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The Dream of the '90s? Jon Chait on P.C. 2.0
This fucking thread is the definition of a circular firing squad. If you want to know why we can't win elections, this is why. So many people here making petty, personal vicious attacks on people who are supposed to be our political allies. I'm not even picking sides here, it's just an embarrassing clusterfuck top to bottom to watch unfold.
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 6:08 PM on January 28, 2015
Black people and non-white people generally. Back in the '90s he used his platform to promote the hell out of The Bell Curve and IIRC he has never backed down from his support for Charles Murray's caliper-clicking dishonesty.
You can read his most recent posts about race issues here. He seems to be unapologetic about his support for Charles Murray's ideas, but he rarely posts about it, and I think other than that awful and stupid thing, is mostly unobjectionable.
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 7:56 AM on January 29, 2015
I wouldn't classify him as being viciously bigoted.
He has bad and stupid beliefs, but he tends be on the progressive side of race issues in many ways, regardless. He did a whole series of posts on 'walking while black' during his Ferguson coverage, for example, where he let his readers speak for themselves. He's a complicated person and just slotting him as a villain because he has some stupid and even evil beliefs, seems to be kind of wrong-headed.
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 8:17 AM on January 29, 2015
Keep in mind he is a brit, so that should explain some of his tone-deafness regarding race in the US.
He's also lived as an openly gay man in a majority black city and was on the receiving end of quite a bit of black homophobia while there (he's written about it, but I can't find the posts now), so I think that probably feeds into his bigotry, as well.
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 10:06 AM on January 29, 2015
OmieWise, i means nothing more than that he was on the receiving end of black bigotry against gays in dc (might have been his first interactions with african americans at all), and he possibly directed his anger at the group instead of the individuals. His bigotry is still stupid, wrong, evil and unjustified.
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 4:24 PM on January 29, 2015
Why don't we give the Indians somewhere empty, too - maybe North Dakota? Wyoming? I mean, nobody's really using them at the moment are they?
The reason that nobody lives there is that it's a barren wasteland. The reason so many people live in india and china is that there's an abundance of inexpensive food there.
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 7:00 AM on January 29, 2015
"This is not Guantanamo Bay"
I think police forces around the country, sitting in their Fox News and facebook bubbles are dangerously underestimating the levels of anger and resentment that are building up, and they're going to be surprised as hell when they accidentally set the tinderbox on fire.
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 5:55 PM on January 28, 2015
it took me a while to figure out what made Chaturbate special
WWE stepped in it
"Where is the door?"
Ah, sorry I worded that badly--but yeah, as I understand it Zhang proved that a finite bound of 70 million, placed at any part of the infinite number line, will contain a pair of primes.
No, but if you move it up the number line, you will eventually find a pair of primes that fit within it. And if you move up again, you'll find another, and another, and so on.
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 10:36 AM on January 27, 2015
You can do fairly interesting things with somewhat arbitrarily defined sets, for example, you can define numbers as representing logical symbols and operators, and create "the set of numbers that correspond to logical statements", which are arbitrary in two ways-- the particular mapping of numbers to symbols, and the particular notation for formal logic-- but you can proove some fairly significant results in that way.
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 1:27 PM on January 27, 2015
I'd say the first non-obvious discovery (from Euclid) about primes is that there are infinitely many of them.
To prove it, imagine that you have a list of all the prime numbers. Multiply them all together, then add 1. You now have a number which is not divisible by any other prime, making it a new prime.
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 2:22 PM on January 27, 2015
Tom Brady Cannot Stop
I'm super skeptical of that fumble analysis. He seems to do a lot of excluding of data that doesn't support his thesis.
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 7:37 AM on January 27, 2015
I open up my wallet and it's full of blood
"If ASMR has a godfather, it is television painter Bob Ross."
A big chunk of this is just trance states, I think.
Listening to these seems to be akin to a meditative practice. So, I guess do whatever works for you? But it's nothing new.
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 8:20 PM on January 27, 2015
you can't name him that.
The youth of Greece are revolting
The only answer here is default and a euro exit. The idea that that will destroy Greece's economy and credit is laughable. People will line up to loan money to a Greece without a huge debt load. It happened with Argentina, random ship seizures aside.
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 7:04 AM on January 26, 2015
Perhaps this should be reposted with a different pull quote.
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 7:44 AM on January 26, 2015
A new way to tackle ultra-poverty
When I was in Mexico last year, the bed and breakfast I stayed at had a program where you could buy some groceries and give them to a local family. I thought that was a nice thing to do that would make a difference, so we did it, but I was shocked at what poverty really means in Mexico. A single mother with several children who were all obviously malnourished, that lived in a tiny cinder block shack with dirt floors, no doors or windows, no screen for mosquitos, and their only furniture was a… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 4:39 PM on January 26, 2015
The Gross World product is about $75 trillion. There are 7 Billion people in the world. If we distributed all the wealth in the world evenly, year by year, everyone would live off of $10,700 a year. That's about $30 a day.
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 6:34 AM on January 27, 2015
Although the price of everything would go up, because how are we going to get people to harvest food and work in sweatshop for pennies a day then.
Basically, if you make more than $10k a year, you're living off of the exploitation and suffering of others.
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 6:38 AM on January 27, 2015
Of course I’m a classics teacher. There’s a Parthenon behind my head.
Whistling at Your Mom
It's staged with actors.
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 11:17 AM on January 26, 2015
Esta actuación a cargo de actores está basada en entrevistas a sujetos reales que alguna vez acosaron por error a una mujer de su familia y expresaron “profunda vergüenza”
"This performance by actors is based on interviews with real subjects who some time harassed a woman of their family by mistake and expressed "deep shame"
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 11:19 AM on January 26, 2015
that's interesting - any other sources?
Realistically, how do you think they found these dudes moms? And how many of them would actually catcall at their mothers without recognizing them.
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 11:33 AM on January 26, 2015
So regardless of the "reality" of these actual confrontations - I am not sure it makes sense to have dudes shamed by their mothers.
The machismo culture is so firmly engrained that I don't know that anything will change it for the forseeable future. To them, women belong to their families until they belong to their husbands. That kind of mindset is pervasive in Latin America except among university students and in wealthier areas of the big… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 12:16 PM on January 26, 2015
By 'them', i meant 'people with a machismo mindset', not 'everyone in latin america'. Obviously it's a huge, varied region, but machismo is a thing that really exists, and it is part of systematic oppression of women in the region (which is changing, slowly).
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 12:29 PM on January 26, 2015
Machismo isn't "a part of systematic oppression of women in [Latin America]", it's a part of systematic oppression of women, period. USian men are not even a little bit immune, so let's not try to peg this as a Latin American problem
Sexism isn't expressed in the same way in every culture.
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 12:56 PM on January 26, 2015
Machismo is more than catcalls. It's a whole set of beliefs about men and women and the relationship between them. Which is not to say that there isn't pervasive sexism in the united states and a system of beliefs about the roles of men and women and so on. Machismo is just the way it manifests in Latin America and it is distinctly different than the way it is in the US. It's hard to describe the difference if you haven't been there and seen it for yourself, though.
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 1:23 PM on January 26, 2015
Someone is using an email address similar to mine on fetish sites, which gets me 'interesting' email subject lines at least once a week.
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 6:59 AM on January 26, 2015
How do you do that? I had to cut and paste just to post it here.
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posted to MetaFilter by empath at 7:45 AM on January 26, 2015
The Nicaragua Canal
Oh hey, look, right on time. Contra bombing attack.
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 9:23 PM on January 25, 2015
More background here.
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 11:58 AM on January 26, 2015
Why I Am Not a Maker
In many languages, the word for 'make' and 'do' is the same. Just throwing that out there.
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 10:58 AM on January 24, 2015
There's a particular mindset to coding, which is the ability to continue to hammer away at something, making small, steady improvements, mostly working alone, that some people enjoy doing, and some people don't. I can understand why people compare it to making things, because it's more similar to sculpture or music making, for example, than it is to working in a service industry. I've done both service industry jobs and coding, and I by far enjoy coding more.
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 4:40 PM on January 24, 2015
Music and programming probably have similar learning difficulties, and both have very high skill caps, but the fact is that there is only so much demand for musicians in the world and a lot more demand for programmers. And genuinely creative work drives people internally in a way that programming for hire doesn't. Weirdly, you often have to pay musicians more to make bad music (for commercials, for example)
That said, there are still plenty of situations where… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 8:03 PM on January 25, 2015
Just how good is the flu vaccine?
I think the main reason for pushing for mass flu immunization isn't that it's necessary or useful in any given year, but that we need the machinery of mass flu immunization in place so that when we have a year where there is another spanish flu, we don't have to spin everything up again before millions of people die.
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 3:34 PM on January 24, 2015
I've had the flu before and it was two days of being knocked on my ass, aches, sweating, chills, delirium. The cough was the least bad part of it.
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 7:08 PM on January 24, 2015
The flu is relatively mild compared to those things.
33% of people infected with influenza have no symptoms. I am sure there is a continuum between being "completely asymptomatic" and "on death's door". I mean, sure, if you're bedridden for a week and are vomiting, hallucinating, shaking, etc, etc, you know for sure that you had the flu, but that doesn't mean that someone else's mild cold might not have also been the flu.
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 10:53 AM on January 25, 2015
2015: The year that sci-fi becomes real
Pyry, magic leap says they are using lightfields.
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 5:16 PM on January 23, 2015