Friday, June 09, 2017

The James Comey Testimony

This is the biggest thing to happen to bars since the O.J. Simpson trial. On balance it would seem the Comey testimony is at least partially damaging to the President. He has already gone on record as calling Trump a liar five times. The New York Times took a hit when it appears their reporting of the Russia investigation may have been off base to some extent. John McCain had some daffy moments and people are tweeting he should more or less retire at this point. None of this will sway the Trump partisans however and they'll only hunker down more. I never voted for Trump and I never voted for her so I don't have that anxiety in the back of my head over when I should actually jump the Trump ship or not. This is a great lesson imo of default voting against your hated candidate which political reasoning might work most of the time but this was a special case which should have caused most to jettison that logic. I've been hearing the RNC is calling Trump the Messiah and he's going to save Christianity in this country. Scary stuff. We'll see how it all plays out I'm just saying have a lifeboat ready is all.

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  1. So far, this has been the most unusual presidency I can think of. And we have had a few weird ones. IMO, running
    the most powerful country in the world is a smidgeon different than muscling real estate deals and marrying
    young models. Where is the gravitas?

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  2. With Trump there has never been even any hint of gravitas. He takes to Twitter every chance he gets. You could disagree with Reagan Carter Ford etc. but imo they all had at least that minimal level of gravitas. JFK certainly had it. It's surreal.

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  3. I posted on a political blog about Trump 'buyer's remorse'
    that even though his policies would be very damaging to them, they will stick with him. Lot's or reason for that,
    but will save you the ilucidation. Which you likely know
    anyway.

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  4. The people I know who voted for Trump feel that every question/criticism of the man = he's being picked on/unfairly persecuted. The Michelle Malkin app which I do have on my tablet is so far over in his corner that it's like you're criticizing Jesus if you say anything. Then there are people who are so far over in Hillary's corner that prevents them from seeing somebody else would have been better. How do you get like that?

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    1. Reminds me of the old management mazxim: first get
      everybody to pull together. next, have them pull in
      the same direction.

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    2. That's a great analogy. The issue is not we may be wrong but we're all pulling together.

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  5. If I heard correctly Comey leaked his own memo? Lordy!

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    1. The Liar in Chief called him a liar, the lawyers are flocking. Putin doesn't have that trouble.

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    2. Some of the right-wing press are referring to Comey's "revenge tour" (Michael Goodwin in the NY Post). The truth doesn't apply to Trump.

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    3. Like 'going postal' with words and memos?

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    4. I mean if I'm gonna go to the political death for someone it sure as hell ain't gonna be the Donald.

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    5. So far the GOP is behind him rock solid. Hitler remained very popular up to that day in the bunker,
      but poor GW sort of tanked. Guess it will stay
      ugly unless millions of high paying jobs suddenly
      show up by the coalmines.

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    6. It would appear that way. I thought Paul Ryan had a little more sense.

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  6. Came across an interesting psychological disorder on YT today. People who have pronoia which is the opposite of paranoia, when you believe everyone is conspiring to do you good. IMO it's an ultra-extreme form of optimism.

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  7. Paranoia got me to thinking about its relation to Conspiracy Theory, if any. I got into an article on the subject, but to read the whole thing I had to subscribe to
    an on line psychcology journal. But I found a study called
    Measuring Individual Differences in Gerneric Beliefs in Conspiracy Theories Across Cultures which was semi
    informative, if you cut through all the statistics and methodology. For example, women tend more than men to
    such theories, they are far more common in the middle east
    and people who feel out of control tend to blame conspiracies, think modern society is too complex to understand, etc. The study lists 9 personal criteria across
    32 social groups in three languages. IMO, it is striking that more women than men are into conspiracy and that other studies show women more religious than me (but then, belief
    and faith are a concomitant commodity. True, even debunkers
    have their favorites: mine the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy.
    I see Karl Rove and Dick Cheney causing all the bad weather,
    ya know?

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  8. There seems to be an assumption though that belief in conspiracy theories is a mental deficit. We talked a while back how wages stay the same while the price of everything else goes up. It almost seems like a conspiracy. Things that never change like that leads to why do things never change? I'm suspicious of the Bilderberg meetings. What the hell are they discussing anyway? Why the secrecy?

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    1. Yeah, lots of people worry about that 'group'. Unlike
      the long dead Illuminati, they consist of mostly Europeans and Americans, ivory tower types and discuss current
      topics. Often accused of globalism and one world concepts, this year they want to counter globalism and figure out if Trump on on the same page as the rest of the world (subtle hint-he's not). But they
      just sort of discuss, eat well, have no report and go back to wherever they came from. IMO, sort of like those rah-rah sales meetings the car dealerships have
      each month, only higher class. They have their own
      website so they can't be too conspiratorial. Dunno, Z-Man,
      I've never been invited.

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    2. It's probably nothing. They probably talk about football and sex, watch a few pornos then cap it off with a poker game.

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    3. Seems harmless. Luckily, with conspiracy theories no
      one takes action. Other than that guy that shot up the pizza parlor where Hillary and the Dems were said to run a child prostitution ring. "I'd like a
      Pepperoni, triple cheese and BANG BANG..what the hell was that?" From my POV the Hillary conspiracy
      stuff did her in and the Russians and Comey didn't help. She is smart, competent, caring and unpopular:
      and the inverse won. Not saying its a conspiracy..
      just saying.

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  9. I was thinking of categorizing conspiracy theories, but they are all over the map. Like this rather harmless one:
    "The theory holds that the country of Finland is a construct by various interests, chiefly the governments of Japan and Russia, and carefully nurtured by the promulgation of fake maps, histories, tour guides, and other methods. Under the theory, the area believed by most people to be occupied by Finland is actually open sea, part of an enlarged Baltic Sea.
    The satirical theory was first promulgated on the internet forum website Reddit in 2015"
    --which must bemuse the Finns. IMO, perhaps on a gut level,
    CTs arise when someone thinks 'I don't agree with that at
    all..there must be a better explanation'. Hence the JFK assassination, Sasquatch, 911 etc. So we know the who,what
    and where; it is the 'why?' that is the germ of the phenom.
    Or not.

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    1. I wouldn't lump the JFK assassination in with Sasquatch. It's one of the few respectable conspiracy theories and the House Select Committee on Assassinations in the mid 70's concluded it was probably a conspiracy but wouldn't say of what kind. Sasquatch is debunking itself imo as the more time goes by and nobody finds an actual dead Sasquatch. If someone back in the day said the CIA was giving tons of innocent people LSD against their knowledge, well honestly that sounds like a candidate for shock therapy and yet it was proven in the MKULTRA Congressional hearings on the matter. If another person way back when claimed blacks in the South were deliberately being denied treatment for syphilis the tinfoil hat would be given. Tuskegee proved otherwise. So by my calcs out of the hundreds of CT's out there you figured mathematically a very small percentage have to be true, or not?

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    2. It was odd that some guy shot Oswald before they could give him a good interrogation. MKUltra and Tuskeekee were cover-ups, sort of a CT, I guess.
      Tons of LSD? C'mon did they buy it from T. Leary?

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    3. Apparently from what I read they made the best stuff. God only knows what we don't know about the CIA. Trouble is the more CT's you have the less likely people will believe any of them. Quantity over quality. I see Megyn Kelly is going to interview Alex Jones and the Sandy Hook people are angry. How did that even become a conspiracy theory?

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  10. There are just some questions for me that have never been answered completely enough to garner my full belief. Hence the doubt or conspiracy theory if asking persistent unanswered questions means you believe in a conspiracy theory.

    None of these things involve aliens. I know what I saw and I don't care what kind of excuse anyone has to give about it. You will never convince me that what I saw wasn't aliens. Strange to say I was never scared and with the triangle UFOs it was common knowledge, not like some drunk backwoodsman went on a bender and had an isolated incident. We all saw them and multiple times.

    Also I don't believe that the earth is flat. I'm not sure how people can believe that but there they are. It would seem that all those photos from space might put a hole in the theory but I guess you get sentimental about those kinds of things and hang onto them despite the proofs.

    Me, I just have questions no one can answer.

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  11. That's a good way of putting it. It's like with the conspiracy theories about tinnitus or the worldwide hum if scientists can't explain where all the noise is coming from people will form their own theories. I don't think it's automatically a sign of a mental defect if someone is prone to some conspiracy theorizing. As you say it's a lack of answers.

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    1. IMO 'conspiracy theory' is misleading in many cases.
      Many of them are alternate explanations, no conspiracy involved; the conspiracy comes in when it
      is believed that something was covered up, hence JFK,
      Area 51, the car that runs on only air, etc. Unless you believe there is no, and never was a Finland, mental defect is not the player. Some people are naturally credulous, others naturally skeptical.
      Take Global Warming and Evolution; most in those fields find them rigorous and true, others do not,
      not because they have waded through the hundreds of
      papers on the topic, but because they don't want them
      to be true; in the case of the former, because of
      economics, in the latter because of biblical literalism; IMO neither side is a conspiracy per se,
      they just put forth arguments pro and con.

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    2. I believe things are covered up all the time just are notoriously difficult to prove sometimes. Human nature being what it is and being a natural cynic and all some things are not a stretch.

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  12. The aliens among us is not subscribeable. They would have cured tinnitus and a whole host of other ailments and diseases. Roads would not be an issue in winter and a colonoscopy you'd walk in a booth and come out again in a minute. Totally noninvasive. The tech would exist to get your full required 8 hours of sleep in 4 hours or less. Obesity what's that?

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    1. Aliens- are we talking extraterrestrial or illegal
      Hispanics here? 'Alienus' L for belonging to another place. So can we surmise some lost potato farmer from
      S. Idaho wandering around Yonkers would be an alien?
      (I'm sure he would think the Yonkerits were) :) Some libs you think would know better, believe 911 was set
      up by Cheney & Rover. Pshaaw, those two were busy scheming about who would buy lunch, and getting Ted
      Kennedy to. So far, given what we know, I would think
      the Russians were involved in pre-election stuff, even
      though Trump said "I hope the Russians release all her
      stuff" Sasquatch, like a lot of names and concepts was sort of inherited on the frontier from indigenous
      tribes. Frontier people were more susceptible to that than treating 'mother earth' with respect. Just saying.

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    2. Well in the Bradbury sense. I tend to agree with deGrasse Tyson they wouldn't want to come here.

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    3. Just read a quote from Mr. Stephen Hawking from 2015 to wit if we crossed into a black hole it would create a hologram. If Judge Judy becomes president one day we'll know.

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  13. From NPR: Another federal appeals court says Trump's travel ban has to stay on hold. At this point he's just trying to hammer a nail with his penis.

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    1. Golly, I hope not, he will get a concussion!

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  14. Funeral across the street today. I said to the Mrs. "I think it is old Mr X" She says "Where did you hear that"
    "Either the paper, or you told me" She said, "I don't think so, Mr X is alive as far as I'm concerned." So I got on the internet and found that Mr. X died two years ago. Alternate
    reality, or senile braind fart?

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  15. Everybody's dying and Keith and Mick are still walking the Earth. Dick Cheney too. I think he's gonna be cryogenically frozen then be president sometime after 2050.

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  16. Chris Christie's lawyer in Bridgegate, Christopher Wray, set to become the new FBI director. There's something I can't put my finger on.

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    1. Putting a fox in charge of the hen house?

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    2. Trump does things like that and then declares he's draining the swamp.

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  17. Caught a clip on YouTube. Geordie Rose the founder of D-Wave Quantum Computers and also jujitsu champion. He was talking to an investor group I think. Talked about parallel universes and the power of the D-Wave. I really don't want to get on this guy's bad side.

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    1. We sniff a bit of conspiracy theory...
      "built upon the research papers by Umesh Vazirani, a leading researcher on quantum complexity theory, who dismissed D-Wave’s claims of speedup as a misunderstanding of his work, and suggested that "even if it turns out to be a true quantum computer, and even if it could be scaled to thousands of qubits, it would likely not be more powerful than a cellphone". Us landline people are 'lost in civilization'.

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    2. There's alot of controversy over whether d-wave is a true quantum computer but CERN, Google, NASA and Lockheed Martin already have one and the CIA is very interested. Jealousy? So not only can Geordie kick your ass he can trap you in a parallel universe.

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    3. IMO, in the complex world of code-breaking, the qubit computer may have the greatest advantage:
      "Plekhanov explained that the first and most obvious military application for a modern, fully functional quantum computer is the capability to engage in near-instantaneous hacking into encrypted military servers, and those controlling the national infrastructure systems of the probably enemy. "In case of a military conflict, [having this capability] would give one side a huge advantage," So, it is not surprising that Geordie's
      main competitors are China Russia are
      into it. While the EU, England, Germany and Australia are also investing in their own versions,
      we note that N. Korea is working on a counter-quantum encryption to keep their secrets.

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    4. On a more mundane level can a d-wave find a cure for tinnitus?

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    5. If so, it would pay for itself.

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    6. Word is the d-wave has found a parallel reality where in GWTW Clark Gable says "frankly my dear I don't give a flying f**k." The alt-redditors are insisting he said "crap."

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  18. Rodman in North Korea again with his BFF.

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  19. In other Weird News the Cosby jury continues to deliberate. I guess at the heart can a groggy woman give at least partial consent?

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    1. Apparently ol Bill is a kind of Ezekial 23 guy?

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    2. Ezekiel 23:20. I wanna see Bill Hagee discuss it on Daystar.

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    3. Maybe with a veterinarian familiar with stallions?

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    4. I honestly think the translators of that passage were bored that day. What says Pope Francis?

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  20. The Comey testimony. Kind of a wet firecracker imo. This thread is already dated.

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  21. Is it time for the anti-Trump rhetoric to be dialed down a level in light of the shooting of GOP Rep. Scalise in VA? The anti-Republican shooter looked so normal. What says the Left? I've been kinda saying something like this was bound to happen.

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    1. I have another question. This shooter was a dyed-in-the-wool liberal, hardcore left and pro-Bernie Sanders so what was he doing with a GUN?

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    2. Precisely the same thing I thought.

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    3. According to news reports "The shooter, identified by the FBI as James T. Hodgkinson, had several encounters with local police in Illinois, including accusations of domestic abuse, drunken driving and shooting in the woods near his home with a 12-gauge shotgun." IMO possible a dyed-in-the-wool liberal,
      hard core left with an anger management problem.
      You're right; a liberal in a gun shop is like Cardinal Dolan in a whorehouse.

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    4. I mean what was his position on gun control up until this point? He looked so harmless and average up until this point with none of the usual Manson indicators.

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    5. Not the typical wild-eyed mass killer we are used to. Presumably something snapped. Be like if you
      announced you decided to become a Mormon.

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    6. Many people on the forums have noted in this particular time hatred, negativity and overall extremely crazy people have manifested. All we can do is blame CERN ya know?

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    7. Its all Einstein's fault? Hatred & negativity- you
      would think that would have been rampant back in WW2: but they were more laid back "Sighted Sub. Sank same. Some sight. Signed Sam" and the disoriented Brit patrol in the Cyrenician desert.
      "Where you lads at? Near as we can tell from the map, matey, we are at the second k in Duk Duk."
      In a way, most of our current problems and outlook
      arise from instant, and often anonymous communication..anybody says anything. To paraphrase an old saying, "from the mind of the sender to the mind of the receiver, without passing through either." Ever notice the older we get, the more we
      miss the old days?

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    8. Just reporting what people are saying and I agree somewhat there's alot of negative energy out there. I mean sure we've had many Republican presidents and many Democrat ones but I don't recall this level of anger over a general presidential election. A good part of it is irrational (I'm thinking more of the protestors) and sadly I think more incidents like this are likely to occur. The armed liberal? I might get mugged just so he can give to the poor.

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    9. Causative factors might include such close presidential elections the last few times, the badass blogs (Hello, Ms. Malin), big money and
      bad info saturating even local elections now and
      simple frustration: first the GOP when Obama was in
      power, the hated healthcare and national monuments,
      bureau of land etc, then the hated beginning of the
      Trump era, gutting healthcare, lowering taxes on rich, deregulation of banks, EPA. People on both
      sides have vested interests and to see them trampled is frustrating. My personal bias truncates
      my understanding of the hatred of progressive things, but there seem to be a lot. And no, congress
      will not get suddenly lovey; their big $$ handlers and their bases won't let them. Armed liberal: would that be like a Haight-Ashbury militia, maybe
      take over and squat on Giants Stadium,? For sure,
      we will continue to see firearms casualties among
      the innocent, wandering crazies, ax-grinders and general citizen mayhem. Meanwhile we frisk the daylghts out of Grandmas and newborns at every airport. How bright are we, anyhoo?

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    10. We presume Reddit already has conspiracy theories
      that the old guy was recruited by ISIS.

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    11. Reddit is a rough place these days, a kind of cyber version of the barroom brawl.

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  22. A brief review of current research at CERN doesn't show any alternative universe shifts, nor alternate realities. Although the antimatter stuff seems a bit
    sinister.

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    1. I don't accuse CERN of moving the organs around from what they were in the old Bruce Tegner karate books. Geographical changes - it's hard to keep up with all the latest mapmaking techniques. Geordie Rose kind of scares me though. He says it's pivotal to the progress of the human race to have ai machines that will outpace us in everything aka the Singularity. Perhaps one will run the country someday or be in charge of the UN.

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    2. Yeah, that is a scary concept. If AI outpaces humanity, it may replace it rather than be 'pivotal'
      to it's success. Imagine a bunch of fierce immoral
      robots in the Syrian desert answering to El Cubit
      DeWaver, head immoral robot. We move to fast, we humans.

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  23. I'm getting creepified at YT lately. I innocently go to my homepage today (tech and physics stuff lately) and a few vids fetched my eye. Supposed footage of planes hovering in midair and the claim it's the Antichrist performing his prophesied wonders. The Christian Brothers Effect?

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  24. Got an unusual Father's Day card from my
    microbiology professor daughter. Each semester, she introduces herself to the classes, said she got interested in science from her explosives chemist dad. All the students
    want to transfer to explosives chemistry. Kids love to blow
    things up, I guess.

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  25. Cancel your Cuba trip for tinnitus.

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  26. Should be a debunker's heaven but it's a new topic to me. So far the technical explanation is strong headwinds. Personally I've never seen it happen. Maybe you should call out sick that day.

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  27. Looks like a Cosby hung jury. What was he charged with? Is philandering a crime or a hobby?

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    1. So he has to be tried again? I think subconsciously maybe many jurors don't want to convict. Why did this all come to a head now when the purported acts allegedly happened years ago?

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    2. Put yourself in his shoes. Only he knows what happened but whatever happened happened years and years ago now all of a sudden out of the blue it's all come to a head apparently because some comedian made a joke about it and Gloria Allred got involved. This is not sympathy per se on my part but the overall motivation seems rather obscure, questionable. Even surreal.

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    3. If I put myself in his shoes, I'd feel like a dirty old man...and probably move to Timbuktu. Its kind of
      like all the Hillary investigations..the sharks gather. Could it be because gladiators in the arena
      aren't around for our edification any more?

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    4. Yes but the timing is very strange imo. These alleged acts happened when he was much younger so everyone decides to come out of the woodwork and pursue charges en masse when he is well into old age, dotage as Shakespeare might say. Dirty old manhood doesn't explain the timing so maybe the jury just wants to leave it there.

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    5. Then again the priest scandals came out years after the fact but that's a different animal imo. Maybe I should have started a Cosby post.

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    6. Cosby, priests, etc...admired men in power; a young
      woman (or boy) perhaps weighs the odds. Then, once the floodgate open, apre mois le deluge? IMO, old Cosby is the Bill Clinton of comedians, chasing skirts as a hobby. Now Don Knotts? I doubt it.

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    7. An elderly Cosby on trial for sexual assault, Donald Trump is president. We're living in strange times.

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    8. We've always lived in strange times. Now we have instant 24 hour news. Imagine in news teams had been following, even embedded with the frontier
      hunters that were wiping out millions of buffalo?
      Or when Henry VIII was executing wife after wife
      and taking over the Catholic Church in England?
      Strange times: ol George Bush is looking better and better...

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    9. I woke up with confusion on the brain this morning. Was there no statute of limitations in this case. The whole rationale of that is that after a certain amount of time everybody needs to get on with their lives. Can you still pursue a claim against a 95-year old Cosby? Is it open-ended? Is this one of them mandela effects?

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    10. Or to put another way all those women who accused him of the same thing but didn't feel strongly enough about it at the time to try to prove it in a criminal court...to me is like talkin' smack. May be true but others may see it as something else.

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  28. At 80, career ruined, he has probably been punished enough?

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  29. That's what I'm saying. If I were the prosecutor I'd go with that.

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  30. A provocative and strange case out of Massachusetts. 20-year old Michelle Carter was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in the suicide of then teen Conrad Roy III. She repeatedly texted him to kill himself and he did with carbon monoxide in his pickup truck. The ACLU has condemned the verdict as against free speech. I could make the case that many people "cause" (for lack of a better word) others to kill themselves. That's a murky subject but generally they're not prosecuted but in her case there was the explicit texting. Seems like a first of its kind case. Thoughts?

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    1. Free speech has it's darker side. If nothing else, IMO
      she would be guilty of stalking and harassment. Cyber
      bullying is the new tool for the old bully. As hard as it is to talk someone OUT of suicide, I would think
      her constant badgering, egging the poor guy on could be termed involuntary manslaughter. Never know where or what the ACLU is up to.

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    2. There's a pov called the philosophy of suicide (e.g. David Hume, Thomas Szasz) who basically saw nothing wrong with suicide but I even think they would have found her egging him on extremely problematic. No matter how you slice it she did wrong but remember the ACLU's philosophy can best be described as purist (think Nazis in Skokie). As I say though it opens up a very gray can. Say a depressed person is confiding in a friend and the friend basically says I'm fine with whatever you decide. A unique case and a uniquely right verdict imo.

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  31. The nonjury verdict seems somewhat justified but imo it opens up a hornet's nest of possible causal links in other cases. Say a woman with a known history of depression at work and colleagues make fun of her looks or weight or whatever and she later ends it all. Should those involved have been aware of possible cause-and-effect, were they overall indifferent etc.? Technology involved in the real-life case. Would this have happened without smartphones?

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    1. Not sure what the law says, but IMO right and wrong
      sometimes doesn't fit legal and illegal. I've seen picking on people in school, in the military and in business (and guess it probably goes on in religion as well). For the victim, the safety net, the support group, is replaced by the baseball bat and an ugly
      set of coworkers. Now: we have three cases in the last few posts- we are unsure about the law, pondering
      the morality and left to wonder- what does the Catholic Church say?

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    2. Seems there's an awful lot out there that is immoral but not illegal in the technical sense. Should an 80-year old Cosby be prosecuted in the first place? He wasn't an aging SS guard or crime captain. What about that texting girl? Come to think of it since she was convicted what about all those websites that cover suicide methods? Let's say she didn't text "get back in" but sent a link instead? Have we even thought these things out? Are judges going to define morality for us?

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  32. Weird dreams department. Woke up in the middle of the night all sweaty. I was in Army officer dress uniform and
    going over my notes for a lecture in an auditorium. Someone
    pointed out that while I had the pants and jacket with shiny
    buttons and insignia, I had no dress shirt and tie...just bare skin. People were offering clothing, women's blouses,
    flannel shirts...and then some guy had a superman T-shirt.
    ..and I woke up. Does REM stand for Ridiculous, Extra-dimensional Mania now?

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    1. Seels to me science doesn't say where or how we dream. Yeah they have maybe the brain regions mapped out but does some kind of filmscreen then descend on the backs of your eyelids? Some believe dreams are a portal, others say maybe the body's dmt causes them. John Bosco had a dream about Hell once and it's taken seriously by the Catholic Church. Dunno.

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    2. Thinking logically, in debunk mode it would seem that dreams serve some purpose. Otherwise, why have them? One theory that seems to have some merit is that dreaming recharges the brain by deleting some
      synapse and connections while reinforcing others.
      Say, your brain had minimal storage on the location
      of S. America. You dream about cronuts on one level
      while your S. America storage is cleared out. You
      wake up and learn on Reddit that S. America has move
      towards Africa. Still can't explain the superman
      t-shirt under the dress greens, unless it was a sequestered experience in the military.

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    3. Anatomy, geography...Redditors are having major battles about. Simplest explanation would be a different timestream, how nature works. Maybe 20 years hence it'll be an accepted part of science. Maybe we're under too much stress in our modern age. Buddhism teaches as one of its pillars that change is the rule not the exception.

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    4. PBS special on dreams said and it makes sense many dreams revolve around dilemmas, problematic situations that can happen in real-life. In other words it's a survival mechanism so if the real deal arrives you'll know how to handle it. Recurring dream of mine is finding a restroom in a public building. I hate that one.

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    5. It would seem there is some relation between sub conscious dreaming and drug induced hallucination.
      Both seem lucid, but neither is conscious reality.
      Take notes next time someone slips you a loaded coffee.

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    6. DMT which is naturally produced by the pineal gland. Ever have a dream so real like you actually lived it? You wake up angry at someone.

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    7. Some Redditors insist Froot Loops has been changing back to Fruit Loops. I had worked in a supermarket for many years and I still am in the food industry and I have NEVER seen this happen. When I'm in the store I go down the cereal aisle on purpose and have my phone all ready. I'm disappointed. I guess I'm not special;)

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    8. I woke up angry the other night. New neighbors out
      back partied in their back yard from 7PM until 5 AM.
      They are quite a ways over, but sound travels across
      a horse pasture just like over water and surplus beer amplifies a group's volume. I typically wake up happy and full of vigor. Which slowly goes to
      hell the rest of the day.

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    9. Just because a few Redditors live in an alternate universe doesn't mean the rest of us do. We all need a hobby and may they live long and prosper.

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    10. I hear the Fruit Loops universe is better.

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    11. Be glad you don't have tinnitus. That's the icing on the angst cake.

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    12. When the Reddites get to Cocoa Puffs, it has always been that way since they were introduced in 1958. But Datsun became Nissan in 1983. A bit confusing,
      the Purple Pill anti-heartburn medication was Prilosec until 2001, when the patent ran out and the Purple Pill name was switched to Nexium. Probably due to Alt-Reddit, Borland Software changed its name to Inprise in 1998, and back again to Borland in 2001. Tis all a bit frooty and loopy.

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    13. The only time I get that seriously alty feeling is when I see in the store those adult diapers June Allyson used to hawk on the tv.

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    14. According to Reddit "objects in mirror may be closer than they appear" never existed. The passenger mirror has always said "objects in mirror are closer than they appear." I would kinda shy away from using Reddit and Wikipedia as knowledge sources esp. with a term paper or dissertation.

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    15. IMO, Reddit and Wikipedia are structured differently: the former being a discussion of opinions and the latter being more like an encyclopedia. And yes, referencing either in a term
      paper is greatly frowned upon.

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    16. I wonder if the Wikipedia article on colonoscopy has changed last time I read it. Large intestine has 3 names: large intestine (apparently the least popular), the colon (more like the official term) and bowel which the British seem to prefer. Have we covered this before? Also are sigmoidoscopies even done anymore?

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    17. In deference to Wikipedia, I find it's plethora of
      references not only reassuring, but a source for
      further more detailed information. In contrast,
      Conservapedia simply states, 'Cuz God Says So"
      Am currently re-reading 'A World at Arms: A Global History of World War II' by Gerhard L. Weinberg.
      1200 pages and quite pithy. I loaned it to myself
      from my own library.

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    18. I have the Wikipedia app. It's good for getting a general overview of a subject but I wouldn't use it as the final word on a subject.

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    19. In case Reddit didn't cover it, but something to
      announced the next time you have a colonoscopy and want to impress the cameraman: there are eight common types of polyps that
      come in two forms or defined shapes, pedunculated and sessile. You heard it here. The attending physician will nod and put you to sleep.

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    20. I don't have any apps. Do I need one with just a
      simple PC? How do they work?

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    21. I don't know how to explain apps. You just do it. I asked my mgr. once "what are capers?" "Capers are capers."

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    22. Propofol - best sleep I ever had. I was annoyed when I woke up. "You're having a colonoscopy." "Who in hell are you?"

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    23. Hope you aren't considering Michael Jackson's sleep
      doctor.

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    24. For the price I paid for my colonoscopy what with the lab bills and the anaestheologist and the doc himself they should send every patient a free HD-quality color DVD of their procedure.

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