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Comment Re:Every Fucking Day with this Shit (Score 1) 104

Ever walk down the street in the city and a bum comes up to you begging? He can smell and look offensive. Should that be censored?

Yes. My purpose of being there is not to be a begging target, I didn't invite him to approach me, he is, in Internet terms, spamming me.

Ever been on a farm and smell the pigs or the cow manure? That's offensive.

But it is a necessary part of the operation of the farm. It is a direct consequence without which the farm could not function. In Internet terms, it's the annoying login dialog.

Ever see guts at the scene of a car wreck? That's offensive.

That is an unintended side-effect, not desired by anyone and not intentionally inflicted upon me by anyone. In Internet terms, it's lag or slow loading times.

You are comparing completely different things, not understanding that for some of them, there is no reason we should have to endure them (for the record: The proper solution is that the bum doesn't exist, our society is rich enough that every homeless person is a shame to us all)

Get off your ass, unplug, get out there into the real world and get offended! Trust me, it gets easier after the first few times. And you'll probably realized that being offended isn't anywhere near the worst thing that can possibly happen to you

I'm with you on that there's no right to not be offended.
However, I can absolutely want to protect myself from what I don't like. I keep my house clean because I don't like trash and smells. I keep my door closed because I want to decide who I invite in and who not. I don't hang disgusting pictures on my walls, etc.
I can filter my view of the world. You have a right to Free Speech, but not a right to force me to listen. Individual filters are a necessity or we would all drown in spam. What we need to prevent is centrally controlled filters.

Comment Re:Sour grapes (Score 1) 1424

Uh, Obama didn't lose the popular vote either time (the last president who was elected despite losing the popular vote was Bush in 2000.) In fact, he won an absolute majority (not merely plurality) of the popular vote both times. Not sure what you expected people to complain about there?

There's a lot more broken than the imaginary "popular vote" or the EC. There's the whole gerrymandering issue, the voting machines debacle, the voter registration issues, the fact that many people are stopped from voting, that the voting is on a working day and a hundred more.

I wouldn't even agree that the EC is broken as a concept. It's a slightly odd way of doing it, but there were and are reasons for making it this way, and while they can be discussed and maybe don't apply to the world of today anymore, many of the issues I listed above are much more clear-cut examples of why the election system is fundamentally broken.

Comment Re:Black Mirror (Score 1) 204

Oh, come on!

Surely, the Right Honorable Gentleman does not think President Donald J. Trump, the Beloved, Magnificent, Wise, and All-Knowing Autarch or our Republic, would import such a vile thing to the USA, Land of the Free, Home of the Brave!

Why, that would be a treasonous thought of the highest order, worthy of an internal deportation to the Uranium mines of the Great State of Alaska, at the very least!

You have been warned, Citizen! Now, scurry about your business and let President Donald J. Trump, the Beloved, Magnificent, Wise, and All-Knowing Autarch or our Republic, examine the worthy suggestion of his Chinese Peers.

Yours Truly - The NSA.

Comment More prophetic than ever... (Score 5, Insightful) 204

The telescreen received and transmitted simultaneously. Any sound that Winston made, above the level of a very low whisper, would be picked up by it, moreover, so long as he remained within the field of vision which the metal plaque commanded, he could be seen as well as heard. There was of course no way of knowing whether you were being watched at any given moment. How often, or on what system, the Thought Police plugged in on any individual wire was guesswork. It was even conceivable that they watched everybody all the time. But at any rate they could plug in your wire whenever they wanted to. You had to live -- did live, from habit that became instinct -- in the assumption that every sound you made was overheard, and, except in darkness, every movement scrutinized.

We are getting there. Thanks for the warning, George. Too bad nobody listened.

Coming soon to a country near you.

Comment Re:Sour grapes (Score 1) 1424

As I said in other comments, it's so funny that there is so much uproar over how the system is broken and needs to be fixed now that Trump has won, but there was no such thing after Obama won. I don't like people who complain about the system only in the event of a defeat.

I'm not discussing if the rural vs. city divide is good or smart or anything, only that it's real. And yes, Trump probably would not have gained tons of votes in NYC even with massive advertisement, but there are swing states and "ignored" states, where more votes could have been gained easily. Maybe. If it mattered enough to either candidate to try.

The whole system is broken. Fixing it with a law about the EC is like fixing a plane that's falling into pieces in mid-air with some duct tape and pretending everything is fine.

Comment Re:Sour grapes (Score 1) 1424

Election reform - yes, necessary, your system is as fucked up as they come, if someone were tasked to create a really bad election system for a movie and they showed this, the director would tell him to come back with something at least halfway believable.

I don't agree with the "red state vs. blue state" bullshit everyone throws out there. A lot of "blue" states are actually dark red if you look at the county level. The divide isn't between states, it is largely between city folks and rural folks. That is not unique to the USA, btw. - here in Europe there are very similar patterns.

Now for the popular vote - no, it does not matter. The rules of the election give it no weight or consequences. Since all candidates know the rules, they also adapt their campaign strategy to these rules, and they don't even try to win the popular vote. They try to win swing states, and states with many votes in the EC. If the so-called "popular vote" would have an impact on the result, the campaign strategies would be different, and the results would be different.

Again, pointing to this "popular vote" is like announcing that your running style was more beautiful - when everyone knew that it's a race for time. Everyone loved Eddie the Eagle, but nobody gave him a gold medal.

Comment Re:Sour grapes (Score 1) 1424

Wasn't intended as such.

Yes, the EC is theoretically free in how they cast their votes. But with the two-party system so strongly ingrained in american politics, you really think that all those Republicans will vote for a Democrat, when they have both houses?

There is maybe a theoretical chance that a surprise hardcore republican candidate appears, but again if there were such a move, one would have to be on the horizon already. I could imagine such a switch in the Democrat camp, if Hillary had won, because Bernie Sanders didn't just disappear after the nomination, he continued on the same path as always and still has a presence, and if for reasons of some scandal or other the Democrats had to drop Hillary at the last second, he could still become POTUS.

But I don't see anyone in the Republican party who could pick up the torch if, say, Trump were hit by a bus tomorrow. Too much fragmentation.

That's why I said "yes, theoretically... but really, come on."

Comment Re:Ya think ur clever but ur not (Score 1) 1424

I'm a conservative, a liberal, a socialist and many other things. Maybe if you weren't subject to the black-and-white painting you accuse others of, your view of the world would be more wide?

I'm pro-Trump because Hillary would have been a terrible danger to the rest of the world, Trump at least is only dangerous to America. I'm a liberal when it comes to personal freedom and liberties (in fact, I held the european EFF domain for a time), and a socialist when it comes to economic policies (big fan of Bernie for that reason).

The world isn't simple. But some questions are simple. Did you bang your secretary is a yes or no question and any answer more complicated than that is a cover-up attempt. Did you steal that candy? Do you love your wife? Is that child yours or not? Is the pope a catholic? Some things are black-or-white, yes-or-no. Doesn't mean everything is. The mistake of stupid people everywhere and the most common trick of demagogues everywhere is to start with straightforward examples and assume that all the world is so clear-cut. The mistake of wanna-be-smartasses and pseudo-philosophers everywhere is to start with complicated examples and assume that all the world is difficult and nuanced.

Smug enough for you?

Comment Re:really ? (Score 1) 272

does anyone actually sit through Putin answering questions from Russians every year? I've tried - could never make it through the whole charade. I guess it doesn't help that I'm not a Russian citizen.

His speeches and answering sessions are very popular among educated Russians. My girlfriend is Russian and says that in original Russian they are much better than in the english translation, because he uses a lot of wordplays and hinting at things by choice of particular synonyms.

I cannot stand watching politician's speeches. I find them mostly meaningless and full of empty promises.

I generally find opposition speeches better than ruling party speeches. Have you seen Farages speech in the EU parliament just after the Brexit vote? Very personal, very particular, very british.

It's a relief to me when they actually sit down and do an investigative report or interview someone instead of just letting them give a speech.

That is true, but unfortunately there are almost no investigative journalists left, and what is sold under that name is largely just sensationalist crap. Basically, TV invented clickbait long before the Internet did - "The government build a new road in Somevillage. Stay tuned to find out what it did to this generation old farm."

Comment Re:Sour grapes (Score 4, Insightful) 1424

Finally someone says it !

Both candidates went into the race knowing the rules. Crying baby over the "popular vote" is like saying you should've gotten the 100m dash gold medal because your running style was more beautiful. Might be true, but you knew that it's a race for speed when you started.

Comment Re:What about the primaries? (Score 2) 1424

That is also where Hillary Clinton lost the election. She should have never been the candidate in the first place. A bag of rice would have had better chances to win against Trump. She was the worst possible candidate to throw at Trump. You could've picked a stripper from the nearest table dance bar and they would have presented less of an attack surface for Trump.

Comment funny... (Score 2) 1424

So very funny. There were eight years of Obama rule during which all of these reforms could have been at least attempted. Funny how now that their favorite candidate lost everyone is coming out of the woodworks complaining about the system and asking for reforms.

Sorry guys. The proper moment to request reforms if you are really worried that the system is broken is after your favorite candidate won.

This way, it just looks like a lot of "bwuahaha, my side lost an election, that is sooo unffaaaaiiiiirrrr".

I respect Lawrence, once had a short phone conversation with him on another topic. I agree that the US political system is completely broken and needs wholesale replacement. I don't think this is the right way and the right time to do it.

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