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On “Deadspin (un)Officially Dead

Waah.
Management sets the direction. "In a statement, G/O Media Editorial Director Paul Maidment said Deadspin journalists “should go after every conceivable story, as long as it has something to do with sports” and the company is sorry that some staffers don’t agree “to work within that incredibly broad mandate.”" * That's pretty broad. Stay in your lane. Don't like it...EVERYONE is replaceable...especially journalists. I might add this "Megan Greenwell wrote in August after resigning. She said they “genuinely believe that they are rich because they are smart and that they are smart because they are rich, and that anyone less rich is by definition less smart.”" can be said for journalists too because they can write. They often know crap about their subject matter--that's well documented--but they are journalists and should be listened too. Cough: learn to code.

* https://www.msn.com/en-us/money/companies/deadspin-revolt-is-latest-clash-as-private-equity-swallows-media/ar-AAJEWDC

On “Trump sends letter to Congress: There Is No Try

Oh this is going to be fun. 14 months before the election!

Make POPcorn....watches.

On “Asking China to Investigate the Bidens is Worse Than Trump’s Asking the Ukraine

Really? By that argument the Senate should have removed Clinton for the crime of work place harassment.

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Oh, and one other thing...if Biden's kid was on the up and up..there's no need to quash the investigation. IF the prosecutor is looking for bribes...just pay it. HIs hands are clean...they company paid it. Why the need for the vp to lean on ukraine to quash it?

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"Do _you_ have a competing explanation?"

I'm not really paying attention to this issue that much. Frankly I assume this type of thing happens all the time, as I said above. Deals, both gov't and personal, get made...but I also don't think this rises to the level of impeachment. Your mileage may vary.

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They why was Biden so intent on getting the head of Ukraine to replace the prosecutor investigating the company that his son was working for? For 50k a month pay and for which he was completely unqualified for?

On “So, How Much is My Privacy Worth to Me?

A very long time ago at a company far far away..I watched a demo of a program that was "ostensibly" only for law enforcement. All you needed was a name or phone number. The result was: address, licenses, credit data, census data, demographic info, # of folks in the house, mortgage info, you name it. Spider web lines to your know family members in other locales. All the same info above on them. The previous owner's of the house you lived in and all the above info on them. This was over a decade ago.

We're already screwed. I'm sure this program, or a modified one, is available for non leo now. I'll never have a dongle to monitor my driving. If face, I won't buy a car that has speed contrail on it. You know, the ones the Europeans are making. Won't be long before they arrive in the US. I have a facebook account but rarely use it...no need to build a more complete profile. Periodically think about cancelling it....

On “Asking China to Investigate the Bidens is Worse Than Trump’s Asking the Ukraine

The US does get something...it gets an investigation of corruption that we should have done but might not be within our laws. Why the hell is the son of the vp getting a sweetheart deal of a job he's not qualified for? Why is the vp pressing for a end to the investigation? Could this corruption have an influence in our country? Worth an investigation.

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When I first heard all of this my response was "hell, that shit gets done EVERY DAY ON EVERY LEVEL". "Mr prime minister, we want to put short range nukes in Germany..what's it gonna take?" Hey, dictator..we want to put a black site in your country to "interrogate" terrorists. We bring the guys to you..you squeeze them so we have deniability. What's it gonna take?" Hey Guatemala, keep some of them migrates out of the us...here's a billing dollars for "aide". We won't worry if a few hundred million goes missing, wink wink. How is this substantially different?

On “Nancy Pelosi Makes “Official Impeachment Inquiry” Announcement

I have yet to hear why it was ok for vp Biden to pressure Ukraine to end an investigation of the company paying his son, or risk loss of american "assistance" but when Trump does something similar but encourages the same investigation, it's an impeachable offence.

On “Des Moines Register Breakdown

"I recognize that I’m not the first person to be doxed like this — this whole campaign was taken up by right-wing ideologues and largely driven by that force,” he said. “It was just a taste of what I assume that women and journalists of color suffer all the time, but the kind of locality and regional virality of the story made it so intense."

So...in other words...It's my political opposition that ruined me. My actions were blameless. This guy shows no perspective, no growth. He's not a reporter, he's a political operative generating propaganda and reporting the "news" through his political world view...but that's what reporters are now. No amount of coaching would likely fix this as the higher ups at the paper are all in the same alignment with his politics.

On “On Greta Thunberg and Public Discourse around ASD

16 Year olds don't have the life experience, education, maturity, or wisdom to be movement leaders or "symbols". The fact that she's the poster child speaks volumes. She's merely a conduit of what her handlers and the others behind the scenes are saying. I doubt she's even read any criticism of the issue or had extensive debates where she's been forced to argue her positions. She comes off to me as a histrionic teenager not getting her way....ie ignore-able.

On “When a Local Shooting Becomes a National Story

"some things outrage us...some we don't care about"

On “Second Photo Surfaces of Justin Trudeau in Blackface

Why do I have a feeling that if Trump apologized for something should "couldn't accept his apology"

On “When a Local Shooting Becomes a National Story

Teens are killed at twice the rate in car related deaths than guns. That's 2x the heartbreak. Where's the outrage? NADA. And I'm not even going to delve into how many of those gun deaths are crime related (drugs, etc.)

On “Clown Show: Corey Lewandowski Amuses Himself at Jerry Nadler’s Circus

Impeaching him! Just like Clinton, he won't be removed. And as we've seen with Bill, his supporters won't care, and the other side will move on.

So in the end, what's it get you?

On “Veronica Mars and the Case of the Overused Sexual Tension

Never watched VM but I've watches Farscape a LOT. The "romance" is written well and I concur with the author's statements. Loved the scene in S 02 E 11 where Aerin scented her hair and then runs off in a huff so as not to be a "slave to" John's hormones. She can't tell him she loves him and he won't either, not until he thinks he'll doe over the brain implant. Frankly, the writing is some of the best I've seen on TV.

On “I Don’t Own a Gun

This..."At any rate, if I had kids and chose to own a gun for self-defense, I’d make sure they knew about gun safety."

I was raised around guns and my father kept one for self defense. I knew how to use them and from an early age new the impact of their use. I also knew where he kept his self defense pistol in the bed room. I also new I was NEVER to touch it when I was younger.

On “Weekend Plans Post: Stumbling into Autumn

Nerdfest is this weekend. 6 hours of D&D, good food, and drink.

On “Leave The Amazon Be

So to sum up a very long article....Brazil should not develop the amazon any more. OK...sounds like an internal Brazilian issue. So unless we're going to drop a few billion to Brazil to incentivize them not to develop the rain forest, why should anyone care what Brazil does? It is their country.

On “The Most Insidious Viral Marketing In The World

The clip shown here I thought was funny. I'll probably watch the show one day. His skit with Wayne Brady was "da bomb" back in the day. He's offensive. Meh so what. "I don't care". I don't care that others care. Turn it off. Stuff taken to the logical absurdity IS funny. Frankly, obsessing about stuff that a lot of people obsess about these days is tedious and, in the long run, irrelevant. My not agreeing with someone's life choices doesn't mean I have to voice my disagreement to them. Sadly most other people seem to think getting up in my business because they OBJECT to something about me is their right. It's not.

On “Speaking of Terror

I've spent my life around guns in less and more heavily regulated areas of the country. Blue states and Red states. I've lived in small towns and big east coast cities. I've lived where "trespassers will be shot" signs really meant that. That small town? No one locked their doors...but we did. Habit from living in a more urban area. My garage door was always closed, my car always locked.

I am always was aware of where Ii was and who was around me and what they were doing. It's not fear...it's prudence. When two dudes start smack talking each other at the bar, I back away. I don't live in fear....but I'm aware of what's going on....i'm not on my phone ignoring my situation. That's enough probability wise to do.

On “Breaking Bad: Picard

Good post. I liked DS9 more because it seemed more real. I especially remember when Sisco made a deal to sell some biomemetic gel to some bad guys 'cause he had no other choice to get the job done. Hard situations make hard choices. And the story arc about Bashir getting recruited by Section 19 who almost committed genocide to keep the federation safe.

On “Greta Thurnberg’s Semi-slow Boat Upon the Stormy Seas

This article caused me to spend @ 3 minutes paying attention to someone who doesn't deserve it nor do I give a damn about their opinion.. They are 16.

On “Ben Shapiro Works Those Feelings

I think people spend too much time thinking / listening to people who talk for a living.

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