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Comment Re:Oh boy, the media is not bias (Score 1) 91

Ha, you must be a time-traveler from the pre-SJW leftist era. These days the apeshit coming from the SJW left makes the old A.M. radio batshit coming from the right look positively sane.

It's a pretty bizarro world where liberals are now the ones screaming for banning free speech and bullying their opponents into silence. They've even managed to one-up conservatives on their conspiracy theories. I remember laughing after Obama's election when pawn shops were reporting a run on gun-buying from gun nuts convinced that Obama was coming for their guns. The I read a story recently about how there has been a run on birth control from crazy lefties convinced that Donald trump is coming for their birth control. Lol, same crazy, different day.

Comment Re:Why would this concern Trump? (Score 1) 182

There is the very slim possibility that he will ally himself with Putin and Assad and finally take an active role in actually fighting back against ISIS and the radical Islamic movement that has come to dominate the region since the "Arab Spring." I'd give it a 10-15% chance, tops.

Other than this slim hope, I suspect it will be more of the same. He'll continue to suck up to countries like Saudi Arabia and they'll keep funneling the oil money we give them to movements that want to destroy Western civilization. Russia, Iran and Syria will continue to be the only countries really fighting ISIS. Turkey will continue its descent from the lone beacon of modern civilization in the region into just another radicalized Sharia-authoritarian shithole. And Western Europe will continue to keep their fingers in their ears in their own dreamworld where Islam is just fine and Muslims can't wait to come to Europe to exchange hugs with feminists and gay people.

Comment Re:Die (Score 1) 226

Well, it depends very greatly on whose definition of "harassment" they're going to use. There are plenty these days on the SJW left who define "harassment" as pretty much any public statement that disagrees with their views or challenges them in any way.

If they're just going to ban direct threats ("I'm going to kill you!"), doxxing, calls to violence ("We should go burn this guy's house down!"), etc. then I doubt most people would object.

If they're going to ban anyone who says "I think we should deport illegal immigrants" or "I support a border wall" that's a VERY different story.

It's also a very different story if they decide to get into the business of deciding what ideas and news are worthy and which aren't. One man's "conspiracy theory" or "fake news" is another man's "story that the mainstream media are ignoring, but shouldn't be." Right now, other media companies like Wikipedia are already beginning to ban "fake news" on the right, but not on the left. You can learn all about discredited pedophilia claims against Donald Trump, for example. But search Wikipedia for the equally dubious "Pizzagate" and you'll see that it's been blocked as "A conspiracy theory falsely claiming the existence of a child trafficking ring". It's that double standard that people are worried about.

It's hardly a secret that most of these media companies are located in SJW-central Silicon Valley and that their leadership skews radically left. So you would have to have your head buried pretty far into the sand to buy into the idea that they have any intention of applying their new censorship policies fairly.

Comment Re: Finally, the gloves will come off! (Score 1) 1030

Implying that we have no right to complain?

You have every right to complain. Just try an make the complaints informative or insightful. Most of the complaints here are ridiculous histrionics.

Rarely have I seen as much whining, whinging, and cry-babying as I've seen from right wing posters on this issue, the professional right-wing victims are really out in force. They could be trumpeting the fact that Twitter has effectively said that nothing Trump has posted so far is hate speech, but instead they have to throw a little hissy fit over how Twitter said even the President-elect can be banned if he breaks the rules.

Comment Re: Finally, the gloves will come off! (Score 1) 1030

A bakery should be able to refuse to support an activity or event of which they do not approve. If a gay man is marrying a woman (perfectly OK with Christians), they should not be able to refuse service just because the customer is gay. That's discrimination that has been deemed illegal. Refusing to cater (provide a cake for) a wedding between two men should be perfectly legal because private persons have a right of (dis)association.

Businesses no longer have that right because it was abused. They are not legally allowed to refuse to do business with people based on certain characteristics because those refusals were used in an organized manner to punish and torment people for who they are (race, sexual-orientation) or what they believe (religion). Imagine, for instance, living in a town where the grocery stores refused to do business with you because of the colour of your skin. I doubt you'd think it was fair for them to try and starve you out of town. On the flip side, those laws also protect businesses, because it no longer makes sense for the current customers of a business to boycott it just because it does business with people with the "wrong" coloured skin. Every business is required by law to ignore certain differences, so if they shut down one with a boycott, any business that replaces it will still have to do business with those people anyway.

Even given that, there are things that a baker can refuse to do. For instance, it is my understanding that the baker can refuse to decorate a cake with a same-sex wedding theme. However, they can't refuse to sell a generic wedding cake to someone just because the person is gay.

Comment Re: Finally, the gloves will come off! (Score 1) 1030

Yes, the day I lost my virginity.

I know...citation needed, right?

Wait, so you're saying on the day you lost your virginity you were sexually attracted to both men and women, had one willing and available partner of each sex, but for some reason you had to choose once for all which gender would have sex with? And after that point you lost all interest in the gender you did not select?

Comment Re: Trump is love (Score 1) 1030

If that's the case, that's playing with fire. If people are afraid of signing up because Twitter will apply biased enforcement even to the President of the United States of America, that hurts their bottom line. Some people won't sign up, others will go elsewhere for more controversial topics.

Not really, Twitter doesn't actually want the people who won't abide by their rules. Those people damage the Twitter brand, drive off some users, and make it harder for the twitter owners to cash out of the business (and reduce the amount they would get for the business). Then there's also a flip side: the idea that Twitter's rules apply to everyone no matter who they are might appeal to some people, whether they are current or future users.

Comment Re:What the fuck!? (Score 0) 85

You're confused, Trump has a lead in the electoral college. Trump and others are not getting frosted over that. Irrelevant your 2.5 million popular vote, we don't elect presidents that way because otherwise career criminals with no regard for national security or the rule of law like Clinton would get elected by the half of society that is parasites.

There's a problem with your view, Clinton's voters represent about 64% of the U.S. economy.

Comment mixed emotions (Score 3, Informative) 92

I purchased two Pebble watches as part of the original Kickstarter. One failed within a year (we were too distracted at the time to pursue a warranty claim), the other one is still "ticking".

Custom programming my own non-24-hour sleep-wake calendar was a big step for me in finding a cure. It finally put my metabolic reality on equal footing with the world around me, so that I could properly track each on its own terms.

I will always remember my Pebble watch as a life-changing event.

That said, I had doubts about Eric Migicovsky as a venture capitalist right from the beginning. When the original watch was delayed (I've done electronics fabrication before, it's far from easy with so much at stake on a new product) Eric obviously got some advice to keep reality close to the vest, and thus his public comments fell far short of the mark, given the situation. It's actually a flaw in the Kickstarter program that your promised delivery date is locked in stone prior to discovering you've got a landslide on your hands. (How to manage around that, I've never quite figured out. Kickstarter mainly appeals to flighty dreamers—too much honesty could seriously damp the lemming effect.) For my money, Eric failed the test of knowing when and where to draw the line on taking good advice. Any damn fool can advise you to keep your PR powder dry. Actual VC talent is required to know when to blow these damn fools off and venture out into the dangerous territory of actual honesty, while your users still care.

As for the watch itself, I'm still actually using my Pebble watch, for a single reason. Cure now in hand, in bottle form, I continue to wear my watch because its vibrate alarm is harder for me to ignore or forget than any other watch/phone I've had before, so I really do take my sustained-release melatonin at exactly the right time of day, each and every day, without fail.

I turned off BT completely after Fitness App Runkeeper Secretly Tracks Users At All Times, Sends Data to Advertisers because at this level of vigilance investment, extra battery life on both sides was more important than e-mail notification (and I hate pulling out my phone just to check a quick message).


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