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51  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Cornelius Harvey McGillicuddy IV on: October 19, 2014, 12:20:42 am
RIP Senator Cornelius Calvin Sale.
52  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of the Previous Poster's Signature: The Wrath of Khan on: October 19, 2014, 12:18:48 am
I don't speak non-Murican so I don't get it.
53  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Opinion of "Lincoln" (the movie) on: October 18, 2014, 10:40:07 pm
I only saw half of it, but it was really good.
54  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: Your Current 2014 House Ratings on: October 18, 2014, 10:29:38 pm
It is amazing how Murphy went from being what can basically be described as an accidental Congressman to an almost safe Democrat.

If only Joe Negron or Adam Hasner ran and gave me a campaign to work on this year Sad
55  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Which of these potential Democratic insurgent candidates will actually run? on: October 18, 2014, 10:25:05 pm
Sanders is in, we're building the infrastructure behind the scenes.

We?  You're part of the campaign?

I know something you don't know Wink.

But seriously, Yelnoc, I'm glad to hear that you are getting organized.

I wouldn't be surprised if all three of them run.
I think Schweitzer has faded in recent months, but Webb and Sanders are going to run, as is O'Malley.
56  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: The government wants to study ‘social pollution’ on Twitter on: October 18, 2014, 10:22:42 pm
My final word in this thread is that Twitter is a transparent website where personal data is accessible. Commissioning an academic study of Twitter data points is not remotely comparable to NSA screening phone calls and tapping into people's private information or 1984 or fascism. Every day our data on Facebook and Twitter is mined for corporations and you expect me to be concerned by an academic study on civic involvement? Clearly, I should privilege the revenue stream of Twitter and the corporate earnings of Walmart over the insights of academia!
I refer you to an episode of South Park, titled "Lets Go Gov!" I don't know if you watch the show, but a major theme of the episode was Cartmen infiltrating the NSA and publishing all of his anti-government/NSA rants and acts of sabotage on Twitter.

I don't oppose the collection of data, I just oppose the fact that money is being squandered on a research project like this when we have hospitals unprepared for CNN's projected Ebola panic, a border that is wide open, a second war in Iraq brewing, and a crumbling infastructure. This money is a drop in the bucket-maybe 0.0001% total of the deficit, but just because a problem exists that needs a massive amount of work to correct doesn't mean it should be allowed to get worse.

I am a supporter of abolishing the National Endowment of the Arts for that reason. It just seems so pointless to the average person who has bigger problems on their hands than institutionalized misogamy in video games, or online vulgarity/bigotry/bullying.

My final word in this thread is that Twitter is a transparent website where personal data is accessible. Commissioning an academic study of Twitter data points is not remotely comparable to NSA screening phone calls and tapping into people's private information or 1984 or fascism. Every day our data on Facebook and Twitter is mined for corporations and you expect me to be concerned by an academic study on civic involvement? Clearly, I should privilege the revenue stream of Twitter and the corporate earnings of Walmart over the insights of academia!

Hell may have frozen over, but I agree with you DFB. If this were a marketing department of a media corporation funding the study no one would bat an eye despite the fact that it would make no difference at all in how it's carried out.
But a marketing company is a private institution using their own money to collect data made public by other people. I don't oppose that. I oppose the state simply wasting their time on this, but Google can waste their time all they want.
57  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: The government wants to study ‘social pollution’ on Twitter on: October 18, 2014, 10:05:18 pm
Why should taxpayer money go to this at all? Why can't academia study this? So the government has a "public purpose" in researching bigotry online. What is the point? What are they going to do about it? Outside of making terroristic threats (already illegal and frequently prosecuted) what are they constitutionally able to do? Are they going to target every asshat who makes a racist youtube comment with this information?

Where do you think most of the money in academia comes from? The government gives research grants to groups at universities to study things. Occasionally private companies give said grants, but it's usually the federal government.
Granted that a large amount of funding goes to the higher education system, but once basic administrative costs are covered I don't think a large amount actually reaches research. IIRC, the research deficit is covered by grants from wealthy individuals, foundations, etc.
58  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: The government wants to study ‘social pollution’ on Twitter on: October 18, 2014, 10:01:02 pm
This is not political correctness running riot. The study of the online proliferation of racism, neo-nazism, fascism, conspiracy mongering and misogyny is very important. Maybe your age blinds you from the reality of internet subcultures but there are deepening networks online which are corrosive to society. This has little to do with the GOP: women are threatened online on a regular basis, people of color are threatened online on a regular basis and these threats often manifest in verbal harassment, stalking and the release of private information. The anonymity of the internet provides shelter for deviant communities and it's important that the government funds scientific studies that give us insight into these communities.

To address bedstuy: I think that this study is more easily criticized without expanding upon the purpose of the study. Studying social media would be a poor use of governments funds if it did not have a easily demonstrated public purpose, which it obviously does.

Except the "study" has little to do with "the online proliferation of racism, neo-nazism, fascism, conspiracy mongering and misogyny" (and even if it did, it's still wrong, as even abhorent things like supposed racism and neo-nazism are protected by the First Amendment).  From the piece:

Quote from: Washington Post
But there’s much more to the story. Focusing in particular on political speech, Truthy keeps track of which Twitter accounts are using hashtags such as #teaparty and #dems. It estimates users’ “partisanship.” It invites feedback on whether specific Twitter users, such as the Drudge Report, are “truthy” or “spamming.” And it evaluates whether accounts are expressing “positive” or “negative” sentiments toward other users or memes.

The government has no business estimating people's partisanship and whether it thinks certain political memes are true.  Which memes do you think the Obama administration's lackeys do you think will determine are "false"?  Certainly not "progressive" memes.  And why should the government or its agents be keeping a dossier on people's partisanship?  That's essentially the government monitoring the political beliefs of its citizens and negatively labeling those who disagree.  Is an enemies list far behind?  

I don't agree with the American conception of "free speech" and I'm not arguing with the a priori assumption that racism or misogyny should be protected by the government, sorry.

There is obviously a public purpose in this study. You're latching onto strawmen characterizations of the Obama administration that have no basis in reality because you don't think that understanding civic involvement in an unexplored terrain has an important purpose for the maintenance of a democratic system.
Why should taxpayer money go to this at all? Why can't academia study this? So the government has a "public purpose" in researching bigotry online. What is the point? What are they going to do about it? Outside of making terroristic threats (already illegal and frequently prosecuted) what are they constitutionally able to do? Are they going to target every asshat who makes a racist youtube comment with this information?
59  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Replace a Sitting Senator on: October 18, 2014, 09:55:12 pm
Amy Klobuchar-->Mike McFadden
Elizabeth Warren-->Scott Brown
Tim Kaine-->Pat Buchanan
Ted Cruz-->Ron Paul
Barbara Boxer-->Nancy Reagan (why the hell not?)
Jeanne Shaheen-->Marilinda Garcia
Lindsey Graham-->Mark Sanford
60  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Replace a Sitting Governor on: October 18, 2014, 09:52:49 pm
Deval Patrick-->Scott Brown
Terry McAulife-->Ken Cuccinelli
Sam Brownback-->Greg Orman
Jerry Brown-->Zombie Reagan
Andrew Cuomo-->Howard Stern
61  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Bill Cosby on: October 18, 2014, 09:50:50 pm
Nothing happens in a vacuum. The 1991 riots didn't happen because "lulz, let's kill whitey". They happened because of the total failure of justice where white cops, beat a black man half to death, and were acquitted by an all-white jury. It was essentially 90's Trayvon Martin - and had there been rioting after Zimmerman's acquittal, I wouldn't have cheered them on, but I wouldn't have laid the blame squarely at black people's feet.
If their were riots after the Zimmerman verdict (something I feared, living in a fairly black area and understanding their anger), the blame none the less would be on the hands of the individual troublemakers who would have created the unrest. Thank God that the Martin parents urged restraint in the face of their injustice, because I fully expected riots in Sanford (and if those riots were not handled well by police, riots all the way down here!)

Injustice in response to injustice is and always will be injustice, and their is no excuse for lawlessness even when the law is not followed.
62  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: The government wants to study ‘social pollution’ on Twitter on: October 18, 2014, 09:47:01 pm
Millions of people without health insurance = meh
OBAMA'S READING MUH TWEETS??? = WTF NO

^^^ republican logic
The money spent on this could probably buy health insurance for a hundred people.

63  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: TSA chief Pistole to step down on: October 18, 2014, 03:43:28 pm
64  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: 1792 Presidential Election on: October 18, 2014, 03:18:21 pm
Democratic Republican, but I hope Washington is reelected if Jefferson isn't.
65  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Schweitzer interview in Playboy on: October 18, 2014, 03:16:31 pm
How disappointing, I was expecting a centerfold featuring Schweitzer. Tongue

Who wouldn't want to see this magnificent beast?


I bet he was nude from the waist down only, with one of those flag tshirts and the headress on.....
66  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Rand Paul contradicts health officials; calls Ebola "incredibly contagious" on: October 18, 2014, 03:15:22 pm
Ebola is, in fact, easier to contract than AIDS. IMO the whole ebola scare here in the US is a paranoid overreaction but don't pretend like this is some sort of blatantly incorrect gaffe.
^^^

How else would those nurses catch ebola? Did they tongue kiss (American) patient zero? They clearly contracted it through some form of contact. It may not be the bubonic plague, but yes, ebola is indeed very contagious.

I would imagine the fact that as nurses they were frequently around his bodily fluids (blood, spit, urine, etc) for extended periods played a role, which is not the case for most interactions between people.

But coughing does not transmit the disease, so that was an extremely poor example for a physician to use for comparison.
Quote
Although coughing and sneezing are not common symptoms of Ebola, if a symptomatic patient with Ebola coughs or sneezes on someone, and saliva or mucus come into contact with that person’s eyes, nose or mouth, these fluids may transmit the disease.
http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/transmission/qas.html

Because I know that when I'm coughing, I always make a point to stand right next to someone and aim right for their face. And if that doesn't work, I just spit mucus at them.
...yet, somehow, people are still contracting Ebola by the thousands in Africa. Surely it is most likely from the sanitation, but I have a hard time imagining the people of Liberia are standing in it.

Also, you assume that most people aren't as well mannered. I can't count the number of times I have been coughed on.
67  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2014 Senatorial Election Polls / Re: CO-Mellman (D): Udall+3 in internal on: October 18, 2014, 01:27:54 pm
Mellman was the only one to get Reid's victory right in 2010.

Exactly.

Yes. Therefore this specific internal poll 4 years later in a different state with a different set of candidates is most likely correct ... because math and science. And because Gardner is an extreme extremisty extremist. Abortion!

5150 time. Please, calm down, no one likes overly dramatic posts. Again, I'm standing by my predictions, thanks.
The 5150 meme is getting really, really old. Did you just figure it out today? Because your giving KC Spanking Dem a run for his money.

You are on my ignore list, so stop posting to me. It's annoying.
If I am on your ignore list, you could be a reasonable person, and you know, ignore me.

Somebody better 5150 you if your this sensitive.
68  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: College Republicans Make [horrendous] Videos for 'Pub Governors on: October 18, 2014, 01:26:24 pm
There's nothing more depressing than being a college/young Republican.

It's fine. They don't get girls, they'll be less likely to reproduce.

Seriously.   off...

What an ignorant and offensive comment made by someone that is supposed to follow the ideology of "tolerance".

Those poor College Republicans. Cry
Have you guys seen some of the College Republicans down here? Between the interns I met working on the campaign in 2012, and the women at the AFP Summit in Orlando, I must have fallen into 20RP12 style mushy sappy love like ten times.

I don't know what Colorado or Illinois College Republicans are like, but the Florida College Republican girls I have met look like models.

I don't see whats so bad about these. Only radical feminists would actually get offended by this IRL.

I'm an active Republican and both annoyed and a tad ashamed.

The a-hole that authorized $1 mil for that ad needs fired, as does everyone connected to producing it.
Fire Prebitch while we are rolling some heads. He needs to go too.

Young 'Anythings' are usually terrible, largely because they think they have life experience... they don't.

Remember, I was a teen conservative.
The thing that is annoying about Young Republicans is their weird form of rebellion. A bunch of young leftists sh[Inks]ing on the flag is an American tradition, but the young Republicans clean shaven approach is almost like a throwback to the 1968 "Get Clean for Gene" campaign in NH.

I find the Liberty Movement's approach to activism the least annoying. Sure, they are a bunch of idealists with no life experience like every other young activist (including myself), but they match a youthful, natural approach to the issues with a strong and growing organization.
69  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2014 Senatorial Election Polls / Re: CO-Mellman (D): Udall+3 in internal on: October 18, 2014, 01:08:04 pm
Mellman was the only one to get Reid's victory right in 2010.

Exactly.

Yes. Therefore this specific internal poll 4 years later in a different state with a different set of candidates is most likely correct ... because math and science. And because Gardner is an extreme extremisty extremist. Abortion!

5150 time. Please, calm down, no one likes overly dramatic posts. Again, I'm standing by my predictions, thanks.
The 5150 meme is getting really, really old. Did you just figure it out today? Because your giving KC Spanking Dem a run for his money.
70  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2014 Senatorial Election Polls / Re: CO-Mellman (D): Udall+3 in internal on: October 18, 2014, 11:57:19 am
Can we ban him if when he's wrong?
71  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2014 Senatorial Election Polls / Re: PPP-IA: Braley +1 on: October 18, 2014, 11:55:46 am
3 WEEKS TO GO RACE IS TIED OMG ITS OVER ITS OVER ITS OVER ITS OVER CIRLE MY JERK GUYS!

PPP is a great pollster, and I have always believed that this race is going down to the wire, but polls are not actual elections. One poll isn't at all a guarentee that Braley or Ernst will win. The polling worship is hysterical if not so sad.
72  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Jeff Madricks Seven Bad Ideas on: October 18, 2014, 11:48:19 am
Again, Krugman is the epitome of a "mainstream economist." I don't get why people hang on his word like its gospel.
73  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: 1940 Presidential Election on: October 18, 2014, 11:45:37 am
I don't like either of them, but Ayn Rand was a major part of the Wilkie campaign (going so far to nightly rent a theater to play Wilkie campaign films and argue with hecklers sent by the local Roosevelt organizations) so I will guess I will have to go with my matriarch on this one.
74  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XVIII: 15 Miles From Lunch on: October 18, 2014, 11:23:43 am
Since he's not going to the mountain because he has ebola, what else is there to do in Albuquerque?
I hope he packed silver bullets; werewolves live out there.
75  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: How is your opinion of Charlie Crist affected by his need for fan for his legs? on: October 18, 2014, 11:18:33 am
Gone down. If he was a true Flarda (that is how I pronounce Florida, BTW) citizen, he would be able to stand the heat.

And while Scott was a total idiot, the election isn't over yet. Don't get into the post first debate circlejerk like the Romney fans did.
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