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Comment Re:Sociological work on the subject (Score 1) 624

Indeed, but perhaps it's simpler than that:

"All this was inspired by the principle—which is quite true within itself—that in the big lie there is always a certain force of credibility; because the broad masses of a nation are always more easily corrupted in the deeper strata of their emotional nature than consciously or voluntarily; and thus in the primitive simplicity of their minds they more readily fall victims to the big lie than the small lie, since they themselves often tell small lies in little matters but would be ashamed to resort to large-scale falsehoods. It would never come into their heads to fabricate colossal untruths, and they would not believe that others could have the impudence to distort the truth so infamously. Even though the facts which prove this to be so may be brought clearly to their minds, they will still doubt and waver and will continue to think that there may be some other explanation. For the grossly impudent lie always leaves traces behind it, even after it has been nailed down, a fact which is known to all expert liars in this world and to all who conspire together in the art of lying."

Comment Re:epidemic (Score 1) 624

Though historically much of what comes from a major news outlet wasn't fake, completely and demonstrably false.

Indeed. It seems to me, in the past, each side of an issue would spin a common set of facts to their respective advantage. The difference today is that one side, the other, or both, find it much easier to simply create their own facts. And I'm not inclined to place all the "blame" on uneducated people believing the bullshit because regardless of the point of view there will certainly be myriad web sites, blogs and other sources on the internet that can be turned to for "corroboration". I think if people don't "fact-check", it's because they don't know who to believe. No matter who you look to, there will always be someone who claims they're "biased".

Comment Re:Blame the news websites. (Score 1) 624

This single story sums up CNN: Math is racist. [cnn.com]

So, first, you're misrepresenting the title, which is: Math is racist: How data is driving inequality

What about the story is bullshit? I might agree that the title is over-the-top and if all you do is scan the first 15 characters of story titles, then you might have a point. But deliberately misrepresenting the title in order to excoriate CNN is part of the problem.

Comment Re:What about the far-left? (Score 1) 978

Hating an individual is not a hate crime ...

According to the FBI, a hate crime is:

"A hate crime is a traditional offense like murder, arson, or vandalism with an added element of bias. For the purposes of collecting statistics, the FBI has defined a hate crime as a “criminal offense against a person or property motivated in whole or in part by an offender’s bias against a race, religion, disability, sexual orientation, ethnicity, gender, or gender identity.” Hate itself is not a crime—and the FBI is mindful of protecting freedom of speech and other civil liberties."

Comment Re:What about the far-left? (Score 1) 978

Does that mean a baker doesn't have to bake a cake for a gay couple? They are both private companies, yet one gets to decide who uses their service based on political ideology.

No. The bakery is a 'public accommodation' and, as such, has to abide by things like the Civil Rights Act. Apparently, (IDK), Oregon extends these federal protections to LGBT people.

Are platforms of speech critical to political discourse in the country and should they be protected?

I personally believe so and, if twitter were the only internet platform for disseminating (political) speech, then they should be compelled to restore the accounts they've suspended. But they're not the only platform, so...

Comment Re:Not very smart (Score 1) 497

Indeed. And just before the sentences you quote, Jefferson wrote:

"The people can not be all, and always, well informed. The part which is wrong will be discontented in proportion to the importance of the facts they misconceive. If they remain quiet under such misconceptions it is a lethargy, the forerunner of death to the public liberty."

So for those complaining about the left, (or the right), protesting the results of the election, fuck off.

Comment Re:Boeing Engineers... (Score 1) 200

From the conclusion at the end of the linked excerpt from the Federal Register:

The Special Conditions

Accordingly, pursuant to the authority delegated to me by the Administrator, the following special conditions are issued as part of the type certification basis for the Boeing Model 787-8 airplane.

The design shall prevent all inadvertent or malicious changes to, and all adverse impacts upon, all systems, networks, hardware, software, and data in the Aircraft Control Domain and in the Airline Information Domain from all points within the Passenger Information and Entertainment Domain.

Issued in Renton, Washington, on December 21, 2007. Ali Bahrami, Manager, Transport Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service.
[FR Doc. E7-25467 Filed 12-31-07; 8:45 am]

Comment Re:Why hasn't it happened already? (Score 1) 241

No, we can't. We have no such capability.
The only way you're going to stomp ISIS into the ground is to level Sunni cities, and kill ALL the people living in them. The west is not willing to do that.

The ability to accomplish a task has nothing to do with a willingness to accomplish a task.

Submission + - What If We Lost the Sky?

HughPickens.com writes: Anna North writes in the NYT that a report released last week by the National Research Council calls for research into reversing climate change through a process called albedo modification: reflecting sunlight away from earth by, for instance, spraying aerosols into the atmosphere. But such a process could, some say, change the appearance of the sky — and that in turn could affect everything from our physical health to the way we see ourselves. “You’d get whiter skies. People wouldn’t have blue skies anymore.” says Alan Robock.“Astronomers wouldn’t be happy, because you’d have a cloud up there permanently. It’d be hard to see the Milky Way anymore.”

According to Dacher Keltner, a psychology professor at the University of California, losing the night sky would have big consequences. “When you go outside, and you walk in a beautiful setting, and you just feel not only uplifted but you just feel stronger. There’s clearly a neurophysiological basis for that," says Keltner adding that looking up at a starry sky provides “almost a prototypical awe experience,” an opportunity to feel “that you are small and modest and part of something vast.” If we lose the night sky “we lose something precious and sacred.” “We’re finding in our lab that the experience of awe gets you to feel connected to something larger than yourself, see the humanity in other people,” says Paul K. Piff. “In many ways it’s kind of an antidote to narcissism.” And the sky is one of the few sources of that experience that’s available to almost everybody: “Not everyone has access to the ocean or giant trees, or the Grand Canyon, but we certainly all live beneath the night sky.”

Alan Robock says one possible upside of adding aerosols could be beautiful red and yellow sunsets as “the yellow and red colors reflect off the bottom of this cloud.” Robock recommends more research into albedo modification: “If people ever are tempted to do this, I want them to have a lot of information about what the potential benefits and risks would be so they can make an informed decision. Dr. Abdalati says that deploying something like albedo modification is a last-ditch effort adding that “we’ve gotten ourselves into a climate mess. The fact that we’re even talking about these kinds of things is indicative of that.”

Comment Re:Which is stupider, the book or the game? (Score 1) 393

Probably had something to do with a requirement that in return for a FREE PLACE TO LIVE, they had to actually look for work, or attend job training.

Right. And that's a problem. Try providing something for less fortunate people without strings. You know, providing for the sake of providing, because it's the RightThing(tm) to do, rather than as an effort to force your will on powerless people. What no one wants is the leash around their neck.

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