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  1. Yeah, so I was listening to my ear's ringing. Trading a phlegmy allergy for cold fresh air, I awoke with a plugged ear. Intraotic saline released some pressure, and so did the room's temperature, actually. Grateful for basic chemistry. 5:12 PM
  2. MonDie

    Impeachment Hearings

    Our current congressional body does not survive through integrity, but through tactful, duplicitous appeals to their voters and their donors. They have challengers, and Pelosi's primary challenger is Shahid Buttar (link to The Damage Report is transcribed below). "I have argued that the president should have been impeached from the first day he took office if only because, preceding his term in office, he was enriching himself at public [sic] expense. And there is no stronger ground for impeachment than calling out the president's attempt... and his ongoing practice of putting tax payer dollars, that is to say your money, in his pocket. And that's an issue that particularly infuriates the Republican base. It is the key to flipping Republican votes in the Senate, and yet, the impeachment inquiry that the speaker has supported, aside from being a year late, after she became the speaker, it also is unfortunately limited and we need to point some light at all of the president's acts of corruption, not just a single one." Oct 23 Moreover, "His acts that warrant impeachment extend beyond obstruction of justice, they extend beyond self-enrichment in office, they include lying to policy makers every time he opens his criminal mouth." Two days ago, "During which a number of incalculable costs have happened: families that have been separated at the border, mass shootings inspired by the president's rhetoric. She also has limited the process, artificially, to exclude any evidence of the president's corruption in the form of emoluments violations, that is to say his putting tax payer funds in his pocket. umm. My biggest concern about the impeachment inquiry is that at the same time that the speaker continues to rely on the findings of whistle blowers, she is unfortunately silencing others, and keeping members in congress in the dark about executive secrets that the public needs to know aaaaand I'm very eager to continue making that case as we run to replace her in the house."
  3. Do you have a satellite? The drone footage is clipped, but AP did well. If architect Joshua Wong is disqualified from running, I guess Hong Kong burns with Beijing. The Amazon too. Super justice minister...
  4. MonDie

    Impeachment Hearings

    It probably won't get through the Senate. The important conditional seems to be whether the hearings will help or hurt Trump's popularity.
  5. I don't know Booker's justice reform proposals, but I know Harris supported civil asset forfeiture, which puts her on par with Biden and his support for the 1994 crime bill. I worry that this won't actually be a bad thing for her, but I don't know exactly how: TYT Breaks HUGE Pete Buttigieg Story The manipulation within buttigieg's police department doesn't seem so different from the conspiracy against Lula de Silva in Brazil. edited 5:36 CST
  6. Well then, you seem to have an observation without a hypothesis. The correlation=causation explanation is that african-american voters are an important voting bloc, and Republicans are reducing the effective size of this voting bloc. If they are successful, your discussion is moot. Bernie Sanders was arrested for protesting for civil rights, I guess Cory Booker ran into a burning house, and Andrew Yang will force african-americans to finally collect their welfare checks. The city of Newark, formerly governed by Booker, recently protested the lead in its water. The people drinking and breathing that lead are sure to be disproportionately black, and their districts are sure to be solidly blue urban districts. Somehow... *surely* to be (adverb form)
  7. My new observation machine really works and in so working proves that possible observations are endless.

    1. MonDie


      Triangular/hexagonal cities.  Consider the geometry and the physics.

    2. ALine


      I apologize, however I am unsure what you are referring to.

  8. The Voting Rights Act and supreme court cases like Shelby v Holder (now overturned) and Shaw v Reno address the issue of racial gerrymandering. It might be easy to gerrymander black neighborhoods, but it's also very unconstitutional. Stacy Abrams started the Fair Fight initiative after the Georgia governer's race was outright illegally stolen from her. Thomas Hofeller plotted similar mischeif (the citizenship question), and Donald Trump's deportations might have a similar motive. The importance of having their vote depends on how well we protect their right to vote. I don't think any other group's right to vote is explicitly protected by constitutional precedent, and we must hold the new appointees to the letter of the law, somehow. That is, if they aren't swayed by the inflation counter-argument. ... Or the OJ argument...
  9. Watching Al Jazeera will introduce you to plenty of third-world problems: vaccination and antiboiotic resistance, contaminated water and landfill landslides, collapsed buildings and dams, tsunamis and earthquakes, sand mining and The Great Green Wall, air quality in Bangkok and New Delhi, and smuggled firearms and the direct sale of firearms, armoured vehicles, and fighter jets. Yet some of them still find time to invent, like Sounthirajan Kumarasamy and his team did, and I want to see more of it. Our planet is accelerating toward a mass extinction, and India by itself has three times more heads than the United States. Although foreign leaders favoring the status quo will blame protests on foreign influences, they benefit from globalized scientific advances and in fact some of the wealthier countries will exert economic pressure on our corporate media. The members of this forum are not corporate subordinates who cannot freely discuss these foreign influences. Beijing (mainland China) seems to have effectively eliminated coverage of Hong Kong's huge, on-going protests in a globalized city as wealthy as any american city. Saudi Arabia has been buying american fighter jets, has bribed Trump via his hotels, and has bought information from Twitter employees. When they trade with us to fund their pro-government media, we are already an influence. The foreign influence seems to be in our direction, and not theirs, when they purchase or replicate our weapons or surveillance technology and when they actively suppress our coverage of their civil rights violations. At the very least, we are obliged to print a blank page in the Chinese section or the Arabic section, otherwise we are complicit. Moreover, when american companies buy, hire, or "move" overseas to avoid taxes and minimum wages, we lose out and our rich are advantaged by the privilege of overseas activity. 1:00 PM: The documentary reminded me of the report on the Falun Gong influence behind the pro-Trump Epoch Times that you were seeing advertised on YouTube. That's a wacky story. 1:15 PM: Actually, information on how Badger Sportwear's shoe materials were traced to the Uighur detention centers is surprisingly difficult to find, but it's more up to date. I forgot lobbying, an issue which is more prominent but also more complicated. Here is a Fortune 1997 archive on its Power 25 lobbying groups. I have long remembered that the NRA, the Christian Coalition and the National Right to Life Committee fall within the top ten, but what I didn't notice before is that AIPAC was actually no. 2. Although the Israeli issue is tied up with conservative Evangelical Christians, what might be more notable is that The Israel American Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) actually represents a foreign country. Of course, AIPAC had a very, very minor role in Trump's anti-Palestinian decision to recognize Jerusalem, not Tel Aviv, as the capitol of Israel... eek. To be honest, I don't fully understand how lobbying influences D.C. I do know that business firms and "the business lobby" are very powerful, and that being a lobbyist is profitable. AOC documented DC's ironic lines of homeless people who were paid placeholders for rich lobbyists. Moreover, it seems that Saudi lobbyists were exploiting loopholes to pay off our politicians over the war in Yemen. Another peripheral -- or not so peripheral -- issue was accidentally omitted. Chinese investors have hidden their money overseas by "parking" that money in american and Australian housing markets, artificially inflating the price of housing. This has exacerbated the homelessness problem in certain cities. I think the Australian government was doing something about it... It might be difficult to estimate the actual impact of this hidden Chinese money. In any case, we don't want our rich to avoid our taxes, and we don't want their rich to artificially inflate our housing markets. However, I would like to know the positions of lobbying groups like AIPAC on tax avoidance schemes and money laundering schemes. These issues might not be so peripheral after all. Cyprus and Switzerland are notorious money laundering locations, and Trump's (German) Deutsche Bank controversy momentarily made headlines. In years past, HSBC-US and Wachovia were convicted of laundering money to the drug cartels, but the punishment wasn't close to proportional. On this October 26th, Mexico's AMLO surrendered El Chapo's son to an unexpectedly forceful display from the drug cartels. Some important question ensue. Where is the Mexico lobby? Why couldn't central american lobbyists push for stronger fines against those banks? Why do the activities of foreign lobbying groups seem to undercut international law rather than uphold it? 12:24 PM CST, November 13th, 2019 12:30: I forget the specifics, but I think international corporations had a stake in the burning of the Amazon, an area which Brazil's Bolsonaro wants to economically develop. Lula Livre!
  10. Search and mini-seizure isn't quite operational, but I can suggest forms of realism other than three-dimensionality. Objective reality is 3D, and also exhibits emergence and its own chronology which further modulate the homogenous/heterogenous distribution of the information/variation that we psychologically perceive. Our experiences are spatially isolated and temporally isolated, but they are the interface with a personal self that translates a spatially heterogenous world into a chronologically heterogenous timeline of experiences, in the traditional interpretation of "wisdom." However, the space-wise limitations of being a "thing" are paired with the emergent-wise limitations that arise from the nature of vibration and electromagnetic radiation, the only non-chemical, non-toxic means for information transmission in this universe. These "limitations" are why we cannot see far away nor see the very small. These are the constraints placed upon the psychological development of the organism that, along with the functions to be achieved in psychological development, together guide the development of the sensory-response systems of all beings and the somatic nervous system in the human case. WARNING: Running for extended periods without defragmentation may cause system lag. 7:00 PM N9th 2019
  11. Mistermack, Obama advised Egypt's democratically elected Mohammed Morsi that he could appease the rogue military with political concessions. Morsi followed suite, making concessions, and the coup proceeded anyway. Similar revolutions are underway in Sudan (thank god!), Algeria, and Iraq and Lebanon. This thread is direly lacking in historical context. The Wahhabist-Salafist ideology of ISIS originated from the ultraconservative Wahhabism that legitimized the House of Saud in the 1700's. In WW1, The House of Saud ultimately gained control of Mecca and Medina, the required pilgrimage sites for all muslims, and the Jordanian dynasty was pushed northward. In 1975, the reformer King Faisal was assassinated. Fast forward. Saudis comprised the majority of the 9-11 hijackers, and the official religion of Saudi Arabia, Wahhabism, is linked to the religious ideas of ISIS. Fast forward again. Egypt, Israel, and Saudi Arabia (and Donald Trump) are ultraconservative allies (or ultra-militarized in Egypt's case), and they're arming Khalifa Haftar in Libya and loosely connected jihadi groups in bombed-to-hell Yemen. I would explore the complexities of killing an idea if that were a steadfast commitment. Ironically, Yemen was more populace and its port city of Aden facilitated British-Arabic cultural exchange, but the Saudis struck oil. Coincidentally, ultraconservative Wahhabists have the economic means to spread and enforce their ultraconservative version of Islam. Who wants to buy that hybrid car and let the muslims work this out? Those Lebanese protesters are ruthless!!!
  12. I forgot about it because I already put a total stop to it. DO NOT DO NOT sit cross-legged in what we american's call "indian-style." This half-ass version of how Guatama Buddha sits is actually the worst thing for your feet. Anyway, the peripheral point of this post was that these things might impact the actual speed of motion (e.g. improper stretching) or your perceived exertion vis-a-vis joint pain. You shouldn't experience any joint pain ever. 11:45 AM CST Oc 13 Go far!
  13. Four Year Bump I did get a trundle wheel. I recall that, with the sidewalk's bumps smoothed out, the measurement was reliable at something like 12,XXX feet plus or minus 10-20 feet. I think that's right, and I think that was after slowing for the bumps. I remember the last place digit changes so rapidly that I would ignore it in favor of the second lastest digit, but the error margin wasn't more than 50 feet. That is less than half of a percentage point of error, which was better than the several percentage points of disparity by maps. I also wanted to share some physiological tips for anyone who shall run regularly (or daily). None of the physiological insights were obvious, but it was noticed over the years. The most important thing is symmetry, and, per the relevance to backpacks, I thought some protesters or whomever might find it to be useful for some kind of moving distribution system. I have been jogging with backpacks and drawstring bags, and their symmetry will make or break a long distance jog. With backpacks, a box of some kind, a cardboard box, should house all of the items. This will guarantee symmetry. A cardboard box with tape will not become wet and soggy, and a plastic bag can protect the contents from rain. For my drawstring bag I only use plastic bags, and a few layers of bags will fend off flooding conditions. There are a few ways to tie the draw-strings, but I prefer: with each string, to twist that string 360 degrees and to place the resultant loop over that same arm on the same side and then over my head. No choking, no asymmetry, and negligible breathing restriction. If you want to get a better time, your muscles, your calves particularly, should be totally relaxed during stretching. I DO NOT stretch my calves on stairway steps, but if I must I must b grasping a handle that fully supports my body weight. Preferably, I take a chair with horizontal bars that are low to the floor. I relax my feet against those horizontal bars while pulling on it with only my arms. My preferred outdoor technique is what I call the tree hugger, and on those few occasions of its use I reasoned that it was far safer than using a wall. I find a pole with a large circumference, a telephone pole, and, with one tightly snug heel and the other foot nearer rather than farther , I try to give the pole a big ol' hug with my arm muscles. With foot pain I noticed some problematic postures that worsened the pain I already had. Those are the bone tips. Recently I pulled my leg again, and I noticed upon the next jog that my pulled leg wasn't as tight as the other leg. This is the basis for the muscle tips. Obviously, you should not slow too much and accelerate too rapidly else you will pull your calves. Darn traffic. Darn geese. In motion (bones first), your jogs should be turned by both legs and not merely the outside leg. If you grab a pole and twirl around it, you will notice that it relieves the pressure that would be felt in the feet in a jogging turn. In motion (muscles second), it might be wise to walk slowly with outwardly pointing toes. This is what doesn't pull on your calves. In standing (bones first), try not to straighten one knee or the other. In standing (Muscles second), try not to stand on curled toes (...yes, like a girl). This posture tugged on my pulled calf muscle. In sitting with elevated feet (bones first), DO NOT rest the balls of your feet against hard edges, and (muscles second), on any surface, try to rest on the heels of the feet rather than the balls of the feet. In sitting on the floor (bones), try to extend out your feet rather than pulling your feet toward your thighs. Have good jogging! October 13th, 10:40 AM CST
  14. Honestly, it's ironic how we wage counterproductive wars (Iraq and Afghanistan) and then recant so hastily as to leave all in shambles (Iraq and Libya). Without the military industrial complex (Raytheon, Boeing,... Lockheed Martin, General Dynamics, etc.), this would be the most damning criticism of our two-party system. No consistent foreign policy, but a very clear business model. No foreign policy town hall, and now the war-mongers get to self-righteously bash the brain-dead populist. Oct 11, 6:19 PM CST
  15. Speaking of reality TV, the key witness in the trial of Amber Guyger for the murder of Botham Jean has been killed (in a "drug deal gone wrong" per CNN). Any re-trial will be even more tainted now. It's like watching a highly charged football game playing out on a densely foggy football field. If somebody said that Neo from The Matrix ran across the wall, I suppose the duped fans would still be as enthused and enthralled as any movie-goer. If somebody lit a firecracker, certain people would immediately and unthinkingly duck or vigilantly scan. For the sake of society, I think we should be more assured that we all are watching the same game, and it comes to how we verify information, how we verify the relationships that aren't within seconds gathered, merged, and double-checked by efficient sensory/perceptual processing. We all can identify faces, so imagine one. Now, try to imagine any specific part of the face. Your expectations are absolutely fulfilled by the first request, but the latter attempt is more jarring. What did you think you were imagining that you could not imagine again? Some things are just "seen", perceptually processed as stand-alone and entire. Faces are, including their easily perceivable color. Courts address laws that are just the opposite. Nobody is good guy or bad guy, nor an ally except my lawyer, but a specific clause of the legal agreement might have been violated. In videogames, we have allies and enemies and everyone gets killed (no comma), and this is how emotions like resentful anger or traumatic fear are tuned. The behavior may or may not have consequences, but the behavior always reflects on the behaver, who will ever receive our admonishment, admiration or fear, our "first impression", which is anchored by that face of theirs (plural or singular). If stereotyping or racism are as automatic as I have suggested, then what other recourse does a minority have except to make corrections after the fact? If we can't correct all of the cases on their individual merits, then should we make broader, more approximate corrections? Maybe we should, but this Vox video on the failure of Batson vs Kentucky (5:40) shows that sometimes we don't even institute common-sense reforms that could prevent these errors to begin with. I certainly think that would be the preferred reform, and moreover, any broad-brush reform will certainly enrage some ignorant people who won't need any technical knowledge to realize that those people are getting a boost. If we can have our cake and eat it too, we should. If it comes down to well-researched designs rather than brute-force political action, maybe the path of least resistance is, coincidentally, the best path. On that note, I know Bernie has been criticized for policies that don't specifically mention race, but maybe that is what an informed policy will look like. Personally, I would be interested in appropriately enforcing the law, and that means being more objective in all matters. If Amber Guyger made a mistake, we can learn from that. If racism is a pervasive problem, we can learn from that. Everybody wins. If everybody wins, the opposition might not be so fierce. October 10th, 4:58 PM CST minus a few minutes
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