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2016-03-18 15:09:22 (59 comments; 2 reshares; 22 +1s)Open 

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2016/3/16/1502643/-i-m-done-forget-the-democrats-i-want-change

Most reshares: 101

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2016-04-07 20:36:50 (13 comments; 101 reshares; 40 +1s)Open 

5K words on the perfect boiled egg, thousands of eggs later, with lots of experiments, and the verdict is in: This is how you make perfect eggs.

No sticky bits, no dimples, easily peeled. 

No, I'm not telling you. Go read the eggscellent article. 

Most plusones: 68

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2016-03-24 05:36:23 (18 comments; 56 reshares; 68 +1s)Open 

I’m typing this on February 27, 2016. Today was my last day at Facebook. I turned in my badge and my laptop and I walked onto Willow Road with a flash drive containing the images you’ll see below.

Latest 50 posts

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2016-05-03 02:46:08 (0 comments; 2 reshares; 18 +1s)Open 

Indeed. As I've said before, if you follow "Bernie or Bust", you're the equivalent of a three year old who'd rather destroy everything than share toys with others. (Same goes of course for the "Hillary or noone" folk.)

I was going to flame some jackass in a thread here on G+, but I decided to do it as a rant right here instead.

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As an early and ardent Sanders supporter, the whole "Bernie Or Bust" mentality seems utterly stupid. Divisive and stupid. Not vote? Stupid. Stupid, stupid stupid.. Vote for Trump instead of Hillary? Supremely stupid. Hang yourself first. I have some rope you can borrow, too.

Me, I think Sanders still has a chance, as long as we California Sanderista can get and keep our ducks in order. Many seem to have taken their eyes off the prize because they're too damned thin-skinned, like they were expecting softball play in what is essentially a hardball game. Put your protective gear on and get out on the field. Time to join the Big Leagues. If you're not already walking precincts and working phone banks, you're missing out on a great opportunity to try to build the kind of future that you're hoping for. Win or lose, you can at least say you tried.

What is it we want to accomplish? Taking the country in a different direction than it has been for the past four decades, or just seeing your Own Personal Savior in the White House? The latter seems pretty cultish, don't you think? We're talking a long game here, not some magical change that's going to miraculously occur when St. Bernie of the Birds fulfills some prophecy people have created in their heads. Voting down ticket to get the RWNJs out of local government and getting more Dems into both Houses is of utmost importance this election, regardless of who the Democratic nominee is; and this is especially more so during future midterms, when most voters on our side can't even seem to make it to the polls. Why do you think the GOP was so successful in stymying President Obama's efforts anyway? Because every liberal non-vote is a vote for the conservative candidate. By not showing up down-ticket and in the midterms, we are responsible for filling the House and Senate with Republican jerks.
Focus, people, focus. Get the vote out.

And frankly, hearing other Sanderistas calling people things like turncoats, brainwashed, and delusional isn't winning any points in my book. They come off sounding like paid GOP Trolls playing Divide and Conquer with our side. Or maybe they're the type of ideological purists that Heller warned about. I can't wait til those folks start purging the "unfaithful" from Sanders' ranks.

The man's message is "Not me, US," remember?

I've seen this "Left Eats Its Children" nonsense far too many times before. It gave us Nixon, Reagan and Bush II. You folks seriously want to go around that block again? Seriously? And you're calling other people delusional because they cite polls and facts? Oh, right, it's us being turncoats, delusional, or brainwashed by the MSM.

Get a grip. Start working toward some political solidarity. Help us build the kind of consensus that can't be stopped or divided. For that you need earn and create long-term allies. Not more enemies.

 And don't even try to argue with me about my opinion. For all I care, you can go pound sand. Block button is my Mjölnir, and I'm like Thor at the ready.
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https://twitter.com/Kalarlis/status/709462033918341121___Indeed. As I've said before, if you follow "Bernie or Bust", you're the equivalent of a three year old who'd rather destroy everything than share toys with others. (Same goes of course for the "Hillary or noone" folk.)

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2016-05-02 21:10:24 (1 comments; 3 reshares; 11 +1s)Open 

It's been nearly 50 years since Stonewall.

How far we have come, and how far we haven't moved at all.

As a lesbian, I'm now legally recognized in my marriage, my wife and kid are on my VA benefits. Those are huge moves forward in progress.

But we have always left out our trans brothers and sisters. They're even left out of the official history of Stonewall in many places. http://www.civilrights.org/archives/2009/06/449-stonewall.html doesn't even once make note of the law that started the riots. Every word referring to the movement is gay. Trans doesn't even make an appearance (neither does lesbian, but yeah.)

There was a law in place that reminds me of today's bathroom bullshit. Under NY law at the time, every person had to be wearing at least 3 pieces of "sex correct clothing". It was that law that led police to raid the... more »

It's been nearly 50 years since Stonewall.

How far we have come, and how far we haven't moved at all.

As a lesbian, I'm now legally recognized in my marriage, my wife and kid are on my VA benefits. Those are huge moves forward in progress.

But we have always left out our trans brothers and sisters. They're even left out of the official history of Stonewall in many places. http://www.civilrights.org/archives/2009/06/449-stonewall.html doesn't even once make note of the law that started the riots. Every word referring to the movement is gay. Trans doesn't even make an appearance (neither does lesbian, but yeah.)

There was a law in place that reminds me of today's bathroom bullshit. Under NY law at the time, every person had to be wearing at least 3 pieces of "sex correct clothing". It was that law that led police to raid the bars.

The trans men and women (back then just called butches and drag queens) were the main targets. They would be arrested, jailed, and intentionally punitively raped by police or put into cells with those the police knew would sexually abuse them. They suffered every day, knowing a single whim from a police officer could result in their beating and rape at any time.

Stonewall started like any other raid. The butches and queens were arrested, handcuffed, and brought outside to await transportation to jail. By all accounts, those are the people who finally decided enough was enough. Some accounts have the first person fighting back as a butch, some as a trans woman, but most gay men and lesbians didn't join in until the second day.

That first day, it was the trans people fighting back who began the liberation of all of us. But when push came to shove, groups like HRC turned their back on our trans allies over and over.

I'm a woman, but even at this moment I wouldn't pass the 3 items of clothing requirement. I get looked at questioningly in women's restrooms. I get called Sir on a daily basis.

This fight isn't just about our trans friends and allies, it's about righting the wrongs we have done them for the last 50 years. Let's make sure everyone knows the history, knows who the real heroes and heroines are in this fight. ___

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2016-05-02 19:40:23 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 11 +1s)Open 

Written last month. Still applicable, IMO.

Although I think that down-ticket is actually more important than upticket. Consider a lot of the crap going on right now -- these are at local and state levels! If you don't want to vote for Clinton, then vote Green (Stein), write in Sanders, or leave the top ticket empty, and vote the rest of the ticket.

I mean, it sure as hell isn't the presidential office setting up all these trans-hate bathroom bills. It sure as hell isn't the administration putting up the NYPD to all kinds of illegal searches. It sure as hell isn't the president telling Arizona to stomp all over its polling infrastructure...

Now, in my experience people, even nice and liberal ones, often really hate being checked on their privilege. If this makes you mad, then you might wanna think about that.

But like the people who... more »

Written last month. Still applicable, IMO.

Although I think that down-ticket is actually more important than upticket. Consider a lot of the crap going on right now -- these are at local and state levels! If you don't want to vote for Clinton, then vote Green (Stein), write in Sanders, or leave the top ticket empty, and vote the rest of the ticket.

I mean, it sure as hell isn't the presidential office setting up all these trans-hate bathroom bills. It sure as hell isn't the administration putting up the NYPD to all kinds of illegal searches. It sure as hell isn't the president telling Arizona to stomp all over its polling infrastructure...

Now, in my experience people, even nice and liberal ones, often really hate being checked on their privilege. If this makes you mad, then you might wanna think about that.

But like the people who voted for Ralph Nader in 2000 in protest at Al Gore, Bernie-or-nobody voters are making a decision with implications that go far beyond their narrow frame of reference. [...]

[H]ad George W Bush never been elected, thousands of Americans would have never died in the Iraq war, not to mention many thousands more Iraqis. Then there is the matter of Hurricane Katrina, in which a natural disaster turned into a man-made catastrophe due to the incompetence of the Bush administration and their total lack of regard for the lives of poor black people in New Orleans.

Yes, affluent, mostly white progressives survived the last Republican regime, but those who literally cannot afford to act as piously as y’all suffered. I have critiqued the Obama administration, but to act as though he has not been an agent of change – and that Hillary Clinton wouldn’t do more good than Donald Trump – is to dance with delusion. Had many of these voters supported the Democrats in the non-presidential election years, Obama would’ve been able to promote an even more progressive agenda.

People who refuse to vote for a less-favored Democrat on principle are just punishing a second constituency unlikely to vote: those who know very little about the power they yield because they are so marginalized they feel their say doesn’t matter.

Not only that, but this refusal to vote rewards an even smaller constituency: the rabid rightwingers/teapartiers/fundamentalists and generally hate filled people with a power all of proportion to their numbers.
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2016-04-27 20:22:12 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 7 +1s)Open 

#TrumpSux ? What are you, three?

I'm so glad we have kindergardeners vying for a chance to be President if the US.

Edit: Possibly satire. See mispelings. And 2-Oh-1-6. Sadly, entirely believable satire.

#TrumpSux ? What are you, three?

I'm so glad we have kindergardeners vying for a chance to be President if the US.

Edit: Possibly satire. See mispelings. And 2-Oh-1-6. Sadly, entirely believable satire.___

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2016-04-27 19:38:19 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s)Open 

I... wut...

In the "weird, even if you assume high levels of ambient weird" files, we bring you: An automated tongue that allows licking anime characters on screen. 

Because the world needed that.

(Liberated from a private share - please let me know if you'd like to be credited)

I... wut...

In the "weird, even if you assume high levels of ambient weird" files, we bring you: An automated tongue that allows licking anime characters on screen. 

Because the world needed that.

(Liberated from a private share - please let me know if you'd like to be credited)___

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2016-04-22 21:36:59 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 30 +1s)Open 

Coloring.
http://maximumble.thebookofbiff.com/2016/04/21/1317-coloring/

Coloring.
http://maximumble.thebookofbiff.com/2016/04/21/1317-coloring/___

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2016-04-22 18:58:00 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 12 +1s)Open 

That's pretty darn cool. Go Trojan! 

(Not Trojans, though. Bruins FTW!)

That's pretty darn cool. Go Trojan! 

(Not Trojans, though. Bruins FTW!)___

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2016-04-22 02:29:54 (3 comments; 2 reshares; 59 +1s)Open 

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2016-04-19 15:07:56 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 9 +1s)Open 

Mostly, Sanders pretended to accuse Clinton. Unless his lawyers completely forgot that campaign finance is regulated by the FEC, not the DNC.

And oddly, 15 minutes after the press release on this, he starts fundraising off it.

I used to think he might actually truly be different, but turns out he's exactly the same as other politicians. And in that case, I prefer experience.

___Mostly, Sanders pretended to accuse Clinton. Unless his lawyers completely forgot that campaign finance is regulated by the FEC, not the DNC.

And oddly, 15 minutes after the press release on this, he starts fundraising off it.

I used to think he might actually truly be different, but turns out he's exactly the same as other politicians. And in that case, I prefer experience.

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2016-04-17 18:09:45 (13 comments; 1 reshares; 24 +1s)Open 

Conversely - if you're sick and tired of working for idiots like Alex St. John, keep in mind there are plenty of places that will pay you what you're actually worth.

Do come work there, keep your sanity and health. Maybe make fun games in your spare time, instead of working on something just to pay the bills.

Or, if games are truly your life, find a sane games company. There are plenty. I had the pleasure of working with some of them.

Just avoid the idiots wielding crunch as a badge of honor.

“You need to get an actual job producing productivity software if you want to be paid ‘fairly’ and go home at 5 pm,” St. John writes. “Anybody good enough to get hired to write games can get paid more to work on something else. If working on a game for 80 hours a week for months at a time seems ‘strenuous’ to you … practice more until you’re better at it. Making games is not a job, pushing a mouse is not a hardship, it’s the most amazing opportunity you can possibly get paid to pursue … start believing it, and you’ll discover that you are even better at it.”

Wow.___Conversely - if you're sick and tired of working for idiots like Alex St. John, keep in mind there are plenty of places that will pay you what you're actually worth.

Do come work there, keep your sanity and health. Maybe make fun games in your spare time, instead of working on something just to pay the bills.

Or, if games are truly your life, find a sane games company. There are plenty. I had the pleasure of working with some of them.

Just avoid the idiots wielding crunch as a badge of honor.

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2016-04-17 03:28:38 (16 comments; 0 reshares; 22 +1s)Open 

It turns out people are uncertain about very different things :)

Also: not really, it's dicey and I wouldn't risk it, no. 

It turns out people are uncertain about very different things :)

Also: not really, it's dicey and I wouldn't risk it, no. ___

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2016-04-15 18:49:53 (14 comments; 0 reshares; 16 +1s)Open 

All aboard the Nope Train!

___All aboard the Nope Train!

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2016-04-15 15:54:28 (4 comments; 2 reshares; 6 +1s)Open 

according to one report, Silva's back passage contained "two mobile phones, two batteries, pliers, two drills, eight pieces of a hacksaw, five nails and three SIM cards".

And a partridge in a pear tree.

This, of course, is only about the evil inmates. The fact that private greed exploits prisoners by charging a fortune for phone calls has nothing to do with it. 

according to one report, Silva's back passage contained "two mobile phones, two batteries, pliers, two drills, eight pieces of a hacksaw, five nails and three SIM cards".

And a partridge in a pear tree.

This, of course, is only about the evil inmates. The fact that private greed exploits prisoners by charging a fortune for phone calls has nothing to do with it. ___

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2016-04-14 16:15:17 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 15 +1s)Open 

Really? This matters?

Last time we elected a village idiot because people could imagine having a beer with him. Having learned nothing, we now get really excited about handshakes.

How about we look at actual policies? Probably asking too much.

You can tell about a man by his handshake.. Bernie didn't even low down to make sure his hand position was correct. #FeeltheBern
___Really? This matters?

Last time we elected a village idiot because people could imagine having a beer with him. Having learned nothing, we now get really excited about handshakes.

How about we look at actual policies? Probably asking too much.

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2016-04-14 13:23:28 (12 comments; 1 reshares; 42 +1s)Open 

And all over the Internets, internet tough guys are complaining, wondering why "we" didn't shoot them down.

Let's quote somebody who actually was in the Navy and commanded a ship, shall we: "You don’t get to kill people just because they’re being annoying."

I know that's a difficult concept, but maybe worth considering. 

And all over the Internets, internet tough guys are complaining, wondering why "we" didn't shoot them down.

Let's quote somebody who actually was in the Navy and commanded a ship, shall we: "You don’t get to kill people just because they’re being annoying."

I know that's a difficult concept, but maybe worth considering. ___

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2016-04-13 20:17:02 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s)Open 

“What happened in Flint would never have happened in a wealthy, white suburb of Detroit.” —Hillary (10:10 AM - 13 Apr 2016)

(I really wish shares of tweets would include the tweet text.)

The responses don't make sense. I particularly liked the juxtaposition of "BernieSaidItFirst" with "there ya go, play the BS race card. Create more false hate and division".

Well, which is it? (I note the Republican logo on one of these :-P)

And another nonsensical one: " Yup, Clinton will just continue what Obama left off." Umh, what?

I, for one, am more than happy to see both Dem candidates say that Flint is unacceptable. Particularly when the Republicans keep backing away from that one.

It's also worth noting that if you search on twitter regarding Sanders & Flint or Clinton & Flint, both candidates areaccus... more »

“What happened in Flint would never have happened in a wealthy, white suburb of Detroit.” —Hillary (10:10 AM - 13 Apr 2016)

(I really wish shares of tweets would include the tweet text.)

The responses don't make sense. I particularly liked the juxtaposition of "BernieSaidItFirst" with "there ya go, play the BS race card. Create more false hate and division".

Well, which is it? (I note the Republican logo on one of these :-P)

And another nonsensical one: " Yup, Clinton will just continue what Obama left off." Umh, what?

I, for one, am more than happy to see both Dem candidates say that Flint is unacceptable. Particularly when the Republicans keep backing away from that one.

It's also worth noting that if you search on twitter regarding Sanders & Flint or Clinton & Flint, both candidates are accused of making political hay of Flint, of using it as a prop, while the other candidate is actually investing time & effort to help them out. It's really quite eye opening to see this all over the map.___

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2016-04-13 19:48:44 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s)Open 

Exactly this. 

Exactly this. ___

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2016-04-13 04:51:40 (2 comments; 1 reshares; 22 +1s)Open 

Extra funny for victims of skeletal animation systems

Extra funny for victims of skeletal animation systems___

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2016-04-13 04:41:45 (6 comments; 6 reshares; 22 +1s)Open 

Next up - AI Wars. Like Core Wars, but with neural nets. (If you don't know Core Wars, please read up on it. Your life will be richer for it. Or you'll find a new time sink. Something)

Also - this is fun. :)___Next up - AI Wars. Like Core Wars, but with neural nets. (If you don't know Core Wars, please read up on it. Your life will be richer for it. Or you'll find a new time sink. Something)

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2016-04-13 04:28:25 (15 comments; 1 reshares; 32 +1s)Open 

Because neither greed nor prejudice are great foundations for rationality.

Waiting for the next release of "Cognitive dissonance and the Philosoraptors", my new favorite band.

___Because neither greed nor prejudice are great foundations for rationality.

Waiting for the next release of "Cognitive dissonance and the Philosoraptors", my new favorite band.

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2016-04-13 02:09:38 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 24 +1s)Open 

Awe

Awe___

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2016-04-10 23:24:05 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 13 +1s)Open 

But tell me more about how sexism is totally not an issue in politics.

___But tell me more about how sexism is totally not an issue in politics.

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2016-04-09 17:57:14 (13 comments; 2 reshares; 11 +1s)Open 

Artisanal Pepsi blends. Sure. Why not.

Pepsi tested it to be in the "top 10% soda improvements" of the last decade or so. If only they stopped for a moment to remember what those "improvements" were.

Oh well. It's the drink for the discerning soda drinker. Whoever that is. 

Artisanal Pepsi blends. Sure. Why not.

Pepsi tested it to be in the "top 10% soda improvements" of the last decade or so. If only they stopped for a moment to remember what those "improvements" were.

Oh well. It's the drink for the discerning soda drinker. Whoever that is. ___

2016-04-09 16:57:26 (4 comments; 0 reshares; 23 +1s)Open 

Hearing a bit too much conspiracy theory lately, i propose Occam's spa - where reality gets a makeover, and reason takes a bath.



Hearing a bit too much conspiracy theory lately, i propose Occam's spa - where reality gets a makeover, and reason takes a bath.

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2016-04-08 18:58:58 (6 comments; 1 reshares; 22 +1s)Open 

Wherein the secret of good portrait photography is given away once and for all.

Really. Have a session with a good portrait photog, and there's a good chance that a) they'll offer you a glass of wine, and b) they'll really encourage you to play and have fun.

We're all sticks in the mud in normal state, it seems.

This is fun.___Wherein the secret of good portrait photography is given away once and for all.

Really. Have a session with a good portrait photog, and there's a good chance that a) they'll offer you a glass of wine, and b) they'll really encourage you to play and have fun.

We're all sticks in the mud in normal state, it seems.

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2016-04-08 15:48:49 (2 comments; 5 reshares; 22 +1s)Open 

An interesting approach to substantiating claims that Hollywood skews white male. Yes, nobody is exactly surprised by the outcome of the analysis (hint: Hollywood skews white, male, and is ageist towards women).

But it's actual data that you can slice and dice. Looking for a film with 100% female dialog? Done. (There's a total of 4 in that dataset.) Always knew that Mulan got the short end of the dialog stick? Here's the proof.

For the lovers of data:

"Lately, Hollywood has been taking so much shit for rampant sexism and racism. The prevailing theme: white men dominate movie roles.

But it’s all rhetoric and no data, which gets us nowhere in terms of having an informed discussion. How many movies are actually about men? What changes by genre, era, or box-office revenue? What circumstances generate more diversity?

To begin answering these questions, we Googled our way to 8,000 screenplays and matched each character’s lines to an actor. From there, we compiled the number of lines for male and female characters across roughly 2,000 films, arguably the largest undertaking of script analysis, ever."

http://polygraph.cool/films/___An interesting approach to substantiating claims that Hollywood skews white male. Yes, nobody is exactly surprised by the outcome of the analysis (hint: Hollywood skews white, male, and is ageist towards women).

But it's actual data that you can slice and dice. Looking for a film with 100% female dialog? Done. (There's a total of 4 in that dataset.) Always knew that Mulan got the short end of the dialog stick? Here's the proof.

2016-04-07 20:55:58 (5 comments; 11 reshares; 33 +1s)Open 

I've recently once more heard the GOP candidates on torture, and how it's necessary to get crucial info to keep us safe. Since I consider their proposals entirely atrocious, worthy of at best a horrible dictatorship, I thought I'd compare a bit.

Especially with what naively springs to mind as one of the more evil regimes of recent history - the Nazis. So, the search for the most efficient Nazi interrogator was on. And surprisingly easy. (Really. Just search "most effective nazi interrogator", and a boatload of info pops up)

The guy's name? Hanns Scharff. Working for the Luftwaffe, was extraordinarily efficient, and extracted so much info that he was also pulled in to interview many of the most important prisoners in other branches. He was so effective, one prisoner quipped "He could get a confession of infidelity from a nun".

Clearly, that... more »

I've recently once more heard the GOP candidates on torture, and how it's necessary to get crucial info to keep us safe. Since I consider their proposals entirely atrocious, worthy of at best a horrible dictatorship, I thought I'd compare a bit.

Especially with what naively springs to mind as one of the more evil regimes of recent history - the Nazis. So, the search for the most efficient Nazi interrogator was on. And surprisingly easy. (Really. Just search "most effective nazi interrogator", and a boatload of info pops up)

The guy's name? Hanns Scharff. Working for the Luftwaffe, was extraordinarily efficient, and extracted so much info that he was also pulled in to interview many of the most important prisoners in other branches. He was so effective, one prisoner quipped "He could get a confession of infidelity from a nun".

Clearly, that man must've been a beast, right? Waterboarding would've been a warm-up, if you go with the GOP candidates?

Well, actually, no. He never used physical violence. He established such excellent rapport with his prisoners that many invited them over to their homes in the States once the war was over. He saved at least six POWs from being executed by actively searching for information to get them out of the SS's claws. He took pilots to outings to German airfields (and got one of them the opportunity to test-fly a BF109!)

He was so close to them, at some point he was investigated by the Luftwaffe. And he left such a lasting mark, that in the 80's, there was a banquet honoring him with attendees like Gens. Doolittle & LeMay, and several Air Force aces.

And yet, he obtained significantly more info than any other interrogator. More than 90% of the POWs he interviewed revealed crucial military secrets.

But tell me more about how waterboarding is needed, and how you'd authorize even more extreme techniques.___

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2016-04-07 20:36:50 (13 comments; 101 reshares; 40 +1s)Open 

5K words on the perfect boiled egg, thousands of eggs later, with lots of experiments, and the verdict is in: This is how you make perfect eggs.

No sticky bits, no dimples, easily peeled. 

No, I'm not telling you. Go read the eggscellent article. 

5K words on the perfect boiled egg, thousands of eggs later, with lots of experiments, and the verdict is in: This is how you make perfect eggs.

No sticky bits, no dimples, easily peeled. 

No, I'm not telling you. Go read the eggscellent article. ___

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2016-04-07 14:07:03 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s)Open 

Yeah, the price is ludicrous. But mostly for the picture. More IBM songs here: https://www-03.ibm.com/ibm/history/exhibits/music/pdf/SB1.pdf

Yeah, the price is ludicrous. But mostly for the picture. More IBM songs here: https://www-03.ibm.com/ibm/history/exhibits/music/pdf/SB1.pdf___

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2016-04-06 19:57:37 (21 comments; 3 reshares; 43 +1s)Open 

It's a lovely thought, isn't it? Would it actually work? There are two answers to that question. 

One is the simplistic one, just doing the math:

There are 1.4B people in extreme poverty, which is defined as less than $1.25/day. The mean income for people in extreme poverty is $0.87/day.

Assuming we just want to lift people just above extreme poverty ($1.26/day), we need $0.39 per person and day. $0.39*365*1.4B = $200B/year.

Hey, that's 12%, but we've solved it!

Here's where the complicated second part comes in.

First, this is a static fix. Even with the tiniest bit of inflation, the poverty lines shift. So we'll need to increase that spending with inflation. But let's assume military spending also increases with inflation, so that might be safe.

Second, it's not a structural fix - we've now... more »

Stop war, end poverty___It's a lovely thought, isn't it? Would it actually work? There are two answers to that question. 

One is the simplistic one, just doing the math:

There are 1.4B people in extreme poverty, which is defined as less than $1.25/day. The mean income for people in extreme poverty is $0.87/day.

Assuming we just want to lift people just above extreme poverty ($1.26/day), we need $0.39 per person and day. $0.39*365*1.4B = $200B/year.

Hey, that's 12%, but we've solved it!

Here's where the complicated second part comes in.

First, this is a static fix. Even with the tiniest bit of inflation, the poverty lines shift. So we'll need to increase that spending with inflation. But let's assume military spending also increases with inflation, so that might be safe.

Second, it's not a structural fix - we've now made 1.4B people depend on a different source of income. Which means we need to maintain a tax base to pay for that. It's not a one-time effort.

Third, poverty is actually tied to many factors - education, weather, gender, health,... If we don't address these imbalances, we don't actually solve the problem because people won't ever be able to get beyond the base level.

Fourth, population growth - it usually is disparately big for poorer people. That'll factor in there, in the long run.

Fifth, quality of life - if you just end extreme poverty, people will still have an atrocious standard of life. And without the structural fixes mentioned above - which would allow a raised standard of living - we haven't achieved much.

Sixth, like it or not, reducing spending on the military has economic impact. It'll, realistically, mean 10% layoffs (at least).

Seventh, a large part of poverty is restricted mobility. You're poor because you had the bad luck to be born into a shitty situation/place. Again, that requires structural fixes - to either make your place better, or to increase mobility.

Eighth, it's exactly easy to distribute that money to 1.4B people. There's a cost for that, as well.

None of these are reasons why we shouldn't reduce military spending. Or why we shouldn't work to address poverty.

But the solution to ending poverty is much more complicated than a simple meme might suggest. And it'll be much more work than just handing over a bunch of free money.

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2016-04-05 17:12:20 (12 comments; 1 reshares; 15 +1s)Open 

To be clear - given the source, I don't believe a word. But it serves to underscore the ridiculousness of this election that you probably at least did a double take. P

I swear, if Trump and Cruz agreed to a naked mud wrestling match, it would at best register as mild surprise. And I'd fully expect Kasich to steal their clothes and run away. With Yakety Yak playing in the background.

___To be clear - given the source, I don't believe a word. But it serves to underscore the ridiculousness of this election that you probably at least did a double take. P

I swear, if Trump and Cruz agreed to a naked mud wrestling match, it would at best register as mild surprise. And I'd fully expect Kasich to steal their clothes and run away. With Yakety Yak playing in the background.

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2016-04-05 16:54:23 (14 comments; 3 reshares; 13 +1s)Open 

Repeating, so maybe it sinks in.

The Sanders’ movement is driven by men in more ways than one. For example, individual donations for Bernie pull from male wallets at twice the number and amount when compared to those from women — across all donation levels above $200 (data is not collected on individual donations under that amount). Hillary Clinton’s meanwhile are allocated more evenly between women and men. The Sanders’ campaign also employs more men (142 to 102 women) and is stacked heavily at the top by males, with the ten highest paying jobs going to men. In contrast, Clinton’s campaign employs more women (324 to 202), with the highest paying positions more equitably distributed between men (6) and women (4).

Many similarities exist between Sanders’ support base and those of the Occupy Wall Street movement, and it seems that some lessons could be learned from understanding the ways in which the Occupy demographic affected how the movement as a whole was organized: “though the movement had no official leaders, those who represented Occupy Wall Street in the public sphere were often white, male and highly educated,” in the end “recreating a lot of racist, sexist, classist structures.”

And then:

What does it mean that the choice between Hillary and Bernie exists within our racist, sexist, capitalist system? Lauren Besser asks in “Had Bernie Been Bernadette-The Heartbreaking Truth about American Patriarchy.” For one, it means that white, masculine spaces will dominate unless they are interrupted; it means that Hillary will always bear the brunt of her gender in a game rigged to delegitimize and exclude her and her supporters. It means that we will see an increase in intimidation tactics such as those we are now witnessing in the growing number of Bernie voters who claim that they will refuse to vote for Clinton in the general election — tactics that are condoned, encouraged even, by commentators and fellow supporters as principled and just. Yet no equivalent exists on the Clinton side because there isn’t any; the majority of her supporters would vote for Sanders rather than take down their friends, families, and neighbors with the election of Trump or Cruz. Melissa Hillman asks: “How protected from the consequences of a Trump presidency do you need to be to think your hatred of Clinton constitutes... an “inviolable principle,” meaning that it’s more important than the lives of vulnerable Americans?”

Yup.
(bolds mine)___Repeating, so maybe it sinks in.

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2016-04-01 16:21:19 (8 comments; 0 reshares; 23 +1s)Open 

Tired of April 1st, Sanders/Clinton shit throwers, Trump idiocy, global warming deniers, antivaxxers, young earth idiots, GamerGators, and assorted stupidity?

Don't despair. Have a Barbie car. Only in LA.



Tired of April 1st, Sanders/Clinton shit throwers, Trump idiocy, global warming deniers, antivaxxers, young earth idiots, GamerGators, and assorted stupidity?

Don't despair. Have a Barbie car. Only in LA.

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2016-03-31 16:07:29 (2 comments; 4 reshares; 16 +1s)Open 

This is well explained, I think. I keep trying to figure out how to say just about exactly this, and here The Ferrett has done it: http://theferrett.livejournal.com/2052472.html

This is well explained, I think. I keep trying to figure out how to say just about exactly this, and here The Ferrett has done it: http://theferrett.livejournal.com/2052472.html___

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2016-03-29 00:29:38 (11 comments; 0 reshares; 15 +1s)Open 

"Sanders has no clear path to nomination" ==> "POLLS MEAN NOTHING".

"Some polls show Sanders might do better in the general" ==> "POLLS MEAN EVERYTHING".

(Apply reverse reasoning for Clintonistas)

Are you all completely nuts? Or is it only this cycle?

___"Sanders has no clear path to nomination" ==> "POLLS MEAN NOTHING".

"Some polls show Sanders might do better in the general" ==> "POLLS MEAN EVERYTHING".

(Apply reverse reasoning for Clintonistas)

Are you all completely nuts? Or is it only this cycle?

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2016-03-24 23:24:57 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 27 +1s)Open 

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2016-03-24 05:36:23 (18 comments; 56 reshares; 68 +1s)Open 

I’m typing this on February 27, 2016. Today was my last day at Facebook. I turned in my badge and my laptop and I walked onto Willow Road with a flash drive containing the images you’ll see below.

I’m typing this on February 27, 2016. Today was my last day at Facebook. I turned in my badge and my laptop and I walked onto Willow Road with a flash drive containing the images you’ll see below.___

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2016-03-18 15:09:22 (59 comments; 2 reshares; 22 +1s)Open 

And that is what it looks like if three year olds throw a tantrum about taking their toys home.

Yes, you could argue "enough is enough, and it's time for a revolution". In which case, I'd suggest getting out of the keyboard seat and into the revolution business.

Pouting and staying on the couch to punish the system certainly won't work.

Of course, productive contributions would be a better idea - you running for a local seat? No? Why not? Most local races are uncontested. Don't complain about "the system" if you're not willing to change it.

And if you really truly think it's all horrible, and collapsing things via a Trump presidency would be a good idea? At the very least have the guts to say so, and vote Trump.

Not voting is merely trying to pretend it's not your fault. Guess what - it still is. But... more »

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2016/3/16/1502643/-i-m-done-forget-the-democrats-i-want-change___And that is what it looks like if three year olds throw a tantrum about taking their toys home.

Yes, you could argue "enough is enough, and it's time for a revolution". In which case, I'd suggest getting out of the keyboard seat and into the revolution business.

Pouting and staying on the couch to punish the system certainly won't work.

Of course, productive contributions would be a better idea - you running for a local seat? No? Why not? Most local races are uncontested. Don't complain about "the system" if you're not willing to change it.

And if you really truly think it's all horrible, and collapsing things via a Trump presidency would be a good idea? At the very least have the guts to say so, and vote Trump.

Not voting is merely trying to pretend it's not your fault. Guess what - it still is. But you didn't even have the courage to stand by what you believe.

It's the same as the three year old who's best friends again come next play session.

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2016-03-15 00:46:55 (14 comments; 4 reshares; 33 +1s)Open 

Hm. I wonder what you could call it... How about "Schutzstaffel"? (Which is, literally, a protection squad)

We could give them nice little armbands in bright colors. And brown shirts, to offset that color.

In case you're wondering, the next step is forming the equivalent on the left, street fights, and the culmination of the whole thing in a giant terrorist act that just requires a strong man to stand up and take the reigns.

We've literally seen that movie before. I'm flabbergasted that there seems to be a large number of Americans interested in playing it out.

You might want to rewatch the ending of the previous one. It didn't end well for anybody. 

Hm. I wonder what you could call it... How about "Schutzstaffel"? (Which is, literally, a protection squad)

We could give them nice little armbands in bright colors. And brown shirts, to offset that color.

In case you're wondering, the next step is forming the equivalent on the left, street fights, and the culmination of the whole thing in a giant terrorist act that just requires a strong man to stand up and take the reigns.

We've literally seen that movie before. I'm flabbergasted that there seems to be a large number of Americans interested in playing it out.

You might want to rewatch the ending of the previous one. It didn't end well for anybody. ___

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2016-03-11 22:10:59 (8 comments; 0 reshares; 9 +1s)Open 

To absolutely nobody's surprise...

An experiment in (failed) attempts to scare off suitors.
She: "CAN I PULL OUT ONE OF UR TEETH. JUST ONE."
Them: "Come pull it out then when r u down tonight?"___To absolutely nobody's surprise...

2016-03-09 05:45:48 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s)Open 

Hey! Rachel has another question! Well, two actually. Or a two-parter, really. One generic, one specific...

Let's assume you have at least a somewhat passing interest in philosophy and the human condition, and just who the hell we are... As you start out, you explore a lot of different directions. (I probably spent my entire teens exploring beliefs that would upset the greatest amount of people in the shortest possible amount of time ;)

But at some point in your life, a few decades in it seems, it looks like you arrive at a set of basic beliefs and principles that seem thoroughly sound to you.

They've stood you in good graces, they've endured the test of time, and they seem to hold true.

Here's where the first question comes in: What do you do now? Do you explore those in more depth, trying to deepen your understanding? Do you instead explore other... more »

Hey! Rachel has another question! Well, two actually. Or a two-parter, really. One generic, one specific...

Let's assume you have at least a somewhat passing interest in philosophy and the human condition, and just who the hell we are... As you start out, you explore a lot of different directions. (I probably spent my entire teens exploring beliefs that would upset the greatest amount of people in the shortest possible amount of time ;)

But at some point in your life, a few decades in it seems, it looks like you arrive at a set of basic beliefs and principles that seem thoroughly sound to you.

They've stood you in good graces, they've endured the test of time, and they seem to hold true.

Here's where the first question comes in: What do you do now? Do you explore those in more depth, trying to deepen your understanding? Do you instead explore other beliefs that might contradict what you hold dear, assuming that you probably haven't yet arrived at the full truth?

If you pick "explore", how do you pick the ones you look at? And if you pick "depth", which direction do you go spelunking through the mind?

And now on to question number two: Given your answer to the first part, and that my personal belief system is an odd mix of Stoicism, Epicureanism, and Existentialism - which direction should I head? Are there books you recommend? Schools of thought I should investigate?___

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2016-03-09 02:49:22 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 14 +1s)Open 

No potatoes? What, is their PR department asleep at the wheel?

Food was grown in Martian soil simulant. Tomatoes, peas, rye, garden rocket, radish and garden cress were grown. They tested moon soil simulant, too, but it didn't work as well as Martain soil. "The soils contain heavy metals like lead, arsenic and mercury and also a lot of iron. If the components become available for the plants, they may be taken up and find their way into the fruits, making them poisonous. Further research on this is necessary and that is one of the reasons why a crowdfunding campaign has been started to finance the third experiment that will be all about food safety."___No potatoes? What, is their PR department asleep at the wheel?

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2016-03-08 19:52:41 (8 comments; 0 reshares; 15 +1s)Open 

Joe Sidders, the deputy head at Monkton Combe senior school, in Bath, told BBC News that such devices were making exams a “nightmare to administer”.

Good. Maybe now schools will realize that rote memorization is a useless skill in the 21st century. (It was pretty useless even before, but it at least gave you the appearance of knowledge)

Joe Sidders, the deputy head at Monkton Combe senior school, in Bath, told BBC News that such devices were making exams a “nightmare to administer”.

Good. Maybe now schools will realize that rote memorization is a useless skill in the 21st century. (It was pretty useless even before, but it at least gave you the appearance of knowledge)___

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2016-03-08 17:27:53 (39 comments; 7 reshares; 32 +1s)Open 

I believe I'm officially in love with one of our assembly members. A proposal to kill daylight savings time, and leave it rotting in a shallow grave.



I believe I'm officially in love with one of our assembly members. A proposal to kill daylight savings time, and leave it rotting in a shallow grave.

___

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2016-03-06 07:30:15 (15 comments; 1 reshares; 35 +1s)Open 

Seconded

That is quite a compelling argument.___Seconded

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2016-03-05 06:26:05 (5 comments; 1 reshares; 8 +1s)Open 

#TIL  people do weird things in their spare time. In this case, to food. Cooking at the dollhouse scale. It's.... oddly fascinating. 

Also, I'm hungry now.

#TIL  people do weird things in their spare time. In this case, to food. Cooking at the dollhouse scale. It's.... oddly fascinating. 

Also, I'm hungry now.___

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2016-03-04 22:35:51 (8 comments; 5 reshares; 20 +1s)Open 

How on earth can we hope to defeat these people, with their complete domination of the national conversation and relentless narrative of “Progress! Tolerance! Acceptance! Feels!”?

Clearly, progress, tolerance, and acceptance are horrible things for some people.

And so they opt unashamedly for regressiveness, intolerance, and hate. Because these are the values we need. 

How on earth can we hope to defeat these people, with their complete domination of the national conversation and relentless narrative of “Progress! Tolerance! Acceptance! Feels!”?

Clearly, progress, tolerance, and acceptance are horrible things for some people.

And so they opt unashamedly for regressiveness, intolerance, and hate. Because these are the values we need. ___

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2016-03-04 16:59:24 (10 comments; 1 reshares; 20 +1s)Open 

I wanted to make a snarky remark, but... It's not funny. It's a person in a position of authority with either a complete and utter luck of understanding of one of the most important technologies of the 21st century, or they're blatantly lying for political goals that subvert democracy, assuming that most ordinary people are too stupid to catch them out.

There's no possible interpretation where this is funny.

Don't laugh, I've heard of this. They boobytrapped the turbo encabulator. ___I wanted to make a snarky remark, but... It's not funny. It's a person in a position of authority with either a complete and utter luck of understanding of one of the most important technologies of the 21st century, or they're blatantly lying for political goals that subvert democracy, assuming that most ordinary people are too stupid to catch them out.

There's no possible interpretation where this is funny.

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2016-03-04 02:09:57 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 27 +1s)Open 

Indeed.

But tell me more about how you'd rather sit it out if Sanders doesn't get the nomination, and how you're heroically resisting oppression by planning to make election of a fascist a bit easier through sitting on your ass.

Or, actually, don't.


This is one of the reasons I'm voting for Sanders. He sure seems to be a lot smarter than many of his most avid followers, that's for sure.___Indeed.

But tell me more about how you'd rather sit it out if Sanders doesn't get the nomination, and how you're heroically resisting oppression by planning to make election of a fascist a bit easier through sitting on your ass.

Or, actually, don't.


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2016-03-03 23:36:01 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 32 +1s)Open 

"I know, let's turn the Dem primary into an ankle-biting shitshow just like the Republican one. If I can't get my candidate, I'd rather burn the place to the ground"

It's not an "awesome hashtag". It's juvenile. 

And, FWIW, I'm pissed I had to write this post. I like Sanders, and I'd be happy to see him win the primary. But this shit has to stop. 

Yes, that applies to rabid Hillaristas as well. 

Because whoever our candidate is, I'd like to remind my fellow Dems of Ben Franklin: "If we don't hang together, by Heavens, we shall hang separately".

(Comments closed, because I don't have time for the inevitable stupidity that'd follow otherwise)

this is an awesome hashtag on Twitter ... seriously - check it out ;-)

#ThingsHillarySupportersThink  ___"I know, let's turn the Dem primary into an ankle-biting shitshow just like the Republican one. If I can't get my candidate, I'd rather burn the place to the ground"

It's not an "awesome hashtag". It's juvenile. 

And, FWIW, I'm pissed I had to write this post. I like Sanders, and I'd be happy to see him win the primary. But this shit has to stop. 

Yes, that applies to rabid Hillaristas as well. 

Because whoever our candidate is, I'd like to remind my fellow Dems of Ben Franklin: "If we don't hang together, by Heavens, we shall hang separately".

(Comments closed, because I don't have time for the inevitable stupidity that'd follow otherwise)

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