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The sad thing is, even though the reporters caught it, the gambit still works politically. We now have wapo substantiating that fake allegations were made against Moore. Just drop the context, and this can easily be used to place a question mark beside their original reporting. And context is pretty much always a casualty in political talking points.
Supporters of Roy Moore attempt to discredit the Washington Post

In this new world where the press is one of the few institutions effectively fighting against Trump and his allies, we can expect attempts to discredit the press... and here's one.

A woman claimed to The Washington Post that Roy Moore, the Republican pedophile running for the U.S. Senate in Alabama, had gotten her pregnant when she was a teenager. She tried to get them to print her story - but became strangely evasive when they tried to fact-check it.

Then they saw her walking into the headquarters of Project Veritas, a right-wing organization that tries to trick the media into printing false stories.

And then - whoops! - the Washington Post found an ad where she was trying to raise funds to do exactly this:

“I’m moving to New York! I’ve accepted a job to work in the conservative media movement to combat the lies and deceipt of the liberal MSM [mainstream media]. I’ll be using my skills as a researcher and fact-checker to help our movement. I was laid off from my mortgage job a few months ago and came across the opportunity to change my career path."

So, reporters have to be very careful. It's not just about getting the story right. It's about getting the story right when the forces of darkness are trying to trip you up. This time they were stupid. They may not always be so stupid.

For more on Project Veritas:

https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/11/james-okeefe/546911/

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All those people who smugly talk about how unconvincing Trump's lies are are being totally played. Ezra Klein shows why the Trump media strategy is the success that it is.

I think CNN understands this, but they happily play the game for ratings. MSNBC continues to have talking heads earnestly talk about how they don't understand...

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To triumph, we must become what we despise. We must be intolerant of intolerance; and uncompromising with those who refuse to compromise. But is it possible to do this without also adopting the hate and vitriol?
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Low productivity jobs are growing faster than high productivity jobs essentially due to saturated demand. These same issues probably have implications for universal basic income, because abundance of necessities would allow a UBI to be much cheaper than many people assume.
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I'm will to believe 115 years as the statistical maximum lifespan for humans under status-quo assumptions. But a very natural part of being human is to not accept such limits of nature! But it's good to know what they are, to properly appreciate our future successes.

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Shameless self promotion: my first YouTube video is an attempt to explain Peano's axioms and why 1+1=2
I Just created my first YouTube Video! A proof that one plus one equals two!

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I Just created my first YouTube Video! A proof that one plus one equals two!
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Wow, so Breitbart today had an article that actually admits that scientists have "proven" that "the earth is warming because of human activity".

That's good, but the second part of the argument also appears to be reasonably well grounded: that unconditional climate predictions are meaningless because the greatest uncertainty is what we'll do about it (well, that article also has a throwaway line about weather prediction -- I guess that's mandatory on right wing sites).

If the argument is that our predictions should be based on scenarios .. then that is uncontroversial. It seems that the argument will shift from silly denial of climate science to a more reasonable debate over the scope of the scenarios on which we base our (conditional) predictions.

The specific uncertainty mentioned is "singularity": which in this context I take to be the idea that humans will not be the dominant agency in the economy in the second half of the century. And if Technological Intelligence is running things, it doesn't matter what we humans think.

There's something nihilistic about this argument, but it does at least appear to be an do-nothing argument that accepts the basic science of climate change. And for a site like Breitbart, I'd have to say that this feels like progress

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Perl 6 : its been a fascinating wait. Finally almost over. Let the -Ofun begin.
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Interesting longform piece about how the Syria spiralled out of control. The assumption in the headline, that Obama "lost Syria", does seem to assume that it's something that the US should consider as it's problem to solve -- but it's depressing to compare the outcomes of Libya, Iraq, and Syria: three bad outcomes that differ in degree, but the humanitarian crisis is probably worst in the one where the US has involved itself the least. (And that crisis is the result of a deliberate strategy by Assad to close out the US options for deposing him)
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