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Comment: Re:Lots of weird crap coming out of Congress latel (Score 0) 517

by Kelsen (#49200807) Attached to: White House Threatens Veto Over EPA "Secret Science" Bills
I think not. Your proposition presupposes that these Republicans know this sort of thing is harmful. I do not get that message from what I read and hear from them.

I think they want these kind of bills to pass, while also realizing that if it doesn't, they will garner votes for trying.

Dave Kelsen
"Now the trumpet summons us again - not as a call to arms, though arms we need; not as a call to battle, though embattled we are; but a call to bear the burden of a long twilight struggle, year in and year out, 'rejoicing in hope patient in tribulation', a struggle against the common enemies of man: tyranny, poverty, disease and war itself." -- John F. Kennedy, 1960 inaugural speech

Comment: Re: Motivated rejection of science (Score 0) 661

That's nonsense. You don't have to be stupid to be what we refer to in American politics as a "conservative".

But you have to admit that it damn sure helps.

Dave Kelsen
I am grateful that I am not as judgmental as all those censorious, self-righteous people around me.

Comment: Re: Motivated rejection of science (Score 0) 661

From the London Mirror:

But before you put down your midnight stilton, it's important to realise the site, TylerVigen.com, was originally created as a bit of fun and doesn't claim the statistics are anything other than coincidence.

Although it has become a huge hit with people in the science community, as the trends are there in black and white for all to see.

Tyler said: "I created this website as a fun way to look at correlations and to think about data. Empirical research is interesting, and I love to wonder about how variables work together.

"The charts on this site aren't meant to imply causation nor are they meant to create a distrust for research or even correlative data. Rather, I hope this projects gets people interested in statistics and research.

"I'm not a math or statistics major (and there are better ways to calculate correlation than I do here), but I do have a love for science and discovery and that's all anyone should need."


Dave Kelsen
We have enough youth; how about a fountain of smart?

Comment: Re:You know what they call alternative medicine... (Score 1) 517

Not exactly; that's what one would believe, of course. But I read of a study within the last year in the NYT which showed that the placebo effect can be triggered, and measurably so, even when the partaker is told that it's a placebo.

Seems counter-intuitive, but that's what the study showed.

Dave Kelsen
Never test for an error you don't know how to handle.

Comment: Re:Cellular is the business model (Score 1) 424

by Kelsen (#46271787) Attached to: Time Warner Deal Is How Comcast Will Fight Cord Cutters
Apparently, it's now Time-Warner, Comcast and Cox. When I lived there, it was Knology and Charter. Alabama NewChannels was the only provider on Maxwell AFB and Gunter AFS.

Dave Kelsen
"Age does not diminish the extreme disappointment of having a scoop of ice cream fall from the cone." -- Jim Fiebig

Comment: Re:Cellular is the business model (Score 1) 424

by Kelsen (#46268933) Attached to: Time Warner Deal Is How Comcast Will Fight Cord Cutters
Montgomery, AL, has had three cable providers for years and years. And there is actual competition. Scary. Although the third one only used to provide service on the military bases (and there was no second option there, either), the other two have competed for at least 25 years.

Dave Kelsen
âoeA true friend stabs you in the front.â -- Oscar Wilde

Comment: Re:Rand Paul is the only honest politician left. (Score 1) 380

by Kelsen (#46239609) Attached to: Rand Paul Files Suit Against Obama Over NSA's Collection of Metadata
> Remember, dude, thanks to Obama, when Sarah Palin becomes President, she'll be able to spy on you at will, fire missiles at you from drones, and arbitrariliy decide which laws are enforced and which aren't.

> Be careful what you wish for...

I recently saw a poster with a picture of Dan Quayle, captioned, "Remember when I was the stupidest Republican you had to worry about?"

Be careful indeed.

Dave Kelsen
"There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there has always been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that 'my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.'" -- Isaac Asimov

Comment: Re: Get Ready (Score 1) 383

by Kelsen (#46108985) Attached to: Congressmen Say Clapper Lied To Congress, Ask Obama To Remove Him
>Republicans threatened it, but Reid actually did it. He's also blocked all Republican debate and amendments to bills, which is a pretty unprecedented power grab in an institution that has always tried to pay lip service to minority rights.

Well, yes, he did. Did you not read the part about how when he was threatened with it, he allowed nominations? And when the roles were reversed, the Republicans did not?

Nor is what he doing in any way 'unprecedented'. Read a little history. In my lifetime, it has happened many times, Sam Rayburn (LBJ;s mentor) is the first I remember. Look him up. Fascinating stuff.

Comment: Re: Get Ready (Score 1) 383

by Kelsen (#46101449) Attached to: Congressmen Say Clapper Lied To Congress, Ask Obama To Remove Him
>>Meanwhile, some appointees can never get approved under any circumstances.

>Google Harry Reid's "nuclear option" he took a short while ago.

Let us not forget that in 2005, the Republican Senate Majority Leader, Bill Frist, threatened to invoke the "nuclear option" against Democrats who were filibustering President George W. Bush's judicial nominees. Sen. Mitch McConnell was part of Frist's leadership team. The nuclear option was averted when the Minority Leader, Harry Reid, agreed to let most of Bush's nominations come to a vote. This year, the roles were reversed. The Republicans filibustered President Obama's nominees; then Harry Reid threatened the nuclear option; and then Reid offered to take the nuclear option off the table if the Republicans let most of Obama's nominations come to a vote. McConnell refused the same kind of compromise that Reid accepted in 2005. Therefore, according to the same principle that Sen. McConnell supported eight years ago, the nuclear option was fair, appropriate, and necessary in 2013. The Republicans have no cause to complain.

Comment: Re:reluctant? (Score 1) 138

by Kelsen (#43065439) Attached to: Cablevision Suing Viacom Over Cable Bundling
I haven't watched TV for years; how is this an issue? [Queue up obligatory TV snob link...]

Nah; you're not a snob; you're just stupid. Because you're stupid, I'll answer the question. See if you can get a grown-up to explain it to you.

It's an issue because many people watch television, for many reasons. Those people are talking about it in this thread. The fact that you can't afford television, or don't watch it for some other reason, is possibly interesting to you, but not particularly germane to the subject. No doubt there are a number of people across the world who do not watch TV, many of them for perhaps the same reason as you. Their declarations would of course also be meaningless -- but they weren't stupid enough to fail to realize it. In this thread, making such a statement is not meaningful to the topic.

It is in fact, demonstrably a failure, just as telling everyone you touched yourself inappropriately this morning. While it might be interesting to you, it's not related to the topic.

Hope this helps.

Dave Kelsen
"I'm sure we all agree that we ought to love one another and I know there are people in the world that do not love their fellow human beings and I hate people like that." -- Tom Lehrer

Comment: Re:FSM (Score 1) 763

by Kelsen (#42844327) Attached to: Texas School Board Searching For Alternatives To Evolutionary Theory
I have to say that you are consistent. Never close to right or accurate, but consistent, and if I wasn't fairly sure that it's tongue-in-cheek, I'd say you are distinctly exuding a sense of superiority, as if you actually believe what you are typing. Kudos.

Dave Kelsen
Some nonsense now and then is relished by the wisest men.

Comment: Re:Problem? (Score 1) 644

I love how Slashdot picks on one news channel so they can ignore all the other ones lying to us.

I don't see the logic of your statement.

People (including those on Slashdot) pick on this particular 'news' channel because it is the most egregious, obvious, insanely foolish of the bunch, not because they want to pretend the other news sources are not lying, or ignore the lying that goes on. When he was on, Olbermann was the worst of the bunch, on the other side. And fairly popular. But he never reached the level of ignorance fundamentally possessed, used and propagated by those on the Fox News channel. If you think they are or were truly comparable, you came in to the situation with some predispositions you need to examine.

Dave Kelsen
Self-deprecation is an art form that I'm far too ugly to be any good at.

"You're a creature of the night, Michael. Wait'll Mom hears about this." -- from the movie "The Lost Boys"