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Posts by LexBaird

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  • Dissent Must Be Silenced

    05/18/2016 1:44:27 PM PDT · 25 of 25
    LexBaird to MtnClimber
    "Last year a group of 20 “academics,” led by George Mason University’s Jagadish Shukla, wrote the President, the U.S. Attorney General, and the director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy to “strongly endorse” Senator Sheldon Whitehouse’s call to use the RICO statutes (Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act) to go after any dissenting voices opposing popular climate orthodoxy.

    Hey you, Whitehouse,
    Ha ha charade you are.
    You house proud town mouse,
    Ha ha charade you are
    You're trying to keep our feelings off the street.
    You're nearly a real treat,
    All tight lips and cold feet
    And do you feel abused?
    .....! .....! .....! .....!
    You gotta stem the evil tide,
    And keep it all on the inside.
    Mary you're nearly a treat,
    Mary you're nearly a treat
    But you're really a cry.

  • How 'Taxi Driver' ruined acting

    05/13/2016 12:55:25 PM PDT · 88 of 89
    LexBaird to Borges
    Me: It's a character study for people who enjoy wallowing in nihilism, and then congratulate themselves on how sophisticated they are.

    You: It’s one of the most sophisticated films to become popular in the 70s. ... It has its roots in Distievsky (Dostoevsky?)


  • How 'Taxi Driver' ruined acting

    05/10/2016 4:28:58 PM PDT · 86 of 89
    LexBaird to Borges
    It’s a character study for grownups,

    It's a character study for people who enjoy wallowing in nihilism, and then congratulate themselves on how sophisticated they are.

    In other words, the quintessential NYC film.

  • Black students found to be behind ‘white power’ drawing at state university

    04/28/2016 1:02:08 PM PDT · 51 of 53
    LexBaird to Bloody Sam Roberts

    Color is determined by what wavelengths of light reach your eye. White light contains the full spectrum. A white surface reflects nearly the whole spectrum. A black surface absorbs nearly the whole spectrum. A red surface absorbs everything but the red wavelengths of the spectrum, etc.

    So, it depends on whether the light is being directly sent into your eye, or being bounced of a surface first.

  • Sanders rips closed party primaries in New York: 'That's wrong'

    04/19/2016 3:26:51 PM PDT · 23 of 25
    LexBaird to xzins
    However, the taxpayers should have a separate ‘independent’ ballot whereon all candidates appear that they, too, can cast. JMHO.

    Are the Parties then beholden to assign delegates based on these votes by people not in the Party?

    It's quite simple. If you want to vote for who a Party's candidate is, join the Party, find out how the delegates are picked and follow the rules. Those who don't bother to join the process don't get to complain about it. It's like me complaining I won't get to choose who the Libertarians send out to be slaughtered in their annual election year ritual sacrifice. If I wanted to do that, I should sign up for the Libertarian Party.

  • Ben Carson: Donald Trump worried about his Twitter 'problem'

    04/08/2016 8:54:55 PM PDT · 36 of 45
    LexBaird to GeaugaRepublican
    While he might be more discriminating while tweeting, the Twitter account is important for direct contact without the filter offered by the media.

    Trump understands that.

    The trouble is the Donald doesn't have any filters at all. Which means he comes across to 70% of the voting public as a jerk.

  • Faster And Cheaper, Trump Finishes N.y.c. Ice Rink

    04/07/2016 12:49:00 PM PDT · 11 of 11
    LexBaird to tflabo
    At least Trump appears genuine that he’s working for us. We will hold him to this however should he serve as president.

    How do you propose we do that? Pitchforks and torches at the White House?

  • 70 Tries After Seattle Raised Its Minimum Wage, I Still Can’t Find A Job

    04/06/2016 10:25:18 AM PDT · 36 of 75
    LexBaird to Hojczyk
    And I’ll bet my non-existent income that in time, the recent minimum wage hikes in cities and states throughout the country will provide further proof of this reality.

    Well, there's the problem. This guy seems to think progressive policies acknowledge a small thing like "reality".

  • Ben Shapiro reveals sorry state of college students’ pro-abortion ‘logic’

    03/31/2016 12:50:54 PM PDT · 28 of 30
    LexBaird to napscoordinator
    He’s 32 years old unmarried and after seeing him act like a creep, it’s no surprise no woman would go near him.

    I see you are like your preferred candidate. When someone challenges your narrative, you simply make crap up to impugn against them.

    In fact, Mr. Shapiro, who is also a local radio host, is married with one child and another on the way.

  • This gun looks exactly like a smartphone

    03/23/2016 9:47:50 PM PDT · 16 of 95
    LexBaird to Bobalu
    I’m a strong supporter of the 2nd amendment but it should be a felony to create a gun that does not look like a gun.

    Let's see... trigger, barrels, grip. Looks like a gun to me. Or are you saying no weapons should be able to be concealed?

    If that is your position, I must strongly disagree. The 2nd says I can bear arms; it doesn't specify that I must advertise it, nor what the arms may look like.

  • What will FR do if ?

    03/14/2016 3:24:18 PM PDT · 141 of 187
    LexBaird to OrangeHoof
    As long as either Trump or Cruz is the nominee, I'll vote for it. If it's not, I'll look up whoever is the Constitution Party nominee like I did in 2008.

    How's that working out for you?

  • Is This 1860 Redux? (vanity)

    03/03/2016 3:23:14 PM PST · 17 of 18
    LexBaird to x
    There's no issue as divisive as slavery or interest group as militant as slaveowners around today.

    True enough, but what I am struck by is the Party that is seemingly in the ascendant, after the 2014 massacre, is ripping itself apart three ways in an argument over how best to oppose the Dems, which might very well give the election to those Dems.

    Seems very like the situation the Democrat Party found themselves in in 1860.

    Again, no situation is an exact repeat, but neither is everything happening today an unprecedented occurrence. We can see similar patterns and their consequences.

  • Trumpazine's Secret Revealed: Scientists Trace TDS Drug's Potency to a Common Feline Attraction

    03/03/2016 1:19:31 PM PST · 30 of 39
    LexBaird to poconopundit

    So, you’re saying Trump mania is a symptom of cat scratch fever? Does the Nuge know about this?

  • Is This 1860 Redux? (vanity)

    03/03/2016 1:14:09 PM PST · 11 of 18
    LexBaird to wildbill

    In this case, I think the Democrats are analogous to the Whigs. There are very few, if any, centrist Dems left. They keep the name going, but they are now the “Progressive” (read New Socialist) Party. The Scoop Jacksons and Joe Liebermans have indeed faded away.

  • Is This 1860 Redux? (vanity)

    03/03/2016 9:46:12 AM PST · 1 of 18
  • Is Linux Too Dumbed Down?

    02/26/2016 4:40:29 PM PST · 32 of 36
    LexBaird to LoneStar42
    Linux is for people who drive stick shifts and do their own maintenance. People not intimidated about getting under the hood.

    Which is why Linux has made no inroads into mainstream use, despite Windows sucking rocks for the last few versions. And this author is like the guy who says, if you can't rebuild an engine, you should stick to bicycles, n00b, and then tosses a do-it-yourself manual.

    That wins no converts.

  • San Bernardino Shooter's Apple ID Passcode Changed While in Government Possession, Apple Says

    02/26/2016 3:27:46 PM PST · 375 of 376
    LexBaird to jessduntno

    Do us all a favor. Go home, turn off your lights, lock the door and exercise that right, alone in the dark. It will keep you safe from the terrorists.

    Backdooring everyone’s phone will not.

  • San Bernardino Shooter's Apple ID Passcode Changed While in Government Possession, Apple Says

    02/26/2016 11:06:06 AM PST · 373 of 376
    LexBaird to LexBaird

    Come on.... you have nothing to hide if you aren’t a criminal.

  • San Bernardino Shooter's Apple ID Passcode Changed While in Government Possession, Apple Says

    02/26/2016 11:05:12 AM PST · 372 of 376
    LexBaird to jessduntno

    Were you lying about that boating accident? Interested BATF parties want to know....

  • FTC Forces Asus to Comply to 20 Years of Security Audits

    02/26/2016 11:02:25 AM PST · 9 of 15
    LexBaird to Utilizer

    Now all we need to do is pass a law requiring terrorists to use ASIS.

  • San Bernardino Shooter's Apple ID Passcode Changed While in Government Possession, Apple Says

    02/26/2016 10:36:51 AM PST · 370 of 376
    LexBaird to jessduntno

    Hmmm. Concealing ownership and lying to the govt. about what arms you own? Hope that some Janet Reno type doesn’t gin up a search warrant on your place. But don’t worry... no US official would ever think of abusing the 4th Amendment, right sport? And that wouldn’t happen unless you were a criminal with something to hide, right sport? No need to take proactive measures to hide your weapons.

    You know, the same could be said for automatic data wiping protocols: Nothing gets taken from those who don’t have anything to take, right sport?

  • San Bernardino Shooter's Apple ID Passcode Changed While in Government Possession, Apple Says

    02/26/2016 9:45:16 AM PST · 366 of 376
    LexBaird to jessduntno

    You know what you sound like? A gun-grabber. You are using the same sort of drivel to justify granting the govt. more tools of intrusion as the grabbers do to try and justify “common sense gun control”. Seriously? You’re going to play the “if you aren’t a criminal, you have nothing to worry about” game? The “the govt. will never violate the Xth Amendment” game? The “it’s for our own protection, and if it can save ONE life it’s worth it” game?

    A criminal needs no probable cause to steal your data. Neither do foreign powers. Even if, for some incredibly naive reason, you believe that the US govt. will never abuse the use of this spying software crack to gain private information without benefit of a warrant (and I advise you to look into them doing exactly that, under Patriot Act provisions), the 4th A. will be cheerfully ignored by criminal and foreign actors, and any other hacker who gains the ability via this method. And once the method is out there, they WILL gain that ability; it’s only a matter of time.

    You say you aren’t advocating intrusive searches of private data, but you’ve spent the last couple dozen posts advocating a private corporation be compelled to create a tool for exactly that purpose. What the hell do you suppose it will be used for? Only searches that the FBI pinky swears are on the up-n-up? Only searches the NSA pinky swears are not on American citizens? Only stuff some Clinton appointed judge signs off on for an Eric Holder clone to act on? “Trust us, we’re from the govt.” And that’s a best case scenario.

    I sure hope you aren’t in any business that is subject to having trade secrets or confidential agreements stolen, given your cavalier attitude about securing data.

  • San Bernardino Shooter's Apple ID Passcode Changed While in Government Possession, Apple Says

    02/25/2016 2:20:02 PM PST · 363 of 376
    LexBaird to jessduntno

    Is that you, Trump? Or can’t you think of anything other than ad hominem?

  • San Bernardino Shooter's Apple ID Passcode Changed While in Government Possession, Apple Says

    02/25/2016 11:58:45 AM PST · 360 of 376
    LexBaird to jessduntno
    Yeah, I tend to get too emotional about 14 dead innocent people.

    How do you feel about the millions of people who use encryption to protect themselves from thieves? Protect their lives and identities from oppressive dictators around the world? From unwarranted spying by our own govt. that swore they weren't doing it? You put a lot of stock into 4th A. protections, but Vlad Putin doesn't GAF about those, nor do the Chinese or any other foreign power, nor do criminal hackers who have stolen US govt. data repeatedly.

    The real pity is that, in your shortsightedness, you fail to realize this will do nothing to stop the criminals and terrorists. Virtually unbreakable encryption programs already exist that duplicate Apple's built in methods, such as PGP. It is free, simple, and already widespread and doesn't depend on Apple or any other hardware manufacturer.

    This will, however, open up a method for breaking into the casual, everyday user's private data, their contacts, banking, financial communications and more. That you cannot see that is the true intent of the FBI's tactics, after seeing the same crap pulled under the Patriot Act, makes me wonder at your naivete.

  • San Bernardino Shooter's Apple ID Passcode Changed While in Government Possession, Apple Says

    02/22/2016 4:53:49 PM PST · 307 of 376
    LexBaird to jessduntno
    They don't need to "invent" anything. They need to keep the autodestruct from being triggered.

    And how, oh sage, do you suggest they do that without inventing a method to do so? Pull it out of thin air? Wave a magic wand? How are they to produce this RAM card, without creating the software on it, which Apple says does not currently exist?

    There ain't no such beast as "one-use" software. Once it is developed, it won't be undeveloped. That's like demanding a recipe be formulated to bake one cake. This isn't about making the cake, it's about being forced to create the recipe, because if that is done, everyone will want cake. The government is big on forcing people to bake cake.

  • San Bernardino Shooter's Apple ID Passcode Changed While in Government Possession, Apple Says

    02/22/2016 3:03:59 PM PST · 304 of 376
    LexBaird to jessduntno
    Well, you just said that the court can't just compel them to appear.

    Where did I say that? I said the govt. cannot compel you to build something for them that does not exist. What has that do do with "appearing"? Compelling a 3rd party to invent something to convenience the government is not "reasonable", and so exceeds the authority of the "writ act".

    When did FR get so over-run with statist toadies? You like rule by decree?

  • San Bernardino Shooter's Apple ID Passcode Changed While in Government Possession, Apple Says

    02/22/2016 2:55:06 PM PST · 302 of 376
    LexBaird to mrsmith

    So, you have no locks on your doors? How is the 4th A. supposed to protect me from some thief? The 4th. A. is not there to authorize the govt. to demand everyone use weak locks, so that it is convenient for them to search properties when a suspected party is served a warrant.

    When the govt. demands everyone use breakable locks, and couples that with a long history of incompetence in securing data and a long history of violating rights when some govt. hack decides to cut legal corners, then yes, I will protect myself from both the hacks and the other criminals out there. Present a valid warrant with probable cause, and I will open my locks. Demand your own key on the chance you may want in some day, and I say, get stuffed.

  • San Bernardino Shooter's Apple ID Passcode Changed While in Government Possession, Apple Says

    02/22/2016 2:46:14 PM PST · 301 of 376
    LexBaird to jessduntno
    In this particular case, yes. yes they can.

    No, no he can't. That's why there are appeals. Which is what Apple is doing.

  • San Bernardino Shooter's Apple ID Passcode Changed While in Government Possession, Apple Says

    02/22/2016 2:19:03 PM PST · 299 of 376
    LexBaird to mrsmith

    No, I am taking the language of the actual 4th Amendment to mean that the People have a right to be secure in their persons, property, etc., just as it says. Strong encryption gives me that security, just as locks on my front door do. Just because criminals can also use locks does not mean mine should be compromised to make law enforcement easier. The 4th A. does not give the Govt. the power to force a third party to weaken my security to enable them so they can execute search warrants on unrelated parties.

    It’s akin to the govt. demanding that an auto manufacturer create a hotwiring kit so the govt. can impound one suspect car. I don’t want that kit to be made, because once it is, anybody can use it. It lessens the security of the People to have a general intrusion tool made.

  • San Bernardino Shooter's Apple ID Passcode Changed While in Government Possession, Apple Says

    02/22/2016 1:48:02 PM PST · 292 of 376
    LexBaird to 1Old Pro
    a Court Order.

    Ah. So a Judge can declare anything, and it is so.

    Well, far be it from me to question the authority of the govt.

    There’s a lot more than cut and paste, there, Junior...

    Check the sign-up dates... Junior.

    And when it is the 3rd time in the same thread, yes, it is cut-n-paste.

  • San Bernardino Shooter's Apple ID Passcode Changed While in Government Possession, Apple Says

    02/22/2016 1:42:40 PM PST · 289 of 376
    LexBaird to LexBaird

    “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures....” is not a “penumbra”. It is the stated intent of the amendment.

  • San Bernardino Shooter's Apple ID Passcode Changed While in Government Possession, Apple Says

    02/22/2016 1:38:49 PM PST · 286 of 376
    LexBaird to mrsmith

    Really? You’re citing penumbras from Roe v Wade? Didn’t you state you were an originalist and loved Scalia?

  • San Bernardino Shooter's Apple ID Passcode Changed While in Government Possession, Apple Says

    02/22/2016 1:37:01 PM PST · 285 of 376
    LexBaird to 1Old Pro
    You forgot one thing, this wasn’t a personal phone, it was government owned.

    So? How does that make it Apple's responsibility?

  • San Bernardino Shooter's Apple ID Passcode Changed While in Government Possession, Apple Says

    02/22/2016 1:35:43 PM PST · 284 of 376
    LexBaird to jessduntno
    As you probably know an order to compel testimony says you shall, but means you will or myself, Donald Trump and most conservatives, we believe this to be a cheap stunt for APPL to bring the legislation to wdge this into a court proceeding.

    Neither cut-n-pasting the writ, nor citing the PT Barnum of US Politics much help your case with me. I (1) believe the judge overstepped his authority in demanding something be created that doesn't exist, as opposed to providing existing methods of assistance, and (2) Trump is a shoot-from-the-hip bloviator, who specializes in populist rhetoric which is unfortunately spooned up by the same sort of wishful thinkers who bought "hope" and "change" in '08. The only difference is the starry-eyed suckers are on the Right this time, instead of the Left. You can bet all of Trump's communications are encrypted out his comb-over.

  • San Bernardino Shooter's Apple ID Passcode Changed While in Government Possession, Apple Says

    02/22/2016 1:22:10 PM PST · 280 of 376
    LexBaird to jessduntno

    I strongly disagree. Apple chose EXACTLY to protect the security of the American people (including mine), and all other owners of these devices, from an intrusive govt. here, even more intrusive and brutal govts. abroad, and every other 3rd world hacker whom should get access to a specially made hacker tool. You cannot unring a bell, nor uninvent such a tool and technique.

    The maker of a safe is not beholden for the actions of the safe owner, nor to the govt. to do their job for them beyond reasonable expectation. Apple has already provided all currently available assistance to the FBI. That is reasonable; creating new OS’s that compromise their security for them is not.

    This vague and open-ended writ goes beyond that. They are not asking Apple to open the phone; they are demanding that the locks be changed so they can break in easier. But, if the locks on your safe can be changed at will to an inferior one, that renders your safe useless for any further security beyond casual visitors. Any thief could break in at will.

    The purpose of the 4th Amendment is to protect against govt. intrusion. It is not a magic key for the govt. to compel people and business to do their will. It’s supposed to be hard for them to get warrants, and the burden of proof for probable cause and compelling interest is on them. A writ like this is a carte-blanche for fishing expeditions against anyone whose encrypted phone the FBI wants to open, because you can’t make a custom key for this. You can only make a general purpose crowbar. One cannot be secure in ones papers, property, person or effects when such tools are in use.

    To top it all off, criminals and terrorists already have encryption tools that render this tool useless on any iPhone they install it on. Anybody that the contact list on that phone might have led to 4 months ago are long gone or too stupid to get away from the usual police work (such as sweating the co-conspirator and parents). But, having that tool out there sure will leave casual users vulnerable. Hope you don’t have any bachelor party pics on there....

    Imagine the uproar on FR if this was the govt. demanding that, since the terrorists drove a SUV in a car chase, that Ford must provide the FBI with the means to remotely disable all cars it makes. Or demanding Remington to engineer a remote method to disable guns because, after the fact, some terrorist was found to have used a Remington product.

  • San Bernardino Shooter's Apple ID Passcode Changed While in Government Possession, Apple Says

    02/22/2016 12:17:47 PM PST · 276 of 376
    LexBaird to jessduntno

    You keep invoking the 4th A. You do realize that the phone in question is not Apple’s property, don’t you? What cause do the Feds have to compel a third party to do work for them under the 4th A? What warrant do you believe is being issued to Apple, and what “persons, houses, papers, and effects” belonging to Apple do the Govt. have probable cause to seize and examine? Are you suggesting Apple is a conspirator?

  • Vexed by Trumpology

    02/19/2016 11:47:17 AM PST · 38 of 76
    LexBaird to GodGunsGuts

    I think he is proof that you don’t have to be a leftist to fall for “Hope” and “Change”.

  • Poli-sci: 101 The Real political spectrum

    02/19/2016 11:01:11 AM PST · 59 of 60
    LexBaird to Torcert
    I'm saying an incomplete definition is incorrect. That's what an excluded middle is, when you state something is either one thing or the other, ignoring other things it may be. By setting your definition thus:

    Since its generally axiomatic that Conservatives and Libertarians favour Limited and lesser government it will start with zero on the Right end of the scale. And by the same token the tendency of the left is for increased government control and thus the Left end will be %100 governmental control.

    you set out an incomplete and artificially limited definition, set up a choice between two extremes using that false definition, and assume your conclusion within your proposal.

    What you define as "axiomatic" and "tendency" are immediately assigned as true values. But they are not automatically true. They are correlated, but counter-examples abound of totalitarian Right-wingers and anarchist Left-wingers, so your premise fails from the outset.

    You then state:

    Now that we have established those data points we can examine what occurs as one moves along the scale from right to left.

    But you haven't established that the scale is from Left to Right, and that totalitarian is at one end and anarchy is at the other. You've simply asserted it, as shown above. Yet, you say that things must be placed on this scale. That is the false dilemma, because things exist which don't fit that scale. Assigning them a place on it is a forced choice. Where do you place a totalitarian theocracy or absolute Monarchy on your scale? Where do you place the black-masked Leftist anarchists who want to abolish money? Where do you place George Washington compared to George III?

  • Donald Trump: Roe v. Wade Was “Wrongly Decided,” I Will Appoint Judges to Change It

    02/18/2016 4:29:22 PM PST · 69 of 209
    LexBaird to tacticalogic
    Have to wonder if you’d get that “deer-in-the-headlights” look if somebody asked him about Wickard v. Filburn.

    Ha ha! Perfect. Oh, please someone ask him this in the Town Hall tonight. "Mr, Trump, with the current balance of the Supreme Court in question, how would you want your appointees to take on a case that might overturn Wickard v Filburn?"

  • Donald Trump: Roe v. Wade Was “Wrongly Decided,” I Will Appoint Judges to Change It

    02/18/2016 4:24:10 PM PST · 63 of 209
    LexBaird to napscoordinator
    And I could care less about the Supreme Court nonsense. He had a 5-4 Court so he only had to make sure Kennedy was on his side......not very challenging if you think about it. The filibusters he has done resulted in nothing......Obamacare still here....planned parenthood still financed.

    Perhaps he should threaten to sue his opponents for being mean to him.

  • Poli-sci: 101 The Real political spectrum

    02/17/2016 4:51:01 PM PST · 57 of 60
    LexBaird to Torcert

    No, but I can clearly see what you propose is not correct. It is too simplistic. Your model does not account for political positions that do not fit your rigid definitions. Multi-dimensional models exist that work better than yours, and a couple have been pointed out on this thread already.

    If you can point to flaws in what I assume, have at it.

  • Need a new computer

    02/17/2016 4:41:49 PM PST · 65 of 81
    LexBaird to Hot Tabasco

    Judging from the lightweight use you say you have (websurfing and Word/Excel) I’d go for a laptop. The convenience of being able to take it anywhere is huge, once you do. If you go with one, I recommend a 3 button/scrolling wireless mouse for convenience. Pick one with at least a 17” screen and a comfortably sized keyboard.

    That said, I prefer a desktop for higher end programs, such as graphic editors (like PhotoShop), which benefit from lager monitor real estate and dual monitor set ups, and assorted input devices. Overkill for your usage, though.

    I prefer Apple products, since mine have been great quality and lasted, compared to various Windows boxes and laptops, which rarely seem to last more than 3 yrs. for me. But, you pay a premium for quality hardware, regardless of brand.

  • Poli-sci: 101 The Real political spectrum

    02/17/2016 3:54:20 PM PST · 55 of 60
    LexBaird to Torcert
    You made them in your original post.

    1. Government Control scale.

    Begging the question; assumption in definition that linear scale is correct.

    3. Now that we have established those data points we can examine what occurs as one moves along the scale from right to left.

    False dilemma; right and left not only choices.

    left wing: the part of a political group that consists of people who support liberal or socialist ideas and policies : the part of a political group that belongs to or supports the Left

    Excluded middle, because you ignored the first and third part of the definition, and only considered the "or socialist" part.

  • Poli-sci: 101 The Real political spectrum

    02/17/2016 11:46:29 AM PST · 53 of 60
    LexBaird to Torcert

    Read this carefully and slowly...
    In. Your. First. Post. You. Used. At. Least. Three. Fallacies.
    1) Begging the question
    2) False Dilemma
    3) Excluded middle

    You support your argument with several definitions that are carefully limited to only support your conclusion. That is “Begging the Question”. Your definitions indicate that “Right” and “Left”are the only choices. That is False Dilemma, since there are other choices. You use only the most extreme possible definition. That is Excluded Middle, since other definitions exist.

    When I wrote “It goes like this: since I am defining the terms as me being correct, I am therefore correct,” I was demonstrating how a “question begging” (aka “circular logic”) fallacy is structured, not trying to quote you.

    Are you clear now? Or shall I explain it to you a fifth time?

  • Exclusive: Radioactive material stolen in Iraq raises security fears (Drudge red lettered)

    02/17/2016 11:17:07 AM PST · 15 of 23
    LexBaird to DBrow

    From a friend who is an expert on this stuff:

    “OK, Ir-192 is lost all the time in the USA, and is by far the most common source that injuries people in the IAEA reports. However, the half life is only 74 days. 740 days later it’s effectively gone.

    I missed the first part of “stolen last year” OK, assuming that it was lost 365 days ago and the half life of Ir-192 is 74 days, it has decayed by over 30 fold by now.

    Iridium looks like black pencil lead. It is easily lost. We lose Ir-192 all the time in the USA. Maybe once a week IMO.

    And this made the front page of the Drudge Report?


    Bullets are far more dangerous than Ir-192.

    OK, someone could use Ir-192 as a torture device I guess, but that’s getting into Dr. Evil sort of territory of stupid and expensive.”

  • Poli-sci: 101 The Real political spectrum

    02/17/2016 10:53:22 AM PST · 51 of 60
    LexBaird to Torcert

    The facts are, as I have cited, that your argument is based on logical fallacies. I have shown the structure of the fallacies you used. You can continue to try to deny that, but you would be better served by reading your own advice, and realize that denying it doesn’t make your argument valid.

    If you continue to argue the notion that the political spectrum can be reduced to a single line, you shall have to show how other, multi-dimensional models as suggested by others are not superior. Your current argument fails, due to flawed logic.

    But, as we are probably the only people still following the thread, I see no real point in continuing this.

  • Poli-sci: 101 The Real political spectrum

    02/16/2016 12:48:25 PM PST · 49 of 60
    LexBaird to Torcert

    I did. Your actual statements in your original post are examples of the classic “begging the question” fallacy (i.e.: the conclusion is defined in the premise) and the fallacy of excluding the middle ground (i.e.: only the extremes are true), and the fallacy of false dilemma (i.e.: there are only two possible choices).

    You cannot set up an argument by defining terms to suit your needs, denying alternate and valid definitions, and then claim your definitions support your conclusions so therefore you are right. It’s faulty logic. Your inability to understand that, and your inability to recognize illustrating examples as examples and not direct quotations, is not my problem.

  • Poli-sci: 101 The Real political spectrum

    02/16/2016 10:27:02 AM PST · 47 of 60
    LexBaird to Torcert

    Read post 45. You pre-defined the terms in your original post to contain your conclusion. That’s what “begging the question” is. Look up the Nizdor link, for further explanation.

    Your premise was that the political spectrum runs on a single line, if you define Leftist and Statist as being the same thing. But they aren’t. They are different aspects that may or may not be associated, like “tall” and “skinny”. Just because someone may be both tall and skinny, that doesn’t mean one cannot be short and skinny, nor does it mean that the taller you are the skinnier you are.

  • Trump/Rubio ticket? (vanity)

    02/15/2016 12:41:00 PM PST · 68 of 68
    LexBaird to grania
    Trump seems quite sincere in his distaste for Cruz's dirty campaign tactics.

    Give him 2 days and he'll be quite sincere about the exact opposite. Trump is good at appearing quite sincere.

  • Poli-sci: 101 The Real political spectrum

    02/15/2016 11:35:59 AM PST · 45 of 60
    LexBaird to Torcert

    In your initial post, where you set up terms that were predetermined to support your point.

    If you define “leftist” as equal to “statist”, and then propose a scale where it is so, then that is “begging the question”. The problem is, your definition isn’t accurate; it is incomplete.