Manton Reece - Replacing 1 billion-user platforms
But ways of communicating across smaller platforms. Micro.blog is great, but will it ever contain BLM, Palestinian Activists, Sex Workers, etc?
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2 days ago
The Marshmallow Replication by You Are Not So Smart 🔗
Parents shouldn't experiment on children!
And people need to stop looking for "cost effective" silver bullets for complex problems.
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13 days ago
Here's an Honest Answer to That Dumb Twitter Rant on Abortion
Berny Belvedere response to Patrick S. Tomlinson [Fertility Clinic Hypothetical](http://www.scarymommy.com/patrick-s-tomlinson-twitter-abortion):
>(1) The standard liberal position crucially involves the view that every individual has equal value.
>(2) In a scenario roughly comparable to Tomlinson’s, where a standard liberal had to choose between saving 100 random people, or their own spouse or child, someone who believed that every individual has equal value would easily and unproblematically choose to save the hundred random individuals.
>(3) But if a standard liberal were actually put in such a scenario, he would choose to save the family member.
>(4) Thus, standard liberals don’t really believe every individual has equal value.
>(5) The liberal position is a sham.
**But** the "standard liberal" (or at least a rigorous utilitarian) would admit this was the *morally wrong* choice and, if they had the courage of their convictions, they'd save the 100 people.
We see this choice played out in movies all the time. It happens three times in _Infinity War_: Quill and the Scarlet Witch make the choice to kill their romantic partner to stop Thanos. Both times it is portrayed as the courageous choice.
Would the average "pro-life" person argue that saving the embryos over a 5 year-old is the morally correct action?
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**The Trolley Problem**
>Many people who say they would pull the lever in the first scenario then say they would not push the fat man in the second scenario.
If you are certain that pushing the fat man will save the others, you should do it. However, this is much less likely to be the certain outcome than pulling the lever. The question of killing a person to *potentially* save the lives of others is a much more difficult question.
The difference isn't only that the second is more gruesome.
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>Let the thousand human lives haunt me afterwards; in this moment, they cannot haunt me more than seeing a helpless child be swept up in a fire.
This avoids the question. Ignoring what you *would* do, do you believe you *should* save the embryos?
If you don't, you are anti-abortion, not pro-life.
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14 days ago
Balkinization: "Constitutional Super Hardball"
>Given the current narrow balance of the Senate, if Senate Democrats orchestrated a walkout (our suggestion would be they all go to Mexico City though Canada might be nicer in the summer months), the Senate would only be able to reach 50 members (because Senator McCain is ill) which is less than “a majority,” and therefore would be unable to “do business” (e.g., act on nominations).
My friend calls this constitutional “super hardball."
I think it's time to play.
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16 days ago
The Laff Box—99% Invisible
This changed my entire opinion of laugh tracks. They were made a single person *playing* what amounts to a laugh organ. It's like a laugh *design*.
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16 days ago
I am now an alarmist
>That is what Niemöller ashamedly confesses in his famous poem. He’s not abstractly examining how “they” operated, he’s telling us how he enabled them to do so. The cry of his heart, which he repeated for the rest of his days, was the warning “Don’t do what I did.” He warned everyone, everywhere to speak out and speak up at the very earliest signs of danger. For Niemöller, there was no worry about speaking out too soon, only the deadly danger and abiding shame of speaking out too late.
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16 days ago
Why I Will Always Write About Appalachia—Literary Hub
>My hometown of Haldeman, Kentucky has vanished—literally removed from maps—its mines nothing but empty holes in the ground. The railroad tracks have been stripped from the earth and the gravel sold. The stores are gone. My school is closed. The government shut down the post office and rescinded the ZIP code.
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18 days ago
Oklahoma just voted to legalize medical marijuana - Vox
>With 92 percent of precincts reporting, 56 percent of voters supported medical marijuana, while 43 percent opposed it.
Maybe our stupid federal prohibition will end sooner then I thought. When medical marijuana easily passed in a deep red state, the tides have turned.
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18 days ago
Eschaton: The Internet Of Shit
>>Their stories are part of a new pattern of behavior in domestic abuse cases tied to the rise of smart home technology. Internet-connected locks, speakers, thermostats, lights and cameras that have been marketed as the newest conveniences are now also being used as a means for harassment, monitoring, revenge and control.
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19 days ago
Supreme Court Rules That Police Need a Warrant to Seize Your Cell Phone Location Records—Mother Jones
>And let’s face it, if you could travel back in time and ask James Madison if he thought it would be OK for the government to use a magic device that tracked the precise movements of virtually every human being in the country, what do you think he’d say? That is, what do you think he’d say before he dropped dead of apoplexy?
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23 days ago
Donald Trump Threw Starburst Candies at Angela Merkel, Said 'Don't Say I Never Give You Anything'
You gotta be kidding me. We have a sadistic 5 year old running our country! 😱
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25 days ago
THE LUCKY COUNTRY | Gin and Tacos
>Whether families are being separated or not is a sideshow to the growing population of people being detained indefinitely with unclear or nonexistent rights. Their numbers are growing exponentially under Trump and it won't be long before America is searching for its own Nauru where they can be boxed up and put out of sight.
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25 days ago
Both Sides Do It, The Unshakeable Script—Lawyers, Guns
>Here is a comprehensive list of Republican senators who support the bill (to end the policy of placing children in concentration camps):
In case the quotation is unclear, that's zero Republican Senators.
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27 days ago
driftglass: Why Does The New York Times Keep Handing Columns To Conservative Nitwits: S.E. Cupp Edition
>Except there is one, little problem:
Ms. Mauer is not, in fact, a persuadable swing voter who might be susceptible to the charms of the Democratic party if only Democrats weren't such
condescending coastal elite Hollywood Kenyan abortion-on-demand, flag-hating social justice warriors.
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28 days ago
THE GOLDEN AGE OF GRIFT—Gin and Tacos
>As a teacher, literally nothing could be less important than what the students prefer to be called. Steve. Mary. Cipher. Iron Man. Ming the Merciless. Question Q. Mysterio. My Little Pony. Like, there is no conceivable reality in which what a student asks me to call them (whether it is a proper name or some infantile nickname) matters. We just work together. I am paid to do a job, and that makes some things about the students my problem – whether they do the assigned work, behaviors they may engage in during our brief time together in class that violate school policy, assigning them a grade, and that's pretty much it.
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28 days ago
'This calls for wisdom: let anyone with understanding calculate ...'
>If you buy any of that, at all — if you think Sessions or Sanders is making anything even remotely like a credible argument about what “the Bible” has to say about Trump’s policies on refugees, asylum-seekers, immigrants, aliens, and strangers — then you’re wrong. You’ve gone wrong. You’re doing wrong, becoming wrong, being wrong. >Because your deeds are evil.
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28 days ago
Trump cites as a negotiating tool his policy of separating immigrant children from their parents—The Washington Post
>Some Republican immigration hard-liners, however, continue to hold out, saying they will not support any path to citizenship and **do not support any accommodations to keep families together**. “I don’t see a reason to spend the money doing that,” Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) said in an interview Friday. “And I don’t see how you do that without having a suite for every self-described family unit.” (Emphasis added)
Abusing children is evil. Abusing children to score a political win is soulless.
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28 days ago
SMALT-The smart home device that elevates your dining experience
I don't know if I'm ready for the world's first interactive centerpiece and smart salt dispenser to enhance my dining experience.
h/t [Do By Friday](http://dobyfriday.com/83)
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4 weeks ago
Some Notes on Bible Translation
>Language and translation—especially when they involve documents written down thousands of years ago and copied over centuries—is rarely simple and straightforward.
Would you mix up a boating rope and a camel?
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4 weeks ago
War and Reintegration – Yonatan Zunger – Medium
>The textbook success story is the de-Nazification of Germany after WWII. Only a very small fraction of the people who participated in actual killings were ever brought to trial; most people simply went on with their lives, living in the extremely uncomfortable world where you never knew which of the people you dealt with on a daily basis had a horrific past. But despite this, German society not only did not disintegrate, it thrived, rapidly turning into a pillar of the “community of nations.” >There are too many failures for there to be a textbook example.
>Essentially, people need the opportunity to exit the life they were living during the previous violence. If this opportunity is unavailable, they can fall back on what they know.
>The military has been encouraged to develop strong discipline, both to maximize its effectiveness as a fighting force, and to maximize its ability to integrate into society; police departments have been encouraged to develop extreme autonomy among individual officers, especially in their use of violence, in order to maximize people’s obedience.
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4 weeks ago
How Deinterlining Can Improve New York City Transit | Pedestrian Observations
>The reason complex branching reduces capacity is that, as delays propagate, the schedule needs to incorporate a greater margin of error to recover from unexpected incidents. It also slows down the trains, since the trains are frequently held at merge points. The general rule is that anything that increases precision increases capacity (such as automation and moving block signaling) and anything that reduces precision reduces capacity; reverse branching reduces timetable precision, because each train can be delayed by incidents on more than one line, making delays more common.
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4 weeks ago
The Battle for al-Hudaydah Captures Yemen’s Imploding Tragedy – Shooting Irrelevance
>That’s pretty much where we’re at. A hated occupier is being slowly forced out in a humanitarian nightmare by the parties that are absolutely complicit in the broader humanitarian nightmare, led by a former ally of the first group. The only chance to get people to stop killing each other is to convince them they will still be able to kill each other at a moment’s notice if things don’t work out.
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4 weeks ago
Hereditary
>I think these folks cannot be receptive to reality until they’re persuaded that reality might somehow, someday allow them to think of themselves as good. That, in turn, requires convincing them to reconceive of goodness as a pursuit rather than as an identity — to start understanding goodness as something they might do instead of something they can possess, to start thinking in terms of better than I was before rather than in terms of better than those people over there.
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4 weeks ago
The airline industry is sticking with its old flight simulators
>For now, I use a modified version of the Turing test called the “Oh shit” test. When something out of the ordinary happens in a low-fidelity sim, pilots usually laugh. When it happens in a Level D simulator, pilots invariably yell “Oh shit!
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4 weeks ago
Who could jump higher on a trampoline, LeBron James or Simone Biles?
>The only real way to settle this is clear: let’s get James and Biles together at a trampoline park and have them go at it.
I'd pay hard, cold cash to see this in person!
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4 weeks ago
World Day Against Child Labor - Lawyers, Guns
>Our children are being poisoned in tobacco farms. Well, the Republican Party wouldn’t consider them our children because they are mostly Latino. But this has not been enough of an issue for Democrats either, as it really hasn’t been on the agenda at all.
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4 weeks ago
Bex Taylor-Klaus Bends Gender, Blends Styles in This Hot Photoshoot—Autostraddle
As we've been talking about gender expression.
>No matter how femininely I’m dressed I can still bring the masculine, and vise versa.
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4 weeks ago
CEO of Nonprofit Shelter That Called Police on Senator for Trying to Visit Detained Children Is Paid $770,860
>Now, the nonprofit's CEO's paycheck is also coming under scrutiny, with a tax return filed by SKP for fiscal year 2015 showing that President and CEO Dr. Juan Sánchez made $770,860 as his "reportable compensation from the organization."
>According to data released by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, which oversees the ORR, the department has awarded SKP a combined total of $310,824,288 in fiscal year 2018 so far, the most recent awards being granted on May 10 in three installments amounting to $99,679,090.
>The funds would have been awarded just days after Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the Trump administration's new policy of separating parents and children at the border.
We should (but will never) prosecute these people for crimes against human rights and the rights of children.
h/t [Lawyers, Guns,
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4 weeks ago
Hey Evangelicals: Allowing Divorce But Not Remarriage Is Not Enough
>>It is right and good for the victim to one day forgive his or her abuser. It is right and good for the victim to pray for his or her abuser, especially if the abuser is not a believer. (Libby Anne quoting from *World Magazine*)
>This emphasis on restoration first makes it harder for victims of domestic violence to find support within their church communities.
*Ugh.* The onus is placed upon the *abused* to fix things.
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4 weeks ago
field negro: When morals go missing.
>But I register no such pain. I’m from the Toni Morrison school of morality on the subject of race. As she once told Charlie Rose: 'I always knew that I had the high ground, all my life. I always thought those people who said I couldn’t come in the drugstore, and I had to sit in this funny place, and I couldn’t go in the park — —”
>Rose interjects: 'You felt morally superior to them from Day 1.'
>Morrison continued: 'I did. And I thought they knew that I knew that they were inferior to me, morally. I always thought that, and my parents always thought that.'
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4 weeks ago
Donald Trump Abandons South Korea—Kevin Drum
>>Kim, it seems, got at least one benefit up front. **Trump announced that he will order an end to regular “war games”** that the United States conducts with ally South Korea, a reference to annual joint military exercises that are an irritant to North Korea. Trump called the exercises “very provocative” and “inappropriate” in light of the optimistic opening he sees with North Korea. **Ending the exercises would also save money**, Trump said.
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4 weeks ago
This app in Google Play wants to use phone mics to enforce copyrights—Ars Technica
>The [official app for the Spanish soccer league La Liga](https://www.welivesecurity.com/2018/06/12/spains-la-liga-app-phones-detect-illegal/) was recently updated to seek access to users’ microphone and GPS settings. When granted, the app processes audio snippets in an attempt to identify public venues that broadcast soccer games without a license.
Because people's privacy is nothing compared to the importance of catching small businesses "pirating" your games.
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4 weeks ago
Looking for Life on a Flat Earth—The New Yorker
>Gravity, too, is just another theory; flat-Earthers believe that objects simply fall. (“ ‘Gravity,’ they love that one,” Marble said, using air quotes. “Grabbity—with two ‘B’s.”)
How can you not believe in gravity? It's successfully explained some many phenomena. The mind reels.
h/t [Gruber](https://daringfireball.net/linked/2018/06/11/flat-earther-derpers) @gruber
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4 weeks ago
On paying for software | Seth's Blog
>I spend most of my day working with tools that weren’t even in science fiction novels twenty-five years ago, and the money I spend on software is a bargain–doing this work without it is impossible.
Why I'm ambivalent about subscription software. With the major changes in the market (consumers not wanting to pay), especially on mobile, it may be the only viable model in the future.
I do strongly prefer the subscriptions that are for support and ongoing updates. If you stop paying, you can still use the app, you just don't benefit from further development.
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4 weeks ago
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