgency, and the other doesn't. 

Why?  What are they hiding?  Are they traitors?  Getting kickbacks from voter machine suppliers?  Afraid of the will of the people should a fair and accurate election occur?  Have they calculated that without Russian help Trump cannot win another term?

All this and more can be the narrative until action is taken.  Is it unfair?  Sort of.  But as it's a problem with a simple solution.  This falls under self harm.  Rather than fretting over what such acts may do to Trump's legitimacy, he could be doing all he can to make this a priority, 'proving' to everyone he cares about our country more than his own reputation.  I know, I know, silly thought.

There's still NO EVIDENCE that the mechanisms of voting were breached in 2016, or 2018, and they have gotten harder since. 
This is every bit as much a PR problem and a voter confidence problem as it is a security issue.  We are hyper polarized and elections teater on a razor's edge.  Any shred of suspicion is too much.

Do you have support that the "party" is denying a problem?
Is the problem solved?  I don't care one lick of they agree there is a problem.  They need to act. 

I'm going to expressly posit that there is no action, and no reassurance that the media will accept, if Republicans win elections, and if Democrats win?  Well then the problem has been fixed and the elections were fully fair and free without interference.
You may be right about the first part.  Does that mean it's not worth putting the good of the country as a priority, even when it won't score you political points?  I guess we'll see on the second part.  ;)  I expect you're wrong.  Probably not about the media's interest unfortunately, but I feel the Democrats will move a lot more aggressively to trying to solve foreign interference issues.  As opposed to the current administration who waffles on whether he'll take outside help or not.

General Comments / Re: Fake News (the fight we needed to have?)
« on: July 30, 2019, 10:26:01 AM »
Fake news, with a narrative timed to link off of Mueller, designed to set the stage on an issue to benefit one party. 
This issue must be answered now.  Honestly, it should already have been.  As you point out, there's no trust, so a solution that either restores that trust, or makes trust irreverent needs to happen. 

I get it, nobody cares about the midterms, but we need to go into 2020 confident that A: the mechanisms of voting are protected from outside aggressors, and preferably, also proof against internal meddling. 

Guess what, the party in power, particularly with a President who denies there even IS a problem, is gonna take the most *censored* about this.  Boo hoo politics?  Quit being a sore winner.  Fix the issue.  Reassure the public.  Preserve democracy.  Do your GD jobs. 

That anything short of this looks like treason should be a sufficient motivator to do all the above.  If not, you get what you deserve.  Fear of looking too political is a large part of what got us into this mess.

As I told my siblings growing up:  If you don't want to be picked on, quit being an easy target.

General Comments / Re: The Meuller Report
« on: July 26, 2019, 01:54:37 PM »
That is indeed silly.  There were obvious directives/guidelines or just plain old personal code, that meant he could not say outright certain things.  That the OLC guideline were the ONLY reason Trump was not indited was one of those things.  He miss stepped and DID say that. outright (instead of just implying the hell out of that point.)  That he later retracted it was consistent with the rest of his testimony.

If you wana get all conspiracy theory about it, the question is whether it was a mistake, or just a tactic to say what he wanted to, then "take it back", no harm no foul!   ;D

General Comments / Re: The Meuller Report
« on: July 25, 2019, 02:13:55 PM »
I particularly liked how he wouldn't even read from the report.  And constantly made them cite which section.  Like he wanted everyone playing the home game to read along!  :D

General Comments / Re: Jeffrey Epstein arrest
« on: July 25, 2019, 02:12:23 PM »
If you're powerful enough to order a prison hit and believe that you'll get away with doing that, you're not going to half-ass it like this.
Why take the risk of hiring a hit man when social engineering cultish followers need only to have suggested to them what is good for their idols / cause?  The "very lame" are the perfect tool anymore.  No fingerprints or money trail leading back to you.  You don't even need to face serious condemnation for these fringe crazies either. 

You know, were you the type to buy the conspiracy angle on this one.  Self harm is far more likely, but not nearly sensational enough for this news cycle.   8)

General Comments / Re: Jeffrey Epstein arrest
« on: July 25, 2019, 09:26:12 AM »
Come on TheDrake, this is a perfect opportunity for bipartisan muckraking.  It's equally plausible someone is trying to protect Trump as it is the Clintons.  Everyone's got a reason to don their tinfoil hats and sharpen their partisan knives in anticipation. 

Powerful people exploiting the weak in the most revolting way possible and trying to conceal it from the world.  Our current political reality in a microcosm. 

General Comments / Re: Jeffrey Epstein arrest
« on: July 25, 2019, 09:23:03 AM »
Shocked!  Who would have dreamed it could go down like that?   ;D

TBH it's probably a good thing.  With extra scrutiny now his odds of making it to trial are significantly higher than I put them at initially. 

General Comments / Re: Race for the least desirable job
« on: July 25, 2019, 09:18:47 AM »
What Crunch said.
Buyer's remorse is just something you have to deal with.  Or develop B.D.S. I suppose?  :P

The alternative is to send a message to your government that the will of the people can be ignored when they don't like the result.  That sounds even worse to me.  But I don't live there, or need to deal with the fallout...  We're too busy over here fretting about ourselves to to sort out other country's problems  (something we typically enjoy!).  :P

General Comments / Re: Race for the least desirable job
« on: July 24, 2019, 10:41:29 PM »
So... we get a do over when the public is lied to or uninformed?  Where does THAT work?  :)

I think your assessment is probably right.  So I guess whenever the voters make a bad call you just stall long enough for them to change their mind... 

Wait, that sounds familiar.

General Comments / Re: Race for the least desirable job
« on: July 24, 2019, 08:24:11 PM »
Other than some chaotic "take back" attempt, I think drawing a line in the sand and letting the EU react may not be the worst thing in the world.  Now, I think Brexit is/was a terrible decision, but a hard date is probably best.  I think the game of chicken is suddenly a lot more credible in their willingness to "crash out". 

We'll see just how generous / willing to play the grownups, the EU is on this mess.  If nothing else this part will be over and the process of cleaning up will begin.

General Comments / Re: The Meuller Report
« on: July 24, 2019, 03:39:42 PM »
Whatever was left of the collusion and obstruction hoax/conspiracy theory just had the air totally suck out of it.
Interesting take away...

I get that I'm viewing through the other end of the telescope and what seemed minimized (eliminated) to you is writ large by my perspective but...

The over all message seems to be:  Mueller CANNOT indite a sitting president.  CANNOT suggest impeachment as a course of action.  CANNOT state (or at least leave on record after having done so) that the only reason for the lack of that indictment was the guidelines. 

With all that stated, he (clearly) lays out all the reasons there should have been an indictment, were it not for those policies/directives/guidelines.

The fact that he seems to be leaving the door open on conspiracy with Russia is odd to me.  No clue what may still be outstanding that he cannot give a definitive answer. 

The obstruction seems factual, not ambiguous and in no reasonable interpretation, "a hoax".  Fortunately for Trump, that doesn't matter (as long as he's in office).

General Comments / Re: The Meuller Report
« on: July 24, 2019, 01:15:48 PM »
Interesting, he just backtracked in the 2nd session about my favorable Democratic point.  Or at least, more safely refined his answer.  So there goes that arrow from the quiver.   ;D

General Comments / Re: The Meuller Report
« on: July 24, 2019, 01:09:08 PM »
Within the party, not one more representative is going to say *facepalm* now I get it! I'm supporting impeachment!
IDK about that.  It IS possible...  Still uncertain if it will help or hurt, but it does set them up for a fall by their own constituents if they do NOT press forward.  It should be (more) obvious to all, that it's on them to do something or not. 

It's not like Mueller is going to lose his cool, slip up, or otherwise provide them with a gotcha. He knows a thing or two about interrogations and careful language.
I don't know if they count as slips but there were two points in the first testimony that stood out to me.

R point:  he couldn't defend what seemed a pretty clear instance of him flipping presumption of innocence on its head.

D point:  he did answer that the guideline was what prevented the incitement.

I expect these will be the most important snips to be spun/highlighted/meemed

General Comments / Re: The Meuller Report
« on: July 24, 2019, 12:33:36 PM »
Indeed.  The bottom line is "We don't think enough people actually READ the report, so we need a media spectacle or else nobody will care."

It is kinda sad that this is the primary motivator, and more sad still that they may be correct.

Trump IS above the law.
You all know what your job is here.

General Comments / Re: The Meuller Report
« on: July 24, 2019, 11:02:58 AM »
He (Meuller)  also said collusion was not a legal standard they looked into.

He has not said "no obstruction" only that they would not indite him.  (because of DOJ standards)  :)

This is why teachers can spot and grade harshly when someone only reads the cliff-notes version of a book.  (let alone plagiarizing a tweet)  :)

General Comments / Re: Deplatforming
« on: July 24, 2019, 10:18:04 AM »
We use it playing various table top fantasy role playing games...  Those thugs aren't even always human, let alone being specific to skin color or country of origin.  :P

General Comments / Re: Deplatforming
« on: July 22, 2019, 07:56:49 PM »
I'm kinda surprised those places are for "women" only and that it would be an issue what's in someone's undies.  Unless it's a liability issue and the process is different somehow... 

I suppose you could run into a situation where the employee was worried about the process being perceived as sexual / a fetish for the customer and making them uncomfortable with it... but otherwise, what's it matter the anatomy of the person paying you to torture them in the name of silky smoothness?   ;D

General Comments / Re: Personal awareness of data gathering
« on: July 22, 2019, 04:26:39 PM »
My bank is kinda lame when it comes to ATM locations, so I do use my credit card.  ;)  Only had to have them reissue it... twice I think due to fraud. 

The mail-order thing is something I really should do more, but more often than not if it CAN be bought locally I do so.  But enough of it can't so I do use Amazon and BestBuy a lot. 

The VPN... I've been tempted but apathy wins out over paranoia.   ;D

... so far

I fully understand I'm turning into the modern day equivalent of "Get off my lawn!" as it pertains to privacy.

General Comments / Re: Personal awareness of data gathering
« on: July 22, 2019, 04:09:46 PM »
The whole Equifax spewing my personal data out into the wild, when I never even had business dealing with them, thing made my already cranky levels of rejection of personal data practices down right aggressive.  I cannot even stand the idea of a rewards card at a sandwich shop or pharmacy now. 

Glad it's working out for you though.  :P

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