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Charles Murray is once again peddling junk science about race and IQ - Vox
"Our bottom line is that there is a responsible, scientifically informed alternative to Murrayism: a non-essentialist view of intelligence, a non-deterministic view of behavior genetics, and a view of group differences that avoids oversimplified biology."
race  intelligence  protest  science  biology  genetics  longread  article  inspiration 
3 days ago
How the Robot Apocalypse Will Go Down - Bloomberg
"Artificial intelligence is like a weapon. Worry about the people wielding it."
ai  code  software  programming  robot  bot  future 
3 days ago
SZCZ.org: Bringing Us To Tiers: The E-Book is now online free
Latest blog post, "Bringing Us To Tiers: The E-Book is now online free":
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4 days ago
Miss Cellania: Homeowner
And it's the only English word with that property:

$ more new_intl_dictionary.txt | grep -i meow
homeowner
$
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5 days ago
A Yale history professor's 20-point guide to defending democracy under a Trump presidency — Quartz
1. Do not obey in advance.
2. Defend an institution.
3. Recall professional ethics.
4. When listening to politicians, distinguish certain words.
5. Be calm when the unthinkable arrives.
6. Be kind to our language.
7. Stand out.
8. Believe in truth.
9. Investigate.
10. Practice corporeal politics.
11. Make eye contact and small talk.
12. Take responsibility for the face of the world.
13. Hinder the one-party state.
14. Give regularly to good causes, if you can.
15. Establish a private life.
16. Learn from others in other countries.
17. Watch out for the paramilitaries.
18. Be reflective if you must be armed.
19. Be as courageous as you can.
20. Be a patriot.
inspiration  activism  democracy  list  lists  reference  politics  psychology  history 
6 days ago
The Misunderstood Genius of Russell Westbrook
"It did not look like a normal professional basketball player trying to get his hand on a ball to extend a possession late in the third quarter of the 19th game of the season. It looked like a man in the middle of a winner-takes-all dunk contest against the Devil himself to prevent the incineration of planet Earth."
basketball  sports  inspiration  work  working 
6 days ago
Without a path from protest to power, the Women's March will end up like Occupy | World news | The Guardian
The number one challenge standing in the way of an effective protest in America today is the inability of our social movements to actually govern. There might be a slight chance our protests could oust Trump, but there is no chance that our present-day movements could govern at all, let alone effectively.

That is because leaderless protesters don’t know how to make complex decisions together as movement. Occupy couldn’t even come up with its one demand.

Now we are seeing this capacity slowly develop among protest movements in Europe. However, until we can replicate their successes in America, the people will never be able to take back sovereignty and our protests remain an exercise in infantile futility.

And that is the great gift that the Women’s March on Washington could give us. May the angry women return home the day after the march to lead us toward a women-led hybrid movement-party in every state that is disciplined enough to govern, militantly local and single-mindedly devoted to actualizing a force capable of seizing control of city councils and mayorships during midterm elections across America in preparation for an electoral coup against the presidency in 2020.

Now that would be a goal worth marching toward.
inspiration  activism  women  woman  politics 
6 days ago
7:25 p.m., May 6th, 1937 | MetaFilter
Today marks the 80th anniversary of the final fateful crash of the Hindenburg:
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20 days ago
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RT : . mgmt won't allow workers to post signs in the facility. Yet, Jewel's proudly displays…
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4 weeks ago
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Of course you realize that won't understand any of the protest signs at
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4 weeks ago
How to Become a ‘Superager’ - The New York Times
Of course, the big question is: How do you become a superager? Which activities, if any, will increase your chances of remaining mentally sharp into old age? We’re still studying this question, but our best answer at the moment is: work hard at something. Many labs have observed that these critical brain regions increase in activity when people perform difficult tasks, whether the effort is physical or mental. You can therefore help keep these regions thick and healthy through vigorous exercise and bouts of strenuous mental effort. My father-in-law, for example, swims every day and plays tournament bridge.

The road to superaging is difficult, though, because these brain regions have another intriguing property: When they increase in activity, you tend to feel pretty bad — tired, stymied, frustrated. Think about the last time you grappled with a math problem or pushed yourself to your physical limits. Hard work makes you feel bad in the moment. The Marine Corps has a motto that embodies this principle: “Pain is weakness leaving the body.” That is, the discomfort of exertion means you’re building muscle and discipline. Superagers are like Marines: They excel at pushing past the temporary unpleasantness of intense effort. Studies suggest that the result is a more youthful brain that helps maintain a sharper memory and a greater ability to pay attention.

This means that pleasant puzzles like Sudoku are not enough to provide the benefits of superaging. Neither are the popular diversions of various “brain game” websites. You must expend enough effort that you feel some “yuck.” Do it till it hurts, and then a bit more.

In the United States, we are obsessed with happiness. But as people get older, research shows, they cultivate happiness by avoiding unpleasant situations. This is sometimes a good idea, as when you avoid a rude neighbor. But if people consistently sidestep the discomfort of mental effort or physical exertion, this restraint can be detrimental to the brain. All brain tissue gets thinner from disuse. If you don’t use it, you lose it.
aging  psychology  brain  mind  neurology  neuroscience  science  life  success 
5 weeks ago
Technology | Academics | Policy - The Language Divide
In the wake of the 2016 election, the political divide in America has widened into a chasm. Deep divisions are in some sense nothing new. Conflicts surrounding the Vietnam War, McCarthyism, and civil rights were bitterly fought and often seemed intractable. Yet many have suggested that there is something qualitatively different about the degree of mutual incomprehension that divides left and right today.
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It will come as no surprise to anyone who has been paying attention to American politics that Democrats and Republicans use language differently. Democrats talk about “estate taxes,” “undocumented workers,” and “tax breaks for the wealthy,” while Republicans refer to “death taxes,” “illegal aliens,” and “tax reform.” The 2010 Affordable Care Act was “comprehensive health reform” to Democrats and a “Washington takeover of health care” to Republicans. Within hours of the 2016 killing of 49 people in a nightclub in Orlando, Democrats were calling the event a “mass shooting”—linking it to the broader problem of gun violence—while Republicans were calling it an act of “radical Islamic terrorism”—linking it to concerns about national security and immigration.
language  word  words  english  politics  congress  usa  machinelearning  ai  code  software  programming 
5 weeks ago
The Olympics Can’t Exist in This World
Only a handful of cities can afford the two-week-long, über-expensive bonanza. Unless something changes, angry citizens who don't want to pay for a bunch of useless stadiums are going to force the IOC to decide on a semi-permanent set of hosts.
olympics  inspiration  activism  sport  sports 
5 weeks ago
The Alt-Right’s Meltdown Is Just Like Any Other Message Board Drama - BuzzFeed News
While the alt-right movement may be new, its current drama is as old as the internet itself.
politics  internet  racism  rightwing 
5 weeks ago
Arkansas Plans to Execute Seven People This Month, Continuing Long Tradition of Assembly-Line Killing
A fascinating summary of the clusterfuck that is the history of capital punishment's technology in the USA:
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6 weeks ago
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"Every knowledge worker wants to program..."
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8 weeks ago
Twitter
A fellow Chicagoan is speaking at
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8 weeks ago
whelm - definition and meaning
Yes, "whelm" (as in "underwhelm" or "overwhelm") is a word:
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10 weeks ago
When life throws you lemons: A New York startup shakes up the insurance business | The Economist
IT IS not typhoons or earthquakes that insurers should fear most, but geeks alert to their businesses’ inefficiencies. Daniel Schreiber and Shai Wininger, tech entrepreneurs with no insurance background, spotted that the industry is huge (worth $4.6trn in global premium income a year, reckons Swiss Re, a reinsurer), distrusted, antiquated and hopelessly unreformed.
money  business  inspiration  startup  startups  idea  ideas  todo 
10 weeks ago
University Bans Words Spelled With "Man" Like "Sportsmanship" And "Manpower" - All That Is Interesting
Below are all the terms that Cardiff Metropolitan University is banning and the alternatives they suggest instead:

“Best man for the job” – Best person for the job
“Businessman/woman” – Businessperson, manager, executive
“Chairman/woman” – Chair, chairperson, convenor, head
“Charwoman, cleaning lady” – Cleaner
“Craftsman/woman” – Craftsperson, craft worker
“Delivery man” – Delivery clerk, courier
“Dear Sirs” – Dear Sir/Madam (or Madam/Sir)
“Fireman” – Fire-fighter
“Forefathers” – Ancestors, forebears
“Foreman/woman” – Supervisor, head juror
“Gentleman’s agreement” – Unwritten agreement, agreement based on trust
“Girls” (for adults) – Women
“Headmaster/mistress” – Head teacher
“Housewife” – Shopper, consumer, homemaker (depends on context)
“Layman” – Lay person
“Man” or “mankind” – Humanity, humankind, human race, people
“Man” (verb) eg man the desk – Operate, staff, work at
“Man in the street”, “common man” – Average/ordinary/typical citizen/person – but is there such a person?
“Man-hour” – Work-hour, labor time
“Man-made” – Artificial, manufactured, synthetic
“Manpower” – Human resources, labor force, staff, personnel, workers, workforce
“Miss/Mrs” – Ms unless a specific preference has been stated – though its common not to use titles at all these days
“Policeman/woman” – Police Officer
“Right-hand man” – Chief assistant
“Salesman/girl/woman” – Sales assistant/agent/clerk/representative/staff/worker
“Spokesman/woman” – Spokesperson, representative
“Sportsmanship” – Fairness, good humor, sense of fair play
“Steward/ess” – Airline staff, flight attendant, cabin crew
“Tax man” – Tax officer/inspector
“Waitress” – Waiter, server
“Woman doctor” (or feminine forms of nouns eg actress, poetess) – Doctor (actor, poet etc)
“Working man”, “working mother/wife” – Wage-earner/taxpayer/worker
“Workman” – Worker/operative/trades person
“Workmanlike” – Efficient/proficient/skillful/thorough
feminism  word  words  language  english 
10 weeks ago
Auschwitz death camp: Poland puts database of prison guards online - BBC News
The names of Nazi SS commanders and guards at the Auschwitz death camp in German-occupied Poland have been put online by the country's Institute of National Remembrance (INR).

It has been hailed as the most comprehensive list to date.

About 9,000 names - nearly all German - are on the Auschwitz garrison list, some with photographs attached.

The INR hopes the list will prove that Auschwitz was not a Polish-run camp. More than a million people died there.
poland  germany  german  data  database  online  jail  history  prison  polska  reference 
10 weeks ago
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Will you look at this? The situation with the Bridges of Madison County is really bad. Someone should write a boo…
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11 weeks ago
Congress May Lack Technical Expertise to Properly Investigate Russian Hacking
I've been a code pro for 17 years & an amateur policy wonk for 15 years, so I feel the acute lack of "techspertise"
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12 weeks ago
Clojure/west 2017
Has Regular Registration to Clojure West already closed? I don't see a ticketing option on this page:
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12 weeks ago
The Aspen Institute
The Aspen Institute: A Corporate Halfway House for former FCC chairs (the last 4 non-acting FCC chairs joined Aspen)
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12 weeks ago
Brat burmistrza Emanuela współpracownikiem telewizji Fox | Dziennik Związkowy
The brother of the mayor of Chicago will be a medical contributor to Fox News.
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12 weeks ago
MonkeyLearn
Machine learning for text analytics
sentiment  nlp  twitter  code  software  ai  machinelearning  programming  text 
february 2017
Tom Wolfe’s Reflections on Language - 3:AM Magazine
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"My mom said her cousin's veterinarian believes that this is the cat that ate the rat that ate the Minnesota salad bar cheese ball appetizer"
words  word  syntax  racism  race  philosophy  linguistics  language  knowledge  funny 
february 2017
Yiannopoulos, Trump and toxic masculinity | The Skeptical OB
The right dropped Yiannopoulos because his views on pederasty threatened _their_ masculinity.
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february 2017
Why Do So Many Americans Fear Muslims? Decades of Denial About America’s Role in the World.
I think this ranks as one of the most important articles you'll read this year, or ever:
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february 2017
Kenwood’s jazz band seeks funds for Kennedy Center performance – hpherald.com
Kenwood Academy High School jazz band will perform at the Kennedy Center in DC and is looking for donations.
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february 2017
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842 steps, 41 stories, 14 minutes.
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january 2017
TYWKIWDBI ("Tai-Wiki-Widbee"): Nose in a book
I consider it a point of pride that I thought of my son Zachary when I saw this cartoon:
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january 2017
Donald Trump Is President. This Is What We Do Next.
Your sage advice for today, and every day, "Donald Trump is President [vomit in mouth]. This Is What We Do Next.":
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january 2017
Bizarre Paintings Of Mecha Robots And Werewolves Attacking East European Peasants Of The Early 20th Century
The Polish artist Jakub Rozalski, who goes by the sobriquet “Mr. Werewolf,” has produced an amusing series of steampunk-ish canvases in which serene and idyllic rustic landscapes of what seem to be Eastern Europe (Rozalski’s very back yard, you might say) in the early decades of the 20th century feature the prominent and inexplicable existence of completely fictitious giant mecha robots.
steampunk  painting  art  robots  aweseome  europe  poland 
january 2017
Carl Edwards expected to retire immediately from NASCAR
Bummer. Carl Edwards is my favorite NASCAR driver. Sad to see him go.
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january 2017
SZCZ.org: A candidate for the Unifying Theme of Activism
This marks the first time I used a picture of Voltron in a blog post:
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