Fifteen years ago, Clear Channel was drumming up support for war in Iraq, a war now universally reviled as a disast…
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o/~ Tomatoes, beets and ketchup, we use to make it red.
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Apparently I joined Twitter on this date ten years ago, so that’s neat.
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I used to think that Sears didn’t exist. Sure, there were all those Sears ads on TV, bu…
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Welcome to the Age of Climate Migration - Rolling Stone
"Worrying about the future is a luxury for privileged people. My friends here are worried about putting dinner on the table tonight, not what is going to happen in the city 20 or 30 years from now."
future  climate  climatechange  climatecrisis  migration  environment  class  parecon 
10 days ago
The Power Paradox | Greater Good Magazine
This research debunks longstanding myths about what constitutes true power, how people obtain it, and how they should use it. But studies also show that once people assume positions of power, they’re likely to act more selfishly, impulsively, and aggressively, and they have a harder time seeing the world from other people’s points of view. This presents us with the paradox of power:
The skills most important to obtaining power and leading effectively are the very skills that deteriorate once we have power.

The power paradox requires that we be ever vigilant against the corruptive influences of power and its ability to distort the way we see ourselves and treat others. But this paradox also makes clear how important it is to challenge myths about power, which persuade us to choose the wrong kinds of leaders and to tolerate gross abuses of power. Instead of succumbing to the Machiavellian worldview—which unfortunately leads us to select Machiavellian leaders—we must promote a different model of power, one rooted in social intelligence, responsibility, and cooperation.
power  success  life  research  myth  myths  parecon  psychology 
12 days ago
This is America, 2018. Government is dead. Corporations rule. Their 'electorate' is consumers | Will Bunch - Philly
Corporations aren’t the solution. No, the answer is for new, not-beholden candidates to get on the ballot for November and for a wave of new or re-energized voters to elect a new government that will enact the policies that are supported by the vast majority of the American people. We need to take back our government, reclaim democracy, and declare an end to this strange time of business oligarchy. Come 2019, we need to thank people like Edward Stack from Dick’s and rocket man Elon Musk for their service, and put the people back in the CEO’s corner office of making public policy.
corporate  corporations  nra  guns  policy  market  markets  economy  economics  parecon 
13 days ago
Today, Do That One Thing You’ve Been Putting Off - The New York Times
Psychologists call this kind of avoidance self-sabotage: It’s when we put off or ignore a situation or task to our own detriment because doing it would force us to confront our fears or anxieties. This often manifests itself in extreme procrastination (not that I’ve ever had problems with that), and there are many reasons we fall into these patterns.

Self-sabotage is particularly dangerous to our goals because it’s self-reinforcing. By putting off tasks we don’t want to do, we experience temporary relief at the thought of not having to do them, so the cycle continues.

The problem is, there’s really no trick for breaking out of that cycle: One way or another, you’re going to have to confront the thing you’re avoiding. You can, however, ease into it by focusing on self-compassion and going easy on yourself. Don’t beat yourself up for putting it off for this long — that’s already happened and there’s nothing you can do about it Just act now to set things right.

So today, just take care of it. For me that meant finally writing that email; the emotional burden it lifted was incredible. Start your week on the right foot by closing this article (after you finish reading it, of course) and getting started on that one thing. You’re going to feel so much better after you’ve dealt with it, I promise.
psychology  procrastination  mind  tip  tips  advice  success  failure 
15 days ago
Spending the posting fifteen-year-old episodes of Chicago Independent Television to YouTube.
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The , happening for the first time since and the post-Weinstein reckoning, is presented by one of the…
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The Global Virome Project | Science
Outbreaks of novel and deadly viruses highlight global vulnerability to emerging diseases, with many having massive health and economic impacts. Our adaptive toolkit—based largely on vaccines and therapeutics—is often ineffective because countermeasure development can be outpaced by the speed of novel viral emergence and spread. Following each outbreak, the public health community bemoans a lack of prescience, but after decades of reacting to each event with little focus on mitigation, we remain only marginally better protected against the next epidemic. Our ability to mitigate disease emergence is undermined by our poor understanding of the diversity and ecology of viral threats, and of the drivers of their emergence. We describe a Global Virome Project (GVP) aimed to launch in 2018 that will help identify the bulk of this viral threat and provide timely data for public health interventions against future pandemics.
research  virus  viruses  biology  bioinformatics  data  bigdata  science 
24 days ago
DIY Tools – Development Impact and You
Practical tools to trigger and support social innovation
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24 days ago
Free Speech Leftists Still Exist - Quillette
So here is my advice – those who emotionally resonate with the political right should seek to explore the rational arguments on the left, and those who resonate with the left should seek to understand the rational traditions of the right. If we become more like our enemies, or understand the souls of our enemies, perhaps we will find the enemy outside to evaporate, and locate a more ordered republic within. After all, that is the ultimate goal of all free and open discourse – to reach a higher vantage point through discussion than two eternally conflicting, isolated sides can ever achieve on their own.
freespeech  left  rightwing  politics  political  activism  argument 
5 weeks ago
PsycNET Record Display - PsycNET
Why and When Hierarchy Impacts Team Effectiveness: A Meta-Analytic Integration.
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5 weeks ago
Discover the racist origins of so many things we take for granted. This is certainly just the tip of the iceberg;…
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The Cultural Borders of Songs
We mapped last month’s #1 songs in 3,000 places. See where songs dominate across the globe.
music  song  songs  geography  map  maps  visualization  data  bigdata 
5 weeks ago
365 Days of Star Wars Women |
I wanted to do a project in 2018 about women in the Star Wars universe that would be positive and give me an excuse to spend more time devouring Star Wars content – especially content I have never seen/read/known about. The result is 365 Days of Star Wars Women. Every day I’m highlighting a new female character, actress, or crew member from Star Wars films, TV shows, books, comics, and more.
women  woman  media  starwars  history  television  tv  movie  movies  film  films  comic  comics 
5 weeks ago
How To Become A Centaur
The old story of AI is about human brains working against silicon brains. The new story of IA will be about human brains working with silicon brains. As it turns out, most of the world is the opposite of a chess game: Non-zero-sum — both players can win.

The chessboard isn’t the only place Human+AI centaurs have had success. From art to engineering, the last few years have seen the rise of centaurs in multiple fields:

In 2002, Sung-Bae Cho created a tool where you and an AI create fashion designs together. The tool simulates the process of evolution, but on dresses. The AI provides the “genetic variation” by randomly generating variants of dresses, and you provide the “natural selection” by using your sense of aesthetics to pick the dresses that will go on to “reproduce” in the next generation.

In 2016, Maurice Conti demonstrated another case of evolutionary AI working with a human, to create a quadcopter body. The human sets goals and constraints for the AI (“try to make the body as light as possible, while still remaining sturdy and having four propellers”) and the AI “evolves” a quadcopter body in response. The human can then “reply” to the AI, by setting further goals or constraints.

In 2016, Zhu et al created a painting tool where you draw in the rough outlines, and an AI photo-realistically fills in the gaps. The human and the AI have an artistic “conversation, through pictures. For example, the human can draw some green lines on the bottom, and the AI replies with several possible photo-realistic grassy fields to choose from. Then, the human can draw a black triangle above that, and the AI replies with several pictures of a mountain behind a grassy field. Through this push and pull between human & machine, art is made.

In all these examples of centaurs, the human chooses the questions, in the form of setting goals and constraints — while the AI generates answers, usually showing multiple possibilities at once, and in real-time to the humans’ questions. But it’s not just a one-way conversation: the human can then respond to the AI’s answers, by asking deeper questions, picking and combining answers, and guiding the AI using human intuition.
ai  mind  brain  neurology  neuroscience  future  computer  computers  research 
5 weeks ago
Couch to 80k Writing Boot Camp - A Free 8 Week Writing Course by Podcast - Tim Clare - Author, Poet and Creative Writing Advice Podcaster Tim Clare – Author, Poet and Creative Writing Advice Podcaster
Would you like to write a novel? Do you have ideas for stories but low motivation or self-confidence? Have you been writing for years but lately you’ve been feeling burnt out, and the fun has gone? Would you like to write more but you can’t find the time or energy?

The Couch to 80k Writing Boot Camp is a free writing podcast that delivers a complete 8 week fiction writing course over 48 episodes. All it asks of you is 10 minutes writing a day. Each episode teaches you new writing skills through a 10 minute exercise – it even times you while you do the exercise, so once the podcast finishes, you’re done for the day. No homework!
podcast  writing  write  online  course  courses  learning  novels  todo 
6 weeks ago
PicMonkey Photo Editor and Graphic Design Maker
Everything you need to make your ideas come to life—photo editing, collage making, graphic design—PicMonkey's got it. It's never been easier to feed your creative beast.
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TinEye Reverse Image Search
Search by image and find where that image appears online
photos  image  images  search  tools  useful 
6 weeks ago
Home | 3-Minute Journal
3-Minute Journal is an online application that allows you to track your inner work life. Powered by a brief daily journal entry, you can track accomplishments and emotional state, mark moments of gratitude, and benchmark yourself against others in the 3-Minute Journal community.
productivity  journal  data  random  work  life 
6 weeks ago
Why is pop culture obsessed with battles between good and evil? | Aeon Essays
Good guy/bad guy narratives might not possess any moral sophistication, but they do promote social stability, and they’re useful for getting people to sign up for armies and fight in wars with other nations. Their values feel like morality, and the association with folklore and mythology lends them a patina of legitimacy, but still, they don’t arise from a moral vision. They are rooted instead in a political vision, which is why they don’t help us deliberate, or think more deeply about the meanings of our actions. Like the original Grimm stories, they’re a political tool designed to bind nations together.
literature  story  stories  storytelling  politics  popular  culture  good  society  social 
6 weeks ago
Official Race Results from Step Up For Kids 2018:

* Zachary Szczepanczyk - 24 minutes, 13 seconds - 786th place (o…
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