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Confirmation Bias Is A Terrible Thing
It's scary how many legitimate news outlets regurgitated this spurious story without researching it, and how many people actually believed it (and still do). Perhaps all Carson's facts do not line up, but with some research, the gist of it does. This is why I'm a staunch believer in bearing "falsifiability" in mind when critically reading absolutely anything. I'm also a fan of the Thesis/Antithesis/Synthesis triad in writing pedagogy and believe it should be applied to journalism. It's not that hard.

In other words, journalists, stop being so fucking lazy.

*Just to be clear: I can't stand Carson.
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+Magnus Itland exactly what political affiliation do you think I have, and what political party are you judging based on your misconception of what I have tried to explain to you ?

Humor me.

Addendum: the phrasing of "ordinary working republicans" is a bit of a 'no true Scotsman' fallacy.

If you don't currently have a job are you still a republican ? Considering the Republican Party had openly racist policies that it is openly proud of, what is an "ordinary" republican if not racist ?

For the record: if you politically support an explicitly racist party, then you don't get to hide behind "I'm not a racist, but ..."
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+The Big Bad Honey Badger before that, there were actual militias. Including ones formed to catch runaway slaves.
In war, they turned out to be horrendously inefficient (turns out they were not well-regulated), which is why they were replaced with more organized forces.
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My split end under a weak microscope. You're welcome.
#selfiesunday #science
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Get that taken care of!
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Has appending any 'abled' word with '-challenged' turned some of us into habitually offended violas aka whiny pansies? Should every description become so neutral that it eventually becomes indistinguishable? Is that our ultimate goal? To be equally labelled human beings period? Is the slippery slope in this Disney trope really all that slippery? With the exception of blatant hate speech, can Political Correctness be likened to Newspeak?

No response required, I'm just thinking out loud.

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"The lips of wisdom are closed, except to the ears of understanding."

If you're genuinely interested in philosophy or simply being human, I'd encourage you to take the time to read this essay by +Peter Strempel. It's a long read, but it it will give you a feast for thought. Not for the faint-hearted. Not for lulz. And nary a stupid cat in sight.

Luminous realm of values
Christopher Hitchens used to tell a story.  A good natured but stupid 'nature' class teacher, Mrs Jean Watts, had one day ventured to explain that grass and leaves were green as god's gift to mankind.  He paraphrased her: 'This is an excellent thing and proof of the glory of god, because he could have made vegetation orange or red, something that would clash with our eyes, whereas green is the most restful colour for our eyes!'  Nine-year-old Hitchens concluded: 'That's bullshit!'  Bang.  Done.  The Eureka moment from which he extrapolated all the other idiocies that flow from humans presuming to speak for god.

For me the matter was less certain and more complex, but no less fundamental.  And it applies much more widely than just to matters of religious authority proper.  The purview is all human reasoning.

Let's take a detour via Jean Paul Sartre's 1946 lecture, 'Existentialism and Humanism', which some have argued should have been translated as 'Existentialism is a Humanism'.  The distinction is not as inconsequential as it may seem.  The translation of this lecture from the French by Philip Mairet contains the sentence: 'Thus we have neither behind us, nor before us in a luminous realm of values, any means of justification or excuse.'  A sentence that, when considered carefully, is not just profound, but one of the most elegant literary renditions of any idea in the modern era.  In fact, it was such a perfect phrasing that I wondered whether there had been a mistranslation of 'numinous' for 'luminous'.  I had to check various sources, but in those I can lay my hands on it is at least a universal mistake, if it is a mistake at all.

What would be the difference in meaning?  The sentence with 'luminous' is elegant and borders on the brilliant.  It evokes the visual of a brightly illuminated, and illuminating, path of values that is in fact a fantasy across literary, ethical, and æsthetic dimensions.  Is there any confusion about Sartre's meaning?  Not to me, but I suspect that a large and growing number of people will have trouble with this because it has no literal interpretation that makes sense.  You have to be able to think in abstract and unfixed meanings across multiple topics, stretching from history to philosophy, and from politics to religion.  It is not at all amenable to a reductionist determinism that seeks to pin down an inherent and atomically reducible, precise meaning contained in the words.  As if the words could stand alone and apart from intention and audience.

For fundamentalist audiences, however, the word 'numinous' would be more fortunate because it restricts meaning to theologically defined values.  That meaning would be more limited than any intention one might derive from 'luminous', which can attach to any paradigm being proposed as a bright and shining example that illuminates human thinking on ethics and moral action.  How one can explain this profound difference to the intellectually stunted people who cannot think figuratively is not a problem I can address, let alone resolve.  However, it does mean that such people will never understand fully what it is to be human, and to be humanist.  That demographic includes a surprisingly large cohort of nominally educated people who would shrink away from considering themselves the fundamentalist literalists they are.

This is not a game of semantics.  The different meanings being considered are important in understanding Sartre's description of mankind, which he argues is forlorn, as if abandoned by a higher authority, and therefore without choice about reaching judgements and making decisions for which it must accept absolute responsibility.  Translate that to individuals: every grown human is individually responsible for its decisions and actions.  No excuses, no absolutions, and no choice.  No fence-sitting either.  Even inaction is a decision.

That was my childhood realisation.  It wasn't a single event or realisation, like that of Hitchens's 'bullshit' moment, but a progressive, growing awareness of the unreliability of authority figures to act in a manner deserving of emulation or respect.  I watched, as a child, the ritual humiliation of other children, sometimes also my own, and wondered why it was necessary to cruelly and sadistically pursue such powerless agents over many quite petty matters, apparently just to make them cry or watch the mounting terror widen their eyes and turn their faces pale.  It is a refined sort of bastardry that seems particularly ingrained in Protestant conceptions of righteousness, but has spread into all sorts of other authority domains.  Orwell talked about it spellbindingly in a recollection of his schooldays, 'Such, such were the joys'.

As a powerless child I was unable to deliver a clip around the ear for the adults who were thus abusing children; that came only years later.  So I was left to consider how I would have acted, in each instance, to attain reasonable outcomes sans tears or trauma.  I was moved, in my own head, to also come up with the justifications for why my methods were better, imagining how I would argue my causes with the grown-ups.

I have not ever found anything like an illuminated path, or any particularly brilliant insights into any system or formula from which humanist values can be derived.  I am tempted to conclude that such a simple-minded approach is precisely what we call religion, ecclesiastical and secular.  It has always been hard work to consider each event that requires ethical judgement as separate from any other, and to analyse every dynamic of the specific context individually.  Every time.  That is what I think is ethics and moral action: intellectual effort, not deference to predetermined. fixed rules.  Deference is the opposite of ethics.  It is reliance on a codex, or algorithm, to reduce all complexity to meaninglessness, and to apply a predetermined judgement, like a wrecking ball, regardless of its moral character or consequences.

Looking again at the Sartrean luminous realm of values, it becomes possible to see the vast bulk of reductionist determinists banishing humanism with the darkness of a kind of anti-ethics that is the unthinking reliance on uncritically adopted, and therefore infinitely corrupt rules.  In that darkness we find the specks of light that are people who actually do think, and who do make an effort to analyse, form judgements, and act on them.  They become, in that conception, the specks of starlight that prevent an otherwise dark universe from being completely black and void.
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Wow, the last time I had someone invigilate me, I had to pay quite a lot. Nice to know there's a selfie option!
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What's new with me?
Fuck you Google Pus, that's what's new. What's also new is that I actively despise this software and UI. I tried five fucking times to post a stupid tiny image with two lines of text, five!, every time I click the 'add image' button, my entire phone freezes. Not just the G+ app, the whole freaking phone just freezes and fades to black before my phone probably thinks "fuck you too G+" and eventually comes back to Apple life. And fuck you for the stupid "what's new with you?" prompt like we're a bunch of recalcitrant tweens that have to be guided to have a thought.

I can't believe I actually logged back in just to post this instead of throwing this phone against the wall because of you. I normally roll my eyes at people who can't handle change and complain about beta, but this is not beta. What the fuck are your engineers doing? Do any of you actually use your own software and do any of you use non Android devices in order to form an unbiased opinion?

Phew. Now that I've taken a much needed deep arse breath and realized that I've just anthropomorphized a company's social media platform, I just want to say, it's because of you we can't have nice things. Do you even KISS? It's not that hard.

Okay I'm still doing it, I just really hate when I'm paying for a service via all my anonymized data that Google uses to include me as a target demographic for Advertisers, and I'm just not getting said service.

A moment of zen if anyone from Google actually cares to listen...
Listen to and communicate with your human Users like your job depends on it.

If you're sick of hearing people complain about G+ and the changes then yeah it's too bad you've read this far. It is what it is. Wherever you go there you are etc etc.

Update to add issues/gripes as I encounter them. IOS 9.2 iPhone 6
Updated after new update
- Phone freezes when adding an image to a post - Fixed
- App intermittently freezes on normal browsing - Fixed
- External links don't always show up in the in-app web browser - Fixed
- After adding a comment, the screen momentarily freezes
- No way to see who plussed your comments, who reshared etc
- No way to see how a post "rippled"
- No way to categorize posts without using a Collection
- Collections automatically show all users following you, even if it's supposed to be hidden in your settings
- Can't see comments on posts when clicking on a link to a post from within a comment - Fixed
- New notifications marked as 'Read'
- No easy way to see trending or relevant posts
- No easy way to meet new people through 'normal conversational' posts that do not exist in a Collection or Community
- No easy way to introduce your circles to new people
- Complete lack of communication on new updates and changes
- The UI is not intuitive
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The last time, sometimes last year, +Dede King did a similar disappearing act, we set up a search team kind of, we finally retrieved her from her sojourn. What do you suggest we do this time fellas?
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I don't get some people
Some of my friends specifically. Why do they complain about their emotionally and/or physically abusive boyfriends/husbands/fuck toys, yet they keep taking them back? It's very much like this brick wall they keep banging their heads against, hoping it will somehow magically transform into Platform 9 3/4.

What irks me more, is that I've been one of those women, where for no blinking reason and sans reason, deceptive emotion trumps logic.

It's not that any of these women aren't smart, have low EQ or in some cases lack self esteem; It's just...I don't know. Love? What a deceptive beast.

So low key vexatious, right?

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Change my mind
I'm pretty sure everyone's already heard the news that Lamar Odom needs a kidney transplant following a drug, herbal viagra and sex overdose. Of course it's illegal to buy a kidney in the US, but I'm certain he'll find a willing donor among his or Khloe Kardashian's legion of fans (which I am not, so needless to say it won't be my kidney).

But, in everything I've ever read on this and peripheral topics, I have yet to come across a good enough reason why you shouldn't be able to sell a kidney when you can donate one anonymously or not.

If you have the most rational answer, please enlighten me.

Reward will be my kidney should you ever need one. I'm blood type Oh Positive. Many, many terms and conditions apply.

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That is true but you can make it illegal
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Interview goals.
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Love u moar
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Looks like the Ashley Madison hackers made good on their threat. Oi.

#ashleymadison #lolyouarescrewed
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This is such a lie.
I'm supposed to have a 20Mb line (sad I know). There should be a "feels like" meter. Even with local websites they take forever to load on my mobile connecting via Wireless to an Apple AirPort Extreme wired to the old Netgear router. Update: After disabling WMM on my old router, the speed suddenly feels a lot faster even if it only shows a meg difference on the speed test. Progress. Next steps: Buy a new router and optimize the configuration like a boss.
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+Dede King well yes that is pretty cool - I'm the only tenant who uses wired broadband though. The rest are using wifi - the signal SUCKS ass and I'm sure that's one reason for high turnaround here.
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I am a part-time sartorial consultant and entrepreneur ,unpaid Internetter, perpetual procrastinator, obsessive reader, cusser, blogger, writer, insomniac, wino, natural born skeptic and comma lover amongst other things. My philosophical life phrase would be: "I think."

A description I love, not my own, "a sultry denizen of a romantic boudoir."

I've got a couple of personalities who all compete for space in my brain. My light side is pretty dominant, but I have a penchant for the dark side. My interests in no particular order:

Business | iApple | Music  | Art (I dabble) | Horror | Writing | Vintage | Reason | Mystery | SciFi | Erotica* | Romance | Sex* | Classics | History | Psychology | Language | Musical Theatre | Philosophy | Film | Science | Tech | Fashion | Manga | Coffee | Fashion | Pretty Food | Words | Books 

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