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Comment Re:Bad Headline (Score 1) 490

Maybe trashing minorities of every stripe

Or possibly he was trashing the divide-and-conquer concept of 'minorities' as it's practiced by the plantation operators known as the Democrats.

If nothing else, insights like this are a significant takeaway from the November election. But there is a large body of people who refuse to acknowledge such insights.

That's not an insight, that's Andy Dufresne's Rita Hayworth poster. You can paper over the truth with all the contrived whitelash apologism you can muster, but Trump is still the gaping hole who ran a proudly racist campaign.

Comment Re:Bad Headline (Score 3, Informative) 490

Hell, I don't even have to go outside of my own post history to find the rebuttal.

GS: "Are you unequivocally now ruling out a database on all Muslims?" Trump: "No, not at all"

That was the final word on Trump's proposal to create a database to track all Muslims, which he had tried to backtrack to just "refugees". I'm not sure if it came before or after his idea that mosques need to be placed under surveillance.

I can update that statement with some better dates. The instances I can find of Trump talking about tracking Muslims ("Ooops! What I said about Muslims wasn't about Muslims, but refugees, mainly Muslim ones, or not, except wink wink it's about Muslims!") occurred in (at least) November 2015. The instances I can find of Trump talking about surveilling mosques occurred in (at least) November 2015 and June 2016. The instances I can find of Trump saying he wanted to ban all Muslims from entering the country occurred in (at least) December 2015.

I'd put in all the extra work to meticulously link all this stuff, where Donny is saying it, on video, but I assume you haven't been living under a rock for the last 18 months, and thus already know about it and have somehow rationalized it all away. Maybe the Lamestream Media had an evil Trump stunt double who was saying all that crazy bullshit on video? Or it was secretly Hillary in orangeface and a bad wig?

Of course, we've all taken Trump too literally, which I learned just this week from the Lewmeister. Maybe trashing minorities of every stripe and giving the middle finger to women (which he bragged about doing in a grossly literal way) was just pleasant banter and he doesn't remember saying it. Or maybe he remembers saying it, but he didn't mean it because that's just how us Americans all talk around the dinner table and in the bar and in the locker room, "You know, Norm, there oughta be a way to track all those damn terr'ist moslems. Maybe like a number or something they have to wear all the time so we can know who the bad guys are."

Comment Re:Bad Headline (Score 4, Insightful) 490

They were also the only one to give *any* answer.

This, exactly. Look, Trump's Muslim tracking plan (and most everything else about Trump) is batshit crazy and not-even-trying-to-hide-it evil.

BUT the fact that most huge companies don't wring their hands over responding to every question posed to them by random strangers is... common sense and completely unsurprising?

I could just as easily send a flurry of questionnaires to the mail room of every Forbes 50 company asking whether they support genocide and puppy punting. Get one of them to write back "No, we think that's awful" and all of a sudden "Only 1 of 50 Top Companies is Opposed to Genocide and Puppy Punting."

It's not even "gotcha" journalism--no one was gotten. MS said $formResponseToDiversityQuestion, and Twitter said "No." Everyone else didn't feel obligated to give these folks an answer.

Comment Re:Before you act like this is so nefarious... (Score 4, Informative) 469

Evil demagogue? You're saying this about GP and not Trump, am I getting this right? And you have no idea what GP is talking about? Here you go:

GS: "Are you unequivocally now ruling out a database on all Muslims?"
Trump: "No, not at all"

That was the final word on Trump's proposal to create a database to track all Muslims, which he had tried to backtrack to just "refugees". I'm not sure if it came before or after his idea that mosques need to be placed under surveillance. In combination with the unconstitutional Muslim ban he proposed, and the... you know what, he's said so much fucked up shit just on this one topic that if you haven't bothered to educate yourself on it by now, I'm not going to waste my time. Here's a quarter, go fuck yourself.

Comment Re:surprise surprise (Score 1) 469

Wait, was she an bloodthirsty anti-Russian crusader, just itching for her chance to start a nuclear war**? Or was she bought off by a $100M Putin bribe and nailed to the wall with ample Putin blackmail material, making her the perfect Russian puppet? I'm just trying to get the crazy Clinton theories straight. Though I would imagine the more fervent Trumpite conspiracists believed both at the same time. Gotta nuke em to get rid of the blackmail evidence!

**This might explain why Putin that he hacked our election to sink her. Or the more reasonable explanation that they just wanted to see chaos and weakness in their adversary, and heping elect a sociopathic narcissist with the attention span of a small child was a great way to do it.

Comment Re:Perhaps (Score 5, Insightful) 598

But first, can we finally kill the pointless, arbitrary, and downright absurd concept of daylight "savings"?

No, lets start with metric measurements.

Even that, in small steps. We could start with the least beloved English units: weight and volume. Ounces, cups, quarts, and bushels can all suck it. If we're honest, probably no one here knows how many cups are in a gallon without looking it up--and we're an abnormally unit-conscious subset of the population. We can kill DST while we make this transition.

Then we can work our way up to the most contentious units. People are not going to give up their inches and miles and degrees F so easily, but they'll eventually come around.

And then, after that, we can go ahead and never adopt the idea from TFA because it's pointless, ridiculously hard to accomplish (and yet only works) on a global scale, and somehow manages to give the abstract notion of time even less meaning.

Instead of doing a bit of mental math or looking up what time it is in London, I have to know what everyone around the globe does at the (now meaningless) hour of 4pm. I touch down in Sydney at 10:45am, great! What do people do here midmorning? Because the moon is almost directly overhead, and the gate agents are vacuuming up a deserted concourse.

I'm trying very hard to think of a problem, big or small, that this nutty ideas actually solves for us. I guess it would save you the step of selecting a city in your time zone when you install a new OS? Sysadmins rejoice!

Comment Re: ...sufficiently tested by now (Score 1) 656

the brilliant and promising Dr. Andrew Wakefield

The only thing Wakefield was promising was profit from his own alt-vaccine endeavors. His research has been as thoroughly examined--and as throughly debunked--as just about anything in medicine. There's no global cabal behind this. The science is in, and the "big red flag" is not a conspiracy theorist's recitation. It's the numerous independent determinations by medical professionals around the world that Wakefield's results were the result of scientific fraud, and not a reflection of medical truth.

However, you probably already know this, because you seem to be interested in the subject. So I'm left with the conclusion that you're either a) willfully ignorant, b) a very subtle troll who thinks the return of vaccine-preventable diseases would be funny, or c) a shill.

I hate it when people toss the word "shill" around on /., but you don't strike me as a troll. And I dont think there's enough cotton in the world to stuff in your ears that you could still honestly believe Wakefield anything other than a criminally negligent huckster. So... enjoy your checks?

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