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Kee Hinckley

Kee Hinckley 

Fascinated by the boundaries of technology and social behavior.

Occupation: I create things using code, words, and ideas.

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2017-04-23 23:15:51 (24 comments; 3 reshares; 17 +1s; )Open 

This is an interesting political survey that attempts to place you along multiple axes. Much better than the silly libertarian one. You have to answer 60 questions, but they go fast.

https://8values.github.io/index.html

h/t +Kimberly Chapman and +Yonatan Zunger 

Most reshares: 8

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2017-04-24 09:06:09 (9 comments; 8 reshares; 23 +1s; )Open 

Most plusones: 54

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2017-04-26 23:21:20 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s; )Open 

An analysis of how France's recent election would have gone had they used American rules (with an electoral college and so on). The answer is an excellent illustration of why an electoral college is a terrible idea.

Specifically, we would have ended up with a tie in the Electoral College, leading to the 12th Amendment rule of a vote in the House, with each state -- or in this case, region -- getting one vote, regardless of its population. Which in this case would have put the entire election in the hands of the representatives from French Guiana and the islands of Réunion and Martinique, all of which went in the election for Jean-Luc Mélenchon -- the fourth-most popular candidate.

While the idea of the colonies deciding the rulers of the country certainly has a certain appeal to it -- not to mention some poetic justice -- it does seem like a dubious way to decide on the futureo... more »

An analysis of how France's recent election would have gone had they used American rules (with an electoral college and so on). The answer is an excellent illustration of why an electoral college is a terrible idea.

Specifically, we would have ended up with a tie in the Electoral College, leading to the 12th Amendment rule of a vote in the House, with each state -- or in this case, region -- getting one vote, regardless of its population. Which in this case would have put the entire election in the hands of the representatives from French Guiana and the islands of Réunion and Martinique, all of which went in the election for Jean-Luc Mélenchon -- the fourth-most popular candidate.

While the idea of the colonies deciding the rulers of the country certainly has a certain appeal to it -- not to mention some poetic justice -- it does seem like a dubious way to decide on the future of a country, especially given that (despite the seeming similarity in the America-style picture below) Macron beat second-place Le Pen in the first round by a wider margin than Bush beat Kerry in 2004, and is projected to beat her nearly 2:1 in the second-round election held under the actual French rules.

(The actual French rules are a first-round election in which everybody runs, followed by the top two finishers going head-to-head in the second round. Straight-up popular vote in each.)___

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2017-04-26 22:56:47 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

Goldberg jumped in. “As a country,” Goldberg said, “we lost our teachable moment.” She started talking about the 2012 murder of 20 schoolchildren and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Goldberg said that if people had been shown the autopsy photos of the kids, the gun debate would have been transformed. “The fact that not a single one of those kids was able to be transported to a hospital, tells me that they were not just dead, but really really really really dead. Ten-year-old kids, riddled with bullets, dead as doornails.” Her voice rose. She said people have to confront the physical reality of gun violence without the polite filters. “The country won’t be ready for it, but that’s what needs to happen. That’s the only chance at all for this to ever be reversed.”

She dropped back into a softer register. “Nobody gives two shits about the black people in NorthPhiladelphia if nobody ... more »

Goldberg jumped in. “As a country,” Goldberg said, “we lost our teachable moment.” She started talking about the 2012 murder of 20 schoolchildren and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Goldberg said that if people had been shown the autopsy photos of the kids, the gun debate would have been transformed. “The fact that not a single one of those kids was able to be transported to a hospital, tells me that they were not just dead, but really really really really dead. Ten-year-old kids, riddled with bullets, dead as doornails.” Her voice rose. She said people have to confront the physical reality of gun violence without the polite filters. “The country won’t be ready for it, but that’s what needs to happen. That’s the only chance at all for this to ever be reversed.”

She dropped back into a softer register. “Nobody gives two shits about the black people in North Philadelphia if nobody gives two craps about the white kids in Sandy Hook. … I thought white little kids getting shot would make people care. Nope. They didn’t care. Anderson Cooper was up there. They set up shop. And then the public outrage fades.”___

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2017-04-26 20:44:36 (11 comments; 0 reshares; 7 +1s; )Open 

NYTimes: White House Said to Draft Plan for U.S. Break From Nafta

NYTimes: White House Said to Draft Plan for U.S. Break From Nafta___

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2017-04-26 19:34:05 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

Did Humans Live in California 100,000 Years Earlier Than We Thought? - National Geographic

Did Humans Live in California 100,000 Years Earlier Than We Thought? - National Geographic___

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2017-04-26 17:31:30 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 8 +1s; )Open 

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2017-04-26 16:33:05 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

How many data centers do you need to serve the world? An excellent look at the physical, social, political, and risk-based factors that go into choosing the location, number, and size of a cloud provider's data centers.

h/t +Bob Wyman 

How many data centers do you need to serve the world? An excellent look at the physical, social, political, and risk-based factors that go into choosing the location, number, and size of a cloud provider's data centers.

h/t +Bob Wyman ___

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2017-04-26 16:22:29 (1 comments; 2 reshares; 10 +1s; )Open 

Gerrymandering is a problem—but it has a solution. And the solution is called math. "Best of all? 'It’s fifth-grade math,' ... A judge could verify the calculations with a pencil and paper." https://www.wired.com/2017/04/how-math-can-save-democracy/

Gerrymandering is a problem—but it has a solution. And the solution is called math. "Best of all? 'It’s fifth-grade math,' ... A judge could verify the calculations with a pencil and paper." https://www.wired.com/2017/04/how-math-can-save-democracy/___

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2017-04-26 14:53:02 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 13 +1s; )Open 

Today's #joinindaily theme from +Johnny Wills is "Females". #Buddhist nuns in #Yangon, #Myanmar. 2015. #burma

Today's #joinindaily theme from +Johnny Wills is "Females". #Buddhist nuns in #Yangon, #Myanmar. 2015. #burma___

2017-04-26 02:44:08 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 10 +1s; )Open 

"Do you feel the danger of the banana?" — Great British Bakeoff

"Do you feel the danger of the banana?" — Great British Bakeoff___

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2017-04-26 02:27:20 (3 comments; 1 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

Wikitribune: Wikipedia's co-founder Jimmy Wales is planning a news service that combines the work of professional journalists and volunteers.

I hope he changes the world again! http://bbc.in/2qbWowi___Wikitribune: Wikipedia's co-founder Jimmy Wales is planning a news service that combines the work of professional journalists and volunteers.

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2017-04-26 00:22:51 (7 comments; 3 reshares; 13 +1s; )Open 

The case for raising the estate tax.

This is a very good piece (with which I agree 100%).

People in the US have forgotten one of the main purposes of estate taxes - which is to create some friction that will, over the course of several generations, erode vast aggregations of wealth. In essence it requires a great grandchild of a large fortune to contribute some of his or her own effort to maintain the fortune (which is usually not all that hard when the great grandchild starts out with a pile of money.)

Another good point of the article is that hundreds of $billions of tax that would be relieved from the wealthy 1% could go a long way towards relieving the tax and medical burdens of the less wealthy 99%.

Also, it is pretty easy for anyone with even a few dollars saved up to create a trust and will arrangement that would reduce, perhaps eliminate any of the estate tax that might accrue after the $11,000,000 existing exemption. ___The case for raising the estate tax.

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2017-04-25 23:37:51 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 9 +1s; )Open 

+Dave Hill provides a good summary of the court's take on the sanctuary city edict.

As before, Trump's stated intent is part of the problem, as it belies any claim that cities aren't being threatened. Plus it's unconstitutional for a number of reasons (including the same one that did in parts of ObamaCare)--funding is the purview of Congress.

For better or worse, this is the kind of thing that happens when you have political amateurs running things. They don't know how to write something that will stand up in court.

A federal judge mostly blocks Trump's "sanctuary city" order

And, most charmingly, it's largely Donald Trump's fault.

As far as I can tell from the article, the basic issue the judge had was that the Executive Order in question provides a vague threat, on criteria that are not well defined, with potentially significant harm to the cities and counties involved (due to uncertainty about federal funding).

The full order by the judge[1] sums up the arguments against the Executive Order:

'The Counties challenge the enforcement provision of the Order, Section 9(a), on several grounds: first, it violates the separation of powers doctrine enshrined in the Constitution because it improperly seeks to wield congressional spending powers; second, it is so overbroad and coercive that even if the President had spending powers, the Order would clearly exceed them and violate the Tenth Amendment’s prohibition against commandeering local jurisdictions; third, it is so vague and standardless that it violates the Fifth Amendment’s Due Process Clause and is void for vagueness; and, finally, because it seeks to deprive local jurisdictions of congressionally allocated funds without any notice or opportunity to be heard, it violates the procedural due process requirements of the Fifth Amendment.'

Grants and other federal benefits can have conditions put on them ("Recipients must do A, B, and C"), but courts, all the way up to SCOTUS, have struck down putting requirements on federal monies willy-nilly ("Recipients must to A, B, and C -- oh, yeah, now you have to do D, too, because we say so").

That was the basis, in fact, for striking down states having to take the Medicaid expansion under the ACA; the Obama Administration said they had to do it or else lose other Medicaid funds. The court said, "Nuh-uh, not without changing the law first." Which is why the Medicaid expansion became optional.

Interestingly enough, the Justice Dept. pooh-poohed all this, claiming the Executive Order only restricted certain limited DoJ grant programs that have a compliance clause in them, and that more grandiose claims were just a "bully pulpit" by the President. But the judge looked at the President and Attorney General's own statements and found that they clearly constituted a threat that the counties in question (Santa Clara and San Francisco) had to take seriously.

'And if there was doubt about the scope of the Order, the President and Attorney General have erased it with their public comments. The President has called it “a weapon” to use against jurisdictions that disagree with his preferred policies of immigration enforcement, and his press secretary has reiterated that the President intends to ensure that “counties and other institutions that remain sanctuary cites don’t get federal government funding in compliance with the executive order.” The Attorney General has warned that jurisdictions that do not comply with Section 1373 would suffer “withholding grants, termination of grants, and disbarment or ineligibility for future grants,” and the“claw back” of any funds previously awarded. Section 9(a)is not reasonably susceptible to the new, narrow interpretation offered at the hearing.'

In other words, political rhetoric is being taken seriously by the courts. Trump's own words are being used against him. And because of that, the order formally blocks anything except those limited and already pre-requisited programs described.

'To succeed in their motions, the Counties must show that they are likely to face immediate irreparable harm absent an injunction, that they are likely to succeed on the merits, and that the balance of harms and public interest weighs in their favor. The Counties have met this burden.They have demonstrated that they have standing to challenge the Order and are currently suffering irreparable harm,not only because the Order has caused and will cause them constitutional injuries by violating the separation of powers doctrine and depriving them of their Tenth and Fifth Amendment rights, but also because the Order has caused budget uncertainty by threatening to deprive the Counties of hundreds of millions of dollars in federal grants that support core services California in their jurisdictions.They have established that they are likely to succeed on the merits of their claims and that the balance of harms and public interest decisively weigh in favor of an injunction.'

There's a problematic long game here that might make this a short-term victory. Congress could choose to in the future amend laws and regulations to require cooperation between local law enforcement and federal immigration enforcement (though there are still bounds even on that). But for the moment, that can't be done just handwaved in retroactively by the Administration.

More coverage at: https://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2017-04-25/trump-s-sanctuary-cities-order-blocked-by-federal-judge, https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/social-issues/2017/04/25/c9e212c8-29f7-11e7-b605-33413c691853_story.html

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[1] https://www.aclu.org/legal-document/county-santa-clara-v-trump-order-granting-pi
___+Dave Hill provides a good summary of the court's take on the sanctuary city edict.

As before, Trump's stated intent is part of the problem, as it belies any claim that cities aren't being threatened. Plus it's unconstitutional for a number of reasons (including the same one that did in parts of ObamaCare)--funding is the purview of Congress.

For better or worse, this is the kind of thing that happens when you have political amateurs running things. They don't know how to write something that will stand up in court.

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2017-04-25 21:51:20 (6 comments; 0 reshares; 12 +1s; )Open 

NYTimes: Judge Blocks Trump Effort to Withhold Money From Sanctuary Cities

NYTimes: Judge Blocks Trump Effort to Withhold Money From Sanctuary Cities___

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2017-04-25 20:16:04 (4 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

Some Republicans Want Their Party To Change Their Tune On Climate Change https://www.buzzfeed.com/lissandravilla/some-republicans-want-their-party-to-change-their-tune-on?utm_term=.uevqLk584 …

Some Republicans Want Their Party To Change Their Tune On Climate Change https://www.buzzfeed.com/lissandravilla/some-republicans-want-their-party-to-change-their-tune-on?utm_term=.uevqLk584 …___

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2017-04-25 20:14:41 (4 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

❝ For years, Davis has been consumed by the hunt for a possibly apocryphal apple known as the Tinmouth. In the 1905 book The Apples of New York — still considered the bible for self-proclaimed "apple geeks" like Davis — legendary horticulturist Spencer Ambrose Beach described the Tinmouth as "sprightly" and "peculiar" tasting. But today, that vague characterization is all that remains of the forgotten fruit; about a century ago it mysteriously vanished from New England, and therefore from the world.
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It's difficult to fathom how important the apple was to early America. Today, industrial-scale farming has squelched biodiversity, so that the broader market is dominated by just six varieties: Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, Gala, Fuji, Granny Smith, and McIntosh. But in the 18th and 19th centuries, American nurseries cataloged more than 16,000 differentnamed... more »

❝ For years, Davis has been consumed by the hunt for a possibly apocryphal apple known as the Tinmouth. In the 1905 book The Apples of New York — still considered the bible for self-proclaimed "apple geeks" like Davis — legendary horticulturist Spencer Ambrose Beach described the Tinmouth as "sprightly" and "peculiar" tasting. But today, that vague characterization is all that remains of the forgotten fruit; about a century ago it mysteriously vanished from New England, and therefore from the world.
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It's difficult to fathom how important the apple was to early America. Today, industrial-scale farming has squelched biodiversity, so that the broader market is dominated by just six varieties: Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, Gala, Fuji, Granny Smith, and McIntosh. But in the 18th and 19th centuries, American nurseries cataloged more than 16,000 different named apples, and as many as 7,500 American varieties. Apple trees were everywhere — particularly in New England, where they were used to mark property lines. Sugar was still a luxury good then, and apples sated the colonists' sweet tooth. But far more important, most apples were grown to make America's national beverage: hard cider.

Up until Prohibition, Michael Pollan wrote in The Botany of Desire, in rural areas "cider took the place not only of wine and beer but of coffee and tea, juice, and even water." It's easy to see why: Until the 1900s, most water was contaminated with bacteria. Beyond issues of sanitation, cider was America's homegrown answer to wine — our native grapes weren't sweet enough to ferment. And just like European wines, American ciders could be incredibly complex, even nuanced — that's why Thomas Jefferson grew cider apples at Monticello, where Hewes Crabs are kept to this day.

Cider, not snacking, was the real reason John Chapman — better known as Johnny Appleseed — was flinging seeds and setting up nurseries through the Ohio Valley and the Midwest in the early 1800s. Growing apples is easy, but cultivating a tree that bears palatable fruit is rare. Most of the chance seedlings that germinated in Chapman's wake weren't fit for his tin-pot hat — but they were plenty suited for a decent quaff, or even a nip of applejack. In fact, Chapman couldn't possibly have known what he was growing. Apples are extremely heterozygous, meaning each seed contains the genetic makeup for a completely new and different type of apple tree. If you were to plant a seed from a McIntosh apple, the one thing you could be sure of is that the sapling it produced wouldn't be a McIntosh tree. ❞___

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2017-04-25 19:37:26 (5 comments; 1 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

Kentucky's Medicaid "enhancements" are a textbook case of "blame the victim for being poor".

If you want to laugh or cry, read this guy's healthcare plan.___Kentucky's Medicaid "enhancements" are a textbook case of "blame the victim for being poor".

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2017-04-25 19:20:17 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 18 +1s; )Open 

Today's #joinindaily theme from +Johnny Wills is "dragonflies". With a little syntactic liberty.

The piece was made by Bia Winter, Mount Vernon, ME. She primarily does torch-cut metalwork.

Today's #joinindaily theme from +Johnny Wills is "dragonflies". With a little syntactic liberty.

The piece was made by Bia Winter, Mount Vernon, ME. She primarily does torch-cut metalwork.___

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2017-04-25 18:25:45 (16 comments; 5 reshares; 10 +1s; )Open 

In the middle of Trump's war-mongering against N.Korea, we all need to understand the context. To most people, N.Korea seems like a bellicose state run by a dynasty of nutcases. Why shouldn't we slap them down?

tl;dr - in 1950-53 the USAF killed 20% of N. Korea's civilian population through bombing. By the end of the bombing, starving, surviving N. Koreans lived underground. This experience polarized N.Korea, and permanently transformed its outlook to a siege mentality, that naturally regards the US as its major adversary. And today N.Korea has nuclear weapons.

(PLEASE RESHARE WIDELY - America needs to hear this)

N.Korea is the way it is because of an earlier years-long asymmetric military attack by the US. The Korean peninsula has long been subjugated and occupied by its larger neighbors, China, Russia, and Japan. When Japan lost WWII in 1945, it... more »

In the middle of Trump's war-mongering against N.Korea, we all need to understand the context. To most people, N.Korea seems like a bellicose state run by a dynasty of nutcases. Why shouldn't we slap them down?

tl;dr - in 1950-53 the USAF killed 20% of N. Korea's civilian population through bombing. By the end of the bombing, starving, surviving N. Koreans lived underground. This experience polarized N.Korea, and permanently transformed its outlook to a siege mentality, that naturally regards the US as its major adversary. And today N.Korea has nuclear weapons.

(PLEASE RESHARE WIDELY - America needs to hear this)

N.Korea is the way it is because of an earlier years-long asymmetric military attack by the US. The Korean peninsula has long been subjugated and occupied by its larger neighbors, China, Russia, and Japan. When Japan lost WWII in 1945, it also lost its Korean colony. Korea was carved up (just like Germany) between Russia (North Korea) and the US (South Korea). Two separate Korean governments each controlled one half of the country. Neither government recognized the other, and in June 1950, after provocations both ways, civil war broke out.

America was in the throes of the cold war, a time when communists (rather than fascists, drug addicts, hippies, terrorists, Iraqis, immigrants, Mexicans, muslims etc) were the scapegoat of the era. The very unamerican McCarthyism held the US hostage to red scares for years. Our most talented strategic thinkers came up with the (foolish and wrong) "domino theory" that communism would spread between neighboring states. In that superheated, polarized environment, it was easy to commit US military force to take the South's side in the civil war.

The Korean civil war lasted 4 years, 1950 - 1953. This was before cable tv and live action reporting. Our military was free to do whatever it wanted, without public overview. General MacArthur was relieved for insubordination.(MacArthur believed he, not the president, had the authority to order use of nuclear weapons on Korea. MacArthur was wrong. President Truman considered, and the USAF practiced, but nukes were not used).

Quoting from the Washington Post, "The (conventional) bombing was long, leisurely and merciless, even by the assessment of America’s own leaders. “Over a period of three years or so, we killed off — what — 20 percent of the population,” Air Force Gen. Curtis LeMay, head of the Strategic Air Command during the Korean War, told the Office of Air Force History in 1984."

"Dean Rusk, a supporter of the war and later secretary of state, said the United States bombed “everything that moved in North Korea, every brick standing on top of another.” After running low on urban targets, U.S. bombers destroyed hydroelectric and irrigation dams in the later stages of the war, flooding farmland and destroying crops."

"Although the ferocity of the bombing was criticized as racist and unjustified elsewhere in the world, it was never a big story back home." And that's why N.Korea today bitterly resists American military posturing.

Trump is very, very foolish to threaten N.Korea. The Koreans remember their past savage treatment, and today will resist any threat from America, using nuclear weapons if they even think an attack is coming. We are facing a completely unnecessary escalation by an inexperienced and impulsive president Trump. There are 38,000 American soldiers in S. Korea who will immediately be killed in the first nuclear strike from the North. What is Trump doing this for? How do you think China and Russia will react to American aggression against a small neighbor? What can we possibly gain? A better approach would be a sincere apology for the civilian holocaust we brought. We should also give war reparations and civil aid to N. Korea to help it at last rebuild and recover, 67 years after America's war crime against its civilian population.

PLEASE SHARE - let's get the facts in front of the people.

More info: https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/the-us-war-crime-north-korea-wont-forget/2015/03/20/fb525694-ce80-11e4-8c54-ffb5ba6f2f69_story.html

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Korean_War
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2017-04-25 18:23:08 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

There is no such thing as a "red state." There is no such thing as a "blue state." Every last one of them is purple.

America is one place. Every state shares in her sins, and every state shares in her progress. 

There is no such thing as a "red state." There is no such thing as a "blue state." Every last one of them is purple.

America is one place. Every state shares in her sins, and every state shares in her progress. ___

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2017-04-25 17:35:10 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

How 'The Great Stink' Infiltrated London in 1858: The past was a truly smelly place. http://mentalfloss.com/article/94761/how-great-stink-infiltrated-london-1858

How 'The Great Stink' Infiltrated London in 1858: The past was a truly smelly place. http://mentalfloss.com/article/94761/how-great-stink-infiltrated-london-1858___

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2017-04-25 17:32:04 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

The dark allure of conspiracy theories, explained by a psychologist. Believing in them is a coping mechanism to deal with an uncertain world. http://www.vox.com/science-and-health/2017/4/25/15408610/conspiracy-theories-psychologist-explained

The dark allure of conspiracy theories, explained by a psychologist. Believing in them is a coping mechanism to deal with an uncertain world. http://www.vox.com/science-and-health/2017/4/25/15408610/conspiracy-theories-psychologist-explained___

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2017-04-25 17:31:30 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s; )Open 

What's the best way to crack an egg? Physics. http://pops.ci/EBENTd See also my own 2012 take @Slate: http://www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/food/2012/09/what_s_the_best_way_to_crack_an_egg_how_physics_can_help_you_when_you_re_making_your_next_souffl_.html

What's the best way to crack an egg? Physics. http://pops.ci/EBENTd See also my own 2012 take @Slate: http://www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/food/2012/09/what_s_the_best_way_to_crack_an_egg_how_physics_can_help_you_when_you_re_making_your_next_souffl_.html___

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2017-04-25 06:36:59 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

A detailed look at the chain of companies that charge to deliver your prescription, and particularly pharmacy benefit managers.

tl;dr What Cindy says.

This is... completely berserk.___A detailed look at the chain of companies that charge to deliver your prescription, and particularly pharmacy benefit managers.

tl;dr What Cindy says.

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2017-04-25 06:16:24 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 9 +1s; )Open 

Yeah, don't expect much from the Senate probe of Trump-Russia connections

Not because there is (or isn't) anything there, but because, despite lots of press releases and promises of bipartisan efforts, the Senate Intelligence Committee doesn't seem to be actually doing all that much.

'More than three months after the committee announced that it had agreed on the scope of the investigation, the panel has not begun substantially investigating possible ties between the Trump campaign and Russia, three individuals with ties to the committee told The Daily Beast.

The investigation does not have a single staffer dedicated to it full-time, and those staff members working on it part-time do not have significant investigative experience. [...] No interviews have been conducted with key individuals suspected of being in the Trump-Russia orbit: not Michael Flynn,... more »

Yeah, don't expect much from the Senate probe of Trump-Russia connections

Not because there is (or isn't) anything there, but because, despite lots of press releases and promises of bipartisan efforts, the Senate Intelligence Committee doesn't seem to be actually doing all that much.

'More than three months after the committee announced that it had agreed on the scope of the investigation, the panel has not begun substantially investigating possible ties between the Trump campaign and Russia, three individuals with ties to the committee told The Daily Beast.

The investigation does not have a single staffer dedicated to it full-time, and those staff members working on it part-time do not have significant investigative experience. [...] No interviews have been conducted with key individuals suspected of being in the Trump-Russia orbit: not Michael Flynn, not Roger Stone, not Carter Page, not Paul Manafort, and not Jared Kushner, according to two sources familiar with the committee’s procedures.'

Swell.___

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2017-04-25 03:35:41 (8 comments; 0 reshares; 17 +1s; )Open 

Bad news: there's a romp of otters living under our house
Good news: they'll keep rats and other creatures from moving in
Bad News: that really strong fishy/poopy smell in our house? That's not poop. It's them marking their territory on the support logs in the crawlspace
Good News: power spraying under the house with Pine Sol might cut the smell
Bad News: only half the crawlspace is accessible

This does explain why sometimes the crashing has been so loud we thought someone was trying to break in.

The assessment by the animal removal guy was that this wasn't a removal issue but a construction one. I need to block off some entrance points (after setting up a one way hanging so they get out).

And it's right smack in the middle of birthing time: March to May. And then 8-10 more weeks until the young can leave the den.

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Bad news: there's a romp of otters living under our house
Good news: they'll keep rats and other creatures from moving in
Bad News: that really strong fishy/poopy smell in our house? That's not poop. It's them marking their territory on the support logs in the crawlspace
Good News: power spraying under the house with Pine Sol might cut the smell
Bad News: only half the crawlspace is accessible

This does explain why sometimes the crashing has been so loud we thought someone was trying to break in.

The assessment by the animal removal guy was that this wasn't a removal issue but a construction one. I need to block off some entrance points (after setting up a one way hanging so they get out).

And it's right smack in the middle of birthing time: March to May. And then 8-10 more weeks until the young can leave the den.


We also have carpenter ants--we're going to get the perimeter treated. But that's relatively straightforward.___

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2017-04-25 03:16:32 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

This is a good explanation of why the Juceiro press is so expensive - they basically built an Apple-quality shell over a precision high-power machine tool and used it to squeeze fruit. Which is acquired through a complicated supply chain in special packages, that being the only thing you can load into it.

This article, with a teardown of the device, provides a nice combination of "wow, how beautifully built!" with "what the hell were you thinking?!" Since the result was a ludicrously expensive machine that solves a problem no-one has. 

This is a good explanation of why the Juceiro press is so expensive - they basically built an Apple-quality shell over a precision high-power machine tool and used it to squeeze fruit. Which is acquired through a complicated supply chain in special packages, that being the only thing you can load into it.

This article, with a teardown of the device, provides a nice combination of "wow, how beautifully built!" with "what the hell were you thinking?!" Since the result was a ludicrously expensive machine that solves a problem no-one has. ___

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2017-04-24 19:53:06 (1 comments; 3 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

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2017-04-24 16:57:56 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 12 +1s; )Open 

Today's #joinindaily theme from +Johnny Wills is "Light and Dark".

Today's #joinindaily theme from +Johnny Wills is "Light and Dark".___

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2017-04-24 16:25:33 (0 comments; 2 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

Kick off your week with Blue Monday. (Orkestra Obsolete version, with 1930's instruments). 

Kick off your week with Blue Monday. (Orkestra Obsolete version, with 1930's instruments). ___

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2017-04-24 09:12:46 (0 comments; 2 reshares; 8 +1s; )Open 

I can't get enough of this young woman. I found myself thinking about that pilot thing and decided to see if there was more to the story. Oh, wow! Is there more. Here's a very nice article, which is not terribly long but well worth the read. And don't miss the video either!

http://www.marieclaire.com/culture/news/a15657/armless-pilot-jessica-cox/

I can't get enough of this young woman. I found myself thinking about that pilot thing and decided to see if there was more to the story. Oh, wow! Is there more. Here's a very nice article, which is not terribly long but well worth the read. And don't miss the video either!

http://www.marieclaire.com/culture/news/a15657/armless-pilot-jessica-cox/___

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2017-04-24 09:06:09 (9 comments; 8 reshares; 23 +1s; )Open 

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2017-04-24 08:00:30 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

Barbara Eden talks about her favorite Jeannie shows, including an amusing lion anecdote.

___Barbara Eden talks about her favorite Jeannie shows, including an amusing lion anecdote.

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2017-04-24 07:29:31 (0 comments; 2 reshares; 15 +1s; )Open 

Comfort for writers http://bit.ly/2o3bw1m

Comfort for writers http://bit.ly/2o3bw1m___

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2017-04-24 05:31:26 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 7 +1s; )Open 

I remember reading this as a kid, and before that my father reading it to me before bedtime. It definitely is survival porn. And lots and lots of shooting. This is a real fun twitter summarization though. Really all you need to know. :)

Ursula Vernon has been live tweeting The Swiss Family Robinson over the past couple of days. I'm collecting the threads into Moments¹, because they're amazing.

The story so far:
https://twitter.com/i/moments/856296229193613312
https://twitter.com/i/moments/856357733230157824
https://twitter.com/i/moments/856364844534173696

¹ Twitter's interface for composing Moments is horrendous, by the way.___I remember reading this as a kid, and before that my father reading it to me before bedtime. It definitely is survival porn. And lots and lots of shooting. This is a real fun twitter summarization though. Really all you need to know. :)

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2017-04-24 05:18:13 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

A White Battle in the Black Sea
Image Credit: +NASA, Aqua, MODIS
https://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap170424.html

Trillions have died in the Earth's seas. Calcified shields of the dead already make up the white cliffs of Dover. The battle between ball-shaped light-colored single-celled plants -- phytoplankton called coccolithophores -- and even smaller, diamond-shaped viruses dubbed coccolithoviruses -- has raged for tens of millions of years. To help fight this battle, the coccolithophores create their chalky armor by absorbing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. This battle is so epic that coccolithophores actually remove a significant fraction of Earth's atmospheric carbon dioxide, bolstering the breathability of air for animals including humans. Pictured in this 2012 image from NASA's Aqua satellite, the Black Sea was turned light blue by coccolithophore blooms.

A White Battle in the Black Sea
Image Credit: +NASA, Aqua, MODIS
https://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap170424.html

Trillions have died in the Earth's seas. Calcified shields of the dead already make up the white cliffs of Dover. The battle between ball-shaped light-colored single-celled plants -- phytoplankton called coccolithophores -- and even smaller, diamond-shaped viruses dubbed coccolithoviruses -- has raged for tens of millions of years. To help fight this battle, the coccolithophores create their chalky armor by absorbing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. This battle is so epic that coccolithophores actually remove a significant fraction of Earth's atmospheric carbon dioxide, bolstering the breathability of air for animals including humans. Pictured in this 2012 image from NASA's Aqua satellite, the Black Sea was turned light blue by coccolithophore blooms.___

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2017-04-24 05:07:56 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

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2017-04-24 04:25:39 (5 comments; 8 reshares; 20 +1s; )Open 

Misattributed , see comment.

Misattributed , see comment.___

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2017-04-24 04:08:15 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

The right pedal is the brake, middle is reverse, left is the "clutch". Accelerator? On the steering column.

___The right pedal is the brake, middle is reverse, left is the "clutch". Accelerator? On the steering column.

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2017-04-24 03:59:19 (2 comments; 2 reshares; 54 +1s; )Open 

It's important to use the appropriate service.

___It's important to use the appropriate service.

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2017-04-24 03:58:10 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

What happens when you outsource criminal records...for minors?

Taser should stick their equipment where the sun doesn't shine. // California criminal defense attorney Rick Horowitz had a juvenile client, he was shocked when the prosecutor in the case told him that to see the evidence against his client, he'd have to log in to evidence.com, run by Taser International (now rebranded as Axon).

This is radioactively illegal, violating all the vital rules of confidentiality in juvenile cases. What's more, http://evidence.com has already been implicated in police evidence-tampering.

But most damning is evidence.com's sweeping license agreement, which requires criminal attorneys to surrender their rights and the rights of their clients in order to engage in the normal discovery process, without which no defense is possible. //___What happens when you outsource criminal records...for minors?

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2017-04-24 02:50:53 (0 comments; 4 reshares; 14 +1s; )Open 

A woman in downtown Los Angeles pickets against illegal raids by the Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization, 1930s. 

A woman in downtown Los Angeles pickets against illegal raids by the Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization, 1930s. ___

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2017-04-24 02:14:15 (0 comments; 2 reshares; 15 +1s; )Open 

A great collection of signs here. "Nevertheless, she published" stands out. And of course Miss Frizzle!

Yesterday, on Earth Day, tens of thousands of scientists and science enthusiasts across the world took to the streets to march for science in an unprecedented show of solidarity. We came wearing white lab coats, pink knit brain caps and costumes. We sang, chanted and cheered. We carried signs that were prophetic, political, nerdy, funny, witty and even obscure. Here are some of my favorite signs and photographs from various marches. Thanks to +Chris Robinson for marching with me in Chicago, where we were both attending our respective science conferences, and taking some great photographs. Tell us if you marched (and where) and feel free to post photos of your favorite signs in the comments! ___A great collection of signs here. "Nevertheless, she published" stands out. And of course Miss Frizzle!

2017-04-24 02:07:00 (4 comments; 3 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

"frozen hash brown products that may be contaminated with extraneous golf ball materials, that despite our stringent supply standards may have been inadvertently harvested with potatoes used to make this product"

I blame Trump.

This deserves, indeed it requires, a detailed explanation how this happened: " may be contaminated with extraneous golf ball materials"___"frozen hash brown products that may be contaminated with extraneous golf ball materials, that despite our stringent supply standards may have been inadvertently harvested with potatoes used to make this product"

I blame Trump.

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2017-04-24 02:00:37 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

They smell things underwater by blowing bubbles and then inhaling them!

"A quarter-century of research on the star-nosed mole has unearthed startling insights into the evolution of animal behavior and the limits of physiology. Kenneth Catania of Vanderbilt University will present a new synthesis of remarkable anatomical findings about the star-nosed mole at the American Association of Anatomists annual meeting during the Experimental Biology 2017 meeting, to be held April 22-26 in Chicago.
"Star-nosed moles are truly amazing animals," said Catania, a neuroscientist who's interest in the creature was first piqued while working as an undergraduate research assistant at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C. (Obviously they are among the weirdest looking creatures on the planet. But when I began trying to understand the star, the mole's brain organization, and its behavior--that's when things got really surprising)."___They smell things underwater by blowing bubbles and then inhaling them!

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2017-04-24 01:48:42 (4 comments; 1 reshares; 9 +1s; )Open 

I really wanted to be able to pump my home audio through the audio enhancer on my Mac.

So right now, instead of just listening to my Pandora station on the Sonos directly, I have the following convoluted pipeline.

Pandora is playing via Hermes on my Mac (open source Pandora App).

Hear audio enhancer (ProSoft Engineering, check out their disk recovery software too) intercepts the audio, does its magic, and sends the audio to the system output.

Airfoil (Rogue Amoeba, awesome audio apps) intercepts the system output and sends it instead to an Apple Airport base station via AirPlay.

The Airport base station is connected to a Sonos Connect which is hooked up to a local pair of speakers and then distributes to two other Sonos Play:1 units in the house (thank you Joel and Kate for the best wedding gift!).

I can actually almost control all this from... more »

I really wanted to be able to pump my home audio through the audio enhancer on my Mac.

So right now, instead of just listening to my Pandora station on the Sonos directly, I have the following convoluted pipeline.

Pandora is playing via Hermes on my Mac (open source Pandora App).

Hear audio enhancer (ProSoft Engineering, check out their disk recovery software too) intercepts the audio, does its magic, and sends the audio to the system output.

Airfoil (Rogue Amoeba, awesome audio apps) intercepts the system output and sends it instead to an Apple Airport base station via AirPlay.

The Airport base station is connected to a Sonos Connect which is hooked up to a local pair of speakers and then distributes to two other Sonos Play:1 units in the house (thank you Joel and Kate for the best wedding gift!).

I can actually almost control all this from my phone. Airfoil has a remote to control the routing. And if I don't mind playing the music from my phone instead of Hermes I can just route Pandora on my phone to play via the Airfoil Satellite software.

Complicated. But I like the results.

I've attempted to capture the results but since much of the gain is bass related, my iPhone mic is not really getting it. And also the processed audio is louder, which is a key attribute of audio that people say "sounds better". But trust me, there's some better separation of voice and stuff in there too. I'm not just blasting music while Mollie's away. Really. I swear. :) ___

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2017-04-24 00:09:54 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s; )Open 

I first saw Fruit at, of all places, Falcon Ridge Folk Festival. An Australian rock band a long way from home and genre. But they were awesome, and I really wish I'd recorded the performance where they and other bands sat around jamming on various tunes--they had some amazing jam solos.

Check them out. They have some great songs.

I first saw Fruit at, of all places, Falcon Ridge Folk Festival. An Australian rock band a long way from home and genre. But they were awesome, and I really wish I'd recorded the performance where they and other bands sat around jamming on various tunes--they had some amazing jam solos.

Check them out. They have some great songs.___

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2017-04-23 23:15:51 (24 comments; 3 reshares; 17 +1s; )Open 

This is an interesting political survey that attempts to place you along multiple axes. Much better than the silly libertarian one. You have to answer 60 questions, but they go fast.

https://8values.github.io/index.html

h/t +Kimberly Chapman and +Yonatan Zunger 

This is an interesting political survey that attempts to place you along multiple axes. Much better than the silly libertarian one. You have to answer 60 questions, but they go fast.

https://8values.github.io/index.html

h/t +Kimberly Chapman and +Yonatan Zunger ___

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2017-04-23 20:01:34 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 10 +1s; )Open 

Congressfolk on the Mexican border are not supporting Trump's Wall demands

This is actually fairly astounding. No US Senator or House member -- from either party -- in a state/district backing up against Mexico is supporting Trump's insistence on getting $1.4 billion in funding for his Great Wall into the stop-gap federal budget bill that has to be passed in the next week.

On the GOP side, at least -- a side that contains some heavy hitters in both the House and Senate -- the concern is that the Wall, in and of itself, isn't an effective approach, and that the money would not be best spent without a lot more planning and discussion.

GOP leaders in Congress and Trump Administration officials are dismissing those objections as "parochial," even as they say that the Wall must be built in order to protect the nation (which seems odd, since you'd... more »

Congressfolk on the Mexican border are not supporting Trump's Wall demands

This is actually fairly astounding. No US Senator or House member -- from either party -- in a state/district backing up against Mexico is supporting Trump's insistence on getting $1.4 billion in funding for his Great Wall into the stop-gap federal budget bill that has to be passed in the next week.

On the GOP side, at least -- a side that contains some heavy hitters in both the House and Senate -- the concern is that the Wall, in and of itself, isn't an effective approach, and that the money would not be best spent without a lot more planning and discussion.

GOP leaders in Congress and Trump Administration officials are dismissing those objections as "parochial," even as they say that the Wall must be built in order to protect the nation (which seems odd, since you'd think those states and congressional districts bordering Mexico would be the ones most urgently demanding "protection").

If you can't get the folks on the border to support your border protection demands ... maybe you should rethink them.___

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2017-04-23 19:52:24 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 14 +1s; )Open 

Today's #joinindaily theme from +Johnny Wills is "Down A Country Lane".

Today's #joinindaily theme from +Johnny Wills is "Down A Country Lane".___

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2017-04-23 19:24:38 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 8 +1s; )Open 

A very interesting analysis of Hei Hei in Moana. The author makes a good argument for how Hei Hei in fact represents Moana and her people's actions throughout the movie. I'm usually dubious of these "deep meaning" analysis attempts, but they make a good case for it. It also points out how we are set up to expect the pig as the sidekick, and how the original plot called for a very different and more typical sidekick.

A very interesting analysis of Hei Hei in Moana. The author makes a good argument for how Hei Hei in fact represents Moana and her people's actions throughout the movie. I'm usually dubious of these "deep meaning" analysis attempts, but they make a good case for it. It also points out how we are set up to expect the pig as the sidekick, and how the original plot called for a very different and more typical sidekick.___

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