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Monitoring Biden and other Contemporary Events

 
 
Builder
 
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Reply Thu 24 Nov, 2022 01:10 am
@oralloy,
Quote:
I wasn't sure if I wanted to come back.


A2K is a corpse slowly rotting, compared to the activity I experienced here just a few years ago.

Interesting how quickly a forum can devolve, when the dog piling begins.

They claim to not even know they're doing it, but it's obvious, even from the moderation "team".

neptuneblue
 
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Reply Thu 24 Nov, 2022 01:13 am
@Builder,
Builder wrote:

Quote:
If there's something about the title that baffles you, please let us know.


Considering the number of threads devoted to Trump, it would appear to be you who is baffled.

If you need some direction in that regard, please let us know.


No thanks, I'm not the one complaining about free speech.
Builder
 
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Reply Thu 24 Nov, 2022 01:22 am
@neptuneblue,
Quote:
I'm not the one complaining about free speech.


Hmmm, not an accurate answer at all, but fairly standard comeback, when left with nothing to say.
oralloy
 
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Reply Thu 24 Nov, 2022 01:56 am
@Builder,
Builder wrote:
A2K is a corpse slowly rotting, compared to the activity I experienced here just a few years ago.

True. But I don't feel like spending a lot of time on political arguments at the moment, so the slow speed suits me just fine.
Builder
 
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Reply Thu 24 Nov, 2022 02:29 am
@oralloy,
Quote:
so the slow speed suits me just fine.


There's so much more to the story, than red or blue.

The MSM won't even brook any other talk, though.
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hightor
 
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Reply Thu 24 Nov, 2022 05:54 am
Overconfidence in one’s reasoning abilities and distrust of science are linked to COVID-19 conspiracy beliefs

Quote:
The fact that many people hold conspiracy theory beliefs was brought into the spotlight during the COVID-19 pandemic, which raises the question: what makes people vulnerable to misinformation? A study published in Frontiers in Psychology suggests that trusting science is a protective factor against conspiracy beliefs, while overconfidence in one’s own reasoning abilities is a risk factor.

Before the pandemic, many people thought conspiracy theories were wacky and sparsely believed. COVID-19, like many other crises, ushered in a time of uncertainty and brought conspiracy theories to the forefront of society, revealing that they’re more prevalent than it seemed. Believing in conspiracies is related to many different individual and societal factors, such as age, socioeconomic status, conservatism, and more. This study seeks to better understand these factors in regard to COVID-19 beliefs and delve into both stable and fluid characteristics that may have an effect.

For their study, Andrea Vranic and her colleagues utilized 755 participants recruited online. Participants ranged in age from 16 to 69. Data was collected during June 2020, after the initial COVID-19 lockdown, when numbers were relatively low, and it was uncertain if another wave would occur. Participants completed measures on demographic information, conservatism, trust in science/scientists, overconfidence in one’s own reasoning skills, and endorsement of COVID-19 related conspiracy theories.

Researchers in this study considered demographics to be stable characteristics, overconfidence and conservatism to be less stable, and trust in science to be an easily changed worldview. Results showed that the number one predictor of COVID-19 conspiracy beliefs was trust in science and scientists. The variance explained by this easy-to-change factor was 38%, which was the biggest effect by far.

Education was not related to differences in COVID-19 conspiracy beliefs. Overconfidence in one’s own reasoning abilities, on the other hand, was associated with worse performance on an objective measure of reasoning and greater endorsement of conspiracy theories.

“Our findings suggest that this widespread gullibility… even among the formally educated population is partly driven by the overconfidence in one’s own reasoning,” the researchers said. “Similar to biased thinking, this self-deception in the form of overestimating one’s own abilities has an adaptive value: it protects one’s self-esteem, prevents the negative consequences of adverse events, protects mental health, and potentially helps in deceiving others.”

Additionally, the relationship between conservatism and conspiracy beliefs was partially mediated by trust in science.

These results are significant because they suggest that targeting trust in science could be a highly effective way to reduce conspiracies around the pandemic and promote public health initiatives such as masking, vaccines, and more.

“We have shown that the overestimation of one’s own reasoning, alongside the lack of trust in science, contributes to the endorsement of epistemically suspect beliefs regarding the pandemic,” Vranic and her colleagues wrote. “Such beliefs have the opportunity to incur damage on a large scale. Their direct debunking rarely yields success, so determining and addressing the precursors of such beliefs might prove to be more opportune. Given a large amount of variance in COVID-19-related conspiratorial thinking explained by the (mis)trust in science/scientists, it seems that restoring this trust is the most promising route for planning interventions. However, in the case of COVID-19, it might be too late for the implementation of such a large-scale top-down intervention.”

This study took important steps into better understanding factors relating to COVID-19 conspiracy beliefs. Additionally, this sample reported low levels of conspiracy belief, which could make pinpointing contributing factors more difficult.

psypost

"Despite this, there are limitations to note. One such limitation is that this study was administered online, which could lead to lack of attention or a lack of a fully representative sample."
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neptuneblue
 
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Reply Thu 24 Nov, 2022 07:44 am
@Builder,
Builder wrote:

Quote:
I'm not the one complaining about free speech.


Hmmm, not an accurate answer at all, but fairly standard comeback, when left with nothing to say.


I'm not really understanding your complaint. There's nothing stopping you from starting a thread of your own strictly about the foils of Biden. Call it "Bumbling Biden" or "Joe Biden Gets My Panties In A Wad." Just off the top of my head, three people would enjoy that type of a thread and interact with it quite well.

Hell, if it's rather comical, I might even respond once or twice.

No, but you won't do that.
engineer
 
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Reply Thu 24 Nov, 2022 08:21 am
@neptuneblue,
IMO, the site would be better if we started more threads on specific topics. I often avoid the catch all threads because they are so disjointed.
bobsal u1553115
 
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Reply Thu 24 Nov, 2022 10:20 am
@Rebelofnj,
Why doesn't the invisible hand get it, too?
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bobsal u1553115
 
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Reply Thu 24 Nov, 2022 10:26 am
@oralloy,
It started off very well this time, but degenerated quickly.

Denial and bald assertion does not a cogent argument make. It really is that simple.

Deny it all you want, but it's the law of the land supported by any number of court rulings, that that governmental agencies have the right to alter, ban, recall, take legal proceedings against manufacturers of items deemed a danger to the public. It's been done any number of times, from prescription to automobiles to toys to firearms.

Get over it.

bobsal u1553115
 
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Reply Thu 24 Nov, 2022 10:46 am
@engineer,
Disciplining two members here would go a long way to stop the diversions.
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NSFW (view)
bobsal u1553115
 
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Reply Thu 24 Nov, 2022 10:23 pm
Why Does the U.S. Have So Many Mass Shootings? Research Is Clear: Guns.
Why Does the U.S. Have So Many Mass Shootings? Research Is Clear: Guns.

By Max Fisher and Josh Keller

Nov. 7, 2017 at the NY Times

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/07/world/americas/mass-shootings-us-international.html



"SNIP........


The only variable that can explain the high rate of mass shootings in America is its astronomical number of guns.

A Look at the Numbers

The top-line numbers suggest a correlation that, on further investigation, grows only clearer.

Americans make up about 4.4 percent of the global population but own 42 percent of the world’s guns. From 1966 to 2012, 31 percent of the gunmen in mass shootings worldwide were American, according to a 2015 study by Adam Lankford, a professor at the University of Alabama.

Adjusted for population, only Yemen has a higher rate of mass shootings among countries with more than 10 million people — a distinction Mr. Lankford urged to avoid outliers. Yemen has the world’s second-highest rate of gun ownership after the United States.

........SNIP"
bobsal u1553115
 
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Reply Thu 24 Nov, 2022 10:35 pm
Jack Smith has no fucks to give about Thanksgiving
...when it comes to doing his new job.

Victor Shi @Victorshi2020 5m
NEW: Special Counsel Jack Smith literally just sent a letter to the 11th Circuit calling out one of Trump’s lies point blank. It’s Thanksgiving. But Jack Smith doesn’t care. He’s working because he cares about justice & accountability & nothing will stop him.

Mueller, She Wrote @MuellerSheWrote
NEW: Special Counsel Smith - on thanksgiving - sends a letter to the 11th circuit pointing out a fatal flaw in one of trumps arguments in the documents case. Trump tried to argue a court forced the government to allow a special master in the Rudy case. 1/
https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/23317696-document-2-11



Mueller, She Wrote @MuellerSheWrote
Jack Smith points out that’s a lie. First, it was the government’s idea for a special master in the Rudy case. Second, Rudy’s a lawyer. Third, docs were released on rolling basis. Finally, Rudy didn’t have a civil proceeding invoking bullshit jurisdiction. LOL BAD ASS! END/

thread:

Link to tweet
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Builder
 
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Reply Thu 24 Nov, 2022 11:58 pm
@engineer,
Quote:
IMO, the site would be better if we started more threads on specific topics


Tried that. They get ignored. Try it yourself.
snood
 
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Reply Thu 24 Nov, 2022 11:59 pm
@engineer,
engineer wrote:

IMO, the site would be better if we started more threads on specific topics. I often avoid the catch all threads because they are so disjointed.


I often find myself weighing the pros and cons of either adding to the mishmash, or starting a new thread. If I start a new thread ( my thinking goes), it will make it easier for readers to discern that what I’m saying may have little connection to the titular subject of the “catch-all” thread. On the other hand if I just plow on, and add yet another tangent into the catch-all, at least there’s a better chance to get readers and responses. Decisions, decisions.
Builder
 
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Reply Fri 25 Nov, 2022 12:33 am
@snood,
Quote:
Decisions, decisions.


You don't answer questions that you don't like, so just pull your head in.
snood
 
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Reply Fri 25 Nov, 2022 12:55 am
@Builder,
Builder wrote:

Quote:
Decisions, decisions.


You don't answer questions that you don't like, so just pull your head in.

And a happy to you to.
Builder
 
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Reply Fri 25 Nov, 2022 01:00 am
@snood,
Quote:
And a happy to you to (sic).


Meaningless pap is your specialty.

Keep it up, homey.
snood
 
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Reply Fri 25 Nov, 2022 02:24 am
@Builder,
Builder wrote:

Quote:
And a happy to you to (sic).


Meaningless pap is your specialty.

Keep it up, homey.


And pitiful bitterness is yours. May you reap tenfold all that you sow.
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