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Comment Re:Make it fair (Score 1) 899

One incident doesn't outweigh numerous incidents of violence on the left. And this guy was a one-off loner wacko. I no more consider him the poster-child of the White Supremacist movement than I consider Omar Mateen to be true ISIS.

Also, since we're trying to connect White Supremacists to Nationalists, how does the fact that he posted photos of himself spitting on and burning the American flag fit in to all that? Isn't that a leftist thing?

Comment Re:already exceeding expectations (Score 2) 1560

Because it shows that letting one ideologically homogeneous populous area 'stuff the box' to outweigh the overall results in the other 49 states is a problem - the exact problem the electoral college was created to prevent.

California's (actually, LA/San Fran's) huge mass of +5m votes for Hillary is the _perfect_ example of the wisdom of the electoral college.

Comment Lots of promises (Score 2) 190

Then they'll delay any fixes 'til forever, cancel and discontinue apps that were key features of the TV, etc, etc.

I've got a JS9000 (2015), and I'm still waiting for them to update their HDR code - they've been promising the updated firmware since before the 2016 series came out. The latest promise was that the update would roll out in December - now we're in January and still nothing.

Samsung was great 8 years ago, now they're just pumping out shiny new equipment with features that only partially work. They're the Korean Apple.

Comment Re:Today's Christmas *is* corporate bullshit (Score 1) 103

Tired old anti-corporate/anti-coke myth.

"The popularity of the image spawned urban legends that Santa Claus was invented by The Coca-Cola Company or that Santa wears red and white because they are the colors used to promote the Coca-Cola brand.[35] Historically, Coca-Cola was not the first soft drink company to utilize the modern image of Santa Claus in its advertising—White Rock Beverages had already used a red and white Santa to sell mineral water in 1915 and then in advertisements for its ginger ale in 1923.[36][37][38] Earlier still, Santa Claus had appeared dressed in red and white and essentially in his current form on several covers of Puck magazine in the first few years of the 20th century.[39]"

Santa wasn't 'created' by Coca-Cola, the version used by Coca-Cola was already in use by many based off the writings of Moore and the art of Nast.

Comment Re:America hates Hillary Clinton (Score 0, Troll) 1069

You mean how to build an economic powerhouse that pisses away billions,

destroys affordable housing, forcing the poor to live in tent cities,

and is hugely racist

Why the hell would we want the folks in that state to have the ability to override the popular vote in the other 49 states, when they can't even get their own state into the democratic socialist utopia they're trying to make?

Comment Re: Call them protesters (Score 2, Informative) 147

Pipelines are only safer then the alternatives when things like the safest route is taken. In this case the safest route was close to Bismark and the people of Bismark protested so the pipeline was moved to go under a lake instead of the shorter route under the river.

Completely wrong on multiple points.

1. It wasn't the safest route,
2. the people of Bismark didn't even have a chance to complain because the early plan was killed before it even got submitted to State-level agencies.
3. It wasn't the shortest route either.
4. It's still going under the river. The 'Lake' is a manmade reservoir in which the river was just widened via a dam.

The Army Corps of Engineers nixed the idea because it made the pipeline 10 miles longer AND it make it much harder to keep the pipeline the minimum 500 feet from homes and put the water of far more people at risk.

Just an FYI, the entire state of North Dakota has less than 1 million people. Bismark has 67k people, and the entire Standing Rock Reservation has about 8k people.

Also FYI - over 80% of those arrested at the DAPL protests are not Natives - neither North Dakota/South Dakota citizens, nor Standing Rock tribal members.

I think the Standing Rock tribe did get screwed repeatedly historically, and had a right to protest and be heard. However, the Army Corps of Engineers hadn't even made their determination regarding permits to go under the river yet, so none of the sabotage and militant action was justified. All the idiots going "Hey, Why did Bismark get a pass? RACISM!" were jumping the gun because the same agency that made the determination RE: BIsmark were still assessing the Standing Rock crossing - the approval process hadn't even been completed yet.

In reality, most of the protesters currently at the camp in ND have been bouncing from one camp to another along the route causing trouble, spills, and related environmental damage.

  The Standing Rock camp just got the most publicity, and the tribe got used again. This time for the alt-left's ideological extremism.

Comment Re:#1TermDonald (Score 1) 588

Not following the voters' will is the entire purpose of the electoral college.

Uh, no. They're following the voters' will IN THEIR STATE. Trump won the popular vote in 30 of the states. Clinton won in 20 - including California, and that state's electors will vote for her.

Complaining about the unfairness of the electoral college while pining for the ONE state that gave her the extra 4 million votes to have the power to sway the election is just ludicrous.

Comment Re:But bringing an assault rifle??? (Score 1) 789

Uh, no. It accepts that black people are more likely to get shot as a percentage of population.

There's a reason for that - as a percentage of population, blacks are more likely to be involved in both non-violent and violent crime, which makes them (as a percentage of population) far more likely to interact with police, than whites. (FBI/Census)

For example: despite blacks being only 13% of the overall population, there were more black murder victims than White and Latino combined - and over 90% were killed by black perpetrators.

This is what annoys the hell out of me in regards to all these claims of police racism. For the most part, when controlled for actual crime rates and police interaction, the claims don't hold up and generally suggest the opposite.

Fake news? Misleading news? Where does the deliberate selection of one statistic while leaving out context and 'explanatory' information in favor of an ideological position fit in to this discussion?

These statistics aren't 'racist' but if you (or a newspaper) use them, that's the first accusation they'll face.

Comment Re:That can't be right (Score 1) 533

It might have been 'steadily declining' but the rate of decline increased drastically starting in mid 2008. (switch it to line graph)

And just because someone has a 'job' doesn't mean it's a good job - in fact there are a lot of very skilled people who are working shit jobs just to put food on the table because their previous jobs have never come back. Gallup has a very nice ongoing poll that shows just how bad it really is:

Comment Re:Electoral college does reflect the popular vote (Score 2, Insightful) 1430

If you total all of the other 49 states (including all of those "highly populated areas") leaving out California, the results are thus:

Trump: 58.4M
Clinton: 56.9M

Clinton only wins the popular vote because of a 5 million vote swing in San Francisco and Los Angeles.

Somehow people are complaining that the electoral vote is unfair, while their own proposed system (straight vote) would have just one populous and ideologically-homogeneous area having the power to over-ride the results of the other 49 states. This is proof the electoral college WORKS, not the other way around.

Comment This argument makes no sense! (Score 1) 1430

Clinton only has a lead in the popular vote because of ONE state - California. Take California out of the mix, and Trump wins by MILLIONS when the popular vote is totaled from the other 49 states.

Arguing about the unfairness of the electoral college and the supposed inequality in relative weight of votes in regards to electoral value is completely insane when the end result would be that picking up a few extra million votes in just one populous state would negate the value of votes in the other 49.

We are NOT A DEMOCRACY. There are well documented and valid reasons for that decision. The fact that in this instance just one regional population group could have dictated the election in the proposed system - counter to the results of the other 49 states - is a perfect example of the wisdom of the existing electoral college system.

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