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In a thread over at FreeRepublic about a white guy that got beat up after offering to pay the tab at a chicken takeout place for the two guys ahead of him when they came up a couple of bucks short I'm reading non-racist gems like:

To: EinNYC

fried chicken
Didn't need to watch, I could have guessed.

The very carefully edited video gives no clues about the victim. But I'll bet my guess there is going to be a good one too. Ferals don't beat people for offering to cover their meal. They beat them for not being ferals.

8 posted on ‎3‎/‎15‎/‎2017‎ ‎11‎:‎35‎:‎48‎ ‎AM by Dr.Deth
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To: EinNYC

Just a guess but it seems like a bleeding-heart white Brooklynite got his comeuppance and learned the true nature of these inner-city animals. I'm sure he'll try to pin this on Trump somehow for inciting unrest in the ghetto.

9 posted on ‎3‎/‎15‎/‎2017‎ ‎11‎:‎36‎:‎10‎ ‎AM by NohSpinZone (First thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers)
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To: Bon mots

16 posted on ‎3‎/‎15‎/‎2017‎ ‎11‎:‎45‎:‎47‎ ‎AM by Governor Dinwiddie
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To: Avalon Memories

This is what happens when crooked politicians purposely breed feral humans to create disruption in society, and to create voters who won't hold crooked politicians accountable.

31 posted on ‎3‎/‎15‎/‎2017‎ ‎12‎:‎18‎:‎47‎ ‎PM by Moonman62 (Make America Great Again!)
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To: lee martell

Screw PC. Abraham Lincoln made a disastrous mistake. He thought he was being humane. Not all cultures are equal and many are incapable within their own people. Liberalism socially re-engineers so called minorities and cultures to the point of where our country stands at this point along with the rest of western civilization.

32 posted on ‎3‎/‎15‎/‎2017‎ ‎12‎:‎18‎:‎49‎ ‎PM by shanover (...To disarm the people is the best and most effectual way to enslave them.-S.Adams)
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I'm gueeing this^ one means Lincoln was wrong to free the slaves?

But not all is racism . . . looks like FReeper Carlucci made a black friend.

To: EinNYC

While it's NOWHERE near the same circumstance, I had a great experience yesterday at the Houston rodeo carnival. While I was wearing my MAGA hat, we were enjoying watching people try to throw 2 out of 3 footballs through an impossibly small target that would even challenge most pros.

One very large black male kept getting really close to winning in several attempts, so I walked over to him, and gave him the coupons I had for buy one get one free games, telling him that he had a good arm and that if he should want to try again, the coupons would give him more chances to win. It felt only slightly risky. He had a group of friends with him, but it was also very crowded.

He took a look at me and then said "thank you sir" and offered me a handshake, which I gladly accepted.

33 posted on ‎3‎/‎15‎/‎2017‎ ‎12‎:‎21‎:‎21‎ ‎PM by Carlucci
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I'm glad the slight risk Carlucci took approaching a black man worked out . . . this time.

Magneto is a Jewish Holocaust survivor. But Marvel might be making him allies with Hydra, an organization with Nazi roots.

In the eyes of its most fervent fans, Marvel has assassinated Magneto, arguably the most beloved villain the comic book company has ever created. And they did it with just one cover.

This past week, Marvel revealed variant covers to its upcoming crossover event "Secret Empire," an event in which Steve Rogers's allegiance to the Hydra criminal organization will be revealed. Magneto appears on one of those covers, suggesting he's been in clandestine cahoots with Rogers and Hydra. And being that Hydra is an organization with comic book roots in Nazi Germany, the cover links Magneto, a Jewish Holocaust survivor, to Nazis by way of Hydra.

Welp, didn't see that coming.

Fans are upset.

Huh, you don't say?
Politics and Current Events / A Day without Women
I don't know why conservative men are so upset by this.  I mean isn't every day a day without women for them?

Politics and Current Events / 1980 strikes again
Every fucking time when something goes to shit you'll invariably see a graph and it started to go to shit in 1980.


It's no secret I thought Hillary ran a bad campaign but this does surprise me.

Hillary Clinton's campaign ran TV ads that had less to do with policy than any other presidential candidate in the past four presidential races, according to a new study published on Monday by the Wesleyan Media Project.

Clinton's team spent a whopping $1 billion on the election in all -- about twice what Donald Trump's campaign spent. Clinton spent $72 million on television ads in the final weeks alone.

But only 25 percent of advertising supporting her campaign went after Trump on policy grounds, the researchers found. By comparison, every other presidential candidate going back to at least 2000 devoted more than 40 percent of his or her advertising to policy-based attacks. None spent nearly as much time going after an opponent's personality as Clinton's ads did.

In stark contrast to any prior presidential cycle for which we have Kantar Media/CMAG data, the Clinton campaign overwhelmingly chose to focus on Trump's personality and fitness for office (in a sense, doubling down on the news media's focus), leaving very little room for discussion in advertising of the reasons why Clinton herself was the better choice.

Trump, on the other hand, provided explicit policy-based contrasts, highlighting his strengths and Clinton's weaknesses, a strategy that research suggests voters find helpful in decision-making. These strategic differences may have meant that Clinton was more prone to voter backlash and did nothing to overcome the media's lack of focus on Clinton's policy knowledge, especially for residents of Michigan and Wisconsin, in particular, who were receiving policy-based (and specifically economically-focused) messaging from Trump.
Politics and Current Events / Vault 7 thread
I guess this is going to be a thing.

Politics and Current Events / Et tu, Nobel?
What the Nobel Prize winner in economics has in common with Donald Trump

Angus Deaton, the Princeton professor who won the Nobel Prize in economics last year, was focused on the plight of the white working class long before President Trump's election catapulted their concerns into national politics. Together with Princeton University professor Anne Case, who is also his wife, Deaton has documented a shocking rise in mortality among less-educated, middle-aged whites, due to what the pair call "deaths of despair" - drug overdoses, alcoholic liver disease and suicide.

I understand that this is a thing but is it really worthy of a Nobel prize?
Arts and Entertainment / Callout: Bilirubin
I made an Alpha clone in Eve.

I had a character years ago but I don't have access to the email I used to make that account.  I don't know if I'd even want to go back to that character even though I have a lot of time invested in skills.  It was a Gallente specced to fly Caldari ships for whatever reason.

I chose to roll with Amarr because I wanted beam weapons and I figure New Eden could always use a good cleansing with Holy Fire every now and then.
Can the Democratic Party Win Back Voters It Lost to Trump?

Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill, who is up for reelection in the red state of Missouri in 2018, recently told a St. Louis radio host she may face a primary challenge. "I may have a primary because there is, in our party now, some of the same kind of enthusiasm at the base that the Republican Party had with the Tea Party," she said during an interview earlier this month. "Many of those people are very impatient with me because they don't think I'm pure," she added.

BOTH SIDES!!! :whyyou:

The last time the country faced such threats, after the rise of the plutocrats in the early decades of the 20th century, it was the Democrats who spoke directly to the fears of the citizenry. Consider Franklin Roosevelt's words in 1938. "The liberty of a democracy is not safe," he said, "if the people tolerate the growth of private power to a point where it becomes stronger than their democratic state itself. That, in its essence, is Fascism--ownership of Government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power. ... Among us today a concentration of private power without equal in history is growing."

The age of true American liberty--in which it is the people who rule both the government and the economy--lies in the muck. But there is a political party with a history of fighting to make it a reality.

Concentration of corporate power is obviously a huge problem in the world today.  Unfortunately instead of blocking this concentration politicians are feeding off of it.
"The capitalist is concerned only with mutually beneficial exchanges and private property rights." :rofl:

Someone actually wrote that with a straight face.

1: Capitalists don't give a shit about "mutually benefiical" exchanges.  They care only about their benefit in an exchange.  I vividly remember in college my Econ 101 professor telling us to memorize the following: "As each of us selfishly pursue our own self-interests the best interests of society are served."  That doesn't sound like caring about "mutually beneficial" anything.

2: I'll give them that Capitalists care a lot about property rights.  But it's their own property rights not anyone else's.
Computers and Technology / Callout: computer nerds
Why is a wifi signal limited to about 50Mbps?  Or is it and I've just been sold a bill of goods?
Thought we could use a separate thread for alt-right talk that doesn't necessarily involve Trump.

Topic 1:  Is Pewdiepie a pro-Hitler alt-righter?  The Wall Street Journal seems to think so.

Topic 2:  Is the alt-right basically what the MRA morphed into?

Topic 3:  How do we save Pepe?  This probably should have been number 1.
A Political Opening for Universal Health Care?

Although Bohon--a self-identified Hillary Clinton voter--and Sanders certainly represent liberal sensibilities, several polls show that universal coverage is gaining traction among Democratic and Republican voters. A January Pew Research Center survey showed that 60 percent of Americans believe that government "should be responsible for ensuring health-care coverage for all Americans"--the highest mark in nearly a decade--though they are divided on whether government should be the sole provider of insurance. The recent increases nationally in support for universal coverage are mostly attributable to low-income Republicans. Over half of all Republicans surveyed who have family incomes of less than $30,000 agreed with the idea. Twenty-eight percent of all people polled in a recent Gallup survey expressed support for a single-payer system run by the government.

Wouldn't it be ironic if out of the ashes of a Trump presidency we actually got a UHC/Medicare-for-all type program enacted?
Politics and Current Events / Brexit is go for launch

Remainers had hoped it would be the night when they finally made a dent in Theresa May's Brexit plans as they put forward a bewildering array of new clauses and amendments to the Article 50 bill.

Nine proposals in all, ranging from the rights of EU migrants to the opinions of the Gibraltar Government, were put to the vote, and one by one all nine proposals were thrown out by MPs.

It was a flawless night for Theresa May, as the EU (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill was passed by 494 votes to 122 in its original, unamended form.

Good luck and godspeed my little brexiteers.
Politics and Current Events / How to stop an autocracy

The danger isn't that Trump will build an autocracy. It's that congressional Republicans will let him.

There is nothing about the Trump administration that should threaten America's system of government. The Founding Fathers were realistic about the presence and popularity of demagogues. The tendency of political systems to slip into autocracy weighed heavily on their minds. That power corrupts, and that power can be leveraged to amass more power, was a familiar idea. The political system the founders built is designed to withstand these pressures, and to a large extent, it has.

So why, then, are we surrounded by articles worrying over America's descent into fascism or autocracy? There are two reasons, and Trump is, by far, the less dangerous of them.

Even though it's Vox I thought the article made a lot sense saying that the Constitution was written to protect us against a strongman president.  It was thought about a lot and the government was designed to deal with it.

The conclusion?

But for now, the crucial question -- the question on which much of American democracy hinges -- is not what Trump does. It is what Congress does. The danger posed by Trump is one that America's political system is built to protect against. But the officials charged with its protection need to take their role seriously.

In the end, it is as simple as this: The way to stop an autocracy is to have Congress do its damn job.

We're fucked.

The argument:

The lawsuit, filed by 11 patients in U.S. District Court in Massachusetts, focuses on a common practice in the pharmaceutical industry: Drug companies compete for insurers' business by offering secret rebates on their drugs. Companies that negotiate drug prices for insurers, called pharmacy benefit managers, can place drugs on tiers that determine how much consumers pay for them -- decisions that may be influenced by the size of the discount granted by the drug companies.

The lawsuit claims that drug companies have been increasing the list price of insulin in order to expand their discounts without lowering the overall price tag. The people stuck paying the balance: patients, particularly those without insurance or with high-deductible plans.  The lawsuit alleges those actions violate the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act and state consumer protection laws.

The response:

Insulin companies acknowledge that list prices have risen but argue that net prices -- the amount drug companies pay after rebates -- haven't budged.

Eli Lilly "conducts business in a manner that ensures compliance with all applicable laws, and we adhere to the highest ethical standards," spokesman Greg Kueterman said in an email, declining to comment further.

A spokeswoman for Sanofi said that the company believes the allegations have no merit and will defend against them.

Novo Nordisk spokesman Ken Inchausti said in an email: "We are aware of the complaint and its characterization of the pharmaceutical supply chain. We disagree with the allegations made against the company and are prepared to vigorously defend the company in this matter."

Uh, isn't that acknowledgment admitting the charge being leveled at them?

Ana Maria has never been to Machu Picchu. The 61-year-old always wanted to visit the mountain ruins but she suffers from hypertension, and doctors warned that the extreme altitude could cause her blood pressure to rise dangerously high. Today, dressed in a white gown and hairnet, she will explore its ancient walls and pyramids for the first time.

She's in a private medical clinic in Mexico City, and laughs nervously as she's wheeled into a windowless operating room. The surgeon takes a Sharpie and draws a large circle on her left thigh, paints on several layers of iodine, then injects a local anesthetic into the skin. Inside the circle is a fatty lump, a lipoma around six centimeters across, which he is about to remove.

Ana will be awake for the operation, and she's feeling scared. As the surgeon readies his scalpel, her blood pressure is 183/93, even higher than usual. Patients undergoing procedures like this often have to be sedated to cope with the pain and anxiety of being under the knife, but not today. Instead, José Luis Mosso Vazquez, who is supervising the operation, fits a sleek, black headset over Anna's eyes and adjusts the Velcro straps.

The surgeon makes his first cut and the blood spills in a crimson stream down Ana's leg. She's surrounded by medical equipment--stools, trolleys, swabs, syringes, with super bright surgical lamps suspended above the bed and her vital signs displayed on monitors just behind. But Ana is oblivious. She's immersed in a three-dimensional re-creation of Machu Picchu. She begins her journey with a breathtaking aerial view of the ancient city clinging to the mountainside, before swooping down to explore the details of stepped terraces, moss-covered walls and tiny stone huts.

Mosso watches her carefully. A 54-year-old surgeon at Panamerican University in Mexico City, he's on a mission to bring virtual reality into the operating room, using the high-tech distraction technique to carry out surgeries that would normally require powerful painkillers and sedatives, with nothing more than local anesthetic. He's trying to prove that reducing drug doses in this way not only slashes costs for Mexico's cash-strapped hospitals, but cuts complications and recovery times for patients, too.

But today, he's not sure if his headset is going to be enough. He hopes the virtual reality will help Ana to avoid unnecessary medication, but if she becomes anxious during the surgery, her already-high vital signs might spike. He has prepared an intravenous line, ready to administer emergency medication if required.

The surgeon pulls a large, pearly glob of tissue from Ana's thigh, his fingers easing under her skin as he carefully snips it free. Then he mops the blood and stitches the wound. The procedure has taken just 20 minutes, and there are smiles all round as Ana thanks the team. Because of the virtual reality, she says, she barely noticed the scalpel slicing her flesh: "I was transported. Normally I'm very stressed, but now I feel so, so relaxed."

The monitors back up her story. Throughout the surgery, her blood pressure actually fell.

This is kind of cool.

Just hope if this gets widely adopted that some doctor doesn't accidently load up a copy of Resident Evil 7 or something.
Study reveals substantial evidence of holographic universe

A UK, Canadian and Italian study has provided what researchers believe is the first observational evidence that our universe could be a vast and complex hologram.

Theoretical physicists and astrophysicists, investigating irregularities in the cosmic microwave background (the 'afterglow' of the Big Bang), have found there is substantial evidence supporting a holographic explanation of the universe - in fact, as much as there is for the traditional explanation of these irregularities using the theory of cosmic inflation.

The researchers, from the University of Southampton (UK), University of Waterloo (Canada), Perimeter Institute (Canada), INFN, Lecce (Italy) and the University of Salento (Italy), have published findings in the journal Physical Review Letters.

What's this all about?

eta: It bugs me that the site can take the time to write out where to locate the findings but can't be bothered to provide a link to the findings.  Don't they know how to internet?

eta2: I miss Lauren :sadcheer:

I asked Hoffman to estimate what share of fellow Silicon Valley billionaires have acquired some level of "apocalypse insurance," in the form of a hideaway in the U.S. or abroad. "I would guess fifty-plus per cent," he said, "but that's parallel with the decision to buy a vacation home. Human motivation is complex, and I think people can say, 'I now have a safety blanket for this thing that scares me.' " The fears vary, but many worry that, as artificial intelligence takes away a growing share of jobs, there will be a backlash against Silicon Valley, America's second-highest concentration of wealth. (Southwestern Connecticut is first.) "I've heard this theme from a bunch of people," Hoffman said. "Is the country going to turn against the wealthy? Is it going to turn against technological innovation? Is it going to turn into civil disorder?"

Hey, super-rich bros, how about instead of prepping for the looming revolution you instead work to mitigate the lower strata's inclination to kill you for your stuff by helping to advance policies like UHC, UBI and others that would alleviate the suffering you and your class has caused everyone else?

SD lawmakers have blocked a proposed rule that would have banned sexual contact between legislators and their young interns and pages.

Tha party of Family Values.

"I'm hesitant to pass something when we get into itemizing every potential wrongdoing that a legislator could commit, lest this become a criminal code rather than a code of ethics," said state Rep. David Lust (R), a member of the committee.

And people say there is no god.

The vast majority of U.S. police officers say their job has gotten harder because of the high-profile deaths of black people in encounters with police and the protests that surrounded them, according to a new survey from the Pew Research Center.

Is this like the "it's hard being called a racist" thing?
Arts and Entertainment / Anime is real
Just got done watching Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress by the guys that did Attack on Titan . . . and you can tell.  Was a good show overall but the show almost lost me in episodes 10 and 11.

I'm also almost done with Assassination Classroom.  Someone has taken a, literal, huge bite out of the moon.  That someone has promised to do the same with the earth in one year.  But during that year he's teaching the worst students at a very prestigious Japanese school.  The students not only have to perform well academically they also need to assassinate this being before he destroys the planet.  If they succeed they get a 10 billion yen bounty.  It sounds really dumb but I'm having a lot of fun watching it.
Politics and Current Events / Draining the swamp
Trump's Treasury Pick Is Ripe for a Public Shaming From Elizabeth Warren

But if [Treasury Secretary nominee] Mnuchin's wealth isn't politically toxic, the details of how he amassed it still might be. In 2009, Mnuchin and a few of his billionaire associates bought the California bank IndyMac, which had collapsed under the weight of its reckless mortgage lending. Their purchase was made on the condition that the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation would compensate the newly named OneWest Bank for future losses above a certain threshold.

With the risks of his investment partially socialized, Mnuchin proceeded to capitalize on the venture. Under his leadership, OneWest foreclosed on tens of thousands of homeowners and sold their houses at auction. The bank pursued this task ruthlessly: In one instance, OneWest locked a homeowner out of her house in the midst of a Minnesota blizzard; in another, it foreclosed on a 90-year-old woman whose payment came in 27 cents short.

Mnuchin and his partners sold OneWest for an estimated profit of $1.5 billion in 2015. Mnuchin personally garnered more than $200 million from the sale, according to Bloomberg News.

TRUMP!  :cheer:
Austria just decisively rejected the far right's presidential candidate

Could it be that the election of Trump woke enough people up to realize that if they don't start paying attention something really important might actually get fucked up?