25 thoughts on “News/Politics 6-22-17

  1. Russia, Russia,……. oh…….. never mind.

    And of course they were promoting it, they orchestrated the whole scam to keep the focus off what they were doing.


    “Ex-Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson’s testimony Wednesday should mark the definitive end of “Russia hacked the election” hysteria. Too bad it took so long to get to this point.

    Johnson told the House Intelligence Committee outright that the Russians failed to alter “ballots, ballot counts or reporting of election results.”

    Yes, it’s clear Russia (with Vladimir Putin’s full approval) orchestrated cyberattacks designed to influence the 2016 contest, and also pushed fake news.

    But the hack, and release via WikiLeaks, etc., of Democratic emails produced nothing game-changing. The biggest impact was to confirm the obvious: The Democratic National Committee favored Hillary Clinton from the start.

    And fake news mainly feeds people’s existing prejudices — which serves Putin’s goal of undermining our democracy, but fails to flip votes from one party to the other.

    Johnson also made it plain that Democrats didn’t take the problem too seriously: “The FBI and the DNC had been in contact with each other months before about the intrusion, and the DNC did not feel it needed DHS’s assistance at that time.”


  2. Vain and wimpy. Pretty much sums it up.


    “Cosmetic procedures are of increasing interest to millennial men, a new industry report found.

    Thirty one percent of men said they were extremely likely to consider a cosmetic procedure, either surgical or noninvasive, according to a survey conducted by the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Among that 31 percent, 58 percent were from 25 to 34 years old and 34 percent were aged 18 to 24 years. Both age ranges are members of the millennial generation.

    The top reason cited by respondents pursuing cosmetic procedures to appear younger was wanting to feel better about themselves, followed by the desire to appear less tired or stressed, and then to please their partners. In the 25- to 34-year-old range, 42 percent cited wanting to remain competitive in their career as a reason to go under the knife.

    The most common procedures for men are rhinoplasty (nose jobs), otoplasty (pinning back the ears), and treatment for gynecomastia (a surgery that reduces male breast size), according to Clyde H. Ishii, a surgeon and president of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.

    Part of the reason young men are increasingly interested in cosmetic procedures derives from social media, said Dr. Fred G. Fedok, president of the academy that conducted the survey. “People are more aware of their looks from different angles,” he said. A growing interest in health and self-care also plays a part. “It’s sort of like exercise,” Fedok said about cosmetic procedures. ”

    Except it’s nothing like exercise, which takes real effort and work. This is the wimpy, easy way to make it look like you put in some effort and work when you really didn’t. It’s all superficial and fake. Which pretty much sums them up.


  3. The numbers in that article say it is 31% of all men who are “extremely likely to consider a cosmetic procedure”, & that of that 31%, a little over half are millennials. So that would be maybe up to 20% of millennial men? Doesn’t sound like an indictment of the whole generation. (Or did I totally screw up the math?)


  4. Kizzie, I didn’t go to the link, but if the numbers AJ posted represent it accurately, then 31% of all men would be 34 out of 100 men. But 58% of those 34 (more than half) were in just one decade of age (25 to 34), and about another third were in the younger crowd (18 to 24), meaning that together, 92% of the men saying “yes” were in that 18- to 34-year-old group!

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  5. Kizzie,

    “Thirty one percent of men said they were extremely likely to consider a cosmetic procedure, either surgical or noninvasive, according to a survey conducted by the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Among that 31 percent, 58 percent were from 25 to 34 years old and 34 percent were aged 18 to 24 years. Both age ranges are members of the millennial generation.”

    92% of the 31% likely to have it were millennials, or 28.52% of all men. All but 2.5% or .775% (less than 1%) of men overall were not in the age groups considered millennials.


  6. Bob, since the brief discussion yesterday about Neil Anderson was on the prayer thread, I made another comment there (after yours) and then more on today’s prayer thread. This might have been a better place than the prayer thread, but the discussion started there and so I continued it there. Just wanted to make sure you saw my further comments both yesterday and today. Thanks.


  7. Oops. I forgot about the second group in my calculation. But even if they were the whole 31%, that’s still slightly less than a third of millennial men.


  8. Finally, part 2 seems available only in PDF form. To find it, google “Neil Anderson CRI part 2” and it will come up to open in PDF. . . .


  9. Kizzie,

    ALL men account for 100%.

    Of that 100%, 31% would consider plastic surgery.

    94% of the 31% are millennials.


  10. I don’t believe it. 31% of all men would seriously consider plastic surgery? No way.

    Bloomberg got this from a press release by the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, which you can read at https://www.aafprs.org/media/press-release/20170622.html.

    The press release is based on a survey of 618 men. Where did they get the 618 men? The press release doesn’t say. My guess is that they were highly self-selecting. Maybe men who walked into plastic surgeons’ offices and were offered a survey.

    Millennial men might be more likely than older men to consider the surgery, but I doubt that they are a very big group out of all millennial men.

    There’s too much millennial bashing these days.

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  11. Furthermore, the data in the survey doesn’t even back up the age breakdown AAFPRS reported in their press release.

    The survey asked, “How likely are you to consider a cosmetic procedure (surgical or non-surgical) to address any of your trouble spots?”

    Of 618 surveyed, 192 (31%) answered “Extremely likely”. The press release is correct that far. But those 192 broke down by age as follows:
    18-24 22 (11%)
    25-34 78 (41%)
    35-44 78 (41%)
    45-54 8 (4.2%)
    55-64 5 (2.6%)
    65-99 1 (0.5%)

    That makes just over half the extremely likely surgery patients millennials.

    Junk science, the survey was probably worthless and they didn’t even report it accurately.

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  12. Okay, one more and then I’ll sit down and be quiet.

    I see the 34% and the 58% are in the analysis now, but they weren’t interpreting their meaning at all correctly.

    Of all respondents 18-24, 34% answered “Extremely likely”. Of all respondents 25-34, 58% answered “Extremely Likely”. But that’s very different from saying that 34% + 58% of those who answered “Extremely likely” were in those age ranges.

    In fact, 56% of respondents in the next older range, 35-44, also answered “Extremely Likely”. So you GenX folks are just as vain as the millennials.

    But I don’t believe this survey anyway.

    Okay, I’m done now.

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  13. Kizzie, yeah, I typed that number wrong (twice) and realized only afterward.

    Thing about that number is, it would be (to me) rather shocking if it were a third of young women. Young men?

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  14. In the dark ages of 2003, when I moved to Nashville and briefly rented a bedroom in someone else’s house, reality shows were hot and my landlady liked them. I watched a couple of them with her, but quickly decided I had better things to do with my time.

    One of the episodes that helped me with that understanding was some sort of “Would you walk on hot nails barefoot for enough fame and fortune?” I don’t remember the details of the show or the particular challenges that day, just that about three people were pitted against one another, and the winner would take home quite a bit of money. One contestant was openly homosexual in the “we moderns are cool enough to celebrate people coming out” trend that TV was going through. He was asked what he would use the money for if he won. He wanted to get implants to make his rear end larger, for some sort of sex appeal. The crowd loved it and began openly cheering for him, and I knew that two or three episodes of reality shows was all I needed to see.


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