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Comment You broke it, you bought it (Score 1, Troll) 220

It's been part of the "conservative" orthodoxy for decades that corporations have First Amendment rights and money = speech. Remember, "Corporations are people, my friend"? It's unseemly for them to want to cry now because Democrats have done better under those rules.

I don't remember hearing anything from them when a top Trump donor (or Trump's son-in-law) used their newspaper to push pro-Trump stories, or when the Koch Brothers (and ALEC more broadly) were influencing elections from the national level down to local school boards.

Anytime they want to overturn Citizens United or pass a constitutional amendment asserting that only natural humans have guaranteed civil rights, I'll be glad to start taking them seriously.

Comment Re:resistance is futile (Score 1) 180

Are you trying to start a war? ...Wallonia, the French speaking region of Flanders...and Brussels
Should have been: ...Wallonia, the French speaking region AND Flanders...
or ...Wallonia, the Dutch speaking region of Flanders...

So in fact it is all of Belgium that is against it. as there are only these three entities on that political level. Yes, I live in Flanders and work in Brussels.

Comment Re:Makes some sense (Score 1) 143

If you call your mom or grandmom or great aunt or somebody else who has no idea how a computer works, never ask "Do you see button XXX" because the anser will be yes, regardless if the system is on or even in the room. The reason for this, I believe, is that we are taught that it is very wrong to give either the wrong answer and say that you do not know anything.

Comment Re:But what is a lie? (Score 1) 143

Lying goes further than what people are looking for. It is more about the intend to mislead the person. Even when not telling the truth does not mean you are lying.

e.g. I take the train to work each day and the train takes (if there are no delays) 22 minutes. If somebody asks me how long it takes I say "half an hour" most of the times. Even if I know that the time is not correct and I assume the person know that it won't be 30 minutes exactly, I would not see this as a lie.
Now if I know that the person needs to have a connection so he can take his flight and I say 22 minutes, I would consider that as a lie. Why would that be a lie as the correction is correct? Because I can assume that the question was not really about the duration of the train trip, but about catching their plane.
The correct info would be that even if the trip is 22 minutes, to calculate an hour, because the train can leave up to 5 minutes later and not be seen as delay and even if the train leaves on time, delays might happen in that short trip. Also if the train does not go at all, he still can get the next one and be on time.

Now if that first person where I told how long the trip was is asked, somebody else might ask it and he will say 30 minutes. He would also no be lying, because he does not have the correct information and he does not know that he does not.

Lying is more about the willingness to mislead people than it is about telling the truth.
Car example:
Naming your system auto-pilot is lying, even if you know that an auto-pilot need human interaction and an alert driver/pilot. You know what people will understand it means and if you still use it that way just to say late "but we did not mean that" is lying.

Comment Re:Pretty sure I read this story last decade. (Score 1) 314

You might have read up on this if anything that contradicted your position didn't send you into convulsions trigglypuff.

From the article:

"But it's not just happening in far-away places like Bangladesh or the Maldives. It's happening right here in the US.

On Tangier Island, Virginia, in the southern Chesapeake Bay, residents are facing the inundation of a place some local families have called home since the 1600s."

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