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Joanne Manaster120,633Join Joanne and Jeff for Read Science this Thursday, April 30, at 2pm EDT as we talk about the science of cancer with Sue Armstrong, author of p53, The Gene that Cracked the Cancer Code, and George Johnson, author of The Cancer Chronicles (and also of The Ten Most Beautiful Experiments)Science Books2015-04-30 20:00:0017  

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2017-03-23 02:08:26 (12 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

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2017-03-20 09:51:18 (1 comments; 5 reshares; 21 +1s; )Open 

Trump protects Americans

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Trump protects Americans

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2017-03-24 22:40:39 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 9 +1s; )Open 

Going after iguana nest. Very busy fish crow. He got up on a signpost to scold me over my lack of help. I didn't have a long lens. This was my cell phone. I just kept getting closer and the bird was okay with it. You can see the iguana tail tracks at the entrance to another nest. There are probably six along the lake bank.

+Kiki Sanford​ this is Kai's neighbourhood but on the other side of the lake. BTW you should listen to the TWIevO episode on pigeon feet. It's number seven. 

Going after iguana nest. Very busy fish crow. He got up on a signpost to scold me over my lack of help. I didn't have a long lens. This was my cell phone. I just kept getting closer and the bird was okay with it. You can see the iguana tail tracks at the entrance to another nest. There are probably six along the lake bank.

+Kiki Sanford​ this is Kai's neighbourhood but on the other side of the lake. BTW you should listen to the TWIevO episode on pigeon feet. It's number seven. ___

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2017-03-24 21:42:58 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

Trump: "“I would say within anywhere from five to 12 votes,” Trump said — although widespread reports indicated that at least three dozen Republicans opposed the measure." Among other lies.
Pretty sure Florida's Carlos Curbello who votes with the party more often than anyone, opposed it. Here's Paul Ryan. "Ryan Candidly Reflects On Defeat: ‘We Were a 10-Year Opposition Party…Being Against Things Was Easy’

Trump: "“I would say within anywhere from five to 12 votes,” Trump said — although widespread reports indicated that at least three dozen Republicans opposed the measure." Among other lies.
Pretty sure Florida's Carlos Curbello who votes with the party more often than anyone, opposed it. Here's Paul Ryan. "Ryan Candidly Reflects On Defeat: ‘We Were a 10-Year Opposition Party…Being Against Things Was Easy’___

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2017-03-24 21:00:08 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

Google has publicly said it no longer trusts the cryptographic certificates Symantec issues and that Chrome will view them as “harmful.” Think of a “cryptographic certificate” as the digital equivalent of getting carded at a bar. You encrypt whatever you’re sending at your computer, and then use the certificate to encrypt it again. In order to read it, whoever you’re sending it to needs both your private key, and the certificate they used. So if, say, a hacker has inserted himself between you and your bank’s website, he may have your private key, but once he’s asked for the certificate, he’s boned.

Google has publicly said it no longer trusts the cryptographic certificates Symantec issues and that Chrome will view them as “harmful.” Think of a “cryptographic certificate” as the digital equivalent of getting carded at a bar. You encrypt whatever you’re sending at your computer, and then use the certificate to encrypt it again. In order to read it, whoever you’re sending it to needs both your private key, and the certificate they used. So if, say, a hacker has inserted himself between you and your bank’s website, he may have your private key, but once he’s asked for the certificate, he’s boned.___

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2017-03-24 20:29:24 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

Spider Venom and... YOUR BRAIN! http://ow.ly/rmmB30aeqwV

Spider Venom and... YOUR BRAIN! http://ow.ly/rmmB30aeqwV___

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2017-03-24 12:43:29 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

538 analysis.

___538 analysis.

2017-03-23 02:27:56 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s; )Open 

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2017-03-23 02:18:42 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

resist bot

It does pretty much what you might expect, lol.

Text it, and it will identify and fax your Congresscritters. A fax is often weighted higher than an email, and their robodialer waits to get through so you don't have to!

I think this is actually pretty deluxe!

http://www.recode.net/2017/3/9/14865882/resistbot-texts-faxes-senators-representatives

resist bot

It does pretty much what you might expect, lol.

Text it, and it will identify and fax your Congresscritters. A fax is often weighted higher than an email, and their robodialer waits to get through so you don't have to!

I think this is actually pretty deluxe!

http://www.recode.net/2017/3/9/14865882/resistbot-texts-faxes-senators-representatives___

2017-03-23 02:08:26 (12 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

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2017-03-23 01:40:51 (5 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

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2017-03-23 00:35:49 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s; )Open 

Good news Firefox lovers :)

Good news Firefox lovers :)___

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2017-03-22 16:46:43 (3 comments; 3 reshares; 8 +1s; )Open 

via +Craig Froehle

___via +Craig Froehle

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2017-03-22 10:30:20 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

Did Obama attack cartoonists on the far right? No. They were a lot meaner than this. 

Did Obama attack cartoonists on the far right? No. They were a lot meaner than this. ___

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2017-03-21 21:59:09 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s; )Open 

The Tenth Circuit court ruled that Alphonse Maddin had been illegally fired from his job and ordered that he be rehired. Gorsuch dissented, arguing the company was within its rights to fire the employee, even if he had been mistreated. Gorsuch wrote the statute was “perfectly plain.”

During Gorsuch’s confirmation hearing, Senator Al Franken took issue with this characterization, pointing out when using the “plain meaning rule” judges have a duty to avoid absurd conclusions.

Franken made it clear that Gorsuch’s rigidity made him “question Gorsuch’s judgement.”

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The Tenth Circuit court ruled that Alphonse Maddin had been illegally fired from his job and ordered that he be rehired. Gorsuch dissented, arguing the company was within its rights to fire the employee, even if he had been mistreated. Gorsuch wrote the statute was “perfectly plain.”

During Gorsuch’s confirmation hearing, Senator Al Franken took issue with this characterization, pointing out when using the “plain meaning rule” judges have a duty to avoid absurd conclusions.

Franken made it clear that Gorsuch’s rigidity made him “question Gorsuch’s judgement.”

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2017-03-21 19:12:24 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

If you think you live too far away to come visit Creation Station this might inspire you to come see what we do.

https://accutour.com/virtualtour/creationstationmainlibrary/



If you think you live too far away to come visit Creation Station this might inspire you to come see what we do.

https://accutour.com/virtualtour/creationstationmainlibrary/

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2017-03-21 10:09:58 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 7 +1s; )Open 

From Mims at WSJ. Ad hoc microgrids involving neighbors.

From Mims at WSJ. Ad hoc microgrids involving neighbors.___

2017-03-20 21:46:54 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

From Andrew Smith: Imagine a person walking into the wilds of Africa and coming across a pride of lions. They go to pet one, and you stop them. You remind them that they are wild predators. That they've been known to eat people. That no matter how you try, you can't prevent their primitive urge to attack.

Now imagine that person ignores all that, goes up to a cub, and is immediately mauled by several adult lions. While in the hospital, they say, "I can't believe that happened. I never would have foreseen this chain of events."

That's what it is like hearing Trump supporters slowly get disillusioned as their healthcare, jobs, protections, and meals (on wheels) are taken away from them. Like, where were you when the entire world was pleading with you to see him for what he was and still is; a selfish, entitled, privileged man, who is not only out of touch with... more »

From Andrew Smith: Imagine a person walking into the wilds of Africa and coming across a pride of lions. They go to pet one, and you stop them. You remind them that they are wild predators. That they've been known to eat people. That no matter how you try, you can't prevent their primitive urge to attack.

Now imagine that person ignores all that, goes up to a cub, and is immediately mauled by several adult lions. While in the hospital, they say, "I can't believe that happened. I never would have foreseen this chain of events."

That's what it is like hearing Trump supporters slowly get disillusioned as their healthcare, jobs, protections, and meals (on wheels) are taken away from them. Like, where were you when the entire world was pleading with you to see him for what he was and still is; a selfish, entitled, privileged man, who is not only out of touch with the pulse of typical Americans, but rude, dismissive, and outwardly callous with respect to the needs and rights of the working class, women, sick, and elderly of this country. It's been less than 60 days since he became president. Lord help us with the remaining 4-(God forbid) 8 years.___

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2017-03-20 21:31:04 (6 comments; 2 reshares; 11 +1s; )Open 

Presidential tip jar gets a lid put on it.

New York Attorney General orders Trump foundation to stop soliciting funds.

It's not registered. It's essentially Trump's unmonitored tip jar.___Presidential tip jar gets a lid put on it.

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2017-03-20 20:34:10 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

Machine Learning journal.

We’re excited to announce the launch of Distill, a new open science journal and ecosystem supporting human understanding of #machinelearning. Distill is an independent organization, dedicated to fostering a new segment of the research community.

Led by a diverse steering committee of leaders from the machine learning and user interface communities, we are very excited to see where Distill will go. To learn more about Distill, visit the Google Research blog, below.___Machine Learning journal.

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2017-03-20 20:32:36 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

Tax filing companies spend big to keep you from using pre-completed forms.

Tax filing companies spend big to keep you from using pre-completed forms.___

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2017-03-20 18:29:26 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

I wonder if it has that movie Kurosawa did in Siberia? It would be fun to see what sort of stylistic differences I can identify but it's on YouTube and I have to wait until I'm outside the school network. Meanwhile there is a link to a discussion of Kurosawa and Tarkovsky.

From another page at Open Culture, Kurosawa is quoted here:

Tarkovsky was together with me then. He was at the corner of the studio. When the film was over, he stood up, looking at me as if he felt timid. I said to him, “Very good. It makes me feel real fear.” Tarkovsky smiled shyly, but happily. And we toasted vodka at the restaurant in the Film Institute. Tarkovsky, who didn’t drink usually, drank a lot of vodka, and went so far as to turn off the speaker from which music had floated into the restaurant, and began to sing the theme of samurai from Seven Samurai at the top of his voice.

Asif to... more »



Stream 70 Movies in HD from Famed Russian Studio Mosfilm.

Includes films by Kurosawa, Tarkovsky, some cult comedy films, and an epic production of "War and Peace"___I wonder if it has that movie Kurosawa did in Siberia? It would be fun to see what sort of stylistic differences I can identify but it's on YouTube and I have to wait until I'm outside the school network. Meanwhile there is a link to a discussion of Kurosawa and Tarkovsky.

From another page at Open Culture, Kurosawa is quoted here:

Tarkovsky was together with me then. He was at the corner of the studio. When the film was over, he stood up, looking at me as if he felt timid. I said to him, “Very good. It makes me feel real fear.” Tarkovsky smiled shyly, but happily. And we toasted vodka at the restaurant in the Film Institute. Tarkovsky, who didn’t drink usually, drank a lot of vodka, and went so far as to turn off the speaker from which music had floated into the restaurant, and began to sing the theme of samurai from Seven Samurai at the top of his voice.

As if to rival him, I joined in.

For I was at that moment very happy to find myself living on Earth.

Solaris makes a viewer feel this, and even this single fact shows us that Solaris is no ordinary SF film. It truly somehow provokes pure horror in our soul. And it is under the total grip of the deep insights of Tarkovsky.

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2017-03-20 09:51:18 (1 comments; 5 reshares; 21 +1s; )Open 

Trump protects Americans

Trump protects Americans___

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2017-03-20 02:03:31 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 7 +1s; )Open 

The food was excellent. The service was attentive.
I think someone dictated the menu.

The food was excellent. The service was attentive.
I think someone dictated the menu.___

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2017-03-19 14:05:25 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

We would all suffer but the people who would suffer the most are the lower and middle class

We would all suffer but the people who would suffer the most are the lower and middle class___

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2017-03-19 12:30:42 (1 comments; 2 reshares; 12 +1s; )Open 

via +George Station

Andrei Tarkovsky's Films Are Free Online: Stalker, Solaris, The Mirror, Andrei Rublev.

They're made available by the Russian film studio, Mosfilm. Just thought you'd want to know... ___via +George Station

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2017-03-18 12:31:20 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

Oh no's, no Trump supporters coming to visit? Sad!

Oh no's, no Trump supporters coming to visit? Sad!___

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2017-03-17 21:36:21 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

Important for understanding climate change.
+Yaneer Bar-Yam's complexity blog.

+Brian Gauspohl You'll enjoy this. You recall my mentions of phase change behavior? This is something to help denialists get that they are missing some of the scale issues.

I hope I got that reasonably straight. I was interested in the oscillation modeling when I was introduced to it.

Important for understanding climate change.
+Yaneer Bar-Yam's complexity blog.

+Brian Gauspohl You'll enjoy this. You recall my mentions of phase change behavior? This is something to help denialists get that they are missing some of the scale issues.

I hope I got that reasonably straight. I was interested in the oscillation modeling when I was introduced to it.___

2017-03-17 20:40:15 (4 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

Religious freedom should enshrine core doctrinal tenets that require physical observance such as wearing a hat so God can recognize you when he's about to zap the neighborhood for whatever God-like reason, or lying face down a few times a day to straighten your Chi for Mohammed. These are morally justifiable behaviours God demands you accomplish or He will torture you forever in a lake of fire and nobody wants the lake of fire.

But as far as I can tell, there is no core doctrinal reason to behave objectionably toward people whose sexual preference isn't similar to your own. God doesn't say he will dip you in fire if you are nice to people you happen to disagree with over non-core beliefs.

Religious freedom should enshrine core doctrinal tenets that require physical observance such as wearing a hat so God can recognize you when he's about to zap the neighborhood for whatever God-like reason, or lying face down a few times a day to straighten your Chi for Mohammed. These are morally justifiable behaviours God demands you accomplish or He will torture you forever in a lake of fire and nobody wants the lake of fire.

But as far as I can tell, there is no core doctrinal reason to behave objectionably toward people whose sexual preference isn't similar to your own. God doesn't say he will dip you in fire if you are nice to people you happen to disagree with over non-core beliefs.___

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2017-03-17 20:28:02 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

Allllrighty. It's a PCA church. What do you expect from the sect that brought you Coral Ridge Presbyterian and Dominionists by the bushel basket?

+Richard Raborn Do you remember when I went off on Revl Kennedy and his association with that idiot Ben Stein and the harridan Ann Coulter over their anti-Darwin TV show a few years ago?

This sect publishes material that is on 24 hour talk radio in the Bible Belt. Their more recognizable cultish crapola is hidden to keep the Southern Baptists from rejecting it since it is beyond the Baptist pale.

Briarwood Presbyterian Church in Birmingham, Alabama, is pressing a bill that would allow for their own state-sponsored police force. A 4,000-member church with armed cops operating independently—what could possibly go wrong?

In an era where the federal government seems to be backing away from and cutting funding to all sorts of public social structures, is this -- a move to have a private police force -- really surprising?

We have a political party saying that people shouldn't be forced to have health insurance, even though them NOT having health insurance actually ends up costing the public -- you, me & everyone -- more than if they did. It's why we have public fire departments in nearly every city in the country. If you had even 20% of homes "opting out" of paying for fire protection, that creates a risk to everyone because letting a house burn down instead of extinguishing it actually threatens other homes. It's the same for vaccinations and car insurance and building inspections and public education -- allowing people to opt out of something ignores the fact that that protection is not just for them ... it's actually for the benefit of the broader community as well.

If people get to "opt out" of public policing, or even just hiring their own private police forces, there is literally no way to avoid the inevitable situation where groups of armed mercenaries start shooting at each other, each claiming the other's employer is a criminal or threat. Talk about terrifying and depressing...___Allllrighty. It's a PCA church. What do you expect from the sect that brought you Coral Ridge Presbyterian and Dominionists by the bushel basket?

+Richard Raborn Do you remember when I went off on Revl Kennedy and his association with that idiot Ben Stein and the harridan Ann Coulter over their anti-Darwin TV show a few years ago?

This sect publishes material that is on 24 hour talk radio in the Bible Belt. Their more recognizable cultish crapola is hidden to keep the Southern Baptists from rejecting it since it is beyond the Baptist pale.

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2017-03-17 20:19:45 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

Publication bias? No. Climate change isn't a conspiracy.

No evidence of publication bias in climate change science

Abstract: Non-significant results are less likely to be reported by authors and, when submitted for peer review, are less likely to be published by journal editors. This phenomenon, known collectively as publication bias, is seen in a variety of scientific disciplines and can erode public trust in the scientific method and the validity of scientific theories. Public trust in science is especially important for fields like climate change science, where scientific consensus can influence state policies on a global scale, including strategies for industrial and agricultural management and development. Here, we used meta-analysis to test for biases in the statistical results of climate change articles, including 1154 experimental results from a sample of 120 articles. Funnel plots revealed no evidence of publication bias given no pattern of non-significant results being under-reported, even at low sample sizes. However, we discovered three other types of systematic bias relating to writing style, the relative prestige of journals, and the apparent rise in popularity of this field: First, the magnitude of statistical effects was significantly larger in the abstract than the main body of articles. Second, the difference in effect sizes in abstracts versus main body of articles was especially pronounced in journals with high impact factors. Finally, the number of published articles about climate change and the magnitude of effect sizes therein both increased within 2 years of the seminal report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change 2007.

https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10584-016-1880-1___Publication bias? No. Climate change isn't a conspiracy.

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2017-03-17 01:08:43 (5 comments; 1 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

Don't forget, this was begun under W where replacements for ageing hardware were curtailed.

Don't forget, this was begun under W where replacements for ageing hardware were curtailed.___

2017-03-16 21:30:47 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

What Trump loyalists would never ever ask:
"How can you talk about fact and evidence about an event that actually did not occur?"
#Pathology

What Trump loyalists would never ever ask:
"How can you talk about fact and evidence about an event that actually did not occur?"
#Pathology___

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2017-03-16 21:12:32 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

Sweet Jesus. I can't believe Bizarro President isn't a meme. What is wrong with you people? Everything is backward. Didn't you read Superman when you were a kid?
(I'm not complaining about you +Douglas Pierre.)

___Sweet Jesus. I can't believe Bizarro President isn't a meme. What is wrong with you people? Everything is backward. Didn't you read Superman when you were a kid?
(I'm not complaining about you +Douglas Pierre.)

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2017-03-16 20:34:20 (5 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

Ken Dilanian‏Verified account @KenDilanianNBC

Spicer just now: "There's this assumption in Washington that if you get less money, it's a cut."
#facepalm


Ken Dilanian‏Verified account @KenDilanianNBC

Spicer just now: "There's this assumption in Washington that if you get less money, it's a cut."
#facepalm
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2017-03-16 02:37:30 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

"Artificial intelligence is ripe for abuse, tech researcher warns: 'a fascist's dream.'' Kate Crawford from Microsoft Research highlights the risk of bias, such as when reserchers in China developed a system that could predict criminality based on facial features, and it turned out that the faces of criminals were more unusual than those of law-abiding citizens and people with unusual faces were more likely to be seen as untrustworthy by police and judges, registry abuse, such as Nazi Germany's use of the Hollerith punch-card machine to keep registries for Jewish, Roma and other ethnic groups, flawed predictive policing systems, such as Chicago's which was shown by a Rand Corporation study to increase harassment of people in 'hotspot' areas but not actually reduce crime, and voting influence, such as how Cambridge Analytica claims some of the credit for Brexit and the... more »

"Artificial intelligence is ripe for abuse, tech researcher warns: 'a fascist's dream.'' Kate Crawford from Microsoft Research highlights the risk of bias, such as when reserchers in China developed a system that could predict criminality based on facial features, and it turned out that the faces of criminals were more unusual than those of law-abiding citizens and people with unusual faces were more likely to be seen as untrustworthy by police and judges, registry abuse, such as Nazi Germany's use of the Hollerith punch-card machine to keep registries for Jewish, Roma and other ethnic groups, flawed predictive policing systems, such as Chicago's which was shown by a Rand Corporation study to increase harassment of people in 'hotspot' areas but not actually reduce crime, and voting influence, such as how Cambridge Analytica claims some of the credit for Brexit and the election of Trump.___

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2017-03-15 22:02:28 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s; )Open 

+Richard Raborn and +Ted Houk - devices and what is probably a sort of virtual network to protect medical data. Nifty.

+Richard Raborn and +Ted Houk - devices and what is probably a sort of virtual network to protect medical data. Nifty.___

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2017-03-15 18:47:34 (7 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

Raw Food diet. It's old. And utterly funny.
"We got sick. The doctor didn't know what was wrong with us. We ate raw food. We got better."
Blah blah "...so if you eat raw food you will get better."
And that's all there is to it.

Raw Food diet. It's old. And utterly funny.
"We got sick. The doctor didn't know what was wrong with us. We ate raw food. We got better."
Blah blah "...so if you eat raw food you will get better."
And that's all there is to it.___

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2017-03-15 18:43:31 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

Petrified wood at the Arboretum in Daegu, RoK.

Petrified wood at the Arboretum in Daegu, RoK.___

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2017-03-15 10:26:30 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 8 +1s; )Open 

+Richard Raborn your favorite!

""It’s not hard to see in the demographics, the words, and the behavior of Trump supporters an ethic of total retaliation at work. These are men and women who defend their vote by saying things like: 'I just wanted people to know that I’m here, that I count.' These are men and women whose scorn of 'political correctness' translates into: 'You can’t make me talk the way that you want me to talk, even if that way of talking is nicer and smarter and better.' These are men and women whose denials of climate change are gleeful denials of scientific expertise in a world where scientific experts have unquestioned intellectual respect and social status. These are men and women who seemed to applaud the incompetence of Trump’s campaign because competence itself is associated with membership in the elite.

"[Hunter S.] Thompson would want us to see this: These are men and women who know that, by all intellectual and economic standards, they cannot win the game. So whether it be out of self-protection or an overcompensation for their own profound sense of shame, they lash out at politicians, judges, scientists, teachers, Wall Street, universities, the media, legislatures -- even at elections. They are not interested in contemplating serious reforms to the system; they are either too pessimistic or too disappointed to believe that is possible. So the best they can do is adopt a position of total irreverence: to show they hate the players and the game.

"Understood in those terms, the idea that Trumpism is 'populist' seems misplaced. Populism is a belief in the right of ordinary people, rather than political insiders, to rule. Trumpism, by contrast, operates on the presumption ordinary people aren’t going to get any chance to rule no matter what they do, so they might as well piss off the political insiders using the only tool left available to them: the vote.

" While many commentators say Trump will have to bring back jobs or vibrancy to places like the Rust Belt if he wants to continue to have the support of people who voted for him, Thompson’s account suggests otherwise. Many if not most Trump supporters long ago gave up on the idea that any politician, even someone like Trump, can change the direction the wind is blowing. Even if he fails to bring back the jobs, Trump can maintain loyalty in another way: As long as he continues to offend and irritate elites, and as long as he refuses to play by certain rules of decorum -- heaven forfend, the president-elect says ill-conceived things on Twitter! -- Trump will still command loyalty. It’s the ethic, not the policy, that matters most. [...]

" At the end of Hell’s Angels, having spent months with the motorcycle guys, Thompson finally gets stomped by them. For some offense he doesn’t understand (and which he probably didn’t commit), Thompson gets punched, bloodied, kicked in the face and in the ribs, spat at and pissed on. He limps off to a hospital in the dead of night, alone and afraid. Only in that moment does Thompson realize that as a journalist (and therefore a member of the elite), he could not possibly be a true friend of the Angels. Wear leather and ride a motorcycle though he might, Thompson stood on the side of intellectual and cultural authority. And that finally made him, despite his months of good-timing with the Angels, subject to their retaliatory impulses. The ethic of retaliation is total, Thompson comes to realize. There is nothing partial about it. It ends with violence." (Susan McWilliams, The Nation):

https://www.thenation.com/article/this-political-theorist-predicted-the-rise-of-trumpism-his-name-was-hunter-s-thompson/___+Richard Raborn your favorite!

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2017-03-15 10:22:04 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

http://thecreatorsproject.vice.com/blog/long-lost-record-preserves-dead-alaskan-language

http://thecreatorsproject.vice.com/blog/long-lost-record-preserves-dead-alaskan-language___

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2017-03-15 10:21:25 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

He's making an argument from 1800 when he argues cities shouldn't have the same power as rural areas. That's why he's called a conservative.

Bill O'Reilly had an opinion piece today about how race and gender relate to American politics, which I have to say was fairly accurate in most of its points, and is worth reading, because when the opponent of an idea can fairly and accurately characterize it, it's often a very clear distillation. One of his closing lines summarizes it well:

"Summing up, the left wants power taken away from the white establishment and they want a profound change in the way America is run."

I don't think I could argue with that statement. The Left argues that there are many profound problems in the way that America is run today, and (as O'Reilly says), a lot of that is because America is being run by and for the benefit of a particular group within it. That's not what America stands for, and it's something which should change.

The part of this op-ed where I disagree with O'Reilly is his interpretation of how that ties to the Electoral College, and arguments for a popular vote. O'Reilly argues that a move to a popular vote would marginalize white, working-class voters, and move political power entirely to the cities. While it's true that this would move political power more to the cities, that's simply because that's where most Americans live; white Americans, black Americans, all sorts of Americans.

He believes that a move to a popular vote would gut the power of the Right, but I think that he's missed an important step in how the voting system affects politics. In today's presidential elections, the unit of voting is the state, and you talk about "winning a state;" once you or your opponent has a comfortable lead in a state, that state is effectively off the table and can be ignored for the rest of the election. A consequence of this is that any state with a sharp net political leaning – be it California or Utah – will have its issues almost completely ignored in an election, even if it has very large minorities who disagree. (e.g., the 5.2 million registered Republicans in California)

But a deeper consequence is that parties shape their ideologies to this. The Republican Party has shaped itself as a party of rural and exurban areas, as opposed to cities; this works well in an EC system. In a popular vote, those 5.2 million Californians suddenly become a potent force, and being able to convert people living in cities suddenly becomes a workable strategy, even if you can't win the city as a whole. This would give the Republican party a tremendous incentive to try to appeal to people in cities, and the Democratic party an incentive to try to appeal to people in the countryside. That is, it would give a structural incentive to reduce the rural/urban polarization which has been so significant in American politics.

There's one other interesting advantage of moving to a popular vote for the Presidency: since Senate seats are still done by state (some states having their seats at-large, others dividing themselves geographically), and House seats by (gerrymandered) districts, this would add another layer of geographic diversity to the way we elect our national officials. It would mean that you would have some politicians very tied to local needs, some to state-level needs, and some to broader national needs – which I suspect is a recipe for greater stability.

If this were a disadvantage to Republicans, it would be so for one election only, and that only if their strategists failed to pay attention. In fact, I suspect that this may be more favorable to Republicans in the long term, since it might make strategies like appealing to Latino voters actually feasible, by removing the party's dependency on nativism for its current "base."

All of which is to say, I don't by any means suspect that a move to a popular vote would be advantageous to the Democrats in the long term; I suspect that from a purely partisan perspective, it might be a loss for them. But despite my own political alignment (which is, by recent American standards, with the Left), I still think this is a good idea for the country, because I think that the rural/urban split has led to profoundly toxic politics, and if we are to have any meaningful chance of addressing the issues which affect either region, we need a realignment which no longer makes that division a primary salient of the country.___He's making an argument from 1800 when he argues cities shouldn't have the same power as rural areas. That's why he's called a conservative.

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2017-03-15 10:15:52 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

Bad. Too fast. #flogw #flgw

Bad. Too fast. #flogw #flgw___

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2017-03-13 17:39:13 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

Probably the best discussion of Middlebury's reaction to Charles Murray I have seen. This includes the mainstream media reactions.

And since you ask, no. I haven't read the far right snowflake reaction. Because why should anyone have to drive a stake into a vampire's heart more than once? WHY?

What I felt was the best comment pointed out Henry Louis Gates moderated a discussion in Boston twenty years ago on The Bell Curve where Stephen Jay Gould provided reasonable arguments Murray's work contributed nothing to our understanding of humankind.

Supplementary reading:

https://middleburycampus.com/article/letter-from-middlebury-faculty/

https://www.insidehighered.com/views/2017/03/07/defense-student-protest-charles-murrays-speech-middlebury-college-essay
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Probably the best discussion of Middlebury's reaction to Charles Murray I have seen. This includes the mainstream media reactions.

And since you ask, no. I haven't read the far right snowflake reaction. Because why should anyone have to drive a stake into a vampire's heart more than once? WHY?

What I felt was the best comment pointed out Henry Louis Gates moderated a discussion in Boston twenty years ago on The Bell Curve where Stephen Jay Gould provided reasonable arguments Murray's work contributed nothing to our understanding of humankind.

Supplementary reading:

https://middleburycampus.com/article/letter-from-middlebury-faculty/

https://www.insidehighered.com/views/2017/03/07/defense-student-protest-charles-murrays-speech-middlebury-college-essay

http://www.thecollegefix.com/bulletin-board/professor-injured-charles-murray-melee-ignorant-colleagues-tried-shut-us/___

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2017-03-11 14:39:56 (0 comments; 2 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

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Terrifying news....read this one___via +Kyle Beatty

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2017-03-11 14:38:02 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

The Intermediate Bronze Age (IB) of the Southern Levant is known as the “Dark Ages.” The large cities of the Early Bronze Age, which were the region’s first urban settlements, collapsed and were abandoned. The complex socio-economic strategies, based on large-scale agriculture, industry, and trade, were replaced by what Dever [1] named “small-scale mixed agro-pastoralism.” This Dark Ages (also termed Early Bronze IV and Middle Bronze I) of pastoral nomadism lasted from ca. 2350 until 2000 BCE, when it was replaced by the urban renaissance of the Middle Bronze Age. The accepted interpretation of the archaeological record suggests that the socio-economic structure of the period declined into a primarily nomadic, tribal society inhabiting small rural villages. The economy is thought to have been based on herding. No evidence for strong central administration has been recovered. Almost no settlementof the pe... more »

The Intermediate Bronze Age (IB) of the Southern Levant is known as the “Dark Ages.” The large cities of the Early Bronze Age, which were the region’s first urban settlements, collapsed and were abandoned. The complex socio-economic strategies, based on large-scale agriculture, industry, and trade, were replaced by what Dever [1] named “small-scale mixed agro-pastoralism.” This Dark Ages (also termed Early Bronze IV and Middle Bronze I) of pastoral nomadism lasted from ca. 2350 until 2000 BCE, when it was replaced by the urban renaissance of the Middle Bronze Age. The accepted interpretation of the archaeological record suggests that the socio-economic structure of the period declined into a primarily nomadic, tribal society inhabiting small rural villages. The economy is thought to have been based on herding. No evidence for strong central administration has been recovered. Almost no settlement of the period can be described as an urban center and, remarkably, there is no evidence recorded for monumental architecture [1–3].___

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2017-03-10 15:16:19 (2 comments; 1 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

"WikiLeaks seems to have a playbook for its disinformation campaigns. The first step is to dump many documents at once — rather than allowing journalists to scrutinize them and absorb their significance before publication. The second step is to sensationalize the material with misleading news releases and tweets. The third step is to sit back and watch as the news media unwittingly promotes the WikiLeaks agenda under the auspices of independent reporting."

"WikiLeaks seems to have a playbook for its disinformation campaigns. The first step is to dump many documents at once — rather than allowing journalists to scrutinize them and absorb their significance before publication. The second step is to sensationalize the material with misleading news releases and tweets. The third step is to sit back and watch as the news media unwittingly promotes the WikiLeaks agenda under the auspices of independent reporting."___

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2017-03-10 02:41:29 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s; )Open 

Registration is now open for the 2017 Smithsonian Science Education Academies for Teachers! http://s.si.edu/22KmRz1

Registration is now open for the 2017 Smithsonian Science Education Academies for Teachers! http://s.si.edu/22KmRz1___

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