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Name: RuggedRealist
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Hometown: New York, NY
Home country: USA
Current location: NYC
Member since: Tue Jan 4, 2005, 04:36 PM
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Over/under on jury vote to hide this post? I'm going with 5 votes to hide


even though there is nothing hide-worthy. I just want folks to acknowledge their hypocrisy on BLM.

Bad when DU African American supporters defend BLM and say economic justice does not pre-empt social justice. Good when Elizabeth Warren says it.

McCarthy will replace Boehner, with all Tea Party folks in other leadership roles.

McCarthy is more like Boehner than a Tea Partier. But it is being set up so that the leadership after him is all Tea Party.

McCarthy thinks he has come to some arrangement with the "Freedom caucus". What he doesn't realize is, the arrangement involves coaching several of them until they are ready to unseat him.


Angela's first time in her new Rhythm of The Reef Activity Saucer which daddy put together Sat night

Another poll of conservative viewers showing Trump won the debate in their eyes by a large margin


Here is the complete list of results from the Newsmax poll:

Donald Trump 46.26%
Carly Fiorina 20.11%
Sen. Marco Rubio 9.32%
Dr. Ben Carson 9.22%
Sen. Ted Cruz 5.67%
Gov. John Kasich 3.10%
Gov. Chris Christie 2.14%
Gov. Jeb Bush 1.45%
Sen. Rand Paul 1.27%
Gov. Mike Huckabee 1.04%
Gov. Scott Walker 0.41%

Sanders on CNN this morning discussing Republican Debate

Trump Says "China!" ;-)

Ladies semifinal results (SPOILER ALERT)

OMG Serena lost, I can't believe it.

Irony Alert: I got an alert & hide in the Hillary Clinton group for talking about the alert stalking


LOLOLOL, Alerter and the folks who voted to hide just made my point for me.

I was wondering, how many folks have been alert stalked and silenced for being critical of Bernie?

Of the top of my head (updated list):

bravenak - Due Back Oct 23
KMOD - Due Back Oct 19
seabeyond - Due Back Nov 25
MaggieD - Due Back Nov 17
VanillaRhapsody - Due Back Nov 1
Cosmicone - Due Back Nov 7
Heaven05 - Due Back Oct 26
Giftedgirl77 - Due Back Oct 30
Sonderwoman - Due Back Nov 27

but I know there is a lot more than that... and that doesn't include folks that were on suspension and are back and of course it doesnt include a crap-ton of us, including me, that have had a smattering of unjustified hides but never enough to put us on a forced vacation.

Edited to add, folks who were on a forced timeout for being critical of Bernie but are back:

boston bean
upaloopa (suspension was over Sept 1 and then Sept 8)
Janeyvee (suspension was over Sept 18)
ronnykmarshal (suspension was over Sept 25)
1StrongBlackMan (suspension was over Sept 29)
hrmjustin (suspension was over Sept 30)
LiberalStalwart71 (Suspension was over Oct 11)

An update to my "I fully expect to get hides...for annoying Sanders supporters" OP

here http://www.democraticunderground.com/?com=view_post&forum=1107&pid=17828

If you haven't seen it yet, Bravenak received a letter via US mail that was a very creepy stalking letter http://www.democraticunderground.com/118724424

and now several African American DUers have received timeouts, 1StrongblackMan and KMOD and I think one or two others for little more than annoying Bernie supporters and for posts in the AA group no less which should have been a safe haven for discussing African American issues.

I think we can see how the group that currently enjoys 85% support at DU is handling the power of being able to dominate jury results.

Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely.
- John Dalberg-Acton, 1st Baron Acton

NYTimes: The Widening World of Hand Picked Truths

The combination of the Alex Jonesing of society making everything a conspiracy and the religious right muddying the waters with religious pseudo science, people have their entire own version of reality rather than relying on empirical and peer reviewed results. It's frightening, IMHO.


Like creationists with their “intelligent design,” the followers of these causes come armed with their own personal science, assembled through Internet searches that inevitably turn up the contortions of special interest groups. In an attempt to dilute the wisdom of the crowd, Google recently tweaked its algorithm so that searching for “vaccination” or “fluoridation,” for example, brings vetted medical information to the top of the results.

But presenting people with the best available science doesn’t seem to change many minds. In a kind of psychological immune response, they reject ideas they consider harmful. A study published this month in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences suggested that it is more effective to appeal to anti-vaxxers through their emotions, with stories and pictures of children sick with measles, the mumps or rubella — a reminder that subjective feelings are still trusted over scientific expertise.

(More at above link)
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