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Comment Re:Is GTMO closed? (Score 1) 550

On one hand we have a man with 10 year perfect record for truth telling

Two points here:

  1. I know of no human being on the face of this earth this sentence describes.
  2. You can only assert this in a public figure's case if you personally grant yourself the right to define for the entire world what "truth" is. This isn't the set of Fox News; you don't get to do that.

If you are worried about trying to find some kind of official corporate "truth" in the allegations against him, that's exactly what we humans created courts for. If you don't trust the courts in this particular case, that's your prerogative. But you don't get to substitute yourself for them.

Comment Re:Stop calling Snowden a whistleblower (Score 1) 550

Snowden swore an oath to uphold the constitution when he took his job at NSA/CIA, not an oath to protect the illegal activities of the agencies he worked for

Well, technically he also swore an oath to not divulge classified material when he was granted the security clearance that gave him access to that information.

Comment Flashbang Fireworks (Score 4, Interesting) 134

I wonder if this has implications for what kind of fireworks different people like. One of my favorites are the ones that are just a single quick very bright flash of light, followed by the explosion that you can feel as well as hear. My wife hates those.

People with that condition would definitely "hear" something extra with those, moreso than with any other kind of firework. So that particular firework would be a totally different experience than it is for everyone else.

Comment Re:It's about landmass (Score 1) 466

Have you actually calculated the amount of CO2 released per distance traveled for a car powered by gasoline, versus one powered by electricity from a coal plant?

(data showing Coal produced electric releasing about half of the gas-ICE's CO2 cut)

Even that's way worst-case though. Who gets all their electricity from coal these days? Here in fossil-fueled Oklahoma, my Electricity is barely half coal. Natural Gas plants (about a third here) are still carbon-producing true, but much less than coal. The remainder is downright green solar, wind, and hydro (remember hydro, the other carbon-free power tech?)

The little tool on that website figures I release about 20lbs (9kg) of CO2 per KWH here. My math is probably off here, but it looks like when I plug that number into what you did ( *1.2 to account for charge efficiency, ignore line losses because that should already be in the reported number), I get about 10.8kg CO2 per 100km traveled (vs gasoline's 22). Smaller, but a similar amount.

Comment Re:It's about landmass (Score 1) 466

The existence of people who have that driving pattern was never a question. The issue is whether the percentage of people who rarely if ever commute beyond their own metropolitan areas is great enough that a shift to the majority of the population driving electric cars is economically and practically feasible. Pointing out that counterexamples exist to a trend in an attempt to question the existence or magnitude of the trend is fallacious and dishonest.

Concrete example of this:

My family of 5 currently owns 4 cars. (Don't freak out, they are all way used. My last name isn't Rockefeller) Only one of them is large enough to reasonably seat all of us. That's just fine, because its rare we actually need to do that. Only one of them has the 4WD required to get in and our of our hilly neighborhood after a snow or ice storm, but those only happen about 2 days a year on average, so that's fine.

So I'm not seeing the problem at all here if we had only one car (likely the big one) of our 4 using an internal combustion engine. The last time I had to buy a car I would have happily gone electric if there was a used one to be had in our price range.

Comment Re:Trump honest? (Score 4, Interesting) 281

Trump uses profanity to appear honest; and as people associate profanity with honesty they attribute "straight-forward" and "honest" to his persona (I'm not American or pro or anti Trump, just an interested outside observer). Bullshit is an art, and he's better at it than most.

He has spent rather a lot of time training for this in the entertainment industry (almost a decade and a half). Which reminds me of something fellow entertainer George Burns was fond of saying:

The key to success is sincerity. If you can fake that you've got it made.

Comment Re:Accuracy (Score 1) 159

Like how supermarkets should show price per unit even though anyone can do math if they take the time

Ever actually tried that? That's when you'll notice that manufacturers also like to use completely different units from each other. I hope you've studied up recently on your imperial units. How many quarts are in a liter and/or a cup and/or a pint and/or a "fluid ounce".

And that doesn't get into packaging differences. For instance, some dishwashing detergents use self contained pellets (marked as X pellets per bag), while others sell a big container of loose powder. Which is the better deal, per wash? Well, to know that I need to know how much I typically pour into the soap container, how many of those are in that bottle, then divide both of those "per container" amounts by the respective prices or somesuch. I once spent 5 minutes in the detergent isle doing this. You ever seen anybody else do that? Me neither. You gonna do that every time you shop? Me neither.

Comment Re:YOUTUBE (Score 1) 119

...and of course he spent the exact same amount of effort checking into the veracity of those youtube videos as he did looking for them in the first place?

Here's the difference....

Fact-checking: I like this information. I'd like it to be true. That's really dangerous because it makes me easy prey for charlatans, so before I go spreading this around, I should go check on it to make sure it isn't misleading. Perhaps I might even have to change my thinking on this matter to conform to what I find.

Rebunking: I don't like this information. I'd like it to not be true. So I'll keep digging for info on this subject until the instant I find a piece of info that realigns things with the way I want them to be. Then I stop looking and start spreading that.

The latter is what's sometimes referred to as the Unscientific Method

Comment Re:Trust me.... (Score 1) 119

I think the point is that Fox has 2.3, but than if the others all have 1.5 million with CNN, NBC, ABC, HuffPo, NY Times, etc, etc, etc, etc.

You ball up every single non-Conservative outlet (some things on that list aren't close to liberal. CNN is essentially the 24/7 Trump network. But fine, do it), add all those up, and they probably have more viewers than Fox. But that's before we add in popular Right Wing networks, newspapers or websites (eg: CNBC, Drudge, Breitbart, WSG and nearly every other paper owned by Murdoch).

That's a loooong way to go to still be able to front like you're the underdog.

Comment Re:Trust me.... (Score 1) 119

Fox News had about 2.3 million viewers last year. They are the single biggest news broadcaster in the USA right now. The NYT has about 1.3 million digital subscribers (and about another half million dead-tree readers, but that number is dropping like a stone).

So I'm sorry if it bursts somebody's bubble, but you simply do not get more "mainstream" than Fox News is right now.

Comment Re:Facebook wants more liberal news (Score 1) 119

Nice in theory and if journalists actually aspired to be moral and ethical in their reporting it would be great. However, the problem with all this is NEWS (fake or not) is now a business. You have to sell advertisements or subscriptions to pay the bills... So what *you* think is news may just be some tall tale to somebody else and what gets reported is what makes the most money.

This is exactly why I think CNN, the sole major national news outlet striving for actual "balanced reporting", is IMHO worse than all but the worst partisan outlets. As much as I might dislike Fox News and disagree with their morals, at least they have some. They tried a bit to tell people how bad Trump would be for the country, and covered other Republican candidates. CNN OTOH realized Trump was ratings gold, precisely because he was so bad for the country, and practically became the 24/7 Trump channel. CNN would happily torch the entire country for a 1 point bump in their own Nielsens.

Comment Re:Facebook wants more liberal news (Score 1) 119

There shouldn't be conservative or liberal news. There should just be news.

This is, quite frankly, late 20th-Century thinking. Since the inception of the printing press, news reporting has been partisan. A lot of papers even named themselves after the party/cause they were promoting. This is why every major town in the USA used to have at least two newspapers. You could tell what a person's politics were by the papers they took.

It was only the advent of large national broadcast media that got us the modern conception of "balanced reporting". Unlike newspapers, not just anyone can get up a national radio/TV network. Probably just as importantly, its helps to keep the Federal Government from interfering with the monopolistic practices required to do this if neither major party feels like you have it out for them specifically. But they still had an agenda, just one that the Federal Government can't complain about: pro-US and anti-extremist. If you were too far to the left or right for the comfort of the national media, heaven help you. The sainted Edward R. Morrow these types like to point to reported live sympathetic pieces from the London Blitz at a time most in the US wanted to stay out of WWII. That's not really "balance" (and a damn good thing he did). Balance was never a real thing. Its just a smokescreen for saying the media's bias should be within a certain range in the middle of the political spectrum, wherever that middle happens to be today.

So this talk about being neutral, unbiased, or balanced is just a bunch of hooey. It was a polite fiction we all agreed to pretend to believe for 50 years while it was useful. But the broadcast era is dead and buried now. Anyone can start up a podcast, website, or twitter account, and report the news any way they damn well please.

More to the point, reporting on evil in a "balanced" way is neither desirable nor moral. For all the talk about "balance", Murrow understood that.

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