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Posted: 17 May 2014 09:45 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 31 ]
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Video and audio technology has advanced to the point that it’s getting impossible to know what is real and what has been manipulated.  Even everyday clothing ads have the female models’ legs lengthened, breasts augmented, already beautiful faces modified to match the ad agency’s view of maximum effectiveness.  In the old days a sentence or two would be taken from a speech while leaving out the qualifying statements so it would appear the person was saying something very negative.  Now a half hour talk can be recorded and single words extracted then glued together and played publically.  Everyone can recognize the voice, so they believe the peson said something completely opposite of his/her actual statements.

I wonder what, if any, techniques can be developed to counteract this kind of technological lying.

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Posted: 17 May 2014 01:43 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 32 ]
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A couple of things:

I suppose I could be a good ‘dinner guest’ since, as MzLee knows, I have an opinion on just about everything. raspberry

Plus, I’ve ‘picked up a few skills along the way’. Someone asked me once, what my ‘skillset consisted of’. This was the result. Not just ‘jobs I’ve had’ but hobbies as well. I’m not a ‘guru’ by any means in any of them but I do have a passing knowledge of them.


- minor website design, build, repair and maintain computer equipment,etc

- paint, including rooms, walls, outdoors (like houses), murals, design work,etc

- minor plumbing, up to and including replacing any pipes, installing toilets, tubs, showers,etc

- minor electrical, including house wiring, washer/dryer for 220V, fuse box installation, etc

- minor carpentry, including roofing, framing, shingle work, door and window installation, flooring, carpet installation, furniture building, etc

- hang and mudd drywall

- install kitchen cabinets, drawers, stoves, appliances

- do tile and grout work, and caulking of windows and plumbing fixtures

- cook many different genres of food (jewish, american native, syrian, german, italian, french and ‘yankee’)

- hunt for food

- milk cows and goats by hand or machine

- make homemade wine

- do hard, challenger and expert crossword puzzles in pen

- decorate the house for any and all holidays I choose to celebrate

- minor surgery, including setting bones, stitching up, lancing and clearing up infections

- well trained in CPR and emergency techniques

- somewhat versed in homeopathic remedies, used in ‘stopgap’ measures until proper medical care is obtained

- ‘get by’ in french and spanish

- write and design short stories, children’s books

- amateur astronomer

- basic sewing and mending

- chop and stack wood

- make wooden and leather toys of all sorts

- make wooden furniture, from stools to waterbeds

- know many types of photography and PS skills

- leatherworking

- coppersmithing


Lois, I agree with you on the point of the camera angles. However, I must demur on the point of autism.

What is a kid with autism supposed to sound like? I have a very good friend who has two boys who are autistic. And, in any one conversation, they are ‘normal-sounding’.

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Posted: 17 May 2014 02:28 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 33 ]
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Your list would sound impressive, TC60, but when a fairly intelligent person who’s lived in homes that needed modification or repair, had a family that enjoyed a wide variety of activities, and delighted in new challenges, most of that list becomes, “Oh yeah, I used to do that, too”.  I’d guess that if most of us took the time to recall and write down every interesting task we worked on and developed a minor level of expertise we’d be surprised that we too would have a long and varied list.

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Posted: 17 May 2014 02:42 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 34 ]
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Um.

I wasn’t aware that it was a competition.

I was merely remarking on what I found about myself.

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Posted: 17 May 2014 03:11 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 35 ]
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TaoChilde60 - 17 May 2014 01:43 PM

A couple of things:

I suppose I could be a good ‘dinner guest’ since, as MzLee knows, I have an opinion on just about everything. raspberry

Plus, I’ve ‘picked up a few skills along the way’. Someone asked me once, what my ‘skillset consisted of’. This was the result. Not just ‘jobs I’ve had’ but hobbies as well. I’m not a ‘guru’ by any means in any of them but I do have a passing knowledge of them.


- minor website design, build, repair and maintain computer equipment,etc

- paint, including rooms, walls, outdoors (like houses), murals, design work,etc

- minor plumbing, up to and including replacing any pipes, installing toilets, tubs, showers,etc

- minor electrical, including house wiring, washer/dryer for 220V, fuse box installation, etc

- minor carpentry, including roofing, framing, shingle work, door and window installation, flooring, carpet installation, furniture building, etc

- hang and mudd drywall

- install kitchen cabinets, drawers, stoves, appliances

- do tile and grout work, and caulking of windows and plumbing fixtures

- cook many different genres of food (jewish, american native, syrian, german, italian, french and ‘yankee’)

- hunt for food

- milk cows and goats by hand or machine

- make homemade wine

- do hard, challenger and expert crossword puzzles in pen

- decorate the house for any and all holidays I choose to celebrate

- minor surgery, including setting bones, stitching up, lancing and clearing up infections

- well trained in CPR and emergency techniques

- somewhat versed in homeopathic remedies, used in ‘stopgap’ measures until proper medical care is obtained

- ‘get by’ in french and spanish

- write and design short stories, children’s books

- amateur astronomer

- basic sewing and mending

- chop and stack wood

- make wooden and leather toys of all sorts

- make wooden furniture, from stools to waterbeds

- know many types of photography and PS skills

- leatherworking

- coppersmithing


Lois, I agree with you on the point of the camera angles. However, I must demur on the point of autism.

What is a kid with autism supposed to sound like? I have a very good friend who has two boys who are autistic. And, in any one conversation, they are ‘normal-sounding’.

Maybe they’ve bern misdiagnosed like thousands of other kids. Don’t you think it’s odd that in the past few years there has been an enormous upsurge in “autistic” kids!  I’ve known a truly autistic kid, now an adult, and you couldn’t miss it.

In any case, where did you hear that the kid was autistic. I didn’t see that anywhere.

Lois

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Posted: 17 May 2014 05:34 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 36 ]
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Lois - 17 May 2014 03:11 PM
TaoChilde60 - 17 May 2014 01:43 PM

A couple of things:

I suppose I could be a good ‘dinner guest’ since, as MzLee knows, I have an opinion on just about everything. raspberry

Plus, I’ve ‘picked up a few skills along the way’. Someone asked me once, what my ‘skillset consisted of’. This was the result. Not just ‘jobs I’ve had’ but hobbies as well. I’m not a ‘guru’ by any means in any of them but I do have a passing knowledge of them.


- minor website design, build, repair and maintain computer equipment,etc

- paint, including rooms, walls, outdoors (like houses), murals, design work,etc

- minor plumbing, up to and including replacing any pipes, installing toilets, tubs, showers,etc

- minor electrical, including house wiring, washer/dryer for 220V, fuse box installation, etc

- minor carpentry, including roofing, framing, shingle work, door and window installation, flooring, carpet installation, furniture building, etc

- hang and mudd drywall

- install kitchen cabinets, drawers, stoves, appliances

- do tile and grout work, and caulking of windows and plumbing fixtures

- cook many different genres of food (jewish, american native, syrian, german, italian, french and ‘yankee’)

- hunt for food

- milk cows and goats by hand or machine

- make homemade wine

- do hard, challenger and expert crossword puzzles in pen

- decorate the house for any and all holidays I choose to celebrate

- minor surgery, including setting bones, stitching up, lancing and clearing up infections

- well trained in CPR and emergency techniques

- somewhat versed in homeopathic remedies, used in ‘stopgap’ measures until proper medical care is obtained

- ‘get by’ in french and spanish

- write and design short stories, children’s books

- amateur astronomer

- basic sewing and mending

- chop and stack wood

- make wooden and leather toys of all sorts

- make wooden furniture, from stools to waterbeds

- know many types of photography and PS skills

- leatherworking

- coppersmithing


Lois, I agree with you on the point of the camera angles. However, I must demur on the point of autism.

What is a kid with autism supposed to sound like? I have a very good friend who has two boys who are autistic. And, in any one conversation, they are ‘normal-sounding’.

Maybe they’ve bern misdiagnosed like thousands of other kids. Don’t you think it’s odd that in the past few years there has been an enormous upsurge in “autistic” kids!  I’ve known a truly autistic kid, now an adult, and you couldn’t miss it.

In any case, where did you hear that the kid was autistic. I didn’t see that anywhere.

Lois

He was said to be mildly autistic on a news clip, that I saw, where the family was interviewed.  Persons who have autism can range to being almost non-functional to very functional.  Many children, these days who are identified early and who get very early and very intensive individual treatment can become quite functional, to the extent that a lay person would not typically be able to distinguish them from their non-autistic peers.

I don’t think the cat-hero video was faked or staged.  I assumed that the different camera angles were from security cameras. (As remarkable as the cat attacking the dog was, it would be even more remarkable for a cat to attack a dog on cue.)  Also, the injuries to the boy’s leg, which required many stitches, did not appear to be faked.  I don’t think the news report that the dog is going to be “put down” was faked either.

(I know that I can be gullible at times, but I think that even skepticism can also be a liability, at times, when it becomes a fundamental mindset.)

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Posted: 17 May 2014 05:40 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 37 ]
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Tao, your list of abilities is admirable.  But I am still more amazed by that darn cat.  I know that humans are capable of a lot, some more than others, but I never imagined that a housecat would attack a dog to save a person that he lives with.

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Posted: 17 May 2014 06:07 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 38 ]
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For my honored skeptical fellow posters, here is a different news report that mentions that Jeremy, the boy who was attacked, has “mild autism”.  The report also says that the mom, who rushed in to get Jeremy, did not even know what had happened.  She was watering, and only responded to the boys screams.  It was not until later, when the dad reviewed surveillance videos that they realized what had taken place.

http://www.ibtimes.com/cat-saves-boy-dog-watch-tara-rescue-jeremy-triantafilo-bakersfield-video-1584982

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Posted: 17 May 2014 07:22 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 39 ]
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Oh, I agree, TimB. From what I know of the video (admittedly little), it seems as if the cat helped the kid escape further injury.

I think the doq is in quarantine? Which, IIRC, is a standard precaution against rabies or some other disease. But what if it doesn’t have rabies?

I’m sorry for the dog’s owner (if there is one) but the dog should either be house-confined or put down, IMO.

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Posted: 17 May 2014 09:17 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 40 ]
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The report I heard said he’d be put down.

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