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PEW did a survey to determine to what extent the various media personalities are trusted by the population.
Punditfact claims to be measuring to what extent the media personalities are truthful or untruthful.
Those are two very different things and I would tend to doubt that actual truthfulness is closely correlated with level of trust.
I'd also note that Even if two were equally trusted and also equally untruthful as validly measured, the good or bad that flows from that would not be equal. Someone with twice the audience and whose audience is more devoted and passionate would have a far greater impact than someone with equal truthful/trusted scores.
IMO the 200 limit, isn't enough as readership increases, or appears to have increased.
Someone once accused me of posting last minute just so no one could reply. That never occurred to me, but I am aware that if I want to discuss something, that I won't post in a thread over say 170. For the record, I have never posted in hopes no one could reply, that defeats the entire purpose of any blog.
I think these are just hot button issues that people feel strongly about.
I am not one of those people...I'd never make it in an Italian family;)
I'm definitely more argumentative online then I am in person. Sometimes something someone writes can rub you the wrong way, could even be for a completely unrelated personal reason, and it's much easier to take it out on some "stranger" on a blog than it is if you were having a conversation in real life.
There's a reason any reputable bar or pub prohibits discussions or religion or politics...alotta people just can't handle it without losing their sh*t and taking it personal.
Not sure if that's good or bad.
One example from yesterday was my post about the belated criminal convictions of the four Blackwater security personnel who perpetrated a civilian massacre of civilians in Baghdad's Nisour Square back in Sept. 2007.
Seven years ago, in the midst of our military occupation of Iraq, the Nisour Square massacre was a huge story -- today, probably not so much. But I still thought it important, because I remember that there were a lot of people back then who were absolutely certain that these guys were going to walk and not even be charged. That ultimately proved to not be the case, given their convictions, and I felt that yesterday's news finally brought that story full circle and could even provide some small sense of closure for some people.
So, I guess my advice to everyone here would be that if something interests you and you feel like sharing or commenting, then by all means please do so, and don't worry about how full that day's Open Thread happens to be. If yours is Post No. 193 and someone wants to discuss it with you, that 200-comment limit is his / her problem and not yours.
Because of the significant time difference between Hawaii and the U.S. mainland -- I'm five hours behind you in Texas, and six hours behind everyone back east -- I often come online long after the rest of you have probably called it a day and turned in for the night. More often than not, the open threads are either full or almost so.
But I still read the comments anyway, because a lot of you offer insight, information, (recipes!) and assorted links to articles, video and material that I might not otherwise have seen and known about. I'm not just here to be a bombthrower -- even though my finger's admittedly still on the switch for those bomb bay doors, just in case I see something that I think needs some blowin' up real good.
Even at 3 hours long it's very interesting.
I think we need another round of NHL expansion, give the goons another avenue of employment besides cop and robber. Never mind, they generally fight fair in the NHL, none of that 5 on 1 sh*t.
I'm coming around to liking this guy.
VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis called for abolition of the death penalty as well as life imprisonment, and denounced what he called a "penal populism" that promises to solve society's problems by punishing crime instead of pursuing social justice.
It's hard to square the death penalty when you defend life in all forms. One can quibble with the defense of human embryo's and even early term abortion (as I do) but at least the Pope is consistent.
Not bad, he's more liberal then the guy I voted for currently running the country.
I would add nitwits doing stupid S for YouTube. No one knows how to launch a bottle rocket from their bhole like an America teenager.
1 United States 38,753
2 Ireland 38,210
3 Luxembourg 33,373
4 Australia 33,319
5 Switzerland 32,066
Or that average income is adjusted and median is not, because if that's the case I think you don't really understand statistics very well.