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Just had my first jury:

It went like this:

1. No true Democrat supports TTP
2. The President support TTP
3. So?

So? was alerted on.

Of course I can't read the results.

I used the results from the old system to measure my response to evolving values here, which was one of the admin's purposes of instituting the jury system to begin with. With this one I am in the air.

I support not cutting Democrats, but I also know the TTP is contentious to Democrats and progressives. And in your new rules you say that constructive criticism is no grounds for hiding or banning. So this presents a dilemma: is the statement "No true Democrat supports TTP" hidable on its face, or is not supporting TTP mean someone is not a supportive Democrat?

My vote was leave it alone, that the comment was close to line line but not hidable. In light of my questions above I now think my vote vote should have been "Close, but hide anyway."

I take my jury duty very seriously, and I truly appreciate my privilege in being allowed to be a member. But being in the dark is not helpful.

Maybe simply a sanctioning on reprinting jury results would have answered a lot of your concerns on keeping a controversy going?

Jack, 13 years old, tries to buy a gun, porn and lottery tickets. Guess which one he got ....

GOP Operative Lashes Out At Party, Calls Trump ‘Cheeto Jesus’ In Epic Tweetstorm

GOP Operative Lashes Out At Party, Calls Trump ‘Cheeto Jesus’ In Epic Tweetstorm
Rick Wilson says the RNC is “covered in stench” for not pushing back against the businessman.
06/16/2016 08:34 am ET

Willa Frej Reporter, The Huffington Post

Rick Wilson, GOP presidential consultant and active member of the Never Trump movement, has just unleashed his latest tirade against Donald Trump on Twitter, calling the presumptive Republican nominee “Cheeto Jesus.” And he’s bashed the Republican National Committee in the process.

Wilson said in the tweets posted Thursday that the RNC is covered in Trump’s “stench,” given that they’re ultimately responsible for their party’s candidate.

That’s despite Trump’s camp being displeased with the RNC for not throwing overwhelming support behind the candidate, according to Politico. A campaign official said that they wouldn’t be taking much advice from RNC chairman Reince Priebus.

Many in the Republican Party were upset over Trump’s response to Sunday’s Orlando massacre, after he congratulated himself for being “right on Islamic terrorism.”

Check out last night’s tweetstorm: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/gop-operative-lashes-out-at-party-calls-trump-cheeto-jesus-in-epic-tweetstorm_us_57626d13e4b05e4be860ec59

He referred to the real estate mogul as a “cancer,” an “epic douche canoe” and a “statist” with “a little delicious hint of fascism in the mix” on CNN.

Granted I like to make a comment with my jury verdicts, why are comments being done away with?

Other than that I understand why the other changes are being made. I think making the "accused" unnamed is a good idea, though I wonder if that will affect a juries ability to read the comment being judged in context to the rest of the thread around it.

From other things you've said about comments made by jurors, its seems that Admin has used comments to detect bias in some jurors that caused those jurors to be given less jury duty.

I still believe you can get it all under control:

AUTOMATED MESSAGE: Results of your alert

Mail Message
On Wed Jun 8, 2016, 07:43 AM you sent an alert on the following post:

All the misty eyed blather over a woman getting the nom is BS. She is owned by Wall Street.


This post is disruptive, hurtful, rude, insensitive, over-the-top, or otherwise inappropriate.


Like Skinner says: is this helpful?


A randomly-selected Jury of DU members completed their review of this alert at Wed Jun 8, 2016, 07:49 AM, and voted 3-4 to LEAVE IT ALONE.

Juror #1 voted to LEAVE IT ALONE
Explanation: No explanation given
Juror #2 voted to HIDE IT
Explanation: No explanation given
Juror #3 voted to HIDE IT
Explanation: No explanation given
Juror #4 voted to LEAVE IT ALONE
Explanation: Misinformed and plain wrong -- but not abusive.
Juror #5 voted to LEAVE IT ALONE
Explanation: if we hid everything that isn't "helpful" this site would be relatively empty. IMO.
Juror #6 voted to LEAVE IT ALONE
Explanation: No explanation given
Juror #7 voted to HIDE IT
Explanation: No explanation given

Thank you.

I support Bernie and I alerted on this. I know you're giving them another week to get it out of their system, and I believe the jury system works for everything except the primary zone infractions, but its hard to keep the faith sometimes.

Kinda makes me look forward to to tommorrow's surgery and one week stay.
Posted by marble falls | Wed Jun 8, 2016, 08:04 AM (2 replies)

America Marked Memorial Day Weekend with a Deluge of Mass Shootings

America Marked Memorial Day Weekend with a Deluge of Mass Shootings


By Mark Hay
June 3, 2016

Over the past seven days, America witnessed nine mass shootings that left one dead and 43 wounded. These attacks bring the US mass shooting body count so far in 2016 to 112 dead and 443 injured. Meanwhile, Europe suffered zero mass shootings last week, holding the continent's body count in such attacks this year steady at 20 dead and 66 injured.

All of the recent mass shootings in the United States came over the long Memorial Day weekend, with three of them directly linked to holiday cookouts. Only one of these attacks received significant attention: military veteran Dionisio Garza III's random rampage on Sunday in Houston, Texas, during which he allegedly fired off more 200 rounds starting at 10:15 AM, killing a 56-year-old man and wounding a Good Samaritan who tried to intervene, along with two responding deputies, and three bystanders before being gunned down by a SWAT shooter. However, the weekend's bloodshed started hours earlier, at 12:30 AM in Trenton, New Jersey, when at least one shooter injured six people en route to a cookout. Two-and-a-half hours later, a shooting in an Indianapolis parking garage injured four more. Then, at about 6 AM, a street altercation in Las Vegas led to a shootout that injured yet another four individuals. Finally, at about 12:25 PM in Zillah, Washington, people believed to have bene hunting birds accidentally wounded five orchard workers when firing through a grove of trees.

The carnage carried over to Monday, Memorial Day proper, with two drive-by shootings at cookouts in Baltimore, Maryland, and Sacramento, California, both of which left five injured. The violence trickled into the wee hours of Tuesday morning as well; at about 12:30 AM, an attack on a girl's house party in Fort Wayne, Indiana, left four teens injured. About an hour later, a street shooting in Chicago injured four more.


It's possible that the holiday even played a role in Garza's rampage. Associate director of the Harvard Injury Control Research Center Deborah Azrael told VICE back in February that large, random attacks like his are actually less common on weekends than most mass shootings. But they do tend to occur when shooters know people will be gathered in public spaces.

This doesn't mean that a warm summer guarantees a bloody Fourth of July or Labor Day. There's still a degree of randomness in mass shootings. We had a bloodier week than this one, for example, at the end of April, with 13 mass shootings—including the Piketon, Ohio, massacre—leaving 15 dead and 44 injured. Yet that week was cooler than this one, with not a holiday in sight and a fair chunk of the violence occurring on weekdays rather than weekends.

Posted by marble falls | Sun Jun 5, 2016, 08:08 AM (1 replies)

Canadians on the current US elections

Insight on Super-Delegates

Al Franken on Super-Delegates

Federal Lawsuit: Farmers Claim Monsanto's Controversial 'Roundup' Weedkiller Gave Them Cancer


Federal Lawsuit: Farmers Claim Monsanto's Controversial 'Roundup' Weedkiller Gave Them Cancer
Despite Monsanto's claim that its glyphosate weedkiller is "safe enough to drink," four Nebraska farmers say it gave them non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.
By Ted Wheeler / Courthouse News
May 13, 2016

LINCOLN, Neb. (CN) — Despite Monsanto's claim that its Roundup weed-killer is "safe enough to drink," four Nebraska farmers say the widely used herbicide gave them non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.

The World Health Organization's International Agency for Research on Cancer classifies glyphosate as "probably carcinogenic to humans" but Monsanto has promoted Roundup as "safe enough to drink," the farmers say in their federal lawsuit.

"Roundup is used by Nebraskans raising everything from grain to grass and tulips to trees. Nothing on the label alerts users to health risks," their attorney David Domina said in an interview. "Nebraskans deserve the benefit of the WHO research, and protection against unknown exposure."

Monsanto, based in St. Louis, is the world's largest producer of glyphosate herbicides. The company made $4.8 billion from Roundup sales last year. It is applied to "Roundup-ready" crops that are genetically modified to resist it.

Ubiquitous in hardware stores for home use nationwide, Roundup is used in commercial agriculture on more than 100 varieties of crops. More than 85 million lbs. of glyphosate was applied to U.S. crops in 2001, and its use more than doubled, to 185 million lbs., by 2007, according to the complaint.

"Glyphosate is found in rivers, streams, and groundwater in agricultural areas where Roundup is used. It has been found in food, the urine of exposed persons, and in the urine of urban dwellers without direct contact with glyphosate," the 48-page complaint states.

California last year became the first state to label Roundup as a carcinogen, based on the IARC research, and Monsanto then sued the state to fight the designation.

<rest of the story at the link>
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