24 May, 2018

Convincing You That Nothing Better Is Possible | Current Affairs

Convincing You That Nothing Better Is Possible | Current Affairs: "Albert Hirschman, in his book The Rhetoric of Reaction, looked at conservative arguments throughout history to show that they consistently make appeals to the same notions: perversity, futility, and jeopardy, i.e., Proposed Reform X is against God/nature, it won’t work, and it will threaten existing progress. The arguments are made consistently regardless of whether there is any evidence that they are true. This is how a “war on the imagination” is waged, and people become convinced that it isn’t worth dreaming of anything radically different than the status quo. So when teachers are being paid so little that they leave the profession, we are told that the only options are to let unqualified people teach or import teachers from overseas. And when our public schools are underfunded and dysfunctional, we have a debate over how best to turn the schools into effective job-training programs.

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23 May, 2018

Curb Cuts - 99% Invisible

Curb Cuts - 99% Invisible:



If you live in an American city and you don’t personally use a wheelchair, it’s easy to overlook the small ramp at most intersections, between the sidewalk and the street. Today, these curb cuts are everywhere, but fifty years ago — when an activist named Ed Roberts was young — most urban corners featured a sharp drop-off, making it difficult for him and other wheelchair users to get between blocks without assistance.



 Roberts was central to a movement that demanded society see disabled people in a new way.



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Dathouen comments on As Mexican, whites are smarter than me

Dathouen comments on As Mexican, whites are smarter than me: "When your parents are working 2 jobs each just to keep the lights on, the child has less academic support, which means they can learn less. Learning things in school is an important tool for refining and strengthening your thinking abilities. You don't study algebra to learn algebra, you learn algebra to learn deductive reasoning. You don't study history to learn about the deeds of people, you learn about history to learn what mistakes not to make. You don't study philosophy so you can quote great thinkers, you study philosophy to become a great thinker.

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22 May, 2018

Text of President Obama’s Speech in Hiroshima, Japan - The New York Times

Text of President Obama’s Speech in Hiroshima, Japan - The New York Times: "Yet in the image of a mushroom cloud that rose into these skies, we are most starkly reminded of humanity’s core contradiction. How the very spark that marks us as a species, our thoughts, our imagination, our language, our toolmaking, our ability to set ourselves apart from nature and bend it to our will — those very things also give us the capacity for unmatched destruction.

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A New Look Inside Theranos’ Dysfunctional Corporate Culture | WIRED

A New Look Inside Theranos’ Dysfunctional Corporate Culture | WIRED: "Theranos was on the cusp of becoming a tech darling. Founded by the charismatic Stanford dropout in 2003, its promises to revolutionize blood-testing—and by extension, the vast industry of medical diagnostics—would be swallowed whole by most of the technology press, which would lavish Holmes with glowing coverage. (WIRED was not exempt). Only later—in October 2015—would the truth come out: Theranos was a fraud built on secrecy, deliberate fabrication, and hype. After I revealed that fraud, the company would begin an implosion that continues to this day.



 Beam had no way of knowing any of this when he accepted Theranos’ job offer in August 2012...."



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21 May, 2018

Levees Make Mississippi River Floods Worse, But We Keep Building Them : NPR

Levees Make Mississippi River Floods Worse, But We Keep Building Them : NPR: "Floods on the Mississippi River are getting more frequent and more severe. But scientists warn that the infrastructure meant to protect towns and farms against flood waters is making the problem worse.

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Meghan Markle On Her Biracial Identity - Actress Meghan Markle Discusses Being Half Black Half White

Meghan Markle On Her Biracial Identity - Actress Meghan Markle Discusses Being Half Black Half White: "Navigating closed-mindedness to the tune of a dorm mate I met my first week at university who asked if my parents were still together. 'You said your mom is black and your dad is white, right?' she said. I smiled meekly, waiting for what could possibly come out of her pursed lips next. 'And they're divorced?' I nodded. 'Oh, well that makes sense.' To this day, I still don't fully understand what she meant by that, but I understood the implication. And I drew back: I was scared to open this Pandora's box of discrimination, so I sat stifled, swallowing my voice."



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20 May, 2018

Dee Dee Wanted Her Daughter To Be Sick, Gypsy Wanted Her Mom Murdered

Dee Dee Wanted Her Daughter To Be Sick, Gypsy Wanted Her Mom Murdered:

About her mother, her opinion seems to waver. “The doctors thought that she was so devoted and caring,” Gypsy said. “I think she would have been the perfect mom for someone that actually was sick. But I’m not sick. There’s that big, big difference.”
Gypsy still doesn’t feel she actively deceived anyone. “I feel like I was just as used as everybody else,” she said. “She used me as a pawn. I was in the dark about it. The only thing I knew was that I could walk, and that I could eat. As for everything else… Well, she’d shave my hair off. And she’d say, ‘It’s gonna fall out anyway, so let’s keep it nice and neat!’” Gypsy said her mother told her she had cancer, too, and would tell her that her medication was cancer medication. She just accepted it.


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Cashgate – Latterly – Medium

Cashgate – Latterly – Medium: "In his confession, Kalonga described how a broad conspiracy across ranks worked around the checks put in place specifically to stop government theft. Even with a watchdog accounting system, and treasury checks requiring multiple signatures from people in different agencies, the theft was only discovered when a maid ran off with a small stack of bills.

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Steven Pinker’s Ideas About Progress Are Fatally Flawed. These Eight Graphs Show Why. - Resilience

Steven Pinker’s Ideas About Progress Are Fatally Flawed. These Eight Graphs Show Why. - Resilience: "Taken together, these graphs illustrate ecological overshoot: the fact that, in the pursuit of material progress, our civilization is consuming the earth’s resources faster than they can be replenished. Overshoot is particularly dangerous because of its relatively slow feedback loops: if your checking account balance approaches zero, you know that if you keep writing checks they will bounce. In overshoot, however, it’s as though our civilization keeps taking out bigger and bigger overdrafts to replenish the account, and then we pretend these funds are income and celebrate our continuing “progress.” In the end, of course, the money runs dry and it’s game over.

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borkthegee comments on Jordan Peterson, Custodian of the Patriarchy

borkthegee comments on Jordan Peterson, Custodian of the Patriarchy:

I find it fascinating that he and his cult will latch onto nonsensical buzzwords like "postmodern marxism", all while the core philosophy of Jordan Peterson is quite literally Sexual Marxism.
Think about it.
Jordan Peterson's views on feminism and sexual liberation boil down to the idea that the free market of sex has failed and the bourgeoisie of men, the Sexual Capitalists, have monopolized the means of reproduction.
Jordan Peterson is a voice to the sexual proletariat, the "half of men who fail to reproduce", and he says: The Sexual Capitalists, the bourgeoisie Chads, they have stolen from the hard working proletariat men for too long! We must rise up and seize the means of reproduction!


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19 May, 2018

An Open Letter About Female Coaches | by Pau Gasol

An Open Letter About Female Coaches | by Pau Gasol:

I’ve been in the NBA for 17 years. I’ve won two championships … I’ve played with some of the best players of this generation … and I’ve played under two of the sharpest minds in the history of sports, in Phil Jackson and Gregg Popovich. And I’m telling you: Becky Hammon can coach. I’m not saying she can coach pretty well. I’m not saying she can coach enough to get by. I’m not saying she can coach almost at the level of the NBA’s male coaches. I’m saying: Becky Hammon can coach NBA basketball. Period.



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18 May, 2018

The Laura Perrins interview: The referendum was held to save the Tory Party, not the nation, says Peter Hitchens | The Conservative Woman | The philosophy not the party

The Laura Perrins interview: The referendum was held to save the Tory Party, not the nation, says Peter Hitchens | The Conservative Woman | The philosophy not the party: "Half the problem we face now is that there are so many different ideas of what departure involves, and nobody thought much about them when they voted, not least because the Leave side did not expect to win, and many of those who joined it did not much want to win, let alone take responsibility for implementing a vote to leave."



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John Byrd's answer to What is the most sophisticated piece of software/code ever written? - Quora

John Byrd's answer to What is the most sophisticated piece of software/code ever written? - Quora: "The most sophisticated software in history was written by a team of people whose names we do not know.

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“I Killed Them All.” The Life Of One Of America’s Bloodiest Hitmen

“I Killed Them All.” The Life Of One Of America’s Bloodiest Hitmen:

Police in the Central Valley say they failed to catch Martinez because he is a smart and remorseless sociopath, expertly dispatching victims he had little connection to and leaving behind little in the way of witnesses or evidence. Kavin Brewer, a homicide detective in Kern County, California, calls him “the best I ever heard of, in my 35 years of law enforcement.”
Some in the small California towns where Martinez lived and committed so many of his murders offered an additional explanation: Life is cheap here, and the people Martinez murdered and the communities where they came from, with their transient populations of impoverished, often undocumented farmworkers, didn’t count. Drugs and money pound through this part of California in ceaseless, violent streams, but many towns don’t even have police stations. Patrols, when they do come through, don’t tend to develop deep ties to communities.


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