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Heartbroken Russian Ambassador Thought Special Meetings With Jeff Sessions Were Very Memorable

Posted on March 4th, 2017 at 22:39 by John Sinteur in category: News


WASHINGTON—Expressing surprise and sadness at Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ repeated denials of contact with Russian officials during the 2016 presidential campaign, heartbroken Ambassador Sergey Kislyak told reporters Thursday that he thought his special meetings with the then–Alabama senator were actually very memorable. “To be honest, our two conversations hold great significance for me, and I can’t help but be upset to learn that Jeff felt otherwise,” said the tearful Russian diplomat, adding that he simply could not believe that Sessions could so nonchalantly dismiss the many hours they spent discussing the intimate details of their lives, including their innermost hopes and fears for their respective countries. “It really hurts to think that Jeff doesn’t cherish the afternoons we spent sitting in his office exchanging information about everything under the sun. These were some of the most meaningful discussions of my life, and Jeff’s writing them off like they didn’t even happen. How could he be so cruel?” Kislyak went on to say that even his subsequent communications with former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn never for a moment made him forget the precious time he and Sessions spent together.

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  1. Comment from today’s Observer:
    “Washington joke reported on the Marr show this morning – The Russian ambassador to the US must be the most boring man in Washington. Nobody who has had a meeting with him can remember having had one.”

Congressman Roger Marshall finds himself at heart of Obamacare fight

Posted on March 4th, 2017 at 22:35 by John Sinteur in category: News


“Just like Jesus said, ‘The poor will always be with us,’” he said. “There is a group of people that just don’t want health care and aren’t going to take care of themselves.”

Pressed on that point, Marshall shrugged.

“Just, like, homeless people. … I think just morally, spiritually, socially, [some people] just don’t want health care,” he said. “The Medicaid population, which is [on] a free credit card, as a group, do probably the least preventive medicine and taking care of themselves and eating healthy and exercising. And I’m not judging, I’m just saying socially that’s where they are. So there’s a group of people that even with unlimited access to health care are only going to use the emergency room when their arm is chopped off or when their pneumonia is so bad they get brought [into] the ER.”

Sigh. Maybe this guy needs a refresher on some of the other things Jesus said.

Something tells me he hasn’t looked at the health care systems other western nations use.

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  1. Oh wait, I checked his references

    Mark 14:17

    The poor you will always have with you, and you can help them any time you want. But you will not always have Me.

    Deuteronomy 15:11

    For the poor will never cease to be in the land; therefore I command you, saying, ‘You shall freely open your hand to your brother, to your needy and poor in your land.’

    Christ, what an asshole.

  2. If that’s the case, they won’t spend much money on healthcare. So why not give it to them?

  3. Let’s not get into what Jesus said about rich people, either. Embarrassingly naive 🙂

The Innocent Explanation, Part #1

Posted on March 4th, 2017 at 22:25 by John Sinteur in category: News


The simplest explanation isn’t necessarily the right one. But in the spirit of Occam’s Razor, we should prefer it because it usually will be. To state the key point for clarity and emphasis, it is not the simplest explanation. It it is the simplest explanation which accounts for all the known facts. That distinction makes all the difference in the world.

With this prologue and with the above in mind, here is what I would call the innocent explanation of the Trump/Russia story. I don’t think it is necessarily the true story. Or, to put it more precisely, I don’t think it is necessarily the whole story. But I think it accounts for most of the what we know so far.

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camera shutter speed matches helicopter`s rotor

Posted on March 4th, 2017 at 21:42 by John Sinteur in category: News

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  1. Here’s the pilot driving to work that day:

  2. More and more and more and more and more and an airplane.

Addiction – YouTube

Posted on March 4th, 2017 at 21:10 by John Sinteur in category: News

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  1. I joined an addictions research program at a Canadian University a year ago that’s trialing an online addictions program that was developed by Dr. Kathleen Carroll at the Yale School of Medicine over the past decade. I’ve had the opportunity to pour over quite a lot of addictions research, and though I’m far from a specialist, I’m alarmed to see how pervasive the “rat park” experiment has been in explaining addiction. The results of that study could not be replicated, so it’s generally not considered to be a valid, generalizable hypothesis, yet the narrative is so compelling that people continue to repeat it in TED talks and youtube videos alike. My day-to-day work involves meeting with participants (people struggling with addictions), and I can assure you, most of them have family, friends, support workers, and acquaintances that care deeply for them. These things seldom have a one-off explanation like the video may lead you to believe.

    I also had the opportunity to attend a conference with Dr. Gabor Maté, a rock star in the Canadian Addictions scene, and was dismayed to find his trauma-oriented explanation of addiction to be just as ideological as rat park. Traumatic experiences most certainly can and do lead to addiction, but Dr. Maté insists that trauma is the root of *all* addiction. People who don’t recall having any particularly traumatic experiences in their lives are just suppressing their trauma, which still leads to addictive tendencies (basically the tail wagging the dog – if you have an addiction, you necessarily must have trauma as well, you just don’t know about it but you better figure it out if you want to get better). Both theories dismiss the biological component of introducing foreign substances into the body that disrupt regular function. As Dr. Carroll points out, you can very easily get mice to develop chemical dependencies to drugs, and you’re hard pressed to explain that with trauma or social groups alone.

  2. Of course. I know a person that can smoke half a pack a day for a few months, stop cold turkey without any side effects, and restart a year later. It’s a weird thing and there is no one-size-fits-all solution. Which means that, just like the video says, punishing people makes zero sense.

  3. Agreed.

Iraqi Federal Police Are Weaponizing Off-the-Shelf Drones, ISIS-Style

Posted on March 4th, 2017 at 16:40 by John Sinteur in category: News


The proliferation of consumer, off-the-shelf unmanned aerial vehicles weaponized by non-state actors like Islamic State has taken a new turn this week after the Iraqi Federal Police deployed the very same drones against Islamic State itself.

On March 1, reports sourced from Twitter indicated that the police force had begun surveilling and attacking Islamic State positions in Western Mosul with quadcopters. One day later, further reports showed a video feed from onboard a quadcopter that was striking Islamic State positions with the very same DIY bombs that Islamic State has been using. The drone used by the IFP appears to be a DJI Matrice 100—the same drone photographed by Agence France-Presse reporter Sara Hussein on February 23.

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Yes Hillary, that’s really the headline there…

Posted on March 4th, 2017 at 8:32 by John Sinteur in category: News

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