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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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2017-03-26 11:26:31 (29 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

Grab the closest book to you, turn to page 56, post the 5th sentence as your status. Don't mention the title. Copy the rules as part of your status. And paste it below it in the comments!

"Then he gathered his jacket about his shoulders, took out a cigarette and, hesitating no longer, stepped upon the empty moving walkway."

The closest book to me is the entire bookcase, and since its pitch dark, I just reached out and picked one at random. 

Most reshares: 6

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2017-03-26 03:46:41 (4 comments; 6 reshares; 21 +1s; )Open 

Most plusones: 27

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2017-03-27 04:15:51 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 27 +1s; )Open 

Now this is how you drive a truck.

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2017-03-27 09:17:30 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

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2017-03-27 09:09:32 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

One of Melbourne's most significant archaeological digs has turned up Chinese ceramics, coins and children's toys, giving a snapshot of life before and after the gold rush (includes podcast, duration; 9 minutes)

One of Melbourne's most significant archaeological digs has turned up Chinese ceramics, coins and children's toys, giving a snapshot of life before and after the gold rush (includes podcast, duration; 9 minutes)___

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2017-03-27 09:07:29 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

Meanwhile, up North...

Meanwhile, up North...___

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2017-03-27 08:53:35 (0 comments; 2 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

It's unclear which libraries Miele used to craft the Web server, which means without a fix from the vendor – for a dishwasher – the best option is to make sure the appliance isn't exposed to the Internet.

And because Miele is an appliance company and not a pure-play IT company, it doesn't have a process for reporting or fixing bugs.

The researcher that noticed the dishwasher's Web server (please, readers, ponder those three words in succession and tell us they don't make you want to grab pitchforks), Jens Regel of German company Schneider-Wulf, complains that Miele never responded to his notification, first made in November 2016.

It's unclear which libraries Miele used to craft the Web server, which means without a fix from the vendor – for a dishwasher – the best option is to make sure the appliance isn't exposed to the Internet.

And because Miele is an appliance company and not a pure-play IT company, it doesn't have a process for reporting or fixing bugs.

The researcher that noticed the dishwasher's Web server (please, readers, ponder those three words in succession and tell us they don't make you want to grab pitchforks), Jens Regel of German company Schneider-Wulf, complains that Miele never responded to his notification, first made in November 2016.___

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2017-03-27 08:44:07 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

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2017-03-27 08:03:54 (12 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

Guys. When was the last time you regularly hung out with a friend? It's probably been 20-30 years for me.

Hey, guys, especially you super-busy, middle-aged guys with a family and a house and a job that all consume 120% of the waking hours you have, read this article.

Yeah, it's OK to admit that you have fewer good friends and less quality time with them than you'd like. Most of us suffer from that modern-day dilemma. The problem is that it doesn't just make you a little lonely (which is a weird thing to say since you're literally surrounded every second with wives and kids and co-workers and neighbors and such...how could you be lonely? You are...we understand.). The problem is that it can literally kill you. So, the question then is, what are you going to do about it? This article gives one not-so-bad concrete suggestion, but I'll give another. Schedule something persistent that involves other people. Find a sport, join a club, start a hobby that has a social component. And then, invite a friend of yours who you want to see more regularly to join you.

Many of us middle-aged guys find it hard to admit that we're a little starved for friendship of the kind we had in high school, the military, college, or some other bonding endeavor earlier in our lives. Missing that kind of connection can take years off your life, so best address it in the name of good health, both physical and mental, sooner rather than later.___Guys. When was the last time you regularly hung out with a friend? It's probably been 20-30 years for me.

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2017-03-27 04:15:51 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 27 +1s; )Open 

Now this is how you drive a truck.

Now this is how you drive a truck.___

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2017-03-27 01:52:01 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

Dental Lace. A dental floss that doesn't come in throwaway containers.

Dental Lace. A dental floss that doesn't come in throwaway containers.___

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2017-03-27 01:39:32 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

It seems to me that this is going to turn into the first true AI vs. AI war. Companies like Facebook and Google will turn to deep learning systems to recognize and flag propaganda patterns, and the perpetrators will do the same on the production side.

Start building your deep cover fake human accounts now. You'll need them years from now to make the news look more organic.

The dynamics of disinformation, propaganda, "fake news," and conspiracy theories can be studied by watching how they spread. This is a summary of a scientific study (by one of its authors, who links the full paper) into this, and it's chock-full of fascinating results. They focused on responses to mass shootings in particular, as these are a favorite target of conspiracy theories. Conspiracy stories, it turns out, spread with a very different pattern than other types of story - and botnets, quasi-replication of stories between sites, and similar patterns of signal manipulation are key to them. This (as well as other interesting commonalities between the sites which propagate these) suggests that there is something systematic and intentional behind these theories: they aren't emerging organically, they're being curated. ___It seems to me that this is going to turn into the first true AI vs. AI war. Companies like Facebook and Google will turn to deep learning systems to recognize and flag propaganda patterns, and the perpetrators will do the same on the production side.

Start building your deep cover fake human accounts now. You'll need them years from now to make the news look more organic.

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2017-03-27 00:40:36 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 18 +1s; )Open 

Job: guard the naan bread. You get a cool hat.

Job: guard the naan bread. You get a cool hat.___

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2017-03-27 00:34:37 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 16 +1s; )Open 

Trump had felt “disappointed” that a “number of people he thought were loyal to him that weren’t.”

Well that's the problem isn't it. So long as Trump thinks this is about him, we have no government. The only loyalty a legislator should ever owe is to the people they represent. And it is impossible to compromise with someone who measures success by how much loyalty he receives.

It's a TRAP!___Trump had felt “disappointed” that a “number of people he thought were loyal to him that weren’t.”

Well that's the problem isn't it. So long as Trump thinks this is about him, we have no government. The only loyalty a legislator should ever owe is to the people they represent. And it is impossible to compromise with someone who measures success by how much loyalty he receives.

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2017-03-27 00:26:05 (0 comments; 4 reshares; 16 +1s; )Open 

Vive la résistance.

Vive la résistance.___

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2017-03-26 22:47:31 (6 comments; 2 reshares; 8 +1s; )Open 

Who killed Otze the Iceman? Clues Emerge in a Very Cold Case https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/26/world/europe/bolzano-italy-iceman-south-tyrol-museum-of-archaeology.html

Who killed Otze the Iceman? Clues Emerge in a Very Cold Case https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/26/world/europe/bolzano-italy-iceman-south-tyrol-museum-of-archaeology.html___

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2017-03-26 22:13:12 (13 comments; 0 reshares; 26 +1s; )Open 

I'm not saying the car needed cleaning out, but I found a bottle of champagne I didn't know I had.

#f

I'm not saying the car needed cleaning out, but I found a bottle of champagne I didn't know I had.

#f___

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2017-03-26 21:13:46 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

#neverforget 

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2017-03-26 20:54:03 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 7 +1s; )Open 

Rich in copper, skilled in bronzework, Cyprus was courted as a trading partner all over the ancient world. So why did it take so long for archaeologists to discover one of its greatest cities?

http://buff.ly/2nU6J2l #Cyprus #BronzeAge #History #AncientHistory #NationalGeographic #Copper

Rich in copper, skilled in bronzework, Cyprus was courted as a trading partner all over the ancient world. So why did it take so long for archaeologists to discover one of its greatest cities?

http://buff.ly/2nU6J2l #Cyprus #BronzeAge #History #AncientHistory #NationalGeographic #Copper___

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2017-03-26 20:41:56 (11 comments; 3 reshares; 10 +1s; )Open 

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2017-03-26 20:36:44 (4 comments; 1 reshares; 10 +1s; )Open 

With the recent news about increases in premiums for health plans sold through the Affordable Care Act marketplace, everyone wants to vilify the ACA. The ACA is but a symptom of the issue. Where are our policy dollars going?

#ACA #Obamacare #Healthcare #AHCA 

With the recent news about increases in premiums for health plans sold through the Affordable Care Act marketplace, everyone wants to vilify the ACA. The ACA is but a symptom of the issue. Where are our policy dollars going?

#ACA #Obamacare #Healthcare #AHCA ___

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2017-03-26 20:30:45 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

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2017-03-26 20:24:44 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 10 +1s; )Open 

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2017-03-26 20:15:44 (2 comments; 2 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

Why is jet lag harder traveling east? Because we're wired for a 24.5hr day.

At least, that's what this paper claims. The math is beyond me.

Explaining the east/west asymmetry of jet lag, using the math of coupled oscillators https://sinews.siam.org/Details-Page/explaining-the-eastwest-asymmetry-of-jet-lag ___Why is jet lag harder traveling east? Because we're wired for a 24.5hr day.

At least, that's what this paper claims. The math is beyond me.

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2017-03-26 18:35:54 (1 comments; 3 reshares; 14 +1s; )Open 

In 1914, D.W. Griffith's U.S. Mutual Film Company contracted with Pancho Villa for exclusive rights to film his battles in return for Mutual's payment in gold and 20% of the revenues from the news reels featuring Villa. Villa sought to influence public opinion in the U.S. as Zapata, Juerta and Villa fought for control of Mexico. This is an excellent article for not only those who are interested in Villa, but for anyone exploring the limits of early war time film coverage and the abuses of the truth.

M.F.C. sold the rights to adapt the news reels into a movie. According to Wikipedia :

"The film concerns the filming of The Life of General Villa (which was shot in 1914) and is seen through the eyes of Frank N. Thayer, a studio boss's nephew who gets a career boost when he is placed in charge of the project. The resulting film became the first feature length movie,... more »

In 1914, D.W. Griffith's U.S. Mutual Film Company contracted with Pancho Villa for exclusive rights to film his battles in return for Mutual's payment in gold and 20% of the revenues from the news reels featuring Villa. Villa sought to influence public opinion in the U.S. as Zapata, Juerta and Villa fought for control of Mexico. This is an excellent article for not only those who are interested in Villa, but for anyone exploring the limits of early war time film coverage and the abuses of the truth.

M.F.C. sold the rights to adapt the news reels into a movie. According to Wikipedia :

"The film concerns the filming of The Life of General Villa (which was shot in 1914) and is seen through the eyes of Frank N. Thayer, a studio boss's nephew who gets a career boost when he is placed in charge of the project. The resulting film became the first feature length movie, introducing scores of Americans to the true horrors of war that they had never personally seen. Thayer sold the studios on making the film despite their concerns that no one would sit through a movie longer than 1 hour, by convincing them that they could raise the price of movies to ten cents, doubling the going price at that time. The actual contract that Pancho Villa signed with Frank N. Thayer and the Mutual Film Company on January 5, 1914 to film the Battle of Ojinaga still exists and is in a museum in Mexico City. The original film has been lost, but some unedited film reels of the battle, showing Pancho Villa and his army fighting Federal forces, as well as photographs and publicity stills taken from the original film, still exist."

#PanchoVilla
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2017-03-26 18:28:03 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

How YouTube’s User Interface Helps Perpetuate Hate Speech

https://lauren.vortex.com/2017/03/26/how-youtubes-user-interface-helps-perpetuate-hate-speech

Computer User Interface (UI) design is both an art and a science, and can have effects on users that go far beyond the interfaces themselves. As I’ve discussed previously, e.g. in "The New Google Voice Is Another Slap in the Face of Google’s Users — and Their Eyes" -- user interfaces can unintentionally act as a form of discrimination against older users or other users with special needs. (https://lauren.vortex.com/2017/01/27/the-new-google-voice-is-another-slap-in-the-face-of-googles-users-and-their-eyes)

But another user interface question arises in conjunction with the current debate about hate speech on Google’s YouTube (for background, please see "What Google Needs to Do About YouTube HateSpeech&qu... more »

How YouTube’s User Interface Helps Perpetuate Hate Speech

https://lauren.vortex.com/2017/03/26/how-youtubes-user-interface-helps-perpetuate-hate-speech

Computer User Interface (UI) design is both an art and a science, and can have effects on users that go far beyond the interfaces themselves. As I’ve discussed previously, e.g. in "The New Google Voice Is Another Slap in the Face of Google’s Users — and Their Eyes" -- user interfaces can unintentionally act as a form of discrimination against older users or other users with special needs. (https://lauren.vortex.com/2017/01/27/the-new-google-voice-is-another-slap-in-the-face-of-googles-users-and-their-eyes)

But another user interface question arises in conjunction with the current debate about hate speech on Google’s YouTube (for background, please see "What Google Needs to Do About YouTube Hate Speech" - https://lauren.vortex.com/2017/03/23/what-google-needs-to-do-about-youtube-hate-speech - and - "How Google’s YouTube Spreads Hate" - https://lauren.vortex.com/2017/03/19/how-googles-youtube-spreads-hate).

Specifically, can user interface design unintentionally help to spread and perpetuate hate speech? The answer may be an extremely disconcerting affirmative.

A key reason why I suspect that this is indeed the case, is the large numbers of YouTube users who have told me that they didn’t even realize that they had the ability to report hate speech to YouTube/Google. And when I’ve suggested that they do so, they often reply that they don’t see any obvious way to make such a report.

Over the years it’s become more and more popular to “hide” various UI elements in menus and/or behind increasingly obscure symbols and icons. And one key problem with this approach is obvious when you think about it: If a user doesn’t even know that an option exists, can we really expect them to play “UI scavenger hunt” in an attempt to find such an option? Even more to the point, what if it’s an option that you really need to see in order to even realize that the possibility exists — for example, of reporting a YouTube hate speech video or channel?

While YouTube suffers from this problem today, that wasn’t always the case. Here’s an old YouTube “watch page” UI from years ago:

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For the UI image please see:
https://lauren.vortex.com/2017/03/26/how-youtubes-user-interface-helps-perpetuate-hate-speech
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Not only is there a flag icon present on the main interface (rather than having the option buried in a “More” menu (and/or under generic vertical dots or horizontal lines), but the word “Flag” is even present on the main interface to serve as a direct signal to users that flagging videos is indeed an available option!

On the current YouTube UI, you have to know to go digging under a “More” menu to find a similar “Report” option. And if you didn’t know that a Report option even existed, why would you necessarily go searching around for it in the first place? The only other YouTube page location where a user might consider reporting a hate speech video is through the small generic “Feedback” link at the very bottom of the watch page — and that can be way, way down there if the video has a lot of comments.

To be effective against hate speech, a flagging/reporting option needs to be present in an obvious location on the main UI, where users will see it and know that it exists. If it’s buried or hidden in any manner, vast numbers of users won’t even realize that they have the power to report hate speech videos to Google at all (the disappointing degree to which Google actually enforces their hate speech prohibitions in their Terms of Service, I’ve discussed in the posts linked earlier in this text).

You don’t need to be a UI expert to suspect one reason why Google over time has de-emphasized obvious flag/report links on the main interface, instead relegating them to a generic “More” menu. The easier the option is to see, the more people will tend to use it, both appropriately and inappropriately — and really dealing with those abuse reports in a serious manner can be expensive in terms of code and employees.

But that’s no longer an acceptable excuse — if it ever was. Google is losing major advertisers in droves, who are no longer willing to have their ads appear next to hate speech videos that shouldn’t even be monetized, and in many cases shouldn’t even be available on YouTube at all under the existing YouTube/Google Terms of Service.

For the sake of its users and of the company itself, Google must get a handle on this situation as quickly as possible. Making sure that users are actually encouraged to report hate speech and other inappropriate videos, and that Google treats those reports appropriately and with a no-nonsense application of their own Terms of Service, are absolutely paramount.

– Lauren –
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2017-03-26 18:24:11 (5 comments; 2 reshares; 16 +1s; )Open 

What is the psychological drama of Diffusion of Responsibility?

Memories stir of growing up with a single working mother after my father died. She was sometimes late with our mortgage payment, and we didn't have an answering machine on which the banker could leave threatening and scary messages. Nor was there email, or a cell phone through which to send her relentless reminder texts, when she was driving to and from her job with the American Red Cross, or getting milk at Thatcher's Dairy.

Instead we'd get a knock on the door from the banker in person. My mother knew who the business-suited visitor was without even asking (sometimes he'd even be wearing a hat) and she'd politely listen to his report that she was late on her payment, which was drawn on a hand-written check, instead of drafted from her account like mortgage payments are these days, and I'd... more »

What is the psychological drama of Diffusion of Responsibility?

Memories stir of growing up with a single working mother after my father died. She was sometimes late with our mortgage payment, and we didn't have an answering machine on which the banker could leave threatening and scary messages. Nor was there email, or a cell phone through which to send her relentless reminder texts, when she was driving to and from her job with the American Red Cross, or getting milk at Thatcher's Dairy.

Instead we'd get a knock on the door from the banker in person. My mother knew who the business-suited visitor was without even asking (sometimes he'd even be wearing a hat) and she'd politely listen to his report that she was late on her payment, which was drawn on a hand-written check, instead of drafted from her account like mortgage payments are these days, and I'd watch her look downward when asked when it could be expected - Mrs. Minoli do you think you could drop that check by the bank in person rather than sending it through the mail? You know, to save time. We don't want to have to penalize you, but if too much time goes by...well, this has happened several times this year and, well, I'm just trying to prevent you from being penalized.

And my mother would explain that our expenses were a little more than expected that month - there'd been a leak in the roof after the Spring rains that needed to be repaired, or the furnace wasn't working, or the wall heater in the breakfast room had blown a motor, or the car needed a new alternator or a new tire and I'm sorry, I know I'm late, but I'm doing the best I can, and could you please just bear with me a few more days, please?

And the banker would look at the ground, as though trying to figure out how to ignore the reality of her life, of our lives, of what she'd just told him, and he'd resort to repeating the facts about the mortgage agreement she'd signed and the due date and the penalty and what could happen if she was late again, all of which served not to change the reality of our lives a mote, but only to make it worse, underscoring the difference between the life of the man knocking on the door with his nice suit and hat and his freshly shined shoes.

And I'd stare at the shine on his shoes and think they must've been brand new, right out of the box, laced up onto his feet for just this sort of house call to a single mother struggling to pay her bills and raising three children by herself. The crispness of a banker's suit and the shine of his shoes a kind of armor against the oozing emotional reality of our lives, against financial circumstances he was sure would never happen to him.

These men never offered any sort of comfort or encouragement or help to my mother. They'd see me sitting at the dining room table, or on the living room rug (where I often sat in the sun as it poured through the window) and I could feel the energy they had to burn up to avoid looking at me, to avoid looking into a little girl's eyes to see the fear she'd go to sleep with at night, to avoid having to contemplate the fragility of life without a financial safety net.

And I knew poor people weren't bankers. A banker's life was the life of a person who had money, who knew money, who moved piles of it from one place to another, who spoke to a person who had it differently than they spoke to a person without it, like my mother.

And after a few days when my mother got paid and could finesse her late payment she'd ask me to go with her to the bank. We'd get in the car shod with a set of tires ones of which was almost always bald (I never saw the shine of a new tire, my mother always bought retreads) and drive up to the corner of Osuna and 4th Street where the bank was and she'd ask me to go inside, where the tellers were all women and the bankers who sat at their clean desks looking like they had nothing to do were all men and she'd hand one of them her mortgage check.

Years later I came to understand that they only reason my mother would ask me to go with her to the bank when she had to pay a bill in person was that my presence provided my mother a little armor of her own. With a child in tow she hoped to find a sliver of a fissure of a crack into the hearts of people who thought she'd done something to deserve losing her husband, she'd done something to deserve not being born with money to shelter her fall.

Paul Ryan, who suffered his own childhood sorrows, grew up hating people like himself, and dreamed of a grown up life making other people feel as horrible as he no doubt felt. But, instead of building a career helping other people like his mother, he has spent his life pretending he's not like them.

"By his own account, in college he used to hang out with his friends and drink beer while sharing his dreams of cutting Medicaid. When Ryan was 15 years old, his father died from an alcoholism related heart attack. Ryan and his family then received his father’s Social Security survivor’s benefits. Ryan used that money to attend college.This was not the only money that Paul Ryan received from the federal government. His family built its wealth from receiving government contracts."

I'm sure Paul Ryan has never read Plato's Apology and therefore isn't familiar with the phrase from that text, "An unexamined life is not worth living."

For had he taken the time to examine his own life, and the sorrow it caused him as a kid, and to understand that he was helped by the government of the United States of America, which helps many families like his, like my mother's when I was growing up, perhaps he might have devoted his career to helping people rather than hurting them.

Paul Ryan got his comeuppance this week. I hope he takes a moment, not to figure out how to come out swinging against people who are in need, but perhaps to examine what his true purpose in life ought to be. Because he can change it...if he wants to.___

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2017-03-26 17:04:28 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

The 18th century monk who invented electronic (or at least electrifying) music.

How an 18th Century Czech Monk Invented Electronic Music https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/how-an-18th-century-monk-invented-electronic-music ___The 18th century monk who invented electronic (or at least electrifying) music.

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2017-03-26 16:21:17 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

The general British public has overwhelmingly received the buff.ly/2n1tOwG initiative in the spirit with which it was made: love, compassion and wanting to create something good in the aftermath of something so horrifying. But not everyone felt that way.

The general British public has overwhelmingly received the buff.ly/2n1tOwG initiative in the spirit with which it was made: love, compassion and wanting to create something good in the aftermath of something so horrifying. But not everyone felt that way.___

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2017-03-26 15:54:04 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 7 +1s; )Open 

Say what you want about the weather, but I just had two bald eagles fly by. Didn't grab my phone in time to catch them close.

Say what you want about the weather, but I just had two bald eagles fly by. Didn't grab my phone in time to catch them close.___

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2017-03-26 15:49:38 (13 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

Does anyone know what this plant is, and why it might be unhappy?

Does anyone know what this plant is, and why it might be unhappy?___

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2017-03-26 15:46:46 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 8 +1s; )Open 

Always timely and worthy of repetition…
The tools of conquest do not necessarily come with bombs and explosions and fallout. There are weapons that are simply thoughts, attitudes, prejudices to be found only in the minds of men. For the record, prejudices can kill, and suspicion can destroy, and a thoughtless frightened search for a scapegoat has a fallout all of its own for the children, and the children yet unborn. And the pity of it is that these things cannot be confined to the Twilight Zone.

If television had a Golden Age, this program would have to be part of the reason why. 

Always timely and worthy of repetition…
The tools of conquest do not necessarily come with bombs and explosions and fallout. There are weapons that are simply thoughts, attitudes, prejudices to be found only in the minds of men. For the record, prejudices can kill, and suspicion can destroy, and a thoughtless frightened search for a scapegoat has a fallout all of its own for the children, and the children yet unborn. And the pity of it is that these things cannot be confined to the Twilight Zone.

If television had a Golden Age, this program would have to be part of the reason why. ___

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2017-03-26 15:46:09 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

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2017-03-26 14:55:52 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

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2017-03-26 13:54:38 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 12 +1s; )Open 

"If you want to know what Westminster Bridge is like on this beautiful morning: An Iranian man is playing the Doctor Who theme on bagpipes."

"If you want to know what Westminster Bridge is like on this beautiful morning: An Iranian man is playing the Doctor Who theme on bagpipes."___

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2017-03-26 13:51:51 (0 comments; 2 reshares; 11 +1s; )Open 

The idea that admitting error is a show of weakness has worried and perplexed me for a long time. And yet it's clearly something a very large number of people believe.

The idea that admitting error is a show of weakness has worried and perplexed me for a long time. And yet it's clearly something a very large number of people believe.___

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2017-03-26 13:39:38 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

The disadvantage of a free global press. Stopping foreign fake news without crossing into government censorship will be hard, if not impossible.

___The disadvantage of a free global press. Stopping foreign fake news without crossing into government censorship will be hard, if not impossible.

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2017-03-26 13:37:17 (9 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

I know it's damp in Washington State, but how did I get mold in the bottom of my sweater drawer?

I know it's damp in Washington State, but how did I get mold in the bottom of my sweater drawer?___

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2017-03-26 13:27:31 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 7 +1s; )Open 

Another Canadian citizenship path. Going to college.

These are all great ideas. But it worries me that we have so many economies that require growth to survive. That's simply not sustainable.

___Another Canadian citizenship path. Going to college.

These are all great ideas. But it worries me that we have so many economies that require growth to survive. That's simply not sustainable.

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2017-03-26 13:23:31 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

Up way too early from jet lag. Figured I'd do something useful and make some granola.

Prior to the oven.

Up way too early from jet lag. Figured I'd do something useful and make some granola.

Prior to the oven.___

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2017-03-26 11:53:03 (2 comments; 5 reshares; 19 +1s; )Open 

"Ordinary Canadians had essentially adopted thousands of Syrian families, donating a year of their time and money to guide them into new lives just as many other countries shunned them. Some citizens already considered the project a humanitarian triumph; others believed the Syrians would end up isolated and adrift, stuck on welfare or worse. As 2016 turned to 2017 and the yearlong commitments began to expire, the question of how the newcomers would fare acquired a national nickname: Month 13, when the Syrians would try to stand on their own."

"Ordinary Canadians had essentially adopted thousands of Syrian families, donating a year of their time and money to guide them into new lives just as many other countries shunned them. Some citizens already considered the project a humanitarian triumph; others believed the Syrians would end up isolated and adrift, stuck on welfare or worse. As 2016 turned to 2017 and the yearlong commitments began to expire, the question of how the newcomers would fare acquired a national nickname: Month 13, when the Syrians would try to stand on their own."___

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2017-03-26 11:42:01 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

Some interesting H1B visa salary numbers for tech.

Note that in other industries this can be very different, there's no blanket solution. The current slowdown in responding to applications is hurting the healthcare industry in rural America for instance. And as the article points out, some companies are paying legitimate rates.

A green card solution certainly seems better. And it feels like getting rid of the one-size-fits-all salary requirements might help as well.

But it does need to be recognized that if salaries go up, some portion of those jobs will move offshore. So we can't expect a huge job opportunity win.

Some interesting H1B visa salary numbers for tech.

Note that in other industries this can be very different, there's no blanket solution. The current slowdown in responding to applications is hurting the healthcare industry in rural America for instance. And as the article points out, some companies are paying legitimate rates.

A green card solution certainly seems better. And it feels like getting rid of the one-size-fits-all salary requirements might help as well.

But it does need to be recognized that if salaries go up, some portion of those jobs will move offshore. So we can't expect a huge job opportunity win.___

2017-03-26 11:26:31 (29 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

Grab the closest book to you, turn to page 56, post the 5th sentence as your status. Don't mention the title. Copy the rules as part of your status. And paste it below it in the comments!

"Then he gathered his jacket about his shoulders, took out a cigarette and, hesitating no longer, stepped upon the empty moving walkway."

The closest book to me is the entire bookcase, and since its pitch dark, I just reached out and picked one at random. 

Grab the closest book to you, turn to page 56, post the 5th sentence as your status. Don't mention the title. Copy the rules as part of your status. And paste it below it in the comments!

"Then he gathered his jacket about his shoulders, took out a cigarette and, hesitating no longer, stepped upon the empty moving walkway."

The closest book to me is the entire bookcase, and since its pitch dark, I just reached out and picked one at random. ___

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2017-03-26 11:05:33 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 19 +1s; )Open 

Today's #joinindaily theme is "6 Or More Different Colours". Dress shop in Yangon.

Today's #joinindaily theme is "6 Or More Different Colours". Dress shop in Yangon.___

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2017-03-26 10:41:33 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 7 +1s; )Open 

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2017-03-26 04:39:24 (0 comments; 5 reshares; 16 +1s; )Open 

LOL

LOL___

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2017-03-26 04:35:32 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

A good summary of everything we know or may know about Russia and the Trump staff.

There have been so many news stories about the Russia investigations in the past week – from Comey's testimony to Flynn's possibly turning state's evidence – that I sat down and tried to pull everything into one place. Here you go.___A good summary of everything we know or may know about Russia and the Trump staff.

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2017-03-26 04:01:12 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

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2017-03-26 03:55:26 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 8 +1s; )Open 

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2017-03-26 03:50:42 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 8 +1s; )Open 

In 2016, foreign students generated some $32 billion dollars in revenue, which supported more than 400,000 jobs. Some education professionals warn a drop in international students could lead to faculty cuts, higher tuition and the loss of programs.

In 2016, foreign students generated some $32 billion dollars in revenue, which supported more than 400,000 jobs. Some education professionals warn a drop in international students could lead to faculty cuts, higher tuition and the loss of programs.___

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2017-03-26 03:46:41 (4 comments; 6 reshares; 21 +1s; )Open 

This is a dog that knows what it wants.

___This is a dog that knows what it wants.

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2017-03-26 01:20:55 (1 comments; 4 reshares; 11 +1s; )Open 

The United States banned postal chess during WWII because it feared the game was being used to send secret messages. But how would this actually work? https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/the-spy-who-checkmated-me-why-postal-chess-was-banned-during-wartime

The United States banned postal chess during WWII because it feared the game was being used to send secret messages. But how would this actually work? https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/the-spy-who-checkmated-me-why-postal-chess-was-banned-during-wartime___

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2017-03-26 00:57:34 (8 comments; 0 reshares; 11 +1s; )Open 

"U.S. workers filled just 2% of a sample of farm labor vacancies advertised in 1996

Borjas, the Harvard economist, says that it may just be that wages are still too low. “Believe me, if the wages were really, really high, you and I would be lining up,” Borjas says."

Spoken like someone who's never done farm work. If you don't mind being a migrant half the year, and back breaking work. Then yes, there's a price where it will be worth while.

But as the farmers in this article make clear. Long before they hit that price they'll automate. And with new AI and vision systems coming out, that time isn't far away.

One thing which bears mentioning: working a farm is a major logistical undertaking. You really need to (a) live in a cheap area of the state most of the year and (b) have access to a travel trailer for a large chunk of the year. You can see a hint of that when people are refused for not having a car. Should they have had, they'd have been put up in a barracks or had to sleep in it.

Importing labor is easier in practice in part because they move to the work, in part because they join family who help them build the logistical support. Relatedly, because the work has been done so long by illegal migrants, there isn't the kind of support business it needs, IIRC. Basically, they really need a company which had built capital and expertise in supplying American seasonal workers throughout California.

Unless you can address questions about how they get to these jobs and stay there while they work, the headline "Americans still don't want these jobs" makes as much sense as pointing out that technology has an acute labor shortage because Americans are too stuck up to be engineers....___"U.S. workers filled just 2% of a sample of farm labor vacancies advertised in 1996

Borjas, the Harvard economist, says that it may just be that wages are still too low. “Believe me, if the wages were really, really high, you and I would be lining up,” Borjas says."

Spoken like someone who's never done farm work. If you don't mind being a migrant half the year, and back breaking work. Then yes, there's a price where it will be worth while.

But as the farmers in this article make clear. Long before they hit that price they'll automate. And with new AI and vision systems coming out, that time isn't far away.

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