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Reporters beating people?

When did Superman change into Clark Kent to battle Lex Luthor?!

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The Trump campaign took their crazy to a whole new level with a claim that reporters are literally beating Trump supporters.
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Well, she did say that "left wing reporters literally beat Trump supporters into submission into supporting policies they agree".

Either the Trump camp doesn't know what the word "Literally" means or it is insane. Or both.
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In a democracy, the person who loses the election concedes defeat. They don't kill the winner of the popular vote!

Who does he think he is? Ferdinand Marcos? Saddam Hussein? Muammar Gaddafi?

Note to Donald: It didn't end well for any of those other dictators.

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In calling for Hillary's assassination, Trump is the one who is rigging the election.

If fearful electoral officials try to save Hillary's life by declaring Donald the electoral winner in November, must everyone else demand a recount? Should the pro-Hillary voters revolt, the way Donald says his supporters will if he doesn't win? If not, then it means Trump is just a hypocrite. But we knew that all along. 
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Trump is an evil, ugly thug.

Does anyone need any more proof than this? Killing opposition leaders is what Nazis do, not American candidates.. Trump needs to sent to a dictatorship where citizens are unfamiliar with freedom.

Trump is beginning to sound more and more like the evil protagonist of The Manchurian Candidate.

But at least that 1960's character started out as a war hero, captured in battle. 
 
Before Donald Trump convinces his cult that he was "joking" about them murdering Hillary Clinton if she gets to pick judges, this is the second time the Trump campaign has "joked" about executing or murdering Hillary Clinton in a matter of weeks.
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Trump could have said his pro-gun-rights supporters could have used their First Amendment #1A rights (to speak, publish, etc) to oppose Hillary or her future choices. Instead, he hinted at mob violence.

As a New Yorker, he's smart enough to know successful mobsters keep their threats vague enough to avoid immediate punishment.

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Corded earbuds and headphones are often the first accessory to break. It's going to be a lot more expensive to replace Apple-licensed headphones and earbuds than it is today when you can get a cheap pair for $5 or $10 at Target. Think of that when you're considering all the daily wear and tear your earbuds get when commuting, jogging, etc.

Like +Christopher Gaul​ says, this is all about content providers trying to add more copy-protection to devices, and has NO benefits to consumers.

Then again, hype aside, Apple doesn't listen to consumers, it dictates. And a lot of people find it easier to listen to a dictator then to make choices themselves.

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Dear "Every numb-nuts that thinks eliminating headphone jacks is a good idea"

I'm getting so sick of hearing self titled "tech experts" rambling on about why this BS is a good idea. But let me explain the biggest reasons they're morons for believing it.

- headphone jack elimination fallacy number one, eliminating the jack moves the cost and bulk of the DAC to the headphones.
Apparently you forgot this is a PHONE, you know, with speakers built in. Unless you intend to eliminate the speakers too, then there will still be a DAC in the phone! So now you have not only not eliminated the DAC, you've made the user have to buy a second, redundant one.

- Eliminating the jack allows the phone to be made thinner
Seriously? STFU. Any phone that's thinner than a headphone jack doesn't have a battery big enough to be worth owning. Plus it makes the phone more susceptible to bending. And with screens hovering near 6 inches, the thickness of the phone is the very last dimension that's making the phone inconvenient to fit in a pocket or purse.

And lets not forget these gems

- This will change the headphone industry from having to support one, universal, ubiquitous standard jack, to a minimum of THREE different standards. Lightning for Apple devices, and Micro USB for everyone else except the morons that moved to this USB-C nonsense
Of course many headphones will be one standard only so you won't be able to use your Apple headphones with anything else. You're friend's phone, your stereo, your PC, etc.

- Adapters. So your response to the last point was "But adapters will be available". Yeah, because everyone loves dongles.

The truth is that I've never, ever heard even one legitimate reason to replace the headphone jack with a digital port. Not one.

Unless you're a big content company of course, then there's a BIG reason. Suppose that all new digital headphones include an HDCP like DRM content protection system that won't play any of your music that doesn't come from an authorized source? Oh, didn't think of that did you. Big content has been trying to find a way to put that genie back in the bottle since the first MP3 players hit the market. And look at who's leading the push for killing the headphone jack, why it's the king's of walled garden content sales themselves, Apple.
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Like most bullies, Trump is terrified of a fair fight. He will do anything to avoid 3 debates against Hillary.

Can he get a deferment from the doctor who helped him avoid the draft during the Vietnam War?
 
// Hillary Clinton's campaign just threw down the gauntlet, challenging Donald Trump to accept the three presidential debates that have been scheduled. In a statement Monday night, Clinton's campaign chairman, John Podesta, announced that Clinton would participate in the debates and said the "only issue now is whether Donald Trump is going to show up." //
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If Trump continues to insist the election will be rigged, will he demand a recount if he wins, to be sure it's a fair victory and not just fraud?

If not, then it means he's just a sore loser, not someone truly concerned about fair elections.

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The real "voter fraud" is how difficult we make it for citizens to exercise this basic right in a democracy.

If it were as difficult to pay taxes as it is to vote (i.e. only possible 1 day a year, only on a workday before or after work, never on weekends, not in advance, not by mail, need to pre-register, limited polling places, etc), the government would shut down!

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We got to this point -- meaningless talking heads on TV, Trump's candidacy, etc -- when TV news went from journalism to trying to become a profitable consumer business.

The transition didn't just happen this year. It's been goinf on since the 1970's, when movies like Network predicted that entertainment could replace fact-finding in the quest for viewers and money. Cable TV, with its demand for 24/7 news for CNN and other channels fueled the fire. So did Fox News, under Roger Ailes leadership to promote a conservative agenda instead of providing fair and balanced coverage. And the rise of the internet, and the competition to be first (instead of bring accurate). So here we are today, with an entertaining demagogue as the Republican candidate.

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It's our fault. We in the media have spent decades turning the news into a consumer business that's basically indistinguishable from selling cheeseburgers or video games. You want bigger margins, you just cram the product full of more fat and sugar and violence and wait for your obese, over-stimulated customer to come waddling forth.

The old Edward R. Murrow, eat-your-broccoli version of the news was banished long ago. Once such whiny purists were driven from editorial posts and the ad people over the last four or five decades got invited in, things changed. Then it was nothing but murders, bombs, and panda births, delivered to thickening couch potatoes in ever briefer blasts of forty, thirty, twenty seconds.

What we call right-wing and liberal media in this country are really just two different strategies of the same kind of nihilistic lizard-brain sensationalism. The ideal CNN story is a baby down a well, while the ideal Fox story is probably a baby thrown down a well by a Muslim terrorist or an ACORN activist. Both companies offer the same service, it's just that the Fox version is a little kinkier.

When you make the news into this kind of consumer business, pretty soon audiences lose the ability to distinguish between what they think they're doing, informing themselves, and what they're actually doing, shopping.

And who shops for products he or she doesn't want? That's why the consumer news business was always destined to hit this kind of impasse. You can get by for a long time by carefully selecting the facts you know your audiences will like, and calling that news. But eventually there will be a truth that displeases your customers. What do you do then?
Donald Trump and others are proving it: we can't handle the truth.
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You confuse strategy and tactics. The strategy that both parties practice is a shared one: rile up your base. The tactics they use are all that truly define each party, though there tactics are mostly indistinguishable outside of content.

The mistake we all make when it comes to news is thinking that it should be 'balanced:' whatever the shit that means. Presenting false equivalencies should have never become the goal of journalism, but that's where we find ourselves.

Today's news would present Superbowl 24 (a 55-10 blowout by the 49ers v Denver) as neutrally as possible, proclaiming the event as one sided but then having panel guests that point out how it was a moral victory for Denver. We live in a post-factual time where cognitive dissonance and algorithmically filtered news results feed us only what we want to hear, not what the actual facts or their contexts tell us.

Journalism is dead, and all we can do is deal with it as best we can. 
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Words matter.

Trump got where he is politically because of what he says. He's no fool. A master of marketing, he knows what people respond to.

He knows what to say to manipulate his audiences to the point of violence. But even when his GOP handlers try to "walk back" his calls for violence, it's clearly not coming from him. He's just waiting for the next chance to blow up at someone.

After one of Trump's followers kills someone, will people finally realize he's at fault for inciting this anger? After all, even though Osama Bin Laden wasn't in the cockpit of the hijacked planes, Americans realized he was responsible for inspiring the evil 9/11 attacks on US soil. Then again, none of the angry Republicans who targeted Gabby Giffords were ever held responsible for her being shot. So Trump would probably get away with it too.

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Trump's comments today about gun owners taking care of Hillary reminds me of how Palin got Gifford's shot.
Gabrielle Giffords, The Arizona congresswoman shot today outside a Tucson Safeway, was featured on Sarah Palin's infamous 'crosshairs' map, which targeted legislators who voted for Obama's health care bill. Remember? The map that was criticized as an incitement to violence? Arizona Congresswoman Shot Outside Grocery Store Arizona Congresswoman Shot Outside Grocery Store Arizona Congresswoman Shot Outside Grocery Store Click to viewA gunman shot U...
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Trump tells his supporters to assassinate Hillary?

Trump is a thug!

He's going all-out trying to be a dictator. He already admires Putin and the North Korea's dictator. He hates freedom of the press. He loves to sue his enemies. He questions the validity of American elections. He is a draft-dodger who insults veterans and their families. He's never worked in public service a day in his life, because he only wants to enrich himself. As president, he'd probably turn the US into a "banana republic", a kleptocracy where he benefits while citizens suffered. How can Trump stick up for the little guy (the middle class) when he has never DONE anything for them?

How any "freedom loving" Republicans can support Trump is beyond me. At least Hillary won't start World War 3 over an insult. If you don't like her, you can vote her out in 4 years.

If Trump wins in November, he may be America's last President. Unless you're suicidal, you know that's a bad thing.

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This guy needs the secret service to explain some things to him
Donald Trump suggested that one of his supporters could shoot Hillary Clinton to stop her from picking Supreme Court justices if she is elected president.
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No, seriously...just spew a lot of angry commentary, who cares if your correct...it only fuels the "intellectual hatred" fires
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The online comments you see supporting Trump might be coming from Russia.. They are coming from overseas, written by people who cannot legally vote in the US Presidential Elections. To paraphrase the title of Hillary Clinton's 1990's book, "It takes a Potemkin Village to produce a Trump candidacy". But in November, with all those foreign voices silent at the polls, it means Trump's loss will be greater than expected.

So, just like other Trump products are made overseas, he "offshored" some of his internet political operations. Then again, given all his company's bankruptcies, US banks no longer lend him any money, so it became an opportunity for Putin and Russia to "buy some influence".

This should not be surprising. Russia is known to have an operation where users posing as Americans post messages online to influence political events in other countries.. This was described in a June 2015 article in the New York Times:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/07/magazine/the-agency.html

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In today's world, where fear of technology is click-bait to get more readers and viewers, it's worth remembering that smartphones can help people augment their ability to process information just as certainly as motor vehicles extended human mobility far beyond "walking distance".

The article by +Lauren Weinstein​ is from 2015, but it's still appropriate. It even includes this excellent quote from Plato:

"We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light."

(Original posting date: 16 March 2015). Throughout human history, pretty much every development or invention that increased our information storage and management capabilities has had its loud and voracious naysayers. Around 370 BCE, both Socrates and Plato were already badmouthing the written ...
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