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SIGGRAPH 2017 : Technical Papers Preview Trailer

Posted on May 7th, 2017 at 19:15 by John Sinteur in category: News


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What? It’s a odd time to be making a move about Britain having to make a hasty and poorly planned exit from Europe? Nah, it’s the perfect time!

Posted on May 7th, 2017 at 13:15 by John Sinteur in category: News


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  1. That should get Ms. May’s “contemptible little army” of deplorables all aroused.
    (Yeah I know, different war; the theme is the same, apparently).

    Fintan O’Toole on the cult of heroic British failure, mentions Dunkirk:
    http://www.irishtimes.com/opinion/fintan-o-toole-brexit-resurrects-the-english-cult-of-heroic-failure-1.2947706

Mexican Drug Smugglers to Trump: Thanks!

Posted on May 7th, 2017 at 12:57 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Crouched in the spiky terrain near this border city, a veteran smuggler known as Flaco points to the steel border fence and describes how he has taken drugs and people into the United States for more than three decades. His smuggling techniques include everything from throwing drugs over in gigantic catapults to hiding them in the engine cars of freight trains to making side tunnels off the cross-border sewage system.

When asked whether the border wall promised by President Trump will stop smugglers, he smiles. “This is never going to stop, neither the narco trafficking nor the illegals,” he says. “There will be more tunnels. More holes. If it doesn’t go over, it will go under.”

What will change? The fees that criminal networks charge to transport people and contraband across the border. Every time the wall goes up, so do smuggling profits.


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  1. Having been a “border bouncer” (pot smuggler) some 45 years ago, I can attest to this.

  2. @Spaceman: Blimey! Next thing you’ll be tellig us you are a pirate :-]

Cartoons

Posted on May 7th, 2017 at 12:35 by John Sinteur in category: News


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The Republican Party is sociopathic: If you didn’t know that already, the health care bill should make it clear

Posted on May 7th, 2017 at 1:12 by John Sinteur in category: News

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As detailed by the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems, exhibiting three or more of the following traits is sufficient for the diagnosis of sociopathy:

  • Callous unconcern for the feelings of others
  • Gross and persistent attitude of irresponsibility and disregard for social norms and obligations
  • Incapacity to maintain enduring relationships, though having no difficulty in establishing them
  • Very low tolerance to frustration, a low threshold for discharge of aggression, including violence
  • Incapacity to experience guilt or to profit from experience, particularly punishment
  • Markedly prone to blame others or to offer plausible rationalization for the behavior that has brought the person into conflict with society

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders adds these two qualifiers:

  • Deception, as indicated by repeatedly lying, use of aliases, or conning others for personal profit or pleasure
  • Impulsiveness or failure to plan ahead

The Republican Party’s policies on health care, the economy, the social safety net, law enforcement and racial issues, and its attitudes toward women, gays and lesbians, and other vulnerable and marginalized groups fit many of these criteria. In their reactionary, revanchist and destructive approach to political community and the commons, modern American conservatives in general also exhibit many sociopathic traits.


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  1. Add economic incentive and most people fail this test.

Donald Trump former aide Carter Page refuses to provide Russia contacts to Senate

Posted on May 7th, 2017 at 1:05 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Former Trump adviser Carter Page has declined to provide records of his communications with Russians to the Senate intelligence committee, saying that anything of note has already been recorded by former President Barack Obama’s administration.

Remember when holding people in contempt was a thing, or is that just for reporters?

Anyway, on March 24th:

“I would eagerly welcome the chance to speak with the Committee to help finally set the record straight following the false evidence, illegal activities as well as other lies distributed by certain politically-motivated suspects in coordination with the Obama Administration, which defamed me and other Americans,” Page wrote in the letter that he provided to CNN.

So… Page doesn’t know what he can withhold. He doesn’t want to give them EVERYTHING, but he can’t risk leaving out anything they already have. His only play here is to refuse and say they have anything he has and hope that it’ll fly and when they present everything they have hope they are missing really damning stuff, at which point he says “yep, you have it all.”

It’s not going to fly because it’s obvious why he’s doing this.


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