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Re: “The diversity open line

If I really think about it, I'm quite happy Trump lies. It impedes his ability to do anything, which I am confident is something you all really agree with.

I'll set up an analogy. Right now a police officer could pull any of us over, decide we look funny, and kill us. Then nothing else would happen. Why? Because lots of people have very high levels of respect for police. Police do lots of great things, but respect for them reaching the level where 'feared for my life' is a get out of jail free card is, needless to say problematic.

So returning to the president. Lots of people have really high respect for the president just because that is the modern American thing do to. With the respect comes trust, and granting of additional power. So when the president decides we really need to topple the governments of Panama, Grenada, Libya, Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, so on and so forth, more people go along with it than really should. The same goes for many domestic policies where the appropriate response should be more negative. Less trust and respect, less power.

The number of people who think Trump is honest is declining, due to his lying. There is a chart way down at the bottom of the NYT link. Dislike of Trump is the largest, and possibly only, obstacle to the smooth and efficient operation of a Trump administration.

Now I really shouldn't have to explain the appeal of a less powerful Trump to this crowd. The majority of you are smart enough to figure that out.

What about presidents who are not Trump? Why should they not have more power? A powerful executive is extremely useful when you agree with him and he uses his power as a force for good. As the saying goes, me today, you tomorrow. The powers you enjoy today will be used against you when the political winds change and you find yourself on the receiving end of executive power. It is better for no one to have that power than to endure an escalating game of tit-for-tat with an office that has occasionally dumped people into concentration camps and at least once led armies against its citizens.

We are, after all, a republic not a monarchy.

Please keep lying Trump.

TL;DR version:
Trump Lies reduce Trump's power. That is a good thing.

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Posted by Gylippus on 06/25/2017 at 1:10 AM

Re: “The diversity open line

"Perhaps. Or maybe 90% who saw the article DID read it, even though the fact that Drumpf is a serial prevaricator was not exactly a revelation to the reader."

I'll agree that it is within the realm of possibility. The Razorbacks could win the football national championship and make it to the final four next year, too.

"Indeed, why should anybody care?"

Someone should write an article about it. It should have a nice hook, start with what the person is going to tell me, and what I get out of it. Requirements including respecting the reader and appealing to his values, even if the writer does not share them. Bonus points if it is compelling and memorable. Please no hysterics. Absolutely no 'literally,' 'Hitler,' or 'fascism.'

I'll keep an eye out for it, because it will not come from any of you.

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Posted by Gylippus on 06/24/2017 at 9:39 PM

Re: “The diversity open line

Since you asked, fart.

I didn't know there were charts.
I lost interest and left the page after reading the first two lines.
It looked like I was reading from The Book of Trump, chapter 1, verse 1. I scrolled down a bit, saw I had only made it to chapter 3, and closed the window.
What was the Times trying to tell me? Trump lies a lot. I already knew this and I don't care. I didn't care about the first two lines and I don't care about any of the other ones. The Times doesn't tell me why I should care.

I'm guessing the Times wants me to care a lot about Trump Lies, but they have offered nothing to get me hooked to get me to read the rest of the piece. I needed an intro, what am I reading, and why should I care. I need a story, something compelling and memorable, and something that speaks to my values and respects me. Instead the Times served up appendix A as it's lead off material.

If i had any respect for the Times and a high level of interest in the topic, I might have kept going, but I don't. I'm guessing over 90% of the people the Times were trying to persuade made it about as far as I did.

Now the charts, and I do love some charts.

The first set of charts left me wondering what the story was. Everything was red and I didn't know what I should focus on. There was a lot of text. Emphasize everything, emphasize nothing.

The last chart was solid. It told me a story quickly and I immediately got the point. And it warmed my stone cold anarchist heart.

If the whole thing was nothing but click bait, it would have been successful, but it doesn't rise much above that.

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Posted by Gylippus on 06/24/2017 at 8:30 PM

Re: “The diversity open line

Are they trying to reduce Trump Lies to background noise?

Nothing makes people tune out faster than a giant wall of text.

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Posted by Gylippus on 06/24/2017 at 5:55 PM

Re: “Annals of meanness: Senate health bill could affect 400,000 Arkansas children

Cuts and changes to Medicaid are coming one way or another, and no amount of attempting to shame, vilify, and dehumanize the other party is going to do much. The money is simply going to run out, and Medicaid isn't top priority. Social Security, Medicare, and debt interest will be.

Barring any changes, I'd give it 10 or 15 years from now. Republicans benefit too much politically to pass this particular bill, so things should remain unchanged for now.

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Posted by Gylippus on 06/24/2017 at 4:27 PM

Re: “Future looks dim for Little Rock home energy efficiency ordinance

Benefits so great, you have to force people to see it!

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Posted by Gylippus on 06/24/2017 at 1:26 PM

Re: “Another week done. Open line, news and comment.

I like the spelling nazi feature. Needs a larger data set to work with. It looks like it has some trouble determining when a word is actually misspelled.

Although it's probably fine for around here. Not like machine learning is a common topic.

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Posted by Gylippus on 06/24/2017 at 12:14 PM

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