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Nate Silver Defends Torture Methods Used To Make Election Projections


Nate Silver Defends Torture Methods Used To Make Election Projections

NEWS IN BRIEF March 21, 2016
VOL 52 ISSUE 11 · Politics · Election 2016

NEW YORK—Responding to critics who contend that safer and more humane techniques exist to ascertain voters’ political positions, statistician Nate Silver appeared on several cable news programs Monday to defend the controversial torture methods he uses to project election results.

“It’s not easy to accurately forecast how a given state or demographic will vote, and sometimes there is simply no other option than enclosing blindfolded voters in a confinement box and blaring loud, continuous music at them to keep them awake for 100 hours or more,” said Silver, stressing that he had extracted many crucial responses that helped him correctly predict all 50 states’ results during the 2012 general election by shackling registered voters from the ceiling in stress positions until they finally divulged the issues that mattered to them most.

“What you have to understand is that we’re working on a highly time-sensitive schedule and need to get these projections right. So, yes, if stripping a second-generation Latino millennial voter naked, forcing him to stand in his own excrement, and then holding back a snarling German shepherd inches from his throat gives us a clearer understanding of where the nation stands on immigration reform, then that’s a choice I would gladly make every time.”

Silver added that, with the exception of occasionally using pliers to tear out the fingernails of those he suspected of lying to him about their preferred candidate, none of his methods have ever been proven to cause permanent damage.

From The Alan Parsons Project Facebook Page: Trump Forced to No Longer Use "Sirius"

Thank you to the many fans who wrote in about the fact that Donald Trump was using our APP track ‘Sirius’ as the intro music at his rallies. This was not something we had approved or authorised, and having now written to Trump’s lawyer, we’re pleased to report that they have agreed to pull the song from their playlist at his rallies from now on. If you ever hear it played at Donald Trump events again - please let us know.

The Woolfson Family


Five Deputies Disciplined in Connection with Trump Rally Assault (Video of Second Assault)

Source: Fayetteville Observer

Five Cumberland County deputies disciplined in connection with Trump rally assault

By Michael Futch, Staff writer Updated 9 hrs ago

The Cumberland County Sheriff's Office says it has disciplined five deputies following an investigation arising from a videotaped assault at the March 9 Donald Trump presidential rally at the Crown Coliseum.

News of the disciplinary action came on the same day as allegations of a second assault during the rally surfaced with a second video posted on social media.

A college student from Fayetteville posted the video online that shows him being verbally and possibly physically assaulted while sheriff's deputies are escorting him from the political rally.

00:00 / 02:48
Adedayo Adeniyi, 20, a Nigerian who attends East Carolina University in Greenville, has said in interviews with The New York Daily News and the East Carolinian college newspaper that a Trump rally-goer slapped him in the face as authorities led him out of the Crown Coliseum, where the rally was held.

Adeniyi said in the published accounts that he was not protesting when deputies told him he had to go. Adeniyi alleges that deputies randomly targeted and tossed him from the event because he's black.

A Sheriff's Office news release said Wednesday that three deputies were demoted in rank and suspended for five days each without pay "for unsatisfactory performance and for failing to discharge the duties and policies of the Office of Sheriff."

Read more: http://www.fayobserver.com/news/crime_courts/five-cumberland-county-deputies-disciplined-in-connection-with-trump-rally/article_aa73709b-a2cb-5d7b-92c8-c4279a80238d.html

SeaWorld Says It Will End Killer Whale Breeding Program

Source: Associated Press

SeaWorld says it will end killer whale breeding program

MAR. 17, 2016 7:22 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — SeaWorld is ending its practice of killer whale breeding following years of controversy over keeping orcas in captivity.

The company announced Thursday morning the breeding program will end immediately. The company also announced a partnership with the Humane Society.

The company will also end theatrical shows and introduce "new, inspiring natural orca encounters." The new shows will begin next year at the SeaWorld Entertainment Inc.'s San Diego park.

SeaWorld president and CEO Joel Manby said in a statement that the company introduced more than 400 million guests to orcas and is proud of its part in contributing to the human understanding of the whales.

Read more: http://bigstory.ap.org/d40fe0eca3e3468c94da646f50a40259

BREAKING: Obama to Nominate Merrick Garland for Supreme Court, AP Reports

Source: Associated Press

Obama Said to Choose Garland to Replace Scalia on Supreme Court

Greg Stohr
Mike Dorning
Steven T. Dennis
March 16, 2016 — 10:05 AM EDT Updated on March 16, 2016 — 10:30 AM EDT

President Barack Obama plans to nominate Merrick Garland, chief judge of the federal appeals court in Washington and one of the most respected jurists in the country, to fill the U.S. Supreme Court seat opened by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia, according to a White House official and other people familiar with the matter.

Republicans have vowed to obstruct any Obama nominee for Scalia’s seat. The president plans to announce the nomination at 11 a.m. Washington time in the White House Rose Garden. The people who identified Garland requested anonymity ahead of the president’s announcement.

In a statement earlier Wednesday, Obama said his nominee will be "eminently qualified" to join the nation’s highest court, has an "unquestionable mastery of law" and "unimpeachable credentials." He asked for a fair hearing and up-or-down vote in the Senate.

"That is what the Constitution dictates, and that’s what the American people expect and deserve," the president said.
Garland will be an ideologically moderate nominee who in other contexts would have broad bipartisan appeal. When Obama considered Garland for a high court vacancy in 2010, Senator Orrin Hatch, a Utah Republican, called the judge "terrific" and said he could be confirmed to the Supreme Court "virtually unanimously."

Read more: http://www.bloomberg.com/politics/trackers/2016-03-16/obama-to-nominate-merrick-garland-for-supreme-court-ap-reports-iluwzj0o

"Don't Despair. After March 15, Entire Last Half of Elected Delegate Race is Favorable to Bernie..."


Don't despair: After March 15th the entire last half of the elected delegate race is favorable to Bernie #FeelTheBern #PrimaryDay
Clinton won in at least 3 of the states today, but only 50% of the elected delegates will have been determined after everything is counted today. The front half of the #DemocraticPrimary schedule was horribly front loaded with states where Clinton does best, but from here on out, we move on to states where Bernie can win almost everywhere.

Guardian Primary Results Website: All On One Page & Lots of Fun...


'Humans of New York' on Facebook: An Open Letter to Donald Trump

An Open Letter to Donald Trump:

Mr. Trump,

I try my hardest not to be political. I’ve refused to interview several of your fellow candidates. I didn’t want to risk any personal goodwill by appearing to take sides in a contentious election. I thought: ‘Maybe the timing is not right.’ But I realize now that there is no correct time to oppose violence and prejudice. The time is always now. Because along with millions of Americans, I’ve come to realize that opposing you is no longer a political decision. It is a moral one.

I’ve watched you retweet racist images. I’ve watched you retweet racist lies. I’ve watched you take 48 hours to disavow white supremacy. I’ve watched you joyfully encourage violence, and promise to ‘pay the legal fees’ of those who commit violence on your behalf. I’ve watched you advocate the use of torture and the murder of terrorists’ families. I’ve watched you gleefully tell stories of executing Muslims with bullets dipped in pig blood. I’ve watched you compare refugees to ‘snakes,’ and claim that ‘Islam hates us.’

I am a journalist, Mr. Trump. And over the last two years I have conducted extensive interviews with hundreds of Muslims, chosen at random, on the streets of Iran, Iraq, and Pakistan. I’ve also interviewed hundreds of Syrian and Iraqi refugees across seven different countries. And I can confirm— the hateful one is you.

Those of us who have been paying attention will not allow you to rebrand yourself. You are not a ‘unifier.’ You are not ‘presidential.’ You are not a ‘victim’ of the very anger that you’ve joyfully enflamed for months. You are a man who has encouraged prejudice and violence in the pursuit of personal power. And though your words will no doubt change over the next few months, you will always remain who you are.

Brandon Stanton


TOM TOMORROW: Primary Phenomena. (I think he's voting for Sanders...)


TOM TOMORROW: Further Primary Phenomena

DAILY KOS LINK: http://www.dailykos.com/stories/2016/3/14/1500655/-Cartoon-Further-phenomena
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