Red Herring or not?

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  1. Beer w/Straw Transcendental Ignorance! Valued Senior Member

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    Is or is not the edit in this quoted post a red herring?

     
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  3. DaveC426913 Valued Senior Member

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    Too convoluted for me to parse.

    A red herring is an argument that, while it may well be true, does nothing to forward the case at-hand; it only distracts.
     
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  5. Jeeves Valued Senior Member

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    I don't think it's a herring (misleading clue in a mystery story). But it may be a mackerel.
    What does the sentence mean?
    My first guess is: Congress usually passes bills without reviewing them.
    My second guess: Congress can put a rider on a passed bill: no review will be considered - and it's standard practice to do so.
    But then, I'm not familiar with the inner functioning of US legislature; it might be clear to people who are.
     
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  7. Beer w/Straw Transcendental Ignorance! Valued Senior Member

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    The arrow beside my name in the quote is a link to the OP in the thread on peer review with scientific papers.

    I think it is a red herring in an aspect of distraction but not surreptitious.
     
  8. DaveC426913 Valued Senior Member

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  10. Seattle Valued Senior Member

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    It's not a red herring. It's a clarification. Why do you think it's a red herring?
     
  11. DaveC426913 Valued Senior Member

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    I wrote a reply, but realized you were addressing Seattle. You can't delete a post once posted, so all I can do is label it as junk. Or 'duplicate', which is how this usually happens.

    I am 'overloading' the dupe() method.

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  12. Seattle Valued Senior Member

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    She hasn't addressed me yet. I just typed my response. She was responding to Dave.
     
  13. DaveC426913 Valued Senior Member

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    I had been responding to post 5, thinking it was for me.

    Also, isn't BwS a dude?
     
  14. Beer w/Straw Transcendental Ignorance! Valued Senior Member

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    No, and can that be considered a red herring?

    Also, that 'dupe' came to me by an alert indicating you quoted me, yet from a different thread than this one, from what I could gather anyway, or, it was a suggestion of duping someone. Hence,

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  15. DaveC426913 Valued Senior Member

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    Yes. It is truthful while not relevant.

    Really? You're a fe-type male? Huh. Your style is one of the most male I've seen.
     
  16. Beer w/Straw Transcendental Ignorance! Valued Senior Member

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    I'm trying to drink less and take my meds.
     
  17. Beer w/Straw Transcendental Ignorance! Valued Senior Member

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    And there are two points to it being a red herring that should be considered (but I'm lazy right now).

    1. I posted the idea of it being a red herring as a separate thread topic and not in the originating thread.

    2. I was definitely distracted by it.
     

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