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DnD Central / Re: Everything Trump…
Last post by Frenzie -
You don't need a strategy to kill people? Hmmm...
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DnD Central / Re: Everything Trump…
Last post by ersi -
From a review of the latest Trump book - Fear: Trump in the White House by Bob Woodward
[Chief economic adviser Gary] Cohn's obsession was to get Trump to understand that trade deficits don't have to mean America is losing: he wanted the president to know that it's possible to be in deficit and still to be growing the economy. But Trump soon lost patience. 'I don't want to hear that, it's bullshit.'

Steve Bannon, at this point the president's chief strategist, and therefore someone who had to be invited along, decided to jump in. What's the value in defending the international order if America's allies won't give anything back? Trump had made it clear he wanted to tear up the Iran nuclear deal. '"Is one of your fucking great allies up in the European Union" going to back the president?' Bannon wanted to know. 'Give me one guy. One country. One company. Who's going to back sanctions?' Now Trump perked up. '"That's what I'm talking about," Trump said. "He just made my point. You talk about all these guys as allies. There's not an ally up there. Answer Steve's question. Who's going to back us?"' No one could answer Bannon's question, so the president moved on to Afghanistan, where he couldn't understand why he was spending so much money for so little return. 'When are we going to start winning some wars? We've got these charts. When are we going to win some wars? Why are you jamming this down my throat?' The charts weren't helping. In fact they were making things worse. 'You should be killing guys,' Trump told the trained killers in the room. 'You don't need a strategy to kill people.'

By now it was clear that the meeting had backfired horribly. But no one knew how to get out of it.
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DnD Central / Re: Best language resource(s) to use?
Last post by Frenzie -
On that topic, here's a list of Dutch digital language resources:

https://www.neerlandistiek.nl/2018/09/de-beste-digitale-taalbronnen/

It pretty much agrees with my own go-to sources. I would quibble that there's no need to limit yourself to the WNT, but the link given there seems to (accidentally?) check all the dictionaries accessible through that particular search interface.
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DnD Central / Re: Best language resource(s) to use?
Last post by ersi -
Here is a book on Russian stress patterns, how they historically developed and all that stuff. I was reading it in order to finally be able to deduce Russian stress for myself if possible. It's a long and complicated read. Then I found the following lecture, which is basically a summary of the book.



The short answer: Russian stress is random. Nobody can deduce it.
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DnD Central / Re: "Scientists Say" blather
Last post by ersi -
Remember the Sokal hoax that exposed postmodernism for the nonsense that it is? Now gender studies (and "grievance studies" more generally) have been hit by the same experiment. Welcome the award-winning Dog Park paper that proposed "practical applications that disrupt hegemonic masculinities and improve access to emancipatory spaces" by training men like dogs so they would not become rapists.

Full story https://areomagazine.com/2018/10/02/academic-grievance-studies-and-the-corruption-of-scholarship/
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DnD Central / Re: Today's Bad News
Last post by ersi -
Charles Aznavour died on October 1st https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Aznavour#Mort (Hopefully no random editor goes to change the date on that one.)
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DnD Central / Re: Everything Trump…
Last post by ersi -
The belief that there is something extraordinarily sinister about "corporate media" is eery in the context of pro-Putinism. Particularly when the pro-Putinism speedily acquires elements of pro-Trumpism.

Just think: In what way is the state of journalism in Russia better than in "corporate media"? Would Trump make a better journalist than anybody he is criticising? Why has he kept giving interviews and shown up for talk shows all these decades?

Both pro-Putinism and pro-Trumpism are authoritarian mindset in the making. If you actually suppressed "corporate media", what semblance of free speech would you be left with?

Conspiracy theorists like to think of themselves as the only ones with a critical mind, while everybody else in their view supposedly thinks exactly what journalists tell them to think.

Guess what, hardly anyone turns to newspapers or tv to obtain ready-made thoughts. Instead, they read and listen to see if there is anything worthy of some consideration. Mostly there isn't, sometimes there is. They read for reference, not for blind affirmation.
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DnD Central / Re: Everything Trump…
Last post by ersi -
I specifically mentioned that the reader must follow the clues to reverse engineer the journalism. A good article enables the reader to do it. That particular one is a good article. The critics that I have read either do not know the hows and whys of journalism or do not care.

There is a difference between asserting on the one hand and reporting assertions on the other. Journalists do the latter, not the former. Critics should take note of the difference. Journalism does not prove; it informs.
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DnD Central / Re: Everything Trump…
Last post by ersi -
NY Times has a good overview of the whole saga of Russian meddling in the Trump elections: The Plot to Subvert an Election


Enough clues there to reverse engineer the journalism, to retrace the steps and to draw one's own conclusions.