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Messages - Brother Daniel

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It definitely didn't originate there. Part of why people repeatedly link gamergate to Trump is that gamergate is where that narrative first became widespread enough to be visible.
Hmmm.  I hadn't noticed anyone linking gamergate to Trump.  But then, I never really paid much attention to gamergate.

Your statement is surprising, though.  I thought gamergate was too limited in scope to bring out the "fake news" narrative.
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I think you're seeing the narrative incorrectly here. The narrative may have come about recently, but the narrative itself is that it's been like that for a long, long time.
Hmmm.  OK, I know this is merely anecdotal, but the last time I came across the narrative, it was expressed with an explicit "now", as in "journalists have now completely abandoned any semblance of credibility or 'journalistic integrity'" (exact quote).  I was left with the same impression from the previous time I encountered it as well.
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I'm still not joining in, but raven sure knows how to pick themes that tempt me.
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Politics and Current Events / Re: The Fourth Estate
Seems like a good thread for this.

OK so the idea that most news media are heavily left-biased has been circulating among conservative types for decades.  At least since Watergate.

But now we have something new.  The increasingly common accusation is no longer one of mere bias.  It's now about deliberate fraud.

This shift, in the conservative attitude towards journalism, is a big deal, IMO.  It raises two questions:

(1) How did the shift in attitude come about?

It seems to come primarily from The Donald.  As soon as he started whining about "fake news", whammo!  Conservatives all over decided that there was no longer even an attempt at journalistic integrity anywhere (except within their own alternative-facts bubble).  Now it's not surprising that the mindless MAGAbots would follow him in this regard.  What's more remarkable is that conservative folks who appear to be more thoughtful in other respects have gone down the same rabbit hole.

(2) How (according to those who buy the "fake news" mythology) did the alleged shift in journalistic practices come about?

This is something the conservatives ought to be talking about.  As far as I can see, they haven't even tried to construct a plausible narrative to explain how and why most journalists suddenly decided en masse that their job had nothing to do with reporting truly and everything to do with trying to bring down good people like Trump.

And that's weird.

Discuss.
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Quote
Nova Scotia, on average, is the warmest of the provinces in Canada
A spatial average.  Most provinces include a big chunk of northern wilderness, bringing their "average" temperatures way down.  NS doesn't have that.  So this tidbit doesn't support the claim that
Quote from: borealis
We have the mildest climate in Canada
harrumph.
Truth can be deceptive.
yes.
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My favourite Hatch moment was in late 1999, when he was trying to become the Republican nominee for president.

At a debate, the questioner-person asked the candidates to name their fave political philosopher.

The first few candidates gave their forgettable answers.  Dubya put on his best Jesus-zombie face and said "Christ!" (thus winning the nomination with one word).

Hatch's *damn you Dubya you just cheated!* face was absolutely priceless.
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Introductions / Re: So...
Hi Hack.  :)
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Games / Re: Image Association
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We could make it about that too!
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Yeah aside from thousands dead and thousands injured, arguably December is not the best time of year to find yourself homeless.

A significant amount of help came in from elsewhere, afterwards.  Notably from Boston.  So we've been in the habit of sending a big Christmas tree to Boston every year since then as a thank you.  (Of course, being Americans, they use it as fuel for their own internal religious wars.  They're all tied in knots over whether they can explicitly call it a "Christmas tree".)

The ties between Nova Scotia and New England go way back.  Even when we were formally at war (1812-1814), we kept up a friendly trade with each other in spite of what the bigwigs in London and Washington wanted.  (Or so I've been told.  I'm no historian.)
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100 years ago.  That day was rather unfortunate for this city.
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"Dave, no one but you is talking about "obliterating all indigenous cultures".

 yes I know. And that's a problem. It's happening, but very few people are talking about it.
And what was your point in bringing it up (repeatedly) IN THIS THREAD?

It appeared that you were accusing everyone else here of ADVOCATING such "obliteration".
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Dave, no one but you is talking about "obliterating all indigenous cultures".  Considering that calls for the abolition of FGM and of child sexual slavery are also coming from WITHIN the cultures that are afflicted by those practices, it's pretty damn racist of you to insinuate that those harmful practices are somehow a defining part of those cultures.
complete with "approved" morality which no doubt at some point will include feeding YECs to lions
It's amazing how little it takes to trigger your poor oversensitive persecution complex.  Get over yourself.
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I really wonder how much you actually believe this and how much of it is just an empty show of bravado.
That sounds like a reasonable dichotomy to wonder about (and it would be, for most people), but when you're dealing with a pathological HasToBeRight case like this one, the distinction fades away.  Whatever crosses his mind to say, no matter how much of an empty show it is, it immediately turns into something he really believes.
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TRUTH is the highest priority for me.
But TRUTH and truth are pretty much opposites.
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Vanity Thread for a self-righteous* Missouri man.

[* and profoundly dishonest ]

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Games / Re: The Thread thread
lengthy angst-filled blogpost
quotes self; ignores admin
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Games / Re: The Thread thread
lengthy angst-filled blogpost
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Science / Re: Direct Down Wind Faster Than The Wind
And I claim that the cart on the treadmill will behave completely differently if there are > 3 boxes of pizza in the same room.  So hey tiny sporky ("Chief Scientist"), have you ever indulged your keen desire for scientific correctness and integrity, and taken a look at whether your cart will continue to advance on the treadmill if there are lots of pizza boxes in the room?  No?  I thought not!  And I do not wonder why; I know why . . . . you are scared shitless of what you will see . . . . wheels magically transforming from circular to square . . . and your fantasy world will implode along with Heinz's empty head.

Hey Spork,

Invite me when you do the Pizza experiment because
A)  I like pizza.
B) I want to see Heinz's empty head implode. :netrage:

I'll be happy to shoot the video of that with the HFC while munching on a tasty piece of pepperoni and mushroom!

Windgrins :grin:

I like mushrooms too!  And a bit of some stronger cheese (like feta) as well as the mozza.  Add some spinach and zucchini -- I know it sounds crazy, but it actually works really well.
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Science / Re: Direct Down Wind Faster Than The Wind
I'm learning that you (Heinz) are both stupider and more dishonest than I previously recognized.

Brother Daniel,

I never considered you slow but judging from this statement, it looks like you have some catching up to do! :grin:

Windgrins :grin:
What can I say?  I always try to assume the best of everyone.  :)
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Games / Re: The Thread thread
pointless thread necro
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Games / Re: Image Association
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Science / Re: Direct Down Wind Faster Than The Wind
And I claim that the cart on the treadmill will behave completely differently if there are > 3 boxes of pizza in the same room.  So hey tiny sporky ("Chief Scientist"), have you ever indulged your keen desire for scientific correctness and integrity, and taken a look at whether your cart will continue to advance on the treadmill if there are lots of pizza boxes in the room?  No?  I thought not!  And I do not wonder why; I know why . . . . you are scared shitless of what you will see . . . . wheels magically transforming from circular to square . . . and your fantasy world will implode along with Heinz's empty head.
At this point, you are totally losing the argument as well as losing your mind.
Yes, I know my point was too subtle for you.  But I bet some of the others got it.
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Science / Re: Direct Down Wind Faster Than The Wind
Whatever frame we do our analysis in, if there's wind, that wind is potentially a source of energy.  In the rest frame of the upper surface of the belt, there's wind, and there's no reason why the cart can't harvest some of that energy.
There is a VERY good reason why the cart cannot harvest any of that "wind" energy, and you have just given that reason yourself, just below:
Since you want to assume that the cart is "hovering", the rest frame of the cart is the rest frame of the room.  In that frame, I agree that there is no wind.
There you go, you dumbass! The cart is STARTED out by being held on the belt and it is released in hovering mode! Therefore, by your own admission, there is never any wind on the cart and NO wind energy to harvest.
First, your "therefore" doesn't follow at all.  Second, you're (again) using a claim that applies to one frame in order to make an argument for what happens in a different frame.  You're not being even remotely consistent.

In the rest frame of the upper surface of the belt, there is wind.  And there is no reason why the wind energy cannot be harvested.  You say "the cart is STARTED out by being held on the belt and it is released in hovering mode", but you have not shown that this has any relevance.  Nor have you shown that there is any relevance in the fact that another frame exists in which there is no wind.
Quote from: HH
All you need to do is read your own posts and try to be consistent with your arguments.
I've been doing that.  When will you start?
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Science / Re: Direct Down Wind Faster Than The Wind
And I claim that the cart on the treadmill will behave completely differently if there are > 3 boxes of pizza in the same room.  So hey tiny sporky ("Chief Scientist"), have you ever indulged your keen desire for scientific correctness and integrity, and taken a look at whether your cart will continue to advance on the treadmill if there are lots of pizza boxes in the room?  No?  I thought not!  And I do not wonder why; I know why . . . . you are scared shitless of what you will see . . . . wheels magically transforming from circular to square . . . and your fantasy world will implode along with Heinz's empty head.