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How DARE you accuse me of being overly dramatic, father! I would rather DIE than be overly dramatic.!!!

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Thomas Jefferson to John Norvell
14 June 1807
Works 10:417--18

To your request of my opinion of the manner in which a newspaper should be conducted, so as to be most useful, I should answer, "by restraining it to true facts & sound principles only." Yet I fear such a paper would find few subscribers. It is a melancholy truth, that a suppression of the press could not more compleatly deprive the nation of it's benefits, than is done by it's abandoned prostitution to falsehood. Nothing can now be believed which is seen in a newspaper. Truth itself becomes suspicious by being put into that polluted vehicle. The real extent of this state of misinformation is known only to those who are in situations to confront facts within their knolege with the lies of the day. I really look with commiseration over the great body of my fellow citizens, who, reading newspapers, live & die in the belief, that they have known something of what has been passing in the world in their time; whereas the accounts they have read in newspapers are just as true a history of any other period of the world as of the present, except that the real names of the day are affixed to their fables. General facts may indeed be collected from them, such as that Europe is now at war, that Bonaparte has been a successful warrior, that he has subjected a great portion of Europe to his will, &c., &c.; but no details can be relied on. I will add, that the man who never looks into a newspaper is better informed than he who reads them; inasmuch as he who knows nothing is nearer to truth than he whose mind is filled with falsehoods & errors. He who reads nothing will still learn the great facts, and the details are all false.

Perhaps an editor might begin a reformation in some such way as this. Divide his paper into 4 chapters, heading the 1st, Truths. 2d, Probabilities. 3d, Possibilities. 4th, Lies. The first chapter would be very short, as it would contain little more than authentic papers, and information from such sources as the editor would be willing to risk his own reputation for their truth. The 2d would contain what, from a mature consideration of all circumstances, his judgment should conclude to be probably true. This, however, should rather contain too little than too much. The 3d & 4th should be professedly for those readers who would rather have lies for their money than the blank paper they would occupy.
https://press-pubs.uchicago.edu/founder ... chs29.html

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Witness wrote:
Thu Jun 25, 2020 2:46 am
The 3d & 4th should be professedly for those readers who would rather have lies for their money than the blank paper they would occupy.

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Quite the eloquent wit, that one.

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Intelligent icky design is a better explanation.

Irreducible ickiness -- Some things are just too icky to have developed naturally. :)
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Anaxagoras wrote:
Mon May 18, 2020 7:47 am

I think it's a bit simplistic. Not everyone who returns the shopping cart is a good person, but anyone who doesn't (without a very good reason) is an asshole. It's like bare fucking minimum decency.
Who Is the Mystery Shopper Leaving Behind Thousands of Online Shopping Carts?

Merchants have seen a lot of browsing by John Smith, who picks up items, then leaves without buying; ‘it started getting out of hand’

Sellers have been complaining about a serial cart abandoner named, John Smith. Turns out John is a Google bot. A Google spokesperson told the Wall Street Journal that it built systems to ensure the pricing seen on the product pages is reflected when a user adds a product to the cart. GoogleBot shopping. Google told Search Engine Land in a statement, "We use automated systems to ensure consumers are getting accurate pricing information from our merchants." Sellers that upload their product feeds to Google Merchant Center may not realize it, but they agree to having Google's bots crawl their sites for price verifications when they agree to the Terms of Service. The bot is designed to ensure the price in the feed matches the price on the product page and when the product is added to the cart. The automated system will disapprove items that don't pass pricing verifications. Google is aware that this may cause issues for merchants and owners of e-commerce sites. Google told the WSJ, "This sometimes leads to merchants seeing abandoned carts as a result of our system testing the price displayed matches the price at checkout." That data can mess with e-commerce site owners' abandoned cart metrics, making them look artificially higher than they really are.
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https://twitter.com/spunkyturnip/status ... 1627074561
If you ask Rick Astley for his copy of the movie UP, he cannot give it to you as he will never give you up. However, in doing so, he lets you down. Thus creating the Astley Paradox.
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Pyrrho wrote:
Fri Jul 03, 2020 7:51 pm
https://twitter.com/spunkyturnip/status ... 1627074561
If you ask Rick Astley for his copy of the movie UP, he cannot give it to you as he will never give you up. However, in doing so, he lets you down. Thus creating the Astley Paradox.
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Now that is fucking icky.
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This creates an alternate dimension in which Rick Astley releases an acoustic cover of Everlong that is better than the original.

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A fool thinks himself to be wise, but a wise man knows himself to be a fool.
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Bruce wrote:
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This creates an alternate dimension in which Rick Astley releases an acoustic cover of Everlong that is better than the original.

To be fair, the noise made by mincing a cat's testicles in a blender would make 95% of Foo Fighters' songs sound better.
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A fool thinks himself to be wise, but a wise man knows himself to be a fool.
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"Dying is when your skeleton finally hatches."

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The flash of light you saw in the sky was not a UFO. Swamp gas from a weather balloon was trapped in a thermal pocket and reflected the light from Venus.