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Everything posted by kallend

  1. I'm pleased to report that the latest release (HD, Blu Ray) has chosen to revert to the original, correct version and not rewrite that particular piece of history for the sake of politics.
  2. Anecdote != data Anecdote .ne. data Anecdote <> data
  3. It's a shame that you approve of political advantage as a legitimate reason for changing history.
  4. India establishes a Ministry of Truth: WaPo: India’s Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology filed a draft amendment last week to a recent media law that could have sweeping consequences for free expression in the world’s largest democracy. According to the proposed language, any information marked as “fake” by the fact-checking division of India’s Press Information Bureau will need to be taken down by “online intermediaries,” a category that would include social media companies. This latest move potentially casts a pall over journalism in the country. Two industry associations — the Editors Guild of India and Digipub, a group of news sites in India — have published strong statements arguing that the amendment could give arbitrary and discretionary power to the Indian government. And they are right to be concerned. Within a few days of mooting the amendments, the Indian government contacted Twitter to take down posts linking to a BBC documentary critical of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his role in the 2002 anti-Muslim pogrom. The government has reportedly invoked emergency powers under a related IT law. The new amendments can only strengthen the censors’ hand in these matters. . . . . .
  5. If Santos had a shred of decency he'd resign. If the House GOP had a shred of integrity it would expel him. Looks like Justice is getting involved, however. https://www.washingtonpost.com/investigations/2023/01/27/santos-doj-investigation-fec/
  6. Here's a nice list of the scumsuckers who promoted conspiracy theories. All GOP or right wing - coincidence? Maybe the folks who parroted on here will apologize, but I doubt it. https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2023/01/27/pelosi-footage-debunked-claims/
  7. I'm 'wintering' in the Keys and drove through Miami on Wednesday. One of those would have come in handy. Worse traffic than Chicago.
  8. It's ALWAYS something other than guns. It couldn't possibly be guns despite the biggest difference between US and other western cultures is the ready availability of guns in the US.
  9. Some people smoke a pack a day and live to be 100 anyway, but that's not the way the smart money votes. A gun in the shower (or home or car) is much the same.
  10. We have always been at war with Eastasia
  11. What part of "in the movie" was it that you couldn't understand?
  12. So you too approve of changing historical events for political reasons (even if just "correctness". We have always been at war with Eastasia.
  13. Arrogantly wrong again. It's stupid, ineffectve, and annoying to those who know history, to change it for a silly reason. There's no evidence of anyone ever being offended by the correct use of the dog's name and code word in the movie. I think the previously cited Wikipedia article articulates it better than I have.
  14. I'm pleased to report that the latest release (HD, Blu Ray) has chosen to revert to the original, correct version and not rewrite that particular piece of history simply for the sake of being PC.
  15. "We have always been at war with Eastasia" is a very slippery slope to skate on.
  16. Changing the name of the dog (which name became one of the the code words for the attack, explained at some length in the movie) some 40 years after the fact did nothing for the watchability of the film. It was pandering, pure and simple. And I notice the Blu-Ray HD version has restored rhe dog's (and code word's) actual name. Apparently others besides me think sanitizing it was stupid.
  17. The orginal from the studio didn't change the name, just re re-issuers. They even clearly stated they changed the name, so they weren't fooling anyone with the ability to read. I indeed have higher expectations than you.
  18. It's starting to look like the chaos of change of administration needs to be thoroughly overhauled, with professional oversight: https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2023/01/24/pence-classified-documents-home/ Classified documents found at Mike Pence’s Indiana home A lawyer for Pence, a potential 2024 presidential candidate, found the documents during a search of the former vice president’s Carmel, Ind., home, according to letters to the National Archives. Gregory F. Jacob, a designated representative for Pence’s vice presidential records, said the FBI collected documents from Pence’s home on Jan. 19.
  19. Fact is that people who keep guns in their homes are more likely to be shot dead than those who don't. Just because it makes you feel better doesn't make it a good idea.
  20. I guess I just have higher expectations than you.
  21. Glad to know that you finally recognize the value of science, as opposed to religious dogma.
  22. The leader of the Dambusters raid (1943), Guy Gibson, VC, had a black labrador that in various versions of the movie about the raid is renamed Trigger or Blackie. The death of the dog is actually important in the unfolding of the events of the raid. Re-writing history to avoid offending people (none of whom that I've met seem actually offended) seems silly to me.
  23. Sir Isaac Newton has a lot to answer for.
  24. kallend


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