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In a day and age when workers' rights are being eroded, this is a great and inspiring story of workers fighting bac…
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2 days ago
Walking the Floor of the Great Minnesota Activist Factory
CTUL (pronounced SAYTOOL, with varying syllabic emphases depending on whether or not it is being shouted through a megaphone) was formed in 2007 as a project of the Workers Interfaith Network, a religious organization that promotes worker rights. The group began under the guidance of two professional organizers who are still there: Veronica Mendez-Moore, a Minnesota native whose parents immigrated from Peru, and Merle Payne, who spent five years organizing farm workers in Immokalee, Florida before moving to Minneapolis. The idea that set CTUL apart from most do-gooder groups was one that still guides it today—namely, that its purpose is not to be a heavenly force bestowing charity from above, but instead one that trains workers to organize themselves.

“We switched the model from being a service model—‘we’ll solve the problem for you’—to deep leadership development. We’re gonna partner with you, we’ll provide you with the tools, but you’ve got to be the leader fighting for the change,” Payne explains one painfully cold night over beers at a microbrewery, after he put his kids to bed. “A lot of things that call themselves ‘worker centers’ are social services. That’s not a criticism, it’s just a difference. The type of organization we are, we believe that systemic change won’t happen unless it comes from the community. From the people who are directly impacted.”
labor  organizing  inspiration  inspiring  activism  protest  work 
2 days ago
Does gender matter? | Nature
Like many women and minorities, however, I am suspicious when those who are at an advantage proclaim that a disadvantaged group of people is innately less able. Historically, claims that disadvantaged groups are innately inferior have been based on junk science and intolerance6. Despite powerful social factors that discourage women from studying maths and science from a very young age7, there is little evidence that gender differences in maths abilities exist, are innate or are even relevant to the lack of advancement of women in science8. A study of nearly 20,000 maths scores of children aged 4 to 18, for instance, found little difference between the genders (Fig. 1)9, and, despite all the social forces that hold women back from an early age, one-third of the winners of the elite Putnam Math Competition last year were women. Moreover, differences in maths-test results are not correlated with the gender divide between those who choose to leave science10.
science  gender  women  men  sexism  research  sex 
3 days ago
Welcome to FrameNet! | fndrupal
FrameNet maps meaning to form in contemporary English through the theory of Frame Semantics.
linguistics  data  nlp  research  semantics  semantic  word  words  english  reference  corpora 
8 days ago
Untitled (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OKgUiBOpsZ4)
I think "Minneapolis Miracle" is as good as any as a name for what happened.
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9 days ago
OpenGenus Foundation
The fastest growing civilization on the web, making the web safer, run by you, revolutionizing the way people interact with code, in the open-source wilderness. Open Genus is here.
code  software  opensource  programming 
12 days ago
Twitter
Now posted, an interview I recorded in June 2016 with two members of the Chicago Cuba Coalition:…
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12 days ago
Facebook Can’t Be Fixed. – NewCo Shift
Here are two scenarios for what might come of Zuckerberg’s 2018 quest:

Facebook identifies a set of issues (Abuse and Hate, Interference by Nation States, Time Well Spent) and convenes working groups with panels of experts and pundits. The press is duly impressed, the lobbyists make sure Congress is kept in the loop, and in the end, they come up with well-intentioned but feckless point solutions which are implemented with little to no effect. The stock keeps climbing.
Zuckerberg does the equivalent of dropping corporate acid and realizes the only way to fix Facebook is to make a massive, systemic change. He orders his team to redesign the entire Facebook product suite around a new True North: No longer will his company be driven by engagement and data collection, but rather by whether or not individual users report that they are happier after using the service. This leads to a massive rethink of the product and advertising platform, which after much debate shift from an audience model (deep data, specific to each individual) to a contextual model (not buying people, but buying the context in which those people are engaging). And given that most of an individual’s context on Facebook has to do with engaging with friends and family, well, ad inventory plunges. Maybe, just maybe, Facebook decides to charge a subscription fee, say, $10 a person per year. That alone could arguably bring in $20+ billion annually, but…let’s remember, I’m describing an acid trip.
Which do you think will happen?

Yeah, me too. If Zuckerberg picks #2, his business would shrink by tens of billions of dollars. It’d still be an awesome business, and he’d probably be a lock for Man of the Year. But it’d get his assed sued into oblivion by angry shareholders.

Then again….Zuckerberg is one of several tech founders who hold super majority shares that give him absolute control over the future of his company. The stated reason for this structure, popularized by Google founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page, was to ensure that the capitalistic vagaries of Wall St. don’t force visionary companies to hew to corporatist rationale as they mature. (Page and Brin actually name-checked the New York Times as their inspiration.)

Will Zuck drop acid? Let’s just say this: He certainly could.
facebook  socialmedia  problem  activism  media 
13 days ago
Washington Monthly | How to Fix Facebook—Before It Fixes Us
Before you dismiss regulation as impossible in the current economic environment, consider this. Eight months ago, when Tristan Harris and I joined forces, hardly anyone was talking about the issues I described above. Now lots of people are talking, including policymakers. Given all the other issues facing the country, it’s hard to be optimistic that we will solve the problems on the internet, but that’s no excuse for inaction. There’s far too much at stake.
twitter  facebook  politics  activism  socialmedia  socialnetworking  parecon  internet  future 
13 days ago
Apple’s software updates are like changing the water in a fish tank. I’d rather let the fish die | Charlie Brooker | Opinion | The Guardian
Part of the problem is that smartphones are so horribly addictive, as moreish as smoking. The difference between smartphones and cigarettes is this: a cigarette robs 10 minutes from your lifespan, but at least has the decency to wait and withdraw all that time in bulk as you near the end of your life – whereas a smartphone steals your time in the present moment, by degrees. Five minutes here. Five minutes there. Then you look up and you’re 85 years old.
cellphone  software  apple  addiction 
13 days ago
DeepTriage
In this research, we propose a novel bug report representation algorithm using an attention based deep bidirectional recurrent neural network (DBRNN-A) model that learns a syntactic and semantic feature from long word sequences in an unsupervised manner. Instead of BOW features, the DBRNN-A based robust bug representation is then used for training the classification model. Further, using an attention mechanism enables the model to learn the context representation over a long word sequence, as in a bug report. To provide a large amount of data to learn the feature learning model, the unfixed bug reports (constitute about 70% bugs in an open source bug tracking system) are leveraged upon as an important contribution of this research, which were completely ignored in the previous studies.
nlp  software  research  development 
14 days ago
"Winning has never required an either/or scenario"
https://www.facebook.com/malkia.cyril/posts/10156112065734189

I probably shouldn't be so shocked by all the negative commentary I am reading about tonight's genius #GoldenGlobes2018, but I am. And ...
activism  inspiration  feminism  parecon  from notes
15 days ago
Twitter
Happy . One of my favorite facts: Guglielmo Marconi himself built the transmitting station used…
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19 days ago
The Political Sextant Quiz
What, no parecon or participatory society notes?
political  politics  reference 
21 days ago
The End of the RNA World Is Near, Biochemists Argue | Quanta Magazine
For decades, an origin-of-life story starring RNA has prevailed. New research may be shaking that theory’s hold on our understanding of life’s beginnings.
science  biology  biochemistry  life  history  chemistry  research  dna 
22 days ago
Twitter
Newest blog post, in which I reveal a "child" I helped "parent" and who turns 30 years of age in 2018:…
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22 days ago
Twitter
Ha! I just discovered that my birthday in the year 2020 is the announced date for the forced retirement of Python…
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26 days ago
Silicon Valley Is Turning Into Its Own Worst Fear
"when Silicon Valley tries to imagine superintelligence, what it comes up with is no-holds-barred capitalism."

I realized that we are already surrounded by machines that demonstrate a complete lack of insight, we just call them corporations. Corporations don’t operate autonomously, of course, and the humans in charge of them are presumably capable of insight, but capitalism doesn’t reward them for using it. On the contrary, capitalism actively erodes this capacity in people by demanding that they replace their own judgment of what “good” means with “whatever the market decides.”
market  ai  machine  siliconvalley  software  corporate  corporation  corporations  economy  economics  markets  parecon  capitalism 
26 days ago
The New Information Warfare
“Everyone focuses on the producers of media in shaping public opinion, but it’s really at the distribution level of information where the bottleneck has traditionally been,” adds Sienkiewicz. “This is what social media has fundamentally changed. There is a lot of focus on the ugly side, with respect to viral conspiracies and misinformation — but there is also reason to be optimistic, because many stories that would’ve been ignored before are now being heard.”

"Whereas the last World War was a clearly defined clash of nation-states with uniformed armies, our new era of tech-driven information warfare holds the potential to become so amorphous and all-encompassing that it could seep into every aspect of society, transforming the experience of both politics and war in the process."



The difference between Iran’s uprising and the leaderless revolutions of today is vast and points to one of the major pitfalls of internet activism. Online organizing and propaganda can be legitimately useful for destabilizing regimes, especially rigidly authoritarian ones that need to strictly control the flow of information. But because of the speed with which it can precipitate change, it is less useful for building up the networks and organizations needed to fill the gap created when old governments actually fall.

“When there is no single leader to focus a political movement — Khomeini, Mandela, Lenin — there may be more and faster revolutions than previously, but there are fewer revolutionary outcomes and scenarios,” Ullah writes. “So when a dictatorship – by definition and decree the sole and strongest institution in a country — is deposed by insurrections like the Arab Spring, what comes into the place of the power vacuum is not dictated by those who have created it.”


“The new technological environments generate the most pain among those least prepared to alter their old value structures,” he said, in a 1969 interview with Playboy Magazine. “When an individual or social group feels that its whole identity is jeopardized by social or psychic change, its natural reaction is to lash out in defensive fury.”

“But for all their lamentations, the revolution has already taken place.”
information  activism  protest  inspiration  parecon  war  tech  technology  internet  communication  communications  israel  palestine  book  books  revolution  revolt 
27 days ago
Do Facebook and Google have control of their algorithms anymore? A sobering assessment and a warning | Poynter
Platforms rely on these algorithms to perform actions at scale, but algorithms at scale also become increasingly inscrutable, even to the people who wrote the code. 
google  facebook  algorithm  algorithms  machinelearing  ai  journalism  ad  ads  advertising  media 
28 days ago
facebookresearch/MUSE: A library for Multilingual Unsupervised or Supervised word Embeddings
MUSE is a Python library for multilingual word embeddings, whose goal is to provide the community with:

state-of-the-art multilingual word embeddings based on fastText
large-scale high-quality bilingual dictionaries for training and evaluation
bilingual  nlp  translation  code  software  programming  github  facebook  research  word  words  dictionary  python 
28 days ago
Twitter
Latest blog post is now onilne, a book review of the recently published "RPS/2044: An Oral History of the Next Amer…
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4 weeks ago
Our growing tendency to “chunk” our experiences could explain why life speeds up – Research Digest
“It is worth noting,” the researchers add, that “the inductions used here are meant to simulate a chunking process that, we suspect, takes place spontaneously”. We may well chunk all kinds of periods of time – from a day (into “commute”, “work”, “family time”, “eating”, for example) to a year, or even, especially as we reach middle age (when people tend to report that the passage of time really accelerates), even a decade or more. It’s easy to see how looking back over the past ten years of your life and remembering it in terms of just a few “chunks” (“work”, “family time”, “holiday”, for example) could make it feel as though it has passed in a flash.

On a positive note, if grouping our experiences into broader chunks is a key part of the reason that life seems to speed up as we get older, there are possible ways to counteract this.

One antidote might be mindfulness, the researchers suggest. People who try to live “in the moment” may better appreciate the uniqueness of those moments once they have passed, making it less likely that they’ll be swallowed up into a “chunk”. Meditation and engaging with art may perhaps also help, they write, since “these experiences have the potential to re-sensitise us to the satisfaction of simple things and, perhaps, counteract life’s quickening pace”.
psychology  life  mind  science  research  memory  aging  age  death 
4 weeks ago
Boisebration | MetaFilter
Jon Bois, author of MeFi-celebrated multimedia narrative 17776 and creator of Breaking Madden, Chart Party, and Pretty Good, has written dozens of pieces (fictional and nonfictional) about class, feminism, aging, sports, politics, wonder, education, and art.
writing  sports  education  movie  movies  youtube 
5 weeks ago
Study Says Men Are Less Likely To Have Mental Health Problems Than Women Until Their 80s
Kate Lovett, the dean of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, attributed the lower happiness levels at a younger age with the demand women still feel to “bear the brunt of domestic and caring responsibilities.” She claims that as women age, the burden becomes lighter, as children move out of the home.
Men, on the other hand, get more depressed with time, and as 19 percent of men over the age of 85 report having mental problems.
“Men who are single, widowed or divorced are more vulnerable to developing depression and men who are in this age bracket may be more likely to be on their own,” said Dr. Lovett. “Paradoxically married women are often more likely to develop depression.”
psychology  depression  mind  mental  health  women  men  sex  gender  life  happy  happiness 
5 weeks ago
Twitter
Regarding the vote, take heart. The vote will get sued, and I expect the attempt to override NN wil…
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5 weeks ago
Historical Context for the Imminent Demise of Network Neutrality – DIYmedia.net
This is an excellent read for the larger context of and the FCC's imminent vote:
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6 weeks ago
oakes/Dynadoc: Dynamic documentation for Clojure(Script)
This is not your father's documentation generator. Dynadoc is all about making better documentation by combining Clojure's incredible dynamism with my inability to come up with good project names.
clojure  clojurescript  documentation  code  software  programming 
6 weeks ago
Twitter
A summary of the underlying philosophy between pro-union and anti-union camps, courtesy :
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6 weeks ago
Built With Elm
A trivia scorekeeping app I wrote in is now added to the Built With Elm website:
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6 weeks ago
Twitter
A trivia scorekeeping app I wrote in is now added to the Built With Elm website:
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6 weeks ago
Twitter
This tweet sounds like the lyrics to every Nicki Minaj song ever made. (Someone writ…
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6 weeks ago
Lobbyists Bring Holiday Cheer to Lawmakers and Congressional Staff With Glitzy Parties
has provided a handy anti-lobbyist protest guide disguised as a party crashing itinerary:
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6 weeks ago
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