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Comment: Re:Heh. (Score 2) 250

by Jawnn (#49793099) Attached to: How a Scientist Fooled Millions With Bizarre Chocolate Diet Claims

Mostly it exposes that people love to believe stories they like. And of course journalists love to publish stories that their readers like.

I just don't think that qualifies as news, though.

Perhaps not news, but as a topic worthy of consideration and discussion, you bet. Consider Fox News. It's veracity and accuracy are so poor that almost an entire industry has been built up around calling "bullshit" on so many of their "facts", and yet millions of viewers rely on it to help build their world-view every day. Those ratings wouldn't be there without Fox's heavy emphasis on "stories that people love to believe". Frankly, I find such phenomena fascinating, and often more than a little troubling. Before the chocolate hoax was the whole anti-vaxer phenomenon. To this day, otherwise reasonable people cling to the notion that routine childhood vaccinations are a bad idea, despite overwhelming credible evidence to the contrary and the plain fact that the notion itself was spawned by miscreant for personal gain. Why do they choose to believe bullshit in the face of plainly evident truth? What should we do about it? Can we do anything about it? Should we? It's excellent grist for the discussion mill, IMO.

Comment: The whole state's rights argument is bullshit (Score 2) 289

by Jawnn (#49719847) Attached to: North Carolina Still Wants To Block Municipal Broadband
Utter bullshit. The welfare of the citizens affected is not really a consideration to anyone with a dog in this fight. Let's get that part right, at least.
Everyone knows that it's a powerful telecommunications lobby flexing it's muscle in a state where there are lots federal dollars being spent on that industry's services. You don't piss off the industry who paid for your last election, be that for local, state, or federal office, so the whole argument about who has the "right" to look out for those citizens is nothing more than a deliberate distraction for the suckers (voters) who continue to act against their own best interests by electing Big Telco's whores to public office.

Comment: More than a stretch (Score 3, Interesting) 287

by Jawnn (#49717171) Attached to: The Auto Industry May Mimic the 1980s PC Industry
Cars are not PC's, but the author of TFA tries to argue that they are little more than a computing "platform". Automobiles are, of course, much more than that. Most of that "much more" is totally unrelated to computer-related functions or features, so to suggest that the auto industry will follow some parallel of the PC industry is just silly.

Comment: Re:As long as the Republicans continue to rule... (Score 2) 101

What do you say of the cybersecurity surrounding Hillary Clinton? The real solution is to elect a rock ribbed conservative to the Presidency like Ted Cruz who won't be squeamish about bustin' some heads.

You don't have any idea how moronic that sounds, do you?

Comment: Re: 23 down, 77 to go (Score 1) 866

by Jawnn (#49684421) Attached to: Religious Affiliation Shrinking In the US

People who are religious are idiots and should be treated like second class citizens.

Disagree. Only the arrogant ones who feel the need to make others conform to their chosen religion's "moral laws" should be treated so. I have no objection at all to Christians, Muslims, Pastafarians, or even atheists indulging their peculiar beliefs, as long as that indulgence does not do even so much as inconvenience me.

Comment: Re: They're right you bunch of freetards (Score 1) 612

by Jawnn (#49658451) Attached to: FWD.us To Laid-Off Southern California Edison Workers: Boo-Hoo

Customers create demand but only at certain prices does that demand turn into a transaction. Ignoring the capital required to turn theoretical demand into actual demand is dumb. People who say customers create jobs have an an agenda and don't really believe that follows logically, because how could they be that dumb?

Wow. You flunked Econ 101, didn't you? You've left out a couple of critical factors in your sophomoric analysis here.

Comment: Re:They're right you bunch of freetards (Score 4, Insightful) 612

by Jawnn (#49658443) Attached to: FWD.us To Laid-Off Southern California Edison Workers: Boo-Hoo
While there is a proper definition of the term "libertarian", most slashdotters who identify as such do not understand it. Indeed, the same can be said for most anyone who self-identifies as "libertarian". Most would seem to fall into the "I should be able to get rich at others expense and smoke weed" camp. Then there are the Rand fanboys who still believe that labor is a "free market". I don't know which group is more self-deluded but they are both out of touch with reality.

Comment: Re:One small problem (Score 1) 509

by Jawnn (#49640409) Attached to: What To Say When the Police Tell You To Stop Filming Them

And if it were me, I would think twice or thrice about getting on the bad side of the local police department, being arrested (and who knows what else). Of course I would be vindicated, but that can occur after I spent some time in jail, got charged with some bullshit, spent who knows how much money on laywers and called ACLU for help...

I mean, look -- there were a bunch of recent stories with suspects getting killed or beaten, and if one is lucky, the police is charged afterwards. Sometimes not even that. Basically, most of us cannot afford to stand on principle. Many have family to support or career to preserve, or both.

Yeah. You're right, of course. It's much safer to just roll over and pee on yourself than to actually stand up for the rights we all share.

Comment: Re:The Perfect Bait (Score 1) 1097

by Jawnn (#49614143) Attached to: Two Gunman Killed Outside "Draw the Prophet" Event In Texas

Organise a "draw Jesus sodomizing Mary" contest in Texas and you'll get crazy Christian jihadists doing the same thing. If you set up an event specifically designed to insult/offend/antagonise a particular religion, you're always going to get a response like this from someone.

Highly unlikely. While such a depiction would horrify a good many xtians, there is no explicit commandment to kill anyone making such a depiction. There is certainly no group of clergymen suggesting that anyone take such action. Not that there hasn't been such madness, on the part of xtians, in the past, but western society has largely recovered from that level of insanity.

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