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May 26th, 2017 @ 6:16PM


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    IN RESPONSE TO: Wednesday Politics

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    "But for months, right-wing media outlets have floated unproven theories that Rich was the person who provided Wikileaks with thousands of internal DNC emails, and suggested his death was retribution for the supposed leak. No real evidence has been provided to support such claims."

    Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence. And the only "evidence" that I've been able to actually find about the claims being perpetuated by Hannity and others boil down to the parsing of some of Assange's words which some have decided to interpret as proof positive that Rich was the leaker even though when pressed he back-peddled and said "others have suggested that" (start at 1min mark)

    That's it.

    Everything else can be distilled down to hearsay, speculation, or just sloppy journalism. Like that whole Rod Wheeler revelation that there was evidence Rich had made contact with Wikileaks - that as it turns out was information he "heard" from a Fox news reporter. And surprise surprise that story was retracted shortly thereafter.

    Correlation does not equal causation. Something being coincidental or suspicious is a not a smoking gun. Conjecture and speculation are not proof.

    So yeah, count me as one who's still very skeptical of what is (until proven otherwise) a crackpot conspiracy theory. Either pony up and provide some real evidence or stop politicizing this man's death and let law enforcement do their job.

    Posted: May 24th, 2017 @ 9:20PM
    IN RESPONSE TO: WOW!!! Trudeau Sets World Record In Avoiding Questions!!!

    So I'm a little embarrassed to say I spend way too much time looking into American politics that I often overlook/dismiss the scandals that take place in my own back yard. So I was curious and started googling.

    In a nutshell, this is about a family trip the PM took to a private island that is said to have cost tax payers in the neighborhood of $127,000. Of that amount, around $72,000 can be attributed to his security detail. No one is apparently taking issue with that (ie. its a reasonable amount that would have been incurred regardless of his destination).

    The PM like others in the past reimburses the taxpayers the cost of what would have been an equivalent commercial flight. That amount is around $5000 in this case. No one takes issue with that. The round trip from Canada to the Bahamas (where he vacationed) is said to be around $32,000 and like his security detail a portion of that would have been incurred regardless of his destination. No one is taking issue with that.

    So where is all the outrage aimed at? Well it appears that during that 3h flight, ~$1700 was spent on food. That and the use of the island's owner's private helicopter (instead of a government aircraft) has the opposition's panties all in a twist to find out if he violated the guidelines for what gifts government officials are aloud to accept. Hence the investigation by the ethics commissioner.

    Now the fun part - context. The average cost to American tax payers for each trip that Trump takes to Mar-a-Lago is $3.6 million. And while there is definitely a portion of that expense that would be incurred regardless of where the President were to travel, it's kind of funny to see the respective scales of each scandal - a few thousand dollars for one Christmas trip vs. the millions that is spent almost every week when Trump takes a break from the hard work of delegating his duties to his subordinates in order to play a few rounds of golf.

    Now I remember why I don't keep up with Canadian politics :)

    Posted: May 15th, 2017 @ 6:44PM
    IN RESPONSE TO: Wednesday & Thursday Random News

    John Oliver....

    Has anything remotely good or intellectually honest ever come out of Breitbart? Oliver taking advantage of a tax loophole doesn't make him a hypocrite, it makes him fiscally pragmatic. Who here by simple virtue of their principles would choose to pay more for something than they legally have to? Now if you can point to evidence that he has or is secretly lobbying to expand or create new tax loopholes that disproportionately benefit the wealthy then by all means lets call a spade a spade. That would be a smoking gun.

    The difference here is Oliver is using his new-found wealth and celebrity status to bring to light a lot of important issues and topics that are factually accurate albeit biased at times - which in and of itself is not necessarily a bad thing depending on the execution. Whether you find him funny or not is incidental to the fact he is using comedy as a medium to educate the masses in a meaningful and engaging way (I see parallel's to Reddit's ELI5) that frankly the mainstream has failed to do.

    Contrast that with Trump who...
    * Used his fortune and influence to apparently help create this loophole in the first place.
    * Refuses to release his tax records (what controversial business dealings is he trying to hide?) despite it being an understood practice since Nixon
    * Failed to establish a blind trust for his business assets and instead handed it off to family members with a wink and a nudge on the "promise" to the people that nothing untoward would happen....just trust him!
    * and about a dozen other things I could mention if I were so inclined (don't even get me started on his health plan replacement that was pushed through without even a cursory CBO review or his 3 page "detailed" tax plan he finally made public)

    Yeah, screw that liberal commie pinko bastard Oliver. He's clearly the real douche/hypocrite.

    Posted: May 11th, 2017 @ 5:47PM
    IN RESPONSE TO: Delicious Liberal Tears: TRUMP FIRES FBI DIRECTOR JAMES COMEY

    Well to play devil's advocate, Comey didn't say there wasn't any evidence against Hillary, but that in his opinion there was insufficient evidence to prove intent and guarantee a conviction. All that notwithstanding, it's a little disingenuous to lay the blame squarely on his/FBI's shoulders as it's ultimately up to the Justice Department / AG to decide whether or not to charge someone and pursue a criminal case.

    Also, the timing of the firing is more than a little suspect. I won't indulge in the conspiracy theories you're likely to find on Reddit and 4Chan but suffice to say it does bring to mind some disturbing similarities to Nixon and the people he fired who were investigating him for his involvement in Watergate.

    Posted: May 9th, 2017 @ 8:42PM
    IN RESPONSE TO: Arrow / The Flash

    Haha, well in that case you've won the argument!
    Posted: May 9th, 2017 @ 1:12PM
    IN RESPONSE TO: Arrow / The Flash

    Who's missing from the Flash? And there is no way Super Girl is the best of the 3. Arrow has jumped the shark but I'd still rather watch that then Super Girl.
    Posted: May 9th, 2017 @ 8:47AM
    IN RESPONSE TO: BLADE RUNNER 2049 - Official Trailer

    Denis Villeneuve as director....this has a lot of potential then. He did a great job with Arrival - one of the best sci-fi movies to come out in the last while.
    Posted: May 8th, 2017 @ 3:08PM
    IN RESPONSE TO: Saw Guardians of the Galaxy 2

    I don't know how it is elsewhere, but where I live I've noticed a very disturbing trend by all the various movie theater chains regarding 3D. And that's the fact that while they do offer non-3D (2D) showings, they are as far as I can tell *only* offered before 6pm. So unless you go on a weekend and want to effectively see a matinee show, you screwed.

    It's just another way the theater can jack up their prices as 3D movies are always several bucks more expensive. Even when the vast majority of 3D is garbage and is only used for a handful of scenes in the entire movie.

    Posted: May 8th, 2017 @ 3:02PM
    IN RESPONSE TO: Awesome

    Deuce! I thought you fell off the face of the earth. Good to see you're still around even if it's as a lurker :)
    Posted: April 28th, 2017 @ 6:33PM
    IN RESPONSE TO: Awesome

    Hahaha, so true!
    Posted: April 27th, 2017 @ 8:47PM
    IN RESPONSE TO: United Has a Lot to Answer For

    RE: Another perspective...

    So after reading that I'm left with two thoughts.

    1) Even if what the author has stated is 100% factually correct, they lose a lot of credibility when they resort to saying things like "There’s a reason for these laws–it’s called 9/11". I'm sorry what? The only thing that drives me more nuts than when people try to justify something by saying "But think of the children!" is when they try to justify something with "But, but...terrorists!".

    2) Even if you discount #1, the entire situation is a customer relations nightmare. I mean how hard would it have been to make the following announcement to all the passengers:

    "Ladies and gentlemen, we apologize for the following inconvenience however we are looking tor x passengers to voluntarily disembark to accommodate a number of airline employees to ensure no other flights are unnecessarily delayed or cancelled. We understand this is an inconvenience and as such are willing to arrange and compensate you a complimentary flight free of charge to your intended destination along with $500 cash/check. Please come to the front of the plane if your are interested in taking advantage of this opportunity."

    You wait 5 minutes and then bump the payout to $1000. I guarantee you you will have a line of people willing to jump at that offer. And how do I know? Two words - Black Friday. If people are willing to fight tooth and nail over a sale on a $10 crappy waffle makers, you bet your ass they'll accept a free flight and money.

    So instead of playing it smart and shelling out $1000 per person to disembark, this will likely end with the airline having to offer a 5 or 6-figure settlement payment in order to avoid a lawsuit.

    EDIT: hehe, just realized I'm echoing Wootah's comment :)

    EDITED: 2017-04-12 16:37:40

    Posted: April 12th, 2017 @ 4:34PM
    IN RESPONSE TO: Monday Random News

    "...but boy I just ate a whole pizza and am super lazy right now..."

    Your thoughts intrigue me and I wish to subscribe to your newsletter :)

    Posted: April 10th, 2017 @ 6:01PM
    IN RESPONSE TO: Monday Random News

    RE: Cops Can Kill You Even If They’re in the Wrong Home, Says Federal Court

    Man that's messed up. On a side note, If I'm not mistaken Florida has a castle doctrine of some sorts. I wonder what would have happened if the victim lived but had during the course of the exchange seriously wounded or killed the police officer thinking they were an intruder. Would castle doctrine protect him or would the state still pursue charges?

    Posted: April 10th, 2017 @ 8:02AM
    IN RESPONSE TO: The incredible story of the 77 POWs who were captured in 1942 and tortured for three years

    Hehe, I see what you did there :)
    Posted: April 9th, 2017 @ 7:09AM
    IN RESPONSE TO: The incredible story of the 77 POWs who were captured in 1942 and tortured for three years

    Not to dismiss their experience, but that headline is blatantly misleading. The only reference to torture in the body of the article is that they *witnessed* Japanese soldiers torturing other soldiers. Makes one hell of a difference.
    Posted: April 8th, 2017 @ 6:35PM
    IN RESPONSE TO: King Kong

    That latest one (Skull Island?) was actually pretty decent. Not a "must see" movie but definitely enjoyable.
    Posted: April 6th, 2017 @ 6:38PM
    IN RESPONSE TO: Wednesday Random News

    Seems like after all these years, the "crazy" foreign policy views of Ron Paul aren't actually so crazy (surprise!).
    Posted: April 6th, 2017 @ 7:07AM
    IN RESPONSE TO: The 265 members of Congress who sold you out to ISPs

    Just to add, if you're not using it already, I highly recommend these 3 browser extensions (available for both Chrome and Firefox):

    uBlock Origin (AdBlock Plus is more popular, but they apparently allow companies to pay them to be added to a whitelist. Plus it's a resource hog)
    Privacy Badger (and/or Disconnect)
    HTTPS Everywhere

    "Knowing is half the battle" - G.I. Joe

    Posted: March 29th, 2017 @ 2:12PM
    IN RESPONSE TO: Today's Politics

    It's not just gross incompetence, it's willful negligence, it's hypocrisy, and it's ugly politics.

    Everyone and their mother agreed that the healthcare system was a hot mess that required reform. Fundamentally the only difference was the D's wanted to do *something* while the R's kept making excuses. Enter Obamacare which was "rushed" through.

    R's then begin a 7 year campaign to repeal, defund, or otherwise cripple the ACA. Ironically, the ACA is in no small part modeled after Bob Dole's plan which was the R's go-to plan when Clinton tried to reform healthcare back in the 90's. I digress.

    So for 3/4 of a decade the R's have promised the moon. Now they have the Whitehouse, both the House & Senate, and an arguably neutered Supreme Court and what do they bring to the table? 50-odd pages of rubbish that *everyone* hates and is arguably worse than if they had simply repealed the ACA and replaced it with nothing. It's so bad and so blatantly a money grab for the wealthy that even hardline R's wouldn't vote for it.

    Every single one of those mother f'ers that's been anti-ACA and didn't lift a finger to reform or otherwise write meaningful legislation to replace it should be kicked out of politics and banned for life.

    And of course, neither party wants to address the real elephant in the room when it comes to reforming health care - the insurance companies.

    Posted: March 26th, 2017 @ 9:01AM
    IN RESPONSE TO: Arrow

    Actually Arrow was pretty good in the beginning. The use of flashbacks effectively giving us a show-within-a-show was done very well. It had the right amount of action, mystery, and grittiness that I found appealing.

    That said, I think "The Flash" is by far the best out of all the DC live shows. Sure some corny lines and characters at times but overall a solid cast (it's hard to hate on either Barry or Cisco - great casting there). What really impresses me is even though you have the obligatory filler episodes, even those are enjoyable in their own right (King Shark!!!). It has a nice balance between short-term and long-term story arcs.

    Posted: March 18th, 2017 @ 1:30PM



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