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In Topic: "Deepfake Videos" Are Coming to Sway Elections

02 July 2018 - 09:59 PM

 Traveler, on 02 July 2018 - 02:13 PM, said:

From GV's link:

But all is not lost. Yet.
The digital signature "solution" only works if you start with the signer as a trusted party. The president might sign his videos so that you can detect the manipulation of them into something else but if you start from a position of opposition to the president you wouldn't expect a video that shows him in a bad light to be signed by him. And of course if it is signed by Fox News instead.. well you can see where this leads. Once institutions are undermined the association of content with an institution doesn't offer assurance.
The only saving grace is that gullible old baby-boomers are dying off.

In Topic: Calling Out the Never-Trumpers for their Hypocrisy Under Bush

02 July 2018 - 09:51 PM

Oh, and I love the conclusion:


And if the current president were more like Bush, today’s Never Trumpers wouldn’t have had much of a problem with Donald Trump and his Republican Party either.
Yes, yes, if Trump were a different person the Never Trumpers wouldn't oppose him! Look, someone discovered what a tautology is, so cute!

In Topic: Calling Out the Never-Trumpers for their Hypocrisy Under Bush

02 July 2018 - 09:47 PM


The New York Times gave a useful comparison on Saturday: “Mr. Trump’s approval rating among Republicans is now about 90 percent…the only modern Republican president more popular with his party than Mr. Trump at this point in his first term, according to Gallup, was George W. Bush after the country united in the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks.”
I hate to quibble but this is not a useful comparison and it has nothing to do with the point of the article. Bush's approval rating with Republicans at that time had nothing at all to do with purity tests or allegiance to Bush the person, it had to do with the general popularity of Bush at that moment - in a moment now where Trump's approval rating among R's is inflated by attrition instead of solidarity this is a sloppy argument.
Neocons "rigidly enforced the party line" because the party line was neoconservatism. How is this different from today? Well, that Trump is in no way a conservative would be a start!

In Topic: Renamed: The 2018 Mid-Term Elections

20 June 2018 - 11:12 PM

View PostAnBr, on 20 June 2018 - 08:01 PM, said:

Idealists are often undone by lack of pragmatism and reason. If he really wants tRump impeached he needs a Dem congress, at least a Dem House.
I don't want to be overly cynical but Tom Steyer has been rumoured as a California gubernatorial candidate for quite some time, there is a pretty good chance that idealism is not the motivation.

In Topic: Rosanne Barr is Politically AWFUL!

01 June 2018 - 09:47 AM

View PostDCoronata, on 31 May 2018 - 12:44 PM, said:

Okay, I think I understand the problem.
You're used to American English. British/Canadian English are not the same, the "C" word doesn't mean the same in the Commonwealth nations, it means a horrible human being, someone undesirable, a person who would do anything to get ahead.

Samantha Bee is Canadian, the word means something different there, and her description is perfect.
As a Canadian I can vouch for the fact that in my experience the use of that word is as unacceptable here as it is in the United States, Bee shouldn't get the benefit of the doubt.

Nobody uses it, like you never hear it in public at all. Back in the bad old days carpenters I worked with would use the expression "by a c--t hair" to indicate that something needed to be shaved off a fraction, like a 16th or less and when I was doing my renovations with an old timer last year that I know used to say that when I was in my teens has taken it out of his vocabulary, he says "sea hair" instead. And kudos to him, he picked up on the change in the cultural zeitgeist over the last 2 or 3 decades and adapted, at least a bit.