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The problem with the bell curve is the way people apply it.

For example - the Black man who shared this post with me is far smarter than I am, and I am an above average intelligence white male.

It tends to be the bellow average intelligence white males that run with a statistic like this and come to wrong headed broad generalizations.
 
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White privilege is real. If that thought provokes immediate dismissal and denial, that would be the wrong response, as the statistics backing it are all real: the income gaps, the education gaps, the incarceration gaps, the addiction gaps, and so on. But, the fundamental cause of white privilege may not be what you think, as the most important gap is illustrated in the figure below: the intelligence gap. This is not merely a racist dataset. This is among the most established facts in the science of psychology. Brains exist, and the race-IQ gaps exist. The same racial gaps exist for ALL tests related to general intelligence, and there are very many of them (the figure below is of the military AFQT). It does NOT follow from this data that the gaps are GENETIC. The cause could be ENVIRONMENTAL: maybe blacks tend to have bad diet, bad schooling, lead poisoning, and/or so on. But, one way or the other, the fundamental importance of the data is undeniable and should not be dismissed as something only a racist would find important. It explains every aspect of racial differences of privilege, either wholly or in large part, as intelligence score differences are strongly related to everything we associate with privilege, even within each race, and it should be a guiding theory of what explains both the race gaps and the class gaps.
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Termites aren't our impact, and that CO2 has been part of the active system for millennia.  Our impact is releasing the carbon that has been stored in the Earth in the form of coal, oil, and natural gas.  As a percentage of the total, it's relatively small, but as I understand the thesis, the problem is not in the amount released, but its effect on the atmospheric system equilibrium. 

It's like adding a gram weight to one side of a balance scale with 1000 kilograms on each side and repeating the step every minute or so.  Eventually that side of the scale will start to drop and then accelerate as you add those relatively insignificant little chips.

We should have been funding research all along to find alternative sources of energy and more efficient ways to use the energy sources we have.  Not just because of "global warming" or to reduce our environmental impact (although those are attractive motives), but also because more efficient energy use reduces energy costs.  And that's a government thing, because corporations aren't going to do it unless they see an immediate potential for profit.
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People are all like...

Why does a movie character have to be played by a certain race...

Then they lose their shit when a white guy plays a black man who spent his life trying to become a white woman.

Whatever... people boggle my mind.
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You know if a white man plays a black man and wins an Oscar for it Will Smith is going to just completely lose his shit. :)
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It is amazing that they call US the deniers - soon it'll be clear the deniers are the ones who insist on believing the hoax being perpetuated against them no matter how much evidence arises that this is what is happening.
Top US scientist Hal Lewis resigned from his post at the University of California after admitting that global warming was a big scam, in a shocking resignation letter. From the Telegraph The following is a letter to the American Physical Society released to the public by Professor... #climatechange
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Old news.  Very old news.

From the post:  Sent: Friday, 08 October 2010 17:19 Hal Lewis

This is the same guy from all those years ago.  And he was a physicist, not a climatologist, so I'll ask the same question I asked then:
Why should his voice carry any weight as regards climate change?

It's like asking a developer to design your network, because it's all IT.
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So, seriously, after 4.2 Android won't pair with a WiiMote anymore?

For real?
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It is amazing... G+, all I get engagement on now are political posts and Star Wars posts... Android posts hardly get any buzz.

But... I guess mobile device maturity has taken a lot of the edge off the excitement.

ANYHOW... it is true. Fortunately my friend had a Kindle Fire HD, which is a 4.1 kernel, so I was able to get it to pair with a WiiMote. 

I feel like the excitement over things like the Nvidia Shield has kind of blown over.

 
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Best Bluetooth Android compatible D-pad on the market right now?

I went looking for a Red Samurai. I love mine. They're not available anymore.

That sucks.
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If you are interested - this is what I used.

http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=672884
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I'm actually pro-choice - but it is interesting that the same argument as an appeal to emotion applies as in the gun control debate...

If it saves the life of one child, shouldn't we act now to enact common sense, meaningful controls to stop the senseless massacre of innocents?
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+Janeka Smith needs to adopt several thousand blastulas.
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The definition of partisan is people who are bitching about Flint because the Governor is Republican...

But were silent when the EPA, under directives from the Obama administration, fouled the entire Colorado river.
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Exactly where I've been coming from.  For years.  There's a happy medium; we need to find it.

The disagreement is in the determination of the extent of our impact and the determination of what is economically practical.  If "economically practical" is interpreted as "doesn't affect corporate profits" (as it quite often has been), then nothing will be done and the society you and I know will collapse within the next century, two at most.

There's only one way to remove our footprint: remove us and give the Earth a few thousand years.
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We're gonna warn you - if you don't buy in right now, it is going to probably cost you more to address it later.
 
♧..Now or Never..♧
Now-or-never climate warnings, both before and after last month’s United Nations Climate Summit in Paris, would make a hyperactive used-car salesman blush. The message? Act now, act big. Replace the carbon-based energy economy. Get rid of not only coal, but also petrol for cars and natural gas for generating electricity. The future of the planet, as Obama stated in his final state of the union address, is “at stake.”

http://www.forbes.com/sites/robertbradley/2016/01/14/climate-exaggeration-buy-now/#2715e4857a0b40e505cc7ba4

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Seriously. I listened to someone tonight justify that Gods of Egypt shouldn't use a white cast because even thought it is CLEARLY not an accurate reflection of historical Egypt - Egypt is a real place.

I think that Gods of Egypt looks ridiculous with such a blatantly white cast. But I think a black Gandalf or Frodo would look EQUALLY patently ridiculous.

Social Justice in insane. Either we better get used to bullshit like Gods of Egypt in the name of social justice and equality, or we better admit that some roles, even fictional ones are intrinsically tied to a particular ethnicity or race. I can't even begin to imagine black Legolas.

Although with John Rhys Davies playing a fucking TREE convincingly, I guess any actor can do the live action for a CGI model - but that model should reflect the source materially accurately regardless of the race of the actor playing the part.
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Morgan Freeman would make an AWESOME wizard in a Sword and Sorcery epic - and there is no reason for not having the "Magic Black Man As Middle Ages wizard," in a movie in this genre.

Hell. He nailed the part in The Lego Movie. :\

But not Gandalf. Not Frodo, not Legolas, not Stryder. This is really probably part of the Tolkien estate's hesitation to sell the rights to Hollywood - because Hollywood just can't resist tampering with stories in ways that destroy or erode  the original author's vision of the characters and the story. Hell - Jackson did do this - there are a number of black villagers and peasants running around in Lake Town and Helms Deep - and it just doesn't make a lot of sense. All these Norse Northern European looking bearded white guys running around wearing bearskin rugs... It was clumsy and transparent.

The problem is that you need a fully formed world where ethnicity is mixed in a believable way - not where you threw some black people into the cast for the sake of diversity and inclusion.
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Guilty, just like everyone else.
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I just had an epiphany.
I've argued that the mandate of gun control isn't public safety. It is increasing revenue streams for the government.
Now, let's look at another "control", that was enacted swiftly.
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Toy drone licensing requires you to go to an online wbesite, fill out a form, and you get a license immediately, a number you are required to put on every device over half a pound that you can fly. It costs $5 and takes 5 minutes, and there is no huge government breaucracy involved in the process. Some may argue, "that is just because it is a toy." BUT, if it is just a toy, why is the penalty for violation up to $25,000? It is a punitive measure that is HUGE for a toy. And they've been clear that they intend to strictly enforce compliance. This is because it is ACTUALLY about public safety, and more than that - they worry about drones actually threatening their OWN safety as politicians. It didn't become an issue for the federal government until a stray drone wandered right into the airspace of the White House and crashed on its lawn.

Let's apply that to VEHICLE licensing. The fees are exorbitant, there is a huge mechanism in place to fufil and track registration and licensing, there are all kinds of industries involved in supplying the entire process - it is a miserable process to engage in - and every step of it is designed to be convoluted, difficult and expensive. It isn't about public safety, it is about creating revenue streams. It is simply a hidden tax on personal mobility. There is no reason the same kind of process involved in toy drones couldn't be implemented in vehicular licensing - with large punitive fines for non-compliance and a very inexpensive, easy to complete method for complying taking away any excuse for not doing so. No. This is about creating a government industry that ultimately creates another source of government revenue.

THIS is why I don't trust gun control proposals. They're transparently about taxing something not for safety, but to generate income for government.
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No problem - dude. Sometimes Social Media is a big pressure release valve so that we don't murder the people we ACTUALLY want to that we have to deal with in our real lives.

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When you see everything as an attempted, intentional genocide against minorities - you are displaying racism against Caucasians.
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michael moore is an idiot. why anyone gives him the time of day, or this much attention is beyond me.
i'd rather listen to Mr Ed
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