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General Discussion / There IS a way Trump is LEGITIMATELY like Hitler
« on: January 14, 2019, 04:09:26 PM »
While watching this video from Tim Pool (yes, I'm two weeks behind in my YouTube videos, I've been busy, OK?)

I realized Trumo and Hitler actually do have one significant action in common:  Both of them wrote books describing their methods long before they rose to political power.  The methods are mostly dissimilar, and the objectives almost entirely opposite

I found an absolute goldmine of articles about her on the Australian Morning Mail.

First, there's this one about a really unfun investigation she's a possible target of:

There are accusations that her attorneys had access to non-public information that they shouldn't have, and the possibility that she or someone connected to her improperly accessed the student's records was the subject of an investigation.  That's a very bad thing for a former administrator to be on the sharp end of.

And yes, Cindy Prior did end uop the recipient of bankruptcy actions:

Seems she hasn't paid the court-ordered compensation for the legal expenses of the students she targeted.

The trouble arising from this idiocy has spread:

The head of the commission that was handling the matter before it became a court case has been caught out deliberately misleading the public about what happened during her commission's investigation, so she's up for a libel suit by the students for claiming that the posts on Facebook were racially discriminatory.

An MP has gotten herself on the wrong end of a defamation suit as well:

Seems she couldn't not make the patently false claim that one of the accused students used a racial slur on a Facebook posting that was already proven to not be his.

This just never seems to stop providing one funny outcome after another, doesn't it?

General Discussion / Re: Fail Quotes
« on: January 06, 2019, 02:51:17 PM »
Sargon of Akkad of course is for closed borders.


-Publicly funded infrastructure is not legitimate due to the mere ethical problems with taxation.
-Private property can be enforced WITHOUT the government.  That's why it's called a right to keep and bear arms.  To say otherwise is a false dichotomy.
-Close down the borders and it is GUARANTEED that "upper class" will see the "working class" as entitled and indolent.  After all, that "working class" is willing to keep otherwise industrious and eager individuals out of the labor market just to boost their own wages.
-More problems with this video, but I could go on.

Call yourself a "liberal" all you want Sargon, positions like these betray the little slivers of Marxism in you.  After all, Karl Marx himself did advocate for sealed off borders.

Marx may have realized that his ideas were rubbish and turning the whole country into a prison was the only way to keep people from leaving.  Then there's the issue that Marx claimed there wouldn't be countries any more, so...

As for Sargon, he thinks socialized medicine is a good idea, so...

General Discussion / Re: Fav quotes
« on: December 29, 2018, 11:52:31 PM »
From Lindybeige, a YouTuber who makes (mostly) historical videos.  This one, however, is about Evolutionary Psychology.

General Discussion / Interesting thing I've noticed on YouTube...
« on: December 23, 2018, 05:36:00 AM »
My YouTube subscriber feed seems to be mostly Tim Pool, TheQuartering, and Sargon of Akkad these days, and they seem to be mostly about the crazy nonsense coming from the dieing digital media companies and how the silicon valley tech firms are effectively conspiring against nonconformers.  And this is annoying because it's important enough that I need to watch them but I really don't want to have to.  Ah, the wonders of living through a media singularity...

Anyway, the interesting thing I've noticed is these videos are not just monetized, but HEAVILY monetized.  One of Sargon's videos at about 15 minutes had three different internal ads, and an opening and closing ad.  Ten minutes from Tim Pool had opening, closing, and internal ads as well.  This is pretty consistent:  YouTube has gone back to putting ads on 'controversial' creators.

Now, since I'm watching through a TOR connection, I'm getting a pretty random sample of ads (Ad Sense is clearly using the apparent IP to select ads, not the YouTube login info, since my login is specifically set that I'm in Canada, but I'm getting ads in and for various Easter European languages and places and services, like a Croatian tourism ad and various language localizations for Panzer Rush), but the ads are there.  They must be coming in because in those areas, none of the content on these channels is the least bit controversial.

General Discussion / Re: FCC fake quotes on Net Neutrality
« on: December 15, 2018, 11:59:02 PM »
Which thing?  Bad military security?  Bad network security?  Failure to update critical infrastructure?  Buzzfeed doing something stupid?

Oh, yes, all of the above.

General Discussion / Re: FCC fake quotes on Net Neutrality
« on: December 13, 2018, 06:31:27 PM »
And Buzzfeed is doing it's usual bang-up job.  Down at the bottom of the page are links to related articles.  One of which is about the US military having a security failure due to outdated router firmware.  What?  How does THAT relate to net neutrality?

General Discussion / Clinton email scandal is still cooking along
« on: December 10, 2018, 01:50:14 PM »

So, there's the December 6 ruling.  The court has ruled that the questions about whether Hillary attempted to evade FOIA requirements, and questions as to the legal adequacy of searches through emails the State Department had access to, and questions about the good or bad faith in earlier attempts to settle the FOIA case are all valid for further Discovery and review by the court as to the adequacy of the responses to Discovery.  The judge also noted that either the State Department officials involved were negligent and incompetent, or they may have colluded with Justice Department officials to stop the inquiry and deceive the court.  (We're looking at one pissed-off judge, here.  This is the second most angry I've ever seen a US Federal Judge, the most being the Dover case in 2006 where the judge openly accused two defense witnesses of perjury.)

Don't forget that not only could FOIA evasion constitute a felony, there are also potential charges under the Federal Records Act and the Espionage Act.   The last are the very charges Comey incorrectly declared Hillary Clinton absolved from because she didn't have the intent to violate the law, which is not a requirement for failing to properly and securely handle classified information under the Espionage Act, and neither is that anything was actually accessed by someone not authorized to do so.  All that is required is that the documents were handled in a manner that did not meet the security requirements of the classification level of the document.

The Podcast / Re: Podcast for 9 December 2018
« on: December 10, 2018, 12:04:25 PM »
I think this definitely proves that the model CoC from the Geek Feminism Wiki is garbage:  You can have the thing in front of the people who are supposed to be enforcing it, and they have NO IDEA WHAT IT MEANS.  (As an SJW project, that's to be expected.  SJW's don't have rules.  Having rules would mean people would be able to know what is and isn't allowed, which means they can't be arbitrary and constantly change things so they can expel the people they don't like.)

The Podcast / Re: Podcast for 2 December 2018
« on: December 04, 2018, 09:40:18 AM »
Even jazz isn't what is used to be.  35 years ago, you were SUPPOSED to applaud jazz solos, right over the resumption of the rest of the piece.  Now, a lot of places don't want you to applaud AT ALL.

General Discussion / Re: Civil Forfeiture MIGHT be about to get less bad
« on: December 03, 2018, 11:13:19 PM »
It's not Criminal Asset Forfeiture because there doesn't have to be a crime proven first.  They simply allege something is 'proceeds of crime' and seize it, then you have to prove it isn't proceeds of crime to get it back.  Some jurisdictions are particularly bad about grabbing large amounts of cash in vehicles.

Actual Criminal Asset Forfeiture was a proposed replacement in Texas last year, which would have required things like proving a crime occurred, and allowing only the actual proceeds of the proven crime to be seized (unless those proceeds had been transferred to a third party, in which case other assets that did not exceed the value of the proceeds could be seized).  Ohio and Nebraska also recently switched from Civil to Criminal Asset Forfeiture.

General Discussion / Civil Forfeiture MIGHT be about to get less bad
« on: December 03, 2018, 02:44:10 PM »
A video from Michigan attorney Steve Lehto

describing the response of SCOTUS to oral arguments about a civil forfeiture case where a man's car was seized for him selling drugs worth ~1% of the value of the car.

The State Attorney General articulated the standard legal view at the moment, based on the last SCOTUS ruling on the matter (which is that they could, in principle, seize your car because you were speeding by 5 mph) and, apparently, the JUSTICES LAUGHED AT HIM.  They aren't framing this as a question of due process, but of excessive fines, so it won't make Civil Forfeiture go away no matter what they eventually rule, but it could force proportionality between the alleged offense and the forfeiture (which might at least eliminate forfeitures where there is no actual allegation of any specific crime).

The Podcast / Re: Podcast for 2 December 2018
« on: December 03, 2018, 10:56:32 AM »
Shakespeare remained a popular mainstream playwright for more than two centuries throughout the English-speaking world.  It was only after about the middle of the 19th century that this mass of cleverly bad language, sex, violence, and bawdy jokes that only linguists get (because nobody else knows what all the archaic words for genitalia are) was inexplicably relegated to being only for cultural elites.  (Although I wonder if the reason we consider him so important isn't that we just don't have many plays from other authors in this era.  He had rich and powerful friends, who decided to publish what we know as the First Folio, containing most of his plays, shortly after his death.  A few decades later when the theaters were closed by Oliver Cromwell and the repertoire was lost, most of Shakespeare, except for three plays preserved elsewhere and two that have been lost, was safely in the libraries of many people who were in a position to keep their personal possessions safe from the sort who like to burn books.)

Classical music and opera were also intended for the general public, and are today seen as the height of elite, high-brow culture.  They also used to be things that could make some serious money, like you can with good movies and TV shows today.  And there ARE good movies and TV shows, just not very many of them.  And, as always in the past, you start with good writing, or you get dross, no matter how good the acting, directing, sets, costumes, props, and effects are.  Audiences have demonstrated an almost unlimited willingness to accept everything EXCEPT the writing being bad.

The Podcast / Re: Podcast for 18 November 2018
« on: November 19, 2018, 05:07:37 PM »
There has been a fair bit of speculation that Trump's decision to replace his AG might be a signal he's going to get behind removing Federal anti-marijuana actions.  (Sessions is a civil rights legend for breaking the KKK for good, but even in that he cracked a joke predicated on how much he opposes pot.)

The Podcast / Re: Podcast for 11 November 2018
« on: November 12, 2018, 10:57:40 PM »
Most nuclear reactors are run via PDP-8s or PDP-11s, which are old '70s DEC minicomputers. I've heard plenty of nuclear engineers say that if they were to open a new nuclear plant, they'd want someone to build new PDP-11s to manage them. They work, they're reliable, they don't network and can't be hacked without being in the same room with them.

Actually, the PDP-11 was still made as late as 1990, with the /93 and /94 models.  The line was replaced with the VAX line derived from it because the architecture of the PDP-11 simply didn't allow enough memory space for the kinds of programs people increasingly wanted to run on these types of systems in the late 80's and early 90's.

There was an attempt at building PDP-11's under license in the early 80's, but Foonly only ever delivered one machine.  The F-1 was the fastest (at that time, anyway) PDP-11 ever built, but suffered from reliability problems because it was built using wire-wrap (which was considered twitchy back in the early 80's when it was still easy to get people who were actually good at it, being able to order cheap PCBs from China with quick delivery has basically resulted in nobody ever using it any more).  Foonly was a company run entirely by engineers, and so nobody was able to force the issue of "We need something we can SHIP, you bastards!" before the money ran out.

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