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Water Cooler / Re: History has failed almost everybody who is ordinary
« on: August 02, 2018, 06:51:17 PM »
I am sure this I true.  Yet, today it is being taken one step further where people are told to not believe what they are seeing and hearing.

Gaslighting is a form of psychological manipulation that seeks to sow seeds of doubt in a targeted individual or in members of a targeted group, making them question their own memory, perception, and sanity. Using persistent denial, misdirection, contradiction, and lying, it attempts to destabilize the victim and delegitimize the victim's belief. 

Marketing / Re: (US) March of the Non-White Babies
« on: August 01, 2018, 08:02:39 AM »
We have been here before.

Labor struggles were not the only conflicts Italian immigrants faced. During the years of the great Italian immigration, they also had to confront a wave of virulent prejudice and nativist hostility.

As immigration from Europe and Asia neared its crest in the late 19th century, anti-immigrant sentiment soared along with it. The U.S. was in the grips of an economic depression, and immigrants were blamed for taking American jobs. At the same time, racialist theories circulated in the press, advancing pseudo scientific theories that alleged that “Mediterranean” types were inherently inferior to people of northern European heritage. Drawings and songs caricaturing the new immigrants as childlike, criminal, or subhuman became sadly commonplace. One 1891 cartoon claimed that “If immigration was properly restricted, you would never be troubled with anarchism, socialism, the Mafia and such kindred evils!”

Attacks on Italians were not limited to the printed page, however. From the late 1880s, anti-immigrant societies sprang up around the country, and the Ku Klux Klan saw a spike in membership. Catholic churches and charities were vandalized and burned, and Italians attacked by mobs. In the 1890s alone, more than 20 Italians were lynched.

One of the bloodiest episodes took place in New Orleans in 1891. When the chief of police was found shot to death on the street one night, the mayor blamed “Sicilian gangsters” and rounded up more than 100 Sicilian Americans. Eventually, 19 were put on trial and, as the nation’s Italian Americans watched nervously, were found not guilty for lack of evidence. Before they could be freed, however, a mob of 10,000 people, including many of New Orleans’ most prominent citizens, broke into the jail. They dragged 11 Sicilians from their cells and lynched them, including two men jailed on other offenses. Italians worldwide were outraged, but the U.S. press generally approved of the action. It was the largest single mass lynching in U.S. history.

The concept of what is "white" is fluid.

Water Cooler / Re: Musk and the 'pedo' comment.
« on: July 29, 2018, 08:28:51 PM »
When I see all the Tesla owners waiting in their vehicles at the charging stations I can't help but feel bad for them.  They've spent somewhere between $68,000 – $138,800 and they have to repeatedly waste their day at these places or wait for many hours for their home systems to do their thing at a much slower rate.  It is a lot of dedication.  I know that batteries are more efficient than hydrogen full cells, but the convenience of being able to pump and go just like an regular ICE car is a huge advantage.


I went on a factory tour, it was pretty cool.  The show room definitely had that MAC feel to it though.

Water Cooler / Re: Fire Again!!!
« on: July 29, 2018, 12:17:48 AM »
The fire danger seems to be an annual event now in the Yosemite region.  How much have you considered relocating?

Not being broke but being able to put all your belongings into a backpack and a duffle bag sounds like an amazing life.  It might just be the stage of life I am in, but I am feeling weighed down by stuff lately.

I get empire building and how it can be extremely satisfying to build something that employs people and leaves a legacy.  To me that is something very different than having the goal of flaunting wealth or just having really nice things.

Most people have to work to make most of their money, compounding interest may be the most powerful force in the universe, but it takes time to acquire that power unless one happens to be fortunate enough to inherit a substantial starter pack.  Nearly everybody trades time for money, so the question people should be asking is:  Should I trade part of my life to acquire this thing? 

When one is talking about the basics like food/shelter/warmth, it is a pretty easy question to answer, but how much of your life are you willing to give up for higher end products when the lower cost items work nearly as well or sometimes even better?   

Facebook lost about $119 billion of its value on Thursday, marking the biggest one-day loss in U.S. market history.

The company's shares plunged $41.24, or almost 19 percent, to $176.26 a day after the social media giant reported disappointing results. The slide is the largest decline in market capitalization in history, exceeding Intel's $91 billion single-day loss in September 2000, according to Bloomberg data.

Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg saw his fortune drop by $15.9 billion to roughly $71 billion. His personal loss alone, if only on paper, exceeds the value of companies such as Molson Coors and Macy's, which have market values of $14 billion and $12 billion, respectively.

Investors were spooked by Facebook's forecast showing that its number of active users is growing less quickly than expected, while the company also took a hit from Europe's new privacy laws.

While it was an incredible drop for a single day I think we all saw FB's fall from grace coming.  I guess the question now is will this spill over to the rest of the tech economy?

Water Cooler / Re: YOUTUBE music thread
« on: July 25, 2018, 06:54:01 AM »
America - Ventura Highway

Seals and Croft - Summer Breeze

Stealers Wheel - Stuck in the Middle with You

I generally hated the 70s.  It is interesting that at this point in my life I could actually just appreciate the music for what it was.

Hardware & Technology / Re: Anyone here a HAM?
« on: July 23, 2018, 09:33:08 PM »
>How did you not get into HAM when your dad was into it!

My parents divorced when I was a young child, I didn't grow up with the equipment around me.

Water Cooler / Re: Core RECommit
« on: July 22, 2018, 11:33:18 PM »
4/4 gym sessions

Marketing / Re: A couple of levels of clever
« on: July 21, 2018, 07:54:41 PM »
>tough crowd

the toughest

That T. Rex costume is brilliant.

Water Cooler / Re: Couple more sensors and some AI would be good here
« on: July 20, 2018, 08:54:52 PM »
Looks like the driver made it out before it went up that high.

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