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2nd Apr '16 11:00:51 PM GrammarNavi
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** This is actually the driving force behind a lot of attempts to limit or outright ban civilian access to firearms - the Clinton Assault Weapons Ban in particular banned a lot of things (pistol grips, folding stocks, etc.) that don't make guns any more dangerous than normal, they just looked scary to the uninformed politicians behind it. Of particular note was Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy's wish to ban barrel shrouds. She was asked by a TV reporter what a barrel shroud was, and she stumbled for an answer, suggesting that it's a part that changes a simple rifle to a military-level assault rifle, before finally suggesting "I think it's the shoulder thing that goes up." A barrel shroud is actually just a piece of metal or wood that protects the holder from the barrel's heat after being fired.

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** This is actually the driving force behind a lot of attempts to limit or outright ban civilian access to firearms - the Clinton Assault Weapons Ban in particular banned a lot of things (pistol grips, folding stocks, etc.) that don't make guns any more dangerous than normal, they just looked scary to the uninformed politicians behind it. Of particular note was Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy's [=McCarthy=]'s wish to ban barrel shrouds. She was asked by a TV reporter what a barrel shroud was, and she stumbled for an answer, suggesting that it's a part that changes a simple rifle to a military-level assault rifle, before finally suggesting "I think it's the shoulder thing that goes up." A barrel shroud is actually just a piece of metal or wood that protects the holder from the barrel's heat after being fired.
10th Mar '16 4:55:38 PM pogla
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* * [[http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/fail-anti-obama-teen-wants-to-move-to-australia-because-we-have-christian-male-president/story-e6frf7jo-1226512853271 This tweet]] went viral during Obama's re-election campaign. Not a single thing tweeted is correct; Australia has a Prime Minister. The prime minister at the time was Australia's first female Prime Minister Julia Gillard. Although Gillard was raised in an Baptist family, she is a noted atheist. She was (and at time of writing still is) living with her partner - unmarried. Gillard was famous for back flipping on many issues.
7th Mar '16 6:39:57 PM KatanaCat
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* [[http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/australia-tasmanian-tiger-sighting-proves-it-not-extinct-1510479 This]] article refers to the thylacine (also known as the Tasmanian tiger) as a wildcat, despite also correctly referring to it as a marsupial. Since it ''is'' a marsupial, it's no more a wildcat than it is a ''whale'', despite somewhat resembling a cat or dog.
3rd Mar '16 10:46:34 PM Kid
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* The french canadian toy store Castello's birthday partys service is depresingly gulty for this trope for anything kid related. For saying than Miley is Hanna Montana's nickname, making Darth Vador a good guy to calling Elsa a princess. See for yourself:http://castellojeu.com/anniversaire

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* The french canadian French Canadian toy store Castello's birthday partys service is depresingly gulty for this trope for anything kid related. For saying than Miley is Hanna Montana's nickname, making Darth Vador a good guy to calling Elsa a princess. [[http://castellojeu.com/anniversaire See for yourself:http://castellojeu.com/anniversaireyourself.]]
3rd Mar '16 10:01:39 PM Kid
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* Auto racing series are frequently jumbled up by the mass media and in-particular by picture editors who often will place a large picture of a car from a completely different series in an article. UsefulNotes/{{Indycar}} is probably the most ill-served as the cars are often labelled as UsefulNotes/FormulaOne cars and the Indianapolis 500 is called a UsefulNotes/{{NASCAR}} race. And [[http://www.focus.de/sport/mehrsport/motorsport-us-cart-serie-indy-500-franchitti-sieg-von-unfall-ueberschattet_aid_513849.html some media outlets]] continued to refer to UsefulNotes/IndyCar under the name of the previous CART sanctioning body, even more than 3 years after it's demise. Other examples include labelling junior formulae cars as "Formula One", rallies as "Rally cross", Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) stock cars as NASCAR (the two series are affiliated but are still separate entities), mixing up IHRA and NHRA drag racing, assuming any off road trophy truck race is the Baja 1000, calling MotoGP "Superbikes" and vice-versa, and so forth...

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* Auto racing series are frequently jumbled up by the mass media and in-particular by picture editors who often will place a large picture of a car from a completely different series in an article. UsefulNotes/{{Indycar}} is probably the most ill-served as the cars are often labelled as UsefulNotes/FormulaOne cars and the Indianapolis 500 is called a UsefulNotes/{{NASCAR}} race. And [[http://www.focus.de/sport/mehrsport/motorsport-us-cart-serie-indy-500-franchitti-sieg-von-unfall-ueberschattet_aid_513849.html some media outlets]] continued to refer to UsefulNotes/IndyCar under the name of the previous CART sanctioning body, even more than 3 years after it's its demise. Other examples include labelling junior formulae cars as "Formula One", rallies as "Rally cross", Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) stock cars as NASCAR (the two series are affiliated but are still separate entities), mixing up IHRA and NHRA drag racing, assuming any off road trophy truck race is the Baja 1000, calling MotoGP "Superbikes" and vice-versa, and so forth...
3rd Mar '16 8:50:14 PM Kid
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** Britons also don't have to wait six months to see a dentist (the BritishTeeth phenomenon is not only wildly exaggerated, but more an example of ValuesDissonance about cosmetic dentistry than anything.) They have a dental ''check'' every six months (or should do); treatment for problems... varies, but is at least intended to be within a few days.

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** Britons also don't have to wait six months to see a dentist (the BritishTeeth phenomenon is not only wildly exaggerated, but more an example of ValuesDissonance about cosmetic dentistry than anything.) anything). They have a dental ''check'' every six months (or should do); treatment for problems... varies, but is at least intended to be within a few days.
3rd Mar '16 8:27:27 PM Kid
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** Many branches of Christian fundamentalism preach that Allah is a false God. "Allah" is simply the Arabic word for "God," the term is used by Arabic-speaking Christians and Jews as well as Muslims, and anyone in the with a mainstream religious education could tell you that the God of Christianity and Islam are one and the same (of course, this opinion often comes from the mouths of those who believe that ''Roman Catholicism'' is a pagan cult, so it's really not surprising). There's also the far more common error of speaking of Islam as something "anti-Western", when there were Muslims in Western Europe as late as the 15th century (and their acknowledged descendants were still living there as late as the 17th century), and they were fully integrated into Western society, the bigotry against them notwithstanding. These commentators are getting religion and ethnicity mixed up: what they really mean is that ''Arab'' (or Persian, if they remember that it's a separate grouping) culture is non-Western.

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** Many branches of Christian fundamentalism preach that Allah is a false God. "Allah" is simply the Arabic word for "God," the term is used by Arabic-speaking Christians and Jews as well as Muslims, and anyone in the with a mainstream religious education could tell you that the God of Christianity and Islam are one and the same (of course, this opinion often comes from the mouths of those who believe that ''Roman Catholicism'' is a pagan cult, so it's really not surprising). There's also the far more common error of speaking of Islam as something "anti-Western", when there were Muslims in Western Europe as late early as the 15th century (and their acknowledged descendants were still living there as late as the 17th century), and they were fully integrated into Western society, the bigotry against them notwithstanding. These commentators are getting religion and ethnicity mixed up: what they really mean is that ''Arab'' (or Persian, if they remember that it's a separate grouping) culture is non-Western.
3rd Mar '16 7:03:34 PM Kid
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** A more general entry on all of FanFiction would be the volume of media comments purporting to explain it but confused about what it is (assuming that 'slash' means any kind of fanfiction, or that all fanfiction is porn, all fanfiction is slash, and- most inevitably- all fanfiction is like ''Fanfic/MyImmortal'', or not far from it).

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** A more general entry on all of FanFiction would be the volume of media comments purporting to explain it but confused about what it is (assuming that 'slash' means any kind of fanfiction, or that all fanfiction is porn, all fanfiction is slash, and- most inevitably- all and--most inevitably--all fanfiction is like ''Fanfic/MyImmortal'', or not far from it).
24th Feb '16 7:37:31 PM saintonge
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** One of the most common errors made in the media is the assumption that "semi-automatic" means more or less the same thing as "fully automatic", when all that it means is that you can fire it more than once without having to reload. Also there is an assumption that automatic weapon fire is the same thing as a water hose, only with bullets; that a gunman can stand in one place and spray an entire crowd with bullets, killing fifty to a hundred people in thirty seconds. It actually doesn't take more than about ''six'' seconds to empty an automatic, and while you can do some damage with one, you still have to have good aim.

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** One of the most common errors made in the media is the assumption that "semi-automatic" means more or less the same thing as "fully automatic", when all that it means is that you can fire it more than once without having to reload.work a slide, lever, or bolt to chamber another cartridge. Also there is an assumption that automatic weapon fire is the same thing as a water hose, only with bullets; that a gunman can stand in one place and spray an entire crowd with bullets, killing fifty to a hundred people in thirty seconds. It actually doesn't take more than about ''six'' seconds to empty an automatic, a fully automatic rifle, and while you can do some damage with one, you still have to have good aim.



** A frequent error in media reports is the general confusion regarding round designations; most rounds are named based on their diameter, measured in either millimeters (5.56mm, 9mm, 10mm, etc.) or in inches (.45 caliber, .50 caliber, .38 caliber, etc.). News stories like to put zero thought into this (or what the "mm" part actually means) by either tacking a decimal in front of a number that shouldn't have it, making the round sound comically small (.9mm) or turning caliber to millimeter, making the round sound cartoonishly large (223mm). A running joke on gun forums is that news stories often cover shootings that involve the elusive, super deadly .9mm round that no one can seem to find in stores.
** This is actually the driving force behind a lot of attempts to limit or outright ban civilian access to firearms - the Clinton Assault Weapons Ban in particular banned a lot of things (pistol grips, folding stocks, etc.) that don't make guns any more dangerous than normal, they just looked scary to the uninformed politicians behind it. Of particular note was Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy's wish to ban barrel shrouds. She was asked by a TV reporter what a barrel shroud was, and she stumbled for an answer, suggesting that it's a part that changes a simple rifle to a military-level assault weapon, before finally suggesting "I think it's the shoulder thing that goes up." A barrel shroud is actually just a piece of metal or wood that protects the holder from the barrel's heat after being fired.

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** A frequent error in media reports is the general confusion regarding round designations; most rounds are named based on their diameter, measured in either millimeters (5.56mm, 9mm, 10mm, etc.) or in inches (.45 caliber, .50 caliber, .38 caliber, etc.). News stories like to put zero thought into this (or what the "mm" part actually means) by either tacking a decimal in front of a number that shouldn't have it, making the round sound comically small (.9mm) 9mm, which is about 1/28th of an inch in diameter) or turning caliber to millimeter, making the round sound cartoonishly large (223mm). (223mm, which is almost nine inches in diameter. For reference, U.S. Navy heavy cruisers of WWII were typically armed with eight inch guns). The .12 gauge shotgun is another laughable designation, as the projectile would weigh over eight pounds! (For reference, "eight pounders" were medium field artillery during the Napoleonic Wars. They weighed about half a ton, and was served by a sixteen-man crew and several horses.) A running joke on gun forums is that news stories often cover shootings that involve the elusive, super deadly .9mm round that no one can seem to find in stores.
** This is actually the driving force behind a lot of attempts to limit or outright ban civilian access to firearms - the Clinton Assault Weapons Ban in particular banned a lot of things (pistol grips, folding stocks, etc.) that don't make guns any more dangerous than normal, they just looked scary to the uninformed politicians behind it. Of particular note was Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy's wish to ban barrel shrouds. She was asked by a TV reporter what a barrel shroud was, and she stumbled for an answer, suggesting that it's a part that changes a simple rifle to a military-level assault weapon, rifle, before finally suggesting "I think it's the shoulder thing that goes up." A barrel shroud is actually just a piece of metal or wood that protects the holder from the barrel's heat after being fired.fired.
*** "The shoulder thing that goes up" has gone on to be a very popular humor line among gun bloggers, as no one has the faintest idea what it would be.
*** By the way, the term "assault weapon" is also heavily mocked by gun aficionados. There are "assault guns," which are a special sub-type of self-propelled artillery, and there are "assault rifles," defined as fully automatic shoulder weapons that fire cartridges more powerful that pistol rounds, but less powerful than ordinary deer rifle rounds. "Assault weapon" has no formal definition, but de facto means "something the speaker is particularly frightened by, or wishes the listener(s) to be particularly frightened of." This lack of definition made it ludicrously easy to get around attempts to ban "assault weapons", as it forced the laws against them to define them in terms of features such as muzzle breaks or bayonet mounts. Removing or modifying some of the features meant that they shot the same ammunition at the same velocity with the same ease of firing at the same rate, but were no longer "assault weapons" according to the laws.
19th Feb '16 3:18:36 PM Ascrod
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** A frequent error in media reports is the general confusion regarding round designations; most rounds are named based on their diameter, measured in either millimeters (5.56mm, 9mm, 10mm, etc.) or in inches (.45 caliber, .50 caliber, .38 caliber, etc.). News stories like to put zero thought into this (or what the "mm" part actually means) by either tacking a decimal in front of a number that shouldn't have it, making the round sound comically small (.9mm) or turning caliber to millimeter, making the round sound cartoonishly large (223mm). A running joke on gun forums is that news stories often cover shootings that involve the elusive, super deadly .9mm round that no one can seem to find in stores.
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