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2017-02-19 14:28:20 (7 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

Before agreeing with this, I would want to know what percentage of the population uses this search technique. It goes against the background information about search itself that I teach, ie that the vast majority of search is unfocused and essentially juvenile.

Most reshares: 3

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2017-02-18 16:02:27 (3 comments; 3 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

Most plusones: 18

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2017-02-17 23:29:21 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 18 +1s; )Open 

+John Baez and +Craig Trader
Here's your #16

Latest 50 posts

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2017-02-20 16:40:50 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

And then there's Rolling Stone to add to the diversity of news sources.
#notfakenews

WTF is short for 'was that foolish?'
I haven't watched TV since I cut the Cable c1995. I've read more than 140 characters in the Sun since 1978. Fake news is double plus ungood. Donald. Did you want to talk facts about financial relationships w Russia? Some military folks can get together, feeling narcissism is untreated to fix the situation.
http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/features/18-wtf-moments-from-trumps-unhinged-press-conference-w467518
___And then there's Rolling Stone to add to the diversity of news sources.
#notfakenews

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2017-02-20 15:03:56 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

Psychiatric or psychological predictions might be useful to untangle the present political situation in the US. Do the religious see government as a threat to their belief?

If so, is the framing of the religious right predictable?

Atheism, the Computer Model: Big data meets history to forecast the rise and fall of religion. http://nautil.us/issue/45/power/atheism-the-computer-model ___Psychiatric or psychological predictions might be useful to untangle the present political situation in the US. Do the religious see government as a threat to their belief?

If so, is the framing of the religious right predictable?

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2017-02-20 14:44:16 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s; )Open 

The Poisonous History of How Fake Blood Is Made in Hollywood http://laughingsquid.com/the-poisonous-history-of-how-fake-blood-is-made-in-hollywood/ 

The Poisonous History of How Fake Blood Is Made in Hollywood http://laughingsquid.com/the-poisonous-history-of-how-fake-blood-is-made-in-hollywood/ ___

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2017-02-20 14:23:54 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

How Roosevelt's Tree Army were poisoned. The awesome Raychelle Burks on a mass arsenic poisoning during the Great Depression https://www.chemistryworld.com/opinion/how-roosevelts-tree-army-were-poisoned/2500391.article 

How Roosevelt's Tree Army were poisoned. The awesome Raychelle Burks on a mass arsenic poisoning during the Great Depression https://www.chemistryworld.com/opinion/how-roosevelts-tree-army-were-poisoned/2500391.article ___

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2017-02-20 14:23:15 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s; )Open 

How to Understand Extreme Numbers http://nautil.us/blog/how-to-understand-extreme-numbers 

How to Understand Extreme Numbers http://nautil.us/blog/how-to-understand-extreme-numbers ___

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2017-02-20 14:19:51 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

In clip from 1958 film, “Gateways to the Mind“, we see how our mind plays tricks on us. Never trust a trapezoid. http://twistedsifter.com/videos/never-trust-a-trapezoid/

In clip from 1958 film, “Gateways to the Mind“, we see how our mind plays tricks on us. Never trust a trapezoid. http://twistedsifter.com/videos/never-trust-a-trapezoid/___

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2017-02-20 14:19:18 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s; )Open 

"Even in the Early Middle Ages people were asking scientific questions about their world. Here are six of these questions, and the answers that were provided by a Byzantine philosopher in the year 531." http://www.medievalists.net/2017/02/six-science-questions-answers-sixth-century/

"Even in the Early Middle Ages people were asking scientific questions about their world. Here are six of these questions, and the answers that were provided by a Byzantine philosopher in the year 531." http://www.medievalists.net/2017/02/six-science-questions-answers-sixth-century/___

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2017-02-20 08:55:33 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

Second Life Linden Labs

Interesting. A new life. ___Second Life Linden Labs

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2017-02-20 08:15:48 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

Good summary of how the far right interpreted the speech. Includes Hannity and Limbaugh BTW.

via +Boris Borcic

But it is important to understand that millions of Americans got a vastly different impression of what happened. Here is how Rush Limbaugh summed it up for his listeners:___Good summary of how the far right interpreted the speech. Includes Hannity and Limbaugh BTW.

via +Boris Borcic

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2017-02-19 23:37:42 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

I'm sharing a series of Trump-related stories from widely different sources that aren't CNN or MSNBC or the Washington Post to demonstrate the normalcy of journalism. These are ordinary people doing their job serving the truth where possible.

via +Laura Gibbs

Worthless piece of shit___I'm sharing a series of Trump-related stories from widely different sources that aren't CNN or MSNBC or the Washington Post to demonstrate the normalcy of journalism. These are ordinary people doing their job serving the truth where possible.

via +Laura Gibbs

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2017-02-19 23:15:46 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

SpaceX pulls off successful launch from historic launch pad.

Sends Dragon spacecraft on journey to deliver supplies to International Space Station. And successfully lands Falcon rocket back on ground.

http://www.space.com/35760-spacex-rocket-launch-landing-success-nasa-pad.html

SpaceX pulls off successful launch from historic launch pad.

Sends Dragon spacecraft on journey to deliver supplies to International Space Station. And successfully lands Falcon rocket back on ground.

http://www.space.com/35760-spacex-rocket-launch-landing-success-nasa-pad.html___

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2017-02-19 22:52:45 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

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2017-02-19 22:32:08 (1 comments; 2 reshares; 7 +1s; )Open 

I missed this earlier. I only got to see him once in Vancouver. He died last earlier this week.


I missed this earlier. I only got to see him once in Vancouver. He died last earlier this week.
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2017-02-19 21:07:20 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

The always insightful +Jeff Jarvis. Assuming insightful is the proper term for having insight.

The always insightful +Jeff Jarvis. Assuming insightful is the proper term for having insight.___

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2017-02-19 18:12:21 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

In 3 hours, this post from +Esther Wojcicki has collected a large number of troll posts. It's interesting for a couple of reasons.

Like +Brian Gauspohl, Esther is posting things that are anathema to the GOP trollbase. But she is the mother of a corporate celebrity and as such is a bit more of a target for their handlers or whoever runs the zoo they come from.

I need to go check +Susan Stone to see what's going on over in her neighborhood. :)

In 3 hours, this post from +Esther Wojcicki has collected a large number of troll posts. It's interesting for a couple of reasons.

Like +Brian Gauspohl, Esther is posting things that are anathema to the GOP trollbase. But she is the mother of a corporate celebrity and as such is a bit more of a target for their handlers or whoever runs the zoo they come from.

I need to go check +Susan Stone to see what's going on over in her neighborhood. :)___

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2017-02-19 17:49:26 (0 comments; 2 reshares; 15 +1s; )Open 

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2017-02-19 17:25:47 (4 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

Way past nukular. Worse than a Bushism.

Trump said this about uranium: “You know what uranium is, right? It’s this thing called nuclear weapons. And other things. Like lots of things are done with uranium. Including some bad things. But nobody talks about that."___Way past nukular. Worse than a Bushism.

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2017-02-19 14:28:20 (7 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

Before agreeing with this, I would want to know what percentage of the population uses this search technique. It goes against the background information about search itself that I teach, ie that the vast majority of search is unfocused and essentially juvenile.

Before agreeing with this, I would want to know what percentage of the population uses this search technique. It goes against the background information about search itself that I teach, ie that the vast majority of search is unfocused and essentially juvenile.___

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2017-02-19 14:19:29 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

Seen via several people in my stream. As this is an hour-long podcast, I took notes.

People do not update their views automatically when new facts come along (as we know, they're not Bayes nets). They cling to their beliefs in the face of strong contrary evidence. Indeed such evidence can produce a "backfire effect", causing them not just to dig in their heels and defend that belief more strongly, but actually believe more strongly.

There's a flip side of confirmation bias : not only are people more trusting and less skeptical of things they already believe, but they're also less trusting and more skeptical of contrary positions.

Scientists do not suffer from this to such a great extent as other groups in part because of the system in which they operate, which rewards presenting data and forming a conclusion. This is not always the case in other... more »

Seen via several people in my stream. As this is an hour-long podcast, I took notes.

People do not update their views automatically when new facts come along (as we know, they're not Bayes nets). They cling to their beliefs in the face of strong contrary evidence. Indeed such evidence can produce a "backfire effect", causing them not just to dig in their heels and defend that belief more strongly, but actually believe more strongly.

There's a flip side of confirmation bias : not only are people more trusting and less skeptical of things they already believe, but they're also less trusting and more skeptical of contrary positions.

Scientists do not suffer from this to such a great extent as other groups in part because of the system in which they operate, which rewards presenting data and forming a conclusion. This is not always the case in other spheres, and scientists being more objective than other people is not (at least wholly) due to their being innately more rational than everyone else.

It seems that the backfire effect may have a breaking point : give people enough information and they do change their minds. Researchers conducted a study in which participants were given information about a fake presidental primary election. Beforehand they were given a questionnaire to fill in about their pre-existing political beliefs. The researchers then gave them news stories about the various candidates they could vote for. Participants were divided into different groups which received different fractions of neutral and negative news, from entirely neutral up to 80% negative. This negative news was based on the individual questionnaires, tailored to paint the candidates in a way the participants were likely to personally, viscerally object to.

They found that levels of around 10-15% negative news produced the backfire effect. At around 15-30% the backfire effect was still present, but participants began to also start to question their preferred candidate more critically. Beyond 30% the backfire effect dropped away and they began to change their opinion about their candidates.

This is a laboratory test, of course, where the researchers had total control over what the participants were reading (though they were allowed to decide for themselves how much they read). In the real world people have much more control, selecting trusted news sources for themselves. So they can be much harder to reach because they never see the negative facts or alternative opinions. This means that actually getting them to hear this much negative information is extremely difficult : it's not that people don't know, it's that they refuse to know. A more optimistic take-away point is that people do change their minds if you can reach them.

Being aware of this effect can help, but it doesn't stop it entirely. The researchers conclude that to win people over, you have to keep trying. Keep bringing facts and entering discussions. Those are important, however, they are not the whole story.

It's true that people don't learn if you don't give them anything to learn, so you do have to keep debating and bringing evidence. But there are other factors at work. If they have become especially convinced of an idea, it becomes part of their identity. And the brain does not like having its identity threatened, so it rejects the attack. An alternative view may seem terrifying as it threatens a believer's world view and their whole identity. That's why people do have a motivation to disbelieve alternative ideas even when it seems they should have no good reason to do so.

The most deeply convinced hardcore supporters are not impossible to reach but it will require a long struggle. Even those who are more persuadable have to be approached with more than just data. One approach is not to explicitly try and debunk an idea, but engage a believer as though you were helping to solve a mystery together (also, even just mentioning whatever myth they believe can reinforce it in their own minds). Perhaps the overt effort to debunk is unconsciously seen as a threat, "you must be stupid to believe that".
Another approach is not to try and change people's beliefs to change their behaviour, but to change their behaviour to change their beliefs. E.g. get employees to wash their hands by stamping them with something that takes a few washes to remove, thus forming a habit which then becomes a belief in the importance of cleanliness.

While it's okay to engage in multiple lines of inquiry in an openly-debating situation, where the stated goal is to reach a conclusion and change minds, this doesn't necessarily work in all situations. If people think you're going for overkill, they may sense that you're just trying to change their mind and not establish the truth : if one reason is enough, why are you giving me ten ? Hence politicians go for repetitive, limited sound bites with strong messages.

Finally, people like narrative, causal explanations. Never leave a gap. If your message undermines their existing belief for why a thing happens, you must simultaneously replace it with another one. People prefer an incorrect model to an incomplete one - if you simply take something away from them without offering any replacement, you will do more harm than good.___

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2017-02-19 14:17:02 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

Swedish terrorist attack was by Neo-Nazis on a refugee center last month.

Swedish terrorist attack was by Neo-Nazis on a refugee center last month.___

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2017-02-19 12:48:40 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

"..Open Source, Open Hardware, Educational Most consumer oriented FCC Part 15 devices are closed source and closed hardware..": https://faradayrf.com/why-faraday-is-different/

"..Open Source, Open Hardware, Educational Most consumer oriented FCC Part 15 devices are closed source and closed hardware..": https://faradayrf.com/why-faraday-is-different/___

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2017-02-19 12:41:24 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 0 +1s; )Open 

FYI.

FYI.___

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2017-02-18 22:15:13 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

via +Tau-Mu Yi

Very happy that Cloud Spanner is now available to any GCP customer. Wired's take below, GCP blog post here:
http://cloudplatform.googleblog.com/2017/02/introducing-Cloud-Spanner-a-global-database-service-for-mission-critical-applications.html and Eric Brewer's CAP retrospective is here: http://cloudplatform.googleblog.com/2017/02/inside-Cloud-Spanner-and-the-CAP-Theorem.html.___via +Tau-Mu Yi

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2017-02-18 17:01:52 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

via +Andres Soolo

"Wasps have trading partners and compete for the ‘best trade deals’, according to scientists from the University of Sussex.

In the study, the team from the University’s School of Life Sciences looked at how the economic rule of ‘supply and demand’ applies to populations of paper wasps in which ‘helper wasps’ raise the offspring of dominant breeders in small social groups in return for belonging in the nest.

During the study, which was carried out in southern Spain over a period of three months, the team marked and genotyped 1,500 wasps and recorded social behaviour within 43 separate nests along a cactus hedge.

By increasing the number of nest spots and nesting partners available around the hedge, the scientists discovered the helper wasps provide less help to their own ‘bosses’ (the dominant breeders) when alternative nesting options are available. The dominant wasps then compete to give the helper wasps the ‘best deal’, by allowing them to work less hard, to ensure they stay in their particular nest."

Ref: "Market forces influence helping behaviour in cooperatively breeding paper wasps" [ http://www.nature.com/articles/ncomms13750 ]___via +Andres Soolo

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2017-02-18 16:02:27 (3 comments; 3 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

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2017-02-18 14:17:20 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

$233,000 fine is evidently a record.

$233,000 fine is evidently a record.___

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2017-02-18 04:21:04 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s; )Open 

Northeastern criticizes the UAW for trying to organize grad students who are obviously rolling in excess funds and need no help.


Northeastern criticizes the UAW for trying to organize grad students who are obviously rolling in excess funds and need no help.
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2017-02-18 02:41:08 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

Physics/Biology fail here. Just depressing.
When something like this takes hold in a community, you get stupid stuff like the anti-vaccination movement.

http://thefreethoughtproject.com/us-admits-using-radioactive-weapons-syria-du/___Physics/Biology fail here. Just depressing.
When something like this takes hold in a community, you get stupid stuff like the anti-vaccination movement.

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2017-02-18 01:03:01 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

Website claiming to give you measured analysis of bias appears to fail. Search on something you know well if you want to check something. That is, if you're a doctor then you should look for medical news. If you're into law then look for an appropriate story you have a nuanced view on. It's not rocket science.
I did a search on "climate" and looked for right, middle, and left stories. The stories labeled "left" were without exception from mainstream journalists reporting objectively. Sorry but I'm not likely to trust these guys. +AllSides Inbox

Website claiming to give you measured analysis of bias appears to fail. Search on something you know well if you want to check something. That is, if you're a doctor then you should look for medical news. If you're into law then look for an appropriate story you have a nuanced view on. It's not rocket science.
I did a search on "climate" and looked for right, middle, and left stories. The stories labeled "left" were without exception from mainstream journalists reporting objectively. Sorry but I'm not likely to trust these guys. +AllSides Inbox___

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2017-02-17 23:38:46 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

If you're looking for an open-source alternative to Microsoft's Vizio and LibreOffice's Draw programs, I can recommend draw.io HTML5 Web App.

For Windows, Mac and Linux platforms, I've been using LibreOffice Draw for creating diagrams and flowcharts. I've been looking for an alternative for Chrome OS. http://draw.io works great with Chrome OS and allows syncing over services like Dropbox.

I was able to start drawing on my Chromium OS Desktop, and then finish the drawing on my Chromium OS Laptop using Dropbox. For some reason, I wasn't able to get Google Drive integration working. I'm not sure if this is related to Chromium OS. I will check on my Acer ChromeBook tonight.

draw.io is available for free on Chrome Web Store for Chrome OS, Chromium OS and Chrome Web Browser.
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If you're looking for an open-source alternative to Microsoft's Vizio and LibreOffice's Draw programs, I can recommend draw.io HTML5 Web App.

For Windows, Mac and Linux platforms, I've been using LibreOffice Draw for creating diagrams and flowcharts. I've been looking for an alternative for Chrome OS. http://draw.io works great with Chrome OS and allows syncing over services like Dropbox.

I was able to start drawing on my Chromium OS Desktop, and then finish the drawing on my Chromium OS Laptop using Dropbox. For some reason, I wasn't able to get Google Drive integration working. I'm not sure if this is related to Chromium OS. I will check on my Acer ChromeBook tonight.

draw.io is available for free on Chrome Web Store for Chrome OS, Chromium OS and Chrome Web Browser.

https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/drawio-diagrams/onlkggianjhjenigcpigpjehhpplldkc?utm_source=chrome-app-launcher___

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2017-02-17 23:29:21 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 18 +1s; )Open 

+John Baez and +Craig Trader
Here's your #16

+John Baez and +Craig Trader
Here's your #16___

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2017-02-17 22:50:25 (2 comments; 2 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

Inevitable news on all those "too neat to be true" social psych findings in Kahneman's "Thinking Fast And Slow"

via +Ben Goldacre

Inevitable news on all those "too neat to be true" social psych findings in Kahneman's "Thinking Fast And Slow"

via +Ben Goldacre___

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2017-02-17 22:38:17 (4 comments; 1 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

GOP survey asking what news sources you trust.
Don't give him your email address or name, but it would be a good idea to send the message that mainstream journalists are normal folks.
When it asks which source you use PRIMARILY, you might remark that only suckers use a small number of news sources.

GOP survey asking what news sources you trust.
Don't give him your email address or name, but it would be a good idea to send the message that mainstream journalists are normal folks.
When it asks which source you use PRIMARILY, you might remark that only suckers use a small number of news sources.___

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2017-02-17 22:02:36 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

Actually and OK economy and foreign relations.
So Obama already #MAGA, and Trump isn't likely to.

Actually and OK economy and foreign relations.
So Obama already #MAGA, and Trump isn't likely to.___

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2017-02-17 11:22:58 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

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2017-02-16 17:39:45 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 8 +1s; )Open 

Please consider this particularly vile sickness and urge your representatives to take action.

___Please consider this particularly vile sickness and urge your representatives to take action.

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2017-02-16 17:29:28 (1 comments; 2 reshares; 16 +1s; )Open 

Lmao. 

Lmao. ___

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2017-02-16 01:12:26 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

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2017-02-16 00:28:40 (4 comments; 2 reshares; 11 +1s; )Open 

From +Jonathan Eisen Twitter.

From +Jonathan Eisen Twitter.___

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2017-02-16 00:09:31 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

The Man With No Country.
Or at least none that wants to claim him.

The Man With No Country.
Or at least none that wants to claim him.___

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2017-02-15 22:53:24 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

Spicey Shrimp. .....

Spicey Shrimp. .....___

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2017-02-15 11:42:03 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

Trump Campaign Aides Had Repeated Contacts With Russian Intelligence https://nyti.ms/2lhzcxv

Trump Campaign Aides Had Repeated Contacts With Russian Intelligence https://nyti.ms/2lhzcxv___

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2017-02-14 22:29:04 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

And the junk news sites call reliable journalists purveyors of junk.
Notice a trend?

Trump’s EPA pick recently called climate change a ‘religious belief’ http://bit.ly/2kGYS3D___And the junk news sites call reliable journalists purveyors of junk.
Notice a trend?

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2017-02-14 20:25:05 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

Let's create a library of fragments for every infection.

+Peter van der Linden there is a van der Linden quoted in the article.

Let's create a library of fragments for every infection.

+Peter van der Linden there is a van der Linden quoted in the article.___

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2017-02-14 20:08:49 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

This is going to be interesting.
#MAGA doesn't realize the sheer bigness of sucker.

> “They [the Trump campaign] were using 40-50,000 different variants of ad every day that were continuously measuring responses and then adapting and evolving based on that response,” Martin Moore, director of Kings College’s Centre for the Study of Media, Communication and Power, told The Guardian in early December. “It’s all done completely opaquely and they can spend as much money as they like on particular locations because you can focus on a five-mile radius.”

> Where traditional pollsters might ask a person outright how they plan to vote, Analytica relies not on what they say but what they do, tracking their online movements and interests and serving up multivariate ads designed to change a person’s behavior by preying on individual personality traits.

> “For example,” Nix wrote in an op-ed last year about Analytica’s work on the Cruz campaign, ”our issues model identified that there was a small pocket of voters in Iowa who felt strongly that citizens should be required by law to show photo ID at polling stations.”

> “Leveraging our other data models, we were able to advise the campaign on how to approach this issue with specific individuals based on their unique profiles in order to use this relatively niche issue as a political pressure point to motivate them to go out and vote for Cruz. For people in the ‘Temperamental’ personality group, who tend to dislike commitment, messaging on the issue should take the line that showing your ID to vote is ‘as easy as buying a case of beer’. Whereas the right message for people in the ‘Stoic Traditionalist’ group, who have strongly held conventional views, is that showing your ID in order to vote is simply part of the privilege of living in a democracy.”

> For Analytica, the feedback is instant and the response automated: Did this specific swing voter in Pennsylvania click on the ad attacking Clinton’s negligence over her email server? Yes? Serve her more content that emphasizes failures of personal responsibility. No? The automated script will try a different headline, perhaps one that plays on a different personality trait -- say the voter’s tendency to be agreeable toward authority figures. Perhaps: “Top Intelligence Officials Agree: Clinton’s Emails Jeopardized National Security.”

> Much of this is done through Facebook dark posts, which are only visible to those being targeted.

___This is going to be interesting.
#MAGA doesn't realize the sheer bigness of sucker.

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