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Jan 9 ScruffyBallardMan commented on Today, in Things Donald Trump Is Wrong About.
Fighting Trump will require people smart enough to tell the difference between facts, opinions, predictions and wishes.

You say Trump will get impeached over this Russia scandal? People who believe this are the same people who said his campaign wouldn't get off the ground, that he wouldn't become the nominee, that he would drop out of the face due to the embarrassing revelations, that he wouldn't win the election, and that the electoral college wouldn't vote for him.

Hell, I wished for all of those things, but wishing doesn't make it so.

It is so embarrassing to see my smart liberal friends latch onto this Russia scandal because it makes them feel better. Thank God for Greenwald & Taibbi who can hold more than one thought in their brain at the same time: 1) Trump is terrible & dangerous 2) we should be skeptical of the Russia scandal because the intelligence community regularly lies and/or gets things wrong.……
Jan 9 ScruffyBallardMan commented on Today, in Things Donald Trump Is Wrong About.
You can parse the semantics of the Russian report ("he said the thing in the report didn't say what the officials do not believe there isn't not evidence for blah blah blah"). The fact is that this whole thing is a huge distraction. Nobody "hacked" the DNC -- somebody was able to guess the password. Plus, the materials that were published from the "hack" were genuine.

We liberals are so mad that Clinton lost that we're grasping at anything that will make us feel better. Clinton didn't lose -- the election was stolen! Please. 50% of Clinton voters believe Russia literally hacked the vote tallies.

Again, let us differentiate between facts, opinions, & predictions. The question of whether Mexico will pay for the wall is a prediction, not a matter of fact. Sure, it's factual that Mexico says they won't pay for it. But then again, about 100% of the political elite in the US said Trump couldn't win.
Jan 9 ScruffyBallardMan commented on Today, in Things Donald Trump Is Wrong About.
Battling Trump over the next 4 years is going to require us to have an accurate picture of the world & the ability to apply critical thinking. This post does neither.

The report from last week actually does NOT contain evidence that Russians "hacked" the election. It is so embarrassing to watch my fellow liberal friends swallow this bullshit.

Whether Mexico will pay for the wall is a *prediction*, not a fact. Nobody knows whether there will be a wall and nobody knows whether Mexico will pay for it.

Chuck Schumer being a clown is an opinion, not a factual statement.

Yes, Trump did mock the reporter. You get 1 point.

Fine, DC shops not sold out. 1 more point.

Whether Meryl Streep is overrated is an opinion, not a factual statement.
Dec 22, 2016 ScruffyBallardMan commented on On the Blabbermouth Podcast: To Stop Trump, Take a Lesson from the Tea Party.
The time you gave to the Hamilton thing last week was really embarrassing. It didn't take someone with a crystal ball to know it would go nowhere.
Dec 8, 2016 ScruffyBallardMan commented on New York Times Columnist Thomas Friedman Spoke at Town Hall About What the Internet Is Doing to Jobs and Culture.
The only silver lining to Friedman are the epic takedowns written by Taibbi.

Pretty disappointing to see the Stranger uncritically post bullet points of his talk. Let's see, a neoliberal free trade cheerleader who lives in an elite echo chamber speaking in Seattle shortly after Clinton's shocking loss? Yeah, nothing to talk about here, just take notes.
Jul 26, 2016 ScruffyBallardMan commented on Seattle's Bats Are Affected by Urban Sprawl, Too.
Someone has to explain to me exactly what "urban sprawl" means. I come from an old tradition where words have meaning. The type of human development that is destroying the nearby ecosystem (bats, salmon, etc) is the *suburban* land use pattern. Love them or hate them, I don't think the new Amazon buildings and the associated apartments in SLU destroyed any bat habitat that wasn't destroyed over 100 years ago.
Feb 17, 2016 ScruffyBallardMan commented on From the Desk of Justice Antonin Scalia, Deceased.
Mormons don't really believe in Hell, or at least anything like the one in Southpark with lakes of fire. Mostly, you're not allowed near God and the Mormons. Instead, you have to hang out with the drinkers, pot smokers, and fornicators. So, mostly a win-win.
Jan 19, 2016 ScruffyBallardMan commented on Distracted Pedestrians Are Not the Same As Distracted Drivers.
I like the analogy where there are a bunch of kids in shop class using different wood tools. Does the teacher say: "Everybody be careful, regardless of whether you're operating a screwdriver, a hammer, or a table saw." No, they say "Be careful with the screwdriver, be a little more careful with the hammer, and be veeerrry careful with the table saw."

Seems like people are confused about the world "should". Should pedestrians be careful? Yes, practically speaking, they should be careful so they don't get run over. Should drivers be careful. Yes, but for two reasons: 1) So they don't get hit by another car and 2) So they don't break their *moral obligation* to not run over other people with the dangerous machine they've been trusted to operate. I realize that citing things like moral obligations is completely out of style, but just thought I'd throw it out there.
Sep 3, 2015 ScruffyBallardMan commented on Hatchet Jobs.
Anybody who thinks that we wouldn't have smart phones had Steve Jobs not lived doesn't know very much about technology. Go read some Ray Kurzweil -- you don't have to believe all the stuff he believes, but he explains the exponential advance of technology very well. Short version: it was all but guaranteed that computers would be super powerful and pocket sized. The idea to connect them together via the internet was not too hard to think up. Jobs was very skilled at turning that commodity into a high end consumer product. But again, the idea that we'd all still be using walkmans and landlines in 2015 if it weren't for Steve is crazy.
Aug 4, 2015 ScruffyBallardMan commented on Making the Ballard Bridge Safe for Cyclists: One of Us Has to Die or All of Us Have to Act.
@13, The city did not speed up the construction of the bike lane because of Sher Kung. The 2nd Ave bike lane opened 10 days after her death, exactly the same day it would have opened had there never been an accident.…