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Sad but true story. I first saw this news on Facebook, where the usual reason I stop by is to complain about Facebook's support of spammers, scammers, and vile trolls. What caught my eye was a link to President Obama's statement of condolences, but below that were a few comments. One was a vile, racist rant (details already forgotten) from a well-known unblockable racist troll that I've personally reported to Facebook MANY times, but whose vile rants continue to shove their way into my sore eyeballs. The second was a vile racist rant of the "softer", less offensive sort, merely criticizing President Obama for not saying more about dead soldiers--from the big dick Cheney's unfinished wars. Of course the troll left off the last clause, but the broader offense was due to the anti-racist stance of Star Trek, where one of Roddenberry's major points was optimism about a post-racist future.

Not mentioned in the video, but the first interracial kiss shown on TV was in a Star Trek episode. NBC was extremely offended. Almost surely contributed to the cancellation.
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So you want an elegant economic model to support videos? Okay, here it is: #MDFC options (from More Democratic Funding Campaign). To support the stories about the problems, you should sell the SOLUTIONS after the stories. There would be some links after each story to projects. The money would be held by a "charity share brokerage" and they would be funded by a percentage of the projects that get enough people to support them. They would earn that percentage by making sure the project proposals are complete and feasible, that there are clear success criteria, and by evaluating the completed projects and reporting on their success. Donors (from the 99.9% like me) would be able to review our donation history to see if we've actually done some good work.
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I'm convinced he's got a new writer of the sharp-tongue. Good stuff.
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Not bad, but I sure wish the RealTime account had Mel's first few minutes when he came out on the show... That was really impressive real-time wit.
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On that count, I wish they would use a VIABLE and profitable economic model for the Web side. To make it least annoying, I think they should offer the same content with different advertisers, so we could select from the products we are actually interested in. To make it profitable, they should use a P2P distribution model so their bandwidth costs would be almost eliminated (mostly down to a few responses with seed IP addresses)
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Sarah Palin is SO stupid, but the BIG LIE is the point. Today's neo-GOP is just following the lead of that Nazi propagandist who recommended lying BIG.
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+James Smith

Though you are an obvious troll and mentally deficient writer, it is apparent that you are attempting to criticize the observation that Sarah Palin had the potential to be an even worse VP than the big dick Cheney (neo-GOP) or tricky Dick (GOP) himself. However, there is an even more obvious response (though your trollish memory is probably too short):

Dan Quayle.
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Something similar happened to a Japanese professor I know. This was a few years ago as he was changing planes, probably in Canada. It didn't cost him that much, but it was plenty expensive.
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Humpty O'Reilly sat on a wall. Humpty O'Reilly had a great fall.
All the Koch brothers' horses and all the FAUX "news" women,
can't put the cowardly bloviating lying bully together again!
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The discussion of FAUX "news" showing the videos was completely off the rails, which is probably a tribute to the BS propaganda skills of what's her name, who directed the conversation AWAY from the real issue. When a particular video is created for the PURPOSE of displaying an atrocity, you do NOT support that purpose by showing the video---UNLESS, as in the case of FAUX "news", partisan political attacks are more important than anything else. If you know the terrorists want you to do anything, then you should not want to do that--and the terrorists WANTED this video to be seen.
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This is my boilerplate about trolls.

Not that a troll is worth two-clicks for a cut-and-paste, but I post in quest of the intellectual conversation that mobs of trolls destroy. The trolls are kind of like mindless spiders who compulsively kill intelligent conversation for no reason. Spiders kill by instinct, but the trolls lack that excuse, since stupidity is not an instinct.

So what to do about the problem of trolls interfering with intellectual discussions? Kill them? The question arises because the google now offers that option. I can delete any troll’s worthless reply to my comment. I’d prefer to simply make the trolls invisible, but it doesn’t surprise me that the ham-handed google is too EVIL to support that approach, for example with a maturity filter to make young sock puppets invisible.

But why would I regard that as a power to be abused? Because one man’s trollage might be another man’s wit. Perhaps I missed the joke?

More importantly, I regard censorship as fundamentally bad (and it was the increasing censorship that first revealed the google’s growing EVIL to me). Usually the trolls contribute nothing to anything, but sometimes, surely in spite of themselves, the trolls manage to stimulate an interesting or new thought. Even if it’s just an allergic reaction, that thought might be valuable, and it might not have occurred had the trolls been censored. For that reason, I would prefer not to actively censor them, but simply have a power to never see them. (Of course “never” is impossible, but the combination of a maturity filter with a blacklist would come close…)

Time for a funny story. I don’t like spiders, but I also don’t like killing them. One time I didn’t kill a spider, and the next day the same spider caused me to have a pretty serious accident, ambulance ride and all. I still feel no malice towards spiders and their instincts do good. If a troll does good, it must be an accident.

Should we consider why they troll? Why? Who cares?

Having said all of that, let me now confess to my mini-crime of killing and deleting one or more trolls’ posts, which confession is the purpose of this boilerplate. You certainly shouldn’t take it as a metric of the significance of a troll, but simply an expression of hope that we can now have a civil and thoughtful conversation.
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New writer on staff? Or was Bill in an unusually sharp or caustic mood this week? Mostly good stuff, but the one about the German trains was a bit too edgy for me... There are some Americans who actually do hate that much.
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He's a freakin' COMEDIAN. They take their chances with every joke. Lighten up.
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I wish there were #MDFC options to respond to this kind of stupidity by the super-rich. The 99.9% should be able to pool our little bits of money to embarrass these phools even more than they are embarrassing themselves.
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BIG LIE time. The neo-GOP (not to be confused with the actual progressive Republican Party of Abraham Lincoln or the rational GOP of Ike and Teddy) fanatics have decided to start BIG. They have the theory that the BIG LIE repeated early and often will work in 2016. If they are right, then the USA has no future, but the rich bastards like the Koch Brothers have no fear. They have vacation homes in Switzerland, Australia, and several in South America, just to be careful. (Okay, I don't actually know where their vacation homes are, but you know they can buy a new house wherever they want whenever they want, and when they are finished with America, no one in their right mind will be living there.)
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Sounds reasonable, but I'm a bull mouse. 
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Like TYT and would like to support it, but LOTS of things I would like to support--and Amazon is NOT one of them. I would prefer to donate money more directly to SOLVING the problems that TYT is telling us about. #MDFC links after the videos, with TYT earning a percentage by supporting good projects (as long as many viewers agree).

Sorry, Cenk, but if you become too dependent on Amazon money, it will NOT go well.
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Done both those things, but have not sent money, and would like to. I don't think they are listening, and I think their economic model is most likely to evolve into a new path down the CNN rathole.
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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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  • Rice University
  • Univerity of Texas (Austin)
  • Yamanashi University
  • Golden Senior High School
  • 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 - 4 months ago
reviewed 4 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 - a year ago
reviewed a year 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
5 reviews
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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