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Monday, February 3. 2020
40 Privacy Groups Warn That Facial Recognition Is Threatening Democracy
Corona virus update
The rise of cancel chic - Liberal journalists are so desperate to be canceled they’ve begun to form secret societies around the theme
Peer Review Is Science’s Wheel of Misfortune. The system for evaluating the quality of research papers works little better than flipping coins. Budding scholars pay the price.
The Democrats May Have Lost...but They're Still Smarter than You
Hillary Clinton ended the practice of humble concessions: Goodwin
Bernie Sanders 'Medicare for all' plan could shrink GDP by as much as 24%
Scott Adams has built a Bloomberg Box
What about everybody else getting a box?
Newt Gingrich: Likely Iowa caucuses winner is this candidate – Here is what it could mean for Democrats
How the House lost the witness battle along with impeachment
Retired Senate Dem leader tells Glenn Beck: If I were still in office, I'd vote to acquit President Trump
Pelosi says Democrats must focus on mainstream, not progressive exuberances, to win in 2020
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Bill Nye the Fame Whore Guy, who assures us that "the world is on f**cking fire" because of deadly carbon emissions ... literally just endorsed a company that sells bottles of CO2 for people to release into the atmosphere.
In related CO2 news, a Denver beer brewer will capture the CO2 produced from the brewing process and pump it into the marijuana growers building. Wait, what? Who knew that CO2 is important to plants? I thought the Supreme Court - their decisions are never wrong - declared CO2 to be a pollutant, responsible for all that ails the world.
Bernie's a believer in 'One size fits all top down governance'.
Because the entire country is as crowded as New England. And the rental markets are EXACTLY the same nationwide as they are in NYC.
So what could possibly go wrong?
National rent control because limiting something that is in short supply works so well. You have to wonder about the intelligence of people who favor rent control. I am in favor of forcing McDonalds into bringing back the original price of McDonalds fast foods because I want cheap food. Do you imagine that will actually work or would it merely bankrupt McDonalds?
OT: What! nothing on the SB halftime show. We had called the kids into the room and then had to shoo them out. I hear there was a serious political message embedded into the T&A performance, but you may have been distracted by the pole stripping and crotch shots. WHO approved incorporating adult entertainment into the SB?
I think Wharton is way off on GDP shrinking by 24%. Government plans always are bigger than originally estimated. I would guess that GDP would shrink by at least 40% and we would become more like Europe... tiny cars, tiny houses, bad teeth a no opportunities to have a better life.
Hillary Clinton ended the practice of humble concessions: She don't DO "humble" and talks AROUND "concessions".
How the House lost the witness battle along with impeachment: When was the last time a Democrat was called "smart"? Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm...
Bernie Sanders Wants to Impose National Rent Control: Bernie knows EVERYTHING about rental units; suuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuure
When was the last time a Democrat was called "smart"?
I don't remember when a Democrat was called smart but they always call Republicans stupid and they obviously consider themselves to be smart.
Reagan and now Trump are considered "lucky" when their plans work contrary to leftist theory. The fact that there is a common logic to their policies, not to mention the results of similar policies around the world, is lost to the left.
People who do not learn from or even appreciate successes and further seek to reverse the policies that brought those successes are certainly not smart. That's as kindly as it can be put.
Bernie's campaign platform in a nutshell:
In The Communist Manifesto (1848), Marx gave the reasoning for establishing absolute authority in the name of the working class: "The first step on the path to the workers' revolution is the elevation of the proletariat to the position of ruling class. The proletariat will gain from its political domination by gradually tearing away from the bourgeoisie all capital, by centralizing all means of production in the hands of the State, that is to say in the hands of the proletariat itself organized as the ruling class."
Bernie, like the Clintons, began as a grifter and finally has progressed far enough to become one of the biggest hogs at the government trough.
Re: Medicare for All
"According to studies, the cost of Medicare for all sits at roughly $32 trillion over the next decade." That money will never be there. I would say that there will be, at most, five hundred dollars per person available per year. So the biggest immediate issues will be expelling all illegal immigrants, and euthanizing the elderly and the indigent. That should reduce overall spending by at least fifty percent.
The next issue is the provision of services. There won't be funding for "therapy" or counseling. Persons who are slightly mentally ill will need to find a volunteer Church-based group. The key to keeping the medical system operating is to maintain strict discipline. If a person comes in, over the age of sixty with a life-threatening illness, such as heart failure; that means immediate euthanasia. The same for crazy people, and dangerous people. A refrigerated truck can make a couple of runs every day, from the hospital to the crematorium.
Medical care is for young Americans who really deserve treatment. A broken leg, or Pneumonia, or whatever. Almost all of the money in the medical budget should be reserved for people between the ages of zero and thirty. After that, there's a sliding scale, that goes to nothing at age sixty. If an elderly person has cancer, there's no reason to extend his or her life.
We want nobody in a wheel chair, or in a nursing home, or at their children's house, who needs their ass wiped. That's over with. The United States must have only fully functioning people. And for those who complain, I have this to say: We have one obligation, and that is to the unborn. We will not leave them a ruined country; we will leave them a great country, full of happy healthy citizens.
As an elderly person with cancer I say F you.
My medicare is not free. I paid into it every month until age 65. Once I turned 65 I pay a premium automatically deducted from my SS. When I use Medicare I pay at least 20% of all costs. You and many others clearly don't know what Medicare is.
When they say "medicae for all" they do not mean that. They don'e expect everyone to first pay into it every month for 40 plus years. Then they don't expect everyone to pay a monthly insurance premium. And finally they don't expect anyone to pay the co-pays of 20% They are talking about FREE STUFF because they are trying to buy your vote with other peoples money.
You may have paid your Medicare and Social Security dues, but the country is broke. They spent your money on other things. When the financial correction arrives, the system will not be able to finance anything, or borrow any more money. Further, we can't have millions of old people, disabled people, and terminally ill people just sitting around. There is no one to take care of them.
And yet you approve of spending money on children's or young adults medical care.
"40 Privacy Groups Warn That Facial Recognition Is Threatening Democracy"
Forget the threat-to-democracy angle; just get Bill Nye, Greta Thunberg and some anonymous panel of "experts" to announce that facial recognition technology creates CO2 and contributes to climate change.
"40 Privacy Groups Warn That Facial Recognition Is Threatening Democracy"
Ever had someone tag you in a photo on facebook or post a selfie on Instagram? You're in the facial recognition system. Ever sent a DNA sample in to one of those "genealogy" outfits? You and all your relatives' DNA is now in the DNA registration system--not too long before it will be used to determine whether you are susceptible to any genetic diseases and will be denied health and life insurance, among other things. Ever wore a Fitbit or health tracker or smartwatch? You're in the system. Ever used the "health" app on your Iphone or let it keep track of your location, or talk to Siri or Alexa? You're in the system.