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Do you live in the world's least active country? - BBC News
US scientists have amassed "planetary-scale" data from people's smartphones to see how active we really are.

The Stanford University analysis of 68 million days' worth of minute-by-minute data showed the average number of daily steps was 4,961.

Hong Kong was top averaging 6,880 a day, while Indonesia was bottom of the rankings with just 3,513.

But the findings also uncovered intriguing details that could help tackle obesity.
exercise  world  statistics  data  health  body 
4 days ago
Poland court bill: Parliament votes for judicial reforms - BBC News
Poland's lower house of parliament has voted through controversial new reforms which will see all Supreme Court judges removed and replaced.
poland  politics  court  political  polska  law 
7 days ago
US Republican asks Nasa if civilisation on Mars existed - BBC News
You know, I read headlines like this and I feel like I want to punch something:
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7 days ago
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My favorite space-themed joke.
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12 days ago
The New Nation-States | New Republic
How Trump’s rejection of the Paris accord is reshaping the political landscape.
globalwarming  climatechange  climatecrisis  politics  elections  usa  state  political 
19 days ago
The Rise of the Thought Leader | New Republic
"However deeply the superrich have degraded American intellectual and political discourse, the Ideas Industry has also created an opening—albeit a very slim one—for a different kind of organic intellectual. The one percent’s attempts to disrupt the media and universities have had the unintended consequence of radicalizing a generation of young writers and academics on the left—those recently dubbed “the new public intellectuals” in The Chronicle for Higher Education. Facing dim job prospects in the academy, leftists who might once have become professors increasingly define themselves as writers or political organizers. Bad times, historically speaking, are good for ideas, and our moment is no exception. We’re arguably living in a new golden age of little magazines: Not only have publications like n+1, Jacobin, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and Current Affairs appeared in recent years, but older ones like The Baffler and Dissent have been resurrected or revitalized.

"Gramsci’s conception of the organic intellectual was not merely meant to describe the prophets of the European bourgeoisie and its industrial capitalism. The organic intellectual was above all a concept for the left: a name for those who, emerging from working-class conditions, had the inclination and ability to express their vision of society and organize it into action. He envisioned not a savior swooping down from the elite, but thinkers sharing an experience of economic privation, translated into both an intellectual and social struggle."
intellectual  intellectuals  thought  thinking  inspiration  politics  activism  culture 
20 days ago
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RT : Completely unacceptable --> Sex for funding? Silicon Valley reeling after 24 female entrepreneurs speak out…
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26 days ago
Bite From This Common Tick Makes You Allergic To Red Meat Forever
"This carnivore’s nightmare is caused by a sugar molecule known as Alpha-Gal (short for galactose-alpha-1, 3-galactose). When someone is bitten by a Lone Star tick, the body’s immune system has to rewire itself in order to combat this newly introduced molecule."
meat  vegetarian  biology  biochemistry 
4 weeks ago
Read a Book, Gamble With Your Life | Flashback | OZY
Bill Teale, president of the board at the International Literacy Association, notes that, while literacy “gives you the social emotional power to understand and express yourself, it also gives you political power.” And if the actions of oppressive regimes are anything to go by, it’s a very potent power indeed.
literacy  feminism  women  power  inspiration  activism  word  words  book  books 
5 weeks ago
Popularity Status Obsession - Mitch Prinstein Interview
"Psychologists and social scientists have found that there are two kinds of popularity: One type suggests people like us, they trust us, they want to spend time with us, they enjoy their time with us. That kind of popularity is really important — it gives us a benefit in life in so many domains, for decades, whether we experience it in childhood or if we’re likable as adults.
"The second type of popularity is the one we remember from high school, that refers to our status; it reflects our visibility, our influence, our power — our celebrity, in some ways. There’s really interesting research showing that type of popularity — status popularity — does not predict long term positive outcomes. In fact, it leads to despair, addiction, and relationship problems. But most people are still confusing the two types of popularity, and searching for the wrong one."
psychology  highschool  life  success  popular  popularity  mind  brain  failure  hope  inspriation  research  science  socialscience 
5 weeks ago
Faceoff: America's favorite new card game -- in Clojure · GitHub
My son and I played a card game and it was taking a LONG time to finish. So, I adapted the game in :
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6 weeks ago
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Top scores from 2017 Chicago at

1. Andrew Ullsperger: 135
2. Joshua Kreitzer: 126
3. Greg…
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7 weeks ago
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 
9 weeks 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 
9 weeks 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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9 weeks 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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9 weeks 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 
9 weeks 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 
9 weeks 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 
9 weeks 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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11 weeks 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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april 2017
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Of course you realize that won't understand any of the protest signs at
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april 2017
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 
april 2017
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 
april 2017
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 
april 2017
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 
april 2017
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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april 2017
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"Every knowledge worker wants to program..."
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march 2017
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A fellow Chicagoan is speaking at
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march 2017
whelm - definition and meaning
Yes, "whelm" (as in "underwhelm" or "overwhelm") is a word:
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march 2017
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 
march 2017
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 
march 2017
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 
march 2017
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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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march 2017
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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march 2017
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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march 2017
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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february 2017
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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february 2017
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
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