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by thoreau
Today, 19:48
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Intellectualism: Dark and Webbed
Replies: 302
Views: 5011

Re: Intellectualism: Dark and Webbed

Kolohe wrote:
dhex wrote:
Today, 11:16
Don't forget STEAM and STREAM.
My wife's school does STEAM. I hadn't heard of STREAM until just right now. Looked it up, and said 'really?'
STREAM should not be crossed. It would be bad.

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by thoreau
Today, 13:55
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Worthwhile YouTubez Finds
Replies: 560
Views: 49434

Re: Worthwhile YouTubez Finds

Whatever you think about gender identity, the authoritarianism of the teacher, or the defiance of the student, I just wish that the schoolteacher with the thick Scottish accent had closed with "If you don't respect gender you can't have any pudding! How can you have any pudding if you don't respect ...
by thoreau
Today, 11:19
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Intellectualism: Dark and Webbed
Replies: 302
Views: 5011

Re: Intellectualism: Dark and Webbed

STEAM is big but STEMM+HACD is trying to supplant it.

I favor STEABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ.



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by thoreau
Today, 11:14
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Intellectualism: Dark and Webbed
Replies: 302
Views: 5011

Re: Intellectualism: Dark and Webbed

STEM is whatever a person needs it to be. On a 4 year campus, auto repair is not STEM. At a community college it totally is...at least in certain parts of the campus. Social scientists say that they are in STEM. Other STEM folks say that only the natural sciences are in STEM. If people want to brag ...
by thoreau
Yesterday, 12:40
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Intellectualism: Dark and Webbed
Replies: 302
Views: 5011

Re: Intellectualism: Dark and Webbed

Quillette has an article by a guy questioning claims of sexual harassment in physics: https://quillette.com/2019/06/13/an-unhelpful-study-about-women-in-physics/ He has some plausible points, but I'm open to a critique that he goes too far the other way. Naturally, world-class jerk Alessandro Strumi...
by thoreau
13 Jun 2019, 18:45
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Iran (so far away)
Replies: 488
Views: 28059

Re: Iran (so far away)

Thing is, everyone must be watching these waters for all sorts of reasons. Does KSA have the covert ops capabilities to do this and not get caught?
by thoreau
13 Jun 2019, 15:09
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Intellectualism: Dark and Webbed
Replies: 302
Views: 5011

Re: Intellectualism: Dark and Webbed

To be fair, he also cited some articles from the cardiology literature, arguing that they are focusing on problems that are not representative of the bigger picture. The family BBQ was just a segue into the topic. What I don't know is whether or not there's actually something wrong with the cardiolo...
by thoreau
13 Jun 2019, 13:06
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Intellectualism: Dark and Webbed
Replies: 302
Views: 5011

Re: Intellectualism: Dark and Webbed

who thinks women are more at risk for heart disease? To be fair, some of the articles he links to try to imply that, or at least try to imply that women with heart disease receive worse care. I know that when my mother worked in the ER she talked a lot about how women present with different heart a...
by thoreau
13 Jun 2019, 11:51
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Intellectualism: Dark and Webbed
Replies: 302
Views: 5011

Re: Intellectualism: Dark and Webbed

This Quillette article is pretty data-rich and technical, which means it's hard for a non-expert to judge its reliability. That bothers me.

https://quillette.com/2019/06/12/the-re ... t-disease/
by thoreau
12 Jun 2019, 20:24
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Occam, Trump, and Russia
Replies: 1133
Views: 60815

Re: Occam, Trump, and Russia

https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/id-excl ... d=63669304

His stance is that even though he didn't collude he totally would.

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by thoreau
12 Jun 2019, 19:08
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: The Right Way to View Competing Political Horrors
Replies: 66
Views: 1114

Re: The Right Way to View Competing Political Horrors

The public defender can be framed as a positive right, but it can also be framed as the state effectively putting a handicap on itself. I'm not sure that it's the most useful framing for understanding the function of the public defender, but it might provide a framework to separate a right to a PD f...
by thoreau
12 Jun 2019, 18:33
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: The Right Way to View Competing Political Horrors
Replies: 66
Views: 1114

Re: The Right Way to View Competing Political Horrors

One difference is that the government that wants to use force against somebody has to spend at least some of its resources to hire public defenders, not just prosecutors and cops. So the provision of public defenders via tax funds is no more or less problematic than the provision of police protectio...
by thoreau
12 Jun 2019, 17:12
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Heroes and zeroes of the animal kingdom
Replies: 346
Views: 28522

Re: Heroes and zeroes of the animal kingdom

The #SharkLivesMatter movement doesn't want to touch shark-on-shark violence because it undermines their narratives. They want to pretend that it's only Jets who kill Sharks.
by thoreau
12 Jun 2019, 14:33
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Worthwhile intertubez finds
Replies: 12120
Views: 730047

Re: Worthwhile intertubez finds

It turns out that the ancients liked to write satirical fanfic. Here's a translation of a letter that someone pretended was from Gilgamesh to a lesser king, ordering him to ship him fabulous amounts of wealth and threatening to inflict harm of legendary proportions if the tribute is not received. ht...
by thoreau
11 Jun 2019, 23:19
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: The Right Way to View Competing Political Horrors
Replies: 66
Views: 1114

Re: The Right Way to View Competing Political Horrors

Clinton was Clinton, not Team Blue. I don't see any reason to think the Blues institutionally give a fuck for anything past 50%+1 and 270 EC votes. The Blues I hear from like to imagine demographic shifts mean that they never have to give a shit about what the 49% or less of the public that votes R...
by thoreau
11 Jun 2019, 22:35
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Worthwhile intertubez finds
Replies: 12120
Views: 730047

Re: Worthwhile intertubez finds

Also, the main purpose of these posters is not to look attractive. The main purposes are (1) to have a whole bunch of graphs and diagrams that a presenter can point to as they answer questions and (2) lay things out in a logical order with some explanatory text in case the presenter isn't there when...
by thoreau
11 Jun 2019, 20:50
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: The Right Way to View Competing Political Horrors
Replies: 66
Views: 1114

Re: The Right Way to View Competing Political Horrors

First, I posted it here for the same reason I posted about Merrick Garland here: While we have a thread about SCOTUS and threads about Trump and Russia, we don't have a thread that's about both of them as examples of a bigger asymmetry between the parties. My point here is less about whose interpret...
by thoreau
11 Jun 2019, 18:53
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: The Right Way to View Competing Political Horrors
Replies: 66
Views: 1114

Re: The Right Way to View Competing Political Horrors

I cannot imagine the Reds letting them get away with it. Mitch McConnell would find a way to punish them.

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by thoreau
11 Jun 2019, 15:04
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: The Right Way to View Competing Political Horrors
Replies: 66
Views: 1114

Re: The Right Way to View Competing Political Horrors

http://nymag.com/intelligencer/2019/06/ ... ttack.html

If a foreign power were trying to help the Blues, I cannot imagine Blue politicians getting away with an attitude of "Eh, well, you know, why worry?"
by thoreau
11 Jun 2019, 10:42
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: The Right Way to View Competing Political Horrors
Replies: 66
Views: 1114

Re: The Right Way to View Competing Political Horrors

In 2008 SCOTUS had 4 votes on the right (Scalia, Thomas, Roberts, Alito), Kennedy as the swing vote, and 4 on the left (Stevens, Ginsburg, Breyer, and Souter). Replacing Stevens would have shifted the balance of power. My hypothetical is very similar to 2016.

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by thoreau
11 Jun 2019, 02:34
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: The son of "What the hell are YOU staring at?"
Replies: 7881
Views: 290037

Re: The son of "What the hell are YOU staring at?"

I'm watching What If on Netflix. Two episodes in I have some issues with the writing, but I highly recommend that Ellie watch the end of the second episode: three dudes have sex with each other.

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by thoreau
11 Jun 2019, 02:32
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: The Right Way to View Competing Political Horrors
Replies: 66
Views: 1114

Re: The Right Way to View Competing Political Horrors

If Bush had appointed a moderate analogue of Merrick Garland in this scenario, I am quite certain that the nomination would have gone through. It would have been nasty but it would have happened.

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by thoreau
10 Jun 2019, 23:19
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: The Right Way to View Competing Political Horrors
Replies: 66
Views: 1114

Re: The Right Way to View Competing Political Horrors

Here's one place where I think the parties are different: If John Paul Stevens had died suddenly in February of 2008, I believe that Bush would have gotten a SCOTUS appointment. Maybe some Blue Senators would have blustered about not confirming, but I believe that in the end it would have gone throu...
by thoreau
09 Jun 2019, 16:03
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: The Not-So- and All-Too-Real World of North Korea
Replies: 421
Views: 34643

Re: The Not-So- and All-Too-Real World of North Korea

One of the guys who participated in raiding North Korea's embassy in Madrid served in the US Marines and had an intelligence job: In this week’s court files, Ahn’s attorneys described him as an upstanding veteran and community member who could not have personally carried out any violent assault bec...
by thoreau
08 Jun 2019, 11:07
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: The Right Way to View Competing Political Horrors
Replies: 66
Views: 1114

Re: The Right Way to View Competing Political Horrors

Each party has members who work overtime to offend various moral intuitions. Which moral intuitions matter most to you depends at least as much on childhood experience as on philosophical notions that we might express in adult terms. This stuff is rooted deep in us. That said, if I were to attempt a...