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Trump Administration / Re: Trump Administration
« on: Today at 01:51:44 PM »
Yank knows decent cops.   Impossible to boil these matters down to percentages.   So it's better to constructively target codes of silence, rather than put people in stereotypical slots.   Which makes top-down policy changes in PDs essential. 

Though policy would not have saved Floyd.  Chauvin was in violation of his department's rules for handling suspects.   Which means culture change,  psych screens,  etc.   Expect delays.   Those fixes might be cheaper than building a new police station every time something like last week happens.   

Trump Administration / Re: Trump Administration
« on: Today at 01:40:40 PM »
Dr. Paul Offit, director of the Vaccine Education Center at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, said the sample size in Moderna's release -- eight -- is far too small to draw any meaningful conclusions.
"You are about to give a vaccine to tens of millions of people," he said. "I really wouldn't issue a press release about a number of people who you could invite to a small outdoor barbecue."   

Here we go again.  Post-truth era.   

Trump Administration / Re: Trump Administration
« on: May 30, 2020, 10:45:35 AM »
So now Trump is trying to pivot on the Floyd killing.   Yeah,  I'm sure he'll chip away at the Dems massive advantage with black voters in any way possible.   Maybe he thinks people of color can't form long-term memories.   Central Park 5, Charlottesville, Mexican rapists,  retweets of white nationalist memes... yeah,  they're forgetting all that as we speak!   

Trump Administration / Re: Trump Administration
« on: May 29, 2020, 11:33:51 AM »
Among the casualties of the protests: a six-story building under construction that was to provide nearly 200 apartments of affordable housing...

This aspect does sadden me greatly.   Most demonstrators are,  as always,  peaceful and sending a vital message.   I have to wonder if that particular arson was done by agents provocateur.   Hope the affordable housing builder had good insurance.   The long-term effect may be raised insurance premiums in neighborhoods where residents can least afford them.   

Trump Administration / Re: Trump Administration
« on: May 28, 2020, 05:20:49 PM »
Biden is the same old for starters ...

I don't think so.

I could be wrong, but that's not my reade.

Tara-ble typo there. 

At this point,  I don't care if Biden humps goats and makes sports jackets out of dead famine babies.   He appears to be a functioning adult.   Good enough for me.   Especially if he picks a progressive like Warren for veep.

Trump Administration / Re: Trump Administration
« on: May 28, 2020, 11:37:56 AM »
There may be no Patient Zero...

It was only by looking back that California officials realized that the virus may have been spreading through the state and killing residents earlier than they had thought. Large hospitals and academic medical centers routinely preserve and store tissue samples from autopsies for six months to a year. In April, an analysis of samples from the autopsy of a 57-year-old Santa Clara woman who died suddenly in her home on 6 February revealed that she succumbed to the disease. The woman probably contracted the virus at least a week or two before she died. The fact that she had not travelled outside the country means that coronavirus was spreading within the community by mid-to-late January...

Trump Administration / Re: Trump Administration
« on: May 26, 2020, 08:23:23 PM »
What the hell is “ environmental racism”?

I know, such a tough concept when two words are strung together like that.

And Bing! All knowledge of Google flies right out of your head.

The post directly above his question was you giving two examples of it.
No. It wasn’t

Not playing.   So long,  motherfucker.

Trump Administration / Re: Trump Administration
« on: May 26, 2020, 08:21:59 PM »
From WaPo...and other news outlets...

The widower of a former congressional staff member for Joe Scarborough has asked Twitter chief executive officer Jack Dorsey to delete tweets by President Trump furthering a baseless conspiracy theory about his wife’s death.

“My request is simple: Please delete these tweets,” Timothy J. Klausutis wrote in a letter to Dorsey, seeking his intervention as Trump continues to suggest that Scarborough, a former Republican congressman from Florida who is now an MSNBC host, was responsible for the 2001 death of Lori Klausutis.

In a statement Tuesday, Twitter expressed sympathy for the Klausutis family but gave no indication Trump’s tweets would be deleted...

No comment needed from me.   Res ipsa loquitur. 

Trump Administration / Re: Trump Administration
« on: May 26, 2020, 08:16:27 PM »
What the hell is “ environmental racism”?

I know, such a tough concept when two words are strung together like that.

And Bing! All knowledge of Google flies right out of your head.

The post directly above his question was you giving two examples of it.   

Trump Administration / Re: Trump Administration
« on: May 26, 2020, 09:58:42 AM »

DSM-5 Criteria for Narcissistic Personality Disorder
Narcissistic personality disorder is "a pervasive pattern of grandiosity (in fantasy or behavior), need for admiration, and lack of empathy, beginning by early adulthood and present in a variety of contexts," according to the DSM-5.

Five or more of these DSM-5 criteria need to be present for an official diagnosis.

Has a grandiose sense of self-importance (exaggerates achievements and abilities)
Preoccupied with dreams of unlimited power, success, physical attractiveness, and love
Holds the belief that they are of special or high status and can only be understood by similar people or should only associate with those people (or institutions)
Has a need for excessive admiration
Possesses a sense of entitlement and expects favorable treatment or compliance
Exploits other people to achieve personal goals
Lacks empathy regarding the needs and feelings of other people
Is envious of other people or thinks other people envy them
Has arrogant behaviors and attitudes

Who are you and what have you done with luee?
It appears that Luee has somehow discovered that President Trump is an undocumented immigrant.


Seriously, I applaud Luee, or any forumite,  who actively follows news even as it goes places outside their usual comfort level.   It's human nature,  once we develop some confidence in an authority figure, to ignore any negatives.   Luee shows intellectual integrity in moving on from that, casting off blinders. 

Trump Administration / Re: Trump Administration
« on: May 25, 2020, 08:08:03 PM »
This Memorial Day, I’m thinking about what images in array or montage accompanying the words, “human stock capital” best convey the ethos of the republican party as it exists today....

People lighting the gasses coming out...

Am so glad that sentence ended with kitchen sink taps! 

Have a fine Memorial Day y'all.

Those frontotemporal dementia symptoms... maybe,  but I'd say "loss of empathy" is not one of DT's symptoms.   Don't think he ever had any to lose.   

Trump Administration / Re: Trump Administration
« on: May 23, 2020, 03:10:34 PM »
Just testing to see if embeds work here...

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Trump Administration / Re: Trump Administration
« on: May 22, 2020, 10:42:51 AM »
“FoxNews is doing nothing to help Republicans, and me, get re-elected on November 3rd” -- Donald Trump

Unbelievable on many levels.

He's saying the quiet part out loud, yes, but the truly nutty thing is that he thinks this is a legitimate critique he is leveling at a news media outlet in the United States of America (leaving aside one that markets itself as "Fair and Balanced")

When I noticed yesterday that 45 didn't understand the phrase "per capita, " it was a reminder that we are spending too much time combing through the utterances of a blithering idiot.   Here's the quote BTW....

  THE PRESIDENT: And, you know, when you say “per capita,” there’s many per capitas. It’s, like, per capita relative to what? But you can look at just about any category, and we’re really at the top, meaning positive on a per capita basis, too. They’ve done a great job.

Just to get everyone up to speed:  Unless you have a population whose members happen to possess more than one head apiece, there's one unequivocal meaning of per capita.   

Trump Administration / Re: Trump Administration
« on: May 19, 2020, 09:28:22 PM »
The scientist who created Florida's COVID-19 data portal wasn't just removed from her position on May 5, she was fired on Monday by the Department of Health, she said, for refusing to manipulate data.

Rebekah Jones said in an email to the USA TODAY Network that she single-handedly created two applications in two languages, four dashboards, six unique maps with layers of data functionality for 32 variables covering a half a million lines of data. Her objective was to create a way for Floridians and researchers to see what the COVID-19 situation was in real time.

Then, she was dismissed.

"I worked on it alone, sixteen hours a day for two months, most of which I was never paid for, and now that this has happened I'll probably never get paid for," she wrote in an email, confirming that she had not just been reassigned on May 5, but fired from her job as Geographic Information Systems manager for the Florida Department of Health.

Researchers who saw the email reacted with shock and dismay, suggesting it could be evidence that the Gov. Ron De Santis' government was censoring information to support the case for re-opening Florida.

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