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The quote from Anne-Marie Slaughter is a dreadful justification for all kinds of evil, from shooting someone out of anger and frustration to terrorist attacks. Imagine, for a moment, that the above quote came not from Slaughter, but from Osama bin Laden after 9/11.
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Looks like it is fixed now.
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Not sure I understand you. Why would we want anyone to run themselves ragged for a bare subsistence wage? The UBI is intended, among other things, to make that particular kind of slavery unnecessary. That said, there are useful but marginal businesses that don't enrich their owners, and pay little. Their workers can still work for low wages to supplement their UBI. This is one of the many changes that the UBI might (or might not) bring.
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A lot of the discussions about AI, from its inception, were about what is and isn't AI. In general, when progress is made by expert systems in any area, that area gets redefined as not being AI after all. Meanwhile, computers keep encroaching into more and more areas, and in ways that are more and more beyond our control and even our understanding.
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Don't put ideas of sexual immortality in Trump's head! https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/other-men-who-left-huge-genetic-legacies-likes-genghis-khan-180954052/
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Or Spam.
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I think a lot of the things we think we know about immigration are myth. There have been reasonable efforts to enforce border control, but the courts and detention systems would need to be expanded enormously. The latest version of "catch and release" e.g. was immediate deportation if caught near the border, and a second attempt is a felony with potentially years of jail time. Also, the majority of illegal immigrants these days are visa overstays, not illegal crossings. With no national identity card, it's very hard to catch them, or even deny them employment. Forget the wall. I say we deport all the au pairs.
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I think she is trying to say everyone does it, and it only became an issue when she did it.
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The use of personal mail for Dept. of State business is not illegal (or was not last I looked at this issue, at election time). The requirement is that if there is some State material in your personal mail, you must ensure that there is a record in the State archives.
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I never understood what Clinton did with sensitive information that was felonious. Can you elaborate?.
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This is insane. The only good thing about Trump's election is that he was on record as wanting to bring troops home, and on a good day might do just that. Sure, he's extremely shallow and therefore changes direction on a whim, but that's precisely why he might do the right thing. He said "yes" immediately to a meeting with Kim, and he's telling the truth about the "provocative" war games. He should be supported in that. Sure, he's an ass, and shouldn't be dissing the South Koreans in the process, but that's a smaller criticism in the context. Instead of encouraging him when he does well, the Democrats are taking a page from the anti-Obama wingnuts, and acting like nothing Trump does can be right.
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Yep. Remember St. Reagan? Yes, the one who sold guns under the table (to Iran, no less!) then traded the guns for dope to sell at home and said "he felt in his heart he was doing the right thing"? The one who had cabinet members convicted and had to pardon them? They would have elected him emperor if they could. He like Trump was seen as a "straight talker", "told it like it is", confronted the enemies head on, etc. (And benefitted from those same enemies reaching a new stage in their development, the Russians electing Gorbachev, and the N. Koreans completing the nuclearization part of their multi-year plan). I lived through Reagan as governor of CA and as president. It took many years for some of the electorate to understand the damage his policies caused. All I can hope is that this round is shorter. In the meantime, we seem stuck between Democrats leaning right as they did before, to stay elected and minimize the damage (as you propose, if I understand you right) or veering left and letting the pain increase in hopes of a counterreaction. Like Ron, I am appreciating my plants more every day. I'm off to teach my Tai Chi class.
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It's useless anymore to pay attention to polls that aggregate Democratic and Republican voters. They care about different things.
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:-)
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Baker is advocating for alternatives to the current IP system, alternatives that will still support innovation and creativity. You are citing examples of the current system failing in its own terms. "Stolen" IP is only stolen if the creators own it and are expected to be paid for each use.
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In another twenty years, we should be paying massage therapists more than engineers. Of course, it won't be much longer before androids also replace those.
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You got to jump down, turn around and pick a bale o' cotton You got to jump down, turn around and pick a bale a day [Or else.]
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Correcting: In contrast, a [super-rich entity] can exert power to get what it wants. That power might be with violence, or some form of ability to persuade. If you think that isn’t plausible, you haven’t thought enough about what it means to be really [rich].
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Maine voted to retain ranked choice, apparently against the wishes of its legislators.
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No, it's not new. And there were always voices trying to do what my original comment advocated: develop a language for understanding and critiquing pictorial speech. Consider the difference if the BBC had WRITTEN "Sanders, the Jew with the big hooked nose,...". Or perhaps more subtly, "Sanders, wearing a gray suit and new glasses that flattered his hooked nose,...". We have intellectual defenses against such racist suggestions, but not yet against their pictorial equivalents.
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Yes, it conveys the same message, which is inappropriate for the BBC. It's a government-supported organization, so unlike the right-wing rag, it's expected to remain reasonably neutral and not engage in editorial propaganda.
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Right. "Succession conventions" are a Democratic thing.
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"The impact was especially harmful for smaller internet service providers who didn't have the means to withstand a regulatory onslaught." The use of "regulatory onslaught" tells you all you need to know about this, but is particularly misleading in this context. The regulations just demanded that ISPs continue to do the same as before. Throttling, e.g. would require onerous changes, as well as data collection to prove to clients that you are indeed giving them preferential treatment. "No throttling" has no regulatory cost to the ISPs.
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The San Francisco mayoral race is very close (still counting votes) but the leader is now the original number 2, who is getting most of the second-choice votes of number 3. Winner-takes-all would have left 2 & 3 out. Meanwhile, another attempt at alternative voting (California's "single primary" system, where all candidates from all parties run, and the top two go to a runoff) showed its bad side: it almost caused some Democratic disasters because several Democrats split the vote, whereas Republicans ran two candidates only. We almost had two Republican candidates as a consequence, even though Democrats were arguably a majority. Sure, there should be more party unity on the general; but primaries should allow a variety of voices within the party to be heard.
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I think it's great, and essential, hat we are beginning to develop a set of ethical standards for the use of visual language. We have a set of behavior standards for the written word (e.g. plagiarism, quoting out of context, using quotation marks means you don't modify the content in any way, etc.) that are well understood (even if often violated). We need similar standards for pictures and video. With video editing tools, and the rapid development of virtual and augmented reality, we need them urgently.
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