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    [–] How Neoliberalism Failed to Keep Fascism at Bay - An Analysis with and against Foucault VWVVWVVV 1 points ago in philosophy

    However, it is possible to calculate the approximate effect of the unknown variables and bind it to a probability distribution. I'd admit it isn't nearly as deterministic as the hard sciences, but it has more validity than "soothsayers" as the article implies.

    This is the belief that a probability distribution could be derived that encompasses the wide range of behaviors, including the long tail of improbable events that nonetheless do occur. Operating optimistically in the mode of such a distribution leads to soothsayers that are right until they're wrong.

    [–] President Trump repeats his call for investigation into 'Saturday Night Live' because TV show makes fun of him. VWVVWVVV 1 points ago in neutralnews

    Trump had to resort to a lawsuit to clarify he's not a son of an orangutan:

    Trump took the jab personally. He filed a $5 million lawsuit against Maher for breach of contract, alleging that when he provided his birth certificate to Maher proving he is not, in fact, the son of an orangutan, Maher never came up with the $5 million. Alas, the lawsuit didn’t get very far. Trump wound up dropping it, but the threat to Maher remained.

    Michael Cohen, an attorney for Trump, insisted that although the suit had been withdrawn temporarily, it could resurface in the future. “The lawsuit was temporarily withdrawn to be amended and refiled at a later date,” Cohen said.

    What's Cohen up to nowadays?

    [–] America gets nuked in WWIII (ca. 2030) VWVVWVVV 1 points ago in MurderedByWords

    If you shave off similar a similar population from US test results the US does way better.

    Sure if you remove the low performers, the average will be better, but that doesn't mean it will improve to the level of Germany. I doubt it.

    The difference in how teachers are treated in Europe and U.S. is night and day. That's going to end up with a poorer quality of education for children. The teachers in the U.S. are so jaded from all the crap they have to put up while getting shit pay. They even have to pay for their own school supplies. If teachers are demoralized enough to have strikes, there's going to be downstream consequences for childrens' education. The U.S. definitely has the worst pre-university educational system in the west (unless you're rich). The economy does well in spite of it, because of its ability to attract the best immigrants throughout the world to places like Silicon Valley. The vast majority of the U.S. is just a drain on the few places of growth if you look at the inflow/outflow from tax revenue.

    [–] BREAKING: Suspects Arrested In Jussie Smollett Case VWVVWVVV 1 points ago in neutralnews

    AP has a factual summary of events.

    It's morbidly fascinating to see the rabid response of people claiming it's a hoax based on questionable "leaks". It could still be a hoax or Jussie is a victim, but in either case, people's behavior in response to a changing news story is quite telling.

    The same type of thing happened regarding the Covington students. Social media is rewarding impulsive judgments (condemnation or praise), and people fall in line like in a Skinner experiment. In some countries, social-media-based impulsive judgments translate into mob-based death sentences.

    How is this supposed to get mediated?

    [–] 'Whistleblower' seeks protection after sounding alarm over White House security clearances. VWVVWVVV 2 points ago in neutralnews

    I don’t know why [Mueller] would say anything but [Mueller] already has and addressed that Trump isn’t a criminal target.

    Yet another false claim. Show in your article a direct quote from Mueller stating or "addressing" that Trump is not a criminal target. Others claiming to hear something from Mueller is hearsay. Expecting Trump or his lawyers to tell the truth is a stretch.

    Anyway, I'm done with this conversation.

    [–] 'Whistleblower' seeks protection after sounding alarm over White House security clearances. VWVVWVVV 4 points ago in neutralnews

    I don't see how it would be beneficial for Mueller to reveal details about the investigation (including who's being or not being investigated) to the public before the investigation is concluded.

    [–] 'Whistleblower' seeks protection after sounding alarm over White House security clearances. VWVVWVVV 5 points ago in neutralnews

    Is it strange to you that nepotism, cronyism and a collusion investigation impact the the granting of security clearances?

    [–] 'Whistleblower' seeks protection after sounding alarm over White House security clearances. VWVVWVVV 9 points ago in neutralnews

    These leaks, filtered by the AP, are to believed but the leaks that indicate Trump isn't a target, aren't.

    That's a false claim. Show how the AP article relied on leaks.

    An excerpt from the AP article (showing it was based on court filings not on leaks):

    TRUMP: “NO COLLUSION!” — tweet Saturday.

    THE FACTS: Trump’s incorrect to suggest the filings clear him of collusion. Part of an ongoing investigation, they do not yet draw a conclusion and instead lay out evidence of previously undisclosed contacts between Trump associates and Russian intermediaries.

    In one of the filings, special counsel Robert Mueller details how Cohen spoke to a Russian in 2015 who “claimed to be a ‘trusted person’ in the Russian Federation who could offer the campaign ‘political synergy’ and ‘synergy on a government level.'” The person repeatedly dangled a meeting between Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin, saying such a meeting could have a “phenomenal” impact “in a business dimension as well.”

    That was a reference to a proposed Moscow real estate deal that prosecutors say could have netted Trump’s business hundreds of millions of dollars and would likely require assistance of the Russian government. Cohen admitted this month to lying to Congress by saying discussions about a Trump Tower in Moscow ended in January 2016 when in fact they stretched into that June, well into the presidential campaign.

    Cohen said he never followed up on the proposed meeting, because he was working with a “different individual” with connections to the Russian government.

    Cohen also told prosecutors he and Trump discussed a potential meeting with Putin on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly in September 2015, shortly after Trump announced his candidacy for president.

    In another filing Friday, prosecutors said Manafort lied about his contacts with Russia and Trump administration officials, including in 2018. Mueller’s team cited Manafort’s interactions with Konstantin Kilimnik, an associate who prosecutors say has ties to Russian intelligence. Mueller’s team said they would be able to offer additional information at a hearing, such as the nature of Manafort’s contacts with the Trump administration in 2018, to prove Manafort was lying.

    Trump’s attorneys last month turned over the president’s written answers to Mueller’s questions about his knowledge of any ties between his campaign and Russia. Mueller hasn’t said when he will complete any report of his findings.

    [–] 'Whistleblower' seeks protection after sounding alarm over White House security clearances. VWVVWVVV 3 points ago in neutralnews

    From the link I provided already above:

    Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-Va.), the panel’s vice chairman, said Tuesday that he “respectfully” disagrees with Burr.

    “I’m not going to get into any conclusions I’ve reached because my basis of this has been that I’m not going to reach any conclusion until we finish the investigation,” Warner told CNN. “And we still have a number of the key witnesses to come back.”

    The investigation has not completed. It would be premature & irresponsible to claim that there is no collusion, especially since we just heard from a judge concluding that Trump's campaign chairman lied to the FBI, the special counsel and the grand jury about his contacts with Konstantin Kilimnik, a political operative who is believed to have ties to Russian intelligence.

    IMO, it's extremely poor judgment to provide security clearances to anyone connected to an FBI investigation on collusion before the investigation has been completed. While I posed the question as a hypothetical, it could be posed more specifically as:

    Should the Trump administration being investigated by the FBI for collusion with a foreign government to interfere with elections be allowed to provide secret clearances to anyone let alone their relatives?

    [–] 'Whistleblower' seeks protection after sounding alarm over White House security clearances. VWVVWVVV 5 points ago in neutralnews

    I didn't address the first part of the argument, since it's an opinion about journalism and inconsequential since I could find the sources myself. So, I'm not excusing anything nor am I judging the quality of the journalism.

    I am addressing the unprecedented situation created by a nepotistic administration being investigated for collusion with a foreign government. Her case involves an allegation of retaliation, which I think has merit, and her actions were, AFAIK, legal and in the spirit of the law so she should not have been suspended.

    [–] 'Whistleblower' seeks protection after sounding alarm over White House security clearances. VWVVWVVV 22 points ago in neutralnews

    We're kind of in uncharted territory with an administration with so much nepotism, cronyism and potential collusion. Should an administration conspiring with a foreign government to interfere with elections be allowed to provide secret clearances to anyone let alone their relatives? Certainly, she is doing the right thing in spirit, opposing these nepotistic secret clearances that also smell of corruption and national security compromise.

    [–] Federal judge finds Paul Manafort lied to Mueller probe about contacts with Russian aide VWVVWVVV 22 points ago in neutralnews

    Should be interesting to see how Trump's story is going to evolve from here after his campaign chairman breached his plea deal by lying:

    Manafort’s lies, the judge found, included “his interactions and communications with [Konstantin] Kilimnik,” a longtime aide whom the FBI assessed to have ties to Russian intelligence.

    How Team Trump keeps changing its story in the Russia investigation.

    [–] A Dutch historian has become a social media star after an epic rant against the super-rich in front of the super-rich at the World Economic Forum in Davos VWVVWVVV 119 points ago in worldnews

    Winnie Byanyima really nailed the deceptive argument tax-evaders use to divert the inequality argument from taxes to a signal like unemployment levels, when many of these jobs are low-wage and people still suffer from financial insecurity from a single catastrophic event, e.g., health issue. If financial insecurity is not addressed, then income inequality is not addressed. This is worsened in the US when even health care is denied to poor people:

    Equally worrisome, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has allowed several states to impose cost sharing on Medicaid recipients, reversing a long-standing rule against such policies. For instance, Indiana received a waiver allowing it to require $10 monthly payments from Medicaid recipients and to revoke or downgrade coverage for those who miss a payment. This policy, designed by the current Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services administrator, has resulted in lost or downgraded coverage for more than half of enrollees. Trump administration officials have stated their intention of encouraging more such waivers, whether or not the ACA is repealed.

    [–] “The Art of Dying”: a valuable message from Bruce Lee about our ego. VWVVWVVV 1 points ago in philosophy

    What book or article by Gilles Deleuze would you recommend reading that is along the lines of this thread?

    [–] How Facebook Screwed Us All: It’s not just spreading phony stories everywhere—it’s killing real news VWVVWVVV 9 points ago in neutralnews

    To derive economics facts from a site like Mother Jones, whose focus is on social issues, is IMO unreasonable. Economics is a study of a complex system requiring analysis that should not depend heavily on any one signal.

    Interestingly, there are balanced news sites that have economics analyses that you could rely on for economics-related facts without resorting to Facebook or sites that push conspiracy theories. A reasonable person could choose one of these more reputable sites.

    Even then, economics is not something that is easily understood without understanding the underlying process of information gathering and interpretation, both of which are highly susceptible to bias. So, you cannot completely rely on these news sites, and need to have some level of critical thinking.

    All of this is bypassed in Facebook and conspiracy theorist sites, due largely to confirmation bias, not necessarily because they haven't found a factual enough site. They're not necessarily interested in the truth.

    [–] How Facebook Screwed Us All: It’s not just spreading phony stories everywhere—it’s killing real news VWVVWVVV 26 points ago in neutralnews

    From your first link:

    A factual search reveals that Mother Jones has not failed a fact check.

    I would think that a reasonable person would not necessarily avoid sources when it is largely factual. In contrast, I would expect a reasonable person to avoid sources that push conspiracy theories, e.g. from your second link, Investors Business Daily:

    Overall, we would rate Investors Business Daily Right Biased based on right leaning economic and market positions. We would also give them a High factual rating on strictly investing and market news. However, editorially IBT is clearly a Questionable source with promotion of right wing conspiracy theories and numerous failed fact checks.

    Facebook does seem to attract conspiracy theorists. Easy to generate many more false news than factual news, so quantity could easily overwhelm quality, and that's one of the ways to spread propaganda.

    [–] Maria Ressa, one of the Philippines' most high-profile journalists and a vocal critic of Duterte, served with an ​arrest warrant in the ​Philippines. VWVVWVVV 17 points ago in worldnews

    You said:

    None of that applies to Trump.

    It does apply to Trump. The only thing stopping him is the opposition, because many of his supporters love his encouragement of violence:

    On Thursday night, at a campaign rally in Missoula, Montana, the President repurposed this ugly incident, offering it up to his fans as a thing to delight and feel pride in. They accepted. “Any guy that can do a body slam, he’s my kind of guy,” Trump said, referring to Gianforte from the stage. Hearing a good reaction to this, Trump then told the story of how he heard about Gianforte’s assault on Jacobs. “So, I was in Rome, with a lot of the leaders from other countries, talking about all sorts of things,” he said. “And I heard about it. And we endorsed Greg very early, but I had heard that he body-slammed a reporter”—here, the President pointed at the television cameras, noting the other reporters present at the rally, making the whole profession the target—“and he was way up, and I said—this was like the day of the election or just before—and I said, ‘Oh, this is terrible, he’s going to lose the election.’ Then I said, ‘Well, wait a minute. I know Montana pretty well. I think it might help him.’ And it did.” The crowd reacted with grins, nods, and applause.

    [–] Maria Ressa, one of the Philippines' most high-profile journalists and a vocal critic of Duterte, served with an ​arrest warrant in the ​Philippines. VWVVWVVV 14 points ago in worldnews

    Trump likes Duterte much more than U.S. Intelligence Agencies:

    Duterte has a notoriously fraught relationship with U.S. leadership, and former President Barack Obama opted to cancel a meeting with the Philippine president after the outspoken strongman called him a “son of a whore.” But Duterte has maintained an unusually friendly relationship with President Donald Trump, who has praised the Philippines’s brutal and bloody war on drugs and avoided mentioning human rights abuses or extrajudicial killings. More than 4,000 people have been murdered by the police in the drug war since Duterte took office in June 2016, and rights groups have accused police of summarily executing people, including suspected drug users.

    [–] BBC Camera Operator Is Attacked at Trump Rally VWVVWVVV 7 points ago in neutralnews

    OP's whataboutism is not even close to being the same (from your second link):

    On Thursday night, at a campaign rally in Missoula, Montana, the President repurposed this ugly incident, offering it up to his fans as a thing to delight and feel pride in. They accepted. “Any guy that can do a body slam, he’s my kind of guy,” Trump said, referring to Gianforte from the stage. Hearing a good reaction to this, Trump then told the story of how he heard about Gianforte’s assault on Jacobs. “So, I was in Rome, with a lot of the leaders from other countries, talking about all sorts of things,” he said. “And I heard about it. And we endorsed Greg very early, but I had heard that he body-slammed a reporter”—here, the President pointed at the television cameras, noting the other reporters present at the rally, making the whole profession the target—“and he was way up, and I said—this was like the day of the election or just before—and I said, ‘Oh, this is terrible, he’s going to lose the election.’ Then I said, ‘Well, wait a minute. I know Montana pretty well. I think it might help him.’ And it did.” The crowd reacted with grins, nods, and applause.