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January 10, 2021 by Frogboy
This article pretty much describes how I'm feeling about the recent events concerning Trump and the rapid deplatforming going on. I'm not going to miss Trump.  But I am going to miss the days when people were able to talk to each other civilly even when they disagreed.
January 9, 2021 by Frogboy
I found this article quite thought provoking. This past week we didn't just see the banning of Trump for "inciting violence" (despite said inciting is never included for people to judge for themselves).  Countless other people were banned and even groups like #walkaway on Facebook were banned. Regardless of your politics, this is nothing to celebrate.  I remember a time w...
November 4, 2020 by Frogboy
When you vote in person, the trust-level of the result is high.   I fill out my ballot, I walk to a machine with a poll worker and I insert it in and my vote is cast. But with mail-in votes, especially ones where the ballot applications are mailed out, you have a bunch of vulnerable points in the process: You have the possibility of harvesting the applications.  Picture an operative going to a college dorm or a high density housing complex and going door to door to gather th...
September 20, 2014 by Frogboy     
September 18, 2014 by Frogboy
Typical conversation regarding a certain lawsuit goes something like this: What about <Allegation 1>? They made it up. What about <Allegation 2>? They made it up. What about <Allegation 3>? They made it up. What about <Allegation 4>? They made it up. Oh come on, you’re saying they made it all up? Yes. Can you prove they made it up? Yes. How? Because their own witnesses claimed she did or she directly admitted to doing so during her deposition. ...
September 23, 2012 by Frogboy
Human beings tend to want to make sense of things. When we hear that someone has died, many people will try to rationalize why such a thing wouldn't or couldn't happen to them. It comforts them.  We instinctively want to find a reason for the unreasonable. When we see violent mobs in the middle east, some people want to blame an "offensive video". But that's not rational. Healthy people, in our society, don't go into a murderous rage over the abstract.  Other pe...
July 9, 2016 by Frogboy
In no particular order: People often lightly suggest that “you should sue X”. Lawsuits are multi-year arduous, tedious affairs.  My opinion is that the threshold for a lawsuit should be if you lived without civil society would you be willing to commit violence to achieve your objective? If no, then find another way.A customer of ours recently got banned on Wikipedia for aggressively defending me on my Wiki page.  Apparently he had been contributing for years. I feel some...
June 14, 2016 by Frogboy
I grew up in a steel town. A dying steel town.  I wouldn’t have called the area I grew up as “rough” but no one would describe it as “privileged”. In my high school, there was a group of 5 jocks who would go around beating up “nerds”.  One of my friends came in one day with two black eyes and his face incredibly swollen up.  He had been “chosen”. One afternoon, while leaving my advanced math class, I was punched in the back of the head.  I fell to the ground and tur...
September 20, 2014 by Frogboy
December 10, 2009 by Frogboy


If you use the Greenland ice core samples you get a long term temperature map.

March 12, 2009 by Frogboy

Whenever someone argues that if you raise taxes too much then most productive and successful people will begin to withdraw their talents, another person will say “And someone else will step up and replace you.”  Every time.

In fact, in the comments section of “Going John Galt on Obama” I wrote "Thus, if the government begins to do things to the movers and shakers of our society, you can be sure that it will “trickle down” to everyone else.” a liberal user responded:

...and a whole new group of "movers and shakers" will evolve and/or the old ones will adapt to the changing conditions and times

Well, Detroit Michigan, starting with the 68 riots and culminating with the long adminstration of Coleman young effectively drove away the “movers and shakers” from Detroit.

It’s still waiting for someone to replace them.

United Artists Theater

Michigan Central Station

Time Magazine article on the issue.

November 4, 2008 by Frogboy
I had to take a screenshot before this gets buried. Last time (2004) they buried their exit polls after it became clear they were ridiculous biased for Democrats (no bias in the media eh?). So according to this, Ohio whouls end up roughly 53% for Obama and 45% for McCain.  Let's wait and see how the actual results show up.  Obviously if Obama wins Ohio McCain is toast.
October 7, 2008 by Frogboy
I figured that Obama narrowly won the first debate.  The VP debate was largely a draw. But the second Presidential debate I have to say McCain won decisively.  Still not going to vote for him, but McCain answered questions, was specific, and seemed to know what he was doing.  Obama came across as someone who practiced debating but seemed like an empty suit.
October 19, 2004 by Frogboy
We took a poll of users on whether they prefer Bush or Kerry to be President of the United States. Very interesting results and we thank the 1700 or so people who participated in this unscientific poll. Of Americans who responded: 50.2% prefer Bush 49.8% prefer Kerry But of those who are not American: 21% prefer Bush 79% prefer Kerry Suffice to say, Americans are split on the issue but international users are pretty firm in their viewpoint.