I suspect that is not dumb enough to run for president.
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14 days ago
The more you tighten your grip, GOP, the more star systems will slip through your fingers...
letlizspeak  from twitter_favs
18 days ago
It's time for another alternate-universe TV series like "Fringe". Read my proposal here:
trump  from twitter
22 days ago
Some Rags for Thanksgiving - YouTube
Me playing a few classic ragtime tunes. Recorded on Thanksgiving Day, 2016. via
from twitter
9 weeks ago
A powerful memorial to racial terror lynchings
The Equal Justice Initiative is filling jars with soil from the sites of lynchings to honor the victims and to create a memorial in Montgomery, Alabama. Between the Civil War and World War II, thousands of African Americans were lynched in the United States. Lynchings were violent and public acts of torture that traumatized black people throughout the country and were largely tolerated by state and federal officials. EJI has documented more than 4000 racial terror lynchings in 12 Southern states between the end of Reconstruction in 1877 and 1950 — several hundred of these victims were lynched in Alabama. Lynching profoundly impacted race relations in this country and shaped the geographic, political, social, and economic conditions of African Americans in ways that are still evident today. Terror lynchings fueled the mass migration of millions of black people from the South into urban ghettos in the North and West in the first half of the 20th century. Lynching created a fearful environment in which racial subordination and segregation were maintained with limited resistance for decades. Most critically, lynching reinforced a legacy of racial inequality that has never been adequately addressed in America. Rob Holmes recently visited and took some photos of the jars…just row after row of them. “Stunning,” he said. Tags: crime   murder   racism   video
race  lynching  racism 
10 weeks ago
The view from my hotel room balcony. This Michigander loves December Florida getaways, especially when Michigan is…
from twitter
10 weeks ago
How Cubans Live as Long as Americans at a Tenth of the Cost - The Atlantic
Life expectancy in Cuba is about the same as in the United States. Cuba spends $813 per person annually on health care compared to our $9,403. An interesting article on Cuba's health care system. What can we learn from it?
medicine  health  cuba 
12 weeks ago
We’ve Never Known Less About An Incoming President’s Ideology
Trying to figure out President-elect Donald Trump’s ideology, on the other hand, is like trying to nail Jell-O to a wall.
trump  538  election  2016 
november 2016
Trimming The Verge
Reading to close on the year 600 articles...
reading  bookmarking  mgsiegler 
november 2016
Trump’s Seven Techniques to Control the Media
Democracy depends on a free and independent press, which is why all tyrants try to squelch it. They...
trump  robertreich  propoganda  media 
november 2016
Print newspapers are dying faster than you think —Timothy B. Lee “No one is surprised to learn that the newspaper industry is in structural decline. But the latest revenue numbers tell a scary story, with print ad revenue falling steeply even amid a h
No one is surprised to learn that the newspaper industry is in structural decline. But the latest revenue numbers tell a scary story, with print ad revenue falling steeply even amid a healthy overall
economics  timothyblee  newspapers 
november 2016
Decent Security
Tips for securing your router.
security  routers 
november 2016
Why you can't find these classic TV shows on streaming - Business Insider UK
"All in the Family." CBS The era of streaming TV means more people have easier access to a broader array of TV shows than ever before
ip  tv  copyright  retro 
november 2016
Obama Reckons with a Trump Presidency
The morning after Donald Trump was elected President of the United States, Barack Obama summoned staff members to the Oval Office. Some were fairly junior and had never been in the room before. They were sombre, hollowed out, some fighting tears, humiliated by the defeat, fearful of autocracy’s moving vans pulling up to the door. Although Obama and his people admit that the election results caught them completely by surprise—“We had no plan for this,” one told me—the President sought to be reassuring.
election  obama  2016  trump  politics 
november 2016
8 Android gestures that speed up everyday tasks
Navigating your way around a new Android device will get a lot easier once you
android  tips 
november 2016
7 common Google Pixel phone problems – and how to quickly fix them
Pixel and Pixel XL Phone Problems: How to overcome the biggest, issues, bugs and annoyances associated with Google's new Android handsets.
smartphones  google  pixel  tips 
november 2016
First Rough Draft of History is Too Rough
We may never know exactly what drove James Comey to send the letter to Congress advising them that there was some potential of the Bureau taking yet another look at the Clinton email server situation...
politics  journalism  election  2016 
november 2016
Here's the real danger of a Trump presidency
Aside from the possibility of declaring martial law or starting a nuclear war over a nasty tweet, Ross Douthat figures there are three "baseline dangers" from a Trump presidency...
trump  election  2016 
november 2016
Fake News, False Information, and Stupid Polls
Fake News Facebook uses an algorithm to decide what you see. It’s proprietary but my guess it’s optimized to keep you on Facebook for as long as possible. This wouldn’t be a problem but becomes one when we realize that people get their news from Facebook.
facebook  polls  politics  mathbabe  journalism 
november 2016
The Models Were Telling Us Trump Could Win
This is a post by Eugene Stern, originally posted on his blog sensemadehere.wordpress.com. Nate Silver got the election right. Modeling this election was never about win probabilities (i.e., saying that Clinton is 98% likely to win, or 71% likely to win, or whatever). It was about finding a way to convey meaningful information about uncertainty and about what could happen. And, despite the not-so-great headline, this article by Nate Silver does a pretty impressive job. First, let’s have a look at what not to do. This article by Sam Wang (Princeton Election Consortium) explains how you end up with a win probability of 98-99% for Clinton. First, he aggregates the state polls, and figures that if they’re right on average, then Clinton wins easily (with over 300 electoral votes I believe). Then he looks for a way to model the uncertainty. He asks, reasonably: what happens if the polls are all off by a given amount? And he answers the question, again reasonably: if Trump overperforms his polls by 2.6%, the election becomes a toss-up. If he overperforms by more, he’s likely to win. But then you have to ask: how much could the polls be off by? And this is where Wang goes horribly wrong. The uncertainty here is virtually impossible to model statistically. US presidential elections don’t happen that often, so there’s not much direct history, plus the challenges of polling are changing dramatically as fewer and fewer people are reachable via listed phone numbers. Wang does say that in the last three elections, the polls have been off by 1.3% (Bush 2004), 1.2% (Obama 2008), and 2.3% (Obama 2012). So polls being off by 2.6% doesn’t seem crazy at all. For some inexplicable reason, however, Wang ignores what is right in front of his nose, picks a tiny standard error parameter out of the air, plugs it into his model, and basically says: well, the polls are very unlikely to be off by very much, so Clinton is 98-99% likely to win. Always be wary of models, especially models of human behavior, that give probabilities of 98-99%. Always ask yourself: am I anywhere near 98-99% sure that my model is complete and accurate? If not, STOP, cross out your probabilities because they are meaningless, and start again. How do you come up with a meaningful forecast, though? Once you accept that there’s genuine uncertainty in the most important parameter in your model, and that trying to assign a probability is likely to range from meaningless to flat-out wrong, how do you proceed
mathbabe  election  polls  2016 
november 2016
MacBook Pro with Touch Bar review: Keyboard chameleon
The new MacBook Pro is a powerful computer in a relatively thin and light shell that brings an entirely new connection format to the Mac mainstream, but it won
apple  mac  macbook  2016 
november 2016
Good Behavior (TV Series 2016– ) - IMDb
Lady Mary sure has fallen on hard times following the decline of the British landed aristocracy.
from twitter
november 2016
Here's A Major Health Reason To Get Outside During The Wintertime
As the days get shorter and the chilly weather rolls in, we all want to curl up in a blanket and hibernate until spring rolls around. But making time to get outside in the sun, even when it’s cold out, could have bigger mood benefits than you might realize.  While the link between sunshine and mental health is nothing new, the most comprehensive study to date has shown that the association may be even stronger than previously realized.  New research from Brigham Young University, published this month in the Journal of Affective Disorders, finds that sunlight exposure is by far the greatest weather-related factor determining mental health outcomes. In other words: more sunshine, more happiness.  For the study, a psychologist, a physicist and a statistician from BYU teamed up to compare daily environmental data from the university’s Physics and Astronomy Weather Station with emotional health data archived by day for 16,452 adult therapy patients who were being treated at the BYU Counseling and Psychological Services Center. If you’re getting enough sun, your emotions should remain relatively stable, the researchers found. But as the amount of sunlight in the day is reduced, levels of emotional distress can shoot up. Other weather variables including temperature, pollution and rain were not found to have an impact on mental health. “We were surprised that many of the weather and pollution variables we included in the study were not significantly correlated with clients’ scores on the distress measure once we had accounted for suntime,” Dr. Mark Beecher, a professor of psychology at the university and the study’s lead author, told The Huffington Post. “People tend to associate rainy days, pollution, and other meteorological phenomena with sadness or depression, but we did not find that.”   Exposure to sunlight is a significant factor in seasonal affective disorder. Research has shown that the brain produces more of the feel-good neurotransmitter serotonin on sunny days than it does on darker days. What’s more, lack of sunlight is linked with lower vitamin D levels, which in turn has been correlated with depression and low energy. However, the findings aren’t only relevant to those suffering from SAD, as the research was focused on a non-clinical population. “People who are in therapy or who are struggling with psychological/emotional difficulties may feel worse during seasons when the days are shorter,” Beecher said. “As a result, mental health provider
exercise  health 
november 2016
Analysis: Narrator Point of View
Usually we here at Shmoop are against assuming that the narrator is the author. But East of Eden is a bit of an exception, because Steinbeck straight up tells you that he is a proud member of the
steinbeck  literature 
november 2016
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