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  1. No, what CA did and Facebook’s practices allowed is not right. It doesn’t mean it wasn’t foreseeable. Any private entity that has a database of customer profiles will sell it. Or the government can request it. Or it can be hacked. So no, just using Facebook doesn’t mean you deserve to be a victim. However, being on Facebook, liking/disliking everything that comes across your feed and feeding it details about your house, your car, your family, your health problems, your job, your excellent breakfast, etc wasn’t the wisest of choices people could have made. I know this sounds a bit harsh, and it’s not my intention to insult or offend anyone (knowing it probably will). I’m just a little confused at the outrage that this could be allowed to happen when it seems like it was inevitable. Not necessarily on this board, per se, but in general. I’ve seen more people react strongly about this than other security breaches like Equifax, etc. I think it’s probably because it feels like it’s more of a betrayal because it’s so personal. Companies never have our best interest in mind and it’s naive to think so. I don’t think it was a sudden thing - people have been selling phone numbers and email lists forever now. Facebook is that on steroids and always has been. And yes, I use FB too. It’s convenient to keep up to date with our large group of close friends. I post in the private board we have and that’s it. I wish we could agree on another medium, but it always migrates back to FB because of the convenience factor. So yeah, I’m part of the problem too, but I try to limit my footprint. I don’t think anyone is saying don’t use the internet, you just have to be realistic about the possible repercussions and make the decision about where you draw the line. This was always a probable outcome.
  2. Yeah, that looked like a fun bit of nonsense, but the only way I see to sign in is through Facebook and fuck that. eta: OK, looking into it further, it depends on Facebook and your friends list to work so double and triple fuck that.
  3. Sessions just fired McCabe. What a spineless piece of shit toady for a petty, vindictive man. Holy shit, what a joke. edit: Story
  4. We do know that Eric Trump bragged about having access to millions of dollars from Russia to invest in their golf courses from an interview from a few years ago. To my knowledge we don’t know the details, but that’s something straight from the horse’s mouth prior to Trump’s campaign.
  5. But, but ... then how would they know who has the biggest dick?
  6. I remember in middle school one of my teachers brought a hunting rifle to school to clean at this desk while we were studying once. He mocked pointing it at me when I wouldn’t be quiet. I wasn’t alarmed, just annoyed. (Early 80s). My mom was in the high school rifle club and shot live rounds (early 60s). I was thinking those things are obviously relics of the past, but lol - nope. That asshole teacher I had would be the type who would want to be armed. He was decent overall, but he was a hard ass and liked ‘scaring’ kids. I once saw him lift a girl and her entire desk to pin her up against the wall for chatting in class. She wasn’t hurt, just really fucking startled. That was his MO. To his credit, he was a good teacher and generally had good relationships with his students, but he also had some legit anger issues. Heard years after that he was close to getting fired a few times for pushing the line between discipline and abuse (abuse is probably too strong a word, but I think you get it). I don’t know if I would have felt safe if he had been armed for my protection, you know?
  7. I don’t know that I’ve seen him sell an idea so hard in his entire presidency. It’s not a high bar - he has no real convictions other than the messages he discovered worked for him on the campaign trail. I don’t understand the world the NRA envisions where all the good guys are toting guns thus no crime and evything is sunshine and bullet casings. I genuinely don’t understand it. I watched La Pierre’s speech and I am now dumber for having done so. Such a pile of absolute shit.
  8. I personally want his destruction to come from his own past and present deeds. Every president runs the risk of ruining his own name or future earning potential because of their deeds in office. If they haven't done anything illegal, then that's all they lose. I personally think Trump and his business associates are dirty as hell and want his downfall to come from his past and present actions that he is highlighting because of his ill-advised bid for the presidency. I'm not sure what you think I am advocating, but I want to see a little justice done. If I am wrong and Trump is squeaky clean, then I don't get to witness his ruin and I'm deeply disappointed. But that's it and it's done. If he's not, then I want to see the full power of the law come down on his head. It's not his policies that I want to punish, as much as I might disagree, but his personal behaviors. Why is that a bad thing? Why have laws if we don't enforce them?
  9. This is what I want for the Trump legacy and I want Trump to live to see how royally he fucked things up. Normally I am not so vengeful, but Trump's hubris in thinking he can wing his way through being president and not give one single fuck about taking his job seriously and see it as a way to expand his brand and personal wealth... just fuck him and his complicit family. (Tiffany has done a good job at distancing herself, so she's aight. Barron too, obviously. Melania tied her wagon to the Donald and even though she seems by every measure not to want or support his presidency, she's still with him, so she deserves some of the blame too.)
  10. Meh - I'm not sure where this is going. I've discovered something odd - my enjoyment of this series depends a lot on what I think the potential is, not what is happening in the moment. Coming back to a war-time footing is one of my least favorite ways this might have gone. And they killed (... maybe?) Lorca, so boo. I don't know what they could have done with super evil Lorca, tbh, but they didn't have to make him mustache-twirling evil to begin with. There are lots of reasons a person might want to overthrow an emperor who doesn't draw the line at eating Kelpian flesh. Unless he just signed on for a year and done, if so, then carry on.
  11. I've been hearing these types of stories and also stories about how Texas sways the text book market through sheer volume and buying power, etc. I talked to my cousin who is a teacher and who (at the time) had girls in grade/middle school. She said it wasn't as big a deal as I was hearing because they mainly use tablets for text books and can pick and chose material instead of relying on one printed text book. I was surprised to hear this, but perhaps I shouldn't have been. I don't know if this comforts or alarms me, to be honest. I have no idea what criteria schools are using or how much agency each teacher gets in teaching his own class and selecting materials. etc.
  12. Yeah, I've been thinking about that and being sad about it for a while. Once the show is over, for so, so many people, the story will be over and this is how it happened. There will be no media articles or friends telling people - no, it didn't happen that way! The book is better! eta: oops, forgot I was in the book forums
  13. But are you watching? I think the show started out great, and now it ... is this hole, I agree. I struggled to decide if I would watch these last few seasons, but I figured it would be hard to avoid spoilers and if I was going to be in any way spoiled, I'd rather it be first hand and not piecing it together from the bits of it that leaked through to me. Even though the story is not what I want or hope for when the books finally do arrive, it is something. It keeps me engaged and speculating and appreciating the books as I think a complete content drought wouldn't do.
  14. That sounds about right.
  15. I'm not sure how to compare them. I think the wait for DWD primed me for this wait. Yes, there was supposed to be a year between FFC/DWD and knowing that made the wait more tense. I don't actually remember my state of mind, but I felt a lot more disappointment through that wait. Expectations set and not met, etc. I much prefer the minimal info approach. One day, I'll just be pleasantly surprised rather than read about people comparing the number of pages written and how many pages that translates into for a book vs draft and how many words per month he's writing and projected dates based on that and ... you get the idea. And the Meerenese Knot, oh god that fucking knot. I think the show is filling a hole. No matter how you feel about it, it's something to talk about and keep you invested.