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Stayin' Alive 04/07/2020 12:04
, a cult expert with personal experience. (He was a Moonie.) It's definitely worth your while to read the whole thing. He explains how cults of personality work and why Trump cultists are impervious to facts or logic. For those of us on the outside, it seems incomprehensible how this repulsive, stupid, malicious, narcissistic pathological liar, bully and coward can possibly attract the admiration of anyone or find anyone to believe the constant flow of bullshit out of his mouth. To Hassan, it seems, it's no mystery. I'll give you a taste, but you have to read it. Donald Trump fits the stereotypical profile of all destructive cults. These traits include malignant narcissism. Trump can easily be compared to Jim Jones, Sun Myung Moon, and othe.
Stayin' Alive 04/06/2020 10:43
We've all gotten sick of the Resident's constant boasting about the greatness of his intellect.. It's too long to reproduce, but highlights include:. ISIS: "I know more about ISIS than the generals do." ( ) Trade: "Nobody knows more about trade than me." ( ) The U.S. government system : "[N]obody knows the system better than I do." ( ) Renewable energy: "I know more about renewables than any human being on Earth." () Taxes: "I think nobody knows more about taxes than I do, maybe in the history of the world." ( ) Infrastructure: "[L]ook, as a builder, nobody in the history of this country has ever known so much about infrastructure as Donald Trump." ( The economy: "I think I know about it better than [the Federal Reserve]." ( ) Technology: "T.
Stayin' Alive 04/05/2020 08:29
Now we come to a part of Leviticus which is still in effect for observant Jews. I've done a bit of reading to find out how people have tried to explain the origin of the dietary laws, but I'm not going to give any links because nobody has a very good idea. Some have attempted to explain them as actually being hygienic, i.e. that there is a legitimate public health rationale to them, but obviously there is not. It is true that pork can harbor a parasite called trichinosis, but ruminants can also harbor parasites and they're all destroyed by cooking. Cultures that eat pig meat obviously don't have a problem. The best idea anybody has come up with is that it's basically just a way of enforcing identity. It's difficult to commingle much with yo.
Stayin' Alive 04/04/2020 11:09
Salviati: John tortured a puppy. Simplicio: So what? Freddy stole a marshmallow. I suppose you could call this whataboutism, and it is a common debating tactic of people who have no arguments on their side. I am well aware, as I have affirmed here before, that numerous elected officials were wrongly sanguine about the coronavirus threat for a time, and/or delayed too long in taking mitigating measures. This includes politicians of both parties. Most of them, with the notable exception of 8 Republican governors who are still trying to kill their constituents, came around to the view that the crisis was real, and took strong action, long before the Resident admitted the truth. Unfortunately in the case of New Orleans that was not until the Ma.
Stayin' Alive 04/03/2020 09:23
Be very careful how you interpret the current geographic distribution of the Covid epidemic. The difference between places that have a lot of it now and the places that only have a little is time. Many states and localities that did not take mitigation measures because they didn't think they had a big problem are going to have a big problem soon. That's a key concept in epidemiology, which I have discussed before: exponential growth. If one person infects two people, and those in turn infect four, and they in turn infect eight, and so on, you think you don't have a problem on Septober 1 and then find you have a big problem on Septober 14. So don't think the picture you're seeing now is the one you will be seeing in two weeks. That is all.
Stayin' Alive 04/02/2020 10:05
Suppose you learn that your friend has the dread Crudly's disease. You don't have any symptoms and he's been on the opposite coast for the past two years, but you're worried about it, so you go to the doctor and ask to be tested. The doctor agrees -- after all you're paying him -- and he tells you that when people don't actually have Crudly's disease, the test comes back falsely positive only 10% of the time. (That's called "specificity" in the jargon.) Your test comes back positive. What is the probability that you have the disease? I'll bet you answered 90% (unless you already knew this one). The correct answer is that you don't have enough information. Suppose only 1 in 100 people actually has the disease. That means that 99 of the peopl.
Stayin' Alive 04/01/2020 12:57
The media focus mostly on major markets where consumers are concentrated, where they have offices and where their reporters and editors live and work. But the epidemic is, if anything, . The main problem is simply lack of resources. Many rural hospitals have closed in recent years. There aren't enough beds or doctors and they are too far away for many people. Many outbreaks in rural areas and small cities in less populous regions have already occurred. These include Chambers County, Alabama; Dougherty County, Georgia; and the Shreveport, Louisiana area just for starters. The corporate media don't pay much attention to these places but it's happening everywhere. The outbreak that centers on New York City is actually very widespread into the
Stayin' Alive 04/01/2020 09:20
Please don't get me wrong. I've seen other people try to put our present crisis in context, or discuss the costs vs. the benefits of certain actions, and be widely condemned for insensitivity or even sociopathy. I remember after the 9/11 attack, when people who tried to explain the motivations or sociological origins of Al Qaeda and similar movements faced the same sort of criticism. You weren't allowed to think about the problem, people weren't ready for any sort of moral confusion. In what I am about to say, I am not arguing against saving lives, on the contrary. I'm just trying to explain something about where we are in history. Suppose this had happened in, say, 1890? In thinking about that it helps to refer to something sorta, kinda li.
Stayin' Alive 03/30/2020 14:50
. . . This malignant clown is killing us. His unending verbal diarrhea of self adoration, slander, ignorance and stupidity, moral depravity and general assholishness would be impossible to imagine as satire or horror fiction. Yet here we are with nearly half of the population telling pollsters they approve of his conduct in office. And apparently they are happy to take their delusion to the grave.
Stayin' Alive 03/29/2020 08:18
Leviticus 10 is very puzzling. A good deal of explanation seems to be missing but one thing is for sure: God is batshit insane. I decided to use the Revised Standard Version this time but really, no version makes any more sense. 10. Now Nadab and Abi′hu, the sons of Aaron, each took his censer, and put fire in it, and laid incense on it, and offered unholy fire before the. Lord. , such as he had not commanded them. 2 And fire came forth from the presence of the. Lord. and devoured them, and they died before the. Lord. . 3 Then Moses said to Aaron, “This is what the. Lord. has said, ‘I will show myself holy among those who are near me, and before all the people I will be glorified.’” And Aaron held his peace. There is no explanation of what exactly N.
Stayin' Alive 03/28/2020 11:10
For those who haven't been reading for a long time, I live in a rural part of Connecticut and ordinarily commute to work in Providence. The university has been closed for two weeks and I've been working remotely, but I had to go to the office yesterday to get some files off of my personal computer. You don't notice that things are very different out here in the boondocks, but it was very strange to see the downtown of Providence largely deserted. Notably, however, Rhode Island has so far had few confirmed cases of Covid -- 203 -- and only 28 people hospitalized. As far as I know there have been no deaths yet, although 11 people are in the ICU. Nevertheless, the governor and city officials got out ahead of the epidemic, and shut down schools.
Stayin' Alive 03/27/2020 15:49
As you probably know by now, . As you also know, there have been multiple such allegations as Donald J. Trump. The difference is, Democrats care about it and Republicans don't. That's no excuse for us not to care however.
Stayin' Alive 03/25/2020 08:58
I think many people misunderstand the essential nature of the Resident's relentless spewing of lies. Many say they should properly be classified as bullshit, because he doesn't care whether what he says is true or false. But I would go further. He actually inhabits a universe in which whatever he says becomes the truth. . Note a common quality of many of them, e.g. Asked, for instance, by CNBC on Jan. 22 if there were worries about a pandemic, Trump said, "No. Not at all. And — we're — we have it totally under control. It's one person coming in from China, and we have it under control. It's going to be just fine.". In February, he asserted that coronavirus cases were going “very substantially down, not up” and told Fox Business it will be fi.
Stayin' Alive 03/22/2020 08:29
You may have thought that we're done with the descriptions of killing animals, spilling their blood, carving them up, and burning their innards. Nope. Now that the priests have been ordained, they need to get to work. And that means more of the mind numbingly repetitious recitation of the details of the procedure. Note that the Hebrews have been sacrificing animals since Abel, but up to now it's been informal. There wasn't any priesthood and the people would just do it themselves. It was mentioned occasionally in Genesis and Exodus, usually for special occasions, and the details of the procedure were not spelled out. So what's new here is the formalization and ritualization, the priestly monopoly over the practice, and the command that it b.
Stayin' Alive 03/21/2020 09:09
As I have made perfectly clear, any comments praising the Resident or defending his actions are likely to be non-publishable because they are almost certainly delusional. I do not come to this conclusion because of "bigotry" against the administration, I come to it because it is an ineluctable fact. What is so mysterious is why and how so many people cling to the delusion that there is anything admirable, competent, or praiseworthy about the most vile, repulsive, stupid, ignorant narcissistic psychopath who ever lived. , which should be read in its entirety. It is too long and says too much to do it any justice with an excerpt, but here is one that speaks directly to the kind of hallucinatory distortion of meaning that afflicts the cultists.
Stayin' Alive 03/19/2020 08:38
I also do not publish comments consisting of hair splitting that purports to make some sort of a point but is actually meaningless. For example, in calling the coronavirus pandemic a hoax -- which he did -- the Resident was not saying that the virus does not exist, he was saying, , that criticism of his lack of a response was a hoax because it wasn't actually a problem. . Again, comments that are a meaningful and thoughtful contribution to the discourse will be published. Idiotic hair splitting that misses the point and aims only to distract will not be.
Stayin' Alive 03/18/2020 12:28
I have referred to John Ioannidis here before several times. He's what I would call a science critic. A movie critic is 100% in favor of movies, but wants them to be good. John is the same when it comes to science. Here, he points to the catastrophic consequences of the global containment measures, and goes further, noting that all of the dire predictions of what this particular virus might do are based on flimsy evidence. We really don't know. He knows what he's talking about when it comes to scientific evidence and he makes an extremely persuasive case. The human psychological bias to do something in the face of uncertain risk is surely at play here. My feeling about it is that strong measures are called for to buy us time to figure out w.
Stayin' Alive 03/15/2020 14:06
I should probably create some sort of a permanent link to this, but I should make clear what sorts of comments will and will not be published. I was forced to start moderating comments late last year, after some 20 years of blogging here, because of a few people who posted comments that are destructive of the informational purposes of this site, and offensive to the basic values I hold. I should first make clear that the word "opinion" has multiple meanings, and semantics often confuse people. Sometimes when facts are legitimately in dispute, people may think one possible fact is more likely than another. That is one kind of opinion. However, you are not allowed to state an "opinion" here that the universe is 10,000 years old, human caused
Stayin' Alive 03/15/2020 08:11
Yeah, something finally happens, but it's just as bizarre as the talk we've been getting for the last few chapters. I have a question, BTW. If all this folderol is so important to God, why did he wait until now? He could have done all this jive with Jacob, if he really wanted to. For that matter he could have done it with Abraham although he would have had to reboot after the flood. I'm sure people can come up with explanations but that's the thing about the Bible: most of it doesn't actually make any sense so you have to make up your own stories to explain it. Hence the Talmud. Anyway, here goes blood and guts. 8. The. Lord. said to Moses,. 2 “Bring Aaron and his sons, their garments, the anointing oil, the bull for the sin offering, [] the tw.

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