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Comment Remembering it's China works both ways... (Score 1) 145

Like when accounting for "20 million active users" monthly to "between 300000 and 400000 jobs" every month.

Population of China: 1.357 Billion.
Out of which 359.14 million were employed in urban and 405 million in rural China, in 2011.

Meaning that those "monthly gigs" represent 0.039 - 0.052% of jobs in China.
While "20 million active users", would represent 2.61% of workers - if there actually were 20 million gigs too.
Instead of there only being enough "gigs" for about 1.5 - 2% of "workers".

Some of whom are significant enough percent of the whole to be singled out in the article as ""beautiful women"...between the ages of 18 and 28...working as live-streaming models to keep mostly-male viewers entertained" - for 70$ per day + tips.

I.e. The company offers either "sorting crates of milk at a supermarket or hand out pamphlets on frozen sidewalks" kind of "gigs" - or "gigs" which are not so cleverly disguised online prostitution.
Considering that regular prostitution can employ some 300000 in a single city those 80$ million look more and more like they are being made on the backs of prostitutes.

Comment You betcha you should take her word for it. (Score 1) 900

You clearly didn't RTFA. She has extensive email and chat records to back up her claims. Yes, I am taking her word for it.

Considering that in Trumperican Kingdom, current first "lady" is suing a foreign tabloid for calling her a prostitute and thus preventing her from a "unique, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity" to cash in on her position of a first "lady" - you betcha you should take her word for it.

Only a complete idiot wouldn't keep a paper/electronic trail while making public accusations in the Land of Litigation.
Which goes double for someone working for a company involved in so many lawsuits.

Comment AHAHHAAHA! What a pathetic loser you are... (Score 1) 91

Truly... Pathetic. Such a loser. Sad.

You just keep banging them red herrings kiddo, pushing them irrelevant conclusions...
None of those are arguments. Nor are they addressing the facts I stated. You know... Facts. As in reality.

But you just keep on keeping on! Enjoy! Trump won! Don't be such a loser son! Go on!
Run naked through the streets yelling "WE WON! WE WON! WE WAAHAHAAAHAAN!!!"
Instead of being such a pathetic, sad, little loser that you have to keep resorting to fallacies.
At least you could LIE... It IS in vogue for your kind. But no... you probably suck at that too.
Sad. Such a loser.

Comment You should really pay attention when reading... (Score 1) 895

Except according to the FBI nothing Flynn did was illegal.

Umm... NO.

1 - There is no such claim in that article.

The FBI in late December reviewed intercepts of communications between the Russian ambassador to the United States and retired Lt. Gen. Michael T. Flynn - national security adviser to then-President-elect Trump - but has not found any evidence of wrongdoing or illicit ties to the Russian government, U.S. officials said.

That last bit is the source of the claim. "U.S. officials" - NOT FBI. Not even "senior officials". Just "officials".

2 - It gets better. Or worse... depending how you look at it.
By the end of the article, it's not even "officials". It's "some guy(s)".
It's "individuals".

Both Flynn, a former head of the Pentagon's intelligence agency, and Kislyak, a seasoned diplomat, are probably aware that Kislyak's phone calls and texts are being monitored, current and former officials said.
That would make it highly unlikely, the individuals said, that the men would allow their calls to be conduits of illegal coordination.

That's not reporting.
That's pure CYA and imputing unsubstantiated OPINIONS to sources without actual information - while throwing around buzzwords which telegraph credibility.

Which is why you've read that and though you read "according to the FBI nothing Flynn did was illegal".
When it's actually "according to some guys, FBI won't find anything, cause Flynn and Kislyak aren't that stupid".

3 - You know how they remake and reboot old movies? So it is still a story about same things... but it is different now?
Well... that is an OLD article.
Which doesn't match the findings in the new article, from the same paper.
As in, opinions presented in it have turned out to be, based on incomplete and FALSE information.
So false in fact, that claims of "the individuals" in that article are basically - LIES.

From claims about FBI "not finding any evidence", while the investigation is actually still ongoing...

Officials said this week that the FBI is continuing to examine Flynn's communications with Kislyak.

To "former and current U.S. officials" outright calling out Trump administration for lying about "not" making deals with a foreign power.
Foreign power which is under sanctions BECAUSE OF CYBER ATTACKS ON THE USA.
Cyber attacks, made during the election which got said administration into the White House.

National security adviser Michael Flynn privately discussed U.S. sanctions against Russia with that country's ambassador to the United States during the month before President Trump took office, contrary to public assertions by Trump officials, current and former U.S. officials said.

U.S. intelligence agencies were then concluding that Russia had waged a cyber campaign designed in part to help elect Trump; his senior adviser on national security matters was discussing the potential consequences for Moscow, officials said.

Feel free to connect those dots.
Particularly in the light of Flynn getting canned mere days after that article got published.
Cover your ass is a very popular game among those who practice "pants on fire" lying.

Neither of those assertions is consistent with the fuller account of Flynn's contacts with Kislyak provided by officials who had access to reports from U.S. intelligence and law enforcement agencies that routinely monitor the communications of Russian diplomats.
Nine current and former officials, who were in senior positions at multiple agencies at the time of the calls, spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss intelligence matters.

All of those officials said Flynn's references to the election-related sanctions were explicit.
Two of those officials went further, saying that Flynn urged Russia not to overreact to the penalties being imposed by President Barack Obama, making clear that the two sides would be in position to review the matter after Trump was sworn in as president.

"Kislyak was left with the impression that the sanctions would be revisited at a later time," said a former official.

He literally promised them favors by the President, if they stay cool about sanctions they were given for attacking USA.
A reward for attacking USA.
"In part to help elect Trump".

Comment LOOK AT THAT STRAWMAN RUN!!! RUN STRAWMAN! RUN! (Score 1) 91

Is there a ban on being muslim? I know of none. I suspect you are talking about the suspension of immigration from seven specific countries, using the incorrect language the mass media has attached to it.

NOPE! Comrade.
I am talking about Trump and his cohorts trying to blame Obama for their own unconstitutional actions - for which they just got their asses handed to them the federal appeals court. Sad.
CONGRATULATIONS COMRADE! TRUMP WON! ENJOY!

But do feel free to put up any strawman you like. After all... there's already a strawhead puppet put up in the White House.

Or a tu quoque fallacy.

Trump is not unique in something like this.

Which, AGAIN, manages to also be a false equivalence fallacy.
Cause not since King George the Third ruled in today's US parts have military raids been decided over a dinner, with only The Supreme Lunatic in Charge, his court astrologist, his son in law, a lunatic general and a single person from the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Out of SEVEN.
Trump the situation room! Who needs them generals and admirals anyway when there are Kushner, Bannon and the Mad Dog there to give their council?

Remember when Carter took foreign policy advice from his beer swillin, public urinatin, Libyan agent brother Billy? No?
Would you like to know why you can't remember that? CAUSE IT DIDN'T HAPPEN!
Carter didn't order military raids on advice of his family, eschewing advice from the military chiefs, while listening to conspiracy theorists.

Here. Read up on why oranges are NOT like apples. This shit might blow your mind. Well... a man can hope.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...

I'm not sure what disaster has resulted from those calls. Is either country busy importing Russian nuclear missiles to try to make us behave? Was there a plague of locusts, or what?

RIIIIIGHT! OK... So that's the new standard? Wait until they start importing Russian nuclear missiles? That's where the goalposts are nowadays?
What century do you live in kiddo? IT ain't 1960's bro. Nobody's putting up missiles. Better come back to the real world.
Maybe then you'd realize that when the President of a country makes an ass of himself in front of the foreign leaders and the whole world - it kinda matters.
And it matters A LOT when he comes off as a pathetic, babylike, tantrum-throwing demented lunatic.
Even King George got "regented" when his lunacy got THAT bad. He did manage to lose a big chunk of the empire before that happened though.

If this removal was a demand made of the last two "admin", then it surely wasn't caused by Trump. Who was giving the "option" of removing this material to the USDA? And if there was no demand, what was there to refuse -- in the name of "transparency"?

What? ANOTHER strawman?

The issue is NOT in determining the blame on who gave the Strawpuppet in Chief and his gang of incompetent lunatics the ability to order removal of the material.
IT IS ABOUT THEM LYING ABOUT WHO ORDERED THE REMOVAL OF SAID MATERIAL!!!
Get it, comrade?

In case you missed that one from your parents - LYING IS BAAAAAD!
Lying in such a STUPID way is WORSE!!! Not only are you a liar - YOU'RE A STUPID LIAR TOO!
Or a lunatic with no relation to reality.

But trump that. Trump won bro! Enjoy!

Comment Renewable-schmenewable... (Score 4, Insightful) 194

Nuclear could become (with magic and prayers) cheap and renewable as farts - it will still be a security risk.
"Yeah but this new reactor design..." doesn't matter either.
You still have to build nuclear reactors in places where there will most likely be social upheavals resulting in wars in the next 50 years.

Cause those are the places where most people are being born, which means more energy needs, which means more powerplants - built in future Syrias.
Did someone say ISIS dirty bombs? Anyone? Anyone? NSA?

Comment Except that USDA statement is a LIE. (Score 4, Informative) 91

"The review of APHIS' website has been ongoing, and the agency is striving to balance the need for transparency with rules protecting individual privacy.
In 2016, well before the change of Administration, APHIS decided to make adjustments to the posting of regulatory records.
In addition, APHIS is currently involved in litigation concerning, among other issues, information posted on the agency's website.
While the agency is vigorously defending against this litigation, in an abundance of caution, the agency is taking additional measures to protect individual privacy.
These decisions are not final. Adjustments may be made regarding information appropriate for release and posting."

A blatant and stupid lie.
Trump administration forgets that people from the Obama administration are still alive and around.

Matt Herrick, director of Communications of USDA under Obama, tweeted this regarding the disappearing of animal abuse reports:

Decision by @usda 2 remove animal abuse reports not required.
Totally subjective. Same option given 2 past admin. We refused. #transparency

And it's not the first (and probably not the last) time that Trump administration, once caught doing something they shouldn't be doing, tries to blame it on Obama.
Like the Muslim ban, Yemen raid fiasco (BTW, that was "winning"), Trump's disastrous calls to Mexican and Australian heads of state... and now this.
More here.

Comment Re:Mention Russia Today and Fox News, but not CNN? (Score 1) 405

The summary mentions Russia Today and Fox News, but not CNN?

Neither does the article.

The move is highly unusual for the online encyclopaedia, which rarely puts in place a blanket ban on publications and which still allows links to sources such as Kremlin backed news organisation Russia Today, and Fox News, both of which have raised concern among editors.

Comment Reality is a vengeful bitch. (Score 2) 53

You are confusing the ability of an ignorant person to shoot its own foot off, despite being told not to do it, by well informed people, cause it will hurt - with irrelevance of the facts.

Facts matter. Cause facts are reality.
And reality is a vengeful bitch even when you're paying attention to her every whim.
You may not have noticed it yet cause it's only starting to rain, and you haven't been paying attention, but that what's coming along down the road is a 4-year-long shitstorm.
And the shit that will rain will stink for a long time.

It's what happens when people willfully ignore facts.
They can consider themselves lucky if they only end up losing that one foot.
But the market for cheap battery powered wheelchairs will be YUUUUGEEE!!!
Meaning they will be made in China.

Which IS something Rosling didn't take into account. That while China and India will rise, USA will sabotage itself.
Sad.

Comment Get over it bro. Trump won. Enjoy! (Score 4, Interesting) 659

BTW... Who said anything about administration?

For one... There is no such thing as "Trump administration" yet. And clearly, there won't be one for quite some time.
Which is what happens when you hire a lazy, lying, incompetent bum prone to litigation to work for you.

And no one said it was "the administration" that's being a "liar and a sociopath" - it's Trump and the people he is picking who are liars, sociopaths and idiots.
Here, again, for those with reading issues.

They are lying cause their boss, who has handpicked them, is a liar and a sociopath.
A liar and a sociopath who has handpicked people who don't mind being told lies nor do they mind telling lies to reach their goal.
They are lying cause they are liars and sociopaths. Also... idiots who don't mind being lied to.

Also, tu quoque is a fallacy - not an argument.
Particularly when you reply to a "He's a lying sociopath and so are the people he's picking" carpet bombing with a fizzling firecracker like "Well... like the previous administration NEVER lied".
Not only are you neck deep in the fallacy septic tank, you're diving deeper by emphasizing your own attempt at false equivalence.

Which is pathetic, I know, but what CAN you do?
You can't just pick ANY random statement by ANY previous president and say "See? That's a lie." - at least 50% of those won't be lies.
Unlike with Trump, with whom telling truth happens to be more of a statistical error than accident.

Just get over it already. Trump won. Enjoy!

Comment Re:Not even close. (Score 1) 659

And legalised drugs, sorting people into social classes based on intelligence, procreation entirely through industrial processes, and a purely centrally planned and managed economy.

True that, but I was making a reply more regarding the political implications of the comparison to that work of fiction than the exact accuracy compared to it.

Though there have been significant advances on the feelies front recently.

Comment And here we go again... (Score -1, Redundant) 659

Downmodding as a way of rejecting reality. Fortunately, I have plenty of copy/paste left. Ergo...

It's much simpler than that.

They are lying cause their boss, who has handpicked them, is a liar and a sociopath.
A liar and a sociopath who has handpicked people who don't mind being told lies nor do they mind telling lies to reach their goal.
They are lying cause they are liars and sociopaths. Also... idiots who don't mind being lied to.

Comment Nah... (Score 3, Insightful) 659

It's much simpler than that.

They are lying cause their boss, who has handpicked them, is a liar and a sociopath.
A liar and a sociopath who has handpicked people who don't mind being told lies nor do they mind telling lies to reach their goal.
They are lying cause they are liars and sociopaths. Also... idiots who don't mind being lied to.

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