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Comment Re:Welcome to the Trump future... (Score 2) 185

The dumbest thing Americans do is assume that consumers act rationally, never-mind should be expected to act rationally.

Yes, people never make the choices *I* think they should make, so I want the government to *force* MY choices on everyone else with the threat of imprisonment or death to back it up.

Health care is an insurance product that you want everyone to be forced to pay into...

Ain't Fascism great?

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Comment Re:Okay, so they've been spying (Score 1) 96

Now what?

Intercept NSA/GCHQ communications and/or hack them back? DDoS all their IP ranges? What's good for the goose is good for the gander? Crowd-source the gathering of any identifying data/biometrics of those working for NSA/GCHQ with phone apps and host an open/searchable database online? Why would they stop if there's no cost/push-back?

They have to come to understand that spying on everyone as they have been will cause a backlash that will seriously impair their ability to do *actual* national-security duties.

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Comment Re:Wrong even if correct (Score 0) 250

Also keep in mind the fed was created because of one of these conditions.

If you want to know how & why and by whom the Federal Reserve was created, read "The Creature From Jekyll Island" by G. Edward Griffin.

It's...unsettling...at best, and the implications flowing from what's revealed are downright frightening, though it does explain a lot of what's happened over the years regarding the Fed, the economy, and the US Dollar.

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Comment Re:Youtube is not just a Music service (Score 1) 216

Many Youtube users never use it for music covered by the RIAA so it is not fair to compare it to services like Spotify that are primarily for music.

Google/YT should try suspending all the record label and label-signed artists' accounts for a full business quarter and see if the labels/IFPI/RIAA change their attitude after they watch their bottom-lines take a plunge.

The labels and their stables of artists need YT more than YT needs them.

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Comment Re: Stop calling it "skepticism". (Score 0, Troll) 560

The difference is my belief is falsifiable.

And that's the problem right there.

CAGW alarmists don't/won't provide falsifiable evidence that can be independently tested. They refuse to release un-'adjusted' data sets, even going so far as to attempt to use copyright claims on publicly-funded research They will not release the actual programs, algorithms, and data used in their computer models, which still are unable to both track past climate changes while modeling the future global temperature rise rates claimed. Models which most accurately track past changes do not show the predicted increases, while models that show predicted increases in global temperature averages do not track against past climate records.

In order to assume this is reason enough to greatly disrupt the US national economy (guaranteed other nations like China, Russia, and India will not harm *their* economies b/c of CAGW alarmism) requires a 'leap of faith' equal to that of a religion. It requires faith without any more proof than Christians have to believe in the God of Abraham.

The way that CAGW alarmists have been acting has not been that different from the Westboro Baptist Church nutters. They try to shout-down and silence opposing voices, substituting outrage, anger, and argument/appeal from/to authority for reason and logic.

Even their precious IPCC/Dr. Roy Cook "97% scientific consensus" is bullshit. The "97%" includes scientists who think humans have *some* effect on climate, which humorously includes many on the "Denier(TM)"-side. Hell, *I* believe humans have *some* effect, I've simply seen no evidence that justifies massive immediate changes.

https://youtu.be/PHyd-Y6haMg

CAGW==Religion(or scam)

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Robotics

Scientists Develop Robotic Hand For People With Quadriplegia (phys.org) 22

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Phys.Org: Scientists have developed a mind-controlled robotic hand that allows people with certain types of spinal injuries to perform everyday tasks such as using a fork or drinking from a cup. The low-cost device was tested in Spain on six people with quadriplegia affecting their ability to grasp or manipulate objects. By wearing a cap that measures electric brain activity and eye movement the users were able to send signals to a tablet computer that controlled the glove-like device attached to their hand. Participants in the small-scale study were able to perform daily activities better with the robotic hand than without, according to results published Tuesday in the journal Science Robotics. It took participants just 10 minutes to learn how to use the system before they were able to carry out tasks such as picking up potato chips or signing a document. According to Surjo R. Soekadar, a neuroscientist at the University Hospital Tuebingen in Germany and lead author of the study, participants represented typical people with high spinal cord injuries, meaning they were able to move their shoulders but not their fingers. There were some limitations to the system, though. Users had to have sufficient function in their shoulder and arm to reach out with the robotic hand. And mounting the system required another person's help.

Comment Re:Deinstitutionalization + Social Media + Guns = (Score 1) 773

If we all agree that de-institutionalizing the mentally ill was a mistake, can we skip the blaming step and just come up with the money to at least get us back to the state things were before that time when it happened due to nobody's fault? And since we all agree that "it" is a good idea, there shouldn't be a problem paying for it, right?

The problem is not so much the costs, but in turning back the legal clock, so to speak, and removing rights from the mentally ill. That's a big hurdle and one with many pitfalls and dangers. If taken too far, those people who are merely 'odd', 'unique' or who hold 'unusual' ideological or political beliefs, suffer an isolated bout of depression, temporary PTSD, see a therapist, etc etc could find themselves in a rubber room under heavy sedation. The USSR routinely locked political dissidents away in mental wards.

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Comment Re:Provide this at the state level (Score 1) 278

He petitioned the courts and after a lengthy legal battle became the legal owner of John Casor (a white man) in 1654 in Virginia.

A side note; Thomas Jefferson was not born until 1743, so he and the other founders were not even born until nearly a century after Anthony Johnson became the first US slave-owner. The Founders did not institute slavery in the US, it was a legal institution when they were born. Most of the Founders who wrote about slavery found it detestable, but the southern Colonies had become dependent on slaves and would not join with the other Colonies if they made it illegal, and without the southern Colonies joining in, they would stand little chance against the British.

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Comment Re:Provide this at the state level (Score 1) 278

No one cares what a bunch of racist landowners in the 1700's wanted, they are dead now. Those that are living will decide what is and isn't valid.

A couple of historical notes FYI.

The person responsible for making slavery a legal institution in the Colonies and who also was the very first slave-owner was a land-owning black man named Anthony Johnson. He petitioned the courts and after a lengthy legal battle became the legal owner of John Casor (a white man) in 1654 in Virginia. Johnson went on to acquire other white slaves.

Thomas Jefferson neither bought nor sold a single slave. He inherited slaves from his family and his wife's family. It was highly illegal to free a slave at that time in the Colonies, so he would have likely been hung if he'd tried to set them free. Things like the "underground railroad" were still about a century in the future.

It's OK to be angry at injustice, but one must be very careful one has the correct target(s) first or you become part of the problem.

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Comment Re:Provide this at the state level (Score 1) 278

So, tab out, read the Tenth Amendment, then go through the body of the Constitution and find the text discussing education as a Federal Power. Then get back to me...

Since education isn't mentioned at all in the Constitution, I think it's pretty safe to say that the 10th means it's not something the Feds have any business doing....

Constitution!? Pfft!

The US government has been wiping its' collective ass with that thing since the 1800s and these days it's a tired joke.

Is it only coincidence that the further the US government has strayed beyond the limits set forth in the Constitution, the worse things have gotten?

Personally, I'm for a Convention of States as set forth in Article V of the Constitution. The size, expense, power, and scope of the Federal government has exceeded all reason and any semblance of a "limited" government. Things such as term limits for Congress, among others, must be enacted to prevent eventual collapse into anarchy or some form of authoritarianism, and possibly even civil war that turns into global war as the US' enemies seek to take advantage of a crippled US.

"May you live in interesting times", indeed.

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Comment Re:Michael Flynn Jr believes it (Score 1) 773

Here, though, where Bernie Sanders - who's a 120 leagues left of any other elected Democrat - smeared Hugo Chavez as a "dead communist dictator". Here, where Chavez is 360 leagues to the right of Castro....

You're onto something. Castro is exactly in line with Chavez (as you say 360 degrees, one full turn).

The only one that's off is '120 degrees to the left of any other elected democrat'. Which is, again, pretty much right on top of Castro, 'authoritarian asshole with a justification', going further left of that takes you back into right wing.

LOL!

Careful, HW!

His head may asplode, and *nobody* wants *that* mess around! :D

Well played, Sir!

Comment Re:I'm sure that'll work (Score 3, Informative) 113

I'm sure this will work perfectly, and everybody will respond honestly and accurately based on whether the story is factual, rather than whether or not it follows the correct political opinion.

"Working As Intended(TM)"?

Perhaps filtering of politically "sensitive" topics in the "news" feed is the goal and not an unintended consequence under the guise of filtering "fake news"?

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Comment Re:Deinstitutionalization + Social Media + Guns = (Score 1) 773

reagan trashed the mental health system.

That's some nice revisionist history except for one detail.

It's wrong.

It was Progressive Democrats who had a majority in Congress that thought they were 'defending the rights of the mentally-ill' and pushed through the de-institutionalization of the mentally ill and forced them out on the streets and also 'defended the right to refuse medication' for the mentally ill so they are now wandering the streets un-medicated or self-medicating with street-drugs.

Republicans at the time opposed these moves but were outvoted in Congress and demonized in the media for their opposition.

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Comment Re:Michael Flynn Jr believes it (Score -1, Troll) 773

Why would you? What ever made you think you could trust a doctor with a computer?

Good point. Wait... then why wold we trust a real estate developer and pyramid marketing purveyor to run a country again?

Because the Democrats couldn't figure out ways to both bring Castro back from the dead and get him elected as POTUS so they had to settle for the runner-up, HRC?

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