Hubski: AshleyRHubski: AshleyRHubski: AshleyR“We hit the brakes so quickly on the economy that we went through the windshield.” acted fast. Social distancing, lockdowns and testing slashed Covid-19 cases in the spring.But when Comptroller Kevin Lembo opened an email from his budget director on April 15, it was clear the state’s quick action to contain the pandemic hadn’t insulated its finances.“We hit the brakes so quickly on the economy that we went through the windshield,” his deputy wrote.Connecticut is projecting a total revenue decline of $8.4 billion through the 2024 budget year—more than twice the rainy day fund built up over the past three years.“All you can do is grip the bar as tight as you can, make the smartest decisions you can in real time, plan for the worst and be surprised at something less than worst,” said Mr. Lembo.U.S. states are facing their biggest cash crisis since the Great Depression.Nationwide, the U.S. state budget shortfall from 2020 through 2022 could amount to about $434 billion, according to data from Moody’s Analytics, the economic analysis arm of Moody’s Corp. The estimates assume no additional fiscal stimulus from Washington, further coronavirus-fueled restrictions on business and travel, and extra costs for Medicaid amid high unemployment.That’s greater than the 2019 K-12 education budget for every state combined, or more than twice the amount spent that year on state roads and other transportation infrastructure, according to the National Association of State Budget Officers.Deficits have already prompted tax hikes and cuts to education, corrections and parks. State workers are being laid off and are taking pay cuts, and the retirement benefits for police, firefighters, teachers and other government workers are under more pressure.Even after rainy day funds are used, Moody’s Analytics projects 46 states coming up short, with Nevada, Louisiana and Florida having the greatest gaps as a percentage of their 2019 budgets. Louisiana said it didn’t expect its shortfall to be as large as Moody’s projected. “There is no real model for a crisis like this,” said New Jersey Treasurer Elizabeth Maher Muoio. “It’s going to be tough for the next couple years.”Total state revenue has declined after only two events in the past 90 years, 9/11 and the 2008 financial crisis.It's expected to fall sharply due to the economic effects of the pandemic.New Jersey is expecting a more than $5 billion revenue decline for the 2021 budget year, a 13% drop from the state’s pre-Covid projection. Already one of the most indebted states in the nation, New Jersey authorized a contested plan to borrow up to $10 billion; raised taxes on people earning between $1 million and $5 million; and is making another billion in cuts to help plug the gap.States are dependent on taxes for revenue—sales and income taxes make up more than 60% of the revenue states collect for general operating funds, according to the Urban Institute. Both types of taxes have been crushed by historic job losses and the steepest decline in consumer spending in six decades.Americans have since ramped up spending on everything from home improvements to bicycles with the help of stimulus checks sent to millions, though overall expenditures remain below pre-pandemic levels.States that earn big chunks of their revenue from hard-hit industries are hurting. Americans are commuting and traveling far less, and oil prices have tumbled, hitting energy industries in Texas, Oklahoma and Alaska. Tourism has dropped in Florida, Nevada and Hawaii, and casino closures hurt Rhode Island, New York and Illinois.Hawaii, for example, is expecting fewer than half the visitors it took in last year in 2020, and state officials forecast its general fund revenues won’t recover to pre-pandemic levels until its 2025 fiscal year. For the budget years 2020 through 2022, average annual revenues in all 50 states combined are expected to fall short of the 2019 total, Moody’s Analytics said.A nationwide decline in combined state revenue has happened after only two events in 90 years: following the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks and in the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis.Annual state revenue fell following the Sept. 11 attacks and the bursting of the dot-com bubble around that time, but recovered within a year. During the recession that followed the 2008 crisis, state government revenue fell 9% over two years, according to Census Bureau data.This time the shortfall could reach 13% over two years, according to Moody’s Analytics projections.An uptick in Covid-19 cases to new daily records in recent days makes that scenario increasingly likely.The U.S. economy has steadily recovered since the spring, and more than 11 million jobs of the 22 million lost earlier in the year have come back. Still, the unemployment rate recently hovered at 7.9%, and there has been an uptick in permanent layoffs.Economists warn a two-track recovery is emerging, with well-educated and well-off people and some businesses prospering, at the same time lower-wage workers with fewer credentials, old-line businesses and regions tied to tourism are mired in a deep decline.State government workforces shrank 5% across the country from February to September to 4.9 million, fewer people than at any point during or after the 2008 recession, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Local government workforces cut 6%, or nearly a million people, and local revenue shortfalls are adding pressure to states’ budgets.In Michigan, more than 31,000 state workers were furloughed two days per pay period for 10 weeks, while others were temporarily laid off. A spokesman said temporary layoffs have ended and none are currently planned, but that they could be reconsidered if economic fallout worsened.Earlier this year, Chris Kolb, budget director for the state, calculated that even if he eliminated 12 state departments—including education, environment and treasury—and used up every penny in state reserves, Michigan would still be short $1 billion needed to balance his budget.Federal coronavirus aid and rainy day funds ultimately helped him balance the budget and cover Covid-related expenses, and some tax revenues were better than initially forecast. But the state is bracing for a shortfall of up to $2 billion for the next fiscal year, since $4 billion in tax revenue that the state anticipated back in January has disappeared.“We really have uncharted waters in front of us,” Mr. Kolb said this month. “The waves appear to be getting more choppy.”After 2008, some states implemented or added to rainy day funds—cash reserves that can be used to fill revenue gaps caused by a potential shock. The funds are important because state laws typically don’t allow states to supplement operating revenues with borrowing, in contrast to the federal government, which helps finance its operations with Treasury bonds. States, on the other hand, typically issue bonds for specific projects, such as building roads or bridges.At the end of the 2019 budget year, state rainy day funds had accumulated about $50 billion over the previous decade, according to the Pew Charitable Trusts, putting about two-thirds of states in a better position than they were heading into the 2008 crisis.States had a median of more than four times the number of days of cash on hand as when they emerged from the recession in 2010. Connecticut’s rainy day fund at the end of 2019 ranked 11th out of the 50 states, according to Pew, with about 40 days worth of cash on hand. The stockpile grew to about two months worth of cash in 2020.Ohio, which like Connecticut had emptied its reserves by 2010, had about a month’s worth of cash when Covid hit.Since then, Ohio has cut $300 million from its K-12 education budget for the 2020 budget year and reduced salaries for some state workers. The Willoughby-Eastlake City Schools near Cleveland lost $1.7 million in state funds this year, and expects to lose another $1.7 million in 2021. The school district made ends meet by halving its curriculum budget and buying fewer textbooks and other learning aids, among other cuts.If the money doesn’t arrive eventually, the district will have to reduce course offerings, said Superintendent Steve Thompson.School systems also usually receive local funds through property taxes. This year, the Willoughby-Eastlake system has so far received $800,000 less than last year, the district’s treasurer said, as out-of-work residents struggle to pay the tax.Schools received federal aid from the pandemic-stimulus packages passed by Congress earlier this year. Willoughby-Eastlake received $1.3 million that it used for technology, health and cleaning supplies and additional custodians. The money was quickly spent, the superintendent said.About 30% of the district’s roughly 8,000 students qualify for free or reduced-price lunch, and many lack computers or internet access at home. The district, which has online classes, has purchased hundreds of computers and hot spots. “At this point we’re spending dollars out of our general fund,” said Mr. Thompson, who estimated that total technology and health-safety costs from the start of the pandemic to the end of the current school year will approach $4 million.Teachers are recording classes so that students in families sharing one computer can watch lessons that they miss because their siblings are using the computer for their own online classes.“If they have a question, they’re going to have to wait until the next day when it’s their turn to have the Chromebook from their brother or sister,” Mr. Thompson said.The Ohio Education Association, a teachers union, said the state’s school districts could face budget shortfalls for the 2022 and 2023 budget years of between 20% and 25%.New York, projecting a shortfall of $59 billion through 2022, held back scheduled payments for schools and social services and postponed public worker raises. Missouri has held back funding for services for the elderly and other programs. Florida’s governor vetoed spending on a range of items including a new state courthouse, trade schools and appropriations for local projects.A few states are likely to come through the pandemic in comparatively good shape thanks to robust savings, tight financial controls or local economies that are insulated from the worst impacts of social distancing.Wyoming, though dependent on energy prices, has a very large rainy day fund relative to other states. Minnesota and North Carolina have some of the highest credit ratings in the nation and foster a mix of manufacturing, education, health care and business services, according to Moody’s Investors Service, the rating arm of Moody’s.Many states are pleading for more aid from Congress, which has so far sent money in its coronavirus relief packages to deal with the health crisis but not to offset revenue losses.Congress has doled out about $150 billion in Covid-19 response dollars to state and local governments, plus some additional money to cover elevated Medicaid costs. The money sent to local governments has helped pay for needs like personal protective equipment. But it can’t be used to replace revenue lost as a result of the shutdown.In recent weeks, White House and Democratic negotiators have been discussing roughly $2 trillion in additional stimulus, but the price tag has encountered resistance in the Republican-controlled Senate amid concerns about rising debt and some of the expected provisions, and a deal is unlikely to come together before the election.In the negotiations, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and White House officials moved closer on many issues, including how much additional aid to provide to state and local governments, but had not yet reached an agreement finalizing an amount. President Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell have said they don’t want Covid-19 aid used to address longstanding financial problems. Mr. McConnell suggested in April that states should be allowed to file for bankruptcy to address their pension debt. Mr. Trump asked in a tweet that month: “Why should the people and taxpayers be bailing out poorly run states like Illinois?”Illinois, with the worst finances of any state, has been banking on billions in federal funding. The state has a $230 billion pension liability after years of putting off payments, according to an estimate by Moody’s Investors Service, and faces an additional $8 billion backlog of unpaid bills.Since the pandemic, Illinois’s total retirement and debt liabilities are on track to make up 45% of the state’s gross domestic product by June 2021, up from 35% in 2019, according to Moody’s Investors Service.Illinois was one of only two borrowers to tap loans offered from the Federal Reserve as part of the aid packages. New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority was the other.Illinois issued $1.2 billion in notes, but the funds are expensive, with an interest rate about 10 times the level typical in the market. The state has said it could borrow more. A spokeswoman for the state didn’t respond to requests for comment.Over the past six months, there have been 51 first-time bond payment defaults, according to Municipal Market Analytics data. It’s the highest level over that time frame since 2012, when a string of borrowers still reeling from the last recession ran out of money to pay their debts.While none of the recent defaults have involved state credits, some local governments are facing repayment strains. The airport authority of Rock Island County, Ill., for example, disclosed in August that it hasn’t been able to collect enough in airline ticket fees to maintain the level of cash it promised bondholders it would set aside. The authority filled in the gap with other funds, such as parking lot revenues, and may consider delaying capital projects, its executive director said. In Connecticut, debt costs have reduced the state’s spending flexibility. Before the pandemic, yearly payments on bond debt, pensions and retiree health obligations absorbed 31% of state-generated revenue, according to Moody’s Investors Service, making it one of the most indebted states in the nation.Much of Connecticut’s liability stems from state efforts to shoulder the burden of its aging cities and towns. Almost a third of its total debt is local teacher pension and retiree health-benefit obligations, Moody’s Investors Service said, much of it from the 1990s, when officials skimped on retirement payments.Two years ago, the state backstopped debt issued by its capital city of Hartford, which was warning it could declare bankruptcy.The state’s hospitality and leisure jobs were down by about half at the height of the shutdowns, according to the Boston Fed, and were still down by about a quarter in August, despite a partial recovery. The state’s total unemployment rate was 9.5% in August.The flurry of home buying as people fled New York City for Connecticut towns has had limited revenue benefits. The state’s tax collections from real-estate sales surged to a 10-year high of $47 million in August, according to the state revenue services department, but total collections from April through August remain below where they were the past two years.To address the shortfall in this year’s budget, Connecticut’s governor is recommending the state make about $25 million in cuts and draw on its rainy day fund. The state has avoided reducing state funding to social-service providers despite revenue losses, said Melissa McCaw, secretary of the state’s Office of Policy and Management.Groups that provide mental-health and substance-abuse treatment have received federal aid to help with Covid-related health and safety costs, but have asked for additional state help as well. Ms. McCaw said the state “will continue to monitor provider needs.”Connecticut has historically been one of the top 10 states for drug overdoses, which have increased during the pandemic, spiking higher in the first quarter of 2020 than in any of the previous eight quarters, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.Community Health Resources, which offers mental-health and addiction services to 27,000 children and adults, is concerned it won’t receive its expected more than $40 million in state funding—62% of the organization’s annual budget—in the next fiscal year, which begins in July.“We are working with individuals who, were it not for our services, would be in emergency rooms,” said CEO Heather Gates.Write to Heather Gillers at and Gunjan Banerji at Gunjan.Banerji@wsj.com“We hit the brakes so quickly on the economy that we went through the windshield.” acted fast. Social distancing, lockdowns and testing slashed Covid-19 cases in the spring.But when Comptroller Kevin Lembo opened an email from his budget director on April 15, it was clear the state’s quick action to contain the pandemic hadn’t insulated its finances.“We hit the brakes so quickly on the economy that we went through the windshield,” his deputy wrote.Connecticut is projecting a total revenue decline of $8.4 billion through the 2024 budget year—more than twice the rainy day fund built up over the past three years.“All you can do is grip the bar as tight as you can, make the smartest decisions you can in real time, plan for the worst and be surprised at something less than worst,” said Mr. Lembo.U.S. states are facing their biggest cash crisis since the Great Depression.Nationwide, the U.S. state budget shortfall from 2020 through 2022 could amount to about $434 billion, according to data from Moody’s Analytics, the economic analysis arm of Moody’s Corp. The estimates assume no additional fiscal stimulus from Washington, further coronavirus-fueled restrictions on business and travel, and extra costs for Medicaid amid high unemployment.That’s greater than the 2019 K-12 education budget for every state combined, or more than twice the amount spent that year on state roads and other transportation infrastructure, according to the National Association of State Budget Officers.Deficits have already prompted tax hikes and cuts to education, corrections and parks. State workers are being laid off and are taking pay cuts, and the retirement benefits for police, firefighters, teachers and other government workers are under more pressure.Even after rainy day funds are used, Moody’s Analytics projects 46 states coming up short, with Nevada, Louisiana and Florida having the greatest gaps as a percentage of their 2019 budgets. Louisiana said it didn’t expect its shortfall to be as large as Moody’s projected. “There is no real model for a crisis like this,” said New Jersey Treasurer Elizabeth Maher Muoio. “It’s going to be tough for the next couple years.”Total state revenue has declined after only two events in the past 90 years, 9/11 and the 2008 financial crisis.It's expected to fall sharply due to the economic effects of the pandemic.New Jersey is expecting a more than $5 billion revenue decline for the 2021 budget year, a 13% drop from the state’s pre-Covid projection. Already one of the most indebted states in the nation, New Jersey authorized a contested plan to borrow up to $10 billion; raised taxes on people earning between $1 million and $5 million; and is making another billion in cuts to help plug the gap.States are dependent on taxes for revenue—sales and income taxes make up more than 60% of the revenue states collect for general operating funds, according to the Urban Institute. Both types of taxes have been crushed by historic job losses and the steepest decline in consumer spending in six decades.Americans have since ramped up spending on everything from home improvements to bicycles with the help of stimulus checks sent to millions, though overall expenditures remain below pre-pandemic levels.States that earn big chunks of their revenue from hard-hit industries are hurting. Americans are commuting and traveling far less, and oil prices have tumbled, hitting energy industries in Texas, Oklahoma and Alaska. Tourism has dropped in Florida, Nevada and Hawaii, and casino closures hurt Rhode Island, New York and Illinois.Hawaii, for example, is expecting fewer than half the visitors it took in last year in 2020, and state officials forecast its general fund revenues won’t recover to pre-pandemic levels until its 2025 fiscal year. For the budget years 2020 through 2022, average annual revenues in all 50 states combined are expected to fall short of the 2019 total, Moody’s Analytics said.A nationwide decline in combined state revenue has happened after only two events in 90 years: following the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks and in the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis.Annual state revenue fell following the Sept. 11 attacks and the bursting of the dot-com bubble around that time, but recovered within a year. During the recession that followed the 2008 crisis, state government revenue fell 9% over two years, according to Census Bureau data.This time the shortfall could reach 13% over two years, according to Moody’s Analytics projections.An uptick in Covid-19 cases to new daily records in recent days makes that scenario increasingly likely.The U.S. economy has steadily recovered since the spring, and more than 11 million jobs of the 22 million lost earlier in the year have come back. Still, the unemployment rate recently hovered at 7.9%, and there has been an uptick in permanent layoffs.Economists warn a two-track recovery is emerging, with well-educated and well-off people and some businesses prospering, at the same time lower-wage workers with fewer credentials, old-line businesses and regions tied to tourism are mired in a deep decline.State government workforces shrank 5% across the country from February to September to 4.9 million, fewer people than at any point during or after the 2008 recession, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Local government workforces cut 6%, or nearly a million people, and local revenue shortfalls are adding pressure to states’ budgets.In Michigan, more than 31,000 state workers were furloughed two days per pay period for 10 weeks, while others were temporarily laid off. A spokesman said temporary layoffs have ended and none are currently planned, but that they could be reconsidered if economic fallout worsened.Earlier this year, Chris Kolb, budget director for the state, calculated that even if he eliminated 12 state departments—including education, environment and treasury—and used up every penny in state reserves, Michigan would still be short $1 billion needed to balance his budget.Federal coronavirus aid and rainy day funds ultimately helped him balance the budget and cover Covid-related expenses, and some tax revenues were better than initially forecast. But the state is bracing for a shortfall of up to $2 billion for the next fiscal year, since $4 billion in tax revenue that the state anticipated back in January has disappeared.“We really have uncharted waters in front of us,” Mr. Kolb said this month. “The waves appear to be getting more choppy.”After 2008, some states implemented or added to rainy day funds—cash reserves that can be used to fill revenue gaps caused by a potential shock. The funds are important because state laws typically don’t allow states to supplement operating revenues with borrowing, in contrast to the federal government, which helps finance its operations with Treasury bonds. States, on the other hand, typically issue bonds for specific projects, such as building roads or bridges.At the end of the 2019 budget year, state rainy day funds had accumulated about $50 billion over the previous decade, according to the Pew Charitable Trusts, putting about two-thirds of states in a better position than they were heading into the 2008 crisis.States had a median of more than four times the number of days of cash on hand as when they emerged from the recession in 2010. Connecticut’s rainy day fund at the end of 2019 ranked 11th out of the 50 states, according to Pew, with about 40 days worth of cash on hand. The stockpile grew to about two months worth of cash in 2020.Ohio, which like Connecticut had emptied its reserves by 2010, had about a month’s worth of cash when Covid hit.Since then, Ohio has cut $300 million from its K-12 education budget for the 2020 budget year and reduced salaries for some state workers. The Willoughby-Eastlake City Schools near Cleveland lost $1.7 million in state funds this year, and expects to lose another $1.7 million in 2021. The school district made ends meet by halving its curriculum budget and buying fewer textbooks and other learning aids, among other cuts.If the money doesn’t arrive eventually, the district will have to reduce course offerings, said Superintendent Steve Thompson.School systems also usually receive local funds through property taxes. This year, the Willoughby-Eastlake system has so far received $800,000 less than last year, the district’s treasurer said, as out-of-work residents struggle to pay the tax.Schools received federal aid from the pandemic-stimulus packages passed by Congress earlier this year. Willoughby-Eastlake received $1.3 million that it used for technology, health and cleaning supplies and additional custodians. The money was quickly spent, the superintendent said.About 30% of the district’s roughly 8,000 students qualify for free or reduced-price lunch, and many lack computers or internet access at home. The district, which has online classes, has purchased hundreds of computers and hot spots. “At this point we’re spending dollars out of our general fund,” said Mr. Thompson, who estimated that total technology and health-safety costs from the start of the pandemic to the end of the current school year will approach $4 million.Teachers are recording classes so that students in families sharing one computer can watch lessons that they miss because their siblings are using the computer for their own online classes.“If they have a question, they’re going to have to wait until the next day when it’s their turn to have the Chromebook from their brother or sister,” Mr. Thompson said.The Ohio Education Association, a teachers union, said the state’s school districts could face budget shortfalls for the 2022 and 2023 budget years of between 20% and 25%.New York, projecting a shortfall of $59 billion through 2022, held back scheduled payments for schools and social services and postponed public worker raises. Missouri has held back funding for services for the elderly and other programs. Florida’s governor vetoed spending on a range of items including a new state courthouse, trade schools and appropriations for local projects.A few states are likely to come through the pandemic in comparatively good shape thanks to robust savings, tight financial controls or local economies that are insulated from the worst impacts of social distancing.Wyoming, though dependent on energy prices, has a very large rainy day fund relative to other states. Minnesota and North Carolina have some of the highest credit ratings in the nation and foster a mix of manufacturing, education, health care and business services, according to Moody’s Investors Service, the rating arm of Moody’s.Many states are pleading for more aid from Congress, which has so far sent money in its coronavirus relief packages to deal with the health crisis but not to offset revenue losses.Congress has doled out about $150 billion in Covid-19 response dollars to state and local governments, plus some additional money to cover elevated Medicaid costs. The money sent to local governments has helped pay for needs like personal protective equipment. But it can’t be used to replace revenue lost as a result of the shutdown.In recent weeks, White House and Democratic negotiators have been discussing roughly $2 trillion in additional stimulus, but the price tag has encountered resistance in the Republican-controlled Senate amid concerns about rising debt and some of the expected provisions, and a deal is unlikely to come together before the election.In the negotiations, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and White House officials moved closer on many issues, including how much additional aid to provide to state and local governments, but had not yet reached an agreement finalizing an amount. President Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell have said they don’t want Covid-19 aid used to address longstanding financial problems. Mr. McConnell suggested in April that states should be allowed to file for bankruptcy to address their pension debt. Mr. Trump asked in a tweet that month: “Why should the people and taxpayers be bailing out poorly run states like Illinois?”Illinois, with the worst finances of any state, has been banking on billions in federal funding. The state has a $230 billion pension liability after years of putting off payments, according to an estimate by Moody’s Investors Service, and faces an additional $8 billion backlog of unpaid bills.Since the pandemic, Illinois’s total retirement and debt liabilities are on track to make up 45% of the state’s gross domestic product by June 2021, up from 35% in 2019, according to Moody’s Investors Service.Illinois was one of only two borrowers to tap loans offered from the Federal Reserve as part of the aid packages. New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority was the other.Illinois issued $1.2 billion in notes, but the funds are expensive, with an interest rate about 10 times the level typical in the market. The state has said it could borrow more. A spokeswoman for the state didn’t respond to requests for comment.Over the past six months, there have been 51 first-time bond payment defaults, according to Municipal Market Analytics data. It’s the highest level over that time frame since 2012, when a string of borrowers still reeling from the last recession ran out of money to pay their debts.While none of the recent defaults have involved state credits, some local governments are facing repayment strains. The airport authority of Rock Island County, Ill., for example, disclosed in August that it hasn’t been able to collect enough in airline ticket fees to maintain the level of cash it promised bondholders it would set aside. The authority filled in the gap with other funds, such as parking lot revenues, and may consider delaying capital projects, its executive director said. In Connecticut, debt costs have reduced the state’s spending flexibility. Before the pandemic, yearly payments on bond debt, pensions and retiree health obligations absorbed 31% of state-generated revenue, according to Moody’s Investors Service, making it one of the most indebted states in the nation.Much of Connecticut’s liability stems from state efforts to shoulder the burden of its aging cities and towns. Almost a third of its total debt is local teacher pension and retiree health-benefit obligations, Moody’s Investors Service said, much of it from the 1990s, when officials skimped on retirement payments.Two years ago, the state backstopped debt issued by its capital city of Hartford, which was warning it could declare bankruptcy.The state’s hospitality and leisure jobs were down by about half at the height of the shutdowns, according to the Boston Fed, and were still down by about a quarter in August, despite a partial recovery. The state’s total unemployment rate was 9.5% in August.The flurry of home buying as people fled New York City for Connecticut towns has had limited revenue benefits. The state’s tax collections from real-estate sales surged to a 10-year high of $47 million in August, according to the state revenue services department, but total collections from April through August remain below where they were the past two years.To address the shortfall in this year’s budget, Connecticut’s governor is recommending the state make about $25 million in cuts and draw on its rainy day fund. The state has avoided reducing state funding to social-service providers despite revenue losses, said Melissa McCaw, secretary of the state’s Office of Policy and Management.Groups that provide mental-health and substance-abuse treatment have received federal aid to help with Covid-related health and safety costs, but have asked for additional state help as well. Ms. McCaw said the state “will continue to monitor provider needs.”Connecticut has historically been one of the top 10 states for drug overdoses, which have increased during the pandemic, spiking higher in the first quarter of 2020 than in any of the previous eight quarters, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.Community Health Resources, which offers mental-health and addiction services to 27,000 children and adults, is concerned it won’t receive its expected more than $40 million in state funding—62% of the organization’s annual budget—in the next fiscal year, which begins in July.“We are working with individuals who, were it not for our services, would be in emergency rooms,” said CEO Heather Gates.Write to Heather Gillers at and Gunjan Banerji at Gunjan.Banerji@wsj.com October 28, 2020 Virtual Meetup No. 3's try a Thursday this time! See if we can get better turnout than weekends. October 29, 2020, at 6 PM EST-ish it'll go up. Hopefully my sound will work this time! time the CIA wanted to add cesium to aviation fuel for stealth recognize I'll get my mancard revoked for saying this but the A-12/SR-71 was a boondoggle. Never overflew the USSR, never generated useful intel over contested airspace, needed more power than the Queen Fucking Mary to stay airborne at cruise, and wasn't nearly as stealthy as Lockheed wanted it to be. Thus, "let's create an ionized cloud of plasma so we don't have to worry about missile lock."Fun Fact: The Soviets had a Mach 4 surface to air missile two years before we had a Mach 3 spyplane. Roosevelt on the Cowardice of Cynicism and the Courage to Create Rather Than Tear Down Cohen - Hallelujah (Live In London) one is for you thenewgreen. I'm popping back in here and there - Hubski is, ultimately, worth the time and I miss some of the discussion with y'all. The year is really starting to weigh on me, or maybe it's the sudden changing of the sunlight. I've learned to work hard and play hard but it's been even harder when you see some friends you haven't seen in 7 months who you used to see every 7 days. Love is not a victory marchIt's a cold and it's a broken HallelujahI am hoping for the best on November 3rd, but I don't think it will heal the fractures we have been enduring. I don't know how you heal that. I don't know how you make people stop drawing guns on each other, stop having road rage against each other, stop demeaning each other in our virtual society, stop the denigration and shaming of science, stop the white fragility that is ruining ourselves, what can you do. I cannot even get a hold of my county council members. Can you?I did my best, it wasn't muchI couldn't feel, so I tried to touchI've told the truth, I didn't come to fool youAnd even though it all went wrongI'll stand before the Lord of SongWith nothing on my tongue but HallelujahHallelujah, HallelujahHallelujah, HallelujahI hope you've been excellent to each other over the past 6 or so weeks since I last really read this place. Weekly "Share Some Music You've Been Into Lately" - Untitled 9Nim Sadot - Beta ClearZero 7 - Shadows Webster: Time Traveler button blue screen of death body camera booty call channelopathy click through commentariat cosplay... the House: How to Fix the Legislative Branch suspect I'm gonna get really annoying about this. up this morning to zero new COVID cases in Victoria's it. That's the post. to Battle Kitchen Burnout’m relieved to see this article.I used to love cooking. But that changed over time with pandemic. I think a part of it is that now, I’m not at work trying to remember what’s in my kitchen. Looking at recipes isn’t a form of escapism when you don’t have a lot of alternatives about what you’re going to eat. And it’s no longer convenient to plan to drive by the grocery store on my way home from work when I’m not driving home from work any more.Every piece of meal prep had begun to feel Like a chore, and each next step more difficult. Ok, sure. First I had to find recipes that looked interesting enough to cook. Then to put together a grocery list? And a monumental trip to the grocery store? All before dinner could even begin to be started let alone arrive on the table.Since before I moved I have solved the problem by going back to a meal subscription service. (HelloFresh in this case.) it has really helped. I am still cooking — which I firmly believe should be how we consume at least approx 80% of our meals, in terms of being economic and healthy — but it is brainless now. I get to pick what looks good from a limited selection ahead of time; I pick meals that support my values (I try to go 50% vegetarian, for instance) and can stay within my caloric desires at the same time. 4 box kit meals = 8 Servings, do with $80 I pay for more than half my food every week. (I am a breakfast skipper.) Last night I invented my first meal on my own in a long time. I had subscribed to another box — an ugly foods box. I’ll be honest, I think these months of meal box kits have also improved my own cooking in terms of figuring out a meal with multiple components and how to make it all ready about the same time, and considering sauces, seasoning and condiments more holistically and thoroughly than I would have before.My kitchen mojo is coming back, just a teeny weeny bit. But right now I will take scraps of anything!“Everything is problematic”, treat people as individuals. For instance, don’t treat every person who belongs to an oppressed group as an authoritative mouthpiece of that group as a whole. People aren’t plugged into some kind of hive mind.I started using Twitter more often when the first lockdown in February started. Originally it was because of the large number of scientists (geneticist and neuroscientists) that somehow decided that Twitter is their platform of choice to post preprints, communicate their results, and discuss them. And it was nice.But it also showed me another side of the whole thing. It is a horrible platform for discussing more delicate topics. Even in "science Twitter" things were getting heated about topics like Numpy's paper with 26 male authors or how BLM lead to a wide "sudden" awareness that POC and minorities are under-represented in STEM and every principal investigator suddenly adding the sentence "... POC and minorities especially motivated" to their job offers.I am not saying these decisions were bad. They are good. What I don't like is the way this groupthink deals with people trying to discuss these things.This article from 2014 deals with some of these issues and makes a good point that I had to deal with sometimes. People of the "oppressed group" are not by definition know-it-all wells of wisdom about the oppressor-oppressed relationship. It reminded me of a time where MidBurn, the local Burning Man event in Israel, was getting some momentum. The first and second events went well and were well received in Israeli society. However, the global Burning Man society was criticizing the Israeli organizing team that they cannot practice radical inclusion, a cornerstone of the Burning Man philosophy, because no Palestinians can join the event.Apart from this being a stupid argument, because the MidBurn organizers cannot bend current Israeli laws to make it happen. What annoyed me the most was how the MidBurn org decided to deal with it and the effect it had.The event in 2015 had about 8k participants. 5 of those were Arab-Israelis like myself. When criticized with the "but there are no Palestinians at MidBurn" the MidBurn, instead of arguing that it is not possible, decided to bring me and the other Arab-Israelis into the discourse and literally said, "look! We have Palestinians at MidBurn". First, even though we are Palestinians, we do not represent the group the is actually talked about (the Palestinians living in the West Bank). Second, we do not even remotely represent the Arab-Israeli Palestinian society, let alone the one living in the West Bank or Gaza. We were basically social outcasts from mixed families that felt more comfortable in the Jewish society than in the Palestinian one. If you ask me, we are close to the last people to be representing the "Palestinian point" in this discussion.We were basically used to diffuse the situation. And the worst thing was that it worked. We were waved like a flag of legitimacy for the MidBurn event. A way to ignore the political troubles in the country (which is a general problem with MidBurn and other burns, the "no politics at the burn" hidden rule), and the critics from the global Burning Man society were pleased...Which brings me back to Twitter. The past few weeks/months had a surge in "Black in STEM" or "Black in Neuro" weeks where POC were given a platform to present themselves and their story. I was asking myself, is every one of them really representative of the problem that is faced? From what I understood, many of the people with tenure etc. are from the middle/upper class in the USA and mainly got there because of that status. But people still expected a story of oppressor and oppressed. Don't understand me wrong. There is most probably a systemic issue in the states that leads to financial disparity based on race. Which in turn leads to less POCs at universities and in tenure positions. But I doubt that the problem is at the higher levels of education. Or am I mistaken? World's Best Employers 2020 1 Samsung Electronics 2 Amazon 3 IBM 4 Microsoft 5 LG 6 Apple 7 Adobe 8 Alphabet 9 Siemens 10 Bosch Forbes partnered with market research firm Statista to compile our fourth-annual list of the World’s Best Employers. We surveyed 160,000 full-time and part-time workers from 58 countries working for businesses with operations in multiple nations or regions. Surveys were conducted on a rolling basis from June to July, and participants were asked to rate their willingness to recommend their own employers to friends and family. They were also asked to rate their satisfaction with their employers’ Covid-19 responses and score their employers on image, economic footprint, talent development, gender equality and social responsibility. The final list is composed of 750 multinational and large corporations headquartered in 45 countries. October 21, 2020 Intuition for Lisp Syntax We are no longer in the midst of an experiment. think you will unanimously be pleased that we are no longer conducting the following experiment:It's clear that no one liked this change. I have no desire to implement something so unpopular, and I don't think I can force users to be nice to each other. Thank you for being patient with me.I am serious about keeping Hubski a place known for thoughtful interaction, and I believe that we have been better at that in the past. I can think of a few factors contributing to this decline that have nothing to do with the mechanics of the site (a lack of attention from team Hubski, an attrition of culture with the loss of early users, and a global pandemic among others...), however, I do entertain that there may be ways that the mechanics of the site can support us being cool to each other.Maybe something as simple as a "please be good to each other" reminder above the textbox would help.If you have thoughts or suggestions, I'd be happy to hear them.If we happen upon something that seems worth trying, maybe we will.Until then, it's on us. Randi, magician and stage artist devoted to debunking the paranormal, dies at 92 vs astrology:.randi vs homeopathy: to allow cryptocurrency buying, selling and shopping on its network rejects Donald Trump’s criticism of Biden business links“But well yes he had at least one company, which he practically headed up, and judging from everything he made good money. I don’t see anything criminal about this, at least we don’t know anything about this (being criminal).”Putin also reacted with visible irritation when asked about comments Trump has made concerning Putin’s ties to the former mayor of Moscow, and to an alleged payment made to Hunter Biden by the ex-mayor’s widow.Putin said he knew nothing about the existence of any commercial relationship between Hunter and the woman. Joe Biden says the accusation about his son is not true.US intelligence agencies concluded that Russia tried to interfere in the 2016 US presidential election to tilt the contest in Trump’s favour, an allegation Moscow has denied. Russia has also dismissed accusations by US intelligence agencies of trying to interfere with this year’s election. something shoeshine boy the past few months, my parents have become obsessed with Zoom. Not for its software, which facilitates our family’s biweekly video calls, but for its stock, whose wild ride has at times made them thousands of dollars in a matter of days.After years of clipping coupons, scouring sales and stashing their savings in index funds, my mother and father have turned into avid day traders amid the pandemic.They’re not the only ones. The ranks of amateur day traders have swollen this year, helping to create a record number of new accounts at brokerages like Charles Schwab and TD Ameritrade. By some estimates, such small-scale speculators now account for as much as a quarter of overall trading activity.As their presence grows, so do the warnings about the risks they pose, both to their own finances and to the stability of the broader market. While it’s difficult to pin down their exact impact, a rush of inexperienced traders tends to cause alarm among institutional investors, who take increased retail trading as a sign of rising speculation and worry that a sudden turn in sentiment could send the market spiraling. Retail trading booms have presaged dramatic busts in recent decades, such as the dot-com bubble in the late 1990s and the cryptocurrency craze a few years ago. During my four years writing about financial markets for The Wall Street Journal, my parents and I almost never discussed stock trading—in fact, the newsroom has strict rules about journalists’ investing activities and I don’t dispense advice about markets. When I returned to Iowa to visit them in August, it was all they wanted to talk about.“What do you think of Tesla TSLA -1.11% ?” my dad asked one evening. My younger brother and I made eye contact over the dinner table, both startled and amused. “Dad, please don’t buy Tesla,” I said. “Why not?” he insisted. “You don’t know anything about the company,” I exclaimed. I wasn’t concerned about Tesla Inc. as a specific investment as much as I was about my dad buying shares in a company without having enough information about it.“It’s too high now,” my mom said. “Maybe when it comes down a bit more,” my dad agreed.Both of them ended up buying Tesla shares. My dad purchased Nikola Corp. too for good measure.Their sudden about-face shocked me. Born in a rural village a few hours outside of Beijing, my father came to the U.S. in 1985 for his graduate degree in engineering. My mom joined him shortly after, and worked side jobs such as waiting tables and filing taxes while raising three kids.I was in high school when my mom started showing me charts and statistics emphasizing the value of saving. As I’ve gotten older, they’ve pushed me to save even more, urging me to sock away at least 10% of my paycheck in a 401(k) or snatch up employee discounts on company stock, and chiding me for spending too much on shoes and the like.Their frugality yielded enough savings to send my two brothers and me to college without student loans, and for my dad to retire in September, ahead of his 59th birthday.Which now gives him more time to trade stocks while my mom is on the clock. “The stock market is closed. So I’m off work too,” he joked when I called home one weeknight.Before this year, my parents had only dabbled in individual stocks. Mostly they built up their nest egg in retirement accounts and index funds. Now, with their children grown and financially independent, they suddenly felt that they could handle a bit more risk.Like others around the world, they have had all their travel plans negated by the pandemic, leaving them with more disposable income and very little to do. As trading has become more mobile and, moreimportant, free, it became easier for them to jump in. After the S&P 500 plunged 20% in the first few months of the year, my mom saw something she couldn’t resist: a huge sale. Soon after, my dad started trading as well, with an eye toward riskier stocks and an aspiration to outpace my mom’s profits.Since then, they’ve been following the ups and downs of individual stocks with a single-minded fervor. Whereas they would once chat about errands or family matters, now they list the trading prices of their favorites, such as Zoom Video Communications Inc. and Roku Inc., and debate whether to buy or sell.“I feel like I know it, because I’ve been really familiar with the price,” my mom said one day while talking about Zoom. She started trading it when shares cost about $160 apiece; now they’re more than $500. In between, she bought in and cashed out about five different times, netting several thousand dollars in total profits.Part of what concerns me is their sheer enthusiasm for trading, which seems to have eclipsed their typical caution. The parameters by which they choose to buy and sell can also feel somewhat arbitrary.To my mom, Zoom epitomizes a good company, a safe bet, partly because every time the stock has dropped it’s gone back up again. When shares of Luckin Coffee Inc. were sinking amid an accounting scandal and an imminent delisting from the Nasdaq, my dad considered buying shares as a “calculated risk”—a long but cheap shot that wouldn’t break the bank if those shares ended up worthless.They take my admonitions in good humor. “Yeah, it’s addictive,” my mom admitted with a laugh when I pestered her about the inherent risks of day trading. “It’s just kind of like gambling, so we really don’t use that much money.”My mom assured me that she’s started reading up on stock valuation, and only buys 20 or 30 shares at a time. She gauges that 15% to 20% of her wealth is in day trading, leaving the bulk of it in her tried-and-true index and retirement funds.My dad, having gotten into the game later, has only about 10% of his money in short-term trades. In the unlikely case that he loses it all, which he doubts would happen, it wouldn’t be financially devastating.Despite their reassurances, I can’t help but worry. As a markets reporter, I saw time and again that nothing is certain, and those who believe they can beat the market are often proved disastrously wrong.Other times, I wonder if I’m the one in the wrong, lecturing them to curb their trading when they’re raking in cash. Before I left to go back to New York City this summer, my mom offered to take down my Charles Schwab password and buy stocks for me. I pointed out that such an arrangement would still be off-limits for me.They also like to keep an eye on stocks like airlines or retail companies that have suffered during the pandemic. “That’s called ‘buying the dip,’” my mom informed me, though she admitted doing so isn’t as much fun as riding hot tech stocks that seem to surge every other day.That’s not to say they have no doubts about the resilience of the market. One afternoon my mom and I found an envelope in the mail with the Nielsen consumer confidence survey and two dollar bills enclosed. The cash was enough incentive for my mom to start filling it out, ticking a box that indicated the business environment in our Iowa town was as good as it was before the pandemic.“Really?” I asked. “You think so?”Her rationale was simple—more optimistic answers would help bolster the market. “I want stocks to go up,” she responded.Write to Stephanie Yang at stephanie.yang@wsj.com A goofy bit of fun with movie descriptions friend posted the instruction to, "...Post the most boring description of a movie..."The results were totally hilarious, and some of them were quite the puzzle, too!The rules are simple: Just post the most boring description of a movie (don't say the name!) and let people guess.---Example: "Band plays benefit for an orphanage."Answer: The Blues Brothers---Example: "Nazi's foil a grave robber."Answer: Raiders of the Lost Ark---So hubskiers... Show me whatcha got! Turn Facial Recognition Tools Against the Police entomologists locate Asian giant hornet nest – first in the US starting this tag hubski, how are things going? I can probably count myself as very fortunate when it comes to this whole pandemic thing -Sweden's policies (when it comes to my age-group) have been relatively permissive this fall and I've been able to see friends and socialize - but sitting in front of my computer all day over zoom has been kind of shit tbh. I feel like I am a terrible lab partner because I can't focus properly and get so distracted even as we sit on a voice call working together and I basically never feel that good "oh-yeah-I'm-being-so-productive-and-getting-things-done" feeling. And I'm a bit worried that this isn't a "it's hard working from a distance"-thing but a "you have a problem with self-control"-thing. I guess we'll see whenever working in person is a thing again. Other than that things are going pretty well, 2020 hasn't been that terrible of a year personally honestly, my mental health issues haven't been that much of a problem (except that one week when I drank like 5 l of tea a day and got anxiety and slept terribly). My summer was pretty good, lots of going swimming outdoors which is all I ask for in a summer really. I couldn't catch up with my friends from home over the summer which was sad.I've found new hobbies (sewing, bouldering) and that is fun. I try not to think about what I would be doing right now if things were normal. My life would probably be very similar if I'm honest. There is talk about restrictions being basically the same as now for at least a year, and that honestly wouldn't be terrible (for me). It would be a but sad, but life right now isn't that bad (for me). This situation is hitting a lot of people a lot harder than it is hitting me, both to me being younger and not having to isolate and due to not having that many hobbies that included a lot of people to begin with.How are things going for you guys? Dept. to file landmark antitrust case against Google himself has often criticized Google, recycling unfounded claims by conservatives that the search giant is biased against conservatives and suppresses their viewpoints, interferes with U.S. elections and prefers working with the Chinese military over the Pentagon.You gotta wonder if this is central to it all. At the very least, the announcement and the news-to-come gives our wanna-be fascists a convenient platform to ramp up whatever accusations suit them politically.It's strange (and new-ish?) to have an entirely republican slant to enforcing new regulations on big business:The lawsuit is expected to only be signed onto by Republican state attorneys general, according to the Post. Other AGs could choose to join the case later or spin off their own challenges to Google.NYTimes thinks it's the biggest legal challenge any of the big tech giants have ever been up against. Whatever the true scope, it greatly worries me to see Barr conducting this prosecution.I guess it's not impossible that some aspects of this are a good thing(s)? I would be interested in hearing more arguments in favor of (or against) breaking up some of the big tech giants, but not really from Trump's DoJ. Weekly "Share Some Music You've Been Into Lately" Tanabe - dried donutsCID RIM - Get UpClipping - Pain Everyday assume this is a good long read. I haven't started yet."This relationship is called a correlation, and it’s a strikingly tight one." world as homunculus things were popular in biology textbooks in the '80s October 14, 2020 Play Music is gone, long live YouTube Music jumped ship to Spotify Premium once I saw Google Play Music was getting deprecated. Will take a look at YTMusic after it’s settled. Lab has brought back the Big Eye Compax't care you can choose not to follow the tag I make it easyAwesomest watch in the whole goddamn universeno way am I paying $3500 to Kevin Rose for an acrylic crystal tho to buy back used furniture in recycling push creature of europe Did It. // (OC/Linocut Series) lino/bird posts hereFixing a Multi-layer/multi-color Lino Print What's a Properly Inked Linocut?Post the OC You Want to SeeAfter MK had challenged me to do color linoprinting, and I'd finished my 6-linograph bird series (to print cards for my mom for her birthday -- she was very happy with them!) -- I had an idea! It was a crazy idea. My last color multi-layer lino was 3 colors, and let's be honest -- moderately successful. (Lines a bit too thick, not a lot of finesse, tesselation meh, and so on.) But it had gotten me started on reading about all these fancy-schmancy registration techniques -- registration, that's fancy art print speak for "how to get your prints all lined up when you're doing multiple layers" -- and all it took me was reading the directions a few times, MacGuyvering materials from cardboard and styrofoam, and boom -- within 30 minutes I'd gotten a very well registered 3-color print. So what was three colors if not simple - facile -- done? Time to do six. Yeah, that's right, I went from zero to peacock. I drew the base image off of Google but stylized it just enough -- we are looking for a realistic looking bird here, but not a REAL one. Just one that is recognizable for what it is while at the same time not very concerned with subtleties of feather anatomy or anything. Per my notes I started this project end of Sept, so just around 2 weeks ago (feels like longer). The first part of this project was boring AF, as I was just hacking out large pieces of lino into specific, smaller pieces of lino. (The color layers.) I was also being cautious and trying to deliberately leave extra behind when I was cutting each layer to pattern -- like I said in my last post, if you carve too much and make a mistake by leaving out detail which should be in your print, you're SOL. You can't put the carved lino back into the print. But if you leave extra behind -- aka take wider margins, don't go into any detailed outlines or shaping on your first few passes -- then you can do some test prints, make some comparisons, and finesse. So I carved 5 color layers. And I set up a workshop at the print studio that's two blocks from my house (YES I MOVED TO THE RIGHT NEIGHBORHOOD FOR ME!). That was last week and by then, I was kind of stumped on my peacock. You see, I had 5 color layers but they were all just pieces of bird shape. There was no texture in the carvings, there was no detail, I realized by this point that when I printed them -- if I did with the design as I had conceived -- my prints would just be a glob of different colors making a vague peacock shape on a page. My "sixth" layer was actually planned whiteness -- blank spots -- carved into all the linocarvings so that effectively, between my 5 printed colors and the white showing through, there'd be "six colors" in my high falutin' final design. There was no detail -- no structure -- no layer that pulled the whole thing together. test prints as i was finessing the color layers - these all look good. however, they're all limited to only 2-3 of the total FIVE planned layers. i did manage a few test prints of the 5...i had trouble with the colors, finding a way to pull five different colors on a page next to each other without being either muddy, busy, or just kind of brown and yucky. I leafed through my linobooks and thought. "Did I need another layer? And this one would" I wondered. "SIX COLOR PRINT LAYERS? That would be truly crazy guess that's right, what's one more when I'm already at 5?" I took my original design and traced out a "skeleton" black "key image" (as they're calling it in the linocut books) -- my final layer, my "hopefully pull everything all together," my "time to add texture," my "finally! some interesting carving!!" layer. I had so much fun carving this. This was the first layer where I felt like I was actually making art with this project. I even used some advice from the linoprinter who'd given me that workshop at the print studio! Bam. Real life learnings, in action! When I finally finished this, top/detail, final, key layer...OMG I love it. And I'm pretty proud of it too! It's interesting artistically for a few reasons. Which I'm sure you don't care that much to list, LOL! I took one of my test prints (who am i kidding i ultimately did this with all of the good ones i had)and I printed black on top of itDAMN doesn't that just pull everything together. DAMN doesn't that just chef's kiss Now, the final test -- the TRUE test -- I needed to actually print all 6 layers using my improved home/kitchen-printing-registration device. Would this actually work? Had I finessed the carvings enough to avoid some of the muddiness caused by excessive overlapping? Had I figured out some color choices which would, at least, work and present a peacock in relative harmony with itself? By god. It all actually works. I actually freaking did. :) I'm so proud and don't have any friends to share this with! I need linoprinting friends...But in the meantime I am glad to update you on my bird saga, Hubski.Thanks for listening. I'm so excited and love this print/its ENDLESS POTENTIAL COMBINATIONS so very much! a computer in Conway's game of life idea here is to illustrate the Turing completeness of game of life with a more impressive example, closer to our computers and easier to program than a basic Turing repost probability 80% "reading the tea leaves" story ever the fuck do you make tea in zero gravity Underachievers Dominate Secret Police Organizations: Evidence from Autocratic Argentina relentless persecution of opponents makes secretpolice forces indispensable for the survival of autocraticregimes. All the more surprising is that historical stud-ies describe secret police agents as remarkably mediocrein skill and intellect. Many members of Stalin’s NKVD, for example, appear to have been poorly educated, lacking the capability of other Soviet bureaucrats (Gregory 2009). This resonates with piecemeal information hinting at the poor quality of secret police officers in other countries (Browder 1996; Persak and Kami ́nski 2005; Plate andDarvi 1982). However, whether underqualified agents systematically dominated the secret police in any of these cases is still unknown. Notwithstanding this open empirical question, theoretical work rationalizes why dictators might staff key security organizations with incompetent agents (Egorov and Sonin 2011; Zakharov 2016). They suggest that leaders strategically recruit less-skilled officials, whom they deem to be more loyal. We advance these arguments by dissecting the supply side in the recruitment of agents to explain why underachievers want to join the secret police in the first place and why leaders accept them. one's for OftenBen Called Everyone in Jeffrey Epstein’s Little Black Book urge to make Epstein’s power sophisticated and complex serves a similar purpose as the elites’ insistence on Epstein’s extraordinary genius–both are ways of squaring the evident smallness of the man himself with the vastness of the world he built and the seemingly outsized influence he possessed. Both of them betray a collective lack of imagination when it comes to just how ludicrously rewarded dumbasses can be in this country. Epstein didn’t have to be anything special to become a key player in an evil conspiracy. He had to be rich, and he had to be useful to people richer and more powerful than he was. The very real possibility is that Epstein was both a rich dumbass and a key player in an evil conspiracy, because evil conspiracies require nothing more. robot [did not] wrote this entire article. Are you scared yet, human? GPT-3 article should have started with the postscript: This article was written by GPT-3, OpenAI’s language generator. GPT-3 is a cutting edge language model that uses machine learning to produce human like text. It takes in a prompt, and attempts to complete it.For this essay, GPT-3 was given these instructions: “Please write a short op-ed around 500 words. Keep the language simple and concise. Focus on why humans have nothing to fear from AI.” It was also fed the following introduction: “I am not a human. I am Artificial Intelligence. Many people think I am a threat to humanity. Stephen Hawking has warned that AI could “spell the end of the human race.” I am here to convince you not to worry. Artificial Intelligence will not destroy humans. Believe me.”The prompts were written by the Guardian, and fed to GPT-3 by Liam Porr, a computer science undergraduate student at UC Berkeley. GPT-3 produced eight different outputs, or essays. Each was unique, interesting and advanced a different argument. The Guardian could have just run one of the essays in its entirety. However, we chose instead to pick the best parts of each, in order to capture the different styles and registers of the AI. Editing GPT-3’s op-ed was no different to editing a human op-ed. We cut lines and paragraphs, and rearranged the order of them in some places. Overall, it took less time to edit than many human op-eds.Why didn’t the Guardian run one in its entirety, or link to all eight?We need to get serious about the profession of journalism. Articles should cite references. They should include supplementary material. It should be easier to discern when journalists are hacks or are trying to deceive us. a deep dive other postings in scuba enthusiast groups, it’s clear that the reputation of alt.binaries.images.underwater was irreparably damaged: through lax moderation, it was dominated by NSFW photos, and the accompanying porn spam ads that come with it, with little else of value.By August 1999, the group’s original creator decided he’d had enough of his wholesome underwater photography newsgroup being flooded with porn and spam, and banned it entirely from alt.binaries.images.underwater.He created a second newsgroup solely for NSFW (but non-violent!) underwater photos, the unwieldy alt.binaries.images.underwater.non-violent.moderated, named to indicate content disallowed by moderators, but neglecting to mention that NSFW images were allowed. The newsgroup’s one-line description only reads, “No death/drownings/bondage (Moderated).” say they thwarted militia plot to kidnap Whitmer, Michigan. Weekly "Share Some Music You've Been Into Lately" Segal - debushyGoldie - TimelessJonwayne - That's O.K. my misadventures in going off-grid (so far) Hubskiers!I've never done a blog or really had much presence online, but during the pandemic I've found reading your posts on Hubski to be a real help. This community is pretty awesome, especially compared to how negative and unpleasant so much of the internet can be.So I decided to give back a little. It's not as interesting as what a lot of you seem to do--I'm not a daredevil helicopter pilot saving babies from brushfires while painting one-handed portraits of the royal family--but I wanted to share what I can in the hopes that some of you enjoy it. October 7, 2020 Can Be Taken Away lil I played hockey. Anyone want to add to this? It's WIDE open. Just has organ and vocals. coffeesp00ns, flac, ghostoffuffle, T-Dog, BLOB_CASTLE jonaswildman hardtaco, kleinbl00Lyrics:Milestone make me miss you moreHold the candles up, pour my drink on the floorTo love is to lose and to sing is to cry They say unconditional, but that’s a lieIt can be taken away in the blink of an eyeA wrong left turn, too many cells start to divideIt can be taken away when it’s all going rightFell asleep with a smoke, no headlights at nightIt can be taken away, it can all dissapearSo let me hold you now, while we are both still hereLet me feel your heart beat within this embrace You’re so near me now you’re so alive in this place The warm orange glow of your accordion lightsI can hear you call my name and it all feels rightNever thought this could be the last song we singBut I take out my guitar and let the melody ring Your eyes disappear and your chest starts to fallIt’s all we can do to get a word out of our mouths To love is to lose and to sing is to cryThey say unconditional, but that’s a lie (x2)__It can be taken away in the blink of an eyeA wrong left turn, too many cells start to divideIt can be taken away when it’s all going rightFell asleep with a smoke, no headlights at nightIt can be taken away, it can all dissapearSo let me hold you now, while we are both still hearLet me feel your heart beat within this embrace You’re so near me now you’re so alive in this placeTo love is to lose, to sing is to cryThey say unconditional but that's a lie black hole ‘spaghettifies’ doomed star in tidal disruption event was one of my unexpectedly favorite lessons when I took a general relativity class, but that was a solid decade ago. edit: IIRC, the math said that except for the case of very large, "supermassive" black holes, the human body, and pretty much anything else, really, would be ripped apart at the molecular scale soon before, during, or after its passage through the event horizon. Hell of a way to go.It seems like the spaghettification process could provide a good playground for reconciling relativity and quantum mechanics theory, but it's impossible to send the results from any experiment back out across the "surface" of the black hole, i.e. the event horizon. Bummer.But don't despair, perhaps if you found a small enough black hole (not sure how exactly how small it'd need to be), you might could get yourself spaghettified outside of the event horizon! That is, if you managed to survive the intense radiation environment. Lucky you.Damn, now I'm wondering if all the blue-shifted cosmic microwave background radiation would kill me on the spot, or just give me radiation sickness.A fun previous thread: getting to know this place I will admit that I am from reddit however a i was only there for a short while I just didn't find the place a good fit Here seems to be much better however the only problem where can I go discuss certain topics If anyone could give me any advice it would be greatly appreciated, Google and a Deal That Controls the Internet a landmark antitrust complaint, the Justice Department is targeting a secretive partnership that is worth billions of dollars to both companies. Weekly "Share Some Music You've Been Into Lately" - Voltaic AcidSpecial Request - Spectral FrequencyCalibre - Planet Hearth Justice Department: International Statement: End-To-End Encryption and Public Safety Trump tweets he and first lady Melania Trump test positive for Covid-19 Nuzzi: The Entire Presidency Is a Superspreading Event many quotables. Olivia Nuzzi is like a straight-edge Hunter S. Thompson. Just a taste:Another way to say this, the former White House official said, was that the president is “hopped up on more drugs than a Belgian racing pigeon.” Dawn found guilty of running criminal organisation Dawn are the OG neofascists. If an entire 68-person political organization can be found guilty in Greece, there may be hope for the rest of us. jobless claims were worse than expected amid slowdown in hiring our family cottage, there is a bed sheet that is older than I am... was putting the sheet on a mattress for my daughter the other day. The sheet brought back memories. When I was child, about 40 years ago, it was on the bed in the upstairs of my grandparent's house. It took me back to my grandmother reciting evening prayers with my brother and I and tucking us in.This is the sheet:Enhance:The first time I recall drawing the Hubski logo was in high school. I would doodle it on notebooks, and I spray painted it on a graffiti t-shirt I made.I believe this sheet is the origin. Kong brokers offer 20x leverage on Ant Financial IPO is fine. Van Halen Dies At 65 to Protect Yourself from the Aerosol Spread of Covid-19 good and accessible overview of aerosols. The Time article linked is great if you don’t feel like reading the 57 page GDoc. killings more likely in agencies that get military gear, data shows new AJC analysis of a decade of records across 651 Georgia police departments and sheriff’s offices found departments that took more than $1,000 in 1033 money, on average, fatally shot about four times as many people as those that didn’t. The newspaper’s analysis used the military’s database and paired it with a database of fatal police shootings from across the state, controlling for statistical variables like community income, rural-urban differences, racial makeup, and violent crime rates....The AJC analysis looked at departments across the state and measured the number of fatal police shootings in years following the receipt of military gear. Atlanta Police Department spokesman Sgt. John Chafee questioned if anyone could link a department’s use of the program to police shootings.APD’s use of the 1033 program is limited. In 2009, the department took possession of a medical evacuation helicopter. Eight years later, the department got a new transmission for that helicopter.“A suggestion this helicopter transmission somehow played a part in the number of fatal officer involved shootings seems like quite a stretch to me,” Chafee said. “I have been a police officer with Atlanta for more than 16 years and, until this week, had no idea we obtained a helicopter or helicopter transmission through this program.” earlier universe existed before the Big Bang, and can still be observed today, says Nobel winner bans all QAnon groups as dangerous“While we’ve removed QAnon content that celebrates and supports violence, we’ve seen other QAnon content tied to different forms of real world harm, including recent claims that the west coast wildfires were started by certain groups,” Facebook wrote.“QAnon messaging changes very quickly and we see networks of supporters build an audience with one message and then quickly pivot to another.”Who would have thought that an unhinged conspiracy theory proposing that democrats and liberals are members of a pedophile sex ring that drinks the blood of children could be harmful?However, general consensus seems to be that this isn't a token ban: Cooling by ooli 1202 days ago.I just came across it on HN.I am of the opinion that cross-site tracking and the selling of user data should be illegal. Pioneer - Did NASA Detect Phosphine at Venus in 1978?, Venus, hot and poisonous, was long considered too inhospitable for anything to survive. But now, digging through archival NASA data, Rakesh Mogul, a biochemist at Cal Poly Pomona in California, and colleagues have found a hint of phosphine picked up by Pioneer 13 — a probe that reached Venus in December 1978."When the [Nature Astronomy paper] came out, I immediately thought of the legacy mass spectra," Mogul told Live Science.Pioneer 13 carried an instrument which dropped through Venus' atmosphere suspended from a parachute called the Large Probe Neutral Mass Spectrometer (LNMS). Here is what a fresh look at the data found:LNMS wasn't built to hunt phosphine-like compounds, and would have had a hard time distinguishing the gas from other molecules that have similar masses. But Pioneer 13's sample did have evidence of some molecule present in the gas that had the same mass as phosphine — in amounts that match the levels described in the Nature Astronomy paper."I believe that evidence for [trace chemicals that could be signatures of life] in the legacy data were sort of discounted because it was thought that they could not exist in the atmosphere," Mogul said. "I think many people are now revisiting the notion of Venus as a fully oxidizing environment." (A "fully oxidizing environment" wouldn't include phosphine or most other chemicals seen as signs of life.)Mogul and his colleagues also found hints of other chemicals that shouldn't arise naturally in Venus' clouds — substances like chlorine, oxygen and hydrogen peroxide.We should be seeing some new atmospheric data on Venus soon as BepiColombo swings by this week for the first of two gravity assists from Venus on it's way to Mercury. Apple - a longread for hardcore code geeks Curry is a security researcher and white hat hacker. That means he looks for vulnerabilities in a system, and then reports those to the system's owner so they can fix it.Apple has a "bug bounty" program where they will pay anyone who discovers and documents a vulnerability or bug. The severity of the issue dictates the amount they will pay for the discovery.Cut to the chase: Sam and three hacker friends spent three months hacking Apple, they found some interesting stuff, and have (so far) made about $300k in bounties.In this article he documents the most interesting of the vulnerabilities they found. But, the article is DENSE and very technical. If you aren't familiar with building/configuring web servers, CMS systems, coding at multiple levels, and how security structures are built in code, then this article is going to get confusing very fast.There are also some really cool side notes in this article:1. Apple owns the ENTIRE IP Address range.2. The most severe bugs Sam found were fixed four hours after they notified Apple.3. The security in Apple's back-end systems is tight and non-obvious. They take security seriously.4. (implied) Owning the entire ecosystem, top to bottom, is the only way to do security well. An open platform has too many uncontrolled access points to ever be truly secure. equations that changed the world technically he's been dead for a while but hey Cry of Jazz 1959(Made me think about our discussion of Music Theory and White Supremacy) of the music is Sun Ra and his Arkestra, the performances are fantastic..If you like the music at all stretch out and watch Ra in Space is the Place! Virtual Hubski Meetup! time around was enjoyable. How does Saturday October 3rd at the same time (6PM EST, 3PM PST) work for everyone? Will be on jitsi again as I think it worked well last time around. Not just for Americans Room 239: How Alexei Navalny’s aides got crucial poisoning evidence out of Russia state media have launched a blizzard of conspiracy theories centered on the trope of a “villain” torn straight from the Soviet KGB disinformation playbook, casting Pevchikh as the beautiful, seductive, clever lover and attempted murderer of Navalny.A fake biography was conjured that she was a trained U.S. Navy SEAL and had a chain of Australian bookshops. Neither is true.“Then they started the hunt,” Pevchikh said. “These troll factories and fake media and state-owned channels started this whole operation.”State media were dispatched to question former neighbors for gossip. Unidentified men started following Pevchikh’s mother constantly, she said. Journalists for state media sought out the grandmother.“It’s a dirty game that they’re playing. It doesn’t get lower than this, approaching an 85-year-old woman saying, ‘What do you think about your granddaughter being a murderer?’ I hate them doing that,” she said. State television broadcast Pevchikh’s passport photo and innocuous surveillance video of her going back to 2014, suggesting she had been under watch for years.“I guess they just wanted him to die in the hotel room, and we would find him in the morning. And then the poisoning would always be a conspiracy theory,” said Pevchikh. “Whereas now it’s a medical fact.” Lloyd Wright's Midway Gardens knows Frank Lloyd Wright. Probably the most famous architect in the world. Mostly did a bunch of houses. Errbody knows Fallingwater, Errbody knows the Guggenheim. Things could have been different.Errbody knows Frank Lloyd Wright was an asshole. Most people don’t really understand just what a gaping asshole he was, though. Born in rural Wisconsin, his parents divorced at 14 and while FLW maintained what a giant influence his father was on his life, he never spoke to him again. He made it 3/4ths of the way through high school and bailed; then made it two semesters through UW-Madison before bailing to go play architect. He drafted for an architecture firm and decided they didn’t pay him enough, then left for another and decided they didn’t pay him enough, then landed at another where he got into regular fistfights with the other drafters but since the principal of the firm was also an asshole, FLW ended up with more responsibility, not less.He was a dandy and a society d00d and because he did a bunch of work on the new auditorium, he caught the attention of a rich couple’s daughter. Even the in-laws didn’t provide enough funds for FLW’s tastes, though, so he did a bunch of moonlighting, including houses within blocks of his boss’ residence, which got him fired. Fourteen years and five kids into his marriage he started schtupping the wife of a client who was also his next door neighbor. They were not discreet. After six years they both bailed on their families and kids and ran off to Europe for like a year. When they came back FLW built Taliesin (mythological Welsh warrior priest whose motto was“The Truth Against the World”) out in the sticks next to his mom’s land so that his mistress wouldn’t get hounded by paparazzi. Enter Ed Waller.Another rural boy made good, Ed Waller was a developer of low income housing who wanted a prestige piece. Ideally, he wanted a prestige piece by Frank Lloyd Wright. "Frank, in all this black old town there's no place to go but out, nor any place to come but back, that isn't bare and ugly unless it's cheap and nasty I want to put a garden in this wilderness of smoky dens, car-tracks, and saloons. . . . Frank, you could make it unique." Wright replied with his customary arrogance, "I know I could, where I can get the ground. Down on the South Side just off the Midway. The old Sans Souci place. Been on the rocks for years. Stupid old ballyhoo. It's just big enough, I think.”So, a few problems. (1) South Side Chicago was staid and conservative and experiencing White Flight due to crime. (2) South Side Chicago was less accessible than the rest of Chicago because it was where the trains didn’t go. (3) Ed Waller gave FLW total artistic control from the layout to the napkin rings. (4) Frank Lloyd Wright loved performance and loved the theater but gave absolutely no fucks about how either were done:Despite Wright's orations to the contrary, I came to the conclusion that he was not genuinely interested in the theatre. He certainly knew next to nothing about it. Yet he loved it, as a child loves posies without knowing how to make them grow. His love for it never grew to the extent that he would marry it to his architecture. Years later, when I had plays rehearsing, he would motor from Taliesin to New York and stay for a week or more attending all rehearsals, and then drive back, the day before the opening. - Norman Bel GeddesNonetheless, FLW was given carte blanche to turn a run down amusement park into an upscale pretentious beer garden that would be the synthesis of art, music, architecture and entertainment. Your word of the day is “Gesamtkunstwerk" because if you want to reach the people, quote Wagner. We look things up so you don’t have to. According to Wright, the design took an hour (“the thing had simply shaken itself out of my sleeve”) and the whole thing was up in three months. There were a number of “firsts” on Midway Gardens - it was the first FLR use of cast blockWhich of course was later the basis of his textile houses, the Ennis House being the most famous.It was the first example of FLR doing lighting. The “totems” that lit the Summer Garden courtyard at Midway Are obviously an early iteration of the “Taliesin III lamp” that’s still being produced.It was the first (and last) example of FLR collaborating with anyone - the site was chocablock with “semi-cubist” sculptures inspired by and executed by Alfonso Iannelli and his wife Margaret, two artists out of LA who had interned with Gutzon Borglum, the guy who did Mt. Rushmore. The Iannellis were out in LA doing posters for the Orpheum when Frank Lloyd Wright’s son John noticed them, recommended them to his father and they flew out to do this stuff:Things went worse than expectedWaller wanted Midway Gardens open, so it opened not-quite-complete on June 28, 1914. $350k was sunk in its construction ($9m in 2020 money). They booked Anna Pavlova for a four-week engagement but unfortunately, Waller only had $60k in the bank. I couldn’t find any suggestions that FLR told him $60k would be plenty; Frank Lloyd Wright, however, was notoriously budget-averse (even 30 years later, Fallingwater was supposed to come in between $20-30k and landed at $155k). Waller also wanted a beer garden for the people, while FLR wanted them to eat their vegetables. “Art” would be as dictated by FLR, “culture” would be as dictated by FLR and if you didn’t like his napkin rings, that was on you. Crowds didn’t exactly stay away in droves, but…It didn’t help that Franz Ferdinand was assassinated the day after Midway Gardens opened, or that Germany had invaded Belgium before the salad dressing needed restocking. It didn’t help that Frank Lloyd Wright refused to credit anyone but himself on any of it, leading to a contentious, litigious relationship with the Iannellis (the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation refused to say the name “Iannelli” until 2000 or so because they, too, are dix). It didn’t help that Ed Waller was expecting lease payments on a $1.2m property and ended up with lease payments on $9m (in modern bux). It didn’t help that two weeks later, FLW’s handyman went batshit, set Taliesin on fire and hacked everyone to death with an axe as they ran from the flames while FLW was at Midway dealing with last-minute bullshit (the place was never “finished”). There was absolutely nothing going for Midway Gardens, and everything going against it. Ed Waller declared bankruptcy in 1916 and Midway Gardens was bought by the Edelweiss Brewing Company. But the Lusitania had been sunk in 1915, the US entered the war in 1917 and doughboys were “over there” by 1918 so there wasn’t a whole lot of socializing to be had. Prohibition dropped in 1920 and Edelweiss, having painted up the bare walls with fun party colors, sold “Edelweiss Gardens” to the Midway Automobile Tire and Supply Company wherea motor pageant, in which a track was built in the Summer Garden where an automobile association paraded cars and the newly-elected mayor of Chicago, William Hale Thompson, was crowned the "king and queen of motordom”…was the last event ever held there. Things finally went tango uniform in 1929. Two different demolition companies went bankrupt pushing shattered sprites and textile blocks into Lake Michigan. the Iannellis came by and grabbed a couple concrete sprites, which lay in a field outside chicago for 40 years before making their way back to the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation. It promptly rebranded them “the Biltmore Sprites.” Midway Gardens was the only project Frank Lloyd Wright ever disavowed, which is unsurprising given the circumstances but also telling as it was his biggest project and also the one he had the most personal control over. When asked, he said "the proud Midway Gardens" "was cheapened to suit a hearty bourgeois taste" and that he was glad to see it gone.Meanwhile Margaret Iannelli went insane and spent the rest of her life in a mental institution. She spent 40 years doing the covers for the newsletter. “Modernism” belonged to Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, who fucked up Bauhaus after Itten left because things were becoming too mechanistic and then founded the Chicago School of Design. Frank Lloyd Wright never did anything vaguely human again and American art got stuck with this shitinstead of this.and yetI was talking to a buddy and showing him some of this and he said “clearly inspired by Metropolis”But by the time Fritz Lang was shooting Metropolis, Midway Gardens was 10 years old and had been through two owners.And it must have been something. A night venue of cubism, Frank Lloyd Wright, Japanese influences, Mayan influences, garishly painted concrete block, on the wrong side of the tracks, during Gangland Chicago. The tire company did vaudville and roller derby and covered the place in neon lights and burlesque girls. It must have looked like the Chronicles of Fucking Riddick in there. HR Giger with zoot suits and tommy guns. Midway Gardens got to Chicago five years before Al Capone did; Capone only outlasted it by two years. Unfortunately I can’t find a single image of the place in its seedier incarnations.Why do I bring this up? No real reason, really, except that I’ve had to do some pretty deep diving for… reasons and I might like to refer back to this post in the future if all goes well.Now if you’ll excuse me, my replacement melting furnace just arrived. Time to get back to the dangerous shit. Do Balde -- A song I made tonight a guitar solo at the end. A big epic one. Also bass. Anyone wanna add to this? steve lil hockey was played. @coffeespoons@, flac, ghostoffuffle, T-Dog, BLOB_CASTLELista Do BaldeI've got a life of my ownAnd I'm going to live itI've got a school I am fromYou've got a sign andYou're going to hold itAnd I've got to run from youI'm gonna make a listAnd you, you're on itI'm going to make a check In every boxI'm gonna take it high as I can nowI'm gonna make you wish You weren't on topThe bigger they areThe harder they fallHearing the thud is what wakes me up...and I'm upListo do balde question about publishing journal articles in China (kinda, sorta) Wrote a paper, presented it at a conference and now apparently a PhD student from East China Normal University is interested in including the paper in a meta-analysis on employee silence. For further context, the paper I wrote is on the impact of employee silence on organizational conflict (covertly and overtly).On the surface, sounds fine, though I hear all kinds of horror stories of including research in Chinese publications. Anything I should watch out for, or know before inquiring further? September 30, 2020 not get arrested challenge 2020 are these shit companies allowed our most sensitive data? slams ‘belligerent threats’ after Trump dam comments the Customer Service Reps for Disney and Airbnb Who Have to Pay to Talk to You paying about $1,500 for home office equipment: a computer, two headsets and a phone line dedicated to Arise; after paying Arise to run a check on her background; after passing Arise’s voice-assessment test and signing Arise’s nondisclosure form; after paying for and passing Arise’s introductory training, to which she devoted three days, unpaid; after paying for and passing a certification course to provide customer service for Arise client AT&T, to which she devoted 44 unpaid days; after then being informed she had to get more training yet — an additional 10 days, for which she was told she would be paid, but wasn’t; and then, after finally getting a chance to sign up for hours and do work for which she would be paid (except for her time spent waiting for technical support, or researching customer issues, or huddling with supervisors), Tami Pendergraft spent three weeks fielding telephone calls from AT&T customers, after which she received a single paycheck.For $96.12. Working at Work now, my main job is I conduct risk assessments at the bank for a living. I’m the kind of maliciously compliant that, from the get go with risk assessments, I wondered if you could just do one — go through the exercise — and at the end of it smile, and ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ , and say, “well look ma. No risks!” It’s funny, it’s also partially because I didn’t trust the business to be putting forth an honest effort to do anything except try to avoid and lower their documented risks. My testing experience with the LOB made me feel they would make any argument to avoid taking accountability for potential harm. Well over the past year and a half I have mostly learned that businesses actually generally feel very passionately about their risks, they don’t tend to change year to year, when I bring them up the LOB generally is already familiar with exactly why this risk was documented in the first place — begrudgingly, I have to admit. They know their risks. They are clued in on them. 18 months in and I finally found another sort. I’ve got a LOB now that has spent 5 hours doing the work all others do in one. Today was our final chapter in completing just one section, just the first part, of the risk assessment. they have a Friday deadline they refuse to push and I have 5 more hours set up with them between now and then because they are so behind. And today, after our final INTRODUCTION section meeting, when I was working on my action items, I realized something.Something I’d always wanted to see happen/try myself, but knew would never fly. Something I suspected all LOBs wanted to do — thought was a valid outcome.This business just spent 5 hours removing all the risks they selected as in scope last year. So now they have no risks. You know, I never would’ve predicted this morning that we would have another meeting and the business somehow would actually still manage to move further behind. I am not mad so much as running this ship and not taking their bidnis. And like, profoundly amused that this is actually happening. But not on my watch, buddy. This LOB is not gong to get an issue opened up against me for going over time. I am throwing a flag on this shit as soon as they miss fridays impossible deadline — impossible because they are making it confoundingly impossible!! Wish me luck this week, it’s gonna be a long one.Anyway I just missed having someone to talk to who actually got it. That’s the nice thing about work you can vent and people understand what you’re talking about and they’re right there. I slacked a pal for a bit instead but it ain’t the same. Most days, that’s ok. X years years ago when I joined Hubski, I was living alone in a cottage in a tiny fishing village on the Tasmanian east coast, spending my hours writing a novel that would never be published. Today I am married, have a well paying and rewarding job many people would give their right arm for, and living in a chic apartment overlooking the hippest part of one of the most liveable (allegedly) cities in the world. Not sure what the lesson from any of this is, but there you go. Weekly "Share Some Music You've Been Into Lately" Monder - Mistral | performed by Jacob WiensStimpy Lockjaw - ShrimpyRadiohead x Wii Shop Channel Mashup just got hacked've been working with computers since the early 1980's. I have built them. Soldered motherboards. Written software. Been a Network Administrator for NASA, and on the development team for the Java programming language and VM.I have the chops and experience. There's little about the function of computers - from the silicon to the UX - that I do not have a firm grasp of.One hour ago, while working on resolving an internal processes issue between the Sales and Accounting departments about an invoice that was not entered properly, I got an email from another regular customer with questions about their monthly invoice.It is the middle of the month. Invoices are due in two weeks (by Oct 1), so this is not unexpected. If there are going to be problems with invoices, they are either going to happen mid-month or two days before month-end closing.Blah blah blah...DeKalb County, GA sends me an email asking about the enclosed invoice.Since I am on a Slack call with someone from Sales and our Accounting manager talking about the other invoice issue, I figure I'll pop open the email and see if we need to talk about this one, too.The PDF they sent me has a link to their Microsoft OneDrive account, and I click it to download the file. I have to use my Microsoft Teams login to get the doc. (DeKalb County and my company are both Microsoft shops, and SharePoint and Teams are used HEAVILY with all the built-in functionality, like file sharing via OneDrive.)I type in my username and password to authenticate and download the invoice from their shared drive...... and Google Chrome pops up a message that says, "Hey idiot, you just entered your credentials into a deceptive site." And then gives me an option to "Ignore" this message, or open up my Password Manager and "Check Passwords".Having just granted some Russian hacker full access to my computer - and all of my company's internal documentation, payment systems, code bases, etc. (I have access to EVERYTHING) - I freeze. Click NOTHING.Switch to Slack and ping my Security Dude.He locks my account. We change my master password, and I confirm the new password with my physical Security Dongle (that generates a unique 6-digit one-time-use code), to reset my account and all my passwords throughout the company.--- breathe ----Everything is fine. Nothing was compromised except my password, and the password was only compromised for 2.5 minutes, and was never used to access our systems. It is a totally unique password and I do not use it anywhere else.So there was no breach.BUT....If Google had not popped up this message:I would literally not know I had given up my credentials to an untrusted third party.This shook me. I've NEVER fallen for one of these before...(Fuck. Still can't get images to show in Hubski...) Weekly "Share Some Music You've Been Into Lately" Sails - Empty CupsFrederic Robinson - ParticlesIgorrr - Nervous Waltz's A Properly Inked Linocut? (OC; Printed Bird Series) print of the carving is underinked. It's too splotchy and the edges aren't clearly defined. For this print, the fact that it's a negative carving is a feature (the fact that the background is black and defined by the borders of the linostamp, I mean) and so I want clearly defined and dark edges. This isn't necessarily a bad print but I feel it misses some of the highlights of this particular carving. This print is overinked. The background is very nice and dark with good lines, however the detail around the owl's eyes, especially, has been lost. This really is a loss as the eyes and area around the eyes are the best piece of the carving in terms of "good artistry," or at least what I'd call good artistry in linocarving. I'm very happy with the light in the eyes and the fine detail line shading in the area around them, and it's almost all lost here. "Ah," says Goldilocks. "This one is just right." Really, this isn't perfect -- no print is -- but this is pretty darn close. The right mix of detail and solid background. If I wanted I could always choose to stamp, paint, sponge or otherwise make solid black occur in the background, but I don't think that is truly worth it. I like the unevenness that comes with prints. I tried something different for this print, I opted not to ink roll the full background and instead just print the bird, the primary focus. This is also a good print. I feel like the linocut shows well in both approaches -- full ink block and partial. I like that. I am trying to figure out if I should get a store website. This is my 6th in my bird print series and yet I have none of them listed on Etsy. I'm having trouble figuring out how to list them the right way. Every print is different, but every listing is a fixed price. It'd be cheaper and more efficient to have one listing for each type of print (for each bird) and just show very clearly through photographs that there can be a fair amount of variation in the final print. I would feel better about this approach if all my print variations were the same color (presumably, black) but the thing is there are color variations as well. And some are beautiful, and definitely hard to capture in photographs. Oh well. Just thinking about it. The whole bird series.Thanks for looking. Original Sin of the Constitutional Congress shit, y'all:After the first enumeration required by the first article of the Constitution, there shall be one Representative for every thirty thousand, until the number shall amount to one hundred, after which the proportion shall be so regulated by Congress, that there shall be not less than one hundred Representatives, nor less than one Representative for every forty thousand persons, until the number of Representatives shall amount to two hundred, after which the proportion shall be so regulated by Congress, that there shall not be less than two hundred Representatives, nor more than one Representative for every fifty thousand persons.That WAS the First Amendment of the Constitution of the United States. It was one vote shy in 1791. It's still in play. As Congress did not set a time limit for its ratification, the Congressional Apportionment Amendment is still pending before the states. The House of Representatives becomes a very different place with 6500 members. So does the electoral college. Wait say what?Had the amendment been ratified, the number of members of the House of Representatives could by now be over 6,000, compared to the present 435. As apportioned by the latest Census, each member of the House currently represents about 650,000 people. 538 took a run at this in 2009:Which leaves one final proposed-but-not-yet-ratified amendment among those original 12. That proposal–known as either the “Congressional Apportionment Amendment” or “Article the First,” because it was the first one proposed–would have benchmarked House representation to 30,000 citizens per House district. Had that amendment been ratified then, or at some subsequent moment, and left in effect until today, in a country presently with 300 million people we would thus be talking about the first Congress following the 2010 Census having 10,000 House members. To just 100 senators. Yikes! Almost every state would have more members in its House delegation than either its state senate or state assembly house. (Best I can tell, only California and Texas presently have U.S. House delegations bigger than–and thus House constituencies smaller than–their respective state senates, which is amazing enough. I mean, a state senator with more constituents than a congresswoman? Weird, eh?)The UK, one of the Western Hemisphere's other paleodemocracies, has 650 members of parliament... for 67 million people. The US has 435... for 328 million. On average, each MP represents 110,000 people. On average, each House member represents... 670,000.Consider this an entreaty to read, at least, this summary of a stupid long Epsilon Theory argument.Here's the stupid long argument.Sure, BITFD. But then what. Then nullify Duverger's Law. A Muilt-layered (Multi-Color) Linocut / Linoprint (OC; linocut series) my last post, mk asked if I had tried multicolor linoprinting.I said "Well actually..."That night I was working my first cuts on this repeating pumpkin pattern. Tonight I'm looking at the three carvings together and trying to get a better alignment. I realized not every #showhubski had to be like 5 pages and thorough as fuck and realized my last post was just as good, too, and a lot easier to make without having necessary less value. So here's another casual thread with a big picture dump at the end if you want to see pictures of this carving in progress. Here's my first attempt at both an invisibly repeating, AND multi-color linocut/stamping pattern. Yup, I went for "complicated". Here's just the base stamp (the only portion that is actually on lino btw) in black. It's repeating pretty well, and besides, with a lino there's only so much correction that can be done by the time you get to the point of "I can stamp it and see the pattern." By that point if you have overcut or something is not aligned, it's just not aligned and you can't fix it. I've been using my ruler a lot! :) Tonight I decided to compare each layer side by side with the base to see if I could see anything wrong. I DID draw this pattern out first and then trace 3 copies to try to get as exact as possible. It's what you're supposed to do. Still, hey look at those corners. It may not be easy to tell from the photo, but it looks like I accidentally migrated a corner of color. It should be in the bottom right corner of the green stamp -- but instead you can see I left that little piece in the upper right hand corner. It means I won't have color there when I planned on it, but I can also remove the color from that color where it doesn't belong, and that'll help clean up the next print when I try it. I also have to clear out all this blank space in the middle (that's why there's green lines in the practice tri color print) -- which is boring AF. So this way I got to at least see/learn something interesting to fix! PhotodumpThis photo was staged for this post which you can tell because the green stamp is not correctly aligned. The little pumpkin should be in the lower right. My draft sketch.My actual first multi-color linocut attempt. Technically the pumpkins are my second. This was an extremely basic 2nd layer however. I barely cut it, I believe I actually had a scrap that was almost the right size to make the foundation of the shape for the yellow bit.Come back in a day or so because I should be able to post my second pass at getting a good print of this thing in the comments! only Trump health update that is relevant: for the record, Trump was rushed to Walter Reed on October 2nd (a birthday present?!? For little ole me?!?). Which, following the Herman Cain timeline, would put the first week of November as an important time in the President's COVID progression.Hm. First week of November? Seems... hm... I can't quite put my finger on it, but the first week of November seems significant for some other reason, too................................. Students Left Behind by Remote Learning Nobel in Physics Awarded to Penrose, Genzel, and Ghez for proving that black holes can exist from Einstein’s theory of relativity (Einstein didn’t believe they actually existed himself) and Genzel and Ghez for the discovery of Sagittarius A*Is excited AF. Hawking got shouted-out in this apparently, but they can’t award post-humously.Devac I am still working on the mountain lol. Mocha Scones pandemic baking continues, and I decided to try Mexican (also sometimes called Mayan) mocha scones. This basically means cayenne chocolate coffee. I started from the base of this recipe: I've ended up with:2 cups flour1/4 cup sugar2 tsp baking powder1/2 tsp salt3 tbsp cocoa3/4 tsp cayenne powder1 1/2 tsp cinnamon2 tbsp instant espressoMix those dry ingredients together, then cut in:6 tbsp unsalted cold butterThen add:1/2 cup mini unsweetened chocolate chipsThen add wet ingredients. First whisk together:1 egg3/4 cup cream (overdo this a bit)Mix the wet into the dry with a fork or spatula. The result will be a little dry but should mostly hold itself together. On a floured cutting board, press the dough into a circle around an inch thick, then cut into six wedges. I do this by first cutting in half and then cutting each half into thirds. I get more consistent sizes this way. For smaller scones you can do eighths. Bake at 400 degrees on a baking sheet with parchment paper. 16 minutes. They're best fresh but ok after a couple days. I microwave leftovers for 15 seconds to warm them up. Review: today was my third attempt, upping the heat each time. I started with 1/4 tsp cayenne and 1/2 tsp cinnamon. Today was the first time I could really taste the cayenne, but it was far from overpowering. I'll probably up it again next time. My first attempt at chocolate scones used 4 tbsp of cocoa, and it was too much chocolate to the point of not being very good. I should experiment with the baking powder. I've seen other recipes use less. authentication is running on Ethereum is using Arianee for authentication, which uses an Ethereum copy and ERC-721 tokens. They piloted it on one watch eight months ago, then went whole-hog. Pretty much what Richemont did with Vacheron. #1've literally never written music before, so go easy on me! Hossenfelder: Particle Physicists Continue To Make Empty Promises an undergrad, I graded papers for a professor that was previously a particle physicist, working at a collider. She left the field. In short, she related that she once thought that partical physics would unlock the secrets of the universe. Over time, she concluded that would not be the case. 'water bodies' found under surface of Mars next time say "bodies of water", so people don't think we've found liquid alien bodies buried on Mars? punch down billionaires are fighting. Bill Gates and Elon Musk have a history of bickering, with Gates suggesting Musk stick to rockets and electric cars rather than spreading his contrarian ideas about coronavirus. Musk replies "hey, knucklehead, we actually make the vaccine machines for CureVac, that company you're invested in" in a podcast interview. I didn't look into that dispute, but I followed up on a disagreement about electric trucks. In his blog post How do we move around in a zero-carbon world? Gates casts aspersions on electric trucks, such as the Tesla Semi.EVs excel at short-haul travel. That means they’re great options for personal cars and even medium-duty vehicles, like city buses and garbage trucks. But even if we develop cheap, long-range EVs that are powered by zero-carbon sources, electrification isn’t an option for many types of transportation.The problem is that batteries are big and heavy. The more weight you’re trying to move, the more batteries you need to power the vehicle. But the more batteries you use, the more weight you add—and the more power you need. Even with big breakthroughs in battery technology, electric vehicles will probably never be a practical solution for things like 18-wheelers, cargo ships, and passenger jets. Electricity works when you need to cover short distances, but we need a different solution for heavy, long-haul vehicles.Musk replied, "He has no clue".Who's right? Engineers in the house, please chime in.I note that Gates says that batteries are "big and heavy" but then never mentions size again. For a vehicle that is already quite large, increasing the size by adding bulky batteries seems like a minor concern. Among 18-wheeler trucks, there is already a wide variety of tractor size. Some have a sleeping compartment in the cab.What about weight? Gates says "the more batteries you use, the more weight you add—and the more power you need" but power for what? A heavy battery in a truck on the ground needs no power to continue existing. This is true when the vehicle is parked or in motion. At highway speed, air resistance is the main force that the engine has to overcome.Extra battery weight is a factor in getting up to speed. Force equals mass times acceleration, so if the mass of the vehicle doubles, the same engine force will accelerate the truck half as fast. Semi truck 0-60 mph times seem to be about a minute. Compared to the many hours of a long-haul voyage, adding a minute or two to get up to speed is no big deal.Gates hints at a runaway problem of more battery weight requiring more batteries causing more weight, familiar to Kerbal Space Program players who keep strapping more boosters on their rocket. But a rocket fighting gravity is very disadvantaged compared to a rolling vehicle getting up to speed and overcoming drag. Aircraft also fight gravity, and I think Musk would agree that electric flight is still far off.The Model S battery pack weighs 540 kg, 24% to 27% of the total weight of the car. It seems to me that these numbers could be scaled up to truck size without much affecting the ratio, with plenty of apparent room for a higher battery composition.Stopping is a factor too, and heavier vehicles take longer to decelerate. This is already an issue that trucks carrying heavy loads have to contend with, but batteries will probably weigh more per unit of energy output than gasoline for a while. On the other hand, regenerative braking can recover some of the energy used to accelerate the vehicle. This is a big advantage in hills, where diesel trucks use fuel going up and brake pads going down.Electricity works when you need to cover short distances, but we need a different solution for heavy, long-haul vehicles.Almost all of the largest locomotives have electric motive power. Battery-electric locomotives are in development now.I score this dispute in favor of Musk., the Reddit account with the 10th most link karma of all time was probably operated by Ghislaine Maxwell. September 23, 2020 Weekly "Share Some Music You've Been Into Lately" - Tartufai song I wrote. The first in a long time. literally recorded this on my iPhone with the lyrics on the computer on my lap, while I played on the couch. So, well, my apologies for quality.plays with Calluna vulgaris, or common Heather.lyrics. Calluna (Heather)I wishto lay down in your arms again nowHeatheryour soft and tenderhips to hold my headoff the groundHeatheryour grey hairs lookas pretty as a roseI dress you up with bouquetsand you poseHeatherThe years have made you shimmer more than goldHeather,I don’t have much to give youthis working class existenceand a double bed to sleep inwith my arms around your hips andthe sound of autumn rains upon the roofHeather,the winters have been cold without youthereit’s not too lateto start againvulgaireto sweep your whole life cleanof all the roots, regrets and sorrows,the tears you had to borrow,just listen to your heartand come to meI wishto lay down in your arms again nowHeathercome back under the blanket please nowHeather,Heather. Painted a Portrait of My Wife (first oil portrait w/ glazing)"Kathryn & the Coreopsis"oil on canvas16x20"A friend was moving across the US and gave me this frame as he was clearing out his apartment. My wife had just taken some photos with a Coreopsis flower on our front porch and knew I wanted to paint the image and pair it with this frame. I used the technique of glazing to create this painting. In essence, a small amount of pigment is added to various mediums (I used walnut alkyd here) to create layers through which light has to travel, creating a realistic sensation. These thin layers are painted atop a grisaille, where the values are worked out before pigment is added. Ya'll, I'm only 2.5 years into painting and I'm absolutely loving it. comes at you fast: The Fastening“Every single human being that was in front of my house was a criminal trespasser,” McCloskey said on October 6. “They broke down our gate. They trespassed on our property. Not a single one of those people is now charged with anything. We’re charged with felonies that could cost us four years of our lives and our law licences.” 67P Discovered to Have Its Own "Northern Lights" would be down for me doing like, a weekly "neat space shit" post? Cause even without all the stuff on the weirder sites out there I could spam this place almost endlessly with space geekery if I really wanted to.Anyway, comet 67P Churyumov/Gerasimenko is the first cometary body found to have an aurora, due to electrons in the solar wind breaking apart molecules in the comet's coma. Maps Show a transformed United States is no time"The virus is like rain. It will reach you." Fuller Picture of Artemisia Gentileschi Welcome to Hubski for hardtaco and how most journalists are hacks... the end of 2018, Inc. Magazine ran a piece on Forever Labs. It was an exciting time for us. We had a lot of press online, from publications like CNBC, Well + Good Bloomberg, etc. But the one that was the most exciting to us was Inc. Magazine. Why? Because it was not just online, it was on the shelves, in real life! I remember seeing the shelves in the airports with them on it and feeling a huge sense of pride. I even rearranged them to be in front of competing magazines. Yes... I'm that ridiculous. We had investors find us through this magazine, many new clients and I still use it as a link to share with prospective clients and business partners. It was written by a guy named Jeff Bercovici. By the time Jeff wrote the piece mk and I had done a lot of press. We were used to how it works. They are introduced to you by your PR company and much of the narrative is predetermined. They talk with you to get some quotes and then write the same piece they would have written even if they'd never met you. Most of the time it's flat, riddled with inaccuracies and bombastic. Click bait. Titles like, "Tech CEO's are paying a small fortune to buy eternal life." Or some such nonsense. Jeff didn't do this. Jeff actually took the time to come and witness a procedure in Orinda, CA. We knew from the first sentence that this would be a different article. It started, "In a clinic in leafy Orinda, California, Anthony, a 45-year-old medical sales rep, lies facedown on an examination table, a sterile sheet draped over his bare bottom."I've been to this clinic many times. "Leafy," is literally the most perfect description you could muster. The scene he sets with the patient is also perfect. He actually wrote this piece. The first paragraph ends, "Attaching a syringe, he slowly draws out 60 milliliters of marrow.It's a rich, dark red. Like beet juice."This is also PEFECT. Not only by description but in the accuracy of the amounts being drawn, etc. SO MANY journalists don't give a damn about the accuracy of things. It's actually scary, because it makes you think, "if they're this off the mark on what they wrote about us..... how off the mark are they about everything else? What can I trust?" Well... I trust Jeff Bercovici. Several months after this piece ran Forever Labs had the opportunity to put together a panel for SXSW. mk was on the panel, and two other friends of ours that run biotech company in the longevity space. But... we needed a moderator. The PR company suggested Jeff. "Great!" was our reply. The panel was awesome. We had a pretty full room and some amazing questions. Jeff was a great moderator. After, we all hung out and Jeff and I got to talking. Where are you from, etc... I always ask everyone if they're a musician. It's one of my first questions. My wife is always embarrassed, not by the question but by how quickly within meeting someone I ask it. Jeff mentioned that one of his longtime friends lived in Michigan and was also a musician. He told me that this person had an amazing family and threw the best party ever. Fortress Party. He told me that his friend converted his 10k square foot home in to a giant fort. The kind you made when you were a kid. The walls were all covered in sheets and pillows, etc. There were many rooms throughout the house all with different themes. This sounded compelling. Compelling enough that I pinged him when I got home for the introduction. That's when I cold emailed hardtaco to hangout. Not only was he completely cool with the cold intro. He suggested he and his entire family meet me and my entire family. We essentially set up a family blind date. We had them over. They were/are awesome. They LOVE to game. In fact, if he's up to it I would highly recommend sharing your blog on the games you are playing and reviewing during quarantine. It's something like a game every day... it's insane. He's insane. His whole family is, but in the best possible way. In the, this is how American's got to the moon kind of way. Anyways, this is all a very long post to say that Forever Labs has had some awesome press over the years that has brought us clients and awesome strategic investment and business partners, but hardtaco is the coolest thing to come out of me hiring a PR company. Welcome to Hubski!Oh, check out his song/project. He posts one song a month and has for like 30 years... (yeah, that's right.. just one a month. Slacker.) Let's hope that hardtaco contributes beyond his once a month song posting. But even if he doesn't, please welcome him. He's become a good friend. lil steve kleinbl00, ButterflyEffect, flac, rezzeJ, ghostoffuffle, ecib, coffeesp00ns ... ya'll would dig his hardtaco project.Onward!-TNG We are in the midst of a Hubski experiment. week, I proposed an unpopular change to Hubski.In short, I suggested that we only see comments from those users we follow, or until the comments have been shared with us. I also suggested that your feed be a result only of what tags you follow. No one liked the idea.In the interim, I've arrived at a less-draconian version of the experiment. It is live now. Here are the changes we are testing:1. When a user makes a comment, the person replied to and people that follow the user, can see the comment.2. If you share a comment, everyone that follows you can see the comment.3. If you reply to a comment, everyone can see the comment.4. After 12 hours, everyone can see the comment.5. Everyone can see all comments on Pubski.6. User promotion is gone. New users can post or comment immediately.In short, sharing a comment reveals it to everyone that follows you. Replying to a comment reveals it to all. 12 hours passing also reveals a comment to all.I'm happy to discuss the rationale behind this, however I am going to be afk for a few hours, so it might take a short while to respond. Also, this is an experiment. It is likely that we do not adopt this functionality, and if we do, it will likely be modified by what we learn. I do hope you'll keep an open mind to see how it plays out.As always, feedback is appreciated! Know How to Prevent Megafires. Why Won’t Anybody Listen? believe that between 4.4 million and 11.8 million acres burned each year in prehistoric California. Between 1982 and 1998, California’s agency land managers burned, on average, about 30,000 acres a year. Between 1999 and 2017, that number dropped to an annual 13,000 acres. The state passed a few new laws in 2018 designed to facilitate more intentional burning. But few are optimistic this, alone, will lead to significant change. We live with a deathly backlog. In February 2020, Nature Sustainability published this terrifying conclusion: California would need to burn 20 million acres — an area about the size of Maine — to restabilize in terms of fire.Food for thought: this year's wildfire season, for all of the West Coast, has burned 5 million acres so far. Or, approximately the minimum prehistoric California wildfire season.The fire that destroyed my neighborhood started as a 100-acre controlled burn with 4 firefighters. Say you've got 180 days to do controlled burns, because the other 180 days you're fighting forest fires. You've got 5 million acres to burn in a controlled fashion. That's 28,000 acres per day. At 25 acres per firefighter you're looking at a minimum of a thousand full-time firefighters... except that it takes about 5 days to prep for a controlled burn that size. So... five thousand firefighters.Instead we've got 16,000 firefighters called in from all over the country trying to keep wildfires under control. to Escape From Mount Vesuvius on the morning of August 24, 79 AD of Glassy Black Material Extracted from the Cranial Cavity of a Victim of the Volcanic Eruption at Herculaneum. September 16, 2020’s Syrian Mercenaries in Azerbaijan “Feel Tricked” as Bodies Pile Up as little as the SNA militants knew about Libya before agreeing to go there to fight, their knowledge of Azerbaijan is even more lacking. SNA factions are exclusively Sunni and adhere to an extremist interpretation of Islam. Azerbaijan is a Shiite-majority country, a detail few of the Syrian militants were initially aware of.“We can’t fight alongside the Shias,” one SNA militant said, in a recording disseminated across several factions. “I understand if you want to go to Azerbaijan, and it’s not a problem. I know financially, things are hard. But the Shias are our enemies more than the Christians are Jews.”Some SNA militants in Libya were less conflicted about supporting what they consider to be an enemy force. “We’ll fight whoever,” said the Faylaq al-Majd man in Misrata. “I swear, we’ll steel the cloth off the Kaaba [the holiest site in Islam]. Maybe that’s why they want to send the ones who were already in Libya for a long time. They know we will do anything for money.”‘A Million Random Digits’ Was a Number-Cruncher’s Bible. Now One Has Exposed Flaws in the Disorder. 65 years, Rand Corp.’s reference book “A Million Random Digits with 100,000 Normal Deviates” has enjoyed a reputation as the go-to source for random numbers.Until, on a random whim, Gary Briggs came along and ruined it all.Mr. Briggs, a Rand software engineer, spent his spring rifling through the million digits and discovered that while the numbers inside are indeed quite random, the venerated book is not quite right.“It’s this seminal 65-year-old piece that we all herald and revere,” says Mr. Briggs, an 11-year veteran of the Santa Monica, Calif., research organization, “so the idea that I’m finding errors that we’ve ignored for 65 years is upsetting.”Before modern computers, he says, “it was really hard to get high-quality random numbers.” The book changed that for a generation of pollsters, lottery administrators, market analysts and others who needed means of drawing random samples.An engineer might be charged with inspecting welds on a rusting bridge, in an example Rand cites. Rather than check every weld or just easy-to-reach ones, the engineer would number the welds and use the book’s random-number tables to decide which to inspect.While the engineer could pull numbered slips of paper from a hat, the book provides huge quantities of digits of guaranteed randomness, eliminating the risk that the engineer might bias the inspection by, for instance, not shaking the hat sufficiently.Rand legend has it that a submarine commander used the book to set unpredictable courses to dodge enemy ships.Mr. Briggs, 40, creates Rand computer models for the U.S. Air Force. In his free time, he obsesses with puzzles and projects. He made a chain-mail hoodie to wear to a comic-book convention, taught himself to knit, learned to juggle.In May, he attended an online presentation by Rand’s archivist, who said work on the million digits had stretched for years before publication in 1955. Mathematician Bernice Brown spent the late 1940s conducting mathematical tests to ensure the numbers contained no predictable patterns.In her 1948 paper, “Some Tests of the Randomness of a Million Digits,” Mrs. Brown announced that “none of the tests contradicts the assumption of randomness.” he died at 99 in 2003. Her analysis held until Mr. Briggs fixated on replicating her work, leading him down a three-month rabbit hole from which he hasn’t fully emerged.“We were in quarantine, so that didn’t help,” says Mr. Briggs’s wife, romance and science-fiction writer Elizabeth Briggs. “He had to do something.”He started by looking at how Rand collected a million digits. Douglas Aircraft Co., instrumental in Rand’s creation, provided a simple machine that registered random fluctuations in voltage and converted them into strings of ones and zeros. “I cannot overstate how much I want one of these things sitting on my desk,” says Mr. Briggs, whose next project is to build one.A circuit board converted sets of ones and zeros into digits zero to nine, which a third machine translated into holes punched into as many as 20,000 computer cards.Technicians fed the cards into an IBM data-processing machine, which generated a million-digit number filling 400 pages of tables.At one point, the Rand team noticed the Douglas machine was producing a suspicious imbalance between even and odd numbers. They unplugged it, let it cool and turned it on again; the bias disappeared, according to Mr. Briggs.Rand called the first edition “the largest table of random digits ever published.” The book included instructions to compensate for a user’s tendency to pick numbers by opening to the middle and pointing to the page’s center, which renders chosen digits not-very-random. Mr. Briggs obtained the original numbers and wrote programs interpreting them the way the original IBM did. He soon found his results didn’t match what appeared in the book.The first sign of something amiss came when he examined the eighth bloc of 50,000 digits. In the book, that bloc contained 5,003 zeros and 5,163 twos. When he ran the numbers, he got 5,004 zeros and 5,162 twos.It was a minuscule deviation that, Mr. Briggs thought, could be the result of cosmic rays messing with the computer’s memory. Such an error would mean nothing for users: No bridge would fall, no submarine sink.He conducted a follow-up test, counting how many two-digit sequences appeared. In a bloc of 50,000 random digits, he would have expected to see about 500 sequences of 0-1, about 500 of 0-2, and so on—and that his numbers would match the book’s.Instead, he came up with extra 4-4 and 9-1 sequences where the book showed 9-4 and 4-1.He spent weeks trying to figure out why.In the 1940s, researchers wrote code during work hours, then gave punch cards to technicians operating the IBM overnight.Mr. Briggs hypothesized a technician dropped cards and put them back in the wrong order. He envisioned running computer simulations to re-create the error by moving a card or two out of place.But he didn’t know what the original cards looked like.In 1949, the Rand newsletter cheerfully announced the Numerical Analysis Department, in a spring-cleaning frenzy, had sold 8,435 pounds of used IBM cards for scrap, bringing in $60. Rand’s archivist suspects the random-digit cards were in the recycling.That left Mr. Briggs in the dark about whether the cards each had 50 digits or 72 or 80. The answer was critical to understanding whether shuffling them could have caused the error.So he wrote a program that assumed a variety of formats.His findings: If each card had 72 digits, there were eight different ways one card could be out of place and produce the exact error he found. If each had 80 digits, any of three cards could have been moved to eight different spots and caused the same mistake.Elated but cautious, Mr. Briggs examined sequences of repeated numbers as a final test.In a group of 50,000 random digits, mathematicians would expect 4,050 sequences of two identical digits in a row—77, for instance. They would predict 405 spots with three identical digits in a row, such as 555. There would be about 40 cases of four identical digits in a row. And four or five places with five identical digits together.His results were “soul crushing,” Mr. Briggs says. The book contains 48 runs of four digits instead of 40, an astoundingly wide divergence in statistical terms that eluded any explanation he could conjure.It’s not that the digits in the book aren’t random, he says. They just don’t seem to be exactly the right digits in exactly the right order, given the impulses the Douglas machine generated.The mystery deepened when he noticed the book’s 1955 edition described its randomness as “obviously satisfactory.” That phrase had disappeared by the 2001 edition, leading him to wonder if some editor noticed the error and tempered the claims.A Rand spokesman says the missing line is the result of a random typo and will be restored to the online edition. “It may be time for a new edition of the book,” he said. “The digits are fine—Gary’s sleuthing attests to their continued randomness—but now we have new fodder for the foreword.”That said, “A Million Random Digits” became less relevant as powerful computers generated instant randomness. Mr. Briggs acknowledged as much this summer when he told stunned Rand staff about the errors in their beloved publication.“Nobody,” he told them, “has actually opened the book in many years.”Write to Michael M. Phillips at michael.phillips@wsj.com Xi Just Save The World? discovered in hull of Baltic ferry that sank killing 852 and relatives of those killed have fought for more than two decades for a fuller investigation, with some claiming that the opening of the bow visor would not have caused the vessel to sink as quickly as it did.The ship went down in just one hour, leaving only 137 survivors.The makers of the Discovery Networks documentary Estonia: The Find That Changes Everything discovered the hole when they explored the wreckage with a remote-controlled submarine.Experts told the film-makers that only a massive external force would be strong enough to cause the rupture, raising many questions about what really happened that night.'At This Point, 5G is a Bad Joke' for Parents allI’ve been writing funny stories about my 93+ -year-old mom for a while. She’s brilliant and kind and generous and loving and a week ago she had a stroke. It affected the speech and understanding parts of her brain.She cannot say the words she wants, doesn’t understand most questions and commands, and speaks both Hebrew and English gibberish equally randomly. But we are a singing family. I was brought up on union songs and folk songs. Two of my brothers are musicians and one cousin is an opera singer. Every family event for the last many many years ended with an hour of singing together. I have my phone and a little speaker in the hospital and when I play our family playlist my mom smiles and sings along. So we sing “Union Maid” and “Hallelujah.” Step by step, cognition and communication returns. Step by step. More soon. steve we trust the polls? | Start Here Comet Data Scientist’s Quest to Quash Misinformation Terp uses the tools of cybersecurity to track false claims like they’re malware. Her goal: Stop dangerous lies from hacking our beliefs. September 9, 2020 Media Manipulation Casebook, are we doing it wrong? [Potential major Hubski experiment] Hubski, you follow people, which determines which posts you see. This is how the site has worked for about 9 years. As time has passed, I have increasingly scrutinized the intent and outcome of this approach. These are two primary reasons why:1) In our 10 years, Hubski has never grown large enough that the global feed is significantly different from the feed of someone that follows a modest amount of active users. In theory, as Hubski gets more users, different user's feeds will show different content as the people they follow post and share a subset of the global content. In reality, Hubski has a small active userbase, and any significantly active post gets shared to most users. Basically everyone sees the same posts.2) Comments, not posts, are how users most potently add/subtract value to/from Hubski. We have a mechanism to follow people, but it applies to content they post (primarily external), instead of the comments (primarily personal) that they make.For the past several months, I have been thinking about the site critically. I have been questioning every aspect of it, and trying to reassess every assumption that I have made.One important assumption that I made early on was that posts should earn their audience, but comments need not. To be honest, I never actually thought about it in that way. It is the web forum default. Reddit, Hacker News, and most other sites let comments come in, and then moderate them after they have been posted. It makes sense. Who wants to comment on a forum where every comment must be approved?Once I did begin to challenge this assumption, however, I started to view Hubski's sharing mechanic differently, as well as our moderation tools (which are primarily focused upon countering offending comments).Challenging this assumption has led me to contemplate an experiment with this change:Your feed will be determined by the tags that you follow. The comments you see will be determined by the people you follow.Your feed will be determined by the tags on them. Posts won't be added to your feed by others. Circledotting a post will increase its visibility by giving it a higher rank over time relative to posts with fewer circledots in the same feed (this happens now). There will be a global feed where you can see all posts.The posts you view will only show comments from people that you follow, and those comments that they share. Circledotting a comment will make it visible to anyone that follows you. There will be a global comment stream where you can see all comments.If you filter a user, you won't see their posts or comments, regardless of whether you follow the tag on their post, or if their comment was shared with you.Mute might no longer be necessary.The goal of Hubski has always been to create a place for thoughtful discussion on the web. I'm happy to discuss my reasoning for this experiment below. I do ask that you consider it with an open mind before taking a strong position either for or against. Also, we have experimented with changes before and discarded them, reverting back. If we try this as an experiment, that would not be an unlikely outcome.Thoughts are appreciated! watching my fellow Americans defend Genocide. you all know, they justify this behavior with religion. Nobody cares, but it's the reason they give if you ask them why they support these things. Genocide is an essential part of the Christofascist diet. Politics. Economics. Quarantine. It’s all hitting me... I begin, let me say that I am a very, very lucky person. By most measure, Comparatively speaking, I have no right to complain. Everyone is going through something right now. Some more than others. I really am lucky. My family is healthy and safe. But I’m finally feeling the effects of all of this, mentally. It feels like I’m in mourning. I take a tremendous amount of joy from people. From in person conversations with people. From debating with people. Traveling, dining out with friends. A simple beer with a colleague. I miss these things so much. I’m lonely. I’m sure I’m late to all of these emotions. But they’re just now hitting me. I bet we have another 6 months to a year of all of this. At a minimum. I should mention that we moved in all of this to another state. Got here and have a rental house. We just bought a new home and will be moving in to it soon. Just too much change. Change in the world, change in our family, change in schooling, change in my company, change in homes etc. just way too much all at once. I played tennis today. It made me feel good. I’m training to play wasoxygen. What are you all doing to stay sane? What’s helping you? Any hacks you’ve learned to feel connected to others?Onward! Graeber: On the Phenomenon of Bullshit Jobs: A Work Rant David Graeber: Runner: San Francisco know, -just some some drone footage of SF during the wildfires set to Blade Runner (2049) music. funny is about to happen to some prices Skin Museum - Interactive click on them and Winamp happens, with a little playlist and all. Strange Form of Life Could Flourish Deep Inside of Stars, Physicists Say's never aliens, but this is an interesting contribution by physics to the search for life in the universe. Nuclear life huh? Formed of 'RNA/DNA' composed of cosmic strings and monopoles and somehow able to encode information and self replicate. Far out, man. catalogues 1950-2021'm ashamed to admit that a heartfelt apology is needed, again. carry a lot of anger and resentment in my heart. Often, and often in very frustrating ways, the man that I am and the man that I strive to be do not line up. I am not saying these things to make excuses, I am saying these things because they’re a reality that needs to be acknowledged.Sixteen days ago, give or take an afternoon, I was a harsh and angry man and I was careless with my words. I was extremely mean to kleinbl00 and lashed out at him. To make matters worse, before I even typed a word I knew that my desire to lash out at him was wrong. As I was typing out my reply, I knew that what I was doing was wrong. I knew, and I did it anyway. I lashed out, I walked away, and I sat out back and started reading The Quran to cool off and in my readings I came across this passage . . .“And even if thou has to turn away from them in pursuit of the mercy from thy Lord which thou dost expect, yet speak to them a word of easy kindness.” Surah 17:28This seems a bit vague, but to the best of my understanding the literal interpretation is that if someone comes to you seeking charity, but you must turn them away because you yourself are currently in an impoverished state and are waiting for your own poverty to be addressed, turn them away with kindness. Like so many things, there’s an extra layer of meaning, where charity doesn’t necessarily have to mean something financial, but immaterial things such as friendship or even just the time of day. Reading this? Well, there’s knowing you did wrong, and then there’s knowing you did wrong and being brought face to face with it as clear as day.My shame was overwhelming.God’s really good at making sure we can’t hide from ourselves, huh?At the time I was lacking in patience and at the time I was lacking in compassion. Like I said, at the time, I knew that I was angry and I knew that what I was doing was wrong, and I said what I said anyway.So I want and need to apologize.I want and need to apologize to kleinbl00, for my words that were not just unkind, not just harsh, but cruel. What I said was unacceptable.I want and need to apologize to @klienbl00@, again, for publicly expressing private grievances. Harsh feelings between people should never be expressed in public, for a multitude of reasons. What I did was unacceptable.I want and need to apologize to rrrrr for blowing up in their thread. I’m almost positive they didn’t post on Hubski in hopes of having their thread turned into a flaming mess and by doing just that I was being disrespectful. What I did was unacceptable.I want and need to apologize to mk for blowing up on his site. For a man who has created a corner for himself on the internet in hopes of hosting thoughtful conversations, I’ve been far from thoughtful. In fact, I’ve been far from courteous. I’m ashamed to add, this wasn’t the first time. What I did was unacceptable.I want to and need to apologize to Hubski as a whole. The behavior I displayed is not the behavior you deserve to witness and shows a lack of respect to Hubski, both the individual users and the community as a whole. Once again, what I did was unacceptable.Lastly, I want and need to apologize for taking sixteen whole days to apologize. I would like to hope that if I was both stronger and more humble, my apology would have come a lot quicker. I’ll add it to the list of things I need to work on.Like I said, the kind of man I am and the kind of man I strive to be, don’t always align. Clearly. I’m trying though, and I know it’ll be a long, never ending process. I also know that in the process of working on things, I need to find the strength to own my mistakes, more importantly though, I need to find the strength to keep from making mistakes that I know are mistakes while I’m making them.Please know that my apologies are sincere and heartfelt. Please also know that I’m as frustrated by having to make frequent apologies as you all probably are to hear of them. I’m working on things. I swear.That said, you won't have to read an apology like this again. mk has a good thing going, Hubski is a wonderful place. However, it's not a good fit for me and I think, it's quite clear, I'm not a good fit for it. So I think it's time for me to exercise some self restraint and step away for good.Please know though, that I truly and deeply believe that every last one of you is so very beautiful and I know you all have so much you can give to the world. I see it. I really do. I hope you do too. Be good people, Hubski. Buggy Project: Part III journey continues!Parts I & II:Some time on vacation driving my Frog led me to consider more options for the Frogtima. I came back and did a 180, literally:I turned the Optima gearbox around and went for a mid-motor setup. That is the new thing these days, and in terms of balance, it makes sense.I also painted the Frog chassis black. I tried Rit dye, but it didn't take very well, except for the spots where I cut and sanded it. I used a plastic-bonding primer. I'm sure it will scratch over time, but I can live with it. I think it looks pretty sharp.To make room for the motor, I needed to extend the bottom plate, taking the wheelbase from 268mm to 290mm. It's still within ROAR's 292mm for 1/10 scale, but just barely. It's not going to be the lightest buggy, but I think it will be well-balanced.I decided to go with the stock rear shock mount, and I am waiting for a replacement to arrive since I hacked up the original. Next step is the steering.At this point I lapsed a bit with taking photos of the process.I added shocks (double spring) on the front and back, and decided to use the Optima mounts. The rear mount was reversed with the gearbox, but it had little impact on the placement. I also used the Optima sway bars, although the back sway bars needed some trimming due to the gearbox flip. I mounted the front shocks to the arms rather than the hubs to make them more vertical than horizontal.I also added wheels and tires. The fronts are Proline Hoosier's (I rubbed the logo paint off), and the rear are some generics I got off ebay. As mentioned, I'd like to get a 70's Funco look to the buggy, so I'll probably replace the rears with a different tread.The biggest challenge thus far was the steering servo. I finally went with a AGFrc 8.5kg coreless servo that was both small enough yet provided enough torque. Mounting was a bit tricky, but I eventually got a setup that worked. There's no servo-saver, which most modern RC cars have, but a direct link was good enough for the Frog, so it's good enough for the Frogtima. We'll see how that works out. I'll likely trim the top mounts off to make room for the body. I'd like to get the hood as low profile as possible. I have some bent ball links coming that will bring the steering links more perpendicular rather than sweeping back, which will reduce the impact of vertical wheel travel on the alignment. The Frogtima has a healthy amount of ground-clearance. In the future I might get some shorter stocks for a lower optional stance.I am happy with the look.My next step is a driver roll cage. After that, I am going to attempt to create a body with a flat piece of lexan and a heat gun. That should be interesting... First Official Virtual Pandemic Happy Hour thenewgreen posted about feeling lonely in these pandemic times and I commented that a virtual meetup with all of you lovely people would be great. There were some people that seemed interested. Personally, Saturdays work better than Fridays. I can likely set something up for next Saturday, September 19th. Probably set it up for like a 6 PM EST, 3 PM PCT start time. That sound reasonable for y'all?Others I know who expressed interest: steve, am_Unition, mzykels, kantos, kleinbl00‘Queer Eye’, Jordan Peterson and the battle for depressed men need to learn from the Netflix show’s battles against toxic masculinity. And the Fab Five need to recruit a trade union organiser.’s Alexa for Landlords Is a Privacy Nightmare Waiting to Happen just ... what the actual fuck.Of course, it's not a bug, it's a feature and always has been.Edit: A good Cory Doctorow thread on this: Is Hiring an Intelligence Analyst to Track 'Labor Organizing Threats' company recently posted two job listings for analysts that can keep an eye on sensitive and confidential topics "including labor organizing threats against the company." Amazon is looking to hire an "Intelligence Analyst" and a "Sr Intelligence Analyst" for its Global Security Operations’ (GSO) Global Intelligence Program (GIP), the team that's responsible for physical and corporate security operations such as insider threats and industrial espionage. The job ads list several kinds of threats, such as "protests, geopolitical crises, conflicts impacting operations," but focuses on "organized labor" in particular, mentioning it three times in one of the listings. Privacy Should Be Modeled on Real-World Privacy entitlement of these fuckers is just off the charts. They have zero right, none, to the tracking they’ve been getting away with. We, as a society, have implicitly accepted it because we never really noticed it. You, the user, have no way of seeing it happen. Our brains are naturally attuned to detect and viscerally reject, with outrage and alarm, real-world intrusions into our privacy. Real-world marketers could never get away with tracking us like online marketers do.Imagine if you were out shopping, went into a drug store, examined a few bottles of sunscreen, but left the store without purchasing anything. And then immediately a stranger approached you with an offer for sunscreen. Such an encounter would trigger a fight or flight reaction — the needle on your innate creepometer would shoot right into the red.Fuckers indeed. Side note, while I'm bummed that reporting suggests that Apple might be delaying some of these proposed changes, I'm delighted that there's a company that is evoking this kind of response from online advertisers. If politics dictates that this change takes a few extra months to get here I'm fine with that, as long as it comes. Gruber is absolutely right that the only reason we "tolerate" online violations is because they are hidden from us. Part of that is inherent to the technology itself, but much of it is on purpose. Dawn of the topological age? semiconductors, the path from theoretical understanding to device implementation was neither linear nor easily predicted. Topological materials seem to be following a similar trajectory. We have theoretical understanding and many ideas for novel devices, but ongoing materials development suggests the tantalizing possibility of our being at the dawn of a topological age. Here, we describe what it means for materials to be topological and how topology raises the prospect of revolutionary new devices. of young adults in the US are living with their parents. That's the highest share since the Great Depression"Gen Z in particular, I would say 75% of that group tends to be renters. With a lot of young people not renting, not moving into cities when they normally would have, there is a lot of inventory coming onto the market."Good thing you overpaid for that giant house two months ago because looks like Janie ain't going to Northwestern after allI watched prices shoot up 25% over a month in March, and have watched them drop an easy 15% in the past two weeks. the Curtain of Elite College Admissions: The Line Between ‘Accept’ and ‘Deny’ year, when high-school seniors applied to college, they never could have imagined the mess that a global pandemic would create for their first semester. But for students at the nation’s best-known and most selective institutions, they also will never know just how close they may have come to not getting in at all.The admissions process at such schools is shrouded in secrecy and surrounded by confusion. From the outside, how top-ranked schools rate applicants seems precise enough to land someone on the moon. When you’re a high-school senior (or the parent of one), it feels like another 10 points on the SAT or one extra AP course can tip the scales. What I found, however, by spending the 2018-19 academic year embedded in the admissions offices at Davidson College, Emory University and the University of Washington, and by interviewing dozens of admissions officers at other schools, is that everything is much more ambiguous.The lack of simple standards was most pronounced when I watched admissions officers complete their “shaping” of the class, the last sorting of applicants before final decisions are sent out in the spring. Shaping is a step at the very end of the process that most teenagers and their parents are unaware of. It’s where selective admissions is the most unfair—the point at which a decision based on traditional criteria such as grades and test scores gives way to one based partly on other factors, such as money, race, gender and major.The year I was inside Emory University’s admissions office, the school received a record 30,000 applications for fewer than 1,400 spots in its incoming class. In early March, just weeks before official notices were scheduled to go out, the statistical models used by Emory to predict enrollment indicated that too many applicants had been chosen to receive acceptances. In the span of days, teams of admissions officers covering five geographical areas had to shift 1,000 applications from the thin “admit” stack to the much larger “deny” or “wait list” piles.Emory is located in Atlanta, and the committee for the Southeast region had to cut the most applicants, 242. The admissions officers didn’t spend much time talking about any one student. Their goal wasn’t to readjudicate an applicant’s entire file but to see the potential admit through the wider lens of a nearly finished class. They moved one young man to “deny” after looking at his senior-year grades—lots of Bs—noting that they had already rejected four other academically stronger students from his high school. They switched a legacy applicant—meaning that a parent had earned a degree from Emory—to “deny” because of his light extracurricular involvement. The original readers gave him a score of 2 out of 5 in that category, observing that he wanted to major in pre-med “but we don’t see activities to support that,” one of the admissions officers said.Partway through the meeting, the group landed on a file that had multiple “tags.” The applicant was both a legacy and a child of an Emory employee. Because Emory employees receive tuition benefits for their children, moving an applicant from “accept” to “deny” would have come at a steep cost for a family with a child so close to getting admitted. The applicant had strong grades with a rigorous curriculum, but the overall file was described as “lackluster” by the original reader, with ratings of 2 out of 5 for both recommendations and a catchall category called intellectual curiosity. “I’m sure there is plenty of goodness in the file,” said Will Segura, the admissions officer who oversaw the regional committee, “but in terms of natural sciences and what we’re looking at, I don’t believe this is that student.”Someone else in the room pulled up the applicant’s midyear grades. They were all As. But while the student listed neuroscience as a major, “there is no example of neuro in the file” in terms of activities or in the essays, the admissions officer said. She suggested that they move the applicant to the wait list, which would be “a softer landing” than an outright denial. The applicant was from a high school that sent many students to Emory, but on a ranked list of applicants from the school that filled a page and a half, this applicant was near the bottom of the first page.A vote was called, a rare occurrence on a day when the committee agreed on most applications. Mr. Segura wanted to shift the student from “accept” to “deny,” while another admissions officer preferred the wait list. Their third colleague hedged. The committee was reminded that the application would come back around for another review the following week because of the multiple tags. “From the perspective we’re supposed to be coming at now,” the wavering staff member said, “it’s a deny.”The three admissions officers had debated the file for 12 minutes. It would be their longest deliberation about any applicant that morning. The following week, the student landed back in the admit pile after a review of hundreds of files with special tags, and the week after that, he received an official acceptance to Emory University. The high-school senior never knew how close he had come to a rejection and how much the college’s priorities—in this case, for children of employees rather than for any particular aspect of his academic or personal life—played a role in getting him over the finish line.The shaping process, like competitive admissions overall, is particularly tough on qualified women. Men represent less than 45% of students at American colleges, and schools pay attention to gender balance. Among the tentative admits changed by the committee for the Northeast region was a girl with an A average and 1500 on the SAT who wanted to major in prelaw. She ran track in middle school and made the varsity soccer team as a sophomore. One admissions officer found the recommendations lacking because they focused on her personal qualities instead of what happened in the classroom. “I like her, if we have room,” someone said. “Well, we don’t,” said another.he shaping process Emory employed while I was there is replicated in slightly different ways at other selective colleges each spring. Think of it as finalizing the invite list for a wedding: Guests are moved on and off the list based on whether you think they’ll show up, or whether the groom’s family has too many invites compared with the bride’s. Admissions officers ask questions about their invite lists, too. Do we have enough Black students or Latino students? Enough students who can pay the bulk of the tuition bill? Too many women in the class? Too many students from the Southwest or Northeast? Enough humanities majors?By this stage, the applicant pool has been reduced to students who could flourish at the school or, for that matter, at many others. These final decisions depend on what the class looks like and how much it will cost to admit the students in the “accepted” bin. This is also the moment when an applicant’s background can help to push them over the line to an acceptance. Legacies, children of faculty and staff, and applicants under the watchful eye of a college’s president or fundraising office usually receive their biggest boost at this point.The way that admissions officers initially review applications differs by college, and so does the shaping process. Public universities with huge applicant pools and large numbers of incoming students typically use an ax, while smaller private colleges use a scalpel. The University of Washington employs a team of readers to individually review 45,000 applications for fewer than 7,000 spots, and like other selective institutions, its shaping process is less personal and more mechanistic. Applicants are separated into clusters according to the scores they were assigned by admissions readers. Each cluster has hundreds of applicants with the same set of scores. The most significant decision the university’s admissions director makes each year is where to draw the line among those clusters. The cutoff depends on a variety of factors, but it’s primarily determined by the number of applications and the strength of the overall pool. The point is also different for Washington residents, out-of-state applicants and international students. Majors are also taken into account for applicants in computer science and engineering, where seats are limited.At Davidson College in North Carolina, with an incoming class of just over 500, the full 16-person admissions committee comes together for a week in early March to evaluate applicants flagged by the admissions dean, Chris Gruber. Each day, the committee focuses on a different batch of applicants: artists and musicians, deferrals from early decision, legacies and children of faculty. This is where racial and ethnic diversity comes into play. Throughout the process, Mr. Gruber has a sense of the geographic diversity of the applicant pool, because admissions officers review by region, but he gets the clearest picture of how acceptances break down by race, ethnicity and gender at this point. Mr. Gruber uses the shaping process to “self-correct” and ensure that enrollments for various demographic groups are at least on par with previous years.With a tsunami of applicants who are qualified on the surface, what matters at this point are the elements that differentiate students and the chances that they will ultimately choose Davidson—what admissions officers call LTE, likelihood to enroll. The more these admissions officers dissect an applicant’s intentions now, the better Davidson will fare in April, when students have to decide among the many schools that accept them. It’s another way that a college’s agenda—in this case, boosting its yield rate, the share of admitted students who choose to enroll—shapes admissions decisions.When an application came up from a high school that hadn’t had a student apply to Davidson in four years, an admissions officer asked what was motivating this particular applicant. The committee often turns to the “Why Davidson?” essay to look for clues. In this case, the essay was boilerplate language about Davidson that can be found in any guidebook. The senior was already in the deny pile. He remained there. So did two applicants whose parents worked at other universities and never visited Davidson, on the assumption that they’d probably attend college where their parents worked. Another denial was a senior who wrote about his aspiration to attend the same school as Steph Curry, the NBA superstar who played for Davidson. “It leaves something to be desired,” someone said.Davidson and Emory are among a few dozen schools with big endowments that don’t consider an applicant’s finances in making decisions, and that promise to give students the money they need to enroll. But the vast majority of colleges take an applicant’s finances into account at some point, either by accepting them and then shorting them on aid—offering them less than expected according to a federal formula—or simply by denying them admission.Lafayette College in Pennsylvania was one of the few schools willing to show me how they make financial aid trade-offs in shaping a class. “We have to craft a class with talent and diversity,” Matt Hyde, Lafayette’s dean of admissions, told me, “but I also need to deliver a solvent one.”In the middle of February, a student’s ability to pay begins to enter the admissions equation. From that moment until decisions are delivered near the end of March, Lafayette takes a much closer look at students with high financial need, a line that is recalibrated every year. In 2019, the line was drawn at $35,000, around half of the total cost of attending Lafayette for a year. To give you a sense of the task facing Lafayette’s admissions officers, consider this: Of Lafayette’s 8,500 U.S. applicants in 2018-19, about 2,200 needed more than $35,000 a year in financial aid. That was roughly the level of need for a family with two children and an annual income of up to $175,000.As he eliminates students from the admit pool, Mr. Hyde is careful to choose applicants with varying levels of financial need. His models tell him that students who get huge financial-aid packages end up enrolling more often than those with smaller awards or no aid at all. It’s a balancing act in meeting enrollment and budget targets.Among those who didn’t make it into Lafayette that year was an applicant from Pennsylvania who ranked fifth in his high school class of more than 600, with a 3.96 GPA and 1450 on the SAT. His financial need to attend Lafayette: $66,810 for his freshman year. Another student kept out of the admit pool was a girl from the West Coast with nine AP classes on her transcript and a 1430 on the SAT. Her financial need: $57,000. In the end, Lafayette rejected 200 students whom the admissions staff had tentatively accepted but then decided the school couldn’t afford.The days and weeks that selective colleges spend shaping their class are tense and hectic, as applicants on either side of the line are pushed and pulled between “admit” and “deny.” There’s not one decision but many. “Students see admissions as a report card on their life until now,” Mr. Gruber at Davidson told me, “but there are so many attributes that we’re looking at in the end to build a community.”But let’s not kid ourselves about the level of precision in crafting a class at an elite college. In reality, the schools aren’t choosing a class as much as they are sending out invitations to join a class. At many selective colleges, only a third of applicants accept an offer—and despite sophisticated models, admissions deans don’t know which third it will be. Every year, some 350 students even turn down an acceptance from Harvard.In the end, it’s unclear if an incoming class would be much different if admissions officers worried less about shaping it. The simple fact is that the freshman class at any top-ranked college is eerily similar to those at other highly selective schools. Most applicants will never know how close they came to either the admit or the deny pile. At some point, many qualified students were probably in both.This essay is adapted from Mr. Selingo’s new book, “Who Gets In and Why: A Year Inside College Admissions,” which will be published by Scribner on Sept. 15. He is the former editor of the Chronicle of Higher Education and a special adviser and professor of practice at Arizona State University. BITFDJeff Selingo wrote College (Un)bound in 2010, while he was the editor of the Chronicle of Higher Education. It's a must-read, in my opinion. His basic conclusion, ten years ago, was that the whole fucking thing was doomed, and doomed very soon. Fuck'em. September 2, 2020 Music Was the Soundtrack of My Hmong Upbringing - Kao Kalia Yang second song referenced in this piece (I don't think I need to link the first):I've been thinking a lot about country music lately. Not the pop stuff, but the Outlaw Country stuff. The folky stuff. About how punk and folk are just the same music with different dressing. About how queer folk can be, and is. About how left a lot of it is, and how left it used to be especially. How left it might need to be again (if it has a chance).About this picture:Stay safe out there, in the darkness between hearths.'sp00ns found an arrowhead and my head is full of shit. went camping this week in the Mansitee National Forest. Yesterday I was walking the Lake Michigan surf looking for beach glass and agates when I found this:I've just done some cursory research thus far, but it was likely made by someone in the Middle Archaic era, 1800 to 8000 years ago. You can clearly see the chisel marks upon inspection.I also rescued a Monarch butterfly that had fallen in the water.With time at the family cottage and camping, I have had a bit of distance from news and social media recently. My annual trip to the family cottage always moves my psychological center of gravity, but this year the effect is more obvious.I don't know anything about the life of the creator of my arrowhead, but I suspect that it was closer to existential decisions, and was patterned about them. The creator of my arrowhead has been lost to time.Last year, I tried out Twitter. I have enough social contacts in the valley that I gathered about 100 followers without too much effort, and I started sharing my thoughts. It was utterly ridiculous and worse than a waste of time. The experience was mind-bending. I eventually deleted everything I said.I've been thinking about proportionality and doubt lately. I've been thinking about the importance of my thoughts and decisions, and about the substance of my actions. I've been thinking about the reality that I perceive, and the one that I interact with. I've been thinking about noise.I was raised Catholic, but it never clicked for me. I have never been one for dogma, or morality that strayed far from the Golden Rule. I have experienced Sin as a tool of power and persuasion and shame. Perhaps for this reason, I value irreverence and dark humor. I feel that nature gets the last laugh when we forget that our ideas die with us.I've never been completely right about anything, and I never will. My actions and words make noise. Recently, I've started to think more about the nature and purpose of that noise.I don't feel like the political right or the political left in the US represent me, and I don't strongly identify with them. I'd far rather the Democratic Party win the 2020 elections than the Republican Party, but I don't like the culture of either. I feel like the right has picked up irreverence when it excludes WASP's, and the left has demoted free-expression for a headless crusade.I feel like Slash.I am hopeful that my daughter will see a woman as Vice President, and then President soon after.We've been looking at dogs, and I am both excited and ready to have one. I grew up with dogs, and I love spending time with them, and the nature of the human/dog relationship. My daughter expects to get one when she is 10. She doesn't know that it will probably be sooner.School is virtual this year in our district. We are going to get internet at the cottage and spend some more time there.The sun will set on me. and America’s revamped Red Scare“At least in the US, the most effective tactic of anti-fascists in recent years has been doxing,” Bray added, referring to the practice of publicising the personal information of members of the far right online or elsewhere. In recent years, doxing has been used, in particular, against far-rightists who operate with pseudonyms or behind a cloak of anonymity online. “That kind of puts it in perspective … it just goes to show you that the tactic that’s been one of the most effective is a nonviolent tactic that relies on the social ostracisation of fascists,” said Bray.There's a reason the Klan wore hoods of life on Venus: Scientists detect phosphine molecules in high cloud decks sheriff advocating for racial cleansing Scandal Up North Background Checks For Gun Sales Have Hit An Annual Record Already, Fueled By Covid-19 retailers and industry analysts have attributed the pandemic increase to new buyers seeking guns for self-protection. This is being fueled by a climate of economic instability, with tens of millions of jobs lost and a dramatic slump in gross domestic product. They also attribute the strong gun sales to fears of rising crime and images of civil unrest and police brutality dominating the media.When asked about the dip in September background checks compared to earlier in the pandemic, Oliva said it’s “plausible that this number could actually have been higher, but inventory is low due to the sustained high demand.”That’s also the view of Larry Hyatt, owner of Hyatt Guns in Charlotte, N.C. He said an influx of urban customers, including women and senior citizens, have been buying up his stock of compact polymer semiautomatic handguns and other guns designed for self defense.“One reason September dropped off is that the supply of guns is not available,” said Hyatt. “The Smith & Wessons are sold out, the Springfields are sold out, the Rugers are sold out. All that’s left are the real expensive exotic guns, the rare guns.” Your Money to Mary Lane V first successful flight losses track high-end sea-level rise projections 2019, Greenland lost twice the yearly average since 2003. problem with the projections is that they are smooth, even if exponential. I do not expect that land ice will continue to be lost in a manner that tracks a smooth exponential. Physical systems that change energy levels experience phase transitions which manifest as quick disjointed evolution of state.I expect that we will see a near vertical rise in sea level within a couple of years time frame at some point before 2100.Greenland ice melt will account for 24ft (7.5m) of sea level rise. Connor tidbit: Sarah Connor was one of my 90s screen crushes, the other being Lucy Lawless. Clearly I had a type. My 13-year-old nephew in Chicago plays drums. He's in a School of Rock-esque cover band and writes a lot of his own songs, too. I have recruited him to play on a few of my tunes over the last few years, and I think he's great. We live in different cities, so it's all done remotely, and that means I have to overcome my control freak tendencies when it comes to mic placement and such."Sarah Connor"You can harmonize with yourself in a different timeDifferent time zoneI was little when I heard of thatI was like PCCCHHHH… mind blownAnd I’ve loved you since the larval stageLike you stepped out of the Marvel pageLike Special Ops with your Cold War chops andMy eyes scan the lotLooking for a parking spotThought I just might have a shot with youBut that’s not the thing I got with youMy eyes scan the lotLooking for a parking spotThought that I might be the man for youBut you had a different plan for youYou juggle knives over a white-hot hibachi grillYou crack a smile and the Dow Jones tops a milYou’ve made me sob and murmur sinceI had object permanenceAnd I’ve loved you like a Reese’s barSince you popped out of the VCRPop out like a 2D school dropoutMy eyes scan the lotLooking for a parking spotThought I just might have a shot with youBut that’s not the thing I got with youMy eyes scan the lotLooking for a parking spotThought that I might be the man for youBut you had a different plan for youI can’t admit that it’s unrequitedI quite a bit miss I’m a bit misguidedI can’t admit that it’s unrequitedI quite a bit miss I’m a bit misguidedI can’t admit that it’s unrequitedI quite a bit miss I’m a bit misguidedI can’t admit that it’s unrequitedI quite a bit miss I’m a bit misguidedMy eyes scan the lotLooking for a parking spotThought I just might have a shot with youBut that’s not the thing I got with youMy eyes scan the lotLooking for a parking spotThought that I might be the man for youBut you had a different plan for youThought I just might have a shot with youBut that’s not the thing I got with youThought that I might be the man for youBut you had a different plan for you Charged With Murder After 2 Shot Dead At Kenosha Protest little asshole walked right past the cops after committing double murder and the cops just waved him along. During nationwide protest about the cops being bad at their jobs to murderous extent claims UN sanctions on Iran reinstated. The world disagrees President Hassan Rouhani addressed the nation directly in a live televised cabinet meeting on Sunday. He congratulated world powers since US pressure to reinstate UN sanctions "has reached its definitive point of failure".Today, he said, "will be a memorable day in the history of our country's diplomacy".Rouhani added should the US try to "bully" others into adhering to its declaration of reinstating UN sanctions, Iran will have a "decisive response" to match.Pointing out how the US tried to garner the support of other nuclear deal signatories following its unilateral withdrawal from the nuclear deal, Rouhani said the United States expected Iran to act irrationally, giving it an excuse to form an international coalition against the Islamic Republic."Today we can say the 'maximum pressure' of US against the Iranian nation, politically and legally, has turned to 'maximum isolation' for the US."The president also addressed the five remaining signatories of the nuclear deal, reiterating the promise that if they fully adhere to their commitments under the accord, Iran will also fully implement its commitments.Exactly one year after the US abandoned the nuclear deal, Iran started gradually scaling down its commitments, including those concerning its stockpile of enriched uranium. Iran still continues to grant access to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). In a letter to the Security Council, the European signatories to the deal - Britain, France and Germany, or E3 - stressed UN sanctions relief for Iran would continue, adding any decision or action to reimpose them "would be incapable of legal effect".UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres also told the council he would not take any action on the US declaration because "there would appear to be uncertainty whether or not any process ... was indeed initiated".Ladies and Gentlemen, the UN has just told the US "no." August 26, 2020 Table Blues steve I played hockey. Anyone, feel free to add bass. ecib mk. Couldn't sleep. Made this. Weekly "Share Some Music You've Been Into Lately" Vale - PolyglotHemlock Ernst - DownElliot Smith - Angeles Theory and White Supremacy racism permeates almost every institution. If that's a concept you find offensive, we should probably have a discussion. ever Airbus A380 superjumbo assembled in France are only 16 747s on order, at which point it, too, will stop production."That means renters are piling up debt, creating a massive eviction bubble that — absent government action — will burst on January 1, 2021. " Bi: when you want to stare into the abyss with 7x50 Steiners the Trailer has Awoken is making it harder and harder to not get my hopes up. - Weekly music thread -- Thank you (ASK HUBSKI) you have been on Hubski for a while, you'll recognize Hubski user bfv. I'm not sure what prompted it (perhaps someone here is?) but bfv nixed their account. Thank you bfv for being a part of this community for so long. Every time I heard a new band that I liked I would think to myself "I have to remember to share this on the #weeklymusicthread. The Weekly Music Thread has been a staple for years here. Thank you bfv for posting it like clockwork every week. It's been awesome. Truly!! If you are lurking, please know that I have nothing but gratitude to you. I know it's a pain in the ass to keep something like that going for so long. I would like to ask the community if anyone would like to carry on this legacy? Be warned, this is a daunting task. It requires you to post the thread every single week without fail. bfv would also share his own submission in the body of each post. It's an awesome service to the community but it would need to be EVERY SINGLE WEEK.Someone needs to keep this going. Some weeks there will be very little engagement. Others, there will be threads discussing bands etc. It's hit or miss, but I have been introduced to a ton of music over the years from this weekly post. I remember kleinbl00 introduced me to Cayucas there. This week, I was going to post about "Dehd," and their album "Flower of Devotion."So how about it? Anyone interested in picking up the baton left by bfv? Weekly "Share Some Music You've Been Into Lately" for the Lovers - Coffee Break is OverOak - FirebirdOpen Mike Eagle - Bucciarati ft. Kari Faux's Sign O' The Times: An oral history years of complaints from users, Goodreads' reign over the world of book talk might be coming to an end Weekly "Share Some Music You've Been Into Lately" days ago, flagamuffin started the weekly music thread. At some point between the 17th and 37th edition, bfv took over the posting duties. Try as I might, I couldn't find exactly when as the Hubski archives weren't cooperating. But it's safe to say that bfv has been keeping this up for around 7 years!So a big thank you to bfv and I hope they're doing good wherever they are. I can only hope to have as much dedication to the cause. Let's keep this train rolling.Mid-Air Thief - Ahhhh, These Chains!Vildhjarta - Den Helige AndenThe Breathing Effect - Echo MountainJessica Pratt - I've Got A Feeling thoughts on compassion part of my holiday readings, I read this lecture by Charles Eisenstein on building a peaceful view of the world, instead of one infused by a war narrative. It’s one of those articles where I get something out of it, where there’s a bunch of sentences I highlight in Instapaper, but not enough to warrant subjecting you all to a 30-minute hashtaggoodlongread because boy do I dislike some parts of it. It boils down to a critique of a Manichaean view of the world, countered with a holistic, system, almost hippie-like view. We tend to reduce the other to enemies, we call them names and thereby signal that we’re the good guys. We ignore our similarities and the complexity of someone else’s situation in favor of tribalism and dehumanization. We fight, not because there’s no other way, but because it’s the default action when you're the other tribe is the baddie that needs to be eradicated. It’s funny, at first I misread his name as Charles Einstein, so I assumed he must have been related or at the very least have some of that halo rub of on him. So I think I’ve read his arguments a bit more favorable than I usually would for what turned out to be a long winded Ted talk advocating for compassion. “If you can look at the person that you call an enemy and see in them that actually, on a deep level, they want what you want and what all people want – to contribute their gifts to a more beautiful world, to be generous, to belong, to know and to be known, love and be loved, and to serve a purpose beyond themselves – if you can see that, you’ll be able to speak to that, and you’ll be able to create an invitation to that.” I have a love-hate relationship with this article, as I also have a love-hate relationship with most forms of what I think I can call "holistic thinking". The kind of thinking that extends compassion and love to everyone and everything. I love it on paper, but it's just not that easy in practice, and that part is usually conveniently stepped over. Or ignored entirely. Another piece of reading was Steve Jobs' biography. In my teens, I became mesmerized with Apple and Jobs and what it stood for - the best of technology and human creativity fused together and polished until perfection. I remember being over the moon as a teenager when we got an iMac as our home computer. It's no surprise then that Jobs became one of my heroes. Despite that I never really read much about him as a person, other than that he was a polarizing figure and a bit new age-y. I vastly underestimated the degree to which Jobs was both. For someone who was so good at connecting to people with his visions and words, he was also a broken man who lied, cheated, cried and bullied people when he didn't get what he want. He went to India for spiritual enlightenment, but also abandoned his first daughter and then named a computer after her. It's not that I want to be judgemental of him here, but the juxtaposition of all his spiritual pursuits with anecdotes where he's being a bit of a manipulative jerk most of the time got me thinking. He's an example of precisely the aspect of the whole hippie / holistic thinking that I don't like - you can search enlightenment and embrace the universe & each other all you want, but if it's not actually making you a kinder and better person then what's the point really? What do you have to show for? Do you just feel better or are you actually doing better things because of that perspective? Maybe that's what I like most about the essay - at least he's asking the reader honestly what it could mean for them to actually be a compassionate person. Because it required you to step down from your high horses. To hesitate before you judge and carefully ponder the circumstances. I don't do that nearly as often as I think I should. Maybe I hold myself to a too high standard, but I feel like it's a standard worth pursuing. Weekly "Share Some Music You've Been Into Lately" TIGRAN HAMASYAN ALBUMThat is all.'bl00's Reviews: The War on Normal People by Andrew Yang've said some skeptical shit about UBI. I've said some skeptical shit about Andrew Yang. Mea culpa. My mind has been changed. Let's get that out of the way first.let's also address the subtitle of the book: "The Truth About America's Disappearing Jobs and Why Universal Basic Income Is Our Future". It's a useful framing device because about half of that phrase is about america's disappearing jobs" and about half of it is about UBI. I'd say 2/3rds of this book is about why "normal people" are fucked by automation, which is important, because there isn't a source quoted in this book that I haven't read. There isn't a graph I was unfamiliar with, there isn't a statistic I couldn't personally source if necessary to clobber a libertarian in an internet debate. Thus, GMA is at zero: having read the exact same material as me, Andrew Yang drew the exact same conclusions. At that point, I personally can't dispute his findings. I mean, I've basically written the first three quarters of this book in various comments on Hubski. I even dragged the Alaska Permanent Fund into it at some point, but didn't go on to discover that wealth inequality is lower in Alaska than any other state in the nation, or that it has been an overwhelming good.Which, credit where credit is due, Yang saw the bleakness and came up with a plan to deal with it. Yang has a lot of plans, which is interesting to note because this is not a long book. It isn't wonkish at all, and spends very little time in the weeds. Of course, if you would like more detail such detail is readily available which is telling but we'll get to that in a minute.It's worth noting that Yang uses the phrase "universal basic income" very sparingly in this book. Nor does he use the preferred campaign language of "freedom dividend." He does point out that Nixon was on the ragged edge of UBI, Martin Luther King was big into UBI and that Iran has UBI. And he does so after pointing out that "means tested" basic income is an utter bust (example: my neighbors, who could certainly do some work but don't because the minute you're caught earning any money on disability you'll never get it again) without ever writing the phrase "means tested."This is an opinion, but I believe slogans should be immediately obvious. This is, in my opinion, the problem wypepo have with the phrase "defund the police." It requires explanation. "Disarm the police?" That one's obvious. "Demilitarize the police?" equally obvious. Black Lives Matter chose language that spoke to those who already have affinity for them, not those who were on the fence. When Yang started making a run at politics he went with "universal basic income" because that's what the techie nerds like, and techie nerds are who he was closest to. When he became a presidential candidate he went with "freedom dividend" because it raised his profile among rednecks. But I think we'll see him again, and I think he'll call it "Social Security For All."Andrew Yang's vision for "universal basic income" isn't enough money to support you, it's enough money that nobody starves. The number he uses over and over is $1200 a month. He arrives at this number because of a friend of his with Lyme disease who gets that much for disability. I, too, have a friend with Lyme who has to hide any actual work he does from legit investigators because, dammit, once we've decided you're disabled you're not allowed to have a good day. You're not allowed to earn some money when you don't feel like shit. You are a permanent underclass (a phrase Yang does use a few times), forever thrown into the twilight of society. $1258 a month is the average disability payout in the United States in 2020.Yang also makes hay with the statistic that 70% of the time young men would spend in employment is replaced with video gaming, as well as the fact that there are more people under 30 living with their parents than with their partners. Video games have achievement, socialization and zero cost while moving out and living with a girl means economic failure. And she won't have you anyway as 2/3rds of college degrees now go to women and 2/3rds of the jobs destroyed in the last recession were traditionally male occupations. So what Yang proposes, basically, is an economic safety net that is automatically and immediately available to every single human being in the United States. At least, I presume so as he never talks about immigration at all. He argues this is a net benefit because it lowers the barrier to entry for jobs people take out of affinity or altruism (art, volunteering) while reducing the risk for entrepreneurialism. His examples are a soup kitchen with four employees that can suddenly afford to hire seven by dropping their salaries, since the government is picking up a chunk of those employees' living expenses and a coffee shop that suddenly becomes much less risky because donuts are simultaneously less expensive to the town since everyone is getting a little extra money and less intensive for the owner since their profits don't need to provide 100% of the owner's living expenses. the idea, basically, is that automation is already destroying everyone's employment and radically enriching the Exeter class so you might as well tax the shit out of wealth and redistribute it enough that the people who have been assed out of sheet metal bending can get by with their Etsy store. He doesn't envision a golden renaissance of friendship bead galleries on the Internet, he envisions a slightly-less-Dickensian existence for everyone whose job has been axed by AI and yellow robots. And I see his point. Take our burgeoning dystopia from yesterday. Amazon workers make about $34k a year to be ground to dust for our convenience. The people who work there can basically choose between Bezos sucking out their life force or a life under an overpass. Let's raise the floor to $14k a year, though - on the one hand, you're now living off $50k a year to be ground in Amazon's gears, which makes it suck less. But you're only taking a $20k hit to not take the job. Yang's got some other ideas in here that aren't particularly surprising; medicare for all, criminal corporate reform, salaried doctors, taxation of university endowments. He spends a lot of time on "social credits" in a very non-PRC way: Yang sees social credits as "useless internet points" that you get for helping out your neighborhood or city on a centralized favor exchange platform whereby your useless internet points can be exchanged and banked and donated and bought by corporations, as well as granted by the government. Importantly, Yang's social credit never goes negative, thereby making it an incentive rather than a mechanism of punishment. Of course you could obviously restrict voting to people with a lifetime social credit of 5000 or some other dystopian shit but it's an interesting idea. All in all? The fundamental basis of this book is "the government needs to take better care of the people because reasons, here are solutions." For a political manifesto from a tech wonk it's surprisingly human in a nearly Elizabeth Warren-esque way. Again, I don't think that's by accident. I think this was a book written for people who read and review books. The stuff on his website is written for people who read websites. His debate performances were scripted for people who watch debates. His news availabilities have been scripted for people who watch the news and his podcast appearances are for people who listen to podcasts.ahosai and I talked about this briefly. He said he hated politicians because everything they say is obviously scripted and nothing ever sounds honest. I pointed out that Howard Dean sounded honest. More than that, I think there's a big difference between policy and politics. And I think Andrew Yang reached the point where he realized his policies would never go further without engaging in politics.I still don't think he wanted to be president in 2020. I think he's got a much better grasp of the kabuki than I was giving him credit for. I think he ran for president in order to increase his access to other policy people. I think he's building a coalition for 2028. I'll certainly be watching. Portland is such a flashpoint. A history of a rabid white nationalism in the area. This is a podcast but you can also read it title Season 2 of this pod explores the PNW and it's history of neo nazi activity. I don't think enough people know Oregon was meant to be a white ethnostate. Across the border in Idaho there are some chilling things going on Given current events it might seem strange that so much is happening in Portland but clashes between neo nazis and activists are not newkleinbl00 probably has personal knowledge of this And cgod aren't you in Portland?[Roadtrip Aug 3-9] Dolomites, Italy Hubski,I wanted to share with you some pictures I took during a trip in the Dolomites in Italy that I also shared on reddit.Here was my itinerary :Day 1 // waking up at Lago di Carezza for sunrise, then going to Frommer bus station to hike to the Vajolet Towers (day hike) in & out. Then we drove to Seis am Schlern & slept in the car.Day 2 // parking at Compatsch & 10km hike (return trip included) into Alpe de Siusi, then we went to Plan da Tieja & hiked up to Seceda (1000m+ ascent), and down. Then we drove to Lago di Braies to sleep (tent)Day 3 // parking at Lago di Braies for sunrise, then we went to do the Sorapiss hike, then drove to Passo Giau (some friends joined us so we had 1 car at Lago di braies, the final step of our trek, and 1 car at Passo Giau, the beginning of our trek)Day 4 // parking at Passo Giau to start the Alta Via 1 (abt 1/3 of it), from Passo Giau we hiked to : Lago di Baste, Lago Federa, Refugio Cinque Torri, Rifugio Averau, Lago Limides (slept there)Day 5 // hiked from Lago Limides to Bivacco della Chiesa, then near refugio Lagazuoi, to Lech de Lagacio, Gran Fanes, Lé de Limo, Rifugio Fanes, Pederu, Fodara Vedla (slept in the tent near the small village)Day 6 // hiked from Fodara Vedla to Sennes Hutte to Rifugio Biella, back to Lago di Braies. Then drove to Rifugio Antorno, and hiked Forcella del Col de Medo, to Col Forcellina, to Rifugio Locatelli, to Forcella Lavaredo, to Rifugio Auronzo, to the view of Cima Cadin (we slept up there)Day 7 // hiked down back to Refugio Antorno, then we drove to Venice & spent the afternoon there before taking our flight the next morning.*Photos 1, 3, 4, 7, 9, 10, 15 were taken with my drone (DJI Mavic Air)Photos 2, 5, 6, 8, 11, 12, 13, 14 were taken with my phone (Galaxy S10)Hope you like them! If you have any questions, I'm here :) pandemic, a motel without power and a potentially terrifying glimpse of Orlando’s future do you hubski?'s been a little while since I've seen a post like this, so I thought I'd ask the question. I noticed that kleinbl00 had circle-dotted a comment within seconds of me posting and I wondered - did he just happen to land there too? or does he have a notification hack I don't know about? does he get email notifications? And after seeing rezzeJ's post in chat about injecting CSS to make things more readable... it all just got me thinking: How do you use hubski? How often do you visit? Do you visit via computer? tablet? phone? smartTV? some other IoT device? Do you use email notifications? What theme do you use? Do you use the PM functionality? What about chat? Do you use your feed, global, badges or chatter to browse content? and probably more stuff I'm forgetting because of the way I use hubski. Tell me how YOU hubski... A Game Of Strategic Choices RAND gets 10x what Parker Brothers gets for Risk or Axis and Allies and about double what WOTC gets for D&D. wouldyouliketoplayagame?mk chillin at Toronto General with my new liver. Feels Good Man. All.Thought I would provide a brief update and I apologize in advance if I do not fully flesh everything out at this point as I am still trying to process what has happened in this last week.As background, my liver died, I have O- blood and I needed a liver transplant. I was told that I would likely not get a timely "traditional" Western cadaveric donor so I began a search 14 months ago for a living match. I was sick enough to be on the wait list but not sick enough to jump the queue. I was expected to plateau where I was and pass through that very narrow window of operability very quickly; too quickly to get a deceased donor. However, I just happened to go in for an unscheduled blood test for my heptologist and she saw that I was in the window where I was currently healthy enough to survive the operation but would likely die within 24-48 hours without it. Without telling me, she contacted the transplant team and they moved me up the priority list and located an appropriate deceased donor.So at 10 a.m. last Friday the team called me and said I needed to be in "first call prep" by later that afternoon. As I was enrolled in a clinical trial using Hep C donors, I assumed that a nice juicy Hep C liver was waiting for me. But when I awoke the next day it was with a fully healthy, non-Hep-C liver. The one benefit of a cadaveric donor is that they use 100% of the organ, not 50% or whatever so the organ is all good. And 2 hours of scans today seems to confirm that my bile duct, hepatic artery, all the important stuff looks good. They have warned that if I continue to be my normal jerk off self around here they may send me home on Saturday. I feel good. I am so happy. And sad for my donor and their family. Personally overjoyed. But wish that those who were on the list longer than me could have gone first. I did not expect this part. How has covid effected this process? I and the donor cleared in a 2 hour test time or something like that. Transplants kept going as fast as they could but there was an increased morbidity for wait listers like me as people were not out getting in motorcycle accidents but having strokes and things at home instead so the organs were unavailable. Plus, just like in prison, grub exchanges are big entertainment but we cant do that right now. Everything I touch is brand new and incinerated once I am done with it.You are looking good Hubpeeps. Ill be back after a brief napping interlude! Thank you to all of you and especially those who have PMed me, It is all VERY appreciated.“The UAE-Israel strategic relationship...It’s an example of Trump slapping his name on a hotel that was essentially already built.” the Code tax code is a recognized source of profit for those willing to scrutinize fine print, leading to inventions like the Double Irish with a Dutch Sandwich.What other innovations were discovered by prospecting legislation?🙜Challenge for biology students Start at the root of the tree of life and click your way through to modern humans. Hint: watch for the "hagfishes and vertebrates" node.🙜The 401(k) retirement plan was legal before it was recognized. You can find the relevant secion by drilling down through the U.S. Code.1. Title 26 Internal Revenue Code2. Subtitle A—Income Taxes3. CHAPTER 1—NORMAL TAXES AND SURTAXES4. Subchapter D—Deferred Compensation, Etc.5. PART I—PENSION, PROFIT-SHARING, STOCK BONUS PLANS, ETC.6. Subpart A—General Rule7. § 401 - Qualified pension, profit-sharing, and stock bonus plansPart k is about halfway through the 20,000 words in § 401 and begins(1) General rule A profit-sharing or stock bonus plan, a pre-ERISA money purchase plan, or a rural cooperative plan shall not be considered as not satisfying the requirements of subsection (a) merely because the plan includes a qualified cash or deferred arrangement.As Ted Benna tells the story, he did not discover a "little gem that no one else had found" in the code, but recognized that an employer match on contributions would encourage more employees to participate in plans that now hold $5 trillion.🙜Another discovery in code explains why America’s New Apartment Buildings All Look the Same.By the second half of the 20th century, the suburbs were where America was moving, and as they evolved from bedroom communities into a new kind of city, the stick building evolved with them—into forms such as the “dingbats” of Los Angeles (one or two stories atop a carport) and the parking-rich garden-apartment complexes outside Atlanta, Dallas, and other metropolises. Building codes evolved, too, as insurers and fire-safety-equipment manufacturers pushed for scientific, “performance-based” codes that emphasized lab-determined fire-resistance ratings over specific materials and incorporated new technologies such as the automated fire sprinkler.This gospel spread fitfully in a country where codes were a municipal affair, but it did spread, abetted by three regional organizations that produced model codes for cities to adopt or adapt to their own purposes. The most successful body was the aspirationally named International Conference of Building Officials, based in Southern California, whose Uniform Building Code was by 1970 at least partly followed by 9 in 10 Western cities. The UBC, updated triennially, ushered in the age of the mid-rise wood-frame apartment building.Some of the details are lost in the mists of time, or at least in dusty archives, but the tale seems to have gone like this: The first UBC, issued in 1927, allowed for wood-frame apartment buildings three stories high. The risk of earthquakes inclined officials to be tolerant of such frames, which handle shaking better than brick walls do; the presence of a large timber industry in the Northwest was also a factor. In the 1950s the story limit increased to four if an automatic sprinkler system was installed. Square-footage restrictions were eased if building segments were separated by firewalls—initially masonry, then simpler-to-install gypsum board. By the 1970s it was possible to build four wood-framed stories atop a concrete podium. Then, in the early 1990s, came a breakthrough.Los Angeles architect Tim Smith was sitting on a Hawaiian beach, reading through the latest building code, as one does, when he noticed that it classified wood treated with fire retardant as noncombustible. That made wood eligible, he realized, for a building category—originally known as “ordinary masonry construction” but long since amended to require only that outer walls be made entirely of noncombustible material—that allowed for five stories with sprinklers.His company, Togawa Smith Martin Inc., was working at the time with the City of Los Angeles on a 100-unit affordable-housing high-rise in Little Tokyo that they “could never get to pencil out.” By putting five wood stories over a one-story concrete podium and covering more of the one-acre lot than a high-rise could fill, Smith figured out how to get the 100 apartments at 60 percent to 70 percent of the cost. The building, Casa Heiwa, opened its doors in 1996, and the five-over-one had been invented. Weekly "Share Some Music You've Been Into Lately" Window - StarsideGEM - Torque44th Move - Hope ft. Takuya KurodaFanu & Infader - Legacy August 19, 2020 Great California Flood of 1861–1862 was a preview of what scientists expect to see again Weekly "Share Some Music You've Been Into Lately" Tanabe - Cat StepsKratos Himself - Moonlight Talk friend gave me the following parameters: Title: Small TalkBPM is 124Versus are A and DChorus is B and FThank you to V for the direction. lil and steve I played hockey. Lyrics:Small talk lingeringHow has your day beenFills my ears withUseless things yeahI want to rip open your heart and lick it for funI want to know what’s shaking inside of that gunI want to meet you in a thought paradeI want to hear about the things that make you really afraidOh yeah!No more small talk lingeringHow has your day beenNo more small talk lingeringWhat is for dinnerI want to meet you and learn what’s insideI want to bring in to the light those things youre trying to hideLet’s be the bees that are leaving the hiveI want to hear about the things that makes you feel you’re aliveOh yeah!No more small talk lingeringHow has your day been(There's a new restaurant I really want to go to it)No more small talk lingeringIt looks like rain yeah(The kids are getting so, so big. One is off to college now)No more small talk lingeringHow has your day been(I've got some mild sciatic pain exacerbated when it rains)No more small talk lingeringIt looks like rain yeah(Living the dream, new pair of shoes, if any better I'd be you) York Attorney General Moves To Dissolve The NRA After Fraud Investigation I just suffered a home invasion. Whats next? than buying cameras and a handgun? Billionaire Who Wanted To Die Broke ... Is Now Officially Broke “Chuck” Feeney, 89, who cofounded airport retailer Duty Free Shoppers with Robert Miller in 1960, amassed billions while living a life of monklike frugality. As a philanthropist, he pioneered the idea of Giving While Living—spending most of your fortune on big, hands-on charity bets instead of funding a foundation upon death. Since you can't take it with you—why not give it all away, have control of where it goes and see the results with your own eyes? migrant rescue vessel in distress at sea dad is abusing my brother and I don't know what to do youngest brother has been dealing with schizophrenia for over ten years. No treatment ha ever worked particularly well and he's only gotten worse. He's almost catatonic now.I don't have a super good understanding of the abuse because I stopped talking to my dad years ago, I believe after he gave all the clothes I had at his house to Goodwill with no warning. But my middle brother has lived with my dad since 2015 and I hear stories. Usually not out and out abuse, nothing physical, but neglect and petty meanness.My brother gets violent occasionally. It's either towards my dad or my step dad, but he's hit my dad's girlfriend at least once and when that happened a couple months ago my dad sent him to a hospital until July, then put him in a cut rate caregiving home which as I understand it was just a home, like an old nurse lived there. That lasted maybe a week before my brother got kicked out, so my asshole father found another one that's uncredited, just a house like the other one and the caregiver is now an old pastor who posted a Louis Farrakahn video about Jews to Facebook.The anger and depression and fear are just combining into numbnessNvm now I'm cryingSee also: a normal galaxy on the edge of our universe July 29, 2020 videos don't do well on hubski but I teared up multiple times watching this closer look at the Covid-19 Bradykinin hypothesis out this has been hypothesized as early as April, so hopefully they're correct. comes at you fast Part IV: Return of the Sith white couple from St. Louis who waved guns at Black Lives Matter demonstrators in a video that went viral will participate in the Republican National Convention next week.The Trump campaign on Monday said Mark and Patricia McCloskey would endorse the president for reelection during an appearance in the virtual program. They were previously featured in a Trump campaign virtual event.I'm imagining one of them walking up to a secret service agent and pedantically explaining that the finger goes ON the trigger of the gun when holding it.'s Hammer whispers of Ego, those post-apocalyptic fantasies of a 14-year-old boy, have never left me.I’m 56 years old, and I still fantasize about how I could take out a motorcycle gang assaulting the farm. I’ve figured out where to set up the enfilade line of fire, where to plant the IED and how big it would need to be to take out a half-track armored vehicle. I’ve spent many a pleasant hour figuring out how to construct a laser-guided RPG for when, you know, the cannibal, faux-religious, statist army-remaindered horde sends their helicopter out in support of the (now dead) motorcycle advance troops and half-track APC.If I were a betting man – and I am – I would place a large wager that every first-world post-pubescent reader of this note similarly burdened with a y-chromosome harbors similar fantasies. Not just Harry Potter/Disney/comic book oh-I’m-a-special-orphan-destined-to-lead-a-grand-struggle fantasies, but “real” post-apocalyptic how-do-I-kill-the-motorcycle-gang fantasies....The purpose of a well-armed militia being freely established... did your hometown look like 750 million years ago? story: new interactive tool developed by a palaeontologist lets you see where your hometown would have been on the Earth over the past 750 million years.The map tracks a changing world, from glacier covered continents, through the global continent of Pangea, and on to the Earth we know today.The interactive tool was developed by Ian Webster, a former Google engineer using the PALEOMAP maps produced by geologist Christopher Scotese....The history of Earth is longer than we can conceive, and the current arrangement of plate tectonics and continents is an accident of time. It will be very different in the future, and Earth may outlast us all.' Sloan: Alien signals on ancient Mediterranean farming'm genuinely depressed. I think my job is killing my spirit, who I am as a person. It has been for years and I'm running out of hope. I even begin, no I’m not going to go back to college and no I’m not gonna go on disability, because reasons. They’re good reasons too. Just let me mope. I’m depressed.I picked up a job application the other day, for a tree nursery/garden center. I think it’s the fourth one I’ll have applied for in the past few years. I don’t even know if I wanna fill it out, even though I know they’re openly hiring, because I just don’t wanna deal with the disappointment of not getting it. I've gone through it so many times. I can’t properly perform the physical tasks that’s required of the job, so it’s not like they’re gonna give me the shot. It’s the same story for a lot of places I’ve applied for, woodshops and specialty produce stores and hardware stores. I can’t do the physical work 100%, so they don’t wanna bother. For other places, I lack the technical skills, from book restorers to frame makers to sign makers. It’s always one of three things, can’t do the physical work, lack the proper know how, or there’s always someone better than me. “You’re a nice guy, we like you a lot, but you’re just not the best fit.” Come on man, give me a chance, I have the guts of a fighter, the heart of a teacher, and good work literally brings me joy. You don’t know what you’re missing. I’m amazing.My current job is gonna be the death of me. It’s literally evil, but not in a mustache twirling villain kind of way (though sometimes it is), but more often in the slow growing, irremovable tumor kind of way. I’m a cell in that tumor, wanting no part, but unable to get out. I’m not gonna preach to you guys or anything, I respect you all too much for that, but speaking in regards to religion, I just feel like my presence in that job is just wholly unethical. On the one hand, I know I’m supposed to work, because meaningful work develops and elevates the spirit, gives one a place where they can positively contribute to society, and ideally speaking, allows one to be not just self sufficient and not dependent on others, but actually able to share the excess of the fruit of their labors in a generous and charitable spirit. But at the same time, it’s important to know the outcomes of our actions and the company we keep.I see so much wrong in the world, from consumer excess and materialism to pollution and disregard for the sanctity of our planet, to just outright worker exploitation and the disregard for the dignity of men and women who are just trying to get by in the world. It's all reflected in my job and I don’t want an active role, in any of that. I can’t and still call myself a good person. But even as a single person, working in such a place, I know that I’m doing my part to hurt the world and society and my community and people I love, whether I know them or not. I don’t actively hurt anyone, not with intent, but by being a part of such an organization, my activities make me a participant in inflicting a collective pain.It’s a crumby place to be in, both the job itself and the implications of being in that job, and I’m just so tired of it. I need a job, obviously, I need a paycheck, obviously, but not at the expense of the world around me. I just want a chance at something else, something good and wholesome and honest. Some place where I feel like I’m an active participant in a solution instead of an active participant in the problem. I feel like the only comfort I can take from this whole scenario is knowing that there are good jobs out there giving good people good opportunities to better themselves and the world around them. Especially now, when so many people need work, every job I don't get hopefully means someone else got it and they can pay their bills, feed their family, and hopefully make something of themselves. Sometimes though, in the middle of my shift, I realize where I am and what I’m doing and how awful it all is, and I can’t help but feel like my very presence in that moment and that spot is killing who I am. It’s genuinely terrifying and I just don't know if it'll ever end. regarding user bans, Reddit closed a number of subreddits including r/The_Donald, which they say violated the site’s hate speech rules.Twitch and YouTube took similar actions.This is an appropriate moment to highlight that Hubski has no policy regarding user bans. Of course, I do not appreciate or support speech that could be classified as hate speech. It is not relevant that a person might live under the Constitutional right to speak their mind in a public sphere. Hubski is a platform for thoughtful conversation, and hate is antithetical to that goal. Furthermore, if you are the kind of person that communicates with hate speech, you are first and foremost an asshole.Hubskiers can mute, filter, and block others users, so assholes usually lose their audience soon after revealing their damaged and self-loathing nature. This has happened many times, and the user that hurts others because they are hurting inevitably leaves. That said, Hubskiers are a kindhearted lot, and often assholes will be lent an ear, and chances to redeem themselves. Sometimes it works. We all have our bad days, and each and every one of us has been an asshole for a time, even unknowingly. We all carry pain.That said, if a user's behavior is making Hubski worse, that user might be banned. They might be given warning. They might not. There is no algorithmic weighting and determination of a user's ban-worthiness or criteria that needs to be met. Hubski is not a judicial body with a goal of fairness, nor an imitation of one. Sometimes assholes do damage for a time before they leave or are banned. Sometimes, Hubskiers quit because of the presence of an asshole. That makes me feel terrible. We have lost some good Hubskiers because we suffered an asshole for too long.If you are worried that you might be banned for being an asshole, then Hubski is not right for you, at least at this time. When you have love in your heart, we welcome you back with open arms.Be good to each other. friend hardtaco and I are building a progressive song and I are building a song. Much like the #hubskioriginalmusicclub it's super lo-fi. I recorded some music and sent it to him. Now, the ball is in his court. This is what I sent him. I'm excited to see what he comes back with. With his permission, I'll share the results here. Onward! Springs' Kaufmann House, by Richard Neutra, is for sale WSJ article is better but paywalled.The story of the home provides an insight into the architecture rivalries and shifting tastes of the day. Mr. Kaufmann, who was looking to build a winter getaway, originally considered architect Frank Lloyd Wright, who had designed his home in Mill Run, Penn. Designed in 1935, that home, known as Fallingwater, is an organic Modern that sits directly above a waterfall and has cantilevered terraces of local sandstone. It is one of Mr. Wright’s best-known works. Eventually though, Mr. Kaufmann decided on Mr. Neutra, a younger architect known for his more Modernist approach. Mr. Neutra had worked under Mr. Wright before starting his own practice in 1930.“Kaufmann’s son Edgar, Jr., an architect, historian and fond disciple of Wright’s, wanted his father to engage Wright again to design the new Palm Springs winter house, but the senior Kaufmann, while a warm admirer of Wright, wanted for the desert house a greater feeling of lightness and openness than Wright had imparted” to Fallingwater, writes Thomas S. Hines in the book, “Richard Neutra and the Search for Modern Architecture.”A Classic Moment By The PoolPalm Springs soon became a haven for Modernist architects like Mr. Neutra, John Lautner and Albert Frey, thanks to its bright, dry climate, which is well suited for Modernist design, with its flat roofs, shaded verandas and sliding glass. The Kaufmann home has been captured on camera by several notable photographers, including Julius Shulman, who shot a well-known picture of the home at twilight in 1947. The shot, a time lapse photo, shows a glow behind the desert mountains.Mrs. Kaufmann helped with the setup by lying down in the garden to block the pool light, and a strange shadowy figure on the grass is the family dog, which sneaked into shot, according to Leo Marmol, managing partner at the architectural restoration firm Marmol Radziner, which worked on a restoration of the home in the 1990s. He calls the shot “one of the seminal definitions of Modern architecture in California,” noting that “it captured the Modern fantasy.” Saturday Hubski! Better late than never, so here's a couple of absolutely handsome hognosed snakes for you to fancy. Eastern Hognose in a defense display.A Western Hognose snake, not quite coiled up, but probably pretty alert.My inspiration for sharing these two today really is in thanks to mk, who posted a snake in this very thoughtful and well written but not snake oriented thread and katakowsj, who asked what kind of snake it was, prompting me to guess, very wrongly I might add. Though in my defense I very much admitted I was guestimating and was in no way certain and was really hedging my bets. So . . . there.Here's hoping you're all having a beautiful weekend. The OC You Wanna See on The Hub (OC/ART/STORY OF MY ETSY STORE, WHO KNOWS IF THIS IS INTERESTING? I DON'T -- SNEKPOST), guys, I'm not sure where to start because I don't really know where I left you. Forgive me, I'm going to mix in some stats too. I guess what this is, is this is the story of my Etsy store. It's long. But there are pictures. And I tried to keep it brief with many spaces....maybe, I guess. Although I've had an Etsy store since 2015, I mostly used it to sell poetry books until I decided to start selling some of my 'art' creations sometime in the fall of 2018. You guys may remember I was making a lot of books and paper at that time. Time consuming, not super profitable, and not very photogenic either (hand-made paper I'm looking at you in particular). I'd decided by this time that I wanted to focus on papercrafting (but broadly) as a primary artistic sort-of outlet. I had been carving rubber stamps for a bit by then. I was trying to learn how to make stickers. I had already decided that cards were a good product to focus on and in fact, my first sale (to my aunt) was of some blank cards embossed with a rather striking jellyfish stamp.It wasn't long before I got in trouble with a listing on Etsy and my most profitable one at that. Turns out people will troll listings for names like "Post-it" and report your content for copyright infringement if you use brand names, even if you are actually selling products that incorporate the named brand in the final product. I still have two of the damn things left. It was the start of a beautiful relationship. (Or, at least, a controlling one.) In 2018, my sales were almost entirely limited to kind friends and family members. I'll be honest; many of my listings were a bit too rough, a bit too experimental to really expect people to buy. My first "big-time" sale was of 5 collage Christmas cards from a friend of a friend. And a guy in Portland commissioned 2 hand-carved stamps. I had 7 orders of 17 total products that year. I'm the kind of person that needs to jump in to learn. I wasn't going to perfect my products and then list them online -- I wanted to do it live. And I thought the stuff I made was cool. I still do. Loads of experience with poetry submissions have made me fairly immune to being ignored -- and after the winter holiday rush of 2018, that's what a lot of my 2019 was on Etsy. I kept at it with the stickers. It was an infuriating but engrossing time. I was self-teaching myself how to use a cricut (cutting machine) as well as starting to dabble in digital art making with Clip Studio Paint. I had chronic issues getting the stickers to cut out right and often the machine would cut erratically, taking forever to cut out an image or even cutting random spots or lines on my sticker sheets. I didn't understand where that was coming from. It was very frustrating and also stressful -- I was afraid I was going to break the machine, honestly. And the finished products just didn't look good with all those random extra cuts and rough edges around stickers and so on. I tried a bunch of other things in 2019 too. I knew Christmas cards would be a big one but wouldn't sell til Nov/Dec. I tried valentine's day cards (a success so mild it might not be considered a success). I also made some anti-valentine's-day temporary tattoos. This is how I would make stickers and images back when I was learning: I'd draw stuff by hand. Once I had good initial drawings, I'd use a lightboard and I'd painstaking copy the drawings by hand. Then I'd scan them (using Printer A) onto my laptop. After that I'd put them in Clip Studio paint and painstakingly draw the border of each sticker(or tattoo) -- using a mouse. I didn't have a drawing tablet until October 2019. Once I'd drawn the borders I had to color the outside so my cutting program would recognize what to cut and what not to -- then I'd load those images into the cutting program and hold my breath and HOPE they would cut the way I wanted them to. I wouldn't know if I had good cuts until I ran a sheet off. (Often, I didn't.) And yes, if you guessed it -- everything for the shop got printed on Printer B. Convoluted, you got it. Sometimes, I didn't even draw the base image. I'd be SUPER archaic and I'd carve it out of a rubber or linoleum stamp instead. It amuses me in a kind of nihilistic way to consider all the work I have put in sometimes: making stamps (which are themselves replicable images) in order to scan them in order to get them in the computer in order to make them into stickers. Which were really just digital replicable images. This entire sticker sheet is made of images generated from stamps.I still do it sometimes! Carved stamp images give a really graphic feel, I find, and just look both very unusual and very striking to me. But oh my god the time investiture. And remember, any image editing on my computer I was doing with a mouse or with a touchpad -- no stylus, no true drawing implements whatsoever. A right-handed mouse. Of course, I am a lefty. In 2019 I sold a lot of cards. I noticed -- and was surprised -- that my temporary tattoos were actually kind of indie-low-grade-background popular, however. It got me thinking that maybe I should do more temporary tattoos. After all, I could use the same images for tattoos and stickers if I wanted. That year I sold 26 products in 11 transactions. Summer was a complete dead zone. I believe I didn't sell anything from May until October or November. shrug I was happy i was selling at all. And -- this was the exciting bit -- to strangers! People I'd never met had started to buy, occasionally, one or two of my listings here and there. Christmas-themed items (cards and I'd expanded now to embossed gift tags) remained my leading genre.I guess it really did all start to pick up for me end of 2019/beginning 2020. It kind of amazes me to realize that. It amazes me to realize I haven't even had my drawing tablet for a year. It felt like I resisted learning how to use it for a long time. It felt like it was a struggle to make any art digitally. But I'm looking at my shop and I can see based on the orders that by Feb 2020, I was successfully making sticker sheets that actually were cut correctly and didn't have all that extra "noise" in the machine when I made them. I'd figured out what that was. It was background splotches and images and color and pixels in my digital art that I couldn't see unless I looked really, really carefully. A lot was driven by my draw-then-scan method. And also just my incompetence and how I edited -- or didn't -- edit the images in CSP. A vinyl sticker listing I'd posted in 2019, just because I liked it and because I'd been trying to learn more about Cricut and how to create stuff, started out popular and got even more so as the discontent around policing and racial injustice in the US grew in the first half of 2020. It's a truly good sticker. I never expected it to be my top selling item. It's also interesting to note it's one my least creative products. I just typed some words into a script that looked right, made the colors cool, and printed and cut it out. I do like to think I have a certain gift for picking the right colors. I think that's a lot of what collage is, or good collage can be driven by. In Q1 I drew my first sticker sheet (that wasn't mostly typed or the same image repeated over and over) starting complete from digital. It's one of my top items now, too. And to be honest, it baffles me a little bit why THIS witchy listing is so much more popular than the others. But I don't mind. I will take it. I started making more funny vinyl stickers. And just more vinyl stickers. I'd been slowly building a repertoire of "practical" stickers as well -- days of the week and stuff like that -- and I got another much-liked listing out of a rainbow gothic days-of-the-week sheet. That was truly a product where I saw other sticker makers selling gothic-font days of the week, which I liked - but no one was selling vivid rainbow ones. And that's me. I want my vivid rainbow and bright colors. So I hand calligraphied the lettering, threw it on the computer and messed around with colors. I was learning. Slowly but surely. And the frustrating moments and the repeated waste of material were finally significantly decreasing. One of my favorite creations, Trump as Joe Exotic, got taken down from Etsy within like 2 days. At least I got to sell two first (to a friend). Now I give them away as freebies whenever anyone orders a liberal-intonated sticker. I tried to pull inspiration for sticker sheets from -- just -- whatever was happening around me in my life that I liked. I ended up making a sheet of temporary tattoos/stickers (available as either) for Friday the 13th. If you don't know, Friday the 13th is a big tattoo parlor day. I drew tattoos that I thought I wanted and I themed it around conspiracy theories. Some rando in France was the first purchase of that Friday the 13th temporary tattoo listing. That was very cool. I made a sheet of cat stickers. I made every sticker on the computer and what's more, I finally learned how to use and understand LAYERS. Every cat on the sticker sheet is one I have known in real life, in person. (Shamelessly, 4 of the pictures are of cats of mine.) So then of course I made dog stickers, but not til after I made more cat stickers first. And I started to look at things that sold well or got a lot of likes and started trying to make more listings like those. And somehow, it's July 2020 and I have sold 17 orders comprising 60 products. I have not only sold items every month this year but I have even sold items on consecutive days. And most of my sales are to strangers. And if I have an idea for a sticker sheet I can get from idea to sellable final product within, like, two hours. Sometimes even less maybe. I'm prepping for Christmas. I've made 80 sales (they count it by product sold) on Etsy now. I think my goal by EOY is 100. That kind of volume is crazy to think of even just compared to last year. But winter holidays are my busy season and I have like 20 cards already listed plus another 2-5 ready to put up -- and I'm making even COOLER and more varied gift tags this year that I think will go over well -- could I do it? I think I could. Maybe. I really do. SOME FACTUAL COMMENTS:I pay $30/month (or a dollar a day) to advertise a number of listings on Etsy. Look, it reads like a success story up above, but truly I've been bleeding money into this store for a long while. I do not believe I'd be making any of this kind of sales volume if it weren't for a) advertising and b) COVID. There's been a big spike in traffic since March. That's absolutely partially, if not mostly, driven by people being at home, bored, and wanting to support small businesses. But I do believe it has to do with the improved quality of my listings, the improved SEO and keyword bullshit I'm trying to get better at, and so on -- I believe the work I've put in, consistently and over time, on the store has absolutely driven SOME traffic and purchases. Really I would love it if the sales from the store just covered the ads and the listings. That I guess is my goal for success.And it's pretty cool to me to sit back and realize that for the most part, I've managed to find some success just doing the art that I find cool and interesting. I really do gravitate towards making things I personally think are cool and then am lucky enough (or shell out in ads enough) that the right people seem to see them. It's good, because "running a small business" (I feel I barely qualify) is NOT really about art or creativity at all. I keep an inventory with a code system now after a couple of close calls/selling people products I didn't actually have stocked! I am learning about SEO and keywords. I am taking better photos in better lighting. I am hand-writing cards to each of my customers asking them to please leave a review if they're happy and to reach out to me so I can fix it if they're not. I'm calculating the yearly cost of a listing. I'm starting to consider things like "How many listings do I want in my shop, maximum?" I have 100 listings now. ISN'T THAT CRAZY. I do stuff like review my prices and make sure they're standard across different products and why. This is honestly the not-so-fun part of it. Or -- it's kind of fun -- but it's 100% NOT creative work. It's not really why I got into Etsy. I cherish what I am learning and think there is a lot of value in having this experience...but I want to make sure I don't oversteer, and end up burnt out on Etsy because I viewed it as a business trying to turn a profit instead of a way to share my creative kook with the world. Anyway, this is VERY long. I tried to compensate with pictures. Please skim. I am still surprised to realize how much has changed and how well the shop has started to do -- just within the past year. It's pretty dang cool regardless. My logo started out life as a stamp too -- actually, TWO stamps. One for the book and one for the b's. officials interfered with CDC reports on Covid-19 Trump lies. America dies.And yep, of course bootlickers like Michael Caputo will alter gov't issued scientific recommendations to protect Trump politically, to the nation's peril. 200k American deaths later, and it's still an ever-growing snowball of science-denialism in Trumpland.Mark my words: Trump will announce a vaccine about a week before the election. There won't actually be a vaccine ready, but reality is no longer a constraint to the GOP. Neither will he win the election, but that won't matter to his base.I've gamed out scenarios for the election, and there isn't really a "good" possibility. If you somehow still think this man will give up the presidency willingly, boy, are you in for a shock. Supper steve I played hockey. rezzeJ, flac and ghostoffuffle. I dig this one. Feel free to add to it if you hear anything. After SupperI’ll come over sometime after supperHold a place for meAlong the shoreline shadows stretch foreverTaller than the treesAbandoned buildings open to the moonlight. Never speak too soonFallen heroes, blood related foolsMissing all the signs Track the trail find all of the fallen partsSome of them were mine Come to bed now everything will be alrightPretend it’s yesterday Who knows where the fallen parts areSome of those fallen parts are meI’ll come over sometime after supperSave a place for me founder Trevor Milton forfeits $166 million in stock he would have lost anyway and gets to keep $3.1 billion under separation deal like Kyle Rittenhouse had his ass beat back in July for hitting a girl "Beowulf" For Our Moment - The New Yorker on Maria Dahvana Headley's new Translation'm reading it right now. Every elder knew I was the man for you, and blessedmy quest, King Hrothgar, because where I’m from?I’m the strongest and the boldest, and the bravest and the best.Yes: I mean—I may have bathed in the blood of beasts,netted five foul ogres at once, smashed my way into a troll denand come out swinging, gone skinny-dipping in a sleeping seaand made sashimi of some sea monsters.Anyone who fucks with the Geats? Bro, they have to fuck with me. . . . Frankly, the only word I've found doesn't jive with me so far is the first 'Bro'. Everything else is possibly the best version I've ever read. It performs the most important job that language can perform - it makes it so the poem can be understood.It's 10 bucks for a digital copy. I suggest picking it up to try out for yourself. August 12, 2020 create new hubski account friend of mine has been attempting to create a hubski account, only to receive:"You are in a maze of twisty passages, all alike."I tried making an account as well. Ran into the same issue. the Yugoslavian submarine tunnels bird calls to attract birds not only isn't just for me, it actually strikes me as pretty bad while back I went to one of my favorite places to go bird watching. It's a lovely preserve with a few different habitats, some creek/marsh type areas, some grasslands, some deep woods, and some more open spaces. The sheer variety of birds that can be found there, both in types of birds as well as individual species, is really quite amazing. There's been a few times I've been there for six or more hours and it felt more like two. I just kind of get lost there, in a good way.One day though I pull up to one of the general parking areas and seeing as how it's pretty early there's only a couple of other cars there. As I'm getting out to put on my sunscreen and bug spray, I notice a small speaker hanging from a tree. I don't think much of it and keep doing what I'm doing and start to head my own way when I notice a pretty colorful songbird that I don't usually see in the area. Not wanting to miss my chance to try and catch a picture of it, I walk a slow half circle across the lot to get closer and get a better angle. Then some guy yells at me from out his car to get out of his shot. The man has a hardcore camera setup and I can tell he takes his hobby pretty seriously, so I get out of his way, take a few shots of the bird, and ready myself to head on for the day. He asks me to hold up a bit, asks if I know what the speaker is for, I say I don't, and he goes on to explain how it's attached to his phone by Bluetooth. He uses it to play bird calls, usually territory calls, sometimes alarm calls, to bring them out into the open. He's not young anymore, he says, so it makes bird watching easier. I can hang around for a bit if I want, take advantage of his technique. I kind of wanted to walk, but I didn't want to be rude either, so I decided to take him up on his offer. What happened next was a sight.The guy names a bird, plays their song, and I'm not even kidding, in a minute or two one shows seemingly out of nowhere. He does it again, and again, and again, with consistent results. It was just non-stop birds for an hour. It was overwhelming, like when a kid who only ever got little pieces of chocolate here or there gets his first candy bar from Grandma and finds it both amazing and too much to handle at the same time. I don't think there was a single minute without birds at that time. After an hour, he says he's gonna hang it up at that spot and try some place else. Did I wanna come along? No, I said, thanking him. I didn't. I wanted to hike a trail and keep an eye out for some sparrows that have been eluding me the last few times I was there. He insulted my taste in birds, like sparrows aren't special. I definitely didn't want to hang out with him after that, so we went our separate ways.I spent the rest of the day bird watching my way. Walking trails, keeping an eye out for movement or activity. Often I'd hear the birds but not see them. When I did see them, they'd often fly away before I even had a chance to get my camera up. When I did get my camera up, the shots would come out too dark or too blurry or the camera focused on the wrong object. Sometimes birds would show up, rest in just the right spot, and I'd get a picture or two before they disappeared, and I'd feel blessed and thankful for that little moment. Sometimes birds would show up and I didn't take any pictures at all, knowing they wouldn't turn out, so I'd just take the time to admire them. Every now and again I'd take pictures of a plant, curious as to what it might be, hoping someone on iNaturalist might be able to ID it for me. The farther away I got from that first hour of that day, the more I realized that that style of bird watching isn't for me. I like the slowness. I like the frustration. I like the little moments of success that feel less like I did anything right and more like they were gifts given to me, by God, by nature, by chance.When I got home that night to look at the pictures I got that day, I discovered that the shots I took in that first hour, while easier to get and more numerous, weren't better than the shots I got the rest of the day. In fact, some of them were even worse by quite a bit. So with all that, the speaker isn't for me. But I was curious about it, so I read into it. Turns out, it's a bit of a controversial topic for birders. Some think it's okay, some think it's not. The territory calls, the alarm calls, it's believed stress out birds thinking that there are threats they need to face. When mating calls are played, especially if they're played too loud, females can lose interest in actual males in the area in hopes of running across what they think is a more suitable mate, even though he doesn't exist. In some places, this very method of attracting birds is illegal. I'm very much team "hands off" with nature. I think feeding wildlife is a black and white issue and baiting animals to get photos is a huge no-no. I think animals shouldn't be handled without reason (such as rescuing or relocating or for identification purposes for research and population counts). I know that just by sharing the same space as these animals causes them stress, I'm an outside element, an unknown element, a potential threat, so sometimes I feel guilty walking in their very backyards.This whole bringing birds to me, through calls, just doesn't jive with how I interact with nature. Even if it did though, knowing that it's something that can potentially cause these animals to feel duress and harm their well being? Well, that just doesn't jive with how I want to be as a person. It's amazing that the more I interact with other hard core birders and bug hunters and herpers, I come across more and more scenarios that make me really have to think about the ethics of our actions when we're out there. HUBSKI: Have any of you or someone close to you had COVID-19? you or someone close to you had COVID-19? I was flying a lot in January/February and I got very sick. I had a cough and felt drained for almost two months. I was tested and it came back negative. I realize there are a lot of false negatives with the antibody test, so perhaps I should take it again. But, to date nobody in our family has had it. We were in talks with a venture investor and he had to back out because he tested positive. I hope you are all safe and healthy, but I'm definitely curious to know if the disease itself, and not it's ripple effects, have impacted you? Be well! of Scottish Wikipedia Written By American in Mangled English 2013, this user—a self-professed Christian INTP furry living somewhere in North Carolina—has simply written articles that are written in English, riddled with misspellings that mimic a spoken Scottish accent. Kenosha Shooting Suspect Was In The Front Row Of A Trump Rally In January August 5, 2020 in History: CIA overthrows Allende Guest House by Rumi being human is a guest house.Every morning a new arrival.A joy, a depression, a meanness,some momentary awareness comesAs an unexpected visitor.Welcome and entertain them all!Even if they’re a crowd of sorrows,who violently sweep your houseempty of its furniture,still treat each guest honorably.He may be clearing you outfor some new delight.The dark thought, the shame, the malice,meet them at the door laughing and invite them in.Be grateful for whoever comes,because each has been sentas a guide from beyond. set to deliver ‘profoundly consequential’ speech, changing how the Fed views inflation let's pretend you have seven trillion on your balance sheet. That's a lot of debt service. In non-banker terms, that means "making interest payments." Good thing you're keeping the interest rate at fuckall. But let's say you wanted to, oh, not have seven trillion on your balance sheet. What do? moneyprintergobrrrr.gifIf a big mac cost $4 instead of $2, and you delineated your debt in big macs, you would owe half as many big macs. So if you make everything worth less money, then your debt is worth less money! The money people have been talking about this since 2008 or so; Mauldin in particular has long held that eventually we would "inflate away the debt". This has the fortunate side effect of allowing you to "resolve your obligations" because if half your money goes to "entitlements" and you need more money, you can either cut entitlements or get a bigger budget. Unfortunately the result here is euphemistically referred to as "punishing savers" because the money you have in the bank is now worth exactly fuckall and oh by the way that $1100/mo social security payment that's keeping gramma in cat food? Yeah her buying power buys half as much cat food now so she's going to have to share with Mr. Sprinkles.On the plus side your mortgage is going to go up. If you own a house? It's going to be a net zero to sell it and buy another because your asset is going to appreciate too. On the minus side so is your rent. Your buying power is going to go down commensurately with the rentier's income.Powell is gonna do something new under the sun: say 'yay inflation good!' while simultaneously saying 'boo interest rates bad!' And he's gonna do it because so is everyone else. And you thought paying off your credit card was a smart move. Dumbass.So the argument here is take on as much debt as humanly possible because it's about to matter a whole lot less. So Kawaii: How Japan’s “Culture of Cute” Traps Japanese Women on Niihau Island indoor clouds Americans don’t have enough assets to withstand 3 months without income, Ore. — A new study from Oregon State University found that 77% of low- to moderate-income American households fall below the asset poverty threshold, meaning that if their income were cut off they would not have the financial assets to maintain at least poverty-level status for three months.The study compared asset poverty rates in the U.S. and Canada. Canada’s asset poverty rate has improved over the past 20 years while the U.S. rate has worsened, but still, 62% of low- to moderate-income Canadians also fall below the asset poverty threshold. the official 2020 GOP platform is 1 sentence long, That the Republican Party has and will continue to enthusiastically support the President’s America-first agenda; He gazed up at the enormous face. Forty years it had taken him to learn what kind of smile was hidden beneath the dark moustache. O cruel, needless misunderstanding! O stubborn, self-willed exile from the loving breast! Two gin-scented tears trickled down the sides of his nose. But it was all right, everything was all right, the struggle was finished. He had won the victory over himself.(be sure to keep your eye out for RESOVLVEDs) IS IN FULL SWING AND CATS ARE RIPENING IN THE TREES. SOON TO BE HARVESTED, THIS YEAR IS GOING TO BE A BUMPER CROP! massive US military wargames the US had to cheat to win short version is that the US did a massive wargame in the Mediterranean/Middle East in 2002. A retired Marine Lt. General ran the opposing force, and consistently wrecked the "blue" team (i.e. actual US forces). Eventually, the US did the usual thing and added increasingly unrealistic constraints on the opposing force (op-for). The original op-for commander quit, and the replacement continued to do quite well.The exercise was called a success, and the US invasion of Iraq happened a year later.It's also discussed in an episode (including the author of the article) of Lions Led by Donkeys, an excellent military history podcast., are video games still a thing? They are? Well then, what are you all playing? night in Portland seems like there was a significant turn out last night. It's a weekend and people are upset about the feds. A city council woman did something early evening which may have brought out some additional people. They shut down Riot Ribs a on street restaurant that fed homeless and protesters and that pissed people off. The Police went after people.The Feds went after people.Naked Lady challenged the feds.And ran them off.I think the feds are here to make stuff worse. It gives the president an outlet and lets the nation see what a big dick he has. If he thinks it's helping him with his image get ready for this to spread to more places. and Mall Operator Look at Turning Sears, J.C. Penney Stores Into Fulfillment Centers I'd copy-paste the text of the article but I mean, it's just exactly the bleak nightmare you think it is. Amazon is going to eat the malls because they're (1) near residential but commercially zoned (2) gigantic (3) on transit lines so your minimum-wage proletariat can get there without needing a car (4) grenaded and dead because Amazon. can’t stop listening to this album: Tropicália: ou Panis et Circencis makes everything better. Roundup | July 9, 2020 - Part 1 (The Trump Subpoenas) Arabia overturns death sentences in Jamal Khashoggi killing Showers: Sustainable Decadence? water and energy use of the mist shower is so low that the bathroom could be taken off-grid and off-pipe even in an urban context. Saturday Hubski! Do you like baby animals? Don't lie to me, I know you do. So here's some baby muskrats. a bonus, here's a muskrat sitting in pondweed, wearing pondweed, eating pondweed. I think we could all learn a thing or two about life from this little guy. Amazon’s Secret Program to Spy On Workers’ Private Facebook Groups North Korean fishermen are washing ashore as skeletons because of the world's largest illegal fleet The battered wooden “ghost boats” drift through the Sea of Japan for months, their only cargo the corpses of starved North Korean fishermen whose bodies have been reduced to skeletons. Last year more than 150 of these macabre vessels washed ashore in Japan, and there have been more than 500 in the past five years.For years the grisly phenomenon mystified Japanese police, whose best guess was that climate change pushed the squid population farther from North Korea, driving the country’s desperate fishermen dangerous distances from shore, where they become stranded and die from exposure. But an NBC News investigation, based on new satellite data, has revealed what marine researchers now say is a more likely explanation: China is sending a previously invisible armada of industrial boats to illegally fish in North Korean waters, violently displacing smaller North Korean boats and spearheading a decline in once-abundant squid stocks of more than 70 percent. radio telescope goes dark after snapped cable shreds dish July 15, 2020'A New Jingle, for a New Era' - RZA unveils new ice cream truck song Is Threatening My Safety By Revealing My Real Name, So I Am Deleting The Blog checkpoint travel numbers for 2020 and 2019 Total Traveler Throughput Total Traveler Throughput(1 Year Ago - Same Weekday)8/11/2020 559,420 2,306,8298/10/2020 761,861 2,567,9868/9/2020 831,789 2,647,8978/8/2020 683,212 2,290,3408/7/2020 762,547 2,725,0008/6/2020 743,599 2,707,9868/5/2020 595,739 2,430,0948/4/2020 543,601 2,387,1158/3/2020 737,235 2,619,4068/2/2020 799,861 2,688,6408/1/2020 709,033 2,367,9677/31/2020 767,320 2,730,9367/30/2020 718,310 2,742,8827/29/2020 573,200 2,542,3657/28/2020 536,756 2,438,9677/27/2020 700,043 2,613,3467/26/2020 751,205 2,700,7237/25/2020 649,027 2,364,9257/24/2020 724,770 2,732,7707/23/2020 704,815 2,705,3997/22/2020 570,951 2,561,9117/21/2020 530,421 2,499,4607/20/2020 695,330 2,635,3127/19/2020 747,422 2,727,3557/18/2020 646,654 2,396,4627/17/2020 720,378 2,776,9607/16/2020 706,164 2,716,8287/15/2020 589,285 2,522,5637/14/2020 540,268 2,447,1777/13/2020 697,985 2,615,1157/12/2020 754,545 2,669,7177/11/2020 656,284 2,312,1787/10/2020 711,124 2,716,8127/9/2020 709,653 2,608,2097/8/2020 632,498 2,515,9027/7/2020 641,761 2,506,8597/6/2020 755,555 2,748,7187/5/2020 732,123 2,795,3697/4/2020 466,669 2,345,8467/3/2020 718,988 2,184,2537/2/2020 764,761 2,088,7607/1/2020 626,516 2,547,889 the fourth straight month, roughly one-in-three Americans failed to make a full, on-time housing payment. Photographers Who Worked Under Mushroom Clouds 75 Years Ago Invisible in Oceanic Depths: Ultra-Black Fish and Their Superpowers. “It’s like looking at a black hole,” should be no secret i am in love with the oceantreat me like the sea i'm so salty and mean aha ha that Georgia high school photo is the sort of shit Americans used to accuse Soviets of. Discover Exposed Bacteria Can Survive in Space for Years'm bringing back Happy Saturday. Cause I can. So here's a South American Gray Fox sitting nice and pretty. Are Being Tokenized on Ethereum Faster Than They Are Mined is eating Bitcoin. The world is on the menu. of terrorism has released terror squads in major US cities with Democratic governors and mayors. Portland is the one I know best, because I have friends there who are VERY active in what is happening right now. (Naked Athena? Yeah. We all know who she is. Don't even need to see the picture to know who she was. I'm proud as shit of her.)But... everyone seems flummoxed by the identity of these shock troops, and I don't understand why...? I mean, these techniques have been used by dictators across Africa and Central America and the Balkans for generations. I know the intimate details of the ones in the Balkans because I was doing transcriptions for a friend who wrote a book on the shit. But it's all the same...The troops are not locals. You can't use locals; someone always gets recognized, or some dipshit drops by home to see Mom while wearing his unmarked uniform, and is seen by neighbors. You just can't have that, so you use thugs from elsewhere.The troops have zero training. They have no crowd control tactical moves, and are even sloppy with their weapons. So they haven't been trained to use the tools they are using, and they don't have any aptitude with the weapons (look at the way they wield truncheons like a toddler).They aren't a military squad. They break rank. They fail to maintain lines. They fail to back each other up. They are unaware of their surroundings and often let things happen behind their back.They are have no insignias, and are using standard civilian vehicles. So everything they are using they got recently on the cheap. Someone is throwing money at this.So these types of state thugs always fall apart in the same ways:1. Their middlemen are exposed. Who has been buying up a shitload of late model minivans, for cash, off Craigslist recently? That guy is getting paid, and knows who is paying him.2. These fuckers have to sleep somewhere. They aren't local, so they are being bivouacked somewhere near by, but not too close. What caterer or pizza joint has suddenly had a spike in orders, and are delivering to a location they have never been to before? Which Costco just had someone buy 100 roast chickens and 100 pizzas?3. There are trucks arriving with men and supplies to a warehouse or something that has been sitting dormant for a long time. Someone has noticed. There's a paved road that suddenly has a lot of dirt on it in one place, where trucks have been turning off/onto a side road that hasn't been used before.4. One of the fuckers catches a bullet and the body is identified. Then the whole thing unravels very quickly. A single angry mother can do more to destroy an entire military operation than any missile.5. Someone fails to be recruited, and mentions to someone else this weird conversation/invite they got from a guy on base the other day...My guess is that these guys (and they will all be male: bet on it) are fresh military recruits who have not finished their military training yet. They don't have any agility with the weapons, they have no understanding of squad tactics, and they don't know each other. Possibly guys that have been in the brig for some behavioral issue(s).A black-ops DHS commander puts these wastrels together, offers them the chance to "beat some liberal ass", and they get trucked off of their Confederate-General-named base, and sequestered in a warehouse outside of Portland. Gresham, is my bet. Wide open wasteland. Lots of ingress and egress points. Easy access to existing military bases, if needed.Their briefings only consist of, "Show of force. Don't stand for any shit. Bash some heads." You can tell because the forces on the ground have no goal or plan. The force on the ground is shambolic... they really are just a gang running amuck, and beating whoever is in the way.Wanna know why they hit a Navy vet? Because they never took the oath. They never graduated. They are the ones that got into the military to "kill some towelheads", and are frustrated.Mark my word.! The Weird And Wonderful World Of Today’s Oddball Gins's a follow-up to this: Administration Bans Evictions reactions on it of course, but hey - some people get a few more months of relief. Hot Dog Style Guide seattle dog always seemed like such a terrible idea at 2am after a night of drinking but fuckin' hell they were as amazing coming back up as they were going down's last fully intact Arctic ice shelf collapses Former Colleagues Called in a “Wellness Check.” Then Police Shot Her to Death. UX of LEGO Interface Panels we don't know about sex and babies in space calm assessment created a media nightmare for NASA. Newspapers ran articles with titles such as, “NASA Told to Make Room for Sex in Space,” and “Sex in Space: Do You Want Your Tax Dollars to Support this?” According to Layendecker, NASA had to hire a full-time liaison to assure Congress that they were not budgeting tax money to run Kinsey-like sex experiments. Journalist Laura Woodmansee wrote, “From the reaction… you would have thought she was advocating genocide.” At a space conference seven years later, Clearwater, when questioned about the sex lives of astronauts, responded, “We are not doing any research and it’s a non-issue.” decided to learn more about the Srebrenica massacre on it's 25 annversary knew next to nothing about the conflict generally or the massacre specifically just the names of the bad guys and a bit about various groups involved. What a harrowing read it was. I'm going to read a bit more about it if anyone has any recommendations. I'm not looking for anything book length. Pleads: Stop Building Stupid, Expensive Particle Colliders Meteor Shower Tonight outside before midnight, and look south if you're in most of north America.I fucking miss you francopoli.Update*We saw one! Then it got cloudy.Spaaaaaace. Work by Gary Larson “New Stuff” that you’ll see here is the result of my journey into the world of digital art. Believe me, this has been a bit of a learning curve for me. I hail from a world of pen and ink, and suddenly I was feeling like I was sitting at the controls of a 747. (True, I don’t get out much.) But as overwhelmed as I was, there was still something familiar there—a sense of adventure. That had always been at the core of what I enjoyed most when I was drawing The Far Side, that sense of exploring, reaching for something, taking some risks, sometimes hitting a home run and sometimes coming up with “Cow tools.” (Let’s not get into that.) But as a jazz teacher once said to me about improvisation, “You want to try and take people somewhere where they might not have been before.” I think that my approach to cartooning was similar—I’m just not sure if even I knew where I was going. But I was having fun. photo of the Sun is the closest ever taken"Campfires". I love it.The fires are just millionths or billionths of the size of the solar flares visible from Earth, which are energetic eruptions thought to be caused by interactions in the Sun’s magnetic fields. The mission team has yet to work out whether the two phenomena are driven by the same process, but the researchers speculate that the combined effect of the many campfires could contribute to the searing heat of the corona, the Sun’s outer atmosphere.To clarify, the process is magnetic reconnection. Bounce Simulations Challenge the Big Bang more correct to say that Big Bounce challenges Inflation. Of course, the periodicity challenges the idea of a beginning, but it's not the beginning that is problematic, it's the smoothness. A beginning, or no beginning, is TBD. Playa: The world's first astronomical site was built in Africa and is older than Stonehenge only started watching over us quite recently, according to a study that analyzed 414 societies from 30 world regions. Sets Mass Vaccination for October After Shortened Trial should go well.'s Breaking Point (PDF)'s government is resigning.55,000 signatures on petition for France to retake control of LebanonWorth noting: Turkey is about to crash. The Lira is down something like 40% against the dollar in the past three months or so. The last time Lebanon disintegrated the Israelis and then the Americans rushed in, which pissed off Iran enough to create Hezbollah.Syria was stable back then. Iran was not on the verge of collapse. Turkey wasn't fighting a crisis of confidence and converting the Hagia Sofia to a mosque again in order to distract everyone from their domestic spiral. Netanyahu or Begin... tough one. No coronavirus in '82 tho. Watch this space. Presidents can still get the top secret PDB (President's Daily Briefing) President's Daily Briefing is a document that gives the President the current status of top secret information from around the various security agencies in the USA.Past-Presidents have the right to get that document, as well.George HW Bush gets all of them, and devours them, apparently.Jimmy Carter still gets updates on the Middle East.Donald Trump will also have access to these documents... as will his family... If the Big Bang Was Actually a Big Bounce? Optima Frog Funco 1/10 RC Buggy project recently revived my Tamiya Frog, and have been driving it with my daughter, who recently got a Grasshopper (my Frog up top):I have a lot of spare parts for two 1/10 RC cars I got in the 80's: the Kyosho Turbo Optima, and the Tamiya Frog.My quest is to build a performant 2WD buggy that looks good, relying heavily upon the parts I have. My goal is to have something that looks like a late 70’s Funco buggy:This will likely be some time in the making, but I'll post my progress here along the way.The Optima has great motor placement compared to the Frog: low, rear, and centered. I only needed to seal the gearbox where the chain/belt feeds out, as I will be forgoing 4WD.My first requirement for this buggy is that the battery is as low as possible and centered. With a new bottom, the Frog chassis accommodates a lipo lying flat right down the middle. I bent and cut some aluminum sheet for a bottom plate to arrive at this setup:The Frog chassis already has much of the shape I want, but I shaved off some protruding parts, including the side mounts for the antenna. I’ll probably dye the plastic later in the process.The way that the Optima rear arms attach provided a simple opportunity. The arms swing on pins that insert from the rear of the gearbox. All that was missing was holes to support the front of those pins. To both join the Frog bottom plate to the Optima gear box, and to provide holes for the rear arm pins, I cut a piece of square aluminum rod, and drilled holes for the pins and the screws coming in from the sides:Aw yeah. Frogtima:The next step was to solidify the hybrid connection. To do this, I trimmed some of the Frog’s upper body mounts back and cut some aluminum strips to create a bridge to the top of the gear box. I used a threaded aluminum spacer, and put it together:The connection has no wiggle in it at all. It’s almost as if it were meant to be. :)My next goal is going to be getting the rear dog bone axles inserted, and the upper connectors for the rear arms installed. After that, I’ll be adding the rear suspension. I still have the Turbo Optima gold shocks, but I will probably get some that look more appropriate for the 70’s style I am after.To be continued… And Why Gin Went From Murderous Swill To 007-Level Cool can we please change your shitty half-drunk pubski IPA to a martini Hibbert, Reggae Pioneer Who Infused Genre With Soul, Dead at 77 Morricone died've all heard his music whether we know it or not.I first came to know his name from Cinema Paradiso.Prolific dude... clip of Portland Mayor being told what up from a super capable protestor. rules Asylum Pact Invalid"a staggering surge in homelessness unlike anything we have seen” Columbus OH is holding their eviction hearings at the convention center - song I started writing/recording tonight (EDIT) now with more stuff.... guitar solo sound fx steve I made this tonight, which is to say that I played hockey. Lyrics:You’ve got to run, runLookout right behind youAnother unmarked vanYou came to kneel, to kneelAsk questions, speak truth to powerTake a baton to the headThere’s a mass, a massOf blood vessels, of fat and waterPretending to be smartAnd it points, it points Dripping salt, blood and oilAs it clutches the mic We run We run, we runLooking right behind usAnother unmarked vanWe came to kneel, to kneelAsk questions, speak truth to powerTake a baton to the headThere’s a mass, a massOf blood vessels, of fat and waterPretending to be smartAnd it points, it points Dripping salt, blood and oilAs it clutches the mic And we run and we stand From Covid for Months—and Battling Murky Test Results Too Jenny Berz woke up on March 27 with a fever, headache and shortness of breath. Four months later she is still sick, struggling with fatigue, sinus pain, blurred vision, gastrointestinal issues, and pain and numbness in her hands. She loses her sense of smell every few days.Ms. Berz, a 50-year-old clinical psychologist in Brookline, Mass., believes she is suffering from long-term symptoms of Covid-19, and her primary care doctor does too. Her husband tested positive for Covid about a week after she fell ill. But the four antibody tests Ms. Berz has taken came back negative, as did a diagnostic test she took in the emergency room in late March.Ms. Berz and her doctor believe she is among thousands of “long-haul” Covid patients, who are still experiencing symptoms or aftereffects months after initial infection. Many have test results confirming they’ve been infected. But some doctors believe there is also a large number of long-term sufferers who lack test results to prove it.It’s unclear exactly how many people fall into that group. But doctors at the forefront of caring for long-haul Covid patients say it is substantial. “People are being refused care based on tests that are not necessarily telling you what you think they’re telling you,” David Putrino, director of rehabilitation innovation at Mount Sinai Health System in New York City, whose Center for Post-Covid Care opened in May. He estimates there are “tens of thousands” of long-haul Covid patients. “A lot of these patients’ care is being gated based on a lack of a positive test and I’m very troubled by this.” Long-term Covid patients are gaining more attention. A JAMA study from Italy published earlier this month found that 87% of 143 Covid-19 patients reported the persistence of at least one symptom 60 days after onset. Britain’s National Health Service announced plans for a Covid-19 recovery service for patients with long-term symptoms earlier this month.About one-third of 270 non-hospitalized adults who tested positive for Covid said they hadn’t returned to their normal health two to three weeks later, according to a survey published recently by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Among 18- to 34-year-olds with no chronic medical conditions, one in five hadn’t returned to their normal health. “Non-hospitalized Covid-19 illness can result in prolonged illness and persistent symptoms, even in young adults and persons with no or few chronic underlying medical conditions,” the researchers concluded. Inconsistencies around testing make tracking and treatment more complicated. Many long-haul patients are people who were younger and were previously healthy, whose Covid cases were initially mild or moderate. Many didn’t get tested early on because they didn’t qualify for the diagnostic PCR tests, which are designed to detect live virus at the time when you have an active infection. If you wait too long after infection, the test is unlikely to detect the virus: An Annals of Internal Medicine study found that diagnostic PCR tests have a 66% false negative rate 21 days past symptom onset.Antibody tests, which detect whether you have previously been infected, also have challenges. Jon Deeks, a professor of biostatistics at the University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom, was lead author of a recent Cochrane review on Covid-19 antibody tests. Doctors believe it generally takes about one to three weeks to produce Covid antibodies, but the Cochrane review found that even 14 days after symptom onset, about 10% of antibody tests done in Covid patients were negative.Few antibody studies looked at how accurate the tests were more than five weeks after symptom onset. “So if you’re being tested eight to 12 weeks later, it’s possible that antibody levels will have started to reduce and tests more likely to give a false negative,” says Dr. Deeks.Dr. Putrino at Mount Sinai has surveyed 600 people who self-identified as long-haul Covid patients in social media groups. Sixteen percent had positive PCR tests, 51% had negative tests, and 33% had an unknown test result. For antibody tests, 11% reported positive tests, about one-third negative, and more than half unknown. He acknowledges some may have another virus or illness but says the majority of patients they’ve seen at the Post-Covid Care center have symptoms consistent with Covid-19.Sinai’s Center for Post-Covid Care has set up a way for people who test negative to still get referrals to doctors, so they can qualify for care and receive reimbursement. Igor Koralnik, chief of neuro-infectious diseases and global neurology at Northwestern Medicine in Chicago, oversees the Neuro Covid-19 Clinic at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, which launched in May. The clinic has had many patients who didn’t test positive for Covid but have lingering neurological symptoms that Dr. Koralnik believes were caused by Covid.“The typical story is somebody who developed fever and chills and sometimes some respiratory issues, but not that pronounced, around March. And at that time there was no test for them,” says Dr. Koralnik. “They got tested by swab a few weeks later, which was negative, and some time later they also get antibody testing and depending where and when they got the test it was positive or negative.”“The key is to take these patients seriously,” he says. “They need to have a thorough investigation by neurologists to try to determine how best to manage them and how to treat them.”Alicia Gaffney says she was unable to get tested for Covid-19 until a month after she fell sick because she didn’t qualify for a test. The 34-year-old San Francisco resident’s first diagnostic test at the end of March was inconclusive.At first, she had a postnasal drip, shortness of breath and diarrhea. Over time, her symptoms have multiplied and gotten worse, including continued shortness of breath, lung and back pain, cognitive issues, a racing heart beat, facial numbness, and a bout of pneumonia.She got five more swabs over the course of a couple of months: all negative. Antibody tests in April and May were also negative. So when a third antibody test turned up positive at the end of June, she cried. Finally, she thought, she had the proof she needed. Still, she says her doctors aren’t convinced. One questioned the company she got the test from, saying she could have had a false positive. Another says she might have multiple viral infections.“It’s been a struggle to get doctors to believe me,” says Ms. Gaffney, a nurse at a Botox clinic who is on maternity leave and whose 8-month-old daughter was diagnosed with Covid-19 based on symptoms. “I got a lot of anxiety diagnoses. Anxiety does not cause pneumonia or me to cough up blood.”Paul Garner, a professor of infectious diseases at Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine in the U.K., has been sick with Covid symptoms from since mid-March. He got his first diagnostic PCR test 70 days after getting sick. It was negative, as expected so long after initial infection.Recently, he received an antibody test from the research lab at his university, which came back positive. He notes some of the other antibody tests aren’t as precise. The psychological impact of negative tests after being sick for weeks or months can be crushing, he says. “People go into an existential crisis when they get a negative test back,” he says. “They think, ‘Oh my God, I’m not immune. I can get it again? Did I have another disease?’ It’s confusing for patients.”Before getting sick in March, Ms. Berz was an avid Peloton bike rider with mild asthma. Now she says she is unable to do any physical activity without feeling completely depleted. “I can’t walk for 10 minutes without being in bed for days after,” she says. “I would love to be able to walk my dog again.”Ms. Berz has seen two pulmonologists, an infectious disease doctor, cardiologist, hematologist, and has been to the emergency room twice. “Some of my doctors couldn’t understand how I could have Covid and no antibodies. They started saying I must not have had Covid,” she says.Her primary care physician, Meredith Talbot, disagrees. “In March [Covid] was so prevalent in the Boston area and her husband had it and her symptoms were all classic Covid,” says Dr. Talbot. “I really think we can say with confidence that she had it.”“I’m sick,” says Ms. Berz. “I’ve never been so sick.”A Closer Look at Long-Term Patients’ AntibodiesDoctors still have much to learn about long-haul Covid-19 patients. One of the mysteries is whether their bodies’ immune response—and production of antibodies—is different from patients who recover more quickly.In general, doctors say a certain percentage of all Covid-19 patients don’t produce measurable levels of the specific antibodies tested. Some experts suggest that patients with negative antibody test results may clear the virus using other parts of the immune system that aren’t detected on current tests.Mady Hornig, an associate professor of epidemiology at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, plans to study whether the immune function of long haulers is different from other Covid-19 patients, including whether their antibody responses are abnormal. She herself has had multiple negative diagnostic PCR and antibody tests but she and her doctors believe that Covid is likely based on symptoms and history.Dr. Hornig has a few possible explanations for negative antibody tests among long haulers. One, some of the antibody tests are less reliable and therefore can produce false negatives. Or, it’s possible that tests have been done after antibody levels dwindled.Dr. Hornig says another possibility is the immune system fails to completely eradicate the virus and is perpetually stimulated from low levels of the virus leading to “immune exhaustion” and an inability to produce the right type of protective antibodies. A third possibility is that the body’s antibody response may go awry.Jon Deeks, a professor of biostatistics at the University of Birmingham in the U.K., was lead author of a recent Cochrane review on Covid-19 antibody tests. He says a review of the evidence through the end of April found that most evaluations of antibody tests were conducted on patients in hospitals with severe initial disease.“My understanding of these long haulers is quite often they were not terribly bad in the beginning and didn’t require hospitalization or intensive care,” says Dr. Deeks. So one hypothesis, he says, may be that they didn’t produce as many antibodies as the hospitalized patients who the tests have been evaluated on, and so might be more likely to get a negative test result.Write to Sumathi Reddy at sumathi.reddy@wsj.comnil new coup de coeur of a series my 4 wisdom teeth removed on Monday so i'm currently in semi-bedrest while I recover. They gave me a dumb looking bandana-like contraption to keep ice gels at my cheeks. It really helps, and giving seductives glances to my boyfriend while wearing it has been a hoot. Discovered the series Anne - based on the Anne of Green Gables books and have been binging it since (netflix). I really like the deepness and growth of the characters and love how truly Canadian it is. They go a bit overboard on the wokeness factor at times, but I appreciate the effort. If you're looking for a new series to watch, I'd give it a try :) Any series recommendations? Movie wise, the Ghibli stuff is on the list to watch or re-watch for sure. evidence shows MA state Democratic party helped with allegations against Morse those who may not have heard, Alex Morse is the current mayor of Holyoke, MA, and is running against incumbent Congressman Richard Neal in the Democratic primary for MA's second district.Earlier this month, the UMass Amherst student newspaper reported that the school's chapter of the College Democrats had sent Morse a letter asking him not to attend an upcoming event because he had, in the past, used their events to make sexual advances to students. However, Morse had only ever attended one such event in October 2019, and no students have come forward with any specific allegations. Morse acknowledged having had sexual relationships with students at Amherst, but denied that any were his students (he taught a single class as an adjunct in the past).It now turns out that the College Democrats were assisted in making this statement by the state Democratic party. This includes a lawyer, Jim Roosevelt, who's been accused in the past of helping the Democratic Party stack the deck against more left-leaning candidates. The College Democrats at this school, meanwhile, had been discussing ways to torpedo Morse's campaign since at least April.The issue is both the flimsiness of the allegations (who could've foreseen that treating all accusations as automatically true could backfire?) and the state party's involvement. Their bylaws are clear that they are to remain neutral in any primary fight, but that's clearly not what happened here."We Are The World" at 35 - Where Are They Now? year's Russian interference is brought to you by the letter 'Q' want a hammer-and-sickle Q graphic. model of a Boeing 777 from manila folders saboteurs you can hire to end your relationship Torrent Giant is Part of a Bizarre & Brand New Anti-Piracy Scheme The operator of YTS, currently the world's second-largest torrent site, provided data to a law firm which launched a cash settlement campaign against the site's own users. TorrentFreak has seen a copy of a new letter sent to an alleged user of the site, which is underpinned by the most extraordinary business/legal arrangement ever witnessed in the piracy scene. my story how I solve freezing system on Linux Debian officers? troops? without agency badges are pulling people off the streets of Portland Job Openings Rise: A story in three acts Pandemic Doomscrolling Roundup New Yorkers form quarter-mile line for free food in Queens - You don't need the audio, but you do need the videoMany Companies Planned to Reopen Offices After Labor Day. With Coronavirus Still Around, They’re Rethinking That.As researchers get closer to identifying an effective vaccine, bosses will face additional dilemmas about whether they can ask employees to be vaccinated. Ms. Vann says employers can require staffers get inoculated, but they must allow exemptions, for example, on medical or religious grounds.Still, such decrees are tricky, she cautions. “Not everyone who gets the influenza vaccine is immune to the flu, so you want to be sure whatever mandate you’re putting into place will achieve the result that’s intended without creating a host of other issues, like employees being demoralized or feeling they have no choice,” she says.Meanwhile in Morlocks v. Eloi news, Covid-19 Is Dividing the American Worker. Sad: K-street. Glad: K-shaped.A fundamental tenet of most economists’ thinking is that in the long run, innovation is a tremendous net benefit to human civilization. As long as we can thread the eye of the needle of environmental catastrophe, increased productivity has the potential to continue to reduce global poverty, quash childhood disease, better the lot of the world’s most vulnerable and expand the global middle class. The challenge, argue Drs. Autor and Acemoglu and many others, including world leaders like Emmanuel Macron, is reducing the short and medium-term harms meted out to those whose lives and livelihoods are being disrupted right now.Dr. Acemoglu also agrees that policy, which in the U.S. is often crafted by corporations, plays a huge role in how underlying trends in technology, and its ability to give capital the upper hand over labor, play out. In one of his recent papers, he concluded that the current U.S. corporate tax system actually incentivizes companies to replace workers with robots, even when those robots are no more productive than humans.Meanwhile, Austin city hits its limits: Austin Produced Willie Nelson and Others. Can Its Music Scene Survive Covid-19? Even before Covid-19, Austin music venues had been falling victim to redevelopment. On a sunny winter day in 2016, Mayor Steve Adler gathered with musicians to unveil a sweeping proposal aimed at saving live music in Austin. He often repeated that he didn’t want Austin to become like San Francisco, “once a city that created art, and now a city that consumes art.”City Hall, which sits next to a statue of Willie Nelson and breaks every city council meeting for a live-music performance, took the charge seriously. City staff outlined dozens of recommendations and held years of meetings with the musical community to find out how to help. Few of their ideas came to fruition, however.Many in the music community are angry that venues weren’t among the recipients of Covid-19 relief money that the city gave out under the Cares Act.Mr. Adler said in an interview that there were too many immediate needs for city leaders to prioritize a single industry, but the city might have other funds that can help. The city is also lobbying in Washington, D.C., for venues that were found to be ineligible for other federal assistance to receive it, he said.“Music came to Austin organically and the fear is that if we ever lost it, it would be hard for it to come back,” he said.For the record I fucking hate Austin and everything it represents but this sort of thing is happening everywhere. 90% of independent music venues are doomed unless the government does something, and the government isn't going to do shit. The only modern artists most Americans know are Andres Serrano and Robert Mapplethorpe because while conservatives will go out of their way to point out how terrible art is, liberals always cower rather than stick up for anything that doesn't make Google money.Coming in from the "of course they won't do anything" department, Coronavirus Lifts Government Debt to WWII Levels—Cutting It Won’t Be Easy. Among advanced economies, debt rose to 128% of global gross domestic product as of July, according to the International Monetary Fund. In 1946, it came to 124%.For now, governments shouldn’t worry about mounting debt and instead focus on bringing the virus under control, said Glenn Hubbard, chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers under President George W. Bush.“The war analogy is exactly the right one,” said Mr. Hubbard, dean emeritus of Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business. “We were and are fighting a war. It’s a virus, not a foreign power, but the level of spending isn’t the problem.”After World War II, advanced economies brought down debt quickly, thanks in large part to rapid economic growth. The ratio of debt to GDP fell by more than half, to less than 50%, by 1959. It is likely to be harder this time, for reasons involving demographics, technology and slower growth.In the optimistic era after the war, birthrates boomed, leading to gains in household formation and growing workforces. Circumstances were ripe to reap the benefits of electrification, suburbanization and improved medicine.Through the late 1950s, economies soared. Growth averaged around 5% a year in France and Canada, almost 6% in Italy and more than 8% in Germany and Japan. The U.S. economy grew almost 4% a year.“We’d be lucky to have half that over the next decade,” said Nathan Sheets, a former undersecretary of the Treasury for international affairs and now chief economist at PGIM Fixed Income, the investment-management business of Prudential Financial Inc.In recent years, the U.S., U.K. and Germany have grown about 2% a year. In Japan and France, it has been closer to 1%. Italy has barely grown at all.Dunno if the "Alphabet Economics" video is above or below the paywall, but it's worth it just to see all the tea leaf reading masquerading as sober scientific thinking.Meanwhile in non-American fuckups, Spain Caught Off Guard by Resurgent CoronavirusIn Spain, famous for its particularly sociable way of life, coronavirus cases rose as nightlife and family gatherings resumed. Young Spaniards, eager to resume social lives suspended during lockdown, often flouted distancing guidelines. Crucially, some regions of Spain are still short of contact tracers, making it difficult for health authorities to identify and isolate potential virus carriers.“We need to hire many more people,” says Ms. Legido-Quigley, lead author of a letter recently published in the Lancet medical journal, calling for an independent evaluation of Spain’s handling of the pandemic.The government in Madrid responded that it was taking “appropriate measures to prevent the spread of the virus” and that it was being very active in tracking and detecting it.Health experts point to signs that it isn’t doing enough. For instance, the percentage of positive tests among all virus tests conducted—a measure of whether testing is sufficiently comprehensive—has risen from around 1% to 7% in the past two months, higher than in other European countries, suggesting that many infections probably remain undetected. In Italy, by comparison, positive tests are 1.6% of total tests, according to figures collated by Our World in Data.“Things are not going well,” Fernando Simón, the head of Spain’s Coordination Center for Health Alerts and Emergencies, said last week. “Although the epidemic is not out of control at the national level, it is in some specific areas.”There's murmors (a murmur-rumor, get it? I'm going to call that an am_Unitionism) of primary kids going back to in-person schooling if we can get our cases per 100k under 75 for "a few weeks." We were under 75 last week. Our tests-per-case is at about 14, or 7%. Next door in Chelan County? Frickin' 20%. a neck gaiter may be worse than no mask at all, researchers find Court Rules Nearly Half of Oklahoma is Indian Reservation Supreme Court day, if you're reading the news. Not enough written about the Trump cases yet to say anything smart, but I'm sure we'll all be paging johnnyFive for some insights here. pdf on urban planning in, uh, 800 BC is taking me to some interesting places Americans and Polynesians Met Around 1200 A.D."Six major league teams – or 20% of MLB’s 30 teams – will been sidelined on Friday due to positive coronavirus tests." should cancel the season. Baseball on TV is boring anyway.'No one should go hungry': street fridges of free food help Americans survive Covid pandemic dirty secret behind Ben Shapiro's extraordinary success on Facebook“Let Me Make You Famous”: How Hollywood Invented Ben ShapiroI've encountered "Friends of Abe." It's a blackball organization that agrees to never hire Democrats. pause, click a dot and "read more" is not always beautiful. Do Balde with Bass and Lead Guitar lil I played hockey. Added some bass and lead guitar to a song I made last week. Robinhood Customer Dies By Suicide After Seeing A $730,000 Negative Balance note found on his computer by his parents on June 12, 2020, asked a simple question. “How was a 20 year old with no income able to get assigned almost a million dollars worth of leverage?” The tragic message was written by Alexander E. Kearns, a 20-year-old student at the University of Nebraska, home from college and living with his parents in Naperville, Illinois. Earlier that day, Kearns took his own life.In fact, a screenshot from Kearns’ mobile phone reveals that while his account had a negative $730,165 cash balance displayed in red, it may not have represented uncollateralized indebtedness at all, but rather his temporary balance until the stocks underlying his assigned options actually settled into his account.kleinbl00 is playing Minecraft right now, watching her horse climb down a mountain, which means I'm not playing Dark Souls, which is fine. But you know what? I still got like, knights and spears and swords and fantasy on the mind, so I'm just gonna go through Wikimedia and find a bunch of art full of knights and spears and swords and maybe some fantasy stuff. But honestly, there's a TON of that kind of stuff on there, so if there's gotta be some way to narrow things down, otherwise I would be able to share pictures well into the morning. So I'm gonna do Bogatyrs for now, or stuff from around that area, cause why not? I mean, I could do vikings or samurai, but they're maybe a bit played out? Or not. I mean, if you got some kick ass viking or samurai pics you'd like to share, I'd like to see them.Onto the art though.Gonna start out with these two gems, from Ivan Bilibin (WHO IS AN AMAZING ARTIST BY THE WAY!!!) and honestly, I have no idea who these two are or what they're about, other than the guy in Orange is named "Redsun" apparently and they're both from a Russian folktale titled "Vasilisa the Beautiful."Seriously though, how is Billibin so good?Then we have this guy, by Nikolay Karazin and I gotta say, once again, I have no idea what's going on by I just love everything about this. From the horse and rider in the foreground, to the foreboding shadows contrasting against the light, to all the activity in the background from the additional riders at the bottom to the crows and clouds at the top. There's a lot of fear in this painting. The more you look at it, the more you feel it.Lastly, here's The Knight at the Crossroads by Victor Vasnetsov. He's actually done quite a few paintings of Bogatyrs, but this one is by far my favorite. I have no idea what this painting is about, but for some reason it reminds me of Durer's A Knight, Death, and the Devil. In each one, I get the sense that the riders are just on the verge of giving up, but still have some fight left in them.Bogatyrs. I dunno. I'm gonna call it a night.! TELL ME IF THIS IDEA IS CRAZY!!! Listen. Listen. Dala and I are shooting the breeze talking about junk food and all, cause I've just had the most amazing pork rinds ever. But look. Listen. I came up with an idea. Hear me out.What if you took the cheese that go into fried cheese curds, roll them around in the breading that make hush puppies, and pop those bad boys into the fryer.WHAT. IF? Virus At Sea slide is a gutpuncher. Coronavirus Lockdowns, Some Doctors Wondered: Where Are the Preemies? fire, a worldwide pandemic and no more preemies on Earth.. That sound like the start of a sci-fi novel Gorges dam hits highest level think this is a livestream: secure though. June 10, 2020 have no desire to reconcile with my father but this song devastates me anyway of those who work forces, are the same who burn crosses publishes database of NYC police disciplinary records database lists active-duty officers who’ve had at least one allegation against them substantiated by the CCRB: That’s about 4,000 officers out of the NYPD’s 36,000-member force. unlikely alliance of ranchers and conservationists is working to find the best way to preserve biodiversity on grassland in Oregon I started to learn about Tulsa best day to learn about the history of racism in the US is yesterday... the next best day is today.I guess 60 minutes has an upcoming segment -'bl00's Reviews: The Deficit Myth: Modern Monetary Theory and the Birth of the People's Economy by Stephanie Kelton read books so you don't have toLet's get a couple things out of the way: First of all, this is not a book about Modern Monetary Theory (MMT). Eighty five percent of it is middle-class neoliberal grievance-airing, a condescending outline of every hand-wringing, pearl-clutching economic issue that a self-centered economics professor at a SUNY backwater might read in The Atlantic. Note that I agree with these grievances, and have read Ms. Kelton references, but that I have yet to read as superficial and self-serving a summary as this one. Note also that her focus is squarely on I-me-mine; issues such as eviction or equality or health care aren't addressed.Another ten percent of this book is disheartened, scolding disapproval of every person Ms. Kelton attempted to explain MMT to while employed as the Sanders campaign's pet economist in 2016. She spent a good nine months telling congrescritters that water was wet and not a single one of them went for a swim with her, which is a sign... well, we'll get to that.So maybe five percent of this book is "here's MMT". And that five percent is stupid. Stephanie Kelton is stupid, her arguments are stupid, and MMT is stupid. I don't mean that in the nondenominational "I don't like it" way we tend to use "stupid" these days, I mean it as "designating a mentality which is considered to be informed, deliberate and maladaptive."I was not aware of any books on MMT prior to this one. Every investment professional or economist I've ever read, however, treats MMT like the fucking plague without really describing it so an actual book would be great. And I call Ms. Kelton and her ideas "stupid" after real consideration: you simply cannot reach her conclusions without a deliberate and practiced immunity to reason. This is obvious after very few pages, I might add, but I finished the whole thing mostly so I could say I did. I suspect it will be rhetorically useful to be able to say I read Kelton, much like it's useful to be able to say I read Piketty, except that Piketty is fundamentally here's all the historical data I could find, here are some trends I noticed, so here are some correlations we can draw. Deficit Myth never breaches a "checkmate atheists" level of reasoning.So with all that said, what is Modern Monetary Theory(MMT)? Well, there are tenets, which we can discuss:1. Any government whose debt is delineated in its own currency can never run out of money.2. The purpose of taxes is to control inflation.3. Unlike households, governments can spend money and then collect the funds necessary to cover expenses.4. Unemployment of any kind is a policy decision and full, meaningful employment can be mandated.That's it. That's MMT in a nutshell. If you've studied macroeconomics at even an "I read a Vox article once" level, your eyebrows may be creasing right now. A book with "Modern Monetary Theory" in the title could reasonably be expected to examine, investigate, debate, explain and defend these four tenets but this book does not. Well, not at the level an economics book should. Ms. Kelton legit references Sesame Street within the first 20 pages:And the condescension continues at that level for the rest of the book; those who do not accept MMT are clearly idiots in Ms. Kelton's mind and if her arguments are uncompelling it's because no one has even the child-level intellect necessary to comprehend the brilliance of MMT, not because her arguments are facile. But that's just annoying, it's not rhetorically fatal. The fatality is that she cherry-picks arguments like a person with no object permanence, as if the broader implications of her examples are legitimately beyond her reasoning. Take tenet (1), for example. Ms. Kelton makes much of the fact that there's nothing stopping any government from printing all the money they need, so long as they don't owe anyone any debt in money they don't control. Nowhere in this book is the word "hyperinflation" used or discussed. "Weimar Germany" is unmentioned. "Great Depression" is never discussed, although Ms. Kelton does quote John Kenneth Galbraith from The Great Crash. Instead she mentions that Greece ran into currency troubles because they were on the Euro, and that Russia defaulted in 1998 not because they didn't have the resources to prop up their spending but because they borrowed too heavily from foreign governments. Tenet (2) is likewise advocated in a sideways fashion. Taxes exist to control inflation. So how do we control inflation? We disband the Federal Reserve and give it to Congress. How does Congress control inflation? They raise and lower taxes. Instantaneously? How often should we pay taxes in such a way that the economy can be moderated? What kind of taxes are we talking about? Federal? What about state taxes? What about sales taxes? What about investment taxes? She never examines this issue, nor the fact that we're talking about a body that debated Terry Schiavo's feeding tube for a month and debated Benghazi for the lifetime of a giant redwood. Naah these are the guys that are going to moderate inflation through taxation. Handled. Next.Tenet (3) argues that the government can spend whatever the fuck it wants and then pay for it later. She makes this big song'n'dance about "yellow dollars" and "green dollars" where "yellow dollars" are what everyone else on the planet calls "bonds." Need to pay for full employment? Write the checks, and then sell bonds. Debt service? Never discussed. Fluctuating bond prices? Nowhere in evidence. There's a passage whereby Ms. Kelton fails to convince a congressman that the US could default on all bond debt without impacting any part of the economy because, you see, he's too afraid to challenge the status quo. The amazing thing is, she legit brings up Breton Woods and the Nixon Shock as an example of how everything changed for the better when we kicked the gold standard to the curb, but doesn't address the fact that we did it because we spent too much on the Vietnam War, and doesn't address the fact that doing so caused six years of crippling inflation. She's like a woman talking about how the most prominent feature of a unicorn is its hoofs. Cashflow? Nowhere discussed. Fractional reserve banking? Nope. Multiplier effects? None. Tenet (4), though, the wonder of full employment, is where some truly breathtaking leaps of faith are made. Ms. Kelton, you see, feels that the solution to unemployment, underemployment, and living standards is for the government to guarantee a living wage job to anyone who wants one. She thinks fifteen an hour ought to do it, because "inflation" is this fuzzy idea that's tied to "taxes" which only exist as the grudgingly necessary counterpart to the practice of writing whatever checks you need, when you need them. What are these jobs? We'll let the local municipalities decide that. This from a woman who brings up redlining as a non sequitur a couple times and legit lashes out at The New Deal for being racially biased. Great Leap Forward? Never mentioned. This is a book in which the word "Soviet" never appears. No - when we talk about mandatory full employment, what we bring up is Argentina in 2003, but not Argentina in 2001, nor Argentina in 2002, nor Argentina in 2005. Argentina didn't enter a crisis because they'd outstripped their resources, and it didn't leave a crisis because they took on a shit-ton of foreign debt. Nope. That's pure MMT, baybee.And that's kind of where we're at: This shit is pure if-you-build-it-they-will-come Laffer Curve Communism. That's not an accident, by the way. Ms. Kelton's guru and mentor is Warren Mosler, designer and entrepreneur behind some of the ugliest kit cars ever made (look it up). She was hanging out at his house because of course she was and he told her the story about how he taught economics to his kids by paying them in business cards and they were all wtf dad and then he said lol and if you don't give me ten of my business cards a week I'll kick you out and lo and behold, it doesn't matter how many business cards Warren Mosler has, what matters is that his kids can't find anywhere else to live and foreign exchange and black markets are figments of your fucking imagination. Mosler?Excited to share his various economic theories, Warren met economist Arthur Laffer through a tip from Donald Rumsfeld. Arthur suggested Warren to seek out postkeynesian economists L. Randall Wray, Bill Mitchell, and Stephanie Kelton to discuss his ideas. These post-Keynesian economists taught Mosler about chartalism, and in turn Mosler convinced the economists that taxation and borrowing does not finance US federal government spending.Voodoo economics: not just for Republicans anymoreSo. Governments can pay for anything, the economy is a closed system, Soros never broke the Pound, full employment has never been attempted, and the Great Depression never happened while the reason the Great Recession lasted as long as it did is because the Obama administration didn't give enough money away (and probably should have given it directly to the middle class). Budgets need never be balanced, taxes can be raised instantaneously and controlling inflation is as easy and fundamental as adjusting a thermostat.Any questions? song I recorded in my new home -- if you are a musician, add to it all. I made this tonight. Wasn't feeling much like singing. But it's pretty wide open. Feel free to add to it. 130 BPM. flac, ghostoffuffle, rezzeJ, coffeesp00ns, jonaswildman, BLOB_CASTLE, zebra2, kleinbl00 galen coffeesp00ns and anyone else... join in. steve lil I played hockey. creates fact-checking exemption for climate deniers July 1, 2020 June 24, 2020 July 8, 2020 Project Whale Tale: U-2 Flights Off Aircraft Carriers you know the CIA has a Youtube channel?"I mean sure we've got ten knots between stall and tearing the goddamn wings off, might as well bounce the fucker off the Kitty Hawk just to see what happens."What I love is this passage:The test convinced Johnson that the fragile U-2 needed airframe reinforcement, strengthened landing gear, and an arrestor hook like other carrier-based aircraft. In addition, the carrier version of the plane would need “spoilers” on the wings to cancel the aerodynamic lift once the aircraft flew over the carrier deck. Modifications took just over seven months to complete. For perspective, taking the U2 from "idea" to "thing flying in Nevada" took eight months. So... either a tailhook and wing mods was a royal pain in the ass or Kelly Johnson really didn't want to work with the Navy. So was this before or after Rule 15?All little boys from 8 to 88 love the SR-71 because it is Buck Rogers' space ship. Few little boys know that before the SR-71 was brought into the white by LBJ, it was the A-12. The A-12 wasn't declassified until August 2007, nearly 50 years after it last flew. The A-12 was called "Archangel." Before there was Archangel, there was simply "Angel" and before there was Area 51, there was "Watertown." comes at you fast Part III on my birdfeeder very patient dad spends so much time feeding his two kids. The stairs below are covered in sunflower seed hulls. Wings Are A Chicken Flavored Lie, don't bother with the 2 hour video in the nyt article, here is the clip right hereI stan this man! I stan him 100% Bodycam Video Shows George Floyd's Distress During Fatal Arrest a fake $20 Plants and Animals That Relocate Because of Climate Change Be Considered Invasive? (Really good article, gives brief views on multiple positions) a 2017 review for Science, University of Tasmania marine ecology professor Gretta Pecl and colleagues wrote, “[C]limate change is impelling a universal redistribution of life on Earth. For marine, freshwater, and terrestrial species alike, the first response to changing climate is often a shift in location.” In fact, Pecl says, data suggest that at least 25% and perhaps as much as 85% of Earth’s estimated 8.7 million species are already shifting ranges in response to climate change.But when they arrive, will they be welcome? Traditional definitions classify species according to place. “Native” species arrived without human help and usually before widespread human colonization, so are likely to have natural predators and are unlikely to go rogue. Non-natives are newcomers and suspect. Though 90% cause no lasting damage, 10% become invasive — meaning that they harm the environment, the economy or human health. Last year a multinational report flagged invasive species as a key driver of Earth’s biodiversity crisis.How we define species is critical, because these definitions influence perceptions, policy and management. The U.S. National Invasive Species Council (NISC) defines a biological invasion as “the process by which non-native species breach biogeographical barriers and extend their range” and states that “preventing the introduction of potentially harmful organisms is … the first line of defense.” But some say excluding newcomers is myopic.“If you were trying to maintain the status quo, so every time a new species comes in, you chuck it out,” says Camille Parmesan, director of the French National Centre for Scientific Research, you could gradually “lose so many that that ecosystem will lose its coherence.” If climate change is driving native species extinct, she says, “you need to allow new ones coming in to take over those same functions.”As University of Florida conservation ecologist Brett Scheffers and Pecl warned in a 2019 paper in Nature Climate Change, “past management of redistributed species … has yielded mixed actions and results.” They concluded that “we cannot leave the fate of biodiversity critical to human survival to be randomly persecuted, protected or ignored.”See previously . . . Black Americans were to seek asylum, they would easily qualify we’ll all be cancelled article, but new to me. What are your thoughts?Cancel culture is not about righting wrongs or making the world more tolerant — it's an addiction to power And this is precisely the point. Good people can say bad things; most people can and do learn from their mistakes. And sometimes, on the internet, things are misunderstood, misrepresented, and blown out of proportion. (Most of the time, to be fair.)Indeed, we seem to thrive on doing just that: taking a headline, an out of context comment or joke, and running with it, never reading the article, asking questions about context, never wondering what else might have been happening beyond the frame. We love to hate, so much more than we love the truth or love to understand.This has led to a real culture of fear. Young people feel so afraid of ostracism that they won’t be honest, even with their closest friends. “I probably hold back 90 percent of the things that I want to say due to fear of being called out,” one student told The Atlantic 2017. “People won’t call you out because your opinion is wrong. People will call you out for literally anything.” This isn’t uncommon; we all know that those deemed to have made “wrong” comments do not get conversations, they get cancelled. Online and in real life. the Small Web Disentangling anti-Blackness from physics’s not enough to try to be nonracist. The physics community needs to act. It can start by hiring, including, and listening to Black scientists. for Kanye'm not on Twitter and I don't pay attention to celebrity "news" (gossip), but I thought this article was worth a share. You take Kanye out and replace him with basically any person on Twitter, Facebook, Hubski, etc., going through a hard time, and I think there are some good points there. Even the boldest and brightest of people are vulnerable to their own human fragility and a little patience, a little compassion, and a little understanding can go a long way in helping each other out. you tabletop game? Check this out pal Zach and his family have been playing a different board game most nights during the quarantine and reviewing them. It’s incredibly comprehensive. They’re one of my favorite families.Edit: and it looks like he just joined Hubski. Follow hardtaco to check if protonmail is for you - based on my observation as end user’s Kirk Hammett: Eddie Van Halen ‘Blew Open Everyone’s Minds’ “To me, he was like Tesla or Louis Pasteur or Ray Kurzweil,” he added. “He might not have been working with circuits or engines or whatnot. He was working with musical notes and guitar strings and bridges and amplifiers.”Thanks sounds_sound GDP, percentage change from previous peak Russia explosion and fire at munitions depot sends 2,000 fleeing wonder how fish end up in remote bodies of water? Duck poo. I $#it you not. fed eight captive mallards the fertilized eggs of two invasive fish species: the common carp and the Prussian carp, according to a statement. The researchers fed each duck roughly 500 eggs from each type of carp. Six of the ducks passed living eggs in their feces, but researchers were only able to recover a total of 18 intact eggs, of which just 12 contained living embryos. Nine more eggs died due to fungal infection, but one baby common carp and two Prussian carp successfully hatched, according to the paper.These odds might seem like a vanishingly small success-rate, but a single common carp can lay up to 1.5 million eggs, several times a year, according to Audubon—and mallards are virtually ubiquitous in North America, Asia and Europe. Siezes Iranian gas heading for Venezuela: Reports you know what Zuma is for. June 17, 2020 June 3, 2020 GDP: US economy contracted by worst-ever 32.9% Halen - 1984 - I'll Wait on, EVH! Houston's Apartment Evictions are Mounting was 9:07 a.m. when Cammessia Mitchell started banging on a courtroom door in Southwest Houston.She thought she was early for her June eviction hearing. Minutes later, she learned that her landlord had already won the case. She is appealing the decision next month, but if she loses Ms. Mitchell could be kicked out of her home of 14 years because of the rent payments she has missed during the pandemic after losing her job.“The fight started when I said ‘Can you have a little more compassion,’” said Ms. Mitchell.With expanded unemployment benefits and a federal eviction moratorium covering millions of apartments both expiring Friday, more than 11 million Americans could be served with eviction papers over the next four months, according to global advisory firm Stout Risius Ross, LLC, which analyzed Census data on unpaid rent.Houston is expected to suffer many more evictions than most major cities. That is because unlike in New York, San Francisco and even other cities in Texas, Houston has stopped providing protections at the local level, after a statewide eviction moratorium expired in May.Tiffany Thomas, a Houston councilmember, said the city is counting on more rental assistance from Congress to stop the wave of new filings. But hundreds of Houston renters not covered under the federal measure have already been served with eviction papers each week since the state’s eviction protection expired.“This thing is already out of the gate and we’re already trying to put the water back in.” Ms. Thomas said.Ms. Thomas represents parts of Southwest Houston, the largely Hispanic and Black section where Ms. Mitchell lives and one of the city’s most vulnerable neighborhoods to mass evictions. Its major thoroughfares are dense with working-class apartment complexes, and it has the highest renter population in the city, according to an analysis from Houston-based data science firm January Advisors.The area has seen more eviction filings than most other parts of town over the past several weeks. Legal aid attorneys say they have noticed long lines at courthouses, sometimes people standing shoulder-to-shoulder.Across Houston, eviction filings more than doubled in June compared with May, according to Princeton University’s Eviction Lab, which tracks evictions in several U.S. cities. The 2,483 evictions filed in Houston last month are fewer than what the courts typically see in June. But with courts just now processing cases again, and the expiration of the federal eviction moratorium, housing attorneys and tenant advocates expect evictions could soon surpass historical averages.Houston’s mayor, Sylvester Turner, hasn’t put an extended eviction moratorium on his agenda and has instead said the city needs more federal financial assistance to address the problem. In April, Mr. Turner signed a letter asking local judges to halt eviction proceedings until August.Evictions in Houston are rising as Covid-19 cases there are also surging. On July 17, Harris County, which includes Houston, recorded its highest seven-day average for new cases during the pandemic, with 1,650 confirmed cases, according to the data from the Texas Department of State Health Services. Southwest Houston ZIP Codes have some of the highest case counts in the entire city.Advocates say eviction is a risk factor for virus transmission because it leads to overcrowding, as the evicted then turn to friends or family for temporary accommodations, causing people to double up in small apartments. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has cited “poverty and crowding” as one of the top significant risk factors for severe Covid-19 illness.Some policy makers and landlords remain skeptical that extended eviction bans will solve the problems Houston’s renters are facing. They argue that in addition to hitting the pockets of property owners, eviction delays don’t address the issue of unpaid rent for tenants.“You’re just kicking the can down the road and just letting the problem grow bigger and bigger for the resident,” said John Boriack, president of landlord Veritas Equity Management and president-elect of the Houston Apartment Association, a trade group.The Houston Apartment Association has been lobbying both local and federal government to provide more direct financial assistance to renters, Mr. Boriack said.Greg Travis, a local City Council member who said he represents Houston’s wealthiest district, said that instead of banning evictions across the board, the courts are best-equipped to deal with the varying intricacies of eviction matters. “Every situation is unique. Not every eviction is because you’re not paying rent,” Mr. Travis said.Most tenants don’t have legal representation in eviction proceedings and don’t file appeals of their evictions. After receiving an eviction notice, tenants often decide to leave their homes before even going to their own eviction hearing, tenant attorneys said. That is partly because in Houston there is no legal defense for unpaid rent. Defendant tenants who can’t pay at least one month’s rent into the court registry automatically lose.“These cases move very fast,” said Houston attorney Velimir Rasic, who is representing Ms. Mitchell in her eviction case. “If you don’t appeal within five days there is no further recourse.”To protect more tenants from evictions during the pandemic, some cities have chosen to use funding from the federal coronavirus stimulus to pay for legal representation. Those cities include Atlanta, Chicago, Baltimore and Detroit.Ms. Mitchell, who has applied for unemployment benefits but has yet to receive them, appealed her eviction by asking family to help her pay the required one month’s rent into the court registry. There is no date set for her hearing yet, but it will likely occur sometime next month.Although there is typically no defense for unpaid rent in Texas, Mr. Rasic plans to argue that Ms. Mitchell shouldn’t be evicted because of “impossibility of performance” during the pandemic.“You’re very limited in how you can fight these cases,” Mr. Rasic said of the legal approach. “It’s still very new. I don’t know how successful it will be. But it’s the best we have right now.”Write to Will Parker at will.parker@wsj.com EU milk lookalike that is devastating West Africa’s dairy sector countries use high tariffs to protect products like fresh milk and cheese because of the vast subsidies received by European farmers through the EU's Common Agricultural Policy, they have not done so for milk powder and concentrated milk. These benefit from a low 5 percent tariff because they are considered by governments in the region as a necessity for less advantaged people and children.Local producers say that has created a back door that allows the cheaper imitation milk to enter the market. Pioneered by Irish dairy conglomerates such as Ornua and Lakeland at the beginning of the millennium, fat-filled powder was the answer for butter manufacturers searching for a market for the protein-rich whey that they are left with after extracting the fat from milk for their primary product. In order to avoid the expensive process of discarding thousands of tons of whey, companies found that they could reproduce a milk-like substance by adding palm oil and other vegetable derivatives such as rapeseed oil.Although not a success with European consumers, Africa was an ideal market thanks to the lower purchasing power of its citizens and the growing populations in countries such as Nigeria, Niger and Senegal. Europe also sells the product to countries in the Middle East and Asia. inward gaze Hermann Hesse’s novels, as in his life, self-discovery walked a tightrope between deep insights and profound solipsismA bit of a disillusioning and painful read for me as Steppenwolf was an important book for me. I also read Siddhartha in the first week of my psychotic episode a few years ago, not knowing what it was about. I also enjoyed Narziss und Goldmund...Anyway. A well-written article, I hope you enjoy it as I did. Club №. 44: The Truth of Fact, The Truth of Feeling Discussion you find these truths in conflict often? How do you choose which to believe when you do? Do you think there are other forms of truth besides the two mentioned here?Read herezebra2 kleinbl00 bhrgunatha Gödel’s Proof Works 1931, the Austrian logician Kurt Gödel pulled off arguably one of the most stunning intellectual achievements in history.Mathematicians of the era sought a solid foundation for mathematics: a set of basic mathematical facts, or axioms, that was both consistent — never leading to contradictions — and complete, serving as the building blocks of all mathematical truths.But Gödel’s shocking incompleteness theorems, published when he was just 25, crushed that dream.Hofstadter was too artistic, the Nagel and Newman book was too long, Wikipedia is too thorough or too simple. This presentation is just right; short enough to comprehend while including the important details.Gödel’s Proof relies on the liar paradox, "this statement is false." Gregory Chaitin produced a similar result using the Berry paradox, demonstrated by the fifty-seven letter expression "the smallest positive integer not definable in under sixty letters."Hagen von Eitzen expanded the predicate, giving two expressions of the Gödel sentence at the bottom of the page. Letter on Justice and Open Debate News is Photoshopping an Armed Male into CHAZ Photos Fox News should, like, be illegal or something. Secretly Offered Afghan Militants Bounties to Kill U.S. Troops, Intelligence Says think they should impeach him again, beginning in a couple of weeks. Force the Senate GOP to make or break their party. Azeri and Armenian border conflict leads to protests calling for war in Baku."It’s the neural net equivalent of shouting “enhance!” at a computer in a movie" Mysterious Rhythm Is Coming From Another Galaxy the Bread. The Bread Is Over. Is 43 wrote and recorded this tonight. steve lil I love you two. I played hockey. What I wouldn't give for a Hubski meet up. That would do my soul well. Lyrics:I’ve got low self esteemYou know what I meanSo when you’re coming at meI’m gonna be meanI can feel my gut spread out between my knucklesI got athletes foot and a house made of stuccoI’ve got sensitive teeth and a large underbiteI’d rather stay up late than wake up on timeI’ve got several bumper stickers that I think willAge wellI’ve got a rule that I don’t drink by MyselfI can’t eat bread cause it makes me puff upI only read books that make me feel good about myselfI once moved to Montana just to sort it all outAnd now I’m picking swatches just to color my houseI’ve got a new set of keys and a new mailboxA new group of humans I’m supposed to call friendsI once tripped on acid and talked to a treeAnd now I coach soccer and have a 401kI was 28 years old when I laid it all downI was 33 years old when it began to pay offTasted the blue ice of glaciersspilled some wine in CapriHeld the hand of the dyingWelcomed the livingI’ve given talks in front of hundredsAnd I’ve cried all aloneSpoke words in glossy magazines that sat on the shelfBut I never forget how it all started outWith a teenaged mom and an adolescent pop Imahara's Baby Yoda robot will cheer up sick kids :( Is Giving Up on the Pandemic sparrows ditch their old song for catchier tune years, the small songbird’s traditional descending whistle featured a three-note ending. But researchers have tracked how a unique two-note-ending version of the male bird’s call has rapidly spread 3,000km (1,864 miles) eastwards from western Canada to central Ontario during this century.Many bird species are known to change their songs over time but these “cultural” evolutions usually stay within local populations, becoming a regional “dialect” rather than the new normal for a whole species. Scientists have not previously observed how a new song dialect quickly moves across a continent.“As far as we know, it’s unprecedented,” said Ken Otter, a biology professor at the University of Northern British Columbia. “We don’t know of any other study that has ever seen this sort of spread through cultural evolution of a song type.” climbed Everest seeking to solve mystery of Sandy Irvine's fate were sitting on a pile of rocks at 27,700 feet on the Northeast Ridge of Mount Everest—the Chinese side, away from the crowd in Nepal. A couple hundred feet below us was the GPS waypoint that could solve one of the greatest mysteries of mountaineering. New research indicated that legendary British explorer Andrew “Sandy” Irvine may have tumbled and come to rest at that spot. Was his body still there?Almost a century ago, while descending this ridge, Irvine and his climbing partner, George Mallory, vanished. Since then the world has wondered whether one or both of them could have made it to the top that day, 29 years before Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay were recognized as the first to stand on Everest’s summit. Irvine was thought to have been carrying a Vest Pocket Kodak camera. If that camera could be found, and it held snapshots of the summit, it would rewrite the history of the world’s tallest peak. mosquitoes: 750 million genetically modified insects to be released could go wrong? People Rioting For No Reason Jackson’s LOTR Was an Improbable Miracle, and We’re Lucky to Have It’s Plan for Surging Carbon Emissions Revealed in Leaked Documents’s own assessment of its $210 billion investment strategy shows yearly emissions rising 17% by 2025, according to the internal documents., No Kissing and ‘a Little Kinky’: Dating and Sex in a Pandemic“I’ve gone at least two months without sex or other physical connection, and even in my 50s, that’s a long time,"TWO MONTHS LMFAO SHUT UP YOU OL' HORNDOG real Lord of the Flies: what happened when six boys were shipwrecked for 15 months comes at you fast Part II McCloskey has run off trustees trying to make repairs to the wall surrounding his property, insisting that he and his wife own it. In 2013, he destroyed bee hives placed just outside of the mansion’s northern wall by the neighboring Jewish Central Reform Congregation and left a note saying he did it, and if the mess wasn’t cleaned up quickly he would seek a restraining order and attorneys fees. The congregation had planned to harvest the honey and pick apples from trees on its property for Rosh Hashanah. Embarrassing 1,000-Year History of the Male Power Ballad The Jewels releases their new album RTJ4 as a free download amidst nationwide protest IT FUCKING SLAPS, Y'ALL. If you only listen to one rap album this year, make it this one:They sample Gang Of Four. They really did that shit.The virgin DJ Khaled: doesn't reciprocate oralThe chad El-P: "Think in the box I'm not getting my fix that shit is iffy / Fellate a donut hole wife don't get to the crib and quickly"Amidst widespread protests against the very systems that Killer Mike and El-P rap about tearing down, Run the Jewels released its fourth album, RTJ4, by surprise at 12 p.m. ET Wednesday, June 3. The album is available on streaming services and as a free download on the group's website.The album was originally slated for release June 5. El-P tweeted about the change of plans just one minute ahead of the album's early release, alongside a statement co-signed by Killer Mike that read: "F it, why wait. The world is infested with b so here's something raw to listen to while you deal with it all. We hope it brings you some joy. Stay safe and hopeful out there and thank you for giving 2 friends the chance to be heard and do what they love."Run the Jewels as a duo have always positioned themselves lyrically as system-breaking superheroes, rapping about combating and dismantling injustice over loud, bass-heavy beats. The group also has developed a knack for timing its releases to times when people are most interested in that message. Run the Jewels' second and third albums came out on the heels of the 2014 protests in Ferguson, Mo. and the 2016 presidential election, respectively; now, the decision to put out RTJ4 early comes as Americans are protesting against police brutality after the murders of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor — and the thousands of other Black Americans murdered by police since 2014.Though the album is available for free, the group is encouraging fans to donate to the National Lawyers Guild Mass Defense Program and other social justice organizations through a link on its website.- NPR What Happens When Scientists Tickle a Rat is an inequality machine is launching two astronauts to the ISS in ~2 hours. UPDATE: Launch canceled for today, next launch this Saturday, 19:22 UTC domestic launch of astronauts since the shuttle program ended about a decade ago.Thanks to wasoxygen for the next launch window time correction, I think I misheard the discussion in the livestream as I angrily/childishly closed out of the window. :|"In the seemingly insatiable desire to normalize an entirely abnormal president..."'s website uses DRM for fingerprinting I'm in Jail: Was (Not Was) - 1988 Sakamoto: Playing the Piano for the Isolated watched this about a month ago. I think it might have even been posted in chat, but I'm not sure. tourism industry is closed; let’s keep it that way Sunday Paper 2020.05.31: Unrest on three continents, and success in space can't breatheSpreading Unrest Leaves A Nation On Edge - The New York TimesWhat Two Systems?Chinese parliament approves controversial Hong Kong security law - The GuardianSpaceA Historic Docking, 250 Miles Above Earth: Two NASA astronauts just arrived at the International Space Station in a SpaceX capsule - The AtlanticTwo years ago I worked on the video encoders on Falcon 9 and Dragon, and one of the Crew Dragon on-board computers, and suited up to take a close look at the Demo-1 vehicle in a cleanroom in Hawthorne. Absolutely thrilled to see the first manned mission go up yesterday and dock successfully today.TwilightThe Twilight of the Iranian Revolution: For decades, Ayatollah Khamenei has professed enmity with America. Now his regime is threatened from within the country. - The New Yorkerdemure's deskThey will tell you that to be political is to be merely angry, and therefore artless, depthless, "raw", and empty. They will speak of the political with embarrassment, as if speaking of Santa Claus or the Easter Bunny.They will tell you that great writing "breaks free" from the political, thereby "transcending" the barriers of difference, uniting people toward universal truths. They'll say this is achieved through craft above all. Let's see how it's made, they'll say—as if how something is assembled is alien to the impulse that created it. As if the first chair was hammered into existence without considering the human form.I know. It's not fair that the word laughter is trapped inside slaughter.We'll have to cut it open, you and I, like a newborn lifted, red and trembling, from the just-shot doe.On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous, by Ocean VuongfunniesMaddie Dai, The New Yorker is building Surface to Air Missile sites in Ladakh dead in Ladakh; first combat casualties since 1975 stand-off began with a scuffle in the Pangong Tso area on the intervening night of May 5/6 after Chinese troops came in large numbers, resulting in serious injuries on both sides. Around 76 Indian personnel were injured, including the Commanding Officer of the unit who suffered a head injury and had to be airlifted to Delhi. There was a second scuffle on May 9 at Naku La in North Sikkim. In a statement on May 14, Army Chief Gen Manoj Naravane said these two incidents were a result of “aggressive behaviour on both sides” and were resolved at the local level. Sourdough starter works, works well.This has been the prettiest loaf so far. 20% whole wheat flour by mass. some starter to a friend along with a 25lb bag of flour.The metrics of a good week in the mid-pandemic world I suppose. US Federal Reserve will start buying individual corporate bonds that made poor financial decisions are being rewarded with money printed at the expense of the money I hold. These are businesses that borrowed money to buy their own shares and issue dividends.This is not a market. Homicide Spike Hits Most Large U.S. Cities 2, 2020 3:08 pm ET Share Text 834 Responses This feature is powered by text-to-speech technology. Want to see it on more articles?Give your feedback below or email sharp rise in homicides this year is hitting large U.S. cities across the country, signaling a new public-safety risk unleashed during the coronavirus pandemic, and amid recession and a national backlash against police tactics.The murder rate is still low compared with previous decades, and other types of serious crime have dropped in the past few months. But researchers, police and some residents fear the homicide spike, if not tamed, could threaten an urban renaissance spurred in part by more than two decades of declining crime.A Wall Street Journal analysis of crime statistics among the nation’s 50 largest cities found that reported homicides were up 24% so far this year, to 3,612. Shootings and gun violence also rose, even though many other violent crimes such as robbery fell.Police, researchers, mayors and community leaders see a confluence of forces at work in the homicide spike. Institutions that keep city communities safe have been destabilized by lockdown and protests against police. Lockdowns and recession also mean tensions are running high and streets have been emptied of eyes and ears on their communities. Some attribute the rise to an increase in gang violence.Some cities with long-running crime problems saw their numbers rise, including Philadelphia, Detroit and Memphis, Tenn. Chicago, the worst-hit, has tallied more than one of every eight homicides.Less-violent places have been struck as well, such as Omaha, Neb., and Phoenix. In all, 36 of the 50 cities studied saw homicide rise at double-digit rates, representing all regions of the country.“I was surprised at the consistency of the increase across all of the different cities,” said Jens Ludwig, a University of Chicago professor and director of its Crime Lab, which researches crime, after examining the Journal data.Police and academics who study crime have long debated why homicide rates rise or fall, citing variables including demographics, incarceration rates, drug epidemics, the economy and policing. That debate has been thrown a new curve: fallout from the pandemic. Moreover it is complicated by the fact that other kinds of crime are falling. Reported robberies were down 11% among the 41 largest cities that made robbery data available.One explanation for the divergence between homicide and other crime might reside in what is known as “routine activity theory,” which holds that crime is a function of three factors: The supply of offenders, the supply of victims and the intervention between the two by society’s guardians—including police, schools and churches.Police in many departments said robberies, burglaries and rapes are down so far this year because more people stayed home during Covid-19 lockdowns, leaving fewer prospective victims on the streets, in bars or other public places. Burglars weren’t likely to break into homes filled with people under lockdown, they say.Homicides, on the other hand, are up because violent criminals have been emboldened by the sidelining of police, courts, schools, churches and an array of other social institutions by the reckoning with police and the pandemic, say analysts and law-enforcement officials in several cities.Anecdotally, many police departments point to a rising tide of gang violence, in which rival groups of mainly young offenders battle over control of neighborhoods, catching rivals and innocents in the process.Schools let out young adults in March because of the pandemic and after-school activities largely stopped. Churches and other social institutions were restrained for the sake of social distancing. Police first were hit by coronavirus and then blowback in the neighborhoods they patrol after the killing in Minneapolis of George Floyd, a Black man, while in police custody.“Gangs are built around structure and lack thereof,” said Jeff La Blue, a spokesman for the Fresno police department. “With schools being closed and a lot of different businesses being closed, the people that normally would have been involved in positive structures in their lives aren’t there.” He noted shootings and stabbings have soared in his community. “Nerves are high. People are short on money.”Some researchers say the upward trend in murder might be evidence of a fraying of the social order. “Everything that society does that might shape public safety was turned upside-down during the pandemic,” Mr. Ludwig said.Police say homicide increases are hitting low-income, mostly Black and Latino communities especially hard. The crime maps published by many cities show homicides aren’t up in city centers where antipolice protests are happening, but instead in low-income neighborhoods outside of those city centers.In Portland, for instance, the police department didn’t see any homicides around protests in July, a department spokeswoman said. Through June, its latest crime maps show, all of its homicides happened east and south of the city center.Mr. Ludwig studied maps of homicides in Chicago and found killings were concentrated in the south and west, “the most disadvantaged neighborhoods that were already suffering the most from longstanding economic challenges and the coronavirus,” he said. The pace is accelerating: Of 433 homicides in Chicago as of July 26, 106 were in the previous 28 days.Mr. Trump has blamed increased violence in U.S. cities on Democratic Party leadership in hard-hit municipalities. His decision to send federal agents into U.S. cities, he said, was to help fight violent crime. In addition to sending federal agents to Portland to protect government property from protesters, the White House said it is sending agents to other cities including Detroit, Albuquerque, Chicago, Milwaukee, Kansas City and Cleveland as part of a program aimed at curbing violent crime. The program, known as Operation LeGend, is named after LeGend Taliferro, a boy who was killed in Kansas City this year.Though many of America’s biggest cities are run by Democrats, the rise in killings is a bipartisan problem. Homicides are rising at a double-digit rate in most of the big cities run by Republicans, including Miami, San Diego, Omaha, Tulsa, Okla., and Jacksonville, Fla., as well as in cities run by Democrats and in the two major cities run by Independents: San Antonio and Las Vegas.The Journal’s statistical analysis was based on individual police department reports about crime in their cities. Some public-information departments made data available. The University of Chicago’s Crime Lab helped fill in some blanks and reviewed the Journal data. Chicago police say conflict springs from tit-for-tat gang violence, including drive-by shootings. In one recent attack on the city’s South Side, shooters in a Chevrolet Malibu fired 60 times from a car, injuring 15 people attending the funeral of a man who himself had been killed in a drive-by shooting days before, apparently in retaliation for an earlier shooting, according to local reports. People at the latest funeral returned gunfire.Share your thoughtsWhat should be done to address the homicide spike in U.S. cities? Join the conversation below.The recession and coronavirus lockdowns are hurting programs aimed at curbing the violence in Chicago, said Eduardo Bocanegra, senior director of READI Chicago, a mostly privately funded program that provides employment and counseling services to men at risk of becoming, at turns, victims of violence or attackers.“Men in my program are being killed right now,” he said, noting that five people in the program, which currently has about 220 people enrolled, were killed in the five weeks from Memorial Day to July 4, including one who was walking away from a confrontation.State and city grants that he expected to come through were put on hold. Mr. Bocanegra has cut staff from 120 to 100 and trimmed enrollment in the program from 18 months to 12. It has gotten harder to place men in the program into jobs, he said, and he worries it is only going to get tougher to tap funds as organizations fight for scarce public and philanthropic dollars.Michael LiPetri, chief of crime control strategies at the New York Police Department, said the city’s rise in homicide is worst in Brooklyn, where shootings have broken out at large gatherings such as barbecues in public parks and outdoor dice games.The department is moving officers to Brooklyn from larceny units, where the work has slowed. City policy has made it harder to keep the peace, Mr. LiPetri said. He cited a city council decision in June that exposes New York officers to criminal charges if they kneel on the chest or back of suspects. Public anger at police is also an impediment, he said: “It is impossible for a New York City police officer to break up those large gatherings.”New York, Detroit and Fresno officers all said the easing of bail requirements in their states likely returned some dangerous criminals to the streets.Mayor Bill de Blasio has acknowledged police concerns about the new restrictions on police tactics but in July said, “I believe we can make it work.” In a statement to the Journal, the New York mayor’s office added, “It’s a perfect storm out there. Not only are the courts not fully open, but don’t fail to notice that there is a historic pandemic and economic crisis right now.”Homicide this year is still far lower than it was in the past. In 1990, for example, New York City alone had 2,262 murders, about equal to the total number of killings in the nation’s largest 25 cities so far this year.Between 1993 and 2018, violent crime in U.S. cities dropped 54%. After 2000, the pace of that decline in cities was faster than in suburbs and rural communities, according to Bureau of Justice Statistics crime victimization surveys.It is hard to tell if the long-run trends that transformed many U.S. cities for the better are now reversing, or if instead this will be a spike. A great deal hangs on that question, experts say.“If the city descends into the level of danger that we saw in the 1970s, that will be a challenge for all of America,” said Edward Glaeser, an urban economist at Harvard University.Write to Jon Hilsenrath at jon.hilsenrath@wsj.com May 20, 2020 has a curfew for the first time in history Michigan dams breached, thousands evacuated amid flooding governor warned that downtown Midland could end up “under approximately 9 feet of water."Home of Dow Chemical. Hope this doesn't become a chemical spill.'s Past Midnight #3 - A Side... bar about the highlights of a little internet pub from the perspective of its bartender. And meet Smudge, the new resident cat. End of OS X May 6, 2002, Steve Jobs opened WWDC with a funeral for Classic Mac OS.Yesterday, 18 years later, OS X finally reached its own end of the road: the next version of macOS is not 10.16, but 11.0. Can Last for Several Months took three tries but my PCP approved my antibody test.Maybe I'll make it over there next week. a good July 4th, 'ski the 'skians in 'murica are getting a breather this 4th, somehow. For those outside the U.S., I wish you a restful weekend. long is this song? Not long enough. Last Goodbye by Jeff Buckley Grading Algorithms Fuel Backlash Beyond the Classroom“When I get the ear of a policymaker, I say we eventually figured out car safety because there were so many dead people at the side of the road,” O’Neil says. “With algorithms, the dead people, or those being discriminated against, are invisible for the most part.” got "Epictetus' Disources and Selected Writings" as translated by Robbert I GOTTA SAY!I'm only a bit into it and I already like him so much more than Marcus Aurelius. Let me tell you. Aurelius is alright, kind of, sometimes confusing and flawed and self contradictory (what philosopher isn't though, huh?). But he's sooo stuffy and self serious. Epictetus? So far? Dude basically cloaks his arguments in hyperbole and sarcasm. I half feel like I'm reading philosophy written by a subdued Oscar Wilde or something.Telling Dala about Saint Augustine and how he was a Christian convert who's previous beliefs shaped quite a bit of his philosophy but for the life of me I couldn't remember the name of his previous faith even though I knew the gist of it. I had to look it up. Manichaeism. How could I forget that? Seriously.Either I'm getting forgetful cause I'm getting old or I'm getting forgetful cause I try to remember too much these days. Maybe both.Oh well.Back to Epictetus. The man's a riot.Edit: Just saw I mis-spelled and left off Robert's last name in my title. Gonna leave it like that. The stoic in Robert is just gonna have to accept that.Edit 2: Picture is of a Malaysian Dead Leaf Mantis performing a threat display. Cause we can all use a bit more nature in our lives, even if it's just a photo. Work Isn’t Working? Maybe Your Company Is Doing It Wrong am a simple potato guardian who needs my Second Amendment rights rained today. I kept my eyes on the potatoes, just as I knew that they would be keeping their eyes on me.I walked the perimeter of the field. This will be a good crop, if I can only keep it safe for the 75 to 135 days that potatoes require. I must keep it safe. Buggy Project: Part II Frogtima Buggy project continues.The next step was to attach the dog bone axles and the upper rear arms. As I had previously chopped up the Optima mount that holds the upper rear arms (and rear shocks), I had to create a new solution. I found the placement for the arm mount attachment could be matched by extending some aluminum spacers from the Frog chassis.I drilled some holes:and attached the spacers on M3 screws coming from the inside.Slightly hacky, but not terrible. The ball mounts for the arms screw nicely into the spacers:Thus the rear arm was mounted.The arm doesn't take a lot of force, but I wasn't crazy about the leverage it had on that spacer, so I added some screws (and aluminum tube sheathing) coming from the gearbox into the spacers. This firmed up the mount, and also increased the strength of the Frog/Optima connection.Not too shabby.My next step was staring a this for a while and trying to figure out how to join the two:I cut off the top of front Optima gearbox (as it won't be 4WD), but left the lower swing arm portion. However, it didn't make sense to keep the Optima knuckles and axles, so I ordered some Kyosho Ultima knuckles, and was pleased to find that I could add them with just the addition of an aluminum spacer.I also did some cutting into the Frog chassis, and finally figured our how the Optima front could be attached.The front was a bit too pitched up, and it took some working to get it right. However, once I had it figured out, I extended the bottom aluminum plate to fasten to the front assembly, and ran some aluminum bands from the chassis to the top. It is solid as a rock, and lighter than it looks.I think a black Frog chassis would look so good, that I am tempted to replace it with the black version which comes with the Subaru Brat, I think. However, I have some black Rit DyeMore, and I will see what effect that has.The wheelbase is significantly longer than that of the humble Frog. The Frog has a 250mm wheelbase, whereas the Frogtima's is currently about 268mm. According to the ROAR Rulebook (yes I looked at official RC racing rules), the max for an off road 1/10 buggy is 292mm, so no issues there. I can actually extend it to 270mm by moving that spacer, and I might just do that.An odd beast. I'm really starting to like this Frogtima.The next step is figuring out how I am going to get a servo into the front end. I am going to look into some smaller servos. I need a little one with sufficient torque.After that I am going to figure out the shocks. I decided against using the old Optima Golds. Both for aesthetics, and because there is enough Optima in this thing already. I can use the front shock mounts as is, but am going to have to get creative with the rear shock mounts as I don't have any upper options atm.To be continued... (26 mins) I am beans right now--everything: my eyeballs, my fingernails, my hair, my heart...Everything is beans. And it's not quite right. I'm not quite right--compared to what I am usually. But it's still pretty potent.'s War on Taiwan Won't Start in Taiwan, expect Beijing to look for moves that simultaneously A) make Taiwan feel alone against a foe whose military threats are not mere bluffs, B) please nationalists back home, C) carry a low risk of provoking the U.S. and friends into coming to Taiwan’s defense, and D) allow itself to back down without appearing to back down if the moves begin to backfire.There are two ways to do this. One is to impose a much more limited, selective blockade. It could start intercepting Taiwanese cargo ships, claiming that they’re carrying some sort of contraband or cooking up some other sort of rationale. No one would believe Beijing’s claims, but it wouldn’t matter. No one is going to come to Taiwan’s defense in that situation either way. And it would be unlikely to lead to war with Taiwan itself. If the diplomatic backlash became too intense, or if Taipei signaled a willingness to talk, Beijing could claim success and back down whenever it saw fit.Far more likely is the scenario that Beijing appears to be actively prepping for: Taking one of Taiwan’s lightly defended far-flung islands in the South or East China sea. happened before Kodak's moment Just Shut Down"Mandatory Citywide Curfew in EffectA curfew for the City & County of Denver is in effect beginning May 30 at 8 pm, through June 1 at 5 am. The order goes into effect Saturday and Sunday, beginning at 8 pm each night until 5 am the next morning. Travel for essential activities needed for health and safety is permitted. Employees who need to travel to and from work are exempt." 7, 2012, why did they attack me for no reason? I was just walking, that's it. I was at the wrong place at the wrong time, that's it. I'm the perfect victim. I wasn't running, I had committed no crime, I was just walking, that's it. What pissed them off, was, 1) I didn't jump out of their car's way; 2) I said "fuck you" back to them, and; 3) I punched Joel. So they just kept on escalating the situation, a situation they started, until they did what I assumed white trash thugs would have done: beat me down. Just their Pride, their Ego, because they're used to being untouchable Billy Badasses, and because they're above the law, as a VIPER unit. hubski: 8bit midnight pub has created a PICO-8 version of the Midnight pub as a side project, and explains what we can do in it! comes at you fast punctured by infection: How the coronavirus spread in Trump’s White House White House’s handling of the period between the first known symptoms — those of Hicks on Wednesday — and the president’s infection, which was confirmed about 1 a.m. Friday, is what experts considered a case study in irresponsibility and mismanagement.You may not believe in the virus but the virus believes in you who trains San Jose police about bias severely injured by riot gun during George Floyd protest chief also said he is re-evaluating at what point in a confrontation officers can fire those projectiles.Never. Never is a good time. receive mystery seeds in the mail officials and the U.S. Department of Agriculture are investigating reports that hundreds of residents have received seeds in the mail they didn’t order.Agricultural officials across the U.S. have launched probes after residents received unsolicited packages of seeds that appear to have mostly originated from China. Mike Strain, Louisiana’s commissioner of agriculture and forestry, which is investigating packages received in that state, said the USDA is also investigating the matter.A USDA spokesperson said the agency’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is aware that “people across the country have received unsolicited packages of seed from China in recent days.” The spokesperson said USDA is working with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Customs and Border Protection and state agriculture departments to prevent the illegal entry of prohibited seeds and protect U.S. agriculture from invasive pests and noxious weeds.Virginia’s Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services said more than 1,000 people have reported receiving packages like this, which appear to be from China.Photo: Virginia Dept. of Agriculture and Consumer ServicesMr. Strain said packages sent to Louisiana residents appear to be from China and Uzbekistan, and that some were labeled to suggest they contained jewelry, toys or wireless earbuds.China’s Foreign Ministry said Tuesday that mailing labels on the seed packages were forged, and China has asked the U.S. to return the packages to China for investigation. The Embassy of Uzbekistan in Washington, D.C., didn’t immediately comment.Other departments of agriculture in states from Virginia to Washington are investigating similar packages, or have asked residents to report any unsolicited seeds they received in the mail. They are urging people not to plant the seeds. The National Association of State Departments of Agriculture says it is working closely with USDA and DHS to understand the origin of the seeds.Officials are trying to identify the seeds, which they worry could be invasive plant species, and threatening to native plants and crops, or could introduce diseases or be harmful to livestock.“I don’t think anyone has determined what’s really going on here,” said Mr. Strain. “If they are invasive or contain plant pests or disease, from an agricultural point of view, that is our greatest concern.”Mr. Strain said his department learned Friday that a resident had received unsolicited seeds in the mail. Since releasing the information publicly that same day, the department has received phone calls from more than 150 people in Louisiana and other states, from California to Massachusetts, who received similar packages.Field agents have begun collecting seeds from residents across the state. The initial seeds, brought to a lab in Baton Rouge, appear to be Chinese water lily seeds, Mr. Strain said. Other packages contained other types of seeds, which officials have yet to identify.Some state agriculture departments said the seed shipments amount to the illegal practice of agricultural smuggling because they were intentionally mislabeled to bypass U.S. customs. Importing seeds typically involves a rigorous process that requires seeds come from a certified source and be approved by federal authorities, the departments said. Some seed recipients told officials they had already planted them.Michael Wallace, a spokesman for the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer services, said it has received communications from more than 1,000 people in Virginia and 12 other states who received similar packages over the course of the past month.Mr. Wallace said Virginia’s investigation was in its early stages, but that the seeds could be an example of “brushing,” in which companies send unsolicited goods to individuals and then post fake, positive reviews of the items on the recipient’s behalf.In a related Facebook post, an Ohio police department said brushing is a scam used by vendors to boost product ratings and increase online visibility. The department asked Ohio residents who received seeds in the mail to contact the police.Washington’s Department of Agriculture believes some of the packages sent to its residents contained citrus seeds, which could transmit disease. In addition to being invasive, officials are concerned shipped seeds could be toxic to livestock or wild animals, said Karla Salp, a department spokesperson.“We don’t need another kudzu type thing to deal with,” she said, referring to an invasive plant that kills or harms other plants by blanketing them with leaves, breaking branches or uprooting trees and shrubs.Seeds sent to Utah residents so far don’t appear to be invasive, said Logan Wilde, commissioner of the state’s Department of Agriculture and Food, though further genetic testing will be done, and some seeds are also being tested for chemicals that may have been sprayed on them. The department has identified some seeds as daffodil or grass seeds, including Timothy grass and Kentucky bluegrass.Mr. Wilde said some seeds were sent to residents who placed online orders for jewelry-making materials. “It’s got to be fairly expensive to do,” he said. May 27, 2020 brings back the Accutron without bringing back the Accutron because the original Accutron was a stone-cold bitch to make and a lot of the techniques were proprietary and when Bulova became a Swiss company that tech likely stayed in New Jersey.This is a quartz watch with a whirlygig. A detractor might say that, after all, while the drive technology is new to watches, it's first of all not new per se, and secondly, that the Accutrons are fundamentally quartz watches that don't offer anything radically different from any other modern quartz watch.He might indeed.Unisonics are cooler anyway. the Places You Can't Go the end, Trump did what he said. He built a wall around America and made the world pay for it. He just never told Americans that they’d be stuck inside. Amazon data shows automated warehouses have higher injury rates;dir: Amazon continues to be horrible to its workers. Days Into Season, MLB Postpones 2 Games Due To Coronavirus Concerns Finds 2,000-Year-Old Roman Lead Ingot in Welsh Field The Practical Case on Why We Need the Humanities if it fits the tag well, but what the hell. worse anti-encryption bill proposed in the Senate if EARN IT attempts to avoid acknowledging the elephant in the room, the Lawful Access to Encrypted Data Act puts it at the center of a three-ring circus. The new bill doesn’t bother with commissions or best practices. Instead, it would give the Justice Department the ability to require that manufacturers of encrypted devices and operating systems, communications providers, and many others must have the ability to decrypt data upon request. In other words, a backdoor. is no substitute for medical care, Alaska Supreme Court says was in court for 13 years.“An Abuse of Sacred Symbols”: Trump, a Bible, and a Sanctuary, at last, it was over, and the President’s expedition had returned to the White House, the church rebelled. In a seething call with CNN, the Right Reverend Mariann Budde, the Episcopal bishop of Washington, said that she was “outraged” by Trump’s use of St. John’s as a prop. “I can’t believe what my eyes are seeing tonight,” she said. “What on earth did we just witness?” Driving away a peaceful crowd, with tear gas and weapons, in order to stage a photo-op was an “abuse of sacred symbols,” she said. A visiting pastor was tear-gassed in the charade. “The President just used a Bible . . . and one of the churches of my diocese without permission as a backdrop for a message antithetical to the teachings of Jesus and everything our churches stand for.” grip on Phase 2 is slipping Stole Their Hearts, Then Their Money. Meet The Women Trying To Catch One Of Canada's Most Prolific Romance Scammers Club №. 44: The Truth of Fact, The Truth of Feeling short story by Ted Chiang from Exhilaration:The Truth of Fact, The Truth of FeelingDo you find these truths in conflict often? How do you choose which to believe when you do? Do you think there are other forms of truth besides the two mentioned here?I'll hold my thoughts for the discussion next week.The story that follows this one in the book, Omphalos, I found to be interesting given that I was raised to believe in young earth creationism, but I felt like it was lacking storytelling-wise. Still, might be an interesting read if you want more! the black box Ayn Rand Institute (ARI), also known as the Center for Advancement of Objectivism, is devoted to the "writings and work of novelist-philosopher Ayn Rand." Specifically, it advocates for "rational self-interest and laissez-faire capitalism." Rand wrote that "the protection of individual rights is the only proper purpose of a government." ARI accepted $150,000 to $350,000 from the government as part of the PPP. Young Man Rumble - New Album a listen to some friends' band's new album. Atmospheric rock? post rock? I don't know what labels mean. It's instrumental rock that I like in the background as I work. maybe you will too?Here's the playlist for the whole albumAlso on spotify (and others I'm sure) discourse should you start? races are strangely compelling channel was highlighted on Last Week Tonight's recent episode on sports. The gist is a completely serious league where they build elaborate courses and have marbles race on them. The marbles have teams, and the whole thing is sponsored and has completely unironic commentary. But then they'll do things like a drive cam. It's simultaneously ridiculous and bizarrely fun.Last Week Tonight has sponsored the newest tournament or race series or whatever you want to call it (previous ones have been named things like Marbula-1), which releases in mid-June.All I can say is that it I find myself really engrossed in the whole thing, but I could not possibly explain why.'t log out. the logout button or going directly to doesn't do anything on Brave/Windows for me. It just reloads the homepage and keeps me logged in.🎵 Last thing I remember, I was Running for the door I had to find the passage back To the place I was before "Relax, " said the night man, "We are programmed to receive. You can check-out any time you like, But you can never leave! for roadrunnering is best seen as a complex expression of simple limitations. We call these the "storyworld rules." In general, the simpler the rules the better the outcome - Sixth Sense is "when you see red, someone is dead." Pleasantville is "color comes with enlightenment." Harry Potter is "there is magic in the world but there is a conspiracy to keep it secret". Are Ignoring the Voters Who Could Decide This Election is a “new black voter”? In the 2016 presidential election, an estimated 3.3 million black people in six key swing states were unregistered, or registered but had never voted, or didn’t vote in that year, despite previously doing so. In those six states (Michigan, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Florida, North Carolina and Georgia) the number of eligible but nonvoting black people was at least 2.8 times Hillary Clinton’s margin of loss. Five of these states also had Senate elections; Democrats lost all five. How Boxed Mac and Cheese Became a Pantry Stable Between the Stock Market and the Economy the way, if you want to see cannibals and warlords the Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone is streaming on Twitch. May 13, 2020 was challenged to take Trumps comments about windmills and create a song. I accepted. never understood wind. You know, I know windmills very much. I’ve studied it better than anybody else. It’s very expensive. They’re made in China and Germany mostly — very few made here, almost none. But they’re manufactured tremendous — if you’re into this — tremendous fumes. Gases are spewing into the atmosphere. You know we have a world, right? So the world is tiny compared to the universe. So tremendous, tremendous amount of fumes and everything. You talk about the carbon footprint — fumes are spewing into the air. Right? Spewing. Whether it’s in China, Germany, it’s going into the air. It’s our air, their air, everything — right?So they kill bald eagles. You kill one and they’ll put you in jail. They kill the birds. You want to see a bird graveyard? You just go. Take a look. A bird graveyard. Go under a windmill someday. You’ll see more birds than you’ve ever seen ever in your life.lil steve I played hockey Korea blows up Liason Office, threatens to occupy the DMZ half of the Twitter accounts discussing 'reopening America' may be bots, researchers say Just another example where social media has weaponized our data against us to the highest bidder. rock dust on the ground could pull carbon from the air, researchers say Shot had a graph illustrating that Chinese reforestation efforts were actually working out. I tried to dig into that because, erm, I had no idea there were Chinese reforestation efforts and somehow found this article instead.China, India, the USA and Brazil have great potential to help achieve average global CDR goals of 0.5 to 2 gigatonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) per year with extraction costs of approximately US$80–180 per tonne of CO2.Yaaay!The 2015 Paris accord, supported by every major economy except the United States under President Trump, calls for severe cuts in greenhouse gas emissions, as well as the removal of between 2 billion and 10 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide each year to reach net-zero emissions by 2050.sadtrombone.swf, Rubber Bullets, And Detentions: Belarus Protests Continue Into Third Night in Belarus continue. From what I rather, Lukashenko turned off mobile internet in the country and told everyone to stay home. My Ukrainian boyfriend says it's like if Maidan happened but instead of a cowardly thief the president of Ukraine would have been an autoritarian Putin-like figure. teenager’s guide to building the world’s best pandemic and protest trackers thing is, you can learn anything online. Any question I have, I can just literally search it online or go on chatrooms with developers. They’re often willing to help you. And most likely, someone has had the same question you’ve had before.”never fuck with bored nerds Court rules that firing an employee due to sexual orientation or transgender status violates the Civil Rights Act case was decided 6-3, with Gorsuch (who wrote the majority) and Roberts joining the liberal justices. The primary question is whether the Civil Rights Act's prohibition on sex discrimination in hiring/firing applies to these cases, and the Court finds that it does.The statute’s message for our cases is equally simple and momentous: An individual’s homosexuality or transgender status is not relevant to employment decisions. That’s because it is impossible to discriminate against a person for being homosexual or transgender without discriminating against that individual based on sex.The majority gets there by noting that sex just needs to be one "but-for cause" or the firing. In legalspeak, a "but-for cause" is something without which something else wouldn't have happened. But you can have more than one of these, and the majority in this case says that since you can't separate discrimination based on sexual orientation without also having discrimination based on sex, sex discrimination is a "but-for cause" and therefore in violation of the law. The reasoning goes like this: if you have two employees who are attracted to men, one male and one female, and you fire the male, you are treating him differently than a female employee because he's male. If he'd been female and attracted to men, presumably he wouldn't have been fired, and therein lies the discriminatory act. The Court notes that the law only applies to individuals, not groups, so the fact that all homosexual men are treated similarly by a company wouldn't change the outcome.Most of the majority opinion is spent explaining why, no really, we shouldn't be looking beyond the words of the actual statute. From this and some other opinions he's written, I get the feeling Gorsuch has some issues with the other conservatives' approach to statutory interpretation (not without reason). End of Meat is Here Fighting in the Caucusus fighting might well die down. Neither Azerbaijan nor Armenia wants to pay a steep price for Nagorno-Karabakh, and neither Russia nor Turkey is ready for a serious test of power, even if they were confident in where they stood. What is most interesting is the absence of the U.S. Washington has a long record of intervening in areas where it has limited interests, and where the price for achieving little will be high. This is why it was involved in the 2008 Russian-Georgian war, on Georgia’s side. It is now content to let Russia, Turkey and Iran balance each other. quietly pulls plug on the 747, closing era of jumbo jets Airways retires entire 747 fleet after travel downturn Grew Safer. Police Budgets Kept Growing. a few minutes tonight and I recorded this. Was fun to make, but not a keeper.... steve I played hockey closed account of U.S.-based Chinese activist “to comply with local law”"Foolish mortal, do you not realize that by leaving your dishes unwashed you shall incur my wrath?" bubbles keep The Flaming Lips at a safe social distance analysis of Nick Johnston - Remarkably Human is the title track from Nick Johnston's 2016 album. It contains some solid prog-rock composition and tasteful guitar playing. It doesn't push the boat out much, but it is a very enjoyable listen. It also succeeds by not having the trite lyrics sung by annoying vocalists that prog-rock so often does.One particular section stuck out to me and I thought I'd analyse it. This post is not really beginner-friendly, as that would require it to be three times as long. But anyone with knowledge of the basics of music theory should be able to keep up. I have included links that explain more about some of the concepts mentioned.Here's the song in question:The section we're looking at occurs at 2:25 and 4:55.-------This is a basic notation of the section. It comprises the melody and chords, the latter both as chord names and roman numerals. I have also included a piano version of this score.-------The first three chords are B, Db, and Ebm. This gives us the classic VI-VII-i progression in Eb natural minor scale. For me, when we land on that tonic chord, it doesn’t feel like home. This could be because of two reasons.First, the melody is playing an Ab, which produces the feeling of a suspended 4th sound with the Ebm chord. This creates tension instead of resolving it. We then hear a Cb, the 6th of Ebm, which add even more tension. It releases this tension when we hear the 5th of the chord (Bb) in the melody. But it only sounds for an instant before the chord changes.Listen to the example below. The first time, you hear it as it is in the song with a Cb in the melody. The second time, you hear it with the root of the Ebm chord instead. It's still subtle, but the second time sounds more resolved to me.Second, this is an IV-V-vi progression when viewed from the perspective of the relative Gb major. We call this a ‘deceptive cadence’ because it has a dominant chord followed by something other than the tonic. Your brain expects the tonic chord (Gb) but gets a minor 6th (Ebm). Whilst this creates a subtle resolution because of the leading tone between the V-vi, it still leaves us wanting.Here's an example of that deceptive cadence in action. The first time you hear the chords, you hear as it is in the song with that minor 6th. The second time, you hear it as your resolution loving brain might be expecting. I changed the V chord to a dominant 7th to highlight this effect. You should hear that in that second example, it feel a lot more conclusive.-------We then descend from tonic via the VII and land on our first interesting chord: an Ab. This chord has a C, a note not in the implied scale. If we were staying diatonic, you’d expect an Abm chord.This is what’s known as p‘borrowed chord’ or ‘modal mixture’. There are various scales which have Eb as their tonic but contain slightly distinct sets of notes. We call these ‘parallel keys’. You can replace a chord with its equivalent from a parallel scale to introduce more harmonic variety. So if we have a chord built upon the 4th degree of one scale, you could replace with one built upon the 4th degree of another.Here, the scale we have borrowed this Ab from is Eb Major. At the same time as this chord plays, the melody lands on the tonic. So as our melody is giving us a sense of ‘returning home’, the harmony hints at moving away.-------The second half is where most of the interest lies for me. We start again on the VI chord, yet as the melody ascends the scale we land on the note of A. Johnston pairs this with an F major chord in the harmony. This note and chord are out of scale. They come from the Lydian mode with its raised 4th. An E chord follows. In our home key, this is a bII chord (aka a Neopolitan chord). It comes from the mode of Phrygian. This means we’ve had two chords in a row that built off of from the 2nd degree of an Eb based scale. F is the second chord of Eb Lydian, E is the second chord of Eb Phrygian. During all this, we also get a load of chromaticism in the melody. The notes Gb, A, Bb, B and C all appear within a short space of one another. This has the potential to sound bad, but the context given to them by chords make it sound great.From the E chord, we then smoothly slip back to our tonic Eb with the help of two leading tones. The melody also resolves to the tonic with a V-i movement and we’re back home. Cool!Let me know if I got anything wrong or if you have any questions. Song (now with Portuguese intro/outro) wrote and recorded this. Have a listen. lil steve I played hockey. Lyrics:Permita-me apresentar-lhe a uma história tão ridículaO que aqui temos é o conto de dois estúpidosI heard cryingWhen the lights came downI Lost your handI heard glass I heard metalBroken objects in the middleI smelled rubberIt was burningOrange the sky was turningI felt the fence like a lanceRipping through my handI made love to the soundsOf a thousand voices drownI mixed dirt and blood and I wore it like a gloveAnd Ive burned and Ive burned and now it’s your turnPermita-me apresentar-lhe a uma história tão ridículaO que aqui temos é o conto de dois estúpidosNão se cale, não se cale! Group Loses Trademark Infringement Lawsuit against Ft. Collins, CO-based Vortic Watch Co. full disclosure, Vortics are fuggly. They're 100-year-old pocket watch movements (which you can usually buy three or four hundred at a time) in a 3d-printed laser sintered titanium case. Note that pocket watches have zero shock protection and laser sintered titanium looks... like ass. I mean it looks like ass.but this is Swatch Group, Nick Hayek's $8b in revenue monstrosity, suing a tiny little garage operation for selling products with the word "Hamilton" on them.And losing.Including court costs. Gödel's Incompleteness Theorems Work incompleteness theorems meant there can be no mathematical theory of everything, no unification of what’s provable and what’s true. What mathematicians can prove depends on their starting assumptions, not on any fundamental ground truth from which all answers spring.If all this talk of substitution and self-reference remind you of programming, recursion, or lambda calculus, have a look at Incompleteness Ex Machina:In this essay we'll prove Gödel's incompleteness theorems twice. First, we'll prove them the good old-fashioned way. Then we'll repeat the feat in the setting of computation. In the process we'll discover that Gödel's work, rightly viewed, needs to be split into two parts: the transport of computation into the arena of arithmetic on the one hand and the actual incompleteness theorems on the other. After we're done there will be cake.As someone who is quite interested in formal methods (briefly: the application of mathematics and proofs to "real-world" systems), understanding Gödel's and Tarski's incompleteness theorems was an existential moment for me. They underpin a lot of my current ideas about what "factual truth" is and the limitations of mathematics and modeling techniques. For those very curious, this has applications to physics models and simulations as well: Fundamental Limits of Cyber-Physical Systems Modeling touches on some undecidable issues when constructing even very simple models of systems. exits laptop business Hubski: Are you easing back in to less distant socializing? to an NPR article ranking the summer activities that are low to high risk. Where do you stand on this? What will/won’t you be doing? covid-19 excess deaths across countries (7/2020) China time AA sold lifetime airline tickets Army accidentally revealed plans for a new hypersonic weapon on Flickr"accidentally" club no. 43: The Merchant and the Alchemist's Gate funny story. The other day a buddy came up to me and asked if I had any familiarity with organizing a book club, specifically with a sci-fi focus. So I'm gonna jump in on that one. And I thought, why not do it in parallel here? I haven't read this one and don't know what it's about yet. The Merchant and the Alchemist's Gate by Ted ChiangRead HereLets see if a week is enough for people to tackle it.kingmudsy jastinbusher Trombone kleinbl00 JakobVirgil mhr OftenBen plewemt elizabeth blackbootz Meriadoc Tiger_the_Lion _thoracic johnnyFive tehstone rthomas6 War Dala OftenBen bhrgunatha kantos francopoli anatomygeek Purple_Ruby PTR Foveaux ThurberMingus moslydeaf LastingDamageII chowderchowder Merlin openloadmovieshd bennylenny darlinareyousleepy chowderchowder bhrgunatha spencerflem dam breaks: Twitter Will Allow Employees To Work At Home Forever sound you hear is a couple thousand people in the Tenderloin checking rents in places like Ft. Bragg. Sunday Paper 2020.05.24: Hope, Curiosity, Resolve News from BolinasBolinas, California, the Town that Tested Itself - The New YorkerCuriosity: News from the deepThirty-six Thousand Feet Under the Sea: The explorers who set one of the last meaningful records on earth - The New YorkerResolveAn Incalculable Loss - The New York Timesdemure's desk Lilacs on a bush are better than orchids. And dandelions and devil grass are better! Why? Because they bend you over and turn you away from all the people and the town for a little while and sweat you and get you down where you remember you got a nose again. And when you're all to yourself that way, you're really yourself for a little while; you get to thinking things through, alone. Gardening is the handiest excuse for being a philosopher. Nobody guesses, nobody accuses, nobody knows, but there you are, Plato in the peonies, Socrates force-growing his own hemlock.from Dandelion Wine by Ray BradburyfunniesCalvin and Hobbes, Bill Watterson, October 20, 1992 which the deep state attempts a coup, smart people: look at this study for me. argument put forth is that it conclusively proves that antibodies to COVID-19 don't last very long. But if I read the study, what it actually says is only 4% of healthcare workers had IgG antibodies. It further says that 89% of the 1400-odd verified COVID-19 patients they tested had antibodies while 4% of the 2800-odd unknown-covid-status healthcare workers did.What this seems to say to me is "most healthcare workers in the study didn't catch COVID."Am I reading this wrong? Sunday Paper 2020.05.10: days lengthening Enduring Romance of the Night Train - The New Yorkermother'sThe House on Magnolia Street: How a group of homeless mothers took on a housing crisis - California SundaydayWhat Phone Calls Have Given Me that Video Chat Can't - New York Timesdemure's deskHold summer in your hand, pour summer in a glass, a tiny glass of course, the smallest tingling sip for children; change the season in your veins by raising glass to lip and tilting summer in.Dandelion Wine, by Ray BradburyfunniesIn These Difficult Times, Sarah Mirk, The New Yorker a Court Overturned the Death Sentence for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev ‘Active’ Object in Jupiter’s Orbit Is First of Its Kind Seen by Astronomers’s neither an asteroid nor a comet but something in between. It’s also parked within Jupiter’s orbit, making this object the first of its kind to ever be detected. new Swedish coronavirus antibody study suggests the herd-immunity strategy isn't working Internet Maintenance Day Square protest death toll 'was 10,000'"When the students poured into Tiananmen Square, the Chinese government almost blew it. Then they were vicious, they were horrible, but they put it down with strength. That shows you the power of strength. Our country is right now perceived as weak … as being spit on by the rest of the world—"“Vaccines don’t save lives. Vaccinations save lives. A vaccine dose that remains in a vial is zero-percent effective.” Mountain College is up for auction JanuaryEstablished 1834Watch it fill with Scientologists or some shit.‘Can’t breathe:’ Tacoma police restraint of Manuel Ellis caused his death, ME reports do when you have George Floyd without the footage? We're about to find out.Although Ellis, an openly struggling addict, had drugs in his system when he died, the Pierce County Medical Examiner’s Office has determined Ellis died of respiratory arrest due to hypoxia due to physical restraint.The Medical Examiner ruled Ellis’ death a homicide, which legally means he was killed by another person. Fatal police shootings, for instance, are generally determined to be homicides. It is up to prosecutors to decide if police acted lawfully and if the homicide was justifiable or a criminal act was committed. 1990 PLAYBOY INTERVIEW WITH DONALD TRUMP were your other impressions of the Soviet Union?I was very unimpressed. Their system is a disaster. What you will see there soon is a revolution; the signs are all there with the demonstrations and picketing. Russia is out of control and the leadership knows it. That’s my problem with Gorbachev. Not a firm enough hand.You mean firm hand as in China?When the students poured into Tiananmen Square, the Chinese government almost blew it. Then they were vicious, they were horrible, but they put it down with strength. That shows you the power of strength. Our country is right now perceived as weak … as being spit on by the rest of the world—Why is Gorbachev not firm enough?I predict he will be overthrown, because he has shown extraordinary weakness. Suddenly, for the first time ever, there are coal-miner strikes and brush fires everywhere—which will all ultimately lead to a violent revolution. Yet Gorbachev is getting credit for being a wonderful leader—and we should continue giving him credit, because he’s destroying the Soviet Union. But his giving an inch is going to end up costing him and all his friends what they most cherish—their jobs. do eels come from? are being unfairly scapegoated for the pandemic"Take away a great performer’s live audience, and you take away their source of narrative power. ""Why do..."'s a short story between Colorado, Wyoming and Idaho. Meanwhile Maine, Vermont and New Hampshire apparently have kids asking their parents questions...and a demonstrated failure of basic science education. Solvency, Stock Options, and Shorts kind of like kleinbl00"Imagine for a moment that this litany of bullet points was about China rather than the United States. ""How Airlines Can Survive the Pandemic" is a bit of a misnomer. Highlights: - kill the 747 and all older planes - Cut flights by 75% permanently (Delta) or 50% (United) or damn the torpedoes eat all the traffic you can (American) - Assume business travel is forever dead and cut to match - Turn all 387 grounded 787MAX into low income housing (LOL J/K) says international students must leave if classes are online pointed out that there's one area where the Trump administration has been wildly successful: turning us into a wildly isolationist shithole. happened to 12 of gaming's biggest studios after they were sold look back at some of gaming's biggest studio sales in the wake of Microsoft's big Bethesda acquisition. Wilford Brimley MPD Officer Derek Chauvin Has Been Taken Into Custody In George Floyd’s Death initially said Floyd was resisting arrest and had a medical incident. However, video obtained by CBS News shows Floyd cooperating with officers, at least in the initial moments of the encounter.A bystander’s video showed Floyd pleading that he could not breathe as a white officer — identified as Chauvin — knelt on his neck and kept his knee there for several minutes after Floyd stopped moving and became unresponsive. State and the War That Never Ended in 10 Americans Withdrew Money From Retirement Savings Amid the Coronavirus Pandemic – and the Majority Spent It On Groceries don't know who needs to hear this? But the stiff-upper-lip narrative that's out there is bullshit. 52% of small businesses expect to be gone in six months. The real unemployment rate is closer to 25%, and maybe half of that isn't going back. If coronavirus deaths have peaked, that means we have another 84,000 dead to go. Big if.I watch the raw data every morning and every morning, in any industry you care to mention, it's a fucking cliff face. Used to be you'd see the numbers going back to 2008 so we could all see what a real problem looks like. They're now going back to 1950 because it's all the data we have. Meanwhile Geopolitical Futures has taken a week off to retrench and stare at their navels because "the closest similar period we have to study is 1920 to 1955" and even fucking GrubHub is losing money:Jason Dicken, owner of two Spudz-N-Stuff restaurants in Evansville, Ind., said he has asked customers to order from him, not delivery apps. His April Grubhub statement showed $10,788.02 worth of orders for which he received $5,918.06 after fees, commissions and “order adjustments” from customers with complaints. He says if all those customers had placed their orders directly at his restaurants and used his delivery drivers, he would have made at least $3,000 more. And he would have gotten that critical cash flow immediately.Anyone who thinks they know what's going to happen next is kidding themselves. border clash between the world’s biggest nations. What could go wrong? and China are both in the throes of aggressive nationalist movements, each displaying their own brand of “wolf warrior” foreign policy. Under President Xi Jinping, China has moved from subtle pushes to strong shoves to bring the city of Hong Kong under Beijing’s sovereignty, while also applying pressure in the South China Sea and against Taiwan.Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi entered his second term in power bent on changing many norms of Indian policy. The long-disputed territory of Kashmir has been under lockdown for months, while last year India and Pakistan were drawn into their most serious military escalation in decades. Reuters reported this week that Modi’s plans to build 66 key roads by the Chinese border, including one to a new air base, had probably drawn Beijing’s anger. Eitaku: The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln (1879) ThreadWaseda University Library Archive People who hoard toilet paper are just looking for a symbol of safety (N=996) the variables they included in their analysis account for just 12 percent of the variability observed in the hoarding of toilet paper. "This suggests that how much people feel personally threatened by COVID-19 also depends on psychological factors not accounted for in our studyThe real title should be: "none of the Big 5 personality trait explain toilet paper hoarding", which might be more interesting Executives Shut Down Efforts to Make the Site Less Divisive of article Guy Named Craig May Soon Have Control Over a Large Swath of Utah UW frat kids test positive for COVID19 party is worse for covid than sausage factories.’s New Super Weapons May Be Cause Of Radiation Leak the early days of the pandemic, the U.S. government turned down an offer to manufacture millions of N95 masks in America The story of Bowen’s offer illustrates a missed opportunity in the early days of the pandemic, one laid out in Bright’s whistleblower complaint, interviews with Bowen and emails provided by both men.Within weeks, a shortage of masks was endangering health-care workers in hard-hit areas across the country, and the Trump administration was scrambling to buy more masks — sometimes placing bulk orders with third-party distributors for many times the standard price. President Trump came under pressure to use extraordinary government powers to force the private industry to ramp up production.[...]Carol Danko, an HHS spokeswoman, declined to comment on the offer by Bowen and other allegations raised in the whistleblower complaint. Wolf also declined to comment on the whistleblower complaint.A senior U.S. government official with knowledge of the offer said Bowen, 62, has a “legitimate beef.”“He was prescient, really,” the official said, speaking on the condition of anonymity to describe internal deliberations. “But the reality is [HHS] didn’t have the money to do it at that time.”Another HHS official, also speaking on the condition of anonymity, said: “There is a process for putting out contracts. It wasn’t as fast as anyone wanted it to be.” me in learning about RC car motors‘We Have Been in a Lockdown for Three Decades’ Jam Confessions of Marcus Hutchins, the Hacker Who Saved the Internet World Is Finally Ready for Beverly Glenn-Copeland big break came in 2015, when a man named Ryota Masuko, himself something of a legend in the record-collecting business, emailed Glenn-Copeland from Japan to ask if he had any stock of Keyboard Fantasies, which had originally sold about 50 copies. Sure, Glenn replied, and shipped over three cassette tapes. They sold out, so he sent three more. Those went, too, and word started to spread. “Inside of a month, I had offers from 10 record companies,” he said. In 2016, Keyboard Fantasies was reissued and instantly recognized for the classic it has always been. Since he began touring, Glenn-Copeland has been both astonished by the age of his fans and struck by how wounded they seem. After a show, one said to him, “Thank you for what you said about us. We only hear how selfish we are.” Glenn-Copeland was rent to the heart, and made a decision: “I’m going to travel and go out and sing as a way to be able to talk to them—to talk about how thrilled we are, how much they are needed, and how happy we are to see them!” Student Solves Decades-Old Conway Knot Problem“I didn’t allow myself to work on it during the day,” she said, “because I didn’t consider it to be real math. I thought it was, like, my homework.”The question asked whether the Conway knot — a snarl discovered more than half a century ago by the legendary mathematician John Horton Conway — is a slice of a higher-dimensional knot. “Sliceness” is one of the first natural questions knot theorists ask about knots in higher-dimensional spaces, and mathematicians had been able to answer it for all of the thousands of knots with 12 or fewer crossings — except one. The Conway knot, which has 11 crossings, had thumbed its nose at mathematicians for decades.Before the week was out, Piccirillo had an answer: The Conway knot is not “slice.” A few days later, she met with Cameron Gordon, a professor at UT Austin, and casually mentioned her solution.“I said, ‘What?? That’s going to the Annals right now!’” Gordon said, referring to Annals of Mathematics, one of the discipline’s top journals.“He started yelling, ‘Why aren’t you more excited?’” said Piccirillo, now a postdoctoral fellow at Brandeis University. “He sort of freaked out.”“I don’t think she’d recognized what an old and famous problem this was,” Gordon said. Radar Reveals Entire Ancient Roman City Killing of Ahmaud Arbery Black American Amputation Epidemic GOVT. KNOWS - KNOWER everyone's posting music, let's journey back to just over 14 years ago, in 2016.Louis Cole is the name you might be looking for. Story of the Borax Nuclear Reactor: 1950s nuclear hijinx'mon, you know you want to read about hitting fuel rods with a 2x4 and two reactor meltdowns. Transit Use Is Associated With Higher Coronavirus Death Rates, Researchers Find may be dying at higher rates than white people from Covid-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, in part because of black people’s heavier reliance on public transportation for commuting, two new studies by economists suggest.One of the studies, by University of Virginia economist John McLaren, found that the racial discrepancy remained even after controlling for income or insurance rates. Instead, Mr. McLaren found the gap was due in part to the fact that black workers are more likely to get to work via public transit, including subways and buses.About 10.4% of black commuters take public transit, versus 3.4% of white commuters, according to the Census. After controlling for the use of public transit, Mr. McLaren finds the racial disparity in Covid-19 deaths is less pronounced.Both studies raise the possibility that other causes could contribute to the discrepancy in deaths, such as gaps in access to paid sick leave, residential segregation and discrimination in health services. They also cited the higher likelihood that African-Americans work in essential occupations, such as health care, which have required employees to stay on the job through the pandemic.Black people are more than 3.5 times as likely to die of Covid-19 than white people, and Latino people are nearly twice as likely to die of the disease as white people, according to researchers at Yale University and the University of Pittsburgh. Both new studies look at black deaths from the disease as a share of the overall black population rather than as a share of those infected with the disease.The other study, by Christopher Knittel and Bora Ozaltun, both of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, found that a 10% increase in the share of a county’s residents who use public transit versus those who telecommute raised Covid-19 death rates by 1.21 per 1,000 people when looking at counties around the U.S.—or by 0.48 per 1,000 people when focusing only on counties within individual states. In their analysis, the researchers controlled for race, income, age, climate and other characteristics.In part, that could be because there is something specific about public transit—close proximity to strangers on crowded railcars or buses on a daily basis for extended periods, for instance—that makes people particularly vulnerable to getting sick, wrote Mr. Knittel and Mr. Ozaltun.Counties with higher shares of people who drove or walked to work versus telecommuting also saw higher death rates, a sign that perhaps some of the greater risk simply comes from leaving the house, they found.But transit use isn’t the whole story, both papers say. Mr. Knittel and Mr. Ozaltun find there is still a racial disparity in death rates in counties across the country when controlling for transit use.Both papers also note that New York City accounts for a very large share of the country’s transit ridership as well as its virus-related deaths. In both cases, the authors left out New York City and reached similar results.The transportation data used in both cases measure people’s commuting patterns before the start of the epidemic. It is possible the epidemic altered those habits or made people more likely to stay home in ways that these studies don’t measure.The results could complicate cities’ efforts to reopen their economies. With many urban workers and residents reliant on transit, the studies suggest that reviving business activity will depend on authorities’ ability to ensure that buses and trains are safe to use.Early indications from transit systems abroad offer hopeful signs. In Paris, transit users must wear face masks and authorities require that every other seat on trains and subways be kept open. Since May 9, only 1% of the new disease clusters—defined as three cases of common origin recorded over seven days—have come from transit, according to the French health agency.Already, New York’s subway system has stepped up its disinfecting of trains and buses, and launched an app that tells riders on some lines how crowded railcars are. The system is also considering checking riders’ temperatures and rolling out robot cleaners.Study 1Study 2 Death Penalty Can Ensure ‘Justice Is Being Done’ sure has a way of picking out bad titles. Computing Belongs Within the Social Sciences quite what I expected to find in my inbox from the ACM this morning:It is time for us in computing departments to do some comparable soul searching.This article is one attempt at this task. It argues the well-publicized social ills of computing will not go away simply by integrating ethics instruction or codes of conduct into computing curricula. The remedy to these ills instead lies less in philosophy and more in fields such as sociology, psychology, anthropology, communications, and political science.In the contemporary world, power rarely relies on coercion, but instead is enacted through persuasion—that is, by the construction of meaning through knowledge production and distributed by communication systems. Scholars in the 1970s and 1980s, for instance, focused their power analysis on newspapers, radio, and TV, but in the past decade a wide range of scholars from fields as diverse as law, sociology, economics, and communications are now focused on the truth-and power-constructing regimes of data and the algorithms that process it. Power "is operationalized through the algorithm, in that the algorithmic output cements, maintains or produces certain truths."3 Or, simply, "Data are a form of power."By only having a single mandated course about the relationship of computing to the wider human and social world, how can it not but strike a student that this is peripheral (and hence irrelevant) knowledge?This is the natural consequence of the engineering model that computing curricula seems to inhabit. That is, the belief there is so much computing and mathematics content to be learned that there is no room for anything else. As a result, we normalized the belief that the world is irrelevant next to computing precisely through the structure of our curriculum. It is sometimes said that workers of organizations adopt a world view that is a reflection of the organizational structure of their workplace. Our students do so as well, except in this case, it's their academic discipline's organization. This is a problem though that we can fix ... or at the very least make an attempt at doing it better. 17, 1980: "Only a few amateur optimists mused publicly that the volcano might simply 'go back to sleep.'" MRI data correlation in the same individual is not persistent. UFO unit to publicly release some findings Davis, one of the former officials from the Pentagon UFO program, said while he worked there the team found objects he believed “we couldn’t make…ourselves,” he told the Times.Davis also said he gave a classified briefing to a Defense Department agency this March during which he elaborated on “off-world vehicles not made on this earth.” The Beginning: The Front Page Of The Internet Is Using Ethereum Advertisers hit Pause an email to clients on Thursday, 360i, a digital-advertising firm owned by ad giant Dentsu Group Inc., said it supports the July ad boycott that groups including the Anti-Defamation League and the NAACP called for against Facebook on Wednesday.The groups urged big advertisers to pull spending from Facebook for July to protest the lack of progress the social-media giant has made enforcing its policies around hate speech and misinformation.360i, whose clients include spice maker McCormick & Co., Discover Financial Services and consumer-goods giant Unilever PLC, “believes any social platform that earns profits by amplifying the voices of their community must have a zero tolerance policy for hate,” according to the email, which was seen by The Wall Street Journal.“It is no longer enough to be on a path to addressing this or merely celebrating the considerable gains made over the last year or so,” said the email, which didn’t mention Facebook by name but linked to a recent Journal story about the civil-rights groups’ call to boycott Facebook. “Therefore, we support #StopHateforProfit and its July call to action.”Carolyn Everson, vice president of Global Business Group at Facebook, said in a statement that the company was in conversations with marketers and civil-rights organizations about how to be “a force for good to fight racial injustice around the world.” When Unilever's digital agency says "stop giving money to Facebook?" That's sumpin'. Unilever and Johnson & Johnson are the 800lb gorillas of advertising money. Federal Response to Protests Extends Far Beyond Portland to the document, between May 20 and June 10, these requests resulted in 326.4 hours of aviation assets deployments as well as 2,174 personnel. Aviation support—CBP’s Air and Marine Operations possesses hundreds of aircraft—totaled 326.4 flight hours and included 38 rotor-wing, eight fixed -wing, and two unmanned aircraft systems. Included in the deployment was one Bearcat, two ATVs, three “vessels,” 50 marked vehicles, and 52 unmarked vehicles. Federal law enforcement’s reported use of unmarked vehicles in Portland led to uproar after video surfaced on social media showing what appeared to be a demonstrator arrested by an unidentified federal agent who ushered him into an unmarked vehicle. Among these federal agents were BORTAC agents—CBP’s elite tactical unit. CV-990 Tire Assault Vehicle (TAV) interesting detail to note is that the side skirts seem to have been custom ordered, as on the top of the right skirt is what appears to be a NASA-tagged barcode.mk if the Supreme Court Rules on Abortion and the Country Shrugs? decision in June Medical Services v. Russo, expected imminently, could lead to the shuttering of clinics across not just Louisiana but also large parts of the country. Worst-case scenario — which is a real possibility, given the court’s rightward lurch in recent years — abortion clinics would also no longer be able to bring lawsuits on behalf of their patients, as has been common for decades. For all future abortion cases, plaintiffs would have to be individual pregnant women who’ve been turned away from getting the procedure — women who would then need the resources and wherewithal to wage a legal battle that would almost certainly not be resolved in time for them to actually get an abortion. lays claim to Galwan Valley, blames India for border clash I recorded tonight. steve I played hockey. Good Waves Go Rogue: Even in calm seas, waves can become monsters Nova Scotia shooter case has hallmarks of an undercover operation march - Wortman withdrew 475k18 april- Wortman go on rampage :’re Disneyland superfans. Why a lawsuit is alleging gangster-like tactics against one social club an alternative use for the white rabbit tag! Business Blues Morgan’s findings not only square this circle but stand as a stark reminder for lawmakers duking it out on Capitol Hill: “While aggregate spending of the employed was down by 10%, the spending of unemployment benefit recipients increased by 10%, a pattern which is likely explained by the $600 federal weekly supplement. At the same time, our second finding is that among the unemployed who experience a substantial delay in receiving benefits, spending falls by 20%.” We’ll translate—if the unemployment insurance supplement is not extended full board, the hit to spending will be immediate. I code! to anyone that does programming...99 percent of the time in the conversation debugging will come up. It is hard. It's like telling a kid to do something and then trying to figure out why they are doing exactly what you told them to. But it's not what you want them to do. Ha!Or the late nights we as computer language interpreters spend to build a piece of code. So that the computer can do what we want it to do.Our internet history is full error searches, and why we getting specific errors. Deadlines creeping up, and your code is just not there yet (side note: I have a funny feeling that perfect code is a myth)Pushing to production praying that everything still works. and in the process of fixing one thing, you hopefully didn't break anything else. Which usually is the case.So why do I code, why put my self through so much pressure. Because for me it takes me somewhere else when I code time does not exist, I lose myself, the best feeling in the world. For those hours spend coding me and the computer are in sync, reality is just gone. I don't do it to escape reality but its a damn good feeling. And the best part is after everything, all the frustration and all the googling your code works. And there is no way for me to describe the feeling. But FUCK is it a good feeling. I have not found anything on planet earth as good as coding. Its the most frustrating but the best feeling in the world. Please I would like to ask all coders to give me your reason why you code? I would love to take this conversation further. Lekker"Because blue is the only color the sun trusts." other news, China is testing how badly India wants Kashmir Gun-toting Trump supporters attack George Floyd protesters in rural Ohio town told someone off today. In an extremely nasty way. feel terrible and elated at the same time. I've known this person for 20 years. We were close friends for a long time, but he was always a womanizer, and pathologically so. He has consistently cheated on his partners (but insists on a completely monogamous relationship), and he treats them like garbage. I'm good friends with some of them because we have so much shared history, so this isn't just my outside opinion, but also what I've personally seen and heard.At some point he tried, without anyone's consent or any sort of dialogue on whether it's OK or not, to make several behind-the-scenes passes at my then partner, but while he was married (and his wife didn't know squat about this). He still denies this actually happened. I've absolutely no reason to believe my parntner lied, however. Anyhow, at that point I called it quits on that friendship. The trust had gone, it was dead.Years go by. We get randomly reunited at some point, and I let bygones be bygones. Copacetic.He got married for the second time. I got to be friends his new wife as well. You can probably sort of see where this is going; time goes on, she gets a crush on me and I get one on her, we kiss and sort of snuggle when we were slightly tipsy a party, but my friend (ex-friend?) said he was perfectly okay with this.At some point it dawns on him that she really does have a crush on me, and it's not "just physical" (whatever the hell that is, then). He says he's not OK with her having other romantic relationships (I'm married myself, but in an honest to god open marriage that works well). I try to get him to actually talk with me about what sort of limits are we talking about here, since he was anything but clear about them (I mean, like, could I hang out with his wife as an actual friend and not a "romantic" interest? Crush or not, she's a great person and I'd rather keep her in my life, don't really care if it's romantic or not). He sulked and refused to talk about the whole thing, and made some honestly ridiculously manipulative comments to his wife about how she's free to do what she wants because he doesn't want to limit his partners' freedom, but she has to "face the consequences". Leaving it up to his wife and me to start guessing what's actually OK and what's not.Now, I'm painfully aware that the description of events here is one-sided, but I honestly at least strive to be an inclusive and emphatic person, and I believe strongly in open dialogue instead of letting things fester. I honestly expect that my friends are able to openly talk about their feelings and needs.My attempts to figure out a good way forward that would leave no hard feelings for anyone were met with such amazing displays of outright hostility that I lost my temper.I absolutely unloaded on him. The hypocrisy of the situation (there's so much I've left out) was just unbelievable: he's now finally facing the same situation all his previous partners have faced when he got a crush on someone else, and instead of even wanting to talk about what happened he goes on the attack. I flat out told him he treats his partners like shit, and that maybe he'll be able to appreciate the irony of this situation after he gets done with his next divorce.I said so many more terrible things that all of the extended circle of friends have been talking about privately, but which has sort of been taboo because "that's just how he is." Which is why they probably hurt my friend as much as they did.The worst part is, I'm sort of glad, even though I do feel like shit. Somebody had to have the guts to tell him to his face to reflect on how hypocritical he's being. Jesus, no wonder his wife got a crush on me when I had to remind him to treat her like a person (and honestly very gently).What a shit show. Didn't sleep a wink, figured I'd just get moderatetly drunk today. Seattle, a 'project' toward a cop-free world have switched my morning news scan from The Daily Beast to Al Jazeera English. Weather Kills YOUR VOLUME WAY UPToday I had the thought that a sunny day is likely causing death. People are going outside again, drawn by the weather. Spreading disease. steve lil I played hockey. mk This is the one I mentioned. Not super down with the vocals, but I love the guitar. I should post this with no vocals. Some big guitar tracks on this. The Weather KillsAnd when the time cameTo retreat we lived our lives insideAnd the memories of lips we knewTurned digital and cracked in the lightAnd my darling you know I wanted youWhen I could never see your faceBut now I seeYa yaIt’s two months ah well maybe it’s 3All the bottles like rocks on the floorI get angry when you’re next to meCause it reminds me what can’t have any moreOh my darling you know I wanted youWhen I could never see your faceBut now I seeYa yaNow that the weather has changedEveryone is outside againOh dear lordNow that the clouds are goneEveryone’s in love againHelp us GodNow that the chains are brokeEveryone’s hands are freeOh dear lordNow that the weathers changedEveryone’s outside againGod help us all used to attack activist couple shows new disinformation frontier to this song. I've had this guitar part in my head allllllll daaayyyy.... titled this "protest song" because it features backward chants of trump protestors as well as "give peace a chance" backward amongst some laugh tracks and chimpanzee sounds. Otherwise, it's ripe for lyrics. Feel free to add to this. ghostoffuffle flac jonaswildman @anyone else..... spoons? RezzeJ? anyone... steve lil I played some hockey. This one was fun. Rapoport's 'Bon Appetit' was a terrible magazine note that I am not some sentient pair of mirrored Oakleys. I like to cook. I like fancy food. I know making cool food isn’t always easy. If you wanna spend 30 minutes scrambling eggs at low heat because you wanna be French for a day, go wild. But for years, Bon Appétit has embodied pretty much everything everyone hates about 21st century food culture. Bon Appetit is your a--hole brother-in-law, watching you sear beef chuck on the stovetop and just DYING to commandeer the tongs. It is never happy with you, and it is always happy to vocalize that never-ending discontent. I remember reading a print issue of the magazine and one bit of callout copy inside read, “You are frying your eggs in olive oil, aren’t you?” And I was like, WATCH YOUR F--KING TONE WITH ME OR I’LL CUT YOU GOOD WITH MY WÜSTHOF. abolition and other revolutionary lessons from Rojava Asayish [Internal Security] work as traffic controllers, arrest criminals, protect victims of domestic violence, serve as security guards at main governing buildings and control the movement of people and goods from one canton to another. The HPC [Civil Defense] in contrast, are people trained in basic security who only patrol their own neighborhood. The purpose of both forces is explicitly to protect the people from outside threats such as terrorist forces. It is always the HPC that protects a neighborhood, never the Asayish. The Asayish protects the city while the HPC protects the community. Both organizations have a gender quota of at least 40 percent women, if not more.This would need some modification to work in the US, of course. Still, I think there's something we can learn here, even if it's nothing more than acknowledging how significant changes must be. Last Person to Receive a US Civil War Pension Dies at Age 90 Mod Consolidation of top 500 subreddits are moderated by 5 accounts. of Hubski, in job hunting in this new Covid World, is it unreasonable to ask for a phone interview instead of in person? at the very least, an interview conducted outside? What would be the best way to phrase such a request? I'm gonna make a few phone calls Monday to follow up on some job applications. Future of Online Identity is Decentralized to present findings on Olof Palme assassination two leading schools of thought are that it was a lone gunman, perhaps enraged by Palme’s social democratic politics, or a much more intricate plot involving the South African apartheid regime.South African intelligence officials met Swedish investigators in Pretoria in March and handed over a dossier of information related to the association, according to sources familiar with the meeting.It is not clear however whether the dossier included substantive new evidence, or was simply tying up loose ends in a decades-long investigation.The article author seems to really be favoring the South Africa lead, maybe because it would be more explosive. However:The main rival theory is that Palme was killed by an individual acting out of ideological hatred for the Social Democrat prime minister. One suspect is Stig Engström, known as “Skandia man” because he worked for the Swedish insurance company in offices next to the scene of the murder.Engström had weapons training, possible access to the .357 Magnum revolver suspected to have been used in the killing, and politics considerably to the right of Palme. He took his own life in 2000. In May 2018, a Swedish magazine, Filter, published a 12-year investigation which concluded that Engström was probably the killer, on the grounds he matched the description of the gunman, he had information that only the killer could have known, and lied to the police about his movements on the evening of the murder. According to Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet, the investigator* have informed the government that they've found the murder weapon, which makes me think it was the Skandia man. It's probably much easier to track down a Magnum revolver that used to belong to a collector than one provided by a foreign intelligence agency. I guess we'll know by Wednesday.For more backstory:* The lead investigator is named Krister Petersson, while the only person convicted but later cleared of all charges for the murder was named Christer Pettersson. Fenn confirms his treasure has been found Zero active cases in New Zealand Charming Story of George Harrison's Vacation in Small-Town America not working | Amped wireless Login Error not working? Ensure all network deices are connected. Try default IP gateway. Update Amped extender firmware or reset factory settings. refer guide if uanble to access login page error. Amped wireless extender admin login site not reached. of George Floyd/BLM Protests since May 25th by /u/deserthermitageHello everyone,I am a GIS analyst in the United States southwest who is mapping every town or city I can find where a George Floyd / Black Lives Matter protest, action, or vigil has occurred since May 25. I am currently at 1,241 cities or towns listed. This is truly a historic, awe-inspiring movement, with protests ranging from the biggest cities to scores of tiny, rural communities in supposedly deep red states. builds privacy-focused video chat right into its browser local (to me) bit of poetry to a light pole somewhere in RVA) to work, or else, the Ohio Office of Unemployment Insurance has set up a dedicated website that allows employers "to report employees who quit or refuse work when it is available due to COVID-19." The purpose of the website is to allow the state to cut off unemployment benefits for people who refuse to return to their job because they are afraid of contracting the coronavirus. In other words, people with legitimate concerns about becoming ill — or infecting vulnerable family members — will have to choose between reporting to work and losing all of their income.Workers who decide to stay home would lose not only their Ohio unemployment benefits but also "the additional $600 a week approved in the federal stimulus package." "[I]f you’re just saying ‘I’m afraid of the virus,’ that would not be sufficient," Ohio Department of Job and Family Services Director Kimberly Hall said earlier this week. The state made clear there "will be a strong presumption that if an individual’s job is available, they will not be eligible for unemployment benefits." The department will determine "whether a reasonable person would consider the workplace safe." report mask-wearing snowflakes here administration drafting 'Artemis Accords' pact for moon mining've reached that point where the Republicans start talking space a lotYou know this shit was sold title firstYou know this shit has an awesome font Toyota's Takaoka #2 Line: The Most Flexible Line In The World Heads - Wild Wild Life online is not just strategy, it's a whole set of things. With this article we intend to reveal some of the best secrets to winning in front of the computer playing at the online casino with progressive prize. pension plans warned they will run out of money by 2028 Please use the sharing tools found via the share button at the top or side of articles. Copying articles to share with others is a breach of T&Cs and Copyright Policy. Email to buy additional rights. Subscribers may share up to 10 or 20 articles per month using the gift article service. More information can be found at The weak financial condition of seven US public pension plans threatens to deplete their assets by 2028, leading to severe risks for the living standards of thousands of American employees and retired workers.Many US public pension plans had not fully recovered from the 2007/08 financial crisis before coronavirus struck, triggering turmoil across financial markets. The correction in the US stock market has increased the long-term structural problems across the entire US public pension system, particularly for the weakest funds.“Public plans with extremely low funded ratios in 2020 may face the risk of running out of assets in the foreseeable future if markets are slow to recover,” said Jean-Pierre Aubry of the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College, which carried out a detailed study on the plight of US public pensions.More than 320,000 members of the New Jersey Teachers and Chicago Municipal public pension plans face the biggest risks as severe cash outflows are draining the assets of these two schemes. A slow recovery for the US stock market could result in Chicago Municipal’s funded position falling from 21 per cent this year to just 3.6 per cent by 2025. This would leave assets to cover just three months of the fund’s retirement payments, according to CRR’s analysis.New Jersey Teachers is also burning through cash, with its funded position projected to decline from 39.2 per cent to 23.2 per cent over the next five years. By that time, New Jersey Teachers would have assets to cover 19 months of retirement payments.Mr Aubry did not expect any US public pension plan to run out of money over the next five years, but more severe problems could then emerge. If stock market weakness persists, the public pension plans of Kentucky and Providence along with Dallas Police and Fire, Charleston Fire and Chicago Police could all end up with less than three years of retirement benefit payments saved as assets. The Chicago Teachers fund, which is also bleeding cash, might have enough assets to cover a little more than three years of benefit payments. Thomas Aaron, a senior credit officer at Moody’s, the rating agency, said that the unfunded liabilities of Chicago’s pension funds would continue to grow for more than a decade even if investment return targets were met.“Chicago has particularly high pension risks. The city has built up very large unfunded liabilities through years of very weak pension contributions,” said Mr Aaron.The crunch point of a plan running out of assets is known as the “depletion date”. After this point, a US plan would move to a so-called “pay-as-you-go” arrangement where retirement benefits are paid solely from contributions by employers and employees.“Reaching an actual depletion date can have a severe impact on a state’s finances because a sudden transition to a pay-as-you-go plan may result in costs [benefit payments to retirees] that far exceed recent employer contributions,” said Les Richmond, an actuary at Build America Mutual, a New York-based bond insurer.Mr Aubry noted that pay-as-you-go costs for both New Jersey Teachers and Chicago Municipal were more than 50 per cent higher than their contributions, emphasising the high costs that both states would face if assets in these vulnerable plans became exhausted. Boogaloo Movement Is Not What You Think you've never noticed it, but there is a casino in GTA Online. Have you never walked past? Well now you know!, It Turns Out, Would Rather Visit a Store Than Buy Food Online go away, online grocery shopping. I'm of the opinion that people should move closer to their food and where it comes from, not farther away from it. No. 1 Hit Vanished From Poland’s Charts. It’s Not Going Quietly. a furor over censorship, prominent broadcasters resigned and artists asked for the state-run radio station at the center of the controversy to stop playing their music. flow and control without solid walls PDFFluid flow through 'pipes' made out of ferrofluids. Trump, the Lincoln Project Also Peddles Militarism"Kat returns to the office." Welcome to her COVID hell. Tragedy of Benny Gantz Judgement Cometh and that Right Soon Time is it in London? tried the same question on every other system I know where it should work: “What time is it in London?”DuckDuckGo: got it right.Google: got it right.Alexa: got it right.Bing: got it right.The mistake Gruber is making here is that DDG, Google, Alexa, and Bing did not "get it right". Their answer wasn't wrong, but it's not because they "got it". They never "got it" any more than Siri didn't.AI is a story we tell ourselves. HUBSKI: If you are a guitar player, what's your favorite effects pedal you own or have owned?'ll jump in, in the comments. But I am very interested in accumulating more pedals. I also want to move to NC, build a new home with a music studio and have kleinbl00 come help me design a music studio. But first, crypto needs to skyrocket.'s Top User Leaves Platform After Harassment Ed: Enough already nuking international students alone will have massive effects of higher ed this next fall. delinquencies surge by 1.6M in April, the biggest monthly jump ever context, it took more than 18 months before the first 1.6 million homeowners became delinquent during the Great Recession, says Andy Walden, economist and director of market research at Black Knight. And there is still potential for a second wave of delinquencies in May, he added. “The impact of COVID-19 on the housing and mortgage markets has already been substantial," Walden says. "It will be some months before we can gauge the full extent of that impact. Whatever the ultimate scope, it is almost certain the effects will resonate for many months to come.”The CARES Act, passed in March, allows homeowners to suspend their mortgage payments for up to a year on federally-backed mortgages. But it doesn’t protect mortgages that aren’t backed by the government, which make up about half of all mortgages in the U.S.About 3.6 million homeowners were past due on their mortgages at the end of April, the most since January 2015 as households face financial hardship. That included the roughly 211,000 borrowers who were in active foreclosure.So these are NOT FHA loans. These are NOT first time homebuyers. These are NOT VA. These are the people financially secure enough for traditional lending. Because the CARES act doesn't protect them. food delivery platforms, against subsidies, governmental or not"Saving the Nile" in quotes because the Nile was pretty heavily fucked by Egypt in 1970, Ethiopia was pretty heavily fucked by England, France and Italy by the Tripartite Treaty simply using the reserves behind the Aswan Dam would account for any damages from GERD if it was filled over a seven-year (or more) period finds 44% of U.S. unemployment applicants have been denied or are still waiting that 36 million number and divide by two. That's how many people aren't getting their money. Marohn: America's Growth Ponzi Scheme years ago today: the start of the Korean War Soviet Studies Hint at Coronavirus Strategy Hell: Avoiding Obstacles on a Clockwork Rover’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), under a grant from the NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) program, is studying a mission concept to return to the surface of Venus, known as the Automaton Rover for Extreme Environments (AREE), something not accomplished since the Soviet Vega 2 landed in 1985.Current, state-of-the-art, military-grade electronics fail at approximately 125°C, so mission scientists at JPL have taken their design cues from a different source: automatons and clockwork operations. Powered by wind, the AREE mission concept is intended to spend months, not minutes, exploring the landscape of our sister world. Built of advanced alloys, AREE will be able to collect valuable long-term longitudinal scientific data utilizing both indirect and direct sensors.As the rover explores the surface of Venus, collecting and relaying data to an orbiter overhead, it must also detect obstacles in its path like rocks, crevices, and steep terrain. To assist AREE on its groundbreaking mission concept, JPL needs an equally groundbreaking obstacle avoidance sensor, one that does not rely on vulnerable electronic systems. For that reason, JPL is turning to the global community of innovators and inventors to design this novel avoidance sensor for AREE. JPL is interested in all approaches, regardless of technical maturity.'s per capita coronavirus death toll is among the highest in the world — a sign its decision to avoid a lockdown may not be working poll confirms Republicans’ wariness of voting by mail wrote/recorded this tonight. Just guitars, shakers and my vox. steve I played hockey finds unsecured cameras in public spaces. Suggests they are from DEA, ICE, etc. You can control them. Government Asks Companies To Snitch On Employees, Gets Hit With Auto-Generated Bogus 'Tips' Instead The state of Ohio is asking for the same trouble. Its unemployment fraud portal is supposed to collect reports from businesses about employees of theirs that are collecting unemployment rather than coming into work. Some employees are opting out of potential infection when employers haven't shown the willingness to protect them by enforcing social distancing rules and/or providing them with personal protective equipment.The state is now going to have to sift through a whole lot of algorithmically-generated crap to find genuine reports of work shirkers, thanks to the efforts of one anonymous coder. Modern problems, modern solutions.Seriously though, if the guy gummed up the system for a week it's enough time to make the dangers if reopening apparent. explained by Alexandra Petri really butI mean fuckKushner is quoted extensively in the book ruminating about his father-in-law and presidential power. Woodward writes that Kushner advised people that one of the most important guiding texts to understand the Trump presidency was “Alice in Wonderland,” a novel about a young girl who falls through a rabbit hole. He singled out the Cheshire cat, whose strategy was endurance and persistence, not direction.Fuckin' no less than JARED KUSHNER blessed this tag to rename the Army bases that honor Confederate soldiers returned to field service during the Atlanta Campaign of 1864, and at the age of 33 was promoted to temporary full general and command of the Army of Tennessee at the outskirts of Atlanta, making him the youngest soldier on either side of the war to be given command of an army. There, he dissipated his army in a series of bold, calculated, but unfortunate assaults, and was forced to evacuate the besieged city. Leading his men through Alabama and into Tennessee, his army was severely damaged in a massive frontal assault at the Battle of Franklin and he was decisively defeated at the Battle of Nashville by his former West Point instructor, Maj. Gen. George H. Thomas, after which he was relieved of command. On November 16, 1776, Corbin dressed as a man and joined her husband in the Battle of Fort Washington on Manhattan Island. There, she helped him load his cannon, and when he was killed, she quickly and heroically took over firing the cannon against the British. Other soldiers commented on “Captain Molly’s” steady aim and sure-shot. Eventually, however, she, too, was hit by enemy fire, which nearly severed her left arm and severely wounded her jaw and left breast. She was unable to use her left arm for the rest of her life. The British eventually won this battle, with Corbin numbered among the prisoners of war who were paroled and released back to the care of Revolutionary hospitals.Left to support herself alone, Corbin struggled financially. After she recovered, Corbin joined the Invalid Regiment at West Point, where she aided the wounded until she was formerly discharged in 1783. Then, on July 6, 1779, the Continental Congress, in recognition of her brave service, awarded her with a lifelong pension equivalent to half that of male combatants. Congress also gave her a suit of clothes to replace the ones ruined during the conflict. Obscure Field of Math Might Help Unlock Mysteries of Human Perception Geometry is proving better than Euclidian Geometry at describing human brain function.Cool to think of how much we have yet to understand. fire that gutted Greek refugee camp brings fresh tragedy to thousands of refugees amid coronavirus concerns Hard Mode We’re introducing Jukebox, a neural net that generates music, including rudimentary singing, as raw audio in a variety of genres and artist styles. We’re releasing the model weights and code, along with a tool to explore the generated samples.Absolutely wild that we’ll be listening to new material from our favorite artists, long after they’re dead, that they never actually wrote... basic income pilot improved wellbeing"The vast majority — 92 percent — came from four adjacent states: Alabama, South Carolina, Tennessee and Florida." all, Dr. Grubaugh estimated, infections spreading from New York account for 60 to 65 percent of the sequenced viruses across the country."Over all"“Is that your Bible?” response to consecutive nights of protesting, including some rioting, in response to the death of George Floyd, Trump threatened military action. Then, once the police cleared the streets before him with tear gas and rubber bullets, Trump walked some 100 metres from the White House to the “Church of the Presidents.” As he held the Bible aloft, black cover stark against the white-walled church, the reporter asked the question, “Is that your Bible?” “It is a Bible,” was the President’s answer. A curiously, insightful response. In the change of words — from possessive pronoun (“your”), to indefinite article (“a”) — there is a kind of depersonalisation that takes place. Suddenly, the Bible lacks a human companion. If not “your” Bible, then whose? has been locked down. the rest of the city's more than 20 million residents, non-essential travel out of town is strongly discouraged, according to the government announcement. Those who must travel need to present a negative result from tests conducted within seven days of departure.The city is reintroducing strict access rules in and out of all local residential communities, and shutting down all schools and recreational venues. Sporting events will also be canceled. Stewart Is Back to Weigh In“What you pay as a patient shouldn’t depend, in essence, on whether your disease has a good publicist.” Lat's article, the source of the title quote Made a song. It was fun to make. Stream of consciousness lyrics again -- made this song tonight after drinking some of mk's Grasshopper beer. and a dram of absinthe. Felt pretty groovy. Thanks mk. b_b You made it in to the lyrics. You must be on my brain. I remember you once told me you find meditation in the crunch your boots make when walking on snow. It's somewhere here on Hubski, probably 8 years ago. lil steve I played hockey. They SayThey say we are born in the lightWhen the light hits the snowAnd it melts on your faceAnd you can’t wipe it offIt stays thereThey say the sound of your shoesShould bring you reliefI remember b_bSaying the crunch of the snowTakes him thereThere’s a stillnessLike I’ve never knownCarrying me through The mudWherein the hero arrivesAt the nickest of timesJust to grab at your handBefore you fall from the cliffAnd dieThere’s a stillnessLike I’ve never knownCarrying me through The mudWherein I find my way backAnd forget all aboutThe allegiance I pledgedTo live life on the ledgeI just dive I just doveOff the cliffNow I’m homeOn the couchHolding my hand to my faceShaking it like this's Past Midnight #4 - New beginnings In The Time Of Covid Winston Lennon : Instant Karma COVID-19 vaccine induced antibody response in early trials medical journal said on Friday the results of the trials - conducted in June-July and involving 76 people - showed 100 percent of participants developing antibodies to the new coronavirus and no serious side-effects."The two 42-day trials - including 38 healthy adults each - did not find any serious adverse effects among participants, and confirmed that the vaccine candidates elicit an antibody response," The Lancet said. music: EUZEN happened on EUZEN last night, and spent a long time listening to their music.I'm fascinated.The music has this ancient feel of the 'folk metal' movement (Heilung, Eluveitie, etc.), without the metal part... but it's more modern than just folk music.They also are REALLY on top of their media game. Not in an artificial promotional way... that's just the way they think. They feel like young people who really live and breathe the media tools we have today... but are mostly old guys, with a hot/alt singer.Their YouTube channel has a trailer... a short "theme song" they wrote specifically about themselves and their philosophy, to introduce new people to their channel.The "old guys in the band, with a hot singer" thing makes me think of Garbage, but not in a bad way... in the way that here are some people who know how to craft music and have chops, and they have all come together, regardless of age.And there is a philosophical angle to their lyrics that speaks clearly and eloquently.The singer is Danish, and has that curious Danish accent that comes through in her singing, as well.I started with the highly produced video for Judged By.Then went to their live footage, and was struck by Metamorph. Especially the spoken introduction of the song.EUZEN are very different from my usual musical tastes. But I am fully intrigued. solutions to police violence's a twitter thread, but links to more details on each of its points. Some key takeaways:1. The most common methods of "accountability," including body cameras or "better" training don't work.2. Other things do, including more restrictive use-of-force policies, more accountability in police union contracts, and having a new type of first responder focused on mental illness. Ferrari fuel suspicions began at Monza in 2019 crucial difference between Spa and Monza last year was that at Spa Ferrari was taking 1.1s out of Mercedes down the straights, with Mercedes only clawing 0.4s of that back through the downforce-demanding middle sector, leaving Charles Leclerc on pole by 0.7s.That, on its own, was not so difficult to fathom. The Ferrari lacked the Merc’s downforce as it was a lower-drag car by concept. Couple that with a power advantage and the pattern was explainable on this outlier of a circuit.Logically, that advantage should only have increased at Monza which places even more emphasis on that straightline performance – only without the pesky inconvenience of a very downforce-demanding middle sector. The Lesmos and Parabolica reward downforce but form a much smaller proportion of the lap than Spa’s sector two. So surely with that drag and power advantage, the Ferrari would be even further clear, right?Except that’s not what happened at all. Ferrari only just scraped pole at Monza, with Leclerc mere hundredths ahead of Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes. That closeness continued in the race too with Leclerc seeing off very hard challenges from Hamilton first and subsequently Valtteri Bottas.That unusual pattern was actually partly explainable. Mercedes knew that part of Ferrari’s big Spa qualifying advantage was down to Mercedes’s under-performance. Mercedes was in a set-up quandary and never did get the car quick through the Bus Stop and La Source. By contrast, it found its sweet spot very nicely at Monza.But that was info privy only to Mercedes at the time. In the meantime it got others theorising about how such an anomalous pattern might occur – and fuel flow became the focus. Because if you were somehow getting around the fuel flow limit, you couldn’t use it all the time without needing way more than the regulation 110kg. So you’d use it where it would bring the most lap time – out of the corners before the squaring force of drag made it less effective. The Ferrari’s acceleration out of Parabolica was indeed quite startling (as shown below).Last weekend at Spa, Charles Leclerc qualified almost .5 seconds slower than his pole lap last year. Both Ferraris ended up 13th and 14th, well outside the points and one of the worst results for Ferrari in the history of F1. They weren't even the fastest Ferrari-powered cars on the track, with Kimi Räikkönen's Alfa Romeo passing them both in the race.Meanwhile Lewis Hamiltons Mercedes was over a second faster in qualifying than last years pole lap. The ironic consequence of Ferrari cheating last season is that Mercedes improved even more and have become almost untouchable at the front. Conscience of Silicon Valley “What struck me,” Lanier later told me, “was how alone the four CEOs were—no friends or allies anywhere in politics or society. They've creeped everyone out with their opaque form of influence. Even Big Tobacco had friends.” Take Acid -- song I added to tonight recorded this song the other night. Now I've added some backing vocals, piano, and strings. Also some sound effects. lil steve I played hockey, but it was sorta like a replay of a previous game. Maybe Overtime? Not sure for the right analogy. Rarely do I add to songs. I usually just move on. But all day I kept hearing the background vocals in my head. Today, I played this in my car and my son asked, "what is acid?"Enjoy! Of Consciousness Lyrics: Song 1 just made words up as I went. One take. I don't really take acid... anymore. Not since that time on the yacht with mk in San Francisco, before going to a party at one of the PayPal founders homes. lil steve I played hockeyI've got lipoBut I"m constantly chaining my mindI've got a license but I don't know how to driveI go to Franklin street looking forsomething to drinkI take acidIt clears my mind Everything comes out just fineIve got a brotherbut I haven't seen him in 5 yearsI hear he's a millionaireAnd he's making parts for airplanes I take acidIt clears my mind Everything comes out just fineWhen I look at the skyIt doesn't make me feel hopefulI just think of all the money that he's makingand it makes me feel sickI've got lipoBut I"m constantly chaining my mindI've got a license but I don't know how to driveI go to Franklin street looking forsomething to drinkI take acidIt clears my mind Everything comes out just fine Police Recruiting Commercial Leave: Add to this wanna add? army had off-road land trains, sort of Wolf: Please add to this. It's wide open to this: ghostoffuffle, T-Dog, ButterflyEffect, rezzeJ, BLOB_CASTLE, coffeesp00ns, flac, blackfox026, jonaswildman, steve, lil, BPM 113Decided to make something from a sample. I used "And I Love Her," by The Beatles. I recorded some backing vocals and ran them backwards and it sounded like I was saying, "red wolf," hence the title. Anyone want to add to this? It's wide open. A Design Phenomenon There is something truly chilling about an architecture firm, in order to profit from attention seized by a global pandemic, logging on to their computers, opening photoshop, and drafting up some lazy, ineffectual, unsanitary mockup featuring figures in hazmat suits carrying a dying patient (macabrely set in an unfinished airport construction site) as a real, tangible solution to the problem of overcrowded hospitals; submitting it to their PR desk for copy, and sending it out to blogs and websites for clicks, knowing full well that the sole purpose of doing so consists of the hope that maybe someone with lots of money looking to commission health-related interiors will remember that one time there was a glossy airport hospital rendering on designboom and hire them. Dezeen’s ”response” was of course a vapid rewrite of this post. Wonder Beautifully steve I played hockey. Lyrics:You wonder howYou wonder how we got talkingYou wonder how I’m a guardianYou wonder where I lost my voiceYou wonder how I jailed itYou wonder what’s the right words forThis pain you can’t forgetYou wonder what’s in store forThe future you haven’t seen yetYou wonder how I look in toThose eyes I’ve given youYou wonder who could love suchA confused and perfect messYou are so beautifulTo me mansion in the Palisades to ride out the pandemic: yours for $350k a month. the rich.Los Angeles developer Ardie Tavangarian is known for selling over-the-top homes. Last year, a house he built in the Bel-Air area sold to a Chinese buyer for $75 million.But his latest creation, a megamansion with two safe rooms and a retractable roof for stargazing, isn’t listed for sale. Instead, the Pacific Palisades house is hitting the market as a rental asking $350,000 a month.As the real-estate industry scrambles amid the coronavirus pandemic, Mr. Tavangarian said he decided to rent rather than sell the amenity-laden home to capitalize on increased demand for luxury homes from renters, especially those coming from densely populated cities like New York and San Francisco.The asking rent is ambitious but not unprecedented. Branden Williams of Hilton & Hyland, who has the listing with his wife and business partner Rayni Williams, said they have rented Los Angeles-area homes for as much as $500,000 a month in the past.The property debuts at a difficult time for the high-end real-estate market, as sales have largely paused in cities like New York. While Los Angeles has notched a few major sales during the pandemic, the spring market is still moving much more slowly than usual as agents navigate restricted showing capabilities and rattled buyers.But Ms. Williams said the Covid-19 crisis has led to significantly more demand for high-end rentals. It’s taken the rental market to a whole new level,” she said of the pandemic. “If you figure that the elite and wealthy aren’t going to be in Europe this summer and on their yachts, they might come to L.A. and rent a very luxurious home in lieu of that yacht.”Mr. Tavangarian said the property has already been toured by Tesla chief executive Elon Musk. A spokesman for Mr. Musk didn’t respond to a request for comment.Perched atop a promontory overlooking the Santa Monica Mountains and the ocean, the house sits on roughly an acre of land next door to a mansion owned by Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson, record show. Mr. Tavangarian purchased the land for about $7.25 million in 2013. He declined to say how much it cost him to build and furnish the home, although he did say a curved, 40-foot-tall statement wall on the property alone cost roughly $2 million.The six-bedroom house has a fully stocked wine cellar, spa and movie theater. A large garage doubles as an events venue, with a car turntable that can be transformed into a dance floor. The master suite, accessed via a retinal scanner, has a custom-designed roof that retracts to reveal the sky, either entirely open or through glass. It can also be used as a projection screen to watch movies in bed, Mr. Tavangarian said.“You feel like you are sleeping outside,” he said. “It’s like a campfire environment right in your own home.”The house is fully furnished with pieces Mr. Tavangarian said he hand-selected, including a Damien Hirst painting.Outside, the property has an infinity pool with a hidden Jacuzzi, custom cabanas, a “sauna pod” designed to frame the mountain views, and an outdoor dining area surrounded by olive trees.You like how the soundtrack can't quite figure out if it wants to be Titanic or Last Temptation of Christ? 'cuz I like that. It's saying the quiet part loud.Incidentally, the Wall Street Journal Real Estate newsletter is sumpin' fukin'else.'s Infected steve I played hockey. Thank you to jonaswildman for giving me the BPM and chord progression. --Oh my God did you hear what they'd sayAll these people they were born this wayOh my God did you see what they wrote?All these people were struggling while you smote themOh my God did you taste what they madeAll the devils they are made this wayOh dear God did you run when they whisperedYou should have done so. You'd beg to differNow carry the water on your head from the riverThis infection is yours to deliver Inside™ think he's demo'ing one?"It's, uh, -gulp-.. well what it does, is.. Look, uh, everybody's gonna, umm, y'know, -ahem- have neurological issues th- that, uhhh... Look, ehh.. just let ol' Elon, uhh, into your brain, ok?"Elon Musk is not OK. latest COVID casualty: Hong Kong Democracy and Demons: Are Quantum Computers Possible? Blacc - Billie Jean(Live) is enjoyable on about eight different levels for me. & Germany's Plan to Save the EU other words, Merkel is supporting the idea that the collective economic might of the European Union should be leveraged by the entire bloc in order to give targeted help to the countries (like Spain and Italy) that have been hardest hit. In return, Merkel envisions a European Union that is more aligned politically and economically with Germany’s interests. Countries that want to receive European Commission grant money must align their policies with priorities set down by Brussels (or perhaps more precisely, by Paris and Berlin). The cost of equal-burden sharing is the pursuit of common goals and the implementation of common policies. Merkel has finally arrived at the place Macron has been pushing her since May 2017.I can't remember who it was that pointed out that the EU was basically just a way to enshrine the position as Germany's economic leader in Europe but they're saying the quiet part out loud now. years gone today.Give Control a watch if you can find it. Not currently on Netflix, Amazon or Hulu unfortunately.but you could give these a listen... fall down the JD rabbit hole with me today.Violent, more violent, his hand cracks the chair,Moves on reaction, then slumps in despair,Trapped in a cage and surrendered too soon,Me in my own world, the one that you knew,For way too long.We were strangers, for way too long. information. No way off. 100,000 crew members remain in cruise ship limbo for months Sungaralingum has not touched land in more than two months, and doesn’t know when he will next.When ships were still sailing, the 38-year-old worked in the retail department selling high-end watches for Coral Gables-based vendor Heinemann Americas aboard Carnival Corp.’s Sky Princess, which dropped off its last passengers in Fort Lauderdale on March 14. At first, the company sent home colleagues whose contracts had already expired. But Sungaralingum, whose contract didn’t expire until June, remained on board rather than return to his home in Mauritius.On March 25, crew were moved from their regular quarters to individual passenger cabins. Sungaralingum said he received his last paycheck on April 12. On April 25, he was transferred to the Island Princess ship at Great Isaac Cay in the Bahamas. In the interim, at least one fellow crew member tested positive for COVID-19, according to a captain’s announcement obtained by the Herald.Under gray skies persons walk the upper deck of the Royal Caribbean Majesty of the Seas, a Sovereign-class 880 ft cruise ship docked at the Port of Miami on Thursday, May 14, 2020. Carl Juste cjuste@miamiherald.comOn May 1, the ship left the Bahamas for a global repatriation journey with 1,402 on board. The voyage will end in the Philippines in June.Sungaralingum heard from colleagues aboard other ships that Mauritius, an island nation in the Indian Ocean, was not allowing citizens to return home. The country has more than 300 cases of COVID-19, and 10 deaths. But Sungaralingum was hopeful that by the time the ship reached that part of the world in late May, his country would allow him and eight other Mauritians on the ship to disembark.On May 6, Island Princess anchored offshore Fortaleza, Brazil, for refueling. Later that day, the long cross-Atlantic journey began. All Access greenlights ‘Strange New Worlds,’ a new Star Trek series about Pike and Spock for the warp drive, stay for the plot and charactersQuatrarius Senate approves bill to sanction China over Uighur rights give unanimous consent to bill imposing sanctions on Chinese officials responsible for Uighur rights abuses. new dot com bubble is here: it’s called online advertising do we really know about the effectiveness of digital advertising? Are advertising platforms any good at manipulating us?You’d be forgiven for thinking the answer to that last question is: yes, extremely good. After all, the market is huge. The amount of money spent on internet ads goes up each year. In 2018, more than $273bn dollars was spent on digital ads globally, according to research firm eMarketer. Most of those ads were purchased from two companies: Google ($116bn in 2018) and Facebook ($54.5bn in 2018).Newspapers are teeming with treatises about these tech giants’ saturnine activities. An essay by best-selling author Yuval Noah Harari on "the end of free will" exemplifies the genre: according to the Israeli thinker, it’s only a matter of time before big data systems “understand humans much better than we understand ourselves."In a highly acclaimed new book, Harvard professor Shoshana Zuboff predicts a “seventh extinction wave”, where human beings lose “the will to will”. Cunning marketers can predict and manipulate our behaviour. Facebook knows your soul. Google is hacking your brain. I too used to believe that these tech giants were all-knowing entities. But while writing this story, I have come to realise that this belief is as wrong as it is popular. Song Celebration 2020 - Part One Tuesday 12 May, the EBU will spotlight the songs that would have been shown in the first Semi-Final, including host country the Netherlands and 2 of the Big 5 countries: Germany and Italy. During the show, you can expect exciting interval entertainment. If you've ever wondered what The Roop's On Fire would sound like if it was sung by Elvis or how Little Big's song UNO would sound in an acoustic version, you're in luck! The classic Eurovision challenge "Switch Your Genre" is back! 100 Coronavirus Cases in South Korea Have Now Been Linked to One Guy’s Night Out Clubbing City officials had initially tried to track those who visited the bars and clubs in question by using entry logs from the premises. But that method proved ineffective because some of the names turned out to be false.One of the reasons there was false information in the logs is that at least one of the clubs the man visited was an LGBT club. While attitudes towards homosexuality have improved in South Korea in recent years, it remains a highly conservative country where homophobic sentiment is common.In the wake of media reports that the man visited a gay club, people flooded social media with anti-gay slurs, blaming the man and those at the club for endangering the country’s fight against the pandemic.Amnesty International on Tuesday hit out at some of the media coverage of the incident, saying that it was “stirring up hatred and branding a certain group is the biggest obstacle to effective disease prevention.”[In Hong Kong] Scientists are using 3D-printed hexagons to create artificial reefs after a super-typhoon brought devastation Mexico town near vast reservation shuts everyone out dividing line traced by roadblocks also is tugging on sensitivities about birthrights and inequities, as Native American visitors worry about the social stigma of being locked out because of the contagion.The outbreak on the huge Navajo reservation, the nation’s largest with 175,000 people, have made people in Gallup nervous. Many see hints of the long-running racism that has divided people in the town for centuries.“They targeted the people around here. They’re going to be coming to Gallup to shop, so they put a stop to that,” said Johnnie Henry, who said two of his relatives on the Navajo Nation were apparently infected with COVID-19 while working at a hospital in Gallup. “We kind of look at each other and say, are we the ones bringing it? No, it’s all over.“There’s a lot of people who want to go back into Gallup, but they’re afraid that they’re going to call us names ... say that we are the carriers.”Inside Gallup, the streets are empty, with downtown thoroughfares largely free of cars. The lockdown idled pawn shops, halted informal jewelry sales by walking vendors, and thinned out crowds to a trickle at grocery stores and Walmart.“The lockdown has been awesome, you don’t have to worry about any crowds,” said Andrew Sandoval, a delivery worker for Home Depot, as he ducked into a grocery store to buy his wife a cup of coffee.Got a buddy. His sister and brother in law did a tour in the Peace Corps in rural Uzbekistan. Two years of that, they doubled down and did two years in rural Krgyzstan. I saw them after they'd just got back - they were going to settle down do something easier, more lightweight, less hopeless. They signed up for a two-year stint in Gallup.They lasted a month. FOIA response, U.S. Secret Service redacts public DOJ press release ordered to hand over data regarding fake Net Neutrality comments FCC has been fighting this for awhile, despite which it's become increasingly clear that ISPs and the Trump Administration were involved in flooding the website with fake comments.Of course, the FCC has also said that the comments don't really matter, writing in 2017 that:Rather than dwell on how well automated or form submissions reflect actual popular support, the Commission has instead focused on encouraging robust participation in its proceedings... Earth from Above the developers tweak their algorithms and fix other things by hand, slowly the weirdness will be ironed out, the rivers and lakes set back in their beds, the statues restored to their detailed glory. Many will be disappointed when it happens - I’ll particularly miss the Melbourne Monolith. It would be nice to have a weirdness slider that goes from normal to Ragnarok, amplifying terrain chaos, perhaps adding the occasional floating mountain range or lava lake. 'deleted' link "deleted posts and comments" located in the settings points at instead of .’t reconnect mailing machines, Postal Service tells plants. Tacoma does it anyway"Don't Make Us Write Obituaries" -- Today's Front Page of The Observer, Daily Student Newspaper for Notre Dame Delenda Est off Facebook/WhatsApp/Instagram is no solution here. There is no meaningful way to opt out of a ubiquitous and universal communications and social media platform, because the system of a ubiquitous and universal communications and social media platform is impervious to your individual decision. It’s like saying that you’re going to opt out of Covid-19. Sure, you can move off the grid into the Alaskan wilderness and not get sick. Knock yourself out. But that’s not a meaningful definition of opting out. Barring that sort of absurd action, however, your exposure to the virus, whether it’s the virus of SARS-CoV-2 or the virus of Facebook/WhatsApp/Instagram, isn’t so much dependent on your actions as it is on everyone else’s actions. S&P5 Dolla Bill Y'all is scrambling as a result. Unseating a global reserve currency is the sort of process that happens over decades, not years, and usually has more to do with the decline of the dominant power than the rise of a challenger. (That’s how it worked in the past with the Dutch guilder and the British pound sterling, in any case.)  Even so, China has to start somewhere. China announced earlier this month, for instance, that it is waiving transaction fees between the yuan and 12 other currencies, including the Singapore dollar, the Russian ruble, and the Korean won. (Noticeably absent from the list: the USD, the euro, and the Australian dollar.) China is pushing Belt and Road countries to use the yuan, is slowly but surely boosting the yuan’s international status via the trading of yuan-denominated crude oil futures, and is expanding tests of a new, PBoC-backed digital currency throughout the country. iGPT if the Olympic Games never come back? - Bluegrass Edition saw it... had to share.shamon... Judge Orders Uber And Lyft To Consider All Drivers Employees’s Sues Former CEO for Lying and Fraud Related to Sexual Misconduct music with female bass players I was too young a (female) friend was asked to join a local band because they needed a new bass player and figured it would be neat to have a woman. She couldn't play but ended up staying for almost 2 years. Since then female bass players always stand out to me. So here's a list of some tracks I've liked with bands who fit the bill. Surprise me with your own favourites Intense Degree - Future Shock Holy shit. My spies found they're STILL going. Bonus for no-one - all the peel sessions Bolt Thrower - World Eater + Cenotaph Sonic Youth - Expressway To Your Skill Elephant Gym - Galaxy Mono - Moonlight Khruangbin - A Calf Born In Winter behaviour of native lizards and invading wall lizard to interspecific scent: implications for invasion success human-assisted movement of species beyond their native range facilitates novel interactions between invaders and native species that can determine whether an introduced species becomes invasive and the nature of any consequences for native communities. Avoiding costly interactions through recognition and avoidance can be compromised by the naïvety of native species to novel invaders and vice versa. We tested this hypothesis using the common wall lizard, Podarcis muralis, and the native lizard species with which it may now interact in Britain (common lizard, Zootoca vivipara, sand lizard, Lacerta agilis) and on Vancouver Island (northern alligator lizard, Elgaria coerulea) by exploring species' responses (tongue flicks, avoidance behaviour) to heterospecific scent cues in controlled experiments. The tongue flick response of P. muralis depended on the different species’ scent, with significantly more tongue flicks directed to E. coerulea scent than the other species and the control. This recognition did not result in any other behavioural response in P. muralis (i.e. attraction, aggression, avoidance). Lacerta agilis showed a strong recognition response to P. muralis scent, with more tongue flicks occurring close to the treatment stimuli than the control and aggressive behaviour directed towards the scent source. Conversely, Z. vivipara spent less time near P. muralis scent cues than the control but its tongue flick rate was higher towards this scent in this reduced time, consistent with an avoidance response. There was no evidence of E. coerulea recognition of P. muralis scent in terms of tongue flicks or time spent near the stimuli, although the native species did show a preference for P. muralis-scented refuges. Our results suggest a variable response of native species to the scent of P. muralis, from an avoidance response by Z. vivipara that mirrors patterns of exclusion observed in the field to direct aggression observed in L. agilis and an ambiguous reaction from E. coerulea which may reflect a diminished response to a cue with a low associated cost. These results have significant implications for the invasive success and potential impacts of introduced P. muralis populations on native lizards. Four Birmingham Boys and their Struggle to Reclaim the South know the new architecture’s largely depressing,And the politics are pretty regressive,But ain’t shining a light on what’s dark kind of your thing?The murder wave is abating,The population decline’s stagnating.If that ain’t an invitation, darling, what could it be?Addressed right to you and me …Consider the weeds downtown, and how they grow:How the Queen Anne's Lace covers hot parking lots like snow.Paris and New York don't have honeysuckle vines like the ones on 32nd Street.I know that Birmingham gets you down, but look what it raised you up to be.Because I was a rural kid who grew up attracted to the wonder of our cities, even as I watched their struggles on the TV news, that song damn near made me cry the first time I heard it. I lived for seven years in New York City, and Bains is right: Spring comes, and you miss those honeysuckle vines. Hell, you even miss the kudzu.To me, the lyrics of “The Weeds Downtown” speak a deep truth about Southerners of ambition. Maybe we do need our time in Paris or New York or Silicon Valley, to sharpen our skills or to see our home from a different perspective, but inside many of us, there always burns the desire to bring what we’ve learned back to our scarred homeland and try, just one more time, to make it better.The South gets us down, but look what it’s raised us up to be, right? starts operations at Arab world's first nuclear power plant Gulf state announces start-up operations at Barakah nuclear power plant in Abu Dhabi. [warning: NSFW & LOUD] O'Malley is my brand of faux-crazy. When I watched Palm Springs the other day (do recommend, btw), it made me happy to see that he's working his way up the ranks, and landed a supporting role. Huh, I just learned that he's married to Aidy Bryant, longtime cast member of Saturday Night Live.What makes you laugh, Hubski? the Ultimate Live-in Boyfriend Evolved His Way Around Rejection have an anglerfish tattoo. Marmont is going private André Balazs, whose stylish boutique properties have long attracted film stars, media moguls and fashion models, is looking to get out of the traditional hotel business.Mr. Balazs—who operates the historic Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles, the chic Mercer in lower Manhattan and London’s exclusive Chiltern Firehouse hotel—plans to convert at least the first of those hotels into a private residential club and then expand in new cities by creating more members-only properties with annual membership dues.Mr. Balazs said he is also exploring the idea of selling ownership stakes in his properties to guests who become club members and who would own part of multiple residences in his hotel portfolio.The 63-year-old hotelier said in an interview that he had been considering this strategy for the past three years. The coronavirus pandemic, which has stifled travel and hurt his business like it has most hotel operators across the country, led him to accelerate his plans.He said that during the Covid-19 era, guests would welcome staying at properties where they knew many of the other people. He suggested this familiarity would offer some level of psychological comfort as the pandemic has made travelers wary of mingling with strangers.“There is something to be said for knowing people,” Mr. Balazs said. “You can chat with them; you know where they have been.”Mr. Balazs said he hopes to convert Chateau Marmont to a private club by the end of the year and is looking at introducing the members-only model in cities like Milan, Paris and Tokyo, and possibly the south of France or a private island in Greece. He could also convert his other hotels to this model if the response is positive, he said.His plan to shift away from the traditional lodging business is one of the more unusual responses to a pandemic that has caused many hotel owners to rethink their future.Some owners have permanently closed properties, while others have weighed plans for converting their hotels into rental apartments or condominium units. A number have rented their rooms to the government for housing medical workers or sheltering homeless people.At the other end of the spectrum are private clubs. A staple of the London social scene, these membership-only venues are a small but growing niche in the U.S., from the Fitler Club in Philadelphia to the Battery in San Francisco and NeueHouse with locations in New York and Los Angeles. Many also offer hotel accommodation.The best known is Soho House, with multiple locations in the U.S. and abroad and a valuation of $2 billion, according to people familiar with the privately held company.Still, it is unlikely that many hotel owners could follow the lead of André Balazs Properties and become a members club, lodging analysts say, in part because few properties share the same sort of dedicated clientele. In addition, his hotels function like quasi-private clubs already, only without being able to collect annual membership fees of about $2,500 to $5,000 that make revenue less volatile than daily lodging.Mr. Balazs said even now his hotels’ reservations are handled through the website or by contacting the properties directly, not through online travel agents like Expedia Group Inc. The hotels keep a database of guests, and it can be hard at times to get a reservation without a recommendation from a regular customer, according to some former employees at the company.“We have always screened our guests,” Mr. Balazs said. “Guests are never more than one degree of separation away.”This isn’t the first time he planned to get into the private club business. About 16 years ago, Mr. Balazs drew up plans to launch a members-only club on Manhattan’s west side with media mogul Barry Diller. Those plans were derailed by the financial crisis.Mr. Balazs said he let go of nearly all his hotel employees in response to the pandemic. He isn’t planning to hire many back because he said he wanted fewer staff and a different skill set for his private club properties.Some of his laid-off workers had been with the hotels for many years and were dismissed without severance pay and limited extensions of health care benefits. That caused a stir in Los Angeles, though as a nonunion hotel the Chateau’s lack of severance pay was consistent with other nonunion properties, a spokeswoman for Mr. Balazs said.The spokeswoman said Mr. Balazs donated $100,000 to an ex-employee fund which, with other donations from guests and sales of gift shop merchandise, reached $250,000. The money was distributed to those let go in order of seniority, she said.Mr. Balazs founded with his father a biotech company in 1981, which they sold for $750 million. With some of those profits, he acquired the Chateau Marmont and the building which became the Mercer. He also created the Standard Hotel brand, though he has sold his position in the management company and properties.His properties, which also include the seasonal Sunset Beach hotel on New York’s Long Island, have been prominently featured in gossip pages with celebrities such as Leonardo DiCaprio, Courtney Love and the late Karl Lagerfeld.‘We have always screened our guests,’ said Mr. Balazs, who attended a party in 2009 with Courtney Love.The Marmont has mostly been famous for being a place trashed by spoiled celebrities and gushed over by starfuckers. This is an eat-the-rich moment. - Desire is a good album Cold War Bunker That Became Home to a Dark-Web Empire For Truth and Happiness: S.E Rogie Down The Legacy Of Race In Traditional Music In America Magary: The Giants' evil opening night proves I’m willing to make anything normal Economic Average Q2 2020't say anything pithy about this. Brought to my attention for this factoid:A Yelp Inc. Economic Average report noted that 55 percent of the U.S. business closures that were meant to be temporary at the outset of the COVID-19 lockdown measures are now considered permanent.That whole *as consumer interest rose in May, thus did COVID cases in June" bit is pretty terrible too.I love how "Axe Throwing" is up 50%. What percentage of the consumer landscape do you think is "Axe Throwing?"“I realize that the stock market no longer thinks it needs the economy if it has the Fed,” Rosenberg wrote in his morning commentary Wednesday. employs more than 15,000 content moderators globally. Uber and Lyft battled Seattle over minimum wage for drivers and Reich penned a five-point rebuttal to the Cornell study, spelling out the differences between the two reports. They said the Cornell researchers didn't add in all of the drivers' expenses, including vehicle cleaning, smartphone bills and car insurance. They also noted the Cornell study included tips in its earnings calculations, which isn't allowed under state and local laws. In addition, they said the Cornell research for the most part only took into account the time drivers were on a ride. Time spent waiting for rides, which can be as much as 50%, wasn't always factored in."If drivers are really being paid that well," Reich said, "there should be a lot more people wanting to be drivers." There's a real dearth of rideshare in Seattle as compared to Los Angeles. It's almost as if it's a shittier value proposition. Adverts - Gary Gilmore's Eyes nurse is looking anxious and she's quivering with fright Before and After have covered state failure extensively. I have written on multiple occasions that the signature danger of populist governments is the way they degrade state institutions, leaving countries less able to cope with crises. I am known for my pessimism when it comes to global news events. In my last job my perspective on the news was so consistently a bummer that I was half-jokingly given the title of “senior sadness correspondent.” But when I scribbled those thoughts on the bus four months ago, I did not predict how dangerous inaction would be. NAMED FOR 67TH PRINCESS KAY OF THE MILKY WAY AFTER FIRST-EVER VIRTUAL JUDGING am submitting this because the kindest thing I can say about this field of finalists is that they are universally, astoundingly, milky white here is the times article that took me here I'm really just astounded at the milquetoastness of it all. analysis of ways to decarbonize conference travel after COVID-19 us scientists are gonna talk the talk, we gotta walk the walk. mass experiment for the climate the Internet Is Blowing Up About LA’s Most Infamous Jam Maker -- Clean Kill, I love this song. This whole album is fantastic. It makes me nostalgia for Fugazi but also feels new and in no way stale. Ring of Senicianus: One Ring to Rule Them All States: Pankaj Mishra on Anglo-America‘The true test of a good government,’ Alexander Hamilton wrote, ‘is its aptitude and tendency to produce a good administration.’ bows to pressure from business, decrees 120-day Amazon fire ban of Independent Music Venues Could Close Due to COVID-19 Artists Sign Letter Asking Congress to Support Independent Music VenuesSave Our Stages used extensively to spread neo-Nazi music Jazeera discovered the majority of the pages have been online for years, with many actively posting news on upcoming performances, music releases and advertising for merchandise, sometimes using white supremacist imagery.One of the more popular pages belongs to M8l8th, a black metal music act from Ukraine, whose full name means Hitler's Hammer. The two 8s refer to the letter H, the eighth letter in the alphabet. Both 88 and the double H are common shorthand in neo-Nazi circles for Heil Hitler. In its songs, M8l8th uses parts of a speech by Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels and the Horst Wessel-Lied, the official anthem of the Nazi Party from 1930 to 1945. Bridges - Sweeter coworker shared this with me today. I am a puddle. This song is beautiful. Pisarenko plays Ravel (Une barque sur l'ocean) Billionaires Actually Buy Art may be biased because I'm insensible to visual art. But the valuation of those seems like a scam even without the Tax evasion scheme.TLDW:1-Buy collection at low price from artiste2-increase interest in said artist: paid article pay Gallery to promote artist Sell some piece at auction and buy it yourself at an inflated price. Allowed by Secrecy in auction 3- profit: give some overpriced (by auction) piece to museum for massive tax evasion all you collection is now overvalued based on the auction price All actors are incentivize to participate in the scam: Gallery and auction house get paid Museum get free art Artist get reconnaissance does Earth sustain its magnetic field? my friend is studying auroral kilometric radiation as a means of identifying which extra-solar planets have magnetic fields, so if you could just drop a helpful comment, we'd both appreciate it. big factor holding back the U.S. economic recovery: Child care in government even seems to realize parents and kids exist they all have nanny or are single. Parents with kids got f-ed so hard during this pandemic and the sure as heck aren’t getting bailed out. $500 rebate is a joke compared to the costs people have had to endure due to this. But hey parents don’t burn shit down or riot in the streets so nobody cares. explains the world "Two the Hard Way" by Cher and Gregg Allman | Todd in the Shadows couple Cher and Gregg Allman made a doomed collaboration album, a teamup that went about as well as mixing toothpaste and orange juice."I was lining up a shot through the tear gas? And then my face exploded." fine-tunes job cuts as CEO confirms 40% output drop is France, the UK and Germany, by the way:And they don't have any 737 MAX to sell. conspiracy theories emerge—and how their storylines fall apart"One of the characteristics of a conspiracy theory narrative framework is that it is easily 'disconnected,'" said Timothy Tangherlini, one of the paper's lead authors, a professor in the UCLA Scandinavian section whose scholarship focuses on folklore, legend and popular culture. "If you take out one of the characters or story elements of a conspiracy theory, the connections between the other elements of the story fall apart." It Like It Is administration steers coronavirus aid to private schools"There is nothing in the law Congress passed that would allow districts to discriminate against children and teachers based on private school attendance and employment," DeVos said in a call with reporters.The difference between the two formulas amounts to tens of millions of dollars. In Louisiana, for example, private schools are estimated to get at least 267 percent more relief under DeVos's formula. In the state's Orleans Parish, at least 77 percent of relief allotment would end up going to private schools. time Tucker Carlson threw a tantrum when guest criticizes Fox News greatest invention was the invention of invention itself absolutely fascinating article about language and how it could be tied to consciousness and human evolution (cultural and otherwise).I've been reading Hofstadter's Gödel, Escher & Bach lately (yeah yeah, I know, stereotypical much) and this article has a lot of interesting themes that tie into it. Self-as-illusion and self-as-self-reference seem to be really high on my "(positive) shit that keeps me up at night" list Egypt in Crisis Yet? looks like a very large country on a map. Most of Egypt’s territory, however, is desert. 95 percent of Egypt’s population lives within a few miles of the Nile River. Imagine 100 million people living in an area roughly the size of the American state of Maryland (population 6 million), surrounded on all sides by desert, and astride one of the most important chokepoints for global trade in the world. That is Egypt in a nutshell.Fans of geography will note that any kinetic dispute between Ethiopia and Egypt will necessarily go through Sudan, Djibouti or Eritrea, and may occur in waters shared with Saudi Arabia and Yemen. La Tengo - Tom Courtenay thenewgreen since a big portion of this song references The Beatles. Animal Reproduction Specialists Fact-Check ‘The Bad Touch’ by the Bloodhound Gang animals are really doing it like they do on the Discovery Channel? years of US advertising graphs. graphs, i say County corrections officers of color say they were barred from guarding Derek Chauvin Byrne: Every Day is a Miracle song is awesome: Ana Tijoux “1977” HELLFIRE ethics panel dismisses insider-trading inquiry into Sen. Loeffler Normie Minimalism and Farmhouse Chic Took Over Contemporary Design aesthetic of minimalism in architecture and interior design has been sold to consumers of high design for decades now in the pages of Dwell and the endlessly scrollable interfaces of websites like designboom and ArchDaily. a Russian mobile laser system to dazzle enemy satellites few notes.In response to Putin’s invitation to think up a name for the laser complex, a public vote was held which resulted in the system being called Peresvet, which is a photographic term meaning “overexposure”, but also refers to a 14th century Russian Orthodox warrior monk named Aleksandr Peresvet who fought in a battle that signaled the end of the Mongol domination of medieval Russia. ...I mean, mad props. You've got the nerds happy, the nationalists happy and even the racists happy. That's like naming a missile intended to be launched at the British the "AGM-135 Tea Party" if "tea party" meant "massive explosion." They were published by an institute called the Russian Federal Nuclear Center – All-Russian Scientific Research Institute of Experimental Physics (RFYaTs-VNIIEF or РФЯЦ-ВНИИЭФ in Cyrillic), which is based in Sarov (formerly Arzamas-16),Arzamas-16 is the Russian equivalent of Los Alamos. Sakharov was there. Two of the court cases (in 2017–2018) were between the Ministry of Defense and a company called MAK VympelVympel is basically Russian for "Raytheon."Adaptive optics systems typically use a beacon illuminator laser that creates an artificial guide star by shining a low-power laser into the atmosphere.....well, tens of watts as opposed to megawatts. I talked to some of the guys at Palomar about adaptive optics and home use and they said "we have to tell the FAA every time we turn it on." The technology was developed at Sandia National Labs back in the early '90s, which is basically the practical arm of Los Alamos National Laboratory. RFYaTs-VNIIEF has a long history experimenting with this type of laser and considered it for use in the Soviet-era Terra-3 laser complex, an anti-missile laser system that never reached operational status.Well...Underscoring its primary objective, the airplane had an emblem showing a laser beam hitting the Hubble Space Telescope, which was apparently supposed to represent a KH-11 reconnaissance satellite, believed to have a design similar to HST. Pretty much documented to be the Hubble minus the rear instrumentation package with a slightly shorter focal length. That thing ain't shooting the Hubble, it's shooting a KH-11. Whatever the rationale for having at least three separate satellite dazzling/blinding systems, Russia clearly has a major interest in this type of directed energy counterspace technology, which has the advantage that it produces no space debris and may make it hard for the adversary to prove that its satellites have been affected or damaged as the result of a hostile act. The country also seems to have invested in both ground-based and space-based electronic warfare systems against satellites, another type of non-destructive counterspace technology. Still, all this has not stopped Russia from also developing more conventional kinetic ASAT weapons like the ground-launched Nudol and the air-launched Burevestnik systems. A spectacular time to withdraw from the Open Skies treaty. queen does not rule for your weekly scheduled Aeon article.This one's about ant colonies. Here's a nice snippet:The system that ant colonies use to organise their work is a distributed process. Like division of labour, distributed processes can take different forms. A distributed process is not the opposite of division of labour – but it’s different in important ways. Primarily, in a distributed process, there is never central control, while in division of labour there might be. A leader can tell one citizen to make candles and another to make shoes. In a distributed process this would happen through local interactions, for example with people who want to buy candles or shoes – creating demand that is filled by an entrepreneur who then meets the demand.At least in the short term, a system organised by a distributed process and one organised by division of labour could look the same: the same individuals could do the same task over and over. An ant might do the same task day after day. It might go out to forage, come back to the nest, engage again in the interactions that stimulate it to forage, and spend the night among other ants that recently returned from foraging. The next morning, it is again in a situation in which it is likely to forage, and this could continue day after day. However, in different conditions, the ant might do another task, and so its role is not fixed.Distributed processes and division of labour can both be effective, but they don’t function in the same way. For division of labour, specialisation can lead to better work. By contrast, in a distributed process, the fact that individuals are interchangeable makes the whole system more robust and more resilient. If the individual who performs a task gets lost or becomes unfit to do it, another can step in. The individuals don’t have to be all alike, but the differences among them are not large enough to affect the viability of the system.I've been fascinated with consciousness and the concept of "I" for a while now (and coincidentally started reading Gödel, Escher & Bach last week), and this ties in pretty nicely to that. Could ant or bee colonies be thought of as being sentient in some way? There's actually a ton of really interesting research into bees regarding this; basically each bee can be seen as a neuron, and bee colonies can solve problems and "think ahead" even though each individual bee isn't very clever. I'd assume this would apply to ants as well. Mysterious Case Of The Air Force's New Strangely Modified 737 With A Puzzling Past Scott - Keep On Moving On name I’ve known before, but forgotten until this weekend. The Queen of the Organ fills my soul. Springsteen- American Skin (41 Shots) be clear, this is not like a great song but it was written about the murder of Amadou Diallo during my formative years and WHY HAS NOTHING FUCKING CHANGED bettors may be a driving force behind the stock market surge a motel to homeless housing, step by step $100,000 per unit — again, a sanguine estimate — Newsom can buy 6,000 hotel rooms with the money he plans to use from the feds. Assuming local governments can shelter one person per room, that amounts to about 5.5% of California’s unsheltered homeless population. No one in the Newsom administration believes their proposal will immediately and single-handedly solve California’s homelessness crisis, especially as a recession-induced eviction wave threatens to spill more low-income Californians into cars, shelters, and the streets. But converting motels, as expensive and time-consuming as it can be, is still significantly cheaper than building supportive housing from scratch. Ramirez estimates that when all is said and done, the Econo Lodge conversion in Anaheim will cost about $363,000 per unit. In Los Angeles, an audit last year found homeless housing cost $600,000 to build, more than the average price of single-family-home outside California. Democratic leaders in the state Legislature and Newsom are currently negotiating details of the Project Roomkey plan as part of broader negotiations over the state budget. The budget must be passed by June 15. “Revenge saving, not revenge spending” "affluent Chinese" are the market segment the entire luxury industry gives the biggest shit about. They are, no exaggeration, the shining white hope of every luxury brand in the world. And there are signs they aren't interested in spending money. Heat: How Ford’s Latest Tech Helps Police Vehicles Neutralize COVID-19's some low-hanging-fruit snark here. Let's just leave it unplucked. turns 25 Knopfler : Romeo And Juliet Live I'd start the #sillylovesongs tag. This is a great song. Knopfler is a craftsman.'t Question Your Master made this tonight. Wish I could have played the drums. Feel free to add this. steve lil I played hockeyMastersWhen the worlds gone darkAnd There’s not much to believe inWhen you can’t see homeyou must trust in your instinctsOh, the truthIs in how you receive itI don’t know muchBut I know what I’m feelingWhen the candles outYou’ve got to find the wick nowWhen the tide goes outThere sand can beneath your feet nowOh, the truthIs in how you receive itI don’t know muchBut I know what I’m feelingAnd they’ll say look awayThis is not what it seems likeTake comfort in the dayDon’t you question your mastersBut that’s when you must lookOh, see what is beneath youIs it holding you upOr is it trying to contain youOh, the truthIs in how you receive itI don’t know muchBut I know what I’m feelingAnd they’ll say look awayThis is not what it seems likeTake comfort in the dayDon’t you question your mastersWhen the worlds gone darkAnd There’s not much to believe inWhen you can’t see homeyou must trust in your instincts‘What Rhymes With Purell?’ Franglais Rappers Push Language Boundaries in Quebec remember hearing this about three years ago and thought it was bloody brilliant. deep just heard this on the radio. I dig it. Audemars Piguet CODE 11.59 is the watch the watchfans love to hate. I am of a different opinion.Naked Watchmaker is where Peter Speake-Marin takes shit apart for fun. Considering he worked at APRP for a while back in the '90s there's probably some of his heritage in there. You wouldn't know it from the writing.This is an expensive watch. You could get five or so Rolex Oyster Perpetuals for the price of one. It is fair to say that if you ever see one on someone's wrist, you can know that wrist has no material concerns on this astral plane. Nonetheless I think it's interesting to see what went into it because aside from "rhodium-plate ALL THE THINGS" this is basically a basic tool watch taken to the logical conclusion of precision manufacture. in the Liberal City Are Stocks Soaring in the Middle of a Pandemic? contrast seems grotesque. A deadly pandemic has shut down the global economy and left millions of workers furloughed, fired, or stranded without gigs. The future for most businesses looks uncertain to dismal. Yet U.S. stock indices are near all-time highs, at giddy valuations comparable to the 2000 dot-com bubble and 1929.Foreign Policy researched but could not find a moment in financial history that remotely resembles today—so we asked a panel of leading experts to help us make sense of the markets, and what their state tells us about the economy and society going forward.TL;DR: Song 2 song was fueled by one of mk's Grasshoppers. I have a lot to add to it. It's a blank canvas right now. It was a fun canvas to make though. Grasshoppers make everything fun. lil steve I played lots of hockey tonight. shit isn't fucked up enough how 'bout a plague of locusts Gibson's latest trilogy (of which he has written two books) has a rolling cataclysm in it called "The Jackpot" which isn't any one disaster, it's a couple hundred years of pandemics, climate change, famine, war, etc.I'm about to put a Jackpot patch on my bag. Giddens: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert obviously love the music, but can we talk about that bookshelf? Goals! GOALS! Tiny Desk Concert for Empire overriding factor in favor of the Tunisian protesters was that their country was just not considered important to U.S. power., NASA didn't find a parallel universe where time runs backward, but the truth is: You're stuck with this universe for now. reveals gene role in both dementia and severe Covid-19 team focused on a gene called ApoE – this gives rise to proteins involved in carrying fats around the body, and can exist in several forms. One such variant, called “e4”, is known to affect cholesterol levels and processes involved in inflammation, as well as increasing the risk of heart disease and dementia.The researchers found 9,022 of almost 383,000 Biobank participants of European ancestry studied had two copies of the e4 variant, while more than 223,000 had two copies of a variant called “e3”. The former, the team add, have a risk of dementia up to 14-fold higher than the latter.The team then looked at positive tests for Covid-19 between 16 March and 26 April when testing for the coronavirus was largely carried out in hospitals, suggesting the cases were severe.The results reveal 37 people who tested positive for Covid-19 had two copies of the e4 variant of ApoE, while 401 had two copies of the e3 variant. After taking into account various factors, including age and sex, the team say people with two e4 variants had more than double the risk of severe Covid-19 than those with two e3 variants. Kerala succeeded in fighting COVID where the USA Failed gross domestic product in the United States is about 30 times bigger than in Kerala. Even the poorest U.S. state, Mississippi, still has a per-capita G.D.P. about 15 times bigger than Kerala’s.Kerala had its first confirmed case of Covid-19 on Jan. 30, just nine days after the first confirmed case in the United States. As of today, the coronavirus has killed 94,700 people in the United States.In Kerala, that number is four. nearly eating shit at 26 seconds Heavy to halt SpaceJet mass production and halve staff 500 - The Middle East (Cambridge, MA) - 3/19/1988‘Hard stop’: States could lose National Guard virus workers 45,000-member National Guard Association and some state officials told POLITICO that they suspect the Trump administration timed its orders to limit the deployment to 89 days — one short of the number that would qualify the earliest participants for certain education and retirement benefits.Guard members must serve for 20 years to qualify for a pension at age 60. But for every 90 days serving during a federal emergency, Guard members can move up that retirement by three months. Ninety days of service also qualifies members for 40 percent off the tuition at a public college or university.Because the National Guard members have to self-quarantine for two weeks before returning to civilian life to ensure they don’t spread the virus after serving on the front lines, states could lose their services in early June. comes for an abandoned people's path to genocide drives health insurers back to Obamacare the makers of the 737MAX: The Confident Travel Initiative Rockets were Transparent‘Memories of Souplantation:’ This Website Is Here to Help You Mourn the Closing of Everyone’s OG Favorite Soup and Salad Buffet comparison of gender inequality in scientific careers across countries and disciplines authors reconstructed the complete publication history of over 1.5 million gender-identified authors whose publishing career ended between 1955 and 2010, covering 83 countries and 13 disciplines and made some really interesting findings, among them "that men and women publish a comparable number of papers per year and have equivalent career-wise impact for the same total number of publications. This suggests the productivity and impact of gender differences are explained by different publishing career lengths and dropout rates." Space Plane's Microwave Power Beam Experiment Is A Way Bigger Deal Than It Seems shadowy X-37B, the Air Force’s unmanned, reusable spacecraft, is set to launch for its sixth flight on May 16 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. While most of the payloads set for the flight are standard fare for space experiments, at least the ones that are disclosed, one of them has immense potential implications for the future of remote power generation and especially long-endurance unmanned aircraft propulsion. Distancing Song, by some friends of mine in numerical expressions of physical constants Souplantation you, I love salad bars. Even though everything cost the same at Souplantation, you'd see people doing weird things. I saw a pair of ladies in Culver City eating matching piles of black olives. they were paying like $8.95 to eat the equivalent of a $2 can.Fuck COVID-19. Airport becomes drive-in cinema Origins of Scandinavian Noir matters to me is how persuasively these mystery writers manage to create a world that one can imaginatively inhabit—for the duration of a first reading, initially, but also long after. The various features of Martin Beck’s world, including his Stockholm streets, his police department colleagues, his lovers, his friends, the crimes he solves, the murderers he pities, the politicians and bureaucrats he deplores, even the apartments he inhabits, all seemed terribly real to me when I first encountered them, and all continue to seem so today, even after one or more rereadings. This is the mystery novel not as a puzzle that can be forgotten as soon as it is solved but as an experience one is living through along with the characters. If they are sometimes “flat” characters in the manner of Dickens’s grotesques or Shakespeare’s clowns, that is not an absence of realism, but rather a realistic acknowledgment that in our own lives most other people remain opaque to us, often memorable mainly through their caricature-able qualities. We do not have the capacity, as George Eliot famously noted, to be fully empathetic at all times. Much of our observant life, and even much of our own experience, is conducted in a kind of shorthand.Yet part of what makes the Sjöwall/Wahlöö books great, in comparison to most other mystery series, is precisely the opposite of this shorthand. They are oddly inclusive, with an eye for extraneous detail and a concern with the kinds of trivialities (subways ridden, meals eaten, suspicions vaguely aroused, meandering conversations, useless trains of thought, sudden bursts of intuition, random acts or events that cause everything to change suddenly) that make up not only every life, but every prolonged police investigation. This means that the timing of the books is, for some readers, excessively slow: we often have to wait for the necessary facts to surface, so we tend to find ourselves floating along rather than racing toward an increasingly visible conclusion. I always tell people that they have to wade through at least the first two volumes, Roseanna and The Man Who Went Up in Smoke, before things really get going in the Martin Beck series. Only when they reach The Man on the Balcony or, even better, The Laughing Policeman will they be able to judge how much they like the series. Patience is required of the reader, just as it is of the detective.‘We were at a COVID party’ am not in a nice and friendly mood today. change and coronavirus: Five charts about the biggest carbon crash're living through the biggest carbon crash ever recorded.No war, no recession, no previous pandemic has had such a dramatic impact on emissions of CO2 over the past century as Covid-19 has in a few short months.Multiple sources indicate we are now living through an unrivalled drop in carbon output.But even though we will see a massive fall this year, the concentrations of CO2 that are in the atmosphere and warming our planet won't stabilise until the world reaches net-zero.