A Day in the Life of a Sniper in Syria
“My dreams are over. But I want a better life for generations to come.
The things I’ve been through, I wouldn’t wish on anyone.
The next generation deserves a better life, especially the children.”
middle.east  syria  war  religion  documentary  kurds 
10 hours ago
I'm a Chef With Terminal Cancer. This Is What I'm Doing with the Time I Have Left
"I was always deathly afraid of being average in any way, and now I desperately wish to have a simple, uneventful life."
food  cancer 
10 hours ago
How Many Work Friends Do You Really Need?
Having some degree of social bonding at work can be good for both your career and your well-being. At the same time, I think many people drastically overrate workplace friendships. Yes, it’s best if everyone gets along, but expecting colleagues to be genuine friends may set the bar too high: The point of work isn’t socializing. It’s work.
10 hours ago
The Democrats Have an Immigration Problem
"Family separations, multibillion-dollar border-wall schemes, unleashed ICE officers —the Trump presidency has taught the Democrats what they stand against. Now they have to figure out what they stand for."

The economic conditions in Indiana remained a source of overriding concern for his constituents, Visclosky said. In meetings with them, “they said that they will vote for me — implying that they won’t vote for other Democrats. I’m trying to help them with their jobs.” He went on: “I support everything that this caucus is doing on immigration, and on the Syrian population. But I just hope that someday this caucus shows the same energy and passion” when “we talk about jobs.” Several in the caucus applauded.
politics  immigration 
10 hours ago
Why Public Transportation Works Better Outside the U.S.
That’s the fundamental problem that makes transit useless for most people in most American cities. The key to great transit service is not about getting 100 percent of people to ride transit for 100 percent of trips. It’s about giving people a viable choice of getting around without needing to drive.
10 hours ago
everything in between
"Hi I am Kimmy. Films, travel and special events make my life wonderful, and this blog is committed to sharing these wonders to the world.
And if you’re a sucker for short stories you can visit my other blog – 2amshortstories.wordpress.com – which is dedicated to these little stories coming out of my mind."
movies  blogs 
11 hours ago
A library for probabilistic modeling, inference, and criticism.
Edward is a Python library for probabilistic modeling, inference, and criticism. It is a testbed for fast experimentation and research with probabilistic models, ranging from classical hierarchical models on small data sets to complex deep probabilistic models on large data sets. Edward fuses three fields: Bayesian statistics and machine learning, deep learning, and probabilistic programming.
python  machine.learning  statistics  deep.learning 
13 hours ago
When Asians Are Targets of Racism
"Messages posted at Washington University in St. Louis point to a problem of anti-Asian racism, which students and others say is often ignored."
“We could sit there and talk about the post for ages, about what they said and what this means, but what I really want is consideration for the larger implications,” she said. “Yeah, this one post sucked, but there is such a bigger story behind it. My anger is not just directed towards those boys; it’s directed to the problem in general -- that we are not wanted in America.”
asian.american  race  racism  discrimination 
15 hours ago
The Riverside Cafe (Aramark)
near Columbia University 116
food  nyc 
'Incredibles 2' Director Brad Bird Shoots Down Plot Hole Theory
Recent years have seen fans become so critical of films that any piece of the narrative that isn't explicitly depicted on screen is considered a "plot hole" and likely becomes the subject of a social media takedown of a filmmaker's shortcomings and oversights. When one viewer attempted to point out an error in Incredibles 2, director Brad Bird noted that the lack of an explanation of the narrative specifics was because of the obvious logic that should have been demonstrated by a viewer. ...
One Twitter user claimed it was a plot hole that the audience was never shown the residents of the city learning about the details that led to the event, with Bird offering a rather mundane explanation of the narrative.
The filmmaker clarified, "I don’t agree that it’s a 'plot hole.' I assumed the audience would figure out that, once the boat was stopped, normal exchanges of information would happen between that crash and the villain being taken away. I didn’t need to SHOW it. Nothing worse than explaining the obvious."
movies  pixar 
Meet The Internet Researchers Unmasking Russian Assassins
"When I was a student, I was inspired by the work of WikiLeaks, right? This is what got me into this stuff," Triebert says. "If I look at WikiLeaks nowadays, I'm disappointed by what it has become."
"Of course we think about that, because we don't want to be co-opted," Toler says. At the same time, he thinks their open approach provides a degree of protection. "We've been doing this for years and years and years, and we can kind of sniff out when something's been planted."
But Toler and Triebert also admit the challenges will only grow with the group's popularity. Looking to the future, Toler says that fake posts and doctored videos will only grow in sophistication. Triebert expects intel agencies may feed them leads to get classified findings into the public sphere. "You could call it whitewashing of their information, right?" he says.
internet  journalism  war 
Taylor Swift, the Grown-Up in the Room
"Tennessee progressives were unhappy with their options in a close Senate race. A 28-year-old pop star explained the stakes."
politics  op-ed  tennessee  music 
Hello! May I Assist You in Taking on a Lifetime of Debt?
"What I learned answering calls to my university’s student helpline."
education  business  debt  personal.finance  op-ed  education_fail  fail 
Neighbors question why 'Cornerstore Caroline' [Teresa Klein] accused young boy of grabbing her
FLATBUSH, Brooklyn (WABC) -- The commotion outside the Sahara Deli Market in Flatbush quickly drew a crowd Wednesday evening as Teresa Klein, now known as "Cornerstore Caroline" on the internet, loudly accused a 9-year-old black boy of grabbing her butt.
"I want the cops here right now," Klein is seen yelling on witness cell phone video. "I was sexually assaulted by a child!"
In what has since become a viral video on social media, Klein begs for police to be sent immediately, prompting terrified cries from the boy and his younger sister as they held onto their mom. ...
Meanwhile, Klein returned to the bodega Friday and watched the surveillance video inside the store along with the press. The footage clearly shows the boy's hands in plain sight, and it was his book-bag that accidentally grazed her.
2 days ago
Ted Cruz should have dragged Trump ‘out by the woodshed,’ suggests new ad from Richard Linklater
But if Cruz really was as Texas tough as he claims, a new ad by movie director Richard Linklater suggests, he would have dragged President Trump “out by the woodshed” for insulting his wife and father. ...
“Somebody left something on my door the other day that says, ‘Ted Cruz, tough as Texas,’” he says, laughing. “I mean, come on.”
The older man — actor Sonny Carl Davis — looks into the camera with a deadpan stare. His baseball hat is embroidered with a cannon and the words “Come and take it,” a symbol of Texas pride and defiance.
“If someone called my wife a dog, and said my daddy was in on the Kennedy assassination, I wouldn’t be kissing their ass,” Davis says with a slight drawl.
He points emphatically at the camera, leaning forward in his seat.
“You stick a finger in their chest and give ’em a few choice words. Or you drag their ass out by the woodshed and kick their ass, Ted.”
He settles back down, his voice laced with contempt and derision, and grabs his mug again.
“Come on, Ted,” he says, grimacing.
... But after Trump won the Republican Party’s nomination, Cruz endorsed him. Not long after, he was photographed looking profoundly sad while phone-banking for Republicans under a row of Trump-Pence signs.
politics  texas 
6 days ago
A second Michigan instructor withheld a recommendation letter from student headed to Israel
“Hi Lucy!” he wrote Monday, Oct. 1, to his GSI from an introduction to political theory course from last year. “Hope you had a great summer!”
“I am in need of an academic letter of recommendation to study abroad next semester and if you can do that for me that would be greatly appreciated,” he explained.
She replied the same day. “Totally! I’d be delighted,” wrote a teaching assistant he identified as Lucy Peterson who, according to her Facebook profile, is a political theory student at the university.
According to an email provided by Secker, Peterson inquired: “What program are you applying to? Send along whatever information I need, and I’ll let you know when I submit it.”
Secker thanked her and told her he was applying to study at Tel Aviv University. She then replied to say that she couldn’t provide the reference, Secker said.
education  politics  antisemitism  israel 
6 days ago
The Case for Drew Brees As the Quarterback GOAT
"My favorite Brees tidbit is that his receivers usually can’t see the QB as he’s throwing to them. The ball just shows up, unexpected, right in between the numbers on their uniform. “I would just see the ball come out of a pile of folks,” Colston told ESPN."
football  sports 
6 days ago
Steve Kerr tossed after Warriors whistled for sixth offensive foul
Kerr was promptly ejected, and replays showed the coach telling the referees, "I don't want to be here anyway," as he continued to protest the calls.
basketball  sports  humor 
7 days ago
"KProfiles was created in the beginning of 2016 as a fan site, with the goal of bringing comprehensive and complete profiles of Korean pop idols, bands, and actors."
profileskpop at gmail dot com
korea  kpop  music  tv  movies 
8 days ago
Brett Kavanaugh Cannot Have It Both Ways
"As the former dean of Yale Law School, I’m shocked by the judge’s partisan turn."
politics  supreme.court  op-ed  law 
8 days ago
Shiroi Koibito
A langue de chat is a white cookie that’s baked until the edges brown.
The carefully controlled oven temperature achieves a crisp bake.
White chocolate is sandwiched between the freshly baked langue de chat biscuits. This chocolate is an original recipe made just for Shiroi Koibito. Made with this great combination of langue de chat and our original chocolate, Shiroi Koibito has been popular for over 40 years.
japan  food 
8 days ago
You must construct additional pylons: South Korea's shrinking StarCraft II talent pool
So what can be done? There are two main issues here: one is solvable; the other, not so much.
The first is to find support for existing low- to mid-tier players. We need to look only at the thoughts TotalBiscuit posited a month ago. He says that the silver bullet to improve skill in both North America or Europe is to make an incentivized ladder tournament. The idea was based on his own running of Shoutcraft in NA coupled with the feedback he got from every pro player. While the South Korean ladder is always at that level of competition, having extraneous online tournaments and competitions with good prize money could help support the low- to mid-level South Korean players who have little to no salary.
An example of this was the ESV TV Weekly, which ran from 2011-2012, and was the primary income of many non-Code S South Korean players. As it stands, South Korea only has the GSL/SSL and pro league tournaments for South Koreans to play in. The first two do not have enough of a prize pool to make it viable for lower- to mid-tier South Koreans to continue playing, while the latter gives no prize pool.
The second issue is attracting a new player base, and unfortunately, that ship sailed long ago. League of Legends is still the big game in South Korea, and is by far the most popular game. OnGameNet and PC Bangs are the main vehicles for game popularity in the region, inspiring young, talented individuals to pursue a professional career. As long as other games have more coverage on OGN and PC Bangs, there is no viable way that would substantially increase the player talent in South Korea. This is why support for the talent that is still there has become all the more important.
starcraft  korea  video.games 
8 days ago
Amazon workers split as company raises minimum wage
Instead of celebrating, many workers put their hands up to ask questions and express deep frustration, according to five employees at the facility. They asked why people who had been toiling in the company's warehouse for years would now be paid similarly to new employees and temporary holiday help, according to the workers. ...
But within 24 hours, questions started to surface about how generous the move really is. Amazon also announced that it would cut bonuses and stock grants, and some veteran employees say they are being devalued and fear they might end up with less money than they get now. ...
Higher starting pay should help Amazon lure laborers to its doors, but it's not as clear how veteran workers will fare and what will happen to retention.
"To me it seems like a publicity stunt on Bezos's part. The big headline sounds nice, until you realize we are losing significant benefits," said a full-time worker at Amazon's Murfreesboro facility who spoke on the condition of anonymity out of fear of retribution.
Amazon spokeswoman Ashley Robinson said in an email that all workers will see a "cash pay increase," with employees who currently earn $14.01 or more receiving a dollar raise. She couldn't guarantee that every worker would be better off, but she said that "our intent is certainly for employees to see an increase in compensation."
Longtime employees say they should get a $3 raise so their pay is closer to $18 an hour, especially since Amazon is eliminating bonuses, which often added 8 percent a month to their earnings.
Jobs at Amazon's warehouses can be grueling, physically and mentally. Nearly every one of the 18 past and present workers interviewed for this article said they take Advil after work or soak or rub their feet at night, and many said they refer to workers who have been there for a few months as "Amazombies" because they develop a zoned-out look from the monotonous labor.
8 days ago
AI promises jobs revolution but first it needs old-fashioned manual labour – from China
"Basic Finder is among the labelling companies thriving amid the data boom, with clients including US university UC Berkeley and Chinese AI leaders SenseTime and iFlyTek"
china  tech  ai  machine.learning 
8 days ago
These Ryan Tannehill quotes from Dolphins practice are just embarrassing
Tannehill is the world's biggest jerk toward his own teammates.
On Saturday during practice, Tannehill, after a couple of practice squad players forced turnovers, Tannehill made negative comments toward them, including saying: "Enjoy your practice squad paycheck, enjoy your practice squad trophy."
football  sports 
8 days ago
What an Audacious Hoax Reveals About Academia
"Three scholars wrote 20 fake papers using fashionable jargon to argue for ridiculous conclusions."
Like just about everything else in this depressing national moment, Sokal Squared is already being used as ammunition in the great American culture war. Many conservatives who are deeply hostile to the science of climate change, and who dismiss out of hand the studies that attest to deep injustices in our society, are using Sokol Squared to smear all academics as biased culture warriors. The Federalist, a right-wing news and commentary site, went so far as to spread the apparent ideological bias of a few journals in one particular corner of academia to most professors, the mainstream media, and Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee.
These attacks are empirically incorrect and intellectually dishonest. There are many fields of academia that have absolutely no patience for nonsense. While the hoaxers did manage to place articles in some of the most influential academic journals in the cluster of fields that focus on dealing with issues of race, gender, and identity, they have not penetrated the leading journals of more traditional disciplines. As a number of academics pointed out on Twitter, for example, all of the papers submitted to sociology journals were rejected. For now, it remains unlikely that the American Sociological Review or the American Political Science Review would have fallen for anything resembling “Our Struggle Is My Struggle,” a paper modeled on the infamous book with a similar title.
By the same token, many leftists are willing to grasp at straws to defend journals and fields of inquiry that they regard as morally righteous. Some have dismissed Sokal Squared by pointing out that many disciplines, from economics to psychology, have in the past years also faced crises of confidence. Others have simply cited the conservative instrumentalization of Sokal Squared as a reason to ignore it. “Academics,” Alison Phipps wrote on Twitter, “please stand by colleagues in Gender Studies/Critical Race Studies/Fat Studies & other areas targeted by this journal article hoax. This is a coordinated attack from the right.”
That too is intellectually dishonest. For one, Lindsay, Pluckrose and Boghossian describe themselves as left-leaning liberals. For another, it is nonsensical to insist that nonsense scholarship doesn’t matter because you don’t like the motives of the people who exposed it, or because some other forms of scholarship may also contain nonsense. If certain fields of study cannot reliably differentiate between real scholarship and noxious bloviating, they become deeply suspect. And if they are so invested in overcoming injustice that they are willing to embrace rank cruelty as long as it is presented in the right kind of progressive jargon, they are worsening the problems they purport to address.
research  politics  ideology  education  social.sciences 
9 days ago
The Chinese Motherboard Hack Is a Crisis, Even If It Didn’t Really Happen
Apple, Amazon, and Super Micro have all denied the veracity of a report on Chinese hardware hacking. No matter the outcome, the results could inflame an already raw trade relationship for high tech between the U.S. and China.
china  tech  cybersecurity 
9 days ago
The US unemployment rate is at a 48-year low—so why are so many Americans still out of work?
"For example, it would make sense to see more people in their prime working years(between the ages of 25 and 54) with jobs when the labor market appears so tight. However, the employment-to-population ratio for this group is conspicuously feeble. In September, only 79.3% of working-age Americans had jobs. That’s a smaller share than the final months of the last cycle, which ended in 2007—and way down from the late 1990s and early 2000s.
Part of the problem is that many of them seem to have exited the workforce—meaning, that they’ve given up looking for work. While the share of prime-age Americans in the labor force ticked up ever so slightly in September, to 82%, that’s still well shy of the share before the Great Recession, when it was above 83%. And it’s starkly lower than in 2000, when more than 84%of prime-age Americans were working."
economy  recession 
10 days ago
Pictures Reveal the Isolated Lives of Japan’s Social Recluses
"A photographer explores the hidden world of the hikikomori, and the human bonds that draw them out."
japan  culture  photography 
11 days ago
The Elder Statesman of Latin American Literature — and a Writer of Our Moment
"Mario Vargas Llosa isn’t a household name among American readers. But at 81, he remains a literary and political colossus across the Spanish-speaking world, and his novels have never felt more relevant."
literature  books 
12 days ago
The NBA Meme Bracket
"The facial reactions, the moments of agony, ecstasy, and absurdity. The Nick Young of it all. Nothing provides grist for the intertextual content mill like the National Basketball Association. From Crying Jordan to “Im trying Jennifer,” this is the tournament to decide once and for all what is the best NBA meme."
basketball  sports  internet 
13 days ago
The Great Recession Knocked Them Down. Only Some Got Up Again.
"Times reporters interviewed hundreds of people during the financial crisis — many on their darkest days. Ten years later, we tracked them down."
recession  economy 
14 days ago
Housing Market Slows, as Rising Prices Outpace Wages
"Even in attractive, fast-growing cities like Denver, New York and Seattle, selling prices are rising more slowly and asking prices are being slashed."
real.estate  economy 
14 days ago
Green House Homes nursing homes
"At Green Houses, residents have more independence and facilities are less institutional — a big improvement over most nursing homes, new research finds."
geriatrics  healthcare 
15 days ago
One Day Your Mind May Fade. At Least You’ll Have a Plan.
"A doctor has developed an advance directive specifically to plan for medical care in the event of dementia."
geriatrics  healthcare 
15 days ago
Wheelchairs Prohibited in the Last Place You’d Expect
"Citing state laws, assisted living facilities often turn away residents in wheelchairs. A lawsuit in New York seeks to end the practice."
15 days ago
China’s Women-Only Subway Cars, Where Men Rush In
In a bid to curb sexual harassment, one city is reserving seats and space for female passengers. The problem: Men are claiming them.
china  womens.rights 
15 days ago
Watching a Friend Get Eaten Could Help Animals Learn to Stay Alive
“Predator boot camps” in Australia are teaching a group of native animals some hard lessons in coexistence
15 days ago
Myst at 25: How it changed gaming, created addicts, and made enemies
"In 1993, the atmospheric CD-ROM game became a beloved megahit–but not everybody was happy with its influence on the game industry."
video.games  history 
15 days ago
The death of once high-flying VC funds
"With the winding down of Social Capital, a particular era of Silicon Valley comes to a close"
silicon.valley  business 
15 days ago
What will happen when newspapers kill print and go online-only? Most of that print audience will just…disappear
A new study of The Independent’s 2016 shift to online-only finds that its print readership didn’t move to digital when the newspaper did. It’s now “more glanced at, it seems, than gorged on.”
journalism  business 
15 days ago
Earl Thomas’s Bet on His Health Ended in Heartbreak
"The all-world safety’s Seahawks career is likely over after he reportedly fractured his leg on Sunday, and the injury only underscores the meaning behind his contract dispute with the team"
football  sports  business 
15 days ago
Cities Are Teaming Up to Offer Broadband, and the FCC Is Mad
"This is a story that defies two strongly held beliefs. The first—embraced fervently by today's FCC—is that the private marketplace is delivering world-class internet access infrastructure at low prices to all Americans, particularly in urban areas. The second is that cities are so busy competing that they are incapable of cooperating with one another, particularly when they have little in common save proximity.
These two beliefs aren’t necessarily true. Right now, the 16 very different cities that make up the South Bay region of Southern California have gotten fed up with their internet access situation: They’re paying too much for too little. So they are working together to collectively lower the amounts they pay for city communications by at least a third. It's the first step along a path that, ultimately, will bring far cheaper internet access services to the 1.1 million people who live in the region."
internet  business  government  politics  monopoly 
15 days ago
Titans of Mathematics Clash Over Epic Proof of ABC Conjecture
"Two mathematicians have found what they say is a hole at the heart of a proof that has convulsed the mathematics community for nearly six years."
math  number.theory 
15 days ago
Sample 25017: Nonparametric comparison of areas under correlated ROC curves
NOTE: Beginning in SAS 9.2, comparison of areas under correlated ROC curves can be done using the ROC and ROCCONTRAST statements in PROC LOGISTIC. Examples are provided in the Results tab. See the PROC LOGISTIC documentation for additional details and examples.
NOTE: Indicated portions of the SAS/IML code in this sample program were provided, and are supported, by the author D.M. DeLong (see REFERENCES below).
Nonparametric comparison of areas under correlated ROC curves. Provides point and confidence interval estimates of each curve's area and of the pairwise differences among the areas. Tests of the pairwise differences are also given. Any contrast among the areas may be estimated and tested.
statistics  sas 
18 days ago
Sample 25031: Compute six intraclass correlation measures
Author: Robert M. Hamer, Ph.D., Research Professor of Biostatistics, School of Public Health, University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, 08-01-2009.
The %INTRACC macro calculates reliabilities for intraclass correlations. The macro calculates the six intraclass correlations discussed in Shrout and Fleiss (1979). Additionally it calculates two intraclass correlations using formulae from Winer (1971) which are identical to two of the six from Shrout and Fleiss. It also calculates the reliability of the mean of nrater ratings, where nrater is a parameter of the macro, using the Spearmen-Brown prophecy formula so that one can examine the effect obtaining more raters would have on the reliability of a mean.
statistics  sas 
18 days ago
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