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Name: Steven Leser
Gender: Male
Hometown: New York, NY
Home country: USA
Current location: NYC
Member since: Tue Jan 4, 2005, 05:36 PM
Number of posts: 28,437

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NYTimes: The Widening World of Hand Picked Truths

The combination of the Alex Jonesing of society making everything a conspiracy and the religious right muddying the waters with religious pseudo science, people have their entire own version of reality rather than relying on empirical and peer reviewed results. It's frightening, IMHO.


Like creationists with their “intelligent design,” the followers of these causes come armed with their own personal science, assembled through Internet searches that inevitably turn up the contortions of special interest groups. In an attempt to dilute the wisdom of the crowd, Google recently tweaked its algorithm so that searching for “vaccination” or “fluoridation,” for example, brings vetted medical information to the top of the results.

But presenting people with the best available science doesn’t seem to change many minds. In a kind of psychological immune response, they reject ideas they consider harmful. A study published this month in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences suggested that it is more effective to appeal to anti-vaxxers through their emotions, with stories and pictures of children sick with measles, the mumps or rubella — a reminder that subjective feelings are still trusted over scientific expertise.

(More at above link)

See my post in GD regarding excellent job news!!!


Record number of Job openings in July highlights President Obama's successful job policies.

There were a record 5.75 million job openings in July. This vindicates President Obama's economic policies and shows that other employment data like the unemployment rate which continues to trend down accurately reflects the employment picture. It's now a job seeker's market. Thank you President Obama.


A graphic that says all that needs to be said.

but in case you want more details: http://www.gallup.com/poll/183713/socialist-presidential-candidates-least-appealing.aspx

When you have kids, you can never tell what they will come up with...

... and in this case it's not the kid's fault. Whoever designed that question was asking for it...

Breaking: District Judge throws out 4 game suspension for Patriot's Quarterback Tom Brady

Patriots Quarterback Tom Brady's 4 game suspension thrown out by District Court Judge Richard Berman.

Reporters went to his home for further comments and took this photo of Judge Berman in his living room...

(yes the photo is a joke, that is not a picture of the judge)

Link to article about the ruling here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/deflategate-ruling-nfl-roger-goodell-tom-brady_55e5c370e4b0aec9f35484cf

I fully expect to get hides from here on out for no reason other than I annoyed Bernie supporters

The latest hide hrmJustin got had several jurors (obviously Bernie supporters) saying they were voting to hide because his posts annoyed them.

That's what we all face from now on for the sin of advocating for and arguing for Hillary.

It needed to be said.

You gotta give this to the Repugs. They know how to manufacture outrage.

This kerfuffle over renaming a mountain in Alaska from McKinley to Denali.

99% of the Repugs outraged about this didn't even know who McKinley was and had to go look him up after their favorite Conservative pundits told them they should be angry about it.

What's the GOP dream administration? Someone jokingly sent me this pic (Projectile vomit alert)...

Don't gag (or at least try not to)...

And I jokingly tweeted it to some of my conservative pundit friends with the caption "You would like this, wouldn't you". They responded yes and retweeted it to their fans. The response was an almost universal enthusiastic "Yes".

Just FYI

Malala graduates from High School with Straight A's, Taliban apoplectic


For many teenagers, winning a Nobel Peace Prize at the age of 16 might offer some license to coast through the rest of school—but most teenagers are not the young Pakistani education activist Malala Yousafzai. For her, being the youngest person ever to win the world’s most prestigious award didn’t overshadow the importance of studying for her school-leaving exams.

In recent months, Malala, now 18, has put aside some of her busy agenda of appearances and international talks, and focused exclusively on her studies at Edgbaston High School, the private girls’ school in Birmingham she has been attending since she relocated from Pakistan in 2013. She came to the UK for treatment after surviving being shot in the head at the age of 15 on her way home from school in Pakistan by a Taliban gunman, who targeted her because of her advocacy for girls’ education.

Today her father, Ziauddin Yousafzai, proudly announced her academic success on Twitter. She received her General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) with straight As—including six scored at the top of the scale as A*.

The Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), Pakistan’s Taliban group, also reacted to the news, albeit less enthusiastically, according to the Pakistani publication Khabaristan Times. “You can get as many As in the worldly, Zionist, CIA-sponsored education system but the only A that matters is for Allah,” read the press release.

The TTP’s press release closes with a renewed threat to the activist: “Malala, no matter how much the Pakistani armed forces spank us, you’ll always be our number one enemy.”
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