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Good video, but the fundamental problem is STILL the profit motivation. Your GOOD health is NOT nearly as profitable as your somewhat BAD health, though in the case of fitness bracelets, I think there will be distortion by "good news" bias, in that people will say nicer things about the bracelets that give more good news--and the disclaimers "This is NOT a medical device" protect them if the misleading good news kills you. 

The drug companies are easier to analyze. Which drug should they invest in: (1) Drug 1 cures cancer. (2) Drug 2 reduces symptoms and keeps you alive. You can see where the profit is. (BtW, I suspect that this ugly economic reality is clearly manifested in such secret deals as TPP, and that is the main reason they need the secrecy.)
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Why doesn't TYT help with the solution? But first a joke from our sponsor:

Humpty O'Reilly sat on a wall,
Humpty O'Reilly had a great fall. 
All the Koch brothers and all the FAUX women
couldn't put the lying coward together again.

Remember that this show is supposed to be the most successful "thing" on FAUX "news" for extremely propagandistic values of "thing". Now let's go back to that solution:

The focal projects I would like to support would attack the target of legal permission that O'Reilly must obtain from these victims. I don't know how scumbags like this little "producer" tool work, but I'm reasonably sure he must get the victims to sign releases so he can use them for his vicious propaganda. I strongly suspect there must be some kind of incentives involved and therefore I will suggest two candidate projects projects.

Project 1 could attack the legality of those releases on the grounds of deformed consent. It isn't merely a matter of knowing that they're on camera, but the deformed consent part is that they cannot possibly know how what they say, what they do, the clothes they wear, or even what their face looks like will be cunningly twisted and deliberately manipulated and edited in the worst possible way to hurt them and their reputations and even their political interests. It is absolutely safe to say the release is not worded that "You agree your images can be used to attack and destroy democracy in America."

Project 2 would be to target the incentives. If O'Reilly is paying them, then I would like to help fund a program to pay them more to refuse to give their consent. The logistics are probably impossible, but maybe a grapevine can be set up? Especially in public places like the train station of this video.

Those are just two of the first ideas that come to my mind when I consider the topic of this video this morning. Maybe you have a better project or a better idea, and then I'd prefer to help support YOUR idea, but the real problem is that we lack any mechanism to work together to support the best projects of these sorts.

Which leads back to my ancient suggestion of #MDFC projects (standing for more democratic funding campaigns) that TYT could organize and support for many purposes. In this case the purpose should be to destroy any claim that FOX "news" is doing anything related to legitimate journalism.

Unfortunately, TYT it's better to try to sell me a T-shirt. Fail.
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Humpty O'Reilly sat on a wall. Humpty O'Reilly had a great fall. All the Koch brothers and all the FAUX women couldn't put the lying cowardly bully together again.

So much for the leader of that propaganda machine.
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Humpty O'Reilly sat on a wall. 
Humpty O'Reilly had a great fall.
All the Koch brothers and all the FAUX women
couldn't put the lying coward together again.

THAT'S the "no spin" truth about the leader of that network of LIES.

I think the most offensive lies FAUX spins are the projections of their OWN evil on their enemies. The entire notion of truth is in a different universe when it comes to their propaganda. Billed is merely the loudest and best paid liar on a network of liars.
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In spite of the ongoing terrorist attack on the flag of South Carolina (DDoS attack on the images, but no news yet?), it is the AMERICANS themselves who are tearing their OWN country appart. More specifically, it is the conservative extremists who can't deal with a simple reality. Time goes forward. This means there will be changes. You can adapt and evolve and get better, or you can try to turn the clock backwards until it explodes and tears off your head.

Probably should keep my fingers off the keyboard, but I have short and rational responses on both topics. The 2nd Amendment was overturned. The Yankees call it the Civil War, and the winner was Abe Lincoln and the REPUBLICAN Party (not to be confused with the brand hijack neo-GOP of today). The 2nd Amendment and racist slavery LOST, even though the clear intention of the original advocates of the 2nd Amendment was to keep the federal government from interfering in such "states' rights" as the right to own negro slaves.

Abortion is a tougher topic. You have to start by accepting the reality of evolution, and from that perspective abortion becomes one of the 'kinder' options to consider--if you actually believe in the freedom to have options. The REALITY of evolution is the genes get mixed at random. Half the random combinations are going to be above average, and half are going to be below, and the below ones are supposed to DIE to keep things on an even keel. If you are going to mindlessly oppose abortion in every case, then logical consistency requires you to advocate that every family have four kids so that two of them will die. That's the "natural" equilibrium.

Yeah, it's been a tough week, and this DDoS attack is NOT helping.
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Why would a troll waste the keystrokes to say he is too stupid to understand? Ask a question or don't. Saying you can't understand in a rude way is obviously unlikely to lead to any reduction in ignorance.
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Sorry, Bill, but it's already written into the Constitution. It's called the Bill of Rights, but the SCOTUS has decided to reinterpret "We, the People" to mean the corporations are the ONLY important people with rights to protect. We, the human peasants, better get used to living in the goldfish bowl.

P.S. And Scalia won't talk in front of your smartphone and the area around the Supreme Court is EXEMPT from the First Amendment. We, the actual people, are SO phucked.
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Bye, bye, troll.
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America is SO confused now that Bernie Sanders, the ostensible "socialist" actually represents the OLD values of America, a time when money was NOT the ONLY thing that matters.

My newest theory is that the response to the complexity of our lives, the overwhelming volume of new data and knowledge, has been a reduction in the complexity of the metrics we use to measure things. America has reached the lower limit of ONE metric: MONEY. In the old days there were metrics of such things like morality and democracy and fairness, but now it's just the MONEY.

Or maybe the country is falling completely over the edge to having ZERO metrics, when NOTHING will matter, not even the money.
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Northern agitators? You mean like Canadians? Ted Cruz is a vile and dangerous fanatical moron.
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Great show, but HBO's ongoling cluelessness about this Internet thing just continues to amaze me. So today there's a link to YouTube saying that's where to post the questions for this weeks overtime. Duh? Exactly where. Bill has a great show, but HBO is just fucking clueless.

Anyway, I really couldn't decide which question to ask. About this murderer Roof use of marijuana? Or why crazy man O'Reilly is going so nuts on the issue? I'm wondering whether Roof is one of Billeo's biggest fans, maybe even with email exchanges. When it comes to that lying propagandist, this is my conclusion:

Humpty O'Reilly sat on a wall.
Humpty O'Reilly had a great fall.
All the Koch brothers and all the FAUX women
couldn't put the lying cowardly bully together again.
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Love the idea of getting money out of politics, but hate your funding model. No paradox intended, but it is NOT democratic enough for me. Perhaps for lots of other people like me? Yet me put it differently...

I'm not poor, but I'm not rich. Lots of people are like that. I'm kind of busy, too, but not so busy I can't watch a few TYT videos. Again, lots of us and I don't feel lonely. Sadly, I don't do much to help TYT or 37 other good causes. Still no lonely feeling.

Why don't you offer #MDFC options (for More Democratic Funding Campaign) to let me help you? In this case, after each story, such as the sad "too much money in politics" stories you would let me vote with my little wallet for one or more projects to SOLVE the problems. If enough of us agree, then you spend the money. In today's example, we might be voting for which state to hit next with which project, based on the descriptions of local campaigners as to what's going on in their states.

My suggestion is that you set up a kind of "charity share brokerage" to hold the money. That way we don't have to fumble around with credit cards. You just hold our "charity share account" and let us buy "charity shares" in projects. If the project can't get the support, then the money stays in your account and you can pick a new one. After you use up the money, you can look over the list of great projects you've supported and be motivated to donate some more, even if you aren't so rich.

Like the work TYT is doing, but why don't you help me help you? I ain't made of money, but I'd like that much respect, eh?
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Bill's take on gerrymandering was exactly what I've been saying recently. The politicians picked the voters rather than vice versa. The important thing is that you get to waste a large percentage of your opponents voters by concentrating them into a sacrificial district. No sense in wasting your own votes, Just want to make sure each of your districts is safe.
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I think we're more in agreement than disagreement, but either you don't write very clearly or your views seem immature to me.

You raise the new topic of negative voting, but that's quite a difficult topic to address in brief, but I'll take a swing at it. The winner-take-all system creates a two-party dynamic, since a third party can only have a spoiler role for the most similar party. At the same time, the openness of the system causes the two parties to copy each other on a tactical level, which results in blurring their positions on the actual issues. (In contrast, in a more parliamentary system, the parties can focus around their own issues and still have meaningful participation in the resulting legislatures.) With issue-based debate effectively negated, the American system winds up driven by paid political advertising, and negative ads are cheaper and apparently more effective, even if the long-term result is destruction of voter confidence in the system itself.

Hillary is a different topic, but I think her campaign is likely to be defined by neo-GOP negativism. My main reservation is simply that she got there by the family route rather than purely on her own merits. Still, it's better that hers is only a marriage-based link rather than the patrician family claim of the Bushes. If she were just some kind of a front for Bill (as with some dictatorships playing legalistic games with term limits), then I'd be more opposed to her candidacy, but I am sure that is NOT the case. I actually think Bill is mostly an asset for her now.
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It's the insanity, stupid. No matter how much a policeman would like to protect and serve, the reality of today's insane America is anyone and everyone might have a gun. Incidents like this one are just the natural result.

The punchline is that the law of the jungle extended to the gun in the pocket is the natural evolutionary way. At the same time, they are the same extreme conservatives who scream about the sanctity of the Second Amendment while rejecting evolution and mumbling some bullshit about the sanctity of human life. We are human beings, and we do not have to live and die like vicious animals.
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I hate spammers and the main sign of evil in Google is how much spam they support. Or maybe it's the censorship (against ME) for complaining too much about spam?

My privacy concerns me quite a bit, and I think most people don't realize how dangerous it is to reveal personal information...
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Read more books than most people, but not really worth bragging about. More a matter of misplaced priorities and twisted ekronomics...
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  • Rice University
  • Univerity of Texas (Austin)
  • Yamanashi University
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  • Gertrude Wheeler Bell Junior High School
  • Welchester Elementary
This link appears to be for the old hospital by the station, which was closed around April. I went there once or twice and it seemed pretty average, but that's moot now and the link should be removed or flagged in some way. The new building (in a lovely Mediterranean style) is a couple of minutes farther from the station, and I have actually had a couple of "encounters" with that one that are quite mystifying to me. I don't want to go into the details here, but I can summarize it broadly by saying that I've been in Japan a long time and have (unfortunately) had a number of "opportunities" to see doctors and visit hospitals. I've lost count, but at least 20 hospitals or clinics. Most of them made favorable impressions, and a couple have made extremely favorable impressions, but two of them made quite negative impressions, and this hospital is one of the negatives. I would have given 3 or possibly 4 stars to the old hospital, but this rating is for the current hospital. One of the other reviews is referring to the old clinic, which was across the street, but which was also closed in April. I thought it had been moved into the new building, but based on my "encounters", right now I don't think so.
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Public - 8 months ago
reviewed 8 months ago
I think it used to be better, but it's still quite good. I'm still coming after more than 10 years, but now I think Mike's is better. El Torito has evolved away from Tex-Mex and more towards true Mexican.
Food: GoodDecor: Very GoodService: Very Good
Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago
Pure coffee shop. Nice, but no lunch or other food available.
Food: Poor - FairDecor: GoodService: Good
Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago
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Slightly upscale curry place. No nan, rice only. Chicken and vegetables were quite tender and tasty.
Food: GoodDecor: GoodService: Good
Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago
That's actually a QB House discount haircut shop. Wasted quite a while trying to figure out a way to report this more effectively within Google Maps, but the google is obviously too evil and money grubbing to care. I do NOT trust the google now, and less each day.
Quality: GoodAppeal: GoodService: Good
Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago