• enhanced_deficit's Avatar
    Today, 12:24 PM
    Even his critics would have to concede that Trump has brought more diversity to GOP than any recent GOP POTUS in modern history. How a Liberal Couple Became Two of N.Y.’s Biggest Trump Supporters Bill White, left, and Bryan Eure said they have been condemned for what some see as a betrayal of their own gay community.CreditMelissa Golden for The New York Times Bill White, left, and Bryan Eure said they have been condemned for what some see as a betrayal of their own gay community.CreditCreditMelissa Golden for The New York Times By Sarah Maslin Nir
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  • DamianTV's Avatar
    Today, 06:58 AM
    https://tech.slashdot.org/story/18/12/18/0849254/google-isnt-the-company-that-we-should-have-handed-the-web-over-to
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  • DamianTV's Avatar
    Today, 03:39 AM
    Freedom of Speech is NOT Hate Speech. People have a Right to speak freely without fear of criminalizing everything that is not in line with the political party. The Freedom of Speech is there to protect the Unpopular thing to say. The Popular thing to say will ALWAYS be in support of the current Political Party that is in power, and the Unpopular is speaking in condemnation of it. --- The world will always be a better place if only we give those in power MORE POWER and only do what they tell us to do an donly think what they tell us to think. Everything else is prohibited.
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  • DamianTV's Avatar
    Today, 03:34 AM
    Ok, gay is the new normal, straight people should hide in the closet, white people are all racist, if youre not white then nothing you say can be racist, Santa Claus should be Transgender. Whats next, saying Gravity is fucking racist? What about other obvious standards, like morning time is now racist? How about the sun is the center of our solar system, thats fucking racist too? No, what they are doing is ACTIVELY DESTROYING NORMALCY. Those are the people that it should be VERY NORMAL to publicy shame and intentionally humiliate. I mean they are doing a fine job of it all by themselves, but seriously, when this is the ONLY thing that people hear, there MUST be a Counterpoint that stands by what has been and what always should be fucking NORMAL.
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  • DamianTV's Avatar
    Today, 03:01 AM
    Cant embed the video, just click the link. https://www.infowars.com/watch/?video=5c1843d33e199a6e255d2a20 ------ Edit: Ron Paul: The Market Correction Could Make Things ‘Worse Than 1929’ http://www.shtfplan.com/ron-paul/ron-paul-the-market-correction-could-make-things-worse-than-1929_12172018
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  • DamianTV's Avatar
    Today, 02:46 AM
    How about sending people AWAY from our site, you send those Facebook people HERE instead?
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  • DamianTV's Avatar
    Today, 02:44 AM
    https://tech.slashdot.org/story/18/12/17/2120227/former-edge-browser-intern-alleges-google-sabotaged-microsofts-browser
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  • DamianTV's Avatar
    Today, 02:43 AM
    Video at link. Couldnt embed it, sorry. https://www.ted.com/talks/nita_farahany_when_technology_can_read_minds_how_will_we_protect_our_privacy/transcript#t-183143 What happens when things you 'think' are interpreted as Dissident Behavior? Say hello to the Thought Police. What happens when you have to give up your Thought Privacy AT HOME in order to even keep your job?
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  • enhanced_deficit's Avatar
    Today, 12:49 AM
    Weinstein bragged about sleeping with Jennifer Lawrence, suit claims By Priscilla DeGregory December 14, 2018 | 7:31pm Modal Trigger Jennifer Lawrence and Harvey Weinstein Movie mogul Harvey Weinstein bragged about sleeping with Jennifer Lawrence to a woman that he allegedly sexually abused for years, according to the woman’s new lawsuit. In the suit filed anonymously by a Jane Doe in L.A. county the woman claims that Weinstein performed oral sex on her against her will and as she was sobbing he told her, “I slept with Jennifer Lawrence and look where she is; she has just won an Oscar,” TMZ reported.
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  • Occam's Banana's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:19 PM
    I agree. It's a two-fer. Tell the Feds to go pound sand - and then prove (once again) the correctness of Mencken's "good and hard" principle ...
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  • Occam's Banana's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:20 PM
    Fixed. He certainly did. Todd has been reported for cis-male sexism & transphobia.
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  • Occam's Banana's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:13 PM
    Of course a search phrase you use often is more likely to appear. So what? That's not the issue. The question is: what if you have never searched for "Hillary Clinton "? I haven't - but I just tested it, and when I type in "Hillary Clinton em", the only completions I am offered are "emoji" and "employment" (in that order). How does that make any sense?
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  • Occam's Banana's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:47 PM
    Why, yes. Yes, I have. In fact, I've done a good deal of thinking about this very subject. I'll try to cram a few of those thoughts into a nutshell ... That's what happens when you foolishly create an entire branch of government the sole purpose of which is to "legislate" - i.e., to continuously conjure up new rules from out of nowhere. A great deal has been said among libertarians about fiat money - but fiat money pales into utter insignificance compared to fiat law.
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  • Occam's Banana's Avatar
    12-16-2018, 11:06 PM
    Some animals are more equal than others ... a LOT more equal ...
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  • Occam's Banana's Avatar
    12-16-2018, 10:56 PM
    Ah, yes! That was it ... You must spread some Reputation around before giving it to CCTelander again.
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    12-16-2018, 10:47 PM
    Pension shenanigans ... profiting from drug trafficking ... running gambling dens ... (And using violence against anyone else who does the same things without giving you a piece of the action ...) Someone remind me - what's the difference between a politician and a Mafioso supposed to be, again? :confused:
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  • Occam's Banana's Avatar
    12-16-2018, 06:22 PM
    In the long run, yes, it is. But as one of the more notable (and unfortunately influential) advocates of spendthriftiness said, "In the long run we are all dead." The key word here is "eventually" - a point toward which the spendthrifts and their enablers will always try to kick the can. That the can must eventually stop is a thing with which they are concerned no more than the gamblers who bet on Zeno's tortoise are concerned with Achilles ...
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  • DamianTV's Avatar
    12-16-2018, 06:12 PM
    Exactly. What they want is not to be INCLUDED in what is NORMAL, but to REPLACE what YOU think is NORMAL with the PERVERSE. If they had their druthers, they would wreck your mind, and will NOT STOP until every aspect of your life is no longer recognizable. They have no self control, and probably can not stop until they take on Group Mentality, and, like an stampeding herd, destroy everything in their wake. Society is built piece by piece by individuals, and destroyed by Psychological Groups. When you find your own mindset perfectly aligned with any group, it is time to pause and reflect. +REP
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  • DamianTV's Avatar
    12-16-2018, 05:36 PM
    Survey: Among just me being polled, 100% of me wants to label these 27% as SHUT THE FUCK UP because they are actively destroying every normal facet of society. Whats next, EVERY fictional character ever was also a crossdressing *****? He-man was not a ladies man but a mans man? Skeletor had a boner for He-man? She-ra was a Lesbian Lickalottapus? The Easter Bunny is leg humping the family dog? St Patty liked playing Patty Cake with Roger Rabbit? STOP FUCKING GAYING EVERYTHING!
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  • Occam's Banana's Avatar
    12-16-2018, 06:11 AM
    And this goes here ... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gYdmk3GP3iM
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  • Occam's Banana's Avatar
    12-16-2018, 05:20 AM
    Indeed. That, too. I was originally going to phrase it that way - but then I decided to just distill it down to the quintessential stupidity inherent in the idea of giving more money to people who "are not good with money", regardless of where the money comes from. (But it now occurs to me that it might not be such a stupid idea after all - at least, not if your true objective is to transfer money from the people who are "good with money" to the spendthrifty "stimulators" of consumption ...)
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  • Occam's Banana's Avatar
    12-15-2018, 04:07 PM
    Central planners are just as good at managing ecologies as they are at managing economies ...
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  • Occam's Banana's Avatar
    12-15-2018, 03:58 PM
    Problem: Solution: Give them some money ...
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    12-15-2018, 03:25 PM
    Has he ever, really? Except for show? And even when he does ... "The whole modern world has divided itself into Conservatives and Progressives. The business of Progressives is to go on making mistakes. The business of Conservatives is to prevent mistakes from being corrected." -- G.K. Chesterton (1924) (Or, to paraphrase Ambrose Bierce if you prefer: "A conservative is one who is enamored of existing evils, as distinct from the liberal, who wishes to replace them with new ones.")
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  • Occam's Banana's Avatar
    12-15-2018, 02:26 PM
    It depends on just what you mean by "can win". If you mean "can win" merely in the sense of "is it possible", then I suppose it is. But if you mean "can win" in the sense of "is it any more likely under ranked-vote schemes than under the current single-vote system", then I am skeptical. The problem occurs if people "backstop" their first choice with the Republican (just as you suggested would happen). This eliminates any "spoiler" effect and insulates the Republicans against reaction, leading them to skew more liberal. But even worse, it also makes Republicans more likely to defeat Libertarians or Conservatives even if the Republican is not able to achieve a first-rank plurality (just as the Democrat defeated the Republican in Maine even though the Democrat failed to win the first-rank plurality). There are only two ways around this under a ranked-vote system: (1) win an absolute majority (with at least 50% + 1 of first-rank votes), or (2) win without "backstopping" votes with the lesser evil (else the backstop is apt to win even without a first-rank plurality). But (1) will be even harder to do under a ranked-vote system than it already is under a single-vote system. And (2) will also be more difficult, since under a single-vote system (where the only votes are "first rank" votes), winning a first-rank plurality is strictly sufficient to win the election, which is not the case under a ranked-vote system (as the OP article clearly illustrates).
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  • enhanced_deficit's Avatar
    12-15-2018, 12:22 PM
    While true that MAGA regime facing serious issues ahead, NYDN OpEd headlines like this are bit overly dramatic. Drudge headlines today are also not helpful, used to think he was pro MAGA. https://www.nydailynews.com/opinion/ny-oped-trump-is-toast-20181214-story.html
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  • enhanced_deficit's Avatar
    12-15-2018, 12:21 PM
    Don't know but he won't be a good fit at Foxnews or within MAGA cabinet. Besides, there was already some negative press from MAGA Labor Sec Acosta reportedly being rewarded after giving sweetheart deal to his old pal and accused predator Jeffrey Epstein.
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  • Occam's Banana's Avatar
    12-14-2018, 05:36 PM
    But "having the Swampublican get their vote in the 2nd or 3rd round" is exactly what eliminates the so-called "spoiler effect". And when you combine that with the fact that as a result (as you yourself acknowledge) "the Swampublicans will feel free to act more liberal ", then you have set yourself up for a double-whammy - the Republican party will become that much more insulated from reaction, and at the same time the "spoiler effect" will have been eliminated as a possible corrective ... For whatever they might (or might not) be worth, my thoughts on the subject of voting and any of various voting schemes are offered solely arguendo. Presently, the matter is moot. Regardless of what schemes for representation might be engineered, neither republics nor democracies (nor any mixture of the two) are even remotely viable or maintainable at the scale of a third of a billion people - or even at the scale of the more populous states. Democracy in particular scales especially poorly (I suspect that even a scale measured in the hundreds would be too large for democracy to avoid significant dysfunction).
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  • Occam's Banana's Avatar
    12-14-2018, 04:58 PM
    None at all - because California also eliminates the spoiler effect. They just use a different method to do it (by allowing only two candidates in the general).
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  • Occam's Banana's Avatar
    12-14-2018, 04:51 PM
    Fixed. Sadly, this is one of the few things about which Ron Paul is wrong. Liberty is like the weather. Everyone talks about it, but ...
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