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So... No change, then?

Hey, thanks!

Snowden's response via Twitter:

    Finally: irrefutable evidence that I never cooperated with Russian intel. No country trades away spies, as the rest would fear they're next.
ThatFanficGuy  ·  10 days ago  ·  link  ·  

That why he fled to Russia?

Existentialist  ·  14 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Elon Musk stand with his choice to stay on Trump's Business advisory board

I hope he stays. Trump needs some advisors who have interests that aren't wholly self-serving. Unfortunately, it seems a very vocal mass of people believe you can only be an advisor to the president if you agree with the president...

Uber's Travis Kalanick had to leave the advisory panel for this reason:

    “Joining the group was not meant to be an endorsement of the president or his agenda but unfortunately it has been misinterpreted to be exactly that,” Mr Kalanick told staff in a memo announcing he was stepping down.

    ...

    Mr Kalanick bemoaned what he called a “perception-reality gap”.

    Although he said he didn’t support President Trump’s immigration policy, people thought he did. And that’s what mattered most.

ThatFanficGuy  ·  13 days ago  ·  link  ·  

    Unfortunately, it seems a very vocal mass of people believe you can only be an advisor to the president if you agree with the president...

Thank you for stating that. I wouldn't have thought of it otherwise.

Existentialist  ·  17 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Arkansas passes law allowing rapists to sue victims who want an abortion

Generally, I believe, states have other law such that make it illegal to go to another state with the intention of doing something that is illegal in your home state.

xygarde  ·  16 days ago  ·  link  ·  

The situation all around fucked up then. I was hoping that at the very least there was a pragmatic solution until the legislation was revoked. Something like how Irishwomen travel to Britain for the procedure :|

Does this also extend to going overseas? I would imagine that if it were posited as a human rights or corruption regulation it would, but IDK if that is the case.

Existentialist  ·  19 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Fuck! I can't even go to The Japan Times to escape news about Trump.

Well, of course - he's president of the USA now. He's an important person whether we like it or not. You could have said the same about Obama while he was still president.

rd95  ·  18 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I would love to see actual numbers comparing articles referencing Trump and articles referencing Obama. I feel like I run across Trump so much more frequently. If I'm in the business section, there he is. Technology? Environment? The arts? Trump. Trump. Trump. In comparison, it seemed like I only saw Obama in politics and national news sections unless something big happens.

ThatFanficGuy  ·  18 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Probably because Obama is a reasonable, mature politician who was never surrounded with such cloud of dust because he never fucked up so badly.

EDIT: Actually... I don't mean to sound like a smart-ass douche. I get it, man. I'm tired of that orange-in-change, too. I guess I'm not getting the brunt of it all, living outside of the US.

While I was at home with chickenpox, my father was watching the TV constantly, him being out of job, and I listened to what they've been saying for at least the first two weeks, myself unable to do anything else. "Trump's been unreasonably attacked" was a defence I heard that stuck, but there were many more. His blasting of a journalist with "No, I'm not gonna answer to your question. You're fake news!" was talked about as heroic self-defence against the evil media... by a news reporter.

Maybe you should leave it for a while. Have a breath of fresh air without the news. Do something you enjoy and spend time with people you love. Anger about something not about to change will bring nothing but chaos to your soul. Trump's the President, and it's definitely something you want to do something about, but for now... I say breathe. Bad things are happening. Good things are happening. Don't forget about those latter ones.

Existentialist  ·  23 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Who do you trust? Your Doctor or Your Psychic? - Conversation with My Sister

A friend? Wow. I feel that makes it worse. I can understand lying to strangers for the sake of your job, but I could never do something like that to a friend...

Have you met this psychic friend? Do they seem delusional? Do you think they believe they are psychic?

Existentialist  ·  24 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Who do you trust? Your Doctor or Your Psychic? - Conversation with My Sister

    It's complicated, because of the placebo effect.

When it comes to psychics (or are you talking about acupuncture?), it isn't so much a placebo effect as it is the psychic making very broad, generalized statements that could be applied to near anyone or any situation.

lil  ·  24 days ago  ·  link  ·  

In the story the psychic is one person - a friend, who doesn't charge. The acupuncturist is another person that my sister has been seeing for a long time. She uses all kinds of Chinese medicine.

Existentialist  ·  23 days ago  ·  link  ·  

A friend? Wow. I feel that makes it worse. I can understand lying to strangers for the sake of your job, but I could never do something like that to a friend...

Have you met this psychic friend? Do they seem delusional? Do you think they believe they are psychic?

Existentialist  ·  24 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Who do you trust? Your Doctor or Your Psychic? - Conversation with My Sister

Makes me think of this:

Japan fortune teller 'ordered to pay' client forced into prostitution

bioemerl, also relevant to what you we're saying.

Honestly, it was a bit of both.

Trump's been in office for only five days and already he's making the world better!

kleinbl00  ·  26 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I'm going to interpret that as optimism rather than sarcasm and attempt to emulate it with all my will.

JTHipster  ·  26 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Here's a fun thought. When the wall fails in the next 4 years because it was always a stupid idea and it goes over large ranches, and it has to be paid for by taxes, it'll be one hell of a site to vandalize.

bfv  ·  26 days ago  ·  link  ·  

No need to wait for the wall, Trump has real estate all over the world. This administration is vandals' time to shine.

Existentialist  ·  26 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Honestly, it was a bit of both.

rd95  ·  26 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Hopefully this is the type of adversity and hardship that fosters growth and maturity for everyone involved. This might be another step to understanding that sometimes in order to have meaningful change in the world, you first have meaningful change in your heart and mind and the discipline to actually put that change into meaningful actions.

Existentialist  ·  27 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Why Trump's Staff Is Lying

I really think Trump's pouty because his ego was hurt. I don't think there's anything else to it.

Existentialist  ·  33 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Superintelligence: The Idea That Eats Smart People

    The Idea That Eats Smart People

#IAmVerySmart

bioemerl  ·  30 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Specifically #SmartPeopleAreStupidAndIAmNotSmart

Existentialist  ·  37 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: 210th Weekly "Share Some Music You've Been Into Lately" Thread

This song's been stuck in my head:

Existentialist  ·  39 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: January 11, 2016

!!!

Where did you get that? And if you don't mind my asking, how much was it?

ButterflyEffect  ·  39 days ago  ·  link  ·  

There are some benefits to seeing someone who owns their own thrift store.

On eBay they seem to go for $50 - $100 depending on the condition. Bell & Howell Autoload 1545 is the model shown in the picture.