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  1. Comment on UN secretary-general meets Pacific leaders to discuss 'global catastrophe' of climate change in ~enviro

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    I wish Saturday Night Live ("SNL") would do a spoof of this heroic effort of the UN Secretary-General. SNL did such a great job before in the skit "U.N. Security Session"...

    I wish Saturday Night Live ("SNL") would do a spoof of this heroic effort of the UN Secretary-General. SNL did such a great job before in the skit "U.N. Security Session" https://snltranscripts.jt.org/02/02kun.phtml

  2. Comment on Judge rejects Musk’s arguments to dismiss “pedo guy” defamation suit in ~tech

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    Quite the contrary, I believe someone like Musk who is wealthy, has lawyers watch his every move, and a target would be even more careful to make sure his statements have factual background before...

    The comments were made in the middle of a public feud between the men, the lawyers argued, and comments made in anger in the heat of the moment are less likely to be considered factual.

    Quite the contrary, I believe someone like Musk who is wealthy, has lawyers watch his every move, and a target would be even more careful to make sure his statements have factual background before making it just in case he is sued. I'd believe a statement by a successful wealthy entrepreneur where the risk of defamation is very high as I would expect he would not have made it without having cleared it through his legal team and their investigators.

    6 votes
  3. Comment on Coca-Cola's contracts with researchers reserved the right to kill studies in ~science

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    We need a brave judicial officer who will declare kill provisions of studies to be unenforceable as a matter of law on the grounds it thwarts the public good. Fat chance.

    We need a brave judicial officer who will declare kill provisions of studies to be unenforceable as a matter of law on the grounds it thwarts the public good. Fat chance.

    2 votes
  4. Comment on How To Make Ginger Beer At Home in ~food

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    The caveat was not sufficient. I speak with some authority having made wine for 10 years and having a working familiarity with fermentation.

    The caveat was not sufficient. I speak with some authority having made wine for 10 years and having a working familiarity with fermentation.

    3 votes
  5. Comment on How To Make Ginger Beer At Home in ~food

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    Danger Will Robinson. Yeast + sugar = carbonation which continues until the alcohol levels rises to the point where the yeast is killed. I'm concerned that people who don't know much about...

    Danger Will Robinson.

    Yeast + sugar = carbonation which continues until the alcohol levels rises to the point where the yeast is killed. I'm concerned that people who don't know much about fermented products may ending up with exploding bottles. 4 days of fermentation is not the end of the fermentation cycle, so putting in actively fermenting product into glass bottles looks to be a recipe for exploding bottles.

    6 votes
  6. Comment on What creative projects are you working on? (May 2019 edition) in ~creative

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    I'm having problems with Flickr, but eventually when things get ironed out: http://flickr.com/salemgardens In the meantime, I moderate this reddit forum: https://old.reddit.com/r/peonies/

    I'm having problems with Flickr, but eventually when things get ironed out: http://flickr.com/salemgardens

    In the meantime, I moderate this reddit forum: https://old.reddit.com/r/peonies/

    2 votes
  7. Comment on What creative projects are you working on? (May 2019 edition) in ~creative

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    Tracking each and every peony bloom in our collection (over 100) with a high quality photo on Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/napaopengov/

    Tracking each and every peony bloom in our collection (over 100) with a high quality photo on Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/napaopengov/

    5 votes
  8. Comment on What song do you want to hear on your deathbed? in ~music

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    My father had Wagner's Parsifal in his last hours -- a very lugubrious work he enjoyed even in good health.

    My father had Wagner's Parsifal in his last hours -- a very lugubrious work he enjoyed even in good health.

    1 vote
  9. Comment on L.A.’s Elite on Edge as Prosecutors Pursue More Parents in Admissions Scandal in ~news

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    "Elite"? I don't think so. Self-perceived "elite", yes.

    "Elite"? I don't think so. Self-perceived "elite", yes.

  10. Comment on Which subscriptions do you consider to be worth their cost? in ~talk

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    IPVM -- an independent evaluator of video surveillance technology. They were the first to report out back door issues on surveillance cameras. With artificial intelligence gleaning information off...

    IPVM -- an independent evaluator of video surveillance technology. They were the first to report out back door issues on surveillance cameras. With artificial intelligence gleaning information off of cameras and computers having "eyes", this is an industry to monitor. https://ipvm.com/

    6 votes
  11. Comment on Navy SEALs were warned against reporting their chief for war crimes in ~news

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    The World War II justification "just following orders" comes to mind without reading the article. How do you have a military structure that does not suppress morality?

    The World War II justification "just following orders" comes to mind without reading the article. How do you have a military structure that does not suppress morality?

  12. Comment on Mark Zuckerberg leveraged Facebook user data to fight rivals and help friends, leaked documents show in ~tech

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    Today I learned Mark Zuckerberg has friends, or so he thinks.

    Today I learned Mark Zuckerberg has friends, or so he thinks.

  13. Comment on Guantánamo’s Darkest Secret - The U.S. military prison’s leadership considered Mohamedou Salahi to be its highest-value detainee. But his guard suspected otherwise. in ~misc

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    The treatment the detainee suffered makes me sick. Thank you, The New Yorker, for bringing this despicable behavior by our military into the public eye. I can envision someone defending this...

    The treatment the detainee suffered makes me sick. Thank you, The New Yorker, for bringing this despicable behavior by our military into the public eye. I can envision someone defending this treatment under the aegis of it's what we have to do to protect our liberty. But what what is this liberty when our government resorts to torture and suspending the rule of law.

    4 votes
  14. Comment on Suggestion for users: avoiding excessive use of acronyms in ~tildes

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    Yes, but links are not designed to explain, they are there to assist the reader should the reader want to learn more -- operative "more". The use of hover/linking to provide contextual meaning or...

    Yes, but links are not designed to explain, they are there to assist the reader should the reader want to learn more -- operative "more". The use of hover/linking to provide contextual meaning or explanation or definition is an adoption of a mechanism to achieve something it was not designed for and to provide an excuse for writers who cannot be bothered to define what they publish. Your determination of use case may satisfy you, but its not not a conclusion universally shared.

    When you publish something, you should not send your reader on a hunt to understand what it is you are writing about.

  15. Comment on Suggestion for users: avoiding excessive use of acronyms in ~tildes

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    I didn't know about "initialisms". And, yes, FOIA is pronounced "foy-yah" and used often in conversation. We both learned something. Thank you, "that guy."

    I didn't know about "initialisms". And, yes, FOIA is pronounced "foy-yah" and used often in conversation. We both learned something. Thank you, "that guy."

    7 votes
  16. Comment on Suggestion for users: avoiding excessive use of acronyms in ~tildes

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    You're right, my example does not meet the definition of acronym. Your pointing out my error highlights the resiliency of the policy which can also apply for shortened names, e.g. SMITH. So here's...

    You're right, my example does not meet the definition of acronym. Your pointing out my error highlights the resiliency of the policy which can also apply for shortened names, e.g. SMITH. So here's another example that does meet the definition of an acronym.

    Freedom of Information Act ("FOIA")....

    2 votes
  17. Comment on Suggestion for users: avoiding excessive use of acronyms in ~tildes

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    In legal writing, acronyms are used often, but only if the acronym is defined at the first instance of words it stands for. Example: Plaintiff John Smith ("SMITH") is a resident of.... SMITH was...

    In legal writing, acronyms are used often, but only if the acronym is defined at the first instance of words it stands for. Example: Plaintiff John Smith ("SMITH") is a resident of.... SMITH was in the vehicle when...

    This has been a very long standing rule. Why it cannot apply to social media interactions is beyond me.

    4 votes
  18. Comment on Suggestion for users: avoiding excessive use of acronyms in ~tildes

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    What happens when this page is printed on paper? The hover definition disappears.

    What happens when this page is printed on paper? The hover definition disappears.

    1 vote
  19. Comment on Russia Closes its Grip on the Internet in ~news

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    I've read that Amazon (Jeff Bezos) plans to encircle the globe with satellites to provide Internet access. Short of military strikes against such satellites, I do not see how governments who are...

    I've read that Amazon (Jeff Bezos) plans to encircle the globe with satellites to provide Internet access. Short of military strikes against such satellites, I do not see how governments who are trying to keep a lid on the Internet within their borders can counter such an offering.

    7 votes