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Off topic help request

Google+ recently changed and my "chat" function seems to have gone away. If anybody knows how to bring that back please let me know here.

Also I'm not seeing the "section" to post to in creating a post so I'm sorry moderators.
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+Christopher Johnson AFTER you click "post"??? That's just nonsense. Not good UX at all. Geez.
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Christopher Johnson

►►Campaign 2016◄◄  - 
 
Sunday I did my good deed for the month, I took the wife to a Ted Cruz event.  My first real political event.  Listening to Ted speak was wonderful.  I was there when he said something like: drafting women lacks common sense.  We don't want women in a fox hole having to fight off a 220 pound man trying to kill her. 

When he started saying it I thought "What?  You think our soldiers would attack a fellow solider?" and then he completed the statement and it was clear that he was talking about an ENEMY solider trying to kill her.

The good deed was that after listening to Ted my wife,  a teacher, has decided that she is going to vote for Ted in the NH primary and that he is her choice for president as well.

One of the things that resonated with the crowd was that the US Supreme court was in the balance and how he wanted strict constitutionalist on the bench.  How his lodestone was the Constitution. 

Also, he asked how many people were from out of state.  Almost 50% of the people there were not from NH which surprised the heck out of me.

On the "things you learn".  The campaign does not sell nor provide all those "Cruz" buttons and lawn signs.  Most of that stuff is sold by third party vendors.  And I couldn't get yard signs because the vendor was restocking as he had sold out.

On the other side of the fence there were a couple of moments that were cringe worthy.  Two involved smaller children.  The children were put on the outside of the audience where there was easy access to the stage.  It allowed Ted to decide if he wanted that child up on the stage with him.  It was obvious that they were reading their questions and that the questions came from some adult, even if offered by a child.  I'm sure that all candidates do things like that but it was a bit bothersome.

As he opened the floor for questions he said something like "I will answer or dodge your questions to the best of my ability".  A girl just in front of me asked about "equality as it applies to GLBTs", I didn't hear the entire question.  His pivot was masterful.  He dodge and was back on his points regarding equality of opportunity and reducing big government and and and.  The wonderful thing was as he was dodging and not answering her question she was nodding along with him as if this was the most insightful answer she had ever heard.  Great job.
I hope you all get a chance to attend a candidate's event.  Seeing it in person was so much more powerful than seeing the news reports.
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+64 Patriot I admire your passion.
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It's a bleak world out there.

I listen to the radio as I do my 1+ hour commute every morning.  They are currently doing a cash give away.  Be the 100th caller and win $500!!!

When the get the winning caller they joke around.  Get the name, tease them about how excited they do or do not sound.  And then they ask "What are you going to do with the money."

3 years ago the answer was almost always a "splurge" type event.
5 years ago even more so.
Today?  "Pay some bills."

This is a more telling statement of our economy, to me, than any number of graphs or employment rates.  These are normal every day people, selected at random from a large metropolitan listening area (Boston) and most of the winners are going to use this found money to pay bills.

Ouch
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These Bostonians need to keep voting for higher taxes. 😊
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Forcing religious believes on others....

The other day a quote from Hillary Clinton float by on this stream.  It said something to the affect "Christian leaders should update their doctrine to reflect modern beliefs about gay marriage."

In my opinion this is the crux of the issue.  If you believe that your religious laws are handed down by God then you are not allowed to change those laws.  Those are gods laws.  When some extremest screams that I should change my religious beliefs to match his he is forcing his religious beliefs.

It doesn't matter if this is some right wing nut job screaming about how doing work on the Sabbath is a sin and should be illegal or some left wing nut job screaming that I will change my definition of sin to match their definition they are both attempting to force their religious beliefs on me.

The hypocrisy that exists is deafening.  We have people that wont touch a cult because "religious freedom" and that wont condemn a religion that forces child marriages because "religious freedom" don't see that they are demanding changes in other peoples religion.
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This is a precursor to what is coming when some "enlightened" beings from a another world appear and refute the claims of Christianity. Belief in UFOs is no longer just an amusing fringe element. It is the vehicle that the coming strong delusion will ride in on.
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A few weeks ago I was watching a Bill Whittle(sp?) video about the best conservative movies.  One that was mentioned The Lives of Others.

It is the story of a Stasi "investigation" of a playwright.  It is very intense and very scary.  It took me a while to get through because it is only subtitled in English but the dialog is German.

I strongly suggest that people take some time and watch this movie. 
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0405094 http://www.amazon.com/Lives-Others-Martina-Gedeck/dp/B000XKZQ74

It will give you more insight into what it means to never know who is listening.
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"You will be made to care" and "Chilling effect on free speech."

Last night I had a wonderful dinner with my lady.  What with kids, work for both of us and slightly different sleep schedules we've not had much "us" time.  We spent the date talking about lots of things but one of the things we did talk about was "The situation in Indiana".

"I'm afraid to say anything.  If I do I'm afraid Andria, Betty, Christine and Debby will attack me."

My lady was brought up by a moronic Fundy.  Think a slightly less obnoxious version of West Borough Baptist.  Most of the hate and fear mongering was kept internal to his family and the church where he had some sort of position of influence.  My lady really did start off at that place where everything was so couched in terms of evil that it took a long time for her to learn to be even a little bit tolerant.

By tolerant I mean things like people going to the wrong church were not going to burn in hell sort of tolerant.

She has gotten past the hate the sinner stage but still has strongly held beliefs on what is sin.

But in our very conservative little neck of the world it feels scary to to talk about Indiana right now.  If you aren't part of the lynch mob you better keep quiet.  Even at the restaurant I found that we were almost whispering anytime we said something that was not in agreement with "them". 

Those little furtive glances to see who is around to over hear.  Is that woman with the butch hair cut going to get in our face if she hears something she doesn't like?

You will be made to care.
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Well said +Christopher Johnson...your commentary is solid! 
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So last week I had to fly for the first time in 23ish years.  What an adventure.  I wasn't worried about flying I was worried about going through TSA security.

I'm one of these people that likes to come prepared.  That means things like a ferosteel rod in my left outside coat pocket.  Or the Leatherman Tool in my pants pocket.  Or the two BIC lighters I carry everywhere (mostly used for lighting the heater in my workshop).  What is and is not allowed?

I carry a "get home bag" in my car.  It has food, water, shelter, communications, firstaid and a bunch of other things.  If the car slid off the road in the ice and I could not get out that bag has enough to keep me alive for a few days till rescue arrives.  Or if I had to hike I can put that on my back and go.  Oh, in the winter it has a warm hat, warm socks and warm gloves, just in case.

So I shed about 25 pounds and my checked baggage got about 20 pounds heavier.  I get to the airport and as I'm passing through security I ask the TSA guy "Do you have any instructions?"

He gave me a wise ass answer, polite and joking but not an answer.  I looked at him and said "I've not flown in 20+ years, what do I need to do to get through your checkpoint?"  At that point he was polite and helpful.

There was no choice that I could see but going through the MM wave detector. I think there was a standard metal detector off to the side but wasn't going to make waves.  It was a business trip.  As I came through the TSA dude was very polite, explained he had to "clear my wallet"  (I knew to leave it in my pocket next time) and to pat down the buckles of my suspenders.

As I came through I was impressed.  These guys were acting in a professional manner and were not the groping TSA people of horror stories.

Coming back same thing except I left my wallet in my pocket and the throwaway tools in my coat.  I.e. if they had a fit I would have tossed them in the garbage without feeling hurt.  The TSA people were polite and respectful.

Then bad things happened....
Southwest Air didn't seem to know how to get a plane out of the gate on time because the overhead bins were full.  I kid you not, it took almost 35 minutes for them to deal with a full overhead bin situation.  This meant we were late into BWI.  Which meant we missed our flight home.  The plane was still sitting at the gate but they were not willing to hold the doors for 5 minutes... sigh

After a miserable night in a cheap hotel it was back to the airport for a 5:05AM check in.

Now I found the TSA of horror stories.  More interested in talking to each other.  Bitching about the passengers.  Touching people without warning.  I had decided to wear suspenders because I don't have to take them off to go through the scans.  I do have to take a belt off and as heavy (fat) as I am putting my belt back on takes way to long. 

This guy is complaining "always the suspenders, always the suspenders".  No curtsy at all.

So yes, another out of control government agency.
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+Al Lilianstrom was just through OKC last week Agreed, very nice.
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For all the rabid gun grabbers.  Of course they will always hate those that would defend themselves.
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Does anybody have a list of official candidate pages where donations can be made? I have a policy of never submitting money to mass e-mailings but do want to support my candidate of choice and of course I'm always leery of the scammer of the week claiming he represents a candidate but is only taking money.
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Thanks for the follow up +Steven Morris.  Makes the original comment more understandable.  I took it badly/wrong.  I should have you come over and redo our bathroom after the last not good plumber took to many short cuts.
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My Opinion is just as valuable as yours!

Having spent a day in battle with an Internet Troll I then decided to have a discussion with my lady, to try and understand what is happening.  She brings an extra prospective as she was conditioned as a child to be a liberal and at one point was a libetard. 

The first thing that came to light is that trolls use loose language in order to avoid being pinned down as to meaning.  "There is a link between CO_2 and atmospheric temperatures."  This is true but it is not the same as "correlation" or "causation".  The more concise language allows us to have an agreement as to meaning, the loose language allows the troll to change the meaning if they are about to be penned down.

The next thing that I observed was that the troll will pick definitions that are non standard.  You then have a long discussion, prove your point and then are told "We weren't talking about that definition but this one instead."  Example: Taxes are an expense is my statement.  The trolls statement is that Taxes are calculated off of profits and the Federal tax return doesn't allow you to count federal taxes as an expense therefore taxes are not an expense.  HUH?  By picking the very closed definition of "Can be included as an expense on your federal tax return" and ignoring the common understanding and accounting definition the troll is able to wiggle out of acknowledging that taxes are part of the costs of doing business.

Next is the "My opinion is just as good as anybody else's".  This trope resonates with the  equal out come mindset.  No, your opinion is not as good as mine in my area(s) of expertise.  If you are sick you go and get opinions.  The opinion of your general doctor, your specialist and others in the medical profession are going to be more accurate and better than your mom's or your best friend's opinion.

Your opinion is your opinion but you really have to be able to back your opinion with facts.  An opinion back with facts can be discussed and refuted.  An opinion that is just an opinion is worthless.  And you will never be able to make progress.

Another troll characteristic is to belittle you.  They will claim you don't understand, have brain issues, have reading comprehension issues.  Anything and everything to avoid admitting that their words are not what they are claiming or that they have said things they have not.  This moves back to their inability to admit to facts that are contrary to their opinions.

In general it is a waste of your time to argue with trolls.  Call them out.  Educate the others that might be reading and then leave the field to the smelly creature.  They are not worth your time.
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This maybe gives too much credit to trolls. A troll someone trying to get a rise out of others for its own sake. Most of the time they turn out to be teenagers and kids, being the little jerks we all remember.

The problem with the online world is you can't size people up naturally as you do in person. We often contend with people who we wouldn't waste a second on if we were in the same room with them.
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The blame game:  When the sheeple realize that their health care is gone the politicians and media will likely paint Doctors as the cause.  Why?  Because they earn lots of money and don't seem to want to take charity cases (Medicaid and Medicare)
The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released a report on March 9 projecting Obamacare premium prices to outpace both private insurance premiums and government spending between 2016 and 2018.
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Also, as +Pradheep Shanker has pointed out before, coverage != care
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I don't know what is going on in the CU these days.  There was a time I wanted to read every comment.  I wanted to read every posting.  This community was a safe place to hear something other than the slams of the main stream media.

This is no longer the case.

Earlier today I got to read some nurdle typing in all caps about how horrible the Republican's are as the "party of hate everybody". 

An hour later there is a comment that reads "Netanyahu. An arrogant Jew who used to be a terrorist."

Almost every other posting has some troll making this sort of (self censored word)/asinine  comment.  It adds nothing to the conversation.  It adds nothing to the community.  It adds nothing accept gas to the fire.

This isn't about being blind to other opinions, it is just tiring to have to decide "Am I going to do battle with this troll, again?"
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The CU is currently 7,898 members.  A mere 303 have been banned (3.6%).  When you see something you think is wrong, let the moderators know.
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