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Secularist are not skeptics, Adam. I am a secularist and skeptical of certain invalidated proofs. The BBC broadcast StarTrek TNG tonight. The Federation is anthropologically observing primitive Vulcan like people when they are discovered by the native population, violating the Prime Directive. The primitives think Picard is a God. He appears / He vanishes. A wounded native is restored to health for all the primitives to see and they stand in awe. It was an excellent explanation as to why primitive people, when observing a sufficiently advanced civilization, think they are seeing magic.

Carly is looking gooood. Nice firm boobs in her walk promo. She has a touch more make up on as she fires back at Trump

before the debates.

News flash. Clinton emails can be recovered@machiavelli.com.

So, why am I here? Because Carly looked good and because the Poll question was: Is there any situation in which you could imagine yourself supporting the U.S. military taking over the powers of the federal government? I had to skim three articles to get to the bullshit poll. And then the bullshit poll was hogwash, poppycock, birdbrained, cowhide, kitty litter, microbiotic, etc.

In general I would say no to the poll. In private I would say the same thing. It would be like corporal punishment, a staff sergeant infection, general amnesia, a marine . . . zzzzz. No military takeover, unless we are attacked with nuclear arms and the President and his successors are also dead. That show The Last Ship has a few twists on that dilemma.
Peter

Quote: . . . but a recent poll showed that one-third of U.S. citizens aren't satisfied with their government. In fact, 30 percent would support a military takeover, The Guardian reports.

The numbers come from a YouGov survey, which polled 1,000 people online. The exact question asked was, "Is there any situation in which you could imagine yourself supporting the U.S. military taking over the powers of federal government?" Interestingly, Republicans were twice as likely as Democrats to answer 'yes' to the question; 43 percent of Republicans said they could imagine supporting a military coup, while only 20 percent of Democrat said they'd support the move. About 30 percent of self-identified independent voters said they could get behind a military takeover.

Although the numbers look pretty grim, Abraham Wyner, director of the undergraduate program in statistics at the University of Pennsylvania, said that online polls are suspect when it comes to getting accurate results. "People who are participating in an online poll are generally attracted to that poll because of some variable," he said. In other words, people who respond to the poll tend to feel strongly about the poll's subject matter, so they're inherently biased.

The same survey included more questions about the U.S. military and law enforcement. Overall, most of those surveyed (70 percent) seemed to think that military officers want what's best for the country, but only 55 percent think that police officers act with the country's best interest at heart. The numbers are even worst for local politicians and federal civil servants (hi, Kim Davis).

. . . . 43% of Republicans could imagine supporting a military coup in the United States. A law professor at West Point was forced to hastily resign after it emerged that he had authored a number of controversial articles. In one he suggested that legal scholars defending the rights of suspected terrorists could be considered legitimate military targets, while in another he examined a potential military coup in the United States, arguing that officers may have a duty to sieze control of the federal government if the federal government acted against the interest of the country. The United States military has long embraced the idea of civilian control of national affairs, and apart from certain rare moments the American officer corps has faithfully followed the orders of their civilian superiors.

YouGov's latest research shows, however, that officers in the military are held in much greater esteem than their civilian superiors, and that they are widely viewed as having the best interests of the country in mind instead of their own selfish concerns. 70% of Americans believe that military officers generally want what is best for the country. When it comes to Congressmen, however, 71% of Americans believe that they want what is best for themselves, along with 59% for local politicians.

September 2 - 3, 2015
1. Best for Country or Self – Military officers
For each of the following people or groups of people please indicate whether you think that they generally want what is best for the country or what is best for themselves personally.
Gender Age Party ID - 3 Point
Total Male Female 18-29 30-44 45-64 65+ Democrat Independent Republican
Want what is best for the country 70% 68% 73% 56% 69% 74% 83% 65% 65% 87%
Want what is best for themselves 12% 15% 9% 15% 15% 11% 5% 15% 13% 7%
Not sure 18% 17% 18% 29% 16% 15% 12% 20% 22% 6%
Totals 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100%
(Unweighted N) (984) (468) (516) (169) (256) (386) (173) (358) (377) (249)
Race Household Income Region
Total White Black Hispanic Under $50K $50K - $100K $100K+ Prefer not to say Northeast Midwest South West
Want what is best for the country 70% 74% 69% 54% 67% 78% 74% 70% 65% 68% 77% 66%
Want what is best for themselves 12% 10% 10% 21% 12% 12% 11% 11% 15% 10% 8% 17%
Not sure 18% 16% 21% 25% 21% 10% 15% 19% 20% 22% 15% 17%
Totals 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100%
(Unweighted N) (984) (758) (104) (122) (482) (261) (112) (129) (182) (199) (377) (226)

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I can't write about Carly till October 20, so I feel stupid opining on the Rowan County schmozzle on this thread.

How come? What did I miss? [sorry, short memory and ADD]

The Canadian federal election is on October 19. I vowed to forego commenting on USA presidential politics till ours was over. "I now take a vow of silence on US presidential politics until after a new Parliament is returned in Canada October 19, 2015."

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My internet search engines, Yahoo and MSN have never had a story about Canadian elections. I would not mind hearing what you have to say about them, William.

Since Canadians generally speak French I will bring the following up here. I re-watched Close Encounters of the Third Kind the other day and that movie could really be improved by getting the superfluous French men out of the show. I watched the director's longer version and there was even a scene from a side angle of Girard Dupardu or whatever his name is for about 2 seconds, looking fat and drunk. So, number one, get the French out of the movie. Two. Eliminate the moronic sign language. Why should aliens know sign? Did they observe it on radio or TV? Idiotic. Three. Don't show Americans and cattle being gassed to death by American soldiers to keep a secret which is no longer a secret. What crap. Four. Cut those overlong scenes of Richard Dreyfus building the mesa out of mud - it must go on for a half an hour. And Dreyfus should not kiss that woman who isn't his wife either.

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My internet search engines, Yahoo and MSN have never had a story about Canadian elections. I would not mind hearing what you have to say about them, William.

See the thread Canadian federal election: Socialists at the Gates? (and please join me there in response if you have any other questions)

There has not been any major moves in surveys of the three-way race between the major parties. The NDP (Canada's leftmost party in Parliament) is still marginally ahead in polling aggregates. If an election were held today, and the polling were relatively accurate in prediction, there would be however an unknowable result. The Governor-General (our in-house head of state) will by custom call upon the party with the largest number of seat to form a government.

I can't predict whether the G-G will be choosing the NDP or the Conservatives. It is that close. My guess is that the Conservatives will gain a couple more seats than the NDP, but that is just my 'gut feeling' -- not the result of a careful analysis. The careful analysis says Three-Way Tie. The oddest thing that could happen is that the NDP and the Conservatives gain exactly the same number of seats.

We have almost none of the extended-play drama/serial of the American process with its primaries and caucuses. The party leaders here are fixed in place, the candidates in each riding (district) are campaigning.

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The New Democratic Party (the quasi-socialist party that swept to power in Alberta recently) sounds like our Bernie Sanders, though I am not sure he is an ideological choice. He may be more of an anti-Hillary vote. As always the idea of equality and social justice ends up meaning less freedom and unearned income or services being accepted as a right by lesser producers. Personally I think there is a point in Canada and the U.S. where the Government will be saying, I’ve fallen and I can’t get up. At which point the knight on a white horse will stampede in and seize control of our freedoms. Some on our right think that is Trump’s agenda but I am not so sure.
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William:

Sanders runs as a Socialist and caucuses with the Democrats in the Senate.

OOPS...

Mea Culpa William

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Sanders runs as a Socialist and caucuses with the Democrats in the Senate.

That is a stupid remark. Mine was a thin-skinned reaction from a Canuck foresworn off US politics for another four and a half weeks. Mea maxima culpa.

What did mom say? "Don't take everything so personally."

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William runs as a Socialist and caucuses with the Democrats in the Senate.

That is a stupid remark.

William:

Sanders runs as a Socialist and caucuses with the Democrats in the Senate.

OOPS...

Mea Culpa William

Too much watching football and the Yankee game ... lol

By the way, there is a fascinating offensive lineman playing today for the Baltimore Ravens...He teaches advanced mathematics at the University http://www.thepostgame.com/blog/balancing-act/201503/john-urschel-baltimore-ravens-nfl-football-math

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A Cascadic Multigrid Algorithm for Computing the Fiedler Vector of Graph Laplacians
John C. Urschel, Xiaozhe Hu, Jinchao Xu, Ludmil T. Zikatanov
(Submitted on 1 Dec 2014)

In this paper, we develop a cascadic multigrid algorithm for fast computation of the Fiedler vector of a graph Laplacian, namely, the eigenvector corresponding to the second smallest eigenvalue. This vector has been found to have applications in fields such as graph partitioning and graph drawing. The algorithm is a purely algebraic approach based on a heavy edge coarsening scheme and pointwise smoothing for refinement. To gain theoretical insight, we also consider the related cascadic multigrid method in the geometric setting for elliptic eigenvalue problems and show its uniform convergence under certain assumptions. Numerical tests are presented for computing the Fiedler vector of several practical graphs, and numerical results show the efficiency and optimality of our proposed cascadic multigrid algorithm.

Comments: 16 pages
Subjects: Numerical Analysis (math.NA)
MSC classes: 65F15, 68R10, 65N55
Cite as: arXiv:1412.0565 [math.NA]
(or arXiv:1412.0565v1 [math.NA] for this version)
Submission history
From: Xiaozhe Hu [view email]
[v1] Mon, 1 Dec 2014 17:55:12 GMT (29kb)

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Carly stands by her record.

"“It’s only in politics that the facts don’t matter. I once described politics as the fact-free zone but with businesses you actually have numbers and results and they’re reported in excruciating detail every 90 days,” Fiorina said. “I had to stand and answer every question every 90 and if I misrepresented our numbers in any way I was held criminally liable. Now imagine if we held anybody else running to that standard. So yes, I’ll run on my record all day long.”"

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Thank you Donald: Look at this face

Very nicely done...good counter punch...something Evita could never pull off.

She even has that black head weave down pat...

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Ayn Rand wrote: I reject the premise of your question. There has not been real cutting going on . . . . The professional political class . . . always fail us. How long have we been talking about entitlement reform? We talk about it every election. We talk about tax reform every election. And guess what? Nothing happens. There are binders full of great conservative ideas on how to reform Social Security and entitlements. And we will never get to it because the political class can't challenge the status quo.
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April fool! That was Carly, from Mike E's link.
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Ayn Rand wrote: I reject the premise of your question. There has not been real cutting going on . . . . The professional political class . . . always fail us. How long have we been talking about entitlement reform? We talk about it every election. We talk about tax reform every election. And guess what? Nothing happens. There are binders full of great conservative ideas on how to reform Social Security and entitlements. And we will never get to it because the political class can't challenge the status quo.

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April fool! That was Carly, from Mike E's link.

Peter

By a September fool...that would be youfool.gif Peter...

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Watching the debate--mostly with the sound off:

Carly doesn't come across very well. Christie is better than last time. Rand Paul is still with his special hair problem. Rubio could be Trump's vp. Trump, if President, will likely drop dead for cardio-vascular reasons in year 5, leaving Rubio as President until 2029.

Trump, Cruz, Bush, Christie, Rubio--one of those will get the nomination.

--Brant

a Bush - Trump fight, I think, at the end--the Rep. establishment will get behind one candidate designed to stop Trump and I think the money will be directed at Bush with Christie as the runner up for that

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Rubio did very well, very sincere. Carly okay, didn't get as much time. Kasich much better than first debate. Walker okay. Rand better than I expected. Trump better behaved, no specifics, but came off better and was more polite and respectful towards the other candidates than expected. Bush did well. Carson weaker than expected. All in all as a whole a good showing, the three hours went fairly quickly. Didn't talk as much as they could have about the utter corruption in Washington under the present regime but evidently that's a given, they were trying to distinguish between each other. Nobody really stunk, all seemed liked they belonged there and said their piece. Up to the people to decide. I came away slightly more optimistic. I wish there were serious talk about ending entitlements and reducing the size of the regulatory machine and the $trillions of waste (peoples lives down a drain).

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Many of the contestants for the Mister America Contest were called upon when they gestured or yelled, “Me, Me.” But Carly was not. She was ignored. Considering the pro-Hillary bias of the propagandists at CNN, who is their greatest fear? It is a female running for President who might also siphon off votes as a Vice Presidential candidate - and that person is Carly. Time after time men would demand time to speak and they got it. Time after time Carly was denied time to speak.

I thought Ted Cruz did well. Donald did well. Carson was very soft spoken but I thought he showed the temperament of a person who might be President. Carly did well. Bush, Christie, and Kasich were good politicians. Rand disappointed me. In a mailing campaign, he just asked for 250 and I threw it in the trash. I may still give him some dough but only after a good showing in the first three primaries. Or if Trump fumbles the ball.
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Don't be mad at The Donald, Carly.

As owner of The Miss America Pageant from 1996-2015 he must have rubbed elbows, etc. with them and gotten accustomed to this standard of female beauty:

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Hmmm maybe our Muslim brothers do know something when you look at these mature collections of fetal tissue -

God is great...natures pretty great also...

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The video of the swimsuit contest was truly an inspiration. Thanks Vegas!

Our electrical power was just off for about an hour. The transformer to our road was kabloowie. Now, once again, I am empowered to watch, type, be cool, drink water, flush, and look at beautiful babes. It's Miller Time at the old homestead.

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IBD: GOP's Deep Bench Shines

"From Marco Rubio's firm grasp of foreign affairs to the re-energized repartees of Jeb Bush on matters personal and professional, from Chris Christie's full-throated demonstration of why he's succeeded in a dark-blue New Jersey to Carly Fiorina's razor-sharp responses on, well, you name it — we saw an outstanding display of principled and well-articulated views."

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Don't be mad at The Donald, Carly.

As owner of The Miss America Pageant from 1996-2015 he must have rubbed elbows, etc. with them and gotten accustomed to this standard of female beauty:

I don't like these swimsuits. If it were really a swimsuit competition you'd have a true variety of garments and only thongs and the skimpiest of superstructures would win. That's because it's really--we all know this--about the bodies, all of which need some clothes, but the less the better. I saw ass-displaying thongs on a Florida beach in 1994 and I loved them. It's time for the Miss American competition to get with the times and get rid of the hypocrisy. Of course, that would e the end of the whole hypocritical enterprise--finally. If that's what you want to see, go to the beach. I haven't been back since. We have no beaches in Arizona.

--Brant

pardon my sexual drooling

Oh, about Carly, once the voters get use to the way she uses her head they'll like her a lot better--it's not that she should change; it's part of her personality and helps offset her slight, feminine stature

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Good Lord!

GOP Promotes Carly Fiorina To Male Candidate After Strong Debate Showing
The Onion
September 17, 2015

From the article:

Saying she had proven herself to be a formidable contender worthy of respect, GOP leaders announced Thursday that Carly Fiorina had been officially promoted to a male candidate after her strong showing in last night’s primary debate. “Given her steady rise in the polls and her consistent performance on the national stage, we have determined that Ms. Fiorina’s skills as a speaker and compelling ideas about foreign and domestic policy merit her recognition as male,” said Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus, adding that the former Hewlett-Packard CEO had impressed GOP officials with her breadth of knowledge, her confidence, and her ability to doggedly attack both Democrats and her primary opponents, and therefore deserved to have the label of “female” removed entirely. “We are pleased to be able to offer Ms. Fiorina the increased respect and media coverage that come with being a male candidate. Allow me to be the first to congratulate him and say that he has certainly earned it.” Priebus added that the committee was still reviewing Marco Rubio’s performance, but was strongly considering promoting him to white.


:smile:

Michael

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