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Comment Re:Side effect of the Fake news in MSM (Score 2) 168

Except for the fact the media in the US has become increasingly consolidated, and further intertwined with other powerful corporations. Hence, why CNN almost never talks about climate change, and when it does, it often acts as if there is a reasonable argument both for and against its existence.

Comment Re:Side effect of the Fake news in MSM (Score 1) 168

It's more like this. People think, not entirely incorrectly, that politicians lie all the time. At the very least, they cherry pick facts and statistics to suit their position. So given that for every fact you can find an opposing one and everyone else just seems to pick the ones they prefer, why not do the same yourself?

That's where alternate facts come from. She wasn't supposed to use that phrase publicly, but that's where we are at. The truth is the set of facts you cherry pick.

Comment Re:They really don't understand. (Score 3, Interesting) 188

The foundation has to come after the initial exposure. That's how I leaned, and if you try to start with the dry stuff the kids get bored and lose interest. They have to understand where that knowledge will take them, what they can do with it.

That's why we encourage kids to read. Not just for practice, but to make them interested in reading. Start with fun books before getting into grammar and the history of literature.

Comment Re:Goodbye Karma (Score 1) 339

Thanks for the great comment.

The question of when a foetus becomes a human doesn't really make sense. It's a continual process. At various stages it has more or fewer human qualities and similarity to a human baby.

That's why the focus is usually on those factors, like ability to react to stimulus.

There is no good answer. It's not that kind of question.

Comment Re:Tradeoffs (Score 1) 590

Our manufacturing base was destroyed in the 80s as Thatcher tried to crush the unions and turn us into a service economy.

Germany merged with an ex-Soviet block country and has a lot of eastern European immigrants, but it also has a lot of manufacturing. The two are not mutually exclusive.


Verizon To Force 'AppFlash' Spyware On Android Phones 103 writes: Verizon is joining with the creators of a tool called "Evie Launcher" to make a new app search/launcher tool called AppFlash, which will be installed on all Verizon phones running Android. The app provides no functionality to users beyond what Google Search does. It does, however, give Verizon a steady stream of metrics on your app usage and searches. A quick glance at the AppFlash privacy policy confirms this is the real purpose behind it: "We collect information about your device and your use of the AppFlash services. This information includes your mobile number, device identifiers, device type and operating system, and information about the AppFlash features and services you use and your interactions with them. We also access information about the list of apps you have on your device. [...] AppFlash information may be shared within the Verizon family of companies, including companies like AOL who may use it to help provide more relevant advertising within the AppFlash experiences and in other places, including non-Verizon sites, services and devices."

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