There is no evil like reCAPTCHA (v3) by Drewski in Internet

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Cross walks... lampposts... tractors...

"Science is not about building a body of known 'facts'. It is a method for asking awkward questions and subjecting them to a reality check..." Terry Pratchett by EndlessSunflowers in quotes

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You know who I was confusing him with? Terry Gilliam. I do that sometimes. For a long time, I wondered how Jimmy Buffett turned a couple songs into an investment empire.

August 5 and 14 of 2019 have seen the 7th and 8th largest point drops of the S&P 500 ever recorded by magnora7 in finance

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Do you remember 2014?

And Vice Versa. Don't be one of these people. by Jesus in conspiracy

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Maybe he does. Maybe he doesn’t. TAPS act, he probably supports. Red Flag laws, he maybe supports. But he also said he’d build a wall. I’m not saying anything nice about him but we’ll see what happens.

"Science is not about building a body of known 'facts'. It is a method for asking awkward questions and subjecting them to a reality check..." Terry Pratchett by EndlessSunflowers in quotes

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I operate from the perspective that there are a few basic “needs” that we all have to get met. According to both Tony Robbins and the society for Non Violent Communication — among others — certainty is a key need.

We need to know that when we wake up in the morning, we’ll have food to eat and clothes to put on. And when we come home, we’ll have a bed to sleep in. That the sun will come out tomorrow. Stuff like that. But also at a deeper level.

A great deal of certainty comes from our childhood. People who were between 3-10 when their parents divorced tend to lack the basic levels of certainty had by people whose parents stayed together their entire lives or divorced only later in life.

From my perspective, certainty can be gained by maintaining and building one’s connection to soul/purpose/universal energy source — i.e. faith in one’s experience. I tend to come from the perspective that people who cling too much to rules, facts, ideology, dogma, etc, have not been given enough internal certainty in their experience and thus try to impose it more liberally on others in a misguided attempt to create it in the external world.

Ultimately, certainty is something that must come internally, since the external is necessarily temporal.

Blackout Strikes London As UK Power Grid "Experiences A Major Incident" by magnora7 in WorldNews

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According to the linked article, the outage was in Santa Clarita. By the grape vine. At the northern edge of the county. When you pass through there, you are essentially leaving Southern California.

You’re either operating with different information than me or you misunderstood the report.

"Science is not about building a body of known 'facts'. It is a method for asking awkward questions and subjecting them to a reality check..." Terry Pratchett by EndlessSunflowers in quotes

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Oh, I’ll bet he’s a total curmudgeon dick. No desire to meet the guy.

Try applying Aristotle’s golden mean to your life style, it will surely help you moderate the different aspects of your everyday life. by HibikiBlack in conspiracy

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Watts is the best. After Adi Da, Osho, and Yogi Bajan of course ;-) I love the recordings of him on YouTube.

"Science is not about building a body of known 'facts'. It is a method for asking awkward questions and subjecting them to a reality check..." Terry Pratchett by EndlessSunflowers in quotes

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That isn’t his point. Let me demonstrate his point.

Here in America, we have laws. Say what one will or won’t about our criminal justice system, but we have laws. Those laws say what one CAN’T do. This is called a blacklist. If you do these things, then you get in trouble. Anything else is fair game (technically speaking).

In Napoleonic France, that’s not how laws worked. Their laws consisted of a white list. The government made a list of things you could do. If it WASN’T on the list, and you did it, you got in trouble.

One can rather easily see which system lends itself to progress and innovation.

What Pratchett is saying is that science isn’t about compiling a white list. To many “science” adherents, if it hasn’t been “proven” it doesn’t exist. In fact, I’m friends of friends with a brilliant neurosurgeon who runs his life this way. It’s made him great at being a neurosurgeon but all but incapable of being a person.

Pratchett’s point is that there’s a vast unknown universe out there. And the more we think we know, the more we rely only on what we’ve compiled on our white list of “provenness,” the more we shut ourselves off from the true gifts of scientific inquiry.

"Science is not about building a body of known 'facts'. It is a method for asking awkward questions and subjecting them to a reality check..." Terry Pratchett by EndlessSunflowers in quotes

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I would say corporate studies are the number one issue, certainly. And then the way media reports “findings” spoon fed as fact without communicating a real understanding of underlying findings. Which brings us of course to online shilling.

Since the advent of the internet, it’s become far more popular to be scientific/atheist and there’s no doubt in my mind that it’s the same — and as potentially dangerous — as any other religion.

The issue, though, that really gets after me the most is the use of statistical analysis and its conflation with the scientific method. Stats are big these days but they remain a soft correlation and not a even scientifically “proven” causation. They’re great for predicting baseball — and while correlation can be a great guide — it’s not causative science. There’s a reason investment firms have to tell you past performance is not indicative of future results.

It’s much cheaper to do a “study” using broad statistical analysis of many other studies and it’s also easier to manipulate the data — just use studies that already support your conclusion and discount those that don’t.

Famously, studies have shown that lunch meats lead to increased heart disease/cancer/terrible things. This is a finding that has stuck with our collective consciousness very well because it jives with what makes sense to us (and in all likelyhood, it is true that they aren’t the healthiest thing in the world).

Yet, this remains a soft statistical analysis of self-reported data. And even then, the consumption of lunch meats is linked with a barely statistically significant difference. There were no double blind tests. There were no controls for what other food products were part of various lunch meat consumers’ diets. There was no finding on how much or how little might be safe. There was no differentiation between types of lunch meats. Prosciutto makers were especially miffed as the process for making prosciutto differs markedly from say bologna. Just, “consumption of lunch meats linked to increased health risks.”

It was just this type of study that led to the California law in the 1980’s that is the reason why all wine bottles today must say “Contains Sulfites.” To this day, there is still zero actual genuine scientific evidence that says to what degree and amounts sulfites in wine might cause any damage to humans whatsoever.

Little known legal verdicts: Diana's death was an "Unlawful Killing", NOT an accident... by Robin in conspiracy

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The article doesn’t explain the “unlawful killing” finding. The finding could easily have been against the driver who also died.

"Science is not about building a body of known 'facts'. It is a method for asking awkward questions and subjecting them to a reality check..." Terry Pratchett by EndlessSunflowers in quotes

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I’ve always loved Terry Pratchett.

I find the way that so many people approach science today is very close minded and anti scientific inquiry.

2015, Cuba: So few people have direct internet, so it gets delivered by hand on a hard drive. by Robin in technology

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Information never dies.

Today the Corporations are officially powerful enough that they'll call the FBI and have a SWAT team sent to arrest you for being "suicidal" if you go against them. It starts here - where does it end? by Key_Resource in conspiracy

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I dunno. They didn't arrest him. Who got the docs and laptop? Google or Justice? I can't see the PD being 100% thrilled about being used like this. They cordoned off multiple blocks.

Catch The Pepe by sodasplash in China

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So is the "Okay" emoji symbol, I believe.

August 5 and 14 of 2019 have seen the 7th and 8th largest point drops of the S&P 500 ever recorded by magnora7 in finance

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You're seeing large point drops because the markets are at all time highs but relatively speaking not large percentage drops.

We'll certainly continue to have volatility in the short term, much like in 2014. I wouldn't confuse that with a negative economic indicator.

The Left's Lies About Donald Trump Is Drowning America by Morphos1759 in The_Donald

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I always thought the Right were the Dittoheads. But once I started seeing my friends on the left parroting the exact phraseology from CNN and MSNBC like it was their own opinion, I couldn’t defend them any longer.

Elvis Presley, Disney Land by sodasplash in music

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Well, we didn’t start it.

Jeffrey Epstein conspiracy theories run riot, with Trump’s help (Vigte: Meanwhile on r/politics - threads filled with people waking up... get in there, help them! They are literally confused and open to new ideas! This is perfect for us) by Vigte in MeanwhileOnReddit

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omg, the top comment is blaming Trump because it happened in a federal prison

arrest that conspiracy theorist! /s

lololol

Biohackers With Diabetes Are Making Their Own Insulin by BillionDollarEgg3 in Cyberpunk

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In 1923, Frederick Banting, Charles Best, and James Collip sold the patent for insulin to the University of Toronto for $1 each because they believed such an essential medicine should be available to everyone who needed it.

The original patents for the insulin molecule have long since expired, but patents on parts of the production process — a strategy that has been famously used (and arguably abused) by drug companies — remain because pharmaceutical companies keep tweaking how they make it. Most insulins sold today are synthetic analogs that have been adjusted to last longer or act faster, which is one reason pharmaceutical companies give for why the cost of insulin has skyrocketed. These changes have prevented generic drug manufacturers from entering the market.

I feel like it bears repeating that puppet Trump of the United States is tweeting out murder conspiracy theories about his golfing buddy killing his pedophile friend. Life is really coming at ya fast these days‪., but it isn't because it's theater‬ by Jesus in conspiracy

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I agree it’s a classic and still as its moments. Crazy enough, I never watched Apocalypse Now before, so I’ve been catching up on that one.

Broken link restored: Epstein and alleged corpse not the same--compare ears and nose. New link in comment. by FormosaOolong in conspiracy

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These are the kind of details no one gives a shit about.

"Jeffrey Epstein dead in apparent suicide" by NoOil in news

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He's just in Israel.

"Jeffrey Epstein dead in apparent suicide" by NoOil in news

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hey hey hey. no cause for violins.

"Jeffrey Epstein dead in apparent suicide" by NoOil in news

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New law: "suicide" requires a 12 person jury to make that determination.

Blackout Strikes London As UK Power Grid "Experiences A Major Incident" by magnora7 in WorldNews

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That was a very minor, brief outage in a far away suburb.

Blackout Strikes London As UK Power Grid "Experiences A Major Incident" by magnora7 in WorldNews

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They keep telling us to be ready for one.

Blackout Strikes London As UK Power Grid "Experiences A Major Incident" by magnora7 in WorldNews

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When did LA have an outage?

Remarkable how CCTV cameras are either (i) not working, (ii) working, but the footage gets lost, or (iii) working, but legal proceedings seal the footage for 70+ years... by Robin in DownTheMemoryHole

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You can't understand how fucking blessed I feel. The guy said he found it in the gutter. I gave him $100 just out of instinct. Not only is it a $500+ phone but all of the things that are on it...

Our phones are so ridiculously important to us now. It's stupid.

Bill Hader channels Tom Cruise [DeepFake] by Optimus85 in conspiracy

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To be fair, they have the same hair.

BUSTED: Ocasio-Cortez Gets Nailed For Financial Fraud & Ethics Violation by Morphos1759 in news

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Yeah, can’t wait to see her fail but this isn’t doing it. She’ll have to do it on her own with her own lies.

Chris Morris: "Since 9/11 it has become Standard Operating Procedure. Informants encourage a Person of Interest to break the law and when they do, the FBI arrest them." by TheWebOfSlime in TheWebOfSlime

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Oh wow. This is some great corporate astro-turfing. I really fell for it.

Chris Morris: "Since 9/11 it has become Standard Operating Procedure. Informants encourage a Person of Interest to break the law and when they do, the FBI arrest them." by TheWebOfSlime in TheWebOfSlime

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Since 9/11 ;-)

Who the fuck is this guy's entertainment attorney, David Fox?

Remember Laura Silsby? by newguy in Collusion

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I already told you guys about Amber Alerts.

An overview of Epstein and his connections. Posts like this is the real reason that 8chan was shut down. by JollyRunstride in conspiracy

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Uh, hate speech much?

Honestly, I think 8ch themselves were tiredAF of the shooters. But those bro's can go anywhere anytime they want.

Don't backwards analyze. The cofounder wanted 8ch dead. His words were the nails in the coffin.

Remarkable how CCTV cameras are either (i) not working, (ii) working, but the footage gets lost, or (iii) working, but legal proceedings seal the footage for 70+ years... by Robin in DownTheMemoryHole

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Bro. You gotta move. Or at least stop going to Golden Corral.

I woke one morning last week and my phone was nowhere to be found. Luckily, I have a backup phone and I used it to call my phone.

Someone answered.

He said, yeah, he found my phone in the gutter about 20 blocks away. Within two hours, I had my phone back and I gave the guy $100 cash just out of straight gratitude.

Magic happens.

Remarkable how CCTV cameras are either (i) not working, (ii) working, but the footage gets lost, or (iii) working, but legal proceedings seal the footage for 70+ years... by Robin in DownTheMemoryHole

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I recently heard a story from a poker player. He had about $30 in chips stolen from him by the player next to him. He called the Floorman and demanded they look at the tape. The Floorman just gave him the money in dispute. He said it wasn't worth his time to go to the tape.

Six years ago, I was assaulted outside a bar. My attorney sent a letter within two weeks demanding the preservation of any CCTV footage. It was preserved and it was gruesome. I'm not certain how much it contributed to the settlement of my case but it was there and provided upon legal demand.

If it's a business, 99% of the reason that there are cameras installed, it's to spy on workers. Remember the movie Friday? When Ice Cube got fired on his day off for stealing boxes?

The Weird, Dark History of 8Chan by Kangbanger in whatever

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The dude obviously has animosity about the fact that he got squeezed out somehow and is taking opportunity to get back at his cofounders.

Reddit admins are apparently removing every thread that mentions the father of the alleged El Paso shooter and his connection with MK Ultra by magnora7 in MeanwhileOnReddit

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I mean, though. Every time I see hate speech, I call it out and link u/spez. I’m assuming he’s blocked me by now but it sure pisses other users off.

Most Trump Supporters by Jesus in conspiracy

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Or as Eddie Murphy would say, “Wasn’t me.”

“Well, I’m supposed to be a fool, right?”

“Wasn’t me.”

https://youtu.be/u_f6qFBQD9U

Most Trump Supporters by Jesus in conspiracy

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It be that way, tho.

Bush#1 Laughing About Kennedy Assassination - fuck all presidents and secret societies and shady assholes (all of which are embodied by this p.o.s.) by EndlessSunflowers in conspiracy

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I’m not gonna argue with any of that. He did a lot of shit.

“The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself.” ― Friedrich Nietzsche. by HibikiBlack in conspiracy

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As a Cuban Jew, I typically operate from the Hindu perspective. In the Hindu tradition, the concept essentially know as nihilism essentially exists within a specific subset of our many lives. There is the part where we must work actively to lower our own ego and precedes that. It follows the period where we do not wish death but do not see others as an equal participant in life.

Reddit admins are apparently removing every thread that mentions the father of the alleged El Paso shooter and his connection with MK Ultra by magnora7 in MeanwhileOnReddit

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Way of the Digg

omg ha ha I wish I could give you gold for that except I’m glad we don’t have that crap

Media silent on dismissal of DNC suit against Julian Assange by TheWebOfSlime in news

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That’s great news though. Obviously, I hadn’t heard this.

Cloudflare terminates service for 8chans by Ian in Internet

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I read on T_D that it got picked up by someone else.

"The Net interprets censorship as damage and routes around it." - John Gilmore by magnora7 in quotes

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That’s a bit of an old time utopian take on the internet.

I will say that information wants to be free/survive. From DNA to gossip. You can’t keep a lid on it. And in so trying one is fighting a losing battle. Although one may cause some collateral harm in the mean time.

It could be possible that the internet will become a totalitarian tool for a bit but then something else will come along just like the printing before it.

Bush#1 Laughing About Kennedy Assassination - fuck all presidents and secret societies and shady assholes (all of which are embodied by this p.o.s.) by EndlessSunflowers in conspiracy

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I really didn’t mind Reagan. The Democrats sure put up some poor candidates during that time. But GHWB probably gets my nomination for most evil American up there with Cheney.

When You See "Three Bitten by Sharks in Florida" on a Major News Feed, It Could be a Sign Something Big is About to Happen—The Summer Before 9/11 Sharkbite was All Over the News—An Average of Eleven People are Killed by Sharks Worldwide Per Year by hennaojisan in news

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This was the era when literally every summer, all the news would report was shark attacks. It was at least 3-5 years when all you got was the latest shark attacks. It eventually led to the somewhat facetious “Shark Week.”

How come we never heard about all these other mass shootings? by BillionDollarEgg3 in AskSaidIt

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I love me some rooftop Koreans. I know some personally. Asians period don’t fuck around like the cushy guilt ridden white folks do.

How come we never heard about all these other mass shootings? by BillionDollarEgg3 in AskSaidIt

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He’s the Based Asian of the bunch.

Ron Paul calls Tulsi Gabbard 'very best' Democratic candidate by dcjogger in politics

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wtf is that site?

Altcoin News: Apple and Goldman Sachs Will Prohibit Customers from Using Their Card to Buy Cryptocurrency by MarkoVidrih in news

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Is it a credit card or a debit card?

The terms noted are pretty standard.

users are not allowed to use the card to receive cash loans and cash equivalents, along with “any cash advance and other cash-like transaction.”

According to the presented rules, to the acquisition of fiat equivalents, Goldman Sachs equates “travelers checks, foreign currency, or cryptocurrency; money orders; peer to peer transfers, wire transfers or similar cash-like transactions.”

Someone calling out the attacks and what they're doing by [deleted] in The_Donald

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I don’t know about you guys but I’m an Hispanic Jew.

Found picture of 3rd shooter in el paso by [deleted] in The_Donald

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Because he’s autistic. Like Arabs and Jews, they have to keep their head covered. It’s part of their religion.

Found picture of 3rd shooter in el paso by [deleted] in The_Donald

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I thought he said he had to wear gloves? Is this why he only killed 20 people in an hour while Dayton Guy killed 9 in 2 minutes despite having vastly fewer possible victims?

It’s not that I’m questioning the narrative or calling it false — I’m just really confused by how little logical sense it makes.

How about we start calling conspiracy theorists "conscientious objectors of the established narrative" instead? by Optimus85 in conspiracy

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How about just people who actually pay attention to the details.

Kamala Harris Didn’t Send 1500 People To Jail For Pot — It Was More Than That by dcjogger in news

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Frederick Douglass, Alan Keyes, Ben Carson, just off the top of my head.

Dayton, Ohio police kill second American mass shooter of the weekend. by sodasplash in news

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Lol, no. Ideology is sooooo much more important ;-)

Welcome To The Old Internet Again! by BillionDollarEgg3 in technology

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I dunno, man. Lynx was pretty cool. It had different colors and stuff without graphics to slow you down, man.

Welcome To The Old Internet Again! by BillionDollarEgg3 in technology

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lol. My ex gf wanted to get a bunch of stuff off her old laptop but was concerned that it might be too much memory. I handed her a Zip drive that was 3 times larger than her laptop’s capacity.

But yes, CD’s do have nice staying power — if you can find something to play them...

Monsanto paid an industry front group to claim its own weedkiller is safe and attack its critics. by HibikiBlack in conspiracy

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That is odd. I’d almost just dismiss that as someone larping. I’d been thinking of an article where they talked to actual Americans who were actually employed by companies like Monsanto but shockingly I’m not seeing it.

I did a quick search and came up with this article: https://www.huffpost.com/entry/cyber-shills_b_2803801

Which describes the industry in general.

And this article: https://slate.com/culture/2013/02/paid-internet-commenters-an-investigation-into-the-bizarrely-complex-marketing-strategy-of-the-dish-network.html

In which DISH openly admits to doing it.

Interesting, none of the articles are more recent than 2013.

Today I learned that in 2018 there were 424,066 Reports of Missing Children Made to US Law Enforcement. by Robin in TodayILearned

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There are 75 million people under 18 in the US so your math is off by about 20x.

1/7th of all children between 10 and 18 will run away from home at some point, though.

Today I learned that in 2018 there were 424,066 Reports of Missing Children Made to US Law Enforcement. by Robin in TodayILearned

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Also, TONS are teenage runaways from abusive families. If they’re under 18 and their parents want them back they get put down as a missing child even if the teenager themself would rather do anything than return home.

Today I learned that in 2018 there were 424,066 Reports of Missing Children Made to US Law Enforcement. by Robin in TodayILearned

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The VAST majority are “kidnappings” by spouses who do not have custody or hoax/falsely reported kidnappings to make the spouse without custody look bad in court. 99% of these children are recovered within 24 hours. This is why Amber Alerts are bullshit and I hate them. Don’t make me involved in your custody dispute.

Why so many massive drug seizures all of a sudden? by Robin in AskSaidIt

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Maybe too much supply driving the price down? Someone new trying to get in the game being squeezed?

Monsanto paid an industry front group to claim its own weedkiller is safe and attack its critics. by HibikiBlack in conspiracy

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I’ve seen articles about things like this in the past but they usually get swept under the rug pretty quickly. I wonder if anything like this might come out again.

Like when there was that huge article about all the drone pilots but there are still plenty of drones.

Is the Empire Coming After Tulsi? - HighImpactFlix argues Tulsi is pro gun control and pro Isreal by fred_red_beans in politics

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Which Empire? Tulsi is pro-gun control and pro-Israel. With some of the thing she’s saying, you know a Presidential candidate is going to pick their battles. She’s basically Obama-light.

Five companies control 90% of the media in the US. These and companies on the outside are controlled by the CIA, the Jesuits and their apprentices. by HibikiBlack in conspiracy

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All the 20th Century Fox Studios were sold to Disney so you might want to move those down to the Disney corner. Just not the news and sports networks. Rupert kept those. And, for now, the land.

I lost my mind because I realized that majority was everything. That gossip, lies and stupidity, by being accepted by the majority of people they could turn themselves into what was righteous. That's why I chose loneliness. It was the only way I could save what I believed was right. by HibikiBlack in conspiracy

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I’ve grappled with this myself and decided to go the other way. If righteousness gets me nowhere what good is it? The thing that bothers me about so many other people is their righteousness. As I get beyond my own righteousness they just become silly to me.

Area 51 Is Probably a Distraction by CompleteDoubterII in news

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I’d be shocked if anything of any importance had been going on at Area 51 for at least 30 years.

Welcome To The Old Internet Again! by BillionDollarEgg3 in technology

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That sucks. I lost a bunch out of one online account a couple years ago and I honestly don’t even know what I lost. I’m trucking around personal art and writings, some of which I’d backed up on SpiderOak but I’m pretty sure I let my SpiderOak account lapse and I’m concerned about the long term viability of that of maintaining all these physical files as well.

Kamala Harris Didn’t Send 1500 People To Jail For Pot — It Was More Than That by dcjogger in news

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I think Harris is my least favorite Presidential candidate this year. With her record as AG, I honestly don’t understand how she’s allowed in the Democrat Party.

Patrick Crusius Texas mass shooter named, video of Walmart Parking Lot posted on instagram twitter, 'suspect had AK47' he had a linked-in page, 3 friends on facebook, at least 18 people were killed others injured, the Police, Nurses asking for blood donations for hospitals. by BillionDollarEgg3 in news

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All of it does seem pretty odd. The timeline of an hour and 15 minutes especially. But from what it reads, it seems like he didn’t plan this a ton and just ran out of bullets.

Welcome To The Old Internet Again! by BillionDollarEgg3 in technology

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Actually I’m pretty sure I still have them burned on a CD somewhere ;-)