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How to beat ISIS with a hoax, by Scott Adams of Dilbert fame [Nov. 25th, 2015|09:55 pm]
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It's an interesting concept that I think might be viable, which means no one will do it. He outlines 7 steps:

1. We will design the rumor to be unbelievable (to make it believable)
2. The hoax will quickly be detected, but it won’t matter.
3. Focus attention where we want it.
4. Over time, truth becomes whatever people hear the most.
5. 20% of any large group believes just about any damned thing.
6. Appeal to ego and emotion, not logic.
7. Visual imagery that you can’t get out of your head.

The hoax would take the form of a fake video of a meeting involving high-level ISIS leaders. I assume ISIS fighters do not know what the leaders of other units look like. And the video would not name the ISIS fighting unit, so it would be hard to verify its authenticity in a war zone.

The video would appear to be taken on a smartphone by one of the other ISIS leaders in a war-battered room somewhere in Syria. In the fake video, actors pretend to be ISIS leaders bragging about how they take advantage of the young, stupid recruits. The conversation might include various leaders saying such things as…

And you're just going to have to take a look at his blog to see the next steps. It just might work.

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It's all a matter of self-perception [Nov. 25th, 2015|06:22 am]
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"Probably the least racist person on Earth."
—Donald Trump on himself

Let's accept the statement at face value. We still have his statements regarding Mexicans coming across the border being rapists, drug dealers, etc. Recent numbers have shown that more Mexicans are leaving the country than coming in, which will have some interesting results. We also have the fact that he hasn't said a word about a Black Lives Matter protester being assaulted beaten up at one of his rallies.

While he might not consider himself a racist, the fact that he says these things and doesn't condemn acts of violence, I'd have to give the statement a Pants On Fire rating.

At least he doesn't have binders full of women.

I don't say that I'm not a racist: perhaps, to steal a phrase, I should say that I'm a recovering racist. I don't think we have a post-racial society, that's quite evident. I do what I can to fight against the mind sets of the environment and era that I grew up in. I'm not saying my parents were massive racists, but they grew up in the 1930s in the rural Southwest where overt and more subtle racism was not uncommon, and it'll rub off on you.

Do your best to do better, not react negatively and not to spread racial stereotyping and maybe the world will improve. But I don't think The Donald is going to be the role model for that.
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You're not going to get this if you're not a Zoolander fan [Nov. 23rd, 2015|06:26 am]
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and haven't seen the trailers for 2oolander yet.

From Sinfest, but the particular story goes immediately back to yesterday but actually goes back much further than that.
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I guess "They were all 'Gotcha' questions" is the default, pre-programmed, response [Nov. 23rd, 2015|06:21 am]
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"It's always a pleasure to talk to you... You know, I'd buy that... You knew that stuff cold... Fair response... Good response... Oh, it's a great point... It's a very good answer... Very good... I agree... All right, that I believe... Your numbers are going to go up... Donald Trump, thank you, always a pleasure."
—Radio host Hugh Hewitt, during various points in his interview with Donald Trump, who accused him of asking "gotcha" questions

An apparent sycophant and he's accused of 'Gotcha' questions? Wow. I can hardly wait for the real debates.</a>
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Randall Munroe and Time Magazine [Nov. 23rd, 2015|05:38 am]
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Munroe is the guy who draws XKCD. Time Magazine is the, well, you should probably know who they are. They wanted to interview him, so they sent him a question, and he... drew a cartoon.

7 Questions With Randall Munroe
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Wow, a rhetorical answer! [Nov. 22nd, 2015|02:09 pm]
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"You tell me."
—Donald Trump, when asked how his plan to require a database for all Muslims in the U.S. would be different from the Nazis tracking the Jews in Germany

I'm not sure I've ever seen one of those. "Yes, Donald, we just told you that your plan appears no different than how the Nazis tracked Jews in Germany. Will you please tell us how your plan is different?"
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Excellent John Scalzi post on the Paris attacks [Nov. 22nd, 2015|07:55 am]
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I read a feed from his blog here on LJ, to reply to it you have to go to his site.

If you believe that every Muslim supports ISIS and groups like it, then you should also believe that all Christians support the Ku Klux Klan and the Westboro Baptist Church and Scott Lively. You should believe that all white people support actions like the Charleston Shooting. You should believe every man celebrates the anniversary of the École Polytechnique Massacre. And so on, across any group or affiliation you might be able to name.
--John Salzi

You could add the Oklahoma City bombing to that list: it was also carried out by a White Male Christian.

ISIS want to kill co-existence. Anti-Muslim bigots are their greatest gift.
--Dr. Nafeez Ahmed, via Twitter @NafeezAhmed

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Happy Birthday, Windows! [Nov. 21st, 2015|04:50 am]
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Version 1 was released 30 years ago Friday.


I never messed with 1, I did mess with Windows 286 and it was pretty much garbage. That would have been around '89, IIRC. There wasn't much in the GUI/multi-tasking world. The first successful commercial release, Windows 3.0, followed by Windows for Workgroups 3.1 and Windows NT 3, were big improvements. NT was an excellent product: its improved memory management eliminated the crashes in Access that were a perpetual plague compared to running it under Workgroups.

Still, I'm writing this on an Apple MacBook Air, and I can't see me going back to Windows for my primary home computing stuff.
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Some Recent Politician Quotes [Nov. 19th, 2015|05:39 am]
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"In order to make [ISIS] look like losers, we have to destroy their caliphate."
—Ben Carson
He's sadly partially right, but then again, a broken clock is right twice a day. Yesterday I read a study on Salon.com about what ISIS really is and wants, and it's complex. No big surprise there, things are rarely as simple as portrayed by media and the punditocracy. ISIS is essentially an extremist fundamentalist version of Islam, basically if you were a Christian fundamentalist and living strictly by the book of Leviticus, you'd be similar. They are trying to provoke the End Times. If an Islamic nation treaties with the West, they're too soft. If they don't stone adulterers and heretics, they're too soft. Saudi Arabia, that executes three people daily for drug crimes, is too soft. They believe that 'forces will come from Rome' and the end times apocalyptic battle will occur near Dabiq and Jesus will return and slay the Antichrist. Christ is, after all, their second biggest prophet after Mohammad.

Basically they must be crushed. They believe they are the Army of God, if they are crushed militarily, that destroys their religious philosophy. And it needs to be the Muslim armies in the area that does the crushing, the question is will the Saudis get off their butts and help do it. My guess is they still want the USA to do their work for them.

This article is quite the read.

"Philosophy doesn't work when you run something."
—John Kasich
Wow. Fail on so many points. Management philosophy, motivation philosophy, I understand there's something called political philosophy. Philosophy, morality, and ethics are kind of tightly intermingled, so I'm not sure how he would disentangle philosophy from running something. Well, we might not ever find out because he's extremely unlikely to ever run something like the USA.

"I feel like an asterisk. I am lost between the glory of Reagan -- the monuments everywhere, trumpets, the great hero -- and the trials and tribulations of my sons."
—President George H.W. Bush
I didn't like him becoming president: he was the former head of the CIA. I've often thought that that should be a job that was an automatic disqualifier for POTUS, but what do I know.

Another article that I read yesterday from The Atlantic was about frontrunners and early polling in our election cycle. Apparently follow-up polling indicated that when they were polling about Dubya in the late '90s, some people thought they were talking about H.W. I wonder if that was enough to influence the outcome of the election. Regardless, I'm tired of Bushes for Presidents and have no problem never seeing another occupying 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
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Go, John Oliver! [Nov. 18th, 2015|06:45 am]
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"If you're in a war of culture and lifestyle with France, good f***ing luck! Because go ahead, bring your bankrupt ideology; they'll bring Jean-Paul Sartre, Edith Piaf, fine wine, Gauloises cigarettes, Camus, Camembert, madeleines, macarons, Marcel Proust, and the f***ing croquembouche...You just brought a philosophy of rigorous self-abnegation to a pastry fight, my friends! You are f***ed!"
—John Oliver on ISIS
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