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  •  And not only did I understand the rules (none)
    And explain them to you, I also pointed out in that post the problems with that soldiers assertions about what sites were blocked and why they were blocked.

    I provided links to Stars and Stripes, which documented that these changes occurred last fall, not February 1st. It also documented what sites were blocked and why.

    The soldier held an opinion. Lots of people form opinions based upon anecdotal information. The soldier did so also - he could not access the liberal sites that he wanted to access, and so he drew the conclusion from that evidence that those sites were blocked because they were liberal sites.

    But that is not a conclusion that can be fairly drawn from that information. Even when you add in the fact that the Bush Administration is scrungy when it comes to protecting freedoms and providing a wide array of information to the press, to the President and to the American public, one STILL cannot come to that conclusion. The soldier's statements that he DID come to that conclusion is NOT evidence that his conclusions were facts - only someone that could, as an expert, describe the actual policy of the Marine Corps, or provide evidence that other similar sites with opposing viewpoints were NOT blocked, could one come to that conclusion - this soldier's anecdotal evidence is simply not proof.

    And the Stars and Stripes article and others that I provided clearly demonstrate that the sites that are blocked are clearly often not blocked because of their political content - one is blocked from the state sites from Japan and South Korea, but can see the North Korean government website?

    There is clear evidence that these sites were blocked. There is NOT clear evidence as to why they were blocked. Yet you, this soldier, and many other people have asserted that this is evidence of the Bush Administration's corrupt nature.

    I agree that the Bush Administration has been corrupt and untrustworthy and has done all kinds of things to keep a fair and accurate flow of all the news and factual information to its citizens. And I think their behavior is criminal.

    But this is not evidence of that behavior. There is no evidence that this site (Wonkette) was blocked because of its liberal political content.

    The fact that it's liberal and it was blocked is not evidence that it was blocked because it is liberal.

    And this is another logical fallacy that I will put on my next test in my debate class.

    ...but not your own facts.

    by slouise217 on Fri Mar 03, 2006 at 12:30:00 PM PST

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    •  slouise (none)
      You really should read the part where it says:

      Don't type in all uppercase. Doing so implies SHOUTING OR YELLING and should be used only for emphasis.

      Don't send an e-mail in all UPPER-CASE. Use of uppercase words is the equivalent of shouting at the recipient. ONLY use uppercase words when trying to make a point (such as I just did).

      Don't shout at people. Don't use all capital letters, (UPPERCASE) or overdo punctuation!!!!!!

      If you used all uppercase occasionally, that would be for emphasis. The way you use it -- as others have also pointed out -- is rude.

      I've got one for your test. Is a roll of quarters a weapon of mass destruction?

      Here's another: If the WMD team from Ft. Detrick is called to a scene, does that make the dust they found a WMD? By that same logic, if a fire department is called to get a cat out of a tree, the cat is a fire.

      Will you also point out to your students that a considerable number of people agreed that your comments lack "civility and grace."

      What object is served by this circle of misery and violence and fear? It must tend to some end, or else our universe is ruled by chance, which is unthinkable.

      by Carnacki on Fri Mar 03, 2006 at 01:34:39 PM PST

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      •  You keep displaying your prejudices (none)
        I DO use uppercase occasionally. In many cases, it's one word in a paragraph, and IS used for emphasis.

        I have read the rules. I follow the guidelines suggested by the first 3 Netiquette sites I found - occasional use of capitalized words to show emphasis.

        The fact that some people here don't understand Netiquette rules does not mean that I should change my behavior - it means that they should learn the rules, which is why when I was challenged on this I provided the rules to you. I already KNEW the Netiquette guidelines, as I said in an earlier post. I did not need to look them up, as I already know them. I looked them up so I could let you know that in fact I did look them up as you suggested AND to educate you that in fact I was following the Netiquette guidelines.

        It is you that misunderstood the guidelines. They say don't use all caps. And I don't use all caps. Much fewer than 10% of my words are capitalized. That's NOT all caps, and is within the Netiquette guidelines.

        And I have explained this to you numerous times. I understood the rules before you brought it up to me. You have had the rules explained to you about 5 times, yet you still seem to be having a problem with that. I capitalize words that I want to emphasize - words that I would say slightly louder, and with a different emphasis, if I was were speaking them.

        I DO use uppercase occasionally. Less than 10% of the time cannot be described in any terms that imply anything more than occasionally.

        The WMD team from Ft Detrick came to examine a substance that they suspected might be a WMD. The fact that it was NOT found to be a WMD does not change the fact that ricin is a WMD.

        Ricin is a WMD. That is why a WMD team was called to the scene, because there was a chance that this was a WMD. If ricin were not a WMD, then they never would have been called.

        Let's go with your assertion that ricin is not a WMD. Then why would the WMD team come to Austin to collect samples of the powder? Austin police have bio-hazard suits, and have collection kits that would have allowed them to send the material to anyplace in the USA and protect others from any chance of contamination. The WMD team did not have any specialized skills except that they are trained in dealing with WMD's. That's why they came. Because ricin is a WMD.

        The team knew that it was a small amount of a chunky powder that had been found in a roll of quarters.

        They knew ALL that evidence, yet they sent a WMD team.

        Because ricin is a WMD. Unless ricin is a WMD, there is no reason to send a WMD team. A WMD team is sent to review WMD's.

        Fire Departments are sent to rescue people and cats from all kinds of emergencies because they are first responders with specialized training and equipment.

        So, IF the Fire Department responds, then it can be safely concluded that their skills were needed. If a WMD team is called to the scene, then they come because their specific skills were needed. We KNOW that a WMD team didn't need to be called for a roll of quarters. We know that it did not turn out to be ricin. We know that the WMD team was called because ricin is a WMD.

        That's the analogy that fits here, not yours. I teack this stuff, and have practice every semester grading and critiquing students' efforts to make analogies and argue logically.

        My students know, because I discuss it in the first class of every semester, that just because a group of people may see something all in the same way does not make it a reasonable conclusion. My students know that oftentimes, because of prejudices that groups have, they often see things that are not factual and think they are evidence, or distort reality to fit what they think reality should be, or convince themselves of facts that are not really true.

        So yeah, based upon the 10 minute 'who I am' part of my first day introduction to the course, my students do know that I am attacked on a regular basis from people of all political stripes and beliefs because I fight for the truth, for honest debate and for respect for the facts no matter where that may lead me. They are my students, so they do NOT get told specific details about my personal life, and if I use personal interactions I have with posters here or elsewhere, I remove all identifying information. I did write a letter to the editor for the local suburban paper after one of my students had seen me at the local dry cleaners, and she asked me if I was the author, but that is the only case I know of where my personal life has bled over into my professional career, and I think that is the way that it should be.

        One of the big reasons for lawyers and counselors and philosophy majors to take these kinds of classes is to teach them critical thinking skills. And not only am I a skilled teacher in these logic and critical thinking techniques, but I also see the great value in teaching these skills and I practice them in my interactions online.

        Many people lack those skills.

        ...but not your own facts.

        by slouise217 on Sat Mar 04, 2006 at 12:41:27 AM PST

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