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Re: Jersey City rally in support of immigrants
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JCMan8 wrote:
I have a feeling you are not a psychologist...


Of course not. I defer to experts, and their work leaves us with some of the most valuable tools to understand ourselves and each other, despite our completely understandable reluctance use them.

It’s a jungle in there.

Posted on: 2/1 21:36
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Re: Jersey City rally in support of immigrants
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Here's a good article on the subject I read the other day. Many of these "progressives" aren't worried that Trump is a Hitler type figure. They subconsciously want that to avoid admitting they were as wrong as can be.

http://blog.dilbert.com/post/15654031 ... h-for-especially-if-it-is


Hitler is simply the most infamous point of reference in terms of Mr. Trump's tendencies. The comparison is unavoidable, and many people who want to demonize him are going to use that reference. They're probably distracting themselves with an irrational projection as well, if that suits you. I have plenty of hope that Trump and Hitler will never share any important Wikipedia entries.

Still, along with many past world leaders that history reflects poorly upon, Donald Trump and Adolf Hitler share an unmistakable appeal to the dark side of human nature. Thanks to pioneers like Freud and Jung, we know quite a bit about this aspect of the unconscious, our shadow, despite its entire purpose of remaining hidden. We didn't see Mr. Trump's victory coming, and in hindsight that makes sense, but at least now our dirty secret is out.


Posted on: 2/1 19:14
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Re: Jersey City rally in support of immigrants
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I'm well aware of your proclivity to misuse the term "projection."

Fact is, it's very difficult for a conservative not to be exposed to the liberal viewpoint nowadays. It's crammed down everybody's throat via most mass media outlets. "Progressives" are far more likely to be victim to echo chambers because they simply aren't exposed to dissenting viewpoints.


When a serial teller of raging falsehoods angrily refers to journalists as “liars” on a regular basis, psychology has a term for that behavior whether you like it or not. Everybody is familiar with the pot calling the kettle black, but the fascinating part is understanding WHY the pot has such a conspicuous problem with the kettle.

It's probably one of the most fascinating subjects that you don't want to know anything about.

Posted on: 2/1 16:44
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Re: Jersey City rally in support of immigrants
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And the echo chamber stuff is obvious. You [JSleeze] and many "progressives" receive all of your information from like minded sources, which largely ban the conservative point of view, which leaves you disconnected from reality.


You have no idea how fascinating psychology is, do you?

Posted on: 2/1 15:27
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Re: Trump Our New President
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And quite frankly I don't care if foreigners want to come here because they can improve their lot. That's a terrible standard. Most of the world would love to come here.

Trump is returning our immigration policy to what it historically was...


Many Americans didn’t think much of my Irish and Italian ancestors, but thankfully their entry into the United States wasn’t determined by the absurd question of, “What can you do for me?”

Compassion and empathy probably seem like four-letter words to you, or at least words for sissies, but those exceptional qualities in people are part of the reason why the United States is already great nation.

Posted on: 1/30 16:09
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Re: Trump Our New President
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TheBigGuy wrote:
The surprise timing was perfect and it sent a clear message that the days of announcing timetables of strategic security initiatives to our enemies is over.


I'd like to understand this concept better, but I'm no military strategist. For example, what specific outcome(s) might have been improved if US and coalition troops rotated out of Iraq without notice?

Posted on: 1/30 14:38
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Re: Trump Our New President
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JCMan8 wrote:
The statement which I correctly defended spoke to the difference between immigrants currently here. Surely, you are intelligent enough to have realized this.


My bad. When you wrote about "immigrants," I thought you were talking about foreigners whose best option to secure health, safety, and a future for themselves and their families is to leave their homes for the United States.

Posted on: 1/30 14:33
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Re: Trump Our New President
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JCMan8 wrote:
So that was kind of an odd ramble.


You recently came to the defense of a person who incorrectly stated that, “People are not opposed to legal immigration.” However, we know that there are Americans who are indeed opposed to certain forms of legal immigration, so his statement is untrue and indefensible.

Now today, you're following up by saying that many Americans support Mr. Trump’s sudden immigration ban. Okay fine, but are you willing to believe they all changed their minds over the weekend, just to keep up with the law? If not, perhaps many Americans were already opposed to legal immigration from the affected countries.

Wouldn't that be shocking?

Posted on: 1/30 12:31
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Re: Trump Our New President
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JCMan8 wrote:
You might want to brush up on what "legal" means.

Trump changed the immigration laws. In stark contrast to the picture painted by a liberal, deceitful mass media, many Americans are fully behind President Trump's changes to the immigration laws.


It is improbable to the point of impossibility that all Americans who support Mr. Trump’s immigration ban held welcoming attitudes toward legal immigration from Iraq, Iran, Syria, Libya, Yemen, Sudan, and Somalia only one day earlier.

You brush up.

And if you were genuinely sensitive to "deceit," you wouldn't be such a cheerleader for the President.

Posted on: 1/30 11:05
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Re: Trump Our New President
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We are happy that Trump is doing exactly what we elected him to do.

Nearly half of America voters support Trump's controversial immigration order, according to Quinnipiac poll

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/artic ... mp-s-Immigration-ban.html


Holy crap, what a surprise: There ARE Americans opposed to legal immigration.

Posted on: 1/30 9:00
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Re: Trump Our New President
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JCMan8 wrote:
What are you talking about? You just responded to Azul and confirmed my interpretation of your post.

It arrogantly and basically said: don't listen to people who claim they are for legal immigration, they are lying.


I neither claimed nor implied that anybody is lying. It is simply incorrect to say that, “People are not opposed to legal immigration,” because there are people who most definitely ARE.

People who insist on thinking and speaking in absolutes about subjects that don’t work that way are bound to sabotage themselves. Don't blame me.

Posted on: 1/27 13:24
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Re: Trump Our New President
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[Frank is] being intentionally deceptive and arrogant, pretending to speak for someone's true motives.

He is pretending that the legions of Trump supporters who support legal immigration, like Trump himself who is married to one, are just lying about it..


You claimed that I’m pretending to speak for somebody else’s motives—which is untrue—and then you proceeded to speak for me??

I'll say this about our new Bizarro world: At least it's consistent and predictable in its irrationality.

Posted on: 1/27 12:46
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Re: Trump Our New President
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Azul_the_Cat wrote:
You really think people aren't against legal same sex marriages? Are you being deliberately obtuse?


I was speaking to Guy’s absolutist claim that “people are not opposed to legal immigration.” We know that to be untrue if we know anything about people, much less where the sun rises and sets.

Posted on: 1/27 12:42
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Re: Trump Our New President
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TheBigGuy wrote:
Silly article... as stated before people are not against LEGAL immigration.


“People are not against legal immigration,” just like they aren’t opposed to legal, same-sex marriage.

Posted on: 1/27 11:58
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Re: Trump Our New President
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Your silly link to the Doomsday Clock that was developed during the Cold War... We have a higher risk of apocalyptic financial destruction before we enact mutual mass destruction.


Of course financial disasters are more likely than nuclear exchanges, but they also don’t have the potential for mass extinction. Nuclear weapons are still one of the most significant threats to our survival, so it’s fairly discomforting when a person with access to the nuclear football appears to suffer from a major personality disorder that handicaps his ability to think and act rationally.

Posted on: 1/26 16:22
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Re: Trump Our New President
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CatDog wrote:
Good god you people can't go two seconds without lying to make up for Trump's shortcomings.


"Lying" is a conscious effort to deceive other people, but this phenomenon looks like an unconscious effort among Mr. Trump's supporters to deceive themselves.

Posted on: 1/24 9:24
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Re: Trump Our New President
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besante wrote:
every election has disgrunted sore loosers


This might be the first election with a sore victor.

Posted on: 1/23 13:01
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Re: Trump Our New President
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Shocked at how few people were there. I assume the weather was poor.


It might be that a disproportionate number of Trump supporters don’t like to travel.

Posted on: 1/20 13:07
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Re: Trump Our New President
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Azul_the_Cat wrote:
I know people aren't born with hate, it's learned over time. Did something happen that was a turning point in their lives?

I'm serious with this question. I would like to better understand where their point of view stemmed from.


Fear comes naturally. Hate follows.

Posted on: 1/20 10:17
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Re: LeFrak joins Trump administration
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What's not to like? Want to get something built, deal with people who build things. I'll bet there will be shovels in the ground this time, unlike the bogus Obama claims that got nothing built.


There is already a high demand for construction services. It’s a contractor’s market, and the institutions my colleagues and I work with are painfully aware of it.

A LOT OF STUFF is under construction right now.

Posted on: 1/18 11:13
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Re: Our modern world
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I'm just offering a different perspective in light of your implication that the technology of "interconnectedness" equals progress, and that resistance is for luddites. You didn't seem to leave room for other interpretations.

I don't agree with the alarmism, but to be completely dismissive of the risks that concern Rich isn't any better. We already know that given enough time, almost anything that can be tampered with, will be, especially things with locks on them. And when that lock exists in a somewhat abstract plane, it becomes easier for would-be perpetrators to rationalize criminal behavior. (Ever steal a CD? Ever download a copy of a CD?)

Posted on: 1/17 15:48
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Re: Our modern world
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Luddites have always existed, and will continue to exist. The rest of the world adapts, accepts change, and enjoys the perks of progress.


We already have a tendency to embrace technology as a means to its own end, often in the name of progress, so we have plenty of reason to be cautious without being luddites. The most obvious hazard of increasingly pervasive digital information technology is probably not that we will be sabotaged by others (although we will), but by inundating ourselves with more noise, we will continue to sabotage ourselves. All the data security in the world won’t put a dent in that problem.

Posted on: 1/17 11:29
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Re: Maternity ward at JCMC
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Apparently, there is a constant fear (if well founded, or not, I have no idea) that babies can be stolen by someone. It seems borderline crazy/paranoid, but I think hospitals are forced into these measures by insurance companies.


Some hospitals call it a Code Pink system. I suspect they exist mostly to guard against kidnapping by estranged mothers or fathers.

Posted on: 1/11 16:03
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Re: Trump Our New President
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WhoElseCouldIBe wrote:
I assume you're being sarcastic. If so, they [automated robots] won't change the rate of technology growth.


I don’t know about that. It would appear that automation has such an impact on the rate of technological growth that one could probably dedicate a lifetime writing about it.

Posted on: 1/10 9:38
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Re: Secaucus Boy Kicked Out of Scouts Because He's Transgender (Petition)
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Speaking of the seven deadlies, I'll never forget the day when I saw Paul Cadmus' Seven Deadly Sins on display at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. He nailed them.

https://goo.gl/acs3GV

Posted on: 1/6 13:34
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Re: Trump Our New President
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Monroe wrote:
The snowflake tears as the moving trucks are at the White House are especially delicious today.


whats a "snowflake tear"?


I think it's a term used by bitter males for the purpose of psychological projection, so that they can remain oblivious of their own tendency to wear their emotions on their sleeves.

Posted on: 1/6 11:59
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Re: Trump Our New President
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The snowflake tears as the moving trucks are at the White House are especially delicious today.


The tears you’re swallowing exist only in your imagination, and what you’re experiencing—or at least fantasizing about—is called Schadenfreude—a concept so fundamentally German and uncool that we don’t have a better word to describe it.

As Americans, that’s not how we tend to roll.

Posted on: 1/6 11:27
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Re: Trump Our New President
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TheBigGuy wrote:
Seems to me the adults are back in charge...


If that's true, we can at least hope Mr. Trump stays out of their way.

"Rex, quick, jingle your keys in front of him!"

Posted on: 1/6 8:24
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Re: No Water in Hamilton Park
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brewster wrote:
To my understanding, this is nonsense, we have a gravity fed system from the Boonton reservoir, similar to NYC. Even systems that have to pump for pressure use towers to provide a steady pressure head, not on-demand pumps. Can you corroborate what you say?


That’s a good point, it seems you’re right. I don’t know much about the system, but apparently it does use a gravity feed. My experience is with non-potable water systems which tend to be quite different, so my bad.

You’re also right that pressure in the system is supposed to be constant. There are ways to do that, but that doesn’t mean the solutions are flawless. Pressure in our system does really change throughout the day, and after taking showers in the same place over the past ten years, I’m hopefully not just imagining it. (It’s also independent of additional water demand in my building, which has a more obvious impact.)

I’m not talking about major fluctuations, but they’re still not healthy for old cast iron pipes. Thousands and thousands of small, repeated cycles can really add up when talking about mechanical stresses.

The pace of construction over the past 15-20 years also can’t help but be related to significant disturbances to our water mains. The worst thing you can do with a buried utility is touch it. Underground soil erosion, which seems to be common downtown, is probably also a factor that increases stress on the pipes.

Point is—they’re not failing just because they’re old. I’ve seen piping only months old fail due to water chemistry or mechanical stresses, and I’ve seen piping older than me in perfectly serviceable condition. There’s always more to it.
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At least we can probably agree that infrastructure improvements are a political hot potato. Officials aren’t in office long enough to reap the rewards of expensive long-term projects. They’re only around long enough for the criticism, and who wants that?

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Re: No Water in Hamilton Park
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People, please. Water mains don't break because of usage, they're under the same pressure whether you're running water or not.


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...DT had a TON of factories that used to operate 24/7, in addition to a local population that was very large. Do you have stats to back up your (implied) claim that there is more water usage now than before?


Since you mention it, water pressure in the system is not constant. It fluctuates throughout the day. The sudden early morning demand creates a large pressure drop that the pump house has to account for, and they seem to do it by increasing the pressure before the demand kicks in. Construction—and there’s been some of that going on—also forces shutdowns that affect water pressure in other parts of the system.

Old cast iron pipes do not like to see fluctuating pressure, and we are probably stressing the system quite a bit, in exactly that way. The age of a pipe is not the only factor affecting its longevity. It’s not even the most significant one.

In terms of stressing the system, the operative concept is demand, not usage, and the demand spike that occurs every weekday morning in 2016 is almost certainly larger than what it was in 1930, when showering was not the thing it is today.

Posted on: 12/16 10:45
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