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Forum: USA Politics Yesterday, 09:16 AM
Replies: 2,965
Views: 85,338
Posted By W.D.Clinger
Here's a bit of history that's tangentially...

Here's a bit of history that's tangentially relevant to this thread (https://ee.stanford.edu/~hellman/crypto.html) inasmuch as there have been serious attempts to argue that some things can be...
Forum: History, Literature, and the Arts Yesterday, 08:50 AM
Replies: 1,009
Views: 180,411
Posted By W.D.Clinger
I just finished Squeeze Me, Carl Hiaasen's first...

I just finished Squeeze Me, Carl Hiaasen's first adult novel since Razor Girl in 2016. The first edition came out in August 2020, but I read the updated paperback version from May 2021.
...
Forum: USA Politics 20th September 2022, 06:58 AM
Replies: 275
Views: 13,282
Posted By W.D.Clinger
I thought she was a Congressvermin, but after...

I thought she was a Congressvermin, but after consulting several dictionaries I see "varmint" and "vermin" are near-synonyms, with "varmint" used predominantly when referring to large vermin.
Forum: USA Politics 19th September 2022, 09:35 AM
Replies: 510
Views: 10,806
Posted By W.D.Clinger
In a race to the moral bottom, the folks who live...

In a race to the moral bottom, the folks who live there have an unfair head start.
Forum: USA Politics 17th September 2022, 09:58 AM
Replies: 235
Views: 6,817
Posted By W.D.Clinger
Adolf Eichmann was an example, not a premise. I...

Adolf Eichmann was an example, not a premise. I explained the reference you said you hadn't understood.

Thank you for clarifying that what you wanted was an argument, not an explanation.



...
Forum: USA Politics 17th September 2022, 08:05 AM
Replies: 235
Views: 6,817
Posted By W.D.Clinger
That's what Norman Alexander was talking about. ...

That's what Norman Alexander was talking about.

My contribution was limited to explaining Norman Alexander's comment to someone who didn't know how Adolf Eichmann came to be transported from...
Forum: USA Politics 17th September 2022, 07:54 AM
Replies: 91
Views: 2,137
Posted By W.D.Clinger
Abraham Lincoln gets my vote for favorite...

Abraham Lincoln gets my vote for favorite Republican of all time.

It is of course ironic that Confederate battle flags have become symbols of the modern Republican party.
Forum: USA Politics 17th September 2022, 07:42 AM
Replies: 510
Views: 10,806
Posted By W.D.Clinger
Martha's Vineyard is an island, not a town. Its...

Martha's Vineyard is an island, not a town. Its most populous towns are Vineyard Haven, Edgartown, and Oak Bluffs.


That's right.


If you substitute "commons areas" for what I highlighted,...
Forum: USA Politics 17th September 2022, 07:04 AM
Replies: 235
Views: 6,817
Posted By W.D.Clinger
Ignorance of history often prevents people from...

Ignorance of history often prevents people from understanding elliptical references to historical precedents.

Adolf Eichmann thought he would be safe in Argentina, which "had a history of turning...
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 13th September 2022, 07:44 AM
Replies: 225
Views: 8,635
Posted By W.D.Clinger
I am not a physicist, let alone an elite...

I am not a physicist, let alone an elite physicist, but even I understand why your "ideas" are too ridiculous to consider.

Expanding the topic of your musings to include buffalo was ridiculous,...
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 12th September 2022, 09:43 AM
Replies: 2,057
Views: 50,537
Posted By W.D.Clinger
Childlike Empress has offered some real insight...

Childlike Empress has offered some real insight here:








In the United States, truth is a reliable defense against accusations of slander or libel. By law, if what was said or written...
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 12th September 2022, 07:08 AM
Replies: 225
Views: 8,635
Posted By W.D.Clinger
Amateur zoologist uses semiotics, solves mystery...

Amateur zoologist uses semiotics, solves mystery of why buffalo don't understand internal combustion engines, awaits peer review
Forum: Conspiracies and Conspiracy Theories 11th September 2022, 11:56 AM
Replies: 1,117
Views: 42,476
Posted By W.D.Clinger
"Damn broken" would be a pretty good name for...

"Damn broken" would be a pretty good name for Bubba's band.

It is also an excellent description of Bubba's sources.
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 10th September 2022, 03:55 PM
Replies: 2,057
Views: 50,537
Posted By W.D.Clinger
The special operation continues to go according...

The special operation continues to go according to plan. Putin is playing 0.5403023058681398+0.8414709848078965i dimensional chess. Progress is exponential, with an imaginary exponent.
ei
Forum: USA Politics 9th September 2022, 05:26 AM
Replies: 1,182
Views: 61,849
Posted By W.D.Clinger
Monkey See, Monkey Poo.

Monkey See, Monkey Poo.
Forum: Conspiracies and Conspiracy Theories 9th September 2022, 05:10 AM
Replies: 1,117
Views: 42,476
Posted By W.D.Clinger
Bubba's new favorite authority, Igor Chudov,...

Bubba's new favorite authority, Igor Chudov, describes himself as a "machinery mover" (http://igor.chudov.com/) who removes "your junk and obsolete machinery"....
Forum: USA Politics 8th September 2022, 08:33 PM
Replies: 2,965
Views: 85,338
Posted By W.D.Clinger
CNN has updated its earlier reporting...

CNN has updated its earlier reporting (https://www.cnn.com/2022/09/08/politics/mar-a-lago-special-master-justice-department/index.html) to include this news:
Forum: USA Politics 8th September 2022, 04:42 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,265
Posted By W.D.Clinger
Lock him up. Throw away the key. Using a...

Lock him up. Throw away the key.

Using a wrong pronoun to refer to the victim is a lesser offense, and probably not criminal.
Forum: USA Politics 7th September 2022, 06:51 AM
Replies: 2,965
Views: 85,338
Posted By W.D.Clinger
Even if this was tongue-in-cheek, it raises an...

Even if this was tongue-in-cheek, it raises an important point.




If some random peon put Trump's passport in a drawer that contains sensitive (whether classified or not) documents, then that...
Forum: USA Politics 7th September 2022, 05:31 AM
Replies: 2,217
Views: 169,132
Posted By W.D.Clinger
For readability, I put some of the even less...

For readability, I put some of the even less important stuff in spoilers.


I started off being critical of the specific “70,000” number. But I don’t see how any number can be given with any...
Forum: USA Politics 6th September 2022, 06:30 PM
Replies: 2,217
Views: 169,132
Posted By W.D.Clinger
So the folks you've been criticizing for giving...

So the folks you've been criticizing for giving that vague semi-number are no more wrong about this than one of the three fellows who, according to you, have been making the same points you made.
...
Forum: USA Politics 6th September 2022, 01:30 PM
Replies: 2,217
Views: 169,132
Posted By W.D.Clinger
I was careful to say "tens of thousands". I...

I was careful to say "tens of thousands".

I quoted Steven Reisner, one of the three you said was making the same points as you, acknowledging the fact that...
Forum: USA Politics 6th September 2022, 07:27 AM
Replies: 2,217
Views: 169,132
Posted By W.D.Clinger
I think the fundamental disagreement between...

I think the fundamental disagreement between xjx388 and tens of thousands of mental health professionals comes down to whether there is anything to be gained by considering the possibility that part...
Forum: USA Politics 6th September 2022, 04:28 AM
Replies: 2,217
Views: 169,132
Posted By W.D.Clinger
Allen Frances Jefferey Lieberman Steven...

Allen Frances
Jefferey Lieberman
Steven Reisner
[/QUOTE]

Nope. Note the highlighted. Not one of those you listed says his behavior is 'normal'. You're going to have to try again.
[/QUOTE]
...
Forum: USA Politics 5th September 2022, 02:15 PM
Replies: 2,217
Views: 169,132
Posted By W.D.Clinger
With my highlighting: In the...

With my highlighting:





In the unlikely event that you eventually arrive at some consistent position regarding the use of the word "crazy" to describe Trump's dangerous or otherwise...
Forum: USA Politics 5th September 2022, 01:49 PM
Replies: 2,217
Views: 169,132
Posted By W.D.Clinger
Here's what the public gains by understanding...

Here's what the public gains by understanding that Trump's behavior stems from a mental illness: The public gains a viable, evidenced alternative to the idea that Trump's belief that he is the...
Forum: USA Politics 5th September 2022, 05:41 AM
Replies: 2,217
Views: 169,132
Posted By W.D.Clinger
His followers and a large chunk of the voting...

His followers and a large chunk of the voting public have heard the “dangerously mentally ill” stuff and have rejected it. 74 million people voted for him in 2020 after the Yale Group, et al, not...
Forum: USA Politics 5th September 2022, 05:16 AM
Replies: 2,217
Views: 169,132
Posted By W.D.Clinger
With my highlighting: You present a false...

With my highlighting:

You present a false dilemma. I don’t believe any of those three statements.

I believe that it doesn’t matter what the underlying cause is of “Trump’s public posturing.” ...
Forum: USA Politics 31st August 2022, 04:29 PM
Replies: 2,965
Views: 85,338
Posted By W.D.Clinger
Even more ridiculous is that Trump is putting out...

Even more ridiculous is that Trump is putting out a stormful of insanity during the 20 hours Trump and his legal team were given to respond to the DOJ's response to Trump's request for a special...
Forum: USA Politics 31st August 2022, 05:43 AM
Replies: 2,965
Views: 85,338
Posted By W.D.Clinger
Edited to remove reference to material sent to...

Edited to remove reference to material sent to AAH





Their reasoning is remarkably similar to the DOJ's response to Trump's petition for a special master...
Forum: USA Politics 30th August 2022, 05:31 PM
Replies: 2,217
Views: 169,132
Posted By W.D.Clinger
Since you think I laid out your position "pretty...

Since you think I laid out your position "pretty clearly", I will continue to explain your position. It is of course possible that you will quibble with my ongoing characterization of your position,...
Forum: USA Politics 30th August 2022, 01:05 PM
Replies: 2,217
Views: 169,132
Posted By W.D.Clinger
So what’s important is that he’s a bad person,...

So what’s important is that he’s a bad person, not that he’s mentally ill. We know he’s a bad person because of the things he does.

Mental illness is completely irrelevant, by your own logic....
Forum: USA Politics 30th August 2022, 06:22 AM
Replies: 2,217
Views: 169,132
Posted By W.D.Clinger
Here's the context: Trump is dangerous because...

Here's the context: Trump is dangerous because all of these things are true:

Trump is mentally ill, at least to the extent that NPD is mental illness.
Trump became one of the most powerful men...
Forum: USA Politics 26th August 2022, 03:11 PM
Replies: 2,965
Views: 85,338
Posted By W.D.Clinger
I'm looking forward to seeing Trump's lawyers...

I'm looking forward to seeing Trump's lawyers present this argument in court:

All of the documents held at Mar-a-Lago had already been returned.
The former president had never even seen any of...
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 24th August 2022, 06:16 AM
Replies: 95
Views: 2,608
Posted By W.D.Clinger
Reading on airplanes, when the reading lamp is...

Reading on airplanes, when the reading lamp is aimed well enough to permit, I'm about 50 pages in to The Lathe of Heaven, by Ursula K Le Guin.

It doesn't seem to have anything to do with time...
Forum: History, Literature, and the Arts 24th August 2022, 06:10 AM
Replies: 1,009
Views: 180,411
Posted By W.D.Clinger
I'm reading The Lathe of Heaven, by Ursula K Le...

I'm reading The Lathe of Heaven, by Ursula K Le Guin, written in 1971.

Here's a sample, from Chapter 2, that shouldn't spoil anything:
Forum: USA Politics 22nd August 2022, 05:45 AM
Replies: 235
Views: 6,817
Posted By W.D.Clinger
That graphic is still showing Steve Bannon as...

That graphic is still showing Steve Bannon as indicted. Although Bannon was pardoned by then-President Trump before he could prove his innocence of mail fraud and money laundering in a court of law,...
Forum: USA Politics 12th August 2022, 04:48 AM
Replies: 118
Views: 3,747
Posted By W.D.Clinger
Are you predicting the revolution will be carried...

Are you predicting the revolution will be carried out by people who can't spell?
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 11th August 2022, 12:16 AM
Replies: 363
Views: 7,329
Posted By W.D.Clinger
That would be good advice if given to someone who...

That would be good advice if given to someone who wants to get useful information, but I'm not sure what it has to do with this thread.
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 10th August 2022, 11:44 AM
Replies: 143
Views: 3,840
Posted By W.D.Clinger
It contradicts one of the things you've said and...

It contradicts one of the things you've said and continue to say.


That is simply not true. You are talking as though there were always "one move that is most optimal", and failing to realize...
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 10th August 2022, 04:27 AM
Replies: 143
Views: 3,840
Posted By W.D.Clinger
With my highlighting: Your reliance on the...

With my highlighting:

Your reliance on the highlighted singular nouns in combination with articles "a" and "the" suggest to me that you are still failing to appreciate one of the most important...
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 9th August 2022, 04:38 PM
Replies: 143
Views: 3,840
Posted By W.D.Clinger
Actually, it addresses xjx388's point just fine,...

Actually, it addresses xjx388's point just fine, because my point applies equally to optimal strategies for games that involve an element of chance.

For most of the familiar games that involve an...
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 9th August 2022, 03:42 PM
Replies: 143
Views: 3,840
Posted By W.D.Clinger
No. Tic-tac-toe involves no chance at all, but...

No. Tic-tac-toe involves no chance at all, but there's an optimal strategy that simply cannot be beaten and will win if an opponent makes certain kinds of mistakes. Many other games have that same...
Forum: USA Politics 9th August 2022, 05:49 AM
Replies: 2,965
Views: 85,338
Posted By W.D.Clinger
It's not just some documents. Trump is alleged to...

It's not just some documents. Trump is alleged to have taken documents that, by law, belong to the National Archives, including classified documents whose removal and retention is punishable by up to...
Forum: Trials and Errors 8th August 2022, 05:53 PM
Replies: 1,192
Views: 56,510
Posted By W.D.Clinger
Along with wishing him long life in a Georgia...

Along with wishing him long life in a Georgia prison, I hope he gets paired with a companionable cellmate, such as a former POTUS.
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 8th August 2022, 12:15 PM
Replies: 363
Views: 7,329
Posted By W.D.Clinger
Yeah, it sounds as though Mike Helland was way...

Yeah, it sounds as though Mike Helland was way wrong about that.

Who'd of thunk it?
:con2:
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 7th August 2022, 03:49 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 584
Posted By W.D.Clinger
The Kerr pseudo-metric...

The Kerr pseudo-metric (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kerr_metric) for a spinning black hole involves a parameter a, which is defined as the intrinsic angular momentum per unit mass.

From Misner,...
Forum: USA Politics 6th August 2022, 08:58 AM
Replies: 2,241
Views: 113,599
Posted By W.D.Clinger
I thought human trafficking was illegal. I am...

I thought human trafficking was illegal. I am also surprised the political fund thought Melania was worth the $60,000 it paid for her. And how did the fashion designer come to own Melania in the...
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 5th August 2022, 09:33 AM
Replies: 363
Views: 7,329
Posted By W.D.Clinger
Or that there are exactly 26 sporadic simple...

Or that there are exactly 26 sporadic simple groups (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sporadic_group) (unless you count the Tits group (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tits_group), in which case there are...
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 5th August 2022, 09:04 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 2,214
Posted By W.D.Clinger
Vacuum energy...

Vacuum energy (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vacuum_energy). The enormous difference between the vacuum energy inferred from observation and the theoretical value calculated using quantum...
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