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dick pics across state lines and paying for sex I guess. He's going to do ten years though. Srs bzns
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why did I just look at google news? Now I'm traumatized.
https://gizmodo.com/new-study-finds-nationwide-failure-of-body-camera-polic-1820516311
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The most widespread failure concerns protections against biometric technology. Only seven of the 75 departments specifically prohibit the use of facial recognition with body camera footage, a serious threat to privacy. Face recognition databases are drawn from passport photos and driver's licenses, then cross referenced with criminal databases. If they become part of body camera technology, simply walking past an officer means being checked against a database, even if you're not suspected of a crime.

Just as troubling, six of the 75 police departments have policies specifically allowing citizens filing police misconduct complaints to review footage. As the purpose of body cameras is accountability and transparency, it's alarming that departments aren't moving to make it easier to access the footage. Amid an ongoing scandal on "faked" body camera footage, Baltimore City officials are pushing for restricted throughout the state of Maryland. Wisconsin has also moved to make footage more difficult to view.

Finally, in a supplemental report titled "The Illusion of Accuracy," Upturn executive director Harlan Yu details the importance of policies that explicitly prohibit officers from viewing their body camera footage before writing reports. 75 percent of surveyed departments allow officers to review footage before writing reports, even after use-of-force incidents.
Body camera footage implies an intense struggle.
Price, surveillance footage shows, surrendered immediately.

Yu explained how inadequate policies give officers the opportunity to tailor their statements to their reports instead of giving independent summaries. Yu uses the example of the 2014 arrest of Derrick Price. Officers submitted footage that appeared to show Price resisting arrest, you can hear the officers shout "stop resisting!" Their reports told the same story.

But surveillance footage showed that Price had surrendered, with his hands behind his back, face down on the pavement, before police captured him. He clearly wasn't resisting, but the footage was tailored to the officers' narrative. Four of the officers eventually pled guilty to violating Price's civil rights. Yu uses Price's arrest as an example of why we need "clean reporting." Without surveillance footage, the body camera footage would've served as a psuedo-objective witness in favor of the police, in favor of office misconduct, when it had actually been manipulated to reflect the story the officers wanted to tell.

The full scorecard breaks down the many failures in protecting civil liberties and constitutional rights across departments.

No one department successfully fulfilled all of the researchers' criteria, but the report does point to a scant few bright spots. Most interesting among them is the Baltimore Police Department, which they say has improved in four policy areas: personal privacy, officer discretion, face recognition limitations and public availability of its policy. Dozens of criminal cases were thrown out in Baltimore this year after body cam footage revealed officer misconduct, perhaps indicative of the cameras' potential to catch wrongdoing.

While body cameras can be powerful tools, they need robust, prosocial policies to actually uphold the ideals of transparency and accountability. Otherwise, they will only expand the reach of the already deeply unequal criminal justice system.
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http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-met-chicago-cop-sentencing-excessive-force-20171117-story.html
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A veteran Chicago police officer faces sentencing Monday for his excessive force conviction for firing 16 times into a moving vehicle filled with teens.

Marco Proano, 42, was the first Chicago cop in memory to be convicted in federal court of criminal charges stemming from an on-duty shooting.
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His attorney is seeking probation, arguing the officer should not be punished for alleged systemic problems in the department and calling him a scapegoat "sacrificed to the furor" over police misconduct.

Prosecutors, however, are seeking up to eight years in prison, saying Proano could have killed the six teens when he fired indiscriminately into a reportedly stolen Toyota.

The 11-year department veteran was convicted by a jury in August of two felony counts of using excessive force in violation of the victims' civil rights. The December 2013 shooting was captured on video by a police dashboard camera.

In asking U.S. District Judge Gary Feinerman for probation, Proano's attorney, Daniel Herbert, said in a recent court filing that Proano had a decorated career before it was derailed amid protests against police violence and a civil rights probe by the U.S. Department of Justice -- all sparked by the court-ordered release in November 2015 of video of the police shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald in 2014.

The timing of Proano's September 2016 indictment "could not have been worse for him," Herbert wrote, adding that he should not have to "shoulder the blame" for a Police Department that the Justice Department, in its scathing report earlier this year, said has a decadeslong history of mistreating citizens.

"It would be naive to ignore the facts here and fail to recognize that Mr. Proano served as somewhat of a scapegoat in this case," Herbert said. "The situation was at a boiling point, and Mr. Proano was sacrificed to the furor."

But prosecutors said Proano's actions that night, as well as his attempts to later justify the shooting, were egregious violations of his training that further undermined public trust in the police.
and

http://time.com/5028560/ronald-watts-chicago-police-extortion/

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(CHICAGO) -- One by one, the men told the same story: A Chicago police officer would demand money from them. And if they didn't pay, they would find themselves in handcuffs with drugs stuffed in their pockets.

A Cook County judge on Thursday threw out the felony drug convictions of 15 black men who all say they were locked up for no other reason except that they refused to pay Ronald Watts.

It was the largest mass exoneration in memory in Chicago. And even in a city where it has become almost routine for police misconduct to lead to overturned convictions, the courthouse had never seen anything like the order issued in front of more than a dozen men whose lives were changed forever by the former sergeant.

The men described how it was common for blacks in the city's poorest communities to be shaken down.

"Everyone knew if you're not going to pay Watts, you were going to jail. That's just the way it was going," said Leonard Gipson, 36, who had two convictions tossed out.

The practice, they recalled, was all the more chilling because the officer was so open about it.

"Watts always told me, 'If you're not going to pay me, I'm going to get you.' And every time I ran into him, he put drugs on me," he said. "I went to prison and did 24 months for Watts, and I came back home and he put another case on me."

He and others said there was nothing anyone could do about it. They watched Watts and his crew continue to extort drug dealers and residents, a practice that lasted for years, despite complaints to the police department and statements made during court hearings.

Finally, in 2013, Watts and another officer pleaded guilty to stealing money from an FBI informant, but Watts' sentence of 22 months was shorter than those being handed out to the men he framed.

Thirteen of the 15 men were out of custody before Thursday's hearing, with the other two still behind bars on unrelated charges. Their sentences ranged from nearly a decade to probation. Some said the only reason they were out of custody is that they agreed to plead guilty in exchange for shorter sentences than the drugs planted on them might have produced.

"I had to, I had a baby due," said 33-year-old Marcus Watts, who pleaded guilty to drug charges in exchange for a six-month sentence and a second set of drug charges in exchange for a seven-month sentence. "The way I looked at it was if they put the cuffs on you, you already lost."

Prosecutors asked the judge to act after the conviction integrity unit of the Cook County State's Attorney's Office reviewed the cases.

"In all good conscience we could not let these convictions stand," said Mark Rotert, who heads the unit.

The office's agreement to throw out the sentences was part of a larger effort to regain public trust, he said.

In the last two years, the city has seen an officer charged in the 2014 shooting death of black teenager Laquan McDonald. Jason Van Dyke is the first Chicago officer in decades to be charged with first-degree murder in an on-duty killing.

Just this week, prosecutors announced they would not retry two men who have long maintained their innocence. One man spent 29 years in prison for a double murder he insists he did not commit. The other spent 27 years in prison in another double murder case involving an officer who has had several convictions overturned amid allegations that he beat suspects and coerced witnesses.

In the cases involving Watts, both prosecutors and defense attorneys suggested that Thursday's order may be just the beginning.

The University of Chicago's Exoneration Project is examining another 12 to 24 cases, but the problem is much larger because Watts was involved in about 1,000 cases and perhaps 500 convictions over eight years, said Joshua Tepfer, a defense attorney with the project.

State's attorney spokesman Robert Foley said prosecutors are investigating dozens of other cases and identified a pattern suggesting "corrupt activity" involving Watts and "members of his crew."

Chicago has paid more than a half billion dollars to settle police misconduct cases in a little more than a decade.

Tepfer would not discuss what the men might do next, but it is almost a certainty that at least some of them will sue the city and the police department. And Tepfer offered a hint about what those lawsuits might contend.

"These convictions stick with you," he said. "You can't get back the time you served. It affects your ability to get jobs, housing. You get thrown off of public aid with a felony conviction."
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nope:
https://boingboing.net/2017/11/19/takes-one-to-know-one.html
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Trump's Oklahoma campaign manager, who once introduced an anti-immigrant law to "stop sex trafficking of children," admits to trafficking young boy for sex

 Oklahoma Republican state Sen. Ralph Shortey has resigned after pleading guilty to trafficking a teenaged boy for sex; when Shortey was serving as Trump's Oklahoma campaign manager, he introduced an anti-sanctuary cities bill, claiming that immigrants trafficked their children for sex.

Shortey's plea bargain got the prosecutors to drop three child pornography charges against him.

    According to The Oklahoman, Shortey was found in a hotel room with a teenage boy on March 9. A subsequent investigation by local and federal officials revealed a series of text messages in which Shortey offered to pay the teen in exchange for "sexual stuff."

    The victim later "confirmed that he and Shortey intended to have sexual contact and that they had agreed Shortey would pay him for the contact," the paper reported, citing a court affidavit...

    "When you incentivize illegal immigration, you incentivize a lot of bad things," Shortey told NBC affiliate 4-KFOR. "There's a trail of death from Honduras to the United States of America, and the families are giving their children and others over to coyotes and to human traffickers."
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holy shit. the hits keep coming
http://www.ibtimes.com/who-ralph-shortey-former-oklahoma-senator-pleads-guilty-child-trafficking-2616819
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Who Is Ralph Shortey? Former Oklahoma Senator Pleads Guilty To Child Trafficking

A former Oklahoma senator who was accused of offering to pay a 17-year-old boy for sexual relations has pleaded guilty to the charges pressed against him, reports said Saturday.

Former Republican Sen. Ralph Shortey, in a plea deal, wrote: "It is in my best interest and in the best interest of my family."

Federal prosecutors agreed to drop three counts of child pornography against Shortey in exchange for his guilty plea.

The 35-year-old will be required to serve a minimum term of 10 years in prison -- the mandatory term for those convicted of child trafficking.

The federal indictment against Shortey mentions that the former senator, under a fake name, created a Craigslist account where he requested anyone responding to his ads communicate with him via Kik, a social media application that allows users to send photos, videos, and text messages.

The indictment also stated that Shortey had used his email account to transfer a video titled "051st Time Sex Videos."

In the third count against him, Shortey was convicted for communicating with a minor boy named John Doe via Kik.

"Between on or about Feb. 14, 2016, and on or about March 8, 2017, in the Western District of Oklahoma, Shortey employed, used, persuaded, induced, and enticed a minor to engage in sexually explicit conduct for the purpose of producing a visual depiction of such conduct, and such visual depiction was actually transported and transmitted using a means and facility of interstate and foreign commerce, in that Shortey so obtained at least one image of John Doe's penis," a part of the indictment read.

The indictment also details a conversation that took place between Shortey and the minor.

Earlier in March, Doe [the minor victim] had sent a text message to Shortey saying: "I need money for spring break."

Shortey responded to the message saying: "I don't really have any legitimate things I need help with right now Would you be interested in 'sexual' stuff," to which Doe responded with a "Yes."

Read the entire federal indictment here.

Born in Casper, Wyoming, Shortey spent his childhood on the Rosebud Indian Reservation in Grass Mountain, South Dakota before moving to Oklahoma. He graduated from Westmoore High School in 2000 and studied at Heartland Baptist Bible College in Oklahoma City. Shortey was elected to the Oklahoma Senate in 2010 and served his term until 2017.

He is scheduled to appear before the Oklahoma City federal court on Nov. 30.

is international business times a satire site?
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Dude, you can't even put together an articulate post.
You can't even discuss C14 with Pingu and Mike without a humiliating badger.
I offered to walk him through the important details to make it simple enough even for his high speed mind. He expressed an intent to pursue the topic at a later date.
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Dude, you can't even put together an articulate post.
I'm hurt that you think that about me, Dave. Do you really think that about me Dave?
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Also, Missouri. No idea what slaves ate. Wow.
That's a systemic failure of Missouri as a state.

Fake eta: just like the compromise now that I think of it.
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One of the biggest deterrents I've come across is that there actually are A LOT of people who are afraid they would be killed.

This part you don't have to worry about.

Don't worry. The Russians have bigger fish to fry.
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I don't see where it is all that different. Just more of the same, I mean a syringe is like an air pump.

I wanted to make the experiment as simple as it could possibly be so people would stop over-complicating it by talking about the fact that we've added gas and such.  We can all propose whatever experiments we like.  The one I'm discussing is a syringe with a fixed quantity of gas.

I'm having a hard time making this intuitive. Would friction (which would be relatively high because a syringe plunger has a pretty high surface area to volume ratio) bleed off the entropically stored energy on the way back out as heat, leading to the plunger losing significant distance, or would that just be heat lost like the thermal equilibrium loss? That wouldn't be heat that had been added by the work of the plunger,  it would be the energy stored as lower entropy. And it really bothers me to use low entropy as a measure of stored energy. At that point, a battery should follow the gas laws.

Goddamnit.
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Mafia / Re: Mafia mafia day 6
yes
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https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/pennsylvania/articles/2017-11-17/couple-sues-after-police-mistake-hibiscus-for-marijuana
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Lawsuit: Couple Detained After Hibiscus Mistaken for Pot
A Pennsylvania couple who say they were handcuffed for hours in a police patrol car after their hibiscus plants were confused for marijuana are suing the police and an insurance company.

Nov. 17, 2017, at 3:01 p.m.

Lawsuit: Couple Detained After Hibiscus Mistaken for Pot

SARVER, Pa. (AP) -- A couple who say they were handcuffed for hours in a police patrol car after their hibiscus plants were confused for marijuana are suing the police and an insurance company.

Edward and Audrey Cramer say in a lawsuit filed Tuesday that a Nationwide Insurance Co. agent investigating a fallen tree at their Buffalo Township home sent photos of their flowering plant to police. The lawsuit alleges that Buffalo Township police officers with assault rifles went to their home on Oct. 7 to investigate.

Audrey Cramer, 66, said she was partially dressed when she went to the door and police would not let her put on pants before she was handcuffed.

"I was not treated as though I was a human being," she said. "I was just something they were going to push aside."

Edward Cramer, 69, said he returned home a half-hour later to find his wife in the back of a police cruiser and officers pointing guns at him. He also was placed in the cruiser despite trying to convince the officers the plants were hibiscus, not marijuana.

"They actually ignored me," he said. "They wouldn't even listen. I said, 'I can show you pictures on the internet.'"

The Cramers eventually were released without charges. They are seeking monetary and compensatory damages and court costs.

Nationwide Insurance declined to comment on Friday, citing the litigation. Township police also declined to comment.
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Gnostics are worse than filthy muslims. Take my advice, don't trust them alone with children and don't hire them as valet car parkers.

Thanks for showing us your ignorance of Gnostic Christianity.

Regards
DL
Oh, I'm not ignorant. Some of my good friends are gnostics.
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But I don't think it does use the waste heat at all.  Of course it's possible that some of the waste heat will still be hanging around in the atmosphere to warm the gas back up after the experiment is over.  But I think it's actually using the heat that was in the gas prior to being compressed.

I don't think your assertion here is right and I think your intuition is correct. 

I'm not sure which assertion you're referring to.    It seems pretty clear that it can't use the heat that was already lost to the atmosphere.

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A gas compressed above ambient can always do work by expanding into the ambient area of lower pressure.

Of course it can.  But can it do more work than was in the gas prior to compression?  If it's at the same temperature that it was prior to compression I don't think so.

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a constrained volume of gas at a positive temperature (above absolute zero or Kelvin) does have the ability to do work by expanding into a region at a lower pressure.  And that amount of energy that it has (that you put part in by compressing it) is defined by the the volume, temperature K, and pressure.  Which defines the amount of work it can do by expanding into a region of lower pressure.

In the experiment I'm describing we let the gas return to ambient temperature.  So in this experiment *all* of the work done in compressing it is lost to the atmosphere before we ask it to run our pneumatic tools. 
And by the way, the equations say the amount of energy it has is based solely on the number of molecules and the temperature - not the volume or pressure.
Which equations are you using? Specifically, what does the system diagram you are using look like? I tried to look up a gas law plug in for the system modeler I use (STELLA) but couldn't find one and I am too confused about what and where we are measuring to try to set up the system from scratch.

A side note, explosive force is potential energy and that is definitely calculated using pressure and volume. Not sure about how temp fits in or even if it does and it may not be relevant if you are looking for the energy in a different place or form.

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If you want to discuss, please be clear about the experiment with all the variables and values stated (pressure, temp, volume) before and after so we can keep track of what your are proposing.

My experiment once again compresses air in a sealed syringe.  We then wait for the gas in that syringe to return to ambient temperature.  We then call upon that gas to do work by pushing the plunger back out.
I'd worry that the seals aren't that good so maybe speed the cooling process using an ice bath or something. You should get a ballpark of the concept though. Are you thinking to use a caliper or something to hold the plunger?
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This thread is so annoying. Each day I open it up to find 6 pages (yay). Then I start reading them to see that the actual progress of discussion is ........nothing (boo). Dave needs to focus more on understanding, rather than getting confused by every little tangent he finds.
you are just coming to this realization? I've got some news for you but first you should pour a drink and sit down.
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BREAD and BARLEY were the staple foods in ancient mesopotamia.  That means that BARLEY must have been CHEAP.  So those costs must have been low.  And the slavery thing doesn't explain it because even if you don't pay your slaves, you still have to feed them, or they won't be able to work.
By "staple" I assume you mean "widely available."

No.  Why don't you find out what terms mean instead of just making shit up.

Staple food:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Staple_food

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A staple food, or simply a staple, is a food that is eaten routinely and in such quantities that it constitutes a dominant portion of a standard diet for a given people, supplying a large fraction of energy needs and generally forming a significant proportion of the intake of other nutrients as well. The staple food of a specific society may be eaten as often as every day or every meal, and most people live on a diet based on just a small number of staples.[1]

You seem unfamiliar with the most basic terms in the field, Dave.  It's like you don't even know that geography, or anthropology, or archaeology ARE fields.


Cotton was widely available all over the American South in the mid 19th century.

Does this mean it was "cheap"?

I think the slaves would say "No."

Yes, it was cheap.  It was so cheap it spawned an entire new textile industry and eradicated an old one.  It remained cheap when machines replaced human labour.

However, it's a bit of a red herring to this argument because we are talking about FEEDING people, and while slaves weren't PAID they still needed FOOD, and so the key question is: in order for cotton to be cheap, there had also to be cheap food.  What do you think they ate?
staples. swingline staples
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BREAD and BARLEY were the staple foods in ancient mesopotamia.  That means that BARLEY must have been CHEAP.  So those costs must have been low.  And the slavery thing doesn't explain it because even if you don't pay your slaves, you still have to feed them, or they won't be able to work.
By "staple" I assume you mean "widely available."

Cotton was widely available all over the American South in the mid 19th century.

Does this mean it was "cheap"?

I think the slaves would say "No."




https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u9bk2MrMGaA
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Really don't mind if you sit this one out.
My words but a whisper your deafness a SHOUT.
I may make you feel but I can't make you think.
Your sperm's in the gutter your love's in the sink.
So you ride yourselves over the fields
and you make all your animal deals
and your wise men don't know how it feels
to be thick as a brick.

And the sand-castle virtues are all swept away
 in the tidal destruction the moral melee.
The elastic retreat rings the close of play
as the last wave uncovers the newfangled way.
But your new shoes are worn at the heels
and your suntan does rapidly peel
and your wise men don't know how it feels
to be thick as a brick.
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Dave, imagine two mini environments A and B

In A, which gets lots of rain, but is quite cold, yiggles grow very abundantly, and harvesting them gives you 10 calories for every 1 calorie you spend growing them.  Nugs also grow, but they need a lot of work, and have to be sown under glass, then transplanted.  They take about 2 calories of human labour for every calorie they yield.  But they are delicious, and full of important nutrients.

In B, Nugs grow almost without help, and all you have to do is harvest them.  They yield about 20 calories for every calorie you spend on them.  But yiggles really don't do well at all - it's too dry for them, and you need to water them every day.  They yield about 2 calories for every calorie you spend growing them.

In one environment yiggles are the staple food.  In the other, food are.

Are yugs the staple food in A or B?
Are niggles the staple food in A or B?

Why?
is this a koan? or perhaps a variation on the grue-bleen paradox?
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"Lots of ancient people ate grains.  Therefore grain production was easy."

"Lots of Mexicans work on vegetable farms picking vegetables. Therefore picking vegetables is easy work."
Oh, btw, jesus fucking christ you're an idiot Dave.
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"Lots of ancient people ate grains.  Therefore grain production was easy."

"Lots of Mexicans work on vegetable farms picking vegetables. Therefore picking vegetables is easy work."
...

...Seriously?

Hide your sleight-of-hands better next time.
they aren't tricks. He's just that stupid.
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The most interesting part of the C14 thread was watching his reaction as he was led by the nose into a wall of knowledge he didn't want, and the way he openly ran from the truth.
I think the lake k example was more stark really. Agree with 1 -> agree with 2 -> agree that we're adding -> 3 doesn't exist. Bye now.
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He doesn't even read people he cites approvingly, like Jared Diamond, for instance.
best not to get too deep. Here there be monsters.

That's why I was wondering about the demon (yes, I know it's a metaphor, silly!)

I used to think that he really is a frightened of the truth, and so the demon has to work really hard (i.e.  he has to put real effort into the avoidance).  But I'm wondering if it's simpler - that he just finds disconfirming data annoying to have to deal with - he doesn't know why it's wrong and he doesn't really care (because clearly it IS, because his model WORKS) but it's easier to ignore it than find out what went wrong with it.  After all it's probably just scientists lying, or misinterpreting their data because they are ignore the FACT that the  MODEL  WORKS.

If you think the workingness of your model is evidence for its truth (and Truth Matters, right?) then counter evidence HAS to be wrong, for some reason or another.  It doesn't really matter, how. And the trouble with Pingu is she's so CONVINCING - what a saleswoman that woman would make!  She makes what is clearly wrong (because the MODEL WORKS) seem like it must be right.  Manipulative bitch!  And high-and-mighty too!  Sitting in her octohatter tower with her head in the clouds!  And her British accent!


it doesn't need to work hard. The victim does the work. The demon literally means that dissonance is maintained through actually not seeing contradictory information. Hence the quote mine feature. It seems absolutely normal if you literally can't recognize the surrounding context even exists.
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All in all I've spent about $3,000 on equipment recently, while still on the land and with no place to set it up or plug it in. I just got a place to use as a workshop and am now working on the wiring and other renovations to get a workshop set up.

So progress is being made. I actually find your statement encouraging. Mostly all I usually get is something like "don't waste your time and money it will never work".

It might not work but that failure (if it happens) will probably inspire something similar and there are all kinds of ways to generate electricity. You will also probably enjoy the effort as you make prototypes and improve designs.  In the end, you just need to make a rotor turn and a way to regulate the current. Flywheels can be fashioned from old tractor parts too and that's a pretty good way to deal with variability in output within error bars. If you get really creative with reducing friction, they work like batteries:
https://www.utilitydive.com/news/alaskan-microgrid-to-pair-battery-flywheel-storage-systems-for-anchorage-a/435609/