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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Washington (CNN) Alternative facts. Lies. Distortions. Exaggerations. Misstatements. Half truths.

Call it what you want, but there's one indisputable fact: Donald Trump does a stunning amount of it.
According to a count maintained by The Washington Post's Fact Checker and updated Tuesday morning, Trump has now made 1,628 false or misleading claims in his 298 days in office. That's an average of 5.5 a day. Five and a half misleading or outright false statements for each day--including weekends!--that Trump has been president.
By the Fact-Checker's estimates, Trump--if he keeps up his current pace--will blow past 2,000 misstatements and/or untruths in his first year in office.

Stop. Go back and read that last sentence. Then read it again.

NEW HAVEN, CT (WTNH/CNN) – A homeless man, who returned a lost $10,000 check, is now getting help from the woman who lost it. Elmer Alvarez was surprised when he found an envelope on the ground with a check for more than $10,000 inside while walking in downtown New Haven, CT. But he didn't think of himself or what he could do with the money.

(BBC) US regulators have approved the first pill that can be digitally tracked through the body. The Abilify MyCite aripiprazole tablets--for treating schizophrenia and manic episodes--have an ingestible sensor embedded inside them that records that the medication has been taken. A patch worn by the patient transmits this information to their smartphone.

Sunday, November 05, 2017

A County Commissioner in Texas says he's been told that more than 20 people were killed and more than 20 were wounded in an attack at a church, though he says those figures haven't been confirmed. Albert Gamez, a Wilson County commissioner, made the comments to cable news outlets after the attack Sunday at a Baptist church in Sutherland Springs, a small community 30 miles southeast of San Antonio.

A gunman opened fire at a church in Texas during Sunday services, resulting in multiple reported casualties. The attack happened at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs in Wilson County.


Conservatives simply hate liberals and liberal ideology. They think liberals are stealing from them and giving Conservatives' tax money to low-lives, losers, foreigners, and "sinners" in exchange for political support.

It wouldn't matter if a Republican candidate was a mass-murdering, serially-raping, pedophiliac/hebophiliac thief. As long as the Republicans candidates keep the Blacks, Mexicans, Liberals, and ----------- an control, they simply don't care what the political candidate has or hasn't done.

I was reared in evangelical/charismatic churches in my youth. This is what is taught from the pulpit:

10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

--St Paul's Epistle to the Ephesians, Ch. 6:10-17

They believe God uses evil men to do "good."

The former poster known as Zarathustra (pbuh) created the Encyclopaedia Dramatica article.

News of this article was brought to the DR's attention by an intrepid EDiot posting as LarryMOAR/Zarathustra, who risked e-life and limb to spread the lulz. The chosen handle differs by only a single letter from the name of a legitimate poster and emulated his writing style, further adding to Drudgetards' confusion. In the end, LarryMOAR paid the ultimate price for injecting a bit of EDiocy into an otherwise ordinary late PM/early AM on the Retort. Fortunately, his other dissociated identity - Zarathustra - lives on to troll another day.
All motions for restraining orders, LOLsuits, claims of libel, as well as requests for endorsement deals and interviews, have been forwarded to LarryMOAR/Zarathustra's e-lawyer, who stated that he was only authorized to release the following statement:

My client, LarryMOAR/Zarathustra, is in fine spirits this morning, and is expected to make a near-full recovery after being hit with the banhammer early this AM. He would like you all to know that he did it for teh lulz and that he's been properly medicated so as to prevent complications during his upcoming surgery -- which was deemed necessary for the greater good of the gene pool. Mr. MOAR notes that hospital food isn't nearly as good as microwaveable Hot Pockets, Kraft EZ-Mac, or Mom's Spaghetti, however, and eagerly awaits returning to the simpler pleasures in life -- such as the unforgiving pwnage of n00bs in the World of Warcraft, and ------------ before he ----------- to get the day started by 3 in the afternoon.


#47: Sitzkrieg, if it were a run-of-the-mill person being a name-calling punk, it wouldn't be an issue. But this is the President of the United States. Whether he likes it or not, he sets an example to others on how to behave. Similar to when Scalia intimated via the weasel wording of "There are those who contend" that Black people should attend slower-tracked schools:

""There are those who contend that it does not benefit African­ Americans to get them into the University of Texas where they do not do well, as opposed to having them go to a less­-advanced school, a slower-­track school where they do well," he said. "One of the briefs pointed out that most of the black scientists in this country don't come from schools like the University of Texas.""

I don't like posting opinions and prefer to stick to facts, preferably those found from primary sources such as textbooks and journals accompanied by referenceable citations. But, in this case, I think an opinion is justified.

Trump has a cadre of attorneys to perpetually keep his ass out of court, so he doesn't care what he says. If someone sues him, he has the means to keep it tied-up for as long as it takes until the plaintiff cries uncle--simply because most people don't have the resources to keep attorneys on retainer for several years while the lawsuit is being litigated. And if it does appear that he'll eventually lose the case, he'll settle for a fraction and simply pay the plaintiff off.

Please excuse me for singling you out on this topic, so don't take it personally. But I think you raised an interesting point that was worth addressing.

Pinchaloaf, I've mentioned this before, but I figured it'd be an opportune time to mention it again. I love(d) sardines, but they gave me gout. I was eating them for the health benefit, until I woke up in the middle of the night about 10 years ago with my ankle swollen and burning with electrical pain unlike I've ever felt before. I thought I'd broken my ankle earlier in the day or something. I literally started screaming from the pain, so I was loaded up in the car and was driven to the ER. I hopped into the waiting room and only a shred of pride remained keeping me from screaming at the top of my lungs. They took X-rays and a urinalysis and told me I had gout, and showed me the uric acid crystals all in my left ankle bones.

It took a couple years to pin-down the culprit, and it was the sardines, with their extremely high purine content that were precipitating the gout attacks. That, and I'd inherited the malady from my mother's mother.

Anyway, if you ever have excruciating shooting pains in your feet or ankles in the middle of the night that come on suddenly, you'll know what it is. Get to the ER fast because it'll only get worse without treatment and you'll be laid-up for a couple weeks in torturous agony. Even Vicodin and morphine barely touch the pain. Most doctors prescribe colchicine in 0.6mg doses to take as an emergency gout treatment, but it's highly poisonous. But it stops the attack from progressing.

Since you're in the medical field, I suspect you know all of this already, but here's some additional information if anyone's interested:


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