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PostPosted: Wed Oct 04, 2017 10:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah, I saw that. I do feel sorry for her. Time to retire I say!
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 04, 2017 11:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Chronometry wrote:
WheelsOfConfusion wrote:
WheelsOfConfusion wrote:
It will never be time to discuss gun control as long as the Republican party exists.


But what would it take? For the Republican party to cease existance?


that's something a lot of us are asking. this week the supreme court heard a case on gerrymandering - that's the practice of drawing up district lines to pretty much guarantee that one party will always win that district. while both parties have done this when they were in power (generally, the state legislature redraws district lines ever 10 years, after the national census), the republican party really turned it into a science when they redrew boundaries after the 2010 census. in Wisconsin, the subject of the case before the Court, republicans have got ~2/3 of the seats in the state legislature, while winning only ~1/2 of the popular vote. this has made a lot of congressional seats virtual sinecures, and keeps republicans in power, even though they get the minority of the popular vote. if we can get gerrymandering off the table, we can maybe start electing people who represent their constituents and not the party. the vast majority of americans want gun control legislation; it's just the fact that republican politicians are basically the whipped lap dogs of the NRA that keeps us from getting it. we don't even need to get rid of the whole party, just get them out of power.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 04, 2017 3:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

top 10 recipients of NRA funding in the US senate and house - plus their response to the las vegas shootings. i'm sure all the victims are relieved to know that pretty much all of these guys (and their wives!) are busying praying for them (two didn't release a statement -one hopes from some sense of shame).
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All of these representatives are Republican. The highest ranked Democrat in the House is Sanford Bishop, who ranks 41st in career donations from the N.R.A. Among the top 100 House recipients, 95 are Republican. In the Senate, the top two Democrats are Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Patrick Leahy of Vermont, who rank 52nd and 53rd — behind every Republican but Dan Sullivan of Alaska.

the top 10 senators all received over $2 million apiece. top beneficiary, at $7,740,521 (nearly $2 million more than 2nd place)?


john mccain. guessing we aren't going to see any "maverick" calls for gun control.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 05, 2017 11:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

They're considering banning those quick fire gizmos now (but not similar devices), so naturally they've instantly sold out all across the US.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 05, 2017 1:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

whoa - the NRA thinks maybe bump-stocks should be regulated:
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The bureau should revisit the issue and “immediately review whether these devices comply with federal law,” the N.R.A. said in a statement released Thursday. “The N.R.A. believes that devices designed to allow semiautomatic rifles to function like fully-automatic rifles should be subject to additional regulations.”


which probably explains why republicans are actually getting on board with such regulation.

this is really, really unusual for the NRA (No Regulations Atall). one wonders if they are picking up on some grass-roots rumbling...and how far such a thing might push them back. i suspect this event struck way too close to home for a lot of red-staters...too easy to imagine you or someone you know might have been at such an event, and a recognition that there really are situations where you can't save yourself with your own gun.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 05, 2017 1:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah. Guns for self-defence Rolling Eyes

I remember having discussions here years ago about that when there were still a fair number of gun supporters on this forum. Guns can be a deterrent in a slow moving conflict, I'm sure. And if it's two groups fighting, then maybe there's a chance of retaliating in time. But if you just get threatened or simply shot... Only in cowboy movies
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 05, 2017 2:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah, it's an offensive weapon, not defensive. But I guess that's Soros-paid shill talk.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 05, 2017 2:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

people vastly underestimate how very, very hard it can be to hit someone, especially in a stressful situation. i mean, you look at reports of cases when police have been in gunfights - and they miss a whole lot of the time. and these are people who are trained to shoot. the average joe who just hits the target range, or maybe shoots at cans? not so much.

as compared to the huge number of westerns where the hero either manages to neatly shoot the gun out of someone's hand, or else shoot them instantly dead.....yeah.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 11, 2017 3:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, that guy who aired "America First, but Netherland second ?" strikes again.

This time, guess what he's talking about : NRA, but not the usual way
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 11, 2017 4:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sam the Eagle wrote:
Well, that guy who aired "America First, but Netherland second ?" strikes again.

This time, guess what he's talking about : NRA, but not the usual way

Damn, that guy is good.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 18, 2017 2:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A University President Defended Posters That Encouraged LGBT Students To Kill Themselves

Apparently the only reason the posters got taken down was "because proper posting procedure was not followed," William Dube, the university's spokesperson, told WOIO-TV. "Prior approval needs to be provided before posters are added to that billboard."

And the university president released a statement saying that CSU is "a campus community that respects all individuals, regardless of age, race, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation", but also respects the first amendment "even with regard to controversial issues where opinion is divided."

Controversial issue? I had really hoped that thinking LGBT people don't deserve death wasn't a controversial issue anymore. Gay marriage? Abortion? Nuclear power? Controversial issues. Someone's right to exist? NOT A FUCKING CONTROVERSIAL ISSUE.

Jesus H. Christ Cleveland, what the actual fuck.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 19, 2017 9:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Apparently investigative reporting is out of fashion now : A person putting makeup and prosthetics to impersonate a Pakistani muslim for a week raised a 'brownfacing' row.

Would both John Griffin and Gunter Wallraff, having used the same method for their respective books in their days, be considered racists now?. Is impersonating a visible minority to create an emphatic reaction a ploy or demeaning in any way? Interested in any input on the matter
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 20, 2017 1:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well - why did they need a brownfaced white woman to do the legwork? Why not let an actual Muslim woman take the camera?
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 20, 2017 5:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's a no brainer, and the whole point. How do you make people best relate being in the person in front of you' shoes/skin? If you don't think for one moment that you can relate to some foreigner whose country you're visiting for but 3 weeks, what is your bar for those living near you daily, how do you translate their life in terms you can understand? My musing is, is that method appropriate anymore?

If you got time, read one of the book mentioned either 'Black like me' or 'Lowest of the low', I liked the first one better.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 20, 2017 6:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Flint, Michigan's contaminated water crisis inspired someone to create a better, faster, more accurate lead detector.

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"I was appalled by the number of people affected by lead contamination in water."
She saw her parents testing the water in their own home in Lone Tree, Colo., and was unimpressed by the options, which can be slow, unreliable or both.

"I went, 'Well, this is not a reliable process and I've got to do something to change this,' "
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Rao tells ABC that while she was doing her weekly perusal of MIT's Materials Science and Engineering website to see "if there's anything's new," she read about new technologies that could detect hazardous substances and decided to see whether they could be adapted to test for lead.

As she explains at lightning speed in her video submission for the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge, her device consists of three parts. There's a disposable cartridge containing chemically treated carbon nanotube arrays, an Arduino-based signal processor with a Bluetooth attachment, and a smartphone app that can display the results.

Here's how it works.

The carbon nanotubes in the cartridge are sensitive to changes in the flow of electrons. Those tubes are lined with atoms that have an affinity to lead, which adds a measurable resistance to the electron flow.

When the cartridge is dipped in water that is clean, the electron flow doesn't change and the smartphone app shows that water is safe to drink. But when the cartridge is dipped in contaminated water, the lead in the water reacts to the atoms, causing resistance in the electron flow that is measured by the Arduino processor. The app then shows that the water isn't safe to drink.

Rao dubbed the device Tethys, for the Greek goddess of fresh water.

Neat!

Oh, and she was 11 years old when she started developing it.


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