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Victor Ganata
I always struggle with finding a suitable term for the idea (or perhaps even the delusion) that with enough effort, the human brain can comprehend everything there is about the universe. I think "positivism" works, but it's kind of obscure and esoteric and no one ever knows what I'm talking about.
It's interesting that someone like Neil deGrasse Tyson, who generally seems to be a positivist, would utter something like "The Universe is under no obligation to make sense to you." - Victor Ganata
It fits for me, because it acknowledges that there are barriers to understanding, even if we are ultimately capable of overcoming them. The why and how of what we discover may bear little relation to what we think we're going to find starting out. - Jennifer Dittrich
I think what he means is it doesn't have to make sense to you, you have to understand why the universe makes sense. - Johnny from iPhone
I figure he means something like that, that the Universe has no obligation to obey your personal idiosyncratic logic and that it has its own internal logic that is not transparent to the human brain but can be eventually elucidated to an extent. It's still a far cry from the position a lot of apparent positivists hold, though. - Victor Ganata
I figure it's a more nuanced and ultimately more productive version of positivism. Yes, we have the potential, but we can't realize that without challenging our assumptions and doing the work. Acknowledging the challenges doesn't lessen the potential, it just gives people more room to have inevitable failures or wrongheadedness at various points. - Jennifer Dittrich
Well, I suppose it's the ideal balance between positivism and skepticism that science is supposed to be. Currently accepted theories are only supposed to be *provisionally* authoritative at best, if ever, and it's acknowledged that no matter how much we learn, there's always going to be some mystery lurking beyond the horizon of what we know that can't be explained with our existing logical constructs. But humans don't really seem to operate that way, even in science. - Victor Ganata
Andrew C (✔)
RT @typodactyl: Wow. Just wow. The @GoFundMe for #Wilson was started by the public affairs officer of #Ferguson
RT @typodactyl: Wow. Just wow. The @GoFundMe for #Wilson was started by the public affairs officer of #Ferguson
While I don't think it should have been created by a member of the police department, I don't think it's GoFundMe's responsibility to shut it down. The issues behind it (like he will now get a well funded defence funded by people with various agendas etc) are an issue with the wider community and not theirs. - Johnny from iPhone
"You may not use the GoFundMe service for activities that: [...] relate to sales of [...] (d) items that promote hate, violence, racial intolerance, or the financial exploitation of a crime" - Andrew C (✔)
After viewing the page, it seems like a fundraising effort to support him. I don't know if he is charged with a crime yet. There are plenty of defence funds on GoFundMe. - Johnny from iPhone
Few are as clearly motivated by racial intolerance, though. Look at the samples of messages people have collected. GoFundMe is keeping the donations from racists and merely deleting their online messages. - Andrew C (✔)
It's entirely possible to dislike something but still understand it's with the rules/laws/constitution. - Johnny from iPhone
GoFundMe is under no obligation to keep any fundraiser open, and has shut down fundraisers, or threatened to, if they think they're not legit. - Andrew C (✔)
If you want to shut something down that isn't in breach of rules then the bourdon of proof is on you. It sucks, but it is. I don't support it but if it isn't breaking any rules then, yeah. - Johnny from iPhone
Rachael  Worthington
This little man came into our lives today. Lots of prays for little Tom.
I'm one proud Aunty. - Rachael Worthington from iPhone
Michelle's??? - Melly - #TeamMarina
Wow, he must be super early! How are they both doing? - Melly - #TeamMarina
OK. He's 28/29 weeks. - Johnny
Little man is doing much better. :) - Rachael Worthington from iPhone
Jayden was 29 weeks also. They're so tiny & frail, but watching them fight for their life when they don't even know what life is about, shows us how incredibly strong preemies can be :-) I'll be keeping this wee one in my thoughts! - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
Grow, little guy!! - Yvonne Renee from FFHound!
Go Tom!!! - Melly - #TeamMarina
Melly - #TeamMarina
So tired of seeing people say it's stupid, a waste of time, a waste of money, a waste of water, that there are more important causes in the world. Come here and tell my husband his mother was not important. Tell my children that they're missing a grandmother because research into her disease was a waste of money. - Melly - #TeamMarina
It may be a flash-in-the-pan thing... but given how empty that pan has been, it's a nice change. - Johnny from iPhone
A lot of people have said they'd never heard of the disease before. Some Aussies knew it as MND but didn't know it was also called ALS. To me, that awareness is as valuable as the donations. - Melly - #TeamMarina
my dad's favourite cousin died of ALS in the mid-80s. she was in her early 40s. i always liked visiting her and her husband and son. the whole basement was just one big concrete bowl full of electronics and old music gear and toys and the upstairs was...full of grow lights and other hydroponics gear. :P oh, and there was a kickass LP and 8-track collection and art books and a quadraphonic sound system. i'm derailing a bit here, sorry. - Big Joe Silence
It's all good :) - Melly - #TeamMarina
Last year I tried to raise money for MND and I had to end up describing it (with little success). This year, I look forward to going "you know that Ice bucket thing?" - Johnny from iPhone
I wonder if there was a thing that everyone liked and no one hated or trolled, would the Internet collapse in on itself? #HatersGonnaHate
That is the stupidist thing I've ever heard. [You know I am just kidding, right?] - Joe
Hitler. - Johnny from iPhone
The object of hate is secondary to the human animal. It's about domination. Of the self, and the notional group. - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
Police: Man drives stolen electric shopping cart to meet probation officer, gets arrested | New Mexico News - KOAT Home -
"An Albuquerque man was being held in the Bernalillo County Jail Tuesday after police said he drove a stolen electric shopping cart to meet with this probation officer. Court Documents say Michael Johnson, 18, arrived to meet with his probation officer on Monday at the Metropolitan Courthouse on an electric shopping cart from Walmart. The probation officer asked Johnson where he got the cart, to which Johnson said he “took it from the Walmart on San Mateo and Zuni,” the documents say." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
SMH - Anne Bouey
That's to marvellous for words - Johnny from iPhone
Sarah G.
Related: I have been informed that my cholesterol number is "dangerously low" and am instructed to try and raise it 32 points. (To 150)
You are the only person to get a prescription to eat meat. - sglassme
Lots of eggs and bacon - Joe
Welcome to my world: "extra butter and sour cream on that baked potato please" - WarLord
@sglassme - it's even better than that. I was told specifically to eat a lot more fat. - Sarah G.
"Could I get two bacon cheeseburgers? I'm trying to eat healthy." - Andrew C (✔)
"Is it possible to deep fry buns? If so, hit me up with that while you're at it." - Sarah G.
oh, buns painted with butter and put on the grill before using ... mmm - Christina Pikas
JEALOUS! - MoTO: Team Marina
"QUICK, this man needs a hot beef infection STAT!" - Johnny from iPhone
Come to the UK, we probably still have some hot infected beef ;) - Pete : Team Marina
"Hot Infected Beef", my new stripper name. - MoTO: Team Marina
Bacillus Barry, the Rod of Love - Pete : Team Marina
*fans self* - Big Joe Silence
Fire alarm went off in the building this morning. I went out to the fire panel and it said the alarm was tripped from "Level 1, Section 2". I work on the ground floor. The whole upstairs floor is level 1 and it's managed offices. Two people came downstairs to check the fire panel and then said "Oh, it's not us. We're level 2." .....
I said "No, you're level one, your on the ground floor currently which makes you level 1". The girl said "No, we're level two". The guy said "All our paperwork for the past 10 years says we're level 2". Rather than pointing them to the diagram above the fire panel which showed the levels and their section, I turned and pointed at the giant corporate sign that hangs in the foyer that has said for the past 10 years "Logan Business Center, Level 1". - Johnny
They came down before and said it was them. One of their workers pulled the fire alarm sensors out of the ceiling when they were putting in new cables. - Johnny
clearly the problem is you call your 2nd floor the 1st floor ;) - Jeff (Team マクダジ )
That's the thing, we don't. They have always called it level 1. They did that so they can put "1/3972 Pacific Highway" on their mailings... EXCEPT... our office is Unit 1 so, really, we have legitmate claim to "1/3972". - Johnny
She should focus her energy on something else - My kids are Redskins fans. But I won’t let them wear the sportswear.
She should focus her energy on something else - My kids are Redskins fans. But I won’t let them wear the sportswear.
She seems to be perfectly reasonable and wishes to impart the concepts of tolerance and understanding to her child. How is this not a good use of her energy? - Johnny from iPhone
I'm with Johnny, sorry Shevonne. I loved what she wrote. - Stephen Mack
Everyone has a different opinion on things so it's cool :D - Shevonne
When you say "The world is watching #Ferguson", if world = Twitter then feuds between Demi and 4SoS fans or pickup lines are trending higher
Well, given that 'trending' isn't an actual measure of what's being actively tweeted, but a complex algorithm ( that seems to be more related to your location, who you follow, what they're tweeting, and how quickly that changes. - Jennifer Dittrich
I would agree with the article except my feed is filled with Ferguson news, by both local and overseas people, and my Trends are set to worldwide with no personalisation. - Johnny
I've got my stuff set the same way, and haven't seen two out of those three in the last several hours. (Heck, I don't even know what one of them is.) Let's just say I wouldn't be surprised that, since Twitter sells the right to be trending, that they shape it in other ways whether we want them to or not. The third party tools seem to be better at measuring true traffic trends. - Jennifer Dittrich
I can't help wondering sometimes if it's a case of a #HashTag Blinkers. I know I've spent a lot of time in the #AusPol hashtag and sometimes my brain tricks me into thinking "Well, if it's so active on this, why isn't it trending". I wonder if SOME of the world is watching Ferguson but that vast majority isn't but it's hard to tell when you've got the blinkers on. (Not saying this to diminish Twitter's power, I just wonder sometimes if there are air pockets inside a larger bubble) - Johnny
I think there's some of that, but I also think they've got an invested stake in showing just the right things when they're trending. I'm interested to see what the metrics say for the whole last week or so in retrospect. - Jennifer Dittrich
Just turned on the Tailored section and it showed up at the top. Hmmmmm. The non-tailored Worldwide trend has no Ferguson but my tailored does. My bubble theory continues - Johnny
And now my 'non-tailored' Worldwide has two different Ferguson tags. I guess the 'non' is a bit of a mislabeling, right? Because if you're not seeing that, then there's obviously a difference between what they're showing us. - Jennifer Dittrich
The Ferguson / National Guard trends just showed up but there hasn't been a Ferguson related subject for the past 9 hours (been doing company Twitter stuff all day at work). - Johnny
But, for reals, the Demi Lavato vs 4SoS fued was crazy before. I had it up on my Mac and the Ferguson running on my PC and the feud was going faster. - Johnny
Looking at a couple of the hashtag tracker sites ( is easier on the eyes,) it looks like Ferguson should have been the fourth most popular tag between 9-11pm PST (behind the 5sos and demi lovato and pickup lines ones.) So, they were definitely trending higher.. but it looks like Ferguson should have been pretty up there, but unlike the others it abruptly spiked, rather than... more... - Jennifer Dittrich
They're trying to mind control us with pop stars! Josie and the Pussycats movie has come true! (I may be a bit punchy after not much sleep!) - Jennifer Dittrich
your trending results may vary with geography? seems likely. - Big Joe Silence
For me, Ferguson is now the top trending topic. 1.1m tweets. It was at 648k yesterday, I think. Awkward pickup lines are at 22k tweets, so not sure why they'd be trending above Ferguson. - Andrew C (✔)
My top trending topics on Twitter: #Ferguson (1.1M), #MikeBrown (171.5k), The National Guard (13.8k) - Victor Ganata
Digging deeper, #SummerSlam has 474.6k. I wonder how they order this? - Victor Ganata
Victor Ganata
Very few things are as irritating as someone insisting they know what you mean better than you do.
Especially when you've carefully explained it ad nauseam. - Victor Ganata
But ¯\_(シ)_/¯ - Victor Ganata
Also: How block works on FriendFeed "Can I block a user? You can block a user by visiting their feed and clicking the "Block" link. After you block another user, you won't see any of their posts or comments on FriendFeed, and they won't see any of your posts. However, they will still be able to see comments that you make on other people's posts and, if your feed is public, they could still read it if they are logged out." - Johnny
Thanks Johnny I have never blocked anyone on here before, but I will Make an exception for Victor. I have had my fill of the blame America firsters so I hope it works. - Eric Logan
Re: Sorry EFA, You Can Legally Purchase 8 of the 10 Most Pirated Movies This Week -
"Average price in 2013 in the US was $USD 8.38 ($AUD 8.99). My local cinema (CinePlex) has GotG (2D) for $AUD 8.50" - Johnny
John Pozadzides
Honestly, I think Romeo and Juliet could have handled that entire situation a little better. Don't you?
13 year olds rarely do. - Johnny from iPhone
So. much. drama. - Micah
Steve and 4 other people
Can someone help me understand how dumping ice water on famous peoples heads helps save other non-famous people with ALS?
I would rather see a video of them writing the donation check. ;) - Janet
As someone who lost someone close to me from ALS and has tried to raise awareness/money for over 5 years, it's good that at least some attention is being paid to it. Even if a few people actually donate the cash, it's more than if the ice bucket challenge never happened. - Johnny from iPhone
Taylor Swift did it with 25 other friends and donated $2500. The video has over 200,000 likes in 2 hours. - Johnny from iPhone
This from Salon on that very question: The truth about the “Ice Bucket Challenge” via @Salon - WarLord
I get what the two negative people said in the article but ALS/MND doesn't have a large attention share to detract from and raising money for it is hard. The dude's dad died and he isn't a fan? My boss's husband died from it and she's a massive fan. - Johnny from iPhone
Victor Ganata
If you really think that a prosecutor can so easily railroad a grand jury in Texas, then perhaps Texas is even far more corrupt than my wildest imaginings and their justice system is a mockery and they should probably stop executing people and let all their prisoners go.
Not that I am a defender of Rick Perry, but there is an old saying that any prosecutor worth his or her salt could get anyone or anything indicted, including, I believe, a sandwich. :^) - Friar Will
I think they interpreted the law the way the think it can be applied which is laughable. You do realize we would not be having this discussion if the D.A. had not been arrested and sentenced and jailed on the D.U.I. charge. Do you really think that she should be the D.A. ? Does she at least have to recuse herself from cases involving the arresting agency or officer. She runs the public... more... - Eric Logan
Similar to Michael Brown, the D.A. is not on trial here. - Victor Ganata
NPR's Wade Goodwyn reports that Lehmberg's office was investigating one of Perry's favorite state projects at the time he was calling for her resignation. 'The governor would have been able to appoint the DA's successor had she stepped down,' Goodwyn says." - Victor Ganata
But, like I said, it's just an indictment. Innocent until proven guilty and all that. - Victor Ganata
Know your right she's not she plead guilty and served her time and won a civil case to keep her job in one of the only liberal strongholds in Texas which is sort of like St Louis and you want to know what's wrong with those communities. Unbelievable. - Eric Logan
And Lehmbergs' former office should still investigate Rick Perry, but she most certainly should not be running it. They already offered to let the Democrat's pick her replacement. If they indict him now about that state project the investigation is already tainted. - Eric Logan
Democrats in Travis County should be calling for her resignation the same way the residents in Ferguson have now started to chase of the looters. - Eric Logan
You do realize that Lehmberg is not prosecuting this case, right? That would be pretty fucking insane. - Victor Ganata
It's funny how trials never end up being about the accused but about the victims of the accused. - Victor Ganata
I realize a lot. I have been reading about it all morning. Liberals don't seem to have a problem with asking Ruth Bader Ginsburg to step down why not Lehmberg ? - Eric Logan
Again, this is about Rick Perry, not Lehmberg. Stop fucking derailing. - Victor Ganata
"Critics of the governor note that at the time the funding was cut, the public corruption unit was investigating a state agency, the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas, which was one of Perry’s pet projects. Questions have surfaced regarding funding of the institute and money given to some of the governor’s close allies; a former institute official has been indicted for... more... - Victor Ganata
Lehmberg is not the one who filed the ethics complaint, Lehmberg is not the prosecutor on this case, Lehmberg is not on the grand jury. Using your veto power to punish an entire governmental agency in retribution for the actions of one of its members might not be technically illegal (that's for the judge and jury to decide) but it sure as hell sounds sketchy. - Victor Ganata
No it's not. it's most definitely about Lehmberg. Who exactly was Rick Perry trying to coerce to resign. The D.A. is a victim now. Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha - Eric Logan
So do we finally have a wager? - Eric Logan
ERMERGHERD, LERBRULZ - Johnny from iPhone
No, the agency that was investigating a dirty project that Rick Perry had ties to is the victim. (Fine, alleged victim.) - Victor Ganata
I think Rick Perry is going to walk. What are we going to bet on, exactly? - Victor Ganata
You win. I would bet 100 dollars to a donut that he walks. - Eric Logan
I mean, this agency has prosecuted Tom DeLay (acquitted of all charges) and Kay Bailey Hutchinson (conviction overturned) so I think Rick Perry's odds of walking are pretty good. - Victor Ganata
Off topic. Gus Boulis used to sit in the kitchen with my grandfather and talk they where good friends. I didn't know about the Delay case originating with the same grand jury ? I do know a lot about this case. - Eric Logan
Yes, they should stop executing possibly innocent people. (more Rick Perry corruption) - April Russo
holly #ravingfangirl
OHAI new @shovelsandrope in my mailbox.
The only monthly magazine covering all the new trends in body disposal. - Johnny from iPhone
Victor Ganata
The phrase "inner city" is nothing but a code word now. I don't know much about the metropolitan St. Louis area aside from driving through it a couple of times and hearing the jokes about East St. Louis, but it doesn't really look like Ferguson is literally in the inner city.
Is there a term for the process when hipsters gentrify the urban core and people-of-color and poor whites get displaced into the suburbs/exurbs? - Victor Ganata
I thought the re-filling of city cores was called "The Great Inversion"? - Andrew C (✔)
You know what you're right I should call them what they are Democratically controlled cities. I wasn't sure about St. Louis so I used a code word. I had to look it up. "The second most dangerous city in 2011 was St. Louis, which has been led exclusively by Democratic mayors since 1949." - Eric Logan
Guess who turned New York into the safest big city. Republicans - Eric Logan
St. Louis city and county are separate entities, like Baltimore. The county is on the whole whiter and more affluent than the city, although there has been some gentrification of specific parts of the city over the last 30-40 years. The area as a whole is divided into three bands - North, mid- and South - with divisions basically at Page (MO state hwy D) and Manchester Roads. Mid-county... more... - Mary B: #TeamMonique
The area as a whole is very conservative - Democratic control extends to the city and one congressional district - that of Lacy Clay. - Mary B: #TeamMonique
I still wonder what Giuliani did with all the homeless people. It's probably better that I don't know, though. - Victor Ganata
I remember NYC was already remarkably/disturbingly purged of the homeless when Bloomberg came into office. - Victor Ganata
Yes, Democratically controlled cities, because S.F. and L.A. are such dystopian shitholes that no one ever wants to move to. *eyeroll* - Victor Ganata
Although I'm not sure who to credit for the surprising decrease in homicides in L.A. Which did coincide with the LAPD abandoning the official policy of harassing PoCs and instead trying to get to know the communities they were patrolling. (Obviously, it's not perfect, but it's better than the Daryl Gates/Rampart Division era.) - Victor Ganata
You know what's different about L.A. and S.F. ? Affluence. - Eric Logan
So you agree that your political party theory is bullshit? Good deal. - Victor Ganata
Hardly. Republican Riordan was the Mayor of L.A. in 2001. The tech industry saved S.F. George Christopher was the last Republican mayor there in 1964. Check how long Democrats have controlled the top 10 crime ridden cities in the U.S. - Eric Logan
Unless you mean "Democratically controlled" as a code word, too.... Yeah.... - Victor Ganata
I am beginning to think you're the racist. - Eric Logan
Or should I say dog whistle.... - Victor Ganata
LOL. - Victor Ganata
I'm not the one who associates "inner city" with "Democratic control" and "dangerous", man. - Victor Ganata
You're the one always blowing the dog whistle just like you can't dispute the facts on incarceration. You can't dispute the facts on what Democratic policies have wrought. - Eric Logan
Again, I'm not the one who associates "inner city" with "Democratic control" and "dangerous". I don't need to dispute anything. - Victor Ganata
Juxtapose these facts. CRIME AGAINST BLACKS AND HISPANICS IN AREAS CONTROLLED BY THE LEFT Criminal Justice Fact Sheet. - Eric Logan
Maybe I am on to something. It's all racial to you isn't it ? Here is another bone for you my friends and family would literally laugh out loud at your assertion. You I am not so sure about. Philippines Named as One of the Most Racist Countries in the World. - Eric Logan
You're the one who made the association, not me. - Victor Ganata
I'm curious: do you believe the oft-stated Republican talking point that people-of-color only vote for Democrats because Democrats give them what they want? - Victor Ganata
Funny... I read those articles and I get that those cities which are "Republican controlled" have a higher socioeconomic level than the "Democratic" towns so therefore crime rates would naturally be higher in lower socioeconomic ones. The problem is when you actually look past the flat-pack talking points and examine why these socioeconomic situations exist, it becomes uncomfortable... but keep banging that drum. - Johnny
Tell me, is "privatization" a term you usually associate with Democratic policies or Republican policies? - Victor Ganata
Far too often, "Tough on crime" or "reduced crime" just means moved crime, or it's underlining issues, somewhere else. - Johnny
I forgot about Chief Bratton. He's the one who figured out how to dispose of the homeless people in NYC. He seems to have taken a less draconian tack when he took over the LAPD but I guess it's not that difficult to be seen more favorably than Chief Gates. - Victor Ganata
You tell me ? Obama selects the owner of a private prison consulting firm as the new Director of the United States Marshals Service (USMS) - Eric Logan
Obama Budget: Grow Prisons and Keep Gitmo. - Eric Logan
Right, because Obama gets to pass laws and he can just close down Gitmo if he wants to no matter what Congress says. - Victor Ganata
Where do you think all those kids coming from South America are being held ? Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) and the GEO Group (GEO)—account for 70% of the “private detention” market. - Eric Logan
And because arresting people for minor infractions doesn't make for-profit jail and prison companies a shitton of money, - Victor Ganata
Here's the thing, if any politician even sniffed at "going soft on crime", the other side would pounce on them and pull them through the ringer. Democrat or Republican. People like spats like this because the can either wag a finger or cluck a tongue rather than addressing the UNDERLYING ISSUES. The Obama thing would be remarkable if it didn't occur on both sides all the damn time. - Johnny
Chief Bratton totally went with a kinder, gentler LAPD though, and body counts went down. Go figure. - Victor Ganata
It looks like quite the mixed bag CCA was on the verge of Bankruptcy in 2000. They have made 5.1 Billion in immigrant detention alone as of 2012. Has that number gone up or down since ? It looks like the donate to top Republicans and Democrats. - Eric Logan
Yes, let's focus on that rather than why there is an immigrant issue. SMOKE, MIRRORS, PUPPIES, FIREWORKS, LEFT RIGHT MIDDLE BLOWJOBS!!!!! *throw confetti* - Johnny
Those refugee kids wouldn't be held in prisons if xenophobes didn't raise high holy hell and threaten to shoot them all. - Victor Ganata
I already told you that I personally am very familiar with Unicor. I work in vehicles and came to California to live at one time to run Government bids and contracts. So I know a little bit about that aspect of prison laborers. - Eric Logan
Well, yeah, why are those kids making the journey? Could it be that U.S. foreign policy propping up anti-Communist dictators totally wrecked their home countries? Maybe? - Victor Ganata
You asked me who benefits from privatized detention and who supports it, I gave you an answer. - Eric Logan
Funny..."Prison labor has already started to undercut the business of corporations that don’t use it. In Florida, PRIDE has become one of the largest printing corporations in the state, its cheap labor having a significant impact upon smaller local printers. This scenario is playing out in states across the country. In addition to Florida's forty-one prison industries, California alone... more... - Johnny
Johnny's right it does occur on both sides all the damn time and there are obscene amounts of money being made and it doesn't run on a party line like the crime cities do. - Eric Logan
Both sides? That's what you think Johnny wrote? LOL. - Victor Ganata from iPhone
So what's your point about crime cities? Democratic cities are more crime riddled because they can make more money, even though the prisons are controlled by Republican state legislators... ahh, fuck it. The talking points are so confusing. I'm getting some lunch - Johnny
I think sometimes you get confused because I am responding to the previous comment "LEFT RIGHT MIDDLE BLOWJOBs" while someone else is typing. Florida is definitely not a Republican state. My point is that policies matter and Democratic policies don't empower the underclass in any way that I can see. - Eric Logan
It says (R) right after Rick Scott's name, so…. - Victor Ganata from iPhone
So the answer is to put people in prison for minor infractions, and somehow that will magically lift people out of poverty? - Victor Ganata from iPhone
I was born in Florida every race is a horse race and it is most definitely not a Republican state. It's almost exactly 50/ 50. I live in Georgia now this is a Republican state with the exception of Atlanta and arguably Athens. - Eric Logan
I don't see how Republican policies help the poor at all. There's only so much you can do with public policy short of outright revolution but at least some Democrats aren't actively trying to criminalize being poor. - Victor Ganata from iPhone
No it's not the answer It's abhorrent, but it is what is happening. - Eric Logan
I don't see how Democratic policies help the poor at all with the exception of dependency programs that you seem to think are helping people and maybe they are in the short term. - Eric Logan
You just linked to a post that lauded Chief Bratton for arresting people for minor infractions making NYC a safer place under Republican Mayor Rudy Giuliani compared to those damned Democratically controlled cities and now you want to tell me it's abhorrent? Huh? - Victor Ganata from iPhone
I guess you missed this part. "Those who have benefited most, by far, from the policies put in place by Giuliani (and later Bloomberg), are the black and Hispanic residents of such traditionally high-crime areas as Brooklyn's 75th Precinct, Bedford-Stuyvesant's 81st Precinct, and Harlem's 28th Precinct. Indeed, blacks and Hispanics have accounted for 79% of the decline in homicide... more... - Eric Logan
Fine, theoretical models seem OK here I guess(?), but they still arrested people and jailed/imprisoned them for minor infractions so… abhorrent or nah? - Victor Ganata
Minor crimes don't result in long prison sentences not enforcing the law or selectively enforcing it makes it worse and that's only one dynamic to a much larger problem. Are you going to attempt to address why those decades of democratic control have not helped or are you sticking with the dog whistle defense? - Eric Logan
You're the one who pointed out that once someone is in the system, they're pretty much doomed, so I can't see how you can claim arresting people for minor infractions helps them. - Victor Ganata from iPhone
Like I said, public policy has its limitations, but helping poor people survive seems comparably favorably to making their lives worse by throwing them into the maw of the prison-industrial complex. - Victor Ganata from iPhone
I reiterate, you're the one who made the connection between "inner city", "Democratically controlled", and "dangerous". Own that shit, man. Don't try to pin that shit on me. Where's your sense of personal responsibility? - Victor Ganata from iPhone
I did own it inner city was a code word for Democratically controlled as far as dangerous goes that's debatable I feel safe every where I go. If I don't feel safe I stop going there. Your the one who is constantly focused on race like it's our number one problem apparently. - Eric Logan
... This is why I accelerated my timetable on blocking him. - Andrew C (✔) from Android
Hurry up and block me Andrew. I stopped reading what you post a long time ago and to add insult to injury I am a Republican and proud of it. - Eric Logan
If you where not commenting on someone elses thread I would never see your comments. - Eric Logan
So is that why you linked an article that stated "Democratically controlled" = "dangerous"? - Victor Ganata from iPhone
I mean, I do think a lot of social problems are exacerbated by racism, but I don't think *everything* is racist. Like, I think anthropogenic global warming is ultimately totally colorblind. - Victor Ganata from iPhone
I don't even hold as hard and fast an opinion on Global Warming as you probably think I do. I am concerned more on the financial aspect of it. I hope to be one of the guys involved in the actual transition. I spent a good part of my day today talking to the guy who runs this company He does commercial solar installations and is using some of our vehicles as... more... - Eric Logan
There is a strange term that I have been hearing for the last few years, used to describe certain small towns around here: Inner city towns (any town which contains a large percentage of either Hispanics or PoC) Among them are my small town of about 3 sq mi, because of it's near 40% Hispanic population: and this town, because of its 85% African American population: - April Russo
Whatever word you choose to describe it. Here are some of the root causes clearly stated. I tried to use my own words to also point out in many areas Democrats have held power for far to long with nothing to show as help for their constituents. If the truth is a dog whistle word used by the good Dr. it's one I hope everybody hears. Dr. Ben Carson: Family Breakdown Is The Source Of Inner City Violence. - Eric Logan from FFHound!
*sigh* In general, the incidence of violent crime in the U.S. has fallen while the number of single-parent households have increased, so…. - Victor Ganata from iPhone
Violence Vanquished - Steven Pinker - WSJ - 2011 Sep 24 - Victor Ganata from iPhone
FBI: Violent crime rates in the US drop, approach historic lows - NBC - 2012 Jun 11 - Victor Ganata from iPhone
You forgot the key to the OP your so called dog whistle words ==>"Even if a portion of the recent drop in crime numbers is due to a statistical sleight of hand, most observers agree that violent crime is indeed falling in Chicago, as it is in most major cities. But the overall numbers obscure the fact that Chicago is a city of neighborhoods, and much of the violence has been sequestered... more... - Eric Logan
A crime puzzle: Violent crime declines in America - The Berkeley Blog - 2010 Jun 16 - Victor Ganata from iPhone
There seems to be specific reasons for the increase in violence in Chicago's South Side, though. Cutting off city services tends to cause lots of problems. Yay, austerity. - Victor Ganata from iPhone
How Bad Is Violence in Chicago? Depends on Your Race - The Atlantic - 2013 Sep 26 - Victor Ganata from iPhone
There is no doubt that it is declining overall the article I linked acknowledged the decline except where there's an actual increase. What do you propose we call those areas ? Domestic policy failure zones would that work ? - Eric Logan from FFHound!
"Admittedly, Chicago has serious budget issues. But somehow the money always seems to come out of the hides of the same areas, while other, better-connected communities and institutions have funds shamelessly shovelled their way." - Victor Ganata from iPhone
"You can't disinvest in a neighborhood's institutions and then be surprised when you end up with anger and despair." - Victor Ganata from iPhone
I think I already mentioned the problem has a very green dimension. - Eric Logan
So guess what happens to communities when you shut down their schools and hospitals and massively increase a hostile police presence? (Incidentally, this is also why the Iraqis didn't greet us as liberators as idiotically expected.) - Victor Ganata from iPhone
So I guess you're right in that sense: Democratic mayors enacting austerity measures and increasing police presence to harass PoCs doesn't work well. While I generally don't associate these policies with Democrats, they have been increasingly reading from the Republican play book, with predictably disastrous results. - Victor Ganata from iPhone
I don't set the budget for Chicago, but once again the city has been under Democratic control since 1931. So I question who is to blame for those policy failures. - Eric Logan from FFHound!
I got to meet and listen to talk by Paul Bremer at T.C.U. in 2005 BTW. At that event he talked about rebuilding the infrastructure of IRAQ that was also an obvious policy failure who gets blamed for that ? I doubt he would take as much credit today. - Eric Logan from FFHound!
Sure Chicago has been run by Democrats and the South Side has been considered a rough part of town for a while, but it seems clear that things got majorly worse when they shut down city services and turned the area into an occupation zone—and the latter is supposedly what a Republican mayor did to make NYC safer (even though getting rid of the occupation mentality is what made L.A. safer.) - Victor Ganata
Just saw a post on Facebook from a person I know. Their child is being bullied at school and has tried all the tactics the school said to try and defuse the situation. The kid then reported it to the school but they didn't do anything. Her solution was to tell her son to stand up for himself and take a swing. Someone asked if she had spoke...
to the school but she said no. WTF? - Johnny
Did she say why not? It seems weird that she'd expect the kid to handle the whole interaction with the school, but I know there can be circumstances. - Jennifer Dittrich
She didn't... but based on past experiences I wouldn't be surprised if she was too busy with her social life and expected "someone else to handle it" - Johnny
Ahhh. Yep - the extra responsibilities of the parenting gig. I'd imagine a phone call now may save a few later if the kid followed her advice. - Jennifer Dittrich
Same thing happened to me at school. I got my parents involved and it helped stop it. Quite often, a kid will bully because they know it's a vacuum. - Johnny
I wonder how differently things would be handled if he was a she. :-/ - Yvonne Renee from FFHound!
If they did away with the disc drive, how small could an Xbox be? Apple TV sized?
Nah. Now the largest portion is the graphics card. You could maybe cut the current gen's in half, but they'd still be 2-3 times bigger than an Apple TV. - NOT THE CRICKET
Actually, just looked, and they're using integrated graphics, but you still have to consider the HDD(@20-50GB/game) and GPU fans. Maybe in 3-4 years, they could go with SSD's and get it close. - NOT THE CRICKET
I want an xBox I can mount on the back of my computer screen at work for lunchtime gaming. I can - Johnny
I think the Xbox One is so big to allow for adequate ventilation and cooling since the Xbox 360s had such terrible reliability problems at first. - Andrew C (✔) from Android
Interesting Social Media Stuff. This is being shared on Facebook. It clearly asks for US people to help identify the cop. Problem is it's a picture that's 4 years old, it took place in Brazil and the cop was fired. When someone pointed this out, people jumped on them saying "It's not the point".
But the original post is clearly trading off the Ferguson issue for shares/likes. People's outrage is now focused at the commenter, not the original poster. What's up with that? - Johnny
I see this sort of thing on social media every day, but the context of Brown's killing makes it even more gross than usual. - John (bird whisperer)
The commenter didn't say this wasn't despicable, just informing people who thought this was in Ferguson. - Johnny
Melly - #TeamMarina
Looked super tired so put on some make up and now I look worse. #fb
*can't imagine either one* was it Paul Stanley's make-up, perchance? - Big Joe Silence
I think Paul Stanley make up would be an improvement today. Holy eye bags, Batman. - Melly - #TeamMarina from FFHound!
Lies. - Johnny
Andrew C (✔)
The bigger the hammer, the flatter the solved problem.
Stealing that one. - Johnny
Nailed it. - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
Victor Ganata
Talking about police militarization but refusing to talk about the underlying racism is not really talking about Ferguson.
True but be clear the intent of militarized police is to protect Wall Street, the rich the propertied class wants to be protected from the rabble -they will make no color distinction when that time to protect their enclaves comes - WarLord
It's funny what color skin the rabble tends to have, tho - Victor Ganata from iPhone
its very very clear to the outside world that america is totally racist and the policy is formulated to suppress the colored people !! How else does a white man carry an assult rifle and a black man gets shot for looking at a rifle in walmart >?? come one. srly.. peeps.. how many Black peeps have gone on killing sprees.. lets start with Columbine.. and take it from there.. .. Nobody wants to rake up the dirt... USA is fucked in more ways then one - Peter Dawson
Right now Wall Street controls the conversation and they keep the permanent underclass divided fighting among ourselves Race is a useful way for them to keep us stupid!! Today the occupying army in #FERGUSON is white on black Tomorrow..? - WarLord
Oh, I'm familiar with the divide-and-conquer tactic, but it only serves the powers-that-be to ignore the inciting grievances. Remember that we're where we are because a cop shot and killed an unarmed black kid. - Victor Ganata
We are here because Wall Street runs the world. And for America's drama to play out as Wall Street wrote it POC will die violently at he hands of occupying armies of police and when that is no longer effective at distracting us something similarly barbaric will spontaneously appear to keep us stupid or American Idol will return for another season.... - WarLord
Yes, let's pretend Michael Brown wasn't killed. - Victor Ganata
Let's be real: imperialism and colonialism and slavery throughout the history of the world has disproportionately and primarily detrimentally affected people-of-color. Sweeping that under the rug serves no one but the powers-that-be. I'm not needlessly injecting race into this issue to be unnecessarily divisive. It's been there. It has always been there. - Victor Ganata
^This. - Alix May
Wall. Street. *head desk* Didn't I have something to say about that this morning? Oh, well. - Anika
Sorry, Anika, I missed it. I just saw it now. - Victor Ganata
I'll have a crack at addressing it. Wall Street is a symptom of this, not the cause. The reason that a town like Ferguson has tanks is people are scared. A white guys goes into Target with a gun, he is exercising his 2nd Amendment rights. A black man does the same and he is immediately seen as a threat. The idea of a "well armed black militia" would freak a good portion of population... more... - Johnny
The reason a town like Ferguson has MRAP's is because of the war on drugs PERIOD. The reason the Army has surplus MRAP's to give to municipality's is because that's what our government has spent in tax dollars with the defense industry in support of our troops policing Iraq and Afghanistan. Is it a good idea ? Probably not. - Eric Logan
The "War On Drugs" is rarely ever about drugs... and the reason the military has that spending power is the same reason as my original point, just on a larger scale. - Johnny
Privatizing prisons that may be a function of Wall Street and the incarceration rate is increasing because it's profitable. Look up UNICOR. Tax payer funded labor is hard to compete with. - Eric Logan
They are great guys though they give back to the community they incarcerate. ==> Why Buy UNICOR UNICOR is a critical component of the Bureau of Prisons’ comprehensive efforts to improve offender reentry. By providing inmates the skills needed to join the workforce upon release, UNICOR reduces recidivism and helps curb the rising costs of corrections. Social Value Your purchases generate... more... - Eric Logan
Who is disproportionately affected when the Pentagon starts a war? Who is disproportionately affected by both the foreign and domestic portions of the War on Drugs? Who is disproportionately represented in prisons? - Victor Ganata
Poor people it's not as black and white as you seem to think it is. It's green. - Eric Logan
And the cop didn't need an MRAP or a machine gun to kill Michael Brown. - Victor Ganata
A function, maybe, but still done with permission. Prisons can be privatised because people want to be safe but don't want to pay for it. The cheapest, fastest solution. Out of sight, out of mind. It's convenient to simply blame "the government" and "Wall Street" but that doesn't remove the responsibility of the citizens and tax payers for allowing it to occur in their name. - Johnny
Even Rand Paul admits that black and brown people are disproportionately incarcerated. - Victor Ganata
There is absolutely no doubt about that. Go sit in an American courtroom and you will understand why. Poor and often uneducated people who depend on the government namely public defenders who get them to plead guilty to petty crimes to get out of jail instead of fighting the charges like the educated and affluent do. Once they are in the system they have a hard time getting out usually for financial reasons. - Eric Logan
Well, that and cops are more likely to arrest black and brown people in the first place. - Victor Ganata
When you cut education funding, which communities are more likely to affected? When you cut municipal administrative funding, what do you think happens to public defenders and to courthouses? (The jails and the prisons, though, as you say, remain quite profitable.) - Victor Ganata
The statistics are what they are, but you can't discount the cultural factor the kids get in the system sooner are more likely to be convicted because they can't post bond. etc. They often plead guilty after being in jail on a charge at a young age just to get out of jail which gets them into the for profit probation system. There are lots of studies out there about exposure to childhood risk factors and disparities in incarceration. - Eric Logan
Sure, but how do they get into the system in the first place? To quote Rand Paul: "Anyone who thinks that race does not still, even if inadvertently, skew the application of criminal justice in this country is just not paying close enough attention. Our prisons are full of black and brown men and women who are serving inappropriately long and harsh sentences for non-violent mistakes in their youth." - Victor Ganata
He's right. 80 % of the disproportionate Crack Cocaine sentences are Black offenders. You do realize he is a registered Republican with a mean Libertarian streak ? - Eric Logan
Yes, I know who Rand Paul. If even he is willing to accept that there is systemic racist injustice in this country, that's how obvious it must be. - Victor Ganata
It's the policies in these inner cities that got us here together. That is obvious, like way obvious. - Eric Logan
But it all comes back down to asking why, when confronted by an unarmed black kid, a cop's instinctual response was to shoot at him not just once but until he was dead on the ground? - Victor Ganata
I don't know enough about the facts of the case to comment on what happened, how or why ? The debate that is raging around the incidents aftermath seems to have overtaken the actual event from my vantage point. If it was my 18 year old kid I would be outraged. I have not read a definitive account of what actually happened between the cop and the kid. - Eric Logan
Andrew C (✔)
Reminder: any story about saving USPS that doesn't include covering the unfunded pension mandate issue is not worth your time.
(A friend linked to the Vox story about how postal banking might save USPS, which is in hard times, according to the story, because people send less mail now. No, people might indeed send fewer letters, but that's not why the USPS is in financial difficulty.) - Andrew C (✔)
Our postal service is going broke here and it doesn't have an unfunded pension mandate issue. - Johnny
Andrew C (✔)
RT @heyjennyyoung: Science discovered that 90% of communication is nonverbal, and we responded with the Internet.
Emoticons. - Johnny from iPhone
World Yo-Yo Champion Performs Hypnotizing Routine -
World Yo-Yo Champion Performs Hypnotizing Routine
Enthusiastic yo yo fans are enthusiastic. - rönin from Bookmarklet
That's some next level shit. - Johnny
Melly - #TeamMarina
My BFF's cousin has had baby number 16...
... but seriously, congrats to them! - Johnny
Steve reckons a couple of the older kids are a bit odd, but by all accounts they are a happy family :o) - Melly - #TeamMarina
@Johnny: the Duggar photo needs updating! Lol! - Yvonne Renee from FFHound!
Just read a spoiler for the new TMNT movie that ensures I never need to see it.
That needed a spoiler? :D - Jennifer Dittrich
Not really... but given how much I was into TMNT in my childhood with the comics, toys and TV shows, I was at least going to give it a watch eventually. - Johnny
Gotcha. I took a pass on the last one, just letting it go - I figured like most things, there's a pretty slim chance it's going to be as wacky and fun in the way I want it to be. - Jennifer Dittrich
TMNT 1 is still my favourite. I liked TMNT 2 a fair amount too - Johnny
Victor Ganata
What *is* the adverbial form of "passive-aggressive"?
I always thought that'd be passive-aggressively. - Jennifer Dittrich
I was just typing that, Jennifer, but now I'm looking at it... - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
"passgressively"? - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
I would think what Jenn said. - John (bird whisperer)
Fuckwittery - Johnny from iPhone
I guess "passive-aggressively" makes most sense since the noun form is "passive-aggression" and not "passivity-aggression" (or "passiveness-aggression"?) - Victor Ganata from iPhone
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