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https://nerdist.com/supergirl-casts-transgender-superhero/?utm_campaign=coschedule&utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=nerdist&utm_content=SUPERGIRL%20Casts%20TV%27s%20First%20Transgender%20Superhero
The series has tapped actor and transgender activist Nicole Maines to play Nia Nal, a new member of the Catco reporting team who will eventually be revealed to be a hero in her own right. The casting call for the role , which producers put out in May, described Nia as “a confident, wunderkind of a fashionista” with “sparkling wit and biting humor, but under that banter-y, chic façade, lays a soulful young woman who has much to offer the world.” Perhaps the most intriguing prospects, though, involve a potential romantic entanglement with Jesse Rath’s Brainiac 5, who has been upgraded to a series regular for Supergirl ‘s fourth season. With Jeremy Jordan’s Winn Schott, off the cast for season four, Nia is in a prime position to take his place as Brainiac 5’s intellectual foil, if not perhaps the Katherine Hepburn to his Spencer Tracy. As for Maines, she has previously appeared on the USA Network drama Royal Pains , as well as in the documentaries The Trans List and Not Your Skin ; she is also set to star in the upcoming horror comedy Bit , directed by Brad Michael Elmore, in which Maines will play a transgender teen who moves to LA and falls in with a gang of intersectional feminist vampires.
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One sentence in a budget report should terrify Mayor John Tory | National Observer
It may not get more than a passing glance when it goes in front of Toronto City Council at their meeting next week, but one short sentence buried on the fifteenth page of a routine budget report should send a chill up the spine of Mayor John Tory. @GraphicMatt on why @JohnTory should be worried about MLTT revenue decline #cdnpoli #onpoli #topoli @TorontoComms Because budget reports at city hall aren’t written with a lot of flair, the text isn’t bolded. Every time someone buys a house or condo, they’re paying a pretty hefty bill — on a $500,000 property sale, assuming no first-time homeowner exemption, city hall will charge the buyer $6,470 in tax. In June, councillors were happy to use surplus cash from 2017 — driven mostly by the MLTT — to plug holes in their plan to improve safety for pedestrians and cyclists , adding more than $20 million in spending. Few at council — definitely not the mayor, who arrived long after the MLTT was approved and implemented —have ever had to grapple with a fiscal reality at city hall when revenues aren’t growing.
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Cajeta❤️🌹 on Twitter: College campuses LOVE claiming POC in their enrollment data. Yet, they do not invest in their retention and are retroactively structures to hinder the graduation of POC.
@IsaacBagsak: College campuses LOVE claiming POC in their enrollment data. Yet, they do not invest in their retention and are retroactively structures to hinder the graduation of POC.
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Monkey Business | CrazyQuiltEdi
Thanks to everyone who has been sending me books and articles about the racism and hatred expressed when people of African descent are equivocated with monkeys, apes or gorillas. And, thanks for sending information about children’s books with anthropomorphic monkeys and apes that do nothing to end this racism. I’ve decided to create this page to organize this material. If you do see something, please do send it may way and I’ll add it here. 20 March 2018 Chief rabbi calls black people ‘monkey’
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Khaled Beydoun on Twitter: 'Arab' and 'Muslim' are NOT synonymous. In fact: - 60% of Arab Americans are Christians - Only 15% of the global Muslim population are Arabs - The biggest population of Muslims in the U.S. are Black Muslims (don't confuse and co
@KhaledBeydoun: 'Arab' and 'Muslim' are NOT synonymous. In fact:

- 60% of Arab Americans are Christians

- Only 15% of the global Muslim population are Arabs

- The biggest population of Muslims in the U.S. are Black Muslims

(don't confuse and conflate)
12 hours ago
Why Is Google Translate Spitting Out Sinister Religious Prophecies? - Motherboard
Type the word “dog” into Google Translate 19 times, request that the nonsensical message be flipped from Maori into English, and out pops what appears to be a garbled religious prophecy. In Somali, for instance, strings of the word “ag” translate into missives about the “sons of Gershon,” the “name of the LORD,” and references to Biblical terminology like “cubits” and Deuteronomy. Andrew Rush, an assistant professor at Harvard who studies natural language processing and computer translation, said that internal quality filters would probably catch that type of manipulation, however. But when it’s fed nonsense inputs, Rush said, the system can “hallucinate” bizarre outputs—not unlike the way Google’s DeepDream identifies and accentuates patterns in images. After all, Google Translate interprets “w hy ar e th e tran stla tions so wei rd” in Somali, for instance, as “It is a great way to make it so much better.”
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https://www.eater.com/2018/7/19/17586742/plastic-straw-ban-disabilities
Lids prevent spillage when I’m navigating bumpy sidewalks and curb cuts; straws are necessary because I do not have the hand and arm strength to lift a drink and tip it into my mouth. I don’t see these types of help as special treatment or inspirational for someone to surreptitiously post on social media as feel-good clickbait ; they’re simply examples of excellent hospitality. The ADA is considered by many small businesses (and the National Restaurant Association ) as a source of frivolous lawsuits brought by greedy lawyers and clients. This is the experience of living in a world that was never built for you: having to explain and defend yourself while providing infinite amounts of labor at the demand of people who do not recognize their nondisabled privilege. If a cafe or restaurant wants to provide straws by request, have the server offer plastic and biodegradable versions, just as they would give any customer a choice of still or sparkling water.
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Thread by @PaulMMCooper: "One of the world’s most chilling ruins is the Ploutonion at Hierapolis, “the Gates to Hell”. Here crowds watched priests lead animal sacrifi […]"
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https://www.tor.com/2018/07/20/rebecca-roanhorse-reddit-ama-trail-of-lightning-dine-culture/
When the cover for Rebecca Roanhorse’s debut novel Trail of Lightning was first revealed, the Nebula Award-winning author emphasized how she hadn’t wanted Dinétah monster hunter Maggie Hoskie to be depicted in “the typical trappings non-Natives associate with Native Americans” such as feathers or braids. I’m sure that having Diné friends, family, and elders within reach throughout your writing of the book helped a lot, but was there ever a point where you felt in over your head, and if so, how did you ultimately deal with that? Was their ever a moment during the writing process that you considered backing away from such topics (police brutality, abuse, kidnap/ missing person, ect) and if so what gave you the courage to take such a strong stance? It may seem frivolous for my characters to derive their superpowers from trauma, but, as Reddit user theheroellipsis astutely comments upthread, I’m saying something about being a survivor that doesn’t (hopefully) just become backstory or the typical “hero with a troubled past”. Check out the rest of Roanhorse’s AMA for her unofficial Trail of Lightning soundtrack, Star Wars love, and her recommendation for the best greasy green chile cheeseburger in New Mexico.
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Alexandra Erin on Twitter: Anyway. I'm not about to picket Disney demanding they shield the white guy from the repercussions of his actions. But throwing their giant movie franchise into disarray at the say-so of rape enthusiast Mike Cernovich is not a go
@alexandraerin: Anyway. I'm not about to picket Disney demanding they shield the white guy from the repercussions of his actions. But throwing their giant movie franchise into disarray at the say-so of rape enthusiast Mike Cernovich is not a good sign for the future.
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http://groundedparents.com/2015/10/23/anti-vax-sesame-street/
The world has changed significantly since when children diagnosed with any neurological condition were separated from their peers in school. First of all, this is like saying that showing a blind character or a child in a wheelchair isn’t inclusive of people with physical disabilities because some children are deaf or use other assistive devices. Secondly, there is a saying “if you’ve met one person with autism, you’ve met one person with autism.” It is not a single unified set of behaviors and traits, so thinking of the autism spectrum as a line with “normalish” on one end and “profoundly impaired” on the other is grossly misunderstanding it (not to mention minimizing). The blog is written by a graphic artist diagnosed with an autism spectrum condition, and doesn’t boil down well to snippets, but here is one: What he needs is a culture that will allow him to reach his potential the same way it does neurotypical kids, and if a muppet helps bring that about in some small way, then it’s a win.
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ship | #spnborders | see pinned on Twitter: Swim class: "He's silly!" the little girl says, pointing at my kid. "I want to play with him." "Be gentle," says her grandmother. "I saw on Sesame Street," and she jumps beside my spinning son. There's an autist
@shiphitsthefan: Swim class: "He's silly!" the little girl says, pointing at my kid. "I want to play with him."

"Be gentle," says her grandmother.

"I saw on Sesame Street," and she jumps beside my spinning son.

There's an autistic, nonverbal Muppet. Don't tell me representation doesn't matter.
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Introducing the Python Language Server – Python at Microsoft
Visual Studio has long been recognized for the quality of its IntelliSense (code analysis and suggestions) across all languages, and has had support for Python since 2011. Editors can start running a language server and use this JSON-based communication channel to provide and request information about the user’s code. Recently we have been refactoring our implementation to separate it from Visual Studio and make it available as a standalone program using the language server protocol. Normally this kind of approach can take hours for complex programs and require unlimited amounts of RAM, but we have used many tricks to make it complete quickly enough for IntelliSense use. The end result is that we have a black box that takes Python code and provides all the information your editor needs for tooltips, completions, finding definitions and references, global variable renaming, and more.
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Ken Case on Twitter: Thanks to @mjtsai for the solution: I needed to add Terminal to System Preferences > Security & Privacy > Privacy > Application Data. (That list doesn't prompt for access or list apps which have had their access denied.)
@kcase: Thanks to @mjtsai for the solution: I needed to add Terminal to System Preferences > Security & Privacy > Privacy > Application Data. (That list doesn't prompt for access or list apps which have had their access denied.)

Problem solved!

https://t.co/UHMXPZn3Ok

https://twitter.com/mjtsai/status/1020391493058560000
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DRAFT Tri-Agency Research Data Management Policy For Consultation - Science.gc.ca
The agencies expect the research they fund to be conducted to the highest professional and domain standards, domestically and internationally. The ability to store, access, reuse and build upon digital research data has become critical to the advancement of science and scholarship, supports innovative solutions to economic and social challenges, and holds tremendous potential for Canada’s productivity, competitiveness and quality of life. The institution should regularly review, and revise the strategy where appropriate, as research data management services, infrastructure and practices evolve. The agencies encourage grant applicants to complete data management plans (DMPs) as an essential step in research project design. The agencies encourage researchers to provide access to the data where ethical, legal, and commercial requirements allow, and in accordance with the standards of their disciplines.
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Ian Milligan on Twitter: Some fun beach reading - draft Tri-Agency policy on Research Data Management. Moving towards researcher requirements for Data Management Plans and Data Deposit. Has been in the works for a long time so glad to see it here. https:/
@ianmilligan1: Some fun beach reading - draft Tri-Agency policy on Research Data Management. Moving towards researcher requirements for Data Management Plans and Data Deposit. Has been in the works for a long time so glad to see it here. https://t.co/kG5brFOpf7

http://www.science.gc.ca/eic/site/063.nsf/eng/h_97610.html
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Thread by @kevinmilligan: "Thinking more about this quotation...I was more bemused than convinced. I can handle big data sets fine, thanks. And I'm old! But one true b […]"
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Ken Case on Twitter: I like that Mojave reports when apps access files that I might find surprising, but in this case I'm just running the "find" command in my home directory, which just lists files—it's not actually reading my "contacts." Same happens
@kcase: I like that Mojave reports when apps access files that I might find surprising, but in this case I'm just running the "find" command in my home directory, which just lists files—it's not actually reading my "contacts."

Same happens with @OmniDiskSweeper scans. (No, we're not.) https://t.co/PC9o4mklsD

https://twitter.com/kcase/status/1020381305610035201/photo/1
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Thread by @AltUSPressSec: "Fresh from the 2016 Election courtesy of the e-recycling program of the Great State of Ohio. Let’s see what we find, shall we? Legally purch […]" #AltGov #TooBigToRig
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Scarfolk Council on Twitter: Wow. This has made my week. This is from the government's *own* publication about the history of government communications. They mistakenly included a Scarfolk poster which encourages the killing of children. Clearly, nobody t
@Scarfolk: Wow. This has made my week. This is from the government's *own* publication about the history of government communications. They mistakenly included a Scarfolk poster which encourages the killing of children. Clearly, nobody thought it was too extreme. (via @CraigHeap) https://t.co/PITafePTKe

https://twitter.com/Scarfolk/status/1020290984549249026/photo/1
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Elizabeth Holmes’ Downfall From Theranos Has Been Explained Deeply—By Men | WIRED
In May, the journalist John Carreyrou, who made Theranos his white whale for years, published Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup , a potboiler about the company; I devoured it. Is there a feminist framework for reading her that takes into account her gender and singular experience as a beginning chemical engineer and self-made female billionaire that doesn’t absolve her of traditional moral responsibility—or, worse, agency? The clients, Fishman writes , “became giants of philanthropy, happy to take public bows, while, in his view, it was Bernie from Brooklyn who thanklessly drove the engine.” Holmes therefore prohibited due diligence at Theranos, taking it as a personal affront when investors, employees, and board members asked for evidence of her outsized claims about the company. Making empirical statements invites questions, so Holmes found ways to switch on a dime to airy platitudes when interviewers asked her for facts.
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SlyFlourish on Twitter: Doubling Demogorgon’s hit points to 800, doubling his damage to 56 on a tentacle smack, giving him an extra gaze action on his turn, increasing his legendary actions by one for each character above four, and surrounding him with
@SlyFlourish: Doubling Demogorgon’s hit points to 800, doubling his damage to 56 on a tentacle smack, giving him an extra gaze action on his turn, increasing his legendary actions by one for each character above four, and surrounding him with other demons would make him a real horror. #dnd https://t.co/ed8QDCELGW

https://twitter.com/SlyFlourish/status/1020372719748222979/photo/1
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Jorge R. Gutierrez on Twitter: San Diego. Breakfast at the hotel. WAITRESS - You here for ComicCon, sir? ME - Sorry. What es Comics Con? I here to find the six fingered man who killed my father. Long silence. WAITRESS - More coffee, Mr Montoya? We both sm
@mexopolis: San Diego. Breakfast at the hotel.

WAITRESS - You here for ComicCon, sir?

ME - Sorry. What es Comics Con? I here to find the six fingered man who killed my father.

Long silence.

WAITRESS - More coffee, Mr Montoya?

We both smile.

LUKA - What the heck is happening!?!
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How do i get the rose in my name on Twitter: BOURDAIN: Alright so tell me what this is. CITIZEN: This is apple pie. It is a classic American food. BOURDAIN: Okay, so-- wait, what are you doing? CITIZEN: I am adding a small scoop of ice cream. BOURDAIN: [c
@i_zzzzzz: BOURDAIN: Alright so tell me what this is.
CITIZEN: This is apple pie. It is a classic American food.
BOURDAIN: Okay, so-- wait, what are you doing?
CITIZEN: I am adding a small scoop of ice cream.
BOURDAIN: [chuckling skeptically] All right. All right. Fuck it. Let's do this.
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Python has brought computer programming to a vast new audience - Programming languages
Nearly 30 years after his Christmas invention, Mr Van Rossum resembles a technological version of the Monty Python character who accidentally became the Messiah in the film “Life of Brian”. Mr Van Rossum, though delighted by this enthusiasm for his software, has come to find the rigours of supervising it, in his role as “benevolent dictator for life”, unbearable. The Central Intelligence Agency has employed it for hacking, Pixar for producing films, Google for crawling web pages and Spotify for recommending songs. Cesar Brea, a partner at Bain & Company, a consultancy, warns that the scariest thing in his trade is “someone who has learned a tool but doesn’t know what is going on under the hood”. Python was already the most popular introductory language at American universities in 2014, but the teaching of it is generally limited to those studying science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
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When a U.S. citizen heard he was on his own country’s drone target list, he wasn’t sure he believed it. After five near-misses, he does – and is suing the United States to contest his own execution – Rolling Stone
Over a decade later, after some major life changes – he’d converted to Islam and found himself working as a TV reporter in the Middle East under his new name, Bilal Abdul Kareem – he again drew upon his stand-up experience to stay alive. But it’s also a potentially devastating last-straw moment in the history of America’s recent dystopian slide, with the executive branch asking for the ultimate in dictatorial powers: the right to kill even its own citizens without having to explain itself. The legal wormhole first opened in 1975, when a committee headed by Idaho Sen. Frank Church exposed a generation of alleged repugnant practices by the CIA and other secret agencies, including the U.S’s possible involvement in assassinations of foreign leaders like Rafael “El Jefe” Trujillo of the Dominican Republic and South Vietnamese President Ngo Dinh Diem. Finally, in 1998, under Bill Clinton, and then again in the George W. Bush years, classified Justice Department memoranda were written explaining , according to The WashingtonPost, that “executive orders banning assassination do not prevent the president from lawfully singling out a terrorist for death by covert action.” She either has to take on an intractable executive branch that has spent years massively investing in a global assassination program, or she has to put her name on a federal ruling that would formally make Swiss cheese of the Bill of Rights.
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https://brohrer.github.io/how_decision_trees_work.html
In fact most high performing Kaggle entries are a combination of XGBoost ,
which is variant of decision tree, and some very clever feature engineering. The structure of the decision tree lets you sort people of any age into their respective bin and make an estimate about their wake up time. In this completely unrealistic example, children and teens are unburdened by the rigorous schedules of work and school, and have their wake up time driven by when the sun comes up. Also, you’ll notice in the upper right hand plot that the decision boundaries begin to slice the data set into regions of approximately uniform color. Decision trees can also find non-smooth behaviors, sudden jumps, and peaks, that other models like linear regression or artificial neural networks can hide.
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Steve Manfred on Twitter: At the #DoctorWho #SDCC press conference, Chris Chibnall said there are 5 guest writer slots, 2 of whom are women, and at least one is of color, and that there are 4 directors: 2 men, 2 women. Matt Strevens added that all but 1 o
@DrWhoScholar: At the #DoctorWho #SDCC press conference, Chris Chibnall said there are 5 guest writer slots, 2 of whom are women, and at least one is of color, and that there are 4 directors: 2 men, 2 women. Matt Strevens added that all but 1 of the editors are women.
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This Bot Tweets Photos and Names of People Who Bought 'Drugs' on Venmo - Motherboard
Users can make all their transactions and activity private, but by default, Venmo publicly presents the username, name, photo, and message sent with the money within the service’s app for others to see. At the time of writing this can all be done without any sort of authorization; Venmo does not require developers to sign up for API keys, for example, unlike other websites, such as Twitter. On Friday, after the original publication of this article, Guerra announced in a Medium post he was stopping the bot, and claimed the project's reception had been "overwhelmingly positive." (To be clear, the project faced fierce criticism; a privacy engineer tweeted on Thursday that "the fact that data is public does not make it okay to give more exposure to it.") In 2016, a student at a Danish university scraped the profiles of 70,000 people on the dating site OkCupid, and then publicly released that information in one, easy to download set.
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here for dafonte on Twitter: there's a major error in the first line of this story and we need to talk about it. @robferguson1 and @robertbenzie write that michael tibollo was called a racist for his absurd bulletproof vest stunt. yet the article doesn't
@DesmondCole: there's a major error in the first line of this story and we need to talk about it. @robferguson1 and @robertbenzie write that michael tibollo was called a racist for his absurd bulletproof vest stunt. yet the article doesn't cite anyone calling tibollo a racist https://t.co/fjYC77T9mV

https://twitter.com/DesmondCole/status/1019737821081370625/photo/1
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Lauren Groff on Florida as a state of mind – Harvard Gazette
Fiction writer Lauren Groff will work on her fourth novel as the 2018‒2019 Suzanne Young Murray Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. Last month, Groff published her second story collection, “Florida,” a moody meditation on life in her adopted state, a setting that conjures “a metaphorical sense of the world, a deep, swampy dread covered by a glorious and unceasing pour of sunshine.” We spoke with Groff about subversive prose, mothers and children, and crafting a vivid sense of place. ​A novel is a long, slow, delicious creation that lives with you the entire time you work on it; a story is a blazing bright flare. Looseness is desirable in a novel, because too much tautness can make for a wearisome read, while every word in a short story must carry three levels of meaning. GROFF: Florida signifies not only the geographical area to me, but also a metaphorical sense of the world, a deep, swampy dread covered by a glorious and unceasing pour of sunshine.
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The First and 15th
Donald Trump is President of the United States of America and my local organizations have never been so energetic, so visibly committed to creating a more just society. This week alone I figured out what those things are that cover your patio doors when they aren’t the cheap vertical blinds used in apartments (shutters and louvres), the difference between weeds and grass, and that bacon can be cured with sugar. Sense-making would tell me how an adult black woman can have so rarely had the time to muse about window-coverings that I had to take a picture to a local home store for help. I do know that students in Richmond, my new home, have been working with preservation groups for years now to recover the graveyards of yesterday’s tired, dead black people. Traister is a real gem of a researcher and her book is good for reminding me about the temporality of “single woman” as a concept.
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From the Start, Trump Has Muddied a Clear Message: Putin Interfered - The New York Times
But his statements since have suggested other explanations.Published OnJuly 19, 2018CreditImage by Sam Hodgson for The New York TimesWASHINGTON — Two weeks before his inauguration, Donald J. Trump was shown highly classified intelligence indicating that President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia had personally ordered complex cyberattacks to sway the 2016 American election. On Wednesday, when a reporter asked, “Is Russia still targeting the U.S.?” Mr. Trump shot back, “No” — directly contradicting statements made only days earlier by his director of national intelligence, Dan Coats, who was sitting a few chairs away in the Cabinet Room. His fear, according to one of his closest aides who spoke on the condition of anonymity, is that any admission of even an unsuccessful Russian attempt to influence the 2016 vote raises questions about the legitimacy of his presidency. That included one particularly valuable source, who was considered so sensitive that Mr. Brennan had declined to refer to it in any way in the Presidential Daily Brief during the final months of the Obama administration, as the Russia investigation intensified. He raised unrelated issues, including the state of investigations into Mrs. Clinton’s home computer server, to distract attention from the central question of Russia’s role — and who, if anyone, in Mr. Trump’s immediate orbit may have worked with them.
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Thread by @ThylacineReport: "Tonight I want to talk about confidence as an interlocutor, competency and flavours of imposter syndrome. Caveat: I don't like the term "imp […]"
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David Hogg on Twitter: Russia used the NRA to give Trump $30 million Russia used the NRA to give Trump $30 million Russia used the NRA to give Trump $30 million Russia used the NRA to give Trump $30 million Russia used the NRA to give Trump $30 million #N
@davidhogg111: Russia used the NRA to give Trump $30 million
Russia used the NRA to give Trump $30 million
Russia used the NRA to give Trump $30 million
Russia used the NRA to give Trump $30 million
Russia used the NRA to give Trump $30 million
#NRAgate

RT this so everyone knows
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Thread by @Foone: "My favorite part of the dial-up era was that your connection speed depended not just on your modem but on the quality of your phone lines. B […]"
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Giant semi-nude Jeff Goldblum statue appears in London | CNN Travel
(CNN) — Twenty-five years ago, "Jurassic Park" brought velociraptors to a new generation -- and broke a few box office records in the meantime. It also had the unlikely benefit of turning Jeff Goldblum, who played Dr. Ian Malcolm in the film, into a sex symbol. Although the movie doesn't have any specific connection to London -- it wasn't filmed or set there -- that doesn't seem to bother the fans who are already flocking to the statue. In 2013, an enormous fiberglass Colin Firth, in his costume as Mr. Darcy from " Pride and Prejudice ," was placed in the Serpentine in Hyde Park, also with an open shirt. Fans of public art who prefer fewer male chests on display can also head to Hyde Park to view the latest work by Christo , a 65-foot structure made of oil barrels that is floating in the Serpentine.
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Taeyoon Choi on Twitter: Teaching with @dat_project at @sfpc Code Societies tmrw “A Dat is a folder with some magic.” dat clone [key] dat create dat key export dat share [key] dat pull dat sync Where are some cool dats?
@tchoi8: Teaching with @dat_project at @sfpc Code Societies tmrw

“A Dat is a folder with some magic.”

dat clone [key]

dat create

dat key export

dat share [key]

dat pull

dat sync

Where are some cool dats?
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Thread by @rdonoghue: "Let me take a moment to sing the praises of long aspects. I love clever, pithy aspects, but too often a clever turn of phrase trumps clarity […]"
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Andrea Horwath on Twitter: Conservative minister Michael Tibollo's comment this morning about wearing a bulletproof vest at Jane and Finch is inexcusably racist. Anyone who would say something so divisive has no credibility to continue to oversee Ontario'
@AndreaHorwath: Conservative minister Michael Tibollo's comment this morning about wearing a bulletproof vest at Jane and Finch is inexcusably racist. Anyone who would say something so divisive has no credibility to continue to oversee Ontario's Anti-Racism Directorate. #onpoli
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American Conservatives Played A Secret Role In The Macedonian Fake News Boom Ahead Of 2016
A week before Election Day in 2016, BuzzFeed News revealed that young men and teens in Veles were running over a hundred websites that pumped out often false viral stories that supported Donald Trump. The investigation also reveals that at least one member of Russia’s “troll factory,” who has been indicted by US special counsel Robert Mueller for alleged interference in the election, was in Macedonia just three months before the web domain for the country’s first US-focused politics site was registered. But what is clear is that the powerful forces of Facebook, digital advertising revenue, and political partisanship gave rise to an unlikely global alliance that increased the spread of misleading and false news in the critical months before Election Day. The indictment focused on the role of the St Petersburg–based Internet Research Agency — often referred to as a “troll factory” — which produced online propaganda and spread messages via social media aimed at helping Trump and defeating his rival, Hillary Clinton. Not long after Facebook killed his pages, Arsov tuned in to watch Mark Zuckerberg being grilled by members of the United States Congress over the company's data protection practices in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal.
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Seth Trueger on Twitter: @Ghostwoods @realEDdoc did you disturb their slumber? what horror they will sow the Evils that you’ve unleashed will only serve to grow
@MDaware: @Ghostwoods @realEDdoc did you disturb their slumber?
what horror they will sow
the Evils that you’ve unleashed
will only serve to grow
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Tim Dedopulos on Twitter: It's time to raze existence. It's time to banish light. It's time to call the void in, On the Muppet Show tonight.
@Ghostwoods: It's time to raze existence.
It's time to banish light.
It's time to call the void in,
On the Muppet Show tonight.
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Health Insurers Are Vacuuming Up Details About You —… — ProPublica
But dig deeper and the implications of what they’re selling might give many patients pause: A future in which everything you do — the things you buy, the food you eat, the time you spend watching TV — may help determine how much you pay for health insurance. With little public scrutiny, the health insurance industry has joined forces with data brokers to vacuum up personal details about hundreds of millions of Americans, including, odds are, many readers of this story. Patient advocates warn that using unverified, error-prone “lifestyle” data to make medical assumptions could lead insurers to improperly price plans — for instance raising rates based on false information — or discriminate against anyone tagged as high cost. The company, owned by the massive UnitedHealth Group, has collected the medical diagnoses, tests, prescriptions, costs and socioeconomic data of 150 million Americans going back to 1993, according to its marketing materials. It would be easy to infer they are prone to costly illnesses based on their backgrounds and living conditions, said O’Neil, author of the book “Weapons of Math Destruction,” which looked at how algorithms can increase inequality.
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Bess Kalb on Twitter: If my husband turned into a lizard I would get a very nice terrarium and I'd sit with him and feed him tiny bits of breakfast burrito and watch movies and listen to podcasts and every night run into the dark woods and beg the witch t
@bessbell: If my husband turned into a lizard I would get a very nice terrarium and I'd sit with him and feed him tiny bits of breakfast burrito and watch movies and listen to podcasts and every night run into the dark woods and beg the witch to lift the curse, the terrible, terrible curse. https://t.co/zZpwvWtxhg

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https://www.vox.com/science-and-health/2018/5/7/17314716/lyme-disease-vaccine-history-effectiveness
CDC Recognizing the increasing public health hazard, the drug manufacturer SmithKline Beecham (now called GlaxoSmithKline) developed a vaccine that targeted the outer protein of the bacteria that causes Lyme. In 1998, the journal Lancet published a now-retracted study that (falsely) claimed the measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine (MMR) was linked to autism, and the modern anti-vax movement was born. So the manufacturer pulled it from the market, despite the fact that early data from the additional safety trial found “no differences in any significant adverse reactions noted between control subjects and vaccinated persons,” Poland writes. “Although studies never adequately substantiated the safety concerns associated with LYMErix,” the Epidemiology and Infection article states, “the decline in public tolerance for risk and uncertainty combined with the relatively low morbidity of Lyme disease contributed to the inability of the vaccine to find a market niche.” “Low demand for the vaccine and its subsequent withdrawal from the market represent a loss of a powerful tool for Lyme disease prevention,” the authors of the Epidemiology and Infection article state.
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William Gibson on Twitter: This presidency is the direst and most singular emergency since the Cuban Missile Crisis. Both were possible because of relatively new technologies, but the CMC involved no *military repurposing of civilian-use technologies*.
@GreatDismal: This presidency is the direst and most singular emergency since the Cuban Missile Crisis. Both were possible because of relatively new technologies, but the CMC involved no *military repurposing of civilian-use technologies*.
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