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Posts posted by caLRo

  1. Congrats America and thank you for stopping Clinton. It remains important to pass legislation to get money out of politics, so the next election will listen to the voices of the American people instead of big campaign finance donors and multinational corporations.

    Trump was the trump card that could beat the corrupt establishment, but he is also a wild card, as it remains uncertain which of his policies he truly wants to pursue. He may get a lot of things done, or he may not. For better, or worse.

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  2. Adversarial, investigative, and watchdog forms of journalism are now more important than ever. Partisanship (D vs R etc.) is lower priority. It's the people vs the government now. With corruption so vast and rooted so deep, a further strengthening of the following two-pronged approach is needed:

    - putting pressure on corrupt top officials, high profile politicians and exposing their wrongdoings (journalism)

    - at the grassroots level, supporting and electing officials who truly represent the people (activism)

    Easier said than done, but I remain optimistic.

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  3. Blackberry addicts, ha!
    Lots of crazy election stuff have been happening in the last few weeks. Amidst the insane information war that is currently going on (propagandised journalism, scandals, leaks, poll rigging, etc.), there's one thing that has become increasingly clear to me, especially in the last few days.

    There's a female fronted band of corruption out there seeking the ultimate powers of presidency in the most powerful nation in the world. To me, what this election has come down to is not so much about electing a leader based on his/her political philosophies and ideologies, but rather about accepting or rejecting Hillary Clinton, every corrupt thing she stands for, and every corrupt person she does business with.

    Seeing things in this way, I would use my vote for the purpose of rejecting corruption instead of electing someone based on policies.

    It's just that Trump is one heck of a bitter pill to swallow.

  4. Just now, JanetisLight said:

    This is divisive. I think it should not be taught in any school. It teaches that one or the other is better and conflicts with science. I agree that Common Core is a disaster. Teaching to a test is beyond ridiculous. In Finland they have no homework and very few tests. Yet the best educational outcomes. I believe in conformity and equality in education for everyone. It should have nothing to do with your zip code or your faith.

    I'm in favor of teaching the basics of various religions in the context of history. If you want a secular future (constitution prohibits a national religion as you pointed out), you have to put the past religions in the proper context. Teach creationism in history class, but teach evolution in biology class.

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  5. Just now, Antinomy said:

    I'm afraid they will try to make a big spectacle out of this to divert public's attention and eventually come up with nothing, again.

    I do hope I'm wrong though.

    Wouldn't surprise me if you are right. To me, the FBI has lost a great chunk of credibility since James Comey's results last July.

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  6. 12 hours ago, Richard Head said:

    Join the good guys. Don't be the one who holds back the most progressive candidate running because you want to stop corruption. Be the one who took that progressive candidate as far as you could in spite of all the corruption. Only one candidate is for no money in politics. That's the Green party.

    Reminds me of Clinton vs Sanders during the primaries. That's the problem, isn't it? No matter how far you take your progressive candidate, the opposite side always seems a few steps ahead. The corrupt establishment eclipses everything, rigging the entire process. But stopping corruption by any means necessary, including taking a risk by voting for Trump at the cost of Stein, is this justified?

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  7. To sum up my take on this without getting into the technical side of robots and artificial intelligence: these are technologies invented by us humans to further our goals, and different people have different goals. Some law must exist in order to prevent abuse of these technologies, but it's also important to allow people the freedom to use them as they see fit.

    The problem lies with machines that learn (AGI, strong AI, full AI). If knowledge is power, then we must make sure that we humans maintain a position of superiority over our own new competitors. Never would I accept robots as human equals. Ultimately, it IS about control, and with it, responsibility.

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  8. Hello everyone.

    Around spring last year, while I was on the train, scolling through my news feed on my phone, I came across an article that caught my attention. Its title was something along the lines of "Meet Clinton's challenger from Vermont". I opened it, read it, and kept on reading, until I almost missed my stop.

    Since then I have been following the elections closely. First through mainstream media, now more and more through independent media.

    It's interesting. I want to know more.