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Monday, May 16. 2016
Dung Beetles sentences to ponder
The Greatest Documentary - The World at War, a 1973 series, remains an essential primer on history’s deadliest conflict.
VDH: The myth of progress
Don’t want Obama to decide how your kids will be taught? Teach them yourself!
‘Men in Literature’ course cancelled for ignoring women
WATCH: College Students Can’t Explain The Difference Between Man And Woman
Suburbia Gets No Respect, But It Could Become a Very Different Place
Government agencies can do whatever the hell they want.
[Obama] has now been at war longer than Mr. Bush, or any other American president.
Nobel War Prize?
Obama Slams Trump Wall at Rutgers Commencement …As White House Raises Its Fence
Chris Matthews to Dr. Ben Carson: Non-White People Are Handicapped
The Vice Presidency No One Should Want
The 'New York Times' Takes on The Donald—and Falls Flat On Its Face
Clinton E-mail Trove Likely in Russian Hands
Trump’s Amazing Hostile Takeover Of The GOP
Let New Europe be New Europe
Doublespeak on Islam - New London mayor Sadiq Khan’s radical-friendly past casts doubt on his reassuring words.
Boris Johnson: The EU wants a superstate, just as Hitler did
Just an old-fashioned empire
UK Establishment Stunned As Over 300 CEOs Back Brexit: "Business, Not Government, Creates Wealth"
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Climate Modeling Dominates Climate Science
Except for all that data collection, such as launching satellites, expeditions to the Greenland icecap, collecting butterflies, and stuff like that.
Google Scholar isn't probably the best resource. If you search for biology from 2006, it returns 500k results, but if you search for biology AND modeling, it returns 1200k results from 2006, even though the search is more restricted. According to the analysis used in the article, not only is biology inundated with modeling, modeling is 240% of biology since 2006!
DrTorch: someone didn't understand the piece.
In fact, we applied the methodology to show the limitations of the methodology. Otherwise, this is where you explain your own understanding of the piece, and how we may have misunderstood it.
Why Are So Many Techies Lefties? ... aesthetically pleasing design is more important to the success of their products. Therefore more creatives are required and creatives trend left of center.
Not necessarily true of the individual, but still implies the importance of diversity. Society needs both dreamers and builders, leapers and plodders.
I've worked in IT for 20 years. There are three common and interlocking conceits in the industry:
1. All unsolved problems are primarily technological
2. If technology has not yet solved the problem, it is because the correct paradigm has not yet been discovered
3. The end goal of most people is to become more like us.
Number 3 gets amplified by living in the closed-society echo chambers that many startups implicitly or explicitly grow into. I think the whole notion of tension between tech-heads and creatives is a false dichotomy. At the top end of both fields there's a huge need for creativity, and at the low end there's a lot of room for pluggers, whether you are talking about database or interface and experience design.
The Myth Of Progress
While the essential human nature hasn't changed, there has been a strong social trend (albeit not monotonic) towards greater equality and technological sophistication, at least since the Renaissance.
^ I like how the 'Farm has attracted someone's artificial intelligence experiment. It may be entry-level tech for the sector, but the results are still entertaining. Bravo.
We don't take Obamacare
People don't have "ObamaCare, but rather have private insurance policies bought through an exchange. That doesn't mean a doctor may not be out of their network, but that's no different than it had been previously with private insurance policies.
Always telling when an apologist's best argument is one of semantics.
What is certainly more different is the higher price of health insurance, so you didn't even get that part right.
DrTorch: Always telling when an apologist's best argument is one of semantics.
Except that we pointed to a substantive, not a semantic, difference. You don't call your doctor and say you have "ObamaCare", but that you have coverage through a private insurer, such as Blue Cross Blue Shield.
Except you didn't, but it's cute that you think you did.
Except that in order for the ObamaCare bill to be passed, Obama had to tell people that nothing would change for those who already had health insurance. That was a lie. Due to increased regulations on insurance plans, many plans could no longer be offered and because of increased regulations on doctors, many had to go out of private practice and join health care conglomerates affecting the level and cost of service.
If someone has been a long-term supporter of Trump such as Sessions, Hunter, etc. then the VP slot would be welcome. If Trump follows through on what he has mentioned during his primary run, he will be incredibly popular. Mark my words.
Re: Government agencies can do whatever the hell they want
"It is not our job to protect the people from the consequences of their political choices." - John Roberts
"But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security." - Thomas Jefferson
"Crown Bolt 3/8 in. x 50 ft. Natural Sisal Rope $8.81 each" - Home Depot
Something tells me they're not going to like it when the American people decide to save themselves from the consequences.
"It is not my job to protect the ruling elite from the consequences of their political mandates" _ indyjonesouthere Indeed!
Suburbia's going to DIEEEEeeeeeeeee for a really long time. Many people just don't like living IN big cities, but maybe near them.
Highly endorse "The World At War" series.
The series was made while many WW2 decision makers were still alive. And viewpoints are presented for all sides. Not only those of the British and Americans as you would expect, but Germans and Japanese and to a lesser degree Russians. French, and others.
They reflect on how the situations looked at the time, not how they look in retrospect, and upon how choices were made.
Thus it is much different from being told what to believe by historians who weren't there. and/or by those who have current political ideas.
I watched on Amazon Prime It automatically will play the epiisodes in order and mark and resume where you stopped.
Yes, it's currently available for Prime members and can be bought for $25 used or $35 new. I'm going to buy it and also make sure my kids watch it as a course when they are old enough. I've seen episodes, but I look forward to watching it from beginning to end.