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  • U.S. Politics Vol. 7: A Dream of 2020

    Kate23 said:
    Flukes said:
    I think what people are trying to get at is that the policy is bullshit, regardless of who is speaking out about it. Requiring public employees to give up basic personal liberties that are unrelated to their jobs is a crazy-bananas idea that wouldn't fly in most liberal democracies.

    It's well past-time to extricate religion from public policy. 
    Canadians are always the nicest people ever. 
    Try promising us an end to First Past the Post elections and then reneging - we can get downright galled.
  • A hot dog is not a sandwich, it is a taco

    And fried chicken is a calzone!

  • Weed!

    Welp, made my first legal recreational weed purchase this weekend. Wife and I shared a .5 gram prerolled joint and I ended up a little higher than I wanted to be. This really reminded me that I'm a lightweight.

    I ordered the DaVinci miqro. Mostly because being discreet and self-contained was important to me along with a really attractive design. Also it seems like a good beginner vape because of the smart path automatic temperature settings. It should be easy to control exactly how much I'm getting.

    I'm not likely to use it in a group setting so the larger bowls aren't attractive. It will mostly just be me and my wife and we're casual/light users at most.

    Thanks for all the advice everyone. It was good to bounce ideas off you. It definitely helped.
  • Making A Murderer - Season 2

    We watched the first two last night. Uh.. "brain fingerprinting"? What the fuck is this bullshit?

    I did a little poking around. The guy who conducts the test with Avery is Dr. Larry Farwell - the inventor of Brain Fingerprinting. Only Dr. Farwell and his company are permitted to conduct this testing. In studies published by Dr. Farwell, he routinely cites twice as many participants than actually participated. Each person is usually tested twice once as a guilty or knowing individual and once as an innocent or unknowing individual. Dr. Farwell counts each test as a separate participant, presumably to inflate his N for the study.

    Dr. Farwell published a review of his own studies in 2012. The link below is a published response/comment on this review.

    I'm more swayed by Ms. Zellner's assessment of Avery's innocence than by the results of this "fingerprint".
  • US Politics Vol. 6: A Song of Fire and Fury - The Winds of Midterms

    It's been made explicit many times in these forums. The position is "I don't care what happens to anyone else as long as I get what I want."

    If a Republican voter is not personally paying the price then the cost doesn't exist.

    While I was in the US last week, more than one colleague explained the difference between Republicans and Democrats to me. These sentiments were expressed to me sincerely by people who are basically intelligent, capable, and not obviously (to me) racist.

    Republicans are too busy working actual jobs to go out and protest. Democrats show up to protest because they have nothing better to do since they're all unemployed and living off the government.

    Republicans give a "hand up" to industrious hard-working people. Democrats give a "hand out" to people too lazy to work for a living or get a better job.

    Illegal migrants are sucking social security dry. When our cab driver (thankfully) pointed out you can't collect social security without a SSN, it became the children of illegal migrants (who are citizens) who are ruining social security.

    I didn't understand that health care was better before Obama because I wasn't grasping that they had a "FREE MARKET SYSTEM". Everything would be fixed if people could buy health care from out of state, thus providing more competition and allowing the free market to work.

    Plus many other offhand comments that I had to bite my tongue over. It was eye-opening to hear this stuff from people I considered very competent professionally. One woman is from Oklahoma and her children are black. She still supports Trump. The only explanation I can offer is that she truly believes there's nothing worse than a Democrat.