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The trick to coming to terms with the man is realizing that these items influencing my credit score downward are all ignorable. There are quite likely not relevant. They are relevant to the people trying to automate the score monitoring. They are important. Except they aren't. Life sucks. Suck it dry.
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http://fusion.net/story/341420/the-maddening-world-of-false-equivalence-media-from-a-climate-reporter-who-knows/

There is false equivalence everywhere. This article is its own example. There are wackos talking about climate change. There are also solidly credentialed people who disagree with the consensus. Scientist no longer carries as much weight with me anymore. Climate Scientist has 0 weight. The problem is not that they aren't scientists, but that no one actually has all the parts that would make one a "Climate Scientist".

I have seen this false equivalence used correctly. I have also seen is used badly. I strongly suspect that this writer doesn't like trump. I sort of support the story though because appealing to rationality backfires most of the time. 
If Donald Trump is a bigot and a liar and a conspiracy theorist, then it’s only fair that the media gives the same flavor of critique to Hillary Clinton, right?
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Reviews have become a somewhat useless source of information. Star ratings mean absolutely nothing. I am looking for a new gas range. I did find a useful thing to look for...

Items that aren't part of the product.

For one of the ranges, the reviews pointed to the missing feature they expected to be there. In this case it was "The light in the oven can only be turned on by opening the door". There was no light switch...

I can't trust glowing reviews. I can't trust scathing reviews. I can't trust modest reviews.

The no light switch though is a point I can use...

In the debate on police brutality and supporting the men in blue, I am trying to point a the light switch. 
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I have blocked people before. Here are the types of people who have been blocked:

akatagirl4
corona.o.kate
nash_girl
alina.hot.22
isabell.200
go.d.syspc.19

All of them on skype. When random people with names like this try and "friend" me on skype, I block them.

I don't block them on facebook. I just don't "friend" them.


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Check: I managed to get banned from a "rational discussion' topic because I linked to a site that talked about statistics.

I have a guess to who the person is likely to vote for...

It isn't Gary Johnson... 
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http://www.star.nesdis.noaa.gov/sod/lsa/SeaLevelRise/LSA_SLR_timeseries.php

I am learning that I need to ask better questions. This sea level rise seems significant right?

If the foot print of the altimeter is between 2km^2 and 11km^2, how many datapoints would you expect to find in the data?

I understand that summarized data is more useful for most people. I am uncomfortable when the line item data is not readily available. Let us just approximate on the short side how many data points there likely should be...

Google gets me 360,000,000 square km of ocean. At 11km^2 per point that makes 32,000,000 data points per pass. The time between revisiting each point is 9 hours. 1 year of data should then contain 3.6*10^13 lines of data.

30 years of data is quite a chunk.

Maybe it isn't quite possible to push that data to a server. ... Then again, maybe they aren't storing actual height measurements... 
Laboratory for Satellite Altimetry / Sea Level Rise. The following tables provide estimates of sea level rise based on measurements from satellite radar altimeters. Plots and time series are available for TOPEX/Poseidon (T/P), Jason-1, and Jason-2, which have monitored the same ground track ...
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Briggs attempts again to point at the white elephant in the science auditorium. It is very hard to point at though. Numbers are good, but numbers will make you be stupid. Averages are your friend. Averages will bite you in the ass. Never be too enamored of an average. Plot all of the data. Keep that plot handy when you start plotting the derived data. If you do not keep the raw data visible when you show your derived data, look in the mirror and make sure you aren't attempting to deceive the person you see.
 
You’ll have to listen in. This is the busiest time of year for me, so I haven’t the time to write out a transcript of the show. However, here is an outline. 1. Scientism, scidolatry, scientific clericalism; 2. Science as culture and dogma; 3. ‘Impact…
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http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/28/magazine/letter-of-recommendation-safety-razors.html?_r=0

Everything this guys says is absolutely correct. Except...

There are parts of the "utopia" that don't ever quite work. I have made 5 blade fusion cartridges last 3 years. The chart at the end of the page becomes completely different if you are replacing cartridges every three years. I am not saying it is optimal use of resources.

The Astra Blade path is quite likely the "optimal" method. My methods were pretty much optimal though also. I shaved twice a week. I got haircuts 3 to 4 times a year. 1 package of Q-Tips (which I use entirely against recommended safety practices) lasts 10 years. A tube of toothpaste lasts longer than I expect. An Amway guy tried to tell me Amways toothpaste was better because you only needed a tiny little pea of a glob of paste. That is all the toothpaste you need from any brand. The toothbrush is as important or more so than the paste. The paste helps, but the toothbrush is the agitation...

A toothbrush all by itself will help keep your teeth clean... Mostly... Toothpaste makes it a much more enjoyable experience...


How did marketers convince people that masculinity meant never being around sharp objects?
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http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/radioactive-cold-war-military-base-will-soon-emerge-greenlands-melting-ice-180960036/?no-ist

I suffer from a bad case of "WTF"...

Not quite stated in the article. The original camp was built 30 ft down, yet somehow it is covered by 115 ft of snow and ice.

Just a couple of years after it was built, it was determined that the glacier was moving too fast and would crush the buried base quickly.... It was decommissioned in 1966 having been evacuated in 1965....

I am biased in my view on these things. Most of that bias comes from having believed too many things in the past and having too many managers above me who seemed oblivious to the basic math... 
They thought the frozen earth would keep it safely hidden. They were wrong
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http://www.gq.com/long-form/the-great-paper-caper

There are stories out there making police look like sadistic scoundrels. Someone told me one of the confounding factors you have to keep in mind when a police office pulls you over. What was the last call he had to attend to? Reading this story, makes me wonder. What would be the worse call to have happen before hand... Showing up to a house where a baby has been thrown against a wall and has died or having a grand conspirator get off scot free?

I will treat the police officers with respect no matter what call they have just come off of. Showing respect IS NOT subservient slavery. 
With a little hard work, Frank Bourassa figured he'd make a fortune (literally). Which is how he became the most prolific counterfeiter in U.S. history—a guy with $200 million in fake bills. How he got away with it all, well, that's even crazier.
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I have to get an Insurance plan again.. But Hey there is an exchange to go look at...

I enter the information to get quotes. It comes back and tells me that my premium will be ....

$0 *

for a family of 4 in the state of Washington making what I make...

WHAT A FFFFF ING DEAL! That is awesome. Maybe Obama made some real stuff happen...

Before I get too excited and start asking for my Obamaphone....

The reason they show $0 * is that the * says "You will get a $960 tax credit!"

Okay that sounds sort of cool. I like tax credits.

Doesn't quite work out that way... Putting in the numbers, what really comes out is a $3,394 tax credit. Still nothing quite to sneer at, but not quite the $0 * premium they said... Well.. Wait a minute...

If my effective tax rate was 9% (ignoring medicare/medicaid), then that might actually be worth more than the premium I paid... Should I consider $3394 tax credit to be the equivalent of $3394/(effective tax rate) in income?


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Are they counting the tax credit as the penalty you would have paid had you not gotten the insurance?
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http://www.recode.net/2016/7/12/12161258/hyperloopone-shervinpishevar-broganbambrogan-roblloyd-lawsuit

That is not a noose. I suppose it is wrong that I judge the validity of a corporations elite group of talent by their inability to tie an impressive noose...

Of course the art of the noose is being lost because it is perceived in bad ways for some reason...

That doesn't even appear to be a good lasso. It is just a bad knot.

Three other former and current employees allege breach of contract, assault and more.
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