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Journal Journal: The 2016 Hugo convention 1

(Version with photos and without slashdot's patented text borking is at My web log)
I had more fun this weekend than I have in years! Patty and I attended this year’s World Science Fiction Convention in Kansas City.
Patty had said that she would be at my mom’s house in Belleville around one, and I got there a little before.
She got caught in constru

Comment Bill Nye is not a science guy. (Score 0, Flamebait) 245

"Our favorite science guy?"

WTF is this, reddit? Goddamn slashdot's gone to shit. I mean, it's gone to shit several, several times since I started posting here, but every time I keep thinking we've hit bottom, no the editors find a way to dig deeper.

Comment Re:Public Relations (Score 1) 290

Not to get them to stop looking at wikileaks, no, but to:

1. Change the topic of conversation from the DNC's dirty laundry to "WikiLeaks is evil." Similar to the "Russians did it," "Trump's a Putin plant," "everyone clutch pearls because an evil foreign government is influencing our elections even though we're just guessing about that" narratives. Spam the news with anything other than the content of the leaks themselves.

2. Poison people against future releases from WikiLeaks. The Hillary campaign has already stated that the next leak will contain "falsified information." How they know...who knows? But it's all about establishing doubt and generally discrediting the source. After all, if wikileaks is evil because gays and cancer patients, who's to say they wouldn't fake stuff now?

3. In the long term the establishment wants WikiLeaks and Assange, gone. Anything that can be done to discredit, slander, malign, and generally make them lose support serves that end. If nobody likes WikiLeaks anymore then few will care when the next "cat burglar" makes it through.

What do you think the purpose of writing this story was? Now, a year after the events? Just to casually inform people of old news? It's not like there's any new information here, or new developments in the story. It's almost as if the point of the story isn't to inform you of the news, but is to shape the public's opinion of WikiLeaks. Naw, that can't be it. That would make our news media propaganda, and that's crazy conspiracy talk! You're smarter than that, aren't you?

Comment Kitty litter (Score 2) 20

Kitty litter is not such an odd choice as the article makes it out to be. The mineral variety is typically made out of sodium bentonite. This is well known for its ability to absorb more than its own weight in water, which also causes it to swell and therefore seal cracks, enhanced by its self-sticking capability. Kitty litter has a well-defined grain size and would be fine to use so long as one didn't switch brands. Wikipedia even lists a method for determining whether kitty litter has bentonite or not.

Comment Well... (Score 1) 7

That's fine if you only care about yourself. I have a friend (actually an ex-brother in law) who does have kids who shares your opinion.

Personally, I'd like to have the species continue, even though once the Earth dies a natural death by then (4 billion years from now), humans will be less like us than a bonobo.

Comment Successful? (Score 1) 7

I wouldn't call someone who was born into riches and loaned a million dollars interest-free who later declared bankruptcy four times and is being sued for fraud a "successful businessman." Actually, that may be a good thing, look how Bruce Rauner, a truly successful businessman, is totally screwing up Illinois governance. Christ, he's worse than the incompetent Quinn and the two jailed felons who came before him.

You can no more run a government like a business than you can run a business like a government. Just because you can drive an eighteen wheeler doesn't mean you're fit to race a motorcross, or even a Formula One.

The press is anti-Trump because they're not mindless fools.

Comment Re:Criminal (Score 1) 290

It doesn't have to be a crime to be interesting information. I was most interested in all the collusion between the DNC and the mainstream media. For instance, watchers of Morning Joe noted that Joe and Mika had been fair with Trump throughout the campaign. Then all of a sudden they just start shitting on him non-stop. Then we see from the leaks that Debbie Wassermann-Schultz sent a nasty email to the MSNBC producers that Joe needs to fall in line just before that shift in tone happened. Just further confirmation our media is simply propaganda.

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