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I figured we do enough bickering around specific issues that we might as well start another free-for-all.

I'll kick it off with a non-partisan (I hope!) story of the scariest thing about getting old in states with lots of sunshine...

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2017/10/09/how-the-elderly-lose-their-rights

I find this extremely interesting, but I will keep my comment brief.

Any time a person has another person or group of people deciding what's best for them, you're inviting trouble and suffering. Whether it is on a personal level or a society wide level makes no difference, the dynamic is the same...loss of liberty, loss of rights, loss of what separates you as a human from other animals.

All and always "in your best interest", of course.

Now, more specifically, there are no easy answers that I know of for how to deal with the elderly or the mentally disabled that are unable to sustain themselves without help of some degree.

It's never easy, it's never perfect. The best you can hope for is that someone that values the person more than they value the estate is making the decisions.

If you get someone that values the estate or the money more than the person, God help you.
 
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Did you read the entire article?

The part I found most depressing is that this isn't just happening to people who can't take care of themselves. And with the help of bogus doctor statements to the contrary.
 

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Did you read the entire article?

The part I found most depressing is that this isn't just happening to people who can't take care of themselves. And with the help of bogus doctor statements to the contrary.

I skimmed through it, but I am intimately familiar with the problems and abuses of the elderly and disabled.

There are certain things I don't care to know too much about, and they generally revolve around children, the elderly, the disabled, and animals being abused.

General knowledge is fine, but specific stories strike a chord in me that I don't want struck.
 

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This exact issue was an episode on Boston Legal, Maybe 10 years ago. And it wasn't new then. Its terrible and it's since the dawn of time.

Good find. Used to subscribe to the New Yorker at insane student rates back in the day. Loved talk of the Town and the 'toons.


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And since I'm on a spree, I just finished reading this lengthy article about the death penalty in the context of one inmate scheduled to die tomorrow. It's long, but very engaging.

https://www.currentaffairs.org/2017/10/the-autobiography-of-robert-pruett

Capital Punishment is one of those things that I ahve flipped 180 degrees on since being on this board.

I used to be very pro death penalty. Then my libertarian studies began to cause me to question it, but I still supported it if there was conclusive DNA evidence. Still, my skepticism of the general competence and integrity of the state bothered me so I wasn't 100% behind capital punishment.

And finally, my homegirl Annie Dookhan cleared it all up for me. State's Evidence can never be beyond doubt, and therefore capital punishment can never be supported.

Executing a single innocent person makes us all guilty of murder. I see it now.
 
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Interested in what peeple think of this, and very interested in Darth's thoughts...

I'll link the article, but posting just the chart.

Staggering Chart Shows Your Personal Share Of Your State's Underfunded Pension



http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-...-much-you-owe-your-states-underfunded-pension
 

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Professor Claims Math, Algebra, And Geometry Promote "White Privilege"

A University of Illinois math professor believes that algebra and geometry perpetuate “white privilege” because Greek terms give Caucasians unearned credit for the subject.

But that isn’t the professor’s only complaint. She also believes that evaluations for math proficiency perpetuates discrimination against minority students, if they do worse than their white counterparts.

Rochelle Gutierrez argues in a newly published math education book for teachers that they must be aware of the identity politics surrounding the subject of mathematics.

“On many levels, mathematics itself operates as Whiteness,” she argues with complete sincerity, according to Campus Reform.

“Who gets credit for doing and developing mathematics, who is capable in mathematics, and who is seen as part of the mathematical community is generally viewed as White.”


Gutierrez argues that subjects like algebra and geometry, which relate to arithmetic, also perpetuate racism and white privilege. She worries that “curricula emphasizing terms like Pythagorean theorem and pi perpetuate a perception that mathematics was largely developed by Greeks and other Europeans.”

Gutierrez claims that the importance of math skills in the real world also places what she calls an “unearned privilege” for those who are good at it. Because most math teachers in the United States are white, white people stand to benefit from their grasp of the subject disproportionate to members of other races.

“Are we really that smart just because we do mathematics?” she asks, raising the question as to why math professors get more grants than “social studies or English” professors.

“If one is not viewed as mathematical, there will always be a sense of inferiority that can be summoned,” she says, claiming that minorities “have experienced microaggressions from participating in math classrooms… [where people are] judged by whether they can reason abstractly.”

WTF? Did she just say minorities are too stupid to do math?

To resolve the intelligence gap, Gutierrez calls on math professors to develop a sense of “political conocimiento,” a Spanish term for “political knowledge for teaching.”

She concludes her argument with the claim that all knowledge is “relational,” or is, in other words, relative. “Things cannot be known objectively; they must be known subjectively.”

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-...-algebra-and-geometry-promote-white-privilege

Dear Professor Leftist Virtue Signalling Snowflake,

Math and Algebra are actually Arabic. "Algebra" is a bastardization of "al-jabr", invented by Mohammed ibn-Musa al-Khowarizmi....not exactly "Mr. Snow Whitey".

2. Thanks for letting us all know that minorities are too stupid to do or understand math, because they can't reason abstractly. That's mighty white of ya. Now I understand why us superior white people have to take care of the poor, helpless, stupid minorites.

Thank you for enlightening me. Wait...is "enlightening" a racist microaggressing word? Please write back and let me know, thanks.

BS
 

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I can't be the only one who thinks the border wall prototype reporting is kind of like a time share infomercial with that guy from CHIPS
 

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Professor Claims Math, Algebra, And Geometry Promote "White Privilege"

A University of Illinois math professor believes that algebra and geometry perpetuate “white privilege” because Greek terms give Caucasians unearned credit for the subject.

But that isn’t the professor’s only complaint. She also believes that evaluations for math proficiency perpetuates discrimination against minority students, if they do worse than their white counterparts.

Rochelle Gutierrez argues in a newly published math education book for teachers that they must be aware of the identity politics surrounding the subject of mathematics.

“On many levels, mathematics itself operates as Whiteness,” she argues with complete sincerity, according to Campus Reform.

“Who gets credit for doing and developing mathematics, who is capable in mathematics, and who is seen as part of the mathematical community is generally viewed as White.”


Gutierrez argues that subjects like algebra and geometry, which relate to arithmetic, also perpetuate racism and white privilege. She worries that “curricula emphasizing terms like Pythagorean theorem and pi perpetuate a perception that mathematics was largely developed by Greeks and other Europeans.”

Gutierrez claims that the importance of math skills in the real world also places what she calls an “unearned privilege” for those who are good at it. Because most math teachers in the United States are white, white people stand to benefit from their grasp of the subject disproportionate to members of other races.

“Are we really that smart just because we do mathematics?” she asks, raising the question as to why math professors get more grants than “social studies or English” professors.

“If one is not viewed as mathematical, there will always be a sense of inferiority that can be summoned,” she says, claiming that minorities “have experienced microaggressions from participating in math classrooms… [where people are] judged by whether they can reason abstractly.”

WTF? Did she just say minorities are too stupid to do math?

To resolve the intelligence gap, Gutierrez calls on math professors to develop a sense of “political conocimiento,” a Spanish term for “political knowledge for teaching.”

She concludes her argument with the claim that all knowledge is “relational,” or is, in other words, relative. “Things cannot be known objectively; they must be known subjectively.”

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-...-algebra-and-geometry-promote-white-privilege

Dear Professor Leftist Virtue Signalling Snowflake,

Math and Algebra are actually Arabic. "Algebra" is a bastardization of "al-jabr", invented by Mohammed ibn-Musa al-Khowarizmi....not exactly "Mr. Snow Whitey".

2. Thanks for letting us all know that minorities are too stupid to do or understand math, because they can't reason abstractly. That's mighty white of ya. Now I understand why us superior white people have to take care of the poor, helpless, stupid minorites.

Thank you for enlightening me. Wait...is "enlightening" a racist microaggressing word? Please write back and let me know, thanks.

BS

It's fascinating how racist the "anti-racist" movement is.
 

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Professor Claims Math, Algebra, And Geometry Promote "White Privilege"

A University of Illinois math professor believes that algebra and geometry perpetuate “white privilege” because Greek terms give Caucasians unearned credit for the subject.

But that isn’t the professor’s only complaint. She also believes that evaluations for math proficiency perpetuates discrimination against minority students, if they do worse than their white counterparts.

Rochelle Gutierrez argues in a newly published math education book for teachers that they must be aware of the identity politics surrounding the subject of mathematics.

“On many levels, mathematics itself operates as Whiteness,” she argues with complete sincerity, according to Campus Reform.

“Who gets credit for doing and developing mathematics, who is capable in mathematics, and who is seen as part of the mathematical community is generally viewed as White.”


Gutierrez argues that subjects like algebra and geometry, which relate to arithmetic, also perpetuate racism and white privilege. She worries that “curricula emphasizing terms like Pythagorean theorem and pi perpetuate a perception that mathematics was largely developed by Greeks and other Europeans.”

Gutierrez claims that the importance of math skills in the real world also places what she calls an “unearned privilege” for those who are good at it. Because most math teachers in the United States are white, white people stand to benefit from their grasp of the subject disproportionate to members of other races.

“Are we really that smart just because we do mathematics?” she asks, raising the question as to why math professors get more grants than “social studies or English” professors.

“If one is not viewed as mathematical, there will always be a sense of inferiority that can be summoned,” she says, claiming that minorities “have experienced microaggressions from participating in math classrooms… [where people are] judged by whether they can reason abstractly.”

WTF? Did she just say minorities are too stupid to do math?

To resolve the intelligence gap, Gutierrez calls on math professors to develop a sense of “political conocimiento,” a Spanish term for “political knowledge for teaching.”

She concludes her argument with the claim that all knowledge is “relational,” or is, in other words, relative. “Things cannot be known objectively; they must be known subjectively.”

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-...-algebra-and-geometry-promote-white-privilege

Dear Professor Leftist Virtue Signalling Snowflake,

Math and Algebra are actually Arabic. "Algebra" is a bastardization of "al-jabr", invented by Mohammed ibn-Musa al-Khowarizmi....not exactly "Mr. Snow Whitey".

2. Thanks for letting us all know that minorities are too stupid to do or understand math, because they can't reason abstractly. That's mighty white of ya. Now I understand why us superior white people have to take care of the poor, helpless, stupid minorites.

Thank you for enlightening me. Wait...is "enlightening" a racist microaggressing word? Please write back and let me know, thanks.

BS

This mindset in people makes me hate life at times.
 

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Big Day today...

800,000 JFK files are released.

Venezuela officially goes bankrupt this week. Another socialist utopia that thought they could defy the laws of economics if they just care enough.

The informant for the Clinton/Uranium One Russia deal jsut got his or her immunity.
 

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New Documents Show FBI Visited Adam Lanza Before Sandy Hook Shooting

On Tuesday, the F.B.I. released 1,500 pages from its investigation into the 2012 school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. The documents, while heavily redacted, nevertheless paint a dark portrait of Adam Lanza, the young man who would go on to kill 20 children and six teachers before turning a gun on himself.

As for the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary itself, the F.B.I. concluded that Lanza could have been planning it since March of 2011.

“The shooter did not ‘snap,’ but instead engaged in careful, methodical planning and preparation,” investigators wrote in one report. “The shooter was fascinated with past shootings and researched them thoroughly. The shooter shared many similar characteristics and behaviors with other active shooters.”

In a summary of an interview with an unidentified woman who had an online relationship with Lanza, investigators wrote the young man was “singularly focused and obsessed with mass murders” and that he “devoted almost all his internet activity to researching and discussing mass murders and spree killings.”

They also wrote that Lanza “spoke about school killings and those who committed them with respect and understanding.”

The witness described Lanza as “depressed” with “no effective coping mechanisms to deal with his depression” and that he “seemed to have no friends or people he could turn to for support or assistance and did not appear to have any enjoyment of life.”

The unnamed woman’s account (as well as much of the rest of the information with the cache of F.B.I. documents) describes a young man growing increasingly isolated in the days and weeks before the shooting.

Even more disturbing, the agency’s behavior analysis of Lanza found he “had an interest in children that could be categorised as paedophilia,” though no evidence is provided to show that he ever acted on such impulses.

It does fit in with some of what Lanza’s online friend told investigators, however. She claimed that in a lengthy email, Lanza — who she described as “the weirdest person online” — once expressed his view that a sexual relationship between an adult and a child could be “possibly beneficial to both parties.”

This friend said Lanza pitied children as they were being unfairly controlled by people in authority, and that she suspects Lanza thought he was “saving” or “protecting” the kids he killed at Sandy Hook.

Additionally, investigators found a file on Lanza’s computer “advocating pedophiles’ rights and the liberation of children” as well as a screenplay describing a relationship between a 10-year-old boy and a 30-year-old man.

Perhaps the most interesting item in the cache of 1,500 pages was a document revealing Adam Lanza popped up on the F.B.I.’s radar years before the shooting took place.

When he was in ninth grade, Lanza hacked into an unspecified government computer and made it through two levels of security before he was stopped. It was enough to catch the attention of the F.B.I., which then had agents pay a visit to his mother’s house.

“Nancy had to convince the authorities that her son was just very intelligent and was challenging himself to see if he could hack (his way in),” investigators wrote in the report.

Nancy Lanza was killed by her son that morning before he set off for Sandy Hook Elementary. That day years ago, however, agents apparently told the woman her son could have a future working for the government.

“The authorities told her that if her son was that smart, he could have a job with them someday,” the report said.

http://theantimedia.org/fbi-adam-lanza-sandy-hook/
 

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Twitter didn't tell Senate Intel about RT pitch to buy election ads

Lawmakers on the Senate Intelligence Committee say Twitter never informed them that it pitched Russian state-owned media to buy ads during the 2016 presidential campaign.

A spokesperson for top Senate Intelligence Committee Democrat Mark Warner (Va.), told reporters Thursday that Twitter did not tell the committee during a private briefing last month, or at any other point, that it had made a pitch deck to persuade Russia Today (RT) to advertise on its platform.

RT’s editor-in-chief, Margarita Simonyan, revealed the pitch via Twitter on Thursday, writing “Hope @jack won’t forget to tell @congressdotgov how @Twitter pitched @RT_com to spend big $$s on US elex ad campaign.”

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Hope <a href="https://twitter.com/jack?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@jack</a> won’t forget to tell <a href="https://twitter.com/congressdotgov?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@congressdotgov</a> how <a href="https://twitter.com/Twitter?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@Twitter</a> pitched <a href="https://twitter.com/RT_com?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@RT_com</a> to spend big $$s on US elex ad campaign. <a href="https://t.co/7GqoEoSaY8">pic.twitter.com/7GqoEoSaY8</a></p>— Маргарита Симоньян (@M_Simonyan) <a href="https://twitter.com/M_Simonyan/status/923519609269116928?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 26, 2017</a></blockquote>
<script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

Twitter declined to address Simonyan’s claims directly.

"We do not have any comment on our private conversations with any advertiser, even a former advertiser," a Twitter spokesperson told The Hill.

The remarks from Simonyan come amid heightened scrutiny of Russian government influence in the presidential race, including the roles played by social media ads and Kremlin media outlets.

The news also comes as Twitter’s acting general counsel Sam Edgett prepares to testify before the House and Senate Intelligence committees next week as part of Congress's investigation of Russia's election interference.

Officials from Google and Facebook, which have both reported 2016 ads sponsored by Russian actors, have also agreed to testify.

Twitter announced Thursday, shortly after Simonyan's remarks, that it would no longer run ads from Russian-funded news outlets RT and Sputnik.

“This decision was based on the retrospective work we've been doing around the 2016 U.S. election and the U.S. intelligence community’s conclusion that both RT and Sputnik attempted to interfere with the election on behalf of the Russian government,” Twitter said in a blog post Thursday morning.

The company also announced that it would donate the $1.9 million RT has spent on Twitter advertising since 2011 to “support external research into the use of Twitter in civic engagement and elections, including use of malicious automation and misinformation, with an initial focus on elections and automation.”

http://thehill.com/policy/technolog...nate-intel-about-rt-pitch-to-buy-election-ads

Twitter took $2 Million dollars from Russia! COLLUSION!
 

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all these entities like the DNC, twitter, facebook, google to include all the Weinstein donations should just be sent to, let's say PR. I hear there is a genocide going on there. We are going to spend the money externally. Does that impress or fool anyone at all?
 
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