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Comment: Read this (Score 5, Informative) 239

by microbox (#49824039) Attached to: Professional Russian Trolling Exposed
Read Trust me, I'm Lying -- it is a book by a self-confessed media manipulator who got depressed and left the industry. He worked for an apparel company. One example tactic was to take sexually explicit photos of porn stars, and then complain about said photos to feminist groups. And then: OUTRAGE!!!

The story of ACORN is a perfect example of how media manipulators manufactured a scandal -- literally creating reality for movement conservatives -- in order to shut the group down. To this day, some GOP congress critters are unaware that ACORN is defunct. The interesting thing is, the more outraged a person is (politically), the easier they are to manipulate. It is all rather ironic.

Comment: Re:When all the choices on the ballot (Score 1) 495

Image a world where Al Gore won the 2000 election. Maybe he would have done the same things that Bush did:
  • Pull the plug on the hunt for Bin Ladin
  • Ignore warnings of an imminent terrorist attack
  • Invade Iraq until false pretenses
  • Give huge tax cuts that apparently pay for themselves with economic growth
  • Stack government science committees with fundies
  • Use a pseudo-scientific definition of life to pull funding on stem cell research

I am sure that Gore would have made many annoying mistakes, but you are fooling yourself if you think both parties are the same.

People in politics are motivated as much by their personal beliefs as anything else. Judge them by what they do.

Comment: Re:other people's money (Score 1) 411

Some people put forward the moral argument that you shouldn't spend other's hard earned money. Others put forward the moral argument that we should help the poor. Still others use considered analysis and modeling to try and understand the network of incentives in order to predict the outcome of policy initiatives. There are no a priori correct answers here. Do you know what this last group thinks of your assertion?

Comment: Cost benefit analysis (Score 1) 411

by microbox (#49795921) Attached to: FCC Proposes To Extend So-Called "Obamaphone" Program To Broadband
Some reach for the moral argument you just put forward. Others think the moral, neigh Christian, thing to do is to help the poor. Still others believe in studying society, and figuring out how to reduce overall costs, including hidden costs such as crime. This is hard work, takes time, and no answers are a priori correct. Do you know what this last category thinks about the so-called "Obamaphone"?

Comment: Re:Great. Let's sit here and wait for the next wav (Score 3, Insightful) 422

by microbox (#49672549) Attached to: Ice Loss In West Antarctica Is Speeding Up
It is a fallacy that addressing AGW means limiting the poor's access to energy. There will be change no matter what, and change begets winners and losers, and the losers are the current crop of plutocrats who run the GOP rage machine, and this nonsense about addressing climate change making us collectively poorer is just one of many pratts.