"The Knight in Shining Armor", is but one of many character suits in a gentleman's treasure(d) chest.
I am just looking for friends. I like learning about things I don't know, or have a misconception with, and a lot more. Everything is usually fun. Nothing tends not to be.
A_Muse_Mint101: Double contractions, or their motif-stylization, should be standardized. You'ren't (I prefer you'rnt), innit, they'rnt, etc..
A_Muse_Mint101: I'm challenging myself and others who sided with the Democrats for PotUS to reconcile their disappointment, hatred, and/or [insert negative feeling] towards Trump and his supporters to 'be best'. Let's sow seeds of compromise to work together and unify, rather than further the divide, in our nation (and world). Let's rise up to the challenge of being the good guys, set and lead in example, and work to bridge this divide that has been fomenting for longer than Trump has been PotUS.
I believe this can be a healing movement for us all if we collectively work to challenge ourselves in this way. I know, personally, it will be difficult for me to not reciprocate the animosity and hatred, but I'm going to make my new years resolution to do just that.
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Trump’s administration actually did Americans a favour, by shining a light on the true make up of US society. Exposing all those hidden racists and 'Deplorables' who happily supported him: a president who gave the green light to racist Police brutality, and the Fascist hordes that gather around #BlueLivesMatter; a POTUS who funded brutal Israeli fanaticism to the tune of $10.7 million US tax-payer’s money every single day.
Trump supporter admits to ramming SUV following Biden/Harris bus. Also involved in a previous incident in San Antonio.
A_Muse_Mint101: 2016 - 1973 = 43
This is what I've been able to find about how long Biden has held public office. He was the 47th Vice President.
So, are MAGAts just bad at math, do they transpose the VP with his service, or are there 4 more years of service I've not discovered?
I'm just now checking this out, and hoping to recommend it, if it is as advertised.
eviebee in reply to Mew_: the only way that will happen is if people are willing to pay for good journalism. When everyone expects talent to be free, the quality goes down and 'good' journalists are put out of a job/forced to retrain in something else.
A_Muse_Mint101: Is pleasure, for the sake of pleasure alone, an evolutionary dead-end?
Is pleasure sought from the purpose of being pleased 'wrong/disadvantageous' and pleasure brought from the purpose of aiding and supporting 'right/advantageous'?
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Your first question [A_Muse_Mint101] is legitimate, and interesting. The second is a meaningless word soup of confusion, as is the whole of [FistOfStone]’s contribution; distractions from the original point.
eviebee: Hey Muse. I don't think so. Why was it pleasurable in the first place, if not to bring some evolutionary advantage? Only certain – modern – avenues for pleasure are damaging and that's because evolution hasn't ironed those out yet and we've sought to prevent that happening.
Aiding and supporting being 'right' may come from altruism and behavioural theories in which you protect others out of implicit or indirect self-interest. Not sure what you mean by the former.
A_Muse_Mint101: "The list of Trumpian outrages performed against the military... He’s the WORST...
• In May 2020, the White House ended National Guard deployments one day before they could claim benefits
• The Trump admin seized 5 million masks intended for VA hospitals. Kushner distributes these masks to private entities for a fee, who then sells the masks to the government
• Trump fired the captain of the USS Theodore Roosevelt after he warned superiors that COVID19 was spreading among his crew. The virus subsequently spread amongst the crew.
• After Iran's retaliatory strike, 109 US troops suffered brain injuries. Trump dismissed these as "headaches"
• On July 20, 2017, in room 2E924 of the Pentagon, Trump told a room full of Generals, "You’re a bunch of dopes and babies"
• Pardoned multiple war criminals, which stomped on long standing military values, discipline, and command. Trump has no military experience (May&Nov, 2019)
• Trump mocked Lt. Col. Vindman for his rank and uniform. He threatened said purple heart officer, resulting in the Army providing him protection
• Trump’s Chief of Staff worked—in secret—to deny comprehensive health coverage to Vietnam Vets who suffered from Agent Orange.
• There is a facility in Tijuana for US veterans that Trump deported. Wounded war vet, Sen Duckworth (D) marked Veterans Day 2019 by visiting this facility
• Russia took control of the main U.S. military facility in Syria abandoned on Trump’s orders. Russia now owns the airstrip we built
• On Oct 7, 2019, Trump abruptly withdrew support from America's allies in Syria after a phone call with Turkey's president (Erdogan). Turkey subsequently bombed US Special Forces.
• Trump sent thousands of American troops to defend the oil assets of the country that perpetrated 9/11
• In Sept 2019, he made an Air Force cargo crew, flying from the U.S. to Kuwait stop in Scotland (where there's no U.S. base) to refuel at a commercial airport (where it costs more), so they could stay overnight at a Trump property (which isn't close to the airport). Trump’s golf courses are losing money, so he's forcing the military to pay for 5-star nights there.
• In Sept, 2019, Pentagon pulled funds for military schools, military housing funds, and daycare to pay for Trump's border wall.
• In Aug, 2019, emails revealed that three of Trump's Mar-a-Lago pals, who are now running Veterans Affairs, are rampant with meddling. "They had no experience in veterans affairs (none of them even served in the military) nor underwent any kind of approval process to serve as de facto managers. Yet, with Trump’s approval, they directed actions and criticized operations without any oversight. They wasted valuable staff time in hundreds of pages of communications and meetings, emails show. Emails reveal disdainful attitudes within the department to the trio’s meddling."
• Veterans graves will be "dug up" for the border wall, after Trump instructed aides to seize private property. Trump told officials he would pardon them if they break the law by illegally seizing property
• Children of deployed US troops are no longer guaranteed citizenship. This includes US troops posted abroad for years at a time (August 28, 2019)
• On Aug 2, 2019, Trump requisitioned military retirement funds towards border wall
• On July 31, 2019, Trump ordered the Navy rescind medals to prosecutors who were prosecuted war criminals
• Trump denied a U.S. Marine of 6 years entry into the United States for his citizenship interview (Reported July 17, 2019)
• Trump made the U.S. Navy Blue Angels violate ethics rules by having them fly at his July 4th political campaign event (July 4, 2019)
• Trump demanded US military chiefs stand next to him at 4th of July parade (reported July 2, 2019)
• In June, 2019, Trump sent troops to the border to paint the fence for a better "aesthetic appearance"
• Trump used his D-Day interview at a cemetery commemorating fallen US soldiers to attack a Vietnam veteran (June 6, 2019)
• Trump started his D-Day commemoration speech by attacking a private citizen (Bette Midler, of all people) (reported on June 4th, 2019)
• Trump made his 2nd wife, Marla Maples, sign a prenup that would have cut off all child support if Tiffany joined the military (reported June 4th, 2019)
• On May 27, 2019, Trump turned away US military from his Memorial Day speech because they were from the destroyer USS John S. McCain
• Trump ordered the USS John McCain out of sight during his visit to Japan (May 15, 2019). The ship's name was subsequently covered. (May 27, 2019)
• Trump purged 200,000 vets' healthcare applications (due to known administrative errors within VA’s enrollment system) (reported on May 13, 2019)
• Trump deported a spouse of fallen Army soldier killed in Afghanistan, leaving their daughter parentless (April 16, 2019)
• On March 20, 2019, Trump complained that a deceased war hero didn't thank him for his funeral
• Between 12/22/2018, and 1/25/2019, Trump refused to sign his party's funding bill, which shut down the government, forcing the Coast Guard to go without pay, which made service members rely on food pantries. However, his appointees got a $10,000 pay raise
• He banned service members from serving based on gender identity (1/22/2019)
• He denied female troops access to birth control to limit sexual activity (on-going. Published Jan 18, 2019)
• He tried to deport a marine vet who is a U.S.-born citizen (Jan 16, 2019)
• When a man was caught swindling veterans pensions for high-interest “cash advances," Trump's Consumer Financial Protection Bureau fined him $1 (Jan 26, 2019)
• He called a retired general a 'dog' with a 'big, dumb mouth' (Jan 1, 2019)
• He increased privatization of the VA, leading to longer waits and higher taxpayer cost (2018)
• He finally visited troops 2 years after taking office, but only after 154 vacation days at his properties (Dec 26, 2018)
• He revealed a covert Seal Team 5 deployment, including names and faces, on Twitter during his visit to Iraq (Dec 26, 2018)
• Trump lied to deployed troops that he gave them a 10% raise (12/26/2018). He tried giving the military a raise that was lower than the standard living adjustment. Congress told him that idea wasn't going to work. Then after giving them the raise that Congress made him, he lied about it pretending that it was larger than Obama's. It wasn't.
• He fired service members living with HIV just before the 2018 holidays
• He tried to slash disability and unemployment benefits for Veterans to $0, and eliminate the unemployability extrascheduler rating (Dec 17, 2018)
• He called troops on Thanksgiving and told them he's most thankful for himself (Thanksgiving, 2018)
• He urged Florida to not count deployed military votes (Nov 12, 2018)
• He canceled an Arlington Cemetery visit on Veterans Day due to light rain (Nov 12, 2018)
• While in Europe commemorating the end of WWI, he didn't attend the ceremony at a US cemetery due to the rain -- other world leaders went anyway (Nov 10, 2018)
• He used troops as a political prop by sending them on a phantom mission to the border and made them miss Thanksgiving with their families (Oct-Dec, 2018)
• He stopped using troops as a political prop immediately after the election. However, the troops remained in muddy camps on the border (Nov 7, 2018)
• Trump changed the GI Bill through his Forever GI Act, causing the VA to miss veteran benefits, including housing allowances. This caused many vets to run out of food and rent. (reported October 7, 2018)
• Trump doubled the rejection rate for veterans requesting family deportation protections (July 5, 2018)
• Trump deported active-duty spouses (11,800 military families face this problem as of April 2018)
• He forgot a fallen soldier's name (below) during a call to his pregnant widow, then attacked her the next day (Oct 23-24, 2017)
• He sent commandos into an ambush due to a lack of intel, and sends contractors to pick them up, resulting in a commando being left behind, tortured, and executed. (Trump approved the mission because Bannon told him Obama didn't have the guts to do it) (Oct 4, 2017)
• He blocked a veteran group on Twitter (June 2017)
• He ordered the discharge of active-duty immigrant troops with good records (2017-present)
• He deported veterans (2017-present)
• He said he knows more about ISIS than American generals (Oct 2016)
• On Oct 3, 2016, Trump said vets get PTSD because they aren't strong (note: yes, he said it's 'because they aren't strong.' He didn't say it's 'because they're weak.' This distinction is important because of Snopes)
• Trump accepted a Purple Heart from a fan at one of his rallies and said: “I always wanted to get the Purple Heart. This was much easier.” (Aug 2, 2016)
• Trump attacks Gold Star families: Myeshia Johnson (gold star widow), Khan family (gold star parents) etc. (2016-present)
• Trump sent funds raised from a Jan 2016 veterans benefit to the Donald J Trump Foundation instead of veterans charities (the foundation has since been ordered shut because of fraud) (Jan, 2016)
• Trump said he has "more training militarily than a lot of the guys that go into the military" because he went to a military-style academy (2015 biography)
• Trump said he doesn't consider POWs heroes because they were caught. He said he prefers people who were not caught (July 18, 2015)
• Trump said having unprotected sex was his own personal Vietnam (1998)
• For a decade, Trump sought to kick veterans off of Fifth Avenue because he found them unsightly nuisances outside of Trump Tower. 1991
• Trump dodged the draft 5 times by having a doctor diagnose him with bone spurs.
• No Trump in America has ever served in the military; this spans 5 generations, and every branch of the family tree. In fact, the reason his grandfather immigrated to America was to avoid military service.
Copied and pasted. This what 45 did for veterans. Don't listen to his lies. Deeds speak louder than words."
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A_Muse_Mint101: Hurricane Laura is projected by NOAA to potentially reach category 4 hurricane later Wednesday. Gonna be windy here where I'm at, 50 miles south of Houston, inland about 15 miles. But I'm in the "dry side" of this, so it will primarily be a wind event for me. Hopefully no eyewall near me, but it looks like it won't be too far, neither.
There's an adage here that goes, "run from the water, shelter from the wind".
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FistOfStone in reply to A_Muse_Mint101: glad to hear it ... yes, i'm sad for those for whom that wasn't the case, but i care more about people i know, and i maintain that that's not inherently ethically problematic (don't tell peter singer, he would eat me for lunch over that)
A_Muse_Mint101: What if the conspiracy that QAnon'ers are trying to latch onto is Trump's ability to take a brand, company, and/or party and completely bring out and expose the rife character corruption problem within that organization; that Americans, and humanity at large, face as a challenge to civil and democratic honesty and integrity.
Driving out the principled and reasoned Republicans seems to have worked effectively. Perhaps he should switch faces and become a Democrat and work that magic on them, too.
Harrumph, if only this were the reality...
A_Muse_Mint101: Science has extended into the attosecond spectroscopy range. This should bring about some interesting finds about matter interactions.
A_Muse_Mint101: "23-Million-Year-Old Fossil Leaf Reveals Earth Might See A Plant Boom As CO2 Rises." - IFLS headline
Great, and now we get exploding plants...
AGRICOLA: Agricultural Online Access https://agricola.nal.usda.gov/
System for Agricultural Science and Technology)
arXiv mathematics, physics, astronomy, computer
science, quantitative biology, statistics, and quantitative finance() arXiv.org
Astrophysics Data System http://www.adsabs.harvard.edu/
Bioline International (http://www.bioline.org.br/)
Cochrane Library http://www.cochranelibrary.com/
Directory of Open Access Journals (http://www.doaj.org/)
Google Scholar scholar.google.com
National Science Digital Library https://nsdl.oercommons.org/
New Journal of Physics (http://iopscience.iop.org/1367-2630):
PLOS ONE (http://www.plosone.org/)
Science and Technology of Advanced Materials (http://iopscience.iop.org/1468-6996/)
Springer Science www.springer.com/gp/
SCIENCE VS PSEUDOSCIENCE, and CRITICAL THINKING
Calling Bullshit: http://callingbullshit.org/syllabus.html
Sense of Science: http://senseaboutscience.org/activities/…
Aspiring Thinkers Guide to Critical Thinking : http://www.criticalthinking.org/…/SAM_Aspiring_Thinkers_Gui…
The Miniature Guide to The Foundation for Critical Thinking : https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/…/p…/1/1710/Critical_Thinking.pdf
Your Deceptive Mind: A Scientific Guide to Critical Thinking Skills : https://guidebookstgc.snagfilms.com/9344_Deceptive_Mind.pdf
How to understand arguments:
More on logical fallacies and bias and the psychology of conspiracy theories
Critical thinking and pseudoscience detection:
Scientific Method: A Beginner’s Guide: http://course.sdu.edu.cn/…/eWebEditor/uploadfile/2014030616…
ONLINE FACT CHECKING
DOCUMENTARIES/TV SHOWS: (These you may need to pay for)
Food Evolution Movie
Everything narrated by David Attenborough
Everything narrated by Neil deGrasse Tyson
Everything narrated by Brian Greene
Everything narrated by Professor Brian Cox
Everything narrated by Lawrence M. Krauss
Everything Ben Goldacre
Cosmos: A Space-Time Odyssey
Bill Nye Saves the W@orld (Netflix)
Dr Karl Kruszelnicki (http://drkarl.com)
The science section here: https://topdocumentaryfilms.com/catego…/science-technology/…
World Science Festival
World Science Festival Brisbane
MISC SCIENCE STUFF:
Climate Science: http://www.realclimate.org
GMOs and Biotech: https://gmoanswers.com/
https://www.biofortified.org/ for all things biotechnology, food, and agriculture.
https://eric.ed.gov/ is good for research on education
VACCINES and HERD IMMUNITY::
All in one vaccination resource:
Vaccine studies (not complete): https://drive.google.com/open…
Studies on the economic burden of disease: https://drive.google.com/open…
Links debunking incorrect claims: http://www.redwineandapplesauce.com/vaccine-articles-off-s…/
Extensive List of Debunk Pseudoscience Studies in relation to vaccines: http://lizditz.typepad.com/…/-those-lists-of-papers-that-cl…
Herd Immunity Guide: https://drive.google.com/open…
From Bozeman Science:
From Healthcare Triage:
Cognitive Bias: https://tinyurl.com/yanhr48e
Climate Change: https://tinyurl.com/ydg26pav
Herd Immunity: https://tinyurl.com/ycb8xuy9
HPV vaccine: https://tinyurl.com/yczh7lfd
Bad Science Debunked
Bearded Science Guy
Britt Marie Hermes
Debunking ADHD & Autism Myths & Misinformation
Doctor Anna's Imaginarium
Dr. Richard Pan
Making Sense of Fluoride
Myles Power (powerm1985)
NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration
NCSE: The National Center for Science Education
Not an Exact Science Show
NOVA l PBS
Nurses Who Vaccinate
Red Wine & Apple Sauce
Stop the Anti-Science Movement
the chronicle flask
The Credible Hulk
The Cynical Pharmacist
The Hawaii Farmer's Daughter
The Logic of Science
The Scientific Parent
You are free to do whatever you wish with these links. You can watch lectures, read the books, or do absolutely nothing at all.
But if you chose to do nothing at all after resources have been provided to you – that is entirely on you. Education should be accessible to everyone, however, once people have been pointed in the right direction it is their responsibility to utilise those resources. Studying takes time, education takes effort, and if you want to learn something new you need to be prepared to make time to better yourself. If you do not understand something, it doesn't mean you are dumb but it does mean that lecturers aren’t mind readers, science educators aren’t psychics – it is up to you to put your hand up and ask for the help we’re happy to provide.
One more thing:
ACTUALLY, READ ARTICLES NOT JUST THE HEADLINE. YOU CAN TAKE YOUR TIME IF YOU NEED. IF YOU ARE TOO LAZY TO READ THE LINK DON'T COMMENT. I WILL NOT BE PROVIDING YOU INFORMATION ONLY FOR YOU TO IGNORE IT AND DEMAND MORE INFORMATION YOU REFUSE TO READ. I WILL NOT READ THE INFORMATION FOR YOU. IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO ENSURE YOU HAVE MORE KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING THAN A BAG OF DOORKNOBS.
Repost from awhile ago - updated with further information."
A_Muse_Mint101: The Ever Revising Partial Bible of Latter Day Science, Vol. ∞
"Insufferably Intolerant Science Nerd
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Tag a friend!
Tag a nerd!
Tag a conspiracy nutter!
Not too long ago I posted a screenshot discussing why it was important to verify information. To my complete surprise – people rebelled against the idea of verifying information. “The Burden of Proof is on the claimant” they cried. This is 100% accurate. The Burden of Proof is always on the person making the claim, if you make an assertion you need to provide supporting evidence.
However, because people either 1) are unable to discern when the evidence they provide is shoddy, 2) have no supporting evidence at all, or 3) are lying-arse liars – it is up to us to look at the claims and the evidence they have provided and verify information for ourselves.
Just because the person has provided some form of information for supporting their idea, doesn’t mean they have met the Burden of Proof. Anyone can link drop information that agrees with their ideas regardless of whether that idea is factually accurate. The Burden of Proof is more than just finding a link or an abstract that kinda-sorta-but-not-really agrees with what you are saying, it's about ensuring the supporting evidence you provide is factually accurate.
Yes, meeting the Burden of Proof is vitally important, but so is verifying the information presented to you.
That being said – not everyone is savvy with verifying information, so I have compiled a list of free educational resources. I encourage you to comment with a link to your favourite resource, tag people in this post, or inbox me if you want further information.
Note: I am periodically taking the list down from the page and updating it. List Updated: 29/12/2017
My MEGA SCIENCE BOOK LIST:
FREE ONLINE COURSES (Watch recorded university lectures from universities around the world. Classes include ((but are not limited to)): Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Microbiology, Climate Change, Math, Business, Psychology, Engineering, computer programming) (Most free online learning sites have mobile apps as well)
Academic Earth: http://academicearth.org/
BBC Learning: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learning/
Carnegie Mellon University OLI: http://oli.cmu.edu/
Khan Academy: https://www.khanacademy.org/
MIT Open Courseware: https://ocw.mit.edu/index.htm
Open Yale Courses: http://oyc.yale.edu/
Stanford Online: http://online.stanford.edu/courses
Bozeman Science https://www.youtube.com/user/bozemanbiology/
Bunsen Burns https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFiQZoh3DAWBt81eGtdp62Q/
Crash Course Kids: https://www.youtube.com/user/crashcoursekids/
Everyday Science TV: https://www.youtube.com/user/EverydayScienceTV/
It's Okay To Be Smart h ttps://www.youtube.com/user/itsokaytobesmart/
Khan Academy https://www.youtube.com/user/khanacademy/
Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell: https://www.youtube.com/user/Kurzgesagt/
Mastering Organic Chem: https://www.youtube.com/user/MasterOrganicChem
MIT Course Ware: https://www.youtube.com/user/MIT/
National Geographic https://www.youtube.com/user/NationalGeographic/
Periodic Videos https://www.youtube.com/user/periodicvideos
SciShow Kids https://www.youtube.com/user/scishowkids
SciShow Psych: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUdettijNYvLAm4AixZv4RA
SciShow Space: https://www.youtube.com/user/scishowspace
Smarter Everyday https://www.youtube.com/user/destinws2/
Yale courses: https://www.youtube.com/user/YaleCourses
IDEAS, INSPIRATION & SCIENCE NEWS (websites which deliver educational content meant to entertain you and stimulate your brain)
American Chemical Society https://www.acs.org/content/acs/en.html
Australian Academy of Science https://www.science.org.au
Australasian Science http://www.australasianscience.com.au
BBC Future http://www.bbc.com/future
Big Think http://bigthink.com/
IAP - InterAcademy Panel: http://www.interacademies.net
International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry https://iupa.org
National Geographic: http://www.nationalgeographic.com/
New Scientist https://www.newscientist.com/
Australian Popular Science https://www.popsci.com.au
Royal Institution of Great Britain http://www.rigb.org
Royal Society of Chemistry http://www.rsc.org/
Scientific American https://www.scientificamerican.com
Seriously Amazing https://www.si.edu/
Society for Science & the Public https://www.societyforscience.org/
The Royal Australian Chemical Institute https://www.raci.org.au/
World Health Organization (WHO) http://www.who.int/en/
FREE TEXTBOOKS & E-BOOKS
Books Should Be Free: http://www.loyalbooks.com/
College Open Textbooks: http://www.collegeopentextbooks.org/
E-books Directory: http://www.e-booksdirectory.com/
Mark Bishop’s Chemistry: http://preparatorychemistry.com/Bishop_Chemistry_First.htm
Open Textbook Library: http://open.umn.edu/opentextbooks/
Open Textbooks BCcampus: https://open.bccampus.ca/
Open Textbooks: http://www.oerconsortium.org/discipline-specific/
OpenStax CNX: https://cnx.org/
Textbook Revolution: http://www.textbookrevolution.org/index.php/Main_Page
MORE FREE TEXTBOOKS BECAUSE THEY'RE EXPENSIVE:
Chemistry/Physics/Math simulations: (useful for visualising how equations explain real world phenomenon) https://phet.colorado.edu
https://www.biologycorner.com/ (Also has Anatomy and Physiology/Evolution/Genetics)
Interactive Periodic Table: https://www.ptable.com/
SCIENTIFIC ARTICLES & JOURNALS
Directory of Open Access Journals: https://doaj.org/
Elsevier Open Access: https://www.elsevier.com/…/open-science/open-access/open-ac…
Google Scholar: https://scholar.google.com.au
Open Access Library: http://www.oalib.com/
Oxford Open: https://academic.oup.com/journals/pages/open_access
Springer Open: https://www.springeropen.com/
Wiley Open Access: http://www.wileyopenaccess.com/view/index.html
Google Chrome add-on to download free versions of journal articles: unpaywall: http://unpaywall.org/
A_Muse_Mint101: As of this post, 870,000+ people have been identified infected with COVID-19; of those identified, 43,000+ have died, globally. Mathematically, that's between 4-5% mortality rate.
If 300,000,000 people in the USA become infected, going on 4% mortality expectation, that will be 12,000,000 who die, 5% is 15,000,000. This can potentially be the most deadly thing to strike our nation, and the world, since the Spanish flu of 1918 which killed about 675,000 in the USA, and between 20-50 million worldwide. Stop with the complacency and nonchalant attitude about this (not directed at anyone in specific), and follow the direction of health and medical professionals. We can potentially get through this and keep the deaths as low as possible, at this time, with the proper attitude/practice about personal/public hygiene/distancing.
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A_Muse_Mint101: "They want three and a half billion dollars for something that'll turn out to be fraudulent, that's election money basically. They want three and a half billion dollars for the mail-in votes. Universal mail-in ballots. They want $25 billion, billion, for the Post Office. Now they need that money in order to make the Post Office work so it can take all of these millions and millions of ballots," Trump said...
"But if they don't get those two items that means you can't have universal mail-in voting because you they're not equipped to have it," Trump added.
"Joseph Blitzstein, a statistician at Harvard, delves into the utility of Bayesian analysis in his popular course “Statistics 110: Probability.” For a primer, in lecture one, he says: “Math is the logic of certainty, and statistics is the logic of uncertainty. Everyone has uncertainty. If you have 100 percent certainty about everything, there is something wrong with you.”"
A decent and brief read about Bayesian analysis. There's a link to a series of lectures about probability and statistics, too.
FistOfStone: interesting ... it has me thinking about randomness, predetermination, chaos ... the classical deterministic model has the universe behaving like clockwork, everything theoretically predictable ... then you have this odd idea of "randomness," which would be what, something happening for no reason? then you have chaos ... you seem to suggest chaos belongs to a deterministic and theoretically predictable universe ... i think polkinghorne disagrees, but i'm not sure ... anyway, we should also have humility in the realm of different ways to think about predictability and causation ... and bayesian analysis would look philosophically different depending on our philosophical and scientifically axiomatic background
FistOfStone: it's also related to process philosophy and process theology ... process philosophers like charles hartshorne make this argument: "cause" is ambiguous, it can mean necessary condition OR sufficient condition ... my parents' existence was a necessary condition for my existence, but it doesn't follow that given their existence, mine was inevitable (it was necessary but not sufficient) ... we can then think microscopically, all the way down i guess, and he claims that necessary conditions are the norm, sufficient conditions are rare ... which makes most events look like they are "open" to some degree, hence they look like the choices of a mind ... i'm not sympathetic to this line of argument but hartshorne is sharp and it's not easy to say where he's wrong
A_Muse_Mint101: "If the initial lockdown had been sufficient, nation-wide, and enforced, we would've been through the rabbit hole already. Due to poor leadership from the top down to local levels, rampant sharing of misinformation, lack of scientific understanding, and our propensity to be selfish, we now have to deal with this pandemic on a very long and possibly very painful timetable."
A_Muse_Mint101: I sincerely thought people would follow the guidance of health officials and medical professionals. Which is why I wasn't as alarmist initially. I see that if it's not ebola-grade deadly, many -- too many people will just take it in a complacent stride.
A_Muse_Mint101: The answer: $6,000,000,000,000+ (with a 'T' ) and ~$50,000,000 (with an 'm' ).
The question: How much had the U.S. government spent and/or lost on Covid-19 and human trafficking in 2020 so far?
"In late February, the Trump administration said it planned to spend $2.5 billion to fight the coronavirus. A month and a half later, President Trump signed off on spending almost a thousand times as much — $2.35 trillion. And that amount doesn’t include the Federal Reserve’s efforts, which are harder to measure but seem likely to blow past the $4 trillion mark."
A_Muse_Mint101: Saw this posted on a friends page, curious how well it fits the logic of the larger set of secrets and withholding information willfully.
As in, would it be better or not if all secrets were removed from our experience? I tend to think so, played out. Fear of others is removed, because we know what they know and are thinking. Everyone broadcasting their lives simultaneously to each other would be a freaking nightmare to process given our current experience of the passing of time, alone.
No, not that far ahead, but where honesty and openness is the 'common sense'. Based on something like, if we all do better, I do better.
"What’s wrong with censoring information? Well, here are a few reasons for starters:
1) Censoring assumes a singular entity consisting of a small number of people is more equipped to decipher, understand, and vet information than millions of people.
2) Censoring assumes there is a large class of people unintelligent enough to review information and make their own decisions.
3) Censoring removes the power of open and transparent crowd-sourced peer-review, which normally serves to examine the veracity of data, and the conclusions drawn from such data, by using the advantage of different perspectives and experiences associated with countless people, thus stifling the intended purpose of such peer review, which is to define and understand the truth.
4) Censoring removes the responsibility and accountability normally owned by individuals who wish to be responsible for their own destiny, and transfers that power to another entity that may or may not have such individual’s best interests in mind.
5) Censoring centralizes control over information flow, rather than distributing it across a larger network, thereby profoundly increasing the probability of abuse and corruption to a near certainty.
6) Censoring conditions and trains people to abandon their ability to think, leading to a massive decline in the critical thinking skills of the entire population over time.
7) Censoring, by its very nature, sets up a system that fosters distrust and suspicion, due to the inevitability of critical thinkers who will question the motivation, trustworthiness, bias, and accountability of the self-appointed censoring organization. This will happen even if the censoring organization is unbiased and authentic in its motives.
8.) Censoring is a direct violation of, and an antithesis to, our right to the freedom of speech. Not only does it violate the right to the freedom of speech, it removes our freedom and right to have access to information connected to any non-classified topic.
9) Censoring is an insult to our intelligence, and takes away our right to make our own decisions.
10) Censoring is dehumanizing as it removes the individuality and autonomy of the human spirit."
FistOfStone: yeah, i think those points are much more compelling when they're retained as criticisms of censorship, and they lose their force when applied to the wider category of "the witholding of information in general" ... the moral imperative to be honest and the appeal of the "open book" person get their point from the general context in which there is witholding of all sorts of information ... to turn them onto the very context that gives them their point, by suggesting "absolute transparency," is like a cow that pulls at its hobble and falls onto its knees, to borrow an analogy from simone weil
and if i read correctly between your lines, this in turn suggests an analogous reply to the advocate for banning censorship ... i'm not sure the analogous reply is as devastating as the original observation, but it's a thoughtful and good reply imo