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by Mambrino
Thu Apr 07, 2016 1:06 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Panama Papers
Replies: 32
Views: 4560

Re: Panama Papers

If "USAID funding icij.org" is the smoking gun the Wikileaks claims to have found, I start to question Wikileaks' integrity even more than before. Apparently there is a common, weird attitude towards establishment corruption revelations in Russian media / public: they doesn't care who bamb...
by Mambrino
Mon Apr 04, 2016 3:46 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Panama Papers
Replies: 32
Views: 4560

Re: Panama Papers

Independent reports on Cameron's father's investments , mentions they have been in the news previously . Downing Street considers them a "private matter" . Let's see what happens. edit. link to the The Guardian article icij.org are most likely supplying this information to national tax au...
by Mambrino
Sun Apr 03, 2016 6:30 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Panama Papers
Replies: 32
Views: 4560

Panama Papers

BBC: Panama Papers: Mossack Fonseca leak reveals elite's tax havens A huge leak of confidential documents has revealed how the rich and powerful use tax havens to hide their wealth. Eleven million documents were leaked from one of the world's most secretive companies, Panamanian law firm Mossack Fo...
by Mambrino
Tue Mar 22, 2016 6:32 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Explosions in Brussels (airport, metro)
Replies: 9
Views: 3101

Re: Explosions in Brussels (airport, metro)

Initial speculation is the recently captured guy was gonna squeal on us, so they attacked before they got caught. I hope for your sake sardia that the NSA knows about Chocolate chips, or I're going to see some black suits at your door soon! "'Chocolate chips'? The cunning devils are speaking i...
by Mambrino
Tue Mar 22, 2016 8:41 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Explosions in Brussels (airport, metro)
Replies: 9
Views: 3101

Explosions in Brussels (airport, metro)

BBC Two blasts have struck the departures area of Zaventem airport in Brussels. The Belgian government has confirmed casualties but has given no numbers. The cause of the explosions is unknown. Another explosion has now been reported at the Maelbeek metro station close to the EU institutions. The w...
by Mambrino
Sun Mar 20, 2016 1:21 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Ethics of AdBlock
Replies: 639
Views: 91240

Re: Ethics of AdBlock

Sorry, a bit of derailment (of whatever previous discussion there was going on). However, I think this recent text is relevant to the discussion in this thread. By the way, I noticed that the Guardian now advertises option to become a "supporter" for about €5 (that's five in case you've co...
by Mambrino
Mon Mar 14, 2016 2:56 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 13992
Views: 1890865

Re: In other news... (humorous news items, etc)

It's probably one of the last few times anyone will manage to win a game against a computer. It probably won't get invited to many GO tournaments in the future. Don't know, the current world champion Ke Jie has indicated at the beginning of the challenge match (after game 2 or so?) that he wants to...
by Mambrino
Mon Mar 14, 2016 2:54 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 13992
Views: 1890865

Re: In other news... (humorous news items, etc)

Wait, we have discussions about AlphaGo in two threads? (This and the Future.) This is confusing.
by Mambrino
Sun Mar 13, 2016 9:54 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1548
Views: 213296

Re: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future

So, while the whole series will go to AlphaGo (having won 3 of 5), Lee Sedol has now managed a win. The decisive move gets praise.

We also now know what the AlphaGo resign screen looks like.
by Mambrino
Sat Mar 05, 2016 9:59 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3124
Views: 358510

Re: The Darker Side of the News

Newspaper raided by the police in Turkey. One interesting bit: according to tweets by journalists working there, the government is attempting to "wipe the newspaper's entire online archive".
by Mambrino
Sat Feb 27, 2016 5:41 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 709755

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

Well, I must say it's positively inspiring to see people being inspired about a political candidate that doesn't seem terrible from my point of view. However, I also remember how people were excited about Obama and "Change". I'm not really sure if such New Deal -like revolutions can happen...
by Mambrino
Mon Feb 22, 2016 4:58 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 709755

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

Failing of character in a politician should still matter. Also, he handled the aftermath in a distasteful way. If he'd been bluntly honest about it, there wouldn't have been any real cause for proceedings. The Republicans were desperately looking for something, anything to hold against him. Blunder...
by Mambrino
Sat Feb 20, 2016 1:47 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]
Replies: 1100
Views: 107486

British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]

BBC link Britain will vote on whether to remain in the EU on Thursday 23 June, Prime Minister David Cameron has said. The prime minister made his historic announcement in Downing Street after briefing the cabinet. He said he would be campaigning to remain in a reformed EU - and described the vote a...
by Mambrino
Sat Jan 30, 2016 3:26 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Bundyite militia seizes federal building
Replies: 414
Views: 50923

Re: Bundyite militia seizes federal building

I just ate breakfast so I'm not in a mood for watching videos of people being killed, but from the description of it, it sounds like the police were very lucky that the guy they shot happened to one with "I'd rather die than go jail" statements.
by Mambrino
Sat Jan 23, 2016 5:24 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3124
Views: 358510

Re: The Darker Side of the News

Poland surveillance law plan angers protesters Thousands of Poles have taken part in marches in Warsaw and other cities to protest about plans of the conservative government, which they say will curtail privacy and freedom. Protesters shouted "democracy" and waved banners criticising plan...
by Mambrino
Sun Jan 17, 2016 7:57 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 13992
Views: 1890865

Re: In other news... (humorous news items, etc)

No according to my link, the effect size is large enough that I can make a comfortable bet that you're also affected by the shallowness metric. This is in contrast to the other paper posted by someone else which showed different effect sizes. Standard qualifiers apply regarding needing more data. B...
by Mambrino
Wed Jan 13, 2016 5:48 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Star Wars: Episode 7: Electric Boogaleven
Replies: 479
Views: 98840

Re: Star Wars: Episode 7: Electric Boogaleven

* to kill Dad is my real test, to evil-things my cause i will travel across the stars, searching far and wide teach skywalker to understand, the jedi knights must die (innocents! gotta kill 'em all!) Master and me he says it's my destiny (the dark side!) oh, hate is my frien...
by Mambrino
Sat Jan 09, 2016 12:41 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: North Korea conducts 4th Nuclear Test
Replies: 50
Views: 10147

Re: North Korea conducts 4th Nuclear Test

Do we have indication of any delusions or mental problems at all? Executing people to consolidate power is hardly delusional. Any statement he's ever made about the United States is awash with delusions of grandeur. Execution to consolidate power is par for the course for psychopathic dictators but...
by Mambrino
Thu Jan 07, 2016 12:09 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3124
Views: 358510

Re: The Darker Side of the News

The scary part about those events is scale and level of organization. I don't know if this was planned in advance, maybe not, considering it happened in many cities. But it was still a large group of people working together to systematically assault women. Apparently there was enough organization b...
by Mambrino
Thu Jan 07, 2016 3:36 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3124
Views: 358510

Re: The Darker Side of the News

This continues to be news: Tensions rise in Germany over handling of mass sexual assaults in Cologne (The Guardian) A ferocious debate has erupted in Germany over the handling of mass sexual assaults and muggings carried out by groups of young males during New Year’s Eve celebrations in Cologne, ami...
by Mambrino
Sun Dec 27, 2015 3:07 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Star Wars: Episode 7: Electric Boogaleven
Replies: 479
Views: 98840

Re: Star Wars: Episode 7: Electric Boogaleven

Come on, recessive genes and point mutations are a massive thing, as are multiple loci required for a trait. Something can easily be genetic while popping up in random places. Being able to figure out which of the young children will happen to be spiritual? It certainly doesn't point to it being so...
by Mambrino
Mon Dec 21, 2015 9:10 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Star Wars: Episode 7: Electric Boogaleven
Replies: 479
Views: 98840

Re: Star Wars: Episode 7: Electric Boogaleven

I loved me some Jedi = Balance, Sith = Chaos (more than good/evil) TFA. Anakin brought balance not by balancing the number of Sith vs Jedi but by killing the emperor. Sith imbalance the force I didn't read that opening line like that, just that Kylo slaughtered all the padawans (who...
by Mambrino
Wed Dec 02, 2015 6:13 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Social Justice: Noble goal?
Replies: 109
Views: 21966

Re: Social Justice: Noble goal?

The idea that "social justice" is a narrowly defined goal is something I take issue with. It's...incredibly broad, and can describe damned near anything. We have had discussions throughout much of history as to what Justice actually is. And...justice is inherently a social function. Name ...
by Mambrino
Wed Dec 02, 2015 7:19 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3124
Views: 358510

Re: The Darker Side of the News

Torn whether this belongs to the Other News thread or here. After all, freedom of speech is quite serious matter and especially so for the person on trial here: Turkish court 'orders Gollum study' in Erdogan case A Turkish court has asked experts to assess the character Gollum from The Lord of the R...
by Mambrino
Thu Nov 26, 2015 1:39 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 709755

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

I trust Nate Silver more than any other commentator... He was right (and I was wrong) about Biden, I hope he's right again. However it is funny how the conversations I hear have gone from "Trump won't make it to the debates" to "Trump won't last" to "Trump will get murdered...
by Mambrino
Tue Nov 24, 2015 10:04 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: My Friend was Killed in a Terrorist Attack
Replies: 9
Views: 4230

Re: My Friend was Killed in a Terrorist Attack

Wasn't there a mod dictate that we should not have a discussion on the Israel-Arab conflict because it remains ...unproductive?

I mean, if we can't discuss the political side of this petition, maybe Dear SB would be better place for the "coping with a loss" support.
by Mambrino
Tue Nov 24, 2015 9:58 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Over 100 dead in shooting, bombing in Paris
Replies: 136
Views: 21460

Re: Over 100 dead in shooting, bombing in Paris

BBC: Paris attacks: 'Suicide bomb belt' dumped on street French police are examining what appears to be a suicide bomb belt dumped on a Paris street following attacks that killed 130 people. It is said to resemble belts used by the attackers and was found in a suburb which a suspect is thought to h...
by Mambrino
Sun Nov 22, 2015 9:23 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Over 100 dead in shooting, bombing in Paris
Replies: 136
Views: 21460

Re: Over 100 dead in shooting, bombing in Paris

Central Brussels was almost empty on Saturday night as a terror alert led restaurants and bars to shut early amid fears of a Paris-style attack. (BBC) Soldiers patrolled the streets as a manhunt continued for the fugitive Salah Abdeslam, who is wanted in connection with last week's attacks. Friends...
by Mambrino
Wed Nov 18, 2015 8:48 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Over 100 dead in shooting, bombing in Paris
Replies: 136
Views: 21460

Re: Over 100 dead in shooting, bombing in Paris

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-34853657 Heavy shooting has been heard in the northern Paris suburb of Saint Denis and reports say a police operation linked to last Friday's attacks is under way there. A woman blew herself up with a suicide belt, a prosecutor says. Some reports suggested two s...
by Mambrino
Wed Nov 18, 2015 4:51 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Over 100 dead in shooting, bombing in Paris
Replies: 136
Views: 21460

Re: Over 100 dead in shooting, bombing in Paris

France invokes EU's article 42.7 France has taken the European Union into uncharted territory by obliging the other 27 member states to come to its defence following the terrorist atrocities in Paris. Invoking article 42.7, a never used clause of the EU treaty triggering mutual defence among the 28...
by Mambrino
Tue Nov 10, 2015 3:33 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 709755

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/the-gops-primary-rules-might-doom-carson-and-cruz/ There are plenty of reasons to be cautious of national polls that show Trump and Carson leading. They may fail to screen out casual voters, for instance, and leaders at this point in past years have eventually ta...
by Mambrino
Wed Nov 04, 2015 5:15 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3124
Views: 358510

Re: The Darker Side of the News

Well yes obviously. But blaming voting on weekdays for low turnout in that scenario is ridiculous. I suppose voting taking 50 minutes can happen for people who live extremely remotely, or perhaps occasionally due to technical problems (polling station burned down the night before the election). But...
by Mambrino
Mon Nov 02, 2015 5:38 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: New Star Trek Series in January 2017
Replies: 18
Views: 4173

New Star Trek Series in January 2017

Every new movie seems to have a separate thread, so guess this warrants a new one, too: New Star Trek Series Premieres January 2017 CBS Television Studios announced today it will launch a totally new Star Trek television series in January 2017. The new series will blast off with a special preview br...
by Mambrino
Thu Oct 29, 2015 8:10 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 709755

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

The more I hear from Ben Carson, too, the more I'm confused as to how we're looking at these folks. And also, thinking that maybe society as a whole overestimates brain surgeons. Brain surgery is difficult, demands great skill and whether it is done correctly or not may have a giant impact on patie...
by Mambrino
Tue Oct 27, 2015 4:55 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 709755

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

The more I hear from Ben Carson, too, the more I'm confused as to how we're looking at these folks. And also, thinking that maybe society as a whole overestimates brain surgeons. Brain surgery is difficult, demands great skill and whether it is done correctly or not may have a giant impact on patie...
by Mambrino
Sun Oct 25, 2015 7:41 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 13992
Views: 1890865

Re: In other news... (humorous news items, etc)

Something uplifting (if not a 'humorous news item'):

Apparently no casualties reported so far in the Mexico hurricane

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