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  curious2   ignore (1)   2018 Jun 1, 9:28am   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote        

marcus says
right wingers go nuts, and say I'm calling them all racists.


Marcus calls everyone racists. I've lost count how many examples I've seen, but here's one:

marcus says
racists (like you)


BTW, the purported 'judgment' (if one may call it that) depends on emotional feelings that vary from one moment to the next; marcus had also called that same user "not racist."
  curious2   ignore (1)   2018 Jun 2, 1:32pm   ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote        

I'm glad the law exempts costumes, e.g. for Halloween. If you really want to scare people for Halloween, dress the whole family in Islamic terrorist outfits. You might not get any treats, but it would be funny to see the reactions.

More seriously though, these laws provide another example of how spreading Islam results in a loss of freedom for everyone. In the past, these countries didn't need to restrict what people could wear. Now that the majority see their own culture under threat, they react (too little and too late) to protect what remains of their own culture and their own future.

Especially sad and revealing is the example of the 20yo, who is apparently more devout than her schoolmates and even her own family. She illustrates the tendency of Islam to reassert itself, and a reason why many Muslim immigrants tend not to assimilate. She also shows a total lack of self-awareness: if she dressed in expressly Nazi garb, she would of course encounter social difficulties, but she imagines that she can dress in the garb of a very similar ideology without anyone objecting. Alas many in government and media have encouraged her to believe that she can parade around in Muslim/Nazi regalia and no one will object, as if these doctrines had no consequence, but of course these doctrines do have consequences, and people do object.
  curious2   ignore (1)   2018 Jun 2, 1:40pm   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote        

In an inteview on PBS, a prominent former acting DCI corroborated essentially this point, praising American support for Islamic mujahideen in Afghanistan and advocating a similar policy in Syria. "Bandar Bush" was also very explicit about being Wahabbi himself. And, of course, the Saudis wouldn't be able to spread much of anything without the Nixon's disastrous deals, which shifted the USD from the gold standard to the Petrodollar standard. If you look at the pre-WWII history of certain people supporting Nazis as a way of opposing Soviet communists, and look at the similarities between Nazi doctrine and Islam, you can see history repeating itself or at least rhyming. America has in fact empowered Islam, including Wahabbi/Salafi Islam, as a way to fight the Soviet Union / Russian Federation, and that policy has disastrous consequences just as in WWII.
  curious2   ignore (1)   2018 Jun 2, 2:14pm   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote        

HEYYOU says
One word Trump uses that seems to hit the target, "sad".


Scott Adams praised that too, and went a step further. Instead of calling Islamic terrorists "extremists," we should call them what they are: deluded, gullible losers. On 9/11, 3,000 people were murdered. In addition, 19 gullible losers committed suicide, and became murderers in the same moment. There were no real winners, although the sadistic, dead charlatan Mohamadman might have enjoyed the Islamic spectacle if he were still alive, and some of the sadistic Muslim charlatans who claim to speak for him did probably enjoy the bloodbath they had caused.
  curious2   ignore (1)   2018 Jun 2, 8:03pm   ↑ like (2)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote        

Strategist says

I find this chart a little bit perplexing.


That is probably because the caption is wrong. Productivity is not falling. It is growing at a slower rate than in the past. The past rates of high growth in China and Japan resulted probably from mechanization and automation, and shifting from agriculture to manufacturing, delivering huge increases in productivity partly by copying or importing advanced equipment and techniques. As countries catch up with the leading edge of technology, their productivity growth rates fall into line with the already industrialized countries.

Also, the process of recruiting, hiring, and training people interferes with productivity. If a software engineer must travel to a college campus to interview 20 possible recruits in order to fill 2 jobs, then (s)he cannot code during that time. If each hire requires 4 interviews, including travel, then the hiring process consumes a lot of otherwise potentially productive time, reducing productivity.
  curious2   ignore (1)   2018 Jun 2, 11:00pm   ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote        

Onvacation says
CAGW will go down among the biggest frauds in scientific history.


Onvacation, please let me help you with something. I think you are trying to refer to anthropogenic global warming (AGW), but that abbreviation has become archaic now that advocates have switched from "warming" to "climate change." In contrast, CAGW = Citizens Against Government Waste. The CAGW website says:

"One year ago, on June 1, President Trump announced that the U.S. would be withdrawing from the 2015 Paris Climate Treaty, or the Paris Accord. The significance of this wise and correct decision still rings true today.

President Trump’s action removed the U.S. from an unrealistic goal of reducing carbon emissions that would have cost our nation billions of dollars, harmed our economy, a loss of millions of jobs, and have done very little to reduce the earth's temperature, its supposed main purpose. His decision saved our country from contributing $100 billion per year until 2020 for the U.N. Green Climate Fund, a gigantic wealth transfer program to developing countries.
"

marcus, please let me try to help you as well, although your insistence on wilful ignorance does make that difficult.

marcus says
over the long hall....


there is a long ceiling.

marcus says
some people don't get it still.

Here's another simple example. It's often cited that moms have 2.4 children on average.


Your example of counting children is, again, inapposite, for the reason that you ignored above. It comes down to the difference between counting and measuring. Counts can be exact, as integers can, but measurements cannot. "Exact numbers...are either defined numbers or result of a count. Exact numbers cannot be simplified and have an infinite number of significant figures. Measured numbers have a limited number of significant figures." When you say that "some people don't get it," you appear to be either projecting or demonstrating partial self-awareness.

marcus says
Whoever brought up sigfigs is someone that totally misunderstands the point.


Whoever poses as a math teacher disproves that pose by failing to understand the difference between counting and measuring when considering significant figures.

marcus says
that type of person is interested in a different kind of "win" than I am.


First, there are more "types" of people than you listed. Second, your position (transfer hundreds of billion$ from the scientifically advanced world to backwards kleptocracies and the Clinton Foundation) does not enable you to "win" in any way other than emotionally feeling (and signaling) virtue. Regardless of the probabilities involved in measuring and predicting climate change, your preferred policy has no chance of actually managing the climate. You have not proposed a solution, but rather have merely endorsed a corrupt scam to transfer a lot of money so that you can feel better.

I did try to explain that to LeonDurham (AKA joeyjoejoejr, AKA tatupu70, AKA probably more aliases that I've lost track of), but received only strawmen, lies, and ad hominem taunts in reply. There are no winners in that context, and the one who loses least is the one who walks away first, thus wasting the least amount of time.
  curious2   ignore (1)   2018 Jun 2, 11:22pm   ↑ like (3)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote        

ForcedTQ says
The real problem is...


animal agriculture, which consumes >50% of all the developed water in the state while contributing <2% to the economy of the state. Humans use ~20% of the developed water. You could skip showering for more than a month and it would make less difference than if your neighbor eats one extra hamburger made in California. This legislation signals virtue while ignoring the problem, and some people will feel virtuous adjusting to the restrictions, while big Ag will continue to profit at the expense of everyone else.
  curious2   ignore (1)   2018 Jun 3, 12:41pm   ↑ like (2)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote        

LeonDurham says
I challenge you to look at curious2's posts over the past 3 days and tell me how his remain but mine are deleted and I somehow end up in moderation.


Your comments do remain, including this one:

LeonDurham says
as expected. Run away little man.


If some of your comments are not appearing, you might have blocked scripting or something, but it has nothing to do with me. I have never flagged any of your comments as personal, even though some are, clearly. I had simply stopped responding to you, and you responded to that by taunting me (see above). Now you seem to pursue the matter in other threads. Again, it has nothing to do with me, so I would prefer that you (including your aliases joeyjoejoejr and tatupu70 among others) leave me out of it.
  curious2   ignore (1)   2018 Jun 4, 9:30pm   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote        

Patrick says
If that's real....


It is real.
  curious2   ignore (1)   2018 Jun 5, 8:13pm   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote        

LeonDurham says
The only thing that can argued is how self correcting the Earth's ecosystem is. Maybe it will self correct and stop the temperature rise. But, the consequences are so dire if not, is it really something we want to leave up to chance?


Just preserving this...
  curious2   ignore (1)   2018 Jun 6, 7:34pm   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote        

The case of People v Turner has turned out to have huge consequences including changes in state legislation and now the extraordinary recall of the trial judge. Having read little about the case, I tried to find an objective and well sourced description of what witnesses saw while Brock and Emily were both still awake and could signal their intentions. Might someone please share a link?
  curious2   ignore (1)   2018 Jun 7, 11:04am   ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote        

"After skipping it last year, President Donald Trump on Wednesday hosted an iftar dinner to honor the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, declaring it “a great month."
***
Around 50 people were at the White House dinner, including Vice President Mike Pence, several Cabinet secretaries, and ambassadors from the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Indonesia.

“In gathering together this evening we honor a sacred tradition of one of the world’s great religions,” Trump said, speaking from notes. He added that Ramadan is a celebration of a “timeless message of peace, clarity and love. There is great love.”
***
U.S. presidents from both political parties have regularly hosted special iftar dinners in a tradition that dates to the Bill Clinton administration.
***
The White House did not immediately release a guest list on Wednesday night, and it did not reply to a query from POLITICO about how many U.S. Muslims were on it. But in a statement ahead of the dinner, it indicated that the invitees were largely foreign officials.

“Iftar is one of the religious observances of Ramadan and is often done as a community, with people gathering to break their fast together,” the White House said. “Today at 8 p.m., President Trump will host an iftar dinner in the State Dining Room at the White House for the Washington diplomatic community.”

Trump, in his remarks, thanked several of his top aides for attending, including Pence, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. His son-in-law and adviser, Jared Kushner, was also present.
"
  curious2   ignore (1)   2018 Jun 7, 12:42pm   ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote        

LeonDurham says
The models are obviously just that--models.


Just preserving this, too...
  curious2   ignore (1)   2018 Jun 7, 12:56pm   ↑ like (2)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote        

  curious2   ignore (1)   2018 Jun 7, 3:29pm   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote        

LeonDurham says
Models aren't proof. Presenting a model is providing a tool that incorporates many variables into simulations to produce probabilities of results when differing scenarios are inputted. Definitely not proof.


Just preserving this, too...
  curious2   ignore (1)   2018 Jun 7, 4:03pm   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote        

JH says
2016...


The data end in 2016. Maybe you are suggesting a huge number of people with TDS jumped off bridges in November and December, due to the election results? How would that explain the increase in 2014-2015?
  curious2   ignore (1)   2018 Jun 9, 3:01pm   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote        

Patrick says
Hemingway had....


source?

BlueSardine says
Bourdain had....


source?

Ceffer says
This man was such and [sic] oracle.


citation for the alleged quotation?
  curious2   ignore (1)   2018 Jun 9, 5:20pm   ↑ like (6)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote        

Donate it to PatNet.
  curious2   ignore (1)   2018 Jun 9, 5:24pm   ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote        

Ceffer says
-by-adopting-a-vegan-diet/


Did you believe that blogged joke from 2010 was an accurate assertion, or was the comment merely an attempt to say something mean about someone who died this week?
  curious2   ignore (1)   2018 Jun 12, 1:48pm   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote        

Hassan_Rouhani says
Murder and cover-up.


I had wondered about that, or something along those lines. For example, was there an argument, did he blaspheme and then get killed by a Muslim as per Islam, etc. The family note he "struggled with thoughts about meaning, life, happiness." That means only that he's Swedish, but most Swedes don't actually kill themselves. I can sympathize with the preference for privacy over investigation, but I wonder also if it might be part of the Swedish surrender to Islam.
  curious2   ignore (1)   2018 Jun 13, 6:07pm   ↑ like (2)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote        

FortWayne says
...homosexuality....


Just curious, is there any topic that does not make you think of male homosexuality?
  curious2   ignore (1)   2018 Jun 13, 6:27pm   ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote        

curious2 says
SSRIs can also drive hospitalizations, the biggest revenue model of all.


BTW, as for what is driving the increase in "anti-depressant" use: "1 In 3 Adults In The U.S. Takes Medications Linked To Depression"

This is called synergy: the more pills the patient is prescribed, the more pills the patient needs.

The American medical system itself, specifically medical error, is the third leading cause of death in the USA, behind only heart disease and cancer. Let me put that another way: if you are at all concerned by what might actually kill you and the people you care about, the three most likely culprits are (1) heart disease, (2) cancer, (3) medical error. As long as you can be distracted by global warming or "assault weapons," or whatever appears in the daily headlines, you can't address what is actually most likely to kill you, and the $3T/year can keep rolling in.
  curious2   ignore (1)   2018 Jun 17, 4:51pm   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote        

JH says

You need to have your paranoia treated.


Thanks for the tip, but if your toxic SSRI placebos are not helping, then you may be prescribed an anti-psychotic, "as seen on TV." Specifically, viewers are told to continue the toxic SSRI placebo and add an anti-psychotic called "Abilify". According to the advertisers, if the previously advertised "anti-depressant" doesn't help, then the patient must be both depressed and psychotic.

If you ever watch commercial "news", count the ads to see which payers are calling the pipers' tune. The relentless narrative of worry and woe, from TDS to the latest misfortune anywhere on earth, gives the audience headaches and indigestion, and drives the audience to anxiety and depression, and the advertisers to cash in. "World to end at 10, details at 11."
  curious2   ignore (1)   2018 Jun 17, 5:27pm   ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote        

CovfefeButDeadly says
You mean like pressure and teachings via religion, which people on the left despise?

This is truly an ironic full circle.


The irony is, the actual trend is going in precisely the opposite direction from what the comments in this thread would mislead people to believe. Pedophilia used to be terribly common, especially among the "celibate" priesthood. The Vatican enabled it by moving pedo priests from one parish to another when families complained. Then, to avoid accountability, the Vatican had some archdioceses declare bankruptcy. The "celibate" priest pedophilia involved many thousands of cases worldwide including widely documented and reported examples in the USA, Ireland, and Chile among others: different continents, different languages, always the same doctrine producing the same pattern. As Islam produces suicide terrorism, Catholicism's "celibate" priesthood produces pedophilia.
  curious2   ignore (1)   2018 Jun 17, 5:37pm   ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote        

Patrick says
there is pretty good evidence that being gay is in fact a choice.


This is off topic because most pedophiles are adults who call themselves "straight" and prey on children of the opposite sex. In contrast, gay couples are of the same sex and usually around the same age.

Also, you insist on asserting a falsehood because you cannot find proof (to your satisfaction) that it is false. You can delete this comment as personal if you want, but I would simply cite your own comments. You have posted repeatedly your opinion based on your own experience that male interest in female "T&A" is "hard wired." You realize, I assume, that neither of those is actually a reproductive organ? That is, you can't actually reproduce by 'fertilizing' T&A. Nevertheless, you call that interest "hard wired" as if it were universal. At what point did you "choose" to have an interest in those targets? At what point did you "choose" to want them? I won't ask what you do, actually, but your stated interest would draw you to non-reproductive parts of a person with whom you could probably reproduce if she guides you to the right target. Were you perhaps 12 or 15 when you "chose" to become "wired" to want T&A as opposed to C&B? At some level, either you know that you didn't really "choose" what to be interested in, or you did in fact choose T&A over C&B despite actually preferring the latter. There is no other honest explanation for your stated opinion on this topic.

You might try reading more widely, or asking people more widely IRL. Different people want different things. They do not choose what to want. They may choose what to say and do, but not what to want. Life would be considerably simpler if people could choose what to want, because then they would choose to want things that make their lives easier.

Instead, as the OP example shows, people want what they want even if it makes their own lives very difficult. Then, the male pedophiles tend to join the priesthood, to distract from their lack of adult relationships.
  curious2   ignore (1)   2018 Jun 17, 6:54pm   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote        

Reportedly, deceased suspect Tahaij Wells had recently been paroled on a homicide conviction. Mug shots of Wells and the arrested suspect Amir Armstrong show beards and probably MENA and/or central African ethnicity. The name "Amir" is an Arabic word meaning "Prince," and is usually a Muslim name. The name "Tahaij" tends also to be Muslim. Considering the apparent ethnicity, beards, and names, Amir and Tahaij are/were probably Muslim.
  curious2   ignore (1)   2018 Jun 20, 2:08pm   ↑ like (2)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote        

TwoScoopsOfWompWomp says
NYC and know what real Italian-American Pizza tastes like.


NYC has the best pizza in the world, even better than Italy. In NYC, Italian taste met American plenty. Midwestern taste seems more Germanic, e.g. hiding ham or sausage underneath the cheese; exceptions do exist, but they tend to have moved from NYC.
  curious2   ignore (1)   2018 Jun 20, 2:18pm   ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote        

Patrick says

My politics have already been hijacked by reality. I used to be a leftist true believer who just could not understand how the right was so easily manipulated. Then I started understanding the fundamental self-interest and fears which drive the surface rationalizations on both sides


#MeToo. I remember even signaling virtue by approving of Red Ken's Muslim schools in London, mainly because Margaret Thatcher opposed them. I see now she was right about them.

Many years ago, there was a saying that the further a person is from events, the more likely he is to believe the press coverage; conversely, the nearer to events, the more likely he is to see the errors in the press coverage. I tried to find the exact quotation, but it is buried now under a haystack of recent articles about fake news. BTW, Scott Adams had a really good comment on fake news, balancing outright falsehoods that fool small audiences vs mainstream presentations that are cherry-picked and spun to mislead mass audiences.

In the USA, major parties function similarly to TV networks, aggregating audiences and selling them to corporate sponsors. If you watch the evening "news," you can see a series of misleading stories promoted by public relations firms, interspersed with advertisements for products that would probably make you worse off.

An interesting documentary on the global arms industry included an interview with an arms dealer who said politicians are mostly mid-level sales executives for arms manufacturers. During the Obama administration, a commerce department official proclaimed himself proud that America had 60% of the global arms export market.

Personally, I am either blessed or cursed with a sharp memory. I remember candidate Obama campaigning against "Hillary's Plan," now called Obamacare. I remember Democrats voting against that plan, and voting for him instead. Then, I remember seeing Democrats spin 180 degrees to embrace "Hillary's Plan," now called Obamacare, or Obamneycare, since even President Obama admitted it was the same thing as Romneycare. The Romneycare data disproved all the Democrats' promises about what Obamacare would do: Democrats promised insurance premiums would go down due to fewer emergency hospitalizations, but Romneycare showed both premiums and emergency hospitalizations went up. (Medicare data show most of Medicare's emergency hospitalizations result from Rx drugs, and a PatNet user recounted his own experience going to a hospital emergency room due to a prescribed SSRI.) As I saw Democrats spin 180 degrees, saying the opposite of what they had said just a year before, I saw partisan identity persuaded people much more than obective reality, no matter how thoroughly proved.

Scott Adams wrote about that too, predicting President Trump would change people's perceptions of reality itself. He wrote that people are not evolved to perceive objective reality; people are evolved to believe whatever illusions enable them to survive and reproduce, and those tend to involve agreeing with the tribe.

After seeing through the Democrats' suddenly changed position on health care, I started to see other problems too, e.g. Democrats' support for Islam. Hillary Clinton started the "tradition" of White House iftar dinners, around the same time the Clinton administration bombed America's Serbian allies on behalf of KSA and other Petrodollar states. Russians tried to point out that the Serbians had been allies of the USA during WWII, while the Bozniaks had joined the Nazi SS, but Petrodollars talk louder than history. The Serbs got bombed and prosecuted as war criminals, Islam retained its European territory, and the Clintons and their foundation received tens of million$ of Petrodollars from KSA. Spreading Islam is 180 degrees opposite to everything "liberal" Democrats claim to believe in, and yet it is the policy of the Democratic party.

But now even President Trump, possibly the first President to speak candidly about Islam since John Quincy Adams, celebrated an iftar dinner.

In 1968, at the height of the illegal war in Viet Nam, Gore Vidal said there was no difference between the two major parties because they both get their money from the same sources. At this point, Democrats are more likely to identify as "liberal", and Republicans are more likely to identify as "conservative", but both parties seem neither liberal nor conservative. Two Presidents in a row have doubled the national debt, and the current incumbent seems likely to do the same if he can. Republicans increased federal power with the "Patriot Act", and Democrats went even further with Obamacare. Both parties agree on what matters most to them: consolidate their own power, including especially in the form of revenue/spending.



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