27 April, 2017

After Challenging Red Light Cameras, Oregon Man Fined $500 for Practicing Engineering Without a License - Hit & Run : Reason.com

After Challenging Red Light Cameras, Oregon Man Fined $500 for Practicing Engineering Without a License - Hit & Run : Reason.com:

According to the board, Järlström's research into red light cameras and their effectiveness amounts to practicing engineering without a license. No, really. Järlström had sent a letter to the board in 2014 asking for the opportunity to present his research on how too-short yellow lights were making money for the state by putting the public's safety at risk. "I would like to present these fact for your review and comment," he wrote.
Instead of inviting him to present, the board threatened him. Citing state laws that make it illegal to practice engineering without a license, the board told Järlström that even calling himself an "electronics engineer" and the use of the phrase "I am an engineer" in his letter were enough to "create violations."


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26 April, 2017

The NBA Is Lucky I’m Home Doing Damn Articles | The Players' Tribune

The NBA Is Lucky I’m Home Doing Damn Articles | The Players' Tribune:

I told Pat about some of the shit I’ve seen, and some of the people I’ve lost. By the time I was 12 years old, both my mom and dad got shot. I’ve had brothers, cousins, uncles and friends get murdered. Too many to count, for real.
You know what the crazy thing about death and violence is? You get numb to it. You really do.


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What Bullets Do to Bodies - Highline

What Bullets Do to Bodies - Highline: "Goldberg said she saw a movie a few years ago that captures what it’s like to operate under these conditions. It was a documentary about the 33 Chilean miners who were trapped underground for months in 2010. “They interviewed them all. And the miner that had the hardest time down there was the youngest guy. Not the oldest guy. It was the youngest guy. And they said, why? Why did you have such a hard time? And he said, God and the Devil were with me.” Goldberg thought that was perfect. “That’s what I had been searching for, for years, in how you feel in the operating room. God and the Devil are with you. You start a case. A young person. Shot. They come in talking. You go upstairs. They have this devastating injury. The Devil. You suck. You’re gonna kill this guy. You call yourself a good trauma surgeon. You’re the worst. And you just plow ahead and plow ahead and plow ahead. You find what’s injured. You control it. God. Oh, you are the best. You’ve done a great job. Then you’re working. You find another injury you didn’t expect. You suck, you suck, you suck.”
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Hiromi's Sonicbloom - Time Out - YouTube

Hiromi's Sonicbloom - Time Out - YouTube:


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Wild boars overrun Islamic State position, kill 3 militants

Wild boars overrun Islamic State position, kill 3 militants: "Three Islamic State militants setting up an ambush in a bitterly contested area of northern Iraq were killed by a herd of stampeding boars, local leaders say.

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‘If You Take Out Kenan Thompson, The Studio Will Explode' | The Huffington Post

‘If You Take Out Kenan Thompson, The Studio Will Explode' | The Huffington Post: "But Thompson, Hader said, had another weapon. Unlike most of the show’s actors who might have pre-performance jitters, Thompson was never nervous. Instead he’d mess with other actors seconds before they went on air, sending them onstage with a laugh and an air of confidence. He watched sketches when he had free time, offering words of encouragement when something fell flat. And onstage, Thompson didn’t compete. He facilitated.

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The Living Disappeared — The California Sunday Magazine

The Living Disappeared — The California Sunday Magazine:

In March 1976, almost seven months before Jorge and Stella were detained, Argentina’s armed forces overthrew the president, Isabel Perón, and launched what they called the National Reorganization Process. The previous years had been chaos. Perón was under the thrall of a shadowy police agent and astrologer known as “the warlock.” Government-backed right-wing paramilitaries murdered hundreds of dissidents. Armed leftist groups set off bombs and kidnapped, and in some cases killed, executives and police. Even many moderates thought the military would restore order and stability. The press was strictly censored, so few realized that the country had been seized by a uniquely ruthless regime that saw itself as waging a third world war in Argentina for the future of “Western and Christian civilization.” The dictatorship sought to impose a new social and economic order. To do so, it branded a huge swath of society as “subversive” and targeted it for annihilation. By the time the dictatorship fell in 1983, as many as 30,000 people had disappeared. Some were armed revolutionaries — though historians now believe this group was neutralized within the first year or so of the dictatorship —  while others were students, activists, union members, disability rights advocates, and priests and nuns who followed liberation theology. Countless more were people whose names were simply in the wrong address book.



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On the off-campus housing process: Challenging the status quo to bridge the athlete/non-athlete divide – The Williams Record

On the off-campus housing process: Challenging the status quo to bridge the athlete/non-athlete divide – The Williams Record: "I don’t know what that’s like from the non-athlete perspective, but I do know that creating divisions and misconceptions about that “other” group is never good for the fabric of a community. My group of friends and I have been called racists, rapists and homophobes multiple times by people we don’t know. This doesn’t make us victims, and I think the benefits we get from our willing participation in an unfair system fostered much of this divide. But a school, or a community, or a world where everybody is susceptible to feeling like they are from an unwanted group is a breeding ground for fear and anger, a place where empathy goes to die.

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25 April, 2017

Machine Bias: There’s Software Used Across the Country to Predict Future Criminals. And it’s Biased Against Blacks. - ProPublica

Machine Bias: There’s Software Used Across the Country to Predict Future Criminals. And it’s Biased Against Blacks. - ProPublica:



We obtained the risk scores assigned to more than 7,000 people arrested in Broward County, Florida, in 2013 and 2014 and checked to see how many were charged with new crimes over the next two years, the same benchmark used by the creators of the algorithm.




The score proved remarkably unreliable in forecasting violent crime: Only 20 percent of the people predicted to commit violent crimes actually went on to do so.




When a full range of crimes were taken into account — including misdemeanors such as driving with an expired license — the algorithm was somewhat more accurate than a coin flip. Of those deemed likely to re-offend, 61 percent were arrested for any subsequent crimes within two years.




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The Media Bubble is Real — And Worse Than You Think - POLITICO Magazine

The Media Bubble is Real — And Worse Than You Think - POLITICO Magazine:

Where do journalists work, and how much has that changed in recent years? To determine this, my colleague Tucker Doherty excavated labor statistics and cross-referenced them against voting patterns and Census data to figure out just what the American media landscape looks like, and how much it has changed.




The results read like a revelation. The national media really does work in a bubble, something that wasn’t true as recently as 2008. And the bubble is growing more extreme. Concentrated heavily along the coasts, the bubble is both geographic and political. If you’re a working journalist, odds aren’t just that you work in a pro-Clinton county—odds are that you reside in one of the nation’s most pro-Clinton counties. And you’ve got company: If you’re a typical reader of Politico, chances are you’re a citizen of bubbleville, too.


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Joey Alexander - In case you missed it, I also played at The...

Joey Alexander - In case you missed it, I also played at The...: "In case you missed it, I also played at The GRAMMYs Premiere Ceremony on Monday afternoon, with Eric Harland on drums and Dave Robaire on bass. It was our first time playing together, but we had a lot of fun and did our best to swing!"



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WhatsApp co-founder Jan Koum: “Most of startup ideas are absolutely stupid”

WhatsApp co-founder Jan Koum: “Most of startup ideas are absolutely stupid”: "America is the country built by immigrants. The concept of “American dream” is often applied to the people who was not born here. On the contrary, they say the first generation is the most successful. The first generation is usually very successful in a new country. Of course, it is not easy. I saw what my mother and grandmother who did not speak English went through. They moved to the US aged 50 and 60 years. It was very hard for them."



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24 April, 2017

Here’s Why Juicero’s Press is So Expensive – Bolt Blog

Here’s Why Juicero’s Press is So Expensive – Bolt Blog:

The vast majority of the complexity of the Press is driven by one simple problem inherent in the machine’s design: the massive force required to press the packs across the entire surface at once. The machine must apply equal pressure to ~64 square inches of surface area at once, meaning the drivetrain must be able to apply thousands of pounds of force to squish all that produce.
On the contrary, when a human hand squeezes the same pack, we naturally use a very different technique


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The Holocaust: Who are the missing million? - BBC News

The Holocaust: Who are the missing million? - BBC News:



Six million Jews were murdered by the Nazis and their accomplices during World War Two. In many cases entire towns' Jewish populations were wiped out, with no survivors to bear witness - part of the Nazis' plan for the total annihilation of European Jewry.



Since 1954, Israel's Holocaust memorial, Yad Vashem ("A Memorial and a Name"), has been working to recover the names of all the victims, and to date has managed to identify some 4.7 million.



"Every name is very important to us," says Dr Alexander Avram, director of Yad Vashem's Hall of Names and the Central Database of Shoah [Holocaust] Victims' Names.



"Every new name we can add to our database is a victory against the Nazis, against the intent of the Nazis to wipe out the Jewish people. Every new name is a small victory against oblivion."



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Russia is sending weapons to Taliban, top U.S. general confirms - The Washington Post

Russia is sending weapons to Taliban, top U.S. general confirms - The Washington Post: "A senior U.S. military official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss intelligence on the issue, said the Russians have increased their supply of equipment and small arms to the Taliban over the past 18 months. The official said the Russians have been sending weapons, including medium and heavy machine guns, to the Taliban under the guise that the material would be used to fight the Islamic State in eastern Afghanistan. Instead, the official said, the weapons were showing up in some of Afghanistan’s southern provinces, including Helmand and Kandahar — both areas with little Islamic State presence.

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23 April, 2017

You Are Richer than John D. Rockefeller

You Are Richer than John D. Rockefeller - Foundation for Economic Education - Working for a free and prosperous world: "Honestly, I wouldn’t be remotely tempted to quit the 2016 me so that I could be a one-billion-dollar-richer me in 1916.  This fact means that, by 1916 standards, I am today more than a billionaire.  It means, at least given my preferences, I am today materially richer than was John D. Rockefeller in 1916.  And if, as I think is true, my preferences here are not unusual, then nearly every middle-class American today is richer than was America’s richest man a mere 100 years ago.

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Bowler Ben Ketola sets world record with fastest 300 game - YouTube

Bowler Ben Ketola sets world record with fastest 300 game - YouTube: "The 23-year-old two-handed bowler rolls 12 strikes in 86.9 seconds
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The kind of person I hope to be known as

Steve Bright: 'Never had any interest in making a lot of money': "In 1998, the American Bar Association presented its prestigious Thurgood Marshall Award to Bright. Attending the gala were high-profile lawyers in tailored wool, designer dresses and splashy jewelry. Bright showed up in a bargain-rack suit he’d bought in Pascagoula, Miss.



 Six years ago, Bright was given a complimentary suite at the luxurious Beverly Hilton where he was to receive a human rights award. But he stayed at a discount hotel so longtime Southern Center secretary Patricia Hale and office manager Julia Robinson-Hicks could stay at the Hilton on their first California trip."



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Neuralink and the Brain's Magical Future - Wait But Why

Neuralink and the Brain's Magical Future - Wait But Why:

Abraham Lincoln was pleased with himself when he came up with the line:
—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.
Fair—it’s a good line.
The whole idea of “of the people, by the people, for the people” is the centerpiece of democracy.
Unfortunately, “the people” are unpleasant. So democracy ends up being unpleasant. But unpleasant tends to be a dream compared to the alternatives. Elon talked about this:
I think that the protection of the collective is important. I think it was Churchill who said, “Democracy’s the worst of all systems of government, except for all the others.” It’s fine if you have Plato’s incredible philosopher king as the king, sure. That would be fine. Now, most dictators do not turn out that way. They tend to be quite horrible.
In other words, democracy is like escaping from a monster by hiding in a sewer.


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The Roots of Muslim Rage - The Atlantic

The Roots of Muslim Rage - The Atlantic:

To this end we must strive to achieve a better appreciation of other religious and political cultures, through the study of their history, their literature, and their achievements. At the same time, we may hope that they will try to achieve a better understanding of ours, and especially that they will understand and respect, even if they do not choose to adopt for themselves, our Western perception of the proper relationship between religion and politics.



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Comey Tried to Shield the F.B.I. From Politics. Then He Shaped an Election. - The New York Times

Comey Tried to Shield the F.B.I. From Politics. Then He Shaped an Election. - The New York Times:


The document, which has been described as both a memo and an email, was written by a Democratic operative who expressed confidence that Ms. Lynch would keep the Clinton investigation from going too far, according to several former officials familiar with the document.
Read one way, it was standard Washington political chatter. Read another way, it suggested that a political operative might have insight into Ms. Lynch’s thinking.


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Comey Tried to Shield the F.B.I. From Politics. Then He Shaped an Election. - The New York Times

Comey Tried to Shield the F.B.I. From Politics. Then He Shaped an Election. - The New York Times:


The document, which has been described as both a memo and an email, was written by a Democratic operative who expressed confidence that Ms. Lynch would keep the Clinton investigation from going too far, according to several former officials familiar with the document.
Read one way, it was standard Washington political chatter. Read another way, it suggested that a political operative might have insight into Ms. Lynch’s thinking.


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Editorial: In praise of ... Guernica | Opinion | The Guardian

Editorial: In praise of ... Guernica | Opinion | The Guardian:

In occupied Paris, a Gestapo officer who had barged his way into Picasso's apartment pointed at a photo of the mural, Guernica, asking: "Did you do that?" "No," Picasso replied, "you did", his wit fizzing with the anger that animates the piece. 



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Sheryl Sandberg Finds Comfort for Herself and Offers It to Others - The New York Times

Sheryl Sandberg Finds Comfort for Herself and Offers It to Others - The New York Times: "Sheryl Sandberg followed the oldest data set in the world, the one that says: The children are young, and you must keep going. Slowly the fog began to lift. She found she had something useful to offer at a meeting; she got the children through their first birthdays without their father; she began to have one O.K. day and then another. She made it through a year, all of the “milestone days” had passed and something began to revive within her. Grief is the final act of love, and recovery from it is the necessary betrayal on which the future depends. There is only this one life, and we are the ones who are here to live it.

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22 April, 2017

OldSchoolDM comments on Dads of Reddit, what's it like to have a daughter?

OldSchoolDM comments on Dads of Reddit, what's it like to have a daughter?: "Snuggle. Watch Disney movies. Have a tea party. Wear the makeup she puts on you. You won't believe the amount of pain and frustration you experience, and the fact that you wouldn't trade it for anything.
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MarkBlackUltor comments on Hello Libyans, can someone verify this video for me? It's about Libyan education, healthcare etc.

MarkBlackUltor comments on Hello Libyans, can someone verify this video for me? It's about Libyan education, healthcare etc.Hell, I Protested, I fought against him.... and i regret it all, i wish i could turn back time, and have this all never happen, if we go back to 2011 i would fight on his side, because Libyans can't handle freedom, all that came out if it was a horrible Civil War, oh how i regret it all.




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‘A Shortage of Coffins’ After Taliban Slaughter Unarmed Soldiers - The New York Times

‘A Shortage of Coffins’ After Taliban Slaughter Unarmed Soldiers - The New York Times:

KABUL, Afghanistan — They looked like Afghan Army soldiers returning from the front lines, carrying the bodies of wounded comrades as part of the ruse.
Dressed in military uniforms, a squad of 10 Taliban militants drove in two army Ford Ranger trucks past seven checkpoints. They arrived inside northern Afghanistan’s largest military installation just as hundreds, perhaps thousands, of unarmed soldiers were emerging from Friday Prayers and preparing for lunch.
For the next five hours, the militants went on a rampage, killing at least 140 soldiers and officers in what is emerging as the single deadliest known attack on an Afghan military base in the country’s 16-year war. Some assailants blew themselves up among the soldiers fleeing for their lives, according to survivors, witnesses and officials.


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It's......it's beautiful : Military

It's......it's beautiful : Military: "It's the "knife hand". When an NCO is chewing your ass, he will make that gesture to you. It's a common sign that you "dun goofed". It's being phased out though, because feelings.
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The Challenge of Our Disruptive Era - WSJ

The Challenge of Our Disruptive Era - WSJ: "I am a historian, and that usually means I’m a killjoy. When people say we’re at a unique moment in history, the historian’s job is to put things in perspective by pointing out that there is more continuity than discontinuity, that we are not special, that we think our moment is unique because we are narcissists and we’re at this moment. But what we are going through now—the past 20 or 30 years, and the next 20 or 30 years—really is historically unique. It is arguably the largest economic disruption in recorded human history. And our politics are not yet up to the challenge."



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Intersection in Ethiopia with no traffic lights : oddlysatisfying

Intersection in Ethiopia with no traffic lights : oddlysatisfying:



Road fatalities per 100,000 motor vehicles:
Ethiopia ... 4984.3
United States ... 12.9


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