Random news finds - eyeroll edition

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Post by Eric the .5b » 21 Jun 2012, 19:49

*ponders*

Given that the most well-known name tied to Abu Ghraib, and one of the few people punished, is the woman who was told to pose with prisoners while the people in charge took pictures... Well, I think it's possible to be guilty of some deplorable things and still be a scapegoat. I even think it's possible to have unrealistic beliefs due to psychological problems.
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Post by Aresen » 18 Jul 2012, 00:24

I thought we had a "What could possibly go wrong?" thread, but I can't find it quickly, so I'll post this item here:

California cities, beset by large numbers of foreclosures, are considering a plan to use eminent domain to seize the mortgages.
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Post by JasonL » 18 Jul 2012, 10:38

So, they apparently stuffed significant changes to Defined Benefit (traditional pension plans) funding calculations, including hikes to mandatory PBGC premiums (it's like FDIC but for pension plans) into the HIghway Bill. There's not really anything shocking here except that nobody heard about this being put into the highway bill. One of those sign it so we know what's in it things maybe.

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Post by JD » 18 Jul 2012, 10:44

"Physical inactivity just as deadly as smoking, report says"
http://www.foxnews.com/health/2012/07/1 ... port-says/

Cue the calls for mandatory exercise in 5, 4, 3...

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Post by Aresen » 18 Jul 2012, 10:50

JD wrote:"Cue the calls for mandatory exercise in 5, 4, 3...
Shouldn't that be "And a one, and a two, and three, and four; and one..."
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Post by Mo » 18 Jul 2012, 10:53

JasonL wrote:So, they apparently stuffed significant changes to Defined Benefit (traditional pension plans) funding calculations, including hikes to mandatory PBGC premiums (it's like FDIC but for pension plans) into the HIghway Bill. There's not really anything shocking here except that nobody heard about this being put into the highway bill. One of those sign it so we know what's in it things maybe.
You guys should hire a guy that does nothing but read the CQ to figure this shit out. I recommend that you call local dominatrices for their client lists to see if they could recommend their most twisted masochist.
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Post by JasonL » 18 Jul 2012, 11:21

Mo wrote:
JasonL wrote:So, they apparently stuffed significant changes to Defined Benefit (traditional pension plans) funding calculations, including hikes to mandatory PBGC premiums (it's like FDIC but for pension plans) into the HIghway Bill. There's not really anything shocking here except that nobody heard about this being put into the highway bill. One of those sign it so we know what's in it things maybe.
You guys should hire a guy that does nothing but read the CQ to figure this shit out. I recommend that you call local dominatrices for their client lists to see if they could recommend their most twisted masochist.
We have those guys. This apparently happened very quickly in negotiation. It's the sort of thing you'd like to have advance warning of though.

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Post by the innominate one » 07 May 2016, 12:23

Flight delayed for longer than the flight time because a swarthy guy with an accent was making mysterious, incomprehensible scribbles and being less than sociable.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/ram ... es-flight/
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Post by Jennifer » 07 May 2016, 12:25

the innominate one wrote:Flight delayed for longer than the flight time because a swarthy guy with an accent was making mysterious, incomprehensible scribbles and being less than sociable.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/ram ... es-flight/
Heh, I already posted that on the OFFS thread. That idiotic woman should NOT be granted anonymity for this, IMO.
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Post by the innominate one » 07 May 2016, 12:31

Sorry, I fell way behind on that thread and haven't attempted to catch up. I haven't wanted to lose the first unread post that the site saves.

I'm fine with the airline maintaining her anonymity, since seemingly she wasn't acting maliciously, just ignorantly.
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Post by Jennifer » 07 May 2016, 12:38

the innominate one wrote:Sorry, I fell way behind on that thread and haven't attempted to catch up. I haven't wanted to lose the first unread post that the site saves.

I'm fine with the airline maintaining her anonymity, since seemingly she wasn't acting maliciously, just ignorantly.
If she's ignorant enough to think "Having a darker-than-blonde complexion, not wanting to make small talk with me, and doing math" makes him a possible terrorist, what difference does it actually make?

The Trumpsters who think lashing out at Muslims will cure what ails America are also motivated more by ignorance than malice, for what little that's worth.
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Post by Jennifer » 07 May 2016, 12:56

Also, the idea "You're somehow obligated to play along anytime some stranger wants to strike up a conversation with you in public" was bad enough when the penalty for non-compliance was merely "being accused of snobbery." Being suspected of terrorism and removed from your flight makes it far worse.
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Post by the innominate one » 07 May 2016, 13:20

The difference is that an ignorant individual may be able to be educated if the error is corrected properly, while a malicious individual is already a Stormfront member and unlikely to change their mind.
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Post by the innominate one » 07 May 2016, 13:22

Not to mention that the government is encouraging the attitude of suspicion and paranoia.
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Post by JasonL » 07 May 2016, 16:13

I blame her fully. Fuck her and busybody stupid fucks like her. There was a mental process in there somewhere that said screw all these people and their business plans or family emergencies or vacations, my bigoted uneducated gut tells me the thing to do here is get the brown guy interrogated and *please please so i can be a hero* maybe arrested. The head up assness is inexcusable.

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Post by Aresen » 07 May 2016, 16:28

I loved the last part of this:
Rising xenophobia stoked by the presidential campaign, he suggested, may soon make things worse for people who happen to look a little other-ish.

“What might prevent an epidemic of paranoia? It is hard not to recognize in this incident, the ethos of [Donald] Trump’s voting base,” he wrote.

In this true parable of 2016 I see another worrisome lesson, albeit one also possibly relevant to Trump’s appeal: That in America today, the only thing more terrifying than foreigners is…math.
thoreau better stick to drinking and downloading porn while flying.

As for the woman, I am all for adding her to the 'no fly' list.
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Post by thoreau » 07 May 2016, 16:30

I really love the fact that the "brown guy" in this case was Italian. Besides my interest owing to my own ancestry, what does this mean for white privilege narratives?
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Post by Aresen » 07 May 2016, 16:33

Best comment on the story:
Steve Watton wrote:She might have been concerned that he had weapons of math instruction.
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Post by D.A. Ridgely » 07 May 2016, 16:45

thoreau wrote:I really love the fact that the "brown guy" in this case was Italian. Besides my interest owing to my own ancestry, what does this mean for white privilege narratives?
It means that Southern Italians aren't white. Any Northern Italian will tell you that.

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Post by Kolohe » 07 May 2016, 17:41

D.A. Ridgely wrote:
thoreau wrote:I really love the fact that the "brown guy" in this case was Italian. Besides my interest owing to my own ancestry, what does this mean for white privilege narratives?
It means that Southern Italians aren't white. Any Northern Italian will tell you that.
As will Christopher Walken. (Or was it Dennis Hopper?)
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Post by the innominate one » 07 May 2016, 18:11

It was Dennis Hopper.
Aresen wrote:Best comment on the story:
Steve Watton wrote:She might have been concerned that he had weapons of math instruction.
Good one.
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Post by Kolohe » 29 Aug 2016, 20:44

So this is getting some tweets by people in the thinkfluence twit biz but it does seem like bullshit to me: http://observer.com/2016/08/not-a-drill ... dN.twitter
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Post by thoreau » 29 Aug 2016, 20:47

Kolohe wrote:So this is getting some tweets by people in the thinkfluence twit biz but it does seem like bullshit to me: http://observer.com/2016/08/not-a-drill ... dN.twitter
I've seen other reports pointing out that the signal is at a frequency sometimes used by militaries. Either there's a massive transmitter at a distant star or a much more reasonably-sized transmitter on earth. Let's ask Occam...
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Post by Eric the .5b » 29 Aug 2016, 20:52

the innominate one wrote:The difference is that an ignorant individual may be able to be educated if the error is corrected properly, while a malicious individual is already a Stormfront member and unlikely to change their mind.
You're ignoring the possibility of stupidity. Ignorance is fixable, but stupidity is resilient.
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Post by Aresen » 29 Aug 2016, 20:54

Kolohe wrote:So this is getting some tweets by people in the thinkfluence twit biz but it does seem like bullshit to me: http://observer.com/2016/08/not-a-drill ... dN.twitter
Interstellar space reporter Paul Gilster broke the story after the researchers quietly circulated a paper announcing the detection of “a strong signal in the direction of HD164595.”
They've decoded it! The signal reads "It's turtles all the way down."
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