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  1. 16 hours ago, SkyDekker said:

    Information is only power if it either is true, or perceived to be true.

    During the days of the Evil Empire, an interviewer asked various Soviet citizens whether what Pravda and Izvestia reported was true.  The universal reaction was guffaws and scoffing, effectively 'of course not, everyone knows it is bullshit.'

    If you then asked the same people 'gee, have you heard about the train wreck outside of Vladivostok?' they would quote verbatim the story posted by Pravda and/or Izvestia.

    Religion is contingent upon the principle of "Credo quia absurdum." 

    Science is more along the lines of "dubito, ergo cogito, ergo sum."

     

    BSBD,

    Winsor 

     


  2. 6 hours ago, SkyDekker said:

    The United States of America after rejecting the King.

    The King was still the King (who relocated my family to a vast estate in Canada).


  3. 16 hours ago, wmw999 said:

    Unfortunately I think power will be pried from his cold dead fingers. Works for me, but I’m a few thousand miles away

    Wendy P. 

    Unfortunately, when power is thus transferred by violence, the replacement tends to be that much worse.  Think the Czar, Allende, Qaddafi, Hussein, etc..

    If Poutine is replaced in accordance with vox populi it may well turn out badly.  A population that has been fed a constant diet of bullshit is poorly suited to insightful decision making, given the chance.  Think Albania, Berkeley and the like.

    Perhaps the best outcome would be to limit the scope of Poutine's ratfucking to the geographical borders of Russia.  Outside of his realm you're in the clear.  Cross the border?  'Abandon hope all ye who enter...' and all that.

    All things being considered, Poutine fails to make Xi look good by comparison.

    Bringing China into the equation, despots are most dangerous when their power appears to ebb.  It is when they have little to lose that they pull out the stops, and Poutine's retirement plan involves pushing up daisies.

    Thus, the best outcome would be if he could declare victory, repatriate the Ukrainians forcibly relocated to Russia, return the borders to their 2014 status (aw, we didn't want Crimea anyhow...) and move on 

    It will, of course, be the job of someone more Machiavellian than I to arrange such an outcome.

     

    BSBD,

    Winsor 


  4. On 9/5/2022 at 11:34 AM, riggerrob said:

    Trivia question: What do you call a North American who speaks English and French? What do you call a North American who speaks English and Spanish? What do you call a North American who only speaks English?

    That would be bilingual and straight.


  5. 7 hours ago, ryoder said:

    WaPo: Material on foreign nation’s nuclear capabilities seized at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago

    A document describing a foreign government’s military defenses, including its nuclear capabilities, was found by FBI agents who searched former president Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence and private club last month, according to people familiar with the matter, underscoring concerns among U.S. intelligence officials about classified material stashed in the Florida property.

    Some of the seized documents detail top-secret U.S. operations so closely guarded that many senior national security officials are kept in the dark about them. Only the president, some members of his Cabinet or a near-Cabinet-level official could authorize other government officials to know details of these special-access programs, according to people familiar with the search, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to describe sensitive details of an ongoing investigation.

     

    But her emails!!!

    They both deserve to be imprisoned.  If you're cool with one, don't bitch about the other.


  6. Though skimming this article seems to reference leaks specifically, I agree in general with The Donald here.

    https://www.cnn.com/2022/09/03/politics/trump-jail-sentences-mishandled-classified-information-kfile/index.html

    He should be comfortable in returning to Government accommodations; in this case the Big House rather than the White House, but it's all good.

    I think the trick is to remove him from the equation ignominiously so that there is no hint of martyrdom.  He remains the turd in the soup that is U.S. politics, and neither side of the aisle is immune to his poison.

     

    BSBD,

    Winsor


  7. 13 hours ago, mistercwood said:

    Not good enough. They aren't a "biased" source, they flat out make shit up on the regular. The only people using them as a source are right-wing hacks - I may think you're in denial about still being an enlightened centrist, but I don't think you're a hack. 

    I linked the video referenced by a mainstream article as the basis of her firing.  It was apparently good enough for her employers.


  8. 2 hours ago, mistercwood said:

    PV have been exposed repeatedly for fabricating narratives, misrepresenting statements with false contexts, and even paying "witnesses" to say things on camera that are lies. They have no credibility whatsoever. None. Zero. You honestly should know better.

    Note the disclaimer.


  9. 8 hours ago, wmw999 said:

    Well, that was addressed in the first part of my statement -- holes can be poked into nearly any complicated non-mathematical theory. They affect, but don't necessarily invalidate it. Depends on the holes.

    I guess if you ignore the wrongs in one, and address the wrongs in the other, then two wrongs make a right, and the upside is you get to choose the facts to pay attention to, and the errors to ignore. Pfah.

    Wendy P.

    Two wrongs do not make a right.  Three lefts do.

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  10. 11 hours ago, wmw999 said:

    It’d be nice if you gave them the same respect as the ones you agree with. Especially if they’re better educated in the topic. Examine what they say and compare it with what you want to be true, rather than just poking holes while ignoring the larger ones in what you like.

    Wendy P. 

    I can't tell who, in particular, you're addressing.

    Rather a few posters rely entirely on ad Hominem to the exclusion of supporting data or references.  Nitpicking those who do provide data and references seems rather counterproductive.


  11. Someone made the observation to the effect that the Left defends the right to express differing views, while being horrified that people hold other views.  Apparently, expressing other views is not at all encouraged in practice.

    Project Veritas is hardly a 'Fair and Balanced' source, but they do capture people saying things that at least appear damning.  In all fairness, the person caught on camera here is a real dog, and may well be 'gilding the lily' in the hopes of getting laid.

    I've known too many people who would overstate their professional accomplishments to suit their perceived audience, and this person may well be doing just that.

    Having said that, I'd have a hard time coughing up $60,000 a year for the privilege of being indoctrinated by the likes of her.

    Then again, when asked why students were sent to college in Moscow in the 1960s, the leader of an African country that has since been renamed responded 'when we send our students to Paris they come back Communists, but when we send them to Moscow they come back Capitalists,' so perhaps exposure to bugwits like her will drive at least some of her charges to a more balanced approach to life than is the Woke norm.

    One can only hope.

     

    BSBD,

    Winsor


  12. 5 minutes ago, Slim King said:

    I love facts......In a Democracy 51% can vote to take everything from the 49% and then restrict their right to vote at all. Then do it again  and again until 1% own  everything.

    By your stated definition, the US of A is the finest Democracy there ever was.

    QED


  13. 7 minutes ago, Slim King said:

    The FBI raid was Unconstitutional. If you read the Declaration of Independence  you'll see what was added to the Constitution and why.

    I'm not a fan of the Bureau, but I'm curious as to what part of the Constitution forbids the search of Mar a Lago. 

    I, personally, want The Donald to completely drop off the scope forever, without anything that serves to set him up as a martyr or victim of any kind.

    Given the endless supply of cretins and half wits on both sides of the aisle, I suppose it doesn't make much difference in the long run, but the Mango Mussolini makes Tricky Dick Nixon look like a model of wisdom, honesty and decency by comparison.

    Being able to vote for the slightly lesser of two evils would be refreshing.

     

    BSBD,

    Winsor 

     


  14. 10 hours ago, yoink said:

    It's the 'confront absolutely everyone about their beliefs' or 'ignore absolutely everyone' absolutism that's weird to me.

    You can and should treat different groups differently. I honestly think Winsor doesn't understand the concept of equality as it's discussed pertaining to social rights.

    If I know someone is cheating a bit on their taxes that makes them a criminal, but I'd still probably talk to them at a social event if they were there. If someone rocked up in a full KKK outfit to a PTA meeting I'd treat them differently. 

    If you want to find organizations with the worst track record regarding human rights, Christianity and Islam are a pretty good start.  Nazis are johnny-come-lately amateurs by comparison.

    It is beyond ironic that Rome picked their method of executing Judeans as the symbol of 'following' an observant Jew - who they killed by that method.

     Similarly, following an illiterate pervert psychopath who boasted about personally beheading 600 Jews who disputed his reinterpretation of their copyrighted (seriously dysfunctional) family history doesn't instill much confidence in their psychological stability. either.

    The idea that I either 'confront absolutely everyone about their beliefs' or 'ignore absolutely everyone' appears to be projection.  My killfile is limited to those whose abuse:content ratio approaches infinity (to include mods).

     

    BSBD,

    Winsor


  15. 10 hours ago, mistercwood said:

    "I treat nazis and gay people equally" is certainly a position.

    When encountering people admiring the Shovelhead who have swastikas tattooed on their heads, I don't get into discussions I've had with my Rabbi.  I stick to discussions of Harleys and certainly don't insult them.

    If people with rainbow tattoos or Ladies with Adam's Apples get coquettish with me, I take it as a compliment and talk about neutral subjects.

    Being equally polite with either crowd is advisable for differing reasons; telling biker trash what shitty bikes they're riding and what loser lifestyles they're living is generally a Bad Career Move.

    YMMV.

     

    BSBD,

    Winsor


  16. 12 hours ago, kallend said:

    Trump, the self-proclaimed billionaire, had $270 MILLION in debt forgiven after he reneged on his loans for real estate.  His lenders would have taken that as a loss meaning other taxpayers had to make up the burden.

     

    And the hypocrite criticizes $10k in debt forgiveness for the middle class.

    https://www.businessinsider.com/trump-taxes-debt-forgiven-chicago-tower-nyt-fail-repay-lenders-2020-10

    Oh, I'd say he knows sleaze when he sees it.  He is rather an expert.


  17. 4 hours ago, kallend said:

    Changing a tire generally requires more tools than the average motorist has available.   I've changed tubed tires with some very large tire levers to get the bead off the rim, but it was not easy.  Changing a tubeless is more difficult.

    Changing a wheel, OTOH, generally needs nothing more than a jack and a lug wrench and can be done at the side of the road.  On my MG with knock-on hubs I can change a wheel in under 3 minutes.  Motor race pit crews can change a wheel in a few seconds.

    Wheels rarely go flat, but tires do.  Thus you have the concept of having a flat tire and changing a flat tire, or changing a tire for short.

    I have changed tubes on tires ranging from small yard equipment to 18 wheelers, and I agree that it is a different experience altogether.

    I have stopped to help change tires (inner tubes actually, but not wheels) of other bicyclists on organized rides, since I tend to keep spare 700c inner tubes and the necessary tools on hand.

    I had a group of friends in Georgia who all had Austin Healy 3000 Mk IIIs.  One failed to secure the knock off properly, and the left rear wheel arrived in the parking lot before the car.

    My MGs (two Bs and a Magnette) were a mix of lug nuts and knock offs, the Series 1 E-type had knock offs.

    As Steve Landisburg noted on Barney Miller, "semantics is my life."

     

    BSBD,

    Winsor


  18. 11 hours ago, brenthutch said:

    Why don’t you just cut to the chase and call me a Nazi?  It would be no less true than calling me a Trumper. 

    We're trying to stick to an ad Hominem approach without going full Godwin here.

    Upon reflection, calling someone a Trumper is pretty close.


  19. 18 hours ago, SkyDekker said:

    Why would the starting position be that you refuse to respect someone until they have shown to you they deserve it? Seems to indicate you see yourself in a superior position. As if they owe you something.

    Why not just respect individuals until they have shown they do not deserve that respect. Start on equal footing.

    Talking past each other as usual.

    There is a certain level of politeness that one should afford a stranger.  I'll stop and help someone change a tire, regardless of who they appear to be.

    The 'respect' to which we refer is something else altogether.  If someone has a swastika tattoo, or a rainbow tattoo, I will take note of it but will not treat them any differently because of it.  I'm aware of the sensitivities of the Hell's Angels and gay folks of my acquaintance, and don't discuss Kawazukis with the Angels or True Love with gays - or anyone that isn't on the menu, for that matter.

    I do have to restrain myself when amongst Pagan's, wanting to point out that the apostrophe makes it possessive rather than plural, but they tend to get violent when confused so I let it drop.  

    Anyhow, I'm cool with pretty much anything an individual does that doesn't involve children and doesn't affect unwilling participants.  When any group sees fit to inflict their world vision on others, regardless of whether ii is 'good' or 'bad,' I am not okay with it.

    There are Right to Lifers that I like a lot.  I happen to think they're full of shit on that issue, and prefer to vote against their position.

    There are people with whom I've worked whose professional judgment I trust with my life, but whose life choices don't impress me.  Mormons are one example (read the book and get  back to me).

    In any event, we are using different definitions of the term 'respect,' which constitutes equivocation.

     

    BSBD,

    Winsor


  20. On 8/21/2022 at 7:29 PM, wmw999 said:

    Winsor, I think Woke is as much as anything about respect. Sometimes it's about bowing backwards to show respect, out of a feeling that respect was inadequately shown in the past. I see that as sometimes misguided when pushed too far, or when respect is demanded (especially when it's demanded for a third party), but it's still rather different from the demanding of respect for one's self of the "I define America's ethos and culture" crowd.

    Wendy P.

    Wendy,

    Respect is earned, it's not a birthright - either for the privileged or the oppressed.

    If I treated coworkers or supervisors differently due to sex, national origin or whatever it would be sexist, racist, patronizing and fundamentally offensive.

    To forgive and remember does not mean one shouldn't get over it and move on.  Give it a try.

     

    BSBD,

    Winsor 


  21. 1 hour ago, Phil1111 said:

    So you're saying that evolution will gradually kill off republicans and trumpists? That there is hope?

    News flash - they're all going to die.

    The Woke crowd are giving them a run for their money in the competition for the greatest wellspring of raw stupidity.

     

    BSBD,

    Winsor 


  22. The KKK has simply hundreds of adherents.  That's a bad thing.

    Good Racists, OTOH, number in the millions, and have breathtaking levels of social and financial support.

    A good rule of thumb is that if you take an "anti racist" screed and switch the verbiage, replacing <minority> with white and vice versa, and it becomes a reprehensible racist diatribe, it was a reprehensible racist diatribe in the first place.  This is a prime example:

    https://www.thecollegefix.com/berkeley-co-op-person-of-color-theme-house-bans-white-guests-from-common-spaces/

    You can't have it both ways.

     

    BSBD,

    Winsor