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Dave Lane

Dave Lane

Retired

I'm seriously tired of all the holier than thou conservative rhetoric about people needing to pick themselve's up by their boot straps without acknowledging that their boots were given to them.

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  • This could really pay off for us someday - when it's used to bring Homo Sapiens back from the brink.

  • If Brexit was voted on again now it wouldn't pass. There was certainly no mandate the first time: 51.9% to 48.1%.

    (Of course, if they used an electoral college the popular vote may have lost. WHY does America use such a ridiculous process for it's most important election?)

    In the final weeks before the vote many people were still undecided until the pro-Brixit campaign released a barrage of ads that grossly inflated the financial cost of being in the EU. Those in the pro-EU camp didn't have enough

    If Brexit was voted on again now it wouldn't pass. There was certainly no mandate the first time: 51.9% to 48.1%.

    (Of course, if they used an electoral college the popular vote may have lost. WHY does America use such a ridiculous process for it's most important election?)

    In the final weeks before the vote many people were still undecided until the pro-Brixit campaign released a barrage of ads that grossly inflated the financial cost of being in the EU. Those in the pro-EU camp didn't have enough time to point out the lies before the vote.

    The actual costs are known to all now and a large majority of people want to remain in the EU - which is why there are MPs working very hard behind the scenes to make leaving the EU difficult.

    Selfishly, I hope they succeed. My retirement home is in Europe and keeping England in The Union would make my travels easier.

    But I'm also strongly opposed to the wave of nationalism sweeping the world and while Brexit was originally driven by financial concerns it gained many of it's staunchest supporters by way of nationalism: Us vs Them.

    For many people in the UK, Brexit is Great Britain's version of "Trump's wall," meant to stop the influx of foreigners. Job stealers and rapists, all.

    Which is remarkably hypocritical, if you think about. No country since the Roman Empire has colonized (invaded) more of the world than Great Britain. Remember, "The sun never sets on the British Empire." Maybe the EU was an inevitable act of karma for the UK.

    Anyway, here's hoping they succeed in their endeavor to fail.

    Cheers

  • If this interests you at all, check out the Radio Lab podcast about tDCS devices.

    I got one after hearing the podcast and personally, I recommend it.

  • It seems to me:

    No paper can be held responsible for the social media response to a story. This story started with social media and the details of the event as described in The Post appear to be generally accurate - even now, looking back.

    The anger people felt, and the conclusions people reached were generated by the tweets and posts in social media, and by the statements and claims made by the Native American involved in the incident -- all of which appear to have been accurately reported by WaPo

    It seems to me:

    No paper can be held responsible for the social media response to a story. This story started with social media and the details of the event as described in The Post appear to be generally accurate - even now, looking back.

    The anger people felt, and the conclusions people reached were generated by the tweets and posts in social media, and by the statements and claims made by the Native American involved in the incident -- all of which appear to have been accurately reported by WaPo.

    The student's lawsuit should be against the people that The Post quoted, and not with The Post itself.

    I've been wrong before, but I'll be surprised if the student wins this suit, to any degree.

  • What, no countersuit? C'mon people, this is America. The parents should sue the little booger right back.

    "Your Honor. We didn't ask for this either... all we wanted was to releive a little stress on a Sunday morning - but the condom broke.

    Heck, all three of us ought to be suing Trojan - not each other."

  • Raise your hand if you saw this one coming...

    The first woman's account is so believable that I think we all expected there to be more to follow. If we've learned anything from Me Too, is that sexual predators cross the line over and over again.

  • I gave Twitter up because I realized that anyone could make up anything they wanted, about any subject because, unlike news papers, they had nothing to lose by being caught in a lie.

    Journalists, on the other hand, put their reputations on the line. Any real news found on Twitter will also be found in major media with much more detail.

    That's one of the biggest dangers of a president crying "Fake News! You can't trust the media," because people believe the blatant lies spread through social media

    I gave Twitter up because I realized that anyone could make up anything they wanted, about any subject because, unlike news papers, they had nothing to lose by being caught in a lie.

    Journalists, on the other hand, put their reputations on the line. Any real news found on Twitter will also be found in major media with much more detail.

    That's one of the biggest dangers of a president crying "Fake News! You can't trust the media," because people believe the blatant lies spread through social media and don't bother to read the facts in mainstream media.

    Confirmational Bias. Tell the people what they already believe and then push the envelope slowly, telling them what they want to believe. The truth is irrelevant.

  • I really don't want to listen to Trump any more than I have to but that isn't reason enough for me to do away with SOTU addresses.

    I'm much more interested in abolishing the electoral college. Until we do that the "one person, one vote" concept is a lie and we're likely to continue to see presidents elected in spite of losing the popular vote. The EC simply isn't needed anymore.

  • I worked for Delta, and customer service agents know the system is a mess that could be improved upon -- with a little help from their ticket agents and flight attendants.

    The biggest obstacle are the reward programs that promote status and involve people's egos.

    And aside from the status of being seated by "class" the fact that overhead bin space is at a premium slows the process down more than the video showed. We all know passengers should only be allowed to store things in the bins directly above

    I worked for Delta, and customer service agents know the system is a mess that could be improved upon -- with a little help from their ticket agents and flight attendants.

    The biggest obstacle are the reward programs that promote status and involve people's egos.

    And aside from the status of being seated by "class" the fact that overhead bin space is at a premium slows the process down more than the video showed. We all know passengers should only be allowed to store things in the bins directly above their aisle but many people don't want to store their second "personal" item under the seat in front of them because they're harder to reach during flight. So early boarders take bin space from passengers who've yet to board and the boarding process drags on until all that's figured out.

    Also, it's worth nothing that airlines keep adding more seats to planes -- without increasing aisle widths.

    Tight places getting tighter.

  • I'm leaning toward believing that the first amendment will apply and Waze will prevail. These check points are in the public view and telling people they can't share their locations when they come across one likely isn't an option for any law enforcement agency.

    The courts are pretty reluctant to place restraints on the first amendment.

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