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Comment Re: Just another mindless attack (Score 1) 507

Seriously? You're going to go with the "if it's not Brietbart it's fake news" angle? The whole incident was described on a Trump supporter's / Mar-a-Lago member's facebook page, and in a bunch of other sources. Even Sean Spicer didn't try to deny it.

Getting back from your attempt to change the subject, keep in mind that Mar-a-Lago is just a piece of evidence in a longer chain. Trump has spent an entire campaign bragging about breaking rules - there's no reason to believe he'd start following rules about when he can have his phone if he didn't want to.

Comment Re: Just another mindless attack (Score 3, Informative) 507

But if they are whoever tasked at keeping the situation secure should be fired.
Nobody was fired after this:
https://www.washingtonpost.com...

The president gets to make the rules - everyone else just gets to make suggestions. So if Trump wants to overrule someone who tells him to not bring his android phone into a SCIF, he can. And the Mar-a-Lago example indicates that he might be willing to do exactly that.

Comment Re: Just another mindless attack (Score 2) 507

And within 30 seconds of reading your post, I came up with the idea of storing recordings on a phone, and then forwarding them later when the signal isn't blocked.

Except that I didn't actually come up with that idea, it's how many real world apps work (and how much eavesdropping malware works).

Comment Re:Am I in a goddamn cyberpunk novel? (Score 2) 551

Interesting info - thanks! I didn't know there was another section sometimes referred to as the 'emoluments clause'.

My quick bit of searching indicates that there's some disagreement over which of the (three!) sections of the constitution that mention 'emoluments' get that as their informal title. At the moment, Wikipedia links emoluments to Article I, section 9, but there's some arguing about that choice on the various talk pages.

Specificity will be a useful thing as this discussion proceeds; I suspect we'll be talking about how to interpret 'Consent of Congress' before too long.

Comment Re:Am I in a goddamn cyberpunk novel? (Score 3, Informative) 551

Neither of your citations appear to even mention the 'emoluments clause' of the Constitution, which makes them, at best, incomplete ('worthless' is also a possible description).

Try looking for something newer - there was very little reporting on the emoluments clause until after the election.

Comment Re:"White Nationalist" is racist term (Score 1) 470

So what do we call all the black americans on Twitter, calling out to kill all white people?

a) Just as repulsive as Spencer.

b) If (and only if) they are advocating for a separate race-based nation, then you can call them black nationalists.

c) On Twitter? It's likely that you can call many of them Russian.

Comment Re: Who cares? (Score 1) 177

But you have never actually presented scientific evidence
My phrasing was deliberate - you are hand-waving away the vast amount of evidence that's out there, not just what I'm presenting. I'm pretty sure you know how to use Google too, and don't need to rely on me to lead you to it.

This isn't even new stuff - I'm mainly working off the memory of a deep dive I did into this topic about ten years ago; not much has changed since then.

Also, please see note (*1) above.

Comment Re: Who cares? (Score 1) 177

And now we've come full circle. Let me see if I can recap this conversation.

anon: There's no data
me: here's data
you: but not controlled studies
me: here are controlled studies
you: but not the right kind of controlled studies
me: here's a report with descriptions and references to controlled studies about harms (surgeon general's report, I linked it above).
you: I haven't seen a positive study(*1). And it's all political(*2).

(*1) Yet later you talk about the 'the very few that dare report any negative finding', implying you think that most have a positive finding.

(*2) You should look at the sources in that report - many come from places like Japan, Switzerland, China, and a number of other countries. I really doubt the political constraints that you think exist are going to apply everywhere on the planet.

If you're just going to hand-wave away the huge amount of evidence that's out there, then continuing this part of the conversation is kinda pointless. So, I'm going to move on to speculating about your motives and politics. Some possibilities on your agenda here:
- You work for a tobacco firm in some capacity, and have let your paycheck skew your reasoning.
- You have been exposing family and friends to second-hand smoke, and are trying to find a rationalization for your behavior.
- You like arguing.
- You like being the special guy who can see though the vast conspiracies in this world, and next you'll want to move on to discussing WTC7 and thermite.

Any other explanations you want to offer?

Comment Re: Who cares? (Score 1) 177

From Wikipedia:
Ad hominem ... in which an argument is rebutted by attacking the character, motive, or other attribute of the person making the argument, or persons associated with the argument, rather than attacking the substance of the argument itself.

You could dispute whether your statement was a fallacious argument or not, but it was indeed an ad hominem attack.

I would note that it was a pointless argument, since it is unlikely any of the same individuals were involved (if the CDC was involved at all), and one issue of this nature does not point to 'a history of poor reasoning'. It just points to the fact that science is never finished.

BTW, the 'current advice' on second-hand smoke dates to at least 1986. There's been quite a bit of time for someone to find issue with the conclusions; I'm not aware of that happening in any legitimate context.

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