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I nearly managed a pretty pattern on top of a latte at work today
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3 days ago by datz53
Live Progress Mission Coverage – Progress MS-07 | Spaceflight101
LIFTOFF! Russia's rocket soars skyward to send a cargo ship to the Space Station.
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3 days ago by dalcrose
Is a mission to Mars morally defensible given today’s real needs? | Aeon Essays
There are good reasons to worry about the future of humanity. Do we have a future, and if so, how much and what kind? For most people, it’s easier to feel these existential concerns for our species than it is to do something about them. But some are taking action.
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5 days ago by therourke
Main Street and Premium Listings - Bloomberg
Insider trading.

I think we are up to the Seventh Law of Insider Trading. The first six are: (1) don't do it, (2) don't do it by buying short-dated out-of-the-money call options on undisclosed merger targets, (3) don't text or email about it, (4) don't do it in your mother's account, (5) don't do it by planting bombs at a company and shorting its stock, and (6) don't do it while employed at the Securities and Exchange Commission. I hereby declare the Seventh Law: (7) If you are going to insider trade, don't Google "how to insider trade without getting caught" before or after you trade. I have mixed feelings about this law -- which, like its six friends, is not legal advice! -- because how would you know about the Laws of Insider Trading without Googling them a little bit? I suppose daily Money Stuff readers will be well prepared, but non-subscribers might get tripped up. (More reason to subscribe!) Fei Yan allegedly missed this one:

Later that same day, Yan conducted a Google search for the search string “how sec detect unusual trade” and visited several web pages concerning the Commission’s detection and enforcement efforts with respect to insider trading.

On December 7, 2016, Yan conducted a Google search for the search string “insider trading with international account” and accessed articles discussing the Commission’s insider trading enforcement actions with international dimensions. 

Those are paragraphs 46 and 47 of the SEC's complaint against Yan, an engineering research scientist who allegedly insider traded in undisclosed merger targets that he learned about through his wife's job at a law firm. In paragraphs 45 and 48, Yan is allegedly buying short-dated out-of-the-money call options on merger targets in his mother's account. So he really needed the help! Still, Googling about insider trading while you are doing it is a no-no.
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8 days ago by everbigger
Python spinners
Halo, a package for terminal spinner indicators
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15 days ago by nelson
James Baldwin’s Lesson for Teachers in a Time of Turmoil | The New Yorker
"Baldwin delivered the talk on the heels of the March on Washington, where he was famously pulled from the list of speakers because organizers—who knew the writer’s habit for speaking extemporaneously—were unsure if he would stay on message. “A Talk to Teachers” is emblematic of Baldwin’s proclivity for candor over political appeasement, and, like much of his work, focusses on history and the American consciousness. “It is almost impossible for any Negro child to discover anything about his actual history,” he writes. Young people are constantly absorbing—through media, textbooks, and policy—the myths of American exceptionalism; for black children, this means that what they are taught in class does not match the world that they navigate daily. “On the one hand he is born in the shadow of the Stars and Stripes and he is assured it represents a nation which has never lost a war,” Baldwin continues. “But on the other hand he is also assured by his country and his countrymen that he has never contributed anything to civilization—that his past is nothing more than a record of humiliations gladly endured.”

A more honest reckoning with history is necessary, Baldwin insists. Of slavery, he says, “it was not an accident, it was not an act of God, it was not done by well-meaning people muddling into something which they didn’t understand. It was a deliberate policy hammered into place in order to make money from black flesh. And now, in 1963, because we have never faced this fact, we are in intolerable trouble.”

It’s this focus on history that rearranged my thinking. In Baldwin’s view, it is the only thing that can help disabuse black children of the stereotypes that have been projected onto their community—and it is necessary for white children, too, who oftentimes serve as the purveyors of these myths, and who do not know the truth about their history, either.

Baldwin understands that learning this history can leave students in a state of cognitive dissonance and frustration. Imagining his own hypothetical students, he writes, “I would try to teach them—I would try to make them know, that those streets, those houses, those dangers, those agonies by which they are surrounded, are criminal.” Here, Baldwin, with literary sleight of hand, adopts the terminology used to pathologize black people and applies it to the system in which they operate. What follows is a medley of lessons that is disquieting in its contemporary applicability. “I would try to make him know that just as American history is longer, larger, more various, more beautiful and more terrible than anything anyone has ever said about it, so is the world larger, more daring, more beautiful and more terrible, but principally larger—and that it belongs to him,” he writes, adding, “I would teach him that he doesn’t have to be bound by the expediencies of any given administration, any given policy, any given morality, that he has the right and the necessity to examine everything.”

After reading “A Talk to Teachers,” I altered my approach, placing less emphasis on the standardized tests and using literature to help my students examine their world. I realized that rigorous lessons were not mutually exclusive from culturally and politically relevant ones. Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar” did not have to be sacrificed in order to make room for a discussion on community violence. Ralph Ellison’s “Invisible Man” did not have to be abandoned in order to tackle immigration. “A Talk to Teachers” showed me that a teacher’s work should reject the false pretense of being apolitical, and, instead, confront the problems that shape our students’ lives.

The most quoted line from “A Talk to Teachers” may be this one: “The paradox of education is precisely this—that as one begins to become conscious one begins to examine the society in which he is being educated.” A teacher, Baldwin believed, should push students to understand that the world was molded by people who came before, and that it can be remolded into something new."
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22 days ago by robertogreco

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