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Posted in: 76-year-old woman arrested for killing husband with saw See in context

Sounds like battered wife syndrome. Tragic.

Always amazed at the horror people can inflict on each other.

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Posted in: Calls grow for Cuomo to quit from top New York lawmakers See in context

Anything that makes a woman feel uncomfortable constitutes harassment.

There is certainly a lot of truth to this statement.

If the advance is accepted or just welcomed, then there are no problems.

If the advances is not accepted, then what? Is is automatically harassment?

It is a complicated topic, and I don't know all of the facts. However, Cuomo sounds like an idiot rather than a predator.

Liss told the Journal she initially thought of Cuomo’s behavior as harmless and never made a formal complaint about it, but it increasingly bothered her and she felt it was patronizing.

Not to victimize her, but Liss could have made a formal complaint or at least had a venue to discuss what, upon later reflection, bothered her.

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Posted in: Chinese cyber-espionage unit on U.S. hacking spree: report See in context

1) Governments often have a hard time bringing in high level IT, as it can be hard to compete with the salaries offered by the private sector.

It depends on the government agency.

The NSA is notorious for competing with the private sector for talent. However, their operations become so secret that nearly nothing leaves the agency. Worse still is the operational security that could prevent the use of intelligence or know-how gathered.

RF will almost always create leaks even in the most secure systems. RF espionage has been the "hack" for nearly a 100 years.

2) Smaller software teams, building custom built solutions, have a harder time writing secure systems, as they have less manpower for doing testing, and a smaller user base for testing upon.

Linux is open source and easier to adapt and control than say a MS OS, which is using Facebook business models of treating the users and their information as the product. As it stands, large software teams are a necessity at large corporations to modify IT to be less leaky.

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Posted in: 33 years later, Eddie Murphy, Arsenio Hall return to Zamunda See in context

Eddie was always a good looking guy, but damn, he doesn't look like he has aged at all.

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Posted in: U.S. conservative group pushes proposals to tighten voting laws See in context

I disagree and millions do as well, more reason why the Dems will lose the House next election cycle, even Pelosi is worried and with good reason.

Many people are worried that a lower number of GoP voters will win more elections solely because of GoP imposed voting restrictions. It is a valid fear of voter disenfranchisement.

6 million more people voted for Biden (and even Clinton won the popular vote) than Trump. Trump strategists played a good electoral college game in 2016, but he lost bigly and got outvoted in 2020.

Biden has a higher approval rating than Trump was able to achieve at anytime.

Dems should abandon the filibuster and pass a universal mail-in ballot for federal elections. That would curdle the GoP's noodles.

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Posted in: What awaits 2 Americans accused of helping Ghosn flee Japan? See in context

Hostage justice at work.

Will be interesting to see how someone trained to resist interrogation will do going up against prosecutors and police accustomed to easily intimidating suspects into a confession.

They have probably been counseled to remain silent before the extradition. They would be well served to remain silent.

It cannot be understated how important remaining silent is. Anything you say cannot help you. It will only hurt you.

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Posted in: U.S. conservative group pushes proposals to tighten voting laws See in context

RNC attorney (Michael Corvin told the S.Ct. that the reason for the restrictions was to help Republicans win elections.

Fair elections put them at a competitive disadvantage.

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Posted in: Attacks against Asian Americans in U.S. intensify a year into pandemic See in context

DOJ reported that 52.7% of all hate crimes in 2019 were committed by whites and 23.9% committed by blacks.

So, it is hard to swallow the right wing position that this uptick is primarily from black people.

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Posted in: Attacks against Asian Americans in U.S. intensify a year into pandemic See in context

Trump spread hate and racism even before he was elected. It was part of his platform. He never stopped or slowed down.

Early in his presidency, it caused many unhinged people to attack Americans of Latin descent. People would demand to see someone's green card thinking that they were illegal immigrants. Only, they were full on Americans.

In 2020, he has focused racism on China as a diversion for his failures to contain CV. Now, these unhinged people are lose on another group of Americans.

That man was a cancer on America.

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Posted in: 2 Americans wanted in Ghosn's escape now in Japanese custody See in context

Classic subterfuge.. Under Biden they were handed over...Trump in all probability would have blocked.

There is a difference between the two. One follows the law (hint: Biden), and one doesn't.

At the end, even AG Barr choked on some of crap (hint: subterfuge) T'bone wanted him to swallow.

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Posted in: 2 Americans wanted in Ghosn's escape now in Japanese custody See in context

Vanity Fair?? Really??

Probably trying to get publicity for a future contract and should have just kept his mouth shut.

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Posted in: S Korea's Moon says Tokyo Olympics may be chance to revitalize diplomacy See in context

How many times does Japan have to pay Korea?

I would say just stop doing business with them.

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Posted in: Republican calls grow for U.S. to boycott 2022 Olympics in China See in context

If they want to boycott the Olympics, go the full monty and boycott all things China. Otherwise, it is just political theater.

The costs to attend a China based Olympics are much higher because the countries have to bring everything with them. Athletes are warned not to eat locally because there is no telling what is in the food. They could be eating a chicken with growth hormone that makes them fail a test. So, countries usually have to bring all the food with them.

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Posted in: Trump hints he may run again in 2024, proposes new voting limits See in context

Read about the "coincidental" nazi symbol for a stage. That fits in with the current CPAC group.

Oh, the golden statue was also laughable. It was made in Mexico. Go figure.

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Posted in: LA police probe fire, vandalism at Japanese Buddhist temple See in context

Pointing out the possibility does make the point

Recursive logic at work.

And I was hoping that the susceptibility to conspiracies would be on the decline.

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Posted in: LA police probe fire, vandalism at Japanese Buddhist temple See in context

Antifa or BLM? Fits their pattern.

Probably something repeated on Fox news or at CPAC.

That is the only pattern and the pattern has nothing to do with facts or reality.

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Posted in: U.S. Supreme Court inclined to expand warrantless entry into homes See in context

 I would suggest TIGHTENING the rules on warrantless entry to only when a life is in danger. 

Those would be my thoughts.

No knock warrants are typically an arrest warrant, or where there is a risk of evidence being destroyed. I don't see that this case would have any effect on no knock warrants, but no knock warrants are issued too freely and without sufficient time spent to make sure the information is correct.

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Posted in: China says Japan-U.S. security treaty a product of Cold War See in context

China "should not harm a third party's interest or endanger regional peace and stability"

China last month passed a new law authorizing its coast guard to fire on foreign vessels and destroy structures on features it claims. 

Not much of a cold war.

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Posted in: Cherokee Nation asks Jeep to 'retire' name of SUV See in context

The US Army names all of its aircraft and helicopters after Native American tribes. Thus the Iroquois, Kiowa, Chinook (no, that big helo wasn't named after a fish !), the Cheyenne, the Mojave, the Blackhawk and, yes, the Apache.

True, and I have never felt bad about that because it felt honorific and being part of the nation.

Chrysler's Cherokee? Braves, Redskins, Chiefs?? I wouldn't want to put corollaries of other cultures because it would be patently offensive to those cultures.

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Posted in: Cherokee Nation asks Jeep to 'retire' name of SUV See in context

Railing against cultural appropriation, whilst oblivious to how incongruous it looks coming out of the mouth of someone by the name of Chuck Hoskin Jnr.

People just don't have a clue.

Many Indians were stripped of their actual names by the national government and put into "Indian Schools" with before and after photos showing how they converted supposed savages.

The U.S. has a very bad history dealing with native Americans and with appropriating all that they have and are.

It is all rather disgusting, and the Chief is being very reasonable and well spoken. Makes me proud.

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Posted in: Cherokee Nation asks Jeep to 'retire' name of SUV See in context

Good move. Imagine a car named the Crysler Jew, the Ford Gypsy, or the Chevy Zulu...

I side with the Chief on this one for the above reasons.

Chrysler is just another mass produced car that is getting value from an appropriated name.

Still, the Apache helicopter was always cool for a name and does add some context and well earned fear.

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Posted in: Syfy's 'Resident Alien' invader gets lift-off with viewers See in context

Great to see Alan Tudyk (I, Robot’s Sonny) will get some screen time without the makeup.

Huh, Didn't realize that was him.

Always liked him. He was great in Firefly/Serenity and more recently in Rogue One.

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Posted in: Supreme Court won't halt turnover of Trump's tax records See in context

Is the payment of hush money to porn stars a legitimate tax deduction ?

if not Ordinary and Necessary, then no, and I cannot see how it would meet the first test. Most weird payments (including luxury items) fail to meet the ordinary test.

In addition, if the payment itself was a violation of the law, it cannot be a deduction. It will be interesting to see how he characterized the payment. My guess, he claimed that they were legal fees.

Best case, he pays tax if he claimed it as a deduction. Worst case, he is involved with tax fraud by knowingly claiming the deduction. It is hard to believe that it wasn't knowingly claimed.

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Posted in: Supreme Court won't halt turnover of Trump's tax records See in context

because he has long fought on so many fronts to keep his tax records shielded from view. 

Not just shielded from view, but shielded from prosecutors.

I'm sure the thin-skinned man baby would have issues with his finances being publicly scrutinized since they probably show he is not the success he puffed about. As I have read, he has a lot of debt coming due, and there are no banks left to bail him out after he burned all the major banks.

The bigger issues are the many tax positions that can lead to legal trouble, e.g., overstating the value of land in claiming a conservation deduction, deducting personal expenses (Stormy Daniels and the like), overstating finances when applying for loans.

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Posted in: U.S. coronavirus death toll approaches milestone of 500,000 See in context

This is not entirely accurate;

It is accurate. No point in arguing over the many mischaracterizations.

"The buck stops here," but T***p is never to blame.

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Posted in: Beyond 100 mil: Biden team aiming for bigger vaccine numbers See in context

I just wonder where they are with the idea of giving just one dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine to get more people vaccinated quicker.

If one dose of J&J vaccine is 66% effective and consider inoculated and one dose of Pfizer or Moderna is 90+% effective, then the Gov should be using one dose in the near term so more people are vaccinated quicker.

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Posted in: U.S. coronavirus death toll approaches milestone of 500,000 See in context

It's doubtful whether all 500,000 of these individuals would still be alive had Covid never happened.

Curiously, while Covid deaths are way up, pneumonia, heart disease and respiratory failure are all way down.

Is that the best defense of Trump's legacy?

I am Doubtful that your Curiosity is really about the truth.

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Posted in: Trump repeats election claims in TV interviews See in context

at least try to give the dissenting opinion a chance to speak

I'd rather deal with facts.

In this case, a "dissenting opinion" is just an attempt to make people consider an alternative reality to stir up anger and resentment.

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Posted in: Trump repeats election claims in TV interviews See in context

“A lot of people are in awe of you, and I am one of those people,” Kelly told Trump.

A more accurate is in Thrall.

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Posted in: Biden, Democrats consider piecemeal approach to immigration reform See in context

Do you think MS-13 should be allowed into the country? 

A rather baiting and self righteous question.

The prior policies would prevent asylum seekers who are being hunted and killed by those criminal groups, unless they were from a predominately white country like Norway or Sweden.

This kind of rhetoric has progressed to the point where right wingers think Russia is more favorable to whites than the U.S.

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