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    Not The News

    Yeah, sometimes i find some amusing stuff to post but it's not politics related and i don't want to pollute Random Thoughts with links/jokes. I might post general conspiracy stuff here too, to avoid cluttering other threads.

    This not an Onion article btw, but it's 100% Onion quality:

    https://www.huffpost.com/entry/man-m...b08d5b78619034

    A man threatened to sue a technology publication for using his image in a story about how all hipsters look alike, only to find out that the picture was of a different person.

    Last week, MIT Technology Review posted an article titled “The Hipster Effect: Why Anti-conformists Always End Up Looking The Same,” which discussed a Brandeis University study about “the hipster effect,” or how nonconformists often end up conforming to counterculture conventions.

    The article featured an image created from a Getty stock photo of a bearded man in a flannel shirt and beanie. The Review used the image, duplicated it several times and added a purple and orange hue to it to illustrate the point of the article.

    However, an unidentified man saw the image, thought it was a picture of him and sent the publication a pretty heated email, which, according to the Canadian Broadcasting Corp., read:

    “Your lack of basic journalistic ethics in both the manner in which you ‘reported’ this uncredited nonsense, and the slanderous, unnecessary use of my picture without permission demands a response, and I am, of course, pursuing legal action.”
    ...
    “They wrote to him and said, ‘We don’t think this is you.’ And he replied, ‘Oh, I guess you’re right, it’s not.’
    ...
    “All of which just proves the story we ran: Hipsters look so much alike that they can’t even tell themselves apart from each other,” Lichfield tweeted.
    Last edited by Cipheron; 3rd Mar 2022 at 12:08.

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    I remember that from when it happened, three years ago.

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    New study: 50% of Americans alive in 2015 were retarded due to leaded gasoline exposure.

    https://www.sciencealert.com/lead-ex...ans-since-1940

    Why this is really important? Lead exposure is also strongly associated with violence and crime.

    Childhood lead exposure in the United States is ubiquitous and much more concerning than previous estimates have suggested, according to a new study.

    When researchers analyzed leaded gas use from 1940 and combined it with data on blood-lead levels from the mid 1970s, they found more than 54 percent of Americans alive in 2015 had been exposed to dangerous levels of lead as children.

    That's more than 170 million adults who are now at greater risk of neurodegenerative disease, mental illness and cardiovascular issues, because of the lead they breathed in, ingested or absorbed as kids.
    As for lead exposure, in 1973 lead was allowed in amounts of 20-30 grams per gallon. By 1986 it had been gradually reduced to 0.1 grams per gallon. It was banned in 1996, but by then only 0.6% of American cars used leaded gas. So the big reductions happened in the early 1980s. So when talking about those 170 million people they're overwhelmingly older people - Boomers and GenX, not millennials and younger.

    https://www.luc.edu/media/lucedu/hhh...nalBehavor.pdf

    Exposure to lead during pregnancy and lead poisoning when
    children are young are connected to more arrests and/or arrests
    for violent offenses in a study of 250 individuals that looked at
    them from birth to ages 19-24 years old. The more lead in a
    child’s blood at 6 years old, the higher are the child’s chances of
    being arrested for a violent crime as a young adult.

    Lead poisoning in children in preschool increased the amount of
    crime over several decades in nine countries, including the U.S.
    The impact of childhood lead poisoning is also seen in the increase
    of arrest and incarceration over these years. This study further
    suggests that crimes involving violence could be especially
    connected to the more severe cases of childhood lead poisoning.
    ...
    A comparison of 194 delinquent children with 146 non-delinquent
    children found that delinquent children were four times more
    likely to be lead poisoned than the non-delinquent youth. This
    was the result even after looking at other problems that affect
    delinquency, including the level of parent education and
    employment, single-parent households, number of children living
    in the home, and neighborhood crime rates.
    Lead poisoning attacks the centers of the brain for reasoning, emotion, decision making etc. So it's not implausible that older right-wingers who get upset about "woke" young people actually have brain damage from lead that's affected their ability to feel empathy. "what is WRONG with these young people?" they asks. Uh, the young people didn't huff the lead fumes so have intact frontal lobes, maybe? I know it must seem weird to people who have pattern neurological damage that was society-wide when the new generation comes along and don't have the brain damage that they see as "normal".

    I'm planning to write a couple of conspiracy theory posts later, but i think the articles explaining that everyone was poisoned by nerve toxins for decades could be the "oh that explains everything" moment.
    Last edited by Cipheron; 12th Mar 2022 at 18:02.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cipheron View Post
    New study: 50% of Americans alive in 2015 were retarded due to leaded gasoline exposure.
    That's funny. This is town I grew up in:

    https://cumulis.epa.gov/supercpad/Si...nup&id=0305679

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    I'm having a debate on another site about inflation. People seem to think companies are happily rolling in their pandemic bucks, because prices are high.

    However, I'm pretty sure that the companies involved would prefer it if they *didn't* have supply disruptions that are causing high prices. After all, if the low supply is causing high prices and companies as a whole find this more profitable, then they would have colluded to ensure the supply was lower *in the first place*.

    Some people don't get that high prices don't necessarily mean more profits.

    like a common sentiment is that "oil companies are only using the Ukraine war as an excuse to jack up the price!"

    firstly, they don't need any excuse to jack up the price,

    secondly, if there was in fact wiggle-room to even "jack up the price", then that implies they were making less than the optimal profits at the point before jacking prices up. which seems kinda unlikely.

    e.g. if the price spikes right up to $6 a gallon and someone goes "they only set that price in order to gouge people for more money!" then why was it in fact less than $6 the day before, or the week before? Were they not gouging people at that point?
    Last edited by Cipheron; 12th Mar 2022 at 22:00.

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    Umm. It kinda sorta sounds like you have absolutely no idea how pricing normally works in the first place.

    In a functioning sub-economy, attempts to raise prices are countered by purchasers not paying those prices. Maybe they get it somewhere else, maybe they just use less of it. A competitor can undercut your price, and suddenly you're getting nothing. But sudden (and "sudden" in most cases can be measured in years, e.g. building new chip factories takes several years each) supply shocks make it difficult or impossible to find competition or alternatives. So, the price can rise until it's so high that buyers do find alternatives, or just do without. If you institute price controls, then you get shortages, as buyers try to get as much as usual and it simply doesn't exist. High prices can effectively prevent shortages by forcing buyers out of the market until only the most desperate afford it. That's a standard supply/demand curve.

    As a rule of thumb, companies try to set prices as high as they can get away with. Selling fewer units isn't a problem until you sell so many fewer that you make less profit. But, it's ultimately more of an art than a science. At the end of the day, it's PR, really. Customers are "sticky" and it's really dangerous to drive them away. Having an excuse to give your customers makes it much better PR, and if everyone else is saying the same thing and raising the same prices, all the better.

    People seem to think companies are happily rolling in their pandemic bucks, because prices are high.
    Profits are way up. That's just easily verifiable fact.

    However, I'm pretty sure that the companies involved would prefer it if they *didn't* have supply disruptions that are causing high prices.
    Companies that can still source a scarce resource are absolutely delighted when their competition stops being able to source that same resource. They get a huge increase in returns without having to do anything but crank prices. Companies down the line could go either way, but right now, they are by-and-large getting away with increasing prices more than their costs are going up, which leads to the aforementioned profit surge.

    After all, if the low supply is causing high prices and companies as a whole find this more profitable, then they would have colluded to ensure the supply was lower *in the first place*.
    This is usually illegal and they do it all the friggin' time anyway. That is, like, OPEC's entire reason for existence. It's what Enron did. It's why diamonds are expensive. It's the whole reason why we have rules about trusts and monopolies; if you can control enough of the supply, you can raise prices and crank your profit without having to worry about competition.

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    I guess more precisely it's the combination of anterior cingulate cortex and orbitofrontal/ventral medial frontal cortex via the striatum pulling the trigger (raising the price) until the firing rates mediating the utility benefit of pulling it again more or less are canceled out by the firing rates of the ACC's computation of the counterfactual costs of fewer customers, plus a few little details, and that system is pretty good at feeling out the local Nash equilibrium. There's your invisible hand.

    Quote Originally Posted by Pyrian View Post
    Profits are way up. That's just easily verifiable fact.
    Profits are up, but so is the cost of all kinds of goods and services, which blunts its purchasing power on the whole. I wouldn't think it's so much delighted as relieved if they keep their heads above water, or pop it high enough above the water to match the rise that's going to come.

    Well my brother is in the oil industry. When there's a price spike, first it's not going to mean anything to them until a few months later when the next round of purchases happen, but the costs of everything (equipment, labor, transportation, etc.) go way up immediately. Then there's a happy rush when the profits start coming in. But then over time those also start getting eaten into over time, and there's evidently a little uncertainty how it's going to wobble out after a year. It's a weird dynamic, and there's an offset between what you perceive and what you experience.

    Edit: I'm making it sound like it's a monolithic thing. There are net winners and losers, or better and worse off, or er, less-worse-off and worse-worse-off. Oil companies are net better (maybe less-worse-off?), where the extra profit is going to be a lot more than the raised costs. But industries like I imagine trucking are going to be net worse-worse-off, where raising their prices isn't going to counter the rising cost of gas, not just for their own trucks but what the drivers themselves have to pay for their own cars back home, on top of groceries and sundries and the like...
    Last edited by demagogue; 13th Mar 2022 at 01:32.

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    Quote Originally Posted by demagogue View Post
    Profits are up, but so is the cost of all kinds of goods and services, which blunts its purchasing power on the whole.
    ...I knew I should've specified inflation-adjusted...

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    @Pyrian I don't disagree with anything you said.

    But what I was arguing with these other people was that companies trying to max revenue were the entire cause of inflation right now.

    That doesn't explain why there are periods, long periods, with low inflation. Companies were still working to maximize profits during those times. So my point was that maximizing profits isn't the 100% explanation of price rises. so when asking for the reason behind inflation being high it can't just be caused by companies maxxing profits since then you need to also have to explain why there was 10 years before that where it almost never got over 2%, despite companies being the same as ever.

    how I'm starting to see that is that the high profits could be understood to be the net result of the unstable market conditions. once the market stabilizes those should approach the previous levels.

    as for high profits, that also pulls money out of circulation. if companies are sitting on record amounts of cash then that's also cash that's not circulating: the net effect of not circulating cash is in fact anti-inflationary. so it makes sense to see that as the result of inflation, not the cause.
    Last edited by Cipheron; 13th Mar 2022 at 08:10.

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    Quote Originally Posted by demagogue View Post
    Several states are also pushing for long jail sentences now for abortions of ectopic pregnancies. In fact, the Missouri Bill expressly makes assisting a woman with an ectopic pregnancy a class A felony, while other provisions in the bill are only class B felonies.

    https://reason.com/2022/03/14/missou...c-pregnancies/

    The bill says that trafficking in abortion drugs or devices would generally be a class B felony but under certain circumstances would be a class A felony, which carries a minimum sentence of 10 years. The more serious penalty would apply when an offense involved three or more women, a pregnancy past 10 weeks' gestational age, a victim of human trafficking, or a second or subsequent offense. It would also apply when an abortion is "performed or induced or was attempted to be performed or induced on a woman who has an ectopic pregnancy."
    Ectopic pregnancies are 100% non-viable situations where an embryo has implanted itself somewhere that's not the womb. But Missouri lawmakers have seen through the ruse: women aren't going to get around any abortion ban by *dying* and then going "boohoo" about it.

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    Mike Tyson makes ear-shaped weed edibles

    Almost 25 years have passed since boxer Mike Tyson famously bit a chunk out of Evander Holyfield's ear in the 1997 WBA Heavyweight Championship fight. But that memorable -- and gross -- moment lives on. Tyson's cannabis company, Tyson 2.0, is now selling marijuana gummi candies shaped like ears with bites out of them.

    "Holy ears! They're finally here! Go get your Mike Bites now," the company said in a tweet.

    Representatives for Tyson 2.0 did not immediately respond to a request for comment about where exactly the edibles are sold, or how much they cost. Tyson's products are available at certain marijuana retailers in California, Colorado and Nevada, according to the company site.

    Some fans wondered on social media whether Holyfield -- who, after all, unwillingly gave up a piece of his ear in the iconic bout -- was receiving any money from sales. World Boxing News reports the two boxers discussed it in a 2019 video.

    "You might be in business because we're going to make some holy ears," Tyson reportedly said. "Some edibles [of the ear] that got a bite taken out of 'em."

    Holyfield reportedly responded, "Well, I could do that."

    We've reached out to Tyson 2.0 to ask if Holyfield will receive money from the sales of the ear gummis.

    After Tyson bit Holyfield's ear in the 1997 fight, the match was resumed, and shortly after, Tyson then bit Holyfield's other ear. Tyson was disqualified, his boxing license was revoked, and he was fined more than $3 million.

    "Cannabis has always played an important role in my life," Tyson says on the company website. "Cannabis has changed me for the good both mentally and physically, and I want to share that gift with others who are also seeking relief."


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    I hate clickbait. Came across a headline "Scandal rocks man behind Elmo" about the guy who puppeteers and does the voice behind Elmo.

    I went in expecting some #metoo type sex scandal, but no.

    The scandal: sometimes he's grumpy and might yell at someone. Others say he's not that grumpy. entire story.

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    Still better than: "Casinos HATE him! Man becomes a millionaire at the slots with this simple trick, and so can you"

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    On the grapevine, source: a reporter for the Daily Beast:

    https://twitter.com/ZTPetrizzo/statu...11529015554051

    Today out in Hagerstown, more and more truckers with The People's Convoy have complained about becoming sick with a bad cough. One streamer, “OTR Survival,” ended up going to an urgent care, and described the illness as getting “hit by a bus.”
    This is bad, there are soon going to be a large number of these truckers driving around in denial with Covid brain fog.
    Last edited by Cipheron; 22nd Mar 2022 at 01:01.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cipheron View Post
    This is bad, there are soon going to be a large number of these truckers driving around in denial with Covid brain fog.
    Lmao

    https://news.yahoo.com/solo-cyclist-...ycsrp_catchall

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    This is already way over-saturated, but I still feel a need to respect the meme.


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    BTW the "People's Convoy" being reported to finally pull up stumps and go home.

    Coincidentally a few days after mention of a major Covid outbreak among its ranks.

    ---

    As for news of the Dallas QAnon JFK cult:

    - they're now located around the country, hitting up various Trump rallies and similar events.

    - they have schismed into at least three competing factions

    - the factions are armed and there have been threats of violence and various accusations between them

    - all three factions still hold Protzman / Negative48 to be some kind of divine being.

    - Protzman expelled some of the splinter-cult leaders because they were skimming off the top from the grifter money instead of giving it all to him.
    Last edited by Cipheron; 28th Mar 2022 at 21:08.

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    Here comes the Night Of The Long Knives. Or maybe the suppressed AR-15's.

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    https://www.huffpost.com/entry/dc-po...b068157f749d7f

    DC Police Find 5 Fetuses In Home Of Anti-Abortion Activist Lauren Handy
    ...
    Lauren Handy, sat outside her home as officers brought out coolers containing the fetuses, WUSA9 first reported. Handy declined to tell a reporter outside her home what was inside the coolers, but said, “People will freak out when they hear.”

    The Metropolitan Police Department confirmed to HuffPost on Thursday that it had found the five fetuses after being sent to investigate a tip.
    ...
    Handy was indicted along with eight others on Wednesday for her alleged role in blocking a D.C. reproductive health care clinic in 2020.
    Like, what?

    And in the race to the bottom:

    https://www.jsonline.com/story/news/...ce/7209427001/

    Attorney who backs election decertification enters attorney general race to investigate doctors who won't prescribe ivermectin
    Last edited by Cipheron; 31st Mar 2022 at 22:28.

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    ...

    I guess this is the anti-abortion equivalent of anti-gay activists getting caught having gay sex.

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    ... I'll have to follow the abortion story up later. Heaven knows what the explanation is there.

    However i think "caught having gay sex" doesn't do this justice. An anti-abortion activist having an abortion would be the equivalent of that. This is the equivalent of running a gay brothel.
    Last edited by Cipheron; 1st Apr 2022 at 08:03.

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    My guess is that they thought that they could perform abortions in a way that could save the life of the fetus, so they persuaded women wanting to get an abortion to use their services instead, and some women took the bait.

    But then predictably it went horribly against their hopes, they couldn't actually keep the fetuses alive, and so they put them on ice (or their idea from the beginning was to "cryogenically freeze" them; that actually makes more sense) hoping they could still be revived in the future. I literally can't think of any other possible explanation than something along those lines.

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    Quote Originally Posted by demagogue View Post
    My guess is that they thought that they could perform abortions in a way that could save the life of the fetus, so they persuaded women wanting to get an abortion to use their services instead, and some women took the bait.

    But then predictably it went horribly against their hopes, they couldn't actually keep the fetuses alive, and so they put them on ice (or their idea from the beginning was to "cryogenically freeze" them; that actually makes more sense) hoping they could still be revived in the future. I literally can't think of any other possible explanation than something along those lines.
    Jesus I hope that's not the story, because it would be horrific.

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    I saw that crazy headline too! My random guess is that they stole the fetuses from an abortion clinic to "rescue" them from being tested on or something, maybe give them a burial or something.

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