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Comment: Re:Price of using scientists as political pawns (Score 1) 307

You've worked very hard to make that impossible. Your whole political position is based on the idea of giving people stuff. You give people free healthcare, free food, free housing, free education, free transport, free cell phones, free anything and everything.

You sure seem to know a lot about what everyone does and thinks and says. Do you work for the NSA or are you just full of shit?

Comment: Re:Price of using scientists as political pawns (Score 2) 307

What does this have to do with scientists conducting research? The bureaucrats handing out loans are completely different people. It's unlikely they even know each other exist except in the loosest sense (like I know people in Bangor exist, but I don't know a single person there).

Comment: Re:Price of using scientists as political pawns (Score 1) 307

Now you're going to sit there and attempt to be smug by claiming that the scientists are only doing their jobs and only pushing out the facts

Well, that is IN FACT what they're doing. I'm sorry if you find this unpleasant, but that's the reality of the situation.

That's fine. You're playing politics and it is in your political interest to make that point. I'm being honest, unlike you

Lay off the magic kool-aid buddy.

Comment: Re:First question (Score 1) 102

The Confederacy was dedicated to the overthrow of the US Government and hundreds of thousands of them actually bore arms against that government, and they were less poorly treated than the "Communists" in the 1950s despite having been a far, far greater threat.

So yes, it was a witch hunt. Just because a handful of them existed doesn't mean the measures taken were reasonable or proportional to the threat (which was zilch).

Comment: Re:Brought to you by the same people (Score 1) 102

This is a murky field. A polygraph does present useful information; it's just not necessarily whether the person is telling the truth. The major decision part of any polygraph system is the operator, and they need to have sp,e training in physical psychology to be predictably any good at using the equipment.

That's nice bullshit sandwich wrapped in pseudo-science bread you've got there.

Polygraphs only work in the way that swinging a five dollar wrench at someone works. It convinces them to tell you what you want to know on their own because their afraid of it. That's it.

The phrase "He failed/passed a polygraph" is the biggest load of shit in "law enforcement."

Comment: Re:How do you (Score 1) 962

by MaskedSlacker (#47513625) Attached to: The Daily Harassment of Women In the Game Industry

I remember Carl Sagan's Baloney Detection Kit getting a lot of hits when arguments got emotional. It doesn't happen so much anymore, because there's a large influx of people making highly emotive arguments but without much discipline in reasoned arguments

It doesn't happen much any more because the demographics of the net have changed. There are (proportionally) far fewer people with science backgrounds who've read that book than there used to be.

Aren't you glad you're not getting all the government you pay for now?

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