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  •  Not "significant" ... (1+ / 0-)
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    despite what some would like to imply ... in the sense that it turned out to be irrelevant to the criminal case ... but yet it IS "significant" in that accuracy in identifying and weighing evidence is of the utmost importance in ALL legal matters.  

    This item of evidence has been repeatedly misreported from the very beginning.  The fact that so many people STILL don't know what this and a lot of the other evidence actually is just goes to show that opinions should be evaluated VERY carefully ... as it often turns out the speaker isn't familiar with the evidence, didn't watch the trial, doesn't know what the law is (and what laws actually applied to the GZ case, e.g., NOT "SYG"), etc.

    So, clue #1 that a commenter isn't basing their opinion upon accurate information is when one refers to "ice tea" rather than "fruit juice".  Yes, it makes a difference ... at least to those who care about accuracy.  If someone wants to add racial overtones to TM's choice of purchase, that's on them to defend.

    "Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity, and I am not sure about the universe." -- Albert Einstein

    by Neuroptimalian on Tue Jul 23, 2013 at 11:49:46 AM PDT

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    •  I would call it at best... (1+ / 0-)
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      amsterdam

      a distinction without a difference. A can full of liquid intended for drinking I can't imagine anything less consequential than what exact flavor it was for you to get so exercised about.

      This makes about as much sense as Mike Huckabee on mescaline. - Prodigal 2-6-2008

      by Tonedevil on Tue Jul 23, 2013 at 12:17:02 PM PDT

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      •  Agreed that it's a distinction ... (0+ / 0-)

        without a difference per se, but such things provide strong clues that the comments they're contained within are ones that must be evaluated with a greater degree of scrutiny than face value because other errors are likely to be built in as well.  Lack of scrutiny often leads to compound errors being made in the future, with analysis getting more and more off base.

        There are many other "errors" of fact that continue to be parroted.  Otherwise-uninformed readers are taking them as being true, which just muddies the waters further.  Too bad there's no "For Dummies" book available, but at least Wikipedia is doing a fair job (the last I checked, which has been awhile).

        "Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity, and I am not sure about the universe." -- Albert Einstein

        by Neuroptimalian on Tue Jul 23, 2013 at 12:51:03 PM PDT

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